Obituaries
October 30, 2014 Issue

Mrs. Louise Warren Gamble Bill
Graveside services were held for Mrs. Louise Warren Gamble Bill at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Louisville City Cemetery, with Rev. David Boggs officiating. Born in Louisville, to Louise Warren Gamble and Roger Lawson Gamble III, Mrs. Bill was a Chi Omega and a graduate of the University of Georgia in 1940. She was also involved in concerned citizens groups for fairness in local government.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Raiford McMillan; and a brother, Roger Lawson Gamble IV.

Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia (Michael) Gamble Bill Desrochers; two grandchildren, Lawson and Vanessa Desrochers; and several nieces and nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Diane Durden
Miss Diane Durden of Avera entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

Miss Durden was born on May 13, 1958, in Jefferson County to the late Grady and Nerisa Davis Durden. She was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board and the Missionary Board. She was a 1976 graduate of Wrens High School.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Magnolia Baptist Church, Avera, with Rev. Wallace Peeples presiding and Rev. David Batts officiating.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Riskteen Durden.

Survivors include her son, Larry D. Jordan Jr. of Augusta; sister, Linda Durden of Avera; brothers, Clyde Durden (Ruby) of Augusta and Matthew Durden (Faith) of Buffalo, N.Y.; aunt, Geneva Pinkston of Thomson; uncle, Sammie Durden of Fayetteville, N.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were her cousins.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons and trustees of Magnolia Baptist Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ivelyn Jordan English
Mrs. Ivelyn Jordan English, 95, of Stapleton entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Cedar Plantation Assisted Living, Metter.

One of five children born to the late Addie Pearl Kitchens Jordan and Tommy Ivy Jordan, Mrs. English grew up in the Mitchell-Stapleton area. She was a long-time member of Stapleton Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years, after which she was a member of Stapleton United Methodist Church. She did crafts at Silver Linings, until she was a patient.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Don Black and Rev. Jason Allen officiating. Interment followed in Stapleton Memorial Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas English; son, Tommy English; daughter, Joyce Allen; and all four siblings, Mary Faglier, Dorsey Jordan, Hardwick Jordan and Fred Jordan.

Survivors include her daughters, Ellen Vickers (Vic) of Tifton, and Krystal Ponder (Ronnie) of Metter; five grandchildren, Greg Ponder (Lisa), Ivey Vickers, Robin Brock (Steve), Will English (Ashley) and Jason Allen (Joanie); and nine great-grandchildren, Laney Allen, Maggie Ponder, Thomas Ponder, Miller Allen, Aaron Allen, Lindsey Ponder, Hadley Allen, Wes Brock and William English.

Pallbearers were Chip Johnson, Cliff Johnson, Will Johnson, Donald Guy, James Sheppard and Scott Stapleton.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Stapleton United Methodist Church.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Marty Jerome Fann
Mr. Marty Jerome Fann of Augusta entered into rest on Oct. 15, 2014.

Mr. Fann was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Nov. 27, 1970, to Marvin Fann and the late Elizabeth Davis Fann. He was a 1990 graduate of Louisville High School, Louisville, and entered the U.S. Marines and served a short term.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Jones Grove Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Linzie Atkins officiating.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Selicia B. Fann.

Survivors include his son, Malcolm Heggs of Augusta; father, Marvin Fann Jr. of Milwaukee, Wis.; sister, Marva J. Atkins (Linzie III) of Durham, N.C.; granddaughters, Ty’Yonna Heggs and Zy’Nae Heggs of Louisville; cousin, Charlie Davis (Jackie) of Louisville; aunts, Margaret Lawson (White) of Macon, Hattie Parrish (Cecil) of Smyrna, Tenn., Queenie Greene, Margaret Evans (George) and Mary Lewis (Marvin) of Milwaukee, Wis.; uncles, Benjamin Trumpler of Orlando, Fla., Jimmy Fann (Tina) of Milwaukee, Wis.; two nieces, one nephew, two great-nieces, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were the Louisville High School class of 1990 and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Roy G. Foster Jr.
Mr. Roy G. Foster Jr., formerly of Wadley, entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

Mr. Foster was born Oct. 9, 1926, in North Wilkesboro, N.C. He was the son of the late R.G. Foster and Lula Lee Stokes Foster. He graduated high school from GMC, and attended the University of Georgia and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Foster was a soldier, highway contractor, aviator, Goldwater conservative and former Georgia State Senator. He was married to the former Parkie Camp Foster of Newnan. Together they had four children. He later married the late Gail McDonald Foster.

