Obituaries
November 15, 2012 Issue

Miss Beverly Ann Berry
Miss Beverly Ann Berry, 37, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at her residence.

Miss Berry was born in Jefferson County on Jan. 19, 1975, to the parentage of Eugene Berry and Eddie Lou Jordan Berry.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough III and Rev. Kenneth Hannah officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Berry; and brothers, Lee Melvin Berry and Curtis Berry

Survivors include her mother, Eddie Lou Berry of Wrens; five brothers, Eugene Berry and Kenneth Berry, both of Wrens, Leotis Berry and La’Vincent Berry, both of Augusta, and Jerry (Janice) Berry of Dearing; two sisters, Patricia Berry Jones of Matthews, and Sharon (Thomas Lee) Brinson of Wrens; two aunts; 10 nieces; five nephews; three great-aunts; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Gene Tuney Brassell Sr.
Mr. Gene Tuney Brassell Sr., 80, of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at the VA Medical Center.

Mr. Brassell was born in Gibson to the late William and Mary Allen Brassell. He was a retired Iron Worker and a member of the VFW, Moose Lodge and was a lifetime member of AMVETS No. 5.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Chris Williford officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Hazel Brassell; and daughter, Melissa Kitchens.

Survivors include his children, Gene Brassell Jr. (Debbie), and Christopher Brassell (Jennifer), all of Hephzibah; daughters, Anna Marie Clarke of North Augusta, S.C., and Shannon Carver (Tim) of Hephzibah; brothers, Lee Brassell, Lloyd Brassell and Jack Brassell; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Brassell, Andy Brassell, Butch McGrath, James Carver, Matt Waterson, Alan King and Brady Brassell.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Derryl Williams Cochran
Mrs. Derryl Williams Cochran, 79, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Cochran was a native of Bartow. She was a LPN and an Episcopalian.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Kenneth Watkins officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Cochran; parents, Harvey Young Williams Sr. and Emma Rushin Williams; sister, Nita Watkins; three brothers, Harvey Young Williams Jr., Harmon Williams and Burt Williams; and a niece, Crystal Williams.

Survivors include her sister, Susan W. Gibson, Aiken S.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Montel Derez Brown
Funeral services for Mr. Montel Derez Brown, 40, formerly of Wrens were held on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Anthony Brown; and aunt, Retha Mae Oliphant.

Survivors include his daughter, Kiandra Brown of Augusta; grandson, Jayden Brown of Augusta; parents, James and Arvenia Yancey Brown of Wrens; grandparents, Rosella Brown of Stapleton, and James and Milo Yancey of Stapleton; three brothers, Frederick Brown of Stone Mountain, Horatio Brown of Augusta, and Clifton Brown of College Park; two nieces, Ni’Keria Brown of Waynesboro, and Anaiya Brown of Augusta; aunts and uncles, Mary Alice (Bunyan) Shields, Betty Farmer and Mary (Charlie) Oliphant of Wrens, Gary (Betty) Brown, William Yancey and Artis Yancey of Stapleton, Charlie Brown of Thomson, Richard Yancey and Kerry (Carolyn) Yancey of Augusta, Herman (Mary) Yancey of Louisville, Willie Oliphant of Stapleton, and Brinson (Saketha) Yancey of Sandersville; godmother, Vivian Jackson of Durham, N.C.; and several cousins, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Dorothy Jean Courson
Miss Dorothy Jean Courson, 79, of Keysville entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Keysville Nursing and Rehab Center.

Miss Courson was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, living in Wrens and Zebina. She attended Ways Baptist Church. Despite the several physical disabilities that plagued her, she attended the local public schools and received a graduation certificate in 1956 from Wrens High School. She was under the care of her parents but was placed in a nursing home. Miss Courson was a resident at the Keysville Nursing and Rehab Center since 1991.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Keysville Nursing and Rehab Center. Interment followed in Ways Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dollie Tooke Courson and Eugene G. Courson; paternal grandparents, Elizabeth Beal Gay Courson and John Jackson Courson.

Survivors include her cousin and guardian, Dr. Max Courson (Naomi) of Valrico, Fla.; and cousin, Ellen Courson Potsiadlo of Las Vegas, Nev.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Willie James Gilmore
Deacon Willie James Gilmore of Bartow entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Old Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Bartow, with Pastor Jamaal Wilcher officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lillie Ruth Hill Gilmore, Bartow; four daughters, Rosa Bell (Bobby) Green and Annie Cora (Roger) Gilmore, Wadley, Vanessa (Henry) Mack, Jacksonville, Fla., and Kimberly Ann (Michael) Gilmore, Charlotte, N.C.; three sons, Antoine (Valerie) Gilmore, Hephzibah, Damon Gilmore, Bartow, and Daryl Gilmore of Florida; one sister, Gladys Howard, Wadley; 10 grandchildren, Gary, Ernest, Deric, Roger, Regina, Anteonia, Antoine, Adrianna, Cornelius and La Nyia; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Clarence Gilmore, Michael Gibbons, Jackie Hill, John Howard, Leroy Lee, Willie Lee, Calvin Oliphant and Troy Randall.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Albert “Nig” Hall Jr.
Mr. Albert “Nig” Hall Jr., 81, entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, surrounded by his family at Hospice of Savannah.

