October 25, 2012, 2012 Issue

Mr. Russell C. Boyd
Mr. Russell C. Boyd of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

He was a native of Augusta, and owner of Honey’s Unisex Saloon, Wrens.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Marion Williams officiating. Burial was in Southview Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Lambert; son, Malike Boyd, Detroit, Mich.; three sisters, Samantha Boyd, Kathy Chance and Joyce Porter; brother, Jerry Boyd Beasley, Augusta; and other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lizzie Mae McDonald Dixon
Mrs. Lizzie Mae McDonald Dixon, 91, of Sandersville entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Extended Care Facility, Sandersville.

Mrs. Dixon was a native of Glascock County, the daughter of the late Joseph H. McDonald and the late Beulah Lamb McDonald. She was the wife of the late Euree “Buck” Dixon. Mrs. Dixon was a homemaker and a retired employee of the Miller’s Food Store. She was a member of the Ridgeland Heights Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at Ridgeland Heights Baptist Church, Sandersville, with Elder Kenneth Brantley officiating. Burial was in Washington County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her children, William W. Dixon (Margaret) of Stone Mountain, C. Joe Dixon (Peggy) of North Augusta, S.C., and Debra Dixon Helton (Dean) of Sandersville; grandchildren, Mike (Cyndi) Dixon, Jimmy Dixon, John (Kristen) Dixon, Jennifer Dixon (Dwayne) Rudd, Brandi Helton, Heather Helton and Ashley Helton (Nic) Green; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bernice Tanner of Wrightsville.

Pallbearers were Herschel Phillips, Rob Phillips, Don Helton Jr., Dean McCaskill, Bill Giddens, Horace Daniel, Eddie Moye and Wayne Walker.

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

May and Smith Funeral Home was is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. M. Charles Edward Drayton Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. M. Charles Edward “Big Drake” Drayton Jr., 40, of Wrens will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Chapel, Wrens, with Rev. Carlos Young and Pastor Juanita Outlaw officiating. Interment will be in the Sugar Hill Cemetery Wrens. Repast will be held in the church annex.

The viewing will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Freeman Funeral Home, Wrens.

Friends and family may call the residence of his sister, Michelle, at 104 Baltimore Drive, Wrens, or call (706) 726-7658.

Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. J. Gordon Farmer
Mr. J. Gordon Farmer, 91, of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest on Oct. 19, 2012, at the home he built.

Mr. Farmer was born in Stellaville, the youngest of six children of Henry and Clara Farmer. He graduated from Wrens High School in 1938. In 1939, he entered Georgia Tech, where he graduated in 1943 with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. He supported Georgia Tech for the rest of his life. In March, 2011, he was honored by the school by being inducted into the Georgia Tech Engineering Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his accomplishments professionally and personally. In 1943, Mr. Farmer was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Air Corps. He served in WWII as a 1st Lt. and lead navigator in the 490th Bomber Group of the Mighty 8th Air Force in England. He and his crew flew 17 missions over Europe. Mr. Farmer’s group was awarded the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Combat Service. In 1946, Gordon returned to North Augusta, S.C., with $5,000 in savings and started Augusta Concrete Block Company. For the next 65 years Augusta Concrete Block has continued as block manufacturers in the southeast. It is now run by his son, Jim Farmer. Throughout his years in business, he led and supported many civic organizations and charitable causes, including president of Augusta Junior Chamber of Commerce, president of North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Aiken County Historical Commission, chairman of Building Committee for Augusta Museum, and co-founder of the Aiken County Manufacturers Council. Mr. Farmer was honored in 2007 as the North Augusta Citizen of the year. For 63 years he and his wife have been members and leaders of Grace United Methodist Church. Mr. Farmer served as chairman of the Official Board, Church Treasurer, member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the Stillwell Class for 50 years. He also served on six church building committees. Mr. Farmer was a collector. His vast collections include clocks, antiques, mechanical items, coins and antique cars. In June 2010, he was featured on the American Pickers television show, entitled Gordon’s Gold Mine. Mr. Farmer and his wife, Martha Claire, travelled all over the world.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, with Rev. James D. Dennis Jr., Dr. John M. Younginer Jr., and Dr. John M. Newell III officiating. Interment was in Westover Memorial Park with veterans honors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Clara Farmer; two brothers, Pierce Farmer and George Farmer; and a sister, Virginia Eubanks.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Martha Claire Holladay Farmer, North Augusta, S.C.; a son, Jim (Laura) Farmer, Augusta; two daughters, Rebecca (Gary) Bernson, Atlanta, and Melissa (Paul) Zimmerman, Augusta; sister, Betty Painter, Atlanta; seven grandchildren, Matthew Bernson, Myers Zimmerman, Mary Claire Zimmerman, Hannah Farmer, James Gordon Farmer III “Trey,” Spencer Farmer and Gabriella Farmer.

Pallbearers were Dr. Billy Thurmond, Col. John T. Mason, George D. Farmer, Conrad Quiller, Jack Goldenberg, Dick Rosenliebe, Bob Sweeney, Jim Travis and Donald Patterson.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Stillwell Sunday School Class, employees of Augusta Concrete Block, Dr. and Mrs. W.G. Watson and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Holladay.

Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church Building Fund, 639 Georgia Ave, North Augusta, SC 29841, or to the Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC, 29205.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pauline Fowler
Mrs. Pauline Fowler, 82, of Alma entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Upson Regional Medical Center, Thomaston, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Fowler was a native of Bacon County and was a previous long-term resident of Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at the chapel of Crosby Funeral Home, with Rev. Bill Stone and Rev. Jimmy Fowler officiated.

She was preceded in death by her husband W. A. Fowler Jr.; and a grandson, Zachary Fowler.

Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Fowler (Amy), Noel Fowler (Beth) of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Alan Fowler (Angie) of Gibson; three daughters, Wanda Timm (Bill) of Stone Mountain, Gail Bramlett (Dan) of Thomaston, and Hilda Fowler of New Port News, Va.; one sister, Audrey Steedley of Alma; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her church Big Creek Baptist Church, P.O. Box 306, Alma, GA 31510.

Mrs. Ophelia Jones Lane
Mrs. Ophelia “Miss O.” Jones Lane entered into rest on Oct. 15, 2012, at the Uni-Health PAC Capitol Inn Nursing Home, Louisville.

Mrs. Lane was born on March 24, 1935, to the late Judson and Mattie Kelly Jones. She attended Tenders Grove Public School, Avera. She was a member of the Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton. Mrs. Lane was employed by Old Capital Inn Nursing Home, Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at the Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Willie L. Jones Sr. officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Lane Sr.; son, Bernard Lane; daughter, Clara Hannah; and brother, Charlie Lewis Harris Sr.

Survivors include four daughters, Lois Usry, Beverly King and Jackie Lane, all of Stapleton, and Cynthia (James) Stone of Wrens; three sons, Wallace (Joann) Lane of Dearing, Tyrone Lane and Charlie (Frances) Jones, all of Stapleton; three sisters, Eloise Mathis and Charlotte Jones, both of Stamford, Conn., and Lauree Hutchins of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Mae Lane of Louisville, and Barbara Lane of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Wesley (Eloise) Lane of Waynesboro, and Thomas (Lavenia) Lane of Mitchell; friend, Eddie Smith of Wrens; 29 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Flower Ladies were Tonyetta Dixon, Aishea Hannah, Erica Hannah, Kiera Avery, Lakedra Hannah and Shae’Quan Patterson.

Pallbearers were Brandon Hannah, Reggie Jones, Wykey Lane, Wallace Lane Jr., Pedrick Lane, Dennis Wynn, Brain Lane and Maurice Farmer.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Catherine Johnson Lewis
Mrs. Catherine Johnson Lewis, 73, of Warthen entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Lewis was a native of Hancock County, the daughter of the late Arthur Johnson and the late Edna Carr Johnson. She was the wife of the late Eugene Wilson Lewis. Mrs. Lewis was a homemaker and a member of the Union Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Union Baptist Church, Warthen, with Rev. Danny Thomas and Rev. Roy Smith officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Ricky Wilson Lewis; and grandchildren, William Freeman “Will” Peeler and Charlie Lynn Smith.

Survivors include her children, Danny Lewis (Cheryl) of Sandersville, Regina Jackson (Timmy) of Louisville, Sherry Peeler of Warthen, Karen Smith (Charles) of Tennille, Kerry Lewis of Warthen and Brian Lewis (Mechelle) of Bartow; grandchildren, Daniel Clements, Adam Clements, Timothy Jackson, T.J. Jackson, Taylor Jackson, Missy Smith, Pam Reese, Ricky Smith, Austin Smith, Lynne Smith Dalton Davis, Cheyenne Dutton and Brandon Yates; great-grandchildren, Errin Reese, Preston Reese, Logan Clements, Landen Clements, McKinzey Clements, Luke Jackson and Jack Jackson; four sisters, Tinie Newby of Dublin, Carolyn Johns (Bobby) of Milledgeville, Linda Floyd of Milledgeville and Brenda McCannon of Lexington; a brother, Wilbert Johnson of Sparta; two sisters-in-law, Pauline Lewis of Tennille and Marie (Franklin) Waters of Warthen; and a brother-in-law, Aubrey Neal of Milledgeville.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Waters, Ron Waters, Larry Smith, William Smith, Timothy Jackson, Scott Reese, Johnny Osborne and Patrick Wilkerson.

The family suggests donations be made the Union Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

Rev. James W. Moore
Rev. James W. Moore, 70, of Mableton entered into rest on Oct. 17, 2012.

Rev. Moore was born in Wadley on Nov. 3, 1941. He was a Christian. He was a former associate pastor of Word of Life Baptist Church, Smyrna, former pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Dallas, and former pastor of Eastland Heights Baptist Church, Marietta. He retired from his HVAC business, Moore’s Heating and Air, earlier this year.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at West Cobb Funeral Home, Marietta. Interment followed at Davisboro Cemetery, Davisboro, at 4 p.m.

