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Rosie M. Clayton SPARTA - Rosie M. Clayton, 71, of Route 2, Box 40, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, in a local nursing home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Martha L. Timmons of Sparta; a brother, Charlie Brooks of Sparta; a sister, Ida Barnes of Florida; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The family will be at Ingram Brothers Funeral Home in Sparta at noon today. Dora M. Burke CANTON - Dora Mavis Logue Burke (Mrs. W. P. Burke), 57-year resident and career nurse of Canton, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, in Fallbrook, Calif., at the age of 79. A memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at First Baptist Church of Canton. Born in Laurens County, Mrs. Burke spent her life in service to others. She attended nursing school at Emory University and worked at Coker Hospital in Canton and at the former R.T. Jones Memorial Hospital in Canton until her retirement in 1993. Her nursing career spanned 54 years, 40 years as an operating room nurse. Mrs. Burke also served on the Board of Examiners of Practical Nurses of Georgia from 1953 to 1968. She was an avid walker and devoted rose gardener. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Greg L. McKee Jr. of Fallbrook, Calif.; a sister, Pearl Allen of Milledgeville; and three grandchildren, Alexandra McKee of Anchorage, Ark., Gregg S.B. McKee of Escondido, Calif., and Meredith McKee of Boston, Mass. Memorial donations to San Diego Hospice, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, Calif. 92103, your local hospice or the American Cancer Society are suggested in lieu of flowers. Williams White Columns Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Nicholas Akins Nicholas Chase Akins, newborn son of Tammy Pounds-Akins and Douglas Akins of Milledgeville, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2002. Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Other Survivors include a brother, Brandon Pounds of Milledgeville; his grandparents, O.T. and Sheela Pounds of Milledgeville and JoAnn Terrell of LaGrange; great- grandparent, Roby Allen of LaGrange; and Granny, Gladys Pounds of Milledgeville. The family was at the funeral home from 7 to 9 Thursday night. Williams White Columns Funeral Home of Milledgeville has charge of arrangements. Barbara J. Cox Barbara Joan Cooke Patton Cox, 63, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002. Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the chapel of Moores Funeral Home, with the Rev. Larry Partain, Dr. Don Long and the Rev. Wendell Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Scenic Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Cox was a native of Beckley, W.Va., but made her home in Milledgeville since 1982. She was employed with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Department for 13 years. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Jackson Cox of Milledgeville; three daughters, Mary Kathryn Mims of McDonough, Ruth Rebecca Hooker of Milledgeville and Kimberley Susan Mauldin of Royston; and eight grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society. Moores Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Ulysees R. Battle SPARTA - Ulysees R. Battle, 74, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003. The body will be at Hunt's Chapel AME Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, with services at 2 p.m. Survivors include four daughters, Dorothy Boone, Rosa Grant, Yvonne Grant and Eleanor Hamilton; two sons, Hilton Ragland and Alexander Battle Jr.; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. The family will be at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday. Ingram Brothers Funeral Home in Sparta has charge of arrangements. Baby Boy Arrington Jonathan Patrick Arrington, infant son of Wesley and Bridgett Adams Arrington, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, in a Macon hospital. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Washington County. Survivors other than his parents include his grandparents, William and Rachel Garland of Warthen. Williams Funeral Home of Milledgeville has charge of arrangements. Joseph Andrews HADDOCK - Joseph "Bob" Andrews of 197 Matthews Road died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, in a Gray nursing home after a long illness. The family will be at the residence of Vickie Manson at 114 Cedar Point Road in Milledgeville. Peoples Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Eva Armstrong WHITE PLAINS - Eva Armstrong, 74, of 2220 Lanier Road, White Plains, died Saturday July 26, 2003, in a hospital in Athens. Funeral services will be at noon Saturday in the New Greenspring A.M.E. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Richard H. Armstrong; a daughter, Annie Gail Armstrong; four sons, Samuel Lee, John Henry Armstrong, Lonnie Armstrong and Paul Howard Armstrong; a brother, Willie Ed Bailey; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Ingram Brothers Funeral Home in Sparta has charge of arrangements. Mable Dixon SPARTA - Mable Dixon, 90, of Route 1, Sandersville Highway, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, in a Sparta nursing home. Ingram Brothers Funeral Home in Sparta has charge of arrange- ments. Mildred Brown Mildred Brown of 125 Wolverine St., died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, in a local hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Slater's Funeral Home, with burial in Bone Cemetery. Survivors include a son, Eddie Lee Brown; her mother, Mildred H. Wright of Milledgeville; two brothers, Leroy Wright Jr. of New Jersey; and Michael Surienony of Blackshear; a sister, Marion Holsey of Milledgeville; and three grandchildren. The