Obituaries
May 26, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Sarah Frances Brantley
Mrs. Sarah Frances Brantley of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

Mrs. Brantley was born on Aug. 4, 1951, to the parentage of the late John Henry and Lula Bell Holloway Cunningham in Jefferson County. She received her education in the Jefferson County School System. She was employed as a CNA for 32 years at Old Capitol Inn Nursing Home. Mrs. Brantley was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church and served as a missionary and many other capacities. On April 2, 1976, she was united in marriage to Roger Brantley Sr.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Charles Washington officiating and Rev. Charles Holloway presiding.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Brantley Sr.; children, Charles Cunningham (Yolanda) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Katrina Brantley-Jackson (Eric) of Covington, Melissa Brantley of Augusta, and Roger Brantley Jr. of Louisville; stepchildren, Bruce Grant (Mozella) of Louisville, Reginald Davis (Skeeter) of Clarksville, Tenn., and Patrick Gibbons of Atlanta; six grandchildren, Darwayne Smith, Demetria Cunningham, Darin Davis, Demetrius Cunningham, Damien Cunningham, Shavondrea Grant and Zeriana Brantley; great-grandchildren, Nadia Cunningham and Dylan Davis; sisters, Sadie Cunningham (Reggie) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; brothers, John Cunningham Jr. (Marilyn) of Port St. Lucie, Fla., George Cunningham (Inell) of Louisville, Willie Morris Cunningham (Sandra) of Lauderhill, Fla., Terry Cunningham (Vanessa) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; aunts, Gertrude Nelson, Fannie Mae Hudson, Dora Dogan, Cora Hilton, Mozell Dogan and Marie Morris; sisters-in-law, Jessie Sheard (Nathaniel) and Barbara Leacock (Dan) of Queens, N.Y., Betty Gibbons (Walter) of White Plains, N.Y., Eloise Binginham of Detroit, Mich., Alberta Heggs of Augusta, and Martha Brantley of Louisville; brothers-in-law, George Brantley (Catherine) of Jacksonville, Fla., Wiggin Gibbons of Brunswick, Joseph Brantley of Louisville, and Billy Brantley of White Plains, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Holloway, Eddie Dixon, Cedric Thompson, Bruce Batts, Joseph Brantley, Charles Dixon and Arthur Whitfield.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Woodlawn Baptist Church and Gordon Grove Baptist Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Francis Ertter Jr.
Mr. John Francis Ertter Jr., 49, of East Dublin entered into rest on Saturday, May 21, 2011, from injuries received in a motorcycle accident near Davisboro.

Memorial services will be held at the Steel Horseman Motorcycle Club, 2227 Plantation Rd., Augusta, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2011.

Mr. Ertter was a short-haul truck driver in Sandersville. He maintained his own truck and had worked in Augusta repairing medical equipment. He was a member of the Steel Horseman Motorcycle Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley Ann Heverling Ertter and John Francis Ertter Sr.

Survivors include one daughter, Miranda Sims; brother, Steven Ertter; sister, Tina Rupp; four nieces; three nephews; club brothers; and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, John would want memorial contributions for the care and well being of his daughter made to Miranda Sims, c/o Redd and Donna Landrum, 523 Tomohawk Trail, East Dubin, GA 31027.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Martha “Nenaw” McNeely Taylor Garrett
Mrs. Martha “Nenaw” McNeely Taylor Garrett, 95, of Davisboro entered into rest on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Garrett was born in Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Lewis Neal McNeely and the late Frances Blanchard McNeely. She was a homemaker and also a beautician. Mrs. Garrett was a member of Davisboro Baptist Church for more than 65 years. She served her church as a former beginners Sunday school teacher, Bible school volunteer and a member of the church Women’s Missionary Union.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Davisboro Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Glover officiating. Burial was in the Davisboro City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, T. Raborn Taylor Sr. and L.A. Garrett.

Survivors include her children, Rosemary T. Smith (Larry) of Sandersville, Betty T. Sopp (Bill) of Milledgeville, Ray Taylor (Connie) and Jane T. Randall (Paul), all of Davisboro; grandchildren, Clark Moye (Denise) of Eatonton, Tiffany M. Prince (Jason) of Sandersville, Beth Griffith (Powell) of Eatonton, Jeffery Smith (Kelli) of Sandersville, Jimmy Prance (Robin) of Houschton, Steven Prance (Rebecca) of Eatonton, Brian Sopp (Nicole) of Newnan, Raborn Taylor III of Buckhead, Jason Dye (Kelli) of Harrison, Josh Dye (Brittany) of Marshalltown, Iowa, Taylor Withrow of Dublin, Blake Withrow of Harrison, Jeremy Withrow (Jessica) of Tennille, Jennifer Cullens (J.J.) of Macon, Sarah Doredant of Macon, and Josh Randall (Fernie) of Miami, Fla.; 22 great-grandchildren; and sister, Lula M. Sapp of Statesboro.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Michael McNeely, Neil Sapp, Steve Sapp, Gary Dixon, Bobby Williams, Buddy Mosley, Randy Mosley and Tommy Dukes.

