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Obituaries

 Jackie  Dodd

Jackie Dodd

November 21, 1962 - October 14, 2020

We are saddened to announce the passing of Jackie M. Dodd, of Augusta GA, on October 14, 2020. Jackie was a character her entire life. What she lacked in physical statue, she more than made up for with quick wit, tenacious personality, and stubborn charm. She met her husband, Paul Dodd, while working at a hospital at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio during 1980. He would constantly need “supplies” from her department, which was a thinly veiled excuse to see her. Jackie described her life with Paul as the perfect marriage.

Married for 40 years, they travelled the world together while Paul served in the Air Force. They had two children together, Christopher Dodd and Joshua Dodd. Jackie raised her children with values she thought we both important and would serve them well as they got older. This included a curiosity and hunger for knowledge, a willingness to ask questions, and a resourcefulness to find beauty and interest in the mundane. As her children matured, Jackie’s fierce but loving personality crafted them into adults, where they eventually married themselves.

Jackie was stubborn, but also carefree. She stood firm where her ideologies said and would fight to the ends of the world for any cause she deemed worthy. Jackie’s famous saying, which rings true with her children to this day, “If you don’t stand for something, then you’ll fall for anything” is a testament to her deeply held beliefs and strength. This, of course, is punctuated by her love of crafting, quilting, and caring for others. Jackie loved to travel, seeing natural beauty in the smokey mountains, or Floridian beaches. She has many photos of her children in the Texas Blue Bonnets.

When her children were young, she made up a game to teach them how to count while also completing a much-needed chore- whoever collected the most Cicada shells won. While unusual at first, Christopher and Joshua loved the game and now as an adult, Joshua keeps a cicada framed on his wall as a fond memory. Once her own children were grown, Jackie’s love of nurturing and educating youth never stopped. She immediately took her nieces’ and nephews’ children under her wings. Even in poor health, she would teach them basic science, counting, colors, and most importantly crafting. She loved children, and never stopped smiling when spending time with them.

Jackie’s legacy is long lived, exuberant, and much like her, feisty. She is survived by her husband Paul Dodd, Son Christopher Dodd, Daughter in Law Lindsey Dodd, Son Joshua Hernandez Dodd, and Son in Law Brian Hernandez Dodd. They carry on her tenacity, sarcasm, and wit to the world with the love and support they always received from her.

Goodbye Mom, we love you very much.

Jackie never wanted a large ceremony, so in lieu of flowers or funeral there will be an intimate memorial service for the family.

 Eleanor  Farrell

Eleanor Farrell

August 6, 1924 - October 10, 2020

Mrs. Eleanor S. Farrell, 96, of Augusta, GA passed away peacefully October 10, 2020.  Eleanor was born August 6, 1924 in Everett, OH.  She was the daughter of Emily and Baird Shultz.  At a young age she was adopted by her Aunt and Uncle Edna and Marc Stutzman who she loved very much and considered them her mom and dad as well.

Eleanor served her country during WWII in the Women’s Army Corp.  During her service, she met the love of her life, her husband Bill.  Following her husband’s retirement, they enjoyed traveling.  They spent many years in Carlisle, PA raising their family.  In 1983, they decided to leave the snowy winters and moved to Augusta, GA.

Eleanor was a devoted member of The First Church of Christ Scientist.  Her faith served her well and was an inspiration to many.  In the words of one of her favorite hymns, “Mother finds her home and heavenly rest”. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, William E. Farrell.   Also her son Marc Farrell (Diane McCormick) of Harrisburg, PA and daughters  Diane Farrell Walker also of Harrisburg, PA and Mary Ann Ferguson of Augusta, GA.  Grandchildren Carey Gohl-Campbell, Bryden McCurdy, Meaghan Farrell and Katy Miller.  Great-Grandchildren Joshua Johnson, Kaleb Campbell, Adria McGarry, Audrey Chambers, Easton Miller and Harper Ann Miller.

There will be no service.  Interment will be at a later date at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, PA.

 Dolores  Byrne

Dolores Byrne

February 24, 1930 - September 21, 2020

Dolores Byrne of Augusta, GA, entered into rest on September 21, 2020 at her home. 

