Obituaries
February 3, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Martess “Tess” Davis
Funeral services for Mrs. Martess “Tess” Davis, 88, of Wrens were held on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Church, Wrens, with Pastor Rev. Carlos Young as eulogist. Interment was in Sugar Hill Cemetery, Wrens.

Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annie Willie Johnson
Mrs. Annie Willie Johnson of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Trinity Hospital.

Mrs. Johnson, a native of Wrens, was member of Lofton AME Church and attended Old Storm Branch Baptist Church and Bethel AME Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, with Rev. Mark Pierson officiating. Burial was in Westover Memorial Park.

Survivors include one daughter, Rev. Dr. Lugenia Johnson, Birmingham, Ala.; three sons, Willie Bay (Laney) Johnson, Walter T. (Nina) Johnson, Augusta, and Randolph (Leaster) Johnson, Tocoma, Wash.; one sister, Minnie (Gene) Simmons, Miami, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a niece, Mary Frances Ramsey, Augusta; friend, Lucy M. Morgan, Clearwater, S.C.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jane Norton Jones
Mrs. Jane Norton Jones, 75, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Jones was a lifelong resident of Wrens.

After a private service, with Dr. Stan Littleton officiating, interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma Elizabeth Black Norton and Floyd L. Norton; three brothers, David Norton, Richard Norton, Sidney Norton; and two sisters, Frances Norton and Nancy N. Wren.

Survivors include her daughter, Laura Morris of Florence, S.C.; siblings, Gloria N. Craft, Dorothy Lee Norton, Ben Walker Norton and Spence C. Norton; and several nieces and nephews.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jewel Marie Willie Ketchin
Mrs. Jewel Marie Willie Ketchin, 87, entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, after an extended illness surrounded by family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a time to be announced in Louisville.

A native of Louisville, and a longtime resident of Atlanta, Mrs. Ketchin had resided at Budd Terrace, Wesley Woods Retirement Center, in Atlanta since 2002. Born Nov. 11, 1923, in Louisville, to Vermell and Forest Willie, Mrs. Ketchin graduated in three years from Georgia State College for Women, now Georgia College and State University, in Milledgeville in 1943. While there, she majored in English and served on the staff of the yearbook and was editor for the school newspaper, The Colonnade. She was a fellow staff member and English major of Mary Flannery O’Connor. On Nov. 1, 1943, she married Samuel Cathcart Ketchin of Louisville. They later moved to Charleston, S.C., and then Atlanta. While her husband taught English and Bible at Georgia Tech, she was a full-time mother and homemaker. In 1964 she returned to school at Georgia State College in Atlanta to earn a master’s degree in library science. From 1964 until she retired in 1989, she served as an elementary school librarian and media specialist at Skyland Elementary School, Atlanta, the Tucker branch of DeKalb County Library System, and as superintendent of the DeKalb County System.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter, Jane Augusta Ketchin Bryl in 1999.

Survivors include children, Anne Forest Ketchin of Mosca, Colo., Susan Cathcart Ketchin Edgerton of Pittsboro, N.C., and Bo Selvans Giaison (Samuel Cathcart Ketchin III) of Decatur; granddaughter, Susan Catherine Edgerton of Durham, N.C.; sister, Rose Vermell (Ooky) Ogilvy of Lexington, Mich.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her memory be made to the charity of one’s choice or to the Humane Society of Georgia.


Mr. Ronald “Ron” Eugene Landers
Mr. Ronald “Ron” Eugene Landers, 62, of Gibson entered into rest on Jan. 24, 2011.

