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Elaine Nobles Dreggors
Elaine Nobles Dreggors, 78, died Sunday, May 3, at Ogeechee Area Hospice surrounded by her family. She was a resident of Glennville and a devoted member of Pigott Branch Missionary Baptist Church. She was a 1954 graduate of Ludowici High School, received her degree in business education from Georgia Teachers College and her Masters in business education from Georgia Southern University. She retired after 44 years of teaching at Glennville High School, Pinewood Christian Academy and Tattnall County High School. After retirement, she continued to teach, working at Smith State Prison.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Norris A. Dreggors; her parents, Marcus and Letha Nobles; and brothers, Gerald Nobles and Hughes Nobles.
She is survived by a daughter, Robin Dreggors Waters, and her two sons Matthew and Madison, and their father Richard Waters; a son, Daniel Norris Dreggors, and his daughter Brenna, and her mother, Leigh Dreggors; three special grandchildren, Felix, Jose and Jeniffer Ramirez; three sisters-in-law, Nancy Nobles, Barbara Dreggors and Novadean Dreggors.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, at Brannen-Kennedy Funeral Home in Glennville.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, at Pigott Branch Baptist Church with Rev. James O. Young, Tommy Hilliard, Rev. Mike Jones and Rev. Steve Waldo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Marc Nobles, Mark Griffin, Edmund Nobles, Steve Dreggors, Jason Nobles, Lee McCurdy, Mike Dreggors and Joe Folsom.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ludowici High School Class of 1954.
Remembrances may be sent to Pigott Branch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 158 Dan Dreggors Rd., Glennville, Ga.  30427.
Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home of Glennville in charge of the arrangements.
brannenkennedy.com.

Luther Darling Morris, Jr. (Buddy)
 
Luther Darling Morris, Jr. (Buddy) passed away on May 1. Born in West Palm Beach, Fla. on January 8, 1930 Buddy moved to Claxton at the age of 11 where he worked at The Claxton Bakery for 68 years. During his employment, he met the love of his life, Juanita, and they were married for 66 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Claxton, and he served two terms as a member of the Claxton City Council. He was well known in the community for his white T-shirts, his willingness to help others, and the love of his job and co-workers. Buddy enjoyed spending special time during the holiday season decorating gingerbread houses with his great-grandchildren.
Buddy was preceded in death by a son, John Albert.
The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Dr. Thomas Joseph Miller, Jr. and the staff from Bethany Hospice of Claxton, Their love and support will always be cherished.
Surviving are his wife, Juanita of Claxton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Miriam (Carson) Sands of Daisy, Donna Gale (Steve) NeSmith of Claxton; sisters, Doris Steele of Trinity, Ala. and Hilda Coleman of Torrance, Calif.; brother, David (Wanda) Morris of Claxton; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.     
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Claxton.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Charles Sands, Daniel NeSmith, Billy Stidham, Scotty Rountree, Mark Oliver, Dennis Durrence, Timothy Hunt, and Joe Miller.
Honorary pallbearers will be current and former employees and their spouses of the Claxton Bakery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Bethany Hospice of Claxton, 8395 Hwy. 301, Suite 6, Claxton, Ga. 30417 or the First United Methodist Church of Claxton, 401 W. Main St., Claxton, Ga. 30417           
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Russell David Long

Russell David Long, 35, passed away April 29, at his residence after a long fight with cancer. The Chatham County native had been living in Evans County for a number of years. Rusty was an avid gun collector, and loved hunting and fishing.  He was very mechanically inclined.
Surviving are his wife, Robin Long of Claxton; his adoptive parents, Murray and Ruby Long of Claxton; his father, Russell Mark Long of Claxton; one son, Trevor Paul Southwell of Claxton; one daughter, Kari Marie Southwell of Claxton; two brothers, Murray H. (Barbara) Long, Jr., of Byron, Ga. and Danny Long of Queensbury, N.Y.; two sisters, Patricia Lynn (Andy) Hendrix of Claxton and Dorothy Long Hughes of Collins; several nieces and nephews.    
Funeral services were held Friday, May 1, at 2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Robbie Janette “Jan” Shuman

