Obituaries
June 16, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Carolyn Lewis Hodges
Mrs. Carolyn Lewis Hodges, 85, of Clarkesville entered into rest on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her family following a battle with cancer.

A family service will be on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Mitchell, with her grandson, Thomas L. Hodges IV officiating. Interment will follow in the Mitchell City Cemetery.

Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Jan. 1, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Dr. George Truman Lewis and Dorothy Wright Lewis. Mrs. Hodges moved to Georgia at the age of two and graduated from the Decatur Girls High School in 1942. She went on to also graduate with a bachelor of science degree from Emory University School of Nursing in 1947, and taught in the Nursing Arts program at the school for one year. She married Dr. Thomas L. Hodges Jr. in 1944 and moved to Habersham County in 1958. She was actively involved for many years in her community, serving with numerous organizations including the Clarkesville City Council, the Clarkesville Library Board, Habitat for Humanity, Sharing and Caring Place, and also participated in mission trips with the United Methodist Mission Team to Kentucky, North Carolina, South Georgia and Western Florida. Mrs. Hodges was a member of the Kite Stribling Circle of the United Methodist Church in which she was honored for serving more than 50 years and was a member of the Clarkesville United Methodist Church.

A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Clarkesville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jan Severeaux, Rev. Phil DeMore and Rev. Rick Price officiating.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Dr. Thomas L. Hodges Jr., Clarkesville; daughters, Carol (Alan) Horne, Monroe, Nancy (Chip) Johnson, Hollywood; sons, Thomas L. Hodges III (Beth), Elberton, Richard W. Hodges (Reann Dukes), Sonoma, Calif., Phillip S. Hodges (Cathy), Johns Creek, David L. Hodges (Carol Underwood), Cornelia; sister, Betty D’Amico, Miami, Fla.; brother, Ed (Jo) Lewis, Jacksonville, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous neices, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all memorial donations be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Mitchell, P.O. Box 32, Mitchell, GA 30820, Sharing and Caring Place, P.O. Box 194, Clarkesville, GA 30523; Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Georgia, P.O. Box 982, Clarkesville, GA 30523; or to The United Methodist Children’s Home, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030-9982.

Whitfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Henry Jones
Mr. William Henry Jones, 65, of Thomson entered into rest on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Jones was a native of Wilkes County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. He was a retired carpenter and an Army veteran.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2011, at Westview Cemetery, with Rev. Randy Martin officiating.

Survivors include his two daughters, Angela (Mitch) Garbutt, Stapleton, and Jennifer Jones, Oregon; son, Walter Joseph Jones, Oregon; sister, Mary J. Lucik, Louisiana; brother, Walter (Dorothy) Jones, Florida; and three grandchildren.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Master Montravious Lakel “Cat Daddy” Jordan
Master Montravious Lakel “Cat Daddy” Jordan, 10, of Tennille entered into rest on Friday, June 10, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Georgia Grove Baptist Church, Tennille.

Master Jordan was a native of Washington County, a student at Ridge Road Elementary School and a member of the George Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his parents, Toney and Felicia Kitchens Jordan of Tennille; brother, Deaundre Kitchens of Davisboro; maternal grandparents, Larry and Janice Kitchens Yorker of Davisboro, and James Carter of Louisville; paternal grandparents, Ella Ree Jones of Tennille, and Nathaniel Stafford of Hollywood, Fla.; maternal great-grandmother, Lue Carter of Louisville; paternal great-grandmothers, Doretha Bell of Tennille, and Ruby Taylor of Sandersville; 11 aunts and uncles; 14 great-aunts and –uncles; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence 2337 Boatwright Road, Tennille, or at Davis Funeral Home, Wrightsville, on Thursday, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mary Ellen Kent
Miss Mary Ellen Kent, 80, of Gibson entered into rest on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Miss Kent a native of Glascock County. She was the daughter of the late Obadiah L. and Emma Newsome Kent. She was a resident of Watson Manor in Thomson before becoming a resident of Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center seven years ago. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Bethel Baptist Church, Thomson, with Rev. Tim Ferrell officiating. Burial followed in the Sallie Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Kent; niece, Patricia Miller; nephew, David Kent, all of Grovetown; and a great-niece, Lynn Kent of Gibson.

Pallbearers were Donnie Hadden, Scott Usry, Jonathan Hadden, Edward Gay, Robbie Dixon and Mike Gurley.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eva Mae Moore
Mrs. Eva Mae Moore of Keysville entered into rest on Monday, June 6, 2011, at MCG Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 11, 2011, 3:30 p.m. at Antioch Rock Creek Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Willie Mincey officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Phinazee and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Susan Peel Dunn Muggie
Mrs. Mary Susan Peel Dunn Muggie, 93, of Vidette entered into rest on Sunday, June 12, 2011.

