Obituaries
June 7, 2012 Issue

Miss Beverly Elaine “Bev” Brown
Miss Beverly Elaine “Bev” Brown, 54, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. as eulogist and Rev. Brenda Nobles Brown presiding. Sepulture was in Lofton AME Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her three children, Jamahal, Kendrick and Kiara Brown, all of Wrens; siblings, Montress (Johnny) Walker, Sandra (Roosevelt) Tarver, Brenda (Calvin) Williams, Michael Brown, all of Wrens, and Michelle (Ike) Milledge, Jacksonville, Fla.; friend, Walter Beasley, Wrens; two aunts, Sarah L. Brown, Augusta, and Carrie M. Avery, St. Petersburg, Fla.; uncle, Clease (Dorothy) Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annie Burnett Butler
Mrs. Annie Burnett Butler entered into rest on Monday.

Mrs. Butler was a native of Jefferson County. She was a 1963 graduate of Jefferson County High School.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his son, Timothy Butler of New Jersey; sister, Grace Patterson of Newark, N.J.; and brother, Josephus Burnett of Wrens.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.


Mr. Linwood Bynes Jr.
Mr. Linwood Bynes Jr. of Taylor, Mich., formerly of Augusta, entered into rest on Monday, May 28, 2012, at Oakwood Heritage Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at 11 a.m. at The New White Stone Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit, Mich., with Rev. W.R. Campbell officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Shirley Bynes; three children, Michael Bynes, Marcus Bynes and Cheryl (Timothy) Sullivan, all of Detroit, Mich.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Olivia Bynes Wimberly, Augusta; two aunts, Corrine Buggs, Southfield, Mich., and Annie Saxton, Keysville; one sister-in-law, Bernice Gibbs, Memphis, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

W.H. Mays Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Betty J. Daniel
Miss Betty J. Daniel, 74, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, June 1, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Miss Daniel had lived in Wadley for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Blanche Means Daniel.

Survivors include two nieces, Lori Daniel Aubin and Renee Daniel Deloach.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Veria Cuyler Dent
Mrs. Veria Cuyler Dent entered into rest on May 24, 2012.

Mrs. Dent was born Oct. 19, 1947, in Burke County to the late Willie Lewis Cuyler and Emma Bryant Sanders. She was a member of Adams Chapel Church Of God In Christ. She was a 1967 graduate of Jefferson County High School. After graduation she moved to Florida and lived there for several years.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Adams Chapel Church Of God In Christ, Louisville, with Elder Johnnie B. Johnson and Rev. Eugene Walden assisting.

Survivors include her children, Reginald Dent of West Palm Beach, Fla., Ezra Lyons of Louisville, Shawonda Dent, Tammy Dent, Lavora Dent and Lavera Dent, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; brothers, Willie E. Cuyler of Long Beach, Calif., Freddie L. Cuyler of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Grady Cuyler of Bellglade, Fla., and Henry Sanders of Wadley; sisters, Willie M. Thomas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Willie Mae Cuyler of Lauderhill, Fla., Sallie (Moe) Williams of Wadley, Lucille Erwin of Waynesboro, Deloris Kelly and Estella (Billy) Elijah of Midville, Debra Jeffers of Hephzibah, and Gloria (George) Gaston of Grovetown; goddaughter, Tyasia Cooper; aunt, Lillie Lee Thomas; uncles, Arron (Edith) Bigham and Willie C. (Mary) Bryant; 14 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Johnny F. Brown, Eugene Cunningham, John H. Frazier Jr., Joseph Brantley, Barther Kelly, Reginald Jeffers, Charlie Lewis, Willie B. Lewis, Reginald Dent, Leroy Kelly, James Williams and Farrel Cyler.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Luther “L.A.” Garrett Jr.
Mr. Luther “L.A.” Garrett Jr., 70, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., entered into rest on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia, Tenn.

Mr. Garrett was a native of Louisville, a graduate of Louisville Academy and earned a ceramic engineering degree from Georgia Tech. He was retired from Union Carbide, having spent time in their Columbia, Tenn., Puerto Rico, Ohio and Lawrenceburg, Tenn., facilities. He was a member and a trustee of Victory Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at Neal Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2012, with Jesse Cozart officiating. Interment followed at Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his father, L.A. Garrett Sr.; mother, Lucy Merritt Garrett; wife, Beverly Parsons Garrett; stepmother, Martha Taylor Garrett; and brother, H. Terry Garrett.

