Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:05pm
William Flynn Miller Jr.
Jesup—William Flynn Miller Jr., 94, died peacefully at home on May 16, 2017.
He was born on March 23, 1923, in Lake City, Florida, to the late William Flynn Miller Sr. and Julia Crouch Miller. He spent his early years there and was a graduate of Columbia High School in Lake City, where he served as senior class president.
His college career began at the University of Georgia, where he played trumpet in the Redcoat Marching Band and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
During his junior year of college, he was called to duty and served his country in the United States Navy as a pilot during World War II. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Upon his safe return to the states, he resumed his education. He was recipient of a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Georgia in 1947 and, one year later, received a master’s degree from Duke University in forestry.
He was a charter Big Jay Hook of the Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia and was the first of three generations who would graduate from the program.
He began his career with Rayonier at the Fernandina Beach location, where he worked in land management and tax administration for 20 years. In 1970, he relocated to Jesup to be woodlands manager until his retirement in 1986 with 39 years of service.
He was a devoted servant to his communities. He served as president of the Fernandina Beach Jaycees and was a member of the Jesup Kiwanis Club, where he served as president and lieutenant governor. He was a member of the Altamaha Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He served as vice president of the Georgia Forestry Association executive committee and was on the board of trustees for Coastal Pines Technical College, where he was awarded trustee emeritus. He served as chairman of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award and the Community Service Above Self Award and was an honorary lifetime member. He was appointed to the Georgia 8th Congressional District Advisory Board by the U.S. House of Representatives and served as lieutenant colonel, aide de camp, to Gov. Joe Frank Harris in 1987.
He was a former member of First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach and a current member of First Baptist Church of Jesup, where he taught Sunday school for many years and attended the Golden Ruler’s Sunday School Class. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing at the Pine Forest Country Club and was proud of his two holes-in-one. He also enjoyed traveling, hunting, bridge, attending University of Georgia football games and spending time with his beloved family.
In addition to his parents, a son-in-law, Richard Vincent, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Carolyn Morrison Miller of Jesup; a son, Bill Miller III, and his wife, Nancy, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, and their children, Carrie and Steve Molinari and children, Drew, Dean and Kate and Katie and Will Bennett and children, Libby and Davey, and Flynn and Brook Miller and children, Wills and Doss; daughters, Marilyn E. Miller of Jacksonville, Florida, and Marcia Miller Vincent of Atlanta; a daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Bill Henning of Oxford, Mississippi, and children, Christine and Will Reed, Caroline and Catherine Henning; a daughter and son-in-law, Julia and Mike Burch of Jesup, and children, Michael and Jena Burch and children, Myla and Will, and Julianne Burch; and a sister, Betty Kirby of Clermont, Florida.
Funeral services were held May 19 at First Baptist Church of Jesup with Dr. Michael VonMoss and Dr. Felix Haynes officiating.
Active pallbearers were Mike and Michael Burch, Bill Henning, Flynn Miller, Steve Molinari, Will Bennett and Will Reed.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Jesup Kiwanis Club, the Golden Ruler’s Sunday School Class, Tim Cockfield Sr., Dr. Lanier Harrell, Clyde Johnson, Tom Mager, Don McGregor, Paul Scott, Sonny Reddish and Harry Yeomans.
Family interment services followed in the Jesup City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Fair Haven Women’s and Children’s Shelter, P.O. Box 1153, Jesup, GA 31598 or the First Baptist Church of 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 of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons
Mable Fowler Reddish
Screven—Mable Fowler Reddish, 93, of Screven died May 17, 2017, in the Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
The Pierce County native had lived in Wayne County most of her adult life. She was a member of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, a retired employee of Manhattan Shirt Company, a homemaker and a caregiver to many.
She was the widow of Linton Reddish and was predeceased by her parents, Charlie and Lavada Strickland Fowler, and several siblings.
