12.21.16 Obituaries

Sylvia Rogers Davis
Waycross—Sylvia Rogers Davis, 82, died Dec. 18, 2016, after a prolonged illness.
She was born on Sept. 22, 1934, in Wayne County to the late Kent and Maureen Wimpey Rogers She grew up in Screven and graduated from Screven High School in 1952. She lived most of her adult life in Waycross, where she raised her children and took care of her family.
Later in life, she worked as a realtor at Heritage Residential Realty. She loved her job, which she began in 1995, and had often stated that she wished she had discovered realty earlier in her life. She loved the people she worked with and found joy in helping families in their search for a home. 
She was known for her friendly, outgoing personality; her sweet spirit; and her love of laughter and all things fun. She loved music and enjoyed dancing—anything from the jitterbug to the electric slide. Her favorite music was big band from the 1940s, and old-fashioned Gospel quartet. Year after year in the 1970s and early 1980s, she and her sisters and mother enjoyed going to the All Night Gospel Sing in Waycross. She often attended Ware County High School Gator football games just to see her nieces and nephews play in the Golden Gator Marching Band.
According to her family, she loved the Lord and said she was ready to “go home” the day before she passed away. The family added she often referred to this verse from 2 Corinthians 5:8: “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Lawana Ellis.
Survivors include her son, Carl Davis of Waycross; a daughter and son-in-law, Paige and Cary McNeal of Decatur; two granddaughters, Keaton McNeal of  Decatur and Sylvia Davis and her fiancé, Jamie Davenport, of Palm Coast, Florida; one great-grandson, Wyatt Davenport of Palm Coast; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Jonette Roberts of Jacksonville, Florida, Carole and Bill Clayton of Jacksonville, and Jeris and Carl Harris of Jesup; one brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Kitty Rogers of Waycross; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
A visitation and celebration of her life will be held today (Wednesday) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cross Connection Church, 2198 Brunswick Highway, Waycross.
A graveside service will be held at Screven City Cemetery on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Durwood Miller officiating.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons
Leslie Ernest “L.E.” Gordon
Ludowici—Leslie Ernest “L.E.” Gordon, 51, of Ludowici, died Dec. 17, 2016.
The Long County native was a former carpenter and an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and watching football.
He was predeceased by his parents, Leslie E. and Sue Ann Gordon.
Survivors include his wife of six years, Tracy Echols Gordon of  Ludowici; a son, Richard Gordon of Ludowici; a sister and brother-in-law, Traci and Alan Engler of Ludowici; a brother, Donnie Gordon of Ludowici; his maternal grandmother, June Brazeale of Jesup; a grandson, Matthew Gordon of Ludowici; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services were held Dec. 20 at Ludowici First Baptist Church with Robert Parker officiating.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Geraldine “Pat” Ring Griffin
Screven—Geraldine “Pat” Ring Griffin, 70, of Screven died Dec. 16, 2016, at her residence after an extended illness.
The Ocilla native lived in Wayne County the past 15 years and was a homemaker. She was the widow of Danny Eugene Griffin.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and James Tyson of Screven; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Bill and Barbara Clements of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Alan Clements of Jesup, and Scott Clements of Metter; three sisters, Deborah Carter of Midway, Sherry Roberson of Jesup, and Shirley Cruz-Taylor of Jacksonville, Florida; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held by the family.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Coleman Lanier
Ludowici—Helen Coleman Lanier, 75, of Ludowici died Dec. 16, 2016, at her residence.
The Savannah native was a member of Ludowici First Baptist Church, loved the Lord and was blessed to learn to play music by ear on a piano while playing the old hymns, according to her family. She loved her dog and would often ride it around on her golf cart.
Her husband and God took care of her for many years, her family said, adding that she is now with her husband, James L. “Mickey” Lanier Jr., in the glory of heaven.
Survivors include a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bobby and Dale Lanier of St. Johns, Florida, and a nephew, Jason Dale Lanier of St. Johns, Florida.
Graveside funeral service were held Dec. 19 at Rye Patch Cemetery in Long County with the Rev. Clayton Dowd officiating.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Brenda “Arlene” Roberson Poppell
Jesup—Brenda “Arlene” Roberson Poppell, 66, of Jesup died Dec. 18, 2016, in Coastal Manor in Ludowici.
The Wayne County native was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church. She was a former employee with ASCS of Wayne County and a former secretary with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Altamaha Technical College. She was named a STAR program winner and competed on the state level with the college.
She enjoyed gardening, reading and hunting with her husband.
She was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Zelma Bland Roberson, and a sister, Willene Ray.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Jerry J. Poppell of Jesup; two sisters, Peggy Nichols of Buford and Oleita Crews of Glen St. Mary, Florida; two brothers, Remer Roberson of Jacksonville, Florida, and Ronnell Roberson of Jesup; and several extended relatives, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Dec. 20, 2016, at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dennie Waters, the Rev. Wayne Williamson and Doug Ward officiating.
Interment was in Red Hill Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Kyle Dickens, Bob Ray, Casey Cason, Scottie Poppell, Zack Poppell and Derek Rozier. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Surrency, Sandra Morris, Eric Washington, Billy Poppell, Gussie Williams, Gene McClain, Leroy Horton, Coastal Manor employees, and members of Big O Hunting Club, Little Okefenokee Hunting Club and Big Pasture Hunting Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Virginia “Jenny” Lynn Cash
Ludowici—Virginia “Jenny” Lynn Cash, 36, died Dec.15, 2016, at her residence.
She was born in Augusta and had lived there most of her life, recently moving to Jesup.  She had previously worked in retail sales and was raised Catholic.
Survivors include her daughters, Victoria Cash, Heather Smith and Elizabeth Manders, all of Hephzibah; a mother and stepfather, Paula and Steve Reddish of Jesup; a father and stepmother, Michael and Ava Cash of Hephzibah; a maternal grandmother, Betty Gill of Augusta; a stepsister, Kathryn Chancey of Jesup; stepbrothers, George Kirkland of Tucson, Arizona, Karl Chancey of Jesup, Patrick of South Carolina, Tracy of Seattle, Washington, Jonathan of Augusta and Robert of Hephzibah; and nieces and nephew, Jadyn, Emalee, and Kevin.
A memorial gathering will be held today (Wednesday) from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com
Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici is in charge of arrangement.
Out of Town
Terrell Charles Barker
Brunswick—Terrell Charles Barker, 56, of Jesup died Dec. 17, 2016 at his home.
A veteran of the United States Navy, he was a sonar technician aboard fast-attack submarines. He later joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 508.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Casey; his wife, Peggy Barker; and his brother, Richard Barker.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Tommy and Katie Barker; a sister, Shawna Barker; a brother, Scott Barker; a niece, Nicci McDuffie; and nephews, Jeremy Barker, Joshua Barker, Rusty Clayton and Allen Clayton.
A graveside service was held Dec. 20 at Brunswick Memorial Park.
 Brunswick Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
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