5.2.18 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons


Don McGregor

Jesup—Don McGregor, 92, of Jesup died April 29, 2018, at his home and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

He was born in Port Angeles, Washington, to Oliver and Bethel McGregor. He entered World War II at 18 and served as a U.S. Army Air Corps navigator in the 447 Bomber Group, flying 26 missions over Europe.

He married his lifelong love, Babe, in 1945. They had four children, Carol (Billy) Nessmith, Steven, Mark (Gail) and Kathy McGregor. They were blessed with six grandchildren, Ben (Allyson) Nessmith, Matt (Jennifer) Nessmith, Susan (Jim) Hatfield, Jennifer (Richard) Linton, Kylie and Brian (Sally) McGregor. They celebrated each of their 12 great-grandchildren.

He graduated from the University of Washington in 1949 with a degree in chemical engineering and began his long career with Rayonier in Shelton, Washington. He was transferred to Jesup with his family in 1957 as a bleach plant supervisor. He retired from ITT Rayonier in 1985 as manager of manufacturing and pulp mill operations.

He loved camping, fishing and golf.  He worked diligently in establishing The Good Samaritan to further his strong belief that no one should be hungry.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He leaves behind his wife, Babe, of 72 years; four children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a cousin; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tucker Lewis officiating. A private family interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Sonny Reddish, Bully Teston, Jimmy Davis, Fletcher Stevenson, Billy Burch, Charles Wright, Mike Thurmon and Bill Ward. Honorary pallbearers will be Cliff Murphy, Freeman Bacon, Jim Bland, Colin Thorpe, Mike Hargrove representing his father, Jessie Hargrove, Gene Rouse, Robert Parson, Stanley Carden, Bill Tyre Sr. and the Men’s Sunday School Class members.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Good Samaritan, 395 SW Broad Street, Jesup, GA 31545 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Boulevard, Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mona Gail Thompson Phillips

Jesup--Mona Gail Thompson Phillips, 68, of Jesup died May 1, 2018, after a short illness.

The Evans County native had lived in Wayne County most of her adult life and was a charter member of Anderson Drive Baptist Church, a 1967 graduate of Wayne County High School and a retired media specialist with Liberty County Board of Education as well as Long County and Wayne County school systems.

She enjoyed reading and making old things new again and was a “charismatically loving and selfless” mother, grandmother, sister and friend, her family said.

She was predeceased by her parents, George Y. “Buck” and Eunice Thompson; grandsons, Jess Walker Corbitt and Ryder Whitmore Corbitt; and a special nephew, Chris Gold.

Survivors include a daughter, Morgan Corbitt of Waverly; granddaughter, Allie Hall of Jesup; sisters, Betty (James) Moxley, Lisa (Dale) Lanham, all  of Jesup; a brother, Truitt (Vickie) Thompson of Jasper; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dennie Waters officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be sent to The Nunnaly House, 2415 Park Wood Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520.

Honorary guests will be the 1967 graduating class of Wayne County High School.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup will be in charge of arrangements.


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Charlton Emory Roberson

Hortense—Charlton Emory Roberson, 82, of Hortense died April 26, 2018, at Landmark Hospital of Savannah after an extended illness.

He was born in Screven, and his parents were Milton Roberson and Edith McGraw Roberson. He was also preceded in death by the mother of his children, Corene Moody Roberson; a daughter, Kathy Nabb; a son, Emory Dale Roberson; and also several brothers.

He was a retired supervisor at Brunswick Pulp and Paper and attended the Philadelphia Wesleyan Sawgrass Church. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, reading, and cane grinding.

Survivors include his wife, Novis Roberson of Hortense; a daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Joey Courson of Hortense; five grandchildren and their spouses, Randy and Maya Nabb, Billy and Angie Nabb, Josh and Alyson Roberson, DeAnna and Chad Hodges and Dalton Courson; six great-grandchildren, Lexi Dybe, Shaun Fu, Colleen Nabb, Corrine Nabb, Marshall Roberson and Austin Pap; a brother, Charles Roberson of Brunswick; a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Bud Jones of Nahunta; and also several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were held April 29 at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Johnson and the Rev. R.C. Mathis officiating. Burial was in Hortense Cemetery.

Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Randy Nabb, Billy Nabb, Josh Roberson, Dalton Courson and DeAnna Hodges.

Arrangements were with Frye Funeral Home of Nahunta.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com.


Vergie Maxine Johnson Loper

Jesup—Vergie Maxine Johnson Loper, 73, died April 27, 2018.

She was born and raised in Jesup.

She had a caring and kind heart and was always there for her family and friends, her family said. She lived most of her life in Jesup but did reside for several years in Brunswick and was residing in Jesup for the last 20 years.

She was a quiet person who didn’t live her life with fanfare. Some of her greatest passions were fishing and love for her family. She was known as a caring wife, dedicated daughter and loving mother who will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life Justin Loper in 1997.

Survivors include three children Marie (Travis), Don and Johnny (Cindy); four grandchildren, Patrick (Erin), Amanda (CJ), Alicia and Erica; five great-grandchildren, Cameron, Baylee, Harrison, Ella, Elyssa.

She is the daughter of Andrew and Vergie Johnson and the sister to Mary, Betty, Howard, Ruth, Larry, Doyle and Melba.

Services will be held Thursday. If anyone would like to attend, contact Don at (719) 325-6592.

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