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Applause cover for Thursday, September 21, 2006

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'Fair Lady' eases transition for new Augusta Players director
For Peter Powlus, directing My Fair Lady means a new beginning with an old favorite.

'Fair Lady' eases transition for new Augusta Players director

Playoff tuneup ends in defeat for Martinez
NEW YORK - Pedro Martinez looked more comfortable in his latest playoff tuneup, but he was outpitched by Florida rookie Anibal Sanchez in the Marlins' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night.

Baseball today
Minnesota at Boston (7:05 p.m.). Johan Santana is set to start for the Twins as they continue to push for a playoff berth.

Ortiz shatters longtime mark
BOSTON - David Ortiz broke a 68-year-old home run record to help end Minnesota's three-hour stay in first place.

Playoff tuneup ends in defeat for Martinez
NEW YORK - Pedro Martinez looked more comfortable in his latest playoff tuneup, but he was outpitched by Florida rookie Anibal Sanchez in the Marlins' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday night.

Clemens helps stop team slide
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens pitched six scoreless innings in his final home start of the season for win No. 348 to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

Baseball today
New York clinched another division championship when the second-place Boston Red Sox lost 8-2 to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. The Yankees began the day needing a win or a Red Sox loss to wrap up the AL East. New York was beaten 3-2 in Toronto, but Boston's game went final about 30 minutes later, setting off a wild champagne celebration in the Yankees' clubhouse.

Baseball today
New York clinched another division championship when the second-place Boston Red Sox lost 8-2 to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. The Yankees began the day needing a win or a Red Sox loss to wrap up the AL East. New York was beaten 3-2 in Toronto, but Boston's game went final about 30 minutes later, setting off a wild champagne celebration in the Yankees' clubhouse.

Ortiz shatters longtime mark
BOSTON - David Ortiz broke a 68-year-old home run record to help end Minnesota's three-hour stay in first place.

Writers appeal verdict
SAN FRANCISCO - Two San Francisco Chronicle reporters were sentenced to a maximum 18 months in prison Thursday, pending an appeal, for refusing to testify about who leaked them secret grand jury testimony from Barry Bonds and other elite athletes.

Baseball today
Minnesota at Boston (7:05 p.m.). Johan Santana is set to start for the Twins as they continue to push for a playoff berth.

Yankees clinch title with Red Sox loss
TORONTO - The New York Yankees clinched their ninth consecutive AL East title on Wednesday night when the second-place Boston Red Sox lost to the Minnesota Twins.

Clemens helps stop team slide
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens pitched six scoreless innings in his final home start of the season for win No. 348 to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

Writers appeal verdict
SAN FRANCISCO - Two San Francisco Chronicle reporters were sentenced to a maximum 18 months in prison Thursday, pending an appeal, for refusing to testify about who leaked them secret grand jury testimony from Barry Bonds and other elite athletes.

Yankees clinch title with Red Sox loss
TORONTO - The New York Yankees clinched their ninth consecutive AL East title on Wednesday night when the second-place Boston Red Sox lost to the Minnesota Twins.

Atlanta extends closer's contract
Atlanta would once again have been playoff-bound if Bob Wickman was a Brave on April 1 instead of July 20, general manager John Schuerholz boldly said Wednesday.

Homegrown Braves dish it out
WASHINGTON - Clearly, 2006 has not gone the way the Atlanta Braves planned or desired. A baseball-free October in the South tells you that much.

Atlanta extends closer's contract
Atlanta would once again have been playoff-bound if Bob Wickman was a Brave on April 1 instead of July 20, general manager John Schuerholz boldly said Wednesday.

Braves pick up Smoltz's option for 2007
DENVER - After the Atlanta Braves signed closer Bob Wickman to an extension for the 2007 season, general manager John Schuerholz said Wednesday afternoon that the move was a part of the club's renewed focus on its pitching staff.

Braves pick up Smoltz's option for 2007
DENVER - After the Atlanta Braves signed closer Bob Wickman to an extension for the 2007 season, general manager John Schuerholz said Wednesday afternoon that the move was a part of the club's renewed focus on its pitching staff.

Homegrown Braves dish it out
WASHINGTON - Clearly, 2006 has not gone the way the Atlanta Braves planned or desired. A baseball-free October in the South tells you that much.

Wal-Mart announces $4 plan
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart plans to begin selling nearly 300 generic prescription drugs for a sharply reduced price, offering a big lure for bargain-seeking customers and presenting a challenge to competing pharmacy chains.

Dividend checks rise for Alaskans
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Almost every Alaskan will be $1,106.96 richer this year, thanks to dividend checks from the oil royalty investment program distributed annually to eligible residents just for living in the state.

Interest rates stay same
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve gave America's borrowers a break and held interest rates steady for a second consecutive month, part of a strategy to put the economy and inflation on an even keel.

Toyota aims to be No. 1 in annual global sales
TOKYO - Toyota announced an ambitious plan Wednesday to boost global sales to 9.8 million vehicles in 2008 - driving home a message of stellar success as its troubled U.S. rivals are closing plants and scaling back production.

Branson to give $3 billion for energy
NEW YORK - British business mogul Richard Branson on Thursday pledged to invest about $3 billion over the next decade to combat global warming and promote alternative energy, saying that it was critical to protect the environment for future generations.

Experts at ASU lecture series to put Focus on Ethics
When asked why Augusta State University's business school is sponsoring a lecture series titled Focus on Ethics, the college dean simply points to the latest headlines.

Experts at ASU lecture series to put Focus on Ethics
When asked why Augusta State University's business school is sponsoring a lecture series titled Focus on Ethics, the college dean simply points to the latest headlines.

Reports on CEO cut cost of stock
SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s stock price dropped by nearly 5 percent Thursday as investors reacted to reports that Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd knew more about the computer and printer maker's elaborate spying program than previously thought.

Toyota aims to be No. 1 in annual global sales
TOKYO - Toyota announced an ambitious plan Wednesday to boost global sales to 9.8 million vehicles in 2008 - driving home a message of stellar success as its troubled U.S. rivals are closing plants and scaling back production.

Wal-Mart announces $4 plan

Interest rates stay same
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve gave America's borrowers a break and held interest rates steady for a second consecutive month, part of a strategy to put the economy and inflation on an even keel.

Legislation passed to protect finances of military

Legislation passed to protect finances of military
WASHINGTON - Servicemen and women would be shielded from people pushing inferior or overpriced financial service and insurance packages under legislation ready for President Bush's signature.

Reports on CEO cut cost of stock

Dividend checks rise for Alaskans

Branson to give $3 billion for energy

Editorial Cartoon 092106 - The Augusta Chronicle

Editorial Cartoon 092206 - The Augusta Chronicle

THAT'S THE SPIRIT
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's football team wore 1970s uniforms and helmets.

THAT'S THE SPIRIT
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's football team wore 1970s uniforms and helmets.

Tigers' title changed everything
It stands as a singular achievement of success that has both defined and challenged Clemson's football program. And 25 years later, not a week goes by when those who took part aren't asked to relive the Tigers' 1981 national championship season.

Proctor is winning Clemson fans over
CLEMSON, S.C. - The doubts are fewer. The compliments are more abundant. And questions about past Clemson quarterbacks? New Tigers starter Will Proctor doesn't hear nearly as many as he did during the off-season.

Proctor is winning Clemson fans over
CLEMSON, S.C. - The doubts are fewer. The compliments are more abundant. And questions about past Clemson quarterbacks? New Tigers starter Will Proctor doesn't hear nearly as many as he did during the off-season.

Tigers' title changed everything
It stands as a singular achievement of success that has both defined and challenged Clemson's football program. And 25 years later, not a week goes by when those who took part aren't asked to relive the Tigers' 1981 national championship season.

Not ready for prime time
He heads the world's largest terrorist-supporting state.

A ruling against common sense

Border enforcement counts most

A ruling against common sense
A Fulton County judge this week established a constitutional right to commit fraud.

Smoking ban hits speed bump

Fed up? Fill up elsewhere!
One might expect the rudderless, ethics- challenged U.N. General Assembly to warmly embrace Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez - even while calling a fellow U.N. member the devil.

Fed up? Fill up elsewhere!

It shouldn't happen to a dog

Border enforcement counts most
The White House has few kind words for the Minuteman Project, but this doesn't mean it's not listening to what its founder, Jim Gilchrist, has to say.

Smoking ban hits speed bump
Aiken County Council's planned ordinance to prohibit smoking in public places recently hit what clean air and health advocates hope is nothing more a than a speed bump on the way to approval.

It shouldn't happen to a dog
Pekingese dogs were domesticated centuries ago.

Not ready for prime time

Club calendar
Send your club's entertainment information to ryan.wehmeyer@augustachronicle.com or fax it to (706) 722-7403. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays.

CD Releases: Clay Aiken, Brazilian Girls, Elton John
Kenny Chesney: One of the nation's top touring acts releases his first concert recording culled from tapes over the years.

Sonic spotlight: Will McCranie
Will McCranie of Augusta is this week's Sonic Spotlight.

Applause calendar
Send your event schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send by fax to (706) 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Arts calendar
Get Listed: Send exhibit schedules and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send by fax to (706) 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Support act takes McBride's top spot
Feeling honored to fill the space recently vacated by country singer Martina McBride, rising Southern singer-songwriter Patrick Davis said he's a very different artist from the earnest acoustic guitar slinger who first graced an Augusta stage a few years ago.

Concert calendar
Brad Paisley will perform Friday at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

Rockin' Rib performance schedule
Performance schedule for the Rockin' Rib Music Festival.

Spotted in Augusta
Sanzara Hatcher and Sierra Houston were at the Augusta Common during the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival.

Fishing Tournament
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Yesterday's hot spot is usually today's old news
A mistake even veteran anglers make is staying on one area too long, waiting for yesterday's fish to show up again today.

Fishing Tournament
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Yesterday's hot spot is usually today's old news
A mistake even veteran anglers make is staying on one area too long, waiting for yesterday's fish to show up again today.

Coming to your backyard: a nearly extinct tree
The wollemi pine is so ancient that it may have provided shade and sustenance to the dinosaurs. Though the tree was thought to be extinct for two million years, a small pocket of the evergreens eventually was discovered in the wilds of Australia.

Evergreen plants enrich a shade garden

Coming to your backyard: a nearly extinct tree

No deep, dark secrets in growing mushrooms: It's something you can try at home
Folks into fungi in and around this Brandywine Valley community - and there are many - like to say that mushroom growing isn't such a dark science. All you need is a healthy horse and shade.

Atrazine can take on weeds
One the worst weeds we have in the lawn and the landscape beds from midsummer through the fall is chamberbitter. I get asked about this weed more than any other this time of year. The best description of this weed is that "it looks like little mimosa trees."

Atrazine can take on weeds

No deep, dark secrets in growing mushrooms: It's something you can try at home

Evergreen plants enrich a shade garden
Last year I started a garden under a huge pecan tree for an expanding hydrangea collection.

Jackets buzz Cavaliers
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech went retro Thursday night, and not just with nostalgic uniforms and disco music as part of a "Throwback Thursday" promotion.

Jackets buzz Cavaliers
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech went retro Thursday night, and not just with nostalgic uniforms and disco music as part of a "Throwback Thursday" promotion.

Jackets get low marks on midweek TV exams
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Chan Gailey considers Thursday night games the Monday Night Football of the college game.

Jackets get low marks on midweek TV exams
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Chan Gailey considers Thursday night games the Monday Night Football of the college game.

Irish eyes are watching
STRAFFAN, Ireland - Everyone who has ever picked up a club understands the concept of "golf gods."

Taylor is soaking up the experience
STRAFFAN, Ireland - It was a veteran move that Vaughn Taylor made totally by accident.

Irish eyes are watching
STRAFFAN, Ireland - Everyone who has ever picked up a club understands the concept of "golf gods."

Taylor is soaking up the experience
STRAFFAN, Ireland - It was a veteran move that Vaughn Taylor made totally by accident.

All of Lehman's men
STRAFFAN, Ireland - There are times when the Americans just can't win, such as the Ryder Cup.

Tiger lashes out at Irish magazine
STRAFFAN, Ireland - Standing up for his wife, Tiger Woods' opening statement at the Ryder Cup on Wednesday was aimed at the local tabloid press that generated controversy by printing fake obscene pictures purporting to be the former Swedish model.

Tiger lashes out at Irish magazine
STRAFFAN, Ireland - Standing up for his wife, Tiger Woods' opening statement at the Ryder Cup on Wednesday was aimed at the local tabloid press that generated controversy by printing fake obscene pictures purporting to be the former Swedish model.

All of Lehman's men
STRAFFAN, Ireland - There are times when the Americans just can't win, such as the Ryder Cup.

Newcomer takes home win
AIKEN - Lawrette McCann is so new to the area that she'd never seen two of the three courses in this year's CSRA Women's Golf Association's 54-Hole Championship.

Newcomer takes home win
AIKEN - Lawrette McCann is so new to the area that she'd never seen two of the three courses in this year's CSRA Women's Golf Association's 54-Hole Championship.

Power Poll

Dreaming big

Player of the Week

Game of the week: Bragging rights at stake for Columbia County rivals

Key matchups

Spotted: Prep football

Prep football schedules

Associated Press polls

Friday night flashback

Player of the Week
This week's Player of the Week is Aiken High senior Taikwon Paige.

Spotted: Prep football
Spotted photographer Jonathan Covington stopped by the Harlem-Aquanis football game last Friday. To view the rest of the gallery, visit spotted.augustachronicle.com.

Associated Press polls 092206 - The Augusta Chronicle

Game of the week: Bragging rights at stake for Columbia County rivals
Evans coach Marty Jackson will not need to bust out the Rudy DVD this week.

Prep football schedules
This week's schedule of local high school football games in Georgia and South Carolina.

Red Devils find silver lining in shutout to Tigers
Several sportswriters from around the state phoned in with the same question this week.

Dreaming big
Augusta Chronicle staff writer Jeff Sentell selects former Dream 16 players who made the biggest impact.

Red Devils find silver lining in shutout to Tigers
Several sportswriters from around the state phoned in with the same question this week.

Key matchups
Last week Lakeside lost to Evans, 17-0; Richmond Academy defeated Wayne County, 17-13

Power Poll
The area's top 10 prep football teams after the fifth week of the season as voted on by members of The Augusta Chronicle and WJBF NewsChannel 6 sports departments, plus selected other area media. A first-place vote is worth 10 points; A 10th place vote is worth one point. First-place votes for each team are in parentheses.

Friday night flashback
A recap of the memorable matchup between Butler and Hephzibah on September 1, 1995.

Club teams set for faceoffs at sports center
Local fans of ice hockey don't have to wait for the Augusta Lynx to open their season in late October to see the puck drop on competitive action. They can check out the "Ambush in Augusta" this weekend.

Club teams set for faceoffs at sports center
Local fans of ice hockey don't have to wait for the Augusta Lynx to open their season in late October to see the puck drop on competitive action. They can check out the "Ambush in Augusta" this weekend.

Braves' future looking thin
What becomes alarming is when you see bones and start counting ribs.

Braves' future looking thin
What becomes alarming is when you see bones and start counting ribs.

Forget Larke - let's educate our kids

Save our nation by embracing God
A nation came together for one brief moment Sept. 11 to remember the fallen brave men, women and children in the fight against terrorism. They were the first in a war that has forever changed this country and the world. They are the first freedom fighters, and we should never dishonor their memories by forgetting or shelving their sacrifice to continue with our bickering, hating of one another and living to the extreme in all forms of deviant behavior.Barbara A. Mohler, North Augusta

Who's the real disgrace here?
Your editorial "Take the key to the city back" (Sept. 1) called the mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson, a public disgrace. The real "national disgrace" is our president, George W. Bush.Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Keep terrorists' trials nice and simple
I agree generally with the Chronicle's Sept. 19 editorial "Too worried about terrorists." Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and John Warner need to study existing laws. They seem to believe the Geneva Conventions apply to terrorists. I invite readers to look up the Geneva Conventions on the Internet and read this:Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

Who's the real disgrace here?

Forget Larke - let's educate our kids
As a parent of children who attend Richmond County schools, I am tired of all the time and money we have spent on Superintendent Charles Larke. Our children's education is more important.Cathi Bonham, Hephzibah

Save our nation by embracing God

Keep terrorists' trials nice and simple

Made with a Shade

Made with a Shade
A ray of sun from an opening door caught the prism of a chandelier and a momentary sparkle filled the main room of Del's Lamps and Shades in Augusta.

