Miscellaneous Jefferson County, Georgia
Obituaries - 2001

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Marie Clark 
Miss Marie Clark of Stapleton died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001.
Miss Clark, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of First Baptist Church
The funeral was Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Frank Seabrooks officiating. Burial was in Vining Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Janice Murphy, Wrens; a brother, Roscoe Hobbs, New York; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Freemans Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Rosa L. Gibbons 
Ms. Rosa L. Gibbons of Bronx, NY, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, in New York.
Ms. Gibbons, a native of Jefferson County, had lived in New York for 33 years.
The funeral was Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at Gordon Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Rev. Allen Webb officiating.
Survivors include her mother, Luella Bynes Gibbons, Louisville; her siblings, Jessie Gibbons, New York, Lillie Gibbons, Philadelphia, Mildred Davis and Corene Gibbons, Florida, Luellen Ghant, Janette Gibbons, Gwenette Gibbons, Jo Anne McCullough, Louisville, and Robert Gibbons, Augusta; and a goddaughter, Vanessa G. Jones, New York.
Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Gilbert Phillips 
Mr. Joe Gilbert Phillips of Augusta died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at Medical College of Georgia.
Mr. Phillips, a native of Glascock County, was owner of Joe's Radiator Shop and was a retired truck driver. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A graveside service was held Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at Harlem Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Sutphin officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Dempsey Phillips, Augusta, Wayne Phillips, North Augusta, and Keith Phillips, Sherveport, La.; one daughter, Jean McCall, North Augusta; five sisters, Sadie Williford, Mitchell, Lonice Goodwin, Actworth, Miriam Landry, Grovetown, Eulaween Barney, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Betty Jo McLeod, Augusta; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Starling Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Walter Rowell III 
Mr. Charles Walter Rowell III of Louisville died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001.
Mr. Rowell was a graduate of Louisville Academy and Riverside Military Academy. He also attended the University of Georgia. He was employed by the Bell Aircraft Corporation from 1943-1945. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army, 3rd Infantry Division, in the occupation of Germany. He retired after 30 years employment with the Civil Service, Fort Gordon. He also served as deacon in his home church, Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service was held Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Michael Hendrick officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., at a future date and time.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Hitchcock Rowell; two sons, Charles Walter Rowell IV, Augusta, and Gilbert Hitchcock Rowell, Lancaster, SC; one daughter, Kathryn Rowell Gordy, Louisville; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 824 Walnut Street, Louisville, GA 30434, or to Bonclarken Assembly, 500 Pine Drive, Flat Rock, NC 29731.
Johnson-Grier Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Larry Wilson 
Mr. Larry Wilson, 41, of Thomson died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001.
The funeral was Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at Mount Aldred Christian Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. George Glenn officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Rogers Wilson; two children, Deynota Wilson and NyKeshia Wilson; mother and step-father, Sarah W. Walker and Morris Walker; father, Roosevelt Wilson; two brothers, Melvin Wilson and Stanford Wilson; two sisters, Mary Ann Wilson and Shelia Wilson, all of Thomson; and his grandmother, Mary Hatcher, Wrens.
Thomson Funeral System was in charge of the arrangements.

