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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathy Brewton Harris

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

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

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

Carroll Sikes

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

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