Obituaries
March 8, 2012 Issue

Mr. Thomas M. “Tommy” Atkinson
Mr. Thomas M. “Tommy” Atkinson, 54, of Edgefield, S.C., entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.

Mr. Atkinson was a native of North Carolina, a former resident of North Augusta, having made Edgefield his home for the past five years. He was employed at International Paper for more than 35 years and was a Baptist.

Funeral Services were held on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Posey Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Atkinson officiating. Interment was at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Matt Atkinson, Edgefield, S.C., and Eric Atkinson, North Augusta; a brother, Rev. Bobby Atkinson, Stapleton; four sisters, Hope Courtney, Aiken, S.C., Lorrie Hopkins, Jane Williams and Ann Forseth, all of North Augusta; a grandson, Kash Atkinson.

Pallbearers were Matthew Atkinson, Eric Atkinson, Mark Tuberville, Dale Courtney, Ken Hopkins and T.J. Parrish.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lamar Brassell
Mr. Lamar Brassell, 79, of Boneville entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.

Mr. Brassell was born in Gibson and lived in Thomson most of his life. He was a retired driver for Overnite Transportation with more than 27 years of service. Mr. Brassell was also a member of Marshall Baptist Church and the Thomson Lion’s Club.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Marshall Baptist Church, with Rev. John Prater, Rev. Don Reeves and Rev. Phillip Gandy officiating. Interment followed at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma W. Brassell; daughters, Deborah Lynn Neal (Mike) of Gibson, Vicki Montgomery Yates (Tommy) of Thomson; stepsons, Charles Smith (Margaret) of Killeen, Texas, David Smith (Shirley) of Dearing, Terry Smith (Claudia) of Boneville; sister, Joann Johnson of Mitchell; grandchildren, Michael Lee Neal Jr., Lamar Marty Montgomery and Patricia Denise Johnston; three great-grandchildren; and 12 step-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Michael Lee Neal Jr., Lamar Montgomery, Charles Smith, David Smith, Charlie Reville and Mickey Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Marshall Baptist Men’s Sunday School Class.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Marc Randitt Brewton
Mr. Marc Randitt Brewton 46, of Lilburn entered into rest on Feb. 11, 2012.

Mr. Brewton was born Sept. 11, 1965, in Augusta. He lived for a number of years in Baltimore, Md., and Stone Mountain. He attended Episcopal Day School and Our School, Augusta, Jemicy School and Lutheran High School, Baltimore, Md., Washington College Academy, Johnson City, Tenn., and the University of Maryland at Catonsville. He worked for a number of years in printing before changing careers. He graduated cum laude from the Cordon Bleu School of the Culinary Arts, Atlanta. He was awarded a silver medal in the Southeastern Regional competition of the American Culinary Federation, 2006. At the time of his death he was employed by The Atlanta Athletic Club.

Memorial services were held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Christ Church Episcopal, Norcross, which followed by a reception in the parish hall.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lloyd Tippins and Martha Randitt Brewton of Louisville, and Hobson (G.H. Riddle Sr.) and Vivian Howell Riddle of Rome; and stepmother, Elisabet Finch Brewton of Louisville.

Survivors include his father, George R. Brewton Sr. of Louisville; mother, Barbara Riddle Brewton of Young Harris; stepfather, Ernest Freda of Young Harris; brother, George R. Brewton Jr. (Nancy) of Millington, Tenn.; stepbrother, Anthony Freda (Beverly Grahe) of Baltimore, Md.; stepsisters, Claire Freda Eckenrode (Richard) of Phoenix, Ariz., Terry Walker Degenhardt (Walter) of Waynesboro, and Robin Walker of Martinez; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Mrs. Anne Townsend Clark
Mrs. Anne Townsend Clark, 78, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at her residence.

Born to the late Alfred and Sarah Lizzie Hobbs Townsend in Townsend, Mrs. Clark was brought to live with her grandparents, the late John and Eunice Burke Hobbs, and her uncles and aunts upon the death of her mother two months after her birth. Having the gift of music, she played piano and served Ebenezer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church all her adult life as its pianist. She and her husband cared for the church buildings and grounds.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Ebenezer ARP Church, with Rev. Gary Jones officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, John Thomas Clark.

