Obituaries
April 8, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Cynthia M. Blakey
Mrs. Cynthia M. Blakey, 49, of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Thompson Springhill AME Church, Matthews, with Pastor Timothy Lewis and Rev. Robert Edwards as eulogist. Interment was in Spring Bethel AME Church Cemetery, Louisville.

Survivors include sister, Crystal Walker, Stapleton; sister-in-law, Edith Walker, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; aunts, Annie Pearl (Johnny) Bland, Augusta, Louise Wilson and Rose Burley, both of Wrens, Eunice Hudson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Louise Neely, Dania, Fla., and Josephine Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla.; great-aunt, Geneva Thomas, Matthews; uncles, James (Annie Mae) Dixon, Henry Walker, Robert Walker, Lee Walker and Roy (Pam) Dixon, all of Wrens, Charlie Dixon, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Hubert (Louise) Dixon, Dania, Fla., and Alonzo Jones, Miami, Fla.; great-uncle, Deacon James (Margaret) Brinson, Augusta; friends, Roy and Phyllis Griffin both of Covington; puppy, Onyx; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ernest “Ernie” Brooks
Mr. Ernest “Ernie” Brooks, 68, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Saturday, April 3, 2010, after a two year battle with melanoma.

Mr. Brooks was a native of Stapleton, the son of the late Clifford Brooks and Rosa McTier Newsome. He was a retired commercial carpenter. He was of the Baptist faith.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Roy T. Brooks, Thelma Sheppard, Neelie Criswell, Junior Brooks, J.S. Brooks, Cleon Beasley, Jimmy Brooks and Cleo Gosnell.

Survivors include his wife, Judith Brooks; stepchildren, Deirdre Kinard and Richard Solomon (Connie), all of Walterboro, S.C., and Catherine Devin (Michael) of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughters, Ruth Ann Eidson (Keith) of Arkansas, Janice Reese (Roger) of Augusta; brothers, Felton Beasley (Shirley) of Stapleton, and Elton Beasley of Augusta; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Blvd., Augusta, GA, 30909.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jacob L. Evans
Mr. Jacob L. Evans, 76, of Martinez entered into rest on Saturday, March 27, 2010, in UniHealth Post Acute Care of North Augusta, S.C.

Mr. Evans was a native of Rossville, but had lived in Martinez for many years. He was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. He was a retired Army veteran.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2010, in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating. Full military honors will be observed.

He was preceded in death by a son, Andy Gene Evans.

Survivors include his wife, Bellveline Evans, Augusta; three daughters, Myrella E. Smith, Evans, Nola Mae Blansit, College Park, and Dollie Evans Burckhalter, North Augusta, S.C.; two sons, Mikiel Lee Evans, Avera, and Jacob Lee Evans III, Grovetown; grandchildren, Tereasa Lynn Evans, Mikiel Lee Evans Jr., Brandon Christopher Smith, Briggy General, Crystal Burckhalter and Camden Evans; and two great-grandchildren, Liam Jacob Smith and Madison Grace Evans.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Dorothy “Lil Sister” Louise Jackson
Miss Dorothy “Lil Sister” Louise Jackson, 69, of Warrenton entered into rest on Saturday, March 27, 2010.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 1, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Millrock Baptist Church, Warrenton, with Pastor Rev. Jesse Henry Jr. as eulogist.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Ann Ivey, Mitchell; two sons, Robert Jackson and Larry Jackson, both of Warrenton; three sisters; three brothers; two grandchildren, Lisa Jackson and Jason Rivers, both of Warrenton; two great-grandchildren, Alyssia Jackson and Omarion Jackson, both of Warrenton; and other relatives and friends.

Dawson’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bernard Clayton Johnson
Mr. Bernard Clayton Johnson of Gough entered into rest on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at Burke Medical Center.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Carter’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert L. Lewis Sr.
Mr. Robert L. Lewis Sr. of Louisville entered into rest on March 26, 2010, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Lewis was born in Burke County to the late Joe and Amandy Harwick Lewis. He was a retired cement finisher at Plant Vogtle.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Adams Chapel Church of God In Christ, Louisville, with Rev. Johnnie B. Johnson officiating. Interment was in the Second Phillip Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Rosier.

