Obituaries
August 26, 2010 Issue

Mr. Roy Brookins
Mr. Roy Brookins, 84, of Gibson entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at his residence in Beaufort, S.C.

Born in Washington County, he was the youngest of the late Smallie Lancaster and Lonnie Penn Brookins’ five children. Mr. Brookins served in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars, receiving the following medals and citations including the Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal with four stars, American Campaign, Asiatic Theatre Campaign, National Defense with one star, China Service, WWII Victory Medal, Korea Service Medal with three stars, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, M1 Rifle Expert, and 1956, and 45-Caliber Pistol Expert. After retiring as GySgt, he opened Burton Septic Tank Service. Before he and his wife officially retired, they owned Brookins Mobile Home Park on Parris Island Gateway for 40 years.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Mt. Zion Congregational Church, Mitchell, with the Rev. Al Kurtz officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Linda Brookins Lamb; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, Vera Walden Brookins; son, Roy K. Brookins (Lucinda), Beaufort, S.C.; daughter, Trinda Brookins Rabon, Beaufort, S.C.; five grandchildren, David K. Brookins, Katie E. Brookins, Linda Rabon-Hardison, Santee Guy Rabon and Angela Lamb Barrow (Shane), Edgehill; four great-grandchildren, Blake Lamb, Lyn Barrow, Ayden Barrow and Malaki Hardison; two sisters-in-law, Maxie Walden Redfern, Gibson, and Helen Walden Jones, Macon; nieces and nephews, Sandra Niedens, Forsythe, Gwen Futch, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Judy R. Dixon, Gibson, Robbie Brookins, Midway, Michael Redfern, Gibson, and Dale and Bill Jones, both of Macon; friend, Charles Barnard, Beaufort S.C.; and many extended family and friends in Georgia and South Carolina.

Memorial contributions are requested to be made to Mt. Zion Congregational Church Fence Fund, c/o Annette Black, 6263 Euphrates Church Rd., Edgehill, GA 30810.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruth Rabun Clements
Mrs. Ruth Rabun Clements, 86, of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010.

Born in Warren County to the late Lillian Landrum and Homer A. Rabun, Mrs. Clements made Wrens her home at the age of 22 and was an active member of Wrens United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school for many years. Moving in 1998 to Charlotte, N.C., to be closer to her daughter and family, she became a resident at The Laurels Assisted Living Center but remained a member of her church. She was adopted by the congregation of Cooks Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at Wrens United Methodist Church, with Rev. Griffin Thompson officiating. Interment followed at Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Taylor Clements; two brothers, Carl D. Rabun and George Rabun; and two sisters, Bessie R. Thigpen and Ruby R. Raley.

Survivors include her daughter, Patsy C. Spivey (Bob), Charlotte, N.C.; two grandchildren, Tancey S. Mayhew, Cornelius, N.C., and Bobby Spivey (Colleen), Charlotte, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Annabelle Mayhew, Robert Spivey, Michael Spivey and Emma Spivey; sister-in-law, Katie C. Rabun; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Clark Rabun, Peritt Rabun, Bill Raley, Justin Raley, Mitch Raley, Phil Raley, Phillip Raley, Michael Todd and Larry Wooten.

Memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to Wrens UMC, 202 Russell St., Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Sandra “Kay Kay” Combs
Miss Sandra “Kay Kay” Combs, 53, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at 2 p.m. at St. Matthews African Methodist Episcopal Church, with Pastor Rev. Albert Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society Cemetery.

Miss Combs was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of Casper Combs Jr. and the late Thelma Washington Combs, a member of the St. Matthews AME Church, where she sang in the choir, served as a Trustee and a class leader. She was a 1974 graduate of Louisville High School, a member of the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society and Louisville Physical Fitness Club. She was employed at Delilah Manufacturing Company for 18 years, Quick Set Company for over seven years and later Thomson Plastic.

Survivors include her children, Tara S. Combs, Tory Maurice Combs and Jiel Carter Combs, all of Louisville; father, Casper Combs Jr. of Louisville; siblings, Anna Davis of New York, N.Y, Casper (Sherry) Combs III of Louisville, Patricia Combs-Gamble and Brenda Jones, both of Augusta, Catherine (David) Henderson of St. Petersburg, Fla., Samuel Washington of Atlanta, Janice (Clarence) Patterson of Louisville, Thelma Delores Combs of New York, N.Y., and Glenn Ray Washington of Louisville; aunts and uncles, Hattie (Bobby) Boatwright and Willie Curtis, all of Louisville, Paul (Deola) Washington of Fort Valley, and Catherine Washington of Miami, Fla.; nieces and nephews, James Davis of Louisville, Latricie (Preston) Burley of Charlotte, N.C., Dr. Delores (Kermit) Johnson of St. Louis, Mo., Joe Jones Jr. of Augusta, and Kayla Washington of Atlanta; a multitude of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence 480 Forrest Drive, Louisville, or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruby A. Newsome
Mrs. Ruby A. Newsome, 101, of Thomson entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010.

