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William T. (Billy) Daniel, Sr.
William T. (Billy) Daniel, Sr. passed away July 1, in East Georgia Regional Hospital, Statesboro, Ga.
The Evans County native was a member of Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church. He served in the Army Reserve for eight years and was part owner of Dixon Motor Company for 54 years. Billy was a member of the Claxton Lions Club for 50 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Emile Wright and Ollie Mae Daniel, and two brothers, Bobby Gene Daniel and Charles Daniel.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce W. Daniel of Claxton; two sons, William T. Daniel, Jr., and Robert Gene (Lisa) Daniel, all of Claxton; two daughters, Becky (Wally) Hill of Atlanta and Patricia (Eddie) Bradley of Claxton; one brother, E. W. Daniel of Claxton; two sisters, Dallas Cason of Amelia Island, Fla. and Joy Tippins of Claxton; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 2, from 5-7 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 3, at 11 a.m., at Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Bay Branch Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Daughtry Schaaf

Barbara Daughtry Schaaf, 78, passed away Saturday, June 27, at Memorial Hospital, Savannah. Barbara  was born in Rocky Ford, Ga.  on January 11, 1937 to  Jim B. and Rosa Lea Daughtry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Hilda Daughtry McCord and her son, Jimmy Schaaf.
She is survived by her loving brother and sister-in-law, Laney and Beverly Daughtry of Pooler, Ga.; her children, Margie (Tom) Carfrey of Savannah, Audrey (Loren) Lewis of Claxton, Barry Schaaf of Savannah and Janet Schaaf of Tybee Island; 12 grandchildren, Barrett Schaaf, Amber Peacock, Natalie Missroon, Ashley Harden, Morgan Lewis-Ortiz, Loren Lewis, Jr., Dustin Schaaf, Alyssa Beckdol, Allison Schaaf, Harley Schaaf, Kiley Schaaf and Katelyn Schaaf. Little Gram also had 12 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her little puppy, Driscoll.
Barbara was a hostess for the Savannah Yacht Club for many, many years.  She was of the Catholic faith and put in many volunteer hours at Nativity School while her children attended there. She was very active in her community serving on the March of Dimes’ Mothers’ March and her local Garden Club.
A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church on Victory Drive, Thunderbolt, Ga.  The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the memorial service. Please join us for a celebration of her life at the Tybee Guard House after the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to your charity of choice.  A private burial of the ashes will be held at a later date.
Low Country Cremation Services and Burial is serving the Schaaf family.


