Miscellaneous Wayne County, Georgia Obituaries

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Sherrill "Corky" Swartout
Sherrill “Corky” Swartout , 70, Jesup died Wednesday, Dec. 5, after an extended illness. The Otsego County, NY, native and former resident of Hinesville had lived in Jesup the past 11 years and was retired military. Survivors are his wife, Martha E. Mitchell Swartout of Jesup; two daughters, Connie Ersoy of Marina, CA and Sandi Edgerton of Fresno, CA; a son, Donald Swartout of Hinesville; a sister, Beverly Zweer of Leesburg, FL; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of the arrangements.

Emanuel Antonio Leon
Emanuel Antonio Leon, day-old infant son of Marco Antonio Leon and Anna Maria Miron, died Tuesday, May 28, at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Other survivors are a sister, Lizette Decielo Leon of Jesup; maternal grandparents, Guillermo Miron and Yolanda Sanchez of Oaxaco, Mexico; paternal grandparents, Guillermo Leon and Gabriella Comesana of Vera Cruz, Mexico; and his maternal great-grandmother, Melinda Ruiz of Oaxaco, Mexico. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, in the Inglesia Rios De Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Waters) Church with Pastor Jaime Torres officiating. Burial was in the Jesup City Cemetery under the direction of the Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home.  
Eddie L. Mattox  Eddie L. Mattox, 58, of Jesup died Monday, May 27, 2002, at home after a brief illness. Mattox was a native and lifelong resident of Wayne County and a member of Unity Church of God. Survivors are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Caldon II and Tonya Mattox and Tavares Mattox, all of Jesup and Antonio and Lorraine Mattox of San Diego, Calif.; a sister, Marie Butler of Jesup; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Wardell and Esther Perry of Jesup and Earl Hicks of Hartford, Conn.; 11 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at Unity Church of God with the Rev. George Moxley officiating. Burial will follow in Jesup City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m at Royal Funeral Home Chapel. Royal Funeral Home, Inc., of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

Jesse J. Thornton
Jesse J. Thornton, 54, of Patterson died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at his residence after an extended illness. The Wayne County native had lived in Patterson the past eight months and was a retired farmer and former employee of Wal-Mart. He attended New Lacy Church of God. Survivors are his wife, Ellean Thornton of Patterson; five children, Craig Thornton of Jesup, Tina Riendeau and Scottie Thornton of Screven, Casey Thornton of Middleburg, Fla., and David Parker of Baxley; two step-children, Donna Medders and Donita Music of Alma; three sisters, Ruby Kicklighter of Screven and Louise Davis and Melba Carpenter of Savannah; three step-brothers and step-sisters-in-law, Richard and Juanita Johns of Orange Park, Fla., A.J. and Carole Johns of Jacksonville, Fla., and Floyd and Mila Dean Johns of Nahunta; five step-sisters and step-brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Fred Spivey of St. George, Iona and Herbert Proctor of Brunswick, Virginia and Vanice Sikes of Anderson, S.C., Marie and Epraim Johnson of Patterson and Nora Faye and Bob Carlson of Hilliard, Fla.; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Big Creek Church with the Rev. Calvin Lewis officiating. Interment was in Big Creek Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Terry Medders, Greg Griffin, Vernon Dixon, Freddy Peacock, Ricky Giles and Roger Rigby. The Rinehart & Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

