Obituaries
December 26, 2013 Issue

Mr. Thomas Eugene “Booker” Beasley Sr.
Memorial services for Mr. Thomas Eugene “Booker” Beasley Sr., 82, of Wrens was held on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Freeman Funeral Home.

Mr. Beasley was born to the late Charlie (Linda Hart) Beasley in Wrens, on Jan. 26. He attended the Jefferson County School System. He worked in Florida as a truck driver with the Royal Palm Ice Company for several years.

He was preceded in death by three sons, Thomas E. Beasley Jr. of Wrens, and George Lee Beasley and Joseph Beasley, both of Miami, Fla.

Survivors include his son, Alexander (Tangela) Johnson of Miami Gardens, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Alexander Hall and Marcus Hall, both of Wrens, Valencia Johnson, Michelle Augustin, Bryant (Linda) White, all of Miami, Fla., Taryn (Felix) Boyd of Louisville, Latavia Phillips of Waynesboro, Tellie Griffin of Atlanta; two brothers, William “Red” Beasley and Charles L.Beasley, both of Wrens; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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

Mrs. Dowling was born on Oct. 26, 1946. She is the daughter of the late Henry and Margaret Smith. She received her education in the Barnwell County Public School System. She retired from South Carolina School System after a number of years of service. She was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church until her health failed.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Blackville, S.C., with the Rev. Joseph Jackson officiating. Burial was in Blackville Cemetery, Blackville, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lockwood Dowling Jr.; three brothers, Norman Hayes, Henry Smith Jr. and Willie J. Smith; and sisters, Dororthy Smith, Kayola M. Ferguson and Henrietta Nickens.

Survivors include her daughters, Connie Dowling and Pearlina Dowling, both of Raleigh, N.C.; two sons, David R. Dowling of Augusta, and Lockwood Dowling Jr. of Atlanta; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Kayollie Ferguson of Williston, S.C., Marcella (Emmanuel) Raysor, Thelma (Fred) Pryor, Eartha (Spencer) Braxton, all of Blackville, S.C.; brother, Larry Smith of Blackville, S.C.; mother-in-law, Rosa L. Dowling; sisters-in-law, Annie Dowling and Georgia Mae Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Dash’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruth McGraw Goodbread
Mrs. Ruth McGraw Goodbread, 83, of Martinez entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, surrounded by her children at her home.

Born in Avera, Mrs. Goodbread was a member of Martinez Baptist Church. Mrs. Goodbread worked in the restaurant industry most of her life. She was employed at University Grill, Lakeside Diner and established her own restaurant, Ruth’s Restaurant of Augusta. Prior to retirement she expanded her business to three locations.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Martinez Baptist Church, with Pastor Phil Winsett officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Goodbread; three brothers, Ellis McGraw, Homer Knotty McGraw and Henry T. Buck McGraw.

Survivors include her sons, Michael Suber and Jim (Carol) Suber, both of Augusta; daughters, Dianne Jackson (Helen) of Lawrenceville, and Cindy (Ernie) Sallas of Greenville, S.C.; three grandchildren, Lauren Suber-Harris, Christopher Sallas and Daniel Suber; two great-grandchildren, Bayleigh and Bryson Canter.

Pallbearers were David Goodbread, Christopher Sallas, Ernie Sallas, Brandon Cross, Chuck Hayes and Dale Cox.


Mrs. Nyla Fay Craddock Leahy
Mrs. Nyla Fay Craddock Leahy, 80, of Aiken, S.C., entered into rest on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Celebration of life services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Aiken, with Dr. Fred Andrea officiating. A private interment will be in the Lindenwood Cemetery in Stoneham, Mass., in the spring of 2014.

Mrs. Leahy was one of three daughters born to the late Priscilla Irene Crowell Craddock and the late Holland Worth Craddock in Stoneham, Mass., where she lived until 1972 when she migrated to Aiken, S.C. She was a member of First Baptist Church and was a volunteer at the Red Cross where she made blankets. Her husband died at a young age so she raised her three children on her own.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edmund Leahy; parents; and sister, Wilda C. Gibson.

Survivors include her three children, Joyce E. Leahy (George Needham) of Columbus, Ohio, James E. Leahy Jr. of Minneola, Fla., and Nyla “Tish” Dixon (Thomas) of Wrens; sister, Marcia Guinn of Aiken, S.C.; five grandchildren, Katie Wallace Callison (Rob), Matthew Leahy, Mark Leahy, Amanda Dixon Davis and Sharon Dixon; and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 3157, Aiken, SC 29802.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Barry Albert McDonald
Mr. Barry Albert McDonald, 60, of Warthen entered into rest at his residence.

Mr. McDonald was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County. He was a welder and machinist. Mr. McDonald was a member and Deacon of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Warthen, with Rev. Tim Powell officiating.

Survivors include his parents, Lonnie Silas McDonald and Bertie Mae Sargent McDonald of Warthen; children, Jeanne McDonald Hall (Keith) of Bartow, and Kimberly McDonald O’Neal of Bartow; grandchildren, Stevin Hall, Thomas Hall, Susanna Hall, Brice O’Neal and Matthew O’Neal; two sisters, Lonna McDonald Deraney (Danny) of Mitchell, and Leigh McDonald Fitzgerald (Bobby) of Warthen; and two brothers, Ken McDonald (Lynn) of Tennille, and Keith McDonald (Robin) of Warthen.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Bethlehem Baptist Church, P.O. Box 85, Warthen, GA 31094.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Martha Rachel Cason Usry
Mrs. Martha Rachel Cason Usry, 80, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Trinity Hospital.

Mrs. Usry was born in Jefferson County to the late Clyde and Lillie Reese Cason. She was a homemaker and a member of New Horizon Church of God.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Pastor Floyd McCombs and Rev. Chris Williford officiating. Burial was at 2 p.m. at Gibson United Methodist Church Cemetery, Gibson.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Lonnie M. Usry; children, Linda Brown (Albert) of Hephzibah, Kathy Smith (Ricky) of Beech Island, S.C., Carol Storey (Jerry) of Evans, Terry Usry of Hephzibah, and Randy Usry (Charlotte) of Evans; brothers, Cecil Cason (Rachel) of Macon, and Earl Cason (Helen) of Jackson, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Jeremy Brown, Dusty Heitz, Dalton Smith, Ryan Storey, Rickey Storey, Josh Storey and Craig Usry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Horizon Church of God, 1800 Windsor Spring Road, Augusta, GA 30906.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

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