Obituaries
April 23, 2015 Issue

Mrs. Enay Beasley Avery
Mrs. Enay Beasley Avery, 75, of Wrens entered into rest on Friday, April, 17, 2015, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Mrs. Avery was born on Nov. 25, 1939, to the late Gladys Tremble Hannah and Alfred Story. She attended school in Jefferson County. She married the late John Beasley Jr., and together had five children. Later in life, she married the late Walter Willie Avery. Mrs. Avery was a longtime member of Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton.

Celebration of life services were held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones Sr. as eulogist and Rev. Leroy Jordan Jr. presiding. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; and siblings James Hannah, Willie Hannah, Thomas Hannah, Robert Hannah and Dorothy Stewart.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra (Michael) Usry; sons, John Beasley, Wallace Beasley, Walter Beasley and Michael Beasley; stepdaughters, Phyricilla Beasley and Sheila Avery; daughter-in-law, Evangelist Janice Beasley; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brothers, Johnny (Mattie) Hannah, Dennis Hannah, Freddie Robinson, Melvin Story and Calvin Story; sisters, Christine Neal and Ruby Story Cason; aunt, Addie Lee Marsh; godchildren, Janice Kay (Edward) Stone and Rev. Kenneth (Carolyn) Hannah; sisters-in-law, Lucy (Preston) Madison and Alesia Avery; brothers-in-law, Harry (Eva Jean) Avery and James (Mary) Avera; and a host of nieces nephews, family and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jean Upton Baird
Mrs. Jean Upton Baird, 84, of Rome entered into rest on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, following a brief illness.

Mrs. Baird was born May 1, 1930, in Jefferson County to the late Thatch Upton and Roxie Lamar Upton.

Mrs. Baird was a homemaker and artist, with her skills including seamstress, quilting and crafts. She volunteered with the schools and as a census taker. Mrs. Baird had been involved with numerous churches over the years and was now attending Calvary Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 17, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Miller and Richards Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Gary Diggs officiating. Interment followed in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cecil Everett Baird; son; five brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include her sons, Tim Baird, Rome, and Robert Baird (Joan) of Athens; daughters, Linda Williams (David), Whitehouse, Ohio, and Cecilia Monette (Chuck), Haddock; brother, Stanley Upton, Wadley; sister, Helen Tanajewski, Swainsboro; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Miller and Richards Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Joann C. Chalker
Mrs. Joann C. Chalker, 75, of Gibson entered into rest on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at University Hospital McDuffie.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at James Funeral Home, Wrens.

Mrs. Chalker was a lifelong resident of Glascock County. She was retired from Wrens Finance as a collection manager, and a member of Gibson Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Hawkins and Mike Chalker; three infant children; and brother, J.B. Chalker.

Survivors include her daughter, Robin (Max) Arrington, Matthews; sisters, Zelma Padgett, Pendleton, S.C., and Mary Brooks, Stapleton; brother, Thomas Chalker, Dearing; and grandchild, Eryn Todd, Augusta.

Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Troy Lamont “Hollywood” Colton
Mr. Troy Lamont “Hollywood” Colton entered into rest on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at UF Health Jacksonville.

Mr. Colton was born on Aug. 21, 1984, to the late Edward Lee Jackson and Alberta Colton Curry (Willie Eugene) in Jacksonville, Fla. He attended John E. Ford Elementary School, Jacksonville, Fla., during his early years. After the death of Mr. Colton’s father, who raised him, in 1995, Mr. Colton relocated to Wadley, where he was raised by his aunt, Mary A. (Joe Sr.) Braswell. He then attended the public school system in Jefferson County. As an adult, Mr. Colton relocated to Jacksonville, Fla., and was employed by Nation Wide Warehouse.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at noon at West Jacksonville Church of God in Christ, Jacksonville, Fla., with Rev. Timothy Roberts Sr. officiating. Interment was in Restlawn Cemeteries and Cremation Garden.

Survivors include his aunt, Mary A. (Joe Sr.) Braswell; children, Troy Jones, Dreem Teonna Colton, Troy Colton III, KeVaughn Colton and Arri Colton, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Edward Colton Sr. of Tallahassee, Fla., Jason Colton Sr. (Natina Young) of Jacksonville, Fla., Joe A. Braswell Jr. of Wadley, and JaQuinton Braswell of Maryville, Tenn.; sisters, Kenyatta Jackson, Iesha Daniels and Meshaco Jackson, all of Jacksonville, Fla., Mareka Braswell-Flournoy of Augusta, Denetria Braswell-Jackson and JaQuita Braswell of Swainsboro; nephews, Jason Jr., Edward Jr., Emeschaco, Edmari, Sy’Daurin, Joe III, Braxton and Ryland; nieces, Quataisha, EdeJa, Ednisha, Iyanna and Kimani; uncles, Johnny Jackson Jr. (Yvonne), Leon Colton, Patrick Colton, Christopher John Colton and William Ferguson, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; great-aunts, Catherine Hall of Savannah, Thelma Carter of Louisville, and Mary Reid of St. Augustine, Fla.; cousins, Robin Brown (James), Teresa Michelle Jackson-Stewart (Wontraious), and Johnny Jackson III, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; friends, Stephanie Gary, Eric Cameron and Beorgie Harris, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Edward Colton Sr., Joe A. Braswell Jr., Johnny Jackson III, Jason Colton Sr., JaQuinton Braswell, Eric Cameron and Don Juan.

