Obituaries
September 11, 2008 Issue

Mrs. Katrine Robinson Anderson
Funeral services for Mrs. Katrine Robinson Anderson, 63, of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Wrens, were held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the New Zion Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Dr. W.L. Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Michael Anderson, Pennsylvania; one daughter, Sylvia (Anthony) Shaw, Brooklyn, N.Y.; two sisters, Mary Ella Robinson Brown, Dublin, and Wilhemenia Howard, Wrens; two brothers, Carthan “CW” Robinson, Wrens, and Carlos Ray Robinson, Atlanta; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nerisa Davis Durden
Mrs. Nerisa Davis Durden of Avera entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Durden was a native of Jefferson County. She was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at Magnolia Baptist Church with Rev. David Batts officiating, Rev. Perry Daniel and Rev. Christopher Durden assisting. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Rev. Clyde (Ruby) Durden of Augusta, Matthew (Faith) Durden of Buffalo, N.Y., Linda Gail Durden and Dianne Durden of Avera; sister, Cora McCall of Atlanta; nine grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, one brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lou Virginia Gilmore
Mrs. Lou Virginia Gilmore of Hyde Park, Mass., entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. Mrs. Gilmore was born in Jefferson County where she joined Walden Grove CME Church. She was the daughter of the late Mary Lue Lundry and Mane Boyd. She was a 1964 graduate of Jefferson County High. She was employed by the Veterans Administration of Massachusetts.

Funeral Services were held Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at 3 p.m. at Ebenezer CME Church and Walden Grove CME Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Sonny Gilmore.

Survivors include daughters, Jacquelyn Gilmore, Keisha Gilmore, and Gloria (Herman) Weatherly, all of Hyde Pack, Mass.; sons, Henry Gilmore, Boston, Mass., Kenneth (Tonya) Gilmore Eden, Prairie, Antonio Gilmore, South St. Paul, Minn.; four stepchildren, Carlee, Sandra, Terry and Patricia Owens; 15 grandchildren; six sisters, Patricia Davis and Marilyn Landry, both of Orlando, Fla., Cynthia Landry, Boston, Mass., Diane “DeDe” (Herman) King, Stapleton, Phyllis (Errol) Palmer, New Hauer, Conn., and Marsha Avery, Lake Charles, La.; three brothers, Raymond (Kimberly) Landry, New Hauer, Conn., William Landry, Wadley, and Rodney “Ronnie” (Lisa) Moye Louisville; one uncle, John Rachel; one aunt, Dot Rachel, Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie Maude Little
Mr. Willie Maude Little, 90, of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at the Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Michael Ephraim Sr. officiating and Rev. Samuel Thompkins, presiding. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Little, Wrens; two sons, Willie “Bill” Little Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y., and James (Patricia) Little, Long Island, N.Y.; a grandson raised by him, Richard Little, Brooklyn, N.Y.; three daughters, Gloria (Ogie) Bittle, Roxbury, Mass., Mary (Louis) Perry, Philadelphia, Pa., and Annie Maude Burnett, Matton, Mass.; four stepchildren, Lee Edgar (Patsy) Johnson, and Gwendolyn Berry, both of Wrens, Christine Jones and Gail (Freddie) Williams, both of Hephzibah; one sister, Mariah Hicks, Allentown, Pa.; two sisters-in-law, Bernice (Joe) Fisher, Loganville, and Renee Irby, Decatur; 28 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Durham McTier
Mr. John Durham McTier, 91, of Stapleton died Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. McTier was a native of Warren County, but had lived in Stapleton for many years. He retired from Thomson Company, and he was a member of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church where he was a deacon.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Frierson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. McTier was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Alma Milburn McTier.

Survivors include his daughter, Sandra (Charles) McTier Rabun, Thomson; his son, Mansel (Jerry) McTier, Thomson; his sister, Chloe Purvis, Stapleton; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Troy McTier, Tripp McTier, Joshua McTier, Chad Rabun, Vann Phillips and Michael Drawdy.

Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James O. Sheppard
Mr. James O. Sheppard, 76, of Beech Island, S.C. entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at his home.

Born in Jefferson County, he had lived in Augusta, prior to moving to Beech Island, S.C. 39 years ago. He retired from Kimberly Clark where he was a lead operator after 27 years of service. A Korean War Veteran, he served his country in the United States Navy.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Augusta First Church of the Nazarene with pastors David Roland, Thom Harvey and Charles Horne officiating. Interment followed in Westview Cemetery, Augusta.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie Owen and Eunice Wilson Sheppard.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Daphne Livingston Sheppard; daughters, Mary Patricia Schmitz (Archie), Beech Island, S.C. and Beverly Moore (Fred), Beech Island, S.C.; brother, Julian Sheppard, Evans; grandchildren, Mary Robin Conner, Knoxville, Tenn., and Jason Philip Powell, Aiken, S.C.; and great-grandchildren, Mary Lauren Conner, Aimee Noelle Conner, Kyrston Powell, Alexis Powell, Philip Powell and Allyson Patricia Conner.

