Obituaries
February 25, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brown
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brown entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in Columbus.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Bethel AME Church, with Rev. Mark Pierson officiating. Burial was in Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery, Matthews.

Survivors include two daughters, Cleaster Pryor, Columbus, and Bobbie J. Brown; son-in-law, Bennie Brown Jr., Clinton, Md.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; niece, Mary Smith, Newark, N.J.; great-nephew, Jerome Preston Bates, New York, N.Y.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Etta McMahan Culpepper
Mrs. Mary Etta McMahan Culpepper, 90, of Augusta entered into rest at her home on Feb. 17, 2010, after a long bout with illness.

A native of Cross Anchor, S.C., Mrs. Culpepper was a daughter of the late Lee A. and Emmie McCravy McMahan. She was a member of the Grovetown United Methodist Church. Most of her adult life was spent in Grovetown, where she raised a family with her late husband Leomia E. Culpepper. Mrs. Culpepper retired from civil service, having worked at Fort Gordon and the VA Hospital Forrest Hills Division. Upon retiring she continued her education at Augusta Technical College where she studied horticulture.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at Grovetown United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tim Oliver officiating. Interment was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leomia E. Culpepper; her son, David E. Culpepper; and five brothers, James A. McMahan, Everette P. McMahan, Julian McMahan, Grover McMahan and Walter S. McMahan.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia C. Moore (Jerry) of Grovetown, and Janet C. Thomason (Jefferey) of Augusta; two sons, Richard E. Culpepper of Martinez, and Robert E. Culpepper (Cyndi) of Mitchell; six grandchildren, Jessica Culpepper of Washington, D.C., Jared Thomason, Nathan Thomason and Meredith Thomason, all of Augusta, and Blythe Culpepper and Brooke Culpepper, both of Mitchell; one sister, Donnie Fae Rice of Hull; numerous nieces, nephews and other family; caregivers, Edna Reddick, Susan Young and Beverley Walker; and dogs, Lady, Joy and Gracie, all of Augusta.

Pallbearers were nephews, Danny Culpepper, Joe Culpepper, Johnnie McMahan, Billy Manley, Chad Culpepper and Kyle Tompkins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grovetown United Methodist Church 206 E. Robinson Ave., Grovetown, GA, 30813, or the American Heart Association.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Lee Hannah
Mr. Robert Lee Hannah, 55, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at the University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Hannah was born June 1, 1954, in Augusta, to the parentage of the late Eugene Hannah Sr. and the late Gladys Trimble Hannah. He worked at the Atwell Pecan Company, Wrens, until his health began to fail.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Dr. W. L. Jones as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded by his parents; two sisters, Dorothy J. Stewart and Brenda Hannah; and five brothers, James Edward Hannah, Thomas L. Hannah, Willie Roy Hannah, Willie J. Hannah and Willie Gene Hannah.

Survivors include three sisters, Enay Avery of Wrens, Mae Rose Aldred and Ruby Mae Haynes, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four brothers, Johnny (Mattie) Hannah of Avera, Joe Lewis Hannah and Dennis Lee Hannah, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Freddie Gene Hannah of Valdosta, one aunt, Mary Hannah of Wrens; five stepchildren, Laverne Tucker, Carolyn Hannah, Ki`e Ki`e Avery, Patricia Vaughner and Willie Lane, all of Wrens; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Bessie Harper
Mrs. Bessie Harper of Davisboro entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Kingdom Life Fellowship Ministries, Wadley, with Rev. Eric Burden officiating. Interment was in Shiloh CME Church, Davisboro.

M.C. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Louise Ramsey Joiner
Mrs. Louise Ramsey Joiner, 83, of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at UPAC of North Augusta.

Born in Louisville on May 20, 1926, Mrs. Joiner spent most of her life in Augusta. She retired as a bookkeeper at Greene Street Presbyterian Church where she was also a member for many years.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment followed at Magnolia Cemetery, Waynesboro.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the MCG Children’s Medical Center, c/o Donations Coordinator (706) 721-0749 or 1658.

DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Curtis Richard James
Mr. Curtis Richard James, 79, of Matthews entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at The Place At Martinez Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born to the late Beulah Guy and Richard James, Mr. James was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. Having to quit school at an early age, he helped his father farm and build houses. He met his wife, Margie Holley James, when he was only 15 and was married at age 19. He and his father built houses until his father’s untimely death in 1969 after which he partnered with Rabun Realty and later with his son, Edward. After retiring, he worked with his son, Raymond, at James Cabinets and his son, Edward, at James Funeral Home. He was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, with Rev. Billy Duggan and Dr. James M. Ford officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Margie Holley James; three children, M. Darlene (David) James-Bass, Edward C. (Debbie) James, and Raymond K. (Miriam) James; brothers, John C. (Lois) James, Augusta, and Ricky W. (Tanya) James; a sister, Betty J. (James) Sheppard; four grandsons, Nathan C. James, Statesboro, Brandon P. (Roseann) James, Tyler E. James and Blake M. James; a step-granddaughter, Cassidy Bass, Gray; one great-grandson, Colton B. James; numerous nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends.

