Thurs., Jan. 12

George B. Davis
George Bonner Davis, 80 of Washington, entered into rest on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at 2 pm at St. Luke Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7pm until 8pm on Friday evening at Beggs Funeral Home in Lincolnton.
Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolnton, is in charge of arrangements.

Jaxon Cortez Dawson, son of Antonia Ballard and Jamal Dawson, of Thomson passed on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at Trinity Hospital , Augusta.
Services will be held privately. Family and friends may call at the residence or Thomson Funeral System, Thomson.

Warren D. Evans
Warren DeBeaugrine Evans, 87, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Warren was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Betty Evans.
Warren graduated from Warren County High School in 1946. At the age of 16 he attended Emory University. Upon graduating college, Warren enlisted in The Navy, serving during The Korean War. After the war, Warren attended The University of Georgia Law School and proudly practiced law for over 50 years. Warren was a distinguished politician serving on the Thomson City Council, a State Representative, and the Insurance Commissioner of Georgia. Warren had a servant’s heart and was active in his community as a Rotarian and past president of The Thomson Rotary Club.
Warren is survived by his daughter, Laura Beasley (Mike), Statesboro; two sons, Allen Evans (Gale), Atlanta, and Bob Evans (Shelley), Martinez; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at Thomson First United Methodist Church. Interment followed the service at Westview Cemetery, Thomson. Pallbearers were grandsons.
Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Geraldine "Gerry" W. Freeman
Geraldine "Gerry" Winfrey Freeman, 58, of Thomson, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2017.
Relatives and friends may call at the residence or at the funeral home. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 9 at First Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Appling.
Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.

Antonio "Tony"
Antonio "Tony" Habersham, 34, of Augusta.
Family will receive friends at 3211 Lexington Way, Augusta. Funeral services were held Tuesday Jan. 10 at Beulah Grove Baptist Church, Augusta.
Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.

Lannie M. Johnson
Lannie Mae Johnson, 64, of Thomson passed on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 8 at Springfield Baptist Church, Thomson.
Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.

George D. Maxwell
Dr. George David Maxwell, 79, of Athens, peacefully passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at home after a period of declining health over the last several months.
He was born August 4, 1937 in Athens, a son of the late Edgar James Maxwell and Winifred Smith Maxwell. Dr. Maxwell attended Oglethorpe High School, and then at 16, entered the University of Georgia, where he graduated in 1958. The summer before medical school he worked at the UGA Marine Research Lab on Sapelo Island, Georgia. His medical training was at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where he graduated in 1962. Dr. Maxwell was a member of the Senior Medical Program of the U.S. Navy and was in the Navy Reserve in medical school. Every summer he would be on active duty at various places including a submarine deployment, one summer on the aircraft carrier, USS Randolf, when they picked up astronaut Gus Grissom after his space flight, and the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
After graduating medical school, he did a rotating internship at St. Albans Naval Hospital in Queens, New York. Next came a year of sea duty on the Military Sea Transport service ship, USNS Geiger, which took military dependents to be stationed in Europe. There is where he met the love of his life, Diana Jordan. She and her family were on their way to Frankfurt, Germany. After a brief courtship of only 71 hours face to face, they married four months later. After being married at Christmas in Frankfurt, they headed back to St. Albans for Dr. Maxwell to start his surgical residency. Following his residency, he was stationed with the Marines in Quang Tri, Vietnam in 1969. He was on the aircraft carrier, Kitty Hawk, for several weeks visiting a nephew stationed there. Upon completion of his Vietnam tour, he was stationed at the Naval Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina from 1970 to 1971. His next move was out of the Navy and into private surgical practice in Athens in 1971 until his retirement in 1999. During that time, he was in the Army Reserve and was called back into active service for 10 months in 1990 for Operation Desert Storm.
Dr. Maxwell had a variety of interests. A veracious reader of non-fiction with special interest in the Civil War, history, archeology, hunting and fishing, travel, military history and animals, thus making, him according to his children and grandchildren, "the smartest man alive." They loved trying to think of questions that would stump him like, "Is a platypus a mammal?" He loved to spend hours in the woods hunting both locally and in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana. Running a close second was fishing. He loved trout fishing in the North Georgia streams as well as deep sea fishing. On his 40th birthday after a three-hour flight he landed a striped marlin off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. He was happiest when he was outdoors.
Dr. Maxwell and his wife loved to travel. They traveled numerous times to Europe, Alaska, Japan, the Caribbean, and in later years, became avid cruisers. But the highlight of his travels was being asked to be the ship's doctor for six weeks on a ship that went to the Falkland Islands, South Island and the Antarctic. Nothing would ever top that.
In medical school he was selected to be a member of AOA, an honorary medical fraternity and Phi Rho social fraternity. He belonged to the Crawford Long Medical Society and was a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the Georgia Surgical Society. Dr. Maxwell served as President and Chief of Medical Staff at St. Mary's Hospital in 1975 and at Athens Regional Medical Center in 1980. In 1981 he was selected by the Athens Regional Medical Center Auxiliary as a Doctor of the Year. He also belonged to numerous hunting and fishing organizations.
Dr. Maxwell was preceded in death by siblings, Dr. Edgar James Maxwell Jr., Robert Cauldwell Maxwell, Winifred Maxwell Martin, Margaret Ann Maxwell Polk, Carolyn Maxwell Bryant and Betty Maxwell Awtry.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Diana Jordan Maxwell; children, David William Maxwell (Melissa) of Concord, North Carolina, Kelly Maxwell Miller (John) of Watkinsville, Jennifer Maxwell Smith (Kyle) of Concord, North Carolina; grandchildren, Michael David Miller, Reid William Maxwell, Noah Maxwell Smith, Kaylie Jordan Maxwell, Brian Douglas Smith, Samantha Hueso, John Welby Miller Jr.; several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 11 at 1 p.m. at Lexington Baptist Church. Interment followed at Clark Cemetery in Lexington.
Memorials may be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, P.O. Box 8249, Missoula, MT 59807; the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675; or Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623.
Online condolences may be offered at
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.

