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Pat Walker
Pat Walker, 78, went home to be with her Lord January 24, under the compassionate care of the staff at Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center in Statesboro.
While a native Tennessean, Pat called Claxton home for the last 30 years. She resided in Statesboro the last five years. Pat was a member, Sunday School teacher, nursery director, children’s worker, VBS director, and the pastor’s wife at Calvary Baptist Church for 17 years. In addition, she was an accounts payable data clerk for Claxton Poultry for several years, but at age 60 decided to go back to school to become an LPN. She not only obtained her degree but also graduated the top of her class. She was employed at Savannah Hospice, Nightingale Hospice, Glenvue Nursing Home, and Pulaski Nursing Home. Pat was passionate about her work because she was able to serve those in need and to share her strong faith in God and her love for the Lord.
Pat was also passionate about her children, grandchildren, and people in general. She never met a stranger.  She always shared her faith.  “Nanny” will always be remembered.
Pat married her childhood sweetheart, the late Rev. Bob Walker, in February 1954 and loved and cared for him until he went to be with the Lord in 2007.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Mary Kate Haynes Guffey, and her sister, Barbara Jean Guffey.
She is survived by her daughter, Joni Walker-Seier, and husband, Jeff, and their son, Robb Kicklighter, and wife, Amanda, and their children, Micayla, Isabella, Amelia, and Robert, all of Statesboro; her daughter, Tane Jones, and husband, Ed, and their daughters, Amanda Parker, and Leah Parker-Rucker, and husband, Chris, and their children, Natalie and Tyler, all of Claxton; her son, Rev. Marty Walker, and wife, Renee Waters Walker, and their children Landon and Katie, all of Claxton; and a special nephew Pat considered a son, Frank Walker, of Dahlonega; also a sister-in-law, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
The celebration service will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, Claxton, with Rev. Marty Walker officiating, assisted by Robb Kicklighter and Rev. Joe Eason. Pat’s body will lie in state at Calvary Baptist Church two hours prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Landon Walker, Michael Walker, Brian Walker, Drew Molloy, Jerry Wiggins and Rev. Rusty Manning.
Donations may be made in her name to Calvary Baptist Church or to Ogeechee Area Hospice.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Vern Delane Hunter
Vern Delane Hunter, Jr., 70, passed away January 23, in Rhea, Tenn., follow a truck accident. He was a native of Indianapolis, Ind., but lived in Evans County for most of his life. Before moving to Georgia, he lived in California where he worked in the banking industry. Since that time he has worked as a truck driver.  He was a veteran that served in the U.S. Marines.  He loved and cherished his family life.
Mr. Hunter was preceded in death by his parents, Vern D. and Thelma Hunter.
Surviving are his wife, JoAnn Hunter of Claxton; one daughter, Kris (Ron) Voltz of Chicago; five brothers, Charles (Brenda) Hunter and Gary Hunter, both of Claxton, Bobby (Linda) Hunter of Savannah, Tom (Kathy) Hunter of Indianapolis and Michael Hunter of Illinois; two sisters, Susan and Rebecca Hunter, both of Claxton; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.    
Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 28,  at 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Antioch Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Louie Hightower
Mr. Louie Hightower, age 74, passed away Thursday Jan. 22, at Optim Health Care after a long illness. The Tattnall County native had lived in Collins all of his life. He was a graduate of Reidsville High School Class of 1960 and served 12 years in the Army National Guard. Mr. Louie was a former member of the Rising Sun Lodge #32.  He worked for the Georgia Department of Corrections for 34 years starting as a correctional officer at Georgia State Prison and retired as a Lieutenant at Rogers State Prison in 1997. During his tenure he was named Georgia Department of Corrections State Correctional Supervisor of the year in 1994. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church where he served as song leader and a Deacon.  
Mr. Louie was preceded in death by his parents, Jim Roe and Sweeter Hightower.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Diane B. Hightower of Collins; daughters, Angela Arthur and Lisa (Wendell) Thompson, all of Collins, and Gina (Herb) Brown of Reidsville; son, Louie (April) Hightower of Collins; grandchildren, Jason, Joshua and Anna Driggers, Ashley Perez, Chad Brown, Dillon and April Todd, Erin Brown and Kaylee Hightower; great grandchildren, Natalie and Eden Perez, and Aubrianna Todd; brothers, Ray (Naomi) Hightower and Larry (Annette) Hightower, all of Collins; sister, Wilma Jean Hutcheson of Collins; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., on Saturday from the Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, from the Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. Wes Collins, Mr. Tony Hutcheson, and Johnny Sikes officiating.  Interment will follow in the Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jason Driggers, Joshua Driggers, Chad Brown, Dillon Todd, Allen Harrelson and Donovan Murray.
Honorary pallbearers will be Georgia Department of Corrections Honor Guard
Memorials may be given to Friendship Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 1070, Reidsville, GA 30453.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Hightower family.