Dolores is preceeded in death by her parents, Harry and Marie Bivens; and her husband, Jospeh Andrew Byrne.  She is survived by her children Jim Bryne, Mary Davis, Terri Parlante; grandchildren Charlie Wispart, Tim Byrne, Dwayne Watson, and Shane Watson;  and great grandchildren Kyle Byrne, and Colby Byrne. 

 Cynthia Sellers Gibson

Cynthia Sellers Gibson

August 7, 1957 - September 20, 2020

Cynthia Sellers Gibson

August 7, 1957 - September 20, 2020

Cynthia (Cindy) Sellers Gibson, 63, died September 20, 2020 at Doctor’s Hospital of Augusta.  She was a native of Brunswick, Georgia and had moved to Augusta, Georgia in 2019 to enjoy retirement. She is predeceased by her mother, Betty Sellers.  She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Doug Gibson. She is also survived by:  her children, Christy Weber (Jon) and Bryan Gibson (Lyndsey); her grandchildren, Henry and Samantha Gibson; her father Charles Sellers; her sister, Cheryl Sellers (Terry); her niece and nephew, Heather Gunnells and Gavin Sellers; and many more family members. Private family gatherings will be held in lieu of a public service at this time.

 John Thomas Davis

John Thomas Davis

May 30, 1934 - September 19, 2020

Mr. John Thomas Davis, of Augusta, GA, passed away on Saturday morning, September 19, 2020 at the age of 86.

John served his country in the United States Airforce while raising three sons Jerry, Gerald, and Ronald Davis in his beloved St. Louis, Missouri. John then took a chance on love and moved to Augusta, GA to meet and marry his long-distance sweetheart Elizabeth Aldridge Davis. This love story has been 24 years of push and pull- but grounded in love as John himself proclaimed in his last few moments. John took on the role of stepdad to Beth’s married daughters, Tammy and Shannon and then he expanded this role to Grandpa with a total of 5 granddaughters, Jessica, Ansley, Dee Anna, Shakia, and Sarah, and 1 grandson Spencer.

The family welcomes you to join us in a memorial service to remember together our shared memories of John in a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:00 am at Woodlawn Baptist Church on Columbia Road. Masks will be required.

 Bennie "Ben" Coleman  Newman

Bennie "Ben" Coleman Newman

April 28, 1931 - September 19, 2020

Bennie “Ben” Coleman Newman, also known as “Deak” entered into rest on Saturday, September 19, 2020.  He was born on April 28, 1931 in Hephzibah, GA.  Ben is survived by his bride Iris for almost 65 years.  He also leaves behind 4 children; 1 grand-daughter; step- grandchildren; and great grand-children. 

Ben is retired from Georgia Iron Works as a wood pattern maker.  Carpentry was his trade for many years.  He built his own house and even helped on Kingdom Hall quick builds.

He served in the Korean War.  Loved whoppers, pizza, ice cream, cookies, and pecan pies.  He had a fondness of animals. He liked camping, fishing, and sitting on the front porch.

He was very quiet, but would express something funny at times and give a big grin.

Due to COVID-19 there will be no services at this time, but cards and phone calls are welcome.

 Wayne Edward  Fray

Wayne Edward Fray

April 9, 1949 - September 17, 2020

Wayne Edward Fray, 71, of Augusta, GA, entered into life eternal, September 17, 2020.  Wayne was born on April 9, 1949 in Junction City, Kansas.

Wayne was preceded I death by his parents, Wayne William and Elfrida Fray; a sister-in-law Sheila Fray.  He is survived by his wife of over thirty years, Grace E. Fray “Libby”; in addition to his wife family members include his children, Patrick Coker of Augusta, GA, James Coker of Waynesboro, GA, Samantha “Phillip” Barrett of Augusta, GA; Tammy “Blake” Slater of Hephzibah; brothers Glen and David Fray of Augusta, GA; a sister Shirley “Gene” of Valdosta, GA; 11 grandchildren; 3 nieces and 7 nephews.

