Obituaries

Miss Dishum M. Young

The funeral service of Miss Dishum M. Young, who died July 7 at University Hospital in Augusta, was held 11 a.m. Friday, July 14  at Sand Valley AME Church in Louisville with Rev. Stephen Smith officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Brown Wicker

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Brown Wicker, 73, 945 Harvey Street, Stapleton, departed this life Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Augusta University Hospital in Augusta.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 12 Noon at The Church at Magnolia, Avera, Georgia.  Burial will be held in the church cemetery.

Mr. William M. Sharpe

William M. Sharpe, age 69 of Troy, OH, formerly of Bartow, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at his residence. He was born Aug. 28, 1947 in Daytona Beach, FL to the late William H. Sharpe and Mary N. Holcomb-Sharpe. 

Ms. Johnnie Mae “Mae Mae” Murray

Ms. Johnnie Mae Murray aka “Mae Mae”, age 84, of 308 Baltimore Drive, Wrens passed on July 11, 2017, at her residence.  
Funeral services for were  held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Freeman Funeral Home Chapel in Wrens.   Interment was in the Sugar Hill Cemetery in Wrens.  
Pallbearers were Mr. Fernandez McCoy, Mr. Lionel Murray, Mr. Lee McCloud, Mr. Leroy Walker, Mr. Willie James, Mr. Herman Germany, Mr. Gary Jones and Mr. Frank Shields.  
Freeman Funeral Home, 402 Curtis Street, Wrens was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mozella Brantley Dogan

The funeral service of Mrs. Mozella Brantley Dogan 85, of 1101 Woodrow Ave., Dublin, was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Gordon Grove Baptist Church in Louisville  with Rev. Walter Holmes, Sr. officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Dogan was born Nov. 1, 1931, in Louisville. She was the daughter of ther late Joseph and Cora Johnson Brantley. When she was very young, she became a member of Gordon Grove Baptist and served faithfully as an usher  until her health failed. She received her education in the Jefferson County School System.

Mrs. Yvonne Cunningham

The funeral service of Mrs. Yvonne Cunningham of 718 Hill Street, Louisville will be held noon Thursday, July 20 at Faith, Hope and Deliverance in Louisville with Pastor  Charles Brown officiating.
Mrs. Cunningham was born in Hollywood, FL, Sept 1, 1969 to the late John Jackson and the late Christine Edison Cooper. She received her education in the Jefferson County School System, a 1990 graduate of Louisville High School. She was a member of Faith, Hope and Deliverance. She was the wife of the late Verdree Cunningham.

Mr. Clifford Brown

The funeral service of Mr. Clifford Brown 69 of 316 Baldee Rd. of Bartow, was held Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant CME Church in Bartow with Rev. Willie Tomlin officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Brown born in Jefferson County, June 27, 1948 to Myrt Brown and the late Jimmy Stokes. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant CME Church. He was a 1967 graduate of Jefferson County High School and a Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mrs. Patricia Marie Hopkins Blanchard

Patricia Marie Hopkins Blanchard, 50, loving wife, mother, daughter and sister,  entered into her eternal rest Tuesday evening, July 11, 2017 at Vero Health and Rehab in Wadley.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, July 14, 2017 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Larry Fincher of Old Bethel Baptist Church officiating.

Mr. Frank Lee McCarthy

Frank Lee McCarthy, 66, loving husband of the Patricia Williford McCarthy, entered into eternal rest Monday morning, July 10, 2017 at his residence in Gibson. A Celebration of Life service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday morning, July 15, 2017 at Reedy Creek Baptist Church with Rev. John Jenkins officiating. 

Mr. Richard Dale Meckley

Richard Dale Meckley, 69, loving husband of the late Leoma June Habig Meckley, entered into his eternal rest early Monday morning, July 10, 2017 at University Hospital McDuffie in Thomson. A Celebration of Life service will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 7 p.m. Thursday evening, July 13, 2017 with Rev. Chad Watkins officiating. 

Mr. Obediah Lewis Jr.

Obediah Lewis Jr. was born on Jan. 17, 1977 in Augusta, to his parents, Obediah and Lillie Lewis. Obediah was one of two children. He departed this life on Sunday, July 2, 2017, while living in Lewisville, TX. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Greater Young Zion Baptist Church, 405 Sandbar Ferry Rd, Augusta. Burial will be held in Mays Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Wrens.

Mr. James Thomas Holton

James Thomas Holton, 87, loving husband of the late Grace Kitchens McGraw Holton, entered into his eternal rest Sunday evening, July 2, 2017 at University Hospital Heart and Vascular Center. A Celebration of Life service will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 7 p.m. Friday evening, July 7, 2017, with Rev. Joshua Mosley officiating. Private interment will be in the Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Ms. Ruth Williams Smith

Taylor Funeral Home of Louisville announces the death and funeral services of Ms. Ruth Williams Smith, age 78 of Bermuda Drive, Louisville, who died Thursday, June 29, 2017 in the Jefferson Hospital.
A private graveside service will be held for the family.
A native of Louisville, Ruth was a daughter of the late Harry and Gertrude Melton Williams. She retired from Piggly Wiggly, where she worked as a meat cutter for over 20 years. 

Mrs. Ruby Grace Sheppard

Taylor Funeral Home of Louisville announces the death and funeral services of Mrs. Ruby Grace Sheppard, age 68 of Wadley who died Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Vero Health and Rehab, Wadley.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2, 2017 in St. Johns United Methodist Church, Wadley, GA with Rev. Bob Holbert and Rev. Hugh Baxter officiating.  Burial will follow in Walden’s United Methodist Church Cemetery, Avera, GA. Pallbearers were  Billy Kelley, Billy Kelley, Jr., Joel Cowart, Will Hadden, Zach Hadden and Gordon Mays, Jr. 

Mr. Earnest Holliman

Mr. Earnest Holliman, 63 years of age, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. He was born July 26, 1953 in Burke County, Waynesboro, to the late Cicero Colley and Rebecca Gibbons. Ernest was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Freddie Holliman.
Funeral arrangements will be held Saturday, July 8, at 3 p.m. at New Fleming Baptist Church and cemetry in Bartow.

Mrs. Elnora Daniels Hicks

On Sunday Evening, June 25, 2017, God picked one of his precious roses to add to his heavenly garden as the Lord called a beautiful soul home. Elnora D. Hicks slipped away from our midst at the Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. 
Elnora Daniels Hicks, affectionately known as “Nola”, was born on July 26, 1951 to the late Mr. Andrew Wiley Daniels Sr. and Mrs. Johnnie Mae Jenkins Daniels in Bartow. 

Mr. Jesse James Gamble

Mr. Jesse James Gamble, 1525 McBride Street departed this life on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at his residence. 
Memorial services were held Monday, July 3, at 1 p.m. at James and Virginia Davis Memorial Chapel.
Jesse was born to the late Clarence Gamble, Sr. and Rodenia Morgan in Jefferson County. He was a 1971 graduate of the Jefferson County School System and was employed by Fulghum Corporations in Wadley, where he worked as a security guard.

Ms. Della Mae Shipman

Della Mae Shipman, age 69, died June 4, 2017 and received her homegoing service at Harts Grove Baptist Church in Stapleton on Saturday, June 10, with the Rev. Willie F. Hampton officiating and Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones presiding.
Della was born on Nov. 22, 1947. She was preceded in death by her parents, John T. and Ola Mae Patterson.

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