5.3.17 Obituaries

Bobbie Jean Darling-Freeman
Jesup--Bobbie Jean Darling-Freeman,70, of Jesup, died April 29, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, following a lengthy illness.  
She was born Feb. 17, 1947, to the late Ruth Mae Staley and Thomas Darling Sr. in Bunell, Florida. She was educated at Wayne County Training School and was an active member of Bethlehem Temple Church. She worked most of her life as a homemaker and caretaker of her family and grandchildren and was a neighborhood mother to many. 
She was preceded in death by both parents, Ruth Mae Staley and Thomas Darling Sr.; her stepfather, James Staley; her husband, Robert Kincade Sr.; her grandparents, George and Flossy Mae Wright; her son, Isaac Kincade; her sisters, Sarah McKinnon, Vivian Coney and Bernice Witherspoon; and her brothers, Thomas Darling Jr. and Lemon H. Darling.
She is survived by her children, Robert and Christine Kincade Jr. of Norman Park, Delilah Kincade, Carl Kincade, Anthony and Demetrice Kincade, Arthur Kincade, Sharon Kincade, and Cornelius Jennings, all of Jesup; special godchildren, Berry and Shanequa Wright, both of Jesup; a daughter in-law, Belinda Kincade, Jesup; her siblings, Georgia Mae Gonzales, Tifton, Johnnie and Willie Mae Staley, Norman Park, Andrew Lee and Emma Staley, Moultrie, Jerome Staley, Tifton, and Thomas Darling III of Melbourne, Fla.;  a daughter-in-Christ, Pearline Cobbs, Jesup; a sister-in-Christ, Mae Jones, Jesup; Aunt Alice; her special friend, Robert Brock, Jesup; special cousins, Naomi Nixon and Juanita Darling Green; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 
Visitation is today (Wednesday) at Bethlehem Temple, 200 Walker St., from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at St. John First Born Holiness Church, 386 W. Poplar St. Interment will be in Pinecrest Cemetery.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charlotte Louise Unruh Murphy
Charlotte Louise Unruh was born Dec. 13, 1946, at Salem, Marion County, Oregon, the daughter of Robert Earl Unruh and Irma Charlotte Illert. 
She was predeceased by her son, Sean William Murphy, her parents and two brothers, Robert Earl Unruh, Jr. and Daniel Lee Unruh. 
She is survived by her husband, William Louis Murphy, of Jesup, Georgia; daughter, Erika Kathleen Martin, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Louis and Susana Murphy, of Provo, Utah; son, Michael Patrick Murphy of Athens, Georgia; and daughter and son-in-law, Megan Colleen and Kenneth O’Bara of Waycross, Georgia. She is also survived by grandchildren, Kenneth, Nathaniel, Sebastian, Jacob, Joseph and Kevin; her brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Sherri Unruh of Seaview, Washington; Mike and Kristi Unruh of Florence, Oregon; and John Unruh of Seaview, Washington; and many nieces and nephews and her special friend, her dog, Hope.
Charlotte passed away at her home with her family and friends on Friday, April 28, 2017 after an extended illness. Her family was assisted in home hospice care by Heartland Hospice.
Charlotte spent her childhood and teenage years in and around Salem, Oregon, and Long Beach and Ilwaco, Washington. She attended Gervais High School in Oregon and graduated from Ilwaco High School in 1965. She then attended Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, where she graduated in 1969. While in college, she sang in the choir for all four years and has enjoyed reminiscing about it ever since. She also studied advanced piano and accompanied soloists. The day after graduation, she was her roommate, Suzanne’s, maid of honor, in Seattle, and she decided to stay in Seattle. When she didn’t quickly obtain a teaching position there, she became a teller at National Bank of Commerce.
Charlotte was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at college by Suzanne and continued to attend in Seattle. She was baptized November 15, 1969 and has been active in church activities and lay leadership for over 47 years. She has been a leader in the children’s Primary organization and the women’s Relief Society organization and taught for 4 years in the church’s high school student’s early morning religious education program.
Charlotte and Bill Murphy, her husband of almost 47 years, met at a church social April 2, 1970, and they were married July 18, 1970. Their marriage was “sealed for eternity” at the Salt Lake Temple of the church in February 1975, and together they raised five children. Charlotte thrived on growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables in her garden, which she used to nourish her family. She took great pride in cooking from scratch, including baking bread, canning, making her own salsa, and using her fresh grown fruit to make pies in addition to a variety of other favorite recipes. She taught piano lesson to some of her own children as well as to paying students, and continued to enjoy accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists at church and in the community throughout her life.
