12.11.19 obituaries



John Timothy “Timmy” Brockington

Hortense-- John Timothy “Timmy” Brockington, 56, of Hortense died Dec. 5, 2019, at his residence after a brief illness.

He was born in Brunswick to Loretta Rooks Brockington of Waynesville and the late James Monroe Brockington.

He worked in HVAC and loved watching sports, traveling, fishing and fixing things.

Survivors include his wife, June Brockington of Hortense; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Josh (Alyson) Roberson of Hortense, Josh (Leah) Brockington of Jesup and Colt Brockington of Jesup; a daughter, Caroline Brockington of Jesup; three grandchildren, Marshall Roberson, Jeb Brockington and Adeline Stephens; his mother, Loretta Brockington, of Waynesville; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene (Jill) Brockington of Brunswick, Bill Brockington of Waynesville and Donald (Shelia) Brockington of Jesup; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Lee officiating.

Arrangements were with Frye Funeral Home of Nahunta.

Family and friends may express sympathy by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com..




Alvah Elworth Milton

Callahan, Florida—Alvah Elworth Milton, 80, affectionately known by his family and friends as “Odie” died Dec. 6, 2019 at his home in Callahan, Florida, surrounded by his family under the care of Heartland Hospice.

He was born on April 9, 1939, in Jacksonville, Florida, to the late Rudolph and Maggie Milton. He served his country in the United States Army before he began working at Florida Steel.  After more than 23 years there, he took a position with the Jacksonville Port Authority, maintaining runways at the International Airport, from which he retired with almost 25 years of service.

He was known as a hard worker who loved his family.  When he wasn’t tending to his cows or working on his farm in Screven, he was helping his children work on their homes using the carpentry skills he had taken years to master.

He also enjoyed collecting antiques and was a member of the Screven Masonic Lodge No. 368, the Jesup Shrine Club, the Alee Temple of Savannah and the Scottish Rite of Waycross.

He also enjoyed trips to the mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee,but more than anything else, he enjoyed being with the ones he loved the most, his family and especially his wife.

In addition to his parents, his sister, Barbara Behlmer, and his son, Alvah Milton Jr., preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Lerida V. Milton of Screven and Callahan; five children, Kathy (Gary) Hall of Virginia, Maria Milton of Callahan, Michelle (Keith) Milton of Callahan, Alvah Elworth “Bubba” (Sonya) Milton of Screven and Marcia (Chuck) Milton of Surrency; four brothers, Carl (Judy) Milton of Callahan, Floyd (Patsy) Milton and Ronald Milton, all of Jacksonville, and Joe (Janey) Callan of Darien; grandchildren, Joseph Milton, Jacob (Hannah) Milton and Joshua Milton of Screven, Marley (Kenny) Zodel of Callahan, Travis Milton, Christopher Nail, Alexander Nail and Marissa Nail of Callahan and Cynthia (Anthony) Credle of Virginia; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Credle, Lilly Nail, Mackenzie Nail, Mia and Karson Zodel, Keegan Palmer and Preston and Emma Hill; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members, along with his beloved canine companion, Rudy.

Graveside funeral services were held Dec. 9 at the Milton Cemetery on his farm in Screven with the Rev. George Bennett officiating.  Masonic rites were rendered, and the U.S. flag was presented.  

Active pallbearers were Joshua Milton, Bubba Milton II, Jacob Milton, Christopher Nail, Alexander Nail and Travis Milton. Honorary pallbearers were Keith Yake and Chuck Hendrix.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Billy F. Ward

Jesup--Billy F. Ward, 84, of Jesup died Dec. 7, 2019.

The Ware County native had lived in Wayne County the past 60 years and was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church where he was the Men’s Bible Class teacher for 25 years and held numerous other responsibilities. The 39-year ITT Rayonier retiree was an avid golfer with the Pine Forest Men’s Golf Association and also enjoyed amateur “ham” radio association.

The avid outdoorsman also enjoyed traveling to the Blue Ridge and Great Smokey mountains, Callaway Gardens, and Jekyll Island.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Gloria Ward of Jesup; a daughter, Lisa (David) Lassiter Sr. of Albany; grandchildren, David Lassiter Jr., and Ward Lassiter, both of Albany; and extended relatives, including Joanne Westberry, Winton L. Jr., Michael and Cynthia.

Funeral services were held Dec. 10 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Pastor Garth Duke Barton and the Rev. David Blalock officiating. Private family graveside services followed in  Offerman City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Cecil, Derwin and Dewitt Drury, Winton L. Westberry Jr., Bob Fox and Phillip Crosby.

Memorials may be made to the Epworth United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1134, Jesup, GA 31598 or Affinis Hospice, 248 NE Broad Street, Jesup, GA 31546.

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


Leland C. Poppell

Odum--Leland C. Poppell, 57, of Odum died Dec. 7, 2019.

The Wayne County native was the owner of Leland Poppell Construction Company. He was well-known and in high demand throughout the South Georgia area for building some of the most notable homes with outstanding architecture and personality.

He was also an award-winning drag racer.

He was predeceased by his father, Lowell Poppell.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Sue Starling Poppell of Odum; daughter, Steffany (Cameron) Wheeler of Alma; mother, Opal Aspinwall Poppell of Odum; and grandchildren, Cooper and Connor Coley.

