Obituaries
February 16, 2012 Issue

Mr. Norman Farris Bales
Mr. Norman Farris Bales, 74, of Mitchell entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Bales was born May 18, 1936, in Mitchell, a son of the late Malcolm and Arvell Dixon Bales. He was a farmer, and employee of Jebco Company in Warrenton many years. He attended Mitchell Full Gospel Church, and Fellowship Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Fellowship Baptist Church, with Rev. Lonnie McCall officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Inez Rivers and Verna Bales; and brothers, Eugene Bales, Malcolm Bales and Wesley Bales.

Survivors include two sisters, Bessie Moore of Avera, and Ann Bradford of Gibson; brother, David Bales of Gibson; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John Bales Sr., John Bales Jr., Triston Bales, Brand Williford, Raymond Johnson, Kristopher Tafhow, Nicholos Tafhow and Gregory Roper.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Linda Cheek Beckum
Mrs. Linda Cheek Beckum, 68, of Oglethorpe entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.

Mrs. Beckum was born on April 1, 1943, in Montezuma, to the late Myron and Myrna English Cheek. She graduated from Macon County High School, received her BA degree from Georgia Women’s College, now Georgia College State University, Milledgeville; and received her master’s degree from Mercer University, Macon, and her sixth year specialist degree from University of Georgia, Athens. She was an English literature teacher in Macon and Houston counties.

She was a member of Oglethorpe United Methodist Church, where she played the piano for many years. She was an accomplished writer and a member the Oglethorpe Garden Club.

Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Oglethorpe United Methodist Church, with Rev. Robert Beckum and Rev. Lee Pettis officiating. Burial followed in Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald Beckum of Oglethorpe; two daughters, Elizabeth Beckum of Oglethorpe, and Rebecca Beckum of Davidson, N.C.; sister, Kay McCraney (Dr. John) of Hollywood, Md.; one brother, Dr. William Cheek (Cynthia) of Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Oglethorpe United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 427, Oglethorpe, GA 31068, or the American Cancer Society, c/o Joyce Liggin, 120 South Dooly Street, Montezuma, GA 31063.

Watson-Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.


Mr. Issiah Bostic
Mr. Issiah Bostic, 75, entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at a Louisville nursing facility.

Mr. Bostic was born in Hazelhurst in Jeff Davis County to the parentage of the late Cora Gresham Jones and Bill Otic Jones. After many years of work, he retired from Lewis Steel. He lived in and around Jefferson County most of his adult life.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include his sisters, Barbara Ann Bostic of Louisville, Ida Lee Brown and Inez Atwell of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Henry Dawson
Mr. John Henry Dawson, 70, of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at University Hospital.

Mr. Dawson was a native of Gibson, but lived most of his life in Augusta. He was a self-employed truck driver, and worked for Murray Biscuit Company for 40 years.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at 2524 Reese Ave., Augusta, at 2:30 p.m.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette B. Dawson.

Survivors include two sons, John H. Dawson and Jonathan Dawson, both of Augusta; five daughters, Dorothy L. Dawson, Patricia A. Daniel, Carla Dawson, Andrea M. Dawson and Natasha Willis, all of Augusta; three brothers, Roy Dawson, Donald Dawson and Ray Dawson, all of Augusta; three sisters, Betty Washington, Lois Bradley and Mary Dawson, all of Augusta; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

McNeill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Lenward “Juice” Heath
Mr. James Lenward “Juice” Heath, 47, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

Mr. Heath was a native of Wadley, but lived most of his life in Greenwood, S.C. He was a disc jockey and broadcasted music across the CSRA in the 1980s. He is the son of the late Delmon “Perry” Heath.

Memorial services were held on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at 1 p.m. at C. A. Reid Sr. Gibson Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Herbert Martin officiating.

