Obituaries
September 10, 2009 Issue

Mr. William Wright Abbot III
Mr. William Wright Abbot III, 87, of Charlottesville, Va., entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, in his sleep.

Professor Abbot was born in Louisville on May 20, 1922, the son William Wright Abbot Jr. and Lillian Carswell Abbot. He graduated from Louisville Academy in 1939 and attended Davidson College for two years. In 1941 he transferred to the University of Georgia, where he was awarded the baccalaureate degree upon his entering the United States Navy in 1943. During World War II, Mr. Abbot served in small crafts in the Pacific Ocean and in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. He was made Captain of PC 504, a 110-foot submarine chaser. Mr. Abbot’s career as a teacher spanned nearly 50 years. He taught celestial navigation at Duke University in the spring of 1946. That fall, he returned to his hometown to teach science and English grammar at his old high school. Mr. Abbot studied history at Duke University, where he earned his masters and doctorate degrees. After completing his Ph.D. in 1953, he was hired as an assistant professor of history by the College of William and Mary. Except for brief stints with the history departments at Northwestern University in 1959 and Rice University from 1961 until 1962, Mr. Abbot remained at William and Mary until 1966, when he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia. At the University of Virginia, Mr. Abbot held the chair of James Madison Professor of History for 26 years, serving twice as chairman of the Corcoran Department of History. He wrote for The William and Mary Quarterly, the magazine of early American History, beginning in 1953 and he was its editor from 1961 until 1966. He also edited The Journal of Southern History in 1960 and 1961. During the latter years of his career at the University of Virginia, he devoted most of his efforts to editing The Papers of George Washington, serving as chief editor from 1977 until 1992. He retired from the university in 1992, and continued to edit individual volumes of the Washington Papers until 1998, by which time close to 50 volumes were in print. In addition to editing magazines and documents, Professor Abbot wrote two books and

several articles. He served as president of the Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa from 1984 until 1987 and on the councils of the Institute of Early American History and Culture and the Southern Historical Association. For 20 years he was on the board of editors of The Virginia Quarterly Review and was a member of Gridiron Club at the University of Georgia and the Raven Society at the University of Virginia. In 1989, the Virginia Historical Society made him a life member, and in 1998 the College of William and Mary awarded him the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Carswell Abbot.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Eleanor Abbot; sons, Wright Abbot (Cynthia Cox); grandchildren, Will and Catherine, of Baltimore, Md., and John Abbot of Washington, D.C.; sister, Lillian Easterlin of Louisville; and sister-in-law, Louise Hardeman Abbot of Louisville.

Hill and Wood Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eva Samons Hadden
Mrs. Eva Samons Hadden, 78, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at the Medical College of Georgia.

She was the wife of the late Asa Howard Hadden Sr.

Graveside services were held at the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at 4 p.m., with Rev. Ed Chance officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Bill and Amy Crum Samons; and her sister, Ians Samons.

Survivors include her sister, Judia “Judy” Samons; and friends, Barbara Heckard and Marsha Fehr of Bartow.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Voncile L. Hadden
Mrs. Voncile L. Hadden, 84, of Warrenton entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Hadden was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and was a homemaker. She was a member of Stapleton Baptist Church and the T.E.L. Ladies Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Stapleton Baptist Church, with Rev. Jim King and Lane McMichael officiating. Interment was in the Stapleton Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sammie Hadden; parents, Walter T. and Gussie Johnson Landrum; and her brother, Thomas Landrum.

Survivors include her two sons, Palmer (Louise) Hadden and Ricky Hadden; one grandson, Brian (Irene) Hadden, Augusta; two sisters, Mary Frances (Claude) Faglier, Augusta, and Dorothy Redd, Aiken, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Tommy Landrum, Mike Landrum, Jeffrey Landrum, Robert Rogers, Jim McMichael and Gene Salet.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of T.E.L. Ladies Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to Resident Council of WHRC, 813 Atlanta Hwy, Warrenton, GA 30828 or to Stapleton Baptist Church, 360 Harvey St, Stapleton, GA 30823.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Carolyn Lamb Hammock
Mrs. Carolyn Lamb Hammock, 83, of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Hammock was born in Emanuel County and had lived in Wadley for many years. She was retired from Aflac Insurance and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Funeral services for were held on Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, with Rev. Patricia Holbert and Rev. Bunny Hudson officiating. Interment followed in the Wadley Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest M. Hammock; son William M. Hammock; brother Jimmy Lamb; and sister, Ann Lola Baxer.

