Obituaries
December 19, 2013 Issue

Mrs. Edith Phillips Aldred
Mrs. Edith Phillips Aldred of Augusta entered into rest on Dec. 8, 2013, at her residence,

Mrs. Aldred, a native of Wrens, was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church and she retired from Lily Tulip.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Marvin United Methodist Church, with Pastor Elizabeth Ackerman officiating. Interment followed at Wrens City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and first husband, Albert Irby.

Survivors include her husband, Jose Aldred; daughter, Brenda Ford, Augusta; grandchildren, Johnny Phillips and Angela Hall; step-grandchildren, Kaylee Phillips and Josh Cunningham; five great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

McNeill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Pearl Dowling
Mrs. Pearl Dowling, 67, of Gibson, formerly of Blackville, entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Dash’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Othella Wilson Evans
Mrs. Othella Wilson Evans of Avera entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church, Avera.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Wletta Denise Johnson
Miss Wletta Denise Johnson, 29, of Wrens entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Georgia Regents Medical Center, Augusta, after a short illness.

Miss Johnson was born July 17, 1984, in Augusta to Betty Linzette Smith and Wallace Hamilton Johnson Sr. She is the granddaughter of the late Betty Jean Smith and Henry “Base” Johnson. Miss Johnson attended Lofton AME Church, Wrens, at an early age. She was a graduate of Jefferson County High School, class of 2002. She was an employee of United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia, Inc., Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Lofton AME Church, Wrens, with Rev. Charles Dumas Jr. and Rev. Kenneth Hannah officiating. Interment was in the Sugar Hill Cemetery, Wrens.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Kenyette “Boosie” Smith.

Survivors include her mother, Betty Linzette Smith, Wrens; father, Wallace Hamilton Johnson Sr., Augusta; stepfather, Joseph L. Jones Jr.; sister, Kimberly (Keric) Roberts,Colorado Springs, Colo.; four brothers, Norman Moss, Colorado Springs, Colo., Wallace Johnson Jr., Deric Johnson and Eric Johnson, all of Augusta; stepbrother, Joseph Jones III, Lithonia; grandfather, Lindsey E. Smith Jr., Wrens; grandmother, Hattie Ruth “Jane” Johnson, Wrens; step-grandmother, Barbara Jones, Augusta; great-grandfather, Earnest Andrews, Wrens; five aunts, Geraldine “Jackie” Smith, Catrina Carlyle, Mary Ann Whigham and Helen Jordan, all of Wrens, Kimberly (Darius) Hubbard, Augusta, and Melodie Parker, Orlando, Fla.; step-aunts, Debbie (Ron) Cobbs, Alisha (Nick) Grant, Janice (Damian) Stewart and Sonja (Donnie) Strawter, all of Augusta; four uncles, Robert (Geneva) Johnson, Wrens, James Johnson, Augusta, Henry (Anika) Johnson, Atlanta, and Gary Jackson, Wrens; step-uncles, Kenneth (MeMe) Jones, Atlanta, and Nicholas Jones, Augusta; five great-aunts, Patsy (Lee Edgar) Johnson, Wrens, Adell Barnes, Atlanta, Dr. Barbara Smith, Atlanta, Rosetta Smith, Wrens, and Juanita (Andrew) Brooks, Louisville; five godchildren, Tavion Brown, Hentavious and Angela Burse, and Shadajha and Nicholas Jones, all of Wrens; cousin, Angela (Terry) Lane, Wrens; friends, Travis (Talisha) Shields, Wrens, and Brandson (Teshia) Shields, Atlanta; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ronald A. Josey Sr.
Mr. Ronald A. Josey Sr. of Rosier entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Hospice House of Savannah due to a heart condition.

Mr. Josey was born in Augusta, and was the son of the late Arlie M. Josey and Alma Netherland Josey. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of Midville First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years. He was one of the founding board members of Whole Life Ministries, Augusta. He had a long agricultural career that included farming, cotton gin owner, agricultural supplier and cattleman.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Louisville City Cemetery, Louisville, with Dr. Sandra Kennedy, Rev. Scott McKinney and Dr. Ray Freeman officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Willene Etheridge Josey of Rosier; a daughter, Mary Ann Josey Tucker (Tommy); a son, Ron A. Josey Jr. (Pam); and two grandchildren, Frank Josey Tucker (Molly Rose), and Ryan Ashton Josey, all of Savannah.

Flowers are being accepted; however, memorials may be made to Whole Life Ministries of Augusta, University Hospice of Augusta or Hospice House of Savannah.

DeLoach–McKerley Funeral Home and Cremation Service 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.

A graveside service and interment will be held on Dec. 29, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Coleman Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wadley.

Mrs. Paul was born in Hutchinson, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur William Hefling and Dorothy Pennock Hefling; a sister, Barbara Jean Hefling Jones; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, W. DeWitt and Sonoma Tinley Paul of Wadley.

Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” D. Paul Jr.; and three daughters, Sarah Paul of Kennesaw, Susan Paul of Watkinsville, and Dot Paul of Statham.


Mr. George Harry Walker
Mr. George Harry Walker, 75, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at his residence.

A native of Washington County, Mr. Walker was a son of the late Wilson and Evelyn Carr Walker. He was a retired civil engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation after 34 years of service, a member of the Louisville United Methodist Church and the Louisville Jaycees.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Hibberts officiating. Burial followed in Louisville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Ann Hadden Walker of Louisville; son, Keith Walker of Atlanta; and several cousins.

Pallbearers were Tommy New, William Hadden, Brinson Lamb, Larry Johnson, Wayne Walker and Glenn Walker.

Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Men’s Club.

The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Louisville United Methodist Church, 301 W 7th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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