5.27.17 Obituaries

Howard-Jones
 
Jimmy Martin
Jesup—Jimmy Martin, 76, died May 25, 2017, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, he was born on Jan. 19, 1941 to the late Carey and Vivie Boatright Martin. He retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation with more than 34 years of service and was an avid sports enthusiast throughout his life. He played baseball and basketball when he was young, and he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in Odum. His greatest love in life was watching his grandchildren play baseball and football. He also umpired at many baseball games and was a member of the Jesup Jaycees, the Wayne County Touchdown Club and the Wayne County Home Run Club. He attended church regularly at Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting in his spare time.
His family said, “Jimmy was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend who leaves behind a wonderful legacy and fond memories to last a lifetime, and as Jimmy himself would say, ‘In other words,’ there is no way to say how much we are going to miss him.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Dennis, Delvin, Hyman, Willis and Earl Martin, and two sisters, Willene Hires and Sallie Mae Rozier.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Faye Ray Martin; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Carey and Suzi Martin and Casey Martin, and two grandsons, Caleb and Cooper Martin, all of Jesup; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Betty and Aubrey Tillman of Roswell and Thelma White of Odum; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended-family members.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. today (Saturday) at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Funeral services will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Jesup with the Rev. Vann Dempsey and the Rev. Matt Denison officiating.
Active pallbearers will be Terry Martin, Buddy Martin, Donnie Ray, Mark McGregor, Jerry Moody and Carl Ray. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Slover Hunting Club, the Harris Pond House Cooking Crew, the staff of Harborview Nursing Home and the staff of Community Home Health.
Remembrances may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 9, Jesup, GA 31598.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Wilbur Eugene “Gene” Roach Jr.
Jesup—Wilbur Eugene “Gene” Roach Jr., 82, died May 24, 2017, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A resident of Macon in his early years, he was born on March 6, 1935, in Sandersville to the late Wilbur Eugene and Evelyn Williamson Roach, both formerly of Statesboro. He was an Eagle Scout in his early years and graduated from Lanier High School in Macon. He then began his college career at Mercer University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and was the recipient of a bachelor of science degree in biology. While in Macon, he met and married his late wife, Bobbie Davis Roach, and the two relocated to Jesup, where he enjoyed a long career at ITT Rayonier, eventually retiring as an administrative supervisor with 34 years of service.
When his late daughter, Gena, was diagnosed with special needs, he identified the need for a place to help such families and was instrumental in founding the Happy House School for Exceptional Children in 1970. With hard work and determination, Happy House School began to outgrow its facilities, relocated to the old Landmark Hotel and was renamed numerous times before Gene helped attain a community development block grant that secured funding from the state to help in constructing its current location, known as Wayne Service Center, on Sunset Boulevard. He served numerous times as chairman of the Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases Board for Region 5.
He was a Boy Scout troop leader for many years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jesup. He was an artist who made beautiful artwork of stained glass, wood and stone. He taught others his craft, and he and a group of high school students designed and built the Yellow Jacket that hangs in the atrium of Wayne County High School. He also loved to hunt and fish, but more than anything else, he always made time for his family. His late daughter, Gena, and later his grandchildren were the apple of his eye, and he devoted himself to them and cherished the time they spent together.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Beth Roach of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Elizabeth Roach of Savannah; two granddaughters, Anna Margaret Roach and Evelyn Rae Roach; a sister, Willa Cochran of Macon; a stepdaughter, Kelsi Nolen of Brunswick, and her children, Julianne and Ashton; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Cliff and Emily Wildes of Statesboro, and their children, Ford and Wynn; and a host of extended-family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday) at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rayonier retirees of 1993, George Hires and Don McGregor.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances are suggested to Wayne Service Center, 3850 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
Rinehart & Sons
 
