Obituaries
April 10, 2008 Issue

Mr. George Fredrick Arrington
Mr. George Fredrick Arrington, 67, of Harlem entered into rest March 30, 2008, at Doctors Hospital.

He was born in Blythe and served in the United States Army and was retired from Graniteville Mill in Augusta.

Graveside funeral services were held Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Matthews, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Alice and John Arrington; his brothers, Willard Arrington, Barry Doyle Arrington and John R. “Big John” Arrington.

Survivors include a son, George “Chris” (Rose) Arrington; a granddaughter, Jessica R. Welsted; his former wife, Paulette Arrington of Augusta; a brother, Judson Arrington of Twin Falls, Idaho; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Eric Mims, Bob Caster, Scott Burke, Keith Arrington, Donald Hancock, Richard Morrison and Jay Dunham.

Donations may be made to the George Arrington Fund in care of the Arrington family.

Thomas L. King Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Myrtis Brady
Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtis Brady of Augusta were conducted Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby L. Truitt, pastor, and Rev. Robert L. Williams officiating. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

'Mrs. Brady was born to the late Samuel and Annie Mae Williams on Feb. 9, 1920, in Stapleton. She was married to Dock Brady, who preceded her in death. During her later years, she joined Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Missionary Board and sang with the Walkers Baptist Choir.

Survivors include two sons, Deacon Solomon (Johnnie Mae) Franklin, and Samuel Franklin, both of Augusta; two sons-in-law, Porter Evans, Los Angeles, Calif., Walter Singleton, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 23 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Peoples Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Clara Bell Braswell
Mrs. Clara Bell Braswell, 82, of Hephzibah entered into rest Saturday, April 5, 2008, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Braswell was born in Louisville to the late Robert and Minnie Lee Amerson Taylor. Mrs. Braswell resided in the area her entire life. She worked for Keller Aluminum in Waynesboro for 29 years before retiring. Mrs. Braswell was of the Methodist faith.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2008, at the Chapel of DeLoach Funeral Home, with the Very Reverend Robert Fain officiating. Interment services followed at Hephzibah Vance Cemetery in Hephzibah.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Braswell Sr.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Roland (Mary) of Patterson, and James Braswell (Debbie) of Hephzibah; and a daughter, Bonnie Braswell of Gracewood.

DeLoach Funeral Home & Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ella Rachel Duggan Garland
Mrs. Ella Rachel Duggan Garland, 68, of Warthen died Tuesday, April 1, 2008, in the Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Garland was a native and life long resident of Washington County, the daughter of the late Franklin Duggan and the late Ethel Brantley Duggan. She was the wife of the late William Wesley “Rooster” Garland. Mrs. Garland was a homemaker and a volunteer at Elder Primary School. She was a member of the Union Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2008, in the May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Roy Smith officiated.

Survivors include her children, Marie Durden of Warthen, Patricia Martin of Cadwell, Gene Summerlin of Greensboro, Rita McNeely of Louisville, Kim Kennedy of Sandersville, and Sherri Boatright of Warthen; a brother, Billy Duggan of Sandersville; fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Keith Kennedy, James Stephens, Johnny Durden, Valda Tanner III, Gerald Mason and Tony Taylor.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Boisie Lee Hannah
Mr. Boisie Lee Hannah of Augusta entered into rest Thursday, March 27, 2008, at the University Hospital.

Mr. Hannah, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Sandvalley AME Church and a retired employee of Boral Bricks.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 3 p.m. at the Sandvalley AME Church, Jefferson County, with Rev. Ronald Strong officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hannah, Augusta; nine sons, Anthony Hannah, Tony Hannah, Darnell (Tamara) Hannah, Donald Bennett, Patrick Neely, Antonio Hannah, Calvin Hannah, Randall Hannah, Xavier Gilmore, all of Augusta; six daughters, Jacqueline Jones, Angelena Hannah, Olivia Hannah, Connie Hannah, Ashley Camacho, D’Anna Hannah, Augusta; mother, Corine Hannah, Wrens; six brothers, Monroe Hannah, Charlie Hannah, Philadelphia, Pa., Tommie Lee Hannah, Brooklyn, N.Y., Eddie (Rosetta) Hannah, Robert Hannah, Augusta, Willie Hannah, Houston, Texas; five sisters, Florine Langston, Annie Howard, Augusta, Salula Lawrence, Houston, Texas, Janie Thomas, Wrens, Carrie (Willie) Williams, Beech Island, S.C.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas Judson Jordan
Mr. Thomas Judson Jordan entered into rest on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, in Tacoma, Wash.

