Obituaries
June 12, 2008 Issue

Zaydell “Dell” Braddock
Mrs. Zaydell “Dell” Braddock, 67, entered into rest Sunday, June 1, 2008, at her residence in Louisville.

Mrs. Braddock was a native of Burke County. She was retired from Kendall Company. She was the wife of Pleas Braddock and the daughter of the late Judson Howard and Lillian Todd Howard.

Survivors include a son, David Mark Braddock, Augusta; a daughter, Christy (Randy) Dunbar, Augusta; three sisters, Juanita (Arthur) Glover, Augusta, Doris Marsh, Wrens, and Yvonne Neades, Greenfield, S.C.; a brother Douglas Howard, Johannesburg, South Africa; two grandchildren, Billy Dunbar, Augusta, and Jessica Braddock, Louisville.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at Jefferson Memorial Garden Cemetery, with Billy Wheeler officiating.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy Braddy Harmon
Mrs. Dorothy Braddy Harmon of Louisville departed this life Sunday, June 8, 2008, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the New Hope AME Church and cemetery.

Mrs. Harmon was a native of Jefferson County, a member of the New Hope AME Church and retired from Thermo King Corp.

Survivors include one daughter, Carole Harmon of Louisville; her siblings, Eddie “E.D.” Braddy, Willie Bell Habersham, T.J. (Lena) Braddy, Billy (Katheleen) Braddy, Roley (Bernestine) Braddy and Alonzo Braddy, all of Louisville, Evangeline (Melvin) William and Bessie Dean Jones, both of Augusta, and Patricia Beals of North Augusta, S.C.; mother-in-law, Isabell McGruder Harmon of Louisville; three grandchildren, Dantavious Harmon of Olathe, Kan., Gabrielle Harmon and CaRencia Brown, both of Louisville; one great-grandchild; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 619 Walker Street or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Johnnie Gene Hines Sr.
Mr. Johnnie Gene Hines Sr., 65, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at the Amara Healthcare and Rehab Facility in Augusta.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 7, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. at the Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with the Rev. Jimmy McCollough III, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the churchyard cemetery.

Survivors include wife, Dorothy Hines, Wrens; four sons, Anthony (Jan) Hines, San Diego, Calif., Johnnie Gene (Sharon) Hines Jr., Keysville, Gregory (Marilyn) Hines, Jacksonville, Fla., and Ben (Tarsha) Hines, Stapleton; three daughters, Deidra Hines, Long Beach, Calif., Samantha Hines, Atlanta, and Selena Hines, Wrens; 11 sisters, Carolyn (KC) Thomas, Julia Andrews, Glennis Brown, all of Wrens, Josephine (Freddie) Thompson, Louisville, Earnestine Andrews, Brooklyn, N.Y., Barnell Alexander, Beech Island, S.C., Betty Harris, Bernice Harris, Michelle Hines, Renae Hines and Willie Mae Hines, all of Pompano Beach, Fla.; five brothers, Donald Andrews, Wrens, Leroy (Shirley) Hines, Dublin, James Hines, Ronnie Hines both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Leotis Carr, Louisville; stepfather, Earnest Andrews; two stepchildren, Phyllis (Tony) Byrd, Waynesboro, James Davis, Las Vegas, Nev.; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; cousin, Ralph Ferguson, Reno, Nev.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Isaiah “Ike” Hudson
Isaiah “Ike” Hudson, 90, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, May 31, 2008.

Mr. Hudson was born in Matthews in Jefferson County to the late Lewis and Vallie Beasley Hudson. He retired from Georgia Tennessee Mining Company.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with the Rev. Jimmy McCollough III, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Rose Hudson, Thomson; four stepchildren, Rufus (Annie Ruth) Gaines, Lucinda Walker, Annie Ruth Leverett, all of Wrens, and Willie Neal Jr., Thomson; eight grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Anna Freeman and Evelyn Hudson, both of Wrens, Bertha Stone and Eunice Nelson, both of Atlanta; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Johnny Ray Knight
Johnny Ray Knight, 47, of Midville entered into rest at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Miss., on Tuesday, June 3, 2008.

A private service will be held at the Wadley City Cemetery at a later date.

Mr. Knight was born Oct. 15, 1960 to the late Martha Sue and James Knight of Midville. He attended Bartow Academy and was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson Academy in Louisville. He spent his early years growing up at Colemans Lake in Midville. Mr. Knight worked at several construction and grading companies as a carpenter and heavy machine operator.

He was preceded in death by his father, James L. Knight; his mother, Martha Sue Knight; and his grandparents, Dan and Grace Moore.