Mary Angela "Ann" Tippins Wilensky

Mary Angela "Ann" Tippins Wilensky, loving wife, mother, Nana, and Christian woman, passed away June 27.
Ann was born October 14, 1927 in Daisy, Ga. She loved to tell stories about growing up in Daisy from going to the movies for a dime to the adventures of her brothers Troy and Billy.   
She met her love, Bob, in 1945 while working at the Army Depot. They married in 1947 and settled on Whitemarsh Island where they raised a family. For Ann, family came first. She taught everyone to play ball, climb trees, fish, garden, and cook. No one went away hungry from Ann's house.  Her grandchildren treasured the customized cookbooks that Nana compiled for them one Christmas with everyone's favorite foods and memories of their adventures together.
In addition to being the best Mom and Nana in the world, she was an executive secretary, retiring after 25 years from Electrical Machinery Company in Savannah. Her love of travel took her to many places in the U.S. and abroad.
She was preceded in death by her parents Troy G. and Agnes Johnson Tippins and her brother Troy G. Tippins Jr.
Words are inadequate to describe how much Ann's large and loving family will miss her.  She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert E. Wilensky and their children, Robert Wilensky (Dianne), Kathy Giron (Ronnie), Susan Thompson (Steve), Lynda Beebe, and David Wilensky (Colleen).  Nana doted on her nine grandchildren, Sara, Claire, Bill, Bryan, Rob, Angela, Erin, Amanda, and Katie and five great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Susanne, Avery, Regan, and Piper. She is also survived by her brother, Bill J. Tippins (Carolyn) and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 30 from 5-7 p.m.at Fox and Weeks, Island Chapel.  
A celebration of her life will be held Wednesday, July 1 at 11 a.m.in the chapel at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home in Claxton. She will be laid to rest in Sands Field Cemetery in Daisy, Ga.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rawdon Barrow
 Rawdon Barrow, 79, passed away June 17, at Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia. He was a native of Evans County.  He worked for Burnip and Sims Telephone Company in Florida for a number of years before returning to Evans County.
Surviving are two adopted daughters, Denise Barrow Lingenfeltr of Chuluota, Fla. and Audra Gayle Barrow Brookins of Williston, Fla.; two brothers, Donald Barrow of Claxon and J. Wayne (Myra) Barrow of Claxton; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 19, at 2 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was in Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Edwin Akins, 197 Barrow Bay Road, Claxton, Ga. 30417  
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Remer Odom
Charles Remer Odom, 76, passed away at his residence in Claxton. He was a native and lifelong resident of Evans County and a member of Union Baptist Church. He retired from Glennville Ready Mix. He loved to watch wrestling.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sara Jane and T.O. Odom; sister, Margie Rich; and a brother, Prentice Odom.
Surviving are one brother, Owen Odom and Nioka of Metter; one sister, Sara Lou (Van) Thigpen of Mt. Vernon; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 27, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m. graveside at Holland Cemetery
Burial will be in Holland Cemetery.
Remembrances may be given to a charity of your choice.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce C. Harrell
Joyce C. Harrell, 64, passed away Saturday, June 20, at Evans Memorial Hospital.  She was born in Evans County, on August 7, 1950 to Leonard and Mattie Lou Cowart Conley and lived in this area all of her life. She was employed with Duramatic Products in Glennville. She was a homemaker, loving, caring wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Hagan Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by parents, brothers and sister.
 She is survived by her husband, James D.”Jimmy” Harrell of Glennville; children, Carl Ray of Reidsville,  Darrell Ray of Roanoke, Va. Barbie (David) Brazel of Reidsville, Jennifer (Jeremy) Grooms of Glennville; sisters, Laverne Cannon of Baxley, Ga., Shirley Crosby  of Walterboro, S.C., Betty Sue Riggs of Glennville, Kathy (Dwight) Cason of Glennville, Pansy (Lee) Smith of Claxton, Miriam Conley of Texas brothers, Charles (Cathy) Conley of Orangeburg, S.C., Frankie (Lamoun) Conley of Reidsville, Junior (Iola) Conley of Claxton, Billy (Betsy) Conley of Glennville, Ellis (Cheryl) Conley of Bellville; sisters-in-law, Ida Pearl Conley and Cordy Bell Conley, both of Claxton; grandchildren, Jessica Ray, Darby Brazel, Clay Grooms, Ben Brazel, Jacob Grooms and Sierra Ray; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., Monday, June 22, at Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, at the chapel of Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home with Dr. Rick Cason officiating. Burial will be in Glennville City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ellis Conley, Junior Conley, Billy Conley, Stevie Page, Rafe Waters and William Harrell.
Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home of Glennville is in charge of the arrangements.

Sybil Colson Rowe
Sybil Colson Rowe, 76, passed away Friday, June 19, at Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center. She was born May 9, 1939 in Evans County to Troy and Eudell Bradley Colson and lived here all of her life. She was employed in the textile industry for many years and owned and operated Cowford Bait and Tackle with her husband for 20 years. She was a member of Watermelon Creek Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Eddie Rowe; daughter, Renee’ Bland; grandson, Dustin Rogers.
She is survived by her children, Anthony (Brenda) Branch of Melbourne, Fla., Keith (Jane) Branch of Glennville; brother, Larry (Billie) Colson of Cartersville, Ga.; sisters, Emogene Burbage of Barnwell S.C., Ernestine Rogers of Claxton’ brother-in-law, Thomas (Diane) Rowe of Glennville; grandchildren, Erika Wilson, Nathan (Christie) Rogers, Joshua (Brittany) Branch, Jonathan Branch, Jacob Branch, Jeremiah Branch and Jessica Walling; great- grandchildren, T.J., Elliott, Zane, Carlie and Brooks.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 22, at the chapel of Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Miller and Bro. Michael Sapp officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Rogers, Jonathan Branch, Gary Ray, Danny Ray, Pedro Claudio and Billy Conley.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Widow Ladies Sunday School Class.
Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home of Glennville is in charge of the arrangements.

