Obituaries
September 9, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Lovie Mae Black Amason
Mrs. Lovie Mae Black Amason, 95, of Davisboro entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at the Washington County Regional Medical Center Extended Care Facility following a brief illness.

Mrs. Amason, a native of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late Stephen Brady Phillips and the late Harriett Ellen McNair. Mrs. Amason was a member of Davisboro Baptist Church, Ora J. Brown Sunday School Class, and Davisboro Woman’s Club. She was a member of the Extended Care Facility’s Bell Choir.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at Davisboro Baptist Church, with Rev. Bill Moody officiating. Burial was in the Davisboro City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, James Roger Black and James T. Amason; and a son, James William Black.

Survivors include a daughter, Geraldine B. Hodges of Davisboro; son, Robert Black of Davisboro; grandchildren, Deborah Stanley of Sandersville, David Green, Bill Black and Allison B. Cobb, all of Davisboro, Carol B. Dollar of Sandersville, Steve Black of Davisboro, Troy Black and Darlene Lord, both of Tennille; a sister, Ruth Raybourne of Johns Island, S.C.; and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Troy Black, Bill Black, Steve Black, Brandon Green, Brain Stanley, Kevin Cobb and Michael Dollar.

Donations may be made to the Extended Care Facility Family Council, P.O. Box 636, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Pleas Braddock
Mr. Pleas Braddock, 75, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Trinity Hospital of Augusta.

Born to the late Vonnie Johnson Braddock and the late William Braddock, Mr. Braddock was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He was a retired meat cutter working for Piggly Wiggly for many years.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery, with Rev. Douglas Howard officiating

He was preceded in death by his wife, Zaydell Howard Braddock; and brother, W. J. Braddock.

Survivors include his children, Christy B. Dunbar (Randy), Augusta, and David M. Braddock; two sisters, Helen Poole (Truitt), Savannah, and Jennie Chalker; two grandchildren, Jessica Braddock Thomas (Nick), and William Dunbar III; one great-grandson, Nate Thomas; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Jerry Braddock, Randy Dunbar, William Dunbar III, Mitch McGraw, Nick Thomas and Billy Wheeler.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Alton “Bob” Ford Jr.
Mr. Robert Alton “Bob” Ford Jr., 48, of Sandersville died Monday August 30, 2010.

Mr. Ford was born in Bibb County and was reared in Washington County, the son of the late Robert A. Ford Sr. and the late Louise Kitchens Ford. He was employed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office as lead investigator. Bob also worked for the Sandersville Technical Institute in security as well as a driving instructor. He operated A2Z Lawn Service and was formerly employed by the Thiele Kaolin Company.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Tennille Baptist Church, with Rev. Darell Young and Rev. Mark Jones officiating. Graveside committal services were held at 5 p.m. at the Bethel Church Cemetery in Wilkinson County.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Anderson Ford; sons, Jonathan Robert Ford, Joshua Lee Ford and Brandon Green (Stephanie), all of Sandersville; sisters, Gail Ford Deen of Vidalia, Robin Ford Edge (Wayne) and Laurie Ford Perdue, both of Sandersville; nieces and nephews, Denita Turner, Shanna Sumner, Bonnie Perdue, Lauren Anderson, Ben Perdue and Kyle Anderson; mother-in-law, Betty L. Anderson of Wadley; sister-in-law, Betty Ann Anderson of Augusta; and brother-in-law, Mark Anderson of Wadley.

Pallbearers were Lee Strickland, Doug Watkins, Matt Hartley, Joel Cochran, Clay Floyd, Brad Kennedy, Ben Perdue, Greg Haynes, Tommy Jordan, Robert Cowart, Trey Burgamy and Freddie Chapman.

