7.22.17 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
 
Howard P. Ogden
Odum—Howard P. Ogden, 78, of Odum died July 19, 2017, in Memorial Medical Center in Savannah after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native attended Piney Grove Church of God. He was an award-winning feeder pig and agriculture farmer and a former employee of Rayonier and the Georgia Department of Transportation.
He also served with the Georgia National Guard and was a former member of the National Farmer’s Association, a former chairman of ASCS Board, and a member of the Gold Kist Board, the Wayne County Livestock Association and the Wayne County Young Farmers.
He enjoyed golfing and visiting with friends at his workshop.
He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Gertie Pye Ogden, and brothers, Eddie and Walter Jr. Ogden.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Elouise Withrow Ogden of Odum; his constant companion and pet, Pepe; sisters, and a brother-in-law, Dorothy Nell “Dot” Ogden, Eleanor McGuire, and Shelia and Jerry Jones, all of Odum; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Lord officiating. Interment will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Tommie Dent, Robert Jones, Brad Reddish, Madison Harvey, Wesley Phillips and Benjie Jones.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Piney Grove Cemetery Trust, P.O. Box 404, Odum, GA 31555.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Una Stephens Hewitt
Jesup—Una Stephens Hewitt, 69, of Jesup died July 18, 2017, after a short illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed bowling, fishing, playing electronic games and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dink and Bertie Stephens, and several siblings.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Benny Hewitt Sr. of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Brian Leiner of Saginaw, Michigan; a son and daughter-in-law, Benny and Debbie Hewitt Jr. of Jesup; eight grandchildren, Katie, Michael, Erik, Stacie, Nathan, Brian Jr., Richard and Kara; and several great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennie Waters officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
James Kenneth Royal
Odum—James Kenneth Royal, 83, died July 20, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital after a short illness.
He was a native of Georgia, born in Appling County, and had lived in Jesup since 1963. He was the son of the late Wilford Royal and the late Lorene Peacock Royal.
After finishing high school in Appling County, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a member of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War.
He attended college and law school at the University of Georgia. While in law school, he was elected and served as chief justice of the Honor Court and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the Demosthenian Literary Society.
After law school, he practiced law in Jesup for 30 years, served as city attorney for the cities of Screven and Odum, and was a member of the Jesup and Georgia bar associations. He was a deputy assistant attorney for the state of Georgia and solicitor of the State Court of Wayne County for 12 years; past president of the Jesup Rotary Club and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Wayne County Board of Realtors, Elk’s Club and Jesup Jaycees; member and past chairman of the Wayne County Library Board; and member of the HUD Revitalization Board.
His work continued for 20 years at Morris Holdings Inc., a holding corporation.
As a member of First United Methodist Church, he was active as a choir member. One of his favorite pastimes was flying single-engine airplanes and spending time with his family, especially grandson Reilly.
He was predeceased by his brother, William E. Royal of Brunswick, and a sister, Wilfordene Royal Godbee.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ann Ogden Royal of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Courtney and Ryan Sharpe of Tampa, Florida; a grandson, Reilly James Sharpe of Tampa; a sister-in-law, Lynn Ellzey Royal of Brunswick; and four nephews.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup with the Rev. Tucker Lewis officiating. Private family interment will be in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Rick Thomas, Jim Westberry, Luther Hires, Greg Mathis, Kevin and Daniel Mathis and William Rinehart.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 205 E. Cherry St., Jesup, GA 31546.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
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