Obituaries
April 17, 2014 Issue

Mr. James Paul “Bubba” Brown
Mr. James Paul “Bubba” Brown, 79, of Avera entered into rest on Friday, April 11, 2014, while working on his farm.

Mr. Brown was born and raised outside of Avera, a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, a member of Waldens United Methodist Church, a graduate of Wrens High School and the mail carrier for the Avera area for 20 years. Being born on the farm, he was a farmer all his life.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Waldens United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tommy Anderson and Rev. Dewey Henderson officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dianne Saunders Brown; brother, Charles Brown; and sister, Bobbie Blackburn.

Survivors include his two sons, Mark Patrick Brown and Michael Paul Brown (Ashley); three siblings, Ann Brown Stankowitz, Betty Brown McGahee (Roy), and Edward Eugene Brown (Shirley); six grandchildren, Ashleigh Nicole Brown, Autumn Noel Brown, Mason Beau Brown, Sophie Bess Brown, Ella Bleu Brown and Maxie Blair Brown; two brothers-in-law, F.O. Saunders (Marty) and Wayne Saunders (Maxine); four sisters-in-law, Brenda Josey (Jerry), Nancy Austin (Tommy), Kathy Josey (Wayne) and Gwenn Pope (Roy); several nieces, nephews; and many friends.

Pallbearers were Andy Austin, David Josey, Philip Josey, Mike McGahee, Michael Pittman, Brad Poole, Lance Poole, Austin Richards, William Richards and Hubie Saunders.

The family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to Waldens UMC Cemetery Fund, c/o Patricia Kitchens, 1304 Hadden Pond Road, Avera, GA 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Margie Faglier Cook
Mrs. Margie Faglier Cook, 85, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, April 11, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Cook, daughter of the late Kermit K. and Janie Parrish Faglier, was born in Jefferson County, and was a homemaker. She was a member of Bayvale Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors, with Rev. James Bland and Rev. Tommy Harwell officiating. Interment followed in Gibson Cemetery, Gibson, at 5 p.m.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mazina Hawkins; and her brothers, Sidney Faglier and K.K. Faglier Jr.

Survivors include her son, Roy T. Black (Patsy) of Waynesboro; daughters, Connie B. Jackson of Gibson, and Lisa D. Black of Augusta; grandchildren, Jennifer B. Barefield (Mitch) and Jaime B. Carey; sisters, Mary Todd of Beech Island, S.C., Gladys Coulter of North Augusta, S.C., and Frances James of Hephzibah; and great-grandchildren, Mitchell Barefield, Wyatt Carey and Dawson Carey.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Garry Donnell Hall Sr.
Mr. Garry Donnell Hall Sr. entered into rest on April 5, 2014.

Mr. Hall was born in Jefferson County on Aug. 25, 1956, to the late Sammie Lee and Thelma Mincey Hall. He received his education in the Jefferson County School System and was a 1976 graduate of Wadley High School. He served in the Army National Guard for several years. He was married to Hattie Ruth White on Aug. 25, 1978.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Blount Chapel AME Church, Bartow, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Hattie Ruth White Hall; sons, Garry Hall Jr. of Louisville, and Roger Jenkins (Shatriga) of Wrens; daughters, Yolander Rivers (Jermaine) of Louisville; brothers, Kevin Hall (Kristy) of Statesboro, and Brian Hall of Wadley; sisters, Carolyn Turner (Thomas) and Vanessa Dogan (Bobby) of Wadley, and Marissa Kelly (Patrick) of Grovetown; aunts, Mattie Mincey of Vriginia, and Katherine Hall of Savannah; sisters-in-law, Patricia Tarver (Willie), Zolie Davis and Myra Bell (Rev. Timothy) of Louisville; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Chris Mincey, John Stanford, Jimmy McCullough IV, Ricky Mincey, Bryan McCullough and Tyler Williams.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Wilford Thomas Mathis Sr.
Mr. Wilford Thomas Mathis Sr. of Alpharetta, 88, entered into rest on Feb. 7, 2014, after an extended illness in Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehab Center.

Mr. Mathis was born in Matthews, the son of Curby Lee and Lucia Smith. After the death of his mother, he was adopted at the age of 18 months by Daniel and Mae Mathis. He was manager for Bedingfield Farms, Augusta, and Jefferson County for 25 years and retired from M.B. Jones Oil Co.

Memorial services were held on March 3, 2014, at Alpharetta First Baptist Church, with Rev. Jerry Cole officiating. Mr. Mathis’s body was donated to Emory University Hospital Donor Center. Burial will be determined when the body is released from the Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents and adoptive parents; an infant son; four biological siblings and five step-siblings.

Survivors include wife, Hazel W. McKenzie-Mathis, Alpharetta; son, Wilford Thomas (Tommy) Mathis Jr., Warner Robins; daughter, Ellen Mathis Wilson (David), Warner Robins; two stepdaughters, Dana Ellington (Greg), Woodstock, and Donna McKenzie, Alpharetta; brother, C.L. Smith (Anne), Evans; sister, Margie Canham, Medina, N.Y.; stepsister, Jackie Winters (Bob), Harlem; stepbrother, Cecil Smith, California; two grandsons, Jamie Tyson, Utah, and Jeremy Tyson, Dallas; and granddaughter, Erica Baeza, Roswell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Georgia Baptist Children’s Home or American Heart Association.

The family may be contacted 140 Jayne Ellen Ct., Alpharetta, GA 30009.


Mr. Willie Joe Mosley
Funeral services for Mr. Willie Joe Mosley of Jacksonville, Fla., will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Jones Chapel CME Church, Bartow, with Rev. Perry Davis officiating. Inhumation will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Mosley was born in Bartow, Jefferson County, on May 27, 1959, the oldest child of Willie Surrency and Emma Lue Mosley. He joined Jones Chapel CME Church at an early age. He was a 1978 graduate of Louisville High School. He was married to Mary Nell Loyd on Sept. 6, 1978. They had four children. Mr. Mosley lived in Jacksonville, Fla., for many years and was a self-employed mechanic.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Nell Mosley of Louisville; children, Shedrick Tavares Loyd and Chiquita Mosley of Jacksonville, Fla., Terrance Jemil Mosley, Derrick Toscanni Mosley and Tangela Tamika Mosley of Louisville; parents, Emma Lue Mosley of Louisville, and Willie Lee Surrency of Hartwell; brothers, James Mosley and Billy Mosley of Louisville, Bobby Mosley of Atlanta, Alton Mosley of Sandersville, Willie Karrie Surrency of Hartwell; sisters, Bobbie Jean Mosley of Louisville, Sharon Wells-Bates of Orlando, Fla., Connie Surrency of Hartwell, Bonnie Surrency Bruce of New York, and Charlene Montine Surrency of Albany; mother-in-law, Betty Loyd of Louisville; three grandchildren, Ter’Nique Ja-Miya Mosley, De’laya Singletary and Camriana Salter; several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Daniels, Fredrick Knight, Tristain Mosley, Terry Fann, Charles Mitchell and Norman Knight.

The family may be contacted at 306 2nd Street, Louisville, or Garrer Funeral Home.

Garrer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mamie Jenkins Murray
Mrs. Mamie Jenkins Murray of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Murray was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Wheat Jenkins and Ella Mae Palmer. She was married to the late James Murray. She was a member of the Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville. She was employed with the Shirt Factory as a seamstress for several years and was a member of the SCLC organization.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in Cour Delion Society Cemetery, Louisville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Murray; and two children, Barbara Cutler and Tiny Ella Mae.

Survivors include her children, Ellis M. (Jackie Berry) Freeman of Louisville, Leon (Sharon) Davis of Milwaukee, Barry L. Hines of Wrens, Bernice Q. Ponder of Louisville, Gwinnett (Eric) Lewis-Phillip of Clayton, Calif., Lonnie Jean Hines of Louisville, and Cassandra S. Wynn of Wrens; brother, Earnest Jenkins of Waynesboro; stepchildren; Irish (James) Gaines, Barbara Fowlers, James Ray Murray, Joseph Murray, Freddie Story and Barbara Story; 31 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; two aunts, Mattie “Maggie” Bell of Wadley, and Joyce Mason of Connecticut; three uncles, Eddie “Doc” Palmer of New York, T.J. Palmer of Wadley, and Willie Albert Palmer of Woodbridge, Va.; goddaughter, Susan Martin of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Ben Walker Norton
Mr. Ben Walker Norton, 76, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Gibson Health and Rehab Center, Gibson.

