Obituaries
March 21, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Betty Paul Bowman
Mrs. Betty Paul Bowman, 82, of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, March 15, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital.

A native of Wadley, Mrs. Bowman was a daughter of the late Loring and Theo Murry Paul. She retired from the Richmond County Board of Education where she was an educator and coach at Murphy Junior High School. Mrs. Bowman was a lifelong member of Coleman Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was a worker, pianist and Lay speaker. She was a member of the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association and founder of the Wadley Prayer Breakfast Club.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Coleman Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Randall Bryant officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her son, Murry Bowman of Louisville; daughter, Diana Holmes (Randall) of Augusta; sister, Anne Paul McGahee of Jesup; grandchildren, Johnna (Joey) Raines of Wadley, Nikki Bowman (Robbie) of Tifton, Kelley (Craig) Jersey of Wadley, Haley Bowman of Louisville, Lori (Jerry) Copeland, Samantha Holmes and Christopher Holmes of Sandersville; cousin, Ruth Paul of Wadley; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coleman Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 7118 River Road, Wadley, GA 30477.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Frank Audrey Carter Sr.
Mr. Frank Audrey Carter Sr., 67, of Keysville entered into rest on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Hephzibah Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Smith Carter; eight children, Frank Carter Jr. (Dana), Mackie Carter (Chastity), Candice Holden (Lowell), Jason Carter, Lewis Smith Sr. (Tricia), Mary Combs (Glenn), Don Smith Sr., and Lynn Unruh (Kenny); brother, Rev. Earl Carter; sister, Evelyn Norman; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Hephzibah Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ray Champion Clark Sr.
Mr. Ray Champion Clark Sr., 80, of Stapleton entered into rest on Friday, March 15, 2013, at his residence.

One of eight children born to the late Rosa Covington Clark and the late Oscar Clark, Mr. Clark was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He served in the Army, after which he worked for Stapleton Garment Company, then retiring twice from Georgia-Tennessee Mining Company as production foreman, with more than 30 years of service.

A celebration of life service was held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ralph Kitchens officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ray C. Clark Jr.; two grandchildren, Ashley Usry and Michael Clark; and six siblings, Mildred Lowvow, Venera Beasley, Inez Chalker, Myrtice Hilborne, Harold Clark and Buck Clark.

Survivors include his three daughters, Janet Hall Prescott (Tanny) of Mitchell, Julie Clark of Modoc, S.C., and Sheree Wylds of Martinez; sister, Janie Roberson of Ocala, Fla.; six grandchildren, Eric Clark, Chris Clark, Timothy Silas, Cristal Clark, Lauren Wylds and Danny Wylds; nine great-grandchildren, Tristan Clark, Ansley Clark, Alyssa Clark, Carson Clark, Caroline Clark, Mikayla Clark, Shaun Clark, Allyanna Clark and Mason Silas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Chris Clark, Eric Clark, Lance Irby, Timothy Silas, Keith Usry and Danny Wylds.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made directly to James Funeral Home, P.O. Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Beverly Jean Fredericks
Mrs. Beverly Jean Fredericks, 63, of Keysville entered into rest on Friday, March 15, 2013.

Mrs. Fredericks was born in Oil City, Pa. She had lived in the Augusta area since 1968. She was a licensed practical nurse. She had worked at Gracewood State Hospital, Community Mental Health Hospital and Keysville Nursing Home. She was a member of New House of Worship.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin R. Morrison Sr.

Survivors include her mother, Jennie Morrison; husband, Carl R. Fredericks Sr.; sons, Carl (Amanda) Fredericks Jr., Terral R. Fredericks and Edward Fredericks, all of Keysville; sisters, Debra Stewart, Terry Mims; brother, Melvin R. Morrison Jr.; grandchildren, Krystal Fredericks and Brandon Fredericks.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Anna Bell Beckworth Gay
Mrs. Anna Bell Beckworth Gay, 90, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at University Hospital McDuffie.

One of 11 children born to the late Ammie Lou and Roney Beckworth, Mrs. Gay was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, living either in Avera or Stapleton. Until her decline in health, she was an active member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for more than 40 years, where she was in the Gleaners Sunday School Class and was a member of the Young At Heart Club. Mrs. Gay worked as a seamstress at Stapleton Garment Company for many years.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Avera, with Rev. Donald Lumpkin and Rev. Nathan Adams officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion J. “Bud” Gay; and eight siblings, William Beckworth, Florine Beckworth, Bular Mae Usry, Cleo Martin, Frances Irby, James Beckworth, Robert Beckworth and Daniel Beckworth.

