Obituaries
March 12, 2009 Issue

Mr. Leon Booker Jr.
Mr. Leon Booker Jr. of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at Gibson Rehab and Health Center.

He was a native of Richmond County.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Theodora D. Booker.

Survivors are his father, Leon (Helen) Booker Sr.; friend, Brenda Wright; daughter, Monique Rose; sons, Leon Booker III and JaQuan Booker, Augusta; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Coleman, Augusta; stepchildren, Rafiel Brooks, Charleston, S.C., Dominique Fernandez and Danielle Fernandez, Columbia, S.C.; brother, Bobby (Gladys) Ferris, Los Angeles, Calif.; sisters, April (Herbert) Gordon, Deborah Booker and Linda Booker, Houston, Texas; uncles, Henry (Juana) Darlington Jr., Huntsville, Ala. and Willie Johnson, Atlanta; cousin, Reggie (Jeanette) Johnson, Yolanda (Bryant) Allen, Mableton, Marque (Robin) Darlington, Newman, Carla (Jeffery) Hairston, Douglasville, and Kimberly Butler, Fayetteville; godson, Marcus Bowder; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Hugh Dawson
Hugh Dawson, 81, of Kite entered into rest on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta, after a brief illness.

Mr. Dawson was a native of Jefferson County and was retired from Ryder Truck Rentals. He was a member of the Kite First Baptist Church and was a Deacon.

Funeral services were on Saturday, March 7, 2099, at 2 p.m. in the Kite First Baptist Church, with Rev. Casey Shaw and Rev. Burton Dixon officiating. Interment was in the Kite City Cemetery in Kite.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Beulah Braddock Dawson

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Anderson Dawson of Kite; four daughters, Dianne (Rev. Larry) Martin of Kite, Deborah D. (James) Jarriel of Augusta, Phyllis Roberts and Karen King, both of Augusta; one son, William Dawson of Augusta; three sisters, Dolly (Herschel) Waits of Louisville, Sarah Fannin of Augusta, and Rebecca Higdon of Greensboro; one brother, Earl (Margaret) Dawson of Hephzibah; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were the men of the Kite First Baptist Church.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William M. Ganus Jr.
Mr. William M. Ganus Jr., 58, of Stapleton entered into rest on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Ganus was a former employee for Clear Water Finishing Plant and was a member of Word Aflame Tabernacle. He was the son of the late William M. Ganus Sr. and Neva Mae Brooks Ganus.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, March 9, 2009, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Ben Bush officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Garden.

Survivors include his three sisters, Ethel Dorine Paulus, Lavonia Elaine Newsome and Joyce Anne Ganus; and a brother, Thomas Ray Brooks; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Dallas Bush, Allen Chavous, Isaiah Newsome, Preston Calhoun, Brain Simmons, Chris Paulus, Stephen Paulus and David Paulus.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sallie Mae Jackson Johnson
Mrs. Sallie Mae Jackson Johnson, 94, of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the New Fleming Baptist Church and cemetery, with the pastor, Rev. Cedric L. Cason officiating.

Mrs. Johnson was a native of Washington County, but lived in Jefferson County all of her adult life. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Lettie Thompson Jackson and the widow on the late Nathaniel “Shang” Johnson. She was a member of the New Fleming Baptist Church where she served as mother of the church and Missionary Board for many years.

Survivors include her children, Mattie “Maggie” Bell Palmer of Wadley, Joyce (Otis) Mason of Conneticutt, Eddie (Doris) Palmer, Willie James (Joan) Palmer, T. J. (Constance) Palmer, Fred (Velma) Palmer all of New York., Willie Albert (Shirley) Palmer of Dale City, Va.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence 229 Stevens Street, Wadley, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eva Pinkston
Mrs. Eva Pinkston of Sandersville entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at Oconee Nursing Home, Oconee.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 8, 2009, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul CME Church, Mitchell, with Rev. Gene R. Dean officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

M.C. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Patsy Reese
Mrs. Mary Patsy Reese, 57, entered into rest on Thursday, March 5, 2009, in the McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Reese was a native of Richmond County and had made her home in Thomson before moving to Gibson. She was a retired teacher. She was a member of Thomson First Baptist Church and also attended Gibson First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2009, in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. James Ramsey officiating. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Reese.

Survivors include her four sisters, Rita (Miguel) Faure, Appling, Gloria (Brian) Machalk, Louisville, Kathy (David) Gunnels, Wrens, and Tonya (Robert) Gunby, Louisville; a stepdaughter, Karen Reese, Florida; a stepson, Kendel (Cristie) Reese, Atlanta; her father, Bobby H. (Regina) McGahee, Thomson; her aunt, Juanita Wellmaker, Gibson; her uncle, Gene McGahee, Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Brian Machalk, Cody Machalk, Ronnie Marchman, Kendel Reese, Vic Reese and Matthew Holley.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Morris “Bobby” Thompson Sr.
Mr. Robert Morris “Bobby” Thompson Sr., 56, of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, March 3, 2009.

Mr. Thompson was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Thomas Thompson Sr. and Nina Hicks Thompson, and a member of the Salter Grove Baptist Church before moving to New York in 1968. He worked for the New York City Transit Department as a conductor. He returned to Jefferson County to live in 1995.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Salter Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Tennille (Nigel) Thompson-Coombs and Tiffanie Thompson, both of Upper Marlboro, Md., Robert Thompson Jr., Julian Thompson and Talisa Thompson all of Coral Ridge, Fla.; his sister, Annie Doris Thompson of Bartow; brothers, Thomas (Verdell) Thompson Jr., George (Diane) Thompson, both of Long Island, N.Y., Sammy Lee (Vickie) Thompson and Johnny Albert Thompson, both of New York, N.Y., and Eugene (Dora) Jackson of Bartow; five grandchildren, Tatiana Thompson, Corey Thompson, Julian Thompson, Zayvin Thompson, Amirah Coombs and Shari Coombs; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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