Arrie Bowen Ates
Arrie Bowen Ates, 93, of Jesup died Friday, May 24, 2002 after an extended illness. The former resident of Tioga, La., had lived in Wayne County the past 11 years was a member of Altamaha Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Survivors are her husband of 71 years, the Rev. Barnette Ates of Jesup; two daughters and a son-in-law, Rita A. Keith and Gloria A. and Dean Strickland, all of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Wayne and Christine Ates of Jesup; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 26, from Altamaha Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Lee and Dr. Wayne Ates officiating. Interment was in the Altamaha Cemetery. Active pallbearers were David Keith, Michael W. Keith, Justin Ates, Hadley Cason, Joshua Cason and Mike Graham. Honorary pallbearers were the Senior Adult and Love Thy Neighbor Sunday School Class of Altamaha Baptist Church, the Rev. Leroy Spivey and the Rev. Scott Leone. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Anna Westberry Brannen
Anna Westberry Brannen, 43, of Odum died Tuesday, May 28, 2002 after a short illness. The Wayne County native was employed by Huddle House of Jesup. Survivors are a daughter, Jennifer Brannen of Jesup; a son, Jamie Brannen of Jesup; her mother, Myrtice Westberry of Jesup; three sisters, Linda Lane of Jesup, Ruby Morris of Crawford, Ala., and Birdie Woods of Jesup; three brothers, Bayne Eason of Bristol, Jake Eason of Crawford, Ala., and Clayton Eason of Savannah; four grandchildren, Ashwin, Dalton, Brianna and Hannah; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, May 31, from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mickey Tomberlin officiating. Interment was in New Hope Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Ronnie Lane, Chris Woods, Eddy Lane Jr., Scotty Lane, Daniel Pye and Chad Evors. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Anna Westberry Brannen Fund at Suntrust Bank. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

George Brown
George Brown, 82, of Ludowici died Monday, May 27, 2002 after an extended illness. The Pierce County native had lived in Long County most of his life and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Ludowici. He was a retired crane operator, U.S. Army veteran and the recipient of the World War II Bronze Star. Survivors are his wife Ruth Mitchum Brown of Ludowici; a daughter, Joy Brown of Ludowici; a son and daughter-in-law, George S. and Thelma Brown of Ludowici; two sisters, Vera Barrett of Ludowici and Lois Strickland of Valdosta; two grandchildren, Jack Brown of Sanford, Fla., and Becky Brown of Atlanta; a great-granddaughter, Rachel Brown of Ludowici; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 30, at Calvary Baptist Church of Ludowici with the Rev. Irvin Poole, Billy Mitcham, the Rev. John Gladin and Brian Smith officiating. Interment was in Middleton Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Active pallbearers were Jack Brown, Jimmy Barrett, Tommy Brown, Durell Brown, Otha Mitcham and Jimmy Brown. Honorary pallbearers were, Larry Brown, Clarence Brown, Floyd Brown, Buck Williams, Danny Thornton, Robert L. Parker, James Williamson, Lamar Goodman, Donald P. Davis, Bruce Smith, Doug Walters, Dennis Brown, Kenny Brown, Rick Lieblsey, Mike Purvis, DeAubry Crummey, Leonard Poole, Harry Chapman and Price Chapman. Memorials may be made to Calvary Tibet Mission: P.O. Box 182, Ludowici, GA, 31316. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Matthew James Griffin
Matthew James Griffin, infant son of Andrew Ivan and Donna Drury Griffin of Nahunta, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002. Other survivors are maternal grandparents, John C. and Norma Drury of Hortense; paternal grandparents, Pat and Millard Rutherford of Knoxville, Tenn.; maternal great-grandmother, Lottie Rudd of Hortense; two uncles, Anthony Drury of Hortense and Wesley Griffin of Knoxville, Tenn.; and an aunt, Deborah Henderson of Knoxville, Tenn. Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, June 1, from Mt. Olive Cemetery in Brantely County with the Rev. Marton Pittman officiating. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

