8.5.20 obituaries


Ronnie M. Daniels

Jesup—Ronnie M. Daniels, 77, of Jesup, died July 31, 2020.

The Wayne County native enjoyed helping out with several businesses and shared many friendships.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kimsie and Mary Tyre Daniels; brother Pat Daniels; and sister Martha Brown.

Survivors include his sister Shirley Eiland of Selma, Alabama; brothers Joe Daniels and Carroll Daniels of Jesup; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ryan Wilson officiating. Interment was in Liberty Cemetery.  Active pallbearers were family and friends.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Howard Lewis

Screven—Howard Lewis, 76, of Screven died Aug. 1, 2020, after a short illness.

The Jeff Davis County native lived in Screven all of his life and was a member of Screven First Baptist Church and Gift Sunday School Class. The former ITT Rayonier employee was a small-town businessman who owned and operated Lewis Pecan Company, Lewis Refrigeration and Lewis Rentals.

He loved to fish and was “the most generous man who didn’t like the spotlight,” according to his family, but he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, P. A. and Opal Lewis; sister Antoinette Crouthamel; and brother, P. A. Lewis Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Madelyn Carter Lewis of Screven; daughters, Connie (Mark) Carter of Blackshear and Cathy (Russ) Martin of Screven; grandchildren, Hunter (Amber) Carter, Ryan Carter, Cayla Jo and Riley Martin; sisters Patsy Corker of Virginia and Cynthia (Jerry) Parker of Screven; and several nieces and nephews.

Private memorial service and burial will be held by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Screven First Baptist Church, 312 School St., Screven, GA 31560.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Charles E. McElveen

Screven—Charles E. McElveen, 94, of Screven, died July 29, 2020.

The Bulloch County native lived in Wayne County most of his adult life and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who retired from the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. He enjoyed fishing.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ludie Kicklighter McElveen, and his son, Charles E. McElveen Jr.

Survivors include his daughters, Rosemary (Ervin) Rogers of Jesup and Debbie Worley of Darien; sister, Laurie McLaughlin of Pensacola, Florida; daughter-in-law, Fran McElveen of Brunswick; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held July 31 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Thomas Waters and Elder Al Groover officiating. He was honored with presentation of the American flag. Private family interment was held in the Screven City Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1618 Waycross Hwy., Jesup, GA  31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


John Harmon Moody

Jesup—John Harmon Moody, 63, of Jesup died July 28, 2020.

The Long County native was a member of Unity Church of God and a U.S. Army veteran. The retired Georgia Department of Transportation enforcement officer loved to watch his kids at ballparks and fish.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Ruby Moody.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Janet Moody of Jesup; eight children, Richard (Ashley) Faulk of Cleora, Oklahoma, Jared Moody of Jesup, Matt Moody of Ivey,  Gaby Moody of Jesup, John T. Moody of Middleburg, Florida, and Justin Moody, Jathan Moody and Marisa Moody, each of Jesup; a sister, Harriet (Roger) Kicklighter of Glenn-ville; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a nephew and a niece.

Funeral services were held July 30 at Unity Church of God with Pastors Calvin Anderson and George Moxley officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Oaks Cemetery. Active pallbearers were his family. Honorary pallbearers were the former and present GDOT enforcement officers and members of the Stray Dogs baseball team.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Onnie Thompson Osborne

Jesup—Onnie Thompson Osborne, 95, of Jesup died Aug. 2, 2020.

The Wayne County native was a lifelong member of Odum Baptist Church. She retired from Fort Stewart after 25 years as a Federal Civil Service employee. After federal retirement, she obtained a registered nurse degree and worked as a nurse director of a nursing home and also as a clinical training nurse for the LPN program at Altamaha Technical College.

She served on the Wayne County Hospital Authority Board, where she was chairman. Her community involvement includes being a lifetime member of the Altamaha Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and an active member of the Odum Garden Club. Some of her favorite pastimes were gardening, traveling, fishing and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. “Boob” Osborne; parents, Richard and Lola Thompson; a sister, Oliff Harrison; a brother, Chester Thompson Sr.; and a great-niece, Daphne Thompson Gest.

Survivors include her sister and constant companion, Olene T. Moody Lewis of Jesup; sister-in-law, Clara Thompson of Odum; nephews, Chester (Shanda) Thompson Jr. of Odum and Don Thompson of Odum; nieces, Patricia T. Blanton of Odum and Joyce Malone of Atlanta; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Graveside funeral services were held Aug. 4 at Odum City Cemetery with the Rev. Stan Todd officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Rose Daniels, Carolyn Jones, Lynn Ladd, Odum Garden Club members and Hospice of South Georgia staff.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Kim Thompson

Jesup—Kim Thompson, 65, of Jesup died July 31, 2020.

The Wayne County native was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and a retired registered nurse. She had a “wonderful gift of friendship,” her family said.

She was predeceased by her father, James Richard “J.R.” Thompson.

