2.17.18 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
Elmer Lewis
Jesup—Elmer Lewis, 89, of Jesup died Feb. 15, 2018, under the care of Georgia Hospice Care.
The Wayne County native was a member of Jesup Primitive Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and treasurer and member of the Adult Sunday School Class.
He was a retired Rayonier employee and was best-known for growing the best-tasting and most impressive garden in Wayne County. He loved to fish, hunt and work in his garden.
He was predeceased by his two sons, an infant baby boy and Dr. Gary Lewis; three sisters, Vida Drawdy, Ethel Lewis and Frances Anderson; four brothers, Vernon, Linton, Franklin and Jerry Lewis; a sister-in-law, Mary Scott; and a brother-in-law, Winton Brannen.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Janell Brannen Lewis of Jesup; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Maron Deloach of Jesup, and Tina and Larry Broach of Jacksonville, Florida; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Brannen and Rich Wead, Natalie and Andy Uprichard, Aldyn Broach, Lydia Broach, Travis Parker, Dr. Judson Lewis, Dr. Victor Lewis and wife Dr. Jeniann Yi, and Phillip Lewis; two great-grandchildren, Lyla and Halle Wead; a daughter-in-law, Diane Lewis; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Herman and Tillie Lewis and Julian and Carol Lewis; three sisters-in-law, Jackie, Olene and Faye Lewis; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Elder Emerson Proctor officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Visitation will be an hour prior to services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jesup Primitive Baptist Church,
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Iris Dixon Fennel
Jesup—Iris Dixon Fennel, 92, died Feb. 15, 2018, at Sat-chell’s Assisted Living Facility in Caro, Michigan, under the care of Hospice.
The Pierce County native lived most of her life in Jesup until moving to Michigan several years ago to be near her daughter, Kay Patterson. She was a member of the Anderson Drive Baptist Church. She was raised in a loving Christian family on a farm in Bristol. She graduated from Blackshear High School, where she played basketball all four years. She was very much a people person and enjoyed good times with her many friends.
For several years she worked with her sister, Jean, at the Kiwi Restaurant and loved it so much because she could see and meet so many different people. She also had fun pulling pranks on unsuspecting customers. They loved her, her family says.
She also enjoyed living in Germany and traveling while her husband, Herman, was in the military.
She was predeceased by her husband, Herman Fennel; parents, Joseph Benjamin and Alma Winn Dixon; brothers, Gernie and Alvis Dixon; and stepdaughter, Ann Fennel.
Survivors include two daughters, Kay Jones Patterson (Pat) of Ubly, Michigan, and Sandra Jones (Gloria Whiteman) of Port Orange, Florida; a son, Ricky (Cindy) Jones of Blackshear; a sister, Jean Tyre Gassett of Jesup; grandchildren, Gary (Donna) Patterson of Columbus, Terry (Maggie) Patterson of Chesaning, Michigan, Eric (Jessica) Patterson of Caseville, Michigan, James (Laura) Bazemore of Cumming and Lee (Emily) Bazemore of Blackshear; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and two stepsons, Rob (Lisa) Fennel and Joey Fennel.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. John Brown and the Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating. Private family interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Gary Patterson, Terry Patterson and Eric Patterson, great-grandson, Trevor Patterson and great-nephews, Bobby Lamb and Andy Lamb.
An honorary pallbearer will be her special great-great-grandson, Eli Patterson.
Visitation will be held today (Saturday) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Judith Strickland Upchurch
Savannah—Judith Strickland Upchurch, 77, died Jan. 27, 2018.
A native of Wayne County, she was the daughter of Ernest F. Strickland and Anona Popham Strickland.
She was predeceased by her parents and her sisters-in-law, Harriet Nichols Strickland and Sally Upchurch Fainter.
Survivors include her loving husband, Paul J. Upchurch; brother, Henry Strickland; sisters, Margaret Strickland and Sara Herter; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jerry and Vic Holy, Pat and Don Lorenzo, Linda and Bob Formby; sisters-in-law, Janice Upchurch Beatty and Sandy Upchurch Lopez; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was a skilled and effective administrative assistant and in her career worked for the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, the State of Georgia Highway Department and the medical group at Hunter Air Field in Savannah.
A memorial service was held on Feb. 1 at Savannah Square Senior Living.
In keeping with her wishes, her ashes will be scattered on the family farm.
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