Obituaries
September 23, 2010 Issue

Mr. Matthew Ryan Ackron
Mr. Matthew Ryan Ackron, 22, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010.

A native of Louisville, Mr. Ackron was a son of Lynn Jones Hall and Peter Ackron. He attended the Louisville Church of God and had worked as a welder and cabinet maker.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Central Baptist Church in Louisville, with Rev. David Davis officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ronald Jones; and great-grandparents, John and Polly Polan.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Lynn and Van Hall of Louisville; father and stepmother, Peter and Barbara Ackron of Jesup; brothers, Dylan Hall and Hunter Hall, both of Louisville; sister Cassie Ackron of Jesup; grandparents, Floyd and Mary Lou Griffith of Garden City, Mich., Freddie and Brenda Andrews of Eulonia, Delores Hall of Louisville, and Jack and Nita Lamb of Wadley; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Edward Barnes
Mr. Charles Edward Barnes, 79, of Matthews died in a house fire at his residence on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010.

A private ceremony will be held to commemorate his life.

Mr. Barnes served in the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars and, after 26 years of service, retired as Master Sergeant. He traveled the world, but decided to retire in Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian Belle Headley Barnes and Joseph P. Barnes; and son, Kenneth Patrick.

Survivors include five sons, Timothy, Stephen, Thomas, Christopher and Michael; daughter, Kerri Overmeyer; brother, Terry; sister, Brenda; and seven grandchildren, Jordan, Austin, Justin, Trevor, Alexandria, Richard and Kenneth.

James 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.

Mr. Frazier was born on March 21, 1942, in Burke County to the late Willie Louis Cuyler and Lena Frazier. He was a member of Peel Grove Baptist Church, and received his education in the Burke County School System.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Garrer Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville, with Rev. Eugene Walden officiating. Interment was in the Jordan Place Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Dorothy (Carl) Stokes of Keysville, Vera Nelson of Orlando, Fla., Coretta Carter of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tonya Dodson of Macon, Tyrone (Annie) Cooper of Lousiville, and John H. Frazier of Augusta; sisters, Willie M. Thomas and Johnnie M. Wright, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Veria Dent of Louisville, Lucille Ervin of Wyanesboro, Sallie (Moe) Williams of Wadley, Delois Kelly and Estella (Billy) Elijah of Midville, Jean Burke Harvey of Pompano Beach, Fla., Willie Mae Cuyler of Lauderhill, Fla., Debra Jefferies of Hephzibah, and Gloria (George) Gaston of Grovetown; brothers, Willie Earnest Cuyler of Long Beach, Calif., Grady Cuyler of Bellglade, Fla., Freddie Cuyler of Lauderhill, Fla., and Henry Sanders of Wadley; stepchildren, Charlotte (Anthony) Bell, Benjamin (Shelia) Wheeler of Augusta, and Amos Jackson of Louisville; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were nephews.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Helen Gibbons Gardner
Mrs. Helen Gibbons Gardner of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at her residence.

Mrs. Gardner was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Mattie Sinquefield Gibbons and wife of the late Robert Gardner. She was a member of Gordon Grove Baptist Church, where she was treasurer of the Usher Board for more than 60 years. She was also secretary of the Missionary Department. She received her education in the Jefferson County School System.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Gordon Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Allen Webb officiating, Rev. Bennie Brinson presiding, and Rev. Walter Holmes Sr. and Rev. Wallace Mason assisting. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Lessie Porter of Savannah, Jasper (Amy) Gardner, Argie Gardner and Merevine Gardner, all of Louisville, and Pauline Gardner of Atlanta; grandchildren, Michael (Chernesia) Jackson, Virginia Porter, Constantine Johnson, Jessica Gardner, Theresa Gardner and Marcie Gardner; nephews, Archie Adkins (Juanita), Joe (Neloise) Adkins Jr., Henry Adkins, Carl Gibbons, Henry Lewis Gibbons, and Tommy Lee Thompson; nieces, Lillie Bell Woods, Mattie West, Agnes Baskins, Betty Habersham, Sarah Gardner and Donnel Gibbons; and other cousins and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Gordon Grove Baptist Church.

Pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Gordon Grove Baptist Church and nephews.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Wesley “Pop” Gilmore
Mr. William Wesley “Pop” Gilmore, 88, of Sandersville entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.

Mr. Gilmore was born in Hancock County, the son of the late Robert Wiley Gilmore and the late Anna Reid Walker Gilmore. He was widely known during the 1940s, 50s and 60s as the drummer for the Dixie Katz Band. He was a retired auto mechanic, formerly working for Riner Radiator and Battery, Smith-Sheppard, Irwin Hardware and NAPA Auto Parts, and working part-time into his early 80’s. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Dale Andrews officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Hodges Gilmore; and son-in-law, John Frederick.

Survivors include his daughters, Pam G. Frederick, Donna G. Turner (Paul) and Lisa G. Taylor (Michael), all of Sandersville; grandchildren, Katheryn F. Durden (Brandon), Ashely Turner, Anna T. Brookins and J.T. Frederick; great-grandchildren, Kelby Turner, Gracee Brookins and Laynee Brookins; and sisters, Betty G. Godowns of Wrens, and Martha G. Eskew and Lillie G. Tanner, both of Sandersville.

