Obituaries
June 28, 2012 Issue

Master Brando Bacilio Cervantes
Master Brando Bacilio Cervantes, 9, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, with Father Patrick Otor serving as celebrant. Burial will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Paso Carrillo Municipio Cemetery, DeOmealca, Mexico.

A native of Lancaster, S.C., he was a third grader at Louisville Academy and attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Louisville.

Survivors include his mother, Delfina Cervates Diaz; father, Bacilio Avalos Palacios of Louisville; and many other family members in Mexico.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Taylor Funeral Home, 401 West 8th Street, Louisville, GA 30434 to help with expenses.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Harmon Davis
Mr. Charles Harmon Davis, 82, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Davis was one of 11 children born to the late Nannie Reid Davis and the late Harmon Buddy Davis in Lincoln County. He was a member of Wrens Baptist Church and the Walter Jacobson Sunday School class. He was a former member of Stonewall Lodge No. 98 and Alee Temple. Charles was a retired plumber pipe fitter and a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No. 150 for 50 years. He was a member of the Wrens Wranglers Square Dance Club.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. James M. Ford officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Lonnie Davis, Tommy Davis, Barnard Davis, Emma Lou Lawton and Kate Rich.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Rogers Davis; three children, Wayne Davis Sr. (Rea), James Franklin Davis (Freida) and Eillen D. Cranford (Billy); two brothers, Alvin Davis (Carolyn) and Dorsey Davis (Shirley); three sisters, Cynthia D. Bayaze (Steve), Bea D. Huff and Mamie D. Oldham; six grandchildren, Wayne Davis Jr. (Leigh), Brandon Davis (Nadine), Joe Davis (Christy), Christopher Davis (Allison), Becky Cranford (Nathan) and Nikki Eggers (Jason); 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a friend, Gene Prescott.

Pallbearers were Brandon Davis Sr., Joe Davis, Wayne Davis Jr., Tony Kelley, Larry Lariscy and Nathan Watts.

Honorary pallbearers were the Walter Jacobson Sunday School Class.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wrens Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 217, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia “Sister” “Shorty” Kelley Gray
Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia “Sister” “Shorty” Kelley Gray, 87, of Bartow were held on Monday, June 25, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Church, Wrens, with Rev. Carlos Young as eulogist and Rev. Minnie Pitts presiding. Inhumation was in Sugarhill Cemetery, Wrens.

Mrs. Gray was born on Sept. 1, 1924, to Corrine Jackson Huff and Willie Albert Huff, and was named Amanda Virginia Huff. She worked at Siemens Stromberg-Carlson, Rochester, N.Y., for more than 35 years. She also worked with the Montgomery Southwest Senior Centers at Memorial AME Zion Church for 13 years, Upward Bound Program, Y-Teen at YWCA and Boy Scouts of America. Mrs. Gray was a member of Memorial AME Zion, where she served on the Stewardess Board and Deaconess Board. She later joined Wrens Chapel AME Church, when she moved back home to Wrens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence Kelley; sister, Sally Smith; and son, Clarence Donnie Kelley.

Survivors include her daughters, Bebe (Lee) Shellman, Bartow, Polly Rucker, Patsy (Charlie) Burton, Augusta, and Jacquelyn (Wesley) Alston, Nashville, N.C.; son, Hayward (Keiko) Kelley, Tacoma, Wash.; grandson she reared as her own, Dujuan Kelley, New York, N.Y.; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Kelley, Rochester, N.Y.; granddaughter, Shenna (Gil) Jones, Savannah; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and friends, Walterine Richardson, Rochester, N.Y., and Sylester Heggs, Wadley.

