Obituaries
January 5, 2012 Issue

Mr. Jimmy Farmer Sr.
Mr. Jimmy Farmer Sr., 55, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Stone Springfield AME Church, with Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Farmer was a native of Jefferson County, Wrens, son of Jessie Bell Stone Farmer and the late Olin Farmer. At a very early age he joined the Stone Springfield AME Church, where he remained active until his death. Mr. Farmer was a 1975 graduate of Wrens High School, a veteran of the U S Army and an employee of Lewis Steel, Wrens, for more than 25 years as a forklift operator.

He was preceded in death by father; and siblings, Luretha Farmer and George Farmer Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Roberts Farmer; children, Deayia Roberts, Stacy Roberts and Johnquale Bell, all of Wrens, Melissa Polen of Augusta, Avarez (Sequioa) McCall of Atlanta, Tiffany (Lorenza) Johnson of Warrenton, Jimmy (Vanessa) Farmer Jr. of Savannah, and Shanda Farmer of California; one godchild, Breyahna Roberts; mother, Jessie Bell Stone Farmer of Wrens; mother-in-law, Ollie Lee Roberts of Wrens; brothers and sisters, James (Ora) Farmer and Clarence (Shirley) Farmer of Thomson, Eddie (Christine) Farmer of Davisboro, Melvin Habersham of Virginia, Phil (Darlene) Habersham of Atlanta, Henrietta (Donald) Paster of Grovetown, Loretta (Edward) Cousins of Columbus, and Roxanne Farmer of Sandersville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marie (Freddie) Rivers of Wrens, Michael (Merry) Roberts of Avera, Dianne Roberts, Rachel (Randy) Roberts and Rosetta Roberts, all of Louisville, Irma (Charles) Roberts of Wrens, and Calvin Roberts and Betty Brown Farmer of Wrens; aunts and uncles, Willie Albert (Pinky) Farmer of New York, Annie Ruth McCommons of Atlanta, George Farmer of Lithonia, Gertrude Butler of Augusta, Eloise Stokes of Chicago, Ill., Lillie Bell Patterson of Augusta, and Billy Drayton of Maryland; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Steve Berry, Morris Hannah, Torrey King, Laurence Anderson, Ferris Jones, Pedrick Lane, Laurence Anderson, Nathaniel Hale, Jerry Patterson, Lee Hobbs, Melvin Usry, Mike Casey, Anthony Sims and Debrick Jordan.

Family maybe contacted at the residence 104 Ohio Street, Wrens, GA or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances Watkins Frost
Mrs. Frances Watkins Frost, 85, of Riddleville entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, in the Extended Care Facility, Sandersville.

Mrs. Frost was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Solomon Mobley Watkins and the late Sallie Rushin Watkins. She was the wife of the late Wade Reese Frost. Mrs. Frost was a retired seamstress for Apparel Craft and a homemaker. She was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, a member of the Womens Missionary Union and a Sunday school teacher of the intermediate and young adult classes for over 25 years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with burial in the New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. M.D. Cabe and Rev. James Veal officiating.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jack Watkins, Donald Watkins and Ray Watkins.

Survivors include her daughter, Gayle Frost Prince (Van) of Sandersville; son, Rabun Frost (Paula) of Riddleville; grandchildren, Perry Frost, Shannon F. Waller, Blake Frost, Brandon Frost, Tammi P. Rhodes, Michelle P. Evans and Stacey Prince; great-grandchildren, Nicole Waller, Mitch Rhodes, Tyler Rhodes, Mason Evans, Max Evans, Myles Evans, Amanda Prince and MacKenzie Prince; great-great-granddaughter, Sophie Grace Rhodes; sister, Fannie B. Hawkins of Sandersville; brother, S.M. Watkins of Riddleville; and two sisters-in-law, Sarah Frawley of Pooler, and Dorothy Robinson of Homestead, Fla. May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Miss Eddie Jacqueline Jackie Wheeler Hyman
Miss Eddie Jacqueline Jackie Wheeler Hyman, 73, of Blythe entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Keysville Rehab Center.

Funeral services were held at Faith Baptist Church on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Albert Halford officiating. Interment followed in the Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie Lee Justice Wheeler and Richard Fondron Wheeler; sister, Ruby W. Bishop; and granddaughter, Holly Thompson.

Survivors include her three children, Marc A. Hyman (Christa), Bryan D. Hyman and Eddy Lynn Blackstone (Ted); three brothers, John Richard Wheeler, Lamar Wheeler and Leonard Wheeler; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Because of the financial burden of a prolonged illness, the family request memorial contributions be made to James Funeral Home, P.O. Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Hester L. Jones
Mrs. Hester L. Jones, 89, of Burnettown entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

Born in Vaucluse, S.C., and a lifelong resident of Aiken County, Mrs. Jones was a daughter of the late Rosier and Addie Calicutt Ledbetter. Mrs. Jones was the owner and operator of Hesters Flower Shop. She was a member of the former Midland Valley First Church of the Nazarene now Midland Valley Community Church. She was also a member of the Graniteville Leisure Club.

