Obituaries
October 17, 2013 Issue

Mr. Michael Leon Carr
Mr. Michael Leon Carr, 38, of Louisville entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.

Mr. Carr was born July 12, 1975, in Jefferson County, Louisville, the youngest child of Ben and Fannie Bell Carr. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System. He was a certified carpenter. He joined St. Paul Baptist Church at an early age.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Gordon Grove Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Linzie Atkins III officiating and Rev. Walter Holmes Sr. presiding.

Survivors include his parents, Ben and Fannie Bell Carr Sr. of Louisville; son, Mykel Maurice Carr of Louisville; brothers, Barry Carr (Keylia) of Dublin, Ben Carr Jr. (Daisy) of Graniteville, S.C., Randy Carr of Aiken, S.C., and Rodney Carr (Tasha) of Louisville; sisters, Karen Oliphant (Anthony) of Maryland and Kristy Harrison (Ronald) of Sumter, S.C.; uncles, Roberts Fields, Tom Fields Sr., Larry Fields, Ronnie Fields and Harry Fields, all of Louisville, and Lonnie Fields (Latricia) of Detroit, Mich.; aunts, Mary Lee Washington (Bernard) and Dorothy Johnson of Louisville; great-aunts, Ella Mae Washington of Louisville and Annie Mae Lewis of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Viola Hilson Cordy
Mrs. Viola Hilson Cordy, 100, entered into rest on Sat., Oct. 5, 2013.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Brinson Hill Baptist Church in Wadley with Rev. Dr. David Kemp officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Willie Boston, Johnny Boston, Jimmie Brookins, Jr., Terry Cummings, Robert Hickson, Jr., Willie Hickson, Dea. Michael Lewis and Dea. Willie Randall. She leaves to cherish her memory: two daughters, Ida Cummings and Vivian Brookins, Wadley; two sons, Nathanial (Mildred) Cordy, Charlotte, NC, Clarence (Kathy) Cordy, Kingsland; three sisters, Eula Mae Johnson, Delray Beach, FL, Blanche Daniels, Brooklyn, NY and Ida Myrtle Daniels, Middletown, NY; 38 grandchildren, 80 great grandchildren, a host of great-great grandchildren, 1 great- great-great grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary, Wadley, is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Marjorie Wilcher Gibbons
Mrs. Marjorie Wilcher Gibbons entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 in Louisville.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at 12 noon at St. Mark A.M.E. Church in Wadley, with Rev. Dr. David Kemp officiating. Burial in the Jones Chapel Church Cemetery, Bartow.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Torey Hudson, Timothy Hudson, Ronnie Hudson, II, Terrence Wilcher, Travis Wilcher and Tyler Wilcher.

Survivors inclue her daughter, Kathy (Ronnie) Hudson, Sr., Wadley; two sons, Jack (Charlene) Wilcher, Augusta, and Jeffrey (Alison) Gibbons, Swindon, England; a sister, Ruby Lee Warthen, Wadley; six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, daughter-in-law, Barbara Jean Wilcher, 2 sisters-in-law, 2 brothers-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary, Wadley, is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances Moats Hammett
Mrs. Frances Moats Hammett, beloved wife of the late Marion Hammett, entered into rest on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in Gibson.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Westover Memorial Park with the Rev. Phillip Hedgcoth officiating.

Mrs. Hammett was a native of Jefferson County, and a member of the Georgia Power Ambassadors. She worked at Owens Illinois, formerly Lily Tulip, for more than 35 years before retiring. For as long as she was able, Mrs. Hammett was very active at First Baptist Church of Evans. She was a member of the Bereavement Committee and helped organize blood drives and other church functions. She loved her church family and enjoyed traveling with her close friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Francene Taylor and husband, Trace, and niece, Cheryl Bazemore and husband Roger, a great niece and great nephew, Laurie and Greg Thomas, as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion.

Platts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Will Rader Mahoney
Mary Will Rader Mahoney, 75, loving wife of 50 years to the late CW3 Robert E. Mahoney (Ret), entered into rest Monday night, Oct. 7, 2013 at University Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Davis officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara “Bobbi” Blair (Lee); a sister, Sandra Jones (Richard); two grandchildren, Scott Blair and Rachel Blair; and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Avera Fire Dept, 9446 Broad St, Avera GA 30803.

