Obituaries
September 16, 2010 Issue

Mr. Lester “Boy Dogg” Dawson
Mr. Lester “Boy Dogg” Dawson of Avera entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Gibson Health and Rehab in Gibson.

Mr. Dawson was born on Oct. 1, 1938, to the parentage of the late Cleveland Dawson and Cleo Blair Dawson in Avera. He later moved and lived in Decatur for a number of years. He returned to Avera in the the 1970s.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Avera, with Rev. Carlos M. Newton Sr. officiating.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Larry “Ed Willie” Polen; and two sisters, Mary Lue Brown and Ann DeWitt.

Survivors include his son, Anthony Dawson of Decatur; two sisters, Ollie Ree Roberts of Stapleton, and Mattie Bell Blair of Avera; one brother, Rev. C.W. Dawson of Merchantville, N.J.; niece and caregiver, Melvin Louise Blair of Avera; three aunts, Lola Mae Roberts of Stapleton, Eddie Daniels of Wrens, and Julia Stone of Atlanta; one brother-in-law, Robert Hobbs Brown of Gibson; friends, Jimmy Lee Stone and James Edward Roberts Jr., both of Avera, and Johnny and Willie James Jordan, both of Stapleton; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Henry Frazier
Mr. John Henry Frazier of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at his residence.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Garrer Funeral Home, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mamie Lou Landrum Herrick
Mrs. Mamie Lou Landrum Herrick, 70, of Columbus, Miss., entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at Aurora Australis Lodge, Columbus, Miss.

Mrs. Herrick was born Jan. 16, 1940, in Avera, to the late James “Jim” and Willie Sheppard Landrum. She was a resident of Columbus, Miss., for the past 45 years and having moved from Brooksville, Miss. Mrs. Herrick was a retired dietician with Aurora Australis Lodge with five years of service.

Graveside services were held on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Miss., with Bro. Jeff James officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, John Richard Herrick and Richard Herrick; and brothers, Franklin Landrum and George A. Landrum Sr.

Survivors include her husband, Richard William?“Bill”?Herrick, Columbus, Miss.; daughters, Bea DeSmidt, Caledonia, Miss., Mary Tuggle, Columbus, Miss., and Elizabeth “Liz” (David) Paine, Columbus, Miss.; sons, Willy (Fran) Herrick, Columbus, Miss., Mike Herrick, Columbus, Miss., and Matthew Herrick, Franklin, Ky.; sister, Madeline Ware, Milledgeville; sister-in-law, Helen Landrum, Stapleton; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers were staff of Aurora Australis Lodge and her grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS, 39236.


Mr. Paul Elmo Hutchinson Jr.
Mr. Paul Elmo Hutchinson Jr., 79, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at Jefferson Hospital.

A native of Dublin, Mr. Hutchinson was the son of the late Paul and Elizabeth Branch Hutchinson Sr. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He retired after 25 years of service from the J.P. Stevens Company as a textile supervisor. Mr. Hutchinson was a member of the Louisville Methodist Church and a member of the Methodist Men’s Club.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Hibberts, Rev. David Boggs and Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lenora Ogburn Hutchinson of Louisville; son, Richard Hutchinson (Julie) of Louisville; grandson, Richard P. Hutchinson of Louisville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Rhodes, Jimmy Goodwin, Denny Livesay, Wayne Thigpen, Jonas Gamble, Ronnie Bargainner, Tom Armistead, Jim Peters and Perry Darley.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Methodist Men’s Club.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John “Johnnie” Schneider McElmurray
Mr. John “Johnnie” Schneider McElmurray, 89, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. McElmurray was the last surviving member of a family of eight brothers and sisters. He was a 1943 graduate of The University of Georgia and a lifelong resident of Hephzibah. A member of Hephzibah United Methodist Church, he served on the Board of Jefferson Electric for 53 years. In 2001 he was awarded “Georgia Distinguished Cooperator” by the Georgia Cooperative Council for his service in helping manage and promote rural electrification in Georgia. He served on the local board of the Georgia Farm Bureau for over 50 years.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son, with Rev. T. G. Hall officiating. Interment followed in Westover Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary P. McElmurray; daughter, Mary Margaret Bagwell (Don) of Cornelia; son, John S. McElmurray Jr. of Hephzibah; grandchildren, Leigh Scroggs (Jake) of Athens, Sara McElmurray of Atlanta, and Henry McElmurray of Augusta.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Bob McElmurray, Henry McKie, Bill McKie, Bill West, Bob Matthews Jr. and Andy McElmurray.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hephzibah United Methodist Church, PO Box 65, Hephzibah, GA 30815.

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


Mr. Gleman McGahee
Mr. Gleman McGahee, 81, of Avera entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born to the late Anna Belle Sheppard McGahee and the late Dewey Joe McGahee, Mr. McGahee lived in Jefferson County and moved to Florida to work with Mac’s Power Gas Company delivering propane gas. After several years, he bought the company. After his retirement, he moved back to Jefferson County.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at James Funeral Home, with Rev. Donald Lumpkin and Rev. Ray Sullivan officiating. Interment followed at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Hadden McGahee; and parents.