Survivors include her daughters, Ponda G. Chalker (Louie) and Wanda J. Gay; two sisters, Sarah Guy of Matthews, and Dahlia Brown of Jacksonville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Stephanie Jones (Brad) of Waynesboro, Seth Williams and Chris Chalker; six great-grandchildren, Bailey Jones, Brantley Jones, Caleb Jones, Cason Chalker, Mallie Chalker and Marlie Chalker; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Thomas Beckworth, Johnny Beckworth, Mike Beckworth, Phillip Brown, Donnie Guy, Jason Irby, Tommy Neal and Joey Usry.

The family requests memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Bobbie Kitchens, PO Box 4, Avera, GA 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mattie Bell Harris
Memorial services for Miss Mattie Bell Harris, 72, of Westbury, N.Y., were held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Thankful Baptist Church, Gibson, with Rev. Leroy Hudson as eulogist and Elder Jeffery Hobbs presiding. Interment was at Stamp Branch Baptist Church, Warrenton.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Billy Joe Juian Logan
Mr. Billy Joe Julian Logan, 31, of Gibson entered into rest on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Mr. Logan was born in Thomasville to Mona Boemker and the late Julian Logan and was a resident of Gibson for more than 25 years. He was a mechanic by trade.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Starling Funeral Home, Harlem, with Rev. Charles Reese officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father, Julian Logan; and grandparents, Frank Logan and Helen Mize.

Survivors include his wife, Kaci Beasley Logan, Sylvania; daughter, Alexus Logan; mother, Mona Boemker; stepmother, Beth Logan, Stapleton; four sisters, Nicole Spiaggi, Atlanta, Amber (Zack) Wyatt, Florida, Amiee (Dewayne) Hollimon, Dearing, and Sheena Logan, Gibson; uncle, David Logan, Gibson; aunt, Mary Strawn, South Carolina.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Roy Patterson
Mr. Roy Patterson of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at University Hospital.

Mr. Patterson was a native of Louisville. He was a retired employee of the Southwark Metal Company, Philadelphia, Pa.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mark Pierson officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olive Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his mother, Gladys Patterson, Augusta; daughter, Carol J. Patterson; grandson, Michael Patterson, Mays Landing, N.J.; companion, Tomekia Adams, Dublin, Pa.; friends, Jareek Adams and Quadir Thomas; and a host of cousins and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Johnny Ray Stamey Jr.
Mr. Johnny Ray Stamey Jr., 15, of Edgehill entered into rest on Friday, March 15, 2013.

A native of Augusta, Mr. Stamey was an eighth grade student at Louisville Middle School.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013, at Fellowship Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frances and James Stamey; maternal grandfather, Wesley Eugene Hollis.

Survivors include his parents, Johnny Ray and Laura Ann Hollis Sr. of Edgehill; sisters, Christen Stamey of Hephzibah, Carol Stamey of Dearing, Ashley Stamey of Thomson; brother, Dylan Stamey of Edgehill; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Dewey David Swink Jr.
Mr. Dewey David Swink Jr., 57, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, March 15, 2013, at his residence.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Emmitt “Tip” Carroll officiating.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home after the celebration of life services on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Mr. Swink was a self-employed truck driver, both long and short haul, for more than 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dewey David Swink Sr.; and a brother, Paul J. Swink.

Survivors include his wife, Wendy Hill-Swink; mother, Louise Atkinson Smith; three brothers, Robert Daniel Swink (Leigh) of Commerce, Jimmy Lee Swink (Sara) of Houston, Texas, and Bobby Joe Smith of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Lisa Evelyn Hulbert (Mike) of Houston, Texas, and Debra Louise Flowers of Houston, Texas; pet dog, Lady; and numerous nieces and nephews

Because of the sudden, tragic events, the family requests memorial contributions be made directly to James Funeral Home, P.O. Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thad Usry
Mr. Thad Usry, 83, of Thomson entered into rest on March 14, 2013.

Mr. Usry was born in Glascock County, but lived in McDuffie County most of his life. He was the son of the late Cleon C. Usry and the late Bessie McTier Usry. Mr. Usry served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a retired crane operator from SRS with more than 42 years of service. He also farmed and raised cattle.

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Grant Cantrell and Rev. Kenneth Garvin officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Peggy Anderson Usry; sons, George Usry, Wayne Usry (Melody), Terry Usry (DeeAnn), Donald Usry (Cynthia), all of Thomson; brother, Leroy Usry of Stapleton; sisters, Frankie Nelson of Augusta, and Nora Griffin of Spartanburg, S.C.; grandchildren, Jayme and Beth Usry, Ayme and Jason Cranford, Brooke and Josh Ogletree, Melissa and Adam Weatherford, Nichole Usry, Brett Usry, Blake Usry and Blair Usry; and great-grandchildren, Callie Anne and Savannah Usry.

Memorials may be made to Sweetwater Baptist Church Building Fund, 1606 Wrens Hwy., Thomson, GA 30824.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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