Obituaries
October 30, 2008 Issue

Mrs. Lois "Granny" P. Arrington
Lois “Granny” P. Arrington, 100, of Guyton entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. Arrington was born Dec. 22, 1907, to the late Marvin and Mamie Pennington near Wrens. She married Marcus Arrington, also from Wrens in 1924. They had four children. They later moved to Port Wentworth in 1943. They owned Arrington Groceries in Monteith for many years. She attended Living Faith Church of God in Guyton, formerly known as Garden City Church of God since 1946, until her health failed the past few months.

Funeral services were held at Thomas C. Strickland and Sons Funeral Home Effingham Chapel at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. Burial was in Effingham Memorial Gardens, Springfield.

Mrs. Arrington was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Marcus Arrington; her oldest son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Mickey Arrington; daughter-in-law, Betty Arrington; a son-in-law, Leonard Butler; a grandson, Paul Arrington, all of Guyton; great-granddaughter, Shannon Arrington of New Jersey; four sisters, and two brothers.

Survivors include three children, Allen Arrington of Atlanta, Harold (Diane) Arrington, and Shirley A. Butler, all of Guyton; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter Pennington of Aiken, S.C.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Living Faith Church of God, 3789 Noel C. Conaway Rd., Guyton, GA 31312 or Rincon Church of God, PO Box 273, Rincon, GA 31326.

Thomas C. Strickland and Sons Funeral Home Effingham Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Richard Carlos "Dick" Boatright
Funeral services for Mr. Richard Carlos ‘Dick’ Boatright, 81, of Lansdowne, Pa., formerly of Wrens, were held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Lofton AME Church, Wrens, with the Rev. M.E. Ephraim Sr. pastor, and presiding Elder H.E. Terrell, eulogist. Interment was in the Sugar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Boatright and Wanda Boatright both of Los Angeles, Calif., and Germania Boatright, Lansdowne, Pa.; one son, Joseph Boatright, Norristown, Pa.; one sister, Mary Alice Huff, Wrens; one brother, Roy Boatright, Augusta; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie Lee "Doc" Johnson
Mr. Willie Lee “Doc” Johnson, 83, of Louisville entered into rest Monday, Oct. 13, 2008.

Mr. Johnson was born in Jefferson County for June 20, 1925, the youngest child of the late Dickerson and Mary Gibbons Johnson. Earlier in life he became a member of Gordon Grove Baptist Church and later became a deacon. He received his education from the Jefferson County Public School System and served in the United States Army. When he moved to Orange, N.J. he was affiliated with New Hope Baptist Church and served as a deacon.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at Gordon Grove Baptist Church in Louisville, with Rev. Allen Webb officiating and Rev. Walter Holmes Sr. presiding.

He was preceded in death by three siblings, Mazie Stephens, Charles Johnson and Robert Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Essie Heggs Johnson of Louisville; children, Cora Moore (Willie) of Bainbridge, Sandra Cudjoe (Brian) of Frenchtown, N.J., Allen Johnson (Deon) of Lithonia, Leon Johnson (Virginia) of Winterville, N.C., Wilbert Roy Johnson (Lisa) of Denver, Colo., Linda Johnson and Lela Gibbons, both of Louisville; sister, Annie Ruth Holmes (Alex) of Bartow; aunts, Annie Jessie Atkins and Helen Gardner, both of Louisville; two brothers-in-law, Rev. Asa Heggs (Nan) of Roselle, N.J. and Tom Pete Heggs of Arlington, N.J.; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clarence Donnie Kelley
Mr. Clarence Donnie Kelley, 60, of Rochester, N.Y. entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at the Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 at 1 p.m., with Rev. Willie B. Tomlin officiating at the Freeman Funeral Home Chapel. The family will gather at the funeral home at 12:50 p.m.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Eberhart Kelley, New York, N.Y.; two sons, Terrance Kelley, Rochester, N.Y., and Dujuan Kelley, New York, N.Y.; stepdaughters, Diamond Kelley, New York, N.Y., and Cherron Joy (Dewayne) Twillie, Rochester, N.Y.; mother, Virginia Kelley; sister, Be Be Shellman, both of Bartow; friends, Bryant Burton, Carlton Merritt, Robert Baker and Arren Warren; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Cleopha Passmore
Cleopha Passmore, 103, of Augusta, formerly of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, in Augusta.

