Where we worship
The Rev. James C. Adams is the pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta.

Athlete Spotlight: Phillip McHood
His team finishing second in the region was not how Phillip McHood envisioned his final season with South Aiken High School's cross country team.

School board to consider dual-employment policy
In January, the Aiken County Board of Education will revisit a dual-employment policy that allows some district employees - such as custodians and teacher aides - to also drive school buses.

Police bookings
These are the bookings for the Aiken County Detention Center for Dec. 19-27. Suspects are innocent until proved guilty:

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

Five questions with James Holland
James Holland is the chairman of the Northside Comprehensive Plan Task Force.

Voices from the street
What is your New Year's Resolution?

James Brown was deeply spiritual
Flo Carter, a gospel and country singer, recalls a memorable night in Augusta when James Brown sang just to her and her husband.

Events
Camping reservations for coastal state parks should be made by telephone, mail or in person at least 14 days before occupancy dates for a minimum of four nights during the week or three nights on weekends.

Test scores are stagnant despite No Child Left Behind
Aiken County pupils' scores have remained the same over the years - even with No Child Left Behind.

Those who donate to food bank deserve thanks
We want to give thanks for the generosity of all the people who took time to give to those in need of food during the holiday season.

Spotted in Carolina
Aiken residents Glenda Corbett and her husband, Francis, were at the Augusta Christian Singles Dance on Dec. 9 at Westside High School. The couple said they first met at one of the dances.

Carolina rants and raves
THANKS TO THE individual who returned several items received by mistake at Wal-Mart in North Augusta. This person has restored my faith to know there are still honest people in this world. I hope this person reads the Rants & Raves to see how much this was appreciated.

Y in North Augusta is expanding programs
On most days, Christa Adams can be found working out on a machine or taking a pilates class at the Clear Channel Family Y in North Augusta.

Recreation calendar
Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is seeking instructors for classes that include knitting, crocheting, karate, aerobics, pilates, yoga and more.

Around the block
The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken, is holding a Larry Wheeler exhibit today. Mr. Wheeler is known for his paintings of horses and the people who breed, train, show and ride them.

Aiken is collecting Christmas trees at recreation parks
Aiken is accepting Christmas trees at several of its recreation centers.

In our community
The chapter meets bimonthly. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave. At the meeting, Dr. Robert Fulton will talk about the search for the ivory-billed woodpecker.

Illness was well-timed, all things considered
McKenna Hydrick is a first-year teacher at Silver Bluff High School. She teaches English I and English II to ninth-graders. She is sharing her diary in this column each week.

Across the river
The Augusta Museum of History presents "From Ty to Cal: A Century of Baseball in Augusta" through June 1.

Championing cause
North Augusta Boxing Club was more than just a place for Johnnie Cortez Edwards to hang out as a teen.

Charity exceeds its goal
Sonita Redmond hasn't made the final tally, but if her estimates are on target, Project Vision has far exceeded its 2006 goal for home repairs for the needy.

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

Calendar
The Aiken Area Council on Aging needs volunteers to deliver meals in the Aiken, Graniteville, Gloverville, North Augusta and Wagener areas.

Photo: Walking Weeks
Henry WIlliams walks the one-mile track around H. Odell Weeks Activity Center in Aiken. Mr. Weeks said he walks at least three miles four days a week.

Recycling briefs
CMC North Augusta, 1119 Atomic Road, North Augusta, (803) 279-0161, takes scrap metal and nonferrous metals.

Pet of the week
Jordan, a 1-year-old male cat, is available for adoption through the CSRA Humane Society. Adoptions are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the organization's headquarters, 425 Wood St., Augusta.

Israeli league opens its arms
MIAMI - Ivan Gluck is a utility man who can pitch and play first base, third and the outfield. But at 67, the Holocaust survivor would settle for being a waterboy in Israel's fledging baseball league.

Israeli league opens its arms

Former GreenJacket to miss winter season
Hanley Ramirez, the National League's top rookie this year, will miss the rest of the Dominican winter league season because of a left shoulder strain, but the Florida Marlins shortstop is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

Former GreenJacket to miss winter season

Readers continually fix sites on breaking news stories

Tavien Alexander Smith

Cody Robert Turner

Riley Thomas Moore

Avery Mae

Sophia Emilyn Lavigne

Isaiah Emmanuel Ludwig
AIKEN - Jesse and Latoya Ludwig of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth or their son, Isaiah Emmanuel, born December 14, 2006 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Addison MacFadyen Reeves
HARLEM - Daniel Addison and Paula MacFadyen Reeves of Covington, Ga. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Addison MacFadyen, born November 14, 2006 at Henry Medical Center.

Tavien Alexander Smith
AUGUSTA - Tay Morrel and LeJasmine Latrice Smith of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tavien Alexander, born December 8, 2006 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Isaiah Emmanuel Ludwig

Tavion Elijah Krucina
AIKEN - Keri Susannah Krucina of Belvedere and Latadion Permaine Harris of Dearing are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tavion Elijah, born December 18, 2006 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Sophia Emilyn Lavigne
AUGUSTA - Donald John and Cheryl Lord Lavigne of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Emilyn, born November 27, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Riley Thomas Moore
AUGUSTA - Brenton Thomas and Kelly Jean Moore of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Riley Thomas, born November 28, 2006 at University Hospital.

Avery Mae
AUGUSTA - Christopher Brian and Tara Leigh Childers of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Mae, born November 20, 2006 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hailey Elizabeth Holmes

Tucker Cort Willis
AUGUSTA - Christopher Lee and Casey Greene Willis of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tucker Cort, born December 13, 2006 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Ariel Morgan Trimble

Cody Robert Turner
AUGUSTA - Charles Anthony and Cynthia Hallum Turner, Sr. of Lincolnton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cody Robert, born November 3, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Addison MacFadyen Reeves

Ariel Morgan Trimble
AUGUSTA - Michael W. and Kristin N. Trimble of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ariel Morgan, born November 27, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Leyton James Lewis

Hailey Elizabeth Holmes
AUGUSTA - Hamp Edward and Stephanie Murray Holmes of Trenton, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Elizabeth, born December 9, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tucker Cort Willis

Leyton James Lewis
AUGUSTA - James Clinton and Angel Lee Lewis of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Leyton James, born December 13, 2006 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Tavion Elijah Krucina

New year to bring area jobs

Biz bites
Eighty-one percent of households own a DVD player, while just over 79 percent have a VCR, according to Nielsen Media Research's third-quarter home technology report.

Several states raise minimum wage with laws in effect Jan. 1
For hundreds of thousands of minimum-wage workers around the country, the new year brings a raise. And musicians worried about copycats get some protection in Illinois.

Biz bites

Several states raise minimum wage with laws in effect Jan. 1

Upload speeds frustrate online sharers

Delta's losses down in November
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's third-largest carrier, said Friday it narrowed its loss in November to $49 million.

Six Business stories we'll remember from 2006

On the move / Biz bits
Julie Ginn Moretz has been named director for special projects for the Institute for Family-Centered Care, a suburban Washington, D.C.-based public policy organization.

Local business roundup 2006

Delta's losses down in November

On the move / Biz bits

Six Business stories we'll remember from 2006
We've chosen the six biggest business stories from 2006 for an end-of-the-year review.

Business calendar

FCC approves AT&T's buyout
WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved AT&T Inc.'s $86 billion buyout of BellSouth Corp. on Friday, the day after the company offered a new slate of concessions for consumers and competitors.

Business calendar
Starting Your Own Business seminar covering topics such as the traits of successful entrepreneurs, legal structures for your business and estimating start-up costs; 6 p.m.; University of Georgia SBDC; 1054 Claussen Road.

New year to bring area jobs
Despite losses in manufacturing and other sectors, officials say the steady growth seen in 2006 at the local and state level should continue in the new year.

Local business roundup 2006
Electronics retailer HH Gregg confirms it will open a store at the former Augusta Exchange Winn-Dixie in March.

Upload speeds frustrate online sharers
Blame the Internet's legacy systems if Jay Glatfelter falls asleep Thursday mornings.

FCC approves AT&T's buyout

Community makes predictions

Community makes predictions
We mourn the passing of James Brown. Only in death did he receive the recognition and honor due him from the place he called home.

Woodson Couch-like as 'Cats down Tigers

Woodson Couch-like as 'Cats down Tigers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Andre Woodson conjured up memories of Tim Couch and made Kentucky a bowl winner for the first time in 22 years.

Former player is seeking normalcy

Late mistake gives Eagles lucky No. 7
It's fitting that Boston College's bizarre month would end with an improbable finish that made a hero out of a walk-on kicker.

Former player is seeking normalcy
Most of the tears and questions are in the past. All Tyson Gentry really wants now is to get on with his life.

Late mistake gives Eagles lucky No. 7

McCoy rallies 'Horns
Colt McCoy threw two touchdown passes to tie a single-season record for freshmen and Texas rallied to beat Iowa 26-24 on Saturday in the Alamo Bowl.

Gamble pays off as Oregon State wins
EL PASO, Texas - Oregon State coach Mike Riley was set to take his chances in overtime at the Sun Bowl.

Gamble pays off as Oregon State wins

McCoy rallies 'Horns

Maryland wins 20th in a row

Jaguars' streak stopped at four

Davidson reaches milestone for Tide

Men's basketball wrapup

Bowman leads Jaguars to win

SEC roundup

Free throws save Gators from upset

Women's basketball wrapup

Hoyas cage Wolverines

ACC roundup

Aiken County Schools
The Aiken County school board saw some major changes in 2006. Three new members were elected Nov. 7. Levi Green, John Wesley Hightower and Ray Fleming carry the residents' torch for change in 2007.

Economy
A major economic development announcement in the Augusta-Aiken area used to involve the construction of a large manufacturing plant. These days, a major announcement is more likely to produce an office building filled with hundreds of cubicles.

Arts
The arts in Augusta, it seems, are perpetually performing. In music, there is the Augusta Symphony, which stages a season of MasterWorks concerts featuring guest performers, three annual pops concerts and a selection of child-friendly family shows.

Savannah River Site
Researchers with the federal nuclear installation started the year with the opening of the Center for Hydrogen Research, a 59,000-square-foot facility outside SRS' gates that allows private and government scientists to work side-by-side.

Television & Radio / Your Community Chronicle 2007 - The Augusta Chronicle

Venues
Be it monster trucks or Mozart, the Augusta area has a venue suited to most needs. Ranging in size from intimate to expansive, each venue fills a performance niche.

Shopping
Be it sales on shoes and slacks, the perfect accessory or the latest look, if you're ready for retail, the locally-owned stores or nationally-known chains in Augusta and Aiken are here for your shopping pleasure.

Faith
The Augusta area has a rich and diverse faith community. In recent years, newly organized congregations have found meeting space in schools, shopping centers and other nontraditional spaces. Some fellowships split their activities among two or more locations.

North Augusta
Generating an interest in family lore among the next generation was a prominent topic for attendees at the events held in April in celebration of North Augusta's centennial.

Fort Gordon
For 65 years, 56,000-plus-acre Fort Gordon has served national defense with evolving missions as the nature of war has changed.

Climate
Augusta's location along the Fall Line that separates the Coastal Plain from Georgia's Piedmont region gives the area a temperate climate that has four distinct seasons, but rarely produces snowfall.

