Obituaries
December 24, 2009 Issue

Mr. John F. Carswell Sr.
Mr. John F. Carswell Sr., 78, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at his home.

Mr. Carswell was a member of Story Mill Road Baptist Church. He was retired from Sunbeam (Formerly Claussen) Bakery. For more than 30 years, Mr. Carswell delivered The Augusta Chronicle.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the Hephzibah Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Hephzibah-Vance Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Geneva Baxley Carswell; parents, Charles and Lizzie McCombs Carswell.

Survivors include his wife, Katie K. Carswell of Hephzibah; children, Elizabeth Mims (George) of Texas, Chuck Carswell (Tricia) of North Augusta, Janet Day (Lee) of Illinois; stepchildren, Ray H. Meyers (April) of Evans, and Radie M. Smith (Thomas) of Matthews; brothers, Charlie Carswell (Mary) and Robert Carswell (Donna), all of Hephzibah; grandchildren, Jennifer Cheek, Melanie Boyce, Christy Wright, Amanda Cox, Jordan Mims, April Day, Jonathan Day and Brad Day; step-grandchildren, Amanda Clark, Megan Myers and Deanna Palmer; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Hunter Boyce, Ray H. Myers, George Mims, Jonathan Day, Brad Day and Jason Wright.

Hephzibah Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Lou Hannah Crum
Mrs. Mary Lou Hannah Crum, 80, of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Eisenhower Medical Center, Fort Gordon.

Mrs. Crum, a native of Jefferson County, retired from the Carson Pirie Scott Co. in St. Paul, Minn., as a sales representative and clerk. She was a member of the Sand Valley AME Church, Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Sand Valley AME Church, Louisville, with Pastor Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four sisters, Ida Ghee and Evon Hannah, both of Philadelphia, Pa., Marie H. (Granvil) Lamkin and Dorothy H. Wright, all of Augusta; three brothers, John Hannah, Atlanta, Horace (Tinnie) Hannah Jr., Augusta, and Morris (Ceola) Hannah, Wrens; sister-in-law, Amy E. Hannah, Milledgeville; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances Evans Dozier
Mrs. Frances Evans Dozier of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at a local nursing home.

Mrs. Dozier lived in Blythe most of her adult life and was a member of Blythe United Methodist Church where she taught children in Sunday school. She was recognized in 1993 for her many years of service by the United Methodist Women.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at the Lumpkin Road Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Ron Ferneyhough officiating. Burial followed in Blythe United Methodist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Dozier; parents, Thurston and Ethel Evans; brother and sister-in-law, James and Evelyn Duke Evans, all of Matthews; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Lucille Prescott Evans of Lexington.

Survivors include one sister, Joyce (Robert E.) Duggar, Augusta; one brother, Pilcher (Bernice) Smith, Anderson, S.C.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews.

Pallbearers were Bill Evans, Rick Duggar, Melvin Evans, Gary Dozier, William Dozier, Charles Dozier and Tim Browning.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Blythe United Methodist Church.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eddie W. “Pookie” Drayton Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Eddie W. “Pookie” Drayton Sr., 69, of Thomson were held on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Church, Wrens, with Pastor Rev. Sharlene Woodruff-Hendley officiating. Interment was in Sugarhill Cemetery.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Elmer Dyck
Mr. Elmer Dyck, 93, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Moundridge Manor, Moundridge, Kan.

Mr. Dyck was born in Hillsboro, Kan., to the late David and Anna Heppner Dyck, and was a farmer.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Pinecrest Mennonite Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Koehn Dyck.

Survivors include four sons, Vernon, Franklin, Monroe and Daniel; two brothers, Jona and Harvey; four sisters, Martha Mae Penner, Alice Loewen, Alma Koop and Mary Ann Friesen; 12 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests 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.


Mrs. Marjorie M. Englett
Mrs. Marjorie M. Englett, 79, of Wrens entered into rest Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

A lifelong resident of Jefferson County, Mrs. Englett was an active member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church. She retired after 40 years as a seamstress with Stapleton Garment Company.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. in James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. John Jenkins officiating. Interment followed at Ways Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Minnie Bell Rabun and John Samuel McDonald; and nine siblings.

Survivors include two sons, Terry (Annie) Englett and Rodney (Leanne) Englett; sister, Dorothy “Dot” Dye; two grandchildren, Evan Englett and Emily Englett; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Kenneth McDonald, Dennis Robinson, Glenn Bazemore, Bruce Dye, Burton Dye, S.J. McDonald, Richard McDonald and Ricky McDonald.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Alda Farmer
Funeral services for Mrs. Alda Farmer, 87, of Wrens were held on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Pastor Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. as eulogist and Norman Roberts presiding. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include son, Samuel “Peter” (Deborah) Stone, Jersey City, N.J.; two daughters, Patricia (Dennis) Blake, Wrens, and Grace McClain, Newark, N.J.; two sisters, Mary (Tom) Farmer, Wrens, and Edna (Nathaniel) Robinson, Jersey City, N.J.; brother, J.C. (Ernestine) Stone, Council, N.C.; grandchildren, Ebony Blake, Wrens, and Telonica Blake, Valdosta; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; godchildren, Morris Hannah Sr., Willie Huntley Sr., Sara Wynn, Annie Ruth Gaines, Dorothy Gaston, Priscilla Chappell and Roxie Sims-Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie “Junior” Gamble
Mr. Willie “Junior” Gamble, 77, formerly of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at a local nursing facility.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the New Fleming Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Mr. Gamble was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Willie Gamble Sr. and Idella Coppett Gamble, and the husband of the late Margie Jackson Gamble. He worked as a farmer and was a member of the New Fleming Baptist Church.