Timothy William Young

Timothy William Young, 42, passed away June 15.  He was a native of Evans County and a 1991 graduate of Claxton High School.
Surviving are his loving parents, C.W. and Carolyn Young of Claxton; a special and loved son, Tyler Lee William Young of Florida; a step-daughter, Heather Holton O’Donnell of Atlanta; two aunts, Nancy Young and Sallie Hendrix, both of Claxon; one uncle, Robert L. (Bobbie) Burnsed of Fortville, Ga.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Friday, June 19, 10-11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 19, at 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was in Brewton Cemetery, Hagan, Ga.
Remembrances may be made to Brewton Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 978, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lex Dyess
Lex Dyess, 76, passed away June 12, at his residence. He was born in Tattnall County and resided in Evans County most of his life. He was a member of the Hagan United Methodist Church. He had been owner and operator of several business’s since 1960. Lex loved fishing and spending time with his family.  He was a devoted husband and loving father. He loved helping others and giving back to those in need.
Surviving are his wife, Carol R. Dyess of Hagan; daughter, Dene (Steve) Wilmot of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; sons, Clay Dyess and Curtis Berry, both of Hagan; step-daughter, Patricia Parsley of Valdosta, Ga.; sister, Melba (Derry) Banks of Bellville; brother, Mitch (Susan) Dyess of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; grandchildren, Nevan Dyess of Hagan, Ashley Wilmot of Hilton Head, S.C., Charlie Wilmot of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Bobbi Howell of Valdosta; three great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was in Brewton Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Evans County Cares, P.O. Box 86, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruby M. (Doll) Tucker
Ruby M. (Doll) Tucker, 95, passed away June 11, at Evans Memorial Hospital.  She was an Evans County native. ‘Doll’ loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren with all her heart.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Tucker.
Surviving are one son, Jimmy (LaDonna) Tucker of Claxton; two daughters, Annette (Arnold) McCall of Claxton and Delores Hill of Reidsville; one sister, Mamie Lou Tucker of Claxton; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Saturday, June 13, 9-11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 13, at 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Ephesus Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Evans County C.A.R.E.S., P. O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
The family extends a special thanks to Camellia Health and Rehab and to Affinis Hospice for their loving care of Mrs. Tucker.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Mae Coon Wilder
Dorothy Mae Coon Wilder, 73, of Holly Hill, S.C., widow of Charlie Wilder, died Monday, June 1, at her home.
Dot was born in Shreveport, La., a daughter of the late LD Edward Coon and Dixie Grissett Coon. She was an expert seamstress and was a member of Grace Freewill Holiness Church.
Surviving are her daughters, Sheila Kay (Adel) Abuamer of Claxton and Sherry Lynn (Dirk) Matheny of Knightsville, S.C.;  sons, Phillip (Debbie) Rowland of Holly Hill, Kenneth (Abby) Wilder of Claxton, Jason (Inez) Wilder and Jonathan (Becky) Wilder, all of Holly Hill; sisters, Patricia Tindall of Apopka, Fla., Linda (Bruce) Miller of Cairo, Ga., Gail (Eddie) Anderson of Nelsonville, Ohio, and Cindy (Stewart) Murphy of Lady Lake, Fla.;  brothers, Paul Coon of Nelsonville, Ohio and Daniel (Rachael) Coon of Leesburg, Fla.; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 4, 10-11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 4, at 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Avinger Funeral Home assisted the family in Holly, Hill, S.C.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