Wayne was a fifth degree black belt in Karate.  He owned several Karate schools in his lifetime.  He was the owner and operator of Courtesy Alert Cab Co.. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.  But life for him has not ended; because he took his last breath with his loving wife by his side, a smile come over his face, then she knew that life for him had just begun in a land with no more pain or sorrow.

My Fray’s home going will be celebrated Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 2:00 pm, at the Langley Cemetery on Langley Cemetery Rd, Warrenville, SC. Officiated by Rev. Stephen Black.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.arlingtonfuneral.com, Arlington Burial & Cremation, 1220 George C Wilson, Suite C, Augusta, GA 30909  762-994-0311

 Johnnie Phil  Hoffman

Johnnie Phil Hoffman

July 27, 1944 - September 16, 2020

Mr. Johnnie P. “Phil” Hoffman, 76, entered into rest on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Hoffman was a veteran of the United Stated Marine Corps and served with distinction in the Vietnam War. He was predeceased by his wife Lori and son Nicholas Hoffman. He is survived by former wife Gwen, sons Chris (Leslie), Sean (Cathy), Eric (Jessica), and Nelson Hoffman. A private service will be held at a later date in his hometown of Harlem, Georgia. 

 Joyce Christine McClain

Joyce Christine McClain

February 23, 1959 - September 16, 2020

Joyce McClain entered into rest on Sunday September 13, 2020 at her home in North Augusta, SC. 

She is preceded in death by her father, Florence McClain; and brother Mike McClain.  Joyce is survived by her loving husband, Russell Hensley; mother Barbara McClain; sisters Susan Martin, and Beth Dingler; and a brother Larry Doyle.

Joyce loved travelling the country with Russell; she enjoyed nature; and she always loved to meet new people. 

 Steven  Howerton

Steven Howerton

August 27, 1948 - September 16, 2020

Howerton, Steven

August 27, 1948 - September 16, 2020

 

 Steven Lee  Howerton, of Longs, SC, passed away peace­fully September 16th at the Charlie Norwood VA Hospital in Augusta, GA.

Born in Greens­boro, NC, Steve was a graduate of UNCG (1970) and proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He pur­sued several lines of employ­ment but retired doing what he loved most: driving trucks. He had a passion for golf and remained a loyal Atlanta Braves fan till the end. He was an avid music lover who retired to the coast to foster his love of shag dancing and to be near his grandkids.

He is survived by his three children, Benjamin Lee Howerton, Kath­ryn Howerton Epstein and Matthew Steven How­erton; two siblings, Karen Howerton and Andrew Howerton; two grandchildren, Alice Howerton and Charlie Howerton; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Pia.

Online condolences may be made at www.arlingtonfuneral­home.com. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 Casey Edward Bennett

Casey Edward Bennett

July 31, 1961 - September 13, 2020

Casey departed this life on September 23, 2020, at his residence, he was born on July 31, 1961, in Evans, Ga. He was the seventh of nine siblings. Casey was preceded in death by his father Jefferson Bennett Sr,. his mother Neomia Roscoe Bennett, his two sisters Gertrude Murray and Vernell Turner.

Casey was a volunteer for the Belvedere Rescue Squad and worked as a waiter/supervisor for numerous Ihop locations across the CSRA.

He is survived by His five brothers and two sisters Johnny "Bobby" Roscoe, Michael Bennett, Pastor Jefferson Bennett Jr., Eddie Bennett, Leroy Bennett, Annie Mae Germany, Brenda Brown.

Due to COVID-19, the service will be limited to the immediate family only.

 

 James "J.R."  Johnson

James "J.R." Johnson

September 24, 1942 - September 10, 2020

James R. Johnson, J.R to friends and Pete to family, at 77 years old, was called home on September 10, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, John C. (JC) and Elsie Johnson and his wife of 53 years, Diane Scasbrick Johnson.

James was a character known and loved by many for his sense of humor and ability to make you laugh at the same jokes over and over again. He gave his time in service to the Army National Guard for several years. He was a carpenter by trade working in and around the CSRA all his life. He never forgot a house he worked on. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Baptist Church, where he served some time as a deacon, drove the church bus and helped with expansion of the church through the years. More than anything, James loved his family…all girls and he loved it that way! He is survived by daughters, Christi Johnson (George), North Augusta, SC; Renee Durden, Augusta, GA; and Amber Johnson, Beech Island, SC. Grandchildren, Kayla Wieters (Dusty); Sarah Wieters (Max); Angel Christmas (Tyler); Mandie Grant; Mya Duckworth and great-grandchild Kaiah Noelle Hunter.