Survivors include his son, Willie Arthur Gamble of Augusta; sisters, Betty (Henry) Heggs and Emma (Willie) Bridges, all of Davisboro; sister-in-law, Lula Mae Gamble of Bartow; brother-in-law, William “Bill” Middleton of Louisville; three grandchildren, Alexandrea Gamble, Tenundre Patterson and Denundra Patterson, all of Louisville; aunts, Mary Gamble of Louisville, and Ruby Bass of Wadley; cousin, John “Sug” Coppett of Louisvillie; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence of his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Henry Heggs, 112 James Circle, Davisboro, or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Glenn “Rusty” Glover
Mr. Glenn “Rusty” Glover of Augusta entered into rest on Dec. 18, 2009, at MCG.

Mr. Glover was the son of Jeanette U. Glover and the late Clearance W. Glover. He was a native of Thomson and lived all of his life in the Augusta area, where he was a welder. He was a member of Providence Baptist Church, Grange.

Survivors include his mother, Jeanette U. Glover, Augusta; two sons, Joshua W. Glover, Gibson, and Jacob Glover, S.D.; three daughters, Carrie Glover and Casey Glover, both of North Augusta, S.C., and Kristian Glover, Martinez; two brothers, Michael Glover and Jai Glover, both of Augusta; three sisters, Kim Hall, Aiken, S.C., Michelle Christiano, North Augusta, S.C, and Gina Jennings, Augusta; and two grandchildren, McKenzie Matherson and William Glover.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the CSRA Humane Society.

McNeill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dannie Lee Hall
Mrs. Dannie Lee Hall of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Neeler AME Church in Davisboro, with Rev. Matthew Davis officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Willie (Diane) Hall, Wadley; stepson, Melvin Hall, Sandersville; brother, Leroy (Hattie) Lattimore, Louisville; three grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Alva Lewis Haywood
Mr. Alva Lewis Haywood, 87, of Warrenton entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Oconee Regional Hospital in Milledgeville.

At the time of his death, Mr. Haywood was a resident of the Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville. A World War II veteran, Mr. Haywood served in the 1090th Signal Battalion of the U.S. Army Air Corps for three years in the Pacific Theatre. He is the former editor, publisher and owner of The Warrenton Clipper, The Gibson-Record and Guide, The Richmond County Times, The Sparta Ishmaelite and The Fort Gordon Rambler. He operated a printing plant in Warrenton serving area newspapers for over 43 years. Mr. Haywood was a former member of the Warrenton City Council, mayor and member of the Warren County Board of Commissioners. Mr. Haywood is a past president of the Georgia Press Association where he also served as secretary and on the Board of Managers; and he is a past president of the Georgia Newspaper Service. Mr. Haywood is the first Georgian to be awarded the AMOS Award by the National Newspaper Association for his many years of service to the newspaper and journalism profession.

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

He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Ann Norris Haywood; and one son, Thomas Lewis Haywood.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Allen Haywood (Susan) of Sparta, and Karl Norris Haywood (Jo-Ann) of Warrenton; two grandchildren, Natalie Lauren Haywood Scoggins (Preston) of Augusta, and Jordan Karl Haywood of Charlotte, N.C.; and three great-grandchildren, Charlie, Gaines and John Scoggins of Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the USO or to any veteran’s organization devoted to assisting veterans, active and retired, and their families.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rosetta Fleming Lockhart
Mrs. Rosetta Fleming Lockhart, 84, of Winston Salem, N.C., entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Springwood Care Center in Winston Salem, N.C.

Mrs. Lockhart was born one of eight children in Jefferson County, to the parentage of the late Eddie and Sarah Curtis Fleming. She was the widow of the late Robert Lockhart. Mrs. Lockhart attended the Jefferson County School System and was a member of the Jones Grove Baptist Church, before relocating to Newark, N.J. in 1945 where she worked until her retirement in June of 2000. She was a member of the Willing Workers Ministry of helps, a division of New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Jones Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery, Louisville.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and one grandchild, Victor Washington.