Jackie Vera Waters Crawford Johnson
Jackie Vera Waters Crawford Johnson, (Mother Dear) died January 23, at Ogeechee Hospice in Statesboro. She was born in Groveland but lived most of her life in Daisy.  She was a member of the Hagan Methodist Church.  She was a precious mother and loved her family dearly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Eugene Johnson; a granddaughter, Tina Marie Jones; all of her siblings, two sisters, Keturah and Janie and five brothers, Lumar, Buddy, Harry, Eutice and Arthur.
Surviving are two sons, Richard (Brenda) Crawford, Sr., of Bloomingdale and John Crawford of Jacksonville, Fla.; three daughters, Madonna (Fred) Gardener of Statesboro, Rosalind (Raymond) Duefrane of Tampa Fla., and Lisa (Jerry) Jones of Brookhaven, MS; nine grandchildren, Dorinda McBride, Richard Crawford, Jr., Tracy McQuaid, Michael Batchelor, Michelle Tapley, Jeff Crawford, Dana Lay, Wendy Lay and Ashley Jones; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 26, from 10-11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was in Bull Creek Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Buell R. (Little Man) Smith
Buell R. (Little Man) Smith, age 80, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21 at his home in High Springs, Fla. surrounded by his family. Buell was born and raised in Evans County and lived there until 2004 when he and his wife Yvonne moved to High Springs. Buell served three years in the U.S. Army then joined the Army National Guard serving a total of 37 years. Thirty-four and a half of those years he served in the 165th M.A.T.E.S. in Hinesville, Ga. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church for 54 years until moving to High Springs.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Euell G. Smith; his father, Hoke Smith; and his mother, Okie Smith, all of Evans County.
Surviving are his wife, Yvonne Smith; children, Teresa Sowell (Russell), Ken Smith (Tara), Glenn Hough (Mary), April Alligood (Roy), Cindy Depka, Timmy Hough (Linda), Adrienne Curtis (Ted), Frances Syverson (Kenny), 21 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 24, 5-7 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.   
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Antioch Church Cemetery.    
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Derrell “Derrell” Warren
William Derrell “Derrell” Warren, 90, of Fort Mill, S.C., longtime resident of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Derrell was born to Gordon Logue and Neva Daniel Warren in Claxton, on July 14, 1924.
Derrell retired from Kraft Foods Dairy Group (Sealtest) after a long career where he was an industry recognized refrigeration expert. Derrell was an Ensign in the U.S. Navy serving his country during World War II as a pilot flying the dive bomber, Curtis SB2C Hell Diver. After the war, he graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1950, he began his long career in the dairy industry in Miami. Derrell enjoyed golf, gardening, working his six acres with his tractor, and his many dogs over the years. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Derrell was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Norma DeLoach Warren; his brother, Gordon Warren; his grandson, Matthew Warren.
Surviving are his sons, Bill, Max Davis, Dan (Jan), Steve (Pat), Ken (Lillian), and Sid (Sharon); grandsons, Scott (Tabitha), Evan, Will and David Warren; granddaughters, Heather Canaday, Erin (Jason) Darnell, and Natalie, Faith and Charlotte Warren; great-grandsons, Avery (Elizabeth), Austin and Jaxon Darnell; many nieces and nephews.    
Derrell will be interred next to his wife, Norma, in his home town in Claxton, at Bay Branch Church, on January 24.
Memorials honoring the memory of Derrell may be made to the American Cancer Society, The American Humane Society, or Bay Branch Church Cemetery Fund, 393 Bay Branch Rd., Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 5430 Finsbury PL., Charlotte, NC 28211.
Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 24, at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home from 1:00 -1:30 p.m.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at Bay Branch Church Cemetery.
Burial will be in Bay Branch Church Cemetery.  
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Theresa Brinson Lee
 Theresa Brinson Lee, 56, passed away January 21,  at St. Joseph Hospital.  She was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., but had resided in Evans County for a number of years.  She was a nurse for 27 years before retiring.
Surviving are her husband, Jon H. Lee of Claxton; mother, Carol D. Brinson of Claxton; one son, H. Ashley Waters of Hinesville, Ga.; one daughter, Priscilla E. Garrison of Register, Ga.; one brother, Ivy J. Brinson, Jr., of Claxton; three sisters, Deborah Davis, Susan Boatwright and Elizabeth Brinson-Gonzalez, all of Claxton; two grandchildren, Kara and Karly Garrison; three nieces and nephews, Richard Boatwright, Izabel Gonzalez and Crystal Davis.    
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Debra Sue Saylor Davidson
Debra Sue Saylor Davidson, 56, of Claxton, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Memorial University Health Medical Center in Savannah. Born in Delaware, Ohio, she moved to Claxton in 1996 from North Carolina. She was a homemaker and a loving mother.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Claymon Saylor.
Survivoring are two daughters, Debra Michelle Pena and Patricia Delafuente, both of Claxton; her mother, Dorothy S. Norris of Ramseur, N.C.; three sisters, Betty Jean Craven of Ramseur, N.C., Louise Wilkerson of Franklinville, N.C. and Judy Causey of Ashboro, N.C.; three brothers, Johnny Saylor of Ramseur, N.C.; Don Saylor of Seagrove, N.C. and Dale Saylor of Claxton; seven grandchildren, Josh, Chelsea and Ricky Shackelford of Metter, Adrian and Aaron Burns, Alex, Jr. and Chespe Delefuente. all of Claxton.
A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel, in Metter with Rev. Bill Vansant officiating. Burial will be in Ramseur, N.C. at a later date. Guest book: www.kennedyfuneralhomes.com.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel of Metter, is in charge of arrangements.

