Obituaries
March 15, 2012 Issue

Mr. Joe Artice Brassell
Mr. Joe Artice Brassell, 80, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, March 9, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta.

A native of Glascock County, Mr. Brassell was a son of the late Fred and Lois Snider Brassell. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a self-employed pool builder and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Mitchell, with Rev. Bill Seaman officiating.

Survivors include his companion, Betty Chalker of Gibson; daughters, Kay Hotchkiss of Alabaster, Ala., Beverly Beavers of Harpersville, Ala., Roseann Cabaniss of Helena, Ala., Peggy Hoeferlin of Greenville, S.C., and Cynthia Powell of Pellham, Ala.; brother, George (Red) Brassell of Thomson; sisters, Vera Deason of Milledgeville, Edna Dixon of Avera, and Ruby Williford of Gibson; several grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Martha Mae Brown
Mrs. Martha Mae Brown of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Louisville.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Trinity CME Church, Wadley, with Rev. George Glynn officiating. Burial was in the Live Oak Cemetery, Wadley.

Survivors include her children, Adel Bryant (Otis Danford), Bernice Faye Harris (Anthony Johnson), Phyllis Ann (Robert) Martin and Jessie Louis (LaSonya) Brown, Wadley; sisters, Bula Mae Walker (Jimmy Johnson) and Reba Mae Walker, Wadley; stepsisters and stepbrothers, Mary Bell Green, Lou Ann Stone Simpkins, Roy Green and Ulysses Green, Wadley; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Greg Gaston, Kenneth Johnson, Rasheen Lane, Dishiki Sanders and Henry Sanders.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Aaron James “Turtle” Cunningham
Mr. Aaron James “Turtle” Cunningham, 28, of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

Mr. Cunningham was a native of Broward County, Fla., but lived in Jefferson County since 2000.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Spring Bethel AME Church. Burial was in the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society Cemetery.

Survivors include his father, Eddie James Cunningham of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; stepmother, Tawanda Cunningham of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; siblings, Lamar Cunningham, Michael Cunningham, Yoshae Cunningham, Shanika Cunningham, Teneshia McGriff and Eddie Cunningham Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Eric Cunningham (Tomika) and Edric (Trina) Cunningham of Hinesville; aunts and uncles, Juanita (Tom Albert) Cuyler, Inerbell (Herman) Williams, Joe Willie (Alice) Smith, Miller (Norma) Smith, Bobby (Angela) Cunningham, Ronnie (Marie) Cunningham, Tyrone (Sonya) Cunningham and Perry McBride, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Shirley Tyson of Jasper, Fla., Ray Charles Smith, Glorestine Cunningham, Donnell (Roberts) Cunningham, Connie (Donnie) Brown and Bernestine (Soloman) Gamble, all of Louisville; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Deacon Thomas Cunningham Jr.
Funeral services for Deacon Thomas Cunningham Jr. of Louisville were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William E. Curtis Sr.
Mr. William E. Curtis Sr., 79, of Maryland, formerly of Wrens, entered into rest on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Manor Care of Alexandria nursing home.

Mr. Curtis was born on Jan. 27, 1933, in Wrens. He was the son of the late Roy C. Curtis and Amanda Alice Stapleton. After graduating high school, he moved to Savannah to study mathematics and biology at Savannah State College. It was in Savannah that he met and married Lillian C. Simmons in 1954. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary one month before her death in August of 2004. In 1954, Mr. Curtis graduated from Savannah State, with honors. After graduation, he began teaching in the public school system in Savannah until he was drafted into the Army in 1956. After serving for two years, he returned to teaching. In 1963, he took a civil service position with the Department of the Navy as a mathematician at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, Md. He worked at Pax River until his retirement in 1993. He and his late wife were longtime members of the local chapter of the NAACP, he was a member of Blacks in Government (B.I.G.) and the St. Mary County Economic Development Commission.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Lawrence Young officiating. Interment followed in St. George’s Catholic Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Amanda Alice Curtis of Wrens; daughter, Susan Y. Curtis-Rivers of Lake Villa, Ill.; four sons, William E. Curtis Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va., Michael G. Curtis of Tampa, Fla., Reginald D. Curtis of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Anthony Curtis of Accokeek, Md.; one sister, Cynthia J. Smith of Wrens; four brothers, James H. Curtis of Columbia, S.C., Herman L. Curtis of Augusta, Olin G. Curtis of Wrens, and George R. Curtis of Hephzibah; five grandchildren, Lauren D. Curtis, Allison N. Curtis, Timothy W. Curtis, Alexander M. Curtis and Jasmine D. Rivers; two daughters-in-law, Audrey D. Curtis and Lorna C. Curtis; one son-in-law, James Socrates Rivers; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family suggests that any donations may be made to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund in memory of William E. Curtis Sr. (www.heartlandhospice.org), P.O. Box 10086, Taledo, OH 43699. Brinsfield Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Randy Davis
Mr. John Randy Davis, 49, of Avera entered into rest on Friday, March 9, 2012, at University Hospital after an extended illness.

