Obituaries
June 30, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Miriam Red Bean
Funeral services for Mrs. Miriam Red Bean, 61, of Warrenton were held on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Williams Grove Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Pastor Rev. Golden Lott officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bennie Burton Jr.
Mr. Bennie Burton Jr., 71, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, June 17, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Burton was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Bennie Burton Sr. and Alice Brinson Burton. He was a member of the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and retired from Louisville Gin and Storage.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville. Burial was in the Chours Delion Society Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne Henderson Burton of Louisville; children, Lillie Rose (Robert) Brown, Larry Reese of Louisville, Carrie Ann Fowler of Adrian, Henry Lewis Gamble of Davisboro, Alice Burton and Ruby Burton of Gleenwood, and Johnnie Frank “Sonny” Burton; grandchildren, Wanda (Joe) Dudley Sr., Robert Lee (Ronkeshia Gibbons) Brown, Lakeisha (Ricardo) Tarver of Louisville, Vanessa (Mario Brown) Fowler of Adrian, Lucious (Deanna Jordan) Brown of Swainsboro, Vinnie (Stasha) Fowler of Alaska, and Andrea Fowler of Sandersville; 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Katie Mae Cunningham of Louisville; brother-in-law, Willie Henderson Jr.; cousins, Vinnie Mae Pinkston and Willie “Boo” Burton of Louisville; and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Catherine T. Coleman
Mrs. Mary Catherine T. Coleman, 81, of Leesburg entered into rest on Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.?

A native of Avera, Mrs. Coleman had lived in Leesburg since 1990 moving from Albany.?She was a retired sales associate at Sears Roebuck Company, a member of Thundering Springs Baptist Church and member of Sears Retiree and Golden Key Clubs.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Mathews Funeral Home,?with Rev. Calvin King officiating.?Interment followed in Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack D. Coleman; her parents, Keylon Eugene Thompson Sr. and Florie Thompson Blanchard; and a brother, Wilson Blanchard.

Survivors include three daughters, Joany Burns (Marvin), Tina McClure and Rhonda Way, all of Leesburg; a son, Barry D. Coleman Violet of Vidalia; a brother, Keylon Eugene Thompson of Albany; six grandchildren, Marleene Cortez, Jenny Campa, Barry D. Coleman II, Searcy McClure, Stone McClure and Jessica Catherine Way; six great-grandchildren, Hunter Coleman, Whitley Coleman, Maria Cortez, Sophia Cortez, Selena Cortez and Carlos Cortez.

?Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Larry Green
Mr. Larry Green of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel, Wadley, with Rev. Marque Harden officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Bonita Thomas Green, Louisville; three daughters, Nolita Y. Green, Sirenna L. Green and LaQuita G. Green; two sons, Leighton D. Thomas and Desmond L. Thomas; father, Jimmy (Johnnie Lucille) Snell Sr.; 11 sisters, Betty (Freddie) Williams, Essie (Bobby) Gunder and Leatha (Tyrone) Mitchell, Wadley, Faye (Stanley) May, Durham, N.C., Lucille Green, Chesapeake, Va., Joyce (Deon) Johnson and Cynthia (Gregory) Barlow, Hephzibah, Linda (Eugene) Cummings, Louisville, and Kim Smith, Joan Jones and Geneva (Charles) Jackson, Bartow; five brothers, Lester (Katie) Green, Hephzibah, Roy (Annie Ruth) Green, Bartow, Bobby (Rosa Bell) Green, Wadley, Jimmy Lee Snell Jr., Ohio, and John Willie Jones, Louisville; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements


Mrs. Gertrude Singuefield Hankins
Mrs. Gertrude Singuefield Hankins of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, June 19, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 26, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Wallace Fleming Sr. of Louisville; two daughters, Margie Kelly and Sharon Kelly of Wrens; seven grandchildren, Wallace Fleming Jr., Brandon Hannah, Damien Gibbons, Sharnice Boatwright, Nicholas Gibbons, Alexandria Gibbons and Demea Tennyson; one godson, Jimmy Lane Jr.; three sisters, Salley Mae Braddy of Pompano Beach, Fla., Grace Sims of Augusta, and Ruth (Jimmy) Wells of Wrens; five aunts, Pauline Davis and Willie Bell Roberts of Pompano Beach, Fla., Annie Mae Roberts of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Lola Mae Roberts and Ollie Ree Roberts of Stapleton; three uncles, Lindsey Roberts and Wyman Roberts of Avera, Jimmy Roberts of Stapleton; three sisters-in-law, Nola Mae Cunningham, Dennie Mae Jordan and Barbara Ann Walden of Louisville; three brothers-in-law, Fletcher Jones of Avera, Robert Walden of Wadley, and Ben (Pauline) Brantley of Louisville; friend, James Wilcher; cousin, Mary S. Farmer of Wrens; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Clara Hannah
Mrs. Clara Hannah, 60, of Stapleton entered into rest on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta.

Mrs. Hannah was born on July 24, 1950, in Jefferson County to Ophelia Lane and the late John W. Hannah. She was a member of Harts Grove Baptist Church in Stapleton. She attended Glascock County Training School.?She was employed by JMG services at the Huddle House in Wrens until her untimely death.

Celebration of life services were held on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Pastor Rev. Dr. W.L. Jones as eulogist and Rev. Darryl Burns presiding.?Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her three daughters, Kei Kei (Harry) Avery, Patricia (Jerome) Vaughner, both of? Stapleton, and Carolyn Hannah, Wrens; mother, Ophelia Lane, Stapleton; stepfather, Eddie Smith, Wrens; four sisters, Lois Usry, Beverly King, Jackie Lane, all of Stapleton, and Cynthia (James) Stone, Wrens; three brothers, Wallace (Joann) Lane, Dearing, Tyrone Lane, Stapleton, and Charlie (Frances) Jones, Wrens; five aunts, Eloise Mathis, Charlotte Jones, Stamford, Conn., Lauree Hutchins, Chattanooga, Tenn., Arlene Artist, Columbia, S.C., Lillie Mae Richardson, Camden, N.J.; one uncle, Andrew Hannah, Wrens; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Henry Lewis Johnson
Deacon Henry Lewis Johnson, 91, of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at his residence.

Deacon Johnson was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Cleveland Johnson Sr. and Charlotte Gibbons Johnson. He was a graduate of Jefferson County Training School. He was a member of the Chours Delion Society. At an early age he joined Greater St. Paul Missionary, where he was the oldest Deacon and a Sunday school teacher. Deacon Johnson worked as a plumber until his retirement and later as a caretaker until his health failed. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, where he received two Bronze Stars and The American Defense Service Medal.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 24, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Rev. Isaac Culbreath officiating. Burial was in the Chours Delion Society Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Johnson of Louisville; children, Carl (Marie) Johnson of Louisville, Betty (Virgil) Kennedy of Hephzibah, Mary Bolar of Wadley, William Patterson of Columbus; stepson, L.C. Schofield of Augusta; sister, Viola Johnson Brown of North Highland, Calif.; grandchildren, Eric (Valencia) Patterson of Waynesboro, Jonathan Gibbons and Antoino Gibbons of Wadley, Tausha Kennedy of Augusta, Melissia Kennedy of Lexington, S.C., Devonte’ Johnson and Caleb Carswell of Valdosta, William Patterson Jr. of Columbus; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Corey Lamont Kemp
Mr. Corey Lamont Kemp of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, June 24, 2011, in Wadley. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Brinson Hill Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Clary M. Dishmond Sr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Rashunda Scott Kemp; two daughters, Autumn Chanel Kemp, Wadley, and Teasia LaShay Scott of Louisville; parents, Rev. Dr. David Kemp and Missionary Earnestine Jordan Kemp; one brother, David (Alneata) Kemp Jr. of Statesboro; sister-in-law, Monica Collins of Louisville; two brothers-in-law, Quenell Archer of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Sheddrick Collins of Augusta; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Martha Lou Minyard Silas
Mrs. Martha Lou Minyard Silas, 91, of Warner Robins entered into rest on Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Warner Robins Rehab and Nursing Home.

