Obituaries
September 1, 2011 Issue

Mr. Thomas Mose Benefield
Mr. Thomas Mose Benefield, 75, of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Benefield was born on July 12, 1936, to Mose and Ida Mary Adkins Benefield. He received his education from the Jefferson County School System, where he later retired as a bus driver. Mr. Benefield joined Harts Grove Baptist Church at an early age. On Jan. 9, 1965, he was united in marriage to Ethel Mae Beasley.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Burial was in church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Barbara Ann Benefield, Dorothy Lipscomb and Glennis Benefield; and one brother, Johnny Lee Benefield.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel Mae Benefield; stepdaughter, Patricia Ann Williams of Fort Pierce, Fla.; brother, Rev. Lenwards (Classie) Benefield of Queens, N.Y.; three sisters, Mary Benefield, Wynona Benefield and Mary Lou Lockhart, all of Wrens; three brothers-in-law, Arthur Lipscomb of Richmond, Va., Bose Lee Beasley and Willie Beasley, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Louella Allen of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Zaynah Brown Farmer
Mrs. Zaynah Brown Farmer, 32, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton. Burial was in Wrens Memorial Gardens, Wrens.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Farmer of Wrens; father and stepmother, Abdul and Rabiah Hassan; siblings, Aneesah Bobbitt of Fayetteville, N.C., and Colan Brown of Wrens; stepsisters, Kieshaune Hassan Perkins of Lansing, Mich., and Nasir Hassan of Killeen, Texas; mother-in-law, Betty B. Farmer of Wrens; grandmother, Gloria Davis-Brown of Wrens; grandmothers-in-law, Jesse Bell Farmer of Wrens, and Rosella Brown of Stapleton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, George Farmer Jr. and Kelvin (Tekila) Farmer, all of Wrens, Debra (Porter) Quarterman of Stapleton, and Cassandra (Kenneth) Hogan of Augusta; six uncles, Anthony (Alma) Moore, Eddie Brown Jr., Lorenzo (Dita) Brown, Tyrone Chavis of East Orange, N.J., Timothy Brown of Richmond, Va., Jimmy (Denise) Small of E. Orange, N.J.; two aunts, Gloria (Danny) Coleman and Tanya (John) Gregory of E. Orange, N.J.; two nieces, Ashanti Fleurantin and Daiesha Bobbit of Fayetteville, N.C.; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John T. Clark
Mr. John T. Clark, 82, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Clark was a member of the Ebenezer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Wrens, where he served as a deacon, elder and treasurer for the church cemetery fund, as well as clerk of session for more than 50 years. He also maintained the church property and sanctuary until he was no longer able to work. Mr. Clark was an employee for many years at Louisville Fertilizer and Gin Co., as manager of the fertilizer supply office and cotton gin.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at Ebenezer ARP Church, with Rev. Gary Jones officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Anne Townsend Clark; children, Jimmy Clark and Linda Clark Santarone (Drew) of Milledgeville; granddaughter, Jennifer S. Spencer (Bryant) of Milledgeville; sisters, Edna McDaniel and Dorothy Todd; and numerous friends.

Pallbearers were Ralph Burke, William Burke, Billy Faglier, Milford Holdemon, Steve Pickard and Alan Wasden.

The family desires to have memorial contributions made to Ebenezer Cemetery Fund, c/o James F. Clark, 4215 Hobbs Rd, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Essie Gasley
Mrs. Essie Gasley of Midville entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Bark Camp Baptist Church, with Rev. Chavous Boyd officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her family.

Phinazee and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annie Van Gibson Rivers Harris
Mrs. Annie Van Gibson Rivers Harris, 87, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Harris was a native of Glascock County. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Wright Gibson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Milledgeville.

Graveside services were held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Mitchell City Cemetery, with Rev. Ralph Story officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, L.R. Rivers and William Harris; two sons, Barry G. Rivers and Lee Rymer Rivers; and one brother, William Gibson.

Survivors include one son, William A. Rivers, Dearing; one brother, George Wright, Mitchell; one sister, Mary Gibson Cutchins, Macon; two grandchildren, Shelby Rivers, and Sara Ann Rivers Waldrop; and one daughter-in-law, Cindy Rivers.

Honorary pallbearers were Jackie Threatt, Brad Threatt, Shawn Threatt and Tommy Smith.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Matthew Douglas Mason
Mr. Matthew Douglas Mason, 23, of Swainsboro entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Mr. Mason, born in Waynesboro, was a millwright with Fulghum Fibers and was a member of the Swainsboro Moose Lodge. He was a Christian.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Keith Claxton officiating. Interment was in the Wadley City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, G. Heyward Fulghum and Fred G. Mason Sr.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather,Susan Fulghum-Frazier and Gary T. Frazier of Swainsboro; father,Fred G. Mason Jr. of Swainsboro; two brothers,Fred G. “Trey” (Jade) Mason III of Swainsboro, and Scot (Ashley) Mason of Coleman Lake; maternal grandmother,Elizabeth Foster Fulghum of Coleman Lake; paternal grandmother,Reba Whitehead Mason of Swainsboro; five nieces and nephews,Landon Mason, Kiley Mason, Aden Mason, Dekota Mason and Dallin Mason; and a number of aunts and uncles.

