Obituaries
November 28, 2013 Issue

Mr. John M. “Sonny” Applewhite
Mr. John M. “Sonny” Applewhite, 80, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Georgia War Veterans Home.

Mr. Applewhite was one of three sons born in Augusta to the late Anne Beatrice Murphy Applewhite and the late Claude Lee Applewhite. He graduated from Richmond Academy, Augusta Junior College and The University of Georgia with a BS in physical education. He later obtained his master’s degree in education from Georgia Southern University and certification in interior design from Augusta Technical College. Before entering the Navy, Mr. Applewhite was known in the local boxing arenas in Augusta and Aiken as Sonny White. He served in the U.S. Navy in communications during the Korean Conflict stateside and in the Azores and re-enlisted during the Vietnam Conflict serving in Guam. During his active duty, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Unit Citation for Outstanding Service while in charge of a special communications unit and Armed Forces Reserve Medal. After leaving active duty, he served in the Naval Reserves in Atlanta, Charleston, S.C., Homestead and Pensacola, Fla., before retiring as Commander. He worked with his father at Applewhite’s Custom Draperies and later continued the business on his own, designing valances, cornices and draperies for historic homes in Augusta and many homes and businesses throughout the CSRA. He taught and worked with troubled children and teens throughout his life, on his own time with the Girl’s and Boy’s Club, downtown Augusta, and through various schools, including Garrett Elementary, Lawton B. Evans School, and Gracewood Hospital. He also spent a short time in hospital education at University Hospital. He was a Christian and a member of National Hills Baptist Church. Some of his favorite moments on earth involved fishing and being with his grandchildren and family.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Home Chapel, Augusta, with Rev. Kevin Steele officiating. Interment with full military honors followed in Ways Baptist Church Cemetery, Stellaville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Muriel McSheehan Applewhite; and brother, William “Billy” Applewhite.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Gay Applewhite; daughter, Cathy Brown (Sid); grandchildren, Benjamin and Bethany Brown, all of Wrens; a brother George “Buddy” Applewhite (June); nephew, Brian Applewhite (Tricia); great-niece, Kaitlyn Applewhite, all of Evans; nieces, Arloa Dolphin (Brien) of Summerville, S.C., and Robin Applewhite of St. Maries, Idaho; great-nieces, Alethea Knowles of Gilbert, Ariz., Jennifer Davidson of Houston, Texas, Christina Dolphin of Fort Jackson, S.C.; great-nephew, Aaron Applewhite (Jocelyn) of San Diego, Calif.; and great-great-nieces, Trinity Knowles of Gilbert, Ariz., Zoey Hoadley of Winchester, Va., and Ruth Applewhite of San Diego, Calif.; stepdaughters, Kimberly Bodie (Gene) of North Augusta, S.C., and Paige Couron (Troy) of Fort Meyers, Fla.; and step-grandchildren, Somer Miller (Tres) of Stafford, Va., Alyssa Rosser (Addison) and Zane Balbag of North Augusta, S.C., and Brianna and Dalton Davis of Alberquerque, N.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to help troubled teens through Broken Shackle Ranch, Davisboro, a Christian-based residential school for abandoned, abused and underprivileged young men-www.bsranch.org, (478) 348-6555; or to Full Circle Refuge, Augusta, a ministry to at-risk youth including work with youth development campuses through the Juvenile Court systems in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties-www.fullcirclerefuge.org, (706) 951-2693.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Pearlie Mae Jefferson Gilmore
Mrs. Pearlie Mae Jefferson Gilmore of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Gilmore was a native of Washington County, but later relocated to Jefferson County. She was the daughter of the late Grover Jefferson and Daisy Fort Jefferson. She joined Nealer AME Church, Davisboro, at an early age and she was a homemaker. She was the widow of the late Willie B. Gilmore.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Nealer AME Church, Davisboro, with Rev. Wilhelmina Jordan presiding and Rev. K.C. Davis officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings, Grover, Clint, Grady, Bernice, Carrie and Clinton.

