Obituaries
May 23, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Ogle Millie Allen
Mrs. Ogle Millie Allen of Clearwater, S.C., entered into rest on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at her residence.

Born in Avera, to the late Andy and Carrie Hadden Sheppard, she was a retired billing clerk for Clearwater Finishing Plant with 28 years of service. Mrs. Allen was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Avera.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Donald Lumpkin officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Allen.

Survivors include her son, Ronnie Gary Allen (Jeannie), Aiken, S.C.; two grandchildren, Ron Allen (Sherry) and Stacey Allen Leopard (Freddie); five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Johnny Crutchfield, James Sheppard, Tommy Sheppard, Larry Allen, Ricky Allen and Gary Kitchen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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


Mr. Dayton Colby Counsell
Mr. Dayton Colby Counsell, 21, of Appling entered into rest on Friday, May 10, 2013.

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Bellevue Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Steve Keener officiating.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Terry N. and Brenda Tharpe and Hilda Counsell.

Survivors include his mother, Traci Tharpe Eubanks (Clay) of Appling; father, B. Kevin Counsell (Lisa) of Bartow; two sisters, Chandler Nicole Eubanks, Belinda K. Counsell; grandparents, Charles Wagner, Jerry Counsell, Wayne and Phyllis Eubanks, Dario J. and Emily Ramazzotti; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Jeri Thomas Memorial Gazebo Fund at The Place in Martinez at any Georgia Bank and Trust Location or Children’s Hospital of Georgia, 1120 15th St., Augusta, GA 30912.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Kenneth “Flop” Allen Hobbs
Mr. Kenneth “Flop” Allen Hobbs, 64, of St. Marks and Wakulla Station entered into rest on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

He was born in Louisville, and had lived in this area 45 years. He was a member of St. Marks First Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Wrens High School in 1967. He was a Mason, and Past Master of Crawford Lodge 294.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at St. Marks Baptist Church, St. Marks, Fla. Burial was in St. Marks Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Phyllis Carraway Hobbs; son, Anthony Hobbs (Becky); grandson, Chase Kenneth Hobbs, Wakulla Station; brother, Wayne Hobbs (Janie), Thomson; sisters, June Glover (Johnny), Augusta, and Janet Hobbs, Augusta; honorary brother and sister, Allen Hobbs (Ruthie) and Gail Field (David); and honorary mother, Gazzie Hobbs; sister-in-law, Shirley Rigdon; brother-in-law, Dale Carraway; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Marks Baptist Church, P.O. Box 145, St. Marks, FL 32355.

Bevis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronald Wayne “Wolf” Holley
Mr. Ronald Wayne “Wolf” Holley, 58, entered into rest on Monday, May 13, 2013, at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center.

One of three children born to Ruby Thompson Holley and the late Jimmie Holley Jr., Mr. Holley was raised in the Wrens area, graduated from Wrens High School, and was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tim Brown officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Holley Jr.; and brother, Charles Jimmie Holley.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Poseskie Holley; children, Erica Holley, Brandon Holley (Crystal), Shannon Miller Pryor (Bryan), SSG Chris Miller (Katlyn) and Sherry Lynn Miller (Alan Jones); sister, Brenda Holley Butler (Joe); eight grandchildren, Brooklyn Holley, Zaiden Holley, Autumn Pryor, Aurora Pryor, Amber Pryor, Cameron Linton, Xander Miller and Amelia Jones; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, a host of cousins and many friends.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Denton Lamar Johnson
Mr. Denton Lamar Johnson, 86, entered into rest on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Johnson was born in Glascock County, to the late John Alvin Johnson and Beulah Rabun Johnson. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He resided in Richmond County more than 40 years, retiring from Monsanto Chemical. Upon retirement in 1992, he pursued raising cattle and returned to Glascock County. Mr. Johnson was a member, deacon and song leader at Magnolia Baptist Church, Glascock County.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Hattie Rhodes Langley Room Warren Baptist Church, with Dr. David McKinley officiating. Interment was in Johnson United Methodist Church Cemetery, Warrenton, with Rev. David Bryan officiating.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack Johnson and Douglas Johnson; and sister, Mildred Hart.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Evelyn S. Johnson; three children, Dale (Barney) Duncan, Summerville, S.C., Denton (Donna) Johnson Jr., Martinez, and Larry (Chrissy) Johnson of Little River, S.C.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Zuline J. Wille and Jane J. Hunt, both of Thomson.

Pallbearers were Wilton Davis, Wayne Landrum, Thom Wille, Mark Sullivan, James Wallace and Dennis Lam.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Magnolia Baptist Church, Gibson, or to Meals on Wheels of Gibson.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ray May
Mr. Ray May, 85, of Glascock County entered into rest on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

A native and lifelong resident of Glascock County, Mr. May was the son of George Grover and Lizzie Mae Reese May. He was an Army veteran, had worked at Thomson Company in the stock room for many years and retired from the paint department of Thermo King. He was a longtime member of Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church, with Rev. Al Kurtz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his cousin and caregiver, Bobbie Kitchens of Avera; friend, Marvin Findley of Mitchell; and numerous cousins and other family members.

Pallbearers were Gary Kitchens, Chris Sheppard, Randy Chalker, Ralph Kelley, Craig Reese and Bill Raley.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Calvin Mack McCoy
Mr. Calvin Mack McCoy, 75, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday , May 12, 2013 .

