5.6.20 obituaries


Frank Smith Boatright

Jesup--Frank Smith Boatright, 95, died peacefully at his home in Jesup on May 2, 2020.

He was born on May 17, 1924, to John Riley and Rosella Smith Boatright of Alma. He was a World War II veteran and a prisoner of war. He served in the U.S. Army, where he lost his right leg in 1944 at Saint Malo, France. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Honorable Service Lapel Button.

After receiving an honorable discharge in 1945, he returned home and married the love of his life, Wilma. He moved to Jesup in 1953 to work at Waynline and then worked at Rayonier from 1957 until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of Trinty Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for several years. He was proud to call this his church and Jesup his home.

He was predeceased by both parents; a son, Charles Danny Boatright; a great-great-grandson, Jaxon Frank Taylor; a son-in-law, J.D. Hayes; brothers, Ray and Truit Boatright; sisters, Warnell Loper and Idell Leggett; and eight half-brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Wilma Boatright of Jesup; daughters, Patsy Hayes, Sue (L.H.) Blocker, and Ellen (Bill) Taylor, all of Jesup; a daughter-in-law, Pat Boatright of Woodstock; five granddaughters, Dana Simbra, Kristie Hayes and Jan Taylor, all of Jesup, and Jennifer and Stephanie Boatright of Woodstock; four grandsons, Chris and Colby Blocker of Warner Robins, Billy Taylor of Jesup and Charlie Boatright of Woodstock; five great-granddaughters, Courtney Crabb of St. Simons Island, Katlin Teston of St. Simons Island, and Isabela Simbra, Hannah Taylor and Ella Grace Taylor, all of Jesup; two great-grandsons, Patrick Taylor of Chickamauga and Jessie Taylor of Atlanta; a great-great-granddaughter, Blythe Crabb of St. Simons Island; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private family graveside funeral services were held May 5 at Martha Memorial Cemetery in Bristol with Dr. Ron Wilcox and the Rev. Bill Burnette officiating.

In lieu of flowers, family request memorials be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 2061 Spring Grove Road, Jesup, GA 31545 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd, Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



James “Sabord” Woods

Jesup--James “Sabord” Woods, 80, of Jesup died May 5, 2020, after an extended illness.

The Wayne County native was a member of Jesup Church of God and an accomplished pianist who enjoyed sharing his love of music and ministry with others. He received his doctorate in English literature from the University of Tennessee and was most noted by many students and faculty alike as an English professor for 40 years with Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

His love for family and Wayne County brought him home in retirement years where he shared his talents and “Love for Our Lord Ministry.‚“

He was predeceased by his parents, Jim and Phearby Dukes Woods; and brother, George Woods.

Survivors include his sisters, Patricia Hathaway of Savannah, Sarah (Ron) Bolt of Jefferson, Virginia, (Donald) Dent of Odum, Mary Ellen (Terry) Harris of Marietta and Jan (Sampy) Altman of Warner Robins; a brother, Ken (Fay) Woods of Jesup; and many other extended relatives.

Private family graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at George Cemetery with the Rev. Stanley Todd and Pastor Clayton Dowd officiating.

Memorials are requested to be sent to Lee University, 1120 N. Ocoee Street, Cleveland, TN, 37311.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


LaWanda Jean Bryant

Jesup--LaWanda Jean Bryant, 66, of Jesup and Macon died March 30, 2020, in Macon.

She loved her word- search puzzles and Investigation Discovery television.

She was preceded in death by her son, Johnnie Raymond Bryant; her father, Marcus Bryant; her mother, Mary Ellis; her sisters, Annie “Geri” Bryant of Jesup and Macon, Glanda Vickery of Macon, and Gladys Taylor of Alma; and her brothers, Marvin Bryant of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Ricky Bryant of Jesup.

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her two surviving daughters, Eileen Julia “Margie” (Robert) Falconer of Fort Mohave, Arizona, and Mary Ruth Sellers of Los Angeles, California; three granddaughters, Kandace Gibson of Griffin, Mercedes Thomas of Macon, and Jocelyn Huls of Las Vegas, Nevada; a grandson, Justin Veditz of Simi Valley, California; six great-grandsons, Dakota and Logan of Griffin, Ra, Horus and newborn Anubis of Macon, and newborn James of Las Vegas, Nevada; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Marilyn Bryant of Jesup, Sybil and Roger Harris of Jesup, Pat Bryant of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Martha and John NeSmith of Metter and Willis Vickery of Macon; two brothers and four sisters-in-laws, Charles and Darlene Bryant of Jesup, Kenny and Toni Bryant of Barnwell, South Carolina, Brenda Bryant of Crown City, Ohio, and Pearl Bryant of Jesup; and several loved and adored nieces and nephews.

The family will have a private celebration of life and spreading of her ashes later this year in Jesup.


David Carter

New York--David Carter, 67, a native of Jesup died on April 30, 2020, in New York City, where he had lived for many years.

A graduate of Wayne County High School, he attended Emory University, where he earned a degree in religion and French. He spent his junior year of college studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. He later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a master’s degree in 1978 in South Asian Studies.

He moved in 1985 to New York City, where he was hired as an editor at Chelsea House Publishers. He published two books, a collection of Allen Ginsberg’s interviews, published as Spontaneous Mind and Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution. Stonewall was the basis of the documentary that aired nationally on PBS in the American Masters series.

He was often interviewed in the national and international media about the gay rights movement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.L. and Sarah Carter, longtime residents of Jesup.

Survivors include his brother, William C. (Lynn) Carter; three nieces, Josephine Monmaney, Sarah Davis and Susanna Carter, and five great-nieces and great-nephews.

Owing to restrictions set in place during the current COVID-19 health crisis which limit attendance, a private graveside service will be held in the Jesup City Cemetery.  However, a memorial service, which will be open to the public, will be held at a later date and will be announced.

Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.CarterOglethorpe.com.