Mr. Jordan, a native of Wrens, retired from the U.S. Army with 21 years of service. He received an associate degree in electronics from Clover Park College, Tacoma, and was employed as a machine specialist for IBM.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 3, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian for Change Baptist Church, Riverdale, with Rev. Alvonia McCoy presiding and eulogy by Rev. Horace Hollaway. Interment was in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, with full military honors.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys M. Jordan, Tacoma; daughter, Michelle (Lawrence) Newkirk, New York, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Pamela Woodard, New York, N.Y., and Michelle (Mike) Daly, Austin, Texas; stepson, Reginald Woodard, Ventura, Calif.; grandchildren, Tianna Newkirk and Natalie Woodard, New York, N.Y.; three brothers, James Jordan, Spring Lake, N.C., Elder Wilbur (Lottie) Jordan, Thomson, and Walter L. Jordan, Wahiawi, Hawaii; five sisters, Lee Ollie Elliott, Columbia, S.C., Eula Mae (Rev. Horace) Holloway, St. Petersburg, Fla., Min. Jeannie (George) Sharrock, New Port News, Va., Rev. Alvonia (Charlie) McCoy, Louisville, and Roberta (George) Hatcher, Augusta; one uncle, Elder Dorsey Beasley, Preston, Md.


Mrs. Billie Beckum Smith Owensby
Mrs. Billie Beckum Smith Owensby, 77, of Louisville died Monday, March 31, 2008, in the presence of her daughter, at Clare Bridge Assisted Living, Chapel Hill, N.C., from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, including several mini-strokes.

Mrs. Owensby was born in Louisville on Oct. 16, 1930, to Myrtice Annie Joiner and William “Bee” Beckum. She graduated from Louisville Academy in 1947 and had lived in Louisville all of her life until her illness progressed, and she moved to Chapel Hill to live with her daughter, Anne. Mrs. Owensby worked at the Jefferson County Rural Electric Association (REA) for over 30 years, retiring in 1992. She was a lifelong member of Louisville First Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 11 a.m. in the Louisville City Cemetery with Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, G. Marion Smith, who died in 1968, and her second husband, James Wallace “Sam” Owensby, who died in July of 2006.

Survivors include two daughters, Anne Smith Hastings (Tom) of Chapel Hill, and Gail Smith Willem (John) of Belvedere, S.C.; three grandsons, Chris Hastings of Cullowhee, N.C., Taylor Hastings of Chapel Hill, and Casey Hastings of Chapel Hill; one sister, Annell Beckum King (Jim) of Daphne, Ala.; niece, Lesa Kennedy Loftis (Randy); nephew, D. Mark Kennedy (Rosey) of Mobile, Ala.; a half brother, Lee R. Marsh; three step-children, Marsha O. Hinson (Gene) of Wilmington, N.C., Joel Owensby (Darlene) of Hope Mills, N.C., and Jacob Owensby (Joy) of St. Louis, Mo.; six step-grandchildren, Michele Starling (Paul) of Jacksonville, N.C., Robert Brunson (Jennifer) of Jacksonville, N.C., Tracy Berryhill (Tim), Alabama, and Andrew, Meredith and Patrick Owensby of St. Louis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Baptist Church of Louisville, 101 East 9th Street, Louisville, Georgia, 30434, Charles House Association, 109 Hillcrest Avenue, Carrboro, NC, 27510, or to a local, state, or national Alzheimer’s Association.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ralph Purser
Mr. Ralph Purser, 91, of Tennille, died Friday, April 04, 2008, at the Oconee Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Purser was born in Bleckley County, the son of the late John Purser and the late Lennie Bea Jones Purser. He was the owner/operator of Ralph’s Shoe Shop in Tennille and was a member of the Tennille Baptist Church. Mr. Purser was an Army Veteran of WWII and was a Purple Heart recipient.