Survivors include his son, Broderick A. Heath of Augusta; granddaughter, Bri’Anna A. Heath of Augusta; six sisters, Annie Grace (Elbert) Jackson of Polk City, Fla., Audrey L. Johnson of Lake Alfred, Fla., Mary Ann Gibbons of Louisville, Lillian (Clifford) Middleton of Avondale, Ariz., Perry L. Williams and Brenda D. Bright, both of Augusta; one brother, Doyle (Nellie) Heath of Wadley; and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

C. A. Reid Sr. Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Wyncell Johnson
Mr. Wyncell Johnson, 70, of Sandersville entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Johnson was a native of Washington County, the son of the late William Johnson and the late Bessie Irene Johnston Johnson. He was a construction worker. Mr. Johnson was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, having served in the Navy.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sandersville, with Rev. Emory Anderson officiating.

Survivors include his two sons, Bryan Johnson (Angela) of Gibson, and Erick Johnson of Sandersville; daughter, Winona Morris (Robert) of Savannah; and four grandchildren.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Joseph Kelly Jr.
Mr. Joseph Kelly Jr., 35, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Kelly was a native of Jefferson County where attended the Jefferson County School System.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church, Louisville.

Survivors include his parents, Bernice Sherrod Kelly and Joseph Kelly Sr., both of Louisville; sisters, Mary (Herman) Yancey and Sherry (Jonas) Page of Louisville; brothers, Leroy Sherrod, Terry (Linda) Lynch of Louisville, Larry Sherrod of Hephzibah, Ezell Lynch Jr. of Scranton, Pa.; great-grandmother, Lizzie Mae Dixon of Tennille; aunts and uncles, Jeanette Dixon (Kelly) Sherrod, Lela Gibbons, Essie Kelly, Ed Willie Kelly, all of Louisville, Tom Kelly and Don Kelly of St. Petersburg, Fla., David Charles Dixon and Joseph (Fern) Dixon of Philadelphia, Pa.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Martha Louise Williford Lamb
Mrs. Martha Louise Williford Lamb, 82, of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Lamb was born in Jefferson County to the late Hartwell and Florie Newsome Williford. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Temple Assembly of God.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Calvary Temple Assembly of God, with Rev. Ray Farmer and Rev. Bobby Williford officiating. Interment followed in Jordan Chapel Church of God Cemetery, Edgehill.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Hilton and Walter Williford.

Survivors include her husband, John Edgar Lamb; daughters, Frances Munnerlyn and Barbara Jones (M.G.); sons, Jimmy Lamb (Deborah) and Les Lamb (Terrie); four sisters; four brothers; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and her pet, Peanut.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Frederick Jerome McCants
A memorial service will be held for the late Mr. Frederick Jerome McCants on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at 3 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, Wrens, with Pastor Rev. Bennie Holmes officiating.


Miss Susie Mae McCall Murray
Miss Susie Mae McCall Murray, 75, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Annette Murray; two sons, Clinton and Tony Murray; five brothers, Elisha, L.D., Mike, Judie and Paul McCall; six sisters, Cora Peeples, Eurine Heard, Murdine Heggs, Katie McCloud, Martha Tremble and Alice Batts; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Gardenview Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Horace O. McKenny
Mr. Horace O. McKenny of South Fallsburg, N.Y., entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Catskill Regional Medical Center in the skilled nursing unit.

Mr. Horace O. McKenny was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Wadley. He was the 13th of 15 children born to Moses and Rosena McKennie. As a young adult he enrolled in courses at Savannah State College, where he studied naval science and construction. After his college years, he moved to Miami, Fla., where he met his wife, Joyce Rolle. They were married on June 19, 1954. Soon thereafter they moved to South Fallsburg, N.Y., where they raised six children. In South Fallsburg, Mr. McKenny was a religious, civic, and educational leader. He was involved in a number of organizations, boards and community affairs, including founding member and Deacon of the First Baptist Church of South Fallsburg, founding member of CACHE Community Action Commission to Help the Economy, Town of Fallsburg Democratic Committeeman, Sullivan County Board of Elections Voting Machine Custodian and Instructor, Past Chief of Town of Fallsburg Auxiliary Police, Past Member of the Board of Education of Fallsburg Central School District, Member and Past Wor

