3.11.20 Obituaries



Johnny  Lenard Price Sr.

Jesup--Johnny Lenard Price Sr. of Jesup died March 7, 2020.

He was born in Stigler, Oklahoma, on April 4, 1950, to Millard Marvin Price and Mary Ann Price. He was of the Christian faith and graduated from Genoa Central High School.

After proudly serving 7 1/2 years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, he went on to join the Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department. He retired from the Department of Justice B.O.P. in 2004 as a special investigative agent after 20 years of dedicated service.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his father, Millard Price Jr.; a brother, Robert Price; and a special friend, Mike Easley.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Patricia Lynne Price of Jesup; his mother, Mary Ann Price of Genoa, Arkansas; a brother, Scott Price of Genoa; three sons, Johnny (Jessica) Price Jr., Brad Price, and Clay (Keisha) Price all of Jesup; six grandchildren, Hunter Price, Blake Price, Haley Price, Ali Price, Cayla Price and Jada Price, all of Jesup; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Oneta Bolton of Arcadia, Louisiana, Jerry and Susan Bolton of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Rick and Sheila Bolton of Nash, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; and three special friends, Becky Howard, W.M. Godreau and Laura Denison.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rita Gotham Cordwell

Jesup--Rita Gotham Cordwell, 59, of Jesup and formerly of South-ington, Ohio, died March 9, 2020.

She was a member of Unity Church of God and former admissions and social services coordinator of Altamaha Healthcare, where she enjoyed taking care of the residents. Some of her favorite pastimes were spent with family, especially the grandchildren; cooking; and going to the beach.

Survivors include two daughters, Ashley (Ricky) Denmark of Screven and Angela (Kyle) Mainor of Lubbock, Texas; a loving companion, Ron Cordwell of Jesup; six grandchildren, Hunter and Katelyn Kinard, Lance, Levi and Maci Mainor, and Madison Denmark; and several siblings, Linda Karr, Diana Dean, Gene Gotham, Judy Wolfe, Brenda Barlow, Brian Gotham and Randy Gotham.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at Unity Church of God with Pastor Calvin Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Oaks Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be her family.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Seth Franklin Andrews Jr.

Jesup--Seth Franklin Andrews Jr., 89, of Jesup died March 3, 2020.

He was born in Jesup to the late Seth F. Andrews Sr. and Lula Bell (Tillman) Andrews on May 24, 1930. Later the family relocated to Crescent City, Florida, during the final half of the Great Depression, and in 1949 he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Before he went on tour overseas, he fathered a daughter named Lettie. He was shipped to France and Germany and was able to see the beauty of Europe in the wake of World War II. This time had a great impact on his life. After returning home, he ended his stint as active military in 1953 and did two more years in the reserves.

At this time, he took a job at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and reconnected with his brother, James, and others from Crescent City who settled in the Central New Jersey area.

One of the families that settled there was the Day family in Trenton. Sarah Ann Day was one of the oldest of nine, seven of them being boys.

The two were married on Oct. 2, 1954. They started their family a short time later, welcoming four children Deborah, Sandra, Sherry and Steven.

Mr. Andrews settled into his civilian service career and in December 1964 moved his family into the post-World War II community of Laurel Village at 219 Cardinal Lane. This was the dwelling for more than 22 years, where so many memories of growing family were experienced. Mrs. Andrews joined Second Baptist Church on Washington Street first, and a few short years later, Mr. Andrews surrendered his life to Jesus Christ by accepting Him as his Lord and Savior.

He felt the urge to start Boy Scout Troop No. 66 because there were so many boys in the town with fathers on active duty and deployed to Vietnam. The Boy Scouts gave much reward to his life for many years to come. He achieved Order of the Arrow Brotherhood of Honor Camper’s status and completed his Wood Badge training and certification for Adult Troop Leadership.

During his time at Second Baptist, he became a Sunday school teacher for the adult men’s class, Sunday school superintendent and treasurer of the 90-church strong Bethany Church Association, where he served faithfully for more than 10 years. He was ordained a deacon at Second Baptist Church, where he served and sang in the choir until his retirement.

In 1986 the couple retired to Jesup, his place of birth and home to many of his descendants on both his parents’ side of the family. They joined Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church and were soon welcomed in as deacon and deaconess. They were choir members and a deacon for more than 30 years, and for a few years he was deacon emeritus, up until his passing.

While in Jesup, he worked eight years as a warehouse manager for King and Prince Seafood on St. Simons Island.

He loved Jesup and served on the Zoning Board until 2007, helping steer the aspect of local government and policy that would impact Wayne County for decades to come. As a member and chairman of the Wayne County School Board, he was also an integral part of suggesting the need for a new high school and two new middle schools, seeing each of those projects to their fruition. He also mentored boys in the Boys to Men program.

His wife called him Charles. He was known to others that knew him as Seth, Munge, Mr. or Deacon Andrews. The most fortunate addressed him simply as “Dad” or “PopPop.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Seth and Lula Belle Andrews; his loving wife, Sarah Ann Andrews; a daughter, Sandra F. Andrews; three brothers, Roosevelt Andrews, James Andrews and Charles Johnson; a great-grandson, Alexander Nixon; and a host of close relatives.

