Obituaries
August 30, 2012, 2012 Issue

Mr. Henry Thomas Tommy Barnes
Mr. Henry Thomas Tommy Barnes, 62, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Barnes was the son of the late Lamar and Marie Barnes.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at C.A. Reid Sr. Gibson Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Nathan Williams officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery at Lofton AME, Wrens.

Survivors include his stepmother, Sarah Barnes, Augusta; two sons, Ignatius D. Barnes, Washington, D.C., and Timothy L. Barnes, Augusta; two brothers, Lamar G. Barnes Jr., Augusta, and Eugene Alvernon Barnes, Washington, D.C.; one sister, Felecia Barnes Broadwater, Augusta; one granddaughter; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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


Mrs. Carolyn Cordy Gibbons
Mrs. Carolyn Cordy Gibbons of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, in Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at 2 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughters, Lakeshia (Sergio) Alvarado, Wadley, and Tanisha Gibbons, Columbus; eight sons, Nathaniel Cordy and Velmon Gibbons, Wadley, Tyrone Cordy, Orbey (Nikki) Gibbons, Wilfrido Gibbons and Travis Gibbons, all of Vidalia, Shelton (Trina) Gibbons, Jacksonville, Fla., and Alfrido Gibbons, Buffalo, N.Y.; mother, Viola Cordy, Wadley; two sisters, Vivian Brookins and Ida Cordy, Wadley; two brothers, Nathaniel (Betty) Cordy, Charlotte, N.C., and Clarence (Kathy) Cordy, Kingsland; 20 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters-in- law; six brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Covey Bass, Johnny Boston, Nathaniel Gibbons, Wesley Lewis, Tommy Lodge and Willie Randall.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Dr. John Paul Jones
Dr. John Paul Jones, 85, of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

Dr. Jones was the husband of Donna H. Jones. Dr. Jones was a native and lifelong resident of Augusta. He was a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County and Augusta Junior College. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served on the USS Chemung in the North Atlantic. After the war he graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago. His career as an optometrist lasted 45 years, with offices in Augusta and Louisville. He was a member of the American Legion Post 63. He was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son, with Rev. Charlie DeLoach officiating. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Donna H. Jones; daughter, Joanne O. Cheng (Larry); stepdaughters, Sharon Holland and Kris Holland; mother-in-law, Olive Reville; grandchildren, Alison Cheng and Renee Cheng; and many nieces and nephews.

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


Miss Courtney Adavia Kemp
Miss Courtney Adavia Kemp, 9, of Statesboro entered into rest at Eisenhower Medical Center, Augusta, on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, after a brief illness.

Miss Kemp was a fifth grade student at Mill Creek Elementary School, Statesboro. She was a member of Brinson Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where she sang in the youth and young adult choir and served in the Praise Dance ministry.

Funeral services were held at Brinson Hill Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Dr. David Kemp officiating.

She was preceded in death by an uncle, Corey Kemp.

Survivors include her parents, David Kemp. Jr. and Alneata Kemp; sisters, Tyanna DaShon Kemp and Lauren Alaina Kemp, all of Statesboro; brother, Aubrien Jamal Kemp, Macon; maternal grandparent, Betty Ann McGruder, Cross-Green Community; paternal grandparents, Dr. David Kemp Sr. and Earnestine Kemp, Wadley; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elaine Milton Swann O’Connor
Mrs. Elaine Milton Swann O’Connor of Harlem entered into rest on Aug. 21, 2012.

Mrs. O’Connor was born in Jefferson County on Dec. 29, 1933, daughter of the late Clifford Milton and Mae Minus Milton Dye. She graduated in 1950 from Wrens High School. She was a full-time homemaker until her children were in school. In 1963 she was named Sixth District Homemaker of the Year. She started working as a bookkeeper and went to Phillips Jr. College at night, graduating Magna Cum laude with degrees in business management and accounting. She retired from Busby’s Heating and Air Conditioning in 2000. She was a member of Abilene Baptist Church and the Ladies 5 Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Abilene Baptist Church, Martinez, with Rev. William F. Harrell and Dr. Brad Whitt officiating. Burial followed at Ways Baptist Church, Stellaville.

She was preceded in death by her son, Keith Milton Swann; daughter, Karen Swann Raskin; sisters, Janice Milton Weeks and Elmore Milton Fannin; and brother, James Milton.

Survivors include two sons, Vic Swann of Vero Beach, Fla., and Wayne Swann (Pam) of Harlem; daughter- in-law, Kathy Swann of Valrico, Fla.; grandchildren, Brent Swann (Dyan) and Marlee Swann Griggs (Ben) of Tampa, Fla., and Landon, Lindsey, Lauren and Logan Swann of Harlem.

Pallbearers were Bill Noegel, Dick Noegel, Rusty Noegel, Lee Swann, Jim Milton and Robert Chalker.

Honorary pallbearers were Rick Busby, Rick Pinnell, Steve Beckett, Lafayette Richardson and Harlan Burdeshaw.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Building Fund at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez, GA 30907.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Walter A. Powell
Mr. Walter A. Powell, 77, of Harlem entered into rest on Aug. 22, 2012.

Mr. Powell was born in Jefferson County to the late Ralph Powell and Lucy Mae Arrington Powell. He was an Air Force veteran and a truck driver.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at Dearing Full Gospel Church, with Rev. Eddie Renew officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Louise Powell

Survivors include three brothers, Joe Powell, Dearing, Homer Powell, Blairsville, and John Powell, Augusta; three sisters, Betty Alley, Dearing, Barbara Lamp, Gibson, and Susie Brown, Augusta; and several nieces and nephews.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Leolia Alberta Robinson Scott
Mrs. Leolia Alberta “Mother” Robinson Scott, 94, of Keysville entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Keysville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Keysville.

