1.28.17 Obituaries

Kathleen Marie Buchannan
Ludowici—Kathleen Marie Buchannan, 52, affectionately known by her family and friends as “Kathy,” died Jan. 26, 2017, at home surrounded by her family.
She was born on March 20, 1964, in Key West, Florida. She spent her early years in Indiana and moved to Jesup in 1988. She began working at Wayne Memorial Hospital in 1989 as a registration clerk. With hard work and diligence, she received a nursing degree and later a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah. She eventually attained the position of chief nursing officer.
In her spare time, she enjoyed bird hunting, shooting guns and “piddlin’.”
Survivors include her husband, Joel Richard Buchannan of Ludowici; her mother, Bertita Edelia McNew of Indianapolis, Indiana; her father, Walter Vincent “Pete” Dersch and his wife, Patty, of Fountaintown, Indiana; her children and their spouses, Tom and Olivia Jern of Jesup and Chelle Jern of Jesup and Vince Jern of Jesup; her grandchildren, Collin Jern and Avery Jern; her brothers and sisters and their spouses, Brian and Liz Dersch of Rock Hill, South Carolina, D.K. and Mike Pierce of Aurora, Colorado, Michael Dersch of Indianapolis and Mary and Fred Spitz of Pendleton, Indiana; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 5 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with Pastor Jacob Denison officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Interment will be private.
Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  
Richard Allan Malone
Jesup—Richard Allan Malone, 67, affectionately known as Rick, died Jan. 26, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.
He was born on Dec. 1, 1949, in Atlanta to the late Art and Mary Malone.  He was a 1967 graduate of Wayne County High School. He began his college career soon after and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 before receiving his doctorate of law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1975.
He served as district attorney of the Middle Judicial Circuit for 20 years and was executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia for 10 years.  He was awarded District Attorney of the Year in 1990 and was past president of the District Attorney’s Association of Georgia and the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators.  He was co-founder of the Sunshine House Child Abuse Prevention Center in Swainsboro and was past chairman of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia as well as the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia.
He was also a member of the choir at First Baptist Church of Jesup and had taken up oil painting during his retirement. He enjoyed painting lessons given by his dear friends, two very accomplished local artists, the late Dot Kennerly and her daughter, Linda Wasdin, and sitting on the porch with his dog, Jack.
In addition to his parents, his brother, Karl A. Malone, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 47 years, Diana Meadows Malone of Jesup; two sons and daughters-in-law, Allan and Frankie Malone of Swainsboro and Andrew and Jennifer Malone of Reidsville; one sister and brother-in-law, Sheryl and Tom Keener of Yulee, Florida; five granddaughters, Ansley Malone of Swainsboro, Marlee Dasher of Reidsville, Lexi Malone of Vidalia, Lani Malone of Vidalia and Jenna Dasher of Reidsville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynn and Alan Jones of Jesup, Brenda and Barry Thompson of Lyons, Angela Sconyers of Swainsboro and Martha Malone of Quitman; 22 nieces and nephews; and 22 great-nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Jesup with Dr. Michael VonMoss and the Rev. Marc Foster officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until the funeral hour at the church.
Private interment services will be held at a later date in the family cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be past and present district attorneys in Georgia, past and present employees of the District Attorney of the Middle Circuit’s office, past and present members of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, past and present employees of the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office, the First Baptist Church Choir, all judges in attendance, Joann and Harley Grove, Martha and Buddy Cobb, Susan and Eddie Collins, Walt and Melissa Pinder, Jeff and Marlene Griffith, Franklin and Dabney Edenfield, Bill Lindsey, Sherri Edenfield and Kevin Carter.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Jesup First United Methodist Church Agape Fund, 205 E. Cherry St. Jesup, GA 31546, the First Baptist Church of Jesup Capital Campaign Fund P.O. Box 1115, Jesup, GA 31598 or the Sunshine House Children’s Advocacy Center, 328 W. Main St. Swainsboro, GA 30401.
Family and friends may sign guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  
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