Miscellaneous Tattnall County, Georgia Obituaries

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Caleb Reese Kicklighter
      Caleb Reese Kicklighter, 84, died January 21, 1999, at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California. The Tattnall County native had lived in Lancaster most of his life. He is retired from the U. S. Army after 20 years of service and the Los Angeles Road Department after 13 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II and of the Korean War.
      He is survived by his wife, Kimiko Kicklighter of Lancaster; three daughters: Reiko Jenkins of Palmdale, California; and Kay Kicklighter and Kathy Gasca, both of Lancaster; one son, Jack Kicklighter of Lancaster; one brother, Retired Colonel J. W. Kicklighter of Denver, Colorado; and two grandsons, Thomas Eugene Jenkins and Alfredo Reese DeSantiago.
      Graveside funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 6, at Beards Creek Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Jimmy Bargeron officiating.
      Carter Funeral Chapel of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Marion Jeynean Smith
      Marion Jeynean Smith, 69, died Saturday, February 5, 2000, at Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton, Georgia. The West Virginia native had lived in Glennville for the past two years. She was a homemaker and a former Olympian in the Goodwill Games where she was a World Record holder in power lifting. She attended Glennville First United Pentecostal Church.
      She is survived by seven daughters: Linda Carnet, Loretta Petrella, Pamela Ashley, Angela Cox, and Nova Reed, all of Glennville; Patriss Mooney of Hinesville, Georgia; and Sandra Blevins of Midway, Georgia; one son, Frank Mooney of San Francisco, California; five sisters: Ruth Deweese of Virginia; Carol Deweese and Jewell Deweese of Tennessee; and Rita Boyle and Judy Hilton of West Virginia; six brothers: Jake Deweese, Lacy Deweese, and Lawrence Deweese, all of West Virginia; Kenneth Deweese of Ohio; Grant Deweese of Mexico; and Paul Deweese of Oklahoma; 27 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
      Funeral services were held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 7, at Carter Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. James M. Holland officiating. Burial will be at a later date in West Virginia.
      Carter Funeral Chapel of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.

W. Harris Cribbs
      Elder W. Harris Cribbs, 87, died February 14, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, after a short illness. He was a Primitive Baptist minister for 52 years, and was retired from Georgia State Prison as a Peace Officer. He was born in Tattnall County but lived in Evans County most of his life.
      He is survived by one son, Byron (B. C.) Cribbs of Claxton; three daughters: Betty Moore of Guyton, Bobbie Jarriel of Milledgeville, and Bootsie Threatte of Claxton; one brother, Elder Gilbert Cribbs of Bulloch County; two sisters, Eula Dukes of Glennville and Bertha Driggers of Savannah; his children's mother, Ilethia Hinson of Claxton; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
      Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 16, at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel in Claxton, Georgia. Interment was in the Anderson Cemetery.
      J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home of Claxton, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Erastus Denmark, Jr.
      Erastus Allen Denmark, Jr., 73, died Friday, February 11, 2000, at Tattnall Memorial Hospital in Reidsville. The Bulloch County native had lived in Reidsville most of his life. He was a U. S. Army Vietnam veteran and retired as a chief warrant officer after 23 years of service. He also retired as Unit Manager with the Georgia State Prison. He was a Free and Accepted Mason, serving with Rising Sun Lodge #32, and was a member of Reidsville Baptist Church.
      He is survived by his son, Allen Denmark III of Reidsville; three sisters: Couerd Alene Marburger of Savannah and Edith Smith and Beatrice DeLoach, both of Statesboro; and several nieces and nephews.
      Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 13, at Carter Funeral Chapel in Glennville, conducted by the Rev. Dick Patton and Mr. James M. DeLoach. Interment was in Red Hill Church Cemetery in Bulloch County, with full military honors.
      Pallbearers were the Honor Guard from the Georgia State Prison and a military Honor Guard.
      Carter Funeral Chapel of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Durwood Sikes
      Durwood Sikes, 61, died Friday, February 11, 2000, at his residence. The Tattnall County native was a member of Glennville First Baptist Church. He was a U. S. Army veteran and was retired from Civil Service as a locksmith at Ft. Stewart. He was a 1956 graduate of Glennville High School. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
      He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Reginald White of Richmond, Virginia, and Donna Kay and Billy Hendrix of Copperas Cove, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Durwood, Jr., and Denise Sikes of Richmond, Virginia; one stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Marshall and Kimber Sikes of Eustis, Florida; one brother and sister-in-law, Dell and Mary Ann Sikes of Atlanta; one stepbrother and stepsister-in-law, Dan and Betty Dubberly of Glennville; five grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
      Funeral services were held Monday, February 14, at 11 a.m. at Glennville First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Keith Rustin officiating. Burial was in the Glennville City Cemetery.
      Pallbearers were Ken King, Oryce Sikes, Jimmy McCurdy, Eddy Rogers, Billy Sikes, and Gerald Strickland.
      Remembrances may be sent to the Glennville First Baptist Church Memorial Fund.
      Cobb Funeral Home of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements. 

