12.23.17 obituaries

Jimmy R. Chandler
Gum Branch—Jimmy R. Chandler, 69, died peacefully on Dec. 19, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born on May 23, 1948, in Santa Maria, California, to the late Hays Deaton and Gloria Faye Gibbons Chandler. He spent his early years working on the farm with his father and was a 1967 graduate of Dos Palos High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the United States Army, where he served three years during the Vietnam Conflict as a helicopter electrician. After returning to the States, he was stationed at Fort Stewart. He met and married a cute local girl, and the two began to build a family. He worked for more than 30 years with Georgia Natural Gas in Hines-ville and later in Jesup before leaving the company in 1999 when corporate restructuring and downsizing left him without work.
His strong work ethic and ability to fix just about anything landed him several different jobs with contractors on Fort Stewart, including Griffin Services, GMH Military Housing and TFW. He eventually retired in 2010.
Because work was his favorite pastime, he filled the days of retirement cleaning yards, taking on countless handyman projects and tinkering in his shop right up until the day he died. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a lifelong drag-racing enthusiast.
In addition to his parents, his infant son, Michael Ray Chandler preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Irene Todd Chandler of Gum Branch; three children and their spouses, Jimi and Ches O’Neal of Gum Branch, Jeff Chandler of Jesup and Jessica and Jeremy Coleman of Gum Branch; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nora Sue and Curt Harris of Firebaugh, California, Sharon and Norman Mello of Ripon, California, Rita and Don Laws of Ludowici and Denise and Tom Supple of Tehachapi, California; a brother, Gerald Chandler of Muldrow, Oklahoma; grandchildren and their spouses, Aaron and Bailey Anderson, Raegan Anderson, Jeff Chandler Jr., Emily O’Neal, Jude Coleman, Aubrey Chandler, James Coleman and Jane Coleman; several aunts, uncles, cousins; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended-family members.
Graveside funeral services were held Dec. 22 in the Gum Branch Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Parrish and the Rev. Matthew Massey officiating. Military honors were rendered by the United States Army.
Pallbearers were family.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Danette Harris Renard
Jesup—Danette Harris Renard, 53, died on Dec. 20, 2017, at home under the care of Heartland Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.
A native of Cordele, she has lived in Wayne County for more than 20 years. She was always known for her positive outlook on life and encouraged her friends and family to have the same. She wanted to be a blessing to everyone she met, and she was known to say, “Look for the lesson in whatever the situation,” teaching those around her that we should find good even in times of trouble.
Her life’s ambition was to someday work with the March of Dimes to help people with disabilities get their lives back in order, but the apple of her eye was her son, and she devoted herself unselfishly to him and to the rest of her family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Michael Harris; a brother, Thomas Michael Harris II; an uncle, Robert Daniel Pope; paternal grandparents, John Henry and Ida Harris; and maternal grandparents, Charles Myrick and Cora Lee Pope.
Survivors include her loving husband, Edward Eugene Renard of Jesup; her son, Thomas Lee Michael Rendard of Jesup; her mother, Diann H. Franklin of Jesup; three sisters, Sonya Drawdy Baker of Clyo, Denise Mychele Hutchinson of Grafton, Illinois, and Ida Joan Harris of Sparta, Tennessee; her grandmother, Mae Pope of Valdosta; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be held Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dee Shaffer and the Rev. Steve Larson and Deacon Marty Meuschke officiating. A reception will follow immediately in the Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 745 S. Palm St., Jesup, GA 31546.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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