9.8.18 Obituaries



Baby Ruth Thomas

Screven—Baby Ruth Thomas, 85, of Screven died  Sept. 3, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 26, 1933, to the late Charlie and Mary Lee Pearson-Thomas in Douglas. He was educated in the public school system of Coffee County, and he was a lifelong member of Greater St. James Temple in Screven, under the now leader, Suffragan Bishop Arthur Green. Brother Thomas served on the usher board and as president of the Brotherhood Society. He was also a Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed working in the yard, manicuring his lawn.

He was preceded in death by both parents, Charlie and Mary Lee Pearson-Thomas; a daughter, Mary Anna Wells; a grandson, Brian R. Thomas; a son in-law, Albert Wells; his brothers, Homer, Willie, Charlie, Lindburgh and Buddy Thomas; and his sisters, Elizabeth Thomas and Eula Jones.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of  63 years, Mary Frances Jones-Thomas of Screven; his daughter, Francine Cunningham of Screven; his sons, Raymond Eugene (Phyllis) Thomas of Jesup and Rufus Thomas of Screven; one sister, Viola Dixon of Trenton, New Jersey; one brother, Harry (Earnestine) McCray of Screven; his godchildren, Samantha (Gregory) Boyd of Panama City, Florida,  Lalanie (James) Cureton of Goose Creek, South Carolina; a god-brother, Jessie (Aretha) Miles of Jesup; two sisters-in-law, Nina Hamm of Screven and Delores Jones of Waycross; 12 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A wake/visitation was held Sept. 7 at his home church, St. James Temple.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at St. James Temple at 2 p.m.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Janet S. Beal

Jesup—Janet S. Beal, 75, of Jesup died Sept. 4, 2018, following a lengthy illness.

She was born on March 31, 1943, to the late, Leola Patterson-Smith and Cleveland Smith in Jesup. She was a 1959 graduate of Wayne County High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Albany State College in 1963. She taught third grade in Wayne and Jeff Davis counties for 40 years.  She was named Teacher of the Year in 1977, and she served on the After School Literacy Committee.

She loved God and was an active member at Odum Grove Baptist Church, where she served as the administrative assistant to the pastor, a member of the Usher Board  and a Sunday school teacher. She was involved in many other activities throughout the community such as the den mother to the Girl Scout troops, and she was a member of the Eastern Star as well as participating in the Macon Street Community Organization.

She was united in holy matrimony to Paul Beal on Dec. 25, 1967, and to this union two children were born, Torryce James and Anton Ladell Beal.

She found great joy in working in her yard and growing all kinds of flowers, as well as baking and trying her hand at new recipes. However, her passion was crafting.  She loved to crochet. Her favorite passtime was fishing for hours with her husband, Paul, on the Altamaha River and at various fish camps.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 51 years, Paul Beal of Jesup; her two sons, Torryce and Anton Beal; three grandchildren, Jason, Genesis and Anton Beal Jr.; her sister, Apostle Hattie J. Hines; a very close friend and caregiver, Mary Lee; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

There will be no wake/visitation. A viewing will be held one  hour prior to services.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John First Born Holiness Church, 386 W. Poplar Street. Interment is in Odum City Cemetery.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


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Christopher Clinton Crosby

Jesup—Christopher Clinton Crosby, 40, of Jesup died Sept. 4, 2018.

The Glynn County native had lived in Jesup the past 10 years and attended the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University.

He achieved Eagle Scout status in 1996 and enjoyed his work at the Crab Trap Restaurant on St. Simons Island and golfing.

He was predeceased by his mother, Cheryl Shupe Crosby, and grandparents, Bob and Evelyn Shupe and Groover and Nadine Crosby.

Survivors include his father, G. Clinton Crosby Jr. of Jesup; a brother, Craig Crosby of Charleston, South Carolina; aunts, Deborah Pumpelly, Patti Crawford, Mitzi Smith, Barbara Hilley;  an uncle,  Bobby Shupe; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sept. 6 at Jesup First Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Von Moss officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Derek Landon, Don Landon, Len Lewis, Robbie Poppell and Ricky Bennett.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Helen Dawson Ivey

Jesup—Helen Dawson Ivey, 82, of Jesup died Sept. 4, 2018, at her residence after an extended illness.

The Indiana native had lived in Wayne County most of her adult life and was a Christian. She was a retired registered nurse with Wayne Memorial Hospital and later worked as nursing supervisor with several local nursing homes.

She was predeceased by husbands James Wesley Calhoun and Melvin Lamar Ivey; sons Daniel and Phillip Calhoun; parents, William Paul and Faye Oliver Dawson Sr.; two brothers, William Paul Dawson Jr., Stephen M. Dawson; and four sisters, Jacqualine L. Dawson, A. Joan DePratter, Rosetta M. Roach and Beverly L. Twigg.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Margaret Calhoun of Jesup; a sister, Caroline (Jerry) Simmons of Fort Wayne, Indiana; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family received friends Sept. 7 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Charles Wilson “Charlie” Skipper Jr.

Screven—Charles Wilson “Charlie” Skipper Jr., 68, of Screven died Sept. 4, 2018, at his residence

Memorial services will be held by the family.

Rinehart and Sons 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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