Obituaries
December 15, 2011 Issue

Mrs. Florine W. Beckum
Mrs. Florine W. Beckum, 93, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Jefferson Hospital.

A native of Stapleton, Mrs. Beckum was a daughter of the late James and Mattie Ford Williams. She was a graduate Blythe High School and had worked as a sales clerk at Purchase and Sales Furniture Company, Louisville. She was a member of Louisville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Taylor Funeral Home. Interment followed in the family plot in the Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rev. Burch Beckum; eight brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Don) Allen of Louisville; sons, Rev. Robert (Mary Pat) Beckum of Columbus, and Gerald (Linda) Beckum of Oglethorpe; granddaughters, Rebecca Beckum, Elizabeth Beckum and Lexi Allen; grandsons, Jonathan Beckun and Don Allen Jr.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Margie Casteel
Mrs. Margie Casteel, 65, of Lincolnton entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.

Mrs. Casteel was born in Cross City, Fla., and was the daughter of the late John Henry Fleming and Mary Ann Thomas Fleming. She had retired from Eisenhower Army Medical Center as a uniform business office manager. She was of Pentecostal faith.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Russell Gary officiating.

Survivors include her husband, William Clinton Casteel Sr. of Lincolnton; son, William Clinton Casteel Jr. of Grovetown; daughter, Angela Marie Faglier (DeWayne) of Mitchell; brothers, John Henry Fleming Jr. of Florida, George Wesley Fleming of Cross City, Fla.; sisters, Dorothy Mae Fleming of Cross City, Fla., Eva Jane McCarty of Hinesville, Nancy Adkins of Cross City, Fla.; two grandchildren Joshua Lee Cauley of Hephzibah and Ashley Marie Cauley of Mitchell; one step-grandson, DeWayne Cody Faglier (Megan); and one step-great-granddaughter, Chesnie Faglier.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lela B. Crawford
Mrs. Lela B. Crawford of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at C.A. Reid Sr. Gibson Memorial Chapel, with Rev. William Bussey officiating. Burial was in Ways Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Wrens.


Mr. Johnny Bryan Frost
Mr. Johnny Bryan Frost, 78, of Bartow entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

Mr. Frost was born on April 19, 1933, in Johnson County. He was retired from Johnson County Board of Education, with 29 years of service. Mr. Frost was a member of Powell Chapel Methodist Church, serving as a Trustee for many years. Mr. Frost was a retired farmer and owner of Frost Deer Processing Company.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Powell Chapel Methodist Church, with Rev. David Oliver, Rev. Keith Newsome and Rev. Kenneth Watkins officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.J. and Lavada Price Frost.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Frost of Kite; two sons, Anthony (Becky) Frost of Wrightsville, Alan (Malana) Frost of Kite; brother, James V. (Freddie B.)Price of Wrightsville; five grandchildren, Caitlyn Frost, Christopher Frost, Erica Frost, Zachery Frost and Dannah Frost.

Pallbearers were Herbert Stevens, Garrett Orr, Sammy Lee, Charles Johnson, Oliver Tapley and Rex Powell.

Honorary escorts were Paul Harris, Welton Newsome, Larry Wiggins, Jimmy Moore, Paul Newsome, Thomas Powell, Ricky Powell, Junior Garnto and Roland Thomas.

In lieu of flowers donations to Powell Chapel Church Building Fund, C/O Gwen Lee, 1287 Winfrey Road, Kite, GA 31049.

Stanley Funeral home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Kenneth G. Hardin
Mr. Kenneth G. Hardin, 68, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at University Hospital.

Mr. Hardin has lived in the Glascock and Jefferson counties all of his life. He was an industrial electrician and, as a hobby, a carpenter. He was a member of the Jet’s Bullshooters Assoc. and Usry’s Round Table, Gibson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ralph Kitchens and Rev. Adrian Burrell officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jake Hardin; and son, Jason K. Hardin.

Survivors include his mother, Margaret Hadden Hardin; two sons, Eric C. Hardin (Della) and Steve C. Hardin (Nancy); two sisters, Clarice Chase and Zane Faulkner (Alfred); two grandchildren, Wesley and Emily; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Billy Faglier, Curt Landrum, Thomas Shelton, Johnny Sisson, Earl Usry and Joe Dean Usry.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Tommie Hill Jr.
Mr. Tommie Hill Jr. of Hephzibah entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at MCG Health System, Augusta.

