Obituaries
October 29, 2009 Issue

Mr. Frank K. “Ken” Chalker
Mr. Frank K. “Ken” Chalker, 48, of Warrenton entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Chalker, a resident of Warren County, was a security guard with Thermo King Corporation in Louisville. He attended Mitchell Full Gospel Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at Mitchell Full Gospel Church, Glascock County, with Rev. Jacky Downs officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes Mills Chalker; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gee T. Chalker Jr. of Warrenton; one stepdaughter, Patricia M. Blackwelder of Boneville; two stepsons, Paul Nathan Messer and Matthew James Messer, both of Augusta; one brother, Gee Thomas Chalker III of Hodge, La.; and three grandchildren, Brittany Suchnick, Preston Blackwelder and Corbin Blackwelder.

Pallbearers were Lt. Glenn Stafford, Lance Greene, Stacey Greene, Tony Greene, Frank Warren, Bobby Jackson and Harry McCann.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Michael Chapman Jr.
Mr. John Michael Chapman Jr., 26, of Sandersville entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009.

Mr. Chapman was born in Richmond County, and was a life-long resident of Washington County. He was entering the transportation industry as a truck driver at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Roy Smith officiating.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John H. Chapman.

Survivors include his children, John Michael Chapman III and Lily Chapman, both of Augusta, and Jackson Baley of Dublin; father, John Michael Chapman Sr. of Sandersville; mother and father, Angie and Ray Houston of Dublin; siblings Rob, Charlotte and Dalton Houston; and grandparents, Betty L. Chapman of Sandersville, Annette Sullivan of Brunswick, and Gene Davis of Louisville.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of these arrangements.


Mr. John A. “Sarge” Cholar
Mr. John A. “Sarge” Cholar, 80, of Wrens entered into rest Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at the Uptown Division of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta.

Born in Fords, N.J., Mr. Cholar joined the Army and retired after 27 years of service as SFC CID at Fort Gordon. After retirement from the Army, he then worked in law enforcement in Jefferson County. He was a member of the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Louisville, as well as a member of the Wrens Optimist Club, VFW, DAV and American Legion, where he was initiated into the 40/8.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at 3 p.m., with Father Patrick Otor, Sheriff Gary Hutchins and Chaplain Willis Everett officiating. Interment with full military honors followed at the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his children’s mother, Alberta E. Cholar; his parents; two brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Connie S. Cholar; five children, Julia Ann Russell, Oklahoma, Nancy Rabun, North Carolina, John A. Cholar Jr., Harlem, Carol McGahee and Marie Boswell, both of Greensboro; three stepchildren, Stacy Mock, Steve Henderson and Scott Henderson, all of Virginia; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; friends, Bill and Louise “Mickey” Head, Blythe, Dave and Margaret McKinney, Camak, and Jon and Laura Hills, Wrens; and numerous other friends and relatives.

Honorary pallbearers were all law enforcement officers in Jefferson County.

Memorials may be made to the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Acct 8322 Hospice Unit, 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, GA 30904, in memory of John A. Cholar.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gladys L. Greer
Mrs. Gladys L. Greer, 88, formerly of Louisville entered into rest on Oct. 4, 2009, in Fort Collins, Co., after a battle with cancer.

Mrs. Greer lived with her daughter Cheryl (John) Manthei. She was born in Huntington Beach, Calif., the daughter of Ray H. Overacker and Irma Bradley Overacker. After graduating from Huntington Beach High School, she went on to college, then settled down to be a wife and full-time mother for numerous years.

The graveside service and memorial service were held in Windsor, Co., with Lane Keister and Matthew Judd presiding.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ray and Clifford Overacker; son, James Stowe; grandchildren, Steve Manthei, David Stowe, Jonathan Stowe, Ginny Stowe; great-granddaughter, Abigail Nelson; and great-grandson, Immanuel Keister.

