Obituaries
April 4, 2013 Issue

Mr. John Cunningham Sr.
Mr. John Cunningham Sr. of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mr. Cunningham was a native of Jefferson County. He was the son of the late Mary Virginia Cunningham. He was united in holy matrimony to Zannie Walden in 1951 and at a very early age joined Eden Baptist Church, Louisville. He was 33 Degree, Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge No. 592. Mr. Cunningham retired from Thermo King Corp as a shipping expeditor and in 1994 begin as a courier at Queensborough Bank until November 2010. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army after serving in the Korean conflict.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Eden Baptist Church, Louisville, with Bishop Mark Walden, James O. Nelson, Emily Wilson, Eugene Walden and Willie Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Zannie Walden Cunningham of Louisville; daughters, Virginia (Clifford) Durden, Georgena Burton, both of Louisville, Debbie (Gregory) Alexander of Warner Robins; sons, George (Dianne) Cunningham of Louisville, John Cunningham Jr. of Tucker; siblings, Edith Ramsey, Orbey Ramsey, Willie Ramsey, Allen Ramsey, Dorothy (Gerald) Wilson, Shorlet (Eugene) Hadden, Teresa (Ronald) Phillips, all of Louisville; nieces and nephews who he helped rear, Betty Boyd Benefield of Louisville, Willie Boyd of Homestead, Fla., and Bessie Boyd Durden of Augusta; grandchildren, Jerrold Cunningham, Senita Strickland, Wesley Williams, Conquisha (Keith) Thompson, Donte’(Yashika) Johnson, Iantha (Johnnie) Kittles, Spencer Burton, Terrance Williams, Kasie Cunningham, Tristin Alexander, Cortland Cunningham, Jonathan Burton and Zenera Cunningham; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Bobby Lewis, Mitchell Walden, Ricardo Tarver and Milton Reaves.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothy Jean Harmon
Mrs. Dorothy Jean Harmon of Hephzibah entered into rest on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Mrs. Harmon was born on Aug. 10, 1960, to the late Julia Mae Coppett Evans and Willie C. Josey in Louisville. She was baptized at Eden Baptist Church, Louisville, on Oct. 17, 1998, where she served in the choir and was also a member of Burke County Mass Choir. She was a 1978 graduate of Waynesboro High School, and crowned Miss Black Burke County of 1979. She was a member of the Diamond Ladies Social Club. She attended Paine College and was a graduate of Augusta Technical College. She was employed at Georgia Regents University, formerly known as MCG, in orthopedic surgery as residency coordinator until her illness.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Eden Baptist Church, Louisville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Little Henry Saulsberry.

Survivors include her husband, Willie James “Jay” Harmon; three daughters, Ekko A. Smyre (Russell III), Augusta, Marisha Harmon, Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Janessa Harmon, Raleigh, N.C.; three sons, Henri D. Saulsberry, Little Henry Saulsberry, both of Augusta, and Elliott J. Harmon, Plattsburgh, N.Y.; mother-in-law, Mamie Lou Harmon; sisters, Ruby (Roy) Goffer, Regina (Hermon) Williams, both of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brothers, Robert (Carrie) Evans, St. Petersburg, Fla., Willie (Betty) Evans, Clearwater, Fla., Jimmy (Emma) Evans, Copperas Cove, Texas, and Charlie (Bobbie Jean) Josey, Augusta; sisters-in-law, Vanessa Cunningham, Ann Harmon, both of Augusta, Dorothy Blair, Louisville; brothers-in-law, Ray Harmon (Nancy), Augusta, and Nelson Harrison, Louisville; nine grandchildren, Navarrah Harmon, Ayala Adams, Russell Smyre IV, Kiara Saulsberry, Avyonne Smyre, Henri Saulsberry II, Marque Smyre, Cheyenne Saulsberry and Jaire Saulsberry; one godson, Marcell McClure; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Denise Knight Jordan
Memorial services for Miss Dennie Knight Jordan of Louisville were held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Faith Holiness No. 4.


