1.24.18 Obituaries

Joseph Alvin Leaphart Jr.
Jesup--Joseph Alvin Leaphart Jr., 80, died Jan. 22, 2018, at Southeast Georgia Health Systems Bruns-wick Campus after an extended illness.
Visitation will be held Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with a reception to follow in the parish hall.
Interment will be private.
A full obituary will be posted as soon as available online and in the weekend edition of The Press-Sentinel.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lou Hurst Halstead
Jesup—Lou Hurst Halstead, 71, died Jan. 22, 2018, at home under the care of Affinis Hospice.
A former resident of Chapel Hill and Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and a resident of Jesup for the past three years, she was born on July 3, 1946, in Cairo, to the late Dorothy Johns and Ezra Henry Hurst.
In her early years, she won numerous beauty pageants and was on the first all-girls debate team in the state of Georgia. She also won the state public-speaking competition two years and was a cheerleader for many years at Cairo High School. She was a registered nurse by trade who attended Florida State University, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and named Student Nurse of the Year for the state of Florida.
She was founder and CEO of Healthcare Consultants of North Carolina and was an educator for the North Carolina Healthcare Association, where she wrote the first personal care assistant curriculum for the state. She was an active volunteer with Interfaith Council of Orange County in Chapel Hill and was a staunch supporter of the Last Chance Program presented by ARF.
She attended church at Jesup Presbyterian Church and maintained her membership at the Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill, where her children were raised.
She was lovingly referred to as “Bama” by her grandchildren, whom she adored. It has been said that she knew how to have a good time, never met a stranger, took care of strays, loved fiercely, laughed freely, doled out compliments as though it was her job, didn’t save the fancy jewelry for special occasions and made everyone around her feel loved. She had a gypsy soul and a warrior spirit and made no apologies for her wild heart. She left “normal” and “regular” to explore the outskirts of “magical” and “extraordinary,” her family said.
In addition to her parents, her husband, an attorney in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, John W. Halstead, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Shana Stephens and Kelly Plott of Charlotte, North Carolina, Andrea Stephens of Jamestown, North Carolina, and Marc and Matthew Stephens, both of Raleigh, North Carolina; a sister, Juana Grover of Jesup; 10 grandchildren, Patrick, Emma, Harrison, Mackenzie, Sarah Grace, Dylan, Hayden, Sam, Sawyer and Grace; two nephews, Brett and Tyler Grover; her beloved caregiver, Rose Manning; and numerous extended-family members.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Jesup Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Pete Ullman officiating.
Remembrances may be made to ARF, P.O. Box 432, Jesup, GA 31598 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons
Leland Brooker
Bristol—Leland Brooker, 76, of Bristol died Jan. 22, 2018, at his home under the care of Community Hospice of Vidalia.
The Wayne County native was a member of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church and a retired construction worker with IBEW Local No. 613 out of Atlanta.
He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, woodworking and being “Papa” to all of his grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Patsy Hodges Brooker; parents, Morris and Pearl Strickland Brooker; and two brothers, Bobby and James Brooker.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Sherry and Vic Brantley of Baxley and Tina Brooker of Jesup; a son, Leland Michael Brooker of Townsend; eight grandchildren, Kaylah Pearce, Chelse Clements, Jackson, Olivia and Morgan Brantley, Tyler Woodcock, and Payton and Carson Brooker; five great-grandchildren; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Geneva Goff, Juanita Lewis and Shirley and Paul Simniok, all of Jesup; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Ruby Brooker of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church, 1944 Piney Grove Church Road, Bristol, GA 31518 with the Rev. Tim Brantley and the Rev. Parnell Aldridge officiating. Interment will be in the Piney Grove Cemetery in Bristol. Active pallbearers will be his family.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Dr. Sherrie Barber Cowan
Atlanta—Dr. Sherrie Barber Cowan, 51, died Jan. 20, 2018, at Emory University Hospital following complications from a liver transplant.
Born in Blackshear Nov. 18, 1966, she had lived in Patterson for the last 30 years. She graduated from Pierce County High School in 1984 and earned multiple academic degrees in early childhood education and educational administration, including a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree from Valdosta State University. Additionally, she earned an educational specialist degree and a doctoral degree from Argosy University.
