Obituaries
August 16, 2012, 2012 Issue

Mr. David Blanchard
Mr. David Blanchard, 53, of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

Mr. Blanchard was a native of Martinez, having made Wadley his home for the past 16 years. He was a carpenter by trade.

Memorial Services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Posey Funeral Chapel, with Chaplain Dexter Lambert officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Patricia Hopkins Blanchard; daughter, Danielle Marie Blanchard, Wadley; mother, Erika Blanchard, Martinez; two brothers, Tom Blanchard (Carol), Martin, Tenn., and Bruce Blanchard, Fernandina Beach, Fla.; sister, Esther (Billy) Griffin, North Augusta, S.C.; father-in-law, William Hopkins, Wadley.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Johnny Russell Canady Sr.
Mr. Johnny Russell Cannady Sr., 79, of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at Taylor Funeral Home.

A native of Metter, Mr. Cannady was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow W. Cannady. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired truck driver with Star Trucking, and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Woodrow Michael Cannady.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Nell Salter Cannady of Wadley; sons, Johnny Russell (Rusty) Cannady Jr. of Wadley, and William E. Blizzard (Carlene) of Chicago, Ill.; daughter, Robin C. Clark (Mark) of Sandersville; sisters, Julia (Paulette) Wagstaff of Warner Robins, and Sandra Kay Hunicutt of Macon; brother, William “Billy” Cannady (Faye) of Eatonton; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The Cannady family will be at the residence, 456 Ash Street, Wadley, and will receive friends immediately following the service.

Family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30909.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances S. Clark
Mrs. Frances S. Clark of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in Augusta.

Mrs. Clark was born Sept. 17, 1911, in Louisville, and was the daughter of William Richard and Marguerite Fryer Sinquefield. She was a lifelong resident of Louisville until she moved to Brandon Wilde in Augusta in 1996. She attended the schools of Jefferson County and graduated in 1932 from Shorter College, Rome. After college she taught school prior to her marriage when she returned to Louisville and became a homemaker. She was a member of the Louisville United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was a member of several church organizations.

Funeral services were at Louisville United Methodist Church on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Rev. David Hibberts officiating assisted by Dwain Little. Interment was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, William Little Clark of Louisville; daughter, Jane Clark Mitchell; two grandchildren, Jane Marian Clark and John Chester Mitchell Jr.; and two sisters, Anita Sinquefield English and Marguerite Sinquefield Tarrant.

Survivors include her son, Dr. William Little Clark Jr. (Marian); grandchildren, Marian Hamilton Mitchell (Emily Jennifer Vaias), and Rebecca Clark Rice (Robert Williams Rice Jr.); four great-grandchildren, John Chester Mitchell III, William Clark Mitchell, Robert Williams Rice III and Carter Elizabeth Rice; and two step-grandchildren, Kayden Belle Austin-Vaias and Kylie Theresa Austin-Vaias.

Pallbearers were Denny Clark, Lee Clark, Sam Clark, William Easterlin, John Murphy, Robert Williams Rice Jr. and Laurence Smith.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Louisville United Methodist Church, 301 West 7th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Moses “Clay” Dudley
Mr. Moses “Clay” Dudley of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Dudley was born Nov. 5, 1947, to the parentage of the late Joe B. Dudley Sr. and Elouise Washington Dudley in Jefferson County. Mr. Dudley was a native of Jefferson County and lived here all of his life. He attended Jefferson County School System and was employed at Ronnie Hodges Logging Company as a logger for many years. He was a member of the Adams Chapel Church of God, Louisville.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Adams Church of God in Christ. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant CME Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two siblings, Lola B. “Cunnie” Dudley and Joe Dudley Jr.

Survivors include friend, Bernice Walden of Louisville; sisters, Betty (Freddie) Jones of Norfolk, Conn., Mary Wynn, Elaine (Rev. Eugene) Walden, both of Louisville; brother, Robert Lee (Lillie Rose) Brown of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon William Blake Freeman
Deacon William Blake Freeman, 74, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at noon at Pierce Grove Baptist Church, Bartow. Visitation is expected to be held on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, 605 Second Street, Louisville.

