Obituaries
November 19, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Dorothy Jean McCorkle Brown
Mrs. Dorothy Jean McCorkle Brown, 74, of Augusta, formerly of Wrens, entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at University Hospital.

Born April 17, 1935, Mrs. Brown was the daughter of the late Durham H. and Eva Thompson McCorkle of Wrens. She was a retired healthcare provider and was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Sherwood Baptist Church, with Rev. Jim Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her son, Ronald E. Powell; and daughter, Eva Christine Powell Brown.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah J. (Ronnie W.) Smith of Franklin, N.C.; sons, Donald H. Powell of Augusta, and Thomas C. Powell of Morganton, N.C.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were David Powell, Kevin Lowery, Timothy Blackburn, Frank Nelson Jr., George Roberson and Michael Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Wells McCorkle Sr., and the Adult Sunday School Class. Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. C.L. “Lawson” Cook
Mr. C.L. “Lawson” Cook, 88, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at University Hospital in Augusta. A native of Washington County, Mr. Cook was the son of the late Wallace J. and Stella Hood Cook. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Louisville First Baptist Church for many years where he had served as a deacon and was a member of the T.W. Wilson Sunday School class. He was also a member of the Ingles Coffee Club.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Louisville First Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Montgomery and Rev. Hardy Owens officiating. Burial followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Evelyn Hart Cook of Louisville; a son, Charlie L. Cook Jr. (Kay) of Lawrenceville; two grandsons, Barry Cook (Christina) of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Brian Cook (Tina) of Jefferson; three great-grandsons, Brannon, Tanner and Austin; and one great-granddaughter, Erin.

Pallbearers were Ott Stephens, Robbie Britt, Larry Morgan, Robert Clements, Mike McDowell and William Rabun.

Honorary Pallbearers were deacons and the T.W. Wilson Sunday School Class of Louisville First Baptist Church, and the Ingles Coffee club.

In lieu of flowers, make contributions to the Louisville First Baptist Church, 101 E. 9th St., Louisville, GA, 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothy L. Dunaway
Mrs. Dorothy L. Dunaway, 63, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.

Mrs. Dunaway was born in Hendersonville, N.C., but lived in Thomson most of her life. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. Mrs. Dunaway was a retired assistant director from Schroeder’s Small World.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, with Rev. Lori Blocker, Rev. David Jenkins and Rev. Sonny Peevy officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Dunaway of Thomson; mother, Grace Drake of Thomson; daughters, Cathy Kelley (Tracy) of Dearing, and Sandy Norton (Ricky) of Avera; brother, Noble Drake (Irene) of Warrenton; sisters, Shirley Solesbee of Boiling Springs, S.C., Evelyn Parham (Ray) of Campebello, S.C., Judy Hall (Calvin) of Grovetown, and Wanda Edwards (Doug) of Thomson; five grandchildren, Ashley Kelley, Amy Kelley, Will Kelley, Brittany Norton and Brad Norton; and one great-grandchild, Kady Raines.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Justice Jr., Michael Ferguson, Mike Bell, Creig Reynolds, Bobby Reynolds and Chris Reynolds.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church 3235 Thomson, Hwy. Lincolnton, GA, 30817.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Della “Dot” Fredell
Mrs. Mary Della “Dot” Fredell, 67, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Waldens UMC, Avera, with Tommy Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends after the service.

A memorial service will be held in Florida at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at First Baptist Church of Fellsmere, Fellsmere, Fla.

Mrs. Fredell was born and spent most of her life in Micco, Fla. She moved to Georgia in March of this year.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Fredell; and parents, William D. and Mary Evers Tumblin.

Survivors include her four daughters, Elaine Shipley, Louisville, Kandy Pierce, Micco, Fla., Michelle (Harold) Miller, Louisville, and Nicole Fredell, Micco, Fla.; two brothers, Gene (Inez) Tumblin, Palm Bay, Fla., and Cecil (Anna) Tumblin, Pensacola, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, Brandy Bryant, Jessica Barnes, Amanda Combs, Daniel Combs, Courtney Liberto, Jada Miller, Boo Miller, Jessy Rizzo, John Young, Stephanie Shipley, Hunter Miller and Sheyenne Miller; and one great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Combs.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Albert Franklin “Frank” Logan


Mr. Albert Franklin “Frank” Logan, 84, of Florence, S.C., entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in a local healthcare facility after an illness.

Mr. Logan was born in Lynchburg, S.C., a son of the late Thomas David and Lillie Nesbitt Logan Sr. He was a member of the NRA and the South Carolina National Guard. Mr. Logan was a certified welder and retired from Glascock County Maintenance.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Florence Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen Julia Brunson Mize; son, Francis Julian “Shorty” Logan; and brother, Don Logan.

Survivors include two children, Mary (Robert) Strawn of Florence, S.C., and David L. Logan of Gibson; brother, Thomas David (Kitty) Logan Jr. of Camden, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronald Lee Polan
Mr. Ronald Lee Polan, 60, of Wadley entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at MCG, Augusta.

