Obituaries
August 8, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Betty J. Pierce Brown
Mrs. Betty J. Pierce Brown of Midville entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Brown was a native of Burke County. She was the daughter of the late Arthur Pierce Sr. and Norvia Spirey Pierce. She was a member of the Bark Camp Baptist Church, Midville.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Bark Camp Baptist Church Cemetery, Midville.

Survivors include her daughter, Helen Brown; son, Wallace Brown; siblings, Arthur Pierce Jr., Sheary Napoleon, Nola Oliphant and Sierra Dillard; caretakers and extended family, Frank and Melanie Bowen, Avery Parker Bowen, Emmie Bowen and Micah Bowen; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Beatrice “Bea” Dixon Gibbons
Mrs. Beatrice “Bea” Dixon Gibbons of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Gibbons was a native of Jefferson County. She was the daughter of the late Rozzie Dixon Sr. and Nellie Mae Farmer Dixon. She was married to Alonzie Gibbons on Dec. 24, 1972. She was a member of Ways Grove Baptist Church and was a 1968 high school graduate of the Jefferson County High School. She was a former employer of the Delia Cadet Manufacturing as a seamstress and was currently employed with M&M Janitorial as a custodian.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Rozzie “Bro” Dixon and Charles “Leon” Dixon.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Alonzie Gibbons Sr. of Louisville; children, Ameatrice Airlandis Gibbons of Albany, Alonzie Sirlandia Gibbons Jr. of Louisville; two stepchildren, Cedric Gibbons of Augusta, and Shaquonta Bostic of Louisville; a granddaughter she reared as her own, Alexius Gibbons of Louisville; step-grandchildren, Caden Gibbons of Augusta, and Kyrien Davis of Louisville; a niece she reared as her own, Shericka Harris of Atlanta; siblings, Charlie (Roberta) Brown of Wrens, Lester (Glenise) Dixon, Calvin (Gladys) Dixon, Eddie (Elaine) Dixon, Conrad (Linda) Dixon, Catherine Dixon, all of Louisville, Marsha (Joe) Williams of Hephzibah, and Shelia (Rodney) McKinnie of Louisville; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Dixon and Cheryl Dixon, both of Louisville, Rev. Norman (Priscilla) Roberts of Louisville, Nancy Hudson, Virginia Roberts, Janice Roberts, Tina (Byron) Bradburn, and Helen Dogan; goddaughter, Mekamri Washington of Augusta; godsister, Mary Alice Ruff of Louisville; friend, Drusilla Morgan of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence 560 Oakhill Circle, Louisville, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronald “Lee” Harden Jr.
Mr. Ronald “Lee” Harden Jr., 28, of Stapleton entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident in Augusta.

Mr. Harden was son of Janice Sue Neal Harden and the late Ronald Lee “Ronnie” Harden Sr. He grew up in Stapleton and graduated from both Sandersville Tech and Augusta Tech hoping to pursue a career in the medical field, but was currently employed by the Georgia Youth Correction Facility.

A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Bethel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tommy Anderson officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Lee Harden Sr.; grandparents, Lloyd Felton Harden and Leola Virginia Williams Harden; and aunt, Debbie Poston.

Survivors include his mother, Janice Sue Neal Harden; siblings, Ronnie Turner Jr. and Mandy Harden Gonnella (Anthony); six nephews, Kolby Gonnella, Kayden Gonnella, Justin Turner, Brandon Turner, Kameron Turner and Karsen Turner; cousins, Tara Cruz, Johnny Sanders, Laney Farmer, Sue Wren, Sabrina Cameron, Stephanie Flagg and Tiffany Rapp; and many friends.

Because of this unexpected tragedy, 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.


Mr. Kyterian “Buck” An’dres Jones
Mr. Kyterian “Buck” An’dres Jones, 25, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Mr. Jones was born in Augusta on July 28, 1988, to Debbie Jones and Willie Hobbs. At an early age, he joined Liberty Hill AME Church of Thomson. He later joined Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, Augusta, where he served in technology and as a Trustee in training. He was previously employed with the Georgia Regent University Hospital, before taking a position earlier this year with the Wrens Police Department.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at House of God Church of God in Christ, Thomson, with Evangelist Annette Williams officiating. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Thomson.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Jones and William Hobbs.

