Obituaries
July 11, 2013 Issue

Mr. Troy Melvin Clark
Mr. Troy Melvin Clark, 83, of Avera entered into rest on Friday, July 5, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Clark was one of 10 children born to the late Elizabeth LaFavor Clark and Lee W. Clark and was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and retired as a machine operator with Jebco.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera, with Janie Quarles officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; all of his siblings, Roy Clark, Leila Williams, Leon Clark, Pierce Clark, Frank Clark, Lewis Clark, Ethel Chapman, Clint Clark and Eva Smith.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Barry Allen Deal
Mr. Barry Allen Deal, 40, of Gibson entered into rest on Monday, July 1, 2013, in an automobile accident.

Mr. Deal was born Feb. 26, 1973, in Augusta. He is the son of Cary T. and Judy Reese Deal. He was a 1991 graduate of Glascock County School, a member of Gibson United Methodist Church for 30 years, and was employed with PayneCrest Electrical and Communications as a site safety manager.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Gibson United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ed Chance officiating, assisted by Dr. James Ford. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his sons, Cody William Deal of Warthen, and Chance Allen Deal of Sylvania; parents, Cary T. and Judy Deal of Gibson; grandmother, Dorothy Reese of Gibson; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Braddy Brassell, Bryan Bopp, Tyler Cullens, Austin Garret, Justin Garret and Blake Sharling.

Honorary pallbearers were employees of PayneCrest Electrical and Communications.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ralph E. Franks Jr.
Mr. Ralph E. Franks Jr., 73, of Dearing entered into rest on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at University Hospital of McDuffie.

Mr. Franks was born in Sandersville to the late Ralph E. Franks Sr. and Sybil B. Franks. He was retired from Colonial Baking Company.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Starling Funeral Home, Harlem.

Survivors include his children, Jerry Meeks, Dearing, Ralph E. Franks III (Wendy), Gibson, Jason M. Franks ( Tiffany), Warrenton, Sonia S. McClure (Larry), Thomson, Misty D. Neal (Darell), Mitchell, and Roxanne D. Franks, Dearing; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Judy Waters, Augusta.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Major Charles Allen Gibbons Sr.
Major Charles Allen Gibbons Sr., 61, of Louisville entered into rest Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Kenneth Davis officiating and Rev. Daniel Thomas presiding. Interment will be in the Sugar Hill Cemetery, Wrens.

Major Gibbons was a member of St. Matthew AME Church, where he served as a Steward and other capacities for the church. He was a 1969 graduate of Jefferson County High School, employed by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for 21 years and was employed by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. He was a member of Sons of Allen, Georgia Sheriffs’ Association and The Peace Office Association.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Albert Gibbons; and mother, Althonette Hunt Walden.

Survivors include his wife, Laura L. Gibbons of Louisville; sons, Edginald Betron Gibbons of Wrens, Kenneth T. Gibbons (Tamellia) and Charles Gibbons Jr. of Louisville; brother, Willie A. Gibbons Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sisters, Wanda Walden Coleman of Williston, S.C., Ernestine Carr of Rochester, N.Y. Sherrie Dean (Willie) of Philadelphia, Pa., Debra Gibbons of Augusta, and Oliver Gibbons of Louisville; grandchildren, Kenneth Gibbons Jr., Charles Gibbons III, Ken’Dre Gibbons, Evan Gibbons, A’Mya Gibbons, Ta’Niya Gibbons, Trinity Gibbons and Charles M. Gibbons; godmother, Annie Laura Scott of Wadley; godchildren, Kasey Davis of Augusta, Javalyn R. Cole of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jonathan R. Coleman of Williston, S.C.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Robert Henley IV, Jonathan Coleman, Jimmy McCullough IV, Bryant McCullough, Wesley Lewis, Michael Dallas and Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guards.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jefferson County Law Enforcement and the Jefferson County High School class of 1969.

Family and friends may call the residence, 1860 Hwy 17 South, Louisville, or Garrer Funeral Home.

Garrer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Ann Hadden Johnson
Mrs. Mary Ann Hadden Johnson, 70, of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital.

Mrs. Johnson, the daughter of the late John Chester Sr. and Robbie Newman Hadden, was born in Avera. She was the retired owner of Hadden’s Jewelers.

Memorial services were held on Friday, July 5, 2013, at noon from the chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Marvin Johnson; daughter, Robin; and brother, John C. Hadden Jr.

Survivors include her granddaughter, Ashton Kaysey Carr of Appling; and by her niece, Melynda Hadden Welch of Windsor, S.C.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Roy Kelley
Mr. Roy Kelley, 73, of Mitchell entered into rest on Friday, June 5, 2013.

Mr. Kelley, a native of Grange, was the son of the late James and Marie Kitchens Kelley. He retired from Thermo King, Louisville, after 34 years of service as a tool and die maker.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Jordan Chapel, with Rev. David Jones and Rev. Ronnie Shelton officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Ruby Kelley.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Betty Jean Kelley of Mitchell; daughter, Sandra (James) Peebles of Stapleton; sons, Robert Kelley of Mitchell, Eddie (Michelle) Kelley of Mitchell; sisters, Geneva (Terry) Redfern of Gibson, Eva Chalker of Gibson; brothers, Ralph (Hazel) Kelley, Jimmy (Frances) Kelley of Mitchell, Jerry (Nicki) Kelley of Gibson; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Glenn Rabun, Charles Roberts Sr., Jackie Haywood, Jeremy Kelley, Anthony Kelley, Greg Kelley, Scott Kelley and Chris Kelley.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Richard Perry Maner
Mr. Richard Perry Maner, 85, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Heritage Healthcare of Old Capital.

A native of Bartow, Fla., Mr. Maner was a son of the late William and Catherine Maner. He graduated from the Richmond Professional Institute with an art degree. After moving to Louisville, Mr. Maner worked with the Louisville Library and was of the Presbyterian faith.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Taylor Funeral Home, with Dwain Little officiating. Burial was in the Swallow Savannah Cemetery, Allendale, S.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Alferd Maner and William Maner.

Survivors include his two sisters, Mary Maner and Sara Maner, both of Louisville.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Arveania Pi Patterson
Miss Arveania Pi Patterson of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, June 28, 2013.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Tonya Stone of Wrens; son, Eddie Patterson of New York; three sisters, Bertha Patterson, Della Shipman, Annie (Marshall) Hanah, all of Wrens; and brother, Anthoney Patterson.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Faye Rabun
Miss Faye Rabun, 74, of Thomson entered into rest on July 7, 2013.

Miss Rabun was born in Stapleton, and lived in McDuffie County most of her life. She retired as an LPN from McDuffie Regional Medical Center with more than 20 years of service.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Charles Reese officiating.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Vivian Rowland.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Reid, Noreen Anderson (Buck); brothers, Joe Rabun, Mike Rabun; sisters, Doris Nash, Martha Foss; grandchildren, Becky McGhee, Bobby Anderson, Matthew Reid, Logan Stewart; and great-grandchildren, Madelyn McGhee and Reagan McGhee.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Rozier Sr.
Mr. Charles Rozier Sr. of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, June 28, 2013, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel, Wadley, with Elder Ronnie Harden officiating. Burial was in Tarver Grove Church Cemetery, Bartow.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Brown Rozier, Wadley; one son, Charles Rozier Jr., Wrightsville; mother-in-law, Geraldine Brown, Wadley; and brothers, Arcefus (Mary Frances) Jackson, Verdine Brown, Gwendolyn Ward and Charlie Mae English, Wadley.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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