Martha Geraldine Chandler Blair

Gibson, GA - Mrs. Martha Geraldine Chandler Blair, 94, died March 7, 2020.

Funeral services were held March 11, 2020 at Fellowship Baptist Church, Gibson with Rev. Tommy Harwell and Rev. Kyle Downs officiating.

She is survived in life by son, Larry Lee Blair (Allison) of Gibson, daughters Dianne Blair Murphy (Frank) and Linda Blair Wasden (Billy) both of Gibson, grandchildren, Shannon Stewart (Laura), Melissa King, Lee Blair (Bobbi), Kristie Stephens (James), Tracy Miller (Lee), Amy Kitchens, Jason Usry (Michelle), Kacey Williford (Jason), Stacey Usry, Charlie Folk (Katey) and Gregory Blair, 20 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Care of Gibson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Annette Frost Chalker

Gibson, GA  – Barbara Annette Frost Chalker, 76, entered into eternal rest March 4, 2020l

Private services to celebrate her life will be held at a later date.

She is survived by her husband, William Anderson Chalker, her mother, Edith Wright Frost, her daughter, Anna Elizabeth Chalker; three grandchildren, Ashton Amy Tiner, Abbigayle Elizabeth Tiner, and Christopher Anderson Tiner; nieces, nephews, in-laws, church family, and friends.

James Funeral Home, Wrens, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Vicki Davis

Thomson, GA - Mrs. Vicki McCarty Davis, 68, went to be with her Lord on March 2, 2020.

Vicki was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County, Georgia and the daughter of the late Roy McCarty and the late Billie McCarty. She was a customer service representative with Southern Bell, Bellsouth and retired from AT&T with over 30 years of service. Vicki was a member of Thomson First United Methodist Church and enjoyed shopping, dancing, camping, and spending time with her family.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Phil Davis.

Survivors include her daughters, Jennifer Welch and Tiffany Daniel (Sonny); grandchildren, Mason Daniel, Daniel Welch (Shelby), Zac Daniel, and Matthew Welch; and brothers, Milton “Flip” McCarty and Robert S. McCarty.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2020 in the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larron Pilgrim officiating.  Interment followed in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  The family would like to thank the staff of Madison Heights and PruittHealth Hospice for their kindness and care provided to Mrs. Davis.

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Vicki Davis.

James Auther Grissom, Sr.

Thomson, GA - Mr. James Auther Grissom, Sr. entered into rest March 3, 2020.

He leaves to cherish his memories: a beautiful wife of 49 years, Lillie B. Jackson Grissom of Dearing, GA; a daughter, Shulonda (Eric) Rolland of Dearing, GA; two sons, Lt. Col. James, Jr. (Shelia) Grissom of Alexander, VA and Reginald, Sr. (Casandra) Grissom; twelve grandchildren; Bryanna Grissom of Dearing, GA raised as a daughter; one great-grandchild; five sisters, JoEvelyn Flournoy, Lonnie (Larry) Williams, Mary Cartledge, Blondie Forrest, all of Thomson, GA and Gloria (George) Boyd of Dearing, GA; three brothers, Morris Grissom, Jr., Leon (Linda) Grissom, both of Detroit, MI and Raymond Grissom of Thomson, GA; a host of aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends as extended family members.

Services were held March 7, 2020 at Thomson High School Auditorium

Thomson, GA with Rev. Lyndon Heath, Pastor, Lithonia Baptist Church, Presider / Rev. Willie Roy Grissom, Jr. Eulogist.

Marion Ivey Harris

Gibson, GA - Ms. Marion Ivey Harris entered into eternal rest on March 7, 2020.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Williams Grove Baptist , Warrenton, GA.

Dawson’s Mortuary, Warrenton, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Mills Jackson

N Augusta, SC – Mr. Robert Mills Jackson, 83, entered into rest March 4, 2020.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Rebecca Norris Jackson; sons, Billy Jackson (Angela) of McCormick, SC and Danny Jackson of N Augusta, SC; daughter, Robin Marie Jackson of Thomson, GA; brother, John Jackson of Washington, GA; sisters, Mary Lee Vandiver of Washington, GA, Josephine Crawford of Rayle, GA, Faye Saggus of Lincolnton, GA, and Florence McCorkle of Thomson, GA; grandchildren, Tiffany Hinton, Brian Jackson, Jamie Simmons, Maddie Jackson, Amanda Davis, Christin Canpanna, April Shoemaker; and Josh Beaver; and 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 8, 2020, at Mesena United Methodist Church with Rev. Stacie Eller and Chaplain Paul Bush officiating.

