Obituaries
May 17, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Anell “Sugar Doll” Hannah Barnes
Mrs. Anell “Sugar Doll” Hannah Barnes of Augusta entered into rest on May 3, 2012.

Mrs. Barnes was born in Jefferson County on Sept. 19, 1923, to the late Jeff Paul Hannah and Susie Tremble Hannah. She joined Sand Valley AME Church at an early age. In 1950 she moved to Augusta and married Hardwick Beard Sr., to this union three children were born. She was employed at Clara Jenkins Elementary School for many years as a cook, and was later employed as a cook at the Medical College of Georgia. In 1975, she married Phillip Barnes, who preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Sand Valley AME Church, Louisville, with Rev. Michael Ephriam officiating.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Cyrus Hannah.

Survivors include her sons, Hardwick Beard Jr., Willie Ray Beard of Augusta, and Jeffery (Linda) Beard of Augusta; daughter-in-law, Karen Kim Beard of Jonesboro; sister, Mary Lizzie Brown of Louisville; six grandchildren, Cassandra Kirkland, Tawathain Brown, LaTonya Beard, Tomika Beard, LaCrese Washington and Kathy Beard; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Stewards and Trustees of Sand Valley AME Church.

Pallbearers were great-nephews and great-great-nephews.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Freddie Bell “Fret” Bennett
Mrs. Freddie Bell “Fret” Bennett of Louisville entered into rest on May 7, 2012.

Mrs. Bennett was born in Louisville on Jan. 28, 1930, to the late John Warren and Essie Mae Cates. She was the valedictorian of the Jefferson County Training School class of 1949. She met and married the late John Bennett Sr. She worked as a compressor operator at Thermo King Corporation retiring after 20 years of service. She lived in Louisville all her life. At an early age, she joined Greater St. Matthew AME Church, where she served as church secretary, class leader, on the Trustee Board, Pro-Tem, on the Stewardess Board, the Senior Choir, the Women’s Missionary Society, the Finance Committee, the Kitchen Committee, a member of the Charlie E. Brown Kidney Support Group and was a member of the Cour de’ Leon Society.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at St. Matthew AME Church, Louisville, with Rev. Daniel Thomas Jr. officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two children, Melvin Bennett and Elizabeth Bennett Cooper; and one grandson she reared, Jermaine Cooper.

Survivors include her daughters, Eva B. Lowery, Jeanell B. Outler, Dorothy J. Bennett and Brenda Corley of Louisville, Shellie B. Ray of Hephzibah, Pauline Bennett of Beaufort, S.C., Jeanette B. Turner of Augusta; sons, Albert (Ursula) Bennett of Lawrenceville, Jeffery Bennett of Louisville; granddaughters she reared as her own, Surina Cooper and Charon Cooper of Louisville; stepchildren, Silvia Bennett of Augusta, and John (Clover) Bennett of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sister, Thelma (Johnny) Cooper of Vidette; brother, William “Sapp” Walker of Louisville; 14 grandchildren, Chondria Bennett, Yolanda (Antoine) Walden, Bernard Bennett, Alejandro Bennett, Devin Lowery, Clifford Outler, Sierra Burton, Crystal Corley, all of Louisville, Senita (Tony) Strickland, Katrina Taylor, all of Augusta, Shalanda Ray of Hephzibah, DeVarski Bennett of Atlanta, Subrina Taylor of Waycross, Zaviyunna Habersham of Lawrenceville; godchildren, Donna Jean Miller of Cleveland, Ohio, and Raymond (Donnie) Garrer of Louisville; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; cousin, Irene Wheeler of Louisville; friend, Nellie Mae Dixon of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Stewards and Trustees of St. Matthews AME Church.

Pallbearers were Ernest Thompson Jr., L.C. Carr Jr., Juan Washington, Willie Tarver, Shawn Habersham, Thomas Gross and Johnny Young.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elaine Fortner Butler
Mrs. Elaine Fortner Butler of Augusta entered into rest May 10, 2012.

