3.16.19 obituaries

Louis Patty “Big Momma” Watson

Jesup--Louis Patty “Big Momma” Watson, 56, died March 13, 2019.

The Wayne County native was born Sept. 17, 1962.

She was an active member of the Church of God, and she knew the Bible well. Known as a constant caregiver for both people and animals, she was active in Wayne, Glynn and Surroundings (W.A.G.S.) Rescue. She enjoyed singing, taking care of others, completing puzzles, being artistic and making people laugh.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis J. and Louella Watson, and her eldest brother, John C. McBride.

Survivors include her children and grandchildren, M. Amanda Thompson, Elijah Hardyman and G. Jacob Thompson of Minnesota and Kimbrulyn Sutton, Lane Joyner, Kabreyanna McGahee, Emerson McGahee and Kylan Souza of Wayne County; siblings and their spouses, Frances (Ron) Howard of Midway, and John D. McBride and Linda Goodwin of Jesup, and June (Raleigh) Martin and Nancy (Barnie) Butler of Florida; two special nieces, Shannon (Mark) White of Jesup and Jennifer Lawhorn of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at House of Worship & Ministries in Jesup.

Interment will be private.

Remembrances in “Patty’s” name may be made to W.A.G.S. Animal Rescue (at wags.rescue.org) or to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (at madd.org).



Lavada Franklin Aspinwall

Screven—Lavada Franklin Aspinwall, 76, of Screven died March 13, 2019, under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

The Wayne County native was a member of Screven First Baptist Church and was recently attending her home church, O’Quinn Baptist Church.

The 1960 Screven High School graduate lettered in basketball and was the captain. Most people at the time remembered the “Franklin girls” on the court, her family said.

She was a lifelong worker, beginning at her first business, Screven Dry Cleaners, and then helping her husband on their family farm.  She was a short-term co-owner and long-term employee of A and D Slaughterhouse and co-founder of Going Green Plant Nursery.

When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed fishing and gardening in her beautiful yard.

She is predeceased by her husband, Jimmy Aspinwall; a daughter, Jaye Aspinwall Blanton; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Franklin; and sisters and brothers-in-law, June and Jim Jackson, Nell and Harold Delk, Winton DeLoach, Carolyn Bowden and Cynthia Starling.

Survivors include a son, Greg Aspinwall of Screven; a special son-in-law, Gary (Melissa) Blanton of Screven; grandchildren, Brooks (Miki) Blanton, Brittany (Joey) Bowers, Taylor Blanton, Layne and Emma Aspinwall; great-grandchildren, Tess and Blaice Blanton, Ella Jaye Bowers; a sister, Linda Faye DeLoach of Screven; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 2 p.m. at O’Quinn Baptist Church with the Rev. Gerald Greenlee and the Rev. Michael Morgan officiating. Interment will follow in Screven City Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Brooks and Gary Blanton, Joey Bowers, Darrell DeLoach, Eddie Fultz and Dylan Jones. Honorary pallbearers (with a special thanks) will be the special caregivers, Brittany Bowers, Taylor Blanton, Lesleigh Beard, Sondra Grantham, staffs of Harborview Nursing Home, Hospice of South Georgia and Dr. Hendrix, Jimmy Arnold, Annette Jones, Barbara Mock, Johnny Ben Aspinwall and Marie Aspinwall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Thomas A. “Tommy” Lee, Sr.

Jesup—Thomas A. “Tommy” Lee Sr., 69, of Jesup died March 13, 2019, of an apparent heart attack.

The Wayne County native was a retired truck driver and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Carolyn Lee of Jesup; daughters, Patti Lee, Mischelle Strickland and April Wolfe, all of Jesup; sons, Toby Lee of Jesup, Will Lee of Alcoa, Tennessee, and Kevin Wolfe of Jesup; sisters, Faye Booth of Lyons, Margaret Brantley of Jesup, and Marie Creed of Indiana; brothers, Everett Lee Sr. of Hortense and Edsel Lee of Sylvania; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Union Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Dale Bange officiating.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Alma Carter Rockafellow

Jesup--Alma Carter Rockafellow, 85, of Jesup died March 11, 2019, of an apparent stroke.

The Wayne County native was a member of Memorial Baptist Church and retired clerk with Pic N’ Save of Jesup. She enjoyed cooking, yard work, quilting and making items to be used in her church.

