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Waynesboro mourns slain couple

WAYNESBORO, Ga. ---Dozens gathered Monday night to remember Ralph and Trudy Gordon, victims of slayings described by Burke County Deputy Coroner Susan Salemi as "brutal."
Bob Wimberly (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

...age, he joined McKinnie Branch Baptist Church where he served as a faithful church member, a deacon, and Chairman of the Deacon Board for more than forty-eight years. He retired from Castleberry Food Company after many years of service. Deacon...
Alton Tankersley (LINCOLNTON, GA.)

LINCOLNTON, GA. - Mr. Alton Tankersley, 90, of 2762 Tankersley Rd. entered into rest on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at his residence. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at Double Branches Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Etheridge and Rev. Ficklen Guin officiating. Interment
James White Sr.

...baptized at Oak Grove Baptist Church. He displayed his love for the Lord through service as a dedicated Deacon and Chairman of the Deacon Board for 35 years. He spent many years rearing his children and raising them to fear the Lord. Mr. White was also...
George Pixley (AIKEN, S.C.)

...arrangements to be announced. Mr. Pixley was a member of the Simmon Ridge Baptist Church, Edgefield and served as Chairman of the Deacon Board. Survivors include his wife, Willie M. Pixley, Aiken; 3 daughters, Sharon P. Williams, Tavy (Daryl...
Richard W. Kneece   (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into eternal rest, on the Lord's Day, Sunday, September 20, 2009, Mr. Richard W. Kneece, age 62 of Graniteville, S. C., loving husband of Doris Boyd Kneece and son of the late Vernon Kneece and the late Mary 'Pank' Lamb Kneece. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Boyd R. (Leanne) Kneece of Graniteville; a brother, Clifton V. (Shirley) Kneece; sisters, Rosalee Doolittle of Warrenville; Alice Kneece of Aiken; two grandsons, Joshua Richard Kneece and Justin Walter Kneece and several nieces and nephews. He was born in Vaucluse, S. C. and has been a lifelong resident of Aiken County. He was a dedicated member of the Warrenville Revival Center, where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, a Sunday School teacher for over 25 years and was a member of the Young at Heart Seniors Club. He was past member of the Warrenville Christian Community Council and a past member of the Board of Directors for Gregg Park Civic Center. Richard's life revolved around his family (especially his two grandsons) and his church and church family. He really enjoyed cooking for church functions. He had a 'heart of gold' and would give you the shirt off his back. He will surely be missed by his family and many friends; and the Warrenville Revival Center will never be the same, but there is a consolation in knowing that Heaven is sweeter with Richard there. A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Warrenville Revival Center with Rev. Leroy Beard and Rev. Charlie Kelley officiating. The interment will follow at the Graniteville Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Roger Williamson, Heyward Williams, Mack Rutland, Tommy Davis, Tommy McElveen and Dewey Toole. Members of his Sunday School Class will serve as Honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends at Napier Funeral Home tonight, Tuesday, September 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorials, in Richard's honor, may be made to the Warrenville Revival Center, P.O. Box 452, Warrenville, S. C. 29851. He will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main Street, Graniteville, S. C. 29829 is in charge of the arrangements. Sign the guestbook at
Lester E. Tubman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

