2.1.17 obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
 
Martha Dukes Johnson
Jesup—Martha Dukes Johnson, 84, of Jesup, died Jan. 29, 2017, under the care of Affinis Hospice.
The Appling County native lived in Wayne County for most of her life and was a member of Flint Branch Baptist Church. The 1950 Jesup High School graduate retired from American National Bank and Bank of America in 1997. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, spending time with her family (especially watching her son drag-race), and spoiling her grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, David Earl Johnson Sr.; parents, Rufus Arnold and Edna Mae Priester Dukes; and brothers, David B. and Douglas W. Dukes.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Cheryl Johnson  II of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Ronald Beasley of Odum; grandchildren and their spouses, Reggie and Allison Beasley, Ryan and Shannon Beasley, Brandice Johnson and Ethan Johnson; great-grandchildren, Emily and Corbin Beasley; a sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Kenneth Poppell; sisters-in-law, Velma Dukes and Edna “Eddie” Dukes; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Shon Cunningham officiating.  Interment will be in Flint Branch Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Reggie Beasley, Ryan Beasley, Ethan Johnson, Kenny Poppell, Jason Taylor, DeWayne Anderson and Roger Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Affinis Hospice Staff and the Jesup High School Class of 1950.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Affinis Hospice, 248 NE Broad Street, Jesup, GA  31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
 
Shirley Murray Mock
Jesup—Shirley Murray Mock, 77, of Jesup died Jan. 28, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native had lived in Pooler the past 40 years. She was a member of New Hope Freewill Baptist Church and a retired phlebotomist for several health agencies. She enjoyed crafting, crossword puzzles and spending time with family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Coy and Lala Pye Murray.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Gena and Joe Thomas of Tallahassee, Florida; a granddaughter, Destiny Thomas of Tallahassee; sisters and a brother-in-law, Ding and Merle Tyre of Jesup, Frances Tyson of Jesup, and Peggy Steeves of Lakeland, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at New Hope Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Horne officiating. Interment was in New Hope Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers were her New Hope friends.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 
Evelyn Copeland Ognilla
Jesup—Evelyn Copeland Ognilla, 71, of Jesup died Jan. 28, 2017, at her residence after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Old River Road House of Prayer and a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, vacationing and going to baseball games with her family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Bat and Velma Blanton Copeland; sisters, Nell Bailey and Nancy Padgett; and brothers, Reppard and Ed Copeland.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Chris Ognilla of Jesup; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lisa Ognilla of Jesup, and Patty and Glen McNeal of Jesup; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Carlo and Dawn Ognilla of Jesup and Marko Ognilla of Jesup; a brother, David “Cobb” Copeland of Jesup; grandchildren and their spouses, Crystal Boyd, Taylor and Zack Dubberly, Delton Ognilla, Zach Mainor, Gabriel Ognilla and Braille Ognilla; four great-grandchildren, Donavin Boyd, Aja’Lee Kinchen, Zaschyn Ellis and Zander Dubberly; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life will was held Jan. 31 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with family speakers.  Graveside funeral services followed in Old River Road House of Prayer Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Brad Daniels, Brent Daniels, Chad Mobley, Ricky Mobley, Johnny Daniels and Zack Dubberly. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of DaVita Dialysis of Jesup and the staff of Hospice of South Georgia.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral was in charge of arrangements.
 
Joseph Eugene “Gene” Rigdon
Jesup—Joseph Eugene “Gene” Rigdon, 81, of Jesup died Jan. 28, 2017, at his residence after an extended illness.
The Ware County native lived in Wayne County most of his adult life. He was a 52-year former member of Jesup First Baptist Church where he served in many capacities such as a deacon, youth group worker and Gideon program representative, and he served with the Baptist Missions Board, traveling to several different countries. In 2013, he became a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church.
He was 38-year retiree from ITT Rayonier, a former Mason and a National Guardsman.
He enjoyed being with his family and friends and was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Mildred Rigdon; sister, Mavis Broach; and brothers, Charles and Bert Rigdon.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Frances Crawford Rigdon of Jesup; three daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Rock Morris of Odum, Gena and Joe Ierardi of Jesup, Angela Rigdon and her fiancé, Kyle Owens, of Odum; a sister, Marion Blackstock of Waycross; grandchildren, Kasey and Krystal Keith, Kevin and Chelsie Morris, Zach and Ashlyn Fultz, Sidney Steverson III, Anna Steverson, Alex Ierardi and Brad Ierardi; great-grandchildren, Karson Grace Keith and William Rigdon “Riggs” Fultz; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Vann Dempsey officiating. Interment was in Odum City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Rock Morris, Joe Ierardi, Kyle Owens, Kevin Morris, Sidney Steverson III, Brad Ierardi, Kasey Keith, and Zach Fultz. Honorary pallbearers were Earl and Jo Yeomans, Lowell and Yvonne Mallard, Clyde Johnson and Lou Wolfe, Maxey and Barbara Griffis, Hinson and Linda Moseley, Michael and Jarris Priester, Linda Williamson, Lee and Judy Rikard, Denise Voyles, Doug and Taylor Mehlenbacher, Ricky and Stacy Aspinwall, Adam and Lea Aspinwall, Andrew Aspinwall, Ben, Sharon, and Asher Cathey, Bud and Barbara Collins, Bobby and Wilene Wingate, Bill and Keri Headley, Lex and Joy Kenerly, Tom and Lynice Jackson, members of Laverne Bennett’s Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church, and members of Howard Bo Warren’s Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
 
