Obituaries
February 7, 2013 Issue

Miss Elizabeth Boatright
Miss Elizabeth Boatright of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel, Wadley. Burial was in the Hard Shell Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Teresa Boatright, Wadley, and Stanley (Emily) Boatright, Swainsboro; siblings, Susie Sherrod, Rosa Lee Randall, Tom Boatright, Willie Randall and Arthur Boatright, all of Wadley, Annie D. (Melvin) Brookins, Bartow, Mathis (Josephine) Gardner, Cartersville, Samuel Gardner, Rockmart, and Jimmie Boatright, Savannah; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Boatright, Tampa, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were her brothers.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Harnsberger Florence
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Harnsberger Florence, 91, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Florence was the last survivor of four children born to the late Carolyn Juhan and James Harnesberger in Lincolnton. She retired after more than 25 years of service as a case worker for Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. She was a member of Wrens Baptist, where she once served as church secretary and was a member of the Agnes Martin/Lucy Howard Sunday School Class. Mrs. Florence did needlepoint and knitting.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Bailey “B.B.” Florence Jr.; children, Byron Bailey Florence III and Susan F. Milton; and all of her siblings, Homer Connell, James Juhan Harnesberger and Wyatt Harnesberger.

Survivors include her son-in-law, James R. Milton; two grandchildren, James Walker Milton (Stacie) of Aurora, Colo., and David Todd Milton (Jenny) of Dearing; and one great-granddaughter, Susan Elizabeth Milton.

Pallbearers were Jeb Barrow, Robert Englett, Jim Gay, Mike Hatcher, Jeff Jones, Charles Milburn and Tony Reese.

Honorary pallbearers were the John Franklin Wren Chapter DAR and Agnes Martin/Lucy Howard SS Class.

Memorial contributions may be made to John Franklin Wren Chapter DAR, c/o Beth Usry, 107 Old Quaker Road, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virginia Carol Griffin
Mrs. Virginia Carol Griffin, 67, of Lyons entered into rest on Jan. 22, 2013, at her residence.

Private services will be held at a later date by the family.

Mrs. Griffin was a native of Louisville, the daughter of the late Herman and Vera Caraway Knipher and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Billy Griffin.

Survivors include her nieces, Teresa Clark of Bartow, Angelia Kniphfer of Augusta, and Gloria Evans of Davisboro; and stepson, Billy Griffin of Lyons.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Missionary Olivia Ann Haynes
Missionary Olivia Ann Haynes entered into rest on Feb. 1, 2013, at the home of her sister in Wrens.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Miss Haynes was born on Feb. 7, 1946, to the late Rev. Carey H. Haynes Sr. and the late Missionary Loma Brinson Haynes. She was the fifth of eight children. At an early age she joined Harts Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Stapleton, where she was baptized and served as a choir member, missionary teacher, Congress of Christian Education representative, Willing Workers’ treasurer and church secretary. She attended and graduated as an honor student from Jefferson County high School in 1964. She received a BS degree from Albany State college and received a master’s degree from the University of Georgia. She served as a business education teacher for more than 30 years at Wrens High School. She also served as a Future Business Leaders of America advisor. She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Nu Upsilon Omega Chapter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Altha Haynes Hannah, Rosa Haynes Jordan and Lillian Haynes Johnson; and two brothers, Carey Haynes Jr. and Robert Lee Haynes.

Survivors include three nephews and godsons, Donnie (Malinda) Nicholson, Byron, Gerald (Alfreda) Nicholson, Macon, and Charlie (Dakota) Johnson Jr., Bronx, N.Y.; goddaughter, Laquan Johnson, College Park; three sisters, Mary Haynes Williams, Philadelphia, Pa., Naomi Haynes Nicholson, Wrens, and Inez (Albert Jr.) Berry; brother-in-law, elder Willie Jordan; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Keelin Irby
Mr. Keelin Irby of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Irby, son of the late General Oscar and Sammie Mae Williams Irby, was born in Glascock County. He was a member of the New Horizon Church of God. He worked with Riverside Mills for 19 years and Winn Dixie for 20 years.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Dr. Bobby Coleman, Rev. Floyd McCombs, Rev. Anthony Irby, Rev. Wesley Jones and Rev. Ricky Stokley officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Irby.

Survivors include his wife, Annette Key Irby; son, Anthony Irby (Victoria) of Ware Shoals, S.C.; daughters, Tammy Walden (Thomas) of Grovetown, Cathy Irby of Augusta, and Tracie Woody (Gary) of Belvedere; grandchildren, Gabriel Irby, Michael Irby, Elizabeth Irby, Johnny Brantley Jr., Wesley Jones, Jeremy Irby, Jake Irby and Megan Irby; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Ellis Irby of Augusta; and sister, Christine Akins of Augusta.

Pallbearers were Gabriel Irby, Michael Irby, Johnny Brantley, Rev. Wesley Jones, Jeremy Irby and Jake Irby.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Donald Norwood Maddox
Mr. Donald Norwood Maddox, 77, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Maddox was born Dec. 20, 1935, in Oxon Hill, Md. He was the son of the late John Albert and Mary Louise Adams Maddox. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was Catholic and a member of the St. John’s Church at Oxon Hill, member of Oxon Hill Volunteer Fire Department, with more than 20 years of service. He was an electrician, self-taught pump operator and repairman. He worked for Blue Plains Waste Water Treatment Plant, Washington, D.C., from 1955 to 1965. He had lived the last 27 years in Louisville in Jefferson County. He retired from the Jefferson County Maintenance and Water Department. He hunted with the Shady Pine Hunt Club. He was the VP for SPHC for more than 20 years, and in charge of tractor repair, wooden deer stand repair and food plot planting.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in the Louisville City Cemetery, with Bill Smith officiating.

