Obituaries
November 17, 2011 Issue

Miss Jamelia Avera
Miss Jamelia Avera, 19, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at House of Faith Holiness Church, Wrens, at noon, with Pastor Dorothy L. Nelson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her parents, James (Mary) Avera, Wrens; siblings, Emma (Sherman) Bullard, Greg (Niki) Avera, all of Wrens, Mark (Monica) Drayton, Stapleton, Christopher Drayton, Wrens, Carolyn (Alonza) Perry, Terry (Shirley) Avera, all of Miami, Fla., Shawana (Jabor) Coleman, Martinez, Stephanie (Gerald) Venning, Charleston, S.C., Kenny Avera, Augusta, James E. Avera, Connecticut; grandmother, Viola Hill of Wrens; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Randy Tymon Boyd
Mr. Randy Tymon Boyd of Tennille entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Canaan Galilee Baptist Church, Louisville.

Survivors include his parents, Mary Williams Boyd and Cleo Boyd Sr.; siblings, Ebony (Michael) Wilson and Dexter (September) Boyd; and uncles, aunts and cousins.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rena Mae Brown Braddy
Mrs. Rena Mae Brown Braddy, 83, of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.

Mrs. Braddy was a native of Emanuel County, the daughter of the late Charlie and Bessie Warthen Brown. She was the widow of the late Eulious Braddy.

Private funeral services were held at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville. Burial was held at Faith Memorial CME Church Cemetery, Bartow.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Jennifer Rena Morgan, James (Tasha) Morgan Jr., Shirlinda Lavonda (Chris) Morgan, Shandrell Antiono (Tina) Morgan, all of Wadley, Lavelton Markiee (Latoya) Morgan and Yolonda Chevette (Tavarious) Turner of Statesboro, and LaQuinton Anthony (Jessica) Morgan Sr. of Waynesboro; 22 great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins and friends.

Active pallbearers were grandchildren.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas Langston Daniel
Mr. Thomas Langston Daniel, 75, of Mitchell entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson.

Mr. Daniel a native of Mitchell, was the son of the late Robert Pilcher and Evelyn Kent Daniel. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was a mechanic with D&N Motor Company.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, at Friendship Baptist Church, with Rev. Jacky Downs officiating. Burial followed in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, with military honors.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia L. Daniel of Mitchell; sons, Thomas L. Daniel Jr., Michael D. Daniel and Ryan Patrick Ellis Daniel; daughters, Michelle Hope (Lewis) Blackburn, Paulette Joy (Tony) Frost and Tonya Daniel (Randy) Alamia; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Lewis Blackburn, Tony Frost, Randy Alamia, Jimmy Broadnax, Donald Lambrix and Charles Milner Jr.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Georgia “Teenie” Fancher
Mrs. Georgia “Teenie” Fancher, 86, of Petersburg, Ind., formerly of Mitchell, entered into rest at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at the home of her daughter.

Born July 1, 1925, in Orange County, Mrs. Fancher was the daughter of Otto and Sophie (Andrews) Mickler. She married Albert Alger Fancher on May 31, 1964, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 1979. She had been employed as a waitress at Chase Inn and was also a nurse’s aide.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrenceport Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn “Susie” Bigelow (John C.), Hephzibah, and Melanie Ann Sullivan (Billy D.), Petersburg, Ind.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Chastain Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Rev. Earl Lavern Freeman
Rev. Earl Lavern Freeman, 77, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at University Hospital.

Rev. Freeman was a retired salesman. He was a member of Faith Evangelistic Church of Keysville.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Tim Hoover officiating. Interment followed at Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eula Hutto Freeman and George Earl Freeman; and three brothers, Ernest Freeman, Hamp Freeman and David Freeman.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Nina Johnson Freeman; 12 children, Rhonda Marie McGilvray (Wayne Crump), Debra K. Wylds (Ric), Connie Lavern Trimer, Cynthia J. Correia (Malcolm), Cheryl L. Jones, Joseph Earl Freeman (Caroline), Libby Hutto (Jimmy), Angela Henderson, Terry Myers (Janine), Andrea Marcum (Chris), Adrienne Nasworthy (Larry) and Gary Myers (Arlene); a sister, Margaret Hutto; 27 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; his Yorkie, Little Man; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Mark Marcum, Christopher Myers, Cody Myers, Rodney Ogletree, Chris Rivers, Jeff Rivers, William Wannamaker and Richie Wylds.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Hutto and Jesse May.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Evangelistic Church of Keysville, c/o Kathy Watts, 882 Hephzibah-Keysville Rd., Hephzibah, GA 30815.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ralph L. Hadden Sr.
Mr. Ralph L. Hadden Sr., 90, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

A native of Gibson, Mr. Hadden was a son of the late Eulen O. and Era Faglier Hadden. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran serving during World War II. He was the owner of Hadden’s Clothing in Gibson and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Mr. Hadden was a member of Gibson First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and Church Clerk. He was a charter member since 1953 of the Glascock County Lions Club and was past president.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, at Gibson First Baptist Church, with Dr. Gary Hadden and Rev. Jarrod Adkins officiating. Burial followed in the family lot at Gibson City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years, Mrs. Blenda Christensen Hadden; a son, Mickey Hadden; brothers, James Hadden, Everett Hadden and Murray Hadden.

