Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:02pm
Christopher Arlon Mitchell
Jesup—Christopher Arlon Mitchell, 11, died Feb. 24, 2017, as the result of an accident.
He was born in Bruns-wick and lived in Jesup all of his life. He was a sixth-grade student at Martha Puckett Middle School, where he played on the soccer team, ran cross-country track and was a member of the BETA Club.
An avid outdoor and sports enthusiast, he played recreation baseball and basketball with plans to begin football in the coming season. He enjoyed hunting with his older brothers. He had an outgoing personality and an infectious smile, and “he never met a stranger.” He attended Old Bethel Baptist Church with his family.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sara L. Smith, and grandfather, Samuel Mitchell.
Survivors include his parents, Rebecca and Jondavid Smart and Charlie and Holly Mitchell, all of Jesup; sisters, Abby Smart, Madison Bryson, Caitlin Smart, Mabry Lammons and McKenzie Mitchell, all of Jesup; brothers, Chase Mitchell and Clay Smart of Jesup; maternal grandparents, Rita and Harold Phelps of Jesup, Walon Smith of Ludowici, and Max and Judy Smart of Jesup; paternal grandparents, Susan Mitchell and Paul and Lisa Strayer of Jesup; a maternal great-grandmother, Sue Smith of Bainbridge; uncles and aunts, Rachel and Will Tyre, Betsy Davis, Aimee and Daniel Gonzalez, Keryl Glenn, Karyn and Doug Hardee, Kelly and Michael Hargrove Heather, Chap Gebhart, Brant and Amanda Phelps, Luke and Hali Strayer and Dwayne Strayer; and numerous cousins and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Jesup First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Ledbetter and the Rev. Dale Bange officiating, with remarks by Erica Woodard. Burial will follow in the Old Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jesup First Baptist Church.
Active pallbearers will be Alvin Foster, Michael Hargrove, Brant Phelps, Will Tyre, Luke Strayer and Daniel Gonzalez.
Honorary pallbearers will be the faculty and sixth-grade class of Martha Puckett Middle School and the school soccer team.
Remembrances are suggested to Ministry Fund, Old Bethel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 171, Jesup, GA 31598.
Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.
Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici is in charge of arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons
Jesup—Alan Beasley, 59, of Jesup died Feb. 26, 2017, of an apparent heart attack.
The Wayne County native was a member of Victory Tabernacle Church and a self-employed brick mason. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, golfing and riding his grandchildren on his golf cart.
He was predeceased by his parents, Guyton and Lucille Beasley, and a brother, Bobby Beasley.
Survivors include his wife, Gwen Aspinwall Beasley of Jesup; three daughters and a son-in-law, Heather Cole, Lanie and Mark Wilson and Andrea Maddox of Jesup; three sons, Robbie Beasley and Heath Manning of Jesup and Michael Beasley of Birmingham, Alabama; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Darlene Herrera, Colleen and Troy Oder, and Earlene and Steve Clark of Jesup, Kathy Truitt of Screven and Avalene and Jerry Cooper of Screven; a brother, Lonnie Beasley of Jesup; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Pastor Keith Lairsey officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gary H. Wiggins
Jesup—Gary H. Wiggins, 62, of Jesup died Feb. 27, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a retired carpet installer for many years. He enjoyed fishing, storytelling and listening to Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.
He was predeceased by his mother, Kathleen Goober Delk, and brothers, Paul Gene Wiggins and Aubrey “Jr.” Wiggins.
Survivors include his son, Tim Wiggins of Waycross; a granddaughter, Alyssa Wiggins of Waycross; a best friend, Lavonda Holland of Jesup; and several cousins.
Graveside memorial services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Red Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Johnny Fulghum Jr. officiating.
Family will receive friends at the cemetery.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
The Rev. Robert P. Vinson
Macon—The Rev. Robert P. Vinson died Feb. 22, 2017, after complications from a broken hip.
A celebration of his life was conducted Saturday at Pine Forest Baptist Church with burial in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Dr. Norm Yukers, Dr. Morgan Kerr and the Rev. Brian Moore officiated.
Born in Wilkinson County, “Brother Bob” was an ordained Baptist minister who studied at Brewton Parker College and Mercer University. He had a 50-plus-year career as a “country church” pastor, including terms at Smyrna Baptist Church in Macon and Liberty Baptist in Irwinton. He was a retired Colonial Store and Big Star Grocery manager. After retirement from the grocery business, he became a real-estate entrepreneur and enjoyed what is known today as “flipping houses.”
He was a 33rd Degree Mason and was a past member of the Georgia National Guard. He was a member of Pine Forest Baptist Church and a loving and devoted Christian husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was most happy sharing the Gospel and spending time with his family, friends said.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Terrell Vinson; two brothers; and two sisters.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Greta Perkins Vinson; their daughters and son-in-law, Marilyn Raffield and Miriam and Richard Cook; their six grandchildren and their spouses, Melissa Jones and Mark Smith, Mandy Scarbary and Dave Chow, Miranda Jones and Chan Ayers, Shay and Jessica Williams, Meredith Cook and Richard Stokes and Robert Williams; and 13 great-grandchildren.
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Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, 886 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201 or to Brewton Parker College, 201 Fountain Circle, Mt. Vernon, GA 30445.
David-Eliza Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Macon, is in charge of arrangements.
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