10.5.19 obtuaries

Rinehart & Sons


James W. Boykin

Jesup—James W. Boykin, 80, died Oct. 3, 2019, at his home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia after his fourth bout with cancer and a blessed life.

He was born in Savannah on June 7, 1939, and graduated from Commercial High School in Savannah. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Upon returning to the United States, he served in the Georgia National Guard from 1960 to 1963.

He moved to Wayne County in 1974 to join his father at Boykin Erectors Inc., where he became president and owner. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jesup, serving as the official coffee maker of the Golden Rulers Sunday School Class for many years.

He served as a trustee for Local 474 Operating Engineers and Local 709 Ironworkers for many years. He was a charter member of the Wayne County Home Run Club, Pine Forest Men’s Golf Association, where he served two consecutive terms as president, Jesup Jaycees, Elks Club, Southeast Georgia Mechanical & Erectors Association, along with several other organizations serving as a board or trustee member.

He served for three consecutive terms as a Wayne County commissioner, where he served his community faithfully. During his term as a county commissioner he lovingly served the people of Wayne County and was an exemplary figure of service and stewardship, his family said. He was a part of several major improvements to the community and a strong supporter of the Wayne County Recreation Department.

He loved his community and always appreciated being able to call Wayne County home. He was respected in the construction industry and his community, where he was known for being a tireless worker and a mentor to all who knew him. He dedicated his life to helping and loving others without expecting anything in return, according to his family. He believed in hard work, giving people an opportunity, devotion to his employees and loving without fail.

While he battled many illnesses along the way, he still managed to give all that he had to all that he loved. He loved his family unconditionally and enjoyed playing golf, watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports and spending time with friends.

He was devoted to God, family, friends and the community that he so cherished and loved.

He was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Margaret Boykin, and a grandson, Christopher “Chris” Moseley.

Survivors include his faithful wife of 54 years, Loretta Young Boykin; his children,  James “Jimbo” (Celia) Boykin,  Randy (Jullith) Boykin, Stevie (Raeghan) Smith and Selena Lattie; grandchildren, Katie (Kimble) Mounts, Brent (Felicia) Moseley, Griffin Boykin, Luke Boykin, Max Boykin, Valerie Boykin, Matthew Boykin, Jordan Given; great-grandchildren, Mary Nell Moseley, Kayden Mounts, Kinsley Mounts, Ryan Given; one sister, Elaine Boykin (Cliff) Murphy; nephews, Tony Yeomans, Todd Yeomans, Ron (Haley) Sluder, Brad (Katy) Yeomans; an aunt, Margie Boykin of Port Wentworth; and a cousin, Wayne Exley of Americus.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Jesup with Dr. Mike VonMoss, Dr. Felix Haynes and friends officiating. Interment will be in the Sunset Oaks Memorial  Cemetery on Sunset Boulevard.

Visitation will be held today (Saturday) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Jesup.

Active pallbearers will be Brent Moseley, Kimble Mounts, Dr. Lance Hendrix, Griffin Boykin, Luke Boykin and Jordan Givens. Honorary pallbearers will be the current and past employees of Boykin Erectors Inc., members of the Golden Rulers Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church and Hospice of South Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials  may be made to the James W. Boykin Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 879, Jesup, GA 31598 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Revis Clary

Odum--Revis Clary, 75, of Odum died Oct. 1, 2019, after an apparent heart attack.

He was a life long resident of Wayne County and graduated from Odum High School. He was a farmer with a head for business who owned C&C Dairy Farm, Odum Swine Breeders and Clary Fertilizer Company, which has been in business for 54 years.

He was a member of GFA Association of Peanut Farmers and a founding board member of Wayne National Bank and Chem Nut Association. He believed in working hard and instilling a strong work ethic into future generations.    He enjoyed quail hunting, fishing, farming and talking.  He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Ada Clary; brothers Jesse, Eugene and Bob Clary; sisters, Gladys Clary, Aletha Anderson and Virginia Anderson; and grandsons, James Decoda Clary and Zachery Reddish.

Survivors are his loving wife of 54 years, Gail Johnson Clary; children, Shnelda (Brad) Reddish, Eddie (Rikki) Clary, Archie (Beth) Clary, Lana (Pat) Carter, Ginger (Dwayne) Havard; grandchildren, Ethan Reddish, John (Bekah) Taylor, Morgan, Madilyn, Sara-Heyden and Ada Clary, Seth and Aaron Clary, J.P. and Gracie Carter, Abigail and Hannah Havard; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Eleanor (Mad) Harvey, Kelly (Jane) Clary and Samuel Clary; sisters-in-law, Wilma (Richard) Scarborough, Irene Clary, Beth (Johnny) Howard; brothers-in-law, Kenny (Bonnie) Johnson and Timmy Johnson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held today (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Calvin Anderson, Ashley Dukes and the Rev. Tim Horne officiating. Interment will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be John Taylor Clary, Ethan Reddish, Seth Clary, Aaron Clary, J.P. Carter, Dan and Andy Clary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Decoda Clary Trust, c/o BB&T Bank, 818 South First Street, Jesup, GA  31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Groover Clinton “Clint” Crosby Jr.

Jesup--Groover Clinton “Clint” Crosby Jr., 70, of Jesup died Oct. 1, 2019.

The Wayne County native was a member of Jesup First Baptist Church, a 1967 Wayne County High School graduate and a Georgia Southern College graduate, receiving a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing.

He lived for many years in Brunswick, where he enjoyed a 33-year career and served as a former vice president with SunTrust Bank of Brunswick. He was a participant in many civic endeavors and he especially enjoyed being a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America and helping his sons achieve their Eagle Scout status.

One of his favorite pastimes was golfing and most notably playing the Augusta National Golf Course.

