Obituaries
December 13, 2012 Issue

Mrs. Kathryn Radford Chalker
Mrs. Kathryn Radford Chalker, 87, of Wadley entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.

A native of McDuffie County, Mrs. Chalker was a daughter of the late John C. and Dora Rickman Brinkley. She retired from Louisville Manufacturing after several years of service as a seamstress. She was the last founding member of Louisville Church of God where she was a member for 59 years. For the past seven years she lived and received care from her son, Alvin (Darlene) Radford.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Louisville Church of God, with Rev. Eugene Evors and Pete Bridges officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

She was preceded in death by her parents; seven siblings; three husbands, Walter Radford, Frank Radford and J.C. Chalker.

Survivors include her children, Florence Shavers of Warrenton, Vesta Kilgore of Gordon, Chester Radford of Avera, Walter (Brenda) Radford of Midville, Alvin (Darlene) Radford of Wadley, and Terry (Etta) Radford of Wadley; numerous grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Gary Hutchins, A.J. Olgesby, Skip Davis, Randy Walden, Jerry Brinkley and Raymond Brinkley.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sara “Becky” Louise Stapleton Farmer
Mrs. Sara “Becky” Louise Stapleton Farmer, 78, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

Mrs. Farmer was born to the parentage of the late Albert Stapleton and Mattie Brown Stapleton. She was a member of Stone Springfield AME Church, where she served as a missionary and a member of the choir. She was a member of the Golden Girls/Guys of Wrens Chapel. She was employed by Jefferson County Board of Education as a para-professional for 30 years. Mrs. Farmer was united in holy matrimony in 1952 to the late Clifford Farmer Sr.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and daughter, Sylvia Yancey.

Survivors include her sons, Harold (Betty) Farmer and Clifford (Brenda) Farmer Jr., all of Wrens; daughters, Sandra (Gary) Benjamin, Wrens, and Loretta (Sylvester) Lane, Stapleton; adopted daughter, Margaret Hudson, Trenton, N.J.; two sisters, Willie Ruth Holmes and Mildred Davis, both of Augusta; five sisters-in-law, Hattie Lou Stapleton, Thomson, Mary Farmer and Evella Farmer, both of Wrens, Carolyn Farmer, Stapleton, and Virginia Davis, Louisville; brother-in-law, Tom Wesley Farmer Jr., Wrens; grandchildren, Karen, Harold II, Terry, Shane’, Danita, Rachel, Ashley, Casey, Courtney, Brittney, Shemariah, Clifford II, Janie, Clifford III and Devin; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Carrie Guyinn
Mrs. Carrie Guyinn entered into rest on Nov. 9, 2012.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, Dale City, Va.

Survivors include her husband, George Guyinn; children, Angela Hill and Kristy Porter; son-in-law, Franklin Porter; grandson, Jewell; granddaughters, Emanii and Kristina Porter; four sisters, Hattie Hall (Gary), Patricia Hines (Willie) and Zolie Davis of Louisville, and Myra Bell (Timothy) of Wadley; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. David Anthony “Man” Jordan
Mr. David Anthony “Man” “Schemer” Jordan, 48, of Wrens entered into rest at Jefferson Hospital on Dec. 3, 2012.

Mr. Jordan was born in Jefferson County on May 4, 1964, to the late Mary E. “Tennie” Dixon and the late David Jordan. He attended Jefferson County High School. On March 2, 2002, he was united in holy matrimony to Mary Ann Stone Jordan.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at New Zion Baptist Church, Wrens, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Bennie Holmes officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law, John Stone.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Stone Jordan, Wrens; two daughters, Laqetria Jordan, Wrens, and Sarah Williams, Augusta; two sons, Darius Jordan, Miami, Fla., and Derrick Hannah, Wrens; four sisters, Tyran Freeman, Wrens, Teresa Miles, Atlanta, Chiquita Freeman, Grovetown, and Christina Jordan, Warrenton; one brother, Dedrick Jordan, Wrens; mother-in-law, Mary Stone, Wrens; sisters-in-law, Jacqueline (Lee) McCloud, Wrens, and Jennifer (Darren) Drayton, Atlanta; brothers-in-law, Edward (Janice) Stone, Harold Stevenson and Benjamin Stone, all of Wrens; grandchildren, Jakobie Wells, Cayleb Drayton and Cayden Drayton; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nesta Thomas New
Mrs. Nesta Thomas New, 95, of Bartow entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at her residence.

