Obituaries
March 24, 2011 Issue

Mr. Jacky Ray Chalker
Mr. Jacky Ray Chalker, 68, of Gibson entered into rest on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Chalker was born in Glascock County and lived here all of his life. He was a member of Gibson United Methodist Church.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Gibson City Cemetery, with Rev. Griffin Thompson officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Idelle Sheppard Chalker; two brothers, Jerome and Jimmy Chalker.

Survivors include his wife of 47 Years, Eva Kelley Chalker; one son, Douglas Chalker of Gibson; two daughters, Kelly (Brian) Dooly of Toccoa, and Jennifer (Ray) Gay of Harlem; one sister, Juanice Clark of Hiawassee; two grandchildren, Trish Strelec and Haley Chalker.

Pallbearers were Mickey Baxley, Robbie Meadows, Jerry Wilcher, James Griswell, John Bland and Terry Redfern.

Memorials may be made to the Gibson United Methodist Church in care of Frankie Porter, 628 Lamb St., Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eloise Brown Hall
Mrs. Eloise Brown Hall of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Gibson.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Spears Grove Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. C.W. Stone officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her three daughters, Kathy Hall, Louisville, Patricia Gunn, Wadley, and Barbara Hall, Bartow; son, Verlyn Hall, Louisville; three stepsons reared as her own, Willie (Michelle) Richardson and Alonzo Richardson, all of Wadley, and Calvin Richardson of Brunswick; stepdaughter, Inell Richardson, Wadley; four sisters, Winifred (Joe) Herrington, Sandra (Dart) Avis and Queen Johnson, all of Brunswick, and Doris (Willie) Trice of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Maurice Gamble Jr., Terrence Hall, Travis Hall, Austin Hill, Antonio Holmes, Sylvester Hooks, Tiara Jones, Timothy Sherrod and Jartavious Williams.

Hudson Mortuary 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.

Mrs. Lampkin was a native of Wrens, a member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Usher Board and Mother of the Church, and she was an Eastern Star.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Oscar Wells officiating. Burial was in Second Mt. Moriah Memorial Gardens, Harlem.

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

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert L. Lowry
Mr. Robert L. Lowry, 81, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at University Hospital.

A native of Louisville, he was born to the late Jimmy and Lizzie Lowry. Mr. Lowry was a member of Williams Memorial CME Church, where he was the former Lay Leader for five years. While serving in the Augusta-Sparta District of the Georgia North Region Sixth Episcopal District, he worked as District Lay Leader for three years and established Lay Councils throughout the districts. Additionally, he served as the Connectional Steward for the CME Church for eight years. Robert was elected the first black Commander of the 10th District for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as Commander for Post 3837 for several years.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 18, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Gilbert Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College, with Rev. Dr. Paul W. Gardner officiating. Interment was in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jimmy (Christine) Lowry Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Richard Joe (Willie Lee) Lowry, Louisville; sisters, Marie Archer, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Effie Hankins, New York City, N.Y.

Survivors include his wife, Hattie P. Lowry; children, Cheryl D. Lowry, Smyrna, Robert Lester (Judy) Lowry, Augusta, and Michele Lowry, Stone Mountain; one grandchild, Rashad, Augusta; sisters, Julia (James) Ross, Uniondale, N.Y., and Emma Sanders, Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Fred (Margie) Lowry, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., William (Juanita) Lowry, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Eugene (Gwen) Lowry, Augusta; one brother-in-law, Louis Hankins, New York City, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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


Mr. Cecil Steve May
Mr. Cecil Steve May, 55, of Thomson entered into rest on March 14, 2011.

Mr. May was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County, and was the son of the late Matthew William May and the late Catherine Reese May. He was retired from construction work and was a Baptist by faith.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2011, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating. Interment services followed in Westview Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Stephanie Inmon, Willard, Ohio, Jacqueline Powell, Augusta, Jamie Stewart, North Augusta, S.C., and Chris Stewart, Wrens; sister, Martha Perdue, Thomson; brothers, Roy Newsome, Thomson, and James May, Gibson; grandchildren, Dakota Howard and Jacob Trent; niece, Angie Stephens (William), Dearing; and great-nieces and -nephew, Erica Stephens, Cathy Stephens, Connor Stephens and Mandy Clark.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Laura Mae Hadden Stepp
Mrs. Laura Mae Hadden Stepp, 65, of Sparta entered into rest on Sunday, March 13, 2011.

Mrs. Stepp was a native and lifelong resident of Hancock County. She was the daughter of the late Robert Louis Hadden Sr. and Julia Cheely Hadden. Mrs. Stepp was a retired truck driver with Trucks, Inc. and was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Mineral Springs Baptist Church, with Rev. Bill Seaman and Rev. Burt Mauldin officiating. Interment followed in Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, R.L. Hadden Jr. and J.H. Hadden Sr.

Survivors include her son, Chad (Libby) Stepp of Appling; sister, Susie H. (David M.) McLean of Griffin; brother, Tom (Julia Ann) Hadden of Sparta; sister-in-law, Margaret Hadden of Mitchell; and grandchildren, Justin Hadden Stepp, Rayle Stepp and Matthew Stepp.

For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Mineral Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Jean A. Storey
Miss Jean A. Storey, 69, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at MCG.

Miss Storey was a native of Glascock County before moving to Augusta at a young age, then to Hephzibah in 1989. She was the former owner of Salon of Beauty.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 18, 2011, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home Lumpkin Road Chapel, with Pastor Marion Jay officiating. Interment was in Mitchell Baptist Church Cemetery, Mitchell.

She was preceded by her parents, Stanley and Reba Storey; and a brother, J.W. Storey.

Survivors include her brothers, Larry L. (Joyce) Storey Sr. of Augusta, and Rickey W. (Carol) Storey Sr. of Evans; sisters, Sylvia B. Prendergast of Martinez, and Angela M. (Arthur) Ash of Hephzibah; her companion, James C. McFall of Hephzibah; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Storey Jr., Rickey Storey Jr., Ryan Storey, Stevie Prendergast, Jason Zahner and Stanley Storey.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ruel Carl Thigpen
Mr. Ruel Carl Thigpen, 93, entered into rest on March 18, 2011 at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mr. Thigpen was born Jan. 4, 1918, in Glascock County. He was a WWII veteran.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park Chapel, with Chaplain Richard Thigpen and Pastor Tim Pendrey officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Edna Murphy Thigpen; his wife of 12 years, Nellie Kell Thigpen; father, Ruel. W. Thigpen; mother, Nellie Peebles Thigpen; sister, Inez Thigpen; and brother, James W. Thigpen.

Survivors include one son, William “Billy” (Jackie) Thigpen, Evans; two brothers, Thomas Thigpen, Martinez, and Earl Thigpen, Evans; one sister, Evelyn Sheppard, Avera; two grandchildren, Mark C. Thigpen, Greer, S.C., Michelle (Fred) Rose, Martinez; two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Brandon Rose.

Pallbearers were Dennis Thigpen, Gary Thigpen, Gary Thigpen Jr., Michael Thigpen, Chris Thigpen, Donald Sheppard and Kenneth Sheppard.

Honorary pallbearer was his nephew, the late Thomas R. Thigpen.

Family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations to be made to The Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, 1101 15th St., Augusta, GA 30901.

Thomas L. King Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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