Obituaries
March 18, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Annie Jessie Adkins
Mrs. Annie Jessie Adkins, 100, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, March 7, 2010, in Miami, Fla.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Gordon Grove Baptist Church in Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annie Kate Churchill Atwell
Mrs. Annie Kate Churchill Atwell, 106, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, March 12, 2010, at her residence.

Mrs. Atwell was the wife of the late Royce Edward Atwell. Mrs. Atwell was born in Warren County and was raised by her maternal grandparents, William and Dora Maria Jackson, after her parents died when she was 2 years old. She moved to Wrens with her husband in 1933 where they founded Atwell Pecan Company. She was the bookkeeper, all hand-written manual ledgers and office manager until they sold the company and retired in 1973. She was a member of Wrens UMC, where she was the oldest member for the last decade.

Funeral services were held at the James Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, March 15, 2010, at 1 p.m., with Dr. Benjamin Martin and Dr. James M. Ford officiating. Interment followed in Westover Memorial Park, Augusta.

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn A. (R.G.) Rabun; three grandchildren, Frances (Everett) Williford, Virginia Garrett and Edward (Amanda) Rabun; five great-grandchildren, Christi Williford (Brad) Kosel, Shelly (Patrick) Parker, Addie (Langdon) Holzman, Jessica (Andy) Johns and Jamey Rabun; and six great-great-grandchildren, Tucker Parker, Javan Parker, Baylor Parker, Finley Holzman, Arden Holzman and Cash Kosel.

Pallbearers were Jim Gay, Jeff Gay, Billy Lewis, Jerry Dowdy, Charles Milburn and Jimmy Brown.

Memorials may be made to Wrens United Methodist Church, 202 Russell St, Wrens, GA, 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss La’Tonya Tutt Boyd
Funeral services for Miss La’Tonya Tutt Boyd, 38, of Thomson were held on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 2 p.m. at First Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Appling, Winfield Community, with Rev. Roscoe F. Perry as eulogist and Rev. David Lowe presiding. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Mary R. Tutt, Thomson; father, James L. “Shakey” (Thelma Boatwright), Wrens; adopted mother, Daisy P. Boyd, Thomson; five sisters, Melissa (Pete) Pinkston, Grovetown, Ma’Tosha “Bee” (Vincent) Murray and Latece Tutt, all of Thomson, Patricia (Sulayman) Darby, Forest Park, and Tiffany (Doreal) Kittles, Hephzibah; three brothers, Anthony (Susan) Tutt, Thomson, Dexter (Jennifer) Walker, Wrens, and Mario (Lakeshia) Hart; friend, Derek S. Boyd; and stepson, Derek S. Boyd Jr., all of Thomson; adopted brother, Anthony (Shannon) Dawson, Lithonia; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Larry Lee Battle Sr.
Mr. Larry Lee Battle Sr., 55, of Davisboro entered into rest on Monday, March 8, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Battle was a native of Washington County, the son of Tressie Wicker Kitchens and the late Floyd Battle. He was a member of the Miracle Deliverance Center, Louisville. He attended Washington County School System. For 18 years he was employed with the City of Davisboro and the City of Louisville as cemetery maintenance for the last 15 years.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Miracle Deliverance Center, Louisville, and Shiloh CME Cemetery, Davisboro.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Jean Grant Battle of Davisboro; eight children, Andre Battle of Dover, Del., Larry Lee Battle Jr. of North Augusta, S.C., Antiko Battle and Kimberly Battle, both of Sandersville, Antjuan Battle of Augusta, Danyell Battle of Davisboro; mother, Tressie Wicker Kitchens of Davisboro; six sisters, Jeanette Foster, Sandersville, Rosa (Lee Arthur) Carter, Janice (Larry) Yorker, Shirley (Glenn) Mincey, Debbie Kitchens and Katrina (Clay) Hannah, all of Davisboro; two brothers, Floyd Battle and Willie (Shelia) Kitchens Jr., all of Davisboro; mother-in-law, Jeanette Wilcher of Sandersville; eight grandchildren, DeAndre Battle, Jenhai Battle, Kaiden Battle, Aprilanna Battle, Shandrekes Battle, Antjuan Battle, Nykoya Bryant and Shamiria Bryant; five uncles, Billie (Dorothy) Wicker, John (Bertha) Wicker, Lewis Wicker, Leroy (Mary) Wicker and Willie James Wicker; three aunts, Mary Rolling, Mary Washington and Lottie (Walter) Thomas; cousins, Willie Wicker of Louisville and Clinton Washington of Milledgeville; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Fannie Bell Oliphant Brown
Mrs. Fannie Bell Oliphant Brown, 90, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., entered into rest on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Survivors include her sister, Cressie Hill of Louisville.

