Thurs., Aug. 17
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Billy Wilkinson
Willie “Billy” Wilkinson, 83, of North Avenue, entered into rest at Thomson Health and Rehabilitation, August 6, 2017.
Mr. Wilkinson was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County, GA. He was the son of the late George Washington Wilkinson and the late Jessie Smith Wilkinson. He worked as a maintenance inspector for Kingsley Mill for 47 years. Mr. Wilkinson was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church where he served as an usher.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Marion Wilkinson.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Delores Brooks Wilkinson;  son, Keith Wilkinson (Karen) of Chattanooga, TN; daughter, Terri Blackburn of Thomson, GA; three grandchildren, Jenifer Hammond (Jon) and Brad Ewest (Melissa) of Thomson, GA and Kyle Blackburn (Tessa) of Grovetown, GA; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Sweetwater Baptist Church with Rev. Butch Baston and Rev. Kenneth Garvin officiating. Interment followed in the Sweetwater Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers were Dennis Brooks, Mark Hadden, Arnold Newsome, Brad Ewest, Kyle Blackburn, and Jon Hammond. Members of the C.D. Cason Sunday School class served as honorary pallbearers.
It is the family’s desire that memorial contributions be made to the Sweetwater Baptist Church Renovation Fund, 1606 Wrens Highway, Thomson, GA 30824.


Roy W. “Rusty” Lovelace, III
Roy W. “Rusty” Lovelace, III, age 73, entered into rest Sunday, August 13, 2017 in Thomson Health and Rehab. 
Graveside services will be Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 11 a.m. in Westview Cemetery with the Rev. David Lambert officiating.
Mr. Lovelace was  born in Baldwin County, but lived in Thomson for many years.  He was a graduate of Thomson High School, Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, and attended Augusta College. He was a veteran.  He was a Certified Gemologist.  He was the retired owner of Lovelace Jewelers.  He was a member of Thomson First Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of Deacons and as a Sunday school teacher.  He was a 40 year member and Past President of Thomson Rotary Club, where he was chairman of the Sunshine Committee for many years, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was later a Honorary member of Thomson Rotary.  He was a member and past chairman of McDuffie County Hospital Authority Board from 1982-2008. He was a member of the McDuffie Hospital Foundation from 2000-2012 and served as Chairman in 07-08.  He served as Chairman of McDuffie County Museum Board.  He was a member of Thomson Boat Club, Pool Club, and the Wrightsboro Foundation. He was a member of The Thomson- McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, where he was awarded The Darryl Johnson award. Mr. Lovelace loved Thomson and McDuffie County and was a conscientious advocate for community good for all its citizens.
Mr. Lovelace was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Roy W. Lovelace, Jr. and Mrs. Harriette Terry Lovelace.  Mr. Lovelace is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Faye L. Chalker (Larry), Thomson, and Terry L. Bryson, Washington; one niece, Love Zimmerman, Thomson; three nephews, John Zimmerman (Serena), Gibson, Turner Bryson, III (Kristina), Lafayette Hills, PA., and Thomas Bryson (Whitney), N. Augusta;  and five great nieces and nephews. 
Friends may call at the funeral home.  The family will receive friends at 9:30 until hour of service at funeral home on Thursday.  The family would like to thank Regency Hospice and Southern Manor Senior Living in Washington for the care given.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Go and Tell Mission Fund at Thomson First Baptist Church P.O. Box 1205 Thomson, Georgia 30824.
Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts, son of both the late Marie Roberts and Gub, Sr., was born on Sunday, September 11, 1949 in Thomson, GA. He departed his life on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the University Hospital-McDuffie in Thomson, GA.
Joe attended the public school system of McDuffie County, Georgia. He later joined the New Zion Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church of Thomson, GA. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends.
He is preceded in death by two, sisters, Mattie Calloway, Ola Kate Parks, Emma Mae Reese, two brothers, Leroy Roberts and Ray Pete Bell.
Left to cherish his memories are: his wife, Ruby Burnett Roberts of Thomson, GA; two daughters, Felisa Johnson and Tammie Burnett, both of Thomson, GA; one son, Bernard Johnson of Atlanta, GA; eight grandchildren, Chia Nyqual Mance, Jatoriell Mance, Jermarcus (Kelly) Burnett, Amber Burnett, Shada Burnett, all of Thomson, GA, Kobe Johnson, Kamari Johnson and Terry Jones, all of Atlanta, GA; nine great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Burnett, Janiya Burnett, Evan Catlin, Tylan Catlin, Elijah Brown, Terry Jones Jr., Chris Jones, Destin Jones and Cordell Jones, all of Thomson, GA; one sister, Margie Roberts of Thomson, GA; five brothers, Willie James Roberts, Henry Roberts, Bobby (Sandra) Roberts, Gub Roberts Jr., all Thomson, GA and David Roberts of Hephzibah, GA; an additional sister-in-law, Thelma Roberts of Thomson, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. at New Zion Hill A.M.E. Church in Thomson with the Rev. Greta Fowler and the Rev. Jimmy Roberts officiating. A repast was held at the church following the funeral, and internment followed in the church's cemetery.
Thomson Funeral System is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Blackmon
Robert was born on Oct. 5, 1965 in Tunnel Springs, Alabama to the Nellie Mae Davis Blackmon.  In the early morning hours on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 while at his residence, the Lord took his faithful servant home. Robert was called from ‘Labor to Reward’ and will now forever rest in the Bosom of Abraham.
He was educated in the State of Alabama public school system. At an early age, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior.  Without a doubt, Robert truly loved the Lord and believed in His word. Robert was adored and was well respected by many. He was known as the pillar and foundation of the Northview Acres Subdivision.  He believed in keeping his neighborhood safe and clean.  He served on the Neighborhood Watch Committee and helped with National Night Out in the subdivision. He enjoyed making sure that people’s lawns were well maintained and beautified. Also, he was a concrete finisher. He truly loved his entire family, friends & barber. He would help anyone that needed help. He will truly be missed in the Northview Acres Subdivision. In spite of his health, he still kept the faith. As we continue to live for God, we will always keep the faith as Robert did.
His memories will continue to be cherished by his wife, Jeanette Calvin Blackmon, three daughters, Chandricka Renae Blackmon, Cecily Blackmon & Jaquoria Calvin; son, Jamel Calvin; grandchildren, Chantess Andrews, Cordell Andrews & Kennedie Bailey; loving mother, Nellie Mae Davis; sister, Stacy Blackmon; brothers, Allen Blackmon & Glenn Blackmon and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Aug. 16 at 12:30 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Peterman, Alabama. Internment followed the funeral service.
D.T. Brown Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.





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