Obituaries
August 20, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Mildred Wachsmuth Copeland
Mrs. Mildred Wachsmuth Copeland, 95, of Mitchell entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center in Gibson.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Mitchell UMC, with Rev. Mary Griswell officiating. After the service, there will be a scattering of ashes at the Copeland home place.

Mrs. Copeland was born in Ontario, Canada to Otto and Mamie Klipert Wachsmuth. She became a registered nurse and citizen of the U.S. After nursing at several hospitals in Atlanta, Mildred moved to Mitchell over 30 years ago to take a position at the Sandersville Hospital. She retired at the age of 75 from Jefferson Hospital, ran a Christmas tree farm, and was active in the Mitchell community, working with cancer survivors.

Survivors include her son, Cameron “Butch” (Barbara) Copeland, Braselton; three grandchildren, Cameron Copeland Jr., Beauford, Christina Copeland, Braselton, and Kenneth Copeland, Braselton; a brother, Rolf Wachsmuth, Canada; one nephew, Bill Wachsmuth, Canada; two nieces, Ruth Parent, Canada, and Donna Paul, Canada; friends, Wanda Swafford, Trish Rooks and Sherry Sturgis; and other friends and family.

Memorials may be made to Mitchell U.M.C., c/o Rev. Mary Griswell, 6216 Hwy 102 W, Mitchell, GA 30820.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James E. Farrow
Mr. James E. Farrow, 46, of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009,

He was a painter.

Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, in the Harlem Memorial Cemetery, Harlem.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Rabun Farrow; children, James E. Farrow III, Wendy Farrow, Corinna Farrow; stepdaughter, Tabitha Rabun; brothers Duran, Robert and David; sisters Pam, Theresa, Saprina, Hope, Michelle, Tabitha, Virginia, Melissa, Angie, Dianne and Stephanie; niece, Samantha; nephew, Wayne and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ty’Won Dekel Gamble
Ty’Won Dekel Gamble, infant, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009.

Survivors include his mother, Taccora Nelson, Wrens; father, Solomon Gamble, Louisville; sister, Ty’ Teaynna Gamble; grandparents, Bernestine and Solomon Gamble, Louisville, Sabrina Nelson, Wrens, and Edward Stone, Wrens.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Joyce “Jo-Jo” Bailey Garland
Mrs. Joyce “Jo-Jo” Bailey Garland, 70, of Mitchell entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Mitchell United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mary Griswell officiating. Interment was held at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Tucker.

Survivors include her sister, Jan Sexton (Amon); two nephews, Jeff Sexton and Steve Sexton; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nonie Massey and Williams Bailey; and her husband, Adrian U. Garland.

Pallbearers were Andrew Sexton, Steven Sexton, Jeffery Sexton, Wendell Patton, John Garmon and Anthony Griswell.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Paul Cullen Hinton
Mr. Paul Cullen Hinton, 98, of Gibson entered into rest on Aug. 15, 2009, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

Born Aug. 1, 1911, in Glascock County, he was the son of the late Mike and Clara Parrish Hinton (Irby) and the husband of the late Ethel Kitchens Gray Hinton. They were married eight years, eight months and eight days. Mr. Paul lived all his life in Georgia, mostly in Avera, Augusta, Thomson and Macon. After retiring from The Georgia Power Company with 40 years of service, he returned to Gibson. After he retired he worked for two other companies and retired a second time. From 1999-2007 he served on Gibson City Council.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, Gibson, with Elder Thomas Roundtree and Elder Robert Torrance officiating.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie Hobbs Hinton; daughter, Gladys Hinton Holmes; two infant sons, Marvin and Cullen; infant daughter, Patricia; two sisters, Seeney Phillips Mallard and Mary Clark; and six brothers, Rex, Mike, Abner (Jesse), Milas, Andrew and infant Eugene.

Survivors include his sister, Dora Harrell of Spartanburg, S.C.; 22 nieces and nephews; five stepdaughters, Pat Rios (Rick), Wanda Jobes (Mel), Cindy Harrell (Murphy), Linda Barrow and Kathy Benson; two stepsons, Mark Gray (Pam) and Wayne Gray (Diane).

Pallbearers were Scott Usry, Donald Kent, Lester Hadden, Rick Rios, Mark Gray and Dave Barrow.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Glascock County for Concerned Citizens c/o Corene Chalker, 3037Bastonville Rd., Gibson, Ga. 30810, or to the charity of ones choice.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Martha Lynn Wren Hughes
Mrs. Martha Lynn Wren Hughes of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Hughes was a native of Jefferson County.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, in the Lumpkin Road Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, with Pastor Lanny Doolittle officiating.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leon Carroll Wren; and two brothers, William “Billy” Wren and Daniel “Danny” Wren.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin Hughes; son, Daniel “Dan” Carroll Hughes; mother, Sarah Jo Daniel Wren; brother, Jerry Leon Wren; sister, Patricia “Patsy” Woolington; niece, Angela Lambert; two great-nieces, Jessica and Hope Isbell; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers were Ron McKinley, Nathan Kelley, Rusty Busby, Elam Dudley, Tim Brown and Mike Brown.

