Obituaries
November 27, 2008 Issue

Mrs. Celia Mae Gibbons
Ms. Celia Mae Gibbons, 82, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at Heartland of Augusta.

Ms. Gibbons was a native of Jefferson County. She joined the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church at a very early age and was a member of the Fair and Honest Society. She worked at Old Capital Nursing Home, currently Heritage of Old Capital, until her retirement.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery with the pastor, Rev. Cecil Dunlap.

Survivors include her children, Deacon Johnny (Linda) Gibbons, Betty G. Carr, Jack (Penny) Gibbons, Rev. Abraham (Delores) Gibbons and Catherine Gibbons, all of Louisville; her adopted sister, Lizzie G. Seafus of Louisville; aunt, Mila “Candy” Roberson; grandchildren, Ken, Gail, Chandra, Jackie, Yolanda, KaChandra, Shamika, Jerin, Warren, Heather, Leon and Ashley; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Leola McCall
Mrs. Leola McCall, of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. McCall, a native of Jefferson County, had lived in Wrens for many years before moving to Augusta four years ago. She was a member of Wrens Chapel AME Church, a retired employee from Wrens Elementary School, and a member of Eastern Star 101.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Church, Wrens, with Rev. Samuel Thompkins officiating. Burial was in the New Hope AME Church cemetery, Jefferson County.

Survivors include two daughters, Martha (Willie) Williams, Augusta, Rosa (Roger) Judge, Jamaica, N.Y.; two sons, Grady (Olivia) McCall and Charles (Pearl) McCall, both of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one brother, Rev. Carl (Mary) Simmons, Louisville; 20 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Sidney M. Moore
Mr. Sidney M. Moore, 85, of Milledgeville entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Moore was a native of North Carolina, an Air Force Veteran for 22 years serving from World War II until the Vietnam War then retiring, and he was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Milledgeville.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at Milledgeville Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with Bishop Michael Weltz officiating. Interment was in the Mitchell City Cemetery, Mitchell, with full military honors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, S.L. and Caroline Churchill Moore; two sons, Sidney Lee Moore and George Shaw; four brothers, William Moore, Worth Moore, Raymond Moore and Thomas Moore; three sisters, Mozelle Holmes, Lucille Green and Jessie Lee Gaster.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy M. Moore; six sons, James Bradley Moore of Greenville, Paul Marian Moore of Texas, Steven Frances Moore of Indiana, Thomas Lee Moore of Florida, Patrick Lee Moore of North Carolina, and David Samual Moore of Hephzibah; three daughters, Catherine Elizabeth Hadden (Troy) of Mitchell, Cynthia Kay Shaw of North Carolina, and Valerie Jeanne Moore of California; eight grandchildren, David Allen Moore, Patrick Ian Moore, Katelynn Elizabeth Hadden, Emily Madison Hadden, Norris Hadden, Brandon Alaxzander Moore, Alora Destiny Moore and Conner Evan Moore.

Pallbearers were Johnny Gaster, Brandon Gaster, George Nichols, James Derany, Michael Webb and Nathaniel Baucum.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Mr. Robert “Dooly” Patterson
Mr. Robert “Dooly” Patterson, 75, formerly of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at Heritage of Old Capital.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Internment will be in the Chorus Delion Society Cemetery.

Mr. Patterson was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Willie J. and Kizzie Ponder Patterson, a member of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and Chorus DeLion Society.

Survivors include his sister, Clara Patterson Cooper of Louisville; several nieces and nephews, James and Dessie Cooper, Leroy Cooper Jr., George Cooper, Willie Cooper, Jeanette and Fredrick Mack, Robert and Patricia Cooper, James and Pauline Howard, Adam Cooper and Jeannie Broomfield; cousins and other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence of his sister, Clara Patterson Cooper or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Joyce Ann Williams White
Mrs. Joyce Ann Williams White of Rochester, N.Y. entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Burnett Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jerome Lafavor officiating. Burial was in The Woods Chapel Church of God in Christ Cemetery, Matthews.

