Obituaries
December 22, 2011 Issue

Mr. Charles Wren Culpepper
Mr. Charles Wren Culpepper, 81, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Select Specialty, Augusta.

A native of Wrens, Mr. Culpepper was a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church and retired from AT&T as a switchman. He was a longtime member of Green Meadows County Club, where he served on the Board for many years.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, with Rev. Sandy Heslop officiating. The committal service followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis Easterwood Culpepper; father, Clarence Culpepper; and mother, Elsie Wren Culpepper.

Survivors include his son, Chuck Culpepper (Rhonda); daughter, Gail Webster (Lee); sister, Jean Culpepper; grandchildren, Chase Beazley, Whitney Webster, Beau Webster, Hannah Culpepper and Holley Phillips (Steve); and great-grandchildren, Jackson Beazley, Drew Phillips and Ali Phillips.

Honorary pallbearers were retired members of the Communication Workers of America.

If so desired, memorials may be made to Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 2005 Windsor Spring Rd., Augusta, GA. 30906.

Platts Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Reginald Demon “Reggie” Gray
Mr. Reginald Demon “Reggie” Gray, 31, of Matthews entered into rest on Dec. 12, 2011, in Waynesboro.

Mr. Gray was born on March 22, 1980, in Augusta. He was born to Marilyn and Henry Gray. At an early age, he was baptized at Thompson Springhill AME Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Charlie Myrick. He attended Wrens Elementary School. He was a 1998 Graduate of Jefferson County High where he was an honor graduate. He attended Augusta Technical College and Everest University, and later became a lifelong member of Local Union 515 in Augusta. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Springhill Baptist Church, Hephzibah, with Pastor Rev. Willie Mincey, Rev. Stephen Smith as eulogist, and Rev. Clary Dishmond Jr. presiding. Interment was in Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetey

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Henry Thomas Sr.; and an aunt, Betty J. Williams.

Survivors include his wife, LaQueshia Gray of Louisville; one son, LaDarious Martez Gray of Louisville; four daughters, Breanna Nicole Gray of Louisville, Estachia Shanice Gray of Louisville, Imanii Shanice Gray of Augusta, and Tiana Deasia Gray of Waynesboro; mother, Marilyn Gray of Matthews; father, Henry (Grace) Gray of Blythe; one sister, Shontrena Gray of Louisville; one niece, Jakayla Gray of Louisville; maternal grandmother, Geneva Thomas; paternal grandfather, Richard (Charlie Mae) Moss of Hephzibah; mother-in-law, Margaret Palmer of Augusta; father-in-law, Anthony Fleming of Augusta; aunts, Ann (Thomas) Jones of Keysville, Janice (Roosevelt) Wright, Hephzibah, Darlene (Darvin) McCrary of Hephzibah and Debra (Scottie) Wright of Hephzibah; aunt and godmother, Willie Eva (Smith) Dawson of Matthews; eight uncles, Henry Thomas Jr. of Wrens, Dennis (Torra) Thomas of Keysville, Troy Thomas of Atlanta, Edward Thomas of Matthews, Simpson (Gloria) Gray of Hephzibah, Robert (Brenda) Gray of Augusta, Perry (Alicia) Gray of Augusta, and Calvin (Earnestine) Gray of Blythe; and a host of cousins, stepbrothers, stepsisters, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Freeman Funeral was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Veronica Fair
Miss Veronica Fair of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. at C.A. Reid Sr. Gibson Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Rickey Dent officiating. Burial was in the Keys Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.


Mrs. Betty H. Hadden
Mrs. Betty H. Hadden, 78, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.

Mrs. Hadden was born to the late Ernie and Sallie Ivey Hadden on March 9, 1933, in Avera. She was the youngest of 14 children. She graduated from Avera High School, Avera. After graduating from high school she married Everett Hadden and they made their home in Glascock County where they farmed all of their lives. She was an active member of her community serving on many boards, clubs and societies during her lifetime. She served as an Agricultural Ambassador to Cuba under the People to People Program in the late 1990s. She was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Dr. Gary Hadden and Rev. John Jenkins officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Everett Hadden Sr.; son, John Everett Hadden Jr.; and 12 siblings.

Survivors include her sons Gary Hadden (Kathy) of Arlington, Don Hadden (Tom Robinson) of Washington, D.C.; grandson, John David Hadden (Corinne) of Atlanta; step-grandson, Daniel Carpenter (Chasity) of Americus; one sister, Corrie H. Hawkins of Huntsville, Ala.; step-great-grandson, Carson of Americus; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Hadden, Ronnie Hadden, Ralph Hadden Jr., Dr. Carroll Hughes, Mark Hadden and Bill Means.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Reedy Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 1128 Reedy Creek Church Road, Stapleton, GA 30823, or Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, c/o Emory University Health Sciences Development, 1440 Clifton Road, Suite 112, Atlanta, GA 30322, or online at www.med.emory.edu/adrc.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Smith Jordan
Mrs. Mary Smith Jordan of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Flat Rock Baptist Church, Matthews, with Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Interment was in Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery, Matthews.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Carl “Smiley” Paul
Mr. Carl “Smiley” Paul, 97, of Atlanta entered into rest on Nov. 12, 2011.