Danny Durrence
Danny Durrence, 65, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. He was a native of Bryan County but had lived most of his life in Evans County. He was of Baptist faith. He was a Vietnam War Veteran and after service he drove a truck for Claxton Poultry for several years.
Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mary Durrence and a brother, Freddie.
He is survived by his wife, Grace; two sons, Danny Durrence of Claxton and Tony (Cathy) Durrence of Ellabell; two daughters, Angela Durrence and Lynn (Alejandro) Guzman; four brothers, Henry (Nancy) Durrence of Claxton, Roy Durrence, Jr. of Tyson, Clifford (Martha) Durrence of Texas, Elvy Durrence of Texas, Mike Durrence; two sisters, Linda ( Bill) Smith of Vidalia and Diane (Gene) Reddish of Reidsville; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.     
Visitation will be Monday, January 19, 2015, 5-7 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 11  a.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be Antioch Church Cemetery.  
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Ann Jernigan Lynn
Joyce Ann Jernigan Lynn, age 77, passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, at Camellia Healthcare in Claxton surrounded by her family.  The Evans County native had lived in Collins before moving back to Claxton in 1988.  She was a license practical nurse working for several doctors in Evans County.  She attended Calvary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Pearl Jernigan.
She is survived by her children, Jeff Lynn of Claxton, David (Cynthia) Lynn of Collins; step-sons, Jerome Lynn of Reidsville and James W. Lynn of Mississippi; sister, Hazel Rogers of Claxton; grandchild, Carson Lynn of Ailey; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18, from the Chapel of Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory.  Interment will follow in the Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Gerrell Arnold
Gerrell Arnold, age 44, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11,  at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.  The Toombs County native had lived in Evans County most of his life, moving to Tattnall County 10 years ago.  He was in the pulp wood business.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Sandra Nell Arnold; brother, Lloyd McGlashan; sisters, Lisa Mandoza and Janet Lee McGlashan.
He is survived by his children, Cayle (Sergio) Esteban and Caleb Gerrell Arnold, all of Claxton; father, Willard Arnold of Reidsville; siblings, Shirley Arnold of Reidsville, Marie Arnold of Glennville, Bobby Lee Arnold of Reidsville, Earnest McGlashan and James (Vickie) McGlashan, all of Cobbtown; grandchildren, Jasmin and Daleyza Esteban; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14,  from the Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory.
Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. from Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church Cemetery near Lyons with the Rev. William Prince officiating. Interment will follow.
Pallbearers will be Corey Kirkland, RJ Arnold, Tracy Arnold, Frankie Walker, Shane Arnold and Bobby Lee Arnold.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

James E. (Jimmy) Hall 
James E. (Jimmy) Hall, 55, of Claxton, passed away at home Saturday, Jan. 10. Jimmy, a 1978 graduate of Claxton High School, was owner/operator of Diamond H Farms. He was an enthusiastic sportsman and loved working outdoors. Jimmy was an avid horseman, racing several of his horses over the years in Louisiana, Florida, and Kentucky. He was a member of the Tattnall Cattlemen’s Association and the Louisiana Quarterhorse Breeders Association.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Lee Hall, Sr.; a sister, Patricia Ann, and two brothers, John and Lee.
He is survived by his wife, Tammi; mother, Ann Hall; two sons, Phillip (Kiley) Hall and Gray (Kari) Rogers; two brothers, Richard Hall and William “Scooter” (Kim) Hall; two grandchildren, Ryleigh and Adalynn Rogers, all of Claxton; four sisters-in-law, Norma (Bob) Preston of Douglas; Cheryl Rogers of Statesboro; Jane (Steve) Tippins of Colbert; June (David) Anderson of Claxton; several nieces and nephews.     
Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1-3 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 4 p.m., at Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery
Burial will be in Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery
Remembrances may be made to a charity of choice.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Gene Lewis
Charles Gene Lewis, 74, passed away January 9, at Evans Memorial Hospital.  The Evans County native was a member of Eastside Baptist Church. He was retired from Plant Hatch as an insulator.  He was married to Ann Barnard Lewis for 34 years before she passed away.  
He was also preceded in death by his parents, James Potter and Sarah Lewis and a half-brother, Ralph Lewis.
Surviving are one son, Derrell Lewis of Claxton; one daughter, Scarlett (Tim) Odum of Claxton; four grandchildren, Krista Branch, Charles (Chaz) Lewis, Megan Waters and Kati Odum; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m., in the Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was in Brewton Cemetery, Hagan, Ga.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ona Merle Riner Hendrix
Ona Merle Riner Hendrix, 75 of Savannah, died Thursday, Jan. 8, at St. Joseph’s Hospital with her family by her side.
She was born in Garfield, Ga. and lived most of her life in Savannah.  She was a 1957 graduate of Commercial High School, a homemaker and attended Woodlawn Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gladys Wilson Riner and Ira T. Riner and a son, Brian R. Hendrix.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, James “Ed” Hendrix; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Debra Hendrix, Barry and Tina Hendrix; her grandchildren that lovingly called her Nana, Jamie, Jason and Blake Hendrix; a brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Lois Riner; nieces and their families.
Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11,  in the chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating.
Burial was at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, at Canoochee Cemetery in Claxton, Ga.
Memorial contributions may be made to the J.C. Lewis Cancer Institute.
Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory, Garden City, was in charge of arrangements.

