6.8.19 obituaries


Leeward E. Tarber Sr.

Screven--Leeward E. Tarber Sr., 86, of  Screven died June 2, 2019, at Wayne Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born to the late Solomon T. Tarber Sr. and Essie Mae Greene-Tarber in Screven. He was educated at Wayne County Training School and was enrolled in college at Morehouse College studying business management when he was drafted into the U.S. Army on Aug. 28, 1953.

He was a lifelong member of First African Baptist Church in Screven, where he was raised in that church as a child and remained until his untimely death. Over the years he became an ordained deacon as well as serving on the usher board, as a deacon, later as the chairman deacon, in maintenance and in any other capacity needed in his church. He was a loyal and dedicated member who loved his church and would do anything to keep it running smoothly, his family said.

After returning home from the military, he was employed at Rayonier where he worked as a supervisor before retiring. He then worked as a mechanic at Grover’s Garage in Screven.

He was known as a kind-spirited man who was well-respected among his family, friends and the community as a whole.

He enjoyed praising God, woodwork, carpentry, vehicle repair and spending time with his family.

He was the former husband of the late, Cleo Thomas-Tarber, and to that union three children were born, Melissa, Dianne and Leeward Jr.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by both parents, Solomon T. and Essie Mae Tarber Sr.; his children, Dianne Tarber and Leeward Tarber Jr.; three brothers, Solomon T. Tarber Jr., James Wesley (J.W.) Tarber and Clyde Tarber Sr.; a sister, Louise Marie Tarber and a brother in-law, Marcus Gaffney.

Survivors include a loving and devoted wife of 16 years, Jannie Harris Tarber of Screven; his daughters, Melissa Tarber of Chantilly, Virginia, SeTonia Pittman and Mavis C. Little (Wade), both of Tifton; a son, Richard D. (Ursula) Williams of Register; a brother, Benny (Esteene) Tarber of Peroria, Arizona; a sister, Hilda Gaffney of Screven; a sister-in-law, Annie B. (Jimmy) Hall of Crossland; 10 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held June 7 at First A.B. Church in Screven. Interment was Screven City Cemetery. Repast was in First A.B. Social Hall.

Royal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Margaret Simmons Strickland

Jesup--Margaret Simmons Strickland, 75, of Jesup died June 3, 2019.

The Wayne County native was a member of Crossroads Church of God. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening--especially flowers she loved to share.

She was the widow of James Riley “Jimmy” Strickland.

Survivors include her sisters, Nadine “Dixie” S. Martin of Fairburn and Joanne Evors of Jesup, and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral service were held June 6 at Crossroads Church of God with Pastor Hulet Smith and the Rev. Maurice Floyd officiating. Interment was in Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Brian, Shawn and Chad Sprouse, Paul and Justin Evors and Gunnar Montgomery.

Memorial donations may be made to Crossroads Church of God Children’s Fund, P.O. Box 127, Jesup, GA  31598.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Glenda Lastinger Felt

Jesup--Glenda Lastinger Felt, 78, of Jesup died June 3, 2019.

The Wayne County native was a charter member of Liberty Lighthouse Church and a homemaker who enjoyed gardening.

She was predeceased by her parents, J.B. and Bernice Lastinger; brother, Weldon Lastinger; sister, Leonice Warren; and daughter, Dana Felt Zara.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, David Felt of Jesup; daughters, Robin Miles, Terri (Kenny) Manning and April Felt of Jesup; sister, Merlene (Charles) Hutto of Jesup; seven granddaughters, Jennifer Jones, Jessica LaPradd, Paige Manning, Holly Manning, Laurel Miles, Morgan Morris and Melina Zara; and three great-grandsons, David, Julian and Oliver.

Funeral services were held June 7 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Hutto and the Rev. Ronnie Saylor officiating.  Entombment was in Screven City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family. Honorary pallbearers were members of Liberty Lighthouse Church and the staff of Heartland Hospice.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Sherlie Ann Parker Anderson

Jesup--Sherlie Ann Parker Anderson, 78, of Jesup died June 4, 2019.

She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church, a homemaker, a former Cub Scout leader and den mother and kindergarten teacher.

She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Georgia Poppell Parker.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Ellis Turner Anderson Sr. of Jesup; a daughter, Jennifer (Mike) Taylor of Jesup; sons, Ellis (Sharon) Anderson Jr. of Jesup and Eugene Anderson (companion, Donnie Sue Pendly) of Gainesville; six grandchildren, Joshua Anderson, Kristy Chesser, Magan Freeman, and Travis, Kaitlynn and Justin Taylor; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Harris and Chaplain Ryan Wilson officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be family.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Shrine’s Children’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL  33607 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-1942.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Sandra Faye  Wilcox-Westberry

Odum—Sandra Faye Westberry, 64, of Odum died at home May 22, 2019.

She was born in Macon Jan. 1, 1955, to the late Sam Wilcox and Helen Peacock. She worked for many years at Pineland Behavioral Health in Jesup, where she was known for changing the lives of many people for the better. She will be remembered for her loving nature and great sense of humor, her family said.

She was predeceased by her cherished daughter, Mandy Cruse-Hulsey.

She is survived by her beloved granddaughter, Abby Hulsey of Statesboro; sisters, Reba Lawrence of West Monroe, Louisiana, and Linda Feld of Lakeland, Florida; a brother, Kennith Sam Wilcox of St. Augustine, Florida; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held June 11 at 6 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home, 777 S. First St. in Jesup.

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Robert Dale Strickland

Rincon--Robert Dale Strickland, 60, of Rincon died June 4, 2019, in Woodland Health and Rehabilitation after lengthy illness.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Willie Smith and Louise Moore Hodges; his mother, Betty Strickland; and a brother, Mitch Strickland.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Strickland of Rincon; two daughters, Mandy Strickland of Birmingham, Alabama, and Elizabeth Strickland of Rincon; his father, James W. (Betty) Hodges of Jesup; brothers, Randy (Kim) Fennel of Issaquah, Washington, Raymond (Kim) Fennel of Peachtree City, Rusty (Melody) Hodges of Jesup, Ryan (Sheila) Hodges of Waycross; a sister, Renã (Quincy) Conner of Jesup; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts.



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