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Posted: March 7, 2012 - 10:55pm  |  Updated: March 7, 2012 - 10:57pm

BONEVILLE, Ga. – Mr. Lamar Brassell, 79 of Boneville, entered into rest Feb. 27, 2012.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Marshall Baptist Church with the Rev. John Prater, the Rev. Don Reeves and the Rev. Phillip Gandy officiating. Interment followed at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Michael Lee Neal, Jr., Lamar “Marty” Montgomery, Charles Smith, David Smith, Charlie Reville and Mickey Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Marshall Baptist Men’s Sunday School Class.

Mr. Brassell was born in Gibson, and lived in Thomson, most of his life. He was the son of the late John B. Brassell and the late Rosa Stanley Brassell. Mr. Brassell was a retired driver for Overnite Transportation with over 27 years of service. He was also a member of Marshall Baptist Church and the Thomson Lion’s Club.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Thelma W. Brassell; daughters, Deborah Lynn Neal and husband, Mike of Gibson, Vicki Montgomery Yates and husband, Tommy of Thomson; step-sons, Charles Smith and wife, Margaret of Killeen, Texas, David Smith and wife, Shirley of Dearing, Terry Smith and wife, Claudia of Boneville; sister, Joann Johnson of Mitchell; grandchildren, Michael Lee Neal Jr., Lamar “Marty” Montgomery and Patricia Denise Johnston; three great grandchildren and 12 step -grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Gaines William Driver, 87, beloved husband of 60 years to Frances Cox Driver, entered into rest March 1, 2012, at his residence.

Born and raised in Elbert County, Ga., Mr. Driver had lived in Thomson for over 50 years. He was a veteran of World War II where he served as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Mr. Driver retired from Darrell Johnson Motors after 30 years of service in the paint and body department. Mr. Driver was a loving husband, kind father, adored grandfather and great grandfather. His family will miss his humor, and forever be grateful for the time spent with him.

Survivors include his wife, Frances; daughters, Gainette Haywood of Warrenton; Janice (John) Alley of Martinez; and Susan Driver of Thomson; grandchildren Natalie (Preston) Scoggins of Augusta, Erik (Jennie) Phillips of Evans, Shannon (Trey) Kernaghan of Walterboro, S.C., and Jordan (Racheal Harris) Haywood of Charlotte, N.C.; six great grandchildren, and sister, Ozzie Driver Seymour of Elberton. He was preceded in death by daughter Renae Bowman and grandson, Jonathan Alley.

Graveside services with military honors were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4, 2012, from the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Randy Monk officiating.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to caretaker James Taylor, nurses Walter Harwood and Kelly Cashin, and University Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Rd. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


The funeral service for Mr. W.C. Frails, 72 of Thomson, was held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 2 p.m. at First Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Appling, with Pastor, Mark A. Gibson Sr., presiding, and the Rev. Michael Ford, eulogist. Interment was in the Westview Cemetery, Thomson.

Survivors include his wife, Shelly Frails, Thomson; a daughter, Renee Frails, Harlem; a son, James (Shawnee) Frails, Grovetown; 4 grandchildren, Shaquana Thomas, Hampton, VA, Ashley Frails, Alicia Frails, and Abby Frails, all of Grovetown; 2 sisters, Vivian Frails, Thomson, and Annie Bell Brooks, Newark, NJ; 3 brothers, Joe Frails, Dearing, Johnny (Mattie) Frails, Harlem, and Phillip (Mattie) Frails, Grovetown; in-laws, Daisy (Leonard) Neal, Rosa (Rev. Sammy) Jeffery, Herman Moss, and Johnny Moss, all of Thomson; 3 sister-in-laws, Carrie Frails, Harlem, Joann Frails, Augusta, and Mattie Frails, Harlem; his beloved pet, Blacky; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.


HARLEM, Ga. - Mr. Homer A. Gay, 70, husband of Mrs. Ellen Gay, entered into rest on Friday, March 2, 2012.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Silver Run Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Pitman officiating. Interment was in Harlem Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Homer was born in Columbia County to the late Bogey Gay and Ida Mae Miles Gay and was plant manager for the Tracy-Lucky Company for 53 years. He was a member of the Moose Club and Silver Run Baptist Church. He will be missed by everyone.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen L. Gay; three daughters, Delores Kitchens (James), Gibson, Denice Kirby (Steve) Nunez, Dena Clifton (Brent), Twin City; one son Steve Akridge (Emma), Dellwood; grandchildren, Shannon Craig (Kelly), Jessica Kitchens, Krystal Kitchens, Tommy Kirby (Laci), Nichole Creech ( Gene), Tiffany Oliver (Timmy), Christopher Clifton, Dustin Akridge and Rebecca Akridge; twelve great-grandchildren; nephew, Pete Allen and several additional nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Randy Frost, Russell Cook, Clayton Galloway, Tommy Kirby, Gene Creech and Kelley Craig.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Silver Run Fellowship Hall Building Fund, 5406 Highway 221 SE, Harlem, GA 30814.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



WARRENTON, GA - Mrs. Mildred Johnson Hart, wife of 69 years of Mr. John Wood Hart, entered into the presence of her Heavenly Father, surrounded by her family on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Johnson United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Miss Mildred was born on April 10, 1925 in Warren County to the late John Alvin Johnson and Beulah Rabun Johnson. She owned and operated Harts Custom Draperies for over 30 years and was a member of the Bastonville Home Demonstration Club. She was also a member of the Johnson United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her four daughters and sons-in law, Elizabeth Ann Lamb and Raymond, Augusta, Becky Carpenter and Michael, Augusta, Brenda Starling and Darron, Harlem, and Joan Allen and Edward, Augusta; grandchildren, Greg Lamb, Charles Lamb, Melanie (Bryan) Rodgers, Julie (Brian) Coursey, Matt (Caitlin) DeLoach, Mark Starling, and Jennifer Roberts; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Zuline Wille and Jane Hunt, Thomson; and one brother, Denton Johnson, Augusta. She was predeceased by two sons, Charles E. Hart and John D. Hart and two brothers Douglas Johnson and Jack Johnson.

