Bernard “Ben” R. Howard
Odum—Bernard “Ben” R. Howard, 70, of Odum died Dec. 23, 2018 in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah after a short illness.
The Florida native had lived in Wayne County the past 35 years and was a 16-year staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam.
He was also a former manager with Advanced Auto Parts. He enjoyed collecting guns and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Brenda N. Howard of Odum; three daughters and a son-in-law, Mikki and Mike Wynne of Odum and Marlana Smith and Stephanie Howard, both of Jesup; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jamie and Angie Howard of Screven and Bernard J. and Jennifer Howard of Jesup; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Joyce Howard of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Reggie and Sherry Howard of Lakeland, Florida; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held by the family.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Vincent Thomas Traska
Jesup--Vincent Thomas Traska, 80, died Dec. 21, 2018, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A resident of Jesup for the past 24 years and native of Brooklyn, New York, he was born on Oct. 22, 1938, to the late Walter and Anne Traska. He served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict and made his living as a warehouse supervisor for DuPont.
He enjoyed fishing and bowling in his spare time but especially loved spending time with his family and his beloved canine companion, Mr. Beans.
In addition to his parents, his brother, John Walter Traska, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Beth Traska of Jesup; three daughters and a son-in-law, Allison Dabbs of Paden City, West Virginia, Julie and Justin Loxley of Moyjock, North Carolina, and Ann Drivers of Monroe, North Carolina; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous extended-family members.
Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. Military honors will be rendered by the United States Navy.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Howard-Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Winona Elizabeth Robinson Crews
Fernandina Beach, Florida--Winona Elizabeth Robinson Crews of Fernandina Beach, Florida and Jesup, known by her family and friends as “Winnie,” died peacefully with family present at Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Florida on Dec. 19, 2018.
She was born July 8, 1929, in Jacksonville, Florida, and was the eldest daughter of the late Bertha and Layton Robinson of Fernandina Beach. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Merle Crews, and her son, Roger Layton Crews.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Rebecca Crews of Fernandina Beach; two sisters and a brother-in-law, LeJene Allan of Yulee, Florida, and Jerrie and Jimmy Moore of Fernandina Beach; two granddaughters and their husbands, Julie Crews and Pete Barone of Hamburg, New York, and Melissa Crews and Josh Alward of Concord, North Carolina; two grandsons, Roger Crews and wife Bryan, of Winter Garden, Florida, and Jason Crews of Jesup; and seven great-grandchildren, Austin, Kaeli, Jake, Emma, Davis, Lauren and Sarah.
She was one of the first female lifeguards in Fernandina. Her lifeguard chair post was No. 4 at Main Beach. She loved the ocean. She often swam from home to work. She enjoyed playing basketball in her youth, and she was an all-conference basketball player at Fernandina Beach High School.
As an adult, she enjoyed fishing at Lake George and crabbing at the Jetties in Fernandina Beach. She taught many people to jitterbug and adored dancing.
She moved to Jesup in 1958 with her husband and two sons. She taught children and adults to swim and helped with many age-group swimming events. She was an avid golfer and for many years excelled in duplicate bridge tournaments. She never tired of teaching someone to play bridge. Other favorite pastimes were gardening and flower arranging. Many friends would call on her to do a special event, a wedding or funeral arrangements.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Jesup.
Her family thanks Dr. Henry Rodeffer and Christine Turner, ARNP, and the staff of The Jane Adams House for her “wonderful care” the past several years. She loved life and her family.
A private family service was held at Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach, on Dec. 21.
Memorials may be sent to Stuttering Foundation of America, P.O. Box 11749, Memphis, TN 38111-0749, or your local Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.