Obituaries
March 22, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Lizzie Mae Downs
Mrs. Lizzie Mae Downs, 96, of Davisboro entered into rest on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Heritage Inn Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Mrs. Downs was born in Washington County, the daughter of the late Bradford A. Lord and the late Eva Hodges Lord. She was the former owner and operator of the Downs Grocery in Davisboro and she was a former employee of the Royal Manufacturing Company. Mrs. Downs was a member of Davisboro United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Davisboro United Methodist Church, Rev. Bob Williams, Rev. Ron Dixon and Rev. Jimmy Harris officiating. Burial was in the Downs Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.T. Downs Jr.; and nephews, Bennie Frank Brown and Ernest Brown.

Survivors include her sister, Ruth L. Brown of Sandersville; and nieces and nephews, Fred Brown of Cordele, Glenda Mallard of Martinez, Marynell Wright of Evans, and H.T. Downs Sr. and Mae Black, both of Mitchell.

Pallbearers were Harry Gilmore Jr., Mike McCoy, J.W. Cobb, Douglas Welch, Marty Deal and Robert Harrell.

Donations may be made to the Davisboro United Methodist Church, c/o Joy Norris, 2501 Hwy. 15 North, Sandersville, GA. 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eunious Jackson Etheridge
Mr. Eunious Jackson Etheridge, 93, of Tennille entered into rest on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Oconee Health Care.

Mr. Etheridge was a native of Jefferson County, the son of late Minor J. Etheridge Sr. and the late Cleo Jenkins Etheridge. Mr. Etheridge was the electrical foreman for Thiele Kaolin Company with more than 36 years of service. He was a member of the Tennille Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sandersville, with Rev. Jeff Cook officiating. Burial was in Washington County Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Mr. Etheridge was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Purser Etheridge; son, Thomas Etheridge; sister, Mae E. Moody; and three brothers, Minor J. Etheridge Jr., Lloyd Etheridge and Otis Etheridge.

Survivors include his daughter, Patsy Etheridge Blount (Dean) of Tennille; two granddaughters, Deana Blount Dalrymple of Bald Ground, and Diana Blount of Canton; four great-grandchildren, Cliff Dalrymple, Ashley Dalrymple, Deidra Dalrymple and Katheryn Dalrymple; sister, Virginia Etheridge Davis of Tennille; and brother, Roy Etheridge of Sandersville.

Pallbearers were Harry Cook, Billy Davis, Ken Etheridge, Edwin Etheridge, Ray Etheridge and Dr. Vic Etheridge.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Earnest Denver Gibson
Mr. Earnest Denver Gibson, 83, of Avera entered into rest on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Gibson was born to the late Nettie Irene Bentley Gibson and the late Harrison Gibson in Fleming-Neon in Letcher County, Ky. In his late teens, the family moved to Pekin, Ind. He served during WWII in the Army 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. After retiring as a truck driver and finding the climate more suitable, he moved to Avera in 1995

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Weathers Funeral Home Chapel, Salem, Ind., with Rev. Ron Bowers officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Washington Cemetery, Pekin, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and all of his siblings, Estille Gibson, Albert Gibson, Edith Gibson Bentley, Edward James Gibson, Elbert Eugene Gibson and Earl James Gibson.

Survivors include his nephew, Wayne Gibson; great-nephew, Nick Gibson; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews in Indiana, Kentucky and Texas.

Pallbearers were Kevin Gibson, Nick Gibson, Roger M. Polly, Hairl Roberts, Todd Roberts, Christopher Stroud and Mark Stroud.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George D. Johnson Jr.
Mr. George D. Johnson Jr., 78, of Trenton, S.C., entered into rest on Monday, March 12, 2012.

Mr. Johnson was born in Louisville, but has spent most of his life in the local Trenton, S.C., area. He was a member of Sweetwater Church of God. He built Southside Baptist Church in Gloverville. He was a Royal Ranger Leader, coached Dixie Youth Baseball, and in 1975 under his leadership, they won the championship. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 16, 2012, at 4 p.m. at Napier Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jack Scott and Rev. Earl Satcher officiating. Interment followed at Graniteville Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George D. Johnson Sr. and Minnie McNeeley Johnson; and grandson, Jason Dudley.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty Jane Willing Johnson; son, George D. (Cherrie) Johnson III of Trenton; daughters, Jackie (Jerry) Dudley of Trenton, and Robbie (Ricky) Boyd of Gloverville; brothers, Van (Peggy) Johnson of Trenton and Eugene Johnson of Gloverville; grandchildren, Ricky Boyd Jr., Jenny (Chris Kirkbride) Dudley, Heather (Jimmie) Womack, Alexandria (Brandon) Bryan and Bryana Johnson; great-grandchildren, Jackson Kirkbride.

