Obituaries
March 27, 2008 Issue

Mr. Larry Byrd
Mr. Larry Byrd, 58, of Trenton, S.C. died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at his residence.

Mr. Byrd was a native of Glascock County, and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was a carpenter.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 22, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Trenton with burial at Sweetwater Baptist Church Cemetery in North Augusta.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Shellman Byrd; his mother, Myrtice Thigpen Dye; one daughter, Barbara Burton; two sons, Billie Byrd and Daniel Byrd; three stepchildren, Renee Mead, Melissa Harris and Dwayne McKie; two brothers, Roger Dye and Ralph Byrd; four sisters, Sarah Morris, Joyce Nabors, Opal Chalker and Betty Miller; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Deloris "Suk" Davis
Ms. Deloris “Suk” Davis, 44, of Matthews entered into rest on Sunday, March, 9, 2008, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 15, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Thompson Springhill AME Church, Matthews, with Rev. Charlie Myrick, presiding, and Rev. Robert Edwards, pastor, eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Ms. Davis was preceded in death by her brother, Warren Brinson.

Survivors include her sister, Mary Jenkins, Matthews; two brothers, Leotis Brinson, Matthews, and David Brinson, Augusta; two aunts, Geneva Thomas, Matthews, and Margaret Brinson, Augusta; one uncle, James Brinson, Augusta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Hattie Ruth Marion Flonnory
Mrs. Hattie Ruth Marion Flonnory of Bartow departed this life Sunday, March 23, 2008, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 27, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Ebenezer CME Church, Bartow, with Rev. B. Darryl Walker III officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer CME churchyard cemetery.

Mrs. Flonnory was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Handy and Annie Bell Hall Marion and the widow of the late Charlie “Bud” Flonnory. She was a member of Ebenezer CME Church.

Survivors include her children, Annie R. “Sister” Flonnory of Bartow, and Isaac (Mattie) Flonnory of Wilmington, Del.; daughter-in-law, Julia Lee Flonnory of Wadley; grandchildren, James (Sharon) Flonnory, Sandra Flonnory, Deborah Flonnory, Jeffery Flonnory, Dwayne Flonnory of Bartow, Roger Heggs of Wadley, Robert Flonnory, Charles (Mary) Heggs, Marie “Ann” Flonnory, Joyce Flonnory, Glynn Flonnory, Dorthea Flonnory, Phyliss Flonnory, and Isaiah Portis of Wilmington, Del.; and three sisters-in-law, a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 1536 Joe McKenzie Road, Bartow or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nelle Burnette Ford
Mrs. Nelle Burnette Ford, 86, of North Augusta, S.C. entered into rest Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

Born May 14, 1921, Mrs. Ford was a lifelong resident of North Augusta. She was a member of First Baptist Church of North Augusta where she was a Sunday school teacher for over 40 years. She was also a member of Sheffield Club, Senior Friends and the Velma Campbell Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2008, at First Baptist Church of North Augusta with Dr. James M. Ford and Rev Jerry T. Matthews officiating. Interment was in Pineview Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theron Daniel Ford Sr.

Survivors include three sons Theron D. Ford Jr. (Becky), Matthews, N.C., Dr. James M. Ford (Brooks), Martinez, and C. Wayne Ford (Tricia), North Augusta; a daughter, Kaye Ford Bathe (Steve), Anderson, S.C.; five grandchildren, Kris Ford, Klint Ford, Kelly Ford, Dawn Deal and Michael Ford; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kris Ford, Klint Ford, Michael Ford, Steve Bathe, Chris O’Kelley and Gregg Nantz.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Sheffield Club, Velma Campbell Sunday school class and her caregivers.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Augusta Rescue Mission 526 Walker St. Augusta, Ga. 30901 or Community Ministries of North Augusta 646 E. Buena Vista Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841.

