Obituaries
September 20, 2012, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Cleo Francis Bedford
Mrs. Cleo Francis Bedford of Hephzibah entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

Mrs. Bedford, a native of Clyo, was retired from the Baltimore Department of Family and Children Services. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Keysville.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at noon at First Baptist Church of Keysville, with Rev. Garry Kerr officiating. Burial was in church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughters, Rev. Cynthia L. (Rev. Frederick O.) Brown, Hephzibah, and Joann Singleton, Washington, D.C.; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ann Grant
Mrs. Ann Grant, 84, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Grant was a native of Cordele, but had lived in Thomson for many years. She was retired from the Thomson Company as a seamstress. She was a member of the Dearing Church of God.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Dearing United Methodist Church, with Rev. James McCollum officiating. Burial was in Dearing Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy D. Grant.

Survivors include her son, Richard Grant (Pamela), Thomson; granddaughter, Kelly Usry (Steven), Gibson; two grandsons, Joshua Grant (Michele), Evans, and Daniel Grant, Harlem; five great-grandchildren; sister, Catherine Radford, Louisville; numerous nieces and nephews; and former daughter-in-law, Tammy Newman Grant.

Pallbearers were Joshua Grant, Daniel Grant, Greg Newman, Dale Newman, Seth Holley and Don Clemmons.

Honorary Pallbearers were Bob Knox Jr., Stacy Turner, Greg Hardin and Tony Bowman.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Doretha R. Huntley
Funeral services for Mrs. Doretha R. Huntley of Louisville were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie Nora “Alfred” Heggs Jr.
Mr. Willie Nora “Alfred” Heggs Jr., 51, of Wadley entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Georgia Health Sciences, Augusta.

Mr. Heggs was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Willie Nora Heggs Sr. and Hattie Ruth Bostic Heggs.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Pierce Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include his daughter, Jessika Lattimore of Augusta; one sister, Johnnie Mae Bostic of Louisville; aunt, Sallie B. Gross of Wadley; granddaughter, Nariah Kimora Harper of Augusta; nieces and nephew, Cynthia Bostic, Janiya Bostic and Johntavious Bostic; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Shelton Eugene “Bigun” Huff Jr.
Mr. Shelton Eugene “Bigun” Huff Jr., 54, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at University Hospital McDuffie, Thomson.

Born to the late Frances Thompson Huff and the late Shelton E. Huff Sr., Mr. Huff was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents who raised him, Ola Maude and Ralph Huff.

Survivors include his companion of 30 years, Kathryn Hicks; children, Amy Huff, Erin Huff and Jonathan Moore; siblings, Michael Huff, Donna Hooks (Chris), Andy Huff (Betty), Sheila Scarber (Wayne) and Tammy Barbar (Kevin); six grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; dog, BooBoo; and many friends.

Because of his unexpected, untimely passing, the family requests memorial contributions be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Herbert Tarver “T.” Johnson
Mr. Herbert Tarver “T.” Johnson, 76, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Johnson was born on Monday, Aug. 10, 1936, to Luther and Willie Bell Way Johnson in Wrens. He was a member of Lofton AME Church. He was retired from Georgia-Tennessee Mining after 25 years of service.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Lofton AME Church, with Rev. Michael Ephraim Sr. as eulogist and Rev. Willie J. White presiding. Interment was in Lofton AME Church Cemetery, Wrens.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Herbert Lee Sinquefield; sister, Gladys J. Selby; and two brothers, Raymond Johnson Sr. and Lee Edgar Johnson Sr.

