9.2.17 Obituaries

Howard-Jones
 
Rogery Jonah Tanner
Jesup—Rogery Jonah Tanner, 30, died Aug. 30, 2017, at Medical University Hospital in Augusta.
A resident of Jesup for the past 20 years, he was born on May 5, 1987, in Coffee County. He was a construction worker and painter by trade who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends in his spare time.
He was preceded in death by is paternal grandparents, John Wesley and Annie Iris Tanner; his maternal grandmother, Laverne Haselden; and his lifelong friend and cousin, Matthew Tanner.
Survivors include his daughter, Natalie Tanner of Jesup; mother and father, Kenny and Kathy Tanner of Jesup; a sister, Kasey Tanner of Jesup; grandfather, Roger Haselden of Alma; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. R.B. Gaskin officiating.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Rinehart & Sons
 
Dinah Crosby Nichols
Screven—Dinah Crosby Nichols, 63, of Screven died Aug. 29, 2017 at her residence after an extended illness.
The Wayne County native was a member of Offerman Baptist Church and a former truck driver with McKenzie Tank Lines. She was also a former seamstress with Georgia Narrow Fabrics. She enjoyed traveling, especially to the beach.
She was predeceased by her parents, Virgil and Claudine Harper Crosby.
Survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Heather and Jerry McDaniel, Heidi Martell and Robin White, all of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law Patrick and Jolene Nichols of Jesup; six grandchildren, Grace and Garrison McDaniel, Nicholas and Aiden Martell, Mason White and Bristol Nichols; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Geraldine Teston, Kathy and Thomas Pye and Brenda Harrison, all of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Aug. 31 at Offerman Baptist Church with the Rev. James Lightsey officiating. Private interment followed.
Memorials may be made to Offerman Baptist Church, 7225 US Highway 84, Offerman, GA 31556.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 
Emory Dewey “Ed” Seymour Jr.
Jesup—Emory Dewey “Ed” Seymour Jr., 90, of Jesup died Aug. 31, 2017, in Mossy Oak Assisted Living after an extended illness.
The Waycross native had lived in Wayne County most of his adult life and was a member and deacon of Jesup First Freewill Baptist Church. He was retired from ITT Rayonier after 36 years of service, and a U.S. Navy veteran.
He was predeceased by his wife Verdie Lee Seymour.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Jeff Hawthorne of Macon; a son and daughter-in-law, Dewey and Angela Seymour of Cartersville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with the Rev. Tim Fulmer officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be members of First Freewill Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Royal
 
Willie Joe Roberts
Odum—Willie Joe Roberts, 61, of Odum died Aug. 27, 2017, as a result of an accident while working at Rayonier Advanced Materials.
He was born on April 20, 1956, to the late Willie and Eva Roberts in Jesup. He was employed by Rayonier for 41 years and was a member of New Life Ministries in Jesup. He never met a stranger and was a friend to all and will forever be remembered for the kind-spirited person that he was, friends say. He enjoyed college sports and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by both parents; a sister, Janie Roberts; three brothers, Charles Roberts, Jackie Roberts and Roy Roberts.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years whom he cherished, Velma Roberts of Odum; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lakeshia and Brandon Stalling of Radcliff, Kentucky and Alisha Roberts of Valdosta; a stepson, Robert Harris of Miami, Florida; six grandchildren, Haley, Tai, Vyshonn, Aliah, Ariana, Brandon Jr.; his siblings and a sister-in-law, David and Annie Roberts of Jesup, Delva Shields, Bennie Mae Brock, Rosezanna Roberts, Barbara Roberts and Daisy Roberts, all of Savannah; his mother-in-law, Lona Smith of Screven; his brother-in-law, Emery Smith of Marietta; sisters-in-law, Regina Smith of Jacksonville, Florida and Cathy Roberts of Washington, D.C.; a special friend, Gleneese Grimes; and a host of other in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services will be today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. at New Bethel Life Changing Ministries, 521 Brown St., in Screven. Interment will follow in Odum City Cemetery. Repast will be at Church of God.
Royal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
Out of Town
 
Elizabeth Thomas Freyer
St. Simons Island—Leslie Elizabeth Thomas Freyer, 75, died Aug. 28, 2017, surrounded by her family at the Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, after a brief and courageous battle with lung cancer.
She was born in Jesup on Dec. 1, 1941, the daughter of Leslie McCarthy and Joseph Henry Thomas Jr. She was salutatorian of the Wayne County High School Class of 1959 and was a 1963 graduate of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in art history.
After graduation, she was employed in Atlanta by E.R. Squibb & Sons. She was a licensed real estate professional, a lifelong pine tree farmer, and served as the general contractor for several personal homes.
Throughout her life, she was actively involved in the Episcopal church. She was a former communicant of the Church of the Incarnation, Atlanta, where she was a member of the choir and was the EYC coordinator. At St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, she served as a Sunday school teacher and was a member of the choir; and at Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, she served as ECW president, was a vestry member, treasurer, senior warden, taught seventh-grade Sunday school, and was a member of the Folk Group, and Foyers.
Upon moving to Saint Simons Island, she was a communicant of Christ Church, Frederica, where she was a Foyers member, spent three years on the vestry, was a member of the usher team, the Manna House team, the hand bell choir, the Docent team, and the ECW, and she was co-chair and chief cook for “Wednesdays at Christ Church” from 2008-2012.
She enjoyed reading, deep-water aerobics, culinary arts, entertaining, interior design, antiquing and canasta.
In addition to her many other interests, she was a former trustee for the University of the South; a former member on the Commission on Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta; a Brunswick Town Committee chair for the Colonial Dames of America; a former member of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia Board of Directors, where she also served as president, was co-chair of the Symphony Antiques Show, was a member of the Symphony Society and was instrumental in founding its Youth Symphony and the Symphony Society; a member of the Saint Simons Literary Guild; a member of the Junior League of Savannah; a former member and president of the Saint Simons Newcomers Club; a former member of the Foundation of Coastal Georgia Community College; a former member of the Board of Directors of the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association; a former member, program chairman and Christmas Tour and Garden Walk committees member of the Cassina Garden Club.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Frederick Reese Freyer Jr.; children, Frederick Reese Freyer III and wife, Kelly, Sarah Elizabeth Freyer and husband, Robert, Haderlein and Rebecca Dreese Freyer; grandchildren, Kendall Elizabeth and Thomas Reese Haderlein, and Frederick Reese IV and Susan Elizabeth Freyer; sister, Esther Thomas Smith; nieces, Leslie Smith Hunter, Amy Melinda Smith, Denie Freyer and husband, Mason Harris; nephews, James Thomas Virginius Smith and wife, Heather, Robert Arnold Freyer Jr. and wife, Traci, William Cooper Freyer and wife, Kathleen; brother-in-law, Robert Arnold Freyer; great-nieces, Annaleigh and Sydney Smith, and Reese and Penny Harris; great-nephews, Jackson, Davis and Ryan Freyer; aunt, Carolyn McCarthy Bolt; uncle, James B.F. Russell; as well as many beloved cousins, along with their spouses and children.
Her burial and her funeral services will be at Christ Church Frederica, 6329 Frederica Road, Saint Simons Island on Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Christ Church Building Fund, 6329 Frederica Road, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 and the Coastal Symphony of Georgia, P.O. Box 21733, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.
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