Columbia County Schools
New could be a theme for the Columbia County school system in 2007. The system will get a new superintendent and open a new school and expects hundreds of new students next year.

Augusta-Richmond County
Richmond County dates back to the late 18th century. Named for the Duke of Richmond, a British defender of the colonists' cause, it was formed in 1777.

Burke County
It's home to the "Bird Dog Capital of the World," but Burke County has a long and curious history with some lesser-known animals.

Libraries
Library information by state and county systems.

The Masters Tournament
It's often called the toughest ticket in sports, and for good reason.

Hospitals
The health care sector is one of the most important parts of Augusta's economy, and the success of local hospitals adds to the area's prestige.

Private Schools / Your Community Chronicle 2007 - The Augusta Chronicle

Housing & Utilities
Skyrocketing home prices in many markets across the nation have begun to cool, prompting many to declare the nation's "housing bubble" has burst.

Recreation sports
Augusta is known worldwide for its major golf scene. The same held true in 2006, but another kind of golf joined the Masters Tournament in bringing players and fans from around the world to Augusta.

Museum & Attractions
From arts and science to history and culture, the Augusta area offers a variety of museums to enlighten and engage visitors.

Outdoor sports
No matter which direction you travel, outdoor recreation opportunities are everywhere in the Augusta area.

Festivals & Events
Among Augusta's most popular annual events is the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival - a three-day celebration of international food, crafts and art.

Richmond County Schools
Opening new schools and new athletic facilities, the Richmond County school system is celebrating a wave of construction and renovation projects.

Edgefield County
It was in 2003 that Strom Thurmond died, but Edgefield County's favorite son certainly hasn't been forgotten.

Columbia County
Columbia County is considered one of the fastest-growing counties in Georgia, with a 2005 estimated population of nearly 104,000, according to Census figures.

Fishing
The fishing members of families moving into the Aiken-Augusta area quickly discover they've come to an anglers' paradise.

McDuffie County
McDuffie County was formed from portions of Columbia and Warren counties in 1870 and named for politician George McDuffie, who was born in Georgia and later served as governor, congressman and senator from South Carolina.

Colleges
After a day of "grueling" classes, Augusta State University students can walk in, throw up their arms and yell, "Sanctuary!"

Sports in Augusta
Augusta's two primary minor league sports teams, the Augusta GreenJackets baseball team and the Augusta Lynx hockey team, experienced turnaround seasons in 2006 and head into 2007 hoping to match that success.

Other Area Schools
School information and resources for Burke, Edgefield and McDuffie Counties.

Clubs and Organizations
Listing of clubs and organizations that make up the landscape of the CSRA.

Introduction to Augusta
Augusta is Georgia's second-largest city behind Atlanta. It is known around the world as the home of the Masters Tournament. Tens of thousands of golf fans visit the city for the prestigious event during the first week of April. But other events and attributes help define the city's character the rest of the year.

Aiken County
Aiken County is many things to its diverse population. Some people regard the county as the ideal place to raise a family. Members of the equestrian community know that Aiken County truly is thoroughbred country.

Transportation
By land or by air, the Garden City offers its residents a wide variety of transportation choices.

Year of the Tiger

2007 could be breakout year for Augusta

Hateful names

Woodward's cheap shot
Bob Woodward just couldn't wait. He had to make political hay out of the death of Gerald Ford before the body was even buried.

2007 could be breakout year for Augusta
The past year, as they say in the sports world, was a rebuilding year for Augusta.

Year of the Tiger
Tiger Woods recently said of 2006, "The hardest thing for me to do was play golf."

Woodward's cheap shot

Hateful names
Can you imagine that in 2006 the state of Georgia would stoop to honor a racist by naming a road after him?

Bennett hopes to earn style points
Take a peek into Georgia Tech quarterback Taylor Bennett's closet. They say clothes make the man, that fashion sense reveals everything from personality and background to self-worth, priorities and work ethic.

Gator Bowl is special to the Jackets
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Gator Bowl is a popular destination for Georgia Tech.

Bennett hopes to earn style points

Gator Bowl is special to the Jackets

'New era in golf' will begin without top-ranked Woods

Woods, wife expecting first child

'New era in golf' will begin without top-ranked Woods
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The PGA Tour's "new era in golf" will begin with an old question.

Woods, wife expecting first child
Tiger Woods celebrated his 31st birthday Saturday by sharing some of his biggest news of the year - his wife is expecting their first child this summer.

Norman top defender in class

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Eric Berry, Creekside

Knights feed off crowd's energy

Wolfpack teams a force on court

'Baby Shaq' energizes Lady Musketeers

Scoreboard

Knights feed off crowd's energy
A Matt Clark dunk midway through the fourth quarter of Evans' 72-60 win over Lincoln County on Saturday night didn't exactly bring fans in the Evans student section to their feet.

Norman top defender in class
Lincoln County defensive back Rontae Norman was selected Class A Defensive Player of the Year by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.

Surging 'Canes silence Ducks

Red Wings win on paper, not ice

Surging 'Canes silence Ducks
RALEIGH, N.C. - Ray Whitney had a goal and two assists, and Rod Brind'Amour added a goal and an assist in the Carolina Hurricanes' 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Red Wings win on paper, not ice
Congratulations to the Detroit Red Wings, NHL champions for 2006.

Devils prolong Islanders drought
Martin Brodeur stopped 29 shots for his NHL-leading sixth shutout of the season and the 86th of his career, and Brian Rafalski's unusual goal was all the New Jersey Devils needed in a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils prolong Islanders drought

Vanek, Sabres top Thrashers

Vanek, Sabres top Thrashers
Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves in the Buffalo Sabres' 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night in a battle between the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Readers continually fix sites on breaking news stories
For the past few years I've asked my online colleagues for a monthly breakdown of what our online readers are clicking on, or "hitting," as they say. That list for 2006 looks to be stories that have some immediacy.

New book further proves evolution

Singer is a treasured part of fan's life

Regardless of the audience, Brown shone as a true star

In short, James Brown is a legend
James Brown, on stage at Bell Auditorium in the late 1960s, made everybody feel good! His music will live on forever. He is dancing in heaven.Alex Bailie, Martinez

Amid detractors, Brown was still kind

In short, James Brown is a legend

Dems have wrong terrorism stance

Singer is a treasured part of fan's life
First, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of the late James Brown, the Godfather of Soul and the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business.Brenda D. Neely, Augusta

Amid detractors, Brown was still kind
I heard the news of James Brown's death Christmas morning when my clock radio went off. By coincidence, I had the opportunity to meet and converse with Mr. Brown within five minutes after I first set foot in Augusta more than 20 years ago. Later I had the privilege of interviewing him for the cover feature of that year's Best of Augusta issue of Augusta Magazine.Daniel Pearson, Augusta

New book further proves evolution
A book just published - The Making of the Fittest, by biologist Sean Carroll - describes how scientists can now identify genes and the things they do. This knowledge now offers the proof in our DNA of evolution itself and of man's descent from other mammals.Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

Regardless of the audience, Brown shone as a true star
One month in the spring of 1989, I was the program chairman for the Aiken Kiwanis club. I was thinking about who would be a good guest speaker, and James Brown came to mind. At that time Mr. Brown was on work release in Aiken, and I thought since he was trying to upgrade his public image, he might even agree to come.

Dems have wrong terrorism stance
One of your regular contributors very heatedly maintained that "(t)errorists from all over the world did not come (here) and vote for the Democrats," which is quite revealing ("Republicans can't face the truth," Nov. 21). Not only did columnist Cal Thomas (whom this particular contributor characteristically misrepresented) not say any such thing, but neither has anyone else in the national debate over the war in Iraq ever made such a silly assertion.Tony W. Howard Jr., Augusta

Tuxedo twist

Sharing enhances holiday pleasures

Living digest

Parting shots

Photos: Augusta Assembly

Wireless technology unites two stories

Crossword fanatics will relate to author

Perform self-inventory to make 2007 great

'Diaries' focuses on working mom

Photos: Augusta Assembly
Honored guests greeted members of the Augusta Assembly during its 54th annual winter ball at Augusta Country Club.

'Diaries' focuses on working mom
Jill has a husband, two daughters and a career.

Perform self-inventory to make 2007 great
Christmas is over: Wrapping paper is thrown out, the tree is bundled in its disposable bag and ornaments and decorations are packed away in attics or basements.

Wireless technology unites two stories
When good and evil coexist in close quarters, they create the potential for some intense drama.

Crossword fanatics will relate to author
If you've seen the 2006 movie Wordplay, you probably are a cruciverbalist. And if so, Stanley Newman's Cruciverbalism is your book.

Sharing enhances holiday pleasures
It's the season for giving. For Libbi Hinton, the season never ends.

Tuxedo twist
Special occasions require special-occasion clothes - and many people treat New Year's Eve as though it's the biggest, most important night of the year. If there's ever an evening to pluck the tuxedo from the back of your closet, then, this is probably it.

Parting shots
It's a time for reflection as the final hours of 2006 tick away. Check out the images of the year as captured by staff photographers for The Augusta Chronicle. Here are their favorite shots:

Living digest
Carrie Keel and Eric Trivett became engaged in the most fitting spot: Mercer University's campus in Macon, Ga.

Rants and raves
PEACE AND LOVE to all, as James Brown would want - to include, not to exclude. So hopefully I will see you today, paying tribute to the man who put Augusta on the map and gave back to the community.

Parent rocking school system
Ask him, and Greg Collier will tell you he is the most hated parent in Richmond County.

Camping out for ceremony not allowed
Deadra Thompson "grew up on James Brown," but on Friday she worried she wouldn't get to tell him goodbye.

Mom convicted of drownings is in jail
Lottie Payne remains in jail. Jurors held the Warren County woman criminally responsible for the 2005 drownings of her children, Jonah, 3, and 2-year-old Nicole.

Nonprofit gets new director
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Health care access advocate Peter Doliber is taking his vision of making medical care available to the uninsured and under-insured statewide next month.

People made year memorable
These days Desire Northington is all smiles. It wasn't that way two months ago, when the 13-year-old's life was threatened after an amusement ride accident at the Georgia-Carolina Fair.

The Amazing James Brown

Across Georgia
Ed Graham, the chairman of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, has been named interim president while the business association seeks a replacement for Larry McKinney.

Effort to deter criminals grows

Across South Carolina
An Amber Alert has been canceled for a 16-year-old girl and her 18-month-old son after they were found in South Carolina, police said.

Photos: James Brown memorial service
To view more photos of the James Brown memorial service, go to spotted.augusta.com.

Saturday's performances
Some of the songs performed live at James Brown's homegoing celebration:

Coverage drained by flood program

Brown plans political future
Four months after he resigned as the interim District 4 Augusta commissioner, Keith Brown is running his business and planning his political future.

Hardest work is done
Augusta gave the Godfather his due Saturday. James Brown, the pioneering soul, funk and civil rights icon who died on Christmas Day, had the biggest funeral in the city's history, with more than 8,000 fans packing the arena that bears his name.

Eulogies from the memorial service
Excerpts from eulogies given by Michael Jackson, Charles Bobbit, Dick Gregory, Deanna Brown and The Rev. Al Sharpton.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
UNION - A 62-year-old man died early Friday, three weeks after he was pinned under his all terrain vehicle in a hunting accident.