Pallbearers were Jason Philip Powell, Robert Wayne Conner, Joseph Morris, Cliff Bridges, Fred Moore and Archie Schmitz.

Memorials may be made to Liberty Hospice, 610 Aldrich St., NE, Aiken, S.C. 29801.

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


Mr. Samuel "Buck" Stone
Mr. Samuel “Buck” Stone of Benton Harbor, Mich. entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, after a brief illness.

Mrs. Stone was born in Jefferson County in Louisville on Sept. 18, 1937, to the late Jenning S. Stone Sr. and Vinnie Fann-Stone. He was a member of St. Matthew AME Church.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at Hover Funeral Home in Buchanan, Mich.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Stone; sisters, Catherine Washington and Louise Stone Jordan; brothers, Jenning S. Stone Jr. and Edgar Lee Stone (Doris); daughter, Cassandra Lynn Stone; sisters-in-law, Annie Canigen (Tidus), Dorothy White (Johnny), Florine Patterson (Alvin), Malale Milligan (Joe); brother-in-law, Jerry Weaver; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Arthur B. Taylor II
Mr. Arthur B. Taylor II, 73, of Thomson entered into rest Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008.

Mr. Taylor was born in Warren County and was the son of the late Arthur B. Taylor, Sr. and the late Fannie Sue Giles Taylor. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, worked as a supervisor at Concord Industries for 10 years and worked as a mechanic for Gray Citgo in Warrenton. Mr. Taylor was a member of Norwood United Methodist Church.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Tommy Harwell officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Josette Taylor, Thomson; son, John Thomas Taylor (Susie Kilpatrick), Thomson; daughters, Lynn McKinney (Gary), Harlem, and Lenna Renee Sellers (Ron), Gibson; sister, Nellie Smith, Norwood; seven grandchildren, Damien Taylor, Angel Taylor, Cody Kotlan, Sandra Michelle Kotlan, Tiffany and Jonathan McKinney and Sydney Sellers.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 1365 Interstate Parkway Augusta, GA 30909.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Walker
Mrs. Mary Walker, 74, of Augusta entered into rest Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at her residence.

She was a native of Old Ellenton, S.C.; a retiree of St. Joseph Hospital after 12 years of service.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Runs Missionary Baptist Church, Beech Island, S.C., with Rev. Dewayne Mack officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Horace Walker Sr., Augusta; three daughters, Shirley (Ralph) Godbee, Elaine Walker and Diane Walker, all of Augusta; three sons, Horace (Gloria) Walker Jr., Wrens, Carl (Lucy) Walker, North Augusta, S.C., and Rev. Anthony Walker, Augusta; one sister, Mae Colia Griffin, Brooklyn, N.Y.; three brothers, Joshua Washington, Booker T. Washington and Willie Washington, all of Aiken, S.C.; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Barbara Jean "Van" Walker Whitaker
Mrs. Barbara Jean “Van” Walker Whitaker, 60, of Morrisville, Pa. entered into rest at her home on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008.

Mrs. Whitaker, a native of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late Lensey and Clemmie Brown Walker. She was a member of the Spring Bethel AME Church, and a graduate of the Louisville High School in 1967. She was employed by Johnson & Johnson and Americorp until her health failed.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Spring Bethel AME Church with the Rev. James Jenkins, Pastor Dorothy Nelson, Elder Bessie Nelson and Rev. Minnie Davis officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Whitaker; and brothers, Lensey Walker and Willie Walker Sr.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, James Whitaker IV; son, James Whitaker V; two daughters, Stephanie (Dwayne) Taylor and Vanessa Whitaker, all of Morrisville, Pa.; stepdaughter, Sheri Kelly, New York; two sisters, Mattie Hodges, Wrens, and Agnes Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers, St. John Walker and Scipp Walker, Wrens; mother-in-law, Annie Willie Whitaker, Trenton, N.J.; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; aunts, Mattie Turner, Wrens, and Rachel Banks, Trenton, N.J.; sisters-in-law, Elder Bessie Nelson, Pastor Dorothy (Albert) Nelson, Wrens, Mary Ann Walker and Linda Whitaker, Trenton, N.J.; one brother-in-law, Willie Robert Whitaker, Trenton, N.J.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Hubert Williams
Mr. Hubert Williams entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel in Wadley. Burial was in the Hard Shell Cemetery.

Survivors include his daughter, Diane (Willie) Gamble, Louisville; two sisters, Minnie L. (Porter) Davis and Nelloise (Willie) Heard, Trenton, N.J.; one granddaughter and a host of other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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