9.12.18 obituaries

Rinehart & Sons


John Otis Simmons

Jesup—John Otis Simmons, 76, of Jesup died Sept. 5, 2018, in Southeast Georgia Health Systems in Bruns-wick after a short illness.

The Mississippi native, U.S. Air Force veteran and nuclear-weapons specialist proudly lived in Jesup the past 40 years and was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He was a retired industrial engineer with ITT Rayonier.

He was an Eagle Scout and later was instrumental in reviving the Boy Scouts of America Troup 450 in Jesup. He was especially proud that his grandson, Preston, followed in his footsteps and became an Eagle Scout, too.

He graduated in 1961 from Taylor County High School, where he lettered in four sports—football, basketball, baseball and track. He received the “most athletic” award in his senior year and went on to graduate from Auburn University as a “War Eagle” in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Once again, Preston is attending his grandfather’s alma mater at Auburn University.

The deceased was very involved in his community, serving on the Jesup Zoning Board and as a charter member of the Toastmasters Club. He coached with the Wayne County Recreation Department for the “Green Hornets” football team. He was also the sous-chef of a winning Brunswick stew “cook off” team.  In his retirement years, he taught computer science technology at Altamaha Technical College.

He was a 32nd-degree Mason of Lodge No. 112, Valley of Savannah Scottish Rite, York Rite Bodies No. 70, where he served numerous years as secretary, Alee Shrine Temple, and created the webpage and was the webmaster. As a member of the  Jesup Shrine Club, he held several positions such as president and chairman of the board of directors of Jesup Shrine Club and Jesup Hillbillies.

He was predeceased by his parents, August and Lauree Simmons, and a brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and wife, Debbie Simmons.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Bobbie Simmons of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Robert Anderson of Odum; a son and daughter-in-law, Jon “Preston” and Melissa Simmons of Jesup, and their children, Preston and Arden; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dee Shaffer officiating, along with the American Legion Post 311’s presentation of the U.S. flag and full masonic rites.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Serenity Hope Lightcap

Jesup—Serenity Hope Lightcap, infant daughter of Thomas Lee Lightcap and Kayla Diann Woodcock, died Sept. 5, 2018, in Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Graveside funeral services were held Sept. 7 at George Cemetery with the Rev. Elliott Aspinwall officiating.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




Gloria Nell Porter-Elvington

Alma—Gloria Nell Porter-Elvington, 52, of Alma died Sept. 4, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at First A.B. Church, 708 E. 12th St., Alma. Viewing is one hour prior to services, and interment will be Rose Hill Cemetery.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Barbara Ann Hines-Relaford

Ludowici—Barbara Ann Hines-Relaford, 70, of Ludowici died Sept. 6, 2018, at  Coastal Manor in Ludowici.

There will not be a wake.

Funeral services will be held Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Phillips Missionary Baptist Church, 11 Boundary Street, Ludowici.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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