8.23.17 obituaries

Rinehart & Sons
Francis William Corry
Jesup—Francis William Corry, 87, of Jesup died Aug. 19, 2017, at his residence after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a retired truck driver with Harris Gin Company. He enjoyed classic country music and fishing.
He was predeceased by a wife, Ruth Lee Corry, and a son, David Corry.
Survivors include five sons and a daughter-in-law, Ward and Janice Corry, Alvin Corry, Benny Corry, William Laverne Corry and Eugene Corry, all of Jesup; a daughter, Molly Ann Dorsey of Jesup; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services were held Aug. 21 at Odessa Cemetery with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James Ray “J.R.” Sewell
Jesup—James Ray “J.R.‚“ Sewell, 31, of Jesup died Aug.21, 2017, in Jesup Healthcare after an extended illness.
The Fitzgerald native had lived in Wayne County for many years and enjoyed fishing and being with his family.
Survivors include a son, James “Ray” Sewell II of Fitzgerald; his mother and stepfather, Cindy and Raul Valdez of Jesup; his father, Jimmy Alan Sewell of Fitzgerald; two brothers, Jimmy Alan “J.J.” Sewell II of Fitzgerald and Jose Valdez of Jesup; a paternal grandmother, Barbara Sewell of Fitzgerald; maternal grandparents, Ray and Marlin Fletcher of Clewiston, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. James Carter officiating. Private interment services will follow.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup will be in charge of arrangements.
Don Davis
Ponte Vedra, Fla.—Don Davis, 63, of Ponte Vedra and Jesup died Aug. 21, 2017, at his residence beside his loving wife, family and friends after a short illness.
The Wayne County native and 28-year Ponte Vedra resident was a graduate of the Wayne County High School Class of 1971 and Georgia Southern College.
He was a member of Jesup First Baptist Church. He began his career as a pharmaceutical representative for Beecham Laboratories and went on to have a long and successful career in the real estate development industry. He worked in sales and development on projects that ranged from Northeastern ski resorts in Vermont to developments in the Florida Keys. More recently and locally, he was the vice president of land acquisition and sales and marketing for St. Augustine Development Corporation and Palmetto Builders Inc. He was involved in the development and marketing of residential and commercial properties in the Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine area, including Palmetto Landing and St. Andrews Place in World Golf Village and Ponte Vedra Parke.
He was integral to Freehold Communities growth in Florida and was a key part of the Southeast sales and operations team. He was the vice chairman of the Community Development District Board and the chairman of Community Relations.
He was involved as a past president of the Ponte Vedra Athletic Association, where he was instrumental in developing baseball and athletic fields for the local community youth.
He was a lifetime pilot and was well-known and active in the St. Augustine Airport Community, where he served as vice president of the Pilots’ Association.
He was predeceased by his father, Rochell Davis; and a nephew, Davis Evans.
Survivors include his wife, Jan Anderson Davis of Ponte Vedra; his mother, Fronnie Davis of Jesup; a brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Janie Davis of Jesup; a sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Ben Evans of Perry; stepdaughters, Stephanie Sparks, Victoria Sparks and Lindsey Godfrey; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Jesup First Baptist Church with Dr. Felix Haynes and Dr. Mike VonMoss officiating. Interment will be in the Jesup City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Brandt Davis, Jake Davis, Tom Ritch, Terry Phillips, Bob Hahnemann, Bill McLeod, Robert Aitkens and Mike Hatten.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Jesup First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1115, Jesup, GA 31598 or the Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Earl J. Carter
Jesup—Earl J. Carter, 70, of Jesup died Aug. 8, 2017, at his residence after an extended illness and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
The Wayne County native was a retired truck driver and enjoyed his family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Russell and Katie Swain Carter, and a daughter, Erin Nicole Owens.
Survivors include a daughter, Alisa Carter of Jesup; grandchildren, Damon Mitchell Derrick, Devon E. Derrick, Katelyn Nicole Blocker; great-grandchildren, Damon Mitchell Derrick Jr., Austin Michael Blocker, Alexandria Nicole Blocker; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be held by the family.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert L. Young
Jesup—Robert L. Young, 67, of Jesup died Aug. 21, 2017, of an extended illness.
The Douglas native had lived in Jesup most of his life and attended Jesup Christian Fellowship Church. He was a retired textile worker with Georgia Narrow Fabrics. He enjoyed watching wrestling and participating in St. Patrick’s Day activities.
He was predeceased by his wife, Jewel C. Young; parents, Willie and Loney Young; and three brothers, Grooms, Willie B. and Oma Young.
Survivors include seven brothers, Freddie, Donny and Jessie Young, all of Waycross, Spencer Young of Hilliard, Florida, Noah and Gifford Young, both of Jacksonville, Florida, and Ronny Young of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Private memorial services will be held by the family.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lennie Mae McCray
Jesup--Lennie Mae McCray, 82, of Jesup died Aug. 20, 2017, at her home following a lengthy illness.
She was born May 5, 1935, to the late Robert and Jennie Mae McGill-McCray in Waynesboro, Mississippi. She was a member of Eternal Harvest Holiness Church in Jesup. She worked most of her life as a homemaker at her home and as hired help in private homes. She enjoyed cooking, praising God and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by both parents, Robert and Jennie Mae McCray; her daughters, Shirley Ann Key and Ethel Lee Wallace; her sisters, Flora Mae Ellis and Princella Keyhea; and two brothers, Leon and Willie Ellis.
