Obituaries
April 12, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Mary Jewell Gilvin
Mrs. Mary Jewell Gilvin entered into rest on Tuesday, March 27, 2012,

Mrs. Gilvin was born on March 20, 1923. She was a member of McDonough Road Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Dr. David Chancey officiating. Burial followed in the College Park Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Gilvin Jr.

Survivors include her sons, David (Nancy) Gilvin and Mark (Donna) Gilvin; seven grandchildren; and three sisters, Pauline S. Stewart, Evelyn Merritt and Carolyn Andrews.

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


Mr. Christopher Gregory Grimes
Mr. Christopher Gregory Grimes, 25, of Lewisburg, Tenn., entered into rest on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Mr. Grimes was a native of Stuttgart, Germany, and son of Bruce Robert and Sharon Renee Qwin Grimes of Georgia.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Cornersville Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Short Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Eugena Jett Grimes; two daughters, Kaylee Alexis and Natalee Breanna Grimes; brother, Jonathan Grimes, all of Lewisburg; parents; two sisters, Stephanie Grimes of Georgia, and Wendi Zongker of Florida.

Cornersville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Imogene Gunn
Mrs. Imogene Brassell Gunn, 83, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Mrs. Gunn was born in Glascock County, and lived in McDuffie County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Samuel David Brassell and the late Willie Mae Kent Brassell. Mrs. Gunn was retired as ward clerk from the McDuffie County Hospital with over 25 years of service. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2012, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Robert Adams officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Pilcher Gunn Jr.

Survivors include her sons, Carlton Lewis Gunn (Jeanette), Edwin James Gunn (Martha) and Timothy David Gunn (Eunita), all of Dearing; daughters, Donna Gunn Spann (Robert) and Sandra Gunn Linker (Steve), all of Thomson, Roxanne Gunn Bentley (Robert) of Evans; brother, William Kitchens (Virginia) of Waynesboro; sisters, Lois Adams of Thomson, Margaret Usry of Gibson, Patricia Donely of Florida; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annette U. Maxwell
Mrs. Annette U. Maxwell, 66, of Blythe entered into rest on Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Augusta.

Mrs. Maxwell was born in Grange. She was a Baptist and worked for Luxury Nail and Tanning.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Whispering Pines Baptist Church, with Rev. Wayne Todd officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, SFC Lawrence J. Maxwell.

Survivors include her daughter, Gwinnette Tyner, Blythe; two sisters, Bobbie Jean Gordy and Doris Webb, Macon; and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to McNeill Funeral Home to help with funeral cost.

McNeill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Beulah Janice Arrington Norton
Mrs. Beulah Janice Arrington Norton, 95, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Keysville Nursing Home.

Born to the late Nellie Pennington Arrington and the late John William Arrington, Mrs. Norton was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and was a member of Wrens Nazarene Church.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Dr. Stan Littleton officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Norton; parents; and three siblings.

Survivors include her children, Jimmy E. Norton (Melanie), Billy Norton (Shirley) and Cornelia Smith (Wayne); friend, Harlin “Mr. Shorty” Martin; six grandchildren, Douglas Norton (Lee), Ronald Norton (Karen), Tammie Smith (Joe), Michael Smith (Jenny), Dana Wren (Rob) and Craig Norton; four great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Craig Norton, Douglas Norton, Michael Smith, Joe Walker, Rob Wren, Judson Boyd and Michael Otis.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Kathleen Reese
Mrs. Kathleen Reese, 94, of Gibson entered into rest on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Reese, a native of Glascock County, was the oldest daughter of John and Nora Hawkins Allen. She worked in the garment industry most of her life. She also worked for the Glascock County lunchroom and was active for many years in the Glascock County Senior Citizens Center.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 6, 2012, at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church, with Rev. Jeff Jones and Rev. Al Kurtz officiating with burial following in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin Reese; only child, John Edward Reese; sister, Mary Emma Williams; and brother, George D. Allen;

