Obituaries
November 10, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Virginia Goodin Anderson
Mrs. Virginia Goodin Anderson of Matthews entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Anderson was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. She was the first woman school bus driver in Jefferson County in the early 1940s, and retired after 20 years of service with the Jefferson County School System. She was a member of Wrens Baptist Church, Keenagers, Wrens Baptist WMU and the Lucy Howard-Agnes Martin Sunday School class.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at 2 p.m., with Dr. James M. Ford and Rev. J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment followed in the Woodlawn Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, G.C. Pete Anderson; parents, Anna Belle Owens Goodin and Samuel Moses Goodin; sister, Louise G. McDonald; brother, Sam Goodin; and son-in-law, Henry B. Jones.

Survivors include her daughter, Elaine A. Jones; a grandson, Andy B. Jones (Rosanne); two great-grandchildren, Olivia R. Monjeau and Anderson W. Jones; numerous nieces and nephews; and her church family and friends.

Pallbearers were Jeb Barrow, Jeff Gay, Jim Gay, Kenneth Johnson, Alan Rabun and Ray Smith.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Luvenia Bell
Mrs. Luvenia Bell, 76, of Gibson entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Bell was a native of Murphy, N.C., a daughter of the late Marcus and Gertrude Gladson Bell and had lived in Gibson for the past 40 years. She was of the Baptist faith.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

Survivors include one sister, Lois Ann Locke of Portage, Ind.; and her family at the Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bobby Daniel
Mr. Bobby Daniel, 79, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Daniel was a native of Glascock County, a son of the late Aaron and Mamine Kent Daniel. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving nine years as a corporal and receiving many awards. He retired from Forstman/J.P. Stevens after 30 years. Mr. Daniel was the pianist for the Louisville Church of the Nazarene for 19 years and was a member of Louisville Church of God, where he was pianist for the past four years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at Louisville Church of God, with Rev. David Severance officiating. Burial followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gregory Daniel; and stepson, Russell Lee Jones.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Grace Wilcher Daniel; sons, Bobby Daniel Jr. of Beech Island, S.C.; Gary (Debbie) Daniel of Hephzibah, Randy (Jennifer) Daniel of Hawkinsville, and Jeffery Daniel of Louisville; daughter, Virginia (Greg) Webb of Wrens; stepsons, Ronald L. Jones of Tennille, Allen (Donna) Jones of Charlestown, W.Va.; stepdaughter, Beverly Mosley of Louisville; 17 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Walter “Walt” Davis
Deacon Walter “Walt” Davis, 94, entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, after an extended illness at Ogeechee Area Hospice Center, Statesboro, surrounded by his wife and family.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Miller Grove Baptist Church, Statesboro, with Rev. Daniel Woodson as eulogist. Interment will be held in church cemetery.

Mr. Davis was a Jefferson County native, but resided in Bulloch County for many years. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church where he served on the Deacon Board. He was also a former Deacon at Miller Grove Missionary Baptist Church for 40 years. He retired from his own business Walter Davis Construction Company and worked with High Hope Center as a bus driver. On Dec. 11, 1958, he became a member of the John Wesley Lodge No. 161.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Lyons Davis of Statesboro; two sons, Albert James Davis (A.J.) and James Allen, both of Statesboro; six stepchildren, Mrs. Gwendolyn (John) Hobbs of North Brunswick, N.J., Henry (Irene) Lyons Jr. of Augusta, Elder Cynthia(Donald) Bryant of Hinesville, Lucian C. (Carolyn) Lyons of Statesboro, Alex Lyons of Columbus, and Sharon Lyons of Blakely; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Craig R. Tremble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Edward Gay Sr.
Mr. James Edward Gay Sr., 79, of Blythe entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Gay was a member of Keysville UMC and attended Hephzibah Church of God and Blythe Baptist Church. He was also the Worshipful Master Mason in the Waynesboro Lodge 274. Mr. Gay was a veteran, serving two tours in the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam, retiring after 20 years of active duty service and 10 years in the reserves.

Funeral services with full military honors were held at Blythe Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Jody Boulineau officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Bartlett Gay; parents, Ethel Newman Gay and Lamar Isaac Gay; granddaughter, Heather L. Gay; four sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include his children, Lavannda G. Gormley (Patrick), James E. Gay Jr. (Linda), Vernon D. Gay Sr., Teresa G. Wilson and Benjamin A. Gay; a brother, Ricky Gay; three sisters, Betty G. Clayton (J.W.), Diane G. Fitzgerald (Butch) and Ollie G. Barrow (John); 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many friends.

Honorary pallbearer was Greg Coursey.

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

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Estella Williams Jordan
Mrs. Estella Williams Jordan of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Tabernacle of Praise, Wadley, with Pastor W.J. Dawson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Charise Williams (Gary) Hinkins, Statesboro; two sisters, Willie Bell Wilcher, Wadley, and Ola (Roman) Johnson, Swainsboro; four brothers, Willie S. Harmon, Youngstown, Ohio, Ronny (Annie Laura) Harmon and Freddie Lee (Betty) Williams, all of Wadley, and Rev. Dr. John W. (Linda) Harmon, Statesboro; grandson, Sirkoven Williams, Statesboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Orbey Harmon Jr., Alexander Bernard Wilcher, Ozzie Palmer, Lamar Wilcher Jr., Gerry Harmon, Alonza James Harmon Jr., Charles Strowbridge and Lorenzo Stone.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Faye Green Joyner
Mrs. Faye Green Joyner, 68, of Millen entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Burke Medical Center.