Brown was friend to hometown
James Brown often was prompted by reporters to utter his famous phrase "I feel good," - the hook line in his song, I Got You.

Kid of the Day
Chaney Suzanne Feagin is today's Kid of the Day.

Across South Carolina

Six memorable local news stories from 2006
The Chronicle looks back on 2006 and remembers six of the major stories that impacted the CSRA.

Bamboo hunters
If you think kids are picky, try feeding a giant panda. It takes four full-time bamboo hunters at Zoo Atlanta to satisfy the palates of the zoo's panda pair, Lun Lun and Yang Yang. And they are not always successful.

Former Augustan successful in Chicago
The Rev. Otis B. Moss III told his Tabernacle Baptist Church congregation in February that he was leaving after leading the flock for almost a decade.

Paine College bestows degree in honor of contributions
Dr. Shirley A.R. Lewis, the president of Paine College, bestowed an honorary doctorate on James Brown toward the end of Saturday's memorial service.

Funds to aid patrol levels

Golden memories

Across the area

Talking to paper nets suspension
JEFFERSON, Ga. - A Jefferson police captain is serving a two-day suspension for violating a department policy by talking with a local newspaper.

Criminal activity pays off

Those waiting to say goodbye recall memories

Ex-USC dean who spoke out on segregation dies

Talking to paper nets suspension

Across the area
An 18-year-old man was charged with reckless conduct Friday after shooting his neighbor in the rear end, Richmond County sheriff's investigators said.

Brown taken to Beech Island home

New Year's new laws to go into effect

News you can use
Here's some advice from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention:

Soloist becomes rising star after funeral
It would be an understatement to say Timothy Boyd Miller had an exciting year.

Giving back
A turkey, a toy, a tour.

Boxer to fight for first time since his murder conviction
More than 20 years after his last professional fight, Bennie Heard will get a chance next month to resume a once-promising boxing career that was halted by a murder conviction in 1986.

The James Brown Review

Across the area
Keep Columbia County Beautiful has planned its annual Christmas tree recycling event - Bring One for the Chipper - from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Home Depot, 499 Bobby Jones Expressway.

Giving back

Remembered
Many friends left us in 2006. Doctors, lawyers, builders and shakers, doers and givers. Before the year ends, let's take a moment to look back at a few of those whose lives made our community a better place.

Former Augustan successful in Chicago

News you can use

Brown a real brother

Criminal activity pays off
With the county's budget tightening, Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength may worry about having enough officers to protect the public, but he knows that as long as there are bad guys with cash he has the funds to equip his department.

Brown a real brother
James Brown came to be known by many different names during his illustrious career.

Remembered

Across the Southeast
Former Sen. John Edwards has resigned as director of the poverty center he founded at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill so he can focus on his second run for president.

Decorated Navy commander tells story of soldiers' valor

Officials close doors on crowd
As a lifelong James Brown fan, Mark Strickland was angry Saturday when James Brown Arena officials denied him access to a memorial service for the performer.

Eulogies from the memorial service

Parent rocking school system

Nonprofit gets new director

Stars come out to pay respects
After Thursday's private funeral for James Brown, celebrities new and old didn't hesitate to pay their respects to the man they say had unparalleled wisdom and talent.

Rants and raves
PEACE AND LOVE to all, as James Brown would want - to include, not to exclude. So hopefully I will see you today, paying tribute to the man who put Augusta on the map and gave back to the community.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting people and places that make up the Augusta area.

Woman whose sons were killed by estranged spouse fights for divorce reform

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Stars appear to say final goodbye

Stars appear to say final goodbye
There was speculation and anticipation all week about what celebrities would attend the public memorial service for James Brown.

Lottery winner is enjoying laid-back lifestyle with wife

Camping out for ceremony not allowed

Decorated Navy commander tells story of soldiers' valor
"It's been quite a ride," Richard Jadick said as he reflected back on 2006. That is a monumental understatement.

Family mourns in private

Landmarks of a legend

Where we live

Brown plans political future

Kid of the Day

Stars come out to pay respects

Soloist becomes rising star after funeral

Mom convicted of drownings is in jail

Kid of the Day

Coverage drained by flood program
WASHINGTON - The federal flood insurance program might be going broke after incurring $20 billion in debt from recent storms such as Hurricane Katrina.

Across the Southeast

People made year memorable
These days Desire Northington is all smiles. It wasn't that way two months ago, when the 13-year-old's life was threatened after an amusement ride accident at the Georgia-Carolina Fair.

Family mourns in private
James Brown, always spectacular in life, transformed a little-known street in a poor North Augusta neighborhood into a grand boulevard Friday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

Boxer to fight for first time since his murder conviction

Officials close doors on crowd

Saturday's performances

Bamboo hunters

Photos: James Brown memorial service

Across the Southeast

Six stories we'll remember from 2006

Kid of the Day
Joseph Kennedy, of Augusta, is today's kid of the day.

National Day of Mourning Closings
The National Day of Mourning for the late President Ford, to be observed Tuesday, will affect area residents:

News you can use

Brown was friend to hometown

Paine College bestows degree in honor of contributions

National Day of Mourning Closings

Six memorable local news stories from 2006

Brown taken to Beech Island home
James Brown's body was taken to his Beech Island home Saturday evening after the daylong memorial service at James Brown Arena.

Across Georgia

Hardest work is done
Augusta gave the Godfather his due Saturday. James Brown, the pioneering soul, funk and civil rights icon who died on Christmas Day, had the biggest funeral in the city's history, with more than 8,000 fans packing the arena that bears his name.

New Year's new laws to go into effect
Sooner than you can sing Auld Lang Syne, there'll be a slew of new laws that go into effect in Georgia and South Carolina on New Year's Day.

News you can use
You've tried the leftover turkey sandwich; now try the leftover turkey salad! Add a few pieces of turkey to a generous portion of mixed greens, cucumbers, mushrooms, peppers or any other vegetables you like.

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - The FBI and Canadian officials joined the search for the biological mother of adopted twin toddlers who disappeared from North Carolina after a holiday visit and might be in Canada, the FBI said.

Six stories we'll remember from 2006
We've selected six of the biggest national stories from 2006.

Effort to deter criminals grows
MACON, Ga. - A state lawmaker has asked prosecutors to help him develop a bill to deter a surge in copper thefts around the state.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A Republican lawmaker is trying to strip an honor from a politician named McKinney - but this time it's not the controversial congresswoman.

Albums of a lifetime

Ex-USC dean who spoke out on segregation dies
ALBUQUERQUE - The University of New Mexico's first provost, who was fired by the University of South Carolina after giving a speech condemning racial segregation in the schools, has died.

Those waiting to say goodbye recall memories
The air was thick with memories and well-wishes outside the James Brown Arena on Saturday.

Medicare enrollment smooth
This time, the Medicare Part D program was more of a lamb than a bear for those helping patients enroll.

Funds to aid patrol levels
AIKEN - A proposed $27.7 million boost to South Carolina's public safety budget could translate into more state troopers on the road - including in Aiken County.

Woman whose sons were killed by estranged spouse fights for divorce reform
This time last year, Karyn Grace-Parker was trying to free herself from a nightmare marriage to Terry Young. Under South Carolina's divorce laws, she had to move out of her home just to get the process started.

Lottery winner is enjoying laid-back lifestyle with wife
Since becoming a Georgia Lottery winner in February 2006, Jesse Green said he is enjoying his newfound lifestyle.

Medicare enrollment smooth

Dogs' season plays out in bowl victory
It was the season in microcosm. The cautiously optimistic start. The demoralizing middle breakdown. The completely justified write off. The unanticipated redemption.

Around the NBA

Around the NBA
Heat: Miami guard Dwyane Wade was inactive Friday night against the New Jersey Nets because of a right wrist injury.

Bulls post 15th win in row over Raptors
TORONTO - Luol Deng scored 25 points and Ben Gordon added 22 to lead the Chicago Bulls to their 15th consecutive victory over the Toronto Raptors, 107-97 on Friday night.

Out with new (ball), in with old

Out with new (ball), in with old
New Year's celebrations might be louder than usual in NBA locker rooms Sunday.

Sixers are still in race for division

Bulls post 15th win in row over Raptors

Sixers are still in race for division
Maurice Cheeks isn't producing many wins this season as the 76ers' coach, yet he knows Philadelphia has as good a chance as anybody in the struggling Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.

Davidson reaches milestone for Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -Alabama's Jermareo Davidson reached 1,000 career points during the eighth-ranked Crimson Tide's 80-58 victory Friday against Lipscomb.

ACC roundup
Brandon Costner set career highs with 27 points and 19 rebounds, Ben McCauley added 19 points and North Carolina State beat UNC Wilmington 72-51 on Saturday.

Men's basketball wrapup
No. 12 Connecticut's first road game of the season brought an unexpected result.

Women's basketball wrapup
Tasha Humphrey scored a season-high 27 points and led a second-half run as No. 11 Georgia defeated Brown 82-69 in the Surf 'N Slam third-place game Saturday.

Maryland wins 20th in a row
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 1 Maryland set a school record with 12 three-pointers and Kristi Toliver scored 16 points in a 92-57 rout of UNC Greensboro in the first round of the Terrapin Classic on Friday.

Free throws save Gators from upset
No. 3 Florida trailed for most of the game but went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line over the final 2:11 and rallied past Alabama-Birmingham 75-70 on Saturday night in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Bowman leads Jaguars to win
HICKORY, N.C. - Augusta State won its fourth game in a row, defeating Lenoir-Rhyne 88-74 on Friday in the Lenoir-Rhyne/Moretz Classic.

Hoyas cage Wolverines
Roy Hibbert scored 14 points and Jonathan Wallace added 12 on Saturday to power Georgetown to its sixth consecutive victory in a 67-51 win over Michigan.

SEC roundup
Will Thomas had 22 points and nine rebounds and George Mason ended Mississippi State's seven-game winning streak with a 62-59 victory Saturday.

Jaguars' streak stopped at four
Catawba snapped Augusta State's four-game winning streak Saturday afternoon with a 92-70 victory over the Jaguars in the second day of the Lenoir-Rhyne/Moretz Classic at Shuford Gymnasium.

Eagles' defense torments Vick

Tomlinson to run away with honor

Tiki, Giants run wild

NFL Playoff Scenarios

Giants are seeking momentum

Receiver thinks Falcons need to have more fun

NFL power rankings

Judith Clarke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Judith Clarke of Knox Avenue entered into rest on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are her husband, Stacey Moss and several cousins. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Linda Brehm (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest December 28, 2006. Mrs. Linda Brehm wife of Mr. Harvey Brehm. Survivors include two daughters: Anita Carrington and Paula Gregory; three sisters and four grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 1:00-4:00 PM. Memorials may be made to Lupus Fondation. Southern Funeral Service, 109 Shaw St., Martinez, GA 706-364-9122

Frances M. Chapman (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mrs. Frances M. Chapman, 84, of West Terrace St. died Thursday December 28 at her residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home.

