10.17.18 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons


Doyle Carson Drury

Atlanta—Doyle Carson Drury, 52, of Atlanta died Oct. 4, 2018, in his home after a short battle with cancer.

He will be remembered for a lifetime of serving churches, from preaching to flower arranging, all over north and south Georgia.  He was devoted to loving his congregations and creating sacred spaces of beauty and grace in every church he served.

Survivors include his parents, Vernon and Ouida Drury of Jesup; brother and sister-in-law, Dwight (Ty) Drury of Jesup; nieces, Holly Drury Humphrey and Lauren (Pete) Amis of Jesup; a sister-in-love April Drury of Jesup; great-nieces, Morgan Humphrey, Riley Amis of Jesup; great-nephews, Walker and Wyatt Amis of Jesup; and his many friends in Atlanta.

Memorial services celebrating his life were held Oct. 23 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta with a reception following in the fellowship hall. There will also be a memorial service Thursday at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home.

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

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ronald Douglas Mitchell

Jesup—Ronald Douglas Mitchell, 71, of Jesup died Oct. 13, 2018, after an extended illness.

The North Carolina native had lived most of his adult life in Wayne County. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a 32-year manager with Georgia Narrow Fabrics of Jesup. He enjoyed playing pool, fishing and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife, Betty Simmons Mitchell, and a son, Ronald D. Mitchell Jr.

Survivors include six daughters, Casey (Curt) Spell of Athens, Candice (Jeffery) Brock of Jesup, Rhonda Mitchell of Jesup, Diane, Jennifer and Stephanie Mitchell; three sons, Jonathan Mitchell of Jesup, David Mitchell of Jesup and Ryan Mitchell of Statesboro; a sister, Debbie Podger of Franklinton, North Carolina; and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Oct. 16 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. Interment was in the Concord Cemetery in Long County. Active pallbearers were his family.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ernest E. Sapp

Jesup—Ernest E. Sapp, 92, of Jesup died Oct. 12, 2018, at his residence after an extended illness.

The Wayne County native was a member of Gardi Baptist Church and a 32-year retired Rayonier employee. He was owner of Sapp Septic and Dirt Hauling Company.

The U.S. Army veteran enjoyed working with his church and staying busy.

He was predeceased by his parents, James Asa and Anna Brannen Sapp; a son, Edward Ernest Sapp; a daughter, Kathy Sapp; a sister, Lois Hettich; and three brothers, Irvin, J.E. and Luverne Sapp.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jeanette Adams Sapp of Jesup; a son, James (Janice) Sapp of Coch-ran; a sister, Frances (Larry) Shupe of Salt Lake City, Utah; a brother, Jimmy Sapp of Brunswick; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Oct. 15 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Pastor Randy Pruitt officiating along with the American Legion Post No. 311’s presentation of the U.S. flag. Interment was in the Gardi Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Dusty, Brandon and Isreal Sapp, Kevin Vanderveen and Luke Shupe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gardi Baptist Church, 981 Morning Glory Circle, Jesup, GA 31546.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Syble Scott Drawdy

Jesup—Syble Scott Drawdy, 71, of Jesup died Oct. 14, 2018, after a brief illness.

Private memorial services are being held by her family.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Breanna Necole Tippins

Jesup—Breanna Necole Tippins, 25, of Jesup died Oct. 11, 2018, at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Dec. 14, 1992, to the late Lester Person and Evelyn Tippins in Jesup.

She was educated in the public school system of  Wayne County, where she graduated from Wayne County High in 2011. She also participated in the band, Future Business Leaders of America, 4-H and Beta Club and was a recreation cheerleader.

She then  began classes at the University of Phoenix. She was a fun-loving young lady, beautiful inside and outwardly, who loved taking selfies and was often referred to as “The Selfie Queen,” her family said.

She was a devoted member of The Church of God the Bible Way under the leadership of Prophet Cowart.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Person; her maternal grandparents, Aretha and James Tippins; and her paternal grandmother, Rosa Mae Wilmont.

Survivors include her loving mother, Evelyn Tippins; a sister, KaTina (Elliotte) Padgett;  brothers, Lester (MaShanna) Tippins, Derrick (Shannon) Tippins, Tony (Shelby) Tippins and Terrell Randolph; aunts, Martha (Brooker) Owens, Peggy Tippins and Donna Edmond Moore; uncles, Daniel (Ella Mae) Tippins, Samuel (Patricia) Tippins and Arnie (Lucinda) Tippins; nieces and nephews, JaTavious Tippins, Martina Davidson, Dresus Johnson, Jaliyah Johnson, DaNejah Shaw, Jaden, KaVon, Jordan, Kiley, Mariah and Jayceon Tippins, Thomas Roundtree, DeShawn James, Kendrick and Cameron Randolph; closest friends, Thea Benjamin, Clarissa Waher, Chamiya Owens, Kendra Fullmore, Alanna Woods, Trey Brown; a close and dear friend, Quinton Jones; a godson, Cole; and a host of other loving cousins and friends that will miss her dearly.

Wake/visitation will be held on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Church of God the Bible Way, 624 Railroad Ave., Jesup.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Grace Assembly of God, 2324 Rayonier Road, Jesup. Interment is in Sunset Oaks Memorial Cemetery.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Danny James Duncan

Jesup—Danny James Duncan, 35, died Oct. 12, 2018.

He will no longer have to fight his demons and from this day forward will no longer be using or shooting up drugs, according to his family. His death was the result of drug addiction, and it has left his family in great despair.

His family said, “Many years and several overdoses later, the addiction epidemic has taken our bright, handsome and witty Danny away from the many people he touched in his life one way or another. His fight is over, and our family has been forever changed. It is by the grace of God we have the power to breathe until we meet him again. I love you son.”

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Edward Caracci, Artumus Gordon and John Mutchler; his grandmother, Jackie Gordon; and his infant brother, Michael Mutchler. 

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Arlene and Mark Mutchler; father, James Duncan; maternal grandmother, JoAnne Caracci; paternal grandparents, Val and Roxie Duncan; children, Zackary Duncan and Bella Duncan; siblings, Christina Fancher; aunts and uncles, Fran Newman and Lisa and Craig Webber; and numerous cousins and extended-family members.

A graveside memorial service to honor his life was held Oct. 15 at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Rebecca Duke-Barton officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Freeheart Center Men’s Life Recovery, P.O. Box 481, Jesup, GA 31598.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Martha Westberry

Jesup--Martha Westberry, 72, died Oct. 11, 2018, at home.

A resident of Jesup for more than 50 years, she was born on March 11, 1946, in Savannah to the late James Martin and Ida Mae Harrelson Long.

She worked as a certified nursing assistant at all three nursing homes in Jesup before her retirement in 1996.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robbie Roy Westberry Sr.; a son, Robbie Roy Westberry Jr.; a daughter, Lisa Westberry; and brothers and sisters, Paul Long, Joe Long and Barbara Faith Moore.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Tracy and Scott Lang of Wallis, Texas and Terri Wages of North Georgia; brothers, Ronnie Long of Pooler and Ralph Long of Pooler; a sister, Montez Carrington of Girard; seven grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended- family members.

Funeral services were held Oct. 16 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.

Interment was in Piney Grove Cemetery.

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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