1.17.18 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
Susie Ryals Thornton
Jesup—Susie Ryals Thornton, 85, of Jesup died Jan. 11, 2018, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
The Glynn County native had lived in Wayne County most of her adult life and was a member of Anderson Drive Baptist Church. She enjoyed waitressing for her former employers, Sybil’s Restaurant and Jones Kitchen. She also enjoyed being “Granny” to all her grandchildren and spending time with her family.
She was predeceased by her former husband, Raymond E. Ryals; a daughter, Rose Ryals Burnett; a son, Raymond “Buddy” Ryals; and a grandson, Joseph Middlebrooks.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Sue Deffily and Don Buntz of Davidsonville, Maryland, and Mary and Mark Middlebrooks of Dublin; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Jan Ryals of Jesup; a sister, Joan Johnston of Willis, Texas; seven grandchildren, Christopher Deffily, David, Heather and Robert Ryals, and Justin, Josh and Maggie Middlebrooks; a great-grandson, Easton Ryals; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Matt Denison officiating. Interment was in Little Creek Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harborview Activity Fund, 190 W. Orange Street, Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Martha Williams Padgett
Jesup—Martha Williams Padgett, 77, of Jesup died Jan. 13, 2018, at her residence.
The Baxley native had lived in Wayne County the past 40 years and was a former certified nursing assistant for many nursing homes. She loved to fish and shop yard sales.
She was predeceased by her companion, Louis Merritt; parents, Jack and Inez Williams; two brothers, Earl and Ed Williams; two granddaughters, Latisha and Donna Anderson; and a great-granddaughter, Victoria Anderson.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Patsy Martinez, and Ann and Ricky Mobley, all of Jesup; two sons, David Blanton and Johnny Blanton, both of Jesup; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Catherine Murray of Auburndale, Florida, Betty Jean Gleckler of Jesup, Jackie and Gene Burden of Surrency, and Linda Higgins of Baxley; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Smitty and Judy Williams, and Robert and Patsy Williams, all of Surrency, and Quitman and Pam Williams of Baxley; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Flowers officiating. Interment will be in Surrency Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Chad Mobley, Ryan Blanton, Luis Perez, Jamie Williams, Jerry Williams, Tommy Lee Anderson, Chuckie Pruitt and Christopher Pruitt.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Edmund Grady “Eddie” Dyal
Jesup—Edmund Grady “Eddie” Dyal, 63, of Jesup died Jan. 12, 2018.
The Kentucky native was a retired employee with Georgia Department of Corrections. He was predeceased by his parents, Tobie and Agnes Dyal.
Survivors include his wife, Connie O’Quinn Dyal of Jesup; a son, Clinton Tobie Dyal of Jesup; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Linda and John Puccio of Jesup and Dottie Dyal of Baxley; one grandchild; two brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Lynn Dyal of Stockbridge and Marvin and Janice Dyal of Brunswick; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Jack Lee officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rose Marie Fletcher
Hortense—Rose Marie Fletcher, 64, of Hortense died Jan. 12, 2018, in St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah after an extended illness.
She was a member of Under His Wings Church in Brantley County.
Survivors include her sisters, Sue Ann Clark of Hortense and Jenny Walker of Nelsonville, Ohio; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Karen Fletcher of Nelsonville, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Bobby and Candi Clark, Tina and Nathan English, Mark and Teresa Walker, John and Jay Walker, Jayla and Johnny Perry, Lil Chuck Fletcher, Liz and David Jacobs, Chrissy Fletcher, Ricky Fletcher, and Shawn Paul Alizay; great-nieces and great-nephews, Sara and A.J. Mitchell, Thomas and Annalyssa Miller, Nephi Bennett, Courtney and Thomas Head, Nancyann Burgess, Kristin and Billy Lollies, Richie and Jamie Smith, Tanner Perry, Taylor Perry, Austin and Eithan Perry, Kaylee Perry, Jonathan and Jennifer Midcalf, Joseph Midcalf, Dallas and Dakoda Fletcher, and Phillip Fletcher; and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, lil Candi, PayPay, Missy, Cry pot, Gator Bait, Monkey, Amelia, Georgia, Katie, Autum, Allan, Richard, Avery, and McKenzie.
Graveside funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Clark Family Cemetery with Hugh Hodge, the Rev. Chad Middleton and the Rev. Charles Judson officiating. Active pallbearers were Thomas Miller, A.J. Mitchell, Marcus Mitchell, Wesley Jacobs, Braden Smith and Brach Smith.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Lucille Tyson Harper
Jesup—Lucille Tyson Harper, 100, of Jesup died Jan. 12, 2018, under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
She was a graduate of Jesup High School and attended Valdosta Women’s College before graduating from the University of Georgia.
After teaching home economics for several years in North Georgia, she married Dr. Fred Harper, another Wayne County native in 1943. As a Navy wife during World War II, she lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Diego, California, Seattle, Washington, Jacksonville, Florida and Pennsylvania, before she and Dr. Harper moved back to Jesup to live, work and rear their family.
A communicant of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Jesup, she was also active in civic and garden clubs, and she judged flower shows across the state. She returned again to teaching for many years, this time at Thomas G. Ritch Elementary School in Jesup, where she retired in 1977 with fond memories of her many second grade students.
After retiring, she enjoyed her independence, still driving and traveling until she was 95 years old. Her 100th-birthday celebration in December 2017 was a recent high point that many will always remember. Her family sends special thanks to all the friends who made that event possible and helped to celebrate this rare occasion.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Fred Harper; parents, Walter and Elizabeth Tyson; a sister, Leila Mae Tyson Downing; and a brother, Cecil Tyson.
Survivors are two daughters and a son-in-law, Tyson Harper and Herbert Almeida of Rockaway, New Jersey, and Mary Jo Harper of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Linda Harper of Jesup; five grandchildren and their spouses, Lindsey and Chris Gefaell, Hil Harper, Shon and Patricia Coleman, Stevi and Mike Dixon, Justin and Katy Almeida and Ashley Oxford; five great-grandchildren, Gunner, Colt and Gatlin Dixon and Addy and Milly Almeida; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend and care- giver, Joy Beasley.
Private graveside funeral services were held Jan. 15 at Jesup City Cemetery.
The family would also like to thank Dr. Lance Hendrix and his staff for her many years of care.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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