Nahunta—Timmy Brockington of Nahunta and formerly of Jesup died suddenly Dec. 5, 2019, of an apparent heart attack.
Arrangements were still being finalized at press time.
Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta is in charge of arrangements. See Wednesday’s edition of The Press-Sentinel or go to www.thepress-sentinel.com for more details.
Faye Will Smith
Jesup--Faye Will Smith, 86, affectionately known as “Mama Faye,” died Dec. 5, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
She was born March 4, 1933, in Wayne County to the late Frank and Annie B. Will. She spent her early years in Syracuse, Ohio, before relocating back to Jesup in the late 1940s.
She was a very talented musician and served for more than 20 years as the organist and choir director for Epworth United Methodist Church, where she was a charter member. She also shared her love of music with students by giving private piano lessons for many years.
She was actively involved in the Altamaha Children’s Theatre, the Miss Wayne County Program and the Wayne County High School drama department.
In her spare time, she enjoyed quilting, sewing and reading.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Leland Smith Sr.; grandson, Ralph Ward Jr.; great-grandson, Nathanial Leland Jervis; and nephew, Jim Baker.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Tandy Smith of Jesup; three daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Daniel Mugerdi-tchian, Karen and Michael Harrell, and Sherri and Joseph Hickox, all of Jesup; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Roy Baker of Jesup; one half-brother, Jim Will of Point Pleasant, West Virginia; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Nancy and Harold Guerry of Charleston, South Carolina; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harold and Rhonda Smith of Waynesville; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a “daughter of the heart,” Andrea York of Jesup; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.
Memorial services will be held Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church with the Rev. Garth Duke-Barton, The Rev. Jarrett Coleman and Jason Martin officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.
Honorary pallbearers will be past and present members of the choir, members of the Care Sunday School Class and Susie Bowen Circle all of Epworth United Methodist Church,
Private interment services will be held in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to Hospice of South Georgia Building Fund, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545 or Epworth United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1134, Jesup, GA 31598.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Larry Virgil Lightsey
Odum--Larry Virgil Lightsey, 63, of Odum died Dec. 4, 2019, in Jesup after a short illness and under the care of Hospice of Southeast Georgia.
He was born June 8, 1956, in Surrency to the late Rufus Clinton Lightsey and the late Agnes Griffis Lightsey. He was a self-employed truck driver.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Veda Nell Griffis.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Lightsey of Odum; two stepdaughters, Angela Ingram of Orlando, Florida, and Amanda Mapstone of Mount Dora, Florida; a sister, Mattie Lou Griffis; brothers, Eugene L. Lightsey, Ray R. Lightsey and Jerry L. Lightsey; and five step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. James Carter officiating.
Interment will follow in Zion Church of God Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be family members.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert “Buddy” Griffis, Buzzy Queen, Hospice of Southeast Georgia, Charles Spell and Charles Dubberly.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.
Jimmie Ree Branch Miles
Baxley—Jimmie Ree Branch Miles, 76, of Baxley died Dec. 4, 2019, at the Appling Healthcare System.
She was born Oct. 18, 1943, in Appling County to the late James “Jim” Branch and the late Marie Davis Branch. She was co-owner and office manager for M & S Inc., Miles Stockyard and Wayne County Stockyard.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Grady “Buster” Miles Jr., and a son-in-law, Steve Eason.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Scarlett and Tim Copeland of Baxley and Debbie Eason of Baxley; a son, Henry Grady Miles III of Baxley; a sister, Vicky Carter of Baxley; brothers, Henry Branch, Harry Branch and Paul Branch, all of Baxley; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 2 p.m. at Spring Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Wigley, the Rev. Joe Ferguson and the Rev. Rick Brown officiating.
Entombment will follow in Omega Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Miles Eason, Jarrod Eason, Chris Brooks, Scott Branch, Eric Branch, Brandon Morley and Trey Strickland.
