Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:50pm
Rinehart & Sons
Michael Clifton Whitley
Jesup—Michael Clifton “Little Michael” Whitley, 29, of Jesup died Aug. 23, 2016, after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a former cabinet installer and enjoyed baseball and fishing.
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Michael and Debbie Whitley of Jesup; mother, Terry Oliver Lucas of Jesup; three half-brothers, Troy Whitley, Blade Lucas and Charles Garrett; half-sister, Victoria Whitley; paternal grandmother, Ermine Whitley of Jesup; and several cousins and other relatives.
Memorial service were held Aug. 26 at Parkway Church of God with Pastor Bill and Rita Harper officiating.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Bernice Roberson Brannen
Jesup—Bernice Roberson Brannen died Aug. 24, 2016, after an extended illness at Harborview Health Systems under the care of Hospice of South Georgia. She was 92 years old.
She was born on June 17, 1924, to Lucian and Sibyle Roberson in Wayne County. She attended Empire School and Jesup High School, graduating in 1943. After World War II, she and husband Joseph “J.B.” Barney Brannen moved to Miami, Fla. While residing there, they worked and lived a good life for more than a decade.
Her family says, “Bernice, her sister, sister-in-laws and cousins were drinking ice coffees on South Beach long before the beach became famous.”
Returning to Wayne County in 1956, she began a 32-year career at ITT Rayonier retiring in 1989. She attained the position of senior lab technician while completing college courses of Brewton-Parker College, raising a family, and being a good mother, grandmother and daughter. She took care of her mother for 20 years.
She was a member of First Baptist Church. She loved to travel with family and friends before and after retirement, visiting Europe, Hawaii, Caribbean and all over the United States of America. She worked the voter-registration polls and U.S. Census and volunteered with Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and AARP for many years.
She was a member of the Red Hat Club. She loved to dance and exercise, and she had “the spirit of life, the determination of happiness and love for her family,” the familly said. She was a “strong soul” who loved fishing, picking blueberries, cooking and preserving fresh field vegetables. She learned how to work the fields and pick cotton and tobacco as a young girl. She succumbed to Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jestina Brannen; a son, Joseph Barney “Chipper” Brannen Jr.; the father of her children, Joseph B. “J.B.” Brannen; two brothers, Vernon Ephram Roberson and L. V. Roberson, Jr.
She is survived by two sons, Dennis Arnie Brannen of Tucker and John Alan Brannen of Jesup; a former daughter-in-law and friend, Betsy Brannen of Tucker; grandchildren, Daniel Hutton of Atlanta, Ginger Gordon of Marietta, Rachel Lydia Brannen of Jesup and Chelsea Leslie Love; great-grandchildren, Joey and Haley Gordon, Madison Faye Mosby, Mary Jane Elizabeth LaRoche, Dia Palmer and Ali Love; a sister, Opal Pitts of Richmond Hill; a special niece, Evelyn Padgett of Richmond Hill; sisters-in-law, Jean Roberson of Texas and Betty Roberson of Stockbridge; a niece, Sibyle Lawrence of Texas; nephews, James “Coley” Roberson of Milledgeville and Keith Roberson of Hawaii; and 25 nephews and nieces on the Brannen side of the family.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. Howard & Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Interment services will be privately at a later date in Old Bethel Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
The family wishes to express a special thanks to Harbor View Heath Systems and Hospice of South Georgia for the exceptional care given to Mrs. Brannen in her final years.
Family and friend may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Vivian Suzanne Smith
Rincon—Vivian Suzanne Smith, 38, died Aug. 24, 2016, in the Effingham County Hospital.
She was born in Brunswick, lived in Jesup most of her life, and had lived in Rincon for the last two years. She was an educator, having taught in Long County and, for the last two years, in Chatham County. Most recently, she was teaching fifth grade at Godley Station School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brewton-Parker College and her master’s degree from Georgia Southern University. She was a member of Gardi Baptist Church in Wayne County.
Survivors include her husband, Lee Smith of Rincon; two daughters, Leighanna Smith and Olivia Smith of Rincon; two sons, Bryson Smith and Kaden Smith of Rincon; her stepson, Gannon Smith of Jesup; her mother and stepfather, Faith Joyner and Rick of Jesup; her sister and brother-in-law, Lynn Whipple and John of Waycross; her brother, Jessie Hill of Jesup; her mother-in-law, Ida Rose Alexander of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be today (Saturday) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Howard Funeral Home in Ludowici.
Funeral services will be Aug. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at Unity Church of God with the Rev. Stanley Todd officiating.
Burial will follow in the Sunset Oaks Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will include Jared Anderson, Joel Anderson, Seth Anderson, Jason Howard, Joey Harrison and Stevie Harrison.
Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici is in charge of arrangements.
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