Obituaries
October 16, 2008 Issue

Mrs. Katherine Bailey Bivens
Mrs. Katherine Bailey Bivens of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, at 3:15 p.m. at the Gibson Rehabilitation Center.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church, 1045 16th Street South, St. Petersburg, Fla. and interment at Lincoln Cemetery.

Mrs. Bivens was born April 7, 1919, in Boston, Georgia. She was the daughter of Henry and Christine Bailey. Mrs. Bivens joined St. Phillips AME Church at an early age and attended public school in Valdosta. Mrs. Bivens was united in holy matrimony to Burchette Bivens Sr. March 6, 1938, and later moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. in 1940. She attended Gibbs Vocational School and received a certificate as a licensed cosmetologist. From the union of Burchette and Katherine Bivens Sr. five children were born. She united with Greater Mt. Zion AME Church under the leadership of Rev. J. J. Heath in 1946 and later she became a member of the Stewardess Board #1. She was an active member of the Melrose Federation Club and the Sixteen Social Club. She retired from the State of Florida as a cook at the Britt House in 1987. After retirement she lived in St. Petersburg until 1999 and moved to Georgia where she lived with her daughters Mary Bivens Thompson and Irene Bivens McCall. There she became an active member of the Hazel Carter Senior Citizens and enjoyed participating in Senior Citizens events.

She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Burchette Bivens Jr.

Survivors include four children, Dr. Mary Bivens Thompson (Dr. Dennis), Louisville, Minister Irene Bivens McCall, Hinesville, Deborah Bivens Evans and Michael Lewis Bivens, both of St. Petersburg; daughter-in-law, Mildred Bivens, Atlanta; grandchildren, Burchette Bivens III, Betram Bivens and Theresa Bivens, all of Atlanta, Kizmet Lamb, Erica Spearman, Gregory Bivens and Dwayne Cline, all of St. Petersburg, Michael Bivens Jr., Melbourne, Coy McCall, Shawn Bivens (Tamika), L. Jabbar McCall (Jasmine), all of Atlanta, Avery Bivens and Marcus Bivens, both of St. Petersburg; and 19 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

The viewing will be on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, from 3-8 p.m. at McRae Funeral Home for family. The family will accept guests from 6-8 p.m.

Family may be contacted at the residence of her son-in-law and daughter, Drs. Dennis and Mary B. Thompson, 1120 Jefferson Blvd, Louisville or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Greer Presley Brown Jr.
Mr. Greer Presley Brown Jr. entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 6, 2008.

Mr. Greer was born in Louisville on June 1, 1944, son of the late Mr. Greer P. and Ida Mae Brown. He attended school in Louisville, before moving to Atlanta in the early 1960s. He was a baker at Southern Bakery and later was employed with MARTA Transits System as a mechanic where he retired after 25 years of service.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at 1 p.m. at East Point Church of the Nazarene, East Point, with Dr. Edward Husband Sr. officiating.

Survivors include his daughter, Vanessa Brown of Atlanta; son, Michael Warthen of Louisville; brother, Robert Lee Brown of Atlanta; six sisters, Recie Brown (Edward), Betty Brigham (Ulysses), Ann Green and Jeanett Shield, all of Augusta, Dorothy Hill (Johnny) of Louisville, and Christine Whatley (William) of East Point; two aunts, Carrie Atkins of Louisville, and Sarah Ferguson of Augusta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Ms. Katrina Storey Dixon
Katrina Storey Dixon, 52, of Augusta entered into rest Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008.

Ms. Dixon lived in Augusta all her life, graduating from Butler High School. She worked at Sconyers Barbecue.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, in the Lumpkin Road Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, with Minister Timothy Cole officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lee Ellen and Adrian C. Storey Sr. of Augusta and Bartow and Cassie Blount of Waynesboro.

Survivors include her children, Jonathan Dixon and Jenna Dixon; parents, Maude and Adrian C. Storey Jr.; brother, Michael C. Storey; sisters, Michelle (Larry) Sconyers, all of Augusta, and Debbie Roberson, Martinez; and several nieces and nephews.

Kurt Roberson, Kyle Roberson, Brannon Graybill, Kris Storey, Blake Storey and Howard Ellison served as pallbearers.

Elliot Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Iris Reese Jones
Mrs. Iris Reese Jones of Dublin entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008.

Mrs. Jones was a native of Jefferson County. She was the daughter of the late Clifford and Ruth Reese. She was a retiree of Southern Bell and J.C. Penney.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, in the chapel of Townsend Brothers Funeral Home in Dublin. Burial followed in Northview Cemetery, Dublin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, B. Craig Jones Jr.; sons, B. Craig Jones III and Alan R. Jones; daughter, Susan J. Ramirez; and a brother, Harold Reese.

Survivors include a daughter, Duau (Dray) Pope, Dublin; granddaughters, Teresa (Robbie) Toney, Dublin, and Nicky (Bill) Blum, Rentz; grandson, John (Allison) Andreson of Orange, Va.; two sisters, Hilda R. Bartlett and Beth R. Chance of Wrens; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


Miss Betty Ruth Kitchens
Miss Betty Ruth Kitchens, 84, of Mitchell entered into rest Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, at the Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gibson.

Miss Kitchens was a native of Glascock County, and lived there all of her life, she was a member of Mitchell Baptist Church where she led singing for many years, she was a member of The Eastern Star and attended college in Milledgeville. She was a retired food service worker.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at Mitchell City Cemetery, with Elder Lee Price officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. B.C. and Mrs. Nollie May Jaudan; and by a cousin, Mr. Don R. Boyle.

Survivors include a cousin, Lib Boyle of Jacksonville, Fla.; and friends and caregivers, Mr. Tommy and Effie Rachels and family.

Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Hutcheson, Jack Haywood, Jacky Haywood, Hubert Pulliam, William Wilcher, Lewis “Easy” Griswell and Bobby Jones.

Memorials may be made to the MCG Children’s Hospital, Augusta.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ena Mae Landing
Mrs. Ena Mae Landing, 84, of Swainsboro entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008.

Mrs. Landing was born in Emanuel County, daughter of the late David and Theresa Grimes. She had retired from factory work and was a homemaker. She was a Methodist and had attended Hawhammock Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Tomlinson Funeral Home, with Rev. Clarence Thompson and Rev. Cail Pressey officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dellwood.

Survivors include children, Mary Faye Jones (T.L.), Kay Stroud (Arthur) and Bobby Landing; grandchildren, Tal Jones (Katrina), Tim Jones (Karen), Lamar Youmans (Teresa), Kimberly Youmans Dart (Randy), Brian Youmans (Crystal), TaFani Landing and John Landing; great-grandchildren, Erin and Brandon Jones, Landing Youmans, Gracie and Harrison Jones and Jackson Dart; and sister, Annie Jean Moore of Wadley.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jennette Hadden Rine
Mrs. Jennette Hadden Rine, 63, of Augusta died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008.

Born in Glascock County, she had been an area resident most of her life. She had worked for Graniteville Company and also had been in retail management. She attended Victory Baptist Church. She is the daughter of the late Alvin and Bell Morgan Hadden.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Langley, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Chance.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Marie Chance, Augusta; daughter-in-law, Tracy Hooper; grandchildren, Skyler Chance, Steven Hooper and Ashley Rodriguez; and a great-grandchild, James Nelson Rodriguez Jr.

The family has asked that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org.

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


Mr. Lamar Sheppard
Mr. Lamar Sheppard, 87, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008.

He was born in Jefferson County, retired as a maintenance worker from Thermo King and was a member of Waldens United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, at Waldens United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Tom Edwards officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff and Fannie Sheppard; brothers, Cleon and Harold Sheppard and Clark Harden.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Elva Williams Sheppard, Louisville; four children, Joe (Grace) Sheppard, Wadley, Linda (Rick) Simmons, Hephzibah, Betsy (Donnie) Dunbar, Ponce Inlet, Fla., and Susan (Barry) Gray, Louisville; brother, Tag ( Lois) Sheppard; sisters, Marie Williams, Helen Thomas and Judy Tanner, all of Louisville, and Dianne (Gary) Rhodes, Wrens; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tim Smith, Keith Hadden, David Cowan, Michael Travelstead, Hardy Gray and Jeff Tanner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Waldens United Methodist Church, c/o Patricia Kitchens, 1304 Hadden Pond Road, Avera, GA 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Glenn Story
Mr. William Glenn Story Sr., 87, of Augusta entered into rest on Oct. 8, 2008, at Trinity Hospital.

Mr. Story was a native of Mitchell, and had resided in Augusta for the past 59 years. He was a WWII Army Veteran who served in the European Theatre and a retired welder/pipe fitter. Mr. Story was a member of the Gibson Masonic Lodge and a member of Bayvale Baptist Church, where he was a deacon emeritus.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son with Rev. Charlie Deloach officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Martha B. Story; his sons, William G. Story Jr. of Augusta, Ray (Rhetta) Story of Martinez; daughter, June S. (Earl) Collins of Augusta; sisters, Johnnie Walden of Bartow, Malene Padgett of Avera, Frankie Johnson of Martinez, Vivian Braddock of Gibson, Joyce Smith of Hephzibah and Glenda Padgett of Avera; and grandchildren, Tyler Story and Jonah Story, both of Martinez.

Pallbearers were Keith Williford, Don Williford, Johnny Padgett Jr., Charles Padgett, Kim Kitchens and William Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were Bayvale Baptist Church Deacons.

Memorials may be made to Bayvale Baptist Church, 2240 Bayvale Rd., Augusta, GA 30909.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Chester W. Williams
Mr. Chester W. Williams, 96, of Statesboro died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility.

The native of Jefferson County was a longtime resident of Statesboro. He attended Stapleton Elementary and graduated from Stapleton High School in Stapleton. He received a bachelors in education from Georgia Southern College on an athletic scholarship where he lettered in varsity basketball, football, track and the boxing team. He earned a masters of education degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Williams served as principal of Metter High School for 10 years, principal of North Habersham High School in Clarkesville and principal of Reidsville High School. He served as athletic director, varsity coach, classroom teacher and principal of junior and senior high schools. He attended the Naval Officers’ School in Hollywood, Fla., was Recognition and Gunnery Officer on the U.S. General W. G. Haan and completed four years of Citizens’ Military Training in Charleston, S.C., was a Lieutenant in the US Naval Reserve and was also a member of the Statesboro National Guard from 1931-1933. Mr. Williams was a member of the First Baptist Church where he had served as a Sunday school teacher and department superintendent and deacon. He served as president of the Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club. He had previously served as chairman of the Heart Fund Drive, the March of Dimes Committee, Polio County Committee, PTA and the Band Boosters. He also was a member of the Silver Haired Legislature and had served as Speaker of the House for the group. Mr. Williams had been a member of Southern Boosters since 1982. He was Magistrate Judge of the Small Claims Court for four years.

The funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. Burial was in Eastside Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Akins Williams.

Survivors include his son, Roger Bron Williams of Statesboro; a numerous number of nieces and nephews and many friends.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Chester W. Williams Scholarship Fund, C/O Georgia Southern Boosters, P. O. Box 8115, Statesboro, GA 30460.

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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