Funeral services will be Monday, September 14, 2020, at 11:00 graveside at Westover Memorial Park,

2601 Wheeler Rd., Augusta GA 30904. Rev. Dr. George Johnson will be officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 10:00 – 11:00. 

Condolences may be expressed online at www.arlingtonfuneral.com, Arlington Burial & Cremation, 1220 George C Wilson, Suite C, Augusta, GA 30909

 Rebecca Ann Walker

Rebecca Ann Walker

June 18, 1982 - September 10, 2020

Rebecca Ann Walker of Blythe, GA, passed away September 10, 2020 at University Hospital. 

Rebecca was born June 18, 1982 to Patsy Pearson (Walker) and Kenneth ‘Buster’ Walker.  She was born in Augusta, GA, and retired as Webmaster at Augusta Technical College.  In her spare time, she loved to travel and attend live music events.  Her smile was infectious and her strength immeasurable.

Rebecca is survived by her loving mother, Patsy Pearson; sister, Patrice Walker; loving cousins Deborah Chastain and Teresa Stewart; and best friends Erica Pastecki Boocker and Carrie Rimmer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her honor to the CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood Street, Augusta, GA, 30904.

 Brenda  Williams

Brenda Williams

March 8, 1949 - September 1, 2020

Brenda Louise Waters Williams, 71 of Martinez GA, passed away on September 1, 2020.

She was born in Jenkins County GA in 1949 and grew up in Screven County GA. She was the daughter of the late Ralph Waters and Hattie Joyner Waters. Brenda was a 1967 graduate of Screven County High School and was employed for many years by the Columbia County Board of Education  and JC Penny. Brenda was a beautiful soul, a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend. She was a loyal fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, the Atlanta Falcons and Elvis Presley.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years Ray Williams, her sons, Travis Williams and wife Ava,of Greenville SC Kevin Williams and wife Leigh Anne of Ward SC.  Also surviving are  her grandchildren Dr. Austin Williams and wife Emily of Columbia SC and Kayleigh Williams of Ward SC,,her. sister Patricia W. Randolph and husband Rod, of Winston Salem NC, her sister Debbie W Pitts and husband Tony of Springfield GA and her brother Jerry Waters of High Point NC, and her sister in law Ann Wiilliams of Sumter SC.

Brenda is free from suffering and is reunited with  loved ones. She is at peace.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 5, 2020 in the chapel of Bellvue Memorial Gardens in Grovetown GA.

 Jeffrey  Everett

Jeffrey Everett

August 25, 1957 - August 31, 2020

Mr. Jeffrey Lee Everett, 63, entered into rest Monday, August 31, 2020, loving husband of Brenda Jackson Everett.

Jeffrey was a native of Indianapolis but has lived in Grovetown for several years. He worked in maintenance at Fort Gordon.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter: Christy Sherwood; son: Shane Sherwood (Jamie); 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; and brothers: Andy Everett and Duke Reisinger. He is preceded in death by his sons. Jeremy and Jeffrey Everett.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Arlington Burial & Cremation, 1220 George C. Wilson Dr., Suite C, Augusta, GA 30909 Please sign the online guestbook at www.arlingtonfuneral.com

 Darinda  Holliday

Darinda Holliday

October 25, 1948 - August 29, 2020

Darinda Holliday entered into rest on August 29, 2020 at her home.  She is preceded in death by her parents, J.D. and Frances Garrard; and Brothers Dwight Garrard and Forret Garrard.  Darinda is survived by her children, Tonie M. (Ted) Sills; grandchildren Charitie (Trent) Rubenstein, Tamara (Chris) Rotsch, and Ashley Gibson; great grandchildren Keaton Tillery, Amberlie Tillery, Emma Rubenstein, Elise Rotsch, Moses Rotsch, Isreal Rotsch, Ryan Gibson, and Cody Gibson; sisters Judy (Butch Poteet)Conquest, Geraldine (Phil) Allen, Phyllus (Charles) Rigsby, and Alesia (Tony) Freeman.