Roy Lee Burrum   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Roy Lee Burrum , 89 beloved husband of Mrs. Mary Evelyn Crouch Burrum ,entered into rest on Thursday December 28, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held 2PM Saturday December 30, 2006 at Elliott Sons Funeral , Columbia Road Chapel, with Rev. Karon Compton & Rev. Tom Compton officiating . Interment will follow in Westover Memorial Park. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Survivors include his wife, daughter Nora Ann Apple, Thomson ; granddaughter Kathy ( Bernard) Hughes , Augusta; grandson Roy M.( Christine) Brown,Boca Raton , Fl; granddaughter and grandson Makayla and Zack Salyers great-grandchildren Nora Johnson, Warrenton, Felicia Bass, Augusta, Bernard M. Hughes III, Augusta, Robert (Bobby) Hughes, Augusta , Katlyn G. Brown , Boca Raton , Fl,; great great-grandchildren Chandler Johnson and Katherine Johnson, Warrenton; sister Esther Dunaway , Augusta; brother C.W. Burrum, Jr. Augusta. Mr. Burrum was a StaffSergeant with the U.S. Army in WW II. Serving as a Tank Commander during the Battle of Saipan, he was responsible for the control and coordination of the tactical tank crew and members. He received the Asiatic -Pacific service medal with 1 bronze star. He was a member of Pierce Memorial United Methodist Church. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Edward Boehs (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Edward Boehs, 59, beloved husband of Ruth Boehs, entered into rest on Friday, December 29, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia, as a result of an automobile accident. Funeral services will be held at 10:230 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at Pinecrest Mennonite Church. Ministers are Maynard Peters, Verle Giesbrecht and Randall Goossen officiating. Burial follows in the church cemetery. Family will receive friend from 7 to 9 p.m. January 1, 2007, Monday evening at Pinecrest Mennonite Church. Mr. Boehs was a native of Major County, Okla. He was a retired dairy farmer. Mr. Boehs was a member of Pinecrest Church of God in Christ Mennonite. Mr. Boehs is survived by his wife, Ruth Boehs; a son, Chester Boehs, Wrens, Ga.; four daughters, Lynette (Michael) Loewen, Walnut Hill, Fla., Rachel (Kenyon) Nightingale, Lenland, Miss., Marie (James) Leatherman, Rich Hill, Mo. And Carrie Boehs, Wrens, Ga.; four special grandchildren, four brothers, and two sisters. Pallbearers will be the nephews. Memorial may be made to Pinecrest Mennonite Church Memorial Fund c/o Franklin Dyck, 6523 Hwy. 296, Stapleton, GA 30823. James Funeral Home, Wrens, Ga. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Myrtle Cooper   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Myrtle Phillips Holton Cooper, 85, of Augusta died Friday, December 29. Mrs. Cooper was born in Treutlen County and had lived most of her life in Augusta. She was a daughter of the late Anthony and Sally Lamb Phillips. She was preceded in death by a sister, Bertchie Holton and a brother, Royal Phillips. She was retired from Civil Service and a member of Fleming Baptist Church, Augusta. Survivors include 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Kim Holton, Dublin, and Lacey D. and Jan Holton, Augusta; daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and L.E. Stewart, Cadwell; 8 grandchildren, Jack, Lonnie, David, Victor and Jason Stewart, Jeremy, Rebecca and Timothy Holton; 2 great-grandchildren, Nolan Stewart and Zoe Holton. Services will be held in Boiling Springs Baptist Church, Treutlen County, at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, December 31, with the Rev. Jerry Martin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Sammons Funeral Home, Soperton from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. A memorial register may be signed at www.sammonsfuneralhome.com . Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Myrtle Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Myrtle Phillips Holton Cooper, 85, of Augusta died Friday, December 29. Mrs. Cooper was born in Treutlen County and had lived most of her life in Augusta. She was a daughter of the late Anthony and Sally Lamb Phillips. She was preceded in death by husbands, William E. Holton, Jr. and David W. Cooper; a sister, Bertchie Holton and a brother, Royal Phillips. She was retired from Civil Service and was a member of Fleming Baptist Church, Augusta. Survivors include her husband, 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Kim Holton, Dublin, and Lacey D. and Jan Holton, Augusta; daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and L.E. Stewart, Cadwell; 8 grandchildren, Jack, Lonnie, David, Victor and Jason Stewart, Jeremy, Rebecca and Timothy Holton; 2 great-grandchildren, Nolan Stewart and Zoe Holton. Services will be held in Boiling Springs Baptist Church, Treutlen County, at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, December 31, with the Rev. Jerry Martin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A memorial register may be signed at www.sammonsfuneralhome.com.

Samuel A. Parrisher   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Samuel A. Parrisher, beloved husband of Myra Bullington Parrisher, entered into rest Thursday, December 28, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Parrisher served in Korea and Viet Nam with the U.S. Army. He retired after 23 years of service. He was Game Warden for Richmond County, and a security officer with MCG. Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park with Dr. Al Jackson officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the ceremonial detachment at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Survivors include his wife, his daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie (Frank) Heitlinger, Nancy (Sam) Wiggins, Katie Melton, Mendy (Keith) Johnston and Sarah Parrisher; his five grandchildren, Shane, Shayne, Ashley, Adam and Kaylee; his two great-grandchildren, Brandi and Michelle; his brother, Kenneth Parrisher and his sister, Vivian Morgan. He is preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law Guy Arthur (Reta) Parrisher and his parents, Samuel Arthur Parrisher and Sallie Beach Parrisher. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 1384 Greene Street, Augusta, Ga. 30901.

James W. Merritt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. James W. (Jimmy) Merritt of Colony Place entered into rest Thursday, December 28, 2006. Memorial services will be held (Today) Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 4:00 P.M. from the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Dr. Colin Dacus officiating, interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday at the funeral home from 3:00 until the hour of the service. Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906.

Charles J. Bryant   (SILOAM, Ga.)
SILOAM, Ga. - Charles J. "Too Tall" Bryant, age 70, of Siloam, died Wednesday, December 27, 2006. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 29, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Greensboro with Rev. Bert Mathews officiating. Interment followed in Greenview Cemetery. McCommons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jessie Roberts (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Funeral service for Mrs. Jessie Mae Tutt Roberts, will be held on Sunday December 31, 2006 at 3:oo p.m. at the Paynes Baptist Church , Mesena, GA. Rev. Willie C. Norwood, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Westview Cemetery. Mrs. Roberts will be placed in the church at 2:00 p.m.. The Repast will be in the church fellowship hall. Survivors; Son, Benjamin (Shirley) Tutt of Philadelphia, PA; Two grandchildren; Four great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law; Catherine Tutt and Vannie Tutt both of Thomson and a host of nieces and nephews other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence or Thomson Funeral System, Thomson GA

Alonzo Cummings   (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2006 at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, Trenton, S.C. with Rev. George L. Brightharp officiating. The remains will lie in state in the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will assemble at 10:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, Whiskey Rd. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 390 Beauford St., Aiken (803)648-0134.

Ernest R. Basham (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Mr. Ernest R. Basham, 78, husband of the late Violet Basham, entered into rest Saturday, December 30, 2006. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Visitation will be Monday, January 1, 2007, from 6 to 9 PM at Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Ga. - Email condolence to the family at starling@familink.com.

Billy Harris Borger   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest at Doctor's Hospital on Wednesday, December 27, 2006, Mr. Billy Harris Borger, husband of the late Etha Jane Smith Borger. Mr. Borger was a native of LaFayette, IN, and made his home in Augusta for the past 30 years. He retired from Southern Bell and was a member of the Bell South Pioneers. Mr. Borger was of the Presbyterian faith. Survivors include his daughters; Cathrine Prather of Evans, GA, Rachel E. McLaughlin of Vernon, TX and Rebecca B. Amacher of Evans, GA, his sons; Bill Borger, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Tom Borger of Pheonix City, AL. and Brinton Borger of North Augusta, SC, 10 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Mr. Borger was preceded in death by his son Timothy Borger. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with Rev. Bobby Renew officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be MikeJones, Jason Wilburn, Jack Prather, Kip Ashmore, Justin Pittman and Ryan Ashmore. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd. Augusta, GA 30907 (706)364-8484.

Roscoe Wayne Oliver (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Mr. Roscoe Wayne Oliver, 51, of Ashmore Drive entered into rest December 29, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr. Oliver, a native of Richmond County was a member of Ned Branch Baptist Church, Barnwell, S.C. and a United States Army Veteran. Survivors include his wife, Debra Jones; four daughters, Kesha (Rod) Stewart, Donita Oliver, Shanika Meriweather, Augusta and Delandra Jones, North Augusta; a son, Derrick Turner, North Augusta; seven brothers, James R. Oliver, Jr. (Linda), Grand Forks, N.D., David M. Oliver, William A. Oliver (Pamela), Augusta, Kenny B. Oliver (Teresa), Irmo, Gary Q. Oliver, Atlanta, Ronald R. Oliver (Barbara) and Eric A. Oliver (Tangy), Augusta; five grandchildren, aunt, Louisiana P. David (John), Charlotte; father and mother-in-law, Thomas and Annie Turner, North Augusta; sisters-in-law, Marie Hawkins, Augusta, Toni Turner, Aiken, Sarah Wheeler, Martinezand Donna Bert, North Augusta; brother-in-law, Leroy Turner (Pamela), Atlanta; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Friends may call at the residence. G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Avenue, North Augusta, S.C.

Gus A. Smith   (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Rev. Gus A. Smith, 83, of Edgar Circle, Thomson, entered into rest December 29, 2006. He was the beloved husband of Lavetta Smith. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, GA 595-4100.

Florintino Hernandez (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Florintino Hernandez, 53, of Wadley died Thursday in Wadley. A memorial service will be held Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Smith Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Monday. Smith Funeral Home of Wadley in charge of services.

Mary Julia Quaife   (DEXTER, Ga.)
DEXTER, Ga. - Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Mary Julia Quaife, age 64, will be held Sunday at 2:00 P.M. at Piney Mount United Methodist Church Cemetery in Johnson County. Rev. C.W. Mullis will officiate. Mrs. Quaife was born November 10, 1942 in Coffee County, Ga. She was the daughter of the late Emory and Ada Walls Francis and was a homemaker. Mrs. Quaife passed away Thursday, December 28, 2006 at Fairview Park Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Francis Quaife of Dexter, 2 sons, James Partin of Groveland, FL and Albert Partin of Apopka, FL, 2 daughters, Ada Partin and Viola Winningham both of Orlando, FL, 2 brothers, Earnest Francis of Dexter and John Henry Francis of Florida, 5 sisters, Minnie Bell Steinman, Dorothy Francis and Betty Lee Gillis all of East Dublin, Polly Rix of Glenwood and Margie Ann Morgan of Dublin, 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 at thefuneral home. Pallbearers will be Earnest Francis, Robert Francis, Jason Allen Francis, Donald Joe Francis, James William Francis and Leroy Morgan. Stanley Funeral Home of Dublin has charge of the arrangements. To sign the online register book please visit www.stanleyfuneralhome.com or call the Stanley Funeral Home 24 hour obituary line 272-0106 for updates. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Wilton M. Browne (GREENSBORO, S.C.)
GREENSBORO, S.C. - Wilton M. Browne, 90, died Thursday, December 28, 2006 in Greensboro. Born in Franklin County, GA, and spent most of his life in McCormick, SC. Mr. Browne was a United Methodist, a WWII veteran, and a Mason. He was retired from McCormick Post Office and was owner of Browne Brothers Radio & TV Repair Service in McCormick. Preceding him in death was his beloved wife, Helen. Surviving are three children, Mary Jean (Dean) Huntley of Hilton Head Island, Margaret Young of Barnwell, SC, and Pat Browne of Greensboro, NC. Also surviving are six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 PM on Sunday, December 31, 2006 at Gilford College United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be at 2 PM Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at Blyth Funeral Home in Greenwood, SC with Rev. Joey McDonald officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Gardens. Honorary escort will be nephews. The family will receive friends at Blyth Funeral Home on Monday from 5 to 7 PM. For additional information and online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com. Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Browne family. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

