Obituaries
February 18, 2010 Issue

Miss Ruthie G. Collins
Miss Ruthie G. Collins of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at Trinity Hospital under Hospice Care.

Miss Collins was born July 3, 1936, in Oak Park.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Lyons.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Rachael Collins.

Survivors include two brothers, Solomon Collins of Oak Park, and Bennie Collins of Augusta; and one sister, Leonia Jordan of Matthews.


Mrs. Delores “Lois” Daniels
Mrs. Delores “Lois” Daniels, 58, of Augusta entered into rest on Feb. 8, 2010.

Mrs. Daniels was born in Newark, N.J., on Sept. 2, 1958, to Lawrence (Christine Davis) Polen Sr.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Freeman Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Kenneth Hannah officiating.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Polen Sr.; and grandson, Desmond “Day Day” Daniels.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Phillip Daniels of Augusta; daughter, Sandra (Samuel) Lester; three grandchildren, Desiree Daniels, Deanna Daniels and Deondra Daniels, all of Augusta; one step-grandchild, Ashley Lester of Augusta; mother, Christine Polen of Augusta; two sisters, Catherine Polen and Reba Polen, both of Wrens; one brother, Lawrence (Diane) Polen Jr. of Newark, N.J.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elizabeth Cowart Grimes
Mrs. Elizabeth Cowart Grimes, 74, of Bartow entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at her residence.

Mrs. Grimes, born in Emanuel County, was retired from the textile industry, and a member of the Bartow Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Josey Baptist Church, with Rev. Josh McClain and Rev. William Snipes officiating. Interment followed in the Josey Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Bruce R. Grimes, Barbara G. Perry and Jeffery D. Grimes, all of Bartow; two brothers, Cleveland Cowart and Virgil Cowart; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren

Pallbearers were Jason Elkins, Bobby Petty, Jr., Mike Cowart, Brian Willis, Ed Cowart and Rob Powell.

Honorary Pallbearers were Steve Wilcher, Jonathan Grimes, Darnell Grimes, Christopher Grimes and Mary Hall.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Paul Jackson Sr.
Mr. Paul Jackson Sr. entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, in Bartow.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. at Kingdom Life Fellowship Ministries International in Harrison, with Apostle Clifford Duckworth officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kelvin Hickson, Glenn Davis, Jr., Tyrone Davis, Demetrius Davis and Kawaskya Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Willie Frances Davis Jackson, Bartow; one daughter, Linda Evans, Wadley; two sons, Paul Jackson Jr., Coatesville, Pa., and Charles Eugene Jackson, West Palm Beach, Fla.; six sisters, Rosie Lynn, Newark, N.J., Louise (Lonnie) Dixon, Long Beach, Calif., Corine Daniels and Betty Tarver, Dublin, Willia Hicks, Jacksonville, Fla., and Mary Coston, Newport News, Va.; six brothers, John (Ruby) Daniels, Newark, N.J., Willie A. May, Oliver Gibbons, Alvin Robinson, Quincey (Mattie) Robinson, Bartow, and Verlin (Charlene) Robinson, Albany; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, eight sisters-in-law, seven brothers- in-law, an uncle, an aunt and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements


Miss Dorothy James
Miss Dorothy James, 54, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at Jefferson Hospital.

Miss James was a native of Little Rock, Ark., but moved to Jefferson County in 1969. She was the daughter of the late Henry Lee and Mozella Roe James.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at noon at Jones Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Donnell James, Curtis James, Tawanda James, Mozella (Bruce) Grant and Fredrick James, all of Louisville; sister, Elizabeth Washington of Louisville; brothers, Clarence James of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Charles James of Los Angles, Calif., and twin, Doc Dale James of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Carlos James, Cierra James, Quintnay Young, Bryant James, Jerome James, Briana Hill, Markies Heggs, Sebrina James, Shavondrea Grant, Xavier Mitchell and Donnell Mitchell; four great-great grandchildren; and friend, Moea Murphy of Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Janyce Jordan Smith
Mrs. Janyce Jordan Smith, 59, entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at her residence following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home, with Rev. Hubert Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery, Blakely.

Pallbearers were Billy Brank, Charles Holmes, Dale Holmes, Jonathan Smith, Mike Bell, Harmon Odom and Philip Clinkscales.

Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 13, 1950, in Blakely to the late Carlton Cortez Jordan and Mary Pace Jordan Chandler.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Jewell Dyanne Jordan Clinkscales.

