11.3.18 obituaries



Pamela Padgett Hightower

Jesup—Pamela Padgett Hightower, 49, died Nov. 1, 2018, at home in Jesup surrounded by her loving family under the care of Heartland Hospice.

She was born on May 1, 1969, in Heflin, Alabama. She spent her early years there and was a 1987 graduate of Cleburne County High School.

She attended Jacksonville State University, where she was a member of the Marching Southerners Ballerinas. She worked for several years as the assistant city clerk for the city of Heflin; was a founding member of Relay for Life in Cleburne County, Alabama; and had also been appointed to the Cleburne County Board of Registrars.

After moving to Jesup in 2006, she was owner and operator of Velocity Health and Fitness. She served her community as chairperson of the Downtown Development Authority and as a member of the Relay for Life Committee in Wayne County. She served on the board of directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and had also been an emcee for the Wayne County Christmas Parade on several occasions when volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce.

Her business was elected Small Business of the Year in 2014 by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, and she was a 2015 graduate of Leadership Wayne.

She loved her community, but she loved her church even more. She devoted herself to her Lord, Jesus Christ, and Calvary Baptist Church through the choir and music department. In addition, she participated regularly with the Ladies Ministry Team, taught Sunday school for junior high students and worked as the vacation bible School director. Her prayer was that the example she set had led someone else to know the Lord, Jesus Christ, as their personal Lord and savior as she had.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Padgett; her sister, Phyllis Padgett Chandler; and her mother-in-law, Barbara Hightower.

Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Joseph “Joe” Hightower of Jesup; two sons, Michael Beau Brooks and Noah Joseph Hightower, both of Jesup; her mother, Mary Lois Padgett of Heflin; a sister and brother-in-law, Patricia Padgett and Roy Daugherty of Heflin; a brother and sister-in-law Paul and Shyla Padgett of Heflin; a brother-in-law, Bobby Chandler of Aniston, Alabama; nieces, Kayla Chandler (Jake) Peeples of Weaver, Alabama and Casey Padgett of Heflin; a nephew, Brady Padgett of Heflin; a great-niece, Chanlea Peeples; a great-nephew, Jaylyn Peeples; an uncle, Douglas Padgett of Tallapoosa; a father-in-law, Kenneth Hightower of Jesup; and a host of extended-family members and friends.

Visitation will be held today (Saturday) from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Jesup. 

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Jesup with the Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the services.

Active pallbearers will be Rudy Rooks, Shaun O’Quinn, Brady Padgett, Jake Peeples, Steve Perry, Josh Perry and Derek Williams.

Also, visitation will be held Monday (Nov. 5) at East Heflin Baptist Church in Heflin from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with graveside services following immediately in Heflin Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances are made to the Building Fund at Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 9, Jesup, GA 31598 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend who devoted herself unselfishly to her family and friends, according to her family, who said she  will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know and love her.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Kathy A. Munford

Jesup—Kathy A. Munford, 64, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, and resident of Jesup for the past 20 years, died Oct. 30, 2018, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 14, 1954, to the late, Lorette Arlene Couture and William Clifton Hardy in Springfield. She was a homemaker most of her life, making sure that everyone had the love and care that they needed, from her children, right on down to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both parents; her sisters, Sandra Hardy and Ellan Hardy; and a brother, Dale Hardy.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Munford of Jesup; her children, Robin (Steven) Hardy of Jesup, Jodie Swank (Almeeko Richardson) of Jesup and Alan D. (Lynn) Hardy of Springfield; a sister, Cheryl Swank, Springfield; her grandchildren, Latoya Tate, Crystal Swint, Jessica Wilkerson, Travis Hardy, Alan Hardy III and Nathaniel Swank, all of Georgia, Lakeanna Carter, Steven Carter Jr. of Springfield and Pearl Carter of South Carolina; 22 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family will gather to celebrate her life today (Saturday) at the home of Robin Hardy.

Royal Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.


Rinehart & Sons


John C. McBride Jr.

Jesup—John C. McBride Jr., 70, of Jesup died Oct. 31, 2018, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

The Hazlehurst native had lived in Wayne County most of his life and was a Baptist. He was the owner of McBride Plumbing and Electric Service and enjoyed all of his animals.

He was predeceased by his mother, Louella Sapp Watson.

Survivors include his wife of 16  years, Vivian Jones McBride of Jesup; two sons, Mitchell McBride of Macon and Victor McBride of Milledgeville; five sisters, Frances Howard of Midway, Linda Goodwin of Jesup, Patricia Watson of Jesup, and  Nancy Butler and June Martin, both of Cocoa Beach, Florida; a brother, John Dudley McBride of Odum; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dickie Waters and Herschell Hires officiating.  Interment followed in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Russell Bailey, Kenny Brannen, Joey Courson, James Waters, Glynn Courson and Allen Stoneking.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Melissa Gray Trumble

St. Marys—Melissa Gray Trumble, 51, of Camden County died Oct. 29, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida.

A celebration of life service will be held today (Saturday) at 11:30 a.m. at the Burnt Fort Chapel in Woodbine. Private family graveside services were held in the Burnt Fort Cemetery.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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