Obituaries
July 23, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Martha Jane Council Blizzard
Mrs. Martha Jane Council Blizzard, 61, of Blythe entered into rest on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Blizzard was a lifelong resident of Blythe and was an active member of the Blythe Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2009, at Blythe Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Joseph and Lula Trowbridge Council; her brother, Andrew S. Council; and her sister, Barbara Ann Council.

Survivors include her husband, Christopher Charles Blizzard; children, Angela Martin Lee, Alexander Shelby Martin and Gordon Scott Martin Sr.; five grandchildren, Gordon Scott Martin Jr., Ashley Lee, Sarah Lee, Carolyn Lee and Chris Lee; and three sisters, Peggy C. Jordan, Alice C. Reeves, and Rosalee C. Bertucci.

Pallbearers were Victor Bertucci Jr., Victor Bertucci III, Jimmy Blizzard, Lee Cason, Carl Jordan, Tommy McGlohon, Larry Reeves Sr. and Jeff Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blythe Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 300, Blythe, GA 30805-0300.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Desmond S. “Day Day” Daniels
Mr. Desomond S. “Day Day” Daniels, 14, of Augusta, formerly of Newark, N.J., entered into rest on Monday, July 13, 2009, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Freeman Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Carlos M. Newton Sr. as eulogist.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Lawrence Polen.

Survivors include his mother, Sandra Daniels (Samuel) Lester of Augusta; father, Jerome (Shanna) Cephus of Newark N.J.; three sisters, Desiree, Deanna and Deondra Daniels, all of Augusta; two brothers, Jershann Cephus and Levonne M. Townsend, both of New Jersey; stepsister, Ashley Lester of New Jersey; grandparents, Delores (Phillip) Daniels of Augusta, Wallace (Carol) Cephus Sr. of New Jersey; great-grandparents, Christine Polen, Augusta; five aunts, Sherees Cheatham, Cassandra Givens, Veronica Cephus, Jennifer Cephus and Leslie Brown; four uncles, Maurice Barringer, Wallace Cephus Jr., Leverdis (Sharonda) Cephus, Keion (Shamika) Cephus, all of New Jersey; and a host of cousins, family and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Julia Cheely Hadden
Mrs. Julia Cheely Hadden, 83, of Sparta entered into rest on Friday, July 17, 2009.

Mrs. Hadden was a native of Warren County, and had lived most of her adult life in Hancock County. She was the daughter of the late Tom M. and Suzie Hattaway Cheely and widow of Robert L. Hadden Sr. As a licensed practical nurse she worked at Providence Nursing Home and Dr. Green’s and Dr. Farrell’s office. She was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, July 20, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Mineral Springs Baptist Church in Washington County, with Rev. Bill Seaman and Rev. Bert Mauldin officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, J.H. Hadden Sr.; and grandson J.H. Hadden Jr.

Survivors include her daughters, Laura Stepp of Sparta, and Susie (David) McLean of Griffin; sons, R.L. (Margaret) Hadden of Mitchell and Tom (Julia Ann) Hadden of Sparta; sister, Alice Cheely Echols of Graniteville, S.C.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Williams Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Johnny A. Jackson
Mr. Johnny A. Jackson, 59, of Wrightsville entered into rest on Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

Mr. Jackson was a native of Jefferson County, but lived in Johnson County for 32 years. He worked as a logger with Smith Timber.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Wrightsville.

Survivors include his wife, Vearlean Outlaw Jackson of Wrightsville; siblings, Willie (Janice) Jackson, Pearlene (Hessie) Gardner and Ruth Jackson, all of Bartow, Gerdlene Brown of Wadley, and Ola Mae Jackson of Swainsboro; and sister-in-law, Lillie B. Outlaw, Jacksonville, Fla.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances Clark Johnson
Mrs. Frances Clark Johnson, 77, of Keysville entered into rest on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at University Hospital.

She was the wife of Jack R. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson was a member of First Advent Christian Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the James Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur E. “Buck” and Esther Mosley Clark.

Survivors include her children, Steve (Joy) Fredericks, Randy (Nancy) Fredericks, Cathy (Manuel) Ford, Clark (Jane) Fredericks, Valerie (Jeff) Landrum and Mark Johnson; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sarah Videtto.

