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Alexander, George*  
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. George Hamilton Alexander, 73, husband of Maxine Lariscy, entered into rest on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Platt's Crawford Avenue Chapel with Rev. Mike Shearon officiating. Interment to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mr. Alexander retired from the Georgia Power Company after more than 30 years of service. He served in the United States National Guard and was a member of the United States Power Squadron for 17 years. Mr. Alexander loved animals, fast cars, and target shooting. In addition to his wife, Mr. Alexander is survived by his step-daughter, Sharon Newman; his step-grandchildren, Alexandria and Sean Newman; his numerous nieces and nephews; and by his special friends and caregivers, Al Schmoltz and Joe Anderson. Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian Davis Alexander. Pallbearers will be Jerry McKettrick, Wayne McKettrick, Lamar Powell, Joseph Anderson, Stoney Turnage, and Charley Hurley. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Carolina Poodle Rescue by visiting their website at www.carolinapoodle.org . The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday afternoon from 1:00 PM until service time. Please sign the guestbook and send condolences at www.plattsfuneralhome.com Platt s Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on July 29, 2015
Beckham, Twila*  
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Twila K. Beckham, age 72, of Augusta, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at GRU Hospital. She was born November 22, 1942 to the late Charles and Ruth Foster Cawvey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Beckham; 3 brothers, Charles, Dale and Bud Cawvey and 1 sister, Beverly Harris. She is survived by children, Gail Sandlin, Ellen Boyd, Charlotte Turner and Carol Waller; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Elaine Fuller and Cheryl Springer. Family will receive friends Friday 11 am to 12 Noon at The Poteet Funeral Home, 3465 Peach Orchard Rd., Hwy. 25, Augusta 30906, with services to follow at Noon at the funeral home. Burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Please sign the online guestbook at www.poteetfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on July 29, 2015
Davis, Betty*  
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Betty J. Mitchell Davis, of Linderwood Court, entered into rest July 25, 2015. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, July 31, 2015 at Beulah Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Sam Davis officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Gardens. Ms. Davis, a native of Edgefield County, was a 1972 graduate of Strom Thurmond High School and a 1976 graduate of Voorhees College. She was a member of Beulah Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Carl (Felicia) Davis II and Mitchell D. Davis; her mother, Mattie M. Cook Mitchell; two brothers, Genovesi G. Mitchell and Matthew S. (Jackie) Mitchell; three sisters, Ora Mae Allen, Lorraine Withers and Vannette James; one granddaughter, Cambree E. Davis; a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. G. L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, SC (803) 279-0026.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from July 28 to July 30, 2015
Handberry Sr., William*  
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mr. William Donald Handberry, Sr., 70, of Louisville, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 25, 2015. A Louisville native, he was the only child of the late Mary Elizabeth and Clarence Felton Handberry. After graduating from Louisville Academy, Don attended the University of Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the Terry College of Business. While pursuing his degree, he married his high school sweetheart, Marie Pinkston Jones, on September 16, 1967. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville. As an active member of the church, he served in many capacities. Past positions include: active Deacon for over 30 years, Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Church Clerk, Church Treasurer, member of the Board of Trustees, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Pastor Search Committee. In addition to being a faithful servant of the Lord, Don was committed to the advancement of his local community. He was a member of the Louisville Kiwanis Club for over 20 years, where he served as past President. Don was Chairman of Louisville's Downtown Development Authority, which is charged with the mission of helping local businesses prosper. He also honorably served his country in the Georgia National Guard. Don first began his 42-year insurance career in Augusta as a Lincoln National Life insurance agent. In 1982, he became the business owner of W. D. Handberry Insurance, Inc., affiliated with Cotton States, now Country Financial. During this time, he earned numerous distinctions and awards such as Agent of the Year. He continued to own and operate this agency until his passing. Don's greatest joy in life was being with his family who adored him and whom he loved immensely. As his family's cornerstone, he left a lasting legacy. He led by Christian example and embodied various "Fruit of the Spirit" qualities such as kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and had a true appreciation for God's creation. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who greatly enjoyed doting on those he cherished. Don's grandchildren and closest friends affectionately called him "Duck", but to his wife and children, he will always be "Daddy". His survivors include: his beloved wife of nearly 48 years, Marie Pinkston Jones Handberry; his son, William Donald Handberry, Jr. and his wife Casey Pritchett Handberry and their sons, William Donald Handberry III, Elijah Reynolds Handberry, and Edward Jones Handberry, all of Macon; his daughter, Marie Handberry Weldon and her husband William Amos Weldon, Jr. and their daughters, Katherine Maguire Weldon, Carolyn Theresa Weldon, and Allison Marie Weldon, all of Watkinsville; and his daughter, Chapman Handberry Godwin and her husband William Adams Godwin and their daughters, Chapman Pinkston Godwin and Gainer Adams Godwin, all of Augusta. Additional survivors are his sister-in-law, Jan Jones McElreath and her husband Benjamin Farris McElreath, of Augusta, and their children, Benjamin F. McElreath, Jr. and his wife Carrie Haskins McElreath and their children, of Macon, and Samuel Alexander McElreath and his wife Cameron Stone McElreath and their children, of Athens. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, in the First Baptist Church of Louisville, with Church Pastor Rev. Jonathan Witt officiating, assisted by Dr. Gary Redding and Rev. William Cain. Interment will follow in the Louisville City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be: Robby Brett, "Chip" Evans, Ron Livingston, Benjamin McElreath, Jr. and Sam McElreath, and David Polhill. Honorary pallbearers include: Deacons of the First Baptist Church of Louisville, Don Bray, Roger Burge, Sam Clark, Jr., Joe Culvern, Clark Evans, Wiley Evans, Joe Gore, Larry Hodges, A.P. Jones, Johnny Jones, Jr., Walter Jones, Tom Jordan, Mitchell McGraw, Sam Pennington, Jim Polhill, Phil Prichard, members of the Louisville A.R.P. Men's Bible Study, and members of the Popeye's Breakfast Club. Memorials may be made to the Elevator Fund or to the Kitchen Renovation Fund of the First Baptist Church of Louisville, 101 East Ninth Street, Louisville, GA 30434. You may sign the family's personal guestbook online at www.taylorfhlouisville.com . Taylor Funeral Home, 401 West 8th Street, Louisville, is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from July 27 to July 29, 2015
Jackson, Gene*  
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Gene Taylor Jackson, 86, husband of the late Ada Geneva Jackson, entered into rest on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the residence of his stepdaughter Betty House Ayers, who has cared for him the last sixteen months. His funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Rowland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park with Military Honors. Mr. Jackson was a member of Victory Baptist Church. He retired as a chemical analyst from SRP. He was an avid golfer. Mr. Jackson also served in the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. Survivors include his three sons, Bruce Gene Jackson of Aiken, SC, and stepsons, Thomas House of Augusta, GA and James House of Edgefield, SC; his three daughters, Monica J. Cockrell of Hemingway, SC, and stepdaughters, Betty Ayers of North Augusta, SC and Debbea Saltrese of Augusta, GA; his sister, Slyvia McCain of Augusta, GA; his 20 grandchildren; and his 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two stepsons, Bill Carter and Jack Norris; his stepdaughter, Barbara Ammons; and his twin brother, Jack Jackson. The family will receive friends at Rowland Funeral Home, Friday, July 31, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Please visit the online register at www.rowlandfuneralhome.com Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on July 29, 2015
Key, Willie*  
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Willie Hayward Key, of Ellis Street, will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Shaws Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Edward Lloyd officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call the residence or after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. G. L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 250 Coral Street, Edgefield, SC (803) 637-4900.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on July 29, 2015
Key-Vallier, Jannie*  
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Jannie Michelle Key-Vallier, 48, wife of Mr. David Thomas Vallier, entered into rest Sunday, July 26th at her residence. Mrs. Key-Vallier was the daughter of Mr. Jackie Key and the late Elizabeth Key and Mrs. Jannie Kate Joiner and the late Terry Joiner. She was a life-long resident of Augusta, where she worked as a small businesses owner and devoted mother, and was a member of Stevens Creek Community Church. She is also survived by her son, Thomas Vallier; daughters, Michelle Nichols (Henry) and Jennifer Vallier; brothers, Jeff Key (Amy), and Jackie Key; sister, Jeri Key; and grandchildren, Sammy, T.J., Wesley, and Liliahna. A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, July 30th from 6 - 8 p.m. at McNeill Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Stevens Creek Church (600 Stevens Creek Rd.) Friends may visit mcneillfuneralhome.com to sign the family's personal guestbook. McNeill Funeral Home, 109 Shaw St., Martinez, Georgia 706.364.9122
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on July 29, 2015
Lyons, Raiford*  
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Raiford Lyons will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Old Storm Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Martris Mims officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The remains will lie in state in the church at 10 a.m. Family and friends will assemble at the residence of his daughter, Carol Lyons Johnson, 5057 Field Crest Drive, North Augusta, at 10:15 a.m. G. L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, SC (803) 279-0026.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from July 28 to July 29, 2015
Newton Sr., Michael*  
Newton, Sr. GROVETOWN, Ga. - Ret. SSgt./disabled Michael Wayne Newton, Sr., US Air Force, passed away into glory on July 24, 2015. Funeral services will be held 12 noon, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, Trenton, SC, with Minister Jonathan Y. Newton officiating. Ret. SSgt. Newton, a native of Orlando, FL, was associate pastor of Living Word Christian Center and Universal Ministry. Survivors include his wife, Romaine Saunder Newton, Grovetown, GA; a daughter, Bernadette Graves (Earnest Turner) Norfolk, VA; three sons, Michael W. Newton, Jr., (Tara), North Augusta, SC, Jonathan Y. Newton (Janet), Washington, DC and Christopher M. Newton, Grovetown, GA; three sisters, Loretta Bailey, Peggy Newton and Phyllis Newton, Orlando, FL; two brothers, Craig Newton and Phillip Newton, Orlando, FL; 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call the residence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. G. L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, SC (803) 279-0026.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from July 26 to July 30, 2015
Nichols, Polly*  
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Polly Doolittle Nichols, 82, wife of the late Arthur Nichols, passed away with her loved ones by her side on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Kershaw Health Hospice in Camden, SC. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, July 31, 2015 in the Chapel of Rowland Funeral Home with Rev. John Bolin officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. Mrs. Nichols is survived by three children; one brother; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Frieda Ann Edgin. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until service time. Memorials may be made to Clearwater Baptist Church, 17 Belvedere Road, Clearwater, SC 29842. Please visit the online register at www.rowlandfuneralhome.com Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from July 28 to July 29, 2015
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