Survivors include one son, Mason (Lacy) Glover Garrett of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Marynel Garrett of Bartow; and niece, Tiffany Garrett of Bartow.

Memorials may be made to Victory Baptist Church.

Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Dr. J. Harold Harrison
Dr. J. Harold Harrison, 86, of Bartow entered into rest on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at his residence.

Dr. Harrison was born in Kite, served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and went on to become a pioneer in the field of cardiovascular surgery. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Dr. Harrison developed the nation’s first vascular training program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta in 1959. He was also instrumental in developing procedures that helped shape the vascular surgery specialty. Dr. Harrison preformed more than 7,000 operations on blocked neck arteries throughout his career and served as St. Joseph’s Chief of Surgery until retiring in 1999. During his career, Dr. Harrison was recognized with numerous awards. In 2007, the vascular unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital was named after him. Dr. Harrison attended the University of Georgia and was a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. He interned at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency training at Grady Hospital, Atlanta. Upon retirement, Dr. Harrison remained involved and donated both his time and money to the University of Georgia, Medical College of Georgia, The MCG Foundation and Alumni Association, of which he served as Past President of both.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Dr. Marty McLain presiding. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Wrightsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Geneva Harrison of Kite; sister, Jackie Harrison Bryan of Augusta; and brother, Hughel Harrison of Lawrenceville.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Sue W. Harrison of Bartow; sister, Mahalah Harrison (Wayne Bland) of Evans; stepdaughter, Stephanie McLain (Marty) of Douglasville; stepson, Scott Fitzgerald (Missy) of Evans; seven grandchildren, Virginia, Masey, Marty and Stephen McLain of Douglasville, and Sidney, Harrison and Phillip Fitzgerald of Evans; four nieces, Mary Robbins (Andy) of Evans, Dr. Jenny Burdette (David) of Augusta, Liza Kittle (Bill) of Martinez, and Emily King (Dan) of Evans; two nephews, Sam Harrison (Peggy) of Lawrenceville, and Mike Bryan of Augusta; sister-in-law, Leslie P. Harrison of Lawrenceville; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers were Mike Bryan, Will Kittle, Marty McLain, Keith Hall, Adam McNeely and Sam Harrison.

Honorary pallbearers were Hogarth Sandford, Dudley Gunn, Mutt Kennedy, Frank Griffen, Gaylen Richmond, Jim Osborne and Grover Cobb.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the (Medical College of Georgia) at Georgia Health Sciences University, 1120 15th St., Augusta, GA 30912, or The Kite First Baptist Church, PO Box 65, Kite, GA 31049.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Helen Joyce Joy Jones
Miss Helen Joyce Joy Jones, 33, of Matthews entered into rest on Friday, June 1, 2012, at Doctors Hospital.

Miss Jones was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Moriah UMC, where she taught Children Sunday School. She did cross-stitching and needlepoint, which she turned into a ministry by giving newborns cross-stitched bibs.

Funeral services were held at Mt. Moriah UMC on Monday, June 4, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Dr. Francis Ford and Rev. Ed Chance officiating. Interment followed in Ways Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert J. Jones Sr., Bessie Neal Fleming Jones and George H. Peebles.

Survivors include her parents, Dianne Peebles Jones and Jeff Jones Jr.; brother, Robert Jones (Erin); and maternal grandmother, Helen Reid Peebles.

Pallbearers were Rusty Arrington, Dalton Dowdy, Jeremy Gay, Josh Johnson, Samuel McGahee, Josh Otis, Michael Prescott and Tripp Rooks.

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.


Mr. Jimmie Roland Powell
Mr. Jimmie Roland Powell, 79, of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. Powell was born in Johnson County and had lived in Johnson and Jefferson counties all his life.

He was a retired farmer and a Methodist.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Nails Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Kirk Poole officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his brother, Jerry Powell of Wadley; two sisters, Asholyn Powell Lampp of Bartow, and Eleanor Powell Maxwell of Dallas, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James A. Powell, Walter M. Powell, Ryan Webb, John Paul Debruhl, Bryan Powell and Andrew Powell.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ernest Walter “Smitty” Smith
Mr. Ernest Walter “Smitty” Smith, 87, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Downtown Division of the CNVAMC.

Mr. Smith was born to the late Inez Mulligan Smith and the late Chester Franklin Smith Sr. in Liberty, S.C. He served in the Air Force during WWII, and then in the Army during the Korean War and Vietnam, and retiring after 28 years. He was honored by being listed on the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., along with his WWII activities and medals. Mr. Smith settled in Wrens in 1965 after meeting and marrying the late Helen Bush Smith. Since making the Uptown Division of CNVAMC his home, he became the care taker of the birds.

