4.19.17 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
Myron A. “Jeff” Jeffers
Screven—Myron A. “Jeff” Jeffers, 72, of Screven died April 14, 2017, at his residence and under the care of Heartland Hospice.
The Jacksonville, Florida, native lived in Wayne County the past 10 years and was a member of Congregational Holiness Church. The U.S. Navy veteran was a retired paper mill employee who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.
He was predeceased by his parents, William and Veron Sweat Jeffers.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Jo Ann Anderson Jeffers of Screven; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Lynn Starratt of Jesup, Dawne and Brent Blackshear of Dothan, Alabama, Karen Jeffers of St. Marys, Cie and Joe Dobyns of Jacksonville, and Janine and Paul Rector of Lenox; a son, Keith Jeffers of Yulee, Florida; a sister, Leveta Mattox of Arkansas; brothers, Clinton Jeffers and Glawson Jeffers of Jacksonville; 24 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held April 17 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Eric Taylor officiating along with American Legion Post No. 311 presenting the American flag. Interment was in Screven City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family and friends.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ann Elizabeth Jernigan Phillips
Jesup—Ann Elizabeth Jernigan Phillips, 73, of Jesup died April 13, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Glennville native lived in Wayne County most of her life, and she enjoyed arts and crafts.
She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Nellie Jackson Jernigan.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy Phillips of Jesup; a son, Andy Phillips; a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Robert Jenkins; three sisters; and two brothers.
There will be no scheduled services.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Lori Johns Sands
Jesup—Lori Johns Sands, 37, of Jesup died April 14, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Highway 169 in Jesup.
The Wayne County native was a waitress who enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.
She was predeceased by her father, Wendell “Bubba” Johns, and maternal grandparents, Freddie and Voncile Hall.
Survivors include her fiance’, Travis Carter of Jesup; a daughter, Shelby Sands of Jesup; a son, Kenneth Sands of Jesup; her mother and stepfather, Brenda and Tom Fogus of Spartanburg, South Carolina; sisters, Nikki Fogus of Shelbyville, Tennessee, and Tabatha Fogus of Nahunta; a brother, Chris Dykes of Jacksonville, Florida; paternal grandparents, Jimmy and Helen Johns of Winokur; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held April 17 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Larry Hall officiating. Interment was in George Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Aaron Harrison, Devin Pinchen, Bailey Perkins, Jonathon Thornton, David O’Connor and Carey Carter.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Alice Poppell Waters
Jesup—Mary Alice Poppell Waters, 90, of Jesup died Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Harborview Health Systems and under the care of Southern Care Hospice Services.
The Wayne County native was born in Odum on Feb. 21, 1927. She loved reading newspapers, watching television, listening to gospel music, and attending funerals of her friends and family. She was a member of Piney Grove Church of God. 
She was predeceased by her husband, James Oscar Waters; a daughter, Jamie Alicia Waters; parents, Ira “Bud” and Alma Ogden Poppell; and brothers, Loyal C. Poppell and Emory L. Poppell.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen and David Herrin of Odum; three grandsons and two granddaughters-in-law, James and Sherry Herrin, Don and Shiela  Herrin and Philip Herrin of Odum; six great-grandchildren, Ashley and Scottie Graham of Hazlehurst, Brooke Herrin, Madison Sands of Jesup,  and Jacob Herrin and Blayne Herrin of Odum; three great-great-grandchildren, Addie Peebles, Anson Graham and Hayden Graham of Hazlehurst; three sisters-in-law, Vivian Griffis of Jesup, Iamma Waters of Screven and Elvine Poppell of Odum; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held April 18 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Dobson and the Rev. Jimmy Lord officiating and music by the Rev. Darlene Dobson. Interment was in Piney Grove Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were James Herrin, Don Herrin, Philip Herrin, Jacob Herrin, Derby Waters and Elder Tommy Waters. Honorary pallbearers were Irene Carter, Evelyn Westberry, staff of Harborview Health Systems and Southern Care Hospice Services, and 1944 Classmates of Jesup High School.                                                
Family and friend may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn Daniel Rose
Guyton—Evelyn Daniel Rose, 63, died April 17, 2017, at home after an extended illness.
