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July 2014 - Baxley News Banner Obituaries

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Appling County, Georgia USA
The Baxley News-Banner Obituaries

July 2014

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Issue: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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Ronnie Evans Thornton, 62, of Baxley, died Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Thornton was born June 13, 1952 in Appling County to the late Evans Thornton and the late Odell Williams Thornton. He was a member of Carter’s Chapel Church of God of Prophecy. Thornton was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Francis Thornton and Gloria Faye “Dinky” Thornton.

Survivors include his wife, Molly Thornton of Baxley; two daughters, April David of Bradenton, Florida, Amy Denney of Baxley and two step daughters, Jennifer Reeves of Baxley and Beth Johnson of Bradenton, Florida; one son, Ronald Thornton of Bradenton, Florida and step-son, Robert Plumb of Michigan City, Indiana; one sister, Oline Eason of Baxley; six brothers, Willie Harold Thornton, Frank Thornton, Donnie Thornton, Bobby Gene Thornton, Kenny Thornton and Alton Thornton, all of Baxley. Twenty grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Andrew Kersey and the Rev. Virgil Carter officiating.

Interment followed in Thornton Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Robby Thornton, Kyle Thornton, Colby Thornton, Bobby Chambers III, Van Harris and Kenneth “Corkey” Thornton, Jr.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Maintenance Shop and Lawter Employees Tyler Jackson, Casey Reeves, Marvin Williams, Spanish Oaks Hospice and all friends and family in attendance.

Visitation was held Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Swain Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to GOfundme.com/Ronnie Thornton.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Robert W. Shuemake, 47, of Nicholls, passed suddenly June 26, at Mayo Clinic. He was a native of Appling County but had lived in Nicholls the past twelve years. Robert was son of the late James Shuemake and was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Shuemake and a sister, Dorothy Shuemake.

Survivors include his wife of eleven years, Charlotte Criswell Shuemake of Nicholls, his mother, Lydia Gaskin Shuemake; and two daughters, Brandi Shuemake of South Carolina and Sheree Shuemake of Hazlehurst

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 29, from the chapel of Crosby Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Bryant officiating. Interment followed in Omega Cemetery in Appling County. The family received friends at the funeral home Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Active pallbearers were Kirk and Kyle Ivey, Terry McCall, Russell and Darien Waters and Bo Shuemake. All others in attendance were honorary escorts.

Crosby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Joey Bill Perry, 50, of Baxley, died Sunday, June 22, 2014.

Perry was born, June 19, 1964, in Alma. He was employed by Wal-Mart and was preceded in death by his father, Bill Perry and his brother, Curtis Perry.

Survivors include three sons, Joseph Kyle Perry, Mikel Caleb Perry, and Matthew Cody Perry, all of Baxley; his mother, Lucille Perry of Baxley; two sisters, Melba Jean (Rodney) Murphy and Carolyn (Bruce) Wolfson, both of Baxley; two brothers, Vanzel (Gail) Perry of Surrency and Kenneth “Pebo” Perry of Baxley. He is also survived by two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Thursday, June 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Church of God with the Rev. Mark Griffis and the Rev. Lamar Lee officiating.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Ira E. “Buddy” Leggett, 50, who passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 at Appling HealthCare System. He was born Nov. 25, 1963 and was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County, a retired mechanic and attended Big Oaks Church of God. He loved to work on tractors, his dog, Maggie Mae and Saturday night family get-togethers.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Jowers Leggett of Baxley; parents, I.J. and Rosalee Leggett of Baxley; one step-son, Tim Gilliard of Savannah; three sisters, Sarah Leggett Tanaka of Baxley, Debbie Leggett Taylor of Hazlehurst and Beverly Leggett Beecher of Baxley; two brothers, Carlos Leggett of Baxley and John Leggett of Baxley; several nieces, nephews and other family also survive.

Visitation was held Tuesday, June 24, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Virginia Herrington, Reverend Richard Lewis, Reverend Mark Grimes and Reverend Earl Wiggins officiating.Interment followed in Zoar Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were M.C. Leggett, Dale Johnson, Stacy Leggett, Huey Lane, Randy Carter and Joey Lewis.

Honorary pallbearers were all family and friends in attendance.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at www.milesnobles.com.

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Lillian Rebecca “Midge” Hicks passed away on June 26, 2014 at her home in South Norwalk, Connecticut. Lillian was born on December 31, 1925 in Baxley to Agnes and Theodore Hall.

She attended the Baxley Training School and moved to Brunswick as a young adult. Lillian later moved to South Norwalk, Connecticut where she served many patrons as a beautician.

