Thursday, September 6, 2001





Unez Pilkinton Wilson

SYCAMORE -- Unez Pilkinton Wilson, 85, of Sycamore, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Bethel Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. tonight at Perry Funeral Chapel.

A native of Thomas County, Wilson was the daughter of the Boby H. and Ever Ophelia Howard Pilkinton, both deceased.

Retired from the Turner County school system, she was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, where she was a member of the WMU.

Wilson is survived by her husband, Chester L. Wilson of Sycamore; three daughters and sons-in-law, LaRue and Jimmy NeSmith, Juanita and Ricka Cleghorn and Cindy and Phil Gilley, all of Sycamore; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Perry Funeral Chapel in Ashburn is in charge of arrangements.



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Winford Alford Russell

TIFTON -- Winford Alford Russell, 64, of Tifton, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at Tift Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Chapel Bowen-Donaldson. The Rev. Gary Cadwell will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Al Russell, Bill Russell, Tony Roberson, Andy Russelll, Lebran Russell, Timmy Paulhill, Donald Stephens and Michael Horton.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Tift County Sheriff's Department.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. tonight at Bowen-Donaldson.

Born Aug. 31, 1937, in Walker County, Russell was the son of William D. Russell and Eula Mae Maples Russell Hise, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles Russell.

Russell was retired from the Tift County Sheriff's Department and was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.

Russell is survived by his wife, Bebe Harper Russell of Tifton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Teresa L. Russell and Bates L. and Betty Russell, all of Tifton; Freda and Perry Horton of Tifton; two brothers, William D. Russell of Ider, Ala., and O. L. Russell of Lafayette; two sisters, Evelyn Matteson of Soddy Daisey, Tenn., and Jean Hollingsworth of Lafayette; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.



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Elston L. Johnson

TIFTON -- Elston Lowe Johnson, 87, of Tifton, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at Tift Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Tifton. The Rev. Willie Beasley, the Rev. Ben Williams and Ray Jensen will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jay Johnson, Chris Johnson, DeNean Staford III, Bob Reinhardt, Duane Hall, Felton Jenkins, Jim Hall and Emerson Hoffman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Carl Pittman Jr., Rob Reinhardt, John Reinhardt, Bill Reinhardt, Hil Hutchinson, Dr. William T. Smith, Allen Johnson, Buddy Kulbersh, Joe Riddle, Charles Carter, Richard Hill, Theo Wright, Dr. Greg Anderson and the Tifton Rotary Club.

Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Music Fund.

Born Aug. 25, 1914, in Alma, Johnson was the son of James Monroe Johnson and Ina Jackson Johnson, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by one son, Elston L. "Johnny" Johnson Jr., and one brother, Inslee Johnson.

A longtime resident of Tifton, Johnson had been a member of First United Methodist Church of Tifton since 1947 and was past chairman of the Board of Stewards and a Chancel Choir soloist.

Johnson entered the United States Navy as an ensign in 1942 and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant in 1946. He served in the South West Pacific as commander of LCI No. 27. He recived three major campaign ribbons, the South West Pacific Ribbon with three Bronze Stars and a unit citation. Johnson served as a lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve from 1945-55.

He graduated from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Men's Glee Club and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

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was owner/operator with his father of Georgia Planing Mill Company and Alma Gin Company from 1939-41. He was president and part owner of Johnson Motors from 1947-54, president of Johnson Oil Company and Johnson Farm Services from 1954-64; past vice president of Natala Corporation in 1961; and owner/president of Stafford Oldsmobile from 1966-74.

He was chairman of the Tift County Board of Education from 1966-72; chairman of Tift County Democratic Committee from 1951-68 and served as treasurer from 1968-71; past president of Tifton Lions Club; current member of Tifton Rotary Club; past president of the 14-county Chehaw Council of Boy Scouts; recipient of Silver Beaver Award from Boy Scouts of America; and past chairman of United Givers Fund.

Johnson lead the community as chairman of the Tift County Board of Education through integration of the public schools. He loved music, fishing, reading, golf, Fernandina Beach, Fla., and the Atlanta Braves, but first and foremost, Johnson was a dedicated husband, father, son and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Nell Davis Johnson, to whom he was married July 15, 1947; two sons and daughters-in-law, James D. and Rhonda P. Johnson and Dr. Joel M. and Robin R. Johnson, all of Tifton; and five grandchildren, Jay, Chris, Carlie, Joy and Jim Johnson, all of Tifton.

Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors, Tiftarea Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lessie Nona Luke, 97, of Nashville, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at the Berrien County Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lovein Funeral Home.

J. B. Paulk, 90, of Fitzgerald, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Paulk Funeral Home Chapel in Fitzgerald, burial at Tomberlin Cemetery in Irwin County. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Survivors include two sons, Richard Paulk of Williamsburg, Va., and David Paulk of Douglas; three daughters, Ellen P. Boydston of Fitzgerald, Dorothy P. Paige of Siloam Springs, Ark., and Mary P. Barbee of Etowah, Tenn.; one brother, Julian Paulk of Florida; and two sisters, Clara and Marjorie. Paulk Funeral Home in Fitzgerald is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Rowan Goss, 86, of Ashburn, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at Sumter Regional Hospital afer a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Ashburn First United Methodist Church, Burial at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Dr. C. C. Goss of Ashburn; one son, John C. Goss of Ashburn; one daughter, Gwen Kay of Bethesda, Md.; one sister, Bess Gardner of Jasper. Perry Funeral Chapel in Ashburn is in charge of arrangements.

Vesta Saturday Walker, 83, of Montezuma, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Chruch, buria lat 3 p.m. at Milan City Cemetery. Survivors include her children, J. Ronald Walker of Lizella, Cynthia A. Walker of Decatur and Carolyn W. Self of Byron. Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma is in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn Rycroft Fountain, 92, of Milledgeville, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, after a long illness. Graveside memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Warwick Methodist Church Cemetery in Warwick. Perry Funeral Chapel in Ashburn is in charge of arrangements.

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