Obituaries
October 27, 2011 Issue

Mr. Eddie D. Braddy
Mr. Eddie D. Braddy, 73, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Braddy lived his life in and around Jefferson County. At an early age he joined New Hope AME Church. He began his formal schooling in the Jefferson County Public School System, where he graduated in 1960 and received a football and basketball scholarship from Fort Valley State College. He worked as a carpet installer for many years, hung the Christmas lights and decorations for the city of Louisville. He was a certified Georgia referee, refereeing many games in Jefferson and surrounding counties.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at 2 p.m. at New Hope AME Church and Cemetery, Grange.

Survivors include his children, Michelle (Michael Sr.) Reaves and Vallisa Braddy, all of Louisville, Jennifer (Garry) McCord of Wrens, Troy (Rosa) Braddy of Wadley, and Wanda (Dominique) Brooks of Louisiana; siblings, Bessie Dean Jones of Augusta, Patty Beal of Clearwater, S.C., Thomas J. (Lena) Braddy, Billy (Kathleen) Braddy and Roley (Teresa) Braddy, all of Louisville, Alonzo (Betty) Braddy of Waynesboro, and Pastor Evangela (Pastor Melvin) Williams of Augusta; 11 grandchildren, Michael, Amber and Aarion Reaves, Courtney Riddle, Terri McCord, Sherrick and Shemya Braddy, Troy Braddy Jr., Cadarrius Jackson, and Petey and Keisha Brooks; aunts and uncles, Oena Grant and Marlon Braddy of Augusta, Dora Dogan and Mozell Dogan of Louisville, Rawling Roberson, Grace Hood, Amanda Roberson, Betty Roberson, all of Sandersville, Ella Mae Hicks and Joe Roberson Bristol, Pa., and Ester Brookins of Levittown, Pa.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lillie B. Bussey
Mrs. Lillie B. Bussey of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Trinity Hospital.

Mrs. Bussey was a native of Waynesboro, a former employee of Gracewood State School and Hospital, and a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board. She also attended Morning Star and Second Antioch Baptist Church until her health failed.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Clyde Hill Sr. officiating. Burial was in Bellevue Memorial Garden.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. William Bussey; three daughters, Vernetta (Victor) Carter, Tiffany (Jimmy) Rogers and Tyesa Bussey, all of Augusta; three sons, Rev. Felix (Leneice) Bussey, Hephzibah, and Pepino Bussey and Anthony Bussey, both of Augusta; four sisters, Azene (Willie) Pugh, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Georgia Young, Wadley, and Mary Alice Hackle and Louise McKie, both of Augusta; five brothers, Rev. Earnest (Willette) Rouse, Mobile, Ala., and Robert W. (Diane) Rouse Jr., Thomas Rouse, Clifton Rouse and Arthur Lee Rouse, all of Augusta; 10 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annie Maude Bryant
Mrs. Annie Maude Bryant of Jacksonville, Fla., entered into rest on Oct. 6, 2011, at a community hospice facility.

Mrs. Bryant was born in Jefferson County in Bartow on Aug. 8, 1926, to Joe and Lela Azalene Stephens. She attended the local schools of Bartow and later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1960, where she gained employment at the Robert Myers Hotel for many years and retired from Deluxe Cleaners after 25 years of service. She was a member of Greater New Birth Missionary Baptsit Church, where she served as a Missionary.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Greater New Birth Missionary Church, Jacksonville, Fla., with Pastor Levi White presiding and Pastor Quan D. Glover officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Bryant Sr.; and son, Phillip Stephens.

Survivors include her children, Annie Hall (Larry), Henry Stephens (Juanita), Annette Ward, Charles Bryant and Lucille Williams; sister, Rosie Lee Jackson of Louisville; 17 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; friend, Charlie Mae Griffin; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Bradford L. Hall Sr., Bradford L. Hall Jr., Ricky A. Hall Jr., Henry Stephens Jr., Cedric Stephens and Robert McCants.

Holmes-Glover-Solomon Funeral Directors, Inc., were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Richard Carter
Mr. James Richard Carter, 62, of Keysville entered into rest at his residence on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.

