Obituaries
May 12, 2011 Issue

Mr. Joe Gamble
Mr. Joe Gamble of Jacksonville, Fla., entered into rest on Thursday, April 21, 2011.

Mr. Gamble was born on May 1, 1937, in Bartow to Arthur and Alice Gamble. He attended school in Jefferson County. He was married to Ruth Washington on Nov. 17, 1984. Mr. Gamble was a foreman with the city of Jacksonville Waster Water Management, where he retired after 32 years of service.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at West Jacksonville Church of God in Christ, Jacksonville, Fla., with Pastor Dr. Gary L. Hall Sr., Elder Timothy Roberts officiating and Elder Anthony Jackson presiding.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Alice Gamble; brother, Arthur Gamble; sister, Missouri Nelson; and stepson, Lavall Brown.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Ruth Gamble; three sisters, Louise Jackson (Robert), Hattie Wiggins and Leola Gamble; children, Victoria Foster (Gerald), Terry Gamble (Wylene), Kenneth Gamble (Freda); stepchildren, Josephine Washington, Lorenzo Brown (Deborah), Jenine Jackson (Karl), Jenell Roberts (Timothy); 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Dennis Gamble, Shawn Harvey, Ezekiel Jackson, Terrance Nelson and Sheldon Samuel.

A.B. Coleman Mortuary, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. St. John Irby
Mr. St. John Irby of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Melissa Irby; two sons, Javiohn Irby of Fort Sills, Okla., and Ja’Tarious Irby of Wrens; and eight sisters, Annette Huntley, Helen Irby, Sharon Irby, Carrie Brown, Shirley (James) Thomas, Betty (James) Felder, all of Wrens, Lula (James) Gardener, Atlanta, Mary (Shelton) Randolph, Douglasville; five brothers, Robert Irby Brown, Willie (Sherri) Brown, Wrens, James Irby Brown, Augusta, Thomas Brown, St. Petersburg, Fla., Donnie (Connie) Brown, Louisville; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annie “Ann” Peeples Mauney
Mrs. Annie “Ann” Peeples Mauney, 86, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital.

Born to the late Sara Johnson Peeples and the late Henry Peeples, Mrs. Mauney was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. She was a member of Wrens United Methodist Church and the McCollem Sunday School Class. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and granddaughter, Lisa Mauney.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Charles Fred Mauney; three children, Bobby Mauney of Jefferson, Mickey Mauney of Wrens, and Joanie M. Williford (Dwight) of North Augusta, S.C.; four grandchildren, Michelle Kitchens (Jimmy), Steve Mauney, April M. Standard and Doug Williford; four great-grandchildren, Michael Standard, Ashley Kitchens, Courtney Kitchens and Nolan Kitchens.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lucy B. McCorkle
Mrs. Lucy B. McCorkle, 89, of Thomson entered into rest on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. McCorkle was a native of Warren County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. She had attended Ebenezer Baptist Church. She was a retired secretary and bookkeeper for Dudley Nurseries.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2011, in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Dr. Leonard Dupree officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. McCorkle; grandson, Jason McCorkle; sister, Mary Crane; and three brothers, Reid Borders, James Dudley Borders and Paul Borders.

Survivors include two sons, Sammy (Gayle) McCorkle and Paul (Bonnie) McCorkle, all of Thomson; sister, Ethel Harris, Washington; two brothers, Jack Borders, Louisville, and John Borders, Warrenton; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Janice Jean Robinson
Ms. Janice Jean Robinson, 59, of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Wrens, entered into rest on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Pastor Rev. Dr. W.L. Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three sisters, Fay and Betty Robinson, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Mary (C.W.) Robinson of Wrens; four brothers, Willis and Fred Robinson Jr., both of Wrens, Herman (Jennette) Robinson of Decatur, and Willie Lee (Annette) Samuel of Columbus; two cousins, Mattie Bell Kemp of Philadelphia, Pa., and Annette White of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 26 nieces and nephews; 35 great-nieces and –nephews; eight great-great-nieces and –nephews; and a host of cousins and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Vera Mae Usry
Mrs. Vera Mae Usry, 83, entered into rest on Monday, May 2, 2011, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011, in Thomson Church of God, with Rev. Bobby Farmer officiating. Burial was in the Gibson Church of God Cemetery, Gibson.

Mrs. Usry was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Thomson Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Alvin Usry.

Survivors include her three daughters, Martha (Billy) Gay, Thomson, Dorothy Usry, Bath S.C., and Joanne Owens, Fort Worth, Texas; sister, Barbara Holmes, Hurst, Texas; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Randy Walden, Ricky Walden, Jerry Kitchens, Eric Campbell and Chris Kitchens. Friends may call at the Curtis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday night at the funeral home. You may sign the online guestbook at: www.curtisfuneralhome.com. Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Clouise Huff Willoughby
Mrs. Clouise Huff Willoughby, 91, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, May 8, 2011, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Willoughby was born to the late Lizzie Dupree Huff and the late Steve Huff and was the last surviving sibling out of 12. She was a member of Stapleton Baptist Church and retired with more than 20 years of service from Stapleton Garment Company.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Stapleton Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Eugene Willoughby.

Survivors include her children, James A. Willoughby (Shirley), Betty W. Purvis (Randy), Donnie E. Willoughby and Ronnie G. Willoughby; three grandchildren, Jimmy Willoughby, Chris Sheppard (Susan) and Anita Willoughby; two great-grandchildren, Daniel Sheppard and Alex Watkins; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Smith Dickson, Harold Howard, Jessie Huff, Larry Huff, Lansin Newsome and Johnny Thompson.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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