Obituaries
October 1, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Mamie Lee Williams Allen
Mrs. Mamie Lee Williams Allen, 82, of Swainsboro entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, in the Cross-Green Community.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church, with Elder Cleo Howard officiating, assisted by Elder Bertha Jones. Burial was in St. Galilee Cemetery.

Jogresan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eloise A. Bennett
Mrs. Eloise A. Bennett of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Bennett, a native of Louisville, was a graduate of Jefferson County Training School. She received a B.A. degree from Fort Valley State College and attended Atlanta University. She was a member of Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon, ruling elder, moderator of Presbyterian Women, youth advisor, Sunday school teacher, member of the combined choir, Sanctuary Choir and Praise Team. She was also a worship leader and member Care Ministry Team Leader. She was a retired educator. Her community involvements included Neighborhood Watch, Master’s Table Soup Kitchen and Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Melvin Lowery officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden.

Survivors include two daughters, Vickie Bennett, Lithonia, and Alena Joyce Bennett, Macon; one son, Joseph Bennett, Atlanta; two sisters, Lillie Woods, Louisville, and Mattie West, Chicago; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Earl Allen “Biv” Bivings
Mr. Earl Allen “Biv” Bivings, 87, of Sandersville entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Bivings was a native of Donaldsonville, and after high school graduation he spent four years in the U.S. Navy. He was in the hospital Corps. during World War II, participating in the Normandy invasion. After the war he attended the University of Georgia graduating with a six year degree in school administration. He married Anne Watkins of Bartow in 1950. He then moved to Sandersville as an educator and coach. After 15 years with the Washington County Public Schools he became a partner in Smith-Sheppard Concrete Company, Inc., retiring in 1994. He was active in the Sandersville United Methodist Church, the Sandersville Lions Club, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Sandersville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jay Harris and Rev. Mark Carter officiating. Burial was private.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Watkins Bivings of Sandersville; two daughters, Bunny Bivings and Bess Boyd, both of Sandersville; a grandson, Allen Boyd of Palm Coast, Fla.; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Boyd of Tennille.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to their favorite charity.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruth Hubbard Brown
Mrs. Ruth Hubbard Brown, 95, of Atlanta, formerly of Augusta, entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.

Born to James Hubbard and Frances Carpenter Hubbard, Mrs. Brown was raised in Wadley.

Graveside services were held on Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Cemetery, Wadley.

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, John Brewer Brown; and brother, Louis Hubbard.

Survivors include her daughters, Carpie Smith of Atlanta, and Elaine Oborn (Lynn) of Montgomery, Ala.; four grandchildren, Tyler Oborn (Allison) of Alexandria, Va., Jennifer Ross (Darin) of Herriman, Utah, Cezar Oborn (Rosalyn) of Yigo, Guam, and Rachael Oborn of Provo, Utah; and three great-grandchildren.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jackie Davis Cantlow
Mrs. Jackie Davis Cantlow, 50, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009.

Mrs. Cantlow was a native of Richmond County, the daughter of Walter Pernell Davis and Martha Hamilton Davis, a 1975 graduate of Butler High School. She attended Swainsboro Technical College and graduated from Augusta Technical College as a CNA. Mrs. Cantlow was employed at Care Pro. At an early age she joined the Phillip Grove Baptist Church in Vidette and later joined Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. at C.A. Reid Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in the Walker Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph “Bonnie” Thomas of Gough; three children, Edward Ta’Varse (Lekeitha) Hill of Lincolnton, Lee Danielle (Terrance) Cantlow-Bender and Jammal Augustine Phillips, all of Norfolk, Va.; stepchildren, Joseph (Germekia) Thomas Jr. and Joseph Johnson, all of Augusta; siblings, Jeannie Deloris Davis-Lawson, Edwina Stringer, Brenda Brown, Cheryl Jones, Sandra Scruggs and Randy Brown, all of Augusta, and Edward Hires of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two aunts, Robbie Doll Davis of New York, and Margaret Virginia Davis of Louisville; sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, a host of other family members, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Daphne G. Stanaland Curlee
Mrs. Daphne G. Stanaland Curlee, 82, of Bartow, formerly of Englewood, Fla., entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Curlee was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Hillsborough County, Fla., to Jeptha and Susan Albritton Stanaland. She was the owner/ operator of Marathon Hardware in Marathon, Fla., for 40 years, until her retirement. After her retirement she moved to Buffalo, Wyo., and came from there to Englewood, Fla., in August, 2006. Mrs. Curlee was a graduate of Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Fla., a former elementary school teacher in Arcadia, Fla., and a member of Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, Fort Lonesome, Fla.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at the Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, Fort Lonesome, Fla., at 11 a.m. Interment was in the Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Curlee, and all of her siblings.

