6.6.18 obituariess



Robert W. Pierce

Columbus—Robert W. Pierce died on June 1, 2018, at the Saint Francis Hospital in Columbus.

A native of Savannah, he was born to Mary Thelma Edlamen and Clesson Ellsworth Pierce on Sept. 6, 1930. He has been a resident of Columbus since 2015 and was a prior resident of Jesup for 39 years.

A graduate of Savannah High School, he completed his bachelor of arts degree in history at Presbyterian College and entered the United States Army as a first lieutenant. After honorably serving during the  Korean War and Vietnam Conflict, he retired from the Army after 20 years of service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his service, he was the recipient of a Bronze Star with “V” Device, a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, several Army Commendation Metals and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Following his retirement from the Army, he was employed by the Georgia Revenue Department, from which he retired after 16 years of service. A longstanding member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jesup, he served as treasurer, vestryman, Sunday school teacher and chairman of the Columbarium Committee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 47 years, Marianne Pierce; his brother, Byrd Pierce; his sister, Nan L. Harrell; and his grandson, Robert Skylar McClellan.

He is survived by his two sons, Robert C. Pierce (Diane) of Redmond, Utah, and Robert E. McClellan (Sandy) of Columbus; two daughters, Angela L. Hill of Boise, Idaho, and Cathy A. Hagler (Harold) of Salem, Alabama; 10 grandchildren, Austin Bulloch, Greg Bulloch, Angela Edwards, Jeff Hagler, Mark Hagler, Jamie Hill, Angela Picard, Brandon Pierce, Mike Pierce and Stacey Walden; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Howard & Jones Funeral Home, located at 777 S. First  St. in Jesup, June 7, 2018, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. June 8, 2018, at St. Paul‚Äôs Episcopal Church, located at 745 S. Palm St. in Jesup, with the Rev. Dee Shaffer, the Rev. Steve Larson and Deacon Marty Meuschke officiating. A graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. in the Greenwich Section of  Bonaventure Cemetery, located at 315 Greenwich Road in Thunderbolt, with military honors rendered by the U.S. Army.

Active pallbearers will be Ron Brooks, Jeff Hagler, Bryce Hagler, Jamie Hill, Mike Pierce and  Ben Chason. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Jesup Elks Lodge No. 2133.

Remembrances may be made to St. Paul‚Äôs Episcopal Church, 745 S. Palm St., Jesup, GA 31546; the Shriners Children’s Hospital, C/O ALEE Shiners, P.O. Box 14147, Savannah, GA 31416; or a local charity of your choosing.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.

Howard & Jones Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.


James Hugh “Jimmy” Sells

Screven—James Hugh “Jimmy” Sells, 78, died peacefully at home June 2, 2018. 

A resident of Screven for the past 11 years and a former resident of Atlanta, he was born in Atlanta Sept. 9, 1939, to the late Jesse Edwards Sells and Hazel Lillian Austin Sells. He was a roofer by trade who enjoyed hunting and racing cars in his early years.

In addition to his parents, his two sisters, Jessie JoAnn Sells Powell and Helen Joy Sells Chance, and his two nephews, Michael Edward Powell and James Dennis Powell, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Jean Sells of Screven; six nieces and nephews, Hazel Elaine Kinchen, Daniel Lee Powell and his wife, Debbie, George Andrew Powell and his wife, Theresa, Angela Lee Sanders and her husband, Larry, Samantha Ann Gay and her husband, Greg, and Toni Jean Hennly and her husband, James; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews and other extended-family members.

Private interment of his cremated remains will be in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Atlanta at a later date.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.

Howard & Jones Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.


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Elmer Lawrence  “Bill” Magee Jr.

Jesup—Elmer Lawrence “Bill” Magee Jr., 86, of Jesup died June 2, 2018, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

The New York native had lived in Wayne County the past 30 years and was a retired employee with the East Fishkill New York Highway Department. A U.S. Army veteran who had served in the Korean Conflict, he enjoyed bowling, dancing and spending time with his family.

Survivors are his wife of 58 years, Bobbie P. Magee of Jesup; two daughters, Terry (Dwight) Wang of West Park, New York, and Linda (James) Halvin of Kissimmee, Florida; two sons, Elmer “Karate”  (Barbara Jean) Magee III of Jesup and Billy (Bridget) of Hopeville Junction, New York; three brothers, Warren Magee of Pennsville, New Jersey, Charles Magee of Tryon, North Carolina, and John Magee of Landrum, South Carolina; 13 grandchildren; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville with full military honors.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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


Morris J. Phillips

Jesup—Morris J. Phillips, 75, of Jesup died June 4, 2018, in Southeast Georgia Health Systems in Bruns-wick after an extended illness.

The Pierce County native had lived in Wayne County most of his life and was a Baptist and a retired Rayonier machinist.

He was predeceased by his parents, Melvin and Pauline Phillips; a sister, Rita Brock; and a brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Gertrude Phillips.

Survivors are his wife of 54 years, Vicki Lewis Phillips of Jesup; two daughters, Leaisha Phillips and Laura (Tim) Sloan, all of Jesup; a brother, Carroll (Linda) Phillips of Tybee Island; four grandchildren, Matthew Phillips, Dylan, Evan and Jarrett Sloan; a brother-in-law, Arthur Brock of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. June 8, 2018, at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Gerald Greenlee officiating. Interment will be in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Jackey Peebles, Jimmy Peebles Jr., Lance Peebles, and Mell, Mike and Michael Phillips.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.

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


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