She is preceded in death by her husband; Henry Hicks, parents; Agnes and Theodore Hall, brothers; Nathaniel, Robert, and Eugene Hall, and sister; Gertis Vickers. She leaves to cherish her memories a beloved sister; Mary “Lou” Rayner of Baxley, brothers; Alonzo of S. Norwalk, CT and Theodore (Pat) Hall of Macon, sister in law, Eloise Hall, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Jr. Church of Christ, HUTL, 334 Kenny Lane, Baxley.

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Michael D. “Big Mike” Harrison, 41, died on June 24, 2014 at Candler Hospital in Savannah. Born in Baxley, he had lived most of his life in Bulloch County. He was a 1991 graduate of Pinewood Christian Academy. He worked at different jobs after high school including The Greek Shop before obtaining his CDL from Ogeechee Technical College in 2005. He was a truck driver and was the general manager with Suncoast Freight Company. Mike was known for his big personality and his love of people. He always had a joke and a smile on his face. People loved him wherever he went.

Surviving are his son, Cooper Harrison and his mother, Amanda Harrison, of Statesboro; his parents, Emily and Dr. Gary Harrison, of Statesboro; his siblings, Robin (Josh) Axelberd of Suwanee, David (Meghan) Harrison of Dunwoody, Stephen Harrison (Cecilie Fowler) of Statesboro, Rebecca (Michael) Forest of Lawrenceville, and Kathryn Harrison of Norcross; a special friend, Jenni Sapp Griffin and her daughters, Claire and Morgan of Statesboro; his grandmother, Emojean Cooper of Surrency; several nephews also survive.

The visitation was held on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home.

The funeral service was held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Eason officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Cooper Harrison Educational Fund at Farmers and Merchants Bank, 201 North Main Street, Statesboro, GA 30458.

Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Reno Carter, 75, of Baxley died Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Carter was born March 26, 1939 in Appling County to the late John Lester Carter, Sr. and the late Seveta Craven Carter Burroughs. He was a member of Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Baker Carter of Baxley; two daughters and sons in law, Rena’ and Bootsie Morris of Wilson, North Carolina and LaDonna and Mike Hines of Four Oaks, North Carolina; two sons and daughter in law, Glynn Carter and Jody and Michelle Carter, all of Baxley; one sister, Barbara Carter Moore of Baxley; brother, Billy Carter of Baxley; four grandchildren, Savannah Hines, Carter Hines, Jake Carter and Jenna Carter and step grandchildren, Dee Morris, Marlo Morris, Paxton Morris and Jason (Patricia) Morris.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m. from the Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Daniels officiating.

Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Floyd Hunter, Dwayne Sellers, Ronald Carter, Kevin Hunter, Bill Waldon, Roger Anderson, Donald Harrelson, Jerry Hall, Gene Davis, Gay Stone, Kim Hall and Glenn L. Moody.

Visitation was one hour prior to funeral service.

Musical selections were rendered by Dwayne Sellers and Kim Hall.

Remembrances may be made to Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 3785 Ten Mile Road, Baxley, Ga. 31513

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.
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Charles Randall Cain, 71, of Alma, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at his residence.

Cain was born January 15, 1943 in Appling County to the late George Cain and Sarah Cain Rentz. He was a Farmer and of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by a brother, George Lanier Cain.

Survivors include five sisters, Phyllis Williams of Baxley, Maudrey Sanders of Hazlehurst, Hilda Bruce of Hazlehurst, Jan Jung of North Carolina and Renee Rentz of Baxley; six brothers, Jack Cain of Alma, Dwight Cain of Kentucky, J.B. Rentz of Rincon, Merrell Rentz of South Carolina, Mickey Rentz of Hazlehurst and Terry Rentz of Baxley; a very dear friend and neighbor, Ms. Betty Batten of Alma also survived.

A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home with the Rev. Jinker Horton officiating.

Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements for Charles Randall Cain, age 71, of Alma.

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Issue: Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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Jayne H. Johnson, 63, of Baxley, died suddenly at Memorial Health in Savannah. She was a native of Alamo but had lived in Baxley since 1978. Jayne was daughter of the late Robert Hill and Ellen Sanders Hill. She worked with Dr. Craig Padgett Veterinary in Hazlehurst the past 14 years.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Wendell Johnson of Baxley; daughter, Jamie Jones of Canton; two step sons, Marty Johnson (Julie) of Alma and Cameron Johnson (Priscilla) of Blackshear; a step daughter, Wendy Johnson of Alma; one brother, Gene Hill of Bainbridge; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 8, at 2:00 p.m. at New Vision Church with the Rev. Vic Peacock officiating. The body was carried to the church at 1:00 p.m. to lie in state. Interment followed in Alamo City Cemetery in Alamo.

The family received friends at the funeral home Monday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Active pallbearers were Marty, Brandon, Cameron, Slade, Andy and Bodie Johnson and Ricky Justice. All others were considered honorary escorts.