Mr. Hill was born in Louisville on Dec. 18, 1955, to Tommie Hill Sr. and the late Mattie Lee Smith Hill. At an early age he became a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System, and was a 1977 graduate of Louisville High School. He was reared by his father and stepmother, Cressie Hill.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Carl Simmons officiating. Interment was in the Spring Bethel Society Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and brother, Roosevelt Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Smith-Hill; children, Angela Hill and Tommie Hill III of Hephzibah; granddaughter, Kenyanna Powell; parents, Tommie and Cressie Hill of Louisville; siblings, Christine (James) Lewis, Jannette Hill, Sherry (Donnell) James, Bernice (Wallace) Gibbons, Willie Albert (Chelsea) Hill, Ella Broomfield of West Palm Beach, Fla., Bobby Broomfield, Jimmie Hill of Louisville, Geraldine Hill of Wrens, and Perry Hill and Tangelia Hill of Montgomery, Ala.; father and mother-in-law, Theodore and Gladys Smith; aunts and uncles, Shirley (Joe) Lester and Robert Ponder of Atlanta, Mattie Washington, William (Elizabeth) Evans of Louisville, and Mamie Hill of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Hannah and Carl (Emma) Smith of Blythe, Debra Claiborne, Gwendolyn (Richard) Wilson and Sharon (Kenneth) Drayton; brothers-in-law, Bobby (Gwen) Brown and Theodore Smith Jr. of Hephzibah, and Anthony (Delania) Smith of Roaring River, N.C.; friends, Mervin Lane of Louisville, and Charles Brown Sr. of Thomson; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Carl Smith, Bobby Brown, Amos Jackson, Theodore Smith Jr., Bobby Davis and Wallace Gibbons.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Linda Annette Linton Jenkins
Mrs. Linda Annette Linton Jenkins, 65, of Keysville entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.

Mrs. Jenkins was a lifelong resident of the Augusta area. She was a homemaker and she attended Gough Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late William Linton and the late Estelle Linton.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at 2 p.m. at DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home, Waynesboro, with Rev. F.L. Holloway officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Jenkins; two sons, Linwood Carl Jenkins and Tommy Joe Jenkins; and a brother, Cecil Linton.

Survivors include two sons, Henry Jenkins (Georgia) and Jason Jenkins (Jessica); daughter-in-law, Tina Jenkins; grandchildren, Christopher Jenkins, Amanda Jenkins, Jonathon Jenkins, Joshua Jenkins and Jeremy Jenkins; step-grandchildren, Kimberly Hunter and Jessica Segrest.

Memorials may be made to Gough Baptist Church.

DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Fannie B. Johnson
Mrs. Fannie B. Johnson, 95, of Warrenton entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

A native of Gibson, Mrs. Johnson had retired from Thomson Company and was a member of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church, with Rev. Mike Sutphin and Rev. Roy Frierson officiating. Burial followed in the Zora United Methodist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Johnson; daughter, Geraldine Thigpen; and granddaughter, Bonnie Brooks.

Survivors include grandson, Bobby Pilcher Thigpen; great-grandchildren, Lacey Brooks, Ryan Brooks, Nicki Thigpen and Ginny Tuberville; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Norris, Wayne Norris, Bobby Mauck, Bob Brooks, Bill Langham and Jimmy Richardson.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eloise May
Mrs. Eloise May, 88, of Vidalia entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Meadows Regional Medical Center, Vidalia, after an extended illness.

Mrs. May was a native of Louisville and lived in Vidalia most of her life. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Vidalia

Graveside services were held on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Luther Marsh and Hattie Lamb Marsh.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Rountree of Martinez; son, Greg May and David Fuerst of Atlanta; sister, Hattie Mae (Patsy) Todd of Martinez; granddaughter, Lauren Bailey (Randy); great-grandchildren, Tyson, Banks and Emma; friend, Jackie Oliver of Vidalia; cat, Tipper; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society, P.O. Box 210, Vidalia, GA 30475.

Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home and Taylor Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Betty Ann New Norris
Mrs. Betty Ann New Norris of South Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, after several years of enduring a debilitating illness.

Mrs. Norris worked for many years as a substitute teacher with Richmond County Schools and also worked in retail with J.B. Whites for a number of years.