Melissa A. Osborne
Melissa Ann Osborne, 50, of Thomson, entered into rest Jan. 4, 2017.
Survivors include her father, J.L. Stanphill; daughter, Mollie Ann Dickens (Jake); sister-in-law, Amy Stanphill; and nephews, Jerry Stanphill, Jr. and Jaxon Stanphill.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby W. Powell
Bobby Wilson Powell, 78, of Thomson, entered into rest Jan. 5, 2017.
Mr. Powell was born in Augusta, GA to the late Wilson D. Powell and the late Trudie Juanita Green Powell. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was the retired owner and operator of Raysville Bait and Tackle. Mr. Powell was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Gertie Powell; children, Charles M. Williams (Judy) of Snellville, GA, Richard S. Williams (Karen) of Thomson, GA, Deborah Wilson (Mike) of Muscle Shoals, AL, Shannon Beane of North Augusta, SC, Robert H. Murphy of Thomson, GA, and Lisa Powell Davis (Glenn) of Lincolnton, GA; brother, Bernon Powell of Matthews, GA; 14 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.
Funeral services was held at 11 o’clock a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 in the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jon Richards officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta, GA.
Memorials may be made to any Cancer, Heart or Kidney Association. The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice Care for there love and support of Bobby during his illness.
The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Rachel B. Poythress
One Beautiful soul, mother, wife, grandmother and great grandmother that loved Jesus, her family and friends.
Rachel B. Poythress, wife of Meyers Eugene Poythress, entered into rest on Jan. 9, 2017 at their residence.
She is survived by her loving husband, Meyers Eugene Poythress. Also survived by her nine children: Deanna (Alex) Boykin, Jerry (Teresa) Whitaker, Machell Whitaker, Mitchell Whitaker, Christian Whitaker, William Whitaker, Ruby Whitaker, Marianne (Steven) Hatchinson, Krystal (Scott) Groover and Kevin (Lyndsey) Poythress. She is also, survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Starling-Evans Funeral Home. A service, celebrating her life, will be held ay Norris Chapel.
Pallbearers will be family members.
Memorials may be made at Starling-Evans Funeral Home 435 W. Milledgeville Rd. Harlem, GA 30824.

Charley E. Reese
Charley Edward Reese, 70, of Thomson, passed on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.
A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 6 at Thomson Funeral System. A graveside service was held Saturday, Jan. 6 at Haynes Cemetary, Warrenton.
Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.

D.J. Reese
D.J. Reese, age 20, of Thomson, beloved son of Danny and Stephanie Reese, entered into rest Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.
Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Westview Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Stephanie and Danny Reese, Warrenton; his son, Mason Reese, Thomson; his sister, Victoria Reese (John LaGrone), Warrenton; Maternal Grandparents, Barbara and Stan Withrow, Thomson; paternal grandmother, Elvie Reese, Warrenton; and Maternal great-grandmother, Barbara Hill, Thomson; nephew, Wyatt LaGrone; and his companion, Taylor Floyd.
Friends may call at the funeral home.
Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Betty R. Toulson
Betty Robertson Toulson, 82, of Gibson, entered into rest Jan. 6, 2017. She was the beloved widow of William “Billy” Toulson.
The family received friends Tuesday, Jan. 10th at Magnolia Baptist Church, Gibson followed by a Celebration of Life.
Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, is in charge of arrangements.

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