Obituaries
September 22, 2011 Issue

Mr. Robert Lewis “Tony” Cunningham
Mr. Robert Lewis “Tony” Cunningham, 61, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at a local hospital.

Mr. Cunningham was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He attended the Jefferson County School System and was employed at Thermo King Corporation by Ingersoll Rand Corp for 33 years as a braizer.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Antonyo Cunningham of Augusta and Sandi Hill of Wadley; stepdaughter, Gail (Mario) Harrison of Louisville; mother, Katie Mae Cunningham of Louisville; sisters, Willie Mae (Arcephus) King and Lisa Cunningham of Wadley, Gail (Marcus) White of Charlotte, N.C., Diane C. Hall, Eddie (Carolyn) Cunningham, Eugene (Linda) Cunningham and Ronnie Cunningham of Louisville, Tommie Lee Cunningham and Bill Cunningham of Augusta, and Jeffery (Myra) Clark of Kileen, Texas; grandchildren, Qiana V. Jones, Diate D. Walker, Mariana M. Harrison, Reshika S. Harrison and Markila Harrison; four great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lula Mae Walker of Augusta, Lizzie (Edward) Pinkston of Louisville, Susie Mae Hannah, Allie Van Walker, Sarah (Eddie) Waltower and Elnora Walker, all of Gough, Vera Mae Ryals of Alamo, Otis Walker of Augusta; aunts and uncles, Estelle Johnson of Orlando, Fla., Joane Fowler Henderson of Louisville, Mary Alice Forman and Willie James Henderson of Atlanta; cousins, John and Zanie Cunningham of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Barry Cannady, Alonzo Gibbons, Charles Bryant, Randy Murphy, Gary Battie, Larry Anderson, Morris Danford, Ray Charles Smith and Otis Walker.

Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Thermo King Corp.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Sammy L. Harden Sr.
Mr. Sammy L. Harden Sr., 89, of Appling entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at University Hospital.

A son of the late Sterling Odel Harden and Frances Fiskus Harden, Mr. Harden was born in Avera, and had lived most of his life in Augusta. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and then began a 40 year career as a truck driver for Bell Oil Company. He was a member of Christ Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Christ Baptist Church, North Augusta, S.C. Interment, with military honors, followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and several siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Lucile Bush Harden, Appling; son, Sammy L. Harden Jr., Augusta; two daughters, Jill Dowd, North Augusta, S.C., and Gail Harden, Augusta; three grandchildren, Denise Hodo, Clarks Hill, S.C., David Dowd, North Augusta, S.C., and Chris Harden, North Augusta, S.C.; and three great-grandchildren, Makayla Dowd, Hannah Hodo and Benjamin Hodo.

South Carolina Cremation and Burial Society were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Sammie Lee Jackson
Mr. Sammie Lee Jackson of Wadley entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Sandra Hill Elam officiating. Burial was in the Hard Shell Cemetery.

Survivors include his sister, Cynthia Howard, Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Michael (Sheila) Howard and Odell Howard, all of Brooklyn, N.Y.; cousins reared as siblings, Mary Ann (Joe Albert) Braswell Sr., Wadley, Johnnie (Yvonne) Jackson Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., Charles Edward (Geneva) Jackson, Bartow; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Lee Arthur Carter Jr., Roy Alonzo Carter, Willie James Carter, Charles Edward Jackson, Johnnie Jackson Jr. and Lonnie Hill Jr.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Lemuel “Lembo” Keen Jr.
Mr. James Lemuel “Lembo” Keen Jr., 62, entered into rest at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.

The son of the late Dorothea Elizabeth Harden Keen and James Lemuel Keen of Dublin, Mr. Keen was a native of Dublin. He graduated from Louisville Academy, Louisville, in 1967. He received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C., and did graduate work at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. A 35-year resident of Orlando, Fla., he had retired from his position as a commercial horticultural designer at Ambius Corporation, Orlando, and moved to Savannah.

A memorial service was held at the Townsend Funeral Home Chapel, Dublin, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

Survivors include his two sisters, Sula Harvard Keen Altman (Wayne) of Savannah, and Elizabeth “Betsy” Harden Keen Polhill (Jim) of Louisville; one niece, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Altman Young (Adam) of Birmingham, Ala.; three nephews, Michael Wayne Altman (Maureen) of Cairneyhill, Scotland, James Brown Polhill V (Kim) of Augusta, and David Nathaniel Polhill (Ginny) of Dublin; seven great-nieces and three great-nephews; four aunts and uncles; and six first cousins.

The family suggests that memorials be donated to the Jefferson Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 998, Louisville, GA 30434.

Townsend Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Evydell Williford Lamb
Mrs. Evydell Williford Lamb of Wrens entered into rest on Sept. 18, 2011.

Mrs. Lamb was born Aug. 9, 1923, in Glascock County and was the daughter of the late Nesbitt and Mollie Williford. She was a homemaker and lived in Jefferson County for many years. Mrs. Lamb was a member of Jordan Chapel Church of God in Edgehill, where she served as church secretary for more than 40 years.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Jordan Chapel Church of God, with Rev. David O. Jones and Rev. Dorothy Morris officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Lamb; son, Larry Lamb; sisters, Eula Reese and Mary Williford; brothers, Frank Williford, Walden Williford and Tom Williford.

