Herbert Tillman, 74
SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Herbert Tillman, 74, was held Saturday, May
24 at Smith Grove Baptist Church at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Benji Waters officiating
and Rev. Robert Stevens assisting. Burial was in Swainsboro City Cemetery.
He died Monday, May 19 after an extended illness.
Mr. Tillman was a native of Johnson County where he attended public
schools, but he lived most of his life in Swainsboro. He was employed with
Emanuel Medical Center for 51 years, worked with Reno Tapley Mortuary for
many years, owned and operated a lawn service and was custodian at Swainsboro
Social Security office. He was a member of Smith Grove Baptist Church where
he sang in the choir.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Brooks Tillman of Swainsboro;
three daughters, Mrs. Carolyn Archer and Mrs. Helen Monroe of Swainsboro;
and Mrs. Belinda McCray of Mirama, Fla.; two sons, Ricky Tillman and Prophet
Randy Tillman of Swainsboro; three sisters, Mrs. Geneva Brooks and Mrs.
Lena Lewis of Swainsboro; and Mrs. Adel Scott of Wrightsville; two brothers,
Joe Louis Tillman of New Haven, Conn. and Hubert Tillman of Swainsboro;
three sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren,
many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Reno Tapley Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
Jerry Ford, 50
SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Mr. Jerry Ford, 50, will be held Wednesday,
May 28, at 2 p.m. at Swainsboro City Auditorium. The Rev. James Love will
officiate with the Rev. Stanley Moore and the Rev. David Reddick assisting.
Burial will follow services in the Swainsboro City Cemetery.
He died Thursday, May 22, from injuries resulting from an automobile
Mr. Ford was a native of Emanuel County where he attended the public
schools and was a 1971 graduate of Swainsboro High School. He was a member
of Springfield Baptist Church in Oak Park, a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran,
was employed with Johnson County State Prison for 13 years and a deputy
with Emanuel County Sheriff's Department for 12 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Gwendolyn Baldwin Ford of Swainsboro;
four daughters, Precious S. Franklin, Mrs. Misha Smith, Ms. Charlotte Ford,
all of Swainsboro, and Mrs. Adrienne Clark of Jacksonville, N.C.; two sons,
Mr. Jerry Jemeka Ford and Mr. Charles Ford of Swainsboro; his mother, Mrs.
Shirley Ford of Swainsboro; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Coleman and Mrs. Wylodene
Turner of Swainsboro; one brother, Mr. Artis Ford of Swainsboro; four grandchildren;
many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Reno Tapley Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
Richard Arden Gay, 55
TWIN CITY--Graveside services for Richard Arden Gay, 55, were held Saturday,
May 24, at 10 a.m. from El Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Phil
He died Wednesday, May 21, after a brief illness.
Mr. Gay was a native of Knoxville, Tenn. He was the son of the late
Paul M. and Helen R. Gay
Survivors include a daughter, Tina Gay of Savannah; a son, Maurice
Allen Gay of Vidalia; two sisters, Patricia Collins Jozefyk and Paul Gay
Boaen, both of Twin City.
Peebles-Curry-Durden had charge of arrangements.
David C. 'Junior' Glisson, 64
KITE--Funeral service for David C. "Junior" Glisson, 64, was held Wednesday,
May 21, at 3 p.m. at Kite Church of God. The Rev. Allen Meeks officiated.
Burial was in Gumlog Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
He died Monday, May 19, at Emanuel Medical Center.
Mr. Glisson was born July 3, 1938 in Johnson County the son of the
late D.C. and Lottie Fae Townsend Glisson, Sr. He had resided here most
of his life, was a truck driver and a member of Kite Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Gena Claxton Glisson of Kite; two
sons, Lynn Johnson and Keith Johnson, both of Swainsboro; a daughter, Mrs.
Mary Jo Buxton of Kite; a sister, Mrs. Judy Beasley of Kite; three grandchildren;
a niece and other nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Paul Williams, Joey Claxton, Michael Johnson, Billy
J. Taylor, James Glisson and J.C. Buxton.
Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Swainsboro had charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Mary Lucite Wilkerson, 71
SWAINSBORO--Funeral service for Mrs. Mary Lucille Wilkerson, 71 was
held Friday, May 23, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary
with the Rev. Morris Brantley and the Rev. Earl Warnock officiating. Burial
was in Eastbrook Cemetery in Swainsboro.
She died Tuesday, May 20, in Doctors Hospital in Augusta, after an
Mrs. Wilkerson was a native of Johnson County, retired from Argo Mills
and was a member of Swainsboro Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Jake D. Wilkerson of Swainsboro; five
daughters, Carolyn Odom, Patricia Mason and Jackie King, all of Swainsboro,
Norma Roberson of LIzella, and Shirley Henry of Lothair; three sons, Danny
Wilkerson of Twin city, Donnie Wilkerson and Johnny Wilkerson of Swainsboro;
one sister, Louise Stapleton of Kite; three brothers, Eddie Hall of Swainsboro,
T.J. Hall of Macon and Elmer Hall of Kite; 27 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Joshua Wilkerson, Jamie Roberson, Jason
Kohler, Michael Slater, Chris Wilkerson, Adam Hadden and Gene Hadden.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Willie Loree Brantley, 72
SWAINSBORO--Funeral service for Willie Loree Brantley, 72, was held
Friday, May 23, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary.
