12.31.16 Obituaries

Rinehart and Sons
 
Willis Griffis
Jesup—Willis Griffis, 84, of Jesup died Dec. 28, 2016, at his residence after an extended illness.
The K’ville community native lived in Jesup most of his life and was a member of Anderson Drive Baptist Church, a longtime employee of Watson & Yeargen Construction and a retired contractor. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing cards with his family.
He was predeceased by his son, Dale Griffis; parents, Marvin and Addie Blanche Thornton Griffis; a sister, Maggie Pickett; and brothers, Marvin Griffis Jr., Wilbur Griffis and G.W. Griffis.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Mary Ruth Thornton Griffis of Jesup; three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and David Hall of Monks Corner, South Carolina, Angie and Jimmy Smith of Jesup, and Mary and Ronnie Smith of Brunswick; a brother and sister-in-law, Luke and Jerry Griffis of K’ville community; grandchildren and their spouses, Nikki and Matt Schurlknight, Heather and Derek Kirkland, and Matthew and Tynesha Vaughn; and great-grandchildren, Bradley Matthews, Nicholas Matthews, Ryland Schurlknight, Madelyn Schurlknight and Bryton Kirkland.
Funeral services were held Dec. 30 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Todd and the Rev. Dennie Waters officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family and friends.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 
Linda Sue Middleton Johnson
Jesup—Linda Sue Middleton Johnson, 54, of Jesup died Dec. 28, 2016, at her residence after a short illness.
The Glynn County native lived in Wayne County the past year and was of the Church of God faith. She enjoyed working with her husband in ministry, being a “Prayer Warrior,” cooking and working with crafts.
She was predeceased by her father, Charles Lawson Middleton, and stepfather, Joel Benjamin Green.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Dennis E. Johnson of Jesup; a daughter, Amber Northern of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Jared and Karin Johnson of Brunswick; her mother, Annie Ruth Mosley Middaugh of Brunswick; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Debra and John  Stokes and Kathy Shattuck of Brunswick; a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Chanda Middleton of Brunswick; grandchildren, Christian Northern, Zayn Northern, Khloe Johnson and Autumn Johnson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Darien Church of God with the Rev. Tommy Whaley and the Rev. Harold Edenfield officiating. Interment will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Townsend. Active pallbearers will be family.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the church.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
James “Ellis” Middleton
Ludowici—James “Ellis” Middleton, 61, of Ludowici died Dec. 27, 2016.
The Long County native was a member of Edmund Chapel Church of God in Lyons. He was a residential and commercial contractor and enjoyed singing gospel music, hunting, fishing and being “Papa” to his grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, James and Mamie Poole Middleton.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and David Stapleton, Nikki and Jeffery Edmondson, Brittany and Darrell Maulden, all of Ludowici; a son, Josh Middleton of Ludowici ,and his fiancee, Merri Chandler Keith; a sister, Susan Dietzen of Texas; brothers, Billy Middleton, Joe Middleton and Emmett Middleton, all of Ludowici; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wayne Owen officiating. Interment will be in Middleton Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jay Middleton, Shane Middleton, Larry Middleton, Brandon Gordon, Justin Gordon, and Buddy Carter.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Fausta Adolfina Fernandez Montane Palacio
Jesup—Fausta Adolfina Fernandez Montane Palacio, 97, died Dec. 25, 2016, peacefully from complications after a fall at her residence and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
In Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 19, 1919, Adolfo and America Fernandez became the proud parents of their daughter, Lupa. In 1960, Lupa moved from Cuba to the United States, where she lived in Florida, Ohio and Virginia.
In April 2012, she moved to Jesup to live with her son, Ignacio, and daughter-in-law, Debbie. She loved to reminisce about the beauty of the ocean, and her fondest memories revolved around where she spent her childhood and most of her youth along the coast of Havana and El Malecon. She worked hard in a factory as a seamstress and later learned the craft of upholstery in an effort to help her young family.
She had a cheerful personality and an easy smile that made everyone like her, according to her family. It was always easy to talk to her, and conversations with her often ended in laughter, her family said.
She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Ricardo; a brother, Adolfo Antonio Fernandez Montane; a sister, Ana America Fernandez Montane; and a grandson, Gabriel Palacio.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Gabriel and Evelyn Palacio of Miami, Florida, and Ignacio and Debbie  Palacio of Jesup; and seven grandchildren, Ricardo DeParias of St. Augustine, Florida, Veronica, Francisco and Alejandro Palacio of Miami, Florida, and Andrew, William and Anthony Palacio of Jesup.
Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at St. Vincent Catholic Church and interred in Boynton Beach Mausoleum. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at Forrest Pond Lodge in Ludowici. (view website for directions: forrestpondlodge.com).
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 and Lorne and Sons of Delray, Florida, is in charge of arrangements.
 
