Obituaries
July 07, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Ola Mae Battle
Mrs. Ola Mae Battle of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Battle was a native of Jefferson County, a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and was retired from the Richmond County Board of Education as a cook.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, with Larry Harmon officiating. Burial was in Southview Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Gloria (Battle) Wideman; four grandchildren, Zeric Wideman, Tameka (Reginald) Simpkins, Augusta, Yolanda (Keith) Davis, Indian Head, Md., and Victor Battle, Atlanta; seven great-grandchildren, Dennis J. Wideman, Olivia L. Davis, Victoria D. Davis, Zeric Wideman Jr., Jada Treadwell, Jeliar Battle and Victor Battle Jr.; sister-in-law, Ethel Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lloyd Thomas Blackstone
Mr. Lloyd Thomas Blackstone, 85, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, July 1, 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home, Waynesboro, with Rev. Wes Lawson officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gennie Frye Blackstone.

Survivors include a sister, Donnie Bolton of Gibson; brother, Clifford Blackstone (Lore’) of San Antonio, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

DeLoach–McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eddie “Milkman” Carswell
Mr. Eddie “Milkman” Carswell entered into rest on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

Mr. Carswell was a native of Johnson County, the son of the late Frank Hart Jr. and Eunice Carswell. He was a 1970 graduate of Dock Kemp School, Wrightsville. Mr. Carswell was employed with the Springfield City Knitting Company where he worked as a band cutter. He was a baseball player and served as a coach for more than 40 years. He was a member of Mount Pleasant AME Church, where he served as Steward and Sunday school teacher. He organized the Mount Pleasant AME Community Choir. Mr. Carswell was an entrepreneur and self-employed. He began his own business in 1995 in sales called “Milkman Clothing,” was a tax preparer for almost 40 years, a bail bondsman for more than 10 years and a song writer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. at New Birth Ministries, Tennille. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant AME Church Cemetery.

Survivors includes his children, Sharon Moye and Sabrina Carswell of Bartow, Keith (Tamera) Fraley, Cynthia Moye, Derek Bruins and Felicia Bruins, all of Tennille, Teresa (Kevin) Stanley, Kimberly (Eric) Carswell, Scottie Horton and Angelique (Kasim) May of Dublin, Sonja Norris, Shameatric (Cornelius) Simmons and Charvous Taylor of Wrightsville, Chiquita Robinson and Lonethia Jones of Atlanta, Surkeka (Gregory) Fisher of Jacksonville, Fla., Aneshia (Rafael) Lewis of Savannah, Ebony Harden of Milledgeville, and Sabrina Davis of Sandersville; girlfriend, Elizabeth Janice Lemon of Wrightsville; sisters, Eola (Henry) Taylor, Leretha Burnette and Robin Williams of Wrightsville, Jdean (Anthony) Quinnie of Maryland, and Warnett Hart of Ozone Park, N.Y.; brothers, Willie (Delois) Darrisaw of Miami, Fla., Cordy Hart of New York, Hayward Hart of Sparta, and Corey Lee Hart of Ozone Park, N.Y.; aunts, Ossie Mae Jenkins and Dorothy Horne, Charlene (Palmer) Wells, Tommie Swint, Pearlene (Johnny) Rogers and Maxine (Zelma)

Wiley, all of Tennille; uncles, James Cefus (Shirley) Hines and Wilmer Hines of Philadelphia, Pa.; two cousins, Artis and Jullene Snell of Wrightsville; 40 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Shirley Walden Dogan
Miss Shirley Walden Dogan entered into rest on June 26, 2011.

Miss Dogan was born on July 22, 1956, in Jefferson County, Louisville, to Luke Walden and Bernice Walden. She was a native of Jefferson County and attended Jefferson County School System. At an early age she joined Eden Baptist Church and attended until her relocation. She was a member of the Ladies of the Royal Court Evangelistic Ministry of Augusta. Miss Dogan was a retired health care provider.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Eden Baptist Church and Cemetery, with Minister Emily Wilson officiating.