William Nicholas Rogers
William Nicholas Rogers, 27, passed away May 26, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  He was a native of Evans County, Ga., and a member of Eastside Baptist Church. Nick worked for Great Dane Trailers in Statesboro, Ga.
Nick was preceded in death by his mother, Lila Rogers and his grandparents, William and Geraldine Rogers.
Surviving are his father, Gerald Rogers of Claxton; two sons, Isaiah Nickolas and William Jeremiah Rogers, both of Claxton; four brothers, Wesley Rogers of Statesboro, Shawn Rogers of Beaufort, S.C., Matthew Rogers of Brooklet, Ga., and Christopher Rogers of Claxton; his fiancé, Patricia Burns and her children, Alex and Chespe DeLafuente and Adrian and Aaron Burns, all of Claxton; two aunts, Nancy Roberson of Claxton and Mary Herring of Hinesville; one uncle, Terry Johnson of Hinesville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 29, 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was in Bull Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Kinyard (Pete) Jarriel
Kinyard (Pete) Jarriel, 71, of Collins, Ga., died at home Saturday, May 23.  Pete was born January 20, 1944 in Collins and graduated from Collins High School. He graduated from Swainsboro Tech, and after working in Atlanta, decided he hated the traffic, and joined the Navy.  Upon leaving the Navy in 1968, he returned to Collins and became a farmer.  He was a great tobacco farmer and was known for plowing a straight row.  He will be forever missed by his constant companion, his American Bulldog, Rocky.
 Pete was preceded in death by his mother and father, Harry and Dolly Boyette Jarriel; his brother, D.L. Jarriel, and his mother and father-in-law, Wilton and Evelyn Hendrix.
 Pete is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathryn Hendrix Jarriel; his son, Kenny Jarriel of Metter; his daughter and son-in-law, Brandt and Angel Jarriel Herndon of Savannah; his step-son, Wade Collins of Collins; his step-daughter and son-in-law, Art and Deb Shoemaker of Columbia, S.C.; granddaughters, Ashley Kendall, Caroline Shoemaker and Ava Herndon; grandsons, Phillip Collins, A.J. Shoemaker and Jonathan Collins; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jappy and Charlotte Akins, Robert and Nancy Doyle, and Mitchell and Janice Edenfield; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
 Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 26,  at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel with Elder Craig Lanier and Brinson Lanier officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Daniel Kennedy, David Jarriel, Lee Jarriel, Brian Hower, Ricky Hower and Philip Talley.
Honorary pallbearers were Mike Hendrix, Earl Hendrix, Wallace Jarriel, Phillip Collins, Walter Driggers and Mitchell Edenfield.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