A celebration of life service was held on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Midland Valley Community Church, Clearwater, S.C., with Pastor Kyle Poole, Pastor John Faircloth, Pastor Bill Branch and Pastor Jeff Jones officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Joe Jones; and her parents.

Survivors include her children, Linda McNair (Jimmy), Wrens, Judy Annan (Steve), Charleston, S.C., Gail Barron (Manford), Burnettown, Chuck Jones (Angie), Graniteville, and Rev. Jeff Jones (Donna), North Augusta, S.C.; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Midland Valley Community Church, P.O. Box 645, Clearwater, SC 29822. Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sherrie Lynn Anderson Lovvorn
Mrs. Sherrie Lynn Anderson Lovvorn, 51, of Thomson entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Lovvorn was a native of Jefferson County, and lived in Thomson for the past five years. She was retired from Wal-Mart.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Helen Morris officiating.

Survivors include her mother, Grace Anderson; sons, Walter Noggle Jr. and Jeremy Lovvorn; daughter, Brenda Hollingsworth; brothers, Buck Anderson, John Anderson and Joe Anderson all of Thomson; sister, Gloria Barton; eight grandchildren; and friend, James Belles.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Billy Edward Mills
Mr. Billy Edward Mills, 71, of Mitchell entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at his residence.

A native of Pineville, Ky., Mr. Mills was a son of the late John and Lillie Stewart Mills. He was a U.S. Army veteran and had worked as a heavy equipment operator at Plant Vogel.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Sheppard Funeral Home, with Rev. Sam Griswold officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Hazel Reese; and brother, Bobby Mills.

Survivors include his daughter, Wanda Archer of Tennille; son, Tony Mills of Thomson; sister, Bessie Broadnax of Mitchell; brother, Carol Mills of Gibson; and several nieces and nephews.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Alex T. Swan
Mr. Alex T. Swan of Waynesboro entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, after fighting a long battle against cancer.

Mr. Swan was born in Augusta, and grew up in Stellaville as the son of late Alex T. and Sara Oliphant Swan. He was a graduate of Brewton-Parker College, attended Georgia Southern University and University of Georgia. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in Korea and a retired insurance consultant. He was a member of Rosemont Heights Baptist Church. He was active in many clubs, member and past president of Waynesboro Exchange Club, member and past president of Waynesboro Shrine Club, member of Alee Temple in Savannah, Waynesboro Masonic Lodge 274, the American Legion Post 120, the Georgia Field Trials Association and Big D. Hunting Club in Lexington. He was also president of Burke County High School Athletic Booster Club for several years, and board member/chair of the Burke County DFACS.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Rosemont Baptist Heights Baptist Church, with Rev. Keith Alderman and Rev. Wes Lawson officiating. Interment followed at Ways Baptist Church Cemetery, Stellaville.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne Sharpe Swan; son, Alex Taylor Swan III (Jennifer) of Cartersville; daughters, Sara Catherine Swan Cone (Stewart) of Elberton, and Amy Elizabeth Swan Fleming (Jeff) of Lawrenceville; sisters, Joanne S. Radcliffe of Statesboro, and Connie S. Beasley (Sam) of Stellaville; brother, Andrew Swan of Stellaville; numerous nieces and nephews; and six grandchildren, Alex, Ethan, Eli, Isabella, Emberleigh and Grayson.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Exchange Club, Shrine Club, Masonic Lodge and American Legion Post 120.

Donations may be made to Rosemont Heights Baptist Church Vision Fund or Rosemont Heights Prayer Garden Fund.

Joiner-Anderson-Saxon-Prescott Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Earl C. Jack Terry Sr.
Mr. Earl C. Jack Terry Sr. of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Terry was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church, American Legion Post 229 and Daylight Masonic Lodge. He served during WWII, worked as a patrolman in Atlanta, retired from Thiele Kaolin, and lastly retired from farming.

Funeral services were held at Reedy Creek Baptist Church on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Scott Pope and Rev. John Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Julia Poole Terry and Samuel Augustus Terry Sr; 10 siblings, infant Terry, Lamar Terry, Vernon Terry, S.A. Terry, Ernest Terry, Fred Terry, Woodson Terry, Alma Rhodes, Inez Landrum and Macie Rabun.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Jeannette Bach Terry; children, Earl C. Terry Jr. (Judy) of St. Simons, and Jacqueline Peebles (Umpy); four grandchildren, William Earl Peebles, Madeline Melanie Peebles, Earl C. Jack Terry III and Samuel Augustus Terry II; numerous nieces, nephews and adoptive grandchildren; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Alvin Bach, Dwight Bach, Andrew Casucci, Rabun Lewis, Walker Lewis, Dean Miller, Sam Rabun, Spencer Reeves, Dennis Robinson and Harold Sheppard.

Honorary pallbearers were American Legion Post 229 and Thiele Kaolin Employees.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Foundation, Trinity Hospice Memorial, PO Box 31358, Augusta, GA 30903, or to Jefferson County High School, Attn: HE Johnson - Piano Fund, 1157 Warrior Trail, Louisville, GA 30434.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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