Obituaries
March 26, 2015 Issue

Mr. Herschel Steve Allen
Mr. Herschel Steve Allen, 57, of Kingsland entered into rest on Monday, March 16, 2015, at his residence.

Mr. Allen was born May 20, 1957, in Louisville. He had resided in Camden County since 1976, and was employed with Gilman Paper Company for 25 years.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Allison Memorial Chapel, St. Marys, with Pastor Bobby Woods officiating. Burial followed at Lawnwood Cemetery, Kingsland.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sue K. Allen; and brother, Brian K. Allen.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Gay Allen of St. Marys; father, Harry J. Allen of Kingsland; children, Suzanne Edwards (Scott) of Ormond Beach, Fla., Staci Tucker (Kevin), Jeremy Allen (Therese) and Kelly Allen, all of St. Marys, and Andrew Allen of Kingsland; brother, Eric Allen (Marla) of Woodbine; grandchildren, Caleb Allen, Abby Edwards, Braylee Allen, Kara Tucker, Brasen Tucker, Kamryn Cohn, Liz Allen, Kylie Allen, Britny Edwards, Dillion Edwards and Cody Edwards; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Kevan Kelley, Kenneth Kelley, Billy Kelley Jr., Ron Kelley, Vic Hall and Van Hall.

The family requests memorial contributions in be made to Heartland Hospice, 664 Scranton Road, Brunswick, GA 31520.

Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Chris Arrington
Mr. Chris Arrington, 48, of Harlem entered into rest on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Mr. Arrington was born in Augusta to the late George F. and Paulette Strickland Arrington. He built and raced dirt track cars.

Graveside services were held on Monday, March 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Moriah Church Cemetery, Wrens, with Rev. Robert W. Reese officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Arrington; daughter, Jessica Hering (Corey) of Thomson; grandchildren, Gerald Burke and Evelyn Hering.

Thomas L. King Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Julian Wayne Battle
Mr. Julian Wayne Battle, 81, of Wadley entered into rest at his residence on Monday, March 16, 2015, following a courageous battle with ALS. A native and lifelong resident of Wadley, Mr. Battle was born on Feb. 1, 1934, the son of the late Julian H. Battle and Annie May Battle. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wadley, where he served as a trustee and a member of the Administrative Board. He was the founder, owner, and president of Battle Lumber Company, where he devoted over 50 years of his life to building his company for his children and grandchildren. He was a founder and past Board Chairman for both Bartow Academy and Thomas Jefferson Academy, where he was a supporter of their academic and athletic programs. Mr. Battle was a past member of the Wadley City Council and past president of the Wadley Jaycees. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Wadley as well as the Queensborough National Bank Holding Company.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at First United Methodist Church of Wadley. Burial followed at Wadley Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Rebecca Anglin Battle; sister, Joanne Blount (Bill), of Canton; children, Teresa Battle Miller (Craig), Tommy Battle (Rita), and Laura Battle Swan (Bob), all of Wadley; grandchildren, Becky Miller Pryor (Charles) of Americus, Kristin Miller Dale (Johnny), Thomas Battle (Mandy), Drew Battle, Katelyn Battle, Rob Swan, Matt Swan, Jon Swan and Annie Swan, all of Wadley, and Mary Beth Miller of Atlanta; great-grandchildren, Miller Anne Pryor and Shep Pryor of Americus, Michael Dale and Georganna Dale, and Sara Thomas Battle, all of Wadley; and nephew, Joel Payne (Lynn) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Pallbearers were Thomas Battle, Drew Battle, Rob Swan, Matt Swan, Jon Swan, Charles Pryor, Johnny Dale and Michael Coccia.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Men of the First United Methodist Church of Wadley along with Timmy Beckworth, David Brantley, Don Bray, Bobby Brett, Andy Calhoun, Jack Cooper, Harry Gilmore, James Hall, Nathaniel Hall, Billy Lamb, Rusty Logue, Tim Lumpkin, Paul McDaniel, Jeff Miller, Olin Netherland, Paul Purvis, George Rachels, Chris Rountree and Anthony Strowbridge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Wadley, P.O. Box 99, Wadley, GA 30477, or to Thomas Jefferson Academy, 2264 U.S. Hwy 1, North, Louisville, GA 30434.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Edward Chalker
Mr. Charles Edward Chalker, 64, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, March 20, 2015, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Chalker, a native of Glascock County, was the son of the late Thelma and Roy Lee Chalker. He was a retired mechanic with the Stapleton Garment Company and of Protestant faith.

