11.24.18 obituaries




Alfred D. Elliott

Jesup—Alfred D. Elliott, 80, died Nov. 20, 2018, at Memorial Health University in Savannah.

A native of Wayne County, he was born Sept. 1, 1938, to the late Alton “Sport” and Stella Griffis. He served his country in the United States Navy for four years before returning to the states, where he married the love of his life, Ruby Lee Yarbrough.

The couple settled in Jesup, where he worked at Waynline for nearly 10 years before taking a job at Rayonier Advanced Materials, from which he retired after more than 28 years.

His meticulous work ethic and love of upholstery work led him to begin his family business, Elliott’s Upholstery,  which he ran for more than 58 years.

He attended Jesup Church of God and in his spare time  enjoyed working in his yard, gardening, working on antique cars and spending time with his beloved family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his mother, his father, Burt Elliott;  sister, Margie Fay Griner; and three brothers, Ronald Griffis, David Griffis and Roger Griffis, all preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ruby Lee Yarbrough Elliott of Jesup; two  daughters and a son-in-law, Angela Elliott Thomas of Jesup and Ava and David Waters of Jesup;  grandchildren, Chad Conner and partner, Jeremy, of Winder, Zachary Thomas of Jesup and Carl and Harley Waters of Jesup; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean Samples, Opal and Tom Groover, Melba and Esmond Wilkerson, Sharon and Olan Passmore, all of Jesup; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Funeral services were held Nov. 23 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Clayton Dowd, the Rev. Theo Arnett and the Rev. Keith Lairsey officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be friends and family.

Honorary pallbearers will be men of Jesup Church of God.

Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  


Rinehart & Sons


Justin Michael Gutzwiller

Jesup--Justin Michael Gutzwiller, 36, of Jesup died Nov. 18, 2018.

The Wayne County native was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a former Local Union No. 96 employee.

He was an avid shark fisherman and was a member of both St. Simons Island Sharking Club and the Tag and Release Program.  He was predeceased by his dad, Michael A. Gutzwiller.

Survivors include his mother, Linda Aspinwall Gutzwiller of Jesup; a sister, Jessica Gutzwiller of Jesup; and two uncles and aunts, Gregory and Cynthia Gutzwiller of Mableton and Larry and Pam Aspinwall of Jesup.

Funeral service will be held Nov. 21 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and members of the Saint Simons Island Sharking Club.

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

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lizzie Marie Thornton

Jesup—Lizzie Marie Thornton, 73, of Jesup died  Nov. 19, 2018, at her residence.

The Glynn County native lived in Wayne County most of her adult life. She was a member of Jesup Church of God and the Overcomer’s Sunday School Class. She was one of 13 children born to Clarence and Mary Lou Ammons. She married Eugene Johnson in 1961, and out of this union came three children, Curtis, Angela and Timothy.

After coming to Christ and surrendering to the call of ministry in the Church of God, they sold their possessions, burned their bridges and moved to Omaha, Nebraska. She was a homemaker who loved her family and church.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Mary Lou Thornton Ammons; brothers, Buddy and Bob Ammons; first husband, Eugene Johnson; son, Timothy Johnson; granddaughter, Brandy Sinclair; and stepdaughter, Lori Thornton.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Tracy Thornton of Jesup; daughter, Angela (Wade) Gill of Offerman; son, Curtis (Beth) Johnson of Zebulon; sisters, Maxine King and Maryann (Benny) Gest of Offerman, Margie Smith of Jesup, Vicky (Keith) Bowen and Melba (Jim) Byrd of Bristol; brothers, Danny (Betty) Ammons of Everett City, Donnie (Mary) Ammons of Blackshear, Daryl (Gail) Ammons of Offerman, Paul Ammons of Bristol, and Joe (Brenda) Ammons of Wildwood, Florida; grandchildren, Danyell Sweat, Merina Spell, Scott Johnson, Lauren Johnson, Adam (Nikki) Gill, Carol Ann (Hank) Griffis and Samantha Johnson; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and stepchildren, Matt (Julie) Thornton of Madisonville, Tennessee, Robin (Sarah) Thornton and Travis (Wendy) Thornton of the K’ville Community.

Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at Jesup Church of God with Pastor Clayton Dowd and the Rev. Carlton Ring officiating.  Private family interment followed in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Fred W. Smith

Jesup—Fred W. Smith, 53, of Jesup died Nov. 18, 2018.

The Wayne County native was a carpenter and had worked and lived in Augusta for many years. He loved fishing, dancing and spending time with family.

He was predeceased by his mother, Joann Griffis Smith, and brothers, Gary and Tommy Smith.

Survivors include his dad, Thomas (Helen) Smith of Brunswick; a sister, Angie (Porky) Worth of Jesup; a niece, Angel Worth; two nephews, Gene and Wayne Worth; two stepsisters, Susan and Robin; and two step-brothers, Allen and Billy.

Private family services will be held.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Naomi Lucille Cunningham-Hicks

Jesup—Naomi Lucille Cunningham-Hicks, 73, of Jesup died Nov. 14, 2018, at her home.  She was born on July 20, 1945, to the late Westley Cunningham and Lucille Lyons-Cunningham Sr. in Jesup.

She was educated in the Wayne County Training School and worked  29 years at Rayonier and four years as a CNA at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

She enjoyed working in her yard gardening and was a a volunteer with the American Heart Association.

She was preceded in death by both parents, Westley and Lucille Lyons-Cunningham; her husband, Randy Hicks; and three brothers, Monroe Cunningham, Westley Cunningham Jr. and Raymond Cunningham.

Survivors include a sister, Estella Cunningham of Houston, Texas; three brothers, Albert J. Cunningham, Leonard (Alma) Cunningham of Rochester, New York, and Tommie (Barbara) Cunningham of Allenhust; an aunt, Ella Mae Bing of Charlotte, North Carolina; an uncle, Lyen Bing of Baltimore, Maryland; sisters-in-law, Olivia Matos of Jesup, Lula Jackson of Aiken, South Carolina, Alice Hicks of McCormick, South Carolina and Brenda (Ralph) Pickens of McCormick; close friends, Essie Mae Nelson of Jesup and Ollie Dunham of Rochester, New York; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held at Resurrection Baptist Church Nov. 20.

Royal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Jesup, Georgia 31545
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