8.1.18 obituaries



Ephraim Joseph Burton

Hinesville--Ephraim Joseph Burton, 9, of

Hinesville died unexpectedly on July 26, 2018, at Memorial Hospital in Savannah following a vehicle accident.

He was born March  18, 2009, in Jacksonville, Florida, to Andera Danyell Hardy and James Tyrell Burton Sr. He was an upcoming fourth grader at Frank Long Elementary in

Hinesville and a member at Gilead Ministry Center in Jesup. He was affectionately known by his family and close friends as “EJ,” and he enjoyed playing recreation flag football.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Willie Hardy.

He leaves to mourn his passing his loving mother, Andera D. Hardy of Hinesville, and father, James Burton Sr. of Norfolk, Virginia; his siblings, Jaden Hardy, of Hinesville, E’miya Burton and Jah’niya Burton both of Albany, New York, Shaniya Yelberton of Norfolk and James Burton Jr. of Lawton, Oklahoma; his maternal grandparents, Anna Brown (Milton Mosley) of Jacksonville; his paternal grandparents, Denise (Tyrone) Johnson-Mason of Norfolk and Herman Burton of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; his godparents, Tonya (Lawrence) Cash of Jacksonville; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

There will be a visitation on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. John First Born, 386 W. Poplar St., Jesup, GA 31545.

Funeral services will be  Saturday at noon at St. John First Born.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Karen Ann (Bohnenblusch) Davis

Jesup—Karen Ann (Bohnenblusch) Davis, 56, died July 23, 2018, at Memorial Health in Savannah.

She was born and raised in Brentwood, New York, and had lived in Georgia since 1994. She worked as a paraprofessional in Long County for two years and at James E. Bacon Elementary School in Wayne County the past 17 years.

She had a special place in her heart for special- needs children. She enjoyed time at the beach and going on cruises with her family and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, accordimg to  her family. She was Catholic.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Jamie Davis of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Erica and Wesley Coberly of Gainesville, Georgia; a son, Kevin Davis of Gainesville, Florida; a grandson and granddaughter, Wyatt Coberly and Elliott “Elly” Coberly of Gainesville, Georgia; a sister and brother-in-law, Debra and Steve Gibiser of St. James, New York; brothers and sister-in-law, Charles Bohnenblusch of North Carolina and John and Lisa Bohnenblusch of New York; a mother-in-law, Marie Aikman of Ludowici; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Arthur and Janemarie Davis, Kelly and Debbie Davis, and Lee and Susan Davis, all of Ludowici.

Funeral services were held July 27 at the Howard Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Gabe Gill officiating.

Remembrances are suggested to Autism Speaks at autismspeaks.com/donate.

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

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


Harry M. “H.M.” McClelland

Jesup—After fighting a courageous battle with cancer, Harry M. “H.M.” McClelland died peacefully at the home of his son on July 29, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born Sept. 8, 1954, to Geraldine Chambless McClelland and Frank A. McClelland Sr. of Ludowici. He spent most of his life in Long County until recently making his home in Jesup. He was a graduate of Ludowici High School, class of 1972.  After 43 years of faithful service, he retired from Rayonier as a technical coordinator.

Upon retirement, his plans of traveling were cut short by his illness.  He had a love for all animals.  There was a special place in his heart for birds, but his passion from an early age was horses. He participated in The Saddlebred Association for many years.

His greatest treasures were his grandchildren. Known as “Papa Harry,” he enjoyed spending time with them more than anything else, according to his family. They could always warm his heart and put a smile on his face, his family said.

He was known to all for his gift of gab and a special kind of humor. He said what he meant and would always have the last word!

Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Chanda McClelland and girlfriend, Katelyn Herbaugh; a son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Heather McClelland; three grandchildren, Jaden, Garrett and Callie McClelland and Addison all of Jesup; a sister, Kathy M. Goode (Jackie); brothers, Frank A. McClelland Jr. (Cindy), Mike McClelland Sr. (Rhonda) all of Ludowici; and several nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers will be Billy Cowart, Gene Roberson, Don Crosby, Gary Dennison and Rick Warren Kent Hall.

Honorary pallbearers will be co-workers from Rayonier Lab and staff of Hospice of South Georgia.

Funeral services were held July 31 at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert Long officiating.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Hospice of South Georgia for the excellent care given to their loved ones.

Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici is in charge of arrangements.


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Edmond Buell “Buddy” Platt III

Brunswick—Edmond Buell “Buddy” Platt III, 76, of Bruns-wick died July 29, 2018, in Hospice of the Golden Isles.

The Charles-ton, South Carolina, native had lived in Brunswick the past 15 years and was retired from Charleston Naval Shipyard and also a former mail truck driver.  He enjoyed working in his yard and learning about railroad history.

He was predeceased by his sons, Marcus Platt and Kelly Priester.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Shirley Mallard Platt of Brunswick; four daughters, Cheryl (Jeff) Friedlander of Clearwater, Florida, Kim (Joel) Duck of Brunswick, Sherry (Mike) Joyce of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Tonya (Bobby) Driggers of Charleston; two sons, Dewaine (Lisa) Priester of Richmond Hill and Willie (Chasity) Priester of Jesup; adopted-in-love children, Jessica (Demetrius) Thomas of Covington and Phillip (Brianne) Craven of Brunswick, Charles (Dahana) Driggers of Oxford; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with President Randy Glenn, brother Ron Dionne and Jonathan Pittman officiating. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Jeremy Duck, Jason Priester, Cory Priester, Chris Mobley, Brett Priester, Phillip Craven, Charlie Driggers and Demetrius Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be Frieda and Harold Dubberly, Colvis and Faye Leg.gett, Gary and Karla Mallard, Lowell and Yvonne Mallard, Sheila Horton, Warren and Frances Beverly, Robert and Brenda Hartley.

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

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Ralph Bacon

Jesup--Ralph Bacon, 93, died July 26, 2018, at home under the care of Georgia Hospice Care.

A resident of Jesup for more than 30 years and a former resident of Hinesville, he was born on June 6, 1925, in Pembroke to the late Leroy and Bessie Bacon.

He served in the Merchant Marines for seven years in the early 1940s and worked numerous odd jobs before beginning a long-time career with civil service on Fort Stewart from which he eventually retired.

He also owned and operated Southern Carpet Service and Home Inspection Service for many years. Later in life, after retirement, he worked part time at Harris ACE Hardware in Jesup and volunteered his time with the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. He was a former member of the Hinesville First United Methodist Church and had been attending Calvary Baptist Church most recently.

He was blessed with a strong work ethic and enjoyed helping people more than anything else.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and  fishing.

In addition to his parents, his wife of 50 years, Mildred P. Bacon, and his sister, Frieda Stanford, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his children, Brenda Orr and husband, Doug, of New Mexico, Chris Bacon and companion, LuAnn, of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Mark Bacon and wife, Cindy, of Screven and Marlene Jelks and husband, David, of Riceboro; brother, Freeman Bacon of Jesup; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Memorial services were held July 29 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Tom Gardener and Jack Denmark officiating.

Interment followed in the Hinesville Cemetery

Remembrances may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, Florida 33607.

Honorary pallbearers were staff members of Georgia Hospice Care.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com

Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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