Obituaries
December 3, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Kay Wheless Barnes
Mrs. Kay Wheless Barnes, 61, of Lilburn entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.

Graveside services were held on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, with Rev. Hal Hodges officiating.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Charles Ray Barnes Jr.; three children, Andrew Barnes, Jillian Barnes and Kathryn Barnes, all of Lilburn; mother, Nellie Smith Wheless, Lilburn; brother, David Wheless, San Antonio, Texas; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Sanchez.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association by going online to www.diabetes.org/honor.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Harriett S. Bobbitt
Mrs. Harriett S. Bobbitt of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Survivors are her husband, James Bobbitt, Augusta; two daughters, Monique Bobbitt and Ursular Bobbitt; grandson, Marcus James Threat, all of Atlanta; two sisters, Lillie Mae (Thomas) Wilson, Augusta, and Phila Smith, Waynesboro; two brothers, Sam (Mamie) Smith, Augusta, and Leroy (Louise) Smith, Coco, Fla.; brother-in-law, Ernest Sapp, Augusta; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Margaret “Honey” Gay Bobo
Mrs. Margaret “Honey” Gay Bobo of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, Lumpkin Road Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, with Pastor Tommy Roundtree and Pastor Scott McKinney officiating. Interment was private.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rabun F. Bobo.

Survivors include her two daughters, Jarenda (Steve) Durham and Tangella (John) Gay; four grandchildren, Teelisha and Mark Jones, Craig and Chris Gay; one great-grandson, Brysen Jones; one sister, Sara G. Richardson; and friend, Christine Durham.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Bessie Stevens Braddon
Mrs. Bessie Stevens Braddon, 85, of Davisboro entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at Heritage Inn Nursing Home in Sandersville.

Mrs. Braddon was born in Emanuel County, the daughter of the late Young Robert Stevens and Jennie Tressa Outlaw Stevens. She worked as a former seamstress, as a dietician for the Emanuel County Hospital and as a bus driver for the Jefferson County Board of Education. Mrs. Braddon was a former long time resident of Boston, Mass., as well as Emanuel County before moving to Washington County to be near family. She was a member of the Davisboro Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Davisboro Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Glover officiating. Burial was in the Davisboro City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Abraham E. Gross and Ernest Braddon; and her son, Mark Alexander Gross.

Survivors include her sons, Robert E. Gross (Maxine) of Tennille and Wayne L. Gross of Sandersville; daughter, Anne Mourlot (William) of Fayetville, N.C.; grandchildren, Robert Mourlot, Laurie M. Strother, William Mourlot, Robert W. Gross, Randall E. Gross, Rosanne E. Gross, Rebecca Gross and Aaron Gross; and great-grandchildren, Abby Gross and Cylus Gross.

Pallbearers will be Mrs. Braddon’s grandsons.

May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements


Mrs. Mary J. Perry
Mrs. Mary J. Perry, 81, entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at Syl-View Health Care Center in Sylvania under the care of Nighting Gale Hospice with her family by her side.

A native of Sardis, Mrs. Perry resided in Sylvania, and was of Baptist faith.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home, Waynesboro. Interment followed at Corinth Christian Church Cemetery, Girard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Bertha Johnson; husband, Garnett Perry; and a daughter, Mary Ann Perry.

Survivors include a son, Bill Perry (Debbie) of Wrens; three daughters, Margaret Moore (Leslie) of Springfield, Theresa Burke (Reamer) of Statesboro, and Elizabeth Adams (Mark) of Aiken, S.C.; sister, Agnes Miles of Hephzibah; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Shane Perry, Tony Perry, Charles Oglesby, Chris Marshall, Brian Adams and Johnny Johnson Jr.

DeLoach–McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Roxanne Ellen Rooks
Miss Roxanne Ellen Rooks, 50, of Keysville entered into rest Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Trinity Hospital.

Miss Rooks was born in Jefferson County to the late Bob and Ellen Hadden Rooks and was a resident of Wrens. She also resided at the Milledgeville State Hospital for many years and most recently lived at the Keysville Nursing Home and Rehab Center.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at 2 p.m. Interment followed at the Walden United Methodist Church Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include her brother, Greg Rooks, Atlanta; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, a nephew, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Charles McGahee, Guy McGahee, Nathan McGahee, Russell McDonald, Dennis Wheeler and Bruce Dowdy.

