Obituaries
June 27, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Barbara Armstrong
Mrs. Barbara Armstrong, 79, of Boneville entered into rest on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at University Hospital.

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.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Bethel Baptist Church, with Rev. Tim Ferrell and Pastor Edward Carithers officiating. Burial followed in Westview Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Armstrong; sons, Jimmy and Kenneth Hadden; grandchildren, Bobby Shane Hadden, Josh Hadden and Bruce Hadden; and great-granddaughter, Tobi Coleman.

Survivors include her daughter, Pam (Wayne) Johnson, Dearing; four sons, Donnie (Pat) Hadden, Thomson, Bobby Hadden, Boneville, Robbie (Judy) Hadden, Thomson, and Jesse Hadden, Boneville; two sisters, Paulette Arrington, Keysville, and Della Mae Jones, North Augusta, S.C.; two brothers, Frank Parrish, Stapleton, and Buck Parrish, North Carolina; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mildred Arrington Ashby
Mrs. Mildred Arrington Ashby, 79, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Mrs. Ashby, daughter of the late Monroe and Lillie Mae Taylor Arrington, was born in Jefferson County. She was the owner of Ashby Personal Care.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Fellowship, Augusta, with Dr. Bobby Coleman officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Ashby; sisters and brothers, Sarah Wasden, Mary Ellen Templeton, Kathy Arrington, Rouse Arrington and James Arrington.

Survivors include her sons, Andy May (Tranette) of Martinez, Daniel May and John Ashby, both of Hephzibah; brothers, Marion Arrington (Gail) of Wrens, Daniel Arrington of Matthews, and Berry Arrington (Melvadin) of Augusta; sister, Helen Odum (Bobby) of Grovetown; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Bertha Johnson Berry
Mrs. Bertha Johnson Berry entered into rest on June 16, 2013, at Crestwood Medical Center.

Mrs. Bertha Johnson Berry was born May 20, 1946. She attended Fort Valley State College, Fort Valley, where she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She also met her husband, the late Mr. Joe Lucious Berry Sr. Mrs. Berry was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Hartselle, Ala., where she served as chairman of the Mother Board, Treasurer, Youth Director, chairman of the Kitchen Committee, Building Committee, Sunday School teacher, and she worked with other organizations within the church and her community.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013, at First Missionary Baptist Church, Hartselle, Ala., with Pastor Gregory Smith officiating. Interment was held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Ways Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Wrens.

Survivors include her son, Joe Lucious (Regina) Berry Jr. of Anniston, Ala.; two daughters, Daphne Berry of Huntsville, Ala., and Stephanie (Bernie) Schugg of Decatur, Ala.; granddaughter, Jaterria Salter of Jacksonville, Ala.; four grandsons, Xavien Pearson, Joe Lucious Berry III, Jordan Berry, all of Anniston, Ala., and Eric Turner Jr. of Huntsville, Ala.; in-laws, Rev. Thomas Sr. (Frances) Berry of Wrens, Jimmy Berry Sr. of Augusta, Richard Jr. (Fannie) Berry of Wrens, Dollie Mae Rowland of Wrens; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends.

Royal Funeral Home and Freeman Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronald M. Frain
Mr. Ronald M. Frain, Lt.Col., USAR (Ret.), of Louisville entered into rest on June 14, 2013.

Born in Skowhegan, Maine, in 1939, Mr. Frain was the son of the late Melvin and Lillian Frain (McCabe). He was married to Jane Knowlton Frain, formerly of Woodbridge, Conn., for almost 50 years. Raised in Maine and Connecticut, Mr. Frain held a B.A. in physics from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Augusta State University. Mr. Frain retired from the U.S. Army and the Civil Service after 40 years of serving. Included in this service were tours of duty in Taiwan (Matsu), Thailand, Germany, Panama and Vietnam. Among his commendations was a Bronze Star with an oak leaf cluster for his valor in Vietnam. Though retired, he was a traveler and served in the Gideons International as Georgia Memorial Bible Chairman and at Martinez Baptist Church as chairman of the Deacons, along with other leadership positions.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Martinez Baptist Church, with Rev. Phil Winsett officiating. Burial was in Westover Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, JoAn and Edward Pileski of Collinsville, Conn.

Survivors include his wife, Jane; children, Laurie Basil (Tom) of Longmont, Colo., Richard Frain (Ruth) of Evans, and Sharon Novinger (Andrew) of Lancaster, S.C.; grandchildren, Daniel and Joseph Basil, and Luke and Ela Frain; step-grandchildren, Megan Novinger and Victoria Salow (Arturo); sister-in-law, Miriam Fraser (Ian) of Nova Scotia; uncles, Milton McCabe (Frances) of Auburn, Maine, and Lloyd McCabe of Monmouth, Maine; aunts, Hedy, Amber and Gerri McCabe all of Maine; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Troy Wilson, Vasco N’Kutula, Mike Maddox, Larry Cheek and Jimmy Harper.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons International Memorial Bible Program, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214; Martinez Baptist Church, 3632 Lynnwood Drive, Martinez, GA 30907; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 106 SRP Drive, Evans, GA 30809.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lee Olon “Buddy” Hobbs
Mr. Lee Olon “Buddy” Hobbs, 64, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Charlie Norwood VA Hospital, Downtown Division, Augusta.

