Obituaries
October 13, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Valeria Ann Barfield
Mrs. Valeria Ann Barfield, 62, entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, after a four-year battle with cancer.

Mrs. Barfield was born in Louisville and grew up working on the family farm with her parents, her brother and sister. She was a graduate of the Louisville Academy. While in high school she operated the county bookmobile. Sometime later she worked at the University of Georgia Library. She worked as a substitute teacher for elementary and special education students. Upon moving to Lewisburg, W.Va., from Summerville, S.C., she became involved at the Greenbrier County Public Library, where she conducted childrenís programs. She began work at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Library 18 years ago. She received the Presidentís Award of Excellence at the school multiple times. Miss Barfield was a former member of the Board of Governors at WVSOM and also served as a local and statewide representative for classified staff employees. She is a former member of the Lewisburg Rotary Club and was active in the New Friends and Old Friends ladies group.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, W.Va., with Rev. Marshall Cochran officiating. Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, Bartow.

Survivors include her husband, Criss Haynes; parents, Rogers and Zulene Moats of Louisville; daughters, Amy Barfield of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Lisa Smith (Billy) of Hartsville, S.C.; son, Brian Barfield of Alderson, W.Va.; stepson, David Haynes (Noriko) of Tokyo, Japan; brother, Lester Moats (Vicki) of Hickory, N.C.; sister, Donna Moats of Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren, Alexis Barfield, Anna Barfield, Katherine Barfield, Trey Smith, Zane Smith, Coulter Smith, William Haynes and Andrew Haynes; many nephews and nieces; caregivers, Bobbi Harts, Becky Cole, Brenda Boyce, Lori Beale, Eileen Wade and Christina Jannel; and a host other family members and friends.

Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home and May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronald Billy Boulineau
Mr. Ronald Billy Boulineau, 65, of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother John Richards officiating. Interment followed in Ways Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June Fullwood Boulineau; and father, Joseph Meyers Boulineau.

Survivors include his mother, Lucille Newsome Boulineau; six children, Billy, Joseph, Tabitha, Kimberly, Angela and Jonathan; a brother, Robert J. Boulineau (Judy) of Dahlonega; two sisters, Patsy B. Templeton (Ray) of Thomson, and Bonnie B. Forbes of Louisville; three grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Leon Farrer, Richard Gay, Joe May, John Thomas May and Justin Schmidt.

Because of the financial burden of a prolonged illness, the family request memorial contributions be made to Jaames Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Fuaneral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Tommy Neal Johnikin
Mr. Tommy Neal Johnikin, 64, of Sandersville entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Johnikin was a native of Richmond County, the son of the late Lonnie P. Johnikin and the late Lois James Johnikin. He had resided in Washington County for many years and was a retired mechanic for Thiele Kaolin Company. He was a member and Deacon of the Mt.Gilead Primitive Baptist Church and a member of the Cushman Club.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist Church, with Elder Kenneth Brantley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors are his wife, Jeannette Norris Johnikin of Sandersville; a daughter, Robyn Johnikin Whipp (Shannon) of Nashville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Jason Whipp, Nathanael Whipp and Jeremiah Whipp; three sisters, Minnie Grooms of Rocky Ford, and Shirley Reynolds and Amy McDonald, both of Augusta.

Pallbearers were Charles Blue, Jimmy Prince, Hillary Burgamy, Louie Waller, Jonathan Brantley and Johnnie Davis.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. James Ralph Neal
Mr. James Ralph Neal, 78, of Mitchell entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.

Mr. Neal was born in Glascock County to the late Ralph Neal and Nancy Snider Neal. He was a retired paving supervisor for Richmond Paving Company and was a member of the Mill Creek Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Mill Creek Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Rev. Tommy Harwell officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Neal; two sons, Dennis (Lyn) Neal, Warrenton, and Darell (Misty) Neal, Mitchell; one daughter, Alisha Neal, Mitchell; one brother, Billy Neal, Bartow; two sisters, Jenny Johnson, Augusta, and Hazel Bedingfield, Gibson; grandchildren, Heather Neal, Ashton Neal, Morgan Neal and Sarah Neal; and one great-grandchild, Wyatt Neal.

Pallbearers were Joey May, Barry Bedingfield, Tracy Neal, Greg Neal, Clay Neal, David Danner and Bobby Snider.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John P. Norton
Mr. John P. Norton, 89, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday morning, Oct. 7, 2011, at University Hospital.

Born to the late Dessie Powell Norton and the late John Jackson Norton, Mr. Norton was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and served during the Korean War as a SGT in the Air Force. He was a member of Wrens Baptist Church and the Water Jacobson Sunday School Class. After more than 20 years of service, Mr. Norton retired from J.M. Huber.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ethel Williford Norton.

Survivors include his son, Jeff Norton (Debbie); two grandsons, Corey Norton and Matthew Norton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia and Donald Gay; and many nieces, nephews and church family.

Pallbearers were Bucky Norton, Robbie Prescott, Larry Rhodes, Jack Roberson, Don Williford and Keith Williford.

Honorary pallbearers were the Wrens Baptist Walter Jacobson Sunday School Class.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wrens Baptist Building Fund, PO Box 217, Wrens, GA 30833. T

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Pearl Elizabeth Libby Parrish
Miss Pearl Elizabeth Libby Parrish, 82, of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at University Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at Wrens Baptist Church, with Rev. J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment will follow in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Memorial contributions may be made to Wrens Baptist Church, PO Box 217, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Milton Mitt Sessoms
Funeral services for Mr. Milton Mitt Sessoms , 87,of Wrens were held on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at 1 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Kenneth Hannah officiating.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Jennifer Lynn Kitchens Wells
Miss Jennifer Lynn Kitchen Wells, 36, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2011.

Miss Wells was a native of Louisville, but had lived in Gibson and Thomson for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Beulah Baptist Church. She was a 1994 graduate of Thomson High School, and had graduated from Augusta Tech with a degree in culinary arts.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, Thomson, with Rev. Ralph Kitchens and Rev. Freddie Turner officiating. Burial was in Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her two children, Kayla Renee Hinton and Casey Justin Wells; mother, June Kitchens, Thomson; two sisters, Rochelle (George) Cosby, Tignall, and Christy (Dennis) Myers, Augusta; three nieces and two nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers were Joshua Gay, Chris Jones, Davey Reese, Chris Clay, Pilcher Thigpen, Joseph Swint and William Stephens.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George Lamar Wilcher
Mr. George Lamar Wilcher, 78, of Warthen entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at his residence.

A native of Glascock County, Mr. Wilcher lived in Washington County for most of his life. He was retired from the U.S.D.A. as county executive director for 33 Years. Mr. Wilcher was a member of Mt. Nebo Primitive Baptist Church, and he was a Mason.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Mt. Nebo Primitive Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Elder Lee Price officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Fain and Della Burgamy Wilcher.

Survivors include his wife, Eunice Johnson Wilcher; daughter, Della (Kris) Wilcher Kirkpatrick of Monroe; sister, Sara Raley of Gibson; brother, James Wilcher of Mitchell; and two grandchildren, Abby and Drew Kirkpatrick.

Pallbearers were John Raley, Jimmy Wilcher, Nick Wilcher, Charles Burgamy, Shane Rabun and Eston Price II.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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