Mr. Davis was a member of Providence Baptist Church and was employed by Thermo King Corp. for more than 26 years. He also farmed.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tim Pendrey officiating. Interment followed in Waldens UMC Cemetery, Avera.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion McGahee Davis and Broadus Davis; and a brother, Joe Davis.

Survivors include his son, John Lloyd Davis of Metter; two sisters, Betty D. Norton (Bucky) of Louisville and Shelby D. Shelton (James) of Gibson; sister-in-law, Ginger Davis of Avera; three nephews, Chris Davis (Rhonda), Edward Shelton (Allison) of Gibson, and Nathan Norton of Louisville; two nieces, Kathy Davis and Elizabeth Melson of Louisville; several great-nephews and great-nieces; and friends, Patricia DeLaigle of Waynesboro, and Brady and Lisa Hadden.

Pallbearers were Chris Davis, Sam Hadden, Jimmy Hughes, Mitchell McGraw, Jared Price and Glenn Rabun.

Honorary pallbearers were Davey Lamb and Talvin Hill.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Vera Brassell Raley Deason
Mrs. Vera Brassell Raley Deason, 79, of Milledgeville entered into rest on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Mrs. Deason was a native of Glascock County and had made her home in Baldwin County for most of her life. She was the first female Postmaster at Hardwick Post Office, and was a member of the Postmasters Union. She was a member of Mosleyville Baptist Church and had taught Sunday school for more than 40 years.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Mosleyville Baptist Church, with Rev. Nathan Adams officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Wilkinson County.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Deason; son, Marion Thomas Raley of Milledgeville; daughters, Gloria (David) Newsome of Milledgeville, Susan (Bill) Fisher of Otto, N.C., and Paula Deason Russ of Milledgeville; grandchildren, Lyra Newsome, Lily Kate Russ, Jonathan Sikking, Chris McKearney, all of Milledgeville, Matthew Sikking of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Ruby West of Sweetwater, Tenn.; sisters, Ruby Williford of Gibson, and Edna Dixon of Avera; brother, George “Red” Brassell of Thomson.

Memorials may be made to Mosleyville Baptist Church or American Heart Association.

Williams Funeral Home and Crematory were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lonnie Boyd Gay
Mr. Lonnie Boyd Gay, 78, of Stapleton entered into rest on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Mr. Gay was a native of Stapleton, and was the son of the late Lonnie M. Gay and the late Lommie McTier Gay. He served in the U.S. Army and was retired as a carpenter from Plant Vogtle. Mr. Gay was also an accomplished bluegrass musician and traveled with the gospel group, Frankie Moore and the Carolina Hymn Singers. He was a Baptist by faith.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the May Family Cemetery, with Rev. Jim Martin officiating.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Gay Beerbohm; and sister, Vera M. Gay.

Survivors include his son, Gregory Freeman Gay, Thomson; daughter, Angela Panzella (Greg), Martinez; brother, John R. Gay, Indiana; sister, Shirley G. May (Leon), Thomson; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nan Stapleton Griffin
Mrs. Nan Stapleton Griffin, 81, of Harlem entered into rest on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Ogeechee Hospice, Statesboro.

Mrs. Griffin was born in Jefferson County to the late George and Helen Walden Stapleton. She was self-employed with the Griffin-Carter Construction Company.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Harlem Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Griffin Sr.

Survivors include her son, William Bill Griffin Jr., Statesboro; one sister Betty Parish, Garden City; two granddaughters, Jamie Thompson and Jodi Nash; one great-granddaughter, Bo Lee Thompson; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Harlem Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 790, Harlem, GA 30814.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Holland Idell Hairr
Mr. Holland Idell Hairr of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, March 5, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Hairr, formerly of Macon, was born in Emanuel County, and had lived in Wrens for several years. Mr. Hairr was retired and a Baptist.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Swainsboro City Cemetery, with Rev. Jason Owens officiating.

Survivors include two sons, Tony Hairr (Patty), and Johnny Hairr (Linda); three daughters, Holly Page, Sheryl Owens (Joey) and Tammy Hairr; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Ronnie Harrell; and two sisters, Belva Ann Demarco and Shelva Jean Sherrod.

