2.10.18 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
Epsidell Creek Davidson
Surrency—Epsidell Creel Davidson, 85, of Surrency died Feb. 7, 2018, under the care of Affinis Hospice.
A South Carolina native, she had lived in Surrency the past 60 years and was a member of Emmanuel Holiness Church in Jesup. She was a helpmate for her husband and his ministry for many years and a former employee at Appling Healthcare in Baxley. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, the Rev. Frank Davidson; parents, Lonnie and Rosa Creel of Cottageville, South Carolina; three sisters, Vernell Creel, Gladyes Tracy and Daisy Bell Scott; two brothers, Boyd Creel and Lonnie Creel; and a son-in-law, Tom Westberry.
Survivors are four daughters and two sons-in-law, Bernell and Eugene Davidson of Ridgeville, South Carolina, Brenda Westberry of Surrency, Diane Russell of Four Holes Reservation, and Bernett and Kenny Driggers of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Toby and Lynn Davidson of Surrency; 22 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Nal and Linda Creel of Folkston and Horace Creel of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Feb. 9, 2018, at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Rob Kesler and Bernett Driggers officiating. Interment was in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Bernell Davidson, Brenda Westberry, Bernett Driggers, Lynn Davidson, Lacey Davidson and Ashley Westberry. Honorary pallbearers were Debra Walker, Jackie Gustave, Tanya Locke and Louis Lloyd.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
Naomi Ruth Wright Shipes
Jesup—Naomi Ruth Wright Shipes, 74, of Jesup died Feb. 8, 2018, in Jesup Healthcare after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a homemaker and a Christian and loved to read and crochet.
She was predeceased by her parents, Lonnie and Annie Bennett Wright, and two brothers, Edward and Henry Wright.
Survivors include a husband of 24 years, Jimmy Shipes of Jesup; a nephew, Edward Wright Jr. of Jesup; several cousins; a sister-in-law, Patty Reddish of Jesup; two brothers-in-law, William Shipes of Florida and Steve (Joan) Shipes of Albany; and other relatives, including Clayton L. “C.L.” Bennett Jr.
Funeral services were held Feb. 9 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. Interment will be in the Old Bethel Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be her family.
Additional information can be found online at www.rinehartandsons@bellsouth.net.
Jesse Earl Brannen
Jesup—Jesse E. “J.E.” Brannen, 86, of Jesup died Feb. 9, 2018, at his residence and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A Wayne County native, he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran who achieved the rank of sergeant first class. He served in the Korean War in the First Calvary Division and received honors, including the Korean Service Medal with six Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal and Distinguished Unit Citation, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He was an original Rayonier employee; was instrumental in the startup of the A, B and C pulp machines; and retired in 1985 as machine room superintendent. He loved spending time with his family, fishing, hunting and camping.
He was predeceased by his parents, Alvin Barney and Pearl Pye Brannen; a brother, Barney Lavergne Brannen; and three sisters, Jimmie Szoke, Marilyn Poppell and Marell Aspinwall.
Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Jeanette Connor Brannen of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Deen Westberry of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Mary Brannen of Jesup; four grandchildren, Chris Brannen, Jessica Brannen, Gary Moore and Jenny Moore; four great-grandchildren, Julian Brannen, Jesslyn Adams, Max Adams and Jalyn Martin; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Betty Harris, Patsy and James Carter and Sandra and Gerald Edenfield; a brother and sister-in-law, Donnell and Pat Brannen; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Elder W.H. Durrence, the Rev. Jimmy Lord and the Rev. Tom Dunlap officiating. Private family interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Chris Brannen, Gary Moore, Julian Brannen, Max Adams, Al Szoke, Zane Poppell, Roger Flannery, Danny Peek and Steve Deaton. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Hughes, David Pate, Laverne Waters, Bill Tyre, Jim Poindexter, Bully Teston, John Carlton, Gary Johnson, David Johnson, and employees of Hospice of South Georgia and the former Rayonier machine room.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Additional information may be found online at www.rinehartandsons.com.
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