Obituaries
January 6, 2011 Issue

Mr. John Gordon Adams
Mr. John Gordon Adams, 73, of Douglasville entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at WellStar Douglas Hospital.

Mr. Adams was born and grew up in the Atlanta area, son of the late Mary Christine Holliman Adams and the late John Quincy Adams. After graduating from Mercer University, he returned to the Atlanta area and was a wildlife biologist with Georgia Power. He was a founding member of the Greater Atlanta Aquarium Society and published several scientific journals.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Judith Hilton Neville (Tim), John L. Adams (Kathi), and Christy Melinda Adams; a sister, Jane Edmonds (MG Maurice Edmonds); six grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. David Michael “Mike” Carter Sr.
Mr. David Michael “Mike” Carter Sr., 59, of Wrens entered into rest at his residence Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011.

Mr. Carter was the son of the late Lillian Bivens Carter and the late Paul Frank Carter Sr. in Augusta, where he went into the construction business. He was a member of Keysville United Methodist Church and was a Mason in the Martinez Lodge.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at the James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Paul Moore and Chaplain Pauline Hughes officiating. Interment followed in the Keysville UMC Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Paula Faye Jarrard.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Wells Carter; children, David Michael Carter Jr. (Angie) of Harlem, Michael Wayne Carter (Shannon) of Grovetown, and Michelle Bish of Aiken, S.C.; four stepdaughters, Becky Thomas and Kim Peters of Blythe, Renee Moxley of Martinez, and April Peters; two brothers, Paul Frank Carter Jr. (Brenda) of Lincolnton, and Jimmy Carter (Pat) of Keysville; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Hugh Parker, Sandy Pillow, Joe Reid, David Skinner, Andrew Swan and Barrow Walden.

Honorary memorials may be made to United Hospice Foundation, 620 Ponder Place Dr. Ste 1-A, Evans, GA 30809.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Roger Clyde Gardner
Mr. Roger Clyde Gardner, 63, of Louisville entered into rest on Dec. 28, 2010, at Old Capital Inn.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Gardner was a retired substance abuse program director and had worked in the field of addictions counseling in the Augusta area since 1982.

Graveside services were held Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Johnson United Methodist Church Cemetery, Warrenton, with Joe Gardner as eulogist.

Survivors include his sons, John B. Gardner, Starkville, Miss., Joshua L. Gardner, Dublin; brothers, Rick Gardner, Beaumont, Calif., Tony Gardner, Gadsen, Ala., Joe Gardner, Mesa, Ariz., Randy Gardner, La Habra, Calif.; sister, Sharon Cheatle, Burlington, Ky.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Roxie Gay
Mrs. Roxie Gay, 71, of Dearing entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010.

Mrs. Gay was a native of Wrens. She was a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County in 1958. She married, moved to Wrens and started a family. Mrs. Gay worked in civil service at Fort Gordon for 26 years.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Westview Cemetery, with Rev. Chris New officiating.

Survivors include her son, David Gay (Michelle) of North Carolina, Larry D. Gay of Augusta; daughter, Donna Williams (Alex) of Dearing; grandchildren, Lauren, Dusty, Trace, Ashley, Jessica, Brittany, Rob, Devin and Dalton; sisters, Betty Gain (Howard) of Florida, Ruth Ann Dunbar (Charles) of South Carolina; brothers, Larry Johnson (Jennette) of Georgia, and Billy Johnson of South Carolina.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in memory of Roxie.

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


Mrs. Miriam Fleming Falzarano Griffin
Mrs. Miriam Fleming Falzarano Griffin, 84, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Thomson Manor.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Griffin was a member of First Baptist Church in Thomson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Falzarano; parents, Lois Robinson Fleming and Reid Oliver Fleming.

