Obituaries
April 22, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Melba Olivia Smith Cannon
Mrs. Melba Olivia Smith Cannon, 89, of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, April 11, 2010, at the The Place at Martinez.

Mrs. Cannon was born in Keysville, to the late Lon and Annie Mae Arrington Smith. She was a member of Pine Hill Baptist Church, Faith Sunday School Class and the Wild Women of Pine Hill Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Robert Driggers officiating. Interment followed in the Keysville United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Beth Smith (Jimmy) of Hephzibah; son, Randy Cannon (Tamara) of North Augusta, S.C.; brother, Truman Smith (Linda) of Wrens; grandson, Clint Smith (Dana) of Hephzibah, two great-grandsons, Brett and Chase Smith; nephew, Paul Smith; niece, Vicki Neveu (Raymond); and adopted daughter, Binnie Jones.

Pallbearers were Buddy Barefield, Tommy Williams, Tyson Thompson, John Prescott, Chuck Smith and Darren Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were the Faith Sunday School Class.

If so desired memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1899 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904, or Pine Hill Baptist Church, 4233 Old Waynesboro Road, Hephzibah, GA 30815.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles H. “Chuck” Davis
Mr. Charles H. “Chuck” Davis, 56, of Harlem entered into rest on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Davis was born in Augusta, to the late John Curtis “J.C.” Davis and Lula Tudor Davis. He was retired from Georgia Power and was DJ “Chris Kelly” in the CSRA local area radio stations, with many different radio personalities including Santa Claus for WBBQ.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at Dearing Full Gospel Church, with Rev. Eddie L. Renew officiating. Interment followed in the Harlem Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Polly R. Davis; sons, Jacob C. Davis, Harlem, and Kirk Buffington, Harlem; daughter, Miranda E. Scott (Victor), Cordele; one granddaughter, Eliana Grace Scott; mother, Lula T. Davis, Dearing; three brothers, Curtis (Tracie) Davis, Waverly Hall, Craig (Karen) Davis, Gibson, and Chris Davis, Dearing; one sister, Sandra D. Owens, Martinez; father and mother-in-law, Rev. Eddie and Jeannine Renew, Harlem; sisters-in-law, Donna Kay Orr (Gould), Harlem, and Patsy Sheppard (Vic), Martinez; and brothers-in-law, Bobby Renew (Dianne), Harlem, Eugene Weed (Marlene), North Carolina, Joey Renew (Irene), Augusta, and Larry Renew (Patsy), Harlem.

If so desired, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. David Warrington Hedrick
Mr. David Warrington Hedrick, 92, entered into rest at home on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, from complications of Parkinsons disease.

Mr. Hedrick, son of Edith and Fredrick Hedrick, was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and attended grammar school and high school in Jacksonville. After high school he went on to attend the University of Florida and received his under graduate degree from the University of Florida in 1940. While there he became a member of the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity and was named to Florida Blue Key, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Phi. Prior to World War II, in which he served as an officer at headquarters under General Rose in the U.S. Third Armored Division, 54th Artillery, he became active in military affairs as an Army reserve officer. When the war came, he served with distinction in the European Theatre of Operations. He returned from World War II, as a Captain with five battle stars, the Bronze Star and the Belguim CroixdeGere. He stayed in the reserve and retained the rank of Colonel and retired in 1978. In the year 1947, David Hedrick graduated with honors from the University of Florida Law School and remained active with the law school as a class representative and supporter. In 1948 became associated with LeRoy B. Giles, an Orlando Lawyer. He became a name partner in 1953 of the law firm, Giles, Hedrick and Robinson. He was senior warden of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, past president of the Orlando Jaycees, University Club of Orlando, the United Way of Orange County and held a position on the Board of the Central Florida Boy Scouts. In the practice of law he was a member of the Florida Bar and American Bar Associations, and became president of the Orange County Bar Association. For several years he served on the board of the YMCA. He was also a member of The Orlando Country Club. He was a Gator booster. Mr. Hedrick was an Eagle Scout as a boy and as an adult took an active role in scouting. He and Father Quigley formed Troop 200 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. Upon his two sons, John and Steve, becoming scout age, he became Scoutmaster of Troop 200 and had many young men become Eagle Scouts under his direction. He was the recipient of the Eagle Award, the Silver Beaver Award and Camp David Hedrick was named in his honor.

Funeral services were held at St. Michael’s Church, Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 1 p.m.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Cleveland and Jackson Hedrick; and sister, Mary Ellen McCollum.

Survivors his wife of nearly 20 years, Sherra; three sons, John (Dorothy) Monticello, Fla., Stephen, Casselberry, Fla., and William Duke, Orlando, Fla.; one grandson, Stephen John Hedrick, Casselberry; pets, Peaches, Dino, Chloe and Misty; sister, Katherine Coudon; sister-in-law, Mary Hedrick; and many nieces and nephews.


