Obituaries
March 25, 2010 Issue

Mr. George D. Allen
Mr. George D. Allen, 82, of Evans entered into rest on Monday, March 15, 2010, at University Hospital, Augusta.

A native of Glascock County, he was an army veteran, a member of the Christian Advent Church in Augusta, and retired from the Civil Service at Fort Gordon.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church, with Rev. Al Kurtz officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nora Hawkins Allen; and a sister, Mary Emma Williams.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mary Bessie Mathis Allen of Leah; five sisters, Kathleen Reese of Gibson, Ester Thompson of Macon, Willie Bell Reese of Thomson, Frankie Edwards of White Plains, and Zylphia Reese of Gibson; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Tommy Thompson, Terry Thompson, Charles Thompson, Wynn Cox, Kim Williams and Wayne Mathis.

Honorary pallbearers were Billy Lyons, Virgie Kitchens, Roy Black, A.O. Taylor, Thomas Downs and Phil Raley.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church in care of Annette Black, 6263 Euphrates Church Rd., Gibson, GA, 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Rev. Joseph Coleman “J.C.” Farrington Jr.
Rev. Joseph Coleman “J.C.” Farrington Jr. of Bartow entered into rest on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

Rev. Farrington was a Baptist minister for more than 40 years. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Auburn University, a master of arts in psychology from Georgia College and State University, and a doctor of education degree in counseling from Auburn University. While serving several churches over the span of three decades, he provided counseling services both privately and through institutional sources. His early interest in flying ultimately led to private, commercial and instructor certifications. In addition to recreational flying, Rev. Farrington served in the Civil Air Patrol in middle Georgia during the 1970s and was Chief Flight Instructor in the Professional Flight Management Program at Auburn. During his time in Auburn, he was also an adjunct professor in the School of Education. Having lived in central Alabama and middle Georgia for most of their careers, he and his wife, Gerry, moved to Louisville and purchased a working cattle farm there in 1994. After his retirement from active church and counseling ministry, he began a ministry through the Fuller Center for Housing -- Jefferson County, which included putting his skills to use in hands-on building. He was a member of Shekinah Baptist Church in Louisville.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Louisville United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Moxley Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph C. and Mary A. Salter Farrington Sr.; and grandchild, Claudia Pezzino.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Gerry Brett; three daughters, Judy Farrington Aust of Atlanta, Evelyn Farrington Perry of Gainesville, and Pauline Farrington Pezzino of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four grandchildren, John Coleman Pezzino, Amanda and Sarah Perry, and Owen Aust; two sisters, Jean Johnson and Diane Morgan; brother, Woodrow Farrington, all of Alabama; and several nieces nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fuller Center for Housing – Jefferson County, P.O. Box 858, Louisville, GA, 30434, or to Shekinah Baptist Church, P.O. Box 801, Louisville, GA, 30434 or the American Red Cross.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clarence E. Ganus Jr.
Mr. Clarence E. Ganus Jr., 71, of Waynesboro entered into rest on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at Select Specialty Hospital in Augusta.

Born on Jan. 18, 1939, in Matthews, Mr. Ganus was a son of the late Clarence E. Ganus Sr. and Rosa Mae Stewart Ganus. Mr. Ganus was a veteran of the United States Army having served from January 1962 to January 1964 in Panama. He attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class, and served in the JAG office while in Panama. He retired from Augusta Newsprint Company, where he worked as a lab technician for 35 years. Mr. Ganus was a member of Rosemont Heights Baptist Church, and was a member of the Faith Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Rosemont Heights Baptist Church, with Rev. Keith Alderman officiating. Interment followed at Westview Cemetery, Augusta.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepdaughter, Sheila Wade Steverson; brothers, James Wright Ganus and Robert O. Ganus; and his sister, Bebe Ann Ganus.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Beneteau Ganus; and two stepsons, Shawn G. Wade and Stephen E. Wade, both of Hopewell, Va.

Pallbearers were William Carter, Steve Mason, Tom Rider, Ken English, Edwin Stephens and Jerry Richardson.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Faith Sunday School Class.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rosemont Heights Baptist Church Vision Fund, 710 Stone Ave., Waynesboro, GA, 30830.

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


Miss Mary Savannah McTier
Miss Mary Savannah McTier, 92, of Stapleton entered into rest on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Keysville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

Miss McTier was born in Warren County in 1917, and was one of 16 children born to John David McTier and Emma Matilda McGahee McTier. She resided in Atlanta until her retirement from bookkeeping and lived the remainder of her years in Augusta.

