Mr. Edward Rex Pace Pruitt
Mr. Edward Rex Pace Pruitt, 89, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Pruitt, son of the late Joseph Reid Pruitt and the late Lorena Pace Pruitt, was born Jan. 8, 1920, and reared in Smyrna. He was a 1937 graduate of Marietta High School. He attended North Georgia Junior College in Dahlonega, and in 1941 he received a bachelor of commercial science degree from Georgia State University, Atlanta. In 1957 he became a member of the American Institute of Interior Designers and in recognition of his services in the field of interior design, Parson School of Design, New York, elected him and honorary alumnus. During World War II, Chief Warrant Officer Pruitt served in the European Theater with the 158th Combat Engineer Battalion, which landed on Utah Beach on June 27, 1944. During the Battle of the Bulge his battalion distinguished itself on the night of Dec. 17, 1944, east of Bastogne, by holding back a German juggernaut until relieved on Dec. 19 by the 101st Airborne. Mr. Pruitt was reassigned from his Combat Engineer Battalion to duty in the Engineering Section Headquarters, FIRST UNITED STATES ARMY. He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, and the American Defense Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal and received in 2005 from the Consulate General of France a certificate of gratitude from the Government. Prior to coming to Augusta in 1959, Mr. Pruitt was an employee of Rich’s Inc., in Atlanta. He served as a buyer, for the Connoisseur Gallery, his duties in that position, involved European market trips and he was also director of the Interior Decorating Department. Mr. Pruitt, aided by his wife, Jeanne Johnson Pruitt, opened an interior design studio, in Augusta in 1961. This business ceased operation, at the time of their retirement, 22 years later. Mr. Pruitt was a member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, a former member of the Augusta Country Club, a former member of the Commerce Club in Atlanta and a former member of the Pinnacle Club.
Graveside services and interment were held on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Westover Memorial Park, with Dr. R. Leslie Holmes officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Johnson Pruitt of Augusta; son, Pace Barnes (Kay Elliott) Pruitt of Gibson; and cousin, Helen Pace Thompson Garrison of Augusta.
Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Helen “Charley” Todd Wilcher
Mrs. Helen “Charley” Todd Wilcher, 95, of Gibson entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at her residence.
Mrs. Wilcher was a native of Glascock County, and lived here all of her life. She was a member of Euphrates Baptist Church for 80 years, and she worked in the Glascock County school lunch room as a food server and at Raleys Restaurant.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Euphrates Baptist Church, with Rev. Herman Walden, Rev. Thurman Walden and Rev. Wilmer Hall officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Dillard Wilcher; parents, Berne Newsome and Luther Todd; four brothers and five sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Eva Ruth (Thomas) McCoy of Charlotte, N.C., Helen “Jean” (Charles) Usry of Gibson, and Dorothy Louise Hadden of Avera; sister, Hazel Black of Augusta; six grandchildren, John (Barbara) McCoy, Susan (Scott) Stinson, Donna (John) Hadden, David (Leisha) Hadden, Marshall (Bonnie) Hadden and Andrew (Amy) Hadden; eight great-grandchildren, Beth (Jacob) Braddock, Laura Stinson, Chris (Kris) Hadden, Bonnie Stinson, Emily Hadden, Spencer Hadden, Matthey Usry and Chandler Hadden; five great-great-grandchildren, Riley, Ashton, Hunter, Reese and Sidney; and caretakers, Jane Bland and Ashley Brookshier.
Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons.
Memorials may be made to Euphrates Baptist Church in care of Kathleen Walden, 2588 Farmers Bridge Rd., Hephzibah, GA, 30815.
Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Miss Jamila LaDawn Zimmermon
Miss Jamila LaDawn Zimmermon, 30, of Augusta entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at an Augusta Hospital.
Miss Zimmermon was a native of Richmond County, a member of the Mays Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, and a 1997 graduate of Hephzibah High School. She was an apartment property manager.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Mays Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Genesis Williams and Zechariah Zimmermon, both of Augusta; parents, Ronnie and Sophia Zimmermon Thompson of Augusta; brothers, Arturo Thompson of Athens, and DeRon Thompson of Augusta; maternal grandmother, Emma Green of Louisville; aunts and uncles, Lucille (Tommie) Walker of Wrens, Min. Minnie Zimmermon of Augusta, William (Freda) Green of Columbia, S.C., Leila (Elijah) McCall, Ricky (Gloria) Zimmermon, Georgia Stone, Jennie Gamble, Oscar Thompson, Doris (Willie) Flounroy and John Wesley Thompson, all of Louisville, Yasmin Green of Miami, Fla., Tywanna Green of Houston, Texas, and Horace (Marion) Thompson of Petersburg, Va.; friend, Jarrett Williams of Augusta; friend, Alondra Coley of Virginia; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Dwight A. Huggins Sr.