Rowland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eleon Gordon
Mr. Eleon Gordon, 39, of Stapleton entered into rest Friday, March 14, 2008, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Mr. Gordon was born in Jefferson County to George and Lois Thompson Gordon. He attended the public schools in Glascock and Jefferson counties. He graduated from Wrens High School in 1989. Mr. Gordon furthered his education to become a truck driver. He graduated from Carolina Driving Academy in Clearwater, S.C. in 1995 with honors.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 22, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the New Hope AME Church, Grange, with Pastor Delmus Mosley officiating, and Rev. David Batts, eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Lois T. Gordon, Stapleton; father, George Gordon, Wilmington, Del.; two daughters, Elonica Gordon, Augusta, and Trinity Grace Gordon, Vidalia; four brothers, Ricky Gordon, San Antonio, Texas, Micheal B. Gordon, Tony Gordon, both of Stapleton, and George (Robin) Gordon Jr., Beverly, N.J.; a nephew reared as a brother Zachary (Tara) Gibbons, Wrens; four sisters, Joyce Ryan, Viola Demelus, Dianie (Jackie) Smith and Gwen (Jeff) Farmer, all of Stapleton; seven uncles; five aunts; two great-aunts, Cora McCall of Atlanta, and Nerissa Durden of Avera; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Joseph Adam Headrick
Mr. Joseph Adam Headrick, 28, of Warrenton died Friday, March 14, 2008, at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Headrick was a native of Wilkes County, but lived in the Grovetown area before moving to Warrenton in 2004. He was an electrician with the Wilson Co. and a Baptist.

Graveside funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens with Rev. Robert W. Riley officiating.

Survivors include his daughter, India Caitlin Headrick, of Warrenton; his fiancé, Tiffany Bright, of Warrenton; his stepchildren, Hunter Fallaw and Rainy Fallaw, both of Warrenton; his parents, Russell and Geneva Smallwood of Warrenton, and Robert L. Headrick of Ringold; three sisters, Lisa Jenkins of Gibson, April Headrick of Savannah, and Shae Smallwood of Warrenton; three brothers, Vernon G. Snodgrass, Zakk Smallwood, both of Warrenton, and Robert E. Headrick of Savannah; paternal grandmother, Betty Blanton of Savannah.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Margaret Sue Phillips
Margaret Sue Phillips, 65, of Thomson entered into rest March 20, 2008.

Mrs. Phillips was born in Edgefield, S.C. and was the daughter of the late Eli Robinson and the late Nancy Adams Robinson. She lived in McDuffie County for 35 years, was a Wal-Mart associate and was a Baptist by faith.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2008, at Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Ferrell officiating. Interment followed in Westview Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Spivey, Scott Spivey, Tracy Phillips, Stacy Phillips, Russell Montgomery and Randy Griswell.

Survivors include husband, Tommy Phillips, Thomson; sons, Michael Spivey (Kathy), Rockford, Ill., Timmy Spivey, Thomson, Scott Spivey (Lisa), Thomson, Tracy Phillips (Kelly), Lincolnton, and Stacy Phillips (Pam), Thomson; daughters, Kay Douglas (Rob), Augusta, and Jennifer Montgomery (Russell), Stapleton; sisters, Polly Watson, Columbia, S.C., Grace Derrick, Johnston, S.C., Irene Hutcheson, Augusta, and Mae Harrelson, Augusta; and 16 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 717, Thomson, GA 30824.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mattie Mae J. Rollins
Mrs. Mattie Mae J. Rollins, 91, of Augusta entered into rest Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

Mrs. Rollins was the wife of the late James S. Rollins. Mrs. Rollins was a native of Louisville. She was a Past Matron of the Homer Legg Order of Eastern Star in Lincolnton, and a member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church where she was in the Turner-England Fellowship Class.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 21, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim McCollough officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include her daughter, Jane R. Teasley of Martinez; sister, Louise Joiner of Augusta; grandchildren, Stephanie T. (Paul) Eicher of Lincolnton, Tracy S. (Kitty) Teasley Jr. of Grovetown; great-grandchildren, Tracy S. (Betsy) Teasley III of Martinez, and Tanner Eicher of Lincolnton.

