Obituaries
July 1, 2010 Issue

Mr. Gardell Flournoy
Funeral services for Mr. Gardell Flournoy, 72, of Warrenton were held on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Pastor Rev. John A. Lockhart and Rev. Robert Smith as eulogists. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James R. “Jim” Gheesling Sr.
Mr. James R. “Jim” Gheesling Sr., 82, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, June 26, 2010.

Mr. Gheesling was a native of Warren County, and had lived in Augusta since 1941. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and had served in the United States Navy. He was retired from Macy’s after 26 years, then from the Medical College of Georgia after 15 years.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church, with Dr. L. Gordon Robinson officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie W. Gheesling.

Survivors include daughter, Diane G. Mundy (Tony) of Harlem; son, James R. Gheesling Jr. (Cathy) of Wrens; grandchildren, Chip Davis, Brandy Gheesling Prescott, Trey Gheesling, Tony Mundy Jr., Denise Canteli and Emily Lamp; and great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Harriotte and Cora Anne Davis, Anna Kate Prescott, Tony Mundy III, Luke Kelly, and Nicholas and Anabelle Canteli.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Gheesling, Wayne Gheesling, Chip Davis, Trey Gheesling III, Michael Prescott and Tony Mundy Jr.

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


Mr. Willie L. Gibson
Funeral services for Mr. Willie L. Gibson, 52, of Warrenton were held on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Pastor Rev. John A. Lockhart as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

G.L. Haynes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Garvin Gordon
Mr. Garvin Gordon, 66, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, June 21, 2010, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Gordon was the son of the late Jim and Annie Mae Roberson Gordon, born Nov. 3, 1944, Jefferson County. He was a faithful member of Magnolia Baptist. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System. A past member of Louisville Masonic Lodge No. 579. On June 24, 1972, he was united in marriage with Essie Johnson and had two children.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church in Avera, with Rev. Perry Daniel officiating and Rev. Jerry Dudley presiding. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Joe Lewis Gordon, Buford Gordon, Thomas Gordon, Helen Farmer, Regina Martin and Betty Montgomery.

Survivors include his wife, Essie Gordon; children, Michael Gordon and Stephanie Gordon, both of Louisville; sisters, Annie Dora Davis of Tampa, Fla., Carolyn Bascomb (Kenneth) of Boston, Mass., and Linda Gibbons (Johnny) of Louisville; aunt, Celesta Dallas of Atlanta; mother-in-law, Lillian May of Macon; sisters-in-law, Florence Gordon, Lillie Pearl Little (Robert), Gertrude Sims, Eunice Womack (Michael), Evelyn Howard, Lenora Brown, Frankie Mae Brown and Julia Brown; brothers-in-law, George Farmer, Eddie Cuby (Virginia), John Henry Brown, David Brown, James Brown and Edward Lewis; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Magnolia Baptist Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Julia Ellen Hadden Hughes
Mrs. Julia Ellen Hadden Hughes, 86, of Thomson entered into rest on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at her residence.

Mrs. Hughes was born in Avera, on July 21, 1923, to Ernie and Sally Hadden. She was the valedictorian of Avera High School in 1939. She was married to D.C. Hughes on Aug. 2, 1942. Mrs. Hughes later graduated from Georgia State College for Women with a bachelor of science degree in education, and received her masters and reading specialist degrees from the University of Georgia. While at UGA, she was an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society of education. Mrs. Hughes was an educator for 37 years, 21 of those as a classroom teacher. She then served as the reading consultant for five counties before becoming the director of elementary instruction in the McDuffie County School system in 1971, where she remained until her retirement. Mrs. Hughes was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 1981 to study the school systems of India. She was a founding member of the local Alpha Theta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization of women educators. Mrs. Hughes was a member of First Baptist Church Thomson, where she taught the Fidelis Sunday School Class for many years. She was a part of the group that founded the Raysville mission, which is now Raysville Baptist Church. She also taught reading as part of the Adult Literacy Program of First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 25, 2010, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Thomson.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, D.C. Hughes Jr.; son, Carroll Hughes (Linda); daughter, Kay Williams (Ken); six grandchildren, Matt Hughes (Jackie), Josh Hughes (Ginger), Katie Hughes Anthony (Jeremy), John Williams, Michael Williams (Caroline), and David Williams; two sisters, Corrie Hawkins of Huntsville, Ala., and Betty Hadden of Gibson.

If so desired, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the First Baptist Church.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothea “Dot” Lupo Kelley
Mrs. Dorothea “Dot” Lupo Kelley, 94, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, June 25, 2010, at Ivy Assisted Living Residence in Alpharetta.