Pallbearers were friends and family.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Mr. Steve Holmes
Mr. Steve Holmes of Bartow entered into rest on Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Salter Grove Baptist Church, Bartow, with Pastor Walter Holmes officiating. Burial was in Blounts Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Tarver Holmes; five daughters, Mattie (Robert) Gibbons, Betty (Willie) Davis, Carolyn Davis and Brenda Holmes (Johnny Mack), all of Bartow, and Helen Miles of Florida; one son, Steve Holmes Jr., Augusta; two sisters, Diane Johnson, Gary, Ind., and Lula Woods, Brooklyn, N.Y.; daughter-in-law, Emma Holmes, Jacksonville, Fla.; mother-in-law, Ella Mae Washington, Bartow; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were his grandsons.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ernest Lowery
Mr. Ernest Lowery of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Lowery, a native of Avera, was a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church, Avera, and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was formerly employed at Lily Tulip Company (Sweetheart) and as a truck and bus driver for many years until he retired.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Spring Grove Baptist Church, Hephzibah, with Rev. Howard Harden officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mattie Lowery; three sons, Earnest (Enid) Lowery, Clayton Lowery, Samuel (Kathy) Lowery, all of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one brother, Thomas (Maedella) Lowery, Augusta; three sisters, Dorothy (Prince) Burley, Augusta, Frances Cartwright, Connecticut, and Virginia Davis, Atlanta; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Henry (Carolyn) Travis, Hephzibah, and Pat Wyman, Philadelphia, Pa.; five sisters-in-law, Rebecca Blocker and Bonnie Travis, both of Augusta, Lucile (Alphonso) Brown and Ruth Travis, all of Atlanta, and Alberta Marshall, Philadelphia, Pa.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Sammie L. Morgan Jr.
Mr. Sammie L. Morgan Jr. of Dunn, N.C., entered into rest on June 19, 2012.

Mr. Morgan was born in Fulton County on Aug. 17, 1977, to Sammie L. and Shellie Johnson Morgan Jr. He was a 1997 graduate of Lithonia High School, and a was a member of True Disciples of Christ of Deliverance, Erwin, N.C.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. at John and Alavan Garrer Memorial Chapel, Louisville, with Rev. Paul Benton officiating.

Survivors include his parents, Sammie L. Morgan Sr. and Shellie Johnson Morgan of Lithonia; brother, Doug Johnson of Atlanta; sister, Erica Tennyson Green (Greg) of Atlanta; aunts and uncles, Mary Brinson (Jimmy) and Emma Lue Norris (Jake) of Tennille, David Morgan (Cora) of Washington, Va., Robert Walden (Felicia) of Wadley, Betsy Philbert and Annette Outlet (Sammie) of Louisville, Annie Curry of New York, N.Y., and Annette Johnson of Lawrenceville; and a host of great-uncles, great-aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Robert Walden, Christopher Jackson, Franklin Philbert, James Thompson, Kenneth Thompson and Jemol Benton.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Johnathan Oliphant
Mr. Jonathan Oliphant of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, June 17, 2012.

Mr. Oliphant was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System. He attended Job Core and received a certificate in culinary arts.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Cecil Dunlap and Rev. Darryl Burns officiating.

Survivors include his fiancé, Linda Thomas of Stapleton; daughters, Nicole Young of Wrens, and Jasmine Oliphant of Stapleton; brothers, Calvin Thomas of Lake Park, and Emanuel Oliphant of Stapleton; sisters, Roberta Oliphant and Marilyn Oliphant of Wrens; grandchildren, Ja’marion Thomas and Jamall Nelson of Wrens; uncles, Tommie (Ann) Thomas, Bobby Joe Thomas of Bronx, N.Y., Buster Thomas of Houston, Texas, and Noel Thomas; aunts, Alice Thomas, Sandra Messam and Flora Bell Baker of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; great-aunts, Clara Higdeon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; godchildren, Brandi Avery and LaRay Avery of Wrens; godsister, Sheryl Oliphant of Stapleton; godbrother, Rev. Darryl Burns; nieces and nephews, Carla (Cameron) Williams, Kelley (Johnny) Saxon and Justin Legett of Valdosta, Felicia Drayton and Eric L. Oliphant of Villa Rica, Camille Williams, Sharrad Drayton and Reginald Washington of Wrens, Emanuel Oliphant Jr. and Daron Drayton Sr. of Stapleton; and cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were James Oliphant, Elbert Thomas, Emanuel Oliphant, Lewis Hudson, Eric Thomas and Tommy Lane.