Survivors include two sisters, Nolie Brannen of Jesup and Claudine Horton of Guyton, and several other relatives, including her nephew, Tyrone Thornton; and two step-daughters, Debbie Reddish of New Hampshire and Carol Michael of Jacksonville, Florida.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Alvin Johnson and Brother Louis Nixon officiating. Interment will be in Big Creek Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Leonard Cronnon, Jimmy Thornton, Buddy Griffis, Ray Horton, Gene McClain, Ronnie Young and Miguel Serrano.
Honorary pallbearers will be Harborview Nursing Home employees.
Visitation will be held today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to services.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Louise Marie Bouquia
Jesup—Louise Marie Bouquia, 54, died May 11, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born on Aug. 2, 1962, to Aretha Mitchell Miles and Jessie Irvin Miles. She was a native of Jesup and former resident of Atlanta.
She was educated in Wayne County and graduated in1980. She attended Georgia State College, where she studied computer science.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Issiah and Florene Mitchell and Irvin Sr. and Oddie Miles
Survivors include her parents, Irvin and Aretha Mitchell Miles of Jesup; three sons, Randy Young, Antoine Young and Torwon Bouquia, all of Stone Mountain; one granddaughter, Shariah A. Young of South Carolina; one sister, Dorothy J. Ette of Jesup; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Jessie Jr. and Eva Miles of Stockbridge and Robert Wesley and Mae Chanel Miles of Syracuse, New York; three nieces and one nephew-in-law, Dorkeicia Bouquia, Innis and Nsiekan Usoro, and Wesleyan Miles; six nephews and one niece-in-law, Itoro and Jessica Ette, Jessie Miles, Joshua Miles, Robert Miles Jr., Johnathan Miles and Joel Miles; extended-family members and their spouses, Dorothy and Esters Wright, Havannah and Bishop Arthur Green, Carrie and Elder Barnett, Sal Miles, Blanche Miles, Isabelle Miles, Alice and Walter Miles, Joe Mitchell and Eddie Pittman Sr.; a god-aunt, Larkie Bates; a special cousin and her spouse, Sally Mae and Jimmy Gordon; special friends, Brenda Nichols, Cynthia Maze, Jackie Echols and “Ms. Denise”; and a host of other family members and friends.
Visitation was held Friday at Royal Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Greater St. James Holiness Church in Screven.
Interment will be held in Screven Cemetery.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sandra Kay Kelly-Williams
Jesup—Prophetess Sandra Kay Kelly-Williams, 61, of Jesup died May 15, 2017, at Coastal Manor Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born and was raised in West Helena, Akansas, to Bishop Robert Jr. and Leola Ryan Kelly. She relocated to Jesup in 2007 before living in Boston, Massachusetts, and Memphis, Tennessee.
She co-founded the Body of Jesus Christ Ministry and later became a member of Life Changing Ministries, located in Brunswick, under the leadership of her son, Pastor Gairreus Williams.
She was primarily a homemaker, although she did work outside of the home on occasion at the Salvation Army and Ashley Manufacturing. She enjoyed sewing and interior design.
She was preceded in death by both parents, and four siblings, Christine Kelly, Elton Williams, Johnny James and Issac Kelly.
Survivors include four sons and a daughter-in-law, Allen Williams III of Memphis, Karlis Williams Sr. of Little Rock, Arkansas, Marlow Williams Sr. of Memphis and Pastor Gairreus and Stephanie Williams of Jesup; 13 grandchildren, Shekina, Kaylani, Kailynn, Alleciah, Allen IV, Tiara, Andrew, Tiana, Marlesha, Marlow Jr., Karlis Jr., Isaiah and Melody; four siblings and their spouses, Robert Jr. and Patricia Kelly of Sardis, Mississippi, Cynthia Kelly of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Lawrence and Deloris Braggs and JoAnne Williams, all of Little Rock; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held one hour prior to service at New St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at New St. John Missionary Baptist Church.
Woodard Funeral Services of Jonesboro and Royal Funeral Home of Jesup are in charge of arrangements.
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