9.1.18 obituaries



David Carlton Ring Jr.

Jesup—David Carlton Ring Jr., 51, died Aug. 29, 2018, at Memorial Health University Medical Center after a sudden illness.

A resident of Jesup for the nearly 30 years, he was born on March 21, 1967, in Waycross. He spent his early years there and was a 1985 graduate of Waycross High School where he played football and was offered a scholarship to Presbyterian College. He declined the scholarship opportunity and opted to begin his college career at Georgia Tech.

In 1989, he was recipient of a bachelor’s degree from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. He also earned a master’s degree from Georgia Southern University.

He taught for 29 years in the Wayne County school system, the last 24 being at Martha Puckett Middle School.

He was co-chair of the Wayne County Relay for Life for many years along with his wife, Lisa, who is also a cancer survivor. He worked with the Beta Club at school and was a very active member of Calvary Baptist Church for almost 20 years. He served on numerous committees, volunteered in the sound booth and had worked many years as the Sunday school superintendent.

He was a history buff who loved reading and collecting books and magazines and whether he was meditating, taking pictures of wildlife or coaching children’s sports teams, he enjoyed spending time in the outdoors. He was a family man and will be fondly remembered for his loving and caring nature.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Yvonne D. Williams; maternal grandparents, Albert and Willie Jean Douglas; paternal grandparents, Ralph K. Ring and George S. and Mezzo Ring Davis; and father-in-law, Vernon G. Cooper.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Lisa Cooper Ring of Jesup; three children, Alexander Ring of Jacksonville, Galiya Ring of Jacksonville and Cooper Ring of Cleveland; his father and mother, David Carlton Ring Sr. and Chris Lairsey Ring; mother-in-love, Nell B. Cooper of Jesup and brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Cynthia Gressel, Gary and Sandra Drawdy and Sheldon and Jamie Nichols all of Brunswick; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Vann Dempsey and the Rev. Ryan Ogden officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the church.

Although he was an only child, he was blessed with cousins who were more like brothers throughout his life. These special cousins, Greg Sparks, Stan Sparks, Roy Thornton Jr., Gladwin Harper, Kevin Fabre and Tommy Powell, will serve as active pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be his nurses, Meisha, Jenny and Kim of DaVita Magnolia Oak Dialysis in Hinesville, Bobby Hughes, Jeff Ricketson and all his nieces, nephews and their spouses.  

Interment will follow in Odum City Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6600 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31405 or Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 9, Jesup, GA 31598.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Raymond Major Harris

Jesup—Raymond Major Harris, 79, died Aug. 27, 2018, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia surrounded by his loving family.

A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, he was born on Aug. 13, 1939, to the late Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Harris. He was a graduate of Jesup High School and was a member of the 1957 state championship football team.

A lifelong entrepreneur, he owned and operated numerous businesses over the years including, Harris Farm Supply, Harris Gin Company and Harris ACE Hardware. He was owner of several Western Steer Family Steakhouses and sat on the board of directors for Western Steer, a company based out of Hickory, North Carolina. He even lived about 10 years in Naples, Florida, the location of their southernmost restaurant. He often joked about how he thought that selling steaks would be a lot easier than selling fertilizer, but he found out he was mistaken.

He was a member of Gardi Baptist Church and a former member of First Baptist Church of Jesup and Shellman Bluff Baptist Church.  He was also a longtime member of the Jesup Elks Lodge No. 2133 and the Jesup Jaycees, where he served on the board of directors for many years. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter and was president of the Shellman Bluff Hunting Club.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ima Jean “MyJean” Bennett Harris; children, Timothy Raymond Harris and wife, Ellen, Rebecca Lynn Harris Wilder and husband, Wesley, and Joshua Piland Harris II and wife, Andrea, all of Jesup; two brothers, Jimmy Piland Harris and wife, Marilyn, and Dr. Ronald David Harris and wife, Judy, all of Jesup; one sister, Donna Elizabeth Harris Knight of Jesup; eight grandchildren lovingly referred to as “Sugar Babies,” Krystal Harris Douglas and husband, Chris, Raymond Jarred Wilder, Colby Sanders Harris and wife, Amber, Heather Harris Teeter and husband, Ryan, Jordan Lee Harris and special friend, Clayton Heath Woods, Joshua Piland Harris III and special friend,  Kayla Phillips, Natalie Jean Wilder Tyre and husband, David, Alisa Kay Grimes and partner, Jessi Brannen, Ben and Sam Simmons; and eight great-grandchildren or “Great Sugar Babies,” Chase and Haidyn Wilder, Isla Harris, Olivia and Scarlett Douglas, Caylen Harris, Raylan Tyre and Callie Harris with two more on the way; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.

Memorial services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Gardi Baptist Church with the Rev. Stanley Todd and the Rev. Randy Pruitt officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.

Honorary pallbearers will be all past and present employees.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Gardi Baptist Church, 981 Morning Glory Circle, Jesup, GA 31546 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd. Jesup, GA 31545.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Out of Town


William Clayton Jenkins

Jacksonville, Florida—William Clayton Jenkins, 66, died Aug. 25, 2018, in Jacksonville surrounded by his family.

Known as “Clayton”, he was born in Liberty County on July 28, 1952, to the late Clara E. Jenkins and Oscar Ruth Sr. He grew up in Screven and attended the Wayne County school system.

He moved to East Palatka, Florida, after finishing school. There he started a family and career working at Georgia Pacific until retiring. He enjoyed being daddy to his children, papa to his grandchildren, and watching his sports and “stories” on television.

He was a friend to all who knew him and could make anyone laugh with his light-hearted jokes and pranks.

He was preceded in death by both parents; his wife Sandra Sanders Jenkins; a sister, Jacqueline (David) Poignard; and a brother, Oscar Ruth Jr.

He is survived by three daughters, Wynetta Davis (Anthony), Aldonza Lamar (Carnell) of Jacksonville and Marion Jefferson (Machel) of Houston, Texas; two sons, Avian Alston, Hawaii and Christopher Alston (Natalie), Miami, Florida; one brother, Kary J. Jenkins (Essie) of Screven; seven grandchildren; a special cousin, Bobbie Jean Baker (Don); and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

The funeral service and burial will be in East Palatka at 3 p.m. today (Saturday).

E.W Lawson Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of services.


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