Obituaries
November 14, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Johnnie Bob “Bobbie” Brown Blackburn
Mrs. Johnnie Bob “Bobbie” Brown Blackburn, 82, of Charleston, S.C., entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.

Mrs. Blackburn was a native of Avera, Jefferson County, but had lived in Charleston, S.C., for the last 60 years.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, with Rev. John L. Warren officiating. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel Anderson Brown and Charlie Clarence Brown Sr. of Avera; son, Lynn Howard Blackburn; brother, Charles C. Brown Jr. of Avera; grandchildren, Jonathan Blackburn and Martha Jane Blackburn; son-in-law, Rev. Bennie “Chip” Richbourg III; and two daughters-in-law, Marsha Blackburn and Pam McDonald Blackburn.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Howard Blackburn; daughter, Robin B. Richbourg; five grandchildren, Matthew Blackburn, Benjamin Richbourg, April Blackburn, Christen Richbourg and Olivia Richbourg; three siblings, Paul Brown of Avera, Ann B. Stankiewicz of Colonia, N.J., and Betty B. McGahee (Roy) of Stapleton; uncle, Ralph Anderson (Bobbie) of Wrens; aunt, Helen Brown of Avera; six nephews, Michael McGahee of Stapleton, and Charles Stankiewicz, Raymond Stankiewicz and Joseph Stankiewicz of New Jersey, and Mark Brown and Michael Brown of Avera; three nieces, Joy M. Hadden of Louisville, and Lenora Funk and Joanie Rizal of New Jersey.

J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Moses Brassell
Mr. Moses Brassell of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley, with Pastor William Patterson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his sons, Willie Moses (Roslyn) Brassell, Spring Hill, Tenn., and Peter J. (Lois) Brassell, Detroit, Mich.; a sister, Mary Brassell, Brooklyn, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Nathan Hickson, Darrell Hickson, Willie Lamar Hickson, David Jones and Archie Robinson.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” Louise McDonald Dye
Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” Louise McDonald Dye, 88, of Wrens entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital.

One of 11 children born to the late Minnie Bell Rabun McDonald and the late John Samuel McDonald, Mrs. Dye was a lifelong resident of Wrens, where she graduated from Wrens High School and was a member of Wrens Baptist Church, attending the Fidelis Sunday School class. She briefly worked at Fort Gordon, Fleming Drug and Atwell Pecan, then retiring with 20 years of service as a lunchroom manager at Wrens Elementary School.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. J. Scott McKinney officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, John C. “Jake” Dye; all of her siblings, Fred McDonald, Annie Lou Russell, Royce McDonald, Lamar McDonald, R.C. “Sneak” McDonald, Clinton McDonald, Melvin “Red” McDonald, Cahlia Kasparian, Lonita Williams and Marjorie Englett.

Survivors include her four children, Diane Dye, Patty Dye Merritt (Jim), Bruce Dye (Cecelia) and Burton Dye (Sharon); six grandchildren, Jeremy Brett (Rose), Scott Merritt (Linda), Julie Anna Koch (Brian), Brent Dye (Holli), Jackson Dye and Lana Dye; seven great-grandchildren, Clay Brett, Justin Brett, Ashton Jenkins, Beau Merritt, Hudson Koch, Graham Koch, and Liam Dye; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Glenn Bazemore, Rodney Englett, Terry Englett, Jimmy McDonald, Kenneth McDonald and S. J. McDonald.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruby Ellen May Henson
Mrs. Ruby Ellen May Henson, 70, of Grovetown entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at her home.

Mrs. Henson was a native of Gibson, having graduated from high school in 1960. She lived in Boone, N.C., for 25 years, then for a number of years in Lebanon, Tenn. She recently returned to Georgia.

Graveside services were held on Nov. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Mitchell City Cemetery, Mitchell, with Pastor Clifton Drawdy officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, 1SG Charles (Chuck) W. Henson (USA RET); and parents, Julia and Bunnie E. May.

