Paul J. McGowan
Ludowici--Paul J. McGowan, 80, died Aug. 26, 2019, at his home under the care of his family and Georgia Hospice Care.
Born in Walthourville, he had lived in Long County most of his life. He was a business owner providing industrial construction and painting in the Southeast. He began as a contractor during the construction phase at Interstate Paper Corporation, starting in 1966. His company has maintained a continuous presence there for 53 years.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the construction battalion in the Sea Bees in Vietnam and the Philippines.
An avid outdoorsman, he loved to fish and spend time on the Altamaha River. He was baptized at an early age in the Satilla River and was a born-again Christian.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Ann Combs; grandchildren, Shawnee McGowan and Chris Combs; great-grandson, Trey Theus; siblings, E.S. McGowan, Carlton McGowan, Uldine Miller, Junior McGowan, Iris McGowan; and infant brother, Johnny McGowan.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Mary (Robert) Todd of Jesup; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul (La-Rose) McGowan Jr. of Brunswick and Shawn (Alice) McGowan Sr. of Ludowici; sister, Lona Clark of Virginia; special family member, Brad Previtt of Jesup; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Aug. 29 at Ludowici First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mickey Tomberlin officiating. Burial was in the Walthourville Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Shawn McGowan Jr., Terry Mitcham, Ren Theus, Travis Combs, Jim McGowan and Ron McGowan.
Remembrances are suggested to Long County C.A.R.E.S., P.O. Box 676, Ludowici, GA 31316.
Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.
Out of Town
Sandra Elizabeth Kemp Harris
Clarksville--Sandra Elizabeth Kemp Harris, 73, of Clarkes-ville died after a sudden illness on June 10, 2019.
Born in Upland, California, on April 30, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Robert S. and Jane Elizabeth (Pharis) Kemp Sr. She was a lifelong educator having taught for more than 36 years, retiring from the Wayne County school system. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jesup.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, William “Bill” Harris of Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Amy Elizabeth (Jonathan) Harris of Clarkesville; a son, William H. Harris II of Clarkesville; a brother, Robert S. (Pam) Kemp Jr. of Charlottesville, Virginia; granddaughter, Jane Elizabeth Harris of Clarkesville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held June 14 at Hillside Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Chip Cranford officiating. Interment was in Yonah Memorial Gardens, Demorest.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Camp Hawkins, 800 Rudeseal Road, Mt. Airy, GA 30563.
Those wishing may send condolences online at www.hillsidememorialchapel.com.
Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements.