Obituaries
December 18, 2014 Issue

Mr. Michael R. Clements
Mr. Michael R. Clements, 45, of Douglasville entered into rest unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at his residence.

Mr. Clements was born Nov. 3, 1969, in Austell. He was a member of the city of Douglasville Police Department from 1997 to 2006, having worked SWAT, as detective and in the narcotics force. Most recently, he worked at Corsair Memory as a technical marketing specialist. He was an honor graduate of Mercer University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at 4 p.m. at Chapel of Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, Douglasville. A reception followed at 5:30 p.m. at The Centre at Arbor Connection, Douglasville.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Chris Clark; sister, Sherri Hooks; and maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Jones Clements of Douglasville; daughter, Payton Avery Clements of Douglasville; mother and stepfather, Juanita Goss Wix and Max Wix of Douglasville; father and stepmother, Robert Lewis Clements and Sylvia Clements of Louisville; sister, Cheryl Nunnally Collins of Lithia Springs; brothers, Kenneth (Jean) Nunnally of Marietta, Alan (Joy) Nunnally of Ephesus, Jerry (Ruth) Clark of Wrens, and Joel (Beverly) Clark of Gainesville; mother-in-law, Teresa Crumbley of Douglasville; father-in-law, Bill Jones of Bremen; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Miller of Port Orange, Fla., and Brittany Thrasher of Douglasville; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Jones-Wynn Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


Dr. William Edward “Dr. Jake” Jacobs
Dr. William Edward “Dr. Jake” Jacobs entered into rest on Dec. 6, 2014, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

A memorial service will be held at Little Church on the Lane, Charlotte, N.C., on Jan. 3, 2014, at 11 a.m.

Dr. Jacobs was the son of Luke and Louise Jacobs. Born Nov. 20, 1943, in Washington, D.C., he grew up with his brothers in Hamburg, N.Y., and Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and attended high school at Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Davidson College where he was a pre-med major, and graduated a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Medical school, internship and residency were completed at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he graduated as a member of the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Jacobs practiced for 30 years at Charlotte Plastic Surgery Center. He went on several medical mission trips, including Costa Rica, Sierra Leone and Haiti. Dr. Jacobs was an Eagle Scout and former scout master.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Hopper Jacobs; children, Scott Jacobs (Michelle) of Las Cruces, N.M., and Wendy Bentien (Fritz) of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Lauren and Lili Mei Jacobs, and Carly and Laney Bentien; brothers, Tom Jacobs (Vicki) and Steve Jacobs; goddaughter, Spencer Beasley; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte.

Carolina Funeral Service and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Usry Kitchens
Mrs. Mary Usry Kitchens, 77, of Gibson entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at her residence.

A native of Glascock County, Mrs. Kitchens was a daughter of the late Willie B. and Mamie L. Whitehead Wells. She was a transit bus driver for the Glascock County Board of Commissioners and a member of Jordan Chapel Church of God for many years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Jordan Chapel Church of God, with Rev. David O. Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Gibson City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 52 years, Paul Usry; husband of three years, Lewis Kitchens; brothers, George and James Wells; and sister, Doris Marsh.

Survivors include her sons, William Darrell Usry (Kathy) and Timothy Paul Usry (Angie), both of Gibson; stepchildren, Lisa Usry and Kim Kitchens (Diane), both of Gibson; grandchildren, Kacey (Jason) Williford, Stacey Usry, Russ (Samantha) Usry, Jason (Michelle) Usry, Autumn (Matt) Milburn, Austin (Morgan) Usry, Kip (Holley) Kitchens, Kimberly (Travis) Whitaker, Slayton Kitchens, Caleb Kitchens and Justin Hadden; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Lewis Wells of Gibson, and John Willie Wells of Alma; sisters, Florrie Arrington of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Rendie Kent of Collinsville, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ross Rabun, Matt Milburn, Dean Kitchens, Austin Usry, Willie Overstreet, Jerrold Sammons, Scott Usry and Mark Wells.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Vernon Franklin McNeely
Mr. Vernon Franklin McNeely, 80, of Riddleville entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, following an extended illness.

Mr. McNeely was born in Washington County to the late Sam Tillman McNeely and the late Martha Frances Johnson McNeely. He started his working career in law enforcement as a policeman for the city of Macon, while also serving in the Georgia National Guard. After returning home to Washington County, Mr. McNeely began working in the Kaolin Industry from which he retired as the shop foreman for ECCI.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Riddleville Baptist Church, with Rev. Daniel Porter and Rev. Bill Snipes officiating. Burial was in Zeta Cemetery, Tennille.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Burgamy McNeely.