Mrs. Robbie Janette “Jan” Shuman, 73, passed away Sunday, April 26 at Ogeechee Area Hospice.  Mrs. Shuman was a district comptroller for Sears.   She was a member of Claxton Church of God, enjoyed shopping, her flower garden and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Franklin Pierce “Buddy” Shuman; parents, Clyde Thomas Hammond and Nita Earl Milton Hamilton; brothers, Michael Wayne Hammond and Thomas Gordon Hammond; son and daughter-in-law, Jackie and Belinda Shuman; sister and brother-in-law, Anita E. and Jack L. Barrand.
Survivors include a son, Michael Shuman and wife Shelia of Reidsville; grandchildren, Kyle Shuman, Chelsey Shuman, Thomas “Tommy” Shuman and Elizabeth Dixon; niece and nephew, Vicki and Michael Tibbs and several great nieces and nephews.
Funeral service were held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Gregory Ely and Rev. Leland Jeffers officiating.
Burial was at 3 p.m. at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Claxton Church of God, 11982 Hwy. 280, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Flanders Morrison Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
www.flandersmorrisonfuneralhome.com.

William Harold Hayes
William Harold Hayes, 80, passed away April 26, at Embracing Hospice in Cumming, Ga. A long time resident of Ellijay, Ga., Bill Hayes served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1953-1957. He was a graduate of Ga. Tech University. Bill retired from Western Electric after 37 years of service. Bill never married and had children of his own but helped raise and put eight to 10 kids through school and help them get jobs. His nephew, Kenneth Hayes, was just one of those kids and Bill treated and loved him as if he was his own son.
Surviving are his brothers, Pete Hayes of Claxton, Charles Hayes of Tallahassee, Fla.,  Jerrel Hayes of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sisters, Bonnie Crews and  Annie Smith, both of Live Oak, Fla. and Hilda Edmondson of Jacksonville, Fla.; 28 nieces and nephews, 42 great nieces and nephews,  19 great-great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 29, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 29, at 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Marcus Dukes officiating.
Burial will be in Bay Branch Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ouida Marlene Riggs
Ouida Marlene Riggs, 96, passed away April 26,at Candler Hospital in Savannah. She was a native of Claxton. Miss Riggs was a member of Wesley Monumental Methodist Church. She worked for Dr. Clarence Redmond for 30 years until retirement.
Surviving are her sister, Nita Harley of Savannah and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, April 28, at 11 a.m. at Brewton Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Juanita Cook Holland
Juanita Cook Holland, 95, of the Hillview Community died peacefully at her home Friday, April 24. Born in Metter, she was the daughter of Preston Nicholas and Carrie Lanier Cook. A Metter High School graduate, she lived most of her life in the Hillview Community and was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church. After 43 years of nursing, she retired from Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton. She enjoyed farm life and sharing it with her family.
Preceding her in death was her husband, David Levi Holland, Sr.; her parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Survivoring are a son and daughter-in-law, David and Kay Holland of Statesboro; a daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Jimmy Hobbs of Hillview; four grandchildren, Lee (Melissa) Holland of Hollywood, Fla., Warren (Amy) Holland of Hillview, Josh (Kara) Holland of Statesboro and Michael (Mika) Hobbs of Statesboro; step-mother, Mary Cook Little of Guyton; a brother, Nicky Cook of Garden City; two sisters, Ellen Rahn of Guyton and Jan Nyborg of Savannah; five great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, at 11 a.m., at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel, with Dr. John Geerdes officiating. Burial will be in the Holland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Lee Holland, Warren Holland, Josh Holland, Michael Hobbs, Robert Cook and Bobby Holland.
Guest book: www.kennedyfuneralhomes.com.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel, of Metter is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Jernigan Rogers
Hazel Jernigan Rogers, 92, passed away Wednesday, April 8, at NorthSpring Senior Living in Claxton, under the care of Affinis Hospice of Vidalia. She was a loving, devoted, and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  Her grace and wisdom will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a past president and member of the Undine Homemaker Club, a past member of the Evans Co Farm Bureau Women's Committee, and a faithful member of Evergreen Baptist Church for 65 years.  
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norwood and two sons, John Pharis and Waldo Dave "Punky" Rogers.
She is survived by four daughters, Norma (Bob) Preston of Douglas, Jane (Stevie) Tippins of Colbert, June (David) Anderson and Tammi Hall of Claxton; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Rogers of Nevils; 11 grandchildren, Chris Rogers of Augusta, Bill Preston and Robert Preston of Douglas, Ashley Graves of Yulee Fla.,  Anna Perkins of Nevils, Adriene Saxon of Brooklet, Stephen Tippins of Buford, Sarah Tippins of Savannah, Sally Anderson Lambert of Evans, Della Anderson and Gray Rogers of Claxton; nine great-grandchildren, Lane and Stephens Preston, Montgomery and Zean Preston, Sam Graves, Kayden Perkins,  Rosie Saxon, and Ryleigh and Adalynn Rogers;  sister-in-law, Harveystein Jernigan of Claxton; and her special NorthSpring Senior Living family.
The family will receive friends on Friday, April 10, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Potts officiating.  
Pallbearers will be Chris Rogers, Bill Preston, Robert Preston, Stephen Tippins, Gray Rogers and David Jernigan.  
Burial will be in Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Reba Dean Lewis Moody
Reba Dean Lewis Moody, 62, passed away, Thursday, April 2, at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. She was born December 7, 1952 to B. Walton and Eva Mae Hendrix Lewis and lived in Claxton and Glennville all of her life. She was a 1970 Graduate of Claxton High School, a homemaker, loving caring wife, mother and grandmother. She attended Birdford Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James Lewis, Bobby Lewis  and David Lewis.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Moody of Glennville;                    children, Amanda (Barry) McGlashan of Glennville, Amber (Anthony) Smith of Glennville; sisters, Annie (Billy) Snider of Savannah, Wanda (Robert) Moseley of Claxton; brother, Edward (Pat) Lewis of Claxton; grandchildren, Madeline, Jackson, Makayla, Hunter and Eva; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, April 6, at the Chapel of Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Summers officiating. Burial will be Glennville Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Tony Lewis, Randy Hendrix, Mike Rager, Jerry Jarriel, James Weitman and Harry Ambrose.
Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home of Glennville is in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley D. Wildes
Shirley D. Wildes, 77, passed away at Evans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, March 31.  She lived most of her life in Evans County. She retired from Smith’s Transitional Center formerly known as Southeast Probation Detention Center.
Shirley was preceded in death by her mother, Effie Utah Deloach and her father Walter Ross (Boss) Deloach, Sr., both of Claxton.
She is survived by two sisters, JoAnn McDonald and Joyce Bailey, both of Claxton; one son, J. Beaupre Wildes and wife Kimberly Wildes of Claxton; two daughters,  Wanda C. Wildes of Oak Ridge, Tenn.  and  Windy S. Wildes of Claxton;  six grandchildren, Sheri and Ricky Kight of Metter,  Tammie and Michael Eason of Claxton,  J. Missy Wildes of Seymour, Tenn.,  James N. Eason, Jr. of Oliver Springs, Tenn., Jess K. Lewellyn of Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Jordi N. Wildes of Claxton;  10 great-grandchildren,  Dylan and Zachary Kight of Metter,  Avery, Chase, and Levi Eason of Claxon,  Clay Mixon, Celsie and Conner Anderson of Claxton,  Tyler and Jeremy Needham of Seymour, Tenn.; a special friend and family member, Sandra J. Davis of Claxton.
Remembrances may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 and/or Brewton Cemetery Fund,  P.O. Box  978 , Claxton, Ga. 30417
We would like to thank everyone who prayed for our family at this time in our lives.  May God bless you all!
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

