3.11.17 Obituaries

Howard-Jones
 
Jinks Scott
Jesup—Jinks Scott, 87, died March 9, 2017, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia. 
A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, he was born April 5, 1929, to the late George Arthur and Agnes Priester Scott. He loved working and devoted his life to work. After retirement from Kaiser Agriculture, he began his second career, collecting and selling farm equipment. He also farmed and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his siblings, Mildred Wedincamp, Doris Parks, Athen Scott and Othel Scott.
Survivors include his wife, Fay Thompson Scott of Jesup; his son, Glen Scott of Jesup; grandchildren and their spouses, Michelle and Mike Hargrove of Jesup and Ethan and Eryn Wagnon of Savannah; a special nephew, Scottie Parks of Jesup; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended-family members.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. March 10, 2017, at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Larry Harris officiating. Interment followed in Old Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Don Scott, Ricky Parks, Randy Parks, Gary Parks, Scottie Parks and Jody Denison.  Honorary pallbearers were Dwayne Anderson, Cotton Saxon, Larry Dorsey, Dale Stevens, Revis and Gayle Clary, John and Pam Shaver, David Johnson, and Larry and Glenda Rowell.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
 
Susan Irene Aldridge Thornton
Offerman—Susan Irene Aldridge Thornton, 72, died on March 6, 2017, under the care of Satilla Hospice after an extended illness.
A resident of Offerman for more than 55 years, she was born on Sept. 21, 1944, in Fitzgerald to the late Grady Willow and Edith Mae Herrin Aldridge.
She was a homemaker and a mother to many children over the years. She also loved reading and never turned away a person in need, according to her family. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Shon Thornton; a son, Shane “Crawfish” Thornton; a daughter, Edith Mae Gill; a sister, Anna Lewis; and a brother, Bill Aldridge.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Carol Sue and David Futch of Homerville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Shon and Valerie Thornton of Patterson and Whitey and Jeannie Thornton of Waycross; three great-grandchildren that she had been raising, Anna Sapp, Emily King and Jazmine Taylor;  three grandchildren that she raised, Kelly King, David King and Joshua King; and many more grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held March 10 at Offerman Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Lee and the Rev. Dale Bange officiating.
Interment followed in Offerman Cemetery.  
Pallbearers will be Dustin and Jessie Futch, Colby and Aaron Thornton, Jason Sullivan and Douglas Edenfield.
Remembrances may be made to Satilla Hospice, 811 Beacon St. Waycross,   GA 31501.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
 
Kevin Lee Evans
Atlanta—Kevin Lee Evans, 55, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Gwinnett Hospital System after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on Jan. 6, 1962 in Aurora, Colorado. He and his family moved around frequently in his early years and eventually settled in Hamilton, Ohio, where he graduated from Garfield High School. After graduation, he served as a ranger in the U.S. Army and was awarded a Purple Heart from President Ronald Raegan. He was passionate about health and fitness. He devoted much of his free time to training and working out to stay in shape and had even partnered with several of his friends to start a successful company selling dietary supplements.   
He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Marie Evans; his father, Walter Lee Evans; and his sister Jane Evans Weakley.
Survivors include his two daughters, Kelly Evans of Columbus and Mariah Evans of Kennesaw; one grandson, Keelan Wisham, and a granddaughter, Lily, on the way; siblings and their spouses, Angela and Steve Miller of Jesup, Debbie and Bill Snyder of Hamilton, Ohio, Maureen Evans Adamson of Vancouver, Washington, and William Patrick and Joy Evans of Waynesville; nieces and nephews, Michael Roach, Dana Malone Pope, Jason and Josh Snyder, Joshua Moore, Tyler and Conner Adamson, and Brice, Brooke and Jordan Evans; a host of great-nieces and great-nephews and other extended-family members; and a very close network of longtime friends.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. March 13, 2017, at Howard & Jones Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with military honors.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Faria, Wayne Thompson, Albert Torres, Rusty Moore, Jared Wheat, Spencer Phillips and Steve Smith. 
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
Rinehart & Sons
 
