Obituaries
March 1, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Bessie Lois Wells Brown
Mrs. Bessie Lois Wells Brown, 72, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Brown was a native of Jefferson County, a member of the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church where she joined at an early age. She attended the Jefferson County School System. She was employed with Gibson Garment Company from 1966 to 1978 and worked several years at Oxford Shirt Company until 1990.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Louise Wells of Louisville; children, David Luther Wells, Calvin (Queen) Wells, Stanley Wells, Willie “Woody” (Mary Helen) Wells and Angela Brown, all of Louisville; one grandson that she reared as her own, Trayvis (Tambernesha) of Martinez; sister, Mary Frances Wells Thompson of Louisville; grandchildren, Samuel Stewart, Calvin Wells Jr., Antwan Wells, Keith Wells, David Taylor, William Wells Jr., Lashundia Boyd, Stanley Wells Jr., Dontavious Wells, Travodis Wells, Jeffrey Wells, Jennifer Wells and Tymeshia Best; aunts and uncles, Mary Alice Dunn of Jacksonville, Fla., Margaret Johnson, Essie Wells, Sarah Wells and Suluer Wells, all of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Annie Kate Gay McGahee
Mrs. Annie Kate Gay McGahee, 84, of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Burke Memorial Hospital.

Born to the late Jessie Windom Gay and the late Luther Gay, Mrs. McGahee was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, living most of her life in Wadley. Until the last few years, she was an active member of Wadley Baptist Church and the Gleaners Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; seven siblings, Leonis Gay, Ernest Gay, Jim Gay, Sike Gay, Daisy Barrow, Rosabelle Wren and Earlene Barrow.

Survivors include her husband, Farris McGahee; children, Kathy McGahee Bowles (David), and Michael Keith McGahee (Lynn); four grandchildren, Kristi Bowles Griffin (Michael), Kelly Bowles, Brooke McGahee and Brandon McGahee; two great-grandchildren, Jackson Griffin and Aubrey Griffin; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Harold Clements, Donald Gay, Oliver Gay, Ronnie Jones, Larry Kitchens and Mickey McGahee.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wadley Baptist Church, 225 S Main St., Wadley GA 30477.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruthie Mae Moye
Mrs. Ruthie Mae Moye of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville.

Survivors include her husband, Theodas Moye; son, Charles Moye; sister, Mary Hannah; granddaughter, Naquetta Moye; and great-grandchildren.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Gene Tunny Peterson
Mr. Gene Tunny Peterson, 84, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at his residence.

A native of Pearson, Mr. Peterson was a son of the late Dennis Paul and Miriam Paulk Peterson. He served in the Georgia National Guard and the U.S. Army for 30 years and had worked for Delta Airlines as a security guard and was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Taylor Funeral Home, with Rev. Hardy Owens officiating. Graveside services with full military honors were held at 3 p.m. at Antioch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Pearson, with Rev. John Peterson officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Martha Lillian Mask Peterson.

Survivors include his son, Charlie Peterson of Louisville; daughter, Martha Peterson of Harlem; brothers, Hal Peterson of Florida, Rev. John Peterson of Jasper, Ala., and Thomas Henry of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sisters, Imogene Haskins of Pearson, and Jane Sawyer of Swainsboro; two grandchildren, Blake and Zackary Rosier; and several nieces and nephews.

Because of a long time illness, family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Taylor Funeral Home, 401 West 8th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Alma Marie Bishop Poppell
Mrs. Alma Marie Bishop Poppell, 90, of Sandersville entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in Harlem.

Mrs. Poppell was a native of Screven County, the daughter of the late John Bishop and the late Mattie Stewart Bishop. She was the wife of the late Clyde J. Poppell and the late Bill Whealton. Mrs. Poppell was a former Drill Sergeant with the United States Army and a veteran of World War II. She was a retired teacher with the Jefferson County Training Center and a homemaker. Mrs. Poppell was a member of the Sisters Baptist Church.

Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Sisters Baptist Church Cemetery, Sandersville, with George Dickson officiating.

Survivors include her children, Dean Paul Poppell (Theresa) of Ocean Springs, Miss., Bruce Daniel Poppell (Sheila) of Rockford, Ala., Johnnie Michael Whealton of Sandersville, Gary Whealton (Christie) of San Antonio, Texas, and Wayne Whealton (Becky) of Hemlock, Ind.; three sisters, Reba B. Scott of Sandersville , Lucille Arata of Sunrise, Fla., and Joann Mullis (James) of Harlem; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and an aunt, Carie Bishop of Harlem.

The family suggests that donations be made to Sisters Baptist Church, 1807 East McCarty Street, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Zade “Zack” Benjamine Salter Jr.
Mr. Zade “Zack” Benjamine Salter Jr., 92, of Fayetteville, formerly of East Point, entered into rest on Jan. 30, 2012.