Survivors include his mother, Debbie Jones of Thomson; father and stepmother, Willie and Annett Hobbs of Hephzibah; grandmother, Mazell Jones, Thomson; grandmother, Gracie Bell White, Thomson; four sisters, Cierra Jones, Brittany Jones, Breanna (Tavaris) Young and Shaniqua Jones, all of Thomson; fiancé, Felisha Robinson; aunt, Ernestine Jones of Thomson; godmother, Judy Bush of Hephzibah; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Demarcus Wilson, Cliffton Belton, Darrius Harris, Arsenio Lowe, Ray Cummings, LaBrandon Hudson, Travis Hobbs and Tyrese Daniels.

Honorary pallbearers were the Wrens Police Department and fellow police officers and deputies.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Marcus Jarel “Kountry Boy” Kelly
Mr. Marcus Jarel “Chuck” “Kountry Boy” Kelly, 23, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Augusta.

Mr. Kelly was born in Richmond County, but was raised and lived in Jefferson County most of his life until relocating in 2008 to Richmond County. He was the son of Mary Frances Pinkston and Leotis Kelly. He was formerly a member of the Dixon Chapel CME Church and later became a member of the Faith Outreach Christian Life Center, Hephzibah. He graduated from Hephzibah High School in 2008, and was employed with Georgia Health Science, Augusta, from 2009 until 2012.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Faith Outreach Christian Life Center, Hephzibah. Burial followed in Dixon Chapel CME Church Cemetery, Louisville.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Frances Pinkston of Hephzibah; father, Leotis Kelly of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Darius Thomas Pinkston of Hephzibah; aunts, Betty (Henry) Laster of Louisville, Penny (Jack) Gibbons of Louisville, Clara (George) Outler of Evans, and Jewel (Fernandez) Robinson of McDonald; uncles, Edward (Lizzie) Pinkston of Louisville, Thomas (Carolyn) Pinkston of Atlanta, Jesse (Dorothy) Pinkston of Waynesboro, Ethan (Charlene) Pinkston of Hephzibah, David Pinkston of Atlanta, Ricky Pinkston of Louisville, Frankie (Tanya) Pinkston of Rossville, and Tyrone (Kesa) Pinkston of Snellville; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lois Hadden Leland
Mrs. Lois Hadden Leland, 86, of Vancleave, Mass., entered into rest on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in Vancleave.

Funeral services were held at Vancleave Chapel of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Vancleave No. 2 Cemetery.

Mrs. Leland was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Marshall Hadden; mother, Dora Bell Hadden; first husband, Clinton Davis; brothers, James Edward Hadden, Marshall Joseph Hadden, John Hadden, and Jerry Hadden; and sister, Jessie McGahee.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Leland; sons, Andre (Margaret Raye) Davis of Vancleave and James (Lynne) Davis of Ocean Springs; sisters, Mary Gale Rooks, Barbara Jean Sammons and Betty Irby; brother, Troy Hadden; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


Mrs. Mamie Lee Stone Murray
Funeral services for Mrs. Mamie Lee Stone Murray, 75, of Stapleton were held on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Charles Dumas Jr. officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Randy Lewis Rowland
Mr. Randy Lewis Rowland, 62, of Tifton entered into rest on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Rowland was born in Swainsboro, the son of Lewis and Mary Rowland. Mr. Rowland was retired from industrial supply sales. He was a member of Sardis Primitive Baptist Church.

