9.19.18 Obituaries



Chief Frank A.  “Little Frank” McClelland Jr.

Ludowici--Chief Frank A. “Little Frank” McClelland Jr., 69, died in the line of duty Sept. 15, 2018, in his beloved city of Ludowici.

The lifelong resident of Long County retired from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department as a lieutenant with 21 years of service and was serving as chief of police in Ludowici.  He was a former member of the Ludowici City Council, having served 26 years, and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Sr. and Geraldine Chambless McClelland, and a brother, Harry “H.M.” McClelland.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Ludowici.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Cindy Chapman McClelland of Ludowici; daughters and sons-in-law, Signe Arlene Hartley and Larry of Midway, Krisdean McGowan and Tad and Kathryn McClelland of Ludowici; a sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Jackie Goode of Ludowici; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Rhonda McClelland Sr. of Ludowici and Rusty and Theresa Clark of Townsend; aunts and uncles, Pat Higgins, Diane Chase and Jimmy Horne; mother-in-law, Vera Livingston, of Ludowici; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Ludowici with the Rev. Eric Rentz and David Simmons officiating.

Burial will follow in Jones Creek Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Terry Beecher, Steve Coleman, Merrill Chapman, Ricky Chambless, Royce Chambless and Hal Skipper.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ludowici Police Department officers and staff, Liberty County Sheriff’s Department members, all City of Ludowici employees, and all public safety personnel in attendance.

Remembrances are suggested to FBC Ludowici Building Fund, Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes or Wounded Warrior Project.

Family and friends may sign the online register at www.howardfuneralga.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.


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Charlie Jerry Moody

Jesup—Charlie Jerry Moody, 86, of Jesup died Sept. 16, 2018, at his residence under the care of Georgia Hospice Care and surrounded by his family.

The Long County native had lived in Wayne County the past 60 years and was a member of Anderson Drive Baptist Church, where he was an inactive deacon and a member of the Men’s Sunday School Class.

The U.S. Army veteran and retired ITT Rayonier employee was the owner and operator of Moody’s Nursery for 56 years. He has been referred to as the “Flower Man.” Following his love of God was his love of family, the outdoors, hunting and fishing, which he passed down to his children by taking them. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harmon and Ida Mae McDonald Moody; four brothers, Willie, Harry, Warden and Marvin Moody; and four sisters, Annie Deloach, Dorothy Surrency, Violet Cail and Joy Wingate.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Annette Ray Moody of Jesup; a daughter, Debbie (Don) Pye of Odum; a son, Jerry (Shelba) Moody of Jesup; six grandchildren, Kimberly (Paul) McCall, Brian Christopher Pye, Brent Pye, Terri Ann Yawn (Travis Rubel), Christy (Jonathan) Efaw and Blake Pye; seven great-grandchildren, Tristin and Trenton Yawn, Alexia, Wesley and Shelby McCall, Skylar and Charlie Anna Efaw; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Anderson Drive Baptist Church with the Rev. Josh Stafford and the Rev. John Brown officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be Gary and Donnie Ray, Carey Martin, Owen DeLoach, Roy DeLoach, John Moody, Terrell Surrency, Paul McCall and Jonathan Efaw.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Sunday School Class and men of Anderson Drive Baptist Church, Glenn Jackson and staff of Georgia Hospice Care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Anderson Drive Baptist Church Building Fund, 260 Anderson Drive, Jesup, GA 31545

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Gabriel Vincent Shipes

Jesup—Gabriel Vincent Shipes, infant son of Tiffany Shipes and Antonio Cruz, died Sept. 12, 2018, in Wayne Memorial Hospital.

In addition to his parents, survivors are his brother, Dawson Shipes Denison of Jesup; grandparents, Tim and Tammy Leggett, Lola Cruz, all of Jesup; two aunts, Elise Shipes and Kaitlin Leggett, both of Jesup; six uncles, Michael and Matthew Shipes, Ryan and Aaron Leggett, Ricky and Edwin Cruz, all of Jesup; great-grandmother, Marilyn Shipes; three great-aunts, Kassandra Hunley, Karen and Adrian Shipes; several cousins and other extended family members.

Private memorial services are being held by the family.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.




Lena Mae Jackson

Jesup—Lena Mae Jackson, 87, of Jesup died Sept. 13, 2018.

Her family said, “God mercifully wrapped His arms around her and replied, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things; enter you into the joy of your Lord!’”

She was the eldest child of the late Hosey and Carrie Fields. She was born on Aug. 20, 1931, in Wrightsville (Johnson County).  As a young girl, she loved attending Sunday school, where she was baptized and developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. On May 16, 1949, she was joined in holy matrimony to the late Bunion Jackson Jr. in Jesup. Together, Lena and Bun (as they were known to family and friends) faithfully watched over their 11 children and their offspring until her husband’s death in 1996,  shortly after celebrating 27 years of marriage.

Her family said that in the absence of her husband, she continued to be a strong, faithful and supportive mother, who looked to the hills through the triumphs and tragedies of her life which included the passing of five of her children, Clara Mae Hills, Larry Jackson, Vivian Jackson, Michael Lee Jackson and Emma Jean Jackson, as well as a grandson, Vincent Scott.

Survivors include six children, Linda Marie Melton (James) of Allenhurst, Teressa Gail Scott of Hinesville, Charles Lee Jackson, Mary Ann Reynolds, Calvin Jackson (Reneika) and Debra Hillman, all of Jesup; two sisters, Annie Pearl Melvin of Jesup and Bernice Crawford of Charleston, South Carolina; a son-in-law, Frankie Hills of Walthourville; two sisters-in-law, Catherine Louise Jackson of Screven and Lula Jackson of Jesup; a brother- in-law, Carroll (Martha) Jackson of Coram, New York; 20 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Emory Chapel United Methodist Church, 311 N. Hickory Street. Interment is in Jesup City Cemetery.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Tizhon Jamar Scott

Jesup—Tizhon Jamar Scott, 13, of Jesup died Sept. 15, 2018.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Remember The Cross Ministries, 267 S. Macon St.

Viewing is one hour prior to services.

Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Out of Town


Rose Marie Bowers Hilton Pritchard

Hilliard, Florida—Rose Marie Bowers Hilton Pritchard, 59, of Hilliard died at her residence Sept. 15, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Folkston to the late Earl Bowers and Veronica Reed Bowers. She graduated high school in 1977 from Brantley County High School.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, John Robert Hilton Jr. and Melvin Russell Pritchard; two sisters, Nina Alexander and Mary Kailimai; and a stepson, Matthew Robert Pritchard.

She is survived by her children, Christy Hilton-Hall and J.D. (Ally) Hilton; five sisters,  Carolyn (Warren) Edwards, Vivian Bowers Smith, Sylvia (John) Frankovich, Lynette (Curtis) Rowe and Annette (David) Todd; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Lucas officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Hilliard.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Todd, Anthony Todd, Brandon Bowers, Justin Coffey, Seth Coffey, Tyler Smith, Jamie Kailimai and Robbie Brown.

Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston.

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