10.27.18 Obituaries



Heather DiAnn Griffis

Jesup—Heather DiAnn Griffis, 41, died Oct. 24, 2018, in Wayne Memorial Hospital under the care of Hospice of South Georgia after an extended illness.

A native and resident of Wayne County for most of her life and a former resident of Battleground, Washington, she was born Dec. 7, 1976, in Jesup.

She was a 1996 graduate of Wayne County High School. She worked as a GED paraprofessional with Altamaha Technical College, now known as Coastal Pines Technical College, and later worked in the public defender’s office.

She loved her cats, reading and watching movies of all kinds, especially Star Trek, Halloween and Dr. Who. She enjoyed acting and drama. She was the first student in the Wayne County school system to letter in drama and was a member of Phi Beta Lambda during her college days.

She will be fondly remembered for her free spirit and love of children, even though she had none of her own.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Layton and Llean Griffis; maternal grandparents, James G. and Elizabeth Scott; and two sisters, Tammy Elizabeth Hadden and Collette Frances Hadden.

Survivors include her mother and father, Donald and Marlena Griffis of Odum; a brother, Kelvin McKee Griffis, and his companion, Beth Keene, of Odum; a half-sister, Jenifer Cornelio of Palatka, Florida; a niece, Lena Griffis of Odum; a nephew, Michael McKee Hadden of Colorado; Heather’s partner, Elizabeth James, of Battleground, Washington; and  numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and a host of extended-family members.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Lee officiating. Interment will follow in Odum City Cemetery.    

Active pallbearers will be Robert Ponville, Brandon Bennett, Aaron Nail, Jarrett Farrell, Matthew Williams, Caleb Taylor, Michael Williams and John Evors.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Liberty Regional EMS employees.

Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jauetta Dales Ohnemus

Jesup—Jauetta Dales Ohnemus, 71, died Oct. 23, 2018, at home under the care of her loving daughter, Melinda Harlin, and Hospice of South Georgia.

She was born on April 7, 1947, in Buchanan County, Virginia, to the late Bud and Dorsey Owens Dales. She enjoyed reading and watching movies in her spare time.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, Phillip Joseph Ohnemus; her son, Randy Clay Keiser; and her sisters, Fay Coleman and Ruth Dales.

Survivors include her daughter and caregiver, Melinda Harlin of Jesup; a son, Bradley Joseph Ohnemus of Wytheville, Virginia; a brother and sister-in-law, Woody and Gay Dales of Prater, Virginia; a sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Jack Church of Prater; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members. 

Private services will be held at a later date.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rinehart & Sons


Faye Johnson Paulk

Jesup—Faye Johnson Paulk, 76, of Jesup died Oct. 22, 2018.

The Florida native had lived in Wayne County the past 10 years and was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Valdosta. She was a homemaker and best known as “Mammaw” to her grandchildren. She focused all of her energy on her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wade Paulk Sr.; her son, Wade Paulk Jr.; a sister, Joyce Johnson Hicks; and her parents, Winslow and Frances Johnson.

Survivors include two daughters, Terri (Steve) Bennett of Jesup and Donna (Craig) Hawkins of Valdosta; five grandchildren, Kristin (Max) Linder of Jesup, Cale (Britney) Bennett of Jesup, Lincoln, Jack and Zoey Hawkins, all of Valdosta; a brother, Johnny (Melba) Johnson of Stark, Florida; a sister, Tammy (David) Woodard of Stark; and four nephews, Dustin Woodard, Shane Johnson, Jason Johnson and Robbie Hicks.

Funeral services were October 26 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Justin Mitchell officiating. Interment was in the Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were her family.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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. Simo’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 was held (Saturat 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.org.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Frances Clark Dampier

Hortense—Frances Clark Dampier, 74, of Hortense died Oct. 24, 2018 at her residence.

Private memorial services are being held by her family.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


George Harold  “Catfish” Sheffield

Jacksonville, Florida—George Harold “Catfish” Sheffield, 79, died Oct. 21, 2018.

Private family interment will be held in Ritch Baptist Church Cemetery.


Morna Elaine McCaig

Born Jan. 28, 1923. Entered into eternal rest Oct. 7.

A gathering to remember her will be Oct. 27 (today) at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

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