Obituaries
September 30, 2010 Issue

Mr. Chester Chalker
Mr. Chester Chalker, 79, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Chalker was a native of Glascock County, he was a farmer, a textile worker and a member of the Church of God.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Jordon Chapel Church of God, with Rev. Stacy Williford and Rev. David Jones officiating. Interment was in the Gibson City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Florence Usry Chalker; brother, Lamar Chalker; and sister, Attis Irby.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Reese Chalker; two sons, Louie (Ponda) Chalker of Avera, and Randy Chalker of Gibson; three daughters, Lois (Robert) Channell of Bailey N.C., Attis Keller of Thomson, and Regenia (Randy) Forehand of Swainsboro; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Quentin Weber, Erick Keller, Chris Chalker, Tony Chalker, Thomas Poole and Frank Youngblood Sr.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Edward Martin Christensen
Mr. Edward Martin Christensen of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at his home after a long illness.

Born in Greeley, Co., to the late Christian Martin Christensen III and the late Elizabeth Frances Trett Christensen, he was educated at Kersey High School and Colorado State University. He volunteered for the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in the Pacific Theater. He spent his life as a rancher and farmer. He managed ranches for the Chicago Stockyards Company in Jackson, Miss., and Eleuthera, Bahamas, where he lived for 20 years. He was the owner of Fargo Charolais and Christensen Farms in Matthews. He was instrumental in the importation of Charolais cattle into the United States in the early 1960s and he raised two United States National Champion bulls. He also served as an agricultural consultant for the Italian government. He was a member of the Association of Survivors of the World War II Parachute Units and attended St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Louisville.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at 4 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Joan Hunter Christensen; sister, Bonnie Bunch; children, Mary Frances Christensen Conklin (Bob) of Patterson, N.Y., Anna Christensen Wasden (Wiley) of Savannah, Jane Christensen Aderhold and Richard Danek of Siler City, N.C., Christian Martin Christensen IV of Lexington, Ky., John Anthony Christensen of Savannah, and Barbara Ann Christensen; grandchildren, Tad Conklin, Tye Conklin, Tobe Pesature, Anderson Wasden, Chris Wasden, Hunt Wasden, Jason Christensen, Carmella Christensen, Chris Christensen, Sean Christensen, Matt Christensen and Blair Christensen.

Remembrances in lieu of flowers may be made to The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057; St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 321 West 7th Street, Louisville, GA 30434; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George Allen Cooper
Mr. George Allen Cooper, 61, of Mitchell entered into rest on Sept. 20, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Cooper was a native of Warren County, but lived most of his life in Dearing. He was the son of the late Leonard Cooper and the late Vera Mays Cooper. Mr. Cooper served in the U.S. Marines during Vietnam and was retired from the Iron Workers Local No. 709. He was also a Baptist by faith.

Memorial services were held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include his daughters, Staci Cooper, Dearing, and Glenda Ann Stewart, Las Vegas, Nev.; son, Chad Cooper, Augusta; sisters, Edna Murphey, Dearing, and Iona Fouch, Thomson; grandchildren, Drake Stewart and Dauson Stewart.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Reese Gladin
Mr. William Reese Gladin, 75, of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

A native of Johnson County, Mr. Gladin was a son of the late Grady and Dora Scarborough Gladin. He had worked as a Jefferson County constable, a Wadley police officer, a part-time employee of Smith Funeral Home in Wadley, and was an insurance salesman with Delta Life Insurance Company. Mr. Gladin was a member of Wadley First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Wadley Baptist Church, with Dr. Ernest Purcell officiating. Burial followed in the family lot of the Wadley City Cemetery.

Mr. Gladin was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jack Gladin.

Survivors include former wife, Mary Gladin of Wadley; children, William Jeffery Gladin (Cynthia) of Louisville, Ky., James Allen Gladin of Louisville, and Jean May (Joey) of Wadley; brother, Bobby Gladin of Douglas; sister-in-law, Audrey Gladin of Wadley; four grandchildren, Christopher Gladin, Jay Rollins, John Rollins and Abigail Gladin; one great-granddaughter, Kelly Rollins; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Murray Bowman, Johnny Odom, Tim Smith, Jack Godowns, Merv Unruh and Edward Salter.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Albert Hill
Mr. Albert Hill, 60, of Mitchell, and formerly of McDonough and High Wycombe, UK, entered into rest on Sept. 25, 2010, at home with his family, after he fought a six-year battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at Queen of Angels Parish in Thomson. Interment will follow at the family’s farm in Mitchell.

