Obituaries
August 28, 2014 Issue

Mr. Franklin Eugene Akers
Mr. Franklin Eugene Akers, 60, of Stapleton entered into rest on Aug. 23, 2014, at Doctors Hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


SSG (Ret.) Georgene Jackson Allen
SSG (Ret.) Georgene Jackson Allen entered into rest on Aug. 19, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Allen was born on July 5, 1947, in Jefferson County, to the late George Albert Jackson Sr. and the late Julia Mae Burnett Jackson. She became a member of the Thompson Springhill AME at an early age, where she served in the choir and the Missionary Society. She was crowned queen of the Missionary Society earlier this year. She was employed by Augusta Technical College, Burke County Board of Education and as a dispatcher for the Burke County Law Enforcement. Mrs. Allen served as a motor transport operator in Iraq during the Desert Storm Campaign. She served in the Georgia National Guard 1148 Transportation Unit and retired after 22 years as a Staff Sergeant. Georgene was an inert member of the Paramount Chapter no. 337 Order of the Eastern Star.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Thompson Springhill AME Church, Matthews, at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. Nokomis R. Jones as eulogist and Rev. Stephen Smith presiding. Interment was in Doyle Grove Baptist Church, Blythe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melford Richard Allen; and granddaughter, Easter Robinson.

Survivors include her two children, Sheila (James) Jackson Melford (Melissa) Allen, both of Hephzibah; five brothers, George A. Jackson Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., Benjamin F. Jackson of Augusta, Robert (Gwendolyn) Jackson of Midville, and Wayne A. Jackson and Keith B. Jackson, both of Hephzibah; three sisters, Audrey A. Jefferson of Houston, Texas, Joy Roland of Augusta, and Torra (Dennis) Thomas of Keysville; two aunts, Sherry Brown of Harrisburg, Pa., and Rosa Lee Roberson of Hephzibah; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a nephew she adopted as her son, Anthony B. Jackson of Hephzibah; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Alice Andrews
Mrs. Mary Alice Andrews, 86, of Augusta entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at University Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, with Rev. Mark Pierson, Rev. Dr. Cassandra Hill and Rev. Samuel Thompkins officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. James Andrews.

Survivors include her sons, Willie James (Teresa) Andrews, Robert (Jessie) Andrews and Norvell Andrews, Hopkins, S.C.; daughters, Betty (Mickey) Cade, Birmingham, Ala., Gloria (Earnest) Sanders, Mary Frances Lockhart, Amanda (Bernard) Fouch, Loretta (Samuel) Walker, Brown Mills, N.J., Victoria Andrews, Teresa (Earnest) Brown; sisters, Rosetta Habersham, Louisville, Almarita Williams, Columbia, S.C., Beauteen (Saul) Walls, Union, N.J.; brothers, Vernon Mosley, Elizabeth, N.J., Hernon (Christel) Mosley, Lacey, Wash., Wade (Yvonne) Mosley, Willie (Hattie) Mosley, both of Swainsboro, Jerome (Cynthia) Mosley, Union, N.J.; adopted daughters, Catherine (Fred) Handy, Lucille Williams, Sarah Quarterman; extended family, Ernest Andrews and Ada Harris, both of Wrens, Lamar Andrews, Augusta, Vera Andrews, Jacksonville, Fla.; 29 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and host of other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Margaret Hilson Bailey
Mrs. Margaret Hilson Bailey, 82, of Kinston, N.C., entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Mrs. Bailey was the daughter of the late Tobe and Elizabeth Kitchens Hilson. Mrs. Bailey was a member of First Baptist Church of Kinston and a homemaker. She later retired as a Teacher Assistant at Teachers Memorial School.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Howard-Carter Funeral Home, with Rev. Jon Hoover officiating. Burial followed at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James “Jim” LaVerne Bailey; and brother, Allan Hilson.

Survivors include her sons, Philip A. Bailey of Conyers, and Flynn P. Bailey of Winterville, N.C.; grandchildren, Steven and Seth Bailey; and sister, Glenda Barber of North Augusta, S.C.

Howard-Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Brenda Cheryl Beasley
Mrs. Brenda Cheryl Beasley, 53, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

rs. Beasley grew up in Wrens. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Augusta College and earned her nursing degree from Medical College of Georgia. She was a member of the Amateur Pool Association, where she placed in the top 10 national rankings. She worked as a registered nurse at Veterans Administration Downtown Division for the last 29 years.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Thomas Poteet and Son, with Rev. Don Prosser officiating.

Survivors include her sons, Cody Beasley and John Paris Beasley; sister, Carla Bolineau (Judson); father of her children, Al Beasley; nieces, Kelly Bryan (Jason) and Autumn Bolineau; and great-nephew, Clyde Riddle Bryan.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Barbara Jean Tarver Bowers
Mrs. Barbara Jean Tarver Bowers entered into rest on Aug. 19, 2014.

