Obituaries
July 18, 2013 Issue

Mr. John Lewis “Hee-Haw” Amerson
Mr. John Lewis “Hee-Haw” Amerson, 62, of Hephzibah entered into rest on July 12, 2013.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Hephzibah Funeral Home. Burial followed in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Survivors include five sisters, Sandra, Nora and Sherry, all of Hephzibah, Agnes “Tootsie” of Stapleton, and Darlene of Matthews; and many nieces and nephews.

Hephzibah Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Paul “Nicky” Arrington Jr.
Mr. Paul “Nicky” Arrington Jr., 77, of Summerdale entered into rest on June 9, 2013.

Mr. Arrington was born March 30, 1936, and resided in Hephzibah prior to moving to Summerdale. Mr. Arrington was a Navy veteran, and worked as a jet engine mechanic for 20 years prior to retirement.

Memorial services were held at First Baptist Church of Summerdale on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. His final wishes were for his family to take him to the Navy Port at Jacksonville, Fla., where his ashes were placed on a ship for final services at sea.

Survivors include his three children, Victoria Garrett of Summerdale, Randall Arrington of Almo, and Paulette McClantoc of Summerdale; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Mr. Glenn Dotson
Mr. Glenn Dotson, 67, of Gibson entered into rest on July 11, 2013.

Mr. Dotson was born in Madison, and was the son of the late James W. Dotson and the late Dessie Mae Dotson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during Vietnam. Mr. Dotson had been employed at Fort Gordon as a boiler operator.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. David Lambert officiating. Interment followed in New Providence Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his daughters, Angela Johnson (Bryan) of Gibson, Alice Gary (Russell) of Thomson; sisters, Violet Parham of Elberton, Ozell Moss of Madison, Lucille Thomas of Griffin; eight grandchildren, Megan Wood, Hunter Johnson, Emily Johnson, April Tomlinson, Shelby Gary, Kenneth Gary, Sarah Gary and Kelly Gary.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jeanette Newsome Hadden
Mrs. Jeanette Newsome Hadden, 83, of Blythe entered into rest on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

Memorial services were held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Hephzibah Funeral Home, Hephzibah.

Survivors include five children, W.E. Hadden of Columbia, S.C., Melvin Hadden (Deborah) of Bartow, Billie Jean Faust (Dan) of Braselton, Dwain Hadden (Becky) of Hephzibah, and Freddie Hadden of Blythe.


Mrs. Mary B. Jones
Mrs. Mary B. Jones, 90, of Thomson entered into rest on Thursday, July 11, 2013, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Jones was born July 10, 1923, in Hollywood as the first child of Mamie (Rumsey) and Frank Densmore of Clarkesville. She was a former resident of Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services were held at Pine Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. Burial was on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the family plot at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Clarkesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four younger sisters; two infant sons; husband, William Carl Jones; friend of more than 30 years, Roy Thomas Brooks; and son-in-law, Jack D. Brown Sr.

Survivors include her two daughters, Mary Brown of Clarkesville, and Betty (Ed) Madden of Marietta; two sons, Butch (Joyce) Jones of Dearing, and Frank (Judy) Jones of Warrenton; two granddaughters, Dawn (Jamie) Nix of Toccoa, and Caroline Kate Rogers of Denver, Colo.; two grandsons, Darrell Brown of Clarkesville, and Jaye (Debbie) Jones of Thomson; four great-granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements


Mrs. Florence A. Masters
Mrs. Florence A. Masters, 92, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Wadley, entered into rest on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

Mrs. Masters was born on Dec. 26, 1920, to the late Jesse S. and Pearl Moore May. Mrs. Masters was born in Wadley. She travelled and lived in many places from Hawaii before statehood to New York.

A private burial will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

She was preceded by her parents; husband of 42 years, Col. Edgar James Masters; and seven siblings.

Survivors include three daughters, Christine Masters of Lewes, Del.; Alice Masters (Peter) Friebe of Ossining, N.Y.; Susan Bills (John) of Eads, Tenn.; and a son, David Masters of Ossining, N.Y.; sisters, Roslyn Dobbs and Marjorie Stevens; six grandchildren, Gian Neffinger, Andy Masters, Jessica Masters, Jenna Masters, Benjamin Masters and Claire Bills; and nieces and nephews, including Wayne Battle of Wadley.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Mrs. Masters’ memory to the Cadbury Foundation, 17028 Cadbury Circle, Lewes, DE 19958 or to a charity of your choice.

Watson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gloria Leigh Lane McCoy
Mrs. Gloria Leigh Lane McCoy, 57, loving wife of 36 years to Otis A. McCoy, entered into rest Monday, July 15, 2013, at her residence.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, July 19, 2013 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William Edwards officiating.

Mrs. McCoy was one of four children born to Evelyn Pierce Lane and the late Grady Lane in Millen where she grew up and graduated high school. After marrying, she moved to Davisboro and lived in Avera for the past 25 years. She was employed at Thermo King in Louisville but because of multiple heath problems had not been able to work for the last several years. She was a great cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family. Her grandchildren were her focus and provided the joy in her life.