Survivors include his daughter, Johnna (Joey) Raines of Wadley; grandson, Zach Raines of Wadley; his sister, Mary Knight of Macon; aunts and uncles Hubert and Barbara Knight of Millen and Virgil and Betty Choates of Midville; and a niece, Amanda (Ricky) Knowles of Sandersville.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sara Wilcher Murray-Pinkston
Mrs. Sara Wilcher Murray-Pinkston, 91, of Mitchell entered into rest Sunday, June 1, 2008, at her residence under the care of United Hospice.

The Warren County native was a member of the Second Mineral Springs Missionary Baptist Church where she served as president of Usher’s Board, Missionary Treasurer, and Mother of the Church. Mrs. Pinkston was a retired factory worker and a companion sitter.

The funeral services for Mrs. Pinkston were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2008, at the Second Mineral Springs Missionary Baptist Church, Mitchell, with the Rev. Robert Lee Smith, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a sister, adopted daughter, a daughter-in-law, three granddaughters, one grandson and a host of other relatives and friends.

Hill’s Mortuary, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.


Virginia Sue Burke Rayburn
Virginia Sue Burke Rayburn formerly of Greensboro passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

Mrs. Rayburn was born in Wrens on May 22, 1941, to Mildred Jernigan Burke and the late Roy F. Burke Sr. She graduated from Greensboro High School in 1959 and attended GSCW in Milledgeville and has lived in Blythe for the past 10 years.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Roy F. Burke Jr.; and a brother-in-law, D. J. Epps.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Rayburn Sr.; one son, Ken (Valerie) Rayburn Jr. of Hephzibah; two daughters, Laura (Steve) Mahrt of LaGrande, Ore.; and Jenny (James) Combs of Hillsboro, Ore.; one granddaughter, Kayla Rayburn of Hephzibah; one sister, Jane Burke Epps of Greensboro; her mother, Mildred Burke of Boswell Parker Nursing Home, Greensboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.

Deloach-Kennedy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Lois Purvis Shepard
Lois Purvis Shepard, 90, entered into rest on Tuesday, June 3, 2008.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Brown Shepard; two sons, George Timothy Faircloth and David Stewart Faircloth; a grandson, William Marvin Faircloth III; her parents, Tom Alfred Timothy Purvis and Luella Stewart Purvis; five siblings, Clara Beatrice Mimbs, Ada Sumner, Leotha Shepard, Allegra Riner and Ernest Purvis and three cats, Snow, frank and Mollie.

She was a native of Emanuel County, where she lived most of her life. She graduated from Metter High School and attended college in Milledgeville. She lived and worked in Georgia and Florida and returned to settle in Swainsboro. She worked with the United States Postal service as both a star and rural mail route carrier. She retired from the United States Postal Service in Twin City at 75.

As a member of Hawhammock Baptist Church for more than 30 years, Mrs. Shepard was a Sunday school teacher.

Funeral services were held at the chapel of Tomlinson Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. Rev. Louis Pearce, Mrs. Shepard’s pastor for over 30 years, officiated at the service. Internment was at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Laurens County. Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, William Marvin Faircloth Jr. of Midville, Michael (Peggy) Purvis Shepard of Lawrenceville, and Rev. Thomas (Lawanda) M. Shepard of Collins; three step-sons, Benny Joe Shepard of Cartersville, Gerald Shepard of Senoia and Jimmy (Becky) Shepard of Morrow; and one step-daughter, Connie Griffin of Opelika, Ala.; 10 grandchildren including Ann Atkinson, Wesley Shepard, Millie Shepard and Brooks Clark; several great-grandchildren, including Michael Atkinson, Scott Atkinson, Will Atkinson, Kristen Faircloth and Emily Clark; one great-great-grandchild, Isaiah Clark; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Mario Antwan Thomas
Mr. Mario Antwan Thomas of Gibson died Thursday, May 29, 2008.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 7, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Glascock County Consolidated High Gymnasium, Gibson, with Rev. Golden Lott, eulogist, and Rev. Larry Medlock officiating. Interment was in William Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Nancy Thomas, Gibson; his father, Henry Thomas Jr., Wrens; one son, Dontrayvis Antwan Thomson, Stapleton; one daughter, Aniyah Arian Thomas, Charlotte, N.C.; one brother, Terrence Thomas, Gibson; one sister, Yolonda Thomas, Augusta; maternal grandmother, Carrie Pinkston, Warrenton; paternal grandmother, Geneva Thomas, Matthews; and other relatives and friends.

Dawson’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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