6.7.17 obituaries

Bobby Sikes
Jesup—Bobby Sikes, 72, died June 3, 2017, at Harborview Healthcare under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A native of Lyons and former resident of Townsend and St. Augustine, Florida, he was born on Aug. 6, 1944, to the late Raymond and Louella Soperton Sikes.
He was a carpenter by trade and had worked at Desco Boat Yard in St. Augustine, building shrimp boats when he lived there, and most recently was a foreman with R.B. Gay Company.
He was an avid sports fan and volunteered countless hours coaching baseball, softball and football. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and mud racing, but more than anything else, he loved spending time with his family. His love of life and laughter made him easy to love and hard to forget, his family said.
He spent his last few years traveling in his motor home between Panama City, Florida, and Jesup, visiting with family and living life to the full, according to his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Eddie Arnold Sikes; his brother-in-law, James Mimbs; and his beloved companion, Beatrice Fore “Granny Bea.”
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Erik and Jennifer Sikes of Panama City, Florida; a daughter, Samantha Sikes of Screven; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Betty Sikes and Bob Crosswhite of Daleville, Alabama, Helen Sikes Mimbs of Vidalia, and Carol Sikes and Johnny Koutelas of Holiday, Florida; grandchildren, Phoenix Sikes, Tori Harless, Jordan Sikes, Kai Sikes and Aubree Sikes; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
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Mildred Davis Hatcher
Jesup—Mildred Davis Hatcher, 80, of Jesup died June 2, 2017, in Coastal Manor Nursing Home after an extended illness.
The Pierce County native had lived in Wayne County most of her life. She was a member of Jesup Presbyterian Church and a retired beautician. She enjoyed shopping, flower gardening, traveling and visiting with friends.
Her most favorite title was “NeNa” to her wonderful grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Joe B. Davis and John McNiel Hatcher; a son, Jeffrey Allan Davis; parents, James Alvin and Inez Walker Ivey; sisters, Mary Hodge and Dorothy Brooker; brothers, Robert, Cecil, J.L. and Vernon Ivey.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and the Rev. Steve Larson of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Tempie Davis of Jesup; three grandchildren, Miki and Brooks Blanton of Jesup, Jordan Davis of Jesup, and Matthew Davis of Franklin; two great-grandchildren, Tess and Blaice Blanton; three sisters, Debbie Norton of Patterson and Glenda Frazier and Linda Heideman, both of Blackshear; a brother, Glenn Ivey of Patterson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held June 5 at Jesup Presbyterian Church with Pastor Pete Ullman and the Rev. Steve Larson officiating. Interment was in the Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Roy Davis, Bill Carter, Dr. Dan Collipp, Tommy Thompson, Ed Exley, Mike Peach and Jeff Hires. Honorary pallbearers were members of Jesup Presbyterian Church and employees of Coastal Manor Nursing Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jesup Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 803, Jesup, GA 31598.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
Thelma Hughes Aitkens
Jesup—Thelma Hughes Aitkens of Jesup died June 4, 2017, at the age of 95.
She was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, to Grady Garland Hughes and Della Anne Blakeley. She attended Arkansas A&M for two years prior to her marriage in 1942 to John Lorry Aitkens (Larry) of Houma, Louisiana. At the time he passed away on May 10, 2015, the two had been married 72 years and had been recognized by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter as the longest married couple in Georgia.
They built and moved into their home at 188 Shirley Lane in Jesup in 1957 and resided there together for more than 58 years. She loved her friends in the Harper Street/Elm Street neighborhood and participated in many of the community events at Cracker Williams Recreation Center.
In addition to being a devoted wife and mother of three, she was active in home, church and community, always doing for others, according to her family. She loved to sew, cook, golf, play bridge, arrange flowers and socialize with her many friends.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, the Joy Class, Church Circle 2, Pine Forest Country Club and Jesup Garden Club. In her younger years, she was a Pink Lady at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John L. and Martha Aitkens Jr. of Athens and Robert and Terri Aitkens of Sandy Springs; and a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Aitkens and Joseph Hodge of Milledgeville.
Additional survivors include her granddaughter and her husband, Jennifer Lori Hodge and Russell Schweller of Charlottesville, Virginia; a grandson and his wife, Robert Stewart and Ashley Aitkens of Alpharetta; a granddaughter and her husband, Teresa Aitkens and Eric Cloud of Perry; and two grandsons and one granddaughter, Robert Kamper Aitkens, William Thomas Aitkens and Lorry Elizabeth Aitkens, all of Sandy Springs (the children of Robert G. and Terri Aitkens).
Other survivors are five great-grandchildren, Leah Clare Schweller, Elias Joseph Schweller, Sydney Cheyenne Aitkens, Ally Logan Aitkens and Veronica Lancaster Cloud, and two nieces, Ann Williamson of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Connie Skinner of Alexander, Arkansas.
She was a resident of Arbor Terrace Assisted Living of Athens for the last year and a half. During her last few years, she was nursed by a number of devoted caregivers in both Jesup and Athens. She was always appreciative of their care and attention, as were her children.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Jesup with Pastor Tucker Lewis officiating. A reception will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, 205 E. Cherry St., Jesup, Georgia, 31546.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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