3.25.17 obituaries

Frankie “Joyce” Peacock Stephens
Jesup—Frankie “Joyce” Peacock Ste-phens, 85, died March 22, 2017, in Evans Memorial Hospital after a long illness. 
A former resident of Waycross for 20 years and a resident of Jesup since 1974, she was born on June 19, 1931, in River Junction, Florida, to the late Frank and Atlas Taylor Peacock.
She was a former member of Central Baptist Church of Waycross, the First Baptist Church of Jesup and currently was a member of First United Methodist Church of Jesup, where she attended the Joy Sunday School Class. She was an active volunteer at the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in Baxley and was a member of the Red Hat Ladies and the Garden Club of Waycross. She loved God; her family; collecting peacocks, solar-powered bobble heads, plants and flowers; and watching birds.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Jeff Shelfer; husband of 41 years, R.A. Stephens Jr.; sister, Mildred Peacock Faircloth; brother, Gary Peacock; nephew, Ralph Faircloth Jr.; and furry companion, Daisy.
Survivors include her son, Richard Alexander “Ray” Stephens III of Jesup; his fiancé, Amy Hill, and her son, Ashton, of Jesup; granddaughters, Lauren K. Stephens and Rachel A. Stephens, both of Statesboro; their mother, Debbie Hayes Stephens of St. Simon’s Island; her parents, Calvin and Johnnie Hayes of Jesup; sisters-in-law, Margie Stephens, Carol Peacock, Janet Herron and Gloria Dixon; a nephew and his family, Jeff and Jean Peacock and their children, all of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; a niece and her family, Deborah and Mike Grandey and their children, all of Apopka, Florida; beloved caregivers, Cynthia Collett, Sheila Bunch and Niki Dennison; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Jesup with the Rev. Tucker Lewis officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.
Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Bob Harrison, Fletcher Stevenson, John Wolfe, Pat Perry, Mike Stuckey and Mitchell Bush.
Remembrances may be made to First United Methodist Church of Jesup, 205 E. Cherry St., Jesup, GA 31546.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
Frederick William Stradtman Jr.
St. Simons—Frederick William Stradtman Jr., 87, died peacefully on March 23, 2017, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
He was affectionately known by most as Fred and was born on Jan. 4, 1930, in Charleston, South Carolina, to the late Frederick William Stradtman Sr. and Lula Brownlee Stradtman.
He spent his early years in South Carolina and was recipient of a bachelor’s degree from Maryville College in Tennessee.  Later, he attended New Jersey State Teachers College and New York University where he eventually obtained master of science and master of art degrees.  He taught fifth grade for almost 38 years in Mendham, Morris Township, and in the newly formed Morris School District of New Jersey and was a lifetime member of the New Jersey Congress of Parents and Teachers. 
He loved the arts.  He was a regular attendee of the Metropolitan Opera and was active in drama productions in his church and school.  He was well-traveled and had been to many exotic destinations, including Russia, Africa and India, and was a member of St. Simons Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ede Lentz; his two half- brothers, Paul and Joseph Stradtman; and his half-sister, Martha Nagrodsky.
Survivors include his two sisters, Sarah Francis of Sandusky, Ohio and Bert McPipkin of Jesup; two half-brothers, David Stradtman of Brunswick and John Stradtman of Las Vegas, Nevada;  and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Simons Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bob Brearley officiating.
Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday in Bethany Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 Out of Town
Guy Leslie Kirby
Bakersville, N.C.—Guy Leslie Kirby, 60, died from complications of pancreatic cancer March 17, 2017, at his home in Bakersville, North Carolina.
He was born Feb. 24, 1957, in Jesup. 
He felt fortunate to grow up in a close-knit community (even though any misdeeds were quickly reported to his parents), his family said. He played football throughout high school, and, though short in stature, he was a hard-hitting linebacker. 
After graduating from Georgia Southern College in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in business, he began his 36-year career with Motion Industries where he credited the success of his branch to his dedicated group of employees. 
He enjoyed camping with his family and teaching his children and their friends to water ski. 
He and his wife took ballroom-dance lessons. Although they never became proficient, they had a lot of fun stepping on each other’s toes, his family said. During the past few years they were able to travel to France and Italy and most recently took sailing lessons in Greece. After he was diagnosed with cancer last March, he made reservations to ride the mule train into the Grand Canyon in May (but he made sure it was refundable since he was as frugal as he was optimistic, according to his family). 
One of his greatest pleasures was working in his yard, trying to grow grass in “impossibly bad soil,” building stone walls, and fighting off the wildlife that ate his flowers. 
His proudest accomplishment was his children, whom he treasured and wholeheartedly supported, the family said. He will be remembered as a man of strong character who was personable, kind and funny, the family added.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Calvin Kirby Jr. and Theresa Rowell Kirby. 
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Suzanne Oakley Kirby of Bakersville; his son, Guy Harrison Kirby of Denver, Colorado; his daughter, Caroline Suzanne Kirby of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, William and Tina C. Kirby III and Grady Kelly and Mandi Kirby of St. Simons Island; a sister and brother-in-law, Merry Kirby and Steve Blair of Gainesville; and nine nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, North Carolina, April 2 at 1 p.m. The Rev. Rian Adams will be officiating. 
Memorials may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org.  
Yancey Funeral Services of Bakersville is in charge of arrangements.
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