11 face charges in Web drug scam

Across the area

Campus plan raises bar for admissions
AIKEN - Better recruitment and retention topped Chancellor Thomas Hallman's list of goals in his sixth State of the Campus address Wednesday at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Rants and raves
I'VE JUST BEEN listening to a discussion between Champ Walker and Austin Rhodes on the radio. It seems to me that their conversation could be appropriately summed up only in a tired clich, such as "a battle of wits between two unarmed men."

Moore plans to skip forum

Few allowed to stay in Augusta mayor's race

Man earns award after recovering
Tim Sangster's life was once disrupted by seizures, sometimes up to nine times a day.

Measure on road projects revised

News you can use

Laney's stadium unveiled

Elected bishop awaits approval

Across the region

Poll: Perdue has clear majority
A political poll released today shows Sonny Perdue with a clear majority for the first time since the primary.

Sanford echoes report on water conservation

Panel looks at rules changes for immigrants
COLUMBIA - Immigration reform will be a top issue for the Legislature next year, according to a Senate panel leader looking at changing laws targeting illegal immigrants.

The opening round

Kid of the Day

States top victim list

Man was watching porn while driving, police say
AIKEN -- A 37-year-old Aiken man was arrested late Wednesday night on charges that he was driving with a pornographic movie playing on an in-car video system in full view of pedestrians and other drivers.

Kid of the Day
JayLyn T. Johnson, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Interim board leader has no plans to leave

Bond for mother, wife set at $5,000

Man turns disability into vision for others

Traffic accident kills 81-year-old woman
AIKEN -- An 81-year-old North Augusta woman died of injuries suffered when her car veered off a residential street and struck a tree, an official said Friday morning.

News you can use

School-funding trial not set

Democrats complain about ad by Perdue

Dog burner to serve 30 years

Naming North Augustan to seat might be illegal

Corrections

Boll Weevil owner rethinks opening in Columbia County

Vote doesn't halt ID plans

Porn on TV in car ends with ride to jail

Weighty backpacks tip scales on safety
Occupational therapy students from two Augusta schools encouraged the pupils of Bel Air Elementary to do one thing Wednesday - lighten up.

Panel discusses progress made in first 2 phases

Across the region
MACON, GA. - A 9-year-old boy was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle when he ran into the street.

Budget woes strike veterans center

11 face charges in Web drug scam
ATLANTA - Federal authorities have indicted 11 people in Georgia, North Carolina, South Dakota and Belize on fraud and drug charges for selling unapproved prescription drugs over the Internet.

Man arrested in brutal rape

Ryder Cup: Woods gets another shot at Monty-Harrington
Tiger Woods gets another chance to set the tone for the Ryder Cup, this time with a new partner.

Few allowed to stay in Augusta mayor's race
Ronnie Few will be able to run for the mayor of Augusta, the Richmond County Board of Elections decided Thursday after deliberating for more than an hour.

Panel approves employee raises

Naming North Augustan to seat might be illegal
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue's appointment this week of a South Carolina resident to serve on a Georgia board might violate state law.

Skate park ramps to be revamped

Porn on TV in car ends with ride to jail
AIKEN - A 37-year-old Aiken man treated cops to a drive-by peep show from his car, ending his good time and landing him in jail.

Holley blasts rival's stance

Sanford echoes report on water conservation
AIKEN - Parts of Georgia and South Carolina need to reduce the amount of water they pull from the Savannah River to prevent saltwater from penetrating drinking water near the coast.

Voting machines' upgrade would be pricey, Cox says

Residents hear bond proposal
Minutes after a first town hall meeting Thursday night concerning a proposed Columbia County bond issue, Appling resident James McDowell said he had already decided on at least part of the proposal.

Laney's stadium unveiled
On Thursday, James Carter III recalled days when football was played on a barren dirt field, known as the "Rock Pile."

First lady stops in Augusta
Georgia First Lady Mary Perdue (center) shakes hands with Neighbor To Family program Executive Director Joseph Poe as she makes a visit to Church of the Good Shepherd as part of Champion Our Children Month on Thursday.

Woods makes his point, puts Americans on the board
STRAFFAN, Ireland (AP) -- Tiger Woods got the Ryder Cup victory he badly needed Friday, then Darren Clarke trumped it with a win that helped his aching heart as much as his European team.

Democrats complain about ad by Perdue
ATLANTA - The ethics war between Gov. Sonny Perdue and Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, his Democratic challenger, intensified Thursday, as Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Kahn filed a complaint against a Perdue commercial and the State Ethics Commission gave Mr. Taylor two key victories.

Across the area

Man arrested in brutal rape
William Edgar Hayes came down to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office on Thursday and wanted to know why his streetname of "Tank" was on the local news.

Man earns award after recovering

States top victim list
COLUMBIA - South Carolina and Georgia rank among the top 10 states with the highest rates of women killed by men, a new study shows.

Campus plan raises bar for admissions

Across the area
Two 20-year-old Aiken parents were arrested Thursday on neglect charges, accused of leaving their toddler son home alone while the father watched a football game at a friend's house.

Panel looks at rules changes for immigrants

Measure on road projects revised
ATLANTA - Legislation intended to speed up road construction projects is expected to make another appearance in the upcoming General Assembly after getting detoured earlier this year.

Rants and raves
POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS both need to be changed often, and for the same reason. This includes commissioners and others who keep Richmond County looking like a good place to be from.

Bond for mother, wife set at $5,000
CAMDEN, S.C. - Bond was set at $5,000 each Wednesday for two women accused of helping a Kershaw County man who police say abducted and assaulted a 14-year-old girl who eventually was able to send a text message for help.

Kid of the Day

Corrections
Due to inaccurate information provided to The Augusta Chronicle, an article in Wednesday editions incorrectly reported the opening date of the Aiken TJ Maxx discount store. The story should have said the Framington Mass.-based retailer would open Thursday, Oct 5.

Man sought in rape, assault

Interim board leader has no plans to leave
In a matter of weeks, Deputy Superintendent James Thompson will take the helm of the Richmond County school as interim superintendent, and although he hasn't decided to seek the position permanently, he knows he won't be leaving anytime soon.

Holley blasts rival's stance
The Democratic challenger to incumbent 10th District U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood took his rival to task Wednesday for his stance on recent civil rights legislation.

Moore plans to skip forum
A principled stand, a bad decision, a savvy political move.

First lady stops in Augusta

Dog burner to serve 30 years
AIKEN - Convicted dog killer Nolan Kerry Grant reacted to his 30-year prison sentence Wednesday by cursing at his victims and spitting on police officers outside the Aiken courthouse.

The opening round
It's the house that crack built.

Kid of the Day
Trenton L. Dinkins, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

Across the region
SAVANNAH, GA. - Georgia graduated a record 70.8 percent of high school seniors this year, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday, touting rising graduation rates in a state that has lagged near the bottom nationally.

Man turns disability into vision for others
The path to darkness was slow and gradual, but the road that followed was brighter than anything Mike Cox could have imagined.

Budget woes strike veterans center
ATLANTA - The Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home in Augusta is facing a "budget crisis" according to a senior official of the Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs.

Man sought in rape, assault
Richmond County sheriff's investigators said Wednesday that they are still looking for a man who severely beat and raped a woman in a west Augusta church parking lot earlier this month.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Skate park ramps to be revamped
The ride is easy for a seasoned skater.

Panel approves employee raises
ACTION TAKEN: The Budget and Finance Committee approved on Thursday a 4 percent raise for employees this year. The raises will be retroactive and still must be approved by the full board. That meeting is scheduled Tuesday.

Elected bishop awaits approval
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The election of the Very Rev. Mark Lawrence as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina could deepen the divide between traditionalists and liberals in the American denomination, depending on whether the denomination's leadership approves his election.

Rants and raves
I'VE JUST BEEN listening to a discussion between Champ Walker and Austin Rhodes on the radio. It seems to me that their conversation could be appropriately summed up only in a tired clich, such as "a battle of wits between two unarmed men."

Vote doesn't halt ID plans
ATLANTA - Elections officials in Augusta have made up 250 free ID cards so far this year for voters concerned they would not have the proper identification to cast ballots under Georgia's new law.

School-funding trial not set
ATLANTA - More than two years after dozens of school districts filed a lawsuit against the state accusing it of skimping on the cost of children's education, the case still has not come to trial, and those involved say the opening of the trial is still months away.

Rants and raves
POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS both need to be changed often, and for the same reason. This includes commissioners and others who keep Richmond County looking like a good place to be from.

Residents hear bond proposal

Voting machines' upgrade would be pricey, Cox says
ATLANTA - Upgrading Georgia's electronic voting machines won't be cheap, according to estimates released Wednesday on the cost of making them print out copies of each ballot cast.

Panel discusses progress made in first 2 phases
The Richmond County Board of Education is asking voters to continue its 1-cent sales tax in November. Here is the list of special purpose local option sales tax projects and their costs:

UGA expels 12 for honesty violations
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia faculty, staff and graduate students reported more than 300 cases of academic dishonesty during the 2005-06 school year, according to a report released Monday.

Boll Weevil owner rethinks opening in Columbia County
The Boll Weevil's western migration to Columbia County remains on hold and could be in jeopardy.

News you can use
Feeling a little drippy lately? Eyes starting to run a bit? Well, there's a reason. Augusta is ranked No. 16 in the nation of the most challenging places to live in the fall by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Here's the rest of the top 20. The data measured and compared each year includes pollen count, number of allergy medications used and number of allergy specialists.

Georgia soldier killed in Iraq
ATHENS, Ga. -- When she was looking at colleges, Ashley Henderson fell in love with Athens, and the University of Georgia quickly became her first choice for school.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who is wanted in a case where someone made numerous fraudulent charges with a check card stolen in Columbia County.

Board decides not to appeal voter ID decision before election
State elections board officials said Friday they will not try to get a court decision about voting requirements reversed before the November elections, meaning voters will not be required to show photo identifications to cast their ballots.

Ronnie Few allowed to stay on ballot

Arrest made in double homicide
LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a man today in connection with a double homicide in Bartow.

Braves pick up Smoltz's option
DENVER -- After the Atlanta Braves signed closer Bob Wickman to an extension for 2007, general manager John Schuerholz said Wednesday that the club planned to renew its focus to bolster the team's pitching. Perhaps Schuerholz had an eye toward Thursday when he said that.

UGA expels 12 for honesty violations

Weighty backpacks tip scales on safety

Across the region

Woods is going all out to become team player
STRAFFAN, Ireland - Tiger Woods has mastered just about everything an individual can do in the game of golf. The last and largest hurdle of his complete dominance of the sport looms before him this week.

Woods is going all out to become team player
STRAFFAN, Ireland - Tiger Woods has mastered just about everything an individual can do in the game of golf. The last and largest hurdle of his complete dominance of the sport looms before him this week.

Mini reviews
All listings are subject to change. Call the theaters for times. For an online movie guide, go to augustachronicle.com/movies.

Flyboys a nice, square flying movie
Flyboys, a rousing yarn about Yanks who volunteered to fly wooden and canvas fighter planes during World War I, is incredibly corny and blissfully, stubbornly out of current fashion.

New DVD releases
Stick It, Backdraft, My Name is Earl, Grease and The Chris Rock Show are this week's new DVD releases

Flyboys a nice, square flying movie

Film leaves lots of 'Room' for in-depth discussions
Intentionally unclear, Room, screening Tuesday at the Imperial Theatre, could be an extended metaphor for modern despair and a society adrift.

Mini reviews

Subplots, details overtake real meat of 'King's Men'
All the King's Men is the grandest so-so movie you're likely to see this year.

Subplots, details overtake real meat of 'King's Men'

Film leaves lots of 'Room' for in-depth discussions

New DVD releases

'Trust the Man' doesn't quite cut it
In last week's I-refuse-to-grow-up movie, The Last Kiss, you could cut some of the immature male characters some slack because they were, after all, just pushing 30. In Trust the Man, they're pushing 40 -- and the act is getting old.

'Trust the Man' doesn't quite cut it

Sports movies can either follow formula or break free with 'Goal!'
There's never much suspense in a sports movie. Part of the pleasure, in fact, comes from the knowledge that the climax is predestined, that the underdog will prevail and that the players who take the field, whether football or, in the case of two movies released on DVD this week, the other football, will learn important life lessons.

Sports movies can either follow formula or break free with 'Goal!'

Drivers suggest changes to Chase
Now that the Chase for the Championship is in its third year, drivers are getting a feel for it. And they have suggestions to make it better.

Drivers suggest changes to Chase

Racing newsmaker: Kevin Harvick

Racing newsmaker: Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick surged from 14th-place finishes in the Nextel Cup Series standings in each of the past two years to lead the Chase for the Championship following Sunday's victory at New Hampshire.

Fleeting success
Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon know what it's like to be on a roll, so they understand what Kevin Harvick is going through right now.

Fleeting success

Streak's over for the U.S.
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Russia beat the two-time defending champion United States 75-68 in the semifinals of the women's world championships on Thursday night, snapping the Americans' 26-game winning streak in this event.

Streak's over for the U.S.
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Russia beat the two-time defending champion United States 75-68 in the semifinals of the women's world championships on Thursday night, snapping the Americans' 26-game winning streak in this event.

Lorene R. Loftiss   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Lorene R. Loftiss, 92, widow of the late T.J. Loftiss, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 20, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 11:00 AM at St. John United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary DeMore and the Rev. Terry Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Loftiss was the daughter of the late Reverend Charles and Vera Riggs. She received her undergraduate degree from Memphis State University in 1937 and her graduate degree in Library Science from the University of Georgia in 1971. She began her career by teaching in the Memphis public school system. While her husband served in combat during World War II, she was employed as a Social Worker in the coal mining region of Kentucky and shortly thereafter, as a Classifications Analyst at Fort Knox. Mrs. Loftiss retired from the Richmond County public system in 1982, where she was last employed as a Librarian at Lake Forest Elementary. A life-time member of the American Association of University Women, Mrs. Loftiss was also a member of the Augusta Women's Club and a past member of the Augusta Garden Club. She had been a member of Saint John United Methodist Church in Augusta for over 65 years, where she attended the Sells Bible Class. Mrs. Loftiss is survived by her son, Victor Loftiss and his wife, Priscilla Hollingsworth of Augusta, a daughter in law, Deborah Hall Loftiss of Thomasville, GA., and her granddaughters, Allison Ellis of St. Petersburg, FL., and Emily Loftiss of New York City. She was preceded in death by her husband, T.J. Loftiss, and her son, Jeff Loftiss. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Saint John United Methodist Church Beautification Fund, 736 Greene Street, Augusta, Georgia, 30901. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening, September 22, 2006 from 7:00PM until 9:00PM. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Joseph B. Zale   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Joseph B. Zale, 82, of Augusta, entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006. A native of Mt. Carmel, PA, he was a longtime resident of Augusta and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mr. Zale was a retired employee of the Savannah River Site, was a veteran of the US Army, was a member of the American Legion Post #178 and served as a Past Post Commander in PA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Zale; a son, Joseph Zale, III of Augusta; a daughter, Barbara Monteiro of Orange County, CA; a brother, Teddy Zale of PA; a sister, Marie Deteski of WY; and one grandson. A memorial mass will be said at 11:00AM Saturday, September 23, 2006 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church by Father Rafael Estrada. Memorials may be made to an American Legion Post of the donor's choice. Poteet Funeral Homes - South Chapel, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, GA 30906 - 706-798-8886. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com TheAugusta Chronicle-September 22, 2006

Margaret J. Marshall   (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret L. Johnson Marshall will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. A.E. Middleton officiating. Interment will be in the Hosannah Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the residence, 173 Dew Drop Inn Road. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Donna M. Holmes   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, September 17, 2006 at her residence, Mrs. Donna M. Holmes, of Pinnacle Place Drive. Funeral services will be conducted today, Friday, September 22, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Good Shepherd Baptist Church with Rev. Clarence Moore, Pastor officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. The remains will lie in state at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service. The funeral procession will leave the residence at 10:00 a.m. FLORIST: 9:00 a.m. W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Frankie H. Hall   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral Services for Mr. Frankie H. Hall, who entered into rest on September 15, 2006, will be conducted today at 1PM at C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Gibson Chapel with Reverend Tony Miller officiating. Interment will be at Walker Cemetery.

