Obituaries
August 7, 2008 Issue

Mrs. Linda Claxton
Mrs. Linda Claxton, 63, of Wadley died Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

Mrs. Claxton was born in Jefferson County and was a lifelong resident. She had been an accountant with Fulghum Industries in Wadley and was a member of the Moxley Baptist Church.

Graveside services were Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at Moxley Cemetery with Reverend Tom Harrison and Reverend Ruth Lovejoy officiating.

Pallbearers were Billy Raines, Donnie Raines, Alan May, Mitch Smith, Brad Smith and Jay Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Brooks Gardner Banks of Atlanta, William Hall Banks of Greenville, N.C.; a daughter, Lynda Lea Goodbread of Brunswick; a sister, Ann Smith of Bartow; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Moxley Cemetery Fund or the M.S. Foundation in memory of Mrs. Claxton.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Betty J. Herrin
Mrs. Betty J. Herrin, 77, of Grovetown entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, at Heritage of Old Capital Inn Nursing Home, Louisville.

Ms. Herrin, daughter of the late Ruth Wasden-Horne and the late Joe Wasden, was a native of Jefferson County. She was a member of Grove First Baptist Church and was retired from Fort Gordon as a Civil Service Employee with 30 years service.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. at Grove First Baptist Church, Grovetown, with the Reverend Frank Thigpen officiating. Interment was in the Bellevue Memorial Gardens, Grovetown.

Survivors include three brothers, Jack (Peggy) Wasden, Sandersville, Wayne (Jackie) Wasden, Grovetown, and Terry (Charlene) Wasden, Evans; nieces, Lisa Wasden, Sandersville, Donna (Harold) Smith, Evans, Toni (Bart) O’Quinn, Augusta, Traci Wasden, Augusta; nephews Barry Wasden Sandersville, Wayne (Susan) Wasden Jr., Appling, and Steven Wasden, Grovetown; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Harold Smith Jr., Charles Milburn, Namon Woods, Ron Fairburn, Ed Strickland and E.R. Hughes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grove First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 236, Grovetown, GA 30813.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles W. Johnson Sr.
Mr. Charles W. Johnson Sr., 88, of Wrens entered into rest Thursday, July 31, 2008, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Johnson was a retired farmer and served in WWII. He was decorated with the American Theater Ribbon, the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with four bronze stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal-WWII, and the Bronze Star Medal. He was the son of the late Samuel and Beatrice Johnson.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. at Ways Baptist Church Cemetery, Stellaville, with the Rev. Ed Chance officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth B. Johnson; his son, Charles W. Johnson Jr.; and a sister, Barbara J. Moore.

If so desired, memorials may be made to your choice of charity.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Price Reville
Mr. Price Reville, 83, of Gibson entered into rest Thursday, July 31, 2008, at University Hospital.

Mr. Reville was a field service manager with Yancey Brothers and was a member of Bethel UMC. He was the son of the late Samuel and Anna Reville.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. at Bethel UMC Cemetery, with Rev. Boyd Reeves and Rev. Sam Collins officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Jeanette Reville; two daughters, Nancy Gunter (Wayne) and Lynn Jackson (Chuck); seven grandchildren, Angela Jackson, Heather Jackson, Tyler Jackson, Chase Jackson, Mason Gunter, Grace Gunter and Audra Gunter; and one great-granddaughter, Mikayla.

If so desired, memorials may be made to your choice of charity.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James E. Rooks Jr.
Mr. James E. Rooks Jr., 73, of Greenville, S.C. entered into rest Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

Mr. Rooks was the husband of 47 years to Carole Rooks, son of the late James E. Rooks Sr. and Inez Hadden Rooks. Mr. Rooks was retired from Southeastern Freightlines after 36 years of service as OSD clerk.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jody Boulineau officiating. Burial followed at Walden UMC Cemetery.

Mr. Rooks was preceded in death by his brother, Malcolm Rooks, and sister, Jacquelyn Rooks Chalker.

Survivors include his children, James Robert “Robby” Rooks of Avera, and Sherry Rooks Patterson, Savannah; a brother, Everrett Rooks, Lexington, S.C.; a sister, Ivelyn Newton, Laverne, Calif.; and grandchildren, Farrell Kirk Patterson, Cameron Todd Patterson, Haley Alexis Patterson, David Martin Lane III, and Sierra Elizabeth Rooks.

Pallbearers were Allen Rooks, Joey Rooks, Billy Evans, Rick Hopper, Eric Hadden and Kirk Patterson.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Vincent Byron Shaffer
Mr. Vincent Byron Shaffer, 65, of Kennesaw entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital after a short battle with lung cancer.

