12.28.16 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
 
Patricia “Pat” McCluskey Gibson
Jesup—Patricia “Pat” McCluskey Gibson, 76, of Jesup died Dec. 22, 2016, at her residence after an extended illness.
The England native had lived in Jesup the past six years and was a retired registered nurse.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Gibson of Jesup; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Gibson of Laguna, California, and Scott and Marcy Gibson of Jesup; and several grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held by the family.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Wallace Miles “Wally” Moody
Jesup—Wallace Miles “Wally” Moody, 75, of Jesup, died Dec. 3, 2016, at his residence of an apparent heart attack.
The Appling County native lived in Wayne County 40 years and was a member of Jesup First Baptist Church and a former deacon.
He was a graduate of the University of Georgia in business education and worked in the banking business for 35 years in both commercial and farm credit.
He was a lieutenant colonel and a 25-year retiree with Georgia Air National Guard, and he retired as commander of the 117th Division out of Savannah.
He was a member of the Georgia Cattleman’s Association and Wayne County Young Farmer Association. He enjoyed farming and raising cows and loved being “Papa” to his grandson.
He was predeceased by his dad, Warren Miles Moody, and sister, Betty Jo Floyd.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Pat Dubberly Moody of Jesup; daughters, Jenilyn Moody of Jesup and Julie Ann Bridger of Orlando, Florida; mother, Euletha Yawn Moody of Baxley; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandra and Bruce  Butler and Wanda and Billy Hallman of Baxley; a brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Verlene Moody of Baxley; grandson, Miles Moseley of Jesup; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Mike VonMoss and the Rev. Paul Dubberly officiating. Interment was be in Odum City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Jason Moody, Dr. Jeffrey Butler, Tim Butler, Mike Dubberly, Jeff Dubberly and Brandon Dubberly. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and members of Adult II Sunday School Class of Jesup First Baptist Church.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 
Fred “Hard Times” Neske
Screven—Fred “Hard Times” Neske, 71, of Screven died Dec. 24, 2016, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
The New Jersey native lived in Screven the past 20 years. He was a retired truck driver and enjoyed spending time at Bell’s Trucking Company in Screven.
He loved to work in the yard and enjoyed fixing up classic cars with his son-in-law, Randy.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Van Stone Neske of Screven; a daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Randy Pridgen of Screven; sons, Freddy, David and Billy Neske; several grandchildren, including Robin Hutto, Kimberly Angle, and Amanda and Avery Cox, all of Screven; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Dave  Treger of Screven and Sharon and Bob Lewis of West Virginia; a brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Peggy Neske of Delaware; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mickey Tomberlin and Harry Thompson officiating. Interment will be in Screven City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Eddie Hartenstein, David Bell, Michael “Gopher” Roberson, David “Hot Rod” Strickland, Tracy Cox and Mackey McReady. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Bell Trucking Company and David “Bird” Bell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 117 Drennon Drive, Jesup, GA 31545.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Velma Harris Yates
Jesup—Velma Harris Yates, 83, of Jesup died Dec. 24, 2016, at her residence after an extended illness.
The Appling County native lived in Wayne County most of her adult life. She was a member of Crossroads Church of God, and a retired beautician. She enjoyed working in her garden and fishing.
She was the widow of Walker Yates and predeceased by her parents, Oscar Drew and Daisy Swain Harris; a daughter, Susan Hires Maatta; and a son, Ronald L. Hires.
Survivors include two grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Bert and Jessica Maatta of Seattle, Washington, and Peter Maatta of Jesup; a sister, Jeanette Harris of Jesup; a great-granddaughter, Maria Maatta of Seattle; a stepson, Carl Yates of Douglas; a stepdaughter, Donna Yates of Winterville; a step-granddaughter, Delorean Strickland of Winterville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial services will be held today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Hulet Smith officiating.
Family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 4 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.
 
Karen Vance Gutierrez
Odum—Karen Vance Gutierrez, 65, of Odum died Dec. 26, 2016, in Jesup Healthcare after an extended illness.
She was affectionately known as “The Pine Straw Lady.” The Charleston, West Virginia, native lived in Wayne County the past 22 years and was a pine- straw producer for many in the area.
Survivors include her daughters, Wesanna Vance of Texas and Terry Snudgrass of Live Oak, Florida; sons, Dustin Vance of Odum and Jesus Vance of Alabama; several grandchildren; and two sisters, Valerie Elliott and Marsha Tyson.
Memorial services 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.
 