Survivors include daughter Cheryl (John) Manthei, Louisville; grandchildren, Linnea (Don) Horst, Wrens, Annie (Nels) Nelson, Fort Collins, Co., Becky (Matthew) Judd, Rochester, N.Y., Ellen (Paul) Eison, Athens, Rachel (Craig) Cornell, Dallas, Texas, Sarah (Lane) Keister, Hague, N.D., and Liz Manthei, Augusta; 40 great-grandchildren; daughter, Joan (Don) Gilsvik of Sacramento, Calif.; granddaughter, Jenny of Sacramento, Calif.; son, Don (Cheryll); granddaughter, Lorrie of Rough and Ready, Calif.; grandchildren, James Lloyd Stowe and Barbara Sue Stowe; five great-grandchildren; numerous other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends..


Mrs. Ola Mae Jackson
Ms. Ola Mae Jackson, 70, formerly of Bartow entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Heritage Healthcare of Swainsboro.

Ms. Jackson was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Graddy and Pearlean Daniels Jackson. She was a member of the Blount Chapel AME Church, where she served as a Stewardess. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Faith Memorial CME Church, with Rev. Johnny Jackson officiating. Burial was in the Blount Chapel AME Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Brenda Davis of Wadley, and Sherry (Marcus) Andrews of Hagan; siblings, Gerlean Brown of Wadley, Pearlean (Hessie) Gardner, Ruby Jackson and Willie Lewis (Janice) Jackson, all of Bartow; one grandson, Tyrone Strickland of Sarasota, Fla.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Betty Jean Bennefield Nickerson
Mrs. Betty Jean Bennefield Nickerson of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Trinity Hospital.

Mrs. Nickerson was a 1964 graduate of Boggs Academy, Keysville, and later received a certificate in cosmetology from a local beauty school. She worked several years as an insurance agent for Guarantee Life Insurance Company and in 2003, retired from St. Joseph Hospital where she was a food service supervisor with over 30 years of service. Betty Jean was a life-long member of Christ Presbyterian Church, USA.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church-USA, with Rev. Adline Middleton as eulogist and Rev. Clarence Grier Sr. presiding. Interment was in Mt. Olive Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband, John W. Nickerson Jr.; one son, John W. Nickerson III; one daughter, Nicole (Dedrick) Gantt; one grandson, Jalen E. Gantt; one granddaughter, Angel Gantt; one sister, Melrose Bennefield; three brothers, Fredrick (Ruth) Bennefield, Robert (Geraldine) Bennefield and Theodore (Benda) Bennefield; one cousin, Freddie L. Lynch; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

W.H. Mays Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Cornelia P. Oatman
Mrs. Cornelia P. Oatman, 93, of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at Trinity Hospital of Augusta.

Mrs. Oatman was born March 24, 1916, in Washington. She was a member of Thompson Springhill African Methodist Episcopal Church. She attended regularly until her health began to fail. She served on the Usher Board, the Stewardess Board and the Women Missionary Society.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Thompson Springhill AME Church, Matthews, with Pastor Rev. Timothy Lewis presiding and Rev. Charlie Myrick as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Oatman.

Survivors include a niece and caregiver, Shirley Davis, Augusta; two sisters-in-law, Bertha Chester and Carrie Oatman, both of Augusta; brother-in-law, Lenton Oatman, Augusta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Catherine Pate
Mrs. Catherine Pate of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Speciality Select Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Pate was born in Waynesboro, but had lived in Wadley since 1995. She worked at Taylors Drug Store in Waynesboro for many years. She was a secretary and was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Deloach Funeral Home in Waynesboro, with Rev. Rusty Manning officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Park Cemetery in Waynesboro.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Sallie Sikes; a brother, Junior Sikes; and three sisters, Dorothy Vickery, Geneva Robinson and Sandra Sikes.

Survivors include her husband, Russell E. Pate Jr. of Wadley; daughter, Danette Highsmith of Waynesboro; son, Russell E. “Rusty” Pate III of Sardis; three grandchildren, John Daniel Highsmith, Emily Pate and Russ Pate; four brothers, Billy Sikes of Waynesboro, John Mack Sikes of Augusta, Donnie Sikes of Waynesboro, and David Sikes of Madison, Ala.; and sister, Dianne Nunnaly, of Waynesboro.

