Amanda S. Curtis
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
By Obit Clerk
Funeral services for Amanda Stapleton Curtis, 97, of Wrens, Ga., mother of Cynthia Smith & James, Herman, Olin & George Curtis, were held on Sat., July 28, 2012, at Wrens Chapel A.M.E. Church. Interment was in Sugar Hill Cemetery.
Freeman Funeral Home of Wrens handled arrangements.
Irene Elizabeth Pennington Goodin, 96, of Matthews, Ga., wife of the late Samuel M. Goodin, passed away on Thurs., July 26, 2012.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 29, at James Funeral Home in Wrens, Ga. Interment followed in Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family received friends on Sat., July 28, at James Funeral Home.
Henry R. Griffin
Retired LTC, US Army
Henry “Ralph” Griffin, 92, of Appling, Ga., died on July 29, 2012 at Trinity Hospice Hospital.
He was born February 1, 1920 on a small farm in Marshville, N.C., the elder son of the late Henry Griffin and the late Gertrude Little Griffin.
Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Army upon graduation from Marshville High School. As part of “The Greatest Generation,” he served his country in three wars, including the European Theater of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He participated in the Normandy Invasion as a Sergeant Major with an artillery company. He retired a Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded The National Defense Service Medal w/OLC, Vietnam Service Medal, Korean Service Medal w/7 Bronze Service Stars, Republic Of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Bronze Star Medal w/OLC, 5 O / S Bars, United Nations Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. After serving 30 years in the U.S. Army, he returned to serve 15 years as the Fort Gordon Army Field Printing Officer.
During the next 25 years, (the golden years) he enjoyed excellent health, his winters in Florida, traveling with his Airstream Buddies, square dancing, vegetable gardening, supporting his church (The Shepherd’s Church), and helping others. The highlight of his mornings was meeting with “The Board of Directors” at Jimmy’s Garage to discuss the world situation. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his captivating storytelling, and belief that you can never have too many cars.
He is survived by wife, Joyce of Appling, Ga.; six grandchildren, David Griffin of Cincinnati, Ohio, Barbara Harris of Newburg, Ind., Brian Eldridge of Boonville, Ind., Drew Griffin of Tampa, Fla., Wade Griffin of Wesley Chapel, Fla., Krystal Vogtner of Atlanta, Ga.; 11 great-grandchildren; one stepson, Tony Hughes of Appling, Ga.; and the mother of his two sons, Maxine Straughn. He is predeceased by his sons, William Ralph Griffin and Barry Griffin; and his brother, Harold Griffin.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 1, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel in Thomson, Ga. with Pastor Bob Rollins officiating. He will be laid to rest at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens with full military honors. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.
The family requests memorials be made to The Shepherd’s Church, 3259 Kelli Dr., Appling, Ga. 30802 or Trinity Hospice, 2803 Wrightsboro Rd., Suite 38, Augusta, Ga. 30909.
The family wished to thank Dr. Donald Townsend of Trinity Hospice and special care givers, Geraldine Morris and Lois Kendrick, for their attention and care during his battle with cancer.
Please visit www.beggsfuneralhome.com to sign the family’s personal guestbook.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.
Carolyn Hunt, 95, of Thomson, Ga., wife of the late George Hunt & mother of Henry Hunt & Carole Ann Edging, passed away on Wed., July 25, 2012.
Funeral services were held on Sat., July 28, at Thomson First Baptist Church. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.
The family received friends on Fri., July 27, at Curtis Funeral Home.
Virginia Kitchens, 83, of Guyton, Ga., wife of the late Mack Kitchens, died on Sun., July 29, 2012.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues., July 31, in Scuggs Cemetery of Norwood, Ga.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Mon., July 30, at Curtis Funeral Home in Thomson, Ga.
Ernest Lee, Sr.
Funeral services for Ernest Lee, Sr., 72, of Harlem, Ga., husband of Henrietta Washington Lee, were held on Sat., July 28, 2012, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church & Cemetery in Harlem.
Thomson Funeral System handled the arrangements.
Funeral services for Barnes Smith Hatcher Magwood, 63, of Thomson, Ga., were held on Sun., July 29, 2012, at Jones Grove Baptist Church in Thomson. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Thomson Funeral System handled the arrangements.
Jimmy C. Reese
Jimmy Chalmus Reese, 71, of Mitchell, Ga., husband of Marsha Annette Reese, died on Sat., July 28, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wed., Aug. 1, at Jordan's Chapel Church of God in Edgehill, Ga.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tues., July 31, at Sheppard Funeral Home in Gibson, Ga.
Edward Ricketson, Jr.
Edward Doughty Ricketson, Jr., 86, of Warrenton, Ga., husband of the late Lavonia S. Ricketson & father of Carroll Bolton, Edward Ricketson III, Rusty Ricketson & Carrie Neal, died on Fri., July 27, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Mon., July 30, at First Baptist Church of Warrenton. Burial will be in Sallie Hill Cemetery. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service.
Lowe Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Michael A. Tanner
Michael Anthony Tanner, 45, of Rayle, Ga., father of Emily Anna Tanner, entered into rest on Thurs., July 26, 2012.
Funeral services were held on Sun., July 29, at Tabor Baptist Church & Cemetery.
The family also received friends on Sunday at Beggs Funeral Home in Lincolnton, Ga.
Christopher Thomas, of Leitner Mill Rd. in Harlem, Ga., entered into rest on July 25, 2012.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Beggs Funeral Home of Thomson, Ga is handling the arrangements.
Mary R. Willcox
Mary Rose Willcox, 90, of Harlem, Ga., wife of the late John E. Willcox, entered into rest on Wed., July 26, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Mon., July 30, at Harlem United Methodist Church. Interment will be held in Oxford, N.Y.
Visitation was held on Sun., July 29, at Starling Funeral Home in Harlem.
To get these obituaries in print, see the Wed., Aug. 1, edition of The McDuffie Progress.