1.18.17 Obituaries

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Neil C. Stanfield
Screven—Neil C. Stanfield, 89, of Screven died Jan. 12, 2017, at his residence.
The Screven native and former Screven mayor was a member of Screven First Baptist Church and the Senior Adult Sunday School Class.
Community was important to him. He led the Boy Scouts for more than 15 years and actively served the Lions Club for 22 years. He was the Georgia State Convention chairman for the Lions Club for two years. He also participated in the Lions Club performance group “The Great Pretenders,” which raised funds for various causes.
The U.S. Navy veteran served his country in World War II and in Pensacola as a gunnery instructor for aviation cadets. The entrepreneur owned and managed Stanfield’s Auto Imports in Brunswick. He was general manager for several steak houses in Savannah and property manager for Lexford Reality.
Learning never stopped for him as he completed a degree in Office XP Professional at the age of 75 with a 4.0 grade point average from Okefenokee Technical College in 2005.
His passion in life was to entertain and “love on” every child, including the 26 foster children that stayed in their home, with his silly songs and dance moves.
He was predeceased by his sister, Valdese Lewis; a brother, Derrel Stanfield; and a former wife and the mother of his children, Ruth McDowell.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Smith Stanfield of Screven; two daughters and a son-in-law, Geri Wainscott and her “significant other,” Edward Romer, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and Paula Dukes and Berkley Myles of Columbus; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Mark and Jennie Stanfield of Brunswick, Bruce Stanfield of Brunswick, and Kevin and Janie Stanfield of Pensacola; a stepson, Barry Dent of Screven; a brother, Norwood Stanfield of Macon; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at Screven First Baptist Church with Durwood Miller and Dr. Brad Ellington officiating along with the American Legion Post No. 311’s presentation of the U.S. flag.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Glenn L. Little
Jesup—Glenn L. Little, 85, of the Mount Pleasant community died Jan. 13, 2017, after an extended illness and under the care of Heartland Hospice.
The Wayne County native was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and attended Little Memorial Baptist Church in Browntown and Bible Baptist Church in Brunswick. He was a retiree from both Piper Aircraft of Vero Beach, Florida, and Okefenoke Rural Electric Membership of Nahunta. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and growing tomatoes.
He was widowed from his former wife, Maxine Chapman Little.
Survivors include four daughters and two sons-in-law, Debbie Little of Lafayette, Tennessee, Denise and David Dixon of Brunswick, Donna Chapman of Mount Pleasant and Sherry and Al Schmitt of Hortense; a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Katrina Little of Sale Creek, Tennessee; 18 grandchildren, Eric and Hugh Peeples, Alan Gaffney, Melissa Walker, Kevin Dixon, Ashton Dixon, Nathan Gaffney, Logan Dixon, Lawson Dixon, Leslie Jordan, Lyndsey Spivey, Lawton Chapman, Shelby Chapman, Richard Schmitt, Alex Schmitt, Rebecca Mathis, Travis Schmitt and Aaron Little; 24 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Little Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Emory Wilson and the Rev. Mike Landrum officiating along with American Legion Post No. 311 presenting the American flag.
Interment was in Arnett-Chapman Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Alex and Travis Schmitt, Alan and Nathan Gaffney, Aaron and Randy Little, Larry Mullins and Tyler Thomas.
Memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 664 Scranton Road, Suite 103, Brunswick, GA 31520.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
 
The Rev. Frank Davidson
Surrency—The Rev. Frank Davidson, 87, of Surrency died Jan. 16, 2017, at his residence after an extended illness.
The Edisto Island, South Carolina, native lived in Surrency the past 59 years. He was a self-producing pulpwood operator in Appling County and surrounding areas. He was a long-time member of Emmanuel Holiness Church in Jesup and  pastored and ministered to many churches and individuals who would listen to his vast knowledge of the scriptures. He enjoyed reading his Bible, gospel singing, and spending time with his family.
He was predeceased by his parents, John Henry and Limmie Davidson; sisters, Ruby Strobel, Sally Hughes, and Janie Cook; brothers, Willie and Hamp Davidson; and brother-in-law, Tom Westberry.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Epsidell Davidson of Surrency; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Bernell and Eugene Davidson of Ridgeville, South Carolina, Brenda Westberry of Surrency, Diane Russell of Four Holes Reservation, and Bernett and Kenny Driggers of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Toby and Lynn Davidson of Surrency; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie McCall, Albert Dyal and Bernett Driggers officiating.
Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Toby Davidson, Stacy Mansfield, Brad Mansfield, Joseph Westberry, Chad Davidson and Billy Strickland.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
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Linda D. Collins
Reidsville—Linda D. Collins, 70, died Jan. 13, 2017, at her residence surrounded by her family and under the care of Affinis Hospice. 
The Wayne County native had lived in Reidsville most of her life. She was retired from Rogers Correctional Institution, and she was a caregiver for many years. She was a member of Reidsville Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy R. and Ruby Lee Morris Woods; and siblings, Gerald Woods, Eugene Woods, Bobby Woods, Willard Woods and Imogene Henderson.
She is survived by her children, Mary and Wiley Harden of Oxford, Fanda Wilsey of Jesup, James and Deidra Corbitt of Reidsville, Lamanda and Virlyn Nix of Jesup, and Renee and Dale White of Reidsville; a sister and brother-in-law, Viola and David Hubbs of Jesup; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives. 
Funeral services were conducted Jan. 15 from the Chapel of Low Country Cremation and Burial with the Rev. William Prince and the Rev. David Hubbs officiating. Burial was private.
Low Country Cremation and was in charge of arrangements.
 
