Obituaries
March 29, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Bessie Gay
Mrs. Bessie Gay, 89, of Thomson entered into rest on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Thomson Health and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Gay was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter A. Gay.

Survivors include her son, Grady Gay, Dearing; sister, Molene Norris, Thomson; brother, Allen Englett, Thomson; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Christine Stafford Gill
Mrs. Christine Stafford Gill, 80, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Gill was a native of Gibson, the daughter of the late Vince Williford Sr. and Mollie Usry Williford. She worked several years with Walt Disney as a hotel supervisor and was of the Baptist faith.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery, Gibson, with Rev. Herman Walden officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert E. Stafford; and two brothers, Otis Williford and Louie Williford.

Survivors include her son, Melvin Alan (Pam) Stafford of Marietta; brother, Vince (Bobbie) Williford of Wrens; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Sheppard Funeral Home Gibson was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Dennis L. Green
Mr. Dennis L. Green, 72, of Centralia, Ill., entered into rest at 3:56 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia, Ill.

Mr. Green was born on Dec. 3, 1939, in Texico, the son of Worcester K. and Amy (Kern) Green. He married Cathy Ellis on June 30, 1979, at Donoho Prairie Christian Church in Texico. Mr. Green was a truck driver most of his life and most recently had been manager and school bus driver for Sherman Bus Service at Kell Grade School. He also worked with his son Steven each year at Green’s Christmas Tree Farm in Louisville. He was a lifelong resident of the Centralia, Ill., area and was a member of Mt. Moriah Christian Church, where he was also an elder and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of Marion County E.S.D.A.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Irvin Funeral Home Chapel, Centralia, Ill., with Brother Glen Beckham and Pastor Steve Upchurch officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Ellis Green; two sons, Steven W. Green (Terry) of Louisville, and Douglas T. Green (Amy) of Texico; a daughter, Carol Collins of Louisville; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Mr. Kenneth “Kenny” Ray Hill
Mr. Kenneth “Kenny” Ray Hill, 52, of Camak entered into rest Thursday, March 22, 2012.

Mr. Hill was born in Fort Campbell, Ky., but lived in McDuffie and Warren counties most of his life. He was employed with Thiele Kaolin Reedy Creek Branch and in previous years had served as mayor of Camak. Mr. Hill also owned and operated Hill’s D.J. for more than 25 years where he played music for many events. He was a member of Mesena United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ronnie Shelton officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his father, Durwood Hill Sr.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie Waller Hill of Camak; son, Ray Hill of Warrenton; mother, Barbara Hill; brothers, Durwood Hill and Willie Hill; sister, Barbara Withrow, all of Thomson; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Adam Hill, Thomas Bartlett, Mickey English, Danny Edwards, Billy Gilmer, Chris Logue, Darrell Reese, Kyle Reese, David Lampp and Franklin Partridge.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Thiele Kaolin Reedy Creek maintenance department.

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia is in charge of arrangements


Mr. Lamar Jones
Mr. Lamar Jones of Wrens entered into rest Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Avera, with Rev. E.C. Cline officiating. Interment was in Springfield AME Church Cemetery.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Roy Moxley
Mr. William Roy Moxley, 70, of Beech Island, S.C., entered into rest on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Mr. Moxley was born in Bartow to the late William Clyde Moxley and Bessie Gibson Moxley, but has been a lifelong resident of South Carolina. He was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Napier Funeral Home, with Rev. Gary Hanna officiating. Internment followed in Langley Cemetery, Langley, S.C.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Georgiana Vallery Moxley; sons, Joseph Moxley of Bath, S.C., Timothy Moxley of Gloverville, S.C., and Clarence Moxley of Beech Island, S.C.; daughters, Sylvia Mitchell and Tonya Wilds, both of Gloverville, S.C., Tiffany Slaven of Aiken, S.C., Bessie Wright of North Augusta, S.C., and Stephanie Campbell of Graniteville, S.C.; brothers, Bill and Anthony Moxley, both of Warrenville, S.C.; sisters, Nellie Jones of Aiken, S.C., Debra Williams of Tacoma, Wash., and Shirley Rose Tuberville of North Augusta, S.C.; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and his ex-wife, Norma Jean Moxley.

Pallbearers were Chris Stephenson, Terry Mason, Terry Moxley, Billy Jack Moxley, Harold Campbell, Sammy Miller and Tyler Moxley.

