Obituaries
September 27, 2012, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Lola Pearl Allen
Mrs. Lola Pearl Allen entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Smith Medical Nursing Care Center, Sandersville.

Mrs. Allen was a native of Washington County and the daughter of the late Burl Lewis and Henrietta White Lewis. Her family moved to Jefferson County where she lived, and worshipped at New Fleming Baptist Church and Ebenezer CME Church, Bartow, before moving to Florida, where she worked until her return to Georgia in the later part of 1980.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. at New Fleming Baptist Church and Cemetery, Bartow, with Rev. Cason officiating.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mattie Pearl Lewis.

Survivors include one brother, Lonnie (Lawrence) Lewis Sr. of Bartow; niece, Lillie P. Spikes of Sandersville; three nephews, Robert Lewis of Bartow, Lonnie Cohen Lewis of Lousiville, and Bennie F. Swint of Jacksonville, Fla.; great-nephew, Irvin Swint of Louisville; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews of Miami, Fla., and Jacksonville, Fla., cousins of Louisville and Macon, and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Johnny Brown
Mr. Johnny Brown, formerly of Johnson County, entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley.

Private services will be held.

Mr. Brown was a native of Johnson County and worked as a farm hand all of his life. He was the son of the late Johnny C. Brown, Sr. and Lillie Mae Grant Adams Brown.

Survivors include his brother, John Brown of Wadley; sister, Lanie Mae Prosser of Wadley; and friend, Lue Askew of Wrightsville.

Davis Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.


Mr. Aubrey Eugene Crawford
Mr. Aubrey Eugene Crawford of Appling entered into rest on Sept. 17, 2012.

Mr. Crawford was born July 18, 1937, to the late Hardwick Lee Crawford Sr. and Klonnie Lewis Crawford Williams. He was a son-in-law to the late Frankie Morris Johnson and Oscar Dean Johnson of Boneville. He graduated from Harlem High School in 1954 and went to work for Dixie Homes, later Winn-Dixie, as a meat cutter. Later that same year he was hired by Corley’s Machine Shop in Grovetown, building small engines for the E-Z Go Golf Cart Corporation. In 1955, he was hired as a lineman by Southern Bell. He also worked as a cable splicer, line foreman and cable splicer foreman. He was promoted to assistant manager of the Assignment Office of Bell South on Walker Street, Augusta, in 1979. He retired in 1990 with more than 35 years of service. For the next nine years he worked for several cable locating services in the CSRA. Mr. Crawford played baseball for many years and he was a team member of the Appling Angels, while the team was still active. He graduated from the first class of the Georgia Military Institute in 1962 as a Second Lieutenant in the Fourth Platoon. Later he was promoted to a First Lieutenant and served for more than 15 years with the Georgia National Guard. Mr. Crawford was member of the American Hemercallis Society and also Augusta Daylily Club. He served as an exhibition and garden judge for more than 10 years. He began a hybridizing program and grew many daylilies. He was a former member of the Aiken-Augusta Orchid Society. He served on the Columbia County Tax Assessors Board for more than 17 years.

Funeral services were held on Sept. 20, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at Kiokee Baptist Church, Appling, with Rev. Wes Gardner officiating. Interment followed in the Boneville Methodist Church Cemetery, Boneville.

He was preceded in death by his two sons, Robert Crawford and Mark Crawford; and twin brothers, Hardwick Crawford Jr. and Harvey Crawford.

Survivors include his wife of more than 55 years, Frankye Dean; son, Randall (Denese) Crawford of Hilton Head, S.C.; one daughter, Cheryl (Alan) Jackson of Hilton Head, S.C.; daughter-in-law, Donna Crawford of Harlem; grandchildren, Jason Crawford of Martinez, Cecia Crawford of Hilton Head, S.C., and Loren Crawford of Atlanta; sister, Faye (Warren) Sellers of Appling; brother-in-law, William (Fay) Johnson of Harlem; sisters-in-law, Sarah J. Staley of Camden, S.C., and Floy Crawford of Wrens; seven nephews and five nieces.

