Obituaries
April 7, 2011 Issue

Mr. Michael James Cox
Mr. Michael James Cox, 57, of Sandersville entered into rest on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

Mr. Cox was born in Jefferson County, the son of the late Joe Franklin Cox Sr. and the late Rhuea Hardy Cox. He was an employee of Washington EMC, where he provided facilities maintenance. Mr. Cox was a Christian.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Sisters Baptist Church, with Rev. Danny Yates and Rev. Robert Dean officiating. Burial was in Washington County Memorial Garden.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Brooks Cox of Sandersville; sisters, Carol Cox Henderson (Bob), Bonnie Cox Smith (Ernest), Jane Cox Jones (Stan), all of Louisville, Pam Cox Pope (Dwight) of Augusta, and Ginger Cox Pratt (Win) of Louisville; brother, Joe Franklin Cox Jr. (Patsy) of Louisville; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and –nephews; and friends, Stacy B. Taylor and Sandy D. Smith both of Sandersville, and Sarah M. Handwerker of McIntyre.

Pallbearers were nephews, Phil Smith, Dwight Pope Jr., Sig Pope, Bobby Dollar Jr., Michael Dollar, Joe F. Cox III, Brint Jones, John Pratt, and Steven Brooks. Honorary pallbearers were employees of Washington EMC.

Donations may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Thelma Ree Sellars Cox
Mrs. Thelma Ree Sellars Cox, 80, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, April 1, 2011.

A native of Washington County, Mrs. Cox was a daughter of the late William Kincher “Bill” Sellars and Annie Dell West Sellars. She was a homemaker and member of The Shepherd’s Church in Appling.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011, at Louisville Church of God, with Rev. David Severance officiating. Burial followed in Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William L. Cox Sr.; and a son, Gary M. Cox.

Survivors include three sons, William L. (Betty) Cox Jr. of Augusta, John M. (Mott) Cox of Louisville, and Larry R. (Onnie) Cox of Waynesboro; sisters, Joann Smith of Fayetteville, and Jeanien Harris of Louisville; brothers, Richard Sellars and William “Billy” Sellars, both of Sandersville; grandchildren, Mary Blalock, Anna Baggs, Elizabeth Cox, Lawton Hickman, Rodney McGraw and Dawn Price; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Shepherd’s Church, P.O. Box 589, Appling, GA 30802.

Pallbearers were Jerry Fisk, Tim Smith, Dustin Harris, Rodney McGraw and Lester Smith.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Dr. James Royce Godfrey Sr.
Dr. James Royce Godfrey Sr., 76, of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, March 28, 2011, at Washington County Extended Care Facility, Sandersville.

Dr. Godfrey was born to the late Murial E. Killebrew Godfrey and the late Ralph Lonzo Godfrey in Eastman. He played basketball in high school. While serving his country in the Air Force in Oklahoma during the Korean War, he met his wife, Norma, whom he married after his tour of duty. He received his Doctorate of Ministry and served in Kentucky and Georgia with his longest service, for more than 16 years, being at Fort Creek Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Sandersville, with Rev. Lee Lacey and Dr. Bill Harrell officiating. Interment followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Sandersville.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Norma N. Godfrey; children, Debra G. Duggan (Billy), Joyce G. Hartley (Bill), James R. Godfrey Jr. (Sheila), and Allison G. Williams; nine grandchildren, Christal Duggan, Jon Duggan, Neal Hartley, Josh Hartley, Matt Hartley, Audra Hartley, Alex Godfrey, Kellie Brooke Huffman and Jamie Godfrey; three great-grandchildren, Will Hartley, Anna Kate Hartley and Connor Mimbs; and many cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Ben Huff, Kenneth Huff, Matt Huff, Bruce McGahee, Bobby Killebrew, Chuck Killebrew, Tim Killebrew and Steve Whatley.

To assist with expenses, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Bryant “Rex” Heggs
Funeral services for Mr. William Bryant “Rex” Heggs of Avera were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at New Hope AME Church, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Freddie Lee Jordan
Funeral services for Mrs. Freddie Lee Jordan, 95, of Wrens were held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, at 3 p.m., with Pastor Rev. Jimmy McCullough III officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include five children, Charlie Willie “C.W.” Jordan, Wilt Maw, Fla., Ceola (Arthur) Matthews, Pemberton, N.J., Betty Jean (Willie) McAffee, Calumet, Ill., Cylathia (Cleveland) Burley, Dover, Del., and Donna King, Wrens; grandson raised as her own, Gregory (Harriet) Page, Wrens; sister-in-law, Evelyn Burnett, Philadelphia, Pa.; 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


