Obituaries
March 7, 2013 Issue

Mr. Alvin Amerson
Mr. Alvin Amerson, 82, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at The Place, Augusta.

Mr. Amerson retired from Jebco after 32 years, where he was a fork lift operator.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Your Hope Church, Matthews. Interment followed in Mt. Mariah United Methodist Church Cemetery, Matthews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Amerson and Rosa Lee Amerson; brothers, Jerry Taylor, Jim Taylor, Monk Taylor and Aaron Babe Taylor.

Survivors include his daughters, Tammy (Mitchell) Welch, Harlem, and Susan (Donnie) Prickett, Hephzibah; stepdaughter, Lora Lee Adams, Thomson; stepsons, David (Kim) Gay, Washington, and Gerald (Marsha) Gay, Wrens; sisters, Nancy Johnson, Theresa Brooks, Sheila Taylor, Peggy Kitchens; grandchildren, Jimmy Langham, Daniel Amerson, Mitchell Welch Jr. and Benjamin Prickett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.


Mr. John Berry Sr.
Mr. John Berry Sr., 72, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Berry was born in Jefferson County in Wrens on Oct. 22, 1940, to the parentage of the late Richard Berry Sr. and Mary Lockhart Berry. He attended the public school system in Jefferson County. Mr. Berry was employed with the former Lily Cup Tulip Industry, Augusta. At an early age he accepted Christ into his life and joined the Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville. Mr. Berry remained a member, serving until his health failed him. On April 11, 1959, he was united in holy matrimony to late Elizabeth Ann Scott Berry. To this union, seven children were born.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church, Matthews, Rev. Stephen Ivey, Rev. Dr. C.L. Cason presiding and Rev. Jimmy McCullough III as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two daughters, Sandra R. Berry and Angela Berry; and one son, Vincent E. Berry.

Survivors include his two daughters, Jacklon D. Berry and Barbara R. McMillan, both of Wrens; two sons, John Jr. (La’Sonji) Berry of Harrison, and Ronald Berry of Wrens; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Joyce Arrington of Wrens; two sisters, Dollie Mae Rowland and Mary Avery, both of Wrens; three brothers, Richard Jr. (Fannie) Berry, Rev. Thomas Sr. (Frances) Berry and Jimmy Berry Sr., all of Wrens; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Tyrik Bussey
Mr. Tyrik Bussey, 39, of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at UPAC Old Capitol.

Mr. Bussey was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and worked as a barber.

Graveside services were held on Friday, March 1, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Southview Cemetery, with Rev. Rickey Dent officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Lenora Bussey; son, Daquone McMillan; daughter, Moeishna Ellison; four stepdaughters, Selisa Walker (Theodore), Aiken, S.C., LaTwanda Walker (Maurice), Tonnetta Buggs, North Augusta, S.C., Nicole Blocker (Bernard), Clarksville, Tenn.; two sisters, Grace and Niesha; uncle, Tyrone Bussey; great-uncles, Henry Bussey and John Bussey; two great-aunts, Dorothy Bussey and Delia Bussey; nieces; and other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Sarah R. Cooper
Miss Sarah R. Cooper, 81, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Georgia Health Sciences Health System, Augusta.

Miss Cooper was a native of Burke County, but later in 1971 relocated to Jefferson County. She was the daughter of the late Nelson Cooper and Clara Huff Cooper. She was a member of the Peel Grove Baptist Church, Vidette. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She was a retired CNA at a local nursing home.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Peel Grove Baptist Church, Vidette. Burial followed in church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Nelson Cooper Jr. and Willie Mae Cooper Marshall.