He was preceded in death by his son, James William Moore Jr.; parents, James Layton Moore Jr. and Jeanette Moore of Wadley; sisters, Norma Moore of Wadley, Leniece Hickox of Patterson, and Barbara Powell of Wadley; and brother, Joe Moore of Wadley.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Glenda; one son, Tony Moore (Anita Moore) of McDonough; daughter, Jamie Moore of Rockmart; grandchildren, Jimmy Moore of McDonough, and Allie Pierce of Rockmart; brothers, Rick Moore of Wadley, and Tim Moore of Rainbow City, Ala.; sister, Debra Adams of Vidalia; and friends, Tommy and Glenda Seay of Blairsville.

Announcement courtesy of May and Smith Funeral Directors.

Mr. Tommy Curtis Norwood
Mr. Tommy Curtis Norwood Sr., 58, of Sandersville entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

Mr. Norwood was born in Orlando, Fla., the son of the late James Garfield Norwood and the late Mable Louise Lewis Norwood. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a fabricator and welder for the Washington County Machine Shop and also did carpentry work.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Wood officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Register Norwood of Sandersville; five children, Tommy C. Norwood Jr., of Longwood, Fla., Stephanie Nichol (Pooya) Pakzadian of Castleberry, Fla., Jamie (Brandon) Williford of Sandersville, Michelle Cooper of Davisboro and Adam Cooper of Sandersville; eight grandchildren; three brothers, Jimmy (Sandra) Norwood, Timmy (Kenya) Norwood and Roger (Trina) Norwood, all of Sandersville; and two sisters, Marsha (Tony) Smith of Sandersville and Kathy (Ricky) Thigpen of Milledgeville.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Nellie Chavis Smith
Mrs. Nellie Chavis Smith, 93, entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in the care of her daughter, Judith Smith Morris, in Augusta.

A memorial celebration will be held on her birthday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Portofino on Pensacola Beach, Fla., where her birthdays have been celebrated for the past 20 years.

Mrs. Smith was born in Pensacola, Fla., on Jan. 25, 1919. She lived on the water at Oriole Beach in Gulf Breeze, Fla., for more than 60 years until hurricane Ivan destroyed her home in 2006. At the age of 16, she lost her mother and as the oldest girl she became the mother of nine brothers and sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Henry Smith; son, Thomas Stanley Smith; daughter, Nancy Jane Brooks; father, Thomas David Chavis; mother, Bertha Nowling Chavis; brothers, J.C. Chavis, Luther D. Chavis, Vergus Chavis, Levoghn Chavis and Alvin D. Chavis; and sisters, Dorothy Mae Mitchell and Emily Ruth White.

Survivors include her daughter, Judith Smith Morris of Augusta; companion of 35 years, Martin V. Mitchell of Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Betty Jean Arnold of Gibson; brother, Clifford L. Chavis of Pensacola, Fla.; eight grandchildren, John Douglas Ivey and Lisa Ivey Gates of Pensacola, Fla., Byron Scott Brooks of Louisiana, William Curtis Curt Morris Jr. and William Brian Morris of Birmingham, Ala., Shanna J’nai Smith, Lac’e Simone Smith and Falon N’cole Smith of Pensacola, Fla.; and five great-grandchildren.

If so desired memorials may be made to the Jud Hickey Center, 1901 Central Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904, or to St. Joseph Foundation, Trinity Hospice Memorial, 2803 Wrightsboro Road, Suite 38, Augusta, GA 30909.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Tom Watson Williford Jr.
Mr. Tom Watson Williford Jr., 81, of Nunez entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Williford was a retired millwright and a member of the Garden of Prayer Assembly of God Church.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Bobby Miller and Rev. Jim Rawls officiating. Interment was in Parker Methodist Church Cemetery, Bartow, with Rev. Fred Reese officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom Watson and Hattie Purvis Williford Sr.; sister; Lucille Thompson; brothers, James Williford, Lamar Williford, George Williford and Marvin Williford; wife of 40 years, Helen Harris Williford; and son, Ricky Williford.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Bunnie Griffith Williford; four daughters, Joan (Cleve) Foskey of Guyton, Ellen (Danny) Wilkerson of Twin City, Cathy (Glen) Flanders of Dellwood, and Patsy (J. C.) Sherrod of Millen; three sons, Edward (Brenda) Williford, Garfield, Donnie (Myra) Williford of Kite, and Scott (Mary) Williford of Twin City; two stepdaughters, Barbara (Marty) Payne of Jefferson, and Krista (Paul) Beasley of Twin City; two stepsons, Steve (Linda) Byrd of Mont Clare, Pa., and Rick (Terry) Byrd of Carlton; one sister, Frances Kennedy of Wadley; two brothers, Jeral (Pat) Williford of Waynesboro, and Clayton (Helen) Williford of Newnan; 28 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Donald Hodges, Bruce Sammons, Richard Dudley, Mike Gay, Lance Griffith, Tommy Williford, Robert Williford and Billy Williford.

Honorary Pallbearers were Larry Bennett and the staff of United Hospice.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Garden of Prayer Assembly of God Building Fund, C/O Jean Webb, 1888 Jumpanrun Road, Kite, GA 31049, or United Hospice, 667 S. Main St., Swainsboro, GA 30401.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.



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