Honorary pallbearers were Kenyatta Jackson, Meshaco Jackson, JaQuita Braswell, Iesha Daniels, Mareka Braswell-Flournoy, Denetria Braswell-Jackson and Natina Young.

Harris Mortuary, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Michael Anthony Deraney
Mr. Michael Anthony Deraney, 40, of Mitchell entered into rest on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Mr. Deraney was a native of McDuffie County, but had lived in Mitchell most of his life. He was a self-employed log truck operator and owner of MAD trucking. Mr. Deraney was a member of Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015, at Mitchell United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mary Griswell and Rev. Dawn Brake officiating. Interment followed in Sparta City Cemetery, with Rev. Al Kurtz officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Brandy Deraney of Mitchell; daughters, Jessie Deraney and Ariel Deraney, both of Mitchell; mother and stepfather, Sally and Kenneth Wells of Sparta; father and stepmother, George and Carrie Deraney of Mitchell; sister, Erin D. (Robert) Arnett of Warthen; brothers, Jason Deraney and George Deraney Jr., both of Mitchell; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Henrietta Arnold of Mitchell; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and a nephew. Pallbearers were Bill Garrett, Don Garrett, Rusty Sanders, Robert Arnett, Luke Deraney and George Deraney Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made directly to the funeral home.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Arthur Davis
Mr. James Arthur Davis, formerly of Louisville, entered into rest on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Homestead, Fla.

Mr. Davis was a native of Jefferson County. He was born to the late Lonzie Davis Sr. and Margaret Virginia Farmer Davis. He was a high school graduate of Jefferson County High School and had been employed at Thermo King Incorporation, Louisville, until he relocated to Homestead, Fla., where he worked for several years as a heavy equipment operator with Five Star Paving.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church and Cemetery, Stapleton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Lloyd Davis; father and stepmother, Lonzie Davis Sr. and Gussie Davis; mother and stepfather, Margaret Virginia Davis and James Anderson Davis Sr.; and brother, Lonzie Davis Jr.

Survivors include his children, Kenneth (Candi) Davis Sr. and Jamila Davis, both of Homestead, Fla., James A. Davis Jr., Louisville, and James Glover, Augusta; stepson, John Loyd, Augusta; siblings, Mary Davis Kelly and Kathy Davis (Jimmie) Wiley, both of Louisville, Maria (Carlton) Scarlett, Keysville, Carolyn Davis (Danny) Swint, Hephzibah, and Jasper Davis and Cathelin Davis (Johnnie) Wright, both of Avera; stepsister, Carolyn Davis (John) Crew, Atlanta; grandchildren, Cierra Davis, Issac Davis, Kenneth Davis Jr. and Jamar Davis, all of Homestead, Fla.; step-grandchildren, Jonathan Lloyd and Sarah Lloyd; sisters-in-law, Mildred G. Davis of Homestead, Fla., and Minnie Smith and Dorothy Fowler, both of Miami, Fla.; aunts, Mary Farmer, Wrens, Carolyn Farmer, Stapleton, Dorothy Davis, Augusta, and Catherine (Ernest) Harris of Atlanta; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence of his sister, Mary Davis Kelly, Louisville, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lanora Nattinger
Mrs. Lanora Nattinger, 85, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, April 17, 2015, at Pruitt Health after an extended illness.

Born in Cotton, Mrs. Nattinger was the daughter of the late John H. and Lena Mae Turner. She was a retired seamstress supervisor and a member of Cliffwood Presbyterian Church.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, April 20, 2015, at 3 p.m. at Poteet Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was private.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Tommie Townsend; three brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include her husband, John G. Nattinger; daughters, Jeannie (Andy) Chavous, Aiken, S.C., Brenda Kay, Hephzibah, and Dianne Townsend, Louisville; stepchildren, Bruce (Ann) Nattinger, Wisconsin, Scott (Hope) Nattinger, Connecticut, Ross (Bonnie) Nattinger, Florida, and Todd (Carol) Nattinger and Andrea (Mark) Lamar, both of Augusta; brother, Rev. J. D. Turner, Statesboro; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Cliffwood Presbyterian Church, 2525 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA 30906.

Poteet Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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