Kristofer Harris   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral Services for Babyboy Brandon Kristofer Harris will be conducted this Saturday September 23, 2006, at 12PM at C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Gibson Chapel with Reverend Bobby Hankerson officiating. Interment will be at Lofton A.M.E. Church Cemetery in Wrens, GA. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Joe T. Williams   (CLEARWATER, Fla.)
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Entered into rest on Saturday, September 16, 2006. Funeral services will 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Johnson Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Allen Webb officiating, burial in church cemetery. Mr. Williams leaves a loving family to cherish his memories, six children, Synthia, Jonathan, Anita, Shandra and Clarissa Williams and David Burton; four sisters and three bothers, eighteen grands and two great-grands and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. James A. Kirkland Mortuary, 135 N. Gray St., Millen, GA 478-982-3818. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Lillian Lee   (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Ms. Lillian Lee died Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at the age of 74. Funeral services for Lillian Lee will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. at New Salem Baptist Church located at 5400 Greensboro Road, Washington, GA, 30673. Relatives and friends are welcome at the McClendon Memorial Funeral Home located at 215 Mercer Street, Washington, GA 30673. For funeral related questions and/or inquires, please call McClendon Memorial at (706) 678-2656.

Nathaniel Williams   (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Nathaniel Williams, of Keith Dr., funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Glover Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Jones officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may call the residence or the funeral home after 2:00 p.m. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 390 Beaufort St., Aiken, (803) 648-0134.

Wilton Hinton   (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Wilton Hinton, age 87 widower of Mrs. Margie Hinton of Milledgeville formerly of Thomson, died Tuesday September 19, 2006 in the Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville. Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday September 23, 2006 in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Dr. Jim Ramsey pastor of Thomson First Baptist Church, officiating. Mr. Hinton was a native of Thomson, he was a U.S. Army World War II Veteran, serving five years of active duty overseas in the pacific as part of the Thomson National Guard Unit. He retired from the U.S. Postal service, and was a life long member of the Thomson First Baptist Church, where he was a former Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Mr. Hinton and his late wife Margie made there home in Thomson until moving to Brantley's Assisted Living facility in Milledgeville in 2001 to be near family. Mr. Hinton was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years MargieParrish Hinton, and is survived by son, Bill (Jill) Hinton of Milledgeville; daughter, Ann (Fred) Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio; grandsons, Scott (Sally) Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio, Jon (Tavia) Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Sky Hinton of Milledgeville, and Tevin Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio; a granddaughter, Rebecca Hinton of Athens, Georgia; great granddaughters, Molly Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Peyton Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio and a great grandson, Jacob Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio The Hinton family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday September 22, 2006 at the funeral home. The family request that remembrances be made in Mr. Hinton's memory to the Thomson First Baptist Church building fund at 253 Jackson Street Thomson, GA 30824. You may sign the online guestbook at www.curtisfuneralhome.com Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret J. Marshall   (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret L. Johnson Marshall will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. A.E. Middleton officiating. Interment will be in the Hosannah Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may call at the residence, 173 Dew Drop Inn Road. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Rachel Maxine Pharr   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rachel Maxine Pharr, 76, wife of First Sergeant Gurney F. Pharr US Army (Ret) of Ware Road entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 in Eisenhower Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 P. M. from the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Reverend Charlie Deloach and Reverend William C. Pharr officiating, interment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens, Langley S.C. Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30909.

Rachel Maxine Pharr   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rachel Maxine Pharr, 76, wife of First Sergeant Gurney F. Pharr US Army (Ret) of Ware Road entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 in Eisenhower Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 P. M. from the chapel of Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Reverend Charlie Deloach and Reverend William C. Pharr officiating, interment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens, Langley S.C. Mrs. Pharr was a native of Iredell County, North Carolina and the daughter of the late Allie Byrd and Eva Bruce Godfrey. She had lived in Augusta since 1963. Mrs. Pharr was a Homemaker, an avid Bowler and member of Bayvale Baptist Church where she was a nursery director for many years. Additional survivors include two sons; Steven Pharr of Jackson , S.C. and Richard 'Rick' Pharr of Augusta, one daughter and son-in-law; Eva and Tony McCarty of Evans, two brothers; John Godfrey of Mooresville, N.C., Wilson Godfrey of Hiddenite, N.C., two sisters, Mary Brady of Roanoke, Va., Dorothy Herb of Hiddenite, N.C., five grandchildren; Leyla Cross and her husband Bill, Charlie Pharr, Eric McCarty, Cody McCarty, Clay McCarty, five great-grandchildren, Justin Kelsey, Andrew Kelsey, Trey Cross, Julianne Cross and Peyton Cross. Pallbearers will be Sid Holland, David Dorn, Fred Reed, Bill Randlett, Shannon Herb, Paul Tice. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bayvale Baptist Church Building Fund 2240 Bayvale Road Augusta, Ga. 30909. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30909. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Mary A. Banks   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, September 18, 2006 at her residence. Ms. Mary A. Banks of Limber Twig Lane. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. from First Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening, Friday, September 22, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Survivors are two sons, Mr. Christopher D. Wilkerson (Kimberly) of Duluth, GA, and Mr. Michael D. Banks (Shirley) of Columbus, Ohio; five loving grandchildren, Darren Christopher Wilkerson, Kyle Avery Wilkerson, Ashley Danielle Wilkerson, Michael D'Mico Banks and Marquon D'Marco Banks; brothers and sisters, Mr. Earl Wilkerson (Marie) of Hephzibah, Georgia, Mr. Richard Wilkerson (Ida), Ms. Mary Ruth Johnson, Ms. Eloise Jones, Mr. Milton Wilkerson (Charlene) all of Augusta, Georgia; sister-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Wilkerson of Hephzibah, Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Jimmy Brinson   (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Jimmy Brinson, Sandersville, departed this life on Saturday evening at Washington County Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from Limestone Baptist Church, Sandersville, with Reverend Johnny Sampson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. M.C. Smith Funeral Home in charge.

Margaret C. Stephens   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Ann Counts Stephens, age 62, passed away at her residence, Thursday, September 21, 2006. Visitation on Friday, September 22, 2006, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Funeral Services at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Chapel. Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Versie Forehand   (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Versie Louise Smith Forehand, age 76, of Twin City, GA died Wednesday, September 20, 2006. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 23rd, at 2 PM in Friendship Freewill Baptist Church. Interment will be in Elam Baptist Church Cemetery in Jenkins County.The family will receive friends at the funeral home friday evening from 6 - 8 PM. Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Jackson Frank   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Virginia Jackson Frank, 92, died September 20, 2006, in Augusta, Ga. She was a lifelong resident of Rome, Ga. until she became ill in 1999. Mrs. Frank was a graduate of Georgia State College for Women and taught school in the Floyd County and Rome City School Systems for 32 yrs. She is survived by one son, John and wife, Pixie; granddaughter, Cammie Frank Jones and husband, David; grandson, Ryan Frank; granddaughters, Mary Ellen, Curry and Camille Jones all of Augusta. Sisters, Carolyn Earle and Marie Easterling and sister-in-law, Louise Jackson all of Rome, Ga. and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, J.W., preceded her in death in l975. Daniel's Funeral Home in Rome is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Sept. 23, from Noon-1:30 at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow with Rev. Paul Gamber officiating. Mrs. Frank's grandson and nephews will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests any memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer's Association, 855 Abutment Rd., Suite 6, Dalton, Ga. 30721

Frances E. Milton   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, September 21, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital. Mrs. Frances E. Leverett Milton of Camelot Drive, formerly of 808 8th Street. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Friends may call the residence or W.H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401.

Adelene Myers   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Adelene King Myers, 86, born in Greer, S.C. and resident of Augusta since 2004, entered into rest September 19, 2006, at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be held at Wood Mortuary in Greer, S.C. on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at 11:30 a.m. with the service to follow. Survivors include a son, Ed Myers of Augusta, a daughter, Judy Myers Byrum of Winston-Salem, N.C., four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Youth Camp/Camp Hope c/o John Schneider, treasurer, 208 Greencastle Way, Marietta, Georgia 30062. Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

George Steven Hardy   (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mr. George Steven Hardy, 49, of Jackson Road, Jackson, SC, who died September 19, 2006, will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o'clock from the First Baptist Church of Jackson. Dr. Ken Klingler officiating. Interment in Jackson Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Hardy was a life-long resident of the North Augusta-Jackson area. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson, the Baracca II Sunday School Class and a retired Restaurant Manager. Mr. Hardy was a son of the late Lt. Col. George Hardy, Jr. and brother of the late Nancy Carol Hardy Rule. Survivors include his wife, Susan Hardy; two daughters, Nancy Hardy, Montrose, IA and Carla Hill, TN; one step-daughter, Katie Hardy, Montrose, IA; his mother, Bobbie Jane Hardy, Martinez; a brother Allen D. Hardy, Sr., Jackson; two grandchildren. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Baracca II Sunday School Class. Active Pallbearers will be Chris Rule, Lee Rule, David Hardy, Dan Carrier, Sammy Pou, Tim Lumpkin, Marion Brinkley, Jr. and Adam Brinkley. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 to 8. The family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Allen D. Hardy, Sr., 416 Highland Circle, Jackson, SC. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jackson Porch Fund, P.O. Box 130, Jackson, SC 29831. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com . Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Edward Amerson   (STILLMORE, Ga.)
STILLMORE, Ga. - Mr. Edward Lamar Amerson, 78, of Stillmore died Wednesday afternoon. Graveside services will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. at the Sim-Warren Cemetery, Stillmore. The family will receive friends Friday evening between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Tomlinson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Margie Summers   (MILLEDGEVILLE, GA.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA. - Mrs. Margie Christine Summers, age 82, beloved wife of the late Earl Franklin Summers, entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at her residence in Milledgeville, GA. A native and lifelong resident of Augusta; she had moved to the Milledgeville area after her husband passed away in 2003. A loving homemaker, mother and grandmother, she was a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by: her husband of 62 years, Earl Franklin Summers. She is survived by, two daughters, Faye Summers Tudor (Hugh), Milledgeville, GA.; Nancy Summers Sansonetti (Tony) Augusta, GA.; six grandchildren, Denise Thomason (Terry), David G. Tudor (Beth); Deneen C. Moss (Kee); Donald E. Tudor (Ginger); Alison C. Ward; and Ashlee M. Ward-Powers (Brad); nine great grandchildren, Eric & Michael Thomason; Austin & Meghan Tudor; Christine & Christopher Moss; Cole Tudor, Lundon Ward and Christal Moss. Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm, on Friday, (TODAY) September 22, 2006 from the Graveside in Westview Cemetery with Reverend George Webb, officiating. Pallbearers will be: Mike and Timmy Chalker and Vance and Freddie Andrews.

Art Rumbles   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Arthur R. Rumbles, Jr., beloved husband of Gene Ann Rumbles, passed away to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at St. Joseph Medical Hospital in Augusta, Ga. A memorial service will be held at The Sanctuary, 4798 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, Ga. on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. Survivors include his beloved wife of 31 years, Gene Ann Rumbles; his sister and two sons. Art had three step-daughters, Kathy Crawford, Karen Danley, Linda Thrasher in Texas and one step-daughter, Suzette Howell in Statesboro, Ga. He also had nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Art was fondly known as "Bampa" to Luke, Andrew and Christopher Howell, who all lived in Statesboro. Art and Gene Ann Came to be grandparents for the last time and moved to Georgia from Texas. Art was preceded in death by his parents, Irene Elizabeth Schury and Arthur Rumbles, Sr. of Saginaw, Mich. Art was born in 1926 in Tomawanda, N.Y. He graduated from Tomawanda High School and served in the Army in World War II. He went to Bronxville, N.Y. and went to Concordia College for one year and he graduated from Colgate University in 1949. He was the Director of Marketing and Sales for M & M Mars and Curtis Candy Co. and then Pearson Candy Company in St. Paul, Minn. in his later years. In his retirement years in Tyler, Texas he generously gave of his time to minister to unfortunate children in after school programs. He was very active in missionary work. He was a member of Tyler Christian Fellowship. He was also an avid fisherman and golfer of the Hide-A-Way Lake Community. The family requests that all donations be made to further the medical study of medical students at the Medical College of Georgia at Anatomical Donation Program, 1120 15th Street, C.B. 2915, Augusta, Ga. 30912.

Gardner Edwards   (ESTILL, S.C.)
ESTILL, S.C. - Interment services for Mr. Gardner Edwards will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2006 at the First Estill Cemetery, Estill, S.C. Riley's Hampton Chapel Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.

Gladys Rosier   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH , Ga. - Mrs. Gladys Cornelia Andrews Rosier, 63, wife of the late Thomas Howard Rosier for 45 years entered into rest on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at her residence. Survivors include her sons, Thomas Rosier, Jr. and his wife, Dawne of North Augusta, SC, Michael Rosier and his wife, Pam of Martinez and Robert Rosier and his wife, Phyllis of Thomson; daughter, Beverly Pepinov and her husband, Shovkat of Keysville; sisters, Mary Gray of Keysville, Shirley Boyd of Milledgeville, GA and Laverne English of Martinez nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Pastor Sonny Peevy officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Rosier was born in Augusta to the late Elbert and Gladys Harris Andrews. She volunteered at the Community Ministry of North Augusta and the Salvation Army and was of the Baptist faith. The family will receive friends this evening from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Lester G. Ramsey   (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006, Mr. Lester G. Ramsey of Graniteville, husband of the late Miriam Burckhalter Ramsey and son of the late James Kibler Ramsey, Sr. and the late Naomi Friday Ramsey. He is survived by a grandson, Nathaniel DeLoach of Graniteville; a stepdaughter, Emalin B. Campbell; two step-grandchildren, Matthew Campbell and Joshua Campbell and son-in-law, Tim Sammy DeLoach. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Ramsey DeLoach and two brothers, Walter Ramsey and James K. Ramsey. He was born in Graniteville and was a lifelong resident of Aiken County. He was retired from Savannah River Plant. He was an active and dedicated member of Graniteville First Baptist Church. He was a member of Masonic Star Lodge #99 in Graniteville and the Graniteville Leisure Club. A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Memory Gardens in Langley, S.C. with Masonic Rites. Memorials may be made to Graniteville First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 119, Graniteville, S.C. 29829. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville, S.C. is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Miriam Kyzer Jones   (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Miriam Kyzer Jones, 80, of Aiken died Sept. 20 at Aiken Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM today at Shellhouse Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Taylor Wells and Rev. John Huff officiating. Interment will follow at Aiken Memorial Cemetery. She was born in Lexington Co., SC to the late Crosson and Novia Taylor Kyzer. She was a homemaker and member of Pond Branch Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Wesley Jones, a daughter, Hazel Miriam Jones and a son, Rex Allen (Sam) Jones. Survivors include her children, Shirley (Clifton) Kneece, Vaucluse, Linda (Mike) Adams, N. Augusta, Cookie (Jimmy) Eubanks, N. Augusta, Julia Spradley, Aiken, Gayle (Lanny) Morris, Aiken, Gloria (Dennis) Altman, Trenton, Lisa (Tim) Morris, Aiken, Buddy (Pat) Jones and Charles (Pam) Jones, Aiken; 23 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and a sister, Rose Kyzer Hendrix, Lexington. Pallbearers will be the grandsons. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Please visit our online registry, http://shellhousefuneralhome.com Shellhouse Funeral Home, Inc., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken, SC Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Charles Henry White   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, September 15, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia, Mr. Charles H. White of 13th St.; son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James (Fannie Abrams) White. Mr. White was a native of Augusta and an Army Veteran; He was retired from Gracewood State Hospital. Survivors include two sons, Mr. Rodney White, Mr. Keith (Jo Ester) White; brother, Mr. Alvin (Jean) White; two sisters, Mrs. Joan Nipper, Mrs. Odessa Williams; aunt, five grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 22, 2006 at 2 p.m. from Tremount Temple Baptist Church, Rev. William Bass officiating. Interment will be in Oakey Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Evans, Ga. Friends may call at the residence or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1880's. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Angela Evonne Tully   (VERNON, IN.)
VERNON, IN. - Angela Evonne Tully, 45, of Mt. Vernon, IN, formerly of Augusta, GA, entered into rest Saturday, September 2, 2006. The family will receive friends 3-5:00 PM Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Poteet Funeral Homes - South Chapel. Poteet Funeral Homes - South Chapel, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, GA 30906 - 706-798-8886.

