5.1.19 obituaries


William M. “Billy” Howard Jr.

Screven--William M. “Billy” Howard Jr., 69, of Screven died April 29, 2019.

The Chat-ham County native and former resident of Screven had lived in North Carolina the past 10 years and had psychology and accounting degrees. He enjoyed surfing the web.

He was predeceased by his parents, William M. Howard and Juanita Deal Howard Mikell, and stepfather, A.M. Mikell.

Survivors include two sisters, Beth (Danny) Rogers of Waycross and Evelyn M. (Travis) Smith of Donaldsonville; two nieces, Holly  (Jonathan) Moore of Meridian, Mississippi, and Lori (Clark) Turner of Columbus; and four great-nieces, Katie and Houston Moore, Delaney and Julie Turner.

Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, 315 Greenwich Road, Savannah.

The family will receive friends at the cemetery.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Charles Richard “Doc” Proudfoot Sr.

Mount Pleasant--Charles Richard “Doc” Proudfoot Sr., 82, of the Mount Pleasant Community died April 30, 2019, under the care of Heartland Hospice after an extended illness.

The McIntosh County native had lived most of his adult life in Wayne County and was a member of Akin Memorial United Methodist Church. He worked for Seaboard Construction for 25 years before forming his company “South Georgia Site Prep” for the past 32 years.

He enjoyed fishing, traveling and camping.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Martin and Stewart Proudfoot.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Shirley Ross Proudfoot of Mount Pleasant Community; daughter, Shirley “Shirl” (Sammy) Shirah of Darien; son, Ricky (Ginger) Proudfoot of Mount Pleasant Community; and three grandchildren, Richie and Rebecca Proudfoot and Joshua Sumner.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Akin Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rick Turner officiating. Interment will follow in the Akin Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Robert and Owen Greene, Richard and Trent Wells, Harry Proudfoot and Mike Cannon. Honorary pallbearers will be his fellow church members of Akin Memorial UMC.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Akin Memorial United Methodist Church, 836 Post Road, Hortense, GA 31543.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth (Libby) Steverson Homans

Brunswick--Elizabeth (Libby) Steverson Homans, 75, of Bruns-wick died peacefully April 29, 2019, after a short illness.

She will be missed by her large branching family, for whom she was known to keep everyone together, informed, and bound by love and family heritage. Her family had a rich and colorful history that she held dear, along with lifelong friendships that she valued and nurtured, especially her friendship with Gracie Groover, her best friend since first grade.

She was a graduate of Jesup High School and Brunswick Junior College. She was a dedicated secretary who enjoyed her work at Brunswick Pulp and Paper, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Ballard Elementary School.

Her attention to detail was unmatched, her family says. A thankful family will benefit from the elaborate recipe collection she had transcribed by hand. If you enjoyed a meal with her and mentioned a favorite dish, you would receive a kind note, with the handwritten recipe tucked inside, as she was a master at the lost art of correspondence.

She had a passion for quilting and gardening. She always made quilts for new babies in the family. She was a thoughtful and devoted wife and mother and proud grandmother, sister and aunt who lived her life with strong Christian values, her family said.

To all who knew her, she was a warm and generous woman, overflowing with compassion for others, according to her family. Her first question was always “How are you doing?” She would listen to the answer with empathy and caring. Her sweet smile and famous home cooking will be missed by everyone, but her kindness, faith, and love will remain in the heart of every person who was lucky enough to know her, her family said.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Steven Gerald; her brothers, Carl Jesse Steverson and Sidney David Steverson; her parents, William Jessie Steverson and Annie Mozell Clark; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Jerry Homans of Brunswick; her loving son, Jeffrey Homans of Brunswick; her precious granddaughter, Elizabeth Rose; and sisters, Laverne Polk of Hoboken and Dr. Sharon Miller of Roanoke, Alabama. She had many wonderful friends and neighbors and a large family, including numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Memorial contributions are requested to Salvation Army of Brunswick or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Chapman Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Steverson officiating.  Burial will follow at Palmetto Cemetery.  A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chapman Funeral Chapel.

Chapman Funeral Chapel & Crematory of Brunswick is in charge of the arrangements.


Ayn-Martha Joyce

Feb. 7, 1962 – Dec. 2, 2018

A celebration of life service for Ayn-Martha Joyce  will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 745 S. Palm St., Jesup. A reception will follow.

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