Survivors include her son, Giovanni White; daughter, Sandy Merie White; sister, Claretha (Willie James) Curry of Sunrise, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rhina Jenkins Quarterman
Mrs. Rhina Jenkins Quarterman, 97, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008.

Mrs. Quarterman was born on Jan. 18, 1911, in Jefferson County. She was the fifth child of the late Freeman and Mary Jackson Jenkins. She was a member of Eden Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary, treasurer, chairman of the hospitality committee, missionary, Sunday school teacher and member of the Senior Choir. She was a member of Worthy Matron of Rising Star Chapter #31, Order of Eastern Star, Mary Neal Allen Assembly #317 Order of the Golden Circle, the Walker Baptist Association, Walker Baptist Willing Workers Club, Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association, American Association of Retired Educators and Jefferson County Community Advisory Council. She also served for 29 years as secretary of the Cour-de-leon Society. Mrs. Quarter received her education in the Jefferson County School System, graduated from Walker Baptist Institute in Augusta, received a degree from Fort Valley State College and studied at Savannah State College and Paine College. She was a retired teacher from Jefferson

County Board of Education after 40 years of service.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at Eden Baptist Church in Louisville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Moses Quarterman Sr.; and her son Moses Quarterman Jr.

Survivors include her son, William Quarterman Sr. of East Point; daughter-in-law, Christine Quarterman of Swainsboro; grandchildren, Diane Ochoa (Roger), Cheryl Quarterman and William Quarterman Jr. (Shawn) of Atlanta, Carolyn Quarterman of Columbus, Gregory Quarterman, Christopher Quarterman (Regina), and Audrey Scott of Swainsboro; great-grandchildren, Micheala, Shanon, Devin, Thala, Jacobi and Tertrence; sister-in-law, Ruth Gross of Macon; friends, Raymond and Donnie J. Garrer; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Archie “Walter” Rabun
Mr. Archie “Walter” Rabun, 80, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at the V. A. Medical Center.

Mr. Rabun was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Thomson since 1956. He was a member of Thomson Church of God. He was an Army veteran, and had worked for Clark and Schwebel.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at the Thomson Church of God, with Rev. Bobby Farmer and Dr. Don Widener officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Rabun, Thomson; his daughter, Melba (Danny) Dees, Thomson; his sons, Gary (Tabbie) Rabun, Thomson, Darrell Rabun, Thomson; his stepdaughter, Diane (Bobby) Farmer; his stepsons, Robby (Julie) Powell, Thomson, and Tim (Katrina) Powell, Thomson; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Billy Dees, Christopher Rabun, Kyle Rabun, Dewayne Rabun, Jimmy Garthright and Matt Garthright.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Infant Milagros Isabella Ramirez
Infant Milagros Isabella Ramirez of Wrens entered into rest Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Mount Moriah Cemetery with Pastor Chris Henry officiating.

Survivors include her parents, Jorge Ramirez and Santana Avery; grandparents, Victoria Hernandez and the late Martin Hernandez of Wrens, Albertina Garcia and Jorge Ramirez Sr. of Honduras; great-grandparents, Lula McNeal of Wrens, and Joe McNeal Sr. of Commerce; aunt, Samantha Vega of Wrens; two cousins, Simuel Avery of Wrens, and Francisco Vega Jr. of Commerce; four aunts in Honduras; and one uncle in Grovetown.

The pallbearer was Francisco Vega Sr.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sallie Mae Ramsey
Mrs. Sallie Mae Ramsey of Louisville entered into rest on Nov. 13, 2008.

Mrs. Ramsey was born on Dec. 25, 1918, in Jefferson County to the late Anderson and Julia Harmon Braclett. She was a member of Eden Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board and was a member of the Senior Choir.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at Eden Baptist Church in Louisville, with Rev. J.O. Nelson, Rev. King Mack and Rev. Willie Jackson.

