Obituaries
July 9, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Mildred Kelley Black
Mrs. Mildred Kelley Black, 78, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, July 2, 2009, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Black was a native of Jefferson County who lived in Glascock County most of her life. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Jordan Chapel Church of God, Edgehill, with Rev. Elizabeth Williford and Rev. David Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Robert N. Black; three daughters, Joann (Larry) Kitchens of Gibson, Charlene Hadden of Dearing, and Linda (James) Buffington of Thomson; five sons, Melvin Black of Gibson, Noah (Elaine) Black of Thomson, Vance (Shirley) Black of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jessie (Genivieve) Black of Gibson, and Ronnie (Lisa) Black of Gibson; 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Luke Burke
Mr. Robert Luke Burke, 84, of Millen entered into rest on Sunday, July 5, 2009.

He was born in Jenkins County, retired from Keller Industries and a member of the Deep Creek Freewill Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crowe-Fields Funeral Home, with Rev. Butch Taylor officiating. Burial followed in the Burke Memorial Garden in Waynesboro.

Survivors include his wife, Violet Gregory Burke of Millen; a son, Lester Burke of Louisville; five daughters, Rebie McMillan and Vickie Flakes, both of Millen, Nancy Mixon of Sylvania, Susan Malphus of Guyton, and Sandra Lindow of New York; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were nephews and grandsons.

Crowe-Fields Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gwenda “Gwen” W. Chalker
Mrs. Gwenda “Gwen” W. Chalker, 52, of Gibson entered into rest on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Medical College of Georgia.

Mrs. Chalker was a homemaker. She was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church. She was also very active in Relay For Life.

Funeral services were held at Magnolia Baptist Church on Saturday, July 4, 2009, at 10 a.m., with Rev. Alex Williams and Adrian Burrell officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Talmadge Gay; and her mother, Edna Hobbs Gay Dye Dobbins.

Survivors include her husband, Jeffery Chalker; sons, Chris Kelley and Adam Kelley; stepdaughter, Kim Reese; seven grandchildren, Luke, Shaun, Allyanna, Mikayla, Taliah, Josian and Sarina; stepfather, Melvin Dye; stepmother, Midge Gay; brother, Mike Dye; and two sisters, Lynn Norton and Janet Neal.

Pallbearers were Glenn Braddock, Curl Chalker, Ernie Kelley, Tony Kelley, Leonard Knotts and Jeff Neal.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Blvd, Augusta, GA 30909 or to the American Lung Association, 2452 Spring Rd, Smyrna, GA 30080.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


HMC Joseph Upton Cochran Sr.
HMC Joseph Upton Cochran Sr., USNA (Ret.), 87, of Keysville entered into rest on Friday, July 3, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Cochran was born in Burke County on Dec. 25, 1921. He joined the Navy and served during WWII, receiving several awards and accommodations. After retiring from the Navy, he returned to Keysville where he owned and operated a general store and farmed for well over 20 years. He served two terms as city councilman for the city of Keysville.

Graveside services with full military honors were held on Monday, July 6, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Keysville UMC Cemetery, with Ed Chance officiating.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lawrence Cochran and George Cochran, both of Waynesboro; and his sisters, Bessie Russell and Elizabeth Hood, both of Waynesboro, Willie Mae Cawley, Walterboro S.C., and Ruby Williams, Wadley.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Hassie Margaret Padgett Cochran; sons, Joseph U. “Joey” Cochran Jr. and G. Scott (Sylvia) Cochran, both of Swainsboro; four grandchildren, Jason Cochran, Swainsboro, Scotty (Lizzie) Cochran, Augusta, Ron Moore, Swainsboro, and Lesley (B.J.) Arrington, Matthews; and three great-grandchildren, Weston Moore, Kiley Arrington and A. J. Cochran.

Honorary pallbearers were Cecil Elliott, C.W. Hopkins, Hubert Padgett III, Truman Smith, Judson Taylor, and his grandsons, Jason, Scotty and Ron.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Beatrice Ella Cole
Mrs. Beatrice Ella Cole, 90, of East Wallingford, Vt., entered into rest on Saturday, July 4, 2009, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vt., following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2009, at the Wallingford Aldous Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery in East Wallingford, Vt.

