10.13.18 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons


Ronnie Harper

Jesup—Ronnie Harper, 62, of Jesup, “went home to his Lord,” Oct. 8, 2018.

He was a man of faith who demonstrated his love for Jesus by the way he loved people-- most of all, Stephanie, his wife, and Peri, his daughter--his family said.

A Wayne county native, he worked as an educator for 29 years, retiring as a middle school principal. He coached high school baseball and football and was a youth pastor for 15 years. He loved children and made a positive difference in the lives of many of his students, ball players and their parents, as well as his fellow teachers, coaches and administrators.

He enjoyed laughing and joking and having adventures with family and friends. He placed a high value on friendship, staying closely connected to boyhood buddies and children he taught and coached, while continuing to make new friends wherever he went. He loved his friends by showing himself friendly, and they in turn surrounded him with love and support during his time of need, his family said.

He leaves a lasting legacy of relationships, according to his family. He worshipped at North Island Church on St. Simon’s Island.

He was predeceased by his father, James Perry Harper, and his brother, Richie Harper.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Stephanie Baxter Harper of Jesup; a daughter, Peri Harper of Jesup; a son, Nick Harper of Jesup; a mother, Kathleen (Thad) Brackin of Odum; two sisters, Cindy (Donnie) Martin and Tina (Drew) Thornton, both of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held today (Saturday) at Odum City Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on Oct. 27 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Forrest Pond Lodge, 4288 Howard Bo Warren Pkwy, Ludowici, GA 31316 (see website for directions--www.forrestpondlodge.com).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MUCH Ministries, P.O. BOX 24599, St. Simons Island, GA 31522 or give online at www.muchministries


Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Robert “Dean” Madray

Odum--Robert “Dean” Madray, 85, of Odum died Oct. 11, 2018, at his home.

The Wayne County native attended Calvary Baptist Church and was a retired Rayonier employee. He was a four-year letterman and starting quarterback for Jesup High School. He was an All-Region athlete from 1950 through 1952 and All-State in 1951 and 1952.  Although he was recruited by several colleges, including Florida State University, Georgia Technical College and the University of Georgia, he finished his academic career at South Georgia College. He then entered the U.S. Army, serving in Germany, where he met his wife. In later years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and living on the family farm. He was predeceased by his parents, Dude and Willene Tyre Madray, and brother, Red Madray.

Survivors are his wife of 59 years, Marianne Moik Madray of Odum; three daughters, Yvonne (Craig) Rigdon of Statesboro, Annette Madray Metts of Odum and Dee Ann Stephens of Jesup; sister, Claudia “Faye” Holcomb of Frisco, Texas; five grandchildren, Dillon Metts, Olivia Ann Disten, Aleta Hodges, and Dedra and Denise Stephens; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating. American Legion Post 311 will presenting the American flag. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Danny Crews, Gary Parks, Rodney Madray, Randy Purcell, Bill Maxey, Dell Stephens and Gary Plunkett.

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

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




Morris Jones

Ludowici—Morris Jones, 64, of Ludowici died Oct. 7, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital in Savannah, following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church. Interment was in Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville.

Royal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Terrence Joevon Norwood Sr.

Jesup—Terrence Joevon Norwood Sr., 36, of Jesup, died Oct. 8, 2018.

Funeral services are scheduled for today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at St. John Holliness Church.

Community Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  

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