Obituaries
March 11, 2010 Issue

Miss Mary “Nanny” Bishop Allmond
Miss Mary Bishop Allmond, “Nanny”, 90, of Vidette entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Miss Allmond was born June 18, 1919, in Emanuel County. She moved to Vidette in 1985 following her retirement from Joyner Sales in Columbia, S.C. She was a member of Bethel Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Vidette.

Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010, at Bethel ARP Church in Vidette, with Rev. J. Roy White officiating. Burial followed at Rose Dhu Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Molly Bishop; daughters and son-in-law, Jean Thomas and Linda and Doran Cartmell; and two great-grandchildren, Geoffery Cartmell and Doran Lee Cartmell III.

Survivors include her son-in-law, John S. Thomas of Vidette; four grandchildren, Bill Cartmell (Carolyn), Susan Homer (Drew) and Lee Cartmell (Bobbi), all of Utah, and John S. “Johnny” Thomas III (Dominee) of Waynesboro; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Carlton Bishop, Bill Cartmell, Lee Cartmell, Drew Homer, Chris Lewis and Johnny Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers were great-grandsons.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Bethel ARP Church, c/o Tommy Rowland, 7256 Highway 24 West, Louisville, GA, 30434.

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


Mrs. Donna Blakenship
Mrs. Donna Blakenship of Stapleton entered into rest on Thursday, March 4, 2010.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 8, 2010, at 1 p.m. at A.S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home in Decatur, with Rev. Kenneth Sweat officiating. Internment followed in the Millwood Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Blakenship of Stapleton; daughter, Rebecca (Moses) Halcomb of Lawrenceville; stepsons, Darek (Sara) Blakenship of Braselton, and Larry Blakenship Jr. of Dunwoody; sister, Susan (David) Ewing of Covington; brother, Allen Cook of Covington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.


Mr. James Clifford Johnson Sr.
Mr. James Clifford Johnson Sr. of Wadley entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 5, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Spears Grove Baptist Church in Wadley, with Pastor C.W. Stone officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Julia Pearl Johnson, Wadley; children, James (Linda) Johnson Jr., Jerry (Beverly) Green, Willie Mae (Donald) Brinkley, Patricia (Edward) Riles, Bobbie Jean (Joe) Johnson, Curtis (Tracey) Johnson Sr. and Reggie Johnson, all of Wadley, Lamar (Dedra) Johnson, Byron, and Anthony (Sharon) Williams, Bartow; siblings, Pastor Tommy Lee (Marion) Johnson, Rev. Charlie (Frances) Johnson, Elizabeth Reeves, Nathan (Bula) Johnson and Roman (Ola Mae) Johnson, all of Swainsboro; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tommy (Katherine) Nelson, Hollywood, Fla.; son-in-law, Roosevelt Atkins, Wadley; 23 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Ezee Carter, Gary Harmon, Willie Randall, Lorenzo Stone, Ricky Tarver and William Tarver.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mattie Lee Whigham Jackson
Mrs. Mattie Lee Whigham Jackson, 94, of Savannah entered into rest on Feb. 16, 2010, at home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Jackson was born in Emanuel County on April 5, 1915. She completed her formal high school education in Wadley. She married the late Fred M. Jackson on Jan. 18, 1937, in Jefferson County. They moved to Savannah in 1941.

Funeral and burial services were private.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and three children, Gwendolyn J. McMillan, Louise J. White and Fred E. Jackson.