Honorary pallbearers were officials of Hardeman.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jimmy Michael Paul
Mr. Jimmy Michael Paul, 50, of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, June 18, 2012, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Paul lived most of his life in Richmond and Jefferson counties. Before he became disabled, he was a truck driver for Swint Transport.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. James Joiner officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his father, Durham Paul.

Survivors include his mother, Sara F. Wooten; three brothers, Donald E. Paul, Wayne T. Paul (Vicki) and Roger H. Phillips; his canine friend, Peanut; an aunt and uncle; and many cousins.

Pallbearers were Doug Burroughs, Buddy Farmer, Patrick Goddard, James Moses, Ronnie Phillips and Billy Torres.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Daisy Lewis Boatright Smith
Mrs. Daisy Lewis Boatwright Smith, 99, entered into rest on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville, she was just six months shy of her 100th birthday.

Mrs. Smith was born on Christmas Day in 1912 in Waynesboro to the late Joe Lewis and Ida Carpenter. She met and married Cuppy Boatwright at an early age and to this union four children were born and she became the stepmother to Rosa Mae Bynes. Later in life she married Ruben Smith. She joined Spring Bethel AME Church, where she served in many capacities until her health began to fail. She was a member of the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Spring Bethel AME Church, Louisville, with Rev. James Jenkins presiding and Rev Floyd Brooks as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Otis “Bish” Boatwright and Roosevelt “Bo” Boatwright; and stepdaughter, Rosa M. Bynes.

Survivors include her son, Lenzy Boatwright of Wrens; daughter, Ida M. Brooks of Louisville; granddaughter whom she reared as her own, Betty Ann Boatwright, Wrens; six grandchildren, Linda Streetman, Hephzibah, Virginia Brooks, Ida Battle, Dearestine Usry, Floyd Brook and Cheryl (Lamar) Brown, all of Louisville; 14 great-grandchildren; 32 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Annie Laura “Ann” Thompson
Miss Annie Laura “Ann” Thompson, 89, of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Keysville Nursing Home.

Miss Thompson, daughter of the late William Lewis and Rebecca Poole Kitchens, was born in Glascock County. She was a homemaker and devoted mother. She was a member of The Hill Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 22, 2012, at 3 p.m. at The Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Ron Jones and Dr. James Ford officiating. Entombment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Survivors include her son, Ricky R. Thompson of Hephzibah; niece, Vickie Harrell Clark (Jack) of Hephzibah; great-nephew, Harrell Clark of Hephzibah; great-niece, Caroline Clark of Columbia, S.C.; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Mason Roberts, Wilson Folk, Vernon Hargrove, Herb Moxley, Carl Bethune and James Mills.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Ruth Sunday School Class.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to The Hill Baptist Church, 2165 Kings Way, Augusta, GA 30904.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Henry “Skinner” Tolbert
Mr. James Henry “Skinner” Tolbert, 83, entered into rest on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Hertiage Unicare of Old Capital, Louisville.

Mr. Tolbert was a native of Vidette, and lived in Jefferson County most of his life.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include his children, Sherry Page and Terry Lynch Sr., both of Louisville, Diane Jackson, James H. Tolbert, Bell Gamble, Clarence H. Tolbert, Willie Tolbert, Eula Robinson and Joann Tolbert, all of Florida; one grandson reared as his own, Greg Coursey, Waynesboro; siblings, Eula Mae Mack and Annie Jean Atkins, both of Louisville, Richard “Jack” Tolbert, Salisbury, Md., Irene Jones of Chicago, Ill., Ada McGee of Vidette, Richard D. Wesley and Warner Tolbert Jr., both of Waynesboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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