Mrs. Scott was born April 18, 1918, in Burke County to the late Leon Robinson and Viney Brown Robinson. She received her education in the Burke County School System. At an early age, she was baptized at Brown Grove Baptist Church. She joined the Usher’s Board at the age of 12 and served for 75 years, until her health began to fail. For many years, she served as the only Usher of the church. In April 1936, she married Joseph “Pig” Lenton Scott, who preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 1993.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Brown Grove Baptist Church, Keysville, with Rev. Gary Kerr presiding and Rev. Clary Dishmond Jr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Joseph Lenton Scott; son, Charlie Bob Scott; brothers, Nathaniel, Forster Sr., Jettie, Sterling Sr. and Quincy Sr., Robinson and George Jackson Sr.; sister, Norma L. Jones; grandson, Petty Officer Corrie Pryor Scott; nephew who she reared as her own, Alfred L. Scott St.; and one great-grandson, Alfred L. Scott III.

Survivors include four daughters, Ollie Lane, Hazel Birt, Rubye (Willie) Rucker, all of Keysville, and Joanne (Cleveland) Rolland of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four sons, Leon (Myrtis) Scott of Augusta, Eddie (Annie B.) Scott, Hephzibah, Willie Scott and Marvin (Harriet) Scott of Keysville; nephew, Thomas (Daisy) Scott, Chattanooga, Tenn.; stepson, Arnold Moss of Augusta; three grandchildren she reared as her own, Tony (Carol) Lane, Sandra (Thomas) Williams and Gwendolyn Williams; 32 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Adel Robinson of Bakersfield, Calif., and Rose L. Robinson of Hephzibah; adopted daughters, Julia Kelly; cousin, Dr. Louise Tarver Jackson of Raleigh, N.C.; extended children, the Neely family; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Betty Tanner Sheppard
Mrs. Betty Tanner Sheppard, 86, of Sandersville entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at the Oconee Nursing Center.

Mrs. Sheppard was born in Jefferson County the daughter of the late Gus T. Tanner and the late Belle Paige Tanner. She, along with her late husband William, owned and operated Sheppard Grocery Store in Sandersville for 39 years. She was a member of the Ridgeland Heights Baptist Church, where she was a member of the church WMU.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. L.T. Logue officiating. Burial was in the Brownwood Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Sheppard Jr.; and daughter, Shirley S. Lindsey.

Survivors include her son, Barry Sheppard; son-in-law, Eugene Lindsey, both of Sandersville; grandchildren, Jeremy (Dee) Lindsey of Sandersville, Juli L. (David Segars) Smith of Tennille, and Stephanie Lindsey of Sandersville; great-grandchildren, Colton Lindsey, Dillon Smith, Kayley Lindsey, Autumn Davis, Chase Lindsey, Cody Cullens and Madison Lindsey; and her sister-in-law, Annie Mozelle Adams of Sandersville.

Pallbearers were Brian Avant, Ken Avant, Ben Avant, Travis Durden, Charles Smith and William Smith.

Donations may be made to Hospice Advantage, 606 West Court Street, Wrightsville, GA 31096.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Jane Kemp Smith
Mrs. Jane Kemp Smith, 79, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, following a brief illness.

Mrs. Smith was born Dec. 9, 1932, to Skipper and Polly Lamb Kemp of Savannah. She was a member of the Augusta community for more than 60 years, working with the Junior Women’s Club and the Metropolitan Women’s Club.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Augusta.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry R. Smith.

Survivors include her two daughters, Gae Ann Smith of Atlanta and Penelope J. Berry of Augusta; two sons, Henry R. (Skip) Smith II of Augusta, and James Carl Smith of Atlanta; five grandchildren, Hunter Smith, Connor Smith, Jordan Smith, Wyatt Smith and Stephanie Pendleton; two great-grandchildren, Abree and Sophia; and a brother, Wayne Kemp of Atlanta.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers is invited to send a contribution in her honor to the American Cancer Society or to Alliance Hospice, 3685 Old Petersburg Rd., Ste. 145, Augusta, GA 30907


Mr. Robert L. Stephens
Mr. Robert L. Stephens entered into rest on Aug. 13, 2012.

Mr. Stephens was born on May 14, 1936, in Vineland, Ala., to the late Arliva Green and Edgar Stephens. He was adopted by James and Emma Lee Prictchart of Surginer, Ala. He joined Shady Union Baptist Church and was baptized at an early age. He attended Wesley Chapel School and graduated from Marango High School, Dixon Mill, Ala. He entered the military in 1955 and served two years. In 1962, he was employed by the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Transit Authority and retired in 1995 and moved to Wrens, where he attended Ways Grove Baptist Church and Eden Baptist Church, Louisville. He was a member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, Augusta. He was school bus driver for the Jefferson County School System and Horizon Bus Line.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, Augusta, with Rev. Anthony Downs Sr. and Rev. Alfred V. Pritchett officiating.

He was preceded in death by Howard and George Farris, Arthur, Willie, Andy, Eldred, Melzia, Marshall and Isaiah Pritchart, Mamie Avon Barksdale, Jeanette, Geneva, Doris and Deborah.

Survivors include his friend, Annie K. Stockton of Thomson; brothers, Walter (Amanda) Farris Jr. of Nashville Tenn., William “Butch” Farris of Detroit, Mich., James (Doris) Pricthart and Rev. Alfred (Eva) Pritchart of Thomasville, Ala.; sisters, Ella Gray Latham of Rochester, N.Y., Frances Williams of Detroit, Mich., Nadine Hutchins of Southfield, Mich., Lena Merriweather of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Patricia Dixon of Huntsville, Ala.; aunt, Juanita Reese of Detroit, Mich.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Stewart Stanley Thomas and officers of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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