Edna H. Leggett

Ms. Edna H. Leggett, age 89, passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center in Statesboro. The Tattnall County native had lived in Claxton most of her life.  She was a homemaker that loved to work with her hands and do needle work. She loved her pets, socializing and enjoyed helping people.  She was a member of Bull Creek Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Belton “Tony” Leggett.
 She is survived by her children, Robert (Opal) Wellmaker of Bloomingdale, Linda VanHorn of North Carolina, Kathy Leggett, Deloris (Keith) Lewis, all of Claxton; grandchildren, Sonya (Kelly) Crosby, Jeremy Seth Lewis, John Henry Lewis, Michele Lynn Rivera, Kevin Michael VanHorn, Anthony Wellmaker, and Amanda (Byron) Cook; eight great-grandchildren.
 Graveside funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, from the Brewton Cemetery in Hagan with Mr. Lonnie Bradley officiating. Interment followed.
 Memorials may be given to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
 Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.

Beth Clark
Beth Clark, age 43, passed away Friday, Jan. 2. The Evans County native had lived in Claxton most of her life ,moving to Glennville three years ago. She was a homemaker that loved to collect porcelain dolls and roosters.
Beth was preceded in death by her father, Elton Clark.
She is survived by her fiancé, Ronnie Sapp of Claxton; mother, Elizabeth Clark of Glennville; a step mother, Sharon Clark of Glennville; sons, Tyler and Seth Anderson, both of Claxton; step children, Logan and Gavin Sapp and Taylor Jerkins, all of Fitzgerald; brother, Wade Clark of Glennville; sister, Nicole (Virgil) DeLoach of Claxton; nieces, McKenzie DeLoach, Brittany and Margo Clark; nephew, Nelson DeLoach; several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. from the funeral home.  Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, from the Chapel of Low Country Cremation Services and Burial with the Rev. Bryan Anderson officiating. Interment location will be announced.
Pallbearers will be Lee Bacon, Leslie Bacon, Edward Dasher, Eli Love, Ryan Sapp and Andy Stanfield.
Low Country Cremation Services and Burial, formerly Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home Glennville Chapel is serving the Clark family.

Durell Kicklighter, Sr.

Durell Kicklighter, Sr., 91, passed away December 29, at Evans Memorial Hospital. The Bulloch County native resided in Evans County for most of his life.  He was the son of Remer Kicklighter and Myrtice Warren Kicklighter. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.  Mr. Kicklighter was employed by Georgia Power Construction for 30 years before retiring.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Della Martin Kicklighter and son, Martin.
Surviving are one son, Wes Kicklighter of Vidalia; one daughter, Caroline (Jimmy) Blocker of Hagan; one brother, Willie Marks of Charleston, S.C.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.    
Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 30, 5-7 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery, Hagan. Ga.
Remembrances may be sent to the Evans County Library, 701 W. Main St., Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Keith Jermone Lanier