1st Sgt. Aaron D. Todd

1st Sgt. Aaron D. Todd, 81, passed away March 27, at Hospice Savannah. The Evans County native was a Deacon and member of Antioch Baptist Church.  He was also a member of  Ezel Lodge #335 and the VFW Post 60.  He retired civil service from Ft. Stewart and loved farming.  He loved his family, church and the Antioch Community.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Virginia M. Todd of Claxton; two daughters, Roxanne Brannen of Claxton and Abbigail (Kenneth) Wilder of Claxton; two brothers, Bobby R. (Judy) Todd of Fayetteville, Ga., and Jack (Irma) Todd of Statesboro; three grandchildren, Angela, Christa and Casey Brannen; two great-grandchildren, Eli Wood and Christopher Gage Wilson; and a host of nieces and nephews.    
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 30, at 11 a.m., at Antioch Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Roxanne Brannen, 42 Hamp Todd Rd., Claxton, Ga., 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Janet Lee
Janet Lee, age 55, passed away Monday, March 23, at her residence. She was an Evans County native and had lived in Claxton most of her life. She was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving for 10 years in Spain. Janet was a dedicated nurse working for Dr. Stephen Jordan, attended Rehoboth Baptist Church and was a loving mother to her children.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Annette Lee; and brother, Danny Lee.
She is survived by her father, Junior Lee of Claxton; son, John Lee Mendoza of Covington, La.; daughter, Raquel Mendoza (Adam) Whittaker of Claxton; brother, Doyt Lee of Las Vegas, Nev.; granddaughter, Kinsey Whittaker of Claxton; nieces, Nikki Lee and Sierra Strickland.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 11 a.m. with a memorial service to follow at 12 p.m. from the Glennville Chapel of Low Country Cremation Services and Burial with the Rev. Gary Few officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA.
Low Country Cremation Services and Burial is serving the Lee family.