Funeral services were held at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in the chapel of Stanley Funeral Home, Wrightsville, with Rev. Robert Rogers officiating. Interment followed at Westview Cemetery, Wrightsville.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Norris; son, Terry Norris; two grandchildren, Maggie and Tyler Norris; one great-grandson, Trysten Norris; sister, Patricia Helmly (Dana); two nephews, one niece and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Keith, Steve and Ron Cawthon of Augusta, Sheriff Bill Massee of Baldwin County, Sheriff Howard Sills of Putnam County and Sheriff Logan Marshal of McDuffie County.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Webster of Augusta, John Hardin of Augusta, Sheriff Ronnie Strength of Richmond County, Kenny Miles of Augusta, Sheriff Rusty Oxford of Johnson County, Sheriff Gary Hutchins of Jefferson County, Sheriff Thomas Smith of Washington County, Sheriff Bill Harrell of Laurens County, Sheriff Richard Chatman of Wilkinson County, Sheriff Tyson Stephens of Emanuel County and Sheriff Clay Whittle of Columbia County.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, P.O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281.


Mrs. Ann Rabun
Mrs. Ann Rabun, 77, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. A native of Wrightsville, Mrs. Rabun was a daughter of the late James Paul Davis and Vera Pearl Gibson Davis.

She was a graduate of Johnson County High School and was the owner of Wedin International, Inc. and Hi-Tech Power Systems. Mrs. Rabun was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church and the Richmond County PTA where she was a past president.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Louisville First Baptist Church, with Rev. Jerry Cofer and Rev. Hardy Owens officiating. Burial followed in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Augusta.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Jack Rabun.

Survivors include her children, Jack N. (Marie) Rabun Jr. of Cadillac, Mich., Brian (Chasity) Rabun of Evans, Vickie (Ronnie) Templeton of Blythe, and Beverly (Jerry) Whiteside of Hephzibah; sisters, Juanita Cofer of Louisville, and Jeanette Tanner of Louisville; grandchildren, Jack Neal Rabun III, Teresa (SFC Jason) Jones, Kristi (Clint) Flowers, Nelson Dupree Sassard IV, Peyton Rabun, Presley Rabun and Paxton Rabun; great-grandson, Trent Flowers; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Dennis Johnson, Ron Livingston, Robbie Gaskins, Jay Davis, Tony Toole and Mitchell McGraw.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sara W. Sloan
Mrs. Sara W. Sloan, 83, of Groveland, Fla., entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at the Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont, Fla.

Mrs. Sloan was married to late Rev. G. P. Sloan of Sloans Ridge for 60 years and accompanied him as a Sunday school teacher, pianist and minister’s wife for 45 years until his death in May 2005. She was born in Glascock County to Emmit and Annie Laura Williams.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at 11 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church, Mascotte, Fla. Interment was in the Empire Church Cemetery, Mascotte, Fla.

Survivors include her three children, Jane Franklin of Clermont, Fla., Perry (Sandee) Sloan of Bradenton, Fla., and Dale Odom of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.; three brothers, Lewis (Gloria) Williams of Louisville, Ernest (Elizabeth) Williams of Dade City, Fla., and Raymond (Susan) Williams of Darien; two sisters, Ruby Johnson of Acworth, and Laura (David) Smith of Louisville; four grandchildren, Rick (Sandy) Franklin of Harrisburg, N.C., Chris Franklin of New York, N.Y., Chuck (Anna) Sloan of Stuart, Fla., and Greg Franklin of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Ashlee, Miles and Brenna Franklin, and Alex Sloan.

Hodges Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Deborah Lynett Wilcher
Miss Deborah Lynett Wilcher, 50, of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Select Hospital, Augusta.

Miss Wilcher was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and worked for many years as caterer and manager at the Ogeechee Valley Country Club, Louisville.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Robert Webb officiating. Interment followed in the Jefferson Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joyce Newsome Wilcher and Jasper Warren Wilcher.

Survivors include her children, Christopher E. Simpson (Amanda), John W. Simpson and Joshua J. Simpson; three brothers, Lamar Wilcher, Wayne Wilcher and Ken Wilcher; sister, Perrie Berry; five grandchildren, Jeremy, Raygan, Samantha, Grayce and Leah; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Tony Colbin, Lloyd Gearig, Rocky Gilmore, Gary Hutchins, Jerry Josey and Mitchell McGraw.

Due to 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.

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