Marcus Franklin Peaden
Jesup—Marcus Peaden, 56, of Jesup died Dec. 27, 2016, of an apparent heart attack.
The Thomaston native lived in Wayne County the past 22 years. He was a member of Turning Point Worship Center and co-owner of Sonic Drive-In in Jesup.
He enjoyed sports, listening to Southern rock and gospel music, serving others and being “Pops” to his family.
He was predeceased by his dad, Billy Peaden.
Survivors include his wife of five years, Lorene “Sissy” Lane Peaden of Jesup; two daughters and son-in-law, Nicky and Luke Stokes of Waco, Texas, and Leah Peaden of Baxley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Nathen and Kristin Peaden of Beaufort, South Carolina, and Marcus and Casey Peaden of Jesup; his mother, Betty Jo Williams; three stepchildren, C.J. Overstreet, Cody Dewitt and Kaley Lane, all of Jesup; his former wife and the mother of his children, Shawna Peaden; and several siblings and grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec. 30 at Turning Point Worship Center with Pastor Justin Mitchell officiating.
Interment was in Odessa Cemetery in Jesup. Active pallbearers were friends and family.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Royal
 
Willie L. Bennett
Jesup—Willie L. Bennett, 70, died Dec. 24, 2016, at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born in Alabama on Jan. 11, 1946, to Howard and Essie Bennett. 
He was employed as a plumber and drove the public-transit bus. He was a member of Powerhouse of Deliverance Church in Hinesville, under the leadership of Bishop Raymond Napper. He enjoyed singing, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends, his family said. 
He was preceded in death by both parents, Howard and Essie Bennett, and a son, Jimmy Bennett.
Survivors include his wife of eight years, Patricia Scott-Bennett of Jesup; three sisters and a brother; a sister-in-law, Shaniqua Wright of South Dakota; and a brother-in-law, Barry Wright of Jesup.
Although somewhat estranged from his family, he was the father of eight children.
There will be no wake or visitation.  
Remains will lie in state one hour prior to services Dec. 30 at Royal Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorial services will be held Dec. 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Royal Funeral Home Chapel in Jesup.    
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Out of town
 
Nancy Suzette Hinson Crews
Screven—Nancy Suzette Hinson Crews, 56, died Dec. 27, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Waycross after an extended illness. 
She was born in Waycross to David O. and Janice Wells Karlbom and had made Southeast Georgia her home for most of her life. 
She was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed cooking large dinners, according to her family. She was a passionate writer and loved anything that dealt with arts and crafts or music. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Janice Karlbom, and a brother, David Karlbom. 
Survivors include her husband, Walter Crews Jr. of Screven; a daughter and son-in-law, Summer and Billy Vaughn of Waycross; a son and daughter-in-law, Graham and Dana Tyre of Nichols; five grandchildren, Jon Michael O’Brien, Tyler Vaughn, Ethan Vaughn, Kayden Tyre and Johnni Lyn Tyre; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Diane Hinson of Blountstown, Florida; a grandmother, Effie Gamble of Screven; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
A graveside service was held Dec. 30 at Homeland Cemetery in Homeland.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of  arrangements. 
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