5.29.19 obituaries


Janet Bullard Johnson

Jesup--Janet Bullard Johnson, 73, of Jesup died May 24, 2019, at her residence.

The England native had lived in Wayne County most of her adult life. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, a homemaker and a helpmate to her late husband of 54 years, the Rev. Charles “Purty and Good” Johnson Sr.

She enjoyed sewing and gardening. In addition to her husband, she was also predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Johnson, and her father, Earl Bullard Sr.

Survivors include two sons, Chuck (Leila) Johnson of Jesup, and Mike (Beverley) Johnson of Patterson; four grandchildren, Dalton Johnson, Taylor Smith, Beth Cummings and Danny Taylor; five great-grandchildren, Brin, Sawyer, Harland, Jasidy and McKinley; her mother, Joan Bullard of Patterson; a sister, Lynda Sue Thornton of Patterson; three brothers, David Bullard, Gary (Barbara) Bullard and Chubby (Stephannie) Bullard, all of Patterson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held May 28 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Danny Daniels officiating.  Interment was in Midway Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family members and friends.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Edgar D. Shaw Jr.

Jesup--Edgar D. Shaw Jr., 84, of Jesup died May 27, 2019, at his residence.

The former Bulloch County resident had lived in Wayne County the past 57 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jesup and a retired design engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, an avid golfer and member of the Pine Forest Men’s Golf Association. He also enjoyed making knives.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lucy Melton Shaw of Jesup; a son, Douglas Shaw of Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Von Moss officiating. Interment will be in Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be family and friends.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Golden Rulers Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1115, Jesup, GA 31598.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Sandra Faye Wilcox-Westberry

Odum--Sandra Faye Westberry, 64, of Odum died at home May 22, 2019.

She was born in Macon Jan. 1, 1955, to the late Sam Wilcox and Helen Peacock. She worked for many years at Pineland Behavioral Health in Jesup, where she was known for changing the lives of many people for the better. She will be remembered for her loving nature and great sense of humor.

She was predeceased by her cherished daughter, Mandy Cruse-Hulsey.

She is survived by her beloved granddaughter, Abby Hulsey of Statesboro; sisters, Reba Lawrence of West Monroe, Louisiana, and Linda Feld of Lakeland, Florida; a brother, Kennith Sam Wilcox of St. Augustine, Florida; and many nieces, nephews and friends.


Martin Luther Bridges

Swainsboro—Martin Luther Bridges, 89, of Swainsboro died May 27, 2019, at his residence.

He was born July 21, 1929, in  Wesson, Mississippi, to the late William Martin and Sarah Ella Wilson Bridges. He was an Air Force veteran, having served in the Korean War, where he received the UDC Cross of Military Service.  He also served in the Army Reserve.

He was a member and past master of the Masonic Lodge No. 244 in Swainsboro; past master in Eastman,  Lodge No. 279; and past master in Cochran,  Lodge No. 217.  He received his 50- year award from The Grand Lodge of Georgia.

He was a 1953 graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in agronomy. He was retired from the United States Department of Agriculture as a soil and water conservationist.  He was a devoted member of the Swainsboro Exchange Club and a member of the Swainsboro First Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir.

He was an Eagle Scout and an avid gardener.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Dr. Jean B. Bridges; three sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Jean “Beth” Bridges (Rob) McCall of Odum; two sons, Harold “Hal” (Charlotte) Bridges of Summertown and Robert William “Bob” Bridges of Shellman Bluff; five grandchildren, Joseph Bridges, Jenni Bridges, Gabe  McCall, Carson McCall and Bo McCall; and three great-grandchildren, Carleigh Bridges, Chloe Bridges and Vincent Bridges.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Swainsboro First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Robert Blankenship officiating assisted by the Rev. Casey Shaw.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow in the Swainsboro City Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church choir.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

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