Survivors include her husband, Beauford Griffin; daughter, Jana Falzarano Smithwick of Stuart, Fla.; stepchildren, Danny Griffin, Sharon Griffin Renner, Randall “Randy” Griffin and Michael Griffin, all of Augusta, and Teresa Griffin Kreiger of Texas; two brothers, R.O. Fleming and Hugh Robinson Fleming, both of Wrens; niece, Angela Fleming Rogers of Augusta; and many family members and friends.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Peaches Camika Hunter
Miss Peaches Camika Hunter of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Solomon Temple Baptist Church in Moxley, with Rev. Eric Tate officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Inell Hunter of Wadley; five sisters, Roxanne (Gary) McIntosh, Wadley, Elizabeth Lee (Johnny) Horne, Hallendale, Fla., Sharon Lee, Hollywood, Fla., and Shannon Lee and LaShanda Lee (Darrin) Greene, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Greg Hunter, Account Lewis, Charlie Lewis, Chris Lewis, Ricky Lewis and Roosevelt Little.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Arthur Lee Hannah Sr.
Mr. Arthur Lee Hannah Sr., 56, of Stapleton entered into rest on Dec. 30, 2010, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2010, at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, at noon, with Pastor Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. as eulogist and Rev. Tommy Walker Jr. presiding. Interment was in Lofton AME Church Cemetery, Wrens. Repast will be held at the Lofton AME Church fellowship hall. The funeral procession will leave the residence at 11:30 a.m.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann Hannah, Stapleton; children, Barbara (Rodney) Davenport, Richmond, Va., Alicia Akins, Atlanta, Jeri Lattimore, Schulunda Hannah, Arthur Lee Hannah Jr., all of Wrens, Nikicha Jackson, North Philadelphia, Komectis Hannah, Keldrick Hannah, Kasundra Hannah, all of Stapleton, Ivory Brigham, Augusta, Kendrey Hannah, Washington; stepchildren, Duke Jackson, Jerry Martin, Janie Martin, Shirley Martin, Rashon Martin, all of North Philadelphia; sisters, Rosa Lee (Robert) Jordan, Annie Lee Hannah, both of Wrens, Mary Alice Hannah, Stapleton, Rowena (Ricky) Tucker, Mitchell, Mamie Robinson, Brenda (Lawrence) Hill, both of Louisville; brothers, Phinzy Hannah Jr., Stapleton; aunts, Cressie (Tom) Hill, Lola (Dwellie) Lane, both of Louisville, Mary Lizzie Hannah, Wrens, Lizzie (Claude) Jackson, Dearing, Yeara Jackson, Harlem, Ethel Davis, Lucille Maulsdy, Mary Robertson, Barbara Jackson, all of Augusta, Gladys Jones, Gloria Smith, both of North Philadelphia; uncles, Willie Lee (Reatha) Oliphant, Stapleton, Peter Oliphant, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Charlie (Mary) Oliphant, Stapleton; sisters-in-law, Gwendelyn Hannah, Stapleton, Jeannette Hannah, Hephzibah, Ruby (Terry) Knox, Helen (Raymond) Warner, all of Philadelphia; brothers-in-law, Sam (Debbie) Jackson, Robert Jackson, Mitchell Jackson, all of Philadelphia; 31 grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jimmy Houston
Mr. Jimmy Houston, 91, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010.

Mr. Houston was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Joelisee Houston. He was a member of the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, retired from Ashland, Inc., in Brunswick, where he resided since the 1950s before returning three years ago.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include his sister, Annie Willie Thompson of Louisville; friend, Fannie Walden Houston of Wadley; brother-in-law, Robert Jackson; goddaughter, Patricia Batts of Brunswick; nieces and nephews, Nola (Wyndell) Slater of Dearfield Beach, Fla., Christine Jenkins, Crystal McBride and Wyndell Boyd, all of Louisville, James (Janie) Houston Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four children that he reared as his own, Brenda Brantley, Janet Palmer, Linda Palmer and Gwendolyn Vaughner; caretaker, Mattie Thompson of Louisville; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Kenneth Alton Lyons
Mr. Kenneth Alton Lyons, 82, of Gibson entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at the Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center, Gibson.

Mr. Lyons was a native of Glascock County and lived here all his life; he was the manager of Sophie’s Restaurant in Thomson for many years and served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the Mitchell City Cemetery, Mitchell, with Rev. Tommy Harwell officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maline Purvis Lyons; parents, William Vick and Pearl May Lyons; two brothers, John and Willie Lyons; four sisters, Sophie Reese, Vera Harrell, Martha Burgamy and Mahala Paulk.

Survivors include two sons, Dwayne (Sharon) Lyons of Gibson, and Vick (Chris) Lyons of North Augusta, S.C.; four daughters, Elain (David) Stephens of Thomson, Marsha Lyons of North Augusta, S.C., Melba Vaughn of Augusta, and Lisa (Alan) Wasden of Louisville; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Alvin Leroy Knoll Sr.
Mr. Alvin Leroy Knoll Sr., 88, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital, after many years of declining health.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at 6 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Stan Littleton officiating. Family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at James Funeral Home.

Funeral services will also be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Summersett Funeral Home Chapel, Salisbury, N.C. Interment will follow in Rowan Memorial Park. Family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Summersett Funeral Home.