Napier Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Anthony Glenn Olivet
Mr. Anthony Glenn Olivet, 42, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, March 19, 2012.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Mitchell Full Gospel Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests to make contributions to Sheppard Funeral Home, 57 College Place, Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Milton Eugene Parker
Funeral services for Mr. Milton Eugene Parker of Decatur, formerly of Wadley, were held at noon on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at Lilly Hill Baptist Church, Decatur. Burial was in the Georgia Veteran Memorial Cemetery, Milledgeville.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Parker; daughter, Jocelyn Parker; parents, Q.P. and Juanita Parker; siblings, Phyllis Wade (Jerry), Gerald Parker (Martha), Carlton Parker (Norma), Leon Parker (Pamela), and Glenn T. Parker (Rosie); uncle, James Willie Heggs (Cora); aunt, Lazetta Parker; sister-in-law, Connie Choates-Dick (Weldon); brothers-in-law, Oliver Brown Sr. (Lyvon), and Charlie Brown (Dessie); five nephews; eight nieces; and a host of others relatives and friends.

Levett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Helen B. “Bett” Sweatman
Mrs. Helen B. “Bett” Sweatman, 82, of Gibson entered into rest on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Sweatman, a native of McDuffie County, was the daughter of the late Lucious and Dixie Fitzgerald Whitaker and a member of Silver Run Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 26, 2012, at Silver Run Baptist Church, with Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommie C. Sweatman.

Survivors include two daughters, Emily (Chuck) Molander, Harlem, and Nancy (Paul) Moore, Guyton; three grandchildren, Alisha (Jamie) Steele, Amber (Erie) Thompson and Jason Moore; one great-grandchild, Will Thompson.

Pallbearers were Chuck Molander, Eric Thompson, Lee Whitaker, Doug Whitaker, Jimmy Whitaker and Seth Mason.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lucille Braddock Williamson
Mrs. Lucille Braddock Williamson, 76, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, March 2, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Williamson was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. She was a homemaker.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Westover Memorial Park, Augusta, with Rev. Tom Kalliokoski officiating. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry E. Williamson.

Survivors include her daughter, Jenny (Chuck) Powell, Thomson; son, Carl (Gale) Williamson, Thomson; grandchildren, Carla Williamson, Parker Whitaker and Payne Powell; and great-grandchildren, Tanner Williamson and Amber Clark.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Marie Elizabeth Epting
Mrs. Marie Elizabeth Epting, 80, of Bartow entered into rest on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Epting was born in Fairview, S.C., a daughter of the late Sidney and Lizzie Gunner Leaphart. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Camden, S.C., for more than 20 years. Mrs. Epting was retired from Maxway after several years of services as a clerk.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at 4 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, Louisville, with Rev. Hardy Owens officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Irby Epting.

Survivors include her son, Ricky (Becky) Epting of Bartow; brother, Nathan (Dorothy) Leaphart of Wagner, S.C.; two grandchildren, Richard (Carsunya) Epting and Jessica (James) Lancaster; one great-grandchild, R.J. Lancaster; and nieces and nephews, Glenn Leaphart, Danny Leaphart, Bennie Leaphart, Kelly Leaphart and Mark Leaphart.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gloria N. Stanley
Mrs. Gloria N. Stanley, 86, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Mrs. Stanley was born in Warren County, and lived in Louisville for 57 years. She was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church and attended the Philathea Sunday School Class. She served in many positions over the years. She had been employed by Farmers Home Administration district office in Waynesboro.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Louisville First Baptist Church, with Rev. Hardy Owens and Rev. Gary Abbot officiating. Interment was in the Jefferson Memorial Gardens next to her husband.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Lee “Bud” Stanley Jr.

Survivors include her daughter, Charlene (Russ) Larson of Ukiah, Calif.; son, Larry S. Stanley of Louisville; grandchildren, Aimee and Aaron Schuette, Ashlee Bruton, Jennifer and Jonathan Herring, Stephen and Laura Stanley; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Ayla and Jace; brother, Albert Norris of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Morgan, Willis Stanley, Mike McDowell, Don Handberry, Bill Toulson, Robby Brett, John Stanley and Charlie Atchinson.

Honorary pallbearers were the Philathea Sunday School Class.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Louisville First Baptist Church memorial fund.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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