Pallbearers were Chris Ford, Stevie Fredericks, Daniel Fredericks, Randy Fredericks Jr., Corey Ford, Nick Landrum, Andrew Coxwell and Mike Koltz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Moriah Campground, 5789 Hwy 88 East, Matthews, GA 30818.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bruce Avery Knighton
Mr. Bruce Avery Knighton, 55, of Lavonia entered into rest on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Hart County Hospital.

Born July 8, 1954, he was the son of Rebecca (Dye) Knighton and the late Clarence H. Knighton. He was group vice president of Pinnacle Bank and managed offices in Royston, Lavonia, Franklin Springs and Commerce. Mr. Knighton coached basketball, football and golf in Franklin, Oconee, and Hart County Schools for many years. He was a member of the Lavonia First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon as well as in many other capacities. He was a past president of the Lavonia Chamber of Commerce and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving on the Downtown Development board of directors.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Lavonia First Baptist Church, with Dr. Larry Finger and Rev. Richard Bielski officiating. Burial followed in the Lavonia City-Burgess Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother; wife, Susan Brock Knighton; daughter, Lacey P. Knighton of Lavonia; son, Vic A. Knighton of Lavonia; and sister, Becky Sumrall of Nashville, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to Lavonia First Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 47, Lavonia, GA 30553.

Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charlie “Buddy” “Shot” Lane
Funeral services for Mr. Charlie “Buddy” “Shot” Lane, 80, of Wrens were held on Friday, July 17, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, with Pastor Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Alexander (Barbara) Lane, Atlanta; a brother, Dwellie (Lola) Lane, Louisville; three sisters, Mary Brown and Milo (James) Yancey, all of Wrens, and Alto Brown, Valrico, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia Grace Brown Livesay
Mrs. Virginia Grace Brown Livesay, 87, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

A native of Bartow, Mrs. Livesay was a daughter of the late Platt River and Alma Williams Brown Sr. She retired after more than 30 years of service as a seamstress at the Louisville Shirt Factory and was a member of Louisville United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 20, 2009, at Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Hibberts officiating. Burial followed in the family plot in Bartow City Cemetery.

Mrs. Livesay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Doyal Andrew Livesay; a son, William Drake Livesay; a daughter, Linda Diann Lamb; two sisters, Lucille Thomas and Evelyn Brown; and two brothers, William J. Brown and Platt River Brown Jr.

Survivors include her son, Dennis Paul Livesay of Louisville; daughter, Doylene Livesay Knight of Villa Rica; three sisters, Ruby Thomas of Louisville, Betty Sue Goodwin of Louisville, and Agnes Sykes of Stafford, Va.; and six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Louisville United Methodist Church, 301 West 7th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Mrs. Mary Julia Ratchford Peterson
Mrs. Mary Julia Ratchford Peterson, 98, of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital in Louisville.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 24, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Wadley Baptist Church, with Rev. Tom Harrison and Rev. Rusty Manning officiating. Interment will follow in the Wadley Cemetery.

Mrs. Peterson was a retired elementary school teacher. She was a member of the Wadley Baptist Church, a member of the DAR and the Jefferson County Retired Teachers organization.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Peterson; a son, Major Albert E. Peterson Jr.; and a granddaughter, Nancy Bufort McNeely.

Survivors include a daughter, Dowe P. Carter; grandchildren, Albert P. Lamb, Lt. Col. Erin Peterson and Kristen P. Lambert; great-grandchildren, Lydia Rose, Noah Rose, Anna Elizabeth Lamb and Clay Peterson Lamb; and a daughter-in-law, Tonya Meyers.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 23, 2009, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Davey Lamb, Charles Pollett III, George Ratchford V, Al Henderson, Thomas Ratchford, Chip Evans, Matt Evans and Bob Plummer.

Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Wadley Baptist Church, Hubert Jordan and Don Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wadley Baptist Church, PO Box 759, Wadley, GA 30477.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Iris Stevens Scarboro
Mrs. Iris Stevens Scarboro of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, July 24, 2009, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Scarboro was born in Burke County, but had lived most of her life in Wadley. She was a retired quality control inspector for Wadley Shirt Factory and a member of Wadley Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 17, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Wadley Baptist Church, with Rev. Tom Harrison and Rev. Rusty Manning officiating. Interment followed in Wadley Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Dollie Evans; two sons, Steve Scruggs and Bert Smith; a stepson, Miles Scarboro Jr.; a stepdaughter, Harriet Ryder; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Heywood Stevens; a sister, Audrey Gladin; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Edward Hall, Jamie Scruggs, Rusty Scarboro, Robert Scarboro, James Moxley, Perry Gladin, Eddie Taylor and Mark Stevens.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas “Tommy” Gill Sykes
Mr. Thomas “Tommy” Gill Sykes, 95, of Stafford County, Va., entered into rest on Friday, May 29, 2009.

