Obituaries
March 17, 2011 Issue

Mr. John Garner Brooks
Mr. John Garner Brooks, 93, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Brandon Wilde, Augusta.

Mr. Brooks was born in Stapleton in 1917, but spent most of his adult life in McDuffie County. Mr. Brooks was general manager of Culpepper Lumber Company in Thomson, for 30 years until his retirement in 1989. He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Thomson, and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He served on the Thomson-McDuffie Hospital Board. He was a member of Dearing Baptist Church and had served many years as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. He served as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Gibson for several years.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Dearing Baptist Church, with Pastor Dr. Michael Timmerman and Brandon Wilde Chaplain Mike Riddle officiating. A private family interment was held prior to the funeral service.

Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Gay Brooks, parents, Lemuel Reese Brooks and Annie Thigpen Brooks; and five brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Anne (Dan) Hahn of Dearing, and Yvonne (John) Evans of Montgomery, Ala.; one son, John Brooks Jr. of Burlington, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Sonja Brooks, Atlantic Beach, N.C.; sister, Joyce Hughes; sister-in-law, Mary Brooks, both of Thomson; five grandchildren, Sarah Hahn, Daniel Hahn, Miriam Hahn, Irene Jasper and Cynthia Dix; three great-grandchildren, Jordan Dix, Savannah Dix and Alex Jasper; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Harold Eubank, Jackie Brooks, Lem Brooks, Jimmy Brooks, Tommy Brooks and John Evans.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and members of the Men’s Sunday School Class at Dearing Baptist Church.

Donations may be made to Dearing Baptist Church, 265 North Main Street, Dearing, GA 30808, or to Bible Broadcasting Network, P.O. Box 7300, Charlotte, NC, 28241.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Takisha Caldwell
Miss Takisha Caldwell, 25, of Louisville, formerly of Aiken, S.C., entered into rest on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at a Louisville nursing center.

Miss Caldwell was educated in the Aiken County Public Schools. She lived at Unihealth Post-Acute Care, Old Capital for the past three years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Magnolia Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her adopted parents, William Henry and Minnie B. Caldwell; four sisters, Barbara Ann Caldwell, Cathy (Gary) Brunson, both of Aiken, S.C., Lashanda P. Caldwell, Greenwood, S.C., and Crystal T. Caldwell, Newberry, S.C.; four brothers, Elbert (Johnnie Mae) Walker, Jeffery (Annette) Caldwell, Aiken, S.C., and David Small, North Carolina; and a host of other relatives.

Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss N. Jean Evans
Miss N. Jean Evans entered into rest on March 7, 2011, after a brief illness.

Miss Evans was born in Avera on Aug. 25, 1946, to Isam Evans Sr. and the late Mildred Brady. She was raised by her grandparents, the late Mitchell and Nellie Curtis Evans. She was educated in the Jefferson County Public School System, graduating valedictorian of her class. She furthered her education by attending Clark University College, graduating with an associates in arts, and she also attended Massy Junior College Institute of Interior Design in 1973. She served in the United States Air Force, was a Vietnam veteran and was honorably discharged. She was a member of Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church for more than 30 years. She was founding president of the Hospitality Guild Ministry. She also served as president of Pastor’s Aid, and a member of the Deacon Clarence Lovelace Ushers Ministry. Miss Evans retired from the federal government after 30 years of employment. She also owned a woman’s shopping service for church ladies and facilitated various workshops on grooming and church fashion. She sold hats for more than 30 years and was featured in a news story by WNYT on her collection. Miss Evans was a member of the Syracuse Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church, Avera, with Pastor Rev. Perry Daniel and Rev. Willie B. Tomlin officiating.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Evans and Winfred Evans.

Survivors include her son, C. Omarr Evans (Philesha); father, Isam Evans Sr.; stepmother, Othella Evans, both of Avera; brothers, Isam Evans (Eva Jean) of Louisville, and Franklin Evans of Richmond, Va.; sister, A’Leshia Evans of Atlanta; granddaughter, Cadence Olivia Evans; goddaughter, Coretta Good; sisters-in-law, Diane Evans of Avera, and Veronica Evans of Louisville; members at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Lindsey Roberts, L.W. Sherrod, Lewis Carr, Michael Curry, Judie McCall and Alton Spells Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Magnolia Baptist Church and her graduating class of 1964.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Fred H. Farrer
Fred H. Farrer, 75, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., entered into rest on Friday, March 11, 2011.