Swain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Roy Earl Curry
Brunswick—Roy Earl Curry of Brunswick died Dec. 3, 2019, of a heart attack.
He was born Nov. 28, 1956, to the late Remer G. and Inez Curry.
He was a a native of Jesup for many years. After graduating high school, he met and married the love of his life, Annette Curry, and moved to Brunwick. Together they raised three children, Genell, T.C. and Andre. He also raised as a daughter Kemira Curry.
He was survived by six sisters, Dorothy Fitzgerald, Barbara Curry, Doris Stanley, Rita White, Evelyn Curry and Laverne Grant, and five brothers, Bobby Turner, Raymond Moore, Adolph Fuller, Anthony Fuller and Ken Fuller.
Funeral services will be held Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. at St. John Holiness Church of Jesup.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons
Martin “Marty” E. Weathers
Jesup--Martin “Marty” E. Weathers, 62, of Jesup died Dec. 4, 2019.
The Claxton native and former resident of Glenn-ville had lived in Jesup for the past 40 years. He was a University of Georgia graduate, an AGR fraternity member, a former Rayonier employee and a Wayne County Board of Education teacher.
He loved to hunt, fish and watch the University of Georgia Bulldog football.
He was predeceased by his parents, French and Juanita Tootle Weathers.
Survivors include a wife, Karen Weathers of Anderson, South Carolina; a daughter, Lauren Weathers of Sumter, South Carolina; and a son, Brandon (Christina) Weathers of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2989 Oak Grove Road, Glennville, GA 30427 with the Rev. Justin Gordon officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be his close friends.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Daisy Broadhurst Hunt
Oxford--Daisy Broadhurst Hunt, 92, of Oxford died Dec. 3, 2019.
She was born in Athens-Clarke County on June 10, 1927, to the late George Marion and Kathleen (Drake) Broadhurst. She was an active and faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Covington, where she sang in both the sanctuary and Heaven Heirs choirs and was a member of the Joy Bearers Sunday School Class for many years. In addition, she was also a member of the American Association of Retired Persons and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees--William O. Craig Chapter 1829.
She graduated from Athens High School and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in home economics from the University of Georgia in 1948. She did advanced study at Iowa State College.
She taught early childhood education at Berry College from 1950 to 1955, as well as elementary students in Newton County Schools, before retiring in 1982.
In 1950 she married Edward Hatcher Hunt of Harlem, and together they had two daughters, Susan and Jane, and a son, John.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward H. Hunt, and her brother, George Marion Broadhurst Jr.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and the Rev. David Nelson, Jane and the Rev. Donnie Compton; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Teresa Hunt; grandchildren, Lauren Martin, Will Compton, Kayla Walters, Lindsey Cram, Tiffany Hartz, Brittain Hunt, Bradley Rogers, Amanda Rogers; great-grandchildren, Zane Martin, Braxten Martin, Dawson Walters, Liam Compton, Adeline Jane Walters, Cheyenne Rahl, Christopher Rahl, Adden Rahl; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church in Covington with the Rev. Len Strozier officiating. Interment will be held privately at Lawnwood Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family at the church, prior to her service, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Covington for the music ministry.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home in Covington.
Horace Dan May Sr.
Walthourville--Horace Dan May Sr., 78, of Walthourville died peacefully at Memorial Hospital in Savannah on Nov. 26, 2019.
He was born in Glascock County on April 29, 1941, to Cecil May and Vera Essie Thigpen.
He retired from the Navy where he served in a SeaBee unit and was enlisted in the Air Force prior to that. He was also a Vietnam War veteran.
He was preceded in death by many loved ones, including his stepson, Ralph “Tommy” Thomas Jr.
Survivors include his children, Dennis May, Doris Ann May, Terry May (Justin) Collier, Dan May Jr. and stepdaughter, Betty (Albert) Hill; a sister, Terry May (Freddie) Chapman; his first wife, Helen Buchman; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.