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Obituaries

02/19/03


Robert D. Shuman

Robert Daniel Shuman, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003.
Graveside services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Burke Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Way-nesboro, with the Revs. Da-vid Carter and Henry Erwin officiating.
Mr. Shuman, a native of Vidalia, grew up in Statesboro. He was the son of the late John Jarvin and Mary Alice Stewart Shuman. In January of 1940, he saw a need to stop Hitler and went to Canada to train as a Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot. He participated in the Battle of Britain at its height when the average life expectancy of a fighter pilot was two weeks, and all that stood between Hitler and the free world were 59 squadrons of the RCAF and RAF. Churchill made reference to these valiant men when he said, “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed to so few.”
When the war was moved to the European continent he was shot down over France while on a mission to support Allied commandos behind the German lines. He spent 3½ years in German POW camps. While imprisoned he lived next door to Paul Brinkhill who wrote The Great Escape that later became the movie starring Steve McQueen. Mr. Shuman is featured in the video at the American POW Museum in Andersonville, Ga.
After the war he met and married Carolyn Mundy Shuman, moving to her hometown of Waynesboro where he became a merchant and a farmer. He lived and worked in Waynesboro for the next 58 years where he founded Mundy-Shuman Furniture Company. He was active in the First Baptist and First Methodist churches of Waynesboro and established four college scholarships for those interested in entering the full-time Christian ministry. He was an active Rotarian for over 50 years and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his service to his country in the RCAF and his service to Rotary. Survivors include his widow, Carolyn Mundy Shuman; a son, Robert Daniel Shuman Jr. of Dublin; two brothers, the Rev. L.J. Shuman of Kingstree, S.C. and Albert Shuman of Statesboro; a sister, Mary Dell Trapnell of Dallas, Texas; and four grandchildren, Sarah Harper of Milledgeville, Katherine Shuman and Robert Daniel Shuman III, both of Dublin and Elizabeth Shuman of Atlanta. Pallbearers were L.J. Shuman, Albert Shuman, Rob Shuman, Dave Harper, Bobby Edmonds, Bobby Neely, Lamar Murray, Steve Crawford, Dennis Taylor and Bo Cochran. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Waynesboro Rotary Club. Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity or WINGS of Dublin-Laurens County.

Jaylee Ana Beeson-Broome

Jaylee Ana Beeson-Broome, infant, did Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at the Medical College of Georgia. Graveside services were 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at 110 Scarlett Oaks Drive in Waynesboro, at the Beeson Family Cemetery. Survivors include her parents, Sara Elisabeth Beeson and Jason Lee Broome.

Edward E. Williams

Pastor Edward Earl Williams, 47, of Waynesboro died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003 at the VA Medical Center. His funeral was 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at The Lord’s House of Praise, with Bishop Paul Capers officiating. Burial was in Pines Cemetery.
Pastor Williams, a native of Jacksonville, N.C., was pastor of and had built Shiloh Apostolic Church in 1995. He served in the U.S. Army for six years. He was preceded in death by his father, James Earl Williams. Survivors include his widow, Barbara Lewis Williams; two sons, Charlie Jackson and Eddie Williams, both of Waynesboro; five daughters and a son-in-law, Dedra L. and Robbie Carter of Girard and Charlotte Jackson, Shalonda Williams, Miriam Williams and Shatrina Williams, all of Waynesboro; four brothers and a sister-in law, Clinton Jr. and Margorie Mitchell, Roland Lee Williams, James Roosevelt Williams and Charlie Ray Williams, all of Jacksonville; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Bertha W. and Gregory Brown and Doris J. Williams, all of Jacksonville; and 11 grandchildren. Pallbearers were Henry Gray, Thomas Armstrong, Tony Hilton, Tony Sims, Akill Snelling, Joe N. Walker and Leonard Douse.

