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August 2014 - Baxley News Banner Obituaries

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Appling County, Georgia USA
The Baxley News-Banner Obituaries

August 2014


Issue: Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Miles Funeral Home in Hazlehurst announces the funeral service for Jennifer Marie Shuman Ursrey, 40, of Baxley, who passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Services were held art 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Miles Funeral Home with the Rev. Mitchell Jones officiating with burial in the family cemetery.

Mrs. Ursrey was born in Jeff Davis County. She was a beekeeper.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her grandparents, Wadis Shuman, Aline Rozier Jones and Holey Rozier.

Survivors include her husband, Mark Ursrey of Hazlehurst; daughter, Jessica Lauren Ursrey of Hazlehurst; mother and step-father, Loretta and Marc Smith of Baxley; father and step-mother, Jerry and Tina Rozier of Baxley; sisters, Elizabeth Hughes and Colleen Smith, both of Baxley; brother, Jerry Rozier of Baxley; grandparents, Velma Shuman of Hazlehurst; step-sisters, Samantha Rozier and Lillie Garrett, both of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Active pallbearers were Toby Shumans, Glenn Shumans, David Rea, Keith Rea, Chris Griffin and Jerry Ursrey.

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


Bobby Varnadoe, 53, of Hazlehurst, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at his residence.

Mr. Varnadoe was born August 05, 1960 in Telfair County. He was employed with Johnson’s Office Solutions and a member of the Southside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Dean Varnadoe.

Survivors include his wife, Vicky Stone Varnadoe of Hazlehurst; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Kyle Varnadoe and Kellie Wood Varnadoe of Hazlehurst, and Chase and Stephani Bentson Varnadoe of Hazlehurst; grandson, Chasen Andrew Varnadoe of Hazlehurst; mother, Betty Elizabeth Brewer Varnadoe of Lumber City; two brothers and sister-in-law, Chester and Norma Jean Varnadoe of Lumber City, and Ray Varnadoe of Lumber City; niece, Deana and John Hyde of Ventura, CA; nephew, Chris Varnadoe of Lumber City.

Funeral Services were held Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Waters and the Rev. Stan Clough, and Mr. Zach Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Hazlehurst Memorial Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers were Gary Herndon, Roy Waters, Bobby Brown, Jeffery Crawford, Gary Coleman, and Danny Simpson.

Honorary pallbearers were Stanley and Ann Reynolds, Clyde and Debbie Varnadore, Brenda Reynolds, Aleesia Crawford, Jerry and Wanda Rowland, Dale and Susan Kirkland, Lloyd and Lisa Mason, Deborah Johnson, John and Michelle Girtman, Marshall and Josie Wood, Will and Meg Wood, Arthur and Stacy Treat, Kenny and Linda Parlor, Derek and Cindy Johnson and members of the Western Auto Softball Team.

Musical selections were rendered by His Men and Janice Brown.

Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements for Mr. Bobby Varnadoe, age 53, of Hazlehurst.


Helen Walters Kennedy, 89, of Baxley, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Kennedy was born July 31, 1924, in Baxley to the late George and the late Madie Walters. She was a member of Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church. She spent a lifetime of devotion and service to God, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Kennedy and a son, Gary G. Collins.

Survivors include daughter, Lark Collins McIntosh (Jack) of Anderson, SC; son, Joey Collins (Nancy) of Baxley; daughter-in-law, Emma Jean Collins of Baxley; sister, Marjean Walters Rich of Nashville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Genny Culbreath of Columbia, SC, Jody Collins and Reid Collins of Baxley and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 29, at 11:00 a.m. at Swain Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Buddy Coss and Chris Nail officiating. Interment followed at Crosby Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

Active pallbearers were Jody Collins, Reid Collins, Stacy Culbreath, Hank Dubose, Zeno Douglas, and Stephen Tillman.

Musical selections were rendered by Kam Brazzell and Lawanda Medders

Memorial contributions may be made to Crosby Chapel United Methodist Church

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.


Virgil Mizell Kelly, 80 of Folkston passed away July 26, 2014 at his residence. He was born August 31, 1933 in Jacksonville, Florida to Jewell Mizell Kelly. He served his Country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, served as Fire Chief of Folkston, was a member of the Police Auxiliary and served at Folkston City Superintendent until his retirement. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and was also baptized there.