A memorial service for Mr. Rowland was held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church, with Elder Lindy Webb officiating. A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Coleman Lake, Midville.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Short; wife, Carrie Rowland; son, Clinton Rowland (Melissa); daughter, Allison Rowland; two grandchildren, Kati and Carson Rowland; sister, Dianne Griffin; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Georgia Wild Turkey Federation, C/O Ken Whitley, 3676 Christopher Drive, Macon,GA 31216 in memory of Mr. Randy Lewis Rowland.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Gaynell Sanders
Miss Gaynell Sanders of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, July 29, 2013, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Miss Sanders was a native of Jefferson County. She was the daughter of the late Wayne Bay Sanders and Rose Mae Murphy Sanders. She was a member of the San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley. She was retired from J.P. Stevens/Fortsmann as an inspector after more than 21 years.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at 1 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. William Patterson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Willie Lee “Bill” Tennyson Jr. of Atlanta; grandchildren, De’Andre R. Tennyson, and Damanian “Butterball” Tennyson, both of Atlanta; brothers, Wayne Sanders Jr. of Swainsboro, and Roy (Pat) Sanders of Cross-Green; sisters, Marion White of Wadley, Lee Alice Barge of Trenton, N.J., and Edith (Charlie) Jackson Hall of Warthen; uncles, Moe E. Murphy and Duncan Murphy, both of Wadley; great-aunt, Eunice Carruth of Atlanta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Leotis “Wheel” Scott Sr.
Celebration of life 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 Missionary Baptist Church, Matthews, with Rev. Stephen B. Ivey as eulogist and Rev. Rickey Dent presiding. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Louise Johnson Scott of Matthews; two children, Shannon Scott Paschal of Augusta, and Christopher Rodney (Alicia Durant) Scott of Midway; six grandchildren, Rodney Scott, C’yunah Stone, Crystia Scott, Christe’ Scott, Nadia Paschal and Chandler Harold; two godchildren, Solomon Lane and Lauren Wells; one brother, Lee Vern (Joann) Scott of Matthews; three sisters, Eunice Scott Leverett of Hephzibah, Daisy Lee Scott of Keysville, and Barbara (Robert) Tabb of Hephzibah; a brother-in-law, Thomas Johnson; a sister-in-law Norma Jean Wells; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mattie Ella “Aunt Baby” Turner
Mrs. Mattie Ella “Aunt Baby” Turner, 93, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her loved ones.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Spring Bethel AME Church, with Rev. James Jenkins, Rev. Minnie Davis presiding and Rev. David Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society Cemetery. Repast will be in the church fellowship hall.

Mrs. Turner was born on May 5, 1920, in Jefferson County to the late Robert and Ella Boatwright Brown. She was the youngest and last surviving of three daughters. She was married in 1949 to the late Ernest Turner of Augusta. Though no children were born to this union, she adopted and cared for her sisters’ children and grandchildren as her own, as well as children in her community. She was retired as a domestic housekeeper from the Darlington family of Augusta. She was a member of Spring Bethel AME Church, where she was the second oldest living member. She was a class leader, Stewardess and former treasurer of the Spring Bethel Missionary Society. She was given the title of church chorister by former pastor Rev. David Walker. She attended Sunday school and Bible study until her health failed. She was a member of the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society and Morning Light of Israel Society.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Clemmie Lee Walker and Ella Mae Lowery in July 1995; nieces, Barbara Jean Whitaker and Sandra Lowery; and nephews, Lensey Robert Walker, Willie Walker and Robert Lowery.

Survivors include her nieces, Mattie Mae “Doris” Hodges, Wrens, Agnes Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla., Susie Lowery, Chicago, Ill., Emma Lowery and Mary Lowery, Augusta; nephews, Scipp Walker, Midville, St. John Walker, Wrens, Willie Richard “Bill” Lowery and Rev. Reuben (Veronica) Lowery, Augusta; caretaker and adopted daughter, Catherine (James) Williams, Wrens; cousin, Eunice Lockhart, Louisville; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, friends and church family.

Friends may call the residence of her niece Mattie Mae Hodges, 411 Stephens St., Wrens.

Pallbearers will be her great-nephews, David Hodges, Willis Asberry, Willie Walker II, Benjie Walker, Gale Jones, Craig Stokes, Fabian Stokes, Joseph Thomas II, Dalton Lowery and Charles Lowery.

Honorary pallbearers will be stewards and trustees of Spring Bethel AME Church.

Burnett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Miss Arna Patricia Williams
Miss Arna Patricia Williams, 59, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Celebration of life services will be held on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough III presiding and Rev. Thomas Berry as eulogist. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. The funeral procession will leave the residence of her sister, Martrell Lockhart, Apt C2 Pine Valley Apartments, Wrens, at 1:30 p.m.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Freeman Funeral Home, Wrens.

Miss Williams was born to the parentage of the late John Henry Williams Sr. and Margarie Farmer Williams in Wrens on June 22, 1954. She joined Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, at an early age. She attended Jefferson County School System and attended art school in Atlanta.

Survivors include two brothers, John Henry Jr. (Linda) Williams of Bartow, and John Thomas Williams of Wrens; two sisters, Martrell Virginia (Lewis) Lockhart of Wrens, and Ruth L. (Prince) Burley of Augusta; aunt, Rosa Lee Williams of Augusta; uncle, Eddie Williams of Louisville; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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