Survivors include her daughters, Louise Lockhart Washington of Winston Salem, N.C., and Elizabeth Lockhart Brown of Philadelphia, Pa.; two grandchildren, Doreen White and Sharonda Washington; two sisters, Betty Loyd of Louisville, and Carrie Taylor of Augusta; grandson-in-law, Joseph White; six great-grandchildren, Tamar, Kenneth, Ebonee, Jasmine, S’amiya and Destiny; friend, Yvonne Bridgeforth of Winston Salem, N.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia Lee Meade Marshall
Mrs. Virginia Lee Meade Marshall, 87, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at her residence.

A native of Dante, Va., Mrs. Marshall was a daughter of the late Henry and Rosa Mae Fields Meade. She taught school at Thomas Jefferson Academy for more than 30 years and was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at Louisville First Baptist Church, with Larry Montgomery officiating. Entombment services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, in the Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood, Va.

Mrs. Marshall was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Samuel Alderson Marshall.

Survivors include her son, Robert L. “Bob” Marshall (Patty) of Louisville; grandson, Robert Scott Marshall in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan; step-granddaughters, Melissa Stawicki and Amanda Mullins; step-great-granddaughter, Emilea Stawicki; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering at Louisville First Baptist Church at 101 E. 9th St., Louisville, GA, 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothy “Dollie” Goforth Melvin
Mrs. Dorothy “Dollie” Goforth Melvin entered into rest on Oct. 28, 2009, at home in Greensboro, N.C.

Mrs. Melvin was born on May 28, 1925, she was the daughter of Robey Clemons Goforth and Elsie Virginia Mitchell Goforth. She received her undergraduate degree from Greensboro College and her masters from East Carolina University. She was a teacher and a principal in the North Carolina School System. After learning there was a town in Georgia named for her grandfather, she visited Mitchell during the 2009 Springfest.

Funeral services were held at Lakeview Memorial Park in Greensboro, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold E. Melvin; and two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include three cousins; and nephews, nieces and friends.


Mrs. Juanita Parrish
Mrs. Juanita Parrish, 83, of Cumming entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009.

Mrs. Parrish was the daughter of the late Joseph E. “Mac” McGraw and Birdie McGraw. She was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Avera, and lived a large part of her life in Thomson. She was married to Albert McGahee Jr. until his death in 1957. She moved to Augusta in 1964 and married Norman Armstrong Parrish in 1966. Mrs. Parrish was a hair dresser and member of Grace Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens in Thomson.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda McGahee Boyd of Cumming; granddaughter, Lisa Boyd Zinsmeister of Asheville, N.C.; grandson, Shaun Boyd of Braselton; great-grandson, Owen Michael Zinsmeister of Asheville, N.C.; and great-granddaughter, Parker Belle Zinsmeister of Asheville, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 1925 Century Blvd. NE, Suite 10, Atlanta, GA, 30345-3315.

Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Carrie H. Purvis
Mrs. Carrie H. Purvis, 81, of Stapleton entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, in the University Hospital.

Mrs. Purvis was a native of Warren County. She had retired from the Thomson Company as a seamstress and inspector after 40 years of service. She was a member of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Sutphin and Rev. Bill Seaman officiating. Burial wasin the Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Purvis.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Peebles, Tupelo, Miss.; son, Gibson Purvis, Stapleton; two brothers, Harold Hobbs, Jacksonville, Fla., and C.W. Hobbs, Thomson; and four grandchildren, Rebecca Peebles, San Antonio, Texas, Matthew Peebles, Tupelo, Miss., Brandi Purvis, Thomson, and Candace Purvis, Stapleton.

Pallbearers were Bobby Mauck, Sam Kitchens Jr., Jimmy Richardson, Darrell Blair, Mike Peebles and Tommy Peebles.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Omie Matthews Johnson Rabun
Mrs. Omie Matthews Johnson Rabun, 102, of Martinez entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at The Place at Martinez Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Rabun was born Jan. 4, 1907, in Jefferson County, to the late Charlie Lonz Matthews and Mattie Beasley Matthews. She was the wife of the late Tom Truitt Johnson and the late Samuel B. Rabun. She was a member of Stapleton Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at Stapleton Baptist Church, Stapleton, on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at 2 p.m., with Dr. Randy Dunaway officiating. Interment followed at Norwood City Cemetery, Norwood.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; brother, Lewis Matthews; two daughters, Edna Butterworth Mauldin and Bernice Williams Maddox; and five grandchildren, Michael Williams, Lisa Williams Grunenfelder, Grant Williams, April Boddiford and Robert Reed Butterworth III.

Survivors include two daughters, Pansy J. Boddiford, Augusta, and Lois J. Johnson, Evans; one granddaughter, Rebecca Johnson, Augusta; and two great-grandchildren, Robert Reed Butterworth IV, Harlem, and Kelly Griffiths, Richland, Wash.

Memorials may be made to Stapleton Baptist Church, 360 Harvey St., Stapleton, GA, 30823 or to Regency Hospice, 2919 Professional Parkway, Ste A, Augusta, GA, 30907.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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