A private memorial service celebrating her life will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Butler was born in Jefferson County on Aug. 19, 1930. Mrs. Butler was a longtime member of Louisville United Methodist Church and had recently joined Trinity on The Hill Methodist Church in Augusta. She was a model for L’Oreal hair products, guest star on the TV program To Tell The Truth, as the real stunt driver with the Ken Butler Crash Drivers. Her husband was a well-known stunt driver, who once owned and operated the Atlantic City Speedway. Mrs. Butler often performed and had several pictures and articles written about her career as a performer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, M.D. Fortner of Wadley, and Ruth Meadows Fortner Bullock of Charleston, S.C.; and by her twins, James Wasden of Somers Point, N.J., and Jere Wasden Lewis of Louisville.

Survivors include two sisters Joan Fulghum of Augusta, and Bobby Burke of Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren, Tammy Wasden Sintay (Ryan) of Summerville, S.C., Wendy Wasden Franklin (Mike) of Somers Point, N.J., Jonathan Lewis (Margaret), Joy Lewis Mendez (Alberto) of Atlanta and Matthew Lewis of Kansas; great-grandchildren, Carly Sintay of Summerville, S.C., Samuel, Benjamin and Charley Lewis and Camila Mendez all of Atlanta; nieces, Laura Carwile of Warner Robins, Sabrina Cooper of Iowa, Nicole Curtis of Charleston, S.C., and Leah Carwile of Atlanta; and son-in-law, Charles Lewis (Susanne) of Louisville.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to either Methodist Church.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Lanie Major
Miss Lanie Major recently entered into rest.

Miss Major was born in Chatham County on July 28, 1929, to the late James and Sylvania Batts Major. She was a member of Batts Grove Baptist Church until her health failed. She received her education in the Chatham County School System.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Batts Grove Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Anderson Carswell Sr. officiating.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Boyd and Maybell William.

Survivors include her brothers, Horace E. Batts Sr. and Hansberry Batts Jr.; godsons, Verdree Cunningham and David Mack; nieces and nephews, Gail L. Boyd, Barbara J. Boyd, Merrian L. Boyd, Joyce B. (Jerome) Cunningham, Wanda B. (Roy Wayne) Darisaw, Kent Boyd, Ronnie Boyd, Ernest (Carol Jean) Boyd and Frankie L. (Janice) Boyd; and great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, cousins and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Batts Grove Baptist Church.

Pallbearers were Frankie Boyd, Ronnie Boyd, Markus Jackson, David Mack, Kent Boyd and Wayne Darisaw Sr.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eugene Talmadge “Bud” McDonald
Mr. Eugene Talmadge “Bud” McDonald of Atmore, Ala., entered into rest on Monday, May 7, 2012.

Mr. McDoanld was the son of Mamie K. McDonald and Clinton W. McDonald of Glascock County. He was born Dec. 25, 1933, in Edgehill. He moved to Augusta in 1942 and attended John S. Davidson and Lawton B. Evans grade schools. He left Augusta Richmond Academy to join the Navy in December 1950 serving in the Korean Conflict until 1954. The Navy Diving won his love of the sea. He moved to Pensacola, Fla., in 1956 and was hired by Gulf Power Company. He stayed with the company for 40 years. In 1960 along with his friends in the diving world, he helped form the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and was a member until his death for more than 48 years. He also was a charter member of the Escambia Search and Rescue for Pensacola and served for 24 years. He was an instructor for the American Red Cross for 25 years. He was an EMT instructor through the American Heart Association for 20 years.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North-Cantonment. Interment was held at 11 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012, at Fellowship Baptist Cemetery, Glascock County.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Dottie) Fish McDonald; mother, Mattie Kitchens Bowers; father, Clinton W. McDonald; and brother, Junior McDonald of Augusta.

Survivors include his daughter, Diane (Liam) Lee of Austin, Texas; sister, Sherry (Jim) Sanders of Clearwater, S.C.; grandchildren, Brittani Beasley, Elliot and Owen Lee of Austin, Texas; nieces and nephews, Marty, Debbie and Darla; mother-in-law, Carolyn Fish of Austin, Texas; friends, Jeanelle McKissack of Atmore, Ala., Eddie of Atmore, Ala., Theresa, Sarah and Rebecca Suttle of Fairhope, the Kitchens, the Barbers, the McDonalds, the Sanders and the Hilsons.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Theodas Moye
Mr. Theodas Moye entered into rest on Monday, April 23, 2012.

