6.18.16 obituaries

Bertha Marie Manning
Jesup—Bertha Marie Manning, 74, died suddenly June 15, 2016, at home.
A native and lifelong resident of Jesup, she was born on Sept. 9, 1941, to the late Walter and Beatrice Griffis Graham. She was educated in the Wayne County school system and graduated from Jesup High School in 1959.
She worked in the food-service industry and was known as a loving mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church for more than 35 years and enjoyed gardening, reading, watching Wheel of Fortune and scratching lotto tickets in her spare time.  Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, and she cherished the time they spent together.
In addition to her parents, her husband, Curtis Manning, and her grandson, Brandon Tyler Manning, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Richard and Tammy Graham of Jesup, Donnie Manning Sr. of Macon, Vickie Flowers of Jesup, Mikell and Patti Manning of Jesup, Curtis Jr. and Tina Manning Jr. of Jesup and Brian Manning and his fiancé, Rose, of Jesup; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Phyllis Graham of Screven and Jervis and Sherrie Graham of Winder; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Vivian and Gary Pritchard of Orlando, Fla., Imogene Landon of Jesup and Cathy and Leonard Troupe of Jesup; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Oglesby, the Rev. Jack Lee and the Rev. Ron Wilcox officiating.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be David Manning, Chris Manning, Justin Manning, Steven Manning, Donnie Manning and Matthew Flowers. Honorary pallbearers will be Travis Kasperian, Chase Manning, Jeremy Manning and Nicholas Manning, Grant Hall, Justin Hall, Chase Bunch, Brandon Bunch, Randy Mobley, Brandon Mobley, Richard Allen Graham, all her granddaughters and Garrett Pye.
Family and friends may sign  the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons
Mary Godwin Bird
Jesup—Mary Godwin Bird, 83, of Jesup died June 15, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah after a short illness. 
The Wayne County native was a member of Jesup First Baptist Church, The Golden Ruler’s Sunday School Class and a 1949 graduate of Screven High School.  She was a retired unit clerk for 27 years with Wayne Memorial Hospital and enjoyed working with flowers and feeding her birds.
She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, William “Bill” Bird; parents, Everett and Lavada Westberry Godwin; and a brother, Carroll Godwin.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, DeLisa Bird  and Ray House of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. William Anthony Bird and Dr. Beverly Bird of Roswell; a brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Alinda Godwin of Screven; a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Claude and Cleora Bird of Baxley, and Marilyn Godwin; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday) at Jesup First Baptist Church with Dr. Mike VonMoss officiating.  Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be Randall Rozier, Gary Bird, Cody Godwin, Ed Exley, Scott Godwin and Jeremy Godwin.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com. 
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Faye Tanner Carter
Jesup—Faye Tanner Carter, 85, of Jesup died June 16, 2016, in Golden LivingCenter after an extended illness.
The Mississippi native lived in Wayne County most of her adult life and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class.  She enjoyed cooking, needlework and visiting with her family. 
She was the widow of Olon H. Carter.
Survivors include her two daughters, Tanya McCarty and Jan Arwood (Bill Harvey) of Jesup; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edgar and Sharon Carter of Brunswick and Charles “Chuck” and Lisa Carter of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Venus and Geoff McIntyre of Jesup, Jami and Zach  Hall of Cohutta, David and Rachel Kuhns of Jesup, Jeremiah Arwood of Hortense, Alison and Seth Parmer of Jesup, Jody and Ashli Carter of Brunswick, and Deanna Carter of Orlando, Fla.; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating.  Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be Geoff McIntyre, David Kuhns, Jeremiah Arwood, Zach Hall, Jody Carter Sr., and Jody Carter Jr.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Joy Sunday School Class of Calvary Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 9, Jesup, GA  31598.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Don Reynolds Story Sr.
Jesup—Don Reynolds Story Sr. reached the well-earned age of 69 years, successfully achieving the status of curmudgeon before shedding his shell, passing from this earth of apparently natural causes.
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla., he relocated to Jesup in 1996 to eventually become part-owner and fixed-operations/service manager of Walker Chevrolet. He was the namesake of Stories Restaurant, becoming a regular fixture in the dining room, quipping that it was “the only time he ever got to eat lunch with his wife.” His most recent adventure was co-managing Sunset Storage Facilities.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 48 years, Angela W. Story, whom he met on a blind date in the lobby of Sally Hall at Florida State University. He eventually came to his senses and transferring to the University of Georgia, graduating in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, interrupted only by his service as a corpsman in the United States Navy, serving in the Vietnam War.
He is also survived by his only daughter and the apple of his eye, Adrienne Story Lawhorne, and son-in-law, Lee and his son and prodigal namesake, Don Reynolds Story Jr., and daughter-in-law, Marie. His only grandson, Bennett Walker Lawhorne, was one of many of his sources of pride and joy, carrying forth his integrity, work ethic and stubborn nature. Additional survivors include an elder sister, Marlene Parker; several sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law and many nieces, nephews and good friends who remember him for his unique dry wit and with fondness, laughter and admiration.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Russell Story and Margaret Olivia O’Steen Story, and his sisters, Paulann Jakeway and Jean Story Turner.
He had a genteel nature and quiet strength as he walked forth and carried a big stick, though he needed not wield it often (fortunately, for those who never experienced it). He mentored many in his employ and commanded the respect of most who were blessed enough to have the privilege of knowing him. He was a human lie detector with a deep, booming voice and an icy cold stare who could put the fear of God in anyone when necessary. Sometimes he did it just for fun.
He was a spiritual man, regularly attending church on the Altamaha River in his custom-painted camouflaged Gen3 john boat with a 60-horsepower motor. He knew every twist, turn and submerged tree stump in that river and how to avoid them. He had his secret sweet-spot fishing holes and listened to the sermon on the radio every Sunday as he deepened his relationship with the Lord (Calvert). He was an expert fisherman and fisher of men. He sowed the seeds of his little spot of earth on this planet as well as people in which he felt strongly about investing his time and energy.
A private celebration of life with family will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the NO COAL ASH in Wayne County fund, a cause for which he felt very strongly, and the Altamaha Wildlife Federation, of which he was a founder. His last and final request was “PLEASE, for heaven’s sakes, people, DON’T VOTE FOR HILLARY.”
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com. 
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Monroe Thornton
Jesup—James Monroe Thornton, 67, of Jesup died June 16, 2016, at his residence after an extended illness. 
The Pierce County native was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and a U.S. Marine Veteran.  He was a retired painter who enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. 
He was predeceased by his wife, Ethel Thornton; parents, Ennis and Hester Thornton; and brothers, Vernon and Earl Thornton.
Survivors include his daughter, Jenny and Russell Shahan of Jesup; sisters and brothers-in-law, Josephine and Russell Colvin and Louise and Billy Outler of Winter Haven, Florida; brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Pearline Thornton of Jesup; two grandchildren, Christina (Jason) Tschantz and Jade Williams; and two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Alexa Tschantz.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 3 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ron Wilcox officiating. Private interment will be in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
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