He was the son of Annie Lee Kindon and George Newton Paul and grew up in Wadley. He graduated from Berry College, which he supported for the rest of his life. He attended reunions as long as he was able; Berry recognized his contributions and the scholarships he established by presenting him with the Distinguished Service Award in 1993. Additionally, he earned a BBA from Georgia State and a MBA from Georgia Tech. He joined the Navy shortly after graduation and served in both the Mediterranean and Pacific theatres in WWII. Later, he was the commander of the Naval Reserve Unit at Georgia Tech and retired with the rank of Captain. He worked for the city of Atlanta for 36 years where he became deputy director of the personnel department. He was active in the Kiwanis Club and Northside United Methodist Church.

A memorial service was held at Northside United Methodist Church Chapel on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at 2 p.m. Mr. Paul’s ashes were interred in the memorial garden after the service.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Doris Brown Paul; siblings, George Eugene Paul, Helen McDaniel and Louise Brown; niece, Suzanne Dunson; and cousin, Henry R. Smith.

Survivors include nieces and nephews, Elyce Brown, Augusta, Paul Brown, Durham, N.C., W. Keith Brown, Warren, N.J., Peggy Kitchens, Temple, Texas, and Joseph McDaniel Jr., Byron; brother-in-law, Horace Brown, Durham, N.C.; Pat (Joe) Edwards, Barnesville, Terri (Todd) Williams, Jonesboro, Martha Moore, Atlanta; cousins, Bill and Jamie Lawson, Stone Mountain, Imogene Wahlberg and Delores Bauguss, Wadley, and Edward Paul, Millen; friends, Sandy and Jerry Coker of Atlanta; and many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

R.T. Patterson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lewis Dasher Paul
Mr. Lewis Dasher Paul, 69, of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Paul was a native of Wadley and a son of the late J.L. and Cora Dasher Paul. He was the owner and operator of Lewis Paul Trucking in Wadley and was of the Methodist faith.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Coleman’s Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Patricia Holbert officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Doyle Paul, Gerald Paul and C.S. Paul; and sister, Cornelia Daniels.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary Ruth Paul of Wadley; son, James Lewis Paul (Stacie) of Wadley; daughter, Beverly Paul Greene (Stacy) of Gibson; brother, Edward Paul of Millen; sisters, Imogene Walberg of Wadley, Catherine Brown of Wadley, and Rebecca P. Hall of Wrightsville; four grandchildren, Casey Ford, Samantha Greene, Macie Brassell and Jaymie Paul; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the Coleman’s Chapel building fund, P.O. Box 148, Wadley, GA 30477.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mary Elizabeth Talbert Riviere
Miss Mary Elizabeth Talbert Riviere, 92, of Wrens, formerly of Plum Branch/Rehoboth, S.C., entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Uni-Health Post Acute Care Old Capital, Louisville.

Miss Riviere was the daughter of the late James Presley Talbert and Maybell Strom Talbert. She was a member of Wrens Baptist Church. Miss Riviere was the last living sibling of her five brothers and one sister. She retired as division secretary from Brunswick Pulp and Paper Co., in McCormick, S.C. Before and after retirement, she lived her life to serve others. One of her many volunteer jobs was with Hospice Care of the Piedmont, where she was a worker from 1991 to 2006.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Overbrook Cemetery, McCormick S.C.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, James, Alvin, William, Elmer and John; and sister, Dora.

Survivors include child, Mary Marcelle Riviere Harris (Jimmie); granddaughter, Nicole H. Ward (Doug) of Rentz; grandson, Justin Harris, of the USMC, Iwakuni, Japan; and great-granddaughter, Krista Ward.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 West Alexander Ave., Greenwood, S.C., 29646.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eskimore Smith
Mr. Eskimore Smith of Midville entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Burke Medical Center.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, 2 p.m., at Spring Bethel Baptist Church, Louisville. Interment was in the church cemetery.


Mrs. Mamie L. “Miss Rat” Stone
Mrs. Mamie L. “Miss Rat” Stone known, 89, entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Thomson Health and Rehabilitation, Thomson.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Dr. Frank Seabrook Sr. officiating. Interment was in Vining Cemetery, Stapleton.

Survivors include one son, Wallace (Bessie) Stapleton; three grandsons, Kevin Maurice Stapleton, Willie Maurice (Tonya) Harris and Darrius Mackie; two granddaughters, Kimberly Stapleton (Melvin) Glenn and Lawanna Hawkins; one brother, Willie Mathis; friends, Donald (Vickie) Greene, Eric Fleming, Janice (Randolph) Murphy and Louise Clark; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Rebecca Faglier Usry
Miss Rebecca Faglier Usry, 69, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

Miss Usry was the daughter of the late Beulah Reese Faglier and the late Alton Faglier.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera, with Rev. Tommy Harwell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, 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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