Doris Rhodes Burnett

Doris Rhodes Burnett entered into rest on September 4, 2018.

Survivors include: husband; David Burnett,, Sr.  children; Paulette (Marvin) B. Moore of Warrenton, GA; David (Marilyn) Burnett, Jr. of Burlington, NC; Carolyn B. Johnson of Thomson, GA; Patricia B. Davis of Atlanta, GA; Dorothy (Michael) Gray of Decatur, GA; Johnny (Cheryl) Burnett of Decatur, GA; and Annette Burnett of Warrenton, GA, and a host of grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other family members.

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

Deacon Willie James Jackson

Deacon Willie James Jackson, 61, passed away September 3, 2018.

Willie, affectionately known by his family as Shug, and by his friends and co-workers as AJ,  leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife of 39 years, Rossie Hamilton Jackson of Warner Robins, GA; a son, Avious Tremain Jackson of Mason, OH; two sisters, Uldine Thomas and Elizabeth Mathis, both of Thomson, GA; five sisters-in-law, Virginia Anderson, Johnnie (Logan) Marshall, Dorothy (Eddie B) Kendrick, Joyce Hamilton and Mildred (Grover) Watson; two brothers-in-law, James Hamilton and Bobby (Verlander) Hamilton, both of Thomson, GA; a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Lewis Brinkley Johnson Jr.

Lewis Brinkley Johnson Jr, 76, entered into rest on September 6, 2018.

Graveside services were held September 9, 2018 at the Knowles Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Sparta, with the Rev. Darrell McGinnis and Mr. Glenn Johnson officiating.

Mr. Johnson is survived by; his dear friend and companion of 30 years, Ms. Geraldine Wood, of Gibson, his son, Perry Johnson, of Marietta, a brother, Ronnie Johnson, of Sparta, and a nephew, Glenn Johnson, of Sparta.

Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Gibson is in charge of arrangements.

Martha Lokey Lovett

May 28, 1936 – September 9, 2018.

Martha Lokey Lovett died on September 9 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s.  She will be remembered for her sincere care and concern for other people, her sweet way of making everyone around her feel special and important, and her quick sense of humor.

Mrs. Lovett was born May 28, 1936 in Augusta, Georgia to the late Martha and Leonard Lokey of Thomson, Georgia.  She graduated from Thomson High School and Oxford College, completed a B.S. degree from Emory University in 1958 and earned a masters degree from Georgia College and State University.

Mrs. Lovett was a beloved teacher of thousands of students, teaching in Augusta, Berkley, California and Atlanta before moving to Newton County where she taught at Palmer-Stone Elementary and E.L. Ficquett Elementary schools.   During Mrs. Lovett’s thirty year career, she taught  first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grades.  Mrs. Lovett described the years she taught sixth and seventh grade math classes at Palmer-Stone.  Some of the classes had forty-three or forty-four students but the large numbers were manageable because the children were well-behaved, and they shared a sense of love and mutual respect with their teacher.

Former students and colleagues remember Mrs. Lovett as a tough and demanding teacher.  She had high standards for every student and expected each child to move toward his or her potential.  Her classroom was energized with excitement for learning and sharing, and students knew that they were appreciated for their unique gifts.

Mrs. Lovett married Linton Lovett in 1995 and retired from her teaching career.  For decades she was a member of Covington First United Methodist Church where she was active in the Chancel Choir, Altar Guild, Stephen Ministry, and United Methodist Women.  She was also a long-time member of Newton County Mental Health Association, Covington Book Club, and Satzuki Garden Club.

Mrs. Lovett was preceded in death by her husband, Linton Lovett of Covington, her parents, Martha and Leonard Lokey of Thomson, her son Lidden Pate of Watkinsville, her twin brother Leonard Nunnally Lokey, Jr. (Rosemary) of Griffin, and her sister Kathryn Lokey Palmer of St. Simons Island.

