Obituaries
November 6, 2008 Issue

Mrs. Sharon Kirkey Cason
Mrs. Sharon Kirkey Cason, 55, entered into rest Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Cason was a member of Saint Theresa Catholic Church. Mrs. Cason was a medical transcriber.

Mrs. Cason was preceded in death by her father, Paul George Kirkey.

Survivors include her son, Brian Kirkey; her mother, Mary L. Kirkey; two brothers, Michael D. Kirkey and Patrick E. (Joyce) Kirkey; a sister, Carol (Tom) Pugh; a grandson, Robert Paul Kirkey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Hattie Ruth Palmer Curry
Hattie Ruth Palmer Curry entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at the Inova Cameron Glen Care Facility in Reston, Va.

Hattie is the daughter of the late Lee and Lenora Palmer. A native of Jefferson County, she resided in Louisville for the last 20 years until her health failed and she moved to Reston, Va. with her daughter and son-in-law. Hattie joined the Gethsemane Baptist Church at an early age; she also served on the Usher Board for many years until her health failed. She was a former employee of the Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at 3 p.m. at the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Avera, with Rev. C.W. Stone officiating and Rev. Carlos Newton Sr. presiding.

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn (Cleveland) Wheat of Reston, Va.; four sisters, Betty Palmer, Augusta, Ida Hamilton of Philadelphia, Pa, Daisy Palmer of Charlotte, N.C., and Catherine Padilla of Atlanta; two brothers, William Palmer of Augusta and Larry Palmer of Philadelphia, Pa.; two aunts, Lola Mae Roberts of Stapleton and Eddie Daniels of Wrens; one great-aunt, Julia Stone of Warrenton; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Willodean "Dean" Cyler
Mrs. Willodean “Dean” Cyler, 57, of Louisville entered into rest Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at an Augusta Hospital.

Mrs. Cyler was a native of Jefferson County and the daughter of the late Thomas Brown, Sr. and Margree Robinson Brown. At an early age she joined the Sandvalley AME Church and attended Jefferson County High. She relocated to East Point before returning to Jefferson County in 2008.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel and Sandvalley AME Church Cemetery, with Rev. Scottie Swinney officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Cyler.

Survivors include her siblings, Sarah (Willie) Johnson of Louisville, Marion (Ralphiel) Range of East Point, Thomas (Carolyn) Brown Jr. and Freeman Brown, both of Louisville; sisters-in-law, Bernice Hunley, Tressie (David) Cyler, Susie (Willie) Ponder and Martha Brown; brother-in-law, Clevland Seaford of Augusta; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Bessie Ruth Hughes Everson
Mrs. Bessie Ruth Hughes Everson, 89, of Wilmington, Del., entered into rest Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, in Florida.

Mrs. Everson was a native of Gibson, where she was born on the family farm and graduated from Gibson High School and attended Georgia A&M College. She was a cashier and a homemaker.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, at Fellowship Baptist Church with Rev. Brian Martin officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David Crockett and Anne May Dismuke Hughes; and her husband, Albert C. Everson.

Survivors include a son, David Everson (Barbara) of Marco Island, Fla.; grandchildren, Donna Pearl (David) of Weston, Fla., Dawn Crockett (Daniel) of Gettysburg, Pa., and David Everson Jr. (Jennifer) of Chesapeake City, Md.; four brothers, David C. Hughes (Julia), Robert Hughes (Elizabeth), George O. Hughes and Gene Hughes; and great-grandchildren, Andrew and Alec Weston, Kaitlyn and Colton Crokett, and Nicholas and Dominick Everson.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Johnnie Lee Heggs
Mr. Johnnie Lee Heggs of Augusta entered into rest Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at the VA Medical Center.

