Obituaries
January 26, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Gladys Cleo James Bethea
Mrs. Gladys Cleo James Bethea, 78, of Davisboro entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Shiloh CME Church and Cemetery, Davisboro.

Mrs. Bethea was a native of Washington County. She was the daughter of the late Frank James and Anna Lue Stone James and the widow of the late David Bethea.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother and sister-in-law, Arthur James and Lewis Strowbridge James.

Survivors include her children, David Bethea Jr. and Gloria Bethea of Connecticut; brothers, Jesse (Marie) James of Davisboro, and Theotis James of New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence of her brother and sister-in-law, Jesse and Marie James, Davisboro.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eddie Lee Brooks
Mr. Eddie Lee Brooks of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Brooks was born in Jefferson County on April 2, 1943, to the late John Henry Sr. and Cornelia Matthews Brooks. He joined Pine Hill Baptist Church at an early age. He sang with the Glorious King Gospel Group of Augusta. He attended the Jefferson County public school. He lived in Philadelphia, Pa., for several years. In 1998 he moved back home and was employed by the Jefferson County Board of Education as a school bus driver and was employed with Glit-Microtron, Inc.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Pine Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Christopher Durden officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his son, Lamont Brooks; brothers, Augustus Brooks, Charlie B. Brooks Sr., John Henry Brooks Jr., James Morris Brooks, Marvin Brooks and Freddie Brooks.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Brooks of Philadelphia, Pa.; sons, Darrell Brooks and Kenneth Brooks of Philadelphia, Pa., and Dickie Williams of Louisville; brother, Joe Louis Brooks; sisters, Mattie Flournoy, Juanita Reaves, Eva Brooks, Elsie Whitfield and Shirley Dogan, all of Louisville; brothers-in-law, Arthur Whitfield Sr., Edward Lewis, Willie Gibbons, Earnest Gibbons Jr., Larry Bullock, Freddie Hill (Burine), Otix Blair and Joe Hill (Natasha); sisters-in-law, Willie Bell Brooks, Ruby Brooks, Ida M. Brooks, Shirley Bullock, Gladys Channeyfield, Debbie Ruff (Leroy) and Tammie Nelson (David); six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and trustees of Pine Hill Baptist Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Elphonsa “Pete” Dogan
Mr. Elphonsa “Pete” Dogan, 63, of Stapleton entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at a local nursing facility.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. at New Hope AME Church, Grange. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Dogan was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Reginald and Mary Ethel Smith Dogan. He was a member of the New Hope AME Church, and attended the Jefferson County School System. Mr. Dogan retired in 2011 from Thermo King Corp. after 42 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Gamble Dogan of Stapleton; children, Beverly LaJune (David Carlyle) of Louisville, Diante Gibbons of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sharon Denise (Donovan) Terrell of Stapleton; sisters, Judy (Clifford) Jordan, Annie Mae Hudson, Ella (Mark) Walden, Patricia (Robert) Cooper, all of Louisville; brother-in-law, Donnell Gamble of Louisville; grandchildren, Yaknika Terrell, Donquerrial Terrell, Courtney Dogan, Jaliscia Walden, Traniscia Dogan and Shaquerria Simpkins; three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 1030 Bonnie Lane, Stapleton, or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Hulda Ensz Goossen
Mrs. Hulda Ensz Goossen, 82, of Stapleton entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Goossen was a native of Inman, Kansas. In May of 1959, she moved to Jefferson County with her husband, the late Paul Goossen, and her young family. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Pinecrest Mennonite Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son; and one grandson.

Survivors include two sons, Randal Goossen (Rose) and Eugene Goossen (Phoebe); three daughters, Jeanette Goossen, Marilyn Goossen and Jolene Goossen; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and many relatives and friends.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lester “Hog Wild” Johnson
Mr. Lester “Hog Wild” Johnson of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at 1 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley, with Pastor William Patterson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Johnson, Louisville; five daughters, Golden (Isaiah) Johnson, Angela J. (James) Swan, Debra (Edward) Johnson, and Bobbi Jean Mosley, all of Louisville, and Mary (James) Best, Wadley; six sons, Willie C. (Julia) Howard and Lyndon B. Johnson, Wadley, Lester (Lillian) Johnson II, Atlanta, Lonnie (Mamie) Johnson and Curtis (Ongula) Moody, Swainsboro, and Patrick (Alecia) Moody, Millen; mother, Golden Johnson Collins, Wadley; five sisters, Wylene Collins, Atlanta, Martha (Bobby) Jackson and Madene G. Daniels, Wadley, Karen Thomas, Louisville, and Alberta (David) Walker, Hephzibah; nine brothers, Willie (Jewel) Holley, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Johnny Collins, Lester Tennyson Jr., Lester Tennyson II, and Alfred (Phyllis) Thomas, all of Wadley, Willie James (Katherine) Tennyson, Milledgeville, Alfornia (Dorothy) Tennyson, Louisville, James Stevenson, Miami, Fla., and Ray Tennyson, Sandersville; mother-in-law, Adnomie Morgan, Louisville; two sisters-in-law, Ora Lee Morgan and Mamie Morgan, Louisville; 21 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Winter Lynn Jordan
Winter Lynn Jordan was only passing through on Jan. 6, 2012. Her parents, Daniel and Erin Jordan, welcomed her into their lives at 7:05 that morning and then saw her off at 2:59 that afternoon.