Mrs. Bowers was born in Wadley on May 18, 1951, to the late Eddie and Lula Foley Tarver Sr. She was a member of Pinola Church of God. She received graduated from Jefferson County High School in 1969. She was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Pinola Church of God, Wadley.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Willie Tarver Sr., Eddie Tarver Jr. and Jeanette Williams.

Survivors include her daughters, Happy Wilson (Benjamin) of Adrian, and Hope Lewis (Wesley) of Wadley; husband, Herman Latimore of Wadley; brothers, Ben Tarver (Lula), Freddie Tarver (Juanita) and Curtis Tarver (Diane), all of Wadley; sisters, Katie McGhee, Elizabeth Heggs (Robert), Essie Thomas and Betty Seabrooks (Earl), all of New York, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Mae Florence Tarver; three grandchildren, Carlos Stone Jr., January Davis and Cardarius Stone; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Gloria Williams Browning
Mrs. Gloria Williams Browning, 64, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

Mrs. Browning was born in Wrens, but was a lifelong resident of Augusta. She was a member of Windsor Heights Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Thomas Poteet and Son, with Chaplain Rick Boland officiating. Interment was in Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery, Dublin, at 4 p.m.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George L. Browning; father, Arthur Franklin Williams Sr.; and brother, Arthur Franklin Williams Jr.

Survivors include her daughters, Carol Browning Parker (Gregg) and Kimberly Cookie Browning Gaddy (Drew); son, George Michael Browning; grandchildren, Amber and Joshua Brannen, Tony Parker, Katie Gaddy Farmer (Dale), Zachary, Ethan and Toree Gaddy, Andrew and Whitney Degnan; brothers, Robert McNair (Ann), D. Scottie Williams (Debbie); sisters, Carolyn Johnson, Marie Ledbetter (Herbert), Bettie Williams and Teresa Rish (Eddie); and mother, Betty Farrer Kemp.

Pallbearers were Dallas Snowden, Billy King, Caleb Ledbetter, Dean Cook, Zachary Gaddy, Ethan Gaddy and Brad Keeney.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30909, or to the University Hospital’s Harry W. Jernigan Cancer Center Fund, 2100 Central Avenue, Suite D1, Augusta, GA 30904.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas Lamar Jordan
Mr. Thomas Lamar Jordan, 74, of Albany entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at his residence.

A native of Blakely, Mr. Jordan had resided in Albany for the past 53 years. He was retired from Allstate Insurance Company and was a member of First Free Will Baptist.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church, with Rev. Billy D. Hanna officiating. Interment followed at Crown Hill Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlton Cortez “Jack” Jordan and Mary Pace Jordan Chandler; and two sisters, Dyanne Jordan Clinkscales and Janyce Jordan Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Seay Jordan, Albany; daughter, Paige Jordan Ingrum (Jay), Warner Robins; son, Bradley Jordan, Albany; two brothers, LaDon Jordan, Blakely, and Billy Jordan (Barbara), Louisville; two sisters, Judy Jordan Brank, Blakely, and Delores Jordan Baber (Jim), Crozet, Va.; stepfather, Homer L. Chandler, Blakey; and two grandchildren, Spencer Ingrum and Ainsley Jones.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church, 420 N. Westover Rd., Albany, GA, 31707.

Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Margaret Virgina “Gina” Davis
Mrs. Margaret Virginia “Gina” Davis of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

Mrs. Davis was a native of Jefferson County, born Nov. 29, 1924, to the late Tom Wesley and Daisy Jones-Farmer. At an early age, she joined Stone Springfield AME, Stapleton. She attended the Stone Springfield Church School. In 1942, Mrs. Davis married Lonzie Davis Sr., and they had three children, James, Lonzie Jr., and Mary. On Dec. 24, 1950, she married James Anderson Davis Sr., and they had two children, Maria and Kathy. They were married for 36 years before his death in 1986. With her husband, James, they joined Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist, where she served on the Missionary Board, Mothers Board and was a deaconess. For 49 years, Mrs. Davis worked as a CNA for Jefferson Hospital. She cofounded alongside her husband, James, Davis Funeral Home, Louisville. Mrs. Davis became a licensed funeral director in 1972. She was a member of the Sixth District Funeral Service Practitioners Association and the State of Georgia Funeral Services Practitioners Association. She was named Mortician of the Year for 20

13 by the Sixth District Georgia Funeral Services Practitioners Association.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Stone Springfield AME Church and Cemetery, Stapleton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; five siblings, Charlie (Essie Mae) Farmer, Claude (Evella) Farmer, Clifford (Sarah) Farmer, Mary Lou (Jimmy) Overby and Randolph Farmer; stepsister, Bettye Stevens; son, Lonzie Davis Jr.; son-in-law, John E. Kelly Sr.; and daughter-in-law, Laura Lloyd Davis.

