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Edgar Cribbs
Edgar Cribbs, 72, passed away April 11, at Evans Memorial Hospital. The Evans County native was a member of the First Baptist Church of Claxton, Vietnam Veteran and retired from NeSmith Chevrolet after 37 years of service.   
Edgar was preceded in death by his parents, Elder Gilbert and Helen Cribbs.
Surviving are his wife, Nell Cribbs of Claxton; one daughter, Sonja Hayman of Claxton, one brother, Garland (Cecile) Cribbs of Claxton; two grandchildren, Kristian and Zachary Hayman of Claxton.
Visitation will be Monday, April 14, 6-8 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 15, 10 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral home Chapel. 
Burial will be in Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville, Ga.
Remembrances may be sent to First Baptist Church Claxton, P.O. Box 607, Claxton, Ga. 30417 or Evans County CARES, P.O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

W. Martin Glisson
W. Martin Glisson, 72, passed away March 14. A group of Martin’s friends will host a gathering to celebrate his life. The event will be held on Tybee Island, 122 Catalina Drive (Home of Lenoard and Debbie Motes) from 12 noon until 4 p.m.,  Saturday,  April 26.   Friends and family are invited to attend and we ask that you bring a heavy h’orderve (meat will be provided) and your drink of choice. We are looking for stories and/or photos from Martin’s childhood throughout his life to share that day, serious or funny. We all know Martin was a prankster! Please email them to Deborah Griffin Bowen at advantage_ins@bellsouth.net.
Even if you cannot attend please share your stories with us as we remember our friend, Martin Glisson.
*Please note: The time of the gathering has changed. Originally set for 2 p.m., the event has now been moved to 12 noon.  Any questions, please contact Steve Seymour at 706/373-0696 or stevenh@see-more.com.



Tholer M. Boyette
Tholer M. Boyette, age 92, went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, April 13. Mrs. Boyette was a native of Jenkins and Candler County, but lived in Evans County most of her life as a homemaker and a seamstress. She was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Claxton. Mrs. Boyette was a loving mother and precious grandmother. She enjoyed working in her yard with her flowers and listening to her favorite country and western, gospel, and bluegrass music. She enjoyed fishing and trips to the mountains and to the beach. Most important to her was time spent with family and friends. She was always eager to help her neighbors, friends and loved ones in a time of need. She left behind loving memories which will forever be etched in the hearts of her family and friends.
Mrs. Boyette was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Eli Boyette; an infant son,  Lester Calloway; three brothers, Marvin, Evans, and HC Miles; two sisters, Eldra Faircloth and Bessie McCullough.
She is survived by four sons and two daughters, R.D. (Connie) Calloway, Fay (Don) Oliver, Delores (Chubby R. Driggers) Boyette, Lonnie (Patricia Reese) Boyette, Roger Boyette, and Marty (Pam Jackson) Boyette; eight grandchildren, Dan Calloway, Tina (Bruce) Dailey, Donna (Pete) Roussin, Suzette (Harold Stapleton) Allen, Brian (Sue) Oliver, Faith Beckworth, and Kevin and Brandon Boyette; six great grandchildren, Farrah Calloway, Jared Dailey, Mandi Allen, Victoria and Mark Roussin, and Azare Boyette; one great great grandson, Ashton Smith; several nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Lorene and Eunice Miles; special family friends, Lori (Bill) Kicklighter, Pam Rogers and Dana Brown.
Visitation will be at NeSmith Funeral Home in Claxton, on Tuesday, April 15, from 5-8 p.m.  
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. at NeSmith Funeral Home with Pastor Marty Walker and C.B. Waters, officiating.  Internment will follow at Old Anderson Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Tattnall County.
Pall Bearers will be William Davis, Gary Kennedy, Harold Stapleton, Don Oliver, Leon Jackson, and Glen Boyd.
Remembrances may be made to Evans County Humane Society of Claxton and Old Anderson Primitive Baptist Church cemetery fund in Tattnall County.  
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jack E. Boatwright
Jack E. Boatwright, 86, died Friday April 11, at Evans Memorial Hospital. The Evans County native was a member of Claxton Progressive Primitive Baptist Church. He was retired from Fort Stewart after 25 years of service.
Surviving are his wife, Mattie Boatwright of Claxton; one son, Dennie  (Ronda) Boatwright; two daughters, Jackie Lewis and Teresa (Tim) Eason, all of Claxton; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday April 13, 5-7 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Monday April 14, 11 a.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Carolyn McCrary Wise
Gladys Carolyn McCrary Wise went peacefully to her heavenly home on April 9, at her home in Florida, under the care of Hospice.
A graveside/memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 11th at 11 a.m. at Bull Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Claxton.  with Pastor Matt C..Brady officiating.
She was born on June 17, 1931 in Crisp County, Ga. to J.S. and Willie McCrary. She lived most of her married life in Merritt Island, Fla. and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Merritt Island.
She was preceded in death by Vernon Carson Wise, her husband of 60 years.
She is survived by her three children and their families, Mike (Deborah) Wise of Claxton,  Mary (David) Bostic of Buford, Ga., and David (Amy) Wise of Cocoa, Fla.; five grandchildren, Melissa (Todd) Robinson of Gainesville, Ga., Aaron (Jamie) Wise of Tifton, Ga., Asha Wise of Claxton, Josh and Sarah Wise of Merritt Island, Fla.; five great-grandchildren, Jacob and Lydia Robinson, James, Will and J.R. Wise.
Remembrances may be made to Bull Creek Cemetery Fund, 1601 Mittie Strickland Rd. Claxton, Ga.

Wallace W. Calloway
Wallace W. Calloway, 82, passed away April 6, at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah. The Tattnall County native lived most of his life in California. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and served his country for 24 years.  He retired from the City of Salinas, Calif., and moved to Pooler in 2003.
Mr. Calloway was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Little Calloway; his parents, Sam and Mattie-Leen Calloway; siblings, Curtis Calloway, Ruth Stafford, Wilma Sapp and Willie Bradley.
Surviving are one sister, Beverly Matteson of Collins; several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 11, 2 p.m., at Anderson Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jerolene ‘Jerri’ W. Moody
Jerolene “Jerri” W. Moody, 83, passed away early Saturday morning, April 5, under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. Jerri was born and lived most of her life in Greenville, S.C. She was a daughter of Agnes Roper and Homer J. Wynn. In Greenville she was a lifelong member of Berea First Baptist Church where she attended the Loyalty Sunday School Class and Friendship Group.  
Jerri moved to Claxton, several years ago to be closer to her two daughters. She regularly attended Claxton First Baptist Church and was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. Prior to her move to Claxton, Jerri retired from the Bell South Telephone Company where she had numerous friends and associates.
Jerri was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, William “Bill” A. Moody.  Together they had two daughters, Janice (Dr. Michael H. Baldwin) of Andersonville, Ga. and June (Dr. H. Kyle Parks) of Claxton.  Other survivors are three grandsons, Cole Baldwin of Seattle, Wash., Matt and Sam Parks of Claxton; one sister, Ann Mauldin; one brother, Randall (Pat) Wynn; a sister-in-law, Lucille Head of Greenville, S.C.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn Bradley and Margaret Dover, and by brothers, Cecil Wynn and Stoby Wynn.
Those who knew Jerri best knew she loved gardening and being outside.  Her passion was working in her yard attending to her azaleas and dogwood trees.  Nothing pleased her more than to be with her family.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. in the chapel of NeSmith Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, Ga., 30458; or the church or charity of your choice.