Mr. McCoy was a native of Warren County, a son of the late George and Clyd Johnson McCoy. He served in the US Army, was a supervisor for the Briar Creek Soil and Water Conservation, he was a former member of the Moose Club and VFW in Thomson and retired from Civil Service from Fort Gordon and he was a member of Gibson Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Gibson Methodist Church, with Rev. Ed Chance officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry, Frank and Roland McCoy; sons, Barry Wayne McCoy, Lavaughn Crunkelton, Bruce Rodney Crunkelton; and sister, Evie Lou Herald.

Servivors include his wife, Hilda McCoy of Gibson; daughter, Sherie Ann (T.J.) Midla of Augusta; sons, Mark (Gina) McCoy of Leebury, S.C., Jack Crunkelton (Freddie) Kay of Gibson, Jeff (Diane) Crunkelton of Gibson; sister, Patsy (Jeff) Fergeron of Mt. Arie; brother, G.W. (Ruth) McCoy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Carlton D. Newsome
Mr. Carlton D. Newsome, 87, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Doctors Hospital after an extended illness.

Mr. Newsome was a long-time resident of Hephzibah, where he was a carpenter. He was born in Glascock County on a cotton farm, and was the son of the late Homer C. and Gertrude Reese Newsome.

In accordance with Mr. Newsome’s wishes, his remains have been donated to the Medical College of Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha McGee Newsome; parents; three brothers and two sisters, Robert Lee Newsome, Hephzibah, Clarence Newsome, Thomson, Jack Newsome, Arby, Ala., Annie Bell Edwards, Thomson, and Mae Estis of Mauldin, S.C.

Survivors include his brother, Billy Newsome (Ora), Augusta; sister, Betty Newsome, Augusta; three stepchildren, Suzanne M. Adams (Pete), Augusta, John H. McGee Jr. (Darla), Fernandina Beach, Fla., and James L. McGee (Lorraine), Fernandina Beach, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


Mr. E. Harold Rhodes
Mr. E. Harold Rhodes, 84, of Sandersville entered into rest on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Washington County Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.

Mr. Rhodes was born in Burke County the son of the late Edgar Lee Rhodes and the late Jessie Mae Ford Rhodes. He was the owner/operator of Rhodes Body Shop for more than 50 years. Mr. Rhodes was an active member of the Piney Mount United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, lay speaker and a Gideon. Mr. Rhodes served as a Tennille City Councilman and volunteer fireman for the City of Tennille. He was a 33 degree Mason and the oldest member of the Tennille Masonic Lodge no. 256. Mr. Rhodes was a member of the 1946 Louisville Academy Red Raider State Champion football team.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Piney Mount United Methodist Church, with Rev. Robert wood, Rev. M.D. Cabe and Rev. Danny Thomas officiating. Burial was in the Zeta Cemetery, Tennille.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Faye Shurling Rhodes; and brothers, J.W. Rhodes Sr., Sam Rhodes and Tommy Rhodes.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Veal Rhodes of Sandersville; daughters, Deborah Rhodes of Tennille, and Susie R. (Bomi) Bilimoria of Macon; stepdaughters, Barbara H. (Mike) Cerra of Midway, Alisa H. (Joe) Rossidivito and Tara H. (David) Story, all of Sandersville; grandchildren, Farrah Bilimoria, Sheila Bilimoria, Ava Bilimoria, Shannon Blizzard, Louis Tanner, Greg Rossidivito, Ashley Story, Allen Story, Durinda Orr and Joey Rossidivito; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Barry Shurling, Jimmy Shurling, Robert Shurling, Russell Brown, Sam Rhodes, George Samples, Greg Rossidivito, Louis Tanner III, Tom Rhodes Jr. and David Rhodes.

Donations may be made to the Piney Mount United Methodist Church, c/o Diane Meeks, P.O. Box 1061, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements


Mrs. Jane Brown Rowland
Mrs. Jane Brown Rowland, 90, of Twin City entered into rest at Emanuel Medical Center, Swainsboro, on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Mrs. Rowland was a dedicated Christian. She was born in Louisville, but had lived in Twin City for many years. She retired as a secretary of Durden Banking Company after more than 26 years and was a member of the Twin City United Methodist Church where she served as church secretary and treasurer and was an active member of the UMW.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Twin City United Methodist Church, with Rev. Carter Berkley and Rev. Randall Smith officiating. Interment was at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Dhu Cemetery, Vidette.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Louis Rowland; infant daughter, Mae Rowland; and her parents, James and Osa Mae Carmichael Brown.

Survivors include two daughters, Jean Rowland Keith (Richard) of Matthews, N.C., and Judy Rowland Gay (Cliff) of Twin City; three grandchildren, Rhett Clifford Gay, Janna Gay Tucker (Brett) and Rebecca Gay McNeely (Jason).

Pallbearers were Johnny Beach, Tommy Rowland, G.W. Johnson, Charles Stewart, Clark Dixon and Bob Watson.

Honorary pallbearers were past and present directors and employees of Durden Banking Company; Horace Durden Sunday School Class and Parham Sunday School Class at Twin City United Methodist Church.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to In Touch Ministries c/o Charles Stanley, P.O. Box 7900, Atlanta, GA 30357; Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, P.O. Box 3838, San Diego, CA 92163; or Twin City United Methodist Church, Twin City.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

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