Obituaries
January 28, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Ethel Gunn Whaley Barnhart
Mrs. Ethel Gunn Whaley Barnhart, 101, of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010.

Mrs. Barnhart was born in Louisville, May 4, 1908, to the late Luther and Berdie Gunn. Mrs. Barnhart was a lifelong resident of Augusta and had been a member of Mann Memorial United Methodist Church and Sunday school classes since 1942. She was active in the C.W. Edwards Jr. Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women’s Joy Group, a member of the choir and Handbell Ensemble and was on the administrative board of the church. She graduated from Tubman High School in 1927 and was active in the Tubman High Alumnae Association. She worked at Bayvale Elementary School for 17 years and was a member of the Richmond County Retired Personnel. She was a member of the Bayvale, Burch Grand and later, the Betty Lamp Homemakers Organizations. She was a member of the Columbia Council #21 Daughters of America, The United Transportation Railroad Auxiliary and a member of The Red Hat Society.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at Mann Memorial United Methodist Church, with Rev. Brandon Fulmer and Rev. Roger Stone officiating. Burial followed at Westover Memorial Park.

Mrs. Barnhart was preceded in death by her husband, C.M. Barnhart Sr.; three brothers; a sister; and daughter-in-law, Janice S. Whaley.

Survivors include children, Curtis E. Whaley of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and C.M. “Butch” Barnhart Jr. (AnnaBell) of Irmo, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Sandy W. (Rick) DuVall of Powder Springs, Crystal B. (Scott) Strickland of Vidalia, Eddie (Tammy) Whaley of Newnan, James P. (Dawn) Massalou of Irmo, S.C., Steven (Leslie) Whaley of Acworth, Clarence “Clay” A. (Heather) Barnhart of Irmo, S.C., and AnnaBell B. (Drew) Buchanan of Rock Hill, S.C.; nine great-grandchildren; and friend, Judy Jordan Hoekler.

Pallbearers were her grandsons and grandsons-in-law.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the C.W. Edwards Jr. Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mann Memorial United Methodist Church, 2705 Milledgeville Road, Augusta, GA, 30904.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Pearlie Maude Newsome Bragg
Mrs. Pearlie Maude Newsome Bragg, 95, entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Bragg, was born in Glascock County, and was the daughter of the late Reuben S. and Molly Powell Newsome. For more than 35 years she was a clerk with the Louisville Drug Company. She was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church for more than 74 years where for many years she taught the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the Louisville Homemakers Club.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, in the Louisville First Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Montgomery and Rev. Hardy Owens officiating. Burial followed in the family plot in Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Reuben S. and Molly Powell Newsome; her husband, Jack Roscoe Bragg; a son, Robert Bragg; two sisters, Leona McGraw and Blanche Grundy; and two daughters-in-law; Elaine Bragg and Anne Bragg.

Survivors include her son Bill Bragg of Louisville; daughter, Bette Bragg Rowland (Harry) of Smyrna; sister, Elizabeth Weeks of Wadley; four grandchildren, Julie Brown of Chattanooga, Darren Rowland of Smyrna, Tami Green of Davisboro, and Hollie Holland of Austell; five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mitchell McGraw, Jason McGraw, Tony Brett, Robby Brett, Darren Rowland and Britt Searcy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Louisville First Baptist Church at 101 E. 9th St., Louisville, GA, 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Helen Whitehead Brooks
Mrs. Helen Whitehead Brooks, 74, of Warrenton entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warrenton.

Mrs. Helen was a native of Glascock County and attended Jordan Chapel Church of God.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. David O. Jones officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Brooks; parents, Odell and Tiny Laure Denton Whitehead; one sister, Lizzie Johnson; and one brother, Otis Whitehead.

Survivors include two daughters, Julia (Jerry) Stevenson of Warrenton, and Barbara Bazemore of Gibson; four grandchildren, Brooke Duggar, Alicia Esarey, Brett Norris Sr. and Dennis Bazemore; four great-grandchildren, Bekka Smith, Ian Smith, Emma Smith and Brett Norris Jr.

Memorials may be made to the Warrenton Health and Rehab Center Resident Council Fund in care of Shannetha Wilder, 813 Atlanta Hwy., Warrenton, GA, 30828.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Wanda Lee Breshears Brooks
Mrs. Wanda Lee Breshears Brooks of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010.

Mrs. Brooks, a native of Warsaw, Mo., was the daughter of the late Floyd Earl and Elsie Breshears. She was retired from the Richmond County Board of Education as a lunchroom manager. She was a member of Fleming Baptist Church and had taught the children’s Sunday school class.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the graveside in Hillcrest Memorial Park, with Rev. Billy Atkins officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Harold Brooks Sr.

