Obituaries
January 17, 2013 Issue

Mr. Joseph William Chalker
Mr. Joseph William Chalker, 93, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala.

Mr. Chalker was a native of Glascock County, and a son of the late Aytch and Dillie Peebles Chalker. He served in the 752 Army Engineers Support Company during World War II. He worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation for 32 years as a civil engineer.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Bethel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tommy Anderson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military honors.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Corene Swint Chalker; five brothers, John Roy, Ray, Harry Lee, Bobby and Watson Chalker; three sisters, Berta Norris, Sally Norris and Inez Hadden.

Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Elaine Fry (Larry) of Huntsville, Ala.; two grandchildren, Ed Fry (Lisa) of Atlanta, Laura Ann (Todd) Aronson of Madison, Ala.; five great-grandchildren, Madison Leigh, Lindsey Caroline and Davis William Fry, Taylor Marie and Alex Scott Aronson; one brother, Talmadge (Mary) Chalker of Gibson; one sister-in-law, Peggiann Chalker of Wrens; and 10 nephews and six nieces.

Pallbearers were J.L. Chalker, Robert Chalker, G.T. Norris, James Norris, Troy Hadden, W.J. Faglier, Louis Swint and Sidney Swint.

Honorary pallbearers were Dan Chalker, Kendall Chalker, Joe Dean Usry, Warren Hart, Bossy Hardin and Donald Kent.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Bethel United Methodist Church in care of Renee Kelly.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Montine C. Bales Land
Mrs. Montine C. Bales Land, 91, of Dearing entered into rest on Jan. 7, 2013, at Doctor’s Hospital.

Mrs. Land was born in Hancock County, and lived most of her life in McDuffie County. She was the daughter of the late Ralph Chapman and the late Mattie Mae Rodgers Chapman. She was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Dann and Charles Land officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, C.M. Bales and Connell Land; sons, Wallace Land and Clifford Bales; grandsons, Jeffery Cooper and Keith Bales; and great-grandson, Michael Lynn Dingus III.

Survivors include her children, Edward Bales (Marie), Robert “Bobby” Bales (Kathleen), Wayne Bales (Patsy), all of Thomson, Patsy Bales Layton (Ben) of Wrens, Pete Bales (Elaine) of Dearing, and Hollis Land (Carol) of Thomson; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Rudolph “Rudy” Nesbitt
Funeral services for Rudolph “Rudy” Nesbitt were held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Roy Mizell and Kurtz Funeral Home, Inc., Chapel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Burial was held in Sunset Memorial Garden.

Mr. Nesbitt was born on Feb. 7, 1941, in Dania, Fla. He was born from the marriage union of the late Reuben and Rosa Lee Nesbitt, a family of 10. On Aug. 8, 1986, he married Myrtice Wilkerson. From that union, one daughter was born. At an early age, he was baptized. He was a student at Dillard High School and pursued the trade of technician. Although his health began to slow him down, he continued working on televisions.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Benny Nesbitt and Roger Nesbitt; and sister, Ruby Lee Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtice Nesbitt; one son, Rudolph Nesbitt Jr.; two daughters, Denita Brown and Ruthie Cherie Nesbitt, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two grandchildren, Tasha Nesbitt and Torrey Brown; one great-granddaughter, Shania Brown; brother, Dewey Nesbitt of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; five sisters, Betty (John) Peterson, Temperance Hope, Lisha Monroe, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cecelia Nesbitt of Philadelphia, Pa., Anne Ruffin of Augusta; sisters-in-law, Lessie (Eli) Harmon, Mary Ruff, Betty Ruff, Ethel Boatwright, all of Louisville, Janice (Freddie) Murray of Wrens, Willeva Easterlin of Bowie, Md.; brother-in-law, Marion Ruff of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; aunt-in-law, Elouise Chaneyfield of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jerry Paul Quarles
Mr. Jerry Paul Quarles, 38, of Lincolnton entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Quarles, a native of Wilkes County, had lived in Lincoln County most of his life. He was employed by Jerry Quarles Roofing.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Lincolnton City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Paul Quarles Jr.

Survivors include her fiancée, Alicia Clark, Grovetown; daughter, Skylar Quarles; son, Greyson Quarles; stepdaughter, Karsen Clark; father, Jerry P. Quarles, Lincolnton; mother, Donna Rogers, Lincolnton; maternal grandparents, Pete and Dot Davidson, Lincolnton; brother, Jason Quarles, Lincolnton; sisters, Jerri Ann Quarles, Lincolnton, and Shondra Wood, Washington; stepsister, April Derryberry, Gibson.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of choice.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mayme Lee Wasden Quin
Mrs. Mayme Lee Wasden Quin, 96, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Girard, where she had been a resident for the past six years.