He was co-owner of an air freight trucking company and horse rescue farm, and member of Knights of Columbus Council 6981 at Queen of Angels Parish in Thomson. He and his wife emigrated from High Wycombe, UK, in 1979 and resided in the south Atlanta area until moving to Mitchell in 2008.

He was preceded in death by Albert and Lucie Hill of High Wycombe, UK.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Margaret; daughters, Amanda of Smyrna, and Meagan Hill Copeland (Shane) of Amarillo, Texas; sons, John (Julia Huynh) of Dunwoody, and James (Adela Jackson) of Dunwoody; granddaughter, Madison of Smyrna; sisters Lydia of Harlow, UK, Natasha of High Wycombe, UK, and Ruth of Brye de Saint Amand, Belgium; and brother Henry of Prestatyn, Wales, UK.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers or other offerings to Knights of Columbus Council 6981, c/o Queen of Angels, 1326 Washington Road, Thomson, GA 30824 and/or Glascock County Concerned Citizens for Cancer, Post Office Box 116, Gibson, GA 30810.


Mrs. Sara Turner Hood
Mrs. Sara Turner Hood, 88, of Tennille entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at the Washington County Extended Care Facility.

Mrs. Hood was born Aug. 26, 1922, to the late John and Dessie Mae Arrington Turner of Macon. She was a member of the Tennille Women’s Club and the Oconee Valley Iris Club. She attended Ohoopee Baptist Church for more than 60 years, singing in the choir and caring for many of its longstanding members. She also worked more than 30 years of work at various stores in downtown Tennille, notably at Hartley’s 5 and 10.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Ohoopee Baptist Church in Tennille, with Rev. Paul Melton officiating. Burial followed at Zeta Cemetery in Tennille.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Lewis Frazier and Calvin Rhodes; and brother, Binion Turner.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Thomas Hood of Tennille; two sons, Larry (Susan) Frazier of Smyrna, and John (Marjorie) Frazier of Brooklet; three stepsons, Ronald Rhodes, William Lee Rhodes and Terry Rhodes, all of Tennille; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Hart of Tennille; a sister, Doris Moore of Wrens; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Frank) Hill of Atlanta, Leigh Frazier of Athens, and Kevin Frazier of Atlanta; and great-grandchild, Lillie Frazier Hill.

Pallbearers were Kevin Frazier, Jimmy Lewis, Greg Seals, Charles Shurling, A.W. Smith, Bobby Smith and Johnny Wiles.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Ohoopee Baptist Church, P. O. Box 313, Tennille, GA 31089, or the Washington County Extended Care Facility Activities Fund, P. O. Box 636, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bernard “Nard” Samuel Johnson
Mr. Bernard “Nard” Samuel Johnson, 62, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010.

Mr. Johnson was born on Friday, Aug. 20, 1948, in Philadelphia, Pa. He was the oldest of three children born to Charlie Johnson and Willie Ruth Stapleton Holmes. He served in the Army for 2 1/2 years.

Funeral services 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 Cemetery, Stapleton.

He was preceded in death by his son, Bernard S. Johnson; father, Charlie Johnson Jr.; grandfather, Charlie Johnson; grandmother, Essie Pearl Johnson; and brother, Charlie A. “Big Charlie” Johnson.

Survivors include his mother, Willie Ruth Holmes; sister, Patricia Johnson; niece, Shunae “Shay” Beasley, all of Augusta; companion for more than 20 years, Barbara Drayton, Wrens; and host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Cecil J. “Johnnny” Johnson
Mr. Cecil J. “Johnny” Johnson of Fayetteville entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.

A Memorial service will be held in Fayetteville, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at National Heights Baptist Church, where Mr. Johnson was a member.

Mr. Johnson was born in Wrens, on Sept. 16, 1921, and was the youngest of 11 children. He was a longtime resident of Evans, and more recently Fayetteville. He was a World War II Navy veteran serving in the Pacific theatre aboard a seaplane. His plane spotted the Japanese fleet during WWII and he was awarded a Presidential Citation. He later served in the Korean War. He was employed by Southern Bell for over 38 years, retiring in 1978.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating. Interment was at Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Amilee Victoria (Vicky) Gantt Johnson; daughter, Gail (Don) Nelson; sons, C. James (Pat) Johnson Jr. and C Ronnie (Carolyn) Taylor; grandchildren, Lori N. (Tommy) Paterson, Jared L. (Kim) Nelson, Tara L. Nelson, Meredith L. Johnson and Ronda Taylor; great-grandchildren, Justin Taylor, Thomas Paterson and Ainsley Paterson; and other family members.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to charities of donor’s choice in his name.

