Obituaries
January 13, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Nellie B. Bowdre
Mrs. Nellie B. Bowdre of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Trinity Hospital.

She was a native of Gibson.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Memorial Garden, with Moses Moore officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Reuben Bowdre; four daughters, Brenda (Charles) Washington, Katrina James (Henry Elam), Vanessa (Moses) Moore and Judy (Tony) Reese; sister, Mary Lois Harris; three stepsisters, Noreen Wheat, Alice Williams and Leola Richards; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, all of Augusta.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ellis Carswell
Mr. Ellis Carswell, 49, of Midville entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at his residence.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Robert Stephens officiating. Burial was in Green Cemetery.

Jogresan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Antoine Dekle
Mr. Antoine Dekle, 30, of Swainsboro entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in Lithonia.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at 1 p.m. at William Grove Holiness Church, with Bishop Bertha Jones officiating. Burial was in St. Galilee Cemetery.

Jogresan Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Fannie Lee Harris
Mrs. Fannie Lee Harris entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Rochester, N.Y.

She was a native of Wadley, and a member of Bethel AME Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at noon at Bethel AME Church, with Rev. Mark Pierson officiating. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Dora Mae (Isiah) Anderson, Rochester, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Hansen Jerald Josey Sr.
Mr. Hansen Jerald Josey Sr., 70, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at University Hospital Heart and Vascular Center.

Born to the late Eddie Mae Smith Josey and the late Noah Ralph Josey, Mr. Josey grew up in Sandersville and worked in the maintenance department at Thermal Ceramics for many years. He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

Graveside services were at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, in the New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Inman Gerrald officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Josey; two brothers, Robert A. Josey and Charlie R. Josey.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Brannan Rogers; children, Lawanda Smith (Donald) of Bartow, Renee Smith (Larry) of Sandersville, Angela Burkett (Douglas) of Warrenville, S.C., and H. Jerald Josey Jr. (Angela) of Edgefield, S.C.; two stepsons, Keith Rogers and Jeff Rogers (Shelby); brother, Howard Josey (Omie Lee) of Riddleville; two sisters, Peggy Thigpen (Charles) of Milledgeville, and Julia Mae Josey of Riddleville; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Robert Burkett, Curtis Josey, Deran Josey, Desmond Josey, Hank Josey, Kenneth Josey, Jairus Lane and Robbie Lane.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2807 Washington Rd Ste B-146, Augusta. GA 30909.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elizabeth Lorene Redfern Lewis
Mrs. Elizabeth Lorene Redfern Lewis, 67, of Sparta entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Lewis was born in Washington County the daughter of the late Ivey Leroy Redfern and the late Sarah Ellen Osborne Redfern. She was the former assistant administrator of the Hancock Memorial Hospital and was a lifetime beautician. Mrs. Lewis was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Warthen.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, with Rev. Tim Powell and Rev. Stacey Williford officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Samuel Leroy Lewis of Sparta; children, Anthony Leroy Lewis (Sharon) of Warthen, and Pamela Kaye Lewis Ricci (Frank) of Sparta; grandchildren, Jessica Lewis, Jon Alston Lewis, Amanda Fowler, Courtney Fowler, Allison Castle, Tyler Ricci, Jammie Ricci, Denise Ricci, Gabby Ricci, Mandi Ricci, Patricia Ricci and Stephen Ricci; great-grandchildren, London Fowler Shelton and Dylan Castle; sister, Patsy R. Brantley (Alfred); and brother, Tommy Redfern (Claire), all of Warthen.

Pallbearers were Tommy Redfern, W.T. Parker, Craig Stewart, Brian Shelton, Mike Yates, Tyler Ricci, Greg Brantley, Stephen Ricci, London Fowler Shelton, and Jon Altson Lewis.

Donations may be made to the Bethlehem Baptist Church, P.O. Box 85, Warthen, GA 31094.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Andrew James McNeely
Mr. Andrew James McNeely, 86, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in the Heritage Inn of Sandersville following an extended illness.

Mr. McNeely was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Lewis Neal McNeely and Frances Blanchard McNeely. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. McNeely was a member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville, a church deacon, and a member of the T.W. Wilson Sunday School Class. He was a retired supervisor of The Thermo King Corporation.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Louisville, with Rev. Larry Montgomery and Rev. Hardy Owen officiating. Burial was in the Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann Wilcher McNeely; sister, Elizabeth McNeely Kitchens; and brothers, Lynwood McNeely and John L. McNeely.

