Obituaries
July 25, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Emma N. Donaldson
Mrs. Emma N. Donaldson, 93, of Evans entered into rest on Friday, July 19, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Donaldson was born in Stapleton, the daughter of the late Seth and Mattie May Neal. She was retired from Robertís Cleaners as a bookkeeper and was a member of Fleming Baptist Church. She was the last surviving charter member of Broad Street Baptist Church, where she was the organist and pianist for many years.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Lee Myers and Pastor Larry Harmon officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, W.D. Donaldson; and daughter Patricia Ann Prescott.

Survivors include her daughter, Helen Herrington (Robert) of Evans; grandchildren, Lynne Swain (Mike), Brian Herrington (Kelly), Pam Hutto, Jimmy Prescott, Janet Kelly (George), Lisa Fowler (Steve); and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to the Fleming Baptist Church Building Fund, 3027 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, GA 30906.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Borja Pereda
Mr. John Borja Pereda, 47, of Dearing entered into rest on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Mr. Pereda was born to Juan and Lily Pereda on March 15, 1966, in Agana, Guam. He graduated from Leesville High School in Leesville, La., in 1984. He married Ann McNeal in 1988, and they resided together in Dearing until his passing. Mr. Pereda served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Desert Storm. He was a martial arts instructor for the YMCA in Thomson and Wrens. He was a member of the Queen of Angels Catholic Church, a Pine Camp director, a DYA softball coach, a program assistant at the Thomson Senior Center, a wilderness therapy counselor at the John De La Howe School, and a Ropes Course facilitator.

Funeral mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ann; and two daughters, Hannah and Sara.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas McCall Riley
Mr. Thomas McCall Riley, 92, of Augusta entered into rest on July 17, 2013, at Old Capitol Nursing Home, Louisville, after a brief illness.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

A native of Macon, he was born March 2, 1921. He attended Macon Public Schools. He graduated from the University of Georgia, receiving a BA and the University of South Carolina, receiving a masterís degree. He did further graduate work at Columbia University, in New York. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia. Mr. Riley served in the U.S. Army, as an officer, during WWII, in the 116th Infantry, 29th Division. He was wounded following the D-Day Invasion of Europe and was hospitalized in Europe, later being transferred, for further recuperation, to the then Oliver General Hospital in Augusta. He was employed by DuPont at the New Ellenton Plant and by Augusta College from which he retired after holding administrative and teaching positions. He was a member of the Augusta Kiwanis Club, receiving the Hixon Award for his WWII service in the 116th Infantry, 29th Division. He was a member of the Augusta Country Club and was active in the organization of The Friends of the Augusta Library.

Survivors include his his wife, Faye Carter Riley of Augusta; daughters, Neville Riley Hudson of Augusta, and Janet Riley Barrow (Charlie) of Savannah; grandchildren, Charles Ellis Waring Barrow (Katherine) of Athens, Virginia Cumming Reed of Charleston, S.C., Thomas Bryan Barrow of Savannah, and Carolyn Virginia Couch (Greg) of Cary, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Thomas Center Reed III, Barrow Huger Reed, Ellah Ripley Couch and Charles Ellis Waring Barrow Jr.

The family suggests that memorials be made, to a charity of oneís choice.

Plattís Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Alexander ďAlexĒ Smith
Mr. Alexander ďAlexĒ Smith entered into rest on July 10, 2013, in Bronx, N.Y.

Mr. Smith was born Nov. 9, 1919, in Wrens to Floyd and Estella Smith. His early education in Jefferson County, continued at Paine College, Augusta, until he was called to military duty. Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945. Mr. Smith moved to New York City in 1946. He met Christina Stewart of Columbia County while they were high school students in Augusta. They married in 1948, and became the parents of two daughters. Mr. Smith retired as a postal employee after 35 years of service in 1984. He served the two Bronx communities in which he raised his family and resided the rest of his life. His wife passed after 64 years of marriage in October 2012.

Graveside services were held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta.

He was preceded in death by his wife; in December 2012 by his sister, Dorothy Stallings of Wrens and Bronx, N.Y.

Survivors include his daughters, Elaine Smith, Falls Church, Va., and Janice Bailey, Augusta; grandchildren, Jonay, Jamal and Jawan Bailey, Augusta, and Kimaathi Lewis, Falls Church, Va.; great-granddaughter, Jordyn Bailey, Augusta; sister-in-law, Gladys Stewart, Augusta; nieces, Irma Clark-Coleman, Detroit, Mich., Gwendolyn Peters, Chicago, Ill., Trena Bryant-Bynoe, Jonesboro, and Vivian Thompkins, Augusta; nephews, Vernon Fullard and George Bryant Jr., Detroit, Mich.; first cousin, Morris Little, Nicholson; cousins, Debra Mills and Vicki Lane, Wrens, Alton Lane, Atlanta, Kenneth Lane, Mitchell, Larry Lane, Tommy Lane and Robin Lane, Wrens, Wallace Smith Jr. and Annette Smith, Wrens, Janice Smith, Augusta; and a host of other family members and friends.


Mrs. Catherine P. Young
Mrs. Catherine P. Young, 84, of Thomson entered into rest on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Lake Crossing Health Care Center.

Mrs. Young was a native of Stapleton, but has lived in Thomson for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Thomson First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the J.O.Y. Sunday School Class.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22, 2013, at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Rev. John Barnes officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.A. Young Jr.

Survivors include her son, David (Tonja) Young, Thomson; brother, Fred (Betty Jo) Perdue, Thomson; grandchildren, Rebecca Johnson, Chris Young, Rachel Butler, Rebecca Powers; and great-grandchildren, Austin Hinton and Camdyn Butler.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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