11.29.17 obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
Michael A. “Big Baby” Moore
Jesup—Michael A. “Big Baby” Moore, 41, of Jesup, died Nov. 24, 2017.
The Wayne County native was a member of Altamaha Baptist Church and a 1995 Wayne County High School graduate. He was a former employee of Rayonier and was co-owner and manager of several recovery homes in the area.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing and following the University of Florida Gators football.
He was predeceased by his father, Ray Starling Moore; his maternal grandparents, James “Bud” and Gilberta McBee; paternal grandfather, Marion G. “Tony” Moore; and a brother, Jerrod W. Tyre.
Survivors include his mother and dad, Jamey McBee Tyre and Gary Tyre of Jesup; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ray and Roni Moore and Greg Tyre of Jesup; his paternal grandmother, Juanita Starling Moore of Jesup; his “nana,” Josephine Tyre of Jesup; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Altamaha Baptist Church with Pastor Jack Lee officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Joe Moseley, Tommy Causey Jr., Nathan Smith, Shane Poppell, Justin James and Gary Moore Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be friends of his recovery homes.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for the BOH II, 74 C. L. Tucker Drive, Chauncey, GA 31011.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth “Betty” Dowling
Jesup—Elizabeth “Betty” Dowling, 71, of Jesup died Nov. 24, 2017, in Jesup Healthcare Nursing Home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
The New York native and former resident of Brunswick had lived in Wayne County for the past five years and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Brunswick.
She was a retired medical office manager and previously worked with the Amity House for Abused Women and Children and the Rape Crisis Center in Brunswick. She used her God-given gifts as a communicator to lovingly help those in need, her family said.
She was predeceased by her son, Keith Elton Dowling; parents, Thomas John and Doris Wainwright Clune; a sister, Sally Seawell May; a brother, Joseph “J.C.” Clune; and a brother-in-law, Gary Lane.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Mesa and Scott Teston of Jesup; her father, Elton H. Dowling of Brunswick; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Jordan Ashley Tomberlin, Jeffrey Scott Jr. and Megan Teston, Chaz Joseph and Kole Dowling, Keith Kaden Dowling, Alexis Elizabeth Dowling, Elainie Dowling and Cody Shaver; six great-grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Patricia Lane of Savannah, Linda and George Branzell of Jacksonville, Florida, and Judy and Harry Gibbons of Ashland, Kentucky; a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas John and Tina Clune of Atlanta; and several special nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held Nov. 28 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Stan Todd officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amity House, P.O. Box 278, Brunswick, GA 31521.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Tommy “Sugarman” Purvis
Jacksonville, Florida—Tommy “Sugarman” Purvis, 71, of Jacksonville, Florida, died Nov. 20, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Screven native was retired from American National Can and Swisher International Companies in Jacksonville. He enjoyed watching the the University of Georgia Bulldogs play football and NASCAR.
His favorite pastime was spent with his grandson.
He was predeceased by his parents, Houston and Doris Todd Purvis, and two nieces, Elaine and Janet Newman.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Helen Ring Purvis of Jacksonville; a daughter, Shawna Purvis DeOsca of Jacksonville; a grandson, Matthew Ashton DeOsca; a sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Edward Newman of Jacksonville; a nephew, Buddy Newman of Jacksonville; and a mother-in-law, Reba Buie Dysert of Odum.
Graveside memorial services were held Nov. 25 at Screven City Cemetery with the Rev. Carlton Ring officiating. The family received friends at the cemetery.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ruby Mae Thornton
Bristol—Ruby Mae Thornton, 84, of Bristol died Nov. 25, 2017, in Altamaha Healthcare Center after an extended illness.
The Appling County native was a member of Lake Chapel Primitive Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Survivors include a brother, Jerome Thornton of Bristol; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home with Elder Jason Deal and the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating. Interment was in Lake Chapel Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Jeremy Thornton, Dwayne Dawson, Bryan Reese, Kevin Coleman, Daniel Harding and Eric Aldridge.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
William “Clinton” Tootle Sr.
Screven—William ”Clinton“ Tootle Sr., 84, of Screven died Nov. 25, 2017, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Ritch Baptist Church. He was a retired Wayne County school bus driver and lunchroom worker but most enjoyed being a vegetable farmer. He enjoyed meeting people and selling the fruits of his labor.