Obituary courtesy of Garrer Funeral Home.


Mr. Cary K. Clay
Mr. Cary K. Clay of Mitchell entered into rest on Monday, March 8, 2010, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Clay was born in Chesapeake, Va., and grew up in Reading, Pa. He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years including two tours in Vietnam, Korea and Germany, spending more than 10 years abroad. After retirement, he worked for the United Way in Augusta and Civil Service teaching at Fort Gordon. He was owner and operator of Horsetrader Gun and Clock Repair in Mitchell.

Graveside services with full military honors were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at the Mitchell City Cemetery, with Brian Stewart and Rev. Jarrod Adkins officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia M. “Kandy” Clay; one son, Cevin (Leah) Clay of Martinez; a daughter, Jacqueline Clay of Beech Island, S.C.; and two grandchildren, Rachel and Anna Clay.

Honorary Pallbearers were William Blackstone, Jack Green, Steve Arrington, Jim Lake, Lynn Tapley and Randy Flanagan.

Memorials may be made to the Glascock County Concerned Citizens in care of Mrs. Corene Chalker, 3037 Bastonville Rd., Gibson, GA, 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Mrs. Blenda Elaine Christensen Hadden
Mrs. Blenda Elaine Christensen Hadden, 88, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Hadden was the daughter of the late Elmer and Jenny Christensen of Koosharem, Utah, and wife of 64 years to Ralph L. Hadden Sr. After meeting and marrying husband, she moved to Gibson, where she was co-owner and manager of Hadden’s Clothing Store for 45 years. She was a member of the Bastonville Home Demonstration Club and was a member of Gibson Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at 2 p.m., with Dr. Gary Hadden and Rev. Jarrod Adkins officiating. Interment followed in Gibson Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Ralph L. (Dianne) Hadden Jr.; four grandchildren, Chad Hadden, Doug (Kelly) Hadden, Jennifer Roberts and Chip Clark; six great-grandchildren, Grant, Macy, Halle Anna, Huston, Blake and Cam; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were “Hadden” men, Ronnie, Ben, Larry, Don, Keith and Grant.

Memorials may be made to Gibson Baptist Church, 565 W. Main St, Gibson, GA, 30810.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Infant Chloe Hardin
Infant Chloe Hardin of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Doctors Hospital.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, with Rev. Paul Moore officiating.

Survivors include her parents, Mandy Hardin and Ron Schnebelt; grandparents, David and Marie Hardin, and the late Carl and Juliet Schnebelt; great-grandmother, Lenor Stephens; and aunt, Lynn Hardin.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Velver Wasden Joiner
Mrs. Velver Wasden Joiner, 98, of Girard, formerly of Louisville, entered into rest on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at her residence.

A native of Louisville, Mrs. Joiner was a daughter of the late Phillip E. and Lizzie Scarborough Wasden. For many years she and her husband, Milo, owned the Joiner Bait and Tackle in Louisville. She was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church, the Louisville Homemakers Club and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2010, in the Louisville City Cemetery, with Rev. Hardy Owens officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Milo Joiner; a son, William Joiner Jr.; four siblings, Ada Pope, Walter Wasden, Lewis Wasden and Hubert Wasden; son-in-law, Willie Clyde Dixon; and grandson, Tim Wall.

Survivors include children, Jacquelyn Joiner Dixon of Girard, Dorothy J. Fischer of Huntsville, Ala., and Dr. Wayne Joiner of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Mayme Lee Quin of Girard; and 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Randy Wall, Shane Godbee, Danny Godbee, Brad Metts, Ernie Ferron and Frank Ethridge.

