Obituaries
January 14, 2010 Issue

Mr. James Howard Gainey
Mr. James Howard Gainey, (Sgt. First Class, ret.), 61, of Matthews entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Gainey was born in Hartsville, S.C., to the late Sara Yarborough and James Edward Gainey. He served in the armed forces for more than 20 years and received many awards and accommodations. He was a Vietnam vet. After retiring from the Army tactical communication operations, he became a small business owner.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Stan Littleton and Steve Russ officiating. Interment with full military honors followed at Wrens Memorial Gardens, Wrens.

Survivors include his wife, Dawana Gray Gainey; son, Eric Gainey, Hartsville, S.C.; two stepsons, Gary Dietzel, Dallas, Ore., and Paul Dietzel, Stapleton; stepfather, Dewey Williams, Hartsville, S.C.; two brothers, Walter “Wally” Williams, Ellijay, and David Williams, Hartsville, S.C.; two sisters, Sarah Y. Friedman, Lexington, S.C., and Lenora “Jean” Connell, Hartsville, S.C.; and one stepsister, Connie Smith, Hartsville, S.C.

Memorials may be made to the Heartland Hospice, 1365 Interstate Parkway, Augusta, GA, 30909 or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Billy Joe Johnson
Mr. Billy Joe Johnson, 59, of Summerville, S.C., entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center after his battle with cancer.

Mr. Johnson was born on Oct. 22, 1950, in Dublin, and grew up in Kite, Johnson County. He was the son of the late John Riley and Lila Averett Johnson. Mr. Johnson retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer with 22 years of service and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, in Kite City Cemetery, Kite, with full military honors.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Deborah Potts Johnson of Summerville, S.C.; son, Jimmy Joe (Angie) Johnson of Conway, S.C.; daughters, Jessica Johnson (Reed) Goldberg of Medical Lake, Wash., and Shelley Nicole Johnson of the home; two sisters Janette (Larry) Beasley of Bartow, and Lennis (Ruskin) Powell, Swainsboro; two brothers, Raiford (Sherrie) Johnson of Garfield, and Jimmy (Deborah) Johnson of Kite; parents-in-law, Frank and Mickey Potts of Goose Creek, S.C.; sister-in-law, Cindy (Gary) Kelley of Goose Creek, S.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nancy Marie Joiner
Mrs. Nancy Marie Joiner, 76, of Evans entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at Trinity Hospital of Augusta.

Born in Monterey, Calif., Nancy moved to Georgia, after meeting and marrying the late Fred Joiner, who was stationed in San Diego, Calif., serving in the armed forces during the Korean conflict.

Memorial services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, with Rev. Stan Littleton and Rev. Roy White officiating.

Survivors include her daughters, Christine (Steve) Anderson, Wrens, and Vickie (Rusty) Bausch, Atlanta; one sister, Elinor Vann, Fair Oaks, Calif.; three grandchildren, Deena (Brian) Scarborough, Statesboro, Becky (Brandon) Moseley, Statesboro, and Meagan Anderson, Valdosta; and two great-grandchildren, Abigail Scarborough and Amelia Scarborough.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association online at www.lungusa.org or by calling (202) 785-3355.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rebecca Dye Knighton
Mrs. Rebecca Dye Knighton, 82, of Nashville, Tenn., entered into rest on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the Lakeshore Wedgewood Nursing Home, Nashville, Tenn.

Mrs. Knighton was a native of Glascock County and attended elementary and high school in Gibson, then she attended and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in home economics from Georgia College and State University. She was a dietician at the Macon Hospital, Macon, and at the Union University, Jackson, Tenn. She taught elementary school in Georgia, Alabama, and Virginia. She was a social worker for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, a member and Christian Solider at Mill Creek Baptist Church, and she was a member of the Glascock County Historical Society.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Mill Creek Baptist Church, with Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. Interment was in the Gibson United Methodist Church Cemetery, Gibson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence H. Knighton; and son, Bruce A. Knighton.

Survivors include a daughter, Becky K. Sumrall (Robert); daughter-in-law, Susan Knighton; grandchildren, Clair Young, Abbie Mueller, Lacey Knighton and Vic Knighton; and great-grandchild, Alana Young.

Pallbearers were Lee Griffin, Lane Hadden, Steve Johnson, Michael Todd, Jerry Snider and Joe Dean Usry.

Memorials may be made to Rebekah’s Jar, 5360 Village Way, Nashville, TN, 37211.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Connie Grace Lumpkin
Miss Connie Grace Lumpkin, 91, of Louisville, formerly of Rome, entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at her residence.

