4.24.19 obituaries


Jettie Bush Freeman

Jesup—Jettie Bush Freeman, 87, of Jesup died April 21, 2019.

She worked as a manager with several Dollar Stores, Strawberry Fields and Jiffy Markets.

She enjoyed sewing and cooking and was predeceased by children Donnie, Dale and Janice Willis and parents, Otis and Lila Ray Bush.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Lamar Freeman of Jesup; a daughter, Sherrie (Eddie) Hendrix of Ludowici; two sons, David (Brenda) Willis of Brunswick and Darrell Willis of Jesup; sisters, Linda Ricks, Phyllis Foskey and Sandra Bush, all of Soperton; a brother, Hymon Bush of Soperton; five grandchildren,  Shannon Willis, Ashley Williamson, Clint Hendrix , Sheila Hendrix and Zak Willis; several great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and extended children, Jackie Wooten and Savanna Wooten of Jesup

Funeral services were April 23 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Calvin Anderson and the Rev. Donnie Hughes officiating. Interment was in Piney Grove Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Clint Hendrix, Shane Middleton, Brandon Bush, Tony Bush, Pat Merrier and Tom Bush.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Maxine Deal Hutto

Screven—Maxine Deal Hutto, 87, of Screven died April 20, 2019, after an extended illness.

The Wayne County native was a faithful and active member in her earlier years at Ritch Baptist Church and a long time employee with King Edward Cigar Factory and Ship ‘N Shore. She enjoyed crafts and working in her flowers.

She was predeceased by her husband, Odell Hutto, and parents, J.C. and Dicie Lightsey Deal.

Survivors include three daughters,  Diane Brant of Screven, Shelia (Reg) Beckham of Leesville, South Carolina and Sharon Hunter of Raleigh, North Carolina, a son, Danny Hutto of Screven; 11 grandchildren, David Brant, Dawn Brant-Fennell, Dana Templeton, Yancey Shuman, Daphne Little, Becky Johnson, Jessica Denton, Damian Whitley, Clint and Anzley Hutto and Allison H. Brown; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services were held April 22 at Lake Chapel Cemetery with Elder Jason Deal officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lake Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 328 Mikell Lake Road, Patterson, GA 31557.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Robert Lee Williams

Ludowici—Robert Lee Williams, 29, affectionately known by his family and friends as “Big Red” or “Rob,”  died April 20, 2019.

A resident of Ludowici most of his life, he was born on Nov. 18, 1989 in Vidalia. He played football while in high school and worked at Allenhurst Tire and Brake for many years.  He loved spending time with his family and friends.  He was always quick with a joke and loved making people laugh. His cheerful disposition made him a delight to be around, his family said, and he truly had a “heart of gold.” He would do anything he could to help the people he cared about, according to his family. 

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Cherry and Tony Blanchard of Ludowici; a son, Michael, of Kansas; a brother, Richard (Candice) Spicer  of Jesup; a sister, Michelle Griffis of Jesup; grandfather, Alton Stroud of North Carolina; a grandmother, Jean Bogardus of Middleburg, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.

A celebration of life will be held by family.

Friends and family sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Carolyn Lee Madray Nugent

Brunswick—Carolyn Lee Madray Nugent, 75, died after an extended illness April 19, 2019, at Hospice of the Golden Isles, with her beloved family by her side.

She was born in Jesup to the late M.L. “Buck” Madray and Ruby Buie Anderson on Nov. 2, 1943. She spent her childhood in Jesup and was a 1961 graduate of Jesup High School.

After marrying her husband Paul Nugent on Jekyll Island on Nov. 15, 1967, she spent most of her adult life raising her family and working as an office manager with Berkshire in the Atlanta area. She and her husband happily retired to Brunswick in 1991.

Upon returning to the Golden Isles, she engaged in her passions for genealogy and service. She was an active member of the Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church and an officer of the Brunswick Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lanier of Glynn United Daughters of the Confederacy, St. John Parish Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonist, St. Simons Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century (charter member) and Catharine Littlefield Green United States Daughters of the 1812 War.

She also served as a board member and officer of the Oak Grove Cemetery Association. As a Brunswick Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution officer, she played a major role in the historic replanting of the Liberty Tree in Queen’s Square on Newcastle Street in Brunswick on Nov. 10, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Leon Madray

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Paul Nugent; two sons, Steven Matthis of Brantley County and Peter (DeeAnna) Nugent of Powder Springs; four grandchildren, Keisha (Joshua) Ward of Andalusia, Alabama, Devin M. Matthis of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Paul (Brittany) Nugent of Powder Springs and Johnny Nugent of Powder Springs; three great-grandchildren, Ragen and Sara Sherman and Porter Nugent; her sister, Barbara (Herman) Colligan of Newbury Park, California; seven sisters-in-law, Diane Metts of Newberry, South Carolina, Mary Virgina (Harry) Clark of Brunswick, Helen Carter of Willacoochee, Dolly (Emory) Deen of Bainbridge, Linda Nugent of Saint Mary’s, Barbara Nugent of Pearson and Millie Frier of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. with Father Timothy McKeown officiating. The private family burial at Holy Family Catholic Church in Atkinson County will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church’s Building Fund or Hospice of the Golden Isles.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home—www.edomillerandsons.com.


Mary Jeanette Brown

Jesup--Mary Jeanette Brown, 69, of Jesup died April 19, 2019.

A wake will be held Friday at Royal Funeral Home Chapel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John First Born Holiness Church. Interment will be in Sunset Oaks Memorial Gardens.


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