Obituaries
January 7, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Mildred Jernigan Burke
Mrs. Mildred Jernigan Burke, 89, of Greensboro entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at Boswell Parker Nursing Center in Greensboro.

She was a native of Rowland, N.C., but had lived in Greene County most of her life. Born on July 31, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Lyde Miller Jernigan and Lena Gainey Jernigan. She graduated from Vidette High School and in 1941 married Roy Franklin Burke Sr. in Burke County. They moved to Due West, S.C., where Mr. Burke finished his education. His first principal and teaching job was in Siloam and later in Greensboro where she has lived ever since. Mrs. Burke worked with Hazel Turner at McDonald’s Dress Shop in Greensboro and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 2 p.m. at McCommons Chapel, with Rev. Dr. James Choomack and Rev. Stephen Jackson officiating. Interment followed at Greensboro City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Franklin Burke Sr.; a daughter, Sue Burke Rayburn; a son, Roy Franklin Burke Jr.; a great-grandson, Dustin Newsome; and siblings, Margaret Mabry, Alton Jernigan and Sonny Jernigan.

Survivors include a daughter, Jane Burke Epps of Greensboro; a sister, Clara J. Jackson of Atlanta; two brothers, John Jernigan of Norfolk, Va., and Bill Jernigan of South Hill, Va.; nine grandchildren, Justin Epps (Rebecca), April Burke, Robbie Burke, Richie Burke, Benjamin Burke, James Burke, Ken Rayburn Jr. (Valerie), Jennie Rayburn and Laura Marht; 15 great-grandchildren, Lanie Epps Pentecost, Tristan Epps, Richard Burton, Ellisa Burke, Brittany Burke, Jo Burke, Samantha Burke, Christopher Burke, Javen Burke, Cloe Burke, MacKenzie Burke, Katie Burke, Jacob Burke, Donavon Burke and Kayla Rayburn; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Justin Epps, Ken Rayburn Jr., James Burke, Paul Hughes, Paul Hughes Jr. and Richard Burton.

McCommons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary E. “Tennie” Dixon
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary E. “Tennie” Dixon, 66, of Wrens, were held on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at 1 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, Wrens, with Pastor Rev. Dr. W.L. Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include five children, Tyran Freeman, Wrens, Teresa Miles, Atlanta, David (Mary Ann) Jordan, Wrens, Chiquita Freeman, Grovetown, and Dedrick L. Jordan, Wrens; stepdaughter, Christina Jordan, Warrenton; sisters, Vivian Martin, Oklahoma City, Okla., Lillie Mae Coleman, Opalocka, Fla., Ernestine Jones, Brooklyn, N.Y., Dorothy Dixon, Miami, Fla., Shirley Brown and Stephanie Lamar, both of San Diego, Calif., and Jacklyn Lamar, Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Eric Lamar, Phoenix, Ariz.; one great-uncle, Elijah Lamar; 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of relatives, godchildren and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annie Eliza Freeman
Mrs. Annie Eliza Freeman, 85, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Freeman was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Morris Mincey and Lillie Bell Whitehead, and the widow of the late Jordan Freeman. She was a member of the Blount Chapel AME Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Salter Grove Baptist Church and Blount Chapel CME Church Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Lavon (Tommy) Ricks of Augusta, and Magdalene Hicks of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Mattie Mincey of Norfolk, Va.; grandchildren, Lakeila Laster, Lateria Laster, Tommy Ricks Jr. and Charles Freeman, all of Augusta, Ulysses Hawthorne, Jeanette Hawthorne and Abraham Hawthorne, all of Jacksonville, Fla., Mary Ann Freeman of Wadley, Toni Davis of Washington, D.C., Dwight Roberson of Philadelphia, Pa., Curtis Danford of Wadley, and Charles Freeman of Augusta; godchildren, Marion White, Carolyn Turner and Michael Lewis, all of Wadley, Roger Bell Tomlin of Hephzibah, Eloise Gordon of Atlanta, Rickey Mincey of Norfolk, Va., and Edward Gay of Detroit; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Lois Anderson Knight Heggs
Mrs. Mary Lois Anderson Knight Heggs of Wadley entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, in Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Old Bethel Baptist Church, Bartow, with Rev. Dr. John Harmon officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Heggs; three children, Lee Anderson, Sushelia Hodges (Tony) and Lenora (Orion) Curry, all of Bartow; six sisters, Loraine Gilmore, Wadley, Mollie Anderson, Louisville, Elizabeth Boatwright, Nora (Lester) Paige and Ethel (John Henry) Howard, all of Wadley, and Gwendolyn McMillen, Wrightsville; four brothers, Willie James (Ann) Anderson Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., Synder Anderson, Soperton, and Ricky (Rhonda) Howard and Ronnie Howard, all of Wadley; mother-in-law, Willie Mae Heggs; two grandchildren, Tonyale Fields and Detrick Walden; five additional brothers-in-law, two additional sisters-in-law and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Terry Fann, Johnny Gilmore, Ed Gilmore, Robert Flournoy, Orion Curry and Willie Gamble.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Velma Odum Henderson
Mrs. Mary Velma Odum Henderson, 90, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in the Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Henderson was born July 16, 1919, in Kite, a daughter of late Charlie and Clara Odum. She was a homemaker and a member of Louisville United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2009, in the Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Hibberts officiating. Burial followed in the family plot in the Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert W. Henderson Sr.; brothers, Clyde and Wilber Odum; and sisters, Marion Reid and Ruth Davis.

