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William ‘Bill’ Peregoy
William “Bill” Peregoy, 78, passed away Friday, September 20 at Meadows Regional Hospital in Vidalia, Ga. He was a native of Westminster, Maryland and moved to Georgia in 1999. After retiring from East Alco Aluminum in Fredrick, Md. He entered the Army in 1952 and spent 18 months in Korea. Among his awards are the Korean National Defense Ribbon, the Syngman Rhee Citation Medal, Korean Unit Citation and Korean Campaign Medal. He was a member of St. Benjamin Lutheren Church in Westminster, MD. He enjoyed attending classic car shows and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Peregoy Clenny.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Sarah Peregoy;  son, David (Andrea) Clenny; grandson, Justin Clenny of Claxton; two brothers, Robert (Barbara) Peregoy of Bean Station, TN., and Ralph (Linda) Peregoy of York, PA.; two sisters, Evelyn Bennington of Rayford, N.C., and Janice Smith of Taneytown, MD one brother-in-law, Jack (Noma) Eades of Groveville, N.J.;  several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held Monday, September 23, 11  a.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Geraldine Beasley Beegle
Geraldine Beasley Beegle, 92 of Palmetto, passed away Tuesday, September 17. She was born in Claxton to the late Mr. and Mrs. Neal Beasley.
She graduated from Georgia Southern State College and taught school in Evans County before embarking on an adventurous journey as an Air Force career wife. Living in places as varied as Florida, California, and Nebraska, she raised her three children mainly in Nebraska. After moving to Atlanta with her newly retired husband, she was an avid bridge player, earning Master’s points and loved to walk and exercise. She and her husband moved to Palmetto to a small farm to spend the rest of their retirement years. There she walked daily, as much as five miles. She could be seen often with big hat, gloves and long sleeves, walking and waving to everyone that passed who knew her as a regular fixture. Being a breast cancer survivor, she entered many of the races for the cure with many members of her family walking with her. She also walked/ran the Peachtree Road Race, being one of the oldest at 85 years of age.
Traveling extensively was another passion. She and her husband visited every state in the U.S. and many countries in Europe, the Orient and South America.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Dilworth and Delmas Beasley and daughter, Barbara Beegle Lambert.
Surviving are her husband of 68 years, Ret. Col. Philip H. Beegle; sons, Philip H. Beegle, Jr. (Ann), Rodney Neal Beegle, (Rita); son-in-law, Jerry Lambert; grandsons, Philip H. Beegle lll (Jennifer), Brian Lee Beegle, Kevin Jackson Beegle, Morgan Chase Lambert, Austin Taylor Lambert and great-grandson, Philip H. Beegle lV.
Visitation will be Friday, September 20, 1-2: p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home   
Funeral services will be held September 20, 2 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Sikes Chapel Cemetery.
 In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Susan Komen Foundation, Atlanta Chapter, for breast cancer research.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Melvin Sapp
Melvin Sapp, 78, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15 at Candler Hospital in Savannah. The native and lifelong resident of Evans County was a member and Deacon of Bible Holiness Church in Hagan.  He was a pecan grower and a member of the Georgia Pecan Association. Mr. Sapp retired after 40 years of service to Independent Life Insurance Company. He was the recipient of the 2012 Soil and Water Conservationist award for Evans County.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Betty Duck Sapp of Claxton; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Brenda Sapp of Jacksonville, Fla., Keith and Donna Sapp of Claxton, and Deryl and Jennifer Sapp of Ft. Worth, Tex.; four sisters, Elizabeth (Lib) Hendrix, Ann Lynn and Vydene Drake, all of Claxton, and Yvonne Barber of Sylvania; six grandchildren, Deann (David) Millis, Brian (Gloria) Sapp, Craig (Brianna) Sapp, Lori, Katrina, and Derek Sapp;  and five great-grandchildren, Brandon and Caden Millis, Connor, Ella, and Harper Sapp; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5-8 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, 11  a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Canoochee Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Canoochee Cemetery Fund, c/o Danny Sapp, 5073 Rufus Sapp Rd., Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Louise E. Bradley
Louise E. Bradley, 78, passed away Friday, Sept. 13. She was of Baptist faith and lived in Claxton most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Bradley; son, Cecil Bradley; three sisters, Ruth Mitchell, Nina Barnard, and Maybelle Griffin.
Surviving are a daughter, Judy (Gary) Loper of Claxton; two sons, Lonnie (Vickie) Bradley of Statesboro; Steve Slusher of Claxton; two sisters, Martha Colson of Claxton, Evelyn Turner of Glennville; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Bay Branch Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lillie Belle Hayes

Mrs. Lillie Belle Hayes entered into eternal rest early Sunday morning, September 8, 2013. 
She was born to the late Foster Johnson and Annie Williams Johnson on August 18, 1931 in Claxton, Georgia. On August 4, 1968, she was united in Holy Matrimony to Thomas Hayes, who preceded her in death. To this union, no children were born. Though Mrs. Hayes had no biological children, many young people were nurtured and inspired by her and have ventured into various walks of life. To quote Mrs. Hayes, she would state, “I have children all over the world.”
She attended the public schools of Evans County and graduated from Evans County Training School in 1947, graduating as valedictorian of her class. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in English Education in 1951 from Savannah State College, and while at Savannah State, she was initiated as a member into Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She did further study at New York University, Tuskegee Institute, and Georgia Southern College. She was an educator in the Evans County Public School System for 36 years. Prior to teaching at Claxton High School, Mrs. Hayes was a teacher at Evans County High School, the home of the mighty, mighty Longhorns. She left a legacy in light of having served as Senior Class Sponsor for a number of ECHS senior classes; she was known then as Miss Lillie Belle Johnson. She was one of the founding members of ELITE, an organization formed to improve the job performance of the ECHS educators.
Mrs. Hayes was a very vibrant and charismatic person who loved her Master, family, church, friends, and community. When asked about her years of service in the many roles she assumed in her church and as an educator, she would readily quote Ecclesiastes 11:3, “Cast thy bread upon the water: for thou shalt find it after many days.”  In the Christian community, Mrs. Hayes was a devoted and dutiful member of the Hagan Chapel Missionary Baptist Church for more than 67 years. She served as church secretary for over 40 years. She was president of the Deaconess Ministry, served as Sunday School teacher for a number of years, sang in the church choir, and was adamant about the the role of the Mission Ministry being a means of  outreach to the community, thus fulfilling the mission of Jesus and Matthew 5:16. She was the second oldest member of her church, helped to establish a scholarship in memory of her husband, Deacon Thomas Hayes, and loved “Holy Communion.” Mrs. Hayes was very active in the Tattnall Missionary Baptist Association, serving as a faithful delegate to the association from Hagan Chapel. Mrs. Hayes was President of the Women Auxiliary for the Third District, the Claxton District. She served on the Tattnall Missionary Baptist Association Scholarship Committee.
She was very active in civic organizations in the community. She was a charter member of Evans County Afro-American Society and the second president of the organization, serving in that capacity for 18 years. She was a member of Sweet Evening Breeze, Chapter No. 269, Order of Eastern Star and was a Past Matron of the chapter. She was a member of the local chapter of the NAACP, No. 5181. Mrs. Hayes helped to organize the Tri-County Chapter of the Savannah State University National Alumni Association, and she was a member of the Georgia Retired Educators Association. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Foster and Annie Johnson; her husband, Thomas Hayes; a brother, Willie Belle Johnson; and her sister, Eloise Johnson. She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted cousin and caretaker, Pauline Golden, other cousins, relatives, friends, and a host of former students and co-workers.
Funeral services are planned for Friday, September 13, 2013, at 1:00 p. m. at the Evans County Community Center (ECCC) at 720 Church Street, Claxton, Georgia. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2013 in the chapel of Moody Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 
A wake service will be held at Hagan Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 103 Ponderosa Road, Hagan, Georgia, on Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 
Moody Funeral Home is in charge of  arrangements.

Sheila Elaine Lawson Davidson
Mrs. Sheila Elaine Lawson Davidson was born to the late Catherine Lawson and Robert Lawson Sr. on February 27, 1964 in Belle-Glade, Fla. She was educated in the Evans County school system. She was united in holy matrimony to Lester Davidson on December 28, 1999. She joined Power Pak Outreach Ministries where she served as an usher and pastor’s aide. She was employed by Claxton Poultry Farms in her younger years.
On September 5, God reached out his hand and called her home after a long illness.
She was preceded in death by her son, Andre Fields; her mother, Catherine Lawson; two uncles, Lawerence McKever and James McKever Jr.; a brother-in-law, Andy Davidson.
She leaves to cherish her memories a husband, Lester Davidson of 28 years; two sisters, Loretta (Johnnie) Peterson of Reidsville and Willie Mae (Eric) Brown of Glennville; five brothers, Robert (Sheneda) Lawson Jr. of Ludowici, Bruce (Aretha) Lawson of Greensboro, N.C., Mitchell (Tamili) Lawson of Pooler, Chris (Tasha) Lawson of Claxton and Robert Dewayne Lawson of Clearwater, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Glenn (Joyce) Davidson; one sister-in-law, Betty Davidson; a dear friend walking in the steps of a sister, Sibley Berry; one special friend, Christine Jimenez; three aunts, four uncles, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Viewing will be Thursday, Sept. 12, 1-7 p.m. at Moody’s Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.. at Hagan Temple in Hagan. Burial will be in Green Cypress Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Claxton. Repass will be held at Hagan Temple.
Moody’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Dan Dasher Stubbs
Our beloved Dan Dasher Stubbs, 85, died Saturday September 7 at his home, surrounded by his family and loved ones.  He lived in constant devotion to serving his faith in God, his family, and his community.
 Born in Jacksonville, Fla. December 18, 1927 to Henry Clifton and Danella Stubbs, he was the second of six children.  At 17 he joined the U.S. Navy, serving four years in the South Pacific.  He then attended Georgia Tech on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering. Dan then worked for DuPont for over 30 years.
 In 1950 he married Winifred Hendry Smith of Claxton.  Their three children were nurtured with love, responsibility, and faith in God. His devotion to family, friends, work, and church defined him. In return he was supported and respected by them.  Though he will be missed, he will always be remembered.
In 1959 Dan and Winnie moved to Waynesboro, Virginia, joining  the community that would become a foundation for their life.  He served on the development board for Augusta Medical Center and worked with the United Way.  Dan continued to work for DuPont until his retirement. He then was hired as plant manager for WindCo of Lyndhurst, Virginia.
 A devoted member of First Baptist Church for over 30 years, he served as a Deacon, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday school.  His love of music was a joy and comfort all of his life.
 A life-long athlete, he was a semi-pro pitcher and a tennis player. Golf was his favorite sport and greatest outlet for his talent. His competitiveness drove him to excel in all his endeavors. Dan loved fishing with others, especially with his mother-in-law, Clistie B. Smith.
 In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers Clifton and Francis, and sister Janelle Durrence.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years; children Melinda S. Freeman, Sherri S. Bogard and husband Scott, Dan D. Stubbs, Jr. and wife Lynn; sisters Mary Alice Branan and Lucy Forrest; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. We rejoice and give thanks to God for his life with us.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Love’s Chapel, Glennville, by Brother Jim Bowen.
The family will receive friends at the church following the memorial service.
Memorial donations may be made to Building Fund, First Baptist Church, Waynesboro, or Hospice of the Shenandoah.
The family expresses its deepest gratitude to friends and family for their support during Dan’s long illness. Special thanks go to Sheila Messick, his caregiver, and the Hospice of the Shenandoah, especially Mary Scott Miller, Gail Fravel, Joey Mooneyham, Mark Westebbe, and Dave Matheny for their helpful and kind assistance.
McDow Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.mcdowfuneralhomeinc.com.