Honorary pallbearers were retired and active employees of Southern Bell and Bell South.

Pallbearers were Jason Crawford, Lanier Gray, George Brown, Pete Knox, Troy Smith and Alan Jackson.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest making donations to the The ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrigs Disease) in memory of his son Mark Crawford or Trinity Hospice.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Florence K. Downs
Mrs. Florence K. Downs, 101, of Mitchell entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Downs was a native and lifelong resident of Glascock County and was a daughter of the late Henry and Dorinda Kitchens. She worked at Raley’s Restaurant as a cook, and was a member of Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church for more than 60 years.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church, with Rev. T.F. Yawn, Rev. Al Kurtz and Rev. Jacky Downs officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Horace Downs; daughter, Betty Downs Logue; two sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include her son, Thomas (Carol) R. Downs of Mitchell; five grandchildren, Joseph Brinson (Judy Logue), Charles (Mary Jo) Logue, Brenda (Gary) Floyd, Alecia (Don) Hilson and Melissa (Darrell) High; five great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Phil Raley, Bill Raley, Charles Roberts Sr., Jimmy Newsome, Jacky Haywood and Derrell Usry.

Honorary Pallbearers were Roy Black, Marvin Fendley, Joe Dean Usry, Virgie Kitchens, Ralph Kelley and Jimmy Kelley.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Christine Wilson Hanley
Mrs. Christine Wilson Hanley, 87, of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Hanley, a native of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late Mark and Mary Sally Cooper Watkins. She was a waitress for Pansy’s Restaurant for many years and was a member of First Baptist Church in Louisville for 10 years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Taylor Funeral Home, with Rev. Mitch Vaughn officiating. Burial followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Bobbie W. Poole, Hattie W. Hodges, Nina W. Eubanks, Ruby W. Hartley and Ruth W. Horn; and brothers, Everette Watkins and Franklin Watkins.

Survivors include her son, Billy R. Wilson of Louisville; daughter, Sandra Wilson Clarke of Louisville; sister, Frances Jones; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louisville First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 101 E 9th St., Louisville, GA 30434, or Shekinah Baptist Church, 710 Old Highway 1, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Patricia G. Holton
Mrs. Patricia G. Holton, 51, of Thomson entered into rest on Sept. 19, 2012, at her residence.

Mrs. Holton was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County. She was an LPN for Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Little Briar Creek Baptist Church, with Dr. Randy Dunaway officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Eve Guy Jr.; and brother, Roger Wayne Guy.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Holton, Thomson; two sons, Michael (Melissa) McGrotha, Thomson, and Joseph (April McGill) McGrotha, Thomson; three sisters, Faye Guy, Lynda (Dave) Lucas and Carol Ann (Terry) Hayes; two brothers, David O. (Charlotte) Guy and David S. Guy; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Tankersley, Frank Tankersley, Chris Lucas, Chris Hayes, Alvin Holton and Wayne Holton.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Stanley May
Mr. Stanley May, 57, of Macon entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in the Gibson City Cemetery.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Cecil D. “Stick” Smith
Mr. Cecil D. “Stick” Smith of Warrenton entered into rest on Sept. 17, 2012.

Mr. Smith was born on Oct. 23, 1923, to Eva and David Smith. He was a resident of Warren County and a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church, Mitchell. He served in World War II as a technician fourth grade in the 1897 Engineer Battalion. He served as a combination welder in New Guinea and the Southern Philippines, working with Navy Seabees constructing air strips. For his service, he was awarded the American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal with three bronze stars, Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, WWII Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He served in the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte and was in Japan at the time of surrender. After being discharged from the service, Cecil owned and operated a trucking company for more than 65 years.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Mill Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Clifton Drawdy officiating.

He was preceded in death by wife, Marian J. Smith; second wife, Doris Elizabeth Smith; sister, Ruby Linde; brothers, John T. Smith and James L. Smith; and twin siblings, Allen and Alice Smith.