James W. Merritt   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. James W. (Jimmy) Merritt of Colony Place entered into rest Thursday, December 28, 2006. Memorial services will be held Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 4:00 P.M. from the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Dr. Colin Dacus officiating, interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday at the funeral home from 3:00 until the hour of the service. Mr. Merritt was born in Augusta, a member of Mann Memorial United Methodist Church and had served the US Army during the Vietnam era. He was a graduate of Richmond Academy and the University Of Georgia. Mr. Merritt was Vice President of Southern Finance Corp. from 1968 until 1981 and was a residential builder and appraiser in Augusta and Savannah. Mr. Merritt was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Wesley Daniel Merritt. Survivors include; his mother, Mrs. Hazel Sills Merritt of Augusta, his sisters, Jackie Smithson and her husband Steve Smithson of Evans, Anita and her husband Milton Ivie of Martinez, his brother Wayne D. Merritt and his wife Nancy L. Merritt of Martinez, five nieces and their husbands Tara and Jay Merchant, Tonya and Hank Freeman all of Atlanta, Ashley and Jason Lovett of Memphis, TN, Jami Merritt of Martinez, Brittany Smithson of Evans, two nephews Justin Smithson of Grovetown, Wesley Ivie of Martinez. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. 3783 Presidential Parkway Suite, 102, Atlanta, Ga. 30340. Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Mary Anne Marchman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, December 29, 2006, Mrs. Mary Anne Marchman, 70, wife of the late Richard Marchman. Mrs. Marchman was a native and life long resident of Atlanta. She graduated from Georgia State University with multiple degrees in Education and she was active with the Humane Society in both Augusta and Cherokee County. She was an active member of the Senior Friends/H2U. She enjoyed the Marshal Arts, and was a 3rd degree black belt. Mrs. Marchman was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Evans, GA and Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church in Canton, GA. Family members include her daughter and son-in-law: Kaye and Matt Shuler of Evans; stepdaughter: Debbye Alexander of Woodstock; grandchildren: Ryan Shuler, Brad Shuler, Jeff Shuler, chris Bradford and Bobby Bradford. She was adopted as "Mother" by many of her daughters friends. The funeral Mass will be held Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Roverse celebrant. Rite of Burial will be Friday, January 5, 2007 at 11:30 A.M. at Rolling Hills in Acworth, GA. with Fr. Michael Redden officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1105 Furys Lane, Suite D, Augusta, GA 30907. The Vigil for the Deceased will be held Wednesday evening at 6:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Robert J. Porter   (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Funeral Arrangements for Mr. Robert J. Porter, 68, of Beech Island Avenue, Beech Island, SC, who died December 29, 2006, will be announced. Mr. Porter was the husband of Mrs. Richie Lou Porter. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry online at www.poseyfuneralhome.com

Nora Lee Harrison   (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Graveside funeral services for Ms. Nora Lee Harrison, age 88, will be held at 3:30 P.M. Sunday at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Byron Osborne officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 at the funeral home. Stanley Funeral Home of Wrightsville has charge of funeral arrangements.

Stephen G.M. Wesley   (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. Stephen G.M. Wesley age 43, husband of Mrs. Anne Wesley entered into rest on Thursday December 28, 2006 at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Sunday December 31, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. in the Belair Rd. Chapel of Platt's Funeral Home with Lt. Col Gordon Groseclose officiating. Additional survivors include, one daughter, LaShaka Wesley, two sons, Nicholas Wesley, and Joshua Wesley .Three brothers, Henry Wesley and his wife Azel of Mississippi, Bobby E. Wesley of North Carolina, Douglas A. Wesley also of Mississippi. Two sisters, Leotis Wesley of Mississippi and Sandra K. Wesley of Texas. And many nieces and nephews. Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Leon O. Wesley and Myrtle L. Wesley. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald E. Wesley and Tommy F. Wesley. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Sunday afternoon from 5:00 until 6:00. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Carl Stephen Payne (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Carl Stephen Payne, 85, who died Thursday, afternoon, December 28, 2006, will be held Tuesday, afternoon, January 2, 2007, at 2 o'clock at Lakeside Baptist Church, Clearwater, SC. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 2, 2007, from 11:00 o'clock until 1:30 at Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Langley, SC.

Charlie T. McCain   (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at his residence Mr. Charlie T. McCain, Jr., 50, of Sandy Springs Road. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are his father, Mr. Charlie R. McCain, Sr.; three sisters, Brenda McCain Johnson, Sallie McCain and Janice McCain (Don) Dandy, all of Trenton, SC; two nephews, Darren Johnson, Augusta, GA and Brandon Dandy, Trenton, SC; two great nephews, Darius Johnson and Ashton Johnson, both of Augusta, GA; and a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Steward Johnson (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Steward Johnson, Sr., age 61, beloved husband of Mrs. Anne Leach Johnson, of Brown Circle, Warrenton, GA entered into rest Saturday December 30, 2006 at University Hospital, Augusta GA . Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Norwood Baptist Church C/O Mrs. Betty Jo Hadden 2906 Macon Highway Warrenton, GA 30828. Friends may call at the residence. The family will receive friends from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Monday evening January 1, 2007 at Lowe Funeral Home. Lowe Funeral Home, 77 W Gibson St. Warrenton GA 30828 (706) 465-3333, Email: Lowe113@cs.com.

Frank Permenter   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Frank Permenter, Jr. of Seymore Drive entered into rest Friday, December 29, 2006 at the Doctors Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are his son, Maxie Permenter, Augusta; grandson, Stacy Permenter, Augusta; four granddaughters, Tony A. Jackson, Augusta, Dominique Permenter, Cynthia Downing, North Carolina and Deborah Millidge, Hilton Head, S.C.; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard Permenter, Washington, D.C.; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Louise Sanders Wall   (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Funeral Services for Louise Sanders Wall, 85, will be held three p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2006 at the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston with burial at the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends from one-thirty until the time of service at the funeral home. The Reverend Charles Morris will officiate. The family suggests that memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church 1077 Hwy 39, Williston, SC 29853. Mrs. Wall died on Thursday. Born in Barnwell County she was a daughter of the late Minnie Lee Still and Jessie Moye Sanders. She was married to the late Fate Wall, retired from Williston Manufacturing Company, was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, the WMU, the Adult Sunday Sunday School Class and was program chairman of Discipleship Training. She was a member of the Woodmen of the World, the American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered at the Gail Reyes Senior Center in Barnwell. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Carlton Fate and Mary Jane Wall and Michael Wayne and Karen Wall all of Williston; sisters, Irene S. Frederick and Nellie Ruth S. Fogle; grandchildren, Jeremy, Justin, Kevin, Michael, Jr., Wesley Wall and Tonya McConnell; great-grandchildren, Parker, Fate and Paxton Wall; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters, Florrie Mae Kennedy and Grace Sanders, brother, Calvin Sanders and a grandson, Rhett Wall. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Martha Rutland   (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, morning, December 27, 2006 on her 87th birthday at her home, Mrs. Martha Kaney Rutland, daughter of the late Michael Dennis and Ada Pauline Redd Kaney and wife of the late Wiley Eugene Buck and the late Ollie Lee Rutland. Born in and a lifelong resident of Langley, SC, she was a member of the 1937 graduating class of St. Angela Academy and retired from the Clearwater Finishing Plant after twelve years of service as an inspector. She was a charter communicant of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church where she was member of the Chatter Box Senior Citizens Group, the Bible study class and the Council on Aging. She is survived by her children, Linda Jean Orander, (Bernard) Hephzibah, GA, Donald Eugene Buck, (Alvaha) Elberton, GA, Myrna Joyce Carroll, (Danny) Langley, SC and Debra Jean Widener, Langley, SC; grandchildren, Todd Orander, Lynn McManus, Wendell Odom, Timothy Odom, and Charlie Odom and fourteen great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by two children, Clyde Edward Buck and Sylvia Marie Buck. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated Saturday, morning, December 30th 2006 at 10 o'clock at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, Gloverville, SC, with Father Peter Clarke celebrant. Interment will follow in Langley Cemetery, Langley, SC. Pallbearers will be Richie Ostrodski, Heyward S. Blackwell, Willie Tice, David P. Kaney, Jr, Thomas Michael Kaney, and Wayne Kaney. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Swearingen, Ron Hydic, Bobby D. Kaney, Steve Authur, Nick Adams, Al Purvis, Jim Ravenscroft, Victor Calvalcante, Fred Ricketson, Ray Rutland, and Bobby Rutland, and Vince Chamberland. The family has asked that memorials in memory of Mrs. Rutland be made to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, P.O. Box 419, Gloverville, SC 29828 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2132, Memphis, TN 38101-2132. ( www.stjude.org)

William B. Padgett   (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. William 'Bill' Padgett, 75, husband of Mrs. Jeanette Padgett, entered into rest Friday, December 29, 2006 at the V.A. Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, GA. Email Condolence to the family at starling@familink.com

Eloise Wammock   (TENNILLE, Ga.)
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Eloise Hitchcock Wammock, age 85 of Tennille died Thursday. Services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM in the chapel of May and Smith Funeral Home in Sandersville. Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home form 4-6PM.

Gus A. Smith (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Rev. Gus Alexander Smith, 83 of Edgar Circle, Thomson, Ga. entered into rest December 29, 2006. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 PM , Sunday, December 31, 2006 at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Phil Bray and Dan Smith officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Deacons of Ft. Creek Baptist Church , Mitchell Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM , Monday, January 1, 2007 at the Mountain View Cemetery in Greer, S.C. with Rev. Dan Smith officiating. He is survived by his wife Lavetta Waddell Smith of Thomson, GA; daughter:Juan Smith Tyner and her husband John Layton Tyner III of Bruinswick, GA; son :Devon Smith and his wife Barbara of Abbeville, SC; grandchildren: Tina Tyner Gates of West Point, MS and John Layton Tyner, IV of Brunswick, GA; two great-grandchildren: Jacklyn Elizabeth Gates and John Layton Tyner V; three brothers: Dortcha Smith, Jr. and Joe Smith both of Greer, SC, Rev. Dan Smith of Taylors, SC Rev. Smith was born August 29, 1923 to the late Dortcha Smith and the late Hazel Keller Smith. He served as as a Medic, Courier and a MP with the US Army during WW II and following the war attended North Greenville Junior College, Furman University and the Southern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC . Rev. Smith began his career of a Baptist Minister in 1956 serving O' Neal Baptist Church in Greer, SC and later served many Baptist Churches in South Carolina and Georgia over the past 40 years. He was also a member Ft. Creek Baptist Church and was currently serving as pastor of Mitchell Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 PM prior to services at the funeral home. Beggs Funeral Home, 799 Cobbham Road, Thomson, GA. 595-4100 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

James Brown   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral Services for Mr. James Brown, who entered into eternal rest on December 25, 2006, will be conducted this Saturday at 1PM at the James Brown Arena with Reverend Al Sharpton officiating. Mr. Brown will lie in state from 9AM until the hour of service. Friends and fans may sign the register at careidmemorialfh.com.