On her mother’s side, she left behind her grandparents, Joseph and Mary Kane of Stone Mountain; her uncle, J.W. Kane, currently stationed in Afghanistan; and her great-grandparents, George and mary Padan of Lexington, Ky.

On her father’s side, she left behind her grandparents, Billy and Barbara Jordan of Louisville; her aunt, Christy (Curtis) Jordan Malcom of Atlanta; and her great-grandfather, Homer Chandler of Baxley.

During her short visit, she touched the hearts of countless other family and friends who didn’t get a chance to meet her.

A celebration of her life was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church, 2793 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Ky., 40511.

In honor of Winter’s life and legacy, donations can be made in her memory to the Winter Lynn Jordan Memorial Fund at Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church.

You may sign the guestbook at clarklegacycenter.com.


Mr. Johnnie Wesley Oliphant
Mr. Johnnie Wesley Oliphant of Pompano Beach, Fla., entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Wellton Manor Nursing Home in Florida.

Mr. Oliphant was born Dec. 1, 1936, in Jefferson County to the late Jack and Mary Lizzie Ponder Oliphant. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System. He became a member of Lofton AME Church when he was seven, and was a member of the choir. He sang on the Thomson radio station gospel channel for more than 10 years. Several years ago he moved to Pompano Beach, Fla. Mr. Oliphant became a member of Big Bethel AME Church, where he was a member of the senior choir and a lead singer.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Lofton AME Church, Wrens, with Rev. Michael Ephriam Sr. officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Herbert Oliphant, Peter Oliphant, Fannie Bell Oliphant Brown, Cladys Hannah and Janie Mae Cunningham.

Survivors include his sisters, Cressie Oliphant Hill (Tommie) and Lola Oliphant Lane (Dwellie) of Louisville; brothers, Willie Lee Oliphant, Joe Louis Oliphant and Charlie Oliphant (Mary) of Stapleton; brother-in-law, Nathaniel Brown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; aunt, Gertrude Kelsey (Joe) of Augusta; niece, Susie Walker (James) of Pompano Beach, Fla.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were stewards and trustees of Lofton AME Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Vera Cox Rachels
Mrs. Vera Cox Rachels, 95, entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in her country home outside of Wadley.

Mrs. Rachels was born March 17, 1916, the oldest daughter of the late Malcom and Addie Belle Cox and remained a lifelong resident of South Jefferson County. She graduated in 1932 from Wadley High School and was the youngest in her class at age 16. She retired from the Bank of Wadley in 1986 at the age of 70. Mrs. Rachels was married to the late Alvin Rachels. She attended Coleman’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Coleman’s Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Patricia L. Holbert officiating.

Survivors include three sons, Howard (Nancy) of Alexandria, Va., Ronald and Alan (Dottie) of Marietta; brother, Lynwood Cox (Barbara) of Dry Branch; grandchildren, Heather Rachels of Alexandria, Va., Sheila (Jim) Pearson of Manassas, Va., and Nathan (Anne) Rachels of Alpharetta; and great-grandchildren, Emily and Rachel Pearson of Manassas, Va., and Jackson, Taylor and Payton Rachels of Alpharetta.

Pallbearers were Anthony Cox, Thomas Cox, Wilson Cox, Charles Rachels, George Rachels III and Richard Williams.

Memorial donations may be mailed c/o Church Treasurer, 7118 River Rd., Wadley, GA 30477.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lindsey Rag Roberts Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Lindsey Rag Roberts Sr., 78, of Avera were held on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. David Batts as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie E. Spivey
Mr. Willie E. Spivey of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at UniPac of Augusta Hills.

Mr. Spivey, a native of Wadley, was retired from King Mill. He was a member of Thankful Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for more than 40 years.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at Thankful Baptist Church, with Rev. Christopher Waters officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Ada S. Spivey; daughter, Sheila L. Spivey, Atlanta; grandson, Christopher E. Spivey, Atlanta; sisters, Mildred Spivey, Gloria Lawson, Beatrice Williams, Hattie Braddy, Brooklyn, N.Y., Minnie (James) Hagans, Thelma (Willie) Turner, Augusta, Norvia (Wilbert) Dahmer, Jacqueline Spivey, Atlanta, Phyllis Spivey, California; brothers, Henry (Teresa) Spivey, Atlanta, Roy (Fannie) Spivey, Savannah; brothers-in-law, Jeffery Samuel, William Samuel; sister-in-law, Susanna Samuel; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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