9.10.16 obituaries

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Earl Crews Jr.
Jesup—Earl Crews Jr., 68, of Jesup died Sept. 2, 2016.
The Wayne County native was a member of Gardi Baptist Church and laid floor covering for a living.
He was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Mary Crews, and a brother, Billy Crews.
Survivors include his former wife, Audrey Auther of Macon; a sister, Evelyn Marie Nobles of Odum; four nephews, David and Michael Long, Travis and Quinton Crews; a niece, Desiree Crews; and a great-nephew, Ethan Long.
Memorial services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Piney Grove Church of God with the Rev. Richard Dobson officiating.
Family will receive friends at the church.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
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Linda Kay Haynes
Jesup—Linda Kay Haynes, 74, died Sept. 6, 2016, at Wayne Memorial Hospital under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.  
She was born in Screven, lived in North Carolina for a while, but lived in Wayne County most of her life.  She was retired from Rayonier after many years of service. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a dedicated friend, according to her family.
She was a member of Salem Primitive Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Haynes. 
Survivors include her daughter, Tami Rogers of Jesup; two stepsons and two daughters-in-law, Mark and Missy Haynes of Nahunta and Brack and Joy Haynes of Tennessee; a brother, Vann Bennett of Harlem; 10 grandchildren, Lindi and Joey Trowbridge, Ian and Chasity Keifer, Ramsey Haynes, Cody Haynes, Matthew Haynes, Kathryn Graham, Jimmy Peebles, and Lance Peebles; four great-grandchildren, Logan Keifer, Noah Peebles, Kaitlyn Cammon and Harper Leigh; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Sept. 8 at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Appling County.
Howard & Jones were in charge of arrangements.
 
Out of Town
 
Tilla Idelle Harris Roberson
Nashville, Tenn.—Tilla Idelle Harris Roberson of Nashville died at her home Sept. 2, 2016. 
She was from Odum and the daughter of Oscar and Agnes Harris. She grew up on a farm with many siblings and attended Middle Georgia College. She became an accomplished pianist, according to her family. She married Don Roberson in 1946, and they eventually moved to Nashville, where they began selling Ford tractors and farm equipment. She was active at Roberson Tractor Company and even delivered some tractors. However, when her children arrived, her focus became the family, they said. 
She was active in the First United Methodist Church of Nashville and helped with various aspects of the church. Her help included participating on the administrative board and in Sunday school programs, vacation Bible schools,  mission committees, and the “P and J Ministry” (a food distribution outreach program). 
She was active in the PTA, the Woman’s Club (where she helped to organize a teen center), the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Valdosta Country Club, and Circlestone Country Club. She was an avid bridge player, and she belonged to one of the original clubs in Nashville.  Her recreational activities included gardening, her greenhouse, golf, jogging, bicycling and taekwondo.  She especially enjoyed traveling, reading, taking classes and dancing.
Her priority was involvement with her family and raising four children. She and her husband raised their children in a traditional style focused on school work, daily chores, sports and piano. They enjoyed activities with many people in the community as well as their families. Her creative abilities were often realized in social events, parties and special occasions for friends and family. She also became an active dog owner and trained her latest dog, Ritch, who became a close companion for her.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law Fonda R. and Jim Young and Linda R. and Dr. Bill Pannell; two sons, Donald N. Roberson Jr., and Sam H. Roberson, and his companion, Ted Buckley; six grandchildren and their spouses, Chad J. and Allison Carpenter, William Roberson and Christina Pannell, Dr. Stephanie Pannell Stokey and Dr. Brandon Stokey, Stacy Idelle Powell, Preston Harris Pannell, and Eric E. Powell; and two great-grandchildren, Bowen Ritch Carpenter and Kate Tilla Carpenter.
A funeral service was held Sept. 8 at the Nashville United Methodist Church.  
Lovein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 
Ricky Wood Sr.
Jesup—Ricky Wood Sr., 60, of Jesup died suddenly Sept. 1, 2016, in Effingham County.
He was a native of Bacon County but had lived in Jesup for the past 20 years. He was the son of the late Dewey Wood and Maudie Lee Richardson Wood.
He was the pastor of the New Vision of New Life Church of Jesup and served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ginger Kuehner, and two brothers, Rodney and Dewey Wood.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Tammy Hamilton Wood of Jesup; seven sons and five daughters-in-law, Corey and Jessica Wood of Screven, Ron and Rachael Sweat of Jesup, Kevin and Krystal Wood of Douglas, Jonathan Sweat of Jesup, Ricky and Kelley Wood Jr. of Douglas, Ryan and Aara Sweat of Douglas, and Daniel Sweat of Spartanburg, S.C.; a sister, Jolene Bennett of Jesup; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Johnny and Tammy Wood of Brunswick, Grady Wood of Raleigh, N.C., David and Sheila Wood of Clayton, N.C., and Billy and Lillian Creamer of Hazlehurst; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Carolyn Towns of Waycross, Catherine Moorefield of Raleigh, N.C., Patricia and Rodney Carter of Alma and Michelle and Jerry Herndon of Waycross; and 16 grandchildren.
Active pallbearers will be Ricky Woods, Mickey Woods, Trent Wood, Corey Wood, Kevin Wood, Ricky Wood Jr., Robbie Finch, Jason Priester and Ryan Sweat.  
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Crosby Funeral Home with the Rev. Will Sloan and the Rev. Jerry Herndon officiating. Eulogies will be presented by Michelle Herndon and Wood’s son, Corey Wood.
Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
All others in attendance will be considered honorary pallbearers.
Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of all the arrangements.
 
Orvita I. Poppell Walsh
St. Petersburg, Fla.—Orvita I. Poppell Walsh, 71, died July 13, 2016, in St. Petersburg.
She was a native of Wayne County and the daughter of Lois W. Poppell and Nathan Poppell. Her paternal grandparents were Robert Lee and Annie Yarborough Poppell. Her maternal grandparents were William C. and Inez Roberson Westberry.
She attended Southern Wesleyan University, the University of Georgia and the University of Miami. She moved to Miami in 1966, and headed the Publications Department of the Institute of Marine Science—a part of the University of Miami.
She married Dr. John J. Walsh of Boston, Mass. The couple moved to Seattle, Wash., where she began a career in banking as the first female loan officer of the Bainbridge Island Bank.
She lived on an idyllic ferry-served island in the middle of Puget Sound until 1976. Afterward, she moved to Long Island, N.Y., to assist her husband in creating a division of marine science at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
She also restored a historic house and took many botany courses at the renowned Research Institute of the Botanical Garden in New York City. At the institute, she took the first class in economic botany, offered by a professor who moved on to become the director of Kew Royal Botanical Gardens in London.
In 1984, she moved to St. Petersburg, where she restored a 5,000-square-foot historic Mediterranean revival home. She received an award from the American Institute of Architects and the American Preservation Society for her work. unt and sister, and a true friend with much love and kindness for everyone from relatives to neighbors, according to her family. Her husband said he was very happy to be the “bosun,” following directives issued to the “admiral’s” fleet.
In addition to her husband of 47 years, she is survived by three brothers and a sister-in-law, R.L. Poppell, Ray Poppell and Elbert and Patty Poppell, and several cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A memorial celebration of life will be held today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Wesleyan Church in Jesup.
A meal selected by Orvita will be served after the memorial.
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