10.20.18 obituaries

Rinehart & Sons


Ronnie Dixon

Jesup—Ronnie Dixon, 61, died Oct. 16, 2018, in St. Joseph’s Hospital after a brief illness.

The Wayne County native was a member of the Crossroads Church of God and owner and operator of Dixon Timber Company. He liked running his sawmill and shooting skeet.

He was predeceased by his father, Barney Dixon, and grandparents, Ivie and Gilford Walker, and Bertie and Emory Dixon. 

Survivors include a wife of 19 years, Christie Thompson Dixon of Jesup; four children, Mike Jr. (Susan) Harrell of Thomaston, Becky (George) Curtis of Forsyth, and Ronald Coggins and Heather Shefka, both of Jesup; his mother, Billie Dixon Ray of Jesup; eight grandchildren, Ramsey, Ridge, Miranda, Curt, Blake, Riley, Ben and Sam; a sister, Judy (Lonnie) Manning of Jesup; two brothers, Steve (April) Dixon of Jesup and Ray Dixon of Baxley; several nieces and nephews, Kyle Manning, Ivie Combs, Hollie Manning, Dake Dixon, Hallie Dixon, Jed Dixon and Ashton Dixon; and his dog, Daisy.

Funeral services were held Oct. 19 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Tim Horne and the Rev. Mitch Thompson officiating. 

Private family interment will follow in the Dixon Family Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Kevin Garner, Glenn Purcell, Delma Moseley, Lee Garner, Ben Poppell, Joe Langley and James Langley.

Visitors are welcomed at his residence, 6131 Lanes Bridge Road, Jesup, GA 31545.

In lieu of flowers, send memorials to New Hope Freewill Baptist Church, 1240 New Hope Rd. Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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; sister-in-love, April Drury of Jesup; great-nieces, Morgan Humphrey, Riley Amis of Jesup; great-nephews, Walker and Wyatt Amis of Jesup; and many friends in Atlanta.

Memorial services celebrating his life will be held held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta with a reception following in the fellowship hall. There will also be a memorial service Thursday, Oct. 25, 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.



Caleb Aaron Buzbee

Cross City, Florida—Caleb Aaron Buzbee, loving son, little brother, boy-friend, uncle, cousin, friend, teammate and coach, died Oct. 14, 2018.

He was born Aug. 24, 1983, and raised in the First District area of Old Town, where he developed his fun and loving personality, playing games and joking with his family and friends.

He developed an interest in sports and teamed up with one of his best friends and Dixie County great, Nick Collins, to win multiple Pop Warner football championships. He was not an avid sportsman but as a child was a sportsman by default at times as a result of the passion his father and brother had for fishing, and he took pride in catching the “family’s biggest bass” that he caught and that adorned the wall of his home. (This is noted in this obituary solely to rub it in his big brother’s face one last time).

Throughout his teenage years, he was known for his laid-back and friendly personality and great sense of humor. In his senior year, in the midst of a state-playoff run for the Dixie County football team, he was in a car wreck on his way to school, and it left him paralyzed and unable to walk. For most folks this would be a major setback, but his positive attitude and competitive spirt would not allow him to be held back. He got back into the swing of things quickly and maintained his positive and friendly personality. He returned to school in his senior year at DCHS just in time to be crowned Prom King by his classmates.

Shortly after high school, he began a career in coaching, first coaching in the local Pop Warner football league and then coaching basketball at Ruth Rains Middle School, Santa Fe High School and most recently Dixie County High School. He was a positive influence on many young men whom he motivated and inspired (and who won quite a few ball games, too.)

He attended the University of Florida and obtained a degree in sports management. He was an avid Gator Fan and enjoyed following Gator sports.

He was truly a kind and caring soul with a smile that would light up anyone’s darkest day, according to his family. Those who were fortunate enough to know him are better for it, as his outlook and fortitude was truly inspiring, his family said. He was a man who made his mark on the world and his legacy lives on in those he knew. He wasn’t here for a long time, but he made sure it was a good time.

He was predeceased by his father, Laney Buzbee Sr.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather Gredel Buzbee and Buster Burkett; his brother and sister-in-law, Laney and Brianna Buzbee Jr.; a nephew, Laney Buzbee III; a niece, Jadyn Buzbee; a stepsister, Macy Burkett; Grandpa and Grandma Burkett; his girlfriend, Lauren Johnson; and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who loved him dearly and considered themselves blessed to have him as a positive influence in their lives.

Funeral services were held at Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City Oct. 19.

A graveside service will take place at Ritch Baptist Church Cemetery in Screven today (Saturday) at 4 p.m. Friends and family may gather at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup at 3 p.m.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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