5.27.20 obituaries


Loyal “Reid’ Carter

Screven—Loyal “Reid” Carter, 63, of Screven died May 15, 2020.

The Wayne County native was a member of the Screven United Methodist Church and a former CSX employee. He was predeceased by his parents, C.L. and Betty Kicklighter Carter.

Survivors include a daughter, Blair Pirkle, of Jesup; three brothers, the Rev. Darrell Carter of Screven, Danny Carter of Jesup, Harold Carter of Hope Mills, North Carolina; and two grandchildren.

Private memorial services are being held by the family in Bennett Cemetery in Screven.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.


William A. “Bill” Jenkins

Jesup—William A. “Bill” Jenkins, 66, of Jesup died May 21, 2020.

The Ohio native had lived in Wayne County and was a retired maintenance manager with Rayonier of Jesup and was formerly connected with Inland Steel and LTV. He thoroughly enjoyed restoring antique muscle cars.

Survivors include three daughters, Annie Jenkins of Austin, Texas, and Lauren Jenkins and Madeline Jenkins, both of Athens; mother, Rita Jenkins of Macon; sisters, Peggy Neuman of Macon and Patty Batchelor of Eatonton; and a brother, Chuck Jenkins of Peachtree City.

Private services are being held by the family.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Jeanette C. Walling

Jesup—Jeanette C. Walling, 86, of Jesup died May 21, 2020.

She had lived in Wayne County most of her adult life and was a self-taught quilter, cook and “wonderful” homemaker.

She was predeceased by her sons, William Ralph Walling Jr. and Ronald David Walling.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, William “Bill” Walling Sr. of Jesup; children, Billy Walling of Jesup, Tommy (Cheryl) Walling of Patterson, Douglas (Terrie) Walling of Jesup, Henrietta Garrison of Hinesville and Michael (Debbie) Walling of Tampa, Florida; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and other extended relatives.

Graveside funeral services were held May 24 at Jesup City Cemetery with the Rev. Damien Salazar officiating.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


James R. Houg

Jesup—James R. Houg, 82, of Jesup died May 25, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Stuart, Florida, he served in the United States Air Force and United States Navy during the Congo Crisis. He assisted in the craftsmanship of Apollo 13 and spent his free time with his Masonic brothers and Shriners.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Edith K. Houg of Jesup; a daughter, Teresa, and granddaughter, Kim, and fiancé, Seth; six great-grandchildren, Orion, Ronan, Nathaniel, Jeremiah, Daymen and Cassidy; and a brother, George Houg.

A memorial service with full military and masonic honors will be observed at a later date. Interment will be in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Charles E. Kirkland

Jesup—Charles E. Kirkland, 68, of Jesup died May 25, 2020, surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Affinis Hospice.

The Wayne County native was a lead operator in the finishing room with Rayonier.  When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed riding horses, camping and doting on his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, W.C. and Julia Kirkland, and a sister, Pauline Manning.

Survivors are his wife of 49 years, Sarah Kirkland of Jesup; two daughters, Angie (Jamie) Howard and Pam (Scottie) Jackson, both of Screven; five grandchildren, Clinton Howard, Sydney (Hunter) Landon, Rileigh Howard, and Alex and Paislee Jackson; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Patricia Wiggins, Dawn and Sammy Sikes, Carolyn and Jimmy Kirby, Gladys and Wendell Mullis, Billy Thigpen and Rodney Crews; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Liberty Cemetery with Stanley English officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Murray, Robert Todd, Roger Anderson, Dwayne Anderson, Robbie Sapp, the A & B winder shift employees of Rayonier, Lynn Sapp Williamson, Linell Roberson, Mary Anderson, Jerry and Cynthia Parker, Tommy Wolfe, T.C. Wolfe and Anthony Gilbertson.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the cemetery.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.


Dan O. Tanner

Odum—Dan O. Tanner, 73, of Odum died May 20, 2020, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 15, 1946, in Douglas to the late Baynard Tanner and the late Nancy Kathleen Kirkland Tanner.  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Jesup, where he served as a deacon. He was a retired electrician at Rayonier Advanced Materials and served in the Air National Guard.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Claire Tanner.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Lynn Tanner of Odum; a son, Steven Tanner, and his partner, James Elliott Jr., of Smyrna; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Larry Varnadoe of Baxley and Sharon and Robert Brown of Yulee, Florida; five nieces and four nephews.

A private graveside service was held May 22 at 11 a.m. at Omega Cemetery with Dr. Felix Hanes and Dr. Mike VonMoss officiating.

Active pallbearers were Richard Odum, David Douglas, Phil Douglas, Woody Folsom, Nathan Scarborough and Max Bookhardt.

Honorary pallbearers were Jesup Rayonier retired maintenance electricians and Rayonier electric shop workers.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church of Jesup or Hospice of South Georgia.

Musical selections were rendered by Joe Pritchard Jr.

Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.