James Lemuel Hunter
James Lemuel Hunter, 75, died September 3 at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. The Tattnall county native lived most of his life in Evans County. He was of Baptist faith. He was retired from local 474 Operating Engineers, of Savannah, after 32 years of service. He was a veteran and served in the Army from 1954 to 1968, serving two tours in the Vietnam War.
Surviving are his wife, Flora Cathryn Hunter of Claxton; two sons, Gregory and Jeffery of Douglas; two step-sons Richard Rountree of Claxton and Randy Rountree of Statesboro.
Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Memorial servies will be held Friday, Sept. 5, 12 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


James T. Freeman
Mr. James T. Freeman, better known as Opie to most of us, was born November 6, 1966 to the late Mr. Robert T. Freeman Sr. and Mr. John and Mary Ann George.
Two preceded him in death, his father, Robert Freeman Sr. and sister, Mary Bacon.
He leaves to cherish his memories, one daughter, Amanda Ray; one grandson, James Ray; his mother, Mary Ann Freeman (John) George; six brothers, Robert Freeman Jr., Charles Freeman Sr., Stanley Freeman, Rodney (Surrina) Freeman, Ricky (Victoria) Freeman, all of Claxton, and Chris (Stacy) Freeman of Vidalia; three sisters, Martha (Andre) McKinnon, Maryland (Derrick) Small and Stacey (Garrett) Price, all of Claxton; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday September 7 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Claxton, at 3 p.m. Internment will be at Mount Pleasant. Repast will be at St. John Social Hall.
Moody Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Raymond McGlashan
Raymond McGlashan, 72, passed away Friday, August 23, at Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center in Statesboro. He was born in Glennville, Ga. November 13, 1940 to Buster Ottis and Jannie Thompson McGlashan. He was a farmer most of his life and the past 15 years employed as consultant inspector with Morland Altobelli Associates, Inc. for the Department of Transportation. He was a member of Harmony United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ava Nell Cooper McGlashan of Glennville; son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Stacy McGlashan of Manassas; brother, Larry McGlashan of Glennville; grandson, Matthew McGlashan; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 26 at the chapel of Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home with Dr. Charles “Bucky” Strickland and the Rev. Ramon Hernandez officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Randy Blocker, Don Kicklighter, Quinton Rush, Joe Brewton, Mike Lamb and Johnny Griner.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the Glennville High School class of 1959 and spouses.
Remembrances may be sent to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home of Glennville is in charge of the arrangements.


Elton Ricky Todd
Elton Ricky Todd, 65, passed away at his home August 22. The Evans County native was of the Baptist faith. He retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections, graduated from Claxton High School in 1967 and from Swainsboro Tech. Mr. Todd was an amazing carpenter and also loved to fish and piddle.
He was preceded in death by his parents Elton Rudolph and Lois Odom Todd.
Surviving are his daughter, Yvette Todd Crooke-Avera (Dante) of Pensacola, Fla.; son, Gregory (Ashley) Todd of Newnan, Ga.; two sisters, Gail Todd Stubbs of Glennville and Linda Todd of Claxton; seven granddaughters, several nieces and a nephew.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 25, 2 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was in Bullcreek Church Cemetery
Remembrances may be sent to NorthSpring Senior Living, 4 N. Spring St., Claxton Ga. 30417; or Bullcreek Church Cemetery Fund, 1601 Mittie Strickland Rd., Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Harvey Bloyce Waters

Harvey Bloyce Waters, 58, passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah. The Evans County native lived here all of his life and also served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raleigh “Dick” and Melrose Waters.
Surviving are a daughter, Priscilla (Eric) Garrison of Claxton; son, Harvey “Ashley” Waters of Hinesville; two brothers, Lewis (Dianne) Waters, Lester (Laura) Waters, all of Claxton; sister, Elizabeth Ann Waters of Claxton; two grandchildren, Kara and Karly Garrison of Claxton; several nieces and nephews; his lifelong companion, Charlene Perry of Claxton.
Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 25, 5-7 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.  
Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 26, 2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Georgia Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Glennville
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Miriam Faye Smith

Miriam Faye Smith, 74, passed away August 18 at Ogeechee Area Hospice. The Evans County native was an office manager for her husband for 23 years and taught dance and sang on the radio at one time.  
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Dollie Snipes and three sons, Robert L. DeLong Jr., Christopher Smith and Carl Smith Jr.
Surviving are her husband, Carl B. Smith of Pembroke; one son, Eric (Melissa) DeLong of Savannah; one daughter, Linda Faye (George) Eikleberry of Guyton; two step-sons, Tony (Lisa) Smith of Statesboro and Earl (Karen) Smith of Pembroke; daughter-in-law, Claudette DeLong of Savannah; one brother, Richard Dean Snipes of Savannah; one sister, Linda (Duncan) Ogletree of Savannah; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 11  a.m.
Burial will be in Evergreen Baptist Church.
Remembrances may be sent to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P. O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Annie Faye Miller
  
Annie Faye Miller, 74, passed away August 15 at Memorial Medical Center.
The Arkansas native had resided in Evans County for a number of years and was a member of Eastside Baptist Church.  
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arvid Miller.
Surviving are one son, Jimmy Webb of Hot Springs, AR; five daughters, Mary Horn of Claxton, Vickie (Wallace) Conway of AR, Liz Douglas of Jesup, Josie Smith and Georgia DeLoach of Benton, AR; one brother, Lonice Moore of Benton, AR; one twin sister, Maye Hutcheson of AR; 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 22, 5-6:30 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joe G. Strickland

Joe G. Strickland, 83, passed away August 17 at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah after a short illness. The Evans County native was the son of the late Charlie Clinton and Mittie Purcell Strickland. Mr. Strickland served his Country in the U.S. Army for two years. He was a dedicated member of Daisy United Methodist Church serving on many different boards throughout the years. Mr. Strickland worked and retired after 32 years with Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance Co., where he served Evans, Bryan and Chatham counties. Mr. Strickland was active in community, civic, and church activities. He was a long time Chamber of Commerce member, member of the Evans County Wildlife Club, Evans County Farm Bureau and was past member of the Claxton Rotary Club.   
He was preceded in death by his son Joe G. (Jo-Jo) Strickland Jr.; brothers, Henry, C C, and David Strickland; sisters, Georgia Bell, Versie, Dicy, and Lilly Mae.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Annette Waters Strickland of Claxton;  one son, Berry Strickland, and one grandson, Nicholas Strickland, both of Claxton; a sister, Grace (Howell) Sapp of Claxton; sisters-in-law, Marjore (Bill) Lahnen, of Jacksonville, Fla., Sylvia (Jerry) Hollies of Jesup and Joye Letourneau of Rincon; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 20, 5-8 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. at Daisy United Methodist Church.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery.
Rememebrances may be made to Daisy United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 106 Daisy, Ga. 30423
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ronnie Myers Jr.
Ronnie Myers Jr., 66, of Claxton died Tuesday, July 23 at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. The Tattnall County native lived in Candler County 30 years before moving to Reidsville. He had been residing in Claxton for the last year and a half. He was a retired painter, and had a love for collecting guns, small engine repair, tending to his flock of chickens, and enjoying strawberry milkshakes. He was of the Pentecostal Baptist Faith.
He was predeceased by his parents and wife, Alma Tucker Myers.
He is survived by the following children, Angela (Jimmy Boatright) Myers of Collins, Samantha (Sam Mae) Tapley of Claxton, Ronnie (Mary Beth) Myers III of Collins, Tina Myers of Brooklet, Donnie (Portia) Myers of Claxton;  brother, Bobby Rewis of Metter; 17 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Monday, July 29 from 12-1 p.m. at Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes Metter chapel.
Graveside funeral services were held Monday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at Brewton Cemetery in Claxton, with the Rev. Andrew Nelms officiating.
Pallbearers were Stacey Boatright, Dusty Boatright, Donnie Myers Jr., Cody Boatright, Tony Googe, Dylan Lee and T.J. Griffin.
Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes Metter Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


James Kermit DeLoach
Mr. James Kermit DeLoach,  age 79, passed away early Friday morning  July 26 at his residence surrounded by his family and under the care of Living Care Hospice. The Evans County native lived in Claxton most of his life. Mr. DeLoach  retired from Claxton Saw Shop after 40 years of service as a small engine mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Carlos DeLoach and Martha Jane Holland Deloach; brothers, Charles, Larry Dean, John L., Odis, Jack and Joe DeLoach.  
 He is survived by his girlfriend, Crystal Thompson of Claxton; three sons, David DeLoach of Manassas, Kenny DeLoach and David W. DeLoach, both of Claxton; two daughters, Bonnie Glisson of Blichton and Cathy Dearborn of Cairo, Ga; one brother, Lonnie DeLoach of Claxton; two sisters, Wanda Rowe of Claxton and Jean Porte of Collins; grandchildren, Kenny DeLoach II, Christie DeLoach, Katie DeLoach, Shane DeLoach, Dustin DeLoach, Larry Coley Glover Jr., Ryan Glover, Blake Glover, Hope Snead, Kristina Glisson, Jenny Glisson, Farrah Glisson and Josh Harrelson; 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m., Sunday July 28 at Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home in Reidsville.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday July 29 at 11 a.m. from the Reidsville Chapel of Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Canoochee  Cemetery in Evans County.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Reidsville Chapel is serving the Kermit Deloach family.