Mr. Polan, born and raised in Wadley, was a retired truck driver, a member of Coleman’s Chapel United Methodist Church and attended Praising Him Ministries in Wrens.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Praising Him Ministries in Wrens, with Pastor Cindy Glover officiating. Internment followed in the Wadley City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his father, Okie L. (Johnnie) Polan; and brother, James N. Polan.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryle Polan of Wadley; son, Greg Polan (Cathy) of Wadley; two daughters, Melissa Lumpkin (Keith) of Arlington, Tenn., and Erika Yates (Danny) of Sandersville; mother, Lois H. Polan of Wadley; brother, Johnnie Polan Sr. (Amy) of Statesboro; two sisters, Helen P. Stavely of Wrens, and Ann Shumaker (Alex) of Wadley; and nine grandchildren.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Roy Poole
Mr. Robert Roy Poole, 89, of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, in Jefferson Hospital. A native of Jefferson County, Mr. Poole served his country, mostly on aircraft carriers, from September 1939 to November 1945 in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of senior chief. Afterwards, he joined the Naval Reserve, from which he retired after 26 years of service. He was also a retired fire chief at Fort Gordon and a retired chief tax appraiser of Jefferson County. Mr. Poole was a past Worshipful Master of Stonewall Lodge 98 in Louisville and a past High Priest of the York Rights. He was a member of Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church for 58 years where he had been a Sunday school teacher and had served on the board of deacons for many years.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Doug White officiating. Burial followed in the Jefferson Memorial Gardens with military honors and Masonic rights.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Pearl Cramer Poole; wife, Frances Hall Poole; three brothers, Leonard Poole, Edwin Poole and Gene Poole; sister, Effie Pearl Searcy; and a grandson, Christopher Ryan Poole.

Survivors include his daughter, Vicki Poole Smith (Gene “Bubber”) of Louisville; two sons, Robert Roy Poole Jr. (Rhetta) of Athens, and Rodney E. Poole (Jan) of Statesboro; two brothers, Curtis Poole of Louisville and Julian Poole of New York; five grandchildren, Kelli Smith Frachiseur (Jeff), Karol Smith Blankenship (Allen), Eric Poole (Tavela), Bradford Poole and Madison Poole; and six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Dwain Poole, Britt Searcy, Robert L. Poole, Jim Poole, Kyle Poole, Pat Kelly, Ricky Poole, Charlie Roy Hall, Al Lawton Hickson, Benji Kelly, Chris Poole and Maurice Searcy.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Stonewall Lodge 98 and the Deacons and Elders of the ARP church.

Special honorary pallbearers were Dr. James B. Polhill, Dr. Charles Green and Dr. Margaret Green.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 824 Walnut Street, Louisville, GA, 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Emma Lee Murphy Pound
Mrs. Emma Lee Murphy Pound, 96, of Lincolnton entered into rest on Nov. 9, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Pound was a native of Burke County and a member of Pleasant Grove CME Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove CME Church, with Rev. Dr. Walter Clayton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Regina F. Murphy, Lincolnton; one sister, Leola Hankinson, Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers, Moe (Sally) Murphy and Dunkan Murphy, all of Wadley, and Sim (Vanessa) Murphy, Long Island, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Reginald (Cynthia) Elam, Hephzibah, and Rodrick Elam, Lincolnton.

Norris W. Gunby Sr. Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Donald Lee “Don” Sammons
Mr. Donald Lee “Don” Sammons, 66, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.

Mr. Sammons was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, a member of the King Bee Hunting Club, and retired from Deerfield Specialties Paper Mill.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Edgehill First Church of God, Edgehill, with Rev. Stan Littleton and Rev. Wendel Thomas officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his father, J.C. Sammons.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Rebecca Sammons; mother, Ogle Walden Sammons of Edgehill; two sons, Lee (Chantay) Sammons of Wrens, and Jarrett Lee Sammons of Hephzibah; one daughter, Donna (Ricky) Hobbs of Avera; one brother, Bobby (Nancy) Sammons of Stephenson, Ala.; two sisters, Beckie (Don) Chalker of Lincolnton, and Sandra (Phil) Raley of Mitchell; four grandchildren, Levi Sammons, Zeke Sammons, Leigh Anne Schmidt and Lindsey Sammons; two great-grandchildren, Landon and Lucus Schmidt; four stepchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Phil Raley, Don Chalker, Ellis Miller, Allen Miller, Raymond Owens and William Sammons.

Honorary Pallbearers were Dr. Daniel Boone, Phillip Thornhill, Danny Walton, Jerry Bridges, Tommy Hill and J.J. Jones.

Memorials may be made to the Edgehill First Church of God, C/O Gloria Peluso at P.O. Box 87, Gibson, GA, 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mattie M. Smith
Mrs. Mattie M. Smith, 92, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Smith was born in Jefferson County to the parentage of the late Olin and Myra Brown. Her professional retirement as food service manager at Wrens High School culminated in 1985.

