2.11.17 obituaries

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Stetson Fleming Bennett Jr.
Jesup—Stetson Fleming Bennett Jr., 87, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, peacefully at his home. He was a member of Little Creek Baptist Church.
On June 27, 1929, the Rev. Stetson Fleming Bennett Sr. and his wife, Irene Little Bennett, celebrated the birth of their first son, Stetson Fleming Bennett Jr. He was a typical barefoot boy who helped in the fields with daily chores. He attended Wayne County schools and graduated from Jesup High School in 1947. He served as class president and lettered in basketball and football, anchoring the team at the position of quarterback.
On July 9, 1947, he married Patsy Jones and left to attend college at Auburn University on a football scholarship. Unfortunately, as a result of an injury, he was unable to play for the Tigers.
Serving as chief deputy clerk under his father, he unlocked the door to the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court for Wayne County for the first time on Jan. 1, 1949. He was later elected clerk of superior court in 1964 and served the citizens of Wayne County in that capacity from Jan. 1, 1965, until Dec. 31, 2012.
He served as president of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and was an active member of the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and Masons. He was also a founding member of the Jesup Jaycees. He was a member of the Hospital Board which was instrumental in the development and construction of Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was also part of a small group of citizens who worked diligently on the state level to secure Wayne County as the main campus for Altamaha Technical Institute, which is now known as Coastal Pines Technical College.
He served as aide to Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders and was vice chairman of the State Board of Corrections for Georgia. He was chosen as an ambassador member of the Georgia Goodwill Tour which traveled to Europe and behind the Iron Curtain during the Khrushchev Regime.
He served as president of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Association and chairman of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Retirement Fund. In 1985, he was named the Clerk of the Year by the Clerks of Superior Courts of Georgia, the highest honor a clerk can receive. That award is now named the “Stetson Bennett Clerk of the Year Award.” The Georgia House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing him as the longest-serving constitutional officer in Georgia. His most recent honor and the one that meant the most to him occurred when the citizens of Wayne County recognized his years of service by naming the main courtroom “the Stetson Bennett, Jr. Courtroom.”
He always maintained his office motto, “Courteous and efficient service, you are always welcome at your clerk’s office,” according to his family. He was a true public servant and helped everyone regardless of race, gender or station in life, his family said. He was always proud to state that he was from Wayne County, Ga., telling everyone it was “the paradise of the world.” He displayed his passion for his birthplace through a needlepoint that hung in his office: “Stetson Bennett, Jr., is my name, America my nation, Wayne County is my dwelling place and Christ is my salvation.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dr. Robert Reppard Bennett and Richard Gordon “Buddy” Bennett; and sisters Mary Ruth Tootle Strickland and Violet Irene Bennett.
Survivors are his wife of 69 years and seven months, Patsy Jones Bennett of Jesup; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Bennett Armstrong and Oscar Neace, the Honorable Frances Irene Bennett and Dr. Henry Bert Sr. Yeargan, and the Honorable Judge R. Violet “Vi‚“ Bennett of Jesup; four grandchildren and their spouses, Amy Armstrong and Calvin Mixon of Canton, Robert Stetson “Bo” and Misty Yeargan of Hahira, Dr. Anthony Hugh Jr. and Carla Armstrong of Jesup, and Dr. Henry Bert Jr. and Rachel Yeargan of Brunswick; nine great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Luther Graham, Faye Graham, and Jean and Joe Cunningham of Jesup, Charlotte and Jimmie Tillman of Maggie Valley, North Carolina, and Lola and Paul Jamesky of Brunswick; sisters-in-law, Anita Bennett of Gainsville and Jayne Bennett of Screven; a brother-in-law, Curtis Strickland of Jesup; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday) at Jesup First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Lee, speaker Judge R. Violet Bennett and the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. A private burial will be held at the Stetson Bennett, Jr. Family Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Dr. Henry Bert Yeargan, Oscar Neace, Calvin Mixon, Robert Stetson Yeargan, Dr. Anthony Hugh Armstrong Jr., and Dr. Henry Bert Yeargan Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be all active and former superior-court judges of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Georgia Building Fund, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons
.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
William E. “Ernie” Adams
Odum—William E. “Ernie” Adams, 81, of Odum died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Harborview and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
The Fulton County native was a member of Odum Church of God and Odum Baptist Church, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, a retired manufacturing manager, and a retired correctional officer at Wayne Correctional Institution. In his earlier years, he loved the game of golf and enjoyed fishing. In his later years, he “soaked up the Word of God,” according to his family, and taught Sunday school in many churches.