Billy Wayne Pittman

Billy Wayne Pittman, 79, passed away July 25 at Ogeechee Area Hospice. He was a native of Fort Smith, Ark., but lived most of his adult life in Claxton.
Surviving are two sons, Al (Carol) Pittman of Cooperville and Wayne (Michele) Pittman of Claxton; two daughters, Billie Jean (Charles) Weathers and Cindy Alba, all of Claxton; two brothers, Danny Pittman of Tulsa, Okla. and Gary Pittman of Arkansas; four sisters, Pat Irvin, Edna Faye Glasscock and Janice Bennett, all of Arkansas and Judy Robinson of Texas; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, July 27, 6-8 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rebecca (Becky) Powell Downs
Rebecca (Becky) Powell Downs, 73, passed away July 15 after a long illness. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Claxton and a native of Evans County.  She graduated from Georgia Southern and taught school. She then traveled with her husband, who was in the construction business.  
Becky was preceded in death by her parents, J.W. and Stella Powell.
Surviving are her husband, Jerry L. Downs of Savannah; one son, C.W. Blocker of Newington, S.C.; one stepson, Kevin Downs of Savannah; one brother, John W. Powell of LA; grandchildren, Michael Blocker of Aiken, S.C.; Brittney and Matthew Downs of Savannah; one niece and two nephews.
Visitation will be July 17, 1-3 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home in Claxton.
Funeral services will be held July 17, 3 p.m., grave side at Daniel-Smith-Tippins Cemetery in Bellville, Ga.
Burial will be in Daniel-Smith-Tippins Cemetery, Bellville.
Remembrances may be sent to Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer Center, 225 Candler Dr., Savannah, Ga. 31405; or Evans County C.A.R.E.S., P. O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Gary Dodd
Gary Dodd, 62, a local businessman, community leader, devoted loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle passed away Saturday, July 13 after a long illness in the Specialty Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.
Gary was president of his high school class (1970). After graduation he was elected to the local school board, serving as the youngest person elected to this position at that time. Gary received a full scholarship to Wayne State University upon graduation from high school.
In 1977 Gary received his first McDonald's franchise. At that time Gary was perhaps one of the youngest first generation McDonald's franchisees in the company's history. Throughout his time with McDonald's he served on the National Operators Advisory Board (NOAB), to include serving as chairman. Gary also served on the McDonald's National Leadership Council, a council he founded and served as its first chairman. In these capacities and others, Gary spearheaded several initiatives that still benefit McDonald's franchisees and the McDonald's corporation today.
In addition to his McDonald's business, Gary had several other business interests, two of them being real estate and radio stations. Throughout his entire life Gary always gave back to the community personally and by way of his businesses. As an active member of the community Gary was involved in serving as a member of the Chamber of Commerce to include as its president, member of Rotary Club, supporting the local Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Hinesville United Methodist Church, a member of the Hinesville United Methodist Church A.G. Overman Men's Bible Class, and a founding supporter of local YMCA and the Fraser Center.
Even during his battle with cancer, Gary continued to defy all the statistics. He was asked to speak at a medical conference due to his favorable response with a clinical drug. His positive attitude and sense of fight inspired many of the attendees at this conference; so much so that several came up to him in person afterwards to personally thank him for sharing his experience.
Known as Mr. McDonald’s or McDodd, he was a 47 year McDonald’s employee and franchisee with McDonald’s franchises in Hinesville, Jesup, Glennville and Claxton. Mr. Dodd credits his wonderful life to his daily relationship and faith with his savior Jesus Christ. In his own words, Gary believed:  “God has blessed my life and allowed me to share those resources with others. Our purpose in life is to love and help others find the glory of salvation; putting God first, your partner-wife Lisa, your families and friends are basic priorities in living your life on earth. I look forward to our next reunion in Heaven.”
 Mr. Dodd was preceded in death by a son, Ryan Dodd; fathers, Bobby Dodd and John Miloian; brother-in-law, Bobby Altman (Laura); and sister-in-law, Denise King (Everett).
He is survived by his wife Lisa; three children and spouses, Brent and Sara Dodd of Ethiopia, Jason and Tiffany Dodd of Hinesville, and Ashley Dodd of Richmond Hill; grandchildren, Jayce and Pareeya; mother, Betty Miloian; sisters, Marilyn Stengle (Dan) and Gloria Elkins; brother, Robert Dodd (Shelia); uncle, Dr. Don Dodd (Amy); brother-in-law, Kenny Altman (Sandy); sister-in-law, Christina Copeland (John); several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 at Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, at First Baptist Church of Hinesville and burial will follow in Hinesville Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Bob Tunkel, Paul Booton, Kevin Dobson, Allen Brown, Jeff Arnold, and Billy Jones.
Honorary pallbearers will be A. G. Overman Men’s Bible Class of Hinesville First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, please share your resources by donating to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc., 26345 Network Place Chicago, IL 60673-1263 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Online condolences can be made at www.carteroglethorpe.com
Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Evelyn ‘Monk’ Reardon Stafford
Mrs. Evelyn “Monk” Reardon Stafford, 74, of Register died Friday, July12 at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. A Candler County native, she lived in Savannah for many years before moving to Register nine years ago. She was a licensed practical nurse, having worked at Candler County Hospital, several doctors in the Savannah area, and Camellia Nursing and Rehab in Claxton.  She attended Faith Ministries Church in Metter.
She was predeceased by her parents, Henry Norman Reardon and Rosie Beasley Reardon Wright; her husband, Carlton Stafford Sr.
She is survived by a daughter, Susan (Dana) Edge of Register; sons, Carlton Stafford Jr. and Terry Stafford, both of Savannah; grandchildren, Kris (Brooke) Edge of Athens, Kevin (Brittany) Edge of Newington, Krystal (Randy) Gill of Savannah, Brett (Jillian) Stafford of Savannah, Dylan Stafford of Eden; great-grandchildren, Kameron Edge, Aubrey Edge, Kaleb Edge, Kaylyn Gill, and Tripp Gill. She is also survived by her brother, Albert (Dianne) Reardon of Richmond Hill; sister, Lynn (Jim) Gower of Savannah; brother-in- law, Ralph (Joan) Stafford of Bellville; sister-in-law, Jane Stevenson of Savannah.
Visitation will be held Monday, July 15, from 1 p.m. until time of funeral service at the Chapel of Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes Metter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Monday, July 15, at Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes Metter Chapel, with the Rev. Johnny Beasley officiating.  
Burial will be at the Lake Church Cemetery at a later time.
Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes Metter Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia K. Bennett

Patricia K. Bennett, 58, passed away quietly at her home July 12. She was a lifelong resident of Evans County and was of Methodist faith. She was a loving mother and grandmother.Surviving are two daughters, Jennifer Bennett, of Claxton and Rebecca Chessnut of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Regina K. Zullo of N.J. and Sheryl Garner of Fla.; five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.Her close and wonderful caretaker for the past three years of her illness Neal Bennett.Funeral services will be held Monday, July 15, 11 a.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.A private burial will be at Warnell Groveland Cemetery. Remembrances may be sent to Evans County Cares, P.O. Box 187, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
 Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William D. (Bill) Shaughnessy
William D. (Bill) Shaughnessy, 77, passed away July 9 at St. Joseph Hospital. He was a native of Chicago, Ill., and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He attended the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Daisy Methodist Church and served as the director over the Hames Senior Citizen Center.
Surviving are his wife, Stephanie (Pinki) Shaughnessy of Claxton; two sons, Daniel (Tammbra) Shaughnessy and Paul (Sara) Shaughnessy, all of Palm Beach County, Fla.; one daughter, Darlene (Jerry) Sain of Tryon, N.C.; two brothers, Ed O’Shaughnessy of Chicago, Ill. and Jack Shaughnessy of Missouri; three sisters, Mary Wallace of Chicago, Ill., Patricia Rohas of Chicago, Ill. and Anna Marie Ellenbrook of Calif.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services  will be held Friday, July 12, 5 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Remembrances may be sent to the American Heart Association.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Beasley
Mr. Robert Nathaniel “Nat” Beasley, age 94, passed away Monday July 8 at his home.  The Tattnall County native was reared in Reidsville living in Tampa for five years, moving to Millen in 1956. Mr. Beasley was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran and a retired farmer.  He is a member of the Reidsville United Methodist Church but attended Millen Baptist Church.
Mr. Beasley was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Frances Lane Beasley; brother, Mason Beasley and a sister, Rosalyn Beasley.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Beasley of Millen; daughter and son-in-law, Lane and JC Cooper of Claxton; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Karen Beasley of Voluntown, Conn; sister, Betty VanHorn of Savannah; step daughters, Sandy Stepp of Atlanta, Dorothy Moore of Nashville, Tenn., Anita Bishop of Port Richey, Fla.; four grandchildren, Beth Cooper, Nicholas Beasley, Caroline Beasley and Katherine Beasley.
Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., Thursday July 11, with the funeral services to follow at 3 p.m. from the Millen Baptist Church with the Revs. Maurice Crowder and Edwin Taylor officiating.  Interment will follow in the Millen City Cemetery.
 Memorials may be given to Millen Baptist Church, PO Box 827 Millen, GA 30442
 Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Reidsville Chapel is serving the Beasley family.