Betty Shuman Livingston
Mrs. Betty Shuman Livingston, age 85, passed away Tuesday, March 17, at her home surrounded by family and under the care of Gentiva Hospice. The Bryan County native had lived in Evans County most of her life. She was a nurse for many years and was the past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 7764 in Reidsville, Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of “Cares” Hamm Radio Club. Mrs. Betty was also a devoted member of Antioch Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her son, Wilfred Nathaniel Livingston; brothers, Fred Shuman, Charles Bo Shuman, Charlie Shuman, Bobby “Pete” Shuman and Jerry Shuman; and a sister, Juanita Todd.
She is survived by her husband, Wilfred “Floyd” Livingston of Claxton; sons, Henry (Becky) Morgan, III and Larry (Wanda) Morgan, all of Daisy; daughter, Patricia Evon Boyett of Manassas; sister, Helen Mitchell of Claxton; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, March 20, from the Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Justin Gordon and Gary Bradham officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Evans County CARES, P.O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Pallbearers were Jimmy King, Larry Kennedy, Wayne Massey, Segal Glisson, Marty Todd and Timmie Lamb.
Honorary Pallbearers were Mrs. Betty’s Sunday School Class.
Low Country Cremation Services and Burial, formerly Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Glennville Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Faye Akins
Betty Faye Akins, 86, died March 22, at Evans Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Georgia and a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Elton and their daughter, Melba Faye Rebicek of Silver Lake, Wi.
Surviving are three sons and a daughter-in-law, Carey E. Akins of Dacula, Ga., DeWayne E. Akins of Zion, Ill. and Michael J. Akins of Clemson, S.C.; two daughters, Donna VanRyn of Tinley Park, Ill. and Colleen Bubnich of Lake City, Fla.; two brothers, William Edward Todd of Claxton and Elvin G. Todd of Glennville; one sister, Garnette McFarland of Pembroke; nine grandchildren, George, Amy, Jordon, Taylor, Sydney, Evan, Ethan Aaron and Daniel; three great-grandchildren, Mike of Dacula Ga., Bentley of Clemson S.C. and Jacob of Baton Rouge, LA.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 25, from 5-8 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edith Peace Self
Edith Peace Self, 91, passed into God’s hands on March 21. Edith was born on January 18, 1924 to William Wallace Peace and Maude Elizabeth (Goodrum) Peace on Little Sand Mountain in North Georgia. She graduated from Jacksonville High School in Alabama in 1943. Edith later attended Jacksonville College and finished her nursing degree at Hillman Nursing College in Birmingham, Ala. in 1946. It was while at Jacksonville College that Edith met Neal Watson Self.
Neal and Edith were married January 10, 1948 in Anniston, Ala. and loved each other for 67 wonderful years. They had five children, Mary Louise Beeman, David Edward Self, Rebecca Elizabeth Jones, William Scott Self and Sara Alice Garner. She especially enjoyed talking about her eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren to anyone who would listen.
Edith was a registered nurse for 46 years and upon her retirement she and Neal moved to Claxton where they cared for their granddaughter, Sara Jones, whom they dearly loved, for 25 years. Edith was an active member at the First United Methodist Church in Claxton and was also a member of the United Methodist Women. She was secretary and weekly volunteer at the local food bank for over 20 years, member of the George Durrence Sunday Class, the Wesleyan Fellowship and Super Seniors at her church. Edith was also a member of the Staying in the Stitches Quilt Guild and could be found every Wednesday in Statesboro quilting with the ladies. She was an avid reader, made beautiful quilts, and enjoyed her flowers, garden and fruit trees. She always had a good story to tell and an infectious laugh. No one ever went hungry with Edith around. She sure did know how to cook. Ever the consummate caregiver, Edith was a kind and giving individual always doing for others. She truly gave her all.
Edith is survived by her husband and five of her children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven siblings, Gordon, Paul, Edward, Myrtle, Annie, Mary, Susie and an infant daughter.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 24, 10 -11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 401 W. Main St., Claxton.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 24, at 11  a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Claxton
Graveside services  will be held Wednesday, March 25,  in Anniston, Ala. at Highland Cemetery in Anniston AL.  
Remembrances may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital .
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patti Christine Powell
