Obituaries
August 11, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Beulah “Bonnie” Cunningham
Mrs. Beaulah “Bonnie” Cunningham entered into rest on July 17, 2011.

Mrs. Cunningham was born on July 23, 1923, in Louisville to the late Winnie Whited. She attended schools in Jefferson and Burke counties. She was a member of Walden Grove CME Church. She was united in holy matrimony in 1939, to the late Henry Cunningham. In 1960, they moved to Delray Beach, Fla. There, she became a member of Christ Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 1 p.m. at The Fountain of New Life, Miami Gardens, Fla., with Pastor Rev. Wayne Lomax officiating. Internment was in Delray Beach Cemetery, Delray Beach, Fla.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Franklin (Willie) of Miramar, Fla.; five grandchildren, Christopher and Jasmine Franklin of Miramar, Fla., Henry Styles (Maria) of Plantation, Fla., Janice Styles, Nassau Bahamas, and Beverly Styles-Williams (Bobby) of Miami, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Jonathan Styles of Plantation, Fla., Jacobi Clarke of Miami, Fla., Joza Styles of Plantation, Fla., and Joshua Williams of Miami, Fla.; two sisters, Luella Styles of Midville, and Williemae Morris of Miami, Fla.; one brothers, Clarence C. Brown of Jamaica, N.Y.; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Alfonso Styles, Kenny Styles, Yancy Styles, Henry Styles, William Styles and Charlie Wims.

Alfonso M. Richardson Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Melvis Black Gay
Mrs. Melvis Black Gay, 64, of Dearing entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Gay was a native of Jefferson County, but has lived many years in Dearing. She had retired from Thomson Company, and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Charles Reese officiating. Burial was in Walker Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Thomas Black “J.T.” and Maudie Black; brother, Tommy Black; and sister, Sharon Black.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Gay, Dearing; son, Billy (Gitti) Gay, Dearing; daughter, Sherri (Mark) Cliett, Dearing; brother, George Black; sister, Hilda (Bob) Pelhum, Atlanta; mother-in-law, Sarah Gay; sister-in-law, Mae Black; grandchildren, Brett Gay, Brooke Gay, Katie Howell, Britney Murphy, Ashlie Lanier and Christopher Howell; four great-grandchildren; and friend and caregiver, Neva Calhoun, Dearing.

Pallbearers were Joey Overton, Bud Overton, Ronnie Banks, Jamie Murphy, David Wells and Troy Tapley.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Earlean Thigpen Williams Godowns
Mrs. Earlean Thigpen Williams Godowns, 89, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at University Hospital.

Born to the late Lillian Landrum Thigpen and the late Fred Shack Thigpen, Mrs. Godowns was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, having lived in Wrens and Louisville. She retired with more than 30 years of service as a seamstress from Stapleton Garment Company, and was a member of Wrens Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. at Wrens Baptist Church, with Rev. J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ollie Polly C. Williams and Wilbur H. Godowns; and brother, Lamar Massey Thigpen.

Survivors include her daughters, Dale Williams Clements (Emory) and Diane Williams Johnson (Max); two stepdaughters, Jean Godowns McGahee and Ann Godowns McGahee (Fay), both of Louisville; three sisters, Ann Burrum (C.W.) of Augusta, Mary Pileggi (Subby) of Martinez and Betty Jean Timmerman (Ellis) of Greenwood, S.C.; eight grandchildren, Greg Clements (Jeannie), Lisa McDonald (Greg), Shannon Johnson, William Johnson (Amanda) of Kennesaw, Rhonda Becton (Bob) of Augusta, Marla Snelling of Bishop, Amanda Taylor of Grayson, and Jason McGahee of Athens; 10 great-grandchildren, Morgan and Kelly McDonald, Matthew and Zachary Johnson, Hannah Snellings, Trey Becton, Madelyn and Zachary Taylor, and Hudson and Owen McGahee; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were her grandsons and nephews, Gordon Burke, Jimmy Burke, Bob Henson, Jason McGahee, Larry Thigpen and Frankie Timmerman.

Honorary pallbearers were Bruce Dowdy, David Dye, Oliver Gay, Charles Milburn, Gary Rhodes, Burney Thompson, the Fidelis Sunday School Class and the Lucy Howard/Agnes Martin Class.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wrens Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 217, Wrens GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Robert Hand
Mr. Charles Robert Hand, 75, of Grovetown entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at University Hospital.

Mr. Hand was a retired captain at Augusta Fire Department. He was born on Oct. 22, 1935, in Macon, and lived in the Harrisburg section in Augusta. He was a member of The Sanctuary.

Memorial services were held at The Sanctuary, Evans, on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2011, at 6 p.m., with Rev. Bryan Cockrell officiating. A private burial will take place at Westview Cemetery on a later date.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Dixie V. Hand; three sons, Jeff Hand (Pam), Mississippi, Greg Hand (Penny), Avera, David Hand (Linda), Augusta; daughter, Dana Boyd (Eddie), Edgefield, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1899 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904.

McNeill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert “Bob” M. Tijan
Mr. Robert “Bob” M. Tijan, 92, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, after a brief illness.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church with military honors. Family will meet with friends after the service in the church social hall. Mr. Tijan donated his body to the Georgia Health Sciences University, formerly the Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Tijan was born on June 11, 1919. He was originally from Joliet, Ill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force,having served overseas for many years. He was a businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He began The Town Tavern, a local restaurant. Later in years, he was employed by Sears Roebuck and became the top salesman. He returned to Louisville in the mid 1960s. Mr. Tijan was Catholic and assisted in the planning of the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Louisville.In the early planning stages, he worked hand in hand with the builders and engineers. He was mayor of Vidette for six years.

He was preceded in death by five brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Gladys Thomas Tijan of Louisville; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Louisville.

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