Survivors include one daughter, Angela Anderson of Jacksonville, Fla.; longtime companion, Reba Goodson of Wrens; three grandchildren, Tiffany Tucker of Augusta, Cynethress Anderson and Vannard Anderson, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; five sisters, Annie Lee Johnson and Lillie Mae Brown, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mary Etta White of Springfield Gardens, N.Y., Catherine Coleman of Rosedale, N.Y., and Julia (John) Bussey of Augusta; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George Edward McCloud
Mr. Harold Keith McGee, 56, of Sardis entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

Mr. McGee was born in Statesboro on Sept. 17, 1955, to the late Charles Newton McGee and the late Leila Josey McGee. During his career, he taught school for four years, was a licensed EMT, worked with safety at Plant Vogtle, and was a vocational rehabilitation therapist at the VA. He was a member of Sardis Baptist Church and formerly served as a deacon.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Sardis Baptist Church, with Rev. David Harper officiating. Interment was at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Ways Baptist Church Cemetery, Stellaville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Charles Newton McGee Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Loretta Boulineau McGee; daughter, Melissa Joy McGee Harper (Jonathan) of North Augusta, S.C.; granddaughter, Elizabeth Grace Harper; niece, Ashley McGee Kim of The Woodlands, Texas; nephew, Chip McGee of Richmond, Va.; sister-in-law, Laura Belcher McGee of Richmond Hill; and his godmother, Dora Edmonds of Sardis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Lung Association (1-800-LUNGUSA) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (1-800-873-6983).

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


Mr. William “Bill” Harold Newberry Sr.
Mr. William “Bill” Harold Newberry Sr., 91, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at his residence.

A native of Lizella, Mr. Newberry was the son of the late Samuel Watson and Louise Moore Newberry. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1943, he entered the U.S. Army and later earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant, served in the European Theater in WWII, receiving a EAME medal, bronze service star and a good conduct medal. In January 1947, he married Mary Katherine Peters Newberry, and they moved to Louisville in 1949 when he began farming. In 1956, Mr. Newberry was elected to the Board of Directors of the Federal Land Bank Association, and after three years, began working as president of the organization. He was elected to the Jefferson EMC board of directors in 1976 and was a founding member of the Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Louisville.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Louisville United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Watson and Louise Moore Newberry; wife, Mary K. “Pete” Newberry; a daughter, Mary Kaye Newberry; brothers, S. Lloyd Newberry and Louie R. Newberry; and sister, Marry Katherine Johnson.

Survivors include his children William H. (Margaret) Newberry Jr., Richard J. Newberry, Stephen G. (Tina) Newberry, all of Louisville, Sheryl (John) McManus of Atlanta, and Jeanne (Buck) Swindle of Carrollton; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John Newberry, Robert Newberry, Daniel Newberry, Christopher Currie, Andrew Currie, Jamie Swindle, Mark Swindle, Allen Fletcher, Tyler Nicholson and Carmine Palumbo.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 2604 Highway 1 North, Louisville, GA 30434, or the Jefferson Hospital Foundation, 1067 Peachtree Street #105, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Freddie J. Peeples Sr.
Mr. Freddie J. Peeples Sr., 76, of Chester, Pa., entered into rest on Sept. 6, 2012, in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Peeples was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Annie Hannah Peeples and Calvin Peeples. He moved Pennsylvania many years ago and was a retired steel worker with Fisher Tank, Inc.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church and Cemetery, with Minister Wallace Peeples as eulogist, and Rev. Michael Ehphiam presiding.

Survivors include his children, Anthony Peeples, Roberta Womack and Denise Sutton, all of Chester, Pa., Freddie Peeples Jr. and Tara Peeples of St. Petersburg, Fla.; siblings, Eddie (Cora Mae) Peeples of Wrens, Billy Peeples, Samuel (Brenda) Peeples, Gloria M. Stewart, Betty Peeples and Alveta Peeples, all of St. Petersburg, Fla., William “Kenny” Peeples of Atlanta, Virginia (Samuel) Logan of Rialto, Calif., and Sandra (Leroy) Rachel of Tampa, Fla.; adopted siblings, Gwendolyn Terrell of Welton, Emma Terrell of North Augusta, Gwendolyn Terrell and Cleophas (Stella) Terrell of Avera, Sallie Delphia Brown of Hollis Long Island, N.Y., Jerrylene Bethea of Jamaica, N.Y., Clysree Brown of Washington, D.C., and Lenora (Richard) Brisbon of Darien; sister-in-law, Martha Peeples of Conyers; godmother, Virginia Davis of Louisville; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Pauline Stavely Poole Stewart
Mrs. Pauline Stavely Poole Stewart, 93, of Bartow entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.

