Obituaries
June 13, 2013 Issue

Mr. Millard D. Alexander III
Funeral services for Mr. Millard D. Alexander III of Louisville were held at noon on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Old Bethel Baptist Church, Bartow.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Edward Son Amerson
Mr. Edward Son Amerson, 77, of Grovetown entered into rest on Monday, June 3, 2013, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Amerson was a native of Matthews, but had been a resident of Richmond and Columbia counties for more than 70 years. He attended Richmond Academy and served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1957. He retired from International Paper, formerly Continental Can Company, after 37 years of service. Mr. Amerson coached Little League Baseball, in Columbia County, for 10 years beginning in the 1960s. He was Greenbrier High Schools number one fan and was a supporter since 1997. He was inducted into the Greenbrier Hall of Fame on May 22, 2012. He was a member of the West Acres Baptist Church and the Love Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at West Acres Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Harmon, Rev. Denny Mack and Rev. Scott Rodgers officiating. Interment followed at West View Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian Howard Amerson; mother, Willie Mae Prickett Crawford; two brothers, Frank Amerson and Eugene Amerson; and a sister, Joyce Crawford Fitzpatrick.

Survivors include his wife, Donese K. Amerson; son, Michael Edward Amerson (Debbie); daughter, Sharon Amerson Garn (Bob); brothers, Ronnie Crawford (Mary), Harold Crawford (Sylvia); grandchildren, Jacob Edward Garn, Nathan Harrison Garn and Ashley Amerson Brisendine (Matthew); stepchildren, Mark L. Partridge, Vick R. Partridge (Pam), Chris A. Partridge (Martha) and Tami Boyer (Mark); stepgrandchildren, Ronnie H. Partridge, Christopher J. Partridge, Anthony Boyer, Amber Lawrence (Alex), Amy P. Lee (Jack), Brittney Partridge, Heather Thornton and Lacy Boyer; stepgreat-grandchildren, Georgia Lawrence and Law Lawrence; friends, Derrell Postell and Jamie Newsome.

Pallbearers were Derrell Postell, Jamie Newsome, Garrett Black, Kevin Hunt, Ed Williams and Scott Rodgers.

For those desiring, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, West Acres Baptist Church His Story Building Fund or the Greenbrier High School Athletic Department.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Lou Arrington
Mrs. Mary Lou Arrington, 96, of Evans entered into rest on Friday, May 31, 2013, at Davis Personal Care Home.

Mrs. Arrington was a homemaker. She was a licensed Assembly of God minister and taught Sunday School for 75 years. She also played piano and organ for several churches. She was the wife of the late Rufus W. Arrington, and daughter of the late Miller DuBose and Kate Watkins Holton.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Platt’s Belair Road Chapel, with Rev. Oscar McGee officiating. Interment followed at 3 p.m. at Wrens Memorial Cemetery, Wrens.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Charles Edward Arrington; great-grandson; and sisters, Kate H. Marino and Dorothy H. Smith.

Survivors include her son, Donald Rufus Arrington; daughter, Rebecca A. Tanner (Ronald); six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons.

Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made, in Mrs. Arrington’s name, to the Jubilee Fellowship Church, 2034 Boykin Rd., Hephzibah, GA 30815.

Platt’s Funeral was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Renee Irby “Ree” Gay
Mrs. Renee Irby “Ree” Gay, 66, of Conyers entered into rest on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Celebration of life services will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Bertram C. Smith, Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones Sr. presiding and Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. as eulogist. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Repast will be held in the church fellowship hall. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral procession will leave the residence of her aunt, Mary Brown, 1237 Creek Street, Wrens, at 10:20 a.m.

Mrs. Gay was born to the late Clayton and Gladies Smith Irby on April 25, 1947, in Stapleton. She attended the school system of Jefferson County. She worked at AT&T in New York as an account representative from 1969-1976. Mrs. Gay moved back to Atlanta in 1976, to become an employee of the U.S. Government Printing Office. She retired in 2003 after 27 years of service.

Freeman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Neal W. Rabun
Mr. Neal W. Rabun, 83, of Thomson entered into rest on June 9, 2013.

