Obituaries
July 14, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Betty Ann Beard
Mrs. Betty Ann Beard, 76, of Jackson, S.C., entered into rest on July 9, 2011.

Mrs. Beard was a native of Jefferson County, having made Jackson her home for the past 55 years. She was a member of Matlock Baptist Church, a retired certified nursing assistant and wife of the late Mr. Otis Beard.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Cemetery, with Dr. Mark Riser officiating.

Survivors include a son, Marion (Christy) Beard, Jackson; two daughters, Lynne (Jimmy) Lively, Jackson, and Andrea (Marty) Sanders, Bath; a brother, John (Ann) Thigpen, Harlem; two sisters, Joy Thigpen, Forsyth, and Bonnie (Jim) Harper, Port Angeles, Wash.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Tommie Lee Butts Jr.
Mr. Tommie Lee Butts Jr. entered into rest on June 16, 2011

Mr. Butts was born Sept. 18, 1941, in Jefferson County to Mattie Bigham Butts and the late Tommie Lee Butts Sr. He was a 1963 graduate of Jefferson County High School. Raised in a Christian home, he became a member of Sand Valley AME Church and was a member of the choir. On Sept. 25, 1965, he was united in marriage to the late Eunice Avery, with whom he had five children. Later in life, he married Cheryl Cummings, with whom he had one child.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 21, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Sand Valley AME Church, Louisville, with Pastor Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, McArthur Butts and Mattie Jean Butts.

Survivors include his children, Gail L. Butts, Anthony Butts, Lenton Butts and Clenton (Cheryl) Butts of Detroit, Mich., Eugene Butts of Riverdale, and Chanterria Butts of Swainsboro; wife, Cheryl Butts of Swainsboro; mother, Mattie Bigham Butts of Louisville; sister, Mary Way (Willie) of Louisville; brothers, Billy Butts (Mary) and Bobby Butts (Earnestine) of Louisville, and Jimmy Butts (Marsha) of Waldorf, Md.; grandchildren, Dean Graham, Michael Butts, Krystal Butts, Cardaeius Butts, Faith Alexis Butts, Malayah Cooper, Sapphire Butts, Layla Butts, CeAira Carpenter, Jalen Butts and Kalyn Butts; great-grandchildren, La’Kyra Black, La’Myya Jordan, Charles Feiler Jr. and Ch’rya Feiler; aunts, Eunice Brown, Ann Bigham and Clara Rhineheart of Augusta, and Inell Davis of Lousiville; and a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were Stewards and Trustees of Sand Valley AME Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Billie Duffie
Mr. Billy Duffie, 63, of Thomson entered into rest on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Duffie was a native of McDuffie County. He was a farmer.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2011, at Little Brier Creek Baptist Church, with Dr. Randy Dunaway officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Jewell McNair Duffie, Thomson; two sons, Wayne (Carla) Duffie, Thomson, and Lee (Eileen) Duffie, Mitchell; two sisters, Betty Duffie-Lunsford, Augusta, and Lynda D. (Carl C.) Bowen, Thomson; and grandson, Noah Duffie.

Pallbearers were David Cheeley, Carl C. Bowen, Chris Usry, C.J. Usry, Lee Duffie and Wayne Duffie.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Wendy Kathleen Whitehead Flanigan
Miss Wendy Kathleen Whitehead Flanigan, 45, of Claxton entered into rest on Monday, July 4, 2011, at her home after a long illness.

Miss Flanigan was a native of Barnwell, S.C., and a member of Eastside Baptist Church.

A memorial service was held at on Thursday, July 7, 2011, 2 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include her parents, Sollie and Betty Whitehead; two sisters, Cindy (Richard) Hagins of Daisy, and Julie (Rob) Evans of Wadley; three nephews, Ryan Blalock (Jason), Warthen Evans and Cameron Evans; two nieces, Ashley Crosby and Kayte Blalock; one great-great nephew, Avery Crosby; one great-great niece, Ansley Crosby; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Evans County Humane Society, P.O. Box 201, Daisy, GA 30423.

Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia Lee Norris Lever
Mrs. Virginia Lee Norris Lever, 76, of Thomson entered into rest on July 8, 2011, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Lever was born in Warren County, the daughter of the late Albert Lee Norris and the late Virginia Harris Norris. She was retired and had been employed with Uniroyal, First Federal and First National Bank. She was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities. Not only had she served as church secretary, she was Sunday School teacher, Discipleship Training teacher and committee member.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Sweetwater Baptist Church, with Rev. Grant Cantrell and Rev. Kenneth Garvin officiating. Interment followed at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Bobby Allen and Rev. J.D. Lever.

Survivors include her son, Barry Price Allen (Jeanne) of Warrenton; daughter, Kathy Allen Chalker (Milton) of Warrenton; brother, Albert Bro Ware Norris of Texas; sister, Gloria Norris Stanley of Louisville; and grandsons, Adam Lee Chalker and James Price Chalker.

Pallbearers were Chuck Cason, Doug Smith, Chad Smith, Ronnie Bohler, Adam Chalker and Price Chalker.

