12.2.17 obituaries

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Joeann Smith
Jesup—Joeann Smith, 84, of Jesup died Nov. 29, 2017.
The Chatham County native and formerly of Toombs County lived in Wayne County the past eight years.
She was a retired secretary with Mechanicals Inc. of Vidalia, her husband’s business, and a member of First Baptist Church of Lyons. She loved to fish, cook and spend time with family.
She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Elijah Smith; a grandson, Christopher Paul Smith; a sister, Mary Joyce Tompkins of Savannah; and two brothers, Roy Clark and Ernest Clark.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Randy and Sue Smith of Jesup and Stevie Smith of Jesup; two granddaughters and their husbands, Shelia and Brian McCant of Milledgeville and Melinda and Jason Vonkurzbach of Jesup; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services were held Dec. 1 at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Vidalia with the Rev. Dennis Bryant officiating.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Eula Lee “Ding” Murray Tyre
Odum—Eula Lee “Ding” Murray Tyre, 83, of Odum died Nov. 30, 2017, at her residence after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of New Hope Freewill Baptist Church and a former cosmetologist. She enjoyed working puzzles, gardening, fishing and being with her family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Coy and Lala Pye Murray, and a sister, Shirley Mock.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Merle Tyre of Odum; a daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Scott Moore of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; a son and daughter-in-law, Elwyn “Ebb” and Peggy Tyre of Lancaster, South Carolina; two sisters, Fran Murray Tyson of Jesup and Peggy “Peachie” Steves of Lakeland, Florida; grandchildren and their spouses, Tiffany and Jay Golden of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Andy and Mandy Tyre of Lancaster, South Carolina, and Steve and Julie Tyre of Lancaster; three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tim Horne officiating. Interment will be in Red Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be her family.
Visitation will be held today (Saturday) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the chapel.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
DeAlva Leggett
Greensboro—DeAlva Leggett, 77, of Reynolds Landing at Lake Oconee died after a short illness at Putnam General Hospital on Nov. 27, 2017.
She was born in Appling County on Sept. 4, 1940, to Ertle Woodrow Leggett and Ruth Esther Leggett. She graduated from Wayne County High School and received a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.
After beginning a career in television and broadcasting in New York, she pursued a career in computer technology, working in information technology for American Airlines, Hueblin Winery, Del Monte and RJ Reynolds. She retired from Charles Schwab, where she was a national information technology manager.
In 2001, she returned to Georgia to live close to family and friends for the remainder of her retirement. She lived in Reynolds Landing, where she was active as a master gardener in the community and enjoyed her time with friends in the Ladies At The Landing bridge and bunco groups. She was active in her home-owners’ group as the communications contact person.
She is survived by three brothers Ronald Leggett of Alpharetta, Everett Leggett of Jesup and John Leggett of Sacramento, California, and one sister, Genevieve Williams of Greensboro.
A private service will be held for the family.
In memory of her, donations may be made to her favorite philanthropy, the Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro.
McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, is in charge of arrangements.
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