Obituaries
June 2, 2011 Issue

Elizabeth W. Adams
Mrs. Elizabeth W. Adams, 89, of Bartow entered into rest on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Heritage of Old Capital Nursing Home.

A native of Enfield, Ill., Mrs. Adams was a daughter of the late Henry Edward James and Winona Palmiter James. She was the second youngest of 13 children, a retired nurse, and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Old Bethel Baptist Church, Bartow, with Rev. Randy Mimbs officiating. Interment was held 3 p.m. at Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Collins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest Adams; and eight brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include sons, Jon W. (Lorrie) Cossins of Wright, Wyo., and Dennis J. (Sophia) Cossins of Casa Grande, Ariz.; daughters, Shirley M. (Clyde) King of Ruskin, Fla., and Paula S. (Carl) Weaver of Bartow; sister, Mabel Williams of Cottage Hill, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Ronert Huff, Max Walden, Jack Holland, David Helton, Raymond Headley, Ryan Headley and Alan Wasden.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Alice Gibbons Banner
Mrs. Alice Gibbons Banner of Bronx, N.Y., entered into rest on Monday, May 23, 2011 at Jewish Home and Hospital, Bronx, N.Y.

Mrs. Banner was born in Bartow, to the late Hattie Mae and Furmen Gibbons. She attended and graduated from Jefferson County Training School in 1954. She was certified in nursing care. Mrs. Banner was a member of Greater Central Baptist Church, New York, N.Y., and later became a member of Lowly Nazarene Baptist Church, Bronx, N.Y. She became a member of the LNBC Prayer Band Ministry and a Deaconess. She retired in 1996 after working for Saint Vincent Hospital, New York, N.Y., as a certified grade three nursing assistant. She received recognition and a number of awards for her 30 years of nursing service.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Pierce Grove Baptist Church, Louisville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of more than 40 years, Wade Banner; daughter, Veronica Jones; son, Wade Aswan Banner; daughter-in-law, Lori Ann Stout Banner; three grandchildren, Wade Aswan Banner II (Jessica), Kaletta Shavon Banner and Brandon Karahn Banner; three great-grandchildren, Amir Banner, Wade Aswan Banner III and Kayla Madison Banner; sister, Bernice King; brother, Joe Lewis Gibbons; uncle, Anthony Hall (Annie B); aunt, Maggie Knowles; two brothers-in-law, Floyd Banner and John Davis; four sisters-in-law, Estelle Gibbons, Lorraine Thompson, Catherine Davis and Josephine Banner; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Johnnie Mae McTier Brooks
Mrs. Johnnie Mae McTier Brooks of Augusta entered into rest on May 19, 2011, at Trinity Hospital.

Mrs. Brooks was born in Jefferson County. She was a retired kindergarten teacher. She was a member of Lumpkin Road Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school for many years, a member of the homemakers club and was in the Ambassador Sunday School class.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Lumpkin Road Baptist Church, with Pastor Don Stone and Pastor Brad Newsome officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Shannon Brooks.

Survivors include her daughter, Cathie (Joe) Newsome, Evans; son, Dennis (Karen) Brooks, Grovetown; sisters, Evie (Cecil) Brooks and Opal (Jim) Smith; grandchildren, Shannon (Shannon) Rubun, Brad (Stephanie) Newsome and Ashley Brooks; great-grandchildren, Justin, Lauren and Aaron Rabun, Emily, Erica, Ethan, Ella and Eli Newsome.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Ambassador Sunday School class of Lumpkin Road Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimerís Care, 1901 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904, or www.judchickeycenter.org.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Gloria H. Carter
Mrs. Gloria H. Carter, 81, of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, May 27, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Carter was a native of Wadley. She was the 1946 valedictorian graduate of Wadley High School and a 1950 graduate of Georgia College with a degree in business administration. She later earned her masterís degree in education as a media specialist from Georgia Southern University. She was a lifelong member of Wadley Baptist Church and a faithful member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class. She served as a Sunday School teacher for several years, was an active member of the WMU, and served as church pianist for many years. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She also went on several mission trips with the Georgia Baptist Builders, the Hephzibah Baptist Association and Habitat for Humanity, including a week of mission work in Panama. For several years she served as media specialist at Carver Elementary School and was an active member of the PTA and other school and youth activities. For many years she also organized and led music services and activities at the Glendale Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 30, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Wadley Baptist Church, with Rev. Tom Harrison, Rev. Rusty Manning and Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in Wadley Baptist Cemetery, Wadley.