Mr. Keith Jermone Lanier was born in Candler County on September 23, 1976, the second child of three children, to Curtis Eugene Lanier, Sr. and Arletha Holland Lanier of Hagan (Evans County), Ga. Keith was raised in Hagan along with his brother, Curtis Eugene Lanier, Jr. and his sister, Kimberly Renaé Lanier.   Keith is the father of two adorable sons, Kemone Shareave Reese, a student at East Georgia College in Statesboro, Georgia and 10 year old Elijah Dewayne Amen Kight. At a very early age, Keith joined St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Daisy, Ga. He was a true believer in God and dedicated to his belief.
On November 15, 2014, Keith suffered from a heart attack and was hospitalized at East Georgia Regional Hospital, in Statesboro, Ga.  On December 12, 2014, he was transferred to Eagle Health and Rehabilitation in Statesboro where he passed away into eternal rest on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 2:20 a.m. Both facilities accommodated the many visits of Keith’s family and friends, particularly his loving father and  mother, and friend, Yazmen  Monae White,  who were there for him daily. When Keith passed he was accompanied by his loving mother and friend Yazmen.  
Keith was outgoing, talented, and creative.   While growing up, he sang, rapped, cut hair, and brought home broken bicycles and parts to fix and make new bikes that worked! Keith was educated in the Evans County School System in Claxton, Ga.   He graduated from Claxton High School in 1995. For a short time, he attended East Georgia College in Swainsboro, Ga., and he joined and served in the National Guard in Statesboro, Ga. Keith was later led by his passion for cars and auto care to become a young entrepreneur in 1998.   He initiated, established and managed his own business that he named Lanier Paint and Body Shop. He had a true passion for custom finish paint jobs and figuring out how to fix a car and get it running again. He was a problem solver.   Keith refined his paint and body shop skills under his mentor, the late Mr. Sam Driggers of Claxton.
Keith was preceded in death by great-grandmothers, Mrs. Hattie Davis Cooper and Mrs. Lonie Mae Brown; maternal grand parents, Mr. Jewell “JL” Holland and Mrs. Marie Cooper Holland; paternal grandparents, Mr. LC Lanier and Mrs. Alberta Elizabeth Bess Lanier; great aunts, Louise Gilcrease and Norve Carlton; aunt, Ruth Lanier Holland; and uncle, Percy Adams.
Keith leaves to cherish his memories: two adorable sons, Kemone Shareave Reese, of Hagan and Elijah Dewayne Amen Kight of Douglas, Ga.; loving parents, Curtis Eugene Lanier, Sr. and  Arletha Holland Lanier; loving brother and sister, Curtis Eugene Lanier, Jr. of Gainsville, Fla. and Kimberly Renaé Lanier of Claxton; one niece, Emily Brenea Styles; one nephew, Emanuel Kadeem Lanier of  Claxton; one great aunt, Ronnie Cooper of Claxton; six aunts, Helen Holland Meredith of  New Haven, Conn., Annie Mae Lanier Adams and Lily Lanier of Dayton, Ohio, Helen Lavern  Lanier Byrd (Arthur), Jenny Faye Adkins (John), and Brenda Lee Lanier of Jasper, Fla.; eight uncles, Daniel Lanier and Terry (Phillis) Lanier, of Dayton, Ohio, Ivory Lee (Argene) Holland of Brooklet, Ga., Troy Holland and Jimmy Holland of Claxton, Willie Lewis Holland of Seattle, Wash., Jerry (Yvonne) Holland of  Waterberry, Conn.,  and Joseph Holland of  Hagan; two special cousins, Cornelius Lanier of Jasper, Fla., Ivory Lee Holland, Jr. of  Brooklet, Ga., and Monique Moody  of Hagan; and a host of  other relatives and friends.   
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 2, from 6-8 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Claxton.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m.  at Historic Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Claxton.   Interment will be in the Zion Union Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Manassas, Ga.   
Moody Funeral Home of Claxton is in charge of arrangements. 

Althea Sikes Hay

Althea Sikes Hay, 75, passed away December 24, at the Hospice House of Savannah.  She was a native of Evans County and a l957 graduate of Claxton High School. She lived the last 32 years in Pritchardville, S.C. and was retired from Union Camp Corporation.
Mrs. Hay was preceded in death by her parents, Arrie Mitchell and Lawson Sikes and a brother, Edward Sikes of Claxton.
Surviving are her husband, Roy Hay of Pritchardville, S.C.; two daughters, Jenifer (Floyd) Whittington of Savannah, Ga. and Kathy Zaraza of Northampton, Pa.; one sister, Aretha Blakewood of Rincon, Ga.; two stepsons, Kenneth (Natalie) Hay of Orangeburg, S.C. and Danny (Nita) Hay of Statesboro, Ga.; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.     
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 28, at 2:30 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was in Sikes Chapel U.M.C. Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Hospice House of Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Dr., Savannah, Ga. 31406 or Savannah Speech and Hearing, Katie Brookshire Halo Fund, 1206 E. 66th St., Savannah, Ga. 31404
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Wayne Jerry Stargel

Wayne Jerry Stargel, 53, passed away December 23,  at Evans Memorial Hospital.  Anyone who knew him knows undoubtedly that he lived his life in tribute to his children and grandchildren, providing unconditional love and everlasting influence.  He will be truly missed and forever remembered as an amazing brother and son, a loving father and an extraordinary grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his father, Grady Stargel.
Surviving are his mother, Mary Stargel of Gainesville, Ga.; two sons, Caleb and Cory Stargel of Claxton; one daughter, Tasia Stargel of Claxton; one brother, Terry (Karen) Stargel of Claxton; one sister, Shirrie (David) Kinseyof Gainesville Ga.; four grandchildren, Corttany, Tasiney, Cade, and Cayden. He was also excited about the  arrival of a new granddaughter in May; five nieces and nephews, Dana, Bill, Heather, April and Brittany.      
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel.  
Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Delorease Middleton Parker

