Obituaries
October 31, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Sara Louise Beckum
Mrs. Sara Louise Beckum, 85, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Keysville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

One of eight children, Mrs. Beckum was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and a member of Woodland Baptist Church. She retired after more than 32 years of service as a machine operator with Stapleton Garment Co.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Don Widener and Rev. Wayne Usry officiating. Interment followed in the family plot at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel Stapleton Beckum and John Eugene Beckum; and siblings, George Beckum and Gerelle Beckum; and three infant sisters.

Survivors include her brother, Romie H. Beckum (Edith); sister, Edith B. Usry (Garvin); seven nieces and nephews, Spencer Beckum (Vicki), June Beckum, James L. Usry (Audrey), Phil D. Usry (Arlene), Marcia U. Smith (Randy), Diane B. Dekreon (Scott) and Brian M. Usry (Renae); and many friends.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Spencer Beckum, James Usry, Phil Usry, Brian Usry, Randy Smith and Scott Dekreon.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Casper Combs Jr.
Mr. Casper Combs Jr. of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Combs was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Casper Combs Sr. and Carrie Brown Young Combs. He was married to the late Thelma Washington Combs. He joined Greater St. Matthews AME Church and Benevolent Society at an early age and served until his death. For many years he worked as a machine operator at J.P. Stevens Inc. until his retirement and later worked at First National Bank as a custodian. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was one of the charter members of the American Legion No. 271.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Greater St. Matthews AME Church, Louisville, with Rev. Daniel Thomas officiating. Burial followed in the Benevolent Society Cemetery, with military honors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Thelma Washington Combs; and two children, Dennis Combs in 2004, and Sandra “Kay Kay” Combs in 2010.

Survivors include his sons, Casper (Sherry) Combs III of Louisville, Samuel Washington of Atlanta, and Glen Combs of Louisville; daughters, Anna Davis of Manhattan, N.Y., Patricia Gamble of Augusta, Catherine (David) Henderson of St. Petersburg, Fla., Brenda Jones of Augusta, Janice (Clarence) Patterson of Louisville, and Thelma Delores Combs of Manhattan, N.Y.; brother, Willie Curtis of Louisville; sister, Hattie (Bobby) Boatwright of Louisville; daughter-in-law, Ethel Combs of Raleigh, N.C.; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Howard “Rusty” Davis Sr.
Mr. William Howard “Rusty” Davis Sr., 71, of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at his residence.

A native of Louisville, Mr. Davis was a son of the late William Wiley Davis and Mae Wilkins Davis. He retired after 32 years from the Georgia State Highway Department of Transportation as a heavy equipment operator.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Richard Stavely and Rev. Danny Yates officiating. Burial followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, David “Smokey” Davis.

Survivors include his daughters, Sonya D Kohler (Robert) of Martinez, and Michelle D Poole (Glenn) of Wrens; son, William Howard Davis Jr. (Kimberly) of Fort Jennings, Ohio; sister, Sarah Davis of Orlando, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Taylor Poole, Bobby Kohler, Smokey Poole, Makensie Poole, Jordan Poole, Dalton Davis, Destinie Davis and Dominic Davis; three aunts, Margaret Johnson, Martha Massey and Claudine Sharp; several nieces, one nephew and numerous cousins.

Pallbearers were William Davis Jr., Jay Davis, Glenn Poole, Robert Kohler, Andre Davis and Jeff Davis.

Honorary Pallbearers were George Nasworthy, Bill Hattaway, Kenny Flourney and Hubert Cheeks.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Doris Pennington Gould
Mrs. Doris Pennington Gould, 89, of Louisville entered into rest Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Gould was born Nov. 25, 1923, the daughter of Moody T. and Lena Eason Evans of Matthews.

The widow of Gailord Gould of Grovetown, Mrs. Gould was a graduate of Wrens High School and a caregiver for many years. She was a member of Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct.31, at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home in Wrens. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Gould is preceded in death by a twin sister, Dorothy, and a great-granddaughter, Nicole Phillips.

She is survived by a son, Bobby Pennington, daughter-in-law Naomi, former residents of Jefferson County now residing in Aiken, S.C.;

Two daughters: Linda Irby and son-in-law Vernon of Stapleton; Becky Irwin and son-in-law David of Louisville; and a brother, James T. Evans, and sister-in-law Ramona of Fayetteville; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.


