Obituaries
February 24, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Frances Todd Blue
Mrs. Frances Todd Blue, 82, of Davisboro entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Blue was a native of Glascock County, the daughter of the late Billie Jordan Todd and the late Jenny McCoy Todd. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Washington County Memorial Gardens Cemetery, with Rev. Larry Glover officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas L. “Tot” Blue of Davisboro; two daughters, Susan B. Starley of Milledgeville, and Janet Strickland (Frankie) of Tennille; four sons, David Blue (Vicky) of Tennille, Mike Blue (Judy) of Tennille, Jeff Blue of Sandersville and Scott Blue of Davisboro; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

May and Smith Funeral Home were in charge of the arrangements


Mr. Lewis Thomas “L.T.” Crafton
Mr. Lewis Thomas “L.T.” Crafton, 90, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at an Augusta nursing facility.

Mr. Crafton was a native of Aiken, S.C., born to the parentage of the late Lewis Crafton and Hattie Henderson Crafton, but lived in Jefferson County most of his life. He was married to the late Ollie Julia Crafton and later the late Sara Redfield Crafton. He was a member of the Keys Grove Baptist Church, Keysville, where he served as a Deacon and was also instrumental in the establishment of the Gods House of Prayer. Mr. Crafton was a member of the Gibraltar Masonic Lodge No. 265 of Wrens, and was a veteran of WWII where he received a WWII Victory Metal, American Service Medal, and Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, with two Bronze Stars and Philippine Liberation Ribbon, with one Bronze Star. He received an honorable discharge on Dec. 31, 1945. He was a retired school bus driver with the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at noon at Keys Grove Baptist Church and Harts Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, with military honors.

Survivors include his children, Ed Willie (Redella Green) LaFavor of Augusta, Gail Crafton Smith-Cunningham of Martinez, Brenda Jordan of Marietta, Ada Lockett of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one brother, Willie James Crafton of Augusta; grandchildren, Cherrie Catreese Smith, Larry Palmer, Lucretia LaFavor, Yolanda Brown, Regina Johnson, Cleon LaFavor, Rodney Lockett and James Lockett Jr.; great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Louise LaFavor of Evans, Paul Smith Jr., Ed Willie Smith, Albert (Evon) Smith of Pennsylvania, Geneva Sammons, Marion Redfield, Helen Redfield and Evelyn Redfield; a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Norma Kent Gordon
Mrs. Norma Kent Gordon, 79, of Byron entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.

Born in Mitchell to the late Clarence and Susie Marsh Kent, Mrs. Gordon was a homemaker, member of Grace Baptist Church in Fort Valley and member of the AXPOW organization.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Mitchell.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Eugene Gordon.

Survivors include her sons, Kenneth Richard “Ricky” Gordon of Mitchell, Randy Gordon (Melanie) of Byron and Ronald Gordon of Byron; granddaughters, Rebecca Gordon of Warner Robins, and Melissa Gordon of Lawrenceville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 3151 Peach Pkwy, Fort Valley, GA 31030, or American Ex-Prisoners of War, 3201 E. Pioneer Pkwy, Suite 40, Arlington, TX 76010, or Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.

Rooks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jewell Franklin “Bullet” Gray
Mr. Jewell Franklin “Bullet” Gray, 76, of Mitchell entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Gray a native and lifelong resident of the Warren County area was the owner/operator of Gray’s Citgo Service Station in Warrenton. He was a member of Jewell Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Jewell Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Laverne Cope Gray; one son, Russ Gray of Mitchell; two sisters, Louise Gray Bolder of Thomson, and Ruby Hesson Neil of Blairsville; one niece, Cindy Hesson Mobley; and two nephews, Art Hesson and Phil Hesson.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Maggie Reid Kitchens
Mrs. Maggie Reid Kitchens, 87, of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Kitchens was a daughter of the late Oliver and Marion Odom Reid, a homemaker, and member of Moxley Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Moxley Baptist Church, with Rev. Rusty Manning officiating. Burial followed in the family plot in the Moxley Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Thomas Kitchens; daughter, Elaine Bragg; son, Frankie Kitchens; grandson, Patrick Garrett; sister, Katie Larisey; brothers, Russell Reid, Charlie Reid and Junior Reid.