Honorary pallbearers were the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Donations may be made to the Bob Ford Medical Fund, C/O the Citizens Bank of Washington County, P.O. Drawer 836, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. David Rudolph Ginn
Mr. David Rudolph Ginn, 82, of Sandersville entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at the Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Ginn was born in Bulloch County, the son of the late William Hugh Ginn and the late Ethel Jackson Ginn. He served in the US Navy during both WWII and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Ginn began his career in the Kaolin Industry in 1953 with Champion Paper Company as an electrical engineer and retired in 1993 as an executive vice president for Thiele Kaolin Company. He is a former president of the Georgia Mining Association. Mr. Ginn was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sandersville, where he was the former chairman of Deacons, as well as a long-time Sunday school teacher and a member of the church brotherhood. He was a Washington County civic leader and a member and past president of the Sandersville Rotary Club, where he was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Sandersville, with Rev. Lee Lacey and Rev. Marlon Lastinger officiating. Burial was in the Brownwood Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, Lucy Reese Ginn; son-in-law, Glynn Robinson; and stepson, Kevin Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Johnson Ginn; children, Deborah G. Cain (Tommy), Michael W. Ginn (Jean) and Nancy G. Robinson, all of Sandersville; stepdaughter, Lisa Bertoch (Terry) of Sandersville; grandchildren, Brandon Cobb (Lacie) of Louisville, Chris Robinson (Brandy) of Charlotte, N.C., Aaron Cobb (Megan) of Thomson, Laura G. Mason (John) of Atlanta, David Robinson (Lauren) of Sandersville, Heather G. Pope (Mike) and Jennifer Lucy Ginn, both of Amelia Island, Fla.; step-grandchildren, Amanda Bertoch of Athens, Alyssa Johnson of Milledgeville and Morgan Johnson of Sandersville; great-grandchildren, Carly Robinson and Baylor Cobb; and sister, Margaret Newton of Statesboro.

Pallbearers were Brandon Cobb, Chris Robinson, Aaron Cobb, John Mason, Mike Pope and Terry Bertoch.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Irwin Evans Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church.

Donations may be made to the Washington County Old Jail Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 6088, Sandersville, GA 31082, or to the Broken Shackle Ranch, 1542 Francis Bridge Rd., Davisboro, GA 31018.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bernard S. “Nard” Johnson
Funeral services for Mr. Bernard S. “Nard” Johnson, 62, of Wrens were held on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Pastor Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Interment was in Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Julia Elizabeth McDowell
Miss Julia Elizabeth McDowell of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, in Wadley.

Graveside service were held on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at noon at Brinson Hill Baptist Church in Wadley, with Rev. Dr. David Kemp officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her aunts, Mary E. Williams and Minnie Lawrence, both of Newark, N.J.; cousins, Wilbur Lawrence, Inman Lawrence, Ada Motley, Rosa Dinkins, Catherine Scott, Priscilla Dinkins, Ella Tunnell, Jean Lawrence, Franklin and Joseph Cummings, and James and Gerald Lawrence; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Betty Irene Goddard McNeal
Mrs. Betty Irene Goddard McNeal, 82, of Wadley entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, in the Glendale Nursing Home in Wadley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. McNeal was a native of Canton, a daughter of the late Ben and Estelle Grover Burnette, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and children, Elizabeth Doughty, William Hugh Goddard and Walter Dennis Goddard.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Ralph) McDuffie of Forrest Park; son, Benny (Wanda) Goddard of Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Geraldine W. Muns
Mrs. Geraldine W. Muns, 72, of Thomson entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Muns was a native of Glascock County, but had lived in Dearing and Thomson for many years. She had retired as a nurse from the V.A. Medical Center. She was a member of Wrens Church of God.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Jason Burton officiating.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, J.F. Williford and Nelle Ruth Todd Williford; husband, Carl Muns Jr.; and a brother, Louie Williford.

