Obituaries
June 17, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Lillian Ola Lewis Berry
Mrs. Lillian Ola Lewis Berry, 85, of Sandersville entered into rest on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at her residence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Berry was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County, the daughter of the late Jewell K. Lewis and the late Annie M. Lewis. She was the wife of the late Jack A. Berry. Mrs. Berry was a homemaker and a member of the Poplar Springs Christian Church.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2010, in the Brownwood Cemetery, with Rev. Redding Hodges III officiating.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie R. McDade of Milledgeville, and Charlotte B. Richbourg of Sandersville; two sons, Larry D. Berry of Milledgeville, and Lewis A. Berry of Mitchell; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Hilda L. McDonald of Sandersville, Dora L. Johnson of Milledgeville, and Lena A. Lewis of Warthen.

The family suggests that donations be made to Poplar Springs Christian Church, c/o Mrs. Redin Hodges, 425 Green Lane, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Herbert Bradham
Mr. Herbert Bradham, 88, of Waynesboro entered into rest on Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Burke Medical Center.

Mr. Bradham was a native of Jenkins County and a longtime resident of Waynesboro. He was a member of Rosemont Heights Baptist Church and was retired from the Burke County Road Department. He was a United States Army veteran.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at 3 p.m. at the Joiner Anderson Saxon Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Keith Alderman officiating.

He was preceded in death by his son, George Herbert Bradham; stepson, Chris Scott Hickman; great-grandson, Ty Suchnick; grandson, Scott Hickman; and one sister and four brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Ann Parker Bradham of Waynesboro; daughters, Sandra B. Marshall (Charles) of Waynesboro, Libbi B. Henton (Joe) of Augusta, and Kate B. Byce (Bill) of Waynesboro; stepson, Craig Hickman (Lisa) of Waynesboro; brother, James Bradham (Geraldine) of New Ellington, S.C.; sisters, Jacqueline Drew of Midville, and Sallie Gunn (Dudley) of Wadley; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Remembrances may be made to the Rosemont Heights Baptist Church Building Fund.

Joiner Anderson Saxon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruby Marritt Cheeks
Mrs. Ruby Marritt Cheeks, 84, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

A native of Washington County, Mrs. Cheeks was a daughter of the late Tom and Ellen Johnson Marritt. She was a homemaker and member of Davisboro Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Hibberts, Rev. Beau Taylor and Rev. David Boggs officiating. Burial followed in the Davisboro City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Ellen Johnson Marritt; husband, John Thomas Cheeks; and two sisters, Christine Holton and Annie Burt Simpson.

Survivors include her children, Joe (Barbara) Cheeks of Louisville, Mike Cheeks of Kansas City, Mo., Evelyn (Bob) Chisam of Kansas City, Mo., and Sue (John) Hudson of Martinez; seven sisters, Mary Agnes Williams of Akin, S.C., Oneida Hughes of Gainsville, Fla., Ellen Simpson of Graniteville, S.C., Lois Wren of Milledgeville, Alma Williams of Aiken, S.C., Janis Alred of Griffin, and Clyde Batchlor of Plant City, Fla.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Ty’Asia Ny’Kayla Gamble
Miss Ty’Asia Ny’Kayla Gamble of Wrens entered into rest on June 8, 2010.

Services will be private.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Ty’Won Dekel Gamble.

Survivors include her parents, Taccora Nelson and Solomon Gamble; grandparents, Solomon and Bernestine Gamble, and Sebrina Nelson and Edward Stone.


Mr. Jimmy Kelly
Mr. Jimmy Kelly, 75, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

He retired from Overnight Transportation after 37 years of service, and he was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Piney Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Jennings officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Sara Headrick.

Survivors include his wife, Iris Kelly; son, Wayne Kelly (Janet) of Hephzibah; daughter, Sara Rhoden (Stacy) of Bath, S.C.; grandson, Travis Kelly of Hephzibah; granddaughter, Kristy Kelly of Glenwood; two great-granddaughters, Kirstyn Kelly and Shelby Kelly; one great-grandson, Jordan Kelly; sister, Geraldine Jenkins of Wrens; six sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Hephzibah Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Gary Alan Mihalik
Services for Gary Alan Mihalik, 58, of East Dublin were held on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Brewton Baptist Church, Rev. Kelly Maddox officiating. Burial followed in Brewton Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Mihalik was the son of the late Adolph Mihalik and the late Edna Taylor Mihalik. Mr. Mihalik was the utilities director for the City of Wadley. He was a member of the Georgia Rural Water Association and he was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Jan Brown-Mihalik of East Dublin; son, Michael Mihalik of East Dublin; daughter, Karley Mihalik of East Dublin; sister, Denise M. Sullivan of Portland, Ore.; brother, Ron Mihalik of Miami, Fla.; stepsons, Eli Brown (Christy) of East Dublin, Mitchell Brown (Danielle) of East Dublin, and Roby Brown (Jordie) of Jacksonville, Ala.; grandsons, Christopher Brown of East Dublin, Emory Brown of East Dublin, Parker Brown of East Dublin, and Matthew Brown of Jacksonville, Ala.

