6.21.17 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
 
Loretta Drury Bishop
Jesup—Loretta Drury Bishop, 78, of Jesup died June 17, 2017, at her residence after an extended illness.
The Brantley County native had lived in Wayne County most of her life. She was a member of Bethlehem Wesleyan Church, where she was treasurer for 12 years and taught the Senior Adult Sunday School Class. She enjoyed restaurant management, gardening, growing and canning vegetables, and attending church services.
She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Wayne Bishop; two daughters, Debbie Kidd and Tammy Williams; two sisters, Adelaide Ivey and Anita Martin; and a brother, Gerald Drury.
Survivors include three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Irma Moody of Jesup, Laverne and Hubert Littlefield of Jesup, and Myra and Jesse Perkins of Lakeland, Florida; a foster son, Lawrence Hardwick of Jesup; a stepson and his wife, Mark and Kema Bishop of Gray; a stepdaughter and her husband, Vickie and Harrell Giltz of Gray; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Bishop of Jesup; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a special niece and caregiver, Saundra Outlan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Pastor Sheldon Rowell and the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.
Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Shon Mullis, Wayne Mullis, Jeff Mullis, John Martin, Ernest Frye and Woody Manuel. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Bethlehem Wesleyan Church and the staff of Hospice of South Georgia.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Gerald McDonald
Jesup—Gerald McDonald, 45, of Jesup died June 17, 2017, in Memorial Medical Center.
The Belle Glade, Florida, native lived in Wayne County most of his life and was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Wayne County High School, and a Nascar fan, and he loved the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
He was predeceased by his beloved granny, Rosebud Oliver; uncles, Jack, Donald and Richard Oliver; a nephew, David C. Shanklin; father, Benjamin Allen McDonald II; and aunt, Joyce Thornton.
Survivors include his mother, Grace Yarbrough of Jesup; siblings, Callie Long, Tina Shanklin, Allen McDonald III, Little Allen McDonald IV and Johnny McDonald of Jesup; aunt, Carolyn Mathis of Jesup; uncle, Larry Oliver of Denver, Colorado; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at First Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Dale McCoy officiating.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to services at the church.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
Dennis Edwin “Ed” Griffis
Jesup—Dennis Edwin “Ed” Griffis, 83, of Jesup died suddenly in his sleep on June 18, 2017.
Dennis, Ed or “Red” to friends and family north of the Mason-Dixon Line, was born Jan. 28, 1934, in Baxley. He and his siblings, John Henry, Jack, Weyman, Solomon, Mary and Louise, endured the careworn years of the Great Depression, which built his character as well as his substantial repertoire of family stories.
While pouring concrete for the floor of the Baxley Courthouse, he chanced to meet an airman who introduced him to the United States Air Force, where he then served in an active and reserve status for more than 30 years, predominately in the 934th Tactical Airlift Group Civil Engineering Squadron.
During the summer of 1952, while working at an Air Force recreational facility near Glacier National Park, he met his future wife, Lois “Polly” Fehring. They were married April 3, 1954, at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. After he left the Air Force, they settled in St. Paul and raised three sons, Dennis Jr., James and Glenn.
He worked for Control Data for several years and eventually retired to run a small collectibles shop in Oakdale, Minnesota. Following the closure of the shop, he devoted his attentions to his wife, grandchildren and coin collecting. After Lois’ passing on Sept. 10, 2012, he returned to Georgia and became reacquainted with Ruby Morgan of Screven. They were married Dec. 21, 2013, in St. Paul. They moved to Jesup in December 2014. Their pool parties on Harper Street were a delight to their grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Morgan Griffis of Jesup; his sister, Mary Watson of Odum; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis Jr. and Ruth Griffis of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Jim and Jan Griffis of Greenbrier, Tennessee and Glenn and Monika Griffis of McLean, Virginia; his stepchildren and their spouses, Janice and Larry Spell and Danny and Maralyn Morgan of Jesup; and grandchildren, Katarina, Caroline, Alexander and Molly.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Screven First Baptist Church.
Internment will follow at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minnesota. The family will receive friends at the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Screven First Baptist Church, 302 School Street, Screven, GA 31560.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
Jessie P. “J.P.” Thornton
Jesup—Jessie P. “J.P.” Thornton, 77, of Jesup died June 20, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Appling County native lived in Wayne County most of his adult life and was a member and deacon of Fellowship Baptist Church. He was a retired “Jack of all Trades” including operating heavy equipment, stockyard truck driving, delivery of gas and meeting the needs of many relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Leroy and Myrtle Thornton, and four brothers, Herschel, Bill, Edward and Daniel Thornton.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Wanda Hinson of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Steve Trowell of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Jessie and Samantha Thornton of Jesup; six brothers and three sisters-in-law, Roger and Faye Thornton of Jesup, Ben Thornton of Jesup, Henry and Shirl Thornton of Yulee, Florida, Richard and Melba Thornton of Baxley, J.E. Thornton of Baxley and James Thornton of Conroe, Texas; three grandchildren, James, Matthew and Hannah; a great-grandchildren, McKinley; four step-grandchildren, Ashley, Steve, Junior, Cody and Tabitha; step-great-grandchildren, Beau, Allison and Kayla; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Danny Daniels, the Rev. H.G. Ridgdill and the Rev. David Bohannon officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be his friends. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and members of the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held today (Wednesday) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
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