Survivors include children, Mattie F. Jackson (Alfred) Gray, Greensville, S.C., Dazola Jackson Belle and Cynthia Jackson Formey, both of Savannah, John A. Jackson, Forest Park, and Cyrus J. (Brenda) Jackson, Fayetteville; grandchildren, John Wesley IV and Sonja McMillan, Jeffery and Brian Gray, Katrina B. (Juan) Aponte, Jonise and Kamaria Jackson, Khadija and Akiya Jackson, Turkesha McIvy, and Dionne and Christopher Formey; great-grandchildren, John Wesley V, Jordie and Jarvis McMillan, Maite and Christiana Aponte, Kamden Tift, Brian and Billy Whitfield, and Mario McIvy; siblings, Ola Mae W. Curtis and Raybun (Blanche) Whigham, both of Augusta, Beatrice W.W. Shareef and Hubert Whigham, both of Atlanta, Annetta W. Wright of Conyers, and Gladys W. (Gardner) Hobbs of Wrens; and a host of other relatives

Adams Funeral Services, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Christopher L. Mock
Mr. Christopher L. Mock, 72, of Sandersville entered into rest on Monday, March 1, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Mock was born and raised in Sylvania, the son of the late Harvey A. Mock and the late Ollie Elizabeth Mock. He was retired from Anglo American Clays and ECCI International as a maintenance supervisor. Mr. Mock was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist church and was an avid antique tractor hobbyist. He also formerly worked as a bread salesman for the Sun Beam Bread Company.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Marlon Lastinger officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Stanley Mock.

Survivors include his children, Allen Mock (Laura Hollie) of Mitchell, Belinda M. Nicholson (Richard) of Buckhead, and Lori Mock of Sandersville; grandchildren, Derek Mock, Tristan Mock, Chandler Mock, Josh Nicholson and Matthew Nicholson; a great-granddaughter, Emma Mock; brother, Walter Mock (Betty) of Sylvania; and sisters, Gloria Jones (W.C.) of Statham, Lela Oliver (Brown) of Sylvania, and Shelby Jean Miles of Statesboro.

Donations may be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation 3520 Lake Ave., Suite 202 Wilmette, IL 60091.

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


Mrs. Eleanor Cook Norton
Mrs. Eleanor Cook Norton, 73, of Avera entered into rest on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at her residence.

A native of Atlanta, she was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where she served as pianist.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Chris New and Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel C. Norton.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon (Terry) Kerstetter of Fairbanks, Ala., and Sheila L. Norton of Avera; one son, Ricky (Sandy) Norton of Avera; one sister, Dorothy Ellis of Peachtree City; four grandchildren, Mandy Trandell, Josh Kerstetter, Brittany Norton and Brad Norton; four great-grandchildren, Azeria Trandell, Tyce Trandell, Kindle Kerstetter and Kady Raines.

Pallbearers were Anthony Clark, Russell Clark, Warren “Boo” Mathis, Mark Thigpen, Bernard Pittman, Dwain Pittman and Mack Alligood.

Honorary Pallbearers were Lonnie Ledger and the Deacons of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Youth Fund in care of Bobbie Kitchens, 1092 Oak St., Avera, GA, 30803.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Alice McCallie Pressly
Mrs. Alice McCallie Pressly, 95, entered into rest on Feb. 15, 2010.

She belonged to two families who have long been involved in the history of independent education in the South, the McCallies in Tennessee and the Presslys in South Carolina. She herself played a role in the founding of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta in 1951. Along with her husband, Dr. William L. Pressly, she played a role in a chapter of the history of independent education in the South. Born Aug. 23, 1914, Alice McCallie Pressly was the daughter of the late Spencer Jarnagan McCallie and Alice Fletcher McCallie of Chattanooga, Tenn., part of a family that played a role in shaping Chattanooga from the early years of the 19th century. In 1905, her father, together with his brother, founded the McCallie School, which soon became a leading day-boarding school that set a standard for college preparatory education in the South. After graduating from the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, founded by her great-aunt, she earned her B.A. from Agnes Scott College, where she received the Hopkins Jewel, awarded to the senior who best lives up to the College’s ideals. While teaching at the Girls Preparatory School, she married Dr. Pressly, son of Dr. Paul Pressly, preacher of Louisville ARP Church for more than 20 years. Dr. Pressly was a faculty member at the McCallie School and the son, grandson, and great-grandson of Presbyterian ministers who had been involved with the creation and development of Erskine College in Due West, S.C. They were married for 59 years until her husband’s death in 2001. In 1951, her husband left his position as co-headmaster of McCallie to become the founding president of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. In 1994, the Board of Trustees recognized her by dedicating the plaza in front of Pressly Hall. She was a member of the 19th Century History Club and the Atlanta History Center. Her research into her own family’s history led to her joining the Joseph Habersham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Moffatt Pressly (Jane) of Savannah, and William Laurens Pressly (Nancy) of Washington, D.C.; grandson, David Pressly (Megan) of Atlanta; and two great-grandchildren, William Laurens Pressly and Caitlin Elizabeth Pressly; brother, David McCallie (Madden) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; sister, Ellen McCallie Cochrane of Winchester, Va.; and sister-in-law Queenie McCallie of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and numerous nieces, nephews and related family.