Survivors include her daughter, Brandi (Ronald) Burkholder of Jesup; sons, Brandon Collins of Jesup and Quinn Edwin Collins Jr. of Odum; grandchildren, Mason and Taylor Collins, Blaine and Kelly Collins, Hayden Wolfe and Hunter Burkholder; her mother, Dorothy “Dot” Thompson of Jesup; two sisters, Ricki Thompson of Jesup and Joy (Bill) Mercer of Shellman Bluff; two brothers, James Larry (Anne) Thompson of Statesboro and Mickey (Wanda) Thompson of Jesup; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and her constant companion, her dog “Luke.”

Funeral services were held Aug. 2 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Dr. Ron Wilcox officiating.

Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family and friends.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Kathleen Hires Thornton

Jesup—Kathleen Hires Thornton, 77, of Jesup died July 31, 2020.

The Wayne County native was of the Church of God faith and retired employee with Hendrix Hauling Company.  The 1960 Jesup High School graduate was voted “Most Athletic” of her class. She was an excellent basketball player and enjoyed league bowling.

She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Vernon Dave Thornton; parents, Leon and Maggie Hires; sisters, Josephine Meadows, Betty Jean Westberry, Ethelene “Coonie” Carter; and brothers, Fred Edward Hires Sr., Ted Malcolm Hires and Leon Edward Hires.

Survivors include her daughter, Kim (Kevin) Swartzlander of Jesup; son, Dave (Cristy) Thornton of Jesup; grandchildren, Kristi, Keri, Casey (Sarah) and Jessica Thornton, Shelbi (Nate) McKenzie, Nora and Kate Swindell, Ashley (Ryan) Robertson, Bobby (Toni) Swartzlander; great-grandchildren, Hayden Manning, Raelyn Robertson, Sophia and Linlee Swartzlander, Wyatt and Emmi Lou Thornton; sisters, Maggieleen (Billy) Wise of Pembroke, Mary Thornton of Vidalia, Carolyn (Joey) Bauman of Jefferson, and Gladys (Chico) Goldberg of Sandy Springs; brother, John (Terri) Hires of Dublin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Aug. 3 at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Bud Womack officiating. Interment followed in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.  Active pallbearers were her family. Honorary pallbearers were Jesse and Shirley Padgett, Bobby and Sandy Mobley, Rudy and Sheila Burcham and Martha Schraud.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Jeff White

Odum—Jeff White, 56, of Odum died Aug. 3, 2020, after a short illness.

The Savannah native and former resident of Hines-ville lived in Wayne County the past eight years. He attended Bradwell Institute and was a 28-year retired firefighter with the Department of Defense stationed at Fort Stewart.

Some of his hobbies included hunting, fishing, race-car events and tinkering with cars.

He was predeceased by his father, George White.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Beasley White of Odum; a daughter, Molly White of Ludowici; his mother, Brenda White of Riceboro; brothers, Ken (Jamie Martinez) White of Waverly and Tony (Bonita) White of Pelham; and three nephews and a niece.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Horne officiating.  Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be family and friends.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


David Verdell

Jesup—David Verdell, 71, died July 28, 2020, at home in Screven.

He was born on April 23, 1949, in Jennings, Florida to the late Johnny Verdell and Alice B. Verdell. He was home- schooled and always liked to work. He had a heart full of love and fun, his family said. His favorite football team was the Pittsburg Steelers. He loved riding his four-wheeler, driving his truck and going fishing. He spent his final years in the nursing home with his brother, Willie, but he came home and died at home with his sister, Jackie.

He lived with John and Lawanda Mosley Ponville for about 30 years or more.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Alice Verdell; two brothers, Ike Verdell and Johnny Verdell Jr.; two sisters, Lorine Verdell Bryant and Alberta Denson; a niece, Demetrice L. Johnson; and his grandmother, Ethel Burgess Gachee.

Survivors include two sisters, Jackie V. (John) Smith of Screven; Beatrice Cherry of Largo, Florida; two brothers, Willie Verdell of Altamaha Nursing Home and Tommy Verdell of Syracuse, New York; two nieces, Angel Primus (he always asked when she was coming to see him) and Cynthia Verdell of Hinesville; a nephew, Donald Cherry Sr. of Norfolk, Virginia (his mother raised him as her own); a cousin who loved him very much, Betty Ruth Burgess; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special family, John and Lawanda Mosley Ponville. Also, Brian, Amanda and Brooklyn Manning of Jesup were very special to him.

Graveside funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Screven Community Cemetery with Pastor Elliot Aspinwall officiating.

COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines are in effect. 

Family and friends may sign the tribute wall guestbook at www.communitychapelfh.com.  

Community Chapel Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.


Albert Paul “Whoochie” Stephens Sr.

Jesup—Albert Paul Stephens Sr., 81, affectionately known by his family and friends as “Whoo-chie,” died July 29, 2020, at Magnolia Manor of Midway under the care of Hospice of South Georgia after an extended illness.

A resident of Wayne County for most of his life, he was born on April 6, 1939, in Brunswick to the late Peter R. “Pete” Stephens and Arizona “Zonnie” Stephens.

