Obituaries
April 16, 2009 Issue

Rev. Lucille B. Booker
Rev. Lucille B. Booker of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Trinity Hospital of Augusta.

Rev. Booker was a native of Augusta. She served in the United States Army Medical Core and received an honorable discharge. She also was a retired nurse from the Veterans Administration Hospital. She was a graduate of the Lucy C. Laney class of 1952-1953 where she has served as class secretary until her death. She was a member of the Cumming Grove Baptist Church for over 27 years were she served as the assistant pastor and superintendent of the Sunday school.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at the Cumming Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Nathaniel Irvin officiating. Internment followed at Mount Olive Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Deacon Jerry A Booker Jr.; and her parents, Deacon Dave and Sally M. Bussey.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny C. Brown and Jerry A. (Angela) Booker III, both of Atlanta; brother, Horace (Helen) Bussey, Augusta; two uncles, Billy R. Addison, San Francisco, Calif., and Ben Gamble, Jackson, S.C.; aunt, Mary Alice Thomas, Bath, S.C.; grandson, J. Adam Booker IV, Atlanta; granddaughter, Joy (Justin) Staten, Wrens; great-granddaughter, Jamiria Smith, Wrens; two aunts, Emma Hester, Augusta, and Mary Alice Thomas, Bath, S.C.; two uncles, Ben Gamble, Jackson, S.C., and Billy R. Addison, San Francisco, Calif.; eight sisters-in-law, Betty Booker, Augusta, Julia (Irving) Bartlett, Bronx, N.Y., Channie Wright, Fannie (Clifford) Williams, Mattie (Levi) Bush, Martha Morris and Rev. Betty Booker, all of Augusta, and Annette (James) Johnson, Grovetown; two brothers-in-law, Charles Booker Sr., Augusta, and Jerry Earl, Columbia, S.C.; friend Capt. Hattie Elam; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives, and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Eugene Carswell
Deacon Eugene Carswell, former Wadley resident, entered into rest on Friday, April 3, 2009.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla., with Pastor R.E. Herring Sr. officiating. Interment was in Edgewood Cemetery.

Buggs-Bellamy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gertrude Toots Carswell
Mrs. Gertrude Toots Carswell entered into rest on April 3, 2009, at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Carswell was born in Jefferson County to the late John Toots and Daisy Bells. She was educated in the school systems of Jefferson and Emanuel counties. She joined Limestone Baptist Church at an early age and served until her family moved to Cross-Green Community where she joined with Ada Grove Holiness Church. She was employed at Sportswear Manufacturing in Swainsboro and was also self-employed as a seamstress, quilter and cook.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Cross-Green Community, with Rev. Richard Lawrence officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandmother, Annie Bell Lamb; husband, Eddie Lee Carswell; and five children, Annie Daisy, Otis, Willie James, Eddie Jean and Willie Albert.

Survivors include 10 sons, Eddie Lee Carswell Jr. (Charlett) of Long Beach, Calif., Robert J. Carswell (Linda), David Carswell (Joann), Alfonzia Carswell and Jimmy Carswell, all of Tampa, Fla., Roger Lee Carswell (Rebecca), Elijah Carswell, Samuel Carswell and Ellie Carswell, all of Midville, and Randy Carswell; three daughters, Alfredia Levine of Tampa, Fla., Gertrude Delois Phillips (Wilbert), and Elizabeth Carswell, all of Swainsboro; 68 grandchildren, 120 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law; five sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Minister Cedric Carswell, Joseph Carswell, Dennis Kelly Jr., Derrick Knight, Demetrius Knight and Delvecchio Kelly.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Ada Grove Pentecostal Church.

Jogresan Mortuary, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Curtis Lee Clay Jr.
Mr. Curtis Lee Clay Jr., 55, of Louisville, formerly of Fredericksburg, Va., entered into rest on Friday, March 3, 2009, at his residence.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

A native of Fredericksburg, Va., Mr. Clay was a son of the late Curtis Lee and Mary Purks Clay. He raised pigeons. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include a sister, Connie Clay Hodges (James) of Glenn Allen, Va.; a brother, Charles Calvin Clay of Fredericksburg, Va.; niece Brittany Clay; and two nephews, Zachary Clay and Maverick Clay.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Rev. Henry J. Gambrell
Rev. Henry J. Gambrell, 90, of McCormick, S.C. entered into rest on Monday, April 6, 2009, at Hospice Care of Greenwood, S.C.

Born in Honea Path, S.C., he was the youngest of 10 children, born to Della Ricketts Gambrell and William Mack Gambrell. He was a graduate of Furman University and Erskine Theological Seminary. He pastored churches at Camp Creek, S.C., Enoree, S.C., Abbeville, S.C., Louisville, McCormick, S.C., and Troy Baptist Church in South Carolina. He was a 60 year Mason of Mine Lodge 119.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 11 a.m. at Overbrook Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Grace Barrett Gambrell of McCormick, S.C.; and one daughter, Gracie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Ave., Greenwood S.C. 29646.

Strom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Barbara Jan Lafavor
Miss Barbara Jean Lafavor of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, April 3, 2009.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Brinson Hill Baptist Church in Wadley.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Dorothy Mae Mack
Ms. Dorothy Mae Mack, 59, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 18, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Jones Grove Baptist Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Ms. Mack was a native of Jefferson County, born to the late Sanka and Mamie Butler Mack. She joined Jones Grove Baptist Church where she was a member and served on the missionary board. She was employed at Jefferson Hospital for 14 years and the Jefferson County Board of Education as a bus monitor for 16 years.

Survivors include her children, Diane (Charlie) McCall of Louisville, James Mack Sr. of Milledgeville, Cynthia (Christopher) Davis, Leon (Shaneaka Kellom) Mack and Patrice (Johnny Taylor) Patterson, all of Louisville, Moxley (Bonnie) Burton of Waynesboro, Natasha (Joris Brown) Patterson of Wadley, Alexandrea Gamble, Tenundre Patterson and Denundra Patterson, all of Louisville; her sister, Edith (Arron) Bigham of Wadley; sister-in-law, Idell Lambry of Atlanta; 20 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 611 Walker Street, Louisville or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lamar “Marty Bald Head” Mathis
Funeral services for Mr. Lamar “Marty Bald Head” Mathis, 58, of Wrens were held on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with the Rev. M. G. Ephraim Sr., pastor, presiding and Rev. Dr. W. L. Jones, eulogist. Interment was in Harts Grove Church Cemetery.

Survivors include wife, Mildred Mathis, Wrens; one daughter, Tamara Nicole Mathis, Wrens; one son, Donnie (Laquedla) Shaw, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three brothers, Robert Lewis (Sharon) Mathis and Ronnie Mathis, all of Atlanta, and Paul Mathis, Wrens; nine grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Latasha Mathis, Wrens; eight aunts, five uncles, three sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law; two godsons, Ervion Brown, Brentwood, Calif., and George Brown Jr., Tucker; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eddie James Oliphant
Mr. Eddie James Oliphant of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, April 6, 2009, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough presiding and Rev. Thomas Berry giving the eulogy.

Survivors include three sons, Ed Willie Durden and Jamie McCloud, both of Wrens, and Eric Jones of Fayetteville, N.C.; stepson, Gregory Harvey of Atlanta; five daughters, Janice Burks of Jersey City, N.J., Zelda Oliphant of Atlanta, Pleschett Hodges of New York, N.Y., Gladys Walker and Eutoria Wright, both of Wrens; three adopted daughters, Tracy Bettis and Tammy Harris, both of Wrens, and Joyce Burls of Greenwich, Conn.; three sisters, Freddie Mae Reed of Mitchellville, Md., Carrie Oliphant and Belinda Majors, both of Killeen, Texas; four brothers, Jonas Oliphant, Bobby Oliphant, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., Robert Oliphant and Herman Oliphant, both of Wrens; cousin, Mattie Belle Rowe of Wrens; two aunts, Mary Berry and Gertrude Nelson; and 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William “Bill” Scott
Memorial services for Mr. William “Bill” Scott of Detroit, Mich. were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Eden Baptist Church Cemetery, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Dr. Fred Marion Sims
Dr. Fred Marion Sims, DDS, 70, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Isle of Palms, S.C.

Dr. Sims was a native of Augusta, son of the late Fred Puckett Sims and Marian Whitaker Sims. He was a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County in 1956, attended Augusta Junior College, the University of Georgia where he was a member of Chi Phi Fraternity, Emory University Pre-Dental School and graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1963. He entered the U.S. Army as a Captain at Fort Dix, N.J. and returned to Augusta in 1965 to begin private dental practice until his retirement in 2008 with offices in Augusta and Wadley. Dr. Sims was a member of the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association and the Eastern District Dental Society. He was also a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, the Augusta Country Club, the Augusta Golf Association and the Green Boundary Club.

Graveside funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Westover Memorial Park, with Rev. John Pinson officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Woodham Sims; his sons, Fred Marion Sims Jr. (Tricia) and Craig Powell Sims (Monica); and grandchildren, Madeline Hart Sims, Franklin Powell Sims, Harper Louise Sims and Anna Marion Sims.

Pallbearers were Leeman Bennett, Don Grantham, Forrest Hensley, Dr. William James, Duncan Johnson, John Lee, Lee Parks, Dr. Thomas Saul, Roger Sidener, Craig Wardlaw, O.T. Fulghum, Hogarth Sandeford, William Loflin, Col. Myron Harrington, Miller Byne and Ernest Dinkins.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Augusta Golf Association, the Wallace Group and Par Five.

Suggested memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Art Pathchin Jr. Endowment University Hospital Foundation, 1350 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Rd., Augusta, GA 30909 or a charity of your choice.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Contessa Lynette Smith
Mrs. Contessa Lynette Smith of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, April 2, 2009.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Cannan Galilee Baptist Church, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Stevens
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Stevens, 84, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, April 9, 2009, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Stevens was born in Augusta and was a homemaker.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in the South Harlem Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Eddie L. Renew officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Johnnie Stevens; one daughter-in-law, Ramona Hayden, Martinez; four grandchildren, John Whitaker, Timothy Gray, Angela Newman and Tammy Hayden; and nine great-grandchildren; and numerous stepchildren and grandchildren.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nellie Frances Hatcher Sullivan
Mrs. Nellie Frances Hatcher Sullivan entered into rest on Monday, March 30, 2009, in New York.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Spring Bethel AME Church, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Vernon R. Toulson
Mr. Vernon R. Toulson, 50, of Creedmoor, N.C. entered into rest on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.

A native of Gibson, he was the son of Betty Toulson Hartwell and the late William Toulson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor, N.C. Burial was in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Durham.

Eakes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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