Honorary pallbearers were Avery Ferron, Johnathan Rosier and Gavin Ward.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George Key
Mr. George Key, 66, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, March 11, 2010, in Trinity Hospital.

Mr. Key was a native of Glascock County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. He was a retired painter and a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at Bethel Baptist Church, with Rev. Tim Ferrell and Rev. Tony Key officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David E. Key and Lucile Key; and a brother, Willie Key.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Wilson Key, Thomson; two daughters, Kimberly Webb and Cindy Smith, both of Thomson; son, David Broom Key, Thomson; grandchildren, Lee Smith, Crystal Sides, Shelly Brown, Amanda Key and Allen Jones; two sisters, Frances Hobbs and Gwen Key, both of Warrenton; and two brothers, James “JB” Key, Dearing, and Grady Key, Warrenton.

Pallbearers were Chris Sins, Joey Key, James J. Key, Shane Hobbs, Scott Key and Edward Gay.

Honorary pallbearers were Alex Sides, Russell Brown and Lee Smith.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances N. Meadows
Mrs. Frances N. Meadows, 69, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at her residence.

Mrs. Meadows was the wife of James R. Meadows. She was born to the late Sol and Addie Mae Newsome in Wadley, and was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. In 1958, she graduated from Wadley High School, where she played basketball after which she attended Georgia Southern obtaining an associate degree in business. She retired from Thermo King/Ingersoll Rand after 30 years of service. Frances was a member of Wrens UMC and also attended Praising Him Ministries.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Stan Littleton, Rev. Richard Stavely and Rev. Tip Carroll officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mildred Waters.

Survivors include her two daughters, Sonya (Robert) Kohler, Martinez, and Michelle (Glenn) Poole; brother, Harold Newsome, Milledgeville; two sisters, Shirley Brown, Milledgeville, and Dorothy Durham, Matagorda, Texas; and six grandchildren, Taylor Poole, Stephen Lamb, Bobby Kohler, Smokey Poole, Makensie Poole and Jordan Poole.

Pallbearers were Wayne Favors, William Hammond, Jimmy McNair, Nathan Poole, Javier Esqueda and Hal Newsome.

Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 3508 Professional Circle, Ste A, Augusta, GA, 30907.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mamie Lee Rountree
Mrs. Mamie Lee Rountree, 93, of Millen entered into rest on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at the Keysville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Rountree was the daughter of the late Willie and Hattie Palmer. She was born in Jefferson County on Aug. 16, 1916. She was a Christian. Mrs. Rountree attended the Jefferson County School System. She was a member of the Third Chapel Baptist Church, where she served on the Deaconess, Missionary and Mother’s Board ministries. She was also a member of the Summer Stand Social Aid Society #3, where she served as the secretary for 35 years. She was united in holy matrimony to Willie Rountree on Nov. 27, 1932. Into this union five children were born.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. at Pine Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. L.E. Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and three children, Lois Rountree Davis, E.J. Rountree and Doris Rountree Davis.

Survivors include one daughter, Cora (Marion) Redfield, Gough; one son, Exilee Rountree, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren, Mamie Joe (Donald) Burke, Hephzibah, Wilbert (Johnnie Mae) Dukes, Millen, and Ricky Rountree, Gracewood; one daughter-in-law, Essie Rountree, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one son-in-law, Sidney Davis, Midville; two sisters-in-law, Ethel Rountree, Augusta, and Gladys Rountree Scott, Savannah; 19 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews and many family and friends.