Corine McPherson

Corine McPherson, 83, of Burke County died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Her funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 841 Jones Ave., Waynesboro, with the Rev. Richard Holland officiating. Burial will be in Pines Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Mable Y. Bailey; a son, Ernest McPherson; four grandchildren, Victor W. McPherson, LaVisa E. Bentley, Lisa M. McClenton and Quinetre S. Snooks; nine great-grandchildren, Tiffani Jennings, Devin McClenton, Cameron McClenton, Jaydin McClenton, Amber McPherson, Damien McPherson, Ondrea McPher-son, Quinton Watson and Quincie Watson; a dedicated cousin, Elizabeth Jones; a prospective daughter-in law, Brenda Douglas; an uncle, Tommy Coleman; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may call at the residence of Ernest McPherson, 158 Eula Lane, Waynesboro, or at Phinazee and Son Funeral Home, 404 W. 8th St., Waynes-boro, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 19) 8-9 p.m.

Corine McPherson

Corine McPherson, 83, of Burke County died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Her funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 841 Jones Ave., Waynesboro, with the Rev. Richard Holland officiating. Burial will be in Pines Cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Mable Y. Bailey; a son, Ernest McPherson; four grandchildren, Victor W. McPherson, LaVisa E. Bentley, Lisa M. McClenton and Quinetre S. Snooks; nine great-grandchildren, Tiffani Jennings, Devin McClenton, Cameron McClenton, Jaydin McClenton, Amber McPherson, Damien McPherson, Ondrea McPher-son, Quinton Watson and Quincie Watson; a dedicated cousin, Elizabeth Jones; a prospective daughter-in law, Brenda Douglas; an uncle, Tommy Coleman; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may call at the residence of Ernest McPherson, 158 Eula Lane, Waynesboro, or at Phinazee and Son Funeral Home, 404 W. 8th St., Waynes-boro, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 19) 8-9 p.m.

Wyley Minick

Wyley Minick, 54, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at his brother’s residence under the care of St. Joseph Hospice. His funeral was 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Burial was in the Brooklet City Cemetery. Mr. Minick, a native of Bulloch County, was a graduate of Willingham High School in Macon and a 1974 graduate of Georgia Southern University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. He lived in Waynesboro and Valdosta before moving to Nashville, Ga., several years ago. He was a commercial plumber with R.M.S. Plumbing in Nashville. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dereta Nesmith Barnes. Survivors include two sons, Joel Minick of Macon and Terry Jackson of Macon; three brothers, Johnny Minick of Augusta, Ronny Minick of Atlanta and Dick Minick of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Elaine Minick Stone of Miami Shores, Fla. and Sherry Minick of Oakland, Calif.; and his father and stepmother, Jake and Hazel Minick of Brooklet. Pallbearers were Danny Smith, Gary Barnes, Toby Nesmith, Bennie Johnson, Landy Johnson and Tom Little. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Hospice of Augusta, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, Ga. 30904. Friends may sign the online register at www.joineranderson.com.

Rutha Mae Sams
Rutha Mae Sams of Augusta died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003 at University Hospital, Augusta. Her funeral was 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Portersville Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. David Reese officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Sams, a native of Burke County, was a homemaker. She was a member of Portersville Missionary Baptist Church where she served as the “Mother of the Church.” She was preceded in death by her parents, Martha Reeves Hart and Carlton Hart. Survivors include eight sons and seven daughters-in-law, Sheridan and J.P. President of Atlanta, James and Helene Sams of Augusta, Williford and Patricia Sams of St. Petersburg, Charlie III and Eloise Sams, Robert and Eloise Sams, Willie and Gwendolyn Sams and Leroy Sams, all of Augusta, and Sammy and Janice Sams of New Ellenton, S.C.; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Betty J. and Jimmy Williams of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Josephine S. and John Jones of Augusta; a sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Frank Sams of Augusta; and 27 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were grandsons.