Evelyn C. Roland
Jesup—Evelyn C. Roland, 89, of Jesup died Jan. 29, 2017, at her residence after an extended illness.
The Alabama native was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post No. 4583.
Her hobbies included fishing, word searches and spoiling grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph D. Roland; grandson, D.J. Simmons Jr.; great- grandchildren, Madison and Tanner Smith; parents, William and Jessie Crawford; and brothers, Paul and Whitie Crawford.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Roger Simmons of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Shay Roland of Jesup; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Erica and JaMark Smith, Ashley Lopez, Tiffany and Jonathan Poppell, Kayla and Byron Cowart, Carrie Casey, Michael and Katie Barnes, Jason and Gertina Simmons and Joseph Simmons; 13 great-grandchildren; an aunt, Hazel White of Charlotte, North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held today (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Interment will be in Jesup City Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be Mike Henderson, Jamie Hodge, Wayne Wilcher, Steve Wilcher, Bobby McKinney and John Carter. Honorary pallbearers will be the veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and VFW Post No. 4583.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
 
Brenda Hyatt Simmons
Jesup--Brenda Hyatt Simmons, 57, of Jesup died Jan. 21, 2017, in Coastal Manor after an extended illness.
The Sumter, South Carolina, native lived in Wayne County the past 35 years and was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and housecleaning for herself and others.
Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Jerry Simmons of Jesup; a sister, Wanda Vitello of Sumter, South Carolina; a close friend, Betty Abrams of Sumter, South Carolina; and other extended relatives.
Memorial services will be held by the family.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
 
Claude “Eugene” Roach
Surrency—Claude “Eugene” Roach, 73, of Surrency died Jan. 30, 2017, at his residence after an extended illness.
The Fulton County native lived in Appling County most of his life and was a retired logger with Thad Brackin Timber Company. He enjoyed firearms, woodworking and growing flowers.
He was predeceased by his parents, Burns and Rosa Lee Roach, and brothers, Wesley and Freddie Roach.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dianne Mitchell Roachm of Surrency; four daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Paul Upton of Odum, Evelyn and Paul Solano of Baxley, Ella and Mark Dean of Baxley, and Deborah and David Stanfield of Glennville; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Michelle Roach of Baxley; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Lou Myrle and Herman Miller of Surrency and Tracy Roach of Baxley; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernest and Virginia Roach of Surrency, Tommy and Joyce Roach of Surrency, Ronnie and Sherry Roach of Baxley, and Charles and Pam Roach of Elijay; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chris Ogden and the Rev. Phillip Osteen officiating. Interment will be in the Moody-Tillman Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Hunter Yawn, Jessie Roach, Walker Ogden, Lou Ogden, Jonathan Stanfield and Sam Youmans.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
 
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Clara Elliott Davis Smith
Brunswick—Clara Elliott Davis Smith died Jan. 28, 2017. 
She was born to Seth and Susie Elliott on June 24, 1925, in Wayne County. She was a resident of Cusseta for 49 years and retired as a paraprofessional from the Chattahoochee County school system. She had resided in Tennessee for the last four years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 42 years, Hager Davis; her husband of two years, Hassel Smith; a sister, Bertie Westberry; brothers, Calvin, William and Seth Jr.; and a grandson Alvin Strickland Jr.
She is survived by a son, Richard Davis of Nashville, Tennessee; two daughters Linda Spence of Logoff, South Carolina and Susan Strickland of Chesapeake, Virginia; a brother, Robert Elliott of Columbus; three grandsons, Ben Davis, Rod Strickland and Duane Spence; three granddaughters Lisa Faris, Rhonda Houghton and Melanie Groh; and nieces, nephews and many friends.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Palmetto Cemetery in Brunswick. 
Brunswick Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
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