Mr. Moye was born in Washington County on Nov. 11, 1933, to the late Alfred and Elene Morgan Moye. At a young age he became a member of Big Pine Hill Baptist Church and served in many capacities. On March 10, 1967, he married Ruth M. Grant and had one son.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 26, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Big Pine Hill Baptist Church, Davisboro, with Rev. Calvin Boyer officiating.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, T.S. Moye and Odell Moye.

Survivors include his son, Charles Moye of Augusta; brother, Grady Moye Sr. (Willie Bell) of Louisville; sisters, Nellie Hilton of Columbia, S.C., Elnora McGruder of Louisville, Mattie Flournoy (Isaac), Eunice Parker (John) and Betty Jean Goldsberry of Wilmington, Del., and Gloria Seays (James C.) of Detroit, Mich.; sister-in-law, Mary Hannah of Wrens; granddaughter, Naquetta Moye of Swainsboro; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Arhianna and Darielle; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Big Pine Hill Baptist Church.

Pallbearers are A.G. Moye, Donald Brown, Irvin Swint, David Brown, Michael Ghant and Rodney Moye.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Benjamin “Ben” Nadel
Mr. Benjamin “Ben” Nadel, 91, of Johns Creek entered into rest on Thursday, May 10, 2012.

Mr. Nadel was born on March 23, 1921, to the late Samuel and Mollie Nadel in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a first generation American and WWII veteran who fought in the Mediterranean Theater, Italy and North Africa. After the war, Mr. Nadel an avid baseball player, tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He moved his family to Georgia in 1967 and transferred his baseball loyalty to the Atlanta Braves.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Congregation Dor Tamid, with Rabbi Ron Herstick officiating. A private burial took place at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Lila; and his oldest son, Peter Jay Nadel.

Survivors include two sons, Stephen Dana (Laurie) Nadel, Marc Jess (Sonia) Nadel; and six grandchildren, Sarah, Jennifer and Kenny Nadel, Cassie and Ricky Reyes, and Sam and Emily Nadel.

Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lula McNeely Sapp
Mrs. Lula McNeely Sapp, 85, of Statesboro entered into rest on Sunday, April 29, 2012, after a brief illness under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility.

Mrs. Sapp was born on Aug. 12, 1926, to Lewis McNeely and Frances Blanchard McNeely. The Jefferson County native lived in Bulloch County for most of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Statesboro; the Camilla Boyd Sunday School Class, and the Sarah Miller Circle. She began her working career as a file clerk for the FBI in Washington, D.C. She attended the Barrett School of Nursing in Augusta, and became a registered nurse. She worked at Bulloch Memorial Hospital in Statesboro as an operating room nurse and later for the Bulloch County Health Department as a public nurse. She then retired from nursing and helped in the operations of her husband’s business, Sapp Outdoor Advertising, Inc.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, with Dr. John Waters and Dr. H. William Perry officiating. Interment was in Eastside Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Sapp; sisters, Elizabeth McNeely Kitchens and Martha McNeely Taylor Garrett; and brothers, John Lewis McNeely, Linwood McNeely and James McNeely.

Survivors include her daughters, Marsha S. (David) Hainley of Brunswick, Rebecca Ann Sapp of Atlanta, and Susan S. (George) Hagin of Pembroke; sons, H. Stephen (Lisa) Sapp of Statesboro, and J. Neal (Pam) Sapp of Statesboro; grandchildren, Melissa Hagin Carswell, Meredith H. Hagin, Rebecca K. Sapp, Michael S. Sapp, Matthew N. Sapp and Zachary J. Sapp; several nieces and nephews; and her caregivers, Vernell Moore, Vashti Dytoria Brack, Lakeidra J. Grant and Lennie Boykin.

Pallbearers were Matthew Sapp, Micheal Sapp, Zachary Sapp, George Hagin, David Hainley and Bill Sopp.

Honorary pallbearers were Camilla Boyd Sunday School Class and Sarah Miller Circle.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Essie Seabrook
Mrs. Essie Seabrook of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, May 7, 2012, at Trinity Hospital.

Mrs. Seabrook was a native of Augusta. She was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Stapleton, where she was First Lady, a member of the choir, served on the Pastor’s Aide Society, Beautification Committee, Kitchen Ministry and more. She retired from the Medical College of Georgia as a nursing assistant and a practical nurse.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at noon at Tabernacle Baptist Church, with Rev. Charles E. Goodman Jr. officiating. Burial was in First Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Stapleton.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Dr. Frank Seabrook; four daughters, Joyce (Charlie) Daniel, Augusta, Veronica Seabrook, Evelina Holman and Jacqueline Hampton; one son, Scott (Iris) Seabrook, Atlanta; a host of grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Patricia “Trish” Smith
Mrs. Patricia “Trish” Smith entered into rest on April 14, 2012.