Survivors include her husband, O.W. Carter; two sons, Dr. Glenn Carter (Becky) of Hinesville, and Gary Carter (Barbara) of DeLand, Fla.; one daughter, Carol Justice (Graham) of Wadley; and four grandchildren, Robert and Rebecca Carter, and Sydney and John Carter.

Pallbearers were Dr. Dudley Gunn, David Gunn, Paul Ledger, Benjie Leaptrott, Bobby Weeks, Charles Smith, Bobby Brett and Lintorn Brett.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Dorcas Sunday School Class and Deacons of Wadley Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions be made to Wadley Baptist Church Building Fund, Gideonís International or Habitat for Humanity.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Daisy L Hodges
Mrs. Daisy L Hodges of Tampa, Fla., entered into rest on May 24, 2011, in Tampa, Fla.

Mrs. Hodges was a native of Jefferson County, Louisville, where she attended Jefferson County schools. After graduation she attended St. Leo College. Mrs. Hodges relocated to Tampa, Fla., where she joined First Baptist Church of College Hill. Mrs. Hodges was retired from Honeywell/Group Technology aster 23 years of service. She was an Eastern Star.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 28, 2011, at noon at First Baptist Church of College Hill, Tampa, Fla. Interment was in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Aubrey Hodges; children, Juanita Durden of Louisville, Shandora (Gilbert) Hudson, Maureen (Frank) Slew, Barion (Charlotte) Grant and John Hudson of Tampa, Fla.; 39 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

Announcement courtesy of Davis Funeral Home.


Lewis Junior Kitchens Jr.
Mr. Lewis Junior Kitchens Jr., 79, of Gibson entered into rest on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Mr. Kitchens was a native and lifelong resident of Glascock County. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, worked for S.A. Blanchard/Sheppard Funeral Home for 35 years and was a supervisor for the Glascock County Road and Maintainance Department. He was a Georgia Certified EMT (No. 235) and worked for the Sheppard/Glascock County EMS for many years. Mr. Kitchens was a Christian and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, where he served as Trustee for 35 years. He attended Fellowship Baptist Church in Gibson and Jordan Chapel Church of God in Edgehill.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2011, at Fellowship Baptist Church, Gibson, with Rev. Tommy Harwell and Rev. David O. Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Johnnie Sheppard Kitchens; parents, Lewis Sr. and Tossie Marsh Kitchens; three brothers, B.C. Kitchens, Ralph Kitchens and S.M. Kitchens; and one sister, Mary Sally Black.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Wells Usry Kitchens; one son, Kim (Diane) Kitchens; daughter, Lisa (Gary) Usry; two stepsons, Darrell (Kathy) Usry and Timmy (Linda) Usry all of Gibson; 10 grandchildren, Kemberly (Travis) Whitaker, Kip (Holly) Kitchens, Slayton Kitchens, Caleb Kitchens, Autumn (Matt) Milburn, Austin Usry, Russ (Samantha) Usry, Kacey (Jason) Williford, Stacey Usry, and Jason Usry; five great-grandchildren, Miranda Kitchens, Natilie Kitchens, Jaleigh Williford, Jayden Usry and Jaxon Usry; one brother, Virgie Kitchens; and one sister, Louise Marsh, both of Gibson; and pet, Precious.

Pallbearers were Dean Kitchens, Billy Wasden, Gregg Kelley, Scott Swint, Dwayne Lyons, Travis Whitaker, Thomas Downs and Frank Newsome.

Memorials may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, in care of Elsie Milburn, 712 Calhoun St., Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Brenda Brown Moffett
Mrs. Brenda Brown Moffett of Hephzibah entered into rest on May 21, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Greater Young Zion Baptist Church, Augusta.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Irene Priest Walden Porro
Mrs. Irene Priest Walden Porro of Augusta entered into rest on May 21, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Porro was born in Doerun, on Dec. 14, 1915. She graduated from Berry College in 1940 and received her masterís degree in education at Augusta College in 1974. She was a devoted teacher and began her career as a high school English teacher in Gibson in 1941. After moving to Augusta, she taught at Bayvale Elementary, Murphy Junior High School and Butler High School, until her retirement in 1977. She was an active member of Hill Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years, as well as holding classes in remedial reading and teaching adult non-readers. She served as a leader and/or member of several missionary groups, and authored the history of the Womenís Missionary Union. Moving to Brandon Wilde in 1990, she served on the Resident Council from 1990-1993, and as chairman for two of those years. She taught bridge and line dancing at Brandon Wilde.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Hill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Allen Walden; her husbands, Vince Walden and Manuel Porro.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Lee Walden and Martha Walden Whitten; one stepdaughter, Lydia Porro Milham; two stepsons, Manual F. Porro and Carlos R. Porro; four grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 29 step-great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to Trinity Hospital of Augusta, Hospice and Palliative Care, 2260 Wrightsboro Rd, Augusta, GA.