The eighth child born to the late Thelma Elizabeth Black Norton and Floyd Lee Norton, Mr. Norton grew up in Wrens, graduated from Wrens High School and worked in the family business until he moved to Atlanta, where he spent most of his adult life. In 2009, he moved back to his family home in Wrens. Mr. Norton was a pianist and was known for his gospel music talent.

Memorial services were held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at James Funeral Home, with Dr. Stan Littleton officiating. Interment was in the family plot in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Sidney Norton, David Norton and Richard Norton; and five sisters, Gloria Craft, Nancy Norton, Frances Norton, Dorothy Norton and Jane Jones.

Survivors include his brother, Spence C. Norton (Nancy); and several nieces and nephews.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Virdell Powell Robinson
Mrs. Virdell Powell Robinson, 94, of Baconton entered into rest on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Phoebe Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Robinson was born to the late James Henry and Ossie Butler Powell on Sept. 23, 1919, in Mitchell County. She joined the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Baconton, at an early age. She married the late Dewey W. Robinson on Sept. 6, 1937, and to this union they had six sons and four daughters. After marriage she joined New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher’s Board, Senior Choir, and Missions Board. She was a homemaker and farmer. In later years, she worked at RCM Enterprises, Inc.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Baconton, with Rev. James R. Edwards officiating.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 65 years, Rev. Dewey W. Robinson Sr.; one son, Dewey W. Robinson Jr.; two grandchildren; and her siblings.

Survivors include her children, Anne (Paul) Mohone of Savannah, Lettie Campbell of Augusta, Lennard (Gloria) Robinson and Hubert (Carol) Robinson, both of Fort Washington, Md., Benjamin (Gloria) Robinson of Baconton, Jerry (Shawanda) Robinson of San Antonio, Texas, Sherry (Alton) Spells Jr. of Louisville, Rispus Robinson of Baconton, and Virdell (Ray) Pitts of Decatur; 33 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 11 great- great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Irene Robinson of Tifton; two caregivers, Sherry Carter and Loretta Joyce; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Williford’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Announcement courtesy of Davis Funeral Home.


Mr. Henry Tarver Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Henry Tarver Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Jones Chapel CME Church, Bartow, with Rev. Melvin Bryant Jr. officiating. Inhumation will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Tarver was born Dec. 10, 1923, son of the late Henry Tarver Sr. and Alice Delegal in Dorchester. He was educated in the Dorchester School System. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served two years. In 1946, he met the late Alma Bryant and had one son. He later moved to Miami, Fla., and in 1951 married the late Pearl Brown. Prior to this marriage, two children were born. He was an employee at Concrete Products for several years, retiring in 1989.

Survivors include his sons, Melvin Bryant Sr. (Helen) and Solomon Young; sisters, Alice Tarver (Edward), Julia Pearl Tarver and Annie Butts; brother, Tom Tarver (Daisy); grandchildren, Newin James Bryant (Traci), Amealin Miller, Consuelo Reed (Derodo), Tasisha Cooper, Mechelle Bryant (Angela), Lashanwa Bryant and Fonchea Stewart (Paul); 29 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Garrer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Julia Young Trumpler
Mrs. Julia Young Trumpler entered into rest on April 7, 2014.

Mrs. Trumpler was born Dec. 4, 1945, in Jefferson County, Louisville. She was the oldest daughter of the late Marshall and Rosa Bigham Young, a member of Sand Valley AME Church. She received her education in the Jefferson County School System and graduated in 1965.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Sand Valley AME Church, Louisville, with Rev. C.W. Dumas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Trumpler; and her siblings, William Young, Marshall Young Jr. and Johnny Young.

Survivors include her daughters, Deshum Young and Dishum Young of Louisville; sister, Evelyn Young Well of Louisville; brother, Antonio Young (Jeannette) of Wrens; sister-in-law, Carolyn (Eddie Lee) Cunningham of Louisville; aunts, Inez Davis and Mattie L. Butts of Louisville, Eunice Brown, Clara Rhinehart and Ann Bigham of Augusta; godchildren, Antonia Young, Chandler McKevie, Jayla Young and Demonta Smith; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were cousins.

Honorary pallbearers were Stewards and Trustees of Sand Valley AME Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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