9.18.19 obituaries

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Mildred “Midge” Riddle

Jesup—Mildred “Midge” Riddle, 91, of Jesup died peacefully at her home on Sept. 13, 2019, after a full day with family celebrating her 91st birthday. 

A native of Blackshear, she lived in Wayne County most of her life.  She joined the Jesup Church of God at the age of 18 and held the distinction of being the longest serving and oldest living member.  Her life was a testament to her walk with God. She cared for and nurtured many others besides her children and grandchildren. Her lasting legacy is the impact in the lives of others whom she led to Christ or whose walk with the Lord she encouraged through her words and actions, according to her family.

She was cherished by all who met her, and her inward beauty radiated outward for the world to see, her family said.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert N. Riddle Jr.; parents, Calvin Strickland and Myree Goober Strickland; all of her brothers and sisters; and three stepchildren, Billy Riddle, Michael Riddle and Sheila Hires.

Survivors include three sons, Calvin (Terry) Riddle of Trenton and John (Connie) Riddle and Jerry (Catherine) Riddle of Jesup; grandchildren,  Gerald, John, Hux, Bowen and Ki Riddle; great-grandchildren, Logan, John and Carlie Riddle; a stepdaughter, Sherry (Doyce) O’Steen; and several extended-family members, including nieces and nephews she adored, along with her beloved caregiver, Myra Harris.

Funeral services were held Sept. 16 at Jesup Church of God with Pastor Clayton Dowd and the Rev. Hulet Smith officiating. Interment was in Old Bethel Cemetery. Active pallbearers were family members.  Honorary pallbearers were members of the Senior Adult Sunday School Classes at Jesup Church of God.

Memorial donations may be made to Jesup Church of God Women’s Ministry, P.O. Box 85, Jesup, GA  31598 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Joe “Earl” Godwin

Screven—Joe “Earl” Godwin, 84, of Screven died Sept.14, 2019 at Wayne Memorial Hospital under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

The Wayne County native was a member of O’Quinn Baptist Church, a retired farmer, electrician and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He was predeceased by his parents, Everett and Vada Westberry Godwin; a brother, Carroll Godwin; and a sister, Mary Byrd.

Survivors include his wife, Alinda Yarbrough Godwin of Screven; daughter, Tonya (Rick) Ward of Screven; sons, James (Teri) Godwin and Kenny (Laura) Godwin of Screven; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Godwin of Screven; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sept. 17 at O’Quinn Baptist Church with the Rev. Gerald Greenlee officiating. Interment was in O’Quinn Cemetery.  Active pallbearers were family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to O’Quinn Church Cemetery Fund, 175 O’Quinn Church Road, Screven, GA  31560.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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