Obituaries
December 17, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Recie M. Brown
Mrs. Recie M. Brown of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Trinity Hospital.

Mrs. Brown, a native of Louisville, was a homemaker and a member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Fiarview Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in Walker Memorial Park. .

Survivors include two sons, Frederick (Carmen) Polen Sr. and Charles Polen, all of Augusta; four daughters, Antoinette Polen Bass, Augusta, Sarah (John) Hampton and Cynthia (Lavan) Shaheed, all of Riverdale, and Katherine (Reuben) Perry, Jacksonville, Fla.; five sisters, Jeanette Shields and Ann Green, both of Augusta, Dorothy (Johnny) Hill, Louisville, Betty (Ulysses) Brigham, Hephzibah, and Christine (William) Whatley, East Point; one brother, Milton (Delores) Brown, Augusta; two aunts, Carrie “Amy” Atkins, Louisville, and Sarah Ferguson, Augusta; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home is 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 were 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 was held in Florida at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 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. William Thomas “Tommy” Godowns
Mr. William Thomas “Tommy” Godowns, 70, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Godowns was a native of Jefferson County. He was retired from Thermo King Corp. after 35 years of service as a welding supervisor. He was president and owner of the J.J.G. Hunting Club, he was a member of Providence Baptist Church, a member of the Jefferson County Lions and Jaycees Club, and coached Little League Football.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at Providence Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Martin officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie Wren and William Jones Godowns; son, William Thomas Godowns Jr.; and two brothers, Jack and Roy Godowns.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rachel Williford Godowns; three daughters, Tina Marie (Randy) Harper of Augusta, and Janet Lisa Bryant and Amanda Godowns, both of Louisville; two brothers, Billy (Linda) Godowns of Louisville, and Bob (Faye) Godowns of Louisville; four sisters, Frances (Jimmy) Kelley of Mitchell, Dorothy (Bob) Rayburn of Galax, Va., Kay (Robert) Downs of Hiawassee, and Joanna (Bud) McNeely of Wadley; four grandchildren, Kalein Bryant, Rachel Nicole Johnson, Alison Bryant and Grace Godowns; and two great-grandchildren, Katherine Kicklighter and Zoie Bryant.

Pallbearers were Elvin Williford, Jack Godowns, Bill Godowns, Buddy Barrow, Ray Williford and Frank Williford.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the J.J.G. Hunting club.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Alva L. Haywood
Mr. Alva L. Haywood, 87, of Warrenton entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at the Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville.

Mr. Haywood was a retired businessman, and former mayor of the city of Warrenton.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Warrenton First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Susanna Davis and Rev. Jim Hanna officiating. Burial followed in the Millcreek Baptist Church Cemetery, Glascock County.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the USO World Headquarters, Department WS, PO Box 96960 Washington, D.C., 20090-6860

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Randolph L. “Mike” Johnson Sr.
Mr. Randolph L. “Mike” Johnson Sr., 81, of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Select Specialty Hospital.

Mr. Johnson, a native of Augusta, was the son of the late John Ewell and Millie M. Johnson. He was a member of Marks Baptist Church and a Merchant Marine. He was a carpenter and home builder before owning Mike’s Bait and Tackle and also was co-owner of Double J Builders.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at 11 a.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Park, with Pastor Stacey Williford officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Moxley.

Survivors include his son, Randolph L. Johnson Jr. (April) of Mitchell; daughter, Norma Johnson Pate of Martinez; brothers, Rudolph L. Johnson of Augusta, and Gene F. Johnson of Dearing; sister, Louise Pruitt of Killen, Texas; grandchildren, Randolph L. “Little Randy” Johnson III, Andrea Calahan and Jeremy Duncan; step-grandchildren, Terry Morrison and Matt Morrison; and aunt, Billie Williams.

Pallbearers were William Johnson, Trey Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson, David Powell, George Lewis and Walter Murray.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Joyce Stanley Mock
Mrs. Joyce Stanley Mock of Sandersville entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at her residence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Mock was a native of Colquitt County, the daughter of the late Norman Oswald Stanley and the late Mattie Annell Windham Stanley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pleasant Grove Bapist Church. Mrs. Mock was a graduate of Georgia College and an artist.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Marlon Lastinger officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband Chris L. Mock of Sandersville; children, Allen Mock (Laura Hollie) of Mitchell, Belinda M. Nicholson (Richard) of Buckhead, and Lori Mock of Sandersville; grandchildren, Derek Mock, Tristan Mock, Chandler Mock, Josh Nicholson and Matthew Nicholson; a great-granddaughter, Emma Mock; sister, Nancy S. Vidal (Richard Railsback) of Silt, Colo.; brothers, Norman Lamar Stanley (Bonnie) of Albuquerque, N.M., William Raymond Stanley of Prescott, Ariz., and Richard Steven Stanley (Lynn) of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Ernie Campbell, Josh Jones, Lamar Jackson, Rick Jones, Derek Mock, John Hollie, Harold Royal, and Aaron Stanley.

Donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund online at www.Komen.org.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements


Mrs. Joyce Tillman Muirhead
Mrs. Joyce Tillman Muirhead, 69, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at 6:45 a.m.