Funeral services were held Dec. 9 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Elder Chad O’Quinn and Mike Hardy officiating. Interment followed in the Aspinwall Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Eric Roberts, Fred Chalfant, Grant Lewis, John Yonkosky, Ivey Hutto, Jimmy Fuller and David Bell. Honorary pallbearers were Leland Poppell Construction associates, Angie Parker,  Regina Mussara, Shelly Erdmier, Jennifer Deal and staff of Hospice of South Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Donald Robert Boyette

Screven--Donald Robert Boyette, 79, of Screven died Dec. 10, 2019, under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

The Pierce County native had lived all of his life in Wayne County and was a member of Screven First Baptist Church and the Sonshine Sunday School Class. He was a lifetime Masonic Lodge No. 368 member and a retired Wayne County Board of Education Transportation and Maintenance Director.

The avid fisherman was known as a generous person who shared his catch and his small garden bounty. He used his backhoe as a toy most of the time.

His parents, Randle and Ola Boyette, preceded him in death, along with his sister, Judy Deal.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gaynell Lastinger Boyette of Screven; three sons, Robert (Barbara) Boyette, Melvin (Vicky) Boyette and Ken (Heather) Boyette, all of Screven; eight grandchildren, April, Kelly, Cord, Haley, Rance, Daniele, Seth and Kaitlyn;  eight great-grandchildren, Cohen, Gage, Gunner, Breyden, Cam, Coast, Olivia and Maddie; a brother, J.L. (Joan) Boyette of Screven; a sister, Joanne Kicklighter of Screven; and several nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers will be family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Harris, Randy Jones, James Sowell, Donnie Wheelis, Jason and Darrell Wasdin, Billy Mac Burch, Mitchell Walker, Robert and Edward Odum, Dr. Robert Pumpelly, Durwood Miller, Lowell Hagan, Wayne Crosby, Buddy Roberson, Stan English, Howard Lewis, Ben Toombs, James “Peewee” Bennett, Rufus Anderson, Jerry Parker, Jerry Wright, Johnny Ben Aspinwall, Larry Stanfield, Tommy Carter, Newton Sikes, Don Blocker, Emory Clary, Key “Gopher” Roberson, Neil Nichols, Chuck Faircloth, Mackey McReady, Tommy and Jamie Reddish, Tony Nipper, Woody Manuel, Johnny Merritt, Elbert Hayes, Robert Todd, Corey Wood, Cleve Murphy, and Barry Arem.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Screven First Baptist Church with Dr. Doug McCart officiating. Private family interment will follow in the Screven City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Screven First Baptist Church Building Fund, 302 School Street, Screven, GA 31560.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Barbara J. Sloan

Jesup--Barbara J. Sloan, 79, of Jesup died Dec. 8, 2019, under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

The Florida native had lived in Jesup the past 41 years and was a member of God’s Way Worship Center. The homemaker loved church activities, fishing, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Charles Sloan; two sons, Charles Edward and Larry Delworth Sloan; parents, William and Sarah Ivey; a sister, Betty Joyce Dubberly; a brother, Kenneth Eugene Ivey; and two great-granddaughters, Emily Faith Carroll and Fallyn Leann Bentley.

Survivors include three daughters, Laurie (James) Glisson of Brooklet, Judith Taveirne of Jesup and Joyce (Ricky) Woods of Jesup; five sons, Donald (Debra) Sloan of Blackshear, Jerry (Sandra) Sloan of Jesup, William (Billie Jean) Sloan of Odum, Tim (Laura) Sloan of Jesup and James (Amy) Sloan of Jesup; two brothers, William Henry Ivey Jr. of Brunswick and John Raymond Ivey of Jesup; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. William Sloan, the Rev. John Art Stoddard and the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Dustyn, Chris, Aaron, Jerry Jr., Dylan and Evan Sloan. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Hospice of South Georgia.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Robert James “Bob” Brady

Odum--Robert James “Bob” Brady, 87, of Odum died Dec. 10, 2019.

The University of Alabama graduate and U.S. Army veteran served in the Korean Conflict. He held municipal careers in budget management in Nashville, Tennessee, and Tallahassee, Florida.

He had a lifelong love of music and loved playing with his band.

His wife, Laura Virginia “Ginny” Warren Brady, of 64 years preceded him in death.

Survivors include his son, Robert Alan Brady of Odum, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Warren Cemetery with Rev. R.M. Warren officiating.

Family will receive friends at the cemetery.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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Horace Dan May Sr.

Walthourville--Horace Dan May Sr., 78, of Walthourville died peacefully at Memorial Hospital in Savannah on Nov. 26, 2019.

He was born in Glascock County on April 29, 1941, to Cecil May and Vera Essie Thigpen.

He retired from the Navy, where he served in a SeaBee unit, and he was enlisted in the Air Force prior to that. He was also a Vietnam War veteran.

He was preceded in death by many loved ones, including his stepson, Ralph “Tommy” Thomas Jr.

Survivors include his children, Dennis May, Doris Ann May, Terry May (Justin) Collier andDan May Jr., and stepdaughter, Betty (Albert) Hill; a sister, Terry May (Freddie) Chapman; his first wife, Helen Buchman; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.


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