4.5.17 Obituaries

C. Graham Laidlaw
Jesup—Graham Laidlaw, 80, died March 31, 2017, in Jesup.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, on Oct. 28, 1936, the elder of two boys of Chauncey and Minda Laidlaw. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1954 and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Jacksonville University in 1974. He taught insurance-certification courses at Florida Junior College in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach Community College throughout the 1970s.
He served his country in the Air National Guard.
His career in the insurance industry spanned seven decades, beginning as a file clerk at H.C. Hare Company General Agents in Jacksonville in 1952. He worked at the Florida Inspection and Rating Bureau, now ISO, in Jacksonville from 1956 to 1963. In 1963, he joined Commercial Union Insurance Company in Jacksonville. From 1968 to 1977, he worked with Aetna Insurance Company in Jacksonville. In 1977, he joined Hartman-Tilton Insurance Agency in Stuart, Florida, managing the agency and specializing in commercial-lines production. He remained at Hartman-Tilton through 1993 and served at various times as both president and chairman of the board. In 1993, he joined Huffman & Associates in Rome.
He moved to Jesup in 1997 and joined Strickland Insurance Agency, later Thompson Insurance Agency. In 2008, he joined Parker Insurance & Realty in Jesup and retired in 2014 after 62 years in the industry.
He was a charter member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Stuart, Florida, and served as its president. He was president of the Martin County Agents Association in Stuart, a local organization representing insurance professionals.
He was ordained as a deacon at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, in the 1960s. He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Jensen Beach, Florida; of West Rome Baptist Church in Rome; and of the First Baptist Church of Jesup. He had also served as a Sunday school teacher for more than 50 years.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Marjorie Goff of Jesup; his brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Sue Laidlaw of Tigard, Oregon; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Philip Laidlaw of St Augustine, Florida (currently posted in Bogotá Colombia) and Michael and Heather Laidlaw of Jesup; a granddaughter, Rebekah Laidlaw of Jesup; a brother-in-law and his wife, Wilbur and Barbara Goff of Jacksonville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Wilene Wingate of Jesup; and many dear nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held April 3 at First Baptist Church of Jesup with Dr. Michael VonMoss and the Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating.
Interment was held at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Ron Bateman, Richard Bateman, Rob Wingate, Clark Wingate, Ridge Fennel and Bill Parker.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Howard “Bo” Warren Sunday School Class, deacons, and members of the Tuesday Morning Men’s Prayer Group at First Baptist Church, Jesup.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church, Jesup Capital Campaign Fund P.O. Box 1115, Jesup, GA 31598
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jack Van Grennan
Ludowici—Jack Van Grannan, 73, died April 2, 2017, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A resident of Hinesville for nearly 40 years, he was born on Dec. 12, 1943, in California.  His love of making a deal led him to auctions in Southeast Georgia, where he developed a network of friends in the industry and moved south to be near his friends.  It was in Hinesville that he began his current business of collecting and selling scrap metal which had earned him the nickname “Junkyard Jack” among his friends.  After a few relocations, he settled in Ludowici, where he was in operation for nearly 20 years.  He collected and enjoyed many items until his last days.
He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Adrienne and Herbert W. Townsley Jr., and his father, John Van Grennan.
Survivors include his loving companion of 25 years, Sun Dok;  two children, Sharon and Jack Jr.; sisters and brothers and their spouses, Diane,  John and his wife, Debra, Gail, Stephen and his wife, Christine, and Yvette and her husband, Joseph; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Memorial services will be held April 8 at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.
Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons
James Melvin “Jim” Sprouse
Odum—James Melvin “Jim” Sprouse, 76, of Jesup, died April 1, 2017, at his residence after an extended illness. 
The Maryland native lived in Wayne County the past 50 years and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was also a former mobile home park manager.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Lynn Theus.
Survivors include his son, James W.C. “Jimmy” Sprouse, and his friend, Christine Cranmer and her sons, Addam and Allan of Jesup; grandchildren and their spouses, James Brian Sprouse, Shawn Michael and Ashley Sprouse, William Chad Sprouse, Carmon and Wesley Rozier, Brittney and Kyle Wilkerson, Austin and Jessica Abad, and Tiffani Nicole and Daren Roberts; and great-grandchildren, Garrett, Wyatt, Cole, Grayson, Mia, Bryce and Emory. 
Private memorial service will be 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. 
Mae Jewel Arrington
Jesup--Mae Jewel Arrington, 67, of Jesup, died March 28, 2017, at Southeast Georgia Healthcare, Brunswick Campus, following a brief illness. 
She was born Feb. 6, 1950, in Shubuta, Mississippi, to the late Elbert Arrington and Mary Claretha Odom.  She was educated at Wayne County Training School and was a dedicated member of Grace and Mercy Holiness Church. She was a former employee of Wayne Memorial Hospital, Wayne County High School and Altamaha Nursing Home. 
She enjoyed serving the Lord by working in the church on the usher board and loved to cook as much as everyone loved eating her cooking. 