Mrs. Newsome was a native of McDuffie County. She was a retired LPN from University Hospital and a homemaker. She was a member of the Reedy Creek Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. John Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Newsome Sr.; two sons, Harold and Hodges Newsome; and a daughter, Shirley Ailene Newsome.

Survivors include six sons, Willis Newsome Jr., Harlem, Robert Jay Newsome, Thomson, James C. (Chick) Newsome, Stapleton, Edward Newsome, Wrens, Wallace P. Newsome, Kissimmee, Fla., and Donald M. Newsome, Thomson; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and caregiver, Joyce Hatcher.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Reedy Creek Baptist Church.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Walter “Sid” Newton
Mr. Walter “Sid” Newton, 75, of Matthews entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Augusta, to the late Lucille Rodgers and Walter Sydnor Newton Sr., Mr. Newton attended the public schools of Richmond County, including Monte Sano Elementary and the Academy of Richmond County, graduating in 1953. He then attended the Junior College of Augusta and the University of Georgia in Athens, where he studied zoology and herpetology and received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1957. Upon graduation, he was a chemistry teacher at Hephzibah High School for five years. He then began a long career at Continental Can Company, now International Paper, where he was a chemist, laboratory supervisor and quality control supervisor and retired after 32 years of service. He held memberships in the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), the National Service Teachers Association, the Ga-Lina Walk to Emmavs No. 6, and The National Rifle Association. He was an active member of Wrens Church of God and the Brushy Creek Hunting Club.

He enjoyed amateur photography, wood-working projects and collection of fishing and hunting memorabilia.

Memorial services were held at Wrens Church of God on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at 6 p.m., with Rev. Jason Burton and Rev. Jimmy Raines officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Jane Ussery and Ann Dillender.

Survivors include his wife, Joy Newton; sons, Chris Newton (Nenita) of Havelock, N.C., and Chip Newton of Augusta; grandchildren Christina Newton, Murphy Newton and William Newton, all of Havelock, N.C.; three stepchildren, Janet Vaughan, Martinez, Donna Zapata, Evans, and Christopher Waters, Athens; sister-in-law, Sherma Ashcraft, Warner Robins; and black labs, Sam and Lucy.

Honorary contributions may be made to Wrens Church of God, c/o Bennett Boulineau, 9225 Campground Rd., Matthews, GA 30818.

Sid requested that there be no flowers sent to his memorial but that honorary contributions be made to Wrens Church of God, c/o Bennett Boulineau, 9225 Campground Rd, Matthews GA 30818.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Cassandra Elease Roberts
Miss Cassandra Elease Roberts, 45, of Stapleton entered into rest on Aug. 14, 2010, at her residence.

Miss Roberts was a 1983 graduate of Wrens High School. Following graduation she moved to California. There she attended San Francisco State University and received a bachelor of arts degree. She majored in liberal studies, with an emphasis in social science. She earned an associate of arts degree with a concentration in library technology from the City College of San Francisco in May 1986. She later attended the University of California Berkley and graduate with a masters degree in 2004. She was a sixth and seventh grade teacher at Everett Middle School in California for 13 years and was awarded Teacher of the Year. She was a part of the Tom and Gracie family reunion and was the founder of The Home Award School Program for Kids from 1991-2008. Earlier in life she became a member of Bethlehem AME Church, Avera.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Christopher Durden officiating and Rev. Michael Ephraim presiding. Interment was in the Bethlehem AME Church Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include her parents, Jimmie and Classie Terrell Roberts; siblings, Jimmie L. Roberts, Cheryl (James) Oliphant, Beulah Avery and Beverly Gibson of Stapleton, ISG Joseph (Sonya) Roberts of Fort Bragg, N.C., and SFC Brandon Roberts of Afghanistan; godson, Jeremiah Oliphant of Hinesville; godbrother, Eric Hannah of Stapleton; fiancé, Allen Stokes of Atlanta; uncles, Wyman Roberts and Lindsey Roberts of Avera, Gene Alston of San Francisco, Calif., Johnny Williams of Landover, Md.; aunts, Pauline Davis and Willie Bell Roberts of Pompano Beach, Fla., Annie Mae Roberts of St. Petersburg, Fla., Lola Mae Roberts, Hester Hines, Carolyn Terrell and Ollie Roberts of Stapleton; caretakers, Cathleen Blair, Lisa Roberts, Crystal Stathon and Keldrick Hannah; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Wayne Avery, Phinize King, Alfred Nelson, Ulysses Floyd, Tom Wells and Johnnie Brown, Wrens High School class of 1983.

Honorary pallbearers were Stewards and Trustees of Bethlehem AME Church and Springfield AME Church, and Wal-Mart No. 2754 and No. 1658.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Perry Young
Mr. Perry Young, 47, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Warren County, entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, Warrenton. Rev. Michael Curry was eulogist.

Survivors include two sons, Radaed Young, Virginia, Perry Young Jr., Georgia; daughter, Shanda Kitchens, Georgia; parents, Farris and Choicey Young, Mitchell; four sisters, Patsy McCall, Alabama, Joycence Ellison, Tennessee, Loretta Swayzer, Georgia, Polly Heath, Florida; brother, Don Young, Tennessee; eight grandchildren; and other relatives.

Dawson’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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