Mr. Roderick Jerome Mills Sr.
Mr. Roderick Jerome Mills Sr., 33, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, after an auto accident.

Mr. Mills was a native of Jefferson County, a 1997 graduate of Jefferson County High School and employed at Glit-Microtron Company.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery, Louisville.

Survivors include his wife, Latycie Hall Mills of Louisville; children, Roderick Mills Jr., Rodnetria Mills, Rodrecus Mills and Aiysha Mills, all of Louisville; stepchildren, Kendra Hall and Daron Hall, both of Louisville; parents, Roosevelt and Arlease Wallace Mills, both of Louisville; brother, Byron (Jacqueline) Wallace of Sumter, S.C.; paternal grandmother, Eva Lue Mills of Mitchell; father and mother-in-law, Willie and Esther Hall, both of Wadley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Willie (Betty) Hall, Connie Hall, Brenda Hall, Chicara (Kendrick) Gaines and Derrick Hall, all of Wadley, Timothy Hall of New York, Teto Hall (Jeanie) of Dublin, Ronji Hall of Sandersville, and Veronica (Sylvester) Neal of Midville; six aunts; six uncles; and niece and nephew, Darius Wallace and Jaquira Wallace of Sumter, S.C.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Martha Gail Myers
Mrs. Martha Gail Myers, 48, of Dearing entered into rest on April 14, 2010.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Morning Star Fellowship Church, Grovetown, with Rev. George James and Rev. Sandra Myers officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Ed and Jewel Lovern; and sister, Bobby Gay.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis Myers; children, Cody and Jim Gay, and Charles David Myers (Anna Marie), Wrens; stepdaughter, Sherry Ann Taylor; grandchildren, Ashlee Nichole Retherford, Haylee Nichole Retherford and Charles Logan Retherford; step-grandchildren, Kayla and Coy Taylor; sisters, Carolyn Norton and Peggy Kemp; and brother, Billy Joe Kemp.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Doris Margaret Snell Neal
Evangelist Doris Margaret Snell Neal, 79, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 24, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, GA. Burial at the Mt Pleasant CME Cemetery, Bartow, GA.

Evangelist Neal was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Mark Samuel and Ella Mae Daniels Snell. She was educated in the Jefferson County School System and for many years worked at the Jefferson County Shirt Company and later the Jefferson County Schools as a paraprofessional. She joined the Adams Chapel Church of God in Christ and served for over 30 years as church secretary. She was an ordained and licensed Evangelist. She was one of the founders of The Holy Temple located in Wrens, that is responsible for many of ministers in the Jefferson County area.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Lewis Neal Sr. of Louisville; children, Mary Elizabeth Purdis of Hephzibah, Robert Lewis (Cynthia) Neal Jr. and Ronnie Neal, all of Louisville; one stepson, Willie E. Fields of Warner Robins; 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, L. W. (Katie) Sherrod of Louisville; sister-in-law, Maxie Snell of Macon; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence of her son and daughter-in-law, Robert Jr. and Cynthia Neal, 735 Old U.S. 1, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Newman
Mr. William Newman of Augusta entered into rest on April 10, 2010.

Mr. Newman was born March 21, 1947. He was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Augusta for many years. He was a vending machine mechanic and had worked for Augusta Sportswear. He was a Navy veteran and a Methodist.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Dr. Don Widener officiating.

Survivors include his mother, Frances Newman, Aiken, S.C.; two sisters, Barbara (Irwin) Hillman, Thomson, and Nettie Valentine, Augusta; two brothers, Hillary Eugene (Gail) Newman, Texas, and Jimmy (Cindy) Newman, Edgefield, S.C.; a former wife, Brenda Harden; and son, Billly Harden.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jerry Jerome O’Neal
Mr. Jerry Jerome O’Neal of Grovetown entered into rest on Friday, April 16, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. O’Neal was born in Louisville, but was a lifelong resident of Augusta and a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Elder Jerry Lightsey officiating. Interment followed in Westover Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah Jean O’Neal.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Jeanie O’Neal; parents, Pete and Sara O’Neal of Augusta; daughter, Cynthia Lee (Joseph) Morganstern of Augusta; brother, Robert (Michele) O’Neal of Evans; sisters, Peggy (Larry) Cason of Martinez, and Marlene (Gene) Weed of Clemmons, N.C.; and one grandson, Timothy Micheal Morganstern.

Pallbearers were Joseph Morganstern, Joshua Linton, Robert O’Neal, Gene Weed, Larry Cashin and Marty Jowers.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James “Shaky” Junior Paschall
Mr. James “Shaky” Junior Paschall, 39, of Louisville entered into rest onWednesday, April 14, 2010, after an auto accident.

