Obituaries
April 11, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Pansy Abbott Agerton
Mrs. Pansy Abbott Agerton, 81, of Appling entered into rest on April 4, 2013.

Mrs. Agerton was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Waynesboro. After raising her children and teaching kindergarten, she opened Pansy’s Pantry in Vidette. She was later recruited to run Pansy’s at Queensborough in Louisville. Mrs. Agerton eventually retired from cooking and catering, but continued to work as the food consultant at the Burke County Medical Center. She published her own cookbook, Pansy’s Collection, resulting in numerous printings.

A memorial celebration of her life was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home, Waynesboro, with Rev. Dr. Gary L. Abbott Sr. officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Agerton; son, Trip Agerton (Judy); daughter, Connie Agerton Rhodes (Joe Morris); grandchildren, Lizzie Rhodes, Brad Agerton, Austin Agerton, Morgan Mewbourne, Matt Mewbourne; great-granddaughter, Alyssa Vickrey; brother, Louis Abbott (Viola); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

DeLoach-McKerley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mattie Lee Boatright
Miss Mattie Lee Boatright of Wadley entered into rest on Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Brinson Hill Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Dr. David Kemp Sr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Susie Sherrod and Rosie Lee Randall (George), Wadley, and Annie D. (Melvin) Brookins, Bartow; six sons, Mathis (Josephine) Gardner, Cartersville, Samuel (Betty) Gardner, Rockmart, Tom Boatright, Willie Randall (Carol) and Arthur Boatright, Wadley, and Jimmie Boatright, Savannah; 27 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Minnie Lee Bussell
Miss Minnie Lee Bussell, 97, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center, with her niece, Elizabeth, by her side.

A celebration of life service will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Warthen, on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tim Powell and Rev. Griffin Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Bethlehem Baptist Church after the services.

One of six children born to the late Nancy Jane and Green Bussell, Miss Bussell grew up in Warthen and was the oldest member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She played the organ and made pineapple cakes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; all of her siblings, Willie Bussell, Charlie Bussell, Harris Bussell, Nan Green and Lillie Parker; nieces, Lillie Larsen of El Paso, Texas, Janet Brown and Louise Sheppard; and nephews, Walter Bussell and Willie Bussell.

Survivors include her niece, Elizabeth Thompson (Griffin) of Wrens; nephew, Bobby Bussell (Jeanette) of Harrison; and several great-nieces and -nephews.

Pallbearers will be Scott Thompson, Brian Thompson, Patrick Thompson, Lonnie McDonald, Mel Daniels, Glen Bussell, Henry Bussell and Perry Bussell.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mary Bell Cooper
Miss Mary Bell Cooper, 67, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Peel Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery, Vidette.

Miss Cooper was a native of Burke County, was the daughter of the late Nelson Cooper and Clara Huff Cooper. In 1971, she relocated to Jefferson County. At an early age she joined Peel Grove Baptist Church, Vidette, and was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge No. 211 Heroin of Jericho. Miss Cooper was a retired private duty nurse and a homemaker.

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

Survivors include her sons, George Cooper of Augusta, and Michael Cooper of Louisville; one daughter, Kanyanan Jackson of Louisville; grandchildren, Kachine Cooper, Jayonna Jackson and Mykel Cooper, all of Louisville, and Marquez Brady and Kayla Stewart; a host of nieces and nephews, including Deann Nelson of Louisville, Annie Faye Nelson of Gibson, Rev. Roosevelt Cooper of West Palm Beach, Fla., Betty Guy, Rose Mae Sledge of South Bay, Fla., Leoma Carson of New Jersey; cousins and other relatives; and friend, Catherine Tarver of Louisville.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Cuyler, Willie Tarver, Eddie Tolbert, Willie Washington, Phillip Tolbert and Randy Williams.

Family may be contacted at the home place, 1255 Moore Street, Louisville, GA, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lynwood Cox
Mr. Lynwood Cox, 86, of Dry Branch entered into rest on Sunday, April 7, 2013, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Cox was born April 18, 1926, in Wadley, as the youngest son of the late Malcom and Addie Belle Cox. During World War II, Mr. Cox served with the 45th Infantry Division, 180th Regiment as a machine gunner. During the war, the 45th Division was known for many meritorious campaigns to include Anzio, Italy, the counter invasion after D-Day into Southern France and Germany and the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich. His commendations include the Purple Heart.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Macon. Interment followed at Coleman’s Chapel, with Rev. Patricia Holbert officiating.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Ray, Buford, Callie and Vera Cox Rachels.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ledger Cox, Dry Branch; sons, Anthony (Linda), Macon, Bruce (Dianne), Macon, Joe (Kimberly), Buford, and Mark, Dry Branch; daughter, Judy Cox Hendricks (Layne), Benton, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Coleman’s Chapel, c/o Church Treasurer, 7118 River Rd., Wadley, GA 30477.