Mr. Dwight A. Huggins Sr. of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
He was a West Fraser Augusta Lumber Mill employee.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Huggins; two daughters, Shanice Huggins, Wrens, and Chasity Wright, North Augusta, S.C.; three sons, Dwight A. Huggins Jr., Bartow, Eric McCullough, New Ellenton, S.C., and Courtney Wright, Augusta; mother, Laura Huggins, Estill, S.C.; one sister, Elizabeth Huggins, Augusta; one brother, Everett Huggins, Estill, S.C.; six step-grandchildren; and other relatives.
Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Lunita B. Jockel
Mrs. Lunita B. Jockel, 83, of Grovetown entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, in the Palliative Care unit at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.
She was born in Bartow, and was the daughter of the late Roger and Irene Bedingfield of Bartow. Mrs. Jockel was a member of Grove First Baptist Church. She was retired from Civil Service where she worked in finance and accounting at Fort Gordon.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Frank Thigpen at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Grove First Baptist Church in Grovetown. Burial followed at Bellevue Memorial Gardens, Grovetown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Jockel; her son, Don R. Jockel; and three sisters, Bessie Gay, Louise Scott and Carolyn Skinner.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol Jockel Spencer (Randy) of Madison, N.C.; one son, Philip H. Jockel (Bobbie) of Waynesboro; two sisters, Eugenia Walden of Bartow, and Annette Ford of Milledgeville; three grandchildren, Chris Spencer and Brian Spencer of Madison, N.C., and Dean Jockel of Waynesboro.
Pallbearers were Ricky Ford, Randy Ford, Wesley Gordy, Terry Skinner, John Skinner and Jonathan Ford.
Memorials may be made to Grove First Baptist Church, 108 W. Robinson Ave., Grovetown, Ga. 30813.
Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Doris Barry Katz
Mrs. Doris Barry Katz, 87, of Arlington, Va. entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008.
She was born on Dec. 20, 1920, in Wrens. She was the oldest child of the late Dixie Gerald Barry and Rosa Lee Farr Barry. She was one of 11 children. She graduated high school as valedictorian of the class of 1937. She was able to attend Middle Georgia College with the assistance of Rev. Ira Caldwell, various jobs and a scholarship. She earned a bachelors degree from American University and her masters from James Madison University. She was a retired teacher of special education with the Fairfax County, Va. public schools, teaching for more than 20 years. Mrs. Katz was a member of the Falls Church, Va. Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as a regent (1998-2001), chapter historian and yearbook chairman. She was also a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and an active member of Temple Rodef Shalom.
A graveside service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Jan. 7, 2009, at 1 p.m.
Mrs. Katz was preceded in death by her first husband, Sidney Magelof; and her second husband, Morris Katz.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Magelof Parlee (Larry) of Harrisonburg, Va., and Susan Magelof Gilbert (Randy) of Lancaster, Va.; two stepdaughters, June Levine of Virginia and Lisa Elon of Atlanta; two stepsons, Steve Katz of Virginia and Mark Katz of Atlanta; one sister, Rev. Mother Ruth Barry, OSB of Shaw Island, Wash.; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
Mrs. Mary Sellers Rickerson
Mrs. Mary Sellers Rickerson, 86, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at the Blair House, Augusta.
Mrs. Rickerson was a native of Matthews. She was a resident of Richmond County and a homemaker.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at 2 p.m. in the Bellevue Memorial Gardens Chapel, Grovetown, with Rev. Guy Campbell officiating.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Rickerson Jr.; and her son Jesse Rickerson III.
Survivors include one son, William (Carolyn) Rickerson, Panama City, Fla.; four daughters, Mary Jane (Rudy) Anderson, Augusta, Betty (Douglas) Hood, Harlem, Carolyn Mock, Augusta, and Ann (Ernest) Murphy, Grovetown; 21 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Douglas Hood, Ernest Murphy, Johnny Weatherford, Brian Penvose, Gary Yates and Robb Walker.
