Obituaries
April 19, 2012 Issue

Mr. William Gordon Bartlett Sr.
Mr. William Gordon Bartlett Sr., 73, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at his residence.

Born to the late Savannah Beasley Bartlett and the late Thomas Benjamin Bartlett, Mr. Bartlett was a lifelong resident of Burke County. He was a member of Blythe Baptist Church, a volunteer firefighter with the Oakridge Community station in Hephzibah, a member of the CSRA Mounted Sheriff’s Posse and an active member of the Republican Party. He owned and operated Gordon Bartlett Tile Co. and was a tile contractor for more than 50 years. He recorded a country music album in Nashville, Tenn.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Blythe Baptist Church, with Rev. Richard Dendler officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Louise Cowart Bartlett; granddaughter, Samatha Louise Johnson; brother, Dewey Bartlett; and two sisters, Pauline Bartlett and Hazel Gay.

Survivors include his fiancé, Martha K. Scott; children, Pam Bartlett Lawrence (Billy), William Gordon Bartlett Jr. (Joy), Katherine Bartlett Johnson (Larry), Jacqueline Louise Bartlett, Jesse Franklin Bartlett (Sarah), and Savannah Dianne Bartlett McNorrill (Joe); brother, Thomas Benjamin “T.B.” Bartlett; six grandchildren, Rebecca Bartlett Newsome (Bryan), William Gordon “W.G.” Bartlett III, Mary K. Wiese (Jamie), Angel Bartlett Parrish (Cody), Jessica Nicole Johnson and Josei Toodles McNorrill; and seven great-grandchildren, Hunter Copeland, Logan Newsome, Reagan Graham, Kaden, Kris and Preston Wiese, and Ryker Kyle Parrish; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Berry Arrington, David Bartlett, Johnny Wayne Bartlett, W.G. Bartlett III, Brett Chancey, Cliff Chancey Jr., Ken Chancey and Mark Chancey.

Honorary pallbearers were Greg Coursey, George Deloach and Larry Sconyers.

Because of the circumstances of his death, the family requests memorial contributions be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Reggie Wade Battle
Funeral services for Mr. Reggie Wade Battle, 53, of Wrens were held on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at noon at New Hope AME Church, Louisville. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his companion, Felicia Winfrey; children, Reggie Pinkston, Keonta Burnett, Deonte and Deondre Battle, Lashundra Miller, Kerelenko Battle, Tabitha Terrell and Latoya Johnson; siblings, Delores Williams, Barbara, Timothy, Freeman, Dale and Anthony Battle; and other relatives and friends.

Gardenview Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rhoda Knight Brown
Mrs. Rhoda Knight Brown, 81, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, April 13, 2012, at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Brown was born in Glascock County, the daughter of the late William Vinson Reese and the late Celia Mae Lamb Reese. She was a retired health care provider from McDuffie County Hospital and Thomson Manor. Mrs. Brown was a member of First Baptist Church, Thomson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at First Baptist Church, Thomson, with Dr. Leonard L. Dupree officiating. Interment followed in Westview Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia Cindy Knight Cason (Jeff) of Thomson; sons, Robert Lewis Knight of England and Robert Lee Brown of Florida; brothers, William Homer Reese of Washington, Charlie L. Reese of Grovetown, Billy Reese of Vero Beach, Fla.; sisters, Elsie Warren of Vero Beach, Fla., Wally Irwin of Leesburg, Fla., and Betty Graves of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three grandchildren, Anthony Patrick Ivie, Lokey Rabun Mauck and Robert Lewis Knight Jr.; and four great-grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lena Allene Clark
Mrs. Lena Allene Clark, 83, of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, April 9, 2012, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Clark, born in Matthews, formerly of Wadley, had lived in Martinez for the past year. She was a homemaker and a member of Josey Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Clark; and a great-grandson, Blake Meadows.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Josey Baptist Church, with Rev. Bill Snipes and Rev. Lewis Farrer officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include a son, L.C. Clark (Teresa) of Bartow; six daughters, Margaret York (Johnny) of Wadley, Dianne Irby of Augusta, Audrey Clark of Augusta, Sylvia Day of Bartow, Sharon Wheeler (Roger) of Swainsboro, and Karen Reese (Emmett) of Hephzibah; a brother, William Arrington (Bernice) of Augusta; and a sister, Ethel Lord of Hephzibah.

Pallbearers were Leon Farrer, Johnny Bartlett, James Kersey, William Stone, J.T. Thorne, Verlyn Smith, Jeremy Meadows and Aaron Gay.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nancy Virginia Williams Clark
Mrs. Nancy Virginia Williams Clark, 87, of Stapleton entered into rest on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Keysville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

One of 14 born to the late Lucille Paul Williams and the late Claude Bud Williams, Mrs. Clark was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, where she was a member of Stapleton Baptist Church. She worked as a seamstress for more than 35 years at Stapleton Garment Company and five years at Thomson Company.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Don Black officiating. Interment followed in Stapleton Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Jackson “A.J.” Clark; a grandson, Marion Sheppard; a great-grandson, Bradley Sheppard; and 12 siblings.

