Obituaries
May 21, 2015 Issue

Mrs. Clarice Newman Bargainnier
Mrs. Clarice Newman Bargainnier, 86, of Louisville entered into rest on Monday, May 11, 2015, at Pruitt Health of Old Capitol, Louisville.

VA native of Grange, Mrs. Bargainnier was a daughter of the late John Edward and Ester Black Newman. She worked at the Louisville Shirt Factory, in the Louisville High School lunchroom and was a member of Louisville United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015, at Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Hibberts officiating. Burial followed in Louisville City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Malcolm Mack Bargainnier Jr.; and son, Malcolm Mack Bargainnier III.

Survivors include her son, Ronald Allan (Susan Pate) Bargainnier of Bartow; daughter, Linda Kay (Marcus Keith) McLendon of Louisville; daughter-in-law, Judi Wills Bargainnier of Birmingham, Ala.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Chris McLendon, Jace McTier, Michael Schawacker, Steven Bargainnier, Rodney Bryant and Ricky Wasden.

If so desired, the family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Louisville United Methodist Church Building fund, 301 West 7th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Percy Leroy Cannon
Mr. Percy Leroy Cannon, 78, of Mitchell entered into rest on May 15, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Millie Shirey Goodwin
Mrs. Millie Shirey Goodwin, 78, of Augusta entered into rest Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Nancy Hall’s PCH in Evans, Georgia.

Mrs. Goodwin was born in Wrens to the late Shedrach M. Shirey and Clara Peebles Shirey. She was a waitress at Western Sizzlin’ on Walton Way for 15 years. She was a member of the Ladies 225 Bowling Club. She managed the family business, Lawn Master, from 2006 until 2014. She was a member of Dearing Full Gospel Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Eddie Renew and Rev. Jerry Rockefeller officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jim Goodwin; and brother, Gene Shirey.

Survivors include her daughters, Brenda (Bob) Shobert of Grovetown, and Linda (Les) Kitchings of Aiken, S.C.; granddaughters, Julie (Timmy) Calhoun, Brittany Miller and Stephanie Ready; grandsons, James (Krissy) Testi, Justin (Blair) Shobert, Bubba (Stacy) Shobert, Brian (Christy) Briggs and Daniel (Alexx) Kitchings; sister, Betty Ann (Dean) Bales; and brothers, James (Betty) Shirey, Judson Shirey and Danny Shirey; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Brinson, Benny Shirey, Justin Shobert, Bubba Shobert, Jim Pinckney and Steve Ombler.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Amy Harden Gormley
Mrs. Amy Harden Gormley, 70, of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at her residence, after a long battle with cancer.

Mrs. Gormley, daughter of the late William and Amy Powell Harden, was born in Louisville. She was a cake decorator for 25 years with Kroger and was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. Marian Jay officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Gormley.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Alfred “Buddy” Gormley; daughters, Angela Gribanow (John) of Seymour, Tenn., Janice McCoy (Mark) and Amy Fryburger, both of Augusta; brother, John Beasley of Kansas; sisters, Thelma Adcock of Athens, and Jean Muns of Jackson, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Moody Reese, Wayne McCoy, Eugene Muns, Christopher Gribanow, Robert Gribanow and Todd Gribanow.

Honorary pallbearers were Rick and Jannel Marsh, Ruby English, Rose Six, and Kroger 237.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Carrie Belle Waltower Hawkins
Mrs. Carrie Belle Waltower Hawkins of Waynesboro entered into rest on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at her residence.

Mrs. Hawkins was born to the late Charlie Lee Waltower and Martha Griffin Waltower on Aug. 26, 1952, in Burke County. She was a graduate of Burke County High School and later attended technical school receiving her certification in brick masonry. She later moved to New York for several years, where she was employed as a security guard with the city of New York, and the state of New York as a mental hygiene aid. While in New York, she worshipped at Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of God In Christ. She married Dewayne Hawkins. After returning back to Waynesboro in 2010, she joined Rhema Miracle Temple Outreach Center, Waynesboro, where she served as an Usher.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 2 p.m. at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Waynesboro. Interment followed in Bottsford Spring Missionary Baptist Church, Waynesboro.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Freddie Griffin, Mamie Jo “Bessie” Waltower and Eddie Waltower.