He was a native of Jefferson County and a U.S. Army veteran.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. William Bussey officiating. Burial was in Gordon Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Louisville.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Mason; six sons, Lawrence Davis, Louisville, Johnnie Heggs, Macon, Levi Heggs, Pelham, Jerome Blount, Benjamin Heggs and Freddie Heggs, all of Augusta; five daughters, Malvenia Jones, Janie Dickson, Annette Heggs, Mary Holmes and Pearl Heggs, all of Augusta; aunt; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Marion Jenkins
Mrs. Marion Jenkins, 90, of Thomson entered into rest Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Jenkins was born in Glascock County and was the daughter of the late Ernie Hadden and the late Sally Ivey Hadden. She was a graduate of Georgia State College in Milledgeville and was a graduate of Clemson University. Mrs. Jenkins taught school and was a homemaker. She was an avid bridge player, and played golf with the Women’s League. Mrs. Jenkins was also a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and a member of First Baptist Church in Thomson.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. Interment followed at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Nelson Jenkins.

Survivors include a son, Joe Jenkins (Sherry) of Dacula; sisters, Julia Hughes of Thomson, Corrie Hawkins of Huntsville, Ala. and Betty Haddon of Gibson; five grandchildren, Maria Stacks, Chris Jenkins, Jonathan Jenkins, Jason Jenkins and Amy Jenkins; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Chris Jenkins, Jason Jenkins, Doug Stacks, Don Hadden, Larry Hadden and Ronnie Hadden.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 1899 Central Ave. Augusta, GA 30904-5739.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lamar S. Jones
Mr. Lamar S. Jones, 71, of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at the Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville.

Mr. Jones was born in Washington County the son of the late Johnny Montgomery Jones and the late Willie Pearl Dye Jones. He was retired from the Civil Service as a mechanic at Fort Gordon and a member of the Wadley Baptist Church. Mr. Jones was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of the American Legion Post 94. He is predeceased by his wife Kathryn Pollett Jones.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in the Sisters Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiated.

Survivors include his children, Clifford Allen Jones (Tracy) of Macon, Shane Stephen Jones (Anita) of Hawaii, and Sharon Kathryn J. Meadows (Darin) of Perry; 13 grandchildren; brothers, Johnny Jones and Harvard Jones (Mary) both of Sandersville and Robert Jones (Jan) of Savannah; and sisters Mable J. Hodges of Louisville and Nellie Ruth J. Powell (Virgil) of Sandersville.

Pallbearers were members of the American Legion Post 94.

Donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis American Association 706 Haddonfield Rd. Cherry Hill, NJ. 08002.

May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of these arrangements.


Ms. Bertha Mae Kelly
Ms. Bertha Mae Kelly, 71, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Rosier Grove Baptist Church and cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Largie A. Dukes of Vidette and Marcus D. Kelly of Augusta; one nephew, John Oliver of Atlanta; her siblings, Elease Bryant of Rosier and Susie Mattox of Waynesboro; eight grandchildren, Valencia Anderson, Shameka Dukes, Marketritice Kelly, Markel Kelly, D’Landria Tucker, Isiah Kelly, Quametk Flournoy and DaMario Kelly; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews cousins and other relatives, and friends.

The family maybe contacted at the residence, of her granddaughter Valenica Anderson, 6048 Story Mill Rd., Keysville or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Diane Johnson Leggett
Diane Johnson Leggett, 60, of Augusta entered into rest Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at University Hospital.

Ms. Leggett was a native of Jefferson County and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. She was a homemaker and a graduate of George P. Butler High School.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at 11 a.m. from The First Church of The Nazarene with Pastor Joe Lennon officiating. Internment followed in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

Ms. Leggett was preceded in death by her father, John Curtis Johnson Jr.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Rachel Leggett of Nashville, Tenn.; mother, Melvis Johnson of Augusta; aunt, Margie McGee of Augusta; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Augusta First Church of the Nazarene 2044 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, Ga. 30906.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brinson Lowry
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brinson Lowry, 84, of Augusta entered into rest Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Doctors Hospital.

She was a native of Augusta and retired from Georgia Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. Oscar Wells officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lowry.

Survivors include her son, Leroy (Helen) Brinson; stepdaughter, Debra Samuels, Augusta; two sisters, Georgia Jordan and Lucille (James) Aaron, Augusta; one brother, Apostle Sylvester (Louella) Brinson, Chicago, Ill.; three aunts; two uncles; three grandchildren, Gwendolyn Brinson, Bernard Jones and Shameka Gilead; seven great-grandchildren; special niece, Barbara (Carroll) Beck; other nieces, nephews, cousins; sisters- in-law, Doretha Norman and Earnestine Walker, Louisville; brothers-in-law, Raymond Lowry, St. Petersburg, Pa. and Willie Paul Lowry, Louisville.

