Obituaries
March 14, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Mary Jane Allen
Mrs. Mary Jane Allen of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 3 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Freddie Martin Sr. officiating and Rev. Allen Webb assisting.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Allen, Wadley; two daughters, Cora L. Hill, Wadley, and Vara (Mitchell) Jones, Anchorage, Alaska.; two sons, John Willie (Mattie) Hill and Willie (Elizabeth) Hill Jr., Wadley; daughter- in-law, Janie Mae Hill, Wadley; 31 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Anna Mae Coker “Granny” Ashley
Mrs. Anna Mae Coker “Granny” Ashley, 85, of Norwood entered into rest on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at University Hospital - McDuffie.

Mrs. Ashley, a native of Danielsville, was the daughter of the late Mack and Ruby Roberts Coker. A Warren County resident for many years she was an active member of the Norwood Baptist Church and the TEL Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Norwood Baptist Church, with Rev. Brian George officiating. Burial followed in Scruggs Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Grady Ashley Sr.; two sons, Jimmy Ashley and Ray Ashley; and one granddaughter, Melissa Brooks.

Survivors include three daughters, Margaret (John) Brooks, Thomson, Betty Jo (Lester) Hadden, Warrenton, and Diane (Jeff) Crunkelton, Gibson; two sons, Henry Grady (Barbara) Ashley Jr., Sparta, Terry (Marie) Ashley, Thomson; three sisters, Doris Leggett, Thomson, Pat Bowick, Perry, Mel (Randy) Rourk, Grovetown; two brothers, Horace Coker, Danielsville, Harrell Coker, Dearing; 13 grandchildren, Dewayne (Lynn) Wood, Becky (Paul) Lowe, John (Joan) Wood, Tracy (Mike) Madden, Phyllis (Robert) Rozier, Jason (Kellie) Brooks, Clay Crunkleton, Lane (Nicole) Crunkelton, Ashley (Robert) Carroll, Jodie Ashley, Dale (Ruby) Ashley, Ken Ashley, Jimmy (Hope) Akers, Angie (Stanley) Phillips, Darlene Williams, LeeAnn (Mike) Gurley, Jennifer Small and Tammy Kelley; and 37 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the Norwood Baptist Church, P.O. Box 372, Norwood, GA 30821.


Mr. James “Jimmy” Meadows Blocker
Mr. James “Jimmy” Meadows Blocker, 78, entered into rest on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Graveside services for Mr. James “Jimmy” Blocker will be held Friday, March 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Wadley City Cemetery, with Rev. Franklin Sasser officiating.

The family will receive friends at Smith Funeral Home Thursday, March 14, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Mr. Blocker was a graduate of Kite High School and Georgia Southern. He had lived in Wadley for 55 years and was the owner of Fashion Villa and Movie Rentals. He was a member of Wadley Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother; and sister.

Survivors include three daughters, Jeannia B. Satcher (Mike), Jamie B. Sandeford (Ralph) and Joan B. Nasworthy (Joe); eight grandchildren, Jason L. Cobb (Charla), Paul Thomas, Kristen Thomas, Kristen Satcher, Jacob Sandeford, Jim Sandeford, Joseph Nasworthy and Justin Nasworthy; three great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Cobb, Aidan Cobb and Ty Cobb.

Pallbearers will be Jason Lee Cobb, Brian Paul Thomas, Jacob Sandeford, Jim Sandeford, Joseph Nasworthy and Justin Nasworthy.

Memorials may be made to the Thomas Jefferson Academy Education Fund, Thomas Jefferson Academy, 2264 Hwy. 1 North, Louisville, GA 30434.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Vivian Rachels Booth
Mrs. Vivian Rachels Booth, 81, of Social Circle entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Mrs. Booth was born in Glascock County, and was the daughter of the late Prez Rachels and the late Maude Thompson Rachels. She lived in Covington most of her life and was retired from Bell South where she worked for 24 years as an information operator. Mrs. Booth was Baptist by faith.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Charles Watson officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Corbett Booth; and brother, Preston Rachels.

