7.26.17 obituaries

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James Kenneth Royal
Jesup--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.
B.J. Hall
Jesup—B.J. Hall, 81, of Jesup died July 20, 2017, after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a retired truck driver with Western Auto. His favorite pastimes were spending time with family, camping, fishing and having cookouts.
He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Betty Kent Hall; a daughter, Linda Kay Goins; a great-grandson, Nicholas Bronson; four brothers, Ernest, Richard, Freddie and Herbert Hall; and a sister, Bernice Jordan.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Suann and Mack Andrews of Alma and Missy and Jimmie Atkins of Jacksonville, Florida; a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy J. and Karen Hall of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Kasey and Devin Edwards, Jena and Josh Crews, Amanda and Jon Carlin, Billy Goins, Mack and Rebecca Andrews, T.J. and Chelsea Hall, Jimmie and Shanna Atkins Jr., and Jason and Jessica Atkins; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Mason of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held July 24 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Hall officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
Gregory Scott “Greg” Christmas
Odum—Gregory Scott “Greg” Christmas, 54, of Odum died July 22, 2017, at his residence.
He was born on June 12, 1963, in Winterpark, Florida. He grew up in Orlando, Florida, where he met the love of his life, Sue Colangelo Christmas, and made it a home. In November 2011, they moved to Jesup, where he was making a career at Baxley-LogPro. He had a love for the outdoors, was an avid fisherman and hunter, but most of all he loved to play his guitar and be with his family.
He was predeceased by his father, Jessie Christmas.
Survivors are his wife, Sue Colangelo Christmas of Odum; a son, Scott Christmas of Orlando; a daughter, Heather Christmas of West Virginia; a mother and step-father, Shirley and Leon Midgette of Jesup; a brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Liz Christmas of Oviedo, Florida; a nephew, Colin Christmas of Oviedo; a niece, Ashley Maher of Oviedo; and a great-nephew, Easton Maher of Oviedo.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Elliott Aspinwall and the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday prior to services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, send memorials to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd. Jesup, GA 31545 or the American Lung Association in Georgia, 2452 Spring Rd. SE, Smyrna, GA, 30080.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Linda Dale Flowers Watson
Jesup—Linda Dale Flowers Watson, 69, of Jesup died July 24, 2017, at her residence after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Jesup Church of God of Prophecy and a homemaker. She enjoyed volunteering with Jesup Elementary School and spending time with her family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Downing and Vera Flowers, and siblings, Vera Flowers, Sandi Drury, Hubert Downing Flowers Jr., the Rev. Hubert Flowers and Ricky Flowers.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Earl C. Watson Sr. of Jesup; two sons and daughters-in-law, Earl Jr. and Michelda Watson and Mark and Rebecca Watson, all of Jesup; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Carole and Theron Medders of Jesup, Kathy and Alfred Teston of Brunswick, and Julie and James Nabb of Atkinson; grandchildren, Cole Watson, Casen Watson, Caleb Watson, Jack Ellis and Katlyn Daniels; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Harold Hand and the Rev. Wayne Manning officiating. Interment will be in the Little Creek Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Jay Drury, Chuck Flowers, Wayne Flowers, Chad Mathis, Joe Cunningham and James Medders. Honorary pallbearers will be Loretta Boykin, Stephanie Teston, Sheila Sapp, Shay Wasdin, Jesup Elementary School staff, special friend Patsy Hopkins and the Heartland Hospice staff.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
George “G.C.‚“ Hires
Jesup—George “G.C.” Hires, 89, of Jesup died July 24, 2017 in Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired diesel mechanic and a volunteer with the Jesup Fire Department. He loved to do any type of woodworking, growing beautiful flowers and fishing.