Survivors include his son, Sonny Smith (Kathy) of Warrenton; daughters, Starr Crawford of Grovetown, and Jeannie Rushing (Derrell) of Warrenton; sisters, Barbara Cornelison and Helen Braun of Lilburn, and Faye Marshall of Athens; grandchildren, Pam Howard, Thomson, Marilyn Allen, Augusta, Zach Smith, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Chris Rushing, Dearing; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Chris Rushing, Jon Oates, Marty Andrews, Milton Kendrick, Tim Smith and Zach Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mill Creek Baptist Church, Youth Dept., Attn: Ed Boyen, 6252 Mill Creek Church Rd., Mitchell, GA 30820.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Dorothy “Dot” Ruth Tedi Thurman
Miss Dorothy “Dot” Ruth Tedi Thurman entered into rest on Sept. 17, 2012, in Palm Springs, Calif.

Born in Midville, she was the youngest of the four children of Ben and Para Thurman. As a teenager, Miss Thurman discovered a passion for art and drawing and went on to study at the University of Georgia before transferring to the Corcoran Institute in Washington, D.C. Her plans soon changed, however, and she moved to New York City where she found work as a model, represented by Ford Models. Her image was soon seen on the covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. During an extended stay in France, she also found work in Paris for Vogue and made a name for herself internationally. Her profile is featured on the opening page of Norman Mailer’s Of Women and Their Elegance. Miss Thurman had a featured role in Ed Wood’s Jail Bait. It was on radio, though, that Miss Thurman became most successful as “Miss Monitor” on NBC’s Monitor show where she made national weather reports. This led to a yearlong engagement as the weather girl on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar beginning in 1957. After retiring from radio and television,

Miss Thurman lived in New York for several years and was involved in real estate development. In the 1980s, Miss Thurman relocated to California where she lived in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. From there, she traveled often and extensively.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Midville Cemetery, with Rev. Jim Prevatt officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Vida Prevatt of Monticello; brothers, Ben and Sidney Thurman, both of Midville; and niece, Linda Waller of Conyers.

Survivors include her longtime companion, Elke Schliwa of Los Angeles, Calif., and Palm Springs, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews, Jim Prevatt, Alice Sudduth, Ben Prevatt, Benny Thurman, Teri Jones, Woody Thurman and Paul Thurman.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Col., U.S. Army (Ret.) Ray Howard Rachels
Ray Howard Rachels, 77, of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away on September 24, 2012, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was born September 19, 1935, growing up near Wadley as the eldest son of the late Alvin and Vera Rachels. Howard is survived by his wife Nancy; daughters Heather Rachels, Alexandria and Sheila (Jim) Pearson, Manassas; granddaughters Emily and Rachel Pearson, Manassas, all from Virginia; brothers Ronald and Alan (Dottie) Rachels, Marietta; nephew Nathan (Anne) Rachels, Alpharetta; uncle Lynwood (Barbara) Cox, Macon, all from Georgia.

Colonel Rachels graduated from North Georgia College with a BA in Business Administration. In 1958, he was commissioned in the grade of Second Lieutenant, Transportation Corps and started his career as a Regular Army Officer. He held key assignments in three major fields: Transportation Operations, Logistics Planning/Operations and Personnel Management. He served over 10 years in overseas assignments which included 2 years in Vietnam and one year in Korea while Nancy and family remained at home. Other tours were completed in US Army Europe, Germany.

He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair,Washington, D.C. His commendations include: the Bronze Star Medal, 2 awards, Defense Meritorious Medal, 2 awards, Air Medal and many other commendation/ribbons earned throughout his career. He was also awarded the Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge for services rendered in the Pentagon.

Colonel Rachels retired with 30 years of distinguished service. He was widely known and respected by his peers and the many soldiers who were honored to be in his command.

Howard is remembered with fondness as the cornerstone of his family. He enjoyed cooking on special occasions and watching Washington Redskins football. Howard leaves a legacy of love and devotion to his family. He was an inspiration to all for serving his country with pride and honor.

Memorial donations may be made to Children’s Hospital, Alexandria, VA. The family will receive friends on September 30th at Demaine Funeral Home, 520 South Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314. A military service will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

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