She was a clerk for the Early County Tax Commissioner’s Office in Blakely and a homemaker. She was a member of the Sowhatchee Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Espy Stephen Smith Sr. of Blakely; two sons, Espy Smith Jr. (Tonya) and Todd Anthony Smith (Tracy), all of Blakely; two sisters, Delores Baber (Jim) of Crozet, Va., and Judy Brank of Blakely; three brothers, Lamar Jordan (Peggy) of Albany, LaDon Jordan of Atlanta, and Billy Jordan (Barbara) of Louisville; stepfather, Homer L. Chandler of Blakely; and seven grandchildren, Trip and Corbin Smith of Blakely; Summer, Madison and Carlee Smith, all of Ashburn, and Darren and Emily Brown of Blakely.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to either the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1201, Albany, GA, 31702, or to Wiregrass Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, GA, 39818.


Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Smith
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Smith, 79, of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mrs. Smith was the wife of the late Cecil Smith and the late Carl L. Chalker. She was born in Gibson, but had resided in Augusta since 1965. She was a member of New Hope Worship Center and choir member. Mrs. Smith was a retired seamstress for Trooper Inc.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son, with Rev. Rich Bowen officiating. Interment followed at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Gibson.

Survivors include her son, Gary B. Chalker of Augusta; grandson, George Lee Chalker of Augusta; step-granddaughter, Ann Williams of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; step-great-grandchildren, Tony Williams and Crystal Ann Vause; and friend, Yvonne McKinnon.

Pallbearers were Greg Milburn, Allen Chalker, Mike Leaptrotte, Greg Cantrell, Joel Bryant and Paul Scott.

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


Mr. Leotis Terrell
Mr. Leotis Terrell, 69, of Avera entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at the Burke County Medical Center.

Mr. Terrell was a native of Jefferson County, and the son of the late Robert and Lenora Farmer Terrell. He was a self-employed auto mechanic.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church and Bethlehem AME Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Linda Terrell of Avera; one daughter, Karlise C. Terrell (Derek) Crawford of Hamlet, N.C.; siblings, Gwendolyn Terrell of Avera, Welton (Emma) Terrell of North Augusta, S.C., Cleophas (Estella) Terrell of Avera, Sallie Delphia Brown of Hollis Long Island, N.Y., Jerrylene Bethea of Jamaica, N.Y., Clysree Brown of Washington, D.C., and Lenora (Richard) Brisbon of Darien; adopted brothers, Freddie Peeples of Philadelphia, Pa., Sammie (Brenda) Peeples and Billy Peeples, all of St. Petersburg, Fla., and William Peeples of Atlanta; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Patricia Ann Van Patten
Miss Patricia Ann Van Patten, 81, of Sandersville entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at the Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Miss Van Patten was born in 1928 in Columbus, the last of 11 children born to the late Henry Wilbert Van Patten and Bessie Leila Henderson. She earned a bachelor of science in education from Auburn University in 1949 and joined the Women’s Army Corps. She later served as a company commander at Fort Dix, N.J., the largest military installation in the Northeast. She earned a masters degree in education from the University of Georgia in 1961, after which she worked at Robins Air Force base in Warner Robins Georgia until her retirement in 1983. She lived for many years at Lewis Lake and was chief financial officer of the Lewis Lake Inc.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at noon at Lewis Lake Restaurant.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Rosemere Cemetery, with Rev. Steve Scoggins officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and 10 sisters and brothers, Feara Hubbard, Gertrude Scott, Dorothy Kennedy, Edith Coulter, Henry Howard Van Patten, Wilton Veeley Van Patten, Una Plott, Helen Van Patten, Richard Van Patten and James Van Patten.

Survivors include 16 nieces and nephews, Leah Walton, Verne Hubbard, Carol Gravlee, Alvin Lee Kennedy, Charlotte Kennedy Davis, Henry Eugene Kennedy, Richard Coulter, Patricia C. Raab, Victor Coulter, Norma Jean Turner, Barbara Ann Busby, Rodney Van Patten, Michael Plott, Dory Trinka, James G. Van Patten Jr. and Patrick S. Van Patten.

A memorial contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123, or the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250, Attn: Gift Processing.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of the local arrangements.


Mr. John Loss Wells
Mr. John Loss Wells of Philadelphia, Pa., entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.

Mr. Wells was born in Glascock County on March 7, 1941, to the late Dolphus (Louise) Wells. He was educated through the Jefferson County School System, where he graduated from Jefferson County High School in 1961. He earned his bachelors degree in education from the University of Tennessee, Nashville. He was a state-certified English teacher and taught in the Davdison County School System in Nashville, Tenn. He then continued his education and was a physical therapist at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., for 42 years. He retired from many awards, merits, and notable accomplishments.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dolphus Wells Jr. and Lenton Wells.

Survivors include his brother, Robert Wells of Sebring, Fla.; six sisters, Marie Lewis, Mattie Mikiel and Mamie Ruth Wells, all of Philadelphia, Pa., Evella Farmer and Margaret Brown, both of Wrens, and Gertrude Hamby of Augusta; cousin, Deacon Warren G. Wells; two sisters-in-law, Fannie Wells and Dorothy Wells, both of Wrens; one aunt, Katie Mae Wells; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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