H.M. Patterson and Son were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bennie C. Reid
Mr. Bennie C. Reid, 74, of Matthews entered into rest on Monday, March 1, 2010, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Reid was retired. He was the husband of Frances Reid, and the son of the late Mary and Brantley Reid.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2010, with Pastor Tommy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include three children, Ponda (Keith) Pittman, Stapleton, Bonnie (Tommy) Wood, Martinez, and Scott (Michelle) Reid, Avera; brother, Carlton Reid, Thomson; sister, Helen Peebles, Stapleton; eight grandchildren, Michelle McNeely, Ryan Pittman, Denise Butler, Dana Milhouse, Trey Wood, Coty Wood, Magon Casarez and Storm Reid; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Wade Brooks, Jeff Jones, Robert Jones, Kenneth Smith, Mark Beckum and Larry Beckum.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1105-D Furys Lane, Augusta, GA, 30907 or online at https://donate.americanheart.org.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert E. Rhodes Sr.
Mr. Robert E. Rhodes Sr., 79, of Dearing entered into rest on March 2, 2010. Bob loved his family.

Mr. Rhodes was the son of the late Frank Rhodes and Rhett Greene Rhodes of Richmond County.

Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010, at Starling Funeral Home, with Rev. Jim Martin officiating.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Shannon “Baby Girl” Rhodes.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patsy Henderson Rhodes; daughter, Patricia Rhett Barton of Dearing; two sons, Robert “Dusty” Rhodes Jr. (Lisa) of Augusta, and John “Russell” Rhodes (Susan) of Grovetown; five grandchildren, Kristian Meadows, Kasey Rhodes, Reid Rhodes, Matthew Rhodes and Lauren Rhodes; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Shannon Rhodes Class of 2010 Scholarship Fund, c/o Glascock County Consolidated School, 1230 Panther Way, Gibson, GA, 30810.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charlie Roberts
Mr. Charlie Roberts, 67, of Jonesboro, formerly of Emanuel County, entered into rest on Monday, March 1, 2010, at Southern Regional Medical Center, Riverdale.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Michael Thomas officiating and Rev. R. L. Stephens assisting.

Jogresan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary “Helen” Bush Smith
Mrs. Mary “Helen” Bush Smith, 77, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center.

Mrs. Smith was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and was a founder and member of Fellowship Baptist Church. Earlier on, she catered and baked wedding cakes and then worked in the lunchroom at Wrens High School and later was the Food Service Director at Jefferson Hospital. She was the wife of Ernest “Smitty” Smith and daughter of the late Albert and Reba Russell Bush.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Willie Scroggins officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Rodney (Pam) Smith, Stapleton, Peggy (Randy) Cannon, Milledgeville, and Cynthia (Howard) Jones, Walterboro, S.C.; brother, John A. (Jo) Bush Jr., Augusta; three grandchildren, Jeff (Shannon) Smith, Chase Smith and Will Cannon; and one great-grandson, Ryan Smith.