A native of Floyd County, Miss Lumpkin was born on June 13, 1918, the daughter of the late Paul and Mabel Formby Lumpkin. She had been a resident of Louisville since 1999 having moved there from Rome. Miss Lumpkin was a member of the Hollywood Baptist Church of Rome and attended the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Avera. Prior to her retirement she was associated with Pepperell Manufacturing of Lindale.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Parkview Chapel of Fred Talley’s Funeral Home, Rome, with Rev. Donald Lumpkin and Brian Lumpkin officiating. Interment followed in the family lot of Wax Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a brother, Rev. Donald Lumpkin (Joan) of Louisville; six nieces and nephews, David Lumpkin of Statesboro, Russ Lumpkin of Augusta, Sharon Tomlinson of Swainsboro, Tim Lumpkin of Louisville, Nancy Sharpe of Rome, and Alice Mathis of Raleigh, N.C.; 15 great-nieces and –nephews; and seven great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Pallbearers were David, Russ, Tim, Brian and Jonathan Lumpkin, and Randy and Charlie Miller.

Fred Talley’s Parkview Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Emma Jane Massa
Mrs. Emma Jane Massa, 89, of Baxter, Tenn., entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Masters Health Care Center in Algood.

She was born April 14, 1920, in Wrens, to the late John Albert and Hannah James Gay. Mrs. Massa lived all of her single life in Wrens and graduated from Wrens High School. She married Hulon Alton Massa in July 1949 in Louisville, and then moved to Baxter, where she made her home until her death. Mrs. Massa was a Christian and a member of Bethlehem Church of Christ.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Baxter Funeral Home. Burial was in Boiling Springs Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband; five siblings, Grover, Rebie, Marion and Willis Gay, and Lula Cave.

Survivors include one son, Eric D. Massa; five sisters, Macy Maddox, Marie Holley, Ruby Fielder Thompson, Myra Wheeler and Margie Blackmon; and two brothers, Arthur J. Gay Sr. and William Louis Cave Jr.

Baxter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Estelle Bell Raulerson
Mrs. Mary Estelle Bell Raulerson, 79, of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Select Specialty Hospital in Augusta.

Born in Warren County, Mrs. Raulerson graduated from Wrens High School and attended the University of Georgia. She married Thurman Raulerson and lived in Atlanta until his death. She then moved back to Wrens with her two young girls.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Larron Pilgrim officiating. Interment followed at the Long Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Warrenton.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and parents, Mary Shelton and John Clinton Bell.

Survivors include her two daughters, Carolyn Ann Raulerson and Brenda Raulerson; and six first cousins, Lucy Borders McCorkle, Thomson, Ethel Borders Harris, Washington, Jack Borders, Louisville, Lonnie Bell, Columbia, S.C., Perry Bell, Milledgeville, Ralph Bell, Moultrie, and James Bell, Gallatin, Tenn.

Pallbearers were Jon McCorkle, Jason McCorkle, Chester Radford, Lynn Reeves, Walter “Son” Thomas and Wyman Roberts.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jack C. Young
Mr. Jack C. Young, 82, of Thomson entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in the Thomson Health and Rehab.

Mr. Young was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County. He was retired from National Homes as a quality control worker. He was a member of Young Memorial United Methodist Church.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Randy Martin officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Fox.

Survivors include his daughter, Judy Ashmore, Thomson; son, Scott Allen Young, Thomson; three sisters, Sue Rabun, Stapleton, Bobbi Holloway and Edith Poe, both of Thomson; and three grandchildren.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Brenda Gail Turner Roche’
Mrs. Brenda Gail Turner Roche’, 54, entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at McLaren Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Roche’ was born Aug. 6, 1955, in Wadley. She was the fifth child and second daughter of Isiah and Doris Harris Turner. She graduated from Flint Southwestern High School in 1973. She attended the Flint Police Academy, the Army Reserve for three years and cosmetology school in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mrs. Roche’ was a member of New Creation Church of God, where she sang in the choir. She worked for the Flint Public Schools for 28 years, starting as a bus driver, working her way to custodial supervisor. She also was actively involved in committees.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at 2 p.m. at New Creation Church of God, and on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Pinola Church of God, Wadley. Internment was in Pinola Church of God Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her father, Isiah Turner; and sister, Minnie Loraine Turner.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Harold David Roche’; two daughters, Sophia Yvonne Gordon and Dionia Jacquel Holiday, all of Flint; two stepchildren, David Tremaine Patton of Flint, and Tyanash Tolbert of Atlanta; two granddaughters, Yvonne Johnese Forman and Breonia Jonique Gordon, both of Flint; mother, Doris Turner of Wadley; four sisters, Linda (George) Fowler and Rita Turner, both of Flint, Janice Turner of Wadley, and Tonya (Steven) Gerido of Nolenville, Tenn.; five brothers, Ronald Turner of Flint, Cecil (Carolyn) Turner of Stone Mountain, Jerome (Priscilla) Turner of Flint, Phillip Turner of Wadley, and Daryl (Dianne) Turner of Birmingham, Mich.; five aunts, Thelma Bostic of Lakeland, Fla., Gwendolyn Harris of Bartow, Annie J. Turner of Waukegan, Ill., Geraldine Turner and Betty Turner, both of Flint; two uncles, George (Mattie) Woodard of Miami, Fla., and Frank Harris of New Jersey; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends; friends, Sara Kelso, Bonnie Clifton, Jackie Turner-McClellan, Cleathia Harris Williams, Jean Keys Wells, all of Flint, and Gloria “Nesie” Walton of Washington.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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