She was the former Cleopha Habich, a member of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta and a former member of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Louisville.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at noon on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, Lancashire Avenue at Bardstown Road, burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Edwin Passmore Sr.; and a son, John Edwin Passmore Jr.

Survivors include her daughter, Dolores P. Neudecker of Martinez; her son, R. C. Passmore of Louisville; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made, in her memory, to St. Joseph Children’s Home.

Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Daniel "Danny" Stevens
Mr. William Daniel “Danny” Stevens, 70, of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at Select Specialty Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Stevens, a native of Jefferson County, was retired from Thermo-King and a member of the Nazarene Church.

Funeral services were on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Moxley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ruth Lovejoy officiating. Interment followed in the Moxley Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ida Stevens; a son, Randy Stevens; and a brother, Wayne Stevens.

Survivors include wife, Annie Ruth Williford of Wadley; daughter, Leigh Rabun (Stacy); four grandchildren, Kimberly and Phillip Stevens and Amanda and Steven Rabun; and sister, Donna McNeely.

Pallbearers were Jeff Chandler, Greg Chandler, Paul McMillan, Robert McMillan, Allen Dudley and John Stevens.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lillian Evelyn Thompson
Mrs. Lillian Evelyn Thompson, 83, of Swainsboro entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at Emanuel Medical Center Nursing Home.

Mrs. Thompson, born in Emanuel County, had lived in Swainsboro since 1987. She was retired from the retail grocery business and a member of Blundale Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Church cemetery, with Rev. Emory Fennell officiating.

Survivors include three daughters, Lucresia Sapp of Swainsboro, Pam Franklin (Wade) of Midville and Barbara Warnock (Charles) of Dublin; a son, George Thompson (Anita) of Avera; grandchildren, Kay Buelvas of Savannah, Mitch Warnock of Dublin, Matt Franklin of Midville, Hannah Franklin of Augusta, Sam Franklin of Midville, John Sapp of Athens and Ben Sapp of Atlanta; great-grandchildren, Raul and Olivia Buelvas of Savannah.

Pallbearers were Matt Franklin, Sam Franklin, John Sapp, Ben Sapp, Mitch Warnock, Jerry Thompson, Paul Smith and Ronnie Thompson.

Memorials may be made to the United Hospice Inc., 667 South Main St., Swainsboro, Ga. 30401 or Emanuel Medical Center Nursing Home, 117 Kite Rd., Swainsboro, Ga. 30410.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Betty Bowen Waters
Mrs. Betty Bowen Waters, 78, of Thomson entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Mrs. Waters was born in Sandersville and had lived in Wadley for 60 years. She was a homemaker.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at the New Bethel Church Cemetery, with Rev. Louis Pearce officiating.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Bailey of Harlem and Ann Lowery of Grovetown; four grandchildren, Regina Kozlowski of Charleston, S.C., Belinda Tuttle of Statesboro, Herman Price of Kite and Starr Shiver; brother, James Bowen of Tennille; and sister, Mildred Harbuck of Atlanta.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sue Beasley Wells
Mrs. Sue Beasley Wells died on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at Keysville Health Care Center following several years of declining health. She was 72 years old.

The graveside service was conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery near Avera.

Survivors include her sisters and brothers, Frances Newman of Augusta, John Beasley of Leavenworth, Kansas, Florence Pressley of Greenville, S.C., Jean Cashwell of Beech Island, S.C., Thelma Adcock of Athens, Amy Gormley of Augusta, Elton Beasley, and Felton Beasley, both of Stapleton. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Beasley and Amy Powell Harden; her sisters, Pauline Miller and Dorothy Watkins; her brother, Paul Beasley; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. The Poteet Funeral Homes was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

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