Marvin Charles Daniel Sr.
Marvin Charles Daniel Sr., 81, passed away March 27, peacefully at his home. The Evans County native was a member and past deacon of First Baptist Church. He also was a past member of the Lions Club.  He retired from CSX Railroad and loved farming and shooting squirrels.  
Mr. Daniel was preceded in death by his first wife, Nell Brewton Daniel.
Surviving are his wife, Ouida Hodges Daniel of Bellville; one son, Marty (Cindy) Daniel of Pooler; one daughter, Lou Ann (Mike) Farrow of Bellville; three step-children, Robin (Floyd) Boyett, Eldon (Darlene) Callaway and Terry (Shana) Callaway, all of Claxton; two brothers, E.W. Daniel and Billy (Joyce) Daniel, all of Claxton; two sisters, Joy Tippins of Bellville and Dallas Cason of Richmond Hill; six grandchildren, Christopher, Casey and Caleb Farrow, Kristina (Jason) Oliver, all of Claxton and Harlee and Connor Daniel of Pooler; nine step-grandchildren, Jessica, Chance, Kaci, Cole, Luke, Noah Callaway and Taylor, Corey and Nikki Boyett, all of Claxton;  several nieces and nephews.
Vistation will be Saturday, March 29, 5-7 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Claxton.
Burial will be in Bay Branch Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 607, Claxton, Ga. 30417; or Bay Branch Church Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 867, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jackson Phillip Hallman
Infant, Jackson Phillip Hallman, passed away March 23 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro.
Surviving are his parents, Kaley Sapp and Chad Hallman; maternal grandparents, Kim and Chris Sapp; paternal grandparents, Cindy and Rex Hallman; maternal great grandmother, Brenda Sapp, all of Claxton; paternal great grandparents, Wanda and Billy Hallman of Baxley; aunts, Britney and Christin Sapp of Claxton.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 26, 2 p.m. at Brewton?Cemetery. Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith?Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bessie Edenfield
Bessie Edenfield, 69, passed away March 24, at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. She was a native of Waycross, but lived most of her life in Evans County. She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and taught Sunday School children and later was a member of the Ladies Sunday School class. Bessie loved her church family and friends and sought to be of service whenever and wherever she could.
Surviving are her husband, John L.?Edenfield of Claxton; one son, Joseph E. (Joey) Sapp of Columbus; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, March 28, 10-11 a.m. at Eastside Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 28, 11 a.m. at Eastside Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Bazel and Bro. Matt Brady officiating. Burial will be in Ephesus Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Luther Royal, Ben?Brinson, Neal Hammack, Jay Stewart and Edward Oglesbee.
Remembrances may be sent to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Tex. 75284-0692 or www.heart.org.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty  Hodges Powell
Betty Hodges Powell, 83, of Claxton died Saturday, March 22, at her home. The Evans County native and lifelong resident was the daughter of Edgar Lee and Katie Hendley Hodges. She was a 1952 graduate of Claxton High School and a member of the Pine Grove Baptist Church. Betty was a homemaker, wonderful wife and mother who was devoted to the care of her youngest daughter, Patti, who is Down’s syndrome. Her yards and flowers were her passion. She loved sewing and gospel music, following her husband, Bernice, while singing with the Hymnsmen for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Hodges.
Survivors are her husband of 58 years, Bernice Powell; two daughters and a son-in-law, Dianne and Jimmy Morris and Patti Powell, all of Claxton; a sister, Ouida (Charles) Daniel of Bellville; two grandchildren, Laci (Daniel) McEachin and Brandon Boyette; a great grandson, Austin McEachin, all of Claxton; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m., at Pine Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jim Rogers and Elder Tom Deal officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Taylor Boyette, Terry Callaway, Billy Hill, Stan Hill, Mark Tootle and Don Powell. Please sign guest book: www.kennedyfuneralhomechapels.com.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

W. Martin Glisson
W. Martin Glisson, 72, died Friday, March 14, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Funeral plans are incomplete at this time and will be announced at a later date by Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Guydell Harn Horlock
Guydell Harn Horlock age 81, of Lawrenceville, Ga., passed away Friday, March 14.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Driscoll Horlock of Decatur, Ga.; sons, William Dennis Rogers, Michael David Rogers, both of Decatur, Ga.; son-in-law, Steven Bryant Rogers of Baxley, Ga., sisters, Edith Eleanor Lane and Elliott Wynell Waters.
She is survived by her son, Jimmy Cecil Rogers of Lavonia, Ga.; daughter, Martha Catherine Rogers of Baxley, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, John Driscoll Horlock III and his wife Debbie of Lawrenceville, Ga., Christopher Harn Horlock and his wife Tammy of Waycross, Ga.; grandchildren, David Michael Rogers of Douglasville, Ga., Justin Seth Rogers of Temple, Ga., Kristyn Paige Horlock of Waycross, Ga., Kaitlyn Harn Thigpen of Waycross, Ga.; niece, Susan Waters Parker of Brunswick, Ga.; nephew, Simon Jackson Waters of Brunswick. Ga.
The Service to celebrate the life of Guydell Horlock will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the members and staff of Courtyard Gardens in Lawrenceville, Ga. for the care and kindness during her stay there.
Condolences may be sent to or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, “A Family Company”, 120 Scenic Hwy. Lawrenceville, Ga. 770-963-2411.

Emily Jean Cowart Jones

Emily Jean Cowart Jones, 70, passed away at her home March 13. She was a member of Avondale Missionary Baptist Church and native of Chatham County. She lived in Evans and Tattnall Counties a number of years. She also worked for Wiggins Garden Center for 17 years. She was a beloved wife and mother that loved gardening, fishing, landscaping and just being outdoors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Inman T. Cowart and Ila Boyles; sister, Jo Francis Strickland; and brother, R.H. Cowart.
Surviving are her husband, Leon Jones; one daughter, Jennifer (Clayton) Price, all of Claxton; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Friday, March 14, 5-8 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral home.           
Graveside services will be Saturday, March 15, 2 p.m., at Old Anderson Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Burial will be in Old Anderson Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga., 30459.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Willie Charles Sikes
Willie Charles Sikes, 80, of Collins died Thursday, Feb. 27,  at Memorial Hospital. Born in Collins, he was the son of William Henry “Willie” and Jewell Boyd Sikes. Charles served in the U.S. Army and was a lifelong farmer in the Pine Grove community. He was a Deacon of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Charles was a family man. God, his wife, children, grandchildren, church family and many friends were most important to him. He was a teacher in every aspect of his life, teaching Godly values and work ethics each day of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.
Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Linda Eason Sikes; three children, Rhonda (Mike) Collins, Alan (Tracy) Sikes and Marsha (Kurtis) Sanders, all of Collins; a brother, Robert (Rose) Sikes of Pooler; seven grandchildren, Travis (Lindsey) Collins, Charly C. (Ryan) Burkhalter, Whitman, Rhett and Ethan Sikes, Nikki S. (Wesley) Coley and Sam (Haley) Sanders; four great grandchildren, Lilah Mae Collins, Caleb, Logan and Makayla Coley; his Eason brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, 2:30 p.m., at the Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Eason Family Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Sam Sanders, Travis Collins, Wesley Coley, Ryan Burkhalter, Glenn Sikes and Whitman Sikes.
Remembrances may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, 2999 Old Collins-Cobbtown Rd., Collins, Ga. 30421. Guest book: www.kennedyfuneralhomechapels.com.
Kennedy Funeral Home, Cobbtown Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

Juanita S. Todd
Juanita S. Todd, 82, passed away February 25 at Memorial Health University Center. She was a native of Evans County but lived in Evans County most of her life. She was a member of Church of God, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.Mrs. Todd was preceeded in death by her husband, Buck Todd and a son, Dean Todd.Surviving are a son, Bruce Todd of Claxton; daughter, June (Eric) Brubakken of Marietta; two sisters, Betty Livingston and Helen Mitchell, both of Claxton; grandchildren, Leslie Crosby, Amanda Cowart and Eric Brubakken; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 27, 5-8 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.Remembrances may be sent to Tattnall-Evans Training Center Pineland, Glennville, Ga. 30427.Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Melvin Boyett
Melvin Boyett, 63, died February 25 at his home. The Evans County native was a member and deacon at Anderson Primitive Baptist Church. He was a Master Mason, a member of the Scottish Rites and a Shriner.
Mr. Boyett was preceeded in death by his parents, Lucious and Melrose Boyett; three brothers, Lynwood, Calvin and Howard Boyett.
Surviving are his wife, Evon Boyett of Claxton; one daughter, Samantha (Kenny) Sapp of Claxton; one brother, Ben Boyett of Collins; three sisters, Joyce Stanfield and Grace Horton of Claxton and Betty Meeks of Vidalia; two grandchildren, Elaina and Khloe Sapp of Claxton; several nieces and nephews.    
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Anderson Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jesse Robert (Bobby) Kennedy

