Obituaries
February 26, 2009 Issue

Ms. Dorothy Mae “MaDot” Carswell
Ms. Dorothy Mae “MaDot” Carswell, 74, entered into rest at Burke County Medical Center on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at noon at the Lofton AME Church Cemetery, Wrens, with the Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr., pastor, officiating. Friends and family are asked to gather at the graveside at 11:50 a.m.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dianna Wilson; and a great-grandson, Brandon Harris.

Survivors include two granddaughters, Shaneisha Hobbs of Omaha, Neb., and Shavondrea Harris of Augusta; two great-granddaughters, Krishayla Wilson-Hall (Christopher) and Logan Wilson, both of Augusta; three great-grandsons, Keelan Harris of Augusta, Bradley Foster of Omaha, Neb., and Bryant “B.J” Wilson Jr. of Augusta; one great-great grandson, Chase Hall of Augusta; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The viewing will be held at Freeman Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, from 1-8 p.m.

Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rosalyn “Tina” Heath Cooper
Mrs. Rosalyn “Tina” Heath Cooper, 55, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at an Augusta Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Faith Memorial CME Church and Dixon Chapel CME Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Cooper was a life long resident of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Isaiah Bostic and Estella Heath Saunders and the widow of the late Michael Cooper. She attended Jefferson County School System.

Survivors include three daughters, Tracy Heath of Waynesboro, Karen “Boo” Tolbert of Louisville, and Lashaonda “Nikki” Cooper of Augusta; stepmother, Kate Bostic of Tennille; godmother, Onea Grant of Louisville; seven sisters, Phyllis Long of Framingham, Mass., Trisha “Pat” Newsome of Waynesboro, Rosa (Leotis Jr.) Gilmore of Augusta, Sally “Mitzi” Heath, Brenda Sanders and Ocie Lee Sanders of Louisville, and Mary Bostic of Tennille; four brothers, Michael (LaTricia) Heath of Avera, Irish (Susan) Bostic of Milledgeville, Larry (Sonya) Bostic of Tennille, and Curtis Graddy of Wrightsville; goddaughter, LaTasha “Princess” “Baby Doll” Burton of Louisville; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 806 W. Nelms Street, Louisville or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Maureen Upton Crutchfield
Mrs. Maureen Upton Crutchfield, 70, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Crutchfield was a native of Glascock County, a retired seamstress and a member of the Gibson Church of God.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Richard Kitchens officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery, Avera.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ruby Braddock Upton; and a brother, William Upton.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Johnny Crutchfield; one son, William Joseph (Diane) Chalker of Thomson; one stepson, Johnny (Bobbie) Crutchfield Jr. of Gibson; one stepdaughter, Kathy (Tommy) Johnson of Gibson; one sister, Jeanette Glover of North Augusta, S.C.; five grandchildren, Shane Chalker, Keven Chalker, Katelyn Crutchfield, Taylor Johnson and Tyler Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Justin Chalker, Ansley Chalker and Landen Chalker.

Pallbearers were Shane Chalker, Keven Chalker, Danny Upton, Byron Crutchfield, Mike Glover and Charles Hall.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jose’ Marie Cunningham
Mrs. Jose’ Marie Cunningham, 84, of Southport, N.C., formerly of Louisville, entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2009, in the family plot of Louisville City Cemetery, with Rev. David Hibberts officiating.

Mrs. Cunningham was born Feb. 13, 1924, in Gentinnes, Belgium, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Camille Purnelle. She was active in the Belgium underground during World War II. At the end of World War II she married Technical Sergeant Ben W. Cunningham Jr. and moved to Louisville where she was a homemaker and a member of Louisville First Methodist Church.

Survivors include four children, Virginia C. Woodward (Roy) of Lansdale, Pa., Peggy Ann Harrisson (Frank) of Southport, N.C., William W. Cunningham (William) Lawson of Oakland, Calif., and Joseph George Cunningham of Southport, N.C.; two grandchildren, Holly Ray of Port Huron, Mich., and Kelly Ann Hall (Chris) of Burgaw, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Ben and Kayla Ray, and Anna and Jacob Hall.

The Cunningham family will receive friends immediately following the service at the cemetery.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Willena M. Evans
Mrs. Willena M. Evans, 80, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, in Jefferson Hospital after an extended illness.

Mrs. Evans grew up in Bartow and spent the last 52 years in Louisville. She was a daughter of the late Charles Clark and Louise Smith Malone. She taught school for many years at Louisville Academy and Bartow School. She was a member of Louisville United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir. She was a member of The Art Guild of Jefferson County, the United Methodist Women and Louisville Coffee Club. She was also a known local artist.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, in Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Beau Taylor and Rev. David Hibberts officiating. Burial followed in the family plot in the Bartow City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Donald H. Evans Sr.