Mrs. McCoy was also survived by her daughter, Macy Leigh Kitchens (Joey); three siblings, Grady Lane, Richard Lane (Tina) and Shannon Lane; two grandchildren, Gaven and Madalyn Kitchens; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home after the services Friday evening, July 19, 2013, from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.


Mrs. Margaret Ree Ragland
Mrs. Margaret Ree Ragland, 83, entered into rest in Wadley on July 6, 2013.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Glennville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, retired US Air Force Technical Sergeant, Howard Horace Ragland.

Survivors include her sons, James Floyd, Sonny Floyd and Carl Rags Ragland; daughter, Cathy Brunette; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers, John Curtis and Gene Phillips; sister, Willene Brady; several nieces and nephews; and other family and friends.

Fairhaven Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Karen Ann Maple Reed
Mrs. Karen Ann Maple Reed, 70, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at New Hope Freewill Baptist Church, Dover, Fla., with Rev. Greg Fawbush officiating.

One of seven children born to the late Dorothy Brower Maple and the late Milford Maple in Ohio, Mrs. Reed was a woman of Christ and was the pianist at every church she attended. She was a singer, licensed minister, published author of five books, worked in day care centers and was a homemaker. With her husband, she co-owned and operated Boss’ RV Park.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Danny Rountree officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and four siblings, Carl Maple, Wanda Greathouse, Audrey Gillespie and Larry Maple.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Roy E. Reed; three children, Brad A. Reed (Beverly), Todd A. Reed and Stacy Reed; two brothers, Paul Maple and David Maple; nine grandchildren, Jacob Batten, Canon Duffy, Caleb McLendon, Ashley Reed, Todd Reed Jr., Autumn Reed, Alan Reed, Ryan Reed and William Reed; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Don Hurst, Don Johnson, Jeff Maple, John Maple, Jimmy McNair and Greg Stanley.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Joseph Van Dyke
Mr. William Joseph Van Dyke, 66, of Keysville entered into rest on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Van Dyke was born to the late Katherine Jordan and Robert Van Dyke in Newark, N.J. He served in the Army in Vietnam, where he suffered several injuries. He worked at a water treatment plant in Florida where he lived for 25 years, but moved to this area in 1994 in order to be closer to the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at Bayvale Baptist Church, Augusta, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Charlie Deloach officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Joseph Van Dyke.

Survivors include his four sons, Jacob Van Dyke, William Van Dyke II, Zachary Van Dyke (Jennifer) and Shane Van Dyke (Sherri); six grandchildren, Vincent Van Dyke, Donnie Van Dyke, Zachary Van Dyke Jr., Addalynn Van Dyke, Samantha Van Dyke and Alayna Van Dyke; and many friends.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Donald Maxie Walden Sr.
Mr. Donald Maxie Walden Sr., 80, of Bartow entered into rest on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

A native of Bartow, Mr. Walden was a son of the late John M. Walden and Cora Lou Cooper Walden. He served in the Army National Guard for 32 years and retired after 25 year of service from Fort Gordon as an off-set press operator. He was a member of Old Bethel Baptist Church for more than 65 years.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Old Bethel Baptist Church, Bartow, with Dr. Bill Eckles officiating. Burial followed in Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Katie Dean Huff; brothers, John M. Walden Jr., Charlie G. Walden, Alec R. Walden and Willard G. Walden.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jean Walden of Louisville; daughter Donna (Jimmy) Pittman of Oconee; sons, Donald M. Walden of Atlanta, Brian P. (Susan) Walden of Bartow; brother, Kenneth W. Walden of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Ron (Melissa) Kelley, David (Crystal) Dollar, Daniel Dollar, Mallory McDowell, Cason Walden and Lexi Walden; great-grandchildren, Angela Kelley, Jordan Kelley and Kaden Dollar; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were David Dollar, Donald Dollar, Ron Kelley, Gary Hughes, Charlie Walden, Jonathan Davis, Donnie Hobbs and Rodney McGraw.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Bethel Baptist Church and members of the Ingles Coffee Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the old Bethel Baptist Church.


Mr. Dennis Williams
Mr. Dennis Williams, 55, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Williams was born in Milledgeville on Feb. 6, 1958, the son of the late Harry Williams and Gertrude Melton Williams. He was employed at Ingles in Louisville as a meat cutter.

Private interment services were held in the Louisville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, Gertrude Williams of Louisville; daughter, Carly Williams; sons, Kelsey Williams and Colby Williams, all of Blythe; sisters, Betty Wasden and Ruth Smith, both of Louisville; grandchildren, Dennis Williams and Caiden Sanoval; and several nieces and nephews.


Mr. Dennis Wynn
Mr. Dennis Wynn of Stapleton entered into rest on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Larry Medlock officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

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