Graveside funeral services were held Sunday, April 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. in Brownwood Cemetery in Sandersville. Rev. Chuck Love and Rev. Dwight Irons officiated.

He is predeceased by his wife Dorris Doolittle Purser and his daughter Madie Lynne Purser.

Survivors include his sisters Marcie Jones of Louisville, and Fannie Cochran of Savannah; one brother Johnny B. Purser of Sandersville; and nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to the Tennille Baptist Church P.O. Box 402 Tennille, GA. 31089.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Morris Simpkins
Mr. Morris Simpkins of Wrens entered into rest Thursday, March 27, 2008, at his residence.

He was a United States Army veteran.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at noon at Faith Deliverance Christian Church, Morrow, with Apostle Nathaniel Jackson Sr. officiating. Burial was in Fairview Memorial Garden, Inc., Stockbridge.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gloria Telfair
Mrs. Gloria Telfair of Brooklyn, N.Y. entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 29, 2008, in Burlington, N.J.

The funeral was held on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Peaceful Zion Baptist Church in Wadley, with Rev. James O. Strowbridge officiating. Burial was in the Hard Shell Cemetery in Wadley.

Survivors include her daughter, Sheral (Herbert) Smalls, Willingboro, N.J.; a brother- in-law, Horace Gross, Brooklyn, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Brandi Smalls and Kaejon Smalls, Willingboro, N.J.; two goddaughters and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Berdia Mae Wade
Berdia Mae Wade of Waynesboro departed this life on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Select Specialty Hospital, Augusta, after a month-long illness.

She was born on Oct. 3, 1927, in Screven County to the late Rufus Daughtry and Maggie Mae Moffet Daughtry. She was the second of eight children. Three preceded her in death. In August of 1943, she married the late Benjamin Franklin Wade Jr. She was a mother, housewife, seamstress and childcare provider. She joined Thomas Grove Baptist Church and served until her health failed.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 7, 2008, at Thomas Grove Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. W.B. Tomlin officiating. Interment was in Pines Cemetery, Waynesboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter, Mary Ellen Wade.

Survivors include, four daughters, Margaret Hadnott, Teaneck, N.J., Dr. Bertha (Rev. Dr. John Augustus) Lockhart, Louisville, Betty Streeter and Kathy Wade, both of Waynesboro; an adopted daughter, Deirdre (Chris) Roberson, Waynesboro; one son, Benjamin F. Wade III, Waynesboro; three sisters, Maggie Smith, Sylvania, Evangelist Annie L. (Bishop Daniel) Harden, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Sarah Elizabeth Wooten, Statesboro; one brother, Thomas Daughtry, Miami, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Rosa Keys, Brooklyn, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Richard (Frances) Wade, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Phinazee and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Emory E. Waldrop
Mr. Emory E. Waldrop, 79, of Lexington entered into rest Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gibson.

Mr. Waldrop was a native of Fulton County, an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a roofer. Mr. Waldrop was married to Betty Whelchel and the late Janet Waldrop.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park.

Survivors include one son, Tracey Waldrop of Riverdale; three daughters, Patricia (James) Taylor May of Gibson, Lynn (Wayne) Wills Johnson of Elberton, and Darlene Cogging of Athens; two brothers, Bobby Waldrop of Fairburn, and Richard “Pete” Waldrop of Atlanta; one sister, Dorothy Mashburn of Stockbridge; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bobby Waldrop, Brandon Taylor, David Taylor, Ronnie Aaron, Kenny Coggins and Ray Kitchens.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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