Obituaries
January 8, 2009 Issue

Mr. Willie James “Dick” Brown
Mr. Willie James “Dick” Brown, 59, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Brown was a native of Glascock County, but lived in Jefferson County most of his life. He was a member of the New Hope AME Church and a 1969 graduate of Glascock County High School.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the New Hope AME Church and cemetery.

Survivors include his son, Wade Brown of Warrenton; sisters, Lorea Gibbons of Louisville, Carrie Gaston and Ammie J. Davis, both of Avera, Minnie (Eugene) Love of Stapleton; one brother, Adolpha Brown of Tacoma, Wash.; a friend, Lois Johnson of Voorhees, N.J.; one grandson, Jawon Brown of Warrenton; two aunts, Dora Dogan and Mozella Dogan of Louisville; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Grace Jackson Claxton
Mrs. Grace Jackson Claxton, 85, of Martinez entered into rest Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.

Mrs. Claxton was a native of Riddleville, having made Martinez her home for the past 43 years. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and the Woodmen of the World for 51 years. Mrs. Claxton was wife of the late Mr. Billy M. Claxton.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Riddleville, with Rev. M.D. Cabe officiating.

Survivors include a brother, Franklin (Rilla) Jackson, Bath; two sisters, Bunnie (David) Couey, Macon, and Shelbie (Glynn) Paschall, Beech Island, S.C.; several nieces and nephews; an aunt, Madie Waller, Bath, S.C.

Memorials may be made to New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1839 New Bethel Road, Bartow, GA 30413.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert L. “Duke” Davis
Mr. Robert L. “Duke” Davis of Wrens entered into rest Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Carter’s Mortuary. Interment was in Pines Cemetery.

Carter’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Wanda Lean Harris
Ms. Wanda Lean Harris of Atlantic Beach, Fla. entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Kingdom Life Fellowship Ministries, Wadley, with Apostle Clifford Duckworth officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her sisters, Carlette H. (John Willie) Howard, Wadley, Audrey Gibbons (Paul) and Cynthia A. Harris, Atlantic Beach, Fla.; her brothers, DeRoy (Michelle) Bealle, Rochester, N.Y., JeRome Harris, Jacksonville, Fla., Theotis Harris and Ferrell L. (Wanda) Harris, Augusta, Carl Robinson, Rivera Beach, Fla., Otis (Frances) Gibbons, Bartow, and Joe Albert Gibbons, Cleveland, Ohio; her foster sister, Teresa P. Smith, Wadley; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Terrell Harris, Trevaius Wells, Beorgie Harris, Todd Smith, Darrell Johnson and Kendrick Johnson.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Cornelia Heath
Mrs. Cornelia Heath, 101, entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at the Holston Manor Nursing Home in Kingsport, Tenn.

A native of Rome, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Samuel Byrd Ledbetter and Mrs. Emma Napier Ledbetter. Mrs. Heath graduated from Columbia University in New York City and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She was a retired teacher. She was a member of First Presbyterian of Elizabethton, Tenn., and was involved in its activities. Mrs. Heath served as a hospital volunteer for 20 years until age 98.

Funeral services were at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home. The graveside service and interment was conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, in the Happy Valley Memorial Park.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, W.E. Heath Sr.; two sons, William Heath Jr. and John Heath; and three sisters, Elizabeth Brannan, Caroline Herbig and Katherine Doyle Pettit.

Survivors include her daughter, Roslyn LaDuke (Rev. Kenneth); two daughters-in-law, Diana Heath and Beverly Heath; one brother, Samuel Ledbetter; and six grandchildren, William Heath III (Sharon), Susan Eaker (Jim), Michael Morris (Ginnie), Jon Morris, Andy Heath and Ryan Heath; 14 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

For those who desire, memorials may be made in lieu-of-flowers to the First Presbyterian Church, 119 West F Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances Thompson Huff
Mrs. Frances Thompson Huff, 68, of Gibson entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at her residence.

Mrs. Huff was a member of Gibson Church of God. Mrs. Huff was retired of 35 years at Air Balance.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Steve Lamb officiating. Burial followed at Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Shelton Huff; and her parents, Eddie Lee Thompson and Eva Kitchens Thompson.

Survivors include her children, Shelton (Kathy) Huff Jr., Stapleton, Michael Huff Sr., Stapleton, Donna (Chris) Hooks, Warrenville, S.C., Andy (Betty) Huff, Stapleton, Sheila (Wayne) Scarber, Gibson, and Tammy (Wells) McCorkle, Matthews; two sisters, Ann (Hiram) Milburn, Stapleton, and June (Durham) Milburn, Edgehill; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mason McCorkle, Kevin Kitchens, Jason Milburn, Billy Huff, David Owens, Michael Pruitt and George Arrington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society 2607 Commons Blvd. Augusta Ga. 30909.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Dwight A. Huggins Sr.
Mr. Dwight A. Huggins Sr., of Augusta entered into rest Friday, Dec. 26, 2008.