Mrs. Silas was born on Sept. 23, 1919, in Hart County. She was a long time member of Little Briar Creek Baptist Church, Warrenton. Mrs. Silas was a school teacher with the Glascock County Board of Education, Gibson, at Bastonville School and Glascock County Consolidated School for 40 years. She was a member of the Home Demonstration Club in Bastonville, a member of the Tri-County School Retired Teachers Association, and a member of the Glascock County Farm Bureau.

Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Little Briar Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Bill Seaman and Rev. Randy Dunaway officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Marion Silas; parents, John Henry and Johnnie Mae Adams Minyard; a son, Gerald Silas; sisters, Essie Marie Dailey, Ola Grace Farmer, Octie Bell Farmer, Eddie Mae Israel; and a brother, John Horace Minyard.

Survivors include her daughter Mrs. Martha S. (Frank) Wadsworth of Centerville; two grandchildren, Lisa W. (Todd) Hightower of Eastman, and Ginger W. (Chris) Rodriguez of Cumming; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Christopher and Abegail Hightower, and Conner and Barrett Clark; two sisters, Rosa Lee M. Greer and Mary Ann Goss; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Mark Minyard, Johnny Frank Goss, Tommy Goss, Thelston Goss, W.F. Norris, Gene Norris and James Israel.

Memorials may be made to Little Briar Creek Baptist Church in care of Mrs. Julia Massey, 3580 Mt. Pleasant Road, Thomson, GA 30824.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Elbert “Junior” “Cornstalk” Medford Newsome
Mr. Elbert “Junior” “Cornstalk” Medford Newsome, 81, of Stapleton entered into rest on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, with his family by his side after recent lengthy stays at University and Select Specialty Hospitals in Augusta.

Mr. Newsome was born to the late Mollie Lamb Newsome and the late Elbert Henderson Newsome in Glascock County. A member of Stapleton Baptist Church for most of his married life, he grew up in the Bethel Community where his family attended Bethel United Methodist Church. He spent more than 30 years working on the pipelines of Southern Natural Gas Company, now El Paso Energy. He and his wife ran a farm and managed properties while each holding other jobs. He was mayor of Stapleton for six years in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Larry Montgomery officiating. Interment followed in Stapleton Baptist Church Cemetery, Stapleton.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Dillon Newsome, Norman Newsome, Emery Newsome and James Newsome.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marguerite Perdue Newsome; daughter, Mollie N. Sudhoff (Stephen) of Glencoe, Ill.; a grandson, Peter Charles Newsome Sudhoff; a brother, Chansley Newsome (Rosie) of Monroe; a sister-in-law, Ethel Newsome; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Smith D. Dickson, Oliver R. Gay, John J. Jones, George Pope, James R. Sutton Sr., James Robert Sutton Jr. and Jimmy Willoughby.

The family request memorial contributions be made to Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, P.O. Box 93604, Atlanta, GA 30318, or to Stapleton Baptist Church, c/o Anthony Lamb, P.O. Box 146, Stapleton, GA 30823.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Carl B. Wheatley
Mr. Carl B. Wheatley, 72, of Keysville entered into rest on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

Mr. Wheatley, a native of Augusta, served in the Army Reserve. He was an active member of Vidette United Methodist Church. Mr. Wheatley retired from International Paper after 44 years. He owned and operated Wheatley’s Nursery in Gough.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Westover Memorial Park, with Rev. Griffin Thompson officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elaine B. Wheatley; sons, Ron C. Wheatley (Lisa) of North Augusta, S.C., Richard C. Wheatley of Hephzibah; grandchildren, Chelsea E. Wheatley, Benjamin K. Wheatley; brother, Thomas Wheatley (Jimmie) of Evans; sisters, Edna Waagner (Ernest) of Austin, Texas, and Mary Jane Greer (John) of Atlanta; and his dog, Rudy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vidette United Methodist Church, c/o Mickey Horton, 7728 Hwy 305, Louisville, GA 30434.

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

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