He is survived by his wife: Jonell Kelly of Folkston; two daughters: Karen Glenn (John) of Baxley; Kim Schweizer (Philip) of Fernandina Beach, Fl.; three grandchildren: Hanna Glenn, Joseph Glenn and J.P. Schweizer; six cousins: Marie Evans, Ardith Taylor, Wayne Mizell, Ann Millar, Edna Millar and Dixie McGurn; several other relatives and many friends.

The family received friends Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Bethel United Methodist Church from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services were Graveside, Monday, July 28, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in Pineview Cemetery, Folkston, GA with the Rev. Eddie Rawl and the Rev. Parnell Aldridge officiating. Donations may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest register at

Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home, Folkston.


Issue: Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Joe Nipper who passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Candler Hospital in Savannah. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mina Lee Shadron Nipper; father, Joe Mathis; brother, Harry Nipper; sister, Earnstine Gibbs and grandparents, Jeff and Pearl Nipper and Lou Shadron.

Survivors include three children, Kayla Nipper, Chris Hutchins and Cody Nipper; two brothers, Larry Nipper and Terry Nipper and wife Peggy; four sisters, Montene Rewis and husband Jimmy, Estine Castillo and Jesse Youngblood, Diana Lord and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial services were held Saturday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Church of God with the Reverend Dennis Bryant and the Reverend Gary Conger officiating.

Active pallbearers were John Bass, Emmett Gibbs, Mack Bass, Robert Powell, Bubba England, Lonnie Deloach and Josh Medders.

Honorary pallbearers were Altamaha Home Health Care.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at

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


Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of James “J.W.” King, 81, who passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at his residence under the care of Advantage Hospice. He was a native of Appling County. J.W. retired from Union Camp and was a member of Damascus Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche E. King; a son, James King, Jr. and his parents, Mark and Emma Lou Barns King.

Survivors include four sons, Mike King of Richmond Hill, Mark S. King and wife, Susan of Richmond Hill, Matt King and wife, Donna of Richmond Hill and Jeffery King and wife, Kimberly of Richmond Hill; 12 grandchildren, Destiny West, Mica Gunn, Michael King, James King III, Amanda Boswick, Amy Santini, Dustin King, Matthew King, Jr., Mallory R. King, Kerrigan King, Dustin Harrelson and Kilye Harrelson; 15 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two brothers; six sisters; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Charles Tyson officiating.

Visitation was held one hour prior to funeral services on Sunday.

Interment followed in Damascus Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Dustin King, Matt King, Dustin Harrelson, Earl Griffin, Michael King and James King III.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at

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


Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death and funeral services for John Jennings, 84, who passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at his residence under the care of Hospice of South GA. He was a native of Leesburg, FL and had lived in Appling County the past twenty-five years; was a retired construction worker and a member of Surrency Community Bible Church.

Surviving is his wife, Pauline Jennings of Surrency; seven children, Patricia and husband, James Snow of Herraman,TN, Delbert Jennings of Orlando, FL, Rita and husband, Herb Barthelemy of Lady Lake, FL, Danny and wife, Essie Jennings of Lake Okeechaobe, FL, Barbara and husband, Nathan Smith of Weirsdale, FL, Darrell and wife, Brenda Jennings of Ocala, FL and Debra and husband, Frank Hunter of Surrency; twenty-one grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one brother, Arthur and wife Jean Jennings of Marion, IN and one sister, Ruth Blevens of Huntsville, TN.

Visitation was held Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 25 at 3:00 p.m. from the Miles-Nobles Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends Carlton Rowell, Buddy Horne and Sam Holland officiating.

Interment followed in Surrency City Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Christopher Pearce, Jason Pearce, Frank Hunter, Jr., Jonathan Jennings, Nathan Smith and Herb Barthelemy.

Honorary pallbearers were Ed Tillman, Emmitt Gibbs, Tom Bellew, Bernie Pearce, David Williams, Otis Beecher, J.C. Hunter, Bob Brown, James Daniels, Lewis Parker, Carlton James and Scott Cooper and all members of Surrency Community Christian Church.

