9.16.17 Obituaries

Vernon Gray Cooper
Jesup—Vernon Gray Cooper, 82, died Sept. 15, 2017, at Wayne Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
He was born on Oct. 25, 1934, in Gilbertown, Alabama, to the late Elmer Gray and Nalda Gilbert Cooper. He served his country in the United States Army before beginning his 41-year career with the Southern Railroad, currently known as Norfolk Southern. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jesup, where he was attending the Golden Rulers Sunday School Class and had been deacon for many years.
He loved the mountains and “good ole Southern” gospel music. He played the piano and spent much of his time volunteering with the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, James H. Cooper, and Ronald B. Cooper; and his nephew, Jonathan Cooper.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nell Bailey Cooper of Jesup; four daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Michael Gressel of Brunswick, Sandra and Gary Drawdy of Brunswick, Lisa and David Ring of Jesup and Jamie and Sheldon Nichols of Brunswick; one brother and sister-in-law, Gary B. and Debra Cooper of Gilbertown, Alabama; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Kassi and Clayton Davis, Laci Drawdy, Rachel Gressel, Staci Drawdy and Matthew White, Justin Drawdy, Alex Ring, Galiya Ring, Cooper Ring, Aaron Nichols, and Hannah Nichols; three great-grandchildren, Elijah, Caitlin and Ben; two nieces, Leta Dawson and Amy Acklen; one nephew, Bradley Cooper; and a host of extended family members.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Jesup with Dr. Michael VonMoss officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.
Interment services will be held privately in Brunswick Memorial Park.
Active pallbearers will be grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Golden Rulers Sunday School Class and the Deacon Board of First Baptist Church of Jesup.
Remembrances may be made to First Baptist Church of Jesup, P.O. Box 1115, Jesup, GA 31598 or the American Cancer Society to benefit the Wayne County Relay for Life, 4849 Paulsen St. Suite 102, Savannah, GA 31405.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rinehart & Sons
Earl Melton
Jesup—Earl Melton, 72, of Jesup died Sept. 14, 2017.
The Waycross native had lived in Wayne County most of his life and was a self-employed upholsterer. He loved to work in his yard.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Effie Mae Johns, Virginia Spradley and Ida Mae Wren, and a brother, Buddy Johns.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Wilda S. Melton of Jesup; a sister, Ruby Johns Morgan Griffis of Jesup; and a host of other family members.
Private memorial services will be held by the family.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jennifer Floyd Milton
Jesup—Jennifer Floyd Milton, 37, of Jesup died Sept. 12, 2017, in Emory University Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
The Wayne County native was an employee of Aquatic Vegetation Control Inc. out of Florida and enjoyed the river, the beach and watching dolphins.
She was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Brookie Floyd, and a brother, Paul Perkins.
Survivors include her husband, James Milton Sr. of Jesup; two daughters, Lindsey Bell of Jesup and Victoria Jackson of Colorado; a son, Jacob Thrift of Jesup; a stepdaughter, Sierrah Milton of Augusta; four stepsons, James Milton Jr. of Augusta and Josh Milton, Austin Milton and Dustin Gelinas, all of Jesup; a maternal mother and stepfather, Cathy and Billy Glover; a paternal father and stepmother, James W. and Rosanna Floyd of Fancy Farm, Kentucky; maternal grandparents, Edward and Caroline Banker of Savannah; a paternal grandmother, Frankie Floyd of Richmond Hill; a half-sister, Amanda Mixell of Jesup; a sister, Wendy Floyd of Savannah; three stepsisters, Pam Vences, Shannon Glover and Amber Glover, all of Millan; two brothers, Jeremiah Perkins of Jesup and Jamie Rivers of Savannah; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Frankie Harris Sessoms Eason
Jesup—Frankie Harris Sessoms Eason, 77, of Jesup died Sept. 14, 2017, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a retired manager of Dollar General and Super 10 stores of Jesup.
She enjoyed reading and working in her yard with flowers.
She was predeceased by her parents, Bennie and Jessie Harris, and a sister, Linda Dixon.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and Carl Crews of Appomattox, Virginia, and DeeAnn and Brennon Morris of Odum; three grandchildren, Brenn Morris, Jonathon Morris and Kristen Morris; three great-grandchildren, Bronx Morris, Slade Morris and Maverick Knight; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandra and Richard Veldhuzin and Gayle and Jim Franklin, all of Jesup; a brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Donna Harris of Jesup; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Vann Dempsey officiating. Interment will be in the Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be her family.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services at the church.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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