Jesse Robert (Bobby) Kennedy, 78, passed away Monday, Feb. 24. He was a lifelong resident of Evans County.  He has been a member of Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church for over 30 years and was a former member and deacon of Claxton First Baptist Church.
Bobby graduated from Claxton High School in 1953 and attended South Georgia College. He was city clerk for the city of Claxton. He later became a rural letter carrier for the Claxton Post Office and retired after 36 years. He was a member of the district, state, and National Rural Letter Carriers Association. He was vice president of the district, and also named First District Rural Letter Carrier of the Year, and First District Retired Rural Letter Carrier of the Year. He was a past member of Ezel Masonic Lodge #335 of Claxton. He loved his church, sports, hunting, and spending time with his family.
Mr. Kennedy was a loving and devoted father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Patty Perkins Kennedy; his parents, Jesse and Nannie Byrd (Dupree) Kennedy, and brother, former Sen. Joseph E. Kennedy.
Surviving are two daughters, Diane (Tommy) Lynn and Lu (Allen) Durrence, all of  Claxon; one sister, Elaine (Stan) Bullington of Duluth; a sister-in-law, Lalah Kennedy of Claxton; four grandchildren, Andrew Durrence of Atlanta, Daniel (Page) Lynn of Statesboro; Allison (Matt) Durrence Buck of Savannah; and Ashlee Lynn of Claxton; one great-grandchild Avery Kennedy Buck; several beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.  
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m., at Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
Remembrances may be sent to Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church, P.O. Box 3930, Claxton, Ga., or Evans County C.A.R.E.S., P.O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Al Beasley
Al Beasley, 73, of the Hillview community passed away Monday, Feb. 24, at Ogeechee Area Hospice after an extended illness. Al was born to the late Roscoe and Mae Deriso Beasley of Metter. A 1958 Metter High School graduate, he had served in the National Guard. After enjoying a long career, he retired from Metter Ford Company in 2005. He was a deacon at Rogers Baptist Church and served as a Gideon in the Metter camp. Al enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and singing southern gospel music.
He was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Doris Beasley Claxton and Frank Claxton; a brother, Charles Beasley; a brother-in-law, Robert Jones.
Survivors are his wife of 49 years, Laverne Jarriel Beasley; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Carole Beasley of Glennville; a daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Larry Blocker of Claxton; sister, Carolyn Jones of Metter; brother, Randy Beasley of Nevils; three grandchildren, Hannah and Joshua Beasley and Carson Blocker; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, with the Rev. Gerald Dorr and the Rev. Steve Kimbrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Mike Jones, Gary Claxton, Kenneth Beasley, Kevin Beasley, Barry Beasley and Stephen Van Goidtsnoven. Please sign guest book at www.kennedyfuneralhomechapels.com.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Brooke Miranda Davis
Brooke Miranda Davis, 38, passed away February 17, at Evans Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Bulloch County and of Baptist faith. She was a loving mother and caring person.  She previously worked at Snooky’s Restaurant in Statesboro and presently worked at McDonald’s in Claxton.
Surviving are her father and mother, William and Judy Davis of Claxton; one daughter, Taylor Davis of Claxton; two brothers, William Davis II of Claxton and Lucas (Jennifer) Davis of Millen; one sister, Brandy (Daryl) NeSmith of Kennesaw, Ga.; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m., at Bull Creek Baptist Church.
Burial was in Bull Creek Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Evans County C.A.R.E.S., P. O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Joseph Eric Engstrom II
Joseph Eric Engstrom II, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. passed away February 18. Mr. Engstrom attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, University of Georgia, and was a graduate of Georgia Southern University. He was retired from the corporate offices of Georgia Pacific in Atlanta. Mr. Engstrom was a Georgia Bulldog through and through. He was also a passionate golfer who earned the title of Sawgrass Player of the Year in 2012. Eric attended Sawgrass Chapel.
Mr. Engstrom, the son of the late Ruthann Coolidge and Joseph Eric Engstrom, was born on November 19, 1957.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jamille Mitchell Engstrom; brother, Rex Engstrom of Moreno Valley, Calif.; step-parents, Lorin and Mary Waters of Claxton.
 A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the Sawgrass Golf & Country Club. Red and black are the colors of the day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Chapel at Sawgrass, P.O. Box 3205, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 32082.
 Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Services under the direction and care of Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.


James Walker (Gator) Johnson
James Walker (Gator) Johnson, 70, passed away February, 22, at his residence under the care of Hospice. The Green County native lived most of his life in Evans County. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  James was a loving husband dad and Lueretha Tillman was a (Granny) to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Celeste Johnson, and two brothers, Mike and Ronnie.
Surviving are his wife, Cynthia Ann Johnson of Claxton; one son, Melvin Johnson of Claxton; a sister, Bonnie (William) Miller of Brunswick; several nieces and nephews.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Billy Brazell Wood

Billy Brazell Wood, age 56, passed away Thursday, Feb.6,  at his residence surrounded by his family and under the care of Living Care Hospice after a long illness. He was a native of Claxton and lived there most of his life. He was a member of Pigot Branch Baptist Church. Billy was a talented carpenter who loved to go fishing.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Brazell.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Mildred A. and Edward Mackinnon of Claxton; brothers, Stevie Anderson and Jerry “Tiny” Brazell, both of Claxton, and Rev. Andrew Brazel of King George, Va.; step-brother, Rickie (Billie) Wood of Dayton, Ohio; sisters, Debra (Ellis) Futch of Long County, Kathy (John) Arce of Carrie N.C. and Mary Ann Boone of Gatesville, Tex.; numerous other relatives.
Visitation and a celebration of life will be held Friday, Feb.7,  from 6-8 p.m. at Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Glennville Chapel.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Glennville Chapel is serving the Wood family.


Master Sergeant Larry George Carlton

Master Sergeant Larry George Carlton (US Army Ret.) was born on February 13, 1946 in Mt. Dora, Fla. He left in the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, James and Rodie Lee Sikes Carlton and a brother, Jimmy Carlton.
He is survived by his loving wife, MaryLou Carlton of Claxton; daughter, Jennifer Dill of Claxton; sons, Christopher and Brian Johnson, both of New York; brother, Bobby Hardemon of Florida; grandchildren, Victoria Mardis of New York, Killian Darden and Wyatt Dill, both of Claxton; Skyler and Kele Johnson, both of Florida and Kailey Darden of Claxton who shared an especially close bond with Larry; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Salvatore and Cecelia DeBella of Florida and Ron Bloom of New York; several nieces and nephews, including two special nieces, Mallorie Ray and Mindy Lynch, both of Florida; several cousins including Tommy Palmer of Statesboro and Jackie Smith and Judy of Florida.
Larry was a highly decorated U.S. Army Veteran receiving many awards including Meritorious Service Medal (1st OLC) and the Vietnam Service Medal (10 CMPNS). He served three tours in Vietnam and retired after 22 years of service. He later retired from Gulf Stream Aerospace in Savannah. He loved anything and everything regarding sports and was looking forward to this year’s Super Bowl and the Winter Olympic Games. He was outstanding in high school athletics and was an amateur Florida diver. Larry enjoyed spending time with his pets. He also participated in country dance competitions, winning several awards.
He was dearly loved by his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was their “Pop” and he loved them with all his heart.  He will be missed and remembered by many.
Memorial funeral services will be conducted 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, the day before his 68th birthday, from the Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Marty Walker officiating.  Military Honors will be rendered by the US Army.
Memorials may be given to Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 West 34th Street #514, Kansas City, MO 64111
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Reidsville Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Dorothy Oliver Barrow
Dorothy Oliver Barrow, 76, passed away February 5 at Camellia Health and Rehabilitation Center. The Tattnall County native was a 1956 graduate of Collins High School.  She was a member of Emmaus Church and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Lena Kersey Oliver and her husband Carlos Barrow Sr.    
Surviving are two sons, Carlos C. (Ida Sue) Barrow Jr. and Derek J. Barrow, all of Claxton; one daughter, Kimberly (Daniel) Pennington of Statesboro; five brothers, Jackie Oliver of Atlanta, Robert Oliver of Savannah, David and Dennis Oliver of Claxton, Ray Oliver of Statesboro; two sisters, Charlotte Akins and Peggy Prosser, both of Claxton; four grandchildren, Stephen and Hannah Barrow and Shelby and Daniel Pennington, several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 5-7 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ruby Lee Blocker
Ruby Lee Blocker, 94, passed away January 31, at Glenvue Rehabilitation Center. The lifelong resident of Evans County was a member of Union United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Blocker was preceded in death by her husband, Breckley R. Blocker.
Surviving are five sons, Johnny Blocker of Reidsville, Jerry Blocker, Jim (Carolyn)  Blocker, Jack Blocker and Joe (Karan) Blocker, all of Claxton; one brother, James Arnie Lee of Claxton; two sisters, Verse (Doyt) Bradley of Claxton and Evelyn Boon of Jesup; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Union United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Union United Methodist Church Building fund.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Carol Harper Lindsay