Survivors include friend, Marion Dogan, Louisville; children Robert Lee Lewis Jr., Albany, N.Y., Inez Bynum (Eddie), Huston, Miss., Charlie Lewis (Mary Ann) and Bobby Lewis (Hazel), Sanford, N.C., Mary Johnson, Norma Thomas and Mary Lewis, all of Louisville, and Annie Benford (Joe Robert), Hugger, Miss.; sister, Ella Mae Blevins, Cleveland, Ohio; 50 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews cousin and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Hilda Joye Lowery
Mrs. Hilda Joye Lowery, 71, of Sylvester entered into rest on March 27, 2010, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

A native of Louisville, Mrs. Lowery had resided in Albany for 39 years before moving to Sylvester four years ago. She retired in 2004 from the Waffle House Restaurant and was formerly employed at the Heritage House and Doublegate Country Club. Mrs. Lowery was a member of the First Baptist Church of Putney.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home, with Rev. Bobby Moye officiating.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Mallory.

Survivors include five daughters, Rosemary West of Albany, Kim Chapman (Bob) of Jacksonville, Fla., Helen Joyce (Gary) of Atlanta, Elizabeth Leming (Bo) of Worth County, and Jacquelyn Brown (Billy) of Leesburg; three sisters, Elizabeth Weeks (Lucian) of Wadley, Helen Reese (Emory) of Roswell, and Elaine Goines (Bob) of Warthen; nine grandchildren, Connor West, Rose Chapman, Alexis Chapman, Donald Shelton, Matthew Shelton, Madison Joyce, Ashley Anne Leming, Tristan Michael Brown and Briley Elizabeth Brown.

Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Edward S. “Shady” Ray
Mr. Edward S. “Shady” Ray, 83, of Warrenton entered into rest on Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

Mr. Ray, a native of Warren County, was the son of the late George H. and Lillian Adams Ray. He was a retired supervisor with Delta Airlines and a member of the Johnson United Methodist Church.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at the Johnson Cemetery, with Rev. David Jenkins and Rev. Bill Seaman officiating.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, George A. Ray and William (Bill) Ray; and two sisters, Marjorie Hudson and Lillian Fuller.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marcia R. “Peggy” Ray; one daughter, Marcia R. Glawe, Decorah, Iowa; one son, Edward L. Ray, Warrenton; two grandchildren, Erin Glawe Anderson and John Glawe; one sister, Alice Stebbins, Dearing; sister-in-law, Mary Abercrombie, Statesboro; and friend, Jim McMichael.

Pallbearers were George M. Ray, Neal Ray, Tommy Fuller, Buford Knight, John Fant, Bobby Fulcher, Matt Williams and John Raley.

Memorials may be made to the Johnson Cemetery Fund C/O Joe Shurley, 640 Shurley Road, Warrenton, GA, 30828.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Michelle Heath Simpson
Mrs. Michelle Heath Simpson, 65, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Simpson was born in Charleston, S.C., and was a homemaker.

Graveside services were held on Friday, April 2, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Westover Memorial Park, with Rev. Dewain French officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis Brice Heath and Edith Adelaide Heath.

Survivors include husband, Roy Simpson, Wrens; five sons, Samuel R. Simpson (Pat), Grovetown, Steven L. Simpson (Susan), Wrens, Heath Reynolds, Martinez, Brice Reynolds (T.C.), Leah, and Pat Reynolds (Mellissa), Grovetown; three daughters, Karen Hickman (Ellis), Martinez, Angelia Drake, California, and Beth Pentom, Kentucky; sister, Frandith Oliver, Augusta; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Thomas L. King Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Louie F. Williford
Mr. Louie F. Williford, 65, of Dearing entered into rest on Friday, April 2, 2010, at the VA Medical Center in Augusta.

Mr. Williford was a native of Glascock County, but had lived in Dearing for many years. He was a retired supervisor at Uniroyal and a carpenter. He was an Army veteran, having served two tours in Vietnam.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Jason Burton officiating.

Survivors include his five sisters, Geraldine Muns, Dearing, Hazel Lott, Harlem, Rachel Roberts, Lakeland, Fla., Connie Coffman, Jefferson, and Dianne James, Thomson; brother, Larry Williford, Winder; and fiancé, Wendy Hill, Dearing.

Pallbearers were the military.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

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