Obituaries
June 20, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Barbara Armstrong
Mrs. Barbara Armstrong, 79, widow of Mr. Ralph Armstrong, entered into rest Sunday, June 16, 2013 in the University Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 11 am Wednesday June 19 in the Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Ferrell and Pastor Edward Carithers officiating. Burial in the Westview Cemetery.

Mrs. Armstrong was a native of Davisboro, but has lived in Boneville for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Armstrong was preceded in death by her sons, Jimmy and Kenneth Hadden; her grandchildren, Bobby Shane Hadden, Josh Hadden, Bruce Hadden, and her great-granddaughter Tobi Coleman. Survivors include her daughter, Pam (Wayne) Johnson, Dearing; her four sons, Donnie (Pat) Hadden, Thomson, Bobby Hadden, Boneville, Robbie (Judy) Hadden, Thomson, Jesse Hadden, Boneville; her two sisters, Paulette Arrington, Keysville, Della Mae Jones, North Augusta; her two brothers, Frank Parrish, Stapleton, Buck Parrish, North Carolina; 22 grandchildren, 27 great- grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Lawson Tankersley, George Norris, Wayne Johnson, Travis Hadden, Jonathon Hadden and Dusty Morris.

Curtis Furnal Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Barbara Frances Ledger Cox
Mrs. Barbara Frances Ledger Cox, 85, entered into rest on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Mrs. Cox was the widow of Lynwood Joe Cox and the daughter of the late Daniel and Pauline Aycock Ledger.

A memorial service was held Monday, June 17, 2013, at the chapel of Hartís Mortuary at the Cupola, Macon, with Rev. Ronnie Griffin officiating. Interment was at Colemanís Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wadley.

Survivors include her sons, Anthony (Linda) of Macon, Bruce (Diane) of Macon, Joe (Kimberly) of Buford, and Mark Cox of Dry Branch; daughter, Judy (Layne) Hendrickson of Benton, Ky.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, John Dan Ledger of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Paul Ledger (Sara Ellen) of Bartow, and Ralph Ledger (Diane) of Maryland; and sister, Polly Kendrick of Seguin, Texas.

Memorial donations may be made to Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31210, or Colemanís Chapel c/o Church Treasurer, 7118 River Road, Wadley, GA 30477.

Hartís Mortuary and Crematory at the Cupola was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Herbert Daniels Jr.
Mr. Herbert Daniels Jr. of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Savannah.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at noon at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Sugar Hill Cemetery, Wrens.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Rudolph Sheppard Dixon Sr.
Mr. Rudolph Sheppard Dixon Sr., 87, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, June 10, 2013, at University Hospital.

A native of Avera, Mr. Dixon lived in Augusta since 1944. An electrician by trade, he was a training instructor in the U.S. Army Signal School at Fort Gordon until retiring in 1993, and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers LU 1579 for 59 years. He was a member of Crawford Ave. Baptist Church for 62 years, where he was an ordained deacon and retained his membership until moving back to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in 2006. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, past Worshipful Master and 53-year member of John S. Davidson Lodge, Custodian of the 10th District of Georgia F&AM for 30 years and past 10th District Deputy to the Grand Master. He became a Scottish Rite Mason in October 1960, a 32 degree KCCH in October 1987, and was honored with the 33rd degree in November 1995. Mr. Dixon volunteered for the Masterís Table Soup Kitchen and for the Salvation Army as a bell ringer at Christmas.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Plattís Crawford Avenue Chapel, with Rev. Brian LaFavor officiating. Burial was at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Joyce Dawson Dixon; and sister, Dahlia Dixon Miller.

Survivors include one son, Rudolph S. Dixon Jr. (Cheryl); two daughters, Sandra Gay (Eddie), Joy Newman, all of Augusta; eight grandchildren, Byron Gay (Tracie), Scott Gay (Nancy), Lora Alford, Allison Dixon, Ashley Hill (Nick), Whitney Dixon, Brian Newman Jr. (Amber) and Brooke Maryak (Justin); 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lawana Smith Harris of Atlanta; and friend, Harold ďChocolateĒ Dye.

Pallbearers were Eddie Gay, Byron Gay, Scott Gay, Brian Newman Jr., Ellis Miller and Alan Miller.

Honorary pallbearers were Masons in the 10th District of Georgia.

If so desired, the family has requested that contributions be made to Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, Augusta, GA, or to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Avera, GA.