Survivors include her sons, Waymon Jefferson of Jacksonville, Fla., and Willis Gilmore of Louisville; daughters, Gwen (Curtis) Thompson of Louisville, Daisy (Dale) Battle of Wrens, Phyllis (Rev. K.C.) Davis of St. Mary’s, and Pamela (Dennard) Branon of Jacksonville, Fla.; stepdaughters, Celestin Falu of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Gloria Watts of Macon; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Gilmore and Delores Smith, both of Augusta, Mary Horton of Atlanta, Mary Gilmore of Hackensack, N.J., and Dorothy Smith of Bartow; brother-in-law, Griffin Gilmore of Augusta; aunt, Eunice Brinson of Akron, Ohio; nieces and nephews; cousins, Mamie Milton and Margaret Roberson, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; friend, Betty Jean Rowling; and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Bonnie Washington, Demarcus Battle, Devin Battle, Kaleb Baron, Waymon Jefferson Jr. and Terrell Brinson.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas Harden
Mr. Thomas Harden, 76, of Gloverville, S.C., entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

He was born in Jefferson County, and a resident of Aiken County, S.C., most of his life. He was a son of the late Thomas “T.W.” and Eula “Trick” Sheppard Harden. He retired from the Townsend Division of the Graniteville Company. Following his retirement from Graniteville Company, he went to work with Sizemore Security at various locations but mainly at the Aiken Mall. He was a member of Woodridge Baptist Church and the Gideon’s Sunday School Class. Mr. Harden was also a member of the Horse Creek Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star Queen City Chapter. He was a former volunteer firefighter with the Langley Volunteer Fire Department.

A celebration of life service was held on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Langley, S.C., with Rev. Ron Hasty and Rev. Chris Fulmer officiating. Interment, with Masonic Rites accorded by Horse Creek Lodge no. 174, AFM, followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, S.C.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Renshaw Harden; children, Raleigh (Annette) Harden, Gloverville, S.C., Richard (Maria) Harden, Gloverville, S.C., Pam Johnson, Columbia, S.C., Tracey (Rhonda) Johnson, Canton, Michelle (Ramon) Cruz, Warrenville, S.C., and Lorie Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev.; siblings, Anna Lou (J.W.) Williford, Thomson, and Sarah (Donald) Mast, Grovetown; and grandchildren, Janet Harden, Melissa Harden, Julian Johnson, Corey Johnson, Travis Johnson, Eric Cruz, Nicole Cruz and Jodi Johnson.

Pallbearers were Tony Randall, Julian Johnson, Corey Johnson, Travis Johnson, Eric Cruz and Rodger Mast.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Gideon’s Sunday School Class.

If so desired, memorials may be made to The Family Life Center at Woodridge Baptist Church.

Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Thomas “Bo” Holley
Mr. James Thomas “Bo” Holley, 74, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at his residence.

One of 11 children born to the late Carrie Arrington Holley and the late Kinchen G. Holley, Mr. Holley was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, where he graduated from Wrens High School and was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. He retired with more than 30 years of service as a yard engineer with J.M. Huber Co. He also had his own well-drilling business, as well as, being a restaurateur of several establishments, known for his steaks and “Boburgers.” When he was younger, he coached the Yankees Little League Baseball team. He was a coon hunter, taking teenagers out so that they could experience a coon hunt. On Christmas Eve, he delivered turkeys or hams to less fortunate families.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Clifford Lazenby, Rev. Russell Davis and Rev. Billy Duggan officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, M.G. “Buddy” Holley, John Clifford “Nook” Holley, Doris Holley Delk, K.G. Holley Jr., Dr. Jacob Holley, Dessie Peggy Holley, Louis Holley and Infant Girl Holley.

Survivors include his companion of 28 years, Clara W. Widener; three daughters, Cheryl Holley Burke (Jimmy), Carrie Michelle Holley Stewart (Troy) and Jennifer S. Holley; two siblings, Marcus Alexander “Partner” Holley (Mary) and Farris Holley Lazenby; five stepchildren, Steve Cox, Gary Cox, April Widener, Sean Widener and Jeffrey Widener; seven grandchildren, Holley Burke, Sarah B. Kniphfer (Kraig), Jamie Burke, Bryar Troy Stewart, Branson Tyne Stewart, Zackary George Holley and Shelby M. Widener; five step-grandchildren, Ethan Martinez, Drake Ellington, Gaige Ellington, Madison Widener and Mason Widener; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Billy Anderson, Clinton Braswell, Mark Holley, Keith Price, Freddie Prickett, Andy Rooks, Barry Russell and Andrew Swan.

Honorary pallbearers were the Wrens High School class of 1958.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James O. Irwin III
Mr. James O. Irwin III, 67, of Lake Butler, Fla., formerly of Louisville, entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Haven Hospice, Lake City, Fla.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Lowry Cemetery, Louisville, Hwy. 24 E., with Rev. David Boggs officiating.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Home, Louisville.

