Obituaries
July 28, 2011 Issue

Mr. Glenn Arnold Bartell
Mr. Glenn Arnold Bartell, 81, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Wrens United Methodist Church, with Dr. Stan Littleton officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Big Sandy Baptist Church Cemetery, Irwinton.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at 10 a.m. at Wrens UMC.

Mr. Bartell was born to the late Lucille Myrtle Scoville Bartell and the late Delos Arnold Bartell in Mason City, Iowa, where he grew up and was a graduate of the class of 1948. He then served as a navigator in the Air Force. Mr. Bartell moved to Wrens in 1962, at which time he became an active member of Wrens United Methodist Church. He also became an active member of American Legion Post 229. He one time, traveled all over the U.S. as an over-the-road truck driver.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Evelyn Butler Bartell; three daughters, Bonnie B. Futrell (Hugh) of Savannah, Cheryl F. Barnett (Al) of Macon, and Nancy F. McIntyre (James) of North Carolina; three siblings, Rex Bartell (Syl) of Mason City, Iowa, Alice B. Bailey (John) of Hastings, Mich., and Dr. Larry Bartell of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Preston Futrell (Amanda), Amanda F. Morse (Cray), Carmel F. Cowart (Tyler), Lillian Futrell, Victoria Futrell, Heather Barnett, Rem Barnett, Christina McIntyre, Katie McIntyre, Isabella McIntyre, Joey Culpepper and Justine Culpepper; eight other grandchildren located abroad; four great-grandchildren, Rosalie Futrell and three in California; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be family members.

Honorary pallbearers will be American Legion Post 229.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wrens United Methodist Church, 202 Russell St., Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Earnest Lawrence Haislip
Mr. Earnest Lawrence Haislip, 84, of Milledgeville entered into rest on Friday, July 22, 2011.

Mr. Haislip was a native of Stotesbury, W.Va., had lived in Louisville for 19 years, and had been in Milledgeville since 1979. He was the son of the late Waverly Berkley Haislip and Cora Lee Tucker Haislip. Mr. Haislip was retired from the United States Army and was a member of the Irwinton and Louisville Masonic Lodges.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, July 25, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Georgia Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, with Rev. Morris Wood officiating.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Teddy Haislip.

Survivors include his wife, Avelene Haislip of Milledgeville; son, Ernest E. “Ernie” Haislip of Belton, S.C.; daughter, Victoria A. “Vicki” (Robert E. “Bob”) Herrington of Americus; grandchildren, Miranda (Angel) Nunez of Perry, Monica Hyatt of Winter Park, Fla., Rob Herrington of Martinez, and Serena Haislip of Lodi, Calif.; brother, Harless Eugene Haislip of Milledgeville; and great-grandchildren, Logan, Nick, Isabella, Sam, Jack and Dillon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Deborah Kay “Debbie” Brooks Jenkins
Mrs. Deborah Kay “Debbie” Brooks Jenkins, 60, of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, July 25, 2011, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor David Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Jenkins was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and a member of Woodland Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eloise Pittman Brooks and John Edward Brooks.

Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis J. Winnings; brothers, Tim Brooks (Mary Grace) and Mack Brooks (Mary); sister, Wanda B. Usry (David); three grandchildren, Allen Boatwright, Gregg Boatwright and Timothy Boatwright; several nieces and nephews; numerous cousins; and many friends.

Pallbearers will be Mack Brooks Jr., Wade Brooks, Wayne Davis, Keith Pittman, Ronnie Pittman and David Usry.

Because of a prolonged illness, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Miss Josephine Kelly
Miss Josephine Kelly, 60, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, July 24, 2011, at University Hospital, Augusta. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery, Louisville, with Pastor Rev. Cecil Dunlap officiating, Rev Abraham Gibbons, Rev. Connie Allen and Rev. Fredrick Ricks assisting. Miss Kelly was born in Louisville, to the parentage of the late Phabie and Ed Willie Kelly. She was a member of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, where she served as chairman of the Food and Kitchen Committee. She was a member of the Louisville Physical Fitness Club. Miss Kelly was a 1970 graduate of the Jefferson County School System. She had a career for more than 20 years with Fosters Restaurant, formerly Pansy’s Restaurant, Louisville.

Survivors include her daughters, Vickie Marie Kelly of Augusta, and Valerie Ann Kelly of Louisville; two grandchildren, Jakayla Kelly and Randy Carthen Jr. of Louisville; siblings, Lela Mae Gibbbons, Essie (Willie James) Kelly, Ed Willie Kelly Jr., and Joseph Kelly of Louisville, Tom Kelly and Don (Sadie) Kelly of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one aunt, Willie Mae Gibbons of Louisville; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Family maybe contacted at the residence, 1031 Palmer St., or at Davis Funeral Home. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Alden LeRoy Peters
Mr. Alden LeRoy Peters, 71, entered into rest on July 13, 2011, at University Hospital, Augusta, surrounded by his children.

