Obituaries
December 23, 2010 Issue

Mrs. Johnnie Mae Coppett Bynes
Mrs. Johnnie Mae Coppett Bynes entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at Floyd Specialty Hospital.

Mrs. Bynes was born Aug. 9, 1942, in Jefferson County to the parentage of the late Rev. Dave Coppett and Mamie Coleman. She was reared in Georgia, attending the public schools in Louisville. At an early age, she became a member of Walden Grove CME Church. She was united in marriage to the late Columbus Bynes Jr. on April 13, 1963. She and her husband moved to Miami-Dade during the summer of 1963. Mrs. Bynes was a resident of Miami-Dade, Fla., for 37 years.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Union Bethel Baptist Church, Louisville.

Survivors include three children Marvin and Kia of Acworth, and Darien of Kennesaw; two grandchildren, Porche and Darien Jr.; three brothers, John Coppett of Louisville, Dave Coppett Jr. and Tommie Coppett of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one sister, Juanita Ellis of Statesboro; one brother-in-law, Thomas Ellis; three sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Bynes of Augusta, Mary Bynes of Louisville, and Mae Bell Bynes of Burke County; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

F.K. Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Hazel Green
Mrs. Hazel Green of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at Mt. Pleasant CME Church, Bartow, at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Wilburn officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Jeanette (Roger) Strowbridge, Earnestine (Willie) Harrison and Betty (Jackie) Telfair, Wadley; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Gerry Strowbridge Sr., Mario Harrison, Charles Freeman, Jackie Telfair Jr., Gary Strowbridge Jr., Anthony Danford and Maurice Danford.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mildred McDonald Haymon
Mrs. Mildred McDonald Haymon, 91, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at Silver Linings Personal Care Home.

Born to the late Nellie Maude Cox McDonald and the late Grover Thomas McDonald in McDuffie County, she moved to Wrens in 1956. Mrs. Haymon was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, but also attended Stapleton Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ed Chance officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens in Thomson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry William Haymon; and daughter, Helen G. Schraer.

Survivors include her children, John Gibson, Lincolnton, Nancy G. Usry, and Jane Chance (Ed); a sister, Rosa McCorkle, Dearing; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Steve Anderson, Mike Chance, Timmy Chance, Lester Hadden, John Kitchens and Scott McGahee.

Honorary memorials for Mildred may be made to The American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Blvd, Augusta, GA 30909.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Katherine L. Jones
Mrs. Katherine L. Jones of Sandersville entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Jones was the daughter of the late Rev. Lester Lee and the late Mrs. Camilla Rice Lee.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Rev. Dr. John Augustus Lockhart officiating. Interment was in church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Mr. Julius Jones, Sandersville; three sons, Antonio Washington, David Washington Sr., Sandersville, and Jonathan (Lanenia) Lee, Thomson; stepdaughter, Brittany Jones, Atlanta; stepson, David Jones, Valdosta; three sisters, Betty (John) Hill, Nettie Johnson, Jenell O’Neal, Atlanta; four brothers, C.J. (Karen) Lee, Atlanta, Willie Claude (Shirley) Lee, Alamo, Parnell (Lois) Lee, Mr. L.M. Lee, Miami, Fla.; father-in-law, Thomas (Vertis) Jones, Sandersville; several other relatives and friends.

M.C. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Wally Neal Leimkuihler
Mrs. Wally Neal Leimkuehler, 73, of Slater, Mo., entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at the Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

Born Oct. 20, 1937, in Glascock County, she was the daughter of the late James Ralph Neal Sr. and Nancy Snider Neal. On April 4, 1959, in Sacramento, Calif., she married Robert W. Leimkuehler. Mrs. Leimkuehler was a member of the Salem Evangelical Church near Saline City and the church’s Ladies Aid. She was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and a longtime resident of rural Slater.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Salem Evangelcial Church, Saline City, with Tony Gallagher officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bruce D. Leimkuehler; and a brother, Dwight Neal.

Survivors include her husband, Robert, W. Leimkuehler; two sons, Jeff B. Leimkuehler and David N. Leimkuehler (Linda) of Slater; a daughter-in-law, Terri Leimkuehler of Gilliam; two grandchildren, Tiffany Mullins and Isaac Richards; two brothers, Billy Neal of Bartow, and James Ralph Neal Jr. of Mitchell; and two sisters, Hazel Beddingfield of Gibson, and Jennie Johnson of Augusta.

Pallbearers were Chris Blumhorst, Jimmy Leimkuehler, Larry Desmond, Barry Beddingfield, Derrick Thomason and Daniel Thomason.

Memorials are suggested for the church.


Mr. John A. Thigpen
Mr. John A. Thigpen, 85, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.

Mr. Thigpen was born in Glascock County, but lived in McDuffie County most of his life. He was the son of the late Will Thigpen and the late Lula Newsome Thigpen. Mr. Thigpen was retired from National Homes as a carpenter. He was a Methodist by faith.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Westview Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Mary “Dot” Thigpen, Thomson; stepson, Carl Dye, Thomson; stepdaughter, Faye D. Callaway, Tignall; grandchildren, Shelly C. Ferrell and Tom Callaway; nieces and nephew, Hazel Sheppard, Mary Ellen Cato, Evyon Cox and William Thigpen.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ann S. Thompson
Mrs. Ann S. Thompson, 80, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, in the University Hospital.

Mrs. Thompson was a native of Glascock County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, in the Sweetwater Baptist Church, with Rev. Kenneth Garvin and Rev. Grant Cantrell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E.D. Thompson Jr.; and a son, Lee Thompson.

Survivors include her three sons, Bruce (Gloria) Thompson, Thomson, Glynn (Sue) Thompson, Gibson, and Rodney (Andrea) Thompson, Thomson; two sisters, Gwen Hight, Winder, and Mary Joe Feagin, Palatka, Fla.; brother, William Swan, Thomson; grandchildren, Chris Thompson, Phillip Thompson, Jessica Thompson, B.J. Thompson, Stephanie Johnson, Jordan Barnes and Lydia Thompson; one great-grandchild, Rachel Thompson.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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