Obituaries
December 5, 2013 Issue

Mr. John D. “J.D.” Black
Mr. John D. “J.D.” Black, 88, entered into rest on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at his Columbia County home.

Mr. Black was born on Oct. 27, 1925, in Jefferson County, and lived on the family farm until age 18. He joined Company B of the 341st Infantry Regiment of the United States Army in April 1944. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with a Bronze Star, and the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal. He drove into Paris, France, with the Allied Army to liberate the country from German occupation. He was Honorably Discharged as Private First Class on May 14, 1946. A member of Local IBEW 1579, Mr. Black worked as a journeyman electrician at the Savannah River Plant and various government facilities in Europe.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Platt’s Funeral Home Chapel, with Elder Dwayne Hooven and Rev. Don Black officiating. Entombment followed at Bellevue Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ozzie and Fronnie Belle Marsh Black; son, David Brooks Black; brother, Luther Black; and sister, Lonnice Black Williford.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Faye Brooks Black; two daughters, Susan Black King (Darrell) of Dalton, Lisa Black Reddish (Fred) of Odum; one son, Tony S. Black of Midville; three brothers, Kester Black (Betty), Jimmy Black (Vannie), Don Black (Linda); three sisters, Lois Wilcher Rhodes, Jannelle Shelton, Jean McCoy (James); aunt, Hattie Mae Marsh Todd; sister-in-law, Anita Black; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, 3646 Old Petersburg Rd., Augusta, GA 30907.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George Lenard Brooks
Mr. George Lenard Brooks, 95, of Avera entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Brooks was born Dec. 14, 1917, the son of the late John Wesley and Berta Hadden Brooks. He was a veteran of World War II serving in Patton’s 3rd Army and the Battle of the Bulge. He spent the rest of his life farming. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for more than 70 years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Avera, with Rev. Nathan Adams officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 59 years, Dera Padgett Brooks; five brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include his son, Wade (Janice) Brooks of Avera; daughter, Elaine B. (Billy) James of Martinez; sister, Marie Dixon of Stapleton; grandchildren, Sherri B. Weeks and Chris (Sarah) Brooks; great-grandchildren, Samantha Weeks, Ethan and Janna Brooks, Orry Lewless, Dane Lewless and Matthew Lewless; and friend, Troy Hadden of Avera.

Pallbearers were Greg Brooks, Jeff Brooks, Dave Usry, Joe Brooks, Mike Adams, Johnny Padgett Jr., Charles Padgett and Terry Brooks.

In lieu of flowers, family request donations are made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 1350 Church Street, Avera, GA 30803.

Taylor - Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eugenia Elizabeth Dutton
Mrs. Eugenia Elizabeth Dutton, 87, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Dutton was a native Augustan, born at University Hospital on March 20, 1926. She lived in Gibson for the past few years. She was a member of the Gibson First Baptist Church, Gibson.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Gibson First Baptist Church. Interment will be in Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, Alabama, at a later date.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Harrison Dutton; parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Arnett; sister, Mary Johns; and son, Bruce A. Welch.

Survivors include her sister, Louise Hadden (Irvin), Fleming Island, Fla.; brother, Louis Arnett (Carolyn), Griffin; son, Steve L. Welch (Patricia), Appling; daughter-in-law, Tammy Welch; granddaughters, Leah Davis (Thomas) and Rachel Welch, all of Gibson; numerous nieces and nephews; and her pet, Abbey.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Victor “Leon” Ensz
Mr. Victor “Leon” Ensz, 89, of Stapleton entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at his residence.

One of seven children born to the late Anna Loewen Ensz and the late Abraham A. Ensz, Mr. Ensz grew up in Peabody, Kan. After marrying, the couple later moved to Georgia in 1956 where he was a dairy farmer until 1974. He then opened a small engine repair shop near Louisville, retiring in 2009 at the age of 85. Mr. Ensz was an active member of Harmony Springs Mennonite Church and helped in all the church projects.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Harmony Springs Mennonite Church, with Minister Verle Giesbrecht, Minister Lee Unruh and Minister Maynard Peters officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carol Jean Ensz; and siblings, Jake Ensz, Josephine Friesen, Erma Redger, Allen Ensz and Marlyn Ensz.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Lenora Giesbrecht Ensz; children, Sharon Hiebert of Murray, Ky., Gene Ensz (Venora) of DelNorte, Colo., Gerald Ensz (Marilyn) of Union Town, Ala., Barbara Holdeman (Robert) of Cameroon, Africa, and Judy Schmidt (Don) of Stapleton; a brother, Emory Ensz (Juanita) of Montezuma, Kan.; 18 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Darwin Ensz, Jeremy Ensz, Clay Hiebert, Craig Holdeman, Jonathan Holdeman and Gregory Schmidt.


Mrs. Cheree Leonard Holcombe
Mrs. Cheree Leonard Holcombe, 45, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.

Mrs. Holcombe was a native of Decatur, but grew up in Wrens, and has resided in the Grovetown area for the last several years. She was a graduate of Augusta College and the University of Georgia. She was a CPA with Jones, Jones and Davis. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and was a part of the Genesis Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Greg Porterfield officiating. Burial followed in Westover Memorial Park.

