Obituaries
March 26, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Inez Johnson Atkins
Mrs. Inez Johnson Atkins of Wadley entered into rest on Thursday, March 12, 2009, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 20, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Spears Grove Baptist Church in Wadley, with Rev. C.W. Stone officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Roosevelt Atkins, Wadley; two daughters, Michelle Johnson and Diana Johnson, both of Wadley; her son, David Johnson, Wadley; four grandchildren, Tiya Johnson, Augusta, Jermaine Davis Jr. and Jada Gibbons, both of Wadley, and Justin Johnson, Pinehurst; sister, Elizabeth “Peggy” Reese, Wadley; brothers, James (Julia) Johnson, Rev. Tommie (Marion) Johnson, Rev. Charlie (Frances) Johnson, Jimmie (Bula) Johnson and Roman Johnson, all of Wadley; and a host of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lucy M. Evans
Mrs. Lucy M. Evans, 88, of Gibson entered into rest on Saturday, March 14, 2009.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Lyonsville Baptist Church, Rayle. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Davenport- McLendon Mortuary, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruth Howard
Mrs. Ruth Russell Howard, 90, of Wrens entered into rest Sunday, March 22, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Howard was a homemaker and was a member of Wrens Baptist Church and the Lucy Howard Sunday School Class. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Q.V. Russell and Elvie Holley Russell.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 10 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bill Deakins. Interment was at the family mausoleum, Keysville.

Mrs. Howard is preceded in death by her daughter, Aquila Lynne Howard.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Leonard Howard Jr.; her daughter, Donna (James) Cunningham, Wrens; her son, Lex (Molly) Howard, Wrens; five grandchildren (pallbearers and Rachel Cunningham Davis); 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Parish Howard, Erik Cunningham, Matthew Howard, Clay Cunningham, Lee Davis, Marcus Howard, John Huff Parish and Jamie Williford.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Luvern “Von” Thompson Johnson
Mrs. Luvern “Von” Thompson Johnson of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of James Thompson and the late Doris Brown Thompson. She joined New Hope AME Church at an early age under the leadership of Rev. M. J. Handberry. She was a graduate of Glascock County High and Augusta Technical College. She has been a member of the Morning Star Society for many years. For 20 years she was employed at Jefferson County Department of Family and Children Services as an economic support screener.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 1 p.m. at New Hope AME Church, Grange.

Survivors include her husband, Gregory B. Johnson Sr. of Wrens; her son, Gregory B. “B.J.” Johnson Jr. of Wrens; her father, James Thompson of Wrens; siblings, Vernell Thompson of Wrens, Anthony (Eyvonne) Thompson of Augusta, and Janice (Charles) Broadus of Louisville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Willie Ruth Johnson Fullard of Wrens; granddaughter, Teliyah Kamoria Johnson of Louisville; goddaughter, Jayla Cooper of Augusta; brother-in-law, Raymond (Annette) Johnson of Atlanta; aunts and uncles, Doretha (Joe) Wolf, Namon (Jackie) Thompson and George (Pat) Thompson, all of Miami, Fla., Lois Gordon of Stapleton, Shirley Whitfield, Rev. Dr. Dennis (Dr. Mary) Thompson and Joe (Willie Mae) Thompson, all of Louisville, and Janet (Johnny) Morgan of Avera; nine nieces and nephews, a host of cousins and other friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Inez Lemke Reid
Mrs. Inez Lemke Reid of Thomson entered into rest on March 20, 2009, after a battle with cancer.

Mrs. Reid was born in Glascock County, but resided most of her life in Thomson. She was employed with the McDuffie County Hospital for 37 years, serving as Hospital Administrator for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Thomson, with Dr. James M. Ramsey officiating. Burial followed at Westview Cemetery.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, D. B. (Doc) Lemke; her parents, William and Celia Reese; and sister, Lee Ward.

Survivors include her husband, Roger L. Reid; children, Peggy L. Stokes (Dan Van Ackeren) of Spring Hill, Fla., Dr. Jimmy Lemke (Gayle) of Augusta, and Lynn L. Griffin of Boca Raton, Fla.; three grandchildren, Cris M. Griffin (Leslie) of Calhoun, Scarlett Giles (Peter) of Woodstock, and Ashley Lemke of Augusta; three great-grandchildren, Colin and Kendall Giles and Stevie Griffin; a stepson, Fernley D. Lemke, of Blanchard, Okla.; sisters, Elsie Warren of Vero Beach, Fla., Rhoda Brown of Thomson, Wally Irwin (Dick) of Leesburg, Fla. and Betty Graves (Ralph) of St. Pete Beach, Fla.; and brothers, William Reese (Jan) of Kent, Wash., C. L. Reese of Grovetown, and Billy Reese (Jennifer) of Vero Beach, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McDuffie Relay for Life or First Baptist Church Sanctuary Renovation Fund P.O. 1205 Thomson, GA 30824.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Marguerite Clark Steed
Mrs. Marguerite Clark Steed, 90, of Statesboro entered into rest on Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

Mrs. Steed was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class and a choir member at First Baptist Church, where she had been a member for over 52 years.

