5.26.18 obituaries

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Dorothy “Jean” Allen Bacon

Jesup—Dorothy “Jean” Allen Bacon, 85, of Jesup died May 23, 2018, at home after a valiant battle with dementia, surrounded by those she loved and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

She was born to Claude Clifford and Stella Graham Allen in Recovery on June 21, 1932. She grew up in Florida, graduating from Macclenny High School.  Upon graduation, she became the school secretary and relief school teacher before moving to Jacksonville, Florida, to work for Guarantee Life Insurance Company and live at the YWCA.  Jacksonville is where she met the love of her life and lifelong companion, Freeman. The two married on May 14, 1953, at the First Methodist Church in Macclenny, Florida, and in 1954 they moved to Jesup. The couple recently celebrated 65 years of marriage.

She was a devoted mother of three daughters, taking on roles from Girl Scout leader to “swim-team” mom to support her girls. She was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church, serving on the Altar Guild and Circle 5 and as a faithful member of the JOY Class for more than 55 years.  She was a meticulous bookkeeper throughout her life both professionally and in their marriage, supporting her family. She loved traveling as she visited Cuba as a young woman with girlfriends, camped in the Great Smoky Mountains each summer as the daughters grew up, and later toured much of the United States, Canada and Europe with her husband. She was the ultimate homemaker, loving to host family gatherings with special recipes that were handed down and are still being used by the family today.  The highlight, of the entire Bacon Clan’s year was always the annual Fourth of July gathering held at various resorts, most especially Richard B. Russell State Park in Elberton. “Grandma was always in the middle of the action, swimming, laughing and loving on her grandbabies,” the family remembers.

She was predeceased by her mother and father; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clifford and Mae Brooks Allen, Claude and Helen Allen; and sister, Ollie Bess Wienelt.

She is survived and greatly missed by her husband, Freeman Bacon; three daughters, Vickie (Truett) Thompson of Jasper, Molly (Greg) Whetzel of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Livia (Michael) McMahon of Savannah; eight grandchildren, Jereme (Richard) Breedlove of Watkinsville, Allison (Brian) Neal of Ball Ground, Brittany (Mike) Meissner of Pacolet, South Carolina, Cameron (Zac) McCarthy of Greer, South Carolina, Hamilton Buchanan of Vail, Colorado, Ryan McMahon of Charleston, South Carolina, and Ben McMahon and Dylan McMahon of Savannah; five great-grandchildren, Ansley and Hadley Breedlove of Watkinsville, Ryley and Coleton Neal of Ball Ground and Viola Meissner of Pacolet, South Carolina; a brother, Billy (Marla) Allen of Olympia, Washington; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many faithful caregivers, especially Gwendolyn Chestnut and Alexis Petty, who added so much life and fun to her final years.

Funeral services were held May 25 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stanley Todd, the Rev. Dwayne Harper and the Rev. Tucker Lewis officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were Robert and Nan Heath, the First United Methodist Church JOY Class, FUMC Circle 5, and the Liar’s Club.

Donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 205 E. Cherry Street, Jesup, Ga. 31545; Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545; or the charity of your choice.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




Larry C. Anderson

Jesup—Larry C. Anderson, 73, died May 22, 2018, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice of South Georgia.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Wayne County.  At age 21, he was hired as the plant supervisor at Bagwell Steel which later became American Welding & Tank Company. He worked learning the business and supervising the workers for seven years during which time he earned a reputation as being knowledgeable, willing to work with the employees and being fair.

He then decided to try his hand at construction. He worked several construction sites in the Southeast and, shortly after being hired, was given the job of site supervisor. After a few years, he started building and insulating houses and built numerous houses in the coastal and Southeast area.

After retirement, he loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren camping and refinishing antique tractors, as well as spending time with his retired friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend and a protector to brother and sister, his family said.  He had a “pied piper” personality and children were drawn to him, even if he didn’t know them.  He taught the 3- to 5-year-old Sunday school class for many years and on occasion would see a young person who remembered with gratitude his teaching that person Sunday school.

His family yard was the place neighborhood kids chose to play, and referred to him as “Papa.” The children were his pride and joy over the years and were until his last day.  He served as a deacon at Old Bethel Baptist Church for 33 years and was the contractor when new bathrooms were constructed several years ago. He loved mission work and was involved in numerous trips up and down the southeastern United States, where he used his knowledge and ability as a builder to help start or finish construction on Southern Baptist churches.

He was preceded in death by his son, Derrick Anderson; parents, Cleyon and Dora Anderson; and grandparents, Budley and Lala Anderson.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Doris B. Anderson of Jesup; a son, Kevin Anderson of Jesup; a sister and brother-in-law, Marcia and James White of Odum; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Janice Anderson of Jesup; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held May 25 at Old Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Ledbetter and the Rev. Wayne Williamson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were David Graham, Jimmy Jones, Tim Connor, Roger McColloch, Joey Hayes, Wesley Love and Randy Herrin.

Remembrances are suggested to Old Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 171, Jesup, GA 31598.

Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.




Pastor Vivian Delores Campbell-Sease

Jesup--Pastor Vivian Delores Campbell-Sease, 67, of Jesup died on May 21, 2018, at Southeast Georgia Healthcare in Brunswick following a brief illness.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1950, in Palatka, Florida, to Cora L. Neeley. She was educated in the Wayne County Training School and was primarily a homemaker most of her life; however, she also did some private sitting for families throughout the community. She enjoyed “praising the Lord,” fishing and watching the Hallmark channel on television.

Pastor Sease, as she was known in the community, and her husband, Bishop Milton James Sease Sr., were the founders of Eternal House of Refuge Church, where she served as senior pastor.

She was preceded in death by her daughters, Keyonna Sease and Deborah Campbell, and her favorite uncle, Leroy Daniels.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 43 years, Bishop Milton James Sease, Sr. of Jesup; her loving children, Davis Earl (Stephanie) Campbell of  Loganville and Milton James “MJ” (Catina) Sease Jr. and Gregory Lamar Sease, both of Jesup; her sister-in-law, Rosa Carter of Jesup; her brothers-in-law, Timothy Sease and James Sease, both of Jesup; a close and dear friend, Pastor Mary Ellis, Jesup; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A viewing was held on Friday at Royal Funeral Home Chapel, and funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at Jesup New Life Ministries, 512 Walker St.

Royal Funeral Home was in charge of final arrangements.

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