Sunday, July 21, 2013
By Obit Clerk



Warren Albea
Warren Price Albea, 48, of Decatur, entered into rest on Mon., July 15, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thurs., July 18, at Rees Funeral Home in Lincolnton. Interment will be in Double Branches Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of service.

Henry Samuel ďChipĒ Atkins, Jr.

Henry Samuel ďChipĒ Atkins, Jr.
Henry Samuel ďChipĒ Atkins, Jr., 68, of Thomson, Ga., entered into rest on July 15, 2013.
Mr. Atkins was born in Augusta, Ga. on August 1, 1944. He was the son of the late Henry Samuel Atkins, Sr. and the late Virginia Adams Atkins. He was a 1962 graduate of Richmond Academy where he was a member of the golf team and academic team. He graduated from the Junior College of Augusta in 1964 where he was also a member of the golf team. In the fall of 1964, Athens came calling. He graduated from UGA in 1966. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He remained in Athens where he graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1969, being named "Top Tier".
Chip began his legal career in Augusta, but grew fond of the rural atmosphere and "country living". He moved to Greensboro, Ga. where he shared a successful law practice with Miles Walker Lewis. After moving to Watkinsville, Ga., he decided to give politics a try and was elected Chairman of the 10th District of the Republican Party and was selected as a delegate for the Republican National Convention in 1988. Ultimately, Chip ended up in Thomson some 20 years ago, but his heart and the majority of his practice remained in Greensboro. Outside of his law practice, his main hobbies were following the Georgia Bulldogs and the Masters Tournament. He was also an avid race fan and loved going to Nascar races with his father and brother back in the 50's and 60's. His three heroes have always been Abraham Lincoln, Bobby Jones and A J Foyt.
Chip had the pleasure to serve as a past president of his district chapter of the Lions Club. He received the Annual Indigent Award from The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 1988 and was made a life member. He loved practicing law and was always available to help a client reach resolution. He had great respect for the legal system, the judiciary and fellow attorneys. Chip will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all, but never forgotten. Chip lived life on his terms.
In addition to his parents, Chip was predeceased by two sons, Henry Samuel Atkins III "Sam", 1988 and Paul Micah Atkins, 1995; and his close nephew, Charles R. Atkins, Jr. "Charlie", 2012.
Chip is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Marsha Phillips Atkins; his son, Ravenel M. Atkins (Ashley) of Martinez; his two daughters, Hannah R. Atkins of Augusta and Melanie Atkins Taylor of Evans; four grandchildren, Samuel B. Wilson, Lawson B. Taylor, Emily M. Atkins, and Colton L. Atkins; also his brother, Charles R. Atkins (Joan) and his sister, Beth Atkins Florie (Birnie).
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sat., July 20, in the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating.
In Chipís honor, please dress in Georgia Bulldog or Masterís attire for the celebration.
If so desired, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider in kind donation to the Chip Atkinís Memorial Fund, c/o First Citizenís Bank, 235 Main Street, Thomson, Ga. 30824.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

Brandon Lee Collins

Brandon Lee Collins
Brandon Lee Collins, 21, of Lincolnton, formerly of Jesup and Thomson, took the hands of Jesus and entered into Heaven on Wed., July 17, 2013. He was the beloved son of Lee and Renee Collins.
Despite the numerous challenges Brandon faced, he took the gifts God gave him and enjoyed life, laughing each day and loving those around him. Brandon loved Sesame Street, chocolate milk, riding backwards in his wheelchair, and giving and receiving hugs and kisses. Throughout his life, his light shone brightly for all to see as an example of innocence, joy, and unconditional love. He will be terribly missed on earth while he delights in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Brandon was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Alfred E. Lehman; and paternal grandfather, Glynn E. Collins. Survivors include maternal grandmother, Carol Lehman Wolcott; paternal grandmother, Jerri Guthrie Collins; uncles and aunts, Alan and Christy Thurston, Kipp and Jenny Collins, and Julie Collins Roberson; as well as several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., July 19, in the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Fred Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends an hour before the service. A graveside service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday at Palmetto Cemetery in Brunswick, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Make-A-Wish Foundation Georgia, 1775 The Exchange SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30339 or Childrenís Hospital of GA Child Life Program, Office of Advancement, GA Regents Univ., 1120 15th Street, Augusta, Ga. 30912.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

Francis C. Long
Francis C. Long, 73, of Harlem, husband of Olivia Long, entered into rest on Wed., July 17, 2013.
Arrangements are being handled by Starling Funeral Home.

Gloria McCoy
Gloria Leigh Lane McCoy, 57, of Avera, entered into rest on Mon., July 15, 2013.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Fri., July 19, at James Funeral Home Chapel in Wrens.

John Pereda

John Pereda
John Gerard Borja Pereda, 47, of Dearing, died on Friday, July 12, 2013.
He was born to Juan and Lily Pereda on March 15, 1966 in Agana, Guam. John graduated from Leesville High School in Leesville, Louisiana in 1984. He married Ann McNeal in 1988 and they resided together in Dearing until his passing.
John served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989. In 1992, he was activated during Desert Storm. He was a well-known martial arts instructor for the YMCA in Thomson and Wrens, and in fact was nationally recognized as the residing Professor of his particular system, the Kajukenfu Budo Kai-kan. He also worked with The McDuffie Progress.
John was an extremely active member of his community. He was a member of the Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Fort Gordon Youth Services employed him as the Director of Pine Camp, a DYA softball coach, an Adventure Ropes Course Facilitator, and a 4-H program assistant. At the Thomson Senior Center, John planned and organized monthly activities and field trips, taught exercise and computer classes, and facilitated Meals-on-Wheels and other service programs. He was a wilderness therapy counselor at the John De La Howe School, as well as a unit director for Three Springs of Augusta, a detention facility for troubled youths.
Johnís lifelong passion was the practice, promotion, and teaching of martial arts. He earned his first black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 14. A few years later, he began learning Kajukenfu Kenpo under the tutelage of Professor Harold Laranang in Leesville, Louisiana. He would stay with this system for the rest of his life, soaring to the rank of 7th degree black belt, and ultimately succeeding Laranang as the systemís Professor. Johnís ambition was to spread the philosophy and methodology of his art to anyone who was willing to learn, and he especially loved molding the hearts and minds of children and youths throughout the region.
John is survived by his wife, Ann; and two daughters, Hannah and Sara.
The rosary and viewing were held on Tuesday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m. The funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. on Wed., July 17, at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church, followed by full military honors in recognition of his status as a veteran.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby Underwood
Ruby C. Underwood, 92, of Augusta, wife of the late John D. Underwood, entered into rest on Mon., July 15, 2013.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Fri., July 19, in South Harlem Memorial Gardens.
Starling Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

William Van Dyke
William Joseph Van Dyke, 66, of Keysville, entered into rest on Wed., July 10, 2013.
Services were held on Wed., July 17, at Bayvale Baptist Church in Augusta. The family received friends at the church after the services.
James Funeral Home of Wrens handled the arrangements.

Maxine Whisnant
Maxine Elizabeth Whisnant, 73, of Augusta, wife of Charles Whisnant, passed away on July 15, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., July 20, at Sherwood Baptist Church. Interment will be in Harlem Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Starling Funeral Home.


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