Obituaries
October 16, 2014 Issue

Mrs. Ora B. Floyd Byrd
Mrs. Ora B. Floyd Byrd of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Byrd was a native of Jefferson County. She was born to the late Emanuel Floyd and Lillie Bell Hill Floyd, July 22, 1931, in Jefferson County. She was married to the late Henry Byrd Sr. and to this union nine children were born. At an early age, she joined Solomon Temple Missionary Baptist Church, Moxley, where she served on the Missionary Board, was a member of the choir for more than 15 years. In 1980, she was employed with Heritage of Old Capital Nursing Home, Louisville, as a CNA and healthcare worker.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Solomon Temple Missionary Baptist Church, Moxley, with Rev. Eric Tate officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband; children, Jessie Byrd, Essie Byrd, Mary B. Davis and Henry Byrd Jr.

Survivors include her children, Lillie Virginia Byrd and Diane (Darius) Norfleet, both of Tocoma, Wash., Annie Dorothy Newcomb, Melinda (William) Peeples, both of Elkton, Fla., and Lizzie M. Byrd of Louisville; brother, Paul Floyd of St. Augustine, Fla.; sister, Annie Sherrod of Wadley; daughter-in-law, Linda Byrd of Andrew, S.C.; brothers-in-law, Artis (Emmitt) Byrd of Wadley, and Frank (Annie Dorothy) Byrd of St. Augustine, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clyde J. D’Antignac III
Mr. Clyde J. D’Antignac III, 69, of Missouri City, Texas, entered into rest on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at his residence.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at 5 p.m. at Charlie A. Reid Chapel, Augusta.

Mr. D’Antignac was native of Augusta, but lived in Houston, Texas, and Missouri City, Texas, for 36 years.

Charlie A Reid Sr. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Edwin Gaskin Jr.
Mr. William Edwin Gaskin Jr., 71, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at University Hospital.

Mr. Gaskin, a native of Augusta, was the son of the late William Edwin and Jimmy Mae Gaskin Sr. He was a retired conductor from CSX Railroad.

Memorial services were held at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Keith Weekley officiating.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Glenda Michelle Gaskin.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Gaskin; children, Gordon Gaskin of Augusta, Darrell Gaskin of Wadley, Joy Gaskin Kraft of Hardeeville, S.C., Alicia Gaskin Rice of Houston, Texas, and Dana Johnson of Augusta; and eight grandchildren.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Miss Mary Lou Grant
Miss Mary Lou Grant entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

Miss Grant was born in Columbia County on April 5, 1943, to the late Rodena Grant and James Henderson. She was employed by Homestead Drapery for over 10 years until it closed. Miss Grant was also employed for 38 years as a floral designer for Bush’s Florist, North Augusta, S.C., and worked in University Hospital’s cafeteria for many years. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Columbia County, where she served on the Usher Board. She graduated in 1961 from Lucy Craft Laney High School.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at 3:15 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Columbia County.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Oliver and Cleveland Grant; uncle, Tom Grant; and sister-in-law, Barbara Grant.

Survivors include her daughter, Cheerryl Burnita West Starr (Lorenza Jr.); grandson, Lorenza Starr III; granddaughters, Kayla Starr and Chastiney Starr; sister, Dorothy Jones; aunt, Mary Gamble; sister-in-law, Ola Wells; five nieces; one nephew; three great-nieces; four great-nephews; friend, Matilda Lewis; and a host of other family and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Dahlia Thompson Hadden
Mrs. Dahlia Thompson Hadden, 86, of Stapleton entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville. Mrs. Hadden was born to the late Willie Brassell Thompson and the late James Lawrence Thompson in Glascock County and was a lifelong resident of the Gibson-Stapleton area. She was a member of Stapleton Baptist Church until her health declined. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at Stapleton Baptist Church, with Rev. Tim Crosby officiating. Interment followed in Stapleton Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny G. Hadden; son, Michael Hadden; son-in-law, Randy Gay Sr.; and siblings, Ruby Hadden, Jewel Newsome, Pauline Shepherd, Edward Thompson and Roger Thompson.

Survivors include her daughters, Sharon Gay Broome (Alan) and Karen “Kay” H. Tiner (Jeffery); sister, Evelyn Smith (Ray); five grandchildren, Randy Gay Jr. (Amy), Matt Tiner (Hillary), Cole Tiner, Tabetha Ragin (David), and Courtney Ellingson (Joe); five great-grandchildren, Lux Gay, Blakely Gay, Blake Ragin, Charley Ragin and Zoe Ellingson; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Pallbearers were Randy Gay Jr., Matt Tiner, Cole Tiner, Lester Hadden, Charles Hadden and Jerry Hadden.

Honorary pallbearers were Terry Redfern, John Hadden Jr., and the T. E. L. Ladies Sunday School Class.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Christeen Harden
Mrs. Christeen Harden of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church, Bartow, with Pastor Gary Wallace officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Annette Taylor (Michael) Skyles, Brooklyn, N.Y.; four sisters, Patricia (Roman) Johnson, Willie Alice (William) Turner and Annie Jenkins, Wadley, and Vivian Gaddis, Trenton, N.J.; four brothers, Willie James (Lillie Mae) Tarver, Bartow, Elijah Tarver and Ed Willie Tarver Scott, Wadley, and Grady Tarver Jr., Hollywood, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Alice Harden Jacksonville, Fla., and Juanita Tarver, Wrens; brothers-in-law, Ernest Harden Jr. and David Flowers, Jacksonville, Fla., and James Ford, Ailey; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Terry Fann, Maurice Gamble, Darius Harris, Michaun Tarver, Ricky Tarver, Wendell Tarver and Willie James Tarver.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Lula Mae Haynes
Miss Lula Mae Haynes of Davisboro entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at a Dublin hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at noon at Neeler AME Church, Davisboro. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Rochelle Fort and Mark Haynes, both of Davisboro, Patricia Haynes, Louisville, Linda Hollis, Dublin, Barbara Haynes, Atlanta, Frank Haynes, Warner Robins, Bennie Haynes, Tennille, Jerome Haynes, J.P. Haynes and Anthony Haynes, all of Atlanta, and Eric Harper, Wrightsville; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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


Mrs. Agnes Mert Cheeley Tucker
Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Mert Cheeley Tucker, 85, of Mitchell were held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at noon at Fellowship Baptist Church, Mitchell, with Rev. Dr. John Augustus Lockhart officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Haynes and Thomas Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Tom Harry G. Humphrey Jr.
Mr. Harry G. Humphrey Jr. of Martinez entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at his residence.

A private memorial service will be held in Harrison at the farm at a later date.

Mr. Humphrey was born to Harry G. Humphrey Sr. and Adel Sheppard Humphrey of Avera. Mr. Humphrey was retired a production manager from G&K Linen Company after 37 years.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ann Smith Humphrey; sons, Stacey G. Humphrey, Modoc, S.C., Cameron J. Humphrey, Martinez; daughters, Stephanie A. Humphrey, North Augusta, S.C., Angela M. Humphrey, Martinez, Paige Hammond (Brad), Edgefield, S.C.; brother, Donnie J. Humphrey (Karen) Modoc, S.C.; cousin, Larry Kitchens, Gibson; three grandchildren, Garrett J. Hammond and Emily G. Hammond, Edgefield, S.C., and Connor J. Humphrey, Martinez.

McNeill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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