Born to the late Ilene and LeRoy Peters, Mr. Peters grew up in the Harrison, Mich., community. He was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite on Nov. 25, 1955. He moved with his parents to Georgia in 1956. They were one of the first Mennonite families to move into the Louisville community. He faced many struggles in life yet his desire was to always be kind to his fellow man. He was known for his deep, gruff voice and his big soft heart, open arms, and the willingness to open his pockets to help anyone in need. Ultimately, his physical heart became too big, stretched too thin and was unable to sustain life.

He was never happier than when giving or helping others. He loved to garden, and, even while he was on his deathbed, his garden was blessing others with picture-perfect produce. He was an accomplished butcher, a job from which he could never retire. When no longer formally employed, he built his own meat processing facility and was kept busy processing many different kinds of meat for friends and neighbors. He also spent many years in the construction business. He started young, working with his grandfather moving and repairing old barns. He is a fourth generation mason, laying cement block and brick. His skills and experience in concrete work were valuable to the work in Jamaica following Hurricane Gilbert. He felt very privileged to be able to share in the work there. He was also well-known for his cooking abilities. He loved to fish and time spent fishing was never wasted, whether he caught any fish or not. His favorite cap reads “The eleventh commandment: Man cannot live by bread alone, he must have some fish.” His many talents will be sorely missed by us all.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Pinecrest Mennonite Church, Stapleton. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Laila Litwiller Peters; three brothers, Merle, Verle and Glenn; and son-in-law, Bruce Hadden.

Survivors include his children, Ann Heinrich (Larry) of Olathe, Kan., Eugene Peters of Cumming, Velda Peters of Moundridge, Kan., Andrea Kell (Scott) of Young Harris, and Breanna Christian of Louisville; two sisters, Marcille Holdeman (Lyle) of Guntersville, Ala., and Patricia Holdeman (Marion) of Stapleton; a brother, Ardis Peters (Susie) of Dawsonville; a sister-in-law, Letha Peters of Stapleton; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his best friend and canine companion, Monica.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Henry Roswell Smith
Mr. Henry Roswell Smith, 85, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, July 23, 2011.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Martinez United Methodist Church, Augusta.

Mr. Smith was a native of Wadley, and had resided in Augusta for 59 years. He served in the U.S. Navy, earned a degree at University of Tennessee and a law degree at Mercer Law University, and served in the Georgia State Legislature for two terms. Mr. Smith had practiced law for 57 years.

Survivors include his wife, Jane K. Smith; two sons, Henry R. (Skip) Smith II of Augusta, and James Carl Smith of Atlanta; two daughters, Gae Smith of Atlanta, and Penny J. Berry of Augusta; five grandchildren; Hunter Smith, Connor Smith, Jordan Smith, Wyatt Smith and Stephanie Butrico; two great-grandchildren, Abree and Sophia of Augusta; two sisters, Deloris Smith Bauguss of Wadley, and Jamie Smith Lawson of Atlanta.


Mr. John Warren Usry
Mr. John Warren Usry, 86, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, July 16, 2011.

After his retirement as a salesman with Jewel Tea, Mr. Usry worked as a paint contractor in the Augusta area. He was a member of Curtis Baptist Church for many years.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2011, at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his daughter, Beverly Usry McCort of Huntsville, Ala.; two grandsons, Andrew Christopher Iain McCort of Huntsville, Ala., and Gavin Warren Lindsey McCort of Camp Lejeune, N.C.; and two brothers, Jerry Usry of Port Royal, and Harold Usry of Wrens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 1322 Ellis Street, Augusta, GA 30901, or Curtis Baptist Church, 1326 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901.


Mr. Tommie Lee Williams
Mr. Tommie Lee Williams, 65, of Warner Robins entered into rest on Monday, July 11, 2011, at Bibb Coliseum Hospital, Macon.

Mr. Williams was a native of Jefferson County, one of 13 children born to the late James and Minnie Hannah Williams. He attended the Jefferson County School System and later he relocated to Houston County.

Services were held on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. at Pine Hill Baptist Church, with Pastor Rev. Christopher Durden officiating.

Survivors include his children, Elbert Williams of Wadley, Johnnie Williams of Augusta, and Alice Williams of Birmingham, Ala.; siblings, Clora Mae Habersham of New York, Carrie Lou Jordan, Hazel Blackburn, Melissa Johnson, Joe Norris Jr. and Willie Norris; nine grandchildren, Alexis Williams, Octavious Diamond Williams, Getana Williams, Anthony A. Brown, Marika Williams, Kristi Williams, Johnny Williams Jr. and Audrey Williams; niece and nephew, Willie Roger Williams and Virginia West; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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