Obituaries
December 11, 2008 Issue

Mrs. Barbara Avis Baker
Mrs. Barbara Avis Baker, 71, of Matthews entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at Doctor’s Hospital.

Mrs. Baker was a member of Wrens United Methodist Church.

Memorial services were held on Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at 4 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Stan Littleton officiating.

Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd A. Beemer and Avis Slater Beemer.

Survivors include her husband, Stanley Baker; children Tim Lewis, Jim Lewis, Jeff Lewis and Michael Gnaster.


Mrs. Rose Mae Davis
Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Mae Davis, 80, of Wrens were held on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with the Rev. Dr. W.L. Jones, Pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three children, Melvin (Joann) Davis, Mary Davis and Marion Neal, all of Wrens; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jeannie Williams Faglier
Mrs. Jeannie Williams Faglier of Hephzibah entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at her residence.

She worked as a real estate agent for Century 21 Realty and was a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church.

Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home Lumpkin Chapel, with Rev. John Beck officiating.

Mrs. Faglier was preceded in death by her parents, Jeffery L. Williams and Mary Sue Martin Williams; and a brother, Jeffery T. Williams.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Richard Faglier Jr.; pets, Buzz, JJ, Tootsie, Reagan and Sandie; father and mother in-law, Richard and Brenda Faglier of Louisville; sister-in-law, Michelle Williams, Raliegh, N.C.; brother and sister-in-law John and Leslie Mobley Floyd Knobs, Ind.; brother-in-law, Patrick Faglier, Martinez; 11 nieces and nephews, Jeffery Williams, Melissa Geiser, Beau Williams, Taylor Williams, Mary Williams, Walker Williams, Wade Faglier, Evan Faglier, Breann Faglier, Aubrey Mobley and Morgan Mobley; and other family members, Andy and Sherry Brown, Heather Brown Nixon, Brittany Brown and Bill Clark.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home Lumpkin Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Sidney W. Norton
Mr. Sidney W. Norton, 66, of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at University Hospital.

Mr. Norton was a member of Wrens United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Camden Military Academy and the owner of Norton Lumber Company. Mr. Norton served as a Jefferson County Commissioner for 14 years.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Stan Littleton officiating. Burial followed at Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Norton is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd L. Norton and Thelma Black Norton; two brothers, David Norton and J. Richard Norton; two sisters, Frances Norton and Nancy N. Wren.

Survivors include three sisters, Gloria N. Craft, Wrens, Dorothy L. Norton, Lynchburg, Va., and Jane N. Jones, Wrens; two brothers, Ben W. Norton, Smyrna, and Spence C. Norton, Wrens; a friend, Maria Rooney; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Bob Swan, Billy Weatherford, Loren Barrow, Billy Faglier, Dr. Danny Newman and Jesse Huff.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Jefferson County Commission.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wrens United Methodist Church, 202 Russell Street NW, Wrens, Ga. 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Vinia Robertson
Ms. Vinia Robertson of Warrenton entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Stamp Branch Baptist Church, Warrenton, Rev. Robert Martin, pastor, officiating.

Survivors include three daughters, Betty Beausejour, Mitchell, Mary Wilcher and Caldonia Reynolds, both of Warrenton; four sons, S. T. Robertson, and Freddie Robertson, both of Augusta, Hossie Robertson Jr., and Sylvester Robertson, both of Warrenton; 30 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Dawson’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Louise M. Williford
Mrs. Louise M. Williford, 92, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at the Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Williford was retired from Stapleton Garment as a seamstress.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. at Stapleton Memorial Garden, with Rev. Sam Collins officiating.

Mrs. Williford is preceded in by her husband, Ray Williford; and a daughter, Nora Williford.

Survivors include her son, Jim Williford; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James W. “Tater” Self
Mr. James W. Self “Tater”, 79, of Hephzibah entered into rest Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at his home. He was born July 10, 1929 in Richmond County, to the late Charlie Jackson Self and Maggie Marie James Self. He retired from Murray Biscuit Company after serving for over 35 years. Mr. Self was a Past Master of the Richmond Lodge #412, a member of the Scottish Rites, Order of the Eastern Star, and York Rite.

Funeral Services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, in the Chapel of DeLoach Funeral Home, Hephzibah. Interment followed, with Masonic Rites, at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery, Hephzibah.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Gleason Self; and a son, Sammy Diaz.

Survivors include eight children, Frankie Diaz (Penny) of North Carolina, Linda Holbrooks (Kenny) of Matthews, Jackie Self of Augusta, Marie Taylor (Bobby) of Martinez, Billy Diaz of Nashville, Tenn., Brenda Blitchington (Steve) of Augusta, Margaret Story (Phillip) of Hephzibah, and Kathleen Mason (Eddie) of Modoc, S.C.; daughter-in-law, Eli Diaz of Elberton; two sisters, Ruth McDaniel (Fred) of Augusta, and Mary Bartlett of Evans; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mr. James Self’s Masonic brothers.

Donations in memory of Mr. James Self may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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


Mrs. Mary E. “Helen” Shields
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary E. “Helen” Shields, 67, of Warrenton were held on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Thankful Baptist Church, Glascock County, with Rev. Leroy Hudson, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include children, Willie Rivers, Linda Rivers, Jametta Shields and Mack Shields, all of Warrenton, Willie (Brenda) Shields and James (Katrina) Shields, both of Wrens, and Felicia Shields, Thomson; granddaughter reared as a daughter, Sharon Rivers, Thomson; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; friend, Ronnie Lindsey, Thomson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Willie Nelle Black Whisenant
Mrs. Willie Nelle Black Whisenant, 90, of Aiken, S.C. entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008.

She was born in Avera, but has been a resident of Aiken County for the past 80 years. She was of the Methodist faith. She was a retired lab technician.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Napier Funeral Home, with Rev. Gene Wilson officiating. The interment followed at the Graniteville Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.C. Whisenant; parents, Willie Black and Shelly Railey Black; and two grandchildren, Billy F. Golden and Clifford F. Golden.

Survivors include her sons, Bobby Golden of North Augusta and Billy F. Golden Sr., of New Bern, N.C.; a daughter, Shirley Glisson of Graniteville; five grandchildren, Jill Golden, Cristie Golden Shuford, Tiffinay Miller, Michael Sheppard and Kathy Holley; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Thomas Black, Ben Twilley, Stewart Twilley, Tim Fox, Jonathan Nelson and Michael Sheppard.

Memorials, in Ms. Whisenant’s honor, may be made to the Aiken SPCA, 401 Wire Rd., Aiken, S.C. 29801 or to Mead Hall Episcopal School, 129 Pendleton St.SW, Aiken, S.C. 2980l.

Napier Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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