Obituaries
August 1, 2013 Issue

Mr. Richmond Edward Clements Sr.
Mr. Richmond Edward Clements Sr., 74, of Shepherdsville, Ky., formerly of Louisville, entered into rest on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Norton Audubon Hospital, Ky.

A native of Louisville, Mr. Clements was the son of the late James Richmond and Margaret Powell-Clements. He was a 1957 graduate of Louisville Academy, a retired assistant terminal manager for Allied Automotive, a member of F.O.E., American Legion 5710, Bullitt County Rod and Gun Club, Mason of Blue Lodge 155 F&AM, and a former member of the National Guard.

Graveside services were held 11 a.m. on Monday, July 29, 2013, in Jefferson Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Charles Dennis officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Carole Allen-Clements; sons, Richmond E. Jr., James Alan, and Jonathan Carroll Clements; sisters, Alice Davis and Verna Dennis; and seven nieces and nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. David Drawdy
Mr. David Drawdy, 74, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Mr. Drawdy was a native and lifelong resident of Augusta. He was the owner and operator of D&D Electric.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Thomas Poteet and Son. Entombment followed at Hillcrest Mausoleum.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Drawdy; sons, David Eugene Drawdy Sr. (Judith), Anthony W. Tony Drawdy (Buffy) and Tommy Drawdy, all of Augusta; daughter, Tammy Croker (Terry) of California; grandson, David Eugene Drawdy Jr.; 10 additional grandchildren; brother, Ed Drawdy (Elizabeth) of Cairo; and sister, Nancy Landrum (Robert) of Gibson.

The family request that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the if American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive Suite 301, Casey, SC 29033.

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


Mr. Rex Emory Mays
Mr. Rex Emory Mays of Martinez entered into rest at home on Saturday, July 21, 2013, after a prolonged battle with brain cancer.

Mr. Mays was born on March 28, 1961, in Augusta to Margaret Lockhart Mays and Emory Harold May, who were from Louisville. He attended Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, and Harlem High School. Mr. Mays was an automotive parts and equipment salesman for several local and national firms including the business named by his father for him, Rex Auto Parts. He also sold for NAPA and O’Reilly Auto Parts. He was a past officer with the Augusta Dive Club and was instrumental in sinking an airplane at the Thurmond Dam that has been used by thousands of local divers since 1989. Mr. Mays was a member of New Hope Worship Center, where he was a greeter and drove the golf cart at the Worship Center. He was a supporter of the Bridge Ministries.

Memorial services were held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 7 p.m. at New Hope Worship Center.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Christie Mays; daughter, Bethany Nixon; grandson, Logan P. Strength; sisters, Micky Mays Poole and Robbi Gilmore; brother, Donald Alan Mays; nieces, Camila Maria, Natalie, Sara and Brooke; aunt, Hope Mays Arnold of Louisville; and cousins, Gloria Mays new and Gordon Mays, both of Louisville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Under the Bridge Ministries, 715 S. Old Belair Road, Grovetown, GA 30813.

McNeill Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Shirley Pitts
Miss Shirley Pitts, 68, of Dearing entered into rest on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at her residence.

A private memorial service will be held at her home.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lena B. Bell; brother, Johnny McGlohorn; and brother-in-law, Sam Myers.

Survivors include her children, Cindy (George) Saxon of Millen, and Dawn (Mike) Rubenstein, Dearing, and Keith Godbee, Dearing; brother, Bill (Delores) McGlohorn, Louisville; four sisters, Pat Joyner, Hephzibah, Robbie Myers, Dearing, Donna (Steve) Liebowitz, Evans, and Melissa (Allen) Snellings, Waynesboro; sister-in-law, Linda McGlohorn; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In memory of, memorials may be made to Starling Funeral Home, 190 S. Fairview Dr., Harlem, GA 30814.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Leotis “Wheel” Scott Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. Leotis “Wheel” Scott Sr., 66, of Matthews were held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Flat Rock Baptist Church, Matthews, with Pastor Rev. Stephen B. Ivey as eulogist and Rev. Rickey Dent presiding. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas Gordon “Tommy” Smith
Mr. Thomas Gordon “Tommy” Smith, 61, of Matthews entered into rest on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at his residence.

One of two sons born to Sadie Reese Smith and the late D.A. Smith Sr., Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He worked as a truck driver, logger and heavy equipment operator and was last employed by Jefferson County Department of Roads and Roadways. He was president of the Buckeye Hunting Club.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tony Key officiating. Interment followed in Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Radie Myers Smith; daughter, Deanna Palmer (Cory); brother, Donnie Smith (Kathy) of Louisville; four grandchildren, Cory Palmer Jr., Alaina Nicole Radford, Alex Brett Radford and John Thomas Palmer; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Andrew Bopp, Josh Borders, Tim Borders, Ellis Cliett, Mitchell Cliett, Will Hill, Jeff Leatherman and Eric Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Buckeye Hunting Club.

Due to his unexpected, sudden passing, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Karen Renee Callaway Washington
Mrs. Karen Renee Callaway Washington, 49, of Avera entered into rest Thursday, July 25, 2013, at her residence.

One of two daughters born to Russell Levi Callaway and the late Agnes Hadden Callaway, Mrs. Washington spent her early years in Augusta, grew up in Avera, attended school in Wrens and graduated from Gibson High School. She was a homemaker and drove a truck for Howard Sheppard.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Steve Lamb officiating. Interment followed in church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Richard Thomas “Ricky” Washington; son, Rusty T. Washington; sister, Kathy Moore; two grandchildren, Allee Blair Washington and Rustin Thomas Washington; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Colin Benkoski, Troy Bridges, Jacky Coxwell, Michael Powell, Dustin Price and Chuck Walden.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Gloria Dean Williams
Miss Gloria Dean Williams of Bartow entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church, Bartow, with her son, Min. Michael D. Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her two sons, Joseph Williams, Bartow, and Minister Michael (Alicia) Williams, Louisville; two brothers, Leroy Williams, Wadley, and Ollie Williams, Bartow; grandson, Michael D. Williams Jr.; one sister-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Tyrone Danford, Kendrick McBride, Min. Harold Moore, Cory Turner, George White and Jeffery Williams.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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