Graveside services, with full military honors, were held at Wrens Memorial Cemetery on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Willie Scoggins officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Bush Smith; and sister, Beatrice S. Player.

Survivors include his children, Rodney W. Smith (Pam), Peggy S. Cannon (Randy) of Milledgeville, and Cynthia E. Jones (Howard) of Walterboro, S.C.; three grandchildren, Jeff Smith (Shannon), Chase Smith and Will Cannon; two great-grandchildren, Ryan Jacob Smith and Anna Grace Smith; five brothers, Carl E. Smith (Betty) of Simena, Okla., J.B. Smith (Val) of Clayton, Billy Wayne Smith (Donna) of Elberton, Frank Smith (Lila) of Easley, S.C., and Donald E. Smith (Joann) of Liberty, S.C.; brother-in-law, John A. Bush Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Honorary memorials may be made to The Relay For Life, c/o Dianne Rhodes, 2771 Hwy 102, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ted G. Story
Mr. Ted G. Story, 76, of Thomson entered into rest on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

Mr. Story was a native of Glascock County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. He was a carpenter and general construction man. He was a Baptist by faith. He was a veteran.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria W. Story.

Survivors include his granddaughter, Tiffany Reese, Gibson; two grandsons, Wade Story and Joseph Story, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; great-granddaughter, Gracie Hutcheson, Gibson; great-grandson, Ashton Story, Jacksonville Fla.; three sisters, Margie Lowery, Warner Robins, Joan Porter, Jacksonville, Fla., and Maria Kent, Augusta; two brothers, Lagrand Story and Terry Story, both of Thomson; and several nieces and nephews.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie Lee Swiney
Mr. Willie Lee Swiney of Louisville entered into rest on May 24, 2012.

Mr. Swiney was born in Jefferson County in Louisville on April 13, 1942, to the late Virgil and Alice Boyd Swiney. Earlier in life, he became a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist church. He was a 1961 graduate of Jefferson County High School, served in the U.S. Army, was employed at Thermo King Corporation for several years and as a deputy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office under the administration of Zollie Compton. On May 6, 1966, he married Mary Randall, with whom he had four children.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at St. Paul Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Isaac Culberth and Rev. Vincent Miller assisting.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Swiney of Louisville; children, Chris D. Swiney of Atlanta, Gregg R. Swiney (Tamika) , Jermaine L. Swiney and Ingrid S. Swiney, all of Louisville; siblings, Jessie Swiney (Elaine) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Ella M. Brown of Brownstown, Mich.; grandsons, Gregg R. Swiney Jr. and Cameron Swiney of Louisville; uncle, Leotis Boyd of Louisville; godchildren, Ty’rell Gaynor, Ty’reuna Gaynor, Taraus Gaynor and Kadarius Williams; sisters-in-law, Julia Randall of Macon, and Rosa Brown of Davisboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Gary Battie, Keith Braswell, Floyd Battle, Randy Atkins, Ronnie Ponder Jr. and Xzavier Walden.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and the JCHS class of 1961.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Richard A. Valduga
Mr. Richard A. Valduga, 69, of Duluth entered into rest on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

Mr. Valduga was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a manufacturer’s representative for Cotton and Welsh.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012, at Duluth First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Valduga; sons, Andy Valduga of Duluth, Billy Valduga (Lisa) of Louisville, and Tony Valduga of Atlanta; brother, John Valduga of Toledo, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Jan Valduga of Cumming; grandchildren, John, Shelby and Drew; sisters-in-law, Lynne Dembski and Beth Fruchey, both of Sidney, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Duluth First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 699, Duluth, GA 30096.

Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. J.W. Wilkerson
Mr. J.W. Wilkerson, 67, of Gibson entered into rest on June 2, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Wilkerson was a lifelong resident of Glascock County, and was the son of the late Clinton Wilkerson and the late Mattie Bland Wilkerson. He was retired from Thomson Oak Flooring. Mr. Wilkerson was also a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating. Interment followed in the Walden’s Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene Wilkerson; sons, Johnny Wilkerson and Jerry Wilkerson, both of Warrenton, and Mark Chalker, Gibson; daughters, Kathy Wilkerson and Charlotte Wooden, both of Gibson; brother, Ernest Wilkerson, Thomson; sisters, Nealie Chalker, Gibson, Belva Reese, Martinez, and Frankie Benson, Norwood; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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