A native of Tillar, Ark., she was a resident of the Statesboro area and Savannah for many years. She was a graduate of Armstrong State University and studied at Victory Bible Institute and Missionary Training Center in Tulsa, Okla. She volunteered her nursing skills on several medical mission trips to Haiti and Mexico. She was a daily communicant at Church of the Most Holy Trinity.

A memorial mass was held at Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 at 12:15 p.m.

Survivors include two daughters, Vanee T. Blanchette of Statesboro, and Cheri T. Kirby of Bartow; five grandchildren; sister, Dolores Coleman; and niece, Nancy Spilliards.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a favorite charity.

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


Mrs. Virginia Johnson Neal
Mrs. Virginia Johnson Neal, 79, of Mitchell entered into rest Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Neal was born in Warren County and was the daughter of the late Charlie T. Johnson and the late Mildred Darden Johnson. She was retired from Thomson Company with over 20 years of service. Mrs. Neal also worked at Neal’s Barbeque for many years. She was a member of Norris Chapel Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. James M. Ramsey officiating. Interment followed at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Neal was preceded in death by her husband, Bryant Neal; and daughter, Patricia Neal Brown.

Survivors include her sons, Danny Neal (Shirley) of Grovetown, and Mike Neal (Lynn) of Mitchell; brother, Harry T. Johnson, Thomson; sister, Minnie Lee Brown, Harlem; grandchildren, Betsy Norris, Michael Lee Neal Jr., Patricia Denise Neal, Derek Neal, Dana Neal and Candi Wheeler; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Billy Neal, John Edward Neal, Jimmy Young, Jimmy Steptoe, David Kitchens and Scott Fitzgerald.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie Simon
Mr. Willie Simon of Atlanta entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009.

Private services were held on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, in Atlanta.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Donald Stephens
Mr. Donald Stephens, retired Army Staff Sergeant, 66, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 6, 2009, at the Uptown Division of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lamar Walker
Mr. Lamar Walker of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Green Grove AME Zion Church, with Pastor Samuel Grant officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Carter’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elizabeth “Beth” Manning Westbrook
Mrs. Elizabeth “Beth” Manning Westbrook, 91, of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009.

Mrs. Westbrook, the daughter of the late William Harris Manning Jr. and Edna Blanche Anderson, attended public schools in Barnwell County graduating from Barnwell High School in 1934, and received a degree from Georgia State College for Women at age 19. She was employed by the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., and then in Birmingham, Ala. The family lived in Barnwell after WWII, moving to Louisville in 1951 where the Westbrooks owned a farm equipment business. The family relocated to Augusta in 1962 which has been her home since. While in Augusta, Mrs. Westbrook worked at Langford Middle School and later at Augusta College. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta for over 30 years.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at the Telfair St. Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, with Dr. Rodger Murchison officiating. Interment followed at Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery in Barnwell, S.C.

Mrs. Westbrook was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Ralph C. Westbrook Sr.; and son, William Thomas Westbrook.

Survivors include two sons, Ralph Calhoun Jr. (Nancy) of Monroe, N.C., and James Francis (Mary) of Lillian, Ala.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Mary Westbrook Able (Guy) of Augusta; sister, Frances Achurch McWhorter of Evans; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. William Westbrook and Mrs. Quiren Klasen of Dalton.

Pallbearers were Bill Westbrook, Don Westbrook, Cade Westbrook, Wes Westbrook, Howard Tattershall and Gary Mohr.

Honorary pallbearers were Guy Able, Gene Wolf and Ben Morton.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Building Fund, P.O. Box 14489, Augusta, GA 30919.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jack Williford
Mr. Jack Williford, 82, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at the University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Williford was a native of Glascock County, a Navy veteran, and he helped out with the Kilpatrick Association Disaster Relief program for 13 years. He was a member of the NARFE, a member of Glascock County Lions Club, a member of the Brier Creek Soil and Water Conservation District and a merchant of his general store for 18 years. He retired after 38 years of civil service at Fort Gordon. He was a member and deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Avera, with Rev. Donald Lumpkin and Rev. Bill Seaman officiating. Interment was in the Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery, Gibson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Essie Belle Kitchens and Hubert Williford; and one brother, James Hubert Williford.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ruby Brassell Williford; two sons, Jack Leonard (Phyllis) Williford of Social Circle, and Wayne (Debbie) Williford of Gibson; one sister, Bernice Wisniewski of North Augusta, S.C.; four grandchildren, Brenna Coggins, Kerri Shelton, Jason Williford and Brian Williford; and four great-grandchildren, Kaylee Coggins, Megan Coggins, Kate Williford and Jaleigh Williford.

Pallbearers were Bill May, Jimmy Steptoe, Charles Roberts Sr., Calvin McCoy, Mike Neal and Ralph Mauldin.

Honorary Pallbearers were deacons of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and members of the Brier Creek Soil and Water Conservation District.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Doretha “Doke” Wynn
Mrs. Doretha “Doke” Wynn, 82, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at her residence.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Church, with Pastor Rev. Sharlene Woodruff-Hendley as eulogist. Interment was in Sugarhill Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Joanne W. Lamb and Janice W. Johnson, both of Wrens; three brothers, Melvin Holliday, Atlanta, J.D. Holliday, Stapleton, and Vander Holliday Sr., Wrens.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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