Celebration of life services were held at Gough Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, with Rev. Wes Lawson officiating and Rev. F.L. Holloway assisting. Interment followed at Rose Dhu Cemetery in Vidette.

She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Roland Dunn; parents, Mongin Leroy Peel and Nena Their Daniel Peel; and her nine siblings.

Survivors include her daughter, Jacqueline D. Glisson (J.L.); four grandchildren, Rolene G. Rowell, Cheryl G. Sears (Mickey), J. Elaine McWhorter (Bill), and Jay Glisson (Lori); six great-grandchildren, Dustin Rowell, Chris Stewart, Ray McClellan (Ashlie), Tina Hadley (Matthew), Jaylon Glisson and Anslie Glisson, all of Waynesboro; three great-great-grandchildren, Addison and Tucker McClellan, and Avery Hadley; several nieces and nephews; and friend, Sybil Doan.

Pallbearers were Dustin Rowell, Chris Stewart, Ray McClellan, Dean Johnson, Steve Bailey and Mack Bailey.

Honorary pallbearers were Frank Agerton, Calvin Raley, Jesse Bailey, John S. Thomas Jr., Buddy Wren, Russell Flakes, Kay Kirkland, Don Quick, Neil Quick, Chris Mobley and Allen Hess.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rose Dhu Cemetery Fund c/o Rosemary Baughman, 7166 Hwy. 24 W., Louisville, GA 30434; Vidette Community, or Rosemont Heights Baptist Church Vision Fund, 710 Stone Ave., Waynesboro, GA 30830.

DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Hill Padgett
Mr. Hill Padgett, 69, of Warrenton entered into rest on June 7, 2011, at the VA Medical Center.

Mr. Padgett, son of the late William Lee Padgett and the late Irene Elizabeth Padgett, was born in Baldwin County, Ala. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired as an electrical contractor. Mr. Padgett was a member of the IBEW Local No. 1579 and a Baptist by faith.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2011, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Randy Dunaway officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his son, Donald Padgett (Anna) of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter, Melinda Madden (Donald Prickett Jr.) of Matthews; brothers, Leroy Padgett of Fair Hope, Ala., Clinton Padgett of Shelby, N.C.; sisters, Ruth Hughes of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Edna Holloway of Gadsen, Ala., and Elizabeth Cousens of Foley, Ala.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Clarence Holliman, Donald Prickett Jr., Ronnie Prickett, Eddie Newsome, Bennie Story and Brad Story.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lonice Mae Black Williford Russell
Mrs. Lonice Mae Black Williford Russell, 82, of Thomson entered into rest on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

One of nine children born to the late Fronnie Belle Marsh Black and the late David Ozie Black, Mrs. Russell grew up in Jefferson County and has always lived in the immediate area. She attended Thomson Church of God and Mt. Horeb Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ronnie Shelton and Rev. Don Black officiating. Interment followed in Jordan Chapel Cemetery in Edgehill.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Billie Frank Williford and A.P. Russell; grandson, Brandon Norman; and her brother, Luther Black.

Survivors include her daughter, Iris W. Norman (Marvin); two sons, Billy Williford (Pat) and Marc Williford (Kim); seven grandchildren, Amanda Norman, Erica Shedd (Britt), Christopher Williford, Laci Chamlee (Kevin), Colby Williford (Kim), Dusty Williford and Austen Williford; three great-grandchildren, Hannah Williford, Peyton Chamlee and William Williford; three sisters, Lois Rhodes, Janelle Shelton and Jean McCoy (James); four brothers, David Black (Faye), Kester Black (Betty), Jimmy Black (Vannie) and Don Black (Lynda); sister-in-law, Anita Black; daughter-in-law, Donna Mayo Williford; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers were her nephews.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Jordan Chapel, c/o Mary Ann Reese, 1008 JW Braswell Rd, Gibson, GA 30810.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lamar E. Williams
Mr. Lamar E. Williams, 95, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Providence Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Johnnie Mae Perkins Wimblerly
Mrs. Johnnie Mae Perkins Wimberly, 57, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, June 10, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Wimberly was born in McBean, to the late John Henry and Hattie Mae Perkins. She joined Gordon Hill Baptist Church at an early age where she served faithfully on the Usher Board. She worked as a housekeeper for 30 years in Waynesboro. She retired from Rowell Electric in 2009.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 12, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth N. Wimberly of Waynesboro; one daughter, Anita (Sylvester) Hill Jr.; five grandchildren, Kadyzia Jackson, Tracie Sanders, Willie Sanders III, Christopher (Keeshunga) Hill, Louisville, and Natasha Hill, Wadley; three great-grandchildren, MaKayla, Candice and Christasia Hill, all of Louisville; sister, Juanita Sandford of Augusta; friends, Danny Johnson, Augusta, and Tyrone Gibbons of Louisville; four nieces and two nephews; and a host of great nieces, nephews and lots of friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Dwellie Benefield
Mr. Dwellie Benefield of Austell entered into rest on Sunday, June 5, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Edward Brown
Mr. Charles Edward Brown entered into rest on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Mr. Brown was born on Aug. 11, 1940, to the late Burke and Vinnia Brown in Bartow. He received his education in Bartow, later moving to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He owned his own business as a drywall finisher for more than 30 years.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with Pastor James Ray officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Theresa Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Brown; one sister, Effie Mae Powell of Providence, Ky.; daughter, Genear Lovett; stepdaughter, Renay Alexander; two stepsons, Excell and Billy Alexander, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; niece, Alma Medley of Sunrise, Fla.; six grandchildren, Victoria Ecarr, Vandarryl Jav’e, Justice and Alexis; two great-grandchildren, Ariyanna Holder and Jaleea Love; and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