Survivors include her sons, Robin Booth of Stone Mountain, and Dell Booth of Aiken, S.C.; daughter, Beverlee Booth of Covington; sister, Lonice Hobbs of Thomson; grandchildren, Stacy Freeman, Tracy Little, Robi Booth and Brandee Booth; six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Abbey Hospice Foundation, Attn: Kelly, P. O. Box 68, Social Circle, GA 30025.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Frances Landrum Faglier
Mrs. Mary Frances Landrum Faglier, 86, of Evans entered into rest on March 5, 2013.

Mrs. Faglier was born in Burke County, but was raised in Stapleton. She graduated from Stapleton High School and worked at Dymo, Rollins Elementary Lunchroom, helped with the start-up of Burns Memorial Methodist Church Daycare, and had a daycare in her home for more than 25 years. She was a member of West Acres Baptist Church and a charter member of Windsor Spring Baptist Church. Mrs. Faglier was a longtime resident of the Augusta area.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 8, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Steve Hartman, Rev. Paul Robertson and Rev. Larry Harmon officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Gussie Landrum; one sister, Voncile Hadden; and one brother, Thomas Landrum.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Claude A. Faglier; six children, Don Faglier (Cheryl), Dianne Garner (Billy), Ron Faglier (Carolyn), Jane Pardue (Jimmy), Fran Gossage (Wayne) and Nan Cantey (Russ); 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Redd.

Pallbearers were her grandsons and friends, Curtis Pryor and James Brisbon.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Acres Baptist Church Mission Program, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans, GA, 30809.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Kathy Hawkins Gilmer
Miss Kathy Hawkins Gilmer, 41, of Augusta entered into rest on March 4, 2013.

Miss Gilmer was a native of McDuffie County, and lived in Richmond County for the past four years. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jimmy Richardson officiating. Interment followed in Westview Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Daymon Linkous, Olivia Fitzgerald and Chase Gilmer; mother, Gail Belcher; stepfather, Danny Belcher; father, Jimmy Hawkins (Kathy); paternal grandmother, Audrey Hawkins; sister, Yvonne Sandifer (Paul); brothers, Brad Belcher, Kevin Belcher, Benjamin Hawkins (Stephanie); aunts, Judy Pettit and Hilda McCarty; uncle, Allen Hawkins; nieces, Kaitlyn Wright, Ashlynn Sandifer and Abby Sandifer; nephews, Cole Wright, Kyle Wright and Philip Belcher.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Heggs
Mr. James Heggs of Bartow entered into rest on Friday, March 8, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Heggs was born on Oct. 19, 1951, in Bartow. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Jones Chapel CME Church, Bartow, with Rev. Johnny Ray Sampson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by Edward Heggs, Lewis Heggs and Glenn Heggs.