He was predeceased by his parents, Abram and Pearl Bennett Hires; two brothers, Albert and “T.G.” Hires; a sister, Alma Westberry; and a daughter, Michelle Hires.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Sara Kinchen Hires of Jesup; two daughters and a son-in-law, Gail and Mark McGregor of Jesup, Denise Rollins of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Harvey and Christie Rollins of Jesup; five grandchildren and a grandson-in-law, Jennifer and Richard Linton, Kylie McGregor, Koal Rollins, Emma Rollins, and Kameron Blythe; two great-grandchildren, Clark and Larson Chan; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Dowd and the Rev. Tucker Lewis officiating. Interment will be in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Kenneth Westberry, Larry Westberry, Luther Hires, Teddy Hires, James Waters and Ronnie Cooksey. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Altamaha Convalescent Nursing Home.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
Priscilla Ellen “Sissy” Bennett
Rincon—Priscilla Ellen “Sissy” Bennett, 46, died July 21, 2017, at The Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on Dec. 9, 1970, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. A child of a military- service man, she and her family moved quite frequently in her early years, eventually settling in southeast Georgia, where she lived in Jesup and Blackshear and graduated from Pierce County High School.
She and her mother owned and operated several restaurants, including Aniston’s in Douglas, and she had managed retail stores before discovering the real estate business. For the past seven years, she was the owner of property management in Bluffton, South Carolina.
She loved life and loved to travel. New York City was one of her favorite places, along with the King and Prince on Saint Simons Island. Countless nights were spent overlooking the ocean from her balcony with friends and family.
Her stylish and conservative manner was always tasteful, and her eye for decorating was second to none, according to her family, who said, “It was as if she could make something out of nothing.” She loved shopping and loved giving to others. She had a deep faith in God and was a very spiritual person who loved being a Gigi.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Bennett; her mother, Patsy Griffin Bennett Clark; her stepfather, Archie Clark; and her sister, Wanda Bennett.
Survivors include husband, Carl Cirinelli of Rincon; a son, Nicholas “Nick” Shipley of Fort Polk, Louisiana; a daughter, Aniston Stalvey of Jesup; stepchildren, Angelo and Gabriella Cirinelli of Wayne, New Jersey; a granddaughter, Adrianna; one sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Orman Spradley of Jesup; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Doug Bennett and companion, Dawn, of Blackshear and Jeff and Deena Bennett of Patterson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family; and her beloved canine companion, Cooper Oxford.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Manning and the Rev. Donald Stalvey Sr. officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kendall Ray Webb
Jesup—Kendall Ray Webb, “Ken” as he was affectionately called, died July 16, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at West Jefferson Hospital.
He was born on Aug. 22, 1970, in Chicago, Illinois, and was the son of Harry and Lois Webb. At an early age, he gave his life to Christ. In 1988, he graduated from Ruskin High School, Kansas City, Missouri, and attained a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 1993.
He was very physically active and had played football since the age of 10. He was a defensive lineman in both high school and college, as he wanted to be known as “the hitter and not the hittee.” During his high school years, he was recognized for his athletic ability by becoming all-state. He was a huge fan of rap music and competitive sports (mostly basketball and football) and was an avid bodybuilder.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jessie Smith and Agnes Webb-Smith; his maternal grandparents, Alonzo Gause and Phyllis Gause; two uncles, Stephen Webb and Johnny Gause; and two aunts, Nora Lee Webb and Willie Mae Webb-Latson.
Survivors include his loving parents, Harry and Lois Webb; a stepmother Joyce Webb; a sister, Dana Webb; stepsisters and a brother-in-law, DeJon Muwwakkil and Zakiyyah and Tyrone Muwwakkil-Lyons; three nieces; uncles and their spouses, Lewis and Gloria Webb and Howard and Vicki Gause; aunts, Betty Sapp and Dr. Juanita V. Smith; a very special aunt, Ethel Wilson; two great-aunts, Betty Cooper Dixon and Lillian Johnson; a special cousin and his wife, Stephen and Lisa Latson; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at New Hope FreeWill Baptist Church, 398 W. Walnut St., Jesup, GA. No visitation or wake will be held, but the body will lie in state one hour prior the service.