Freeman was born on Feb. 10, 1938, in Atlanta to the parentage of the late Cora Bell Render Freeman and Hosea Freeman. He was educated in the Atlanta Public School System and graduated from Morehouse College with a B.S. degree in mathematics and a minor in physics. He did further studies at Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University and Pennsylvania State. Freeman work in Fulton, Greene, Burke and Jefferson counties for more than 45 years. He was a teacher, coach, school administrator and mentor. He took a brief hiatus from education and worked at Thermo King Corporation for a short time. He received accolades as teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator, including Star Teacher, Teacher of the Year, Coach of the Year several times, Distinguished Service Award, March of Dimes Certificate of Appreciation, Outstanding Booster Club Member, Optimist Club Appreciation and South All-State All-Star Award. He joined Reed Street/Paradise Baptist Church, Atlanta, Walden Grove Methodist Church, Louisville, and later, Pierce Grove Baptist Church, where he served in various positions, including assistant chairman of the Deacon Board, secretary of the Deacon Board, Sunday school teacher, Bible study teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher. He married the former Winnie Brown Freeman in 1968. To this union, a daughter, Tau-Wanda Patrice Freeman, was born. On May 16, 1982, he married the former Glenda Flournoy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Lucille Shropshire, Bernice Arnold, Charles R. Freeman, Mamie Lee Freeman and Frank Freeman; his first wife, Winnie Brown Freeman; and his in-laws, Willie Lee and Elizabeth Hall Flournoy.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Flournoy Freeman; daughter, Tau-Wanda Patrice Freeman; granddaughter, Winnie Patrice Freeman; children, Jennifer Freeman, Jeffery Freeman and Derrick Patterson; adopted grandson, Charles Moore Jr.; godson, Omar Bennett; sisters, Ozzie B. Quarterman and Johnnie M. Hairston; niece reared as a sister, Miriam Cost; sisters-in-law, Luella Styles, Willie M. Morris, Elaine Flournoy, Carolyn L. Flournoy and Sharon F. Moore; brothers-in-law, Clarence C. (Beaulah) Brown, Harvey (Zelma) Flournoy, Ronnie Flournoy, Johnnie Flournoy and Gregory (Karen) Flournoy; aunts, Ezra Flournoy, Maggie Knowles and Annie B. Hall; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mahalah Jane “Aunt Halah” Harrison
Miss Mahalah Jane “Aunt Halah” Harrison, 74, of Evans, formerly of Athens, entered into rest at her residence on Aug. 11, 2012, surrounded by her family.

Miss Harrison was born in Kite on Aug. 10, 1938. She received a bachelor of science degree in home economics from the University of Georgia and a masters of science in home economics from the University of Tennessee, with a major in child development. She belonged to Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She was a Master Gardener. She belonged to the Dixieland Heisey Study Club, Heisey Collectors of America, CSRA Hydrangea Society and Athens Historical Preservation group. She worked with the Florida Extension Service and was active with 4-H. At Florida State University she worked as a teacher for the preschool program. She did licensing for day care programs for the state of Georgia. She was a coordinator of a preschool handicapped program for several counties in northeast Georgia, writing the grant proposal for the project. She was associated with Action Inc. She headed the nutrition program for various Head Start programs in northeast Georgia. Miss Harrison was associated with Hope Haven Inc., Athens.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at 1 p.m. at The Church of the Good Shepherd, with Rev. Dr. J. Andrew Menger officiating. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Durden-Hudson Funeral Home, Swainsboro. Burial followed at Westview Cemetery, Wrightsville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Wheeler and Frances Geneva Harrison of Kite; brother, Gresham Hughel Harrison of Lawrenceville; brother, Dr. James Harold Harrison of Bartow; and sister, Jacqueline “Jackie” Harrison Bryan of Augusta.

Survivors include friend, Wayne Bland of Evans; five nieces, Mary Bryan Robbins (Andy) of Evans, Elizabeth “Liza” B. Kittle (Bill) of Martinez, Dr. Jennifer R. Burdette (David) of Augusta, Emily B. King (Dan) of Evans, and Stephanie McLain (Marty) of Douglasville; three nephews, James Michael (Mike) Bryan of Augusta, Sam Harrison (Peggy) of Lawrenceville, and Scott Fitzgerald (Missy) of Evans; sisters-in-law, Leslie P. Harrison of Lawrenceville, and Sue W. Harrison of Bartow; great-nieces and great-nephews, Jacqueline Regan Tucker (Henry), Shannon Regan, Amanda Burdette, Matthew Burdette, Caroline Kittle, Will Kittle, Frances Kittle, Julia Kittle, Olivia King, Charlie King, Emma Grace King and Pete (Kate) Harrison; traveling companions, Mary Lou, Marie and Rosalee; and pet, Polly.