Survivors include her son, James H. Brooks Jr. (Sharon) of Social Circle; two daughters, Rebecca (Victor) McCann of Clarks Hill, S.C., and Lisa (Mark D.) Jones of Appling; grandchildren, James H. Brooks III (Amanda) of Lincolnton, Joshua Brooks (Jami) and Timothy Brooks (Amy), all of Gibson, Adam Silas (Ashley) of Evans, Jared Smith, Katlyn Jones and Mark D. Jones Jr., all of Appling; great-grandchildren, Dallas Brooks of Lincolnton, Chant Brooks of Gibson, and Connor and Colten Silas of Evans.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Ruth Bible Class at Fleming Baptist Church.

If desired memorials may be made to Fleming Baptist Church, 3027 Peach Orchard Rd., Augusta, GA, 30906.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Michelle Armstrong Brown
Miss Michelle Armstrong Brown, 45, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at her residence.

Miss Brown was born in Atlanta, the daughter of Jimmie and Janice Gilmore Armstrong. She was a graduate of Campbell High School in Smyrna. She was licensed cosmetologist and had worked as a retail sales clerk.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Taylor Funeral Home, with burial in the Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Janice Gilmore Armstrong.

Survivors include her father, Jimmie Armstrong of Martinez; a sister, Renee A. Kelly (Scott) of Augusta; one niece and two nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothy Burton Walden
Mrs. Dorothy Burton Walden, 78, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at her residence.

Mrs. Walden was a native of Jefferson County, a homemaker, a mother and a member of the Adams Chapel Church of God In Christ.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Adams Chapel Church of God. Burial was in Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy “Willie B.” Walden of Louisville; children, Mary Lee (Michael) Jordan of Fairfield, Calif., Wanda Walden, Rebecca Walker and Jacqueline Lavette Walden, all of Louisville; siblings, Evelyn Burton of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Lorene Burton, Willie T. Burton, Ed Willie Burton and Nancy Thompson, all of Louisville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Cora Lee Hilton, Verdree Walden, Helen Walden and Evelyn (L.C.) Smith, all of Louisville, and Melton Walden Jr. of Brooklyn, N.Y.; grandchildren, James Mack Sr., Milledgeville, Cynthia (Christopher) Davis, Rodney Jordan and Stephanie Jordan, all of California, Moxley (Bonnie) Burton of Waynesboro, and Christopher Walden, Travis Walden, Brittany Howard and Kendrick Walden, all of Louisville; 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Martelle W. Dukes
Mrs. Martelle W. Dukes, 91, of Evans, formerly of Thomson, entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Morningside Assisted Living in Evans.

Mrs. Dukes was a native of Jacksonville, Fla. She moved to Thomson after WWII with her husband to establish Home Laundry and Cleaners, which they ran together until their retirement.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at Bellevue Memorial Gardens, with Dr. Clifton Drawdy officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford C. Dukes.

Survivors include two daughters, Marsha (Buddy) Durham of Thomson, and Carole Clifford (Gus Hubert) of Orange Park, Fla.; a granddaughter, Lori (Ed) Boyen of Gibson; and three great-grandchildren, Hagen, Emma and Alyssa Boyen, all of Gibson.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests those desiring please make contributions to a favorite charity.


Mrs. Martha Mae Peebles Hamm
Mrs. Martha Mae Peebles Hamm, 91, of Evans entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010.

Mrs. Hamm was a native of Wrightsville, and a member of Wadley Baptist Church in Wadley.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with Rev. Dr. James C. Adams officiating.

Mrs. Hamm is preceded in death by her husband, Albert Hamm; and grandson, Michael B. Hargrove.

Survivors include her son, Harry D. (Kathleen) Hamm of Evans; daughters, Martha Ann (David) Hargrove of North Augusta, S.C., and Patricia Carol (Richard) Felder of Evans; grandchildren, Clinton D. Hamm, Wesley A. (Lesley) Hamm, Christopher Hargrove, James R. “Jamie” (Jill) Felder, Laura Felder (Todd) Mullis, Margaret Felder and Marisa (Jason) Hartley; great-grandchildren, Garrett A. Hamm, Chloe T. Hamm, Claire M. Hamm, Kaley J. Hartley and Brooks A. Hartley; a niece, Virginia F. Turner; and nephews, Thomas W. Harris, David T. Harris and Henry Turner.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Michael B. Hargrove Scholarship Fund, Grace United Methodist Church, North Augusta, S.C., or Wadley Baptist Church, Wadley.

