1.11.17 obituaries

Howard-Jones
 
Rev. Bruce Neil Parks
Ludowici—The Rev. Bruce Neil Parks, 70, of Ludowici died on Jan. 6, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
He was a member of Parkway Church of God.
A resident of Ludowici for more than 20 years and a former longtime resident of Florida, he was born on Nov. 30, 1946, in Luray, Virginia, to the late George Freeman and Anna Gochenour Parks. He spent his early years in Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, where he excelled in high school football and was an all-state player. It was there that he met the love of his life while working as an assistant manager at Elkwallow service station.
He turned down a full football scholarship to Clemson University to marry the girl of his dreams.  The two relocated in the mid 1970s to Florida where he worked several different jobs before beginning work at a rock quarry. There he eventually attained the position of supervisor.
He was ordained as a minister in the Church of God and had served his pastors faithfully at the Piney Grove Church of God and Hickory Street Church of God.  He loved ministering to people by visiting the sick and shut-in.
In his spare time, he enjoyed studying his Bible, baking and watching the University of Georgia Bulldogs on television. He was known as a man of great love.  He devoted himself to his family, and his love for them was unending, his family said.
In addition to his parents, his sister, Lois Jean Meadows, and his grandson, Nicholas Silinsky, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Frances Calhoun Parks of Ludowici; children and their spouses, Cynthia and Mitchell Ray of Glennville, Timothy Parks of Jacksonville, Florida, Melissia and Douglas Silinsky of Ludowici, Joseph and Nicole Parks of St. Augustine, Florida, Travis and Juliane Parks of Remington, Virginia, Kenneth Parks of Jacksonville and Krystal Parks of Ludowici; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Ruth Parks of Greenville and Virginia and Jackie and Joy Parks of Ruckersville, Virgina; 15 grandchildren, including his sidekick Daniel Silinsky;  three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
 Services were held Jan. 8 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Jimmy Lord, the Rev. Bill Harper and the Rev. David Hubbs officiating.
Interment followed in Piney Grove Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Timothy Parks, Joseph Parks, Travis Parks, Kenneth Parks, Brandon Blackman, Joshua Blackman and Daniel Silinsky. Honorary pallbearers will be Church of God ministers in attendance.
Remembrances may be made to the American Kidney Fund at www.kidneyfund.org.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 
Royal 
 
Lonnie Ellis Flowers Sr.
Jesup—Lonnie Ellis Flowers Sr., 78, of Jesup died Jan. 8, 2017, at Altamaha Healthcare, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 15, 1938, to the late Lawyer and Fannie B. Flowers-Thomas in Jesup. He was educated at Wayne County Training School. He was a faithful and longtime member and deacon of New Hope Freewill Baptist Church. He was a former employee of Waynline Furniture, Moody Provisions and Poppell’s Produce.
He loved serving the Lord and attending his church but also enjoyed card games with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by both parents, Lawyer and Fannie B. Flowers-Thomas, and two brothers, Paul and John Tramell.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Helen Flowers of Jesup; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shenita Nelson and Prince Simmons of Rochester, New York, and Demetrice and Antonio Bush of Jesup; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dexter  and Donna Flowers of Atlanta and Lonnie Flowers Jr. of Jesup; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Cheryl and Sammie Jackson of Jesup and Carolyn Lewis of Jesup; a brother, David Lewis of Jesup; 21 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held Friday at Royal Funeral Home Chapel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Freewill Baptist Church. Interment will be in Sunset Oaks Memorial Cemetery.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Kenneth Lamar Hunter
Jesup—Kenneth Lamar Hunter, 56, of Jesup died on Jan. 7, 2017, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born April 21, 1960, to the late Lacey Smith and Roland Hunter Sr. in Jesup, and was educated in the Wayne County public school system. He was a former employee of Walker Chevrolet, Crossroad Ford, and he also worked at Wildwood Stables before his health began to fail.
He enjoyed repairing machinery and was known for his “Macgyver-like” abilities for repairing things. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. 
He was preceded in death by both parents, Lacey and Roland Hunter Sr.; and a brother, Larry Hunter.
He is survived by a companion of more than 25 years, Barbara Johnson of Jesup; her daughter, Lilly Johnson of Jacksonville, Florida; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Theresa Ann and Reginald Grace, and Eva Nell and Johnny Fabian, all of Jesup; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Bobby Sr. and Sandra Hunter of Jesup, Roland Hunter Jr. of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Richard Hunter of Statesboro; an aunt and uncle, Shirley and Willie Lanier of Jesup; his close friends, Jerry Turner Jr. and Jerome Stevens; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other friends. 
There will not be a wake/visitation.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Royal Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Odum City Cemetery.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Rinehart & Sons
 