Pallbearers were Freddie Christian, Sam Christian, Dean Hadden, Cliff Johnson, Wright Perdue, Ronald Russell, Billy Scruggs and Lee Woods.

Memorials may be made to The Relay For Life, c/o Dianne Rhodes, 2771 Hwy 102, Wrens, GA, 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Maxie Lee Thomas
Miss Maxie Lee Thomas, 77, entered into rest on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at her residence.

Miss Thomas was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Mack and Annie Lee Flournoy Thomas. At an early age she joined the Ebenezer CME Church and was retired from Hartley Cleaners and Clean and Wash.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 3 p.m. at the Faith Memorial CME Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Bertha (John) Wicker Sr., Shirley Jean Thomas and Karen Yvonne Thomas, all of Bartow; four sons, Allen Thomas of Louisville, Marion (Sonja) Thomas of Dublin, Jerry Dean Thomas of Louisville, and Alfred (Phillis) Thomas of Wadley; two godchildren, Barbara Ann Tarver of Bartow, and Robert Lane Thomas of Swainsboro; three sisters, Annie Lois Thomas of Louisville, Dessie Foster of Nashville, Tenn., and Beatrice Deraughn of Jacksonville, Fla.; four brothers, Henry Albert Thomas, Walter Evans (Lottie Mae) Thomas Sr. and Freddie (Rose Marion) Thomas, all of Bartow, and Rev. Mack (Malinda) Thomas Jr. of Statesboro; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; one aunt, Tiny Ree Heggs of St. Augustine, Fla.; two uncles, Oscar Thomas of New Britian, Conn., and Eugene Murray of Wadley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lloyd Usry
Mr. Lloyd Usry, 94, of Gibson entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, being in failing health after he suffered a stroke in June 2008.

Mr. Usry was born on July 8, 1915, in Glascock County. He was the son of the late D.A. Usry and Sally Newsome Usry. In 1932, he married Kate Clark who preceded him in death on June 2, 1981. He retired from the Augusta Police Department in 1972 and returned to Glascock County where he built his retirement home. He conducted weekly Bible classes for the residents at Gibson Nursing Home for several years.

Funeral services were held at Bethel Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, with Rev. Marion Jay officiating. Burial was in Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Lois Froess of Gibson, Lewis Usry of Gibson, Ruth Timmerman of Augusta and Mildred Bass of Augusta.

Survivors include his three children, Jawana Arrington-Garrett (Felix) of Augusta, C.F. Usry of North Augusta, S.C., and Barbara (Lester) Williams of Hephzibah; two brothers, Leroy Usry of Gibson and Kenneth Usry of Florida; two sisters, Glennis Williford of Gibson and Bessie Thomas of North Augusta; eight grandchildren, Mike (Cathy) Arrington, Keith (Stacy) Arrington, Karen (Chucky) Hughes, Lisa Redd, C.F. Usry Jr., Gina (Tony) Padgett, Cathy (John) Crees, Kyle (Terry) Williams; 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Chucky Usry, Kyle Williams, and great-grandsons, Craig Arrington, Patrick Arrington, Brad Arrington and Kenneth Hughes.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jack “Jackson” Williams
Mr. Jack “Jackson” Williams entered into rest on Feb. 22, 2010, surrounded by family.

Mr. Williams was born on July 10, 1960, in Hartford, Conn. He grew up in Colorado Springs, Co., lived in Gunnison, Co., and spent the last 11 years in Canon City, Co.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Canon City, Co.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack P. Williams of Wrens; and grandparents, Homer and Alma Williams of Wrens.

Survivors include his wife, Denise Gonzales of Canon City, Co.; son, Cole; mother, Mary “Mifi” Day of Gunnison, Co.; four sisters, Susan (David), Kim (Tim), Kay (Aaron) and Margot; one brother, George; and 11 nieces and nephews.

Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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