Wayne McLendon
Wayne McLendon, 52, of Jesup died Tuesday, May 28, 2002 in Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. The Jeff Davis County native had lived in Wayne County most of his life. He was an electrician, a member of the I.B.E.W. Local 508 of Savannah and a member of the Anderson Drive Baptist Church. Survivors are his wife, Mary Jane McLendon of Jesup; a son, Corey W. McLendon of Jesup; two brothers, Larry McLendon of Jesup and Joseph McLendon of Orlando, Fla.; four sisters, Phyllis M. Brantley and Linda G. McLendon, both of Jesup, Kathy E. Rogers of Baxley and Shirley Storm of Mascock, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Friday, May 31, from the Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Brown, Chaplain Mary Marshall and the Rev. George Moxley officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Ross Purvis, Mike Purvis, Jerry Barber, Willie McLaughlin, Phillip Brantley and Johnnie Harrison. Honorary pallbearers were members of the I.B.E.W. Local 508 of Savannah. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle Curry Turner
Myrtle Curry Turner, 51, of Rochester, N.Y., died Friday, May 17, 2002, after a short illness. The Wayne County native had lived most of her adult life in New York. She was a member of Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church, Rochester. Survivors are her husband, Bobby Turner of Rochester, N.Y.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Pam Turner of Rochester, N.Y., and Stephanie and Robert Wright of Lithonia; six sisters and a brother-in-law, Dorothy Fitzgerald, Barbara and Willie Baggling, Rita White and Evelyn Curry, all of Rochester, N.Y.; Laverne Grant and Doris Russell, both of Jesup; eight brothers and four sisters-in-law, Gary and Doris Hall of Allentown, Pa.; Raymond Moore of Miami, Fla., Roy and Annette Curry of Brunswick, Adrian Curry, Neal Curry, Adolf Ryals, Anthony and Patricia Fuller and Ken and Pam Fuller, all of Jesup; three grandchildren; and a host of other relatives. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 23, at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church, Rochester, with the Rev. L.C. Green officiating. Joseph E. Hall Funeral Home, Inc. of Rochester was in charge of arrangements.  

Alma C. Stanfield
Alma C. Stanfield, 86, of Jesup died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. The Pierce County native had lived in Wayne County most of her life and was a member of Unity Church of God. She was a former employee of Knights Drug Store and Waynline, Inc. Survivors are a son and daughter-in-law, Durwood and Elouise M. Stanfield of Jesup; a brother, Eugene Cox of Waynesboro; two sisters, B.J. Chancey of Savannah and Pat Jiles of Rincon; three grandchildren, Alisha Hendricks of Atkinson, Wesley Stanfield of Odum and Pat Stanfield of Jesup; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, from the Rinehart & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harris B. Nix officiating. Interment was scheduled for the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Actice pallbearers were Greg Grantham, Gregory Grantham, Mike Kirkland, Pee Wee Nix, Jody Rogers and Adam Rogers. Honorary pallbearers were Otis and Sandra Moxley, Silas and Anna Moxley, Betty and James Moxley and the Unity Church of God adult Sunday school class. The Rinehart & Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Claudean Harper Crosby
Claudean Harper Crosby, 82, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at her residence. The life-long resident of Wayne County was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. She is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Kathy and Thomas Pye, Dinah Nichols, Geraldine and Archie Teston, all of Jesup, and Brenda and Mike Harrison of Odum; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Little Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Manning, the Rev. Jim Mitchell, and Chaplain Mary Marshal officiating. Active pallbearers were grandsons. Remembrances may be made to the Hospice of Southeast Georgia, 181 North Brunswick St., Jesup, Ga, 31545. Burial was in Little Creek Cemetery under the direction of Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home of Jesup.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Daniel Elliott
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Daniel Elliott, 82, of Jesup, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at her residence. The Floyd County native had lived in Wayne County most of her life. She was a member of Old Bethel Baptist Church and was a former employee of the Manhattan Shirt Company. Survivors are her husband of 68 years, S.R. Elliott of Screven; a son, Donald Elliott of Screven; a brother, Harmon Daniel of Odum; three grandchildren, John Elliott Gill, Lisa Elliott, both of Screven, and Jeffrey Elliot Sr. of Jesup; eight great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 30, from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Gabriel Gill and the Rev. Larry Harris officiating. Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Jerry Joyner, Jeffrey Elliott, Travis Elliott, Shane Elliott, Phillip Herrin and Dan Ogden. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Madden, Eugene Williams and Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Fabian
Mary Lou Fabian, 83, of Jesup died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., after a brief illness. Born in Riceboro, she lived most of her life in Jesup and was very active for many years in the Jesup Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses until her sudden illness and death. She is survived by her husband, Leonard Fabian, of Jesup; a son, Eric Fabian, of Jesup; two daughters, Florine Walker of Alachua, Fla., and Geneva Cunningham of Rochester, NY; five brothers, James LeCounte of Jacksonville, Fla., Mack LeCounte of Brunswick, Italy LeCounte Jr., and Willie LeCounte of Buffalo, NY and Cleveland LeCounte of Riceboro; four sisters, Lorena LeCounte and Catherine L. Wright of Buffalo, NY, Anna LeCounte Noble of Brunswick, Alberta LeCounte of Riceboro; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, US Hwy. 301 South in Jesup. Royal Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of the arrangements.

