8.28.19 obituaries

Howard & Jones


Delores Strickland Miller

Delores Strickland Miller, 77, died Aug. 25, 2019, at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville after a courageous battle with cancer.

A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, she was born Nov. 26, 1941, to the late Sidney and Jewel Landon Strickland. She retired from BellSouth after working for more than 30 years as a PBX operator.

After retirement, she attended cosmetology school and later worked for more than 16 years at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

She was a faithful member of Flint Branch Baptist Church and enjoyed reading and shopping in her spare time.

In addition to her parents, her beloved husband of 57 years, Freddie N. Miller Sr., preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter, Maria Miller, and companion, Tony Sharpe, of Baxley; three sons, Freddie N. (Lisa) Miller Jr. of Jesup, Douglas (Hope) Miller of Screven and Billy Murtha of Screven; brothers and sisters,  Burnis (Charlene) Strickland of Odum, Lorine (Allen) Boyd Sr. of Odum, Shannon (Debra) Strickland of Jesup, Gwen (Terry) Morris of Aniston, Alabama and Linda (Donnie) May of Nahunta; three grandchildren, Michael Miller Jacobs, Barrett Miller and Callie Ann Miller all of Screven; a brother-in-law, Durwood (Annette) Miller of Screven; a special aunt, Geneva Sanders, of Odum and her best friend, Dean Tyre, of Jesup; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended-family members.

Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Scott Hickox officiating.

Interment followed in Screven City Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Billy Murtha, Keith Boatright, Kee Roberson, Art Todd, Jerry Raulerson and Allen Boyd  Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Antonio Moran and staff, George and Ginger Head, Ethan Head, Mandi Rogers, George Roberson and Robert Todd.  

Remembrances may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.

Howard and Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Franklin Bryan Strickland

Jesup—Franklin Bryan Strickland, 49, died suddenly Aug. 24, 2019, at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

A former resident of Winder and a resident of Jesup most of his life, he was born on Sept. 4, 1969 in Jesup.

He worked as a forklift operator for many years before taking a job with Hendrix Hauling driving dump trucks. He was an outdoorsman who loved fishing, talking about hunting and dogs.

He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Dilburn Strickland, and his two brothers, Bruce Wayne and Brady Allen Strickland.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Strickland of Jesup; daughter, Jessica (Andrew) Griffis of Jesup; mother, Cherrie (Jervis) Graham; siblings, Britt Dilburn (Lisa) Strickland of Jesup, Christy Graham and fiancé, Anthony Combs, of Winder, Ashley Graham of Winder, Justin (Jayde) Graham of Winder, Kenneth Graham and Adrienne Graham of Winder; grandsons, Jedidiah and Ivan Griffis both of Jesup; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended-family members.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at 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 will follow in Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Andrew Griffis, Jeff McIntosh, Dallas Strickland, Christopher Strickland, Britt Strickland and Jimmy Strickland.

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Claudia Brannen Turner

Jesup--Claudia Brannen Turner, 66, died peacefully Aug. 23, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 26, 1952, in Jesup to the late Jessie and Carrie Manning Brannen. She moved around a bit in her younger years before settling back in her hometown in 1978, when she began what would become a lifetime of entrepreneurship. First and foremost, she was a mother. She devoted herself to all children not just her own. It did not stop there, however, her selfless nature found her molding the children she encountered into successful young adults.

It seemed as if there was nothing she could not do if she put her mind to it. She helped operate several businesses over the years, including Carver’s Service Station. She had the uncanny ability to make something out of nothing. Her attention to detail was second to none. From keeping books to cleaning house, she stayed busy and always put the needs of others before her own.

In 1995 she opened the doors to Little Pro’s University (child care center), which she operated for the past 25 years. Her efforts were greatly rewarded by her past pupils as they grew into adults in the form of regular visits to show their appreciation for her role in their life.

While maintaining a longtime membership at Anderson Drive Baptist Church, she also attended regularly at Fellowship Baptist Church and Faith Baptist Church in Ludowici.

Her spare time was filled with all sorts of outdoor activities, including trips to the beach, riding her golf cart and gardening, all of which she enjoyed the most with the ones she loved--her family. She was also a volunteer with Heartland Hospice.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Wendell and Gene Brannen; sisters, Gail Brannen Herndon, Mary Brannen Hill, Nancy Brannen Peverieri, and Charlotte Brannen Mills; and her brother-in-law, Carey Moseley.

Survivors include her children, Danny (Jessica) Chavez of Jesup, James (Katherine) Carver of Savannah, Karri Carver (J.R.) Starling of Odum, Dia Carver (Ashley) Harmon of Bulloch County, Tonya (Carey) Blanton of Odum and David (Leisha) Carver of Brunswick;  sisters, Martha Brannen Moseley of Jesup, Debbie Brannen (Dan) Klymshyn of Jesup and Susie Brannen (Jimmy) Dixon of Surrency; brother, J.W. (Marilyn) Brannen of Phenix City, Alabama; grandchildren, Heather Rogers, Dillon Carver, Kaylynn Carver, James R. Carver III, Hali Long, Keylee and Leyton Harmon, Ryder and Harper Starling, Chelsea and Trenton Bolles, Kyler, Cameron and Nancy Blanton, as well as the “little Butterbean” expected in late December; 10 half-siblings; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended-family members.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. David Bohannon officiating and Tracy Alan Brown, eulogist. Honorary pallbearers will be past and present Little Pro’s students.

Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105 or VFW Post 4583, 436 Project St., Jesup, GA 31545.

The family said, “Claudia truly mastered the art of making lemonade from the lemons life sometimes gives us and she was a loyal friend and confidant to anyone in need. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.”

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Rinehart & Sons


Kenny Teston

Jesup—Kenny Teston, 64 of Jesup died Saturday, August 24, 2019 under the care of Georgia Hospice Care.

The Wayne County native was a retired supervisor with the Wayne County Road Department and enjoyed collecting guns, knives and coins. He also loved to read and collect comic books.

He was predeceased by his wife, Theresa Lane McKenzie Teston, and parents, Kermit and Mary Ellen Teston.

Survivors include two daughters, Frances (Donavon) Harrison and Tina Crosby, both of Jesup; stepchildren, Nikki McKinzie (Bret Maynard) of Kentucky, David McKinzie of California, Chuck McKinzie of Screven and Chris (Dawn) McKinzie of Screven; several grandchildren, Tara, Nicholas, Mathew, Alexandria, Nathan, Angel, Jay, Austin, Haley, Jeremy, Codie, Micah, Clayton, Brooke, Caleb, Sophia and Sawyer; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Faye (Roger) Thornton of Jesup and Louise Teston of Jesup; two brothers, Jimmy (Barbara) Teston of North Carolina and Dewitt (Una) Teston of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Stan Todd and the Rev. Wayne “Rooster” Manning Jr. officiating. Interment followed in the Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were his fellow Wayne County Road Department co-workers. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of Georgia Hospice Care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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