Survivors are his wife of 57 years, June Ammons Adams of Odum; a sister, Cynthia Ann Tyre of Pelham; a mother-in-love, Bernice Ammons of Odum; and sisters-in-love and a “brother-in-love,” Dale A. Bryant and Cindy A. and Larry Holloway of Odum.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Lord and the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. American Legion Post 311 will present the American flag.  Interment will be in Odum City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Amy Harris Walker, Garrett Poppell, Charlie Chadwick, Mad Harvey, Ian Greene, and Larry Holloway. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Odum Baptist Church and Odum Church of God and the staff of Harborview and Hospice of South Georgia.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons
.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
Barbara Ann McCarty Branch
Jesup—Barbara Ann McCarty Branch, 68, of Jesup died Feb. 8, 2017, at her residence.
The Tattnall County native lived in Wayne County most of her life and was a construction worker. She enjoyed fishing, watching old movies and being with her family.
Survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Shandell and Greg Allen, Lisa Smith and Katrina Smith of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Holly Crawford of Little Valley, New York; a sister, Louise Whitaker of Blackshear; a brother, Jack McCarty of Waycross; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends today (Saturday) from 11 a.m. to noon at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home.
Private interment will be held by the family at a later date.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Gladys Edmondson Denison Miller
Screven—Gladys Edmondson Denison Miller, 99, of Screven died Feb. 8, 2017, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Ritch Baptist Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and spending time with her family.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Pat Denison and Ralph Miller, and a son, Jimmy Denison.
Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and George  Cunningham of Savannah, Pearl and Dan Harden of Guyton, Carolyn Barton and David Harris and Marilyn and John Wise of Screven; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Faye Denison of Screven; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral service were held Feb. 10 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Matt Denison officiating. Private interment was in Ritch Cemetery. Active pallbearers were her grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ritch Baptist Church, 737 Ritch Church Road, Screven, GA 31560.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 
James Robert Carter
Jesup—James Robert Carter, 72, of Jesup died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was an active member, elder and usher of House at Worship and Ministries. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Vietnam War and received a Purple Heart. He was a retiree from Rayonier, where he worked for 43 years, and he enjoyed rebuilding and restoring classic cars, fishing and hunting. He was predeceased by his parents, Ezra and Macy Carter, and brothers, David and Barney Carter.
Survivors are his wife of 43 years, Linda Sapp Carter of Jesup; a son, Brandon Carter of Jesup; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Alma Rockafellow of Jesup and Lillian and Charlie Holland of Good Hope; a brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Coonie Carter of Jesup; a granddaughter, Kennleigh Marie Carter of Jesup; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with pastor Mickey Tomberlin officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery, where American Legion Post 311 will present the American flag.
Active pallbearers will be David Christian, Brandon Carter, Al Carter, Jeff Holland, Gene Rockafellow and Mike Carroll. Honorary pallbearers will be the elders of House of Worship and Ministries.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to House of Worship and Ministries, 1920 Lanes Bridge Road, Jesup, GA 31545.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
David “Buddy” Strickland
Jesup—David “Buddy” Strickland, 71, of Jesup died Feb. 6, 2017, at his daughter’s residence after an extended illness.
The Glynn County native lived in Wayne County most of his life. He was a member of Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church and a retired carpet installer.
He enjoyed making furniture, crafting and fishing. He was predeceased by his parents, Percy and Thelma Crawford Strickland, and several siblings.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Joey Nash of Jesup; three sons, Shane Strickland and David Davis of Jesup, and Kenny Strickland of Ocala, Florida; a sister, Hazel Strickland of Culpepper, Virginia; brothers, Gene and Wade Strickland of Culpepper; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Maxine Loper of Jesup.
Funeral services were held Feb. 10 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Worley officiating. Private interment will be held by the family.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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