Obituaries
October 7, 2010 Issue

Dakota Lee Bellamy
Baby Boy Dakota Lee Bellamy, 14 days, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Sept. 30, 2010, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. the Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Rev. Stephen Ivey officiating.

Survivors include parents, Derek and Tonya Bellamy; brother, Derek Bellamy II; sisters, Shedera and Shavonne Bellamy; grandparents, Robert (Barbara) Tabb, Johnnie (Louise) Bellamy; great-grandmother, Lucille McAlpin; aunts, Yolanda Tabb, Joyce Roberts; uncle, Richard (Deane) McAlpin; cousin, Mykelle Seymour; godparents, Donald and Nicole Lewis; godbrothers, Roberto and Brandon Lewis; friend, Calethia Williams; and many other relatives and friends.?

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Evans
Mr. Robert Evans, 86, of Midville entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Evans, born in Jefferson County, had lived in Midville for the past 58 years.

He was a member of the Midville United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school for many years and was the Sunday School Superintendent. He was mayor of Midville for 20 years, a member of the Burke County Board of Education, The National Cotton Council, Midville Lions Club, the Georgia Department of Defense, and the Georgia National Guard. He was retired from Fulghum Industries, and a Captain in the U.S. Army, having served in World War II.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Midville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tony Smith and Rev. Terry Joyner officiating. Interment followed in the Midville Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Donna Chandler (Jerry), Robert E. Evans Jr. (Jackie), George Evans (Nancy), and Ann Evans; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews, Robert E. Evans III, Samuel G. Evans, Clark B. Evans, Nicolas Montalvo, Nathan Montalvo, and Don H. Evans Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Fulghum Industries employees and the staff of Golden Living Center.

Memorials may be made to the Midville United Methodist Church, Midville, Ga.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George E. Hill
Mr. George E. Hill of Atlanta entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Miss Betty Louise Humphrey
Miss Betty Louise Humphrey, 87, of Sandersville entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.?

Miss Humphrey was born in Washington County, the daughter of the late Charlie Daniel Humphrey and the late Odie Lee Cobb Humphrey. She served as the Washington County Tax Commissioner, being elected in 1975 and retiring in 1998.?Prior to her service in the tax office, she worked as a sheriff’s deputy for Sheriff Euree Curry and returned to the Sheriff’s Office as receptionist for Sheriff Thomas Smith in retirement.?She was a longtime member of the Davisboro Baptist Church and at her death was a member of the Ridgeland Heights Baptist Church.?She sang at numerous venues during her lifetime.?She was the last living member of the original Humphrey Family Singers.?She was a member of the Washington County Pilot Club and the Woodmen of the World.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Davisboro Baptist Church, with Rev. L.T. Logue and Rev. Bill Moody officiating. Burial was in the Davisboro City Cemetery.?

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Curtis Wilcher of Louisville, Bobby Boulineau (Carolyn) of Wrens, Helen Hartley (Frank) of Louisville, Hazel Moore of Crawfordville, Ind., Odie Futral of Blue Ridge, Dan Glover (Joan) of Sandersville; niece-in-laws, Patsy Humphrey of Riddleville, Elaine Glover of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Louvenia Wilcher of Columbus; nephew-in-law, James McNeely of Louisville; and great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends.?

Pallbearers were William Moats, Carl Wright, Billy Garner, Ricky Schuyler, Mark West and Wallace Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were the Washington County Sheriffs Department.??

Donations may be made to the donor’s favorite charity in memory of Miss Betty.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Annie Maude Johnson
Miss Annie Maude Johnson entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at Sunrise Assisted Living, Washington, D.C.

Miss Johnson was born in Stapleton on Dec. 17, 1919. She was the fifth child born to the late Clarence and Margaret Farmer Johnson. She graduated from William Penn High School in High Point, N.C., and moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the federal government for a short period. Before coming to Washington, D.C., she was a member of Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, and a member of Pearson Memorial AME Church, High Point, N.C. She was a member of Brown Memorial AME Church, serving in the capacity as a Stewardess and a member of the Nurses Unit. She was a member until her illness. She graduated from Homer G. Phillips School of Nursing in St. Louis, Mo., and earned her bachelor of science degree in clinical nursing from The Catholic University, Washington, D.C. She worked at Howard University Hospital and D.C. General. She also did private duty nursing. She retired from The Department of Human Services in 1984. She was a member of the Catholic University Alumnae and a member of The National Association of Registered Nurses.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church Cemetery, Stapleton.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Ray Simmons, Carrie E. Cason and Clara L. Smith.

Survivors include two sisters, Gussie B. Robinson, High Point, N.C., and Marie W. McDowell, Washington, D.C.; nieces, Brenda (Richard) Hughes and Vernita (Kenneth) Johnson; and nephew, Richard O. (Benita) Hughes Jr.; and many other nieces, nephews and relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Albert Lockhart
Mr. James Albert Lockhart of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Eden Baptist Church, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Mr. Coley L. Padgett Jr.
Mr. Coley L. Padgett Jr., 72, of Lincolnton entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Padgett, son of the late Coley Sr. and Lucille Johnson Padgett was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Augusta most of his life. He retired from Enterprise Mill as a loom supervisor after 38 years of service. Following retirement, he coached Richmond County Recreation Department football, basketball and baseball. For this service, he was honored by the Optimist Club as Outstanding Youth Service Man of the Year. Afterwards, he moved to Lincolnton in 1985, and operated C&J Cruise and Tours until 2004 when he became disabled. Mr. Padgett was a poet and member of Word of Life Church.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Word of Life Church, Appling. Interment followed at Bellevue Memorial Gardens, Grovetown.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Thornton Padgett; adopted sons, David Lee Padgett, Harold Mack Padgett, and Raymond Louis Padgett; stepdaughters, Shannon Farmer (John) of Washington, Jan Harris (John) of Lincolnton; brother, Douglas Wayne Padgett (Wanda) of South Carolina; sister, Peggy Ford (Donald) of Augusta; six grandchildren; and friends, Bobby and Billy Hattaway, Beverly Bramblett, and Larry Wilder.

Memorials may be made to Word of Life Children’s Church, 6389 Washington Rd., Appling, GA 30802.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Peggy Adair Whites Thigpen
Mrs. Peggy Adair Whites Thigpen, 83, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at Golden Living Center Nursing Home, Beverly Manor, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Thigpen was born Oct. 24, 1926, at Fort Eustis, Va. She is the daughter of the late Clarence Whites and Sadie Chappell Whites. Her primary work outside the home was acting as switch board operator at various locations which included Fort Greeley, Ark., The Levine Medical Center in Hayward, Calif., and the Oliver General Hospital in Augusta. She was a longtime member of First ARP Church in Augusta and former church historian. She was the past president of The Friendship Group for senior adults and a volunteer at the Georgia War Veteran’s Nursing Home.

Graveside services were conducted by Rev. Mark Taylor on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Westover Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, “Samuel” Seaborn Herman Thigpen of Avera.

Survivors include a daughter, JoAnn Pedersen (Rick) of Paso Robles, Calif.; son, Gary Wayne Thigpen (Leona) of Augusta; grandsons, SPC Scott Reynolds (Rebecca) U.S. Army, Afghanistan, and Corey Reynolds, Napa, Calif.; sister, Ruth Friend of Paso Robles, Calif.; nieces, Cathy Curti (Ciro) of Rocky Hill, Conn., and Patricia Friend of San Diego, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Friendship United Methodist Church-Youth Building Fund c/o Friendship UMC 3027, Hephzibah, GA 30815.

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

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