7.21.18 obituaries

Rinehart & Sons


Thomas J. “Tommy” Forbes


Odum—Thomas J. “Tommy” Forbes, 82, of Odum died July 19, 2018, at his home after an extended illness.

The West Virginia native had lived in Wayne County most of his adult life and was a member of Northside Bible Baptist Church and a retired assistant manager of the Western Auto store in Jesup.  He enjoyed his family and working in his church.  He was predeceased by his former wife, Martha Knight Forbes.

Survivors are his wife, Gwili Purvis Forbes of Odum; two daughters, Karen (Edward) Denison and Katrina (Jody) Rogers, both of Jesup; a son, Tommy (Lisa) Forbes of Odum; stepdaughters, Denise (Dale) Bragg of Guyton and Angie Thornton of Jesup; a stepson, Terry (Ana) McShan of Fayetteville, North Carolina; five grandchildren, David (Jessica) Forbes, Eric (Katie) Denison, Danielle Forbes, Jacob Rogers and Emma Rogers; five step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; and other extended family.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Northside Bible Baptist Church with the Rev. Anthony Hipps and the Rev. Bill Forde officiating. Interment will be in the Little Creek Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be nephews.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Saints Sunday School Class of Northside Bible Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (Saturday) at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northside Bible Baptist Church, 155 Sycamore St., Jesup, GA 31545.

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


Martha Ann Browning

Jesup—Martha Ann Browning, 72, of Jesup died July 18, 2018, after an extended illness.

Memorial services are Monday at 4 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Lera Sue Hyers

Jesup—Lera Sue Hyers, 61, died July 17, 2018, in Wayne Memorial Hospital.

She was a native of Alma and had lived in Wayne County most of her life. She had worked at Walmart in Jesup the past 13 years, mostly at the automotive counter with her bright, ever-present smile.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a member of Victory Tabernacle Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Harry Courson; mother, Louise Dixon; father and stepmother, Charles and Iris D. Courson; and stepbrothers, David Durrance, Clyde Durrance, Harold Durrance and Lamar Durrance.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce Hyers of Jesup; sons and daughters-in-law, Kelly and Christina Hyers of Register, Scotty and Kim Hyers and Derek Hyers, all of Jesup; sisters, Ora Lee Hagan and Linda (Uncle Al) Palmer of Blackshear; brothers, Larry (Pat) Courson and Howard (Mickey) Courson of Monticello, Florida, and Homer (Kathy) Courson of Alma; stepsisters, Lee (Courson) Carroll and Roselyn (Earl) Lovell; stepbrothers, Aaron “Cotton” (Glenda) Durrance and Glenn (Carolyn) Durrance; stepsisters-in-law, Juanita Durrance, Judy Durrance and Marie Durrance; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held July 20 in the Howard Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Josh May officiating.

Burial was private.

Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com

Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.


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