Survivors include her son, James Davis; three daughters, Mary Davis-Kelly, Maria (Carlton) Scarlett, and Kathy (Jimmie) Davis-Wiley; stepdaughter, Carolyn (John) Crew; a son she reared as her own, Noah Swint; daughter-in-law, Mildred Gibbons Davis; 18 grandchildren, Orienthal Andre Hannah, Lee O’dell Hannah, John Kelly Jr., Robert Kelly Sr., Wesley Kelly I, Krystin Kelly, Jocelyn Kelly, Joseph Scarlett, Christopher (Cynthia) Davis, Jeffery (Felicia) Davis, Ricky (Bonita) Davis, Angela Davis, Dionne (Stacey) Volmar, James Davis, James Glover, Kent (Candi) Davis and Jamilla Davis; adopted grandchildren, Wanda (Terrance) Gibbons, Michael N. Johnson, Mimi (Tesfoye) Tucho, Miranda (Harold) Moore, Chara Washington Monlton, Alia Hill and Kia Hill, and Catina Thomas of Arizona; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Tom Wesley (Mary) Farmer Jr.; sister-in-law, Carolyn Stone Farmer; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Wynn “Speakie” Stephens Jr.
Mr. Charles Wynn “Speakie” Stephens Jr., 93, of Wrens entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

One of six children born to the late Charlie and Annie Barton Stephens, Mr. Stephens was a lifelong resident of Wrens and member of Wrens United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school, served as a Trustee, and was a lay preacher. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a clerk typist with the 1721st Signal Service Battalion in the South Pacific and was the last surviving charter member of American Legion Post 229. He was also instrumental in establishing the Veterans Park in Wrens. After his military service, he followed his father’s footsteps as the owner, editor and publisher of The Jefferson Reporter from 1946 to 1987. During his time, he won numerous awards for articles he wrote. In 1979, he and his wife, Jeanne, began the Ancestoring column in the Jefferson County newspaper, which he continued to write until his death. He also served as a mail carrier in Matthews and Avera. He served as a volunteer fireman, city councilman, and an officer for Wrens Memorial Cemetery. In 2005, he won The Giving

Your Best Award sponsored by News Channel 6 for his commitment to the community.

Funeral services were held at James Funeral Home Chapel at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, with his grandson, Rev. Evan English, and Rev. Thad Harvey officiating. Interment with military honors followed in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Jeanne Robinson Stephens; and four siblings, Elizabeth Stephens Richardson, Ralph Haygood Stephens, John Barton Stephens and Robert Clarence Stephens.

Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Allison of North Augusta, S.C., Jeannie English (Billy) of Martinez, and Cyndi Culpepper of Martinez; sister, Norma Godowns of Orangeburg, S.C.; six grandchildren, Charlie Allison (Michelle), Evan English (Kim), Jonathan English (Caroline), Austin English, Blythe Culpepper and Brooke Culpepper; and six great-grandchildren, Travis Relken, Harrison English, Owen English, Aidan Allison, Carsten English and Annelise English; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Charlie Allison, Austin English, Evan English, Jonathan English, Travis Relken and Dean Hadden.

Honorary pallbearers were Bennett Clark, Kenneth Prescott and American Legion Post 229.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Wrens United Methodist Church Kitchen Fund, 202 Russell St, Wrens, GA 30833, or to Wrens Memorial Cemetery, c/o Hugh Fleming, 104 Norton Dr., Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lynda Gayle Lucas
Mrs. Lynda Gayle Lucas, 64, of Thomson entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at University McDuffie Hospital.

Mrs. Lucas was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County. She was retired from McDuffie County Hospital as a registered nurse and was currently working as a nurse at Gibson Health and Rehab. She was a member of Little Brier Creek Baptist.

Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Little Brier Creek Baptist Church, with Dr. Randy Dunaway officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Eve Guy; brother, Roger Wayne Guy; and sister, Patricia Guy Holton.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, David Lucas; two daughters, Devin Lucas, Thomson, and Lori Lucas Moneypenny, Chandler, Ariz.; son, Chris Lucas, North Augusta, S.C.; two sisters, Faye Guy and Carol Ann (Terry) Hayes, both of Thomson; two brothers, David O. (Charlotte) Guy and David S. Guy, both of Thomson; six grandchildren, Timothy Moneypenny, Jessica Moneypenny, Maegan Morris, Wyatt Lucas, Carly Gilstrapp and Abby Gilstrapp.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lewis Claxton Williams
Mr. Lewis Claxton Williams, 83, of Louisville entered into rest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Pruitt Health Old Capitol.

