Obituaries
September 12, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Donnie Blackstone Bolton
Mrs. Donnie Blackstone Bolton, 85, of Gibson entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Bolton was a homemaker and a former nursing assistant.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2001, at DeLoach–McKerley Funeral Home, with Rev. Wes Lawson officiating. Interment followed at Hopeful Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Bolton; and a daughter, Mary B. Jenkins.

Survivors include her brother, Clifford Blackstone of San Antonio, Texas; daughters, Pat Williford (Jerry) and Jane Bland (Ronnie Anderson), both of Gibson; grandsons, Shane Jenkins, C.J. Kobetitsch and Chris Haynes; granddaughter, Susan Moyers; great-grandchildren, Carleigh Palmer, Kaden Jenkins and Zyliah Thomas; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Mrytle Blackstone and Maria Blackstone; friend, Larry Mitts; and a host of friends.

DeLoach–McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. David Brown
Mr. David Brown of Passaic, N.J., entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Passaic, N.J.

Mr. Brown was a native of Jefferson County, but relocated to Passaic, N.J., more than 45 years ago. He was born Aug. 12, 1948, to the parentage of the late David Brown and Lucile “Lou” Brown. He joined Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church at a very early age and attended the Jefferson County School System. He was employed with Ponasote Inc. for more than 25 years and later was employed with Wholesale Food Inc. for more than three years and then later retired.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Passaic, N.J.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jessie Brown and George Brown; and one sister, Gertie Brown.

Survivors include three brothers, John Brown and James Brown, both of Passaic, N.J., and Eddie Louis of Philadelphia, Pa.; four sisters, Lenora Brown of Clifton, N.J., Essie Gordon, Evelyn Howard, both of Louisville, and Judy Drumond of Pocono’s, Pa.; one sister-in-law, Frankie Brown of Wrens; nephew, George Johnson of Clifton, N.J.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

The Madonna Multinational Home for Funerals was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Janice Irene Barrow Clements
Mrs. Janice Irene Barrow Clements, 64, entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at her residence.

A native of Matthews, Mrs. Clements was the daughter of the late Daisy Gay Barrow and the late George Barrow. She was a member of Woodland Baptist Church and a retired nurse.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. James M. Ford officiating. Interment was in the Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Ed Chance officiating.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Harold T. Clements; two sons, Hal Clements of Matthews and Chris Clements (Eileen) of Dublin, Calif.; grandson, Sam Clements of Dublin, Calif.; one brother, James Barrow of Thomson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Emory Clements, Raley Clements, David King, Larry Kitchens, Jimmy McNair and Preston Prescott.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Judith “Judy” Ousley Ellis
Mrs. Judith “Judy” Ousley Ellis, 69, of Gibson entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Ellis was born in Hollywood, Fla., to the late James Edward Ousley and the late Ellen Shaw Ousley. She had lived in Gibson for 20 years after moving from Rockledge, Fla. Mrs. Ellis had worked as an LPN at Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation and Gibson Health and Rehabilitation and in the nursing field for more than 40 years. She was an Episcopalian.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 6, 2013, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Charles Gunn officiating. Interment followed in the Sallie Hill Cemetery, Warrenton.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Ellis; sons, Johnny Gardella (Leslie), Jeffrey Gardella (Susan), Jason Gardella (Stacy), Ronnie Ellis (Kristina), Mike Jackson; daughters, Tina Ellis, Beth Ellis; brother, James E. Ousley Jr.; sisters, Sandra Ellen Ousley, Joyce Ousley Andrzejewski; grandchildren, Brittani Gardella, Chase Gardella, Bryce Gardella, Josh Gardella, Cody Gardella, Hayden Gardella, Gavin Gardella, Tina Struk, Courtney Ellis, Brian Jackson and James Ellis.

The family request donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 106 Srp Drive, Evans, GA 30809.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lewis “Bud” Hadden
Mr. Lewis “Bud” Hadden, 78, of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest on Sept. 7, 2013.

Mr. Hadden was a native of Jefferson County, having made North Augusta, S.C., his home for the past 60 years. He was a member of the Langley Church of God. Mr. Hadden worked as a real estate broker and home builder for 37 years.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Langley Church of God, with Rev. Benny Burton and Rev. Keith Maxwell officiating. Interment was in Pineview Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Erma J. Hadden; two sons, Allen (Jean) Hadden, Savannah, and Rusty Hadden, North Augusta, S.C.; a daughter, Donna (Keith) Maxwell, Easton, Md.; five grandchildren, Christina Matthews, Joshua Maxwell, Savannah Hadden, Brinson Hadden and Merrill Hadden; two great-grandchildren, Lanie and Skye Matthews.