Deborah I. Richey
Deborah I. Richey, 56, passed away July 7 at Ogeechee Area Hospice. She was a native of Evans County and lived most of her life in Claxton. She was a member of the Claxton First United Methodist Church where she sang in the Chancel Choir.  She taught Sunday school, served as president of the Friendship Circle and treasurer of the United Methodist Women. She also served on Staff Parish Relations committee, Worship Team, and children’s committee. Deborah was a very strong supporter of the American Cancer Society and the Evans County C.A.R.E.S. organization where she participated in fund raisers for many years.  She retired from Evans County Health Department with 30 years of service.
Surviving are her mother and father, John and Shirley Richey of Claxton; two brothers, Phillip (Rhonda) Richey, Lindell (Shana) Richey, both of Claxton; two sisters, Pamela (Keith) Greiner of Evans, Ga., Wanda Rogers of Claxton; several nieces and nephews.  
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 9, 9-11 a.m., at Claxton First United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 9, 11 a.m., at Claxton First United Methodist Church.
Burial will be in Union United Methodist Church Cemetery, Claxton,.
At Deborah’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First United Methodist Church of Claxton, P.O Box 546, Claxton, Ga. 30417; Evans County C.A.R.E.S., P.O. Box 186 Claxton, Ga. 30417; Ogeechee Area Hospice of Statesboro, P.O. Box 531 Statesboro, Ga 30458.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jean F. DeLoach 
Jean F. DeLoach, age 82, passed away June 16. She was born in Athens, La. on March 3, 1931 to Velda Helmuth and Ike Gant. Her mother and stepfather raised her in Claxton. She married Lee Ellis DeLoach and moved to Savannah, where she resided until moving to Lake City, Fla. in 1971. Over the years, she worked at Tanglewood Nursing Home, Aero Corp. (Timco), and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, respectively. She was the school crossing guard with the sheriff’s department at Eastside Elementary for 16 years, from 1994 until 2011.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Velda (Floyd) Roberson; her stepfather, Charles H. Floyd; her father, Ike Gant; a son, Nick Charles DeLoach.
She is survived by four children, Rex E. DeLoach, Charlotte Bennett, Elaine Boone, Michael DeLoach, 16 Grandchildren and 25 Great Grandchildren.
As per her wishes, we joined in a celebration of life at the Lake City Moose Lodge # 624 on June 22 to pay our last respects.


Lorraine A. Spacher
Lorraine A. Spacher, 88, of Claxton, a native of Wausau,Wis., died Saturday, June 22 at Evans Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Spacher resided in Wisconsin and Arizona prior to moving to Claxton in 2008. She was married 65 years to her loving husband, Walter. Lorraine and Walter volunteered for over 28 years with St. Vincent de Paul Society in Arizona. She was a loving wife and mother of six children. All six volunteered to serve our country; three serving 20 or more years: Gregory 20, Barbara 20 and Barry +25 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Walter; three of her children, Barbara Spacher Nelson, Gregory Spacher and Barry Spacher; her parents, George and Anna Dalbec and her brothers and sisters.
Surviving are three sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Cathleen Spacher of Claxton; John and Efigena Spacher of Puyallup, Wash.; Brian and Geralyn Spacher of Freeburg, Ill.; and a daughter-in-law, Marcia Spacher of Weston, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, July 10, 11 a.m. at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Claxton. Internment will follow at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville.
Memorials can be sent to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, P.O. Box 13600, Phoenix, Ariz. 85002-3600 or Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patrick ‘Pat’ Henry Banks
Mr.  Patrick ‘Pat’ Henry Banks, age 70, passed away Saturday, June 29 at Community Hospice Inpatient Center in Vidalia, Ga. A native of Glennville, Pat was a 1962 graduate of Glennville High School and attended Brewton Parker College. He served as a Georgia State Representative for Bibb County, a lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business and most recently was an onion broker enjoying spending time at his produce stands. In his spare time, Pat enjoyed hunting and was an avid fisherman. He was a member of the Glennville United Methodist Church and attended Hopewell United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Rufus and Molly Moody Banks; two brothers, James R. Banks Jr. and Willis Bryant (W.B.) Banks; two sisters, Maxine Banks England and Regina Banks Thornton.
Pat is survived by two sons, Bryan Banks and wife Staci of Plainsville, Ga., Patrick Banks and wife Whitney of Baton Rouge, La.; one daughter, Julianne Hearn and husband Caughey of Claxton; mother of his children, Mary Kathryn Banks of Claxton; two brothers, T.C. Banks of Jacksonville, Fla. and Gary Banks of Canton, Ga.; one sister, Betty Kicklighter of Sandersville, Ga.; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 1 from the Glennville Chapel of Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted 11a.m., Tuesday, July 2 from the Hopewell United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sam Wilder officiating. Interment will follow in the Glennville City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Derry Banks, Knott Geiger, Ted Humphries, Ricky Wilson, Lonnie England and Delmas Jones.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Glennville Chapel is serving the Banks family.


Willa Dean Crosby Watson
Willa Dean Crosby Watson, 86, passed away June 27 at Camellia Health and Rehab.  She was a native of Bulloch County but had lived most of her life in Evans County. She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and The Senior Citizens Group.  
Mrs. Watson was preceded in death by her daughter, Gail Hubbard.
Surviving are two daughters, Willene (Wade) Stewart of Perry, Ga., and Fay Sapp of Claxton; two brothers, Emmitt and Danny Crosby, both of Claxton; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 2, 1-3 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 2, 3 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery, Hagan, Ga..
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia (Patty) Perkins Kennedy

Patricia (Patty) Perkins Kennedy, 78, passed away Wednesday, June 19.  She was a lifelong resident of Evans County and was a member of Claxton First Baptist Church and Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church, where she was a faithful Sunday School Teacher and member her entire adult life. She was a former member of the Claxton Mothers Club and the GLRC Ladies Auxillary.
Patty graduated from Claxton High School in 1952 and went directly to Warren Candler Nursing School, where she became a registered nurse in 1955. She worked with Dr. Curtis G. Hames for 20+ years until he retired.  She worked several years at the Claxton Nursing Home and taught nursing for the CETA Skill Center. When health education was introduced in the school system, she was asked to become the first Health Occupations Teacher at CHS, and worked with the Evans County Board of Education until her retirement 17 years later. She decided to work part time after her retirement and went to work at The Sutton Place in Glennville and worked two more years.
Mrs. Kennedy was interested in painting and made over 100 porcelain dolls. She was a loving, devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawson and Loulie Daniel Perkins.
Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Bobby Kennedy of Bellville; two daughters, Diane (Tommy) Lynn and Lu (Allen) Durrence, all of Bellville; two sisters-in-law, Lalah Kennedy of Claxton and Elaine (Stan) Kennedy Bullington of Atlanta; four grandchildren, Andrew Durrence, Daniel (Page) Lynn, Allison (Matt) Durrence Buck and Ashlee Lynn; one great-granddaughter, Avery Kennedy Buck; several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 5-8 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m., at Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Deacons of Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church.
Remembrances may be sent to Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 867, Claxton, Ga., 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home ia in charge of arrangements.


Johnny Hodges
Johnny Hodges, 58, passed away June 19. He lived in Evans County for most of his life and was a member of Hope Baptist Church in Reidsville. He enjoyed wrestling and Nascar.
Johnny was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Durrence and Margie Durrence.
Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Sylvia Hodges of Claxton; one brother, Henry (Annette) Hodges of Claxton; two sisters, Shirley (Gerald) Marshburn and Betty (Will) Baker, both of Claxton and Pat Wilson of Hamilton, Ala.; step-children, Pete Phillip, Felicia Cammack, Kristen Reed and Bobby Carl Duncan Jr; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 22, 12-2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 22, 2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery, Hagan, Ga.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ann Cetti Jones
Ann Cetti Jones, 71, passed away Monday, June 17 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. She was born in Savannah on Sept. 29, 1941 to Edward and Evelyn Cetti. She was a graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy and attended Armstrong University. After moving to Claxton in 1965, where she resided for the next 48 years, she was office manager for WCLA Radio Station and a communicant of St. Christopher’s Catholic Church. For the last 18 years she was employed with Radio Statesboro and Ga. Eagle Media. Active in her community she was a former member of the Claxton Jaycettes, the Mothers Club II, the Ladies Auxillary of the Claxton ?Fire Department and a founding member of the Miss Altamaha Scholarship Board where she served in many capacities including chairperson for several years. She was an accomplished baker and enjoyed baking for special occasions for friends and family. She leaves behind many friends who will miss her kindness and generosity.
She is survived by her daughter, Laura Ann Jones of Atlanta; her son, Chris (Diane) Jones of Darien; brothers, Michael E. Cetti of Metter, Joseph A. (Martha) Cetti of Savannah and Paul C. (Dottie) Cetti of Savannah; nieces and nephews, Heather (Brian) Aeger, Joey (Ashley) Cetti, Dorothy Anderson, Quinn (Fran) Tanner, Matt Lewis, Alison (Ryan) Moulton; great nieces and nephews, Will Aeger, Jac, Miller and Ivy Cetti Clay Anderson, Quincy and Graham Tanner.
Visitation will be Wednesday June 19 at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home in Claxton from 5-8 p.m. Mass will be Thursday, June 20 at the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Savannah at 11 a.m. Burial immediately following at the Greenwich Section in Bonaventure Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Miss Altamaha Scholarship Pageant, P.O. Box 638, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lee Allen ‘PeeWee’ Powell
Lee Allen ‘PeeWee’ Powell, age 48, passed away Sunday, June 16 at Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center in Statesboro. The Bartow, Fla. native had lived in Claxton all of his life. He graduated from Claxton High School and worked in the maintenance department at Claxton Poultry.  PeeWee was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Daisy.  
He ws preceded in death by his father, Roger Powell.
 He is survived by his mother and step father, Patsy and Terry Rustin of Claxton; sons, Stephen Cory Powell and Richard Allen Powell, both of Stasburg, Ohio; daughters, Crystal Leigh Powell and Brittany Marie Powell, both of Hazlehurst; two brothers, Richard and Gregory Powell, both of Claxton; sister, Rebecca Cardenes of Statesboro; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.
 Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 18 from the Reidsville Chapel.
Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m., Wednesday from the Faith Baptist Church in Daisy.  Interment will follow in Brewton Cemetery in Hagan.
 Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Reidsville Chapel is serving the Powell family.