McWhite’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elaine M. Buck
Mrs. Elaine M. Buck, 78, of Martinez entered into rest on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Mrs. Buck was a retired bookkeeper, a member of The Eastern Star, and was a member of Victory Baptist Church in North Augusta, S.C.

A viewing was held at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Martinez, on Sunday, June 12, 2011, at 3 p.m.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Douglas J. Buck Sr.

Survivors include her sons, Timothy J. Buck of Evans, and Douglas J. Buck of Martinez; a daughter, Suzanne M. Salisbury of Midlothian, Va.; three grandchildren, Brian Salisbury of Powhatan, Va., Corey and Emily Buck of Evans.


Mrs. Sybil Reese Fendley
Mrs. Sybil Reese Fendley, 66, of Mitchell entered into rest on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at her residence after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Born to the late Mary Emma Reese and the late Chalmus G. Reese, Mrs. Fendley was a lifelong resident of Glascock County. After 20 years of service, she retired as a seamstress from Stapleton Garment Company. She was also a homemaker. Since birth, Mrs. Fendley attended Mt. Zion, where she sang in the choir.

Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church on Monday, June 13, 2011, at 3 p.m. with Rev. T.F. Young and Rev. Al Kurtz officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Marvin Fendley; two daughters, Faye Black of North Augusta, S.C., and Stacy Albea (David) of Edgefield, S.C.; two granddaughters, Christy Black and Mikella Albea; one great-granddaughter, Jayla Johnson; sister, Carolyn Chalker; brother, Jimmy Reese (Marsha); and many friends.

Pallbearers were Michael Fendley, Ronnie Fendley, Ralph Kelley, Gary Kitchens, Tommy Sheppard and Darrell Usry.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Sgt. Byrnie Limuel Hardin Sr.
Sgt. Byrnie Limuel Hardin Sr., 56, of Augusta entered into rest on June 11, 2011.

Mr. Hardin was a native of Jefferson County and had spent most of his life in Augusta. He retired after 33 years with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. He began his career as a records clerk and also worked as a 911 Dispatcher. In 1981 he became a certified deputy and continued his career in the jail before becoming a Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division as the evidence supervisor. Due to health issues Mr. Hardin retired on Oct. 31, 2010. He was a member of Green Meadows Golf Club.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Thomas Poteet and Son, with Rev. Jerry Wilson and Rev. Timmy Pendry officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by Limuel T. Hardin.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Cole Hardin of North Augusta; sons, Byrnie Limuel Hardin Jr. (Rachel) of Hephzibah, Randall Thomas Hardin of Augusta, Brian John Hardin of Harlem; mother, Margaret Virginia Hardin of Evans; stepson, Joseph Mikel French of Iowa; stepdaughter, Teresa Marie French of North Augusta; sisters, Gina Hardin Weeks (Larry) of Evans, and Megan Weeks of Grovetown; a grandson, Aiden; uncle, John Hardin; aunt, Thelma (Kenneth) Coheley of Centre, Ala.; and cousin, Diane Brittan.

Pallbearers were Don Skinner, Don Skinner Jr., Charles B. Webster, Duncan Fordham, John Paul Jones, Robbie Silas, Boyce Thompson and Gene Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Norris, Whitey Lester, Charles Toole, Max Usry, Kenny Miles, Dr. David Scharff, members of the Green Meadows Golf Club and the employees of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department.

Memorials contributions may be made to the March of Dimes, East Georgia Division, PO Box 43001, Augusta, GA 30909.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

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