1.4.2020 Obituaries


Bertha Mae  Coney-Rooks

Jesup--Bertha Mae Coney-Rooks, 74, of Jesup died unexpectedly on Dec. 31, 2019, at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Sept. 19, 1945, to the late Willie Coney and Robbie Parker-Coney in Sylvania. She was educated in Wayne County Training School and was a lifelong member of New Emory Chapel United Meth-odist Church, where she served on the Usher Board, the PPR Committee and the Kitchen Committee and as the Church Mother.

Her work history included Georgia Narrow Fabric and Ashley Manufacturing, and she also worked as a private sitter before becoming an entrepreneur, opening up what was then “Rook’s Sandwich Shop” and is known today as “Rook’s Cafe.”

Rooks Cafe has been a thriving business for approximately 38 years now and will forever be remembered as such, her family said.

Her hobbies included cooking, sewing, and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by both parents, Willie and Robbie Parker-Coney; her husband, Arthur Rooks; and a daughter, Sandra Velasquesz.

Survivors include her loving children, Retha (Leroy) Weatherspoon, Nancy (William) Nicholson and Arthur (Beverly) Rooks III,  all of Jesup; 12 grandchildren, LaQuista (Marquis) Jordan, Keyon Veale, Temesha Boykins, Jessica Weatherspoon, Najah Weatherspoon, Leroy Weatherspoon Jr., Derrick Weatherspoon, Miracle Boykins, Tyiesha (Jay) Bryant, Carlos (Gloria) Velasquesz, Givanni Rooks and Sheena (Daniell) McGill; 16 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Deborah (Collis) Johnson of Jesup, Rebecca (Freddie) Smith of Jesup, Geraldine (James) Williams of Fort Myers, Florida, and Frances Coney of Sylvania; two brothers, Warren (Renetta) Coney of Jesup and Ricky (Joyce) Coney of Jesup; a nephew that she raised as a son, Demetrius Coney of Jesup; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who, her family said, will truly miss her presence.

A wake/viewing will be held Sunday, Jan. 5, at New Emory Chapel United Methodist Church in Jesup from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. at New Emory Chapel United Methodist Church in Jesup.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.      



Kathleen Grantham Holland

Jesup--Kathleen Grantham Holland, 83, died peacefully Dec. 29, 2019, at Mossy Oak Assisted Living under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, she was affectionately known as “Kathy.” She was born on Dec. 3, 1936, to the late Leonard and Claudia Strickland Grantham. Known as a loving mother and grandmother, she had worked as a store clerk and also a nurse’s aide and was a longtime member of the Unity Church of God.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Carl Hillyard; her sisters, Sandra Durbin and Penny Rodenberry; and her brother, James Earl Grantham.

Survivors include her son, Kenneth (Toni) Holland of Jesup; three sisters, Diane Crowe of Jesup, Fran Grantham of Hortense and Annette Dismuke of Waverly; one brother, William Thomas Grantham of Rock Hill, South Carolina; a daughter-in-law, June Hillyard of Jesup; three grandchildren, Timothy (Magan) Hillyard, Bryan (Kelley) Hillyard and Ryleigh Hillyard, all of Jesup; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended- family members.

A memorial service was held Jan. 1 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Stanley Todd and the Rev. Thad Norris officiating.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd. Jesup, GA 31545.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Donald Carl Barnes Sr.

Screven--Donald Carl Barnes Sr., 70, of Screven died Dec. 31, 2019.

The Jacksonville, Florida, native and longtime resident had lived in Screven the past 27 years and was a retired employee with the Jacksonville Water Department. He was a member of the Hortense Fire Department and served as captain of the Fort George Volunteer Fire Department. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

His parents, Reatuce and Betty Jean Barnes, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Hazel Jones Barnes of Screven; three sons, Reatuce “Bumper” Barnes of Jacksonville, Donald (Heather) Barnes of Odum and Joe (Miranda) Barnes of Screven; and grandchildren, Reat, Emily, Danielle, J.W. Barnes and upcoming baby Alexis Jean Barnes.

Graveside funeral services will be held with military honors today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Duck Pond Cemetery on White Star Road in Screven. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to services.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Raymond “Ray” Payne Hand

Jesup--Raymond “Ray” Payne Hand, 83, of Jesup died Dec. 30, 2019.

The Coffee County native and former resident of Savannah was a member of Crossroads Church of God. He was a 46-year retired Church of God pastor. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran.  The avid reader, family man and student of the Word pastored East Savannah Church of God for 26 years and several other churches in the area.

He was predeceased by his two sisters, Agnes Lewis and Anna Ruth Peterson, and three brothers, John Allen, Vernon and Cecil Hand.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Gennell Christian Hand of Jesup; three daughters, Rhonda (Robert) Sellars of Savannah, Kristi (Dan) Collipp of Jesup and April (Kevin) King of Savannah; six grandchildren, Hannah (Austin) Freeman, Sarah and Millie Sellars, Isabella and Sam Collipp, and Norah King; a brother, Otis (Edna Mae) Hand of Del City, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at Crossroads Church of God with the Rev. Hulet Smith and the Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Graveside funeral services will followed at Satilla Memorial Gardens in Douglas. Active pallbearers were his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads Church of God, 2949 Lanes Bridge Road, Jesup, GA 31533.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Vernon Yarbrough

Jesup--Vernon Yarbrough, 92, of Jesup died Dec. 30, 2019.

Survivors include cousins.

Graveside funeral services were held Jan. 2 from Old Bethel Cemetery with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Frances Holland Mayers

Jesup--Frances Holland Mayers, 88, of Jesup died Jan. 1, 2020, after an extended illness.

She was a devoted and involved member of the Jesup Primitive Baptist Church.  Time spent with her beloved family and friends, a true passion for the care of her flower garden, and her many church activities were some of her greatest treasures, her family said. While being a Claxton native, she lived most of her life in Savannah and Jesup.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy B. Mayers, and her son, Stephen Wayne Sizemore.

Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Pamela (John) Devereaux of Cumming and Lisa Mayers of Newnan; a daughter-in-law, Donele Blair Sizemore of Gurnee, Illinois; grandsons, Nick and Jack Devereaux of Cumming, Stephen Parker (Carlee) Sizemore of Columbia, South Carolina and Christopher Blake Sizemore of Austin, Texas; her great-grandsons, Porter Sizemore and Nolan Sizemore; and a great-granddaughter, Ophelia Frances Sizemore.

Graveside funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Keith Tillman officiating. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home prior to services.

Memorial donations may be made to Jesup Primitive Baptist Church, 595 South 1st Street, Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Christopher P. “Chris” McDuffie

Jesup--Christopher P. “Chris” McDuffie, 49, of Jesup died Jan. 2, 2020.

The Wayne County native was employed with CIC of Midway and enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include a son, Chandler McDuffie of Jesup; two daughters, Audrey McDuffie of Jesup and Katie McDuffie of Jewett City, Connecticut; his mother and stepfather, Ellen and Kenzie Tyre of Jesup; his father, J.P. McDuffie of Gardi; one sister and brother-in-law, Kenza (Tony) Murray of Guyton; and his paternal grandmother, Ruby McDuffie of Rochelle.

Graveside funeral services will be held Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at Spring Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Manning Jr. officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to services.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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