May 24, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Nell McNair Arrington
Mrs. Nell McNair Arrington, 71, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Mrs. Arrington was a native of Jefferson County, but lived in Augusta most of her life. She was a graduate of Wrens High School and Georgia Southern University. She taught home economics at Westside High School for 30 years. Mrs. Arrington also worked in the men’s department at J.B. Whites for many years.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Thomas Poteet and Son, with Rev. Dan White officiating. Burial followed in Ways Baptist Church Cemetery, Stellaville, at 1:30 p.m.

Survivors include her sisters, Letitia McNair Peel (Bob), and Ann Sheffield; brothers, Lewis McNair (Ann), and George R. McNair (Eleanor); friend, Alton Andrews; friend’s daughter, Holly Andrews; friend’s grandson, Aaron Andrews; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Stephen McNair, Jim McNair, Brandon Burnside, Ashley Williams, Ronnie Burnside and William McNair.

Honorary pallbearers were her graduating class from Wrens High School.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ways Baptist Church, c/o Peggiann Chalker, 314 Old Quaker Rd. NE, Wrens, GA 30833.

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

Deacon Henry Lewis “Tiny” Berry
Deacon Henry Lewis “Tiny” Berry, 57, of Jonesboro entered into rest on Monday, May 14, 2012, after a year-long battle with cancer.

Deacon Berry was born Sept. 25, 1954, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville. He was the son of Dollie Mae Berry Rowland and Sam Willie Holloway and stepson of the late John Wesley Rowland. Deacon Berry was baptized at the age of 12, becoming a member of Ways Grove Baptist Church. He was educated in the Jefferson County School System and attended vocational school in Atlanta. He retired from the City of Atlanta after more than 30 years of service in various positions in the wastewater treatment profession. After his initial retirement, he returned to work for Fulton County Government and the City of Villa Rica providing professional services for their respective wastewater treatment programs. While in Atlanta, he joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church, was ordained as a Deacon and was serving as the Chairman of the Deacon Board. He met and married Ida Williams in 1980 and to this union two children were born, Ayasha and Jamil.

Funeral services for Mr. Henry L. “Tiny” Berry, 57, of Jonesboro were held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. J. McCullough III presiding and Rev. Charles Alphabet Jr. as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Mary Lockhart Berry; and his stepfather, John Wesley Rowland.

Survivors include his wife, Ida Berry; children, Tiwatha (Clarence) Gilmore, Ayasha Berry, and Jamil Berry; mother, Dollie Mae Rowland; father, Sam Willie Holloway; brothers, Geoffery (Rebecca) Rowland,

Dwight Holloway, Dwain (Maria) Holloway, and Travis Holloway; stepsister, Gloria (Ricky) Johnson; raised as siblings, Richard (Fannie) Berry Jr., John Berry Sr., Thomas (Frances) Berry Sr., Jimmy Berry Sr. and Mary Avery; two grandchildren, Chasity and Tahyah Gilmore; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Miss Virginia Annette Boyd
Miss Virginia Annette Boyd of 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.; one sister, Beverly Middleton; one 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 of Wrens, and Carolyn Farmer of Stapleton; and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Infant Tyler Anthony Burns
Infant Tyler Anthony Burns, 3 months, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, May 18, 2012, in Augusta.

A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012, at Louisville United Methodist Church, Louisville. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service.

Infant Burns was born Feb. 16, 2012, to Kristen and Greg Burns and was preceded in death by his grandfather, Grover “Buddy” Kilgore.

Survivors include his parents; grandparents, Michael and Linda Burns; grandmother, Jane Kilgore, all of Chatsworth; aunt, Erin Kilgore of Chatsworth; uncle, Christopher Johns of Dalton; and a host of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Georgia Epilepsy Foundation, 6065 Roswell Rd. NE # 715, Atlanta, GA 30328, c/o Team Tyler’s Troopers for The Magnolia Run, and Walk for Epilepsy to be held in August. All funds raised go directly to the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia’s medication fund to help support those in need.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Danny Wayne Cason
Mr. Danny Wayne Cason, 56, of Stapleton entered into rest on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at his residence.

A native of Louisville, Mr. Cason was the son of the Daniel and Sara Elizabeth Cooper Cason. Mr. Cason was a welder for Lewis Steel in Jefferson County, and a member of Second Chance Independent Church.

Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Second Chance Independent Church, Thomson, with Rev. Charles Reese officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father; a son, Johnny Dean Cason; a daughter, Linda Dianne Cason.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Cheeks Cason of Stapleton; mother, Sara Reid of Thomson; two sons, Wayne Lee Cason and Russell Lee Cason of Stapleton; brothers, Donnie Cason and Dennis Cason; sisters, Dianne Cason and Debra Sparks, all of Atlanta; sister-in-law, Tammy Gamble of Stapleton; two grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to a longtime illness, the family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Taylor Funeral Home, 401 West 8th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. John Wood Hart
Mr. John Wood Hart, 88, of Warrenton entered into rest on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Hart was born in Lincoln County to the late Wendell A. Hart and Glenice Wood Hart. He attended Warren County Schools and was a lifelong resident of Warren County. Mr. Hart served in the U.S. Army on the 32nd Battalion Company A during World War II. He participated in the first all American Standard built telephone lines in France and Germany and helped build the first lead cable line to cross the Rhine. He was there for the last stand at the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest and was there for the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. He was in all five major land battles in Europe, at Normandy, northern France, the Rhineland and in Central Europe. When the end of the war came in the summer of 1945 his outfit was in the South Pacific for the invasion of Japan. As an Army veteran, Mr. Hart attended the annual Army Reunions of the 32nd Battalion A. Mr. Hart was a conservationist farmer and was awarded Conservation Man of the Year as well as Warren County Farmer of the Year. He served many years on the nominating committee of the Jefferson Energy Cooperative and previously served on his local district board of the Goldkist Company. He was also a member of Johnson United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Johnson United Methodist Church, Warrenton, with Rev. David Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery, with Military Honors accorded.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mildred Johnson Hart; two sons, Charles E. Hart and John D. Hart; and one sister, Illah Usry.

Survivors include his four daughters, Elizabeth Ann Lamb (Raymond), Augusta, Becky Carpenter (Michael), Augusta, Brenda Starling (Darron), Harlem, and Joan Allen (Edward), Augusta; grandchildren, Greg Lamb, Charles Lamb, Melanie (Bryan) Rodgers, Julie (Brian) Coursey, Matt (Caitlin) DeLoach, Mark Starling, and Jennifer Roberts; nine great-grandchildren; one brother Warren (Zelma) Hart, Gibson; one sister, Nina Ferrezza, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.;

Pallbearers were Greg Lamb, Charles Lamb, Matt DeLoach, Mark Starling, Bryan Rodgers, Dalton Lamb and Brian Coursey.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Johnson United Methodist Church Cemetery, c/o Joe Shurley, Shurley Road, Warrenton, GA. 30828.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Jack Haywood
Mr. Jack Haywood, 89, of Mitchell entered into rest on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Washington County Memorial Hospital.

A native of Johnson County, Mr. Haywood was the son of Jim and Mattie Will Johnson Haywood. He worked as a welder in a shipyard during WWII, and was the owner of Haywood Amaco Service Station and Grocery in Mitchell most of his life. He was also a school bus driver for the Glascock County School System, and a lifelong member of Mitchell Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012, at Mitchell Baptist Church, with Rev. Mary Griswell and Rev. Adrian Burrell officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dahlia P. Haywood of Mitchell; son, Jacky L. Haywood of Mitchell; daughter, Kathy H. Pullian of Franklin, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Haywood Pulliam, Jason Haywood, Wess Haywood, Tyler Haywood, Jimmy Haywood, Clay Walden, James Hawkins and Anthony Griswell.

Honorary pallbearers were Clifton Pulliam, Hubert Pulliam, Henry Taylor, Lewis Griswell, Graham Miller, Amon Sexton, Gene Johnson, Leon Evans, Murphy Harrell and Kendall Chalker.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Chester Eugene Kelly Sr.
Mr. Chester Eugene Kelly Sr. of Evans entered into rest on May 15, 2012.

Mr. Kelly, a native of Augusta, was owner of G&K Painting Company. He was a member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a lay minister and in the choir.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, with Rev. Sonny Sellers officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Quinette Suggs Kelly; two sons, Allen Michael Kelly (Cassandra), Evans, and Chester E. (Gene) Kelly Jr. Gibson; seven daughters, Dana S. Meritt (Tony), Bartow, Marie Sams, Becky Kelly, Sharon Kelly, Augusta, Andi Reynolds (Michael), Martinez, Melissa Novak (Eddie) Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dani Kaye Altman, Evans; five brothers, Allen Kelly, Martinez, Lonnie Kelly, Rusty Kelly, Randy Kelly and Joe Kelly, Augusta; 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.

