7.7.18 obituaries



Maurice Johnson

Jesup—Maurice Johnson, 50, of Jesup died unexpectedly June 29, 2018, as a result of an accident.

He was born July 30, 1967, to  Allen and Dorothy Johnson in Jesup, where he received his education and graduated in the class of 1985 from Wayne County High School.

He participated on the basketball team while he was in high school. His hobbies included singing, walking, and spending time with his family and friends.

He was a member of Emanuel’s International Cathedral Church in Waycross and also attended his family church, Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jesup.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iris Denise Orange-Johnson; his grandparents, Ora Bell and Charlie Horton and Dorothy and Nathan Tillman; and a brother, Kenneth Allen Smith.

Survivors include his children, DeZandre M.R. Johnson and Ia’Vionce D. Johnson, both of Waycross; two stepchildren, Antwonishea Hardy of Atlanta and Ashley Dowling of Jesup; his parents, Allen and Dorothy Johnson of Savannah; his brother, Charles (Vanessia) Wallace of Jesup; his sister, Sonya (Pastor David) McLeod of Perry; his mother in-law, Lenora Phillips of Waycross; his father-in-law, Jerrry Orange of Atlanta; and his sister-in-law, Regina (Arthur) Mann of Warner Robins; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church, 401 W. Pine St., Jesup, GA 31545. Interment is in Sunset Oaks Memorial Gardens, Jesup.

Royal Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.


Rinehart & Sons


Eddie E. Sikes

Bristol—Eddie E. Sikes, 66, of Bristol died July 2, 2018 after a brief illness.

The Alma native lived in Bristol most of his life and was a retired carpenter. He enjoyed fishing, visiting with friends and being with his family.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Paulette Sikes Thompson; parents, Mitchell and Eureta Sikes; and a brother, Bobby Harold Sikes.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Wanda Kay Sikes of Bristol; sons and daughters-in-law, Stacy Ray and Teresa Sikes of Jesup and James Mitchell and Becky Sikes of Douglas; a grandson, Scott Edward Sikes; stepgrandchildren, Brittany Dewese, Colton and Destiny Chrysler; a sister, Wilma Faye Cribbs of Screven; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Freddie and Marilyn Sikes of Jesup and Neal and Paula Sikes of Blackshear; step-great-grandchildren, Breona and Cayse Dewese; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held July 5 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Benjie McReady and the Rev. Kathy Palmer officiating. Interment was in Piney Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Appling County.

Active pallbearers will be Colton Chrysler, Scott Sikes, Bill Spikes, Robert Mitten, Justin Griffis, Chris McKenzie, Austin McKenzie and Kyle Gibbs.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Betty Foster Woodward

Odum—Betty Foster Woodward, 81, of Odum died July 4, 2018, after an extended illness. 

The North Carolina native had lived in Wayne County the past 25 years and was a homemaker.

She is predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Larry E. Woodward Sr., and a son, Michael E. Woodward.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Barnhill of Jesup and Rita Almaroad of Clermont, Florida; a son, Larry E. Woodward Jr. of Odum; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Magdalene Killis of Jacksonville, Florida, and Carolyn Cantrell of Chenesey, South Carolina; three brothers, Cecil Foster of Cowpen, South Carolina, Bobby Foster and Wayne Foster, both of Belton, South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Eddie McGee officiating. Interment will be in New Hope Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Lamar Barnhill, Billy Boleman Sr., Billy Boleman Jr., Caleb Overstreet, Cole Boleman and Christopher Butler.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Laura Sangster Hall

Jacksonville, Florida—Laura Sangster Hall, 52, of Jacksonville and formerly of Jesup died June 30, 2018, in Shands Hospital in Jacksonville.

Funeral services were held July 5 at Rinehart and Sons. Interment was in George Cemetery.


Phillip Luther Lyons

Jesup—Phillip Luther Lyons, 41, of Jesup, died July 4, 2018, after a short illness. 

Memorial services are planned by the family.

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


Howard & Jones


Elbert E. Flowers

Hortense—Elbert E. Flowers, 76, died July 4, 2018, at Southeast Georgia Health Systems, Brunswick Campus.

A native and lifelong resident of Hortense, he was born Dec. 16, 1941, to the late Ross and Onie Sloan Flowers. He was a logger by trade and owner of his own logging business, Elbert Flowers Timber Company Inc., for more than 47 years. He was a founding member of the SWPA and also the Hortense Holiness Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time with his family and was an avid NASCAR fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ronald Flowers, Harvey Flowers and Lawrence Flowers; his sisters, Linda Morgan and Frances Keen; and a grandson, Ryan Flowers.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lawanda Gillis Flowers of Hortense; children, Chris Flowers and wife, Amy, of Hortense, Rhonda Thomas and husband, Ricky, of Hortense, Sonya Farrell and husband, Richard, of Waynesville, Benjamin “B.J.” Flowers of Hortense, and Roger Gillis and wife, Vickie, of Waycross; brothers and sisters, Lloyd Flowers and wife, Sheryn, of Hortense, Lillian Johnson and husband, Ray, of Hortense, Howard Flowers of Brunswick, Ross Flowers and wife, Janet, of Hortense, Pat Oglesby and husband, Gene, of Hortense and Wendell Flowers of Hortense; nine grandchildren, Aaron Thomas and wife, Meghan, Christina Trowell, Jeffrey Farrell and wife, Mallory, Alisha Mullis and husband, Ken, Kelli Evans and husband, Brandon, Sarah Gillis, Jordan Farrell, Aiden Flowers and Celia Flowers; four great-grandchildren, Raelyn, Makinleigh, Mayslee and Remi; two great-grandchildren on the way; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at The Salt House Worship Center in Hortense with the Rev. Sammy Spradley and the Rev. Rob Hutto officiating.

Interment will follow in Hortense Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Irvin Hodge, Roger Sloan, Kenneth “K.C.” Claxton Jr., Jason Flowers, Travis Flowers, Stephen Flowers, Rocky Flowers and Matt Flowers. Honorary pallbearers will be Sammy Dasher, Billy Clark, Buck Cooper, Larry Lee, Ronnie DeLoach, Hugh Hodge, Daniel Morris, Herman Poole, Dr. James Heery and Staff, Dr. Stephen Chitty and staff, Dr. Peter Wrobel and staff and the staff of Heartland Hospice.

Remembrances may be made to the Hortense Holiness Church, 622 Sawgrass Road, Hortense, GA 31543.

The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the staffs of Heartland Hospice and Southeast Georgia Health Systems, Brunswick Campus for the exceptional care given to him during this time.

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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