Ethel Watts 
Mrs. Ethel Watts of Augusta died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at Salem Nursing Home.
Mrs. Watts, a native of Richmond County, was a former member of Hosannah Baptist Church and Greater Young Zion Baptist Church.
The funeral was Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C.W. Joyner officiating. Burial was in Cedar Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Eleanor Turner and Diann Holmes of Augusta; three sons, Charles Williams, Hardwick, Robert James Williams, Louisville, and William H. Williams, Augusta; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Williams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Lee "Captain" Smith Sr. 
Mr. Robert Lee "Captain" Smith Sr. of Wrens died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001.
Mr. Smith was employed by Jefferson County Service Center. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 419, Gough, and a member of First Baptist Church, Gough.
The funeral was Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at Lofton African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Revs. Abraham Gibbons and Leroy Britt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Smith; eight children, Robert Smith Jr., Augusta, Termica Hales, Charles Smith, Tammy Smith, Latoria Jordan, Tracy Nathan, all of Wrens, Kurt Paschal and Althea Paschal, Louisville; his mother, Leomia Smith, Augusta; stepfather, Cleveland Smith Sr.; three sisters, Jeanette Reed and Billie Ann Scott, both of Augusta, and Ada Mae Thomas, Wrens; a brother, Cleveland Smith Jr., Wrens; and 10 grandchildren.
Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby Hicks Usry 
Mrs. Rubie Hicks Usry, 87, of Avera died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Usry, a native of Emmanuel County, was a homemaker.
The funeral was Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Wrens Church of God with the Revs. Cullen Hicks and Terry Addis officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Jim C. Usry Jr. and David L. Usry; two daughters, Mildred Usry Thompson and Eleanor Usry Matthews; three brothers, Robert, John and Roy Hicks; five sisters, Iris Swymer, Doris Purvis, Marie Steele, Mable Duckworth and Helen Norman; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Memorials may be made to the Wrens Church of God Building Fund in care of Wrens Church of God (Bennett Boulineau), 102 Phillips St., Wrens, GA 30833.
Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Walter "Tommie Lee" Brady 
Mr. Walter "Tommie Lee" Brady, 54, of Louisville died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001.
The funeral was Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Eden Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Rev. James Nelson officiating.
Survivors include his siblings, Mary Alice Walden, Johnny Brady and George “Steve” Brady of Augusta, Luretha Brady of Wrens and James Brady Sr. of Swainsboro.
Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Nell Walden Black 
Mrs. Mary Nell Walden Black, 78, of Gibson died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, at McDuffie Regional Hospital.
Mrs. Black, a native of Johnson County, was a homemaker. She was a member of Mount Nebo Primitive Baptist Church.
The funeral was Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at Mount Nebo Primitive Baptist Church with the Elders Lee Price and Phillip Nichols officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, John Black, Gibson; seven daughters, Sara Wood, Las Vegas, Katherine Williams, North Augusta, Judy Usry and Mildred McDonald, Gibson, Linda Fulcher, Hephzibah, Frankie Black, Gibson, and Janel Higdon, High Shoals; four sons, Chester Kitchens, Ralph Kitchens, James Kitchens and Wendell Kitchens, all of Gibson; a sister, Pauline Kitchens, Mitchell, and a brother, Ralph Walden, Augusta; 32 grandchildren and 46 great great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Eddie Kitchens, Daniel Higdon, Kenneth Kitchens, Richard Kitchens, David Kitchens, Ronnie Wood, Rodney Todd and Colen Todd Jr.
Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Soloman Matthew "S.M." McNeely 
Mr. Soloman Matthew "S.M." McNeely, 95, of Bartow died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, at Glendale Nursing Home.
Mr. McNeely, a native of Washington County, had lived in Jefferson County all of his adult life. After retiring from farming and logging, he worked for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at the prison camp for 15 years. He was a member of the Moxley United Methodist Church.
The funeral was Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at Moxley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Billy Howell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Coleman McNeely; a daughter, Betty Rivers, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Wayne McNeely, Johnny McNeely, Frank Gordy, Donnie Coleman, Jim Coleman and Randy Coleman.
Memorials may be made to the Moxley United Methodist Church.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Johnny L. Hatcher 
Mr. Johnny L. Hatcher, 46, of Miami, Fla., died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001.
The funeral was Oct. 20 at noon at St. Matthews African Methodist Episcopal Church, Louisville, with the Rev. David Walker officiating. Burial was in the Louisville Society Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Juanita Evans; his daughter, Johnnita Hatcher, Miami; and his siblings, Frances Heath, Louisville, Emma Brookins, Pa., Roosevelt T. Williams Jr., Atlanta, and George P. Hatcher, Augusta. 
Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Melissa Ann Danford Brown 
Mrs. Melissa Ann Danford Brown of Wadley died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001.
The funeral was Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Brown; a son, Travis Brown; parents, Curtis Sr. and Vallie Mae Danford; sisters, Louise Danford, Joann Parker, Yvonne Danford and Sherry Cooper; brothers, Roosevelt Bennett, Clarence Danford, John Wille Danford, Curtis Danford Jr. and Kenny Lee Danford; and her maternal grandfather, Bishop Bennett.
Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas "June Bug" Beasley Jr. 
Mr. Thomas “June Bug” Beasley Jr. of Wrens died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001.
The funeral was Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with the Rev. Jimmy McCullough III officiating. Burial was in the churchyard cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Georgia Ann Beasley; father, Thomas Beasley Sr., Wrens; stepfather, Mitchell Taylor, Miami, Fla.; wife, Ruthie Mae Beasley, Wrens; two daughters, Taryn Boyd, Louisville, and Latavia Phillips, Wrens; two sons, Bryant White and Telly Griffin, Miami, Fla.; one stepson, Dalmon Smith, Colleen, Texas; one brother, Alexander Johnson; and nine grandchildren.
Freeman’s Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral.

