1.27.18 Obituaries

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James Richard “J.R‚“ Thompson
Jesup—James Richard “J.R.” Thompson, 92, of Jesup died Jan. 23, 2018, at his residence after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, a retired ITT Rayonier employee, member of the Jesup Masonic Lodge for 55 years and a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II on the USS Commencement Bay Ship.
He enjoyed working with his wife and family in gardening, camping, fishing and selling cars. He was lovingly known as “Granddaddy J.R.” and “Sugar Buggar.”
He was predeceased by two grandchildren, Richard Allen Hires and Davida Michelle Thompson.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Dorothy “Dot” Dent Thompson of Jesup; three daughters and a son-in-law, Ricki Diane Thompson of Jesup, Joy and Bill Mercer of Shellman Bluff and Kim Thompson of Jesup; two sons and daughters-in-law, James Larry and Anne Thompson of Statesboro and Mickey and Wanda Thompson of Jesup; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Aletha and Harmon Shell of Waycross and Rita and Ozzie Pack of Odum; a brother, Aubrey Thompson of Baxley; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ron Wilcox and the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers were grandsons Rusty Thompson, Kelly Thompson, Josh Thompson, Troy Mercer, Quint and Brandon Collins, Jay and Travis Hires.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Boulevard, Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Charles E. Lee
Jesup—Charles E. Lee, 88, of Jesup died Jan. 23, 2018, after an extended illness.
The Florida native had lived in Wayne County the past 34 years and was a member of the non-denominational church Southeast Field. He was a 23-year retiree with ITT Rayonier. He was a U.S. Army veteran retired staff sergeant of 20 years, having served in the Korean Conflict and during the Vietnam era. He was taken as a prisoner of war while in the Battle of “Chosin Reservoir” in Korea. He was awarded several honors during his military life and held his service in high esteem. He was a lifetime member of VFW Leon Parish Post, the Army International Chapter of the “Chosin Few,” the 31st Infantry Regiment Association, and the Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter No. 255. He enjoyed fishing and gardening and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan.
He was predeceased by former wives, Donnell Wasdin Austin and Ruth Thornton Lee; a son, Dennis H. Lee; a great- grandson, Conner Ponville; parents; and three brothers, Willie, Hubert, and James Lee.
Survivors include four daughters and three sons-in-law, Wanda and John Clark of Anniston, Alabama, Mary Ann Ponville of Jesup, Debbie and Bob Webster of Lyons, and Jan and John Starling of Jesup; two sisters, Bertie and Ella Mae; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with his church family officiating. Interment will be in Jesup City Cemetery with full military honors. Active pallbearers will be provided by military.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services in the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Melba Lastinger Mills
Jesup—Melba Lastinger Mills, 97, of Jesup died Jan. 24, 2018, at her residence and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
The Wayne County native and former resident of Tampa, Florida and Naples, Florida, was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and being with her family.
She was predeceased by her mother, Romania Lastinger; a son, Raymond Haywood Joyner; a daughter, Gloria Ann Howell; and a brother, Jack Lastinger.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Johnny Jones of Jesup; grandchildren and their spouses, Berry Howell of Jesup, Raymond and Holly Joyner of Lakeland, Florida, and Will and Adrienne Joyner of Jacksonville, Florida; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Honoring her request, private memorial services are being held by the family.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
Harold Windsor
Jesup—Harold Windsor, 80, died Jan. 25, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Nov. 17, 1937, in Staten Island, New York to the late Harry J. and Catherine Veronica Windsor. He spent his early years there and was a graduate of Ralph McKee Vocational High School in Staten Island. He served his country in the United States Navy for eight years, including two years of service in Morocco, South Africa, eventually ending up stationed at Naval Air Station Glynco.
It was during his service at NAS Glynco that he met and married the love of his life, Betty Jean Leggett, and the two relocated to Jesup in 1958. He was a brick- mason by trade and was owner and operator of Windsor Construction for more than 50 years. In addition, he also worked at Rayonier for 22 years.
He was a member of Jesup Church of God for more than 53 years, where he served in various ministries. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 311 and volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts and countless other organizations within the community. In his spare time, he enjoyed the beach and loved being in the sun. He also enjoyed baseball and studying the Bible, and cherished spending time with his beloved family.
In addition to his parents, his son, Harold “Beany” Windsor III, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Betty Jean Leggett Windsor of Jesup; children, Cathy Browning and her husband, Judge Gary Browning of Jesup, Clint Windsor of Jesup and Carol Lynn Windsor of Alabama; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Lois Bertinelli of Staten Island, New York, Patricia and Bob Davenport of Edgewater, Florida and Joanne Caracci of Jesup; grandchildren and their spouses, Jered and Jennifer Browning, Roni and Ray Moore, Kurt and Tarna Browning, and Barret and Meah Browning; eight great-grandchildren, Andrew and Connor Browning, Cole and River Moore, Beckham and Palmer Browning, Boone Browning and soon to arrive, Tate Browning; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jesup Church of God with the Rev. Clayton Dowd and the Rev. Hulet Smith officiating followed by the American Legion Post No. 311’s presentation of the United States flag. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.
Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Benji Strickland, Ronnie Hayes, Greg Tyre, Winton L. Westberry Jr., Terry Duncan and Tony Griffis.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Brenda Madray Sunday School Class, Jesup Church of God Seniors, Ronnie and Mary Ellen Cooksey, Sissy Duncan, Jackie and Bobby Williford, Ray and Florence Lane, Buddy Roberson, Frankie and Preston Hope, Darryl Denison, Mike Kicklighter, Debbie Griffis and Skip Grantham.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph Alvin Leaphart Jr.
Jesup—Joseph Alvin Leaphart Jr. of Jesup and Shellman Bluff died at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick after a lengthy illness. He was born on April 20, 1937, and he lived most of his adult life in Jesup. He was a communicant of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jesup.
While he was in high school, he worked in his father’s hospital as an orderly as well as a lab and X-ray assistant. He graduated from Georgia Military Academy and attended Oglethorpe University, Florida State University and Atlanta Art Institute. He served his county in the United States Coast Guard for two years off the coast of New England on a search-and- rescue cutter and a cable-laying vessel.
Following his Coast Guard service, he earned his law degree from Atlanta Law School and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1962. Starting his legal career in Atlanta, he returned to practice law in Jesup with his uncle, Warner Gibbs. He practiced law in Jesup and throughout southeast Georgia for 55 years. He served as a leader among his peers in the Georgia legal community, having the distinction of being the longest-serving member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia of 40 years. Throughout his tenure on the Board of Governors, he provided a strong voice for the interests of his fellow Bar members, especially his fellow “county lawyer” colleagues in Georgia’s small towns and rural areas. During his legal career, he served as attorney for the following entities: city of Jesup, city of Odum, Wayne County, Wayne County Board of Education and McIntosh County Board of Education.
He was the author of several novels, many of which were set in his beloved coastal Georgia. However, he was the proudest of his law manual, published in December 2016: How to Practice Law in a Small Town and Make Money Doing It.
He was a talented artist, an avid reader and a history student and had traveled extensively throughout the world. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing and boat-building, having built a 65-foot, steel-hull sailboat in his backyard, which was seaworthy despite the skepticism of family and friends. He held a master’s license issued by the United States Coast Guard.
He was active in politics beginning at an early age. One of his fondest memories was playing in the halls of Congress while his grandfather, Ben Gibbs, served as a United States Congressman and when his grandmother, Florence Gibbs, was elected Georgia’s first Congresswoman to complete her husband’s unexpired term. He was a longtime member of the Wayne County Democrat Party, serving in numerous offices, including chairman. He also served on the state committee of the Georgia Democratic Party. He was active in the campaigns of many local, state and presidential candidates. He and his wife, Beverly, attended both of President Bill Clinton’s inaugurations and were both delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
He was a longtime member of the Jesup Elks Lodge No. 2133 B.P.E., the Jesup Lodge No. 112 F&AM, the Alee Temple and Shrine Club and the Jesup Royal Arch Masons No. 70 R.A.M. and was a member and past president of the Jesup Rotary Club.
He was born and raised in Jesup. His parents were the late Dr. Joseph Alvin Leaphart Sr. and Betty Gibbs Leaphart. In addition to his parents, his infant son, Joseph Alvin Leaphart III, and his sister, Florence Leaphart Stanford, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Beverly Westberry Leaphart; his daughter, Dr. Lynn Leaphart, and her partner, Mr. Terry Adkins, of Savannah and St. Marys; a son, Joseph Alvin Leaphart IV, and daughter-in-law, Erica, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and his granddaughter, Amelia Leaphart of Decatur; one sister, Patricia Leaphart Garbutt, and her husband, “Sonny,” of Jesup; and one brother, Ben Leaphart and his wife, Millie, of Greenville, South Carolina; and many nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at Howard and Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday) at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jesup with the Rev. Dee Shaffer the Rev. Steve Larson and Deacon Marty Meuschke officiating. A reception will follow the service immediately in the church parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 745 South Palm Street, Jesup, GA 31546.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Maxine O’Quinn Partin
Gainesville—Bettie Maxine O’Quinn Partin, 85, of Gaines-ville 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 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 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, cooking for her family. She would say, “You really can’t cook for less than 20!” She believed in Maxwell House coffee and 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 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; William D. Partin Jr. and wife Ellen and children Trent and Alex Partin of Gainesville; sister Judy O’Quinn Burk 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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