A native of Hamilton Bermuda, Mrs. New was a retired bookkeeper of 38 years from Henderson Chevrolet.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Grady Wesley New; and granddaughter, Carla Poss.

Survivors include her son, H. G. Tommy (Gloria) New of Bartow; daughter, Sylvia (Gene) Barnes of Marietta; 2 granddaughters, Wendy New of Boston, Mass., and Allie Barnes of Marietta; four great- grandchildren, Kate Poss, Nesta Ryan Malin, McCaye Malin and Cecilia Malin; and many nieces and nephews around the world.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Edna Usry Newsome
Mrs. Edna Usry Newsome, 90, of Gibson entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at University Hospital McDuffie, Thomson.

A native of Glascock County, Mrs. Newsome was the daughter of the late John Littenton and Annie Blankenship Usry. She worked many years at the Thomson Company and retired from Atwell Pecan Company as an inspector.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Sheppard Funeral Home, with Rev. Al Kurtz officiating. Burial followed in the Gibson United Methodist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gordon “Tobe” Newsome; and eight brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her sons, Jimmy (Betty) Newsome of Gibson, and Denny (Cheryl) Newsome of Augusta; daughter, Mary Jo (Charles) Logue of Gibson; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Chris Logue, Glenn Rabun, Charles Usry, Larry Newsome, J.H. Usry and Joe Dean Usry.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Hugh H. Powell
Mr. Hugh H. Powell, 60, of Blythe entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Powell lived all his life in Richmond County and for the last 11 years with the Reeves’ of Savannah Square Personal Care Home, Blythe, where his job was doing the laundry. He could play the piano by ear. He went on many vacations with his friends at the personal care home.

A private memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Earl Richards officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret Gaskins Powell and Artemus Powell; siblings, Margaret Gray and Roy Powell; and dog, Daisy.

Survivors include his three siblings, Roger Gaskins Powell, Lois P. Baxley and Alice M. Padula; and extended family at the personal care home, Chuck and Jerry Reeves, Joe Schmidt, Charles Jaillette, Bert Johnson, Henry Bailey, James Harmon, Alex Apperson, Suzanne St. Pierre, Anita Mehl and Julia Pugh.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Bobby O’Neal Prickett
Mr. Bobby O’Neal Prickett, 68, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at his residence.

Born to the late Nina Mae Arrington Prickett and the late Lee Alford Prickett, Mr. Prickett was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and a member of Wrens Baptist Church. Before becoming disabled, he worked as a logger and farmer.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Lewis Farrer and Rev J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Wayne Prickett and Bill Prickett.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Betty Jean Prickett; children, Andy Prickett, Pat Prickett, Paula P. Utley (Michael) and Lynn P. Stevens; six siblings, Eddie Lee “Snookie” Prickett, Charles G. Prickett, Louis B. Prickett, Sallie Ogletree, Donnie Prickett and Ronnie Prickett; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Chuck Bridges, Glenn Combs, Alan “Dinky” Prickett, Donald Prickett, Freddie “Teete” Prickett, Larry Prickett, Dennis Thomas and James “Man” Tobias.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


MSGT Paul Leon Rathbun
MSGT Paul Leon Rathbun, 79, of Stapleton entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Jefferson Hospital.

MSGT Rathbun was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring after 26 years of service.

