Obituaries
May 7, 2009 Issue

Mr. John W. Amerson
Mr. John W. Amerson, 63, of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Burke Medical Center, Waynesboro.

He was born on Oct. 25, 1945, in Burke County, to the late John Willie Amerson Sr. and Rosa Lee Windom Amerson. He was employed by Elberton Granite and Marble as a granite stone maker. He was a member of Wrens Nazarene Church.

Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of DeLoach Funeral Home, Waynesboro, on Friday, May 1, 2009. Burial followed at Keysville Methodist Cemetery, Keysville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Pate; and his brother, Ernest Amerson.

Survivors include his daughter, Arlene Zipperer; brothers, Clarence Atkinson and Johnny Atkinson; sisters, Bessie Atkinson and Lucille Stewart; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were John Atkinson Jr., Jimmy Stewart Jr., James Atkinson, Glenn Atkinson, Jimmy Duke and Lewis Smith.

DeLoach Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Margaret Palmer Bynes
Mrs. Margaret Palmer Bynes, 71, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, May 1, 2009, at a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Canaan Galilee Baptist Church and Lone Star Cemetery.

Mrs. Bynes was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Jim and Mary Huntley Palmer. At an early age she joined the Canaan Galilee Baptist Church and received her early education in Jefferson County School System. She later moved to New York until her retirement and moved to Florida with her husband, Cleveland Bynes. She then returned to Jefferson County.

Survivors include her sisters, Daisy Alice Palmer of Augusta, Mildred Smith of New York, N.Y., and Marion (Aubrey) Miller of West Haverstraw, N.Y.; friend, Sara Evans of New York; brother-in-law, George Robinson of Louisville; aunts, Rosetta Brown of Stapleton, Frances Gilmore of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Delma Palmer of Tampa, Fla.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 1074 Berrian Branch Road, Louisville or at Davis Funeral Home,

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Flay Dye
Mr. William Flay Dye, 73, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, April 27, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 10, 1936, to Edmond and Carrie Dye of Warrenton. He worked at Lewis Steel Works and at Wadley Recycle Place. He was a resident of Wadley, then moved into Old Capital Inn Convalescent Home in July 2007.

Memorial services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 1, 2009, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Stan Littleton officiating.

Survivors include children, Rhonda Dye, Faye Ann Callaway, Carl Lee Dye and Douglas Dye; thee brothers, David Dye, Edmond Dye Jr. and Roy Dye; two sisters, Roberta Bradley and Jeanette Downs; and many nieces and nephews.

Family asks for donations instead of flowers to be sent to James Funeral Home, P.O. Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Eugene “Gene” Luke
Mr. Robert Eugene “Gene” Luke, of Thomson entered into rest on Monday, April 27, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Luke was a native of McDuffie County. He was a retired equipment operator for Thiele-Kaolin Company. He was a Navy veteran. He was a member of the Pine Grove Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school and was a Deacon and a past chairman of the Deacons.

Graveside services were at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in the Westview Cemetery, with Rev. Steve Stokes and Rev. Butch Baston officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Carrie Luke; two brothers, Wyman McDonald and Woodrow McDonald; and his sister, Ollie Mae Harley.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia P. Luke, Thomson; two daughters, Elane Luke Lewis (Walker Jr.) Avera, and Ellen Luke Stapleton (George) Stapleton; his son, Ricky Luke (Debby), Thomson; five grandchildren, Pete Stapleton, Greg Hartzog, Natalie Stapleton, Tyler Luke and Luke Stapleton; and a great-grandchild, Cheyanne Luke.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Deacons of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Willie Lee Ponder Sr.
Deacon Willie Lee Ponder Sr. entered into rest recently.

