Obituaries
February 26, 2015 Issue

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Connell
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Connell, 84, of Dallas entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

Mrs. Connell was born March 16, 1930, in Mitchell. She lived in Martinez for many years and was a charter member of The Sanctuary Congressional Church.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home, Hiram. Interment followed at Kennesaw Memorial Park, Marietta.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Connell; and sons, James Rodney Connell and William Erick Connell.

Survivors include her sons, Steve (Connie) Connell, Ranger, David (Edwena) Connell, Dallas, and Glenn Connell, Kingston; sisters, Betty (Harvey) Dixon, Kingsland, and Myra Poole, Martinez; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Clark Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jerry Kilpatrick Foss
Mr. Jerry Kilpatrick Foss, 72, of Avera entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at his residence.

One of four children born to the late Mary Arrington Foss and the late James Kilpatrick Foss, Mr. Foss was born and raised in Augusta, where he attended and graduated from Richmond Academy. He was a served in the Navy. Mr. Foss worked as a control room operator for Olin Chemical, retiring with 36 and a half years of service. He moved his family to Avera, where he has lived for 43 years. He also played the stock market.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with Rev. Jim Dixon officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Susan Foss and Tony Foss.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Martha Rabun Foss; daughter, Sonya Foss Wilson (James); brother, Joseph E. Foss (Teresa); grandson, James Kilpatrick Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Augusta Wounded Warrior Project, 4115 Columbia Rd, Ste 5-333, Augusta, GA 30907-0410, (706) 951-7506, or www.augustawarriorproject.org.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Marcus Hall III
Mr. James Marcus Hall III, 82, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Hall was born and grew up in Savannah, but later his family moved to Wadley, where he graduated from Wadley High School. He attended the University of Georgia. Mr. Hall served in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Hall was the founder and co-owner of Lighting Galleries, Inc. Following his retirement from the lighting and appliance business, Mr. Hall went on to own several Huddle House Restaurants in Augusta, Aiken and Fort Gordon. He was a past member of the Richmond County Jaycees, the Summerville Exchange Club, Augusta Chapter AMBUCS and the Georgia Funseekers. Mr. Hall was a member of Wadley Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Wadley Baptist Church, with Rev. Gene McCoy and Rev. Tom Harrison officiating. Interment followed in Wadley Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Marcus Hall Jr.; sisters, Carolyn Hall Hutchins and Margaret Hall Little; brother, Donald E. Hall; granddaughter, Anna Eloise Hall; stepson, Greg Frost; and niece, Suzanne Wybro.

Survivors include his wife, Julia M. Hall; son, J. Randal Hall (Suzi); daughter, Sherry Baxley (Gene); stepdaughter, Loresa Norris (David); grandchildren, Dr. Brandy Gheesling Bacon (Brian), Trey Gheesling (Tiffany), Mary Catherine Hall, Betsy Hall, Anna Claire Norris and McKinley Norris; great-granddaughter, Anna Kate Prescott; sister, Ann Hall Wilson (Jerry); sister-in-law, Glenda Hall; and many nieces and nephews.

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


Mr. Melvin Hall
Mr. Melvin Hall of Davisboro entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Vero Health and Rehabilitation, Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Neeler AME Church, Davisboro, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Wilhemena Jordan officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his daughters, Nadine (Alex) Brown, Sandersville, Tonji Green and Yolanda Green, both of Boston, Mass.; sons, Darryl Green and Jarvis Green, both of Boston, Mass.; grandchildren, Tina (Ken) Scott, Felecia Brown, Alex D. Brown, Cassondra Brown and Tremanye Brown, all of Sandersville, Monica Green and Xavier Green, both of Boston, Mass.; sisters, Bessie Lee (Neurashia) Shivers and Ida Lee Strowbridge, both of Davisboro; brothers, Calvin Strowbridge, Davisboro, and Willie James Hall, Wadley; aunt, Charlie Mae Cooper, Sandersville; uncle, Charles Jenkins, Davisboro; companions, Floridine Powell, Tennille, and Mary Green, Boston, Mass.; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

M.C. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Katie L. Hoats
Mrs. Katie L. Hoats, 66, of Thomson entered into rest on Feb. 17, 2015, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Hoats grew up in Wrens, and was the daughter of the late John Lewis Rogers and the late Kate Clements Rogers. She graduated from Wrens High School and Augusta Technical College. Mrs. Hoats lived in Thomson most of her life and was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church, where she was in WMU, Acteens, and taught Sunday school for many years. She was retired from the Department of Family and Children Services as a paraprofessional accountant.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Sweetwater Baptist Church, with Rev. Richard Dendler officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Lewis Hoats; daughters, Heather Lake (Matt), Amanda Chester (Matt); brother, Byrd Rogers; and grandchildren, Case Lake, Weston Chester, Jack Lake and Parker Chester.

