Obituaries
August 12, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Betty Gail Cheely Blue
Mrs. Betty Gail Cheely Blue, 50, of Sandersville entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, in the Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville.

Mrs. Blue was a lifelong resident of Washington County, the daughter of the late Thomas Ray Cheely. She was a homemaker and a member of the A-H Hunting Club.

Graveside funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, in the Washington County Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Sandersville.

Survivors include her husband, Jeffrey Thomas Blue of Sandersville; daughter, Amanda Michelle Blue Simpson of Bartow; son, Jeffrey Lamar Blue of Sandersville; mother, Betty Emmaline Smith Cheely of Sandersville; sister, Doris (Mike) Kitchens of Sandersville; five grandchildren, Jeremy Eugene Simpson, Nathaniel Raygan Simpson, Samantha Simpson, Gracy Simpson and Mary Elizabeth McNeely.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Josie Elizabeth Haddox Casdorph
Mrs. Josie Elizabeth Haddox Casdorph, 92, entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gibson.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in the Platt’s Crawford Avenue Chapel, with Rev. Julia McKinley officiating. Interment of cremated remains followed at 1 p.m. at Bellevue Memorial Gardens, Grovetown.

Survivors include her son, Larry Edward Casdorph; daughters, Deborah Kay Casdorph Blume and Earlene Casdorph Vittone; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Frank Haddox; and one sister, Lennie Upshaw.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made to United Hospice, 620 Ponder Place, Evans, GA 30809.


Mrs. Magnolia Farmer
Mrs. Magnolia Farmer, 49, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at 3 p.m. at House of Faith Holiness Church, Wrens, with Pastor Dorothy Nelson officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Louisville.

Survivors include her husband, Clifford Farmer; son, Maurice (Shatgra) Farmer; three daughters, Ieshia (Buddy) Bunyon and Lakeisha Jenkins, all of Wrens, Youlinda Jenkins of Graniteville, S.C.; two sisters, Pinky Bunyon of Waynesboro, and Luevenia Parish of Hollywood, Fla.; two brothers, Roger Jenkins and Albert Jenkins, both of Waynesboro; friend, Annette Whigham of Wrens; and grandchildren.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Marjorie Hicks
Mrs. Marjorie Hicks, 86, of Fairfax, Va., formerly of Louisville, entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, in the Sunrise of Fair Oaks assisted living in Fairfax, Va.

A native of Gray, Mrs. Hicks was a daughter of Thomas Cleveland Morton and Julia Powell Conn Morton. She retired from the Fairfax County Public School System after many years as an elementary school teacher. For 25 years she was a member of Louisville United Methodist Church and was a member of the Jefferson Historical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Graveside funeral services were held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, in the Louisville City Cemetery, with Rev. David Hibberts officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond E. Hicks; and sisters, Julia Conn Harvey and Henrietta Morton.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas Raymond (Mary) Hicks of Eugene, Ore., and John Melvin (Kathy) Hicks of Amelia Island, Fla.; three daughters, Cynthia H. (Peter) Simer of Faribault, Minn., Louise H. Porter of Herndon, Va., and Barbara H. (Peter) Boyle of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

If so desired, contributions may be made to the Louisville United Methodist Church, 301 W. 7th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Brenda Kersey Kirby
Mrs. Brenda Kersey Kirby, 61, entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at 11 a.m. at William’s Chapel Baptist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie J. “Nick” Lane
Funeral services for Mr. Willie J. “Nick” Lane, 44, of Wrens were held on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Aldred CME Church, Warrenton, with Pastor Rev. Dr. Willie J. Wiley officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Sabrina Lane, Augusta; five children, Drew Lane, Justin Lane, Kaitlin Lane and Jordan Lane, all of Pennsylvania, and Anthony Lane, El Paso, Texas; sisters, Laverne Lane Tucker, Eulaunda Nicholson and Katrina (Frank) Shields, all of Wrens; father, Richard (Mary) Murray, Wrens; two brothers, Lionel Murray, Wrens, and Barry Roberts, Stapleton; aunts, Jerlene (Bill) McQueen, Evans, Eva Jean (Leotis) Smith and Darlene Lockhart, all of Augusta, Jenette McCoy, Evelyn Hudson, Johnnie Mae Murray and Carolyn Murray, all of Wrens; uncles, Raymond McNair and Sedric (Margaret) McNair, all of Augusta, Willie (Teresa) Lane, Thomson, Sammie Lane and George (Minnie) Lane, all of Wrens; seven nieces; four nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jeannette L. Rahn Morgan
Mrs. Jeannette L. Rahn Morgan, 85, entered into rest on July 22, 2010, at Unihealth Nursing Home in Augusta.?

Mrs. Morgan, an Effingham County native, was the daughter of the late Hubert L. and Eula W. Rahn. She was the wife of the late Rev. Herbert L. Morgan Jr., a United Methodist pastor.?They served in the Savannah District at Wesley Oak, Pooler, Pembroke, Rosehill UMC at Columbus, and the Coleman-St. John Charge in Wadley.

Funeral services were held at Thomas C. Strickland?and Son Funeral home, with Rev. Paul Dupree, a lifelong friend, officiating.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa M. Stoms of Grovetown; son-in-law, Daniel Stoms; brother, Alfred Rahn of Guyton; grandchildren, Jarrod Pickard, Hayden Stoms and Elena Stoms.


Deacon Lawrence Lewis
Mr. Wayne T. Neal, 44, of Mitchell entered into rest on Aug. 2, 2010.

Services were held on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at noon at Second Mineral Springs Baptist Church, with Rev. Robert L. Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Sarah Mae Tucker Neal and John Henry Neal Jr.; daughter, Alishia Neal of Thomson; two stepdaughters, Chikita Hill and Shamekia Tucker, both of Thomson; two stepsons, Timothy Hill and Dennis Burdette; brother, Johnny Neal of Warrenton; two sisters, Marcia K. Miller of Sandersville, and Lasabia Paul of Thomson.

Dawson’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ray Jenkins Smith
Mr. Ray Jenkins Smith, 80, entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at his residence.

A native of York, S.C., Mr. Smith was a son of the late Joseph Davis Smith and Nannie Marie Jenkins Smith. He served in the U.S. Army for 27 years and retired from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department after 17 years as chief jailer. Mr. Smith was a former member and past president of the Wrens Lions Club and was of the Presbyterian faith.

Graveside services with full military honors were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in the Eastbrook Cemetery in Swainsboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joseph D. Smith and Harold B. Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Minter Smith of Louisville; daughters, Darla (Marty) Harris of Swainsboro, and Lisa Smith of Louisville; three grandchildren, Daniel Boatright of Sandersville, Carla Landrum Robinson of Wrens, and Amanda Harris of Swainsboro; four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sara Prescott Thigpen
Mrs. Sara Prescott Thigpen of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with Rev. Ed Stark officiating.

Mrs. Thigpen was born in Jefferson County on June 7, 1920. She was the eldest of 11 children of the late Elbert and Ola (Stewart) Prescott. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Glenn Hills Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Felton Thigpen.

Survivors include her son, Gary (Lynn) Thigpen; daughter, Ginny (Harold) Hughes; grandchildren, Stacey Hughes (Sidney) Dennis, Ashley Thigpen (Craig) Godwin and Brian Thigpen; great-grandchildren, Bradley Godwin and Payton Dennis; sister, Alice Robertson; and brothers, Randall Prescott, Don Prescott and Dudley Prescott.

Memorial contributions may be made to Glenn Hills Baptist Church, 2877 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA 30906.

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

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