Obituaries
August 23, 2012, 2012 Issue

Mr. David Blanchard
Mr. David Blanchard, 53, of Wadley entered into rest on 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; a 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.; and father-in-law, William Hopkins, Wadley.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ray Thomas Black Sr.
Mr. Ray Thomas Black Sr., 59, of Wadley entered into rest unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Black was born in Wadley and had lived here all his life. He was a certified appliance technician and a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church, with Rev. Pat Holbert and Rev. Morris Brantley officiating. Interment was in Wadley City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Lee and Ruthie Black; and a son, Ray Thomas Black Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Janice Black of Wadley; son, Charles C. Brown (Andrea) of Swainsboro; two brothers, Ernest Black (Ellen) of Wadley, and Robert Black (Gloria) of Wadley; two sisters, Jessie Williams (Gene) of Wadley and Reba Fortner (R.E.) of Wadley; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Rodney Mays, John Cox, Gordon Mays Jr., William Richards, Kenny Watkins and Denny Livesay.

Memorials may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church Building Fund, in care of Jessie Williams, P.O. Box 503 Wadley, GA 30477.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas E.W. Watson Chalker
Mr. Thomas E.W. Watson Chalker, 89, of Grovetown entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

Mr. Chalker, son of the late Aytch and Dillie Peoples Chalker, was born in Glascock County. He served in the United States Army in both World War II and the Korean conflict, where he received several decorations, including a Purple Heart. He worked with the Civil Service for 20 years and retired as a telephone installer. Mr. Chalker was a Baptist.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Dr. Michael Davenport officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Inez Clark Chalker.

Survivors include his daughter, Christine Dent of Augusta; brothers, Joe (Corine) Chalker and Talmadge (Mary) Chalker, all of Gibson; sister-in-law, Peggy Ann Chalker of Wrens; grandchildren, Terral Dent, Lorie Ash and Tonia Story; and great-grandchildren, Derek Dent, Clay Dent, Amber Dent and Tyler Dent.

Pallbearers were Terral Dent, Clay Dent, Steve Ash, Derek Dent, Tyler Dent and Troy Hadden.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Plexie Phillips Culbreth
Mrs. Plexie Phillips Culbreth, 94, of Martinez entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012.

Mrs. Culbreth was born in Glascock County and resided in Martinez, she lived in the Augusta area most of her life. She was a member of Advent Christian Church. Mrs. Culbreth was a retired sales clerk from J.B. White. She was a graduate of Wrens High School.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Dearing United Methodist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.R. Culbreth; and son, Walter J. Culbreth.

Survivors include her son, Roy P. Culbreth (Susie) of Martinez; four grandchildren, Patricia Wilson, Trampus Walker, Troy Walker and Kristin Meyers; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Frances Chambers of Sandersville.

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


Miss Gloria Dorine Gibbons
Miss Gloria Dorine Gibbons, 54, of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center, Augusta.

Miss Gibbons was a native of Jefferson County, a 1976 graduate of Louisville High School and a 1981 graduate of Paine College with a bachelors degree in business management. At an early age she joined Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and remained a member until she relocated to Augusta to attend school. At that time she joined Good Shepard Baptist Church. After graduation, Miss Gibbons worked on several jobs including Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, City of Augusta Tax Controllers Office, Boral Bricks and was presently employed at Richmond/Burke Job Training Authority as a career advisor. She was a member of the Eta Theta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the Good Shepard Baptist Church, Augusta. Interment was held at the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville.

Survivors include her sisters, Bernice (Harvey) McCall and Julia Gibbons, all of Augusta, Eva Gibbons of Louisville, Fannie Calhoun of Bronx, N.Y., and Daisy Thompson of Newark, N.J.; brothers, George (Mary) Gibbons of Louisville, and Joseph (Ruby) Grant of Augusta; two nephews that she reared as her own, Kinte Grant and Patrick Gibbons; nieces, Patricia Thompson, Juanita Deaney, Lashandra McCall, Rita Thompson, Sierra Delaney, Jasmine Gibbons, Darrelle Grant and Cynthia Heggs; nephews, Abe Gibbons, Charlie Gibbons, Richard Thompson, Ronnie Thompson, Darrell Thompson, Joseph Grant, Terrance Gibbons, Devante Gibbons and Nathan Garber; aunts and uncles, Carrie Ada Berrien, Viola Gibbons, Audrey Hodges, Pete Heggs, Rev. Asa Heggs and Robert Bryant; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Jessie Jame Jordan
Mr. Jessie James Jordan, 61, of Augusta entered into rest on Aug. 6, 2012.

Mr. Jordan was born on July 13, 1951, in Wrens.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 15, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at C.A. Reid Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Jordan; and five children.

C.A. Reid Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Louise Bales McNeal
Mrs. Louise Bales McNeal, 81, of Gibson entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at her residence.

