by | March 10, 2009 12:00 am

Hugh Dawson, 81

Funeral services for Hugh Dawson, 81 of Kite were held Saturday, March 7th at 2 p.m. at the Kite First Baptist Church with Rev. Casey Shaw, Rev. Ken Cannon and Rev. Burton Dixon officiating. Interment followed in the Kite City Cemetery with Rev. Casey Shaw officiating. He died on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta after a brief illness.

Mr. Dawson was a native of Jefferson County and was retired from Ryder Truck Rentals. He was a member of the Kite First Baptist Church and was a deacon. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Beulah Braddock Dawson.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Anderson Dawson of Kite; four daughters and two sons-in-laws, Dianne and Rev. Larry Martin of Kite, Deborah D. and James Jarriel of Augusta, Phyllis Roberts and Karen King both of Augusta; one son, William Dawson of Augusta; two step-daughters and sons-in-law, Swanie and Wayne Smith of Hilton Head, SC and Judy and Tommy Woods of Kite; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Dolly and Herschel Waits of Louisville, Sarah Fannin of Augusta, and Rebecca Higdon of Greensboro;

one brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Margaret Dawson of Hephzibah; thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Thomas Brantley, Rex Powell, David Maddox, Harry Winfrey, Joe Langley, Jimbo Hutcheson.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors had charge of arrangements.

Sallie Louise Oglesby, 86

Funeral services for Sallie Louise Oglesby, 86, of Swainsboro, were held Monday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in the Union Grove United Methodist Church near Midville, with Rev. Randy Walden officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. She died Saturday, March 07, 2009 at the Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro after an extended illness.

Mrs. Oglesby was a native of Emanuel County, a member of Union Grove United Methodist Church and was retired from Ogeechee MRMH Services. She was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Oglesby and parents, Brady and Lannie Watkins Sherrod.

Survivors include one daughter, JoAnn Braddy of Swainsboro; one son, Lewis Oglesby of Swainsboro; one sister, Marse Spence of Midville; five grandchildren, Teresa Overstreet, Mark Oglesby, Mike Oglesby, Lisa Dailey and Steve Braddy; twelve great-grandchildren and four great-great- grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons; Mark Oglesby, Mike Oglesby, Steve Braddy, Jamie Johnson, Kelvin Dailey, Marshall Williamson, Austin Williamson and Hunter Oglesby.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors had charge of arrangements.

Grady Smith Hadden, 57

Graveside services for Grady Smith Hadden, 57, of Swainsboro were held

at the Rentz City Cemetery Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 3 p.m. with Dr. Larry Daniel officiating. He died at his residence March 4, 2009 after an extended illness.

Mr. Hadden was born April 26, 1951 in Toombs County to the late Arthur

Oswald and Sarah Smith Hadden. He lived in Swainsboro for the past 30 years prior to having lived in Rentz for 27 years. He worked in the grocery business for many years. He was Methodist by faith.

Survivors include his fiancee’ Georgia Lawson of Swainsboro; one son, Michael Hadden and his wife, Jodie of Dublin; one daughter, Michelle “Missy” Aluizo and husband Chris of Savannah; one brother, Arthur Hadden and wife Dianne of Jackson, S.C.; one sister, Beth Childers and husband Dan of Dublin; two grandchildren, Mikaylie Hadden and Austin Aluizo.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the United Hospice at 667 South Main Street, Swainsboro.

Adams Funeral Home of Dublin had charge of arrangements.

James Edward Bell, 73

Funeral services for Retired Command Sergeant Major James Edward Bell, 73, of Swainsboro were held Tuesday, March 10th at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Wayne DeFore officiating. Interment followed in the Swainsboro City Cemetery. He died Friday, March 6, 2009 at the Dwight David Eisenhower Medical Center in Ft. Gordon after a brief illness.

Mr. Bell was a native of Emanuel County and was owner of JRJ Pawn and Jewelry and Mini-Storage. He spent twenty years in the U. S. Army infantry. He served in the Korean War, two tours in Vietnam and six years in Berlin, Germany. Retired Command Sergeant Major Bell was a platoon sergeant in Korea at age 17 and was believed to be the youngest Command Sergeant Major in the Army attaining this grade at the age of 31. His decorations include: Combat Infantry Badge (2nd Award), Silver Star, Bronze Star (4th Award) and Purple Heart (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (4th Award), Commendation Medal (2nd Award). He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Amos Bell, Sr. and Ellaree Bridges Bell.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Jamey Reanne and Chris Kraus of Signal Mountain, TN and Joanne Bell of Swainsboro; one son, Jeff Glover of Nunez; four grandchildren, Kayden Fortner, Nathanael Kraus, Samuel Kraus, and Kathryn Kraus; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Bell, Keith Bell, Terry Bell, Harold Claxton, Willis Wombles, Timmy Bell, Timmy Williams, Ronald Wiggins and Joel Beecher.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors had charge of arrangements.

Oliver Grady “Buddy”

Smith, Jr, 74

Funeral services for Oliver Grady “Buddy” Smith, Jr., 74, of Pooler were Tuesday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Pooler. Interment followed at Greenwich Cemetery. He died on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Mr. Smith was born in Chatham County and was a member of the Pooler First Baptist Church. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and enjoyed bowling, fishing and spending time with his family. He retired as vice-president of Movsovitz Produce and was currently working with Grainger Honda.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Angie W. Smith of Pooler; two daughters and a son-in-law, Debra and Steve Flanders of Kite, and Denise Langford of Pooler;three grandchildren, Jenny Hendrix, Melanie Anderson and Lance “Cup” Langford; great-children, Bryson Hendrix and Gracie Anderson; two sisters, Dorothy Stansbury of White and Janelle Smith of Ellabell and several nieces and nephews.

Remembrances may be given to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 13117, Savannah, Ga 31416. Friends may sign the online register book at

Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes – West Chatham Chapel had charge of arrangements.

William Benny Garnto, 44

Funeral services for William Benny Garnto, 44, of Swainsboro, were held Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Johnsons Funeral Home with Rev. Allen Meeks officiating and Rev. Lamar Kersey assisting. Interment followed in the Minton’s Chapel Church Cemetery in Johnson County. He died on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta following a brief illness.

Mr. Garnto was a native of Emanuel County, a heavy equipment operator, and a member of the Kite Church of God. He was preceded in death by his son, William B. Garnto, Jr.

Survivors include three sons, Justin and Josh Garnto of Dublin, and Joseph Garnto of Guyton; two brothers, James Glisson of Swainsboro, and Samson Garnto of Haddock; one sister, Janice Garnto of Marietta; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Matt Glisson, Steven Edwards, Matt Edwards, Damon Hodges, Josh Bedgood and Eddie Jordan.

Johnson Funeral Home of Swainsboro had charge of arrangements.

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