November 24, 2011 Issue

Miss Isabella Eloise Chance
Miss Isabella Eloise Chance of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.

Born July 16, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Piccola and James Chance and granddaughter of the late Ella and Mety Wilkerson. A native of Sardis, Miss Chance attended the local schools in Burke County, including one year at Boggs Academy, graduating from Waynesboro High and Industrial School in 1957. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Savannah State College in 1961 and 1975, respectively. She accepted a position with the Burke County School System and taught fourth grade at Blakeney Elementary School for the extent of her education career, retiring after 36 years in 1997.

Funeral services were held at Waynesboro Deliverance Evangelistic Church, Waynesboro. Interment followed at Beech Branch Baptist Church, Sardis.

Survivors include her brother, Bailey (Joann) Walker, Thomson; niece, Kaili Walker, Irving, Texas; nephew, Dedric Philpot, Sardis; godson, Le’Don Sapp, Valdosta; and a host of cousins, friends and family.

Phinazee and Son Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Philip C. “Phil” Hancock
Mr. Philip C. “Phil” Hancock, 46, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Hancock was a native and lifelong resident of Louisville. He was a 1984 graduate of Jefferson County High School, and was employed with Jefferson Energy as a warehouse clerk.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at Louisville First Baptist Church, with Rev. Brandon Lail and Rev. Elmer Caraway officiating. Burial followed in the family lot of Midville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard P. Hancock; grandfathers, J.B. Wasden Jr. and W.B. Hancock; uncle, Carl B. Wasden; and father-in-law, Jimmy Murray.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Carla Howell Hancock; daughters, Kayci R. Howell and Kelli L. (Jacob McBride) Howell; mother, Elaine W. Youngblood; paternal grandmother, Nell M. Hancock; maternal grandmother, Martha M. Morgan, all of Louisville; mother-in-law, Mary Murray; and brother-in-law, Donovan Murray, both of Lyons.

Pallbearers were Tony Young, Bubba Stavely, Gary Hughes, Ted Spence, J.B. Meritt, Chuck Cornwell, Jacob McBride and Wallace Lail.

Honorary pallbearers were the employees of Jefferson Energy and the hunting club buddies.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ethel Mae Jap Johnson
Mrs. Ethel Mae Jap Johnson of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Johnson was a native of Glascock County.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ronald Strong officiating. Burial was in Southview Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Alberta (Eddie) Clark; five sons, Sammie Lee (Denise) Johnson, Lonzell Johnson, Horace (Eloise) Johnson, Alfonzo Johnson and Larry (Gloria) Johnson, all of Augusta; three sisters, Reba Johnson, Atlanta, Gonza Lee Jenkins, Los Angeles, Calif., and Betty Marshall, Augusta; sister-in-law, Estelle Brady, Augusta; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Miss Betty Carolyn Mahaffey
Miss Betty Carolyn Mahaffey, 80, of Interlachen, Fla., entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at Palatka Health Care Center following an extended illness.

A native of Kinta, Okla., and graduate of Cromwell High School, Miss Mahaffey resided in Interlachen, Fla., since 1999 coming from Augusta, where she had resided since 1965. She received her training in nursing from Swainsboro Area Vocational and Technical School, Swainsboro, and retired from St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta, after more than 20 years as a licensed practical nurse.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Augusta. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda McDonald.

Survivors include her daughter, Lana Branch (Larry) of Interlachen, Fla.; two grandchildren, Tony Kitchens of Augusta, and Johnny McDonald (Patty Cox) of Evans; and a great-granddaughter, Bailey Jo McDonald.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 8384 Baymeadows Rd., suite 10, Jacksonville, FL 32256, or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 21475, St. Petersburg, FL 33742.

Mr. John Archibald McMillan III
Mr. John Archibald “Johnny Mac” McMillan III, 87, of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, with his wife by his side.

A lifelong resident of Bartow, Mr. McMillan was born April 4, 1924. He was a retired rural mail carrier of 37 years. He attended the University of Georgia before enlisting in the Armed Forces during World War II, and again as a veteran. He was wounded in France during the battle of Normandy and received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Mr. McMillan was a longstanding member of the Bartow Baptist Church, and was the oldest male member.

A military graveside service was held in the Bartow Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tom Harrison and Rev. Paul Harris officiating.

was preceded in death by his father, John A. McMillan II; his mother, Laura Leah Salter; sisters and brothers-in-law, Harriette Camp and Col. Pierce Camp, Laura Carriker and Mark Carriker; brother and sister-in-law, Charles Salter McMillan “Bud” and Margie McMillan.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Patsy Gross McMillan; a daughter, Cheryl Berry (Earl) of Dallas, Texas; a son, John “Jack” McMillan IV (Charlotte) of Nebo, N.C.; four grandchildren, Leah McMillan York (Michael) of Athens, Lesley McMillan Olsommer (Michael) of Anderson, S.C., Scott McMillan Berry of Dallas, Texas, and Kristen Brooke Berry of Los Angeles, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Caden M. Olsommer, Corley M. Olsommer, Alexander M. York and Elizabeth McMillan York; a host of nephews and nieces; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dr. Z.B. Gross (Ann) of Clearwater, Fla., Wayne S. Gross of Clearwater, Fla., Peggy Young of Clearwater, Fla.; and many friends.

The Pallbearers were grandsons, nephews and brothers-in-law, Scott McMillan Berry, Dr. Zade Bernard Gross, Wayne Spencer Gross, Chuck McMillan, Dr. Michael Olsommer and Michael York.

Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Gross, Terrell McMillan and Albert Camp.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, Attn. Advanced Guard, 4899 Belfort Rd. St E 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Nathaniel Tarver
Mr. Nathaniel Tarver of Bartow entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in Swainsboro.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Spears Grove Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. C.W. Stone officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Spikes Tarver, Wadley; three daughters, Yashika L. Spikes, Bartow, Nikisha S. Pikes, Sandersville, and Shondra Walker, Wrightsville; three sons, Demetrius S. Spikes, Bartow, Quantavious R. Spikes, Dublin, and Robert Jackson, Swainsboro; four sisters, Dora Huff and Patricia Huff, Wrightsville, and Mattie L. (Robert) Washington and Rev. Maria (Rev. Willie T.) Strange, Louisville; seven brothers, Willie Lester Huff, Bartow, Millard Alexander III and Craig Alexander, Louisville, Gregory (Debbie) Alexander, Warner Robins, Booker T. and Roosevelt (Brenda) Alexander, Wadley, and Eric Alexander, Lawrenceville; six grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. J.B. Thompson
Mr. J.B. Thompson, 82, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Thompson, son of the late Paul and Berta Thompson, was born in Glascock County. He was a truck driver and a member of Millcreek Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Westover Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Williford; and brother, Ray Thompson.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Thompson; daughters, Dale Drake and Gale Sterns, both of Augusta; stepsons, David Ellis and Byron Ellis, both of Augusta; sister, Evelyn Anderson of Augusta; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.



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