She was preceded in death by both parents; a son, Gary Arrington; a sister, Ilena Arrington (who was a twin to Lena); and a brother, Elbert Lewis Arrington.
She is survived by her son, Larry Arrington of Jesup; four sisters, Lou Alma Isaac of Erie, Pennsylvania, and Mae Dessie Floyd, Alma Jenkins, and Lena and Ronald Baldwin, all of Jesup; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Henry Arrington and Larry and Glenda Arrington, all of Jesup; a special grandson that she helped raise, Rapheal Hendrix of Maine; special nieces, Melanie Arrington and Felicia and her husband, Kwanza, Green, all of Jesup; two godchildren, Brandon Baldwin and Tamar Hines; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; close friends and cousins, Geneva Odom and Ray Odom; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held Thursday at Royal Funeral Home Chapel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at St. John First Born Holiness Church, 386 W. Poplar St., Jesup.  Interment will be in Sunset Oaks Memorial Gardens.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Eunice Virginia Murray
Jesup--Eunice Virginia Murray, 94, of Jesup and a native of New York died April 1, 2017, following a lengthy illness. 
She was born Jan. 14, 1923, to the late Allen Prentice and Dolly Jackson in New Camp, Virginia, and was reared by her stepfather, Luther Myers.
She was an Avon representative since 1959 and a lifelong Elk member in New York state, where she was the queen in 1968. She enjoyed playing bingo, cruising, traveling, playing cards, word search puzzles, crocheting and knitting, and she was a seamstress as well as a cosmetologist. She was a devout member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a former employee of the New York Election Board, where she was a clerical worker.
She was preceded in death by both parents, Allen Prentice and Dolly Jackson; her husband of 50-plus years, Norman Udell Murray; one sister, Sylvia Murray; two brothers, Luther Myers and Charles Louis Myers; a grandson, Eddie Pearson; a nephew, Trent Myers; and a brother-in-law, Sidney Murray.
She is survived by four children and their spouses, Sylvia B. Murray of Jesup, Norma and James Bolling and Marceline Pearson, all of Queens, New York, and Cynthia and Ralph Doomes of Jesup; six grandchildren, Alicia Murray, Jessica Bolling, Aleea Pearson, Christopher and Camilla Doomes, Ralph and Lucresia Doomes II, and Dominique Doomes; two sisters-in-law, Jeraline Myers of Schenectady, New York, and Catherine Murray of Bronx, New York;  a niece and nephew that were like her children, Ina Myers and Bob Fischer and Reginald Myers, all of Schenectady; and a host of great grandchildren, other cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) at Royal Funeral Home Chapel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Memorial services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Royal Funeral Home Chapel. 
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Carrie Bell Wiley-Wiggins
Jesup--Carrie Bell Wiley-Wiggins, 102, of Jesup, died March 30, 2017, at Harborview Health System in Jesup. 
She was born Aug. 3, 1914, to the late Joe Wiley and Rosa Lee-Wiley in Binnie Point, South Carolina.
“Aunt Carrie,” as she was known throughout the community, was a devoted member of Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as the church mother and served on the usher board for many years until her health began to fail.
She was a former employee of Wayne Memorial Hospital, where she worked in housekeeping, and later with the state of Georgia through  the Green Thumb agency, transporting the sick and elderly. She was the devoted wife of the late Dalton Wiggins. She enjoyed cooking and feeding anyone in need or those she even thought may have been hungry. Her warm, gentle and loving spirit will be missed by all that knew her, her family said. 
She was preceded in death by both parents, Joe and Rosa Lee Wiley; her loving husband, Dalton Wiggins; a son, Ervin Wiggins; her sisters, Sadie Mae and Nancy Brown and Eloise Young; and her brother, Louis Wiggins.
She is survived by her only child, Beatrice Faye Doomes of Jesup; two grandchildren that she played an intricate part in raising, Monteea and husband Elder Charles Duncan of Winston Salem, North Carolina, and Ezekiel Cooper III of Dumfries, Virginia; three great-grandchildren, Charles “C.J.” Duncan Jr. of Winston-Salem and Lillie Cooper and Michael D.W. Cooper, both of Woodbridge, Virginia; two brothers, Dan and Alfred Brown, both of Bronx of New York; and a host of nieces, nephews and numerous other family members and friends.
Funeral services are set for today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church, 401 W. Pine St. Interment will be in Jesup City Cemetery.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Darrell Eugene Jenkins Jr. 
Jesup—Darrell Eugene Jenkins Jr., 26, of Jesup died April 1, 2017, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 1, 1990, to Darrell Eugene Sr. and Alisha Adams-Fabian in Jesup. He was educated in the Wayne County school system and was a member of Jesup New Life Church. He was a former employee of YellaWood before his health began to fail. He enjoyed sports, mainly football and basketball.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Willie Mae and Pringle Adams, Betty Scott and Reuben Wright.