Charles Robert Mays (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, December 29, 2006, Mr. Charles Robert Mays of Augusta, Ga., son of the late Charles "Redd" Mays and the late Willie LaFavor Mays. He was survived by a sister, Audrey Ann Coogler of Belvedere, S.C.; a very special niece, Shirley Dorland of North Augusta, S.C. and three other nieces, Debra Adams, Betty Duncan and Tina Newton; a nephew, Ezell Coogler, Jr.; four great nephews, three great nieces and a number of cousins. He was born in Aiken County, but has been a resident of Augusta for over 50 years. He was retired from the King Mill in Augusta. A graveside service will be conducted Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at the Graniteville Cemetery with Rev. James Young officiating. The pallbearers will be Ezell Coogler, Jr., David Padgett, Jr., Michael Adams, David Dorland and Eddie Renew. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, the day of service, at Napier Funeral Home from 1 to 2:45 p.m., at which time the procession will be leaving to go to the cemetery for the service. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville, SC 29829. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

George Allmond   (BUCKHEAD, Ga.)
BUCKHEAD, Ga. - George Lester 'G.L.' Allmond, Jr., 80 of Buckhead died December 27, 2006 at his home. Mr. Allmond was born April 18, 1926 in Lowndes County to George and Henrietta Johnson Allmond. Mr. Allmond was retired from the University of Georgia Extension Service as a County agent. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II. Mr. Allmond enjoyed hunting and fishing as long as he was able. Mr. and Mrs. Allmond moved to Morgan County in 2004 from Early County. He was a member of Buckhead Baptist Church. Mr. Allmond is survived by his wife of 58 years, Leta Floyd Allmond and three sons, Don & Denise Allmond of Grovetown, Tommy Allmond of Perry and Mark and Ellen Allmond of Mills River, NC. Also surviving are 14 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren and a sister Ruby Canaday. Mr. Allmond was preceded in death by a son, William Kerry Allmond and a brother, Dariland Allmond. Mr. Allmond will lie in state at the Mt. Olivette Primitive Baptist church in Garfield from Noon until 1:00 PM. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM in the church cemetery. Rev. MaCrae Olinger will officiate. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. A.E. Carter Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Gladys Souder Dahin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Gladys Souder Dahin died on Wednesday December 27, 2006, at University Hospital. She was a native of Macon,GA. ,the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. R.C. Souder Sr. and the sister of the late R.C. Souder Jr. She attended and graduated from Duke University where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta. She was also a member of PEO and the Junior League of Atlanta. Mrs. Dahin and her late husband John B. "Scotty" Dahin lived in Fort Myers, Florida from 1978 until 2000 at which time they moved to Augusta, Georgia to reside at Brandon Wilde. Mrs. Dahin is survived by her son, John B. Dahin Jr., and her only grandson, Scott Dahin both of Fort Myers, Florida . She is also survived by her sister-in-law Mrs. R.C. Souder Jr. of Evans, Georgia, and three nieces, Mrs. Douglas Cates and Mrs. Douglas Hanks both of Augusta, Georgia and Mrs. Lyn Gilbert of Winter Park, Florida. A private family memorial service will be held in Fort Valley Georgia on Tuesday, January 2, 2007. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, GA. 30809 706-860-6166 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Frank Brady   (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Frank Brady, age 75 of Mt. Pleasant Road, died Wednesday December 28, 2006 in the McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Saturday December 30, 2006 in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bryant Neal officiating. Burial will follow in the Dearing Full Gospel Church Cemetery.

Charles Beatty (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Charles 'Chuck' Beatty, Sr., 77, husband of Mrs. Betty Shorter Beatty of Bennock Mill Road, entered into rest Thursday, December 28, 2006 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors Wednesday, January 3, 2007, at 11:00 A.M. with the Reverends Frank Barker and Marion Jay officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be, Jack Lee, Elliott Stewart, Richard Weathers, Roy Roberson, Leland Roberts and Roy Beasley. Mr. Beatty, the son of the late Tom Beatty and Bessie Blackmon Jones, was a native of Sylacauga, AL. He had lived in the Augusta area for the past twenty five years. He had worked as a construction superintendent for Rust Engineering and as the crossing guard at Westminster School on Wheeler Road in Augusta. He was a member of Whispering Pines Baptist Church where he was a member of the Ruth Murphy Sunday School Class. In addition to his wife he is survived by his sons, Chuck Beatty, Jr. of Johns Island, SC and Tim Beatty of Appling; his daughters, Becky Carter of Crossett, AR and Catherine Delamater of Leesburg, VA; as well as ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Friends may call at the funeral home and the family will receive friends this Tuesday from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. If desired memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1105 Furys Lane, Augusta, GA 30907. Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Carl S. Payne   (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest Thursday, evening, December 28, 2006 at the home his daughter, Mr. Carl S. Payne, 85, of North Augusta, SC, husband of the late Minnie Davis Payne and son of the late Gaston and Mattie Myer Payne. Born in Greenville, SC, Carl had lived in Aiken County, SC, since 1962 and retired from DSM Chemical as a Pipe fitter in 1986 after twenty four years of service. He was a faithful member of Lakeside Baptist Church and was also a member of "The over the Hill Gang". A World War II veteran, he proudly served his country in the United States Army. Carl loved working in his yard and fishing. He is survived by daughters, Sandra Gale Basinger, (Terry) and Kay Lane, both of Hephzibah, GA; a son, Michael Stephen Payne, (Melanie) Greenville, SC; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, afternoon, January 2nd, 2007 at 2 o'clock at Lakeside Baptist Church, Clearwater, SC, with Pastor Bill Reese and Pastor John George officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, SC. Pallbearers will be Travis Basinger, Gabriel Lane, Jamey Lane, and Shaun Cosnahan. The family has asked that if so desired memorials in memory of Carl be made to Lakeside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1730, Clearwater, SC 29822. The family will receive friends Tuesday, morning, January 2nd, 2007 from 11 o'clock until 1:30 p.m. at Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

William B. Padgett (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. William 'Bill' Padgett, 75, husband of Mrs. Jeanette Padgett. Entered into rest Friday, December 29, 2006 at the V.A. Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Graveside services will be held on Sunday, December 31, 2006, at 3:00 PM in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, Thomson, GA, with the Rev. Richard Kitchens officiating. Mr. Padgett, a native of Branchville, South Carolina, was an Army veteran of World War II, and a retired Barber. Survivors include his wife Jeannette Edmunds Padgett, of Thomson; three daughters, Carol Denise Carson, Aiken County, South Carolina, Sandra Lee Padgett, Columbia, South Carolina, and Rhonda Gayle Padgett, Dearing, Ga., and two step-daughters, Jennifer Hawkins, Thomson, Ga., and Kathy (Mike) Broadway, Grovetown, Ga.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, GA Email Condolence to the family at starling@familink.com. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Beatrice D. Smith   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, December 25, 2006 at University Hospital, Ms. Beatrice D. Smith, 80, of Perry Avenue. Funeral services will be conducted today, Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. from W. H. Mays Mortuary Chapel with Rev. John Lockhart officiating. Everyone is asked to assemble at the funeral home by 4:30 p.m. Friends may call W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Frank Permenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Frank Permenter, Jr. of Seymore Drive entered into rest Friday, December 29, 2006 at the Doctors Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are his son, Maxie Permenter, Augusta; grandson, Stacy Permenter, Augusta; four granddaughters, Tony A. Jackson, Augusta, Dominique Permenter, Cynthia Downing, North Carolina and Deborah Millidge, Hilton Head, S.C.; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard Permenter, Washington, D.C.; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Bertha Mae Johnson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Bertha M. Johnson of Sullivan Road entered into rest on Sunday, December 24, 2006 at University Hospital. Memorial service will be held Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel with Lawrence Brown officiating. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Wm. Pierce Norman (APPLING, Ga.)
APPLING, Ga. - Rev. William Pierce Norman, 66, husband of Hazel Rainwater Norman, entered into rest Friday, December 29, 2006, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta, GA. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, January 1, 2007, at the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, Evans, GA., with the Revs. Wayne Monroe, Bob Gillesbie, and Chip Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Norman was born in Henry County. He began his ministry in Henry County in 1966. A local Sub-district was named there in honor of Pierce in 1967, That same year he began to serve the Union County Circuit in Blairsville, GA., Pierce was a student at Young Harris College. In 1969, he was appointed to Coweta County Circuit in Newnan, GA. Pierce was a student a LaGrange College, graduating eighth in his class with honors. In 1972, he was appointed to Douglas Street UMC in Cartersville, GA, and while serving this pastorate Pierce finished Emory's Candler School of Theology. He received his Master of Theology with honors. In 1977, he was appointed to Gordon's Chapel UMC and served there four years. In 1981, Pierce became the first full-time evangelist to be paid by the Annual Conference. During the 8 years of that appointment he led hundreds of Revivals and Camp meetings around the North Georgia Conference. Pierce is a preacher who combines keen intellect, deep religious insight and an unusual ability to communicate. In 1989, he was appointed as Pastor of Lewis Memorial UMC in Evans, GA. He served that church until 2002, when he retired from pastoral ministry. In June 2005, he was called out of retirement and back into the ministry at Riverview UMC. He served there until his death. Survivors include his wife Hazel Rainwater Norman, of Appling; his children, Brigham T. Norman (Delaine), Statham, GA., Belinda Norman Epps (Gary), Colbert, GA, Wm. Titus Norman, Watkinsville, GA., David L. Rainwater, Jr. (Angie), North Augusta, SC, CraigA. Rainwater (Lori), Thomson, GA., Nicole R. Johnson (Chris), Appling, GA.; his brothers Dewey Norman, Pecos, Texas, and Robert Norman, of Lilburn, GA.; Grandchildren Kayla R. Norman, Russell S. Norman, Nicki Epps, Hayley B. Epps, Lindsay Fore, Lauren Rainwater, Bryce Phillips, Gavin Rainwater, Keylie Raine Johnson, Chase Johnson and Laney Johnson; and one great-grandchild Jordan 'Bean' Smith. Pallbearers will be Stanley Percival, Bryant Percival, Alvin Percival, Harry Kattegat, Carl Staulcup, and Rob Curee; Honorary Pallbearers will be Retired Ministers and Spouses. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 5555 Hereford Farm Road, Evans, GA 30809, or to Riverview United Methodist Church, PO Box 997, Evans, GA 30809. Rev. Norman will lie in state one hour prior to the service. A visitation will be held on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church Fellowship Building, 5555 Hereford Farm Road, Evans, GA. Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, GA. - 706-556-6524 - Email condolence to the family at starling@familink.com. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Robert J. Dore   (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Graveside services for Mr. Robert John Dore, 56, of Keron Way, Hephzibah, GA, who died December 28, 2006 will be conducted Saturday morning at 11 o'clock in Westover Memorial Park. Chaplain Dexter Lambert officiating. Mr. Dore was a native of England having made the North Augusta-Augusta area his life-long home. He was the son of the late Mr. Percival J. Dore and brother of the late Christopher M. Dore and the late Terri Ann Reel. Mr. Dore was greatly loved by all of his family and friends. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Marie Dore, Texas; a son, Robert J. Dore, Denver, CO; his mother, Constance Dore, Hephizibah; a brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence T. and Vikki Dore, North Augusta; a sister, Melina L. Dore, Hephzibah and a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the graveside following the service. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904. 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

