Obituaries
November 20, 2008 Issue

Mrs. Sylvia O. Smith Arrington
Mrs. Sylvia O. Smith Arrington, 86, of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, in the chapel of Taylor Funeral Home.

Mrs. Arrington was a native of Screven County, a daughter of the late George and Cora Lee Parker Smith and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” L. Arrington.

Survivors include three children, Robert L. (Carol Ann) Arrington Jr. of Swainsboro, Perry T. (Bridget) Arrington of Palmetto, and Sheila (Irvin) Boyd of Bremen; sister & brother-in-law, Nell and Broadus Wren of Louisville; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

The Arrington family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lindsey Hannah
Mr. Lindsey Hannah, 74, of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at the University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Hannah was a native of Wadley, a son of the late Jordan Hines “Dock” and Bessie Mae Hall Hannah. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict and later joined the U.S. Navy from which he retired after 18 years of service. He then went to work for the TVA Watts-Barr Nuclear Power Station in Spring City, Tenn., after which he worked at Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, retiring in 1986.

Graveside funeral services with full military honors were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at the Central Baptist Church Cemetery in Wadley, with Rev. Mike Jones officiating.

Mr. Hannah was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ann McNeely Hannah; and his second wife, Carol Jones Hannah.

Survivors include his daughter, Donna (Timothy) Givens of Golconda, Ill.; son, Anthony (Kimberly) Hannah of Dunnellon, Fla.; brother, Jordan “Doc” Hannah of Dawsonville; ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Honorary Pallbearers were Sunny Saunders, Wayne Saunders, Billy Samples, Charlie Roy Hall, Jerry Josey and D.W. McGahee.

In lieu of flowers family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or online at www.cancer.org.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Irelle Houston
Mrs. Irelle Houston, 74, of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at Eisenhower Medical Hospital in Fort Gordon.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Joe Walden officiating. Burial will follow in Stellaville Cemetery.

Mrs. Houston was born Nov. 13, 1934, in Colquitt County. She graduated from the Colquitt County High School in 1951.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jonathan Eric Houston.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Reginald Houston; her children, Royce (Toni) Houston, Keysville, Regina (Val) Wood, Cedar City, Utah, Allen (Priscilla) Houston, Drummonds, Tenn., and David (Lori) Houston, Matthews; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Don Eldridge, Clyde Eldridge and Wayne Eldridge; stepmother, Gladys Eldridge.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charlie A. "Big Charlie" Johnson
Funeral services for Mr. Charlie A. “Big Charlie” Johnson, 55, of Wrens, were held on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with the Rev. Dr. W.L. Jones, pastor, and the Rev. Michael Ephraim Sr. presiding. Interment was in the Stone Springfield AME Church Cemetery, Stapleton.

Survivors include daughter, Shunae Beasley; mother, Willie Ruth Holmes; sister, Patricia A. Johnson, all of Augusta; brother, Bernard S. Johnson, Wrens; and a host of cousins other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Allen Sikkema
Mr. Allen Sikkema, 85, of Louisville entered into rest Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at his residence.

Mr. Sikkema was retired postal clerk and served in U.S. Navy where he fought in WW II. He was the son of the late Joseph Sikkema and Flora Busz Sikkema.

Memorial services were held on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tim Pendry officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Samples; his children, Darwin L. (Denise) Sikkema, Robert A. (Diane) Sikkema, Donald J. (Robyn) Sikkema, Kenneth P. (Bebe) Sikkema, Sharon (Paul) David, Sandra Sikkema, Barbara Jean (Wesley) Walker and Kathryn (Burke) Richardson; two stepsons, Billy (Loretta) Samples and Bob White (Cynthia) Samples; nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 120 Wall St. 19th Floor New York New York 10005.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mattie Lee Miller
Mrs. Annie Strowbridge of Atlanta entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, in Atlanta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at noon at San Clair Baptist Church in Wadley, with Rev. Derwin Jackson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Betsy “Judy” Hicks, Atlanta; two sons, Frank “Bill” Strowbridge and John “West” Strowbridge, both of Bellville; a sister, Golden ‘”Snoot” Collins, Wadley; a stepdaughter, Catherina Dixon, Savannah; one daughter-in-law, Brenda Strowbridge, Bellville; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Hosea Strowbridge, Anthony Strowbridge, Craig Strowbridge, Deion Strowbridge, Jackie Telfair Sr. and Willie ‘Bill’ Lewis.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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