Obituaries
July 8, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Mary Lou Dowdy
Mrs. Mary Lou Dowdy, 63, of Parrottsville, Tenn., entered into rest on Saturday, July 3, 2010.

Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, in Manes Funeral Home West Chapel. Burial was at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, in Union Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Grace Ellison; and brothers, Tony Ellison and Jimmy Ellison.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Dowdy, Parrottsville, Tenn.; daughters, Cathy Dowdy Brooks, Parrottsville, Tenn., and Marcia (David) Baker, Belmont, Calif.; brother, Rev. Walter “Spooky” Ellison, Elkins, W.V.; grandchildren, Warner Alexander Baker, Griffon Evers Baker, Mary Elizabeth Brooks and Hannah Lynn Brooks; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Pierce, Gainesville, Nelda Huscusson, Bonita Springs, Fla., and Mary Jewell Ellison, Louisville; and friend, Andrea Strom, Texas.

Manes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George “Shorty Red” William Farmer Sr.
Mr. George “Shorty Red” William Farmer Sr., 57, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, July 2, 2010, at Jefferson Hospital in Louisville.

Mr. Farmer was a native of Jefferson County. He attended Jefferson County Public Schools. He joined Stone Springfield AME Church at an early age. He was employed with Air Balance Corporation in Wrens for over 20 years, where he served as a leadman. He was the owner and operator of Wrens Car Care.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, with Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Burial was in the Sand Valley AME Church.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Betty Jean Brown Farmer; children, Debra (Porter) Quarterman of Stapleton, Cassandra (Kenny) Hogan and George William Farmer Jr., all of Augusta, and Kelvin (Tekilia) Farmer and Melvin (Zaynah) Farmer, of Wrens; mother, Jessie Bell Stone Farmer of Wrens; mother-in-law, Rosella Brown of Stapleton; siblings, James (Ora) Farmer of Thomson, Eddie (Christine) Farmer of Sandersville, Jimmy (Sharon) Farmer of Wrens, Clarence (Shirley) Farmer of Thomson, Loretta (Edward) Cousins of Columbus, and Henrietta (Donald) Pastor of Grovetown, Roxanne Farmer Sr. of Sandersville, and Melvin Habersham; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gary (Betty) Brown, Retha (Willie) Oliphant and Mary (Charlie) Oliphant, all of Stapleton, Charlie (Ruth) Brown of Thomson, and James (Alvenia) Brown of Wrens; grandchildren, LaQuinnette of Augusta, and Latela, Ricardo, Cartabius, Tedesco, all of Wrens; one great-grandchild, Znyiah; uncles and aunts, Willie Albert (Pinky) Farmer of New York, George Farmer of Lithonia, Gertrude Butler of Augusta, Eloise Stokes of Chicago, Ill., Lillie Bell Patterson of Augusta, and Annie Ruth McCommons of Atlanta; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Mike Cason, Marion Jackson, Larry Jackson, Terry Mathis, Claude Farmer and Mario Thomas.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge o arrangements.


Mr. Ira Gary Holinbaugh
Mr. Ira Gary Holinbaugh, 46, entered into rest on June 24, 2010, at Southwest Medical Center, Liberal, Kan.

Mr. Holinbaugh was born July 29, 1963, in Louisville, the son of Gary and Clara (Guy) Holinbaugh. He was a 1982 graduate of Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio. He was a welder and fabricator at Midwest Oilfield Service, Liberal. Mr. Holinbaugh was an arrowhead collector and designer. On Feb. 15, 1991, he married Carolyn Sue (Bill) at Joshua, Texas.