Crosby Funeral Home in Alma was in charge of arrangements.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the services of Julee Groover Hutcheson, 80, who passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at St. Joseph’ s Hospital in Savannah. She was a native and lifelong resident of Appling County; a retired seamstress and foster mother. She was a member of Altamaha Baptist Church, the Bobby and Ann Jones Sunday School Class and served as the church florist. Mrs. Hutcheson was a mother of five and a granny to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Edna Groover; husband, Charles Edwin Hutcheson Sr.; daughter, Carol Anita Hutcheson; brother, Donald Groover; sister, Ruth Crummey and an uncle, Madison Cowart.

Surviving are her children, Kay and Paul Harrelson, the Reverend Charles and Diane Hutcheson, the Reverend Kenny and Pam Hutcheson, Jennifer and Chris Peck and Jill and Michael Stallings; thirteen grandchildren, Randy Harrelson, Andy Harrelson, Brandon Harrelson, Casey Hutcheson, Wendy Carol Hutcheson, Jamie Hutcheson, Elizabeth Rowland, Angela Sermons, Nicholas Hutcheson, Bailey Peck, Emalee Peck, Jessi Stallings and Cierra Stallings; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Jo Dukes; and other family also survive.

Visitation was held Sunday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Altamaha Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. from the Altamaha Baptist Church with the Reverends Charles Hutcheson, Kenny Hutcheson and Gary Conger officiating.

Mrs. Hutcheson lay in state one hour prior to services on Monday.

Musical selections were by the Altamaha Church Choir, Bobby and Ann Jones, Mrs. Lorrie Ann Lewis and Nell Mullis accompanied by Rita Jane Lipthratt on piano.

Interment followed in Baxley Graveyard.

Active pallbearers were Randy Harrelson, Andy Harrelson, Brandon Harrelson, Casey Hutcheson, Eric Stone and Darren Sermons.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of Altamaha Baptist Church, Faith Baptist Church, Velda Lynn, Trina Barlow, Pat Claxton, Donald and Rhonda Harrelson, Dr. Teresa Cezar and Knicole Lee.

Family and friends may sign the on-line registry at milesnobles.com.

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Jewell Eason, 99, of Baxley died Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Mrs. Eason was born May 1, 1915 in Bleckley County to the late Wiley Lewis Barlow, Sr. and the late Lillie Crump Barlow. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 80 years where she was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. Mrs. Eason retired from the Appling County Board of Education and was a member of the Retired Educators.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Arthur Eason, Sr., and two sons, Thomas Timothy Eason and Thomas Arthur Eason, Jr.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Jewell Irene and Bobby Tuggle of Perry; three sons and daughters-in-law, William W. and Wanda Eason of Baxley, Harold B. and Dixie Eason of Blackshear and Daniel A. and Janet Eason of Gibsonville, N.C.; brother and sister-in-law, Wiley Lewis and Marilyn Barlow, Jr. of Waynesboro; ten grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 3 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home. Interment followed in Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Robert Wiley Eason, Thomas A. Eason III, Stephen Davidson, Robert Tuggle, III, Mitch Crosby and William Stealy Barlow.

Honorary pallbearers were Queen Esther Sunday School Class and all friends in attendance.

Musical selections were rendered by Claire Tanner.

Visitation was held one hour prior to funeral service.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, July 15, 2014

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Mary Ruth Yawn, 78, of Baxley, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at The Pavilion.

Mrs. Yawn was born July 25, 1935 in Jesup to the late Cornelius Mitchell Aldridge and the late Maggie Lee Taylor Aldridge. She was a retired seamstress with Douglas and Harper and a member of Friendship Congregational Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren G. Yawn and her daughter, Brenda Kaye Yawn.

Survivors include her son, Mike Yawn, of Hazlehurst; sister, Guynell (Derriel) Lott, of Alma; brother, Charles (Ann) Aldridge, of Baxley; grandchildren, Brenda Varnadoe and Brandon Yawn; and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 11 at 3:00 p.m. from Friendship Congregational Christian Church with the Rev. Barry Teutsch and the Rev. Rick Brown officiating. Interment followed in Baxley Graveyard.

Musicians were the church choir and Pam Jones.

Mrs. Yawn lay in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.

Visitation was held Thursday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Swain Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Ricky Aldridge, Mathew Taylor, Cole Taylor, Jesse Miller, Mitchel Todd, Kevin Todd and Chris Aldridge.

Honorary pallbearers were all friends in attendance of the funeral service.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Miles Funeral Home in Hazlehurst announces the funeral service for Charles Robert Stone, 58, of Baxley, who died Friday, July 11, 2014. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Miles Funeral Home. The Reverend Charles Carter and the Rev. Teresa Guernsey officiated with burial following in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.

Charles Robert was born in Alma. He was the son of the late Allen Joseph Stone and Icie Vernell Daniels Stone and the husband of the late Brenda Miller Stone, and was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Randall Stone.