shipful Master of Bethany Lodge No. 101, F.&A.M., and he was instrumental in the development of Main Street Housing, the first affordable and subsidized housing in the town of Fallsburg. As a result of his service to others, Mr. McKenny received recognition from the Sullivan County Chapter of the NAACP, the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, CACHE, The Times Herald Record and Bethany Lodge No. 101, F.&A.M. Mr. McKenny retired from the New York State Department of Transportation.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at The First Baptist Church of South Fallsburg, South Fallsburg, N.Y., at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Old Falls Cemeterys, Fallsburg, N.Y.

A masonic service was held on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne, N.Y., at 7:30 p.m.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Moses and Rosena McKennie; daughter, Rochelle; grandchildren, Malik and Chamille; and 12 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; children, Belinda, Barbara (Billy), Horace E. (Joann), Nathaniel (Carolyn) and Regina (Jules); grandchildren, Shannelle, Justin, Brandon, Shaina, Colton, Lakesha, Marisha, Demone and Zayd; great-grandchildren, Demichael, Jordan, Kmani, Cameron and Vi’Sean; brothers, Thomas (Julia) McKennie and George (Alice) McKennie; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund for the Starlight Chapter #74 OES PHA, in c/o Pamela Kennedy, 74 Sturgis Rd, #19, Monticello, NY 12701.


Mr. Sam Powell Sr.
Mr. Sam Powell Sr., of Keysville entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at the UPAC Nursing Home, Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Howard Harden officiating. Interment was in Spring Bethel AME Church Cemetery, Jefferson County.

Phinazee and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dearistine “Dee Dee” Smith
Mrs. Dearistine “Dee Dee” Smith, 55, of Stapleton entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Georgia Health Sciences University.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced at a later date.

Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Patricia A. Sturgis
Mrs. Patricia A. Sturgis of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.

Mrs. Sturgis was born in Jefferson County on Aug. 14, 1954. Her parents are the late Nathaniel Burnett and Annie Mae Thompson Burnett. Her biological father is King David Williams. She was a 1974 graduate of Wrens High School.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Wrens Memorial Garden, with pastor Dorothy Nelson officiating.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Peggy Williams of Pompano Beach, Fla.

Survivors include her husband, James Lee Sturgis Jr. of Thomson; children, Keisha (Derrick) Brown of Kennesaw, Timothy (Kenya) Sturgis of Hollywood, Fla., Raoshanna Sturgis of Miami, Fla., Kenyata Sturgis of Augusta, and Ricardo Sturgis of Louisville; siblings, Dianne (Leotis) Tremble of Stapleton, Sarah (Wheldon) Roberts of Augusta, Blondell (Beetle) Bailey of Louisville, Joyce Forest of Brooklyn, N.Y., Willie Lee (Retha) Daniels of Waynesboro, David Williams and Nathan Wesley Burnett of Wrens; friend, Moses Abrams; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Emily P. Watson
Mrs. Emily P. Watson, 85, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital.

A native of Louisville, Mrs. Watson was a daughter of the late J.B. Polhill Jr. and Rosa Brown Polhill. She was a homemaker and a teacher. She was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher at the Louisville A.R.P. Church where she was a member for more than 40 years.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Doug White officiating. Burial followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Thomas Watson Jr.; and a brother, J.B. Polhill III.

Survivors include her daughters, Polly (Gary) Cowart of Evans, and Hunter (Eric) Cardinal of Taylors, S.C.; son, John Thomas Tom Watson III (Sonya) of Louisville; sisters, Rosa P. Green of Louisville, and Lois P. (Tag) Sheppard of Louisville; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were Elders and Deacons of the Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

If so desired memorials may be made to the Louisville A.R.P. Church at 824 Walnut St., Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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