Beggs Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean Smith Jennings

Harlem, GA – Betty Jean Smith Jennings entered into rest on March 1, 2020.

Those left to cherish her memories: a loving son, SFC (RET) Rodney, Sr. (Priscilla) Lindsay of Harlem, GA; four grandchildren, Daryl Lindsay, Jr. of Tucson, AZ, Chelsea Lindsay, Rodney Lindsay, Jr. and Cody Lindsay, all of Harlem, GA; four sisters, Frances Davis, Beverly (Joe) Johnson, both of Harlem, GA, Bernice Sweat of Rolesville, NC and Dora Jefferson (cousin raised as a sister) of Augusta, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many additional friends.

Services were held March 7, 2020 at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Harlem, GA with Rev. Daniel Ramsey, Pastor, Eulogist / Rev. Michael Ford, Presider.

Thomson Funeral System, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Burnette Johnson

Ms. Burnette Johnson entered into eternal rest March 2, 2020.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories: two loving sons, Jammy Johnson of Thomson, GA and Jamal Johnson of North Augusta, SC; two grandchildren, Nevaeh Johnson and Ansley Johnson, both of North Augusta, SC; a dear mother, Juanita Johnson of Appling, GA; two sisters Patricia (Vernon) Curry and Peggy Story, both of Appling, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, extended family and friends.

Services were held March 6, 2020 at Canaan of Galilee Baptist Church,

Appling, GA with Rev. Dr. Byron Knapper, Pastor, Officiating.

Thomson Funeral System, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Celeste Savage Malden

Thomson, GA – Mrs. Jane Celeste Savage Malden, 100, entered into rest March 5, 2020.

Mrs. Malden was born in Augusta, GA, the daughter of the late James W. Savage Sr. and the late Geraldine Wilson Savage.  She retired from The Ohio Casualty Insurance Company as an insurance underwriter and was active with the Augusta-Richmond County and Philadelphia Tuberculosis Associations.  Mrs. Malden was a member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Thomson, GA.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Peter Malden.  

Survivors include her 1st cousins, Carrol S. Meredith of Dunellen, FL, Arleigh W. Mansfield of Augusta, GA, Constance W. Fowke of Columbia, SC, and Brian T. Wilson of Atlanta, GA; 1st cousins once removed, Vincent Nadon of St. Lazare, Quebec, Julia Nadon of Montebello, Quebec, Pat Fowke Wood and Susan Fowke Lemon; friends, Mary Elizabeth P. Feldbauer of Collingswood, NJ, and Deborah P. Peters of Moorestown, NJ; and special friend, Stephanie Norris of Thomson, GA.

Services to be held on a later date.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Stephanie Norris for her assistance and care of Mrs. Malden in her later years.

Beggs Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 799 Cobbham Rd., Thomson, GA is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Celeste Savage Malden.

Snelling Moment, Sr.

Thomson, GA – Snelling Moment, Sr. passed away March 4, 2020.

The Celebration of Life was held March 7, 2020 at the House of God Church of God In Christ.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mrs. Patricia Moment; daughters: Ms. Willie Mae Martin, Thomson, GA, Mrs. Lillie Bell (Gene) Lucas,Thomson, GA & Mrs. Sarah (Johnny) Roberts, Lizella, GA; Ms. Vanessa Davis,Thomson, GA and Mrs. Felisa (Anthony) Grant, Warrenton, GA; four sons: Mr. John Henry (Lois) Moment, Loganville, GA; Mr. Tommy (Valerie) Moment Sr., Athens, GA; Mr. Michael (Natalie) Moment, Stone Mountain, GA; and Mr. Wayne Moment,Thomson, GA; thirty five grandchildren, forty seven great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren: a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

D T Brown Memorial Funeral Home, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Ida Mae Hall Reese

Thomson, GA - Ida Mae Hall Reese, 74, entered in rest February 25, 2020.