Delorease Middleton Parker, 97, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. She was a native of Long County, Ga. but lived most of her adult life in Claxton. Mrs. Parker was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Claxton.  
She and her husband of 58 years, Albert Parker, married on his 21st birthday in 1937. The Parkers were avid supporters of Epworth-By-The-Sea Methodist Center on Saint Simons Island and Andrew College of Cuthbert. Also, Mr. and Mrs. Parker were instrumental in the founding of Pinewood Christian Academy.
Mrs. Parker was the first chairperson, appointed by the City of Claxton in 1938, for providing recreation for the youth of Claxton and Evans County. She received two Honorary Pins from the United Methodist Women for her lifetime membership and served as past president of both the Women’s Society of Christian Service and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed many years of involvement with the Pink Ladies Auxiliary of Evans Memorial Hospital. She was an active member of the Bulloch County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mrs. Parker was preceded by her husband and an infant son, Charles David.
Survivors include three sons, Mid (Sally) Parker, Paul (Jane) Parker and Dale (Janis) Parker, all of Claxton; one daughter, Betty (Tab) Smith of Claxton; 10 grandchildren, Angie (Joe) Miller, Kelly (Keith) Miller, Kathy (Rick) Wilbanks, Jenny (Steve) Chapman, Al (Cindy) Parker, Ginny (Patrick) Rice, Alice (Stephen) Silver, Paula (Paul) Claxton, Will (Anna) Parker and Abe (Lacy) Parker; 21 great grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Dec. 28,  at 3 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Claxton with Rev. John Carroll and Rev. Wayne DeFore officiating.  Special music was provided by two of Mrs. Parker’s granddaughters, Kelly Miller and Kathy Wilbanks.
Active pallbearers were Will Parker, Abe Parker, Al Parker, Stephen Silver, Paul Claxton, Joe Miller, Keith Miller, Rick Wilbanks, Steve Chapman and Patrick Rice.  
Honorary pallbearers were Mrs. Parker’s great-grandchildren.
The family has requested that remembrances be directed to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 546, Claxton, Ga. 30417 or Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
The members of the Parker family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and nurses of Ogeechee Area Hospice and to Mrs. Parker’s great-grandson, Dr. T.J. Miller, Jr., and his staff.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James (Jamie) T. Easterling III