Mr. Salter grew up in Louisville, and moved to Atlanta as a young adult. He served in the United States Army in the Philippines during World War II and also retired after 46 years with Southern Bell. He was a member of Fayetteville Christian Church and the Lamplighters Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Fayetteville Christian Church, with Rev. Dan Roberts and Rev. Ralph Warren officiating. Burial followed at Camp Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ruby Edmondson Salter; son, Kenny (Dorothy) Salter of Fayetteville; daughters, Marty Salter of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mary Anne Salter of Fayetteville; four granddaughters, Tammy Roberts, Megan Salter, Meredith Graves and Laura Payne; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Carl J. Mowell and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bruce Self
Mr. Bruce Self, 69, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

Mr. Self was born in Blythe on Sept. 23, 1942. He was the son of the late Marion Reid and Kathryn Virginia Self. He graduated from SGA High School in 1960. He served in the United States Air Force, where he was stationed in Aviano, Italy. Mr. Self was a graduate of Augusta Technical College where he received an associate degree in electromechanical engineering. He developed the syllabus for this program for Augusta Technical College. Mr. Self worked with Olin Chemicals, Georgia Power Company at Plant Vogtle and at International Paper. He was a member of Bath Presbyterian Church and F&AM Richmond Lodge. He was a pilot with both his commercial and IFR licenses.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Bath Presbyterian Church, Blythe. Committal services, with Masonic Graveside Rites and United States Air Force Honors, followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 39 years, Lillian Gidget Self in February 2004.

Survivors include his life partner, Lola Clark of Hephzibah; children, Thomas Self Sr. of Hephzibah, and Teresa S. Wells (Heyward) of Stapleton; five grandchildren, Amber Dawn Self, Thomas Self Jr., Jamie Self, Reid Wells and Emily Wells; several siblings; and numerous friends.

Pallbearers were Mike Woods, Mike Cabe, Wayne Hanks, Sean Marron, Roy Kirschner, Donald Toulson and John Strouse.

Memorials may be made to the Augusta Relay for Life, 2607 Commons Blvd., Augusta, GA 30909, or online at www.relayforlife.org/augusta.

Poteet Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. John Lee Taylor Sr.
Mr. John Lee Taylor Sr. entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Taylor was born on Sept. 27, 1934, to the late Archie and Lishie Taylor in Washington County. He joined Pine Hill Baptist Church at an early age. He was a farmer and worked at Holmes Cannery and later retired from the Department of Transportation, Tennille.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Pine Hill Baptist Church, Davisboro, with burial in the Pine Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and seven brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Thelma M. Taylor; son, Johnny L. (Paula) Taylor Jr., Houston, Texas; daughters, Clarissa (George) Jones, Sandersville, Connie Salter, Davisboro, Linda Alexander, Stone Mountain, Dorothy (George) White, Wadley, Doris Taylor, Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Gwen Taylor (Emory), Sandersville; brothers, Albert L. Taylor, Sandersville, and Leroy Smith, Florida; sisters, Mozella Gibbons, Decatur, and Gracie L. Watson, Mount Vernon, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Louise Taylor, Annie Pearl Jordan, Cora Mae Jordan, Margaret Foster, Floyd Jackson, Delane Gundy, Sandersville, Shirley Turner, Warner Robins, Rosie Daniels, Atlanta, Catherine Haynes, Maryland; brothers-in-law, Bobby Gundy, Cleveland, Ohio, and Theotis Jordan, Sandersville; 19 grandchildren, Johnny L. Taylor III, Tamala, Joshua and Shabria Taylor, Sonya (Eric) Spikes, Antwan and Ambria Jones, Kinshasa Salter, Jacolby, Jakeia, Jarrod and Jaleisa Alexander, Antonio Taylor, Davonia Riddle (Mikos), Diadria (Tony) Whitfield, Dana Parker,

Shaqina, Takoria, Kiara and Marqez Smith; 16 great-grandchildren, Quantavious Taylor, Dequan Taylor, Dequana Taylor, Tyrik and Jalen Spikes, Khol Jones, Teosha White, Lexiyana, Ale, Antonio Jr., M.J. and Kamevia Riddle, Calix, Thomas and Javarious Simpkins, and Aerial Watts; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ray Coleman Thigpen
Mr. Ray Coleman Thigpen, 84, of Grovetown entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Thigpen was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Grovetown for many years. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of New Life Church of God.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at New Life Church of God, with Pastor Wallace Banks and Rev. William Thigpen officiating. Burial was in the Waldens Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews; two sister-in-laws, Louis Thigpen, Louisville, and Lorene Markins, Gibson; friend, Donna Sexton, Grovetown.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Etheridge D. “Bub” Williams Jr.
Mr. Etheridge D. “Bub” Williams Jr., 61, of Edgehill entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at his residence.

A native of Louisville, Mr. Williams was a son of the late Etheridge D. Williams Sr. and Doris Padgett Williams. He worked for the City of Stapleton as the building and grounds keeper.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera, with Rev. Chris New officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Ralph Milburn; and brother, Danny Milburn.

Survivors include cousins, Johnny Padgett, Elaine James, Wayne Padgett, Charles Padgett and Wade Brooks; nephews, Daniel Milburn, Matt Milburn and John Albright Jr.; niece, Angel Albright Pippin; and a sister-in-law, Debbie Milburn.

Pallbearers were Timmy Usry, Robbie Prescott, Kevin Prescott, Darryl Usry, David Doodle Padgett and Tommy Landrum.

Family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Sheppard Funeral Home, 57 College Place, Gibson, GA 30801.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

ADVERTISEMENT

 


The News and Farmer P.O. Box 487 Louisville, GA 30434
(478) 625-7722 or (706) 547-6629 - (478) 625-8816 fax
E-mail us at: news@thenewsandfarmer.com

Website designed and maintained by John Kitchens Website Design.

Send mail to webmaster with questions
or comments about this web site.
Information is subject to change without notice.