Iona Durrence
      Mrs. Iona (Peggy) Durrence, 80, died Thursday, February 17, 2000, at Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton, Georgia, after a short illness. She was a native of Tattnall County and was a member of Beards Creek Primitive Baptist Church. She was a retired daycare operator. She was the widow of J. Levy Durrence.
      She is survived by two daughters, Mary Faye Craft of Jacksonville, Florida, and Martha Jane Steir of East Brunswick, New Jersey; two sons, James Larry Durrence of Winter Haven, Florida, and Sam Durrence of Ontario, Canada; four sisters: Inez Barrow of Claxton; Aline Bowers of Port Wentworth, Georgia; Shelby Jean (Shelly) Hearn of Norfolk, Virginia; and Yvonne Merritt of Colorado Springs, Colorado; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
      Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 20, at Beards Creek Primitive Baptist Church, with Elder Scott Williams and Elder W. H. Durrence officiating. Burial was in the Beards Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
      Pallbearers were Patrick Groover, David Durrence, Ricky Anderson, Kenneth Smith, Michael Groover, and Judd Bowers, Jr.
      Honorary pallbearers were Shelby Jean Anderson and Annette Groover.
      Cobb Funeral Home of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements. 

Gerald Brannen
Gerald Brannen, 61, died Thursday, September 14, 2000, at Midway Health Care Center after an extended illness. The Liberty County native had lived in Glennville, Georgia, and Midway, Georgia, most of his life. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Eleanor and Lee Woods of Glennville and Marion Evans of Fayetteville, North Carolina; three nephews: Joe Woods of Glennville, Harris Waugh of Midway, and Danny Waugh of Kentucky; three nieces: Lana Williams of Conyers, Georgia; Karen Crabtree of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Joyce Roberts of Melton, Florida; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at Pigot Branch Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Wes Mullins officiating.
Carter Funeral Chapel of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Broadus Seckinger
C. Broadus Seckinger, 68, died Friday, September 15, 2000, at the Veterans' Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, after a long illness. The Tattnall County native was a Korean War veteran. He was formerly employed by Civil Service and Claxton Poultry Farms. He was a farmer.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Seckinger of Glennville, Georgia; one brother and sister-in-law, Derle and Sue Seckinger of Glennville; two nieces, Belita Wise of Longview, Texas, and Selena Seckinger of Statesboro, Georgia; one uncle, Edwin Branson of Glennville; four stepchildren: Glenda and Eddie Weathers and Ricky and Tracie Durrence, all of Glennville; Debbie and Don Taylor of Claxton, Georgia; and Mickey and Sandra Durrence of Manning, South Carolina; and nine stepgrandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at Cobb Funeral Home, Glennville Chapel, with the Rev. Van Power officiating. Burial was in the Glennville City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Eddie Weathers, Don Taylor, Kenny Durrence, Jeremiah Taylor, Wesley Durrence, Justin Taylor, Scottie Durrence, and Randy Lynn.
Cobb Funeral Chapel of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Donald Howze
Donald Calvin Howze, 79, died Sunday, September 17, 2000, under the care of hospice at his son's home in Bluffton, South Carolina. He was a native of Lakeland, Florida, but had lived in Stockton, Georgia, then Liberty County, for 20 years before returning to Stockton. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the United States Army, and retired from Civil Service at Ft. Stewart after many years of service. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by two sons, Donald N. Howze and Larry C. Howze, both of Bluffton, South Carolina; three daughters, Doris Pope of Glennville, Georgia; Joan Rushing of Richmond Hill, Georgia; and Vicky Myers of Savannah, Georgia; one brother, Bruce Howze of Florida; two sisters, Rose Brunson of Florida and Audrey Bass of Valdosta, Georgia; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, September 19, at 11 a.m. in the Hinesville Cemetery.
Remembrances can be made to American Hospice Care.
Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home of Hinesville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Alethia H. Ryan
Alethia H. Ryan, 48, died September 11, 2000, at Memorial Health University Medical Center after a short illness. She was a native of Guyton, Georgia, and a member of South Gardens Church of Christ. She was a radiology technologist at Hilton Head Hospital for four years.
She is survived by two sons, Freddie Ryan of Guyton and Chris Franklin of Allendale, South Carolina; her mother, Allonia Haisten Tootle Ginn of Savannah, Georgia; her stepfather, Lloyd Ginn of Savannah; three sisters: LaJuana Sands of Savannah; Theresa Brooks of Phenix City, Alabama; and Faye Burkhalter Robertson of Greenwood, South Carolina; a brother, Mickey Sands of Richmond Hill, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews. She was the granddaughter of the late Stout and Katie Bell Tootle of Glennville, Georgia.
Funeral services were September 13 at 11 a.m. at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel in Savannah, with burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Remembrances can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2526 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 205, Atlanta, Georgia 30339. 
 