Funeral services were held Oct. 23, 2014, at Wadley First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Christopher Shoemaker officiating. Interment followed in Wadley City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gail McDonald Foster; and sister, Virginia Foster Thurston.

Survivors include his children, Roy G. Foster III (DeeDee) of Cumming, Terri Foster Shiver (Tate) of Savannah, W. Hayes Foster (Susan) of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Parkie Foster Sloat (Dave) of San Diego, Calif.; sister, Elizabeth Foster Fulghum of Midville; former wife, Parkie C. Foster of Savannah,; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were R. Zachery Foster, Tyler R. Sexton, George H. Fulghum Jr., Daniel S. Jensen, Fred G. Mason III and Col. C.S. McMillan.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study Group, Iron Men.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Allen Givens
Mr. John Allen Givens, 80, of Hephzibah entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at University Hospital.

One of five children born to the late Gertrude Sullivan Givens and the late Luther Givens, Mr. Givens grew up in Tennessee. He was a member of Wrens Church of God. Mr. Givens served in the Army for 10 years, was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 158, Augusta, a member of Briar Creek Sportsman Club, and a member of the NRA. He co-owned D&G Motorcycle, where he built custom racing motorcycles, and worked in the motorcycle industry for 30 years, after which he retired from Johnson Control with 15 years of service at Fort Gordon.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at Wrens Church of God, with Rev. Jason Burton officiating. Interment followed in Hephzibah Vance Memorial Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeff Givens; and a brother, William Givens.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Emma Wommer Givens; children, John McCormick, David Givens (Ann), Rusty Givens (Susan), Randy Givens (Eleanor), Tim Givens (Jennifer Quick), Ernestine Phelps (Kenneth) and Rebecca Eidson (Tracy); three siblings, Bobby Givens (Faye), Betty Givens-Grogan and Nancy Givens; nine grandchildren, Clinton Canaday, Jessica Givens, Dillon Givens, Trent Givens, Houston Givens, Kenny Phelps, Dusty Phelps, Jack Phelps, Stephanie Eidson and David Eidson; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Danny Keebler, Dillon Givens and members of the Briar Creek Sportsman Club.

Honorary pallbearers were members of SCV Camp 158.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Andre Harris Jr.
Mr. Andre Harris Jr., 24, of Stapleton entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Burke County Medical Center, Waynesboro.

Mr. Harris was born on April 18, 1990, in Augusta to Andre Harris Sr. and Janice Jordan. He attended the Jefferson County School System. He was formerly employed with the Milsco Manufacturing Company, Thomson.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Forrest Dickey and Rev. Kenneth Hannah officiating. Interment was in Gethsemane Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include one daughter, Brooklyn Lewis of Wrens; mother, Janice Jordan of Stapleton; father, Andre Harris Sr. of Stapleton; four sisters, Deneatrece (Clarence) Butts, Tarieisha Jordan, Lateisha Jordan, all of Wrens, and Shannon Harris of Thomson; one brother, LaKeith Jordan of Wrens; stepfather, Danny Daniels of Wrens; stepsister, Shondrika Cannon of Thomson; stepbrother, Andrew Stone of Thomson; friends, Celeste Goodson and Kalynn Lewis, both of Wrens; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Jerry Jordan Jr., Terrell McCoy, Keon Jordan, Walter Davis, Anthony Jordan and Christopher Jordan.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ethel Walden Newsome
Mrs. Ethel Walden Newsome, 87, of Belvedere, S.C., entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Born in Jefferson County, and a resident of Aiken County, S.C., most of her life, Mrs. Newsome was a daughter of the late Gozie Manton and Emma Jeannie Hawkins Walden. She retired from Bath Mill. Mrs. Newsome was a member of Edgehill Church of God In Christ.

A celebration of life service was held on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Langley, S.C., with her nephew, Pastor Perry Walden, and Pastor Bob Still officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Dillon Pop Newsome.

