Obituaries
May 10, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Mary Eleanor Anderson
Mrs. Mary Eleanor Anderson of Langley, S.C., entered into rest on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

Memorial Services will be private.

Mrs. Anderson was born in Wrens to the late Thomas M. and Mary Agnes Gumby Cowart. She was a member of the Midland Valley Community Church of the Nazarene.

She was preceded in death by her husband, F.D. Laney Anderson.

Survivors include her son, Kimball Max Pennington (Kim), Burnettown, S.C.; brother, Edwin Cowart (Loney Mae), Irmo, S.C.; three granddaughters, Amanda Pennington, April Pennington, Kimberly Pennington; and six great-grandchildren.

Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William David Bass
Mr. William David Bass, 50, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at CNVAMC after a hard- fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Born in Griffin, Mr. Bass was the youngest child of the late James Franklin Bass and the late Laverne McLaurin Bass Humphrey. He served in the U.S. Army and was a lifelong patriot. He re-branded and maintained convenience/gas businesses until his illness prevented him from working. Mr. Bass was the rear-tire changer on Mad Dog Motorcycle Racing Team.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. J. Scott McKinney, Sam Burnette and Edward C. James officiating. Interment, with military honors, followed in the Martin Cemetery near Bethel Baptist Church, Milner.

Survivors include his wife, M. Darlene James-Bass; children, Cassidy Laurin Bass and Raegan Alaina Bass of Gray; sister, Louise Bass-Choate (Scott) of Frisco, Texas; brother, James Franklin Bass Jr.; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Greg Bailey, Ross Bailey, Michael Carr, Byron Dampier, Garth Dampier, David Heckman, Bill Souter and Tom Souter.

To assist in the research and cure for pulmonary fibrosis, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis by visiting www.coalitionforpf.org.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mollie Mae Anderson
Mrs. Mollie Mae Anderson of Bartow entered into rest on Thursday, April 26, 2012, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Old Bethel Baptist Church, Bartow, with Rev. Dr. John Harmon officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her two daughters, Stephanie (Frankie) Bass, Bartow, and Brittney Anderson, Louisville; one son, Varron Anderson, Bartow; three sisters, Lorena Gilmore, Lizzie Boatwright and Glenda McMillen, Wadley; one brother, Aaron Anderson, Soperton; five grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Ricky Walden, Lawrence Gilmore, Rico Martin, Gene Curry and Rufus Walden.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Johnny West Boyd
Mr. Johnny West Boyd, 42, entered into rest on Sunday, April 29, 2012.

Mr. Boyd was born in Jefferson County on May 29, 1969, to the parentage of Joe Boyd and the late Helen Stidons Boyd. He attended the Jefferson County School System.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Jimmy McCullough III presiding and Rev. James O. Nelson as eulogist. Interment was held in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Willie Boyd.

Survivors include his daughter, Jakeria Boyd, Louisville; father, Joe Boyd, Matthews; two sisters, Juanita (Victor Thomas) Stidons, Wrens, and Helen Marie (Patrick) Jenkins, Matthews; two brothers, Calvin James Stidons and Bobby Lee Boyd, both of Wrens; an uncle, Charlie Willie Stidons, Wrens; 11 aunts, Bettie Jean Boyd, Wrens, Mary (Johnny) Thomas, Stapleton, Reanell Stidons, Keysville, Clara Bell Cooper, Louisville, Dora Lee Nelson ,Mary Ellen Nelson, Beatrice Boyd, all of Wrens, Essie Stidons, Waynesboro, Lora Bell Stidons, Keysville, Gussie Boyd, Augusta, and Tessie Stidons, Wrens; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Flower ladies were Heather Dixon, Malinda Nelson, Phyllis Burley, Ajee Scott, Katherine Mack and Courtney Boyd.

Pallbearers were Kenny Prescott, Johnny Lee Boyd, Johnny Thomas, Terence Smith, Donald Prickett Jr. and Ronnie Prickett.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Virginia Annette Boyd
Miss Virginia Annette Boyd, Rockville Center, N.Y., entered into rest on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Mercer Medical Center, New York.

Miss Boyd was the daughter of the late Mary Lou Farmer Overby and the late Johnnie Boyd. She was a lifelong resident of New York.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton.

Survivors include friend, Willie Peterson of Rockville Center, N.Y.; sister, Beverly Middleton; brother, Javona Overby, both of Long Island, N.Y.; aunts and uncles, Margaret Virginia Davis of Louisville, Tom (Mary) Farmer Jr., Evella Farmer and Sarah Farmer, all of Wrens, and Carolyn Farmer of Stapleton; and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Joseph Wallace Brantley
Mr. Joseph Wallace Brantley, 84, of Louisville entered into rest on May 3, 2012.

Mr. Brantley was a lifelong resident of Louisville, a member of Louisville First Baptist Church, a U.S. Navy WWII veteran and local business owner.

Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Taylor Funeral Home, with Rev. Hardy G. Owens officiating. Private interment followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his father, Milo G. Brantley; his mother, Jennie Smith Brantley; a sister, Martha Brown; and a brother, Durwood Brantley.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Juanita “Nita” Green Brantley; children, Joseph Michael Brantley of Louisville, Deborah McMillan (Chuck) of Wadley, James W. Brantley (Joanna) of North Augusta, Cheryl Kitchens (Jimmy) of Louisville; six grandchildren, Jonathan Jones, Travis Jones, James Kitchens (Lisa), James Michael Brantley (Jennifer), Ryan Thorton and Zachary Lavellee; two great-grandchildren, Logan Kitchens and Nathan Kitchens.

Memorials may be made to 101 W 9th Street, Louisville First Baptist Church, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Martha McCoy Morgan
Mrs. Martha McCoy Morgan, 87, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, May 4, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital.

A native of Glascock County, Mrs. Morgan was the daughter of the late John Frank McCoy and Estelle Clark. Mrs. Morgan was a cashier at Mel’s Mart in Louisville.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, Louisville, with Rev. David Severance officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Carl B. Wasden; a grandson, Phillip C. Hancock.

Survivors include her daughter, Elaine W. Youngblood of Louisville; and several friends and cousins. Memorials may be made to the Cancer or Heart Association.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mila Louise “Candy” Roberson
Mrs. Mila Louise “Candy” Roberson, 97, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Roberson was born to the parentage of the late Charles and Mozell Gibbons in Jefferson County, Georgia. She was a member of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, where she served as a Missionary and Senior Choir. She was also a member of the Rose Mary Sewing Club and the Senior Citizen Center of Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, with Rev. Connie Allen officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a niece, she reared as her daughter, Lizzie Seafus, Louisville; grandson, Hartley (Wilma) Gibbons of Augusta; stepchildren, Christine Matthew, Ruby Wooden, Susan Morris and Mary Louise Nesby of Atlanta; grandchildren, Connie Allen, Augusta, Glenn (Tommie) Fleming, Louisville, Frederick Gibbons, Atlanta, Angela (Cedrick) Croxton, Geshia Brown, Jasmique Brown, Shana Gibbons, Regina Gibbons, Tonya Gibbons, Lydia Fleming, William Fleming, Olivia Croxton, Cedrick Croxton Jr., and Tanja Gibbons; caregiver, Mary Ann Braswell; and a multitude of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia Williams Rooks
Mrs. Virginia Williams Rooks, 84, of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Rooks was born in Avera, the daughter of the late Seth and Flossie Mae Hadden Williams. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta where she was a member of the George L. Balentine Sunday School Class. Mrs. Rooks taught kindergarten at Augusta Christian and taught at Hillcrest Baptist School and Rollins Elementary.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors Chapel, with Rev. Jake Malone officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Rooks; brothers, Lamar Williams and Aubrey Williams; and her sister, Edna Norris.

Survivors include her daughters, Donna Lynn (Kirk) Gatch of Augusta, Elaine (Larry) Joe Bass of Salisbury, N.C., and Carol Rooks Perara of Augusta; grandchildren, Sean Alan Norris, Amy Lynn Foster, Brooke Maddox, Nicole Wilson, Matthew John Perara I, Jessica Elizabeth Gatchl; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Mattison, Logan, Isabella, Taylor, Matthew, Bryson, Olivia and Alexandra.

Pallbearers were Sean Norris, Matt Perara, Tim Rooks, Mark Foster, Stephen Maddox and Jack Wilson.

Honorary Pallbearers were the George L. Balentine Sunday School Class.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Marjorie Gay Stewart
Mrs. Marjorie Gay Stewart, 88, of Keysville entered into rest on Monday, April 30, 2012, at Burke Medical Center.

Born to the late Exie Hamilton Gay and the late Clayton W. Gay Sr., Mrs. Stewart was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. She attended Matthews School and was a graduate of Wrens High School class of 1940. She was a lifelong member and, at the time of her death, was the oldest living member of Mt. Moriah UMC. Mrs. Stewart served as communion steward and the SS Treasurer for 28 years. She also worked with MYF for many years and was secretary of the Mt. Moriah UMW for several years. She was an attendant of camp meeting of Mt. Moriah Campground all her life.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ed Chance and Dr. Francis Ford officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Horace C. Stewart Jr.; parents; and brother, C.W. Gay Jr.

Survivors include her sons, Charles E. Stewart (Billie Ann) and Bobby G. Stewart (Dianne); four grandchildren, Kyle Stewart, Troy Stewart (Michelle), Hope S. Chalker (Keven) and Chad Stewart; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Alan Rabun, Jeff Jones, Jimmy McNair, Sam Pennington, Denny Stewart and Barrow Walden

Memorial contributions are requested to be made to Mt. Moriah UMC, Treasurer, 8219 Hwy 88 E, Keysville, GA 30816.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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