11.20.19 obituaries



Janet Marie Taylor

Jesup--Janet Marie Taylor, 50, a native of Orange Park, Florida, and resident of Jesup died Nov. 14, 2019, at Harborview Health System in Jesup following a brief illness.

She was born May 11, 1969, to the late Calvin Coolidge Houston and Marie Jeanette Houston in Orange Park, Florida, where she was educated and graduated in the Class of 1987 at Orange Park High School.

As a child, she grew up attending Orange Park United Methodist Church. She was a member of New Covenant and Outreach Ministries in Jesup at the time of her death.

She was an employee of the local Hardee’s and McDonald’s and she worked as a dietitian at Altamaha Nursing Facility. She  loved spending time with her children, attending football games, coloring, and laughing with her friends and family.

She was known as a loving mother and loyal friend to many people, and her spirit will surely be missed, her family said. She was also a caretaker and worked as a certified nursing assistant for many years for both elderly people and children.

Survivors include her children, Shane Michael Taylor of New Albany, Indiana, and Shamar Lee Taylor, Shayla Swan Taylor, Shyanne Pearl Taylor, Cierra Paige Clements and Riley Faye Clements, all of Jesup; her sister, Linda Houston Whittington of St. Augustine, Florida; her brother Calvin Houston Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida; and her very dear friend “who was like a sister to her and a aunt to her children,” Katie Nivens of Jesup.

A balloon release has been planned for Saturday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. at Jaycee Stadium. There will not be a wake/visitation. Remains will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral services on Sunday.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, at New Life Ministries at 3 p.m. Interment will be in Sunset Oaks Cemetery, 1590 Sunset Blvd.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Ricky Lee Griffis

Glennville--Ricky Lee Griffis, 63, of Glennville died Nov. 18, 2019, surrounded by his loving family under the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice.

The Wayne County native was born Oct. 13, 1956, to Hazel C. Bullock of Screven and the late Joseph C. Griffis.

A skilled cabinet maker and installer, he loved to fish in his spare time from creek to ocean and everywhere in between. He loved the Lord and worshipped at

Glennville Church of God. He loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, more than anything else.

He was preceded in death by his former wife and the mother of his children, Judy Wells Griffis; two brothers, Jim Albritton and Carter Bullock; and a niece, Dara Jo Wasdin.

In addition to his mother,  survivors include his wife of 25 years, Starlet Griffis; children, Joseph Griffis, Cody Griffis, Danielle (Joey) Folker, Amber O’Neal and Ashley Pearson, all of Glennville; six grandchildren, Landon, Trinity, Levi, Jentry, Jaden and River; two sisters, Pam (Darrell) Wasdin of Screven and Judy Griffis of Jesup; one brother, Tony (Debbie) Griffis of Odum; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and the extended-family members.

A celebration of life will be held at noon today (Wednesday) at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Roger Nelson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

A private interment will follow at Jesup City Cemetery.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rinehart & Sons


Ernest “Ernie” Holt Jr.

Jesup—Ernest “Ernie” Holt Jr., 46, of Jesup died Nov.15, 2019.

The Wayne County native and D.S. Smith employee enjoyed karaoke, spending time on the Altamaha River and “loving on” his granddaughter, Saylor.

He was predeceased by his father, Ernest Holt Sr.

Survivors include his daughter, Samantha (Jeremy) Johnson of Jesup; son, Aaron Holt of Jesup; his mother, Jacqueline Holt of Jesup; two sisters, Donna Holt of Odum and Chandra (Randolph) Cox of Jesup; two grandchildren, Riley and Saylor Johnson; two nephews; and a niece.

Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Justin Mitchell officiating. Interment followed in the Odessa Cemetery. Active pallbearers were his friends.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Judy Warnock Long

Jesup--Judy Warnock Long, 74, of Jesup died Nov. 18, 2019.

The Wayne County native was a member of Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church, where she played the piano and was involved in other ministries. She was most known for her many talents in the bakery and grocery-store deli business.

Her granddaughter, Brianna Long, and several siblings preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Jerry E. Long of Jesup; three daughters, Sherri (Pastor Danny) Webster of Brunswick, Anna Franklin of Jesup and Christina (Clifford) Hartnett of Smyrna, Delaware; a son, Steven (Amy) Long of Screven; sister, Betty Davis of Jesup; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Pastor Ray Worley officiating. Interment will follow in Screven City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be her family.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church, 1620 U.S. Highway 301 South, Jesup, GA 31546.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Out of Town


Jeanette  Dixon Brown

College Park--Jeanette “Neek” Brown, 76, of College Park died Nov. 14, 2019.

She was born Jan. 27, 1943, in Jesup to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley and Susie Mae Dixon. She was a member of First Baptist Cliftondale for 30 years. She loved to travel and play cards.

She and her husband, Jerry, were members of a traveling club that went to all 50 states. She was an avid flower gardener who loved roses. She was kind and loving, her family said. She was a doting Neek. She loved social functions and being around other people.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Jean Edwards.

Survivors include her loving husband of 59 years, Jerry Brown; daughters, Tammy (Tommy) Setser and Terry (Frank) Rudisill;  sisters, Clara Mae Mikell and Gladeen Denison; grandchildren, Tim Setser, Joshua Rudisill, Jessica Rudisill and Miranda Rudisill; and numerous other loved ones, family and friends.

At this time, no services have been scheduled. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Baptist Church’s 2020 Vision Fund, 5811 Central Church Road, Douglasville, GA, 30135 and/or Collins Hill Baptist Church, 1612 Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30043.

Condolences may be left with the family or can be shared at www.whitleygarner.com.

Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner  in Douglasville.


Vivian Shanklin Dickerson

Jacksonville, Florida--Vivian Shanklin Dickerson, 84, of Jacksonville, Florida, died Nov. 17, 2019, after a long illness.

The Wayne County native lived in Gardi until 1976 and was a member of the Gardi Baptist Church, where she served as assistant pianist, Sunday school teacher and treasurer.

She worked for Southern Bell in Jesup until she transferred to AT&T in Panama City, Florida, where she retired in 1990. She later moved to Jacksonville to be with her only son and grandchildren.

Her favorite pastimes were watching Atlanta Braves baseball and taking care of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Elma Harper of Panama City and Carlene Johnson of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Survivors include a son, Alan (Agnes) Dickerson of Jacksonville; a brother, Carl Augustus (Nina) Shanklin of Gardi; and two grandchildren, Alanna (Josh) Santiago of Jacksonville and Alisha Dickerson of Gainesville, Florida.

Funeral services will be held graveside Friday at 11 a.m. at the Gardi Cemetery.

Naugle Funeral Home of Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.


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