Pallbearers were Lee Fulghum, Jacob Fulghum, George Fulghum, Cody Robertson, Clay Rowland, Bobby Mason, Dustin Watkins and Michael Bender.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Mooseheart Charity, c/o Moose Charities, 155 S. International Dr., Mooseheart, IL 60539

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Dorothy Lee “Miss Dotty” Norton
Miss Dorothy Lee “Miss Dotty” Norton, 82, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, after a long illness at Kingwood Medical Center while visiting her daughter in Texas.

Miss Norton was born in Atlanta, and attended Wrens High School, after which she attended Wesleyan Women’s College for the music conservatory in Macon. In 1950, she graduated from Barrett’s School of Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, where she wrote the school’s Alma Mater. She was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in the Corps of Nursing at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, from 1951-1953. Miss Norton lived in many places with her family including Nierenberg, Germany, Tripoli, Libya, Texas, Louisiana and Virginia. She practiced nursing until just a few years ago, working as a director of nursing homes in Louisiana and Georgia. Most recently she retired from 10 years of service from Hallmark Youth Care in Richmond, Va.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Wrens Memoridal Cemetery, with military honors and Rev. Jason Burton officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at James Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma Black Norton and Floyd Lee Norton; three sisters, Francis Norton, Nancy Wren and Jane N. Jones; and four brothers, William Norton, David Norton, Richard Norton and Sydney Norton.

Survivors include three children, Norton D. Morris of Los Angeles, Calif., Nancy E. Morris of Kingwood, Texas, and Melody Morris Ailsworth of Lynchburg, Va.; three grandchildren, Bobby Ailsworth, Sam Ailswoth and Ben Ailsworth, all of Lynchburg, Va.; sister, Gloria N. Craft; and two brothers, Ben Norton and Spence Norton.

Because of her generous nature, she would want memorial contributions made to a charity of choice in lieu of flowers.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jeanette Minter Smith
Mrs. Jeanette Minter Smith, 78, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Heritage of Old Capital Nursing Home.

A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Marshall and Jenny Wyatt Minter. She was a graduate of Rock Hill High School and graduated with a degree in nursing from Swainsboro Technical College. She retired from the Jefferson Hospital after more than 20 years of service as a nurse.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at Eastbrook Cemetery, Swainsboro, with Chaplain Franklin Sasser officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Ray Jenkins Smith.

Survivors include her daughters, Darla Harris of Swainsboro, and Lisa Smith of Louisville; three grandchildren, Daniel Boatright of Sandersville, Carla Robinson of Wrens, and Amanda Harris of Swainsboro; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Daniel Boatright, Carl Wagsdon, Ricky Davis, Al Thomas, Lamar Baxley and Phil Robinson.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annie Lee “Nell” Bennett Telfair
Mrs. Annie Lee “Nell” Bennett Telfair, 70, entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Funeral services will be held Sept. 3, 2011, at San Clair Baptist Church. Burial will be in the San Clair Cemetery

Mrs. Telfair was born in Wadley. She retired as a seamstress worker in New York.

Survivors include one son, Antoine (Tasha) Telfair of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four sisters, Vallie Mae Danford of Wadley, Christine (Verlene) Thompson of Waterburg, Conn., Annette (Willie) Henry of Dothan, Ala., and Rebecca Jones of Miami, Fla.; two brothers, Eddie Willie (Willie Mae) Bennett of Jacksonville, Fla., and Johnnie (Eunice) Bennett of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Damari Telfair, Davontay Telfair and Davajia Telfair, all of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a host of cousins, nephews and nieces including, Sherry (Carlos) Darisaw of Louisville .

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jerry T. Usry
Mr. Jerry T. Usry, 67, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

Mr. Usry was a native of Glascock County. He was a Methodist, Mason, an Army veteran, and was retired facility technician from Bell South Telephone Company.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at Gibson City Cemetery, with Rev. Butch Baston officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Mae Bell LaFavor Usry; and a brother, Everett Jack Usry.

Survivors include his son, Brad (Rhonda) Usry of Mitchell; daughter, Stacie (James) Paul of Wadley; sister, Daisy U. (Bobby) Jones of Mitchell; four grandchildren, Taylor and Justin Usry, Macie Brassell and Jaymie Paul; and companion, Susan Sellers Walden.

Honorary pallbearers were Andy Chalker, Anthony Griswell, Tony Thigpen, Kenneth Hardin, James Usry, Gene Johnson, Douglas Usry and members of Thomson First Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to the Glascock County Concerned Citizens, in care of Mary Chalker, P.O. Box 116, Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie J. Walker
Graveside sevices for Mr. Willie J. Walker of Augusta were held on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at McElmurray Spring Branch Baptist Cemetery, Waynesboro.

Mr. Walker was the youngest son of Johnny and Mildred Walker. He was born Aug. 8, 1969.

Survivors include his parents, Johnny and Mildred Walker; three siblings, Tyron (Angie) E. Walker Sr., Johnny (Cynthia) V. Walker, and Lynda (Mario) Lott; four children, Shanika, Shawndricka, James and Tarnisha Walker; 11 nieces and nephews; friend, Mary; and a host of family and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

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