Funeral services with full military honors were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Elliott Fulmer officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl Salmon Rathbun and Paul Rathbun.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Pennington Rathbun; four children, Sheryl Jean Turner, Jeanette Dianne Giebe, Michael Dennis Rathbun and Marla Sue Womble; three stepchildren, Aubrey Pennington, Ricky Pennington and Donna Kitchens; sister, Beverly Reid; six grandchildren, Joshua Womble, Philip Rathbun, Joseph Kight, Adam Worthen, Hannah Rathbun and Randy Turner; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 563, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Leslie Tennyson Jr.
Mr. Leslie Tennyson Jr., 65, formerly of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Heritage of Old Capital.

Mr. Tennyson was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Leslie Tennyson Sr. and Annie Maude Wells Tennyson. He was a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church and Pine Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Gabriel (Felisia) Tennyson of Tennessee; daughters, LaShandra T. (Hubert) Fields of Stone Mountain, Deshum Young and Dishum Young of Louisville; siblings, Alberta (David) Walker of Hephzibah, Alfornia (Dorothy) Tennyson of Louisville, Raydean Tennyson of Sandersville, Leslie Tennyson Jr. and Karen Thomas of Louisville, Alfred (Phyllis) Thomas of Wadley, Willie James (Catherine) Tennyson of Milledgeville, and James Stevens of Miami, Fla.; four grandchildren; sister-in-law, Grace B. Williams; brother-in-law, James Broomfield of Louisville; friend, Bonnie Hilton of Louisville; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nephews, great-nieces, Shafonda Mitchell and Krystal Williams; and a multitude of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mildred “Dolly” Washington
Miss Mildred “Dolly” Washington of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta, Georgia.

Miss Washington was a native of Jefferson County. She was the daughter of the late Marshall Washington and Lizzie Burton. She joined the Woodlawn Baptist Church at an early age and attended for many years. She was employed at the Home Place as a homemaker for many years.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at 2 p.m. at James and Virginia Davis Chapel, Louisville. Burial was in the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society Cemetery, Louisville.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Michael Washington and David Washington.

Survivors include her children, Mary Ann Washington- Johnson of Augusta, Barry Washington, Shelton Washington, both of Louisville, Patrick Washington of Waynesboro, and Keith (Krystal) Washington of Louisville; sisters, Emma Lee Smith of Louisville, Essie Mae Thompson and Lenora Ivey of Augusta; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sarah Kelley Weeks
Mrs. Sarah Kelley Weeks, 97, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

Mrs. Weeks was born in Gibson to the late Marie Lassiter Kelley and the late T.J.M. Kelley. After attending college and teaching elementary school in Gibson, she married and moved to Wrens. Mrs. Weeks was a member of Wrens Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Carlton Allen officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Weeks; parents; son, James Kelley Weeks Sr.; and siblings, Mollie Inez Kelley and Roy T. Kelley.

Survivors include her daughter, Sarah Weeks Jefferson; four grandchildren, J. Heath Jefferson (Jill), James K. Weeks Jr. (Jennifer), Paige K. Caffrey (J.J.) and John Korey Weeks; five great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Judy K. Weeks; five nephews; and many great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Weeks, Jerry Weeks, Miller Weeks, Jim Kelley, Tom Kelley and Bill Newsome.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Dozier Williams
Mrs. Mary Dozier Williams, 97, of Blythe entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late William Walter and Eva Jean Carswell Beall, and a native of Wrens, but had made Blythe her home for most of her life. She was a retired clerk at Turner’s Store and a member of the Blythe Elementary PTA. She was a member of the Blythe United Methodist Church where she played the piano for more than 50 years, taught Sunday School, was a member of the WMU and of the Administrative Board.

Funeral services were held at Blythe United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Thurman Norville officiating. Interment followed in Blythe United Methodist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her children, Robert E. Dozier Sr.; second husband, John Horace Williams; and son, Robert E. Dozier Jr.

Survivors include her sons, William L. (Joan) Dozier of Blythe, Charles L. (Sissi) Dozier of Hephzibah, and John Gary (Kim) Dozier of Blythe; stepson, Lindy Williams of Martinez; 18 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

If desired memorials may be made to the Blythe United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 114, Blythe, GA 30805.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

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