5.8.19 Obituaries

Iris Warnock Davis

Jesup--Iris Warnock Davis, 85, of Jesup died May 5, 2019, at her residence and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

The Lyons native lived in Wayne County all of her adult life, was a member of Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church and a homemaker.

She enjoyed working in the yards and the garden with her late husband of 64 years, James H. “Jimmy” Davis.

Survivors include her daughters, Janet Goff (Michael Rush) of Jesup and Dianne (Butch) Cole of Jesup; a grandchild, Jason (Brittany) Cole of Jesup; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Davis and Judy (Jerry) Long of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church with Pastor Ray Worley officiating. Interment will be in Jesup City Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be family.

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

Memorial donations may be made to Cornerstone Pentecostal Church, P.O. Box 441, Jesup, GA  31598.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Patty Carter Steptoe

Odum—Patty Carter Steptoe, 62, of Odum died May 4, 2019, from injuries sustained in a fall.

The Appling County native lived in Wayne County most of her adult life. She was a member of Flint Branch Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include her sons, Jamie (Debbie) Adams and Robert “Robbie” (Wendy) Adams of Odum; a brother, Richard “Ricky” Allen Carter of Baxley; and grandchildren, Walter Revels and Dusty Faulk.

Funeral services were held May 7 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Scott Hickox officiating.  Interment was in Flint Branch Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ralph Ward

Odum--Ralph Ward, 83, of Odum died May 5, 2019, at his home and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

The McRae native and former resident of Manor lived in Wayne County the past 50 years and was a member, deacon and treasurer of Jesup First Baptist Church.

He lettered in basketball at Brewton-Parker College and graduated from Georgia Teacher College. He was vice president of SunTrust Bank for 43 years. He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserve Unit. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.

He was predeceased by his wife, Gwen McQuaig Ward; a sister, Jean Thompson; and parents, Walter and Sally Ward.

Survivors include his daughter, Lynne Beverly of Jesup; sons, Ralph Ward Jr. and John (Phyllis) Ward of Jesup; grandchildren, Wesley and Adam (Megan) Ward of Brunswick, Randy (Chasity) Beverly of Jesup, and Brandi O’Berry of Blackshear; sister, Gwen (Franklin) Smith of Centerville; brother, Harry (Ruth) Ward of Brunswick; great-grandchildren, Austin and Callie O’Berry and Levi Beverly; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Jesup First Baptist Church with Dr. Felix Haynes, Dr. Mike VonMoss and Randy Franks officiating. Interment will be in the Victory Methodist Church Cemetery in Manor.

Active pallbearers will be his grandsons and Michael Elliott.  Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Westberry, Dr. Bo Hall, Dr. Bob and Kathy Phillips, Jimmy Peet, Gene Lightsey, Dewitt and Ray Scarborough, Men’s Sunday School Class, Fred Fender and Hospice of South Georgia Staff.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ima Jean Bennett Harris

Jesup--Ima Jean Bennett Harris, 80, of Jesup died May 6, 2019, at her home and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia surrounded by family and special friends.

She was member of Gardi Baptist Church and widow of Raymond Major Harris.

She grew up in Screven and was a 1958 Screven High School graduate and enjoyed school basketball. She supported many business endeavors with her husband and was a former bookkeeper for several businesses.

In later years, she enjoyed Pine Forest County Club’s ladies tennis and participated in many tournaments.

She was also predeceased by her parents, Jim Henry and Tommie Lee Bennett, and brothers Labon and Dennis Vann Bennett.

Survivors include a daughter, Becky Harris (Wesley) Wilder of Jesup; two sons, Tim (Ellen) Harris of Jesup, Josh (Andrea) Harris of Jesup; a sister, Odean Bennett Lightsey of Screven; a brother, Jimmy Bennett of Williamsville, Missouri; grandchildren, Krystal (Chris) Douglas, Raymond Wilder, Colby (Amber) Harris, Heather (Ryan) Teeter, Jordan Harris and fiancé Heath Woods, Joshua Harris III and special friend Kayla Phillips, Natalie (David) Tyre, Alisa Grimes and partner Jessi Brannen, and Ben and Sam Simmons; great-grandchildren, Chase and Haidyn Wilder, Isla Harris, Olivia and Scarlett Douglas, Caylen Harris, Raylan Tyre, Callie Harris, Colbie Jean, and Reeve Woods; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended- family members.

Memorial services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Gardi Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Pruitt and the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.

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

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Lester Moses Sr.

Deacon Lester Moses Sr. died peacefully May 3, 2019, at his home following a lengthy illness.

He was born on April 13, 1934, to the late Festus  Moses Sr. and Leressa Tucker-Moses in Blackshear.

He was educated at the Wayne County Training School and was a veteran of the United States Army. After serving in the military, he returned home and was united in holy matrimony to Isabell Copeland-Moses on Jan. 9, 1960.