Mr. Hall attended the public schools of Jefferson County. He was the son of the late Albert Hall Sr. and Dessie Gibbons Hall of Bartow.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at First New Light Baptist Church, Savannah. Interment was in Bonaventure Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and five siblings, James, Earnest, Sammie Lee “Lil Man,” Lula and Lizzie.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Kathryn P. Hall; five children, Jacqueline H. Hopkins, Albert Hall III, Rev. Dr. Kathy Diane Jones, Billy Hall and Barron Hall; three brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Adams Funeral Services, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ray Edward James
Mr. Ray Edward James, 69, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at his residence.

One of five children born to the late Marie Rowland James and the late Raley Clarence James, Mr. James was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. He was the construction manager at University Hospital until suffering a brain aneurysm at the age of 49, after which he was disabled and his life underwent a complete change.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Stan Littleton and Dr. James M. Ford officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and all of his siblings, Roy James, Calvin James, Margaret J. McNair and Billy James.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Onley James; three children, Deborah J. Taylor (Butch), Brian K. James (Amy) and Brad S. James (Angie); six grandchildren, Jenny Taylor, Dalton James, Evan James, Robbie Adams (Hannah), Georgi Ann Allen and Haley Ansley; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Pete Blount, Danny Guffey, Raymond K. James, Ricky W. James, Jim McNair, Jim Sheppard and George Raley.

Because of the financial burden caused by such a prolonged illness/disability, 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. James Gilbert McNair
Mr. James Gilbert McNair, 83, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Glenwood Nursing Home, Wadley.

One of five children born to the late Thelma Williams McNair and the late Fred E. McNair, Mr. McNair grew up in Glascock County and has lived in Wrens all of his adult life. After 35 years of service, he retired from Milliken in Thomson. He was a member of Ways Baptist Church, where he was a deacon.

Funeral services were held at Ways Baptist Church on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Wayne Turpin and Rev. Jerry Cole officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Stacey McNair; and brother, Ferrell McNair.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Catherine McDonald McNair; son, Vince McNair (Anita); one grandson, Joshua McNair; three sisters Naomi Britton, Marguerite Morris and Edith Mathews (Bill); and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Mike McDonald, Chris May, Lee Mathews, Dail Morris, Darrell Mathews, Rodney Englett, Mitchell Doss, Kenneth Moore and Adam McNair.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ways Baptist Church, c/o Peggiann Chalker, 314 Quaker Rd., Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James H. “Jim” Pittman
Mr. James H. “Jim” Pittman, 83, Tupelo, Miss., entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Mr. Pittman was born Feb. 13, 1929, to James Franklin and Mattie Lou Walden Pittman in Avera. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Augusta. For 41 years he worked for Borden Milk and Ice Cream, from which he retired. He owned many different animals. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, with Rev. David Langerfeld officiating. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery, Augusta.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Eldred Pittman and Johnny Pittman; two sisters, Lollie Dye and Mattie Pittman.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Jean Ruland Pittman of Tupelo, Miss.; two daughters, Bonnie Pittman of Booneville, Miss., and Darlene Masters of Georgia; one son, Emery Pittman of Tupelo, Miss.

Pegues Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Elwyn Hugh Screws
Mr. Elwyn Hugh Screws, 88, of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. Screws was a native of Jefferson County. He was a carpenter, a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, and a member of Blundale Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 4 p.m. at Blundale Baptist Church, with Rev. Lamar Little and Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Blundale Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Arthur Lee Conley officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Mae Marsh Screws; parents, Willie Nelson Screws and Mattie Mae McNeely Screws; one sister, Fairie Mae Screws Way; two brothers, Carter Screws and Raymond Screws; and a grandson, Chadwick Heath McCoy.

Survivors include four daughters, Annell (David) McCoy, Carolyn (J.R.) McCoy and Lynn Henry, all of Swainsboro, and Elizabeth (Stanley) McCoy of Griffin; one sister, Annie Bell Screws Fennell of Wadley; one brother, Villian Screws of Wadley; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Brad McCoy, Ryan Jackson, Blake Henry, Brandon Henry, Shane McCoy and Randy Miller.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Price Williams
Mrs. Mary Price Williams, 54, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

Mrs. Williams was a native of Augusta and lived in Evans for the past 26 years. She was a member of Martinez Baptist Church and the assistant director of Blue Ridge Pre-School and Daycare.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Philip Winsett and Rev. Ray Lewis officiating. Interment followed at Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband, Kerry L. Williams; son, Clayton Williams (Jenna Campbell) of Evans; mother, Mable A. Price of Martinez; sisters, Becky Bearden of Martinez, Sue Boerckel (Gary) of Evans and Katherine Lines (Andrew) of Martinez; brothers, Joe Price (Bonnie) of Evans, Gil Price (Staci) of Grovetown and Edward Price of Evans; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were her nephews.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

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