Born to the late Lillian Bivens Carter and the late Paul Frank Carter Sr., Mr. Carter was born and raised in Martinez where he was a carpenter by trade and, more recently, a real estate broker. After moving to Keysville 25 years ago, he became a member of Keysville UMC.

Funeral services were held at Keysville United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, with Rev. Ed Chance officiating. Interment followed in the Keysville UMC Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Paula Faye Jarrard; and his brother, David Michael Carter Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Patricia Joyner Floyd Carter; sons, Christopher Carter and Kevin Floyd (Heather) of Acworth; a brother, Paul Frank Carter Jr. (Brenda) of Lincolnton; five grandchildren, Autumn and Amanda Carter, and Tanner, Cooper and Archer Floyd; several nieces and nephews; and church family and friends.

Pallbearers were Butch Dinkins, Eddie Dinkins Ricky Hurst, Rodney Hurst, Barry O’Neal and Briscoe O’Neal.

Honorary memorials may be made to Keysville UMC Cemetery Fund, c/o Truman Smith, 201 Peachtree St., Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Faye Fennell
Mrs. Faye Fennell, 93, of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Mrs. Fennell was born in Baldwin County, but had lived in Wadley most of her life. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Rusty Manning officiating. Interment followed in the Bethesda Cemetery, Wadley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Barney Fennell; and a daughter, Jackie Butts.

Survivors include her two sons, Eddie Fennell and Jeff Fennell, both of Wadley; two granddaughters, Vicky Arrington (Jimmy) of Warrenville, S.C., and Charlotte McNeely (Capt. Leonard McNeely) of Sumter, S.C.; son-in-law, Crayton Butts; niece, Bonnie Parker; nephew, Robert Starley; three great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Smith, Sammy Brown, Robert Starley, Rick Parker, Chris Barton, and Timmy Brown.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Deborah Crunkelton Arnold Eatherly
Mrs. Deborah Crunkelton Arnold Eatherly, 50, of Covington entered into rest on Oct. 20, 2011.

A daughter of the late Billy and Dorothy Loudermilk Crunkelton, Mrs. Eatherly was born on Nov. 9, 2960, in Toccoa. She lived most of her life in Toccoa and Wadley, having lived the last three years in Covington. She was senior vice president of Clinical Services for UHS Pruitt Corporation, a member of Georgia Health Care Association and was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at 4 p.m. at Acree-Davis Funeral Home Hillcrest Chapel, with Rev. Dr. Terry Reece officiating. Interment will be in the Toccoa Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Tony Eatherly of Covington; children, Brittany and Doug Tilson of Athens, Tenn., Kyle and Elizabeth Arnold of Toccoa, Andrea Davis of Athens, Tenn., Macy Eatherly of Covington, and Lauren Eatherly of Covington; grandchildren, Braylin, Isabelle, Maci, Lucas and Lilly; brothers, Randy and Cindy Crunkelton of Hartsville, S.C., and Tony and Mary Crunkelton of Toccoa; grandmother, Evelyn Loudermilk of Toccoa; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Flowers are optional, those desiring, may make memorials to Donate Life Foundation, PO Box 942322, Atlanta, GA 31141.

Acree-Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Darlene Grace Nikkel Giesbrecht
Mrs. Darlene Grace Nikkel Giesbrecht, 76, of Stapleton entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Giesbrecht was the youngest of eight children, born to the late Kathryn Ensz Nikkel and the late Peter M. Nikkel in McPherson County, Kan. At age 14, she was baptized into The Church of God in Christ Mennonite by Minister Harry Wenger. In 1956, she and her husband moved to Stapleton, where they purchased land and started a dairy, as well as a family having five daughters.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at Pinecrest Mennonite Church. Interment followed in church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson; three sisters; three sisters-in-law; and six brothers-in-law.

