Obituaries
December 8, 2011 Issue

Mr. James Gregory Black
Mr. James Gregory Black, 41, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at his residence.

Born in Augusta, Mr. Black has lived in the surrounding areas all of his life. He played Dixie Youth Baseball in Wrens, as well as for Murphy Middle School in Augusta, and attended Glascock County High School, Gibson, graduated from Hephzibah High School, and attended Phillips Business College and Augusta Technical College. He was employed by Glit in electrical maintenance and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and St. Augustine Episcopal Church.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Race Lariscy officiating. Interment followed in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Bert Black; grandparents, Virginia and Alton B. Black, and Jack Carpenter; and great-grandparents, Alice and Dr. George L. Carpenter.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Carol Carpenter May and Joe H. May; stepmother, Sandra Black; three children, Mitch Black, Lorie Black and Rebecca Black; a granddaughter, Sophia Black; siblings, Katie Black Woods, Missy May Kase (Mike), Melissa Bryant (Larry) and Jamie Black (Tonya); stepmother, Sandra Black; grandmother, French Carpenter Elliott Boyd; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Robert Inglett, Michael May, Ronald May, Russell McDonald, David Neal and Mark Sutton.

Honorary pallbearers were Glit’s Electrical Maintenance Department.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eva Jean Walker Gamble
Mrs. Eva Jean Walker Gamble, 61, of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Gamble was the daughter of the late Samuel “Boss” Walker Sr. and Charlotte Darn Walker. She was a 1970 graduate of Jefferson County High School. She was a Jehovah’s witnesses at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Louisville.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Louisville. Burial was held in the Jefferson County Memorial Garden.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence Gamble Jr. of Wadley; stepmother, Gertrude B. Walker of Louisville; children, Venski Walker of Lithonia, Monica Gamble of Decatur, Jessica Gamble of Snellville, David Gamble of Atlanta, Jennifer Gamble of Lawrenceville, Audrey Ortiz of Smyrna and Paulette (Bruce) Davis of Columbus; siblings, Freddie (Gloria) Walker of Wrens, Isaiah (Gussie) Walker of Beech Island, S.C., Florence (Thomas) Gordon of Tampa, Fla., Elijah (Grace) Walker of Raeford, N.C., Debbie (Michael) Meyers of Dover, Del., Earnestine Walker of Columbia, S.C., Thomas (Bobbi) Walker of Augusta, Inell Edna of Albany, N.Y., Willis Walker of Augusta, Gladys Chaneyfield of Augusta, and Laura Knight of Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law; Julia Gamble, Rita Gamble and Jesse Gamble all of Louisville, and Helen Rhymes of Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren, Taj Walker, Jordan Walker, Zuri Walker, Clarence Hughes, Josh Hughes, Laila Camsel, Carlos Ortiz, Alexa Ortiz, Ashley Cooper and Bruce Davis; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Hudson Sr.
Mr. Robert Hudson Sr. entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at University Select Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Hudson was a native of Jefferson County, and a 1973 graduate of Wadley High School and also attended East Georgia College. At an early age he joined the Blount Chapel AME Church, where he was ordained as a steward in 2002, and also a trustee, Sunday school superintendent and chairman of the Cemetery Committee. He worked and retired from Thermo King, Ingersoll Rand Corporation after more than 30 years of service.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Blount Chapel AME Church at 1 p.m. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Mae Dogan Hudson of Louisville; children, Robert Hudson Jr., Donta (Yashika) Johnson and Steve Lafavor, all of Louisville; mother, Willie Mae Hill of Wadley; father, Earnest (Cleo) Vinning of Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters, Wanda Taylor, Clara (Tommie) Kemp of Wadley; stepsisters, Gwendolyn Jenkins, Sharon (Fred) Williams, Cynthia Phelps, Evette (Gary) Jefferson, Miriam Jenkins; brothers, Everett Jenkins, Elijah (Gina) Jenkins Jr., Ezra (Vanessa) Jenkins, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Patricia and Robert Cooper, Ella and Mark Walden, Judy Jordan (Clifford Brown), all of Louisville, and Alphonso “Pete” (Marion) Dogan of Stapleton; 11 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Sister Lillian H. Johnson
Funeral services for Sister Lillian H. Johnson of Bronx, N.Y., were held on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Jackson Kilgore
Mr. James Jackson Kilgore, 88, of Columbia, S.C., entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, after a fall and a short illness.