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

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

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

Mr. Todd R. Snyder
Mr. Todd R. Snyder, 51, of Augusta entered into rest suddenly on May 14, 2012, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Snyder was one of the nine siblings of the Wahl-Snyder Family. He was the son of Robert Bob Snyder and father of Russell T. Snyder from Gibson. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and moved to Augusta in 1972 to live after the sudden passing of his mother, Ruth Ann Snyder. He was reared by his uncle and aunt, the late Philip R. Wahl Sr. and Janice G. Wahl of Augusta. Mr. Snyder graduated from Westside High School in 1978. He worked as a contractor and painter for different employers throughout the CSRA.

A memorial service was held on Friday, May 18, 2012, at 3 p.m. in the family room of the Westover Memorial Park and Cemetery, Augusta.

Mrs. Marie Pinkston Jones McBride
Mrs. Marie Pinkston Jones McBride, 97, of Louisville entered into rest on May 21, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. McBride was born in Ludowici on June 2, 1914, the daughter of the late Kathleen Chapman Pinkston and Alexander Gordon Pinkston. Mrs. McBride earned a bachelor of arts degree in literature and history from Georgia State College for Women, presently known as Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. After graduation in 1935, she moved to Louisville to pursue a career in teaching. While living in Louisville, she met her husband, Samuel Elijah Jones Jr. They were married in Ludowici on Dec. 27, 1938. Mrs. McBride was a lifelong Baptist and a member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville since 1939. As a member of her church, she served in many capacities. Past positions include serving as a Church Trustee, secretary of the Mission Society, Vacation Bible School volunteer, and Sunday school teacher. She was also involved in various community and social organizations as well as her bridge group and garden club. She was a member of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce. After being a stay at home mother for many years, Mrs. McBride earned a securities license and began selling tax-sheltered annuities for Lincoln National Life Insurance (Lincoln Financial) with her husband. They were active in the National Association of Life Underwriters and the Life Underwriters of Georgia. Over the years, they received many awards and recognition as top producers. Together, Mrs. McBride and her husband also fulfilled his dream of building a shopping center in Louisville. At Sam’s death in 1982, Mrs. McBride assumed the role of president of Peachtree Plaza. She remained fully involved in day to day operations until her passing.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Hardy Owens officiating. Interment followed at Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Samuel Elijah Jones Jr.; second husband of two years, E.K. Bell of Savannah; third husband of 15 years, Thomas Eugene “Gene” McBride; brothers, Dr. Alexander Gordon “A.G.” Pinkston Jr. of Glennville and Frank Chapman Pinkston of Macon; and one great-grandchild, Margaret Bowen McElreath of Macon.

Survivors include her daughters, Marie Jones Handberry (Don) of Louisville, and Jan Jones McElreath (Ben) of Augusta; grandchildren, William Donald Handberry Jr. (Casey) of Macon, Marie Handberry Weldon (Bill) of Watkinsville, Chapman Handberry Godwin (Will) of Augusta, Benjamin Farris McElreath Jr. (Carrie) of Macon, Samuel Alexander McElreath (Cameron) of Athens; 11 great-grandchildren, William Donald Handberry III, Elijah Reynolds Handberry, Edward Jones Handberry, Benjamin Farris McElreath III, Ella Hughes McElreath, Katherine Maguire Weldon, Carolyn Theresa Weldon, Allison Marie Weldon, Chapman Pinkston Godwin, Gainer Adams Godwin and Samuel Alexander McElreath Jr.; stepchildren, Nell (Allen) Morris of Augusta and Gene (Mary Jo) McBride of Brevard, N.C., and their families; sister-in-law, Lucille Finney Pinkston of Macon; brother-in-law, Leroy Lewis of Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Charles Lewis, John Lewis, Dr. Jim Polhill, Ott Stephens, Larry Morgan, Jim Crawford, Mike McDowell, Dr. Jim Pilcher and Merv Unruh.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of the church.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Louisville, 101 E. 9th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Marylene Usery
Ms. Marylene Usery, 59, of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Usery was a native of Soperton in Treutlen County. She was the daughter of the late James and Mary Taylor Usery. She was a homemaker and for a short period was employed at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville. Burial was in Dixon Cemetery, Louisville.

Survivors include her children, Constana (Fredrick) Brown of Augusta, Marcella Flournoy of Atlanta; sisters, Shirley (Henry) Givens of Asberry Park, N.J., Dollie White of Harrisburg, Pa., Elouise Usery of Ponoco, Pa., Felicia Usery, of Wadley, Maxine (Henry) Sanders of Wadley; brothers, Dewey Phillips of Jacksonville, Fla., James Usery of Augusta; grandchildren, Je’Quitia Flournoy of Fort Riley, Kan., Shinique Flournoy, J’Quisha Usery, J’Brea Brown, all of Augusta; friends, Quentin Dogan, Billy Jay Dogan; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



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