Rinehart & Sons
Lois Lee Thornton
Screven—Lois Lee Thornton, 92, of Screven died June 28, 2018, at her residence and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
The Appling County native had lived in Wayne County her entire life and was a member of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church in Patterson. The homemaker will be remembered for taking wonderful care of children in Screven. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing and spending time with family.
She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Alvin Thornton; parents, Robert and Betsy Lee; two sons, Fred and Eddie Thornton; a granddaughter, Debra Thornton; a great-grandson, Jacob Thornton; a step-grandson, Franklin Crews; and several brothers and a sister.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Shirley Thornton of Screven; a daughter-in-law, Christine Lewis of Baxley; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Clara Connelly of Jesup and Betty and Parnell Crump of St. Marys; a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Janice Lee of Jacksonville, Florida; a grandson and his wife, Stacy and Tammy Thornton of Jesup; a granddaughter, Brittany Thornton of Tennessee; a great-grandson, Chase Thornton of Jesup; four step-grandchildren, Amanda Mason, Angie Lee, Lisa Harris and Lamar Crews; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Elder Alvin Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Big Creek Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Tom Kinchens, Mark Watson, Roy Thornton, Lamar Crews, Stacy and Chase Thornton. Honorary pallbearers will be Rig and Karen Harper, Roger Oglesby, Brian Wilbur, Clifford Bryant, Tempie Anderson, Joy Surrency and Brandi Braddy.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Debra Ann Althouse Blocker
Jesup—Debra Ann Althouse Blocker, 55, of Jesup died June 28, 2018, at her residence and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
She was born in Jesup to Jerrie Sue Butler Althouse and Robert J. Althouse Sr. Her paternal grandparents were Foster and Catherine Althouse from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and maternal grandparents were Melvin E. Butler and Esther Ashmore Butler from Hinesville. She was raised in
Hinesville, graduated from Bradwell Institute in 1980 and lived for many years away from her childhood home until she returned home in 2005.
She earned a degree in business in 1983 from a community near Enterprise, Alabama. She was awarded several civilian awards from the U.S. Army for outstanding care and service for the wounded/disabled soldiers at Fort Stewart.
She met her husband, Mike Blocker, at work in early 2006. After a short time, she knew she’d found her true love in him. They moved to Jesup in late 2006 with her son, Daniel. She and Mike married in March 2009.
She loved doing for others. She loved reading a good spy novel or a mystery, gardening, baking, ladybugs, spending time with family and friend and swimming. She was a “tomboy” growing up and wasn’t the traditional girl playing with dolls or an Easy-Bake oven, but she was more into “showing the boys she was better at playing ball than they were or riding her bike faster or more dangerously.” She was a very curious child, which sometimes led to mischief.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert J. Althouse Sr.; her mother, Jerrie Sue Butler Althouse; her daughter, Rachael Leighann Bergstrom; and he mother-in-law, Alice Blocker Strickland.
She is survived by her husband, Michael D. Blocker of Jesup; her son, Daniel S. Bergstrom of Jesup; her stepson, Michael K. Blocker of Blackshear; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Cathy Shives of Glennville and Susan and Doug Williams of Hinesville; a brother, Robert Althouse Jr. of Hinesville; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Edna Nix Arnold of Kathleen, Annette and Durwood Miller of Screven, Joyce Blocker of Blackshear, L.H. Jr. and Sue Blocker of Jesup, Hulan Blocker of Jesup, Pam and Wendell Mann of Kingsland and Greg Blocker of Jesup; uncle and an aunt, Melvin and Reese Butler of Brunswick.
She loved all of them to “the moon and back.”
Memorial services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Durwood Miller and the Rev. Stan Todd officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545 or Fair Haven, 488 SW Broad Street, Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
Mark Alan Thomas
Jesup—Mark Alan Thomas, 51, of Jesup died June 27, 2018.
Memorial services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Keith Lairsey officiating.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
Franklin Eugene Patrick
Odum—Franklin Eugene Patrick, 56, of Odum died June 26, 2018, at his residence.
He was born May 1, 1962, in Appling County and grew up in the Surrency area, where he was a member of Surrency Free Will Baptist Church. He was a boilermaker and was a member of Local No. 26 out of Savannah.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Patrick, and a brother, Van Patrick.
Survivors include his wife, Robin Strickland Patrick of Odum; daughter, Rebecca Lynn Patrick of Odum; mother and stepfather, Madie and Willie Adams of Baxley; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Quinda Patrick and Missy and Al Meadows, all of Baxley; a grandson, Karson Mallard; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Swain Funeral Home with Pastor Gilbert Wommack officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.
Remembrances may be made to the Georgia Hospice Care, 141 South Macon Street, Jesup, GA 31545.
Arrangements are under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.