Patti Christine Powell, 44, of Claxton died Sunday, March 15, at her sister’s home under the loving care of her family. Born with Down Syndrome, Patti’s life was unique and wonderful. Travelling with her Dad while he sang with the Hymnsmen was a highlight of her years which gave her a love of gospel music. She enjoyed reading books, playing basketball, little babies and eating out. Patti loved everybody giving lots of hugs whether she knew you or not.
Patti was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Hodges Powell, just one year ago.
 Survivors are her father, Bernice Powell; sister and brother-in-law, Dianne and Jimmy Morris, all of Claxton; niece, Laci and her husband, Daniel McEachin; a nephew, Brandon Boyett; a great nephew, Austin McEachin.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m., at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Rogers and Elder Lee Price officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, 6-8 pm, at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers will be Eldon Callaway, Terry Callaway, Taylor Boyett, Mark Tootle, Billy Hill and Stan Hill.
Guest book: www.kennedyfuneralhomes.com.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Hannelore Mischler DeLoach
Hannelore Mischler DeLoach, age 86, passed away at Evans Memorial Hospital on Sunday, March 15. She was a native of Offenbach, Germany, but was proud to have lived in the United States since 1953.  She was a member of Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church where she continued her late husband, Ellis DeLoach’s tradition of placing flags on veterans’ graves on special occasions.  She was very patriotic and loved this country. She was a member of the German Ladies’ Club in Hinesville and Garden Club for many years.  She was kind-hearted and loved all animals.
She is survived by a son, Dale (Brenda) DeLoach of  Sharpsburg, Ga.; daughter, Rosemarie (John) Robbins of Pooler, Ga.; step-daughter, Avis ( Clyde ) Loper of Sharpsburg, Ga.; nephew, Horstz Zeigler of Germany; grandchildren, Melissa Robbins, Rachel DeLoach, Allison DeLoach; step-grandchildren, Marcie Cole and Brian Loper.
Visitation will be at Bay Branch Church on Friday, March 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. with funeral services following at 11 a.m.
Remembrances may be made to Bay Branch Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 867, Claxton, Ga. 30417 or  Humane Society of Evans County, P O Box 201, Daisy, Ga.  30423.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lola Elise Lewis
Lola Elise Lewis, 67, passed away March 4, at her residence. The Bulloch County native had lived in Evans County for a number of years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Surviving are her husband, Larry Lewis of Claxton;  four sons, Stephen (Tammie) Beasley of Fla., James (Sandy) Barton of Springfield, Rusty Lewis of Fla., and Wilton Lewis of Claxton.; two daughters, Janice Orr of Claxton and Tabatha (Phillip) Masoner of Glennville; one sister, Jan Slater of Fla.; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.    
Graveside services were held Friday March 6, at 3 p.m., at Lower Lotts Creek Cemetery.
Burial was in Lower Lotts Creek Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James Brown
James Brown, 85, passed away March 6, at Ogeechee Area Hospice. The Evans County native retired from the Nestle Company in the San Francisco area before moving back to this area.
Surviving are William Axon, a good friend and companion of Statesboro; a wonderful caregiver, Marie Glisson.  A special thanks to the staff and members of Ogeechee Area Hospice.      
Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m. at Antioch Church Cemetery.
Burial will be in Antioch Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lynn Smith Sapp
Lynn Smith Sapp, 30, faithfully completed her life journey on March 5. She was a native of Evans County and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. Lynn worked as a pharmacy technician at Strickland’s Pharmacy in Glennville for many years.  
Lynn was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, George and Nan Smith; maternal grandparents, David Alexander and LaVerne Johnson; brother-in-law, D. C. Livingston.
Surviving are her husband, Kevin Sapp and son, Alex Sapp of Claxton; parents, Johnny F. Smith of Daisy and Paula and Brian Reid of Reidsville; sisters, Julie Livingston (Hamp Danner) of Glennville and Norma S. Hall of Claxton; brother, Tommy Wall of Claxton; grandparents,  Billy Johnson of Claxton and Carl and Kay Reid of Reidsville; mother and father-in-law, Wayne and Lynn Sapp of Claxton; sister-in-law, Stacey Sapp (Kenneth Christiansen) of Brooklet; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.    
Visitation will be Saturday, March 7, 6-8 p.m. at J Mellie Nesmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m., at Antioch Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery
Pallbearers will be James Alexander, Garrett Alexander, Ethan Alexander, Shawn Lands, Kent Kicklighter and Ed Bradley.
Remembrances  may be sent to Ronald McDonald House, 26345 Network Place Chicago, Ill. 60673-1263 pr Evans County Cares, P.O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kathy Brewton Harris