Luther McCrary “Mack” Harter
Jesup—Luther McCrary “Mack” Harter, 72, of Jesup died Jan. 8, 2017, at his residence.
The Wayne County native was a U.S. Navy veteran. He enjoyed vegetable and fruit tree gardening.
He was predeceased by his wife, Cecilia M. Harter.
Survivors include his daughters, Leona Harter and Christina Harter of Jesup, and a sister, Ila Mae Maze of Jesup.
Memorial services will be held by the family.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons
.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
James Corey “Corky” Graham
Jesup—James Corey “Corky” Graham, 58, of Jesup died Jan. 8, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a Baptist and a former employee with Harley-Davidson Motorcycle,  and he enjoyed his work as owner of Rock and Roll Addict in downtown Jesup.
His hobbies included playing music with his friends, showing off his Corvettes and spending time with his pets—Harley and the rest of the gang.
He was predeceased by his parents, Lester and Kathleen Graham; brothers, Covin and Roger Graham; a sister, Joan Friel; and a stepdaughter, Crissy Pratt.
Survivors include his wife, Becki Anderson Pratt Graham of Jesup; a stepson, Steven Pratt of Malvern, Arkansas; a stepdaughter and her husband, Misty and Jeff Smith of Malvern, Arkansas; grandchildren, Emily and Laney Smith, Cooper and Jace Pratt, all of Malvern, Arkansas; sisters, Marilyn Ann and Gale Heckwine of Jesup; a brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Linda Graham of Jesup; a mother-in-law, Louise Anderson of Malvern, Arkansas; extended family, David and Katrina Westberry and children of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Saturdy at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Josh May officiating. Private interment will be held by the family.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons
.com.
 
Margaret Peters Tyler
Odum—Margaret Peters Tyler, 103, of Odum died Nov. 28, 2016, at her residence after a short illness.
The Ohio native lived in Wayne County for a brief time and was very active in organic gardening, button collecting, doll making and crocheting.
She was the widow of Joseph C. Tyler.
Survivors are her daughters and sons-in-law, Joanna and Allan Day of Indianapolis, Indiana, Eloise Thatcher of North Olmsted, Ohio, and Kathleen and Jaap Koppedrayer of Odum; a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph E. and Kym Tyler of Henderson, North Carolina; a sister, Betty Woodworth of Ashtabula, Ohio; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Piney Grove Church of God with the Rev. Richard Dobson officiating.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Out of Town
 
John William Simmons
Blackshear—John William Simmons, 70, of Blackshear, died Jan. 6, 2017, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born Sept. 20, 1946, in Zanesville, Ohio, he grew up and lived in Barnesville, Ohio, before moving to Wayne County in 1995. He and his wife then moved to Blackshear in 2003. He retired as the general manager at Broadhurst Environmental Landfill and had worked many years in the coal mines and landfills of Ohio as well. After retirement, he also served as a consultant for the Decatur County Landfills.
He was a member of the Friendship Lodge No. 89 F&AM Masonic Lodge in Barnesville, Ohio, and the Jesup Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the Blackshear Church of God but had also been attending Shady Grove Baptist Church in Pierce County.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Allen Simmons, and his mother and stepfather, Roy Eugene and Janet Eileen McCoy Dosson.
Survivors include his wife, Frances King Simmons of Blackshear; two daughters, Rya Janet Simmons of Palm Bay, Florida, and Keela Ann Fruehling of Fayetteville, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Jake Henthorn and Jaden Leader of Palm Bay, Fla., Jordan and Jaxson Leader of New Jersey, and Kylie and Bryson Fruehling of Fayetteville, North Carolina; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Margaret and Richard Corbin of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Shirley Ann Simmons of Cleveland, Ohio; a brother and a sister-in-law, Larry Lee and Barbara Simmons of Sarasota, Florida.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service was conducted Jan. 9 at Hart Funeral Home. Burial was in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501; Blackshear Church of God, 411 W. Carter Avenue, Blackshear, GA 31516; or Shady Grove Baptist Church, 2909 GA Highway 203, Blackshear, GA 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.
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