She was born on March 24, 1954, in Jesup to the late Laura Mae and Skeet Daniel. She was a graduate of Wayne County High School in 1972 and lived in Savannah for more than 25 years before moving to Guyton in 1995.
She was a longtime employee of Savannah Foods and later Colonial Oil before failing health forced her retirement. She was a member of the Bethesda United Methodist Church and loved spending time with her friends and family more than anything else.
In addition to her parents, her husband, Jack Rose Jr., preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Austin Taylor Rose of Guyton; one brother and sister-in-law, Herschel and Gena Daniel of Jesup; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Louise and Allen Robinson of Jesup and Dot and Bill Harrison of Brunswick; a special friend who was like a daughter, Katie Turner Vandenhouten; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Jesup. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.
Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The American Cancer Society, 4849 Paulsen St., Suite 102, Savannah, GA. 31405 or at www.cancer.org.
Howard-Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Donald Murray Odum
Ludowici—Donald Murray Odum, 52, died April 16, 2017, at his residence. 
He was a lifelong resident of Long County, owner and operator of 301 Sales in Ludowici, and co-owner of Gum Branch Mobile Home Sales of Hinesville, and he had worked in home sales most of his life.
He was a member of Altamaha Masonic Lodge No. 227 F.&A.M. in Ludowici, where he served as tiler.  He was a people person and loved his family deeply, enjoying boating, camping and traveling with them.  He was a member of A New Beginning Church and was preceded in death by his father, Donald Odum.
Survivors are his wife, Teresa Odum; stepdaughter, Tabitha Fowler; stepson and spouse, Roy and Danielle Fowler; and mother, Mary Ann Odum, all of Ludowici, as well as his sister, Gwen Odum of Jacksonville, Florida;  brother and sister-in-law, Tracy and Debra Hulvey of Ludowici; uncles, Ralph Mueller of California and Tommy Johnston of Ludowici; three grandchildren, Colton, Hunter, and Gage; and numerous cousins.
Funeral services are today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at A New Beginning Church with the Revs. Tom Gardner and Randy Watts officiating.  Burial with Masonic rites will follow in Baggs Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Tracy Bacon, Bruce Ballance, Sam Miness, Jeffery Edmondson, Jacob Pitts, Edward Pitts, Tony Gaskin, Joe Hall, and Darrell Maulden Jr.
Remembrances are suggested to Altamaha Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 744, Ludowici, GA 31316.
Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com
Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici is in charge of directions. 
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Laura Lee McGahee
Blackshear—Laura Lee McGahee, 47, of Blackshear died April 8, 2017.
Born in Waycross on Jan. 7, 1970, she had lived in the middle Georgia area for several years before moving to Pierce County six years ago. She was a self-employed housekeeper and had also been a certified nursing assistant. She loved to take care of people and so enjoyed spending time with her family. During her teenage years, she had played on the all-star basketball team for Ware County in addition to singing in a gospel group. She attended Jamestown Baptist Church and First Baptist Church.
She was known by her family to love to sing, dance, fish, go to the beach and cook.
She was preceded in death by her brother, George Michael McGahee.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Lindey and Denny Wainwright of Waycross and Kabreyanna McGahee of Jesup; a son, Michael “Mikey” Thomas Jr. of Sandersville; her mother, Linda Lee Elliston of Blackshear; her father and stepmother, Danny and Patty McGahee of Jesup; her stepsister, Pam Sword-Halsey, and her wife, Stacey Sword-Halsey, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; her fiance’, Tim Walker of Blackshear; a nephew, George Michael McGahee II of Blackshear; and several other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held April 15 at Pearson-Dial Chapel. Memorialization will be by cremation.
The family kindly requests that memorials be made in her memory to any drug addiction treatment facility in hopes that others will get the help they need to fight this horrible disease.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.
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