Survivors include husband of 58 years, Frank Giesbrecht; five daughters, Cindy Nichols (Dan) of Arcadia, Fla., Connie Peters (Steve) of Louisville, Cheryl Hibner (David) of Stapleton, Annette Miller (Ken) of Stapleton, and Kimbery Koehn (Bryan) of Monterey, Tenn.; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Friesen of Moundrige, Kan.; two brothers, Abe Nikkel (Delma) of Inman, Kan., and Jona Mikkel (Diana) of Greenville, N.C.; eight sisters-in-law, Frances Koehn of Montezuma, Kan., Opal Giesbrecht of Montezuma, Kan., Susie Nickel of Montezuma, Kan., Lenora Ensz (Leon) of Louisville, Verda Giesbrecht of Montezuma, Kan., Evelyn Unruh (Bob) of Detroit, Texas, MaryAnn Dirks (Calvin) of Detroit, Texas, and Ruby Unruh of Copeland, Kan.; one brother-in-law, Wilber Boeckner of Moundridge, Kan.; and her church family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pinecrest Mennonite Church, c/o David Hibner, 4033 Hwy 296, Stapleton, GA 30823.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Luther Bill McKie
Mr. John Luther Bill McKie, 77, of Trenton, S.C., entered into rest on Oct. 17, 2011, at University Hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Mr. McKie, a native of Aiken County, was a member and deacon of Mims Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lizzie Louise McKie; two sisters, Thelma (Roosevelt) Collier and Mary L. Bright, Trenton, S.C.; a brother, Henry L. (Erma) McKie, Philadelphia, Pa.; two aunts, Willie Mae (J.B.) Walker and Catherine McKie, Augusta; uncle, Arthur (Rev. Mildred) McKie, Graniteville, S.C.; three sisters-in-law, Azene Pugh, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mary Hackle, Augusta, and Georgia Young, Wadley; five brothers-in-law, Robert W. Rouse Jr., Thomas Rouse, Clifton Rouse, Arthur Rouse, Augusta, and Ernest Rouse, Mobile, Ala.; and a host of other relatives and friend.

G.L. Brightharp and Sons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie Parker Jr.
Mr. Willie Parker Jr. of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center.

Mr. Parker was a native of Gibson. He was a former employee of the Medical College of Georgia and a member of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Clyde Hill Sr. officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden .

Survivors include his wife, Thea Parker, Augusta; daughters, Shannon (Jeff) Henry, Cocoa, Fla., and Vanesia Parker, Augusta; stepdaughters, Latricia Turner and Alexis Campbell, both of Augusta; son, Demetrius Parker, Augusta; sister, Mary Edith (J.P.) Mattison, Augusta; aunt, Lula Bell Brown, Augusta; and 17 grandchildren.


Mrs. Mary Ann Usry Rabun
Mrs. Mary Ann Usry Rabun, 74, of Gibson entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Mrs. Rabun, the daughter of Mr. John Hammond Usry and Thelma Brown Usry, was a native of Gibson. She was the first full-time city clerk and held the position for 29 years and was a member of the Gibson United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Gibson United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ed Chance and Rev. Griffin Thompson officiating. Burial followed in the family lot of the Gibson United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Rabun was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Donna Marie Rabun; and a brother, Marvin Usry.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Eugene Rabun; daughters, Karen (Warren) Newsome of Thomson, and Anita May of Gibson; brother, John Hammond (Miriam) Usry Jr. of Gibson; sister, Juanita Boeglen of Martinez; sister-in-law, Jane Usry of Gibson; three grandchildren, Tracy Newsome, Jerry (Courtney) Wood and Miranda May; four great-grandchildren, Ashleigh (Steven) Parish, Autumn Smith, Mason Wood and Carson Wood; aunt, Edna Newsome of Gibson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Tony Usry, Kevin Usry, Aubrey Usry, Gary Usry, Rusty Rabun and Glenn Rabun.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Wells, Kenney Wells, Tony Greene, Ronny Rabun, Donald Kent and Lester Hadden.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Roy R. Robinson
Mr. Roy R. Robinson, 70, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.

Mr. Robinson was a native of Harlem, having made Augusta his home for the past 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired paint contractor.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Posey Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Alvin Jones officiating. Interment was in Harlem City Cemetery, with veteran honors.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Daniel Robinson and David Wayne Robinson, both of Atlanta; a brother, Troy Robinson, Mitchell; two sisters, Mary Harrison, Newnan, and Louise Henn, Tallahassee, Fla.

Pallbearers were Billy Clements, Bradley Randolph, Roger Jenkins, Michael Morgensen, Phil Robinson and Ben Jenkins.

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