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Louisville on Friday, March 20, 2008, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Mrs. Steed was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Charles Milton Steed.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynda (Steve) Lewis and Barbara (Bobby) Reid, all of Statesboro; five granddaughters, Marianne (Anthony) LeFebvre of Brooklet, Susan (Buddy) Pullam of Statesboro, Lisa (Joe) Onovc of Richmond Hill, Amy Tapley of Statesboro and Julie (Richie) Brown of Statesboro; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John Murphy, Larry Stanley, Ott Stephens, Frank Etheridge, William Rabun, Mike McDowell, Larry Morgan and Don Handberry.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church, 101 East Ninth St, Louisville, GA 30334 or to Ogeechee Area Hospice P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Gene Arthur Stone
Mr. Gene Arthur Stone, 65, entered into rest on Friday, March 6, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Stone was born to the late Mr. J.C. Stone and Carrie Bell-Hannah on Oct. 3, 1943 in Jefferson County. He was a truck driver for over 30 years in Jersey City, N.J. and Charlotte, N.C. He was also a mason for 12 years until his illness. After moving to Charlotte, N.C. he joined New Covenant AME Church where he was a Trustee and a member of King’s Men Male Chorus.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at New Covenant AME Church.

He was preceded in death by both parents; and a sister, Bertha Rawls.

Survivors include his companion of 20 years, Mariam Hardy; six children, Sharon Stone of North Carolina, Regina, Gene Jr., Qhresa, Sharsheka and LaShayla Stone all of New Jersey; one brother, Jason Stone; one sister, Frances Stone all of New Jersey; grandchildren, Tyrone, Gianna, Thomas and Sabia; adopted mother, Ardel King of New Jersey; one sister-in-law, Marcella Williams; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Mrs. Lula Pearl Seabrook Wright
Mrs. Lula Pearl Seabrook Wright, 76, of Augusta entered into rest on March 13, 2009, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Wright was born in Jefferson County to the late John Ermon Seabrook and Eva Chinn Seabrook on October 24, 1932.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the New Zion Baptist Church, Wrens, with the Pastor Rev. Dr. W. L. Jones officiating. Interment was in Sugar Hill Cemetery

Survivors include two sons, Johnny Bernard (Vertis) Seabrook of Augusta, and Quincy Channing Wright of Augsburg, Germany; a niece, Connie (Andrew) Tillman; three sisters, Clara Brown of Wrens, Lillian Rouse of Augusta, and Alavan Ross of Miami, Fla.; two brothers, Willie Lee (Martha) Seabrook of Miramar, Fla., and Johnny Edward (Rosalyn) Seabrook of Tampa, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Leila Seabrook of Wrens; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, great-great-niece and -nephews, cousins, adopted sons and daughters, adopted nieces and nephews, and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Olive Janette Yelton
Mrs. Olive Janette Yelton, 78, of Appling entered into rest on Sunday, March 15, 2009, at Heartland Hospice, Augusta.

Mrs. Yelton was a native of Warren County. She was a retired piano teacher and homemaker. Mrs. Yelton was also a student at Wrens High School, where she took music lessons from Mrs. J.A. Prescott.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at Believer’s Gospel Chapel, Augusta, with Rev. Sam Thorpe and Rev. Dan White officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E. C. Yelton Sr.; and her parents, Cheatham and Coree Johnson.

Survivors include three sons, Eddie C. Yelton Jr., John ‘Lee’ (Francis) Yelton and Dan Johnson (Frances) Yelton, all of Appling; one daughter, Donna (Sammy) Y. Groover, Appling; one brother, Tyrus Johnson of Kentucky; and 14 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Sam Groover, Adam Yelton, Pete Knox, Phillip Knox, Cecil Bullard and Daryl Bullard.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Alonzie Young
Mr. Alonzie Young of Warrenton entered into rest on Sunday, March 15, 2009, at Heartland, Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, Warrenton, with Rev. Dr. John A. Lockhart, pastor, officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ruth Young; four sons, Tony Young, Warrenton, Willie Kim Young, Stapleton, David Young, Augusta, and Dennie Young, Queens, N.Y.; two daughters, Juliet Hampton, Harlem, and Connie Gross, Sparta; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three brothers; five sisters; two aunts; one uncle; other relatives and friends.

Dawson’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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