Obituaries
August 25, 2011 Issue

Mr. Lowrin Henry “Bear Cat” Barrow Jr.
Mr. Lowrin Henry “Bear Cat” Barrow Jr., 68, of Stapleton entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at the Charlie Norwood VA, Downtown Division.

Born to the late Beulah Mae Irby Barrow and the late Lowrin Henry Barrow Sr., Mr. Barrow was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. He was a veteran who served during the Vietnam war in Alaska. He was a truck driver and retired with over 30 years service with Hartz Mountain.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ed Chance officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his son, George Patrick Barrow; and sister, Judith B. Sheppard.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Oralee Stallans Barrow; son, Lowrin Henry Hank Barrow III (Trisha); three brothers, Edward Buddy Barrow (Mildred), Bob Barrow (Deborah) and Wayne Barrow (Elaine); many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Detroit Amerson Sr., Jessie Huff, Jeff Irby, Jimmy Powell, Tripp Rooks and Robert Sutton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 563, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Joseph Palmer Braswell Sr.
Mr. Joseph Palmer Braswell Sr., 82, of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, at the residence.

Mr. Braswell was born in Wrens, to the late Elmo and Gertrude McGahee Braswell. He was a U.S. Army Korean Conflict veteran and had retired from Southern Natural Gas Company. He was a member of Pineview Baptist Church and had served as a deacon at Open Door and Crestview Baptist Churches.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Dr. Michael Davenport officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Goodin Braswell; sons, Joe Braswell Jr. (Debbie) of North Augusta, S.C., and Keith Braswell (Sarah) of Augusta; daughter, Lucretia Scott (Wayne) of Vidette; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Joe Braswell III, Joson Scott, John Torpy, John E. Torpy, Wayne Josey and David Josey.

Honorary Pallbearers were Vernon Hargrove, Don Wilson, Herbert Conrad, Rex Williams, Bill Braswell, Randy Reese, Perry Maddox, Morgan Jones, Alvin Josey, Mike McGahee and Roy McGahee.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Pineview Baptist Church Building Fund, 119 Pleasant Home Road, Martinez, GA 30907.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lavaughn Crunkelton
Mr. Lavaughn Crunkelton, 59, of Gibson entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Crunkelton a native of Atlanta, and had lived in Glascock County for the last 12 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, Ocala, Fla.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at the Gibson City Cemetery, Glascock County, with Rev. Ed Chance officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father, W.C. “Jack” Crunkelton; and a brother, Bruce R. Crunkelton.

Survivors include his parents, Hilda N. and Calvin McCoy of Gibson; one son, Travis Crunkelton, Thomson; one daughter, Diane Crunkelton, Spartanburg, S.C.; two brothers, Jack (Freddie) Crunkelton and Jeff (Diane) Crunkelton, both of Gibson; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kent Daniels, Victor Raley, Bill Raley, Mike Braswell, David Logan, Dennis Bazemore and Gary Usry.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie “Bo” Huntley
Mr. Willie “Bo” Huntley, 82, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Huntley was born in Louisville, to the parentage of the late Blanche Huntley Brown. At an early age he joined the Pine Hill Baptist Church, where he was a member. Later he relocated and joined the Church of Christ.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel and Jones Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his aunts, Jessie Bell Fleming, Rosie Lee Lewis and Doretha Huntley of Louisville; great-aunts, Rosetta Brown of Stapleton, and Mary Frances Gilmore of St. Petersburg, Fla.; cousins, Diane Jordan, Cortlandt Cunningham, Kasie Cunningham and Elaine Jordan Dixon, all of Louisville; friend, Tom Henry Jordan; and several other cousins, relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Jean Watson McCreary
Mrs. Mary Jean Watson McCreary, 85, of Brookdale Senior Living entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at the Medical College of Georgia.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Mrs. McCreary was a daughter of the late John T. Watson Sr. and Mary Estes Watson. She retired after several years of service as a secretary for the Baptist Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

A private graveside service was held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, in the Bethlehem Cemetery, Capleville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Charles McCreary and Matthew J. McHugh; and brother, John T. Watson Jr.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Emily Polhill Watson of Louisville; nieces, Polly Cowart of Evans, and Hunter Cardinal of Taylors, S.C.; nephew John Thomas “Tom” Watson III of Louisville; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. McCreary to the Salvation Army, PO Box 2523, Augusta, GA 30903, or the Louisville ARP Church, 824 Walnut Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George L. Oliphant
Mr. George L. Oliphant of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.

