Obituaries
September 8, 2011 Issue

Mr. Joseph Joe Bryon Croft
Mr. Joseph Joe Bryon Croft, 74, of Augusta entered into rest on Aug. 28, 2011, at home after a battle with leukemia.

Mr. Croft was born on Dec. 24, 1936, in Fairfax, S.C., and moved to Augusta at the age of 5. He started his first job of delivering newspapers at the age of 11. He was a 1954 graduate of Academy of Richmond County, and a 1959 graduate of Palmer Business College. He was also in the Naval Reserves for eight years. He is a member of TrueNorth Church, North Augusta, S.C. Mr. Croft served for 20 years as chief operating officer of Nordahl Realty, Inc., and vice president of Nordahl Homes, Inc. His civic organizations include past president of LBC Jaycees; past president of the Optimist Club of Augusta; and past director of Georgia District of Optimist International. Mr. Croft’s professional organizations include past president and charter member of the Augusta/North Augusta Multiple Listing Service; past president of the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors; member of Greater Augusta Association of Realtors, 41 years; charter chairman of the Million Dollar Club; past director and member of Georgia Association of Realtors, 41 years; past director of the Sales and Marketing Council of the Builders Association of Metro Augusta; former member of the Builders Association of Metro Augusta; 1989 Realtor of the Year, Greater Augusta Association of Realtors; 1995 Manager of the Year, Sales and Marketing Council; licensed real estate broker with the Georgia Real Estate Commission, 38 years; awarded Million Dollar Sales Award/Circle of Excellence, and Master’s Club Award for numerous years by the Greater Augusta Association of Realtors; presented multiple top sales and marketing awards by the Sales and Marketing Council of the Builders Association of Metro Augusta.

Funeral services were held at noon at Thomas Poteet and Son on Aug. 31, 2011, with Rev. Gene Jennings officiating. Burial was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jennings Bryon Croft and Florrie Googe Croft; brother, Jennings H. Croft; sister, Vivian Croft Ussery; and mother-in-law, Nellie J. Harrison.

Survivors include his wife, Emily Harrison Croft of Augusta; daughters, Kimberly Croft Ryan of North Augusta, S.C., and Karen Croft Odom (Robert) of North Augusta, S.C.; grandchildren, Adam Jeffery Marshall of North Augusta, S.C., Erica Elizabeth Marshall of Augusta, Joseph Thomas Ryan of North Augusta, S.C., and Madison Leigh Odom of North Augusta, S.C.; great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Grace Marshall of Augusta; father-in-law, Braxton S. Harrison Sr. of Augusta; brother-in-law, Braxton S. Harrison Jr. (Jan) of Wrens; nieces, Carmen Ussery Morris (Jack) of Allendale, S.C., Miriam Ussery Cook (Gene) of Allendale, S.C., JoAnn Ussery Hill (Bruce) of Allendale, S.C., Jewell Ussery Lucia (Joe) of Daytona Beach, Fla., Melody Ussery Smith of Mays Landing, N.J., and Debra Ussery of Irmo, S.C.; as well as 15 great-nieces and -nephews; 28 great-great-nieces and -nephews; and three great-great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Pallbearers were TSgt. Bobby Ryan, and great-nephews, John Broom, Tracy Cook, Barry Craig, Darrell Detrick, Derrick Detrick, John Hipp, Jack Leopard III, Clay Morris, Joel Morris and Chris Rabon.

Honorary pallbearers were Russ Nordahl, Nathan Youngblood, Jim Courson, Tom Sessions, Carlton McDonald, Phillip Brinson, Gene Mixon, Jimmy Glaze, Robert Murphy, Willie Beasley, Jimmy Findlay, Charles E. Benson, Paul Petersen Sr., Terry Wasden, Rebecca McGinty and Jose Torres.

If so desired, memorials may be made to MCG Cancer Center, 1120 15th Street, F1000, Augusta, GA 30912, to the attention of Clinical Programs, or TrueNorth Church, Awakening Campaign, 1297 W. Martintown Road, North Augusta, SC 29841.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Oliene Smith Beasley
Mrs. Oliene Smith Beasley, 68, of Oak Park entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Beasley was born in Soperton. She was a seamstress, a caregiver and a member of Holtons Chapel Church.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Phil Wilson and Rev. Clint Hutcheson officiating. Interment was in the Hutcheson Family Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roger Kirby and H. Wilder Smith Sr.; grandsons, William Wailey “Scooter” Kirby II and H. Wilder Smith III; and parents, Weaver Wailey and Willer Poole Hutcheson.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Beasley of Oak Park; four daughters, Sharon Kirby, Wendy (Mike) Webb, Misty Kirby, all of Swainsboro, and Darlene (Keith) Wommack of Metter; four sons, Wailey Kirby of Oak Park, Wayne (Maryann) Kirby of Swainsboro, Jamie (Cheri) Kirby of Bartow, and J.D. Kirby also of Swainsboro; three stepdaughters, Jennifer (Ricky) Strange, Cortney (Jerry) Moody, all of Oak Park, and Lei Bragg of Swainsboro; five stepsons, Gary (Erin) Beasley Jr. of McRae, Dess Smith III, H. Wilder Smith Jr., both of Swainsboro, Mason Smith of Dublin, and George L Smith III of Covington; one brother, Omer (Sharon) Hutcheson of Lyons; 34 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Patricia Ann Beasley
Miss Patricia Ann Beasley, 65, of Stapleton entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at Select Specialty Hospital, Augusta.