Pallbearers were Billie Arrington, Chris Page, Scotty Page, Kevin Owens, Lee Page and Jason Scott.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronald Lee Harden Sr.
Mr. Ronald Lee Harden Sr., 63, of Stapleton entered into rest on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Downtown Division of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

Mr. Harden served in the 1st Calvary Infantry during Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 205 and VFW Post 649. He was also a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and a 20 year member of the Augusta carpenters’ union and then retired as a pipefitter.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Bethel United Methodist Church, Gibson, with Rev. Michael Defore officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leola Williams Harden and Lloyd Felton Harden.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Janice Neal Harden; children, Lee Harden Jr. and Mandy H. Gonnella (Anthony) of Martinez; a stepson, Ronnie Turner of Augusta; two brothers, Dr. Rev. J. Felton Harden (Mildred) of Waycross, and Dale L. Harden; sister, Elaine H. Wren (Hugh); two grandchildren, Kolby and Kayden Gonnella; four step-grandchildren, Justin, Brandon, Kameron and Karson Turner; six nieces, Debbie, Laney, Sue, Sabina, Stephanie and Tiffany; and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel UMC, c/o Renae Kelley, 585 E Main St., Gibson, GA 30810.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Johnnie Mae Hill
Mrs. Johnnie Mae Hill, 78, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Hill was a native of Jefferson County. She was a member of the senior citizens and Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church where she served as a missionary and choir member. She was employed with Old Capital Nursing Home for many years. She was the great-grand daughter of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church’s Father John Heggs and Barbara Cuyler Heggs.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Gloria Ivery of Louisville; five sons, Johnny Lewis (Dorothy) Hill, Bobby Lee (Linda) Hill and Lawrence (Brenda) Hill, all of Louisville, Dennis Washington, Larry Hill and Errico Cortes Hill; friends, Dorothy Hale, Eloise Chaneyfield and Carrie Brown, all of Louisville; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two children she raised as her own, Kimberly Washington and Gerald (Lawonda) Hill of Atlanta; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Robert Schley “Bobby” Moore
Mr. Robert Schley “Bobby” Moore, 82, of Sandersville entered into rest on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

Mr. Moore was born in Jefferson County the son of the late Schley Moore and the late Alice Bothwell Moore. He was reared in both Johnson and Washington counties before he joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. He also worked as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force after active duty. He returned to Washington County in 1964 and began a 37 year career with the Washington EMC from which he retired in 2000 as general manager and CEO. During Mr. Moore’s work career he served as president of the Southeastern Data Corporation, the Georgia EMC Federal Credit Union, the Georgia Rural Electric Service Corporation and the Georgia EMC Managers Association. He also served as an alternate director for Oglethorpe Power and was a member of the advisory board of the National Rural Telecommunication Corporation. He worked with the Washington County Airport Authority, serving for many years as board chairman. Kaolin Fields newly constructed airport terminal’s conference center bears his name in honor of his efforts. He was a member of Sandersville United Methodist Church, where he served in numerous leadership rolls throughout his lifetime.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Sandersville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Joe Buck IV officiating. Burial was in the Brownwood Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Moore; grandson, Dave Turner; and daughter-in-law, Kim Sanders Moore.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jean Renfroe Moore; children, Robert S. “Bob” Moore Jr. of Sandersville, Mary Lynn Moore of Milledgeville, Jonathan Wilson Moore (Michelle) of Tennille, and Roger Bothwell Moore (Grace) of Milledgeville; grandchildren, Anthony Moore, Robby Moore, Lachlan Butcher (Emily), Tristan Butcher, Evan Butcher, Alenah Moore, Schley Moore, Wilson Moore, Lawson Moore and Elizabeth Moore; great-granddaughter, Lizzie Moore; and sister, Betty Moore Durden of Sandersville.

Pallbearers were Danny Hammock, John Dean McCaskill, Bill Hodges, Jimmy Bickham, Mike Palmer, Thomas Tyson, Edsel Scarboro, Jimmy Glover and Ron Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers were board members and employees of the Washington EMC.

Donations may be made to the Sandersville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 611, Sandersville, GA 31082, or to the donor’s favorite charity in Mr. Moore’s memory.

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


Mrs. Marion Elizabeth Prickett Wheeler
Mrs. Marion Elizabeth Prickett Wheeler, 70, of Keysville entered into rest on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Wheeler was born to the late Dovie Lou Amerson Prickett and the late George Prickett, and was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. She was a member of Crossroads Evangelistic Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Lewis Farrer officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Moriah Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Ricky Peebles, Jeffery Peebles and Artimus T. Peebles; and a brother, Dennis Prickett.

Survivors include her husband, Travis Hugh Wheeler; children, Charlene Bliss and Tiny Farrer (Lewis); siblings, George Prickett (Cindy) and Patricia Bryant; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Tracy Dixon, Colby Ellis, Lester Ellis, Leon Farrer, Donald Prickett Jr. and Joey Wheeler.

Because of the financial burden of a prolonged illness, memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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