Tue, 07/19/2016 - 4:00pm
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Richard G. “Buddy” Bennett Sr.
Screven—Richard G. “Buddy” Bennett Sr., 78, died July 15, 2016.
The Wayne County native was a member of Ritch Baptist Church and was ordained as a deacon in 1986 at Little Creek Baptist, the church he attended as a child under his father’s preaching. He graduated from Jesup High School, where he was a member of the 1954 Class A state championship football team. He earned a varsity letter from Stetson University (1956-1957) in Deland, Fla., and then transferred to the University of South Carolina (1957-1961), where he lettered three more years in football and earned a degree in education.
Best known as “Coach Bennett,” he coached at Waycross High School (1962-1963), Georgia Tech (1963-1964) under Coach Bobbie Dodd, the University of South Carolina (1964-1965) and Screven County High School (1965-1966). The pinnacle of his career was at East Tennessee State University (1966-1970), where his defense was nicknamed “Bennett’s Bandits” by the media. In 1969, Bennett’s Bandits led the conference in interceptions (37), and the team was the D-2A National Champions, beating Louisiana Tech when senior Terry Bradshaw played quarterback.
He was a defensive backfield coach for one year at the University of Tennessee, where his team set a conference record of 40 intercep-tions. In January 1971, the University of Tennessee Volunteers beat Air Force in the Sugar Bowl. From Tennessee, Bennett went to the University of Arkansas, where he served as the defensive coordinator for two years. With 27 interceptions and a 10-2 record in 1971, the Razorbacks played in the Liberty Bowl. Bennett’s next moves were to Georgia Tech (1973-1974) and Virginia Tech (1974-1978).
After his father died, Bennett returned to Georgia to be close to his mother. He resumed high school coaching at Jeff Davis High (1978-1980) and then at his alma mater, Wayne County High, (formerly Jesup High School). After retiring from coaching, he became an administrator at Wayne County High where he was most famous for swinging a paddle.
He retired from Altamaha Technical College, presently known as Coastal Pines Community College. Bennett was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
After retirement, Bennett founded Buddy’s Puddy, a disinfecting and pest-control service, and traveled the state of Georgia treating schools and lunchrooms. In his spare time, he enjoyed his farm, where he raised cattle and trained bird dogs.
He was predeceased by his parents, the Rev. Stetson Bennett Sr. and Irene Little Bennett; a brother, Dr. Reppard Bennett; and sisters, Violet Irene Bennett and Mary Ruth Bennett Tootle Strickland.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Jayne McCurdy Bennett; a daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Bert Oliver of Glennville; four sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Richard “Rick” and Maggie Bennett Jr. of Gainesville, Stetson and Denise Bennett III of Blackshear, John and Misty Bennett of Gray, and Dr. William and Mary Bennett of Rome; 16 grandchildren, Stella, Jaynie and Bennett Oliver of Glennville, Mac, Harper and James Bennett of Gainesville, Stet, Knox, Luke, Maverick and Olivia Bennett of Blackshear, Maegan, Riley, Madison and Melissa Bennett of Gray, and Ellie Grace Bennett of Rome; a brother and sister-in-law, Stetson and Patsy Bennett Jr. of Jesup; and five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Betty and Luther Graham of Jesup, Faye Graham of Jesup, Lola and Paul Jamsky of St. Simons, Charlotte and Jimmy Tillman of Maggie Valley, N.C., and Jean and Joe Cunningham of Jesup.
Funeral services were held July 17 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack Lee and the Rev. Shon Cunningham officiating. Interment was in Little Creek Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Carolyn Landon Sellers
Odum—Carolyn Landon Sellers, 82, of Odum died July 17, 2016, at her residence and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
The Wayne County native was a member of Piney Grove Church of God and the Senior Adult Sunday School Class. She was a retired Pinkerton DSI guard for Rayonier and enjoyed cooking, attending church and family visits.
She was predeceased by her husband, Hubert Lee Sellers Sr.; a daughter, Martha Ann Sellers; a son-in-law, Howard Morris Sellers; parents, Clyde and Zona Stafford Landon; sisters, Jewell Strickland and Mazell Harter; and brothers, Aldean Landon and W.C. Landon.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Don Braswell of Kannapolis, N.C.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Hubert and Barbara Sellers, Mark Sellers, and Travis and Camille Sellers, all of Odum; a sister, Geneva Sanders Davis of Odum; brothers, Tony and Jason Landon of Panama City, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Harriett Davis Smith of Leesburg; grandchildren, Zoie Sellers Humphrey, Marcie Le Ann Sellers, Beth Witherup, Erica Sellers, Jessica Townsend, Ivy Sellers, Steven Sellers, Brandon Sellers and Seth Sellers; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held July 19 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Lord officiating. Interment was in Piney Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers were her family.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
Shirley W. Reddish
Jesup—Shirley W. Reddish, 84, died July 16, 2016, surrounded by her family under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
She was born on May 5, 1932, to the late Frank and Annie Wilson in Ellabell. She spent her early years there before moving to Jesup more than 63 years ago. She was a longtime employee of the Georgia Department of Transportation and later worked as the sheriff’s secretary while her late husband was in office.
She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Jesup and the Dorcas Sunday School Class. She devoted her life to her family and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother whose quiet and kind disposition will be fondly remembered by all those who knew and loved her, according to her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Riley Reddish, and her sister, Maxie Myers.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Greg Strickland of St. Simons Island and Carol and David Earl Keith of Jesup; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Toby and Martha Wilson of Brooklet and Frank and Linda Wilson of Charleston, S.C.; one sister, Betty Clark of Ellabell; four grandchildren and their spouses, Brian and Megan Strickland of Brunswick, Lindsey and Justin Lamb of Darien, Hannah and Garrett Lewis of Jesup and Sidney Keith of Jesup; one great-grandchild, Greyson Strickland; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held July 17 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with Dr. Felix Haynes officiating.
Interment followed in Jesup City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Warren Collier, Paul Brannen, Shane Baldwin, Chuck Smiley, Junior Myers and Robbie Myers.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Dorcas Sunday School Class.
Remembrances may be made to First Baptist Church of Jesup, P.O. Box 1115, Jesup, GA 31598.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Laura Nadine Pittman
Jesup—Laura Nadine Pittman, 53, of Jesup died July 14, 2016, at her residence surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born Sept. 14, 1962, to Norma J. Young and Johnny Copeland in Jesup. “Nadine,” as she was known by her family and close friends, was educated in the public school system of Wayne County and attended the International School of Truck Drivers and Architectural College. She was a member of Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church and loved playing pool and softball in her spare time. Her employable years were spent working as a school bus driver for the Wayne County school system and as a truck driver.
She was preceded in death by a son, Derrick Phillips, and a brother, Carl Phillips.
She is survived by a loving daughter, Shanara Smith, and her husband, Jerry Jr., of Midway; two grandchildren, Jaleel and Jamon Pittman of Midway; her mother, Norma Jean Young-Bennett of Jesup; her father, Johnny Copeland of Denver, Colo.; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Letha and Tony Reddish Sr., Tabitha and Danny Fabian, and Debra Rooks, all of Jesup; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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