Graveside services will be held at Keysville United Methodist Church Cemetery on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 11 a.m.

After graduating high school in Warrenton, Mr. Hobbs served in the Marines. Once his tour was up, he came back to this area and became a concrete finisher in the construction business.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martha Jane Stewart Hobbs and Olon Hobbs.

Survivors include his children, Lee Olon Hobbs Jr., Dale Watts (Jerry) and Dottie Newsome; five siblings, Margie Cliett, Liz Johnson (J.F.), Polly Burkey (Russell), Alan Hobbs (Ann) and Edwin Hobbs (Brenda); nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Because of the financial burden of a prolonged illness, memorial contributions are requested to be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Beulah Kitchens House
Mrs. Beulah Kitchens House, 96, of Montgomery, Texas, formerly of Mitchell, entered into rest on Monday, June 17, 2013.

A native of Mitchell, Mrs. House was a daughter of the late Bob Kitchens and Mollie Wills Johnson Kitchens. She traveled the world with her husband of 53 years James House. She was retired from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, where she worked while her husband was serving in the United States Air Force.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Friendship Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Rev. Jim King officiating.

She was preceded in death by parents; husband; son, Jimmy House; sisters, Lenna Dorough and Martha Morrison; brother, Robert Kitchens; and friend, Frank Artmir.

Survivors include her son, Charles Burgamy of Burton, Texas; sisters, Lillie Raley Ansley of Mitchell, and Billie Stephenson of Acworth; sister-in-law, Clara Milburn of Mitchell; caregiver, Judy Easterly; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances Reeves Jackson
Mrs. Frances Reeves Jackson, 97, of Gainesville entered into rest on Tuesday, June 28, 2013, at The Oaks at Limestone.

Born in Thomson, Mrs. Jackson was the daughter of the late George Alfred and Lovie Rachel Irene Langham Reeves. She had lived in Gainesville for the past 13 years. She worked for Sam’s Club for a number of years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Augusta.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013, at Gainesville First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Wendy Cordova officiating. Interment followed in Ways Baptist Church Cemetery, Wrens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milford Augustus Jackson; and her daughter, Joyce Jackson Rabb.

Survivors include her grandson, Dr. Dan (Karen) Rabb, Gainesville; granddaughter, Kellye (John) David Bookout, Asheville, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Brian, Kevin and Justin Rabb, and Jackson, Finn and Samuel Bookout; and a host of other relatives.

Little and Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Maggie Grant McBride
Mrs. Maggie Grant McBride of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, June 17, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. McBride was a native of Jefferson County. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Grant and Essie Kelly Lambry. She was married to Johnnie McBride. She was a member of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville; and she was a member of the Chorus DeLion, and the Fair and Honest Society.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Evelyn Tomlin of Louisville; stepdaughter, Barbara Davis of Jacksonville, Fla.; stepson, Joseph Heggs of Decatur; grandchildren, Antoine (Yolonda) Walden, Antoinette Tomlin, Travis (Uneshia) Tomlin, Serra Tomlin, Antovious Tomlin, Naderia Warthen and Jothanan Richardson; sister-in-law, Louise McBride Holloway of Louisville; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances Lee Canady McNeely
Mrs. Frances Lee Canady McNeely, 76, wife of 53 years to Alec Stone McNeely, entered into rest Monday night, June 24, 2013 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Stan Littleton officiating. Interment will follow in Wrens Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

One of two daughters born to the late Lillian Sams Canady and the late Pliny Lee Canady, Frances grew up in Wadley where she graduated high school and then attended GSCW in Milledgeville. She later moved to Wrens, got married, taught Home Economics at Wrens High School for 16 years and then retired from Queensborough Bank with 12 years of service. Between her two careers, Frances enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, bestowing her love of learning and history to her son. She enjoyed drawing patterns and making her own clothes; drawing the plans for her home, including the electrical; gardening; etc. Mrs. McNeely attended Wrens United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son, Michael Neil McNeely (Jennifer) of Atlanta; her sister, Betty C. Turk; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be her nephews.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home Thursday evening, June 27, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to United Hospice, 620 Ponder Place Ste 1-A, Evans GA 30809.


Miss Shirley Ann Parker
Funeral services for Miss Shirley Ann Parker, 51, of Gibson were held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Jones Grove Baptist Church, Thomson, with Rev. Robert J. Mixon and Rev. Larry Medlock officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.

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