A native of Mitchell, Mrs. McNeal was a daughter of the late William Eli and Anna Judson Avera Bales. She worked many years in the textile industry at Gibson Garment and then Thomson Company and was a member of Mitchell Full Gospel Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at Mitchell Full Gospel Church, with Rev. Jacky Downs and Rev. Cliff Kirkland officiating. Burial followed in Mitchell Full Gospel Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Stella Bales and Ethel Wood; brothers, Frank Bales, Roger Bales, Ralph Bales and Paul Bales; and two sons-in-law, James Markins and James Moore.

Survivors include her daughters, Carol Markins, Brenda Moore and Anita (Bob) Foster, all of Gibson; brother, Bill and Margie Bales of Thomson; five grandchildren, Lesley Markins McGraw, Jason Markins, Josh Daniel, Courtney Georgia and Blake Moore; two great-grandchildren, Katelyn Washington and Eli Carroll; several nieces and nephews; and dog, Sparkie.

Pallbearers were Jason Markins, Josh Daniel, Blake Moore, Chris Georgia, Kyle Downs and Charles McGraw.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Calvin Raley
Mr. Calvin Raley, 76, of Vidette entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Raley was a lifelong resident of Vidette and was a graduate of Louisville High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Raley retired from Gold Kist Grain Elevator, Waynesboro. He was a lifelong member of the Vidette United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at Vidette United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dr. Emmitt Tip Carroll and Rev. David Boggs officiating. Interment followed at Rose Dhu Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Louise Raley; and brother, Rodney Raley.

Survivors include two siblings, Dale R. Tinley (Henry) of Waynesboro, and Jimmy Raley (Betty) of Martinez; two nephews, David and Rod Raley, both of Vidette; sister-in-law, Louise Raley of Vidette; and other family and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Rose Dhu Cemetery Fund, c/o Rosemary Baughman, 7166 Hwy 24 West, Louisville, GA 30434.

DeLoach–McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. J.W. Rhodes
Mr. J.W. Rhodes Sr., 87, of Tennille entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Heritage Inn Nursing Home, Sandersville.

Mr. Rhodes was born in Jefferson County, the son of the late Edgar Lee Rhodes and the late Jessie Mae Ford Rhodes. He was retired as the co-owner of Rhodes Automotive Service, where he worked as a mechanic for many years. Mr. Rhodes also served the city of Tennille as a former member of the city council and as the city’s fire chief for 30 years. He was a member of the Tennille United Methodist Church and the Tennille Masonic Lodge. Mr. Rhodes was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving during WWII.

A graveside memorial service was held on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Zeta Cemetery, Tennille, with Rev. M.D. Cabe and Rev. Danny Thomas officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Gault Rhodes; grandson, Wesley Allen Rhodes; and brothers, Sam Rhodes and Tommy Rhodes.

Survivors include his children, John W. Rhodes Jr. of Tennille, Linda R. (James) Marchman of Warthen, Penny R. (Eddie) Warren and Eddie (Tammy) Rhodes, all of Sandersville; grandchildren, Rusty (Belinda) Rhodes, Shannon R. (Allen) Everett, Crystal R. (Brian) Sherwood, April M. (Clint) Blackmon, Kelli M. (Josh) McNeely, Katie W. (Heath) Pittman, Jessie Warren, Mitch Rhodes and Tyler Rhodes; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and brother, E. Harold (Opal) Rhodes of Sandersville.

Donations may be made to the Tennille Fire Department, P.O. Box 145, Tennille, GA 31089, or to the Heritage Inn Nursing Home Activities Fund, P. O. Box 388, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert L. Stephens
Funeral services of Mr. Robert L. Stephens of Wrens were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Fairview Missionary Baptist, Augusta.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Philip Michael Tripp
Mr. Philip Michael Tripp, 75, of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, surrounded by his family.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Tripp; son, Michael Tripp (Vicky) of Wrens; daughter, Wanda Hodges (Kelvin) of Bartow; daughter, Laurel Utz (John) of Bonita Springs, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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


Mr. Thomas W. Walden
Mr. Thomas W. Walden, 85, of Kite entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Emanuel Medical Center Nursing Home.

Mr. Walden, formerly of Frostproof, Fla., was born in Glascock County, and had lived in Kite since 1985. Mr. Walden was a pipefitter, and a member of the Steamfitter Local 123, and a member of Minton Chapel Advent Christian Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Mintons Chapel Advent Christian Church, with Rev. Raymond Brown and Rev. Robert “Bob” Rathbun officiating. Interment followed in Gumlog Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Walden, his parents, Edward and Mamie Walden, a sister, Inez Whitfield, a son, Richard Walden and a daughter-in-law, Tyka Walden.

Survivors include four sons, Larry Walden (Joan) of Lakeland, Fla., Waylon Walden of Folkston, Bo Walden (Nan) of Avon Park, Fla., and Charlie Walden (Debbie) of Lake Wales, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Billy Mixon, John Page, Tracy Page, Shane Walden, Michael Walden and Toby Walden.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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