Survivors include her children, Katrina Dogan of Roswell, and Wesley Dogan of Augusta; mother, Bernice Walden of Louisville; father, Luke Walden of Louisville; siblings, Emily (Hugh) Wilson of Augusta and Charlie (Detrimice) Walden of Conyers; aunts and uncles, Zannie and John Cunningham, Dorothy Stevenson, Eugene Walden Jr., all of Louisville, Bishop Mark (Dorothy) Walden of Augusta, Henry Lee Hicks of Atlanta, and Charles Edward Hicks of Florida; four grandchildren, Destiny Johnson of Roswell, Ashlyn Burns, Coldarlius Dogan and Fredriqus Gibbs, all of Augusta; cousin, Beulah (John) Hilton of Augusta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Fannie Walden Houston
Mrs. Fannie Walden Houston entered into rest on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Houston was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Mitchell and Lula Fleming Walden. She lived in Jefferson County most of her life and joined Jones Grove Baptist Church at an early age, where she served as a missionary.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. at Jones Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Bertha Palmer of Louisville; grandchildren, Earnestine Palmer, Janet Palmer and Roberta Brown, all of Augusta, Brenda (Minister Roy) Brantley and Gwendolyn (Charles) Vaughner of Swainsboro, Linda Palmer of Virginia, Earnest Palmer Jr. of Brunswick; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Linda Strowbridge Lewis
Mrs. Linda Strowbridge Lewis, 61, entered into rest on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Lewis was born in Jefferson County on May 19, 1950, to the parentage of the late Willie Moses Strowbridge and Gussie Arleatha Bell Strowbridge. She attended Jefferson County School System and was employed at Riverside Corporation as a machine operator until her retirement. She was and a member of San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church and Cemetery, Wadley, with Rev. James Strowbridge officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Willie B. Lewis of Midville; children, Constance (Gregory) McGruder, Jacksonville, Fla., Anthony Strowbridge of Wadley; stepchildren, Alelandro “Tony” (Jackie) Lewis of Waynesboro, Kenkeithrich (Christin) Lewis of Springfield, Mo.; sisters, Carlene McGruder, Annie Bessie (Jackie Telfair Sr.) Murphy, Bonnie Strowbridge and Hosea (Pamela) Strowbridge, all of Wadley; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mildred Halls of Midville, Roosevelt (Loree) Lewis, Edgar Lewis and James Lewis, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Joel Lewis of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Crystal Harris of Wadley, Gregory McGruder II of Jacksonville, Fla., Anthony T. Strowbridge of Louisville; step-grandchildren, Keyanna Lewis and Kevin Lewis, both of Springfield, Mo., and Jamarion Lewis of Waynesboro; godchildren, Jessica Taylor of Waynesboro, and Quanisha Johnson of Augusta; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Diana Lynn Periman
Mrs. Diana Lynn Periman, 55, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, July 1, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Periman, formerly of Wadley, had lived most of her life in Jefferson County and she was a nurse.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at 4 p.m. in the Bartow City Cemetery, with Rev. Paul Harris officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Periman of Louisville; daughter, Emily Morgan Horton (Rob); two sons, Robbie Morgan and Wes Morgan (Katie Quinton); grandchildren, Robert Horton, Reynolds Horton, Austin Morgan; and mother, Grace Reynolds.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Wilbur “Bud” Stone
Mr. John Wilbur “Bud” Stone, 84, of Sylvania entered into rest on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at his residence in Sylvania.

Mr. Stone was born in Wrens, was retired as director of the Recreation Department for Sylvania-Screven County and was a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church. He was a WWII Marine Corp veteran and a member of the U.S. Marine Heritage Association. He was also a member of the United States Sea Going Marines Association and the Walls 3 o’clock “D.P. Club.”

A memorial service was held on Friday, July 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Jim Hope officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur Wren and Emily Wren Stone; and sisters, Betty Stone Deloach and Sara Stone Andrus.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Thigpen Stone of Sylvania; daughters, Beth Stone (Harold Usry) of Wrens, Linda Stone (Don Moran) of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Sara Stone (Marty Robinson) of Andalusia, Ala.; grandchild, Charles Martin Jr. (Erin Robinson) of Troy, Ala.; great-grandchild, Lily Marie Robinson of Troy, Ala; and several nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were Steve Johnson, Phillip Ayers, Dick Rogers and Harold Mock.

Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Margaree Rita Sturkey Treadwell
Mrs. Margaree Rita Sturkey Treadwell of Thomson entered into rest on June 30, 2011.

Mrs. Treadwell was a native of McDuffie County, and was the daughter of the late Fonzie Sturkey and Mary Walker Sturkey. She was a homemaker and a member of Second Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Todd Upchurch officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Tony Treadwell.

Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia Usry (Donald), Thomson; sons, Thomas Anthony Treadwell (Cheryl), Avera, James Darrell Treadwell (Kathy), Dearing; sisters, Gladys Keller, Agnes Brooks, Mary Langham; brothers, Billy Sturkey, David Bud Sturkey and Buck Sturkey, all of Thomson; grandchildren, Jayme Usry (Beth), Ayme Usry Cranford (Jason), Kayla Treadwell, Bryan Treadwell, Vicky Treadwell and J.C. Treadwell; step-grandchildren, Robert Cosby, Jessie Cosby, Brandon Moore, Olivia Moore, Samantha Hooper; great-grandchild, Callie Anne Usry; and friend, Vernon Newsome.

Pallbearers were Benji Sturkey, Floyd Brooks, Bruce McGahee, David Wells, Adam Sturkey and Charles Fuller.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Melanie C. Troupe
Miss Melanie C. Troupe of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, June 24, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Park, Tampa, Fla.

Survivors include her son, Malachi; mother, Stephanie Staples; and other family and friends.

Ray Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Carl B. Wheatley
Mrs. Eva Mae Robinson Walker of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, June 27, 2011, in Macon.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Peaceful Zion Baptist Church, Wadley, with Elder Ronnie Harden officiating. Burial was in Pineola Church of God Cemetery, Wadley.

Survivors include her daughters, Nella Mae (Jerry) Wadley, Swainsboro, and Eva Brooks, Wadley; two sons, Roy C. (Joann) Walker, Bartow, and Larry Walker, Jacksonville, Fla.; aunt, Dorothy Robinson, Wadley; 25 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nancy A. Wren
Mrs. Nancy A. Wren, 84, entered into rest on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, Duluth, with Dr. David Fry and Rev. Holly Tickle officiating. The family will receive friends after the service.

Mrs. Wren was born in Hamlet, N.C., but spent most of her life in the Atlanta area and North Syracuse/Liverpool, N.Y., areas. She had been a Duluth resident for more than 20 years. She graduated from Girl’s High in 1943. Mrs. Wren was involved in community activities such as making dance costumes, was a Girl Scout leader, sang in church choir, created a new church preschool, and worked in the local school’s library.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Austin; father, Frank Austin; and brother, William Austin.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, William J. Wren Jr.; four daughters, Nancy (Bob) Ragan, Duluth, Teresa (Rich) Stoner, Millersburg, Ohio, Janice (Steve) Hansell, Rio Rancho, N.M., and Shirley Wren (Rob) Smith, Atlanta; brother, Frank A. Austin, College Park; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations for a memorial find in the name of Nancy A. Wren will be welcomed at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church.

Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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