Obituaries
July 16, 2009 Issue

Mr. Alton S. Chalker
Mr. Alton S. Chalker of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at University Hospital.

He was the husband of Helen Hunt Chalker. Mr. Chalker, a native of Glascock County, retired from a local Chevrolet dealer as a service manager since 1954. He was a veteran of WWII in the U.S. Navy

Memorial services were held on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Boykin Road Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses South, with Speaker Jerry L. O’Dell.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Patsy Fifer, Augusta, and Carolyn (Jerry) O’Dell, Baton Rouge, La.; and four grandchildren, Eric Fifer and Jared (Sheri) Fifer, Cara O’Dell, Gregory (Amaris) O’Dell and Phineas O’Dell; the Thurmond family; and many nieces and nephews.

McNeill Funeral Home was in charge of services.


Mrs. Helen Allen Henderson
Mrs. Helen Allen Henderson, 85, of Wadley entered into rest on Thursday, July 9, 2009, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Mrs. Henderson, born in Burke County, had lived in Wadley many years. Her working career included service at Bank of Wadley, Farmer’s Gin and Storage and Jefferson County Library System. She retired from the Jefferson County School System in December 1988. She was a member of the Wadley Baptist Church, where she was in the choir, the Women’s Missionary Union, served as G.A. Director, and women’s Sunday school teacher.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Wadley Baptist Church, with Rev. Rusty Manning and Rev. Tom Harrison officiating. Interment followed in the Wadley Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Pete F. Henderson of Wadley; three children, Allen C. Henderson (Susan), Danette H. Plummer (Bob) and Julie H. Lee; and four grandchildren, Robert, Margaret, Christopher and Nicholas.

Pallbearers were Eddie Fennell, Benjie Leaptrott, George Ratchford Jr., Bobby Weeks and Randall Jones.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Wadley Baptist Church, and members of The Dorcas, Gleaners and Victory Sunday School Classes.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wadley Baptist Church, P.O. Box 759, Wadley, Georgia, 30477 or to the Georgia Baptist Childrens Home, 9420 Blackshear Hwy., Baxley, Georgia 31513.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Mamie “Aunt Mamie” King
Ms. Mamie “Aunt Mamie” King, 91, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, July 5, 2009,

Ms. King was born in Jefferson County, on Sept. 17, 1917, to the parentage of the late Willie “Bill” King and Arvenia Russell King. She was a member of the Wood Chapel Church of God in Christ, Matthews, where she served on the Hospitality Board until her health failed. Most of her adult life was spent in New York. She migrated to Florida in the late 1960s. She remained there until the late 1980s until she moved back to Georgia to take care of her ailing mother and remained here until her death.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Thompson Springhill AME Church, Matthews, with Rev. Timothy Lewis, pastor, Elder Johnnie B. Johnson, presiding, and Elder William J. Beasley, eulogist. Interment was in the Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by eight sisters; and six brothers.

Survivors include sister, Elizabeth King, Far Rockaway, N.Y.; 12 nieces, Judy Thomas, Willie Ruth (John) King-Eason, Shawn Booker, all of Far Rockaway, N.Y., Faye Smith, Atlanta, Gayle (Freddie) Williams, Hephzibah, and Eldora King, Helen McBride, Carolyn Brown, Morolene King, Eleanor (Larry) Jackson, Janice Thomas and Cathy Stone, all of Wrens; six nephews, Beau Jack Thomas, Ronnie (Brenda) Thomas, Michael (Wanda) Thomas and Bernard Thomas, all of Atlanta, and Willie Lee (Geraldine) Hannah and Walter Thomas, all of Wrens; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Willie Alice Ponder
Ms. Willie Alice Ponder, 59, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, July 10, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 16, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Canaan Galilee Baptist Church and Lone Star Cemetery, with pastor Rev. Robert Stokes officiating.

Ms. Ponder was the daughter of the late Willie Albert and Louise Miller Ponder. She joined Canaan Galilee Baptist Church at an early age and attended Jefferson County School System. She was a member of the Lone Star Society.

Survivors include a brother, Isaiah (Golden Johnson) Ponder, Louisville; cousins, Mary J. Williams and Daisy Lane, both of Louisville, and Tyrie Smith of Augusta; one uncle, Frank Lafavor of Louisville; friend, Willie Tarver of Louisville; a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence 1101 Peachtree Street, Apt. 30 or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Grace “Tiny” Hazel Kuhn Thompson
Mrs. Grace “Tiny” Hazel Kuhn Thompson, 92, entered into rest on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, after suffering a stroke on July 1.

Mrs. Thompson was born on June 16, 1917, to Daisy and John Kuhn. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. and St. Petersburg, Fla. After graduation from St. Petersburg High School, she went to work for Lerner Shops in Ocala, Fla. She married Jefferson County native Felton Thompson on Jan. 1, 1941, and had been married for 54 years at the time of his death. She also lived in Beaufort, S.C., before moving to several Florida cities then settling in Jacksonville, Fla. She worked as a secretary for Sterchi’s Furniture and modeled for one of their newspaper ads, was also a secretary at Cunningham’s Furniture, a secretary at Sawyer Gas Company, and a telephone sales representative with Sears and Roebuck. She served as leader of Girl Scout Troop 371, president of the Gaillardia Circle in 1978-79 and was a lifetime member of Ribault Garden Club. Although raised in the Presbyterian faith, Grace was a member of Neptune Baptist Church and San Jose Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at Hardage-Giddens on Monday, July 13, 2009, at 11 a.m., with burial following at H. Warren Smith Cemetery.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; and three siblings, Margaret Weeks, Inez Dowling and Jack Kuhn.

Survivors include her daughter, Lynn Maria Thompson; and many extended family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Neptune Baptist Church or the Ribault Garden Club.

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