Mrs. Smith was born on Dec. 27, 1949, in Burke County to the late William Henry and Tevies Wright Hodge. She was educated in the school system in Apopka, Fla. She was a 1968 graduate of Phyllis Wheatley High School. Mrs. Smith was a member of Clear Spring Baptist Church, Midville, where she served on the hospitality committee.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Clear Spring Baptist Church, Midville, with Rev. Abraham Gibbons and Bishop Johnnie Wright officiating.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Freddie Wright, Sammie Lee Abrams, Geraldine Sims and Corine Wright James.

Survivors include her children, William Smith Jr. (Connie) of Dublin, Curtis Lewis Jr. (Brenda) of Millne, and Tawanza V. Smith of Adana, Turkey; brothers, Johnnie L. Wright (Alfreda) and Robert Hodge of Apopka, Fla., Joel Wright of Wadley, Olin Johnson of Philadelphia, Pa., and Glover Johnson of Decatur; sisters, Alice Mae Benjamin and Gloria Harris (Leon) of Midville, Mattie Grimmage (Edward) and Gladys West (Fernando) of Apopka, Fla., Rosemary Jones (Melvin) of Philadelphia, Pa, Lorine Wright (Curtis) of Decatur, and Bertha Adams (Walter) of Sarasota, Fla.; grandchildren, Yusef, Rashad, Kiara, Jayla, Cambria, Charisse and Jalen, and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Clear Spring Baptist Church.

Pallbearers were Reggie Lewis, Paul Lewis, Steve Heggs, Lorenzo Moss, Frank McCall, Wiley Sims and Curtis Jones.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gloria Keepler Stewart
Mrs. Gloria Keepler Stewart of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Mrs. Stewart was born on Nov. 2, 1952, to Willie Mae Keepler Hill and the late Johnnie Lewis Hill Sr. in Louisville. She was a member of the Living Word Christian Center and attended Eden Baptist Church. She was a 1970 graduate of Jefferson County High School. Upon graduation she attended Savannah State college and Albany State College.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Eden Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. J.O. Nelson officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Victor B. Stewart of Augusta; children, Jason Keepler of Sumter, S.C., Symura Keepler Hunley and Shanquette Stewart of Augusta; mother, Willie Mae Keepler Hill of Augusta; brother, Johnnie Lewis Hill Jr. (Dorothy) and Bobby Lee Hill (Linda) of Louisville and Verdree Patterson of West Palm Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Mikhala Keepler, Teona Harvey and Meya Keepler; uncles, Tommie Hill Sr. (Cressie) of Louisville and Clarence “CeCe” Brown of Jamaica, N.Y.; aunts, Betty Glover and Mattie Washington of Louisville and Shirley Lester of Atlanta; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Eden Baptist Church.

Pallbearers were Kerry Winn, Casey Edwards, Anthony Ellington, Ronnie Price, Eric Harvey and Tilton Roberson.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Veronica Elaine “Ronnie” Thompson
Mrs. Veronica Elaine “Ronnie” Thompson, 61, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Georgia Health Sciences Medial Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Thompson was born in Jefferson County, to the parentage of the late Arthur Middleton and Carrie Lee Atkins. At an early age she joined the Saint Paul Baptist Church, where she attended BTU and was a member of the youth choir. Later she served as Sunday school teacher, in the junior choir and was a senior choir member. She was employed at Jefferson Hospital as a ward clerk secretary.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville. Interment was held in Jefferson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband, Irvin Thompson of Louisville; siblings, Annette Middleton, William Henry “Bill” Middleton, Mary (Robert) Carter and Deborah Jean Middleton, all of Louisville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Janetta Atkins, Manhattan, N.Y., Queen Esther Middleton of Wadley, Pastor Isaac Hall and Minister Jessie Hall of Augusta; a niece she reared as her own, Tara Manson; and a nephew, Adrian Manson of Louisville; and a multitude of other nieces, nephews, relatives and other friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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