Plattís Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Renee Irby Gay
Mrs. Renee Irby Gay entered into rest on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Miss Gay was born April 25, 1947, in Jefferson County to the late Mr. Clayton Irby and Mrs. Gladys Smith Irby. At an early age, she was a member of Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton. She was a 1966 graduate of Jefferson County High School. Shortly after graduating high school, she traveled to New York City where she was employed at AT&T for seven years. After relocating to Atlanta, she married Charles Bernard Gay. To this union three children were born. She joined Saint Philip AME Church, Atlanta. She served in the United States Army Reserves and retired from the United States Government Printing Office after 27 years of service.

Celebration of life services were 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 was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her three children, Kenneth Eric Gay (Samia) of Atlanta, Shelbia Lorraine Jackson (Eric) of Stockbridge, and Rufus Dewon Gay (Anisa) of Forest Park; two sisters, Clara Neal Little of Keysville, and Bernice Fisher (Joseph) of Loganville; five aunts, Alto Brown of Tampa, Fla., Mary Brown of Wrens, Milo Yancey and Eunice Hannah of Louisville, and Susie May Irby of Florida; two uncles, Dwellie Lane (Lola) of Louisville, and James Yancey of Wrens; five grandchildren, Devontae Davis of Stone Mountain, Kalila Gay of Lawrenceville, Dewone Gay of Decatur, Eric and William Jackson of Stockbridge; friends, Emma Lowery and Liz Sadler; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Janice Price Jackson
Mrs. Janice Price Jackson of Wrightsville entered into rest on Monday, June 9, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Jackson was a native of Johnson County. She was the daughter of the late Evelyn Greene- Price. She was married to Willie Lewis Jackson. She was a member of the Harrison Spring Baptist Church, Wrightsville, and she was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Harrison Spring Baptist Church, Wrightsville. Burial followed in the West View Cemetery, Wrightsville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Willie Lewis Price and Emma Strowbridge.

Survivors include her husband, Willie Lewis Jackson of Wrightsville; daughters, Angelene Harris, Sheryl (Carl) Jackson Horne, both of Wrightsville; brother, Ralph (Mary) Price of Wrightsville; grandchildren, Verdree Cunningham III and Jeleel Cunningham, both of Wadley, and Vanessa N. Jackson and Christopher C. Horne, both of Wrightsville; and a host of sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clarence Harrison Presley
Mr. Clarence Harrison Presley, 77, husband of 56 years of Mrs. Bea L. Presley, entered into rest Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Trinity Hospital of Augusta.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, in the Bellevue Memorial Gardens Veterans Mausoleum with full military honors accorded.

Mr. Presley was born in Anawalt, West Virginia, and served in the Marine Corps and was retired from the U.S. Air Force, having served in Vietnam and Korean Wars and received numerous military medals. He had also retired from E.A. Nord Company and Scott Paper Company. He was a life member and Past Post Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6445.

Mr. Presley leaves behind his beloved wife Bea L. Presley; his son Donald Clarence Presley, Atlanta; one brother Earl T. Presley, WV; four sisters, Stella Barker, Stapleton, Judy Reynolds, Fla., Linda Wyatt and Sally Overeaugh of WV; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Starling Funeral Home, Harlem.


Mrs. Virginia Kelly Swint
Mrs. Virginia Kelly Swint of Bartow entered into rest on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Vero Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wadley.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Lovett Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery, Wrightsville.

Mrs. Swint was a native of Jefferson County, but lived in Johnson County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Tom Kelly and Lillie Bell Nelson and the widow of the late Jerry Swint Sr. At an early age she joined the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville, and later the Lovett Grove Baptist Church, Wrightsville. Mrs. Swint attended the Johnson County Public School System.

She was preceded in death by her two children, Jerry Swint Jr. and Annie Cannon.

Survivors include her children, Willie (Nettie) Swint and Mary Gamble of Wrightsville, Doris (Linton) Johnson of Bartow; one brother, Willie (Janie) Kelly of Hollywood, Fla.; two sisters, Lesley Kelly of Grovetown, and Pearlie Kelly of Augusta; son-in-law, Earl Cannon of Sandersville; daughter-in-law, Betty Swint of Wrightsville; 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Linton Johnson, 1127 Frost Road, Bartow, or at Davis Funeral Home, Wrightsville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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