Mary Ann Coney
St. Marys--Mary Ann Coney died June 17, 2019, after a brief illness.
Born on Feb. 26, 1961, in Glennville, she was known for her delicious cooking and her ability to make people laugh. She enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, and attending Agape Christian Fellowship in St. Marys.
In addition to her parents, Opal Lee Johnson and Lee Dorsey Thomas of Glennville, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Johnson of Jesup and Charles Johnson of Ludowici.
Survivors include six children, son Ronnie Bryant Jr. and daughter Cristy Bryant of St. Marys from her marriage to Ronnie Bryant of Kinston, North Carolina, and daughters Noria Coney and Robbie Coney and sons Dominique Bryant and Rickie Coney Jr. from her marriage to Rickie Coney of Jesup; seven sisters, Pearl Thomas, Joyce Thomas, Veerneda Scott (Thomas,deceased), Kizzie Spearman (Ernest) of Jesup, Bessie Harvey of Glennville, Dorothy Davis (James) of Nahunta and Della Wyman (Travis) of Vidalia; five brothers, Donnie Thomas, Prentis Johnson and Earl Thomas (Emma) of Jesup, Henry Johnson Jr. of Atlanta, and Apostle Johnnie Lee Thomas (Ida) of Waynesville; an aunt, Willye M. Candler of Jesup; two uncles, Clinton Williams and Ellis Williams (Betty) of Sarasota, Florida; 10 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held today (Saturday) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Community Chapel Funeral Home of Jesup.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Jesup New Life Church in Jesup. Interment will be in the Macedonia Cemetery in Ludowici.
Community Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Catherine Tyre Waters
Jesup--Catherine Tyre Waters, 85, of Jesup died June 20, 2019. A Wayne County native, she was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a homemaker who enjoyed her African violets.
Survivors are her husband of 66 years, Lee L. Waters of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Larry Aspinwall of Jesup; granddaughters and a grandson-in-law, Emily Jones of Jesup and Erica and Dan Brown of San Diego, California; great-grandchildren, Sydney and Harrison Brown and Grae, Callaway, Warner and Dade Jones; sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Landon Thrown of Brunswick and Joan and Roy Lenois of Daytona Beach, Florida; and a brother, Murrill Tyre of Albany.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. June 23, 2019, at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Vann Dempsey and the Rev. John Carlton officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Don Waters, Rick Thomas, Greg Mathis, Butch Clark, Bill Scott, Bob Tyre, Don Holland and Bobby Hughes.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., prior to services at the church.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
William F. Sigman
Winder--William F. “Billy” Sigman III, 44, of Winder died June 17, 2019.
He was born Sept. 2, 1974, in Jesup. He was a 1992 graduate of Stone Mountain High School in Stone Mountain. He was employed as a cabinet maker with OTLF Group in Winder and was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his father, William Fisher Sigman, and mother, Marie Miller Sigman, of Buford; a brother, Robert Miller Sigman, and Pilar Vasquez of Dacula; a niece, Isabella Marie Sigman; aunts and their spouses, Delene James of Folkston, Barbara Leigh and Steve Clark of Winder, Betty Rae and Larry Turner of Jefferson, and Rebecca Carolyn and Bill Beeler of Hendersonville, Tennessee; an uncle, William Miller of Screven; and numerous cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Buford. He will lie in state from noon until 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.
Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford is in charge of arrangements.
Charles E. Anderson
Naples, Florida--Charles E. “Chuck” Anderson, 90, of Naples, Florida, and formerly of Avon and Wilton, Connecticut, died May 22, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.
Son of the late Eldin H. and Marion Rae Anderson, he was born in Coos Bay, Oregon, and raised in Aberdeen, Washington. He attended Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington) on a basketball scholarship and met the love of his life and received a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was selected for Signals Intelligence. With a gift for cryptography, he was sent to Yale University for two years to learn Mandarin Chinese in the Foreign Asian Language Concentration (FALCON) program. He was then stationed in Japan during the Korean War, when he cracked code from Mandarin.
After the war, he was accepted on the G.I. Bill to Harvard University, where he received his master of business administration degree from the Business School. An industrial labor relations specialist, he began his career in Jesup at the pulp and paper plant owned by Rayonier Inc. Over the years, he was promoted to the New York City office, and the family moved to Wilton, Connecticut. He became chairman and CEO of Rayonier, and the company was acquired by the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (ITT). He later became executive vice president of ITT and chairman and president of the ITT Natural Resources Group.
He proudly served on many boards, including St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Wilton, Whitman College, Gettysburg College, the American Paper Institute and the America Forestry Environmental Committee. He was an avid believer in the power of education to transform lives. After his retirement, he was honored to have the opportunity to serve as interim president of Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) and then later as interim president for his cherished alma mater, Whitman College. He received honorary doctorates of humane letters from both colleges.
He was known for his quick, funny and loving wit, as well as his tenor voice, and he was always ready to join in a community theater production or a church or community choir. He was highly regarded as a public speaker, and he volunteered for numerous fundraisers. When not on the golf course, he was often spotted around a piano with the family and friends he loved and always with Marge at his side on the keyboard.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margery Botts Anderson, in 2014.
He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Fred and Patricia Bennion of Eugene, Oregon; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas E. Anderson and Cristine McMurdo-Wallis, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne E. Anderson and Jerald G. Shepherd of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Patricia A. and Michael Colburn of Simsbury, Connecticut; and two grandchildren, Kathleen Colburn and Andrew Colburn.
A celebration of life will be Aug. 3, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopalian Church, located at 553 Galleon Drive in Naples.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Charles E. and Margery B. Anderson Chair of Humanities and Classics or the Charles E. and Margery B. Anderson Scholarship Endowment by visiting Whitman.edu/give or contacting Whitman College, Department of Development, 345 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362.