Survivors include her husband, Dewayne Hawkins; niece, Tanya L. (Balign) Johnson, Staten Island, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Duwanna Quinn, Staten Island, N.Y.; siblings, Leroy Waltower, Keysville, Jack (Aleshia) Waltower, Ella Mae Jones, Bobbie Jo (John) Boyd and Christine (Alton) Harrison, all of Waynesboro, Josephine Worrell of Staten Island, N.Y., and Charlie Mae Walker, Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Johnnie J. “James” Mack
Mr. Johnnie J. “James” Mack of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at his residence.

Mr. Mack was a native of Jefferson County, born to the late Jesse Mack and Annie Mae Hatcher Mack in Louisville. He was married to Jessie Cunningham Mack. At an early age, he joined Jones Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville. He was employed with Thermo King Incorporation for many years until his retirement.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Jones Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Jerry Dudley as eulogist. Interment followed in Louisville City Cemetery, Louisville.

Survivors include his wife, Jessie Cunningham Mack, Louisville; son, Wayne (Min. Annie Bell) Habersham, Augusta; daughter, Lind Bevins Byrd, St. Petersburg, Fla.; sisters, Ruby Kate Johnson and Annie Laura Mack, both of St. Petersburg, Fla.; stepsisters, Beatrice Norris, Daisy Miller, Dorothy Mather and Della Gibbons; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Robert Lee (Cecil) Cunningham, Mamie (Rev. Bill) Stringfellow, Lorene Cunningham and Hillary Cunningham Jr., all of Chester, S.C., Barbara (Isaiah) Thomas, Louisville, Ruth Maxine (Ronald) Sewell and Lois Cunningham, both of Columbia, S.C., and Oena Grant Mack, Augusta; nieces, Tracy Knight, Louisville, and Felicia Thomas, Augusta; nephew and caretaker, Rodney Nelson, Louisville; godchildren, Lee Hannah III, Milledgeville, Orenthial Andre Hannah, Atlanta, and ArDinia Boatwright, Warner Robins; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Wanda Griswold Mathis
Miss Wanda Griswold Mathis, 51, of Sandersville entered into rest on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at her residence following an extend illness.

Miss Mathis was born in Richmond County to Betty Ann Smith and the late Earl Raymond Griswold. She was a homemaker.

Graveside services were held on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Mitchell, with Rev. Roy Smith officiating.

Survivors include her daughter, Samantha Mathis (Johnathan Daniels) of Sandersville; mother, Betty Ann Smith of Tennille; grandchildren, Dwayne Lewis Mathis and Zoeria Faye Daniels; sister, Wilma Ann Smith (Shannon Hudson); brothers, Wayne Johnson (Emily) and John Wright Smith (Pam), both of Sandersville; nephew, Josh Price; and niece and great-nieces, Rachel Kicklighter (Chad), Cathryn Kicklighter and Camryn Kicklighter; and friend, Donald Forbes.

Donations may be made to The Wanda Mathis Memorial Fund, c/o Geo. D. Warthen Bank, P.O. Box 637, Sandersville, GA 31082

May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ben Lee Moxley Jr.
Mr. Ben Lee Moxley Jr., 88, of Brooker, Fla., entered into rest on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at E.T. York Haven Hospice, Gainesville, Fla., following a long illness.

Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church of Starke at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Interment will be at the Midville City Cemetery, Midville, on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 11 a.m.