Survivors include her children, Jimmy F. Clark and Linda Clark Santarone (Drew) of Milledgeville; a brother, Stanley Townsend (Rose) of Debary, Fla.; granddaughter, Jennifer S. Spencer (Bryant) of Milledgeville; unborn great-grandson, John Clark Spencer; and many cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Lamar Baxley, John Dukes, Randy Dukes, Billy Faglier, Bill McDaniel, Steve Pickard, Alan Wasden and Cecil Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Poole, Ralph Burke, Tommie Burke and William Burke.

The family desires to have memorial contributions made to Ebenezer Cemetery Fund, c/o James F. Clark, 4215 Hobbs Rd, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Homer A. Gay
Mr. Homer A. Gay, 70, of Harlem entered into rest on Friday, March 2, 2012.

Mr. Homer was born in Columbia County to the late Bogey Gay and Ida Mae Miles Gay, and was plant manager for the Tracy-Lucky Company for 53 years. He was a member of the Moose Club and Silver Run Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Silver Run Baptist Church, with Rev. Jerry Pitman officiating. Interment was in Harlem Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen L. Gay; three daughters, Delores Kitchens (James), Gibson, Denice Kirby (Steve), Nunez, and Dena Clifton (Brent), Twin City; one son, Steve Akridge (Emma), Dellwood; grandchildren, Shannon Craig (Kelly), Jessica Kitchens, Krystal Kitchens, Tommy Kirby (Laci), Nichole Creech (Gene), Tiffany Oliver (Timmy), Christopher Clifton, Dustin Akridge and Rebecca Akridge; 12 great-grandchildren; nephew, Pete Allen; and several additional nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Randy Frost, Russell Cook, Clayton Galloway, Tommy Kirby, Gene Creech and Kelley Craig.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Silver Run Fellowship Hall Building Fund, 5406 Highway 221 SE, Harlem, GA 30814.

Starling 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.

Mrs. Moye was born in Jefferson County on July 3, 1934, to the late James C. and Eldora Ghant Grant. Earlier in life she became a member of Pine Hill Baptist Church and served as a missionary and a former member of the Fair and Honest Society. She received her education from the schools in Jefferson County, where she graduated. On March 10, 1967, she was united in marriage to Theodas Moye and they had one son.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville, with Pastor Rev. Christopher Durden officiating.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John Grant Sr.

Survivors include her husband, Theodas Moye; son, Charles Moye of Augusta; sister, Mary Hannah of Wrens; granddaughter, Naquetta Moye of Swainsboro; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Arhianna and Darielle; brother-in-law, Grady Moy Sr. (Willie Bell) of Louisville; sisters-in-law, Elnora McGruder of Louisville, Mattie Flournoy (Isaac), Eunice Parker (John) and Betty Jean Goldsberry of Wilmington, Del, Nellie Hilton of Columbia, S.C., and Gloria Seays (James C.) of Detroit, Mich; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Melvin Hannah, David Brown, Vincent Cannida, Michael Ghant, Donald Brown and James Cook.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Jacqueline Sanders
Miss Jacqueline Sanders, 65, of Midville entered into rest on Saturday, March 1, 2012, at Burke County Hospital, Waynesboro.

Miss Sanders was the daughter of the late Cleveland Sanders Sr. and Elizabeth Miller Sanders. She was a native of Wayne County, N.C., and lived there for a few years before moving to Trenton, N.J. She was employed at Skillman Developmental Institute for 20 years and later at Greystone Park Psych Hospital until her retirement. In 1991 she moved to Wadley, where she lived until recent years.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville. Burial will be held in the Brinson Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Wadley.

