Obituaries
December 12, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Carolyn LaVivian Brown Birt
Mrs. Carolyn LaVivian Brown Birt, 63, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, after an extended illness at Georgia Regents Medical Center, Augusta.

Mrs. Birt was born on July 18, 1950, to the late Robert L. and Josie Ghant Brown in Stapleton. She was a graduate of Jefferson County High School. She accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Pine Hill Baptist Church. She served on the Usher Board, until her health began to fail. Mrs. Birt retired as a dietician from the Jefferson County Board of Education. She was married to Roosevelt Birt Jr. and to this union two children were born, Anita Denise Birt and Daniel Marcus Birt.

Memorial services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Pine Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Christopher Durden officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Welton Brown; and youngest sister, Brenda Thomas.

Survivors include her son, Daniel Birt of Wrens; daughter, Anita (Eric) Johnson of Buckeye, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Hilliary and Enka Johnson of Buckeye, Ariz., and Kiara Birt of Augusta; two sisters, Josephine (Theodis) Hudson of Wrens, and Anne Brown of Atlanta; brother-in-law, Ronnie Thomas of Lithonia; four nieces; two great-nieces; eight great-nephews; and a host of uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Helen Roberts Brannen
Mrs. Helen Roberts Brannen, 96, of Watkinsville entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Iris Place, Athens.

Mrs. Brannen was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Augustus Lee Roberts and the late Belle Webster Roberts and the wife of the late John Thomas Brannen. She grew up in Washington County and was a 1943 graduate of Sandersville High School. She was a graduate of the University of Georgia and received her master’s degree in business education from George Peabody College. Mrs. Brannen was a retired teacher having taught business education courses in Greene County, Clark County and Walton County. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Athens. Mrs. Brannen was a member of the American Association of University Women, the Athens Women’s Club and the Watkinsville Garden Club. She supported the extension service and the 4-H clubs with her husband, John, who was the Oconee County Extension Agent.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at May and Smith Funeral Home, Sandersville, with Rev. Mickey Lynn officiating. Burial was in Brownwood Cemetery, Sandersville.

Survivors include her nieces and nephew, Donna Lynn of LaGrange, Beverly Tarleton of Cumming, Cheryl Prichard and Penny Gheesling both of Colbert, Denise Bickers of White Plains, Jill Reid of Indian Trail, N.C., Melanie Eberhardt of Macon, and George Dyar of Gainesville; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John A. Bush Jr.
Mr. John A. Bush Jr., 81, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

Mr. Bush was born and raised in Wrens, where he graduated from Wrens High School in 1949. He is a veteran of the Army of the United States of America, where he served until 1961. He retired from E-Z-GO Textron with more than 32 plus years of faithful service.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home. Entombment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Joella Jo Bush; parents, John A. Bush Sr. and Rebie S. Russell Bush; and sister, Mary Helen Bush Smith, Wrens.

Survivors include his nephew, Rodney W. Smith, Stapleton; nieces, Peggy Cannon, Milledgeville, and Cindy Jones, Walterboro, S.C.

Pallbearers were Chase Smith, Jeff Smith, Will Cannon, Wright Perdue, Richard Babcock and Bobby Graham.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 106 SRP Drive, Suite A, Evans, GA.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Merrill Webster Callaway Sr.
Mr. Merrill Webster Callaway Sr., 92, of Warrenton entered into rest on Dec. 2, 2013.

Mr. Callaway was a native of Wilkes County, and was the son of the late Seaborn Callaway and the late Gertrude Sherrer Callaway. He joined Sardis Baptist Church, Rayle, at age 10. After finishing high school, he went to work in Charleston, S.C., during World War II in the shipyards. Following the war, he returned to Wilkes County and worked with the Coca Cola Bottling Plant, Shine Laundry and Dry Cleaners, and later became a licensed funeral director. He opened M.W. Callaway and Sons Funeral Home in Washington and in 1964, he moved his business to Warrenton and later locations in Wrens, Thomson and Crawfordville. Mr. Callaway currently held an active Georgia Funeral Director’s license. He served on the Warrenton City Council and served as mayor of Warrenton for many years. Mr. Callaway was a member of First Baptist Church, Warrenton, the Senior Men’s Sunday School Class, Franklin Masonic Lodge no. 11, Warrenton, Yaarab Shrine Temple, Atlanta, and a was former member of the Warrenton Kiwanis Club.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Warrenton, with Rev. Mike Dann and Rev. J.B. Redd officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Brown Callaway; parents; and brother, S.T. Callaway.

Survivors include his sons, Merrill Webster Callaway Jr., Douglas Callaway (Gayle), all of Warrenton; grandchildren, Michael Callaway (Melissa), Christy C. Hinton (Jay), Mark Callaway (Michelle), Chris Callaway and Ashli Callaway; and six great-grandchildren, Jacey Hinton, Brooke Hinton, Anna Hinton, Chanler Callaway, Wyatt Callaway and Eden Callaway.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were Deacons of First Baptist Church.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Master Jordan Mar’Quez Dudley
Master Jordan Mar’Quez Dudley of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Georgia Regents Health System, Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel, Louisville. Burial followed in Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Louisville.

Survivors include his parents, Shaniqua Dudley of Louisville, and Jessie Brown of Wadley; grandparents, Tina (John) Dudley of Louisville, Sherelle Staley of Louisville, and Jessie Brown of Wadley; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Richard Ellis Dudley
Mr. Richard Ellis Dudley, 68, of Wadley entered into reset on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at V.A. Medical Center, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Moxley Methodist Church, with Rev. David Boggs and Tommy DuBose officiating. Burial will follow in the Wadley City Cemetery, with Military Honors.

