Obituaries
February 9, 2012 Issue

Mr. Thomas Pope Kent
Mr. Thomas Pope Kent, 96, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

A native of Gibson, Mr. Kent was born December 17, 1915, the son of the late Thomas Grover and Ivylyn Snider Kent. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a farmer and worked with the U.S.D.A., starting farm programs in Glascock and Hancock counties. Mr. Kent was a member of Gibson United Methodist Church and had served as a Gibson volunteer fireman, a Gibson City Councilman and mayor of Gibson.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Mitchell Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Russell Davis and Rev. Ed Chance officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Mildred Kent Chalker.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Cloise Chalker Kent of Gibson; daughters, Nancy Kent and Andrea Pennington (Jimmie), all of Gibson; sons, Bill Kent of Canton, and Thomas Tommy Kent of Sandersville; five granddaughters, Kimberly Kent Holcombe, Kayce Kent Epperson, Haley Kent White, Amy Pennington and Carla Pennington Day; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Gibson United Methodist Church C/O Mrs. Frankie Porter, Gibson, GA 30810, or to Mitchell Baptist Church C/O Kendall Chalker, 9337 Griffin Chapel Rd, Mitchell, GA 30820.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mattie Kate Raley Pennington
Mrs. Mattie Kate Raley Pennington, 86, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Doctors Hospital.

Born to the late Effie Bales Raley and the late Willie Hugh Raley, Mrs. Pennington lived in Glascock and Jefferson counties all of her life and was a member of Woodland Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at 11 a.m. Interment followed in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Pennington; granddaughter; three brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include her children, Sammy Pennington (Denise), George Alan Pennington and Kathy McDaniel (Oliver); four grandchildren, Lisa Thompson (Jeff), Melissa Friell (Tyler), Matthew Pennington and Corey McDaniel (Sarah); four great-grandchildren, Jeri Bouchard, Shawn Bouchard, Grace Friel and Annabelle Friel; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Chuck Grant, Robert Haggard, Max Johnson, Edward Newsome, Bobbie Raley, Larry Raley and Sterling Raley.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Billie Roland
Mrs. Billie Roland, 88, of Franklin, Tenn., entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the Louisville United Methodist Church, Louisville.

She was preceded in death by parents, William James and Bette Farmer Clark; and husband, William Fred Roland.

Survivors include her sons, William F. Roland of Franklin, Tenn., Peter B. (Paula) Roland of Atlanta, and Alan C. (Jennie) Roland of Ozark, Mo.; daughters, Jean M. Barwick of Franklin, Tenn., Barbara E. Roland of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Caroline E. (Jim Benesch) Oakes of Brentwood, Tenn.; grandchildren, Fisher and Jackson Oakes, Lizzie, Mitchell and Claire Roland, and Madison, Landon and Ava Roland.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, (615) 377-7774.

Williamson Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas A. “Billy” Smith Sr.
Mr. Thomas A. “Billy” Smith Sr., 85, of Thomson entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

Mr. Smith was the husband of the late Virginia Durham Smith. He was born in Warren County and lived most of his life in McDuffie County. He was retired as owner and operator of Smith’s Sanitation. Mr. Smith was a member of the Macedonia United Methodist Church.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Don Widener officiating.

Survivors include his son, Tommy Smith Jr. (Debbie) of Gibson; daughter, Sandra Godwin (John) of Englewood, Fla.; one brother, Walker Smith (Faye) of Thomson; parented grandchild, Josh Smith (Shana); grandchildren, Angela Usry, Amanda Wheeler (Roy), Michael Washam; and eight great-grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Lois Music Thompson
Miss Lois Music Thompson, 88, of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, after a short illness.

Miss Thompson was a native of Bacon County, but had lived in Wadley for the past 20 years. She was daughter of the late Archie Music and Madie Cothern Music.

Graveside services were held on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at Wolf Pit Cemetery at 2 p.m., with Rev. John Carver officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Music; two brothers, Gene and Ed Music; and one sister, Willa Mae Rewis.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Ruth Paul of Wadley; three sisters, Clydie Mae Taylor of Alma, Shirley Lee (P.A.) of Nicholls, and Mary Ruth Paul of Wadley; two grandchildren, Beverley Green of Gibson, and James Paul of Wadley; two sister-in-laws, Ellene Music of Alma, and Vickie Music of Live Oak, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Crosby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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