February 21, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Mary Lizzie Brown
Mrs. Mary Lizzie Brown of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.

Mrs. Brown was born on Nov. 14, 1917, to the late Jeffery and Susie Hannah. She joined Sand Valley AME Church along with her parents as a child. She later married the late Turner Brown and joined Stone Springfield AME Church. She was an active member until her health began to fail. She served as a missionary and was a member of the Pastor Aide Board.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael Ephraim presiding and Rev. Alexander Nelson as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, L.C. Brown Sr.; brother, Cirus Hannah Sr.; sister, Inez Barnes; two grandchildren, Brenda Brown Moffit and Dorothy Jean Brown; and two great-grandchildren, Letisha Nelson and Nigeria Nelson.

Survivors include her daughters, Jerline Nelson and Dorothy Nelson of Louisville; granddaughter whom she reared as her own, Dianne Brown; two stepdaughters, Rosetta Padgett and Barbara Smith of Atlanta; two stepsons, Marshall Hannah of Wrens and Walter Johnson of Stamford, Conn.; 41 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; and 43 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were great-grandsons, LeVenski Brown, L.C. Brown III, Willie Nelson III, Damien Wilburn, Roddricuz Carr and Alfred Nelson Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were great-grandsons, Lester Pitts Jr., Lamar Brown Jr., Corey Moore, Jawain Nelson, Gregory Curtis Jr. and Walter Nelson III.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. David Gary Chalker Sr.
Mr. David Gary Chalker Sr., 65, of Augusta entered into rest on Feb. 13, 2013.

Mr. Chalker was born Aug. 21, 1947. He retired from Augusta Housing Authority.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, Gibson, with Rev. George Webb officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David Gary Chalker and Mattie Kate Chalker.

Survivors include his four sons, Darrel Chalker (Stephanie Volkmar), Michael Chalker, Christopher Chalker and David Chalker Jr.; three grandchildren; and friend and caregiver, Patsy (Bobby) Mitchell.

Infant Valentino Sanchez Gainey
Infant Valentino Sanchez Gainey of Grovetown entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Wrens Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Tim Crosby officiating.

Survivors include his parents, Lois Renee Gainey and Lazaro Sanchez Mendiz; siblings, Maritza Hernandez, Sylvia Hernandez and Felix Hernandez; maternal grandparents, Jenny Morales (Fermin) of Wrens and James Gainey of Hartsville, S.C.; aunts and uncles, Glenn Gainey (Marcia) of Hartsville, S.C., Jason Gainey (Crystal) of Hartsville, S.C., Jean Lewis (Tommy) of Keysville, Avelina Morales and Fermin Morales of Wrens; and nine cousins.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kathryn Eunice Irwin Grabowskii
Mrs. Kathryn Eunice Irwin Grabowskii, 92, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.

Mrs. Grabowskii was born Sept. 27, 1920, in Jefferson County to the late Mr. and Mrs. James O. Irwin Sr. She was a member of the Homemakers Club of Louisville, a Pink Lady at Jefferson County Hospital, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross. She was a member of Bethel A.R. Presbyterian Church, Vidette. She worked as an assistant rural mail carrier for many years. She also worked at the Piggly Wiggly and was a secretary at Bethea Funeral Home, Louisville. Mrs. Grabowskii was a graduate of Erskine Presbyterian College, Due West, S.C., and attended Georgia Southern College, Statesboro.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment followed at Rose Dhu Cemetery in Vidette.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip L. Grabowskii Sr.; great-granddaughter, Grace Grabowskii; brothers, James O. Irwin Jr. and William Irwin; and sister, Mary Frances Brinson.