Family and friends may sign the on-line registry at

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


Evie Lee Davis, 87, of Alma, passed away August 7, 2014 at the Appling County Nursing Home after an extended illness. She was a native of Coffee County and daughter of the late Elijah Merritt and Ola Cassandra Wright. Evie was preceded in death by two sons, Lamar and Johnny Davis, a grandson, Ryan Garcia, sister, Myrtle Lee Jones and two brothers, Ivey Burkett, Jr. and Benny Burkett.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Davis of Lyons and Robin Davis of Gainesville; four daughters, Brenda Bell (Adam) and Yvonne Lynn (Jimmy) of Baxley, Kathy Thomas (Windle) and Marsha Courson of Alma; three brothers, Johnny Merritt of Hazlehurst, Ollie Burkett of San Antonio, TX and W. T. Burkettx of Uvalda; also 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild survives.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Crosby Funeral Home with the Rev. Travis Peavy officiating. Interment followed in Bridgeford Church of God Church Cemetery in Hazlehurst. The family received friends at the funeral home Saturday evening between the hours of 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Active pallbearers were Blake Lynn, Daniel Thomas, Curtis White, Adam Garcia, Joel Williams and Scott McCarty. All others in attendance will be considered honorary escorts.

Crosby Funeral Home of Alma was in charge of arrangements.


Miles-Nobles Funeral Home announces the death of Diann Blakely, 57, who passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Appling Healthcare. She was born June, 1 1957 in Anniston, Alabama, to Robert and Ann Broadnay Blakely. She was an American poet, essayist, and reviewer. She graduated with a B.A. in art history from the University of the South in 1979; she subsequently received an M.A. in literature from Vanderbilt University in 1980 and an M.F.A. from Vermont College in 1989. She has taught at Belmont University, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, led workshops at two Vermont College residencies, and served as senior instructor and the first poet-in-residence at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee. A Robert Frost Fellow at Bread Loaf, she was a Dakin Williams Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, at which she had worked earlier as founding coordinator.

Her first volume of poetry, Hurricane Walk, was published under the name Diann Blakely Shoaf in 1992 and included among the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s ten best verse collections of the year. Her second book, Farewell, My Lovelies, published in 2000 and influenced by “noir” shading, was listed as a Choice of the Academy of American Poets’ Book Club. Her third volume, Cities of Flesh and the Dead, won Elixir Press’s seventh annual publication prize after being distinguished by the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, given for a year’s best manuscript-in-progress Anthologized in several volumes, including Best American Poetry 2003 and Pushcart Prize Anthologies XIX and XX, Blakely was currently at work on a new manuscript entitled Rain in Our Door: Duets with Robert Johnson.

A former poetry editor at the Antioch Review, Blakely now recently occupied a similar position at New World Writing and also serves on Plath Profiles’ board. She has recently contributed essays and reviews to that journal as well as to Harvard Review, Nashville Scene / Village Voice Media, Pleiades, and Smartish Pace.

Upon Mrs. Blakely’s wishes memorialization was by cremation and a memorial service will be held in Anniston, Alabama at a later date.

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


Issue: Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Tim Wade, 82, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in Snow Hill, N.C. Tim was born to the late John Allen Wade and the late Calena Rowe Wade on July 6, 1932 in Wayne County. He attended the Wayne County public schools.
Tim was preceded in death by three brothers, Will Wade, Milton Wade, and Pordis Wade, Sr.

Survivors include three sons, John Wade (Carolyn) of Georgia, Tim Wade, Jr. (Rita) of Snow Hill, N.C. and Wilbert Williams of Virginia; five daughters, Annie Foreman Philyaw of Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, Antoinette Bass (Donnell) of Dudley, N.C., Tammie Washington (James) of Snow Hill, N.C., Tonya Harper (Jesse) of Kinston, N.C. and Nicole Williams of Virginia; three sisters, Dorothy Wade of Dudley, N.C. Annie Hargrove and Shirley Cox (Joseph) of Goldsboro, N.C.; two brothers, Curtis Wade, Sr. (Annie) of Dudley, N.C. and Clinton Rowe of Atlantic City, NJ; 30 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


Louise Rittenhouse Sutton, 65, of Baxley, died Friday, August 15, 2014. Lucy was a native of Glynn County but lived in North Carolina for many years as a child before moving back to Brunswick in 1964. Lucy was a member of the first graduating class of Brunswick Nursing School prior to moving to Baxley in 1982. She was an active member of Melton’s Chapel Methodist Church in Baxley and enjoyed being a member of the Church’s OPEL Club. She also enjoyed shopping at Wal Mart. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Margaret Rittenhouse and two sisters, Clara Gronroos and Ovieda Joyner.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Sutton (Regina) of Baxley and John “Jes” Sutton of Sandersville; two grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah Sutton of Baxley; a sister, Edna Lazaro of Brunswick; two nieces, three nephews and her terrier, Nick, also survive.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Palmetto Cemetery with Pastor Rickey Rushing officiating. Honorary pallbearers were the OPEL Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family of Courtney Forehand at Interstate Credit Union in Baxley.

Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home were in charge of all arrangements.


David “Doodlebug” Carter, 80, of Surrency, died Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Pavilion.

Carter was born November 10, 1933, in Baxley to the late Robert Carter and the late Elma Carter of Surrency. He served his country in the United States Army and retired from Georgia Department of Transportation as a civil engineer. He was owner and operator of Carters Service Station. He was a lifetime resident of Appling County.

Survivors include two daughters, Darlene (Alan) Schnieber of Baxley and Tammy Carter of Savannah; one sister, Janice Rozar of Baxley and one brother, Tim Carter of Swainsboro. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Krista Stone Carter of Baxley and Keith Passmore of Savannah; and two great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Nathan Carter and Joe Carter.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Surrency City Cemetery with the Rev, Carl Rowell officiating.

Visitation was held Monday evening, August 11,6:00-8:00 p.m., at Swain Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Paul Carter, Stan Carter, Jeffrey Carter, Clay Sharpe, Danny Carter and Robert Rozar.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.


Issue: Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Miss Robin Renee Weaver was born to the parentage of Robert L. and Florrie Jenkins Weaver in Baxley on October 25, 1978.

Miss Weaver transitioned from earth to eternity on Thursday, August 14 at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Savannah, surrounded by her loving and caring family.

She was a 1997 graduate of the Appling County Comprehensive High School. Robin was an outstanding Bible scholar.

Survivors include her parents, Robert L. and Florrie J. Weaver of Baxley; special friend, Shirley Robinson and special cousins, Johnny Jones and the Rev. Stephon Deen and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Robin Renee Weaver were held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 20 from Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Eulogy was given by the Rev. Stephon Deen and the Rev. Keith Brinson, pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, presided. Interment followed in Old Field Memorial Gardens Memorial Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were cousins and friends.

Musical selections were rendered by the choir.

Condolences to the family may be expressed to

Brown Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jo Anne Miller Quarterman, 66, of Hazlehurst, died Monday, August 18, 2014 at her residence.

Mrs. Quarterman was born January 1, 1948 in Coffee County to the late William "Bill" Miller and the late Lillian Carter Miller. She was retired from Baxley Federal Savings Bank with 25 years of service and was a member of Oakland Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Miller.

Survivors include her husband, Don Quarterman of Hazlehurst; two daughters, Dana and Tim Roberson of Hazlehurst and Dawn and Kevin Jump of Cochran; two sisters, Melcene and Mike Yawn of Waynesville and Sharon Kay and Rick Wiggs of Jacksonville, FL.; two brothers, Billy Ray and Aldine Miller and Dan and Melinda Miller, all of Hazlehurst; six grandchildren, Anna Jordan, Mikayla Stanton, both of Hazlehurst, Lee Jump, John-Christopher Jump and Joe Jump, all of Cochran and Kate Roberson of Higgston, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services were held Thursday, August 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakland Baptist Church with the Rev. Royce Hulett and the Rev. Keith Yawn officiating.

Active pallbearers were Wayne Kirkland, Bo Tobler, Bobby McNeal, Greg Miller, Rodney Miller and Matthew Yawn.

Musical selections were rendered by Ann Walters and Vic Brantley.

Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.


Velma Howell Eason, age 81, of Surrency died Monday, August 18, 2014, at the Pavilion.

Mrs. Eason was born February 6, 1933 in Appling County to the late William Edward Howell and the late Elizabeth Davis Howell. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church. Mrs. Eason was a retired bookkeeper for Ford Tractor Company. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Roger Eason, Jr.

Survivors include two daughters and sons in law, Beth and Shaun Smith of Baxley and Carol and Ronnie Lewis of Surrency; a son and daughter in law, David and Beverly Eason of Surrency. Nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Stone and the Rev. Wayne Williamson officiating.

Active Pallbearers were Eric Eason, Clark Eason, Jason Boatright, Andrew Lewis, Matthew Lewis and Derrick Moore.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Senior Adult Ladies Sunday School Class of Zion Baptist Church and staff of the Pavilion C Hall.

Musical selections were rendered by Eric Eason and Susan Lamb.

Visitation was one hour prior to the funeral service.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.


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