Obituaries
April 24, 2008 Issue

Mr. Herbert Anderson
Mr. Herbert Anderson, 84, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, April 18, 2008.

He was the husband of Mahala C. Anderson. He was a member and deacon of Wrens Baptist Church and the Walter Jacobson Sunday School Class. Mr. Anderson was a native of Wrens. He served in the Army Air Corps, as an aerial engineer on a B-17, flying missions over Northern Italy and Germany during World War II. He owned and operated Anderson’s Department Store in Wrens for over 30 years, retiring in 1989.

After retiring, he read to students at the Wrens Elementary School for about six years. He was known as the “Candyman” at school, church and the community, because he carried candy with him for the children. Mr. Anderson was the author of two books and a booklet. The first was “The Life and Death of Hugh W. Anderson,” a book about his son. The second book “Only in America Rags-Riches-Heartbreak-Love,” is his life story, with over 800,000 publications in circulation. The books are in all 50 states and over 70 foreign countries. He began giving away the booklet April 28, 2007. The books and booklet are still available, as long as supply last, at 413 Russell St. Wrens Ga. 30833 or call (706) 547-2117. The books and postage are free. Mr. Anderson was selected “Citizen of the Year” two years in a row, 1991 by the Optimist Club of North Jefferson-Wrens, and in 1992 by the Wrens Lions Club.

Funeral services were held at Wrens Baptist Church Sunday, April 20, 2008, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Race Lariscy, Rev. Carolyn Goodson and Rev. Griffin Thompson officiating. Burial was in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Preceding him in death were his first wife, Virginia Evans; and their only son, Hugh W. Anderson. Survivors include his wife Mahala C. Anderson; her daughter C. Rochelle (Mike) Sullivan; one brother, Samuel G. Anderson, Smyrna; two sisters, Nell Holley, Wrens, and Inez Griswold, Augusta.

Pallbearers were young men he read to in elementary school Barrow Walden, Chad Stewart, Zach Lewis, Joshua Fleming, Joshua Gay, John Prescott, Brandon James and Bryce Amerson.

Honorary pall bearers were members of the Walter Jacobson Sunday School Class and deacons of Wrens Baptist Church and Wrens Worship Center, active and inactive.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George Freddie "Shag" Berry
Mr. George Freddie “Shag” Berry, 59, of Wrens entered into rest Thursday, April 17, 2008.

He was a United States Army veteran.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 21, 2008, at Ways Grove Baptist Church at 3 p.m. with Rev. Jimmy McCullough III and Rev. Thomas Berry officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his three sons, Kurt Dixon, Fredrick Berry and Antonia Whigham, all of Wrens; three stepdaughters, Malvenia (Johnny Lee) Nelson, Evelyn (Odel) Maryland and Jackie Hammonds, all of Wrens; four sisters, Lillie Nelson, Ross (Eddie) Lamb, both of Wrens, Linda Hannah of Lithonia, and Brenda Berry of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Ray Berry and Andrew Berry, both of Wrens; godsister, Antee Roberts; godbrother, Albert (Dorothy) Nelson; 20 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren and aunt, Mary Berry.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Helen Atwell Best
Mrs. Mary Helen Atwell Best, 87, of Eastman, formerly of Augusta, died Friday, April 18, 2008.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, in Southerland Funeral Chapel, Eastman, with graveside services at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, in Ways Baptist Church cemetery, Stellaville.

Mrs. Best, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church of Augusta, a retired office manager for McDonald Builders, Inc. and widow of John. H. Best. She was the daughter of the late Marion Johnson Atwell and Evan P. Atwell.

Survivors include her daughter, Angela Bryant Walker (G.S.) of Eastman; three sons, Wade A. Bryant of Atlanta, Don Bryant (Mary) of Evans, and Douglas Bryant (Vickie) of Eastman; sister, Martha Lukemire of Warner Robins; brother, W.T. Atwell of Matthews; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to The Children’s Ministry of Woodlawn Baptist Church of Grovetown.

Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lula W. Gibbs
Mrs. Lula W. Gibbs of Augusta entered into rest Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Golden Living Center.

