Obituaries
October 2, 2008 Issue

Mr. Joseph Broadus Davis
Mr. Joseph Broadus Davis, 62, of Wrens entered into rest Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at University Hospital.

Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at 4 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. John Jenkins officiating. Burial followed at Waldens UMC Cemetery.

Mr. Davis was a native of Jefferson County. He was a member of Waldens United Methodist Church and was retired after 29 years at J.M. Huber as a process technician. He is the son of the late John Broadus Davis and Marion McGahee Davis.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Ginger Peebles Davis; his children, Chris (Rhonda) Davis and Kathy Davis; a brother, Randy Davis; two sisters, Betty (Bucky) Norton and Shelby (James) Shelton; three grandchildren, Rhyanna, Christy and Gavin.

Pallbearers were Nathan Norton, Derrick Davis, John Lloyd Davis, Dennis Davis, Daniel Roger, Charles McGahee, Guy McGahee and Edward Shelton.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie B. "Preacher" Nelson
Willie B. “Preacher Nelson” Nelson funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, at Trinity AME Church, Warrenton, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Christopher Andrews, pastor, officiating. Interment was in Sandy Grove Baptist Church, Mitchell.

Survivors include his wife, Naomi Nelson; six daughters, Willie Mae Casey, Pauline Ivey, Bertha Williams, Vickie Nelson, Warrenton, Shirley Bannister, Columbia County, Karen Hammond, Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Frank Nelson, Maryland; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters; one brother; other relatives and friends.

Dawson’s Mortuary was in charge of funeral arrangements.


Mr. Charles H. Rabun
Mr. Charles H. Rabun, 65, of Thomson entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at his residence.

Mr. Rabun was a native of Warren County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. He was a painting contractor and a Navy veteran. He was a member of the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church, where he was also a deacon.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church with Dr. Ron Drawdy, Rev. Roy Frierson and Rev. Russell Davis officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Mr. J.R. Rabun; and his sister, Mrs. Bobbie Barfield.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra McTier Rabun, Thomson; his daughter, Tina (Steven) Drawdy, Beech Island, S.C.; his son, Chad (Tina) Rabun, Gibson; two sisters, Betty Gersen, Anacestes, Wa. and Mary Garrison, Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Billy Rabun and Junior Rabun, both of Stapleton; and eight grandchildren, Erin Drawdy, Ashton Drawdy, Michael Drawdy, Blakely Portor, Colby Johnson, Parker Rabun, Chandler Rabun and Garrett Rabun.

Pallbearers were Troy McTier, Mansel McTier, Johnny Rabun, Ronnie Rabun, Sam Kitchens and Aubrey Jones.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bobby Albright Lawrence
Mrs. Annie Shellman Tarver, 96, of Bartow entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. at Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at Mount Pleasant C.M.E. Church, Bartow.

Jogresan Mortuary of Wadley is in charge of arrangements.

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