Miss Beasley was the daughter of the late Ray and Eva Huff Beasley. She was retired.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include three sisters, Cheryl (Lewis) Dixon, Stapleton, Joyce (Junior) Joyner, Millen, and Debbie (Larry) Thompson, Gibson; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were nephews, Chad Dixon, Chris Thompson, Clay Neal, Jason Mathis, Chad Watson and Jeremy Sutton.

Honorary pallbearer was Tyler Clay Neal.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nellie Williams Flournoy
Mrs. Nellie Williams Flournoy, 62, entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Flournoy was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Willie James Williams Sr. and the late Nellie Bell Cuyler Williams. She was the widow of the late Robert “Bob” Flournoy. She was a faithful member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where she served on the program committee, was assistant to the Youth Director, president of the Willing Workers, Missionary Society and she also did Sunday announcements. She was a 1969 graduate of Jefferson County High and was employed with Ingles Corp.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Louisville.

Survivors include two sons, Steven Bernard Flournoy of Anchorage, Ala., and Rodney (Sandra) Flournoy of Grovetown; brothers and sisters, Earlene “Betty” (Ed Willie “Bobby”) Coley of Augusta, Bertha Hines of Wadley, Henry (Delores) Williams of Augusta, Willie James (Thelma) Williams of Louisville, Charlie Lee (Shellann) Williams of Vidette, Pamela (Willie) Smallwood of Louisville, Larry (Angela) Williams of Augusta, Brenda (Earnest) Barksdale of Martinez, Frederick (Shenee’) Williams of Anchorage, Ala., Debra (Kenneth) Leverette of O’Fallon, Ill., Donald (Debra) Williams of Martinez, Shirley (Henry) Gibbons of Ashbury Park, N.J.; grandchildren, Breante’ Flournoy and Sha’keria Flournoy of Augusta, O’Shea Traylor of Anchorage, Ala., Nikole Casemere, Alexis Casemere and Aaliyah Casemere of Grovetown, and Maurice Ball of Newnan; one great-aunt, Mandie Lee Walker of Wadley; aunt, Frankie Cobb of Midville; uncle, Theodore Williams of Savannah; brothers-in-law, Leotis (Mary Habersham) Flournoy and Isaiah (Mattie)

Flournoy of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Jerry Mack Gilmer
Mr. Jerry Mack Gilmer, 64, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.

Mr. Gilmer was a native of McDuffie County, and was the son of the late Hoke Gilmer and the late Gertrude Davis Gilmer. He was retired as a mechanic and had worked at Thomson Automotive, Lloyds Auto and Smith Ford.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bill Seaman officiating.

Survivors include his children, Charles Gilmer (Angela), Thomson, Chris Gilmer (Rose), Gibson, Chad Gilmer (Josephine), Warrenton, Timothy Turner ( Carrie), Thomson; daughter, Cherie Beth Walker, Warrenton; brothers, Clarence Gilmer, Warner Robins, Allen Gilmer, Gibson; sister, Frances Randall (Gene), Atlanta; grandchildren, Dakota Gilmer, Christopher Gilmer, Lillie Gilmer, Charles Gilmer, Tamara Walker, Nancy Turner, Timothy Turner and Wyatt Turner.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Javoris Lay
Mr. Javoris Lay, 18, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Pastor Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. officiating. Interment was in Lofton AME Church Cemetery, Wrens.

Survivors include his daughter, McKennzi Lovett, Savannah; mother, Stephanie Lay; brother, Rodriegus Lay; sister, LaShedia Lay, grandmother, Minnie W. Brown; niece Serenity Lay, all of Wrens; aunts, Sharon Jacobs, Marilyn, N.J., Connie Repress, St. Roberts, Mo.; uncles, Johnny Brown and Terrance Way, both of Wrens; father, Ronnie Winns, Stapleton; stepmother, Missy Kelly, Burke County; grandmother Leila Mae Winns, Stapleton; uncles, David Winns, Wrens, Donald Winns, Dennis Winns, both Stapleton; aunts, Kimberly Huff and Diane Gaines, both of Stapleton; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rita Ann Remay Moenk
Mrs. Rita Ann Remay Moenk, 87, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.

Mrs. Moenk was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and lived in College Park before making her home in Gibson seven years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, with Father Bill Williams as celebrant. Interment services followed at 4 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park.