William Alexander Rogers
William Alexander Rogers, 87, passed away May 23, at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. He was born in Claxton, to William Alexander Rogers and Josie Mae Rogers, the sheriff of Evans County. After high school he served in WWII, and then moved to Savannah, where he worked as an engineer for the Seaboard Coastline Railroad operating the Jesup switch engine from Jesup to Jacksonville, Fla. In 1966 he continued his career with the railroad working for the Federal Railroad Administration as a safety inspector in Cleveland, Ohio. He then transferred to Birmingham, Ala. before finally settling in Atlanta where he headed the Federal Railroad Administration Office there. Dub retired in the mid-90s to his home in Dunwoody, Ga. During his later years he enjoyed taking care of the family farm in Glennville fishing and watching sports.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Ellen Rogers of Dunwoody, Ga.; son, William Ashmore Rogers of Decatur Ga.; cousins, Jack, Faye, Joe, John Edwards, Alex, Jesse and Mac Haile.  
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 26, from 5- 7 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Johnny “Bubba” Ellis
Johnny “Bubba” Ellis passed away peacefully on May 19, at Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, Calif. after a courageous battle. He was 71 years old.
Johnny was born on January 12, 1944 in Hagan, Ga. He was the second child of Rias Ellis and Emma Ellis. He joined Hagan Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. After the death of his father, Johnny helped his mother care for his younger brothers and sisters. He attended Evans County High School and was known for his athletic abilities in football under Coach Virginia Albert and the Longhorns. After graduation in 1962, he worked briefly in New Jersey with his high school friends before going into the U.S. Army completing a tour in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
He returned home to marry Ms. JoAnn Davis of Daisy, Ga., and moved to Miami, Fla. where he began a 35 year career in 1968 with the Miami-Dade Transit Authority. As a bus driver, Johnny became a founding member of the TWU Local 291. He moved from shop steward to chief shop steward and vice president, retiring as secretary treasurer. He was known by union members as a straight up, no nonsense type of guy. During these years, he also became a Master Mason and Shriner at St. Joseph Lodge #8. Johnny enjoyed relaxing at the VII Club, also known as the “Bus Drivers Club.”
After retirement, Johnny’s illness required the help of his brother Rickey and he moved to California where he was blessed with advanced medical treatments and was able to survive over 10 more years enjoying family and friends. Johnny’s love, concern, and genuine spirit will never be forgotten.
He is preceded in death by his father, Rias Ellis; his brother, Charles Ellis; grandson, Chauncey Woodley; his mother, Ms. Emma (Ellis) Randall; four children, one son, Janon Ellis of Alexandria, Va.; three daughters, Stephanie Busby of Syracuse, N.Y., Sharon Brewton of Claxton, Terrace Ellis of San Jose, Calif.; one brother, Rickey Ellis of Northridge, Calif.; two sisters, Dorothy Mincey and Melinda Blitch of Atlanta; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 28,  at 11 a.m., at Hagan Temple Grace Deliverance.

Mrs. Lucille Henderson Usry Fordham
Mrs. Lucille Henderson Usry Fordham, age 80, of Sandersville, died on May 20.  A funeral service will be held at White Oak Church on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Gregg Usry and Rev. Dewey Henderson officiating.  
Mrs. Fordham, who was affectionately known as Miss Lou and Biddy, was born in Jefferson County, the daughter of the late George L. Henderson and the late Anna Lucille Saunders Henderson. She came to know the Lord in 1972 and lived for the Lord the rest of her life. She retired from civil service at Ft. Stewart and in retirement, worked for various Christian ministries. After moving to Washington County, she became an active member of the White Oak Church where she served as a Bible Teacher, a beloved Sunday School teacher and missions director. She was also employed at the Washington County Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Fordham was predeceased by her husbands, Darrell Lee Usry, Sr. and Bobby G. Fordham; her son, Darrell Lee Usry, Jr.; and her brother, George Emory Henderson. 
Survivors are her children, Gregg Usry and his wife Miriam of Claxton, David Usry and his wife Carrie and Becky Usry Haller and her husband Bruce, all of Sandersville; her daughter-in-law, Juli Usry McDaniel; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Dewey Henderson and his wife Jean also of Sandersville. 
The family will be at the home of David and Carrie Usry, on South Anderson Drive in Sandersville, and they will receive friends on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at 2 p.m. at the White Oak Church. 
Donations may be made to the Gideons International, c/o the Sandersville Gideons, P.O. Box 891, Sandersville, Ga. 31082 or to the White Oak Church Mission Program, 523 Kittrell Creek Road, Sandersville, Ga. 31082.
May and Smith Funeral Directors is in charge of these arrangements.