Alma Jones   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Alma Jones of Deans Bridge Road entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are five daughters, Dorothy Rolland, Daytona Beach, Fla., Mary Hannah, Petersburg, Va., Sarah (Allison) Jones, Augusta, Frankie Dean, Patience Jones, Augusta; one brother, James McLoyd, Greenville, S.C.; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Ted Gerry French (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, GA. entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at Medical College of Georgia. Mr. Theodore Gerry French, Sr., husband of Mrs. Wilette Snipes French. Mr. French a native of Columbus, Ga., lived most of his life in Richland, Ga. He was a Member of Richland United Methodist Church and a Veteran of U.S. Army. He was a Manager in the Textile Ind. Member of Smith Masonic Lodge in Richland. Additional survivors, include Two sons, T. Gerry French, Jr. (Linda) Evans, Ga. and George French, Richland, Ga.; one brother, Ronnie French (Mary) St. Simons Island, Ga.; two grandsons, Trey & Jessie French. Memorial services will be conducted Sunday at 3:00 PM. At Martinez Baptist Church Rev. Phillip Winsett officiating. The family will receive friends at the church 1 hour prior to services. Visit the online guest book at www.southernfuneralservice.com Southern Funeral Service, 109 Shaw St. Martinez, GA 706-364-9122. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Hattie E. Cockfield   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Hattie Edelin Cockfield, 77, wife of the late Hilliard William Cockfield entered in to rest September 19, 2006 at the residence. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2006 at Platt's Crawford Ave. Chapel with Rev. Peter Letchford and Rev. Christopher Florence officiating. Interment will follow in Westover Memorial Park. Mrs. Cockfield was a native of Emanuel County, Georgia and had retired as a medical assistant. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Augusta. Survivors include her daughters, Belinda Shaw and husband Randy of Griffin, GA; and Mary Ann Ward of Augusta, GA, a brother, Frank E. Edelin of League City, Texas, a sister, Martha E. Anderson of Augusta, and three grandchildren, Joshua Ward, Marc Shaw and David Shaw. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, prior to the service from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Pallbearers will be Marc Shaw, David Shaw, Josh Ward, Chip Anderson, Jim Seagle, George Sturgis and Ken Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Trinity Sunday School Class of First Presbyterian Church. If so desired memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church 642 Telfair Street Augusta, GA 30901 Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave. Augusta, GA 30904 706-733-3636 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Lorene R. Loftiss   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Lorene R. Loftiss, 92, widow of the late T.J. Loftiss, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 20, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 11:00 AM at St. John United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary DeMore and the Rev. Terry Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Loftiss was the daughter of the late Reverend Charles and Vera Riggs. She received her undergraduate degree from Memphis State University in 1937 and her graduate degree in Library Science from the University of Georgia in 1971. She began her career by teaching in the Memphis public school system. While her husband served in combat during World War II, she was employed as a Social Worker in the coal mining region of Kentucky and shortly thereafter, as a Classifications Analyst at Fort Knox. Mrs. Loftiss retired from the Richmond County public system in 1982, where she was last employed as a Librarian at Lake Forest Elementary. A life-time member of the American Association of University Women, Mrs. Loftiss was also a member of the Augusta Women's Club and a past member of the Augusta Garden Club. She had been a member of Saint John United Methodist Church in Augusta for over 65 years, where she attended the Sells Bible Class. Mrs. Loftiss is survived by her son, Victor Loftiss and his wife, Priscilla Hollingsworth of Augusta, a daughter in law, Deborah Hall Loftiss of Thomasville, GA., and her granddaughters, Allison Ellis of St. Petersburg, FL., and Emily Loftiss of New York City. She was preceded in death by her husband, T.J. Loftiss, and her son, Jeff Loftiss. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Saint John United Methodist Church Beautification Fund, 724 Greene Street, Augusta, Georgia, 30901. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening, September 22, 2006 from 7:00PM until 9:00PM. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave.

Carol Lunceford   (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Miss Carol Lunceford, 63 formerly of Lincolnton died Wednesday, September 20 at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta. Funeral services will be held Sat., September 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. David Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Miss Lunceford, a daughter of the late Johnny and Mary Smalley Lunceford, was a native of Lincolnton. Her caregivers said, "We all love her very much and Brandon (the caregivers grandson) was very special to her and she was very special to him." Survivors: sister, Jane L. Gnann, and husband, Ralph of Springfield, Ga.; nephews, John and Sidney Gnann; caregivers, Corinne Bailey, Marion Howard and families. Also, Brandon Howard, grandson of the caregivers. Visitation 6pm-8pm Friday evening at Beggs Funeral Home at 200 May Avenue, Lincolnton, Georgia (706) 359-4117. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Alma McLoyd Jones   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Alma McLoyd Jones of Deans Bridge Road entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Carter officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden. She was a native of McDuffie County, Ga. and a member of Second Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Survivors are five daughters, Dorothy Rolland, Daytona Beach, Fla., Mary Hannon, Petersburg, Va., Sarah (Allison, Jr.) Jones, Augusta, Frankie (Roy) Dean, Patience Jones, Augusta; one brother, James McLoyd, Greenville, S.C.; a devoted granddaughter, Katrina (Maurice) Frails; special great-granddaughter, Kiara Frails; 28 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 43 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence of her daughter, 3609 Larkspur Drive on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. WilliamsFuneral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Eunice Jernigan   (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Mrs. Eunice Brewer Jernigan, 71, wife of the late Walter Ray Jernigan, entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, Florida. Interment will be in the Reeder Cemetery, Laurel Hill, Florida. If so desired, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga. Email condolence to the family at starling@familink.com.

Dorothy Saxon   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on September 21, 2006 in Augusta, Mrs. Dorothy Powell Saxon, age 93, wife of the late John H. Saxon, Sr. of Augusta. Mrs. Saxon was alumna of Augusta College. She was a school teacher for Richmond County Board of Education, life time resident of Augusta, member of St. James United Methodist Church and member of Emma Hester Sunday School Class. She was a volunteer for University Hospital and loved being an artist doing oil paintings. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006, 11:00 a.m. at The Thomas L. King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Wasiluk officiating. Interment will be in Westover Memorial Park. Family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made to St. James United Methodist Church. Survivors are two sons, Mr. John H. Saxon, Jr., Appling and Mr. Joseph William Saxon (Robin), Augusta; onedaughter, Mrs. Patricia Saxon Morris (Jerry), Jekyll Island, Ga.; four grandchildren, Chris Saxon, Kelli Holder, Lindsey Saxon, John William Saxon; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd., Martinez, Ga. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Vivian M. Simpkins   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Vivian M. Simpkins of 11th Street entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced alter. Survivors are two daughters, Tammy Simpkins, Ferris Simpkins, Augusta; one son, Damiano Simpkins, Augusta; three brothers, David Simpkins, Reginald Simpkins, Augusta, Glenn Holmes, Waynesboro, Ga.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Vivian M. Simpkins   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Vivian M. Simpkins of 11th Street entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church with Rev. Paul Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery. She was a native of Richmond County, Ga. and a teacher for the CSRA Head Start. Survivors are two daughters, Tammy Simpkins, Ferris Simpkins, Augusta; one son, Damiano Simpkins, Augusta; three brothers, David Simpkins, Reginald Simpkins, Augusta, Glenn Holmes, Waynesboro, Ga.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home this evening from 7 to 8 p.m. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Van Buren Simpson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Van Buren Simpson Jr., 78, beloved husband of 57 years to Mrs. Gladysann Sims Simpson, entered into rest on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at his son's residence. Funeral services will be held on Saturday September 23, 2006 at Damascus Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Hester officiating. Burial will follow in Westover Memorial Park. Additional survivors include, a son, Van (Spud) Simpson, III. and wife, Glenne of Augusta; a daughter, Isabell Hebberger and husband, Bill of Marietta, Ga.; two brothers, Preston Simpson and wife, Faye of Leah, GA and Norris Simpson and wife, Michele of Wrens, GA.; a sister, Martha Cartledge and husband, Otis of Evans, GA.; three grandchildren, Merry Glenne Motlow, Van (Tater) Simpson IV, and Will Hebberger; numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Simpson was preceded in death by a brother, the late Bobby Simpson and a sister, the late Valerie Newsome. A native of Jacksonville, FL., Mr. Simpson was a former deacon of Damascus Baptist Church and a faithful member. He retired from Georgia Pacific and was the Founder of Savannah River Lumber Company. He was a former President of Belfast and Green Acres Hunting Clubs. Van was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a great outdoorsman all of his life. If so desired, memorials may be made to Damascus Church Building Fund, 6375 Ridge Rd., Appling, GA 30802. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, September 22, 2006 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Platts Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, GA. 30809 706-860-6166 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Van Buren Simpson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Van Buren Simpson Jr., 78, beloved husband of 57 years to Mrs. Gladysann Sims Simpson, entered into rest on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at his son's residence. Funeral services will be held on Saturday September 23, 2006 at Damascus Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Hester officiating. Burial will follow in Westover Memorial Park. Additional survivors include, a son, Van (Spud) Simpson, III. and wife, Glenne of Augusta; a daughter, Isabell Hebberger and husband, Bill of Marietta, Ga.; two brothers, Preston Simpson and wife, Faye of Leah, GA and Norris Simpson and wife, Michele of Wrens, GA.; a sister, Martha Cartledge and husband, Otis of Evans, GA.; three grandchildren, Merry Glenne Motlow, Van (Tater) Simpson IV, and Will Hebberger; numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Simpson was preceded in death by a brother, the late Bobby Simpson and a sister, the late Valerie Newsome. A native of Jacksonville, FL., Mr. Simpson was a former deacon of Damascus Baptist Church and a faithful member. He retired from Georgia Pacific and was the Founder of Savannah River Lumber Company. He was a former President of Belfast and Green Acres Hunting Clubs. Van was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a great outdoorsman all of his life. If so desired, memorials may be made to Damascus Church Building Fund, 6375 Ridge Rd., Appling, GA 30802. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, September 22, 2006 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Platts Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, GA. 30809 706-860-6166 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Dan Brantley   (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Mr. William Daniel 'Dan' Brantley, 70 of Evans, Ga., entered into rest September 18, 2006 at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Thursday, September 21, 2006 at The First Baptist Church of Evans with Rev. Phillip Hedgecoth officiating. Interment will follow in Bellevue Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be: Everett Street, Wayne Street, Roej English, George Darden, Allen Dempsey and Craig Cassidy. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Lamb's Den Golfing Group. Memorials may be made to The First Baptist Church of Evans , P.O. 159 Evans , Ga. 30809 Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road Thomson, GA. 595-4100

Robert Lewis Brown   (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - MAJ Robert Lewis Brown, Jr., of Independence Way, entered into rest on Saturday, September 16, 2006 at his residence. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 3 p.m. at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel with Rev. Rex. Wright officiating. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Major Brown, a native of Augusta, received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems 1996 from Winston-Salem University. During his 10 years service in the U.S. Army, some of his many awards earned included the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal. Survivors are his wife, Marilyn Denise Brown; one daughter, Alyssa Trelyn Brown, Grovetown; father, Robert Lewis Brown, Sr., Augusta; mother, Bunny Poindexter, Fayetteville, N.C.; stepfather, Xavier Poindexter, Hope Mill, N.C.; mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law, Linda and Emmett Thomas, Atlanta; father-in-law, James Baker, High Point, N.C.; sister-in-law, Toni Teagle and her husband, Minister Calvin L. Teagle, Newman, Ga.; and other relatives. The family will receive friend from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Rd., Hephzibah, Ga. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

O'Bryant Kenner   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Dr. O'Bryant Xavier Kenner, Jr., fondly called "Skip" by his family and friends, entered into rest on Saturday, September 16, 2006 in The University Medical Center, Baltimore, Md. He was a 1959 graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School. He entered Central State in 1959 and in 1960 he transferred to Howard University, Washington, D.C. He received his Bachelors of Arts and Master of Arts while living in the Commonwealth of Connecticut and his Doctoral Degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Kenner is survived by his mother, Mrs. Luvenia Kenner; a brother, Van Kenner; two sisters, Mollie Kenner Carpenter and Kay Kenner Walker (Calvin); adopted daughters, Megan Patterson, Khadijah Patterson; a devoted nephew, Olaf Patterson; friends, Cecila Horton Jones, Fannie Morton, Bernard Edmonds and James Kirkland; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be conducted from the graveside in Cedar Grove Cemetery on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Regional Jones officiating. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment Serving the CSRA Since the 1800's.

Eunique Dicks   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Tatiyana Eunique Dicks, 7, of Rosier Rd., entered into rest on Sunday September 17, 2006 at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 22, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel with Rev. Douglas Mazyck officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Garden.

Alma McLoyd Jones   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Alma McLoyd Jones of Deans Bridge Road entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Carter officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden. She was a native of McDuffie County, Ga. and a member of Second Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Survivors are five daughters, Dorothy Rolland, Daytona Beach, Fla., Mary Hannon, Petersburg, Va., Sarah (Allison, Jr.) Jones, Augusta, Frankie (Roy) Dean, Patience Jones, Augusta; one brother, James McLoyd, Greenville, S.C.; a devoted granddaughter, Katrina (Maurice) Frails; special great-granddaughter, Kiara Frails; 28 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 43 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews; a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence of her daughter, 3609 Larkspur Drive on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. WilliamsFuneral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Frances E. Milton   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, September 21, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital. Mrs. Frances E. Leverett Milton of Camelot Drive, formerly of 808 8th Street. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Friends may call the residence or W.H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401.

Vivian M. Simpkins   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Vivian M. Simpkins of 11th Street entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced alter. Survivors are two daughters, Tammy Simpkins, Ferris Simpkins, Augusta; one son, Damiano Simpkins, Augusta; three brothers, David Simpkins, Reginald Simpkins, Augusta, Glenn Holmes, Waynesboro, Ga.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Janet Ganell Thomas   (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Mrs. Janet Ganell Thomas age 64, beloved wife of Alvin Thomas entered into rest at her residence on Wednesday September 20, 2006 after an extended illness. A memorial service will be held on Saturday September 23, 2006 at Platt's Belair Rd. Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Additional survivors include: two sons, Scott Thomas and his wife Debbe of Evans, Jeffrey Thomas and his wife, Tammy of Augusta; her mother, Anne Williams of Sullivans Island, SC; mother in law, Pallie Jane Thomas of West Monroe, LA; one sister, Bonnie Williams and her husband, Roy of Sullivans Island, SC; one brother, George Williams and his wife, Rusty of Mount Pleasant, SC; one half brother, David A. Williams of Houston,TX, and a half sister, Judy Leadbetter and husband, Paul of Scottsdale, AZ; four grandchildren, Drew, Rachel, Wade, and Logan. She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Richard Thomas, husband of Pam. Mrs. Thomas was a native of Conemaugh,PA having made the Augusta area her home for the past 28 years. Janet was a military wife who experienced life in France, Germany, Hawaii,Thailand and Taiwan. She also resided with her husband and children at Fort Huachuca, AZ, Fort Lee,VA and Fort Monmouth, NJ She received numerous awards for her activities with sports associations and NCO Wives' Clubs worldwide. She enjoyed vacationing in the mountains and at the beach. The family will be receiving friends at the son's residence, Scott and Debbe Thomas in Evans after the service on Saturday. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, Ga. 30809 706-860-6166 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Billy James Johnson   (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Billy James "Bill" Johnson, age 76, of Swainsboro, entered into rest on Wednesday, September 20, 20006. Funeral services are Friday, September 22, 2006, at 11 AM in the chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary. Interment will be in Johnson Family Cemetery near Midville, GA. Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Eunice Jernigan   (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Mrs. Eunice Brewer Jernigan, 71, wife of the late Walter Ray Jernigan, entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, Florida. Interment will be in the Reeder Cemetery, Laurel Hill, Florida. If so desired, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga. Email condolence to the family at starling@familink.com.

Dan Brantley   (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Mr. William Daniel 'Dan' Brantley, 70 of Evans, Ga., entered into rest September 18, 2006 at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Thursday, September 21, 2006 at The First Baptist Church of Evans with Rev. Phillip Hedgecoth officiating. Interment will follow in Bellevue Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be: Everett Street, Wayne Street, Roej English, George Darden, Allen Dempsey and Craig Cassidy. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Lamb's Den Golfing Group. Memorials may be made to The First Baptist Church of Evans , P.O. 159 Evans , Ga. 30809 Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road Thomson, GA. 595-4100

George Steven Hardy   (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mr. George Steven Hardy, 49, of Jackson Road, Jackson, SC, who died September 19, 2006, will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o'clock from the First Baptist Church of Jackson. Dr. Ken Klingler officiating. Interment in Jackson Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this Friday evening from 6 to 8. The family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Allen D. Hardy, Sr., 416 Highland Circle, Jackson, SC. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jackson Porch Fund, P.O. Box 130, Jackson, SC 29831. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com .