Survivors include his daughter, Karen McNeely Dana (John) of Sandersville; son, Dr. James Michael McNeely (Laura) of Savannah; grandsons, Ronald W. Livingston and Jonathan Neal Livingston, both of Louisville; sisters, Martha McNeely Garrett of Davisboro and Lula McNeely Sapp of Statesboro.

Pallbearers were Larry Smith, Emory Bargeron Jr., Neal Sapp, Steve Sapp, Ray Taylor and Britt Searcy.

Honorary pallbearers were the T.W. Wilson Sunday School Class.

The family suggests donations be made to the First Baptist Church, 101 E. 9th Street, Louisville, Georgia 30434.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Edward Norris
Mr. John Edward Norris, 80, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at his residence after a prolonged illness.

Mr. Norris was a lifelong resident of Wrens and attended Jefferson County schools. He grew up during the Great Depression which greatly influenced his life. Alongside his brother Pete, he served his country in the Army 40th Quartermaster Co. during the Korean War and was awarded the Korean Service Medal, with three Bronze Service Stars and the United Nations Service Medal. After the war, he continued to serve in the Army Ready Reserves until 1959. He was a farmer and retired from City of Wrens Water Department. He was also a member of Peggy’s “Breakfast Club.”

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery at 3 p.m., with Dr. Stan Littleton officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mille Ellie Norris and James Alfred Norris; and brother, Charlie J. “Pete” Norris.

Survivors include two daughters, Debra N. Myers and Dianne N. Ashe (Kirby); two sisters, Lena N. Braswell and Sarah N. Wooten; four grandchildren, Tiffany Norris, Erin Ashe, Alison Ashe and Will Ashe; three great-grandsons, Johnathan, Phillip and Michael; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Kirby Ashe, Will Ashe, Johnny Atkinson, Harry Evans, Clayton Johnson and Mack Peeler.

Honorary pallbearers were William Andrew Weatherford and members of the Peggy’s “Breakfast Club.”

Memorial contributions may be made Odyssey Hospice, 3508 Professional Circle, Ste A, Augusta, GA 30907.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Melissa Oliver
Miss Melissa Oliver of Wrightsville entered into rest on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at a Laurens County hospital.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Rock Spring Baptist Church and Burnett Grove AME Cemetery, Wrightsville.

Miss Oliver was a native of Johnson County and attended Johnson County public schools. She was self-employed and a member of the Rock Spring Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Derrick (Marquie) Oliver of Louisville; two daughters, Marissa Ann Oliver and Kalisha Oliver, both of Wrightsville; her mother, Annie Thomas Oliver of Wrightsville; father, Allen Oliver Jr. of Wrightsville; a nephew that she reared as her son, Dougkevis Butler of Wrightsville; two sisters, Kizzy Oliver and Joann (Ronnie) Tarver, all of Wrightsville; two brothers, Terrance Oliver of Wrightsville, and Michael (Stephanie) Owens of Soperton; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Alice Hall “Bannie” Smith
Mrs. Alice Hall “Bannie” Smith, 78, of Bartow entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville.

Mrs. Smith, a native and lifelong resident of Washington County was retired from Thermo King in Louisville. She was a member of the Josey Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Josey Baptist Church, with Rev. Inman Gerald and Rev. Paul Hall officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Josey Walter Smith; three brothers, Paul Hall, Hansel Hall and Jimmy Hall; and a sister, Marian Jenkins.

Survivors include her children, Linda Everett (Kenneth), Randy Smith, Donnie Smith (Lawanda), Debbie Dupree, Janet Lindsey (Grady) and Connie Joiner (Benjie); 19 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the Josey Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Bartow, GA 30413.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Beverly H. Whaley
Mrs. Beverly H. Whaley, 69, of Evans entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Whaley was a native of Augusta. She was a member of The Sanctuary Church.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at The Sanctuary Church, with Pastor Brian Cockwell and Pastor Bobby Smith officiating. Burial followed at Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Sue H. Hyman; father, Glenn Hyman; and sister, Bobbie Edge.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, William A. Whaley of Evans; stepmother, Ruth Hyman of Norwood; one son, Daryl Whaley (Jeanette) of Evans; one daughter, Lynn Weathers (James) of Martinez; two brothers, Larry Hyman (Renell) of Evans, and Barry Hyman (Betty) of Norwood; two sisters, Ann Hubbard of Norwood, and Nell Hobbs (Tommy) of Avera; four grandchildren, David Weathers, Steffany Weathers, Brittany Reese, Taylor Reese; and two great-grandchildren, Layla Weathers and Cash Galati.

If so desired, memorial maybe made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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