October 10, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Frances Abbot Burns
Mrs. Frances Abbot Burns, 94, entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.

Memorial services will be held on Oct. 19, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Louisville.

Mrs. Burns was born Dec. 20, 1918, to the late Frances Brimberry Abbot and Phillips Abbot in Louisville. She graduated from Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, with the class of 1940. She married Sam Burns in 1942 and went with him to Blytheville, Ark., where he trained pilots in the United States Air Force. After the war, they returned to live in Louisville. He set her up in business with the Sinclair Refinery Company, Louisville. They moved to Starkville, Miss., in 1964, where her husband began Burns Aircraft Company. At this time, she completed a master’s degree in literature at Mississippi State University. While in Mississippi, she worked at MSU as a vocational counselor for children of veterans, and was a doctoral student in the vocational counseling program at MSU. In the 1970s, they returned to live in Louisville. She chaired the Jefferson County Democratic Committee in 1972. After her husband’s death in 1999, she moved to the Due West Retirement Center, Due West, S.C. She lived there for more than 10 years.

She was a lifelong member of the ARP church, and was recognized for her flower arrangements.

Survivors include her three children, Julia Belk of Chapin, S.C., Sam Burns Jr. of San Jose, Calif., and Anne Burns of Oaxaca, Mexico; five grandchildren, Susan Lake, Anne Summers, Alex Burns, Andrew Burns and Andrea Burns; four great-grandchildren, Robert and Patrick Lake, and Carolyn and Jake Summers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Louisville ARP Church or to Frances’ favorite charity, the Haitian’s Children’s Aid Society, at or mail to HCAS, P.O. Box 46206 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6T 0K8.

Mr. Richard Allen Dudley
Mr. Richard Allen Dudley, 44, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Louisville Associate Reform Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Bill Cain officiating. Burial will follow in the Wadley City Cemetery.

The Dudley family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at the funeral home.

Mr. Dudley was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, a graduate of Louisville High School and Augusta Tech. He was a member of Louisville ARP Church and was employed with Jefferson Energy Cooperative as a computer technician.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Dudley, and Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Williford.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Terri Sparks Dudley; daughters, Maura Dudley and Jennifer Dudley, all of Louisville; parents, Richard and Gail Dudley of Wadley; sister, Sabrina (Raymond) Goetzka of Deepstep; nephew, Hunter Larimore of Deepstep; niece, Baylee Larimore of Deepstep; father-in-law and mother in-law, John and Bonnie Sparks of Louisville; and sister in-law, Laura Sparks of Louisville.

Pallbearers will be James Davis, Jamie Wheeler, Joel Clark, Mark Davis, Scotty Hattaway and Chip Evans.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Dudley Children’s education fund at Regions Bank.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Doris Davis Gaston
Mrs. Doris Davis Gaston, age 91 of Clarks Mill Road, Louisville died Sunday October 6, 2013.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, October 9, in the Louisville City Cemetery with Mr. Bill Smith officiating.

A native and lifelong resident of Louisville, Mrs. Gaston was the daughter of Wiley Gee Davis & Essie Irene Arrington Davis. She was a homemaker and had worked for the Louisville Drug Company for about 15 years and was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Gaston was preceded in death by her parents, husband Horace C. Gaston, daughter Sarah Jane Gaston, brothers Oswald (Hobby) Davis & Lonnie Eugene Davis and is survived by daughters Dolores (Harold) Burnette of Woodstock, Sandra (Bill) McGahee of Louisville, Brenda (Gene) Lyon of Watkinsville, son Wayne (Chris) Gaston of Newport News, VA., brother W.G Davis, Jr. of Louisville, sisters Mary Elizabeth Bowles of Bartow, Sarah Katherine Bridges of Savannah and Martha Gay Strickland of Social Circle, extended family member Ora Morgan of Louisville, 6 grandchildren Wanda Williford, Allen McGahee, Cody Lyon, Steven Lyon, Katy Gaston & Jared Gaston, 6 great-grandchildren Felicia Williford, Hayley Williford, Tyler McGahee, Audrey Lyon, Hannah Lyon & Parker Lyon, 2 great great-grandchildren Brian Realy & Victoria Realy, several nieces, nephews & cousins. Pallbearers were Glenn Davis, Haley Williford, Mark Bowles, Ray Williford. Steven Lyon, and John Mole.

The family expresses thanks to Loretta Thomas and Cheryl Martin, caregivers. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Louisville First Baptist Church 101 East Ninth Street Louisville, GA 30434

Taylor Funeral Home, 401 W. 8th Street, Louisville, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Joyce R. Phillips
Mrs. Joyce R. Phillips, 96, of Evans entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Phillips was a native of Florida, but had lived in Louisville for many years before moving to Evans. She retired after many years of service as vice-president of First National Bank of Louisville, now Queensborough National Bank, and was a member of The Sanctuary of Augusta.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Louisville City Cemetery, with Rev. Bryan Cockrel officiating.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, C. Worth Jones and Allen Phillips; and son, Charles Worth Jones Jr.