She is survived by two daughters, Roberta McCray and Shirley Ruth Brown, both of Jesup; three sons and daughters-in-law, Sammy and Rhonda McCray of Atlanta, Keith McCray, Kenneth and Sharon McCray of Jesup; a stepdaughter, Jacquelyn McCray of Waycross; two stepsons, Jackie McCray and Eddie and wife, Regina, McCray of Jesup; a goddaughter, Alma Jenkins of Jesup; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
There will be no wake/visitation. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at New Creation Ministries, 3010 Lanes Bridge Road. Interment will be in Sunset Oaks Memorial Garden.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Andre Edsel Mims
Jesup--Andre Edsel Mims, 48, of Jesup died on Aug. 20, 2017, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 24, 1968, to the late Herman Dozier and Beatrice Fussell Cromartie in Wayne County. "Hooker," as he was affectionately known by family and close friends, was educated in the public school system of Wayne County and worked as a licensed barber until his health would no longer allow him. He was a member of First A.B. Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, listening to music, taking his daily walks and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Dozier.
He is survived by his loving mother, Beatrice Cromartie of Jesup; his siblings, Kimberly Fussell, Tyrone and Cornelious Cromartie of Jesup, Jamie Alton-Gibson of Nashville, Tennessee, Martenius and Vanessa Harman of Jacksonville, Florida, and Kenneth Dozier of Waycross; his aunts and uncles, Gladys Dozier of Bronx, New York, Curtis and Maxine Dozier of Miami, Florida, Helen and Robert Williams of Miami, Willie Mae Fussell of Screven, Burnell and Earnest Phillips of Waynesville, Doonnie and Veronica Fussell of Jesup, Larry and Josephine Fussell of Jesup, and Danny and Deletha Fussell of Screven; a close friend, Donnell Wright; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First A.B. Missionary Baptist Church, 402 Tarber St., Screven. A repast will be held at the church social hall immediately following the memorial service.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pierce Nesbit “Joe” Roberson
Ludowici --Pierce Nesbit “Joe” Roberson, 91, died Aug. 21, 2017, at his home under the care of his family and Georgia Hospice Care.
He was born in Brunswick and had lived most of his life in Long County. He was retired from Fort Stewart as a heavy equipment operator and from Mobley’s Mobile Home Park. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and gardening and had a great love for his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances D. Roberson; a son, Paul Roberson; and brothers, Lonnie and Willie Roberson.
Survivors include his daughters and son-in-law, Barbara Ann Simmons and Betty Brazell of Ludowici and Addie Faye and Scott Berneche of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Alvin and Sylvia Roberson of Ludowici; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. in the Howard Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Tom Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Bethel Cemetery in Jesup.
Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Active pallbearers are Stetson Simmons, Kelvin Roberson, Donny Roberson, Northern Anderson, Justin Brazell and Jordan Brazell.
Honorary pallbearers are the staff of Georgia Hospice Care.
Remembrances are suggested to Georgia Hospice Care, 141 S. Macon St., Jesup, GA 31545.
Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com.
Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Thomas Vernon “Tommy” Dent
Statesboro--Thomas Vernon “Tommy”Dent, 70, died of an extended illness Aug. 17, 2017, under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro.
He attended Georgia Military Academy in Atlanta on a football scholarship and settled in Statesboro to raise his family. He became Statesboro's first full-time fire chief, an instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy in Marietta, a business owner, and an account representative in Atlanta.
He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Dent. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Donahue Dent; a daughter and son-in-law, Kellie Dent and Chuck Oglesby; twin sons and a daughter-in-law Kevin and Monica Dent and Page Dent; a grandson, Cole Dent; a granddaughter, Hillary Dent; a great-grandson, Wesley Dent; his mother, Josephine Sykes Dent; a sister, Gail Dent Hoover; a brother, Jerry Dent; and several nieces and nephews.
At his request, a private memorial service will be held with interment at Pinecrest Cemetery in Jesup. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, GA, 30458. Nobles Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Donna Lynette Hodges Crews Manning
Jesup--Donna Lynette Hodges Crews Manning, 67, died Aug. 14, 2017, at her residence in Jesup.
She was born Jan. 3, 1950, in Jacksonville, Florida, to the late Jessie J. Hodges and Gwendolyn Gladys Hinson Hodges. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Boulougne. She enjoyed her time working as a housekeeper on Amelia Island.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Aubrey Crews; her parents; and three brothers, Richard Hodges, Randy Hodges and Mickey Hodges.
She is survived by her husband, Donald W. Manning; three children and their spouses, Wayne and Terri Crews of Hilliard, Florida, Dale Crews of Hilliard and Dennis and Teresa Crews of Silver Lake, Indiana; two stepsons, Donald H. Manning and John Manning, both of Jesup; two brothers and sister-in-laws, Norman and Lisa Hodges and Russell and Tracy Hodges, all of Hilliard; a sister-in-law, Karen Hodges of Hilliard; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services were held Aug. 17 at the First Baptist Church of Boulougne with the Rev. Donald H. Manning officiating. Burial was in Buford Grove Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com.
Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home, Folkston, was in charge of arrangements.
Ernest T. Daves
Georgiana, Ala.--Ernest T. Daves, 77, died Aug. 20, 2017.
He was predeceased by his father, Ernest J. Daves; his mother, Clio Scott Griffin; a brother, Rodney T. Daves of Gulfport, Mississippi; and his grandparents, Herbert and Ella Scott of Jesup.
Survivors are his wife, Janice Black Daves of Georgiana, Alabama; a daughter and son-in-law, Laura Daves and Matthew Shell; a grandson, Brady Shell; a sister, Dianne Griffin Tully of Summerville South Carolina; and a brother, Glenn R. Griffin of Billings, Montana.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at Johnson's Funeral Home in Georgiana at 2 p.m.
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; 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 the Ritch Baptist Church in Screven on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Casual attire is suggested.
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