Obituaries
November 1, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Gladys Whigham “Butch” Hobbs
Mrs. Gladys Whigham “Butch” Hobbs entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

Mrs. Hobbs was born on Feb. 2, 1923, in Wadley, the daughter of the late Plezen and Mattie Lee Whigham. She entered the first grade in Emanuel County schools. Later the family moved to Jefferson County, where she completed her education in the Jefferson County Public School System. She continued her educational pursuit, and received the bachelor of elementary education from Savannah State University, and the master of library science from Atlanta University. Accepting Christ at Live Oak CME Church, Mrs. Hobbs became active in the local, district and conference levels of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She married Dr. Gardner Hobbs in 1960, moved to Wrens, and later joined the New Zion Baptist Church. Her church affiliations and offices included the Missionary Society, Gospel Choir, chair of the Communion Committee, Program Committee, and Pastor’s Appreciation Committee, and assistant superintendent of the Sunday school. She was employed by the Jefferson County School System more than 40 years. During this time, she served as a classroom teacher and media specialist at Price Elementary, Lewis Grove Elementary and Wrens Elementary schools. Following her retirement from the Jefferson County School System in 1988, Mrs. Hobbs became involved with the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association, the Savannah State Alumni Chapter and the Department of Family and Children Services.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Mattie Lee and Exzeamma; and brothers, Plezen Jr., Herman and Hubert.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Dr. Gardner Hobbs; four special nieces who are like daughters and granddaughters, Lundia B. Washington of Bolivia, N.C., Nichole R. Diliza, Isha and Nandi Conteh of Bakersfield, Calif.; two nieces, Vicky (Leroy) Walker and Brenda Walker of Wrens; nephew and great-nephew, Abraham (Vinnia) McCoy of Durham, N.C., Fernandias (Michelle) McCoy of Wrens; three sisters, Ola M. Curtis, Augusta, Annetta W. Wright, Conyers, and Beatrice W. Shareef, Atlanta; one brother, Raybun (Blanche) Whigham, Augusta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.


Mrs. JoAnn Hobbs Key
Mrs. JoAnn Hobbs Key, 60, of Warrenton entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Key was a native of Jefferson County, but has lived in Warrenton for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Community Fellowship Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ralph Kitchens and Rev. Tony Key officiating. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Grady Key, Warrenton; daughter, Teresa Lyles, Gibson; son, Joey Key, Thomson; sister, Cornelia Whitaker, Dearing; brother, James Hobbs, Phenix City, Ala.; grandchildren, Shelby Key, Chloe Key, Keith Pritchett and Kaylee Lyles.

Pallbearers were Robbie Meadows, Chad Hillard, Ronnie Langham, Danny Reese, Tommy Rozier and Chris Sinns.

Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Herman Allen McCoy
Mr. Herman Allen McCoy, 79, of Louisville, formerly of Hephzibah, entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.

Mr. McCoy retired from the Kings Mill Company.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Poteet Funeral Home, with Pastor Bruce Flowers officiating. Burial followed in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Velma Kitchens McCoy; and wife, Margaret Quick McCoy.

Survivors include his sister, Gloria Williams of Louisville; brother, Kenneth McCoy of Augusta; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were great-nephews.

Poteet Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Anthony Oliphant Jr.
Mr. Anthony Oliphant Jr., 23, of Bowie, Md., entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Lofton AME Church, Wrens, with Rev. Michael Ephraim as eulogist and Minister Dorothy Nelson. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Anthony (Karen) Oliphant of Maryland; brother, Markus Oliphant; maternal grandparents, Ben (Fannie) Carr; and paternal grandparents, Newt (Martha) Oliphant.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruth C. Meadows
Mrs. Ruth C. Meadows, 91, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Thomson Health and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Meadows was a native of Glascock County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. She was a retired nursing assistant and was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ronnie Faircloth Jr. officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Meadows.

Survivors include her three daughters, Callie Clark and Betty McGuyton, both of Thomson, and Debbie Riexinger, Hiram; son, Walter Lamb, Austell; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Grace Burnett Patterson
Mrs. Grace Burnett Patterson entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, N.J.

Mrs. Patterson was born on May 28, 1933, to Exie Mae and James Burnett in Gibson, Glascock County. She graduated from Glascock County Training School in 1956. She moved to Newark, N.J., in 1958. She married Toll Patterson in 1960 and had one child, Sonya. Mrs. Patterson worked as a nursing assistant for more than 25 years at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center until her disability in 1976. She was a member of Bethel Holiness Church, Elizabeth, N.J. She served on the Ushers’ Board and the Nurses’ Unit. She attended Bible study. She later joined Progressive Baptist Church, Newark, N.J. After many years of independent living, she became a resident of South Mountain Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Vauxhall, N.J.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Deliverance Jesus is Coming Church, Irvington, N.J., with Bishop James H. Everett officiating and Bishop J. Williams as eulogist. Interment was in Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth, N.J.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Toll; parents; and six siblings.

Survivors include her daughter, Sonya; two grandchildren, Raushanah and Markeith; two great-grandchildren, Sariah and Madison; brother, Josephus; special son, Charles Johnson; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home and Perry Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Job Patterson Sr.
Mr. Job Patterson Sr., 58, of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Unihealth Post-Acute Care Old Capital, Swainsboro.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville.

Mr. Patterson was a native of Jenkins County. He was the son of the late Jessie Patterson and Rucundia Lane Patterson. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Millen. Mr. Patterson held various jobs as a maintenance man for Reliable Maintenance Services and a clerk at a convenience store.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Frank Patterson, Geneva Patterson Watkins, Noah Patterson, Eugene Patterson and Jessie J. Patterson Jr.

Survivors include his daughter, Sophia Patterson of Wadley; sons, Jermaine Patterson of Metter, Job Patterson Jr. of Wadley, Jonathan Tillman of Swainsboro, and Joseph Tillman of Swainsboro; stepchildren, Tracy (Travis) Fort of Sandersville, and Alicia (Malaci) Lockett of Swainsboro; brothers, Pastor Charles (Pastor Carol) Patterson of Newport News, Va., and Leo (Rozena) Patterson of Covington; sister, Ola Mae (James) Grant of Chicago, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence of his daughter Sophia Patterson, 274 E. Calhoun Street, Wadley, GA 30477 or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ulysses “Jabo” Sims
Mr. Ulysses “Jabo” Sims of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Eden Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Sims was a native of Jefferson County. He was a member of the Eden Baptist Church. Mr. Sims was the son of the late Frank and Mary Lue Taylor Sims. He was a retired logger with Bruce Hancock Farms.

Survivors include a multitude of nieces and nephews; and caretaker, Susie Johnson Strowbridge of Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Andrew Jackson Washington
Mr. Andrew Jackson Washington of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at 1 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. A.C. Epps officiating, assisted by Pastor William Patterson. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four sisters, Dianetta Blocker, Wildwood, N.J., Beatrice Freeman, Atlanta, Florence Washington, Wadley, and Gwendolyn Grace Evans, Brooklyn, N.Y.; three sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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