10.10.18 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons


Lisa Blanton Himes

Odum—Lisa Blanton Himes, 49, of Odum died Oct. 7, 2018, of an apparent heart attack.

The Wayne County native was an employee with Hall Heating and Air of Brunswick and enjoyed traveling.  She was predeceased by her parents, Hubert Lonnie and Joyce Jacobs Blanton.

Survivors include a son, Elza Himes III of Brunswick; two daughters, Angel Himes of Odum and Kirstyn (R.J.) Driver of Brunswick; three grandchildren, Railyn and Tripp Driver and Seth Himes; and a god-daughter, Nevaeh Knuckles.

Graveside services were held Oct. 9 at New Hope Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Manning Jr. officiating.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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.


Ina Jean Hudson Arnold

Jesup—Ina Jean Hudson Arnold, 87, of Jesup died Oct. 7, 2018, after an extended illness.

The Arkan-sas native was a former member of First Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Jesup and had lived in Wayne County the past few years.

She was co-owner of Arnold’s Grocery in Pine Bluff and a homemaker.

She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh Daniel Arnold; her son, Hugh Richard Arnold; and great-grandchildren, Madison and Tanner Smith.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda (Tony) Smith of Jesup; two grandchildren, JaMark (Erica) Smith of Screven and Dusty Smith of Cape Coral, Florida; and three great-grandchildren, Presley and Avery Smith and Dani Soblotne.

Funeral services will be held in Arkansas with interment in the Wilson Cemetery.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Lillian Carter Nails

Jesup—Lillian Carter Nails, 73, of Jesup died Oct. 6, 2018, at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1945, to the late Clyde Carter Sr. and Leona Vonn-Carter in Wayne County. She was educated in the Wayne County Training School and was a loving mother, homemaker and wife to the late, Walter Nails Jr.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. She was a member of Turning  Point Worship Center under the leadership of Pastor Justin Mitchell.

She is survived by her children, Uletha (Bobby) Durham of Warner Robins, Eric (Tupreme) Carter of Atlanta and Pamela Shuman of Jesup; her siblings, Florine Wilson, Betty (Earl) West, Ronnie (Sheila) Carter, all of Jesup, Shirley Jacob of Glenville, Barbara and Johnny Carter, both of Chicago, Illinois; her grandchildren, Tyre (Yolanda) Carter, Lamecka Carter, RahShaney (Ashley) Carter, Labrent Carter, Tedrick Carter, Amber Patterson, Trey Patterson, Marion (Ebony) Shuman and Tasaisha Shuman, Brandon Brown, Brianna, Erykah and Eric Carter Jr.; as well as a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Remains will be viewed at Royal Funeral Home Chapel Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Oct. 13 at Turning Point Worship Center. Interment is in Sunset Oaks Memorial Gardens.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Out of Town


Theresa “Terri”  Tyre Johnson

Nahunta—Theresa “Terri” Tyre Johnson, 62, died Oct. 6, 2018, at Orange Park Medical Center of Orange Park, Florida, following a sudden illness.

She was born in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She had lived most of her early life in Wayne County, and had made her home in the Waycross area since 1974.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Tyre; a nephew, Caleb Tyre; and grandparents, R.T. and Judy Shetters and Jake and Bula Tyre.

She was a 1974 graduate of Wayne County High School and was a former member of O’Quinn Baptist Church near K’ville.

She was the owner and operator of 74 Oaks.  She didn’t limit her work to just one area; she was a woman of many talents. She was a floral designer, an artist, creative designer, event and wedding planner, and a gifted seamstress, among many other talents. In working with weddings, her goal was to create the perfect day for the bride and groom.

She is remembered by her family as loving, compassionate, and being a very giving person.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Gary L. Johnson of Brantley County; a daughter, Brandy Johnson Murray (fiancé, Michael James) of Brantley County; a grandson, Andrew Murray of Brantley County; her mother, Dean Tyre of Jesup; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Jim and Tammie Tyre of Waycross and Joe Tyre of Jesup; two nieces Colbi Tyre (James) Sellers of Waycross and Mandee Waters of Jesup; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

A memorial service will be held today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Music Funeral Home.

Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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