Obituaries
April 17, 2008 Issue

Mrs. Andrenia Boyd Bethea
Andrenia Boyd Bethea, 89, of Louisville departed this life Sunday, April 13, 2008, at a local nursing facility.

Mrs. Bethea was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Willie and Cheasae Boyd, the widow of the late Archie Bethea Jr. She was employed by the Jefferson County School system as a nutritionist at Louisville High School, a member of the Pine Hill Baptist Church, Spring Bethel Benevolent Society and Rising Star Chapter # 31 Order of Eastern Star.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 19, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Pine Hill Baptist Church and cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Gladys Howard and Reginald (Kathy) Bethea of Louisville; sister, Hattie Bell (Madison) Williams of Swainsboro, Willie “Mann” Boyd of Louisville; brother-in-law, Thomas Cunningham of Louisville; grandchildren, Darin (Carrie) Williams, Victor (Charlotte) Williams, Monica (Andrew) Weems of Atlanta, Pierre Lane, Tiffany Flournoy of Augusta, Christopher Middleton of Dublin, Damian Middleton, Jarvis Middleton, Blaketon Bethea, LaKendrick Hudson, Sharon Howard, Kimberly Howard, Shavonne Howard and Roselyn Howard of Louisville; 17 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Julius "Bill" M. Burkett Sr.
Mr. Julius “Bill” M. Burkett Sr., 74, of Gibson entered into rest Monday, April 8, 2008, at his residence.

Mr. Burkett was a native of Alabama. He was an Air Force veteran and an electrician.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Pat Burkett; two sons, David Wayne Burkett of Alabama, and Julius Malcomb Burkett Jr. of Thomson; three daughters, Janet Marie Burkett of Gibson, Sandra Jean Kamp of Camak, and Michelle Lynn Russo of Panama City, Fla.; one brother, William Leon “Jake” Burkett of Florida; one sister, Maureen W. Burkett of Florida; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Michael Cason
Mr. Michael Cason, 25, of Louisville died Tuesday, April 8, 2008.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 10, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Ranger Grove COGIC and Scott’s Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Michael and Maxine Hudson; brothers, Darren and Donnell Hudson; grandfather, A.J. (Mattie) Brown, all of Wrightsville; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


Mr. James Thomas Denton
Mr. James Thomas Denton, 69, of Gibson died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Denton was a native of Glascock County. He was a truck driver.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, with Rev. Charles Reese officiating.

Survivors include two daughters, Tiffanie Denton Porter, Lincolnton, and Ashley Nicole Denton, Thomson; and three grandchildren, Dylan Denton, Dominique Porter, and Nathan Porter.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Dennis Gamble
Mr. Dennis Gamble, 46, of Louisville entered into rest Saturday, April 5, 2008, at his residence.

Mr. Gamble was a native of Jefferson County and the son of the late Marie Gamble Robinson. A member of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church in Louisville, with Rev. Charles Holloway officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include sisters, Juanita Freeman and Ynette Robinson of Orlando, Fla.; uncle, Luscious (Barbara) Gamble of Louisville; aunts, Sally Wright and Jennie Gamble of Jacksonville, Fla., Bernice Lewis of Youngstown, Ohio, Georgie Pilgrim and Eula (Glenn) McMillan of Philadelphia, Pa., and Dora (Billy) Bennett of Houston, Texas; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Active pallbearers were family and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Frances Marie Friner Godbee
Ms. Frances Marie Griner Godbee, 80, of Sylvania died Friday, April 11, 2008, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ms. Godbee was a Jenkins County native and a member of McDonald Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 14, 2008, at 3 p.m. at Thompson Strickland Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Barnes and Rev. James Brown officiating. Burial was in the Screven County Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Henry “Jigg” Godbee Jr.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca G. and Wayne Sorrow of Carlton; sons, Richard E. and Janice Godbee of Bartow, David E. and Sharon Godbee of Youngstown, Fla., Donald J. and Syrie Godbee of Deaborn, Mich., Gerald L. and Sharon Godbee of McDonough; sisters, Melba Jean G. Jeffers of Sylvania, and Linda G. Morris of Rincon; brother, Edwin D. Griner of Alpharetta; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers were Jess Morris, Bill Jeffers, Dale Griner, Robert Griner, Steve Griner, Tommy Griner, Tim Griner and Lee Griner.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the McDonald Baptist Church Womens Missionary Union.