Donations may be made to the Davisboro Baptist Church, P.O. Box 70, Davisboro, GA 31018.

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


Mr. Archie Louis Hinton
Mr. Archie Louis Hinton, 75, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Heritage of Old Capital Nursing Home.

A native Gibson, Mr. Hinton, was a son of the late Archie and Ruby Daniel Hinton. He was a heavy equipment operator and of Baptist faith.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, in the Louisville City Cemetery, with Rev. Hardy Owens officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vivian “Pauline” Cawley Hinton.

Survivors include a sister, Joan Morris of Augusta; and several nieces and nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Jesse Lauretta Malcom
Miss Jesse Lauretta Malcom, 92, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, May 16, 2011, in Heritage of Old Capital Nursing Home.

A native of Bogart, Miss Malcom was a daughter of the late George Washington Malcom and Florrie Autry Malcom. She was of Baptist faith.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2011, in the Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Marshall M. Malcom; a sister, Margaret DeFeo.

Survivors include a sister, Sue Hardigree of Statham; several nieces and nephews; and her friends at Heritage of Old Capital Nursing Home in Louisville.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Taylor Funeral Home, 401 West 8th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Henry Lee Oatman
Mr. Henry Lee Oatman of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Thomson Springhill AME Church and Cemetery, Matthews.

Mr. Oatman was born on March 27, 1944, to the parentage of the late Mitchell Oatman and Annie Bell Williams Oatman. In 1995, Mr. Oatman was united in holy matrimony to Lucille Warthen Oatman. Mr. Oatman lived in New York most of his life, he later returned to Jefferson County. He was a member of Thomson Springhill AME Church, Matthews, and was employed by Atwell Pecan for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Sons of Allen.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Warthen Oatman of Wrens; stepchildren, Bernice (Ricky) Tukes of Stapleton, Harvest (Kathy) Brown of Augusta, Ruby (Toney) Jenkins of Thomson, Charlie Brown of Louisville, Thomas Brown of Thomson; 14 step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Mae S. Dixon of Thomson; sisters and brothers, McKenzie (Carol) Oatman, of North Carolina, Marie Oatman of Augusta, Amos Oatman, John Oatman and Leonard Oatman, all of Queen Village, N.Y.; aunt and uncle, Bertha Oatman and Leonard Oatman, both of Augusta; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jessie (Ned) Jordan of Harrison, Luvenia (Trunell) Johnson of Hinesville, Mary Warthen of Louisville, Naplean Warthen of Wrens, Betty (Alex) Swint of Sandersville, Louise Swint of Sandersville, Pearley White, Mable White, Betty Jean White and Levi White, all of Jacksonville, Fla., Dean Salter of Louisville, Sylvester Neal of Sandersville, and Richard Lee White of Milledgeville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Edith Eugenia Smith Sikes
Mrs. Edith Eugenia Smith Sikes, 81, of Midville entered into rest on Friday, May 20, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Sikes, born in Wadley, was a member of the Midville Baptist Church, a part-time librarian in Midville and a homemaker. She wrote a column for The Burke County True Citizen and also published a book of poems.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Burke Memorial Gardens, Waynesboro, with Rev. Terry Quick officiating.

Survivors include a daughter, Vickie Sikes of Midville.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Naomi Lucile Gibbons Tolbert
Mrs. Naomi Lucile Gibbons Tolbert, 84, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Tolbert was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late James and Rachel Gibbons. She was a 1942 graduate of Wrens Junior High School and earned an associate degree from Fort Valley College. Mrs. Tolbert was a member of Ways Grove Baptist Church, and a member of the Rising Star Chapter No. 31 Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include her stepson, John Henry Broomfield; step-grandchildren, Rick Cuyler of Louisville, Annie Jean (Michael) Bell of Atlanta, Eva Jean Cuyler of Texas and Eugene Washington of California; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Willie (Patricia) Tarver, Betty Brown and Gloria Heggs, all of Louisville, Mary Hicks of Wadley, Arthur Tarver, Addie McCray and Heniretta Sage, all of Florida; great-grandchildren, Grace Williams, James Broomfield and Bobby Broomfield, all of Louisville, Ella Broomfield of Florida, Lacey (Mildred) Walker of Newark, N.J., Louise (Phillip) Harris of Atlanta, John (Liz) Walker of Savannah, Minnie (Ron) Gottie, Henry (Mamie) Jordan Jr. and Christopher Jordan, all of Waycross, Calvin (Flo) Jordan and James Jordan, all of Atlanta; godchildren, Willie Ramsey, Joann Tarver, Ricky Wells, Dorothy Wilson, Carolyn Kittles, LaToya Williams, Trakeila Williams, Keyon Wilson, Ja’Quavious Williams, Christopher Williams, Mitchell Nobles Jr. and Emerald Moore; and a host of cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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