Survivors include her sister, Mary Bell Cooper of Louisville; brothers and sisters- in-law, Emma Moody, Rosa Cooper, Willie Mae Cooper, Bobby Cooper, Liza Cooper, all of Vidette, and Edward Cooper of Waynesboro; nieces and nephews, George Cooper of Augusta, Michael Cooper, Kanyanan Jackson, Kachine Cooper, Jayonna Jackson, all of Louisville, Annie Faye Nelson of Gibson, Deann Nelson of Louisville, Rev. Roosevelt Cooper of West Palm, Fla., Betty Guy, Rosa Mae Sledge, both of South Bay, Fla., Leoma Cason of Irvington, N.J., and Willie Marshall of South Bay, Fla.; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Wayne Cuyler, Eddie Tolbert, Roosevelt Webb, James Jenkins and Willie Washington.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Roxie Daniel
Miss Roxie Daniel entered into rest on March 1, 2013, at the Unihealth Post-Acute Care –Old Capitol, Louisville.

Miss Daniel was born in Jefferson County in Avera on Jan. 27, 1930, to the late Lillie Mae Trimble Daniel and Perry Daniel Sr. She accepted Christ into her life at an early age and joined Magnolia Baptist Church, Avera, where she served as an Usher. Miss Daniel received her education in the Jefferson County School System.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the Magnolia Baptist Church, Avera, at 1 p.m., with the Pastor Wallace Peeples, and nephews, Elder LaVelton Daniel and Bishop James Daniel as eulogists. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two brothers, Rev. Perry Jr. (Lois) Daniel of Avera, and Rev. Charlie Daniel of Westbury, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Judy Farrer Garner
Mrs. Judy Farrer Garner, 68, of Sandersville entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the Washington County Extended Care Facility.

Mrs. Garner was born in Louisville, the daughter of the late Quinton Price Farrer and the late Annie Evelyn Manning Farrer. She worked as a customer service representative for Burgess Pigment Company for 25 years and she was a member of First Baptist Church of Sandersville, where she was a former children’ s Sunday school teacher and a current member of the Cornerstone Sunday School Class. Mrs. Garner did mission work, serving as co-chair the First Baptist Mission team as well as traveling 18 times to West Africa. She was also a former member of the Washington County Pilot Club and the Garden Club.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Sandersville, with Rev. Lee Lacey officiating. Burial was in Brownwood Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Garner of Sandersville; children, Marc Daniel (Angie) Jones of Mobile, Ala., Cecil Wade (Bonita) Jones of Sandersville, Terrie Garner of Topeka, Kan., and Stan Austin (Connie) Garner of Sandersville; sisters, Francine F. Wright of Savannah and Anna F. (Al) Deal of West Columbia, S.C.; and brothers, Quinton P. (Kathy) Farrer Jr. of Louisville and Al Q. Farrer of Wadley.

Pallbearers were Mike Sheppard, Horace Daniel, Skip Wommack, Roger Vickery, Kenny Eady, Jimmy McElhaney and Jimmy Harris.

Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Sandersville Ghana Mission Fund, 316 Mathis Cr., Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ella Mae Harris
Mrs. Ella Mae Harris, 87, of Wrens entered into rest on Feb. 26, 2013, at the Georgia Regents Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Harris was born in Jenkins County in Millen on July 4, 1925. She accepted Christ into her life at an early age and joined the Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton. Mrs. Harris was married to the late Rufus Harris.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 1 p.m.at the Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones Sr. officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Maggie Collins; and son, Lee Harris Sr.

Survivors include one grandson, Lee Harris Jr. of Wrens; one great-grandson, Lee Harris III of Louisville; significant other, Marvin Stapleton of Wrens; Stapleton’s daughters, Angela Burley of Wrens, and Marchell P. (Donnell) Avery of Stapleton; nieces, Evelyn Dukes, Waynesboro, and Betty Jean Dukes of New Jersey; nephews, Purves (Lavern) Dukes of Waynesboro, and Larry (Lisa) Rhoney of Wrens; five great-nieces, Maggie Williams, Angela (Bobby) Green, Margie Wilson, Donna Wilson, all of Augusta, and Azelene (Joseph) Sherrod of Hephzibah; four great-nephews, Richard (Gwen) Wilson, Greg (Carmilla) Wilson, Steve (Roberta) Wilson and Daryl Wilson, all of Augusta; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Whitney Shardale Johnson
Miss Whitney Shardale Johnson of Swainsboro entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

Miss Johnson was a native of Emanuel County. She was the daughter of Tyson Hackett Sr. and Nolan Jane Johnson McCall. She was employed with Claxton Poultry.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 4, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Phillip Baptist Church, Swainsboro. Burial was in the Swainsboro City Cemetery, Swainsboro.