...Church and Deacon Emeritus at Life in the River Worship Center, Mr. Tubman was a former choir member and former chairman of the Deacon Board. He leaves to celebrate his life a devoted wife of 68 years, Verneller Tubman; sons, Lester E. (Laura...
James Albert White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - On Friday April 11, 1008 Deacon James Albert White, 92 of Sumac Dr. entered into rest at Trinity Hospital, Augusta GA. Deacon James Albert White was born in Burke county, Georgia on December 22, 1915. He was the son of Azaline More White and Albert White. He received his formal education from the Burke County School System. James was joined in holy matrimony to his childhood sweetheart, Daisy Way, on November 18, 1934. to this union four children were born. He strived to rear his children in a God fearing manner. James accepted the Lord as his Savior at the age of 19 and became a member of the Grays Grove Baptist church. He worked faithfully and loved serving in every capacity needed. In 1941 he was ordained to serve as a deacon and continued his faithful service to God and his church until his death. He served as Chairman of the Deacon Board for over 65 years. He delighted in singing the church history son; "Stand Together". His Christian mission was to keep the church family together. James retired from Babcox and Wilcox company and Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church. He received many acclamations and outstanding work performance awards. James was preceded in death by his oldest son Robert Lee White and two brothers, Willie White and Jonathan Sills. Home Going service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 12:00 Noon at the Antioch Rock Creek Baptist Church, Waynesboro. GA. Interment will be at the Grays Grove Baptist Church, Waynesboro, Georgia. The family will receive friends on Friday evening April 18, 2008 from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home. The funeral procession will leave the residence at 10:30 A.M. Survivors include; a devoted wife of 72 years, Daisy White; Two daughters, Rubye (Warren) Evans, Dover Delaware, Norma B. (Henry) Davis, Augusta Georgia. One son, James T. White, Augusta, Georgia; Six sisters, Callie Walker, Louise sills, Queen Esther Bradley, Liza Meriweather, Queenie Moore and Laura Joe Moore; One brother, Alford Moore; One brother-in-law, Enoch Way; One sister-in-law, Corrine Buggs; a devoted niece and nephew, Olivia B. Wimberly, and Linwood Bynes; 15 grandchildren, 19 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Carter's Mortuary 885 Waters St. Waynesboro Georgia. (706) 554- 7842 . Sign the guestbook at
John Gunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. John Gunter, of Augusta, Ga., entered into eternal rest on Friday evening, October 12, 2007 at the Medical College of Georgia after a brief illness. Homegoing services will be held Friday, October 19 at 11 a.m. at the Paine College Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on Druid Park Avenue with the Rev. Dr. Oscar Wells presiding. John was born June7, 1926 in McCormick, S.C. to Ben and Mattie Gunter. He was united in holy matrimony to Willie Mae (Scott) for fifty-seven years. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from the Fort Gordon Commissary after more than thirty years of dedicated service. He was Chairman of the Deacons Board and active in several ministries including Sunday School, Golden Agers, Senior Choir, and the Missionary Circle at the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. A strong advocate of community service throughout his life, John worked with the East Augusta Volunteer Firemen, the Neighborhood Association, and the W.S. Hornsby Elementary School as a volunteer "Grandparent." He leaves to cherish his memories and works: a daughter, Betty Scott (Rev. Jimmy) Williams, Cincinnati, Ohio; a son, Dr. Randy (Anne) Gunter, Savannah; a sister, Savannah Mitchell, Umatilla, Fla.; a brother, Lloyd (Margaret) Gunter, Augusta; a loving sister-in-law, Janie Lee Moody, Augusta; a grandson, William "Bill" Scott; a granddaughter, Adria Gunter, Hyattsville, Md.; a great-granddaughter, Sade' Scott, Cincinnati, Ohio; great-grandsons, William, Jr., Jeremiah, and Josiah Scott, Cincinnati, Ohio; godchildren, Wayne Brooks, Augusta, Ronald Grant, Atlanta, and Dedra Grant, Richmond, Va., Dr. Felicia V. Swinney, Korea; devoted cousins, Rosa P. Lewis and Deborrah Wilcox, Augusta; devoted friends, Gwen Collier, Statesboro and Wylene Swinney, Atlanta; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 931 Cedar Street, Augusta, Ga. C.A. Reid, Sr. Memorial Funeral Home, 314-A Laney Walker Blvd. Ext., Augusta, Ga. 30901-1818. (706) 724-7594. In lieu of flowers, the Gunter family requests that scholarship donations be sent to University Advancement at Savannah State University, P.O. Box 20439, Savannah, Ga. 31404.
Calvin Bland (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

SYLVANIA, Ga. - On September 1, 2007, God looked down on the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility in Statesboro, Ga. He whispered for His servant Calvin Bland to come to his eternal home. Mr. Calvin Bland, son of the late James and Sylvia Y. Bland, was born October 23, 1941 in Jenkins County, Georgia. At an early age, he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior and was baptized at Dickey Grove Baptist Church. As a young adult, he joined the Cypress Pond Baptist Church where he served as Vice-chairman of the Deacon Board and was a member of the senior choir. His delight in worshipping and witnessing for God was always through singing and praying. He was one of the organizers of the Bells of Joy, which allowed him to use his gift and love of singing for some 45 years and most recently the Screven County Male Chorus. He was a former Mason. Dea. Bland was a mechanic for many years and most recently was retired from the Screven County Board of Education as a bus driver. He had a passion for taking his grandsons fishing, giving out treats to his grandchildren, raising livestock, and delivering vegetables from his garden to his friends and family. His family fondly nicknamed him "Shorty" or "Uncle Shorty." He was married to Earline Hagins Bland for 16 years and to the union 5 of his children were born. Dea. Bland leaves to cherish his memory: 4 loving daughters, Mary (Harry) Robbins, Melinda (Larry) Foy, all of Sylvania, Ga., Fayetta (Thaddeus) Moore of West Orange, N.J., and Melissa (Asuklie) Myles of Atlanta, Ga.; 5 sons, Calvin L. (Althea) Bland of Newington, Ga., James (Joyce) Morrell and Juan (Velvelen Bacon) Austin, all of Effingham County, Ross Bland of Marietta, Ga., and Gawain Bland of Gainesville, Ga. Also to cherish his memories are 5 brothers, Ledell (Mamie) Bland, Rufus Bland, James David Bland, and Allen (Virginia) Bland, all of Baltimore, Md. and Thomas (Inez) Bland of Sylvania, Ga.; 8 sisters, Ruthie M. Rouse, Gladys Bing, Dollie (Reynold) Love, all of Augusta, Ga., Georgia Mae Mingle and Lelia Jackson, both of Sylvania, Ga., Evangelist Burdell Frison of Portal, Ga., Lena Sapp of Baltimore, Md., and Lucy (Bishop James T.) Herrington of Grenada, Miss.; also sixty-nine nieces and nephews, one hundred twenty great nieces and nephews, thirty- five great-great nieces and nephews and a host of loving and devoted relatives and friends. Visitation was Tuesday, September 4, 2007 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gaines Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at Cypress Pond Baptist Newington, Ga. with the Rev. F. L. Roberts, officiating. Burial in Cypress Pond Cemetery. Gaines Funeral Home of Sylvania is in charge of all arrangements. Sign the guestbook at