Obituaries
May 8, 2008 Issue

Mr. Walter Brown
Mr. Walter Brown of McBee, S.C. died on Thursday, April 17, 2008.

Mr. Brown was born in Chesterfield County on April 8, 1938. He was the son of the late O’Neal and Mary McTier Brown. He received his education in the public schools in the area. He was a retired from the Conduction Cigar Company after 20 years.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 24, 2008, at Shady Grove Baptist Church, McBee, S.C., at 2 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Blackwell officiating.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Vanessa Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Brown of McBee, S.C.; two daughters, Dianne Brown Benjamin of Wrens, and Laurinda (Michael) Washington of St. Robert, Mo.; two sons, Herbert Berry of Wrens, and Cornelius (Susan) Brown of Allentown, Pa.; four brothers, Robert (Ollie) Brown and James Brown both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nathanil Brown of Augusta, and Johnny Lee Brown of Atlanta; two sisters, Mary Nelson (Tommy) Brown and Christine Brown, both of Augusta; five sisters-in-law, Ethel (Edward) Rodgers, Helen (Lavern) Johnson, Clara Pettus and Dorothy Blanchard, all of McBee, S.C., and Deborah (Gary) Hodnett of Clinton, Md.; three brothers-in-law, Alphonso (Hattie) Murphy of Brooklyn, N.Y., Thomas J. Thomas of Charlotte, N.C., and Sam Knox Jr. of Hartsville, S.C.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


Mr. Johnny Dean Cason
Mr. Johnny Dean Cason, 46, of Wrens entered into rest Thursday, May 1, 2008 at the Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Cason was born in Clarke County, but lived in Glascock County and Jefferson County for several years. He was a heavy equipment operator and attended the Church of God.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2008, at the Millcreek Baptist Cemetery in Glascock County, with Rev. Charles Reese officiating.

Survivors include his mother, Sara (Carroll) Cooper Reid of Thomson; sons, Daniel Cason Sheffield and Johnny Dean Cason Jr., both of Wrens; daughter, Julie Otten of Gibson; stepdaughter, Brittany Newsome of Wrens; brothers, Danny Cason of Wrens, Donnie Cason and Dennis Cason, both of Stockbridge; sisters, Dianne Nunnely and Debra Sparks, both of Stockbridge; and companion, Dorothy Newsome of Wrens.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clarence "Frog" Gamble Sr.
Mr. Clarence “Frog” Gamble Sr., 70, of Bartow departed this life Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at a local hospital.

Mr. Gamble was a native of Jefferson County and a farm worker for many years. He was a member of the New Fleming Baptist Church and attended Jefferson County School System.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 3, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the New Fleming Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lula Thomas Gamble of Bartow; his children, George Thomas of Stanton Island, N.Y., Clarence Gamble Jr. of Augusta, Carole (Dave) Gibbons of Wadley, Solomon (Bernestine) Gamble of Louisville, D’Carlos Gamble of Bartow and Nadine Dixon of Sandersville; his siblings, Betty (Henry) Heggs and Emma (Willie) Bridges of Davisboro, Willie Gamble Jr. of Louisville; his father-in-law, Dessie Thomas Sr. of Louisville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, William “Bill” Middleton, Raymond and Brenda Thomas, Willie Albert and Ruby Thomas, Perry and Lucy Thomas, Ralph Thomas, Hattie Kittles, Barbara Wilcher and Dessie Mae Williams; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sara Harvey Garrett
Mrs. Sara Harvey Garrett, 76, of Vidalia died Friday, May 2, 2008, at Meadows Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

She was a native of Bibb County, moving to Toombs County in 1964. She was a homemaker and was a charter member of Faith Assembly Church of God, in Lyons.

Funeral services were Monday, May 5, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Murchison Funeral Home with Reverend Chris Pugliese, Rev. Jesse Hathaway and Rev. James Scott officiating. Interment followed in the Pinecrest Cemetery in Vidalia.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Leroy Garrett; and her parents, Edward Harvey and Mary Cobb Harvey.

Survivors include her six sons, Robert E. (Marilynn) Garrett of Dublin, Doyle (Jane) Garrett of Chester, S.C., Joel T. (Joyce) Garrett of Vidalia, Ralph (Betty) Garrett of Lyons, Kenneth (Terri) Garrett of Calamazoo, Mich. and Phillip (Patty) Garrett of Columbia, Md.; two daughters, Loraine (Ed) Johnson of Sylvester, and Kim (Randy) Sharpe of Louisville; one brother, Edward (Marie) Harvey of Canton; 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Murchison Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Joe W. Hall
Mr. Joe W. Hall, 68, of Wrens entered into rest Friday, May 2, 2008, at Trinity Hospital.

Mr. Hall was the husband of Janet Hall, and son of the late Leondus and Sarah Hall. He was self employed in construction.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 5, 2008, at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom and Carolyn Schneider officiating. Burial followed at Walden U.N.C. Cemetery.

Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his brother, David Hall; and his sister, Ellen Wothrow.

Survivors include his two daughters, Shirley Hall and Holley Sparbel; two sons, Joseph Hall and Lee Hall; two stepsons, Eric Clark and Chris Clark; three brothers, Louis Washington, Charles Hall and Johnny Hall.; and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Buster Silman, Timmy Silas, Lon Purvis, Rudy Cushman, Keith Ingett and Albert Hall.

If so desired contributions may be made to James Funeral Home P. O. Box 588 Wrens Ga.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Patsy Wilson Kelsey
Ms. Patsy Wilson Kelsey, 58, of Meeks, died Saturday, May 3, 2008.

Ms. Kelsey was born in Jefferson County and is predeceased by her father Thomas Lyn Wilson. She was a homemaker and attended Corinth Church in Meeks. Ms. Kelsey was the former co-operator of Bugaloo Salvage Company in Eatonton.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Washington County Memorial Gardens. Rev. Danny Thomas officiated.