Mr. Moxley was born Jan. 15, 1927, in Louisville, to Ben Lee Moxley Sr. and Reba Campbell Moxley. He graduated from Midville High School and attended Georgia Tech for one year before joining the Navy in 1944. He was a gunner in the Navy for two years. After leaving the Navy he attended and graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He worked for the Savannah River Plant in New Ellington, S.C., for four years. In 1955, he went to work with the DuPont Mining Plant, Starke, Fla., where he worked for more than 48 years as a mining engineer, retiring in 1999. He was a founding member and developer of the Starke Golf and Country Club, where he served for many years as president and Board Member. He also served as president of Bradford High School PTA and the Bradford High School Quarterback Club. He was a member of the Augusta Genealogical Society, American Legion, Starke, Fla., and Brooker Baptist Church, and a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Starke.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Betty Burch.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Gwen Netherland Moxley of Brooker, Fla.; son, Ben L. Moxley III of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.; daughter, Lynn (Gene) Melvin of Brooker, Fla.; grandsons, Brian (Cassie) Melvin and Brad Melvin, both of Brooker, Fla.; and granddaughter, Brooke Moxley of Deland, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Brooker Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Brooker, FL 32622.

Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Christopher W. Ray Sr.
Mr. Christopher W. Ray Sr., 45, of Harlem entered into rest May 13, 2015.

Mr. Ray was a native of Wadley, having made Harlem his home for the past 16 years. He was a self-employed master plumber.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 4 p.m. at Posey Funeral Chapel, with speaker John Sullivent.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Christine Edmonds Ray; sons, Justin C. Ray, Martinez, Joshua Woodward, Thomson, Jeffrey T. Ray and Christopher W. Ray Jr., both of Harlem; father, Wayne Ray, Cherokee, N.C.; mother, Maxine Smith, Harlem; brother, Marcus Grimm, Harlem; sisters, Shannon (Kelly) Clark, Augusta, and Pam (Jeff) Pratt, Leesville, S.C.; father- and mother-in-law, Rodger and Becky Edmonds, Belvedere; sister-in-law, Sherry (Tim) Bragg, Augusta; and godchild, Keisha Johnson.

Posey Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nina Lee Roberson
Mrs. Nina Lee Roberson of Wadley entered into rest on May 11, 2015, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 1 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley, with Pastor William Patterson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Abron (Michelle) Roberson; daughter-in-law, Julia (Donald) Williams; her children, Carl, Reggie, Michelle, Keith, Andre, Craig and Angie; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John Walter Socky
Mr. John Walter Socky, 72, of Wrens entered into rest on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Downtown Division of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

Mr. Socky was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Betty Socky Czajka and the late John Walter Socky. He grew up and graduated high school in Orlando, Fla., after which he served as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Days after his honorable discharge in 1963, he married Deleen Whitley Socky, and worked as a pipe fitter until his medical retirement. Mr. Socky and his family lived in Tifton, Valdosta, Decatur, Ill., Albany, Augusta and finally Wrens, where he was a member of Wrens Baptist Church.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Wrens Baptist Church, with Rev. J. Scott McKinney and Rev. Sean Heggood officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Deleen Whitley Socky; sons, J. Kevin Socky (Tricia) and Keith E. Socky (Elizabeth); grandchildren, Christine Reed (Richard), Michelle Socky and Victoria Socky; and great-grandson, Brayden Reed.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Wrens Baptist Church Child Development Center (WBCCDC), c/o Wrens Baptist Church, PO Box 217, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Barbara Thompson Walker
Mrs. Barbara Thompson Walker of Augusta entered into rest on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Walker was born in Jefferson County to the late Arthur and Nellie Myles Thompson.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Doyle Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Bennie Holmes officiating. Burial followed in Doyle Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Joyce (Aaron) Hobson, Hephzibah; sons, Ricky Stone, Donald (Melvine) Stone, both of Augusta, Harvey Stone, Portsmouth, Va.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters; and one brother.

C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial was in charge of arrangements.


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