October 24, 2013 Issue

Dr. Frank C. Arnold
Dr. Frank C. Arnold, MD, of Augusta entered into rest on Oct. 15, 2013, at MCG, after a prolonged illness.

In former years, Dr. Arnold resided in Eastman, where he graduated from Dodge County High School as valedictorian of the class of 1971. He was also a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia and he worked briefly for The Georgia Mental Health Facility, Augusta.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Hardy-Towns Funeral Home, Eastman, with Dr. Rick Mitchell officiating.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lily Barker Arnold; and stepmother, JoAnn Arnold.

Survivors include his father, Fred Arnold (Lene); sisters, Hazel Dunbar (Bob) of Warner Robins, and Dr. Susan Arnold (Dr. David Waldrep) Asheville, N.C.; brothers, Lewis (Patricia) Ellenwood, and Paul Arnold, Germantown, Ohio; uncle and aunt, Carroll and Hope Arnold, Louisville; companion, Winnie Mullins Davis, North Augusta, S.C.; friends, Jack Batson and Stewart Flanigan; and many others.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home, Macon.

Mrs. Dorothy Peterson Downs
Mrs. Dorothy Peterson Downs, 90, entered into rest on Oct. 16, 2013.

Mrs. Downs was born in Ida Grove, Iowa, and was the daughter of the late Henry Peterson and the late Elsie Dorbrenck Peterson. She was retired from the Department of Health and Human Services with many years of service. Mrs. Downs was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church, Thomson.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Sweetwater Baptist Church, with Rev. Kenneth Garvin officiating. Interment was in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Downs; and son-in-law, Harvey Bundy.

Survivors include her sons, Richard H. Downs of Thomson, Robert A. Downs (Kay) of Hiawassee, Rodney L. Downs (Susan) of San Antonio, Texas; daughters, Kathryn D. Bundy of Columbus and Karolyn F. Downs of Gracewood; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boys Town, P.O. Box 6000, Boystown, NE 68010-9988, or to the Sweetwater Baptist Church Building Fund, 1606 Wrens Hwy., Thomson, GA 30824.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Willie McGruder
Mr. Willie McGruder of Detroit, Mich., entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2013.

Mr. McGruder was born in Jefferson County on April 3, 1919, to the parentage of the late Comie and Mollie McGruder. He was educated in the Jefferson County School System before relocating to Detroit many years ago. He was employed by DTE of Michigan.

Funeral services were held Oct. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.

Survivors include his wife, Rosie McGruder of Detroit, Mich.; children, Eloise Miller of Louisville, Beverly (O.C.) Barnes, Joseph (Sylvia) Crawford of Michigan; grandchildren, Rev. Vinson Miller and Karen Cotton of Louisville, Kimberly Winston of Jacksonville, N.C., and Joseph (Sylvia) Crawford II; great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Miss Geneva Belle McTier
Miss Geneva Belle McTier, 97, of Stapleton entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Miss McTier was born in Warren County and was one of 16 children born to the late John David McTier and the late Emma Matilda McGahee McTier. Earlier in the year, she celebrated her 97th birthday. Prior to making her home in the Gibson Center, Miss McTier spent most of her adult life in Augusta. She maintained her home and yard. She came from a large family of siblings, and outlived each of them.

Funeral services were held at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, Stapleton, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Marion Jay officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery beside her sister, Mary McTier.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Hulon (Estell), Essie Mae (Drew), Macon (Myrtice), Isaylia (Greene), Thomas (Asalee), Mary, Johnnie Mae (Lutes), Kimmel (Agnes), Norman, Hammond, Roy (Wendy), Robert (Anna) and Harry (Bert).

Survivors include three sisters-in-law, Agnes McTier of Wrens, Anna McTier Williford of Thomson, and Bert McTier Jay of Augusta.

Pallbearers were nephews.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hazel Bedgood Metts
Mrs. Hazel Bedgood Metts, 98, of Sandersville entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the Extended Care Facility of Washington County Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Metts was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Washington County for 87 years. She was the daughter of the late Charles Bedgood and the late Cora Attaway Bedgood. On June 21, 1959, she married James Burke Metts who preceded her in death after 34 years of marriage. Mrs. Metts received a bachelor of arts degree from Georgia State College for Women in 1943. She continued her education and in 1954, earned a master’s of education degree, and in 1965, a specialist degree in education from the University of Georgia. She was a teacher with the Washington County Board of Education for more than 50 years having begun her career at age 19 teaching first grade in Warthen. After teaching in Warthen for two years, she taught in Davisboro where she had third, fourth and fifth graders. The next year, she moved up to eighth grade and taught civics and science. She spent 11 years teaching in Davisboro, and some of those years were spent at the high school teaching French, world history, American government and chemistry. She coached girls’ basketball while there. In 1948, Mrs. Metts, moved to Sandersville High School where she taught in her field, English. She also taught journalism and American government. During her 11 years at SHS, she was the advisor of several organizations including the Student Council, The Eldorado, and The San Hill Scraps. She was also cheerleading coach, and she directed the One-Act play for region competition. Mrs. Metts was the first female to serve as Grand Marshal of the Kaolin Festival Parade. She was chosen as the first STAR Teacher at SHS. She was also the first Teacher of the Year at SHS. When Washington County High School opened in 1959, Mrs. Metts taught English, sponsored various student-produced publications, and was the chairman of the English Department until she retired in 1985. Mrs. Metts joined Davisboro Methodist Church in 1931, and later moved her membership to Sandersville United Methodist Church. She was a member of United Methodist Women. Sandersville Music Club, the Retired Teachers’ Association, the Prime Timers singing group, the Silver Bells hand bell choir, and the 20th Century Club. She was also a volunteer with Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sandersville, with Rev. Jimmy Cason officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Survivors include her niece, JoAnne (F.M.) Marshall of Sandersville; nieces and nephews, Mike (Penny) Marshall, Moultrie, Candace (Mike) Blatt, Kokomo, Ind., Mary Jo Frost, Kokomo, Ind., Andrew Blatt, West Lafayette, Ind., Sam Blatt, Dallas, Texas, Lauren Carswell, Valdosta, and Chandler Carswell, Albany; and two stepchildren, Kathy Hurn, Orlando, Fla., and Byron Metts, San Diego, Calif.