Mr. Harvey L. Smith
Mr. Harvey L. Smith, 87, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, March 12, 2010, at his residence. Mr. Smith, a life-long resident of Jefferson County, was a son of the late Walter Joseph and Florence Sheppard Smith. He was retired from Raines Brothers Construction Company and was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church, Woodmen of the World, and the Louisville Lions Club.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2010, at Louisville First Baptist Church, with Rev. Hardy Owens and Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by parents; six brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Cleo Langham Smith; two daughters; Betty S. Clark and Peggy S. (Mike) Crawford, all of Louisville; one sister, Bernice S. Evans (Pilcher) of Anderson, S.C.; four granddaughters, Pam C. (Jason) Handy, Kelli C. (Robbie) McNair, Brandi D. (Keith) Taylor and Dawn D. Hadden; eight great-grandchildren, Bailey Handy, Brylie Handy, Mason McNair, Ashton Hadden, Hunter Hadden, Chandler Taylor and Reese Hadden; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Alan Wasden, Robert Yonchak, Van Langham, Danny Beckworth, Donnie Smith and Jimmy Yelton.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Louisville Lions Club.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Louisville First Baptist Church, 101 E. 9th St., Louisville, GA, 30434 or to Odyssey Health Care, 3508 Professional Circle, Suite A, Augusta, GA, 30907.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mattie Jean Swint
Miss Mattie Jean Swint of Bartow entered into rest on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at a local hospital.

Miss Swint was a native of Jefferson County, born to the late Clifford Samuel Swint and Bertha Lee Carswell Swint. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant CME Church, Bartow. Miss Swint attended elementary school at Bartow Colored School and completed her high school education at Carver High School in 1955. She later attended Paine College and received her CNA license from Swainsboro Tech. She worked as a teacher’s aide in the Jefferson County School System before accepting a job at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley, in 1972 and spending over 37 years in nursing.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 15, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant CME Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Catherine Swint and Marie Jean Swint, both of Bartow; two brothers, Clifford (Elaine) Swint of College Park, and Carswell (Edna) Swint of Louisville; three stepsisters, Paulette (Raymon) Gore, Lenoir City, Tenn., Patricia (Mark) Merritt of Pooler, and Peggy (Cedrick) Adams of Stone Mountain; one stepbrother, Michael (Sarah) Swint of Conley; nephews and niece, Ralph Emory (Melody) Walton of Lawrenceville, Keith (Vicki) Swint of Jonesboro, Christopher Swint of College Park, and Candace (Hollis) Bethea of Atlanta; great-niece and -nephews, Ralph Emory Walton III, Byron D. Walton, Shayla Swint, Jalen Swint and Riley Jolee Bethea; and a host of cousins and friends

Pallbearers were Emory Walton II, Bryon Walton, Edward Braddy Jr., Johnny Bryant, III, Harold Jones and Lonnie Smith.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” S. Whitaker
Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” S. Whitaker, 80, of Dearing entered into rest on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Whitaker was born in Jefferson County and was a member of Fort Creek Baptist Church. She owned and operated several businesses in and around the Wrens area.

Funeral services were held at Fort Creek Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Phil Bray and Rev. Todd Upchurch officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Macon E. Whitaker; and parents, Martin Andrew and Jessie Phillips Stapleton.

Survivors include three children, Harold E. (Sandra) Whitaker, Glenn S. (Teresa) Whitaker, and Deborah (Wayne) McCorkle; brother, James L. Stapleton; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a long time companion, Ray Clark; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Lance Irby, Hugh Hobbs, Kenan Reese, Travis Whitaker, Randy Walden and Lynn Jerry Reeves Sr.

Memorials may be made to Fort Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, C/O Brenda Reeves, 830 Kamel Dr., Augusta, GA, 30909

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Roosevelt Young
Mr. Roosevelt Young of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, March 5, 2010, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 12, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the Wadley Church of God in Christ in Wadley, with Elder William Renfroe Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Purvis Grove Cemetery, Bartow.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Young of Fort Drum, N.Y.; a daughter, Kimberly Fils of Hinesville; two stepdaughters, Mesha Tyree of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jammie Parker of Fort Drum, N.Y.; two sisters, Sarah (Charles) Ivory of Moreland Hills, Ohio, and Frances (Charles) Johnson, Wadley; four brothers, John (Betty) Young, Wilmington, Del., Mathis (Dorothy) Young of Wadley, James (Gloria) Young Jr. of Tampa, Fla., and William (Dessa) Young of Jacksonville, Fla.; one grandson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Edward Kelluem, Anthony Johnson, Melvin Kelluem, Levi Frazier, Isaiah Young and Ollie McIntosh Jr.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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