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Mr. Ronnie Jerome Neal
Mr. Ronnie Jerome Neal of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Georgia Regents University Health System, Augusta.

Mr. Neal was a native of Jefferson County. He was the son of Robert Neal Sr. and the late Doris Margaret Snell Neal. He joined Adams Chapel Church of God In Christ, Louisville, at an early age. He was a self-employed painter for several years. He was a 1972 graduate of the Jefferson County High School and he was a member of the SCLC.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton. Burial followed in Jones Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Louisville.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Margaret Snell Neal.

Survivors include his father, Robert Neal Sr. of Louisville; children, Raymond Phillip Bell of Dublin, Antwan Dontaybia Lane of Atlanta, Brian Keith Gilmore of Wadley, Jennifer Lewis and Yolanda Lewis of Rochester, N.Y.; siblings, Robert (Cynthia) Neal of Louisville, Willie Eugene Fields of Warner Robins, and Mary Elizabeth Purdis of Hephzibah; 14 grandchildren; friend, Cindy Crumbley of Waynesboro; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Roberta Milagros “Millie” Torres Valles
Miss Roberta Milagros “Millie” Torres Valles, 59, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Jones Grove Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Charles Brown officiating and Rev. Jerry Dudley presiding.

Miss Valles was born July 4, 1954, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico to the late Saturnino and Esther Torres Valles. She was a member of Bryan Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include her sons, Marcelo Polanco (Summer) of New York, N.Y., Larry Fields, Lonnie Valles (Lakesha), Michael Valles (Latasha) and Robert Valles, all of Louisville; daughters, Melissia Selina of New York, N.Y., Michele Calles Brooks (James), Shirley Valles, Littchel Valles, Lisa Valles, Frances Fields and Francine Fields, all of Louisville; brothers, Samuel Rivera of Bronx, N.Y., Antonio Torres “Tony” and Robert Torres “Bobby” of Queens, N.Y.; sisters, Francisa Torres of New York, Eneida Torres of Staten Island, N.Y., Maris Cortez of Puerto Rico, Marisely Colon of Orlando, Fla., and Sonia Wood Villanueva of Hartford, Conn.; 27 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be her sons.

Family and friends may call at the resident of her son, Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Valles, 1012 Grant Street, Louisville.

Garrer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Willie Pearl Lee Nelson
Mrs. Willie Pearl Lee Nelson entered into rest on Oct. 5, 2013.

Mrs. Nelson was born in Glenwood on May 24, 1943, to the parentage of Mamie Lue Wall Lee and the late Charlie Lee. She married Izell Nelson Jr. and moved to Jefferson County. They had two children. She joined Ways Grove Baptist Church, where she was a member.

Funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough III officiating.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dorothy Nelson.

Survivors include her daughter, Frances Nelson (Earl Polen) of Wrens; two grandchildren, Elvin and Raushaun Polen of Wrens; two sisters, Odester Paschal and Margaret Lee of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers, Albert (Fannie) Lee and Johnny (Tanja) Lee of Tampa, Fla.; one son-in-law, Charles Roberts of Wrens; two sisters-in-law, Norma Jean Nelson of Louisville, and Mary Lee Nelson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Joe Nelson of Wrens, and Horace Nelson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two nieces, Minister Phyllis (Adam) Garrett of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Annie Lue Lee; one goddaughter, Bonita Russ; two nephews, Vernon Oliphant and Richard Nelson (Ada Smith); friend, Carrie Lee Kelley; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jacqueline Beatrice Carter Spells
Mrs. Jacqueline Beatrice Carter Spells of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Jacqueline Beatrice Carter Spells was a native of McIntosh County, but later moved to Jefferson County where she remained. She was born June 17, 1926, to the parentage of the late Stephen Carter and Rosa Lee Anderson Carter Wilson. She was married to the late Alton William Spells Sr. in August 1950. She was a member of Eden Baptist Church, Louisville, where she served as a Deaconess, in the Choir, Missionary Board and The Mother’s Board. She was a member of the Rising Star Chapter No. 31, Wadley Court No. 9 Heroines of Jericho, Mary Nell Allen Assembly No. 317 Order of The Golden Circle, and The Masab Court No. 174 Daughters of Isis. Mrs. Spells was employed with the Jefferson County School System as a teacher for several years.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Eden Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. James O. Nelson officiating. Burial followed in The Ridge Cemetery, Blackshear.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alton W. Spells Sr.; daughter, Denise Spells; and sister, Leona Demons.