Funeral services were held at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, Stapleton, on Monday, March 22, 2010, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Scott McKinney officiating. Internment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her sister, Geneva Belle McTier; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Scotty Mathis “Scott LaRoc”
Funeral services for Mr. Scotty Mathis “Scott LaRoc”, 40, of Augusta, formerly of Stapleton, were held on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Pastor Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Interment was in church cemetery.


Mr. J. Douglas “Doug” Rabun
Mr. J. Douglas “Doug” Rabun, 84, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, March 19, 2010, at Golden Living Center.

Mr. Rabun, son of the late Oliver and Mollie Cato Rabun, was born in Jefferson County. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II. He retired from Castleberry Foods after 35 years and was a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon Emeritus, and a member of the Crusaders Bible Class. He was a member of the Webb Lodge #166, and a former member and past president of Forest Hills Lions Club.

Memorial services were held on Monday, March 22, 2010, at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Augusta, with Dr. Greg DeLoach officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Dorothy “Dot” Key Rabun; sisters-in-law, Grace Grayson of Whitwall, Tenn., Mrs. Wade H. (Pet) Key of Jackson, S.C., and Carolyn James of Augusta; nephew, Roger Jenkins of Augusta; numerous other nieces and nephews; cousin, Naomi Rabun of Augusta; and friends, Joe and Sue Converse of Augusta.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Deacons and the Crusaders Bible Class.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 3500 Walton Way Ext., Augusta, GA, 30909.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Helen L. Sheppard Thomas
Mrs. Helen L. Sheppard Thomas, 94, entered into rest on March 15, 2010, at Jefferson Hospital.

She was a lifetime resident of Jefferson County and a member of Louisville United Methodist Church after she moved her letter from Walden’s United Methodist Church in 1945. She worked with her husband, Albert, at the family business, Thomas Brothers Service Station, for many years.

Services were held at Louisville United Methodist Church on March 17, 2010, with Rev. David Hibbert and David Boggs officiating. Interment followed in Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Albert Thomas Sr.; her parents, Jeff and Fanny Walden Sheppard; three brothers, Harold, Cleon and Lamar Sheppard; and one granddaughter, Lisa Gail Bailey.

Survivors include four daughters, June Bailey (Jesse) of Vidette, Ann Shelby of Lubbock, Texas, Teresa Noggle (Taylor) of Lake Martin, Ala., and Fran Barrow (Denny) of Louisville; one son, Al Thomas (Patricia) of Swainsboro; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one brother, Tag Sheppard; and two sisters, Marie Williams and Judy Tanner.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Mack, Bill and Bruce Bailey, Jay and Jimmy Martin, Bert Barrow, Thom Noggle, and great-grandson, Lance Corporal Joseph Boone.

Memorials may be made to Louisville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 269, Louisville, GA, 30434.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Brooks Todd Jr.
Mr. William Brooks Todd Jr., 87, of Sandersville entered into rest on Monday, March 8, 2010, at the Heritage Inn Nursing Home.

Mr. Todd was born in Glascock County, the son of the late William Brooks Todd Sr. and the late Bessie Mae Poole Todd. Mr. Todd was a former long-time resident of Warrenton, where he was the owner and operator of Todd’s Car Care for 28 years. He was member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Glascock County where he served as a deacon and church treasurer. After moving to Sandersville, Mr. Todd was the co-owner of the Fashion Gallery along with his wife, Lavo.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tommy Harwell, Rev. Jimmy Harris and Rev. Jim King officiating. Burial was in Brownwood Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lavo H. Todd of Sandersville; daughter, Joyce T. Weigle (Philip) of Augusta; granddaughter, Patrice W. Johnson (Aaron) of Macon; and great-grandchildren, Brooks A. Johnson and Lucas G. Johnson.

Pallbearers were John Wood, Allen Underwood, Charles Anderson, David Anderson, Allen Hawkins and Jimmy Hawkins.

Honorary pallbearers were David Harper, Tucker Hinesley, Joe Smallwood, Jim McMichael, Ray Toulson, Stevie Wood, Oscar Stapp, Ken Burnette and Willis Johnson.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association 1105 Fury’s Lane Suite D, Augusta, GA, 30907, or to the Parkinson Association 2708 W. Terrace Dr., Augusta, GA, 30909.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

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