Mr. Landers was a lifelong resident of the CSRA and was the son of the late Jack Dempsey Landers and the late Ruby Landers. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War and was a forklift operator for W.S. Badcock Corp.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy S. Landers, Gibson; daughter, Paula Williams, Grovetown; son, Paul Rogers, Gibson; brother, Ray Landers, Hephzibah; sister, Dale Shirley; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jimmy Lindsey Sr.
Mr. Jimmy Lindsey Sr., 68, of Tennille entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Lindsey was born in Washington County, the son of the late Jessie L. Lindsey and the late Trudie Kitchens Lindsey. He retired as the city superintendent for the City of Tennille after 41 years of service. He also formerly worked as a part time police officer for the city. Mr. Lindsey was a member of the Olive Hill Baptist Church and a founding member of the Oconee Hunting Club.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at 2 p.m. at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. L.T. Logue officiating. Burial was in Zeta Cemetery in Tennille.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Wanda Elaine B. Lindsey; sons, Jimmy Lindsey Jr. (Deborah) of Sandersville, Mark Lindsey of Tennille, and Allen Lindsey (Ann) of Sandersville; grandchildren, Jason Lindsey, Thomas Lindsey, Steven Lindsey, Alexandria Lindsey, Nick Carroll, Jeromy Carroll, Charles Carroll, April Watkins and Barry Ezell; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, J.H. Lindsey of Gibson; and sisters, Catherine L. Leverett and Rosalee Brown, both of Sandersville.

Pallbearers were Jason Lindsey, Steven Lindsey, Thomas Lindsey, Chuck Watkins, Mack Boatright, Johnny Durden and Dustin Durden.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements


Mr. Ernest Precious Moore
Mr. Ernest Precious Moore of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.

Mr. Moore was born Nov. 12, 1945, in West Palm Beach, Fla., to the late Emma Whitfield and Homer Moore. In 1960, his family migrated to Wrens, where he joined Ways Grove Baptist Church. He was drafted into the U.S. Army where he actively served in the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge. Mr. Moore was an entrepreneur, owning a truck wash, an 18-wheel truck and a record shop.

Funeral services were held at W.H. Mays Mortuary Chapel on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Clarence E. Grier officiating. Interment was in Ways Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Wrens.

Survivors include his three children, Ernest E. Lowe of Thomson, Daphne E. Fuller of Fayetteville, N.C., and Brandon D. Moore of Korea; six grandchildren; four siblings, Martha Tolbert of Killen, Texas, Lover (Ervin) McDonald, Gwendolyn (George) Morton and Eugene Moore, all of Miami, Fla.; four nieces; nine nephews; cousins, Algie Hewitt and Alice Jasper; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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


Mrs. Catherine A. Neal
Mrs. Catherine A. Neal of Sandersville entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Second Mineral Spring Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Rev. James L. Neal officiating. Interment was in Sandy Grove Cemetery, Mitchell.

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


Mrs. Geraldine “Jerry” Peel
Mrs. Geraldine “Jerry” Peel of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Mrs. Peel moved to North Augusta in 1961, from Gibson. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church for over 35 years. She and her late husband owned and operated La-Fran’s Drive-In, as well as Buck and Jerry’s Place. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Joyful Sounds at Immanuel Baptist and was a senior regent at the Savannah Moose Lodge. Mrs. Peel was voted Most Unforgettable at the 2010 Miss St. John Towers Pageant.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Immanuel Baptist Church, with Rev. Jimmy Coyle and Pastor Allen Cantrell officiating. Interment was in Pineview Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lee “Buck” Peel Jr.; parents, William Henry and Lucy Hendrix Marsh; three brothers, Clayton Marsh, Elbert Buddy Conley Marsh and Johnny Joe Marsh; and a sister, Evelyn Marsh.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Edward Peel (Dorothy) of West Palm Beach, Fla., Richard “Red” Peel of New Ellenton, S.C., and Elbert Cardell Peel (Pat) of Petticoat Junction; four daughters, Kay Marshall Johnson (Jerry) of Bastrop, Texas, Alva M. Rozar (Cliff) of Ballwin, Mo., Linda Diane Walls (Tommy) of Aiken, S.C., and Brenda Nogueira of North Augusta, S.C.; a brother, James Lamar Marsh of Statesboro; three sisters, Willie Mae West (Matthew) of Savannah, Annie Lucile Lawson (Waymon) of Statesboro, and Lucy Jane Baker (Robert) of Savannah; 23 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Memorials may be made to St. John Towers, 724 Greene St., Augusta, GA 30901, or Immanuel Baptist Church, 615 Old Edgefield Rd., North Augusta, SC 29841.