Preceding her in death were her children, Jimmy Ramsey, Harvey Ramsey, Eugene Ramsey, Emily Ramsey, Julia Ramsey, (twins) Tommy and James Ramsey; and siblings, Anderson Braclett Jr., Charlie Braclett, Clarence Braclett, Isaac Braclett, Tommie Braclett, Emma L. Andrews, Claudia Batts and Sadie Tarver.

Survivors include her children, Annie P. Grant (Robert), Louise Holloway, Julia M. Scott, Orbey Ramsey, Edith Ramsey, Willie Ramsey and Dorothy Wilson (Gerald), all of Louisville, Charlotte Hadden (Eugene) of Wadley, Teresa Phillips (Ronald) of Waynesboro, and Allen Ramsey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; stepsons, John Cunningham (Zannie) of Louisville, Johnny Ramsey (Daisy Pearl) of Del Ray Beach, Fla.; children she helped raise, Eula Mack, Carl Walden, Albert L. Jenkins, Nancy Harmon (Eli) and Stacy Ramsey; daughters-in-law, Bessie Ramsey and Mary Frances Ramsey, both of Fort Lauderdal, Fla.; 44 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren, 32 great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Laurie Shelton Scarber
Mrs. Laurie Shelton Scarber, 79, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at the University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Laurie was a native of Jefferson County but lived in Glascock County most of her life. She was a member of Bethel UMC and was active in the church. She was a member of the Glascock County senior citizens group and a seamstress for 60 years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at Bethel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Steve Lamb and Rev. Sam Collins officiating. Internment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy “Roy” Scarber; her parents, Herbert and Millie Hadden Shelton; two brothers, Herbert “Buck” Shelton and M.A. Shelton.

Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Chapman of Gibson and Dorothy (Bill) Raley of Mitchell; one son, Wayne (Sheila) Scarber of Gibson; one sister, Helen “Gat” Gunby of Martinez; and one brother, Jimmy Shelton of Boneville; five grandchildren, Greg Chapman, Michelle Palmer, Justin Raley, Samatha Scarber, and Amanda Scarber; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James C. Gunby, Randy Gunby, Marvin Shelton, Everett Williford, Chris Shelton and Rodney Newsome.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


LTC (Ret) William “Bill” D. Ray III
LTC (Ret) William “Bill” D. Ray III, 76, of Pooler entered into rest Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, in Savannah.

Mr. Ray was born on Nov. 24, 1931, in Montgomery, Ala., and was raised in Bartow. Mr. Ray was a graduate of the University of Georgia and a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He received his masters degree from Troy University in Alabama. He served our armed forces for over 27 years and was a Vietnam veteran, Master Aviator and Ranger. He is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, 21 Air Medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Mr. Ray was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pooler and the Harvesters Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the Rotary International and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Pooler with Rev. Otis Hill officiating. Burial was at 3:30 p.m. at the Bartow City Cemetery in Bartow with full military honors and Pastor Ruth Lovejoy officiating.

Survivors include wife Gail Holland Ray; sons, MAJ (Ret) David G. (Linda) Ray, Currituck, N.C., LTC (Ret) George D. Ray, Clemmons, N.C.; daughters, Salita R. (Adam) Hill, Savannah, Jule (Dale) Edmunds, Augusta; stepchildren, Yancy Stokes (Stephanie), Florence, S.C., Karen (Jeff) Moore, Rincon, Mendel (Alana) Stokes, Hartsville, S.C., Wendy (Steve) Moore, Hartsville, S.C.; grandchildren, 2LT Derek Ray, Justin Ray, Lauren Ray, Kelly Ray, Josh Edmunds and Haley Edmunds; 14 step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be given to The Old Savannah City Mission (to support homeless veterans), 2414 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401 or to the First Baptist Church of Pooler, Building Fund, P.O. Box 506, Pooler, GA 31322.

Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.

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