Billy L. Rabun
Mr. Billy L. Rabun, 84, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Rabun was a native of Warren County, and was a lifelong resident of Stapleton. He was a retired business man, and had owned his own logging operation.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating. Burial was in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Rabun, Stapleton; daughter, Linda Dixon, Stapleton; two sons, Roy Rabun and Danny Rabun, both of Thomson; two sisters, Mary Garrison, Jacksonville, Fla., and Betty Gersen, Washington; brother, E.T. Junior Rabun, Stapleton; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Glenda Upton
Funeral services for Miss Glenda Upton, 60, of Wrens were held on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church, Gibson, with Pastor Carlos Newton Sr. officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Willie Albert Thomas
Willie Albert Thomas of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, after an accident.

Mr. Thomas was a native of Jefferson County, where he attended Jefferson County schools. He was a member of St. Matthews AME Church. Mr. Thomas worked more than 20 years for Thomas Brothers and was presently employed with Cobb and Cobb Farms for more than seven years.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at 1 p.m. at St. Matthews AME Church, Louisville. Burial was in Spring Bethel Benevolent Society.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Burton Thomas of Wadley; father, Dessie Thomas Sr. of Louisville; children, Terrance Thomas of Augusta, Albert (Marquetta) Thomas Jr. of Mesa, Ariz., Jeremy M. Thomas, Etweice Thomas, Kantrell Thomas and Stephanie Boatwright (Travis), all of Wadley, Travoskie Thomas and Rodney Thomas, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; stepchildren, Kewanna Carr of Augusta, and Kowalski Lowery of Atlanta; sisters, Hattie Kittles and Lulla Gamble, both of Louisville, Dessie Mae Williams of Bartow, and Bobbie (Randy) Whitfield of Waynesboro; brothers, Raymond (Brenda) Thomas of Louisville, Perry (Jackie) Thomas of Stapleton, and Ralph Thomas; mother-in-law, Nancy Thompson of Louisville; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Joyce Smith Washington
Mrs. Joyce Smith Washington, 72, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, May 27, 2011, at Vista Healthcare in Stockbridge.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. at St. Matthews AME Church. Burial was at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton.

Mrs. Washington was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Leroy Smith and Carrie Lue Clark Smith. She attended Jefferson County School System and was a member of the St. Matthews AME Church, where she served on the usher board and was secretary of the church for more than 10 years. She was employed as an assembly worker at Thermo King for 27 years before her retirement.

Survivors include Paul (Edith) Washington, Charlene (Charlie) Hilton, Sheryl (Clinton) Jackson, all of Louisville, William (Bobbie Ann) Washington of Hephzibah, Dwayne (Andean) Washington of Gough, and Sheniquez (Cornelius) Reynolds of Conyers; a nephew she considered a brother, Gregory (Johnnie Mae) Whitfield of Louisville; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 1064 Handy Street, Louisville, or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Barbara Ann Rivers Williams
Mrs. Barbara Ann Rivers Williams, 67, of Stapleton entered into rest on Saturday, May 28, 2011.

Born to the late Corene Hadden Rivers and the late James Rivers, she was a lifelong resident of Glascock County. She was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church. Her career included many years in local farm supply and produce retail.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 30, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. John A. Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Emmett Williams Jr.

Survivors include her two children, Judy Williams Tankersley (Purvis King) and Charles Lamar Williams (Tonya); two brothers, Jimmy Rivers (Martha Ann) and Elbert Rivers (Nancy); seven grandchildren, Jordan, James and Jenna Tankersley, and Emily, Jackson, Hannah and Claire Williams; and nieces, nephews and many friends.

Pallbearers were Keith Hadden, Mike Peebles, Terry Redfern, Jim Rivers, Mark Rivers and David Tankersley.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reedy Creek Building Fund, 1128 Reedy Creek Church Rd, Stapleton, GA 30823.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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