1.8.2020 obituaries

Merle Craven Cockfield

Jesup—Merle Craven Cockfield, 93, died Jan. 5, 2020.

She was a native of Appling County, living in Jesup for more than 60 years. She was a graduate of Georgia Teachers College in Statesboro and a retired English teacher at Wayne County High School. She was a member of Jesup First United Methodist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class.  She loved playing bridge, traveling and staying at her second home on St. Simons Island.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Neta Thomas Craven.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Tim Cockfield Sr. of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Laurel Cockfield Jr. of Jesup; granddaughter, Julia Cockfield of Jesup; two special nieces and caregivers, Sherrie and Johnny Beecher and Dixie and Ricky Houston both of Baxley; daughter-in-love, Ginger Aspinwall (Douglas) Adams of St. Simons Island; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

Memorial services were held Jan. 7 at Jesup First United Methodist Church with Pastor Rebecca Duke-Barton officiating.

Musical selections were by Dr. Creston Groover, the Rev. Tim Horne and Eric Parker.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Jesup First United Methodist Church, 205 East Cherry St., Jesup, GA 31546.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at noblesfh.com.

Nobles Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of services.


Barbara Lynn Brogdon

Jesup—Barbara Lynn Brogdon, 49, died suddenly Jan. 4, 2020 at home.

A resident of Jesup for the past 16 years and a former resident of McIntosh County for more than 25 years, she was born on Sept. 12, 1970, in Fort Pierce, Florida. She was a 1988 graduate of McIntosh County High School. She was highly motivated and had worked several jobs throughout her high school career including positions with attorney, Samuel J. Oliver, her family restaurant, Mama’s and Papa’s and the local framing gallery. She soon married her high school sweetheart and the two started a family. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother who put the needs of her family before her own at all times.

Later in life, her love of children led her into a new career path where she worked as a paraprofessional with special needs children at James E. Bacon Elementary School. In fact, she was currently in the process of becoming a teacher by attending classes at Western Governor’s University in pursuit of a degree. The children she was involved with truly felt the love she gave and in return, they loved her dearly.

In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, decorating and searching for treasures she could buy and fix up. She loved embroidery, animals, the Florida Gators, the Lord Jesus Christ and had attended church at Victory Tabernacle.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Kurt Brogdon of Jesup; four children, Stefani Maegan Brogdon and fiancé, Evan, of Darien, Devan Patrick Brogdon of Jesup, Garrett Seth Brogdon and fiancé, Kennedy, of Jesup and Kailee Malone Brogdon of Jesup; father, William Lee Moore and wife, Mary Jane, of Claxton; mother, Janice Wheeler Amerson of Darien; brother, William Amerson and wife, Natalie, of Darien; sister, Rebecca Bradley and husband, James, of Midway; grandchildren, Bryce, Brilynn, Aubrey and Ryland; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Tom Gardner officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


Eteen “Dump” Metts Herndon

Bristol—Eteen “Dump” Metts Herndon, 82, of Bristol, died Jan. 2, 2020 at her residence under the care of Comfort Care Hospice.

She was born Oct. 11, 1937, in Bacon County to the late Homer Metts and the late Lessie Boatright Metts. She was a member of Baxley Church of God and a retired seamstress with Bailey Boys.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glynn Herndon; a son, Glenvis Dale Herndon; brothers, Eugene Metts, Dod Metts, Ronnie Metts, Jerry “Man” Metts and Thomas Metts; and sisters, Faye Metts and Thetis Bryson.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Bub Moody of Baxley, Patricia and Glendale Sullivan of Bristol; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Shanda Herndon of Odum; and sisters and brother-in-law, Faye and Tommy Howell of Blackshear, Jean Clark of Bristol and Sue Smith of Alma; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Jan.  5 in the Chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. David Herndon, the Rev. Bill Gardner and Elder Jerry Lightsey officiating.

Interment will follow in Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be her nephews, Eddie Metts, Bobby Metts, Richard Leonard, Anthony Smith, Timmy Smith, Homer Bryson, Bobby Bryson, Danny Williamson, Tommy Metts and Keith Tucker.

Honorary pallbearers will be Pam Maxwell, Margaret Whitley, the staff of Comfort Care Hospice and all those in attendance.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.


James Robert “Robbie” Riendeau

Jesup—James Robert Riendeau, affectionately known as “Robbie,” died Jan. 2, 2020, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, he was born on June 28, 1969. He was a master welder and fabricator by trade and was self-employed most recently.  In the past, he had worked many years with Day Break Insulation in Glennville, Kar Grabber Collision Repair Systems, where he built the tools necessary for collision repair and also Delta Airlines. When he wasn’t welding, he did a little truck driving on the side. He tinkered with cars, trucks and motorcycles when he wasn’t working. He was a jokester and loved making people laugh more than anything.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Laotha Riendeau, and his sister-in-law, Nickie Riendeau.

Survivors include his children, Chelsea Riendeau, James (Kayla) Riendeau, Charles Crews and Jenna (Rex) Lewis; father, Arthur Riendeau; two brothers, Terry (Marsha) Riendeau and Ricky Riendeau; sister, Sandy Burks of  Jesup; 11 grandchildren, Katelynn, Jeremy, Bobby, Samuel, Daniel, Matthew, Joseph, Raymond, Skylar, Emma and Colton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

Services will be held privately at a later date.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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