Survivors include her three sons, Michael S. Morris, Anderson, S.C., Travis K. Henson, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Charles W. (Bill) Henson Jr., Martinez; one daughter, Tonya Morris, Greenville, S.C.; one sister, Edith Flynt, Grovetown; and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to any church or charity of one’s choice.


Mrs. Dorothy Kersey
Mrs. Dorothy Kersey, 63, of Swainsboro entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Mrs. Kersey was born in Jefferson County, daughter of the late Mayo and Evelyn Rowland. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Pilgrims Rest Primitive Baptist Church, with Elder Tommy Rountree officiating. Interment followed in Sardis Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Donnie Kersey, Swainsboro; daughters, Karen Kersey Gordy, Swainsboro, and Susan Kersey, Twin City; three grandchildren, Dustin Gordy, Anthony Gordy and Donnie Gordy; brother, Harrison Rowland, Kite; and two sisters, Hilda Rowland, Kite, and Eula Rowland Kittrell, Kite.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Rowland, Brison Rowland,Robert Rowland, Riner Wiggins, Kenneth Katril and Daniel Rich.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles “Chuck” Lawson
Mr. Charles “Chuck” Allen Lawson, 60, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 in the Hospice Unit of Emory University Heart Center, Atlanta.

Lawson’s friends and former co-workers are planning a memorial service for Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. at the Wrens Middle School lunchroom. Those attending are encouraged to share anecdotes and memories.

He had fought a 30-year battle with heart disease.

Born Nov. 24, 1952, the first son of Robert E. and Sarah (Ford) Lawson, he was also the first grandson of former Noblesville Mayor, Herman E. and Mary B. Lawson. Maternal grandparents were William Ford and Lula V. (Ford) Bodenhorn. After graduating from Noblesville High School in 1971, he attended art school in Chicago, then served his country in the U.S. Army. He received his BA and master’s degrees from Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio. Upon completing his academic work, he and his family moved to Wrens where he taught art at Wrens High School and Jefferson County High School. While at Wrens, Lawson earned a master’s degree from Georgia Southern University. He retired after 23 years of teaching. He continued to be creative through acting with little theaters like the Schoolhouse Players of Bartow, painting and teaching individual students.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brother, Mark E. Lawson in 2013; and brother-in-law, James W. Spurling in 2013.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Katherine (Norman) Dyer and Judith Lawson; two grandchildren, Savannah Dyer and James Kolby Lawson; former wife, Mary (Jahn) Lawson; brother, Robert D. (Jeanne) Lawson; sister, Linda Lawson Spurling; a nephew and many nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


Mrs. Marilyn Leaptrott Paul
Mrs. Marilyn Leaptrott Paul, 84, of Wadley entered into rest at Glendale Nursing Home, Wadley, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, following an extended illness.

A native of Wadley, she was the daughter of the late Jesse James Leaptrott and Mary Lou (Shurling) Leaptrott, and the widow of the late Willam Doyle Paul. She was a member of the Wadley Baptist Church and had been an educator. Mrs. Paul attended school in the Wadley Public School System. She attended Bessie Tift College, Tifton, after high school, and received a BS in English from Teacher’s College, Statesboro. She earned a master’s degree in English from Georgia Southern University. She was a language arts teacher at Wadley High School for more than 30 years.

A memorial service was held at Smith Funeral Home, Wadley, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 3 p.m.

Survivors include a son, Richard D. Paul (Deborah); daughter, Teresa Fulghum (Heyward); grandchildren, Sarah DuBose (Keith) of Hephzibah, Joshua Paul, U.S. Air Force, stationed in England, Jesse Paul of Wadley, Lee Fulghum of Coleman Lake, and Jennifer Paul of Swainsboro; brother, Rev. Donald Leaptrott (Miriam) of Athens; nine great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the GSU Scholarship Foundation to the College of Education, 912-478-GIVE, P.O. Box 8053-01, Statesboro, GA 30458.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Claude Eugene Pennington
Mr. Claude Eugene Pennington of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Westover Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Florence Pennington; sister, Gertrude Parnell; and a brother, Benny Pennington.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne Pennington; two sons, Curtis Eugene (Sheilia) Pennington, and John Eugene (Kathleene) Pennington; two daughters, Lori (Leo) Thomas, and Patti Norris; sister, Linda Melton; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jean Swann Rhodes
Mrs. Jean Swann Rhodes, 80, of Grovetown entered into rest on Nov. 4, 2013.