 James (Jamie) T. Easterling III, 54, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, at Evans Memorial Hospital, after accepting Christ as his Lord and Savior. Jamie passed away suddenly at work. Jamie was an avid golfer, loved all sports, especially football. He served in the Georgia National Guard, and was a hard worker and spent 20 years at Claxton Poultry and the last two years at Claxton Cold Storage. He was a good hearted and caring man and nothing was more important than his family and friends, especially his grandbabies.
Jamie was preceded in death by his parents, LCDR James and Lela Easterling, and his sister, Tracy Easterling Rushing.
Surviving are two daughters, Summer Chaney Carbullido of San Diego, Meaghan Easterling Taylor of Alma; one son, James T Easterling IV of Alma; one sister, Leslie Easterling Morris of Claxton; grandchildren, Taylor, Logan, Noah, Madison, Drew and Alli Kate; two nephews, M. Cagney Hearn and Andrew Rushing; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friend, Lisa Cannon.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec, 18, from 5-7 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery.        
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patsi L. Hunter
Mrs. Patsi L. Hunter, age 64, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. The Tattnall County native lived in Reidsville most of her life. She worked for the Reidsville Housing Authority for 35 years and served as the executive director for the past 14 years. She was a loving mother, nana, sister and aunt that loved to see about her family. In her spare time, she loved to go shopping. Mrs. Hunter was a member of Connection Point (formerly Abundant Faith Fellowship).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Louise Anderson; brothers, Jimmy Boyd Anderson and Willie Joe Anderson; and a sister, Mary Ann Tatum.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jamie Anderson of Reidsville; brother and sister-in-law, Jesse and Helen Anderson of Claxton; sister, Carol Webb of Reidsville; grandchildren, Avry, Brendan, Justin and Malachi Anderson; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, from the Chapel of Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory with the Rev. John Price officiating. Interment will follow in the Reidsville City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Callaway, James Bass, Nathan Anderson, Joel Rushing, Jackie Sikes and Matt Beal.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the staff and board members of the Reidsville Housing Authority.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Anderson family.
Jerry Denton
Jerry Denton, 73, passed away on December 13, at Carl Vinson VAMC in Dublin, Ga.  He was born in Evans County on February 23, 1941 to the sweetest parents, Leona Hammock and Jessie C. Denton.  He was a member of New Vision Baptist Church and served his country with honor in the Vietnam War.  He received two Purple Hearts and a Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars.  He was a carpenter by trade, and his passion was woodworking and cabinetry.  He started his first cabinet business when he was a young man in his twenties, working out of a small house in Hagan, Ga.  He then moved to Orlando, Fla., and started Denton’s Custom Cabinets with his brother Don.  He moved back to Evans County in 1989 and ran the business of Kustom Cabinets.  He was known as the “Cabinet Genius.”  He always had a smile for everyone, and he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Ryan Stewart.
Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Sherry Boles Denton;  three sons, Carl (Tina) Denton of Perry, Fla., Clint Denton of Claxton, and Justin (Heather) Denton of Claxton;  two daughters, Michelle (Mark) Stewart of Tifton, Ga.,  and Dee Dee (Stanley) Boothe of Winter Garden, Fla.; one brother,  Don (Anna) Denton of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Marcia Gillenwater of Claxton.  He was the proud Papa of 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and he was blessed with several cousins and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Emma Neoline “Bobbie” Bobbitt Daniel
Emma Neoline Bobbitt Daniel or “Bobbie” to her family and friends, age 95 of Claxton, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 2,  at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro surrounded by her family.
Bobbie was born December 14, 1918 in Dublin, Ga. to James Carey Bobbitt, Sr. and Victoria Jones Haskins Bobbitt.  After growing up in the Dublin and Vidalia areas and attending Vidalia High School, Bobbie attended the Women’s College of Georgia (now Georgia College) in Milledgeville, Ga., where she earned a degree in home economics. After teaching school in Ludowici, Ga. Bobbie moved to Claxton where she taught school and later worked as the Evans County Home Economist with the UGA Extension Service.
Shortly after moving to Claxton, Bobbie met and married James Harold Daniel of the Bay Branch Community on March 7, 1948 in Vidalia, Ga. It was here in Claxton that Bobbie and Harold made their home and raised their two children, Joan and James Harold Jr. (Jim). Later, Bobbie worked for the Department of Family and Children Services and for Dr. Curtis Hames’ Hypertension Research Clinic in Claxton.
Bobbie was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her family and truly enjoyed her time with them.  She was also an active member of the Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church where she was a great example and inspiration to many others.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold of over 40 years and six brothers and sisters: Will Thomas Bobbitt of Dublin, Mable Ray of Gray, James Carey Bobbitt of Macon, Lamar Bobbitt of Vidalia, Nancy June Rudessell of Augusta and Elizabeth Bobbitt of Dublin.
Surviving are a daughter, Joan Daniel Harper and husband Walt of Martinez, Ga.; her son Jim and wife Pam of Claxton; three grandchildren, James Justin Daniel and wife Kristen of Claxton, Christy Lynn Daniel Dixon and husband Daniel of Claxton; and Emily Danielle Harper of Martinez, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Nora Abigail Daniel, James Whitfield Daniel and Naomi Anne Daniel, all of Claxton.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 5, at Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church
Burial was in Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Reba Faye Benton Blocker Roberts
Mrs. Reba Faye Benton Blocker Roberts, age 79, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, after a long illness. The North Carolina native lived in Tattnall County most of her life. She worked many years as a nursing assistant at the Glenvue Nursing Home and was a member of the Loves Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. Mrs. Roberts was a loving wife, mother, nanny and meme.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J.L. “Libb” Benton and Martha Dixon Benton; sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Jim Morgan; sister-in-law, Ruth Benton; husbands, Louis Wendell Blocker and Elder Newt Audley Roberts.
She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann (John) Waters of Glennville, Faye (Marty) Glisson of Claxton; son, J.T. “Bubba” (Sherrie) Blocker of Utah; step-daughters, Terri Flanders of Stone Mountain and Glenda  Jhuremalani of Atlanta; she had 19 grandchildren who were the light of her life, Wesley (Amanda) Waters and Sarah (Billy) Murray, all of Glennville, Wendy Glisson of Claxton, Heather (Brian) Fitzgerald of Pembroke, Tash Sparrow and Kathy (Travis) Poll, all of Utah, Jared (Stacy) Blocker of Brooklet, Kerrie Hatch, Dustin Hatch, and Jason (Krista) Hatch, all of Utah, Trevor Flanders of Atlanta, Emir Jhuremalani and Nisha (Matt) Jones of Kansas City; she was blessed with 20 great grandchildren who loved their meme very much; a brother, James F. “Buddy” Benton and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Betty Blocker; numerous nieces and nephews.
God has called an angel home that will be missed greatly.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 8, from Loves Chapel Primitive Baptist Church with the Elder Jim Bowen and Rev. Joe Eason officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wesley Waters, Billy Murray, Brian Fitzgerald, Jared Blocker, Connor Lane and Frank Benton.
Low Country Cremation Services and Burial, formerly Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home Glennville Chapel is serving the Blocker Roberts family.

