Obituaries
January 22, 2015 Issue

Dr. Joseph Diehl Beasley
Dr. Joseph Diehl Beasley, 83, entered into rest on Dec. 29, 2014, of natural causes in hospice.

Dr. Beasley was born and spent his early years in Glennville and in Vidette with his grandparents. He was the son of Joseph Hazel Beasley and Sara Thompson Beasley. He was the grandson of Burley H. Beasley and Nicey Priscilla Smith Beasley of Glennville. Dr. Beasley earned his bachelor and medical degrees at Emory University, Atlanta. He concentrated in pediatrics and internal medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, and he attended London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is the former chairman of the Department of Demographics and Human Ecology at Harvard University and served in the past as a dean of the School of Public Health at Tulane University. He was known for his knowledge on population control methods and founded and directed a statewide family planning program in Louisiana. He was chairman of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Dr. Beasley was the author of several books, including The Betrayal of Health, Food for Recovery and How to Defeat Alcoholism.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Hamilton Beasley.


Mr. R. Benton Bryant
Mr. R. Benton Bryant, 85, of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest on Jan. 16, 2015.

Mr. Bryant was a native of Louisville, having made North Augusta, S.C., his home for the past 62 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired from E.I. DuPont with 37 years of service. Mr. Bryant was a member of Belvedere United Methodist Church, where he served as a greeter, was past president of the Men’s Group and handled technical and computer issues for the church.

Graveside services were held on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Louisville City Cemetery, Louisville, with Rev. Andy Carter officiating.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Bryant; son-in-law, William H. Scott Sr.; great-granddaughter, Sara Nicole Willoughby; and two brothers, Ernest and Billy Bryant.

Survivors include his daughter, Angie Scott Boyd (Hugh), North Augusta, S.C.; brother, Robert Bryant, Atlanta; grandchildren, William H. Scott Jr. (Amanda), Kelli Willoughby and Ben Scott (Dede); six great-grandchildren, Will, Laura, C.J., Addison, Taylor and Jordan.

Pallbearers were David Bryant, Mark Bryant, Barry Bryant, Mike Bryant, Chris Veal and Vasey Reece.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 938 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901, or to Gentiva Hospice, 3508 Professional Circle, Suite A, Augusta, GA 30907.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruth Venegas Donaldson
Mrs. Ruth Venegas Donaldson, 80, of Metter and Matthews entered into rest on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Born in Managua, Nicaragua, she was of Catholic faith. She earned a master’s degree in business administration and worked as a management analyst at Fort Gordon.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Rosemary Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Vaughn Drawdy officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter E. Donaldson; and parents, Ruben and Blanca Venegas.

Survivors include her daughters, Ruth A. Donaldson of Woodbridge, Va., Sandra E. Parson of Augusta, Becky (Vaughn) Drawdy of Zebulon, and Sallie Donaldson of Matthews; sister, Esperanza Duque of Davenport, Iowa; grandchildren, Jonathan Drawdy, Emma Parson, Cassa Drawdy; and great-grandchildren, Annelyse and Arizona Drawdy.

Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Miss Merevine Gardner
Miss Merevine Gardner entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

Miss Gardner was born on May 11, 1954, in Jefferson County to the late Robert and Helen Gibbons Gardner. She was a member of Gordon Grove Baptist Church, where she served as a member of the Usher Board and Missionary Society until her health failed. She was a 1975 graduate of Louisville High School. She received a certificate as a CNA.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Gordon Grove Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Walter Holmes officiating.

Survivors include her brothers, Jasper Gardner (Amy) of Louisville; sisters, Argie L. Gardner of Louisville, Lessie G. Porter of Savannah, and Pauline Gardner of Atlanta; nieces and nephews, Michael Jackson, Virginia Porter, Constantine Johnson, Theresa Gardener, Jessica Gardner and Marcie (Christopher) Snyder; great-niece and –nephew, Makala Jackson and Ty Jackson; cousins, Lillie B. Woods, Mattie West, Archie (Juanita) Atkins, Joe (Neloise) Atkins, Agnes Baskins, Henry Atkins, Carl Gibbons, Pamela Mack, Bruce Mack, Betty Habersham, Donnel Gibbons, Kimberly McCoy, Rodney Atkins, Marian (Jerry) Dollard, and Cynthia Tisdol; and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were deacons and trustees of Gordon Grove Baptist Church.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons and trustees of Gordon Grove Baptist Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Annie B. Reed
Mrs. Annie B. Reed, 94, of Wrens entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

Mrs. Reed was a very active member of the Church of God. She worked at Milliken Mill and retired from Rocky River Mill. She made her home in McCormick for 55 years. She was living with her daughter Lannette Reed of Wrens, and previously with her son Wayne Reed of Dalton.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Martin’s Crossroads Church Cemetery, Lincolnton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, S.T. Reed.

Strom Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Deborah James Taylor
Mrs. Deborah James Taylor, 52, of Millen entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Jefferson County, a paraprofessional for the Jenkins County Board of Education, and was a member of the Deep Creek Freewill Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Deep Creek Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Carl Miller officiating. Burial followed in Millen Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ray E. James; and brother, John W. Lyons.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Bobby “Butch” Taylor Jr.; daughter, Jenny Taylor; mother, Helen Phillips Taylor; sister, Elizabeth “Prissy” Lyons; brothers, Brad (Angie) James, Brian (Amy) James and Joey (Tina) Clark.

Crowe-Fields Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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