November 4, 2010 Issue

Emily Abigail Delacruz-Gates
Infant Emily Abigail Delacruz-Gates of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at the Burke County Medical Center.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at the Wrens Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph James Gates; and her maternal grandmother, Betty L. Gates.

Survivors include her parents, Barbara Jean Gates and Fermin Delacruz; brother, Fermin Bobby Delacruz; sister, Amanda Gates; maternal grandfather, Bobby Joe Gates; paternal grandparents, Maria Feliz Aguilar and Pacifico Delacruz; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Jack McGraw
Mr. Jack McGraw, 78, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

A native of Louisville, Mr. McGraw was a son of the late Melton M. and Leona Newsome McGraw. He was a 1952 graduate of Louisville Academy, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Louisville Lions Club, and was employed with The News and Farmer/The Jefferson Reporter as a courier. He was also partner with Clara Lamb in their greenhouse business Backyard Greenhouse selling flowers, boiling peanuts and frying pecans.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Hibberts, Rev. Walter Holmes and Rev. Hardy Owens officiating. Burial followed in the Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth Jean McGraw; son, Richard McGraw; brother, Jerry McGraw; and a grandson, Lonnie McGraw Davis.

Survivors include his companion, Clara Lamb of Louisville; sons, Mitchell (Nancy) McGraw of Louisville, Jason (Wanda) McGraw of Louisville, Kevin Whittenberger of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Taunya (Joe) Johns of Stapleton; extended family, Frank and Carol Jackson of Washington, David and Ann McNeely of Louisville, Ricky and Becky Epting of Louisville, Buddy and Jennifer Lamb of Wadley, Bill and Katie Lamb of Lincolnton and Alvey Lamb of Matthews; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Pallbearers were William Hadden, Parish Howard, David Irwin, Tim Williams, Bill Lamb, Mark McGraw and Larry Rhodes.

Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Lamb, Alvey Lamb, Eugene “Peewee” Cunningham, Mickey Stewart, John Martin, Bill Snider and members of the Louisville Lions Club.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Louisville Lions Club, P.O. Box 441, Louisville, GA 30434, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Carroll Gary Rhodes
Mr. Carroll Gary Rhodes of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at the Downtown Division of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta.

Born to the late Bessie Daniels Rhodes and the late Arthur Gary Rhodes in Avera, Mr. Rhodes was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He was an entrepreneur, owning and operating a camouflage clothing manufacturing company. He earned master degrees in theology and engineering, was a member of Gibson Masonic Lodge No. 257 and served his country during the Korean War.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at the James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Interment followed at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Avera.

He was preceded in death by wife, Allene Underwood Rhodes.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Black Wilcher Rhodes; daughter, Cindy Joiner (Ronald) of Augusta; two stepsons, Dean Wilcher and Bob Wilcher of Acworth; a sister, Betty Calhoun of Wadley; six grandchildren, Aron Hunley of Lawrenceville, D. Wilcher of Athens, Brandon Smith of Atlanta, Christy Hendricks of Atlanta, Dean Wilcher Jr. and Amy W. Howard; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor Hunley and Jessica Hunley.

Pallbearers were Ben Cooper, Bryan Cooper, Britt Cooper, Andy Calhoun, Mike Fortenderry, Michael Howard, Jimmy Miller and Morris Pruitt.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Gibson Masonic Lodge No. 257.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or online at

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mary Brassell Walden
Mrs. Mary Brassell Walden, 86, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Walden was a Baptist by faith and a native of Glascock County. She worked at Kents Canning Company in Gibson and Lilly Cup in Augusta.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at Sheppard Funeral Home Chapel, Gibson, with Rev. Herman Walden and Rev. Bill Seaman officiating. Interment followed in the Gibson City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ginger Holbrook; parents, Sallie Allen and Willie Brassell; two sisters, Martha Elizabeth Jackson and Florie Langham; and a brother, Ed Brassell.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, George Thomas Walden; two grandchildren, Leonna (Billy) Chalker, Lindsey and Clay (Layla Ledbetter) Holbrook, five great-grandchildren, Brandon, Brantley, Briona, Bianca and Brock Mason; four brothers, Lee Brassell and Gene Brassell, both of Augusta, Jack Brassell of Marietta, and Lloyd Brassell of Gibson.

Pallbearers were Brady Brassell, Mike Lyons, Jeff McGahee, Steven Usry, James Hawkins and Lynn Brady Reese.

Memorials may be made to the Glascock County Concerned Citizens, in care of Corene Chalker, 3037 Bastonville Road, Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



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