George Howard West
George Howard West, 77, of Claxton went home to his Lord and Savior Saturday, June 8 at St. Joseph’s Hospital following a short illness.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, W.A. and Ruby West of Candler County and twin sons.
Howard is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Shirley Cameron West of Claxton; one daughter, Teri West Gary (Patrick) of Pooler; one granddaughter, Meloni Walker Hutcheson (Michael) of Claxton; one grandson, FC2 Robert W. Kight II USN of Jacksonville, Fla.; six great grandchildren, Dalton Hutcheson, Myah Walker, Andrew Walker, Dylan Walker, Madison Walker, and Kelsey Walker, all of Claxton; two brothers, Carlton West (Ruth) of Savannah and Wendell West (Joan) of Metter; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Howard was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1959. Howard retired from Equifax in 1991. He was an active member and a Deacon of Evergreen Baptist Church and was also active in the Evans County Gideons Association. He was active in service to many civic and religious organizations: Evans County 4-H from 1992-1999; Road Runners Camping Club; Southern Baptist Association Disaster Relief Team; Evans County Classics Car Club; S.A.R.A. Ham Radio; and Evergreen F.A.I.T.H. Riders Christian Motorcycle/Car Ministries.
Howard touched the lives of countless people in his community and beyond. He drove an Evans County School Bus for many years, acquiring the love and admiration of many Evans County students. Howard was faithful in his service to the Lord and he touched many lives with his gentle and quiet nature.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home in Claxton. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 12 from 5-8 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral and graveside services will be held Thursday, June 13 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church, Cobbtown, Ga.
Remembrances can be made in his memory to Evergreen Baptist Church or Gideons International.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Wayne Anthony Kitchens

Wayne Anthony Kitchens, 55, passed away May 31 at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah.  He was a native and lifelong resident of Evans County and a member of Eason’s Chapel Methodist Church.
Wayne was preceded in death by his mother, Francis Eason Kitchens, and his grandparents, Felton and Fannie Eason and John Ed and Clara Kitchens.
Surviving are his father and step-mother, Reginald and JoAnn Kitchens of Claxton; his son, Kody Kitchens of Claxton; two step-sisters, Denise Crews and Crystal Cody, both of Claxton; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 3, 11 a.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Eason Family Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Shane Eason, Michael Eason, Harry Eason, Bo Eason, Keith Anderson and Brian Odom.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Nora Mable Blakey Reed
Nora Mable Blakey Reed, age 90, passed away Saturday, May 25 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro. She was born December 14, 1922, the daughter of Harvey Wooten and Herman Whitener Blakey of Sylvania, Ga. Mable married James Reed December 26, 1943. She graduated from Screven County High School in 1941 and from Brewton Parker Junior College in 1943. She attended Mercer University in 1944 and attended WMU, Women’s Missionary Union and Training School at Carver School of Missions and Social Work in Louisville, Ky. from 1945-46. She graduated from Georgia Southern College in 1963 with a BS in Education and completed postgraduate work from 1966-68.
Mrs. Reed was active in all levels of WMU denominational work while at Garden City Baptist Church and at Claxton First Baptist Church. She was past-president of WMU for Tattnall-Evans Association, and State WMU Divisional President.  Mable was an active member of First Baptist Church. She had been a teacher for Young Adult Women and Primary Classes.  She was the Leader for Intermediate Baptist Training Union for many years.  She was a member of the Fidelis Class, was the assistant teacher for a number of years, and was president of Prime Timers from 1993-2002.
Being a schoolteacher, she taught at Claxton Elementary School for six years and in 1970, she began a 19-year teaching career at Pinewood Christian Academy. In 1976, she was presented the Pinewood Christian Academy Award for Unselfish Service and in 1988, she was the PCA Teacher of the Year.  After retirement, she was a substitute for PCA.
She was an American Cancer Society volunteer for Evans County. In 1984, she received an award for Outstanding Public Education efforts at PCA and received many awards from the State ACS for Public Education.
Mrs. Reed was a member of the “Senior Citizens Planning Committee” in Evans County in 1994, working with the recreational director, for the establishment of the Senior Wellness Facility in honor of Dr. Curtis Hames Sr. She lived in Claxton for 49 years before moving to Goldsboro, N.C. to be near her son, James Henry Reed and his family. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Goldsboro, N.C., Fidelis/Dorcas Sunday School Class, Ministry and Missions, and the WMU Support Group.
She is survived by her son, James Henry Reed and wife Gretchen of Goldsboro, N.C.; grandchildren, James Andrew Reed and wife, Anne of Raleigh, N.C. and Sally Mershon Reed of Wilmington, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Davis Andrew Reed and Avery Smith Reed, of Raleigh, N.C.; sisters, Juanita Blakey Blocker of Decatur, Ga. and Bessie Blakey Strange of Dublin, Ga.; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey Wooten and Herman Bessie Whitener Blakey; husband, Rev. James Rufus Reed; son, Carl Stanley Reed; brothers, James Wooten Blakey and wife, Ruby, Lawrence Bennie Blakey and wife, Marilu, Jessie Rollin Blakey, and Amos Churchill Blakey and wife, Laurie; sisters, Martha Ann Blakey Zittrouer and husband, George; and a sister-in-law, Sylvia Bazemore Blakey.
Visitation: will be from 9-11 a.m. Friday, May 31 at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Chapel. The family will be receiving friends at the home of James and Gretchen Reed, 1203 Beech St., Goldsboro, N.C. 28350.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to either First Baptist Church of Claxton, First Baptist Church of Goldsboro, or a charity of your choice.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home & Crematory of Goldsboro, N.C. and J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home of Claxton are serving the Reed family. Online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com or www.nesmithfuneralhome.com
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ricky LeRoy Sermons
Ricky LeRoy Sermons, 65, passed away at his home on Saturday May 25. He was a native of McPherson, Kansas and a member of Beaver Creek Baptist Church and also in the U.S.M.C. and Vietnam Veteran.  
Surviving are his wife, Ann Sermons of Claxton; three sons, James Sermons, Russell Sermons (Kassie), both of Claxton and Ricky Sermons of Jacksonville Fla.; one daughter, Tiffany Williams of Claxton; six sisters, Christy (BO) Mullins of Pikeville, Tenn., Sherrie (Bobbie) McBee of Morristown, Tenn., Faye McLamb of Nahunta, Ga., Barbara Nelson of Glennville, Ga., Sandy Ginn of Thompson, Ga. and Mike (Ann) Brozway of Baxley, Ga.; 11 grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 28, 6-8 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.  
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 29, 11 a.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Chapel.
Burial will be in Antioch Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Maria Cannon Hodges
Maria Cannon Hodges, age 50, passed away early Thursday, May 16 at her residence under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. She was born in Claxton and was a longtime resident of Statesboro.   Maria taught at Lanier Primary School for 25 years and attended Pittman Park United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, going to the beach and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her devoted husband, Les Hodges; two daughters, McKenzie Lee Hodges and Leslee Maria Hodges, all of Statesboro; her parents, Doris and Harry Cannon of Claxton; her sister, Jenny (Trey) Price of Claxton; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronnie and Connie Hodges; her sister-in-law, Patrice (Chris) Wickham; one special aunt, Mary Ann “Aunt Mae” Lee of Claxton; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday,?May 18 at 11 a.m. at Pittman Park United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tim Steffen officiating.
Interment was in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pall bearers were the faculty and staff of Lanier Primary School and the Statesboro First United Methodist Church United Methodist Men.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459; or the American Cancer Society, 515 Denmark Street, Suite 500, Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Hodges-Moore Funeral Home of Statesboro was in charge of arrangements.


Laura Branch Tippins
Laura Branch Tippins, 83, died Saturday, May 11 at Camellia Health and Rehabilitation in Claxton.  She was the daughter of the late Dr. A.C. and Jeslyn Branch, of Glennville. She became a resident of Claxton upon her marriage to Eldred Tippins Jr., in 1952.  She was a graduate of Glennville High School, The Brenau School in Gainesville, Ga., and Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.  Laura was a member of Claxton First Baptist Church for over 60 years and a past member of Claxton Mother’s Club. She proudly served the Evans Memorial Hospital Auxillary for 36 years. LaLa, as she was affectionately known, was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan and golfer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldred Tippins Jr., and son, Ricky.
Surviving are two sons, Cliff (Nancy) Tippins of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and Stevie (Jane) Tippins of Colbert, Ga.; grandchildren, Stephen Tippins of Atlanta, Clifton (Becky) Tippins of Augusta, Sarah Tippins of St. Simons, Lynn Tippins of Ponte Vedra, Fla.;  sisters-in-law, Marie Tippins of Claxton and Betsy (Dan) Eden of Augusta; several close nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 14, 6-8 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 15, 11 a.m., at Claxton First Baptist Church.
Burial will be in L.A.H. Tippins Family Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Claxton First Baptist Church, 313 W. Main St., Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Margret Adams
Mrs. Margret Adams, age 65, passed away Tuesday, May 7 at Lower Oconee Hospital after a brief illness. She lived in Florida before moving to Evans County some 30 years ago. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Margret loved to crochet and sew, she also was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed taking care of beloved family.
Mrs. Adams was preceeded in death by her parents, Charlie Joe and Marie Lee and a grandson, Clarence Witchell.
Mrs. Adams is survived by her husband, Patrick Adams of Hagan; children, Tammy Del-Valle of Hazelhurst, Weldon Dellinger Jr. of Collins, John Dillinger of Wardensville, West Virginia, and Joy Witchell of Hagan; brother, Charles Lee of Pembroke, Betty Yvonne Ragland of Perry, Fla.; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews
Funeral services were held May 11, 1 p.m. from the Reidsville Chapel of Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home with Speaker Terry Ball officiating.  Interment followed in the Bull Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
 Pallbearers were Ricky Lee, Maurice Dellinger, Melvin Dellinger, Thomas Witchell, Jose Garcia and Teddy Gunn.
 Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Reidsville Chapel served the Adams family.


Ms. Tommie Nell Lewis Todd Sikes
Ms. Tommie Nell Lewis Todd Sikes, age 84, passed away Sunday, May 5 at Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center in Statesboro surrounded by her family. She devoted her life to being a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was a homemaker who loved to fish and garden.   She was a member of the Reidsville United Methodist Church, Lillian Eason Sunday School Class, The Rascalettes, and the Red Hat Foxy Ladies.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Willard Todd and S.T Sikes and her son, Melton Todd.
She is survived by her children, Lillian (Randy) Nelson, JoAnne (Danny) Todd, Carrie (Dusty) James, Melissa (Bryan) Murray and Susan (Johnny) Quinlan, 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  
Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. from the Reidsville Chapel.
Funeral Services will be conducted 1 p.m.,   Wednesday, May 8, from the Reidsville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marc Foster officiating. Interment will follow at Reidsville City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Todd Nelson, Heath James, Stephen Quinlan, Jay Owens, Chris Flor and Mike Rogers.
Memorials may be given to Reidsville United Methodist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 218, Reidsville, Ga. 30453 or Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center,   P. O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Reidsville Chapel is serving the Todd-Sikes family.


