Matthew Paul Wiley
Jesup—Matthew Paul Wiley, 31, died in his home May 31, 2018, following an extended illness.
Born in Atlanta to Ann and Warren Wiley on Feb. 5, 1987, he soon became older brother and hero to baby sister Hannah, born just a little over one year later. His animated childhood quickly foreshadowed his future as a comedian to all those whom he would encounter, especially to his parents and Hannah.
He cared deeply for his family and friends, often expressing such through his natural talent for humor. Also known for his innate ability to relate to those closest to him, he always knew just what to say to elicit a smile--and usually a laugh--when others needed it most. Even in his last days, he showed concern for his family’s and friends’ well-being more so than his own, and he continued making them laugh until he passed.
Spending most of his life in Jesup, he used his natural talent and passion for graphic design and photography to further his career after graduating Wayne County High School in 2005. Self-taught, with no formal training, he designed logos for numerous restaurants and created an entire catalog for a small business, revolving solely around his own photography, original graphics and digital design.
Before he passed, he worked in cabinetry for Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, where his coworkers would also call him family.
Four years ago, he married Devin Todd of Jesup, and the pair shared a love of film, experimenting with new recipes, adopting and fostering cats, and traveling. The two particularly enjoyed beach trips with friends, and Matthew’s love of photography shines brightest in his portraits of his wife in nature. Their most unforgettable trip to New York City defined the couple’s journey together and created lasting memories for the two. Just as with all his other loved ones, he could make Devin laugh as no one else could.
Those who knew him best would not define the young man by his work but by his one-of-a-kind personality, including a devotion to good music, comedy, film and a thirst for politics. There was simply no one quite like him who could spin a current event to open others’ eyes to a fresh perspective, according to his family, who said, “He just had that gift.”
Predeceased by his father, Warren Wiley, he is survived by his wife, Devin; his mother, Ann; younger sister, Hannah; older sister and brother-in-law, Tanya and Danny Bradley; nephews, Owen and Benjamin; a niece, Naomi; and a strong network of friends built over the years, all of whom would classify him as family.
As per his wishes, family and close friends will celebrate his life and honor his memory at a private memorial at a later date.
Contact Howard & Jones Funeral Home for information regarding remembrances.
Rinehart and Sons
Anne Hamby Coleman
Jesup—Anne Hamby Coleman, 86, of Jesup, died June 7, 2018 in her home after an extended illness.
Celebration of life services are being held by the family.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Arthur J. “Joey” Foster Jr.
Ludowici—Arthur J. “Joey” Foster Jr., 47, of Ludowici died June 6, 2018, from injuries sustained in an accident on Highway 84.
Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Baggs Cemetery in Long County with Pastor Tom Gardner officiating. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (Saturday) at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home.
Out of Town
Willie Pearl Eunice Steedley
Folkston—Willie Pearl Eunice Steedley, 86, of Folkston died June 5, 2018, at Folkston Park Care and Rehab.
She was born Sept. 24, 1931, in Ware County to the late John Lester Eunice and Mary Margaret Crews Eunice. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Folkston.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Randall “Buddy” Steedley; a daughter and son-in-law, Yvonne and Dorsey Higginbotham; a sister, Ann Wildes; and a brother, J.L. Eunice.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Randall (Pam) Steedley, Sue (Billy) Soles and Denise Minnick (Craig Crews); three sisters, Ardath Harden, Leona Harden and Margaret Gorman; three brothers, Carlton Eunice, Mike Eunice and Jimmy Eunice; eight grandchildren and their spouses Bill (Wendy) Lee, Andy Lee, Catrena Pearl (John) Lisse, Sherri Lewis, Ashley Hartman, Jennifer Minnick, Jessica Minnick and Miranda “Randi” Steedley; six great-grandchildren, Samantha Lee, Brooke Davis, Anthony Lewis, Emily Lewis, John Dorsey “J.D.” Lisse and Rhett Knowles; a great-great-grandson, Zander Leung; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pineview Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home.