Mr. Farrer was a native of Louisville, and son of the late Lewis H. Farrer and Dessie Pearl Glassey. Mr. Farrer was co-owner of Farrer Brothers and a member of the Church of Christ. He graduated in 1954 from Louisville Academy.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011, at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, with Brother Tony Holt and Brother Charles Mullins officiating. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Hayes Farrer; two sons, Ralph (Tammy) Farrer of Milton, and Stephen Farrer of Murfreesboro; brother Charles (Pat) Farrer of Murfreesboro; and four grandchildren Sharon, Helen, Forrest and Andrew Farrer.

Pallbearers were Kelly Johnson, Ralph Puckett, Jamie Hire, Ike Farrer, Mike Barrett, Calvin Raley, Jesse Bailey, Jake Jacobs, H. Allen Jones, Forrest Farrer, Andrew Farrer and Chuck Farrer, Mark Gorbett and Bud Fultz.

Memorials may be made to C.A.P.E., PO Box 10986, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0986, or Special Kids, 202 Arnette Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130.

Woodfin Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Isabelle McGruder Harmon
Mrs. Isabelle McGruder Harmon entered into rest on Feb. 23, 2011.

Mrs. Harmon was born on Nov. 14, 1912, to the late Henry and Minnie Rainwater McGruder. She was a member of Eden Baptist Church, and a member of the daughters of Wadley Chapter No. 487 Order of Eastern Star.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Eden Baptist Church, Louisville, with Pastor Rev. J.O. Nelson officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Harmon Sr.; children, Robert Harmon Jr., Tamer Harmon Yancey and Carrie Harmon Brown; and siblings, Bill McGruder, Lindsey McGruder, Hosea McGruder, Eumon McGruder and Willie Alice McKinney.

Survivors include her children, Mamie Harmon, Eli Harmon (Lessie), Mary Harmon, Isaiah Harmon (Ann Nell), all of Louisville, Willie Albert Harmon (Frances) and Berry Harmon (Jeanette), all of Augusta; sister-in-law, Annie L. McGruder of Wadley; sons-in-law, Home Brown and William Yancey of Wrens; goddaughter, Rosetta Strowbridge of Wadley; 25 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Eden Baptist Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annie Lillian Brown Hilton
Mrs. Annie Lillian Brown Hilton entered into rest on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Hilton was born in Washington County, but lived in Jefferson County most of her life. She attended Jefferson County Public Schools. At an early age she joined Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church. Mrs. Hilton visited the Jefferson County Senior Citizen Center and was a member of Louisville AA for more than 13 years.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery, with Pastor Rev. C. Dunlap officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Corine Robinson Brown; her husband, Sam Hilton; four children, Charles Coppett, Dennis Reese, James Reese and Ricky “BoHog” Hilton; and four siblings, Willie James Brown, Clinton Reese, Bobby Reese and Hattie Mae Reese.

Survivors include her children, Corinne (James) Bostic, Willie James (Yolanda) Reese, John (Tess) Reese of St Petersburg, Fla., Smithie Jenkins, Myretter “Bee” (Napolian) Tomlin, Mary Jane Hilton and Janice (Charles) Washington of Louisville, and Sam Reese of Statesboro; siblings, John Willie Reese and Annie Lois Walden of Louisville, Leroy Reese and Nettie Mae Reese of Macon, Harvey Reese of Atlanta, Betty Louise Fields of Augusta; one aunt, Mila Robinson of Louisville; sisters-in-law, Geneva Reese, Mozell McCall, Annie Lue “Hun” Hilton of Louisville, Verdell Brown of Atlanta; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Willie Mae Lampkin
Mrs. Willie Mae Lampkin of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at University Hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Survivors include her daughter, Geneva Jones, Grovetown; nieces, Susan Brown, Dearing, and Mary Louise Smith, Wrens; two granddaughters, Tonia Jones Jackson, Columbia, S.C., and Latoyia Jones, Harlem; a host of other nieces and nephews; and godson, Ervin B. Prather, Augusta.