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ann Smith McGraw
Mrs. Ann Smith McGraw, 90, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008.

Mrs. McGraw was born March 19, 1918, in Glascock County, a daughter of the late Cliff and Mattie Parrish Smith. She lived all her life in Glascock and Jefferson counties. Mrs. McGraw retired after more than 30 years of service from Avon as a sales representative. She was a longtime member of the former Louisville Church of the Nazarene.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, in the Louisville Church of God, with Rev. Warren Killingsworth, Rev David Severance and Mr. James Handberry officiating. Burial followed in the family plot in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Mrs. McGraw was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband Mr. Lake McGraw.

Survivors include her children, Barbara (Reggie) Evans of Soperton, Larry (Margaret) McGraw of Davisboro, Yvonne (John) Sligar of Grovetown, Harry “Crow” (Sara) McGraw of Wadley, and Kathy (Rich) Gabor of Augusta; her brother, Charles (Ophelia) Smith of Pompano Beach, Fla.; 28 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Bryan Usry, Larry McGraw Jr., Rodney McGraw, Barry Cooper, Adam Harris and Kurt Young.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ethel Eleanor Hauser Roark
Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Eleanor Hauser Roark were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at Stockbridge United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Roark was born December 13, 1910, in Jefferson County, the fourth of seven children of Carl Lewis and Ethel Harlow Hauser. She won several spelling competitions at the local and regional levels. After graduating from Louisville Academy in 1928 she assisted her father in the Louisville telegraph office. In 1931 she married Earl Woodliff Roark of Flowery Branch. She was a participant in WSCS (UMW) at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, Home Demonstration Club and Campfire Girls.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Earl Roark; and a grandson, Chuck Watters Jr.

Surviving include two daughters, Alice Roark and Janie R. Watters of Clermont; two sons, John H. Roark (Peggy) of Buford and Robert E. Roark (Shirla) of Stockbridge; a sister-in-law, Angie Hauser of Thomson; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.



In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Presbyterian Village, 2000 East-West Connector, Austell, Ga. 30106; to Buford Presbyterian Church or to Stockbridge United Methodist.


Ms. Martha Lee Smith
Ms. Martha Lee Smith of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church, Gibson, with Rev. Carlos Newton Sr. officiating.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Nancy Robinson, Pooler; nieces and nephews, Tiffany and Alonzo Richard, Frederick Robinson, Justin Robinson, Nicholas Robinson and Jasmine Robinson; other relatives and friends.

Dawson’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sue Beasley Wells
Mrs. Sue Beasley Wells, 72, entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Keysville Health Care Center following several years of declining health.

Graveside services were conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at 4 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery near Avera.

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.

Survivors include her sisters and brothers, Frances Newman of Augusta, John Beasley of Leavenworth, Kan., 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.

Poteet Funeral Homes was in charge of the funeral arrangements.


Mr. Roger Wesley Williams
Roger Wesley Williams, 87, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, in the Jefferson County Hospital.

Mr. Williams was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Bessie Mae Rhodes Williams and the late Bunyan Walker Williams. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a member of the Providence Baptist Church. Mr. Williams worked for the Philco Ford Corporation and was assigned to the Houston Space Center. Philco Ford later became known as Lockheed Martin and Mr. Williams worked as a ground control supervisor where he retired after 35 years of service. Upon his retirement he returned to Louisville.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, in the Zeta Cemetery, Tennille, with Rev. Scott Nash officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Gisela Kleinz Williams of Louisville; two bothers, Lamar Williams and Lucius (Audrey) Williams; a sister, Sarah Williams Gibson, all of Louisville; nieces, Anita Hartley of Macon, Gisela (Bodo) Warlies of Germany and Ann Canfield of Louisville, Ky.; and nephews Glynn Hartley of Warner Robins and Ron Gibson of Louisville.

May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

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