Mr. Shaffer had a 50-year career serving the Metro Atlanta area in the emergency medical service field as a paramedic and instructor. He served on Composite State Board of Georgia for 15 years, instructor of State of Georgia for over 30 years and served on numerous boards and committees for EMS and dedicated his life to serving others.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Stephens, Rev. Mike Bryant and Rev. Greg Pocok officiating.

Graveside services were held at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Louisville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Ruth Townsend.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia “Pat” Shaffer of Kennesaw; daughter, Allyson Shaffer of Decatur, and Ivy Murphy of Dallas; sons, Jason (Tonya) Poole of Dallas, and Robyn (Rose) Shaffer of Korea; four grandchildren, Morgan and Mason Poole and Jayric Miles and Karrasie Murphy.

Donations may be made to the Saint Joseph’s Hospital Center of Cancer Care and Research, 5665 Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30342.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.


Mr. Clyde "Bulldozier" Sinquefield Jr.
Mr. Clyde “Bulldozier” Sinquefield Jr., 58, of Wrens entered into rest Friday, July 25, 2008.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 31 at 3 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include six sisters, Johnnie Mae (Fletcher) Jones of Avera, Ruth (Jimmy) Wells Sr., Gertrude Kelly, both of Wrens, Grace Sims of Augusta, Sallie Mae Brady and Priscilla Sinquefield, both of Florida; and friend, Markeita Moss of Thomson.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Saulena Dee Vilano
Mrs. Saulena Dee Vilano, 38, of Avera entered into rest Tuesday, July 29, 2008.

Mrs. Vilano was a waitress at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant.

Graveside services were held Friday, Aug. 1 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. with Rev. Russell Davis officiating.

Survivors include her children, Alyssa Austin, Emily Austin and Gavin James; her parents, Johnny F. Padgett Jr., and Sherry A. Padgett, Avera; her sisters and brother, Celeste Roberts, Martinez, Sgt. Jason Padgett, Fort Campbell, Ky., Michelle Padgett Reid, Avera, and Wendy Padgett Thomas, Greenville, S.C.; an aunt, Mary Goodspeed, Evans; and an uncle Raymond Goodspeed, Evans; 13 nieces and nephews.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Susanne Atkins Wells
Mrs. Susanne Atkins Wells, 55, of Louisville departed this life Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. Wells was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late John “Snake” Atkins and Jessie Mae Boyd Atkins. She joined the Jones Grove Baptist Church at an early age and served on the Usher Board for many years. She was a 1971 graduate of Louisville High School. She worked as a security guard in the Georgia Department of Corrections and later as a jailer at the Jefferson County Sherriff Office.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Jones Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Jonas Wells Sr. of Louisville; her children, Alieshia Yancey and Jonas Wells Jr. of Louisville; her stepchildren, Darien Nelson of Matthews and Keshaunda Andrews of Wrens; her siblings, Gene (Bessie) Boyd, Billy (Barbara) Atkins, Louise (Ronnie) Ponder, Larry (Susan) Atkins, Sabrina Atkins, Shawanna Atkins of Louisville, Deborah (Tommie) Terrell of Keysville, Patricia (Steve) Kinkins of Wadley, Don (Ethel) Atkins of Albany, Johnnie (Dalphia) Atkins of Maryland; granddaughter, Keiavia’ Kirkland of Waynesboro; uncle and aunts, Leotis “Duke” Boyd, Pauline Hines and Lizzie Quarterman of Louisville; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Edward Andrew Zabawa
Mr. Edward Andrew Zabawa, 72, of Augusta entered into rest Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at his residence.

Mr. Zabawa retired as a Sergeant First Class from the U.S. Army and also served in Vietnam. He later worked as a mechanical estimator for GoldMech, Inc.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Lumpkin Road Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home with Father Bill Williams officiating. Interment followed at Westover Memorial Park. Full military honors were accorded by the Ft. Gordon Military Detachment.

He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and John Krezinski.

Survivors include his wife, Inge Zabawa; a son James (Debbie) Zabawa, Kentucky; daughters, Susan (Steve) Echols, Mitchell, and Karen (Chris) Whitney, Evans; grandchildren, Krista and Jared Zabawa, Kentucky, Emma Echols, Mitchell, and Katie and Jessie Barnett, and Noah Whitney, all of Evans; sister, Margie (Fred) Muzyka, Willis, Texas; brothers, Richard (Eva) Zabawa, Columbia, S.C. and Albin (Caroline) Zabawa, Fayetteville.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to The National Brain Tumor Foundation, 22 Battery St., Suite 612, San Francisco, California 94111-5520.

Elliott and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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