Wednesday, October 30, 2013
By Obit Clerk



Sara L. Beckum
Sara Louise Beckum, 85, of Wrens, daughter of the late John & Ethel Beckum, entered into rest on Sat., Oct. 26, 2013.
Funeral services were held on Mon., Oct. 28, at James Funeral Home. The family received friends prior to the services. Interment was in the family plot at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Eula Cowins
Funeral services for Eula Pearl West Cowins, 58, of Thomson, were held on Sat., Oct. 26, 2013, at Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson. Interment was in Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery in Dearing.
Thomson Funeral System handled the arrangements.

John Morris Cox
UPS
John Morris Cox, 72, of Thomson, Ga., entered into rest on Oct. 24, 2013.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 27, in Sallie Hill Cemetery of Warrenton, Ga. with Charles Gunn officiating.
Mr. Cox grew up in Canton, N.C. but lived in Martinez, Ga. and Thomson, Ga. for many years. He served in the U.S. Marines and was a retired manager from the UPS Distribution Center in Camak, Ga. with over 30 years service. He was a Baptist by faith. Mr. Cox was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family at his home on the lake in Lincoln County.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Kitchens of Thomson, Ga.; son, John Matthew Cox of Savannah, Ga.; daughter, Tracy C. Bartlett and husband Dan of Athens, Ga.; brother, Jerry Cox of Greensboro, N.C.; sister, Cozette West of Leicester, N.C.; and nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Drinkard
Charles Davis Drinkard, 78, of Washington, died on Fri., Oct. 25, 2013.
Funeral services were held on Sun., Oct. 27, at Washington First United Methodist Church. Interment was in Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation was held prior to the service.

Billie M. Gay
Billie Marie Gay, of Harlem, wife of Roger Gay, Sr., entered into rest on Fri., Oct. 18, 2013.
Memorial services were held on Sat., Oct. 26, at Starling Funeral Home.
Starling Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Ella Hillman
Ella Ruth Perry Cartledge Hillman, 92, of Thomson, widow of J. Robert Cartledge, passed away on Thurs., Oct. 24, 2013.
Graveside services were held on Sun., Oct. 27, at Westview Cemetery.
The family received friends on Saturday at Curtis Funeral Home.

Walter William Mayo
Walter William Mayo, 81, of Douglas, Ga., formerly of Warrenton, Ga., entered into rest on Oct. 26, 2013 at Coffee Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues., Oct. 29, in the Chapel of Beggs Funeral Home with Tony Mimbs, Tony Mayo and Rev. Mike Dann officiating. Interment will follow in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Seth Bland, Sy Raulerson, Dalton Raulerson, Walt Day, Will Mayo, Scott Anderson and Matt Spacek.
Mr. Mayo was a native of Warren County, Ga. and was the son of the late Clyde Mayo and the late Hazel Brewer Mayo. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Mayo was a retired plant superintendent with Georgia Pacific where he worked at many different plant locations and had over 25 years of service. He was a member of College Avenue Baptist Church in Douglas. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Falcon fan, enjoyed gardening, cooking and loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Tina Mayo of Douglas; son, Tony Mayo and wife Anna of Milledgeville; daughters, Teresa Mimbs and husband Tony of Warrenton, Tina Bland and husband Melton of Warrenton, Tonya Raulerson and husband Lawrence of Pembroke, Tammy Logue and husband Ted of Douglas; brothers, Horace Mayo of Norwood, Bobby Mayo of Martinez; sister, Shirley Ann Moore of Norwood; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Mayo.
Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Rd., Thomson, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

Cary Neeley, Jr.
Cary Edmond Neeley, Jr., 68, of Lincolnton, husband of Renee E. Neeley, entered into rest on Sat., Oct. 26, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 30, at Rees Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Neeley Family Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 29, at the funeral home.

Charlene Nelson
Charlene Nelson, 76, of Thomson, widow of Eugene Nelson, Jr., died on Sun., Oct. 27, 2013.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Curtis Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Riddle
Elizabeth M. Riddle, 78, of Harlem, wife of the late William L. Riddle, passed away on Thurs., Oct. 24, 2013.
Funeral services were held on Sat., Oct. 26, at Powell Baptist Church. Interment was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.
Starling Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Johnnie Shurley
Funeral services for Johnnie B. Shurley, 82, of Norwood, were held on Sat., Oct. 26, 2013, at Rocky Branch Baptist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Thomson Funeral System handled the arrangements.


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