Obituaries
August 22, 2013 Issue

Miss Thelma Jones
Funeral services for Miss Thelma Jones, 66, of Wrens were held on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Freeman Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Kenneth Hannah officiating.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lena Grace McClesky Rabun
Mrs. Lena Grace McClesky Rabun, 89, of Wrens entered into rest Thursday morning, August 15, 2013, at Trinity Hospital.

The only child born to the late Irene Kitchens McClesky and the late Andrew Newt McClesky, Mrs. Rabun was a lifelong resident of Wrens and a lifelong member of Wrens Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She graduated from high school in Wrens, attended Georgia State College for Women, Milledgeville, and graduated with a BA degree in education from Augusta College, after which she taught school for 42 years teaching at Avera Elementary, Purvis School House and Wrens Elementary. Mrs. Rabun was a wife to her husband, the late John Judson “Juddy” Rabun Sr., who was mayor of Wrens for 38 years. She was also a member of the John Franklin Wren Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR).

Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Stan Littleton and Rev. J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, John Judson “Juddy” Rabun Sr.

Survivors include her son, John J. “Johnny” Rabun Jr. (Cindy); three grandsons, Heath Rabun (Ashley), Chris Rabun (Jennifer) and Bryan Rabun (Amy); and nine great-grandchildren, Gehrig, Maddux, Hunter, Cole, Ethan, Camille, Lilly Grace, Madison and Baylor.

Pallbearers were Robert Chalker, Jimmy Fleming, Charles Milburn, Phillip Roberson, Jerry Weeks and William Wren.

Memorial contributions may be made to John Franklin Wren Chapter DAR, c/o Beth Usry, 107 Quaker Rd, Wrens, GA 30833, or to Wrens Baptist Church, PO Box 217, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Richard Walden Sr.
Mr. Charles Richard Walden Sr., 59, of Avera entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Georgia Regents Medical Center, Augusta.

Mr. Walden began his career with E-Z-Go/Textron in 1976. After 25 years of service was inducted into the Quarter Century Club and finished up as a manufacturing paint engineer. He was currently serving on the Board of Directors and previously coached Wrens Dixie Youth Baseball.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Curtis Thigpen and Rev. Nathan Adams officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, April Rose Walden; and a brother, Wayne Walden.

Survivors include his wife, Emily Ellen Johnson Walden of Avera; parents, Charles and Jenene Walden of Avera; daughter, Angel Walden English (Brent) of Avera; son, Charles “Chase” Walden Jr. of Avera; stepdaughter, Ginger Renee Smith of Blythe; stepson, Evan Tyler Partin of Beech Island; brothers, Keith Walden (Ellen) and Greg Walden (Teresa), both of Avera; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Fred Thomas, Cliff Johnson, Tony Kelley, Charles Padgett, Bryan Davis and Eric Safford.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Angie C. Wren
Mrs. Angie C. Wren, 51, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at her residence.

A native of Louisville, Mrs. Wren was a daughter of the late Lester Allen Cobb and Mary Elizabeth Garrett Cobb. She was employed by the Jefferson County Clerk Office and was a member of Old Bethel Baptist Church for more than 30 years, where she had taught Sunday school and served as church treasurer.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Old Bethel Baptist Church, Bartow, with Rev. Randy Mimbs officiating. Burial followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Barry Wren of Louisville; son, Bailey Wren of Louisville; daughter, Ashley (Timothy) Watkins of Louisville; mother, Elizabeth Cobb of Bartow; sisters, Panda (James) Arrington of Bartow, and Leslie (Ernie) Newton of Louisville; grandson, Lane Thomas Watkins; mother-in-law, Nell Wren of Louisville; sisters-in-law, Patricia (Jimmy) Goodwin of Louisville, Dianne (Ralph) Hadden of Gibson; and several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Pallbearers were Glenn Davis, Dennis Davis, Jonathan Davis, Billy Braddy, Lawson Brown, Cleve Lamb, Eugene Cunningham, July Carr and Alan Davis.

Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Old Bethel Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Old Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 1275 Old Bethel Church Road, Bartow, Ga. 30413.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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