3.14.20 Obituaries


Joseph L. Dart

Jesup--Joseph L. “Joe” Dart, 83, died March 10, 2020, at University of Florida Health Jacksonville.

A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, he was born on June 29, 1936, to the late William Robert Dart Sr. and Annie Laurie Strickland Dart.

He was a graduate of Jesup High School and later attended the College of Middle Georgia, playing football for both institutions and being a part of the Jesup High School state-championship team in 1955.

He served his country in the United States Army before returning home, where he worked several different jobs including positions at Rayonier and the Federal Prison in Reidsville. Soon after, he began a career with the United States Postal Service, from which he would retire many years later.

He attended services at Immanuel Baptist Church and enjoyed watching football and auto racing on television. He also enjoyed playing golf in his younger days, but his favorite pastime by far was fishing.

He will always be remembered for his thoughtful, gentle ways and how he always concerned himself with the needs of those he loved more than his own, his family said.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Tommy and Robert Dart, and his infant daughter, Melanie Dart.

Survivors include his daughters, Sarah Copeland of Jesup and Lucy Dart of Hazlehurst; two brothers, George Dart and Walter (Carolyn) Dart all, of Jesup; a sister, Pauline Dart of Jesup; grandchildren, Cole (Cara) Copeland of Jesup, Cale Copeland of Jesup, Cary “Tater” (Brittney) Yarbrough of Odum and Carlie (Joey) Farmer of Blackshear; great-grandchildren, Caylee, Carson, Joe Mac, JoJo and Jacie; step-grandchildren, Layton and Bailey; a longtime companion, Gerrie Spruill, and her daughters, Sharon Mixon and Sherry Schwartz; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended- family members.

Private graveside services will be held at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glenn-ville at a later date.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



James Alan “Captain” Hyers

Surrency--James Alan “Captain” Hyers, 65, of Surrency and formerly of Screven and Shellman Bluff, died Feb. 29, 2020.

He was a member of Shellman Bluff Baptist Church and a retired electrician and commercial fisherman.

Survivors include his former wife and companion, Jann Henry, of Surrency; two sons, Al Gaston of Grovetown and Josh Gaston of Jacksonville, Florida; a brother, Mony Hyers of Baxley; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services are being held by the family.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of  arrangements. 


Linda Aspinwall

Screven--Linda Aspinwall, 58, of Screven died March 2, 2020, due to an extended illness.

She was a caregiver for almost 10 years. In her leisure time, she was passionate about arts and crafts, which included crocheting, quilting and sewing. She embraced her Cherokee Indian heritage by making dream catchers and jewelry to include Native American arts such as beads, feathers and ribbon. She also enjoyed gardening, as lilies were her favorite plant.

Her family offered a special appreciation to Don Landon for being by her side and companion  for the past 19 years and who was her caregiver for more than 18 months, fighting alongside her and consoling her with love and compassion in her final moments.

The family wanted to say that Ms. Aspinwall confessed her belief in Jesus Christ and was saved by His mercy and grace.

They also wanted to thank all family and friends who have contributed in any way to help Don and Linda during this very difficult time--Janet Peacock, Jeanette Landon, Shirley Landon, Betty Summers, DeeAnna Michaels, Foy Peacock, Gomer and Debra Mansfield, Mitch and Patricia Rogers, Charley and Jeanie Hunt, and Kenneth and Julie Tyre.

A private memorial will be held in her honor at a later date