Obituaries
June 11, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Luvenia K. Parker
Mrs. Luvenia K. Parker of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, June 6, 2009.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Survivors include one sister, Nellie Mae Dixon, Louisville; nieces, Agnes Streeter, Augusta, Virginia Merritt, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; nephew, Hubert King, Philadelphia, Pa.; two grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James L. “J.L.” Perdue
Mr. James L. “J.L.” Perdue, 86, of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, June 1, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Perdue was a native of Jefferson County, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a Mason, a Shriner and a retired civil servant at Fort Gordon.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at 4 p.m., with Dr. James M. Ford officiating.

Mr. Perdue was preceded in death by his son, Wayne Perdue; and his parents, Luther and Theresa Russell Perdue.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Janette Hobbs Perdue; son, James Wright (Sharon) Perdue; daughter-in-law, Laurie Ford Perdue, Sandersville; two grandsons, Benjamin Perdue and Logan Perdue; three granddaughters, Rachel Perdue (Brint) Jones, Jaclyn Perdue and Bonnie Perdue; and a great-grandson, Eli Jones.

Pallbearers were Andy Russell, Trey Franks, Jimmy Gay, Joey Smith, Jody Hobbs, Mark Hobbs and Benjamin Perdue.

Memorials may be made to Ways Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Peggy Chalker, 314 Old Quaker Rd. E., Wrens GA 30833 or to Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery Funds, c/o Greg Holley, 217 Broad St., Wrens, GA.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. David Lee Pitts
Mr. David Lee Pitts, 44, of Waynesboro, formerly of Wrens, entered into rest on Saturday, May 30, 2009.

Mr. Pitts grew up in the Wrens Community and began an early fellowship with Stone Springfield AME Church. He attended the public schools in his community graduating from Wrens High School in 1984. He was employed at Shaw Industries.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include father, Lester (Deborah) Pitts, Wrens; mother, Christine Pitts, Stockbridge; sisters, Carlene P. Randolph, Stockbridge, and Deborah (Den) Johnson, Augusta; brother, Lester Pitts Jr., Augusta; companion, Mary Simpson, Waynesboro; niece, LaToya Lane, Augusta; nephews, Brandon Johnson and Jaydon V. Pitts, both of Augusta; 14 aunts; 11 uncles; great-aunts, great-uncles and a host of cousins.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Herman Gary Snider
Mr. Herman Gray Snider, 95, of Warthen entered into rest on Saturday, June 6, 2009, in the Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville.

Mr. Snider was a native of Warren County, the son of the late Bunyon Gray Snider and the late Adele Dawson Snider. He was the husband of the late Sallie Florence Burgamy Snider. Mr. Snider was the owner of Snider Construction Company. He had owned and operated a lumber company and sawmill, was a farmer, a dairyman, a cattleman and owner of Snider Ginning Company. He was a member of the Pine Hill United Methodist Church.

Graveside funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, in the Pine Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery near Warthen, with Rev. Burt Parker officiating.

Survivors include his daughter, Elizabeth Ann Snider Barker (John) of Molena; two sons, Edward Gray Snider (Anita) of Jacksonville, Texas, and Herman Grayson Snider of Martinez; sister, Betty Snider Pulliam of Mitchell; brother, Marion L. Snider of Sandersville; six grandchildren, John Barker III, Sallie Kathryn Barker, Christina Snider, William Snider, Victoria Snider and Brittany Malone; and two great-grandchildren, Alexis Jordan Barker and Sidney Grace Barker.

Donations may be made to the Pine Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Betty Everett, 2664 Highway 102, Warthen, GA 31094.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Johnnie Lou Terrell
Mrs. Johnnie Lou Terrell of Keysville entered into rest on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Second Hopeful Baptist Church in Blythe. Survivors include her children, John (Betty) Terrell, William (Maggie) Terrell Jr., Harold (Lurine) Terrell, George Terrell, Tommie (Debra) Terrell, James (Katie) Terrell, Gracie (Stanley) Hampton, Johnnie Mae Terrell, Bobbie (Biscayne) Johnson, Mary (Rev. Walter) Dukes and Delores Terrell. Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Reba Thompson Watkins
Ms. Reba Thompson Watkins of Atlanta entered into rest at The Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta on Friday, June 5, 2009.

