Thurs., June 8
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Dr. Douglas Howard
Dr. Douglas Howard is at home with the Lord and is whole. June 2, 2017 was his last day on earth and his first day in heaven. He was born on April 22, 1942. A native of Burke County, Georgia, he attended Keysville and Waynesboro schools. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Cason Howard and their son, Douglas Judson Howard and daughter-in-law April Howard of Simpsonville, S.C.. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Benjamin, Jeremiah, Melanie and Bryan Howard; four great-grand children: Abigail, Joshua, Alex and Mason Howard; three sisters: Doris Marsh, Juanita Glover and Yvonne Kneads. Dr. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Judson (Jutt) Howard and Lillian Todd Howard and a son, Douglas McArthur Howard, Jr. Also three sisters: Mrs. Elaine Loretta Wright, Mrs. Eva Mae Wheeler and Mrs. Zaydell Braddock and one brother, Mr. Hubert Howard.
Dr. Howard was a lifelong student of the Book and his life was dedicated to teaching the Bible to others so that they could have the joy and peace of personally knowing Jesus Christ that he experienced. After serving in pastorates in Alabama and Georgia, God called him as a missionary to Johannesburg, South Africa where he and Mrs. Howard served for over 24 years with Baptist International Missions. He established three indigenous churches: Antioch Baptist Church, Tabernacle Baptist Church and New Covenant Baptist Church, and started a Bible College to train national pastors and teachers to take the Gospel to their own people. He was also a Representative for the Society for Distributing Hebrew Scriptures, based in England, and distributed Hebrew Scriptures to the Jewish Community of Johannesburg. Since 2010, he has served as the Missions Director of Tabernacle Baptist Missions International and taught the missions classes at Tabernacle Baptist Bible College.
The funeral was held Tue., June 6, at 4:00 pm at Antioch Baptist Church in Harlem, GA. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C.. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Missions International, a ministry of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. Woodlawn Funeral Home in Greenville S.C. is in charge of arrangements

Arthur joseph Owens Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Joe Owens, 79, were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Susan Balfour, the Rev. Reid Buckelew and the Rev. Brenda Buckelew officiating.
The family received friends at Williams Funeral Home on Monday from 5 until 7 pm.
Mr. Arthur Joseph Owens Jr. passed away June 2, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents Arthur Joseph Owens Sr. and Annie Lee Sanders Owens, Brothers-in-law Roy Butgereit, Donald Hill, Tab Johns and very good friend and colleague Harold Watson.
Mr. Owens was a native of Troy, Alabama, and had made his home in Milledgeville since 1973. He was a retired educator with the Baldwin County School System and had served as an adjunct Teacher with Georgia Military College and Georgia College & State University. He had received his BS from Troy State University, his Masters and 6-year certification from the University of Georgia. He had served as an area Director and President of the Retired Educators of Baldwin County. He has held several office positions in the Baldwin County Democratic Party and was a member of Milledgeville First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Butgereit Owens; daughters, Maelee (Michael) McDaniel of Kissimmee, FL and Julie Ann (Robert) Deason of Milledgeville; sisters, Frances (Wayne) Waddell of Gulf Breeze, FL, Cornelia Johns of Troy, AL,  Joanne Owens (Kellie Tinneny) of Montgomery, AL; brothers, Sandy (Betty) Owens of Rockville, MD, and Bill (June) Owens of Opelika, AL; 2 grandchildren Rob and Will Deason.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the First Presbyterian Church Prison Ministry, to St. Jude's or to The Ronald McDonald House. Express online condolences at www.williamsfuneral.net
Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Milledgeville in charge of arrangements.
 
Mary M. Simmons Davis
Mary M. Simmons Davis of Dearing, GA, 85, made her transition to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 28, 2017.  She was preceded into death by her husband, Clarence Lee Davis Sr. 
 The funeral was at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Powell Grove Baptist Church, 156 Powell Grove Road, Sparta, GA 31087 with the Rev. William Larry Welch officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery.
 A native of Devereux, GA, Mrs. Davis travelled extensively throughout her life and was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, friend and professional.  Mrs. Davis ultimately made her long term home in Dearing, GA, where she actively helped those in her surrounding communities.
 Mrs. Davis leaves to cherish her memory:  her loving daughters, Lois Hardy, Dearing, GA; Mary Johnson, Augusta, GA; and Bobbie Davis, McDonough, GA; and a host of grandchildren, family members and friends.
 Funeral arrangements entrusted to Ingram Brothers Funeral Home, 249 Spring Street, Sparta, GA 31087 (Phone:  706-444-6436.

Buford Eddie McGahee Jr.
Buford Eddie McGahee Jr., 68, beloved husband of Mrs. Dione McGahee, entered into rest Thursday, June 1, 2017 at his residence.
Memorial service will be 4 p.m., Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Harlem with the Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating.
Mr. McGahee was a native of Wilkes County, but had lived in Dearing for many years. He was a truck driver for 17 years and a member of Iron Hill Advent Christian Church. He was an Army veteran serving two tours in Vietnam and one tour in Korea.
Mr. McGahee was preceded in death by his mother, Laverne (K.D.) Guy, his father, Buford Eddie (Hazel) McGahee Sr.; two brothers David Guy Jr. and Mark McGahee; a niece, Michelle Workman. He is survived by his wife, Dione McGahee, Dearing; five daughters, Martie (Jimmy) Ewest, Dearing, Lisa (Pokey) Peebles, Thomson, Melissa (Edward Sr.) Graham, Thomson, Sharron Watts (Chadrick Drayton), Rabun Co., and Kendall Dailey (Thomas Owens), Dearing; three sons, Buford Twillger, Washington St., Stephen Keener, Dearing, and Daniel Dailey, Rabun Co.; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters, Linda (Don) Price, Harlem, Dianne (Lee Roy) Taylor, Grovetown, and Judy (Russell) Minor, Dearing; a special nephew, Gyle (Ashley) Workman, Dearing, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the funeral home. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to help cover funeral expenses.
You may sign the online guest book at www.curtisfuneralhome. com.
Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtis P. Prevette
Myrtis P. Prevette, 91, entered into rest Thursday, June 1, 2017 in Augusta University Medical Center. Mrs. Prevette was the daughter of the late Mr. Ed Palmer and Mrs. Marie Cox Palmer.
Graveside service was at 10 a.m., Monday, June 5, 2017, in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Gary Palmer officiating.
Mrs. Prevette was a native of Columbia County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. She was retired from Thomson Company as a seamstress, and a member of Thomson Church of Christ.
Mrs. Prevette is survived by a son, Thomas Wesley (Jane) Prevette, Thomson; two sisters, Frances McMichael and Alice Hammock, both of Thomson; a brother, Gene Palmer, Thomson; two granddaughters, Tammy (Phillip) Lockhart, Thomson and April (Avery) Poss, Waynesboro; five great-grandchildren, Wesley Lockhart, Blake Poss, Payton Poss, Beverly Poss and Lilly Poss.
Friends may call or visit the family at the residence, 273 Pinedale Drive Thomson, Georgia 30824. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to a charity of one's choice.
You may sign the online guest book at www.curtisfuneralhome. com.
Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.






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