THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Irene Dent, 83, of Johannes Dr., Thomson, GA, entered into rest March 11, 2009 at MCG. She was the beloved wife of the late Johnnie Shellman Dent, Sr. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Catawba Baptist Church Cemetery in Rock Hill, SC. with Rev Chuck Trammel officiating. Mrs. Dent was a native of Rock Hill, SC but has lived in Thomson, GA since 1982. She was the daughter of the late Ernest Jackson Ballard and the late Bea Locke Ballard. Mrs. Dent was a homemaker, a member of Bayside Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA and she attended Sweetwater Baptist Church in Thomson. Survivors include: children, Patricia Ann Fenton (Skip), Shallotte, N.C., Johnnie Shellman Dent, Jr., Evans, GA, William Eugene Dent (Linda), New Porte Richie, FL, Ernest Norman Dent, Smithfield, VA, and Barbara Jean Landrum (Ronnie), Thomson, GA; brothers, Ernest Ballard, Jr., Grand Junction, Colorado, William "Bill" Ballard, Tallahassee, FL, John Ballard, Hollywood, SC; 9 grandchildren. Memorials may be made to MANNA, P.O. Box 295, Thomson, GA 30824. The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 pm Friday at the funeral home. Please visit www.beggsfuneralhome.net to sign the family's personal guestbook. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, GA. 706- 595-4100.
The Augusta Chronicle-March 12, 2009