1.31.18 obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
Aubrey Gordon Thompson
Baxley—Aubrey Gordon Thompson, 79, of Baxley died Jan. 28, 2018.
The Wayne County native was a member of Consolation Baptist Church in Appling County, a U.S. Navy veteran and a millwright with Rayonier and Daniel Construction.
He was the former owner of Huddle House of Jesup, Baxley and Ashburn, and he owned and operated Thompson Automotive in Appling County for many years. He enjoyed visiting with his family and church friends.
He was predeceased by his wife, Vivian Grace Smith Thompson; a stepson, Jeffery Lewis Chancey; three brothers, J.R., David Earl and Jack Thompson; and a sister, Juanita Scott.
Survivors include a daughter, Vivian Thompson Sharpe of Baxley; a son and daughter-in-law, Probate Judge Tony and Dena Thompson of Metter; three stepsons, Bruce Chancey of Brunswick and Patrick and Christopher Chan-cey of Screven; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Aletha and Harmon Shell of Waycross and Rita and Ossie Pack of Odum; four grandchildren, Tarah and Haley Thompson, Trevor Thompson and Mason Overstreet; a great-grandson, Lucas Dewayne Thompson; several step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Paul Dubberly officiating. Interment will be in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with full military honors.
Active pallbearers will be Trevor Thompson, Mason Overstreet, Rhett Butler, Noah Miller, Ben Miller, Larry and Mickey Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Sunday School Class of Consolation Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lois Dixon Rogers Kicklighter
Jesup—Lois Dixon Rogers Kicklighter, 90, of Jesup died Jan. 9, 2018 after a short illness.
The Pierce County native was a member of Jesup Primitive Baptist Church and the Adult Sunday School Class. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her volunteer work with Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Some favorite pastimes were spending time with her children, cooking and Facebook.
Her husbands, Grover C. Rogers and Arnold H. Kicklighter, preceded her in death.
Survivors are a daughter and spouse, Ellen (Kenzie) Tyre of Jesup; a son and spouse, Ervin (Rosemary) Rogers of Jesup; two brothers and spouses, Virgil (Linda) Dixon and Wilton (Nancy) Dixon, both of Blackshear; four grandchildren, Chris McDuffie, Kenza Tyre Murray, Stacy Delo and Matthew Rogers; 10 great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Jesup Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Keith Tillman officiating. Interment will be in Screven City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to services at the church.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Ann Fennel Koopman
Jesup—Marjorie Ann Fennel Koopman, 74, of Jesup died Jan. 28, 2018, in Wayne Memorial Hospital and under the care of Georgia Hospice Care.
The Wayne County native was a member of the 1961 class of Jesup High School and a cosmetologist. She used her creative talents in crafting, cooking, gardening and perusing garage sales.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Koopman; a sister, Pearline Barton; a brother and sister-in-law, Mancon and Irene Fennel; and parents, Johnnie and Pearl Fennel.
Survivors are two sons and spouses, John (Carroll) Koopman of Orlando, Florida, and Michael (Pam) Koopman of Orlando; five sisters and two brothers-in-law, Martha (Danny) Robinson, Aletha Kirkland, and Gussie Smith, all of Jesup, and Audrey (Ricky) Mallard and Lou Alice Coleman, all of Odum; a brother, Wesley Fennel Jr. of Jesup; five grandchildren, Nicole, Kristen, Courtney, Patrick and Erin Koopman; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home with Elder Clint Mallard officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Danny, Jimmy and Roy Smith, Steve Barton, Clint, Brett and Ryan Mallard and Johnny Robinson. Honorary pallbearers will be the 1961 Jesup High School class members, staffs of Georgia Hospice Care and Harborview Nursing Home.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Georgia Hospice Care, 141 S. Macon St. Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jim Stossmeister
Jesup—Jim Stossmeister, 76, of Jesup died Jan. 28, 2018, at his residence.
The Pennsylvania resident had lived in Wayne County the past 25 years and was a retired truck driver. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran and enjoyed fishing and tinkering with all kinds of mechanics.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Martha Stossmeister and a brother, Bob Stossmeister.
Survivors include six daughters and a son-in-law, Jamie Stossmeister, Robin Stossmeister, Kristie Stossmeister, Brittany Stossmeister, Jennifer and Jeremiah Horne and Tammie Gallagher; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Marci Stossmeister; a sister, Carol Rieger; a brother, Donald Stossmeister; 12 grandchildren, Bradley Stossmeister, Mercedes Stossmeister, Madeline Duncan, Kennedy Horne, Kasey Velez, Riley Stossmeister, Laney Stoss-Cordeiro, A.J. Graver, Sarah Clark, Mackenzie Winkelman and Bryce and Justin Henning; three great-grandchildren, Kaisen, Mylee and Jase; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel, 860 Highway 301 South, Jesup, GA 31546 with the Rev. Jack Lee officiating along with the American Legion Post No. 311’s presentation of the U.S. flag.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Virginia Tomlinson
Springfield—Helen Virginia Tomlinson, 85, of Jesup, died Jan. 28, 2018, at Effingham Care Center.
Survivors include her sons and their spouses, Ronald Bennett (Neca) of Springfield, and Tommy Tomlinson (Alix Felsing) of Charlotte, North Carolina; a son-in-law, Ed Williams of Jesup; a sister, Mae Wright of Timmonsville, South Carolina.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, L.M. “Tommy” Tomlinson; her daughter, Brenda Williams; her parents, Elmer Emerson Yarbrough and Fannie Pearl Tripp Yarbrough; and five brothers and sisters.
She was born near Odum into a family of sharecroppers. When she was a young girl, she took over the household after her mother became ill. She cooked three pans of biscuits every morning, put peas on the stove and then went out in the fields to pick cotton. Later on she worked at the SeaPak seafood plant on St. Simons Island and after that at the Comfort Inn restaurant (later Denny’s) in Brunswick. She was the favorite waitress of many customers traveling through on I-95. She believed in strong coffee, leaving up Christmas decorations all year ’round, and being kind to everybody.
She spent her last few months at Effingham Care Center, where the nurses and staff took good care of her, and she loved them right back, according to her family.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup, with visitation at 1 p.m. Burial will be afterward at Brunswick Memorial Park.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Beatrice Fussell Cromartie
Screven—Beatrice Fussell Cromartie, 68, of Screven, died Jan. 29, 2017, at Altamaha Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born on March 15, 1946, the third of seven children to the late Wiley Nathaniel and Phyllis Rebecca Fussell in Waycross. She was educated in the former Wayne County Training School, gave her life to Christ at an early age at First A.B. Church in Screven, and later moved her membership to Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jesup.
She was the former wife of the late Jimmie L. Cromartie, and from this union three children were born. She was the mother of five children, two of whom, Sherry Cromartie and Andre Mims, preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memory her three children, Kimberley Fussell of Screven and Cornelius Cromartie and Tyrone Cromartie, both of Jesup; grandchildren, Shambrica, Darius, Desmond, Tyrianna, Tamia, Trey, Dexter, Dante and Alicia; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Helen and Robert Williams of Miami, Florida, Willie Mae Fussell of Screven, and Burnell and Ernest Phillips of Waynesville; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Veronica Fussell and Larry and Josephine Fussell, both of Jesup, and Danny and Lisa Fussell of Screven; an adopted sister, Edith Tarber, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will not be a wake/visitation. Remains will lie in state an hour prior to services on Saturday.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at First A.B. Missionary Baptist Church located at 402 Tarber St., Screven.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of final arrangements.
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