Survivors include son, Ralph L. (Dianne) Hadden Jr.; grandsons, Chad (Kaydee) Hadden and Doug (Kelly) Hadden all of Gibson; great-grandchildren, Grant Hadden, Macy Hadden, Halle Anna Hadden and Huston Hadden; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Hadden, Ronnie Hadden, Ben Hadden, Grant Hadden, Murray Hadden and Keith Hadden.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Viriginia Ward Kelly
Mrs. Virginia Ward Kelly, 97, entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at her home in Titus, Ala.

Mrs. Kelly was the oldest living member of the Titus Baptist Church and the sole surviving member of the Wetumpka High School Class of 1933.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Titus Baptist Church, with Dr. Don Laird officiating and Rev. Gerald Wood assisting. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roonie Lee “Rat” Kelly; son, Bruce Kelly, New York City; grandson, Brad Kennedy, Decatur; parents, George and Marie Allison Ward; siblings, Mildred (Wylie) Murphy, Merle (Ernest) Collier, Ethelynn (Rudolph) Harden, Elton (Midge and Vernell), Raymond (Joyce) and Conrad Ward.

Survivors include her daughters, Phyllis (Crawford) Kennedy, Titus, Ala., and Paula (Mike) Meiners, Mandeville, La.; one granddaughter; Leah (Jeff) Vaughan, Decatur; grandchildren, Slly and Jake Vaughan; sister-in-law, June Ward, Titus, Ala.; nieces and nephews; and caregivers, Angela Jackson, Carol Langley, Linda Law and Shirley Justiss.

Pallbearers were Gerry Churchwell, Al Huddleston, Jim Harry, Don Schultz, Clay McConnell, Irwin Riddle, Craig Helton and Jeff Vaughan.

The family asks that memorial gifts be made to the Titus Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or that floral offerings be such that they can be shared with other elderly and homebound individuals

Ellison Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Raymond McNair
Mr. Raymond McNair, 58, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Aldred CME Church, Warren County, with Pastor Rev. Dr. Willie J. Wiley officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ollie B. McNair; sisters, Alberta Ruff and Georgia Mae Lane.

Survivors include his son, Raymond Tony (Mary) McNair; adopted daughters, Sabrina Nelson, Teresa Mills and Joyce Johnson; sister, Eva (Leotis) Smith and Jerlene (William) McQueen; brother, Sedrick (Margret) McNair; granddaughter, Jenquetta Jones; five aunts; an uncle; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Deanie S. Swint
Mrs. Deanie S. Swint, 95, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

A native of Jefferson County, Mrs. Swint was the wife of the late Oswell Swint and was a daughter of the late David and Charlotte Hall Swint Usry. She was a seamstress for Gibson Garment and a member of Magnolia Baptist Church for 80 years.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Magnolia Baptist Church, with Rev. Randall Whitaker and Rev. Tommy Harwell officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and sons, Lenton Talmadge Swint and Roger Hall Swint; granddaughter, Deanie Elizabeth Swint; brothers, Willie David Swint, Absolum J. Swint and Hiram Sylvester Swint; and sister, Evelyn Usry Thigpen.

Survivors include her sons, Louis (Gwen) Swint of Warrenton and Sidney (Linda) Swint of Gibson; daughter, Bobbie (Marvin) Massey of Hampton; sisters, Katie Usry Swint and Emmie Usry Davis; sister-in-law, Corene Swint Chalker; eight grandchildren, Wanda Rhoden, Lisa Beal, DeAnna Massey, Michelle Swint, David Swint, Jeffery Davis, Kris Tarnow and Nick Tarnow; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Vivian Smith, 338 Smith Lane, Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Imana Kaniya Smith
Miss Imana Kaniya Smith of Wrens entered into rest on Nov. 9, 2011, at the Burke County Medical Hospital, Waynesboro.

Graveside services were held on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Kingdom Life International Ministries, Wadley, with Pastor Apostle Clifford Duckworth Sr. as overseer and Elder Vera Smith presiding, and Pastor Betty Perez.

Survivors include her parents, Shaquana Curlin of Wrens, and Kendrick Smith of Wadley; sister, Janaisa Jones of Wrens; maternal grandparents, Michele (Terrance) Way of Wrens, and Quentin Harris of Alexandria, Va.; maternal great-grandparents, Grace Laurenfort of Wrens, Minnie Brown of Wrens, Leroy Floyd of Philadelphia, Pa., and Mildred (Charles) Jacobs of Hillside, N.J.; great-grandparents, Barbara Williams of Wadley, and Lamar Smith and Olama Smith of Wadley; aunts, Tamekia Curlin of Wrens, Brittany Latimer of Wrens, Judith Gresham of Wrens, and Kiamara Smith of Wadley; and uncles, Lamar Harris and Brandon Harris of Newark, N.J., and Cameron Smith of Wadley.

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