Pallbearers were Greg Lamb, Charles Lamb, Matt DeLoach, Mark Starling, Bryan Rodgers, Brian Coursey and Dalton Lamb.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Johnson United Methodist Church Cemetery, c/o Joe Shurley, Warrenton.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


THOMSON, Ga. - Funeral service for Mr. William Theodis Hobbs Sr., 88 of Thomson, was held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Aldred C.M.E. Church, Warrenton, with Pastor, Rev. Dr. Willie J. Wiley, Eulogist, and Elder David McCord, Presiding. Interment: was in Poplar Head Baptist Church Cemetery, Dearing.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.


THOMSON, Ga. – Mr. Larry Dutton Meier, 73 of Thomson, entered into rest Feb. 28, 2012.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., March 3, 2012, at the Meier Family Cemetery, 3633 Wrens Hwy. Thomson, Georgia with the Rev. Harold Bahlow officiating.

A native of Abilene, Kansas, Mr. Meier had lived in Columbia and McDuffie Counties for over 20 years. He was retired after a full career with the U. S. Corps of Engineers, where he started as a ranger with Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri and was promoted to Lake Resource Manager with Lake Shelbyville in Shelbyville, Illinois. Mr. Meier moved to Atlanta Ga., where he served in the South Atlantic Division office, worked for a short period with the Tennessee Valley Authority in Norris, Tennessee and finally moved to Augusta, Georgia, where he served as Lake Resource Manager at Thurmond Lake Reservoir until he retired in 1995. He was a Episcopalian by faith. Mr. Meier was a loving and kind husband, father and son-in-law. He will be forever missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his daughters, Dee Newton and husband, Sam, Grovetown, Marla Lockhart and husband, Charles, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; grandsons, Ross Newton, Tripp Boyd and Walker Boyd; sisters, Lynn Miedke and husband, Phil and Mary Bronson; his mother- in-law, Waneta Lovitt, Martinez; fiance’, Paula Adams and beloved friends, Robert and Rosa Hunt, Thomson. Mr. Meier was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kay Lovitt Meier.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


WARRENTON, Ga. - Mrs. Myra Richards Rabun, 83 entered into rest March 3, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold J. Rabun.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 5, 2012 from the Sweetwater Baptist Church with the Revs. J.B. Redd and Grant Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Rabun was a native of Warren County, and was the daughter of the late B. E. Richards and the late Frances Rabun Richards. She was retired from civil service at Ft. Gordon with 30 years of service. Mrs. Rabun was a faithful and devoted member of Sweetwater Baptist Church where she had served as secretary of the youth department.

Survivors include her daughter, Lori King and husband, John of Eatonton, GA; sister, Brenda Wilson and husband, Willard of Warrenton; grandchildren, Wyatt King and Rachel King. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, J. D. Richards and Felts Richards.

Memorials may be made to Sweetwater Baptist Church, 1606 Wrens Hwy, Thomson, GA 30824.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


THOMSON, Ga. Mrs. Joyce H. Sparks, 79, wife of 61 years of the late Arthur Quitman Sparks, entered into rest Thursday, March 2, 2012, at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2012, in the Knox Chapel at Thomson First United Methodist Church, Thomson,. with the Rev. John Barnes officiating. Interment followed in the South Harlem Memorial Gardens, Harlem.

A Thomson. resident since 1990, Mrs. Sparks was born in Columbus, Ga. to the late James Cooper Hamer and Ruth Elizabeth Williams Hamer. She was a retired Piano teacher and Paraprofessional for the Richmond County Board of Education and was a member of Thomson First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one son William A. (Barbara) Sparks, Maryland; one daughter Debra (Woods) Sparks Huff, Washington; son-in-law, Ray Daigle, Harlem; grandchildren Jason ( Jennifer) Hooton, Miranda Hooton Cushman (Scott), Philip Sparks, Christina Rickerson and Joseph Sparks; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Quitman Sparks, two children Benjamin W. Sparks and Tamra Ruth Sparks-Daigle and one brother Grady Stanley Hamer.

Pallbearers were Woods Huff, Jason Hooton, Scott Cushman, Ray Daigle, Ferrell Hamer.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Thomson First United Methodist Church, 353 Main Street, Thomson, Georgia 30824.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Lucille Braddock Williamson 76, widow of Mr. Henry E. Williamson died Friday, March 2, 2012 at her residence. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 5, in the Westover Memorial Park in Augusta, with the Rev. Tom Kalliokoski officiating.

Mrs. Williamson was a native of Jefferson Co., but had lived in Thomson for many years. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her daughter, Jenny (Chuck) Powell, Thomson; her son, Carl (Gale) Williamson, Thomson; her grandchildren, Carla Williamson, Parker Whitaker, Payne Powell, and her great- grandchildren, Tanner Williamson, Amber Clark.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The McDuffie Mirror
welcomes obituaries of
interest to Thomson and the surrounding area. Families may work through their funeral homes. Or send obituaries to

Mr. Lamar Brassell

Mr. Gaines William Driver

Mr. W.C. Frails

Mr. Homer A. Gay

Mrs. Mildred Johnson Hart

Mr. William Theodis Hobbs Sr.

Mr. Larry Dutton Meier

Mrs. Myra Richards Rabun

Mrs. Joyce H. Sparks

Mrs. Lucille Braddock Williamson


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