2.26.20 Obituaries


Stanley Lawrence

Atlanta--Stanley Lawrence, 58, of Atlanta died Feb. 19, 2020.

He was born on Feb. 28, 1961, to Coreatha Wright and Joe Nathan Law-rence in Jesup. He was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He is a graduate of Wayne County High School and played varsity basketball  from 1976-79. The Jackets never lost a home game during his junior and senior years.

He went on to play as a center for the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, from 1979 to 1983. At UTC, his defensive skills helped lead the school to its first NCAA Division I tournament.

He also played professional basketball in the European basketball leagues. He played for several years in Brussels, Belgium and France.

Afterwards, he joined the Atlanta Police Department in December 1990. Out of 29 years of police work, he was most proud of his time with the Atlanta Police Athletic League.

A devoted father, son, brother and relative, he leaves behind his mother, Coreatha Spencer; a brother, Fred Lawrence; daughters, LaQuaylia Lawrence, Alexis Lawrence and Tina Lindsey; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and loyal friends.

A viewing will be held at Royal Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 29, from noon until 4 p.m.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m. at Sunset Oak Memorial Gardens, 1580 Sunset Blvd.

The family requests that there be no videos or pictures of the remains. “We ask that you respect their wishes,” the funeral home says.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  



Ima Jean Wasdin Childress

Screven--Ima Jean Wasdin Childress, 82, died peacefully Feb. 23, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah after a brief illness. 

She was born on July 29, 1937, to the late Lige and Myra Lee Liles Wasdin. In her younger years, as a Navy wife, she and her family moved quite frequently as work required. She moved to Juneau, Alaska, where she worked as a nurse until her retirement nearly 20 years ago.  After retirement, she soon relocated back to her childhood home in Southeast Georgia, where she spent her days gardening and learning to crochet.

She enjoyed collecting, and her cooking skills were second to none, he family said. She was a longtime member of Ritch Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, her brother, Barry Wasdin, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her three sons, David McDaniel of Savannah, Steve Childress of Boulder City, Nevada, and Will Childress of Juneau, Alaska; three daughters, Felisa Childsdress of Fairbanks, Alaska, Cindy McCoy of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Jenifer (Mike) Welsh of Atkinson, Nebraska; 23 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren (with one on the way); a host of extended family members; and her beloved canine companion, Daisy.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Larry Harris officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Private interment will be in Screven City Cemetery.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.