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


Mr. Julius “J.” Long
Mr. Julius “J.” Long, 87, of Macon entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, in a local hospital.

Mr. Long was the son of the late Thomas Calvin Long and Nannie Varnell Long. He was born in Flora, Miss., and was a graduate of Mississippi State University and Atlanta School of Law. Mr. Long was a U. S. Army veteran and was a claims adjuster retired from Cotton States Insurance. He was of the Baptist faith.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Bethany Cemetery, Wadley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Clifford Long.

Survivors include his stepsons, Bill (Nancy) Raines of Macon, and Jed (Anissa) Raines of Brooks; grandchildren, Amber Raines, William Raines, Cole Raines, Sydney Raines and John Raines; two sisters, Virginia Bush and Inez Long, both of Clinton, Miss.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to their charity of choice.

Snow’s Memorial Chapel Funeral and Cremation Services were in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Willie “Bill” Spann
Deacon Willie “Bill” Spann entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at Pineola Church of God Cemetery in Wadley at noon, with Elder Ronnie Harden officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Leona Spann, Jacksonville, Fla.; three daughters, Vivian (Carl) Bradford, Jacksonville, Fla., Rose (Ernie) Saxton, Atlanta, and Marion Gaynor, Sandersville; two sons, Alfred Spann and Barney (Darlene) Spann, Jacksonville, Fla.; four sisters, Hattie Elmore, Wadley, Dorothy Smythe, Peekskill, N.Y., Lessie Spann, Boston, Mass., and Carolyn Gamble, Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers, Henry (C’Ollie) Spann Jr., Wadley, Jasper (Mary) Spann, Long Island, N.Y., and Booker T. (Mary) Spann, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Sammie Lee Stone
Mr. Sammie Lee Stone entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Unihealth Post-Acute Care of Old Capitol, Louisville.

Mr. Stone was born on Oct. 27, 1942, in Stapleton to the late Henry Stone and Lonnie B. Russ. He joined Stone Springfield AME Church at an early age and attended the Jefferson County School System. He was employed by the city of Wrens, where he was a maintenance worker. He also worked at Air Balance as a sheet metal worker for more than 26 years.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Freeman Funeral Home Chapel, with Elder Willie Jackson officiating. Interment was in Stone Springfield AME Church Cemetery, Stapleton.

Survivors include his former wife, Flora Jordan Stone, Wrens; daughter, Krystle “Kris” Stone, Wrens; stepson, Gary (Bernice) Jordan; granddaughter, Daeundra Jordan, both of Hephzibah; two brothers, Clifford (Sandra) Russ, Tennessee, and Clyde Russ, Waynesboro; sister, Bonita Russ, Wrens; friend, Earnestine Jackson of Wrens; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Miss Elise “Bay” Walden
Miss Elise “Bay” Walden entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at her residence.

Miss Walden was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Tom Henry and Rose Mack Walden. She was a member of the Greater St. Paul Baptist Church.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at the Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Rosetta Walden Lewis of Brunswick, Wanda Walden Coleman of Williston, S.C. and Major Charles (Laura) Gibbons of Louisville; several great-nieces and great-nephews, Tonya Barnes and Jonita Lewis of Brunswick, Javalyn R. Cole of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jonathan R. Cole of Williston, S.C., Edginald Gibbons, Wrens, Kenneth Gibbons and Charles Gibbons Jr. of Louisville; brother-in-law, James Eppings, Brunswick; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Billy “Pop” Wicker
Mr. Billy “Pop” Wicker, 69, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at an Augusta hospital.

Mr. Wicker was a native of Washington County, the son of the late Alonzie Wicker and Mary Lizzie Gladden, a member of the Shiloh CME Church in Davisboro, and was employed at Atwell Pecan for the last 12 years.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church and Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Dorothy Brown Wicker of Wrens; four sisters, Tressie Lee Kitchens, Mary Rolling and Mary Washington, all of Davisboro, and Lottie (Walter) Thomas of Bartow; four brothers, Leroy (Mary) Wicker of Avera, John (Bertha) Wicker of Bartow, Lewis Wicker of Davisboro, and Willie James Wicker of Lakeland, Fla.; a host of nieces and nephews, including two that he reared as his own, Annie E. (John) Brown of Lakeland, Fla., and Gwendolyn D. (Mike) Smith of Augusta; sister-in-law, Annie Maude Davis of Wadley; godchildren, Dejaun Barnes, Mozell Holiday, Callie Dunns and Deanna Lewis; and several cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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