5.13.17 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
Alene Williamson Brissel
Screven--Alene Williamson Brissel, 82, of Screven, died May 12, 2017, in Harborview Nursing Home after an extended illness.  
The Wayne County native was a member of Christian Springs Holiness Church in the K’ville community and a former employee of Callaway Gardens. She enjoyed yard sales, playing bingo and singing gospel music.  
She was preceded by her parents, Bill Williamson and Earlie Littles, and a son, George Christopher.
Survivors are her daughter, Deloris Sellers Browning of Screven; six other children; several grandchildren and great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Josephine Williamson of Odum; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today (Saturday) at Miliken Methodist Church Cemetery Hwy. 121, Surrency, with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.
Family will receive friends at the cemetery.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements. 
Ann Elizabeth Jernigan Phillips
Jesup—Ann Elizabeth Jernigan Phillips, 73, died April 13, 2017.
She was a native of Glenn-ville and lived in Jesup for many years.
She loved owls, writing in her daily journal and creating plastic canvases.
She was preceded in death by both parents, Charles and Nellie Jackson Jernigan; and one daughter, Tonya Sue Phillips.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy Phillips of Jesup; one son and one daughter-in-law, Andy and Susan Phillips of LaGrange; one granddaughter, Brooke; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Judy Owens, Jane and Donnie Stubbs and Irene Simmons, all of Glenn-ville; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Bud and Patty Jernigan of Andersonville and Paul and Bertie Jernigan of Collins; several aunts and uncles; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Burial was private.
A memorial service will be held May 20 at 2 p.m. at Stoney Hill Baptist Church in Glennville.
Rinehart and Sons is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph W. Roberson
Ludowici—Joseph W. “Joe” Roberson, 73, died May 10, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.  
He was a native and lifelong resident of Long County. He retired from Interstate Paper and was an avid fisherman. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Ludowici.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Beth Hunter Roberson of Ludowici; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Willie W. and Carrie Roberson of Ludowici and Richard and Maria Roberson of St. Robert, Missouri; one brother, Johnny Roberson of Reidsville; one granddaughter, Johanna Ana Roberson of Ludowici; and one niece and one nephew, April Roberson and Gary Roberson.
Funeral services were held May 12 at Calvary Baptist Church in Ludowici with Brother Brian Smith and the Rev. John Gladin officiating.  
Burial followed in the Baggs Cemetery.
Active pallbearers included Christian Hall, Olan Passmore, Andy Mock, Billy Watford, Richard Howard, Jim Fuller, Adam Insling, Wesley Farmer, Bryan Wingate Sr., Bryan Wingate Jr. and Jeremy Hall.
Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici was in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Lawanna Swails Mena
Reading, Pa.—Lawanna B. Swails Mena, 68, died peacefully May 6, 2017, in the arms of her husband, Ismael Mena, according to her family.
She was born Oct. 11, 1948, in Jesup. She was the daughter of Leonard and Rosa Lee Swails.
She grew up in Jesup, the fifth of 11 children. She graduated from Jesup High School in 1966.
She had a long career in the textile industry and founded two companies. At 64 years old, she graduated from McCann School of Business as class valedictorian. 
She was a woman of faith, a minister and the proud wife of the pastor of the Spanish United Pentecostal Church. She had a burden and passionate love for her congregation, her family said.
She was most proud of her five children, Robert Beitz (husband of Carol Beitz), Frank Beitz (companion of Kim), Irene Yorks (wife of Jay Yorks), Mark Beitz (husband of Krystal Beitz), and Brian Beitz, and her 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by both parents, Leonard and Rosa Lee Swails; two sisters, Latrelle Swails and Bonnie Minton; and one brother, Perry Swails.
Survivors include seven siblings, Brett Swails, Leonard Swails, Robert Swails, Harold Swails, Maxine Blowe, Linda Glidden and beloved Rita Kitrell (who cared tirelessly for Lawanna in her final journey, the family said); numerous nieces and nephews; and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service was held May 10 at Spanish United Pentecostal Church in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Burial followed in Chesnut Hill Cemetery in Winfield, Pennsylvania.
Henninger Funeral Home & Crematory in Reading was in charge of arrangements.
Helen Beatrice “Granny Jack” Lucas Boss
Waycross—Helen Beatrice “Granny Jack” Lucas Boss, 92, of Waycross, died May 10, 2017, at her daughter’s (Mary Riddick) home following a short illness.
Born in Brantley County on Nov. 30, 1924, she had lived in Pierce County most of her life. She had been a nurse’s assistant with the former Pierce County Hospital for several years and had also been a homemaker. She was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church and always enjoyed her church family and reading her Bible.
She dearly loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and they all affectionately called her “Granny Jack.” She loved to bake, travel, fish and go crabbing.
She was a daughter of the late Jessie Armstrong and Maude Estelle Harris Lucas. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Edward Boss; a daughter, Shirley Ann Griffin; a son, Jessie Lamar Roberson; and three sisters, Betty Youmans, Anta Faye Roberson and Joyce Houston.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Riddick and Jim Googe of Waycross, Wanda and Kenneth Sellers of Hortense, and Cynthia and Richard Rouse of Herndon, Virgina; a son and daughter-in-law, Gregory and Janet Boss of Ellicott, Maryland; a son-in-law, Clinton Griffin of Waycross; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. from the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Offerman Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA  31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Inc. of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.
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