Survivors include her sons, Earl Lamb (Lucille) of Louisville, and Harold Lamb (Cathy) of Edgehill; daughter, Christy Williams (Joe) of Gibson; sister, Velma Caldwell of Stone Mountain; grandchildren, Angela Barrow (Shane), Jeff Lamb, Alison Stamper (Scott), Sandra Williams, Bobby Lamb, Megan Williams, Morgan Clark (Heath) and Kristy Williams; great-grandchildren, Blake Lamb, Jordan Bowen, Lyn Barrow, Jaden Usry, Jaxon Usry, Brinley Irby, Sydney Stamper, Ayden Barrow and Hunter Barrow.

Pallbearers were Jeff Lamb, Dwight Reese, Anthony Lamb, Jordan Bowen, Scott Stamper, Heath Clark, Chris Callaway and Billy Williford.

Memorials may be made to Jordan Chapel Church of God, 7001 Jordan Chapel Road, Gilson, GA 30810.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Christine Lattimore Mitchell
Mrs. Christine Lattimore Mitchell, 55, formerly of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at Heritage Healthcare of Old Capital.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville, with Rev. Wallace Mason officiating. Burial will be held at 1 p.m. at the Georgia Veteran Memorial Cemetery, Milledgeville.

Mrs. Mitchell was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Leroy Lattimore and Jessie Bell Brown Lattimore. She was the widow of the late Norma Mitchell Sr. She attended Jefferson County public schools. At an early age she attended former Ebenezer CME Church, Bartow.

Survivors include her children, Micheal Mitchell and Norma Mitchell Jr. of Atlanta, Duwayne Mitchell, Chantrell Mitchell, Christopher Jessie Mitchell and Curtis Dion Mitchell of Louisville; siblings, Florida Lattimore and Bessie L. Lattimore of Louisville, Mary Frances (Arcefus) Jackson of Wadley, Leroy Lattimore Jr. of Atlanta, Viola Barnes of the U.S. Army; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence of her sister, Bessie L Lattimore, 1051 Fleming Circle, Louisville, or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elizabeth Craig Smith
Mrs. Elizabeth Craig Smith, 88, of Harlem entered into rest Monday September 12, 2011.

Mrs. Smith was born in Union, S.C., and was retired from Roses Department Store. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Adams Chapel Cemetery, Dearing, with Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Willie Reid Chaney, Lewis A. Young and Robert Wesley Smith; son, Reid O. Chaney; two brothers, Roger Craig and Luther Craig; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Survivors include six sons, Bobby (Song) Chaney, Killeen, Texas, Roby (Betty) Chaney, Austell, Ronnie (Gail) Smith, Stapleton, Richard ( Sandy) Smith, Warner Robins, Robert (Zettie) Smith, Hendersonville, N.C., Allen (Justine) Smith, Dearing; four daughters, Leila (Jerry) Sineath, Harlem, Rozie (Rick) Kerr, Jonesville, S.C., Reba Smith, Jonesville, S.C., and Bessie (Jimmy) Law, Holly Pond, Ala.; three brothers, Edward Craig, Robert Craig and Lewis Craig, all of South Carolina; 41 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Hoke (Delle) Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Black, John Smith, Blake Smith, Chris Shepard, Roby Chaney Jr. and Russ Beniot.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George Thomas Walden
Mr. George Thomas Walden, 84, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Walden was a native of Glascock County and lived here all of his life. He was a Baptist. He was retired from the City of Gibson and also worked at Kent’s Canning Company, Gibson, for many years. Mr. Walden was in the Army for a short time.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Griffin Chapel Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Rev. Herman Walden officiating. Interment was in Gibson First Baptist Church Cemetery, Gibson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Brassell Walden; parents, Lewis and Mary Kelley Walden; daughter, Ginger Holbrook; and a brother, Lewis Albert Walden.

Survivors include his sister, Gloria W. Hawkins of Edgehill; two grandchildren, Leonna (Billy) Chalker of Edgehill, and Clay (Layla) Holbrook of Gibson; five great-grandchildren, Brandon, Brantley, Briona, Bianca and Mason; two nieces and two nephews; sister-in-law, Mrs. Jimmie C. Walden of Gibson; and two caregivers, James Shipley and Donna Bright.

Pallbearers were Mike Lyons, James Hawkins, Jeff McGahee, Brian Stewart, Mark Stewart and Lynn Brady Reese.

Honorary pallbearers were great-grandsons, Brandon and Brantley.

Memorials may be made to Griffin Chapel Baptist Church, in care of Kathy Lyons, 646 Gray St., Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ida Mae Latimore Wright
Mrs. Ida Mae Latimore Wright of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Brinson Hill Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Dr. David Kemp officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, John Daly Wright, Wadley; two daughters, Marsha Sanders and Cathy M. Sanders, Wadley; sons, Carl Sanders and J. T. Wright, Taunton, Mass.; four sisters, Janet L. (Wesley) Snell, Annie Laura (Ronnie) Harmon, Nellie (Wilbur) Wilcher and Katherine King, all of Wadley; two brothers, Willie Ray Latimore, Roxbury, Mass., and Van (Margaret) Latimore, Wadley; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Willie Randall, Leon Wilcher, Tony Cummings, Edward Kelluem, Chris Kemp and Melvin Kelluem.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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