A favorite outing was walking with her Calvary Baptist Exercise group.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Camp of Columbia, South Carolina; four sons, Joe Shipes of Odum, Robert (Kathy) Shipes of Columbia, South Carolina, Eugene Rockafellow of Jesup, and Kevin (Melva) Rockafellow of Nahunta; a sister, Lillian (Charlie) Holland of Good Hope; a brother, Alvin Carter of Jesup; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services were held March 14 at Liberty Cemetery with Pastor Wayne Manning Jr. and the Rev. Randy Pruitt officiating.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Billy Thornton

Jesup—Billy Thornton, 72, of Jesup died March 11, 2019, in Harborview Nursing Home and under the care of Southern Care Hospice.

The Appling County native had lived in Wayne County all of his life and was a founding member of Liberty Lighthouse Church.

He was a retired pipe fitter and welder with Local No. 177, Brunswick Union, and an inspector and instructor with General Electric Company. He was also a member of the 368 Masonic Lodge and loved to work on tractors, fishing and traveling.

He was predeceased by parents, Julian and Lillian Thornton, and three brothers Carroll, Farris and DeWayne Thornton.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Joan Grayson Thornton of Jesup; a daughter, Lisa (James) Hughes of Jesup; a son, Dr. Derrick (Sarah) Thornton of Moultrie; three grandchildren, Taylor and Julia Thornton, Aaron Little; a sister, Jackie (Bobby) Wiliford of Jesup; two brothers, Glenn (Roberta) Thornton of Griffin, Ralph (Diane) Thornton of Hoboken; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held March 14 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Saylor, the Rev. Jack Lee and the Rev. John Crosby officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with Masonic rites.

Active pallbearers were James Miller, Kevin Miller, Wayne Aldridge, Farris Thornton, Don Corrado and Chris Griffis.

Honorary pallbearers were nurses, staff and CNAs of Harborview Nursing Home, Bobbie and Jackie Wiliford, Harold and Gennie Aldridge, DeWayne and Marilyn Rodgers, John and Phyllis Ward and Robert and Shirley Sheffield.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Glynn Maurice Herndon

Odum—Glynn Maurice Herndon, 84, of Odum died March 13, 2019, at his residence under the care of Comfort Care Hospice.

He was born Oct. 7, 1934, in Wayne County to the late Stephen Herndon and the late Mary Aspinwall Herndon.

He was a member of Ritch Baptist Church and was a self-employed contractor.  He was a hard worker and helped many people in Appling County and surrounding counties.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Glenvis Dale Herndon; his brothers, Edgar Herndon, Rodney Herndon and J.D. Herndon; and a sister, Shirlene Lightsey.

Survivors include his wife, Eteen Herndon of Odum; daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Bub Moody of Baxley, Patricia and Glendale Sullivan of Bristol; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Shanda Herndon of Odum; a sister, Betty Griffis of Surrency; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild (due in May); and a special caregiver, Lavay Davis.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. R.M. Warren and the Rev. Mark Griffis officiating.

Interment will follow in Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Mony Robert Tomberlin, Heath Herndon, Brandon Herndon, Corey Sullivan and nephews Rusty Herndon and Rodney Martin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bob and Geri Wiggins, Keith Wiggins, Eddie Wynn, Stevie Wynn, Dale Atkins, James “Oblong” Todd, employees of Hunter Johnson Lumber, Sheila Tillman, Comfort Care Hospice, Richie Williams, Buddy Courson, Hazel Herndon, Deurrell Lightsey, Glynn Courson, Harvey Herndon, George Griffis, JoAnn Beecher and all those in attendance.

Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or St. Jude Children‚‘s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Swain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Regina Randolph

Jesup--Regina Randolph, 59, of Jesup died March 12, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.

A wake/visitation will be held Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John First Born Holiness Church, 386 W. Poplar St. Funeral services will be held Monday at noon at St. John First Born Holiness Church.  Interment in Sunset Oaks Memorial Cemetery.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Pastor Walter Scott Jr.

Jesup--Pastor Walter Scott Jr., 53, a native of Jesup and resident of Meridian died March 13, 2019, at Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick.

A wake/visitation will be held Sunday at Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday at Unity Church of God at 3 p.m.

Interment in Gardi Cemetery.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Melvin Coffey

Screven--Melvin Coffey, 82, of Screven died March 14, 2019, under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

Private memorial services will be held by family.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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