9.28.19 obituaries



Larry “Buck” Tanner

Jesup--Larry “Buck” Tanner, 62, died peacefully Sept. 25, 2019, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.

He was a resident of Jesup for the past 27 years and a former resident of McIntosh County for more than 30 years. He was born on March 25, 1957, in Alma to the late John Wesley Tanner Sr. and Annie Taylor Tanner.

He spent his early years in Alma, where he gained the skills necessary to earn the title “jack of all trades.”  There was nothing he couldn’t do if he put his mind to it, according to his family. He worked as a painter for many years, but the highest priority in his life was always his family.

Being a Dad and Papa came before everything else, and all his family members knew they could depend on him when they needed him. In his later years, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his “pride and joy,” and he cherished every moment they spent together, his family said.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Matthew and Jonah Tanner; granddaughter, Jakayla Tanner; a brother, Wayne Tanner; and a son-in-law, Dakota Clary.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Belinda Wheeler Tanner of Jesup; children, John Wesley (Jessica) Tanner Sr. of Hortense, Bo Tanner, Renea Rozier and Steven Tanner, all of Jesup, Kimberly (Frank) Clotter of Jacksonville, Florida, Gage Tanner of Waycross, Evan Tanner and LeAnn Tanner, both of Jesup, and Jahmir Darden Tanner of Jesup; sisters, Gail Nipper of Alma, Wannell (Stanley) Chancey of Waycross, Mary (Francis) Wilburn of Darien and JoAnn (Eddie) Watson of Blackshear; brothers, Kenny (Kathy) Tanner of Jesup and Tony (Tish) Tanner of Jesup;  17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended-family members.

Memorial services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup with the Rev. Elliott Aspinwall officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Interment services will follow in Odum City Cemetery.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com

Howard & Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.                     


Rinehart & Sons


Shirley Swain Boyette

Jesup—Shirley Swain Boyette, 69, of Jesup died Sept. 25, 2019.

The Long County native had lived in Wayne County most of her life and attended One Life at a Time Ministries in Hortense. She loved to garden, fish and spend time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Franklin “Sonnie” Boyette; parents, Deslie and Mary Swain; two sisters, Hilda Faye Swain and Cheyenne Byram; a brother, Murphy Swain; and a granddaughter, Casey Marie Taylor.

Survivors include her four daughters, Tina Taylor of Brunswick, Angela (Michael) Alewine of Hortense, LaRose “Shane” (Paul) McGowan of Jesup and Lena Sloan of Brunswick; a sister, Diane Strickland of Jesup; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a niece and a nephew.

Memorial services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Rinehart and Sons Chapel with Pastor James C. Davis officiating.

The family will receive friends at the service.

Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Edo Miller


Courtney Wayne Thompson

Brunswick--Courtney Wayne Thompson, 74, of Brunswick, died Sept. 25, 2019, with his family by his side.

He was born July 10, 1945, in Miami, Florida, the son of the late Robert Houston Thompson and the late Bramie Elizabeth Minter. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Margene Thompson.

He attended Jesup High School and Glynn Academy. He was retired from the United States Army and honorably served his country for 23 years. He was a member of Marsh’s of Glynn Baptist Church and a member of the Roland Boutwell Sunday School Class. He enjoyed spending time with his family and cherished each moment spent with his grandchildren, his family said. He also enjoyed drinking coffee and reading the daily newspaper.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Loretta Mosley Thompson of Brunswick; a daughter, Amy (Neal) Mann of Brunswick; one son, Robert Thompson of Brunswick; one granddaughter, Jennifer Burgess of Hortense; two great-grandsons, Travis Collins and Michael Burgess, both of Hortense; and one sister, Gail Edwards.

Funeral services will be held today (Saturday) at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Turner and the Rev. Phil Herrington officiating. Interment will follow with full military honors at Palmetto Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be the past and present members of the Roland Boutwell Sunday School Class, Bill and Margret Mann, Hilda Burgess, Barbara Ray Brock, Margie Spurlock, Donald Pittman and Earl Rainey.

Active pallbearers will be Dewayne Burgess, Lance Sheppard, David Brancel, Charles Mosley, Tommy Clark and Roy McDowell.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Pkwy, Brunswick, GA 31525 or Saved by Grace SE Georgia, P.O. Box 13154, Jekyll Island, GA 31527.

Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


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