Survivors include his parents, Ed and Alice Heggs of Bartow; siblings, Ulysses Tarver and Deon Heggs of Bartow, Rufus Heggs and Marcy Heggs of Clarksville, Tenn., Katie Heggs of New York, Christine Heggs (Lawrence), Annette Heggs of Louisville, and Senia Bell (Jerry) of Augusta; aunts and uncles, Willie Mae Heggs of Louisville, Louise Heggs of Massachusetts, Johnny Heggs of Arizona, Henry Tarver of Miami, Fla., Tom Tarver (Daisy) of Chesapeake, Tenn., and Julia Pearl of Cleveland, Ohio; and nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Eugene Tarver, Steven Heggs, Roosevelt Tarver, Thomas Gross, Donald Terrell and Ronnie Fields.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Cora Lee Brantley Hilton
Mrs. Cora Lee Brantley Hilton of Louisville entered into rest on March 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Mrs. Hilton was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. She was born April 24, 1925, the fourth child of eight children born to the late Joseph and Cora Brantley. She was united in holy matrimony to the late James Eugene Hilton. She attended Jefferson County School System, Louisville. Mrs. Hilton was as a member of Gordon Grove Baptist Church, and served as an Usher. She later joined Magnolia Baptist Church, Avera. She was employed at Jefferson Hospital and J.P. Stevens Incorporated. After her retirement, she volunteered as a “Foster Grandmother” at Louisville Head Start Center.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her children, John (Beulah) Hilton of Hephzibah, James (Lillian) Hilton of Washington, D.C., Marie Hilton of Washington, D.C., William (Phyllis) Hilton of Lithonia, Christine Johnson of Salisbury, N.C., Carolyn (Eric) Jones of Lawrenceville, Alfonso Hilton of Louisville; sisters, Dora Lee and Mozella Dogan, both of Louisville, and Marie Morris of Savannah; sisters-in-law, Nancy Burton and Lorena Burton; brothers-in-law, Ed Willie and Willie T. Burton, all of Louisville; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Amanda Iona Mashburn
Miss Amanda Iona Mashburn, 79, of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest on March 4, 2013.

Miss Mashburn was a lifelong resident of North Augusta and a member of Victory Baptist Church. She was a Christian.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Pineview Memorial Park, Dr. R. Larry Brown officiating.

Survivors include her niece, Lisa Parnell, North Augusta, S.C.; two nephews, Freddie McCarty, North Augusta, S.C., and Dwight McCarty, Wadley; and great-nephew, Caleb McCarty, Grovetown.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Major General John E. Hoover
Major General John E. Hoover of Augusta recently entered into rest.

Maj. Gen. Hoover was born on April 28, 1924, on his family’s farm, Timberville, Va. He enlisted in the Army at 18, training at the Signal Corps cryptographic school at Camp Edison, N.J. A year later he won an appointment to West Point, entering the Military Academy in June 1944. After graduation, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Signal Corps and assigned to the 24th Infantry Division in occupied Japan. As the Korean War began, Maj. Gen. Hoover sailed with the 24th ID to Pusan. After the war, Maj. Gen. Hoover was assigned to Camp Gordon, he met and married Mary Jo Cox. After attending graduate school at Georgetown University, he taught economics and comparative government in the social sciences department at West Point. In 1969, Maj. Gen. Hoover deployed to Vietnam where he took command of the 1st Regional Communications Group. He traveled constantly by helicopter and light airplane to direct his unit’s wartime communications mission at 70 sites all over Vietnam. Maj. Gen. Hoover served at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., as Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Communications Command. Upon his promotion to Major General, he was assigned as director of the Joint Tactical Communications Office, developing the TRI-TAC communications equipment that enabled the joint services to interoperate on the battlefield. Maj. Gen. Hoover retired from active duty in 1978. He returned to Georgia where he worked as a consultant and played a key role in developing MSE, the Army’s next generation of communications gear. In 2004, the Hoovers moved to Brandon Wilde, Evans. He attended Crossbridge Baptist. Maj. Gen. Hoover served as the Historian Emeritus of the U.S. Army Signal Regiment.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Evans, with Rev. Bob Purvis and Rev. Dusty Wammack officiating.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Franklin “Bud” Hoover; and sister, Eleanor White.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Hoover; daughters, Kate Hoover (Stephen Lee) and Holly Bullock (Stephen); sister, Dr. Mary Lou Hale (John); and grandchildren, Maggie Bullock Oliveira (Guilherme) and James Bullock.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crossbridge Baptist Church, 3130 Skinner Mill Road, Augusta, GA 30909.

Thomas Poteet amd Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jimmie Roberts
Mr. Jimmie Roberts of Stapleton entered into rest on March 8, 2013, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael Ephriam Sr. officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Roberts was born in Jefferson County to the late Mack and Gertrude Brown Roberts. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System. He was a member of Stone Springfield AME Church.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cassandra; siblings, Lindsey “Rag” Roberts, Mytrice Thompson, Eveline Blair, Myrtle Usry, Cliff Roberts, Weldon Roberts Sr., Mack “Sam” Roberts Jr., Louis Roberts, Arthur Roberts, Luther Roberts and Mitchell “Slick” Roberts.