Mr. David Ericksen Foltz, Sr.
Mr. David Ericksen Foltz, Sr., 76, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, at Ogeechee Area Hospice, Statesboro. David had been a resident of Atlanta for 30 years.  He was born in Akron, Penn. He graduated from Ephrata High School and Illinois Wesleyan University.  David served in the United States Navy after finishing college and before starting his career in the floor covering industry. He was vice-president of sales with the R. A. Seigel Company in Atlanta.  David was a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, volunteer for LIFESPAN and the Atlanta Mission: My Sister’s House.
 He was the son of the late Peter F. Foltz and Thelma Ericksen Foltz. He was preceded in death by a son, David Ericksen Foltz, Jr.  
Survivors include his wife, Lori Boyette  Lynn  Foltz; his children, Steven Foltz of Austin, Texas, Kimberly Forzley of Dallas, Texas, Michele  Royal of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Heath Lynn of Pembroke, Ga. and his grandchildren,  Nicholas Forzley, Morgan Foltz, Justin Foltz, Jacob Foltz and Sarah Royal.  
Services for David E. Foltz will be Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m. in the Ogeechee Area Hospice Chapel, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, Ga., the Rev.  Steve Darby will officiate. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service.
 The family requests that memorial contributions 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 and Crematory of Statesboro of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Veatrice Kicklighter Holland
Ella Veatrice (Bea) Kicklighter Holland of Thomasville, Ga. passed away May 17, after a short illness of natural causes. She was surrounded by her loving family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Ebben and Mary Akins Kicklighter; one sister, Mary Evelyn Collins; two brothers, James William (J.W.) Kicklighter and Edwin Harold Kicklighter.
She is survived by five children which include one daughter, Wendy H. Chastain Luke of Thomasville Ga.; four sons, Rodney (Mary) Holland of Brooksville, Fla., Michael Holland of Orlando, Fla., Reggie Holland of Bluffton S.C. and Barry Holland of S.C.; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bea was married to Tyrone Lance Holland and lived for several years in Florida before returning to Evans County in 1970. She was a secretary and office manager for most of her career. She was retired. Bea was a member of the Martha Washington Chapter #300 of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron in 1997-1998. She was also a member of the Evans County Lions Club and received Lion of the Year in 2000. She received the Melvin Jones Fellow award from the Lion Foundation for the year 2001-2002. These organizations were very dear to her heart. Any donations to either of these organizations in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.
Bea’s hobbies included her beloved organizations noted above, reading and spending time with family and friends. Bea was a loving woman who will be missed greatly by her family.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, 5-7 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 21, at 11 a.m., at Antioch Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Antioch Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 Annette Howard Anderson 
Annette Howard Anderson, 86, passed away Tuesday, May 12, at Camellia Health and Rehabilitation in Claxton after an extended illness. She was under the care of Affinis Hospice. She was born in Evans County but lived in the Nevils community of Bulloch County for 69 years.  She was a homemaker and of Baptist faith. She attended DeLoach Primitive Baptist Church in Nevils.  
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hinton Anderson; her parents, Tommy and Alberta Howard; two brothers, Alton Howard and Danny Howard; her mother and father-in-law, Virgil and Sudie Anderson; and two brothers-in-law, DeWitt Anderson and LaVaughn Anderson.
Surviving are one son, Ronny (Pam) Anderson of Nevils; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Jeff Spencer officiating.
Burial was in DeLoach Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Nevils.
Palbearers were Carroll Anderson, Wayne Anderson, Will Anderson, Reid Anderson, Danny Sowell and Chris Lawson.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Affinis Hospice, 806 Maple Drive, Vidalia, Ga. 30474.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Annie Lou Barrow Sikes
Annie Lou Barrow Sikes, 99, died on May 17, at Effingham Care Center in Springfield, Ga. Annie was born in Evans County on October 22, 1915 as one of nine children to Franklin McKenzie and Julia Lewis Barrow. She was a resident of Pooler for 48 years. Along her life’s journey, she wore many hats – wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. She held many jobs throughout her life, including retiring from F.W. Woolworth after 18 years.
Annie was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Roswell M. Sikes; a son, James H. Estill; two grandsons and one great-grandson.  
She is survived in death by her daughters, Camilla Corbin (Neal) and Mary Graham (Tom) of Rincon; daughter-in-law, Sharon Estill of Black Creek; former daughter-in-law, Patricia Marlatt (Tom) of Pembroke; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren; deveral nieces and nephews, and many ‘honorary’ family members.   
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20 from 10-11 a.m. at J. Mellie Nesmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 20, at 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Canoochee Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Effingham Care Center Beauty Shop, 458 Hwy 119 S., Springfield, Ga. 31329  
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Anthony W. “Tony” Stubbs
Anthony W. “Tony” Stubbs, age 68, passed away Saturday, May 9, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.  The Evans County native had lived in Glennville and Claxton most of his life. He was an U.S. Marine Veteran serving in the Vietnam War.  He was a retired truck driver and was a cowboy. Tony loved his family, horses and watching old western movies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold McDrawn Stubbs and Vera Groover Stubbs Nagle.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Stubbs of Claxton; daughters, Elizabeth Nettles (Tim Bolen) and Tonya (Ben) Bolen, all of Portal; brother, Jim (Patricia) Stubbs of Minnesota; sister, Eileen Stubbs of Glennville; grandchildren, Robert Bolen, Jamie Bolen, Jennifer Stubbs and Ben Bolen; three step children, several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends beginning at 6 p.m., on Thursday, May 14 from the funeral home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, May 15, from the chapel of Low Country Cremation Services and Burial with the Rev. James Bradley officiating. Interment will follow in the Glennville City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ben Bolen, Tim Bolen, Dannie Tatum, Adam Cushman, John Hamilton and Bofrey Wildes.
Low Country Cremation Services and Burial is serving the Stubbs family.