Survivors include his four children, Lettie Rogers of Collingswood, New Jersey, Deborah A. Andrews Lara of Jesup, Sherry L. Andrews Wilson of Jacksonville, Florida, and Steven F. (Amy) Andrews of Omaha, Nebraska; 15 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 30 great-great-grandchildren; four brother-in-laws, James (Regina) Williams of Jesup, Joe (Margaret) Day of Pooler, Roy Day of Detroit, Michigan, and Thomas Day of Trenton, New Jersey; two sisters-in-law, Mary Andrews of Jesup and Gladys Johnson of Jesup; and a host of nieces, nephews and family friends left to cherish his legacy as the “patriarch of the Andrews family.”

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church with Elder Terance Sampson Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Jesup City Cemetery.

He will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral time.

The Andrews family will receive guests from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday, March 13, at Community Chapel Funeral Home Chapel.

Community Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patsy Jean Manning

Jesup--Patsy Jean Manning, 72, died peacefully on March 9, 2020, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia surrounded by her loving family.

A lifelong resident of Wayne County, she was born on Sept. 29, 1947. She worked with the Georgia Forestry Commission for many years keeping watch in fire towers and also worked at Walmart and delivered phone books, all before taking a job as a cashier in several different local businesses.

She loved needlepoint and spent countless hours working on cross stitch projects. She played bingo regularly with “the bingo girls” and enjoyed caring for her plants and cooking for her family. Mostly, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. They were truly the light of her life, her family said.

She was a longtime member of Ritch Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willie Thomas (Virginia) Eubanks; her mother, Carolyn Paul (James) Brewer; her husband, Sanford L. Manning Sr.; and two sons, Kyle Manning and Shane Manning.

Survivors include her son, Sanford Manning Jr. of Jesup; a sister, Betty Anne (Randall) Butler of Midway;  grandchildren, Heath Manning, Heather (Tony) Rozier, Lanie (Mark) Wilson, Mekayla Manning, Devan Manning, Kyla Manning and Ashton Manning-Souza;  six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, cousins and other extended-family members.

Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.

Interment will be in Ritch Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Heath Manning, Devan Manning, Tony Rozier, Sanford Manning Jr., Joey Jackson and Justin Yarbrough.

Honorary pallbearers will be “the Bingo Girls” and staff of Hospice of South Georgia.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home of Jesup.


Dolores Pirkle Stipe

Waycross--Dolores Pirkle Stipe, 57, of Waycross died early Friday morning at her residence after a brief illness.

She was born in Cumming to Lee Grant Pirkle and Ruby Hammond Pirkle. She was a 1980 graduate of Ware County High School. She worked at Piggly Wiggly in Waycross until 1989 and for a brief time as the office manager for Dr. John Malmborg, before settling in as a homemaker for the remainder of her life.

She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear. She formerly was a member of Central Baptist Church in Waycross, where she was active in the children ministries, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir. She was also very active as a parent in various support groups for her children’s schools.

She loved working in the gardens and had a talent in decorating and was always willing to lend a hand to friends and family. Her most recent joy in life was spending time with and “loving on” her new granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Grant Pirkle; and an infant brother, Marcus Allen Pirkle.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Steven Daniel Stipe of Waycross; two children, Amanda Stipe (Andrew) Blaylock of Boone, North Carolina, and Steven Daniel (Christine) Stipe Jr. of Waycross; two granddaughters, Emma Faith Blaylock and Harper Rae Stipe; her mother, Ruby Hammond Pirkle of Waycross; five siblings, Philip (Sharon) Pirkle of Thomson, Darlene Pirkle of Waycross, Denise Pirkle Bennett of Waycross, Thomas (Jodi) Pirkle of Valdosta, John (Tammy) Pirkle of Waycross; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were held March 8 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, “Building Fund,” 217 W. Carter Ave., Blackshear, GA 31516, or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.   

Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Charles Harold Westberry

Columbus, Mississippi--Charles Harold Westberry, 66, of Columbus, Mississippi, died Nov. 19, 2019, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.

He was born March 14, 1953, in Jesup to the late Ruth Sapp and James Howard Westberry. He graduated from Wayne County High School in Jesup in 1971. He married the love of his life, Marsha Bellomy, on Aug. 7, 1976, in Scottsboro, Alabama. He worked at Weyerhauser for more than 20 years and went on to work for Timken Company as a senior field engineer.

He enjoyed reading, fishing and spending time with his two granddaughters.

He was a part of HAM Radio Club and was a member of York Rite Masonic Bodies of Columbus and Caledonia Masonic Lodge No. 280 F.&A.M.

He attended Covenant United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Kim Westberry.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Marsha Bellomy Westberry of Columbus; a daughter, Heather (Dominik) Fuhrmann of Georgetown, Indiana; and granddaughters, Avery and Sinclaire Fuhrmann.

Pallbearers were Mike Kirkland, Greg Proctor, Dwayne Wilkerson, Doug Hodges, Terry Sapp, Andrew Sapp, Jim Sentell and Mike Soistman. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Kirkland Jr.,  Jack Woodard, Steve Wright, Dr. Noah Fitzpatrick, Dr. Eli Hurowitz and Dr. Jason Dunn.

The family would like to say a special thank-you to the nurses, staff and friends at Fresenius Kidney Care.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s  Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.