family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Brown at 115 Horne Ave. Lester Bundrage SPARTA - Lester Bundrage, 80, of 544 Sandy Run Road died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sandy Run AME Church, with burial in Powel Grove Church Cemetery. Survivors include four sons, Lester Bundrage Jr., Marvin Bundrage, John Bundrage and Alvin Bundrage, all of Atlanta; 11 daughters, Eleverean Huntley and Patricia Daw, both of Pennsylvania, Evelyn Gibson, Bertha Williams, Roberta Stephens, Louise Bundrage, Olivia Bundrage and Vivian Bundrage, all of Atlanta, Rosee Bundrage of Milledgeville, Deborah Huskins of Macon and Willie Mae Davis of Devereux; 37 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. The family will be at Ingram Brothers Funeral Home in Sparta at noon today. William H. Smith DEVEREUX - William Hamilton Smith, 71, died Tuesday, June 11, 2002, in a local hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the chapel of Moores Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steven Wright and Sam Batson officiating. Burial will be in West View Cemetery. Mr. Smith was a native of Richmond County, but made his home in Devereux for many years. He was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Lila Hamilton Smith. He was a retired aircraft electrician with Robins Air Force Base. He received a certificate in watch repair from North Georgia Trade & Technical School. He was the first full time tax assessor and tax appraiser for Hancock County. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1051 in Milledgeville and AARP. He was a former deacon and Sunday school director at Darien Baptist Church and a member of Black Springs Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Patricia Foster Smith of Devereux; two sons, Dennis Smith and his wife, Sherri, of Milledgeville and Greg Smith and his wife, Kay, of Deepstep; a daughter, Mona Turner and her husband, Neil, of Ivey; a grandson, William Smith of Milledgeville; two granddaughters, Alesha Calvert and Dana Calvert, both of Macon; a stepgranddaughter, Angela Turner of Macon; and a stepgrandson, Louie Turner and his wife, TuLai of Glenn Allen, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Carpenters For Christ, P.O. Box 651, Sandersville 31082. The family will be at the residence of Dennis and Sherri Smith at 103 Fox Hill Circle. Moores Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Ann Hitz Ann I. Hitz, 103, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002, in a Tucker nursing center. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Hitz was a native of Pennsylvania but made her home in Milledgeville for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas R. Hitz Sr.; two sons, Thomas R. Hitz Jr. and Dr. George Hitz. She was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Survivors include two daughters-in-law, Betty Hitz and Margie Hitz; three grandchildren, Linda Shinkle, William T. Hitz and Randy Hitz; and two great-granddaughters. Moores Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Esther Walters DETROIT - Esther Seales Walters, 99, of 6427 Northfield died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, in a Detroit nursing home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with burial in St. Mark AME Church Cemetery in Sparta. Ingram Brothers Funeral Home in Sparta has charge of arrangements. Lucy Marshall Roberson SPARTA - Lucy Marshall Roberson of RR5, Box 586, Linton Road died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, in a Milledgeville hospital. The body will be at St. Mary Baptist Church at noon Saturday, with services at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Arthur Roberson; seven daughters, Susie M. Lundy, Willie D. Roberson, Mammie K. Roberson, Jeanette Roberson, Mildred Taylor and Lorene Holsey, all of Sparta, and Mary L. Cox of Hyattsville, Md.; a son, David Roberson of Philadelphia, Pa.; a sister, Elizabeth Roberson of Sparta; three brothers, Brown Marshall, Walter F. Marshall and Eugene Trawick of Sparta; 18 grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren. The family will be at the residence. Slater's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Gloria Bolston Gloria Bolston of 725 N. Liberty St. died Monday, April 14, 2003, in a Toomsboro nursing facility. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Memorial Chapel, with burial in in Oak Grove Baptist Church No. 1 Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Vanderbilt Bolston of Milledgeville; and three sisters, Bernestine Gibson, Cynthia Walker and Mary Satcher, all of Milledgeville. The family will be at the residence of Mary Satcher at 1202 W. Charlton St. Slater's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Lizzie M. Chapman SPARTA - Lizzie Mae Chapman of 334A Railroad St. died Wednesday, June 4, 2003. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul CME Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Mason Chapman; a son, Larry Chapman of Sparta; three grand- children; and a great-grandchild. Ingram Brothers Funeral Home in Sparta has charge of arrangements. Richard Harden Richard Harden of East Walton Street died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at his residence. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in West View Cemetery. Survivors include four brothers, Lewis Jones and Ernest Jones Sr., both of Milledgeville, James Harden Jr. and Elijah Harden, both of Kissimmee, Fla.; two sisters, Essie Anderson and Mary Harden, both of Milledgeville; nephews, nieces; cousins and a host of other relatives. The family will receive friends at the residence of Lewis Jones at 102 Ramona Drive. Slater's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Jestine Solomon Jestine Solomon of 552 Sparta Road died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001. The body will be at Chapel of All Faiths at 1 p.m. Sunday, with services at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Austin Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Solomon was a native of Haddock, and attended the public schools of Baldwin County. She was retired from Central State Hospital. She was preceded in death by her mother, the late Annie Pearl Howard. Survivors include a son, Joe Lee Solomon and wife, Bola, of Milledgeville; four daughters, Angela Fordham and husband, Nathaniel, Karen Denise Solomon, Priscilla Anderson and husband, Lee, and Jacqueline Larkin and husband, Isaac, all of Milledgeville; her father, John Henry Ford of Gray; six brothers, Thomas Howard of Atlanta, James Howard and wife, Daisy, Madison Howard and wife, Loretta, and Gregory Ford, all of Milledgeville, Glen Ford of Columbus and Curtis Ford of Macon; six sisters, Ethel Massey, Laura Howard, Ellastine Ford and Shelia Finney, all of Milledgeville, Patricia Richardson of Atlanta and Johnda Ford of Macon; 23 grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; several nephews, nieces including a devoted niece, Lisa R. Simmons of Milledgeville, great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins including Victoria Parks of Milledgeville; several devoted friends, Sandra Jones, Charles Foster, Jimmy Frazier, Eddie Porter, Betty Jones and Aleren Harris, all of Milledgeville; and a special friend, Ira Lee Solomon of Pottsville, Pa. The family will be at the residence. Slater's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Mary Roberts SPARTA - Mary Barnes Roberts, 43, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, in a Milledgeville hospital. Ingram Brothers Funeral Home in Sparta has charge of arrangements. David Lawrence EATONTON -David Louie Lawrence, 76, of 119 Glenwood Circle died Thursday, August 15, 2002. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Marshall Memorial Baptist Church, with burial in Eatonton Memorial Park. Survivors include two sons, Kent Lawrence and Lamar Lawrence; one brother, Charles Lawrence; and three sisters, Lucy Seymour, Ruby Hawkins and Janette Moore; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The family will be at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel in Eatonton from 6 to 8 tonight. Jessie Walker Jessie Walker, formerly of 109 Wright Street, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, in a Sparta health care facility. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Griffin Memorial Chapel, with burial in Memory Hill Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Ann Walker Waller of Milledgeville; five grandchildren; 19 great-grand- children; and a great-great-grandchild. Slater's Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. G. Rufus Sessions SILVER SPRING, Md. - Dr. G. Rufus Sessions, 57, who served as chief scientific officer at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Commands's (USAMRMC) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), died of cancer on Saturday, May 24, 2003, at his home in Silver Spring. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church of Milledgeville. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. Born in Milledgeville on Nov. 29, 1945, he was a son of the late James Ross and Mattie Lucile Harrell Sessions. During his tenure at TATRC, Dr. Sessions demonstrated an unparalleled depth of commitment to his work and contributed immeasurably to the field of telemedicine and advanced medical technologies. He was unrelentingly diligent in working toward the acceptance of these technologies in the user community, and as a result, distinguished himself as a pioneer in a field that is inherently forward-looking. In 2001, Dr. Sessions received the prestigious Thurman Award, the highest honor granted by USAMRMC for achievement in the field of telemedicine. Before joining TATRC, Dr. Sessions served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel. While on active duty, he spent many years at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where his research focused on the behavorial effects of pharmacological agents and stressors. Dr. Sessions also taught for three years at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which underlies his excellence both as a scientist and an educator. A native of Milledgeville, Dr. Sessions earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida Presbyterian College, now Eckerd College, a master's degree in general psychology and a doctorate in biopsychology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Sessions loved sports and was competitive in tennis, diving and fencing when he was younger. He also enjoyed soccer and canoeing. Recently he was an avid golfer and snow skier and loved and excelled at country-western dancing. Survivors include his wife, Linda Jane Sessions; four stepchildren, Jason, Matthew, Megan and Amy Hauk, all of Frederick, Md.; a brother, Howard F. Sessions and his wife, Grace, of Milledgeville; a sister, Kathy Ivester Allen of Macon; and several nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by his extended family and lifelong friends and acquaintenances, especially Rebecca and Holly Hattaway. Those desiring may make memorial contri- butions to the G. Rufus Sessions Scholarship Fund, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla. Keeney and Basford Funeral Home in Frederick, Md., has charge of arrangements. Annie B. Gray IVEY - Annie Barnes Gray, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at her residence. Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Williams Memorial Chapel in White Columns Funeral Home with Bobby Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Baldwin Memorial Gardens in Milledgeville. Mrs. Gray was the daughter of the late John Avery and Callie Ragan Barnes. She was a native of Boone, N.C., but lived in Ivey for a number of years. She was the widow of Elam Gray. She was a homemaker and a member of Rich Mountain Baptist Church in Elkin, N.C. Survivors include four daughters, Betty Houck of Ivey, Ida Huddleston of Tennessee, Barbara Pittman of Bartlett and Alice T. Gossett of Milledge ville; a brother, Tom Barnes of North Carolina; a sister, Ruby Tucker of North Carolina; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Williams-White Columns Funeral Home in Gordon has charge of arrangements. Jimmie Wilson ATLANTA - Jimmie Lee Wilson, 54, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003. Services will be at noon Thursday at New Hope Powelton Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Survivors include three brothers Tommy Wilson of Greensboro, Grady Wilson of Sparta and Melvin Wilson of Atlanta; and a sister, Virginia Wiggins of Atlanta. Ingram Brothers Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Mrs. Tom H. Smith Mrs. Tom Hall Smith, the former Sara Bigham, a retired teacher, 98, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Toomsboro Nursing Center after a long illness. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Memory Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Joe Thomas officiating. Mrs. Smith was a native and lifelong resident of Milledgeville, graduated from Georgia State College for Women and Columbia University, and taught school for 34 years at GSCW, Peabody High School and Baldwin High School, receiving teacher of the year honors during this time. She was a former member of the DAR, Baldwin Retired Educators Association, and First Baptist Church. She was a genealogist by avocation. She was the widow of the late Tom Hall Smith and the daughter of the late Dr. George Edward Bigham and the late Frances Cooper Bigham of Coopers. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Lucius Derward Smith. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Milledgeville. Survivors include a grandson, David Cooper Smith of New York. The family will receive friends at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Saturday. Moores Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. James Hunt LIZELLA - James Hunt, 72, of 205 Garnet Dr., South, Lizella, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, in a Macon hospital. Ingram Brothers Funeral Home in Sparta has charge of arrangements. Edgar W. Miller Edgar Wallace Miller, 57, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003. Services were at 2 p.m. Monday in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Miller was a resident of Milledgeville for the past 11 years and worked at Central State Hospital. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Combat Veterans Group. He was also a member of Harmony Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, John Clint Miller. Survivors include his wife, Viola H. Miller of Milledgeville; his mother, Avis Mae Layton Plumley of Milledgeville; two daughters, Michelle M. D'Alonzo and husband, Jeff, of Dacula, Angela M. Farino and husband Jacob of Covington; two sons, Gregory Scott Miller of Milledgeville, John Doby and wife, Keli, of North Carolina; two brothers, Terry Miller of Milledgeville and John C. Miller of Florence, Ore.; and 12 grand- children, Ashton Danielle D' Alonzo, Amanda Pearl D'Alonzo, Casey Alexander D' Alonzo, Abriella Phoel Farino, Lilliquin Aliece Farino, Rhiannon Nicole Miller, Reyann Carolyn Miller, Levi William Miller, Loren Doby, Zachary Doby, Jackie Elder and Mark Daniel Elder. Moores Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Gregory Usry SPARTA - Gregory Usry, 42, of 82 Gordon St., Sparta, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Usry; a daughter, Ashley Reid; three sons, Trey Usry, Na'Ron Usry and Na'Resh Usry; four brothers, Johnny Usry, Elmore Usry, Joe Usry, Earnest Usry; and two sisters, Catherine Chappelle and Viola Lamar. Ingram Brothers Funeral Home of Sparta has charge of arrangements. Marian Alvin WARNER ROBINS - Marian M. Alvin fo 100 Kingsberry Circle, died Sunday, July 27, 2003, in Warner Robins. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Nelson's Memorial Chapel. Survivors include her companion, Robert Oden of Warner Robins; children, Tarell, Jason, Paul and Keonme Alvin, all of Warner Robins; grandmother, Lizzy Alvin of Milledgeville; siblings, Sara, Angie, Grethal, Jimmie, Marvin, Brent, Roscoe and Larry. The family will receive friends at the residence. Nelson Memorial Mortuary has charge of arrangements. Local announcements by Slater's Funeral Home. Tom L. Clements EATONTON - Tom L. Clements, 70, of 403 Marion St., died Monday, July 28, 2003 at his residence. Funeral services will at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crossroads Church in Eatonton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy H. Clements; two sons, Tommy Clements and Clayton Harrison; a daughter, Ilene Theresa Johnson; a brother, Arthur Clements; a sister, Carrie Lou Harper; and seven grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the residence. Putnam Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangemnts. Yvonne Music Kitchens GORDON - Yvonne Music Kitchens, of Hwy 18 East, died Thursday July 31, 2003, in a Macon hospital. Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gordon United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Hardies Chapel Church of Christ Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia Kitchens Martin of Gordon; two grandsons; and a sister, Letha Locke of Selma, Ala. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Couey-Reece-Stanley Funeral Home in Gordon has charge of arrangements.