Obituaries
June 11, 2015 Issue

Bishop Randy T. Hagans
Bishop Randy T. Hagans of Sandersville entered into rest on Friday, June 5, 2015, after an auto accident.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. James Christian Fellowship Church, Tennille, with Elder Jesse Lee Mountain as eulogist.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Faith Apostolic Church, Tennille, followed by wake services which will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bishop Hagans was a native of Washington County and graduate of Washington County High School Class of 1975. He also attended Georgia Southwestern University, Americus. In 1978, he married Develyn Bell. Mr. Hagans worked in law enforcement and was employed with the Washington County Magistrate Office and Washington County Sherriff’s Office. He was also pastor of Faith Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ for 32 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Lee Hagans Sr. and Inez Clover Hagans; and siblings, Walter Hagans, Leonard Lee Hagans Jr., Homer Hagans and Irene Hagans Watts.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Develyn Bell Hagans, Sandersville; son, Caleb Hagans, Sandersville; granddaughter, Carlie Hagans, Sandersville; siblings, Lillian Hagans, Janice (Jimmy) Hatcher and John Hagans, all of Sandersville, Anne Hagans, Atlanta, and Paula Hagans and Teresa Hagans, both of Tennille; uncle, Jesse (Gwen) Hagans, Hazlehurst; godchildren, Micole D. Poole and Donyell Reeves; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family may be contacted at his residence, Sandersville, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


1SG. (Ret.) Jimmie L. Hicks
1SG. (Ret.) Jimmie L. Hicks of Augusta entered into rest on May 31, 2015.

Mr. Hicks was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Jefferson County, the oldest son of Georgie and Robert Hicks.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., with full military honors.

Survivors include his five children; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

W.H. Mays Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Hines Jr.
Mr. Charles Hines Jr., 71, of Conyers entered into rest on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Rockdale Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Cemetery, Louisville.

Mr. Hines was a native of Jefferson County, born to the late Charlie Hines and Della Mae Rawls Hines. He was a 1963 graduate of Jefferson County High School and later attended Albany State College, Miami Dade College, Florida International University and University of Phoenix. Charles enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965 becoming a lab technician and medical administrative specialist. In Homestead, Fla., he was part-owner of Dixie Computers, and a computer analyst with the State of Florida until his retirement in 2010. He has attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Louisville, but while living in Florida he served as trustee and choir member at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Willie Albert, Leroy, Turner and Delois Hines.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Erlean Hollaway Hines, Conyers; sons, Charles (Stephanie) Hines, Conyers, and Cory Hines, Miami, Fla.; daughter, Telga Lane, Lithonia; grandson, Bosch Hines, Conyers; brothers, Tommie Hines, El Pasco, Texas, and Carl D. Hines Panama City, Fla.; sisters, Della H. Hollaway (James), Evans, Bernice C. Hines, Lithonia, Barbara H. Gamble (Lucious Jr.), Louisville, and Annie H. Cody, Hephzibah; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bertha Hines, Wadley, Edith Hines, Decatur, Horace (Eula) Hollaway, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dorothy Hollaway, Wrens, and Sam Willie Hollaway Jr., Augusta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frances McNair Hobbs
Mrs. Frances McNair Hobbs, 85, of Stapleton entered into rest on June 3, 2015.

Mrs. Hobbs was a lifelong resident of Glascock County. She was retired from Thomson Company, a volunteer with the McDuffie County Hospital Auxiliary, and a member of Zoar United Methodist Church, where she served in various church offices.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Zoar United Methodist Church, Stapleton, with Pastor Faye Burgamy officiating. Interment followed in Zoar United Methodist Cemetery.

She was preceded by her parents, Watson and Katie Anderson McNair; and husband, Lester Hobbs.

Survivors include her daughters, Beverly Milford and Connie Richards, both of Thomson; son, Clifton (Susan) Hobbs of Gibson; sisters, Annie Kate (Daniel) Palmer, Wrens, Voncille Akins, Athens, and LaVerne (Leroy) Usry, Stapleton; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jason Hart, Jonathan Thigpen, Shane Richards, Joe Akins, Johnny Kitchens, Jody Hobbs, Jamie Smith, Wright Perdue and Barry Russell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The United Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 2525, Macon, GA 31203, or to Zoar United Methodist Church, c/o Frankie Kitchens, 3033 Quail Farm Road, Thomson, GA 30824.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Terrell Kirkendoll
Mr. Terrell Kirkendoll, 84, of Waynesboro entered into rest on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Funeral services were private.

Mr. Kirkendoll was born on Jan. 11, 1931, in Gibson to the late Willie Maude and Brice Kirkendoll. He worked for years in Augusta at EZGO and Club Car in research and development. He won many trophies for golf and pool.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Christine Kirkendoll; sister, Connie Hadden; and brothers, Al and Ray Kirkendoll.