Honorary Pallbearers were L.C. Williams and Jim Goodman.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Roy Neal Johnson
Mr. Roy Neal Johnson, 89, of Norwood entered into rest on Aug. 13, 2009.

Mr. Johnson was a lifelong resident of Warren County and was the son of the late Masburn Johnson and the late Josie Dye Johnson. He served in the 99th Division of the U.S. Army during WWII and was engaged in three major campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Johnson was retired as a truck driver after 40 years, 28 years with National Homes. He was a member and deacon of Norwood Baptist Church. Mr. Johnson was also a member of the Disabled Veterans Association and the American Legion.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at the Norwood Baptist Church, with Rev. John Jenkins and Rev. Daniel Adkins officiating. Interment followed in Scruggs Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by a son, Adrian Neal Johnson.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ailene Smith Johnson of Norwood; son, Pat Johnson (Teresa) of Waynesboro; daughter, Gail Hunter (David) of Washington; brothers, Howard Johnson, Thomson, Bobby W. Johnson, Camak, and Margia “Smokey” Johnson, Norwood; sister, Joe Ann Hardebeck, Gibson; grandchildren, Dave Hunter, Dan Hunter, Andy Hunter, Scott Johnson and Amy Jackson; great-grandchildren, Neal Hunter and Katelyn Hunter.

Pallbearers were Dave Hunter, Dan Hunter, Andy Hunter, Scott Johnson, Gary Johnson, Doug Johnson, Carl Johnson, Mike Johnson, Neal Hunter, Katelyn Hunter and Amy Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Norwood Baptist and the members of the Men’s Bible Class.

Memorials may be made to the Norwood Baptist Church c/o Betty Jo Hadden 2906 Macon Hwy. Warrenton, GA 30828.


Mr. Robert Clayton “Sneak” McDonald
Mr. Robert Clayton “Sneak” McDonald, 92, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. McDonald was a native and lifelong resident of Jefferson County, a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, and a retiree of Southern Railroad. He was a member of Wrens Baptist Church and, for over 60 years, a member of the American Legion Post 229.

Graveside services were held at Ways Baptist Church Cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at 3 p.m., with Dr. James M. Ford officiating.

Mr. McDonald was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Inez Jordan McDonald; and parents, John S. and Minnie Rabun McDonald.

Survivors include his two sons, Robert J. “Jimmy” McDonald, McDonough, and Richard R. McDonald, Augusta; two sisters, Dorothy “Dot” Dye and Marjorie Englett; and two grandchildren, Steven McDonald and Trish McDonald.

Honorary pallbearers were members of American Legion Post 229.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to American Legion Post 229, c/o C. White Kitchens, 202 Williams St., Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Nettie Pearl Scott
Miss Nettie Pearl Scott of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville.

Survivors include her son, Alex Scott (Betty Mae) of Louisville; grandchild, Shikara L. Scott; great-grandchildren, Tasmine A. Walden and Ka’Darius D. Scott, all of Thomson; sister, Cleophia J. Shaw of Hephzibah; sister-in-law, Julia Mae Scott of Louisville; step-grandsons, Bruce Heggs (Sharon), Derrick Battle (Malinda) and Marlow Battle, all of Davisboro, and Chad Battle of Savannah; step-granddaughter, T’keyah Batts of Atlanta; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Jerome Shaw, Christopher Tennyson, Pace Shaw, Kenneth Shaw, Damean Tennyson, Stevie Shaw and Dexter Tennyson.

Active pallbearers were Carswell Swint, Charlie McCall, Larry Carswell, Jerry Lane, Samuel Kittles and LD Boyd.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Timothy Justin Shelton
Mr. Timothy Justin Shelton, 25, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, from an automobile accident.

Mr. Shelton was a resident of Thomson. He graduated from Thomson High School in 2002 and graduated from University of Georgia in May 2008, with a bachelor’s of landscape architecture. He was on the Dean’s List, the Board of the UGA Alumni Association, Augusta Chapter, and a member of Ducks Unlimited. He was employed by Allgood Outdoors of Cumming.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Beggs Funeral Home, with Rev. C.W. Edwards officiating. Internment followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Gibson.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Milburn Shelton.