Mr. Knoll was born to the late Claire Josephine Hohn Knoll and the late Charles Augustus Knoll in Branchton, Pa. He was a WWII veteran and met his wife of 67 years, Evelyn Virginia Cottingham Knoll, while serving with the U.S. Army in North Carolina. He made North Carolina his home until the 1970s. He was a machinist by trade and worked for Florida Pneumatics for many years and was also president of his own company, Knoll Production Machining of Lake Park, Fla. After retiring in the early 1990s and having failing health in the following years, he made his home with his son and daughter-in-law, eventually relocating to Wrens.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Lonnie Charles Knoll; and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Virginia Cottingham Knoll; children, Alvin L. “Butch” Knoll Jr. (Brenda) of Wrens, and Carol V. Short (Kermit) of Graham, N.C.; three granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Janet Hovis of Meadeville, Pa.; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Anne Barwick Comfort Phillips
Mrs. Anne Barwick Comfort Phillips, 90, of Johnson City, Tenn., entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010.

Mrs. Phillips was born on June 16, 1920, in Louisville, the daughter of Julia and Milton Barwick. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Johnson City and the Church of the Savior, Newland, N.C. She taught English and speech at ETSU and later became a representative with Ameriprise Financial Services.

Funeral services were held at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Dr. Hal Hutchinson officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; son, William R. Comfort Jr.; and siblings, M. Cook Barwick, Elizabeth Lindsey and Dr. John Barwick.

Survivors include her son, Rev. Alex Comfort (Kippy) of Mars Hill, N.C.; one sister-in-law, Shirley Barwick of Jonesborough, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Julie Raynor (Scott) of High Point, N.C.; one grandson, Rick Comfort (Denise) of Jackson, Tenn.; seven nephews, three nieces, seven great-grandchildren; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, TN 37601, or Grandfather Children’s Home, PO Box 98, Banner Elk, NC 28604.

Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Rhonie Paul Rogers
Mr. Rhonie Paul Rogers, 74, of Tennille entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at his residence following a brief illness. ?

Mr. Rogers was a native of Johnson County, the son of the late James Rogers and the late Cora Mae Arrington Rogers.?He was a graduate of Wadley High School and served in the United States Air Force. He was a retired electrician with Thiele Kaolin Company.?Mr. Rogers was a member of the Tennille United Methodist Church and served in numerous capacities for the church.?He was on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Historical Society.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at the May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sandersville, with?Rev. Jeff Cook, Rev. Don Youmans and Rev. Dr. Dwight Irons officiating. Burial was in the Zeta Cemetery in Tennille.

Survivors include his wife, Leona Weaving Rogers of Tennille; a daughter, Jeanette Rogers Ward of Scott; three sons, Rhonie Rogers of Sandersville, Edward James Rogers of Harrison and Jeffrey Rogers of Tennille; four grandchildren, Samuel Luther Rogers, Amy Jessica Rogers, Mary Beth Rogers and Catherine Warren Rogers; and a sister, Betty Jean Rogers of Tennille.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lela W. Stone
Mrs. Lela W. Stone of Evans entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Kennestone Hospital, Marietta.

Mrs. Stone, a native of Jefferson County, and long-time resident of Burke County, was a retired educator and social worker with the Burke County Board of Education. She was active in social and civic organizations including, The Top Ladies of Distinction, The Augusta Alumnae Chapter Of Delta Sigma Theta Sority, Inc., and a former founder and chairperson of the Boggs Community Development Cooperation, Inc. (BCDC). Mrs. Stone was also a former board member of the Burke County Board of Education, and a Charter and Board Member of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum. She was an elder, first at Westminister Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, and later at Belle-Terrace Presbyterian Church in Augusta until her death.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel of Paine College, with Rev. Melvin Lowry officiating. Entombment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, G. Samuel Stone; daughter, Lynette (Phillip) Johnson of Atlanta; son, Richard (Edie) Stone of North Augusta, S.C.; four grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mary Wright of Raleigh, N.C., and Jean Wright of St. Albans, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial contributions (in lieu of flowers) may be made to Boggs Community Development Corporation, Inc. (BCDC, Inc.), PO Box 664, 841 Jones Avenue, Waynesoro,GA 30830.

W.H. Mays Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dana H. Taylor
Mrs. Dana H. Taylor, 52, of Warrenton entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Taylor was a lifelong resident of McDuffie and Warren counties. She was a member of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church. She was a parapro for the McDuffie County School System.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church, with Rev. Roy Frierson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her father, D.C. Huff.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Laverne and Leroy Usry, Stapleton; sister, Gloria (Rick) Quarles, Cornelia; niece, Beth Chitwood; nephew, Ben Quarles; and a great-niece, Alyssa Chitwood.

Pallbearers were Aubrey Jones, Sam Kitchens, Mansel McTier, Cody Chitwood, Randy Taylor and Ben Quarles.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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