Gary Sapp Sr.
Gary Sapp Sr. 64, passed away May 4 at Ogeechee area Hospice. The Tattnall County native lived most of his life in Claxton. Gary was a member of Union Methodist Church and a Vietnam Veteran. He served three tours in Vietnam, two in Germany. Gary was a 20 year retired veteran.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Sapp of Claxton; one son, Gary Sapp Jr. of Claxton; two daughters, Parice Lands, and Garrien Lanier, both of Claxton; two sisters, Sandra (Bobby) Windham of Manassas, Nell Jernigan of Dublin; one brother, Neal Sapp of Claxton.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 7, 6-8 p.m.., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 8, 11 a.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Antioch Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John Edgar (Jack) Martin Jr.
Mr. Jack Martin, age 85, died Monday, April 22 at Camellia Health and Rehabilitation Center in Claxton after a brief illness. Mr. Martin was a native of Tattnall?County but lived in Candler for the past years. He was a Baptist by faith. Mr. Martin worked in insurance for many years and then dabbled with real estate over the past years.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Edgar Martin Sr.; his mother, Ina Mae Griffin Martin; brothers, Shelton James Martin, Milton Lee Martin; one sister, Rebecca Lee Martin Lynn.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Ina LaVon Hutcheson Martin; daughter, Gail Martin Green of Marietta; son, Mike Martin of Gainesville; sister, Ina Pearl Shuman of Claxton; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services and burial were conducted at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville on?Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m.


Richard Arthur (Ricky) Tippins
Richard Arthur (Ricky) Tippins, 50, of Claxton, died April 30 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. The Evans County native was a 1980 graduate of Pinewood Christian Academy and attended the University of Georgia, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.  Ricky also attended Georgia Southern University. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Claxton.
Ricky was preceded in death by his father, Eldred L. Tippins, Jr.
Surviving are his mother, Laura Branch Tippins of Claxton; two brothers, Cliff (Nancy) Tippins of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and Stevie (Jane) Tippins of Colbert, Ga.; nephews and nieces, Stephen Tippins of Atlanta, Clifton (Becky) Tippins of Augusta, Sarah Tippins of St. Simons and Lynn Tippins of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; two aunts, Marie Tippins of Claxton and Betsy (Dan) Eden of Augusta; a number of close cousins.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 2, 6-8 p.m., at NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 3, 11 a.m., at NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in L.A.H. Tippins Family Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the L.A.H. Tippins Family Cemetery Fund, c/o Dave Tippins, 4833 Campground Rd., Claxton, Ga. 30417; or Evans County C.A.R.E.S., P. O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Letha Mae Lewis
Letha Mae Lewis, 87, passed away Tuesday, April 30 at her home. She was a native of Bulloch County but lived most of life in Evans. She worked at J.P. Stevens in Statesboro and C & C Farms in Claxton for a number of years.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Larry and  Lola Lewis of Hagan; two daughters and one son-in-law, Ann Jenkins of Hagan, Jenean and Tom Hutto of Claxton; two sisters, Nokoleta Newmans of Bloomingdale, Wilma Brannen of Albany; two brothers-in-law, Tom Lewis and Herman Fields; several nieces and nephews, 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 1, 6-8 p.m.., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 2, 2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel
Burial will be in Lower Lotts Creek.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Johnny L. Benjamin
Evans County native, Johnny L. Benjamin entered into eternal rest Tuesday, April 23. He was the son of the late James and Juanita Benjamin.  He was predeceased by one brother, Stevie Benjamin.
Johnny graduated from Evans County High School.  After graduating, he worked with Tos Walk-in/Drive-in and Claxton Manufacturing. He served in the United States Air Force for six years as a fuel specialist. Upon retiring from the Air Force he gained employment with Head Start Food Service, Reidsville and later at Georgia State Prison from where he retired after 24 ½ years.
Johnny married the former Barbara Ann Cobb. The couple was blessed with two children.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Barbara A. Benjamin; a son, Jonathan P. (Tanisha) Benjamin; a daughter, Olympia F. Benjamin; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, five brothers, four sisters; two aunts, Luretha Tillman and Nita B. Baker; his mother-in-law, Bertha M. Cobb; four brothers-in-law, seven sisters-in-law, many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Family visitation will be Thursday, May 2 from 6-7 p.m. in W.H. Whitaker Memorial Chapel, Whitaker Funeral Home, Metter.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 3,11 a.m. in the W.H. Whitaker Memorial Chapel, Whitaker Funeral Home, 25 North Kennedy Street, Metter.
Interment will be in Mt. Olive M.B. Church, Claxton.
Whitaker Funeral Home, Metter is in charge of professional services


Nancy Lee Shiloski
Nancy Lee Shiloski was born in 1936 in the Shenandoah Valley or Virginia to the late Charles and Catherine Montgomery. She entered Heaven’s gate on April 22, where she entered eternal rest peacefully from her home on Wilmington Island, Ga.
Nancy was a member of Kenwood High School’s class of 1956, where she was a member of the glee club and marching band. A consummate mother and homemaker, Nancy enjoyed arts and crafts such as building dollhouses and sewing dresses. She was adored by her friends and family.  
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, Ralph Norman Shiloski.
Surviving are her four children, Terrence N. Shiloski of Stanwood, WA; Teena Shiloski Burns of Claxton; Derek R. Shiloski and Mary Weathers of Savannah; Lisa L. Shiloski of Wilmington Island, Ga.; three siblings, Dolores Quinn, Robert “Bob” and Anna Rose Montgomery, and Roxanne and Michael Bailey, all of Baltimore, MD; four grandchildren, Jennifer R. Burns and Michael Young, Daniel T. Burns, Traci E. Burns, all of Claxton, and Bridget L. Shiloski of Rincon, Ga.; two great-grandchildren, Britney H. DeLoach and Alayna R. Young of Claxton; several nieces and nephews.


Robert Wilson McCallar
Robert Wilson McCallar, 75, of Evans County, died Wednesday April 24 at Memorial Hospital. He had lived in Evans County for the past seven years and previously in Savannah for the majority of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia Pelham McCallar of Evans County; sister, Marsha M. (James) Ridgdill of Savannah; nephew. Che' A.S. Harris and Niece Piper N. Harris, both of Atlanta.
Services will be private.
Contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.
Fairhaven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Loraine ‘Sandy’ Farris
Loraine ‘Sandy’ Farris, 88, of Fitzgerald, died April 23 at her residence.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at First Baptist Church of Fitzgerald with the Rev. Dr. Mike Ruffin and the Rev. Steve Hand officiating. Her grandson, Daniel Jones, will give the eulogy.
Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Mrs. Farris was born September 25, 1924, in Ware County, Ga., to the late Mack C. and Ava Lou Carter Fender. Formerly from Claxton, she had lived in the community since 1963. She graduated from High School in Hardeeville, S.C. and received her nursing training at Ben Hill County Hospital. She worked at the Medical Arts Building for Dr. Morgan Smith for over 30 years.  After she retired, she kept children in her home. Being a minister’s wife, she was involved in all church activities including teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Fitzgerald, formerly a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Claxton and Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Fitzgerald.
She is survived by seven daughters, Ann (Billy) Parker of Snellville, Linda Averett of Pooler, Lana (Leroy) Harvey of Savannah, Julie (Willie) Mobley of Fitzgerald, Janie (Jimmy) Grubbs of Fitzgerald, Robin (Ethan) Corliss of Fitzgerald and Cindy Tyson of Tifton; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; siblings, Chuck Fender of Huntsville, Ala., Donald Fender of Killeen, Tex., Jerry Wheeler, Lois Becker, Doris Riley and Sandra Harrelson, all of Savannah, Wilma Bryan of Levy, S.C. and  Ceila Hunt of  Charleston, S.C.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William (Bill) Farris; a great granddaughter, Arlie Blake Jones; two brothers and one sister.
The family suggest memorials be sent to Southern Care Hospice, 412 First Street South East, Moultrie, Ga., 31768 or to The Mt. Olive Baptist Church Renovation Fund, c/o Milton Huggins, 709 Ocilla Hwy., Fitzgerald, Ga.  31750.
To sign the online registry, go to www.paulkfuneralhome.com.
Paulk Funeral Home, Fitzgerald, is in charge of arrangements.


Herman Lee Moore
Mr. Herman Lee Moore, 68, passed away April 14 at MCG Hospital in Augusta. The Savannah native resided in Twin City, Ga., and was a loving father and grandfather.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Moore of Twin City, Ga.; two sons, Herman Allen Moore and Bobby Lee Moore, both of Twin City; one daughter, Betty Michelle Willis of Twin City; two brothers, Harry Moore of Bloomingdale and Leroy Moore of Portal; one sister, Doris Bowen of Eden; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 17,  11 a.m., grave side at Evergreen Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Carolyn T. Bond
Carolyn T. Bond, 78, of Claxton went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 9 at her home in Evans County. She was born in Evans County on August 1, 1934, to the late William “Keller” and Billie O. Todd. Carolyn was a lifelong member of Daisy United Methodist Church in Daisy, Ga.  During her adult life, she served as the Claxton Elementary School Secretary. She retired after 23 years of service and went on to work with Evans County DFCS for several years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald L. Bond; sister, Quida Gray; and a niece, Janice (Wayne) Massey of Claxton.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna (Kerry) Blocker and Kim (Scooter) Hall, all of Daisy; three granddaughters, Sloane (Michael) Clark, Karlee Blocker and Chelsea Hall, all of Claxton; one great-granddaughter, Brystol Brown; one niece, Joyce (Tommy) Rhodes of Richmond Hill.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 11 from 9-11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.  Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Jesse W. France officiating.
Burial will be at Bull Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Wayne “Bubba” Massey Jr., Phillip Richey, Danny Todd, Mike Todd, Matt Todd and Brian Todd.
Memorial contributions may be made to Daisy United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 106, Daisy, Ga. 30423; or Ogeechee Area Hospice, P. O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eric Franklin Hemphill
Mr. Eric Franklin Hemphill, 59, of Metter died Thursday, April 4 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.  The Candler County native had lived in the area most of his life, and was retired from the Georgia Department of Corrections. He was a member of Metter First Baptist Church. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed football, softball, and fishing and had even coached baseball teams in the area.
Eric was preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Loretta Hemphill.  
He is survived by his wife, Shelly Drew Hemphill of Metter; son, Whitny (Christy) Hemphill of Cobbtown,; daughters, Brittany Hemphill Wright (Wesley) of Lyons, and Iler Drew of Claxton;  brothers, Everette (Donna) Hemphill of Byron, Ga. and Brett Hemphill of Smyrna, Ga.; three grandchildren, Karlie Wright, Payton Wright and Alyssa Jackson.
A celebration of Eric’s life was held at 4 p.m. at the Metter Chapel of Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes with Danny Kennedy, Steve Dupree, and Victor Fordham speaking. Burial was private.
Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes Metter Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Azeph D. Rogers
Azeph D. Rogers, 89, died Wednesday, April 3 at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. The Glennville native was a World War II Veteran and retired from Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance division in Glennville. He was a former member of Ella Grove Baptist Church in Glennville and a current member of Trinity Baptist Church of Statesboro.  
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Corrine McCall and Celena Sharpe; brother, Gene A. Rogers; and his wife, Louise Creech Rogers.
Survivors include: son, Azeph “Danny” Rogers Jr. (Betty) of Statesboro; daughters, Jeanette Warren (Ed) of Stillmore, Teresa Kennedy (Larry) of Bellville; sisters, Carolyn Sands and Christine Durrence, both of Glennville; brother:    G.W. Thompson of Glennville; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held 3 p.m., Friday, April 5 at the chapel of Brannen-Kennedy Funeral Home with Elder Tom Sollosi and the Rev. Joe Eason officiating.  Burial will follow in Glennville City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Greg Durrence, Mark Thompson, Ronnie McCall, Paul Thompson, Wayne Sands, John Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roscoe Roberts Sunday School Class of Trinity Baptist Church and Jackie Dasher, Ferrell Dixon, Dennis Stanfield, Fred Gardner and Ronnie Daniels.
Brannen-Kennedy Funeral Home, Glennville Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.