Elliot and Sons was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Brenda L. Mills
Miss Brenda Mills, 42, of Wrens entered into rest on Jan. 17, 2010, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Miss Mills was born on Dec. 30, 1967, to Ruby Stapleton and the late Freddie Mills. She attended the public schools of Jefferson County.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Avera, with Rev. Carlos Newton Sr. presiding and Rev. C.W. Stone as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Whitney Trimble, Terria Mills and Quanita Mills, all of Louisville; mother, Ruby Lee Stapleton of Louisville; brothers, David Burley of Augusta, and Michael (Cheryl) Mills of Mitchell; grandmother, Kattie Mae Wells of Wrens; friends, Cynthia Farmer of Wrens, and Diane Kemp of Augusta; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Fannie Nelson
Mrs. Fannie Nelson of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Freeman; one daughter, Cadaciza Freeman; one son, Aquino Freeman, Augusta; mother, Gertrude Oliphant Nelson, Augusta; three sisters, Elizabeth Oliphant, Englewood, Calif., Geneva Nelson, Augusta, and Linda Nelson, Wrens; seven brothers, Ernest (Pat) Nelson, Burnest Nelson, all of Augusta, Bernard Nelson, Atlanta, Alfred (Vanessa) Nelson, Willie (Melissa) Nelson, Joseph (Pam) Nelson and Alex Nelson, all of Wrens; three grandchildren, Genesis Freeman, Galeeyia Freeman and Zada Freeman, all of Augusta; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Samuel Bernard “Sam” Rabun
Mr. Samuel Bernard “Sam” Rabun, 78, of Thomson entered into rest Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at Thomson Health and Rehabilitation.

Mr. Rabun was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County, and was the son of the late Claude Rabun and the late Edna Wheeler Rabun. He was an insurance representative and retired from Pet Milk Corporation. Mr. Rabun was a member of Faith Baptist Church. He also served as chairman of the Deacons of Faith Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Faith Baptist Church, with Rev. Don Widener officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Emmie Reese Rabun.

Survivors include his wife, Ollie Ruth Dunham Rabun of Thomson; daughter, Tomora R. Deas of Thomson; sons, Bobby Hadden (Paula) of Thomson, and Billy Hadden (Pam) of Thomson; grandchildren, April Hadden and Ron Deas; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Tommy Cato, Chad Widener, Ray Chester, Tony Burnley, Roy Parkerson, Kevin Burnley and Eldridge Hillman.

Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Crutchfield Jr., Tommy Johnson, Curt McGahee, Jay Widener, Tommy Chapman and Carl Williams.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Baptist Youth Camp Fund, 1917 Kitchens Rd. S.W., Thomson, GA, 30824

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lucious “Bay” Reaves
Mr. Lucious “Bay” Reaves of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Reaves was born in Eatonton on May 16, 1936, the oldest child of the late Lee and Vianna Yarbrough Reaves. He was married to Juanita Brooks on Oct. 31, 1958. He was employed by CCC Builders as a construction employee for 52 years, and part-time at Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company for nearly four years. He joined Pine Hill Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of the Trustee Board. He was a gold card member of the Sons of Louisville Masonic Lodge No. 579.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Pine Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Christopher Durden officiating and Rev. Willie Jones presiding. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Brooks Reaves; children, Valerie Louis (Tommie) of Hephzibah, Milton Reaves (Janice) and Michael Reaves (Michelle), all of Louisville, and Janice Jackson (Kenneth) of Ellenwood: siblings; Roger Reaves (Johnnie) of Eatonton, Curtis Reaves (Ernestine) and Veron Reaves, all of Milledgeville, Kimble Reaves (Thelma) of Springfield, Mass., Lizzie Hartry and Janet Reaves, both of Milledgeville, and Frances Jones (Romiles) of Springfield, Mass.; stepsister, Eunice Cooper of Atlanta; uncle, Kato Reaves (Mattie) of Milledgeville; sisters-in-law, Mattie Flournoy, Eva Jean Walden, Elsie Whitfield (Arthur) and Shirley Dogan; brothers-in-law, Joe Louis Brooks (Ruby), Eddie Brooks (Georgia) and Freddie Brooks; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Pine Hill Baptist Church and the Sons of Louisville Masonic Lodge No. 597.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Allen Rucker Sr.
Mr. Allen Rucker Sr. of Midville entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at the Glendale Nursing Home in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. at End Time Faith Deliverance Church, Midville, with Pastor Clyde Foreman and Rev. Larry Cone officiating. Interment was in Jones Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Rosier.

Phinazee and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Bargeron Rucker
Mrs. Mary Bargeron Rucker, 87, of Cumming entered into rest on Jan. 21, 2010.

A native of Burke County, she was the eldest of three children of Pearl Heath Odom Bargeron and Henry Grady Bargeron. She was born in Waynesboro on Oct. 20, 1922. After graduating from Waynesboro High School she went to college for two years and then held her first teaching position in Toomsboro. She later returned to college to earn her teaching degree at Georgia Women’s College in Milledgeville. She taught in Claxton and Monroe, as well as spending summers doing missionary work in North Carolina. She moved to Cumming in 1951 as the bride of Walter H. Rucker Sr. She taught for over 30 years in Forsyth County. She retired from teaching and then began working at Cumming Library before becoming a bailiff for the Forsyth County Courts. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Cumming and the Gleaners Sunday School class.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Robert Jolly officiating. Interment followed at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Emory Evans Bargeron; sister, Margaret Bargeron Courson; and brother-in-law, Peter B. Courson.

