5.20.20 obituaries


Nicole “Nikki” Armstrong

Jesup—Nicole “Nikki” Armstrong, 42, of Jesup died May 14, 2020.

The Ohio native had lived in Wayne County the past 10 years and attended Calvary Baptist Church. She was a waitress at several restaurants, liked Elvis and riding motorcycles, but mostly enjoyed spending time with her children.

She was predeceased by her grandmother, Rose Marie Watson.

Survivors include two daughters, Mikayla and Mykalea DeFrank, both of Jesup; two sons, Domenick DeFrank Jr. and Anthony DeFrank, both of Jesup; parents, Dr. Shannon and Palma Ellis of Jesup; a sister, Grace Ellis of Jesup; a brother, the Rev. Justin Ellis of Screven; a grandfather, Robert (Virginia) Watson of Arkansas; a grandmother, Gloria Robinson of El Paso, Texas; and aunts and an uncle, Laurie Spier and Alan (Jessica) Watson, all of Ohio.

Graveside funeral services were held May 18 at Gardi Cemetery with the Rev. Justin Ellis officiating.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Daisy Westberry Bishop

Jesup—Daisy Westberry Bishop, 71, of Jesup died May 15, 2020.

The Wayne County native was a member of New Hope Freewill Baptist Church, where she worked with the children’s Sunday school card class for many years and was an active volunteer with her community.

She was known as the most loving, kind and caring person one would ever meet. If someone was in need, she would be the first to help. She enjoyed cooking and talking to her friends and was known for her pecan pies and chocolate-covered pecans. Crossroads Country Store will miss her cooking and her friendly disposition. Her five sisters cherished the times they had together, and she will be sorely missed by them all.

She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Iris “Buck” Bishop; parents, Clayton and Florrie Anderson Westberry; and a brother, David “Hamp” Westberry.

Survivors include her pride-and-joy son, Lee (Jada) Bishop of Jesup; a grandson, Ashton Tyre of Jesup; sisters, Jannette (Lindsay) Jones of Jesup, Dale (Ernie) Bowen of Jesup, Dianne (David) Gasgue of Marion, South Carolina, Annette (Wally) Smith of Florence, South Carolina and Gertrude (Will) Collins of Barnwell, South Carolina; a sister-in-law, Sue (Brian) Smith of Jesup; several nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins.

Graveside funeral services were May 17 in New Hope Cemetery with Pastor Tim Horne and the Rev. Calvin Anderson officiating.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Cemetery Fund, 320 Bonham Road, Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ann Duggar Davis

Jesup—Ann Duggar Davis, 82, of Jesup died May 12, 2020.

She was born in Savannah to the parents of Victor B. and Gladys Duggar. She called Jesup her home for many years and was a member of Spring Grove Free Will Baptist Church of Jesup. She was a homemaker and worked for many years as a legal secretary for John Maddox and medical secretary for Dr. McKee Hargrett in Jesup.

She was a loving “Momma” to her sons and “Meme” to her grandchildren.  She loved her dogs and enjoyed their company and was a pianist, loved music and was always ready to praise God by singing an old hymn.

She was preceded in death by her son, Tony Davis; grandson, Victor Davis; and sister, Juanita Casey.

Survivors include her three sons and their families, Donnie (Debra) Davis of Townsend, Stephen (Becky) Davis of Tifton and Christopher (Amy) Davis of Richmond Hill; six grandchildren, Justin Davis, Jordan Davis, Adam Davis, Katie Davis Wilson, Bailey Davis and Isabella Davis; seven great-grandchildren; and her brother, Victor (Pat) Duggar of Pembroke.

Graveside services were held May 14 at Lower Black Creek Cemetery in Ellabell.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Laviccey Booth Ray

Hinesville—Laviccey Booth Ray, 79, of Hinesville died May 13, 2020, after an extended illness.

The Wayne County native had lived in Hinesville the past 40 years. She was a devoted mama and granny who loved to sew, knit, read and spend time with her rescued kitty cats. She was blessed at birth with the most beautiful smile and kind heart. She was known to show random acts of love, whether it be knitting a scarf or baby blanket for someone she just met or just simply buying a candy bar for her cashier.

She was preceded in death by her son, Herbie Ray, and sister, Anna Bauer.

Survivors include her daughter, Heidi (Jeff) Williams; son, Donny Ray; grandchildren, Pebbles (Darrell) Bargeron, Tori (David) Wittsack, Abby Williams and Jeffrey Williams Jr.; and great-grandsons, Darren and Dustin Bargeron.

Private family services were held on Wednesday.

Remembrances may be made to Liberty Humane Shelter, 279 Briarwood Circle, Hinesville, GA 31313.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Reba Davis Taylor

Offerman—Reba Davis Taylor, 76, of Offerman died May 16, 2020, under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

The Glynn County native had lived in Pierce County most of her life and was a member of Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church. The homemaker enjoyed making people laugh, whether by singing or “acting like she was playing a guitar.” She also liked fishing and flower gardening.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Robert Taylor; parents, James “Jim” and Kathleen Davis; and two brothers, Quinton and Donald Davis.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathy (Ronnie) Tyre of Screven and Lynn (Terry) Chancey and Sherry (PeeWee) Watkins, both of Offerman; a son, Robbie (Sarah) Taylor of Offerman; 15 grandchildren, Tabitha, Tasha, Amber, Kyle, Rob, Shelby, Julie, Mitchell, Brad, Wesley, Dalton, Jamee, Shannon, Kala and Caleb; 31 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Julie Smith of Nahunta and Diane Stephens of Jesup; three sisters-in-law, Betty Davis and Annette Westberry, both of Jesup, and Lillian Taylor of Offerman; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were held May 19 at Offerman Cemetery with Pastor Ray Worley and the Rev. Christopher Ausland officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1697 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Dorothy “Dot” Cameron

Jesup—Dorothy Cameron, 74, affectionately known by her friends and family as “Dot” died May 18, 2020, at home under the care of her loving family and the staff of Hospice of South Georgia.

A resident of Jesup for nearly 60 years, she was born on Oct. 4, 1945, in Tifton to the late Joe Brown Mathis and Ouida Mae Mills Mathis Rogers.  She was a 1963 graduate of Jesup High School and worked at Rayonier Advanced Materials for more than 28 years before retiring in 2010.

She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother who brought joy to the lives of everyone she knew.  She was the life of the party and “lit up the room” when she walked in.  She loved singing karaoke and working in her flower garden but more than anything else, she loved spending time with the ones she loved.  She was a longtime member of Screven First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William “Bill” Mathis, and nephews, Joey Gest and Douglas Hooper.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, David “Bull” Cameron of Jesup; children, Tim Manning, Mark Manning and fiancé, Lisa, of Toronto, Canada, Tina Manning and Robbie Rogers, all of Jesup;  a brother, Jackie Mathis of Colorado; sisters,  Zennie Jonelle McGauley and Ann (Skip) Grantham, all of Jesup, Debby Mathis Davis of Brunswick and Pam (Foy) Harter of Screven; grandchildren, Blake Manning, Morgan Sahle, Maghan Warthan, Lexi (Spencer) Flowers, Mary Grace Manning and Shedrick Pass; great-grandchildren, Jaren Anderson, Lively Warthon, Mila Warthon and Grayson Flowers; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

Funeral services with COVID-19 social distancing measures in place will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.  Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the services.

Private interment services will be at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuenralhome.com

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.