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


Mrs. Carolyn Thomas Helton
Mrs. Carolyn Thomas Helton, 89, of Sandersville entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Helton was born in Jefferson County the daughter of the late Clarence Williams Thomas and the late Mae Belle Moxley Thomas. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of the Sandersville United Methodist Church, where she served her church in numerous leadership roles. She was a member of the Adult Fellowship Sunday School Class, the United Methodist Women and the Mamie Tarbutton Circle. Mrs. Helton was also a member of the Transylvania Club and a bridge player with the Thursday Bridge Club.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the Brownwood Cemetery, Sandersville, with Elder Kenneth Brantley officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Lamar Helton Jr.; grandson, Chris Helton; and son-in-law, Darryl Harris.

Survivors include her children, Bernard L. (Linda) Helton III and William Thomas “Tom” (Angela) Helton, all of Warthen, and Anne H. Harris of Deepstep; grandchildren, Billy (Natasha) Helton, Alan (Cynthia) Helton, all of Warthen, Lamar (Leah) Helton of Sandersville, Lacey H. (Jay) Shepherd of Dublin, David Tanner of Deepstep, Daniel (Cassidy) Harris of Evans, Dalton Harris, Damon Harris, both of Deepstep; and great-grandchildren, Chris Helton, Will Helton, Ben Helton, Andrew Helton, Jacob Helton, A.J. Shepherd and Hattie Grace Shepherd; and several nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to the Sandersville United Methodist Church Foundation, P.O. Box 611, or to Brentwood School, P.O. Box 955, both in Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruth Murphy
Mrs. Ruth Murphy of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.

Mrs. Murphy was a lifelong resident of Augusta, where she had worked at J.B. White’s for more than 30 years. She was a charter member of Whispering Pines Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Platt’s Funeral Home, with Rev. David Strickland and Rev. Albert Stroup officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Hazel Wallace Langdon; husband, Nesbit C. Murphy Sr.; brother, J.T. Langdon; stepson, Nesbit C. Murphy Jr.; and sisters, Evelyn Cumbee and Anne Mills.

Survivors include three sons, Richard Murphy (Linda) of Thomson, Michael Murphy (Dale) of Lincolnton, and Jerry Murphy of Augusta; daughter, Martha M. Beckum (Larry) of Wrens; stepdaughter, Catherine M. Easter (Benny) of North Augusta, S.C.; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a few great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bobby Mills, Brian Cowart, Carter Murphy, Linton Beckum and Adam Ducey.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1899 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. June Pennington Newsome
Mrs. June Pennington Newsome of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Newsome was born in Williston, S.C., to the late Richard and Estelle Wall Pennington. She retired from Gracewood State School and Hospital. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and the LeCompt Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Pastor Larry Harmon officiating. Interment was held at noon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Avera.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Roy Pennington; and a sister, Vivian Bradbury.

Survivors include her husband, Lamar E. Newsome; daughters, Connie Crawley (David) of Leesville, S.C., and Janice Leggett (Eddy) of Evans; brothers, Rudolph Pennington of Williston, S.C., and Melvin Pennington of Windsor, S.C.; sister, Mildred Huffman of Aiken, S.C.; grandchildren, Sherry C. Schnackenberg (Robert) and Aaron Leggett (Wendy); great-grandchildren, Grant Taylor and Jackson Leggett.

Pallbearers were Mike Brannon, Aaron Leggett, Robert Schnackenberg, Tony Newsome and Billy Pennington.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Lee “Little Leg” Oliphant
Mr. Robert Lee “Little Leg” Oliphant of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough III officiating and Rev. Thomas Berry as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three sisters, Freddie Mae Reed of Mitchellville, Md., Carrie Curtis and Belinda Majors of Killeen, Texas; three brothers, Jonas Oliphant and Bobby Oliphant, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Herman Oliphant of Wrens; aunt, Gertrude Oliphant Nelson of Augusta; cousin, Mattie Bell Rowe of Wrens.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Thelma Lee Schultz
Mrs. Thelma Lee Schultz, 74, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at her residence.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Mill Creek Baptist Church, with Dr. Clifton Drawdy officiating.

Mrs. Schultz was born in Commerce, and was the daughter of the late Major Tucker and the late Lillian May Gragg Tucker. She was retired as a customer service representative with Equifax. Mrs. Schultz was a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, Jeff Worthy (Kathy) of Kennesaw; daughters, D’Ann Simpson (Kevin) of Gibson, Donna Driskill (David) of Dallas; brothers, Charles Tucker (Mae) of Gibson, Dwight Tucker (Paulette) of Wrens; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.

Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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