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Shannon Landing Amos
Shannon Landing Amos passed away on December 7, 2009. She was a dear friend to so many in our class. She will be remembered for her friendly and fun personality, her quick wit, and sincere graciousness. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Shannon married Danny Amos and moved to Columbus, GA. She taught second grade, retiring after her son and daughter were born. Shannon embraced her new hometown by involving herself in many civic, educational, and culturral endeavors, including service as a member of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia. The last years of her life were spent in Atlanta to be near her grandchildren. Her philanthropic spirit continued by serving on Atlanta's board of the High Museum of Art. SCM
Jimmy Gosney passed away on October 21,2011 at his home in Clarksville Tenn. To all of his friends, he was known as the Goose, the Goz, and for his cackle of a laugh. At Richmond Academy, he lead our varsity basketball team where he was most valuable player. Like most of us, after high school he transitioned to Athens town and the University of Georgia. While at UGA, he became a proud member of the Kappa Alpha Order where he served as Rush Chairman. Following graduation from UGA, Jimmy entered the lumber profession as a sales broker for Averitt Lumber. Because of his huge territory, Jimmy moved to Clarksville Tennessee where he lived for twenty years. However his deep roots to UGA and Augusta kept him focused on his old friends and UGA football. Jimmy was also closely associated to the Noname Social and Poker Club where he had a designated time known as the " Gosney" Hour. After he developed emphysema, Jimmy spent his final days in Clarksville. We miss him very much. WJB
Joseph "Rocky" Evans
Joseph Roswell Evans passed away on December 10, 2016. Rocky was a friend to everyone that knew him. After graduating from Richmond Academy, Rocky transitioned to the University of Georgia and was a proud member of Chi Phi fraternity. Rock was an ardent Bulldog fan and spent a lot of Saturdays following the Red and Black. The other passion of his life was hunting and wildlife conservation. Rocky founded Quail Unlimited and served as its Executive Vice President for 28 years. He also served on the Executive comittee of the Congressional Sportsman Foundation. Rocky was a lifelong resident of Augusta and some of the best days of his life were spent on a dove field with his children, his friends, and Dave the dog. He will be missed by all that knew him. KSH
Randy Brown enrolled at UGA after graduation and became a respected veterinarian and teacher at the John Hopkins Veterinary School. Randy always exhibited a love for learning, a zest for life, and a boundless amount of energy. He was an accomplished sailor and participated in boat racing with the Downtown Sailing Center Limited One Design league in Baltimore....even taking a title in 2008. Randy served as a Colonel in the Army Reserves and was active as a respected teacher in the Defense Institiute of Medical Operations. He personally taught hundreds of international military and civilian personnel in the Middle East, South American and Africa how to develop trauma systems and improve disaster responses. Randy was a loving husband and brother. He will be greatly missed. Randy died in January 2009. HH
Michael Waddey Jones passed away in Augusta, Georgia - August of 2004 following a brief illness. After graduation from ARC Mike attended Middle Georgia College, later transferring to the University of Georgia. Prior to completing his studies @ UGA Mike enrolled into the Army National Guard where he began to develop his passion for cooking, eventually leading him to the private restaurant industry in Marin County, California & Paris, France. On his return to Augusta Mike served as the Head Chef @ the Augusta County Club prior to starting his own restaurant(s), eventually opening Michael’s & establishing a group to develop an Augusta based TGI Friday’s franchise operation. “Jonesy” as he was known to his close friends was an avid supporter of UGA Basketball, enjoyed fishing and continued to grow his passion for the culinary arts & entertaining. Mike is survived by his three adult children; Kennon, Matt & Kelley, his sister Pam & brother Charlie. Mike’s quick wit and enduring friendship are missed by his family and many close friends. HDF
Thomas G. Carswell died May 17, 2002 after a wonderful day of fishing which by all accounts he had a great day. Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes as a junior in high school, Tom never let that hold him back. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. After graduating from RIchmond, Tom attended the University of Georgia where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. While long hours of study was not Tom's forte, he received his degree from UGA. Tom returned to Augusta after college and had a successful 25 year career in real estate. Tom loved hunting, fishing, golf, and watching (and occasionally wagering on) football. He was a life long member of the No Name Social and Poker Club. Tom was a dear and loyal friend to all who knew him. RBM
Sandra graduated from Richmond Academy in 1968, then went on to Augusta College and Georgia State University graduating with a degree in Physical Therapy. She went to Greenville,S.C. to work at the hospital and later opening a private practice with several other physical therapists, and also taught at Greenville Tech. She met her first husband in Greenville and they had two sons, Patrick and Tyler. They moved to Nashville in 1986 and she became Vice President of Administrative and Professional Services for Rehability. They moved to Thomson, Ga. in 1998 and she taught and directed the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Aiken Tech. Unfortunately her husband passed away in 2004. In 2010, she married William Helmly. Sandy passed away this Feb., after a battle with cancer. She touched so many lives and she will be greatly missed!