Survivors include her grandson, Dean Reese of Gibson; granddaughter, Michelle (John) Williamson of Andalusia, Ala.; three great-grandchildren, Ashely Williamson, Nikki (Jonathan) Garrett and Jonathan Williamson; four sisters, Ester Thompson of Macon, Willie Bell Reese of Thomson, Frankie Edwards of White Plains, and Zylphia Reese of Gibson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances Reece Rogers
Mrs. Frances Reece Rogers, 89, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Rogers was born July 28, 1922, in Gilmer County to the late Fred A. and Carrie Penland Reece. She was raised in East Ellijay by her grandparents, W. K. and Malissa Reece. In 1942, she married Robert L. Rogers, and they later moved to Cartersville and then to Royston. Mrs. Rogers was a homemaker. After the death of her husband, she worked part-time with Wal-Mart in Hartwell as a door greeter. While living in Royston, Mrs. Rogers was a member of Royston Baptist Church, where she served on the Baptismal Committee, was a member of the choir and WMU, was a Sunday school and training union teacher, and also a Bible Sword Drill instructor. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. In 2005 Mrs. Rogers moved to Louisville to live with her daughter, Donna Rogers.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2012, at Royston Baptist Church, Royston, with Rev. Franklin Sasser officiating. Burial followed in the family plot at Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; husband; and sisters, Margaret R. Bailey, Ruby R. Printup and Kathryn R. Harmon; and brothers, Fred A. Reece and Robert William “Bill” Reece.

Survivors include her daughters, Donna Rogers, Louisville, Cherry R. Brown, Lavonia, and Marsha R. Henson, Brentwood, Tenn.; son, Robert K. (Elaine) Rogers, Smithville, Va.; sister, Freda R. (Abe) Wender, Cleveland, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Winnie F. Reece, Ellijay; grandchildren, Michael Raskin, Atlanta, Eric (Kris) Raskin, Cumming, Jeff Brown, Royston, Chad (Melanie) Brown, Lavonia, Todd (Jade) Brown, Jesup, Matthew (Leslie) Henson, Madison, Miss., Jessica Henson, Charleston, S.C., Lauren Rogers, Greenville, N.C., Sarah Rogers, Smithville, Va.; great--grandchildren, Savannah Campbell, Avery Ferron, Kate and Laura Ramsey, Lilly Henson, Reagan and Finley Brown; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were grandchildren, Michael and Eric Raskin, Jeff, Chad and Todd Brown, Matthew and Jessica Henson and Avery Ferron.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests, those desiring, make memorial contributions to the Augusta Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 1899 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904, United Hospice, 667 South Main St, Swainsboro, GA 30401, or Royston Baptist Church, 767 Church St., Royston, GA 30662.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Rev. Gilbert Hitchcock Rowell
Rev. Gilbert Hitchcock Rowell, 60, of Clover, S.C., entered into rest on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill, S.C.

Rev. Rowell was born April 15, 1951, in Louisville to the Kathryn Hitchcock Rowell and the late Charles Walter Rowell III. He was a graduate of Louisville Academy, Erskine College and Erskine Seminary. He had served as pastor in Brighton, Tenn., Lancaster, S.C., and was the pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church (Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod), Gastonia, N.C. Rev. Rowell also served on the board of World Witness and various committees of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Clover Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Evan English and Rev. Dr. Barry Eller officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Robin Dickson Rowell of Clover, S.C.; daughters, Ruth Rowell of Clover, S.C., and Rebekah R. Reynolds (Cameron) of Rock Hill, S.C.; mother, Kathryn H. Rowell of Due West, S.C.; brother, Charles W. Rowell IV (Martha) of Augusta; sister, Kathryn R. Gordy (Johnny) of Louisville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Providence Presbyterian Church (Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod), 2850 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28054.

M. L. Ford and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronnie Tarver
Mr. Ronnie Tarver, 46, of Wrightsville entered into rest on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Georgia Health Science Medical Center, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Scott’s Chapel Baptist Church, Pringle.

He was the son of Hubert Brown, Bartow, and Annie Doris Jenkins of Wadley. Mr. Tarver was a native of Jefferson County and attended the Jefferson County School System. He was a member of Scott Chapel Baptist Church of Wrightsville, and employed with Gary’s Grading and Pipe Line Company.