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruby May Mills
Mrs. Ruby May Mills, 79, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Mills was a native of Glascock County, and lived here all of her Life.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011, at the Gibson City Cemetery, with Rev. Jacky Downs officiating.

Survivors include three daughters, Cathy (Robert) Keller of Louisville, Ky., Belinda Gaiona of Hobart, Ind., and Cynthia Simpson of Lexington, Ky.; one brother, William “Bill” May of Warner Robbins; and two grandchildren, Johnathon and Dawn Keller.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Julia Carrey; parents, Fred and Viola Scarboro May; one sister, Frances Gable; four brothers, Cecil May, John May, Roland May and D.J. May.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Mrs. Jeanne Johnson Pruitt
Mrs. Jeanne Johnson Pruitt, 92, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at her residence with her son by her side.

Mrs. Pruitt was a native of Atlanta, but had been a resident of Augusta for 52 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and was a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. Mrs. Pruitt was a member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church and was a former member of the Augusta Country Club, the Pinnacle Club and the Augusta Sailing Club.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011, at Westover Memorial Park, with Dr. R. Leslie Holmes officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Edward Rex Pace Pruitt; parents, Eugene Thomas Johnson Sr. and Annie Pearce Barnes Johnson; brother, Eugene Thomas Johnson Jr.; and sister, Louise Johnson Evans.

Survivors include her son, Pace B. Pruitt (Kay) of Gibson; and her sister, Anne Johnson Cooglar of Atlanta.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Julius Larry Raines Sr.
Mr. Julius Larry Raines Sr., 87, of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, March 14, 2011, at the V.A. Medical Center, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Louisville First Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Montgomery, Rev. Hardy Owens and Rev. Ron Henson officiating. Burial will follow in the family lot in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Mr. Raines, a native of Jefferson County, was a son of the late John M. and Florence Raines. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during World War II. He was a Master Mason of Stonewall Lodge No. 98 F&AM in Louisville for over 60 years. Mr. Raines was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church, a builder, farmer, and owner of Raines Supply in Louisville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Helen Raines; brothers, John M. Raines Jr., William Raines and Tilla Raines; and a sister, Kathryn R. Cooper.

Survivors include his wife, Carol S. Raines; sons, Larry “Bunny” Raines of Wadley, and Chris Raines (Julie) of Juliette; grandchildren, Chip, Joey, Nick, Kelly and Phillip Raines; great-grandchildren, Hinsley and Zach Raines; sister, Jane R. Wimberly of Wadley; stepchildren, Ben and Martha English, Kelli and Lee Avant, Ellen and Randy Hall, Emily and Jim Snell; nine step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be nephews, Charles Pollett, Chuck Wimberly, Gus Cooper, Phil Cooper, Tilla Raines, Steve Raines, Thad Raines, Bill Raines, Jed Raines, John Henson and Bill Clark.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of First Baptist Church and members of Stonewall Lodge No. 98.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Veterans Administration Hospital or First Baptist Church, 101 E. 9th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bobby R. Redfern
Mr. Bobby R. Redfern, 65, of Mitchell entered into rest on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mr. Redfern was a native of Washington County, but lived in Mitchell all of his life. He was retired from the Abion Kaolin Company.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Mitchell United Methodist Church, with Rev. Bill Seaman officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hooks and Audrey Johnson Redfern.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Emma Jean Redfern; one son, Gary E. Redfern of Kentucky; three daughters, Tina Latta of Alabama, Carla Hamilton of Palmetta, and Julie Redfern of Dalton; three stepsons, Larry Rosier of Thomson, James Rosier of Augusta, and George Rosier of Harlem; four stepdaughters, Patricia Ownby of Sparta, Deborah Lindsey, Gaylene Tanner and Elizabeth Denton, all of Sandersville; one brother, Terry Redfern of Gibson; and one sister, Carol Downs of Mitchell; 12 grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; and 15 step-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were George Rosier, Dwayne Faglier, Jacky Haywood, Mervin Meeks, Russell Denton and Jerry Pittman.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Deloris “Mercy” Scott Tennyson
Mrs. Deloris “Mercy” Scott Tennyson entered into rest on Feb. 14, 2011.

