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Mary Graham Swails
Jesup—Mary Graham Swails, 75, of Jesup died Aug.20, 2019.
The Wayne County native was a member of Ritch Baptist Church. She was predeceased by her brother, Charles Graham.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Leonard Swails of Jesup; a daughter, Telena (Tony) Flynn of Jesup; a son, Tony (Thena) Swails of Jesup; four grandchildren, Chase and Cassidy Flynn, Ryleigh Jones and Bryson Swails; two great-grandchildren, Bentley Swails and Jenson Jones; and a sister, Mona (Danny) Hicks of Indian Trail, North Carolina.
Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Mike Cowart officiating. Interment followed in the Georgia Veteran’s Cemetery in Glennville.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Addie “Mae” Hall Riner
Jesup—Addie “Mae” Hall Riner, 91, of Jesup died Aug. 22, 2019 under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
The Mississippi native had lived in Wayne County most all of her life. She was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and enjoyed Larry Bennett’s Sunday school class. She was also a member of the Eastern Star in Washington, D.C. The homemaker loved everything about flower gardening.
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Rudolph Riner; a daughter, Susan Riner Wright; a grandson, Aaron Crosby; and parents and several siblings.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Riner Crosby of Jesup; a son, Steve (Gwen) Riner of Pearland, Texas; several grandchildren, Stephen (Mary) Wright, Rudy Riner, Clae Ruggles, John Riner, Adam (Robin) Riner, Spencer (Marissa) Riner, Theresa (Jacob) Riner, Bailey (Aaron) Anderson, Sebastian Riner, Addie Riner, Jacob Riner, Andee Riner, Lily (Grant) Watson and Andrew Long; several great grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dee Shaffer and Deacon Marty Meuschke officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Richard Burns, John B. Johnson, Larry Brantley, Bob Brannen, David Robertson and Ed Exley. Following the interment, those attending are invited back to the church for a reception in the social hall.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 745 S. Palm Street, Jesup, GA 31546.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Out of Town
Bobby Leland Clary
Stillwater, Oklahoma--Bobby Leland Clary, 81, died Aug. 21, 2019, at his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
He was born Aug. 14, 1938, in Jesup to J. Edward and Ada (Higginbotham) Clary. He grew up in Odum. He graduated from Odum High School in 1956. After high school he married Freida Irene Ogden on Dec. 18, 1957, in Odum.
In 1960, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering. In 1969, he was awarded a doctoral degree in philosophy in agricultural engineering from Oklahoma State University.
From 1960 through 1965, he was an assistant professor of agricultural engineering at State University of New York, Agricultural and Technical Institute in Alfred, New York. From 1965 through 1966 he was a professor at Polk Junior College, Bartow, Florida, and from 1966 through 1968, he was a graduate research assistant at Oklahoma State.
From 1968 through 1971, he was the assistant professor of agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State, and from 1971 through 1978, he was an associate professor of agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State. From 1978 through 1993, he was a professor of agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State, and from 1993 to the present he was professor emeritus agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State. He was the president of Wayne Engineering from 1980 through 2009.
In addition to numerous national and regional awards recognizing his accomplishment as an educator, researcher and engineer, he also served as the chief of the Agricultural and Food Industries Branch of the Energy Research and Development Administration in Washington, D.C. for one year. During this time, he also served as a NATO representative in Brussels, Belgium.
Even with all of his professional accomplishments, his greatest joy came from raising his family and watching his influence pass through multiple generations.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jesse and Gene; and three sisters, Virginia Anderson, Aletha Anderson and Gladys Clary.
Survivors include his wife, Irene; children, Debbie (Kevin) Hanni of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Teresa (Danny) Ferguson of Stillwater and Doug (Paula) Clary of Veneta, Oregon; siblings, Sammy Clary of Odum, Kelly (Jane) Clary of Eatonton, Eleanor (Mad) Harvey of Odum and Revis (Gail) Clary of Odum; grandchildren, Kurtis (Samantha) Hanni, Molly (Daniel) Ligon, Logan (Morgan) Hanni, Adam (Yulia) Ferguson, Aaron (Ashley) Ferguson and Andrew Ferguson; and great-grandchildren, Liam Hanni, Avery Ferguson, Alley Ferguson, and Claire, Katie and Sky Ligon.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 1:30 p.m. at Dighton Marler Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwater. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.
The family will be receiving visitors at the Funeral home starting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Memorial donations can be made in his name to the Parkinson Foundation, c/o Dighton Marler Funeral Home, 5106 N. Washington St., Stillwater, OK., 74075.
Condolences can be sent to the family via on online guestbook at www.dightnmarler.com.
Dighton Marler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.