If so desired, memorials may be made to Care South Health or United Hospice, 1226 Augusta West Pkway, Augusta, GA 30909.
Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Luther Roberts
Mr. Luther Roberts, 74, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008.
Funeral service were held on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Michael Epharim officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter, Debra Roberts of Wrens; son, Charles Roberts Wrens; granddaughter, that he raised, Cerita Roberts; sister, Pauline Davis of Pompano Beach, Fla.; four brothers, Lindsey Roberts and Wyman Roberts, both of Avera, Jimme (Classie) Roberts and Mitchell (Ollie) Roberts, all of Stapleton; two brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Christine (Hadden) Samples Sikkema
Mrs. Christine (Hadden) Samples Sikkema, 87, of Louisville entered into rest on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, in the Glendale Nursing Home in Wadley.
Mrs. Sikkema was a native of Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Cy W. Hadden and Rosa Ford Hadden. She retired after many years as a bank teller and travel agent and was a member of Duharts Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, in the Louisville City Cemetery, with Rev. Larry L. Montgomery officiating.
Mrs. Sikkema was preceded in death by her parents; and two husbands, Robert M. Samples and Al Sikkema.
Survivors include two sons, Bob W. (Cynthia) Samples of Augusta and Billy F. (Loretta) Samples of Louisville; four grandchildren, Donna (Stephen) Lyons of Savannah, Bob (Donna) Samples of Augusta, Robert (Angela) Samples of Wrens, and Cyrus Samples of Forsyth; one sister, Katherine Samples of Wrens; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the Duharts Baptist Church, Attn: Jean McGahee, 8078 Clarks Mill Road, Louisville, Ga. 30434.
Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Mr. Willie James “Dick” Brown
Mr. Willie James “Dick” Brown, 59, of Louisville entered into rest on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Jefferson Hospital.
Mr. Brown was a native of Glascock County, but lived in Jefferson County most of his life. He was a member of the New Hope AME Church and a 1969 graduate of Glascock County High School.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the New Hope AME Church and cemetery.
Survivors include his son, Wade Brown of Warrenton; sisters, Lorea Gibbons of Louisville, Carrie Gaston and Ammie J. Davis, both of Avera, Minnie (Eugene) Love of Stapleton; one brother, Adolpha Brown of Tacoma, Wash.; a friend, Lois Johnson of Voorhees, N.J.; one grandson, Jawon Brown of Warrenton; two aunts, Dora Dogan and Mozella Dogan of Louisville; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Grace Jackson Claxton
Mrs. Grace Jackson Claxton, 85, of Martinez entered into rest Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009.
Mrs. Claxton was a native of Riddleville, having made Martinez her home for the past 43 years. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and the Woodmen of the World for 51 years. Mrs. Claxton was wife of the late Mr. Billy M. Claxton.
Graveside services were held on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Riddleville, with Rev. M.D. Cabe officiating.
Survivors include a brother, Franklin (Rilla) Jackson, Bath; two sisters, Bunnie (David) Couey, Macon, and Shelbie (Glynn) Paschall, Beech Island, S.C.; several nieces and nephews; an aunt, Madie Waller, Bath, S.C.
Memorials may be made to New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1839 New Bethel Road, Bartow, GA 30413.
Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Robert L. “Duke” Davis
Mr. Robert L. “Duke” Davis of Wrens entered into rest Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 at Wrightsville Manor Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Carter’s Mortuary. Interment was in Pines Cemetery.
Carter’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Wanda Lean Harris
Ms. Wanda Lean Harris of Atlantic Beach, Fla. entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Kingdom Life Fellowship Ministries, Wadley, with Apostle Clifford Duckworth officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her sisters, Carlette H. (John Willie) Howard, Wadley, Audrey Gibbons (Paul) and Cynthia A. Harris, Atlantic Beach, Fla.; her brothers, DeRoy (Michelle) Bealle, Rochester, N.Y., JeRome Harris, Jacksonville, Fla., Theotis Harris and Ferrell L. (Wanda) Harris, Augusta, Carl Robinson, Rivera Beach, Fla., Otis (Frances) Gibbons, Bartow, and Joe Albert Gibbons, Cleveland, Ohio; her foster sister, Teresa P. Smith, Wadley; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Terrell Harris, Trevaius Wells, Beorgie Harris, Todd Smith, Darrell Johnson and Kendrick Johnson.
Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.