Rowland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mildred Thompson Scott
Mrs. Mildred Thompson Scott, 86, of Statesboro entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility.

Mrs. Scott was a longtime resident of Bulloch County and was an active member of the Statesboro First Baptist Church. Mrs. Scott worked for many years at Sea Island Bank and Georgia Southern University for 20 years in the comptroller’s office. Mrs. Scott served for many years as an advisor for Beta Sigma Phi.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Statesboro First Baptist Church, with Dr. John Waters and Dr. H. William Perry officiating. Burial was in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery at 3 p.m.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas C. (Charlene) Scott of Fair Play, S.C., and Edward A. (Rachel) Scott of Powder Springs; six grandchildren, Zak (Tonya) Jackson, Jennifer (Todd) Fink, Sam (Kerri) Scott, Carrie (Jon) Rafferty, Matthew Scott and Amanda Scott; seven great-grandchildren, Issac Fink, Patrick Fink, Alec Fink, Joshua Jackson, Alorah Scott, Haylee Scott and Ava Rafferty; and many nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Camilla Boyd Sunday School Class.

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Estelle Rooks Hobbs Stapleton
Mrs. Estelle Rooks Hobbs Stapleton, 87, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Westwood Nursing Home in Evans.

Born to the late Maybell Owens Rooks and the late Roscoe Rooks in Warren County, Mrs. Stapleton grew up and lived most of her life in Stapleton, where she was a seamstress. She was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church, where she served as treasurer in the Joy Sunday School Class and in the WMU.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. John A. Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lewis Hobbs and Maurice Stapleton.

Survivors include four children, Wayne L. Hobbs (Janie) of Thomson, June H. Glover (John) of Augusta, Kenneth A. Hobbs (Phyllis) of St. Marks, Fla., and Janet L. Hobbs of Augusta; four grandchildren, Carol H. McCorkle (Chess) of Thomson, Dana G. Esslinger (Jeff) of Cartersville, Amy G. Scherer (Joseph) of Martinez, and Anthony L. Hobbs (Becky) of St. Marks, Fla.; six great-grandchildren, Brittany McCorkle, Chelsy McCorkle, Jonathan McCorkle, Abby Esslinger, John Joseph Scherer and William Scherer; niece, Gail Field; and nephew, Allen Hobbs.

Pallbearers were Jeff Esslinger, David Field, Allen Hobbs, Anthony Hobbs, Chess McCorkle and Joseph Scherer.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reedy Creek Building Fund, 1128 Reedy Creek Church Rd., Stapleton, GA 30823.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gladys McGahee Willis
Mrs. Gladys McGahee Willis, 86, of Albany entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at her residence

A native of Avera, Mrs. Willis had resided in both Worth County and Albany for the past 60 years. She was a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a second grade school teacher retiring from Palmyra Elementary School. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and Palmyra Road United Methodist Church.

Graveside funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Waldens Cemetery in Avera, with Rev. Thomas Anderson officiating.

Survivors include a son, Johnny Willis (Patty), Albany; a daughter, Vangie Gilstrap (Wayne), Worth County; two grandchildren, Pamela Thompson and Jeffrey Thompson; six brothers, Melvin McGahee (Mary), Aiken, S.C., Ralph McGahee (Evelyn), Wrens, Harold McGahee (Marie), Stapleton, D.W. McGahee, Louisville, Edgar McGahee (Sharon), Okalahoma, and Lindsey Faye McGahee (Ann), Louisville; and a sister, Frances Bradley, Stapleton.

Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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