2.4.17 obituaries

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Don Miller
Jesup—Don Miller, 79, of Jesup died Feb. 1, 2017, in Candler Hospital after a short illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Unity Church of God and former owner of S&R Men’s Shop.
Sports were just one arena in which he excelled. He graduated from Odum High School in 1955, where he lettered in four sports—baseball, basketball, track and tennis. He would frequently remark, “Growing up in Odum was the best thing that could have happened to me.”
He attended Brewton Parker College and lettered in three sports during his time there. When he transferred to Stetson University in 1958, he lettered in four.
He was an inductee into four separate athletic halls of fame, including Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame, Odum Hall of Fame, Brewton Parker Hall of Fame and Stetson Hall of Fame, which is a testament to his abilities.
All during his life, he was an encourager to all in any sport they chose and would attend and cheer on their efforts.
He was predeceased by his parents, Barnie and Inez Miller.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Jackie Hutcheson Miller of Jesup; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dee Dee and Matt Gray of Grayson and Sabrina and Chad Collins of Athens; five grandchildren, Tyler Gray, Demere Gray, Maci Gray, Josie Collins and Baynes Collins; a sister, Bobby Jean Martin of Jesup; a brother, Edward Miller of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Unity Church of God with Pastor Calvin Anderson, the Rev. John Fender and Bishop George Moxley officiating. Private interment will be in Odum City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Wayne Hutcheson, Donnie Hutcheson, Jim Clayton, Todd Wise, Mickey Harter, Danny Horne, Thad Brackin, Ralph Covington and Kenny Carswell. Honorary pallbearers will be all former employees of S&R Men’s Shop, Sullivan’s and the Liar’s Club at Jones Drug Company.
Visitation will be held today (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Unity Church of God, 1580 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA  31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Linda C. Duncan
Jesup—Linda C. Duncan, 69, of Jesup died Feb. 1, 2017. 
The Tennessee native was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Senior Adult Women’s Sunday School Class.  She was a retired paraprofessional with the Liberty County School System.  Her hobbies included crafting and being very involved with the Girl Scouts.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Mal Duncan of Jesup; a daughter and son, Melissa and Bobby Stafford of Jesup; granddaughters, Shaylynn and Dalancy Stafford of Jesup; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Rae Lemn of Ludowici, Lisa Cunningham of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Sherry and Nicholas Sacco of Charlotte, North Carolina; three brothers, Robin Carmichael of Atlanta, Kevin Carmichael and David Carmichael both of Knoxville, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.
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.
 
James A. Simmons
Jesup—James A. Simmons, 65, of Jesup died at his residence surrounded by his family on Jan. 30, 2017, and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
The Wayne County native lived most of his life in Long County and was a retired civil service employee and a U.S. Army veteran. His hobbies were anything to do with horses, including barrel racing, track racing and trail riding.
He was predeceased by his parents, Mary and Jack Simmons Sr.; and a brother, Jack Simmons Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Vanessa Simmons of Jesup; a daughter, Jessica Simmons of Ludowici; a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Sandy Simmons of Glennville; stepdaughters and a stepson-in-law, Amanda Lafferty of Brunswick and Jamie and Todd  Wagner of Richmond Hill; eight grandchildren, Garrett, Kayla, Logan, Tanner, Jaxson, Ansleigh, Grant and Lilly; a great-granddaughter, Aniston; a brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Wanda Simmons of Ludowici; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Andy Pusser officiating along with American Legion Post No. 311 presenting the American flag. Interment was in the Concord Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Garrett Simmons, Logan Simmons, Russell Simmons, Ryan Simmons, Hagen Goode, Reid Goode and Tanner Benton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA  31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons
.com.
 
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Kelvin Michael Johnson
Dayton, Ohio—Kelvin Michael Johnson, 34, a native of Jesup, and a resident of Dayton, Ohio died unexpectedly Jan. 29, 2017.  
He was born April 4, 1982, to Filton and Joan Jones-Johnson Sr. in Jesup and was educated in the public school system of Wayne County. He was a lifelong member of Fountain of Joy Kingdom Ministries in Jesup and was currently serving as a member and a minister of music at Zion Temple Church of God in Christ in Dayton.
Also known as “Silk” and “Fruit Loop” among those closest to him, he was known for his dress. He was a professional barber. He loved cooking, music, playing instruments and singing.  He played the keyboard, drums and the guitar. 
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Willie Archie Johnson, and his brother, Gerald Matthews.
He is survived by a loving wife of almost 12 years, Renata Coleman-Johnson of Dayton; three children, Ramiah, Kalijah and Kessiah Johnson, all of Dayton; his parents, Filton Sr. and Joan Johnson of Jesup; his grandparents, Louise Ray of Jesup, Charlie James Jones of Tifton, and Dorothy Jean Madison of Jesup; his three sisters and a brother-in-law, Farrah and Rod Faulkner of Jesup, Christie Johnson of Jesup, and FaLinda Johnson of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Filton Johnson Jr. of Los Angeles, California and his twin brother (and best friend) and sister-in-law, Kevin Sr. and Tiffany Johnson of Jesup; his mother and father in-law, Rhonda Coleman of Springfield, Ohio and Bryant Coleman of Hinesville; two brothers in-law, Courtney Woodson and Bryant Coleman II, both of Springfield, Ohio; a sister-in-law and her husband, Candalece and David Lambert of New Orleans, Louisiana; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
No wake is planned. His body will lie in state in state for viewing two hours prior to services on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Unity Church of God. Interment will be in Odum City Cemetery.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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