Survivors include a son, Don Evans (Debra) of Louisville; daughter, Louise Young (Frank) of Sandersville; two sisters, Suzanne M. Jones of Louisville and Diane M. Anderson of Marietta; four grandchildren, Donnie Evans, Caroline McDaniel, Molly Young and Ryan Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Dylan Evans, Anna Evans and Evans McDaniel; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Donnie Evans, Clay McDaniel, Bonner Jones, Johnny Jones, Charlie Anderson, Gary Anderson, Matt Poje and Fred Waters.

Honorary Pallbearers were the members of the Louisville United Methodist Church Choir.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Louisville United Methodist Church or The Art Guild of Jefferson County.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Norma Jean Hart
Mrs. Norma Jean Hart, 54, of Louisville entered into rest Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at Trinity Hospital.

Mrs. Hart was a member of Brideage Tabernacle Church, and she was a homemaker. She was the wife of Alton N. Hart and the daughter of Max J. Moulton and Christine B. Moulton.

Memorial services were held on Monday Feb. 23, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Brideage Tabernacle in Lincolnton, with Rev. Michael Newman officiating.

Survivors include her children, Tyrone Lowery, Jonathan Lowery and Martha Lowery; a sister, Cindy Moulton; and eight grandchildren.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jo Cofer McNair
Mrs. Jo Cofer McNair, 66, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, following a bout with cancer at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. McNair was born to Brantley Cofer and Rhetta Hardy Cofer in Washington. She was a nurse and a member of Wrens Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Wrens Baptist Church, with Rev. Mason Davis and Rev. Stan Littleton, Dr. Julian West and Dr. Christopher Church officiating.

She was preceded by both parents; and one sister, Ann Taylor.

Survivors include her children, Jay McNair and Julie Hardie; siblings, Wendy Cofer, Agnes Church, Martha Stokley, Jimmie Cofer and Tricia Matthews; grandchildren, Erin, Cal, Mason, Rachel, Maggie, Brooks and Copeland; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Nathan James, Tyler James, Jeff Gay, Jack Phillips, Sam Raburn, Tracy Neal and Randy Smith.

Memorials may be made to Breast Health Center, University Hospital Foundation, 2100 Central Avenue, Suite D1, Augusta, Georgia 30904 or Wrens Baptist Church, P.O. Box 217, 500 North Main Street, Wrens, Georgia 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Frances Henderson Purvis
Mrs. Mary Frances Henderson Purvis, 68, of Thomson entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Purvis was born in Jefferson County, and was the daughter of the late John Taylor Henderson and the late Estelle McNeely Henderson. She was a homemaker and a member of Louisville United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Dewey Henderson officiating. Interment followed in the Reedy Creek Baptist Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Purvis.

Survivors include sisters, Elizabeth Braddock, Thomson, and Lillian Katherine Blanos, Augusta; brother, John Lewis Henderson, Bonaire; children, Jerry Braddock, Patricia B. Doolittle and Cathy B. Peters; grandchildren, Leslie Gibson, Christopher Braddock, David Braddock, Harrison Braddock, Tim Peters and Jeff Peters; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Gibson and Amelia Oswald; nephews, Marty Purvis and James T. Purvis Jr.

Pallbearers were Marty Purvis, Robert Purvis, Christopher Braddock, David Braddock, Harrison Braddock, Tim Peters and Jeff Peters.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia “Snap” Kelly Stone
Mrs. Virginia “Snap” Kelly Stone, 82, of Bronx, N.Y. formerly of Wrens, entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Ortez Funeral Home, Bronx, NY.

Survivors include a sister, Helen (Dwellie) Benefield, Austell; a niece, Mamie Collins, Bronx, N.Y.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.


Ms. Sherlyn Lynette Wallace
Ms. Sherlyn Lynette Wallace, 30, of in Plainfield, N.J. entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008.

She was born in Atlanta, but lived in Wadley for several years.

Her wish was to be cremated.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Bernestine Wallace; grandmother, Annie Wallace; and grandfather, Clarence Wallace.

Survivors include her father, Nathaniel Leonard of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and her brother, Stephen Wallace of Atlanta.

Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Daisy “Miss Daisy” Elizabeth Blanchard Watson
Mrs. Daisy “Miss Daisy” Elizabeth Blanchard Watson, 98, entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, in Gainesville at The Resting Nest.

Mrs. Watson was an educator and musician. She was formerly of Stellaville and Wrens before moving to Gainesville in 1944. She was born Oct. 18, 1910, in Appling, the fifth of 11 children.

Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church of Gainesville on Nov. 10, 2008, with Rev. Dr. Terry Walton officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Coach A. Drane Watson Jr.; and daughter, Elizabeth Anne Watson.

Survivors include her son, Alva Drane “A.D.” (Vicki) of Gainesville; her daughter, DaAnne Blanchard Watson of Gainesville; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; other relatives, James Pierce Blanchard, Vernon Nathan Blanchard and Doris Blanchard O’Hearn, all of Augusta.

Little and Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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