12.24.16 Obituaries

Royal
 
Arthur B. Edmondson
Jesup—Arthur B. Edmondson, 86, of Jesup died Dec. 18, 2016, at St. Jos-eph’s Hospital in Savannah following a brief illness. 
He was born March 11, 1930, to Willie W. Edmondson and Letha Wright-Edmondson in Screven. He was recently honored at First African Baptist Church, where he had been a longstanding and devoted member for 79 years, according to his family. He served faithfully on the usher board. 
He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was also a former employee of Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and he retired from Rayonier after 38 years.
He enjoyed working on machinery and watching basketball, football, and baseball on television, as well as traveling and spending time with his family. In addition to the many things that he enjoyed, he was a member of Willie F. Marshall Post 529, a volunteer with the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and a member of AA for the past 43 years. 
He was preceded in death by both parents, Willie and Letha Edmondson; four sisters, Vernell Gordon, Louise Sumner, Madge Marshall and Allene Turner; and one brother, L.W. Edmondson.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elnora Wright of Jesup; one son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Marcella Edmondson of Glenn Dale, Maryland; two grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Devin and Maegan Edmondson and Justin Edmondson, all of Glenn Dale, Maryland; eight sisters-in-law and their spouses, Elizabeth Tinsdale of Covington, Lillie W. Lane of Durham, North Carolina, Jean Wright and Bobbie Wright, both of Brunswick, Jacqueline Wright of Screven, Chyrell and Robert George of East Hampton, Massachusetts, Lula Wright of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, and Dorothy Wright of San Diego, California;  four brothers-in-law and their spouses, Charles and Ora Lee Wright of Waycross, Lawrence and Linda Wright of New Castle, Delaware, Kelton Wright of Brunswick, Donald and Linda Wright of Brunswick; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.    
There will not be a visitation. Remains will lie in state Dec. 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Royal Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 27 at noon at First African Baptist Church, located at 402 Tarber St., Screven. 
Interment will be in Jesup City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the National Cancer Society at donate.cancer.org/ or to a favorite charity.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Howard-Jones
 
Jeffery M. Brissel
Jesup—Jeffery M. Brissel, 69, died Dec. 20, 2016, in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Wayne County and retired from Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home after 35 years of service. He was a member of Faith Chapel Southern Congregational Methodist Church in Jesup, where he was known as the ‘Bubblegum Man,” according to his family.
He was preceded in death by parents, Freddie and Mandy Griffis Brissel, and a sister, Rachael Gibbs. 
Survivors include two sisters, Diann Dixon and Dawn Saini, both of Waycross; two brothers, Justin Brissel of Jesup and Wendell Brissel of Davison, Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at the Faith Chapel SCMC in Jesup with the Rev. James Carter officiating.  
Burial followed in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici was in charge of arrangements.
 
Rinehart & Sons
 
Marie Carter Ford
Savannah—Marie Carter Ford, 96, died Dec. 21, 2016, in Coastal Manor Nursing Home in Ludowici.
The Wayne County native spent most of her adult life in Savannah where she raised five children. She was also a devoted member of Ardsley Park Baptist in Savannah for more than 60 years.
Before retiring, she worked as an office manager for Whitney & Ottler and Smith & Kelley shipping companies.
In addition to her career, her family says her greatest accomplishment was successfully raising her five children despite the many hardships of being a single mother. She was happiest when surrounded by her family and friends and enjoyed leading senior tour groups throughout the United States in her retirement years.
She was predeceased by her son, Jimmy Ford; and her parents, Evan and Della Carter.
Survivors include her three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Charlene Ford of Santa Rosa, California, Don and Debbie Ford of Atlantic Beach, Florida, and Ron and Roberta Ford of San Rafael, California; a daughter and son-in-law, Mona and Danny Stembridge of Richmond Hill; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Roy Carter of Hinesville; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services celebrating her life will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward “Buddy” Clay officiating.
Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ardsley Park Baptist Church, 3802 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31405 or The Coastal Manor Long Term Care, 128 Coastal Manor Drive, Ludowici, GA 31316.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Joanne Thomas Lee
Screven—Joanne Thomas Lee, a native of Screven, and most recently residing in Plano, Texas, died Dec. 18 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
She graduated from Screven High School in 1953, where she loved playing basketball. In 1953, she married Robert Lee, also a Wayne County native, and they raised their four children while moving around in the Southeast, finally settling in Texas in 1975.
She enjoyed life and was happiest when surrounded by her family. She and her husband enjoyed outdoor activities, including water-skiing and golf.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Lee; her daughter, Donna Lee; three sisters, Carolyn, Lou Jean and Annette; two brothers, Rance and Donny; and her parents, Jake and Hettie Mae Thomas.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeffrey Lee of Houston, Texas, and Robert and Cathy Lee of Bonham, Texas; a daughter Sandra Lee of The Colony, Texas; grandchildren, Jessica Lee, Daniel Lee, Rachel and David Spinks, Donna Lee, and Alan Viosca; a great-grandchild, Colton Spinks; sister-in-laws, Cathy Thomas of 
Hinesville and Jean Thomas of Jacksonville, Florida. Also surviving are Belle and Hal Halvorson of Portland, Oregon, Sammy Lee of Blackshear and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Durwood Miller officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Screven City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Jerald Lee, Billy Lee, Alan Viosca, Daniel Lee, Bobby Ryon and Bill Biancaniello.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
Colleen Kicklighter Mundy
Jesup—Colleen “Aunt Kos” Kicklighter Mundy, 85, of Jesup, died Dec. 22, 2016, in Harborview Health Center after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Primitive Baptist Church and a former Southern Bell telephone operator and dental assistant. She enjoyed reading and coloring in adult coloring books.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charlie Mundy, and parents, Foley and Myrtice Kicklighter.
Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby and Lucy Kicklighter of Jesup and Joe and Donna Kicklighter of Eatonton; two nieces and their husbands, Pam and Darrell Wester of Thompson and Sondra and Michael Lewis; three nephews and their wives, Cliff and Diane Kicklighter, Mike and Kathy  Kicklighter, and Clay and Lisa Kicklighter; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 26 at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Larry Tillman and Clay Kicklighter officiating. Interment will be in Screven City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be her family.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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