Mr. Irwin was born in Louisville on Nov. 15, 1947, to James and Claire Irwin of Louisville. He was a graduate of Louisville Academy and the University of Georgia. He had a career in graphic arts and public relations. He was also an owner/operator of a trucking business. He loved restoring cars and motorcycles. He lived in Lake Butler, Fla.

Survivors include his son, Benjamin (Pamela) Irwin; grandsons, Nathaniel, Gabriel and Marshal; and brother, David (Rebecca) Irwin.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie J. “June Bug” Jones Jr.
Mr. Willie J. “June Bug” Jones Jr. of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at the VA Medical Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Jones was a native of Washington County, but later relocated to Jefferson County. He was the son of the late Willie Jake Jones Sr. and Elnora Hilson. Mr. Jones was a member of the Jones Chapel AME Church. For several years he worked with the City of Wadley as a water work and sewage supervisor. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Jones Chapel AME Church, with Rev. Perry Davis officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Kenneth Jones.

Survivors include his daughter, Whitney Jackson of Augusta; two sons, Cullen Jones of Dallas, Texas, and Trevoron (Nicole) Jones of Garner, N.C.; brothers, David (Betty) Jones of Bartow, and Ransom (Lula Bell) Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sisters, Helen (Henry) Adams of Willingboro, N.J., and Juanita (Robert) Hickson of Wadley; sister-in-law, Mae Sue Jones; grandchildren, Kenaz Henley, D’Amonte Jones, D’Quan Jones, Jordan Jones and Grace Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Elmer Lane Sr.
Mr. Elmer Lane Sr. of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Lane was born Nov. 21, 1927, Monday after the third Sunday to the parentage of the late John and Rosa Whigham Lane. Mr. Lane married Thelma Davis on Jan. 19, 1946, and to this union 12 children were born. Mr. Lane worked at a saw mill for several years, but later worked at J.P. Stevens, Lewis Steel as a welder, but while employed at these jobs, he also was a mechanic, plumber, carpenter and electrician.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Frank Lighten officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Eddie Lane.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Davis Lane of Louisville; six sons, Elmer (Gloria) Lane Jr., Erbem (Elsie) Lane, David Lane, Mervin (Josephine) Lane, Sammy (Monica) Lane, Aaron Sherrod (Torria) Lane; five daughters, Dorothy (Frankie) Lighten, Annette (Greg) Simmons, Annie B. (Leon) Smith, LuVondra (Kenny) Booker, and Annie Rose (Clayton) Dawson; brother, John Willie Lane; sister, Fannie Howard; 44 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousin, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothy Ruth Hefling Paul
Mrs. Dorothy Ruth Hefling Paul, 82, of Athens entered into rest on Nov. 21, 2013.

Mrs. Paul was born in Hutchinson, Kan. Mrs. Paul graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor of science in humanities English. She started her career as a sports writer and photographer in Chanute, Kan., then worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in their research and publications division. It was in Kansas City where she met Bill, her husband of 51 years. She retired after many years as an editor at The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Her genealogical interests led her to become an organizing member of the Apalachee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A memorial service will be held at the Cecil B. Day Chapel of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Interment will occur at a later date at Coleman Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wadley, and Valley Township Cemetery, Haven, Kan.

Visitation will be at Lord and Stephens East on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur William Hefling and Dorothy Pennock Hefling; and a sister, Barbara Jean Hefling Jones.

Survivors include her husband, William D. Paul Jr.; three daughters, Sarah Paul of Kennesaw, Susan Paul of Watkinsville, and Dot Paul of Statham; and several nieces, nephews and cousins from California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank, the C.J. “Chief” Medlin Fund for Excellence in Student Publications (Fund no. F79365) at Kansas State University, or a charity of one’s choice.

Lord and Stephens East is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Troy R. Robinson
Mr. Troy R. Robinson, 72, of Mitchell entered into rest on Nov. 19, 2013.

Mr. Robinson was a lifelong resident of Columbia County, and was a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church. He was retired from Delta Airlines after 30 years of service.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Posey Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Charles Reese officiating. Interment was in Westview Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Rosemary Robinson; three sons, Jason (Ann) Robinson, North Augusta, S.C., Billy (Courtney) Clements, North Augusta, S.C., and Josh Clements (Ayla Harville), Thomson; two daughters, Diana Ramsey, North Carolina, Jill (Michael) Morgensen, North Augusta, S.C.; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Harrison and Louise Henn, both of Luthersville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Billy Clements, Josh Clements, Garry Randolph, Bradley Randolph, Jason Robinson and Michael Morgensen.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements..

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