Obituaries
March 3, 2011 Issue

Mr. Clarence Henry “Pee Wee” Atkinson
Mr. Clarence Henry “Pee Wee” Atkinson, 64, entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at his residence after a prolonged illness.

He was the son of the late Roxie Jane Atkinson and the late John W. Amerson,

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m., with Rev. Wayne Dixon officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Kathryn R. Cooper
Mrs. Kathryn R. Cooper, 77, of Wadley entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.

Mrs. Cooper, a native and lifelong resident of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late John M. Raines Sr. and Florence M. Raines. She was a bookkeeper for R.G. Foster and Company for 25 years and a retired representative of the Woodmen of the World Insurance Company. She was a past secretary and treasurer of the Top of Georgia Airstream Park.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Hibberts and Rev. David Boggs officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John M. Raines Jr., William Raines, and Tilla Raines.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Jack D. Cooper Sr. of Wadley; sons, Jack “Gus” D. Cooper Jr. (Angie) of Wadley, Philip H. Cooper Sr. (Lisa) of Guyton; sister, Jane R. Wimberly; brother, Larry Raines Sr., both of Wadley; grandsons, Ben Cooper (Ashley), Bryan Cooper (Kimberly), Britt Cooper, Philip H. Cooper Jr. and Nicholas Cooper; granddaughter, Jessica Cooper; great-grandson, Colton Cooper; and niece, Cheryl Arrington.

Pallbearers were Ben Cooper, Bryan Cooper, Britt Cooper, Charles Pollett Jr., Charles Wimberly Jr. and Sam Arrington Jr. Burial was in Central Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Louisville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 269, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Frederick Chamlee “Fred” Evans Jr.
Mr. Frederick Chamlee “Fred” Evans Jr., 68, of Bartow entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.

Mr. Evans was born in Washington County and was a lifelong resident of Bartow. He was the son of the late Frederick C. Evans Sr. and the late Julia Bryant Evans. Mr. Evans was a graduate of Wadley High School in Wadley in 1960, Roanoke College in Roanoke, Va., in 1965, and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon in 1968. He was the owner and operator of Bryant’s Inc., and the longest serving member of the Bartow City Council, being elected in 1970 and serving until his death. Mr. Evans served on the Board of Directors of the Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company, the Queensborough Holding Company and the Louisville Storage and Loan Company. He was a lifelong member of the Bartow Baptist Church, and a member of the Georgia Cattleman’s Association, the Cotton Growers and the Cotton Ginners Associations.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Bartow Baptist Church, Bartow, with Rev. Paul Harris officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Marjorie Hodges Evans of Bartow; daughter, Mary Evans Kirk (Danny) of Wadley; sons, Frederick C. Evans III (Jennifer) of Vidalia, and Robert Warthen Evans Sr. (Julie) of Wadley; grandchildren, Will and Lexi Kirk, Rebecca and Chamlee Evans, and Warthen and Cameron Evans; sister, Mary Evans Brantley (Marvin) of Atlanta; a step-granddaughter, Kim Kirk Johnson (Michael); and step-great-grandsons, Slade and Trey Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were the Board of Directors of Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company, employees of Bryant’s Inc. and Bartow City Council Members.

Donations may be made to Thomas Jefferson Academy 2264 US Hwy 1, Louisville, GA 30434, or to the Bartow Museum C/O Patsy Jordan, P. O. Box 175, Bartow, GA 30413.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of these arrangements.


Mrs. Walton Louise Brown Freeman
Funeral services for Mrs. Walton Louise Brown Freeman, 100, of Thomson, formerly of Wrens, were held on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at noon at Wrens Chapel AME Church, Wrens, with Pastor Rev. Carlos T. Young as eulogist and Rev. Bettye J. Stephens presiding.

Mrs. Freeman was a retired educator and licensed funeral director.

Survivors include two godsons, Shawn Stapleton, Thomson, and Stanley J. Stapleton, Grovetown; one brother, Samuel Edward (Atlanta) Brown Jr., Wilmington, Del.; four nieces, Francis (Clarence) Echols, Greenville, S.C., Shirley D. King, Chicago, Ill., Walton Brown (Benjamin) Foster, Bloomfield, Conn., and Betty Young, Cleveland, Ohio; three nephews, Samuel Edward Brown Jr., Hartford, Conn., Dale T. Brown, Wilmington, Del., and Linton Freeman Jr., Cleveland, Ohio; paternal cousin, Otho Kerr Jr., Framingham, Mass.; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Freeman, Cleveland, Ohio, and Mary Freeman, Jamaica, N.Y.; a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and other relatives; three friends, Amy Hannah, Milledgeville, and Mary Ella Brown, and Berna Cotton, both of Wrens; and a host of friends and colleagues.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Isabelle Harmon
Funeral services for Mrs. Isabelle Harmon of Louisville were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Eden Baptist Church, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James E. “Jim” Horton
Mr. James E. “Jim” Horton, 78, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.

