11.2.19 obituaries



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Spence Megail Pearce Jr.

Screven—Spence Megail Pearce Jr., 19, died peacefully on Oct. 26, 2019, at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 11, 2000, to Bridgette Johnson of Baxley and Spence Megail Pearce Sr. of Screven. He was a loving son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend, his family said.

He joined Thankful New Jersey Church at a young age. He was willing and able to carry out the work of the Lord, according to his family. He attended Appling County Primary School and Appling County Middle School. He moved to Jesup and graduated from Wayne County High School in 2018. He continued his education at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California, and then he later came home to prepare to continue his education at Coastal Pines Technical College in Jesup.

He was loved by everyone he interacted with, his family said.

He was preceded in death by his loving Papa, Artis L. Reddish, and his Granddaddy, Cecil L. Edwards.

Survivors include his mother, Bridgette Johnson of Baxley; his father, Spence Megail Pearce Sr. of Screven; his “grandmother” Shelia D. Reddish of Screven; “Granny” Ethel Pearl Johnson of Baxley; brothers, Davante (Zalakian) of Baxley and Kamren and MyrKee of Screven; seven sisters, SheTaka, Brakyia and Brekia of Baxley and MyKalah, Talajah, Azari and A’kiris of Jesup; one nephew, Zaylen; one niece, Zaniya; one godson, C.J., of Jesup; godparents, Coy and Amy Wright of Jesup; a devoted and loving girlfriend, Blesyn Sweeney, of California; a best friend, Stormi Lee of Screven; a true friend, Garrett, of Jesup; friends/brothers, Nyzaia Buggs, Avery Prickett, Chris Barnhill (Raw Dog), Chris Norris, Tyler Gibson, Tyrell Gibson, AL and Q; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services are planned for today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at New Jersey Missionary Baptist Church, 644 N. Main St., Baxley. Interment will follow at Old Field Cemetery in Baxley.

People’s Community Funeral Home of Baxley is in charge of arrangements.




Leighton Revae Johnson Jr.

Leighton Revae Johnson Jr., 50, died Oct. 29, 2019, at home under the care of his loving family and the staff of Hospice of South Georgia.

He was born on May 7, 1969, in Jesup. He touched the lives of many people with his beautiful smile, according to his family He loved music and long rides in the car. He attended Wayne Service Center and also went to church regularly at the Crossroads Church of God, where he worshiped the Lord with all his heart, his family said He loved life and always wanted to pull back the curtains and see the beautiful world outside, according to his family. He never missed a night saying his prayers and is now enjoying all the beauty and splendor of heaven, his family said.

Survivors include his mother and father, Annie Faye Reddish Johnson and Leighton Revae Johnson Sr.; a brother, Mike Carpenter; sisters, Kim Carpenter and Connie Carpenter; a nephew, Chad Wheeler; nieces, Serenity, Brittany, Heather and Danni-Lynn Carpenter and Abigail Pruin, all of Jesup;  and a host of extended- family members.

Funeral services were held Nov. 1 at the Crossroads Church of God with Pastor Hulet Smith officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the services at the church.

Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers were family.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Martha Beecher Simmons

Paynesville--Martha Beecher Simmons, 82, died Oct. 31, 2019 at Southeast Georgia Health Systems Brunswick Campus after a long illness.

A former resident of Brunswick and Jesup and current resident of Waynesville for nearly 30 years, she was born on March 17, 1937, in Alma to the late Carlie and Vonice Shadron Beecher.

She worked several odd jobs in her younger years including a position with Southern Bell and later at several different restaurants including Shoney’s and the Dairy Queen. When she began to have children, she quit work and stayed home to raise her family.

She spent countless hours coaching softball, and she loved to cook and take care of those she loved. She loved to dance in her younger years and was an expert gardener, a trait passed down from her father. She also enjoyed horseback riding, hunting and fishing and was an active member of

Waynesville Missionary Baptist Church, where she attended the Anna Class, taught by Aunt Jo Harrison, until her health began to decline in her later years. 

In addition to her parents, her brother, Wendell Beecher, and sisters, Nella Beecher Harrington and Myrtle Beecher Jones, all preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Cindy Simmons (Tony) Smith, Windee Simmons and Rhonda Simmons (Alvin) Carlson, all of Waynesville; grandchildren, Toni Michelle (Clint) Paradise, Tommy (Sam) Smith, James (Shelina) Rogers, Courtney Sapp Parsons, Chelsea Carter (Jeff) Vardin and Cheyenne Turner; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Graysen, Noah, Maddy, Leah, Lennox, Alyssa, Briar, Will, Sophia, Zoe Jane Thomas, Addy and Myles; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Joe Carr officiating.

Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Tony Smith, Alvin Carlson, James Rogers, Keith Bell, Mike Cannon, Donald Parsons, Keith Evans and Dusty Branch.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  



Rinehart & Sons


James Wesley “Jimmy” Goss

Screven—James Wesley “Jimmy” Goss, 57, of Screven died Oct. 26, 2019.

The Delray Beach, Florida, native had lived in Wayne County the past few years and was a retired mechanic.

Survivors include two daughters, Stefani Kruer of Floyds Knobs, Indiana. and Karyssa Vincent of Greenfield, Indiana; his mother, Lona Goss of Hortense; and three grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Nov. 9 at noon at Raybon Advent Christian Church, 223 Rob Lewis Lane, Nahunta, with pastor Hilton Morgan and David Herrin officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

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