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Rosa Turner

Jesup—Rosa Turner, 81, of Jesup died June 12, 2018, at Harborview Nursing Facility following a lengthy illness.

She was born Oct. 2, 1936, to the late  Lawrence and Beulah Mae Maddox-Martin in Surrency.

She was a former employee and retiree of Waynline Furniture and Dr. Larry Bennett’s dentist office and was a former cook at a truck stop. She was a lifelong member of Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church, where she served  as a Sunday school teacher. She was the director of the Love Center, worked in the Missions Department and was also a lifelong member of the local branch of the NAACP.

She enjoyed reading, crafts, gardening and praising the Lord and spreading the gospel.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Fred Lee Turner Jr.; two sons, Frederick “Ricky” and Christopher Turner; and her siblings, Annie Mae Fabian, Ruby Attical, Mary Jennings and Lillie Holland.

Survivors include her son, Gregory (Tiffany) Turner of Tallahassee, Florida; five grandchildren, Daijah, Porsha and Christopher Turner, Crystal Stovall, and Trevaris (Kiele) McDaniel; one sister, Gloria (Fulton) Lambert: a devoted niece, Melissa Thomas; three sisters-in-law, Pearl Furr, Addie Robinson and Betty Turner; close friends, Esther Lee Perry, Deacon Don and Eliza Darden, Deacon Cliff Davis and Catherine Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church. Interment is in Jesup City Cemetery.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.   


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Eric “Guito” Honaker

Jesup—Eric “Guito” Honaker, 49, of Jesup died June 13, 2018, in Memorial University Health Systems in Savannah after injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident.

The Virginia native lived in Wayne County the past 28 years and was an owner and operator for Miller Transporters. He was passionate about motorcycles and hotrod racing and always tinkering with mechanical tools.

He was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Sandra Honaker, and brother, William Ray Honaker.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Rhonda Manning Honaker of Jesup; sons, Colby Huey, Dallas Honaker and Daniel Honaker (Brooke Bailey) of Jesup; sisters, Carolyn Russell of Shepherdsville, Kentucky and Barbara (Matt) Payne of Concord, North Carolina; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Screven City Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Wilcox officiating.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home prior to services at the cemetery.

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


William Jeffery Parker

Jesup—William Jeffery Parker, 49, of Jesup, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

The Fulton County native lived in Wayne County most of his life and was a former carpenter. He loved playing horseshoes, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.  He was predeceased by his father, Jack Randall Parker Sr.; a sister, Jacqueline Parker; and a stepbrother, Jason Foster.

Survivors include his son, Allen Parker of Odum; mother, Janice Hires Parker of Jesup; brother, Jack Parker Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio; a stepbrother, Chris Foster of Jefferson; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held June 15 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.

Interment was at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Shirley Hayes Murray

Jesup—Shirley Hayes Murray, 83, of Jesup and Park City, Utah, died June 14, 2018.

The Wayne County native was a member of Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. She enjoyed singing, dancing and spending time with her family.

She was the widow of Thomas Laverne Murray and was predeceased by her parents, Joe and Maude Hayes; a grandson, Tyler Turkington; a sister, Lawanda Yeomans; and brothers, Cub Hayes and Preacher Hayes.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Debby (Brent) Turkington of Park City, Utah; grandchildren, Barret Murray Turkington of Stevensville, Montana and Lucas Bradley Turkington of Park City, Utah; brother, Jerry Hayes of Jesup; sisters-in-law, Erleen Hayes and Patsy Hayes of Jesup; and several cousins.

Graveside funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Clayton Dowd officiating. 

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to graveside services.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


James Harrison “Jimmy” Davis

Jesup—James Harrison “Jimmy” Davis, 82, of Jesup, died June 12, 2018, at his residence after an extended illness.   

Funeral service were held June 14 at Cornerstone United Pentecostal Church with Pastor Ray Worley officiating.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




Willie Sewell Blanton

Jesup—Known as a dedicated servant of the Lord, Willie Sewell Blanton, 96, died June 12, 2018, at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, he was born on March 29, 1922, to the late Sidney Royal and Mary Delk Blanton.  He served his country in the United States Army during World War II, serving numerous appointments overseas, where he worked in communications.  After his return to the States, he also worked in communications at Fort Stewart until his retirement in 1985. He was a very active and hardworking member of Altamaha Baptist Church, where he attended the Love Thy Neighbor Sunday School Class.  Countless hours were spent working around the church cleaning and painting, doing the work of the Lord in his own way, according to his family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time but mostly loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Irma Reddish Blanton; one son, Jerry W. Blanton; two brothers, Wilfred Blanton and Sidney Royal Blanton Jr.;  and two sisters, Nelia Bennett and Lois Tucker.

Survivors include his daughter Vicki Blanton-Weaver and her husband, Danny, of Jesup; daughter-in-law, Harolyn Blanton of Odum; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Annette Rogers Neuhous of Clarkston and Nell and Ray Shell of Hephzibah; a half-brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Barbara Blanton of Dearing; four grandchildren and their spouses, James Kyle and Terra Ogden of Waynesboro, Christopher Sean and Katie Ogden of Odum, Carrie B. and Rick Peel of Jesup and Josh William and Dashia Blanton of K’ville; eight great-grandchildren; a longtime close friend, Emily Rowan; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.

Funeral services were held June 15 at Altamaha Baptist Church with the Rev. Stanley Todd and the Rev. Jack Lee officiating.

Interment followed in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery with military honors rendered by the United States Army.

Active pallbearers were Brad Reddish, Randy Purcell, Gary Blanton, Dennis Dunham, Brandon Purcell, Mickey Reddish, Rick Peel and Gary Tyre.   Honorary pallbearers were the friends and staff of Cotton Grove Estate and the members of the Love Thy Neighbor Sunday School Class.

Remembrances may be made to Altamaha Baptist Church, 6622 Oglethorpe Road, Jesup, GA 31545 or the Gideons International, P.O. Box 602, Jesup, GA 31598.    

Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Myrtle Carter Gordon

Webster, Texas—Myrtle Carter Gordon, 100, died June 14, 2018, in Webster, Texas, her home for the past 26 years.

A former resident of Columbus, Ohio, for more than 25 years and a longtime resident of Ludowici, she was born in Pierce County to the late Artimus and Fledia Steedley Carter.

She was a loving and devoted wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who devoted herself to her family and making her house a home her family said. She was a member of the Hickory Street Church of God for many years while she lived in Ludowici.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Plynie Oren Gordon; three brothers, Parnell Carter, Renell Carter and Regel Carter; and one sister, Margarite Carter Strader.

Survivors include her four children and their spouses, Madras and Dennis Anthony of Columbus, Ohio, Clarence Gordon of Friendswood, Texas, Novadine and David Saunders of League City, Texas, and Kenneth and Debra Gordon of Oak Grove, Missouri; grandchildren, Kevin and Timothy Anthony, Misty Dudley, William Scott Gordon, Dustin Gordon, Alischa Smith, Krista Aubuchon, Jason Arsola, Aaron Ward, Abra Ward, Anthony Ward and David Naghipour; 19 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be family.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Out of Town


Susan Patrick Emmons

Jesup--Susan Patrick Emmons, 37, died June 7, 2018, at her home in Fort Hood, Texas.

A memorial service well be held Monday at 6 p.m. at First Christian Church in Jesup.

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