Mrs. Rhodes was a native of Stellaville, a former resident of Belvedere, having made Grovetown her home for the past seven years. She was a member of Belvedere First Baptist Church, a graduate of Wrens High School and a retired Secretary with Westinghouse at the Savannah River Site.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Posey Funeral Chapel, with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollen C. Rhodes.

Survivors include four sons, Michael (Kathy) Spence, Graniteville, Doug (Bobbie) Spence, Grovetown, Donald O. Rhodes, North Augusta, and Larry (Teresa) Rhodes, Charleston, S.C.; three daughters, Linda M. Rhodes, Statesboro, Jan (Jerry) Harris, Collins, and Ann (George) Holland, Cobbtown; brother, Jack C. Swann, Martinez; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bob Dansby, Raymond Swann, Ken Skinner, Wayne Roberts, Paul Wilk and Ronald Strom.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Fannie Jeannette Johnson Skinner
Mrs. Fannie Jeannette Johnson Skinner, 78, of Keysville entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at her daughter’s residence in Beech Island, S.C.

One of eight children born to the late Fannie and Samuel Johnson, Mrs. Skinner graduated from Wrens High School and lived in this area all of her life. She retired after 31 years of service from Gracewood State School and Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. James M. Ford officiating. Interment followed at Keysville UMC Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, David Skinner; and siblings, David Johnson, Judson Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson.

Survivors include her children, Deborah S. Cicchetto (Frank), Janet S. Brown (Wayne) and Lane Skinner; four siblings, Ruth Templeton, Nell Reynolds (George), Jack Johnson and Billy Johnson; seven grandchildren, Tricia Skinner, Stephanie Skinner, Miranda Williams (Jeff), Thomas Glabas, Jessica Morand, Michael Guzik and Julie Ann Guzik; six great-grandchildren; niece, Frances Shelton; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Ian Howard, Marcus Howard, Mark Howard, Kenneth Johnson, Phil Johnson and Steve Shelton.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Brenda Carol Stewart Wallace
Mrs. Brenda Carol Stewart Wallace, 71, of Statesboro entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Statesboro.

The Savannah native moved to Wadley as a child and graduated from Jefferson County High School. In 1961, she married Enoch Newton “Newt” Wallace Sr. and they made their home on the family farm in Statesboro. She was a stay at home mother for many years until 1985 when she began her employment with Wal-Mart, retiring in 2012.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Bulloch Memorial Gardens, with Rev. James Floyd Bland officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and parents, Julius Aubrey Stewart and Ivy Ruth Wise Stewart.

Survivors include her two daughters, Angel (Greg) Shuman of Claxton, and Emma Wallace (Terry Jones) of Statesboro; a son, Enoch Newton Wallace Jr. (Angel) of Statesboro; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Bettilu Smith of Wadley; and three brothers, Lee Stewart and Gene Stewart of Twin City, and Rocky Stewart of Wadley.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Southall, Robby Franklin, Doug King, Terry Jones, Shane Stewart and Greg Shuman.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gertrude Melton Williams
Mrs. Gertrude Melton Williams, 96, of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Williams was a native of Keysville and a homemaker.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Louisville City Cemetery, with Rev. Bill Smith officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff Melton and Lilly Mae Johnson; husband, Henry Lee Williams; sons, Dennis Williams, Raymond Melton and James Melton Williams; granddaughter, Barbara Bowles; and five siblings.

Survivors include her daughters, Ruth Smith and Betty Wasden, both of Louisville; sister, Annie Mae Johnson of Texas; brother, Richard Johnson of Augusta; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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