Wednesday, October 31, 2012
By Obit Clerk



James E. Deason
James Edward "Jimmy" Deason, 77, of Lincolnton, Ga., entered into rest on Sun., Oct. 28, 2012.
Funeral services will be held on Tues., Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. at Lincolnton Baptist Church. Interment will be in Lincolnton City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 29, at Beggs Funeral Home of Lincolnton.

Grace Drake
Grace Harris Drake, 94, of Murray Lane in Thomson, Ga., entered into rest on Oct. 28, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late William Drake.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 30, at the Washington Heights Baptist Church with Dr. Joe Wills, Jimmy Berry and Rev. Sonny Peevy officiating. Interment will follow in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Drake was a native of Fletcher, N.C. and was the daughter of the late Frances Harris and the late Della Presley Harris. She lived in Thomson, Ga. since 1960 and was a faithful and devoted member of Washington Heights Baptist.
Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Solesbee of Spartanburg, S.C., Evelyn Parham and husband Ray of Campbello, S.C., Judy Hall and husband Calvin of Grovetown, Ga., Wanda Edwards and husband Doug of Thomson, Ga.: son, Noble Drake and wife Irene of Thomson, Ga.; 25 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren and 42 great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Drake was preceded in death by her husband, William Drake; two sons, Charles Drake and Jessie Franklin Drake; three daughters, Jane Reynolds, Dot Dunaway and JoAnn Drake; two grandchildren, Skip Drake, Diane Garner; great grandchild, Stacey Kitchens; and two great-great grandchildren, Damion Reynolds and Jacob Price.
Memorials may be made to Washington Heights Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Drayton, Jr.
Funeral services for Charles E. Drayton, Jr., 40, of Wrens, Ga., will be held on Sat., Oct. 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Wrens Chapel A.M.E. Chapel. Interment will be in Sugar Hill Cemetery in Wrens.
Freeman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

James B. Johnson
James B. "J.B." Johnson, 78, of Warrenton, Ga., husband of Judy Kitchens Johnson, died on Wed., Oct. 24, 2012.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 27, at Johnson Cemetery.
Lowe Funeral Home in Warrenton is handling the arrangements.

Scott McQuaig
Family Eye Care Associates
Michael Scott McQuaig, Jr., 30, of Brinkley Dr. in Thomson, Ga., entered into rest on Oct. 25, 2012.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 27, at First United Methodist Church in Thomson with Rev. John Barnes, Dr. Robert Bowling and Rev. Beverly Casstevens officiating.
Scott was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County, Ga. He was a 2000 graduate of Augusta Christian and attended South Georgia College, where he excelled in Baseball. He also attended Georgia Southern University and graduated with Deanís Honors. Scott worked as an Opthalmic Technician with Family Eye Care Associates. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Thomson.
Survivors include his parents, Dr. Michael Scott McQuaig, Sr. and Ann L. McQuaig; daughter, Ansley Lynette McQuaig; son, Aden Scott McQuaig; sister, Lee Anna Hollis and husband Benjamin; maternal grandmother, Anna Lloyd Hook and husband Dr. Harold E. Hook. Mr. McQuaig was preceded in death by grandparents, Charles E. McQuaig, Frances McQuaig Lawrence and L. D. Powell.
Friends may call the residence of Dr. and Mrs. Michael McQuaig, Sr., 1406 Brinkley Dr., Thomson, Ga. or the family will receive friends following the memorial service at the church.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8, Thomson, Ga. 30824.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth C. Meadows
Ruth C. Meadows, 91, of Thomson, Ga., widow of Benjamin Meadows, died on Fri., Oct. 26, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 30, at Curtis Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 29, at the funeral home.

Margaret Mickens
Funeral services for Margaret Mickens, of Lincolnton, Ga., were held on Sun., Oct. 28, 2012, at Pleasant Grove C.M.E. Church. Burial was in Antioch C.M.E. Church Cemetery.
Norris W. Gunby, Sr. Funeral Home of Lincolnton handled the arrangements.

Anthony Oliphant, Jr.
Anthony Oliphant, Jr., 23, son of Anthony & Karen Oliphant, entered into rest on Wed., Oct. 24, 2012.
Funeral services will be held on Tues., Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. at Lofton A.M.E. Church & Cemetery in Wrens, Ga.
Burnett Funeral Home, 305 Thomson Hwy., Wrens, Ga.

Esther Wood
Esther Wood, 103, of Thomson, Ga., widow of Thomas A. Wood Sr., died on Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012.
Graveside services were held on Sun., Oct. 28, at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens. The family received friends prior to the service.
Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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