The family suggests donations be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Ted Thompson, 7744 Linton Road, Sandersville, Georgia 31082, or to the donor’s favorite charity.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Thomas Laster
Mr. John Thomas Laster, 74, of Mitchell entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Laster a native and lifelong resident of Glascock County, was the son of the late W. T. and Lizzie Mae Daniel Laster. He was a retired farmer and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at Fellowship Baptist Church of Gibson, with Rev. Tommy Harwell officiating. Burial followed in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Glascock County.

Survivors include cousins, Helen Gray and Judy (Wayne) McDonald, both of Gibson, Ruby Harrison and Maxie Riley, both of Macon, and Julia Hiers of Doriun; friends, Connie Kitchens-Jackson, Mike and Kathy Lyons and Clint Watkins, all of Gibson.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Fellowship Baptist Church Outreach Fund, C/O Mrs. Wilma Mathis, P. O. Box 25 Gibson, GA 30810.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Myrtle Napier Mayo
Mrs. Myrtle Napier Mayo, 74, of Spring Valley, Huntington, W.Va., entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington.

Mrs. Mayo was born Nov. 18, 1935, at Ferguson Branch, Wayne County, W.Va. She is the daughter of the late Brady and Dovie Damron Napier.

Funeral services were held at Prince of Peace Church, Huntington, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. Burial followed at Dock’s Creek Cemetery, Kenova, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Jerry Mayo; and two daughters, Lorna Opachick and Julia Ann Mayo.

Survivors include four daughters, Gerry (Ronnie) Thompson of Huntington, Tammy (James) Votaw of Stellaville, Bonnie (Jeff) Hamm of Kenova, W.Va., and Nola (Clifford) Jones of Georgia; son-in-law, William Opachick; 13 grandchildren, Shane Phillips of Arizona, Nicholas Opachick, Dawn Opachick, Michelle Copley, Sherry Hall, Joshua Thompson of Huntington, Ashley Mattox, Bryan Hamm, Caleb Hamm of Kenova, Veronika Price, Wesley Jones, Bradley Jones, Cassie Jones of Georgia; 12 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Paul (Frances) Napier, Glenn (Lynne) Napier, Roger (Brenda) Napier of Florida, James (June) Napier of Ohio, Carl (Debbie) Napier of Huntington; and a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons, Nick Opachick, Bryan Hamm, Caleb Hamm, Joshua Thompson, Wesley Jones, Bradley Jones, James Copley and Steven Price.

Honorary pallbearer was Shane Phillips of Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington.

Reger Funearl Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eloise Dixon Walden
Mrs. Eloise Dixon Walden, 91, of Gibson entered into rest on Sept. 18, 2010, at the Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Walden was a native of Glascock County and she graduated from Spartanburg Methodist College and Georgia Teachers College. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Tri-County Retired Educators. She taught in Glascock County and Richmond County for a total of 34 years. Following her retirement, she helped her husband grow vegetables and raise livestock. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Fellowship Baptist Church, with Rev. Tommy Harwell officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L. Gus Walden; one son, Lester Wayne Walden; and six brothers, Olin Dixon, Remer Dixon, Allen Dixon, Roy Dixon, Joe Dixon and Cecil Dixon.

Survivors include one grandchild, Tamara “Tami” Greene (Nat); three great-grandchildren, Megan May, Taylor May and Connor May; one sister, Ruby Mays of Jacksonville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Billy Dixon, Allen Dixon, Gary Walden, Philip Walden, J.C. Walden and Frank Williford.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Dixon, Bob Mays and Elvin Williford.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elizabeth “Libby” Sara West
Mrs. Elizabeth “Libby” Sara West, 94, of Waynesboro entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at Brentwood Terrace.

Mrs. West was one of 12 children of the late Theodore and Mary Carey Weaver. She was a native of Pennsylvania and worked as a nanny for the McGettigan family. Mrs. West moved to Georgia 25 years ago after retiring.

Graveside services were held on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera, with Pastor Mark Taylor and Pastor Dan White officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Henry West; and stepchildren, Charles West Jr., Annabelle West Pollock and Harry West.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas West of Augusta, Robert West (Laurie) of Wilmington, N.C., and James West (Janet) of Wilmington, N.C.; daughters, Betty Jane “B.J.” Reese (Vic) of Thomson, and Joyce Mawbry of Hughesville, Pa.; brother, Francis Weaver of Cleveland, Ohio; numerous nephews and nieces; grandchildren, Eric West of Wilmington, N.C., Philip West of Wilmington, N.C., Melodie Garverick Nixon of Evans, and Melissa Garverick Bodiford of Augusta; four great-grandchildren, Nicole Nixon, Charles Nixon, Sarah Nixon and Trevor Bodiford; stepchildren Lila Steffler of Secane, Pa., Russell West of Pennsylvania, and Edna West Barbacano of Elkton, Md.

Pallbearers were Eric West, Philip West, Sean Nixon, Brian Bodiford, Michael Barbacano and Norbert McGettigan Jr.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. West’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

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