Survivors include his daughter, Sherry Laresa Chalker of Augusta; grandchildren, Zaxurary Ryan Chalker, Lauren Paige Johnson and Karen MacKenzie Shirey; and sister, Frances Tankersley of Warrenton.

Lowe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Christine “Chris” Culbreth
Mrs. Christine “Chris” Culbreth, 65, of Twin City entered into rest on Friday, March 13, 2015, at her residence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Culbreth was a native of Emanuel County. She was a member of William Grove Holiness Church, and later moved her membership to Durden Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Culbreth was a factory worker and later a social service technician.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at noon at the Durden Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Milton Rollins officiating and Rev. Bennie Brinson assisting. Interment was in Willow Spring Church Cemetery

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Isaac Culbreth of Twin City; daughter, Veronica C. Woods of Swainsboro; sons, Fredrick D. Culbreth of Fayetteville, N.C., and Christopher Culbreth of Atlanta; sisters, Daisy Williams of Augusta, and Jerlene Rountree of Swainsboro; brothers, Charles E. Rountree of Atlanta, and Walter Wayne Rountree Jr. of San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Jeffrey Rountree, Richard Rountree, Kelvin Rountree, James O. Rountree Jr., Anthony Lovette, Eric Mitchell, Henry C. Williams Jr., Reveilo Strobridge, Timothy Bishop, Byron Culbreth, Titus Culbreth, Dwayne Culbreth, Eugene Smith and Rodney Strobridge.

Mosley’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Harvey Davis Jr.
Mr. Harvey Davis Jr., 56, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at his residence.

Mr. Davis was born in Augusta on Jan. 29, 1959, to the late Harvey Lee Davis Sr. and the late Carrie Gibbons Davis.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Wrens Chapel AME Church, Wrens, with Rev. Dr. Cassandra M. Hill and Rev. Norman Roberts Jr. officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sheila Renee Jordan Davis; daughter, La Tara Charell Davis; and brothers, Alvin Davis and Larry Davis.

Survivors include his son, Antonio Tavarius (Felicia) Davis; daughter, Miranda Charell Davis ; grandchildren, Shaquanek Hunt, Ja’naeshea Davis, Ladarious Davis, Tadarious Davis, Antonio Davis Jr., Xavier Davis, Kylan Davis and Jameria Davis; siblings, Calvin (Francine) Davis Sr., Shelia Davis, Vinson Simpkins and Linda Davis; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Juliette “Nana” Landrum Grimaud
Mrs. Juliette “Nana” Landrum Grimaud, 82, of Grovetown entered into rest on Friday, March 20, 2015, at her residence.

Mrs. Grimaud was the daughter of the late Curtis and Effie Means Landrum. She was born in Louisville, and retired as a nursing assistant from Gracewood State School and Hospital. She was a member of Grove Baptist Church and a former member of Silvercrest Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Dr. Roy L. Head officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeffrey L. Hall II.

Survivors include her husband, Louis A. Grimaud Sr.; son, Louis A. “Andy” Grimaud Jr. (Kim) of Orlando, Fla.; daughters, Sandra Salazar (Michael) of Grovetown, and Dianne Hall Luken (John) of Harlem; sister, Elizabeth Williams (Ernest) of Dade City, Fla.; grandchildren, Heather Backus, Mickey Salazar, Amanda Galbraith and Amber Grimaud; and great-grandchildren, Kendell Hall, Sutton Backus, Josiah Galbraith and Sophia Galbraith.

Pallbearers were Ryan Backus, Michael P. Mickey Salazar, Jr., Nicholas Landrum and Curtis Landrum.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rubye Louise Huff Kitchens
Mrs. Rubye Louise Huff Kitchens, 85, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at her residence after a long hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s.

Mrs. Kitchens was one of four children born to the late Maude Smith Huff and the late Clarence Huff in Warren County and lived all of her life in this area. She worked as a secretary for the Dental Clinic 1, Fort Gordon, retiring after more than 30 years of service. Mrs. Kitchens was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. John A. Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in Jefferson County Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Ernest Lamar Kitchens; and brother, Clarence Huff Jr.

Survivors include her son, Jeffrey A. Kitchens; sister, Audrey Rose; brother, Robert Huff; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were active deacons of Reedy Creek.

Honorary pallbearers were inactive deacons, Larry Hudson, Lindsey Leverett, Brian Usry and Phil Usry.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Reedy Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Mark Davis, 214 Old Thomson Road, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Lauren Ruth McLeod
Miss Lauren Ruth McLeod, 58, of Moultrie, formerly of California, entered into rest on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the home of her sister, Jean Norman.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Baker Funeral Home Chapel.

