Obituaries
February 28, 2013 Issue

Mr. Brian Keith Dowdy
Mr. Brian Keith Dowdy, 56, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. John A. Jenkins and Dr. James M. Ford officiating. Interment will follow in Wrens Memorial Cemetery in Wrens.

After 33 years of service at Huber, Mr. Dowdy retired and then immediately began working for Kamin, until the time of his decline in health.

He was preceded in death by his father, Billie Marvin Dowdy; and grandparents, Albert and Elizabeth Miller.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Jennifer Jones Dowdy; children, Brian Dowdy (Ashley), Nicholas Dowdy (Mindy), Casey D. Reid (Jess) and Meagan Dowdy; mother, Betty Jane Thompson Dowdy; a brother, Bruce Dowdy (Janice); and eight grandchildren, Haley Dowdy, Lexi Dowdy, Luke Dowdy, Abby Dowdy, Austin Dowdy, Kaylee Reid, Rhett Reid and Joss Reid.

Pallbearers will be Jerome Alexander, Raley Clements, Vance Clements, Tommy Hawkins, Tommy Holley and Dwight Prescott

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Goland “Thomas” Farthing
Mr. Goland “Thomas” Farthing, 53, of Sandersville entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Larry Glover officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at James Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.

Mr. Farthing retired as a truck driver for Howard Sheppard after 20 years of service. He was a member of the Steel Horsemen Motorcycle Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Irby and Ivan Farthing; and a brother, John Hayes.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Cheryl Kobetitsch Farthing; son, T.J. Farthing (Misty) of Davisboro; a sister, Sonya Miller of Wrens; a brother, Mike Farthing of Hollywood, Fla.; two grandchildren, Raven Eastmead and Harley Eastmead; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Jason Andrews, Dan Boatwright, Don Henderson, Louis “Redd” Landrum, Doug Mentor, Kenny Raburn, Zack Scott and Zeb Scott.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mug Albritton and members of the Steel Horsemen Motorcycle Club.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mary Stevens Gibbs
Miss Mary Stevens Gibbs, 92, of Alto entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at North East Georgia Medical Center.

Miss Gibb was born in Davisboro, the daughter of the late Cleveland F. Gibbs and the late Leila Bacon Gibbs Arnold. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Georgia State College for Women, Milledgeville, in 1942, a master of science degree in home economics from the University of Georgia in 1952 and a doctor of education degree from Columbia University in 1961. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Tau Sigma and Kappa Delta Phi honor societies. She taught high school home economics, served as a cooperative extension agent for 10 years obtaining membership in Epsilon Sigma Phi and taught consumer and economic education at Indiana State University, where she retired in 1988 receiving the rank of Professor Emerita of Home Economics. In retirement, Miss Gibbs volunteered with The Sharing and Caring Place, Cornelia, and she was a part of its ministry for more than 10 years.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Davisboro United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ron Dixon officiating. Burial was in the Davisboro Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by brother, Joe B. Gibbs Sr.; sister-in-law, Marion Seigler Borders Gibbs; nephew, Andrew Jackson Borders III; and nephew-in-law, Danny Daniels.

Survivors include her nephew, Joe B. Gibbs Jr. (Kathy) of Alto; nieces, Mary Anne Daniels of Macon and Carolyn Lanier (Dale) of Lizella; niece-in-law, Donna Borders of Louisville; nine great-nieces and –nephews; 15 great-great-nieces and –nephews; stepbrothers, Fred Arnold (Lena) of Eastman and Carroll Arnold (Hope) of Louisville.

Donations may be made to the Cornelia Sharing and Caring Place, 195 Stovall Street, Cornelia, GA. 30531.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Robert Hughes Sr.
Mr. Charles Robert Hughes Sr., 85, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Mr. Hughes was born in Glascock County, on Oct. 15, 1927, to David and Annie Mae Hughes, but has made his home in Thomson for many years. He was a graduate of the Georgia Teachers College. He taught history at Thomson High School for several years. He also worked for Rabun Lumber Company, and later became the owner of Hughes Construction Company, where he was a general contractor for more than 50 years. He was a member of Thomson First Baptist Church for 57 years, where he had served as a Deacon. He was a member of the Thomson Kiwanis Club for more than 50 years.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Thomson First Baptist Church, with Rev. David Lambert and Dr. Leonard Dupree officiating. Burial was in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Hughes; daughters, Kathy (Lane) Williams, Evans, and Janice Marie (Jeffery) Croft, Forsyth; son, Dr. Bob (Debbie) Hughes, Thomson; grandchildren, Brandy Burge, Bobby White III, Christopher White and Daniel Hughes; five great-grandchildren; brothers, George Odis Hughes, Thomson, and Gene Hughes; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Hughes, Harold Hughes, Dr. Carroll Hughes, David Hughes, Mark Hughes and David Everson.

Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Thomson Kiwanis Club.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ida Lee Mosley Johnston
Mrs. Ida Lee Mosley Johnston, 89, of Tifton entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Rehabilitation Center of South Georgia, following pneumonia and complications from a broken leg.

Mrs. Johnston was born in Burke County. She graduated from Vidette High School and Georgia Teachers College. She came to Tifton in 1953 after marriage to her husband, Walter T. Johnston. Mrs. Johnston taught at the Vidette High School and served as a substitute and fill in teacher in Tifton until the birth of her sons. She later worked for American Greeting Card Company. Mrs. Johnston was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Tifton, where she taught Sunday school, women’s circle, and VBC. She also served the church as a deacon and an elder. Mrs. Johnston was one of the volunteer leaders in working with Superintendent Hagan to successfully reopen Wilson School.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church, Tifton, with Rev. Dr. Hugh Ward officiating. Interment will be at Rose Dhu Cemetery, Vidette, following a visitation at 3 p.m. and funeral services at 3:30 p.m. at her home church, Bethel Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Vidette.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Seaborn and Rosa Lee Agerton Mosley; and three sisters, baby Emily, 10-year-old Clifford, and Vera Mosley Powell.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Walter T. Johnston; two sons, Walter LeCharles (Susan Huffingham) Johnston, and Verome Moseley (Erin Rogers) Johnston; and grandchildren, Rachel, Caleb, and Rebekah Johnston, and Katie and Caroline Johnston.

Memorials may be made to Bethel ARP Church, 7256 Hwy. 24 West, Louisville, GA 30434, First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 304, Tifton, GA 31793, or to one’s favorite charity.

Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors and DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Joyce Fostain Haywood Sammons Knox
Mrs. Joyce Fostain Haywood Sammons Knox, 77, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital.

A native of Mitchell, Mrs. Knox was a daughter of the late James Wesley and Mattie Will Johnson Haywood. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Mitchell Baptist Church, with Rev. Adrian Burrell officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marie Todd; brothers, Jack and Allen Haywood; and husbands, Lester Sammons and Kenneth Knox.

Survivors include her sister, Jimmie Smith of Marietta; sisters-in-law, Masie Haywood and Dahlia Haywood, both of Mitchell; niece and caregiver, Lueann Marsh of Louisville; several nieces and nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and –nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Jerrell Sammons, Ricky Sammons, Jacky Haywood and Jimmy Haywood.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ralph Lewis McGahee
Mr. Ralph Lewis McGahee, 76, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Stan Littleton and Rev. John A. Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. McGahee was the 12th of 16 children born to the late Louis Alene Humphry McGahee and the late Linsey Clifford McGahee, and was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. After 27 years of service as a quality control supervisor, he retired from J.M. Huber and then drove a school bus for 15 years for Jefferson County School System, until the day he had a stroke. He served for 13 years in the Army National Guard, was a member of Wrens United Methodist Church, was on the Wrens City Council, was a volunteer fireman and EMT, was a member of the Jefferson County School Bus Association, was a member of Purvis School House Community Center, was a member of the Wrens Jaycees, was a leader for Boy Scouts, and coached football. Mr. McGahee was a member of two quartets, Southern Song Masters and Singing Witnesses, as well as hosted the WTHO Sunday Morning Southern Gospel Hour.

He was preceded in death by his parents; great-granddaughter, Markayla Wright; and 10 siblings, James McGahee, C.Y. McGahee, Marion Davis, John McGahee, Gladys Willis, Mary Lee McGahee, Glenn McGahee, Elton Ray McGahee, Martha Rogers and Ed McGahee.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Evelyn Hayes McGahee; daughters, Sharon M. Schmidt (Freddie), Lynn M. Gay (Billy), Tammy M. Graham (Jimmy) and Kaye M. Lacy; five siblings, Melvin McGahee (Mary), Frances Bradley, Harold McGahee (Marie), D.W. McGahee and Fay McGahee (Ann); seven grandchildren, William Schmidt (Leigh Ann), Brandie G. Kurtz (Daniel), Jasmine Wright, Candace Graham, Willie Lacy and Jada Lacy; seven great-grandchildren, Landon Schmidt, Lucas Schmidt, Addison Schmidt, Artavin Hannah, Arthur Hannah, Kaleb Price and William “Liam” Kurtz; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers will be Clinton Braswell, Bruce Dye, Clifford Farmer, Henry Johnson, Wylie Prescott and Phillip Roberson.