He was a Navy Veteran and was a truck driver.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Darrell Creamer, Crystal and Alfred Johnson, Charlene King, all of Baxley; two step-children, Tiffany Miller of Hazlehurst and T. J. Walls of Jesup; one sister, Dora Ann Dean of Kingsland; two brothers, and sister-in-law, Kermit and Abby Stone, Wayne Stone, all of Hazlehurst; 10 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Active pallbearers were Terry Stone, Cody Stone, Timothy Stone, Jody Stone, Lee Stone, Dan Guernsey, Keith Wooten and Lindy Guernsey.

Music was rendered by the Rev. Teresa Guernsey.

Miles Funeral Home of Hazlehurst was in charge of the arrangements.

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Miles Funeral Home in Hazlehurst announces the funeral service for Mary Jeanine Fussell Paulk, 85, of Hazlehurst, who passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014. Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 8 in the chapel of Miles Funeral Home.

The Rev. Steve Toler officiated with burial in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Paulk was born in Coffee County. She was the daughter of the late Dennis Fussell and Matilda Gillis Fussell and the wife of the late L. L. Paulk. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Evelyn Anderson of Douglas, Sharon Simmons of Baxley and Annette Overstreet of Hazlehurst; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Ward of Douglas and Ernestine Rizer of Walterboro, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Active pallbearers were Keith Rizer, Junior Hand, Randy Altman, Thurman Gillis, Frankie Hall and James Kersey.

Music was rendered by Becky Walsh, Steve Toler, Scarlett Sweat and Shelia Sears.

Miles Funeral Home of Hazlehurst was in charge of the arrangements.

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Rosalind “Rosie” Ray Deal, 91, of Bristol, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at her residence after an extended illness. The Long Branch Community resident was a member and former Sunday School Teacher of Lake Chapel Primitive Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was most known for growing beautiful daylilies, being an excellent seamstress, and taking care of her family.

Survivors are her husband of 72 years, Alton J. Deal of Bristol; four daughters: Paulette and Wayne Lee and Wanda and Paul Lewis, both of Long Branch Community, Gwen McCall of Canton, Aleta and Gerald Spell of Valdosta, one son, Ben and Amelia Deal of Long Branch Community; one sister: Iwilda and Gettis Spikes of Savannah; 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and “special caregivers”.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Chapel Church with Elder Sam Bennett and Elder W.H. Durrence officiating. Interment was in Lake Chapel Cemetery. Active pallbearers were her family.

Visitation was held 1:00 – 2:00 prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Lake Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 328 Michael Lake Road, Patterson, Ga. 31557.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

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Sonya Denise Ogden
January 13, 1963 – June 13, 2014

Baxley Funeral Home announces the funeral service for Sonya Denise Ogden, who passed away Sunday, June 13, 2014. Services were held at First Pleasant Hill Church Saturday, June 21. The Rev. Joseph F. Moore, Sr. officiated and the Rev. Edwin Williams presided with burial following in Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Sonya was born Jan. 13, 1963 in Buffalo, New York. She was the first born to her parents, Moses L. Ogden, Jr. and Ida Mae (Williams) Ogden.

She confessed her love for Christ at an early age and joined Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Sonya attended Kenmore East High School in Tonawanda, New York. After graduation she entered Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York, where she continued to enjoy and exceed in the sport of track and field. Her love of reading and American literature led her to major in English literature.

When the family relocated to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1985, Sonya, being so devoted and caring of her parents, moved with them to help with the care of her loving mother.

Her professional career was very exciting and gratifying. Sonya was employed by the Gilmore Enterprise Company where she held the position of Executive Assistant. She inspired and modeled an expensive line of clothing that was made just for her. She was employed by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Corporation for many years.

Sonya moved to Georgia and stayed by her mother’s side. She attended First Pleasant Hill Church until her illness.

Survivors include her parents, Moses and Ida Mae Ogden of Baxley; a grandmother, Minnie Ogden of Baxley; two brothers, Sheldon (Shawna) Ogden of Baxley and Terry Ogden of Kansas City, MO; a nephew, Terrance L. Ogden and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Active pallbearers were Brandon Wyatt, Avery Ryals, Jr., Foster Ogden, Jr., Brett Tabor, Nechalus Ogden, Jr., and Cederic Ogden.

Honorary pallbearers were Lenis Paulk, Walter Lewis, Foster Ogden, Sr., Percell Sharp, John Ogden, Bobby Dale Sumner, Nechalus Ogden, Sr. and Michael Wright.

Musical selections were rendered by Daniella Williams, Sonya and Stephanie and the First Pleasant Hill Choir.

Arrangements were under the direction of Baxley Funeral Home.

