Obituaries
June 21, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Elise Brinkley Bostic
Mrs. Elise Brinkley Bostic of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, June 8, 2012, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Pineola Church of God, Wadley, with Elder Ronnie Harden officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel Bostic, Wadley; two daughters, Sharon B. (James) Flonnory, Bartow, and Tawnaska Bostic, Wadley; seven sisters, Shirley Ann Gibbons and Melvina Kemp, Wadley, Connie (Charles) Mack, Swainsboro, Tammie (Horace) Fulton, Japan, Harriett Brinkley, Thelma Horne and Maxine Manner, Philadelphia, Pa.; four brothers, Donald (Willie Mae) Brinkley and Derrick Brinkley, Wadley, Morris Kemp, Philadelphia, Pa., and Tommie Kemp, Swainsboro; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Betty Jean Daniel
Miss Betty Jean Daniel, 74, of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, June 1, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital after a brief illness.

Miss Daniel was born to the late G.T. and Blanche Means Daniel in Stevens County. She had been a resident of Glendale Nursing Home for the last 16 years. She was involved in activities at Glendale. She was crowned Miss Glendale 2012 in February. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Louisville.

Memorial services were held at Glendale Nursing Home on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 10 a.m., with Ray Garvin officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Thomas Daniel; stepmother, Emma Daniel; and stepbrother, Wes Mullings.

Survivors include two nieces, Renea Deloach and Lori Aubin; one great-nephew, William Deloach; two great-nieces, Sophie and Danielle Aubin; cousin, Donnie Barrett; and several other relatives and friends.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Denton
Mrs. Mary Denton, 89, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Burial will be in the Gibson Methodist Church Cemetery.

A native of Glascock County, Mrs. Denton was the daughter of the late Leon Lansing and Anna Swan Peebles Sr. She was a retired seamstress from Gibson Garment Company.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Oshinski of Gibson, Linda Wilson of Atlanta, and Sandra Sherry of Houston, Texas; son, Chris Denton; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Sheppard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Helen Laster Gray
Mrs. Helen Laster Gray, 74, of Gibson entered into rest on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at University Hospital.

A native and lifelong resident of Gibson, Mrs. Gray was born March 25, 1938, a daughter of the late Lewis and Esther Laster. She was a 1956 graduate of Glascock County High School. She dedicated her time to the Gibson Senior Center and nursing home where she ministered to many people. She was a lifelong member of Mill Creek Baptist Church and a member of the Women’s Missionary Union.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Mill Creek Baptist Church, with Dr. R. Clifton Drawdy and Rev. Janice Lester officiating. Burial followed in Gibson Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, William Thomas Gray.

Survivors include her son, Alex (Kimberly) Gray of Gibson; daughter, Debbie (David) Kitchens of Sandersville; sister, Judy (Wayne) McDonald; brother, Billy (Janice) Laster of Dublin; three grandchildren, Candace Kitchens, Gage Gray and Billy DeLoach; nieces, Regina Thomaston, Sharon LeFevre, Christin Thomaston and Erin Thomaston; nephew, Braxton LeFevre; and cousin, Horace Landrum.

Pallbearers were David Story, Thomas Story, Gilbert Story, Eddie Boyen, Hoyt Cole and Joe Dean Usry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Thomas O’Neal “Tit” Jones
Deacon Thomas O’Neal “Tit” Jones, 69, of Keysville entered into rest on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Brown Grove Baptist Church, Blythe, with Rev. C. Dishmond Jr., Rev. J. McCullough III presiding and Rev. Stephen B. Ivey as eulogist. Interment was in Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery, Matthews.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Thomas Jones, Keysville; five children, CSM James (Edoris) Thomas, Taegu, Korea, Bernice (Gary) Jordan, Pamela (Kevin) Moore, all of Hephzibah, Lisa Jones, Statesboro, and Jennifer (Jonathan) Richardson, Brunswick; mother, Mary Lue Jones, Keysville; sister, Fannie (Richard Jr.) Berry, Wrens; four brothers, Rev. Dr. Willie L. ( Christine) Jones Sr., Wrens, Leonard (Helen) Jones, Savannah, John (Crystal) Jones, Gastonia, N.C., and Bobby (Marcella) Jones, Statesboro; uncle, William “Sapp” Walker, Louisville; mother-in-law, Geneva Thomas, Matthews; seven grandchildren, Destiny Thomas, Jenquetta Jones, Kianna Thomas, Jazmine Richardson, Daeundra Jordan, Christian Moore, Jonathan Richardson Jr.; sisters-in-law, Brenda Jones, Barbara Jean Jones, Patricia Jones, Willie Eva Thomas, Marilyn Gray, Nancy Thomas, Torra Thomas, Janice Wright, Deborah Wright, Jazmine Thomas; brothers-in-law, Leo Whitfield, Smith Dawson, Henry Thomas, Dennis Thomas, Troy Thomas, Roosevelt Wright, Scottie Wright, Larry Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Russell Lawless
Mr. Russell Lawless of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation, Gibson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Lawless was born Jan. 22, 1951, in Vallejo, Mare Island, Calif., to Edward William and Mildred Carter Lawless. He was pianist and diesel engine technician.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Roger M. Lawless; and stepdaughter, Tamara Crouch.

