Obituaries
May 31, 2012 Issue

Miss Beverly E. Brown
Funeral services for Miss Beverly E. Brown, 54, of Wrens were held on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. M.G. Ephraim Sr. as eulogist and Rev. Brenda Brown presiding. Sepulture was held at the Lofton AME Church Cemetery.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lillian Lea Corgiat Farmer
Mrs. Lillian Lea Corgiat Farmer, 86, of Wrens entered into rest Friday evening, May 25, 2012.

Mrs. Farmer was born to the late Peter and Dora Corgiat in Frontenac, Kan., and grew up in Detroit, Mich. She married the love of her life in 1946. Mrs. Farmer worked at Camp Gordon and Georgia Power and was a homemaker. She was an active member of Ways Baptist Church, where she played the organ, taught Sunday School and was a member of the WMU. She was also an active member of the Home Demonstration Club.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 28, 2012, at Ways Baptist Church, with Rev. Wayne Turpin and Rev. Jerry Cole officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.J. Farmer Jr.; son-in-law, Mike Meeks; a brother, Marvin D. Corgiat; and a sister, Leola C. Dancy.

Survivors include her children, James Lee Farmer (Pam) and Jill F. Meeks; five grandchildren, Kathryn Meeks, Kimberly Farmer, Jack Farmer, Jamie Farmer and Jeaunae Farmer; eight great-grandchildren; four nieces; two nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Jack Farmer, Steve Anderson, Jimmy Gay, George Hopper, Randy Lanier, Vince McNair and Jim Milton.

The family request memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 1105 Furys Ln. Ste D, Augusta, GA 30907.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Betty Lou Howard
Mrs. Betty Lou Howard, 70, of Jacksonville entered into rest on Monday, May 21, 2012, at home following a short illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Telfair County, Mrs. Howard was the daughter of the late Henry C. and Ideatha Clements Howell and was the wife of the late John Austin Howard Sr. A graduate of South Georgia College, she was a registered nurse at VNA, McRae and Lumber City Nursing and Rehab, formerly Brian Center Nursing and Rehab, Lumber City. Mrs. Howard was also a member of the American Nurses Association.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Mt. Galilee Baptist Church. Burial was in the Clements Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, John (Suzanne) Howard, Hazlehurst, Kathy (Jeffrey) Simmons, Ludowici, and Jerry (Lisa) Howard, Louisville; sister, Belva Gainey, Orangeburg, S.C.; grandchildren, Malory Howard, Shannon Howard, Austin Simmons, Trent Simmons, Casey Cravey and Jayme Beecher; and great-grandchildren, Gaven Cravey, Drew Cravey, Allie Grace Adams and Payton Thigpen.

Vaughn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. J.T. Irby
Mr. J.T. Irby, 86, of Thomson entered into rest on May 24, 2012, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mr. Irby was born in Glascock County, Georgia, and was the son of the late Lowie Irby and the late Susie Bales Irby. He served in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Mr. Irby was retired from civil service at Fort Gordon as an electrician. He was also a member of First Baptist Church, Thomson.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28, 2012, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. David Lambert officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leola May Irby.

Survivors include his daughter, Sharon I. Shanley (Dean) of Cincinnati, Ohio; sons, Harold Irby (Joanne) of Incline Village, Nev., and Don Irby (Janet) of Sugarland, Texas; sisters, Mattie Black of Gibson, Lucille Edmonds of Bradenton, Fla.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Martha Price
Miss Martha Price, 83, of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at a local nursing facility.

Miss Price was a native of Johnson County, the daughter of the late Jessie Price and Mary Alice Monrow Price, a member of the Live Oak CME Church, and a retired cook at Bartow Senior Citizen Center.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Faith Memorial CME Church and Live Oak CME Church Cemetery, Wadley.

Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy Jean Price, Waynesboro, Ruby Nell Flournoy, Bartow, Jessie Mae Johnson, Atlanta, Gwendolyn Norman, Aiken, S.C., and Rose Lee Mobley, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; brother, George (Annie Mae) Price, Wadley; sister-in-law, Willie C. Price; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Marlene Virginia Hadden McDonald
Mrs. Marlene Virginia Hadden McDonald, 75, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, May 25, 2012, at Mission Hospital, Asheville, N.C.

Mrs. McDonald was one of three children born to the late Mary Ellen Davis Hadden and the late Benjamin Franklin Hadden in Stapleton where she grew up. After marrying she made her home in Augusta. She was married to her husband of 56 years, William T. Mac McDonald. She was an active member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church, Stapleton, where she was the song leader.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. John Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Glenwood Hoyt Tug Hadden and Patricia Ann Hadden Wall.

Survivors include her husband; children, Alan Wayne McDonald, Barbara Denise M. Spivey (Jimmy) and Brian Keith McDonald; seven grandchildren, Melanie, Sheri, Amanda, Lauren, Georgia, Marlene and C.J.; six great-grandchildren, Madeline, Zachary, Moses, Brody, Katelyn and Ricardo; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Kelly, Robert Riggenbach, Dennis Robinson, Leo Sanchez, Chris Usry and Jimmy Wren.

Honorary pallbearers were Arturo Mata, Paul Mason, Lester Allen and Otis Spence.

The family request memorial contributions be made to Reedy Creek Building Fund, c/o Carolyn New, Lakeview Dr., Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Lisbeth Rhine
Miss Lisbeth Rhine, 42, of Atlanta entered into rest on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

Miss Rhine was born in Columbia, S.C., and lived in Atlanta for many years where she was an animal rights activist and rescuer. She was the executive director of EDIN and helped many young women.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on May 29, 2012, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Cemetery, Avera, with Rev. Mike Dann officiating.

Survivors include her mother, Kay Rhine Clark.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PALS Atlanta, 2115 Liddell Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, or www.palsatlanta.org or Eating Information Disorders Network (EDIN), 600 Means Street, Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30318 or www.myedin.org.

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements


Mrs. Maude Blount Storey
Mrs. Maude Blount Storey, 78, of Augusta entered into rest Thursday, May 24, 2012, at the residence of her daughter.

Mrs. Storey, a native of Waynesboro, had lived in Augusta for most of her life, and was the daughter of the late Bartow and Cassie Sikes Blount. She had retired following 32 years from the Doctors and Merchants Credit Bureau. She was a Baptist.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Jerry Cole and Tim Cole officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Katrina Dixon in 2008; and her son-in-law, Mike Roberson in 2010.

Survivors include her husband, Michael A.C. Storey; daughters, Michelle Sconyers (Larry) and Debbie Storey Roberson; sisters, Exarline Exie Boudreaux and Elizabeth Lib McKenzie; her grandchildren, Kurt Roberson, Crystal Roberson Graybill, Kyle Roberson, Jonathan Dixon, Jenna Dixon, Leslie Ann Storey Cole, Kris Storey, Blake Storey and Larry Les Sconyers Jr.; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons and grandson-in-law.

If desired memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Blvd., Augusta, GA 30909.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bruce Allen Welch
Mr. Bruce Allen Welch, 58, of Gibson entered into rest May 20, 2012.

Mr. Welch grew up in Augusta, and later made his home in Glascock County. He was an Aircraft Mechanic with StandardAero Aviation of Augusta for 31 years and was a member of First Baptist Church, Gibson.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Dean Watson officiating. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery, Gibson.

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Welch; daughters, Rachel Welch, Leah Welch (Thomas Davis); mother, Eugenia Dutton, all of Gibson; stepchildren, Randy Cottone, Jennifer Lynch, both of Augusta, and Jessica Grubbs of McCormick, S.C.; and brother, Steve Welch of Appling.

Pallbearers were Roger Neal, Mike Murdock, Bobby Odenweller, Ken Johns, Gary Hadden, Keith Hadden and Chris Jones.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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