Survivors include his children, Glenn McNeely (Robin) of Sandersville, David McNeely (Kim) of Milledgeville, and Karen M. Durden of Riddleville; grandchildren, Cory McNeely, Paige McNeely, Andrew McNeely and Ivey Durden; and siblings, Frances M. Josey (William) of Riddleville, Verlon McNeely (Cecelia) of Kite, Brenda M. Hadden (Fay) of Louisville, and Janice M. Thompson (Claude) of Riddleville.

Pallbearers were Ben Hitchcock, Werner Muenger, Michael McNeely, Shannon Hudson, Chad Wheeler, William Josey III and Rob McKinney.

Donations may be made to the Riddleville Baptist Church c/o Linda Jackson, 9019 Hwy. 242, Harrison, GA 31035.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Leroy Mitchell
Mr. Leroy Mitchell of Wadley entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at Doctor’s Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Mitchell was a native of Jefferson County. He was born to the late Wadell Mitchell and Annie Mae Jackson Mitchell on April 27, 1939, in Jefferson County. He was employed with the city of Wadley as a truck driver.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at 3 p.m. at James and Virginia Davis Chapel, Louisville. Burial was in Purvis Cemetery Bartow.

Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Rowland Bynes of Jacksonville, Fla.; siblings, Sylvia (Dave) Gibbons, Alfred “A.B” Brown Mitchell, John (Florence) Mitchell, all of Waldey; two grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Juanita Oliphant Parker
Mrs. Juanita Oliphant Parker of Wadley entered into rest on Dec. 13, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Brinson Hill Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Dr. David Kemp Sr. as eulogist and Rev. James Love presiding. Interment was in Swainsboro City Cemetery.

The viewing will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, from noon to 8 p.m., and family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary.

Survivors include her sons, Gerald (Martha) Parker, Carlton (Norma) Parker, Leon (Pamela) Parker, Glenn (Rosie) Parker; daughter, Phyllis (Jerry) Wade; daughter-in-law, Ann Parker; sister-in-law, LaVetta Parker; grandchildren, Chadwick Wade, Jocelyn Parker, Craig Wade, Starla (Dwight) Martyn, Carla Parker, Ashley Parker, Quintilyn Parker; and a host nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Willie James “Fish” Smith
Mr. Willie James “Fish” Smith of Louisville entered into rest on Dec. 11, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. at James and Virginia Davis Memorial Chapel, Louisville. Burial will follow in Spring Bethel Benevolent Society Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Mr. Smith was a native of Jefferson County. He was born to Emma Lee Washington Smith and the late Walter J. Smith Sr. on May 16, 1949, in Jefferson County. He was a 1968 graduate of Jefferson County High School and was employed with Unruh Construction as a plumber.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter J. Smith Sr.; siblings, Larry Smith and Betty Smith Redfield.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Ree Smith of Decatur; mother, Emma Lee Washington Smith of Louisville; daughters, Tess (Maurice) Darisaw of McDonald, Felicia M. Douglas of Fort Valley, and Jacqueline Simpson of Decatur; siblings, Walter J. Smith Jr. of Louisville, Donnie (Brenda) Smith of Decatur, and Freeman (Janice) Smith of Roanoke, Va.; friend, Connie Scott of Louisville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Elouise McGruder Smith of Louisville, and Ernest Redfield of Matthews; aunts, Lenora Ivey of Augusta, Essie Mae Thompson, Mattie Washington, Ella Washington and Corine Brown, all of Louisville; grandchildren, Jamarri Simpson, Myles Simpson, Robbie Freeman, Ronnie Douglas, Anthony Lindsay Jr. and China Kimora Toni Miller; and a host of sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Vincent Smith, Shelton Washington, Keith Washington, Jamarri Simpson, Levelton Smith and Ronnie Douglas.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Jefferson County High School class of 1968.

Family may be contacted at the residence of his mother, Emma Lee Washington Smith, Louisville, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Henry Willie Henry Thomas Sr.
Mr. Henry Willie Henry Thomas Sr., 69, of Wrightsville entered into rest on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at University Hospital, Augusta.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Scotts Chapel Baptist Church, Pringle, with Rev. Bernard Young officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Madie Harris Thomas, Wrightsville; children, Nikki T. Rozier, Willie (Shirley) Thomas Jr., Mennie T. Knight, Weldon Thomas, and Wagner Thomas, all of Pringle; sisters, Diane Smith, Wadley, Glenda McMiller, Wrightsville, Owedia Cordy, Homestead, Fla., Francis Thomas, Bartow; brother, Andrew Lemon, Wrightsville; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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


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