SFC (Ret) Jimmie Lee Jordan
Funeral services for SFC (Ret) Jimmie Lee Jordan, 76, of Philadelphia, Pa., formerly of Wrens, were held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, at 3 p.m. with Pastor Rev. Jimmy McCullough III officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one brother, Charlie Willie “C.W.” Jordan, Wilt Maw, Fla., Ceola (Arthur) Matthews, Pemberton, N.J., Betty Jean (Willie) McAffee, Calumet, Ill., Cylathia (Cleveland) Burley, Dover, Del., Donna King, Wrens; aunt, Evelyn Burnett, Philadelphia, Pa.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rosa Ella Haynes Jordan
Mrs. Rosa Ella Haynes Jordan of Dublin entered into rest on Sunday, March 27, 2011, in Dublin.

Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at House of God Church of God in Christ, Thomson, with Bishop Mark Walden officiating. Burial was in Harts Grove Cemetery, Stapleton.

Survivors include her husband, Elder Willie Jordan, Dublin; daughter, Faith (Brian) Willingham, Woodbridge, Va.; two sons, Willie Jonathan Paul and King David Jordan, Dublin; one grandchild, Lyla Rose Willingham, Woodbridge, Va.; five sisters, Mary Haynes Williams, Philadelphia, Pa., Lillian Haynes Jordan, Bronx, N.Y., and Naomi Nicholson, Olivia Haynes and Inez (Albert Jr.) Berry, all of Wrens; her siblings, Maude (John Henry) Lewis, Nellie (Doyle) Heath, Earnestine (Rev. Dr. David) Kemp and LaVelury (David) Powell, Wadley, Jerome Jordan, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Betty Sue Jordan and Edward Jordan, Wrens; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were T.J. Doyle, Bennie Jones, Corey Kemp, Wallace Little, Deacon Franklin Moye and DeMario Wright.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Vee Ann Lafavor
Funeral services for Mrs. Vee Ann Lafavor of Louisville were held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Canaan Galilee Baptist Church, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Doris Cooper Morgan
Mrs. Doris Cooper Morgan, 87, of Louisville, entered into rest on April 3, 2011.

Mrs. Morgan was a native of Bartow, having made Louisville her home. She was a member of Old Bethel Baptist Church and the Women’s Missionary Union. Mrs. Morgan was a retired secretary with Hardeman Feed and Seed Company.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at noon at Old Bethel Baptist Church, with Rev. Randy Mimbs officiating. Interment was in Parkers Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Sheila (John) Wood, Huntersville, N.C.; four grandchildren, Michael Poloney, Stephanie Poloney, Michelle Poloney and Caitlin Wood; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry Morgan, Reggie Morgan, Kenneth Watkins, Mickey Jones, Raymond Clark and Max Walden.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Old Bethel Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Old Bethel Baptist Church, 1275 Old Bethel Church Road, Bartow, GA 30413.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William E. “Bill” Smith Sr.
Mr. William E. “Bill” Smith, Sr., 75, of North Augusta, SC, husband of the late Mrs. Sara Jean Smith, entered into rest on Monday, March 28th, 2011.

Born in Glascock County, GA, he was a son of the late Lucky D. and Ernestine Swint Smith. He was a resident of Aiken County, SC, for most of his life. He retired from Overnite Transportation Company where he was a dispatcher after 30 years of service. He attended Chime Bell Baptist Church and was a member of the NRA and the Fish-N-Ski Boating Club. He enjoyed repairing small motors and found great peace and serenity while riding his tractor in the country.

In addition to his wife and parents, family members include his children, Toni Fennell (Charles), Augusta, GA, William E. “Billy” Smith (Sherry), North Augusta, SC, Terri Lyons (Michael), North Augusta, SC and Tina Kuhn (Larry), North Augusta, SC; brothers, Ralph Smith (Glenda), Martinez, GA and Ronnie Smith, Mitchell, GA; grandchildren, Traci Herndon, Kayla Smith, Katie Smith, Rachael Lyons, Nicholas Lyons, Justin Lyons, Tiffany (Raymond) Stroud, Jeremy Williams and Sarah Kuhn and great-grandchildren, Blake Herndon, Tia Sapp, Kearra Lyons and Taliea Sattlewhite.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011, at 10:30 AM in the Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gary Fleetwood and Pastor Dennis Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery in Gibson, GA. Pallbearers will be Nicholas Lyons, Justin Lyons, Jeremy Williams, Blake Herndon, Robert Workman and Raymond Stroud.

The family has asked that memorials be made to Thomas Personal Care Home, 3405 Richmond Hill Rd., Augusta, GA 30906.

The family will greet friends on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011, from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.

Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Langley is assisting the Smith family with arrangements.

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