Mrs. Joyner was born in Louisiana, a retired seamstress, and attended the Green Fork Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at Green Fork Baptist Church, with Rev. Jim Allen and Rev. Ray Freeman officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Deanna Danny Finch of Newport, Tenn.; two sons, Albert (Michelle) Joyner and Mark (Angie) Joyner of Millen; two sisters, Shelia (Robert) Scarborough of Lexington, and Peggy (William) Blackstone of Mitchell; a brother, Morgan (Alice) Green of Milledgeville; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

Crowe-Fields Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Michael L. McGahee
Mr. Michael L. McGahee, 44, of Appling entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. McGahee was a native of Augusta, but had lived for many years in Stapleton and Appling. He had worked for AT&T for 20 years, and was a supervisor. He was a member of the Pioneers, Golf D Le, and Mt. Beulah Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Paige Horton McGahee, Appling; daughter, Kirstie McGahee; sons, Tanner Cohn and Hunter Cohn; brothers, Kevin McGahee, Dearing, and Bobby Whitaker, Ocala, Fla.; mother, Jennette McGahee McCorkle, Stapleton; nieces, Tori McGahee and Amber McGahee; nephews, Tyler McGahee, Dalton Horton and Bobby Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Paulette Moxley
Miss Paulette Moxley, 68, of Warrenville, S.C., entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.

Born in Bartow and a lifelong resident of Warrenville, she was a daughter of the late William C. and Bessie Lucille Gibson Moxley. She had for a short time worked at Bath Mill and retired from Pepperidge Farm. Miss Moxley was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church, Clearwater.

A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Lakeside Baptist Church, with Pastor Tad Marshall officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sibling, Lanier Moxley.

Survivors include her siblings, William Roy Moxley (Janet), Warrenville, Bill Moxley (Mary), Warrenville, Tony Moxley (Sandy), Warrenville, Deborah Williams (Earle), Tacoma, Wash., Shirley Tuberville (James), North Augusta, S.C., Nellie Jones, Aiken, S.C.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Tim Moxley, Joey Moxley, Chris Stephenson, Steve Tuberville, Billy Jack Moxley and Chad Moxley.

The family has asked that memorials be made to Lakeside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 4319, Clearwater, SC 29822.

Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Nesbit Charles Murphy Jr.
Mr. Nesbit Charles Murphy Jr., 82, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at University Hospital.

Mr. Murphy was born in Augusta to the late Nesbit and Leona Beverly Murphy Sr. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, George Walton Lodge No. 699 and the IBEW Local 1579.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors Chapel, with Rev. Steve Patteson officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jettie Newsome Murphy; and a brother, William Murphy.

Survivors include his daughter, Karen Eagle of Augusta; grandchildren, Jamie Gornowitch (Dan) of St. Claire Shores, Mich., Kristina Mercer (Robert) of Mt. Sterling, Ky., Angela Eagle and Marke Eagle, both of Detroit, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Katrina, Callisto, Daniel and Apollo; sisters, Catherine Easter (Benny) of North Augusta, S.C., and Martha Beckum (Larry) of Wrens; brothers, Richard Murphy (Linda) of Thomson, Michael Murphy (Dale) of Lincolnton, and Jerry Murphy of Augusta; stepmother, Ruth Murphy of Augusta; stepchildren, Bobby McTier of Thomson, and Vicky Nichols of Nebo, N.C.

Honorary pallbearers were members of his Sunday school class.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood Street Augusta, GA 30904.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Inez Virginia Whitehead Scarboro
Mrs. Inez Virginia Whitehead Scarboro of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Scarboro was born in Rockledge, and had lived in Wadley all her life. She was a homemaker and a teacher for several years at Carver Elementary School. She was a member of the Wadley United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for more than 30 years and served as a Communion steward.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Wadley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Truett Leveritt officiating. Interment followed in the Wadley Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Daphne S. Sanders of Wadley; two granddaughters, Kailie Dayne Sanders and Karley Dene’ Sanders, both of Wadley; three sisters, Geneva Whitehead Lamb, Cora Dell Whitehead Stevens and Lannie Mac Whitehead Still; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Hershel T. Lamb, Jerry Fagler, McKinley Whitehead Jr., Don Cowan, Grady Underwood and Miles Scarboro Jr.

Memorials may be made to the Wadley United Methodist Church, Wadley, or The Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Boulevard Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Vivian Singleton Smith
Mrs. Vivian Singleton Smith of Hephzibah entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at her residence.

Mr. Smith, a native of Keysville, was a graduate of Boggs Academy and was a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University. For several years, she was employed with the Richmond County Board of Education having taught at Levi White Elementary and Tubman Middle Schools. She was an instructor at Augusta Area Technical College. She was also a member of Walker Grove Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Robert L. Martin officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden.

Survivors include two sons, Floyd V. (Janet) Smith, Greensboro, N.C., and Garrick (Monique) Smith, Snellville; two brothers, John M. Singleton and David L. Singleton, both of Augusta; sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Charlie P.) Jenkins, Augusta; five grandchildren; and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Betty Jo Solomon
Mrs. Betty Jo Solomon, 77, of Thomson entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.

Mrs. Solomon was born in Bridgeport, Ala., and was the daughter of the late Lindsey Thomas and the late Jessie Rollins Thomas. She lived in Augusta many years and retired as manager of the One-Hour Martinizing Cleaners. Mrs. Solomon attended Bethel Baptist Church in Thomson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tim Ferrell officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lindsey W. Thomas, Charles Edward Thomas; and grandchildren, Chrissy Solomon and Deake Solomon.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Harold F. Solomon; sons, Harold Lynn Solomon (Connie) of Waynesboro, Thomas Keith Solomon (Sonja) of Hephzibah; daughter, Tina Darlene Neal (Roger) of Gibson ; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Roger Lee Neal Sr., Roger Lee Neal Jr., Roger Lee Neal III, Randy Huff, John Veldboom, and Charles E. Thomas Jr.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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