Memorial contributions be made to the Sweetwater Baptist Church, Renovation Fund, 1606 Wrens Hwy., Thomson, GA30824.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ben Joe Leaptrott
Mr. Ben Joe Leaptrott, 68, of Swainsboro entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Ogeechee Hospice, Statesboro.

Mr. Leaptrott was born in Wadley, and lived in Swainsboro for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Wadley High School 1964 graduating class and was a Deputy Sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and was in law enforcement for 36 years. He was Baptist by faith.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Sammy Willis officiating. Interment followed in the Eastbrook Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ruby Mae Brown Leaptrott.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Frances Watkins Leaptrott of Swainsboro; sons, Carl Franklin Leaptrott (Dorothy) of Swainsboro, and Christopher Jason Leaptrott (Lisa) of Germany; daughters, Tristan Loren Leaptrott of Swainsboro, and Deena Robin Batten (Simon) of Germany; sister, Jean Bearce of Bellview, Fla.; brothers, Don Meadows of Wadley, and J.W. Harris of Lampasas, Texas; grandchildren, Linda Sue Leaptrott, Nikolai Leaptrott, Nora Elizabeth Lilly Leaptrott and Wesley DeJesus; great-grandchild, Nayeli DeJesus; and nieces, nephews and extended family.

Pallbearers were the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Tristan Leaptrott.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Steve Sheram
Mr. Steve Sheram, 69, of Augusta entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at his residence.

A native of Louisville, Mr. Sheram was a son of the late Jerry Guy and Lucille Hett Sheram. He spent time as the owner of Sportsman Village, Louisville, and later worked as a welder throughout Washington and Jefferson counties. Prior to leaving Louisville for Augusta, he attended Walden’s United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Walden’s United Methodist Church, Avera, with Rev. Tommy Anderson officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his daughter, Dr. Mary Lynn Sheram (Dr. T.R. Kinsey) of Evans; son, Steven (Amanda) Sheram of Augusta; grandchildren, Isabella and Abigail Kinsey, and Olivia Sheram; sister, Terrie (Billy) Bissette; brother, Wayne Sheram; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Tom Armistead, Trent Godowns, David Gunn, Larry Cobb, Bobby Anderson, Buddy Johnston, Billy Bissette, Robert Rabun and Paul Williams.

In lieu of flowers, if so desired, make a contribution to the Ronald McDonald Charity House, 1442 Harper Street, Augusta, GA 30912.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Dwayne Washington
Mr. Dwayne Washington of Louisville entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Doctor’s Hospital, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at 1 p.m. at San Clair Missionary Baptist Church, Keysville. Interments will follow in Stone Springfield AME Church Cemetery, Stapleton.

Mr. Washington was a native of Jefferson County. He was born Aug. 27, 1960, to Paul Washington Jr. and the late Joyce Smith Washington in Jefferson County. At an early age, he joined Greater St. Matthews AME Church and later became a member of San Clair Missionary Baptist Church, Keysville, and he was employed with Superior Painting, Inc., as a professional painter.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and siblings, Sandra Washington and Sheryl Lavell Jackson.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Paul and Deola Washington Jr. of Fort Valley; friend, Andean Walker of Gough; stepdaughter, Tiffany Gamble of Gough; siblings, Charlean (Charlie) Hilton and Paul (Edith) Washington, both of Louisville, and William (Bobbie Ann) Washington of Augusta; brother-in-law, Clinton Jackson of Louisville; niece reared as a sister, Shenique (Cornelius) Reynolds of Covington; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence, 1064 Handy Street, Louisville, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jessie Mae Williams
Mrs. Jessie Mae Williams entered into rest on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Alternative Care, Coral Spring, Fla.

Mrs. Williams was born in Vidette on Dec. 5, 1922, to the late Herman Roberson and Rosa Lee Hines Roberson. Mrs. Williams spent her early childhood days in Burke County, and later moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she spent most of her adult life working as a beautician.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at 11 a.m. at James and Virginia Davis Chapel, Louisville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Eunice Roberson Sheely.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Gloristine S. (Loreston) Davis of Ellenwood, Lavern (Jerry) Jones of Waynesboro, and Ricky Sheely, Michael V. Sheely and Lorenzo Roberson, all of Louisville; and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances Carol Williamson
Mrs. Frances Carol Williamson of Swainsboro entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Private funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Tomlinson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Williamson was born in Champaign, Ill., daughter of the late James and Doris Cox. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Williamson; children, Robin Woods (Steven), Terri Everett (Dennis), Robert Williamson Jr. (Sheila), Christopher Williamson and Brian Williamson (Jody); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sister, Helen Thompson.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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