He was predeceased by his son, Christopher Crosby, and his parents, Groover Sr. and Nadine Landon Crosby.

Survivors include his son, Craig Crosby of Charleston, South Carolina; a sister, Deborah Pumpelly; a niece, Caitlin (Chris) Jarriel of Darien; a nephew, Robert (Meghan) Pumpelly of Screven.

Funeral services were held Oct. 3 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Von Moss officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Don and Derek Landon, Robbie Poppell, Len Lewis, Ricky Bennett and Dr. Bo Hall. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Bo Hall Sunday School Class of Jesup First Baptist Church.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Rev. James H. Highsmith

Jesup--The Rev. James H. Highsmith, 78, of Jesup died Oct. 1, 2019, after an extended illness.

He was also affectionally known as “Jimmy” or “Bear.” The Wayne County native and Jesup Church of God member was an ordained Church of God minister for 43 years, serving in many churches in and around South Georgia and former overseer of the Dublin District. He was a 1960 graduate of Jesup High School, a former employee with Rayonier and a pipefitter.

His former wife, Carolyn Ogden, preceded him in death, along with his parents, J.W. and Hazel Gordon Highsmith, and an uncle and aunt, T.J. and Esther Gordon.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Solomon Highsmith of Jesup; four sons, Ross (Donna) Highsmith of Jesup, Russell (Tonda) Highsmith of Jesup, Richard (Sonya) Highsmith of Blackshear and Ryan (Jenny) Highsmith of Statesboro; a sister, Marlene Aspinwall of Jesup; two brothers, John (Angie) Highsmith of Waynesville and Mike (Nancy) Highsmith of Jesup; seven grandchildren, Kali, Remley, Klint, Heath, Krista, Hagan and Rachel; two great-grandchildren, Ryder and Kambri; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 4 at Jesup Church of God with the Rev. Carlton Ring, the Rev. Hulet Smith and the Rev. Clayton Dowd officiating. Interment followed in the Gardi Cemetery off of Highway 341 in Jesup. Active pallbearers were Chris Aspinwall, Stephen Highsmith, Brian Highsmith, Gant Highsmith, David Conner, Don Holt and grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were the Harborview Nursing Home staff and members of the 1960 Class of Jesup High School.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gardi Cemetery Fund, 137 Charlton Street, Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




Rosine C. Johnson

Jesup—Rosine C. Johnson, 77, of Jesup died Sept. 27, 2019, at her residence following a lengthy illness.

She was born on Dec. 20, 1941, to the late Taylor Curry and Alberta Brown-Curry in Macon. She spent most of her younger years of life living in Detroit, Michigan, and later retired and relocated to Jesup.

She was also employed with the furniture manufacturer Waynline until her health began to fail.

She was preceded in death by both parents, six brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include one sister, Irene Roberts of Jesup; her daughter, Arlene (Anthony) Parker of Atlanta; her grandchildren, Angela (Gerald) Fasion of Snellville, April (Rico) Reese of Powder Springs, Amanda Parker of Lawrenceville, Anthony Parker Jr. of Atlanta; her great-grandchildren, Lalia and Malia Fasion, Rico, Junior and Ramal Reese; her nieces, Aline (Carnell) Roberts of Jesup and Patricia Roberts of Jesup; her nephews, Ricky (Alvera) Roberts of Jesup, Willie J. (Kyong) Roberts of Killeen, Texas and Anthony (Frances) Ervin of Stone Mountain; her first cousin, Bernard (Ida Mae) Curry of Jesup; and a host of other relatives and friends.

There will not be a wake.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at St. John First Born Holiness Church, 386 W. Poplar Street, Jesup, GA 31545. Interment is in Jesup City Cemetery. Repast is at St. John F.B. Church Social Hall.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.   


Out of Town


Sharon Louise Boatwright

Warner Robins--Sharon Louise Boat-wright, 81, died peacefully in her home Oct. 2, 2019.

She was born Sharon Butler in Cacapon, West Virginia. She was one of four siblings, two sisters and two brothers. Her early childhood was spent overcoming many adversities, in particular the death of her youngest brother, which would forever change the direction of her life journey toward nursing.

With a determined attitude, she attended college, and in 1959 she graduated  from King’s Daughters Hospital School of Nursing. Nursing was the one constant thing in her life throughout a marriage, the birth of her children, a divorce, a remarriage and grandchildren.

She worked hard at her nursing career, eventually ending up as the director of nursing at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup. She often said those were the very best years of her life. Her nurses were like her family and she cared deeply about the community she served.

In 2006 she retired from WMH and moved to Warner Robins to be closer to family.

She was an avid baker, often making wedding cakes for friends. When she wasn’t taking care of her home, cooking or her grandchildren, she loved to read, sew and quilt, but above all else, she was a caretaker. She showed her love through acts of service and found it extremely difficult in the last few years to not have the physical strength she desired.

The family said that it “knows she is running around Heaven with a scrub brush, knowing because she is there, no one will get cholera or dysentery--not on her watch!”

She was preceded in death by her husband Rick Boatwright; both parents; and all siblings.

She is survived by four sons, Craig Brown of Brunswick, Mark (Kandy) Brown of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Michael (Tonia) Brown of Warner Robins, Richard Boatwright Jr.; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Tiffany) Griffin, Dustin (Marsha) Brown, Wesley (Kayla) Brown, Cody Brown, Ashley Brown, Abby Brown, Anna Brown, Grace Boatwright and Dylan Boatwright; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is set for today (Saturday) from noon to 1 p.m. at Parkway Memorial Gardens in Warner Robins. Funeral services will be held beginning at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, send all donations to Hospice Care Options of Georgia.

Family and friends may visit www.heritagemfh.com and sign the guest book.

Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

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