She is survived by her daughters Martha Lokey Mooney (Andrew) of Jupiter, Florida and Gale Marie Pate of Smyrna.  Her grandchildren are Billy Pate of Augusta and Alexandra Pate of Alexandria, Virginia, Brett Knight (Lindsay, Clayton and Kinsley) of Villa Rica, and Drew Mooney of Jupiter. Other surviving relatives are her brother-in-law Eugene H. Palmer of St. Simons Island; nieces and nephews Dr. Harwell Palmer (Catherine) of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Ben Palmer (Kay) of Atlanta, and Kathryn Tison (Perry) of Blackshear, Georgia; cousins Charles Cameron, Tommy Lokey, and George Lokey (Kay) of Thomson and Dr. Lee Lokey (Kay) of Atlanta.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 14 at 2:00 in the Covington First United Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers Street, Covington.  The family will receive friends at 1:30 in the church sanctuary.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to those in need.

Martin Bernard Spitz

Mr. Martin Bernard Spitz, 76, died Sept. 4th.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Chris Smith officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Alice W. Spitz, Thomson; a daughter, Melissa Thompson; a son, Edward Spitz; a sister, Diane Raphael; stepchildren, Dwayne Tector, Nancy Tector Letteer, and John Tector; and several grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Curtis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 22, prior to services.

Curtis Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Joi Denise Washington

Joi Denise Washington entered into rest September 2, 2018.

She leaves to cherish her memories: two children whom she lived for and adored, D’Aaron Hobbs and D’Kari Washington; her mother and father, Denise and Charles Washington; two sisters, Akanksha Black-Kirk and Marquetta Cason; four brothers, Jabaur Coleman, Calvin McClean, Tavarse Hill and Keenan Washington; two loving and devoted special cousins, Roshika Coleman and Kelvin Murray II; surviving first cousins, Regina Brown, Darcel Turner and Roosevelt Rudy Coleman, Jr.; a special devoted sister-in-law, Shawana Coleman; a host of loving aunts, uncles, additional cousins, other relatives and friends.

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

Betsy Weir

Betsy Weir

Betsy Weir

Mrs. Betsy Jane Weir, 84, entered into rest September 3, 2018.

Betsy was born in the small town of Fort Scott, Kansas in February of 1934.  She was born into a family of 1 sister and 4 brothers.  Her family moved to Ashland, Wisconsin where she met her high school sweetheart and future husband of 61 years.

The young couple moved to Thomson, GA in 1969 and Betsy was a homemaker while raising the family’s two children.  In Thomson, Betsy was active in the community through work in the Garden Club and through her love of writing.  She was a regular columnist to local and regional newspapers on topics regarding her love of gardening and cooking.  During this time, she discovered a love of writing in general and pursued that passion by joining several Augusta based poetry groups.  Over the years she had several pieces published in regional and national publications.  Her love of poetry culminated in an anthology of her works published in 2013, “From the Poet’s Corner”.

Betsy was predeceased by her husband, David J. Weir, brother Charles Gray and sister Nancy Baatz.  She is survived by brothers Daniel, Clarence and Robert Gray.  She is survived by her children Paul D. Weir and Bryan J. Weir, grandchildren James Weir, Debra Weir, Virginia Weir and Thomas Weir, as well as seven great grandchildren.

A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, September 13 from 5:30 till 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to a charity of your choosing.

Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Rd., Thomson, Georgia is honored to serve the Weir family.

Calvin Lee Young

Mr. Calvin Lee Young, 67, entered into rest September 4, 2018.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 48 years, Marie Holbrooks Young; three daughters, Camille Young Rodgers (Jeff) of Thomson, GA, Sonya Young of Marietta, GA, and Christian Young Rivera (Ian) of Evans, GA; mother, Louise Young of Elberton, GA; brothers, Daniel Young (Lisa) of Iva, SC, Joel Young (Patsy) of Elberton, GA, and Michael Young (Angie) of Danielsville, GA; sisters, Debra Pulliam (Ed) of Toccoa, GA and Glenda Dixon (Bill) of Tennessee; and 2 grandchildren, Sara Rodgers and Kyle Rodgers.

Funeral services were held September 7, 2018 in the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larron Pilgrim and Rev. Randall Whitaker officiating.

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

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