12.4.19 obituaris



Bruce Wayne Hyers

Jesup--Bruce Wayne Hyers, 65, died Dec. 1, 2019, in Jesup under the care of his family and Heartland Hospice.

Born in Alma, he had lived in Wayne County most of his life and was retired as a butcher from Winn-Dixie.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Lera S. Hyers; parents, George Jr. and Marie Hyers; and sister, Tammy Hyers.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Kelly and Christina Hyers, Scotty and Kimberly Hyers, and Derek Hyers, all of Jesup; sisters, Willoria Carter of Baxley and Jana Hyers of Alma; a brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Cheryl Hyers of Alma; grandchildren, Joel Lott, Ben Lott, Addison Hyers, Grayson Hyers and Emery Hyers; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Howard Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Josh May officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services in the chapel.

Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.




Catherine Lorraine Lacefield

Screven--Catherine Lorraine Lacefield, 61, affectionately known as Kitten or Cathy by her friends and family, died Nov. 28, 2019 at home.

The California native was born on Feb. 28, 1958, to the late Phil and Sarah Catherine Hall Johnson. She moved around quite frequently in her younger years as a military wife before settling in Florida, where she lived until relocating to Screven a few months ago.

She worked as a sales associate with Walmart and enjoyed woodworking and crafts of all kinds in her spare time. 

Survivors include her two sons, David (Alyssa) Lacefield of Screven and Christopher Scott Lacefield of Jacksonville, Florida; two brothers, Phil (Tina) Johnson of Tallahassee, Florida, and Bill (Colleen) Johnson of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Spencer, Carson and Carley Lacefield and Lilly Nail; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.

Memorial services will be held privately at a later date.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Vera Chadwick Moore

Jesup--Vera Chadwick Moore, 89, died Nov. 30, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, she was born Dec. 30, 1929, to the late Steed and Bertha Strickland Chadwick. She was a switchboard operator by trade who worked for many years with Southern Bell and Rayonier.

She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church for many years and was active in the Women’s Ministry. Her caring and nurturing personality made her a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who devoted herself to her family, her family said.

She was an expert seamstress who fashioned clothing for herself, her children and her grandchildren to wear on many occasions, and it seemed as though there was nothing she couldn’t create with fabric. She worked hard to make the lives of those she loved the best they could be, and she always put the needs of others before her own, according to her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Richard Carlton Moore Sr., and siblings Glynn Chadwick, Carroll Chadwick, Terry Chadwick, James Chadwick, Bernice Mallard and Sarah Chadwick.     

Survivors include one son, Richard C. (Phyllis) Moore Jr. of Odum and their children, Carlie (Dylan) Waters and Jena (Jonathan) Brown; a daughter, Debbie (Horace) Carter of Jesup and their children, Lauren and Cheston; a sister, Geraldine Bridges of Jesup; a brother, M.L. (Jane) Chadwick of Odum; three great-grandsons, Jhett, Jaxen and Waylan; and a host of extended-family members.

Funeral services were held Dec. 3 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. Interment was in Red Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Doug Chadwick, Chad Chadwick, Jamey Chadwick, Cheston Carter, Dylan Waters and Jonathan Brown.  Honorary pallbearers were members of the staff of Hospice of South Georgia.

Remembrances may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., and Jesup, GA 31545.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.

Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Linda Horton Thornton

Jesup--Linda Horton Thornton, 81, died Dec. 1, 2019, at home.

She and her twin sister, Glinda, were born on July 27, 1938, in Brunswick to the late, Tommy and Ruby Ogden Horton.

She spent her early years in the Piney Grove Community and attended school in Odum. She was a hard worker who worked a full time job and raised seven children. She cared for patients as a home healthcare nurse for several years, but most of her working career was spent working in a sewing factory as a seamstress, a role, which she had mastered. Many Easter mornings were spent putting the finishing touches on dresses she had made for her girls or finishing up suits for her boys.

She was always actively involved in church and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. Most recently, she was a member of True Life Assembly of God.

In her spare time, she enjoyed swimming and sewing and was a talented piano player but more than anything else, she loved spending time with her beloved family. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Farris H. Thornton Sr.; her brother, Mallory Horton; her twin sister, Glinda Thornton; her adopted daughter, Deborah Tamms; and her son-in-law, Ray Thorne.

Survivors include seven children, Cynthia Thornton of Blackshear, Brinson and Debbie Hodges Thornton of Mershon, Annette Thorne of Offerman, Phillis and Allen Smith of Mershon, Darlene and Tony Thorne of Patterson, Farris (Cheryl) Thornton Jr. of Offerman, and Valerie and Shon Thornton of Patterson; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tommy (Renee) Horton of Jacksonville and Rudy Horton of Jesup; one sister, Willa (Vern) Siemek of Jesup; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. at the New Life Assembly of God in Blackshear.

Interment will follow in Offerman Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be her grandsons Hunter Thornton, Josh Thornton, Justin Thorne, Matthew Smith, Anthony Thorne and Aaron Thornton.

Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be made to True Life Assembly of God, 3437 Drawdy St. Patterson, GA 31557.