Survivors include her daughters, Rita H. Rowland (Hal) and Cathy H. Bargeron (Bubba); grandchildren, Julie H. Bailey, William H. Rowland, Mary Ann McNeely, Ernest Hampton Rowland, Emily Bargeron and Beth Bargeron; great-grandchildren, Cam Bailey, Wyatt Bailey, Tyler Rowland, Drew McNeely, Marti Ann Bailey and Caroline McNeely; and friend and caretaker, Inell Hunter.

Pallbearers were William H. Rowland, Ernest Rowland, Samuel McNeely, D.D. Bailey, Eric Hammond, Gary Ware and Wayne Baxter.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ethel Brown Hightower
Mrs. Ethel Brown Hightower of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Trinity Hospital. Mrs. Hightower, a native of Wrens, was retired from Gracewood State School and Hospital after 23 years of service. She was a member of D’Antignac St. Church of Christ. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at 11 a.m. at D’Antignac Street Church of Christ, with Roland W. Cumbee Jr. officiating. Burial was in Walker Memorial Park. Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Evans, Hephzibah, and Daisy Hightower, West Memphis, Ark.; five sons, Lovett (Gloria) Hightower, Augusta, Eddie (Lillian) Hightower, North Augusta, S.C., Harold (Brenda) Hightower, Lithonia, Paul Hightower, Sylvania, and Rhondal (Jessica) Hightower, Columbus; 24 grandchildren; one brother, Luther Brown, Augusta; and a host of nieces and nephews. Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Salatiel Solis Morfin
Mr. Salatiel Solis Morfin, 23, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, in an automobile accident in Glascock County.

Mr. Morfin, the son of Benito Solis Garcia of Aiken, S.C., and Ofelia Morfin Collado of Hulmanguillo Tabasco, Mexico, was the seventh of ten children. He joined his father and brothers in the U.S. five years ago, working in Virginia with his brother Pascual. The family then moved to Georgia where he continued working with his brother in the landscaping business.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at James Funeral Home, with Pastor Gertrudis Quiroz officiating. He will make his final trip home to Hulmanguillo Tabasco, Mexico, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edecio Solis and Tomasa Garcia, and Mateo Morfin and Lorensa Collado.

Survivors include his parents; four brothers, Silvestre Solis Morfin, Mexico, Pascual Solis Morfin and Samuel Solis Morfin, Louisville, and Migael Solis Morfin, Mexico; five sisters, Analuisa Solis Morfin, Mexico, Sebastiana Solis Morfin, Mexico, Maribel Solis Morfin, Mexico, Lorensa Solis Morfin, Mexico, and Josefa Solis Morfin, Mexico; nine nephews; 11 nieces; and many friends and extended family.

Pallbearers were Camilo Urgel Sanchez, Abran Guarda, Rutilo Perez, Jaime Broca, Emricky Luta, Ranulfo Acuna, Enrique Olan and Alberto Olan.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clyde E. Norwood
Mr. Clyde E. Norwood, 93, of Fayetteville, Ark., formerly of Thomasville and Louisville, entered into rest on Aug. 31, 2009, at his residence.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2009, in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Norwood was born in Thomasville on Feb. 1, 1916. He was the son of Wade Hampton and Maude Borland Norwood. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from the Postal Service in Thomasville in 1972 as Postmaster. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Thomasville. The Norwoods resided in Louisville from 1991-2000.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jane Webb Norwood.

