12.13.17 obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
Ethelene “Coonie” Hires Carter
Jesup—Ethelene “Coonie” Hires Carter, 81, of Jesup died Dec. 11, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native and 1954 Odum High School graduate enjoyed sports of all kinds. She played all four years of high school basketball and was a member of a state-championship team. She also received an invitation to play with the All-American Redheads.
She also enjoyed playing softball, bowling with several leagues and playing canasta with her card group friends.
Her biggest honor was being a mother and a “Nanny” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Several businesses employed her as a secretary and bookkeeper.
She was predeceased by her parents, Leon Edward and Maggie Ree Williams Hires; two sisters, Josephine Meadows and Betty Jean Westberry; three brothers, Fred Edward Hires Sr., Ted Malcolm Hires and Leon Edward Hires; and five brothers-in-law, Vernon Thornton, Dr. Carter L. Meadows, Barney, David and James Robert Carter.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Alvin E. Carter of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Jeris and Jeff Sellers of Lakeland, Florida; a son and daughter-in-law, Al and Shannon Carter of Jesup; four grandchildren and their spouses, Brent and Nicole Sellers, Drew and Tabatha Sellers, Audrey Sellers, and Taylor Carter; three great-grandchildren, Kynlee Sellers, Landry Sellers and Brody Carter Sellers; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Maggieleen and Billy Wise of Pembroke, Kathleen “Kat” Thornton of Jesup, Carolyn and Joey Bauman of Jefferson, Gladys and Dr. Aaron Goldberg of Sandy Springs and Mary Thornton of Vidalia; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Terri Hires of Dublin; two sisters-in-law, Wanda Hires of Bryceville, Florida, and Bernice Hires of Stone Mountain; a brother-in-law, Fred Westberry of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Sellers, the Rev. Bud Womack and the Rev. Mickey Tomberlin officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Brent and Drew Sellers, Dave Thornton, Chip Graham, Mitch, Sonny, Wesley and Leon Hires. Honorary pallbearers will be her Canasta group friends.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rev. William Edward “Ed” Graham Sr.
Jesup—The Rev. William Edward “Ed” Graham Sr., 83, of Jesup died Dec. 10, 2017, in Harborview Nursing Home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
The Wayne County native and U.S. Army veteran worked for the Lord and was a retired union millwright.
He was a member of Odum Baptist Church and founder of Compassionate Ministries for more than 25 years, collecting recycled Christian literature that was shipped all over the world. His family will most remember him as the most passionate and humble man of God that truly exemplified all the characteristics of a godly father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was predeceased by his son, William E. “Bill” Graham Jr.; a sister, Evelyn M. Graham and three brothers, Johnny, Gene and Tommy Graham.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-love, Jeffrey and Len Graham of Screven; four grandchildren and their spouses, Morgan Henderson of Jesup, Megan Graham of Norcross, Tron and Karen Graham of Screven, and Ethan and Lisa Graham of Screven; six great-grandchildren, Aiden, Jase, Ian, Ila, Zoey and Zeb; two sisters, Evon Johnson and Avie Lee Thornton, both of Jesup; a brother and sister-in-law, Luther and Betty Graham of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home with Dr. Ron Wilcox, the Rev. Russ Graham and Dr. Brad Ellington officiating.
Interment will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Dean Johnson, Mike Graham, Earl Graham, Joey Thornton, David Graham, Paul Graham, Dr. Jimmy Graham and Buddy Roberson. Honorary pallbearers will be the volunteers of Compassionate Ministries, staffs of Harborview Nursing Home and Hospice of South Georgia.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Carolyn Pinyan Littlefield
Jesup—Carolyn Pinyan Littlefield, 88, of Jesup died Dec. 9, 2017.
She was born in Atlanta and moved to Jesup after marrying Anton Littlefield in 1951. They were married 47 years. She was a member of Jesup First United Methodist Church, the Joy Class and United Methodist Women Circle No. 2.