Mrs. Gibbs was a native of Matthews. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel African Methodist Church, Augusta.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 11 a.m. at W. H. Mays Mortuary Chapel with Reverend Mark S. Pierson officiating. Interment was in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Lavender, Augusta; two grandchildren, Harmon Lavender, Griffin, and Cheryl Bly, Augusta; three great-grandchildren, Crystal Lewis, Savannah, Reginald Lewis and Chyna Bly, both of Augusta; also many cousins and friends.

W.H. Mays Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Derryl Lewis Heath Sr.
Mr. Derryl Lewis Heath Sr., 57, of Wadley departed this life Sunday, April 20, 2008, at VA Hospital, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 26, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Pierce Grove Baptist Church and cemetery.

Mr. Heath was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Alvin Lee Heath Tyler and Jessie Battle. He attended the Jefferson County School System. He was a 13 year veteran of the US Army, and a member of the Pierce Grove Baptist Church where he served on the Trustee Board and the Usher Board. He worked with Boy Scout Troupe #269.

Survivors include his wife, Freddie Hazzard Heath of Wadley; his children, Shedrick (Helen) Walker of Augusta, Derryl Lewis Heath II and Keontri Heath of Wadley, Vanyshe (Ebison) Parker of Savannah; ten grandchildren; siblings, Kevin (Linda Ann) Tyler and Sharon Pamela (Clarence) Rogers of Jacksonville, Fla., Freeman (Deloris) Battle, Andrew Dale (Daisy) Battle of Wrens, Jacqueline (Donald) Simmons of Manalapan, N.J., Delores (Henry) Williams of Augusta, Timothy (Denise) Battle of Columbus, Reggie Battle of Avera, Barbara Battle and Anthony Battle of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one godchild, Antyrneca Henry of Kileene, Texas; aunts and uncles, Jimmy Heath Sr. and Lindsey (Frances) Heath of Louisville, Vivian Jones of Rochester, N.Y., Joyce Battle of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Clifford (Dean) Latimore of N.J., John Latimore of West Palm Beach, Fla.; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Curtis Donnelle LaFavor
Mr. Curtis Donnelle LaFavor, 36, of Gough entered into rest Sunday, April 13, 2008, in San Diego, Calif.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Burnett Funeral Home Chapel, Wrens, with Rev. Jerome LaFavor officiating. Interment was in Walker Family Cemetery, Gough.

Survivors include his grandmother, Hattie Bell LaFavor, Louisville; aunts, Julia LaFavor, Tampa, Fla., Myrtis L. Williams, Lucy L. Rhyns, Betty L. Jones, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; uncles, Lucious LaFavor Jr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., David (Betty) Walker, Bennie Walker, both of Gough, James LaFavor, Wrens, and Rev. Jerome (Eddie Lou) LaFavor, Augusta; and great aunts, Josephine Lewis, Aiken, S.C., Jeanette (Glenn) Birt, Charlie Mae Walker, Gough.

Peoples Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ralph E. Lewis
Ralph E. Lewis, 63, died Tuesday April 15, 2008 at his son’s home in Rome, after an extended illness.

The Wayne County native was a member, Deacon and Sunday school teacher with the First Baptist Church in Clinton, S.C. He was former vice president and manager of the Clinton Combined Utilities System and was a 1962 Graduate of Wayne County High School.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel, Jesup, with Dr. Blake Harwell officiating. Interment was in Bethesda Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter “Dub” Lewis; and a sister, Faye Lewis Ring.

Survivors are two sons, Jeffery (Kristen) Lewis of Waxhaw, N.C., Jason (Stephanie) Lewis of Rome; his mother, Macy Wiggins Lewis of Jesup; a sister, Barbara (Wayne) Tingen of Oxford, N.C.; brothers, Larry (Gale) Lewis of Screven, Gerald (Kyong) Lewis of Melbourne, Fla., Roger (Paula) Lewis of Jesup; four grandchildren, Tyler and Jordan Lewis, and Carter and Aaron Lewis; and several nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers were Bo Lewis, Ron Lewis, Fred Goff, Bobby Brock, Bill Cooper and John Martin.

Honorary pallbearers were Donzell Lewis, Sam Bennett, Bobby Brett and Sam Weeks.

The Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronnie Darrell Love
Mr. Ronnie Darrell Love, 56, of Harlem entered into rest Sunday, April 13, 2008, at the Downtown V.A. Hospital.

Mr. Love, a native of Thomasville, was the son of the late Charles J. and Idether Vickery Love and had lived in the Harlem area most of his life. He was of the Baptist faith.

