Obituaries
July 29, 2009 Issue

Mr. Peterson “Pete” Franklin Henderson
Mr. Peterson “Pete” Franklin Henderson, 84, of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. Henderson, a lifelong resident of Wadley, graduated from Wadley High School and North Georgia College. He was a retired bookkeeper/office manager. His working career included Central of Georgia Railroad, R.G. Foster Company, Smith Brothers Lumber Company, Gunn Wood and Gunn Drug Company. Mr. Henderson was a member of the Wadley Baptist Church, where he had served as deacon, church treasurer, clerk and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of Gideon’s International. He was a longtime member of the Wadley Lions Club, where he had served in various capacities and as a longtime Scout Leader. Mr. Henderson served on the Jefferson County Library Board and the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 24, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at Wadley Baptist Church, with Rev. Rusty Manning and Rev. Tom Harrison officiating. Interment followed in the Wadley Cemetery, with Rev. Donald Lumpkin and Dr. Ernest Purcell officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Helen Allen Henderson; and two sisters, Annell H. Smith and Bufort H. Davison.

Survivors include his son, Allen C. Henderson (Susan) of Athens; two daughters, Dannette H. Plummer (Bob) of Centreville, Va., and Julie H. Lee of Dublin; four grandchildren, Robert Henderson, Margaret Henderson, Nicholas Plummer and Christopher Plummer; and half-sister, Mary Frank Henderson Rogers of Tennessee.

Pallbearers were O.W. Carter, Dudley Gunn, Wynder Smith, Billy Arrington, Benjie Leaptrott, Sid Smith, Lucian Weeks and Jimmy Tarver.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Wadley Baptist Church, and the Livingston Bible Class.

Memorials may be made to the Wadley Baptist Church building fund, P.O.Box 759 Wadley, Ga. 30477, or a favorite charity.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Alfred Hunter
On July 19, 2009, Alfred Hunter entered into the presence of God. After 86 years of an abundant and full earthly life, Alfred left this world for eternal life with his Heavenly Father.

The celebration of his life service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 25, 2009, at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Samuel Cooper, Jr. officiating. The body will lie in state in the church beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in Pines Cemetery.

Alfred entered this life on February 16, 2009 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Upon graduating from high school, Alfred entered the US Army where he served his country honorably and was awarded three different commendations during WWII. After leaving the Army in 1946, he attended and graduated from North Carolina A&T University. Upon graduation Alfred moved to Burke County, Ga. where he served as an educator at numerous schools including Boggs Academy, Cousins Jr. High, Waynesboro High and Industrial and Blackeney, Jr. High.

Alfred’s career with the school system spanned 33 memorable years culminating with his retirement in 1981. Throughout his tenure he impacted the lives of hundreds of students, farmers and community members.

After retirement, Alfred remained active through various church organizations including the Retired Teachers Association and Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church.

Alfred was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa. Left to cherish Alfred’s memory is his daughter, Kimberly L. Hunter, Evans, Ga.; one sister, Nellie Lofton, Iron Station, N.C.; three sisters-in-law, one god-daughter and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church Building Fund, Waynesboro, GA. Phinazee and Son Funeral Home, Waynesboro


Mr. Jack Rowe Steele
Mr. Jack Rowe Steele, 61, of Blythe entered into rest on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at his residence.

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 25, 2009, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at James Funeral Home, Wrens, GA.

During the Vietnam War, Jack served our country with pride in the US Army Military Police.

He was a 28-year retired State Police Sergeant at the East Central Regional Hospital, Gracewood Campus.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Hattie Rowe Steele.

Survivors include his five children, Dennis Steele, Black River Falls, WI, Anissa S. (Jeff) Hurckman, Columbus, WI, Kenneth (Mindy) Stephens, Augusta, GA, Tracy Stephens, Ft. Collins, CO, and Lori (John) Rainchuso, Evans, GA; two sisters, Sandra S. (Francis) Tindall, Sioux Falls, SD, and Nancy S. (Eugene) Paulson, Estherville, IA; and his six grandchildren, Amber Hockett, Whitney Rainchuso, Jessica Stephens, Madeline Stephens, Claire Stephens, and Sophia Rainchuso.

Memorial donations may be made to Blythe Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 300, Blythe, GA 30805-0300.

James Funeral Home – Wrens.

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