Pallbearers were Bo Herndon, Clem Campbell, Shot Lanier, Ren Fell and Mark Mitchum.

Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 294 Myrtle St., Gloverville, SC 29828, or to Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzeheimers Assoc. at Judchickeycenter.org.

Napier Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Essie Whitehead Kitchens
Mrs. Essie Whitehead Kitchens, 64, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her residence.

A native of Mitchell, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Lou Estell Whitehead. Mrs. Kitchens was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Gibson First Baptist Church, with Rev. Ralph Kitchens officiating. Burial followed in Gibson First Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, William Whitehead and Joe Whitehead.

Survivors include her husband, Chester Kitchens of Gibson; daughter, Lora Stewart (Jackie) of Gibson; sons, Chester Kitchens Jr. of Gibson, and Kenneth Kitchens of Aiken, S.C.; sisters, Rubye English of Augusta, and Katheleen Bales of Thomson; one grandson, Donavon Stewart; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Ricky Wood, Ronnie Wood, Mike Kitchens, David Kitchens, Richard Kitchens and Anthony English.

Sheppard Funeral Home Gibson is in charge of arrangements


Mr. Thomas Rabon Logue
Mr. Thomas Rabon Logue, 63, of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Ogeechee Area Hospice, Statesboro.

Mr. Logue was born in Washington County, but had lived in Wadley for the past 33 years. He was a sewing machine mechanic for Georgia Correction Institute.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Freedom Fellowship Church Cemetery, with Rev. Vina Mae Josey, Rev. Mitch Vaughn and Rev. Kenneth Green officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria McGowan Logue of Wadley; mother, Mildred Price of Wrightsville; three daughters, Cindy (Jeffery) Horton of Statesboro, Delett (Brian) Haulk of Wadley, and Brooke Logue of Wadley; four grandsons, Corey and Stevin Clark of Wadley, and Jacob and Jarod Horton of Statesboro; three granddaughters, Caylee and Chole Horton of Statesboro, and Abbigail Logue of Wadley; two brothers, Allen Bruce (Linda) Logue of Wadley, and James R. (Ann) Price of Wrightsville; sister, Violet (Ronnie) Josie of Davisboro; and two step-grandchildren, Lexxi and Kyrrah Haulk

Pallbearers were Rob Price, Aaron Price, Alan Logue, Danny McGowan, Ricky Thigpen and Dwane Hadden.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Larry Mitts
Funeral services for Mr. Larry Mitts, 55 of Wrens were held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 1 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, Wrens, with Pastor Rev. Bennie Holmes as eulogist. Interment was in Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Gibson.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Harold Eugene “Bubba” Moore Sr.
Mr. Harold Eugene “Bubba” Moore Sr. of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at Brinson Hill Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Dr. David Kemp officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his three daughters, Tawana M. Hammond, Brooklyn, N.Y., Natasha M. (Alfred) Parker, Louisville, and Kimberly Moore, Augusta; two sons, Gabriel Joel (Tiffany) Moore, Augusta, and Harold Eugene (Miranda) Moore Jr., Wadley; four sisters, Regina Walker, Atlanta, Judy Robinson, Amsterdam, N.Y., and Joyce Renee Moore and Carolyn Moore, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother, Bernard Moore, Queens, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Jordan Parker, Jaylen Parker and Jaedon Parker, all of Louisville, and Christian Moore, Caleb Moore and Kennedy Grace Moore, all of Wadley; five sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Archie Brinson, Frank Brinson, Sam Gibbons, Edward Kelluem, Thomas Parker and Earl Williams Sr.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements


Mrs. Alice Faye Purvis
Mrs. Alice Faye Purvis, 71, of Swainsboro entered into rest on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at UniHealth Post Acute Care, Swainsboro.

Mrs. Purvis was born in Johnson County, but had lived in Swainsboro all her life. She was a homemaker and attended Lamb’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Old Canoochee Cemetery, with Rev. Ray Freeman officiating.

Survivors include her sons, Larry Purvis (Doris) of Wadley, Gary Purvis of Swainsboro, Charles Purvis of Moxley, and Tony Purvis (Amy) of Swainsboro; brother, Joe Sconyers of Augusta; sisters, June Stroud of Swainsboro, Gail Porcel of Swainsboro, Joyce Townsend of Augusta, and Nail Wheeler of Augusta; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers were Tommy Lamb, Jimmy Royal, Paul Purvis, Timmy Williams, Anthony Bennett and Perry Stroud.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Kenneth Quarterman Sr.
Funeral services for Deacon Kenneth Quarterman Sr. of Louisville were held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. at Greater Young Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Augusta. Burial was in Society Cemetery, Louisville, with military honors.