Survivors include his parents, Tim and Lynn Shelton; brother, WiIliam Shelton of Thomson; maternal grandparents, Don and Dot Rawls of Thomson; paternal grandmother, Miriam Shelton of Martinez; and his girlfriend, Erin Tuggle.

Pallbearers were Kevin Cowart, Adam Hill, Will Dudley, Dustin Pilgrim, Jason White and Rusty Finley

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mt. Zion Cemetery Fund, Gibson, Georgia or to the Augusta Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association, Wray-Nicholson House, 298 South Hull St. Athens, GA 30602.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rebecca S. Thigpen
Mrs. Rebecca S. Thigpen, 78, of Avera entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Trinity Hospital of Augusta.

She was the wife of the late H. Barnett Thigpen.

Graveside services were held at Thigpen Memorial Cemetery, Avera, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at 5 p.m.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie Lewis Wells Sr.
Mr. Willie Lewis Wells Sr., 61, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Wells was a son of the late Robert Wells Sr. and Vallie Brown Wells and widow of the late Frances Kelly Wells. Willie Lewis was a native of Glascock County, but lived in Jefferson County most of his life. He attended Tenders Grove Elementary in Avera, and later Glascock County High. He joined New Hope AME Church at an early age.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at 1 p.m. at New Hope AME Church and cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Willie Lewis (Abagail) Wells Jr. of Sandersville, and Bessie (Larry) Carswell of Louisville; siblings, Zetra Bush of Macon, Bernice Fields of Byron, Robert Wells Jr. and Wanda Kay Wells of Louisville; five grandchildren, Abinecia L. Sherrod, Lerodrick A. Sherrod, Antonio M. Ingram, Terry Lynch Jr. and Shamiya Carswell; nieces, Chrishun Hill of Orlando, Fla. and Latosha Fields of Belton, Mo.; brothers-in-law, Eugene Fields and Moses Kelly; sister-in-law, Gladys Kelly of Louisville; uncle, Joe (Julia) Heggs of Macon; cousin, Leon Gibbons of Louisville; and a host of other family and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Janice Brown Williams
Mrs. Janice Brown Williams of Wadley entered into rest on Aug. 4, 2009, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at noon at Brinson Hill Baptist Church in Wadley, with Rev. Dr. David Kemp officiating. Burial was in the Live Oak Cemetery in Wadley.

Survivors include her husband, Eddie Williams, Wadley; four daughters, Antonia Brown (Eric), Glenwood, Edlena Williams (Nicholas) of Atlanta, Bobbie Jean (Ronald Jr.) Kleckley and Bernadette Williams, all of Wadley; two sons, Walter Brown, Bridgeport, Conn., and Eddie Williams Jr., Wadley; four sisters, Shirley Ferguson, Bridgeport, Conn., Jeannette (Minister Abraham) Martinez, Naugatuck, Conn., Vallie Brown (Tommy), Wadley, and Joyce Ann Brown (Henry), Bridgeport, Conn.; three brothers, Willie Jackson (Annette), Bridgeport, Conn., Eugene (Ladayne) Brown, Fort Washington, Md., and Bobby Lee (Susan) Brown, Richmond, Va.; seven grandchildren, nine additional brothers-in-law, four additional sister-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Arthur Washington, Frankie Williams, David Williams, Jamie Williams, Sam Williams, Steve Williams, Leon Williams and Dontrel Williams.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jordan Smith “Buddy” Williamson Jr.
Mr. Jordan Smith “Buddy” Williamson Jr., 63, of Bartow entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, in the Medical Center in Macon.

Mr. Williamson was a native and life long resident of Washington County, the son of the late Jordan Smith Williamson Sr. and the late Mollie Smith Williamson. He was the owner of Logging Inc. Mr. Williamson was a logger, a farmer and a cattleman. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Queensborough National Bank and Trust. Mr. Williamson was named Soil Conservationist and Farmer of the Year in Washington County. He was a member of the New Hope Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at New Hope Methodist Church, with Rev. Chad Watkins officiating. Burial was in the Brownwood Cemetery in Sandersville.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sandra Burgamy Williamson of Bartow; children, Paula (Tim) Chapman of Davisboro, Jordie (Kelly) Williamson of Davisboro, and Brian W. (Shana) Sims of Bartow; nine grandchildren, Carl Chapman, Emily Chapman, Stone Chapman, Jordan Williamson III, Jenny Williamson, Samuel Williamson, Abby Sims, Mollie Sims and Kaden Sims; and sister, Mollie W. (Victor) Sims of Davisboro.

The family suggests donations may be made to the New Hope Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Mrs. Denise Boyd, 10528 Highway 242, Harrison, Georgia 31035.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements

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