Darinda enjoyed painting, doing all kinds of crafts.  She also really enjoyed cooking.

Online Condolences may be expressed online at www.arlingtonfuneral.com, 1220 George C. Wilson Dr, Suite C, Augusta, GA 30909  762-994-0311

 Nicholas "Nick"  Latargia Sr.

Nicholas "Nick" Latargia Sr.

February 20, 1928 - August 27, 2020

Mr. Nicholas (Nick) Latargia Sr. passed peacefully at his home in North Augusta, South Carolina on August 27, 2020, where he went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 92.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 20, 1928.

He is predeceased by Eleanor Latargia, his loving wife of 41 years, and his son Nicholas “Nicky” Latargia, Jr. 

Nick will lovingly be remembered by his son Michael (Deena) Latargia; granddaughter Ashley (Justin) Hensley; granddaughter Alyssa Latargia Williams, great grandchildren, Ellie Williams, Garren Williams, and Emory Hensley.

Nick was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a studio manager at WRDW, Channel 12 for 40 years, was a cameraman for many years for CBS Sports at the Augusta National Master’s Tournament; and for First Baptist of Church of Augusta.

In lieu of flowers donations are encouraged to the Edgefield County Senior Citizens Council as the staff and seniors made such a difference in Nick’s quality of life for the past year. 

The service will be Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11am, at Westover Memorial Garden.  Due to COVID-19 we are asking that family and friends social distance at the service and we will welcome friends after the service.

 Keith Leroy Ferguson

Keith Leroy Ferguson

July 5, 1951 - August 26, 2020

Mr. Keith Leroy Ferguson, passed away August 26, 2020 at him home in Augusta, GA. 

Keith is survived by his daughter, Dayna Jones; former spouse Liltensie Corlew; brothers Javen (Nikki Clark) Ferguson, and Bryan Ferguson; sisters Karen (Marvin) Webb, and Verna Ferguson; grandchild Cahlil Jones; nephews Dr. Javan (Milicent) Ferguson, Peyton Webb, and Solomon Ferguson; and nieces Kianna (Keith) Jackson and Tylar Webb.

 Amy  Barish

Amy Barish

August 26, 1958 - August 24, 2020

Augusta, Ga , August 24, 2020, formerly of Buffalo, NY.  Beloved companion of Craig Alterman; daughter of the late Samuel and Phyllis Barish; sister of Michael Barish (Catherine); also survived by a host of family and friends.  Celebration of life to be held at a future date in Buffalo, NY.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.arlingtonfuneral.com  Arlington Burial & Cremation, 1220 George C Wilson Dr., Suite C, Augusta, GA 30909  762-994-0311.

 Catherine Barre Chinnis Williams

Catherine Barre Chinnis Williams

July 5, 1948 - August 17, 2020

Anne Henderson

Catherine (Kate) Barre Chinnis Williams, 72, of Augusta, gained her wings on August 17, 2020. She passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family and loved ones. She was one of the sweetest people to ever walk the Earth, and we are all diminished by her loss.

Kate grew up in Jacksonville, FL and went to school at Florida Presbyterian. After serving in the Navy for several years and rising to the rank of Lieutenant JG, she then went on to gain her Masters in Social Work from UGA. Afterwards, she worked for over three decades at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center helping disabled veterans find placing and care, retiring in 2008. She was active in the Augusta Genealogical Society and was passionate about the League of Women’s Voters.

She leaves behind her brother Jim Chinnis from Oroville, AZ, her children Anne Henderson and David Williams, and her granddaughter, Inara Williams...all from Augusta. She leaves behind many family and friends that will miss her dearly. Her burial will be a private event but a memorial service will be arranged for next year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to either the American Cancer Society, the League of Women’s Voters or any Democratic cause.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.arlingtonfuneral.com  Arlington Burial & Cremation, 1220 George C Wilson Dr., Suite C, Augusta, GA 30909.  762-994-0311