Survivors include her children, Jack W. Clark (Vickie), Bennett C. Clark (Gail) and Linda C. Sheppard; a brother, Ralph Williams (Sandra); five grandchildren, Caroline Clark, Harrell Clark, Clete Clark, Shana C. Sims (Brian), and Lynn S. Screws (Donnie); five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were William Brooks, Jerry Grice, Tony Newsome, Brian Sims, Ricky Thompson and Kim Williams.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Harlan Gearig
Mr. Harlan Gearig, 76, of Lynnville Community entered into rest on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Gearig was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, Pilot Oak Community, and a retired self-employed truck driver.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church, Pilot Oak Community. Interment followed in the Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Gearig; grandson, Brent Goossen; parents, Lloyd Sr. and Bertha Schneider Gearig.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Thelma Unruh Gearig; son, Mylan (Marian) Gearig of Lynnville, Ky.; three daughters, Rose (Randal) Goossen of Louisville, Lana (Dennis) Holdeman of Sedalia, and Sonya (Jerry) Giesbrecht of Farwell, Texas; three brothers, Christ (Joyce) Gearig of Bradley, Ark., John (Dianne) Gearig of Louisville, and Lloyd (Kathleen) Gearig Jr. of Louisville; four sisters, Ellyn (Earl) Peters of Stacyville, Iowa, Bonnie (Van) Heibert of Louisville, Sandra (Jim) Smith of Butte City, Calif., and Faith (Kenneth) Diller of Gallion, Ala.; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Justin Theissen, Dave Schmidt, Jamin Holdeman, Jason Holdeman, Mitchell Gearig, Jeremy Giesbrecht, Clint Goossen and Alex Giesbrecht.

Byrn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Donald “D.J.” James
Mr. Donald “D.J.” James, 67, of Keysville entered into rest on Monday, April 9, 2012.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Hopeful Baptist Church, with Rev. Greg Glover and Rev. Bucky Halford officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jason James.

Survivors include his three children, Andy James of Keysville, Merle James (Lesa) of Augusta, and Dorothy James (John) of Hephzibah; companion, Melinda Greene of Keysville; two granddaughters, Andrea and Paige James, both of Hephzibah; and one sister, Dorothy Williams of Wrens.

Pallbearers were Mark Woods, Cal Newman, Mike Lee, Derossie DeLaigle, Frank Whitaker, Jr., Jimmy Baker, Vince Brumitt, Ronnie Friar and Pat Lord.

Honorary pallbearers were the Briar Creek Sportsman’s Club members.

Hephzibah Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Elder Jack Johnson Jr.
Funeral services for Elder Jack Johnson Jr. of Wrens were held on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. at New Life Worship Center, Hephzibah, with Apostle Dr. Christine Wallace as eulogist.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Johnson; seven children; and five stepchildren.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Pauline Kelly Parker
Mrs. Pauline Kelly Parker of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, April 13, 2012.

Mrs. Parker was born July 6, 1918, in Anson, N.C., but had resided in Louisville for more than 90 years. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Benjamin Kelly and the late Enola Lowery Kelly. Mrs. Parker graduated from Louisville Academy and received a degree in education from the University of Georgia, having taught school in Wrens for several years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Louisville and the Louisville Garden Club.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2012, at Louisville City Cemetery, with Rev. Hardy Owens and Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur James Parker; and her brothers, Thomas Benjamin Kelly Jr. and Jackson Washington Kelly.

Survivors include her son, Arthur Jan Parker of Louisville; sister-in-law, Joyce Odom Kelly of Louisville; nephews, Thomas Benjamin Kelly III and John Patrick Kelly (Susan); great-nieces, Emma Pauline Kelly, Anna Grace Kelly and Ashley Kelly Holley; great-nephews, Thomas Benjamin Kelly, John Patrick Kelly Jr. and Patrick Benjamin Kelly; and caregiver, Eunice Mathis of Louisville.

Pallbearers were Jonas Gamble, Tommy Jones, Pat Kelly, Benji Kelly, William Rabun, Abbot Easterlin, John Murphy, Dr. Jim Pilcher, Dr. Jim Polhill, John Kelly, Patrick Kelly and Thomas Kelly.

Memorials in honor of Mrs. Parker may be made to the First Baptist Church of Louisville, 101 East 9th Street, Louisville, GA 30434 or the Louisville Garden Club, c/o Jennie Miller, 306 East Broad Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia “Ginny” Scarboro Smith
Mrs. Virginia “Ginny” Scarboro Smith, 86, of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Doctor’s Hospital.

Mrs. Smith was born Wadley to the late James and Harriett Pollett Scarboro. She retired from Southern Bell after 40 years and was a member of Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, the Fellowship Sunday School Class and the Telephone Pioneers.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Rod Blomfield officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Clifford Smith; and siblings, Roy Scarboro, Miles Scarboro, Russell Scarboro, Milton Scarboro and Emma Moxley.

Survivors include her brother, Joe Scarboro of Harrison; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ross Smith, Phil Smith, Rusty Scarboro, Gregg Scarboro, Craig Scarboro, James Moxley, Emmett Sheppard and John Moxley.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clarence “Buddy” Edward York
Mr. Clarence “Buddy” Edward York, 63, of Wrightsville entered into rest on Monday, April 9, 2012, at Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin, after an extended illness.

Mr. York was born in Wadley on Oct. 21, 1948, to the late Clarence and Mary Davis York. When Mr. York was able to work, he was employed by Battle Lumber Company as a security guard. Mr. York has lived in Johnson County for the past 21 years. He was a member of the Trinity Assembly Of God Church of Wrightsville.

Funeral services were held at Trinity Assembly Of God Church of Wrightsville on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Jimmy Sumner officiating. Burial followed at the Wadley City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Maritha York; and one brother, Daniel York.

Survivors include one brother, Toby William York (Marion) of Riddleville; one stepbrother, Lee Gay of Wrightsville; two sisters, Wynell Brantley (Billy Joe Gay) of Wrightsville, and Mary Alice Cowart of East Dublin; eight nieces and nephews, John York, James R. Cowart, Karen Cowart, Allen Cowart, Mary Ann York, Nathan York, Jennifer Tiedge and Alvin York; cousins, Margaret Peebles and Carolyn Peebles; and numerous cousins.

Brantley-Powell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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