Survivors include her son, Timothy I. Moenk of Boston, Mass.; daughters, Sister Jeanne Moenk, SND, of Cleveland, Ohio, Patricia Scott of Carrolton, Texas, and Rita Allen of Gibson; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Rodney Raley
Mr. Rodney Raley, 72, of Vidette entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.

Along with his partner, Roger Land, Mr. Raley owned and operated Gough Gin and Fertilizer. He was then associated with the Boll Weevil Eradication Program. In his later years, he was a barber at Johnson Barber Shop, Waynesboro.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Vidette United Methodist Church, with Rev. Griffin Thompson, Rev. David Boggs and Rev. Tip Carroll officiating. Interment followed at Rose Dhu Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Louise Chalker Raley and John C. Raley Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Louise Hannah Raley; two sons, John David Raley and Floyd Rodney Raley Jr. (Debralee); four grandchildren; three siblings, Calvin Raley, Dale R. Tinley (Henry), and Jimmy Raley (Betty); sister-in-law, Linda Hannah Hodges (Jerry); and many other relatives and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren, John Bradford Raley, Jonathan Evan Raley, Hannah Marlene Raley and Chalker Garrison Raley.

Memorials may be made to the Vidette UMC, c/o Elaine Wheatley, 240 Old Louisville Road, Keysville, GA 30816, or United Hospice, 667 South Main Street, Swainsboro, GA 30401.

DeLoach–McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George Willis “Bud” Sammons
Mr. George Willis “Bud” Sammons, 85, entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011.

Mr. Sammons was a native of Glascock County and lived in Gwinnett County for some time before spending the past 12 years in Milledgeville. Mr. Sammons was veteran of the United States Army having served in World War II. He was a 50 year Mason and was a member of Norcross Lodge No. 228 F & AM. Mr. Sammons attended Lake Country Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Jordan’s Chapel Church of God Cemetery, Edgehill, at 3 p.m.

Survivors include his daughters, Debra (Phillip) Lively, Cindy (Brad) Frasheski; sons, George “Tim” Sammons, Jim Wayne (Debra) Sammons and Eddie Willis (Anita) Sammons; brothers, Williams Sammons and Eugene Sammons; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care Options, 811 N. Cobb Street, Suite 3, Milledgeville, GA 31061.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Mrs. Rosetta Hazel Mitchell Strowbridge
Mrs. Rosetta Hazel Mitchell Strowbridge of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Wadley Complex Center Auditorium, formerly Wadley Middle School, with Rev. Terry King officiating. Burial was in the Millen City Cemetery.

Survivors include her three daughters, Lillie (Gerald) Everett, Harrisburg, Pa., Nora (Charles) Hynson-Robins, Wadley, and Betty S. Fowler, Hazleton, Pa.; five sons, Rev. James Otis Strowbridge, Augusta, Rev. Freddie L. (Sally) Strowbridge and Willie Roger (Jeanette) Strowbridge, all of Wadley, Thomas L. (Mary) Strowbridge, and Lee Edward (Brenda) Strowbridge, all of Harrisburg, Pa.; one sister, Martha Wright, Wadley; three brothers, George (Josell) Mitchell, Brockton, Mass., James R. (Betty) Newman, Macon, and Moses Cobb, Augusta; 35 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Corey Anderson, Freddie Strowbridge Jr., Gerry Strowbridge Jr., Gerry Strowbridge Sr., Jasmone Strowbridge and Thomas Strowbridge Jr.

Hudson Mortuary 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.

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

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at San Clair Baptist Church. Burial was in the San Clair Cemetery

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, Jacksonville, Fla., and Johnnie (Eunice) Bennett of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Damari Telfair, Davontay Telfair and Davajia Telfair of Brooklyn, N.Y.; cousins; nephews; nieces; niece, Sherry (Carlos) Darisaw of Louisville; and caregiver, Tamela Gills of Wadley.

Davis Funeral Home?was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Luke Wood
Mr. Luke Wood, 68, of Mountain Home, N.C., entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at his home.

Mr. Wood was a born in Warren County. He was the son of the late Grady Wood, and Irie and Spencer Taylor. He retired from Bowman Transportation where he was a truck driver for many years.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Millcreek Baptist Church Cemetery, Glascock County, with Pastor Ralph Kitchens officiating.

Mr. Wood was preceeded in death by two brothers, Billy Wayne Wood and Jimmy Taylor; two sisters, Myra Bragg and Monteen Langham; and one granddaughter, Natalie Waldbart.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Wood; two sons, Jim (Melissa) Wood of Saluda, N.C., and Tim (Lynn) Wood of Hendersonville, N.C.; one daughter, Dolly (Wayne) Wood Waldbart, Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers, William (Kathryn) Wood and Arnold (Jenette) Wood; one sister, Nyra (Linton) Langham all of Warrenton; six grandchildren; friend and caregiver, Regina Watkins; and best friends, Jim and Faye Nix.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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