Born on May 28, 1914, in Franklin County, N.C., he was the son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Virginia Gill Sykes. Mr. Sykes moved to the northern Virginia area after high school in 1935 and was employed by the L.P. Stewart Ford Dealership. During World War II, he worked for TWA Airlines of Washington, D.C. After the war, Mr. Sykes founded Sykes Automotive with his wife Agnes Brown Sykes, formally of Bartow, and later his two sons, Tommy Jr. and Ronald. Sykes Automotive was in business for 62 years in Alexandria, Va., before moving to a new location in Stafford, Va., in 2007. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for 55 years, a member of the Alexandria Optimist Club, and a long-term member of the Automotive Engine Rebuilders Association.

Funeral services were held at the Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria, Va., on June 4, 2009.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Agnes Brown Sykes; two sons, Tommy (Gertie) Sykes Jr., and Ronald Sykes, all of Stafford, Va.; sisters-in-law, Ruby Thomas, Grace Livesay and Betty Sue Goodwin, all of Louisville.

Pallbearers were Brian McNabb, David Stewart, Donald Thone, Thomas M. Sykes, William Brown and Dennis Whitestone.


Mr. John Sam Terrell
Mr. John Sam Terrell, 62, of Keysville entered into rest on Monday, July 13, 2009.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at Second Hopeful Baptist Church, Blythe.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Terrell; daughter, Shirley (Noel) Cartagena; stepchildren, Eddie Taylor, Joann Taylor, Jerry Taylor and Mary Kelly; siblings, William (Maggie) Terrell Jr., Harold (Lurine) Terrell, George Terrell, Tommie (Debra) Terrell, James (Katie) Terrell, Jack (Mildred) Brown, Acie (Vera) Brown, Gracie (Stanley) Hampton, Johnnie Mae Terrell, Bobbie (Biscayne) Johnson, Mary (Rev. Walter) Dukes and Delores Terrell.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas Thompson Jr.
Mr. Thomas Thompson Jr. entered into rest on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at New Island Hospital, Bethpage, N.Y.

Mr. Thompson was born in Jefferson County, the son of the late Thomas Thompson Sr. and Nina Hicks Thompson. He was a graduate of Jefferson County High School.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2009, at Joseph A. Slinger-Hasgill Funeral Services.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Verdell Hannah Thompson of Amityville, N.Y.; children, Tisha Thompson-Melendez (Steve) of Day Shore, N.Y., Victor Thompson of Amityville, N.Y., Annie Daniels of Rochester, N.Y., Charlotte Swinney of Bartow, Darren Harley of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jared Moore of Greensboro, N.C.; siblings, Annie Doris Thompson of Bartow, George (Diane) Thompson of Long Island, N.Y., Sammy Lee (Vickie) Thompson and Johnny Albert Thompson, all of New York, N.Y., and Eugene (Dora) Jackson of Bartow; mother-in-law, Eunice Smith Hannah of Atlanta; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Barbara (William) Hubbard, Covington, Lee Edward (Toni) Hannah, Elbert (Gwendolyn) Hannah and Odell (Freda) Hannah Jr., all of Atlanta.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Tommie Townsend
Mr. Tommie Townsend, 61, of Harlem entered into rest on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Townsend was the husband of Dianne K. Townsend. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he was a member of the Baptist faith, and had retired from Georgia Regional in 2000.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at noon in the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son, with Rev. J.D. Turner officiating. Internment was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Susan Godowns (Bill) of Louisville; son, Chris Townsend (Dee) of Martinez; sister, Denise Willard (Tommy) of Martinez; mother, Joyce Sconyers Burns of Martinez; grandchildren, Cole, Anna and Nicholas Godowns, and Ryan and Bo Townsend.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans #1 Freedom Way, Augusta, GA 30904.

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

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