The Rev. Morris Brantley and the Rev. Herman Walden officiated. Burial
was in the Gumlog Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery near Kite.
Mrs. Brantley died Wednesday, May 21, in Emanuel Medical Center after
an extended illness.
She was a native of Emanuel County, a homemaker and a member of Holton
Chapel Advent Christian Church. She was the wife of the late Melvin L.
Survivors include three sisters, Shirley Ely of Dellwood, Wonnie Hutto
of Neeses, S.C., and Itoni Blalock of Monks Corner, S.C.; two brothers,
Franklin Glisson of Swainsboro and Tommy Glisson of Augusta.
Pallbearers were Larry Brantley, David Brantley, Johnny Way, Ricky
Way, Glenn Way and Dustin Brantley.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Cornell Daniels Sr.
SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Cornell Daniels Sr. will be held Thursday, May
29, 2003, at 11 a.m. at St. Phillip Baptist Church with the Rev. James
Love officiating. Burial will be at Swainsboro City Cemetery.
He died Monday, May 26, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia.
Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Daniels; three sons, Carl E. Daniels,
Samuel E. Daniels and Cornell Daniels Jr.; one daughter, Mary L. Malone;
two stepsons, Timothy Tann and Edward Thomas; two stepdaughters, Christine
Fluellen and Linda J. Smart; two brothers, Henry Clay Daniels and Furman
Daniels; 12 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
C.A. Reid, Sr. Memorial Funeral Home of Augusta has charge of arrangements.
Esko "Bud" Ellison Jr., 59
MILLEN--Funeral for Esko "Bud" Ellison Jr., 59, will be held Thursday,
May 29, 2003, at 3 p.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Elder Tommy
Rountree officiating. Burial will be at Hebron Primitive Baptist Church
He died Monday, May 26, 2003, at North East Georgia Hospital of Gainesville.
A native of Emanuel County, Mr. Ellison was son of the late Esko and
Louise Cowart Ellison. He was a retired farmer and member of El Bethel
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Ellison; one son, Ben Ellison of
Millen; one daughter, Janis Ellison of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, David
Ellison of Garfield and Eugene Ellison of Meldrim; and one grandson.
Pallbearers are nephews, Chris Ellison, Mark Ellison, Keith Woods,
Johnny Monroe, Stan Layne and Michael Layne.
Honorary pallbearers are Gary Herman, Donnie Burke, Cecil Proctor,
Jack Newton, Arlis Womack, Michael Parrish and Hugh Hullette.
Southern Heritage Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Clayton Logue, 66
MACON--Funeral for Clayton Logue, 66, will be held Wednesday, May 28,
2003, at 2 p.m. at Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary Chapel with Elder Mike
Gray officiating. Burial will be at Swainsboro City Cemetery.
He died Monday, May 26, 2003, at his residence after an extended illness.
A native of Johnson County, Mr. Logue was son of the late Henry and
Marie Bailey Logue and he was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Lamb Logue of Macon; one daughter,
Lydia Rowland of Midville; two sons, Stephen M. Logue of Swainsboro and
Timothy N. Logue of Macon; two sisters, Agnes Harrison and Kathryn Harrison,
both of Kite; three brothers, Dupree Charles Logue of Macon, Emory Logue
and Lamar Logue, both of Wrightsville; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Ronnie Harrison, Guy Harrison, Terry Harrison, Jim
Harrison, William Harrison and Tommy Logue.
Honorary pallbearers are Chaz Logue and Clay Rowland.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
Myrtice Gertrude Bedingfield, 90
SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Myrtice Gertrude Bedingfield, 90, was held Monday,
May 26, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary Chapel with the
Rev. Randall Ray and the Rev. Jack McCullough officiating. Burial was at
Swainsboro City Cemetery.
She died Saturday, May, 24, 2003, at Swainsboro Nursing Home after
an extended illness.
A native of Jefferson County, Miss Bedingfield was the daughter of
the late John S. and Lena Kirkland Bedingfield. She was retired from Dolores
and Woody's, was a Methodist and attended Calvary United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one niece, Ohma Waters of Snellville; and four nephews,
Don Bedingfield of Texas City, Texas, Wade Bedingfield of Swainsboro, Johnny
Bedingfield of Guyton and Jerry Bedingfield of Louisville.
Pallbearers were Hugh Johnson, Rusty Kea, Trinton Hooks, Denny Key,
Roger Peebles and Richard Reddish.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary had charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Brunell Goodwin Johnson, 85
Graveside services for Mrs. Brunell Goodwin Johnson, 85, will be Wednesday,
May 28, at 11 a.m. at Screven County Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. Jamie
Archer and the Rev. Carter Berkley will officiate.
She died Sunday, May 25, at Screven County Hospital.