Survivors include his loving mother, Alisha Adams-Fabian of Jesup; his father, Darrell Eugene Jenkins Sr. of Jesup; his daughter, Harmony Darden of Jesup; his siblings, Breanna and Terrell Grogan of Acworth,  Amber Jenkins of Gainesville, Tanila Fabian of Jesup, Jayla Jenkins and Derrick Jenkins of Gainesville; his grandfather, Frank Scott of Jesup; his aunts and uncles, Mary and Graylon Brown of Middleburg, Florida, Maria and Christopher Harris of Savannah, Candice Adams of Charleston, South Carolina, Betty and Bishop James E. Carter of Jesup, Teresa and Will Johnson of Austell, Felicia Darden of Jesup, Sammy Lee Williams and Gary Scott of Jesup, and Carlos and Leslie Mackey of Jesup; great-aunts, Rena Bell Reddish of Jesup and Luberta Orr of Jesup; his great-great-aunts, Naomi Newberry of Marietta, Ester B. West of Rochelle; his great-uncles, Robert Jenkins of Ludowici and Alex Jenkins of Jesup; his close friends, Ricky Hill, Darious Pittman and Travis Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held Friday at Royal Funeral Home Chapel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. John First Born Holiness, 386 W. Poplar St. Interment will be in Sunset Oaks Memorial Cemetery.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Harold H. Martin
Jesup--Harold H. Martin, 72, died March 31, 2017, at Harborview Health Systems under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.  
He was a lifelong resident of Wayne County.  He was a retired meter reader for Atlanta Gas Light Company, a licensed mortician and a member of Odum Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hyman and Evelyn Holland Martin.
Survivors include two sisters and their spouses, Pam and John Shaver of Screven and Dian and Berry Kicklighter of Oxford; one niece and her husband, Andrea and Jayson Head of Rutledge; two nephews and their spouses, Paul and Angie McDuffie of Odum and Patrick and Lauren Kicklighter of Atlanta; and several great-nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services were April 2 at Holland Cemetery with the Rev. Gabe Gill officiating.
Friends and family may sign the online guest book at milesnobles.com.
Miles~Nobles Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
Out of town
Henry Grady “Buster” Miles Jr.
Baxley--Henry Grady “Buster” Miles Jr., 76, of Baxley died April 1, 2017, at the Bacon County Hospital System.
He was born Feb. 19, 1941, in Appling County to the late Henry Grady Miles Sr. and the late Vera Rogers Miles. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved the great outdoors. He was a member of the Cattleman’s Association, the Community Bank board of directors, and Hughes Old River Fisherman’s Club; the owner of M&S Steel; and the past owner and operator of Wayne County Stockyard and Miles Stockyard. He also was the recipient of the Excellence in Agriculture Award for 2016.
Most of all, he was a family man who loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and greatgrands.
He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Steve Eason. 
Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Ree Branch Miles; daughters and a son-in-law, Debbie Miles Eason of Statesboro and Scarlett Miles and Tim Copeland of Baxley; a son and daughter-in-law, Henry “Grady” III and Tonya Miles of Baxley; a brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Connie Miles of Baxley; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were April 4 at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Robert Wigley, the Rev. Earnest Dyal and and the Rev. Joe Ferguson officiated.
Active pallbearers were Richie Williams, Joe Eason, Jeff Herrington, Stevie Smith, Charles Vann, Danny Orvin, James Clark and Floyd Hunter.
Honorary pallbearers were all friends in attendance.
Entombment followed in Omega Cemetery.
Swain Funeral Home of Baxley was in charge of arrangements.
Hezekiah Bryant
Odum—Hezekiah Bryant, 71, of Odum died March 28, 2017.  
He was born Dec. 18, 1945, to the late Albert Sr. and Trudy Mae Simpson Bryant. He received his formal education in Screven.
Pulpwooding/tree harvesting was the profession he chose to support his family while working for the L.G. Aspinwall family. He retired after 42 years. He enjoyed playing with his great-grandson, especially watching him wrestling and jumping on the trampoline. He also enjoyed sitting outside and watching the cars pass by.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife of 42 years, Eileane Ward Bryant; and two sons, Hezekiah Bryant Jr. and Franklin Bryant.
He is survived by a devoted and loving daughter, Anita Renae Duhart of Odum; three granddaughters, Erika Bryant, Emily Duhart and Erin Bryant, all of Odum; two great-grandchildren, Olen Bryant and Ambre’ Bryant, both of Odum; seven brothers and their spouses, James Bryant of Screven, Jerry and Alberta Bryant of Jesup, Herbert Bryant, Albert and Barbara Bryant Jr., Ronald and Carolyn Bryant, Carter and Rose Bryant and Donald and Helen Bryant, all of Baxley; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bertha and Richard Jackson of Jesup and Shirley and Johnny Jernigan of Bristol; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life was held April 1 at Screven City Cemetery. Words of comfort were given by his brother-in-law, Bishop Richard Jackson. Accolades were given by his relatives. 
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.
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