3.8.17 Obituaries

Royal
 
Shelby Holmes
Jesup—Shelby Holmes Sr., 72, died March 3, 2017, at his residence surrounded by his loved ones.
Known as “Red” by his closest family and friends, he was born March 3, 1945, to Holland Reddish and Leola Holmes.  
He was educated in the Wayne County Training School and graduated in the Class of 1964. 
He was a faithful member of Emory Chapel United Methodist Church, where he served until his health began to fail. He served as the vice president of the United Methodist Men of Emory Chapel United Methodist Church, one of the original members of The Voices of Wayne, and a member of American Legion Post No. 529 in Jesup. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retiree of Rayonier. 
He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family members in his free time.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Holland Reddish and Leola Holmes; his son, Anthony Holmes; four sisters, Vonnie Green, Earlee Mobley, Martha Brown and Pearline Mincey; and two brothers, Willie Reddish Jr. and Frank Reddish.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Trice Holmes of Jesup; his daughter and son-in-law, Felicia and Bryant Sharpe of Covington; his son, Shelby Holmes Jr. of Jesup; two grandchildren, Shelby Elise  and William J. Sharpe, both of Covington; one sister, Cathy Merritt of West Milton, Pennsylvania; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Carter and Michelle Reddish of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, and Earvin Reddish of Jesup; two brothers-in-law and their spouses, Lonzie and Deborah Trice and Ricky and Minnie Mobley; three sisters-in law and their spouses, Rebecca and George Frazier, Brenda Robinson, and Wanda Mack; five adopted brothers and their spouses, Lucius and Geraldine Lendon, Lajuan and Harriett Johnson, James and Katie Mae Johnson, Dennis and Theressa, and Bert and Debra Johnson, all of Jesup; three godchildren, Craig Monroe of Kingsland and Latosha Frazier and Ava Monroe, both of Screven; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation was held March 7 at Royal Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Emory Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 311 N. Hickory St. in Jesup. 
Interment will follow in Sunset Oaks Memorial Cemetery.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Rinehart & Sons
 
Roger Dale Taylor
Hortense—Roger Dale Taylor, 68, of Hortense died March 4, 2017, after a short illness.
The Ware County native and former resident of Jesup was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church and served as a church council member. He was a former computer specialist and entrepreneur and a U.S. Marine veteran who enjoyed football, NASCAR, fishing and gardening.
He was predeceased by his parents, the Rev. Samuel and Florence Taylor, and a brother, Ronald Taylor.
Survivors include his daughter, Kristi Taylor of Atlanta; three sons and daughter-in-law, Chad and Sarah Taylor of Cumming, Josh Taylor of Tallahassee, Florida, and Jason Taylor of Hortense; a sister, Shirley Taylor of Wrightsville; a brother, Carroll Taylor of Augusta; two grandchildren, Samantha and Jaden Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jerry Rowe and Pastor Melissa Traver officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in Kettle Creek Cemetery in Waycross with Marine Military Honors.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Lucy Alday Tripp
Screven—Lucy Alday Tripp, 66, of Screven died March 4, 2017, at her home after a short illness.
The Florida native lived in Wayne County most of her adult life and was a retired licensed practical nurse at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She loved to read and spend time with her grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Curtis Donald Tripp, and parents, Douglas and Lillian Alday.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Pedro Gamez of Alma, Abbigal and Jody  Reed of Folkston, Beverly and Buck Fortner of Brunswick, Deborah Williams of Louisville, Kentucky, and Rebecca Tripp and Teresa Tripp of Screven; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Joyce Howell of Jesup; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held March 6 at Rinehart and Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Elliott officiating.
Private interment services are being held by the family.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Howard-Ludowici
 
Patsy Groover Ray
Hinesville—Patsy Groover Ray, 59, died March 5, 2017, at her home under the care of her family and Georgia Hospice Care after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  
She was a native of Wayne County. She had lived in Long and Liberty counties for the past 38 years.  
She was retired from civil service after 40 years, where she worked in the food department (formerly known as troop issue) supporting soldiers at Fort Stewart.  
She was a member of Blanton Grove Church of God in Jesup and a 1975 graduate of Wayne County High School. 
According to her family, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.   
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Eudell Groover, and her brother, Terry Groover.
Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Randy Ray of Hinesville; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Joshua and Kayla Ray and Ashley Ray, all of Hinesville; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Billie Ilee and Carroll Floyd of Hinesville and Deann and Steve Pierce of Jesup; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Jack and Emily Groover, Jerry Groover, Tom and Opal Groover, and Harry Groover, all of Jesup; a mother-in-law, Wilma Floyd Ray of Hinesville; five sisters-in-law and their spouses, Kathy Groover of Jesup, Dorothy Thompson of Bloomingdale, Melanie and Bill Clark of Niceville, Florida, Pam and Allen Cochran of Loganville, and Marcy and Henry Raiford of Hinesville; five grandchildren, Hayden Ray, Kason Ray, Gabbie Wasdin, and Alyssa Bellflower; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Gum Branch Baptist Church.
Burial followed in the Marcus Ray Family Cemetery.
Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici was in charge of arrangements.
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