Raymond Douglas Ogden
Brunswick--Raymond Douglas Ogden, 77, of Brunswick died Oct. 17, 2019, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
Coming from Odum, he had lived in Bruns-wick for the past 17 years and was a graduate of Jesup High School. He was a 1964 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he played football all four years. He also played professional football with the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears.
After retirement from the NFL, he moved back home to Odum, where he purchased a farm to raise cattle and grow crops.
He was a member of the Piney Grove Church of God of Odum and attended Sterling Church of God in Brunswick.
Survivors include his wife, his mother, his sisters, his children, his grandchildren and numerous cousins.
Funeral services were held Oct. 21 at Chapman Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James R. Lord officiating. Graveside services were held at Piney Grove Church of God Cemetery in Odum with Ricky Cason, Michael Rawling, Willie Lane, James Lane, Jon Thompson and Price McLain serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Brother Ronnie Clark, Clarkie Wiggins Jr., Earl Ellis, Delmar Fennell, Penny Smith, Ronnie Stephens, Dwight Vowles, friends, classmates, and team members of University of Alabama Class of 1964.
The family gives special thanks to the staff of Hospice of the Golden Isles and in-home caretakers Donald Banks, Jesaca Campbell and Rashieka Flowers.
Chapman Funeral Chapel & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
Joyce Delaine Crews
Ludowici--Joyce Delaine Crews, 69, died Oct. 20, 2019.
Born in 1950 in Talladega, Alabama, she spent most of her adult life in Jesup until moving to Ludowici in 2017. She worked in a career she truly loved for more than 30 years as a registered nurse at Wayne Memorial Hospital, mostly in the emergency room.
She enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time with family. She was a great cook and talented crafter but was truly the best at being “Bubbie” to her beloved granddaughter, her family said.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Luther Barker and Ruby Joyce Hendricks.
Survivors include her children, John Brandon (Sue) Crews and Janice Amanda Crews of Ludowici, and Jared Matthew Crews of Folkston; a beloved granddaughter, Questa Mira Crews of Ludowici; sisters, Rita (Johnny) Williams and Lori Barker of Tallahassee, Florida; a nephew, Clint Williams of Tallahassee, Florida; and a niece, Catie Lewis of Great Falls, Montana.
Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Howard Funeral Home in Ludowici.
Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.
Velma Corrine Collins
Goshen, Indiana--Velma Corrine Collins, 89, died Oct. 19, 2019, at Courtyard Healthcare, where she had been a resident for five years.
She was born July 5, 1930, in Guthrie, Oklahoma, to Frank M. and Lillie I. (Gooch) Mitchell.
Her family moved to Oklahoma when the territory was opened for homesteaders.
At 25, she went to Denver, Colorado, and when questioned why, she would respond “to find a husband.” On Sept. 4, 1959, she married Ralph D. Collins of Screven. He died Sept. 10, 2014.
In 1948, she graduated from Guthrie High School. She worked as a secretary in Colorado, Georgia and Indiana and retired from Horrace Mann Insurance in California.
She and her husband moved back to Indiana after retirement to be close to family.
She was a loving mother, wife and daughter. A Christian, she loved her Lord, her family said.
Survivors include two daughters, Valissa “Lisa” (Mike) Zigler of Hagerstown, Indiana, and Wendy (Jeff) Myers of Elkhart, Indiana; four grandchildren, Joshua (Brooke) Zigler, Jon (Jessica) Zigler, Aaron (Miranda) Zigler and Denise (Jeremiah) Ward; 11 great-grandchildren; and brothers-in-law, Ronnie Groom, Gerry Woodruff and Larry Collins.
The oldest of four children, she was preceded in death by siblings, James Frank Mitchell, Edna Groom and Cynthia Woodruff.
Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. The funeral service will follow at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.
Private burial will be in Violett Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Faith United Methodist Church, American Heart Association or National Kidney Foundation.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.