Pallbearers were Mike Blatt, Andrew Blatt, Tommy Marshall, Dean McCaskill, Carl McDonald and Strick Newsome.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Sallie Elizabeth “Ma Sallie” Avera Smith
Mrs. Sallie Elizabeth “Ma Sallie” Avera Smith of Stapleton entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.

Mrs. Smith was born March 16, 1921, in Jefferson County to the parents of the late Lige Avera Sr. and Sara B. Oliphant Avera. She worked as a housekeeper, a presser at Stapleton Garment Company, and a CNA at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation until her retirement. She joined Harts Grove Baptist Church at an early age, where she served until her health failed.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Dr. Willie Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Deacon Willie H. Smith of Stapleton; one son, Willie F. Smith of Stapleton; four daughters, Leonmia (Jimmy) Jordan of Wrens, Reginus (Anthony) Payne of Miami, Fla., Margaret (Roger) Boatwright of Wrens, and Merry (Michael) Roberts of Avera; one brother, Lamar Avera of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Lillie Mae Files of Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren she raised as her own, Valarie Avera of Rockhill, S.C., and Lakesha Stone of Avera; one great-grandson she raised as her own, Marcus Avera of Nicholasville, Ky.; 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Charles Jordan, Ed Willie Jordan, Davis Smith, James Smith, Robert Smith and Curtis Stone.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Harts Grove Baptist Church.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Edith Atchison Stewart
Mrs. Edith Atchison Stewart, 89, entered into rest on Oct. 16, 2013.

Mrs. Stewart was a native of Taliaferro County, and was the daughter of the late Eddie B. Atchison and the late Sara L. Ledbetter. She was a homemaker and retired from teaching with Taliaferro County School System. She was a charter member of the A. H. Stephen’s Chapter No. 328, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), a member of the Kettle Creek Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). She was a member of the Taliaferro County Historical Society. Mrs. Stewart was a lifelong member and supporter of Jennings Baptist Church for almost 75 years.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Jennings Baptist Church with Rev. Clifford Drawdy officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by her husband, Harold A. Stewart.

Survivors include her son, Randy H. Stewart (Jan) of Dexter, Mich.; daughters, Sara Katherine S. Kealy Allen (John) of Crawfordville, Janice Lucy (Richard) of Plymouth, Mass., Susan Stowe (Dwain) of Warrenton, Sandra Dawson (Pete) of Gibson; grandchildren, Brian Stewart, Mark Stewart (Denise), Daniel Stewart, Pamela Jo Kealy, Melissa Decker (Jon), Stephanie Griffith, Chris Stowe (Kelly), Beth Dawson (Russell), Bill Dawson (Caitlin); great-grandchildren, Ashli Griffith, Blake Griffith, Mikey Stevenson, Cadley Stowe and Brennan Decker; grandchildren by marriage, Dennis R. Allen, Ricky Maust, Rick Lucy (Lisa), Scott Lucy and Jonathan Lucy; great-grandchildren by marriage, William Lucy, Sam Lucy, Gracyn Lucy, Cheryl Allen, Brian Allen, Ashley Allen Johnson (Matthew); and great-great-grandchildren, Morgan Johnson and Blakey Johnson.

Pallbearers were Charles Atchison, Brian Stewart, Mark Stewart, Daniel Stewart, Chris Stowe and Bill Dawson.

Honorary pallbearers were great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jennings Baptist Cemetery c/o Katherine Allen, 723 Nancy Gunn Circle, Crawfordville, GA 30631.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Joyce Weidman
Mrs. Joyce Weidman, 66, of New Ellenton, S.C., entered into rest on Oct. 18, 2013. Mrs. Weidman was native of Jefferson County, having made New Ellenton, S.C., her home for the past six years. Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Southlawn Cemetery, with Rev. Jacqueline Connelly officiating. Survivors include friends, Drucilla Parker and Michelle Herrin. Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.



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