7.2.16 obituaries

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Shane G. Thornton
Offerman—Shane G. Thornton, 49, died June 28, 2016, at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah after injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Affectionately known by friends and family as “Crawfish,” he was a native and lifelong resident of Offerman. He worked in the timber business and enjoyed fishing and tinkering with his old truck in his spare time.  In his younger years, he attended Offerman Baptist Church and was baptized there.
His father, Roy Shon Thornton, and his sister, Edith Mae Gill, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his three sons, Kody, Brayden and Anthony Thornton, all of Offerman; mother, Susan A. Thornton of Offerman; sister and brother-in-law, Carol Sue and David Futch of Homerville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Shon and Valerie Thornton of Offerman and Whitey and Jeannie Thornton of Waycross; and a  host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Funeral services were held July 1 at Offerman Baptist Church with the Rev. Bryan Gill and and the Rev. James Lightsey officiating.
Interment followed in Offerman Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Lawton Thornton, Jason Sullivan, David King, Aaron Thornton, Dustin Futch and Colby Thornton.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 
Geraldine H. Easterling
Jesup—Geraldine H. Easterling, 81, died on July 1, 2016, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
She was born on July 27, 1934, in Jesup to the late James Oscar and Mary Teston Harrison. She was a graduate of Jesup High School, and she owned and operated several small businesses in the Kingsland area for more than 30 years. 
After retirement, she moved back to Jesup to be near her family. She enjoyed flowers, cats and traveling, but her favorite times of all were spent together with her family and friends, whom she loved to cook and care for.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Easterling; twin brother, Aldine Harrison; sister and brother-in-law, Mifford and Willena Taylor; brother-
in-law, Leroy Collins; and sister-in-law, Helen Harrison.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John Randolph and Susan Easterling Jr. of Jesup; a grandson, John Randolph Easterling III of Jesup; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Jackie and John Manning of Jesup and Faye Collins of Jesup; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Don and Kay Harrison of Jesup and Jimmy Harrison of Jesup; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members; and many special friends.
Visitation will be held today (Saturday) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.
Interment will follow in Baggs Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be nephews.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com. 
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  
 
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Michael Edward Varasse
Tulsa, Okla.—Michael Edward Varasse died June 28, 2016, in Tulsa, Okla., with his family by his side. 
He was born Nov. 24, 1963, in Clearwater, Fla., to Pete Varasse and Ellen Louise (Mooney) Briggs. He was a resident of Tulsa for the past five years after he relocated from Georgia. He settled in Tulsa after serving his country honorably and proudly in the U.S. Army, according to his family. He was very proud of his service to his country, and he had a “big heart” for others, his family said. He gave the gift of life as an organ donor. He enjoyed playing golf, traveling on road trips, deer hunting and fishing with his son and cheering on his favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. He loved the memories he shared with his family and friends, his family said.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Raymond and Natalye Mooney, and paternal grandfather, James Varasse. 
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Sharon Varasse; his father and stepmother, Pete and Sidonia Varasse; his mother and stepfather, Ellen and Melvin Briggs; his grandmother, Frances Varasse; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Robin and Mathew Haley and Donna and Bruce Sanchez; six nieces and nephews and a niece’s husband, Lindsey Haley, Braden Sanchez, Mariah and Chris Penland, Bryan Sanchez, Justin Haley and Blake Sanchez; and a host of other family members and friends. 
A celebration of life was held today (Saturday) at Floral Haven Funeral Home in Tulsa, Okla. 
 
Eldridge Darsey
Jesup—Eldridge Darsey, 84, died June 22, 2016, at his residence in Jesup.
He was born Jan. 1, 1932, in Baxley to Alton Darsey and Carrie Lightsey Darsey. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, according to his family. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy. Retiring as a chief petty officer, he served his country for 22 years.
He is preceded in death by both parents; his wife of 49 years, Mentha Lee Arlene Darsey; and his brother, Denean Darsey.
Survivors include three children, Carmen Darsey, Connie Varnadore and Donny Eldridge Darsey; two grandchildren, Carrie Head and Cameron Varnadore; one brother, Robert Darsey; and four sisters, Dixie Cribb, Deanne Watkins, Nona “Dankie” Williams and Bronnie Darsey.
A memorial service was held July 8 at the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Fla.
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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