Mr. Kilgore was born on April 26, 1923, in Stapleton, the son of Mary S. and John C. Kilgore Sr. After two years at the University of Georgia, where he played basketball, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He graduated from Officer Candidate School and pilot training, and piloted an A-20 bomber in the Pacific Theater, serving in New Guinea and the Philippines. Shortly before the war ended, he received orders to be among the first wave for the Allied invasion of Japan, should it be necessary. After the war, he moved to Columbia, S.C., and completed a degree in business from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Kilgore was a principal and partner in Southern Scale and Refrigerator Company for more than 30 years. He was a deacon and elder at Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and American Legion Post 6. He recently went on an Honor Flight to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

A memorial service was held at Shandon Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. A private graveside service was planned for the family.

He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Margaret Rose.

Survivors include a daughter, Starnell Kilgore Bates (Michael); four grandchildren, Gines Pérez III (Catherine), James Pérez (Elizabeth), Katherine Cain (Daniel) and Cameron Williams; three great-grandchildren, Haven, James and Joey Pérez; brother, John C. Kilgore Jr.; and two nieces.

Dunbar Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Leslie Gibbons Merriweather
Mrs. Leslie Gibbons Merriweather of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at Doctor’s Hospital, Augusta.

A native of Jefferson County, Mrs. Merriweather was the daughter of the late Idella Wells Gibbons and John Willie Gibbons. She was a graduate of the Jefferson County Training School and at a early age joined the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church. She lived several years in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. After returning to Jefferson County and Hardeman Springfield she was Sunday school teacher and superintendent, missionary department president, and anniversary program committee chairperson, vacation Bible school teacher and advisor, program committee member, superintendent for the Ministers, Deacons and Church’s Union of Jefferson County, 10th District of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, president of the Jefferson County 10th District Missionaries, president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Walker Baptist Association. Mrs. Merriweather was a laboratory technician at Doctor’s Hospital and she served as a grandmother to pre-k and kindergarten students at Louisville Academy.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Burial was held in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Stanley Merriweather of Louisville; children, Bonnie Hilton of Louisville, Larry (Rita) Hilton of Swainsboro, Elizabeth (Rundy) Grant of Augusta, Murray Hilton of Chattahoochee, Fla., and Rev. John Hilton of Columbus; stepchildren, Roschell Merriweather, Eliza Merriweather, London Merriweather and Darryl Merriweather, all of Milwaukee, Wis.; siblings, Ruby (Joe) Grant of Augusta, and John (Mamie) Terrell of Stockbridge; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; five brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; goddaughter, Lisa Moye of Louisville; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Willie Burton, Ronnie Thompson, Marvin Wells, Robert Holmes, Joe Thompson Jr., Charlie Hilton, Ronnie Burton, Wesley Thompson, Toris Mitchell, Johnny Gibbons and Charlie Gibbons.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Willis Robinson
Mr. Willis Robinson entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at the Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Facility.

Mr. Robinson was born on May 15, 1937, in Jefferson County, to the late Fred Robinson Sr. and the late Louise Brown Robinson. He joined Harts Grove Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. He received his education in Jefferson County. He was a former maintenance employee for International Paper of Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Harts Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Stapleton, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charlie and James; and two sisters, Janice Robinson and Francis Sadler.

Survivors include four daughters, Jacqueline Robinson, Tammie Robinson, Phyllis (Mark) Cole and Rachel (Ricky) Bolton, all of Augusta; five sons, Christopher Robinson of Killen, Texas, Anthony (Sherise) Robinson of San Antonio, Texas, Nicholas (Lyndsy) Robinson of Spain, Michael Robinson of Wrens, and Eugene McNair of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; three brothers, Herman (Jeanette) Robinson of Decatur, Fred Robinson Jr. of Wrens, and Willie (Annette) Samuel of Columbus; three sisters, Mary (C.W.) Robinson of Wrens, and Fay and Betty Robinson, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 26 nieces and nephews; 36 great-nieces and -nephews; eight great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins, Mattie Kemp of Philadelphia, Pa., and Annette White of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Loutrelle S. Sumner
Mrs. Loutrelle S. Sumner of Swainsboro entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Unihealth Post-Acute Care of Old Capital, Louisville.

Mrs. Sumner was born in Twin City, and had lived in Swainsboro since 1980. She was a homemaker, a member of the First United Methodist Church, The Garden Club, the Pink Ladies of the Emanuel County Hospital Auxiliary.

Memorial services were held on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at 2 p.m.at the chapel of Tomlinson Funeral Home, with Rev. Bill Woodson officiating. Interment was in the Swainsboro City Cemetery

Survivors include her brother, Herman J. Short (Mary); niece, Nancy S. Jordan (Thomas); and two nephews, Robert Lewis and William Flanders Short.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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