Mrs. Johnson was a Jefferson County native and was a member of Buck
Creek United Methodist Church and a retired seamstress from White Stag
Survivors include two daughters, Joyce J. Ready of Augusta, and Louise
J. Bevill of Swainsboro; two sons, Steve Johnson of Sylvania and Benjamin
O. Johnson of Augusta; two sisters, Eddie C. Faircloth of Augusta, and
Mary G. Johnson of Graniteville, SC.; two brothers, Roy Goodwin of Brooksville,
Fla., and John Goodwin of Bogart; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Thompson Strickland Waters Funeral has charge of arrangements.
John Wendell White, 38
SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Mr. John Wendell White, 38 will be held Thursday,
may 29, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home. The
Rev. Bunny Hudson will officiate. Burial will be Alamo Cemetery at 2 p.m.
He died Monday, May 26, in Medical College of Georgia.
Mr. White was born Jan. 30, 1965 in Jacksonville, Fla., the son of
Harold Wendell and Beatrice Bozeman White. He was a member of Hillcrest
Baptist Church. He had resided in Swainsboro for the last 11 years moving
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Judy Tanner White of Swainsboro; his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wendell White of Alamo; two brothers, Rickey
White and Allen White, both of Alamo; three sisters, Mrs. Martha Breedlove
of Alamo, Mrs. Kathy Harold of Milan and Judy White of Alamo; a number
of nieces and nephews.
Southern Heritage has charge of arrangements.
Edna Lee Riner, 80
STATESBORO--Funeral for Edna Lee Riner, 80, will be held Thursday, May
29, 2003, at 3 p.m. at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church with Elder W.H.
Durrence officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery with Elder
Lavonne Anderson officiating.
She died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Chatham County, Mrs. Riner lived in several towns as she
traveled with her husband during his ministry before retiring to Statesboro
10 years ago. She was a homemaker and member of Sardis Primitive Baptist
Church of Emanuel County.
Survivors include her husband, Elder Ralph L. Riner Sr. of Statesboro;
one daughter, Diane Groover of Statesboro; two sons, Ralph L. Riner Jr.
of Lawrenceville and John W. "Bill" Riner of Albany; one sister, Margie
Brigmond of Douglas; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be area Primitive Baptist Ministers and their
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro has charge of arrangements.
Barbara Ann Scott
SWAINSBORO--Funeral for Barbara Ann Scott was held Thursday, May 22,
2003, at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church with Dr. Charles Wiggins officiating.
Burial was at Swainsboro City Cemetery.
She died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah.
A native of Baxley, Miss Scott was the daughter of Carrie Scott and
the late Willie Louis Cooke. She was formerly employed by City of Augusta
as caretaker for 17 years. She joined Fort Grove Baptist Church after returning
Survivors include her mother, Carrie Scott, five sisters, Janice Jackson,
Louise Johnson, Nettie Jordan, all of Swainsboro, Catherine Brown and Carolyn
Brown, both of Bronson, Fla.; 10 brothers, Sammie Brown of Gainsville,
Fla., Larry Brown of Pompano Beach, Fla., Willie Oliver Brown, Lamar Brown,
both of Bronson, Fla. Willie J. Brown, James A. Brown, Randael Brown, Calvin
Brown, Willie Albert Brown and Billy Jones, all of Swainsboro;
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Mosley's Funeral Home, Inc. had charge of arrangements.
Rev. Joseph Donald Way, 72
SALUDA, N.C.--Funeral for the Rev. Joseph Donald Way, 72, will be held
Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
of Saluda, N.C.
He died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at Lane Wing of Pardee Hospital of Hendersonville,
A native of Emanuel County, Rev. Way was the son of the late Josiah
and Tempia Ocilla Walker Way.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnne Thompson Way; two sons, Peter Way
of Saluda, N.C. and Arnold Medlock of Columbia, S.C.; one daughter, Justine
Way of Chicago, Ill.; and five grandchildren.
McFarland Funeral Chapel of Tryon, N.C. has charge of arrangements.
Eschell E. Young, 77
EAST DUBLIN--Funeral for Eschell E. Young, 77, was held Tuesday, May
27, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Sammons Funeral Home Chapel of Soperton with Elder
Jim Osborne and the Rev. Paul Douglas officiating. Burial with military
honors was at Thigpen Cemetery in Rockledge.
He died Sunday, May 25, 2003.
A native of Laurens County, Mr. Young was son of the late James E.
Young Sr. and Maggie Thigpen Young. He served in the Army during World
War II and was a retired painter. He was also of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Jordan Young; two daughters, Ann
McNeely of Swainsboro and Betty Sue Shaffer of Dublin; two sons, Gary Young
of St. Augustine, Fla. and Jerry Young of Pasadena, Md.; three stepsons,
J. A. Thomas of East Dublin, Bobby Thomas and Vic Thomas, both of Dublin;
two stepdaughters, Melba Evans of Mt. Vernon and Gloria Keen of Lizella;
two sisters, Ophelia Williford and Joyce Garner, both of Dublin; one brother;
James Edward Young Jr. of East Dublin; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren,
10 step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren.
Sammons Funeral Home of Soperton had charge arrangements.