She was born on Nov. 27, 1918 in Wallingford, Vt., the daughter of Clarence and Myrtha (Earle) Brown. Mrs. Cole had been employed by the Mt. Holly Elementary School in the lunchroom and for many years by the Seward Cheese Factory prior to her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Cole; a son, Stephen “Jim” Cole; two sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include three daughters, Constance Fullam (Mert) of Springfield, Vt., Linda Tarbell (Raymond) of Mt. Holly, Vt., and Lynnette Devereux (Douglas) of Belmont, Vt.; four sons, Ted Cole (Charla) of Louisville, Gerald Cole (Gloria) of Springfield, Vt., Gale Cole (Judy) of Stillmore, and Lynn Cole (Sharon) of Rutland Town, Vt.; a daughter-in-law, Victoria Cole-Wilbur of Wallingford, Vt.; 26 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, two great-great-granddaughters, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt Holly Rescue, P0 Box 102, Mt Holly, VT 05758.

Wallingford Aldous Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lillian Elizabeth Gay Groover
Mrs. Lillian Elizabeth Gay Groover, 88, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital in Louisville.

Mrs. Groover was born in Jefferson County, graduated from Thomson High School, obtained her bachelors and masters degrees, and taught school in Dearing, Jesup, Lyons and Palm Beach County, Fla.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, July 2, 2009, at 9 a.m., with Rev. Keith Jordan officiating. Interment followed at Wrens Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Detroit and Elma Dickson Gay; husband, William Rast Groover Sr.; brothers, Sidney Morris Gay and Drew Elliott Gay; and sister, Lawanna Gay Eubanks.

Survivors include her son, William Rast (Ann) Groover Jr., Fort McCoy, Fla.; daughters, Carole Deane (William Coleman) Groover, Chicago, Ill., and Martha Ann (David) Lindner; eight grandchildren, Lori Groover (Wayne) McDonald, Ocala, Fla., Joseph Christopher (Victoria) Groover, Kings Bay, Calvin Thomas (Erica) Groover, Murphy, N.C., Katelyn Groover (Julio) Manressa, Ocala, Fla., Elisheva Ruth Coleman, Manhattan, N.Y., Elizabeth Marie (Faith) Lindner, Athens, Sarah Ann (Javier) Lindner, and David Brian (Christy) Lindner II, Athens; and six great-grandchildren, Kenneth, Jared, Gracianna, Isabel, Ava and Jonathan.

Pallbearers were Joseph Groover, David Jackson, David Lindner II, James John, Wells McCorkle Jr. and Ethan Womack.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Woodland Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Lynn Rogers, 108 Lakeview Dr NW, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Minnie Mae Guinn
Mrs. Minnie Mae Guinn, 85, of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Mrs. Guinn was born May 4, 1924, in Gwinnett County to the late Milligan M. and Vinnie Lee Baughcum White. She lived in Louisville for the past 12 years and was a former resident of Irwinville, Swainsboro, Eatonton and Eastman. During World War II, she worked for the Bomber plants in Macon and Augusta. She was a homemaker and an Avon sales representative. Mrs. Guinn was a member of the First Baptist Church in Louisville.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2009, at the Paulk Funeral Home Chapel, Fitzgerald, with Rev. David Biggers officiating. Interment followed in Irwinville Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Edsall of Swainsboro, and Anita Guinn of Louisville; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Rogers of Fitzgerald, Pearl Hall of Tucker, Irene Anderson of Fitzgerald, and Betty Avery of Doles; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Guinn; brother, Daniel Claude White; and three great-grandchildren.

Paulk Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ethel Kitchens Gray Hinton
Mrs. Ethel Kitchens Gray Hinton, 85, of Gibson entered into rest on Saturday, July 4, 2009, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Hinton lived in Glascock all of her life. She was retired from Thomson Company as an inspector. She was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church and attended Shoals Primitive Baptist Church. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the V.F.W. in Thomson.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery, with Elder Eddie Whidby officiating.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Atwell Edward Gray Sr.; her daughter, Judy Purvis; and a son, Atwell Edward Gray Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Hinton; five daughters, Pat (Rick) Rios of Augusta, Linda Barrow of Mitchell, Kathy Benson of North Augusta, S.C., Wanda (Mel) Jobes of Thomson, and Cindy (Murphy) Harrell of Mitchell; two sons, Wayne (Diane) Gray of Augusta, and Mark (Pam) Gray of Warrenton; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Bobbie Jean Horton of Augusta, Dorothy Clark of Avera, and Grace Holton of Gibson.

