Obituaries
January 31, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Virginia Allison “Jenny” Bryant
Mrs. Virginia Allison “Jenny” Bryant, 37, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Bryant was born in Statesboro and the daughter of Emmett James Wilkinson and Dorothy Claxton Wall. Mrs. Bryant was a Pre-K teacher in early childhood at A Child Success Place Daycare before becoming disabled.

Memorial services were held at the chapel of Chapman Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, with Rev. Allen Meeks and Rev. Lamar Kersey officiating. Burial was private.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Claxton Wall; and nephew, Braxton Bethea.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Bryant of Louisville; father, Emmett James (Joyce) Wilkinson of Dublin; sons, Christopher Roberts, Michael Bryant and Caleb Bryant, all of Louisville; sister, Kathy Bethea of Louisville; nephew, Blake Bethea of Louisville; stepfather, Michael Wall of Louisville; uncles, Richard (Sara) Claxton Jr. of Swainsboro and Jimmy Claxton of Metter; aunts, Sarah (Harry) McGraw of Wadley, and Bobbie (Richard) Tapley of Metter; and several cousins.

Chapman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Harold Bussey
Mr. Harold Bussey of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Bussey, a graduate of Boggs Academy, Keysville, was an U.S. Army veteran and was retired from the V.A. Medical Center after more than thirty years of service. As a member of Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church, he served as an ordained elder, usher, youth worker and treasurer of Men’s Organization.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Melvin Lowery officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden.

Survivors include two sisters, Louise Bussey and Lillian Belnavis, Keysville; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Louise B. Jackson
Mrs. Louise B. Jackson, 90, of Atlanta entered into rest on Jan. 20, 2013.

Mrs. Jackson was born Louisville on Jan. 16, 1923, and was the daughter of the late William Jasper Bargainnier and Fannie Belle Walden Bargainnier. She graduated from Louisville Academy and the Hurst Business College in Augusta. After school she was employed by Jefferson County Department of Agriculture before moving to Atlanta in 1942, where she was employed by Bell Aircraft in Marietta. In 1945 Louise began her career in real estate with Etheridge and Vanneman Company. Later she was president of Etheridge and Company prior to forming her real estate and mortgage company, Louise Jackson Realty in 1969. She was also a member of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. at H.M. Patterson and Son, Sandy Springs. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George M. Jackson, whom she married on Sept. 27, 1947; and two children, Louise Elizabeth “Weezie” Jackson and George W. “Buddy” Jackson.


Mrs. Pauline O’Neal Johnson
Mrs. Pauline O’Neal Johnson, 87, of Twin City entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro.

Mrs. Johnson was a native of Lyons and a 1943 graduate of Lyons High School. She lived in Louisville most of her life and retired from J.P. Stevens in Louisville. In 2004, she moved to Twin City to be with her daughter. She was a member of the Collins Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Lyons.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Collins Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Lyons, with Elder Jim Smith and Elder Barry Marshall officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Johnson; a son, Douglas Johnson; and six siblings, Fred, Nora, Clarence, Tom, Gladys and Thelma.

Survivors include two daughters, Gail J. Thornton (Russell) of Twin City, and Patricia J. Frederick of Tupelo, Miss.; one brother, Pete O’Neal (Sarah) of Augusta; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John Thornton, Jim Asbury, Harvey Beecher, C.M. Youmans, Brian Kersey and Courtney Terwilliger.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Collins Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, C/O Gail Thornton, 844 Oglesby Pond Road, Twin City, GA 30471.

Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements


Mrs. Gwynelle Walden Ledger
Mrs. Gwynelle Walden Ledger, 80, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at home.

Born in Bartow, Mrs. Ledger came to Volusia County in 1956 from Clay County, Fla. A homemaker, she was a member of South Haven Christian Church. Previously, she was a long-time member of Samsula Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday School superintendent and teacher, Vacation Bible School director, church secretary and trustee. For many years, the Ledger home provided day care for children in the Samsula area. She was a former Volusia County Fair Homemaker of the Year.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Settle-Wilder New Smyrna Beach Chapel, with Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Interment followed in Edgewater-New Smyrna Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by a son, Dorsey Ledger; and a brother, Tarver Walden.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Johnny; five sons, Jack of New Smyrna Beach, Jim of Quincy, Fla., Alan of New Smyrna Beach, Johnny Duke of Shelby, N.C., and Leslie of Lakeland, Fla.; two daughters, Jewell Fair of Port Orange, and Ella Adle of New Smyrna Beach; a brother, J.P. Walden of Bartow; a sister, June Henson of Milledgeville; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129, or American Cancer Society SE Florida, 1737 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite 140, Daytona Beach, FL 32117.


Mr. Timothy Michael Newsome
Mr. Timothy Michael Newsome, 60, of Martinez entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Doctors Hospital.

Born in Louisville, Mr. Newsome was the son of the late Gene Samuel Newsome. He created and owned Newsome Construction Company for more than 30 years and built many homes in the Augusta area.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his sons, Timothy Michael Newsome II, Travis Mitchell Newsome, Michael Brandon Newsome; daughter, Tara Michelle Newsome; mother, Noreen Cochrane Newsome; brother, Tommy Gene Newsome; grandchildren, Tia Marie Newsome, Kendall Shae Newsome, Tyler Britton Newsome, Amanda Grace Newsome, Carson June Newsome; and a nephew, Alan Gene Newsome.

In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family. Memorial contributions may be directed to the funeral home.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ella Mae Washington
Mrs. Ella Mae Washington of Bartow entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Jones Chapel CME Church, Bartow, with Pastor Oscar Hall officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her five daughters, Geraldine Holmes, Valena Hicks, Johnnie Lucille (Jimmy) Snell, Marie Robinson and Sarah (James) Curry, Bartow; son, Walter (Judy) Tarver, Bartow; two sisters, Essie Tarver, Bartow, and Less T. Jenkins, Sandersville; 32 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; 48 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Ennis Brown, Steve Edward Holmes, John Willie Jones, Lamar Smith, Lonnie Smith, Wesley Smith, Alexander Tarver and Wendell Tarver.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Terry Franklin Watts
Mr. Terry Franklin Watts, 56, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Watts was born and raised in Keysville with the exception of a five year stint in Florida where two of his children were born. He worked in construction laying ceramic tile for more than 30 years.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Albert Halford officiating. Interment followed in the Keysville UMC Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Agnes Hayes Watts and Billy Watts; great-granddaughter, Amiaya Jackson; and grandmother, Mary Skinner Watts.

Survivors include his children, Terri Watts (Terry Murrah), Toby Watts (Shannon), Tina Watts, and Walter Watts (Jessica Jernigan); six brothers, Jerry Watts (Dale), Greg Watts (Lisa), Tony Watts, Don Watts (Norma Jean), Steve Watts, and Randall Hillis; three sisters, Brenda Watts, Lisa Watts, and Billie Joe Hillis; 14 grandchildren, Toby Bass, Michael Bass, McKenzie Bass, Preston Watts, Misty Atkinson, Brittany Atkinson, Calie Atkinson, Don Smith, Amber Smith, Calvin Watts, Hayden Watts, Blake Watts, Jacob Weeks and Breanna Singletary; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.

Because of the financial burden of a prolonged illness, the family requests memorial contributions be made directly to James Funeral Home, P.O. Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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