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Issue: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Francis Wayne Burke, 64, of Vidalia, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at his home after a brief illness. He was born in Bulloch County on March 31, 1950, to Francis Holmes Burke and Lonita Myrtis Shuman Burke. He moved to Vidalia in 1962, and was a 1968 graduate of Vidalia High School. While in high school, he began his funeral service career with Murchison Funeral Home, and went on to graduate from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta. He was licensed by the State of Georgia as a funeral director and embalmer. He was employed with Deloach Funeral Home in Waynesboro, and also served as the Burke County Coroner for several years. Later, he worked with Elliott Funeral Home in Augusta, and most recently retired from Swain Funeral Home in Baxley.

Burke is survived by his wife of ten years, Faith Somers Burke of Vidalia; two daughters, Betty Burke Hallman and husband, Kevin, of North Augusta, South Carolina, and Olivia Williford Pratt and husband, Frank, of Cartersville; five grandchildren, Taylor Herold, Chase Herold, Amber Hallman, and McKenzie Hallman, all of North Augusta, and Rose Pratt of Cartersville; one sister: Cherry Lowery and husband, Robert, of Brooklet; one niece: Jennifer Lowery Gordon and husband, Joey, of Brooklet; one nephew: Justin Lowery of Brooklet; and numerous great-nieces, and great-nephews.

The family received friends at home, and visitation was held on Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 until 6:00.

The funeral service was held Thursday, July 17, at 11:00 a.m. in the Vidalia Presbyterian Church with Reverend Kevin Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jim Reid, Chris Murray, Steve Leatherwood, Justin Lowery, Kevin Hallman, James Jackson, Justin McLellan and David Johnson.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Nu-Hope Club, P.O. Box 222, Vidalia GA 30475.

Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia was in charge of arrangements.

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Mary B. Hutcheson, 74, of Baxley, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.

Mrs. Hutcheson was born December 25, 1939 in Appling County to the late Clayton Butler and the late Sarah Clois Mixon Butler. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy and retired from insurance sales. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lee Hutcheson and a son, Jamie Hutcheson.

Survivors include son, Jeffery L. Hutcheson of Baxley; sisters, Geneva Walker of Perry, FL, Laverne Butler Hardy of Baxley, Latrelle Colson of Hazlehurst, and Rhonda Stringfellow of Perry, FL; brother, Tony Butler of Baxley; grandchildren, Brandon Hutcheson, Amber Hutcheson, Morgan Hutcheson, and Amanda Hutcheson; eight nieces and nephews and special friend, Mary Mixon.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 18, at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of God of Prophecy with the reverends Dannie Hix, Kenny Hutcheson, Karl Sexton, and Charles Hutcheson officiating. Interment followed at the Baxley Graveyard.

Mrs. Hutcheson lay in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.

Visitation was held Thursday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Swain Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Phillip Woods, Justin Kapp, Johnnie Jackson, Tony Arcuri, Allen Stephens, and Harley Spires.

Musical Selections were rendered by Sandra Long, Jerry Kersey, the Rev. Karl Sexton and Rodney Carter.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Renesa Latonji Lawton Reynolds, daughter of James Green and Leverdia Green, was born June 7,1976 in Appling County. Renesa departed this life and transitioned into eternal rest on July 15, 2014.

She graduated with the Appling County High School Class of 1995. Renesa was employed by the Appling Healthcare System for many years. She was a very quiet spirited and humble person. She was also a very hard worker and a pillar of strength. Renesa never complained despite all of the obstacles she faced in her life. She was affectionately known as “Neesie.”

The following relatives preceded her in death: her brother, James T. Green; paternal grandparents, Willie Lawton and Essie Mae Lawton; maternal grandparents, Booker T. Davis and Venice Davis.

Survivors include her loving and devoted daughter, Seterria Reynolds of Baxley; parents, James and Leverdia Green of Baxley; husband, Cedric Reynolds of Baxley; sister, Katrice Green of Albany; grandmother, Alice Davis of Baxley; nephew, Jeremiah Emanuel Hall; aunts, Teresa Cash, Vera McCall (Wardetha), Ida Williams, Melvia Green and Virgia Green, all of Baxley; uncles, Arnold Davis (Mildred), Jerry Davis, Stanley Davis (Latrell) and Freddie Green, all of Baxley, Dennis Green (Dorothy) of Douglas; great-aunts, Claria Russell and Willie Lee Allen, both of Baxley, Jenethel Burke (Harold) of Atlanta, Tinnie Lee Williams and Gladys Brantley, both of Philadelphia, PA, Mary Johnson and Dora Griner, both of Springfield, MA; great-uncle, Benjamin Davis of Baxley; mother-in-law, Melba Ryals of Baxley; special brother and sister, Lorenzo Cash and Selina Keith. She also leaves behind a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life service was held for Renesa “Neesie” Reynolds at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19 from Greater St. Matthews Baptist Church with Pastor Tony Reynolds presiding. Eulogy was given by Bishop Lucious C. Rogers. Interment followed in Old Field Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers were Lorenzo Cash, Chauncey Keith, Rashad Hall, Norris Gibbs, Chadrick Davis and Jerry Davis, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were the Appling County High School Class of 1995 and the Appling Healthcare System staff.