James Porter (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Mr. James Edward Porter, Sr., 73, of Bath, SC, beloved husband of forty-nine years to Mrs. Jeanette Harris Porter, died Friday, evening, December 29, 2006, at University Hospital, Augusta, GA. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are to be announced. The family will receive friends Monday, evening, January 1, 2007 from 6 until 8 o'clock at Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Langley, SC

Shirley Anne Twitty   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest at University Hospital on Wednesday, December 27, 2006, Mrs. Shirley Anne Twitty of Augusta. Mrs. Twitty was born and lived her life in Augusta. She was the daughter of Claude M. "Mack" Harman, Sr. and the late Frances Laverne Wolfe Harman. She was retired from Augusta News Print where she worked for 33 years as a Systems Operator. Survivors include her husband, Tommy J. Twitty of Augusta, daughters; Debbie Anne Shelton and Frances Margurie Shelton both of Augusta, son; Robert Clinton "Robbie" Shelton, III of Grovetown, GA, grandchildren; Jessica L. Jarrell, Cory P. Jarrell, Jeff Pickens, C."Tyler" Buchanan, Amanda K. Shelton, Evan R. Shelton, Luke A. Shelton and Angelina M. Shelton, brother; Claude M. "Kinney" Harman, Jr. of Hephzibah, GA, sister; Patricia K. Allen and her husband Ray of North Augusta, SC and a special aunt, Mary Huffman of Martinez, GA. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, December 30, 2006, 6:00 PM, from the Chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with Rev. Henry Shaffer, Sr. officiating. The family will receive friends preceding and following the service on Saturday at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd. Augusta, GA 30907 (706)364-8484.

Janie McGruder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Janie Lynn Robinson McGruder of Pinewood Drive entered into rest Thursday, December 28, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are her husband, Willie McGruder; one daughter, Luciana Robinson McGruder; one son, Lucius Robinson McGruder, Augusta; mother, Willie Mae Robinson, Augusta; three brothers, Barry (Pat) Robinson, Kenneth (Erica) Robinson, Wendell (Stephanie) Robinson, Augusta; three sisters, Joan (Alfred) Dixon, Diane (Vernon) Holman, Sheila (Earl) President, Augusta; two granddaughters, Dynazsa Robinson, Destini Robinson, Augusta; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, GA

Cleo Hyatt   (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mrs. Cleo Hyatt, 84, wife of the late Mr. Troy 'Slim' Hyatt, of New Petersburg Drive, entered into rest Friday, December 29, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 31, 2006 in the chapel of Rowland Funeral Home. Interment will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 1, 2007 at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Woodruff, SC. The family will receive friends at Rowland Funeral Home, Sunday, December 31, 2006 from 3 to 4 p.m. Mrs. Hyatt was a retired civil service employee and was a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Evans, GA. Survivors include three sons, Bobby Watt (Brenda) of Woodruff, SC, Fred Hyatt (Kathy) of Beaufort, SC and Terry Hyatt (Rhonda) of Appling, GA; two daughters, Crystal Hyatt of Martinez and Cheryl Smith (Peter) of Lynchburg, VA; one brother, Thomas Stone of Woodruff, SC; one sister, Estelle Hanson (John) of Tryon, NC; thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The family request that memorials be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 N. Halsted Street, Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60622 or to the American Lung Association, 2050 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904. Visit the online registry at www.rowlandfuneralhome.com . Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Henry Bildstein (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Henry "Hank" Bildstein, Jr., age 72, of Augusta, entered into rest on Saturday morning, December 30, 2006 at the Medical College of Georgia. A native of Reading, PA, he had resided in Augusta since 1968. Mr. Bildstein had retired in 1972 from active duty at Fort Gordon as a SFC E-7 after 20 years of service. During his military career, he completed 3 tours in Korea and 2 tours in Vietnam. He was a decorated Paratrooper receiving recognition as an Instructor of the Heavy Drop and Path finder teams and Jumpmaster. After retirement, he maintained his involvement with fellow paratroopers as a Life Member of the 187th Rakkasan Group Florida Chapter; in which he served as Vice President. He was a member of the VFW Post 649, the American Legion Post 178, the Commanders Club of Disabled AmVets and a Silver member of the Paralyzed Veterans Assoc. He had also retired from Columbia Nitrogen as a Chemical Operator in 1990 after another 18 years of employment, had worked at Bobby Jones Ford in New Car sales and had worked time at Wal Mart for 15 years. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Charlotte Bildstein; one son, Henry Bildstein, III, Los Angeles, CA; one daughter, Brenda Qualman, Evans, GA; four grandchildren, Robert Scott Qualman, Gabrielle Marie Qualman, Stephanie Ann Qualman, Brandon Charles Qualman; three brothers, Conrad Bildstein, Gayland Griffith, Ralph Griffith, Jr.,; two sisters, Peggy Councilman, Diane Frnaklin and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm, on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 from the Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA Interment will follow in Westover Memorial Park with Full Military Honors accorded by the Fort. Gordon Ceremonial Detachment. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Monday evening at the funeral home. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Josie M. Young   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, December 22, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital, Mrs. Josie M. Young of Wheeler Road. Funeral services will be conducted today, Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. from Beulah Grove Baptist Church where Rev. Dr. Sam Davis is Pastor and Rev. Eric Taylor, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Memorial Gardens. The remains will lie in state at the church from 12:00 noon until the hour of service. The funeral procession will leave the residence at 12:15 p.m. FLORIST: 11:00 a.m. Friends may call the residence or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA (706) 722-6401.

Cleo Hyatt (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mrs. Cleo Hyatt, 84, wife of the late Mr. Troy 'Slim' Hyatt, of New Petersburg Drive, entered into rest Friday, December 29, 2006. Funeral services will be held today at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Rowland Funeral Home with Rev. Wes Gardner officiating. Interment will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 1, 2007 at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in Woodruff, SC with Rev. Randall Parnell officiating. The family will receive friends at Rowland Funeral Home this afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. The family request that memorials be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 N. Halsted Street, Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60622 or to the American Lung Association, 2050 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904. Visit the online registry at www.rowlandfuneralhome.com. Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Martha Ebron   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at the Doctors Hospital, Mrs. Martha A. Ebron of Crawfordville Ct. Mrs. Ebron was a native of Augusta and a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of which Rev. Clyde Hill, Sr. is Pastor, where she served as superintendent of Sunday School for 14 years, a member of Junior Choir, E. Golden Choir, E.A. Moss Choir, Clyde Hi Choir and the January Birth Month Club. She was a graduate of Lucy C. Laney and Savannah State College. She retired from the Columbia County DFAC after 30 years. She leaves to cherish her memories a loving and devoted husband, Mr. William H. "Bill" Ebron, Sr.; daughters, Erica Monique Williams Hart, Augusta and Gwendolyn Ebron, North Carolina; sons, Brian Jerry Williams, Augusta, Ronnie (Norma) Ebron, Maryland, William Ebron, Jr., North Carolina; caring father, Mr. Raymond Anderson, Sr., Augusta; mother, Mrs. Mary B. Anderson, Bridgeport, Conn.; sisters, Mary Kelly, Jacksonville, Fla., Ada Wiley, Augusta, Jessie Anderson, Washington, D.C., Willie Mae Davis, New Haven, Conn.; brothers, Robert (Mildred) Anderson, Sr., Colorado, John Henry Anderson,, Augusta, Raymond Anderson, Jr., preceded her in death and Dean Burdell, Connecticut; grandchildren, DeAndrien Hart, Keiliah Hart, Brandon Williams and Kristina Ebron; sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. from Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Clyde Hill officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Family and friends will assemble at the church at 10:40 a.m. Friends may call at the residence or the funeral home. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1800's. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Martin 'Marty' Smith (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Funeral services for , Mr. Martin "Marty" Smith, husband of Mrs. Wanda Green Smith, will be Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. at Bath First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC.

Martin 'Marty' Smith   (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest on Wednesday, December 27, 2006, Mr. Martin "Marty" Smith, husband of Mrs. Wanda Green Smith, 160 Cato Road, Warrenville, SC. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Smith. Surviving is his wife Wanda Green Smith, his mother, Bernice Lane Smith ,a daughter, Monica Brooks (Ryan) and a son, Markus Smith; three sisters, Linda Bramlett (Harold), Judy Fickling (Bobby) and Phyllis Moutzouris; three brothers, Bob Smith (Elaine), Terry Smith (Wanda) and Ricky Smith (Pam) and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. at Bath First Baptist Church with Rev. Herb Sons officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may call on Saturday evening from 5 until 8 at Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley, SC.

Stephen G.M. Wesley (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. Stephen G.M. Wesley age 43, husband of Mrs. Anne Wesley entered into rest on Thursday December 28, 2006 at his residence. A memorial service will be held today, Sunday December 31, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. in the Belair Rd. Chapel of Platt's Funeral Home with Chaplain Col Gordon Groseclose officiating. Additional survivors include, one daughter, LaShaka Wesley, two sons, Nicholas Wesley, and Joshua Wesley. Three brothers, Henry Wesley of Mississippi, Bobby E. Wesley of North Carolina, Douglas A. Wesley also of Mississippi. Two sisters, Leotis Wesley of Mississippi and Sandra K. Wesley of Texas. And many nieces & nephews. Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Leon O. Wesley and Myrtle L. Wesley. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald E. Wesley and Tommy F. Wesley. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home today, Sunday December 31, 2006 from 5:00 until 6:00. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd. Evans,GA. 30809 706-860-6166

Ralph Kennedy   (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mr. Ralph Junior Kennedy, 79, died Thursday evening. Graveside services with military honors will be Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in the Wadley Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral at Smith Funeral Home Wadley. Smith Funeral Home of Wadley in charge of services.