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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Preston Wilson Gray

Jesup--Preston Wilson Gray, 89, of Jesup died Dec. 1, 2019, under the care of Heartland Hospice.

The Appling County native had lived in Wayne County most of his life and was a member of Parkway Church of God. He was retired from Painters Local Union No. 1169 and enjoyed spending time with his wife, family, friends and gardening.

His son, Johnny Preston Gray, preceded him in death, along with several siblings and a son-in-law, J.C. Flowers.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Aline Landon Gray of Jesup; two daughters, Juanita  Flowers of Jesup and Susie (Glynn) Carver of Waycross; two sons, J.R. (Brenda) Gray and Jerry (Dayla) Gray of Jesup; a brother, Abram Gray of Alma; nine grandchildren, Amy, Becky, Chris, Carrie, John, Michelle, Russell, Jerry Jr. and Iona; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Dec. 3 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Pastor Bill Harper, the Rev. Dale Bange and the Rev. David Hubbs officiating. Interment  followed in the Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were his family. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of Heartland Hospice.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Pauline “Big Mama” Dubberly Horne

Jesup—Pauline “Big Mama” Dubberly Horne, 99, of Jesup died Nov. 26, 2019.

The Bristol native was a member of Ritch Baptist Church. She was an incredible woman, to say the least, her family says, and everyone who knew her can testify to that.

At the age of 9, she was in an electrical accident that left her without her right arm but also killed her mother trying to save her. She overcame her disability and could do more with one arm than most with two. Growing up, she picked cotton and tobacco. Later, she married and had two daughters, raised them, and worked to help provide for her family.

She loved her family “to the fullest,” her family said and will be dearly missed. One thing that will be remembered about her is whenever she would see one of her family, she would hug that person with that one arm and say, “I love ya, I love ya, I love ya.”

She was predeceased by her husband, Curtis Horne; a daughter, Joe Anne Brinkley; and several siblings.

Survivors include a daughter, Jonette (Ronald) Williams of Mauldin, South Carolina; a sister, Nona Faye Mallard of Odum; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Dec. 2 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Elder Jason Deal officiating. Interment was in the Ritch Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Clint, Ryan and Brett Mallard, Jasper Dubberly, Jason and Chance Deringer.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Out of Town


Horace George “H.G.” Minchew

Hortense--Horace George “H.G.” Minchew, 85, of Hortense died Nov. 27, 2019, at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, following a short illness.

He was a native of Homerville but had lived most of his life in Jesup and Manor. He was the son of the late Jessie Minchew. He was a 1953 graduate of Manor High School.

He served with the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from ITT Rayonier as an operator after 39 1/2 years of service. He was a former recording secretary for United Paperworkers Local No. 787.

He was a member of Altamaha Baptist Church and attended Waynes-ville Missionary Baptist Church. He was an ordained deacon.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Anderson Minchew of Hortense; two daughters, Phyllis (Guy) Griffis of Odom and Pamela (John) Nichols of Brooklyn, Wisconsin; a son, Kevin Minchew of Jesup; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Road Jacksonville, FL 32224.

A graveside service was held Dec. 2 at Camp Branch Providence Cemetery of Manor.

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Music Funeral Home of Waycross was in charge of arrangements.


Wanda Highsmith Bennett

St. Marys--Wanda Highsmith Bennett, 88, of St. Marys died in the early morning hours of Nov. 28, 2019.

She was born on Oct. 16, 1931, in Screven to the late Hoke Highsmith and Kathryn Bennett Highsmith Payne. She graduated from Screven High School in 1948 and then went on to earn her business administration degree from Georgia State College for Women in 1950.

After college, she married Henry Ardis Bennett on Sept. 2, 1951, in Screven. Together they owned and operated Bennett’s Drugs in St. Marys from 1953 to 1993. She was involved in many local organizations, including the Earl of Camden NSDAR and the St. Marys Woman’s Club, and was a Society of John Wesley Fellow.

She played piano, sang in the chancel choir, and was very involved in St. Marys United Methodist Church, holding several leadership positions over the years, including the office of church treasurer for more than 43 years.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her stepfather, Jesse Payne, and by a daughter-in-law, Beverly Pittman Bennett. 

She is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Henry Ardis Bennett of St. Marys; her daughter, Bridget Anne Bennett of St. Marys; her two sons, Richard Bennett and Robert (Kim) Bennett, both of St. Marys; and her three grandsons, Greg Bennett and Brooks Bennett, both of St. Marys, and Ben (Amy) Bennett of St. Augustine, Fla.

Funeral services were held Dec. 2 at St. Marys United Methodist Church with the Rev. J. Roy White and the Rev. Dr. Derek McAleer officiating. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys. Pallbearers were Jeff Barker, Mike Brandon, Tom Headlee, Paul Lentz, Dean Slusser and Chris Thurner.

Honorary pallbearers were the past and present members of the Chancel Choir of St. Marys United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions can be made to St. Marys United Methodist Church, 106 E. Conyers Street, St. Marys, GA 31558 or to Screven United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 157, Screven, GA 31560.

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