Ms. Watkins was the daughter of the late Sonnie Thompson and Nola Thompson. She lived in Atlanta, where she retired after many years of service as a home technician. She was a member of the Hardeman Springfield Church where she became a member at an early age.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 7, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, with Rev. Cephas Dunlap officiating. Burial was in the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Larry E. Watkins of McDonough; five grandchildren, Gabriel Watkins, Larry E. Watkins Jr., Isreal Watkins, Deshaun Watkins and Lyderice Watkins all of McDonough; siblings, Wright (Margaret) Thompson and Julia Gibbons, all of Bell Glade, Fla., Elizabeth Kindell and Marie Thompson, both of Atlanta, and Frank (Nell) Gibbons of Augusta; sisters-in-law, Annie Willie Thompson and Mary Frances Thompson, both of Louisville; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Joseph “Sonny” Washington Wheeler Jr.
Mr. Joseph “Sonny” Washington Wheeler Jr., 77, of Evans entered into rest at his home on Saturday, June 6, 2009, after a brief illness.

Mr. Wheeler was born on Aug. 31, 1931, in Wrens, the third son to Joseph Washington Wheeler and Lucile Lokey Wheeler. He graduated from Thomson High School in 1948. He graduated from Presbyterian College in 1952 with a degree in business administration. After college, he enlisted in the United States Army, served in Korea as a First Lieutenant and was honorably discharged in 1954. He began his career with DuPont Company at the Savannah River Plant in 1955 and retired after 35 years of service. Mr. Wheeler was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Savannah River chapter of the health Physics Society, SRS Retiree Association, Augusta Genealogy Society and the Georgia Genealogical Society. In his younger years, he served actively with the Boy Scouts of America and Little League Baseball. In his later years, he worked on genealogy. He conducted extensive research into and published family histories for the Wheeler, Lokey, Langham, Blanchard, Sims, Curry, Thaxton and Bell families.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 8, 2009, at Wesley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Greg Porterfield officiating. A private interment was held at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens in Thomson.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ludelle Langham Wheeler; two children, Joseph Washington Wheeler III (Andrea Curry), of Evans, and Jennifer Wheeler Thaxton (Arthur Ronald), of North Augusta, S.C.; and grandchildren, Matthew Graham Wheeler, Amanda Langham Wheeler and Joshua Owen Thaxton; and sisters-in-law, Carolyn Whitehead Wheeler of Bogart, and Barbara Wilmont Wheeler of Rocky Hill, Conn.

Mr. Wheeler was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Charles Lokey Wheeler, Walter Donald Wheeler and Anthony Gheesling Wheeler.

If so desired memorials may be made to the Wesley UMC Building Fund, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans, GA 30809.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Geraldine E. Yarbrough
Mrs. Geraldine E. Yarbrough, 68, of Davisboro entered into rest on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at the Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville.

Mrs. Yarbrough was a native of Richmond County, the daughter of the late Luther DeKalb Funderburg and the late Amanda James Funderburg. She had resided in Davisboro for a number of years and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2009, in the May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sandersville, with Rev. Matthew Pierson and Rev. Jerry Pittman officiating. Burial was in the Davisboro City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Irby and Emily Kirkland.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Calvin Wiley Yarbrough of Davisboro; four sons, Calvin Boyd (Sue) Yarbrough of Eatonton, Anthony Wiley Yarbrough of Davisboro, Troy Lee (Kristie) Yarbrough of Davisboro, and Travis Brian (Angie) Yarbrough of Davisboro; nine grandchildren, Amanda Yarbrough, Heather Yarbrough, Holly Yarbrough, Tammy Strickland, Kay Brown, Rachel Michelle Yarbrough, T.J. Yarbrough Jr., Linda Yarbrough and Holden Yarbrough; sisters, Mildred Shipley of Gibson, Helen (Tom) Yarbrough of Augusta, and Elizabeth Reese of Dearing; a brother, L.D. (Betty) Funderburg of Gibson.