Frances Westberry Reddish
Jesup—Frances Westberry Reddish, 73, of Jesup died on March 7, 2017.
The only child of Alice Bishop and C.M. Westberry Jr., she graduated from Jesup High School in 1961, attended the University of Georgia, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English education from Mercer University in 1965. She later earned a master of education degree from Georgia Southern College in 1970.
In 1965, she married the love of her life, James Harold “Sonny” Reddish. Together they reared their two daughters, Lynn and Julie, and poured their love and energy into their family, church and community. She retired in 1996 after teaching high school English in Wayne and Long counties for 31 years—29 of which were at Wayne County High School. There, as chair of the English department during most of her career, she initiated and taught advanced-placement English. She was selected STAR Teacher twice by outstanding students and was honored by her peers as Wayne County High School Teacher of the Year.
She was a lifelong member of Jesup First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Chancel Choir and the Drop-In Sunday School Class. She also served on the Altar Guild, Agape Committee Education Committee and as program chairman for United Methodist Women Circle No. 2.
In her community, she served as a board member of Fair Haven, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence; worked with scholarship committees for deserving youth; was a member and chaplain of the Jesup Garden Club; and served at her husband’s side as a Gideon Auxiliary member.
In their retirement, the Reddishes took up ballroom dancing and became members of both the Savannah Penguin Club and the Sea Island Shoreline Dance Club. Over the years, they made treasured friends and enjoyed traveling to dances all over the country.
Her greatest joy was in her role as grandmother to her four “amazing” grandchildren, according to her family. She relished following them as they participated in school events, sports, dance and theater. Her most treasured times, however, were the summer visits and trips which she joyfully and meticulously planned, her family said.
She was predeceased by her parents, Alice Bishop and C.M. Westberry Jr.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, James Harold “Sonny” Reddish of Jesup; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Randall Cain of Matthews, North Carolina, and Julie and John McIlwain of Jesup; and four grandchildren, Callie and Lucy Cain and Blake and Hampton McIlwain.
Funeral service will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Jesup First United Methodist Church with Dr. Felix Haynes and the Rev. Tucker Lewis officiating. Interment will be private. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Jesup High School Class of 1961, the FUMC Drop-In Sunday School Class and the Fair Haven Board.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Agape Ministry, 205 E. Cherry Street, Jesup, GA 31546 or Fair Haven, 488 SW Broad St., Jesup, GA 31545.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Thelma Brooker Brunner
Jesup—Thelma Brooker Brunner, 72, of Jesup died March 7, 2017, at her residence.
The Wayne County native was a homemaker.
She was the widow of James W. Brunner, and she was predeceased by her son, Richard Brunner.
Survivors include a brother, Ronnie Brooker of Jesup, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.
Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be her family.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Linda Peterson Parker
Odum—Linda Peterson Parker, 75, of Odum died March 7, 2017, in the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, after an extended illness.
The Ellenton, South Carolina, native lived in Wayne County the past 25 years, worked in admissions at Southeast Regional Hospital for many years, and was a “greeter” with Walmart in Jesup for several years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and being with her family.
She was predeceased by her husband, Roger Allen Parker, and grandchildren Eric Ryan Hartley and Jessica Lynn Hartley.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Dale Wilson of Arizona City, Arizona; a son, Richard Allen Parker of Odum; a sister, Maye Lavene Lowers of Wrens, South Carolina; a brother, Parnell C. Peterson of Beech Island, South Carolina; grandchildren Zachary Jamison Hartley of Brunswick, Tiffany Louise Parker of Irmo, South Carolina, Sarah Leanne Hartley of Jesup, and Garrett Allen Parker of Odum; Nicholas Alexander Hartley and Heather Marie Parker of Odum; great-grandchildren, Jordan Alexander Greene of Austin, Texas, Wesley Ryan Hartley of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 4 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Dean Wilson officiating. Private interment will be held by the family.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Rita McKerley Lang
Mount Pleasant, S.C.—Rita McKerley Lang, 86, of Ludowici and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, widow of Dr. W. Steve Lang Jr., died March 7, 2017.
She was born Oct. 11, 1930, in Savannah. She was the daughter of the late Jennings Bryan McKerley and the late Elwin Hollingworth McKerley Kinney. She graduated from Duke University and had a teaching career spanning more than 40 years. She retired from Greenville Technical College. She was a longtime member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina; a life member of Presbyterian Women; and an elder in the PC (USA). She was a lifetime Girl Scout and volunteered her time in many community outreach programs, especially Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, William Steve and Debbie Lang III of Clearwater, Florida, James Michael and Rhonda Lang of Trinity, North Carolina, Nancy Lang and Marc Tye of Mount Pleasant, and Paul Hollingworth and Sarah Lang of Fargo, North Dakota; grandchildren and a granddaughter-in-law, Kevin and Nicole Tye, Daniel Lang, Andrew Tye, William Tye and Benjamin Lang; a great-granddaughter, Lily Tye; her brother John Kinney; and her sister, Star Kinney Land.
She was preceded in death by her brother Wesley E. Kinney.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) in the Palmetto Presbyterian Church, 1720 Carolina Park Blvd., at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the Middleton Memorial Cemetery in Ludowici. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Columbia Theological Seminary, 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 or to the Lutheran Homes of South Carolina, 300 Ministry Drive, Irmo, SC 29063.
J. Henry Stuhr Inc. of Mount Pleasant and Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. 
 
Out of Town
 
Barbara Jeanne Parrott
Jesup—Barbara Jeanne Parrott died March 7, 2017, at Harborview Health Systems in Jesup, where she had been residing since December 2014. 
She was born Feb. 2, 1926, in Kewanee, Illinois, to Jean Laurent and Helen Ruth DeCamp. 
She grew up with her older brother, Malcolm Neil DeCamp, and sisters, Patsy Helen Estep and Alys Jo Wall, after moving to Texarkana, Arkansas, in 1934. 
She attended high school in Texarkana and graduated in 1943. Before marrying Cornelius “Neil” Henry Parrott on July 12, 1944, she worked at the Army Depot during World War II. Her husband served in the Army Air Forces as a B25 bombardier. During their 52 years together, they lived in Arkansas, Illinois, Washington, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Georgia, Texas, and Oklahoma. 
She moved to Surrency in 2003 to be near her son and daughter-in-law, Stephen Laurent and Cheri’ Suzon Lightsey Parrott. 
Her family said she was a talented artist who worked with wood carvings and reliefs, as well as painting. She attended Unity Church of God in Jesup. She was a devoted wife and mother, according to her family.
She was preceded in death by both parents, Jean Laurent and Helen Ruth DeCamp; her husband, Cornelius Henry Parrott; her daughter, Susan Jeanne Parrott; and her daughter-in-law, Cheri’ Suzon Lightsey Parrott.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Edward Neil and Patricia Parrott of Crownsville, Maryland; eight grandchildren, Neil C., Nathan, Ned, Nancy, Stephen M., Amber, Rachel and Daniel; and 13 grandchildren. 
Visitation was held March 10 at Swain Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Swain Funeral Home with Pastor Calvin Anderson of Unity Church of God officiating. 
Interment will follow in Zion Church of God Cemetery. 
Swain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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