Wednesday, March 13, 2013
By Obit Clerk



Anna Mae Ashley
Homemaker
Anna Mae Coker “Granny” Ashley, age 85, beloved wife of the late Henry Grady Ashley, Sr., of Massengale Street in Norwood, Ga., died on Wed., March 6, 2013, at University Hospital – McDuffie.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sat., March 9, at the Norwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian George officiating. Burial followed in the Scruggs Cemetery. Mrs. Ashley laid in state one hour prior to funeral services.
Mrs. Ashley, a native of Danielsville, Ga., was the daughter of the late Mack and Ruby Roberts Coker. A Warren County, Ga. resident for many years, she was an active member of the Norwood Baptist Church and the TEL Sunday School Class.
Survivors include three daughters, Margaret (John) Brooks, Thomson, Ga., Betty Jo (Lester) Hadden, Warrenton, Ga., Diane (Jeff) Crunkelton, Gibson, Ga.; two sons, Henry Grady (Barbara) Ashley, Jr., Sparta, Ga., Terry (Marie) Ashley, Thomson, Ga.; three sisters, Doris Leggett, Thomson, Ga., Pat Bowick, Perry, Ga., Mel (Randy) Rourk, Grovetown, Ga.; two brothers, Horace Coker, Danielsville, Ga., Harrell Coker, Dearing, Ga.; 13 grandchildren, Dewayne (Lynn) Wood, Becky (Paul) Lowe, John (Joan) Wood, Tracy (Mike) Madden, Phyllis (Robert) Rosier, Jason (Kelli) Brooks, Clay Crunkelton, Lane (Nicole) Crunkelton, Ashley (Robert) Carroll, Jodie Ashley, Dale (Ruby) Ashley, Ken Ashley, Jimmy (Hope) Akers, Angie (Stanley) Phillips, Darlene Williams, LeeAnn (Mike) Gurley, Jennifer Small, Tammy Kelley; and 37 great grandchildren. Mrs. Ashley was preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy Ashley and Ray Ashley; and one granddaughter, Melissa Brooks.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Friends may call at the residence of Betty Jo and Lester Hadden, 2906 Macon Highway, Warrenton, Ga. 30828.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at Lowe Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Norwood Baptist Church, P.O. Box 372, Norwood, Ga. 30821.
Please visit www.lowefuneralhomes.net to sign the online guestbook.
Lowe Funeral Home, 77 W. Gibson St., Warrenton, Ga. (706) 465-3333.

Audra Collins-Sharpe
Funeral services for Audra Denese Collins-Sharpe, 44, of Thomson, were held on Sat., March 9, 2013, at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Thomson. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Thomson Funeral System handled the arrangements.

Cheryl K. Gillum
Cheryl Kimbrel Gillum, 57, of Grovetown, mother of Greg James, entered into rest on Thurs., March 7, 2013.
Graveside services were held on Sat., March 9, at South Harlem Memorial Gardens in Harlem.
Starling Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Frances Virginia Griffith
4/14/1918 – 3/9/2013
Frances V. Griffith, of Covington, Ga. (formally of Norwood, Ga.), passed away peacefully on March 9, 2013. She was born in Dearing, Ga. on April 14, 1918. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 57 years, George Clifford Griffith; and son, Benjamin "Benny" McGahee. She is survived by her sisters, Betty Dye of Gray, Ga., Doris Garner of Harlem, Ga., Beth Bays of Sandy Springs, Ga.; daughter, Margaret Barrett (Robert) of Covington; grandson, David Evans (Fran) of Thomson, Ga.; and great grandchildren, Avery and Savanna Evans of Evans, Ga., Bella Evans of Thomson, Jenny Crouch (Mike) of Thomson, Carla McGahee of Augusta, Ga. and Aidan, Kallan, Callan and Austin Whittle of Thomson.
She was a member of Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall of Thomson. There will be a graveside service at Scruggs Cemetery in Norwood on March 16 at 2 p.m.

Frank McEroy, Sr.
Funeral services for Frank Albert McEroy, Sr., 78, of Harlem, were held on Sat., March 9, 2013, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Interment was in Langston Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomson.
Thomson Funeral System handled the arrangements.

Zeddie B. Shelton
Zeddie B. Shelton, 88, of Wrens, mother of Joann Elizabeth Shelton, entered into rest on March 7, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Tues., March 12, at 3 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church & Cemetery in Wrens. The body will lie in state at the church from 2-3 p.m.
Freeman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Roy Sturgis
Funeral services for Roy Sturgis, 57, formerly of Thomson, were held on Sun., March 10, 2013, at Springfield Baptist Church. Interment was in Westview Cemetery.
Thomson Funeral System handled the arrangements.

Catherine Toulson
Mary Catherine Chalker Toulson, 69, of Mitchell, wife of Sammy Toulson, died on Fri., March 8, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues., March 12, at Long Creek Baptist Church & Cemetery. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Mon., March 11, at Lowe Funeral Home.


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