Sara Strom Mayson   (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mrs. Sara Strom Mayson, 91, of Belvedere, SC, who died September 18, 2006, will be conducted this Thursday morning at 11 o'clock from the First Christian Church of Belvedere. Rev. Thomas F. Shreve officiating. Interment in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Belvedere Bazaar Fund, 203 Verdery Drive, Belvedere, SC 29841. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com .

Versie Forehand   (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
TWIN CITY, Ga. - Versie Louise Smith Forehand, age 76, of Twin City, GA died Wednesday, September 20, 2006. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 23rd, at 2 PM in Friendship Freewill Baptist Church. Interment will be in Elam Baptist Church Cemetery in Jenkins County.The family will receive friends at the funeral home friday evening from 6 - 8 PM. Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Burnard Swann   (RAYLE, Ga.)
RAYLE, Ga. - Mr. Burnard Samuel Swann, 84, of Rayle, died September 19, 2006. Funeral services will be today, Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in Sardis Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Hopkins Funeral Home in charge.

Willie Mae Anderson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Willie Mae Anderson, formerly of Holley Street entered into rest on Monday, September 18, 2006, at Southern Regional Hospital. She was the wife of the late James "Big Red" Anderson. Her memories will forever be cherished by her loving family, daughter, Mary Bunyan, Brooklyn, N.Y.; sisters; Thelma Singleton, Guiton, Ga., Delores Dawkins, Suithland, Md.; grandchildren, Pamela (Gardner) Daugherty, Jonesboro, Ga., Dana (Isaac) Simon, Trevose, PA., Michael Bunyan, New York, NY.; great-granddaughters, Sherrie Makerson, Aisha Leverett, Terry Dutye'; three great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Alonzo Johnson, Sr., West Hemstead, NY , and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Second Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 1404 Brown Street, with Reverend Andy Thornton, officiating and Reverend James Jackson, presiding. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Gardens. Viewing of her remains will be from 2 to 6 pm today at Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road. (706) 790-8858 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Joyce L. Ward   (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Joyce L. Ward, 59 of Kershaw Drive, will be held today at 4:30 p.m. at Bel-Ridge Baptist Church with Dr. Roy Head officiating. Interment will be at West View Cemetery, Augusta, GA, Pallbearers will be Mark Hamrick, Mark Green, Kiley Waters, Brad Siverhus, Brooks Chapman, and Lamar Fain. Honorary Pallbearers will be the North Augusta Middle School Retirees and Faculty. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Atlanta Office, 17 Executive Park, Suite 115, Atlanta, GA 30329-2012. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margie Summers   (MILLEDGEVILLE, GA.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA. - Mrs. Margie Christine Summers, age 82, beloved wife of the late Earl Franklin Summers, entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at her residence in Milledgeville, GA. A native and lifelong resident of Augusta; she had moved to the Milledgeville area after her husband passed away in 2003. A loving homemaker, mother and grandmother, she was a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by: her husband of 62 years, Earl Franklin Summers. She is survived by, two daughters, Faye Summers Tudor (Hugh), Milledgeville, GA.; Nancy Summers Sansonetti (Tony) Augusta, GA.; six grandchildren, Denise Thomason (Terry), David G. Tudor (Beth); Deneen C. Moss (Kee); Donald E. Tudor (Ginger); Alison C. Ward; and Ashlee M. Ward-Powers (Brad); nine great grandchildren, Eric & Michael Thomason; Austin & Meghan Tudor; Christine & Christopher Moss; Cole Tudor, Lundon Ward and Christal Moss. Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm, on Friday, (TODAY) September 22, 2006 from the Graveside in Westview Cemetery with Reverend George Webb, officiating. Pallbearers will be: Mike and Timmy Chalker and Vance and Freddie Andrews.

Lillie M. Bailey   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Lillie M. (Shug) Bailey, wife of the late Mr. Robert Bailey, Sr., departed this life on September 19, 2006 at Augusta Hills Nursing Home. She was a member of Bethel AME Church, Rev. Mark Pearson Pastor. Survivors include three devoted children, Mrs. Ethel Aldridge, Mrs. Barbara B. Williams, Mr. Robert (Sandra) Bailey, Jr., and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 23, 2006 at 12 noon from Bethel AME Church, Rev. Mark Pearson officiating. Interment will be in Walker Memorial Park. Friends may call at 702 Brunswick Ave or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment, serving the CSRA since the 1880's. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Joe T. Williams   (CLEARWATER, Fla.)
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Entered into rest on Saturday, September 16, 2006. Funeral services will 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Johnson Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Allen Webb officiating, burial in church cemetery. Mr. Williams leaves a loving family to cherish his memories, six children, Synthia, Jonathan, Anita, Shandra and Clarissa Williams and David Burton; four sisters and three bothers, eighteen grands and two great-grands and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. James A. Kirkland Mortuary, 135 N. Gray St., Millen, GA 478-982-3818. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Eunice Jernigan   (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Mrs. Eunice Brewer Jernigan, 71, wife of the late Walter Ray Jernigan, entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006, at Medical College of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her mother Jennie Brewer and father Edgar Brewer, sisters Bernice Williams, Lillian Barnes, and brother Oyd Peoples. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, Florida. Interment will be in the Reeder Cemetery, Laurel Hill, Florida. Mrs. Jernigan was born in Fort Benning, Ga., and was longtime resident of Grovetown. She was the owner of Jernigan's Mobile Home Park and Jernigan's Grocery and was a retired school bus driver from the Columbia County Transportation Department after 35 years of dedicated service. Mrs. Jernigan was a member of the Georgia Sheriff's Association and attended Fellowship Baptist Church. Survivors include three children, Rada Ann Nix, Larry Dean and Maggie Jernigan, and Vicky Darlene Jernigan, all of Grovetown; two grandchildren, Dustin Nix and Cayla McGee, Grovetown; and one brother, Samuel L. Brewer, Brooksville, Florida. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Medical College 3rd Floor Shock Trauma Unit for their undying effort to save her life. If so desired, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM at Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga., and Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM at Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 West James Lee Blvd., Crestview, Florida 32536. Email condolence to the family at starling@familink.com. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Carol Lunceford   (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Miss Carol Lunceford, 63 formerly of Lincolnton died Wednesday, September 20 at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta. Funeral services will be held Sat., September 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. David Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Miss Lunceford, a daughter of the late Johnny and Mary Smalley Lunceford, was a native of Lincolnton. Her caregivers said, "We all love her very much and Brandon (the caregivers grandson) was very special to her and she was very special to him." Survivors: sister, Jane L. Gnann, and husband, Ralph of Springfield, Ga.; nephews, John and Sidney Gnann; caregivers, Corinne Bailey, Marion Howard and families. Also, Brandon Howard, grandson of the caregivers. Visitation 6pm-8pm Friday evening at Beggs Funeral Home at 200 May Avenue, Lincolnton, Georgia (706) 359-4117. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Jimmie Joe Sherlock   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The Funeral Mass and Prayer Vigil for Mr. Jimmie Joe Sherlock will be celebrated this evening at 7:00 p.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church with Father Cherian Thalakulam celebrant. Final Blessings will be said at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 22, 2006 at the church with interment to follow in Pineview Memorial Park. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Titus C. Tindall   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest at the Medical College of Georgia Sunday, September 17, 2006, Mr. Titus C. Tindall of Dugar St. Mr. Tindall was a native of Augusta and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he served as chief of the Usher Board for over 60 years. He was a member of the June Birth Month Club. However, his greatest joy in his religious ministry was serving as a 'doorkeeper in the house of the Lord.' He was retired from Ft. Gordon and the Youth Development Center. He loved his God, his church and dearly loved his family as demonstrated in his Holy Union of marriage to his dear wife, Mrs. Bettye Rock Tindell for more than 50 years. Survivors include a devoted wife, Mrs. Bettye Rock Tindall; a son, who preceded him in death, Prince Ramier Tindall; nephew, Willie Lee Tindall; sister, Mrs. Mozella Roberts; brother-in-law, Willie L. (Janey) Tindall; brother-in-law, Wilbur T. (Eva) Rock, Sr.; nephews, Mr. Billy Hightower, Mr. Wilbur T. Rock, Jr., Dr. Robert Rock, Mr. James Bing, Mr. Billy and Mr. Claude Rock; nieces, Ms. Evelyn Richardson, Ms. Queen Esther O'Neal, Mrs. Mabel Stewart, Mrs. Erma Jean Bing and many loving relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 12 noon from Tabernacle Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Thomas P. Grissom, Bronx, N.Y., officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight, Friday, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friends may call at the residence or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1800's.

M. Don Williams   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. M. Don Williams, Jr., 78, beloved husband of Valeria von Lehe Williams for 56 years, entered into rest Monday, September 18, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital. Memorial services will be held Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 2:00 PM at Covenant Presbyterian Church with The Reverend Robert M. Watkins and The Reverend Karla Conditt Daniels officiating. Family and friends will gather at the conclusion of the service. Additional survivors include two daughters, Susan Williams and Ann Williams Haywood; one son, M. Don Williams III; dear devoted family friend Tricia Rivers. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Tripp Haywood, David Haywood, Claire Williams, Paige Williams Frame, Laine Williams; three great grandchildren, Taylor Haywood, Tanner Haywood and Courtney Ray. Mr. Williams was born in Memphis, Tennessee and spent his early years in Florida. He was a graduate of Plant High School in Tampa, Florida; Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; and a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was a member of the Association of Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, past president of the Augusta Association of Independent Insurance Agents. He was a retired insurance agent and broker. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church for over forty years, serving as Treasurer, Deacon and Elder, a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Augusta and the Augusta Country Club. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 3131 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia 30909.

Margaret Marshall   (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Mrs. Margaret Johnson Marshall, 87, of Dew Drop Inn Road entered into rest September 16, 2006 at her residence. Mrs. Marshall, a native of McCormick County, was a member of Hosannah Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Janie (Thomas) Broadwater and Flossie (Donald) Miller, Clarks Hill and Mildred Thomas, Leesburg, Fla.; six sons, Bose Marshall, Jr., North Augusta, Sam (Annie Lue) Marshall, Raeford (Cynthia) Marshall, Charles (Shirley) Marshall, Lawrence Marshall, Clarks Hill and Edward (Rosalyn) Marshall, Atlanta; two sisters, Lillian Johnson, Detroit and Willie Mae McCain, North Augusta; a brother, Amos (Jean) Johnson, Chicago; sister-in-law, Rosa Lee Johnson, Plum Branch; 37 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence, 173 Dew Drop Inn Road or after 1:00 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. A.E. Middleton officiating. Interment will be in Hosannah Baptist Church Cemetery. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Margie Summers   (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Margie Christine Summers, age 82, beloved wife of the late Earl Franklin Summers, entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at her residence in Milledgeville, GA. A native and lifelong resident of Augusta, she had moved to the Milledgeville area after her husband passed away in 2003. A loving homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother; she was a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by: her husband of 62 years, Earl Franklin Summers. She is survived by: two daughters, Faye Summers Tudor (Hugh), Milledgeville, GA.; Nancy Summers Sansonetti (Tony) Augusta, GA.; six grandchildren, Denise Thomason (Terry), David G. Tudor (Beth); Deneen C. Moss (Kee); Donald E. Tudor (Ginger); Alison C. Ward; and Ashlee M. Ward-Powers (Brad); eight great grandchildren, Eric and Michael Thomason; Austin and Meghan Tudor; Christine and Christopher Moss; Cole Tudor, Lundon Ward and Christal Moss. Funeral services will be at 3:00pm, on Friday, September 22, 2006, from the graveside in Westview Cemetery with Reverend George Webb, officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-9 pm, on Friday at the Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 1134 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Lillie M. Bailey   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Lillie M. (Shug) Bailey, wife of the late Mr. Robert Bailey, Sr., departed this life on September 19, 2006 at Augusta Hills Nursing Home. She was a member of Bethel AME Church, Rev. Mark Pearson Pastor. Survivors include three devoted children, Mrs. Ethel Aldridge, Mrs. Barbara B. Williams, Mr. Robert (Sandra) Bailey, Jr., and a host of other relatives; adopted daughter, Mrs. Dorothy McCreary; a devoted granddaughter whom she raised, Mrs. Andrea C. Johnson; granddaughters, Mrs. Janice Henderson, Mrs. Lynn Littles; grandson, Mr. Gregory Aldridge; stepgrandchildren, Mr. Wilbur (Butch) Gallops, Mr. Carlton Gallops, Mr. Bruce Gallops, Ms. Jacqueline Brayboy, Ms. Gloria Michelle Gallops; godchildren, Mr. Richard (Mary) Jennings, Mrs. Mattie B. Sanders and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 12 noon from Bethel AME Church, Rev. Mark Pearson officiating. Interment will be in Walker Memorial Park. Friends may call at 702 Brunswick Ave or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment, serving the CSRA since the 1880's.

Willie Mae Anderson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Willie Mae Anderson, formerly of Holley Street entered into rest on Monday, September 18, 2006, at Southern Regional Hospital. She was the wife of the late James "Big Red" Anderson. Her memories will forever be cherished by her loving family, daughter, Mary Bunyan, Brooklyn, N.Y.; sisters; Thelma Singleton, Guiton, Ga., Delores Dawkins, Suithland, Md.; grandchildren, Pamela (Gardner) Daugherty, Jonesboro, Ga., Dana (Isaac) Simon, Trevose, PA., Michael Bunyan, New York, NY.; great-granddaughters, Sherrie Makerson, Aisha Leverett, Terry Dutye'; three great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Alonzo Johnson, Sr., West Hemstead, NY , and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Second Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 1404 Brown Street, with Reverend Andy Thornton, officiating and Reverend James Jackson, presiding. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Gardens. Viewing of her remains will be from 2 to 6 pm today at Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road. (706) 790-8858 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Donna M. Holmes   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, September 17, 2006 at her residence, Mrs. Donna M. Holmes, of Pinnacle Place Drive. Funeral services will be conducted today, Friday, September 22, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Good Shepherd Baptist Church with Rev. Clarence Moore, Pastor officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. The remains will lie in state at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service. The funeral procession will leave the residence at 10:00 a.m. FLORIST: 9:00 a.m. W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Robert Lewis Brown   (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - MAJ Robert Lewis Brown, Jr., of Independence Way, entered into rest on Saturday, September 16, 2006 at his residence. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 3 p.m. at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel with Rev. Rex. Wright officiating. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Major Brown, a native of Augusta, received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems 1996 from Winston-Salem University. During his 10 years service in the U.S. Army, some of his many awards earned included the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal. Survivors are his wife, Marilyn Denise Brown; one daughter, Alyssa Trelyn Brown, Grovetown; father, Robert Lewis Brown, Sr., Augusta; mother, Bunny Poindexter, Fayetteville, N.C.; stepfather, Xavier Poindexter, Hope Mill, N.C.; mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law, Linda and Emmett Thomas, Atlanta; father-in-law, James Baker, High Point, N.C.; sister-in-law, Toni Teagle and her husband, Minister Calvin L. Teagle, Newman, Ga.; and other relatives. The family will receive friend from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Rd., Hephzibah, Ga. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Kristofer Harris   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral Services for Babyboy Brandon Kristofer Harris will be conducted this Saturday September 23, 2006, at 12PM at C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Gibson Chapel with Reverend Bobby Hankerson officiating. Interment will be at Lofton A.M.E. Church Cemetery in Wrens, GA. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

George Steven Hardy   (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mr. George Steven Hardy, 49, of Jackson Road, Jackson, SC, who died September 19, 2006, will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o'clock from the First Baptist Church of Jackson. Dr. Ken Klingler officiating. Interment in Jackson Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this Friday evening from 6 to 8. The family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Allen D. Hardy, Sr., 416 Highland Circle, Jackson, SC. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jackson Porch Fund, P.O. Box 130, Jackson, SC 29831. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com .