Pallbearers were Paul Eicher, Tracy S. Teasley Jr., Tracy S. Teasley III, Tanner S. Eicher, Ricky Joiner, Dwight Joiner and Wayne Joiner.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Turner-England Fellowship Class.

Memorials may be made to the Heartland Hospice Services, 1365 Interstate Parkway, Augusta, GA 30909 or to the Ed and Duffie Scholarship Fund c/o Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 2220 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Mervin J. Smith
Mr. Mervin J. Smith, 66, of Gibson entered into rest Sunday, March 16, 2008, at his residence. A native of Glascock County, he worked at Jebco Corp. in Warrenton. He was the son of the late Mr. B.C. “Bish” and Marie Clark Smith.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Sheppard Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Todd officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Walton Smith.

Survivors include his son, Trent Smith; his brother, Mr. B.C. (Joyce) Smith of Gibson; his aunt, Mrs. Mattie Smith of Avera; and two nieces, Juanice Gordy and Julie Onley; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frances Smith Kelley.

Pallbearers are Dean Couch, Troy Clark, Derrick Brooks, George Moore, Troy Bales and John Onley. Memorials may be made to the Wrens Church of God Building Fund in care of Mrs. Betty Shelton, 14112 Hwy. 1 North, Wrens, GA 30833.

Sheppard Funeral Home, Gibson was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jimmie Spence
Mr. Jimmie Spence of Wadley entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 17, 2008, in Wadley.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 22, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel in Wadley.

Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Denise Middleton, New Haven, Conn., and Debby (Milton) Graham, Wadley; two sons, Michael Walker and Alvin Spence, Midville; one sister, Lillie Mae Heath, Winter Haven, Fla.; two brothers, James Clifford Spence Jr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Willie Henry Spence, Philadelphia, Pa.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eugene "Gene" Stone
Mr. Eugene “Gene” Stone, 55, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at Trinity Hospital in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 24, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Lofton AME Church, Wrens, with the Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr., pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three sisters, Bernice (Tony) Baptiste, Brooklyn, N.Y., Michelle Stone, Virginia, and Joann (Arthur) Green, Augusta; three brothers, Willie (Ruthie) Stone, Wrens, Sammie Lee Stone, CoCo Beach, Fla., and George Stone, Seattle, Wash.; extended family Pearl and Frances Nelson, both of Wrens; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Bertha Lee Carswell Swint
Mrs. Bertha Lee Carswell Swint, 95, of Bartow departed this life, Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. Swint was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of Robert and Kitty Jordan Carswell, a member of the Mt. Pleasant Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where she served on the Stewardess Board serving as vice president for many years, on the Usher Board serving as president for several years and the Missionary Society. “Girl” or “Shangie” as she was also known organized the First Pastor’s Aid Club at Mt. Pleasant CME. She attended Booker T. Washington School and as she supported her children’s education she was elected as the first president of the Jefferson County High PTA and later worked as a substitute teacher for many years.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 24, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant CME Church and cemetery, Bartow, with Rev. Lee Wilcher and Rev. Stefon Young officiating.

Survivors include her children, Mattie Jean Swint, Catherine Swint and Marie Swint of Bartow, Clifford (Elaine) Swint Jr. of College Park, Carswell (Edna) Swint of Louisville; grandchildren, Ralph Emory (Melody) Walton of Lawrenceville, Keith (Vicki) Swint of Jonesboro, Christopher Swint of College Park, Candace (Hollis) Bethea of Atlanta; four great-grandchildren, Ralph Emory Walton II of Chattanooga, Tenn., Bryan D. Walton of Lawrenceville, and Shayla Swint and Jalen Swint of Jonesboro; her extended family Sally Smith Brooks, Angeli Brooks, Byron (Kreslyn) Brooks of Bartow, and Sally V. Brooks of Charleston, S.C.; godchildren, Teresa Williams of Las Vegas, Nev., Dimetria (Ernest) Jackson-Priest of Irvine, Calif., Janya Williams of Rex; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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