He was preceded in by brothers, John Albert, Edward Brent, Howard Earl and Joseph Wayne Maddox; sisters, Catherine, Valerie, Gladys and Alzine; brotherd-in-law, William Trollinger and John “Jack” Oliver Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Carrie Mays Maddox of Louisville; sons, Jeffery (Bonnie) Maddox and Donnie Maddox Jr. of Waldorf, Md.; daughter, Shelley Rinehart of Baltimore, Md.; sisters, Margaret Oliver of Mechanicsville, Md., Peggy Trollinger of White Plains, Md.; brother, Robert Pete Maddox (Shelia) of Reston, Va.; sisters-in-law, Betty Maddox of Fort Washington, Md., Libby Maddox of Charolette Hall, Md., Gloria New (Tommy) of Louisville; brothers-in-law, Floyd S. Mays III (Martha) of Louisville, Gordon E. Mays (Carol) of Wadley; four grandchildren, Emily, Hannah, Michael Rinehart and Roberta Maddox; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Alice Mae Jones McBride
Mrs. Alice Mae Jones McBride, 85, of Wrens entered into rest on Jan. 31, 2013, at Keysville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Keysville.

Mrs. McBride was born on Feb. 9, 1927, in Burke County to the parentage of the late Watson Jones and the late Florence Jones. She was educated in the Burke County School System. She was a resident of Wrens from 1967 to 2013. She was a member of Peel Grove Baptist Church, where she served as an usher. In addition, she was employed by Old Capital Inn Convalescence Home for many years. She worked and served in both of these capacities until her health failed. She was also a member of the Daughters of Zion Court 211, Heroines of Jericho. She assisted many with transportation, daycare, food and finances.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Antioch Rock Creek Baptist Church, Waynesboro, with Rev. Dr. David Kemp Sr. and Rev. Bobby Williams Jr. presiding and Rev. Bobby Williams Sr. as eulogist. Interment was in Spring Bethel AME Church Cemetery, Louisville.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1966, Otis McBride; and her son in 2003, David L. McBride.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary F. Walker of Wrens, Brenda (Eddy) Williams of Keysville; sons, Johnny L. McBride of Wrens, Leotis (Ethel )McBride of Gough, Melvin (Vera) McBride of Wrens, and Craig (LoWanda) McBride; sister, Mosell Thomas of Pensacola, Fla.; nephew, Gary Jones; grandson, Delvin McBride; stepchildren, Ray Charles Smith of Louisville, Gloriasteen (Wayne) Williams of Augusta; 24 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, many extended family members, neighbors and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Willie Walker
Mr. John Willie Walker of Augusta entered into rest on Jan. 22, 2013, at Georgia Regents University, Augusta.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at New Zion Baptist Church, Wrens.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Walker; four children, Joyce (Aaron) Hobson, Ricky Stone, Donald (Melvine) Stone of Augusta, and Harvey (Kendall) Stone of Portsmith, Va.; mother, Alene Walker of Wrens; sister, Cynthia Hall of College Park; three aunts; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nephew, Giorgio Hall; and niece, Trinity Hall of College Park.

C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rubye McCorkle Wells
Mrs. Rubye McCorkle Wells, 87, of Dearing entered into rest on Jan. 29, 2013.

Mrs. Wells was born in McDuffie County to William Arthur McCorkle and Ellie Whitaker McCorkle. She had worked for over 35 years at the Richmond Supply Company as an administrative assistant. She was a member of the Regions Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution and Silver Run Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Bellevue Memorial Gardens Chapel, with Rev. Jerry Pitman officiating. Entombment followed in Bellevue Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon C. Wells.

Survivors include one sister, Jean McCorkle Holloway (Tommy) of Augusta; nephews, Eddie McCorkle, Evans, and Mike W. McCorkle (Pam) of Evans, and Dr. Gary Wells of Arkansas; nieces, Janet Marlowe (Steve) of Evans, Vivian Frew (Steve) of Thomson, and Diane Hall (Jim) of Thomson; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Daughters of the American Revolution, c/o Dollye Ward, PO Box 356, Wrens, GA 30833.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Egdlyn “Lynn” D. Thompson Wheeler
Mrs. Egdlyn “Lynn” D. Thompson Wheeler entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

Mrs. Wheeler was born in Grenada, Wis., on July 22, 1928, to Lawrence and Louisa Thompson. Her formative childhood years were spent in Grenada, Wis., where she attended the local public school and church. She later moved to Trinidad and Tobago, Wis., where she was married Charles Christopher Wheeler. To this union was born seven children. Mrs. Wheeler would feed the hungry, house the homeless and care for the sick.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Harvest Time Deliverance, Baytown, Texas, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Lucille Lane officiating. Interment was at Cedar Crest Cemetery, Baytown, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Christopher; grandchildren, Kerwin and Nicole.

Survivors include her daughters, Joy McKenzie of Baytown,Texas, Lucia Roslyn Blakley Hannah of Georgia; sons, Herbert (Debbie)Wheeler, Simon Wheeler, Vernon Vincent Wheeler of Utah, Stanley (Shewonia) Wheeler of Baytown, Texas; 25 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Robey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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