Mrs. Quin was married to Jerrold Joseph Quin, who passed away in 1965. He was the band director at Louisville Academy. They had no children. Mrs. Quin was born March 21, 1916, in Louisville, to Philip E. Wasden and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Scarber Wasden. The Wasden family operated Wasden Variety Store for many years. After graduating from Louisville Academy she attended Bessie Tift College, Forsyth, and Erskine College, Due West, S.C. She earned a masters degree in foreign language at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and her six year certificate from the University of Georgia. During World War II she spent time in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco working as a cryptographer for the federal government. After returning home she embarked on a long teaching career. Mrs. Quin taught French and Latin classes at Louisville Academy and later at Jefferson County High School. She retired from teaching in 1990. Mrs. Quin was a member of First Baptist Church, Louisville, and the Louisville Homemakers Club.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Louisville City Cemetery, with Bill Smith officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three brothers, Walter Wasden, Hubert Wasden and Lewis Wasden; and two sisters, Velver Wasden Joiner and Ada Lee Wasden Pope; and several nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Brenda Wasden Wilkes, Don Wasden, Jean Pope Davidson, Harry Pope, Jackie Joiner Dixon, Wayne Joiner and Dot Joiner Fischer.

Pallbearers were Frank Ethridge, William Hadden, John Murphy, Larry Morgan, William Rabun and Mike Hartley.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Louisville, 101 East 9th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sara Louise Norris Rabun
Mrs. Sara Louise Norris Rabun of Hephzibah entered into rest at her daughter’s residence on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

Mrs. Rabun, a native of Glascock County, had lived in the Augusta area since 1945, and was the daughter of the late Arthur Thomas and Myrtle Lee Brown Norris. She had worked for Lily Tulip and was a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Dr. Billy Turner officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward A. Rabun; great-grandson, Ashton Todd Gray; and brothers, Alvin Norris, Owen Norris and Alton Lee Norris.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda (Bob) Gray; sister, Betty Gibbs; grandchildren, Tara Faye Grossmann (Shane), Robert Todd Gray (Lisa); great-grandchildren, Devin Shane Grossmann, Hunter Chase Grossmann, Seth Babb and Briana Prince.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Marjorie Smith Rowland
Mrs. Marjorie Smith Rowland, 90, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at University Hospital McDuffie.

One of four children born to the late Mamie Crutchfield Smith and the late Albert Smith, Mrs. Rowland was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, a member of Wrens United Methodist Church and the Griswold Sunday School Class. She was a seamstress at Stapleton Garment Company, worked at Atwell Pecan, and retired from Tracey Luckey Pecan Company.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Stan Littleton officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Leroy Rowland; and brother, Grover Buddy Smith.

Survivors include her three children, Samuel A. Rowland (Linda), Linda R. Bryan (John) and Billy L. Rowland (Judy); siblings, Frances Channell (Joe) and Ben Smith (Betty); six grandchildren, Terri A. Dawson (Terry), Jill Marriott (Leon), Allen S. Rowland, Samantha L. Rowland, Andrew S. Bryan (Monica) and Eric P. Bryan; two great-grandchildren, Anna M. Marriott and Wesley B. Dawson; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Steve Anderson, Kenneth Channell, Bennett Clark, Raley Clements, Wayne Favors and Gary Rhodes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wrens UMC, 202 Russell St., Wrens, GA 30833

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Julia Mae Stone
Mrs. Julia Mae Stone of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four children, Eloise Hobbs, Christine Brown, Jimmy Stone and Frankie Stone.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Samuel Legrand Story
Mr. Samuel Legrand Story, 79, of Thomson entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Story was a native of Louisville, but had lived in Thomson for many years. He was a retired Master Sargent with the Air Force, with 21 years of service. He had also worked for the Civil Service.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery with full military honors.

He was preceded in death by his three brothers, James Story, Kenneth Story and Ted Stor; and great-grandson, Michael Dingus III.

Survivors include his four daughters, Shirley Kitchens, Thomson, Peggy Dingus, Thomson, Donna (Ronnie) Bussell, Thomson, and Sharon (Travis) McCorkle, Dearing; son, Carl S. (Teresa) Story, Dearing; three sisters, Margie Lowery, Warner Robins, Marie Kent, Augusta, and Joan Porter, Florida; brother, Terry Story, Dearing; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jason Hill, Shawn Dingus, Michael Dingus Jr., Christopher Story, Alan Bussell and Jerry Stanphill Jr.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Matthew M. Thigpen Jr.
Mr. Matthew M. Thigpen Jr., 86, of Greenwood, S.C., entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Hospice House.

Born in Avera, he was a son of the late Marvin M. and Ora Dye Thigpen. He was retired from Greenwood Mills and was a US Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Abney Memorial Baptist Church and the Baraca Sunday School Class. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan.7, 2013, at Abney Memorial Baptist Church, with Rev. Brent Bennett and Rev. Bryant Sims officiating. Burial, with military rites, was in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtice Hughes Thigpen; son, Paul Michael Thigpen (Sheila); three daughters, Wanda Thigpen Alexander (Steve), Sharon Thigpen Lagrone (Mark) and Sheila Thigpen Riddle (Mark); grandchildren, Matthew Thigpen (Lauren), Brad Alexander (Tara), Amanda Werts (Jason), Lauren Fortner (Brian), Justin Lagrone, Morgan Riddle, Amber Lagrone and Hunter Riddle; and great-grandchildren, Addison Werts, Emily Thigpen, Will Alexander, Peyton Werts and Colby Fortner.

Pallbearers were Matthew Thigpen, Brad Alexander, Justin Lagrone, Hunter Riddle, Jason Werts and Brian Fortner.

Honorary escort were the deacons and members of the Baraca Class of Abney Memorial Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Abney Memorial Baptist Church building fund, 208 Panola Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646, or to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646.

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