Memorials may be made to the Sweetwater Baptist Church or American Cancer Society. Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gladys Wells Morris
Mrs. Gladys Wells Morris entered into rest on Saturday, July 2, 2011.

Mrs. Morris was born on Oct. 18, 1914, to the parentage of the late Twiggs Wells Sr. and the late Cora Jackson Wells in Louisville. Raised in a Christian home, she joined Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, where she served until her health failed. She was a member of the Missionary Board, a member of the Fair and Honest Society and the Zion Wheel Society. She was also a member of Louisville Chapter Order of Easter Star. She was united in marriage to the late Elijah Morris.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Gordon Grove Baptist Church, Louisville, with Pastor Rev. Allen Webb and Rev. Walter Holmes Sr. officiating, and Rev. Cecil Dunlap presiding.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Homer Wells, Alexander Wells, Archie Wells Sr., Twiggs Wells Jr., William Wells Sr., Bessie Wells Heggs and Gussie Wells Davis.

Survivors include her sister, Margaret Wells Johnson of Louisville; sisters-in-law, Louise Wells, Essie Wells, Sarah Wells and Suluer Wells, all of Louisville; friend, Willie Brown of Sandersville; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

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

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Minnie B. Nelson
Mrs. Minnie B. Nelson of Lithonia entered into rest on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Dekalb Medical Center, Lithonia.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Friendly Church of God In Christ, with Supt. Leroy James officiating. Burial was at Walker Memorial Park.

Survivors include great-niece, Pamela (Patrick) Hughey, Grovetown; five sisters, Eula Walker, Augusta, Margaret Jackson, Jacksonville, Fla., Lula (Marion) Stone, Augusta, Elizabeth (Rodney) Garrett, Mary Brown, Louisville; two brothers, Allen (Lue Ellen) Ghant, Louisville, and Willie (Betty) Ghant, Louisville; devoted nieces, Margaret Ann Jordan, Augusta, Lillian (Faye) Jordan Long, Lithonia, Alice (Raymond) Lewis; nephews, Danny Jordan, Malton Jordan, Alvin (Sharon) Jordan Jr., Augusta, Cameron Hughey and Jamal Hughey, Grovetown; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Walter Redfern
Memorial services for Mr. Walter Redfern, 71, of Augusta were held on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Chris Brown officiating.

Mr. Redfern was born in Jefferson County, the son of the late Ellis Redfern and Susie Lucille Lamb Redfern.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Ruth McGlohorn Redfern; and brothers, Horace Redfern, Lawrence Redfern and James Herman Redfern.

Survivors include his sons, William W. Redfern Jr. (Betty) of Augusta, Donnie Redfern (Denise) of Grovetown, and Tommy Lee Redfern (Lourie) of Augusta; sister, Carolyn Redfern Flake (Allen Lester) of Augusta; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Vivian Haywood Swafford
Mrs. Vivian Haywood Swafford, 83, of Dearing entered into rest on Sunday, July 3, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Swafford was a native of Glascock County, but had lived in Dearing for many years. She was a retired seamstress, and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at The Vine Community Baptist Church, with Rev. Keith Kurtz officiating.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marsha Ivey.

Survivors include her two daughters, Robin Smith, Dearing, and Sandra Summers, Gibson; sister, Lonice Walden, Tallahassee, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Kirk Johnny Thomas
Mr. Kirk Johnny Thomas of Louisville entered into rest on July 1, 2011, at an Augusta hospital.

Mr. Thomas was a resident of Heritage of Old Capital Inn Nursing Facility.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville. Burial was in the Dixon Chapel Cemetery.

Davis Funeral Home Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eugenia “Genie” Harrell Weiskircher
Mrs. Eugenia “Genie” Harrell Weiskircher, 55, of Roswell entered into rest on July 7, 2011, at Hospice Atlanta.

Mrs. Weiskircher was born in Louisville, to the late J.R. and Margaret Harrell.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

Survivors include her husband of 21 years, David K. Weiskircher; sisters, Patricia Harrell-Lakatos (John) of Kailua, Hawaii, and Emily Harrell Crossfield (Andy) of Lakeland, Fla.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Hospice Atlanta, (www.vnhs.org) or Bro and Tracy Animal Welfare, Inc. (www.joycefay.com).

SouthCare Cremation Society and Memorial Centers were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Harold B. West
Mr. Harold B. West, 87, of Gibson entered into rest on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at VA Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. West was a World War II veteran, serving over five years in the U.S. Army 4th Div. He was also in the Normandy Invasion in France, earning three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and other medals of honor. He was a member of the VFW. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Harlem Ward.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Edgehill Latter Day Saints Cemetery, Edgehill, with Bishop Mark Anderson officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Keith West.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Mary Williams West; son, Terry West of Gibson; daughter, Donna Knight of Warrenton; two brothers, Ted West of Augusta and Luke West of Gray, Tenn.; three sisters, Ruth Fields of Johnson City, Tenn., Dorothy Dykes of Jonesboro, Tenn., and Florence White of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Shawn and Shane West, and Scott and Shelley Smith; two great-grandchildren, Katie and Alexis.

Pallbearers were Ken Pullum, Gene Hockenbury, Bobby Snider, Thomas Chalker, Shane West and Shawn West.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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