Myrtice Bedgood Martin 
Mrs. Myrtice Bedgood Martin, 87, of Wadley died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Martin, a native of Washington County, had lived most of her life in Wadley. She was retired from Thermo King and was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church.
The funeral was Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church with the Revs. Charles Wallace and Kenneth Watkins officiating. Burial was in the Wadley City Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Zena Gotto, Miami, Fla., Ann Ware, Wadley, and Faye Stavely, Wadley; four sons, Joe Martin, Davisboro, Jack Martin, Miami Beach, Fla., Troy Martin, Sunset, S.C., and John Henry Martin III, Brooklet; a brother, J.E. Bedgood Jr., Macon; a sister, Nita Salter, Rome; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were her sons and grandsons.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Louise Brake Sherrer 
Mrs. Louise Brake Sherrer, 64, of Thomson died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Lake Crossing Nursing Home.
Mrs. Sherrer, a native of Wilkes County, was a member of First Baptist Church of Washington. 
Graveside services were held Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Kenneth Garvin officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Pam Johnson, Thomson; four sons, Wayne Sherrer, Wrens, Tommy Sherrer, Atlanta, Ray Sherrer, Warrenton, and Gene Sherrer, Thomson; two brothers, Charles Brake and Billy Brake, Atlanta; and six grandchildren.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, was in charge of the arrangements.

W.J. Braddock 
Mr. W.J. Braddock, 71, of Thomson died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Braddock was a retired maintenance worker after 40 years of service with Sweet Heart Corp. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Providence Baptist Church.
The funeral was Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church, Grange, with the Rev. Earl Parrish officiating. Burial was in the Jefferson Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Louisville.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Henderson Braddock; one son, Jerry Braddock, Martinez; two daughters, Patricia B. Doolittle, Beach Island, S.C., and Cathy B. Peters, Augusta; one brother, Pleas Braddock, Louisville; two sisters, Helen Poole, Garden City, and Jennie Chalker, Louisville; and seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Chris Braddock, David Braddock, Harris Braddock, Brad Gibson, Tim Peters, Jeff Peters and Hugh Dawson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association or St. Joseph Hospice. 
Johnson-Grier Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

J. D. Adams 
Mr. J. D. Adams, 74, of Albany, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2001, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany.
The funeral was Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at Byne Memorial Baptist Church with Dr. C. Michael Gravette and Dr. Melvin Wise officiating. Burial was at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens with Dr. Spurgeon Hays officiating.
Mr. Adams was born at home Oct. 25, 1926 in Waynesboro, to the late John David Adams Sr. and Mary Swint Adams. A born businessman, he began at the age of 12 selling The Grit, Cloverine Salve and Lancaster County Seeds from door to door. He was a 1943 graduate of Wrens High School in Wrens. In 1944, he went to work for Orkin Exterminators in Augusta and held numerous positions with the company through 1970. He began classes at the University of Georgia in September of 1944. In December 1945, he served in the Army Air Corps and served 14 months with an honorable discharge. He resumed classes at UGA and joined Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and continued his career with Orkin in Athens. He was vice-president of the Athens Jaycee’s in the 1950’s.
During this time, he became a Deacon and Sunday School Director at Talmadge Heights Baptist Church in Athens. In 1957 he married Mary Naomi Hays. She preceded him in death in 1991. His subsequent positions with Orkin sent him to Atlanta, Nashville, TN and finally to Albany, where in 1971, he opened Adams Exterminators, Inc.
Mr. Adams served as a member of the Structural Pest Control Association from 1977 through 1989 and was co-chairman of the Georgia Pest Control Association Building Committee. He worked tirelessly to advance the pest control industry and willingly lent his support to any project that would promote ethics and professionalism. He was an active member of the Exchange Club of Albany from 1971 until 2001. He served as president of the Exchange Club of Albany in 1984-85, was a founding member of the Northwest Exchange Club in Albany, and was a key organizer of the Blue Grass Festival.
Mr. Adams was a member of Byne Memorial Baptist Church since 1973, served as deacon and was a member of the building committee, the Byne Baptist School Board, and the Open Door Sunday School Class. A philanthropist, he served on the boards of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Lights of Love, Albany Community Hospice, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He was also a contributor to the University of Georgia Athletic Association and was a loyal Bulldog fan. In 1994, he sold his company, Adams Exterminators and enjoyed traveling and spending time at his cabin on Lake Chatuge in Hayesville, NC during his retirement.
Survivors include his wife since 1999, Beverly Boone McCool Adams and her son, Robert Lee McCool of Albany; daughter, Karen Adams-Dimery of Hayesville, NC; sister, Mary Ruth Davis of Athens; and two grandchildren.
Those desiring please make memorials to Albany Community Hospice, P. 0. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702 or Arise and Build, c/o Byne Memorial Baptist Church, 2832 Ledo Road, Albany, GA 31707.

Charles Usry Sr. 
Mr. Charles Usry Sr. of Bath, S.C., died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001.
Mr. Usry, a native of Avera, had lived in Bath for most of his life. He was a U.S. Naval Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and a self-employed businessman. He was a member of the L.B.C. American Legion Post #153.
The funeral was Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Hatcher Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Ramon Ergle officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers were Daryl Bramlett, Ralph Gunter, Ronnie Bagwell, Ronnie Bagwell, Franke Bramlett, Jimmy Gunter, Wayne Mitchell and Roland Beard.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the L.B.C. American Legion Post #153.


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