Pallbearers were Trippi Yarbrough, Roy Yarbrough, James Yarbrough, Dewey Holton, Chris Williamson and Mike Simms.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


CW03 George William “Bud” Cale
CWO3 George William “Bud” Cale, USN (Ret.) of Evans entered into rest on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Cale was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Wood County, W.V., and served in U.S. Navy from 1945-1975, followed by many years as an equipment operator with R. W. Allen Construction Company, and then retiring to his farm in Keysville. He was a member of Wrens Baptist Church and the American Legion Post 229.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, 2009, in the chapel at James Funeral Home, Wrens, officiated by Joe Walden. Interment with full military honors followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta.

Memorial services in Parkersburg, W.V., will be scheduled at a later date.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Edith Cale; two brothers, Kenneth Cale and Leonard Cale; and three sisters, Mildred Sheets, Kathleen Raines and Mary Kirby.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty Kathleen Buchanan Cale; three children, Michael William (Cheryl) Cale, Clyo, Sue Ellen Cale (Richard) Harrison, Martinez, and JoAnn Cale (Greg) Reece, Cleveland, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Amy Kathleen Harrison Horne, Christine Marie Harrison, Matthew Dwight Harrison, Sarah Abigail Reece and Jennifer Leigh Cale; great-granddaughters, Natalie Christine and Laurel Kathleen Horne; sister, Helen Stilgenbaur, Parkersburg, W.V.; stepmother, Martha Cale of Parkersburg, W.V.; brother, Raymond Isaac “Buster” Cale of Parkersburg, W.V.; stepbrother, Terry Peppers, Las Vegas, Nev.; and two stepsisters, Dianne Jones and Joan “Cookie” Drake, both of Parkersburg, W.V. Pallbearers were the members of American Legion Post 229.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Doris Story Chalker
Mrs. Doris Story Chalker, 94, of Warrenton entered into rest on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Chalker was a native of Warren County, and was the daughter of the late Pinkston David Story and the late Alice Johnson Story Richards. She was the oldest of six siblings and the oldest living member of her family. Mrs. Chalker was retired as a seamstress from Thomson Company with over 40 years of service. She was also the oldest member of Little Brier Creek Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Little Brier Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Randy Dunaway officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Homer Chalker.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Little Brier Creek Baptist Church c/o Julia Massey 3580 Mt. Pleasant Rd. Thomson, Ga. 30824.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Faye Deaton
Ms. Faye Deaton, 59, of Waynesboro entered into rest on Monday, June 1, 2009, at Brentwood Terrace.

Ms. Deaton was a native of Glascock County and a caregiver.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at 5 p.m. at the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Sonny Serigney officiating.

Survivors include her mother, Kathryn Louise Reese of Augusta; brother, Ernest Wilcher of Augusta; and sister, Elizabeth Tinley of Augusta.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or to the National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Centennial, CO 80112.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Watson L. Lamb
Mr. Watson L. Lamb of Wadley entered into rest on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Lamb was born in Emanuel County. He had lived in Wadley all of his life. He was a member of Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church, and for many years was the fire chief for the Wadley Volunteer Fire Department. He was a maintenance engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation for 35 years.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 5, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Donna Ashworth and Rev. Bill Thigpen officiating. Interment followed in Wadley Cemetery.

Survivors include his son, Craig Lamb of Wadley; grandchildren, Caitlin Lamb, Morgan Lamb, Brooke Lamb and Cole Lamb; great-grandchild, Keely Hall; two brothers, Tommy Lamb of Midville and Neal Lamb of Gainesville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church in care of Connie Upton, Wadley, Ga. 30477.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Florine Poole Moses
Mrs. Florine Poole Moses, 87, of Dublin entered into rest on Monday, June 1, 2009.

Mrs. Moses was a member of Pinehurst Drive Baptist Church. She was a retired teacher and guidance counselor for 35 years with Toombs Central High School and Montgomery County High School. She was the daughter of the late Arthur Poole and the late Jennie Beasley Poole.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at the Chapel of Townsend Brothers Funeral Home. Burial was in Uvalda City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Arthur Moses; and her sister, Lillian Arnold.

Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth (Tim) Brown of Dublin; grandson, Brandon Brown of Dublin; sisters, Allene Brown of Wrens, Elizabeth Carr of Augusta, Clara Preston of Augusta, Margaret Rice of Augusta, and Dot Jellison of Bangor, Maine.

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