Obituaries
October 22, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Nell Creech
Mrs. Nell Creech, 97, of Wadley entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, in a local nursing home.

Mrs. Creech was born in Oconee to the late William Robert Sr. and Essie Mae Gaston. She was a member of the Moxley Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Moxley Baptist Church, with Rev. Donald Lumpkin and Rev. Charles Kiser officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery in Augusta at 2:30 p.m.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Creech.

Pallbearers were Bobby Gaston, Roy Gaston, Joe Farrer, Ike Farrer, Norman Baker, Randall Farrer, Jack Gaston and Sonny Gaston.

Memorials may be made to the Moxley Baptist Church, c/o Christie Miller, 1400 Alex Stephens Road, Wadley, GA 30477.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Aubrey Clark Godowns
Mrs. Aubrey Clark Godowns of Orangeburg, S.C., formerly of Cope, S.C., entered into rest on Oct. 4, 2009, at the residence of her daughter in Irmo, S.C.

Mrs. Godowns was born on Aug. 16, 1928, in Cope, S.C., a daughter of Winfield and Annie Laurie Kirkland Clark. She attended Columbia College and was president of her sophomore class. She was a member of Edisto Fork Grange, the Eutaw chapter NSDAR, and the Union United Methodist Church. She served in many capacities in these organizations. She was honored by the United Methodist Women for over 50 years of service. She was the widow of Thomas Dixon Godowns, a native of Stellaville.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at Union United Methodist Church, Cope, S.C., with Pastor Fred McDaniel and Rev. Linda McDaniel officiating. Burial was in the Old Union Methodist Cemetery.

She was predeceased by her husband; son, Clinton J. Godowns; niece, Anne Shecut Parker; brother, William E. “Bubba” Clark; and sisters, Mary C. Shecut and Laurie C. Bryant.

Survivors include sons, Thomas Dixon Godowns (Georgette), and Edward Winfield Godowns (Susannah Traywick), all of Cope, S.C.; daughter, Sara G. Drews of Irmo, S.C.; three granddaughters, Caroline Turner Drews, Margaret Elizabeth Godowns and Winifred Iva Drews; three grandsons, Edward “Tray” Godowns, Thomas Godowns III and Jonathan Derrick; sisters, Sara C. Vardell of Charleston, S.C., Jessie C. Rast (Jim) of Cameron, S.C., and Jeanne C. Rast (Ed) of Cameron, S.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

Memorials may be made to the charities of one’s choice, the Union UMC Building Fund, Cope, S.C., or Palmetto Health Hospice in lieu of flowers.


Mrs. Marian Reese Howell
Mrs. Marian Reese Howell, 88, of Mitchell entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Howell, a native of Warren County, was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur N. (Kate Lowe) Reese. She was a homemaker and a member of Jewell Baptist Church, the Adult Ladies Sunday School Class and the WMU.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at the Jewell Baptist Church, with Rev. Dan Hodges and Rev. Bill Seaman officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H.D. Howell; parents; and brother, Arthur N. Reese Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary H. May, Warthen, and Henrietta H. Guy, Thomson; one son, Allen Marion “Buddy” Howell, Columbia, Mo.; one sister, Mary Catherine Smith, Rincon; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jeff Graham, Rhett Scott, Bo Scott, Chandler McDavid, Jerry Frost, Charles Jones and Charles Lyons.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Jewell Baptist Church Cemetery Fund C/O Mrs. Doris Gockel 10915 Macon Highway, Jewell, GA 31045.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Bettye Russell Littleton
Mrs. Bettye Russell Littleton, 79, entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009.

Mrs. Littleton was raised in the Kimbrel, Ala. community and graduated from McAdory High School in 1948. She married A.M. “Sonny” Littleton in 1952. They had three children. The family worked together in a series of family businesses, Littleton Dixie Supermarket and family recreation area Cherokee Beach. She was a member of South Crest Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at South Crest Baptist Church on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at noon, with burial at Kimbrel Cemetery, in Belview, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Spurgeon and Evie Russell; brothers, Harris, Clay (Peggy), and James; sisters, Ora (Ray) Biggs, Verna (Harvy) Truelove, and Virginia (Carlton) Lashley.

Survivors include her sons, Bruce, Stan (Darlene), Tommy (Karen); grandchildren, Nicholas, Sabrina and Seth; and nieces and nephews.

Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Maddox Nathaniel Perry
Infant Maddox Nathaniel Perry, 4 months, of Swainsboro entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta after a brief illness.

Infant Perry was a native of Toombs County.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at 2 p.m. at New Home Baptist Church near Wrightsville, with Rev. Bill Snipes officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Jennifer Perry of Swainsboro; father, Eric Kersey of Kite; sister, Skylar Marie Clanton of Swainsboro; maternal grandparents, Billy and Barbara Perry of Bartow; paternal grandparents, David and Donna Kersey of Kite; maternal great-grandmother, Betty Grimes of Bartow; paternal great-grandparents, Ruth and Wiley Kersey of Hortense; and paternal great-grandmother, Wanda Howell of Kite.

Pallbearers were Wes Johnson and Alton Dudley.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lee Walton Rabun Jr.
Mr. Lee Walton Rabun Jr. entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009.

Mr. Rabun was born in Stapleton. He served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Georgia Tech and Atlanta Law School, and was a member of ATO Fraternity. For many years he served as a board member of First Methodist Church and president of the Men’s Bible Class. He was a member of St. John United Methodist Church and the Bible Fellowship Class. In 1952, he moved to Sandy Springs.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. John United Methodist Church, Atlanta, with Dr. Brent Ward officiating.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Scott Rabun; and sister, Jeanne Rabun Howell.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Barbara Carpenter Rabun; sons and daughters, Jeanne Rabun, Lee Walton Rabun III (Leigh Asher), and Romy Rabun, all of Atlanta, Barbara “Sissi” Rabun of Portland, Ore., and Clay Starling Rabun of San Francisco, Calif.; grandchildren, Robert Rabun, Natalie Rabun, Emily Rabun and Alyssa Rabun; daughter-in-law, Virginia Ebner Rabun; and sister, Barbara Rabun Embry (Theo) of Decatur.

H.M. Patterson and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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