Mr. James K. Wasden
Mr. James K. Wasden, 83, of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the University Hospital.

Born in Jefferson County, Mr. Wasden was the son of the late Julius and Ila Wasden. He was a member of Glenn Hills Baptist Church. Mr. Wasden worked at Marbut Milling Company on Broad Street until it closed, and then went to Federal Paper where he retired after 17 years of service.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Wasden; and parents.

Survivors include his daughter, Jena (Parish) Farrow of Augusta; sons, Doug (Brenda) Wasden of Hephzibah, and Brad (Penny) Wasden of North Augusta, S.C.; grandchildren, Bryan Wasden, Phillip Wasden, Kadie Wasden, Cole Wasden, Madelyn Wasden, Christian Wasden, Elisia McDonald, Jennifer Farrow and Parish Farrow Jr.; great-grandchildren, Bryanna Wasden, Joanna Wasden, Shelby Farrow and Brooklyn Guy.

Pallbearers were Bryan Wasden, Phillip Wasden, Cole Wasden, Christian Wasden, Parish Farrow Jr. and Nick Guy.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Glenn Hills Baptist Church, 2877 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA 30906.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Juanita Hill Webb
Mrs. Juanita Hill Webb, 75, of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, March 16, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Webb was the daughter of the late Lindsey Hill and Lizzie Gardner Hill, and a native of Jefferson County. She attended Jefferson County School System and later Swainsboro Tech, where she received her CNA certificate. Her early Christian experience came by way of the San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley. She later joined the China Temple Holiness Church, where she worked for more than 20 years as Assistant Mother, on The Usher Board, President of the Benevolent and member of the Pastor Aid. She retired from Emanuel County Hospital on May 2, 2003.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the China Temple Holiness Church, Wrightsville. Burial was in San Clair Baptist Church Cemetery, Wadley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Webb, in October 2004.

Survivors include her children, Elizabeth (Nathaniel) Johnson of Augusta, Tommy (Tanaski Brinkley) Hill of Hephzibah, Bernice (Henry) Davis of Hephzibah, Dexter (Brenda) Hill of Bartow, Zachary (Cindy) Hill of Garfield, London (Annie) Hill of Swainsboro, Kimberly (Michael) Darrisaw of Tennille, and Shonta (Freddie) Walker of Wadley; two sisters, Linda Hill of Augusta, and Wanda Howard of Thomson; brother, Charles Hill of Wadley; daughter-in-law, Lena Hill of Davisboro; sisters-in-law, Mildred Webb of Louisville, Juanita Williams of Wrightsville, Ann B. Williams of Atlanta, Joanne Sinvil and Jennie Lee of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,; friends and cousins, Gladys Thomas of Swainsboro, Emma James of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mae Lois Jones of Wadley; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Leroy Wicker
Mr. Leroy Wicker, 75, of Avera entered into rest on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Unihealth Post Acute Care of Old Capital.

Mr. Wicker was a native of Washington County. He was born in Davisboro to the late Alonza and Mary Lizzie Gladden Wicker. He attended the public schools of Davisboro and was a member of Shiloh CME Church. He was a former employee of Washington Peach Farm and later as a farmer with Rabun Farms.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Shiloh CME Church and Cemetery, Davisboro, at 1 p.m.

Survivors include his daughter, Annie Lois Wicker (Carl) Gordon of Avera, Leroy Wicker Jr. of Stapleton, Freddie Leon (Suzette) Wicker of Lakeland, Fla., Kenneth (Rita) Wicker of Stapleton, Troy Allen Wicker of Central, Fla., and Ronnisque Farmer of Cocoa, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Mattie Florence Brown of Lakeland, Fla.; brothers and sisters, Mary Washington, Mary Eliza Rollings and Lewis Wicker, all of Davisboro, Lottie (Walter) Thomas and John Judson (Bertha) Wicker of Bartow, and Willie James Wicker of Lakeland, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Wicker and Annie Maude Davis of Stapleton, and Mary Alice Andrew of Hephzibah; step-sister-in-law, Rosetta Habersham of Wrens; grandchildren, DeJuan Alexander Barnes of Iraq, Dwayne Tramaya Barnes of Avera, Shambrika Jordan of Sandersville, Curtis Leon Wicker, Tashi Wicker, Tyshon Wicker and Christopher Wicker, all of Lakeland, Fla., Troy Wicker Jr. and Stephon Wicker, both of Atlanta; two step-grandchildren, Forselphinie Brown of Stapleton, and Derrick Brown of Tallahassee, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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