Clara Mae Walker
Clara Mae Walker, 81, formerly of Cedar Crossing, died April 2 at her home in Claxton. She was the daughter of the late Jake and Myrtle Willis of Cedar Crossing. She lived in Savannah before moving to Houston, Tex; where she lived for 11 years before moving to Claxton in 1989 after her husbands retirement. She was a wife, mother and homemaker. She was of Pentacostal faith and a member of Oasis Church of God in Lyons.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Vernon Walker; her son Norman Walker; eight brothers; I.J., Bennie, A.J., J.F. (Bobie), J. Lee, Paul, Doug, and baby boy Willis; six sisters, Julia Register, Laura Pittman, Cassie Smith, Vernie Willis, Betty Franklin, and baby girl Willis.
Surviving are three sons, Vern L. (Marcia) Walker, and Dudley (Debra) Walker, both of Houston, Tex., Wayne Walker of Claxton; two daughters, Bernice Hatfield of Claxton, Wanda and (Buddy) Dees of Cedar Crossing; two sisters and brothers-in- law,  Patsy and (Jerry) Newham, of Uvalda, Alice and ( Mickey) Ryals of Townsend; two brothers-in-law, Hubert Franklin, and Aaron Walker; four sisters-in-law, Doris Willis, Mary Lou Willis, Cathy Willis and Shirley Strickland; 22 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be Thursday, April 4, 6-8 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.   
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 5, 1 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bishop Gilbert Womack, her nephew Jason Ryals, and her grandson Dean Walker officiating.
Pallbearers will be Clifford Brantley, David Neesmith, Jason Ryals, Travis Willis, Aaron Walker Jr., and Wilton Strickland.
Honorary pallbearers are Brian Burgamy and Deon Brantley.
Burial will be in Cedar Crossing Cemetery.
J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Ford Blankenship
Edna Ford Blankenship, 91, of Milan, passed away Monday, April 1, at McRae Manor Nursing Home, McRae. She was born in Milan, Ga. in Telfair County and lived there all of her life. She loved fishing, cooking for her family and talking with her friends. She was of Baptist faith.  
Ms. Blankenship was preceded in death by her parents, Scott and Martha Jane Selph Ford; her husband, Charlie Blankenship; and son, Charles Blankenship.
 Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Lois Blankenship,  Eddie and Brenda Blankenship, all of McRae, and Clyde and Nellie Blankenship of Milan; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Ronnie Todd of Hagan; eight grandchildren; numerous great-
grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, immediately followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m., in the chapel of Vaughn Funeral Home. Rev. Randy Conley and the Rev. Kenneth White will officiate.
Active pallbearers include grandsons and great-grandsons, Scotty Blankenship, Christopher Todd, Eddie Blankenship Jr., Jason Dulin, Cole Jones and Michael Stinson. Blake Jones and Keith Holt will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Please express condolences at www.vaughnfh.com.
Vaughn Funeral Home of McRae has charge of arrangements.


Hugh Dorsey Thompson Jr.
Hugh Dorsey Thompson Jr., 63, of Glennville, Ga., passed away peacefully on March 30, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hugh Dorsey “H.D.” Thompson and his sister Elizabeth “Libby” T. Durrence.
He is survived by his wife, Ginger Thompson of Glennville; sons, David and Trey Thompson of Statesboro; his mother, Jane Thompson of Glennville; two siblings, Bran Thompson of Glennville and Vicky Webb of Springfield’ several nieces and nephews.
In his professional life, Dorsey was a certified public accountant.  He began his career as an accountant for several timber companies.  In 1986, following in his father’s footsteps he became co-owner and manager of Lipsitz’s Department Store.  In 1998 he accepted a position with the Glennville Bank where he later became a vice-president.
Dorsey served his community by being a faithful steward of the Glennville United Methodist Church where he served on several boards and committees. He is also a former member of the Glennville Downtown Development Authority, and a charter member of the Glennville Rotary Club.  He was an active member and Past Master of Philadelphia Lodge #73 F.& A.M. and a Past Master of the First Masonic District F.& A.M.
The family will receive friends Monday, April 1 beginning at 5 p.m., at Brannen Kennedy Funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday April 2 at Glennville United Methodist Church with Dr. Richard Cabbage and Rev. Sam Wilder officiating. Burial will be in the Glennville City Cemetery with Masonic Rites.
Remembrances may be given to Glennville United Methodist Church, 116 S. Caswell St., Glennville, Ga. 30427; Tattnall C.A.R.E.S., P.O. Box 2356, Reidsville, Ga. 30453 or the Masonic Children’s Home of Georgia, 1417 Nottingham Dr., Macon, Ga. 31211.
Pallbearers will be Bob Whitlow, Bill Whitlow, Jason Whitlow, Harry Sikes, Branford Thompson, Charles Bellina, Wendy Durrence, and RayDar Webb.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Officers and Directors of Glennville Bank
Please sign our online Guest Book at brannenkennedy.com
Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home of Glennville is in charge of the arrangements.


Susan A. Stanfield
Susan A. Stanfield, 47, passed away Friday, March 29 at Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center in Statesboro. She was born in Metter, Ga., Nov. 17, 1965 to Benjamin and Shelia Weathers and lived in this area most of her life. She was a homemaker, devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and loved to go to the beach. She was a member of Watermelon Creek Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Dale L. Stanfield of Glennville; children, David and Rebecca Anderson, Bryan and Ashley Anderson, Nick Stanfield, all of Glennville; brother, Charles and Sissie Weathers of Claxton; sisters,  Nancy Lewis, Holly Sapp, Kim and Chris Sapp, all of Claxton; grandsons, Colby Anderson, Ben Anderson, Tullie Anderson; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, April 1 at Watermelon Creek Baptist Church with Glenn Stanfield and the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial will be Stanfield Family Cemetery.
The body will lie in state at the church from 1-2 p.m. before the service.
Pallbearers will be William Weathers, Jim Stanfield, Gregory Stanfield, Eugene Austin, Timmy Stanfield, and Richard Burkhalter
Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home of Glennville is in charge of the arrangements.