Carol Harper Lindsay, 69, of Reidsville, died January 29, at Community Hospice, in Vidalia, after a long illness.
Carol was born December 7, 1944, in the doctor’s car, parked in front of the Claxton Bakery. She was the youngest of 11 children, and was always known as the “baby” of the family.

Carol worked for many years at Federal Pacific Corporation. She was also a former manager at the local Huddle House, as well as an independent business owner, before retiring in 2003.

She enjoyed reading, and owned an extensive book collection. She liked to work puzzles, and root for the Braves baseball team. She also liked spending time with her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse D. Harper, and Docia Todd Harper; her husband, Donald B. Lindsay, Sr.; and several siblings.

Carol is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Kelly Lindsay of Reidsville; son John Lindsay, and Kathy Palmer, of Reidsville; brother, Bill and May Harper of Daisy; sister, June Hendrix of Gastonia, N.C.; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday, Jan. 31,  at Bradley B. Anderson’s Funeral Home in Reidsville, at 6 p.m.

The funeral will be Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Bradley B. Anderson’s Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Reidsville City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Trey Lindsay, John Lindsay, Ricky Harper, Jimmy Harper, Paul Hendrix, and Douglas Stubbs.

Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Homes, Reidsville Chapel is serving the Lindsay family.


Tommy Drigger
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Tommy Driggers, 44, passed away Saturday, January 25, at his residence.  He was born in Candler County but lived all his life in Evans County.  He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church.  Tommy was a carpenter by profession and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He was a loving husband, father and son.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Timmy Driggers.
Surviving are his wife, Jamie Driggers of Claxton; two sons, Thomas Driggers Jr., and Zephan Driggers, both of Claxton; two daughters, Kyley Driggers and Ariel Driggers, both of Claxton; his mother, Catherine Odum of Claxton; one sister, Tamara Stanfield of Pooler; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 28, 5-7 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery, Hagan.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Brian R. Hendrix

Brian R. Hendrix, 50, of Savannah died Friday, Jan. 24,  at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born and raised in Savannah and was a Baptist.  Brian worked for Coastal Heating and Air, Byrd’s Heating and Air and enjoyed playing baseball, softball and golf.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hubert and Thelma Hendrix, Ira and Gladys Riner.
Surviving are his parents, James “Ed” and Ona Hendrix; brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy and Debra Hendrix, twin brother, Barry and Tina Hendrix; nephews, Jamie, Jason and Blake Hendrix; several aunt, uncles, other family and many friends.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in the chapel of the Fairhaven Funeral Home Garden City Chapel with the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating.
Burial was at 2 p.m., Monday at Canoochee Cemetery in Claxton.
Memorial contribution may be made to the Lewis Cancer Institute.
Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.


John Edward “Buck” Cravey

Coaching legend John Edward “Buck” Cravey, age 76, of Vidalia, passed January 21, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Rhine, Ga., grew up in Lyons and has lived in Vidalia most of his life.   He was a 1955 graduate of Lyons High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track for four years. He was an All-State Football selection in 1954 and won the state title in the 880 run in 1955. After playing two years of football at Middle Georgia College he went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Georgia Southern College in 1961. He was a teacher, administrator and coached football for 40 years. He coached the Vidalia Indians for 24 years, where he won the State Championship in 1969 and ended his career at Pinewood Christian Academy after 10 years, with a 1997 GISA State Championship.  He won 17 Region Championships and compiled 270 career wins during his career. He was one of a select group of coaches in Georgia to reach the 200 win milestone in 1992. He was selected as Coach of the Year while at Vidalia and Pinewood. He was recognized with an Outstanding Georgia Citizen award by the Secretary of State in 1998. In recognition of Coach Cravey’s excellence and commitment to the community the new football stadium in Vidalia was commemorated “Buck Cravey Field” in 2005.  He was also nominated for the GACA Coaches Hall of Fame in 2013 and inducted in the GISA Hall of Fame. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Vidalia and served in the Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Loch Daniel and Maude Tedders Cravey; and sister, Evelyn Cumbie.
Coach Cravey is survived by his wife, Ann Forth Cravey of Vidalia; three sons, John E. Cravey Jr. and wife Stacey of Cartersville, Daniel Jay Cravey and wife Virginia, Jody Thomas Cravey of Vidalia; six grandchildren,  Zachary, Madison and Wendy Cravey of Cartersville, Blake and Blaire Cravey of Vidalia and Tara Cravey of Brunswick.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Vidalia with the Rev. Bucky Kennedy, Ralph Parsons, John Sharpe and Dewey Hulsey officiating.  Burial followed in Lakeview Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Mickey Cumbie, Keith Cumbie, Greg Bradshaw, Robby Bradshaw, Jason Groover, Nick Forth, Rob Forth and Larry Forth.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, P.O. 525, Vidalia GA 30475.
Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia was in charge of arrangements.


