8.29.18 obituaries



Raymond Major  Harris

Jesup—Raymond Major Harris, 79, died Aug. 27, 2018, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia surrounded by his loving family.

A native and lifelong resident of Wayne County, he was born on Aug. 13, 1939, to the late Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Harris. He was a graduate of Jesup High School and was a member of the 1957 state championship football team.

A lifelong entrepreneur, he owned and operated numerous businesses over the years including, Harris Farm Supply, Harris Gin Company and Harris ACE Hardware. He was owner of several Western Steer Family Steakhouses and sat on the board of directors for Western Steer, a company based out of Hickory, North Carolina. He even lived about 10 years in Naples, Florida, the location of their southernmost restaurant. He often joked about how he thought that selling steaks would be a lot easier than selling fertilizer, but he found out he was mistaken.

He was a member of Gardi Baptist Church and a former member of First Baptist Church of Jesup and Shellman Bluff Baptist Church.  He was also a longtime member of the Jesup Elks Lodge No. 2133 and the Jesup Jaycees, where he served on the board of directors for many years. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter and was president of the Shellman Bluff Hunting Club.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ima Jean “MyJean” Bennett Harris; children, Timothy Raymond Harris and wife, Ellen, Rebecca Lynn Harris Wilder and husband, Wesley, and Joshua Piland Harris II and wife, Andrea, all of Jesup; two brothers, Jimmy Piland Harris and wife, Marilyn, and Dr. Ronald David Harris and wife, Judy, all of Jesup; one sister, Donna Elizabeth Harris Knight of Jesup; eight grandchildren lovingly referred to as “Sugar Babies,” Krystal Harris Douglas and husband, Chris, Raymond Jarred Wilder, Colby Sanders Harris and wife, Amber, Heather Harris Teeter and husband, Ryan, Jordan Lee Harris and special friend, Clayton Heath Woods, Joshua Piland Harris III and special friend,  Kayla Phillips, Natalie Jean Wilder Tyre and husband, David, Alisa Kay Grimes and partner, Jessi Brannen, Ben and Sam Simmons; and eight great-grandchildren or “Great Sugar Babies,” Chase and Haidyn Wilder, Isla Harris, Olivia and Scarlett Douglas, Caylen Harris, Raylan Tyre and Callie Harris with two more on the way; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.

Memorial services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Gardi Baptist Church with the Rev. Stanley Todd and the Rev. Randy Pruitt officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.

Honorary pallbearers will be all past and present employees.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Gardi Baptist Church, 981 Morning Glory Circle, Jesup, GA 31546 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd. Jesup, GA 31545.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Martha E. Mitchell

Jesup--Martha E. Mitchell, 83, died Aug. 23, 2018, at Landmark Hospital in Savannah.

She was a native of Lake Wales, Florida, and had lived in Wayne County most of her life. She was a homemaker and worked many years as a retail clerk.  She was a lifetime member of VFW Women’s Auxiliary and enjoyed bingo and shopping. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Corky Swartout and Daniel L. Mitchell, and a daughter-in-law, Julie Mitchell.

Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Marterson and Margie and Louis Mitchell of Jesup, Eddie Mitchell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Donald F. Mitchell and Mike Castleberry of Alpharetta; daughters-in-law, Janet Shinhoiser and Kim Mitchell; stepson Don (Marie) Swartout; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Aug. 26 at New Bethel Baptist Church. Burial was in Jesup City Cemetery.

Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.


Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.




Joseph Gale Duncan

Fort Lauderdale, Florida—Joseph Gale Duncan, 74, a native of Wayne County and resident of Fort Lauderdale died Aug. 18, 2018.

Viewing will be held Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. at New Covenant Life Center.

Final arrangements entrusted to McWhite’s Funeral Home and Royal Funeral Home.


Johnny Plat

Screven—Johnny Plat, 78, of Screven died Aug. 26, 2018, at Harborview Satilla in Waycross.

There will be a viewing Sept 1 at Royal Funeral Home Chapel from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Jackie Jackson

Jesup—Jackie Jackson, 73, of Jesup died Aug. 23, 2018, at home.

Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at St. John First Born Holiness Church. Interment was in Jesup City Cemetery.

Royal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 


Out of Town


Bobby Ronald “BR” Cudd

Fernandina, Florida—Bobby Ronald “BR” Cudd of Fernandina Beach, Florida, died Aug. 23, 2018.

He was born Aug. 23, 1935, in Chester, South Carolina.

He was married to Phyllis Cutts Cudd for 61 years. Together they shared a passion for shag dancing at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, golfing with friends at Pine Forest Country Club and Fernandina Beach Golf Club, and cheering for their beloved Clemson Tigers. He was inducted into the shag dancing Living Legends Association in 2006.

He was a devoted husband and father who was blessed with many friends and a wonderful family.

He leaves behind son Randy Cudd and daughter-in-law Andrea Cudd and grandson Austin Cudd of Douglas; son Ronnie Cudd and daughter-in-law Maria Cudd and grandchildren, Justin Cudd of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Amanda Cudd of Tulsa, Abby Pruitt and Eric Pruitt of Douglas; daughter Lisa Holt and son-in-law, Rod Holt, of Mt. Carmel, Tennessee,  grandson and granddaughter Ryan and Cindy Davis of Fleming and great-granddaughter, Reese Davis; and son Mike Cudd and daughter-in-law, Ashley Cudd, and grandchildren Adam and Merritt Cudd of St. Simons Island.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memories and condolences are left at www.oxleyheard.com.

Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. 


Charles Wendell McCollum

Waycross—Charles Wendell McCollum, 82, of Patterson died Aug. 24, 2018, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.

Born in Screven on Sept. 26, 1935, he had lived in Pierce County most of his life. He was a carpenter and started out in the construction business working for J.P. Barnard before joining a union. He decided to branch out on his own and build houses for a living which he did for many years.

He enjoyed planting his garden every year and farming.

He was a family man and always loved having his family around. He was a member of Ritch Baptist Church.

He was the son of the late Charli Edward and Bertie Lou Thornton McCollum. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Patsie Vida “Patty” Boyette McCollum; and by a sister, Geneva Thomason.

Survivors include his son, Charles McCollum of Patterson; two sisters, Marcey Denison of K’ville and Mary Denison of Jesup; three granddaughters, Amelia Tanner, Dedria (Freddie) Colter, and Charli McCollum; eight great-grandchildren, Tanner Wynn, Ava Grace Wynn, Harleigh (Trevor) Rentz, Ryleigh Colter, Landon Westberry, Liam Westberry, Luke Westberry and Melody Westberry; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Aug. 26 from Ritch Baptist Church.

Interment was in Ritch Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Stephen Wayne  Sizemore

Gurnee, Illinois—Stephen Wayne Sizemore, 61, died Aug. 25, 2018, at home in Gurnee, Illinois.

Born March 22, 1957, in Savannah, he was the son of Roy and Frances Mayers of Jesup. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1981 and began an inspiring and successful career spanning more than 25 years as a business leader in the plastics industry. A loving and doting husband, father and grandfather, he was an avid fisherman and gardener and loved the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

Along with his mother, he is survived by his wife of 41 years, Donele Blair Sizemore; his sons, Stephen Parker Sizemore (Carlee) of Columbia, South Carolina, and Christopher Blake Sizemore of Austin, Texas; his grandsons, Porter Sizemore and Nolan Sizemore; his sisters, Pamela Devereaux (John) and Lisa Mayers; and his beloved Welsh Terrier, Kaycie. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy B. Mayers.

Visitation will be held Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Maxwell-Purvis funeral home,  908 N. Court St., Quitman. A burial-side service will be held at 11 a.m. September 1 at Hickory Head Baptist Church, 46 Hickory Head Road, Quitman.

Flowers may be sent to Maxwell-Purvis funeral home, or, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Christmas Child at Immanuel Church in Gurnee, Illinois, or New Life ReSale Thrift in Grays Lake, Illinois.



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