Pallbearers were Chris Woods, Mel Jobes, Rick Rios, Joe Dean Usry, Hoyt Cole and Murphy Harrell.

Honorary pallbearer was Scottie Cole.

Memorials may be made to the Glascock County Concerned Citizens in care of Corene Chalker, 3037 Bastonville Rd., Gibson, Ga. 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Vivian Holsonback Rollins
Mrs. Vivian Holsonback Rollins of Greenwood, S.C., entered into rest on Friday, July 3, 2009, at Hospice House.

Born on April 18, 1918, in Newberry County, S.C., Mrs. Rollins was a daughter of the late John William and Sallie Redd Holsonback. She graduated from Greenwood High School and was a lifelong resident of Greenwood. She belonged to Saint Mark United Methodist Church and was a member of the Proctor Circle.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 5, 2009, at 5 p.m. in the Blyth Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Barrett Alewine officiating. Burial was in Oakbrook Memorial Park.

Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca R. (J.E.) Gabriel of Pickens, S.C., and Alice Ann (Michael) Castengera of Athens; grandchildren, Julie Gabriel (Greg) Ray, Amy (Gary) Barker, Marisa Castengera, Vivian Castengera and Michael Adam Castengera; seven great-grandchildren, Hannah Ray, Claire Ray, Anna Crews, Allen Crews, Cecillia Barker Grisham, Paige Barker and Ryan-Ann Castengera; and three great-great-grandchildren, Canaan and Aiden Grisham, and Vivienne Victoria Threatt.

Pallbearers were J.E. Gabriel, Michael Castengera, Michael Adam Castengera, Greg Ray, Gary Barker and Matthew Hawk.

The family request that memorials be made to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 West Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646.

Blyth Funeral Home and Cremation Services was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Warren Harold “Buck” Sheppard
Mr. Warren Harold “Buck” Sheppard, 79, of Wrens entered into rest Friday, July 3, 2009, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Facility.

Mr. Sheppard was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and retired as Wrens’ U.S. Postmaster. He also served on the Wrens Volunteer Fire Department until his retirement. He was a member of Wrens United Methodist Church.

Memorial services were held at the Wrens UMC on Monday, July 6, 2009, at 4 p.m., with Rev. Stan Littleton officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Barbra Joan Boulineau Sheppard; children, Harold J. (Cheryl) Sheppard, Avera, Janet (Smith) Dickson, Stapleton, and Sandra (Marc) Adams, Atlanta; four grandchildren; and sister, Barbara Davis, Charlotte, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wrens U.M.C., 202 Russell St, Wrens GA 30833; Gideons International, PO Box 1390, Waynesboro GA 30830; or Wrens Memorial Cemetery Inc., c/o Hugh Fleming, 104 Norton Dr, Wrens GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Glynn Wallace
Mr. Glynn Wallace, 64, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, June 28, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Wallace was born Sept. 25, 1944, in Savannah. He graduated from Bay High School in Panama City, Fla., and then served during the Vietnam War. He was a member of American Legion Post #229, The Seekers Relay For Life Team and a former member of the United Methodist Men.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Scott Hill officiating. Interment followed at Waldens UMC, Avera.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Faye Spence Wallace.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Norma Seigler Wallace; sisters, Faith (Ed) Farmer, Panama City, Fla., and Carmen Hunter, Venice, Fla.; mother-in-law, Mildred B. Seigler, Augusta; uncles, Charles (Doris) Wallace, Millen, and Rev. Scott (Kit) Hill, Norfolk, Va.; aunts, Peggy Wallace, Dublin, and Grace Lovingood, Cartersville; nephews, nieces and cousins; and his pets.

Pallbearers were Hugh Avery, Jimmy Black, Charlie Davis, Eldon Ensz, Gary Rhodes and Wayne Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Seekers Relay For Life, c/o Dianne Rhodes, 2771 Hwy 102, Wrens, GA 30833, or to a personal favorite charity.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George Willie Young
Mr. George Willie Young of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, June 27, 2009.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2009, at Wadley Church of God In Christ in Wadley.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia M. Young.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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