Mr. Williams was one of 12 children born to the late Annie Lamb Williams and the late Emmitt Roy Williams in Glascock County. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. He worked in the textile industry for J.P. Stephens and Stapleton Garment Company, at Hadden’s IGA, Wrens, and as a bus driver for Jefferson County and substitute driver for Thomas Jefferson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Randy Walden and Rev. Jerry Sharpe officiating. Interment with military honors followed in Jefferson County Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phoebe Goodwin Williams; parents; seven siblings, Louise Carter, Roy Williams, Lonnie Williams, Doak Williams, Sarah Sloan, Infant George Williams and Infant Lawana Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria McCoy Williams; sons, Michael L. Williams Sr. (Susan) of Vidette, and Matt W. Williams (Cassie) of Thomson; two stepdaughters, Gwen Shealy (Mike) of Evans, and Kay Spinks of Augusta; two brothers, Ernest Williams (Elizabeth) of Dade City, Fla., and Raymond Williams (Susan) of Dearing; two sisters, Ruby Johnson of Ackworth, and Laura Williams of Louisville; five grandchildren, Michael Williams Jr., Joshua Williams, Megan Williams, Brittany Williams and Amber Williams; two step-grandchildren, Craig Hooks and Lisa Lines Smith; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were Lester Hadden, Craig Hooks, Kenneth McCoy, Joshua Williams, Michael Williams Jr. and Rodney Williams.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Katrina Brantley Jackson
Mrs. Katrina Brantley Jackson of Wadley entered into rest on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Select Specialty Medical, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Trinity CME Church, Wadley. Burial will follow in Gordon Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Louisville.

Mrs. Jackson was a native of Jefferson County. She was the daughter of Roger Brantley Sr. and the late Sarah Cunningham Brantley. She was married to Eric J. Jackson. At an early age, she joined Woodlawn Missionary Baptist, Louisville. She was a 1996 graduate of Jefferson County High School, and a 2002 graduate of Paine College University, receiving her B.S. degree in psychology. She later received her master’s degree at Barry University and was a member of the Miami, Fla., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Survivors include her husband, Eric J. Jackson of Wadley; father, Roger Brantley Sr., of Louisville; siblings, Charles (Yolanda) Cunningham of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Andre “Reggie” Davis of Clarksville, Tenn., Bruce Grant of Louisville, Roger Brantley Jr. of Louisville, Patrick Gibbons of Atlanta, and Melissa (Larry) Elrod of Augusta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence, 244 Phillips Street, Wadley, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lynwood Eugene “Gene” Davis
Mr. Lynwood Eugene “Gene” Davis, 83, of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at his residence surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Louisville United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Hibberts and Dr. Bill Daniel officiating. Burial will follow in the family lot in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Mr. Davis was a native of Hopeful, but had lived in Wadley for many years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Louisville United Methodist Church for more than 30 years, where he had numerous responsibilities. Mr. Davis was on the Board of Directors at Queensborough National Bank and Trust, Louisville, for many years, a member of the Louisville Lions Club, in which he helped to establish the building and grounds, Louisville Kiwanis, a Mason and member of Stone Wall Lodge no. 98, F&AM, and a member of the Scottish Rite. Mr. Davis raised and trained Tennessee Walking Horses. He was a member for many years of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association and the Georgia Walking Horse Association. He raised and trained setters and pointer bird dogs. He also built Rivercrest Lodge and had it registered as a quail preserve. Mr. Davis was an entrepreneur, who opened Davis-McGraw Furniture, Louisville, Jefferson County Finance, Louisville, Dixieland Financial Services, Sandersville,

The Furniture Barn, Wrightsville, East Georgia Financial Services, Wrightsville, Team Insurance, Millen, and Swainsboro Financial Services, Swainsboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mac Clinton and Lilly Mae West Davis; grandson, John Michael Chapman; sisters, Grace Worsham, Myrtle Lindsey and Hazel Harrell; and brothers, Harmon Davis, Howard Davis and Edwin Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Davis of Wadley; children, Angela (Gary) Jones of Athens, Andy (Penny) McNeely of Louisville, Karol Davis (Steve Wyers) of Louisville, Darryl Davis of Jacksonville, Fla., Angie (Ray) Houston of Dublin, Kim (Tony) Stepp of Louisville, and Chris (Nancy) Bishop of Charlotte, N.C.; niece, Susan (Mike) Tillett of Louisville; brother-in-law, Frank Wren of Deland, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Hadden, Gee Bowles, Jared Stepp, Allen May, Samuel McNeely and Dalton Houston.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the Joe Gay Barwick Sunday school Class.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Louisville United Methodist Church, 301 West 7th Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

The family may be contacted at the Rivercrest Lodge, Louisville.

Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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