Mr. Oliphant was born on Sept. 6, 1950, in Wrens. He was a 1968 graduate of Jefferson County High School and served for 21 years in the U.S. Army.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, S.C., at 1 p.m., with Brother Carl Jones officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Claudia McCloud-Oliphant; sons, Demetris (Wanda) Oliphant, George (Wendy) Oliphant and Cordell Wallace; daughter, Franshay McCloud; three grandchildren; two brothers; one sister; one brother-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Mrs. Ruth E. Reaves
Mrs. Ruth E. Reaves, 85, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at Doctors Hospital.

Private services will be held.

Mrs. Reaves was born in Wrens, the daughter of the late William E. and Annie Perkins Smith. Mrs. Reaves helped her husband with a business in Augusta for more than 30 years, Rainbow Electric.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Pappy Reaves; sisters, Quida Story and Eleanor Godfrey; and brother, William E. Smith.

Survivors include her daughters, Sandra Pope (Dean), Gail Roberts (Bobby), Susan Kitchens (John), Connie Redmond (Randall); sister, Betty Yonkers; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Wanda Shumaker
Mrs. Wanda Shumaker of Grovetown entered into rest at Eisenhower Hospital on Aug. 14, 2011.

Interment will be private.

Mrs. Shumaker was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was the manager of Cafeteria No. 1 at Fort Gordon and lived in the Grovetown area for the past 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Fred Shumaker.

Survivors include one son, Alex Shumaker (Lois Ann), Wadley; two grandchildren, Jason Shumaker (Sally), Grovetown, and Alexander George Shumaker, Florida; one great-grandchild, Kinsley Shumaker.

In lieu of flowers Wanda requested that donations be made to the family at P.O. Box 745, Wadley, GA 30477.

Thomas L. King Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Ruby Lee Smith
Miss Ruby Lee Smith, 91, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011.

Miss Smith was the daughter of the late Jimmy (Nellie Walker) Smith. She attended school for the blind in Macon.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Emma Holmes Tarver
Mrs. Emma Holmes Tarver of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Debbie Axen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her three daughters, Alice Holmes Terry and Debbie Holmes (Rev. James) Axen, all of St. Augustine, Fla., and Annette Tarver (Kenneth) Henderson of Macon; three sons, Isaac (Vesterine) Holmes of Forsyth, James Holmes of Jacksonville, Fla., and Cornell Tarver Jones of St. Augustine, Fla.; 27 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Tyrone Terry, Bernard DeJeus, Sedrick Tarver, Erick Terry, Kelvin Epps, Aphonso Epps and Ricky Terry.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas S. Wilcher
Mr. Thomas S. Wilcher, 80, of Grovetown entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Wilcher was a native of Glascock County and a member of the Windsor Springs Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Harlem Memorial Cemetery, with Rev. Robin Rene Cunningham officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Frances Washington Wilcher.

Survivors include his daughter, Elaine Wilcher of Grovetown; two sons, Eric Woods of McBean, and Darrell Woods of Hephzibah; one sister, Margrie Wilcher of Gibson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

If so desired, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 246 Davis Road, Martinez, GA 30807.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ti’Nivion “Bizzi” Edai Williams
Baby Ti’Nivion “Bizzi” Edai Williams, 2 days, entered into rest on Aug. 11, 2011, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Baby Williams was born on Aug. 13, 2011, weighing 450 grams and was 10 1/2 inches long.

Her body was donated to the Medical College of Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her sister, the late Janic J’nea Williams; grandmother, Janice B. Williams; and cousin, E’Tasia Williams.

Survivors include her mother, Bernadette Williams; grandfather, Eddie Williams Sr.; aunts and uncles, Edlena Williams, Antonia Brown, Walter Brown, Eddie Williams Jr.; cousins, Niya Law, Nitayvious Law, Irvoni Bryant and Wintrel Brown; and godparents, Brandee and Kinte’ Harmon of Augusta.

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