Rita VanStone Neske
Screven—Rita VanStone Neske, 72, of Screven died April 14, 2019, at her home.
The native had lived in Screven the past 23 years. She was a homemaker and helped her daughter, Dawn, in all of her business adventures. She loved to play bingo and computer games but had a passion for collecting antique metal tins and medicine bottles.
She was predeceased by her husband, Fred “Hard Times” Neske, and a sister, Edith Zimmerman.
Survivors include two daughters, Dawn (Randy) Pridgen and Rosie (Chad) Kinard, both of Screven; several grandchildren, Robin Hutto, Kimberly and Timothy Angle, Amanda (Avery) Cox, Michael and Lisa Norris, and Candace Kinard; several great-grandchildren; and a niece, Laurie (Brian) Hurst.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Pastor Mickey Tomberlin and Harry Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in Screven City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Eddie Hartenstein, Michael “Gopher” Roberson, Brett, Cody and Dusty Kinard, Mackey McReady. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Dr. Duane Moores and Karen Bamberg and the staff of Dr. Robert Pumpelly.
Visitation will be held one hour prior at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Willene Todd Memorial Scholarship Fund, 361 Hortense Road, Screven, GA 31560.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Walter Hershell Hopkins
Atlanta—Walter Hershell Hopkins, 87, of Atlanta died April 10, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born Dec. 11, 1931, in Wayne County to Lorraine and Alva Hopkins. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force and served as base engineer at Tempelhof Air Force base in Berlin, Germany. In 1969, he formed Walter Hopkins Company and was a leader in the development of the high-density storage business. He was a founding member of the Spacesaver Group.
He was preceded by his wife, Cathreen; his brother, Alexander M Hopkins; and his grandson, Joseph H Hopkins. Survivors include his children, Walter C. Hopkins, James H. Hopkins, Hedwig L. Vinton and Gregory C. Hopkins.
A graveside service was held April 14 at Arlington Memorial Park in Atlanta.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Cremation Society of Georgia is in charge of arrangements.
James Norris Allen
Duluth—James Norris Allen, 94, of Duluth, died April 14, 2019, with his loving daughter holding his hand.
Born in Forsyth County, he lived in metro Atlanta, Macon, Statesboro and Jesup during his lifetime. After graduating from Cumming High School in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served in communications in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II.
An outstanding business entrepreneur, his many ventures included owning a rural grocery store, working as a bookkeeper for White Motor Company, joining Amoco Oil Company as a night watchman and being promoted ultimately into sales and real estate management. He invested in his own businesses, including an Amoco distribution business, Allen Oil Company, an auto parts store and a Hallmark card and gift shop.
Known as a man of great gentleness, wisdom, strength, faith and character, he had many talents. He used his love of singing as a gift to his church choir and brought pleasure to many listeners with his exceptional talent playing rhythm guitar and singing vocals in a number of bands, the last being “The Country Junction.” He was honored for his accomplishments with his induction into the Georgia Country Music Hall of Fame.
His gift for carpentry enabled him to build furniture, cabinetry and homes for himself, his children and his friends. He was also a skilled auto mechanic and handyman.
Above all, he was a dedicated Christian, an active community leader and a loving and devoted family man. He served as an ordained deacon in the church and was elected vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and president of the Jesup Rotary Club.
He fulfilled all the dreams of his wife and was a generous father who provided a strong compass for his children and extended family to the day of his death. All who knew him were greatly blessed, his family said.
He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Terry Allen, and infant son, Timothy Allen.
He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Terry and Lisa Allen of Athens, Tammy and Mark Danzey of Johns Creek, and Trent and Rhonda Allen of Athens; and grandchildren, Adrian Allen, Tyler Phillips, Parker Allen, Savanna Osburn, Stephen Danzey and Sydnie Danzey.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.billheadfuneralhome.com. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Duluth with the Rev. Keith Murdock and the Rev. Mark Danzey and Dr. Mark Hearn officiating. Burial will follow at Peachtree Memorial Park in Peachtree Corners.
Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory Duluth Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
William S. Sloan
Brunswick—William S. Sloan, 92, of Brunswick died April 12, 2019.
Born in Hortense, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol. He also retired from the Georgia Air National Guard.
He is survived by his wife, Burnett Turner Sloan; four brothers, Allan Sloan, Gene Sloan, Hershel Sloan and Bobby Sloan; one sister, Zuby Woverton; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held April 16 at Pine Ridge Baptist Church with burial at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Bacon County.
Brunswick Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.