Obituaries
December 18, 2008 Issue

Mr. Wallace Lamar Brown Sr.
Mr. Wallace Lamar Brown Sr. of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.

Mr. Brown was born on July 18, 1940, in Louisville to Wallace and Geneva Brown. He was a graduate of Jefferson County School System. He retired from Thermo King Corporation in 1998 as an assistant foreman. He was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville, with Rev. Isaac Culberth officiating. Internment was in the Cour de Leon Society Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Wallace L. Brown Jr., Michael A. Brown, Angela D. Brown, Veronica Davis (Johnny Jr.), Tracy L. Brown, Stacy L. Brown (Rev. Charles), and Contessa Dixon; siblings, William “Homer” Brown, Walter Brown, Jimmy Atkins, Geneva Gay (Edward Sr.), Mattie Williams (Robert), and Mary Jane Brown; 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Edna Dyck
Mrs. Edna Dyck, 89, of Moundridge, Kan. entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at the Moundridge Manor, Moundridge, Kan.

She was born to Andrew H. and Maria Eidse Koehn on Feb. 24, 1919, in Canton, Kan.

Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at Pinecrest Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church, with Ministers Brian Dyck, Randal Goossen and Maynard Peters officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Dyck; four sons, Vernon (Vada) Dyck and Glenn Dyck, California, Franklin (Jean) Dyck, Stapleton, Monroe (Rosie) Dyck, Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada, and Daniel (Brenda) Dyck, Middleton, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Ruth Boehs, Stapleton; 19 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; and many friends and acquaintances.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Memorials may be given to the Pinecrest Church of God in Christ, Mennonite.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eva Jean Sims Gibbons
Mrs. Eva Jean Sims Gibbons of Bartow entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Old Bethel Baptist Church in Bartow, with Rev. Kenneth C. Davis officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Oliver Gibbons, Bartow; a stepdaughter, Patricia Danford, Wadley; four sisters, Christine (Arthur) Small and Lorene Sims, both of Wadley, and Betty Sims and Annie Sims, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three brothers, David Sims, Louisville, Jimmy Sims, Wadley, and James (Fannie) Sims, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three additional sisters-in-law, four additional brothers-in-law, two step-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were her nephews, along with Roosevelt Alexander and Gary McIntosh.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Hosea A. Holey
Funeral services for Hosea A. Holey, 103, of Birmingham, Ala., formerly of Wrens, were held on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Keys Grove Baptist Church, Keysville, with the Rev. Ricky Dent, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Bushelon Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Margaret H. Kelly
Mrs. Margaret H. Kelly, 80, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Kelly was a member of First Baptist Church, Louisville. She had been a nurse most of her life at Jefferson Hospital and had worked for St. Joseph Home Health Care for several years before retiring.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, with Bill Smith officiating.

Survivors include a son, Mike (Nicole) Hartley, Evans; a daughter, Lynn (Steve) Farmer, Macon; brother, Lewis (Irma Jean) Hadden, Belvedere; and four grandchildren, Stephanie Hartley, Nicolas (Holly) Hartley, Matthew Farmer and Nathan Farmer.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2609 Commons Blvd., Augusta, GA 30909.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Joe Louis “Jake” Mack
Mr. Joe Louis “Jake” Mack, 69, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the St. Matthews AME Church and Jones Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Mack was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Josiah and Angeline Timmons Mack and retired after many years as a construction worker with E.A. Mann Construction.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Nell Walker Mack of Louisville; two children, Joanne Cunningham and Alton Mack, both of Louisville; his siblings, James Hubert (Lessie) Mack of Louisville, Wylene M. (Manuell) Young of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Dorothy M. Sanders of Hamilton, N.J.; father-in-law, William “Sapp” Walker, Sr. of Louisville; two grandchildren, Brittney LaPaige Cunningham of Louisville, and LaShanta Mack of Swainsboro; sister-in-law, Ina Lee Mack, Willie Eva “Meanie” Davis, Judy Walker, Raymond Walker, all of Louisville, and Almarie D. Mack of Trenton, N.J.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 479 Forest Drive, Louisville or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gladys “Big MaMa” Parrish
Mrs. Gladys “Big MaMa” Parrish, 96, of Stapleton entered into rest Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Parrish was a Baptist and a homemaker. She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Ida Marsh Glover.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Harlan Noles and Smith Dickson officiating. Burial followed at Stapleton Memorial Garden.

Mrs. Parrish is preceded in death by her husband, Mide Parrish Jr.; and three daughters, Evelyn Key, Beatrice Key and Maude Key Beasley.

Survivors include her children, Barbara Hadden Armstrong, Boneville, Paulette (Julian) Arrington, Keysville, Paul “Frank” (Terry) Parrish Jr., Stapleton, and Hubert “Buck” (Rhonda) Parrish, Sneads Ferry, N.C.; a sister, Ruby G. Jones, Stone Mountain; cousin, Mattie Smith, Avera; several nieces and nephews, 20 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and 43 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her great-grandsons, Travis Hadden, Jonathan Hadden, John Hadden, James Vaughn, Steve Blount, Jeff Phillips, Will Shelton, David Wilson and Heath Mills.