Davenport Sanford Bruker, 67, husband of Karen Wilson Bruker entered into rest Friday, March 16, 2018. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Cason Bruker, he graduated from the Academy of Richmond County and the University of Georgiawhere he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Art.
He lived in Atlanta for ten years where he worked as an advertising copywriter for Davison's Department Store and an assistant bond manager for Travelers and Reliance Insurance Companies. He moved to Augusta in 1983 and joined his family insurance agency Sanford, Bruker & Banks, becoming its president in 1985. A one-time board member of the Independent Insurance Agents Association of Augusta, he was a Certified Insurance Counselor and an Accredited Advisor in Insurance. He was a past president of the Rotary Clubof Augusta and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship and a Will Watt Fellowship. He chaired the boards of the Gertrude of Herbert Institute of Art, the Augusta Partnership for Children and the Augusta Opera and served on the boards of the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boys Scouts of America, the Pinnacle Club, the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative, and the Downtown Augusta Alliance.
Family members in addition to his wife include daughters the late Alison W. Bruker, Caroline B. Freier (Sonke), and Colleen S. Bruker; brother William C. Bruker, Jr and sister-in-law the late J. Merritt Bruker; brother-in-law's Larry W. Wilson, Garry D. Wilson (Theresa),sister-in-law Nanette Covington and Brian N. Wilson (Susan); nephews William C. Bruker, III and Matthew B. Wilson; nieces Sarah H. Bruker, Stephanie W. Hearn, Tara C. Pope, and Christy Covington; cousins the late Ronald E. Corbitt (Aurelia), Mary C. Blount, Mary B. Perrin, Mollie B. Fenlon (Whatley), and Camilla C. Hazelton (John).
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 12:00 noon at Sacred Heart Cultural Center with Dr. Timothy L. Owings officiating. A reception will follow. There will be a private graveside service. Pallbearers will be Louise "Hap" Harris, Colman "Goose" Goodrich, Paul "Gump" King, Greg "Gregalicious" Kirby, Mel "The Bippie" Locklear, David "Pooh Pooh" Owens, Ed "OMT" Turner, Charles "Bo" Wagner, and Brian "The Newt" Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Rotary Club of Augusta.
Memorials may be made to the Alison Bruker Scholarship Fund, 931 Broad Street, Augusta, Ga 30901-1212.
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907. A guestbook may be signed at www.thomaspoteet.com.
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - Graveside service for Ray Edward "Eddie" Flynt will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Flynt Family Cemetery, Horses Neck Road, St. Matthews. Visitation will be Wednesday 5-8 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Mr. Flynt died Saturday, July 5, 2008. Born in Greensboro, N.C. on July 15, 1950, he was a son of the late George and Dorothy Caine Flynt. A graduate of the Academy of Richmond County in Augusta, Ga. and the University of Georgia, he was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. A thirty-five year resident of Columbia, he founded White Crane Company in 1977. As an avid golfer, he was a member of Spring Valley Country Club and Blowing Rock Country Club. He was a great fan of the University of Georgia Bulldogs, but also enjoyed attending the University of South Carolina games, as a member of Carolina Park. He cherished spending time with his family in the outdoors and on the water. Surviving are sons, Ryan Flynt of Columbia and Jason Flynt, of Charleston and Columbia; aunt and uncle, Don and Theresa Caine of Greensboro, N.C.; uncles, David, Dale and John Caine; aunts, Louis Ivey and Norma Marshal; uncle, Rex Flynt, all of High Point, N.C.; niece, Ashley Flynt of New York City; and nephew, Brian Flynt of Beaufort. He was predeceased by his brother, George "Sonny" Flynt, Jr. He will be greatly missed by his family, many friends, employees, and business associates, as well as his former wives, Frances and Carey, and his loving companion, Mary Capers Havron. Please sign online guest book at www.dunbarfunerals. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com
GOULD, Elsie Low ELSIE LOW GOULD Elsie Low Gould, age 63, of Atlanta passed away July 1, 2014 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was born in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas to Col. James L. Low, USA (Ret) and Mrs. Louise Miller Low. Growing up in a military family, Elsie lived in Kansas, Illinois, California, Wisconsin, and Germany before settling in Augusta, GA. Elsie graduated from the Academy of Richmond County where she was a cheerleader, homecoming queen and ROTC Honorary Cadet Colonel. In 1972, she graduated from the University of Georgia, where she was Miss UGA, a cheerleader, and a member of the Phi Mu sorority. Elsie worked for Delta Airlines for 41 years as a flight attendant. As an active member of the Cathedral of St Philip, she served on the St. Anne's Guild, Buckhead Christian Ministry Food Drive, and Cathedral Antiques Show. She was an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta, Chastain Friends, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists and The Boxwood Garden Club. Elsie contributed countless hours to Egleston Children's Hospital and the Festival of Trees. Elsie is survived by her husband of 22 years, Fred Stuart Gould, III, sister, Helen Partridge (Allen) of Evans, GA, brothers, James Low (Susan) of Lexington, SC, and Robert Low (Ann), of Ellijay, GA, step daughter, Carvel Gould, of Atlanta, GA and stepson, Stuart Gould (Kristin) of Rumson, NJ, as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and godchildren all whom she considered her own. The memorial service will be held at the Cathedral of St. Philip on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11 AM with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations be made to: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Attn: Margaret Cross Shellnut, 1577 NE Expressway, Suite A Atlanta, GA 30329 or the Cathedral of St Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from July 6 to July 7, 2014
Our classmate, Bobby Kirk, was a Special Agent with the GBI and lived in Thomson, GA. He was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious individual in his neighborhood. The killer was arrested, escaped from jail, but was later killed by McDuffie County law enforcement officers when he drew a firearm on them during his capture.