Survivors include his sisters, M. Annette Harrison and Cheryl Munn (Brian); brother, Marc Lawless; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s charity of choice.

Rowland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Susie Louise “Sis” Hinkins Mann Robinson
Mrs. Susie Louise “Sis” Hinkins Mann Robinson, 81, of Jacksonville, Fla., entered into rest on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at her residence after brief illness.

Mrs. Robinson was a native of Wadley, Jefferson County, where she was born to the parentage of the late Deacon John Louis Hinkins and Charlotte A. McKennie Hinkins. She became a Christian at an early age and joined the First Baptist Church, Wadley, where she was a soloist and member of the church choir. After relocating to Jacksonville, Fla., area, she united with Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and later joined Bridegroom Apostolic Church, where she attended until her health failed. Mrs. Robinson was educated in the Jefferson County School System and was a 1948 graduate of Jefferson County High School. She later attended Savannah State College, Savannah. She was a former beautician and seamstress.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Zarapheth Tabernacle, Jacksonville, Fla. Burial was in the National Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie; parents, John and Charlotte; son, Charles “Chuckie” Hinkins; and a sister, Mattie.

Survivors include her daughters, Patricia (Isaac Jr.) Mountain and Alicia C. Hinkins, all of Wadley, Janice (Michael) Simpson, Angie (Eric) Dancy, Karen (George) Kelly and Stephanie Mann, all of Jacksonville, Tracey (Cedric) Taylor of Macon, and Elizabeth (Kareem) Woods of Lawrenceville; sons, Minister Rolland Hinkins of Atlanta, Michael (Sebrina) Mann of Savannah, Ulysses (Regina) Mann of Killeen, Texas, and Kenneth Mann of Jacksonville, Fla.; granddaughter reared as her own, Bri-an Mann of Jacksonville, Fla.; two reared in the home as daughters, Deborah Jefferson and Lisa Nath, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Odelia (Rev. Herman) Baker of Wadley; two brothers, Deacon Samuel R. Hinkins of Wadley, and Deacon Edward (Angerene) Williams of Jacksonville, Fla.; two uncles, Deacon Thomas E. (Julia) McKennie of Wadley, and Deacon George (Alice) McKennie of Savannah; aunts, Joyce McKennie of South Fallsburg, N.Y., and Jessie McKennie of Savannah; 58 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harry Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss R. Mildred Shipley
Miss R. Mildred Shipley of Gibson entered into rest on May 31, 2012, in Gibson.

Miss Shipley, a native of Hephzibah, was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church.

Memorial services were held on Monday, June 18, 2012, at 3 p.m. at McNeill Funeral Home, with Dr. Wade Houston officiating.

Survivors include five sons, Robert F. Shipley Jr., J.T. Shipley, J.F. Shipley, Mike Shipley and Donald Shipley, Augusta; brother, L.D. Funderburg (Betty) Gibson; sister, Helen Yarbrough (Thomas), Augusta; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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


Mr. Willie J. Smith II
Funeral services for Mr. Willie J. Smith II of Stapleton were held on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Burnett Funeral Home, with Rev. Dr. James A. Hogan Sr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to May Boatwright.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lisa Smith Turner
Mrs. Lisa Smith Turner, 49, of Thomson entered into rest on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.

Mrs. Turner was a native of Augusta, but lived in Thomson for many years. She worked as a caregiver in the home healthcare industry. She was a member of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Ministries at Purvis Schoolhouse.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Gibson Church of God, with Freddie Turner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Janet Burkett.

Survivors include her three daughters, Amy (Rodney) Dunn, Washington, Patricia (Craig) Smith and Dana (Henry) Smith, both of Thomson; brothers, William (Angie) Stephens, Rex Stephens, Chris (Mickey) Clay, Chucky (Pam) Clay and Lee Clay; 10 grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Enrico Palmer, Rodney Craig, Craig Moore, Rick Miles, Jamie Beckworth and Bobby Akers.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements

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