Musical selections were rendered by Stephanie Byrd, Tammy Richburg, Gwen Ryals and the choir.

Condolences to the family may be expressed to www.cmbrownfh.com.

Brown Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Herbert Rooney Tillman, of Surrency, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 13, 2014 at home surrounded by his wife and children.

Rooney was the son of Herschel Clifton and Ruth Collins Tillman, also of Surrency. He was born on July 29, 1933 in Appling County near Carter’s Bight on the Altamaha River. He married Peggy Jennell Collins on Sept. 21, 1951. They both attended ABAC and later moved to Savannah where he was employed as an industrial operator, first at Union Bag then at Southern Nitrogen.

In 1963 Rooney moved his family to Belvedere, S.C. and continued his career in industry at Columbia Nitrogen in Augusta, GA. He was actively involved in his church and community, serving as president of the local PTA, speaking for industrial groups and pitching in for community events, school carnivals, band boosters and more.

Following the faith of his fathers, he was lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.

Active as a layman and teacher and member and chairman of the governing board, he was an integral part of all activities and programs of the church and enjoyed the fellowship of the Methodist Men’s Club where he also presided.

In 1978 Rooney accepted a job in Saudia Arabia and began working for Aramaco on the Arabian Sea and after a few years back in the U.S. he returned to Saudia Arabia worked in titanium production at Yanbu on the Red Sea. During this time Rooney and Peggy traveled around the world four times, visiting many places in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Rooney and Peggy returned to Surrency after retirement whereupon he began working full-time on his home, garden and tree farms. Energetic as always, he improved the condition and productivity of his trees, garden and anything he worked on.

The mere facts of his life do not describe the quality of the man and the impact he had on all those who knew him. Rooney was a rare man with an innate honesty and integrity, and as such was an immense source of strength to his family and friends. He was selfless in his dedication to his wife and family and always an excellent provider. He was always willing to help others in need and exhibited this characteristic from an early age, at one point saving his pennies and nickels from his cow milking job to buy shoes for his less fortunate classmates - he maintained this behavior all his life. He had a wonderful, if sometimes corny, sense of humor and could bring smiles to faces even in trying times. As a man he was role model for the young men in his family and community and held the respect of many, not by command, but by the power of his example.

Preceded in death by his son, Herbert Michael, sisters, Verma Tillman, Hazel Thomann, Loualta Tomberlin and his brother, Raiford.

Rooney is survived by his wife Peggy; daughters, Glynn Tillman of Tifton and Anna Tillman of Atlanta; son, Thomas Tillman of Decatur; grandsons, Caleb Tillman, Andrew McKibben, Declan Tillman, Tillman Minter and Aidan Tillman; great-grandson, David Cash Tillman; sister, Nita Henderson and brothers, Lowell and Stanford Tillman.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Long and Pastor Sandra Conley officiating. Eulogies were by Caleb Tillman, Glynn Tillman, Thomas Tillman and Anna Tillman.

Musical selections were rendered by April Hester, Andrew McKibben and Tillman Minter.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the memorial service.

The family wishes to extend their deepest, heart-felt thanks to Spanish Oaks Hospice for the excellent care they gave Rooney during the last months of his life and they would like to give thanks and love especially to Simone Vann White and Gwen Jackson - they went above and beyond duty in their care of Rooney as shown by the love and respect they had for him and the care and love they gave Peggy. It is impossible to quantify how much more bearable they made an almost unbearable situation. They would also like to thank to Linda Smith for all the help and attention she gave during this time.

Donations in memory of Rooney Tillman may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Issue: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Earl Ammons, 70, who passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Jeff Davis Hospital under the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice. He was a lifelong resident of Appling County and owner and operator of Ammons 66 for 48 years. He served on the Appling County School Board for 16 years, a charter of the Appling County Exchange Club, past president of the Appling County Booster Club, past president of the Appling County Touchdown Club and a two time nominee for Appling County Citizen of the Year. He was ordained as a Baptist Deacon in 1965, a member of the Baxley Church of God where he was an active member in his church community and youth activities.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.C. and Wilma Ammons, Jr., grandparents, the Reverend Jim and Pearl Mixon and Leo and Bertie Ammons

Survivors include his wife, Linda Ammons of Baxley; two sons, Scottie Ammons and wife, Becky of Baxley and Shane Ammons and wife, Valerie of McDonough; six grandchildren, Brett, Laura, Joshua, Hope, David and Brady; one brother, J.L. Ammons; three sisters, Linda Crosby, Nelda Coleman and Louise Mincey; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Wednesday, July 23 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Baxley Church of God with the Reverend Lamar Lee, the Reverend David Deen and the Reverend Brad Park officiating.

