7.22.20 obituaries


Carolyn “Susie” Bennett Patton

Jesup—Carolyn “Susie” Bennett Patton, 60, of Jesup died July 16, 2020, after a short illness.

The Wayne County native was a member of Jesup Church of God and a registered nurse, licensed in Georgia and Florida. She loved to attend NASCAR, cheering on her beloved No. 24 “Jeff Gordon” and traveling.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, Robert and Margaret Burkhalter and Norman and Cartier Bennett.

Survivors include her husband of nine years, Charles Patton of Jesup; parents, Richard and Louise Bennett of Jesup; and several extended relatives.

Funeral services were held July 19 with Pastor Mickey Tomberlin officiating with state mandates in place. Private family burial followed in the Bennett Mosley Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family and friends.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ray M. Blackmon

Jesup—Ray M. Blackmon, 73, of Jesup died Monday, July 20, 2020.

The Wayne County native was a member and deacon of Jesup Church of God of Prophecy and helped to maintain the church facilities, yard and many fundraisers. The U.S. Army veteran was a retired 37-year Rayonier employee.

He was predeceased by his parents, William and Carrie Mae Blackmon, and his son, Kenny Blackmon.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Margie O’Neal Blackmon of Jesup; two sons, Richard (Regina) Blackmon and Gary (Dorian) Blackmon, both of Jesup; a sister, Patsy Spires of Helena; two grandchildren, Haley (Joey) Henderson and Lyndon Blackmon; and two special relatives, Nick and Anthony Medders.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with state mandates in place with Pastors Paul Rhoden and Gary Ryals officiating.  Private interment will follow.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



June W. Wingate

Ludowici—June W. Wingate, 91, died July 18, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.

A native and lifelong resident of Long County, she retired as manager of Altamaha Federal Credit Union, where she was instrumental in its establishment. She was dedicated to her Lord and as a member of Ludowici First Baptist Church was a G.A. leader, taught the Berean Sunday School class, and served several years as church secretary.

In her retirement years, she enjoyed time spent with family, fishing and working crossword puzzles and was an Atlanta Braves fan.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Laura Ann Warren; brothers, Jasper Warren, Herman Warren and Howard “Bo” Warren; and a son-in-law, Tommy Lunsford.

Survivors include her husband of 73 years, Tommy Wingate Jr. of Ludowici; daughters and son-in-law, Lila Lunsford of Allenhurst, and Vicky and Nicky Wells of Ludowici; sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Angie Wingate, Kerry and Billie Ann Wingate of Ludowici, Danny and Danette Wingate of Screven, Stephen and Mercedes Wingate of Port Saint Lucie, Florida; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held July 20 at Ludowici First Baptist Church with the Rev. Andy Pusser and the Rev. Brad Boynton officiating.

Burial was in Baggs Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Nicholas Wells, Danny Wingate Jr., Stephen Wingate Jr., Thomas Lunsford Jr., Alex Wingate, Mark Wingate, Kerry Wingate Jr. and Bryan Wingate II.

Honorary pallbearers were Bryan Wingate Sr., Christopher Wingate and the Berean Sunday School class.

Remembrances are suggested to Women on Mission through Ludowici First Baptist Church, St. Jude’s or Shriners Hospital for Children.

Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.