Honorary pallbearers will be his fellow J.M. Huber co-workers, member of the football teams he coached and members of Jefferson County School Bus Association.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Audrey Moon
Mrs. Audrey Moon, 86, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Moon was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. She had retired from Tracy Luckey Pecan Company, and was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Moon.

Survivors include her brother, W. Henry Hobbs; and several nieces and nephews.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Albert Allen Perkins
Mr. Albert Allen Perkins, 64, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Perkins was a native of Fulton County, but had lived in Gibson for several years. He was an Army veteran and a member of Magnolia Baptist Church. He was retired from Jebco.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Adrain Burrell officiating.

Survivors include his two daughters, Holli Holt, Hot Springs, N.C., and Ashli Mauterer, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a sister, Peggy Faye Harvey, Alberqueque, N.M.; two brothers, Cary Perkins, Bristol, Va., and Skeet Reeves, Thomson; and six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Magnolia Baptist Church or the Mission Fund at Thomson First Baptist Church.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Richard Hansel Phillips
Mr. Richard Hansel Phillips, 69, of Washington entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Phillips, a native of Soperton, was the son of the late Marion Phillips and Lillie Pearl Hightower Pinkston. He had served in the U.S. Army, and was a retired Georgia Forestry District Ranger. In 1984, he moved to Wilkes County from Jefferson County. Shortly afterwards, he became a member of Victory Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolnton. Interment followed at Double Branches Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his first wife in 1998, Angelia Brown Phillips; and their son, Greg Phillips.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda C. Phillips; daughter, Rebecca Lynne Norton (Casey) of Eatonton; stepdaughter, Stephanie Haynes, Augusta; stepson, Steven Currie (Sharon) of North Carolina; sisters, Hilda Alfrey, Kentucky, and Bobbie Bryan, Texas; and six grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. R.G. Rabun
Mr. R.G. Rabun, 85, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center.

The youngest of five children born to the late Addie Cato and Robert Rabun, Mr. Rabun was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He served in the Army and was very active in the community, serving Wrens as a volunteer fireman for 25 years and as the fire chief for seven years; being a charter member and serving for 29 years on the Board of Directors of First State Bank; serving on the Wrens City Council for 12 years; and being a member of Woodmen of the World Lodge 1851, American Legion Post 229 and Kiwanis Club. After 44 years of service, Mr. Rabun retired as production manager at Atwell Pecan Company. He was an active member of Wrens United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Griswold Sunday School class and church choir, taught Intermediate Sunday School Class, and served as chairman of the Finance Committee.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Stan Littleton and Dr. James M. Ford officiating. Interment followed in Westover Memorial Park, Augusta.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Leon Rabun, Myrtice Holder and Marion Milburn.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Carolyn Atwell Rabun; children, Frances R. Williford (Everett), Virginia R. Garrett, and Edward Rabun (Amanda); a sister, Glenice R. Clark; five grandchildren, Christi Williford Kosel (Brad), Shelly Garrett Parker (Patrick), Addie Williford Holzman (Langdon), Jessica Rabun Johns (Andy) and Jamey Rabun; eight great-grandchildren, Tucker, Javan and Baylor Parker, Finley and Arden Holzman, Cash and Harley Kosel, and Braden Johns; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Greg Brooks, Wayne Davis, Jeff Gay, Jim Gay, Billy Lewis, Jimmy Prescott, Tony Reese and Brian Whitaker.

Honorary pallbearers were American Legion Post 229.

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

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Larry Williams
Mr. Larry Williams, 61, of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Moxley United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Boggs and Tom Armistead officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Williams was a son of the late G.T. and Virginia Thomas Williams. He was a lifelong resident of Wadley and a lifelong member of Moxley United Methodist Church and attended the Jefferson County Service Center for many years.

He was preceded in death by his father; and a great-nephew, Tray Davis.

Survivors include his mother, Virginia Thomas Williams of Wadley; sisters, Nancy (Mitchell) McGraw of Avera, Peggy (Mark) Cooper of Louisville, Patsy (Joe) Cox of Louisville, and Brenda (Wayne) Madsen of Rock Hill, S.C.; brother, Tim (Dana) Williams of Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Drew Cooper, Joe Cox, Will Madsen, Justin Williams, Clint Williams and Josh Guy.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the faculty and members of the Jefferson County Service Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jefferson County Service Center, 1114 Clarks Mill Road, Louisville, GA 30434, or Moxley United Methodist Church c/o Lois Gaston, 1175 Walden Brett Road, Wadley, GA 30477.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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