Interment followed in Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Orby Lamb, Bob Wiggins, David Douglas, Charles Ray Stipe, Jimmy Stipe, Charles Stone, John Lewis and Emmett Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were the Appling County High School Class of 1961 and former employees of Ammons 66 Service Station.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at www.milesnobles.com.

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Diann D. Fulton, 67, of Baxley, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 in the Pavilion.

Mrs. Fulton was born April 21, 1947 in Hamlet, North Carolina. She was a seamstress at Douglas and Harper Mfg. and also worked as a waitress at the Huddle House. Fulton was a member of Riverside Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husbands, T.C. Carter and Willie Fulton, her parents, Lyman Willis Moody and Mildred Davis Moody and a sister, Linda Kaye Sturgis.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Laney Gay and Amy and Ricky Carter, all of Baxley; and four grandsons, Logan Gay, Zachary Gay, Ian Carter and Austin “P-nut” Carter, all of Baxley; two sisters, Patricia Danforth and Diana Yutmeyer; two brothers, Victor Elick and Gene Elick; and one aunt, Nina Elick.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 20 at 3:00 p.m. from Riverside Baptist Church with the Rev. Justin McLellan officiating and a Eulogy given by Ian Carter. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Logan Gay, Zachary Gay, Ian Carter, Austin “P-nut” Carter, Jason Carter, and Judd Carter.

Honorary pallbearers were the Huddle House employees and Huddle House friends, members of the Adult Sunday School Class of Riverside Baptist Church and Comfort Care Hospice.

Musical selections were rendered by Taaffe and Loni Crosby and Glynda Reeves.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.

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Evelyn Turner Gill, 76, of Alma, died early Thursday morning July 24, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah due to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. She was a native of Appling County but had lived in Bacon County for many years. She was daughter of the late Rev. Doris Black and Myrtice Crosby Black and was also preceded in death by her step-mother, Bonnie McCall Black, a husband, J L Turner, a sister, Judy B. Lynch. Evelyn was a member of Red Oak Baptist Church in Appling County.

Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Riley Gill of Alma; five sisters, Jean Orvin Surrency, Brenda Nail, Betty Taylor, Ellen Black, all of Baxley and Elaine Edwards of Surrency; three brothers, Eddie Black of Orange Park, FL, David Black of Baxley and Dewayne Black of Bartlesville, OK; two step-daughters, Marlene Cason and Cathy Anderson of Offerman, a step-son, Ronnie Gill of Offerman, a multitude of nieces and nephews and a special friend, Norma Trowell of Alma.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 11:00 o’clock from the chapel of Crosby Funeral Home with the Rev. Denny Waters, the Rev. Kathy Palmer and the Rev. Daniel Harris officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home Friday evening between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Active pallbearers were, Roger Orvin, Jarrett Williams, Brad Mobley, Marvin Deen, Greg Black, Wade Orvin, and Pam Lee. All others in attendance will be considered as honorary.

Crosby Funeral Home of Alma was in charge of all the arrangements.

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Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Charles “Shorty” Rich, 76, who passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014 at his residence under the care of Comfort Care Hospice. He was a resident of Appling County and a retired truck driver of 22 years. He loved life and his family.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Rich Hopkins; parents, George and Artie Rich; and two brothers, George “Bud” Rich and Earnest Rich.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ruby Rich of Baxley; six children, Kathy Brannan of Baxley, Charles Rich and wife, Genia of Swainsboro, James Rich and wife, Sherry of Baxley, Georgia Brannan and husband, James of Baxley, Donna Ward and husband, Rick of Baxley, Jerry Rich and wife, Michelle of Vidalia; 21 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; one sister, Alice Marsh; several nieces, nephews and other family also survive.

Visitation was held Tuesday, July 22 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Wayne Roundtree, the Reverend Steve McGuire and the Reverend Ray Freeman officiating. Interment followed in the Omega Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Michael Englett, John Smith, Jimmy Lee, Brandon Clark, Fred Moore and Curtis Rich.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at www.milesnobles.com.

Miles-Nobles Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Nina Paulk Williams, 87, native of Appling County and resident of Long County, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at her residence following a lengthy illness. Nina was born on May 27, 1927 to the late Andrew Paulk and Susie Givens-Paulk in Baxley. She was educated in the Appling County School System and spent most of her life as a homemaker occasionally working outside the home as a bus monitor for Long County Board of Education as well as farming and gardening. Nina became a member of First Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Baxley, at an early age before becoming a member of New Historical Elem Missionary Baptist Church in Ludowici. Her favorite past times were cooking, quilting and spending quality time with her family.

