Obituaries
September 15, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Mary Bessie Mathis Allen
Mrs. Mary Bessie Mathis Allen, 85, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Lake Crossing Health Center, Washington.

A native of Glascock County, Mrs. Allen lived in Augusta most of her life. She was a member of the Christian Advent Church, Augusta. She was retired from Lilly Cup Company, Augusta.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church, Mitchell, with Rev. Timothy Pendery officiating, Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George D. Allen; parents, Mamie Smith and Tom Mathis; one sister, Johnnie Hawkins; and a brother, Cowen Mathis.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Terry Thompson, Tommy Thompson, Kim Williams, Wynn Cox, Wayne Mathis, Dean Reese, Olin Mathis and Tommy Hawkins.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ernest Lee Danforth
Mr. Ernest Lee Danforth of Davisboro entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Blounts Chapel AME Church, Bartow, with Rev. Johnny R. Sampson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his daughter, Crystal (Calvin) Johnson, Wrightsville; son, Ernest Lee (Katonya Bynes) Gilmore, Millen; two sisters, Mary L. Jones and Pauline Brown, both of Wadley; brother, Freddie Lee Danforth, Wadley; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Melvin Danford, Jimmy Kirkland, Ricky McGahee, Melvin Scott and Willie Scott.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annette Smith Hobbs
Mrs. Annette Smith Hobbs, 78, of Stapleton entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Hobbs was a native of Warren County, but had lived in Stapleton for many years. She had retired from the Thomson Company, and also as a school bus driver. She was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Zoar United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bill Seaman and Rev. Michael Defore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Barton Hobbs, Stapleton; two sons, Mark (Robbin) Hobbs, Warrenton, and Mike (Judy) Hobbs, Thomson; two brothers, Jimmy Smith, Camak, and Glen Smith, Gray; and four grandchildren, Ben Hobbs, Jordan Hobbs, Ethan Hobbs and Elizabeth Hobbs.

Pallbearers were David Smith, Joey Smith, Jamie Smith, Jody Hobbs, Wayne Duffie and Smith Dickson.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nora Gillion Faglie Purvis
Mrs. Nora Gillion Faglie Purvis, 93, of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at her daughterís residence in Crab Orchard, W.Va.

Born to the late Ophelia Butler Gillion and the late Alvin Gillion in Greenwood, S.C., where she finished high school, Mrs. Purvis moved to Augusta where she worked and retired from Woolworth Co. After her retirement, she moved to Wrens where she was a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau. She was also a member of Zoar UMC and United Methodist Women of Zoar. In recent years, she was attended Jordan Christian Fellowship, Sophia, W.Va.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Sam Collins and Rev. Tim Roberts officiating. Interment followed in Westover Memorial Park Cemetery, Augusta.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Buford Gilmore Faglie and John Weldon Purvis Sr.; and siblings, Herman Gillion and Evelyn G. Hazel, both of Greenwood, S.C.

Survivors include her daughters, Glenda F. Cook (Gibson) of Crab Orchard, W.Va., and Carolyn Turner (Johnny) of Union, S.C.; stepson, J. Weldon Purvis Jr. (Sue); sister, Nancy Hanley (James) of Athens; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were David Chada, Barry Ellis, Cameron Pierpont, Christopher Pierpont, Jackson Serkiz, Maxwell Serkiz and Steven Serkiz.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zoar UMC Building Fund, c/o Frankie Kitchens, 3033 Quail Farm Rd SW, Thomson, GA 30824.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Edison Schmitter
Mr. Robert Edison Schmitter, 91, of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Schmitter was the husband of the late Martha Ann Schmitter. He was a native of Trenton, N.J., and resided in Augusta. He served and retired from the U.S. Air Force and retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Survivors include a number of grandchildren; and a niece, Lettye Sue Horton of Louisville.

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


Mr. Scott Wagster
Mr. Scott Wagster, 37, of Gainesville entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2011, at Gold City Nursing Home, Dahlonega, following an extended illness.

Mr. Wagster was born Oct. 13, 1973, in Lanstuhl, Germany, to Carl Wagster and Gwen McKinney Wagster. He was employed at Heritage Old Capital Nursing Home as a custodian and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Union City, Tenn. Mr. Wagster graduated in 1992 from Lumpkin County High School, was a member of Lionís Club in Louisville, where he was Lion of the Year in 2004. He also was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Gainesville, where he was Volunteer of the Year in 2006.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home, with Edward Salter, George Land and Milon Christman. Interment followed in Memorial Park Mausoleum.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Bernice Johnson; grandfather, Carl Wagster Sr.; and brother, Kevin Duane Wagster.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Carl and Nancy Wagster of Gainesville; mother and stepfather, Gwen McKinney and Tom Dulaney of Dawsonville; sister, Vanessa (Josh) Nohelty of Fort Campbell, Ky.; nephews, Zack Henderson, Lucas Henderson and Chance Nohelty, all of Fort Campbell, Ky.; grandparents, Gordon and Juanita McKinney of Union City, Tenn.; uncle, Larry McKinney of Martin, Tenn.; and aunt, Wanda Lohr of Maryland.

Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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