Mrs. Elizabeth Davis
Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, 73, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Georgia Regional Medical Center, Augusta.

A native of Sandersville, Mrs. Davis was the daughter of the late Willie Bob and Mary Elizabeth Anglin Smith. She had worked many years as a nurse with Jefferson Hospital and was a member of Louisville Church of God, where she was a member of the women’s ministry, the church choir, and nursing home ministry.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Louisville Church of God, with Rev. David Severance officiating. Burial followed in Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bobby Smith; and a granddaughter, April Landrum.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert Davis of Louisville; children, Ricky Davis of Louisville, Gerald (Wanda) Davis of Gibson, Rocky (Charlotte) Gilmore of Louisville, Brenda (Mack) Holloway of Lincolnton, Cathy Pennington of Martinez, Stony Gilmore of Martinez, and Chantay (Lee) Sammons of Wrens; brother, Walter (Janice) Smith of Wadley; 17 grandchildren, Brandy (Keith) Taylor, Dawn (Josh) Gabriel, Emily (Caleb) Allen, Thomas (Leah) Davis, John Davis, Luke Davis, Abbie (Kevin) Frost, Amy (Trent) Culbertson, Hank Gilmore, Jamie Landrum, Taylor Pennington, Tucker Pennington, Alex Gilmore, Spenser Gilmore, Levi Sammons, Zeke Sammons and Lindsey Sammons; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Louisville Church of God, 1102 Peachtree Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lawanda Josey Smith
Mrs. Lawanda Josey Smith, 55, of Bartow entered into rest on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at University Hospital, Augusta, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Aiken, S.C., the daughter of the late Hansen Josey and the late Betty Jean Lowe Josey. She was a homemaker and a member of the Josey Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Josey Baptist Church, Rev. Vina Mae Josey and Rev. Inman Gerrald officiating. Burial was in Josey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Donald “Donnie” Smith of Bartow; children, Donald Smith Jr. (Tina) of Gibson, Garon Smith (Leslie) of Savannah, and Heather Hodges (Bruce) of Harrison; four grandchildren, Sydney Smith, Ethan Smith, Eli Smith and Amber Hodges; a brother, Jerald Josey (Angie) of North Augusta; two sisters, Renee Smith (Larry) of Sandersville, and Angie Burkett of Bath, S.C.

Pallbearers were Nick Everett, Jeff Flemister, Matt Lindsey, Blake Joiner, Jerald Josey and Larry Smith.

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


Mr. Roderick Bronique Walden
Mr. Roderick Bronique Walden entered into rest on Monday, April 1, 2013, in Johnson City, Tenn.

Mr. Walden was born April 10, 1972, in Jersey City, N.J., to the parentage of Patricia Farmer Walden and the late Cleveland “Beaver” Wesley. He attended Wrens Elementary School. After relocating to Camden, N.J., Mr. Walden attended Woodrow Wilson High School where he was chosen to attend College Courses at the age of 14. Mr. Walden built houses, and fixed computers among many other things. At an early age he joined the Gethsemane Baptist Church, Avera.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Peeples Funeral Home, Augusta. Burial was in Gethsemane Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include his wife, Felena Walden; daughter, Ashleigh Walden of Lindenwold, N.J.; son, Devin King of Louisville; mother, Patricia Farmer Walden of Wrens; sister, Selena Hatcher of Wrens; nephew, Tyler Hatcher of Wrens; grandmother, Inez Walden of Philadelphia, Pa.; aunts and uncles, Gladys Flournoy, Carolyn Terrell, Lois Hudson, Velma Booker, Darlene Walden, Makevia Walden, Lisa Walden, Charles Walden, Terrence Walden, Michael, Walden, all of Philadelphia, Pa., Sandra Farmer, Cynthia Hill, Claude Farmer, Leonard Farmer Sr., Terry Farmer, Gary Farmer, all of Wrens; great-aunts and -uncles, Virginia Farmer Davis of Louisville, Tom (Mary) Farmer of Wrens, and Carolyn Farmer of Stapleton; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

This announcement is a courtesy of Davis Funeral Home.

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