Survivors include her four sisters, Hazel Lott, Harlem, Rachel Roberts, Lakeland, Fla., Connie Coffman, Jefferson, and Dianne James, Thomson; a brother, Larry Williford, Winder; three nieces, Melissa Roberts, Laurie Williford and Donna Davis; and a nephew, John James Jr.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lois “Molly” J. Murphy
Mrs. Lois “Molly” J. Murphy, 83, of Newport News, Va., entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at her home.

Mrs. Murphy was the widow of James H. Murphy and the daughter of the late Ruby Carrie Hannah and Charles Emmett Williams Sr. of Avera. She spent much of her life in Hampton and Newport News, Va.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Hampton Memorial Gardens in Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Edris Chase and Patricia Williams; and two brothers, Charles and Bill Williams.

Survivors include her son, Eric C. Smith; a sister, Jackie Cameron of Augusta; brother, James E. Williams Sr. of Summerville, S.C.; three granddaughters; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Altemeyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Shirley Elaine Goldate Powers
Mrs. Shirley Elaine Goldate Powers, 91, of Midville entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010.

Mrs. Powers was born in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 20, 1919, and lived there into adulthood. In 1947, she married Robert Hill Powers, and moved to Georgia with him, living out her life in his hometown of Midville. She was a member of Midville United Methodist Church, holding leadership positions on the administrative board and United Methodist Women.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in the Midville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tony Smith and Rev. Roland Fall officiating. Interment followed in the family plot at Midville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by parents, Bernhard Theodore Goldate and Carmen Mugnier Goldate; husband, Robert Hill Powers Sr.; and a sister, Bernice G. Mohr.

Survivors include her children, Robert Hill Powers Jr. (Suzanne) of Midville, Aurie P. Allen of Martinez, and Valerie P. Saxon (Glynn) of Midville; one sister, Vera G, Reynolds of Harlingen, Texas; eight grandchildren, Josef C. Patchen III of Augusta, Laura P. Krejci (Richard) of Columbia, David N. Abernathy of Seattle, Rev. R. Grant Abernathy (Rachel) of Lumpkin, Carmen G. Allen of Martinez, Caleb P. Allen of Martinez, Jessica L. Powers of Hilton Head, and Robert H. Powers III of Key West; one great-grandson, Max Abernathy of Lumpkin; several step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers were Ralph Sandeford, Robert Evans, Marion “Butch” Brinson, Bill Rountree, Hyland G. Bunn, and Jeff Boatright.

Honorary pallbearers were Hogarth Sandeford, George Holloway, Buck Brannan, Dr. Frank Carter and Dr. Walter Voyles.

If so desired, memorials may be made to Midville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 345, Midville, GA, 30441.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Beatrice Sheffield
Mrs. Beatrice Sheffield, 80, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.

Mrs. Sheffield was born in Avera, and lived in Thomson most of her life. She was retired from Southern Bell and civil service from Fort Gordon. Mrs. Sheffield was also a Baptist by faith.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Larron Pilgrim and Rev. Gemmell Johnson officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Glascock County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Sheffield.

Survivors include her children, Lee Renfroe, Hephzibah, and Joy Leek, Appling; grandsons, Christopher Renfroe and Richard Brown; great-grandson, Jackson Cody Lee Renfroe; and niece, Pat Lonegran.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sadie Williford
Mrs. Sadie Williford of Mitchell entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Born to the late Claudia Mae McCoy Phillips and the late Radford J. Phillips, Mrs. Williford was a native of Glascock County, a retired beautician, and a member of the LDS Chapel in Harlem.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Bishop Mark Anderson officiating. Interment followed at the LDS cemetery in Edgehill.

She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Joe Gilbert Phillips and James Phillips; and two sisters, Virginia Byrd and Miriam Landry.

Survivors include her husband, Willie Williford Jr.; two daughters, Pat and Glenda; four sisters, Mamie Lee Hymas, Betty Jo McLeod, Eulaween Barney and Lonice Goodwin; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Lee Froehlich, Jeremy Froehlich, Jacob Froehlich and James Froehlich. James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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