William F. Eason

William F. Eason, Jr., age 85, passed away at his residence on January 23, under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. Mr. Eason was a lifelong resident of Evans County and was a member of Eason Chapel United Methodist Church.
Mr. Eason was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Joy J. Eason; his infant daughter, Jennifer; his parents, Felton and Fannie Eason; four brothers:  Delwood, Harry, Joe, and Edward Eason; three sisters:  Martha Odum, Frances Kitchens, and Marion Gay.  He was also preceded in death by his very special nephew, David Tootle.
Surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry and Joyce Eason, Robert Eason, Michael Eason and Lawanna Potter, and Gloria Eason, all of Claxton and Hilda Eason of Statesboro; one sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and Bernie Anderson of Bellville; brother-in-law, Reginald Kitchens.
Mr. Eason is also survived by two nieces and a nephew-in-law who were like his own children,  Trish Tootle of Statesboro and Julie and Gil Mincey of Claxton; and their children, Matt, Talette, Athan, and Clint Tootle, Natalie Mincey, and Angela Swindell and a host of other family members who were dear to his heart.
Mr. Eason was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in combat during the Korean War.  He was retired from Kaiser Chemical Company.  He was an avid fisherman and loved sports, especially baseball.
Funeral service were held Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Fiveash officiating. Interment was in the Eason Family Cemetery.
Pallbearers were his nephews, Gil Mincey, Matt Tootle, Clint Tootle, Craig Gay, Tim Odum, and Joel Eason.
Memorials may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice at P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga.  30459.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Johnnie Will Costen
Mrs. Johnnie Will Costen was born November 19, 1911 in Tattnall County to the late Peter and Della Bell.  She passed into eternal rest Thursday, Jan. 16, at Camellia Health & Rehabilitation Center in Claxton.
Mrs. Costen was educated at Haven Homes Training School in Savannah.
At an early age she joined Bethel AME Church in Collins, and later in life her family moved their membership to Bethel AME in Reidsville, now Greater Bethel AME. She was a loyal and faithful member of Greater Bethel AME Church in Reidsville, attending service faithfully until her death. She served on the Stewardess Board and Missionary Board well and faithfully until her health failed.  She was named Stewardess Emeritous, Church Mother and was the oldest member of Greater Bethel AME in Reidsville.  
She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Johnny Costen on August 9, 1930 and to this union 10 children were born.  She was a loyal and faithful wife who cherished her family and helped her husband attend to their farm.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Johnny Costen; six sisters, Effie, Eddie, Mary, Elizabeth, Lilly, and Ollie; four brothers, Bruce, Homer, Henry and Freddie; five children, Raford, Raymond, Wesley, Calvin and Earl Costen; one son-in-law, James C. Sharpe; two daughters-in-law, Carolyn Carson and Josephine Costen.  
She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Alethia Sharpe of Reidsville, Mable (Harold Jr.) Jones of Bellville,          Vernell (Wayne) Mills of Claxton; two sons, Cornelius (Priscilla) Costen of Collins, Charles Carson of Elmsford, N.Y.; two brothers-in-law, Felton (Bessie) Carson and Bobby (Ida) Carson. She will also be missed by her 30 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great grandchildren, one great-great-great grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and her church  family.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be stewards of Greater Bethel AME Church.
Funeral services will be held Thursday Jan. 23, 1 p.m. at Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Reidsville with the Rev. Berthram C. Smith, Rev. Pamela Eason Hobbs and the Rev. Pamela Eason Hobbs officiating.
Harper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Julius Caesar Banks Jr.
Julius Caesar Banks Jr., was born on July 6, 1924 in Evans County, Georgia to the late Mattie Akins and Julius Caesar Banks Sr. He married Sara Godbee in 1944 who preceded him in death after 33 years of marriage. He was then blessed in marriage to Flossie Medlock in 1981 to whom he remained devoted to for the past 33 years. On Tuesday, January 14, he completed his earthly journey for a well deserved eternal rest with his heavenly father.
Becoming a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church at an early age, he eventually became the chairman of the deacon board, serving for over 50 years. He was educated at Evans County Training School. After school, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy and served during WW II. After the war, he worked for the United States Civil Service until retirement. In his capacity as a deacon, he fulfilled his Godly duty to both the church and the community. He was well known in the community as a servant, caring for the elderly, children, and many others when he saw the need. Deacon Banks was one of the founding members of the Gladiators Inc. He was also a life-time member of St. Joseph Masonic Lodge #76.
His union with his devoted wife Flossie provided him with an abundance of life, creating a blended family with a host of nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He and his devoted wife whom he called “Pumpkin” loved to fish.
He leaves many to mourn his passing and cherish the memories of a life well lived. Those left with the gratest pain in their hearts but the fondest memories are his surviving wife, Flossie Banks and his daughter, Catherine Banks Murphy. He also leaves to cherish his memory a stepson, Robert Collins (Patricia); a step-daughter, Gail Struchies (Jimmy); grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition, the community will mourn the loss of a community pillar and servant of God.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 18 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Claxton with the Rev. Stanford Anderson officating.
Pallbearers were Nathaniel Medlock, Louis Medlock, Jewell Jones, Bernard Wallace, Charles Milton and Jesse Collins.
Honorary pallbearers were the Gladiators and Deacons of St. John Missionary Baptist Church.
Harper’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Barbara Ann Murphy

Barbara Ann Murphy, 65, of Claxton, GA passed away on January 6, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her four children, Tina Olliff, Tracy Rabich, Sonya Haire and Dennis Medders;  six grandchildren,  Gloria Sapp, Daniel?Rabich, Sidney BLocker, Miranda and Rick Hall and Savana Medders; four great grandchildren, Connor and Ella Sapp and Michael and Logan Medders; five brothers and four sisters.
A Memorial service was held at Eastside Baptist Church in Claxton, on Saturday, January 11 at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Matt Brady officiating.
In lieu of flowers please send a donation to Eastside Baptist Church.
 
Cara H. Boyd

Cara H. Boyd, 94, of Claxton, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Twin Oaks Nursing Home in Alma, Ga. She was born in Evans County on February 19, 1919, to the late Barney and Ella Griffin. Cara was a past member of First Baptist Church of Ludowici, Ga. and is a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church. She was retired from Liberty National Life Insurance. Cara was a devoted mother, grandmother and housewife. She was a dedicated Christian lady who would share God with others.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Boyd and daughter, Linda B. Jackson.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Brenda Boyd of Valdosta; three grandchildren, Russell (Nadine) Graham of Houston, Tex., Candice (Troy) Lehman of Lake Park, and Cara Alice (Chris) Carter of Conyers; five great-grandchildren, Alysia Graham, Allen Lehman, Caitlyn, Kenslee and Nicholas Kyle Carter; several nieces and nephews.
Vistation will be Friday, January 10, 2014, from 5-7 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan, 11, 11 a.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rev. James Douglas ‘J.D.’ Dickerson
Rev. James Douglas “J.D.” Dickerson, age 88, died Tuesday, Jan 7, at The Place in Pooler. Mr. Dickerson was a U.S. Navy veteran and served as a signalman on a supply ship during WWII. He was a retired education specialist, taught English and Reading, and was a minister of the Southern Baptist Faith. Mr. Dickerson loved tending his vegetable garden and was an avid fisherman and a hard worker.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ruby Morris Dickerson; two sons, James and Bobby Dale Dickerson and grandson, James Dryfus Strickland.
Survivors include four daughters and three sons-in-law, June and George Strickland of Daisy, Emma Jane Barrow of Hagan, Liz and Rufus Kangeter of Pembroke and Rosetta and Tim Stanfield of Daisy;  two sisters, Ruth Crist of Vancouver, Wash. and Mary Ann Fitch of Cleveland, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, numerous great and great great grandchildren.
 Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 8 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Flanders Morrison Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army or The Gideons.
Flanders Morrison Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Joy Jenkins Eason

Mrs. Joy Jenkins Eason, age 78, passed away at her residence on December 31, under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice.  Mrs. Eason was a native of Tattnall County, living the past 60 years in Evans County. She was a member of Eason Chapel United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Eason was a homemaker who loved cooking, sewing, crocheting, and serving others.  She had a deep faith and loved reading and studying her Bible.

Mrs. Eason was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Jennifer; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Jenkins; two brothers, Curtis and Warnell Jenkins; four sisters, Louise Holland, Beatrice Collins, Mildred Boyette and Thurla Boyette; her very special nephew, David Tootle.

 Surviving are her husband of 60 years, William F. Eason Jr.; her twin sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Henry Eason; sister, Winnie Boyette, all of Claxton; two nieces and nephew-in-law, who were like her children, Trish Tootle of Statesboro and Julie and Gil Mincey of Claxton; and their children, Matt, Talette, Athan and Clint Tootle, Natalie Mincey, Angela Swindell, and a host of other family members who were dear to her heart.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 3, 11 a.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Fiveash and Mike Hodges officiating.

Burial was in Eason Family Cemetery.

Pallbearers were nephews, Gil Mincey, Matt Tootle, Clint Tootle, Kim Lynn, Heath Lynn and Barry Cowart.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Ogeechee Area Hospice for their excellent care and compassion, and requests memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P. O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459.

Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 


Jimmy Freeman Anderson
Jimmy Freeman Anderson, 63, of Bloomingdale, Ga., was called home on December 31. Jimmy was born to Raleigh and Lillian Anderson on June 16, 1950 in Register, Ga. Jimmy graduated from Southeast Bulloch High School and went on to earn a two-year degree in mechanical technology from Savannah Technical College and was recognized as a master machinist. He devoted his professional life to being a machinist and using his hands and abilities to creating solutions for anything that needed any sort of repair. He enjoyed using these talents to help others every opportunity he could. He especially enjoyed sharing these gifts with his family as he loved everyone.
His interests included hunting, fishing, basketball, and farming. He shared these loves with his family and inspired others with his passion and knowledge about his interests.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Anderson; his sons, Chris and Jason Anderson; his step daughter, Vicki Weber; his grandchildren, Brennen Anderson, Laura Anderson, Avery Carver, Natalie Anderson,  Zoie Anderson, Corey Rewis and Christopher Arnold; his siblings and their spouses, Terry and Nancy Preslar, Dennis and Jane Anderson, Jadon and Sherry Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raliegh and Lillian Anderson and his brother Wayne Anderson.
The viewing will take place from 9 a.m. -11 a.m. at NeSmith Funeral Home in Claxton, on January 7.  After the viewing, services will be at 11 a.m. at NeSmith Funeral Home.  This will be followed by the burial at Ephesus Church.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harold Richard Todd

Harold Richard Todd, 83, passed away January 2, at Evans Memorial Hospital. The Evans County native was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. He was in the Korean War and retired from civil service. He loved farming, his family and doing for others.
Surviving are his wife, Jackie Todd of Claxton; three sons, Alan Todd, Davy (Barbara) Todd and Richard Foy, all of Claxton; one daughter, Patricia (Pat Ramirez) Todd of Claxton; three brothers, Aaron Todd of Claxton, Jack Todd of Statesboro and Bobby Todd of Fayetteville; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grand-children; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 4, 5-8 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 5, 2 p.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.


James W. Lewis
James W. Lewis, 75, died December 25, at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. The Evans County native served in the Georgia Army National Guard. He was an over the road truck driver and took great pride in visiting all 48 continuous states in the nation. He greatly enjoyed farming, fishing and life.
Surviving are his mother, Eva Mae Lewis of Claxton; one daughter and son-in-law, Dawn Lewis (Dr. James L.) Cavanah II of Rincon; two sons and daughter-in-laws, James Donald (Tressie) Lewis of Statesboro and Andy Lee (Jo Anne) Lewis of Claxton; one brother, Edward Lewis of Claxton; three sisters, Anne Snider of Savannah, Wanda Moseley of Claxton and Dean Moody of Glennville; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 28, 11 a.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Remembrances may be sent to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mary (Ann) Ray
Mary (Ann) Ray, 75 died peacefully with her loving family surrounding her on December 18.
She was under the care of Wilson Hospice House in Albany, Ga. The Candler County native lived most of her life in Middle Georgia before moving to Bellville, in 1997 where she lived before moving to Albany in 2013. She was a homemaker and Methodist by faith. She loved the Lord and her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Herman Ray; her father and mother, Clifford and Zada Jarriel, and a brother Roger Jarriel.
Surviving are three sons, Bill Ray of Bellville, Steve Ray of Hagan, and Richard Ray of Kathleen; daughter, Cheryl (David) Williams of Leesburg; one sister, Betty Stewart of Black Creek; sister-in-law, Billie Jarriel of Darien; three grandchildren, Brittney, Lindsey, and Cameron Williams.
Vistitation will be Saturday, Dec. 21, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel. There will be a graveside services at 2 p.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery in McRae, Ga.
Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in McRae.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Dale Sapp

Dale Sapp, 63, passed away Wednesday, December 18 at Evans Memorial Hospital. Dale was a native of Evans County and was employed by the Claxton Housing authority. Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Patricia Sapp of Claxton; one son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Courtney Sapp of League City, Tex.; one sister, Barbara Waters of Claxton; two grandchildren, CayLeigh and Zach Sapp of League City, Tex.; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 19, 5-8 p.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m., at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville.Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Nancy Peel
Nancy Peel, 84, passed away December 13, at East Georgia Regional Center in Statesboro. She was a native of Macon and graduated from Miller High School. She attended Georgia Southwestern College, where she met  her husband, Buck. She moved to Claxton in 1989 to be with her family. Mrs. Peel was a member of Claxton First Baptist Church and the Fidelis Sunday School Class.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, N.S. ‘Buck’ Peel.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Hal and Kathy Peel of Claxton; four grandchildren, Tim Peel, John Peel, Michael Peel and Kelly Peel, all of Claxton; numerous other relatives.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1-2 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral serivces will be held Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev.?Rory Naeve officiating. Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Evans County C.A.R.E.S., P.O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Mellie NeSmith?Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Dr. Marcia R. Moody

Dr. Marcia R. Moody died on October 24, at her home in Columbia, Md. after a short illness. Marcia was the only child born to the late Bernice and Raleigh Macon of Claxton, in Evans County.  
She spent much of her early years with her “Papa”, the late John G. Graves Sr. and her godmother, the late Mrs. Dora McNeil in Savannah. She attended high school at Hillhouse High in New Haven, Conn.  
Marcia entered Howard University in 1952, becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Alpha Chapter) in 1953. She earned a B.S. in zoology, chemistry and botany from Howard University in 1956 where she met her first husband, the late Lewis W. Lee of Rock Hill, S.C.  She started her career at NIH as a research microbiologist. Marcia also joined and was an active member in the American Society of Microbiologists (ASM).  In 1967, her work moved to the Baltimore Cancer Research Center (BCRC), the predecessor of the University of Maryland Cancer Center. She moved to the new community of Columbia in Howard County, Md. in 1968. She earned a M.S. in medical microbiology-biochemistry from the University of Maryland in 1968. Marcia earned her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in 1978. She participated on many grant review panels and retired as Bureau Chief, the Division of Laboratories, in Washington, D.C.
Marcia spent many recent years in Claxton, caring for her mother, Mrs. Bernice G. Macon, and her cousin, Mrs. Mildred Rock until their deaths.
She is survived by her only child, Ms. Deryl Y. Lee, from Claxton, several nieces, one nephew, and numerous cousins and friends.
A memorial service was held on November 23, in Columbia.  For more information, please send any communication to dst576@gmail.com.


Janeth H. Beaver

Janeth H. Beaver, 82, passed away Friday, Dec. 6, at Glenvue Health and Rehabilitation Center in Glennville. She was a native of Birmingham, Ala., but lived most of her life in Port Wentworth, Ga. She was a member of New Vision Baptist Church.
Mrs. Beaver was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Beaver.
Surviving are four sons, Charles W. (Donna) Tuten of Savannah, Larry F. (Donna) Tuten of Claxton, Richard (Donna) Tuten of  Greenville, S.C., James H. (Sallie) Tuten of Richmond Hill, Ga.; one daughter, Donna Tuten of Savannah; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; four stepchildren, Charles Beaver Jr. (Lorraine), Perry Beaver (Sandy) Susan Henderson (Jimmy) Kathlee Tiersal (Scott).
Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 9, 9-11 a.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 11 a.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, 315 Greenwich Rd., Savannah Ga. 31404
Remembrances may be sent to New Vision Baptist Church, 108 McLean St., Claxton, Ga. 30417 or Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30458
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Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gloria Alford McGonnell
Gloria Alford McGonnell was born July 28, 1953 in Claxton, Ga., and passed away on November 30 at her home in Beaufort, S.C., after a warrior’s battle with cancer.
Beloved wife, best friend, mother and sister, you will forever be in our hearts and minds.  
She is survived by her husband, David McGonnell of Beaufort, S.C.; two daughters, Danielle Watts of Beaufort, S.C. and Lauren Perez of Alexandria, Va.; her sister, Doris Thomson of Hinesville, Ga.; three brothers, Johnny Alford of Claxton, Elliot Alford of Searcy, Ark. and Jerry Alford of Lavonia, Ga.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, from 1-3 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home with a funeral service following at 3 p.m.  Private interment will be in Beaufort National Cemetery.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Cancer Society, 11 Mallet Way, Suite 301, Bluffton, S.C. 29909.


