2.13.19 obituaries


Dr. Lawrence R. Bennett

Jesup—Dr. Lawrence R. Bennett, 91, affectionately known as “Doc” or “Larry” died peacefully Feb.  10, 2019, at Wayne Memorial Hospital under the care of Hospice of South Georgia and surrounded by his loving family.

A celebration of life will begin with a memorial service at 11 a.m. on March 2 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jesup with the Rev.  Dee Shaffer and the Rev. Steve Larson officiating.  A reception will follow immediately in the Parish Hall which all are encouraged to attend.

Honorary pallbearers will be his caregivers, Doc’s Pool Ladies and members of St. Paul’s Adult Sunday School Class, the Jesup Kiwanis Club, Wayne County NAACP, Mental Health Association of America and Penny’s Bible Study Group.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 745 South Palm St., Jesup, GA 31546; Wayne Counseling Center, 263 N. Brunswick St., Jesup, GA 31546; Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545; the Wayne County NAACP, P.O. Box 956, Jesup, GA 31598; the Boys & Girls Club of the Altamaha Area, 550 E. Orange Street, Jesup, GA 31546; or Jesup Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 892, Jesup, GA 31598.

A full obituary will run in the weekend edition of The Press-Sentinel.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Frank Tanner Sr.

Jesup—Frank Tanner Sr., 78, of Jesup died Feb. 9, 2019, after an extended illness.

He was known in Wayne County as the milkman and bread man representing Pet Milk and Merita Bread companies. He was a legacy member of White Star Hunting Club in Screven, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and always had a garden.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Carlene Allen Tanner; two daughters, Mary (Jerry) McMaster and Kay (Joe) Mathis, both of Jesup; a son, Frank (Nancy) Tanner Jr. of Ludowici; four sisters, Carrie Bratka of Alma, Irma Sue De-Lois Santos of Houston, Texas, Winfred Pope of Jacksonville, Florida, and Faye (Randall) Thomas of Waycross; four grandsons, Brian Smith, Carl and Dustin Mathis, Dylan Tanner; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Feb. 12 at Forest Grove  Cemetery, 321 Forest Grove Church Road, Nicholls, GA 31554 with the Rev. Dale Bange officiating.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Virginia Sapp Ogden

Odum—Virginia Sapp Ogden, 92, of Odum died Feb. 9, 2019, in Wayne Memorial Hospital and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

The Wayne County native was a member of Altamaha Baptist Church and a homemaker. Her faith was very important to her, and she leaned on it while rearing her children and grandchildren.

She would look forward to the family’s getting together, especially around the holidays. She also loved to bird-watch and enjoyed nature.

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Talmadge E. Ogden; a brother, Thomas Sapp; and a granddaughter, Allison Ogden.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda (David) Davis, Irene (Jerry) Rogers and Kate (Ward) Harvey, all of Odum; two sons, Tally (Joy) Ogden and David (DeAnne) Ogden, all of Odum;  11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Myrtle Deal of Aiken; a brother, Billy (Jean) Sapp of Screven; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Feb. 11 at Altamaha Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Lee officiating. Interment was in the Altamaha Cemetery. Active pallbearers were her grandsons Benji Ogden, Brian Ogden, Art Rogers, Jasper Harvey, Jordan Harvey and Judd Ogden.

Memorials may be made to the Altamaha Baptist Church Building Fund, 6622 Oglethorpe Road, Odum, GA 31555.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Melony Miller Bradley

Jesup—Melony Miller Bradley, 53, of Jesup died Feb. 8, 2019.

The Chatham County native had lived in Wayne County the past four years and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was very artistic and used her talents as a creative designer and marketing specialist.  She loved animals and crafts.

Her grandparents, James (Vonetta) Arnold and Rufus (Margaret) Miller, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her parents, Bob and Rosye Miller of Jesup; a sister, Melissa (Bobby) Lamb of Jesup; a niece, Maddux Lamb of Jesup; a nephew, Palmer Lamb of Jesup; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended-family members.

Memorial services were held Feb. 11 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Joey Fennell and the Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Trey Harris Scholarship Fund, 2189 Empire Road, Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Arthur Laverne Robertson

Jesup—Arthur Laverne Robertson, 71, of Jesup died Feb. 11, 2019. A Wayne County native, he was a member of Church of Christ and the owner of Arthur’s Pawn Shop and enjoyed wood working.

Survivors are his wife of 53 years, Patsy Peterson Robertson of Jesup; two daughters, Denise (Paul) Martin of Jesup and Sandy Robertson of Statesboro; his mother, Mozelle Grantham Robertson of Jesup; sisters, Susie, Audrey (twin sister) and Linda Gail, all of Jesup; brothers, Ben and Calvin Robertson of Jesup; four grandchildren, Patrick (Brandi) and Kendell (Samantha) Martin and Madison and Jackson Buford; and three very special great-granddaughters.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with “brother in Christ” Clay Bethea officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at chapel.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.



Virginia Effie Cutter Leggett

Jesup--Virginia Effie Cutter Leggett, 76, of Jesup died  Feb. 8, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on March 25, 1942, to the late, James and Ella Fair-Cutter  in Madray Springs (Wayne County). She was educated in the Wayne County Training School and was a faithful member of Emory Chapel United Methodist Church, where she served as a financial officer as well as a member of the hospitality committee.

She was a former employee of Jones Kitchen as a cook, at Rayonier as a security guard, and she retired from Wayne County High School media center, where she worked for many years. She will forever be remembered as a sweet and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, her family said.

She was the former wife of the late James Louis Leggett Sr.

 She was preceded in death by both parents, James and Ella Cutter; her husband, James L. Leggett Sr.; her daughter, Jacqueline R. Leggett; her son, James Louis Leggett Jr., aka “Big Buddy”, and  her sister, Maureen Jackson.

Survivors include two loving children, Sharon (Ricky) Reddish and Stanley Leggett Sr., both of Jesup; her sister, Eloise (Dennis) Wright of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and James Cutter of Sylvania; 12 grandchildren, Kutina Reddish, Ricky (Tika) Reddish Jr., Michael Leggett, Nicole Leggett, Tonya Floyd, Tommie Floyd, David (Tasha) Leggett, Stanley Fullmore, Shakaquita (Terrence) Trice, Octavious Leggett, Ty Young (Mariah Fullmore) and Hugo Leggett; 45 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Louise Williams of Jesup; one brother-in-law, Willie Edward Leggett; a close friend who was like a daughter, Angela  (Robert) Smith-Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday at Royal Funeral Home Chapel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Emory Chapel United Methodist Church, 311 N. Hickory Street in Jesup. Interment will follow in Sunset Oaks Memorial Gardens in Jesup.     

Royal Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.






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