The Dudley family will receive friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at the funeral home.

Mr. Dudley was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, a son of the late Robert Lane and Emily Arlene Hall Dudley. He served in the U.S. Army, was a retired truck driver and a member of Moxley Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Richard Allen Dudley; and sister, Frances Dudley Carroll.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Dudley of Wadley; daughter, Sabrina (Raymond) Goetzka of Deepstep; daughter-in-law, Terri Dudley of Louisville; grandchildren, Maura Dudley, Jennifer Dudley, Hunter Larimore, Baylee Larimore, M.J. George, Malory George, Sheena (Stefan) Smith, Bessie Larimore, Chloe Larimore, Sarah Anne Goetzka and Daniel Goetzka; nephew, Paul (Candy) Carroll of Dublin.

Pallbearers will be Garry Cavanar, Rick Copeland, Tyler Copeland, Larry Purvis, Don Hodges and Joe Miller.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Moxley Methodist Church C/O Mary Lois Gaston, 1175 Walden Brett Road, Wadley, GA 30477.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charlie Willie “C.W.” Stidons
Funeral services for Mr. Charlie Willie “C.W.” Stidons, 66, of Wrens were held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Flat Rock Baptist Church, Matthews, with Rev. Stephen Ivey and Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones Sr. officiating. Interment was in Thompson Springhill AME Church Cemetery.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronald Usry
Mr. Ronald Usry, 76, of Augusta entered into rest on Dec. 7, 2013,

Mr. Usry, a native of Gibson, had lived in Augusta most of his life. He was a member of Curtis Baptist Church and the Adult 4-B Thomas Shelton Sunday School Class.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Home, with Rev. Tom Kallikoski officiating. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Alvin Usry; and sister, Elizabeth Faglier.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Kitchens Usry; son, Joel Usry (Loretta) of Montgomery, Ala.; grandson, Parker Usry of Montgomery, Ala.; and brother, Donald Usry (Sybil) of Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Curtis Baptist Church, 1326 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

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


Mr. Jack Douglas Wasden
Mr. Jack Douglas Wasden, 81, of Sandersville entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville, following an extended illness.

Mr. Wasden was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Joseph Edward Wasden and the late Ruth Watkins Wasden. He lived in Sandersville for many years and was the retired store manager for Piggly Wiggly, Sandersville, with more than 35 years of service. Mr. Wasden was a Korean Conflict veteran in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Ridgeland Heights Baptist Church and the Washington County Civitan Club.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at May and Smith Funeral Home, Sandersville, with Rev. L.T. Logue and Rev. Danny Thomas officiating. Burial was in Brownwood Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanine Wasden Herrin.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Peggy B. Wasden of Sandersville; daughter, Lisa J. Wasden of Sandersville; son, Barry Douglas Wasden of Deepstep; four grandchildren, Barry Douglas Wasden Jr., Jessica Wasden, Michael Gable Marynell and John Caleb Stapleton; three great-grandchildren, Dannielle Veal, Gabriel Culver and Neyland Bradley Wasden; and two brothers, Wayne Wasden of Grovetown, and Terry Wasden of Evans.

Pallbearers were Russell Sheppard, J.B. Brown, Tony Dominy, Ronnie May, Les Brantley, Howard Brantley and Terry Lord.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Andrew Zabawa
Mr. James Andrew Zabawa, 56, of Richmond, Ky., entered into rest at Markey Cancer Center Hospital at UK Chandler Medical Center on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

He was born Nov. 23, 1957, in Stuttgart, Germany, to Ingeborg Maegerle Zabawa and the late Edward Andrew Zabawa. He grew up in Augusta, and graduated from Augusta State University in 1980. He moved to South Williamson, Ky., in 1981 where he was a member of Regional Church of God, Delbarton, W.Va., and managed Western Sizzlin’ Steakhouse. He moved his family to Nicholasville, Ky., in 2001 and Richmond, Ky., in 2008. Mr. Zabawa was the director of the purchasing department at Eastern Kentucky University. Over the years, he served as an EKU Honor’s Program Thesis mentor, advisor to Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, and FBLA events judge. He also served on the Facilities, Responsible Environmental Stewardship, Strategic Planning, and University Benefits Committees. He served as vice-chair of EKU Staff Council; was a member of the Kentucky Public Procurement Association; and former president of the National Association of Educational Procurement, Kentucky Chapter. He was a member of Vineyard Community Church, which he helped plant in Richmond, Ky., where he served on the Executive Board as treasurer, and along with his wife, was a small group leader.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Vineyard Community Church, Richmond, Ky., with Pastor Joe Wood officiating.

Survivors include his mother, Ingeborg of Augusta; wife of 33 years, Debra “Debbie” Simpson Zabawa of Richmond, Ky.; daughter, Krista Zabawa Rhodus (Zach) of Richmond, Ky.; son, Jared Andrew Zabawa (Morgan Taylor) of Richmond, Ky.; two sisters, Susan Echols (Steve) of Mitchell, and Karen Whitney (Chris) of Evans; granddaughter, Mylah Hope Rhodus; several nieces and nephews; adopted daughter, Stephanie Sowders; and dog, Jaxon.

In leiu of flowers, the family requests donations to Vineyard Community Church, www.vineyardrichmond.com.

Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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