Survivors include her sister, Doris Sanders Tilson of Midville; two sons, Wiley “Paul” Whaley of Wadley, and Eric Smith Jr. of Oakland, Calif.; caretakers, Sheree Moody of Midville, friends at Faith Landing Personal Care Home and Sarah Jenkins, Waynesboro; granddaughter, Latrice Smith of Trenton, N.J.; one aunt, Dorothy Haynes of Panama City, Fla.; niece and nephews, Christine Sanders of California, Anthony Tilson of Brooklyn, N.Y., and David Rhodes of Trenton, N.J.; and other relatives and friend.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Rufus Brantley Vaughn
Mr. Rufus Brantley Vaughn, 73, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, March 2, 2012, at Doctor’s Hospital.

Mr. Vaughn was born in Jefferson County to the late Adam and Virginia Russell Vaughn. After working in Macon for 28 years in the mobile home business, he moved back to Wrens where he was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna W. Vaughn; a son, Wade Brantley Vaughn; and a sister, Patricia V. Poole Rathburn.

Survivors include his son, Michael Adam Vaughn (Lorraine) of Macon; siblings, Jerry W. Vaughn and Betty V. Herndon (Tommy); three grandchildren, Sonny Adam Vaughn and Dustin Brantley Vaughn of Macon, and James Paul Copeland of Perry; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Pallbearers were Michael Vaughn, Jerry Vaughn, Paul Wilson, Raymond White, Chad Piddy and Lloyd Braswell.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Freddie Lee “Fred Lee” Williams
Deacon Freddie Lee “Fred Lee” Williams of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at his residence in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Old Bethel Baptist Church, Bartow, with Pastor Jamaal Wilcher officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Green Williams, Wadley; two daughters, Antoinette (LeVar) Roberson, Joliet, Ill., and Karissa Williams, Wadley; four grandchildren, Herbert Gibbons III, Keilauna, Kelsey and Zandyn, Joliet, Ill.; three brothers, Willie Harmon, Youngstown, Ohio, Ronnie (Annie) Harmon, Wadley, and Rev. Dr. John (Linda) Harmon, Statesboro; two sisters, Willie Bell Wilcher, Wadley, and Ola (Roman) Johnson, Swainsboro; mother-in-law, Mildred Webb, Louisville; eight brothers-in-law; seven sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Stephen Gilmore, Dea. Roy Green, Antonio Hall, Deacon Earl Lowery, Stanley May, Deacon Gary McIntosh and Bobby Webb.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Mark Williamson
Mr. Mark Williamson, 64, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, March 2, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Williamson was born and reared in Emanuel County, the son of the late William Dover Williamson Sr. and the late Mildred Elizabeth Sherrod Williamson. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War serving as a military policeman. Mr. Williamson began a 40 plus year career in law enforcement in the early 1970s with the Midville Police Department. He later worked with the Swainsboro Police Department and also served as the Chief of Police for the City of Sandersville. Mr. Williamson later worked for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and in 1996 he was appointed as the Deputy Warden of the Jefferson County Correctional Institute, the position he held at the time of his death. He was a member of his childhood church Long Creek Baptist Church in Emanuel County and he was an attendee of Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist Church in Washington County

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist Church, with Elder Kenneth Brantley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, with military honors.

Survivors include his wife, June Hogan Williamson of Louisville; daughters, Serena Talkington of Warner Robins, Jessica W. Holdeman (Brendon) of Louisville, and Amy W. Cato (Chris) of Evans; grandchildren, Blaire Holdeman, Brett Holdeman, Emma Cato and Anna Cato; brothers, William Williamson (Melvadean) of Vidalia, and Benny Williamson (Helen) of Midville; and sisters, Helen W. Irby and Martha Ann W. Sumner, both of Michigan, and Sue W. Canady (Bobby) of Twin City.

Pallbearers were Emmitt Hall, Lynn Brantley, Johnny Davis, Brad Campbell, Carl Wagster, Jimmy Miller, Chip Evans and Gary Hutchins.

Honorary pallbearers were employees of the Jefferson County Correctional Institute.

Donations may be made to the Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist Church, 154 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Tennille, GA 31089.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

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