Graydon C. Maxwell, Jr.
Graydon C. Maxwell, Jr., 80, passed away on May 7, at Candler Hospital in Savannah. He was a native of Virginia but had lived in Evans County since 1972. Graydon retired from the Air Force after 21 years of service and also retried from Evans County Road Department as superintendent after 20 years of service.
Surviving are his wife, Mildred Barrow Maxwell of Claxton; one son, David (Nancy) Maxwell of Savannah; two daughters, Marie Ann Maxwell of Jacksonville, Fla., Nancy Davis of Savannah; six brothers, Joe of Missouri, Wilbur of South Carolina, Tom,  Douglas, Robert  and Barry Maxwell, all of Virginia; two sisters, Virginia Davenport  and Mary Layne of Virginia; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.    
Visitation will be Monday, May 11, from 1-2 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 11, at 2 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery  
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eunice Boyette Tippins

Eunice Boyette Tippins, 82, passed away May 8, at Evans Memorial Hospital.  She was a native of Tattnall County but had lived in Evans for most of her life.  Eunice was retired as a paraprofessional from Evans County Board of Education.  She was a devoted member of Gospel Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Charles (Tebe) Tippins of Claxton; two sons, Charles and Frank Tippins, Jr. of Atlanta, Dennis and Karen Tippins of Claxton; two daugthers, Tracey and Trent Kicklighter of Townsend, Lisa and Steve Hardy of Lilburn; 11 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, May 11, from 5-7 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 12, at 11 a.m., at Gospel Baptist Church, Claxton.
Burial will be at Brewton Cemetery, Hagan.
Remembrances may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Ga.  30346
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty E. Burkhalter

Betty E. Burkhalter, 83, passed away Sunday, May 10, at Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center. She was born December 18, 1931 to Tommy and Ruby Sands Burkhalter and lived in this area all of her life. She was a homemaker and employed in the textile industry for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dwight Burkhalter; a grandson, Jay Burkhalter; and a granddaughter, Shana Dukes.
She is survived by her children, Deane B. (LeRoy) Rush, Betsy B. (Billy) Conley, Jerry D. (Gail) Burkhalter, all of Glennville; sister, Joyce B. (Richard) Grice of Glennville; grandchildren, Lisa (Randal), Murray, Steven (Christel) Dukes, Becky (Jason) Tucker, Luke (Crystal) Burkhalter; great- grandchildren, Kyle, Dalton, and Meagan Murray, Cadyn Monroe, Skylor and Logan Dukes, Sonny Burkhalter, Will Tucker; nieces and nephews, Beth (Jeff) Smith, Faye (Chuck) Grile, Tommy (Suzette) Grice; great-nieces and nephews, Adrian, Daniel, and Chandler Grice, Christopher and Courtney Grile; caregivers, Carlinda McNeal, Judy Waddle, Kenette McKeven, Sandra Berry.
Visitation will be at 5 p.m. Monday, May 11, at Brannen-Kennedy Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 12, at the chapel of Brannen-Kennedy Funeral Home with Rev. Brad Pickren and Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Luke Burkhalter, Dalton Murray, Steven Dukes, Harold Todd, David Cammack, Tommy Grice, Randal Murray and Charles Tillman.
Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Widows Sunday School Class of Watermelon Creek Baptist Church.
Brannen-Kennedy Funeral Home, Glennville Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Elaine Nobles Dreggors