Survivors include two sons, Charles “C.T.” Kitchens of Evans, and Walter Kitchens (Louise) of Wadley; daughter, Marynel Garrett (Terry) of Bartow; brother, Thomas Reid of Millen; sisters, Bobbie Lamb of Statesboro, and Grace Markovic of Rocky Ford; son-in-law, Bill Bragg of Louisville; daughter-in-law, Sharon Kitchens of Wadley; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Bill Bragg, Thomas Dye, Pat Bell, Mike Bell, Mitchell McGraw and Waldo Lamb.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Donald Lee Hartley
Mr. Donald Lee Hartley, 83, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Hartley was born in Washington County, and lived nearly his entire life in Louisville. He was the son of the late Marvin E. Hartley Sr. and Sally West Hartley. He joined the Army in 1946 and served one year in Japan. He retired as Command Sgt. Major with 40 years of service in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. He shot on the rifle teams for the National Guard for many years. Mr. Hartley played minor league baseball for the 1948-1949 Sparta Saints. He also played softball for the Mudcats. Mr. Hartley was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church for more than 60 years and was a member of the Louisville Lions Club.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Louisville First Baptist Church, with Rev. Hardy Owens and Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating. Burial followed in the family plot in the Louisville City Cemetery, with full military honors.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; sons, Mike (Nicole) Hartley, and Hugh Phillips, all of Grovetown; daughters, Lynn (Steve) Farmer of Macon, Sue (Charles) Padgett of Avera, Linda (Billy) Murphey of Bangs, Texas, and Brenda (Wayne) Ash of Martinez; sisters, Sybil Tull of Durham, N.C., Nita Bargainnier of Brunswick, and Mavine Kardys of Savannah; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The United States Army served as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Louisville Lions Club and the Ingles Coffee Club.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mary Frances Heggs
Miss Mary Frances Heggs, 66, of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at 3 p.m. at the Pierce Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery, with Rev. Johnny R. Sampson officiating.

Miss Heggs was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late, Lula Heggs and a member of the Pierce Grove Baptist Church. She was a 1965 graduate of the Jefferson County High School.

Survivors include her children, Denise (Lonnie) Smith of Bartow, Reginald Heggs, Latesia Heggs of Wadley, Catina (Steven) Braddy of Augusta; siblings, Louise Heggs of Boston, Mass., Willie Mae Heggs of Wadley, Edward (Alice) Heggs of Bartow, and Johnnie Heggs of Arizona; grandchildren, Latrail Heggs, Malcolm Heggs, Shamica Heggs, Shaquisha Heggs, Deneisha Smith, JaNya Smith and Sha’Mya Braddy; great-grandchildren, Te’liyah Johnson, Tayonna Sipson and Alaysia Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence, 124 Walden Brett Road, Wadley, or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Johnny Irby
Mr. Johnny Irby, 79, of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.

Mr. Irby was a born in Glascock County, and was the son of the late Lowe Irby and the late Susie Bales Irby. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked with Civil Service at Fort Gordon.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Butch Baston officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, Glascock County.

Survivors include his brother, J.T. Irby of Thomson; sisters; Mattie Irby Black of Gibson, and Lucille Irby Edmonds of Bradenton, Fla.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sue Sammons Kitchens
Mrs. Sue Sammons Kitchens, 91, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center, Gibson.

Mrs. Kitchens was a native of Glascock County and lived here all of her life. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Mitchell, and owned and managed Kitchens Grocery Store in Gibson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Friendship Baptist Church, with Rev. Keith Jordan officiating. Interment was in the Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Felts Kitchens; two brothers, Tommy and Bobby Sammons; two sisters, Alma Mims and Lillian McGowan; and parents, Tom and Esther Smith Sammons.

Survivors include her son, Donald (Geneva) Kitchens of Gibson; daughter, Carol (Jim) Kendrick of Augusta; two brothers, Bennie Sammons of Hephzibah and Marvin Sammons of Austell; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jeffery Kitchens, Brandon Neely, Dominique Cody, Paul Benford, Wayne Sammons and Gene Sammons.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary M. “Big Mama” Miller
Mrs. Mary M. “Big Mama” Miller, 88, of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Miller was born in Laurens County, but had lived in Wadley for the past 65 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Central Baptist Church. She also coached softball for many years.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Central Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. David Davis officiating.