Survivors include her children, LaShon Tarver, Ja’Laysha Tarver, both of Swainsboro, and Brianna Johnson of Augusta; parents, Nolan Jane (Torey) Johnson McCall of Augusta, and Tyson (Darlene) Hackett Sr. of Swainsboro; siblings, Apollonia Brooks of Swainsboro, Shalacia Gilmore of Augusta, Marisha Armstrong, Dreana Harden, both of Swainsboro, Tyson Kackett Jr. of Swainsboro, Danny Williams Jr. of Augusta; grandparents, Mamie Joyce and Tommie Lee Roberson of Swainsboro, Judie and Barbara McCall of Avera, Johnnie Louise Tarver of Twin City, Joseph Jones of Augusta; great-grandmother, Inez Fletcher; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Isoline V. Parris
Mrs. Isoline V. Parris, 85, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.

Mrs. Parris was born in Jamaica, she moved to Miami, Fla., in 1965, then to Augusta in 2004.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Kinsey and Walton Chapel. Interment followed in Mt. Olive Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her daughters, Fay Brownlee and Jennice McKillop; grandchildren, AnnMarie Bell and Andrew Phillibert; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Kinsey and Walton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Georgia Roland
Mrs. Georgia Roland, 85, of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the National Health Center, North Augusta, S.C.

Mrs. Roland was born in Keysville. She was a member of Mt. Tabor AME Church, Keysville.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, at Mt. Tabor AME Church, Keysville, with Rev. Jerald Caldwell officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Roland Sr.

Survivors include her son, Wilbur (Jack) Roland; grandson, Terrin Roland Sr.; great-grandson, Terrin Roland Jr.; brothers, Herman Lee Sr. and Josh Lee; sisters, Dorothy Brown, Emma (Weldon) Terrell, and Sylvia Cummings; brothers- in-law, Easton Langham and Donald McMillan; aunt, Emma Gresham; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Kinsey and Walton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mattie Thompson
Miss Mattie Thompson of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Miss Thompson was a native of Jefferson County. She was the daughter of Johnny Gibbons and Lue Ada Thompson. She was a member of the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville. Burial followed in church cemetery.

Survivors include her sons, Tyrone F. Thompson, Issac Thompson, both of Louisville; parents, Lue Ada Thompson of Louisville, and Johnny Gibbons of Augusta; goddaughters, Christy Smith of Louisville, and Euila Durden; siblings, Ella Mae Thompson of Atlanta, Wallacia (Melvin) Simmons of Augusta, Sharlay Gibbons of Augusta, Dorothy Blair of Louisville, Mae Etta Gibbons of Louisville, Roger (Vivian) Thompson of Atlanta, Harold (Jeanette) Thompson of Louisville, Ralph Thompson of Beckley, Va., Frank Brown of Augusta, Horace Thompson of Petersburg, Va., Edward Gibbons of Bella Glade, Fla., Kenneth (Coletta) Gibbons of Augusta, Andre’ Gibbons of Montgomery, Ala., Shawn (Christian) Gibbons of Augusta and Jeffery Gibbons of Louisville; grandchildren, Tywonnika Thompson, Lamont Scott, Tyre’ Thompson, Tyla Thompson, Valario Stevens, Jada Hughes, Iniya Thompson, Ikeria Thompson, and Jhamari Smith; great-grandchild, LeMarion McCloud; friend, Jerry Thomas of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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