Survivors include daughters, Eva M. Toole, Beech Island, S.C., and Laura Kay (Mark) Robinson, Bath, S.C.; siblings, J.C. (Maudie) Walden, Blythe, and Annette Marschie, Brownsville, Wis.; grandchildren, Miranda (Kenny) Skinner, April Toole, Patrick (Saree) Robinson, Phillip Robinson and Paul Robinson; and great-grandchildren, Mallory Skinner, Will Skinner and Blake Robinson.

Pallbearers were Kenny Skinner, Patrick Robinson, Addison Walden, Reese Walden, Andy Walden, Jeff Walden, Gozie Walden and Charles Walden.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Edgehill Church of God In Christ, c/o Gloria Peluso, P.O. Box 87, Gibson, GA 30810.

Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Marilyn Oliphant
Funeral services for Miss Marilyn Oliphant of Wrens were held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her sister, Roberta Oliphant; and two brothers, Emanuel Oliphant and Calvin Thomas.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. George Edward “Cunny Man” Prickett
Mr. George Edward “Cunny Man” Prickett, 70, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at University Heart and Vascular Center.

Born to the late Dovie Lou Amerson Prickett and the late George Franklin Prickett, Mr. Prickett was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He was a Baptist by faith, but in his later years attended Praise Deliverance International. Mr. Prickett was a farmer all of his life.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Christine Wallace and Rev. Roosevelt Birt officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

He was also preceded in death by his two siblings, Dennis Franklin Prickett and Marion Prickett Wheeler.

Survivors include his wife, Cindia Tyler Prickett; children, Timothy Prickett and Sonia Louise Barnes (William); stepchildren, Rickey Eugene Hodge (Francine), Harlon Lee Hodge (Juanita) and Cindia Hodge; sister, Patricia “Sweet” Bryant; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Bruce Benson, Metrius Fordham, Henry Thomas, Thomas Whigham, Quintavious Williamson and Ben Wilson.

The family requests memorial contributions be made directly to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clinton Frank “Toot” Sims
Mr. Clinton Frank “Toot” Sims entered into rest on Oct. 17, 2014.

Mr. Sims was born on April 7, 1930, to the late Larman and Mary Bessie Sims of Glascock County. He was married to the late Clara Lucille Sims for 52 years. Together they had three children. Mr. Sims became a member of William Grove Baptist Church at an early age. He was employed by Kent Cannery, Gibson, for 14 years. He moved to Atlanta and was employed by the DeKalb County Sanitation Department from 1974 to 1991. He was a member of W.C. Thomas Lodge Mason 112, Atlanta.

Survivors include his daughter, Glady Brown (Edward), Jamesville, N.C.; two sons, Otis Donald Greene (Vickie) of Avera, and Gregory Bernard Sims of Decatur; seven grandchildren, Eric Flemming, Isaac Thompson, William Brown, Mario Greene, Kimblee White (Wright), Lonnail Turner; 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Marvin Sims and Boysie Sims; one sister, Reubertha Kitchen (Julie); raised as siblings, Willie Myrick, Robert Medlock, Mary Brown, Rev. Larry Medlock, Joanne Randel, Evelyn Smith; cousin, Betty Thomas; three brothers-in-law, David and James Smith, Rev. George Jenkins; sisters-in-law, Cheryl Polite (Harold), Carylon Ruffin (Christopher), and Janie Johnson; one godson, Melvin Lousery; and many family and friends.

Pallbearers were Judie McCall, Bobbie Dogan, Freeman Battle, Isaac Thompson, DeWayne Randall and Author Ivey Jr.

Raleigh Rucker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. A.O. Taylor
Mr. A.O. Taylor, 87, of Gibson entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at his residence.

A native of Jackson, Miss., Mr. Taylor was a son of the late G.G. and Katie Clark Taylor. He was a diesel mechanic for more than 30 years and retired from the Yancey Brothers Company. He was an Army and Navy veteran and a member of Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church, with Rev. Dan Bowen officiating. Burial followed in the family lot in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Eha Hawkins Taylor of Gibson; son, James L. Taylor (Jo) of Goldendale, Wash.; daughter, Lawanna Andrus (Don) of Gibson; brother, Paul Othel Taylor of Jacksonville, N.C.; sisters, Omega Whaley of Kinston, N.C., and Susie Clark of Raleigh, N.C.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Yancey Taylor, Matt Andrus, Scott Andrus, Joshua McCoy, Wendell Amerson and Glyn Thomas.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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