Kathy Brewton Harris of Athens died Sunday, Feb. 22,  at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta following an aneurysm on February 20.  She was born May 31, 1952 in Lyons, Ga.
Nancy Katherine Brewton was the daughter of the late William Covin Brewton and Beth Aaron Brewton. She spent her childhood in Reidsville and was graduated from high school at Breneau Academy in Gainesville.  Kathy was a scholar who became an expert on Middle Eastern Affairs.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville and her Master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Georgia. While working on her Doctorate, she did research for the University and helped research and write the Bicentennial History of the University of Georgia in the 1990’s. She left an unpublished manuscript concerning Middle Eastern history and politics.
Kathy had been a resident of Athens for many years while teaching political acience at Gainesville College on its Watkinsville xampus and after the xollege’s merger with North Georgia College and State University, at the Gainesville campus of the resulting university. She previously lived in Baxley, where she worked with the housing commission that served several counties.
She was a member of the Reidsville Baptist Church, an avid gardener and an online bookseller.
She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Harris King and husband Brian King of Utica, Ohio; and her twin sister, Karol Brewton of Reidsville.
Funeral servicse were held in the Chapel of the Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home in Reidsville, at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, followed by burial at the Brewton Cemetery in Hagan, with Rev. Steve Miller, pastor of the Reidsville Baptist Church officiating.  
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory served the Harris family.