Michael McGowan LaMotte Former Director of Housing - Dept. of Planning & Development, city of Lowell
LOWELL -- Michael McGowan LaMotte, 65, a resident of Lowell, MA formerly of Dracut, MA, died September 8, 2014, at Metro West Medical Center in Natick, MA, after battling a long illness. He was the beloved husband for 19 years of Penny (Prevezas) LaMotte who passed away in 2012.
Born in Augusta, GA on October 25, 1948, Michael was the son of the late Joseph McGowan and Alma McGowan of Augusta, GA and adopted son of the late Dr. Billie F. LaMotte, of Sevierville, TN.
Michael was a graduate of Augusta Military Academy, Augusta, GA.
He was formerly employed as the Director of Housing for the Department of Planning and Development for the city of Lowell, MA, prior to his retirement. In addition, he was a former Executive Director of Housing for Community Teamwork, Inc. of Lowell, MA and a former Executive Director of the Dracut Housing Authority, Dracut, MA. He also was a licensed MA Real Estate broker.
Michael is survived by his three children, son, Michael (Mikey) James LaMotte and his partner, Jennifer Brown, and his two grandsons, Riley and Sylas of Lowell, MA; daughter, Chrissie Sue (LaMotte) Chubka and her husband, Adam P. Chubka Jr. of Blackstone, MA; and daughter, Ariana Sofia LaMotte of Lowell, MA. He is also survived by his three brothers, James Maushart of CA, Donald Maushart and his wife, Mary Maushart of La Mesa, CA, and Patrick Pye of FL; and his brother-in-law, Timothy Balas and his wife, Andrea Balas of Lowell, MA; several nieces and nephews, and dear friends.
McGOWAN LaMOTTE -- Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 9:30 until 11 a.m. at the McDonough Funeral Home, 14 Highland Street, Lowell, MA 01852. His Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home directly following the visitation at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Westlawn II Cemetery in Lowell, MA. In lieu of flowers, DONATIONS IN HIS MEMORY CAN BE MADE TO THE American Cancer Society, 30 SPEEN STREET, FRAMINGHAM, MA 01701-9376. PLEASE VISIT WWW.MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM TO SEND THE FAMILY AN E-CONDOLENCE.
Jane passed away suddenly from an aortic tear on April 27,2008. She graduated from the University of Miami and was a respected member of the financial community in Atlanta. She was small in stature but HUGE in spirit. She was a devoted, loyal and compassionate person. Her outgoing personality and sense of humor were infectious. She will always be lovingly remembered by her husband, children, sister, family and friends.
Tommy Leonard, fondly known as "Elmo" to his many friends, died after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. He had a long, successful career selling cars and trucks. It is quite likely that many members of the Class of '68 purchased vehicles for themselves and their family members over the years. He was a dedicated brother to his siblings and a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews. Tommy never married...but the ladies loved him. He was one thoughtful, sweet fella.
AUGUSTA, GA - Mr. Walter Leonard Manly, Jr., 64, entered into rest on Thursday, February 19, 2015.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Platt's Crawford Avenue Chapel with Pastor David Hunter officiating. Burial will be private.
Mr. Manly was a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. Mr. Manly will be remembered as a gentle, kind man who was a devoted son, brother, and uncle.
Mr. Manly is survived by his mother, Dolores Waddey Gentry; his sister, Lynda LaCasse (J.P.); his niece, Laura Massaro (Marc); and by his cousin, Marvin Sears (Sarah). He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Manly, Sr., and by his step father, O. Lee Gentry.