Survivors include daughter, Cheryl Bell (Clyde) of Wadley; son, James “Jimmy” William Miller (Ann) of Bartow; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Emily Digby of Allen, Texas.

Pallbearers were Jimmie Miller Jr., Paul Guy, Paul Guy II, John T. Miller, Pat Bell and Werner Muenger.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, in care of, Amanda Brown 515 Denmark St., Suite 500, Statesboro, GA 30458.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James “Fluddy” Morgan Sr.
Mr. James “Fluddy” Morgan Sr., 61, of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at noon at Faith Memorial CME Church and Cemetery.

Mr. Morgan was a native of Burke County, the son of Rena Mae Brown and the late Mitchell Morgan Sr. He was retired from Lewis Steel in Wrens.

Survivors include his children, Jennifer Rena Morgan, James (Tasha) Morgan Jr., Shirlinda Lavonda (Chris)Morgan, Shandrell Antiono (Tina) Morgan all of Wadley, Lavelton Markiee (Latoya) Morgan and Yolonda Chevette (Tavarious) Turner of Statesboro, LaQuinton Anthony (Jessica) Morgan Sr., of Waynesboro; his mother, Rena Mae Brown of Wadley; mother-in-law, Ora Mae Lodge of Wadley; sisters, Dorothy Morgan and Delaine Morgan of Louisville, Louvenia Sims, Mitchell Morgan Jr. and Linda Dennis of Atlanta, Lillie Moore of Delaware; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Anna Lodge, Queenie Lodge, Teresa Lodge, Marvin Lodge and Verlon Lodge Sr. of Wadley, Roosevelt (Bernestine) Lodge III, Tommie Lodge and Ricky Lodge of New Orleans; 22 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence of his daughters, Shirlinda Morgan, 156 Bedingfield St. Street, Apt No. 5, Wadley, or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jewel Dykes Sawyer
Mrs. Jewel Dykes Sawyer, 93, of Cochran entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Bleckley Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Dykes, born in Bleckley County, had lived most of her life in Dodge County before moving to Cochran 39 years ago. She was a homemaker and former employee of the L&H Shirt Factory. She was a member of Roddy Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. in Roddy Baptist Church. Burial was in Bowers Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur A. Sawyer; and sons, Alphus Sawyer and Bobby Sawyer.

Survivors include her children, Ronnie (Carolyn) Sawyer of Chester, Carolyn (Woodrow) New of Wrens, Brenda (David Marshal) Darsey of Dublin, and Wayne Sawyer of Milledgeville; brothers, Lester (Dorothy) Dykes and Phillip (Diane) Dykes of Cochran; sister-in-law, Edith Dykes of Cochran; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Mathis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Flossie E. Summerall
Mrs. Flossie E. Summerall, 88, of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the UniHealth Post Acute Care, Old Capitol Nursing Home, Louisville.

Mrs. Summerall was a native of Augusta and was a member of Morningside Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with Rev. Wally Hoyle officiating.

Survivors include her sons, George E. Summerall of Louisville, Mickey W. Sousa, Jackey C. Sousa and J.R. Yarborough, all of Augusta; brothers, Paul Stewart and Forrest Stewart, both of Evans; sister, Amy Lou Widener of Langley, S.C.; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Deloris Scott Tennyson
Mrs. Deloris Scott Tennyson of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Danny Ray Usry
Mr. Danny Ray Usry, 53, of Mitchell entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at University Hospital, Augusta.

He was a farmer and cattleman.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Sheppard Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Lonnie McCall and Rev. Mary Griswell officiating. Interment was in the Mitchell City Cemetery, Mtichell.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Snider Usry; and grandparents, Allen and Eva Denton Snider.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Lisa M. Usry; two daughters, Carrie Diane Usry of Mitchell, and Lacey Rene Usry of Gibson; father, Ray Usry of Mitchell; three sisters, Janie Usry of Mitchell, Debbie (Ronnie) Chalker of Mitchell, and Alaine Logan of Gibson; one grandson, Landon (Boomer) Pounds; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ben Hadden, Jimmy Wilcher, David Logan, Grayson Harrell, Charles Bland, Thomas Davis and Ronnie Wood.

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

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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