Retired Col. Robert Morris May
Warrenton, Va.—Retired Col. Robert Morris May, 83, U.S. Army, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, died Jan. 2, 2017, at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, Virginia.  
He was born Oct. 26, 1933, in Sandersville, the son of Frank Arno and Mary Pearl May. He attended Georgia Military College in Milledgeville for two years prior to attending Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.  He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1955 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering.  Following college, he worked at Gibbs Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida, as an engineer before being commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned to U.S. Army Infantry Officer and Airborne Training in Fort Benning. His first active-duty station following training was with the 2nd Airborne Group, 502nd Division (Infantry) in Munich, Germany.
During his 30 years in the military, he had assignments with Special Forces in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Okinawa, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. While stationed in Fort Bragg, he spent many months abroad in Iran. Following this tour, he was sent to the Defense Language Institute in Washington, D.C., where he learned Burmese before being deployed to Vietnam.
In Vietnam between 1967 and 1969, he held several positions before being named the commanding officer of Detachment B-52 (Project Delta), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. As stated in the recommendation for his first Legion of Merit Medal, he “was responsible for the planning and organization of one of the most effective fighting forces in Vietnam.” He was most proud of his time with Project Delta.
After his tour in Vietnam, May attended and graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1970. This was followed by assignments to duty stations in Fort Ritchie, Maryland; Special Forces in Okinawa; Fort Monroe, Virginia and Fort Dix, New Jersey.  His last assignment was Deputy IG at Headquarters United States Armed Forces Command (USA FORSCOM) at Fort McPherson.
In addition to his two Legion of Merit medals, his decorations included the Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (Army), two Meritorious Unit Commendations, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Philippines Presidential Unit Citation Badge, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (Unit Citation), Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachute Badge, and multiple service medals (National Defense, Vietnam, Army, Overseas).
Affectionately known as “The Colonel” or “Big Bad Bob,” he was known for his direct and no-nonsense personality. In addition to HIS distinguished career, he was a father and husband, married to his wife, Eleanor W. May of Jesup, for 44 years until her death in 1997.
He is survived by his son, Robert M. May Jr., and daughter-in-law, Yvonne May of Smithfield, Virginia; daughter Jobyna A. Moran, and son-in-law David E. Moran, of Catlett, Virginia; six grandchildren, Justin, Christin, David, Matthew, Eric, and Garrett; and two great-grandchildren, Max and Emma.
A funeral service at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia, followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery, will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Good Samaritan Center, 395 S.W. Broad St., Jesup, Georgia 31545. 
Moser Funeral Home, of Warrenton, Virginia is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at moserfuneralhome.com.
 
Courtney Danielle Wells
Effingham County—Courtney Danielle Wells, 27, died Jan. 15, 2017.  
The Jesup native had lived in Effingham County for the past 17 years. She was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her children, Mackenzie Boys of Effingham County, Daylyn Reuther and Calyann Reuther, both of Columbus, Ohio, and Danielle Bailey of Effingham County; parents, Mechelle and Kevin Sikes of Cobbtown and Wayne and Deb Wells of Belle Fontaine, Ohio; a previous stepfather, Daylon Barnard; siblings, Allen Harper, Ricky Harper and Levi Harper, all of Guyton, Tyler Sikes and Alex Sikes both of Bulloch County, Krislen and Chad Wells, Burnsed, Dyllan Wells and Matthew Wells, all of Jesup, and Levi Wells of Ohio; maternal grandparents, Tony and Betty Davis of Jesup and Jimmy and Debbie Yarbrough of Brantley County; a maternal great-grandmother, Myrtle Yarbrough of Jesup; maternal step-great-grandparents, J.W. and Ava Nell Davis of Jesup; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 
The family will receive friends Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. from the Flint Branch Baptist Church in Jesup with the Rev. Scott Hickox officiating.
Low Country Cremation and Burial is in charge of arrangements.
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