Vita Jean Miller
Vita Jean Miller, 40, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, in Memorial Medical Center in Savannah. She was a Wayne County native and life-long resident of Jesup. She is survived by a sister, Nancy Jean Carol of Jesup; a brother, Eddie Miller of Nahunta; and several nieces and nephews.  
Edward J. Nix Jr. Edward J. Nix Jr., 86, of Jesup died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after a short illness. The Tift County native was a former resident of Kansas City, Mo. and had lived in Wayne County for several years. He was a retired employee of Hallmark Cards and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors are his wife, Catherine E. Nix of Leawood, Kansas; a daughter, Suzanne E. Peters of Leawood, Kansas; a brother and sister-in-law, Gay and Pat Nix of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Kent Pearson
Carolyn Kent Pearson, 55, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at her residence in Jesup. The Dodge County native had lived in Wayne County most of her life. She was a member of Parkway Church of God. She was employed by the Wayne County Board of Education as a paraprofessional at James E. Bacon Elementary School for the past seven years. She was preceded in death by her son, Mark Dean Pearson and three brothers, Royce, Don and Wilton Kent. She is survived by her husband, Barry D. Pearson of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Sonya P. and Scotty Miller of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Shannon K. and Donna Pearson of Jesup; four sisters, Melba Griffis, Betty Hall, Wynell Hobbs, all of Jesup and Welda Thornton of Florahome, FL; a brother, Hilton Kent of Florahome, FL; four grandchildren, Levi Pearson, Logan Pearson, Macee Miller and Camron Miller, all of Jesup. Funeral services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Parkway Church of God in Jesup with the Rev. Randy Rowell and the Rev. Eugene Evors officiating. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be nephews Larry Goodrich, Kevin Hobbs, Wayne Thornton, Allan Kent, Ricky Kent, Ronnie Kent, Micky Kent, Kenny Kent and Timmy Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be staff members of the James E. Bacon Elementary School. Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

Joey Dwight Richardson
Joey Dwight Richardson, 40, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, in Lakeland, FL, as the result of a boating accident. The life-long resident of Wayne County was the owner and operator of Altamaha Marine. He was a Baptist, a 1979 graduate of Wayne County High School, and served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Richardson is survived by two sons Brent Stephen Richardson and Timothy Richardson, both of Screven; his parents, Ronda and Bill Stipe of Jesup and Stephen and Ann Richardson of Fernandina Beach, FL; a sister, Leisa Forman of Atlanta; two brothers, William I. “Billy” Stipe, Jr. of Jesup and Micah S. Richardson of Fernandina Beach, FL; his paternal grandmother, Maude Stipe of Baxley; a fiancee, Lana Blanton; and several aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Felix Haynes and Elder J. Roland Waters officiating. The burial will follow at Bennett Cemetery. Visitation will be at Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. today. Active pallbearers will be Bob Cannon, Robert B. Smith, Richard Johnson, Scott Godwin, Andy Stillwagon and Sam Harriway. Honorary pallbearers will be The Pond House Group, Jerry Gallager, Rick King, Danny McManus, Mike Muldron, Jeff Pierra, Jack Barsh, and Mike and Pam Fjields. Rememberances may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jesup Building Fund—P.O. Box 1115, Jesup, GA 31598-1115. Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of the arrangements.

Eula Mae Smith
Eula Mae Smith, 72, of Jesup died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. The Wayne County native was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a retired waitress. She was the widow of William S. (Hobo) Smith. Survivors are a daughter and son-in-law, Phillis and Marion Ross of Jesup; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill (Cookie) and Imogene Smith of Jesup; a sister, Iva Lee Thompson of Jesup; a brother, Dorman Thornton of Jesup; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 30, from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack Lee officiating. Interment was in the Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Billy Thornton, Johnny Odum, Wade Williamson, Daryl Thornton, John Mark Jones and Dewayne Rogers. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.


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