Trenton Carter Sikes
Trenton Carter Sikes, 23, died Sunday, Nov. 24, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Bryan County. He was a member of Rehoboth Missionary Baptist Church, a student at East Georgia College and a standout athlete at Pinewood Christian Academy. Trent was a member of the state championship basketball team and All State Quarterback for the Patriots in 2007. He was an avid sports fan, deer and duck hunter as well as a loyal friend to many. He lived and loved life to the fullest and would give anyone in need the shirt off his back.
Trent’s memory will always be cherished by his loving parents, Johnny and Cindy Sikes of Claxton; a sister, Lindsay (Will) Daley of Sylvania; a nephew, Wilkes Daley; several aunts, uncles and cousins. His paternal grandparents are Claudine Sikes and the late Tyner Sikes of Cobbtown, maternal grandparents, Norma Dukes of Reidsville and Roger Carter of Metter.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pinewood Christian Academy in Bellville, Ga.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2 p.m. at Pinewood Christian Academy in Bellville.
Burial will be in Sunlight Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Cobbtown,  Ga.
Remembrances may be sent to Pinewood Christian Academy, General Fund, P.O. Box 7, Bellville, Ga. 30414
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Naomi White Harn Page
Naomi White Harn Page, 87, passed away November 19, at Memorial Health University.  The Bulloch County native resided most of her life in Daisy, Ga. She was a member of Claxton Primitive Baptist Church.
Mrs. Page was preceded in death by her husbands, R.W. Harn and H.B. Page; a son, Ronald Wayne Harn and a daughter, Theresa Ann Harn Calloway.
Surviving are four grandchildren, Tracy L. (Chris) Harn Davis, Gabriel S.F. (Tammy) Hodges, R. William (Lori) Harn and Tassey Anna (Shane) Hodges Jones; 12 great-grandchildren, Cody Grooms, Ciana Lands, Will Harn, Joshua Davis, Caleb Hodges, Sarah Ann Harn, Maggie Jewel Jones, Hannah Davis, Zachary Hodges, Rebekah Davis, Emma-Grace Jones and Jacob Eli David; two great-great-grandchild, Waiden Rhodes and Cayden Grooms;  two sisters, Dollie Harn and Angie Davis; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m., at Claxton Primitive Baptist Church.
Burial was in Ash Branch Church Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to Claxton Primitive Baptist Church, 110 N. River St., Claxton, Ga. 30417; or Ash Branch Cemetery Fund,  230 Ash Branch Church Rd., Pembroke, Ga. 3132.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Tawana Wilkinson

Tawana Wilkinson, 55, entered into her heavenly home November 12. She was a native of Battle Creek, Michigan but lived most of her adult life in Claxton. She was a loving mother, sister and a wonderful friend to many.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Wilkinson; her parents, Eugene and Theresa Hendrix and her brother Michael Hendrix.                              
Surviving are her daughter, Samantha (Ryan) Wilkinson-Holmes of N.Y.; one brother, John Rebar of Martinez, Calif.
Visitation will be Friday November 15, 5-6 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 15, at 6:00 p.m. at Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel
Remembrances may be sent to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Herbert Allen ‘Painter’ Thompson Sr.

Herbert Allen ‘Painter’ Thompson Sr., 48, died suddenly, November 7, 2013, at Evans Memorial Hospital. He was born to the late Howard ‘Buddy’ and Evelyn Thompson of Claxton.
Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Robert, Ronald and Anthony Thompson; one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Thompson and one brother-in-law, Ricky L. Sermons.
Allen was a very hard worker who loved his job at Savannah Marine Repair. His family was his life.
Surviving are one daughter, Rachael ‘Monkey’ (Dusty) Crow of Glennville; two sons, Allen Thompson Jr., and James Allen Hodges, both of Claxton; four brothers, James (Jane) and Harry Thompson, all of Claxton, Donald Thompson of Lyons and Henry Thompson of Glennville; four sisters, Ann Sermons and Janie (Terry) Ball, all of Claxton, Betty Tapley of Girard and Becky Anderson of Statesboro; four grandchildren, Cole, Kaydance, Stephen and Maison; two special friends, Ted and Ester White of Savannah and one dear friend, Brenda Cason of Reidsville; a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, November 12, at 2 p.m. at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Loraine Womble
Loraine Womble, 30, passed away Wednesday night, November 6, as the result of an automobile accident. Loraine lived her short life with gusto, charming those who had the pleasure of crossing her path. She was a passionate, bright and driven woman who never backed down from a challenge.
Loraine was born in Claxton, Georgia, on April 14, 1983. She graduated from Claxton High School and attended Armstrong Atlantic University where she received a Bachelor degree in respiratory therapy and a Masters degree in public health administration. She used her training to help many during her employment at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga.

Loraine is survived by her parents, Teri (Stephen) Bell of Savannah, John (Yo Bok Seon) Womble and her step-father, Ben Brinson, all of Claxton; her grandparents, Mrs. Shirley Womble and the late Ira S. Womble of Claxton, David and Louise Miles of Baxley, Ga., and the late Shirley Brinson of Augusta; two brothers, Jeremiah (Amy) Womble of Statesboro and Larry (Jenny) Summerlin of Kennesaw, GA.; a sister, Sarah Womble of Statesboro; her loving boyfriend, Mason Clark of Richmond Hill, GA.; five aunts, Maria Miles of Baxley, Debra Womble of Rome, Donna Carter of Folkston, Ginger (John) Dobbs of Augusta and Carol (Ray) Tuten, of Lincolnton; two uncles, Remer (Laura) Brinson and Bill (Ruth) Brinson, all of Augusta; a step-brother, Michael Bell of Nashville, Tenn.; a step-sister, Trisha Bell of Atlanta; and her dogs, Pickle and Chewy, and her cats, Megatron and Tink; and several other relatives.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 9, 5-7 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be at Brewton Cemetery, Hagan, Ga.

Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Betty C. DeLoach
Betty C. DeLoach, 82, passed away October 22 at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. She was born in Tattnall County but lived in Evans County most of her life. She loved her family and friends dearly and had a love for animals.  
Mrs. Deloach was preceded in death by her husband, Leon DeLoach and son, James M. DeLoach  
Surviving are two sons, John (Cindy) DeLoach and Joey (Kerry) DeLoach; one daughter, Susan Fennell, all of Claxton; two sisters, Janie (Bobby) Staggs of                    Statesboro, and Esther (Robert) Hemphill of Shell Knob, MO; two grandchildren, Amanda (Roman) Dasher, and Heidi DeLoach, all of Claxton; one step-                              granddaughter, Kali Todd of Claxton; two great grand-children, Austin Moore and Wyatt Dasher.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church of Claxton.
Burial was in Union United Methodist Church Cemetery of Claxton
Remembrances may be sent to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St, Statesboro, Ga. 30458; or Evans County C.A.R.E.S., P. O. Box 186, Claxton, Ga. 30417
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mavis Hutto Wilds
Mrs. Mavis Hutto Wilds, age 75, passed away Friday, Oct.18 at her residence. The Soperton native had lived in Reidsville most of her adult life. She retired as a machine operator from Hazlehurst Manufacturing. In her past time she loved to sew and quilt. Mrs. Mavis was of the Holiness Faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ethel Hutto and a son, Harvey Hutto.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Lamar and Debbie Hutto of Lyons, Dwayne and Marie Blizzard of Claxton, and Bobby and Stephanie Blizzard and Sandra Wingate, all of Reidsville; daughters, Elaine Sheppard and Leray Aldrich, both of Vidalia;  sisters, Loreatha Lynn and Jeanette Lynn, both of Reidsville; brother, Calvin Hutto of Tallahasee, Fla.; sister-in-law, Ruth Hutto of Reidsville; 17 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, from the Reidsville Chapel of Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Burnon Jarriel officiating. Interment followed in the Reidsville City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dennis Sapp, Wendell McCoy, Charles Greer, Ricky Trull, Kenneth Trull, Jimmy Trull and Danny Hutto.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Home, Reidsville Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Mary Lee Byrd
Mary Lee Byrd, age 78, passed away October 7, at Camellia Health & Rehabilitation, Claxton, Ga.
Visitation will be held 12 - 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11 at Moody's Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 at St. John Baptist Church, Claxton. Burial will follow the funeral at Oaks Grove/Cedar Creek Cemetery, Manassas, Ga.
Mary was born June 17, 1935 in Claxton to Willie Bacon and Mary Oxendine Bacon.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerome Bacon; loving husband, Leland Byrd Sr.; dear son, Leland Byrd Jr.; special friends, Robert Harris and Joseph Ford.
Surviving are children, Dennis Byrd of Indianapolis, Ind., Anthony Byrd of Hagan, Marilyn Police of Savannah, Velvet Jackson of Claxton, Rita Hood of Augusta, and Antwan Byrd of Lawton, OK; her sisters and brothers, Martha Lee Bacon of Glennville, Maurice Oxendine Bacon of Hinesville, Albert Bacon of Reidsville, Elizabeth Bacon Robinson of Jacksonville, Fla., and Freddie Bacon Chance of Savannah; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was a member of St John Baptist Church in Claxton. Mary graduated from the Evans County High School in 1953. In 1954, she married Leland Byrd Sr. and traveled the world with him during his duty in the United States Army.
The family of Mary Lee Byrd would like to send a sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff of the following facilities: Azalealand Nursing Home in Savannah, Lake Crossing Health Center in Appling, and Camellia Health & Rehabilitation, Claxton. Special thanks also to St. John Baptist Church, Bishop Bennie Bacon Sr., First Christ Holiness Church and Apostle W.B. Jefferson, New Greater Owens Temple Ministries, Savannah, Ga.
Moody Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John Edward Nott
John Edward Nott, 85, passed away October 7 at his home.  He was born September 21, 1928 in Manchester, Maryland, and was the son of the late Harvey Henry Nott Sr., and Dora Blanche Hudson Nott. He retired from Disney and was a member of Sikes Chapel United Methodist Church and several organizations. He loved to help people in his community as well.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Melanee Nott and a daughter, Gail Moskell; sisters, Hilda Weaver, Anna Armacost, Leila Mills, Bernice Garrett and brothers, Harvey Nott Jr., and William Nott.

Surviving are one brother, Donald Leroy Nott Sr., of Manchester, MD; step-daughters, Gail (Patton) Long and Kathy Harrison; step-son, Randy English (Carol); one grandson, David Harrison; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 10, 12 - 2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 10, 2 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in Sikes Chapel Cemetery.

Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wilma Ambrose
Wilma Ambrose, age 79, passed away Tuesday, October 1,  at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Center in Statesboro. The Missouri native was reared in Monee, Illinois and lived all of her adult life in Claxton. She had worked at the Claxton Nursing Home and was a babysitter for many children in Evans County.  Mrs. Wilma was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Ambrose and a grandson, Terrill Ambrose Jr.
She is survived by her children, Steve (Cherryl) Ambrose of Glennville, Terrill (Angie) Ambrose of Collins, Bruce (Joy) Ambrose of Macclenny. Fla., and Bonnie Driggers of Claxton; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Visitation will begin 6 p.m. on Wednesday from the Calvary Baptist Church in Claxton.
Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. on Thursday October 3, from the Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Marty Walker and Dr. Matt Braddy officiating.  Interment will follow in the Brewton Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Duncan, Chris Ambrose, Nathan Driggers, Larry Sailor, Micheal Davalos, and Brent Gaither.
Bradley B. Anderson Funeral Services is serving the Ambrose family.


James C. Morgan Sr.
James C. Morgan Sr., born August 4, 1933, passed away September 27 in Reidsville, Ga., surrounded by his loving family.  He lived a rich and full life and will be missed by all who knew him.  He joined the military and proudly served with the Army 82nd Airborne and later with the Air Force Administration. Privately he worked as a public accountant for over 50 years.  
James enjoyed flying and riding a Harley in his younger days, and fishing and gardening in his later life.  
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Janice A. Morgan; loving father of his five children, Pam, Jimmy, Randy, Kenny and Penny; fondly remembered by his 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; four sisters and three brothers.
Visitation will be Friday, October 4, 2-3 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be held Friday, October 4, 3 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Margaret C. Smith
Margaret C. Smith, age 96, passed away Wednesday, September 25 at the Dublin V.A. Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 27, at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, Dublin. Dr. Cliff Morris will officiate.
Prior to the funeral service, visitation will be held at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at Bull Creek Baptist Cemetery, Claxton, Ga., at 3 p.m.with Dr. Tab Smith officiating. Following the graveside service, visitation will be held in the Bull Creek Baptist Church Social Hall.
Margaret was born on May 30, 1917 at Welshpool, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Edith North Cline.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Donald, Edward, and George Cline, all of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.
Margaret graduated from Shead Memorial High School, Eastport, Maine in 1937 and Springfield Hospital School of Nursing in 1941. Following graduation, she joined the U. S. Army Nurse Corps, serving in the 49th Station Hospital, Bristol, England during World War II. She met her late husband, B. E. Smith, in England in 1944; and was later married in Buckden, England on May 6, 1945.
Margaret lived most of her life in Dublin, Ga., where she was a member of the First Baptist Church. After 30 years as a registered nurse, she retired from the Carl Vinson V.A. Hospital in Dublin.
After retirement, Margaret and B. E. enjoyed traveling and spending time at their home on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada; and their cabin on the Sapelo River, Pine Harbor, Ga.
Survivors include five sons. Stephen (Debra) Smith, Jeffrey Smith, and Tim Smith of Dublin, Craig (Lynn) Smith of Savannah, and Gary (Jean) Smith of Eastman; 12 grandchildren, Derek (Kristle) Smith, Lori Wilson and Brad (Maranda) Smith of Dublin, Holly (Jeffrey) LaFrance of Oxford, Connecticut, Ashley (Philip) Mobley of Woodstock, Heather Taylor of Roswell, Clint (Jessica) Smith and Britney Harkins of Savannah, Jason Smith of Daisy, Sandi (Daniel) Collins of Cobbtown, Andrew (Amanda) Smith of Searcy, Arkansas, and Shelby Burnham of Eastman.; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Priscilla (Bill) Hearn of Daisy, Ga.; and a niece, Elizabeth (Jack) Dinsmore of Millinocket, Maine.
Pallbearers will be Derek Smith, Brad Smith, Clint Smith, Jason Smith, Andrew Smith, Jeffery LaFrance, Philip Mobley, and Daniel Collins.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 405 Bellevue Ave., Dublin, Ga. 31021; or Bull Creek Baptist Church General Fund, 549 Bull Creek Church Road, Claxton, Ga. 30417.
Stanley Funeral Home of Dublin and Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home of Claxton will be in charge of arrangements.


Helen S. Craft

Helen S. Craft, 77, passed away September 24 at Memorial Health University. She was a member of Gospel Baptist Church and a very active member of her church. Helen was born in Eastanollee, Ga. and lived in Claxton most of her adult life. She was a homemaker, seamstress and loved flowers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Craft and a son, James T. Craft.
Surviving are two daughters, Ramona (Tommy) McBride and Rhonda Fox, all of Claxton; one brother Willis (Doris) Simmons of Eastanollee, Ga.; sisters, Mary Thompson, Norma (Dennis) Brewer, all of Toccoa, Ga.; four grandchildren, Derrick (Jill) McBride, Valerie (Clay) Tippins, Jessica (Travis) Hendrix of Claxton and Amber (Errnie) Collins of Swainsboro; several great-grandchildren nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 27, 11 a.m. at Gospel Baptist Church.
Burial will be in Brewton Cemetery.
Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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