Born on June 10, 1916, to the late Mary Deck and James William Lupo in Dalton, Mrs. Kelley attended Dalton City Schools and graduated from Brenau College in 1936, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She first taught school in Fitzgerald, and then in Wrens, beginning in 1941 where she taught music in the Jefferson County Public School System until her retirement in 1975. She was a member of the Wrens United Methodist Church, where she served as organist and choir director from 1947 to 1998.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 28, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Wrens United Methodist Church, with Dr. Benjamin Martin officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Thomas Kelley; and brother, James W. Lupo Jr.

Survivors include two sons, James M. Kelley (Louise “Sister”), Savannah, and Roy Thomas Kelley Jr. (Janet), Duluth; four grandchildren, James M. Kelley Jr. (Katie), Savannah, Virginia K. Phillips (Marty), Savannah, Brian T. Kelley, Duluth, and Adam P. Kelley, Duluth; three great-grandchildren, James M. Kelley III, Amelia Parks Phillips and Cecilia Louise Kelley; a sister- in-law, Sarah K. Weeks; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Brian T. Kelley, Adam P. Kelley, James M. Kelley, Jr., Marty A. Phillips, Ronnie Weeks and Jerry Weeks.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wrens UMC, 202 Russell St., Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Infant Madison Marie McGahee
Infant Madison Marie McGahee of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, June 20, 2010, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Graveside services were held on Monday, June 28, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Stapleton Baptist Church Cemetery, with Ed Chance officiating.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Virginia Williams.

Survivors include her parents, Jessica Utley and Aaron McGahee; grandparents, Buddy and Sue Utley, and Susan and Scott McGahee; and great-grandparents, Marion and Virginia Utley, Kenneth Williams, Elaine and Andy Richardson, Johnnie and Wanda McGahee, and Ed and Jane Chance.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Doris E. McKenzie
Mrs. Doris E. McKenzie, 88, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, in Louisville.

Mrs. McKenzie was born May 17, 1922, in Washington County, the daughter of the late Green and Anna West.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Louisville Church of God, with Pastor Faye Stavely officiating. Interment followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by three husbands; two children, Jackolyn West and Joyce Jennings; four sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include her children, Larry (Peggy) Cason of Martinez, Peggy (Wayne) Marsh of Douglas, and Donna (Bobby) McGowan of Louisville; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were her grandsons and great-grandsons.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert K. “Bobby” Tate
Mr. Robert K. “Bobby” Tate, 81, of Evans entered into rest on Wednesday, June 23, 2010,

Mr. Tate was a native of the Augusta area. He served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from the Olin Company. Mr. Tate was a member of the Faith Community Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 26, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors, with Rev. Wayne Jackson officiating. Interment followed in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Wolfe Tate.

Survivors include his sons, Robert Edward “Eddie” Tate (Cindy) of Mitchell, Johnny Michael Tate (Ann) of Milledgeville; grandsons, Banks Tate, Justin Tate and Kyle Tate, all of Augusta; sisters, Georgia Rodgers (Earl) of Zebulon, and Shirley Garrard (Randolph) of Brooks; daughter-in-law, Joy M. Tate of Evans, GA.

Memorials may be made to Faith Community Church, c/o Rev. Wayne Jackson, 4181 Mullikin Road, Evans, GA 30809.

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


Mrs. Juanita Welmaker
Mrs. Juanita Welmaker, 80, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, June 18, 2010, at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Wellmaker was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County. She had attended the Thomson Church of God. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Bobby Farmer officiating. Burial was in Westview cemetery.

Survivors include her nieces, Rita Faure, Appling, Gloria MaChalk, Louisville, Kathy Gunnels, Wrens, Tonya Gunby, Stapleton, and Cheri Wellmaker, New York; and nephew, B.J. Wellmaker, New York.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sharon Carstarphen Wilson
Mrs. Sharon Carstarphen Wilson of Lincolnton entered into rest on Saturday, June 13, 2010, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Mrs. Wilson was born on Aug. 29, 1967, in Richmond County. She was a native of Augusta, and was a respiratory therapist at Aiken Regional Hospital.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, June 20, 2010, at 3 p.m. at 2034 Indian Road in Lincolnton.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jacqueline Fontaine Reeves; and stepfather, Sam Reeves.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Ray Wilson; daughters, Jacqueline Diane “Tad” Wilson and Ashley Burton; father and stepmother, Frank and Linda Carstarphen; sister, Charissa Carstarphen; aunts, Connie McLaney and Sandra Clarke; and two grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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