Mary Ellen Crosby
Mary Ellen Crosby, age 73, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center surrounded by her family.  The Wrightsville native had lived in Savannah, Claxton and Statesboro.  She had worked at Claxton Manufacturing for 20 years and East Georgia Regional Medical Center for 16 years.  In her spare time she loved to do arts and crafts.  
Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Daniel Lee; parents, Horace Ivey and Ruby Lee Miller; siblings, James, Wade and E.W. Miller and Betty Taylor.
She is survived by her children, Donna Lee of Statesboro and Timmy Lee of Claxton; siblings, Mattie Martell of Lakeland, Fla., Thomas L. Miller of Port Charlotte, Fla., Richard Miller of Palm Bay, Fla., Patsy Rustin of Claxton, Jimmy Wayne Miller of Savannah, and Darrell Miller of Columbus, Ga.; grandchildren, Ashley Trafficanti, Amber Hodges, Blain Lee, Randi Futch, and Garrett Futch; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 26,  at 11 a.m., from the Chapel of Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Miller officiating. Interment followed in the Brewton Cemetery in Hagan.
Pallbearers were Kenny Miller, Gregory Powell, Aaron Prater, Terry Rustin, Wayne Miller and Earl Miller.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory served the Crosby family.

Barry N. Odom
Barry N. Odom, 73, passed away Thursday Feb. 26, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born September 6, 1941 to Norval Odom and Kathleen Kicklighter Odom and lived in Glennville all of his life. He was a 1959 graduate of Glennville High School, a member of the Red Jacket Club and a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He was a farmer, an avid NASCAR fan and a member of Glennville First Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ed Odom and wife, Anda Geiger Odom.
He is survived by his children, Shawn (Vicky) Odom, Shane (Kerry) Odom, all of Glennville; sister, Gail (Leighton) Dasher of Glennville; brother-in-law, Louis (Glenda) Geiger of Glennville; grandchildren, Brad (Shae) Odom, Stephen (Morgan) Odom, Molly Odom, Ben Odom; great-grandson, Braxton Odom of Glennville.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, at the chapel of Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home. Burial was in Beards Creek Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lee Durrence, Lou Durrence, Joe Odom, Jeff Odom, Dennis Odom and Brian Blocker.
Honorary Pallbearers were Johnny Griner, Jackie Griner, Donny Durden, Joe Brewton, Mike Lamb, Jimmy Howard and Jerry Salter.
Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home of Glennville was in charge of the arrangements.

Carroll Sikes

Carroll Sikes, 81, of Metter, passed on to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 25.  Carroll was born the son of Clarence M. and Ellen Eva Lewis Sikes in Claxton  where he farmed with his family. In 1955 he joined the army and was stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. While in North Carolina he met his future wife, Ann Marie Jackson. After marriage they moved to Anchorage, Alaska and were stationed at Fort Richardson Army Base.  After serving in Alaska, they were reassigned to El Paso, Texas. He left the Army in 1963, and finally settled down back in Claxton for a few years before moving to Metter where he has lived for the past 48 years.  He was a farmer, avid fisherman, and hunter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph “Jo-Jo” Sikes; brother, Joseph Cardell Sikes; sisters, Ruth Cowart and Annette Scott.
He is survived by his wife, Ann M. Sikes; daughters, Pamela Ann Jones and husband Ricky of Metter, Barbara Sikes Bird and husband Rick of St. Cloud, Fla.; sons, Carroll “Knocker” Sikes and wife Kim of Metter, Timmy “Timbo” Sikes of Metter; his siblings, Swinton Sikes, Sr. of Metter, Daniel (Laura) Sikes and David Sikes, all of Claxton; sisters, LaGale (Chris) Briggs of Damascus Oregon, Mary E. (Don) Lenig of Welches, Oregon, and Christia (Daryl) Purcell of Brandon, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 28, from 5-7 p.m., at the Metter Chapel of Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m., at Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes Metter Chapel, with Rev. Burnon Jarriel officiating.  
Burial will follow at the Lake Church Cemetery in Metter.
Pallbearers will be Gary Jackson, Austin Jones, Bubba Morgan, Jason Rigdon, Douglas Sikes, Swinton Sikes, Jr. and  Adam Starcher.
Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes of Metter is in charge of arrangements.
 

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