Toby Mims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Toby Mims entered into rest on Friday, December 29, 2006 at Medical College of Georgia. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are sisters, Mary Alice (Clarence) Law, Pauline Scott, Augusta; brothers, Joe (Linda) Mims, Mike Mims, Augusta, Curtis Mims, Atlanta, Jerry Mims, Savannah; nieces and nephews. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Odessa Durden Hall   (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mrs. Odessa Durden Hall, age 94, resident of Swainsboro, died this morning in the Emanuel Medical Center Nursing Home. Mrs. Hall, born in Emanuel County had lived here all her life. She retired in 1978 from the Emanuel County School System where she worked in the lunch room and was a member of the Swainsboro First Baptist Church. She was the last survivor of 10 children. Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Tomlinson Funeral Home with Elder Tommy Roundtree officiating. Interment will follow in the Swainsboro City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny Hall, Casey Clark, Scott Hall, Shane Hall, and Lincoln Kettles. She is survived by a son, Hollis (Emily) Hall of Dublin, Ga.; daughter, Dorla (Seab) Clark of Swainsboro; five grandchildren, Angela Kettles, Aaron Clark and Amanda Story, all of Swainsboro, Phyllis Hall of Elberton, Ga. and Johnny Hall of Cumming, Ga.; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. The family will receive friends Saturday evening between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are by Tomlinson Funeral Home of Swainsboro. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Robert J. Porter (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mr. Robert J. Porter, 68, of Beech Island Avenue, Beech Island, SC, who died December 29, 2006 will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home. Chaplin Alan Faulkner officiating. Interment in Pineview Memorial Gardens. Mr. Porter was a native of Winsted, Connecticut, a former resident of North Augusta, having made Beech Island his home for the past 25 years. He was retired from Kimberly-Clark and an Episcopalian. Survivors include his wife Richie Lou Freeman Porter; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Tonya Porter, North Augusta, David and Wanda Porter, Evans and Douglas and Melissa Bennett, Beech Island; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Jimmy Morrison, Clearwater, Lori and Ron Rau and Donna Lee and Phillip Teague, all of North Augusta; a step brother, Bob McCarthy, Winsted, Conn.; two sisters, Gerri Kehoe, Pasadena, CA and Leona Allyn, Canaan, Conn; nine grandchildren; his friend and mother of his children Donna Porter, North Augusta. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6 to 8. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1725, Augusta, GA 30903. 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

Janie McGruder   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Janie Lynn Robinson McGruder of Pinewood Drive entered into rest Thursday, December 28, 2006 at the University Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are her husband, Willie McGruder; one daughter, Luciana T. McGruder, Lucius McGruder, Augusta; mother, Willie Mae Robinson, Augusta; three brothers, Barry Robinson, Kenneth Robinson, Wendell Robinson, Augusta; three sisters, Joan Dixon, Diane Holman, Shiela President, Augusta; two granddaughters, Dynazsa Robinson, Destini Robinson, Augusta; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Williams Funeral Home, 2945 Old Tobacco Road, Hephzibah, GA

Charlie T. McCain (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at his residence, Mr. Charlie T. McCain, Jr., 50, of Sandy Springs Road. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. from Carey Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Clifford Williams, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens. Survivors are his father, Mr. Charlie R. McCain, Sr.; three sisters, Brenda McCain Johnson, Sallie McCain and Janice McCain (Don) Dandy, all of Trenton, SC; two nephews, Darren Johnson, Augusta, GA and Brandon Dandy, Trenton, SC; two great nephews, Darius Johnson and Ashton Johnson, both of Augusta, GA; and a host of other relatives 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

Wylie Hutcheson   (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Wylie Hall Hutcheson age 93, widow of the late Claude Hillyer Hutcheson, Sr. entered into rest on Thursday December 28, 2006 at Westwood Nursing Home. Graveside services will be held today , Saturday December 30, 2006 at Westover Memorial Park at 3:00 p.m. with Dr. Michael Ruffin officiating. She is survived by her son Claude Hillyer Hutcheson, Jr. and daughter in law Barbara Loverin Hutcheson of Greensboro, NC; one daughter Barbara Hutcheson Golden and her husband Ronald Wayne Golden of Augusta; her granddaughter, Ashley Golden Boyd and her husband Mark Boyd and their children Avery Caroline Boyd and Grayson Mark Boyd of Evans, GA; one brother, William Jesse Hall of Warner Robins, GA and his children Robert Hall and his wife Jackie, Reynolds Hall and his wife Jean, David Hall and his wife Annette and Carol Hall Armstrong and her husband Edward and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, of Mayfield, GAand her sisters, Janie Elizabeth Hall, who died at the age of 19; and Mary Hall Cowan of Arlington, VA. Her family is especially grateful to her niece, Ann Hutcheson Barton and her husband Leon, for their love and support while she was in Beverly Villa and Westwood. The family wishes to thank the staff at Beverly Villa and Westwood for their loving care for the past five years. Mrs. Hutcheson was born in Mayfield, GA on April 8, 1913 but lived most of her life in Augusta, GA. She was the daughter of Jesse William Hall and Claudia Reynolds Hall of Mayfield,GA. She was a member of The Hill Baptist Church for seventy years. Mrs. Hutcheson graduated from the Barrett School of Nursing, University Hospital, in 1934 as a registered nurse. She was a private duty nurse at University Hospital and St. Joseph hospital for over forty five years. She was a member of the University Hospital Nursing Alumni. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, nurse and a wonderful friend to those who knew her. The family will receive friends following the service at the cemetery and also at her daughter's residence. Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd., Evans, GA. 30809 706-860-6166

Richard Armstrong   (SPARTA, Ga.)
SPARTA, Ga. - Mr. Richard Henry Armstrong, 77, of Lanier Road, White Plains, died December 28, 2006 at his residence. Survivors include daughter, Annie G. Stokes; sons, Paul H. Armstrong, Gonnie Armstrong, John H. Armstrong and Samuel L. Armstrong and brothers, Leroy Stembridge, Jr. and Robert Stembridge. Services will be held Sunday, December 31, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at New Greensprings A.M.E. Church in Sparta, GA.

Steward Johnson (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Janie McGruder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Charles J. Bryant (SILOAM, Ga.)

Stephen G.M. Wesley (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Gladys Souder Dahin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Henry Bildstein (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cleo Hyatt (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Myrtle Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Frank Permenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Charlie T. McCain (TRENTON, S.C.)

Janie McGruder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Florintino Hernandez (WADLEY, Ga.)

Robert J. Porter (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Toby Mims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Charles Beatty (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Roscoe Wayne Oliver (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Frank Brady (THOMSON, Ga.)

Wilton M. Browne (GREENSBORO, S.C.)

James W. Merritt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Frances M. Chapman (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

James Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Shirley Anne Twitty (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cleo Hyatt (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Louise Sanders Wall (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Edward Boehs (WRENS, Ga.)

Richard Armstrong (SPARTA, Ga.)

Wm. Pierce Norman (APPLING, Ga.)

James W. Merritt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

James Porter (BATH, S.C.)

Stephen G.M. Wesley (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Gus A. Smith (THOMSON, Ga.)

Beatrice D. Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Charles Robert Mays (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

George Allmond (BUCKHEAD, Ga.)

Mary Anne Marchman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Robert J. Dore (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mary Julia Quaife (DEXTER, Ga.)

Samuel A. Parrisher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jessie Roberts (THOMSON, Ga.)

Josie M. Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Gus A. Smith (THOMSON, Ga.)

Odessa Durden Hall (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Eloise Wammock (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Martha Rutland (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Martha Ebron (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Bertha Mae Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Robert J. Porter (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Roy Lee Burrum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Carl Stephen Payne (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

William B. Padgett (THOMSON, Ga.)

Judith Clarke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Alonzo Cummings (AIKEN, S.C.)

Frank Permenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Billy Harris Borger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ernest R. Basham (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ralph Kennedy (WADLEY, Ga.)

Martin 'Marty' Smith (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Charlie T. McCain (TRENTON, S.C.)

William B. Padgett (THOMSON, Ga.)

Linda Brehm (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Martin 'Marty' Smith (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Carl S. Payne (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Nora Lee Harrison (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Myrtle Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Wylie Hutcheson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Area announcements

Six sports stories we'll remember from 2006

Overtime
National League championship series MVP Jeff Suppan would earn $52.75 million over five years under his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers if the club option for 2011 is exercised.

Braves, Falcons fans left hoping for something better next year
At the end of their 162nd game, the Atlanta Braves found themselves in an unfamiliar position. Done.

Six sports stories we'll remember from 2006
We picked the six biggest local sports stories from 2006.

Area announcements
A 13-under travel team is looking for three new players. For information, call Craig Cameron at (803) 613-9189.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx announced several player moves before this weekend's home-and-home series with the Charlotte Checkers following a five-player trade between the NHL's Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Outdoors calendar

Anglers get new edge
Bob Thompson makes a career out of something most of us would pay to do.

Wolfpack teams a force on court
For a school widely known for success in baseball and softball, the Greenbrier basketball programs are starting to make a name for themselves.

Scoreboard 123006 - The Augusta Chronicle

'Baby Shaq' energizes Lady Musketeers
AIKEN - There was really no doubt as to who would be clutching the United Energy Holiday Classic's most valuable player trophy.

Receiver thinks Falcons need to have more fun
To find inspiration for today's regular season-finale at Philadelphia, all Roddy White has to do is close his eyes.

NFL power rankings
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock will rank the pro teams.

NFL Playoff Scenarios
Playoff scenarios for week 17 as provided by the NFL:

Tiki, Giants run wild
Tiki Barber didn't want his career to end here, not on a Saturday night against a losing team in front of thousands of empty seats. He put the New York Giants on his shoulders and led them to victory - and probably the playoffs.

Tomlinson to run away with honor
One of the four leading contenders for the defensive player of the year award had a lot to say about another this week.

Eagles' defense torments Vick
For a one-of-a-kind quarterback, Michael Vick sure has looked ordinary against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Giants are seeking momentum
LANDOVER, Md. - The New York Giants seem intent on becoming the most dysfunctional team in NFL history to make the playoffs.

Monastery's Web site teaches about prayer
Jean McGoff takes it for granted that she and every other member of the human race have something in common - a hunger for God.

Faith calendar
List of New Year's Eve activities and events, along with other religion

What makes you peaceful?
Peace ... the word brings welcomed calm, an expectation of tranquility and quiet fulfillment.

Faith digest
DJ Roy Hayes will head the entertainment for the Christian Singles' New Year's Eve Dance at 8 p.m. Sunday at Westside High School, 1002 Patriots Way. The event is sponsored by the Christian Social Association for Single Adults.

Anglers get new edge

Dogs' season plays out in bowl victory

The James Brown Review
May 3, 1933: James Brown is born in Barnwell, S.C., to Susie and Joseph Brown. James' mother leaves the family when he is 4.

The Amazing James Brown
A study in contrasts, James Brown was an icon and iconoclast, an artist and an outlaw, a public persona and a private man who kept family and friends close.

Golden memories
"My dad worked at the Imperial as the projectionist and we always went to work with him and played in the balcony when we were kids...''

Albums of a lifetime
A prolific artist, James Brown released hundreds of studio albums, singles and live releases. here's a list of his major releases, excluding compilation albums, plus some highlights from his substantial music catalog (images of all albums were not available).

Landmarks of a legend
984 BROAD ST.: Soul Bar, which is decorated with James Brown mementos and memorabilia.

Georgia looks to cap year with win
Georgia finished the season in December and out of the top 10 for the first time in five years Saturday night, neither of which are conditions the Bulldogs would have aimed for four months ago.

Taylor steals show, defensive award

Win punctuates frustrating year
At 6-4, Georgia's season appeared lost. The Bulldogs' streak of 10-win seasons and top-10 rankings would end at four and they were facing the real possibility of a losing record.

Bulldogs don't want luster to fade away

Win punctuates frustrating year

Taylor steals show, defensive award
Tony Taylor marched toward the Georgia Dome tunnel clutching the Chick-fil-A Bowl defensive MVP trophy in his left hand and his helmet in his right after Georgia's 31-24 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Bulldogs don't want luster to fade away
ATLANTA - The Georgia Bulldogs hope one more quality win will vault them into the top 25, where the team hasn't been since October when its slide of losing four of five games began, redeeming the 2006 season.

Georgia looks to cap year with win

Gamecocks give Spurrier bowl victory

Gamecocks give Spurrier bowl victory
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - South Carolina and Houston put on a record-setting offensive show for the first 30 minutes of the Liberty Bowl. The Gamecocks provided the defense when it mattered most.

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James Brown was deeply spiritual

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