Survivors include his daughter, Patricia Ann Hill (James A.) of Waynesboro; sister, Venera Williams of Gibson; brother, Roy Kirkendoll of Gibson; granddaughters, Priscilla Williams (Jimmy) of Waynesboro, and Patricia Screws (Otis) of Martinez; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

DeLoach-McKerley-Prescott Funeral Home & Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Doylene Livesay Knight
Mrs. Doylene Livesay Knight, 71, of Villa Rica entered into rest on Monday, June 1, 2015, at Kindred Hospital, Rome.

Mrs. Knight was born in Louisville on Sept. 28, 1943, to the late Doyle Livesay and the late Virginia Grace Brown Livesay. She moved from Tucker to the Villa Rica area in 1972 and received her RN degree from Floyd Junior College. She began her nursing career in 1976 with Villa Rica City Hospital, now Tanner Medical Center, and retired in 2009 after 33 years.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at 11 a.m. at J. Hoyt Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, Villa Rica, with Pastor Shannon Lovelady officiating. Graveside services were held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Bartow City Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Drake Livesay; and sister, Linda Diane Livesay Lamb.

Survivors include her children, Debra Knight Beck of Villa Rica, and Terrence Dorsey Knight (Janice) Renee of Rockmart; brother, Dennis Paul Livesay of Louisville; grandchildren, Heather Nicole Mullican (Shay) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., William Andrew Beck of Villa Rica, Dylan Keith Beck of Decatur, Adrianna Grace Knight of Rockmart; step-grandsons, Jacob Rampley of Jacksonville, Ala., Cameron Rampley, U.S. Air Force, England, and Jordan Pope of Rockmart; great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Rose Beck of Douglasville; and many nieces and nephews.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.


Mr. James Butler McKnight
Mr. James Butler McKnight, 91, of Louisville entered into rest on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at his residence.

A native of Wesson, Miss., Mr. McKnight was a son of the late James E. and Bennie Butler McKnight. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in World War II with 23 years of service rising to Chief Warrant Officer W-3. He was a pilot with his own Cessna 172 Sky Hawk. Mr. McKnight had worked as a court bailiff for the Jefferson County Court System for 20 years and was a member of Louisville First Baptist Church.

Graveside services with full Military honors were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Wadley City Cemetery, with Bill Smith officiating.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Frances Hammens McKnight; brother, Melvin McKnight; and sisters, Bennie Elmer and Laura Greer.

Survivors include his sons, Erick (Barbara) McKnight of Macon, and Mike McKnight of Marietta; daughter, Jacki (David) Lecka of Elk, N.C.; granddaughters, Errica (Barry) Stubbs of Macon, and Morgan Lecka of Elk, N.C.; grandson, Kyle Kecka of Elk, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Francine Welch Wicker
Mrs. Francine Welch Wicker, 80, of Sandersville entered into rest on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Heritage Inn Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Mrs. Wicker was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County, born to the late Gladys Rupert Welch and the late Daisy Lois Frazier Welch. She worked as a retail clerk at Peachtree Salvage Company and for Royal Manufacturing, Walmart and Gibson Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at 3 p.m. at White Oak Church, with Rev. Dewey Henderson, Rev. Bobby Williford and Rev. Jimmy Harris officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Clyde Wicker; and son, Wilbur Williford.

Survivors include her son, Jay Williford (Kim) of Sandersville; grandchildren, Christopher Williford (Tarrah), Stephanie Marshall and Brandon Williford (Jamie), all of Sandersville, and Angel Todd (Thomas) of Americus; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Douglas Welch (Charlotte) of Sandersville.

Pallbearers were Johnny Welch, Gene Welch, Richard Welch, Gerald Lord, Christopher Williford and Thomas Todd.

May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Lonnie Lamar Yates
Mr. Lonnie Lamar Yates, 36, of Sandersville entered into rest on Monday, June 1, 2015.

Mr. Yates was a native of Washington County, born to the late Alice Faye Watts Yates. He was a construction worker for Yates Construction Company.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sandersville, with Rev. Andy Yates and Rev. Lamar Godfrey officiating. Burial was in Rutherford Cemetery, Oconee.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Chapman Yates of Gibson; daughter, Kaylan Yates; sons, Trevor Palmer and Dorian Yates; father, Wayne Yates of Sandersville; sisters, Tammy Kitchens of Atlanta, Beth Harper of Gray, and Elizabeth Gail Yates of Milledgeville; brothers, Ronald Mills of Wadley, Buford Wayne Yates Jr. of Greensboro, and Brandon Yates of Tennille.

The family suggests donations be made to the Lonnie Yates Children’s Fund, c/o Wayne Yates, 1751 Panther Branch Road, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


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