He was predeceased by his wife, Laurie Wimpey Tootle, and two daughters, Angela Tootle and Diane Gardner.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Tootle of Screven; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Clinton Tootle of Screven and Edward and Lawanna Tootle of Waycross; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside funeral services were held Nov. 27 at Ritch Cemetery with the Rev. Donnie Mullis officiating. The family received friends at the cemetery.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Carl E. Wilcher
Jesup—Carl E. Wilcher, 92, of Jesup died Nov. 21, 2017, at Harborview Nursing Home and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia
The Pierce County native had lived in Wayne County most of his life and was a member of Jesup Church of God and a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. He was a retired sheet metal worker and enjoyed reading, bird hunting and spending time with his family.
He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Spell Wilcher; and a daughter-in-law, Wanda Wilcher.
Survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law, Wayne and Patti Wilcher of Scottsboro, Alabama, Steve and Patti Wilcher of Jesup, Lew Wilcher of Greenville, North Carolina, and Jack and Jennifer Wilcher of Kannapolis, North Carolina; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Paige and Ross Craig, Chase and Kimberly Wilcher, Russell Wilcher, Claire and Greg Tucker, Zachary and Taylor Wilcher, Alexandra Wilcher, and Sydnee and Bailey Wilcher; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Dowd officiating. Interment was in the Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jesup Church of God, P.O. Box 185, Jesup, GA 31598 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jerry Lewis Spellman
Jesup—Jerry Lewis Spellman, known as “Baby Cobra”, 63, of Jesup, died Nov. 25, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Savannah following a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 8, 1953, to Willie and Beatrice Spearman.
He is survived by his children, Tonya Parker and Stresia Parker, both of Jacksonville, Florida, Jerry N. Spellman of Orlando, Florida, Jerrica Spellman of Columbus, and Jerry T. Spellman of Eulonia; one stepson, Karenza Hosley of Columbus; a sister, Gladys Young of Jesup; one brother, Paul Spellman of Jesup; and a host of nieces , nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be no a wake/visitation.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to services Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John First Born Holiness Church.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Bertha M. Dawson-Mincey
Argyle—Bertha M. Dawson-Mincey, 80, of Argyle, died Nov. 21, 2017, after an extended illness.
She was the youngest of four children, born Nov. 3, 1937, in Tallahassee, Florida, to the late Sylvester and Lula Weston-Dawson. Her mother died shortly after giving birth, leaving her to be raised by her paternal aunt, Rosa Bell Dawson-Haywood. She remained in Tallahassee until the age of 8, when the family moved to Clinch County.
She gained her education through the Leon County and Clinch County school systems.
She was a top insurance sales agent for two insurance companies. Later, she started her own insurance agency. While at Pilgrim Insurance Company, she earned top awards such as top district sales agent and agent of the year. With Atlanta Life, she earned the CEO Award for outstanding sales, the award for top company producer and the president’s award for outstanding. Because of her illness, she retired in 2007 after 43 years of service.
She was dedicated and active in her church and community. She was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church of Argyle, where she sang in the choir. She was choir president for many years, a Sunday school teacher and Bible study teacher, and she evangelized spreading Gods word. She was also president of the Clinch County Chapter of the NAACP and one of the founders of the Clinch County Love-In-Action Ministry.
She was predeceased by her husband, Wallace Mincey Sr.; a son, Warren Mincey; two brothers, Lee C. Dawson and Sylvester Dawson Jr., both of Tallahassee; and a grandson, Eric Johnson.
She is survived by five of her children, Darnell Mincey of Argyle, Franklin D. Mincey, Rosa M. Mincey of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Gloria J. Mincey of Argyle, and Wallace D. Mincey Jr. of Argyle; one sister and brother-in-law, Julia and Orlando Freeman of Tallahassee; grandchildren and their spouses, Tawalla Mincey and Shandora Mincey of Summerville, South Carolina, Franklin D. Jr. and Moneka Mincey of Jesup, Byron Mincey of Macon, and Dane D. Mincey of Valdosta; three great-grandchildren, Kareem D. Peart Jr., Mikayla Mincey and Melody Mincey; two loving and dedicated daughters-in-law, Brenda C. Thomas-Mincey of Argyle and Scheneicia Ann Barfield of Waycross; two sisters-in-law, Alice Mincey of Sacramento, California, and Frankie Dawson of Tallahassee; and a host of nieces, nephews and loving friends.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at Lighthouse Assembly of God in Homerville. A wake will be held Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church, located at 53 Church St. in Argyle. Interment will be at Pine Forest Cemetery.
Fluker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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