Professionally, she was a lifelong educator in the Pierce County school system, where she taught elementary education at Patterson Elementary School. Having accepted Christ as her personal Savior, she was a born-again Christian and an active member of Patterson Baptist Church, where she both attended and taught Sunday school.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Hamon and Polly Barber of Blackshear; her maternal grandmother, Ida Lee Gailey Box; and her maternal grandfather, Dennis Gailey Sr.
Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Gene Flanigan Cowan Jr. of Patterson; a daughter and son-in-law, Alexis C. and Donald Crumbley, and a soon-to-be granddaughter of Waycross; her parents, Herbert M. Sr. and Lynn Gailey Barber of Blackshear; a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Herbert M. and Robin Barber of Savannah; a sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne Barber and George Denison of Blackshear; nieces and nephews, Elizabeth D. (Adam) Cox, Lance Cpl. Brandon H. Barber, Lindsey B. Denison, Natalie M. Barber and George C. Denison III; and several other relatives and numerous friends.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. from the Patterson Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Patterson Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests the teachers of Patterson Elementary School to serve as honorary pallbearers and to meet at the church by 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Patterson Baptist Church Building Fund, 5770 E. Main Street, Patterson, GA 31557.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register atwww.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Inc. of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.
Bettie Maxine O. Partin
Gainesville—Bettie Maxine O. Partin, 85, of Gainesville died Jan. 18, 2018.
She was born in Odum Oct. 16, 1932, to parents George Duncan and Verdie O’Quinn. She was raised in Jesup, where her father was the local sheriff. She excelled in athletics while in high school, playing basketball and tennis and also being a member of the cheerleading squad. She attended one year at the University of Georgia before returning to Jesup, after which she became an ardent University of Alabama and Georgia Tech fan.
In Jesup, while working for ITT Rayonier, she met the love of her life, William D. Partin from Big Springs, Texas. She handed him his paycheck every two weeks, and they decided to make it a permanent deal. They married and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and then to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where three of their four children were born. They briefly lived in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, before returning to Fort Lauderdale and then moving to Gainesville in 1972. She returned to college to complete her education degree at Brenau University at the same time her two eldest daughters were also in college. They even took chemistry classes together. Upon graduation, she found employment with Riverbend Elementary School, initially as a first-grade teacher and then as a third-grade teacher. She taught at Riverbend until her retirement in 1992.
She and her husband were active members of First Baptist Church, enjoying the fellowship and services of their church home.
She was a talented artist, equally adept at drawing or painting in oils. She loved blue skies, black-eyed-Susan daisies and walking barefoot in the woods. She loved cinnamon raisin toast, fresh tomatoes, and cooking for her family. She would say, “You really can’t cook for less than 20!” She believed in Maxwell House coffee and that the cans were the perfect storage vessel for all things. She could look at a picture of any fashion and sew it. With three daughters, this talent came in especially handy during prom season. She loved reading spy novels and murder mysteries, cheating at card games, and dancing the jitterbug. She enjoyed writing sweet letters to her children and sending emergency boxes of Tollhouse cookies to make things better for them at college. She loved to travel when it involved visiting family. She was adventurous. She was up for activities from camping in the woods to sailing (despite severe motion sickness) to cooking breakfast on the beach. She felt her happiest times were always the times spent with her husband, Bill, and her family. She will be remembered for her gentle, caring nature; razor wit; and beautiful smile.
She was predeceased by her husband, William D. Partin Sr.; parents Verdie and George D. O’Quinn; a sister, Glenna O’Quinn Hirvela; and a brother, Lonnie Parnell O’Quinn.
She is survived by her children, Dr. Julia Lee Partin and dear family friend and adopted daughter Alice Duncan of Alpharetta, Vivian and John Elmore and daughter Mallory Anne of Dallas, Texas, Christa Anne Partin of Atlanta, and William D. Partin Jr. and wife Ellen and children, Trent and Alex Partin of Gainesville; sister, Judy O’Quinn Burke, and husband Jack of Fernandina Beach, Florida; and numerous loving friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held at First Baptist Church Chapel in Gainesville Saturday at 11 a.m. with visitation following in the parlor.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Ministry of Caring Fund, Food Bank of North Georgia, and Alzheimer’s Association.
Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at littledavenport.com
Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory, 355 Dawsonville Highway, SW, Gainesville, GA 30501 is in charge of arrangements.
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