Hugh D. Cooper
      Hugh D. Cooper, 70, died Monday, November 13, 2000, at his residence in Glennville, Georgia. The Johnson County native had lived in Waycross, Georgia, moving to Glennville 37 years ago. He was retired from Civil Service at Ft. Stewart and from the Georgia National Guard as a CW-4 and Unit AST of the Glennville National Guard Armory. He was a member of the Chatham Artillery, a Gideon, and one of the original board members of Pinewood Christian Academy. He was a member and a deacon of Cornerstone Bible Church.
      He is survived by his wife, Ruby W. Cooper of Glennville; one son and daughter-in-law, Hugh D., Jr., and Sherri Cooper of Glennville; two sisters, Sandra Mansell of Ft. Mitchell, Alabama, and Shirley Hopkins of Smithville, Georgia; two grandchildren, Casey Ellen Cooper and Robert Cole Cooper, both of Glennville; and several nieces and nephews.
      Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 16, at Carter Funeral Chapel in Glennville, Georgia, conducted by the Rev. Jim Sutton, the Rev. Robert Kicklighter, and Tab Smith. Burial was in the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.
      Pallbearers were Russell Belding, Andy Perkins, Lem Waters, Tommy Hilliard, Brad Tatum, and Jeffery Blocker.
      Honorary pallbearers were elders of Cornerstone Bible Church.
      Carter Funeral Chapel of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.

W. Nolan Purcell
      W. Nolan Purcell, 87, died Friday afternoon, November 17, 2000, after an extended illness. He was a Tattnall County native, and was a retired teacher. He taught for over 20 years with the Tattnall County Board of Education, and also taught in Liberty, Long, Walton, and DeKalb counties. He was a member of the Masons and the Tattnall County Retired Teachers organization. He was a lifelong active member of Ebenezer Free Will Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for 25 years. For several years, he served the State of Georgia by teaching the 55 Alive Defensive Driving Course for senior citizens.
      He is survived by his wife, Juanita Dent Purcell of Glennville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dent Wiley Purcell and Ann Rushing Purcell of Rincon and Douglas Michael Purcell and Luann Lipscomb Purcell of Warner Robins; three brothers and two sisters-in-law: Lannis and Annie Merle Purcell of Glennville; L. M. and Doreatha Purcell of Glennville; and Labon Purcell of Savannah; five grandchildren: Edwin Purcell, Mikki Purcell Thomas, and Mieke Purcell Kramer, all of Rincon; and Matthew Purcell of Rome and Wiley Purcell of Warner Robins; and eight great-grandchildren.
      Funeral services were held Sunday, November 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Free Will Baptist Church, with the Rev. Larry Powell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
      Pallbearers were Paul Purcell, Ennis Purcell, R. D. Folsom, Talmadge Purcell, Lonnie Skeens, and Alan Purcell.
      Remembrances can be made to Free Will Baptist College, 3606 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37205-2498.
      Cobb Funeral Home of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements. 

Adrian Long
      Adrian "Slim" Long, 72, died Monday, November 20, 2000, after a long illness at Coastal Manor Nursing Home. He was a native and lifelong resident of Liberty County, and was retired from the Liberty County Sheriff's Department and the Georgia Department of Revenue after 20 years of service. He also was a farmer. He was a member of the Peace Officers Association and the Cross Road Hunting Club. He attended Liberty Baptist Church, Bradwell Institute, and the Police Academy in Brunswick.
      He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Long; one son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Lisa Long; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lyn and Joey Keel and Cathy and Randy Gordon, all of Hinesville; a brother, Max Long of Knoxville, Tennessee; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two nieces and a nephew.
      Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 22, at 2 p.m. at Gum Branch Baptist Church, with Pastors Roger Wilkins, Tom Sollosi, and Bobby Brinkley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
      Pallbearers were Tom Smith, Miles Groover, Harry Groover, Lindell Groover, Marty Adams, and Donald Giddens.
      Honorary pallbearers were law enforcement personnel: Bobby Sikes, Tracy Groover, Lindell Groover, Lynn Todd, and Eddie Walden.
      Remembrances can be made to the Gum Branch Baptist Church Building Fund or Ella Grove Baptist Church in Glennville.
      Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home of Hinesville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.

Daniel Mock
      Daniel "Danny" E. Mock, 41, died Saturday, December 2, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a native of Chatham County and had lived in Atlanta for the past 20 years. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Savannah, but attended Roswell United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Georgia State University, and a 17-year employee of Kroger, most recently working in the Human Resources Department in Zone M. He was well known for his charitable work in the Atlanta area, especially the Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center.
      He is survived by his parents, Edsel and Shirley (Branch) Mock of Savannah; five aunts; two uncles; six great-aunts; one great-uncle; and one great-great aunt.
      Funeral services were held Monday, December 4, at 2 p.m. at Cobb Funeral Home Glennville Chapel, with the Rev. Nathan Godley officiating. Burial was in Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery.
      Pallbearers were Keith Branch, Archie Branch, Frank Braley, Jimmy Pate, Chris Clark, Jared Clark, Thomas Johnston, and Edward Walker.
      Kroger employees served as honorary pallbearers.
      Cobb Funeral Home of Glennville, Georgia, was in charge of the arrangements.
      Remembrances can be made to the Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center, 1680 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30329, telephone (404) 929-8507.


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