Pallbearers were Joshua Maxwell, Brinson Hadden, Scott Matthews, Mike Padgett, Jason Whinghter and Phillip Craig.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Elizabeth “Libby” Wilson Hamilton
Miss Elizabeth “Libby” Wilson Hamilton, 58, entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Graveside memorial services will be on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the Bartow City Cemetery at 11 a.m., with Rev. David Boggs officiating.

Miss Hamilton was born in Augusta to the late Roy Wilson and Betty Salter Wilson. Miss Hamilton worked and retired from the Georgia Prison System as an administrative assistant.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Pat Wilson. Survivors include her sister, Susan Wilson White; brother-in-law, Jeff White; nieces, Lindsey and Addie White.

Memorials may be made to the Bartow United Methodist Church in memory of Libby Hamilton.

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Master Deandre Luis Vega McCoy
Master Deandre Luis Vega McCoy, 22 months, of Lilburn entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Lofton AME Church, Wrens, with Kevin B. Lee officiating.

He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandmother, Gertrude Little.

Survivors include his mother, Dennisa Vega; father, Rochell Y. “Lump” McCoy; sister, Adriana Vega; paternal grandparents, Linda Little and Rochell (Shante) McCoy; paternal great-grandparents, Robert L. Little, Jeanette McCoy and Charlie (Dr. Alvonia) McCoy; maternal grandmother, Virgen Rivera; maternal great-grandmother, Virgen Feliciano; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were family members.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James P. Rogers
Mr. James P. Rogers, 80, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at his residence, with his family surrounding him.

Mr. Rogers was employed by the Borden Dairy for more than 33 years as a night supervisor and he also worked at Greenfield Industries for eight years. He was an U.S. Army veteran.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Poteet Funeral Home, with Rev. John Bartlett officiating. Burial followed in Westover Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Julia Weeks Rogers.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nell Ellenburg Rogers; two sons, James P. Rogers Jr. and Paul H. Rogers; one daughter, Joy Stone; one grandson, Adam Stone, all of Augusta; and one sister, Elizabeth Davis of Wrens.

Poteet Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Maj. Thomas Nolan Tillman Sr.
Major Thomas Nolan Tillman Sr., USAF, Retired, 84, of Gibson entered into rest on Sept. 2, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Tillman was born in Dover, N.C., to the late Claude C. Tillman and the late Annie Padrick Tillman. He attended the University of Georgia until the Korean Conflict and joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a fighter pilot, following the war he served as a flight instructor. He continued his service during Vietnam and retired in 1972 as a Major. Mr. Tillman was a former member of the Singing Americans and was the founder and former president of the Lowndes County High School Viking Booster Club. He served as minister of music for many churches including Second Baptist Church. He was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Sweetwater Baptist Church, with Dr. Alan Tillman and Rev. Grant Cantrell officiating. Interment was held at Andersonville National Cemetery, with full military honors.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jean Burton Tillman; a sister; and four brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Usry Tillman; sons, Thomas Tillman Jr. (Barbara), James M. Tillman, Alan Tillman (Patricia), Troy Scott Tillman (Penny); daughter, Jean Michelle Sheffer (Matt); stepsons, Stan Usry (Debra), Craig Usry (Vicky); 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Men’s Adult Sunday School Class, Deacons of Sweetwater, Ken Richards, James Biles and Lavell Webb.

Memorials may be made to the Sweetwater Baptist Church Building Fund.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie E. Vining
Mr. Willie E. Vining of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.

Mr. Vining was a native of Bartow, but later moved to Bronx, N.Y., for several years before relocating back to Jefferson County. He was the son of the late Eddie E. Vining and Trudie Mae Hannah Vining. He attended the Little Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Davisboro. While living in Bronx, N.Y., he drove trucks for several years.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at James and Virginia Davis Chapel, Louisville. Burial was in the Little Pine Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Jerome Washington.

Survivors include his son, Corey O’Brien of Atlanta; grandchildren, Jesa Washington, Jeremy Washington, both of North, Carolina, Jenee Washington, of Miami, Fla., and Courtney O’Brien of Atlanta; siblings, Earnest James (Cleo) Vining of Jacksonville, Fla., Henry (Glenda) King of Bartow, Mamie K. Vining of Bronx, N.Y., Shirley (Rev. Will) Palmer of Woodbridge, Va., and Trudie Mae Vining of Wadley; and a host of nieces, nephews , cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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