Mary A. Banks   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, September 18, 2006 at her residence. Ms. Mary A. Banks of Limber Twig Lane. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. from First Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening, Friday, September 22, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Survivors are two sons, Mr. Christopher D. Wilkerson (Kimberly) of Duluth, GA, and Mr. Michael D. Banks (Shirley) of Columbus, Ohio; five loving grandchildren, Darren Christopher Wilkerson, Kyle Avery Wilkerson, Ashley Danielle Wilkerson, Michael D'Mico Banks and Marquon D'Marco Banks; brothers and sisters, Mr. Earl Wilkerson (Marie) of Hephzibah, Georgia, Mr. Richard Wilkerson (Ida), Ms. Mary Ruth Johnson, Ms. Eloise Jones, Mr. Milton Wilkerson (Charlene) all of Augusta, Georgia; sister-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Wilkerson of Hephzibah, Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Janet Ganell Thomas   (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga. - Mrs. Janet Ganell Thomas age 64, beloved wife of Alvin Thomas entered into rest at her residence on Wednesday September 20, 2006 after an extended illness. A memorial service will be held on Saturday September 23, 2006 at Platt's Belair Rd. Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Additional survivors include: two sons, Scott Thomas and his wife Debbe of Evans, Jeffrey Thomas and his wife, Tammy of Augusta; her mother, Anne Williams of Sullivans Island, SC; mother in law, Pallie Jane Thomas of West Monroe, LA; one sister, Bonnie Williams and her husband, Roy of Sullivans Island, SC; one brother, George Williams and his wife, Rusty of Mount Pleasant, SC; one half brother, David A. Williams of Houston,TX, and a half sister, Judy Leadbetter and husband, Paul of Scottsdale, AZ; four grandchildren, Drew, Rachel, Wade, and Logan. She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Richard Thomas, husband of Pam. Mrs. Thomas was a native of Conemaugh,PA having made the Augusta area her home for the past 28 years. Janet was a military wife who experienced life in France, Germany, Hawaii,Thailand and Taiwan. She also resided with her husband and children at Fort Huachuca, AZ, Fort Lee,VA and Fort Monmouth, NJ She received numerous awards for her activities with sports associations and NCO Wives' Clubs worldwide. She enjoyed vacationing in the mountains and at the beach. The family will be receiving friends at the son's residence, Scott and Debbe Thomas in Evans after the service on Saturday. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, Ga. 30809 706-860-6166 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Nathaniel Williams   (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Nathaniel Williams, of Keith Dr., funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Glover Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Jones officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may call the residence or the funeral home after 2:00 p.m. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 390 Beaufort St., Aiken, (803) 648-0134.

Mary A. Banks   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, September 18, 2006 at her residence. Ms. Mary A. Banks of Limber Twig Lane. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. from First Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. Survivors are two sons, Mr. Christopher D. Wilkerson (Kimberly) of Duluth, GA, and Mr. Michael D. Banks (Shirley) of Columbus, GA; five loving grandchildren: Darren Christopher Wilkerson, Kyle Avery Wilkerson, Ashley Danielle Wilkerson, Michael D'Mico Banks and Marquon D'Marco Banks; brothers and sisters: Mr. Earl Wilkerson (Marie) of Hephzibah, Georgia, Mr. Richard Wilkerson (Ida), Ms. Mary Ruth Johnson, Ms. Eloise Jones, Mr. Milton Wilkerson (Charlene) all of Augusta, GA, sister-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Wilkerson of Hephzibah, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Margaret Marshall   (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Mrs. Margaret Johnson Marshall, 87, of Dew Drop Inn Road entered into rest September 16, 2006 at her residence. Mrs. Marshall, a native of McCormick County, was a member of Hosannah Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Janie (Thomas) Broadwater and Flossie (Donald) Miller, Clarks Hill and Mildred Thomas, Leesburg, Fla.; six sons, Bose Marshall, Jr., North Augusta, Sam (Annie Lue) Marshall, Raeford (Cynthia) Marshall, Charles (Shirley) Marshall, Lawrence Marshall, Clarks Hill and Edward (Rosalyn) Marshall, Atlanta; two sisters, Lillian Johnson, Detroit and Willie Mae McCain, North Augusta; a brother, Amos (Jean) Johnson, Chicago; sister-in-law, Rosa Lee Johnson, Plum Branch; 37 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence, 173 Dew Drop Inn Road or after 1:00 p.m. today at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. A.E. Middleton officiating. Interment will be in Hosannah Baptist Church Cemetery. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Billy James Johnson   (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Billy James "Bill" Johnson, age 76, of Swainsboro, entered into rest on Wednesday, September 20, 20006. Funeral services are Friday, September 22, 2006, at 11 AM in the chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary. Interment will be in Johnson Family Cemetery near Midville, GA. Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Titus C. Tindall   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest at the Medical College of Georgia Sunday, September 17, 2006, Mr. Titus C. Tindall of Dugar St. Mr. Tindall was a native of Augusta and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he served as chief of the Usher Board for over 60 years. He was a member of the June Birth Month Club. However, his greatest joy in his religious ministry was serving as a 'doorkeeper in the house of the Lord.' He was retired from Ft. Gordon and the Youth Development Center. He loved his God, his church and dearly loved his family as demonstrated in his Holy Union of marriage to his dear wife, Mrs. Bettye Rock Tindell for more than 50 years. Survivors include a devoted wife, Mrs. Bettye Rock Tindall; a son, who preceded him in death, Prince Ramier Tindall; nephew, Willie Lee Tindall; sister, Mrs. Mozella Roberts; brother-in-law, Willie L. (Janey) Tindall; brother-in-law, Wilbur T. (Eva) Rock, Sr.; nephews, Mr. Billy Hightower, Mr. Wilbur T. Rock, Jr., Dr. Robert Rock, Mr. James Bing, Mr. Billy and Mr. Claude Rock; nieces, Ms. Evelyn Richardson, Ms. Queen Esther O'Neal, Mrs. Mabel Stewart, Mrs. Erma Jean Bing and many loving relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 12 noon from Tabernacle Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Thomas P. Grissom, Bronx, N.Y., officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight, Friday, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friends may call at the residence or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1800's.

Eunique Dicks   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Tatiyana Eunique Dicks, 7, of Rosier Rd., entered into rest on Sunday September 17, 2006 at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 22, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel with Rev. Douglas Mazyck officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Garden.

Mabel Barker Wise   (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - The funeral service for Mrs. Mabel Barker Wise of Graniteville will be conducted today, Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Graniteville with Rev. Douglas Puckett and Rev. Steven Hendrick officiating. Interment will follow in the Graniteville Cemetery. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville, S.C.

Vivian M. Simpkins   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Vivian M. Simpkins of 11th Street entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church with Rev. Paul Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery. She was a native of Richmond County, Ga. and a teacher for the CSRA Head Start. Survivors are two daughters, Tammy Simpkins, Ferris Simpkins, Augusta; one son, Damiano Simpkins, Augusta; three brothers, David Simpkins, Reginald Simpkins, Augusta, Glenn Holmes, Waynesboro, Ga.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home this evening from 7 to 8 p.m. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Lillie M. Bailey   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Lillie M. (Shug) Bailey, wife of the late Mr. Robert Bailey, Sr., departed this life on September 19, 2006 at Augusta Hills Nursing Home. She was a member of Bethel AME Church, Rev. Mark Pearson Pastor. Survivors include three devoted children, Mrs. Ethel Aldridge, Mrs. Barbara B. Williams, Mr. Robert (Sandra) Bailey, Jr., and a host of other relatives; adopted daughter, Mrs. Dorothy McCreary; a devoted granddaughter whom she raised, Mrs. Andrea C. Johnson; granddaughters, Mrs. Janice Henderson, Mrs. Lynn Littles; grandson, Mr. Gregory Aldridge; stepgrandchildren, Mr. Wilbur (Butch) Gallops, Mr. Carlton Gallops, Mr. Bruce Gallops, Ms. Jacqueline Brayboy, Ms. Gloria Michelle Gallops; godchildren, Mr. Richard (Mary) Jennings, Mrs. Mattie B. Sanders and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 12 noon from Bethel AME Church, Rev. Mark Pearson officiating. Interment will be in Walker Memorial Park. Friends may call at 702 Brunswick Ave or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment, serving the CSRA since the 1880's.

Gardner Edwards   (ESTILL, S.C.)
ESTILL, S.C. - Interment services for Mr. Gardner Edwards will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2006 at the First Estill Cemetery, Estill, S.C. Riley's Hampton Chapel Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.

Eunique Dicks   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Tatiyana Eunique Dicks, 7, of Rosier Rd., entered into rest on Sunday September 17, 2006 at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 22, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel with Rev. Douglas Mazyck officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Garden. Tatiyana was a native of Augusta and was a second grade student at Meadowbrook Elementary School. Survivors are her mother, Pamela Dicks; father, Timothy Dicks, Sr., Augusta; brothers, Timothy Dicks, Jr., Desmond Reid, Augusta; sisters, Tiara Dicks, Naja Brown, Augusta; maternal grandparents, Albert Lester, Denver, Colo., Eva Lester, Augusta; paternal grandmother, Martha Dicks, Augusta; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Rd., Hephzibah, Ga. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Carol Lunceford   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered in to rest, Wednesday, September 20, 2006, at Augusta, Georgia, Miss Carol Lunceford, formerly of Lincolnton, Ga. Miss Lunceford was the beloved daughter of the late Mary Emma and John W. Lunceford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Beggs Funeral Home, 200 May Avenue, Lincolnton, GA. (706) 359-4117.

Sara Strom Mayson   (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mrs. Sara Strom Mayson, 91, of Belvedere, SC, who died September 18, 2006, will be conducted this Thursday morning at 11 o'clock from the First Christian Church of Belvedere. Rev. Thomas F. Shreve officiating. Interment in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Belvedere Bazaar Fund, 203 Verdery Drive, Belvedere, SC 29841. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com .

Donna M. Holmes   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, September 17, 2006 at her residence. Mrs. Donna M. Holmes of Pinnacle Place Drive. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, September 22, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Good Shepherd Baptist Church with Rev. Clarence Moore, Pastor officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. Survivors are her husband, Johnny J. Holmes; two daughters, Rochelle (Rev. Craig) Myers and Yolanda (Kendall) Dortch; parents, Geneva (Albert) McConnell and Sammie (Laura) McDuffie, Sr.; brother, Sammie (Vivian) McDuffie, Jr.; seven grandchildren; stepchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Lester G. Ramsey   (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006, Mr. Lester G. Ramsey of Graniteville, husband of the late Miriam Burckhalter Ramsey and son of the late James Kibler Ramsey, Sr. and the late Naomi Friday Ramsey. He is survived by a grandson, Nathaniel DeLoach of Graniteville; a stepdaughter, Emalin B. Campbell; two step-grandchildren, Matthew Campbell and Joshua Campbell and son-in-law, Tim Sammy DeLoach. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Ramsey DeLoach and two brothers, Walter Ramsey and James K. Ramsey. He was born in Graniteville and was a lifelong resident of Aiken County. He was retired from Savannah River Plant. He was an active and dedicated member of Graniteville First Baptist Church. He was a member of Masonic Star Lodge #99 in Graniteville and the Graniteville Leisure Club. A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Memory Gardens in Langley, S.C. with Masonic Rites. Memorials may be made to Graniteville First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 119, Graniteville, S.C. 29829. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville, S.C. is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Wilton Hinton   (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Wilton Hinton, age 87 widower of Mrs. Margie Hinton of Milledgeville formerly of Thomson, died Tuesday September 19, 2006 in the Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville. Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday September 23, 2006 in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Dr. Jim Ramsey pastor of Thomson First Baptist Church, officiating. Mr. Hinton was a native of Thomson, he was a U.S. Army World War II Veteran, serving five years of active duty overseas in the pacific as part of the Thomson National Guard Unit. He retired from the U.S. Postal service, and was a life long member of the Thomson First Baptist Church, where he was a former Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Mr. Hinton and his late wife Margie made there home in Thomson until moving to Brantley's Assisted Living facility in Milledgeville in 2001 to be near family. Mr. Hinton was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Margie Parrish Hinton, and is survived by son: Bill (Jill) Hinton of Milledgeville, daughter: Ann (Fred) Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio, grandsons: Scott (Sally) Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio, Jon (Tavia) Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Sky Hinton of Milledgeville, and Tevin Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio, a granddaughter: Rebecca Hinton of Athens, Georgia, great granddaughters: Molly Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Peyton Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio and a great grandson: Jacob Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio The Hinton family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday September 22, 2006 at the funeral home. The family request that remembrances be made in Mr. Hinton's memory to the Thomson First Baptist Church building fund at 253 Jackson Street Thomson, GA 30824. You may sign the online guestbook at www.curtisfuneralhome.com Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Charles Henry White   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, September 15, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia, Mr. Charles H. White of 13th St.; son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James (Fannie Abrams) White. Mr. White was a native of Augusta and an Army Veteran; He was retired from Gracewood State Hospital. Survivors include two sons, Mr. Rodney White, Mr. Keith (Jo Ester) White; brother, Mr. Alvin (Jean) White; two sisters, Mrs. Joan Nipper, Mrs. Odessa Williams; aunt, five grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 22, 2006 at 2 p.m. from Tremount Temple Baptist Church, Rev. William Bass officiating. Interment will be in Oakey Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Evans, Ga. Friends may call at the residence or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1880's. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Lorene R. Loftiss   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Lorene R. Loftiss, 92, widow of the late T.J. Loftiss, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 20, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 11:00 AM at St. John United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary DeMore and the Rev. Terry Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Loftiss was the daughter of the late Reverend Charles and Vera Riggs. She received her undergraduate degree from Memphis State University in 1937 and her graduate degree in Library Science from the University of Georgia in 1971. She began her career by teaching in the Memphis public school system. While her husband served in combat during World War II, she was employed as a Social Worker in the coal mining region of Kentucky and shortly thereafter, as a Classifications Analyst at Fort Knox. Mrs. Loftiss retired from the Richmond County public system in 1982, where she was last employed as a Librarian at Lake Forest Elementary. A life-time member of the American Association of University Women, Mrs. Loftiss was also a member of the Augusta Women's Club and a past member of the Augusta Garden Club. She had been a member of Saint John United Methodist Church in Augusta for over 65 years, where she attended the Sells Bible Class. Mrs. Loftiss is survived by her son, Victor Loftiss and his wife, Priscilla Hollingsworth of Augusta, a daughter in law, Deborah Hall Loftiss of Thomasville, GA., and her granddaughters, Allison Ellis of St. Petersburg, FL., and Emily Loftiss of New York City. She was preceded in death by her husband, T.J. Loftiss, and her son, Jeff Loftiss. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Saint John United Methodist Church Beautification Fund, 724 Greene Street, Augusta, Georgia, 30901. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening, September 22, 2006 from 7:00PM until 9:00PM. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave.