She retired in 1991 from Orange Street Elementary School, where she was the lunchroom manager and actively involved in school food service at the district and state levels. Orange Street Elementary School awarded her a PTA lifetime membership, and she served as president and parliamentarian for several years.
In her younger years, she was also very active in community affairs such as the Jesup Junior Women’s Club, where she was former president and the March of Dimes program. An avid reader, she loved to play bridge and travel.
She had lived in Savannah with her daughter and son-in-law the past several years. Her husband, Anton Littlefield, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Kenny King of Savannah; grandchildren, Benjamin King, Kevin and Stephanie King of Savannah; great-granddaughters, McKenzie and Macey King, Savannah; a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and JoAnn Pinyan of Canton; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services were held Dec. 11 at Jesup City Cemetery with the Rev. Hulet Smith officiating.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Norma Jean Phillips-Bennett
Jesup—Norma Jean Phillips-Bennett, 76, of Jesup died Dec. 5, 2017, at St. Joseph’s/
Candler Hospital in Savannah following a brief illness.
She was born June 23, 1941, to the late Lottie Mae Maxwell and Robert Smith in Jesup. She was educated in the Wayne County Training School and was employed as an alcohol and drug counselor for many years. She was previously employed at Georgia Narrow Fabrics.
She was a lifelong member of Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by both parents; a grandchild, Derrick Phillips; a great-grandchild, Jamiyah Holloway; and her siblings, Ora Akins, Larry Phillips and Johnnie Mae Phillips.
Survivors include her husband, Dale Bennett of Jesup; her children and their spouses, Letha and Tony Reddish and Tabitha and Danny Fabian, both of Jesup; her sisters and a brother-in-law, Elzenia Green of Brooklyn, New York, and Shirlene and Larry Armstrong of Jesup; her brothers, Leroy Young of Jesup, James Phillips of Brooklyn, New York, and Carlos Phillips of Douglas; her close friends, Pearlie Reddish, Elizabeth Evans, Winnie Wright and Maggie Cooper; 12 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will not be a wake/visitation. Services were held Dec. 12 at Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church. Interment was in Sunset Oaks Cemetery in Jesup.
Royal Funeral Home was in charge of final arrangements.
Deacon Lucius Lendon
Jesup—Deacon Lucius Lendon, 79, of Jesup, died Dec. 6, 2017, at Harborview following a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 12, 1938, to the late Alonzo Baker and Rachel Norris in Ludowici. He was educated in the Wayne County Training School and later received his GED and attended Fayetteville State College, where he received his certification in business management. He was a retired U.S. Army Vietnam veteran with 22 years and 22 days of dedicated service as a paratrooper.
He was an enterprising businessman. He was the owner and operator of Lendon Logging Company for some 10 years and owned Lendon Apartments.
He also taught GED classes at Altamaha Technical College and supported the Jesup Men’s Home. He served as deacon and groundskeeper at Morning Glory Missionary Baptist Church, where he also regularly attended Sunday school. His hobbies included fishing, landscaping and spending time with his family and friends. He is also remembered as a member of the American Legion Post 529 in Jesup, where he served as the commander.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rachel Norris and Alonzo Baker; two brothers, James “Sonny Boy” and Johnny Lendon; and two adopted brothers, Willie Reddish and Shelby Holmes Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Willis-Lendon of Jesup; his children and their spouses, Robert and Sandra Samples of Jesup, Debra and Eldridge Samples Holiday of San Leandro, California, Cynthia “Peanut” and Robert Jones of Atlanta, Belinda and Raymond Smith of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Mitchell Brown and Vanessa Jackson of Statesboro, Carlos and Keisha Duncan of Clarkesville, Tennessee, and Lakelle Duncan of Jesup; his adopted brothers whom he was raised with, Irving Reddish and Henry Thomas; his adopted family, Kelly and Jessie Wright from Gardi; a sister-in-law, Priscilla Rawls and her husband, Kelvin Rawls, of Brookesville, Maryland; a brother-in-law, Nicholas Fluker of Atlanta; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will not be a wake/visitation. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. John First Born Holiness Church , 386 W. Poplar St.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Elizabeth Wells Greene
Jesup—Elizabeth Wells Greene, 74, died Dec. 11, 2017, at Wayne Memorial Hospital under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
She was a retired educator with the Wayne County and Long County school systems and a three-time recipient of the Star Teacher of the Year award. She was a graduate of Georgia Southern College and a member of the Jesup First United Methodist Church and the Odum Garden Club. She enjoyed spending her time with her grandchildren, traveling, birding and genealogy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Eleanor Zorn Wells; father-in-law, Robert Greene; sister-in-law, Faye Chappell; and brother-in-law, Grigsby Chappell.
