Obituaries
December 31, 2009 Issue

Mrs. Mary E. “Tina” Dixon
Mrs. Mary E. “Tina” Dixon, 56, of Stapleton entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.

Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Hudson Taylor Gingery
Mr. Hudson Taylor Gingery, 66, of Wadley entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at his residence. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Gingery, formerly of Ironwood, Mich., was born in Gogebic County, Mich., and had lived in Wadley for the past 17 years. He served in the U.S. Army for over 16 years and was a retired owner of the Number One Muffler in Thomson. He was a musician, mechanic, contractor and a member of the American Legion, and the DAV.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Allan Gingery.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Gingery of Wadley; sons, Randy Gingery (Alice) of Thomson, Dale Gingery (Vicky) of Wrens, Bryan Tapley (Barbara) of Wadley, and Bobby Petty of Wadley; daughter, Nicole Aspin Wall of Hurley, Wis.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Johnnie Mae Jones
Mrs. Johnnie Mae Jones of Avera entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009.

Burnett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elizabeth McNeely Kitchens
Mrs. Elizabeth McNeely Kitchens, 88, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Kitchens was born in Jefferson County and resided in Augusta. She was a homemaker and a member of Crestview Baptist Church.

A memorial services was held on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the residence, with Rev. Paul Cook and Rev. Oscar Barrow officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Benjamin Kitchens.

Survivors include sons, William R. “Ronnie” Kitchens and Donald N. “Donnie” Kitchens, both of Augusta; brother, James McNeely of Louisville; sisters, Lula Sapp of Statesboro, and Martha Taylor Garrett of Davisboro.

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


Mr. William “True Blue” Landry
Mr. William “True Blue” Landry, 54, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Mr. Landry was a native Calcasieu County, La., born to the parentage of the late Wilbur Landry and Mary Lue Gilmore Landry. His Christian experience began at the Walden Grove CME Church. He graduated from Martin Luther King High in Boston, Mass. Mr. Landry received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a truck driver.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Faith Memorial CME Church and Walden Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, William Walton of Wadley; stepson, Martrez Walton of Wadley; friend, Evon Walton of Wadley; sisters and brothers, Rodney (Lisa) Moye of Louisville, Diane (Herman) King of Stapleton, Marilyn Landry of Orlando, Fla., Patricia Davis, Phyllis (Errol) Palmer and Raymond (Kimberly) Landry, all of New Haven, Conn., Cynthia Landry of Boston, Mass., and Marsha Avery of Lake Charles, La.; one uncle, John (Dorothy) Rachels of Boston, Mass.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Milton Perling
Mr. Milton Perling, 87, of Atlanta, formerly of Louisville, entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009.

Mr. Perling was born in Tennille and raised in Sandersville. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and owned and operated Perling’s Department Store in Louisville for 40 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and was a golfer at the Ogeechee Valley Country Club.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, with Rabbi Lou Feldstein officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bootsie Perling; brother, Jake; and sister, Sara.

Survivors include his sons, Michael (Dori) Perling and Lance (Rachel) Perling; brother, David S. (Peggy) Perling; and grandchildren, Mell, Deborah, Emily and Anna, all of Atlanta.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 3525 Piedmont Road, NE, Building 6, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA, 30305.

Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Edward Rex Pace Pruitt
Mr. Edward Rex Pace Pruitt, 89, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Pruitt, son of the late Joseph Reid Pruitt and the late Lorena Pace Pruitt, was born Jan. 8, 1920, and reared in Smyrna. He was a 1937 graduate of Marietta High School. He attended North Georgia Junior College in Dahlonega, and in 1941 he received a bachelor of commercial science degree from Georgia State University, Atlanta. In 1957 he became a member of the American Institute of Interior Designers and in recognition of his services in the field of interior design, Parson School of Design, New York, elected him and honorary alumnus. During World War II, Chief Warrant Officer Pruitt served in the European Theater with the 158th Combat Engineer Battalion, which landed on Utah Beach on June 27, 1944. During the Battle of the Bulge his battalion distinguished itself on the night of Dec. 17, 1944, east of Bastogne, by holding back a German juggernaut until relieved on Dec. 19 by the 101st Airborne. Mr. Pruitt was reassigned from his Combat Engineer Battalion to duty in the Engineering Section Headquarters, FIRST UNITED STATES ARMY. He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, and the American Defense Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal and received in 2005 from the Consulate General of France a certificate of gratitude from the Government. Prior to coming to Augusta in 1959, Mr. Pruitt was an employee of Rich’s Inc., in Atlanta. He served as a buyer, for the Connoisseur Gallery, his duties in that position, involved European market trips and he was also director of the Interior Decorating Department. Mr. Pruitt, aided by his wife, Jeanne Johnson Pruitt, opened an interior design studio, in Augusta in 1961. This business ceased operation, at the time of their retirement, 22 years later. Mr. Pruitt was a member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, a former member of the Augusta Country Club, a former member of the Commerce Club in Atlanta and a former member of the Pinnacle Club.

Graveside services and interment were held on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Westover Memorial Park, with Dr. R. Leslie Holmes officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Johnson Pruitt of Augusta; son, Pace Barnes (Kay Elliott) Pruitt of Gibson; and cousin, Helen Pace Thompson Garrison of Augusta.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Helen “Charley” Todd Wilcher
Mrs. Helen “Charley” Todd Wilcher, 95, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Wilcher was a native of Glascock County, and lived here all of her life. She was a member of Euphrates Baptist Church for 80 years, and she worked in the Glascock County school lunch room as a food server and at Raleys Restaurant.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Euphrates Baptist Church, with Rev. Herman Walden, Rev. Thurman Walden and Rev. Wilmer Hall officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Dillard Wilcher; parents, Berne Newsome and Luther Todd; four brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include three daughters, Eva Ruth (Thomas) McCoy of Charlotte, N.C., Helen “Jean” (Charles) Usry of Gibson, and Dorothy Louise Hadden of Avera; sister, Hazel Black of Augusta; six grandchildren, John (Barbara) McCoy, Susan (Scott) Stinson, Donna (John) Hadden, David (Leisha) Hadden, Marshall (Bonnie) Hadden and Andrew (Amy) Hadden; eight great-grandchildren, Beth (Jacob) Braddock, Laura Stinson, Chris (Kris) Hadden, Bonnie Stinson, Emily Hadden, Spencer Hadden, Matthey Usry and Chandler Hadden; five great-great-grandchildren, Riley, Ashton, Hunter, Reese and Sidney; and caretakers, Jane Bland and Ashley Brookshier.

Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Euphrates Baptist Church in care of Kathleen Walden, 2588 Farmers Bridge Rd., Hephzibah, GA, 30815.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Jamila LaDawn Zimmermon
Miss Jamila LaDawn Zimmermon, 30, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at an Augusta Hospital.

Miss Zimmermon was a native of Richmond County, a member of the Mays Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, and a 1997 graduate of Hephzibah High School. She was an apartment property manager.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Mays Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Genesis Williams and Zechariah Zimmermon, both of Augusta; parents, Ronnie and Sophia Zimmermon Thompson of Augusta; brothers, Arturo Thompson of Athens, and DeRon Thompson of Augusta; maternal grandmother, Emma Green of Louisville; aunts and uncles, Lucille (Tommie) Walker of Wrens, Min. Minnie Zimmermon of Augusta, William (Freda) Green of Columbia, S.C., Leila (Elijah) McCall, Ricky (Gloria) Zimmermon, Georgia Stone, Jennie Gamble, Oscar Thompson, Doris (Willie) Flounroy and John Wesley Thompson, all of Louisville, Yasmin Green of Miami, Fla., Tywanna Green of Houston, Texas, and Horace (Marion) Thompson of Petersburg, Va.; friend, Jarrett Williams of Augusta; friend, Alondra Coley of Virginia; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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