Mr. Rabun was born in Glascock County and lived in McDuffie County most of his life. He was the son of the late Walter Rabun and the late Inez Neal Rabun. Mr. Rabun worked for many years at Kingsley Mill and Uniroyal and he was the retired owner and operator of McDuffie Implement. He was also a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church, where he had taught the Youth Department and served as Deacon Emeritus.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Sweetwater Baptist Church, with Rev. J.B. Redd, Rev. Jon Richards and Rev. Jim Martin officiating. Interment followed in the May Family Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Inez May Rabun; daughters, Mary Lynn Rabun Raley (Bob), Ann Rabun Bell (Rex), Jill Rabun Brooks (Chris); son, Dennis Neal Rabun (Jaymie), all of Thomson; seven grandchildren, Renee’ (Butch) Askew, Jennifer (Ben) Huff, Beth (Ryan) Neal, Jesse and Joshua Brooks, Zachary and Sadie Rabun; and six great-grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothy S. Reynolds
Mrs. Dorothy S. Reynolds, 91, of Thomson entered into rest on June 7, 2013.

Mrs. Reynolds was born in Glascock County, and was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Smith and late Lucretia Wilcher Smith. She lived most of her life in McDuffie County and was a member of First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. David Lambert officiating. Interment followed in Westview Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Lawrence Reynolds.

Survivors include her sons, Creig Reynolds of Lincolnton, Glen A. Reynolds (Vickie) of Grovetown; daughters, Priscilla Foster (Neal) of Thomson, Debbie Lokey (Johnny) of Dearing, Barbara MacLennan (John) of Omaha, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1205, Thomson, GA 30824.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Peyton Austin Rheney Sr.
Mr. Peyton Austin Rheney Sr., 92, of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Rheney was born in Jefferson County and was a lifelong resident. Mr. Rheney had served as District Supervisor of the Briar Creek Soil and Water Conservation. He was a member of the Wadley United Methodist Church, where he had served on many church boards. He was a member of the Wadley Lions Club for more than 60 years, having joined Nov. 1, 1946. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War serving in the United States Marines. Mr. Rheney had attained the rank of Major when he was discharged in April 1952. Mr. Rheney was a cattleman and farmer.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Wadley United Methodist Church, with Rev. Christopher M. Shoemaker officiating. Interment, with Military Honors, was at Bethany Cemetery, Wadley.

Survivors include his son, Peyton Austin Rheney; daughters, Cathie Ann Tanous, Anna Lee Rheney Beecher and Patricia Eileen Rheney; four grandchildren, Mathew and Phillip Rheney, and Edward and Rick Tanous; and three great-grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the State Soil and Water Conservation and members of the Wadley Lions Club.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Terry “Wayne” Wheeler
Mr. Terry “Wayne” Wheeler, 72, son of the late Estene McGahee Wheeler and the late Joe Edgar Wheeler, left his earthly residence and entered into Heaven’s gates Monday morning, June 10, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, June 12, 2013 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Walden officiating. Interment will follow in the Ways Baptist Church cemetery.

The youngest of 11 children, Wayne was a lifelong resident of Matthews. After retiring from the textile industry, he did carpentry work and worked in his vegetable garden—he had a special talent for growing tomatoes. He enjoyed fishing, listening to gospel and country music and being one of the breakfast gang who met either at Peggy’s or McDonald’s. He was known for his comedic relief, uniqueness, but also for his generosity and helping others when he could. Never being married or having any children, his numerous nieces and nephews were his adopted children.

Wheeler is preceded in death by five siblings, Frank Wheeler, J.E. Wheeler, Lorene Temples, Dorothy W. Thompson and Edward Lucky. Survivors include his five siblings, Betty Jean Murphy (Larry), Bill W. Wheeler (Kathleen), A. D. Wheeler, Harris Wheeler (Beulah) and Vera E. Walden; a multitude of nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers will be Aubrey Wheeler, Dennis Wheeler, J. D. Wheeler, Jeffery Wheeler Sr., Jeffery “Wade” Wheeler Jr. and Joe Wheeler.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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