Tue, 09/13/2016 - 3:34pm
Rinehart & Sons
Charles Monroe Manning
Jesup—The Rev. Charles Monroe “Charlie” Manning, 76, of Jesup died Sept. 10, 2016, after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was the pastor of Liberty Lighthouse Church and had served 35 years as the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church. He enjoyed all aspects of ministry. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served in Vietnam; worked as a Wayne County bus driver many years; and enjoyed gardening and fishing.
He was predeceased by his former wife, Earlene Kipp Manning, and parents, Corbitt and Ethel Harper Manning.
Survivors are his wife, Joyce Thornton Manning of Jesup; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Ken Cowart of Jesup; sons and daughter-in-law, Kipp and Susan Manning and Stephen Manning of Jesup; brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Wayne and Diane Manning of Jesup; 14 grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Sept. 11 at Little Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Monroe Gill and the Rev. Mark Thornton officiating. Interment was in Little Creek Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Wayne Moseley, Joe Moseley, Timothy McBee, Shorty Dixon, Woody Manuel and Gary Manning.
Memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse Church, c/o Billy Thornton, P.O. Box 101, Jesup, GA 31598.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
Jesup—J.C. Flowers, 69, of Jesup died Sept. 11, 2016, at his residence after a short illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Emanuel Holiness Church and a retired 35-year Rayonier employee, served in the Army National Guard, and was a U.S. Army veteran.
He enjoyed fishing with his Rayonier friends, camping, going to the mountains, listening to bluegrass music, riding with grandson Hunter Landon on wrecker/towing trips, and taking another grandson, Grayson, to baseball games.
He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Arizona Brooker Flowers, and a brother, Ken Flowers.
Survivors are his wife of 48 years, Juanita Gray Flowers of Jesup; daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and pastor Dale Bange and Becky and Keith Spell of Jesup; grandchildren, Hunter Landon, Nicholas Spell and Grayson Spell; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Preston and Aline Gray of Jesup; brother, Robert Flowers of Jesup; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gail and Larry Cook of Jesup, Debbie and Jim Wynhamer of Jesup, Lois and John Howell of Jesup, and Linda Flowers, Colleen Flowers and Cindy Flowers, all of Jesup; sister-in-law and her husband, Susie and Glenn Carver; brothers-in-law and their wives, J.R. and Brenda Gray and Jerry and Dayla Gray; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with pastor Dale Bange, John Gray and the Rev. Frank Davidson officiating along with American Legion Post 311 presenting the American flag. Interment will be in the Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be John Gray, Russell Gray, Bandon McDaniel, Ray Powell, Scotty Roland, Billy Roland, Charles Kirkland and Gary Fennell.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph Parker Dunham
Ludowici—Joseph Parker Dunham, 76, of Ludowici died Sept. 10, 2016, after a short illness.
The Long County native was a member of Jones Creek Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran, and a former chairman of the Long County School Board, where he had been a member for more than 20 years.
He was retired from Interstate Paper Company and was the owner of Dunham’s Cabinet Shop, where he loved to satisfy his woodworking hobby. Fishing and hunting were also favorite pastimes.
His father, Joseph Parker Dunham Sr., and a son-in-law, Steve Zettler, preceded him in death.
Survivors are his wife of 36 years, Christie Dunham of Ludowici; three daughters and a son-in-law, Shely Ratliff and Shea Zettler, both of Effingham County, and Brandi and Benjamin Nichols of Ludowici; a son and daughter-in-law, Jody and Brandi Dunham of Ludowici; his mother, Sarah Evelyn Dunham of Jesup; 10 grandchildren and a granddaughter-in-law, Bert Lee III and Colleen Ratliff, Benny Ratliff, Brent Ratliff, Tanner, Brandon, Kaleigh and Addisyn Dunham, Rebekah Zettler, and Christian and Courtney Nichols; two sisters, Karen Youngblood of Reidsville and Gayle Scott of Screven; a brother and sister-in-law, Langston and Lana Dunham of Reidsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sept. 13 at Jones Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Davis officiating. Interment was in the Jones Creek Memorial Gardens.
Active pallbearers were Bert Lee Ratliff III, Benny Ratliff, Brandon Abbott, Benjamin Nichols, Shannon Dunham and Christian Nichols. Honorary pallbearers were former and current employees of Interstate Paper Company.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
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Sara Tillman Sellers
Baxley—Sara Tillman Sellers, 68, of Baxley died Sept. 8, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Odum.
She was born April 27, 1948, in Ludowici to the late Robert Reppard Tillman and the late Vannie Nelson Tillman. She was a member of Harvest Chapel Church but attended Piney Grove Church of God in Odum for the past three years. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Valdosta State College. She participated in graduate studies at the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee and received a master’s degree in special education from Valdosta State College.
Prior to moving to Baxley in 1977, she taught the fifth grade, the deaf and the mentally handicapped in the Valdosta City Schools. She also taught the deaf in Houston County and the behaviorally disordered in Wayne County. She served on Valdosta State College’s Special Education Field Advisory Council and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Council for Exceptional Children.
While she was a special education teacher at Appling County Primary School, she was recognized as Appling County Teacher of Year in 1985 and, according to her family, worked tirelessly to enhance the quality of education for handicapped children.
After retirement from the Appling County Board of Education, she continues her career in education as a consultant and trainer for SRA and McGraw-Hill.
She was also a member of the Appling County Retired Educators, Georgia Retired Teachers Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Daughters of the Confederacy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Marlin Sellers, and her son, James Tyler Stockman.
Survivors include her daughters and a son-in-law, Rikki and James E. Clary of Odum, Blair Woodard Courson of Savannah and Amy Branson Summerall of Baxley; sister, Brenda Jowers of Blackshear; brother and sister-in-law, Max and Sherry Tillman of Alma; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Sara-Hayden Sellers Clary, Ada Gail Clary, John Taylor Clary, James Decoda and Morgan Clary, Madilyn Page Clary, Caitlin and Ren Theus, Catherine and Brock Murray, Sydney Woodard, Jacob Ty Craven, and Nathan Joshua Courson; and four great-grandchildren, Peyton Clary, Cooper Clary, Justin Braxton Clary and Carter Murray.
Funeral services were Sept. 11 at Harvest Chapel Church with Bishop Randy Sellers officiating and eulogies by Maggie Boozer and Jane Aycock. Interment was in Omega Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Appling Christian Academy, 1479 Hatch Parkway South, Baxley, GA 31513
Swain Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Orvita I. Poppell Walsh
St. Petersburg, Fla.—Orvita I. Poppell Walsh, 71, died July 13, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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.
According to her husband, she was a “very intelligent person with an inquiring mind ‘smarter than his.’”
She was a loving wife, a devoted aunt 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 Sept. 17 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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