Survivors include a son, Robert W. “Bob” (Carol) Henderson Jr. of Louisville; daughters, Marinell H. (Richard) Armstrong of Statesboro, and Gwen H. (William) Poppell of Evans; brother in-law, Clarence W. (Betty Jean) Henderson Jr. of Louisville; sister-in-law, Eunice Odum of Savannah; eight grandchildren, Sydna Williams, Rich Armstrong, Jason Henderson, Shawn Henderson, Jill Hall, Lindsey Mitchell, Michael Dollar and Bobby Dollar; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Greg Hall, Bobby Dollar, Michael Dollar, Jason Henderson, Joe Cox and Larry Atkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Louisville United Methodist Church, 301 West 7th Street, Louisville, GA, 30434

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Wilhelmenia Robinson Howard
Funeral services for Ms. Wilhelmenia Robinson Howard, 70, of Wrens were held on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Rev. Dr. W.L. Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Johnnie Mae Sinquefield Jones
Mrs. Johnnie Mae Sinquefield Jones, 67, of Avera entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009.

Mrs. Sinquefield was born on Oct. 31, 1942, to the late Clyde and Mytris Sinquefield Sr. She was born and raised in Avera, where she attended the public schools of Jefferson County. She joined Springfield AME Church at an early age. She was united with her husband, Fletcher Jones Sr., in 1958.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Brinson Jones; brother, Clyde Sinquefield Jr.; and sister, Genieve Sinquefield.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Elizabeth (John) Adams of Augusta; two sons, Eric Jones of Augusta, and Fletcher (Julie) Jones of Waynesboro; Sallie Mae Braddy of Pompano Beach, Fla., Grace Ann Sims of Augusta, Ruth (Jimmie) Wells and Gertrude Kelly, both of Wrens, and Priscilla Sinquefield of Florida; two stepsisters, Ella Birt Shivers and Ida Bell Pitts; sister-in-law, Ollie Ree Roberts; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Wells and L.M. Jones; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Earl Sheely
Mr. Earl Sheely, 46, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at an Augusta hospital.

Mr. Sheely was a native of Burke County, a 1982 graduate of Louisville High School and a member of the Blount Chapel Baptist Church. He repaired small machines.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville, and Ivery Place Cemetery, Vidette.