A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Pastor Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 53 years, Lindsey Smith Sr.; and sons, Luther Smith and Frederick Smith.

Survivors include sons, Lindsey Smith Jr., Wrens, Willie A. (Hazel) Smith, Stapleton; three daughters, Rose Withers, Flushing, N.Y., Adel Barnes, Atlanta, and Dr. Barbara Smith, Stone Mountain; two sisters, Isadora Simms, New York, N.Y., and Virginia Brown, Brooklyn, N.Y.; one uncle, Reese Stone, Dublin; one sister-in-law, Oweder Smith, Wrens; 17 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; cousin, Marie Lane; and family friends, Alda Farmer and Clara Little.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia Durham Smith
Mrs. Virginia Durham Smith, 83, of Thomson entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

Mrs. Smith was born in Warren County, but lived in Thomson most of her life. She was the daughter of the late William Durham and the late Eula Belle Thompson Durham. Mrs. Smith was retired from BellSouth after 37 years of service. She was a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Thomson Moose Lodge.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Robert Reese officiating. Interment followed at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas A. “Billy” Smith of Thomson; son, Tommy Smith (Debbie) of Gibson; daughter, Sandra Godwin (John) of Thomson; grandchildren, Josh Smith (Shana), Angela Usry (Nicky), Amanda Wheeler (Roy) and Michael Washam; and eight great-grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Iris Shurley Cartledge Stanley
Mrs. Iris Shurley Cartledge Stanley, 88, of Appling entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ron Hankal and Rev. Rick Slagle officiating. Interment will follow in the Mill Creek Baptist Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Stanley was a native of Warren County, but made her home in Columbia County for the past 25 years. She was the daughter of the late Coyle Shurley and the late Ora Mae Shurley. Mrs. Stanley was retired as a supervisor from Garland/ Health Tex Corp. She was also a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church where she was active in WMU and served as the church pianist for many years.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Walter Stanley and Merrell Cartledge.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy Cartledge (Gina) of Appling; daughters, Polly Black (Carlton) of Martinez, and Joanne Parrish (Billy) of Evans; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and additional survivors, Walter and Marcia Stanley III, Billie and Jorge Jimenez and Jackie Blankenship.

Pallbearers will be Ethan Cartledge, Matthew Cartledge, Gabriel Hogan, Stacy Hogan, Josh Gibson and Charles Gibson.

Memorials may be made to Mill Creek Baptist Church, 6252 Mill Creek Church Rd., Mitchell, GA, 30820, or Trinity Baptist Church, 4594 Columbia Road, Martinez, GA, 30907.

Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John H. Unruh
Mr. John H. Unruh, 86, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Pinecrest Mennonite Church, Stapleton.

Survivors include his wife, Nadine S. Unruh; three sons, Calvin (Pat) Unruh, Murray, Ky., Gordon (Donna) Unruh, Scio, Ore., and Mervin (Tina) Unruh, Louisville; two daughters, Sharilyn (Kendal) Hibner and Julie (Butch) Dollar, all of Louisville; one brother, Glenn Unruh; two sisters, Helen Haynes and Joan Peachey; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Bradley Unruh, Mylon Unruh, Clark Unruh, Rufus Dollar, Wesley Hibner, Stuart Unruh and Kevin Unruh.

In lieu of flowers, the family request honorary memorials be made to the Mennonite Church Mission Fund, c/o David Hibner, 4033 Hwy 296, Stapleton, GA, 30823.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. April Rose Walden
Ms. April Rose Walden, 29, of Avera entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Avera, with Rev. Curtis Thigpen officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her parents, Charles Richard and Emily Walden, and Pam Walden and John Smith; one son, Mason Padgett; two brothers, Chase Walden of Avera, and Evan Partin of Beech Island, S.C.; two sisters, Angel (Brent) English of Avera, and Ginger (Ryan) Smith of Blythe; grandparents, Charles and Jenene Walden of Avera; nieces and nephews, Dylan English, Chesney English, Kennedy Smith and Kortni Smith.

Pallbearers were Pat Broxton, Kevin Kitchens, Brandon Walden, John Walden, Stanley Walden and Ryan Smith.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Edward Elliott Waller Jr.
Mr. Edward Elliott Waller Jr. of Gibson entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009,

Mr. Waller was born in Augusta to the late Edward E. Waller Sr. and Christine Lynn Waller. He was an employee of Georgia Iron Works for 38 years.

Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Starling Funeral Home, with Rev. Greg Hatfield officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Smith Waller; one son, Elliott Waller III (Mary Ann), Augusta; three daughters, Jennifer Howell (Glenn), Thomson, Melanie Bennett (Dile), Harlem, and Becky Josey (Christian), Dublin; one brother, John Waller, Sardis; three grandchildren, Steven Josey, Emily Waller and Megan Howell.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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