Memorial services were held at the Chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors today, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at 6 p.m. with the Reverend George A. Holcombe Jr. officiating.

Mr. Love was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Faye Love.

Survivors include his children, Rebecca York and Melissa Price both of Thomson, Jerry Taylor and Joseph Peebles both of Waynesboro; brothers, John Love of Augusta, Eugene Love of Harlem, Terry Love of Augusta, Gary Love of Grovetown, James Love of Dearing, George Cooper of Gibson, and Josh Love of Harlem; sisters, Patricia Malpass of Thomson, Darlene Watts of Blythe, and Ann Webber of Dearing; grandchildren, Steven Alleva, Christopher Alleva, Cody Alleva and Joseph York.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Keith Lionel Stewart
Mr. Keith Lionel Stewart, 82, of Bartow entered into rest on Thursday, April 17, 2008, at the Medical College of Georgia after a brief illness.

Mr. Stewart, a son of the late Clyde and Golda Stewart, was a native of Silina, Kan., where he finished high school and played the trumpet in the band. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received his bachelor of science in business administration at Kansas State University, where he was a member of Beta Kappa, and received his masters in business administration at Denver University in Denver, Colo. He went to work for Continental Can Group, Inc., as the Southeastern Regional Auditor in 1948 and retired in 1982 after 34 years. He was a member of the Institute Auditors, Inc., Continental Can Veteran’s Club, Pioneer CCC Club and the Lions Club where he served as president and as secretary and was chosen as Lion of the Year in 1989-1990. He was a member and of Louisville First Baptist Church and the Ingles Coffee Table Club.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, 2008, at Louisville First Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating. Burial followed in the Davisboro City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Paulene S. Stewart of Bartow; daughters, Joyce Poole Joyner (Mays) of Fayetteville, and Linda Poole Bledsoe (Horace) of Aiken; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were nephews, Bill Black, Riley Stavely, Sonny Stavely, Robert Stavely, Tony Stavely, Terry Garrett, Mark Gilvin and David Gilvin.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Deacons of Louisville First Baptist Church and members of the Louisville Lions Club.

In lieu of flowers family requests memorials be made to the Louisville First Baptist Church Building Fund 101 E. 9th St. Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Alma Williams
Mrs. Alma Williams, 87, of Louisville entered into rest Monday, April 14, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. Williams was an accountant in Jefferson County at The News and Farmer, also was a president of the Jefferson County Chapter AARP and she was a member of Waldens United Methodist Church. She was the daughter of late Alvin and Annie Lou Williams.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Waldens United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tom Edwards officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her sister, Bessie Mae Amerson.

Survivors include her son, John Judson (Ann) Williams, Lilburn; niece, Jan (Jerry) Grice, Hephzibah, and Tammy Ryan, Wrens; nephew, Andrew Ryan, Wrens; her beloved grandchildren, Ben (Jennifer) Williams, Springfield, and Wendy (Justin) Breda, Lilburn; and her four great-grandchildren, Madison Breda, Braxton Breda, Megan Williams and Braden Williams.

Pallbearers were Jack Clark, Fay McGahee, Howard McGahee, Bennett Howard, Marion Milburn and Boyd Williams.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Ethel Bales Wood
Mrs. Ethel Bales Wood, 98, Thomson entered into rest Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Wood was a native of Washington County, a member of Dearing Full Gospel Church, and a seamstress. She also worked in the garden and her flowers.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2008, at Dearing Full Gospel Church with Rev. Jerry Rockefeller and Rev. Eddie Renew officiating. Interment was in Mt. Zion Church cemetery, Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Sara Usry Cook and Mary Usry Perryman; one son, Leroy Usry; and her parents, Eli and Judie Bales.

Survivors include two daughters, Gladys Usry Happ of Graniteville, and Frances Mae Usry Williams of Thomson; one son, William Junior Usry of Thomson; one sister, Louise Bales McNeal of Gibson; and one brother, Bill Bales of Thomson; 13 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great- grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wesley Usry, Rick Warren, Wayne Warren, Ronnie Brooks, George Perryman and Robert Kitchens.

Memorials may be made to the Dearing Full Gospel Church Building Fund in care of Teresa Rockefeller, 3584 Brinkley Rd., Dearing, GA 30808.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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