Royal Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Willie Mae Wilson Hunter
Jesup—Willie Mae Wilson Hunter, 92, died July 20, 2017, at her residence surrounded by her loving and devoted family.
She was born Nov. 15, 1924, to the late Edith Izetta Wilson Parker. She was a native of Odum and was educated in the public schools of Wayne County.
She was a lifelong faithful and dedicated member of New Hope Freewill Baptist Church, where she served on the usher board, the mother board, the sick and shut-in committee and the missionary board and also as the Sunday School treasurer.
She worked for the public school system and at Waynline for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed shopping, traveling and spending time with family. She mostly enjoyed fishing and going to church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Hunter Sr.; her brother, James Edward Wilson; and son, Samuel Hunter.
She is survived by her loving and devoted children, Dorothy Hunter of Cairo, Richard and Phyllis Hunter of Palatka, Florida, Rosa and Bill Hutchinson of Jesup, Lily and Henry Baker of
Hinesville, Robbie Hunter of East Point, Edith Hunter of East Point, Robert and Iris Hunter Jr. of Montgomery, Alabama, and Arnos and Annette Hunter of Hinesville; 15 grandchildren and their spouses, Rachel Williams, Betsy and Mallen Pope, Richard Hunter, and Tiffeny Hunter, Terence Hutchinson, Louis and Diana Evans, Genese and Michael Lane, Traveika Hunter, Jairam and Jemeka Queen, Kristie Hunter, Chandra and Richard Collier, Kimberly and Antonio Carter, Kara and Maurice Heard, Leon Hunter, Bobbie Hunter, Chris Hunter; a host of great-grandchildren, cousins, other relatives and friends; a special sister-in-law, Evelyn Wilson of Boston, Massachusetts; her niece and spouse, Shirley and Norbit Downie of Edison, New Jersey; nephews, Alvin and Ruth Formey and Anthony Wilson; a special cousin, Ethel Mae Wilson; and special friends Hazel Green, Reva Pasley and Godson Cesare Felder.
Visitation will be Friday at New Hope Freewill Baptist Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A celebration of life service will be Saturday at Bennett Union Baptist Church at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, visit www.diabetes.org and make a donation to American Diabetes Association in memory of Willie Mae Hunter.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Gwendolyn Kicklighter Dubs
Brunswick—Gwendolyn Kicklighter Dubs, 84, of Brunswick died July 21, 2017, at her residence, her loving family by her side.
She was born Feb. 3, 1933, in Screven, the daughter of the late Henry Lawton Kicklighter and the late Mattie Kicklighter. She was a devoted wife to her late husband, Clarence Jonas Dubs, and a devoted mother. She and her late husband owned Dubs Jewelers, and she played a vital role in the business for many years.
She had lived in Brunswick since 1972 and was a member of The Grace Place.
“She will always be remembered for being an independent lady who found a way to overcome any obstacle that stood in her way,” her family said.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Lawton and Mattie Kicklighter.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jack M. and Linda Sutton Jr.; her daughter, Jill W. Sutton and a special friend Jeanne Sullivan; her grandchildren and their spouses, Jack Mitchell and Christine Sutton, Dawn Elizabeth Dubs and James Berak Jr.; great-grandchildren, Caden Mitchell Sutton and Katelyn Arealia Sutton; a niece and best friend, Sherry O’Gorman; a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, and also several nieces and nephews.
She loved to spend time with her family and friends. She was also a lady who was devoted in her faith and believed in the power of prayer.
A graveside service was held July 25 at Brunswick Memorial Park Cemetery with Brother Tim Short officiating.
The family would like to extend a warm heartfelt thank-you to her niece, Sherry O’Gorman, and the staff of Hospice of The Golden Isles.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in memory to Hospice of The Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Pkwy, Brunswick, GA 31525.
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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