Deacon Ponder was born in Jefferson County to the parentage of the late Robert “Rob” Sr. and Annie Laura Ponder on Sept. 18, 1940. He obtained his education in the Jefferson County School System. At an early age he joined Canaan Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as an ordained Deacon, on the Missionary Broad, and a member of the male chorus. He gained employment with the Thermo King Corporation of Louisville, where he retired after 37 years of service. After retirement he continued to work as a self-employed plumber.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Canaan Galilee Baptist Church and Lone Star Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Susie Mae Ponder; four children, Willie Lee Ponder of Norfolk, Va., Laura Marchelle (Wallace) Nelson, Vaneka Ponder and Garron Lee Ponder, all of Louisville; siblings, Robert Lewis (Elizabeth) Ponder Jr. of Atlanta, Annie Louis Dixon and Ronnie Howard (Louise) Ponder, all of Louisville, and Gloriastine (Larry) Sheely Davis of Atlanta; aunts, Minnie Mae (Gene) Simmons of Miami, Fla., and Annie Willie Johnson of Augusta; sisters-in-laws and brother-in-law, Tressie (David) Jenkins of Augusta, Bernice Hunley of Louisville, and Clevelend (Betty) Seaford of Augusta; grandchildren, Willie Ponder III of Norfolk, Va., Roddricuz Nelson of Augusta, Rodrick Nelson and Rashad Nelson, both of Louisville; nieces, Alicia Bynes and Kehaun Gibbons, both of Louisville; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ethel Mae Newman Snider
Mrs. Ethel Mae Newman Snider, 80, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, May 1, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital.

A native of Blythe, Mrs. Snider was a daughter of the late Frank and Lizzie Blackston Newman, and retired from Thermo King.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2009, in Taylor Funeral Home, with Rev. Larry Montgomery and Rev. Walter Holmes officiating. Burial followed in the family plot in Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, James E. Snider.

Survivors include her sons, Jimmy W. Snider (Sheryl) of Savannah, and F. Algie Snider (Janice) of Avera; daughters, Frances Kimbrell (Robert) of Shelbyville, Tenn., and Ann McGraw of Louisville; brother, Benjamin L. “Red” Newman of Wadley; grandchildren, Stephanie Cook of Shelbyville, Tenn., Robbie Kimbrell of Shelbyville, Tenn., Brook M. Guy of Louisville, Matthew Snider of North Augusta, S.C., Daniel Snider of Avera; great-grandchildren, Chelsea Kimbrell of Shelbyville, Tenn., Grayson Cook, of Shelbyville, Tenn., Joshua Guy of Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Robbie Kimbrell, Matthew Snider, Daniel Snider, Billy Ray Cook, Josh Guy and Bill Snider.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Fannie Warren Stanley
Mrs. Fannie Warren Stanley, 87, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, April 26, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital.

A native of Jefferson County, Mrs. Stanley was born Aug. 3, 1921, a daughter of the late Paul L. and Carrie Clark Warren. She retired from the Jefferson County Tax Commissioner’s Office and was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the Louisville City Cemetery, with Mr. Bill Smith officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Doris Warren Stanley and Carolyn Warren Mays; niece, Lynn Wallom; and husband, Raymond Lewis Stanley.

Survivors include nieces, Gloria (Tommy) New, Carrie (Donald) Maddox, and Paula (Charles) Atchison; and nephews, John (Kim) Stanley, Floyd (Martha) Mays III, Gordon (Carol) Mays and William Wallom.

Pallbearers were nephews; and friend, Eddie Williams.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Louisville City Cemetery Fund, 211 East 7th Street, Louisville, GA, 30434

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Pauline Truelove
Mrs. Pauline Truelove, 79, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, April 26, 2009, at her residence.

A native of Richmond County, she was a homemaker.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Dublin Memorial Gardens, Dublin, with Rev. Steve Lamb officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ohlen Louis and Ellie Missouri Holly Miller.

Survivors include four daughters, Kathy Coleman of Gibson, Diane Elizabeth Fields of Norcross, Judy Garrett of Thomaston, and Ellie Ruth Knight of Florence, S.C.; two sons, Charles Earl Garento of Sylvester and Wendell Rex Garento of Cypress, Calif.; 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Chuck Walden, William Chuck Walden, Tony Johnson, Terry Morrison, Jack Garrison, Claudio Dominquez and Wendell Garento.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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