Survivors include his wife, Malene Padgett-McGahee; son, Robert “Mickey” McGahee (Brenda); brother, Farris “Sack” McGahee; three grandchildren, Rose McGahee, Amy McGahee and Megan Jessie McGahee; one great-grandson, Robert Zachary Morris; three stepsons, Johnnie Padgett (Sherry), Wayne Padgett (Marsha), and Charles Padgett (Sue); several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Johnnie Padgett, Charles Padgett, Donnie Jones, Ronnie Jones, Mark Thigpen and Lucius Thigpen.

Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Padgett, Troy Hadden, Harley Hollingsworth and Roy Coxwell.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Leonard Parish
Mr. Leonard Parish, 86, of Garden City entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010.

Mr. Parish was a veteran of World War II, and retired from the Norfolk-Southern Railway System after 40 plus years of service.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery on Dean Forest Road.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Marie Odom and Betty Sue Parish.

Survivors include his wife of more than 63 years, Mary “Betty” Parish; son, Bill (Sandra) Parish; two daughters, Nan (Chuck) Jenkins and Patsy (Gerald) Ethridge; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be given to the First Baptist Church of Garden City Building Fund, 35 Nelson Avenue, Garden City, GA 31408, or to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.

Strickland and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Barbara Powell
Mrs. Barbara Powell, 70, of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Powell, a native of Jefferson County, was a retired office manager in the commercial trucking business and a lifelong member of St. Johns United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church, with Rev. Pat Holbert officiating. Interment followed in the Bethany Cemetery, Wadley.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Leniece Hickox.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry D. Powell; two sons, James A. Powell (Karen) and Mitchell Powell; daughter, Patricia Bates (Russ); six grandchildren, John Paul Debruhl, Melissa Powell, Katie Debruhl, Ryan Powell, Andrew Powell and Heather Powell; three brothers, James W. Moore (Glenda), Charles R. Moore (Cheryl) and Timothy E. Moore (Sherry); and a sister, Debra Adams (Joe).?

Pallbearers were Ricky Moore, T.J. Moore, Chris Adams, John Paul Debruhl, Ryan Powell and Andrew Powell.

Honorary pallbearers were Tony Moore, Brent Moore and Ronnie Hickox.

Memorials may be sent to St. Johns United Methodist Church Building Fund, in care of Jessie Williams, 441 Williams St., Wadley, GA 30477.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening between the hours of 6 and 8 pm at the Funeral Home.

Smith Funeral Home of Wadley is in charge of arrangement


Mr. Charles Sanders
Mr. Charles Sanders of Hephzibah entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, in Hephzibah.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel, with Elder Ronnie Harden officiating. Burial was in the San Clair Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Sadie Tennyson Sanders, Burlington, N.J.; three children, Rosie M. Sanders and Napoleon Sanders, Trenton, N.J., and Ronnie C. Sanders, Gary, Ind.; three granddaughters, Brittany, Julia and Faye-Lynn, Trenton, N.J.; two grandsons, Naje, Baltimore, Md., and Zanie, Gary, Ind.; three sisters, Alice Barge, New Jersey, Marion White, Wadley, and Gaynell Sanders, Louisville; two brothers, Roy (Patricia) Sanders, Midville, and Wayne Sanders, Swainsboro; three uncles, two aunts, eight sisters-in-law, seven brothers-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Will Tennyson, Bobby Tennyson, Patrick Tennyson, Tarvarus Tennyson and other nephews.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Robert “Bobby” Smith
Mr. William Robert “Bobby” Smith, 69, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010.

A native of Savannah, Mr. Smith was a son of the late Willie Bob and Mary Anglin Smith. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving for more than 20 years. He was a log truck driver and a member of Louisville Church of God.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Louisville Church of God, with Rev. David Severance officiating. Burial followed in the family plot in the Colemans Chapel Cemetery in Wadley, with full military honors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Deborah Woodside Smith.

Survivors include a son, William Robert “Robby” Smith Jr. (Ana) of Hawthorne, Calif.; daughters, Rebecca Pauley (David) of Sarasota, Fla., Janelle Alexander of Williston, Fla., and Jeanette Herrington (Sam) of Thomson; brother, Walter Smith (Janice) of Wadley; sister, Elizabeth Davis (Herbert) of Louisville; 11 grandchildren, Tara, Jessica, Leslie, Jonathon, Phillip, Dalton, Laurence, Rebecca, Trevor, Eamilee and Taylor; several nieces, nephews, cousins and church family at Louisville Church of God.

Pallbearers were nephews, Ricky Davis, Gerald Davis, Rocky Gilmore, Stony Gilmore, Bryan Smith and Jeff Staffard.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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