Mrs. Tennyson was born in Jefferson County on June 20, 1952, the daughter of Jacob Lewis and the late Cleophia Scott Shaw. At an early age she became a member of St. AME Church. She was a 1970 graduate of Jefferson County High School. On Nov. 25, 1971, she married the late Al Tennyson.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Louisville, with Pastor Rev. Willie D. Blockum and Rev. David Batts officiating.

Survivors include her children, Londya Carr (Leon), Christopher Tennyson, Dexter Tennyson (Bernadette), Damean Tennyson (Latasha), and Alandrea Dorsey (Fleming), all of Augsuta; father, Jacob Lewis of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 11 siblings, Jerome Shaw of Las Vegas, Nev., Brenda Shaw of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Careese Shaw, Kenneth Shaw, Wrockelle Shaw and Pace Shaw (Evette), all of Augusta, Stevie Shaw (Felicia) of Tallahassee, Fla., Corrine Webbs and James Lewis, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Michael Lewis and Dwight Lewis, both of Miami, Fla.; 32 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a cousin who was like a brother, Alex Scott (Betty) of Louisville; friend, Alice Batts (Horace Jr.); godchildren, Johnny Rogers, Leslie Cruclup and Lakesha Williams; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Michael Sheely, Ray Charles Smith, Patrick Tennyson, Sampson Dorsey and Benjamin Dorsey.

Honorary pallbearers were the Jefferson County High School class of 1970.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Michael David Thigpen Sr.
Mr. Michael David Thigpen Sr., 52, of Tennille entered into rest on Wednesday, March 8, 2011, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Thigpen was born in Atlanta, the son of the late Thomas David Thigpen. He had resided in Washington County for many years. Mr. Thigpen was an employee of Thiele Kaolin Company for 34 years. He was an emergency medical technician with the Washington County Ambulance Service and was the Fire Chief of the Ohoopee Fire Department. Mr. Thigpen was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church and attended Piney Mount United Methodist Church.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011, at New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery, near Davisboro. A service of celebration was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2011, at Piney Mount United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Melissa Lord Thigpen of Tennille; children, Michael D. Thigpen Jr. of Harrison, and Michelle R. Thigpen of Harrison; stepchildren, Mallory Potter and Adam Potter; mother, Shirley M. Thigpen of Bartow; sister, Debra (Mike) Martin of Bartow; brother, Steven (JaNae) Thigpen of Bartow; two aunts, Frances Stone of Davisboro, and Mabel Mullis of Thomaston; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

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


Mrs. Maxine Phillips Wheeler
Mrs. Maxine Phillips Wheeler, 59, of Stapleton entered into rest on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at her residence after a long hard-fought battle with cancer.

Born to the late Julia Emily Thigpen Phillips and the late Frank E. Phillips, Mrs. Wheeler was a lifelong resident of the Jefferson and Glascock counties area. She was a nurse’s aide at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Augusta. Mrs. Wheeler also worked for the school systems for more than 20 years as a bus driver and para pro.

Funeral services were on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Bishop Jason Burton officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Larry Phillips and Carolyn Phillips.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Tony Wheeler; three children, Roy Tony Wheeler Jr. (Amanda), Irene K. Kitchens (Gerald) and Philip Tony Wheeler (Tori); a brother, Wallace Phillips (Betty); eight grandchildren, Jennifer Wheeler, Joe Kitchens, Ben Wheeler, Ken Kitchens, Tristan Smith, Bryce Wheeler, Buck Wheeler and Barrett Wheeler; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Donnie McGahee, A.G. Phillips, Mark Phillips, Randy Phillips, Pilcher Thigpen and William Wren.

Honorary pallbearers were the Jefferson County bus drivers and para pros.

Memorial contributions may be made to Concerned Citizens of Glascock County, c/o Corene Chalker, 3037 Bastonville Rd, Gibson, GA 30810, or to Heartland Hospice, 208 Pitcarin Way Ste A, Augusta, GA 30909.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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