Survivors include his wife, Classie Terrell Roberts; children, Jimmie Louis Roberts, Cheryl Oliphant (James), Beulah Avery and Beverly Gibson of Stapleton, Joseph U. Roberts (Sonya) of Fayette, N.C., and Brandon B. Roberts (Jessica) of Columbus; brother, Waymon Roberts of Avera; sister, Pauline Davis of Pompano, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Lola Roberts of Stapleton, Annie M. Roberts of St. Petersburg, Fla., Willie Bell Roberts of Pompano Beach, Fla.; godson, Eric Lee Hannah; several goddaughters; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be Judie McCall, Darrell Terrell, Donald Wynn, Jason Roberts, Will Brown and Stephen Herrington.

Honorary pallbearers will be Stewards and Trustees of Stone Springfield AME Church.

Garrer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Zeddie B. “Ma Bell” Shelton
Mrs. Zeddie B. “Ma Bell” Shelton, 88, of Wrens entered into rest on March 7, 2013, at Georgia Regents Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Shelton was born on Dec. 25, 1924, to the late Lucille Williams. She was a graduate of the class of 1946. She joined Ways Grove Baptist Church at an early age. She was married to the late Hosea Shelton Sr.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough III officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her son, Hosea Shelton Sr.

Survivors include her daughter, Joann Elizabeth Shelton, Wrens; a niece, Annie Hardge, Augusta; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Catherine Chalker Toulson
Mrs. Mary Catherine Chalker Toulson, 69, of Mitchell entered into rest on Friday, March 8, 2013, at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Mrs. Toulson, a native and lifelong resident of Warren County, was the daughter of the late Harvel and Kate Newsome Chalker. She was a 1961 graduate of Warren County High School and a member of Long Creek Baptist Church and the Adult Ladies Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Long Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Chad Crews officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jaci Madison Cooper; and two brothers, Moody Newsome and Bill Chalker.

Survivors include her husband, Sammy Toulson; daughter, Cathy Toulson (George) Norris, Thomson; sister, Doris Baker, Warrenton; three grandchildren, Lauren Adams (Matt Stanley), Josh Adams and Jessica Norris.

Pallbearers were Mike Baker, Jeff Baker, Bobby Ray Toulson, Marvin Toulson, David Toulson, and Bobby Jackson.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Harry Walker Jr.
Mr. Harry Walker Jr. of Louisville entered into rest on March 8, 2013, at Georgia Science Health Medical Center, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Spring Bethel AME Church, Louisville, with Rev. James Jenkins officiating. Interment will be in Spring Bethel Society Cemetery.

Mr. Walker was born in Jefferson County, Louisville, to the late Harry Walker Sr. and Luella Williams Walker. He was a member of Spring Bethel AME Church and Spring Bethel Benevolent Society. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Hattie Palmer.

Survivor sinclude his wife, Eloise Walker of Vidette; sisters, Essie Walker Smith of Wrens, Ella Hankerson of Waynesboro, and Mozella Walker of Louisville; aunt, Gertrude Walker of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be nephews and cousins.

Honorary pallbearers will be Stewards and Trustees of Spring Bethel AME Church.

Garrer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Reba Mae Walker
Mrs. Reba Mae Walker of Wadley entered into rest on Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Spears Grove Baptist Church, Wadley, with Pastor C.W. Stone officiating. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Walker and Joe Charles (Sallie Mae) Walker, Wadley; one sister, Bula Mae Walker, Wadley; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Anthony Johnson, Henry Sanders, Joseph Johnson, Larry Prather, Ricky Strowbridge and Dishiki Sanders.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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