Mr. Huggins, a native of Estill, S.C., was employed at West Fraser Augusta Lumber Mill and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Hankerson officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Huggins; two daughters, Shanice Huggins, Wrens, and Chasity Wright, North Augusta, S.C.; three sons, Dwight A. Huggins, Jr., Bartow, Eric McCullough, New Ellenton, S.C., and Courtney Wright, Augusta; mother, Laura Huggins, Estill, S.C.; one sister, Elizabeth Huggins, Augusta; one brother, Everett Huggins, Estill, S.C.; six step-grandchildren and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mildred Flanagan Underwood
Mrs. Mildred Flanagan Underwood, 87, of Mitchell entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at the Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gibson.

Mrs. Underwood was a native of Telfair County and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was the wife of the late Mr. Florence A. Underwood of Mitchell.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Rev. Scott Googe and Dr. James King officiating. Interment was in the Mitchell Baptist Church Cemetery, Mitchell.

Survivors include her two sons, Thomas (Wylene) Underwood of Carrollton, and George Allen (Gail) Underwood of Mitchell; two brothers, Dudley (Frances) Flanagan of Barnesville, and Eschol (Linda) Flanagan of Macon; one sister, Beryl Flanagan of Macon; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Sterling Raley, Johnny Flanagan, James Flanagan, Barry Johnson, Bradley Pickelsimer and Stevie Wood.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Friendship Baptist Church.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Morris Walker
Funeral services for Mr. Morris Walker, 55, of Thomson were held on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Aldred CME Church, Warren County, with the Rev. Dr. Willie J. Wiley, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the churchyard cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah “Duke” Walker; two daughters, Sonja Walker and Naquiata Walker; five stepchildren, Melvin Wilson, Mary Ann Wilson, Sheila Wilson, Stanford Wilson and Priscilla Mathis-Carey; mother, Eunice Walker; five sisters, Eloise Davis, Louise Walker, Laverne Heggs, Mattie Walker and Christine (Jerry) Dennis; two brothers, Johnny (Montress) Walker and Pressley (Mary Ann) Walker; 22 grandchildren; and a host nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George T. Williams
Mr. George T. Williams, 71, of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Williams was a native of Glascock county and son of the late Thomas H. and Hattie Lamb Williams. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was an automotive technician. He was a member of Augusta Primitive Baptist Church and the Disabled American Veterans.

Funeral services were held at the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Greg Bentley and Rev. Jared DeLoach officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ann Dixon Williams; daughters, Tamera W. DeLoach, North Augusta, Melody W. (Chip) Blease, North Augusta, and Jayne W. (Paul) Andrews, Martinez; sisters, Christine Selby, Ada, Okla., and Geraldine Chalker, Augusta; brother, James E. Williams, Thomson; sister-in-law, Edith Poteet, Augusta; grandchildren, Jared and Brett DeLoach, Krystle Blease, and Bryan, Seth, and Paige Andrews; great-grandchildren, Charlie and Daphne DeLoach; and niece, Carolyn Morris, Loganville; and several other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were George Zachmann, Floyd Bessinger, Brian Peck, Grady Thompson, Bill Elliott, and Joseph Williams, Sr.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Martha Jane Gunn Wilhoit
Mrs. Martha Jane Gunn Wilhoit, 78, of Warrenton entered into rest Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta.

She was the wife of the late Jud P. Wilhoit Jr. and the daughter of the late Jamie Simeon Gunn and the late Blanche Lowe Gunn. Mrs. Wilhoit was a native of Warren County, a graduate of Georgia State College for Women at Milledgeville, with a bachelor of science degree in education. She was a school teacher, having taught in the public schools of Rockdale, Greene, Morgan, Washington, Hancock, Jefferson and Warren counties. She retired in 1992 from Briarwood Academy after 18 years of service. She was a member of Johnson United Methodist Church, Adult Sunday school class, Warren County Chamber of Commerce and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at Johnson Cemetery, Warrenton, with Jack McCorkle and Rev. David Jenkins officiating.

Survivors include her son, Judson “Trip” Wilhoit III (Janie), Lizella; her daughter, Ocie Blanche “O.B.” Wilhoit McCorkle (Christopher) Warrenton; two grandchildren, Christopher Scott “Tad” McCorkle II and Martha Diane “Mia” McCorkle; three step-grandchildren, Melanie Dane “Mindy” Hawkins (Girard) Jones, Brooke Hawkins (Brad) Williams and Daniel Tyler Hawkins; and one brother, James Lowe Gunn, Warrenton.

Pallbearers were J. J. Gunn, John Gunn, Jimmy Stewart, Gunn Stewart, Billy Wilhoit, Scott Johnson and Bobby Thigpen.

Memorials may be made to Johnson Cemetery Fund, C/O Joe Shurley, 642 Shurley Road, Warrenton, GA 30828 or Johnson United Methodist Church C/O Tommy Johnson 7731 Bastonville Road Warrenton, GA 30828.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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