5.15.19 Obituaries

James Lee

“Jimmy” Harper Sr.

Jesup--James Lee “Jimmy” Harper Sr., 71, of Jesup died May 12, 2019, of an apparent heart attack.

The lifelong resident of Wayne County was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Ludowici, an ordained minister and a U.S. Marine veteran, having served in Vietnam. He was a retired insurance salesman and worked many years in construction business with his son.

He served several years in the Wayne County Clerk’s Office and still found time to enjoy his lawn care service and travel.

He was predeceased by his parents, Jim and Billie Harper.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Swain Harper of Jesup; two sons, “Little” Jimmy (Penny) Harper of Picayune, Mississippi, and Clint Harper of Phoenix, Arizona; three daughters, Roxane Davis, Valisha Davis and Erica Owens, all of Jesup; a stepmother, Jane Harper of California; a sister, Sharon Chaffin of Jesup; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11  a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Pastor Terry Sellers and Earl Kicklighter officiating. Interment will be in Little Creek Cemetery with American Legion Post No. 311’s flag presentation. Active pallbearers will be family members.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Steve Bonham

Jesup--Steve Bonham, 61, of Jesup died May 12, 2019.

He was born Aug. 19, 1957, in Wayne County and was a self-employed construction worker.

Survivors include his daughters, Andrea Anderson and Patricia Michele Minchew, both of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Sarah Bonham of Statesboro; a  mother and step-father, Jackie and Gene Burden of Surrency; a sister, Patricia Diane Elder of Surrency;  seven grandchildren; a niece Brenda Lartz; a nephew, Wendell (Nashaw) Whitley; and six great-nieces and -nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at  Chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Horne officiating. Visitation is one hour before.

Interment will follow in Surrency City Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.


Bobby E. Deal

Statesboro—Bobby E. Deal, 81, died May 12, 2019, at Willow Pond under the care of Regency Southern Care Hospice after a brief illness.

He was the son of Emit C. and Lucile Roberts Deal of Statesboro. The Bulloch County native was a 1955 graduate of Statesboro High School, where he was a member of the varsity football team. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for a year before transferring to the University of Georgia, where he received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1959 and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

In 1960 he married the love of his life, the former Ginger Rogers of Claxton, and began his career with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service as an assistant county agent in Haralson County. In 1962 he was promoted to county agent, and he remained there for the next seven years. While in Haralson County, he began the “Outstanding Family Farm” program among other key 4-H initiatives.

Wanting to be closer to home, he accepted a position in Wayne County as county agent in 1969. During his tenure in Wayne County, he was a member of the Jaycees, serving as a director and helping organize the first Jaycee Fair as well as receiving the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award from Gov. Ellis Arnall. He also was president of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club and a member of the Wayne County Livestock Association and the Wayne County Young Farmers Association.

In 1978 he accepted a position as Southeast District agent for 4-H and youth, serving 36 counties. This position allowed him and his wife to move home to Bulloch County, where they remained through his retirement in 1990.

“Mr. Bobby,” as he was affectionately known by his 4-H members, was a devoted leader to the 4-H club and all youth programs.  He was passionate about watching young people reach their full potential and found joy in helping those around him.    

He was a member of Statesboro First United Methodist Church, the Old Vandy’s Coffee Club and the Portal Hunting Club and a former member of the Statesboro Kiwanis Club.

After retirement, he continued to serve Bulloch County as a county commissioner from 1996-2004. While much of his time was devoted to public service over the years, he always found time to deer hunt at the Portal Hunting Club and spend with his family, especially his four grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emit and Lucile Deal; wife, Ginger Rogers Deal; and twin infant girls, Patricia Ann and Millisa Ann Deal.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Tim Salter of Statesboro; a son, Jim Deal of Statesboro; three brothers, Johnny (Dale) Deal and Bunny Deal of Statesboro and Larry (Bonnie) Deal of Newnan; a sister, Pam (George) Deal Blanchette of Statesboro; grandchildren, Reed Salter, Drew Salter, Hunter Deal and Cole Deal; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Deal Funeral Directors officiated by Elder John Scott.

Burial will follow in Eastside Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Dean, Brett Lanier, Greg Hendrix, Tyler Deal, Tab Akins and Billy Pollock.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Old Vandy’s Coffee Club and members of the Portal Hunting Club.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bobby Deal to the Georgia 4-H Foundation, 306 Hoke Smith Annex, Athens, GA 30602.

Deal Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.


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