Wilbur Perry “Buddy” Flowers
Jesup—Wilbur Perry “Buddy” Flowers, 74, of Jesup died May 25, 2017, in Harborview Nursing Home after an extended illness. The Wayne County native enjoyed fishing, collecting shoestrings, and spending time with friends and relatives. He was predeceased by his parents, James Perry and Cora Flowers; a sister, Jean Gran-tham; and a brother, Edward Flowers.
Survivors are a sister, Geneva Flowers Bowden of Brunswick; a nephew, Jamie Davis of Brunswick; nieces, Mandy Tatum and Terri Long of Screven, Rhonda Saunders of St. Simons Island, Michelle Flowers of Jesup, and Lisa Ellis of Atlanta; aunts, Grace Scott of Avon Park, Florida, and Thelma Stephens of Jesup; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Williford, Wayne Flowers and the Rev. Jimmy Lewis officiating. Interment will be in Little Creek Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Gene McLain, Glen Courson, Kevin McReady, Herman McReady, Ben Surrency and Mike Long. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff at Harborview Nursing Home, Jackie Williford, Nell McReady, Janice McLain and Tina Murphy.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
Glynn “Dig” McNeal
Jesup—Glynn “Dig” McNeal, 57, of Jesup died May 23, 2017, at his residence after a short illness. A Jeff Davis County native, he had lived in Wayne County for the past five years. He was a foreman supervisor with several nuclear plants. Some of his favorite pastimes were fishing, woodworking and farming. He was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Hattie McNeal, and a brother, Mike McNeal.
Survivors are his wife, Patty Ognilla McNeal of Jesup; a son, Joshua David McNeal of Augusta; a sister and brother-in-law, Eddie Sue and L.C.Taylor of Hazlehurst; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Debra McNeal and Daniel and Shelly McNeal, all of Hazlehurst; a stepdaughter, Crystal Ellis of Jesup; step-grandchildren, Donavin Boyd, Aja Kinchen and Zaschyn Ellis; a sister-in-law, Rebecca McNeal of Santee, South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were May 26, 2017, at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Keith Yawn and the Rev. Chris Ognilla officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Hazlehurst. Active pallbearers were Richie Williams, Greg Smith, Ryan Wommack, Brent Haynes, Ricky Crosby, Gary Rowell, Marko Ognilla and Carlo Ognilla.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
 
Frances Griner Mobley
Jesup—Frances Griner Mobley, 81, of Jesup died May 25, 2017, after an extended illness. A native of Charle-ston, South Carolina, she lived in Wayne County most of her life and was a member of Spring Grove Baptist Church and a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, fishing, crocheting, and spending time with her family. She was the widow of Jerrell Cleon Mobley and was predeceased by her sons, Billy, Charles, and Larry Wall, and a daughter, Jeannie Hodge.
Survivors are two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Sue McClain of Jesup and Penny and Wendell Flowers of Midway; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday) at Spring Grove Cemetery with the Rev. William Sloan officiating.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., prior to services, at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
Dorothy Moody Surrency
Jesup—Dorothy Moody Surrency, 87, of Jesup died May 25, 2017, in Harborview Health Systems after an extended illness.
The Long County native had lived most of her adult life in Wayne County, was a member of Altamaha Baptist Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading and working in her yard.
She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Terrell Franklin “Frank” Surrency; parents, Harmon and Ida Moody; sisters, Violet Cail, Annie Deloach, Joy Wingate; brothers, Willie, Harry, Marvin and Warden Moody; and a grandson, Jonathan Surrency.
Survivors include daughters, Sue Surrency of Atlanta, Jan Thomas of Brunswick and Ann Chadwick of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Terrell Franklin Jr. and Sherry Surrency of Jesup; a brother and sister-in-law, Charlie and Annette Moody of Jesup; grandchildren and their spouses, Jamey and Stephanie Chadwick of Odum, Ashley and Jacob Weaver of Screven, Zachry Surrency of Jesup, Brandi Surrency of Birmingham, Alabama, Rachael and Matthew Weirup of Salem, Oregon; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Altamaha Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Lee officiating. Active pallbearers will be her family. Honorary pallbearers will be the staffs of Harborview Health System and Hospice of South Georgia.
The family will receive friends at the graveside.
Memorials may be made to the Bessie G. Surrency Medical Scholarship, C/O Carobeth Highsmith, 3808 Waycross Hwy., Jesup, GA 31545 or Altamaha Baptist Church Building Fund, 6622 Oglethorpe Road, Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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