2.28.18 Obituaries

Howard-Jones
 
William Kendall Keith
Jesup—William Kendall Keith, 67, died Feb. 24, 2018, at home surrounded by his family and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
He was born on Nov. 18, 1950, in Wayne County. He was the eldest child of the late Elmo and Sue Nell Keith. He was educated in the Wayne County school system and was recipient of a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. He later received a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a six-year professional degree in vocational administration from the University of Georgia.
A lifelong sports enthusiast and talented football player, he played tackle, guard and center for the University of Georgia, earning All-SEC honors while playing his senior year. He was a member of the varsity team from 1969-1971 under the tutelage of Coach Vince Dooley. He was elected offensive captain by his teammates during his senior year.
His coaching career was equally as impressive, having successfully coached teams that excelled at Central High School in Thomasville; Moultrie High School in Moultrie; Appling County High School in Baxley; Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia; Georgia Southern University in Statesboro; and the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama.
He retired from education in 2012, having been superintendent of the Wayne County school system for several years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jesup for more than 50 years and was a former deacon, Sunday School teacher and a current member of the administrative committee.
In addition to his parents, his sister, Joyce Ann Keith, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Kathy Barlow Keith of Jesup; children and their spouses, Kristi and Aaron Brewer of Hawkinsville, William Kasey and Krystal Keith of Jesup and Katie and Mark Day of Watkinsville; grandchildren, Caroline Rhea Brewer, Adam Keith Brewer, Knox Barlow Day, Holt Lendon Day and Karson Grace Keith; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Mary Sue and Wade Banks of Thomasville, Sandra Elizabeth Keith of Jesup and Tena and Robert Diamant of Ponte Vedra, Florida; mother-in-law, Ruby Forester of Jesup; sister-in-law and her husband, Rosalind and Bob Fullerton of Atlanta; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 3:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Jesup with Rev. Devon Mixon and Dr. Michael VonMoss officiating,
Interment will follow in Jesup City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be David Beard, Fred Sanderson, Randall Aspinwall, John Kasay, Ken Baker, Johnny Wolfe, John Jennings, Mike McCoy, Mixon Robinson, Joe McPipkin, Steve McGregor, Lennie Elsperman and Richard Dear.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Robertson, coach John Donaldson, coach David Norris, coach Vince Dooley, Ray Goff, the Mexico Beach Reunion Group (consisting of Chuck Heard, Bob McDavid, Steve Sleek, Steve Kitchens and Rex Putnal), all UGA lettermen, Wayne County school system employees, Georgia Bulldawg teammates and coaches (1969-1971), and Wayne County Yellow Jackets (1964-1968).
Remembrances may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545 or the First Baptist Church of Jesup Special Ministries and Camp Hawkins, P.O. Box 1115, Jesup, GA 31598.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Dorothy Miner Cowart
Jesup—Dorothy Miner Cowart, 94, affectionately known by her family and friends as “Dot,” died Feb. 23, 2018, at Harborview Nursing Home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A resident of Jesup since 1948, she was born on Nov. 25, 1923, in Telfair County to the late Joe Neal and Annie Clyde Miner.
She worked for more than 35 years at American National Bank in Jesup until her retirement in 1988, serving in numerous positions within the company, including bookkeeper, head teller and administrative assistant.
She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Jesup for more than 65 years and attended the Dorcas-Berean-Naomi Sunday School Class most recently. Over the years at First Baptist, she had also taught several other Sunday School classes, been a member of the Adult Choir and served as the Sunday school secretary.
She volunteered with the American Cancer Society and was a longtime member of the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and fellowship with her beloved friends and family.
In addition to her parents, her husband, Emmett Jackson “Jack” Cowart; her brother, Malcom Miner; and her sister, Gertrude M. Poore, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Carl Miner and Ginny Cowart of Charlotte, North Carolina; two grandchildren and their spouses, David A. and Michelle Cowart of Boone, North Carolina, and Ashley C. and Tom Carson of Greensboro, North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Connor and Cameron Cowart of Boone, North Carolina, and Owen, Palmer and Graham Carson of Greensboro, North Carolina; a sister, Joann T. Baldwin of McRae; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended- family members.
Memorial services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Jesup with Dr. Michael VonMoss and Dr. Felix Haynes officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.
Private interment services will be held at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to First Baptist Church Capital Campaign Fund, P.O. Box 1115, Jesup, GA 31598 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of the arrangements.
 
Rinehart & Sons
 
Stan Newman Jr.
Odum—Stan Newman Jr., 22, of Odum died Feb. 22, 2018.
The Augusta native lived in Wayne County the past nine years, attended Jesup Church of God, and was a 2013 Wayne County High School graduate.
He was a detention officer with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. He loved coon hunting with his Uncle Eddie, fishing with his father in their pond, and playing his guitar, which he taught himself to play.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Helen Mae Wingard, and maternal grandfather, Cecil W. Surrency.
Survivors include his mother and father, Kimberly Surrency Newman and George Stanley Newman Sr. of Odum; maternal grandparents, Vernon and Vivian Surrency Aspinwall of Jesup; aunts and uncles, Sandra and Eddie Surrency of Odum and Patsy and Larry Benner of Wilmington, North Carolina; and cousins, Christy Surrency (Sean) Ellerbee of Monroe and Aubree Benner of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Funeral service were held Feb. 26 at Unity Church of God with pastor Calvin Anderson and the Rev. Clayton Dowd officiating. Interment was in Red Hill Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Eddie Surrency, Travis Walling, Blake Mosley, Steven Boyles, Wesley Phillips, Sean Ellerbee, Wesley Phillips, Jackson and Benjamin Ellerbee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Unity Church of God, 1580 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 
Diana Beaver Davis
Odum—Diana Beaver Davis, 68, of Jesup died Feb. 25, 2018, at her residence under the care of Georgia Hospice Care. Memorial services will be held by the family. Additional information can be found online at www.rinehartandsons@bellsouth.net.
 
Leon Earnest Midgette
Jesup—Leon Earnest Midgette of Jesup died Feb. 25, 2018. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Private interment services will be held by the family. Additional information can be found online at www.rinehartandsons@bellsouth.net.
 
William “Bill” Henry Thurmon Jr.
Bristol—William “Bill” Henry Thurmon Jr., 64, of Bristol died Feb. 26, 2018, of an apparent heart attack. Memorial services will be held today (Wednesday) at the Rinehart and Sons Chapel with family speakers officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Additional information can be found online at www.rinehartandsons@bellsouth.net.
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