Survivors include his wife, Joann Oliver Tarver of Wrightsville; father; Hubert Brown (Doris Gamble) Bartow; mother, Annie Doris Jenkins of Wadley; sisters and brothers, Wendell (Angela) Tarver of Louisville, Lee Teresa Jenkins of Wadley, Fredrick Brown, Patricia (Kelvin) Brown, Gwendolyn (Eric) Brown, all of Augusta, Shanita Brown and Jacqueline Brown of Sandersville, Carolyn Bradford of Jacksonville, Fla., Charles Brown of Bartow, Fredrick (Constance) Brown and Tamasetta Brown of Augusta; aunts, Lula Mae Thomas, Ethel Davis, Earnestine (Willie) Mathew, Frances (Walter) Mitchell, Rosarie Smith, Mary (Glide) Skeet, Christine (Lee Mack) Bedelf and Loula Mae (Andre) Eatal of Belle Glade, Fla.; uncles, Tommie Jackson, Ed Lee Thomas, Ricky Thomas, Freddie Davis, Eddie (Mary) Davis, James (Zetta) Davis, all of Belle Glade, Fla., David Warthen of Augusta, and Frank Warthen Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.; father-in-law, Leroy Warthen of Wadley; sisters-in-law, Kizzy Oliver, Terrance Oliver and Nannette McClendon, all of Wrightsville, Bonita Green of Louisville, Robert Lee McMiller of Garden City, Fla., Jackie (Charmaine) Cordy of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Calvin Thomas of Savannah; and a host of other loving nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Amos Turner
Mr. Amos Turner of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, April 1, 2012.

Mr. Turner was born in Jefferson County on Jan. 10, 1934 to the late Willie and Kate Pierce Turner. He was a member of Abundant Life Kingdom Ministries of Sumter, S.C. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Jones Grove Baptist Church, Louisville, with Pastor Dion E. Price Sr. officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Russell Turner, Patricia Turner (Edwin), Vernon Turner (Theresa) and Ronald Turner (Latrisha), all of Augusta; companion, Betty Carr Glover of Louisville; Norris Glover, and James H. Glover; sister, Charlie Price of Augusta; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons and trustees of Abundant Life Kingdom Ministries and Jones Grove Baptist Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sarah Wasden
Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Arrington Wasden, 89, of Keysville entered into rest on Friday, April 6, 2012, with her family by her side.

Mrs. Wasden was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, and the second oldest of 12 children born to Lillie Mae and Monroe Arrington. She was employed at several garment factories in Richmond, Burke and Jefferson counties and retired from Gracewood State School and Hospital in 1990. Mrs. Wasden had been a member of Wrens Church of God since 1969 and was a Sunday school teacher for toddler-aged children until her health started to fail in 1997. Since that time she resided at Jones Personal Care Home, Martinez, and later at Keysville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Keysville.

A celebration of her life was held on Sunday, April 8, 2012, at 5 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with her son, Rev. William Billy Everett Wasden Jr. officiating. Interment followed in the Wrens Church of God Cemetery, Matthews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 22 years, William Everett Wasden Sr., on Jan. 11, 1969; her parents; oldest sister, Mary Ellen Arrington Templeton McDonald; an infant sister, Katherine Arrington; an unnamed infant brother; and three brothers, James, John and Rouse.

Survivors include her three children, June (Ronald) Wasden Moody of Hephzibah, William Billy Everett Wasden Jr. of Gibson, and Judy Wasden Howard of Evans; four grandchildren, Cindy Moody Howard (Robbie) of Hephzibah, Howie Wasden of North Carolina, Beth Wasden (Will Koth) of Delaware, and Courtney Howard of Evans; great-granddaughter, Vanessa Howard; five siblings, Berry Arrington (Melvie), Helen Arrington Odom, Mildred Midge Arrington Ashby, Marion Bud Arrington (Gail), and Dan Arrington; daughter-in-law, Debbie Benson Wasden; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were the staff of Keysville Convalescent Center.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Keysville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center fund for resident entertainment, P.O. Box 220, Keysville, GA 30816.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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