Pallbearers were his sons and grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 563, Wrens, GA, 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Leona Joyce Lloyd Kight
Mrs. Leona Joyce Lloyd Kight, 74, of Keysville entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at her residence.

Mrs. Kight was born in Blackshear, but had made Keysville her home for 40 years and was a member of Mt. Moriah UMC.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at 4 p.m. at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church, with Rev. Chris Henry officiating. Interment followed in Keysville UMC Cemetery beside her husband.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Julian H. Kight; parents, Leon E. and Gladys Johnson Lloyd; and stepson, Julian Allen Kight.

Survivors include her children, Lloyd “Pat” Kight, Brandon, Miss., Mike D. (Lynn) Kight, Hephzibah, Hal (Ginny) Kight, Julian “Jake” Kight and Gladys “Sue” (Aubrey) Wheeler; her stepchildren, Terri Allen, Chattanoogo, Tenn., and Libby Kight, Delta City, Miss.; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; adopted daughter, Darlene; and many friends.

Pallbearers were James Arrington, Freddie Harden, Chad Stewart, Jeff King, Jason Saxon and J.R. Lamberth.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Louise Echols Jenkins Minton
Mrs. Louise Echols Jenkins Minton, formerly of Macon, entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Alexandria, Va.

Funeral services were held at the Wadley United Methodist Church, Wadley, on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at 2 p.m. Interment was in the Edenfield Family Section of the Wadley Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Wayne (Carolyn) Jenkins; daughter, Judith Jenkins Seymour; grandson, Rand (Denise) Jenkins; granddaughter, Clare (Peter) Koller; and a great-grandson, Evan Jenkins.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James “Sonny” “Tom” “JT” Thompson
Mr. James “Sonny” “Tom” “J.T.” “Mr. T” Thompson entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010.

Mr. Thompson was born in Jefferson County to the late Willie James and Margaret Atkinson Thompson on June 1, 1941. He was baptized at an early age at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville. He later joined St. Philip Evangelist Episcopal Church in 1977, where he served until his death. He was secretary for the Men’s Club and security officer when the church had affairs. He attended school in Jefferson County. After graduating from Jefferson County High School, he joined the U.S. Army in 1960, where he served for 10 years. He was with Co.B, 19th Bn 5th Tng Regt, Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., 7th Army B Co, 385th MP Bn, Kornwestheim, Germany, and 34th MP DET USAREUR, Aschaffenburg, Germany. After leaving the Army, he joined the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13, 1969. He was an accident investigator, traffic school instructor and desk clerk. He retired on Feb. 23, 1991, after 21 years of service. He worked for the U.S. Marshall’s Service as a district

security officer from November 1992 until May 2009. He received many certificates and medals for his work and conduct. He recently received a plaque and certificate from the U.S. Marshall’s Service for outstanding services. He married his wife, Elaine Grant Thompson, on Dec. 22, 1967, in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at the St. Philip Evangelist Episcopal Church, Washington D.C.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine; son, Christopher; mother-in-law, Callie M. Smith; sister, Mildred Walker, Burlington, N.J.; sister-in-law, Kay M. Grant, Plano, Texas; three brothers-in-law, Rodney F. Grant, Plano, Texas; Michael Grant, Baltimore, MD., and Lacey Walker, Burlington, N.J.; four granddaughters, D’Ana, Nitara, Zoriah and Brianna; two grandson, Crishaun and Izayah; three aunts, Ida Lee Flourney, Inwood, N.Y., Mary Ehtel James, Delray Beach, Fla., and Mattie Lee King, Daytona Beach, Fla.; one uncle, Eli Atkinson, Deray Beach, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Marshall’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Bernice Hunley White
Miss Bernice Hunley White of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta.

Miss White was born in Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Jake and Eddie Mae White. She was reared by the late Mack and Reecie Hunley. She received her education in the Jefferson County School System. She was a member of Lofton AME Church and Spring Bethel Benevolent Society and attended the Louisville Senior Center.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Louisville, with Rev. Kenneth Davis officiating and Rev. Carl Simmons assisting. Interment was in the Spring Bethel Society Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Carrie Mae Glover, Agnes Hunley, Geneva Hunley and Ronnie Hunley.

Survivors include her sisters, Hattie Ruth Hall (Gary), Patricia Hines (Willie) and Zolie Davis, all of Louisville, Carrie Gwyinn (George) of Dale City, Va., and Myra Bell (Timothy) of Wadley; brother, Albert White of Swainsboro; sister-in-law, Bernice Hunley of Louisville; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Gary Hall, Lynwood Hines, Willie Tarver Jr., Demetrius Tarver, Robert Henley IV, Charles Gibbons Jr. and Jamie Davis.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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