Survivors include her son, Philip L. Grabowskii Jr. (Rose) of North Augusta; grandson, Philip T. Grabowskii of North Augusta; three great-grandchildren, Charles, Jacob and Caroline Grabowskii all of North Augusta; a brother, Walker Irwin (Doris) of Roswell; sister-in-law, Nell Irwin of Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

DeLoach–McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pressie Mae Green
Mrs. Pressie Mae Green of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Faith Memorial CME Church, Wadley, with Rev. Vernon White officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Leroy Green, Wadley; son, Andrew Gabriel Hunter, Wadley; six sisters, Gracie Mae Hunter, Mae Lois Hunter, Pearline (Albert) Lewis and Inez Hunter, Wadley, Susie Lewis, Swainsboro, and Terry (Willie) Lawrence, Augusta; three brothers, Charles Hunter, Wadley, and Wallace Hunter and Robert (Carol) Hunter, St. Petersburg, Fla.; six grandsons, Gregory, Gabriel, Gabreun, Gabreian and Gabraylon; eight additional sisters-in-law; four additional brothers-in-law; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Tommy Lodge Sr., Dennis Jackson, Nicholas Brown, Ervin Holmes, Charles Strowbridge Sr., Kenneth Heath, Daryl Jackson, Willie Hall Jr. and Scott Lewis.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Florence Holland “Holly” Kemp Hadden
Mrs. Florence Holland “Holly” Kemp Hadden, 57, of Gibson entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Hadden was born and raised in Florida, graduating from the University of Florida and working in the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, she was noted to be the first woman to ever work for a cattle magazine. After receiving her masters in biology from Georgia State University, Milledgeville, she taught school in McDuffie, Washington and Glascock counties, where she was active in school and community activities as a Girl Scout leader, cheerleader sponsor, etc. After 19 years of teaching, she retired to work the farm and ride horses. She was keen on competitive ranch sorting, and had recently renewed her interest in English riding with intentions of competing.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at 5 p.m. on a hillside located on the farm at 3222 County Line Rd. W., Gibson, with Rev. Gary Hadden officiating.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Holland Kemp; and stepfather, John David McCoy Jr.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Larry W. Hadden; children, James “Jim” Eulen Hadden and John McCoy Hadden; mother, Elizabeth Rush McCoy; two brothers, William Holland Kemp Jr. (Alison), and Bryan Lambert McCoy; two stepbrothers, J. Daniel McCoy (Denise) and John David McCoy III; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to Glascock County Concerned Citizens for Cancer, 412 Logue Ave, Gibson, GA 30810.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Peggy Toulson Jackson
Mrs. Peggy Toulson Jackson, 70, of Mitchell entered into rest on Feb. 16, 2013.

Mrs. Toulson was an active member of Long Creek Baptist Church, Warrenton.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the Long Creek Baptist Church at 11 a.m., with Rev. Chad Crews officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin R. Toulson; mother, Erma Skelley Toulson; brothers, Billy Toulson and Claude Toulson; and sister, Mary June Richards.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Wayne Lanier Jackson; son, Bobby L. Jackson (Martha); daughter, Tracey J. Adams (Chris), and Terri J. Boyer (Neil); eight grandchildren, Brittany Rich (Matt), Brooke Harris (Danny), Hollie Algier (Brett), Kristin Reddick (Randall), Megan McDade (Matt), Linc Boyer, Drew Usry, Emily Usry, Lauren Adams and Josh Adams; three great-grandchildren, Brayden Reddick, Brendon Rich and Jackson Harris; extended family, Chris Stowe, Stephanie Griffith, Jessica Purcell and Nicole Purcell; sister, Betty Ann Kitchens; brothers, Ray Toulson, Sammy Toulson and James Toulson; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Randy Richardson, Jeff Purcell, Scott Hawkins, Dwain Stowe, Bobby Ray Toulson, Marvin Toulson, David Toulson and Mike McDonald.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Luther Earl Porter
Mr. Luther Earl Porter, 76, of Gibson entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Porter was a son of the late Jonah B. and Glennie B. Porter. He worked more than 40 years as a mill superintendent in the saw mill business and retired from Pollard Lumber Company, Appling.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Gibson United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ed Chance officiating. Burial followed in Gibson United Methodist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie Neal Porter; sons, Mitchell Porter of Springfield, Gregory (Kendall) Porter of Augusta, and Bruce (Starr) Logue of Lugoff, S.C.; daughters, Tonya (Forrest) Dyar of Hilton Head, S.C., Robin (Lauren) Robinson of Springfield, and Tracy (Matthew) Knoeferl of Harlem; and 13 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Glenn Rabun, Ross Rabun, Larry Duggar, Coty Faglier, Kevin Mitchell, Mike Lyons, Jamie Porter and Vernon Perry.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Miss JoAnn Amerson Johnson Rabun
Miss JoAnn Amerson Johnson Rabun, 58, of Warrenton entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.

