Obituaries
October 4, 2012, 2012 Issue

Mr. Horace Cheely
Mr. Horace Cheely, 77, of Millen entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Williams Grove Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Rev. Larry Medlock.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Mary Cheely of Millen; two sisters, Agnes Tucker, Mitchell, and Frances Smith, Augusta; and a host of other family and friends.

James A. Kirkland Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Evelyn June Ellis
Mrs. Evelyn June Ellis, 55, of Thomson entered into rest on Sept. 24, 2012.

Mrs. Ellis was born in Indiana and lived in Thomson for the past 25 years. She did volunteer work at the VFW Post of Harlem.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Barry Whitfield officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Ellis; son, Audie Ray Perkins Jr.; daughters, Laura Pickering, Tina Perkins; sisters, Belinda McMullen and Rita Waters; grandchildren, Ronald Burch Jr., Courtney Pickering, Michael Stroup, Dylan Pickering, Allyssa McTier, Natalie Perkins and Nathan Perkins.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lester E. Myers
Mr. Lester E. Myers, 61, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center.

Mr. Myers was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Thomson for many years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev Larron Pilgrim officiating. Burial was in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his son, Ricky Myers, Thomson; mother, Annie Myers, Thomson; two sisters, Ruby Myers, Thomson, and Season Moore, Mitchell; and his brother, David Myers, Thomson.

Pallbearers were John Thomas May, William May, Joe May, Chris Mooney, Justin Chalker and Ike Galbreath.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Mr. Freddy “Coach” Layton, Jr.
Mr. Freddy “Coach” Layton Jr., 84, of Milledgeville entered into rest on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

Mr. Layton was a native of Wrightsville, a graduate of Wrightsville High School, and he attended the University of Georgia, where he was the youngest player for the Georgia Bulldogs under Coach Wally Butts. Mr. Layton’s college and football career were interrupted by World War II. He served in the United States Navy. He returned to college to earn degrees at Georgia Military College, Austin Peay State University, Georgia College and Georgia Southern College. Mr. Layton began his career as a recreation tech for Central State Hospital before becoming superintendent of recreation for the city of Milledgeville. He was instrumental in the design and building of Bonner Park; named Layton Field in 2010. Mr. Layton would begin his career in education as athletic director for Georgia Military College in 1968; a career that spanned the next 30 years to include coaching at Brentwood Academy, Bartow Academy, Gatewood School, Thomas Jefferson Academy and John Hancock Academy. During his career, Mr. Layton won many games, state championships, ending with coming out of retirement to coach the Thomas Jefferson 1998 Jaguars to the State Championship.

Services were held on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jim Nipper officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Layton of Milledgeville; daughters, Patty May (Tom) Beck of Augusta, and Stacy Van (Rollie) Waters of Dallas, Texas; sons, Michael Douglas (Emily) Layton of Augusta, and Eugene (Mona) McCook of Twin City; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Georgia Military College Athletic Department, 201 East Green Street, Milledgeville, GA 31061.

Williams Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Josh Irwin
Mr. Josh Irwin, 33, of Thomson entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Joiner-Anderson-Saxon-Prescott Funeral Home Chapel.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William P. Irwin.

Survivors include his father, Bobby Irwin (Kelly) of Louisville; mother, Freida Nunez-Gladson (Steve) of Waynesboro; grandparents, Nell Irwin of Louisville, Billy and Elsie Mills, formerly of Augusta; children, Makayla Irwin of Missouri, Taylor, Jordan and Abby Grace all of Harlem; sisters, Tammy Moore, Anny Vance (Grady), Anabel Nunez, all of Waynesboro, Kaitlin and Autumn Hill of Louisville; brothers, Marty Moore of Augusta, and Angel Nunez of Waynesboro; nieces and nephews, Paghan Eyers, Bryce Flakes, Broc Flakes, Lexis Vance, all of Waynesboro, Hope Moore of Augusta, and Bailey Moore of Tifton.

Joiner-Anderson-Saxon-Prescott Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Betsy Walden Philbert
Mrs. Betsy Walden Philbert entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Pilbert was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Robert L. Walden Sr. and Hazel Morgan Walden. She was a member of the Jones Grove Baptist Church, where she served as a missionary and the Usher Board. Mrs. Philbert was a 1974 graduate of Louisville High School and retired from Ritz Instrument Transformers.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Jones Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Jacqueline (Janetta) Ramsey of Augusta, and Antoinette Philbert of Louisville; siblings, Mary Lizzie (Jimmy) Brinson and Emma (Jake) Norris of Tennille, Solomon David (Cora) Morgan of Waynesboro, Sammy (Shirlene) Morgan of Lithonia, Annette (Sammie) Outley of Louisville, and Robert “Bob” (Felisha) Walden Jr. of Wadley; one granddaughter, Christiana Nacole Philbert of Augusta; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Franklyn Philbert Sr., Alfred Philbert and Donald Philbert of Brooklyn, N.Y., Joan Philbert and Lenora Philbert of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Sheron Bramble of Richmond, Va.; godchildren, Roger Batts, Kadon Ramsey and Ken’drez Flournoy; dogs, Fox and Trigger Mann; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Geneva Lora Stearns
Mrs. Geneva Lora Stearns, 88, of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at National Health Care, North Augusta, S.C.

A private memorial service will be held at her home in North Augusta for her family.

She was preceded in death by parents, Walter and Ada Daniel, Gibson; sisters, Eve Morgan, Sue Wall and Reba Storey.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Melvin C. Stearns Sr., North Augusta, S.C.; sons, Lane (Dana) Newsome, Kingsport, Tenn., Glenn (Cheryl) Newsome, Augusta, Barry (Nancy) Randolph, Waynesboro, Garry (Ginger) Randolph, Jacksonville, Fla., Curtis (Debi) Stearns, Trenton, S.C., and Benny (Beth) Stearns, Grovetown; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer s Association.

Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Renee Sapp Webb
Mrs. Renee Sapp Webb, 48, of Vero Beach, Fla., entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Wadley.

Mrs. Webb, a native of Vero Beach, Fla., was the daughter of the late Mickey Sapp and Pamela Houser Tillis and the stepdaughter of Bryant Tillis. She attended Treasure Coast Assembly of God and was involved with the Humane Society in Vero Beach, Fla.

Memorial services were held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home Chapel, Vero Beach, Fla., with Rev. Arthur W. Mayer officiating.

She was preceded in death by her father; and a brother, James Sapp.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather; husband, Ralph Vernon Webb; sons, Matthew Vernon and Joseph James Webb of Vero Beach, Fla.; stepdaughter, Sharon Blaum; grandson, Chase Blaum of Ohio; mother- and father-in-law, Patrick and Kathryn St. Pierre of Clayton; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Robert Webb, and Mike and Jean Muth of Vero Beach, Fla., Anthony and Lori Webb of Bartow, and Michael Webb of North Carolina; and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the Humane Society, 6230 77th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32962.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements

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