Survivors include his mother, Eunice Roberson Sheely of Louisville; brothers, Michael V. Sheely, Lorenzo Roberson and Ricky R. Sheely, all of Louisville; sisters, Lavern (Jerry) Jones of Waynesboro, and Gloristene (Larry) Davis of Ellenwood; one aunt, Jessie Mae Williams of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie Samuel “Tick” Sheppard
Mr. Willie Samuel “Tick” Sheppard, 95, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at University Hospital.

Mr. Sheppard was born in Avera, and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Avera, and Sweetwater Baptist Church in Thomson.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Rhodes Sheppard; son, Mervin Sheppard; and his daughter, Linda Wilson.

Survivors include his daughter, Judy (Lynwood) Saxon of Hephzibah; grandchildren, Angie Bowers, Keith Saxon, Noel Saxon and Denise Todd; five great-grandchildren; sister, Ogle Allen of Clearwater, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Keith Saxon, Noel Saxon, Chesly Bennett, Tommy Sheppard, James Sheppard, and Larry Allen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 1350 Church St., Avera, GA, 30803-6261, or to Sweetwater Baptist Church, 1606 Wrens Hwy., Thomson, GA, 30824.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Anita “Kwan” Taylor
Miss Anita “Kwan” Taylor, 41, of Wrightsville entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Miss Taylor was born in Hillsboro County, Fla. She moved to Johnson County in 1972. She was a member of Tarver Grove Baptist Church and she attended the Johnson County Supports and Services Center until its closure.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 2, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Tarver Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery, Bartow.

Survivors include her grandmother, Carrie Lee Cordy of Wrightsville; mother, Pearl White Gaskin, Wrightsville; dad, Leon Gaskin of Davie, Fla.; caretaker and uncle, Rev. Hayward Cordy of Wrightsville; aunts and uncles, Jerry White of Wrightsville, Marie (Benny) Brantley, Jimmy (Elizabeth) Cordy Sr. and Eddie (Mary) Cordy Sr., all of Dublin, Kenneth (Yvette) Cordy of Augusta, Henry (Pamela) White, Jasper (Vickie) White Sr. and Mary L. White, all of Plant City, Fla., Annie Kate Knighten, Killen, Texas, Jimmy Taylor of Tacoma, Wash., Bobby Jean Taylor and Joan Evans, both of Hollywood, Fla., Mary Nell Taylor of Albany, and James (Liz) White of Lakeland, Fla.; and numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William H. Wilcher
Mr. William H. Wilcher, 80, of Mitchell entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Wilcher was born in Mitchell on April 4, 1929, to the late Billy Cleon and Janie Stanley Wilcher. He spent his childhood in Mitchell and graduated from Gibson High School in 1946. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict, served as Deputy Sheriff/Investigator for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department for seven years; and spent 35 years as a probation parole officer in the Augusta and Toombs Judicial Circuits. He was a member of Mitchell United Methodist Church, the Mitchell City Council and Glascock County Lions Club, and was a charter member and the first president of the Georgia Parole Association.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Mitchell United Methodist Church, Mitchell, with the Rev. Mary Griswell officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Charles Wright Wilcher Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Etta Griswell Wilcher; one son, William Rodney (Gail) Wilcher, Thomson; and one daughter, Amanda W. Davis of Evans; four grandchildren, Rodney Adam (Heather) Wilcher, Brock Christopher (Diane) Wilcher, William Wilcher Davis and Zachary Benton Davis; one great-grandchild, Abigail Lee Wilcher.

Pallbearers were Anthony Griswell, Jody Usry, Wayne Williams, Mike Chance, Casey Caroll, Bill Raley Jr., Kelley Sercer and Scott Lamb.

Memorials may be made to the Mitchell United Methodist Church in care of Mrs. Jan Sexton, 8654 Mitchell-Warrenton Road, Mitchell, GA, 30820.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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