He was a talented artist who could draw just about anything, and he used these abilities to run his own business painting billboards along the roadside. He loved having a good time with his friends and family, laughing and telling jokes, singing karaoke, and listening to bluegrass music.

In addition to his parents, his brothers and sisters, Retta Stephens, Colvin Stephens, Marie Moxley, Ola Stallings, Theron Stephens, Wayne Stephens and Dale Gordon, all preceded him in death.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Tina Stephens of Jesup; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Theona Stephens of Jesup; a sister, Alice Miller of Jesup; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.

Graveside funeral services were held Aug. 1 at Jesup City Cemetery with the Rev. Don McCrary officiating.

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

Howard & Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Larry Clinton Giles

Brunswick—Larry Clinton Giles, 48, of Bruns-wick died Aug. 1, 2020, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.

He was born June 20, 1972, in Moultrie, and he was a member of

Waynesville Church of God, where he served in security and Men’s Ministries. He loved to play golf and enjoyed coaching and mentoring his children in their interests in sports. He was very active with travel and recreation baseball and softball teams. He was an on-premises business development manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Company United.

Survivors include his wife, Brandi Crosby Giles of Brunswick; three children, John Garrett Giles, Alyssa Paige Giles and Carson Paige Giles, all of Brunswick; parents, Larry and Diane Giles of Brunswick; a sister, Lorin Giles of Screven; a mother-in-law, Patricia Scarborough of Baxley; and a father-in-law, Carlos Crosby of Baxley.

A private family funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. at Asbury Church with the Rev. Bobby Tatum, the Rev. Mark Griffis and the Rev. Bill Gardner officiating.

A public graveside will follow in the church cemetery.

Owing to COVID-19 precautions, the service will be live streamed on the Asbury Church Facebook page.

Active pallbearers will be Lance McLain, Shane McLain, Bill Maness, Lance Middleton, Buddy Wolff and Todd Bullard.

In lieu of flowers, condolences may be sent to Brandi Crosby Giles, 185 Omega Cemetery Road, Baxley, GA 31513.

Arrangements are under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.


Walter Overholt

Quaker City, Ohio—Walter Overholt, 83, of Quaker City, Ohio, died July 31, 2020, at his residence.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1937, in Hartville, Ohio, to the late John H. and Mattie (Byler) Overholt.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Esther Graber; a daughter, Faith Elaine (Overholt) Miller; and four brothers, Leonard, Paul, Mark and Merle Overholt.

He was a member of the Antrim Mennonite Church. He was a carpenter, missionary and the ministry.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Wittmer Overholt of Quaker City,  whom he married on Nov. 10, 2010; two daughters, Regina Hope (Ray) Weaver of Brevard, North Carolina, Charity Sue (Dave) Troyer of Millersburg, Ohio; two sons, Durrell (Zonya) Overholt of Hartville and Daniel (Tina) Overholt of Barberton, Ohio; a son-in-law, Mark (Brenda) Miller of Homeworth, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary (Roman) Wagler of Hartville and Sadie (Cal) Troyer of Quaker City; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at the Antrim Mennonite Church with Ed Lapp officiating.

Burial was in the Antrim Mennonite Church Cemetery.

On-line condolences can be sent to the family at www.bundy-lawfuneralhome.com.

Bundy-Law Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Shari Ellen Boatright Henderson

Waycross—Shari Ellen Boatright Henderson, 59, of Mershon died Aug. 2, 2020, at Memorial Satilla Health.

Born in Waycross on June 8, 1961, she had lived in Pierce County all of her life.  She was a 1979 graduate of Patterson High School and went on to graduate from South Georgia College with a registered nurse degree. She had worked at different medical facilities over the years but was working for Appling Health System in Baxley in the Senior Care Unit at the time of her death.

She found that working with hospice patients was her calling, and to her it was like her ministry. She enjoyed reading, especially her Bible, and camping, but her favorite thing to do was to spend time with her granddaughter, Kaley Brooke, who called her “Yaya.”

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and was a friend to everyone who knew her. She was a member of the family of God, “washed by the blood of the Lamb,” and of the Baptist faith. She was always praying for people and their prayers for her over the past few weeks have been not only felt by the family but greatly appreciated.

She was a daughter of the late Vernell Smith Boatright.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Rose Ann Thornton.

Survivors include her husband and soul mate of 35 years, Troy Carl Henderson Jr. of Mershon; a daughter and son-in-law, Hannah and Doug Boatright of Mershon; a son, James “Skipper” Davis III (Jade Jorishie) of Blackshear; her father, Bernice Boatright of Blackshear; her sister, Abby Boatright Walker (Ray Cason) of Blackshear; her precious granddaughter, Kaley Brooke Boatright; nieces and nephews, Jody (DeAnna) Thornton, Payton Walker, Ashley (Brandon) Ramey, Travis Lariscy Jr., and Monica (Mike) Turner; and several other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. from the Pearson-Dial Chapel. Interment will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Bacon County.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home chapel one hour prior to the service.

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

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Memorial Satilla Health for the excellent care shown during her illness.

Owing to COVID-19, social distancing and the use of face masks are strongly encouraged.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.