Survivors include her mother, Lynette Leonard of Grovetown; father, David Leonard (Tammy) of Stapleton; daughters, Caroline and Madelyn Holcombe, both of Grovetown; father of her children, Brian Holcombe of Grovetown; brothers, Allen Redd of Wrens, Michael Leonard of Aiken, S.C.; aunts and uncles, Bobby and Helen Herrington of Evans, Robert and Mazie Leonard of Decatur, and Danny and Susan Leonard of Sacramento, Calif.; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Pallbearers were Chris Swain, Chandler Swain, Brian Herrington and Rob Leonard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Missions of Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Rd., Evans, GA 30809.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charlie Lewis
Mr. Charlie Lewis, 60, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Doctor’s Hospital, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at James and Virginia Davis Chapel, Louisville.

Mr. Lewis was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Willie C. Jordan and Mary Lue Lewis Jordan. He attended the Jefferson County School System and at an early age joined Canaan Galilee Baptist Church. He was formerly employed at Battle Lumber Company and was a member of the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society.

Survivors include his brothers, Eugene Lewis and Rufus Lewis of Louisville, Thomas Lewis of Hephzibah; sisters, Diane Jordan and Elaine (Eddie) Dixon of Louisville, Linda (Troy) Heggs of Blythe; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence of his sister, Elaine and Eddie Dixon, 1147 Godbee Road, Louisville, or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. David Lindy Peebles
Mr. David Lindy Peebles, 81, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Peebles was born in Gibson on Nov. 26, 1932, a son of the late John Henry and Sabie Lee Palmer Peebles. He had worked as a construction carpenter with Knox-Rivers Construction Company and was a member of Gibson First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Gibson First Baptist Church, with Dr. Dean Watson officiating. Burial followed in the Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Hazel Irby; and brother, John H. Peebles Jr.

Survivors include his daughter, Martha Ann (Anthony) Crossley of Sarasota, Fla.; and sisters, Dahlia P. Haywood of Mitchell and Miriam Peebles of Gibson.

Pallbearers were Jason Haywood, Jeremy Kelley, Larry W. Newsome, Travis Eric Hoague, Wes Haywood and Colen Todd Jr.

Taylor - Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charlie Ponder Jr.
Mr. Charlie Ponder Jr. of Wadley entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Ponder was a native of Jefferson County. He was the son of the late Charlie Ponder Sr. and Doreatha Gibbons Ponder. He married Julia Ann Howard Ponder. He joined San Clair Baptist Church at an early age, where he served on the Deacon Board, the Male Chorus, and sung in the San Clair Baptist Church Choir. He was employed at Hadden’s IGA for many years until his retirement.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. William Patterson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Julia Ann Howard Ponder of Wadley; daughters, Sherreika (Edwin) Brown of Dover, Del., Sha Shayala Howard, and Shakera Ponder, both of Wadley; brother, Leroy Ponder of Louisville; sister, Brenda (Willie) Jackson of Wadley; grandchildren, Jamirria Brown of Dover, Del., and Jamir Howard of Wadley; godchildren, Corinthian Anderson of Atlanta, and Cledaisia Harris of Wadley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gladys V. Reeves
Mrs. Gladys V. Reeves of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

Born in Louisville, she was a daughter of the late Tom and Louise Arrington Youngblood. She was a bookkeeper and auditor and retired from Bankers First and later Regions.

A celebration of life service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Langley, S.C., with Pastor Earl Carter officiating. Interment was at 3 p.m. in Walker Cemetery, Harlem.

Survivors include her husband, Lonnie; daughters, Connie Boswell, Jacksonville, Fla., Pat Reeves, Naples, Fla., and Tracy Reeves, Kennesaw; brother, Wayne Youngblood, Texas; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Davis, Brannon Collins, Casey Jenks, Cheyenne Jenks, Justin Reeves and Wesley Reeves.

Memorials in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children s Hospital. (www.stjude.org).

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


Mrs. Ada Lee Bethea Smith
Mrs. Ada Lee Bethea Smith of Baltimore, Md., entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Baltimore, Md.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Jefferson County, but lived in Baltimore, Md., for several years. She was the daughter of the late Ike Bethea Sr. and Gastie Atkins Bethea. Mrs. Smith joined Pine Hill Baptist Church at an early age. On Dec. 28, 1941, she married the late Cephas F. Smith Sr. and at that time she joined, along with her husband, Stone Springfield AME Church, where she worked as president of the Pastor’s Aid, secretary of the Usher Board for more than 40 years, Usher’s Union, Missionary Society and member of the Stewardess Board until her health failed. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Heroines for Jericho no. 606 and the Christmas Saving Club. She worked at various jobs over the years including Springfield Church School, Fort Gordon and Stapleton Garment Company.

Funeral Services were held on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Charles Dumas presiding and her grandson, Rev. Carl Simmons Jr. as eulogist. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one daughter, Shirley Simmons.

Survivors include her children, Roosevelt (Christine) Smith of Atlanta, Catherine Smith (Frank) Boyd of Baltimore, Md., and Cephas Smith Jr. of Atlanta; brother, Sam Willie Bethea of Atlanta; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Rev. Carl Simmons Sr. of Stapleton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were David Brown, Donald Brown, David Smith, Henry Smith, Theodis Tremble and Steven Cunningham.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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