He became an ordained deacon and member of Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and taught Bible study and home mission as well as serving as president of choir No. 2.

He also served as the treasurer of the Prince Hall Altamaha Lodge No. 321. He served as scoutmaster for the local chapter of Boy Scouts in Wayne County. He was employed at Ace Hardware the Freezer Locker and later employed at Rayonier for 30 1/2 years as a crane operator.

He found great joy in gardening, visiting the nursing home, praising God and most of all spending time with his loving and devoted wife, Isabell, as well as his loving children and grandchildren.

He was well-respected among his family and his peers and will be sorely missed from his community, said his family.

He was preceded in death by both parents, Festus Moses Sr. and Leressa Tucker-Moses; his stepmother, Lottie Phillips-Moses; two sisters, Addie Mae Douglas and Lilla Mae Cooke; and two brothers, Robert Moses and Festus Moses Jr. 

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Isabell Copeland-Moses; his sons, William David (Susan) Copeland of Marietta, Lester (Regina) Moses Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, and Daniel Lynn Moses of San Antonio; his daughter, Lesia Lynette Moses of Douglasville; his sisters, Margaret (Theophilos) Boone of Jesup, Betty Jean (Leroy) Kelly of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Claudie Mae Sanfrisco of Tampa, Florida; his grandchildren,  Demarcus (Roselia) Green of Baxley,  Daniel Moses and Alexandria Nicole Moses of Akron, Ohio, Courtney Amanda Copeland of Boston, Massachusetts, and Ratana Moses and Elijah and Maurice Mebane, all of San Antonio; four great-grandchildren, Deonna, Jaylon, Cameron and Demarcos Jr.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and an “amazing” church family and friends.

There will not be a wake. Remains will lie for viewing Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Royal Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Services will be held Friday at Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Remains will lie for viewing one hour prior to services. Interment is in Jesup City Cemetery with military rites.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Dr. Barbara Ann Shaw

Vinings—Dr. Barbara Ann Shaw died on April 16, 2019.

She was a Bulloch County native but had lived in Vinings, Cobb County for 45 years.

She was a graduate of Georgia Southern University and earned a master’s and doctorate from the University of Georgia. She was retired as the director of communications and art for the Cobb County Board of Education. She previously taught at Brenau University, Kennesaw State University and the University of Georgia. She also did consulting work specializing in educational and legislative issues.

She founded Kaleidoscope, the visual and performing arts festival for Cobb County school students. She was a graduate of the Honorary Commanders Program and Leadership Cobb and was a past president of the Cobb Arts Commission. She served on the Georgia Council for the Arts for three years.  She is remembered for her vivacious and fun-loving personality. She was a hard worker and always enjoyed a challenge. She was a true friend to the many people who loved her, her family said.

According to her friend Bill Shipp, “She might have been a skilled news editor who could separate fact from fiction—if her ambitions had turned in that direction. Alas, she took another path. It became, of all things, an education lobbyist who seemed to know everything about Southern politics. In her heyday as a paid arm twister for Georgia school interest, she cheerfully took on any project she was assigned to improve the state’s often lagging public school programs.

“I did not know Barbara until late in her career—late 1960s or early 1970s. She once told me she had heard my name many times and once went out of her way to meet me and my pals at Rocco’s. At first, I was pleased and flattered, but later I learned she was not so keen on meeting me. She wanted an introduction to local legend Tom Watson Brown, whom she had heard was a sometimes social companion to me. So she showed up one day at Rocco’s, and suddenly there was a new member of our circle and a female Democrat from South Georgia. And as Brown regaled us with tall tales of the Georgia legal community, she could match him with equally outrageous (and probably true) stories of state employees, lobbyists and elective officials.

“She knew where every body was buried. Come to think of it, she might have been a better newspaperman than most journalists. Hardly a day passed when the legislature was in session that Barbara did not unearth several morsels of political gossip that would delight any politician or scribe who heard them.

“As for her hostess talents, she was a master of good manners, intellectual talk and excellent taste, though she spent years around Georgia old-timers who were schooled in off-colored stories, tales of endless legends of dear old Dixie. I shall miss Barbara. She was often the only person I could turn to for authenticating Georgia’s fake political news. She also was a friend of many of us who gathered at Tom Watson Brown’s house once a week to swap notes about politics. No matter how long I live, I doubt I will ever find another news source as knowledgeable and understanding as Barbara. She also worked for Otis Brumby Jr. when he was chairman of the Georgia State School Board. She became an invaluable assistant to Brumby, who needed all the authentic information he could collect about education in North Georgia.”

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Lucy Shaw of Jesup, and by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held May 2 at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home.

Donation may be made to the Marietta Rotary Foundation Children’s Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 711, Marietta, GA 30061 or Cobb County School District, Kaleidoscope Art Program, Attn: Stacy Levy, 514 Glover St., Suite 220, Marietta, GA 30060.


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