4.21.18 obituaries



James L. Gordon Jr.

Jesup—James L. Gordon Jr., 89, died April 17, 2018, at home.

He was born on May 22, 1928, in Wayne County to the late James L. and Carrie Wilkerson Gordon. He worked in the grocery business his whole life, beginning at the age of 10, when he worked for John Henry Harris delivering groceries on horse and buggy. As years went by, he eventually became the manager of Setzer’s Grocery and later the Pic N Save before buying his own store in Screven, Gordon’s Grocery, which he operated successfully for many years. After retirement, he went back to work for M&M Grocery, a small company based in Savannah, for several years.

He volunteered his time at the registrar’s office and was a member of the Wayne County Lions Club and Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years.

In addition to his parents, his wife, Ann Avera Gordon; his brother, Buddy Gordon; and his great-granddaughter, Isabella Harper Spivey, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughter, Gwen Harper; a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Bonnie Gordon; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marilyn and Dewayne Rogers and Carolyn and Gerald Solomon; grandchildren and their spouses, Chris and Amy Gordon, Brandon Gordon, Kayla and Williams Spivey, Stephanie and Doug Chadwick; great-grandchildren, Haze, Renz and Caleb Gordon, Faith and Ches Kicklighter, Tristen Spivey and Willow Spivey; and great-great-grandchild, Graham Kicklighter, all of Jesup; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended- family members.

Funeral services were April 19 at 4 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Vann Dempsey and John Carlton officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers were the Rev. Ron Wilcox, Elder Larry Tillman, Robert Kicklighter, Paul Conner, Jerry Keith and George Moody.

Remembrances may be made to Good Samaritan Center, P.O. Box 1464, Jesup, GA 31598.

Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Rinehart & Sons


Michael “Mike” A. Martin

Jesup—Michael “Mike” A. Martin, 64, of Jesup won his victory over pancreatic cancer on April 18, 2018 by exchanging the struggles of this life for the joys of heaven.

A 1972 graduate of Wayne County High School, he worked at Boykin Erectors before beginning a 40-year career with Rayonier. When not working at the mill, he could usually be found running his side business of stump grinding, completing home improvement projects, or in the woods, practicing his favorite pastime of hunting. He will also be remembered as a humble yet dedicated servant of Christ and His church, an encouraging voice to other believers that God can and will make a difference in our lives if we will only commit fully to Him.

The many friends he made at church, at work and while hunting were important parts of his life, and the support they have given him through the years is greatly appreciated by his family.

He was predeceased by his parents, Eldridge and Juanell Martin, and a brother, Russell Martin.

A committed servant of Christ, he made a peaceful transition into his reward supported by his wife of 42 years, Sherry Miles Martin of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Hannah Martin of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Forrest Aspinwall of Savannah; grandchildren, Mollie and Miles Martin of Jesup; a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Doug Lewis of Jesup; and a sister-in-law, Kay Martin of Albany.

His home-going celebration will be held today (Saturday) at 3 p.m. at Jesup Church of God with the Rev. Clayton Dowd, the Rev. Calvin Anderson and family members officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Darrell Denison, Gary Tyre, Jimmy Pate, Ronny Cooksey, Buddy Williamson and Ronnie Mullis. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Roberts, Don Davis, Mike Harrell, Russell Bailey, Tally and Benji Ogden, Raymond Thomas and all current and retired Rayonier coworkers.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to services at the church.

The family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research via “Mike Martin Memorial” at www.stjude.org or 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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