Survivors include her daughter, Leina J. (Vince) Tedhams of Evans; three grandchildren, William Toulson, Joy Livesay and Bea Cliatt; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Willis Toulson, Paul Livesay, Donald Handberry, Bill Toulson, Dennis Livesay and Billy Lamb.

If so desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Louisville United Methodist Church, 301 W. 7th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. William Albert Rivers
Mr. William Albert Rivers, 68, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Rivers was a native of Augusta, but had lived in Gibson for several years. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of arts in industrial psychology. He retired after more than 20 years of service as a personnel manager with Siemens and J.P. Stevens.

Graveside services were held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Mitchell Methodist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Ralph Story officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.R. Rivers and Annie Van Gibson Rivers; two brothers, Lee Rymer Rivers and Barry Gibson Rivers.

Survivors include his fiancé, Nancy Kent of Gibson; niece, Shelby Rivers of Warrenton; aunt, Mary Jewell Cutchens of Macon; uncle, George Wright Gibson of Agricola; cousins, Jim Rivers of Thomson, Edsel Cutchens Jr. of Macon, Elbert Rivers of Atlanta, Kay (English) Marbert of North Carolina, Jan (English) Hall of LaGrange; and sister-in-law, Cindy Rivers of Warrenton.

If so desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Neuro/Stroke ICU Unit of University Hospital.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Joseph Thomas Schmidt
Mr. Joseph Thomas Schmidt, 70, of Blythe entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Schmidt grew up and lived in Bloomdale, Ohio, until joining the Navy. He served in both the Navy and the Marines.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at 3 p.m., with Dr. Earl Richards officiating. Private interment followed on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in the Georgia Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Milledgeville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Walter Schmidt.

Survivors include his sister, Judith Webb; niece, Shannon Shure (Larry); nephew, Bryan Webb; and many friends and extended family at Savannah Square Personal Care Home.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Alexander George Shumaker
Mr. Alexander George Shumaker, 64, of Grovetown entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Shumaker was born and raised in Charleston, W.Va. He was a member of Praising Him Ministries and worked for more than 30 years as a law enforcement officer, working with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Grovetown Police Department, investigator for Richmond County, and retiring after 17 years with Wrens Police Department. He had his own band, in which he sang and played the drums and guitar.

Funeral services were held at Praising Him Ministries, Stapleton, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Pastors Richard Stavely, Cindy Glover and Charles Price officiating. Interment followed in Wadley City Cemetery, Wadley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Wanda Shumaker.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Ann Polan Shumaker; son, Jason Shumaker (Sally); granddaughter, Kinsley Shumaker; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Atkins, Greg Polan, Joe Polan, Johnny Polan Jr., Richard Stavely Jr., Kenny Watkins, Antwon Wright and Derek Scott Zellner Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were law enforcement officers from the agencies with whom he was employed.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to National Kidney Foundation, Finance Dept., 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016, by downloading form at or to Praising Him Ministries, 1482 Hwy. 88, Stapleton, GA 30823.

Mr. William “Junior Tarver” “Hun” Tarver Jr.
Mr. William “Junior Tarver” “Hun” Tarver Jr. of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Augusta.

Mr. Tarver was a native of Johnson County, but later moved to Jefferson County. He was the son of the late William Tarver Sr. and Sara Jackson Tarver. At an early age, he joined St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church, but later joined Community Church of Jesus No. 2, Bartow. He was employed with Fertilizer and Gin for more than 20 years, as a machine operator and later after retiring He became an employee at the Mel’s Mart for more than 10 years. He was married to the late Doris Webb Smith Tarver.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Community Church of Jesus No. 2, Bartow, with Elder Curtis Cordy officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris Webb Tarver; and children, Linda Passmore and William Tarver III.

Survivors include his children, Jessie L. (Lola) Tarver of Augusta, Tommie (Cheryl) Tarver of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Kenneth Tarver of Brunswick, Ricky (Ella) Tarver of Sparta, Larry (Alicia Mosby) Tarver of Augusta, Roy M. (Barbara) Tarver of Augusta, Elder Ethel T. (Leo) Jackson of Wadley, Selester (Nick) Huffman of Jacksonville, Fla., and Dorothy A. (Larry) Pinkston of Sandersville; brothers, Rev. Robert Owens of Sandersville, and Roger Owens of Brunswick; sisters-in-law, Mildred Webb of Wrens, Juanita Williams of Wrightsville, Joanne Sinville and Genny Raymond, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Ann B. Williams of Jonesboro; 27 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; friend, Mary Sapp of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



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