Carl M. Dukes

Carl Michael Dukes, 46 of Waynesboro died, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003 in Swainsboro.
His funeral was 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Phinazee and Son Chapel, with the Rev. Willie James Jackson Jr. officiating. Burial was in Pines Cemetery.
Mr. Dukes, a native of Burke County, was a car salesman. He attended Blakeney High School but finished high school and college in Newark, N.J. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Lou Dukes. Survivors include a son, Hassan Thomas; two sisters, Charlene Dukes and Jacqueline Dukes, both of Philadelphia; and grandmother, Eula Hughes of Waynesboro. Pallbearers were Edward A. Dukes, Ronald Dukes, Edward M. Dukes and Christopher Dukes.

Britton M. McClain

Britton Minus “BM” McClain, 80, of Waynesboro died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003.
His funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Bethel Baptist Church. He will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Burke Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Mr. McClain was a lifelong resident of Burke County where he retired from the Burke County Landfill. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and served his country in the Marine Corps and in World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Williams McClain, and a great-grandchild, Brad Nelson. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Ray Saxon of Waynesboro; a brother, Alvin McClain Sr. of Alexander; a brother-in-law, Thomas E. Williams of Waynesboro; three grandchildren, Carlene Nelson and Sonya Lewis, both of Waynesboro and Paige Braithwaite of Alpharetta; and six great-grandchildren, Chris Nelson, Laney Lewis, Gray Lewis, Coleman Lewis, Chase Braithwaite and Alexandra Braithwaite. Pallbearers will be Alvin McClain Jr., Mark McClain, W.Z. McClain Jr., Howard McClain, Johnny Jenkins, Charlie Hillis and Herbert Hillis. The family will receive friends today (Wednesday, Feb. 19) from 7-9 p.m. at DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro.
Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church in Alexander.

James Hughes

James “J. Bird” Hughes, 52, of Waynesboro died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 in Chester, Ga. His funeral was 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Roberson Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bobby Williams Sr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Hughes was a native of Burke County. He attended Burke County schools and was a teacher while living in Dodge County. He was certified to become a minister and was also a painter. Survivors include, nine sisters and five brothers-in-law, Georgia Hughes, Bessie and John Watson, Josie Hughes, Daisy and Johnny Mims, Shirley and Curtis Hughes, Tracie Hughes, Claretha and Mickey Griffin and Nadeen and Joseph Bates, all of Waynesboro; a brother and sister-in-law, Willie and Dene Hughes of Augusta; and his parents, Sammie Lee and Joe Hughes of Waynesboro.
Pallbearers were nephews.

Vernice G. Keller

Vernice Gilmore Keller, 87, of Charlotee, N.C. and formerly of Waynesboro, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003 at Carolinas Medical Center, Pineville.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Harold Rowland officiating. The family will greet friends following the service.
Mrs. Keller, a native of Wadesboro, N.C., was the daughter of the late Walter and Lou Munlin Gilmore and the oldest of 11 children. She attended Business College in Charlotte. She was active in the First Baptist Church of Waynesboro where she taught the youth and sang in the choir. She was also very active in the local garden club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Keller.
Survivors include two sisters, Agnes McGee of Charlotte and Brenda Hill of Oregon; three brothers, Max Gilmore of Colorado, David Gilmore of Virginia and Ralph Gilmore of Wadesboro; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Waynesboro.

Mary G. Atkinson

Mary Greiner Atkinson, 84, of Brentwood Terrace Nursing Facility died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 at Burke Medical Center.
Graveside services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Burke Memorial Gardens with Dr. David Carter officiating.
Mrs. Atkinson spent all of her adult life in Burke County and was a homemaker and also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Waynesboro. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Atkinson.
Survivors include two sons, James Ray Day of Waynesboro and Gary Andrew Atkinson of Augusta; a sister, Eddie Jean Ramage of Waynesboro; a brother, Joe H. Greiner of Waynesboro; five grandchildren, Jackie D. Lee, Terra N. Williams, Jennifer Emery, Jason Atkinson and Jana Atkinson; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 802 Liberty St., Waynesboro, Ga. 30830.













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