Honorary Pallbearers were her grandsons, Donnie Hadden, Bobby Gene Hadden, Robbie Hadden, Frankie Parrish, Clay Parrish, Jessie Hadden, Jamie Arrington, B.J. Arrington, Cody Parrish and Jason Parrish, and her great-great-grandchildren, Jared, Camden, Jacob, Cole, Kiley, Easton, Caleb, Jace, Cadence, Gracie and Chloe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wrens Church of God Building Fund, 102 Phillips St. NW, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Ozilla Kent Simons
Ms. Ozilla Kent Simons, 96, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in LaGrange.

Ms. Simons, the daughter of the late Joseph and Nancy Kent, was born in Glascock County, where she was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Mitchell.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home Lumpkin Road Chapel at 2 p.m., with Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her, husband Horace Simons.

Survivors include her daughter, Kay Simons Wood of LaGrange; two sons, Garry (Sue) Simons of Warrenton, and Kendall Simons of Augusta; four sisters-in-law, Mary Kent, Clyde Garbutt, Edith Hanson and Marguerite English; four grandchildren, Lisa Simons Gill, Lynn (Kristi) Wood, Angela (Jason) Wood Facey and Alex Wood; two great-grandchildren, Zak Wood and Krislyn Wood; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews as well as many other family members and friends.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the following organizations, The Alzheimer’s Association 1899 Central Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30904 or American Diabetes Association 17 Executive Park Suite 115 Atlanta, GA, 30329.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Wesley Smith Jr.
Mr. Robert Wesley Smith Jr., 85, of Stapleton entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at the VA Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Smith was born in McDuffie County to the late Robert W. Smith Sr. and Martha Wren Smith. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a retired electrician.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at 3 p.m., with the Rev. John Jenkins officiating in the Adams Chapel Cemetery, Dearing.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Pauline Smith Stewart; a brother, Auther Lee Smith; his son, Reid Chaney; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth C. Smith, Harlem; one brother, Hoke (Delle) Smith, Dearing; six sons, Ronnie (Gail) Smith, Stapleton, Richard (Sandy) Smith, Warner Robins, Robert (Zettie) Smith, Hendersonville, N.C., Allen (Justine) Smith, Dearing, Bobby (Song) Chaney, Killeen, Texas, Roby (Betty) Chaney, Austell; four daughters, Rozie (Rick) Kerr, Jonesville, S.C., Reba Smith, Jonesville, S.C., Bessie (Jimmy) Law, Holly Pond, Ala., and Leila (Jerry) Sineath; 41 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Kevin Smith, Jeff Queen, John Smith, Arthur Smith, Blake Smith, Bobby Smith and William Stewart Jr.

If so desired, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice or to his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Myrtle “Big Ma” Usry
Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle “Big Ma” Usry, 86, of Stapleton were held on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at 3:30 p.m., at the Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with the Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr., pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Leila Winns, Lena (Johnny) Jordan, Louise Clark, and Lorene Usry; one son, Sammie (Blondell) Usry; five brothers, Jimmie (Classie) Roberts, Mitchell (Ollie) Roberts, all of Stapleton, Waymon Roberts, Lindsey Roberts, Avera, and Luther Roberts, Wrens; one sister, Pauline Davis, Pompano Beach, Fla.; two daughters-in-law, Lois Usry, Stapleton, and Lenola M. Usry, Louisville; 26 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; a host of great-great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. M. L. Wilcher
Mr. M. L. Wilcher, 80, of Midville entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at his residence following an extended illness.

Mr. Wilcher was a native and livelong resident of Emanuel County, a member of Hines Baptist Church near Midville, and was retired from Battle Lumber Company in Wadley.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at Hines Baptist Church, near Midville, with Rev. Randy Walden officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Hart Wilcher; two sons, Kenneth Wilcher of Valdosta, and Robert Wilcher of Rosharon, Texas; three daughters, Elaine Greer of Nederland, Texas, Lynn Williams of Wrens, and Linda Cautt of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Ray Wilcher of Midville; six sisters, Chris Moore of Midville, Bernice Brigdon of Sylvania, Maxie Booker of Cayce, S.C., Anita Holland of Augusta, Betty Wells of Martinez, and Pat Haycraft of Wadley; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were William Hart, Danley Hart, Stanley Hart, Dewayne Hart, William Roberson and Charles Wilcher.

Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. J. Doak Williams
J. Doak Williams, 84, of Clearwater, Fla. entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center.

Mr. Williams was born on Jan. 24, 1925 in Gibson to Emmitt R. Williams and Annie Laura Lamb Williams. He was the first patient at Old Capitol Inn in 1970. He moved to Clearwater in 1983 and was a 40-year member of the Free and Accepted Masons, and was also a Shriner.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Helen Medak Williams of Clearwater, Fla.; two sons, Jim Marshall of Clearwater, Fla. and John (Beth) Williams of Federal Way, Wash.; three brothers, Lewis Williams of Louisville, Ernest Williams of Dade City, Fla., and Raymond Williams of Darien; three sisters, Sara Sloan of Groveland, Fla., Ruby Johnson of Acworth, and Laura Smith of Louisville; five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Bay Pines VAHCS-GPF1086, Hospice Unit, P.O. Box 5005, Bay Pines, FL 33744

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