A native of Cedartown, Mr. Horton moved to Louisville in 1969 and was the former owner and publisher of The News and Farmer and the Wadley Herald, and The Jefferson Reporter newspapers, and was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Louisville First Baptist Church, with Rev. Hardy Owens and Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating. Burial followed in Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Lettye Sue Horton; a daughter, Terry (Steve) Green; two granddaughters, Jana and Julie, all of Louisville; one grandson, Jason (Rachel); and one great-grandson, Cade, all of Athens; two brothers, William “Buddy” Horton of Carrollton, and Robert “Bobby” Horton of Cedartown; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Curtis Wilcher, Harry Gilmore Jr., Clarence Henderson Jr., Joe Culvern, Lloyd New and Don Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Board of Directors of Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company, and members emeritus.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Louisville First Baptist Church, 101 East 9th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Sgt. Mike Johnson
Sgt. Mike Johnson, 60, of Sardis entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.

He was born on Dec. 28, 1950, in Louisville to the late Cleveland and Margaret Johnson. He was a law enforcement officer since he was 21, following in his family’s chosen career. He retired from Waynesboro Police Department in March of 2010, after 17 years with the department. He returned to law enforcement as a Bailiff with the Burke County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of Spring Branch Sportsman Club.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home, with Chaplain William E. Sexton officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Tracey; son, Ellis; daughter, Krys, all of Sardis; friend, Dean Jockel; aunt, Christine Nasworthy of Swainsboro; and other relatives and friends. The

Honorary pallbearers were all law enforcement officers.

DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service were in charge of arrangements.


Deacon John Dean Lewis
Deacon John Dean Lewis of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at 3 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley, with Pastor William Patterson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Minister Lucy Kelley Lewis, Wadley; two daughters, Odessa (Zeneford) Roberson, Wadley, and Gloria (Willie) Horace, Tampa, Fla.; two sons, Minister John Roger (Minister Annie) Lewis and Michael (Linda) Lewis, all of Wadley; five sisters, Lizzie Mae Lewis, Wadley, Odessa Lewis, Mary Frances Lewis and Rosie Strowbridge, Harrisburg, Pa., and Lena (Daniel) Montford, Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Emanuel Curtis Lewis Jr., Harrisburg, Pa., and Clifford Jackson, Wadley; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Jerry Armstrong, Lawrence Daniels, Gregory Hickson, William Hilton, Leroy Kittles and Franklin Roberts.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Nathaniel Neely
Deacon Nathaniel Neely of Bartow entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Bartow.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at noon at Tarvers Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Bartow, with Rev. James E. Thomas officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Najima Raheem, Brooklyn, N.Y.; one granddaughter, Khalilah Raheem, Brooklyn, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Liza Josey, Louisville; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Katrina Washington, West Hempstead, N.Y., and Charlie (Bobbi) Josey, Augusta; niece and nephew, Bernice (Matthew) Turner, West Hempstead, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were great-nephews, John Haskins, Airrion Lytle, Ashley Smith and Terrance Williamson.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Bessie Osborne Norris
Mrs. Mary Bessie Osborne Norris, 83, of Davisboro entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Norris was a native of Glascock County, and the daughter of the late William Osborne and the late Mary Lou Raley Osborne. She was the wife of the late Cecil Calvin Norris. Mrs. Norris was a homemaker and a member of the Downs Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at White Oak Methodist Church, with Rev. Dewey Henderson officiating. Burial was in Downs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include daughter, Rosemary Norris Rhodes of Augusta; four sons, Cecil Calvin Norris of Flowery Branch, Donald Norris, Ronald Lee Norris and Richard R. Norris, all of Davisboro; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tommy Redfern, Joe Swafford, Tim Adams, Jimmy Norris, Eddie Norris and Chris Pirrman.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Melvin Wade Ward
Mr. Melvin Wade Ward, 82, of Sardis entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Ward was born in Burke County and was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church. He was a master craftsman and builder and spent most of his adult life building custom homes throughout the CSRA. He later served as city superintendent for Sardis until his retirement. He was also a 32nd degree Mason.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Chapel, with Rev. Steve Sirmons officiating. Burial was in McBride United Methodist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Fulcher and Earnestine Holland Ward.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Reddick Ward of Sardis; daughters, Dorene (Douglas) Holland of Augusta, and Deborah (Alan) Gelderman of Waynesboro; sister, Meredith W. (Ray) Chandler of Sardis; five grandchildren, Wade (Stephanie) Holland of Demorest, Daniel (Kara) Gelderman of Albuquerque, N.M., Kasey (Mitch) McGill of Louisville, Leah (Pete) Story of Grovetown, and Byron (Kristal) Gelderman of Waynesboro; nine great-grandchildren, Hunter Gilstrap, Layla Story, Ansleigh and Karleigh Holland, Gavin and Brennan Gelderman, Will Gelderman, Kade and Mailyn McGill; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mike Chandler, Randy Chandler, Jutt Wynne, Jerry Reddick, Nelms Graham and Al Griffin.

Honorary pallbearers were Sean Conner, Cleckley Reddick, Tom Mobley, Johnny Hight, Clayton Weathers, Wayne Buxton, Don Cowart, Preston Conner, Carl Thames and Hubert Reddick.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Assn., c/o Ann Tyre, 101 Sylvan Circle, Sylvania, GA 30467.

Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

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