Survivors include 30 nieces and nephews; and several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church.

Hancock Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.


Mr. Carl Clayton Ervin
Mr. Carl Clayton Ervin, 79, of Marietta entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 28, 2009.

The funeral will be conducted by West Cobb Funeral Home in Marietta. Burial will be at Eleazar United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Tenn.

Mr. Ervin was born on Nov. 23, 1929, in Mount Vernon, Tenn., to John Lester Ervin Sr. and Carrie Lou Haun. He was a retired postal worker.

He was preceded in death by wives, Imogene Kirkland Ervin and Doris Jones Ervin; and a son, Jerry Ervin.

Survivors include six children, Teresa Ervin Foss of Louisville, Alan Ervin of Woodstock, Larry Ervin of Mableton, Barry Ervin of Powder Springs, Frieda Ervin Stafford of Robles Junction, Ariz., and Robert Ervin of Tucson, Ariz.; three siblings; and eight grandchildren.

West Cobb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas Lee Gibbons
Mr. Thomas Lee Gibbons of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, in Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel in Wadley, with Rev. Walter Holmes officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his companion, Betty Jean Hodges of Wadley; eight daughters, Rosa Gibbons and Valerie Williams, both of Swainsboro, Malisa Holmes, Elaine Cooper and Francine Hill, all of Wadley, Michelle Richardson of Louisville, Peggy Gibbons of Sparta, and Viola Barnes of Lawton, Ohio; two sons, Tom Gibbons Jr., of Waynesboro, and Jimmy Lee Hodges of Bartow; sister, Carrie Gilmore of Hollywood, Fla.; brother, Robert Gibbons Jr. of Hollywood, Fla.; two sons-in-law, five sisters-in-law, one daughter-in-law, 36 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Inez Chalker Hadden
Mrs. Inez Chalker Hadden, 71, of Gibson entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Emory Hospital, Atlanta.

Mrs. Inez was a native of Glascock County and lived there all her life. She was retired from Forstman Textile Company and she attended the Mitchell United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at the Mitchell United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mary Griswell officiating. Interment was in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Gibson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Hadden; parents, Dillie Peebles and Aytch Chalker; two sisters, Bert Norris and Sallie Norris; and four brothers, Ray Chalker, John Chalker, Bobby Chalker and Harry Lee Chalker.

Survivors include her son, Troy (Cathrine) Hadden of Gibson; three brothers, Joe (Corene) Chalker of Gibson, Thomas Watson Chalker of Augusta, and Eugene Talmadge (Mary) Chalker of Gibson; three grandchildren, Katelyn Elizabeth Hadden, Emily Madison Hadden and Norris Hadden; and friend, Dr. Author Yarborough.

Pallbearers were Donald Kent, Clyde Wood, Stevie Wood, Terry Usry, Calvin McCoy and Scott Fitzgerald.

Memorials may be made to the Mitchell United Methodist Church in care of Janice Sexton, 8654 Warrenton-Mitchell Road, Mitchell, Ga. 30820.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Marilyn White Joiner
Mrs. Marilyn White Joiner, 66, of Florida, formerly of Wrens, entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009.

She was the only child of Pat and Miriam White formerly of Wrens. She was born Feb. 1, 1943, in Atlanta. She was a 1950s graduate of Wrens High School.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church in Ocoee, Fla.

Survivors include her husband, sister, son, daughter and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Formet Foundation online, www.formetfoundation.org or by mail to The Formet Foundation, P.O. Box 560131, Orlando, FL, 32856-0131.

Ocoee Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Ralph Moats Jr.
Mr. James Ralph Moats Jr., 46, of Harlem entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009.

Mr. Moats was born in Sandersville to the late James Moats Sr. and Marlene Gahm Moore and was a general contractor.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at Central Church of Christ, Martinez, with Pastor Scott Patterson officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Brittingham Moats; two daughters, Ashley Palmer (Kenny), Thomson, and Amanda Brown (Josh), Savannah; four sisters, Debbie King, Tampa, Fla., Cindy Holt, Thomson, Linda Williams, Blythe, and Cheryl Bazemore, Gibson; mother-in-law, Betty Weathers, Hephzibah; and two grandchildren, Dylan Bryson and Delayna Bryson.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eddie Murphy
Mr. Eddie Murphy, 45, of Dearing entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Murphy was a native of Richmond County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. He was a home remodeling contractor and a Baptist.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include his son, Michael (April) Murphy, Hephzibah; his granddaughter, Destiny Leah Murphy, Hephzibah; his mother, Rachel Powell Murphy Evans, Thomson; his father, Marvin Murphy, Dearing; two sisters, Amanda Story, Louisville, and Tammy Pope, Thomson; a brother, Mark Murphy, Thomson; and several nieces and nephews.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lizzie Strowbridge Quarterman
Mrs. Lizzie Strowbridge Quarterman, 46, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Cemetery,

Mrs. Quarterman was a native of Jefferson County. She attended Jefferson County School System and was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Mrs. Quarterman was a former employee of Cadet.