Survivors include her three sons and daughters-in-law, Joel and Karla Greene of Hoboken, Ian and Elaine Greene of Odum and Sean and Ashley Greene of Odum; three grandchildren, Ellie Greene, Will Greene and Rob Greene; and mother-in-law, Evelyn Greene.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at Altamaha Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Lee and the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.
Private interment will be in the Odum City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends following the funeral services in the church social hall, and light refreshments will be served.
Active pallbearers are Shane Poppell, Brian Nipper, Aron Daniels, Michael Lewis, Jerry McDaniel and Fred Reddish.
Honorary pallbearers will be Betty Sue Spinner, Mary Ann Griffis, Karen Smith, Sandra Harrington, Caroline Raines, Martha and Cliff Gilmer, Toni Ray, Zet Grey, Stan Cartwright, Marissa Lewis, Harbor View nurses and staff, Hospice of South Georgia nurses and staff, and Wayne Memorial Hospital nurses and staff.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or to the Shriners Children’s Hospital at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/donate.
Friends and family may sign the online guest book at noblesfh.com.
Nobles Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Billie Sue Causey Brauda
Hortense—Billie Sue Causey Brauda, 76, of Hortense died Dec. 10, 2017, at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick following an extended illness.
She was born in Hortense, to Burnice Causey and Pansy Holman Causey. She worked many years as a paraprofessional and an administrative assistant for the Brantley County school system. She was a member of Hortense Church of God of Prophecy and enjoyed arts and crafts, crocheting, cross-stitching, crossword puzzles and travel.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, James “Buck” Causey and Sam Causey, and her sister, Lila Burnice Causey.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Claude Brauda of Hortense; a son and daughter-in-law, Christopher L. and Melissa Brauda of Dawsonville; a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Steven Dewees of Savannah; three grandchildren, Michaela Brauda, Matthew Brauda and Ava Dewees; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Donna Causey of Hickox, Steve Causey, of Hickox, and Bob and Denise Causey of Brunswick; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Alice Walker of Nahunta and Pat and Craig Morrell of Brunswick; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Visitation is today (Wednesday) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta.
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Rob Hutto officiating. Burial will follow in Satilla Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Brauda, Steven Dewees, Ronnie Brauda, James Holland, Brian Gibson, and Curtis Tompkins.
Family and pallbearers are asked to meet at the funeral home Thursday by 10:30 a.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com.
Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta, is in charge of arrangements.
Elaine Bennett Brown
Jesup—Elaine Bennett Brown, 69, died Nov. 27, 2017, in the Memorial Health Center, Savannah, following a short illness.
She was born Aug. 20, 1948, in Homerville to the late Dixon Bennett and Inez Griffis Bennett. She was owner/operator of Elaine’s Store in Jesup and was a member of the Anderson Drive Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenton Lee Brown.
Survivors include one son, William Cameron Brown of Jesup; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Jim Chisholm of Rome; one brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Diane Bennett of Surrency; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Graveside services were held Dec. 1 at Shiloh Church Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.roundtreefuneralhome.net.
Roundtree Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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