Shortly after Charlotte and her family relocated to Jesup in 1990, Charlotte obtained her Georgia teaching certification and began teaching Cedarwood students at Oak Vista Elementary School and completed her Master’s Degree at Armstrong University. She then taught Special Education at Odum Elementary and after retirement taught Early Intervention at James E. Bacon and Jesup Elementary. Charlotte enjoyed teaching, both as a profession and as a volunteer, in many settings.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on May 5, 2017 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home, on First Street, in Jesup, Georgia.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on May 6, 2017 at the Jesup Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunset Boulevard in Jesup, with President H. Wayne Broadhead officiating.
Interment will follow, next to her son Sean, at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery in Jesup, Georgia.
Julian Dewayne Thornton
K’ville—Julian Dewayne Thornton, 76, affectionately known by his friends and family as J.D., May 1, 2017, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A native and lifelong resident of K’ville, he was born on Aug. 1, 1940, to the late Julian and Lillian Griffin Thornton.  He worked as a welder and was a member of the Local 177 Union for 34 years before his retirement in 2003.  In his spare time, he did some farming and engineered and built almost anything imaginable out of stainless steel for his friends and family.  He loved fishing and spent countless hours on the river and in small ponds all over the countryside, practicing his favorite hobby.
In addition to his parents, his two brothers, Carroll Thornton and Farris Thornton Sr. preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Hazel Thornton of K’ville; son and daughter-in-law, Wiley and Emily Thornton of Baxley; daughter, Patti Thornton of K’ville; five grandchildren, Kristin Eunice, Seth Eunice, Kole Thornton, Cody Thornton and Amy Harrelson; five great-grandchildren, Brooke, Aaden, Mikey, Madison, Ronnie and Audrey; one sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and Bobby Williford of Jesup; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy and Joan Thornton of Jesup, Ralph and Diane Thornton of Hoboken and Glynn and Roberta Thornton of Senoia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.
Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. on today (Wednesday) at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Shane O’Neal officiating.  The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home.
Interment will be private.
 Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Thornton, Seth Eunice, Kole Thornton, Brinson Thornton, Farris Thornton Jr., Scott Sapp and Mark Thornton.
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
Judy Johnson Rikard
Jesup—Judy Johnson Rikard, 74, of Jesup died April 29, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Mobile, Alabama, native had lived in Wayne County for the past 32 years and was a member of Jesup First United Methodist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class and Circle Two. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, playing with many card groups and celebrating special occasions with her “Lady Bug” friends.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Lee H. Rikard of Jesup; two daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Dr. Edwin Davis and Kim and Charles Synder, all of Jesup; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Ann Johnson of Alexander City, Alabama, Edward and Gloria Johnson of Wetumpka, Alabama, and James and Paula Johnson of Cleveland, Tennessee; grandchildren, Cole Davis, Addi Davis and Tori Davis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) 11 a.m. at Jesup First United Methodist Church with Pastor Tucker Lewis officiating. Private family interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be her family. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Joy Sunday School Class, card groups and the “Lady Bug” friends.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Gregory “Greg” Jones
Jesup—Charles Gregory “Greg” Jones, 46, of Jesup died April 26, 2017.
The Wayne County native was a former truck driver and owner of Ava Lawn Care and enjoyed watching the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Survivors include his parents, Jeanette Griffis Jones of Jesup and Charles Edgar Jones of Guyton; a sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Gary Pierce of Guyton; two nieces, Kristen Pierce and Sarah Pierce of Guyton; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive friends May 6 at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Patricia Wright Roberson
Jesup—Patricia Wright Roberson, 72, of Jesup died April 26, 2017, at her residence after an extended illness.
The Pierce County native had lived in Wayne County for 32 years and was a member of Altamaha Baptist Church and Love Thy Neighbor Sunday School Class.
She was a homemaker, volunteer with the Wayne Memorial Auxiliary and enjoyed taking care of her family and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Wendell and Winnell Wright.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, George E. Roberson of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Emily Roberson of Jesup; daughters, Becky and Nicki Roberson of Jesup; a sister, Frances Cantrell of Bristol; eight grandchildren, Ethan, Hunter and Laura Kate Roberson, Bekah and Brittany Bennett, Paige and Riley Denison and Demi Edenfield; a great-grandson, Elisha Edenfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Jack Lee officiating. Private interment will follow in the Altamaha Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to Altamaha Baptist Church, 6622 Oglethorpe Road, Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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