Pallbearers were Travis Nunnaly, Brian Nunnaly, Mitchell Sikes, Glenn Fennel, Alvin Grams and Dickey Jenkins.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jeremy Michael Grant
Mr. Jeremy Michael Grant, 18, of Stapleton entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital in Louisville.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at the Cross Community Church in Louisville.

Mr. Grant was an active member of Cross Community Church. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson Academy and was attending college at Georgia Southern.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Kristopher Hanko.

Survivors include his parents, Gayle E. Grant of Stapleton, and Steven. M. Grant of Glen Mills, Pa.; two sisters, Samantha Grant and Karlene Hanko.

Honorary memorials may be made to the Cross Community Church, Middletown Rd., Louisville, GA, 30434. Call Edward Salter at (478) 625-3811 for donations.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jack Smith Jr.
Mr. Jack Smith Jr. of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Amara Nursing Home.

He was a native of Jefferson County, and was an employee of Shapiro Meat Packing Company.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Walker Memorial Park.

Survivors include one daughter, LaJacquelyn Smith, Augusta; two stepsons; six sisters, Doris (Bobby) Givens, Lorraine Smith, Mary (Mike) Smith, Gertrude (Charles) Smith and Joan (Bobby) Smith, all of Augusta, and Patricia Cooper, St. Petersburg, Fla.; three brothers, Kelvin (Angela) Smith, Craig Smith and Steven (Beverly) Smith, all of Augusta; sister-in-law, Gloria Rowe, Augusta; grandson, Carrington Greene, Augusta; friend, Naomi Gifford, Augusta; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Randy Lee “Too Tall” Teuton
Mr. Randy Lee “Too Tall” Teuton, 53, of Jackson, S.C., entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Teuton was a native of Augusta and resided in Beech Island, S.C. He worked as an electrician for 30 years. He was of Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Gregory Alan Teuton; and niece, Jennifer Marie Teuton.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Florence and Lindy Chalker Sr. of Evans; daughter, Candace Tilley of Savannah; grandson, Dalton Tilley of Savannah; brothers, Michael E. Teuton of Beech Island, S.C., and Kenneth Teuton of Jackson, S.C.; sister, Cheryl Meadows of Martinez; stepbrother, Lindy Chalker Jr. of Evans; stepsister, Kathy Chalker of Gibson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials in his honor may be made to the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, c/o Liver Research Fund, 18 Bee St., Charleston, SC, 29425.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Cedric Cordell Wilson
Mr. Cedric Cordell Wilson, 33, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Wilson was a native of Jefferson County, where he joined the Eden Baptist Church at an early age. He was a 1995 graduate of Louisville High and was employed by B and H Trucking Company.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Davis Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Eden Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Hugh Wilson Jr. and Emily Walden Wilson of Augusta; children, Ji’al Shambrae Wilson and Ja’nna Shambrel Wilson of Louisville, and Nicole Holmes of Atlanta; sister and brother, Crystal Wilson and Clinton Wilson of Augusta; maternal grandparents, Luke Walden and Bernice Walden of Louisville; aunts and uncles, Charlie (Demetrius) Walden of Conyers, Shirley Dogan of Augusta, Helen (Odell) Roberts, Larry (Arlinda) Wilson and Ronnie (Mary Ann) Wilson, all of Louisville, Catherine Wilson of Alabama, Randy (Bernice) Wilson and Iliane (Ricky) Warren, all of Stone Mountain; niece and nephew, Emily C. Wilson and Clinton C. Wilson of Augusta; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Bobbie Tweed Wolfe
Mrs. Bobbie Tweed Wolfe, 82, of Mitchell, formerly of Augusta, entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.

Mrs. Wolfe was a native of Murphy, N.C., a long-time resident of Augusta, having recently lived in Mitchell.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at 1 p.m. in Westview Cemetery, with Rev. Robert Riley officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion T. “Billy” Wolfe.

Survivors include two daughters, Rosemary (Troy) Robinson, Mitchell, and Betty Louise Bicknell, Thomson; five grandchildren, Gary W. Randolph, Bradley T. S. Randolph (Nicole), Billy Jack Clements (Courtney), Josh D. Clements, Miranda Barker and Jill Morgensen (Michael); and several great-grandchildren.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

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