Estella Bailey

Appling, GA - Mrs. Estella Bailey, age 95, entered into rest on September 8, 2019 at her residence.

Her loving and devoted family will cherish her memories.  

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30PM, September 14, 2019 at First Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Appling, GA.

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

Jamie Dejuan Crawford

Warrenton, GA - Mr. Jamie Dejuan Crawford, 43, entered into rest on August 27, 2019.

Funeral Services were held September 1, 2019 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Warrenton, GA.

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

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Wayne Dawson

Wayne Pilcher Dawson

Thomson, GA – Mr. Wayne “Peck” Pilcher Dawson, 56, entered into rest on September 2, 2019.

Mr. Dawson, long-time resident of McDuffie County, was the son of the late William “Bill” Robert Dawson and Edna Dye Dawson.  He retired from Thiele Kaolin after 25 years of service as a maintenance mechanic.  Mr. Dawson was an outdoorsman who, alongside his dogs loved hunting and fishing and was a Methodist by faith.  Peck appreciated music of all sorts and enjoyed attending shows with his family.

 Survivors include his beloved wife, Terri Lynn Dawson; son, Nicholas Dawson of Thomson, GA; daughter, Kristian Dawson of Thomson, GA; mother, Edna Dawson; and brother, William Allen Dawson (Sandra) of Gibson, GA.

No service is planned at this time.  In lieu of flowers, any monetary contributions can be sent to Manna, Inc. of Thomson, GA in memory of Peck.  

Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Rd., Thomson, GA is honored to serve the family of Mr. Wayne “Peck” Dawson.

Cecil Finch

Thomson, GA - Mr. Cecil Finch, 72, entered rest on September 8, 2019, at his residence.

Graveside services were held September 10, 2019, in the Westview Cemetery, Thomson, Georgia, with the Pastor Jesse Bowen officiating.

Survivors include, one son, Tony Finch, Thomson, Ga.; two daughters, Melissa Lyda, Harlem, Ga., and Wendy Finch, Augusta, Ga.; two brothers, Carl Finch, Florida and Jake Finch, Tennessee; one sister, Marilyn Finch, Florida;  and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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

Jimmie L. Finley

Thomson, GA - Jimmie (Jim) Lee Finley, 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, September 7, 2019, at his home in Thomson, GA.

Jim is survived by his daughter Janet Finley Wagner of Salt Lake City, Utah, and his sons James Robert Finley of Aiken, SC, and John Douglas Finley of Sardis, GA. He also leaves behind two grandchildren: Brittany Baggott of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Kyle (and Karli) Amsbaugh of Hubert, NC, four great-grandchildren (Blake, JD, Kendel, and Kaydence), and his sister Judy Causby of Marion, NC.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Annette Johnson Finley, his parents, two brothers, and one sister.Born in Marion, NC to Ernest and Mattie Finley, he joined the U.S. Navy after high school, and served our country honorably for 22 ½ years. He spent much of his Navy career at sea, including his favorite assignment, the USS Ft. Mandan (LSD-21). He traveled extensively to the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Caribbean, among many other places. He was a Machinist’s Mate and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He participated in the Hungarian refugee evacuation/resettlement and the Cuban Missile Crisis. A Korean War veteran, he often spoke of his time in the Navy as the happiest of his life.

His Navy adventures sparked a lifelong love of travel. He and his wife took many extensive road trips across the United States, with a goal of visiting all the continental U.S. states (which he only missed by two). He was particularly enamored with Lewis & Clark’s famous exploration of the west, and visited as many national parks, monuments, and encampments along their route as he could. When he wasn’t traveling, his many hobbies included coin collecting, fixing anything he could get his hands on, hunting, fishing, cheering on his beloved NC Tarheels, and taking care of his lawn and gardens. While stationed in Cuba, Jim golfed frequently, and won several trophies in semi-professional and celebrity tournaments (where he was often mistaken for Bing Crosby!).Despite his stern, gruff persona, his soft heart enjoyed feeding the hummingbirds that frequented his garden and watching “his” wild rabbits cavort and play in the backyard.

Jim had three great loves of his life: his family, the mountains of western North Carolina (which he called “God’s country”), and the Navy.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home in Thomson, GA.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marion, NC at a later date. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Chandler of Sardis, GA and John “Bud” Pitman of Edgefield, SC. He will then be laid to rest with his parents, brothers, and baby sister amidst the majesty of his beloved Blue Ridge Mountains.

Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Rd., Thomson, Georgia is honored to serve the family of Mr. Jimmie Lee Finley.

Lucille Perdue Higdon

Thomson, GA – Mrs. Lucille Perdue Higdon, 90, entered into rest September 3, 2019.

Survivors include her son, Steve Perdue (Lisa), Thomson; daughter, Saundra Maxwell (Ed), Thomson; brothers, Sam Johnson and Calvin Johnson; grandchildren, LeAnn Adkins (Mike), Brandy Goodson, Jay Maxwell (Kyla); Trevor Allen, Logan Goodson, Ryder Goodson, Jayden Maxwell, McKenna Maxwell, Melody Rozzell.

Funeral services were held September 6, 2019 at the First Baptist Church Thomson with Rev. David Lambert and Dr. Leonard Dupree officiating.

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

Donald Gene Pilgrim

Dearing/ Augusta, GA- Mr. Donald Gene Pilgrim, 71, died Saturday, September 7, 2019, at The Place @ Deans Bridge Road. He was the son of the late Melvin Pilgrim and Frances Welch Pilgrim.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Mr. Pilgrim was a native of Knoxville TN, but had lived in Dearing for many years. He was a member of Fort Creek Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lloyd Pilgrim. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Helen Jarvis, Arlington, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews

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

Kathy Hall Smith

Warrenton, GA- Mrs. Kathy Hall Smith, 66, beloved wife of Mr. Cecil “Sonny” Smith, died Friday, September 6, 2019 in Doctors Hospital. She was the daughter of the late William Joel Hall and Carolyn Thomas Hall.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2019 in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from noon to 1.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Richmond County, but had lived in Mesena and Warrenton for all her life. She was a member of Mesena United Methodist Church. She was a Para-Pro  with the McDuffie County Schools and had worked at the Georgia Forestry Commission.

She is survived by her husband, Mr. Cecil “Sonny” Smith, Warrenton; her daughter, Mrs. Marilyn Allen, Augusta; her son, Mr. Zachary Smith, Ft. Polk, La.; her two sisters, Gwen Adkins and Penny Hall, both of Mesena; her brother, Mr. Joey Hall, Beech Island, S.C.; and her grandson, Atom Allen.

Friends may call at the Curtis Funeral Home.

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

Shelley Stewart

Gibson, GA - Mrs. Shelley Stewart, age 42, entered into rest September 6, 2019.

Service was held September 10, 2019 in the Sheppard Memorial Chapel of Taylor Funeral Home.

She is survived by; son Dylan Jamieson Stewart of Gibson, grandmother, Jeanette Dozier, of Gibson, brother, Ron Albea, of Augusta, sister, Candy Rhodes of Augusta, Aunts & Uncles, Gearld & Carol Denton, Paul & Jackie Justis, David & Robin Wiggins, & Fay Cruz, several cousins.

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

Charlotte Ann Walker

Thomson, GA – Ms. Charlotte Ann Walker, 74, entered into rest Wednesday, September 3, 2019, in University Hospital - Augusta.  She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Helen Erwin Walker.

Funeral services were held September 7, 2019, in Bethel Baptist Church in Thomson, with the Rev. Tim Ferrell officiating.  Interment followed in Westview Cemetery.

Ms. Walker was a native of Fort McClellan, AL, but had lived in Aiken, SC and Thomson for many years. She was a retired textile worker. She was a member of Lumpkin Road Baptist Church.

Ms. Walker was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Murphy, and a brother, Randy Walker. Survivors include her son, Jeff Allen; two sisters, Jackie Rogers (Billy) and Jane Walker, both of Thomson; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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



Buddy Boy Lyons

Mitchell, GA - Buddy Boy Lyons (11 Yrs, 9 mos) of Deerfield Farm, Mitchell, Ga., has passed on to join his sisters Millie, Lacey and Dottie.  He is survived by Tom, Jacquie and sister, Lady.  He was abandoned at the farm at 5 mos. old and never left.  He was very protective of family, friends and the farm.  His favorite things were chasing cows and armadillos, watching Dalton and Dakota fish, watching Joe and Palmer work, keeping coyotes and other predators at bay and ice cream sandwiches.  God Bless your big heart Buddy- We will miss you.

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