Elaine Nobles Dreggors, 78, died Sunday, May 3, at Ogeechee Area Hospice surrounded by her family. She was a resident of Glennville and a devoted member of Pigott Branch Missionary Baptist Church. She was a 1954 graduate of Ludowici High School, received her degree in business education from Georgia Teachers College and her Masters in business education from Georgia Southern University. She retired after 44 years of teaching at Glennville High School, Pinewood Christian Academy and Tattnall County High School. After retirement, she continued to teach, working at Smith State Prison.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Norris A. Dreggors; her parents, Marcus and Letha Nobles; and brothers, Gerald Nobles and Hughes Nobles.
She is survived by a daughter, Robin Dreggors Waters, and her two sons Matthew and Madison, and their father Richard Waters; a son, Daniel Norris Dreggors, and his daughter Brenna, and her mother, Leigh Dreggors; three special grandchildren, Felix, Jose and Jeniffer Ramirez; three sisters-in-law, Nancy Nobles, Barbara Dreggors and Novadean Dreggors.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, at Brannen-Kennedy Funeral Home in Glennville.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 6, at Pigott Branch Baptist Church with Rev. James O. Young, Tommy Hilliard, Rev. Mike Jones and Rev. Steve Waldo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Marc Nobles, Mark Griffin, Edmund Nobles, Steve Dreggors, Jason Nobles, Lee McCurdy, Mike Dreggors and Joe Folsom.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ludowici High School Class of 1954.
Remembrances may be sent to Pigott Branch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 158 Dan Dreggors Rd., Glennville, Ga.  30427.
Brannen Kennedy Funeral Home of Glennville in charge of the arrangements.
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Luther Darling Morris, Jr. (Buddy)
 
Luther Darling Morris, Jr. (Buddy) passed away on May 1. Born in West Palm Beach, Fla. on January 8, 1930 Buddy moved to Claxton at the age of 11 where he worked at The Claxton Bakery for 68 years. During his employment, he met the love of his life, Juanita, and they were married for 66 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Claxton, and he served two terms as a member of the Claxton City Council. He was well known in the community for his white T-shirts, his willingness to help others, and the love of his job and co-workers. Buddy enjoyed spending special time during the holiday season decorating gingerbread houses with his great-grandchildren.
Buddy was preceded in death by a son, John Albert.
The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Dr. Thomas Joseph Miller, Jr. and the staff from Bethany Hospice of Claxton, Their love and support will always be cherished.
Surviving are his wife, Juanita of Claxton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Miriam (Carson) Sands of Daisy, Donna Gale (Steve) NeSmith of Claxton; sisters, Doris Steele of Trinity, Ala. and Hilda Coleman of Torrance, Calif.; brother, David (Wanda) Morris of Claxton; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.     
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Claxton.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Charles Sands, Daniel NeSmith, Billy Stidham, Scotty Rountree, Mark Oliver, Dennis Durrence, Timothy Hunt, and Joe Miller.
Honorary pallbearers will be current and former employees and their spouses of the Claxton Bakery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Bethany Hospice of Claxton, 8395 Hwy. 301, Suite 6, Claxton, Ga. 30417 or the First United Methodist Church of Claxton, 401 W. Main St., Claxton, Ga. 30417           
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Russell David Long

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

Mrs. Robbie Janette “Jan” Shuman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st Sgt. Aaron D. Todd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathy Brewton Harris

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

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

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

Carroll Sikes

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

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