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Dexter Mashun "Dex" Martin
Dexter Mashun "Dex" Martin, 44, of 1827 Boneville Circle, Dearing, Georgia passed on Monday, November 20, 2017. Family and friends may call at the residence or the funeral home.
Dexter Mashun Martin was born on Wednesday, August 8, 1973 in Fulton County, GA to Helen Yvonne Martin-Craddock and Sonny Jones. Dexter was raised by his mother and step-father, Waymen Craddock. He was a member of the First Saint Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church in Stone Mountain, GA.
Those left to cherish his memories are: a daughter, Dequavia Meshon Martin of East Atlanta, GA; a son, Dexter Mushun Martin, II of East Atlanta, GA; two siblings, a sister, Shawanna Denisia Martin and a brother, Wayne Craddock, both of Atlanta, GA; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives, co-workers and many sorrowing friends.
Visitation was held at Thomson Funeral System on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. Visitation was also held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Thomson one hour prior to the funeral. Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Rodney Lockett and the Rev. Marcus Green officiating. Internment followed at the church's cemetery.
Thomson Funeral Systems is in charge of the arrangements.

Sara Stone Wansley
Mrs. Sara Stone Wansley, 75, beloved wife of Mr. George Wansley, entered into rest Saturday November 25, 2017 at Gibson Health and Rehab. She was the daughter of the late Mr. Harold Cliatt and Mrs. Lois Dunaway Cliatt Graveside Services were held Monday, November 27, 2017 in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens with the Dr. James King officiating. Mrs. Wansley was born in Wilkes County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. She was a retired folder from Health Tex and a member of First Baptist Church of Thomson. Survivors include her husband, Mr. George Wansley, Thomson; two sister-in-laws, Linda Carol Story and Martha Vann Sikes; and two brother-in-laws, David A. Wansley and Keith Wansley (Jeannine). Friends may call at the funeral home. There will be no visitation.
You may sign the online guest book at www.curtisfuneralhome.com Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wayne Thurmond Pickard
Wayne Thurmond Pickard, 80, entered into his heavenly home on November 26, 2017 after an 12-year valiant battle with dementia. He was born on Valentine's Day, 1937 to Homer Troup Pickard and Ida Lee Pickard. He grew up in North Augusta, SC and Millen, GA, and was a graduate of Jenkins County High School, where he was a member of the baseball team. He was a 1959 graduate of The University of Georgia Pharmacy School where he was a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association and Kappa Psi Fraternity. He was also a member of the UGA chapter of ROTC. After graduation, he married the love of his life, Brenda Jean Croft and joined the US Army Corp of Combat Engineers and served during the Berlin Crisis and Korean Conflict stationed in San Antonio, TX at Fort Sam Houston Hospital and at Fort Benning, GA, utilizing his pharmacy degree on base. He also served in the National Guard. After his military tenure, Wayne and his young family moved to Thomson, GA in 1966 where he began his career as co-owner of Twilley Pharmacy and owner of Pickard Pharmacy in Thomson, GA. Wayne was a member of West Acres Baptist Church, Evans, GA and also a member of Gideon's International, Evans, GA chapter. He was a past member of First Baptist Church and Sweetwater Baptist Church, Thomson, GA, having served many roles including deacon, Chairman of deacons, Sunday school teacher, training union director and Royal Ambassador leader. Wayne was a member of Thomson Rotary Club for many years. He was also a founding member of Belle Meade Country Club and was one of the original families involved in the formation of Briarwood Academy. Wayne enjoyed fishing with friends and spending time with his family. Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Brenda Croft Pickard, Augusta, GA, one son, Daryl Pickard (Susan) Thomson, GA; two daughters, Debbie Hammond (Scott) Martinez, GA and Karen Pinkston (Paul) Amarillo, TX; grandchildren Clay Hammond (Katie), Ashley Lunceford (Patrick), Josh Pinkston (Dancee), Lindsey Pinkston and Brooklyn Pinkston. Great grandchildren include Zayne Hammond, William Lunceford, Georgia Grace Lunceford and Landree Pinkston. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Wes Hammond. Pallbearers include Clay Hammond, Patrick Lunceford, Keith Ellison, Mike Newsome, Sid Curry, Brett Jenkins, Brian Jenkins, and Bradley Jenkins. Honorary Pallbearers include Bobby Burnley, Charles Cato, Robert L. Gibson, III, Roy Russell and Lamar McKinney. Services will be held on Thursday, November 30 at 11 AM in the chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son. Burial with military honors will be at Westover Memorial Park, 2601 Wheeler Rd, Augusta, GA immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3923 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30907, Gideonís International, 3923 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30907. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening, November 29 from 6-8 at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com

Daisy Ansley
Daisy Marie Ansley, 62, entered into rest Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating. Interment will follow in Harlem Memorial Cemetery.
Daisy was born in Augusta, Georgia. She was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was also a bus driver for many years with McDuffie County.
Survivors include her husband, Buck Ansley; her son, Jeremy (Lauren); her daughter, Christy(Jeffrey); her brother, Mickey(Denise) Wheeler; and four grandchildren, Leila Powers, Bailey Powers, Nathan Brabham, and Hannah Story.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Debra Welch.
Pallbearers were Neal Reeves, Ray Harold Sutton Jr., Nick Hunt, Enoch Booker and Heath Carithers. Honorary Pallbearers were McDuffie County School bus drivers.
The family received friends Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Starling-Evans Funeral Home in Harlem.
Internment followed in the Harlem Memorial Cemetery.
Starling-Evans Funeral Home in Harlem is in charge of arrangements.





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