Survivors include her daughter, Tammy Page of Meeks; son, Michael Wren of South Carolina; grandchildren, Ashley Brown, Bud Brown, Brandi Claxton, Trey Claxton and Travis Claxton; great-grandchildren, Reanna Berneche, Tate Berneche and Madison Brown; her mother, Jeannette Eubanks Hackle (Bud) of Meeks; brother, Luther Wilson of Meeks; and a special friend, Walter Neut Powell of Meeks.

Pallbearers were Ron Johnson, Michael Wren, Bud Brown, Trey Powell, Jeff Hutcheson, and Josh Warren.

May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of these arrangements.


Mr. Jeremy David Love Sr.
Mr. Jeremy David Love Sr., 33, of Grovetown died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, in Columbia County.

Mr. Love was a native of Gwinnett County, but had lived in Grovetown for several years. He was a cook at the Thomson Waffle House.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2008, at Mount Tabor Baptist Church, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his daughter, Mary McNally, Grovetown; two sons, Jeremy Love Jr., Grovetown, and Zachary Love, Colorado; his mother and stepfather, Gloria and Glenn Allen, Grovetown; his father and stepmother, Gene and Virginia Love, Harlem; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Bobbie Scott, Augusta; three brothers, Ronald Brady, Grovetown, Christopher Love, Macon, and Wayne Johnson, Dearing; three sisters, Robbie Poole, Grovetown, Leigh Poole, Dearing, and Angie Adams, Gibson; and his girlfriend, Erica Dillingham.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Louise Adams McCarthy
Louise Adams McCarthy, 91, of White Oak died Saturday, April 26, 2008.

Mrs. McCarthy was a native of Jefferson County, but lived in White Oak for most of her life. She was retired from the Camden County School System where she taught home economics. She was a member of Woodbine First Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Homewood Cemetery in Waverly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, C.L. McCarthy.

Survivors include a sister, Ms. Ruth Adams of Wrens; and several nieces and nephews.

Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Alice McNeely
Mrs. Alice McNeely of Wadley died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. McNeely, born in Jefferson County, was a homemaker and a member of Wadley Baptist Church.

Funeral services were Friday, May 2, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Wadley Baptist Church with Reverend Tom Harrison and Donald Lumpkin officiating. Interment followed in the Moxley Cemetery

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack C. McNeely; her parents, Inman D. and Milllie New; and a brother, Ray New.

Survivors include three sons, Bud (Joanna) McNeely; David (Ann) McNeely, and Shaun (Sandy) Cadman; a sister, Ann New Prescott; nieces, Terese New Owens and Andrea Farrer; nephew, Chris (Kelly) New; grandson, Ken (Ali) Fox; great-grandsons, Clayton Fox and Charlie Fox; great-nephew, Dan Brett; and great-niece, Lauren Owens.

Pallbearers were Benjie Leaptrott, Gary Ware, Tommy New, Robbie Brett, Charles Smith Jr. and Chris New.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles E. Smith, Robert McGill and Deacons of Wadley Baptist Church.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Julio Ramirez III
Julio Ramirez III, 66, of Wrens, died Thursday, April 17, 2008, at his residence.

A memorial will be held Saturday, May 10, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Louisville.

Mr. Ramirez had lived for the past 30 years in Wrens and was originally from Port Chester, N.Y. He had retired from Glit in Wrens after 40 years of service and had been vice president of manufacturing. He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Louisville for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Hermimia Abreau; his father, Julio Ramirez Jr.; and a brother, Efraim Abreau.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Hilda E. Ramirez; one son, Mark A. Ramirez Sr. of Wrens; four grandchildren, Brandon (Shiloh) Moorehead, Nicholas Moorehead, Lauren April Ramirez, Mark A. Ramirez Jr., all of Evans; two brothers George Ramirez of Kissimmee, Fla. and Luz M. Torres of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; two sisters, Edna Ramirez of New Jersey and Rosaura Reyes of Kissimmee, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 2604 US Hwy 1 North, Louisville, Ga. 30434; United Hospice and Homecare, 620 Ponder Place Drive, 1A, Evans, Ga. 30809 or Alzheimer’s Association, 1899 Central Avenue, Augusta, Ga. 30904.


Mr. Ran Lewis Walden
Mr. Ran Lewis Walden of Augusta entered into rest Wednesday, April 29, 2008, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the Peel Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Lee Edward Jones and Elder Mark Walden officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Randy Walden, Jackie (Rufus) Young, George (Dora) Walden, Sherry Walden, Terry Walden, Dennis (Pat) Gore, Augusta, Velvet (Doug) Dishmond, Midville, and Mary Tarver, Rosier; seven stepchildren; six sisters, Eliza Cooper, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Pearlie (Horace) Batts, Louisville, Charlotte Hall, Dania, Fla., Pauline Williams, Mamie Frazier, Mattie (Eugene) Sims, Augusta; one brother, Elder Mark (Mary) Walden; adopted brother, Eugene Loyd, Augusta; 23 grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Cleo Williams Grissett
Mrs. Cleo Williams Grissett, 95, entered into rest on Monday, May 5, 2008, at Gibson Assisted Living Center.

Graveside services will be held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2008, with Donald Lumpkin officiating.

Mrs. Grissett was a native of Avera, but had lived in Wrens, Augusta and Atlanta. She was born on Nov. 26, 1912, in Avera to Mr. and Mrs. John Alfred and Berta Faglier Williams.

She was preceded in death by her parents and six brothers and sisters.

Survivors include sisters, Myrtice Thigpen of Greenwood, S.C., and Emolyn Norton of Brandos, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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