She was preceded in death by both parents, Andrew and Susie Paulk; her loving husband, Jessie Williams; a daughter, Ella Volcy; four sisters, Fannie Mae Paulk, Sarah McHenry, Geraldine Shavers and Annie Alston; and three brothers, George, Ephraim and Willie Paul.

Nina was a kind and loving person that saw some good in everybody and will be sorely missed by everyone that knew her.

She is survived by three daughters, Nellie Pippen (Carl) Hinesville, Andrea Ann Coleman (Emanuel), Dayton, Ohio, and Lisa Williams, Ludowici; five sons, Billie Elvis Williams (Earnestine), Ronald Williams and Randy Williams, all of Ludowici, Earl Williams (Cynthia), Jesup, and Flint Williams (Vonnie), Baxley; two brothers, Elton Paulk, Morganton, N.C. and Ozell Paulk (Faye), Norwalk, Conn.; one sister-in-law, Estene Paulk, Bryan, Texas; 21 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation was held on Monday, July 28 at New Historical Elem Missionary Baptist Church, Highway 301, Ludowici, GA from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at First Pleasant Hill Church, 26 Pleasant Hill Church Road, NE, Baxley. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Ludowici.

Final arrangements entrusted to Royal Funeral Home, Inc. of Jesup.

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Mr. Ray Field Roberson - POOLER - Mr. Ray Field Roberson, born on July 28, 1927 in Baxley, GA, passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 3:40 a.m. at home surrounded by his family. Mr. Ray was born in Baxley to the late Roy Carter Roberson and Maggie Lou Sellers Roberson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Wilda Mae Carter Roberson Shug. He was a member of South Newington Baptist Church where he was a deacon for 17 years. He retired from Union Camp after 39 years of service. He loved hunting and fishing, was a member of the Union Camp Hunting Club, Hamilton Ridge, for 50 years, and was a member of the Pooler Krystal Seniors Club. He was also member of the Westside Band of Brothers and was a loving husband and father. Survivors include his children, Gail & Kim Warnock, Kenny & Lana Roberson, and Ginger & Ricky Boatright; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Mary Nell Lamb; brother and sister-in-law, John & Dora Roberson; several nieces, nephews, and two life-long friends, Jim Cowart and Jim Walea and a lot of other friends. Visitation: 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday in the chapel of the funeral home. Funeral: 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the chapel of the funeral home with burial to follow at Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register book at www.stricklandandsonsfuneralhome.com Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes West Chatham Chapel 901 W. Hwy. 80 Pooler, GA 31322 912-748-2444 Savannah Morning News July 8, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries.

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WEGGENMAN-DUFFY > Bobbie Jean Woodard Weggenman-Duffy went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 3, 2014. She was born in Baxley, GA and lived most of her life in Jacksonville, FL. She loved boating, fishing, dancing, and playing the piano. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.
She is survived by her husband, Cornelius J. Duffy, three daughters: Debbie L. Redman, Gaylene D. Morris, Hilary E. Guthrie; four grandchildren: Shauna, Travis, Jolene, and Ben. Four great grandchildren: Jonathan, Zoey, Madyson, and Jenna. Brother Mike Woodard, Stepchildren Mark and Karen Duffy, their children and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The memorial Service will be held at 12:30 PM, Monday, July 14, 2014 at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd. 32211. The burial will follow at the Jacksonville National Cemetery; 4083 Lannie Rd. 32216, 2:30 PM.
Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

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Obituary, Florida Times-Union, July 31, 2014
John Woodard Holland (age 79) went home to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, July 27, 2014. He was born in Appling County, Georgia.
He was a faithful member of Arlington Baptist Church since 1955 where he served as a Deacon and a greeter. He enjoyed being a member of ABC Trailblazers. He served in the Army and retired from Jacksonville Electric Authority. He was a member of the Temple Lodge No. 23 since 1963 and A&A Scottish Rite Masonic Center 32nd degree since 1965. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his daughter Susan Cauthen (Chuck), son James Holland, grandsons Charlie Cauthen (Casy) and John Holland (Audrey), granddaughter Katie Kernohan (Brian), four great-grandchildren Gabe, Chris, Eve, and Chase, brother Ed Holland (Mildred), sister Grace Gaskin, numerous other relatives and close friends. He will be greatly missed by all. He was predeceased by his loving wife Bonnie Packham Holland, of 57 years, parents Woodward and Lula Holland, brother Foster, and sisters Gladys, Wilma, Thelma, Essie, and Bobbie.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 2, at 9:30 a.m. at Arlington Baptist Church with services immediately following at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Dr. Bill Coffman and Brother Fred Norman officiating. Burial to follow at Arlington Park Cemetery (Jacksonville, Florida). Memorial contributions may be sent in John's memory to Arlington Baptist Church. Arrangements by Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home. Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home assisting the family.

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