Survivors include her husband, Will Quarterman of Louisville; children, Lizzie Strowbridge of Midville, William M. Quarterman, Kimberly Monique Quarterman and Trakeena Lashae Quarterman, all of Louisville; parents, Ralph Strowbridge and Mamie Buyon Strowbridge, both of Midville; sisters, Mamie (Johnny) Hodge of Waynesboro, and Elnora (Leroy) Smith of Midville; mother-in-law, Pauline Quarterman Hines of Louisville; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary (James) Cook, Paula Pringle and Diahann (Vincent) Cannida, all of Louisville, and Porter (Debra) Quarterman of Wrens; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 11358 Zebina Road, Louisville, or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Smith
Mr. Charles Smith, 49, of Avera entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009.

Mr. Smith was born in Midville on Oct. 14, 1959, to the late Hayward and Annie Gilmore Smith. He served in the Army Reserve during the 1980s. He was employed by Glit Manufacturing in Wrens for numerous years and he owned a barber shop. Mr. Smith joined Spread Chapel AME Church at an early age. He served on the Matthews Circuit of the Sons of Allen Men’s Fellowship.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Spread Chapel AME Church, Stapleton, with Pastor Rev. Timothy Lewis presiding and Brother Norman Roberts as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include fiancée, Daphnye Beasley Smith of Avera; one son, Rico Smith of Augusta; two stepchildren, Felicia (Robert) Hightower of Chester, Va., and Kristofer Beasley of Avera; two grandchildren, Kristofer Beasley Jr. of Louisville, and Bryce-Ryan Hightower of Chester, Va.; seven sisters, Annie Lois Vaughner, Ollie Neal and Inez Smith, all of Wrens, Carolyn (Wilbur) Allen of Atlanta, Marian Lewis of Midville, Fannie Bell Scruggs of Augusta, and Pauline Webb of Wadley; seven brothers, Sammie (Janie) Williams of Thomson, Bernard (Rose) Williams of Augusta, Keon Jordan of Wrens, Reggie Smith of Augusta, Hayward Smith Jr. of Macon, Ezimo Smith of Midville, and Gordon Smith of Sparta; a great-aunt, Frances Gilmore of Florida; one great-uncle, Cleveland Reed of Augusta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Daniel Gilbert Smith
Mr. Daniel Gilbert Smith, 88, of Warrenton entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Smith was retired. He was the husband of 62 years to Grace Roberson Smith.

Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the Long Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Chad Crews officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Long Creek Baptist Church C/O Mrs. Cathy Toulson, 1317 Baker Road Mitchell, GA 30820

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. David Roy Thompson Sr.
Mr. David Roy Thompson Sr., 70, of Grovetown entered into rest at his residence on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009.

Mr. Thompson served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a Christian and a member of Bellevue Baptist Church. He coached sports for the Columbia County Recreation Department. He was a retired lead operator for Kimberly Clark.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, in the Belair Road Chapel of Platt’s Funeral Home at 2 p.m., with Pastor Brian Martin and Pastor Richard Boyd officiating. Interment followed in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Edward Thompson, William Thompson, Bennie Thompson and R.A. Thompson; and sisters, Jean Burton, Lucille Thompson and Bessie Mae Thompson.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Thompson; two sons, David R. Thompson Jr. (Dana) of Evans, and Darren E. Thompson of Grovetown; two daughters, Angela Thompson McIntosh (Barry) of Tybee Island, and Cindy Cribb (Keith) of Augusta; children’s mother, Marie Ellis; one brother, John Thompson of Martinez; four sisters, Annabelle Seago (Terry) of Hephzibah, Ruby Holley of Wrens, Bertha Jay (Marion) and Gladys Howard (Roy) of Augusta; six grandchildren, William Eisele, Holly Eisele, Dustin Thompson, Daylee Thompson, Shelby Thompson and Isabella Thompson.

Pallbearers were Brian Thompson, Scottie Thompson, Mark Patterson, Dustin Thompson, Travis Thompson, William Eisele and James Kitchens.

Honorary pallbearers were the Ronnie Paige Sunday School Class and Red Price.

Donations may be made to the Odyssey Hospice 3508 Professional Circle Martinez,GA 30907, St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105, American Cancer Society 2607 Commons Blvd. Augusta, GA 30909.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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