Miss McLeod was born May 21, 1956, in Marietta, daughter of Richard W. McLeod and Lillian Stevens McLeod. She was a neurological muscular therapist and was a Methodist.

Survivors include her sisters, Jean Norman (Wandall) of Moultrie, Melody McLeod Mosby (Charles A.) of Comer, and Carol McLeod of Louisville; four nieces; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

Donations may be made to Pruitt Health Hospice, 407 Cowart Ave., Valdosta, GA 31602.

Baker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Viola Neal-Hill
Mrs. Viola Neal-Hill entered into rest on March 19, 2015.

Mrs. Neal-Hill was born to the late Elijah Neal Sr. and the late Jessie Bell Hannah-Brown on March 4, 1931. She joined Sand Valley AME Church at an early age, but later united with New Zion Baptist Church, where she served on the Missionary Board until her health declined. She was employed at GLIT until she retired. She was married to the late Johnnie Hill Sr. and together had eight children.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Bennie Holmes officiating. Interment was in Stone Springfield AME Church Cemetery, Stapleton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; stepfather, Singleton Brown Sr.; brother, Elijah Neal Jr.; sister, Johnnie Mae Ramsey; and granddaughter, Jamelia Avera.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary (James) Avera, Carrie (Wallace) Andrews, Earline Davis, Janett Avera, Eva Jean (Harry) Avery, all of Wrens, Stella (Cleophas) Terrell of Avera, Lillie Lewis of Augusta, and Alberta (Robert) Wilcher of East Point; sister, Alice Ruth (Ed) Smith, Mullins, S.C.; brother, Albert (Yvonne) Walker, Evans; stepbrother, James (Plexie) Brown; stepsisters, Ollie Brown, Emma Swan and Sarah Flournoy, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. W. Bruce Salter
Mr. W. Bruce Salter, 88, of Bartow entered into rest on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Mr. Salter was born in Bartow, the son of the late Emory Carson Salter and the late Annelle Livingston Salter. He graduated high school from Georgia Military Academy, Milledgeville, prior to attending Columbia University, New York. Mr. Salter’s collegiate career was then halted due to his commission into the U.S. Navy to serve in WWII. After his military service, he resumed his education at Duke University, where he became a Tau Beta Pi honor graduate, with a degree in civil engineering. Mr. Salter returned to Bartow, where he began a 30 year career as a civil engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation. He was a registered land surveyor and a licensed professional engineer. Mr. Salter was a member of Bartow Baptist Church.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Bartow City Cemetery, with Rev. S.W. Middleton officiating.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Olive S. Gabbert.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Gwendolyn Thompson Salter of Bartow; sons, Wallace Bruce Salter Jr. (Rose) of Bishop, Emory Bennett Salter (Faye) of Sandersville, William Alfred Salter (Jone) of Atlanta, Timothy Leon Salter (Lynn) of Statesboro, and John Mark Salter Sr. (Cheryl) of Evans; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Friends of Bartow Cemetery, 7420 Church Street, Bartow, GA 30413.

May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Bessie C. Thomas
Mrs. Bessie C. Thomas of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Unihealth Post-Acute Care-Old Capitol, Louisville.

Mrs. Thomas was a native of Jefferson County, but in her younger years moved to Detroit until 1960. She was born in Wadley. She is the widow of the late Milford B. Thomas. After moving back to Jefferson County, she worshipped at Pine Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, and she was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at James and Virginia Davis Memorial Chapel, Louisville. Interment was in Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include her nephew, James Tremble of Louisville; great-niece, Dorothy Tennyson of Louisville; goddaughter, Bernice Harris of Wadley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mandie Lee Walker
Miss Mandie Lee Walker, 106, of Wadley entered into rest on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Louisville, with Pastor David Blockum officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her niece, Lula Bell Collins, Cleveland, Ohio; great-nieces and -nephews, Earlene “Betty” (Ed Willie “Bobby”) Coley, Henry (Delores) Williams and Larry (Angela) Williams, all of Augusta, Bertha Hines, Wadley, Willie James (Thelma) Williams and Pamela (Willie) Smallwood, both of Louisville, Charlie Lee (Shellann) Williams, Vidette, Brenda (Earnest) Barksdale and Donald (Debra) Williams, both of Martinez, Frederick (Shenee’) Williams, Anchorage, Alaska, Debra (Kenneth) Leverette, O’Fallon, Ill., and Brenda Bynes, Byron Bynes and Bonita (Kevin) Pruitt, all of Cleveland, Ohio; and a host of great-great-nieces and -nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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