Miss Rabun was a lifelong resident of this area, living in both Warrenton and Gibson.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, with Rev. J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment followed at Mitchell Methodist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her son, Louis Ray Johnson; parents, Rosa Lea Amerson Stavely and J.B. Stavely; and brother, Billy Stavely.

Survivors include her children, Heather Nicole Johnson and Brandan Charles Johnson (Summer); companion, Ollie Rodriguez; ex-husband, Louis Johnson; eight grandchildren; and many friends. Pallbearers were John Bowers, Kyle Davis, Eric Harden, Paul Hattaway, Edward Parnell and Maurice Searcy.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Miss Annie Louise Sheely
Miss Annie Louise Sheely entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Augusta.

Miss Sheely was a native of Jefferson County. She was the daughter of the late Ethel Cunningham McCloud Nealey and Lucious Sheely. She was a member of the Eden Baptist Church, Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Eden Baptist Church, Louisville. Burial followed in church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfathers, James McCloud and James Nealey; sisters, Viola White Dixon and Mary McCloud Berry.

Survivors include her sisters, Beulah (John) McCloud Hilton of Hephzibah, Nanette Faye Nealey of Locust Grove, Lucile Oglesby of Swainsboro; aunt, Bernice Walden of Louisville; nieces and nephews, Lucille Dixon, Richard Dixon, James (Angela) Dixon, Ethel (Kelly) Davis, Curtis Dixon, Miranda Austin, Anthony McCloud, Ray (Sonya) Berry Jr., Andre’ (Rodelreco) Thomas, John Robert (Kelli) Thomas Jr., Mary (Chris) Bella and John L. Hilton III; cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ruby Brown Thomas
Mrs. Ruby Brown Thomas entered into rest on Feb. 11, 2013.

Mrs. Thomas was born in Bartow on Oct. 8, 1915. She moved to Louisville after graduating from Bartow High School and married Oliver Thomas. She had a short experience at Miller’s 5 to $1 variety store before training to be a beautician under Marguerite Clark Steed. Mrs. Thomas earned her beautician license and continued working with Steed. In 1942, Steed sold her business to Mrs. Thomas. The business name was changed to Deluxe Beauty Shop and operated her business for 55 years. She was active in the community with Girl and Boy Scouts; for 55 years assumed responsibility in many capacities for Louisville United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was a worker and a leader and worked with the youth, taught Sunday school, worked in the kitchen, served on the Administrative Council, organized five prayer chains and served United Methodist Women on the local, district and conference levels as president. On Aug. 26, 2010, Mrs. Thomas moved to Lawrenceville to receive eldercare at Gwinnett Extended Care Center and to be closer to her family.

Funeral services were held at the Louisville United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, with Rev. David Hibberts officiating. Interment followed at Louisville Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Thomas; four sisters, Margarite Brown, Evelyn Brown, Lucille Thomas and Grace Livesay; two brothers, William “Bill” J. Brown and Platte River “Buddy” Brown Jr.

Survivors include her daughters, Shirley (Cal) Bolling, Peachtree City, Ruby (David) Sipper, Port Charlotte, Fla.; son, James O. (Judy) Thomas, Snellville; two sisters, Agnes B. Sykes, Strafford, Va., and Betty Sue Goodwin, Louisville; grandchildren, James S. Bolling, Philadelphia, Pa., James O. Thomas III, Middleburg, Fla., Calvin L. Bolling, Birmingham, Ala., Michael D. Thomas, Plymouth, Wis., Melvin F. Bolling, Monroe, Utah, Christiana S. Green, Atlanta, Samuel F. Thomas, College Park, and Julie T. Guárnizo, Atlanta; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Louisville United Methodist, 301 W 7th St., Louisville, GA 30434.

Pallbearers were Sonny Lamb, Billy Lamb, Tommy New, William Hadden, James Wheeler, Johnny Gearing, Denny Barrow and Denny Livesay.

Honorary Pallbearers were the United Methodist Church Barwick Sunday School Class.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



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