Mrs. Julia Ann Snider Jones
Mrs. Julia Ann Snider Jones, 79, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, March 29, 2013, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Jones was a senior nursing assistant at University Hospital for 32 years before retiring. She was married to James H. Keels for more than 30 years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Platt’s Crawford Avenue Chapel. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her brother, William Snider; and sister, Polly Williford.

Survivors include her daughter, Christine Jones Murphy (Jerry) of Augusta; one grandson, Keith Murphy (Amanda) of Martinez; one brother, Robert Bobby Snider of Gibson; three sisters, Sarah Grace Parrish of Augusta, Mary Saye of Rome, Sherrye Winkler of Harlem; two great-grandchildren, Amberly Murphy and Jason Murphy, both of Augusta; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Nicholas Landrum, Keith Murphy, Curtis Landrum and Jason Murphy.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Leonia Jordan
Miss Leonia Jordan of Davisboro entered into rest on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Pine Hill Baptist Church and Cemetery, Davisboro.

Miss Jordan was a native of Washington County. She was the daughter of the late Thelma Jordan Sr. and Ruby Lee Hall Jordan. She was a member of the Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Davisboro. She worked more than 20 years and later retired as seamstress at Duckhead Manufactory, later known Delta Apparel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Louise Jordan Kemp, Mazzie Jordan Moore, Veline Jordan, Vernon Jordan, Tommie Lee Jordan and Roy Jordan.

Survivors include her brothers, Lacy Jordan of Deerfield Beech, Fla., Thelma Jordan Jr., Larry Jordan, both of Davisboro, and Isadore Jordan of Milwaukee, Wis.; a host of nieces and nephews, Carolyn Cason, Robert Moss, both of Deerfield Beech, Fla., Robbie Braswell of Davisboro, Larry Jordan, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Vernon Williams of Savannah, Phyllis Dixon, Priscilla Terrell and Carlene Kelly, all of Davisboro, Georgia; many great-nieces and -nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence of her niece, Robbie Braswell, 525 West Brown Dr., Davisboro, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George V. Kitchens
Mr. George V. Kitchens, 83, of Harlem entered into rest on March 28, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Mr. Kitchens was a native of Glascock County, a former resident of Augusta, having made Harlem his home for the past 17 years. He was a member of Silver Run Baptist Church and a former member of Morningside Baptist Church. Mr. Kitchens was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and the retired owner of Southern Business Machines.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at noon at Morningside Baptist Church, with Rev. Wallace Hoyle and Rev. Jerry Pitman officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park, with veterans honors.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Frances Pinion Kitchens; and a son, Donald Ray Kitchens Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Faye Kitchens; a son, Tony Kitchens, Augusta; two daughters, Linda (Ronnie) Wood, Beech Island, and Patricia Kelly, Augusta; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Kitchens, Augusta; stepson, Randy (Debbie) Radford, Harlem; stepdaughter, Kathy Milton, Harlem; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Lamar Kitchens, Boca Raton, Fla.; two sisters, Sara Shelton, Gibson, and Rubye Reese, Stapleton.

Pallbearers were Billie Beasley, David Icenhour, Robert Thompson, Randy Radford, David Bell and James Staub.

Memorials may be made to Morningside Baptist Church, 1825 Kissingbower Road, Augusta, GA 30904, or the Judd C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer’s Care, 1901 Central Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904, or to Silver Run Baptist Church, 5408 GA Highway 221 SE, Harlem, GA, 30814.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Christine Cox Knight
Mrs. Christine Cox Knight, 90, of Sandersville entered into rest on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Heritage Inn of Sandersville.