Survivors include her son, Alton William Spells Jr. (Sherry Robinson) of Louisville; two grandchildren, Alta Denise Spells and Alton William Spells III of Union City; nieces and nephews, John Demons Jr. of Springfield, Ill., Ynette Hammons of Atlanta, Christopher Wilson Demons of Atlanta, Donna Marie (Rancy) Hunt of Kennesaw, and Bertrum Albert (Katie) Drummond of New Jersey; and a host of cousins, church members, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Earl Michael Neely
Mr. Earl Michael Neely entered into rest on Oct. 7, 2013.

Mr. Neely was born Dec. 31, 1957, to the late Clayton and Marie Pryor Neely. At an early age, he joined Thompson Springhill AME Church, where he served. He graduated from Boggs Academy in 1976. He served in the United States Marines. He was a Keysville councilman. He was a member of Boy Scouts. He retired from Borel Bricks, Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 12, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Thompson Springhill AME Church, Matthews, with Rev. Nokomis Jones presiding.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clayton Neely Jr. and Robert Lewis Neely.

Survivors include his daughter, Elanora Neely, Keysville; seven sisters, Ruby Butler, Bobie Neely, Lillie (Donald) Wright, Elouise Washington, Bernice Scott, Harriett (Marvin) Scott, all of Keysville, Christine (Conrad) Boykin, Cornelius; three brothers, James D. Neely, Nathaniel (Rev. Beatrice) Neely of Hephzibah, George (Hattie) Neely, Hopkinsville, Ky.; brothers, James A. Neely and Robert T. Wright, both of Ohio; sister-in-law, Turetha Neely, Keysville; adopted family, the Scott family, Keysville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Hugh “Harris” Wheeler
Hugh “Harris” Wheeler, 85, husband of Beulah Lee Coleman Wheeler, entered into rest Thursday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2013 at University Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Stan Littleton officiating. A private interment was held Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville.

One of 11 children born to the late Cloris “Estene” McGahee Wheeler and the late Joe Edgar Wheeler, Harris was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He proudly served in the Army during World War II, receiving the WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan). After returning home from the war, he worked as a nursing assistant at the uptown division of the VA Hospital in Augusta, retiring after 30 years of service.

Harris is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Twila Hadden Wheeler; and seven siblings, Frank Wheeler, J.E. Wheeler, Lorene Temples, Dorothy W. Thompson, Edward Luckey, Wayne Wheeler and AD Wheeler.

Survivors include his children, Travis Wheeler (Teresa), Dennis Wheeler, Rachel Ellis (Lester) of Martinez, Janice Prickett (Jerry) of Cumming, and C. L. Reese (Ann) of Vidalia; three siblings, Betty Jean W. Murphy, Billy W. Wheeler (Kathleen) and Vera E. Walden; eight grandchildren, Kevin Akridge (Brandi), Joey Wheeler (Felicia), Suzanne Wheeler Snipes (Mike), Colby Ellis, Jessica Ellis, Crystal Solis (Seteban), Brittany Prickett and Amber Prickett; twelve great grandchildren, Cole Bryant, Kerigan Bryant, Landen Bradford, Hunter Bradford, Ethan Solis, Tristan Solis, Adrianna Solis, Sylvia Solis, Ivana Solis, Gabriella Prickett, Ally Prickett, and Eddie Prickett; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Pallbearers were Jerry Burks, Tony Wheeler, Aubrey Wheeler, Colby Ellis, Joey Wheeler, Mike Snipes, Jerry Walden, Kevin Akridge and Hunter Bradford.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens Ga. 30833.

James Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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