Thompson Strickland Waters Funeral Home in charge.


Mr. Atwell E. "Bud" Gray
Mr. Atwell E. “Bud” Gray, 60, of Hephzibah entered into rest Friday, April 11, 2008, at his residence.

A native of Warren County, Mr. Gray lived in Glascock and Richmond counties most of his life. He was an electrician by trade.

Memorial services were held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2008, at Sheppard Funeral Home Chapel, Gibson, with Rev. Adrian Burrell officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Atwell E. Gray Sr. and his sister, Judy Purvis.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Ethel Gray Hinton; stepfather, Paul Hinton; two brothers, Wayne Gray of Augusta, and Mark (Pam) Gray of Warrenton; five sisters, Pat (Rick) Rios of Augusta, Linda Barrow of Gibson, Kathy Benson of North Augusta, Wanda (Mel) Jobes of Thomson, and Cindy (Murphy) Harrell of Mitchell.

Memorials may be made to the Glascock Concerned Citizens in care of Mrs. Corene Chalker, 3037 Bastonville Rd., Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Julio Ramirez III
Mr. Julio Ramirez III, 66, of Wrens entered into rest Monday, April 7, 2008, at his home.

Mr. Ramirez retired from Glit Inc. after 40 years of service. He was vice president of manufacturing, and a member of Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Louisville. He was the son of the late Mr. Julio Ramirez II and Herminia Abreu.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 12, 2008, at 1 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with Father Ambrosio Brylinski officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Hilda E. Gonzalez Ramirez; a son, Mark A. Ramirez Sr.; brother, George Ramirez; three sisters, Edna Ramirez, Rosaura Reyes and Luz M. Torres; grandchildren, Lauren A. Ramirez, Mark A. Ramirez Jr., Brandon J. Moorehead, and Nicholas E. Moorehead; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were Mark A. Ramirez Sr., Mark A. Ramirez Jr., Brandon J. Moorehead, Nicholas E. Moorehead, Jimmy McNair, Scott Hardigree and Steve Mauney.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie Albert Walker Sr.
Mr. Willie Albert Walker Sr., 95, of Louisville entered into rest Friday, April 4, 2008.

Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Spring Bethel AME Church in Louisville, with Rev. Kenneth Davis officiating and Rev. James Jenkins assisting. Internment was in the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society Cemetery.

Mr. Walker was a member of Spring Bethel CME Church and the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society. He was a farmer most of his life and also was employed by the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Julia Walker, and a daughter, Freddie Bell Walker.

Survivors include his daughters, Rebecca Kelly (Jackie) of Augusta, Willa Ruth Jordan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Florence McBride, Bernice Gibbons (Wallace) and Sherry Hill of Louisville; sons, Willie A. Walker Jr. (Diane), Isaiah Walker and Bobby Walker of Los Angeles, Calif., and Willie Albert Hall (Chelsea) of Louisville; sister, Bernice Hicks of Augusta; sister-in-law, Florence Marlow of Buffalo, N.Y., niece, Linda Geddis; 29 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a host of cousins and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were grandsons.

Active pallbearers were Leon Dixon, Charles Broadus, Clarence Broadus, Kendrick McBride, Charlie Oliphant and Leotis McBride.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Paris Helen Blackmon Morse Rabun Whisnant
Ms. Paris Helen Blackmon Morse Rabun Whisnant, 83, of Keysville entered into rest Sunday, April 6, 2008, at Brentwood Terrace Health Center, Waynesboro.

She was born March 5, 1925, to the late George Washington and Bessie Robertson Blackmon. She was a homemaker and a member of Hephzibah Church of God.

Graveside Services were held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at Westview Cemetery, Augusta.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Willard, Vade, and Claude Blackmon; and four sisters, Cathleen Yaw, Rosie Morris, Flossie Jackie Ward, and Mabel Thompson.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hayes have been very loyal and devoted to Ms. Whisnant for a number of years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Hospice of Augusta.

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

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