Obituaries
June 6, 2013 Issue

Mr. Walter T. Atwell
Senior Chief Petty Officer Walter T. Atwell, U.S. Navy Retired, entered into rest on May 25, 2013, in Vidalia.

Committal services will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Glennville.

Mr. Atwell was born Oct. 1, 1922, to the late Evans P. and Marion Johnson Atwell of Stellaville. He entered the U.S. Navy on July 23, 1941, and was honored for heroic service in World War II. He also received several medals for service over the years, including action during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Navy after 27 years, and farmed and raised cattle, while remaining an active patriot through meetings, letters and telephone calls.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy Barrow Atwell; and sister, Helen Atwell Best.

Survivors include his sister, Martha Atwell Lukemire of Warner Robins; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial expressions may be sent to Ways Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Peggiann Chalker, 314 Quaker Road, Wrens, GA 30833.

Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Christine Hooks Branch
Mrs. Christine Hooks Branch, 73, entered into rest on June 1, 2013, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Branch was born in Warthen, and was the daughter of the late Eulas H. Hooks and the late Minnie Rowland Hooks. She graduated from Baldwin High School and attended Georgia College for Women in Milledgeville. Mrs. Branch worked as a legal secretary for Jefferson County Probate Court and retired as assistant manager from Badcock in Thomson. She was a member of the Camellia City Lion’s Club and a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Macedonia United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Sisler officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Don L. Branch; son, Delston H. Branch II (Bonnie) of Washington; daughter, Donna B. Stillinger (Victor) of Thomson; sister, Joanne Nardi of North Augusta, S.C.; grandchildren, Grace Ann Branch and Grant Stillinger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Children’s Home, the American Heart Associtaion or the American Lung Associtaion.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Major James “Jimmie” Elbert Enfinger Sr.
Major James “Jimmie” Elbert Enfinger Sr., Retired, 73, entered into rest on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at University Heart and Vascular Institute.

Mr. Enfinger was one of 14 born to the late Hazel and Francis Enfinger. In 1958, he joined the U.S. Army, where he gained promotions, then applied and graduated from Officers Candidate School. He served in the Vietnam War, received various awards for duty and bravery, and retired with more than 20 years of service as a major at Fort Gordon. Upon retiring from the Army, he began a business, American Custom Fence Company.

Funeral services with full military honors were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013, at Bath Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Dick Geiselman officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and nine siblings, Lillian Lottie Heath, Allen Vernon Enfinger, Dorothy Barbara Donnelly, Vera Mae McBride, Althea Blum, Frances Jeanette Raybon, Howard Enfinger, Edwina Mock and Norma Jean Sumlin.

Survivors include his three children, Lori Williams (Michael), Jamie Enfinger (Josie) and Jennifer Enfinger; five grandchildren, Maggie DeLoach (Joseph), Jessica Enfinger, Abby Williams, Chloe Ryle and Matthew Enfinger; the mother of his children, Bobbie Byrd; friend and companion, Marian Hearn; four siblings, Miriam Davis, Frank Enfinger, Wilton Enfinger and Gwen Riddles; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Augusta Warrior Project, 4115 Columbia Road, Ste 5-333, Martinez, GA 30907.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clifford “Smookie” Jordan Sr.
Mr. Clifford “Smookie” Jordan Sr. of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

Mr. Jordan was a native of Louisville. He was a member of Pine Hill Baptist Church, a retiree of A Division of Proctor and Gamble Call ADM after 37 years of service and operated his own business as an automotive mechanic.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Pine Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Patrick Keith Hester officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four children, Jeffery (Janice) Jordan, Louisville, Clifford (Margret) Jordan Jr. , Hephzibah, Lawana (Larry) Williams, Graniteville, S.C., and Latonya Bailey, Atlanta; four grandchildren, Clifon Jordan, Atlanta, Almaretta Jordan and Diamond Jordan, Hephzibah, Jakera Ealey, Graniteville, S.C.; three sisters, Rosa L. Flourney, Louisville, Gladys (John) Hester, Atlanta, and Ruby (Roy) Goffer, St. Petersburg, Fla.; three brothers, Robert (Carrie) Evans, St. Petersburg, Fla., Willie (Betty) Evans, Clearwater, Fla., and Jim (Emma) Evans, Copperas Cove, Texas; friend, Martha Sanders, Beech Island, S.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Michael “Lil Mike” Anthony Prandine
Mr. Michael Lil Mike Anthony Prandine Jr., 31, of Wrens, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Doctor’s Hospital.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, May 30, at the Columbia Road Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home with Deacon Ken Maleck officiating.

Mr. Prandine enjoyed working on cars, hunting, cooking out, and fishing. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James Prandine Sr. and John Lawson. He is survived by his parents, Michael A. Prandine Sr. of Wrens, and by Cathy Prandine of Martinez; brother, Justin Prandine and Cyndi White of Grovetown; sister Nicole Barton and Greg Carpenter of Martinez; grandmothers, Shirley Prandine, N. Canton, OH, Connie Lawson, Canton, OH; nieces, Breanna Barton, Addisyn Carpenter, Caitlin Prandine; nephews L.J. Prandine, Evan Carpente; numerous aunts and uncles.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ralph Shady Smith
Mr. Ralph Shady Smith, 73, of Martinez entered into rest on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at his residence.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013, at Platt’s Belair Road Chapel, with Bishop Ryan Robinson officiating. Burial followed at 2 p.m. at Gibson Branch Cemetery, Edgehill.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dwayne Smith; daughter, Karen Smith; and brother, William Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Kent Smith; sons, Karey Smith (Cindy), and Kevin Lee Smith; a brother, Ronnie Smith; granddaughter, Marie Parker (Jay); and two great-grandchildren, Maddie and Katie.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Twila Ann Hadden Wheeler
Mrs. Twila Ann Hadden Wheeler, 50, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, May 31, 2013, at her residence.

One of two daughters born to Peggy Jane Hood Hadden and William Lester Hadden, Mrs. Wheeler was a lifelong resident of Wrens, graduating from Wrens High School and obtaining an associate degree in marketing from Athens Technical School. She worked in the family businesses, Hadden’s IGA and Peggy’s Restaurant, and was a member of Wrens United Methodist Church. Since the age of 16, Mrs. Wheeler had suffered multiple medical difficulties, including eight back and neck surgeries, COPD, and more.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Stan Littleton officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, R.C. and Doretha Hood, and Josh and Janie Hadden.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis James Wheeler; parents; sister, Melanie McDonald (Russel); three stepchildren, Suzanne Bradford, Joey Wheeler (Felicia) and Kevin Akrdige (Brandi); four grandchildren, Hunter and Landen Bradford, and Kerigan and Cole Akridge; many cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Kevin Akridge, Lester Ellis, Charles McGahee, Greg Rooks, Mike Snipes, Barrow Walden and Joey Wheeler.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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