Obituaries
November 3, 2011 Issue

Mr. Billy J. Chalker
Mr. Billy J. Chalker, 80, of Warrenton entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

Mr. Chalker, a native of Glascock County, was the son of the late Albert and Eva Hardin Chalker and had lived in Warren County since 1950. He was retired with civil service at Fort Gordon and was the retired owner of Chalker Antiques. Mr. Chalker was a member and Past Master of Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 11, member and Past High Priest of the Hubert Chapter 120 Royal Arch and the Cleopatra Chapter 241 Eastern Star. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Chalker served in the Korean War. Mr. Chalker was a member and former chairman of the board of Johnson United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Johnson United Methodist Church, with Dr. Phil May and Rev. David Jenkins officiating. Burial followed in Johnson Cemetery.

Mr. Chalker was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Anna May and Mildred Gifford; and two brothers, Clois Chalker and Loys Chalker.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Lou Coxwell Chalker; one daughter, Belinda Chalker (Donald) Kitchens; one son, Milton A. (Kathy) Chalker; three grandchildren, Adam Chalker, Price Chalker and Drew Kitchens, all of Warrenton; one sister-in-law, Edith Chalker of Gibson; and a brother-in-law, Ralph Gifford Sr. of Snellville; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ralph Gifford Jr. Tim Chalker, John Gunn, Adam Chalker, Price Chalker and Drew Kitchens.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Franklin Lodge No. 11, and Eston Usry, Jamie Gunn, Winnard Chalker, Joe Johnson, Louie Chalker, Lynwood Johnson and Wayne Coxwell.

In Lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the Johnson Cemetery Fund C/O Mr. Joe Shurley, 642 Shurley Road, Warrenton, GA 30828.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronnie Dickerson
Mr. Ronnie Dickerson, 56, of Wrightsville entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at Fairview Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. Dickerson was a native of Jefferson County, a 1973 graduate of Wadley High School. He attended the Church of Jesus. He was employed by Glit Corporation for more than six years.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Church of Jesus, Wrightsville, with Bishop H. Turnley officiating. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Linder Dickerson of Wrightsville; daughter, Kayla Johnson of Metter; two stepchildren, Natasha Wright of Swainsboro, and Derrick (Stacy) Linder of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Reginald Brown Jr., Reg’Tadrick Brown and Damonnique Brown, all of Swainsboro; siblings, Nolan (Jane) Johnson of Swainsboro, James “Jim” (Tina) Dickerson of Savannah, Sophia Johnson of Milledgeville, Kimberly (Sam) Umoh of Milledgeville, Jerome Johnson of Midville, Michael (Althea) Kelly of Savannah, Dwayne (Karen) Johnson of Hinesville, Earl (Lindy) Johnson of Swainsboro, and Steven (Janice) Johnson of Louisville; uncle and aunts, William Eastern and Nolan Jane (Robert) Jones of Savannah, Barbara (James) Britton and Debra Johnson of Midway, Rosa Mary Fields and Joanne Watkins of Savannah, and Lenny Johnson of Wadley; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Terry Linder, Karen Strudwick, Dorothy (Willie) Taylor, Willie (Annie Cora) Linder, and Eddie (Tommie) Linder, all of Wrightsville, Diane Bevins of Sandersville, Tommie Abrams of Elmhurst Ill and Johnnie (Dot) Linder of Williamstown, N.J.; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Henry McKennie
Mr. John Henry McKennie of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Wadley.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel, Wadley, with Rev. Eric Tate officiating.

Survivors include five brothers, Leroy McKennie and Tom Edward (Carolyn) McKennie, all of Wadley, Freddie Lee (Erica) McKennie, Columbia, S.C., Albert (Ursula) Bennett, Atlanta, and Jeff Bennett, Louisville; six sisters, Willie Mae (Joel) Cobb and Rosa (Troy) Braddy, all of Wadley, Isabell (Mack) Smith, Clay, N.Y., Ethel (Jerry) Thomas, Dublin, Brenda Corley, Louisville, and Minnie McKennie, Vicksburg, Miss.; sisters-in-law, Pastor Roberta McKennie, Louisville, and Betty McKennie, Wadley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia Ginger Powell Radford
Mrs. Virginia Ginger Powell Radford, 64, of Avera entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Radford retired with more than 28 years of service from BellSouth and also worked in the administration office of Augusta College for five years. She assisted in her mother’s custom window treatment business. Mrs. Radford was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for 20 years.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Clarence Thompson and Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Laura Youngblood Powell and William L. Powell; and sister, Marguerite Fredericks.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Chester L. Radford; children, John A. Radford (Dawn) of Evans, Christopher L. Radford (Sue) of Beaufort, S.C., and Melissa Ann Radford of Ridgeland, S.C.; a brother, William L. Powell of Grovetown; five grandchildren, Laura Radford, Will Radford, Michael McElveen, Ashley Wheeler and Michael Wheeler; two great-grandchildren, Cody and Caleb; several nieces and nephews; and church family and many friends.

Pallbearers were Clint Beasley, Earl Beasley, Lloyd Braswell, Mike Lloyd, Paul McCorkle, Johnny Reese and Rick Webb.

Honorary pallbearers were her BellSouth co-workers.

To help find a cure for women’s breast cancer, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Blvd, Augusta, GA 30909.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Audrey Poole Williams
Mrs. Audrey Poole Williams, 84, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at her residence.

Born to the late Clyde Williams Poole and the late Joe Poole, Mrs. Williams grew up and graduated from high school in Avera. After finishing college and living in Atlanta, she returned to Jefferson County where she was married and retired after 33 years of service from the Jefferson County School System, where she taught first, second and special education classes. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and an active member of First Baptist Church in Louisville. She also volunteered her time as a Pink Lady at Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Larry Montgomery officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Jerold E. Poole and William T. Poole.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, James Luke Williams; brother, Donald S. Poole (Martha); three sisters-in-law, Myra Poole, Sara Gibson and Giesla Williams; several nieces and nephews; and church family and friends.

Pallbearers were William Hadden, Jimmie Pennington, Bernard Pittman, William Rabun, Randy Sharpe and Craig Williams.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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