A native of Jefferson County, Mrs. Stewart was born Sept. 9, 1919, a daughter of the late Mr. W.R. and Ethel Cooper Stavely. Mrs. Stewart was a retired registered nurse and worked at Jefferson Hospital for 23 years. She was the supervisor of OR and a surgical assistant. She was supervisor of the delivery room and emergency room as well as being an X-ray technologist. She retired in the 1970s and went to work at Thermo King as the industrial nurse where she received her license in industrial audiometry. She was a former member of First Baptist Church in Louisville for more than 60 years where she taught the Young Adult Class in BTU and was the secretary of WMU. She was also the president of Business and Professional Woman’s Club, secretary of Louisville Home Makers Club, and a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Bartow, for the past four years, where she was a member of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Friendship Baptist Church, with Rev. Steve Keener officiating. Burial followed in the Davisboro City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Poole; second husband, Keith L. Stewart; parents; brothers, William, Everett, LeRoy (Ashley) Stavely, L.A. and Jeff; and stepbrothers, Charles Garrett and Louis Garrett; and stepsisters, Alma Garrett Dunn and Doris Garrett Poole.

Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Poole Joyner (Mays) of Fayetteville, and Linda Poole Bledsoe (Horace Jr.) of Aiken, S.C.; grandchildren, Michael Joyner (Michelle) of Dallas, Phyllis Joyner Pitts (Louis) of Senoia, Tyler Bledsoe (Deborah) of Irmo, S.C., and Dr. Grant Bledsoe (Joyce) of Charleston, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Amanda Pitts Foster (Mike), Khristina Pitts, Courtney Joyner, Hannah Joyner, Brandon Joyner, Grayson Bledsoe, Elliott Bledsoe, Emily Bledsoe, Garrett Bledsoe and Neve Bledsoe; sisters, Elizabeth Ussury, Jewell Gilvin, Evelyn Merritt and Carolyn Andrews; sisters-in-law, Francis Stavely, Joyce Stavely, Martha Garrett and Lauree Garrett; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Tony Stavely, Louis Stavely, Robert Stavely, Riley Stavely, Mark Gilvin and Bill Black.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Myra E. Gay Wheeler
Mrs. Myra E. Gay Wheeler, 75, of Keysville entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at University Hospital.

One of 13 children born to the late Hannah James Gay and the late Albert Gay, Mrs. Wheeler was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. For more than 10 years, she owned and operated a general store in Keysville.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jim Emery and Rev. Jason Burton officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Moriah UMC Cemetery, Matthews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Rebie F. Gay, Lula Belle Cave, Emma Jane Massa, Cleveland Gay, Bud Gay and Willis Gay.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, A.D. Wheeler; two children, Darlene Owens (Jerry) and Aubrey Wheeler (Sue); six siblings, Macy Maddox, Marie Holley, Ruby Thompson, Margie Blackmon, Judson Gay Sr. and William L. Cave; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a multitude of nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were James Lane and her grandsons-Victor Arrington, James Arrington, Brad Arrington, J.D. Wheeler, Jake Kight, Dylan Wheeler and Adam Wheeler.

Due to the financial burden caused by a prolonged illness, the family requests memorial contributions be made to James Funeral Home, P.O. Box 588, Wrens GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Elizabeth Womack
Mrs. Elizabeth Womack, 85, of Bremen entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

Mrs. Womack was born on May 25, 1927, to the late Cliff Lively and Lucy Bell Lively McManus. She was a member of White Oak Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Clark Funeral Home, Hiram, with Rev. William Timms officiating. Internment followed in Melrose Hills Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest “Son” Womack; and granddaughter, Jamie Butler.

Survivors include sons, Wayne (Tina) Womack of Temple, Allen “Bo” (Susan) Womack of Louisville; daughter, Janice (Lanier) Tilley of Bremen; brothers, James McManus of Tulsa, Okla., George McManus of Sand Springs, Okla.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Clark Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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