Survivors include his two daughters, Jane Straka of Fayetteville, Ark., and Martha (Thomas) Crouch Black of Louisville; four grandchildren, Matthew David Straka, Andrew Norwood Straka, both of Fayetteville, Rebecca Jane Straka of Lawrence, Kan., and George Edward Crouch V of New York City, N.Y. and Louisville; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 425 North Broad Street, Thomasville, GA 31792 of to Vashti School, 1815 E. Clay Street, Thomasville, GA 31792.

Allen and Allen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lloyd Reeves
Mr. Lloyd Reeves, 70, of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Reeves served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was chairman deacon of the Pillar Ground and Truth Church. He was a retired academic advisor.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at his residence in Wrens at 3 p.m. Interment was in Mr. Reeves’ garden.

Mr. Reeves was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Inell Johnson Reeves; five brothers, Joe L. Reeves, Ben Reeves, Oscar Reeves, Edward Reeves and Robert Reeves; and one sister, Minnie Mae Reeves.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Charlie Maud King Reeves; children, Lloyd Anthony (Iris) Reeves, Atlanta, Charlotte Maureen (Peter) Reeves-Oyebanji, Atlanta, Valarie Victoria (Wayne) Bennett, Dallas, Texas, and Jennifer Tiffany (Sean) Reeves-Burke, Oxford, N.C.; a brother, Johnny Reeves, Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Renell Reynolds, Atlanta; six grandchildren, Antonio Lavon Reeves, Patrick Trevon Reeves, Kandyce Keana Reeves, John Onesimus Bennett, Nicholas Babatunde Oluwatosin Oluwatoby Folarenwa Oyebanji and Julius Sebastian Burke; and one great-grandson, Makaih Christopher Reeves.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Simon Summy
Mr. Simon Summy, 69, of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at the Candler Hospital in Savannah.

Mr. Summy was born in Dover, Del., but spent the past 33 years in Jefferson County as a dairyman, storekeeper and, recently, truck driver.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Harmony Springs Mennonite Church, Avera.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Edna Summy.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Mattie Yoder Summy; son, Daniel (Becky) Summy, Avera; daughter, Rose (Cecil) Dueck; niece, Martha (Charles) Giesbrecht; five grandchildren; four brothers; and two sisters.

The family requests that memorials be made to Harmony Springs Church Building Fund, c/o Galen Becker, 9991 Hwy 88 W, Avera GA 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Cleo “Flower Man” Tucker
Mr. Cleo “Flower Man” Tucker of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Tucker was a native of Glascock County. He was employed at Augusta Wood Preserving Company, and was a member of Ward Chapel AME Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Ward Chapel AME Church, with Rev. James Lawson officiating. Burial was in Southview Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Shalanda Tucker, Shannon D. (Cornelius) Barnes, and Brittney Tucker; father, Willie G. Tucker; two brothers, Travis (Tabatha) Tucker, all of Augusta, and Freeman Mitts, Wrens; four sisters, Pansy White, Sandersville, Faye Tucker, Elois (Leroy) Jones and Elaine Tucker, all of Augusta; four grandchildren, Ahmeka Tucker, Chloe Tucker, Cornia Tucker and Jayden Tucker, all of Augusta; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Suzanne “Sue” Richardson-Wood
Mrs. Suzanne “Sue” Richardson-Wood, 56, of Mitchell entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at the Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gibson.

Sue was a native of Pennsylvania. She was a paralegal at Warlick, Tritt, Stebbins and Murry in Augusta. She was a member of the Gibson First Baptist Church in Gibson.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Gibson First Baptist Church, with Rev. Jarrod Adkins officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellen Jane Nalback and Larry Brennan.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde Wood; one daughter, Monique Christene Richardson of Mitchell; two stepdaughters, Tina Wood of Atlanta and Stephanie Stovall of Ellijay; three brothers, Michael Brennon of Hanover, Pa., Kenneth Gogan of Nashua, N.H., and Robert Gogan of Calhoun; three grandchildren, Robert James Richardson, Cody Lee Stovall and Dillon Levi Stovall; and mother-in-law, Flossie Wood of Mitchell.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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