Pallbearers were Daryl Zagar, Brian Smith, Rodney Soles, Walter Tyler, Willie Randall and Jake Wiggins.

Honorary pallbearers were Herman Baker, Sallie Adams and Johnny Boston.

Townsend Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Lee Nicholson
Mr. Robert Lee Nicholson, 64, of Manila entered into rest on Monday, May 31, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Nicholson was born to the parents of the late Orange and Leona Nicholson of Jackson, Ala., Clarke County, on Dec. 27, 1945. He was a member of the Little Burrah Baptist Church in Manila, where he served on the Usher Board and as a church custodian. Mr. Nicholson was a member of the Harper High Class of 1965.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Little Burrah Baptist Church, with Rev. William Jackson officiating. Internment was in the Rowland Cemetery in Manila.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Catherine Montgomery; and brothers, Percy Nicholson and Samuel Nicholson.

Survivors include three sisters, Louise (Rufus) Scott of Walker Springs, Ala., Dorothy Mae Tucker of Jackson, Ala., and Mary (Richard) Murray of Wrens; one brother, Madison Nicholson of Jackson, Ala.; niece, Cathy Jackson; cousin, George Phillips; and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jackson Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Loring A. “Bud” Rachels Jr.
Mr. Loring A. “Bud” Rachels Jr., 66, of Bartow entered into rest on June 6, 2010.

Mr. Rachels was a life-long resident of Bartow, a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church and a retired truck driver.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Williamson Swamp Creek.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loring and Myrtle Bowen Rachels Sr.; and a brother, Martin Bowen Rachels.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Della Raines Rachels.

Posey Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Barry Gibson Rivers
Mr. Barry Gibson Rivers, 57, of Warrenton entered into rest on Monday, June 7, 2010, at the Medical College of Georgia after an extended illness.

Mr. Rivers a native of Richmond County, spent his childhood in Glascock County and had moved to Warrenton from Milledgeville where he lived for over 40 years. Mr. Rivers received a masters degree in psychology and worked in that field at Central State Hospital, but most recently was a antique dealer and appraiser. He was a member of the Warrenton First United Methodist Church.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2010, at Warrenton First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jim Hanna officiating.

Mr. Rivers was preceded in death by his father, L. R. Rivers.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Cindy Rivers; one daughter, Shelby Rivers; mother, Ann Van Gibson Harris; one brother, William Rivers; father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C.K Little.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Barry Rivers Memorial Fund, C/O Habersam Bank, 189 Legion Drive Warrenton, GA 30838.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ethyl B. Smith
Mrs. Ethyl B. Smith, 96, of Louisville, formerly of Greenwood, S.C., entered into rest on Monday, June 7, 2010, at Heritage Healthcare of Old Capital.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2010, in Edgewood Cemetery at First Baptist Church, Greenwood, S.C., with Dr. J. William Harris officiating.

Mrs. Smith was born March 18, 1914, in Greenwood, S.C., to the late M.G. and Mamie Algary Bowles. She attended Lander College, where she received a degree in education and retired after many years of teaching in Greenwood, S.C., and Augusta. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Susanne DeVore; three sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include nephews, Thomas E. (Mary Anne) Armistead of Louisville, Frank B. (Shirley) Armistead of Cumming, Joel C. (Eileen) Armistead of Lilburn, William H. (Gam) Foster of Buford, S.C., and Brent Bowles of Orange City, Fla.; niece, Grace Bowles (Pat) Dennis of Buford, S.C.; several great-nieces and -nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests, make contributions to the church of ones choice.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Doris Elaine Wade
Mrs. Doris Elaine Wade, 55, of Thomson entered into rest on June 7, 2010, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Ms. Wade, daughter of the late Willie Wade and the late Louise Bell Wade, was born in Richmond County, but had lived in Thomson most of her life. She was a homemaker and attended Faith Baptist Church in Thomson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Don Widener officiating.

Survivors include her children, James Matthew Strickland, Tommy Story Jr. and April McCoy, all of Thomson; brothers, Matthew Wade of Gibson, and Jeff Wade of Thomson; sisters, Nancy Stewart and Diane Elizabeth Wade, both of Thomson, Blanche Pritchard of Waycross, Annette Martin of Augusta, and Esther Timmerman of Harlem; four grandchildren; and ex-husband and friend, Tommy Story Sr. of Thomson.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nora Perkins Wood
Mrs. Nora Perkins Wood, 90, of Parksville, S.C., entered into rest on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at her residence.

Mrs. Wood was born in Matthews, and was a member of Parksville Baptist Church. She was the retired lunchroom manager for Plum Branch Elementary School.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Parksville Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert B. “Lovin” Wood.

Survivors include one daughter, Susan Buck, Parksville, S.C.; and one sister, Mary Rhodes, Augusta.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of America, 4314 Belair Frontage Rd. Suite B, Augusta, GA 30909.

Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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