Honorary pallbearers were the staff at Keysville Nursing Home.

The family requests that memorials be made to Keysville Nursing Home and Rehab Center, 1005 Hwy 88, Keysville, GA.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Tommy L. Swinney
Mr. Tommy L. Swinney, 73, resident of The Evergreens Senior Healthcare, entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at High Point Regional Hospital, N.C.

Military services were held in High Point, N.C.

Survivors include his daughter, Collen Swinney of Antioch, Tenn.; siblings, Johnny Swinney of Wadley, and Annie Mae Amerson of High Point, N.C.; one aunt, Essie Mae Jordan of Ocala, Fla.

Announcement courtesy of Davis Funeral Home.


Mrs. Doshia Morgan Upkins
Mrs. Doshia Morgan Upkins, 87, of Decatur entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at DeKalb Medical Center, Decatur.

Mrs. Upkins was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Lewis Morgan and Lillie Bell Brantley Morgan. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville. Burial was held in the Ebenezer CME Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her eight children, Mary Upkins of Louisville, Jimmy (Fannie) Upkins, Jessie Wells, Lillie Mae Upkins, Martha Cantrell, Doshia Upkins and Wynell Burton, all of Decatur, and Vonda Gross of Charleston, S.C.; siblings, Elizabeth Davis and Jessie Bell Williams, both of Sandersville, and Lillie Mae (Ruben) Lafavor of Buffalo, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Wyman Winfrey Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Wyman Winfrey Jr., 67, of Thomson were held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at 1 p.m. at White Oak Grove Baptist Church, Thomson, with Pastor Rev. Johnny Few and Prophetess Katie Cummings as eulogist. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Thomson.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Ross Winfrey, Thomson; daughter, Lisa R. Winfrey, Thomson; three sons, Bryain B. “Brad” Winfrey, Kennesaw, Willie Joe Taylor, Matthews, and Michael Dawson, Columbus; seven sisters, Lula M. Dunn and Helen Bailey, both of Atlanta, Nellie P. Moss, Toccoa, Regina Thomas, Bernice W. Demons and Alberta Finch, all of Thomson, and Gertrude W. Gilpin, College Park; two brothers, Bennie Winfrey, Miami, Fla., and Jabus Winfrey, Thomson; two aunts, Mattie Bell Winfrey, Atlanta, and Nellie P. Kendrick, Columbus, Ohio; 10 sisters-in-law; 11 brothers-in-law; two grandchildren, Shan’Qualecia (Nae) Williams and Jordan (PeWee) Williams, both of Thomson; 11 additional grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Broadus Wren Jr.
Mr. William Broadus Wren Jr., 83, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, in Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Wren was a native of Jefferson County. He was the son of the late William Broadus and Annie Davis Wren Sr. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Louisville United Methodist Church for more than 63 years. Mr. Wren owned and operated Wrens Hardware Store in Louisville for 65 years and was a member of Stonewall Masonic Lodge # 98 F&AM.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, in the Louisville City Cemetery, with Rev. David Hibberts officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Peggy Wren Linnenkohl.

Survivors include his wife, Nell Smith Wren of Louisville; son, William Byron “Barry” Wren (Angie); daughters, Patricia Wren Goodwin (Jimmy) of Louisville, and Dianne Wren Hadden (Ralph) of Gibson; sister, Frances Wren Prescott of Louisville; six grandchildren, Jimmy Wesley Goodwin Jr., Jennifer Dianne Roberts, Christopher Wren Goodwin, Charles Michael “Chip” Clark, Ashley Marie Wren and Wilson Bailey Wren; seven great-grandchildren, David Jackson, Victoria Jackson, Kaitlyn Goodwin, Taiyler Goodwin, Bryson Goodwin, Blake Clark and Cameron Clark; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Clifton, Mitchell McGraw, Lee Griffin, John Murphy, Joe Cox and Frank Williford.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Barwick Sunday School Class of Louisville United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Louisville United Methodist Church, 301 West 7th Street, Louisville, GA, 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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