Lillie M. Bailey   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Lillie M. (Shug) Bailey, wife of the late Mr. Robert Bailey, Sr., departed this life on September 19, 2006 at Augusta Hills Nursing Home. She was a member of Bethel AME Church, Rev. Mark Pearson Pastor. Survivors include three devoted children, Mrs. Ethel Aldridge, Mrs. Barbara B. Williams, Mr. Robert (Sandra) Bailey, Jr., and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 23, 2006 at 12 noon from Bethel AME Church, Rev. Mark Pearson officiating. Interment will be in Walker Memorial Park. Friends may call at 702 Brunswick Ave or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment, serving the CSRA since the 1880's. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Ted Gerry French (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, GA. entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at Medical College of Georgia. Mr. Theodore Gerry French, Sr., husband of Mrs. Wilette Snipes French. Mr. French a native of Columbus, Ga., lived most of his life in Richland, Ga. He was a Member of Richland United Methodist Church and a Veteran of U.S. Army. He was a Manager in the Textile Ind. Member of Smith Masonic Lodge in Richland. Additional survivors, include Two sons, T. Gerry French, Jr. (Linda) Evans, Ga. and George French, Richland, Ga.; one brother, Ronnie French (Mary) St. Simons Island, Ga.; two grandsons, Trey & Jessie French. Memorial services will be conducted Sunday at 3:00 PM. At Martinez Baptist Church Rev. Phillip Winsett officiating. The family will receive friends at the church 1 hour prior to services. Visit the online guest book at www.southernfuneralservice.com Southern Funeral Service, 109 Shaw St. Martinez, GA 706-364-9122. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Eunice Jernigan   (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Mrs. Eunice Brewer Jernigan, 71, wife of the late Walter Ray Jernigan, entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006, at Medical College of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her mother Jennie Brewer and father Edgar Brewer, sisters Bernice Williams, Lillian Barnes, and brother Oyd Peoples. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, Florida. Interment will be in the Reeder Cemetery, Laurel Hill, Florida. Mrs. Jernigan was born in Fort Benning, Ga., and was longtime resident of Grovetown. She was the owner of Jernigan's Mobile Home Park and Jernigan's Grocery and was a retired school bus driver from the Columbia County Transportation Department after 35 years of dedicated service. Mrs. Jernigan was a member of the Georgia Sheriff's Association and attended Fellowship Baptist Church. Survivors include three children, Rada Ann Nix, Larry Dean and Maggie Jernigan, and Vicky Darlene Jernigan, all of Grovetown; two grandchildren, Dustin Nix and Cayla McGee, Grovetown; and one brother, Samuel L. Brewer, Brooksville, Florida. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Medical College 3rd Floor Shock Trauma Unit for their undying effort to save her life. If so desired, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM at Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga., and Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM at Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 West James Lee Blvd., Crestview, Florida 32536. Email condolence to the family at starling@familink.com. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Miriam Kyzer Jones   (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Miriam Kyzer Jones, 80, of Aiken died Sept. 20 at Aiken Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM today at Shellhouse Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Taylor Wells and Rev. John Huff officiating. Interment will follow at Aiken Memorial Cemetery. She was born in Lexington Co., SC to the late Crosson and Novia Taylor Kyzer. She was a homemaker and member of Pond Branch Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Wesley Jones, a daughter, Hazel Miriam Jones and a son, Rex Allen (Sam) Jones. Survivors include her children, Shirley (Clifton) Kneece, Vaucluse, Linda (Mike) Adams, N. Augusta, Cookie (Jimmy) Eubanks, N. Augusta, Julia Spradley, Aiken, Gayle (Lanny) Morris, Aiken, Gloria (Dennis) Altman, Trenton, Lisa (Tim) Morris, Aiken, Buddy (Pat) Jones and Charles (Pam) Jones, Aiken; 23 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and a sister, Rose Kyzer Hendrix, Lexington. Pallbearers will be the grandsons. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Please visit our online registry, http://shellhousefuneralhome.com Shellhouse Funeral Home, Inc., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken, SC Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Lorene R. Loftiss   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Lorene R. Loftiss, 92, widow of the late T.J. Loftiss, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 20, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 11:00 AM at St. John United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary DeMore and the Rev. Terry Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Loftiss was the daughter of the late Reverend Charles and Vera Riggs. She received her undergraduate degree from Memphis State University in 1937 and her graduate degree in Library Science from the University of Georgia in 1971. She began her career by teaching in the Memphis public school system. While her husband served in combat during World War II, she was employed as a Social Worker in the coal mining region of Kentucky and shortly thereafter, as a Classifications Analyst at Fort Knox. Mrs. Loftiss retired from the Richmond County public system in 1982, where she was last employed as a Librarian at Lake Forest Elementary. A life-time member of the American Association of University Women, Mrs. Loftiss was also a member of the Augusta Women's Club and a past member of the Augusta Garden Club. She had been a member of Saint John United Methodist Church in Augusta for over 65 years, where she attended the Sells Bible Class. Mrs. Loftiss is survived by her son, Victor Loftiss and his wife, Priscilla Hollingsworth of Augusta, a daughter in law, Deborah Hall Loftiss of Thomasville, GA., and her granddaughters, Allison Ellis of St. Petersburg, FL., and Emily Loftiss of New York City. She was preceded in death by her husband, T.J. Loftiss, and her son, Jeff Loftiss. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Saint John United Methodist Church Beautification Fund, 736 Greene Street, Augusta, Georgia, 30901. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening, September 22, 2006 from 7:00PM until 9:00PM. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Hattie E. Cockfield   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Hattie Edelin Cockfield, 77, wife of the late Hilliard William Cockfield entered in to rest September 19, 2006 at the residence. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2006 at Platt's Crawford Ave. Chapel with Rev. Peter Letchford and Rev. Christopher Florence officiating. Interment will follow in Westover Memorial Park. Mrs. Cockfield was a native of Emanuel County, Georgia and had retired as a medical assistant. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Augusta. Survivors include her daughters, Belinda Shaw and husband Randy of Griffin, GA; and Mary Ann Ward of Augusta, GA, a brother, Frank E. Edelin of League City, Texas, a sister, Martha E. Anderson of Augusta, and three grandchildren, Joshua Ward, Marc Shaw and David Shaw. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, prior to the service from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Pallbearers will be Marc Shaw, David Shaw, Josh Ward, Chip Anderson, Jim Seagle, George Sturgis and Ken Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Trinity Sunday School Class of First Presbyterian Church. If so desired memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church 642 Telfair Street Augusta, GA 30901 Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave. Augusta, GA 30904 706-733-3636 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Lillian Lee   (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Ms. Lillian Lee died Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at the age of 74. Funeral services for Lillian Lee will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. at New Salem Baptist Church located at 5400 Greensboro Road, Washington, GA, 30673. Relatives and friends are welcome at the McClendon Memorial Funeral Home located at 215 Mercer Street, Washington, GA 30673. For funeral related questions and/or inquires, please call McClendon Memorial at (706) 678-2656.

Elizabeth Turner Jones   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, September 18, 2006 at her residence, Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Turner Jones, 79, wife of the late SFC Willie E. Jones, Sr., US Army Retired. Mrs. Jones was a native of Edgefield, South Carolina and had returned to Augusta 8 years ago. She was a member of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church where she attended the women's ministry. Margaret was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and mother- in- law who was always willing to sacrifice for her family. Family members include her sons: Willie E. Jones, Jr. (Shirley) of Martinez Gilbert S. Jones of Arlington, TX; daughters: Katherine G. Jones of Mansfield, TX, Judith E. Burman (Fred) of Augusta; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and sisters: Thelma Clark and Joyce Corley both of Edgefield, SC. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 22, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Temple Assembly ofGod on 3343 Peach Orchard Rd., with Rev. Brandon C. Lanier officiating. Interment in the Ft. Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, TX. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1105 Furys Lane, Suite D., Augusta, GA 30907. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 21, 2006 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484.

Wilton Hinton   (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Wilton Hinton, age 87 widower of Mrs. Margie Hinton of Milledgeville formerly of Thomson, died Tuesday September 19, 2006 in the Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville. Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday September 23, 2006 in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Dr. Jim Ramsey pastor of Thomson First Baptist Church, officiating. Mr. Hinton was a native of Thomson, he was a U.S. Army World War II Veteran, serving five years of active duty overseas in the pacific as part of the Thomson National Guard Unit. He retired from the U.S. Postal service, and was a life long member of the Thomson First Baptist Church, where he was a former Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Mr. Hinton and his late wife Margie made there home in Thomson until moving to Brantley's Assisted Living facility in Milledgeville in 2001 to be near family. Mr. Hinton was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years MargieParrish Hinton, and is survived by son, Bill (Jill) Hinton of Milledgeville; daughter, Ann (Fred) Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio; grandsons, Scott (Sally) Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio, Jon (Tavia) Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Sky Hinton of Milledgeville, and Tevin Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio; a granddaughter, Rebecca Hinton of Athens, Georgia; great granddaughters, Molly Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Peyton Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio and a great grandson, Jacob Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio The Hinton family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday September 22, 2006 at the funeral home. The family request that remembrances be made in Mr. Hinton's memory to the Thomson First Baptist Church building fund at 253 Jackson Street Thomson, GA 30824. You may sign the online guestbook at www.curtisfuneralhome.com Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lee Bridges   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Lee Bridges, Sr., will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2006, at Greater Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, with Dr. Victor R. Thomas, officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with military honors. Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road. (706) 790-8858.

Margaret C. Stephens   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Ann Counts Stephens, age 62, passed away at her residence, Thursday, September 21, 2006. Visitation on Friday, September 22, 2006, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Funeral Services at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Thompson-Strickland-Waters Chapel. Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Frankie H. Hall   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral Services for Mr. Frankie H. Hall, who entered into rest on September 15, 2006, will be conducted today at 1PM at C.A. Reid Sr. Memorial Gibson Chapel with Reverend Tony Miller officiating. Interment will be at Walker Cemetery.

Rachel Maxine Pharr   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rachel Maxine Pharr, 76, wife of First Sergeant Gurney F. Pharr US Army (Ret) of Ware Road entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 in Eisenhower Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 P. M. from the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Reverend Charlie Deloach and Reverend William C. Pharr officiating, interment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens, Langley S.C. Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30909.

Joyce L. Ward   (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Joyce L. Ward, 59 of Kershaw Drive, will be held today at 4:30 p.m. at Bel-Ridge Baptist Church with Dr. Roy Head officiating. Interment will be at West View Cemetery, Augusta, GA, Pallbearers will be Mark Hamrick, Mark Green, Kiley Waters, Brad Siverhus, Brooks Chapman, and Lamar Fain. Honorary Pallbearers will be the North Augusta Middle School Retirees and Faculty. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Atlanta Office, 17 Executive Park, Suite 115, Atlanta, GA 30329-2012. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Rosier   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH , Ga. - Mrs. Gladys Cornelia Andrews Rosier, 63, wife of the late Thomas Howard Rosier for 45 years entered into rest on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at her residence. Survivors include her sons, Thomas Rosier, Jr. and his wife, Dawne of North Augusta, SC, Michael Rosier and his wife, Pam of Martinez and Robert Rosier and his wife, Phyllis of Thomson; daughter, Beverly Pepinov and her husband, Shovkat of Keysville; sisters, Mary Gray of Keysville, Shirley Boyd of Milledgeville, GA and Laverne English of Martinez nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Pastor Sonny Peevy officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Rosier was born in Augusta to the late Elbert and Gladys Harris Andrews. She volunteered at the Community Ministry of North Augusta and the Salvation Army and was of the Baptist faith. The family will receive friends this evening from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Burnard Swann   (RAYLE, Ga.)
RAYLE, Ga. - Mr. Burnard Samuel Swann, 84, of Rayle, died September 19, 2006. Funeral services will be today, Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in Sardis Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Hopkins Funeral Home in charge.

Adelene Myers   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Adelene King Myers, 86, born in Greer, S.C. and resident of Augusta since 2004, entered into rest September 19, 2006, at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be held at Wood Mortuary in Greer, S.C. on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at 11:30 a.m. with the service to follow. Survivors include a son, Ed Myers of Augusta, a daughter, Judy Myers Byrum of Winston-Salem, N.C., four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Youth Camp/Camp Hope c/o John Schneider, treasurer, 208 Greencastle Way, Marietta, Georgia 30062. Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Rachel Maxine Pharr   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rachel Maxine Pharr, 76, wife of First Sergeant Gurney F. Pharr US Army (Ret) of Ware Road entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 in Eisenhower Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 P. M. from the chapel of Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Reverend Charlie Deloach and Reverend William C. Pharr officiating, interment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens, Langley S.C. Mrs. Pharr was a native of Iredell County, North Carolina and the daughter of the late Allie Byrd and Eva Bruce Godfrey. She had lived in Augusta since 1963. Mrs. Pharr was a Homemaker, an avid Bowler and member of Bayvale Baptist Church where she was a nursery director for many years. Additional survivors include two sons; Steven Pharr of Jackson , S.C. and Richard 'Rick' Pharr of Augusta, one daughter and son-in-law; Eva and Tony McCarty of Evans, two brothers; John Godfrey of Mooresville, N.C., Wilson Godfrey of Hiddenite, N.C., two sisters, Mary Brady of Roanoke, Va., Dorothy Herb of Hiddenite, N.C., five grandchildren; Leyla Cross and her husband Bill, Charlie Pharr, Eric McCarty, Cody McCarty, Clay McCarty, five great-grandchildren, Justin Kelsey, Andrew Kelsey, Trey Cross, Julianne Cross and Peyton Cross. Pallbearers will be Sid Holland, David Dorn, Fred Reed, Bill Randlett, Shannon Herb, Paul Tice. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bayvale Baptist Church Building Fund 2240 Bayvale Road Augusta, Ga. 30909. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30909. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Edward Amerson   (STILLMORE, Ga.)
STILLMORE, Ga. - Mr. Edward Lamar Amerson, 78, of Stillmore died Wednesday afternoon. Graveside services will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. at the Sim-Warren Cemetery, Stillmore. The family will receive friends Friday evening between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Tomlinson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Jimmie Joe Sherlock   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The Funeral Mass and Prayer Vigil for Mr. Jimmie Joe Sherlock will be celebrated this evening at 7:00 p.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church with Father Cherian Thalakulam celebrant. Final Blessings will be said at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 22, 2006 at the church with interment to follow in Pineview Memorial Park. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Jackson Frank   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Virginia Jackson Frank, 92, died September 20, 2006, in Augusta, Ga. She was a lifelong resident of Rome, Ga. until she became ill in 1999. Mrs. Frank was a graduate of Georgia State College for Women and taught school in the Floyd County and Rome City School Systems for 32 yrs. She is survived by one son, John and wife, Pixie; granddaughter, Cammie Frank Jones and husband, David; grandson, Ryan Frank; granddaughters, Mary Ellen, Curry and Camille Jones all of Augusta. Sisters, Carolyn Earle and Marie Easterling and sister-in-law, Louise Jackson all of Rome, Ga. and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, J.W., preceded her in death in l975. Daniel's Funeral Home in Rome is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Sept. 23, from Noon-1:30 at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow with Rev. Paul Gamber officiating. Mrs. Frank's grandson and nephews will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests any memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer's Association, 855 Abutment Rd., Suite 6, Dalton, Ga. 30721

Alma Jones   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Alma Jones of Deans Bridge Road entered into rest Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are five daughters, Dorothy Rolland, Daytona Beach, Fla., Mary Hannah, Petersburg, Va., Sarah (Allison) Jones, Augusta, Frankie Dean, Patience Jones, Augusta; one brother, James McLoyd, Greenville, S.C.; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Art Rumbles   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Arthur R. Rumbles, Jr., beloved husband of Gene Ann Rumbles, passed away to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at St. Joseph Medical Hospital in Augusta, Ga. A memorial service will be held at The Sanctuary, 4798 Hardy McManus Road, Evans, Ga. on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. Survivors include his beloved wife of 31 years, Gene Ann Rumbles; his sister and two sons. Art had three step-daughters, Kathy Crawford, Karen Danley, Linda Thrasher in Texas and one step-daughter, Suzette Howell in Statesboro, Ga. He also had nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Art was fondly known as "Bampa" to Luke, Andrew and Christopher Howell, who all lived in Statesboro. Art and Gene Ann Came to be grandparents for the last time and moved to Georgia from Texas. Art was preceded in death by his parents, Irene Elizabeth Schury and Arthur Rumbles, Sr. of Saginaw, Mich. Art was born in 1926 in Tomawanda, N.Y. He graduated from Tomawanda High School and served in the Army in World War II. He went to Bronxville, N.Y. and went to Concordia College for one year and he graduated from Colgate University in 1949. He was the Director of Marketing and Sales for M & M Mars and Curtis Candy Co. and then Pearson Candy Company in St. Paul, Minn. in his later years. In his retirement years in Tyler, Texas he generously gave of his time to minister to unfortunate children in after school programs. He was very active in missionary work. He was a member of Tyler Christian Fellowship. He was also an avid fisherman and golfer of the Hide-A-Way Lake Community. The family requests that all donations be made to further the medical study of medical students at the Medical College of Georgia at Anatomical Donation Program, 1120 15th Street, C.B. 2915, Augusta, Ga. 30912.

M. Don Williams   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. M. Don Williams, Jr., 78, beloved husband of Valeria von Lehe Williams for 56 years, entered into rest Monday, September 18, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital. Memorial services will be held Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 2:00 PM at Covenant Presbyterian Church with The Reverend Robert M. Watkins and The Reverend Karla Conditt Daniels officiating. Family and friends will gather at the conclusion of the service. Additional survivors include two daughters, Susan Williams and Ann Williams Haywood; one son, M. Don Williams III; dear devoted family friend Tricia Rivers. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Tripp Haywood, David Haywood, Claire Williams, Paige Williams Frame, Laine Williams; three great grandchildren, Taylor Haywood, Tanner Haywood and Courtney Ray. Mr. Williams was born in Memphis, Tennessee and spent his early years in Florida. He was a graduate of Plant High School in Tampa, Florida; Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; and a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was a member of the Association of Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia, past president of the Augusta Association of Independent Insurance Agents. He was a retired insurance agent and broker. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church for over forty years, serving as Treasurer, Deacon and Elder, a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Augusta and the Augusta Country Club. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 3131 Walton Way, Augusta, Georgia 30909.