Survivors include her children, Kim (Phillip) R. Davis of Jefferson, Walter H. Rucker Jr. of Athens, and Ann (Richard) Buice of Cumming; grandchildren, Dr. Megan D. Seabolt, Clermont, Christian P. Gill and Casey M. Gill, all of Cumming; step-granddaughter, Charity Lee of Winder; great-granddaughter, Katelyn Seabolt; sister-in-law, Ruth Brannen Bargeron of Louisville; friend, Olive Thornton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First Baptist Church Building Fund in her memory, 1597 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA, 30040.

Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Cleophia “Apple” Scott Shaw
Mrs. Cleophia “Apple” Scott Shaw, 72 of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at an Augusta Hospital.

Mrs. Shaw joined the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and served until 1966. At that time she moved to New York to work. She joined the Second Baptist Church in New York. Mrs. Shaw lived and worked for 35 years in New York before her health begin to fail. At that time she moved back home.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at noon at Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Deloris S. Tennyson of Augusta, Brenda F. Shaw of Pompano Beach, Fla., Careese Williams of Evans, Wrockelle S. Shaw of Hephzibah, Jerome D. Shaw of Las Vegas, Nev., Kenneth (Eva) T. Shaw of Hephzibah, Stevie P. Shaw of Tallahassee, Fla., and Pace V. (Yvette) Shaw of Augusta; one granddaughter, Londya T. Carr; a nephew, Alex Scott; extended family, Barry and Susan Friedlander of New York, Douglas Friedlander of Arkansas, and Gregory and Jillian Friedlander, Durham, N.C.; one aunt, Mattie Turner of Alabama; son-in-law, Jimmie Williams; sister-in-law, Julia Scott; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clifford Thompson Sr.
Mr. Clifford Thompson Sr. of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010.

Mr. Thompson was a member of Gordon Grove Baptist Church as chairman of the Trustee Board for many years. He was a formal member of The Sons of Louisville Lodge No. 579 and Swainsboro Consistory No. 317. He received his education in the school system of Jefferson County. He was employed by Forstmann and Company for several years. He was a basketball coach for the Louisville Plant. He also drove trucks for Howard Sheppard Company. On Aug. 17, 1968, he was married to Emma Lee McGruder.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Gordon Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Bennie Brinson officiating and Rev. Allen Webb presiding. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Willie Thompson.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Lee Thompson; daughters, Bernice Brown (Thomas) of Davisboro, Glenda Walker (Barry) of Macon, Gloria Brown (Kevin) of Louisville, and Arnita Rainwater (Kevin) of Atlanta; sons, Clinton Jackson of Atlanta, Clifford Thompson Jr. (Latasha) and Lorenzo Thompson (Lealita) of Louisville; grandchildren, Yasmeen, Sheniqua, Shonterria, Tyrone, Tyrell, Amber, Naomi and Zion; brothers, Freddie Thompson (Josephine) and Leroy Thompson (Brenda), all of Louisville, and Charlie Thompson (Frances) of New Jersey; adopted brothers, Bobby Fields (Rose) of Augusta, and Stanley Brown (Shelia) of Louisville; sister, Carrie Cox (Andrew) of Atlanta; godchildren, Corey McGruder, Joey McGruder and Tekquell Watson (Sam); brothers-in-law, Willie McGruder of Louisville, Commie McGruder (Althea) and Bobby McGruder, all of Detroit, Mich.; sisters-in-law, Emma Lue Thompson Norris and Ora Thompson; aunts, Bessie Robinson, Anna Laurie Scott (Charles), Dorothy Gibbons and Ella Mae Gibbons, all of Wadley, Annie Ruth Holmes (Alex) of Bartow, Grady Thompson (Alice) and Minnie Mae Robinson of Miami, Fla., and Lula Lovett of Brunswick; friends, Andrew Gauge and Ruthie McGhee of Atlanta; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Gordon Grove Baptist Church.

Honorary pallbearers were Sons of Louisville Lodge No. 579.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Janic J’Nea Williams
Janic J’nea Williams, infant, of Wadley entered into rest on Dec. 7, 2009 at Jefferson Hospital.

Janic J’nea was born earlier that day at home. She weighed 4 lbs. 8 oz. and was 18 inches long. She was the daughter of Bernadette Williams, and the granddaughter of Eddie Williams Sr. and the late Janice B. Williams, all of Wadley.

Her remains were donated to the Medical College of Georgia.

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