Carolyn D. Mosley
Carolyn D. Mosley, 75, passed away in Vidalia, Ga., after a long illness. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Vidalia.  She was a five year winner of the Million Dollar Club of the Atlanta Realtor Association and winner of the club’s Phoenix Award.
Mrs. Mosley was the daughter of the late George T. and Mary Lee Durrence and the sister of the late Mary Ann Durrence.
Surviving are two sons, John E. (Jody) Mosley III of Dunwoody, Ga., and George T. Mosley of Vidalia, Ga.; one sister Jane D. Vaughn of Decatur, Ala; three grandchildren, John, Jake and Anna Mosley, all of Dunwoody; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 30, 9-11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, Claxton.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m. t the First United Methodist Church, Claxton.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery, Hagan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Claxton High School Class of 1955.
J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Jessie Collins Altman
Jessie Collins Altman, 86, died March 27 at her home.  The Tattnall County native was residing in Guyton, but formerly resided in Claxton. She was a member of the Claxton Primitive Baptist Church and a homemaker all of her life.  
Mrs. Altman was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Altman Jr.
Surviving are three daughters, Dian (Stan) Vincent of Guyton, Joyce (Allen) Morgan of Guyton and Denise (Mark) Marvin of Richmond Hill; one brother, Randy L. Collins of Jefferson, Ga.; two sisters, Evelyn Durrance of St. Mary’s, Ga., and Marie Arnsdorff of Sandy Springs, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Billy (CiCi) Sellers, Scott (Becky) Sellers, Stephanie (Bobby) Harvey, Kerri (Kevin) Moore, Miranda (Jonathan) Gerson, Christopher, Alexander and Sarah Marvin; five great-grandchildren, Garrett, Lane, David and Collin Harvey and Brigman Moore; several nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be Thursday, March 28, 6-8 p.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 29, 2 p.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Cedar Creek Church Cemetery.
J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Dr. Emory Powers Smith Jr.
Dr. Emory Powers Smith Jr., died Tuesday, March 19 at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. He was born in Fort Valley, Gs., and grew up in Pembroke, Ga. where he graduated from Bryan County High School. He attended Northern Illinois College of Optometry and in January 1950 he opened his optometric practice in Evans County. He practiced 46 years in Claxton until his retirement in June of 1996. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
Surviving are his wife, Lothair E. Smith of Claxton; one son, Dr. Emory Powers (Lynn) Smith III of Statesboro; one daughter, Michelle Smith (Mike) Tootle of Claxton; one brother, Dr. Herbert Dean (Sandy) Smith of Evans, Ga.,; two sisters, Barbara Smith (Bill) Tippins of Dunwoody, Ga., and Carolyn Smith Schefflin of Pensauken, N.J.; four grandchildren, Leslie Tootle (Matt) Tucker, Pharm D and Lauren Tootle (Eric) Bluestein, all of Claxton, Nathan Emory Smith of Statesboro and Rachel Marie Smith of Macon;  two great-grandchildren, Maclain Tucker and Maggy Bluestein; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 21, 9-11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church of Claxton.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 21, 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Claxton.
Burial will be private at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Service Sunday school class.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to First United Methodist Church, 401 W. Main St., Claxton, Ga. 30417; or Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Robert Wayne ‘Bob’ Lackman
Robert Wayne “Bob” Lackman, 54, passed away March 17 at Ogeechee Area Hospice. He was a native of Joliet, Illinois, but resided in Bulloch County since 1999.  He was of Baptist faith and worked as a computer engineer.
Surviving are two sons, Adam and Cody Lackman of Portal, Ga.; his best friend and life partner, Sharon Wilson of Portal; two sisters, Dena Wrona and Judy Martinson, both of southern Illinois; several nieces and nephews and a large family in southern Illinois.
A memorial service will be at a later date.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Loyd Gulledge Jr.
Loyd Gulledge Jr., 82, passed away March 18 at Hospice Savannah. The Evans County native moved to Guyton in 1977, where with the help of family and friends, he built his family home.  He was of Baptist faith and served in the U.S. Navy for seven years.  He worked and retired from Union Camp where he was supervisor of Bag Storage and Shipping.
Loyd was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Kate Gulledge Sr.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Allie Griffin Gulledge of Guyton; two sons, Dennis Gulledge of Ellabell; Daryl (Pam) Gulledge of Guyton; one daughter, Diana (Earl) Hodges of Ellabell; one sister, Nell Lewis of Savannah; six grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 20, 6-8: p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 21, 2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery, Hagan, Ga.
Remembrances may be sent to Hospice Savannah, P. O. Box 13190, Savannah, Ga. 31416.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Tommy Augustus Todd
Tommy Augustus Todd, 87, passed away March 17. The Evans County native resided most of his life in Tattnall County. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and also served in WWII. He was a farmer and worked at Ft. Stewart until retiring.  
Mr. Todd was preceded in death by his wife, Clyde B. Todd.
Surviving are one daughter, Suzanne Faust of Savannah;   two granddaughters, Tammy (Troy) Pittman of Glennville, and Nikki (Derek) Demeter of Titusville, Fla.; four brothers, Harold and Aaron Todd of Claxton, Jack Todd of Statesboro and Bobby Todd of Fayetteville, Ga.; six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 19, 6-8 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 20, 11 a.m., at Antioch Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Cordie Lee Swafford
Mr. Cordie Lee Swafford, age 101, passed away Friday, March 15 at his residence. The Swainsboro native had lived in Millen before moving to Hagan. He was a retired trucker that loved to fish, hunt and garden. Mr. Swafford is a member of Bible Holiness Church in Hagan.
He was preceded in death by his children, Barbara ManHeim, Loretta Faye Swafford, and Kermit Swafford.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Swafford of Hagan; grandchildren, Kenneth Manheim of Atlanta, Clifford Allen Manheim of Black Creek; stepchildren, Sammy D. Brown of Jesup, Robert K. Brown of St. Augustine, Fla., Tommy Ellis Brown of Statesboro, Barbara Jackson  and Shirley Bramblet, both of Millen.
 Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday from the Bible Holiness Church. Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m., Sunday, March 17 from the Bible Holiness Church with the Reverends Dewayne Morgan, Jeff Hensley and Jeff Butler officiating. Interment will follow in the Reidsville City Cemetery.
 Pallbearers will be grandsons.
 Honorary pallbearers will be brothers, Melvin Sapp, Bobby Sapp, Vincent Conley, Johnny Sikes, Armando Hinojosa and Harry Cannon.
 Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Reidsville Chapel is serving the Swafford family.


Cartha D. ‘Deke’ DeLoach
Cartha D. ‘Deke’ DeLoach, a civic leader former deputy director of the FBI, and corporate vice president with PepsiCo Inc and local banker, died March 13 at 9 p.m.from natural causes. He was 92 years of age.
A native of Claxton, he graduated from Stetson University in 1942. He also attended Stetson Law School. While in college he played varsity football and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, and the Stetson Debating Team.
After graduation, he entered the FBI at 21,  the youngest applicant to be accepted in the agent ranks. After a brief service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he reentered the FBI and rapidly rose through the ranks to Agent-Supervisor, Inspector, Special Agent in Charge, Assistant Director, and Deputy Director to J. Edgar Hoover. He is credited with supervising many of the FBI's toughest cases.
After 28 years in FBI service, he retired and immediately became vice president of PepsiCo Inc. He remained in that capacity for 15 years. He then retired and moved to Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Mr. DeLoach served on many corporate boards. He was Chairman of yhe J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, 1973-2007, and was instrumental in awarding many college scholarships to deserving men and women. He was awarded four Gold Medals from the Freedoms Foundation for outstanding civic work. He was recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Stetson University and elected to that institution's Hall of Fame; the American Legion's "Man of the Year" award; as well as the "Man of the Year" for the Hilton Head Hospitality Association. He received the "Humanitarian Award" from the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI in 2005. He was given the "Alice Glenn Doughtie Award" by Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce for outstanding civic service, as well as the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civic award by former Governor Beasley.
He served as founding chairman of the Hilton Head Council for the Arts for 10 years and after devoting much time, his efforts largely resulted in the building of what is now known as The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. He remained Chairman Emeritus of the Center until his death. He was vice chairman and chairman of the marketing committee of the Heritage Classic Foundation for over 10 years. He was founding chairman of two highly successful banking operations on Hilton Head Island and involved in activities at Holy Family Catholic Church for many years.
Mr. DeLoach is survived by his wife of 68 years, Barbara Owens DeLoach; three daughters, Barbie, Theresa, and Sharon; four sons, Deke Jr., Tom, Greg, and Mark.
 A Mass of Christian Burial  will  be held at Holy Family Catholic Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.  A private burial will follow at Six Oaks Cemetery, Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Lena Pace Hagan
Lena Pace Hagan, 85, passed away March 13. She was a native of Effingham County, Springfield, Ga. and lived most of her adult life in Claxton. She was a member of Turkey Branch United Methodist Church, but attended First Baptist in Claxton.  She was employed for 15 years by Southern Bell, and 35 years at Evans Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Hagan was preceded in death by her husband, R. G. (Doug) Hagan.
Surviving are one son, Allen (Sheree) Hagan of Vidalia, Ga.; one daughter, Leigh Chambers of Claxton; three grandchildren, Lance Hagan and Candice Hagan and Ladson Mosley; eight great-grandchildren, Andrew, Ava, Cason and Bryson, Tyler, Taylor, Gabe Mosley and Lily Bland; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, March 15, 5-7 p.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Turkey Branch United Methodist Church Cemetery, Springfield, Ga.
Remembrances may be sent to Evans County Cares, P.O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sue Seltzer Mitchell

Mrs. Sue Seltzer Mitchell, 78, passed away Saturday, March 9, at Memorial Health University Medical Center.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Garden City where she attended the Libby Tyner Sunday School Class. She graduated from Georgia Southern University (formerly Georgia Teachers College) and taught in Chatham County Elementary Schools for 19 years.
Mrs. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Selma Seltzer; brothers, John Robert Seltzer and William L. Seltzer; a brother-in-law, Cleon Mitchell.
Survivors include her husband, Billy A. Mitchell; daughter and son-in-law, Robbie Kaye Egan and Mark A. Egan; granddaughter, Kaia Camille Egan; a number of nephews and nieces, including Robert N. Seltzer, Billy L. Seltzer, Rhana Lee Hackett, Michelle Mobley, Barry Mitchell, Robin Ingraham, Renee Sweatman, Teresa Lanier and Brian Mitchell; several great-nieces and great-nephews; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Freddie L. and Annette Mitchell and Leon and Faye Mitchell and former sister-in-law, Linda Mitchell.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday in the chapel of the funeral home with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens located at 315 Bonaventure Road in Thunderbolt.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.stricklandandsonsfuneralhome.com
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes – West Chatham Chapel – 901 W. Hwy. 80 – Pooler, Ga.  31322 is in charge of arrangements.


Ruby Lynn
Ruby Lynn, 96, passed away March 7 at Northspring Assisted Living. She was a native of Tattnall County, raised mostly in Collins, Ga. She was member of Bellville United Methodist Church.  In early years she was the oldest member of Manassas United Methodist Church prior to its closing.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Ed Mosley of Bellville and Grace and Howard Scarbrough of Claxton; five grandchildren, nine step grandchildren and numerous great and great great grands, nieces and nephews.
Vistiation will be Saturday, March 9, 5-7 p.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Anderson Church Cemetery.
NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eloise Davis Burnham
Mrs. Eloise Davis Burnham died March 1 at Camellia Health and Rehabilitation Center in Claxton at the age of 92.  She was born in Statesboro, Ga., on October 28, 1920. She graduated from Nevils High School and later moved to Savannah, Ga., where she and her husband lived for many years.  Mrs. Burnham retired from Sears Roebuck & Company after 22 years of service. She was the department manager over each, the children’s and the preteen’s department. She loved children and enjoyed her work with Sears while making many lasting friendships during her tenure. After retirement, Mrs. Burnham and her husband moved back to the community of Nevils. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed gardening and fishing in her free time.  She was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad P. Davis; her husband, Lewis A. Burnham; a brother, A. L. Davis (Doris); two sisters, Jean D. Iler (John) and Sara D. Sharpe (J. D.).
Survivors include one daughter, Gail B. Stanek (Clyde) of Claxton; three grandchildren, Kim Lee of Meldrim, Carla Lee of St. Simons Island, and Lewie Lee of Bluffton, S.C.;  one great grandson, Avery Lee Yarbrough of St. Simons Island; a sister and brother-in-law, Sue D. Wilson (Robbie) of Phoenix, Az; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Deloach’s Primitive Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Eller officiating.
Interment followed in the church cemetery.   
Memorial contributions may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga.  30459.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



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