Left to cherish her fond memories are: two daughters, Paula Reese Jenkins and Angela Hall, both of Thomson, GA; four sons, Timothy (Annette) Hall, James Hall, Paul Reese, all of Thomson, GA and Christopher (Danita Selene) Reese of Evans, GA; thirteen grandchildren, Marteka Hall, Aaron Hall, Lavaccia Reese, Christin Reese, Lontavious Harris, Taniqua Reese, Zachary Hall, John Hall, Jayla Hall, Aaliyah Ivery, Leslie Keith, Kristen Etterling and Cayden Christie; eleven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Hall Crawford of Thomson, GA, Cleo (Eddie) Hollis and Loretta (Willie) Jolly, all of Atlanta, GA; two brothers, Kenneth (Gloria) Hall and Henry Hall, all of Atlanta, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Services were held February 29, 2020 at Stoney Grove C.M.E. Church, Warrenton, GA with Pastor, Rev. Casey Jones, Eulogist Rev. Jimmy Roberts, Presider.

Thomson Funeral System, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Joann Foster Dukes Smith

Warrenton, GA – Joann Foster Dukes Smith, 62, entered into eternal rest on February 28, 2020.

She leaves to cherish her most precious memories: four daughters: Tonja Dukes of Warrenton, GA, Shana (Timothy) Cates of Hephzibah, GA, Nicki Dukes and Chasdine (Sylvan, Sr.) Johnson, all of Glennville, GA; two brothers, Willie Jackson, Sr. and Eddie, Jr. (Edith) Dukes, all of Warrenton, GA; a special granddaughter that she raised as her own, Marshay Dukes; eleven additional grandchildren, Lavaccia, Tiyana, Timothy Jr., Tamera, Na’Kiara, MarKayla, Antonio, Demarion, De’maquez, Shy’Veyanna and Slyvan, II; two great-grandchildren, Ja’Laysia and Malayah; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many additional friends.

Services were held March 5, 2020 at Mill Rock Missionary Baptist Church,

Warrenton, GA with Rev. Jessie Henry Jr., Pastor, Eulogist / Dr. C. L Henderson, Presider.

Thomson Funeral System, Thomson, GA is in charge of arrangements.

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Barney Wells Jr.

Barney C. Wells, Jr.

Warrenton, GA - Mr. Barney C. Wells, Jr. (Lum) was born July 7, 1948, in Augusta, Georgia, to parents Barney C. Wells, Sr. and Amanda Edwards Wells.  He entered into rest in his home in Warrenton, Georgia, on March 8, 2020, surrounded by his family.  He was 71 years old.

Lum attended Thomson High School, where he graduated in 1967.  He was first employed by Brunkow's Band Instruments, where he worked as an instrument repairman.  In the early 1970s, Lum and his father owned and operated Wells Band Instrument and Bicycle Repair on Central Avenue in Thomson.  He then moved to carry on the family tradition of mail service.  He served the United States Postal Service for 43 years in south McDuffie County.  During this time, the National Safety Council recognized Lum for safely driving more than 3,000,000 miles to deliver mail to McDuffie County residents.   Lum retired from public service in 2013.

Music was a lifelong passion.  His father played the mandolin and inspired Lum to learn and love music.  At a young age, Lum played the guitar and began playing the trombone in high school.  Later, he and some local friends started a rock band, Tides of Malice.  

Lum was born and raised in The First Baptist Church, Thomson, Georgia.  For many years Lum ran the sound system for the worship services.  He was an active participant in the Men's Ministry Sunday School Class.  Upon retirement, Lum continued his service to his church by providing repairs and refurbishment for the bicycle ministry.  

Lum bought a Plymouth Barracuda in 1968.  This car was a constant companion.  In recent years, he and his wife and occasionally the grandchildren would take the Barracuda to car shows and parades.  This car was a prized possession.  

Life brought Lum great joy.  He was a consummate collector of many things.  His workshop and home are full of memorabilia from the travels and adventures that the experiences afforded.    

Lum was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Amanda Wells, his sister Nancy Wells Parker (John), and his brother Billy Wells (Ann).

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Strother Wells, his sons B.C. Wells (Dena) and Brian Adams (Angie), and his daughter Jennifer Adams.  He has eight grandchildren, Owen Wells, Cadence Wells, Elliott Wells, Jayvin Wells, Kayla Adams, Madison Adams, Gavin Adams, and Dalton Adams.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at The First Baptist Church in Thomson, Georgia.  Dr. Matt Ward will officiate.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. before the funeral service at the church, and interment will be at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens immediately following the service.  

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make financial donations to the Kilpatrick Disaster Relief of the Kilpatrick Baptist Association (Post Office Box 895 Thomson, GA 30824) or the Peaches Morgan Bicycle Ministry of the First Baptist Church (253 Jackson Street Thomson, GA 30824).

Beggs Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 799 Cobbham Rd., Thomson, GA is honored to serve the family of Mr. Barney C. Wells, Jr.

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