Wilton Hinton   (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Wilton Hinton, age 87 widower of Mrs. Margie Hinton of Milledgeville formerly of Thomson, died Tuesday September 19, 2006 in the Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville. Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday September 23, 2006 in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, with Dr. Jim Ramsey pastor of Thomson First Baptist Church, officiating. Mr. Hinton was a native of Thomson, he was a U.S. Army World War II Veteran, serving five years of active duty overseas in the pacific as part of the Thomson National Guard Unit. He retired from the U.S. Postal service, and was a life long member of the Thomson First Baptist Church, where he was a former Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Mr. Hinton and his late wife Margie made there home in Thomson until moving to Brantley's Assisted Living facility in Milledgeville in 2001 to be near family. Mr. Hinton was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Margie Parrish Hinton, and is survived by son: Bill (Jill) Hinton of Milledgeville, daughter: Ann (Fred) Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio, grandsons: Scott (Sally) Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio, Jon (Tavia) Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Sky Hinton of Milledgeville, and Tevin Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio, a granddaughter: Rebecca Hinton of Athens, Georgia, great granddaughters: Molly Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Peyton Hayduk of Bellefontaine, Ohio and a great grandson: Jacob Hayduk of Wadsworth, Ohio The Hinton family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday September 22, 2006 at the funeral home. The family request that remembrances be made in Mr. Hinton's memory to the Thomson First Baptist Church building fund at 253 Jackson Street Thomson, GA 30824. You may sign the online guestbook at www.curtisfuneralhome.com Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Jimmy Brinson   (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Jimmy Brinson, Sandersville, departed this life on Saturday evening at Washington County Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. from Limestone Baptist Church, Sandersville, with Reverend Johnny Sampson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. M.C. Smith Funeral Home in charge.

George Steven Hardy   (JACKSON, S.C.)
JACKSON, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mr. George Steven Hardy, 49, of Jackson Road, Jackson, SC, who died September 19, 2006, will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o'clock from the First Baptist Church of Jackson. Dr. Ken Klingler officiating. Interment in Jackson Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Hardy was a life-long resident of the North Augusta-Jackson area. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson, the Baracca II Sunday School Class and a retired Restaurant Manager. Mr. Hardy was a son of the late Lt. Col. George Hardy, Jr. and brother of the late Nancy Carol Hardy Rule. Survivors include his wife, Susan Hardy; two daughters, Nancy Hardy, Montrose, IA and Carla Hill, TN; one step-daughter, Katie Hardy, Montrose, IA; his mother, Bobbie Jane Hardy, Martinez; a brother Allen D. Hardy, Sr., Jackson; two grandchildren. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Baracca II Sunday School Class. Active Pallbearers will be Chris Rule, Lee Rule, David Hardy, Dan Carrier, Sammy Pou, Tim Lumpkin, Marion Brinkley, Jr. and Adam Brinkley. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 to 8. The family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Allen D. Hardy, Sr., 416 Highland Circle, Jackson, SC. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jackson Porch Fund, P.O. Box 130, Jackson, SC 29831. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com . Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Margie Summers   (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Margie Christine Summers, age 82, beloved wife of the late Earl Franklin Summers, entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at her residence in Milledgeville, GA. A native and lifelong resident of Augusta, she had moved to the Milledgeville area after her husband passed away in 2003. A loving homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother; she was a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by: her husband of 62 years, Earl Franklin Summers. She is survived by: two daughters, Faye Summers Tudor (Hugh), Milledgeville, GA.; Nancy Summers Sansonetti (Tony) Augusta, GA.; six grandchildren, Denise Thomason (Terry), David G. Tudor (Beth); Deneen C. Moss (Kee); Donald E. Tudor (Ginger); Alison C. Ward; and Ashlee M. Ward-Powers (Brad); eight great grandchildren, Eric and Michael Thomason; Austin and Meghan Tudor; Christine and Christopher Moss; Cole Tudor, Lundon Ward and Christal Moss. Funeral services will be at 3:00pm, on Friday, September 22, 2006, from the graveside in Westview Cemetery with Reverend George Webb, officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-9 pm, on Friday at the Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 1134 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

O'Bryant Kenner   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Dr. O'Bryant Xavier Kenner, Jr., fondly called "Skip" by his family and friends, entered into rest on Saturday, September 16, 2006 in The University Medical Center, Baltimore, Md. He was a 1959 graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School. He entered Central State in 1959 and in 1960 he transferred to Howard University, Washington, D.C. He received his Bachelors of Arts and Master of Arts while living in the Commonwealth of Connecticut and his Doctoral Degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Kenner is survived by his mother, Mrs. Luvenia Kenner; a brother, Van Kenner; two sisters, Mollie Kenner Carpenter and Kay Kenner Walker (Calvin); adopted daughters, Megan Patterson, Khadijah Patterson; a devoted nephew, Olaf Patterson; friends, Cecila Horton Jones, Fannie Morton, Bernard Edmonds and James Kirkland; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be conducted from the graveside in Cedar Grove Cemetery on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Regional Jones officiating. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment Serving the CSRA Since the 1800's.

Mary A. Banks   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, September 18, 2006 at her residence. Ms. Mary A. Banks of Limber Twig Lane. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. from First Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. Survivors are two sons, Mr. Christopher D. Wilkerson (Kimberly) of Duluth, GA, and Mr. Michael D. Banks (Shirley) of Columbus, GA; five loving grandchildren: Darren Christopher Wilkerson, Kyle Avery Wilkerson, Ashley Danielle Wilkerson, Michael D'Mico Banks and Marquon D'Marco Banks; brothers and sisters: Mr. Earl Wilkerson (Marie) of Hephzibah, Georgia, Mr. Richard Wilkerson (Ida), Ms. Mary Ruth Johnson, Ms. Eloise Jones, Mr. Milton Wilkerson (Charlene) all of Augusta, GA, sister-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Wilkerson of Hephzibah, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Elizabeth Turner Jones   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, September 18, 2006 at her residence, Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Turner Jones, 79, wife of the late SFC Willie E. Jones, Sr., US Army Retired. Mrs. Jones was a native of Edgefield, South Carolina and had returned to Augusta 8 years ago. She was a member of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church where she attended the women's ministry. Margaret was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and mother- in- law who was always willing to sacrifice for her family. Family members include her sons: Willie E. Jones, Jr. (Shirley) of Martinez Gilbert S. Jones of Arlington, TX; daughters: Katherine G. Jones of Mansfield, TX, Judith E. Burman (Fred) of Augusta; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and sisters: Thelma Clark and Joyce Corley both of Edgefield, SC. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 22, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Temple Assembly ofGod on 3343 Peach Orchard Rd., with Rev. Brandon C. Lanier officiating. Interment in the Ft. Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, TX. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1105 Furys Lane, Suite D., Augusta, GA 30907. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 21, 2006 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484.

Donna M. Holmes   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, September 17, 2006 at her residence. Mrs. Donna M. Holmes of Pinnacle Place Drive. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, September 22, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Good Shepherd Baptist Church with Rev. Clarence Moore, Pastor officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. Survivors are her husband, Johnny J. Holmes; two daughters, Rochelle (Rev. Craig) Myers and Yolanda (Kendall) Dortch; parents, Geneva (Albert) McConnell and Sammie (Laura) McDuffie, Sr.; brother, Sammie (Vivian) McDuffie, Jr.; seven grandchildren; stepchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Mabel Barker Wise   (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - The funeral service for Mrs. Mabel Barker Wise of Graniteville will be conducted today, Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 11 a.m. in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Graniteville with Rev. Douglas Puckett and Rev. Steven Hendrick officiating. Interment will follow in the Graniteville Cemetery. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville, S.C.

Carol Lunceford   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered in to rest, Wednesday, September 20, 2006, at Augusta, Georgia, Miss Carol Lunceford, formerly of Lincolnton, Ga. Miss Lunceford was the beloved daughter of the late Mary Emma and John W. Lunceford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Beggs Funeral Home, 200 May Avenue, Lincolnton, GA. (706) 359-4117.

Lee Bridges   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Lee Bridges, Sr., will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2006, at Greater Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, with Dr. Victor R. Thomas, officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with military honors. Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home, 3618 Peach Orchard Road. (706) 790-8858.

Angela Evonne Tully   (VERNON, IN.)
VERNON, IN. - Angela Evonne Tully, 45, of Mt. Vernon, IN, formerly of Augusta, GA, entered into rest Saturday, September 2, 2006. The family will receive friends 3-5:00 PM Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Poteet Funeral Homes - South Chapel. Poteet Funeral Homes - South Chapel, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, GA 30906 - 706-798-8886.

Eunique Dicks   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Tatiyana Eunique Dicks, 7, of Rosier Rd., entered into rest on Sunday September 17, 2006 at Doctors Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 22, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel with Rev. Douglas Mazyck officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Garden. Tatiyana was a native of Augusta and was a second grade student at Meadowbrook Elementary School. Survivors are her mother, Pamela Dicks; father, Timothy Dicks, Sr., Augusta; brothers, Timothy Dicks, Jr., Desmond Reid, Augusta; sisters, Tiara Dicks, Naja Brown, Augusta; maternal grandparents, Albert Lester, Denver, Colo., Eva Lester, Augusta; paternal grandmother, Martha Dicks, Augusta; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Rd., Hephzibah, Ga. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Joseph B. Zale   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Joseph B. Zale, 82, of Augusta, entered into rest Tuesday, September 19, 2006. A native of Mt. Carmel, PA, he was a longtime resident of Augusta and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mr. Zale was a retired employee of the Savannah River Site, was a veteran of the US Army, was a member of the American Legion Post #178 and served as a Past Post Commander in PA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Zale; a son, Joseph Zale, III of Augusta; a daughter, Barbara Monteiro of Orange County, CA; a brother, Teddy Zale of PA; a sister, Marie Deteski of WY; and one grandson. A memorial mass will be said at 11:00AM Saturday, September 23, 2006 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church by Father Rafael Estrada. Memorials may be made to an American Legion Post of the donor's choice. Poteet Funeral Homes - South Chapel, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, GA 30906 - 706-798-8886. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com TheAugusta Chronicle-September 22, 2006

Dorothy Saxon   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on September 21, 2006 in Augusta, Mrs. Dorothy Powell Saxon, age 93, wife of the late John H. Saxon, Sr. of Augusta. Mrs. Saxon was alumna of Augusta College. She was a school teacher for Richmond County Board of Education, life time resident of Augusta, member of St. James United Methodist Church and member of Emma Hester Sunday School Class. She was a volunteer for University Hospital and loved being an artist doing oil paintings. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006, 11:00 a.m. at The Thomas L. King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Wasiluk officiating. Interment will be in Westover Memorial Park. Family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made to St. James United Methodist Church. Survivors are two sons, Mr. John H. Saxon, Jr., Appling and Mr. Joseph William Saxon (Robin), Augusta; onedaughter, Mrs. Patricia Saxon Morris (Jerry), Jekyll Island, Ga.; four grandchildren, Chris Saxon, Kelli Holder, Lindsey Saxon, John William Saxon; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd., Martinez, Ga. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Overtime
Far removed from the Ryder Cup matches this week in Ireland, Europeans Justin Rose and Alex Cejka shot 6-under-par 64s to share the first-round lead in the Texas Open in San Antonio.

Playoff spot in sight for Pacers
Cheryl Barcas can take the heat. Especially when her USC Aiken team is winning.

Overtime
Far removed from the Ryder Cup matches this week in Ireland, Europeans Justin Rose and Alex Cejka shot 6-under-par 64s to share the first-round lead in the Texas Open in San Antonio.

Ex-Evans resident goes from reality show to the real deal
Two years ago, Evans native Forrest Griffin was still slowly working his way up the ladder of mixed martial arts fighting. He had just sustained a broken arm in his previous fight, a knockout win against Edson Paredao.

Overtime
In Florence, S.C., Emmanuel Maduka's goal tied the game in regulation and it held up through two overtime periods as USC Aiken and Francis Marion battled to a 1-1 draw.

Playoff spot in sight for Pacers
Cheryl Barcas can take the heat. Especially when her USC Aiken team is winning.

New Bridge triumphs
AIKEN - The game was almost over, and the result was no longer in doubt.

Overtime
In Florence, S.C., Emmanuel Maduka's goal tied the game in regulation and it held up through two overtime periods as USC Aiken and Francis Marion battled to a 1-1 draw.

Ex-Evans resident goes from reality show to the real deal
Two years ago, Evans native Forrest Griffin was still slowly working his way up the ladder of mixed martial arts fighting. He had just sustained a broken arm in his previous fight, a knockout win against Edson Paredao.

New Bridge triumphs
AIKEN - The game was almost over, and the result was no longer in doubt.

Injured muscle hobbles Freeney
Dwight Freeney's injured leg muscle kept him out of Wednesday's practice, and the Indianapolis Colts won't know until later this week whether he'll play Sunday against Jacksonville.

Lesser-known receivers are proving to be a good catch
Pop quiz, hotshots. Can you name the top five receivers in the NFL as of today? What about the top 10? 20? 30?

Did NFL let down Gulf Coast?
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - When Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana, Warrick Dunn was so disturbed by the devastation in his home state that he wanted to do something extraordinary to help.

Falcons review options
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons came up with a new option for their already prolific running game.

Did NFL let down Gulf Coast?
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - When Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana, Warrick Dunn was so disturbed by the devastation in his home state that he wanted to do something extraordinary to help.

Lesser-known receivers are proving to be a good catch
Pop quiz, hotshots. Can you name the top five receivers in the NFL as of today? What about the top 10? 20? 30?

Panthers receiver practices
Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith practiced Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks, increasing the chance he'll play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Panthers receiver practices
Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith practiced Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks, increasing the chance he'll play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Falcons review options
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons came up with a new option for their already prolific running game.

Injured muscle hobbles Freeney
Dwight Freeney's injured leg muscle kept him out of Wednesday's practice, and the Indianapolis Colts won't know until later this week whether he'll play Sunday against Jacksonville.

Love of music sidelines football career

Love of music sidelines football career
One of the luckiest breaks, pun intended, for high school star athlete Shane Owens was breaking his football passing arm his senior year.

Hope, perseverance are themes of Heritage Theater production
In August Wilson's play Jitney, the lead character, Becker, owns a jitney, or small cab, business at which he acts as a father figure to his workers amid troubling times for blacks in the 1970s.

Milestones
Reunion notices for Georgia and South Carolina

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Health calendar
The Health Calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Historic Augusta seeks nominations for awards
Historic Augusta Inc. is accepting nominations for its annual preservation awards.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens.

Post happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon.

Volunteers play vital role in Fisher House operations
Francisco Cruz is grateful for volunteer assistance.

Episcopal Day School teachers, pupils like using Smart boards
When Episcopal Day School pupils returned from summer break, some returned to smarter classrooms.

Terrorist attacks send Merrill Lynch employee back to school
After graduating from Georgia Southern University in 1998, Andre Mountain decided to travel to New York to market the plays he had written.

School menus
Richmond County school lunch menus.

Georgia farmers market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

On the record
Indictments, paroles, DUI sentencings, juvenile sentencings, marriage license applications and divorces during the previous week.

Military milestones
Air Force Airman La Kedrian M. Guy, son of Margo Hollins, of Fort Gordon, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Can you find it?
This week's image, right, has changed its name during its history, but it has been a part of the area for many years. If you think you know where it is, call (706) 823-3708 and leave your name, area code and telephone number, and how to spell your name.

POW/MIA observance is time for deep reflection
Each flag placed in the wooden cross at Friday's POW/MIA ceremony at Fort Gordon represented a story.

Woman chooses sweet career path
Shannon Powell's fascination with cooking began at a young age.

Service club seeks flea market vendors
Vendors and shoppers will come together at the Fort Gordon Service Club's annual fall flea market at Barton Field during Oktoberfest.

Around the block
Upcoming events and activities in the Richmond county area.

Restaurant ratings

Terrorist attacks send Merrill Lynch employee back to school

Woman chooses sweet career path

On the record

Georgia farmers market

Episcopal Day School teachers, pupils like using Smart boards

Milestones

Seniors calendar

Health calendar

Hope, perseverance are themes of Heritage Theater production

School menus

Can you find it?

Historic Augusta seeks nominations for awards

Around the block

Growing pains hit '06 arts festival

Computers have taken on lives of their own in movies

Support act takes McBride's top spot

Spotted in Augusta

Sonic spotlight: Will McCranie

Rockin' Rib performance schedule

Arts calendar

Concert calendar

Club calendar

Applause calendar

CD Releases: Clay Aiken, Brazilian Girls, Elton John

Computers have taken on lives of their own in movies
With a console in every cubicle and a processor in every pocket, we often find it difficult to remember a time when an Apple was just fruit and IBM specialized in typewriters.

Growing pains hit '06 arts festival
Crowded at its core but quiet in the corners, this year's vastly improved Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival both succeeded and stumbled, thanks to a new layout and renewed interest in local talent.