Mr. Paschall was a native of Jefferson County, and attended Jefferson County Public Schools. He lived in Florida for three years before returning to Jefferson County. He was employed by Glit-Microtron Company for over 15 years.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Woodlawn Baptist Church and Sugar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Frances Paschall of Louisville; father, James Robert (Bobbie) Lane of Fayetteville, N.C.; siblings, Lisa (Odeus Ward) Paschall, Arthina Paschall, Kirk Bernories Paschall, Januqruis Paschall, Kaelah Paschall and Alexis Paschall of Louisville, James Robert Lane Jr. and Shaneatha Codsar; aunts and uncles, Ruby (Jimmy) Paschall, and Albert (Ruthie) Paschall, all of Augusta, Sherry (Johnny) Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., Robert Brown of Wrens, Doris Paschall of Deerfield Beach Fla.; great-aunt, Thelma Carr of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Mario “Mike” Villarreal
Mr. Mario “Mike” Villarreal, 69, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, April 12, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Mr. Villarreal, son of the late Lucrecia Garza and Federico Villarreal, was born in Nueva Laredo, Mexico, and has lived in the area for 39 years. He served in the United States Army with three tours in Vietnam. He was a member of the VFW. He trained race horses, was a team roper and announced horse shows.

Memorial services were held Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Father Willis E. Everett officiating.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Juanita Bertha Villarreal.

Survivors include his son, Michael Kevin Villarreal of Augusta; daughters, Lucrecia Shelton (Matthew) and Brandi Villarreal, all of Augusta, and Rebecca McPherson (James) of Soldotna, Ala.; wife, Debra Villarreal; brothers, Fred Villarreal, Ruben Villarreal and Robert Villarreal, all of San Antonio, Texas; sisters, Alicia Alfaro, Norma Guerra, Elva DeLeon, Marta Villarreal and Juanita Carter, all of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Rachel Goodwin and Cory Goodwin, both of Gibson, and Heidi Goodwin, of Soldotna, Ala.; and great-grandchild, Liam.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Paul M. Watkins
Mr. Paul M. Watkins, 83, of Orlando, Fla., entered into rest on April 16, 2010.

Mr. Watkins was born Nov. 19, 1926, in Jefferson County, to Thomas Lee and Ollie Minter Watkins. Upon high school graduation from Bartow High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Retiring after 26 years of military service, he began a Civil Service career at Patrick Air Force Base and McCoy Air Force Base, serving a total of 18 years.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, Orlando, Fla.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Ann; daughters, Beth (Brian) Yearty, Orlando, and Debra Master, Jacksonville, Fla.; and granddaughter, Carla Masters, Jacksonville.

Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lillie Mae Poole Whigham
Mrs. Lillie Mae Poole Whigham of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Kingdom Life Fellowship Ministries in Wadley, with Apostle Clifford Duckworth officiating. Burial was in the Live Oak Cemetery in Wadley.

Survivors include two daughters, Ora L. Poole and Mae Lois Jones, both of Wadley; one son, Arthur Whigham of Wadley; 13 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 45 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Charles E. Lewis, Greg Whigham, Roosevelt Whigham, Henry Whigham, Jerry Whigham and Frankie Nesby.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Danny L. Wilkerson
Mr. Danny L. Wilkerson of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, April 16, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Wilkerson was an antique collector.

A memorial auction will be held in his honor by Joey Kaney of Warrenton at a later date.

Survivors include his wife, Susan; son, Thomas; father, Bobby; mother, Jane; and sister, Kristy Smith.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to the Glascock County Concerned Citizens Cancer Fund, in care of Corene Chalker, 3037 Bastonville Rd., Gibson, GA, 30810.

Friends may call at the residence of Bobby and Jane Wilkerson, Quail Farm Rd., Thomson, GA.

Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements


Mr. Joseph W. Williams Jr.
Mr. Joseph W. Williams Jr. of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Williams was a former employee of Pelzer, MAU Temporary Services and a volunteer firefighter for Glascock County. He was “Coach Joe” for the Little League team and also co-captain for the Pine Heights Neighborhood Watch. He was a member of Full Gospel Lighthouse Church in Warren County and Bethel Methodist Church in Glascock County.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Thomas Poteet and Son Chapel, with Pastor Ralph Kitchens officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn L. Williams.

Survivors include sons, Randy Williams (Michelle) and David Williams, all of Gibson; father, Joseph Williams Sr.; sister, Alice Burkart (Billy) of Augusta; brothers, Richard “Ricky” Williams of Augusta, Franklin Williams (Jane) of Waynesboro, and Michael Williams of Augusta; grandchildren, Jason, Chelsea and Anna; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were various family members and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were the Volunteer Fire Department of Glascock County.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Joseph Williams Jr. Fund, P.O. Box 5375, Augusta, GA 30916.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

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