Howard-Jones
 
Jacquelyn Levada Thompson Owens
Jesup—Jacquelyn Levada Thompson Owens, 70, of Jesup died peacefully at her home on Dec. 23, 2016, surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren and family.
A resident of Jesup for more than 60 years, she was born on Dec. 29, 1945, in Glennville to the late James Jackson Thompson and Fellice Levada Purvis Thompson.
In addition to her parents, her two brothers, John Rufus Thompson and George Yancey Thompson and her former husband, David Owens Sr., preceded her in death.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses, David and Melissa Owens and of Odum, Debra Owens of Odum, Dana and Jonathan McCaffrey of Jesup and Shree Owens of Jesup; grandchildren, Rayna Owens, Jada and Clayton Bishop, Wesley Owens, Hunter Wombolt, Heather Wombolt, Holly Wombolt, Xander McCaffrey, Katelyn Kent and Madisyn Kent; two great-grandchildren, Ashton Tyre and Scarlet Evans; and several nieces and nephews, Jack Thompson, Jason Thompson, Karen Thompson, Yancey Thompson and Theresa Thompson.
Funeral services were held Dec. 26 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Dennie Waters and the Rev. Scott Hickox officiating.
Interment followed in Watermelon Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Tattnall County.
Active pallbearers were her grandsons, Hunter Wombolt and Wesley Owens, and family members, Kevin Gold, Clint Watson, Cody Watson and Dewaine Priester.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
 
Diane E. Masten
Brazoria, Texas—Diane E. Masten, 69, died Dec. 26, 2016, at Memorial Health Medical Center in Savannah after a sudden illness.
She was born on Feb. 18, 1947, in Baltimore, Maryland. She and her family moved to Jesup at an early age, and she was a 1965 graduate of Jesup High School. Shortly after graduation, she met her husband, Jim, who was serving in the United States Army at Fort Stewart, and the two were married. They moved around like military families often do before settling in 1977 in Texas, where they have remained since then. She worked in Kroger stores for more than 20 years and was a master of store operations. She loved animals and supported numerous organizations that cared for animals.
She also enjoyed reading, painting and cooking in her younger days and always enjoyed eating and spending time with her beloved family.
Her father, Lloyd N. Meyers, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, James “River Jim” Masten of Brazoria; her mother, Sarah Meyers of Jesup; a brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd N. and Cynthia Meyers Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen and Larry Woodard of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and Terri and James Bell of Jesup; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Private interment services will be held in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Best Friends Animal Society at www.bestfriends.org.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Royal
 
Albert Morris Jr.
Waycross—Albert Morris Jr., 81, a resident of Waycross and a native of Jesup, died Dec. 25, 2016, at his residence surrounded by his family and love ones. 
He was born Dec. 26, 1934, to the late Albert and Arlee Simmons-Morris Sr. in Brunswick. He received his education at Wayne County Training School, where he participated in basketball. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. After returning from the service, he was employed with Moody Provisions and retired from Georgia Natural Gas Company. He had been a member of Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church since his early childhood. He enjoyed reading, sports, and spending time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by both parents, Albert Morris Sr. and Arlee Simmons-Morris; a daughter, Regina Morris Williams; a son, Anthony “Champ” Ross; a brother, Cecil Morris; an aunt, the Rev. Essie Mae Simmons; and a loving and devoted companion of many years, Alberta Ellis.
Survivors include one son, Darryl Morris of Allenhurst; six daughters and spouses, Cynthia Ross Sutherland of Jesup, Prescilla and Wridge Miller of 
Hinesville, Sophia and Darryl  Douglas of Waycross, Donna and Wali Nuriddin of Jesup, Stephanie and Terence Jackson of Huntsville, Alabama, and Adriene Morris Fields of Huntsville; children that he served as a father to, Barbara Ann Ellis, Cathy Sapp, Leola Ellis, Sharon Ellis, Ray Charles Ellis, Donald Ellis and Leslie Mackey; a brother, Jackie Jackson of Jesup; a loving aunt, Aleatha Lewis of Statesboro; his close cousins, Charlie Lewis, Leotyne Buggs, Reta Jo Lewis and Bishop Sharma D. Lewis; 30 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will not be a wake/visitation.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 31 at noon at Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Out of Town
 
Odis C. Wilcox
Hazlehurst—Odis C. Wilcox, 95, of Hazlehurst died Dec. 21, 2016, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 1, 1921, in Jeff Davis County to the late Thomas A. Wilcox and the late Missie V. Creamer Wilcox. He was a retired farmer and member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Margelene Schell Wilcox; a son, Kenyan D. Wilcox; a sister, Lucille Hutchinson; and three brothers, James C. Wilcox, B.F. Wilcox and T. Edward Wilcox.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette T. Wilcox of Hazlehurst; three daughters and sons-in-law, Odilene W. and Donnie Weeks of Tifton, Gail W. and Herbert Mason of Hazlehurst and Kathy W. and Larry Lord of Hazlehurst; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ron W. and Euree Wilcox of Jesup and Maxwell O. and Alice Wilcox of Hazlehurst; two brothers, Raleigh M. Wilcox Sr. and Theo A. Wilcox, both of Hazlehurst; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren;  a great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews
Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at Philadelphia Baptist Church with Dr. Ron W. Wilcox and the Rev. Tyrone Hutchinson officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers were grandsons Don Weeks Jr., Stephen Weeks, Lloyd Mason, Travis Mason, Brad Mason, Stuart Wilcox and Kevin Wilcox.
Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
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