8.19.17 Obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
Vivian Dukes Poppell
Odum—Vivian Dukes Poppell, 78, of Odum died Aug. 17, 2017, at her residence after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Red Hill Baptist Church and was a retired BB&T administrative assistant, having worked in banking most of her life. She enjoyed business endeavors, helping others and spending time with her family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Rufus and Edna Mae Priester Dukes; a sister, Martha Johnson; brothers, Troy, David B. and Douglas W. Dukes; and a grandson, Kenny C. Poppell.
Survivors include a husband of 59 years, Kenneth Poppell Sr. of Odum; a daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Mark Thornton of K’ville; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Angie Poppell of Odum; grandchildren and their spouses, Christopher and Gina Thornton, Zachary and Kacie Thornton, and Logan Poppell; step-grandchildren, Alex and Callyn Croy; great-grandchildren, Candice and Hukley Thornton and Tyson Hendrix; sister-in-laws, Velma Dukes of Jesup and Edna “Eddie” Dukes of Odum; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leroy and Faye Horton; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Red Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Red Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Christopher and Zachary Thornton, Logan Poppell and Jeffrey Horton.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be made to Red Hill Baptist Church, 2574 Red Hill Road, Jesup, GA 31545.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Walter Edward Bunce Jr.
Screven—Walter Edward Bunce Jr., 79, of Screven died peacefully in his summer home in Spencer, New York, early in the morning Aug. 11, 2017. He was surrounded by his family.
He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Roosevelt. He was a carpenter for more than 30 years as a member of Elmira’s Carpenters’ Local 532 Union, and he worked for Streeter Associates and taught carpentry at the Elmira Prison.
He was predeceased by his father and mother, Walter and Genevieve Homan Bunce, married 44 years, and his younger brother John Bunce.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Parshall Bunce; three sons and a daughter-in-law, George Bunce, Walter and Sally Bunce, and Jon Bunce; his first wife and the mother of his children, Mary Robins Bunce; four cherished grandchildren and a grandson-in-law, Mary, Tanya and Kyle, Teri, and Suzanne; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond Sr. and Bonnie Bunce and Stephen and Georgia Bunce; a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Arne Pasto; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration took place Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Spencer Federated Church. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 or to the Spencer Federated Church.
Douglas Clifford Crawford
Carrollton—Douglas “Doug” Clifford Crawford, 71, of Carrollton died Aug. 13, 2017, at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born in Odum on Nov. 26, 1945, to S.F. and Johnnie Withrow Flowers Crawford. He was a member of Odum Baptist Church and Bethany Christian Church and lived most of his life in Carrollton.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969 and was a graduate of Southern Tech. After graduation, he worked in civil engineering and in 1973 founded Crawford & Associates, now Georgia and West Inc., and owned and operated by Michael Crawford and John Bass.
His landscape designs and developments with a number of contractors are prominent in Carroll County and can be found in many counties throughout Georgia.
Crawford was an avid horse breeder and show- horse owner and an advocate of equine welfare. As a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association, he held 24 World Championship titles, eight World Grand titles, 18 Reserve World Championship titles and two Reserve World Grand Championship titles.
He loved horse shows, traveling, cards and checkers, tutoring students in math, mowing, bush-hogging, and hanging out at grocery check-outs to pay tabs for those in need.
He loved his Carrollton home and his personally landscaped Saddlecrest Farms in Tennessee.
Crawford was also a member of the Vasculitis Foundation and supported research on granulomatosis with polyangiitis, a disease that he battled for 15 years, exceeding his life expectancy by 14 years.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sheryl Smith Crawford; his two sons, Michael Crawford of Villa Rica and Timothy Crawford of South Lake, Texas; his grandchildren, Lance and Madison Crawford of Villa Rica; sisters, Frances Rigdon of Jesup and Margaret Gignilliat of Odum; his stepbrothers, John A. Flowers of Odum and Ricky Flowers of Jesup; his mother-in-law, Ruth Wingo McLain of Carrollton; his father-in-law, Ronald Riggs Smith of Carrollton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father and mother; his stepfather, Sumpter Flowers; his stepbrother, Red Flowers; his canine daughter, Missy Mae; and many equine family members.
A memorial service will be held Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Carrollton Train Depot.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Foundation, 250 N. Ellington Parkway, Lewisburg, TN, 37091; or the Vasculitis Foundation, PO Box 28660, Kansas City, MO, 64188.
Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Cecil Ottis Thomas
Macon—Cecil “Ottis” Thomas, 67, of Macon died on July 28, 2017, after a long illness.
He was born on March 16, 1950, in Wayne County.
Educated in the Wayne County schools, he graduated in 1968 and was a certified medical technologist who worked for the past several years at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and as a contract employee of Med Tech Services Inc. until his retirement in 2001.
He was predeceased by his father, Cecil Thomas, and his mother, Bonnie Plott Murray; his stepfather, Leamon Murray; and his wife, Kathy Marshal Thomas.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Jennifer Thomas of Macon; two granddaughters, Abigal and Madeline; a brother, Robert Thomas of Carrollton; two stepsisters, Dorothy King of Three Rivers, Michigan, and Lucy Mullenax of Virginia Beach, Virginia; a stepbrother, Floyd Murray of Jesup; and two half-sisters, Wilma Wilkes of Dublin, and Wanda Thompson of Kingsland.
An end-of-life celebration will be held at Ritch Baptist Church in Screven on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Casual attire is suggested.
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