Mrs. Knight was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Arthur William Cox and the late Louise Vida Wynn Cox. She was the wife of the late Lawrence O’Neil Knight. Mrs. Knight was a retired sales clerk for B.C. Moore’s Department Store and worked with child support services through the Green Thumb Program. She attended Sisters Baptist Church and the Philatheia Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sandersville, with Rev. Ron Dixon, Rev. Darell Young and Rev. Jimmy Harris officiating. Burial was in Washington County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her daughters, Glenda K. Harrell (Robert) of Davisboro, and Dale K. Anderson of Sandersville; four grandchildren, David Ezell, Dana E. Jackson, Ashley Anderson and Joy A. Brown (Brett); three great-grandchildren, Eva Brown, Elisa Brown and Isabella Jackson.

Pallbearers were Richard Harrell, Hal Knight, Danny Knight, O. J. Miller, Frank Archer, Jr., Wayne Norris, Tommy Wallace and Aubrey Wiggins.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.


Miss Willie Mae Mountain
Miss Willie Mae Mountain of Bartow entered into rest on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at noon at Faith Memorial CME Church and Cemetery.

Miss Mountain was a native of Jefferson County. She was the daughter of the late Issac Mountain Sr. and Ruby Mae Fields Mountain. She was a member of the Faith Memorial CME Church, where she was on the Usher Board for many years and served on the Pastor Aid. She was employed with VERO, formerly Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley, as a CNA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Hubert Mountain.

Survivors include her children, Patricia Mountain of Bartow, Kathleen (Frank) Coleman of Louisville, Faye Mountain Bostic of Bartow; siblings, Theodis (Viola) Mountain Sr. of Louisville, Dannie (Maggie) Mountain of Augusta, Isaac (Patricia) Mountain of Wadley, Idella Lewis, Linda (Conrade) Dixon, both of Louisville; grandchildren, Dequale Brinkley, Landondray Bostic, both of Bartow, Kanneeshia Coleman of Louisville, Charneal Bostic of Bartow, and Frank Coleman III of Louisville; two great- grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 8256 Hwy 24 W, Bartow, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Howard Horace Ragland
Mr. Howard Horace Ragland, 84, of Blythe entered into rest on Monday, March 25, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Ragland was a member of the Church of Christ and was retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years of service with the rank of Technical Sergeant. He served during the Vietnam Conflict, Korean War, in Germany, and Guam; a recipient of numerous awards and medals. After retirement Mr. Ragland worked as a carpenter for Fluor Daniels Construction until he retired years back.

Graveside services, with full military honors, were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Glennville.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Margaret R. Ragland; sons, James Floyd, Sonny Floyd and Carl “Rags” Ragland; a daughter, Cathy Brunette; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Fairhaven Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John David Reid Sr.
Mr. John David Reid Sr., 68, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, March 29, 2013, at his residence.

A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Mr. Reid was a 1962 graduate of Louisville Academy. He attended Georgia Southern College, and was a longtime employee of WPEH radio where he was an announcer and sportscaster in the CSRA. Mr. Reid was a member of Louisville United Methodist Church.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013, at Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his daughter, Jayne Elizabeth Reid; sons, John David Reid Jr. and Joel Dixon Reid, all of Louisville; five grandchildren.

Due to a prolonged illness, the family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made directly to Taylor Funeral Home.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Barbara Ann Neal Upton
Mrs. Barbara Ann Neal Upton, 71, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Mrs. Upton was born in Gibson on Sept. 1, 1941, to the late Robert “Jasper” and Mamie Neal. She joined Piney Grove Baptist Church at an early age. She attended the Glascock County School System. She was employed by Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center for several years as a CNA.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church, Gibson, with Rev. Carlos Newton Sr. and Elder William Jordan as eulogist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. Upton; and grandson, Antonio Jordan.

Survivors include three daughters, Trina Upton, Mattie (Wyman) Harris, Debra Jordan, all of Gibson; granddaughter reared as her own, CaChander L. Neal, Jacksonville, N.C.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lillie Harris of Gibson, Margie West of Thomson, Edna Jones of Grovetown; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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