If so desired memorials may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 825 Greene Street, Augusta, GA, 30901.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, February 24, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue
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George Markert was a talented musician, artist and craftsman, and a great friend to many. He graduated with a BA from the University of Georgia where he also earned his law degree. He maintained a solo law practice for several years but later had a career in the courts, and eventually became director of administration for the South Carolina court system.
At Richmond, George played viola in a student quartet. He drew pen and ink landscapes and portraits of old houses and later restored an older home in Columbia SC to its original state. He was being treated for cancer when he died from complications of the therapy in early 1998.
A friend from Richmond remembers a few adventures and misadventures they had together: meeting a not so friendly bull while exploring an old family homestead near the Savannah River, getting George’s mother’s car stuck in deep mud on a back road near Clark Hill/AKA Thurmond Reservoir, watching the first moon landing at his parents’ home on the lake, exploring Hegge’s Rock, and hiking a segment of the Appalachian Trail. She fondly remembers his thoughtful gifts, including a jewelry box and a large bookcase he built, both of which she still uses. She remembers him for his talents, his good nature, his impish sense of humor and his good taste.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Donnie Ray Hilliard, 64, went peacefully to be with the Lord on October 8, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Benedict Hilliard. He leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Sherrie (McFarlin) Hilliard; son, David Ray Hilliard; daughter, Sarah Roberts (Alan); grandson, Wells Ray Roberts; mother, Sarah Grace McTaggart; brother, Barry Hilliard; sister, Carol (Hilliard) Cederdahl. Donnie was born on July 23, 1950 and graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia in 1968. Donnie attended Alabama Christian College and completed his Bachelor's degree at Alabama Christian School of Religion. He received a Master's degree from Troy State University and earned his PHD in Family Studies at the University of Alabama in 1997. Donnie has been a part time minister for the church of Christ and a full time professor at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama where he taught Marriage & Family and Bible. He performed pre-marital counselling for over three hundred couples during his 29 year tenure at Faulkner. He authored Upon that Rock I Stand, Magnificent Marriage , and a workbook for college students, Getting it Right the First Time. Donnie was an inspiration to all he met and had a loving and generous heart continually giving to others. Services will be held Friday October 17, 2014, at University church of Christ in Montgomery, Alabama, at 2:00 pm. Entombment will be a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cloverdale Center for Family Strengths at Faulkner University, 5345 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, Alabama 36109. Eastland Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Nashville, TN (615)227-9558
Robert ( Bob) Sigman Smith was born to the late Harvey and Annette Smith, July 19th, 1950. He was brother to Sandra, Thorny and Mike ( deceased), all ARC graduates. He attended Garrett Elementary , Langford Jr. High and ARC. Bob graduated from Augusta College in 1973 with a economics degree.
After graduation Bob married his Jr. High sweetheart, Del Newman, they have two sons, Bert and Brian, who are married and reside in Augusta. He realized at a young age, working at the family business , that he was a born salesman. Bob became owner of Smith Motor Sales after his Dad retired. He became used car sales manager at Duke Buick and a few other dealerships in Augusta, before moving to North Carolina for a change of occupation with Management Recruiters. Although we all loved the mountains and found it to be a wonderful place to raise two boys, the car business brought us back to Augusta.
His last five years, Bob moved to Brunswick, Ga. to work for the Buick dealership until health issues slowed him down. His last year he worked at the Jekyll Island Welcome Center.
His hobbies were fishing in any body of water and quality time with family coaching baseball and football.
After having a serious accident at age 13, Bob unfortunately contacted Hep. C from blood transfusions, which affected his health in later years. He passed away in Brunswick in 2001 at age 50.
He would like to be remembered as a fun loving, hard working man who could sell you anything.
I am sure he will be at the reunion, in spirit, on the dance floor.
The Rev'd Canon Larry G. Wilkes passed away Monday, May 28, 2012, at his home in Arnaudville at the age of 61. Larry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, three adult children, numerous grandchildren, and mother and father.
Larry was a true man of the Lord. His connection with God could be felt by all who crossed his path. He could make anyone smile with his great sense of humor and his personable stories. Family and friends will greatly miss his selfless ability to listen to any problem, large or small, and offer flawless advice. He is remembered for living a life filled with faith, patience, and acceptance.
Larry was born in Dublin, GA, and reared in Augusta, GA. Pursuing a love of medicine, he enlisted in the US Navy, where he served as a Hospital Corpsman for twenty-one years. After his retirement from the Navy in 1989, he answered God's calling and entered into Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1992. He worked at three parishes in southern Virginia for four years. In February 1996, he again answered the call to the sea through a commission to the US Navy as a chaplain. After again retiring from the Navy in 2001, he became associate rector at San Jose Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, FL. In 2003, he and his wife relocated to Arnaudville and he served as rector of the Church of the Ascension for four years, leaving the parish to work as the Canon to the Ordinary. In 2009, he started working as the priest for the Church of the Epiphany in New Iberia, LA.