Funeral Services were held on Sunday, June 27, 2010, at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home Chapel, Liberal, Kan. He was cremated.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kenny and Evelyn Holinbaugh, and Ira and Esther Guy; and uncle, John Guy.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Sue; son, Kenny Holinbaugh of Liberal, Kan.; daughters, Kelly Holinbaugh of Cleburne, Texas, and Kerry Holinbaugh of Cleburne, Texas; stepson, Michael Mengelkamp of Rolla, Kan.; stepdaughter, Kristi Shackelford of Elkhart, Kan.; parents, Gary and Clara Holinbaugh of Joshua, Texas; brothers, Wade Holinbaugh of Liberal, Kan., and Gary Holinbaugh Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas; sisters, Angela Webb of Fort Worth, Texas, Lisa Lewis of Joshua, Texas, and Jennifer Clark of Norman, Okla.; and 16 grandchildren, Samuel, Katelyn, Dylan, Hayden, Daniel, Brookelynne, Quintin, Kybah, Landyn, Cameron, Kaydence, Jessalynn, Chaz, Zach, Aubrey and Calvin.

Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Hazel “Nanny Mac” Walden McDonald
Mrs. Hazel “Nanny Mac” Walden McDonald of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, June 27, 2010.

Mrs. McDonald was born Aug. 9, 1923, in Edgehill, to the late Gozie and Jeannie Hawkins Walden. She lived in Glascock County until 1952 when she moved to Augusta, where she lived for 30 years before returning to Glascock County in 1985. She was a Christian. She was a founding member of Edgehill First Church of God and a previous member of Southgate Baptist Church in Augusta for 25 years. She retired from John P. King Manufacturing Company as a seamstress and worked as a home health care aide after retirement.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 1, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Pastor Edward Newsome and Rev. Perry Walden officiating. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, George T. McDonald; and son, Joel T. McDonald.

Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Peluso of Gibson; granddaughter, Stacy Page (Donald) of Augusta; grandson, Christopher McDonald of Augusta; great-grandchildren, Hadley Elizabeth and Aidan Thomas McDonald; brothers, J.C. Walden of Waynesboro, and James L. Walden of Wrens; sisters, Ogle Sammons of Edgehill, Ethel Newsome of Belvedere, S.C., and Annette Marschie of Oakfield, Wis.; and other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Andy Walden, Charles Walden, Clay Walden, Jeff Walden, Gozie Walden and Bobby Sammons.

Memorials may be made to Edgehill First Church of God, P.O. Box 87, Gibson, GA 30810 c/o Gloria Peluso.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Derriune “Lil Mama” La’Treace Neely
Miss Derriune’ “Lil Mama” La’Treace Neely, 1, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, July 1, 2010.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with Pastor Rev. Jimmy McCullough III officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Repast will be held at the residence. The funeral procession will leave the residence at 1:15 p.m.

Survivors include her parents, Clarissa Ann Lockhart and Derek Neely Sr., both of Wrens; two sisters, Shanterria Lockhart, Wrens, and Da’Quannius Washington of Charleston, S.C.; five brothers, Jaquan Brown, Derek Neely Jr., Derek Neely III, De’Trevious Neely, all of Wrens, and De’Untress Washington of Charleston, S.C.; grandparents, Robert (Julia) Lockhart, Mary Neely and Eddie Peeples, all of Wrens; great-grandmother, Mary Lou Lockhart of Wrens; godmother, Betty Mae Jordan; godsister, Kedesha Green of Wrens; god-grandmother, Cynthia Farmer of Wrens; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jeff Mitchell Wade Sr.
Mr. Jeff Mitchell Wade Sr., 45, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, July 2, 2010.

Mr. Wade, son of the late Willie Wade and the late Louise Bell Wade, was born in Richmond County, but had lived in Thomson most of his life. He was a painter and a member of Living River Church of God in Blackshear.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 5, 2010, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. R.B. Gaskins officiating.

Survivors include his children, Jeff Mitchell Wade Jr., Augusta, Kristian Wade, Evans, and Dakota Wade, Thomson; stepson, Michael Scott Annis, Augusta; brother, Matthew Wade of Gibson; sisters, Nancy Stewart and Diane Elizabeth Wade, both of Thomson, Blanche Pritchard of Waycross, Annette Martin of Augusta, and Esther Timmerman of Harlem.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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