Joseph Donald Rogers
Joseph Donald Rogers, 88, born May 1, 1926, passed away November 25 at the San Francisco Veteran’s Hospital. He was born in Evans County, but had resided most of his life in California. Don served in the United States Army and later attended the University of California. He moved to San Francisco and resided there for more than 50 years. He was a well-known businessman who owned and operated several establishments over the years, including LeBoeuf Restaurant,?Ginger’s, Ginger’s Too and Ginger’s Trois. Don loved his family and friends. He held his many nieces close to his heart and was very proud of them all. He was a gentleman who was gracious, kind and thoughtful. Don’s positive attitude and his acceptance of others was amazing. He valued uniqueness and believed everyone was special in their own way.
Don enjoyed entertaining, whether it was dinner parties at his home, or wining and dining family and friends who would visit him in San Francisco. He was truly an ambassador for the city of San Francisco. While he had traveled the world, one of his favorite places to retreat was Reno,?Nevada. He frequented the Flamingo and El?Dorado Hotels and enjoyed the excitement of the casinos and nightlife. Mr. ‘San Francisco’ will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, James Kelly Rogers and Fannie Deloach Rogers; brothers, Hubert Rogers, L.V. Rogers, James Kelly Rogers, Jr.; sisters, Dollie Rogers Jenkins, Mary E. Rogers, and Louise Rogers Fields.
Surviving are his brother, Kenneth Odell Rogers of Claxton; many nieces, great nieces and nephews, cousins and special friends, whom he loved dearly.
A celebration of life/memorial service will be held for Mr.Rogers at a later time to be determined.
Remembrances and or memorial donations may be made to San Francisco Veteran’s Hospital, Attn: Voluntary Services, 4150 Clement St.,?San Francisco, Ca. 94121.

Palmer Jake Green
Mr. Palmer Jake Green, 82, of Daisy died Monday evening at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. He was the son of Viola Kicklighter Green and Ezra William Green. He worked for 44 years at Union Camp, now known as International Paper, two of those years he fought for his country in the Korean War with the United States Army. He enjoyed talking on his C.B. radio, and was known as the Georgia Blue Bird.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Palmer Jeffrey Green; brother, E.W. Green; and his sisters, Mary Effie Collins, Christine Rich, Mildred Lamb, Daisy Outler, and Grace Pittman.
Mr. Green is survived by his wife of 59 years, Luveda Whitten Green; daughters, Estralita Edwards of Claxton, Lowanza Stone of Ellabell, and Letitia Collins of Savannah; son, Arthur Dwayne Green of Brooklet; his sister, Rosa Lee Coursey of Bloomingdale, 13 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.  
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29,  at Sunlight Cemetery in Cobbtown, with the Rev. David Donnan officiating.  
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Home Cobbtown Chapel.
Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes Cobbtown Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Rachel Lee DeLoach
Rachel Lee DeLoach, 17, passed away November 10,  after injuries sustained from a car accident. She was a native of Bulloch County but had resided in Evans County all her life. Rachel was baptized and a member of Eastside Baptist Church but was attending Rehoboth Baptist Church. She was a senior at Claxton High School, and was a member of the tennis team, the cross-country team (which went to state last year), FCCLA, FBLA and served as CHS mascot.
Rachel was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Dennis DeLoach and her paternal grandmother, Betty Lee DeLoach.
Surviving are her mother, Jamie Lee DeLoach of Claxton; her father, Shannon DeLoach of Claxton; two brothers, Mitchell and Dale DeLoach of Claxton; two sisters, Haley Kicklighter and Olivia Hamilton of Claxton; maternal grandmother, Brenda Clark of Claxton; paternal grandfather, Theron DeLoach of Shellman Bluff, Ga; two aunts, Bridget Thornton of Claxton and Stacy (Junior) Groover of Ludowici; great-aunt, Deborah DeLoach of Hagan; cousins, Marissa and Colin Thornton, Justin and Gage Groover.    
Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, 3:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 14, 11  a.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Union Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Karen Marjorie Rhoden
Karen Marjorie Rhoden, 62, passed away Thursday Nov. 6, at Camelia Health and Rehabilitation Center. Karen was born in Okinawa and lived her childhood there. She moved to Evans County with her family in 1966 and attended school at Claxton High School. She lived for a brief time in Statesboro and Ludowici before coming back to Claxton. Karen has been a resident at Camellia Health and Rehab since 2010. Karen was a loving sister who truly cared about other people, especially family. She was known among her family and friends for her generosity with her crossstitch gifts and her elaborate Christmas ornaments. Her family members rejoice in her reunion with her parents and most of all her Heavenly Father.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marjorie Glisson and Smith Rhoden.
Surviving are her sisters; Ann and Butch Keath of Sabinal Texas, Goldie and Michael Rogers of Claxton; brothers, Ken and Sue Rhoden of Grayson, Ga. and Melton Rhoden of Cresent, Ga.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. at Reidsville City Cemetery.
Burial was in the Reidsville City Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 

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