Mr. Robert Lee Jackson
Mr. Robert Lee Jackson of Bartow entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Washington County.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Jones Chapel CME Church, Bartow, with Rev. Oscar Hall officiating and assisted by Pastor Timothy Butler. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include friend, Sherry Dixon, Tennille; mother, Dora Moore Jackson, Bartow; goddaughter, Sabrina Moye, Bartow; sister, Dorothy (Earl) Lowery Sr., Wadley; four brothers, Eugene (Orlanda) Jackson Jr. and Lester (Kathy) Jackson, both of Tennille, Adam (Annie Lois) Jackson, Dothan, Ala., and Michael Jackson, Bartow; grandmother, Maudie Parker Moore, Philadelphia, Pa.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were John B. King, Hosea Strowbridge, Eugene Tarver, Roosevelt Tarver, Randy Tucker and Jakota Turner.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Gary Tillman McNeely
Mr. Gary Tillman McNeely, 69, of Waynesboro entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

Mr. McNeely was born and raised in Washington County, the son of the late Sam Tillman McNeely and the late Martha Johnson McNeely. He was a longtime resident of Waynesboro, where he was retired from the Burke County Road Department as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the Davisboro United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at 3 p.m. at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sandersville, with Rev. Larry Glover officiating. Burial was in the Riddleville Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Regina Miller and Hedy Faye McNeely.

Survivors include his wife, Vicki Lynn Bartlett; daughters, Stephanie McNeely Friese (Danny) of Waynesboro, and Valerie Taylor Askew (Scotty) of Sardis; grandchildren, Kaylee Friese, Alayna Lindsey and Dillion Askew; brothers, Vernon McNeely of Riddleville, and Verlon McNeely (Cecilia) of Kite; and sisters, Frances Josey (William) of Riddleville, Brenda Hadden (Fay) of Louisville, and Janice Thompson (Claude) of Riddleville.

Pallbearers were Ken Anderson, Josh Anderson, Scotty Askew, Danny Friese, Rob McKinnie and William Josey III.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Jackson “Jay” Newsome
Mr. Robert Jackson “Jay” Newsome, 86, of Thomson entered into rest on Oct. 21, 2013.

Mr. Newsome was born in Warren County and was the son of the late Willis Newsome Sr. and the late Ruby McGahee Newsome. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany. He owned and operated Thomson Fabric Center for 18 years and retired from maintenance with the McDuffie County Board of Education. Mr. Newsome was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church for many years and most recently attended Thomson Church of God.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Thomson Church of God, with Rev. Bobby Farmer and Rev. Douglas Butts officiating. Interment followed in the Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Hobbs Newsome; and brothers, Harold F. Newsome and Hodges L. Newsome.

Survivors include his daughters, Levonne Burnett (Frank) of Harlem, and Janice Brinkley of Thomson; brothers, Willis Newsome Jr. of Harlem, James C. “Chick” Newsome of Stapleton, Edward E. Newsome of Wrens, Wallace P. Newsome of Kissimmee, Fla., and Donald M. Newsome of Thomson; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Thomson Church of God, 1354 Wrens Hwy., Thomson, GA 30824.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert H. Bob Pickerell Sr.
Mr. Robert H. Bob Pickrell Sr., 64, of Warrenton entered into rest on Oct. 22, 2013.

Mr. Pickrell was a native of Warren County, and was the son of the late Theo Winston Pickrell and the late Edith Dye Pickrell. He was a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in industrial engineering and was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Mr. Pickrell was employed at Thomson Company for many years and retired from Chardan Ltd.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Mill Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Mitchell, with Alan Haywood officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa B. Pickrell of Warrenton; son, Robert H. Pickrell Jr. of Evans; daughter, Cassie Pickrell of Warrenton; and brother, Johnny Pickrell.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Antonio John Santagata
Mr. Antonio John Santagata, 85, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Warrenton Health and Rehab Center.

A celebration of life was held at noon on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, with Father Patrick Otor officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at a later date in Rhode Island.

One of four children born to the late Lillian Rose Menese Santagata and the late Anthony John Santagata, Mr. Santagata grew up and lived most of his adult life in Providence, R.I. He also lived in Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco and moved to this area to live with his daughter three years ago. He was a professional chef in Las Vegas in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where he cooked for Jack Benny, Bob Hope and more. He then went into real estate sales.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Leonard Santagata; and three spouses, Elenora Aquilante, Frances Ragano and Phyllis Fuoco.

Survivors include his seven children, Eleanor M. Spivey, Linda Miele, Anthony Santagata (Anita), David Santagata (Kathy), Michael Santagata, Gina Fleishman (Steve) and Robert Santagata; two siblings, Everett Santagata and Eileen Rao; 16 grandchildren, Paula Templeton (Michael), John Medeiros (Diane), Gayle Pitts (Bruce), David Spivey, Joseph Spivey (Krystle), Kimberly Hartley (David), Daniel Spivey, Peter Spivey (Robin), Valerie Miele, Anthony Santagata Jr., Alicia Santagata, Christopher Santagata (Heidi), Heather Crook (Ian), Marissa Santagata, Tyler Santagata and Carly Fleishman; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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