Miscellaneous Wayne County, Georgia Obituaries

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Eloise Smith Carter
Eloise Smith Carter, 89, died April 13, 2003, at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup. The Bibb County native and former resident of Doctortown had lived in Jesup for the past 70 years. Mrs. Carter was a former telephone operator with Southern Bell and a former switchboard operator for Wayne Memorial Hospital. She retired in 1985. She was a member of the Wayne County Historical Society, a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, the Epworth Sowers, the Susie Bowen Circle and the Puckett-McDonald Sunday School Class. She is survived by her husband, J.C. Carter of Jesup; four sons, Corky Carter of Douglas, John G. Carter and James Carter, both of Jesup and Jeffrey Carter of Martinez; two brothers, Wayne and Jack Smith, both of Jesup; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on April 15 at Epworth United Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Walker and Dr. G. Ross Freeman officiating. Active pallbearers were Pat Carter, Jake Carter, Jesse Carter, Ken Tyre, Daniel Ammons and Jeff Mass. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Epworth Sowers, The Susie Bowen Circle and the Puckett-McDonald Sunday School Class. The family requests contributions to the Epworth United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1134, Jesup, Ga. 31598-1134. Burial was in the Jesup City Cemetery under the direction of Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home of Jesup.

William Price Chapman Sr.
William Price Chapman Sr., 85, of Ludowici, died April 12, 2003, after an extended illness. The Long County native was a member of the Ludowici First Baptist Church and was retired after 37 years as a U.S. rural letter carrier. He was owner and operator of the Greyhound/Trailways bus station for 20 years, a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge Altamaha Chapter No. 227 F.&A.M., member of the Republican National Committee and past member of the Flatwoods Hunting Club. He was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Chapman and a grandson, Jason Morgan. Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Frankie Wilson Chapman of Ludowici; a son, William Price Chapman Jr. of Ludowici; two daughters, Jackie Chapman Morgan of Savannah and Sue Chapman Lutes of Ormond Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held April 15 from the Jones Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. James Hartley and the Rev. Steve Stokes officiating. Interment was in the Jones Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers were David Morgan, Clay Goode, Brian Goode, Billy Esser, Phil Pierce and Rabun Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were Masonic Lodge Altamaha Chapter No. 227 F. & A. M. and Flatwoods Hunting Club members. Memorials may be made to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, Ga. 31416 or the Ludowici First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 494, Ludowici, Ga. 31316. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Aisha Sarah Brown-Jackson
Aisha Sarah Brown-Jackson, 12, of Brooklyn, NY died April 4, 2003 at Kings County Hospital after a short illness. She is survived by her mother, Angela Jackson of Brooklyn; her father and stepmother, Oliver and Beverly Brown of Brooklyn; one sister, Shaquasia Jones of Brooklyn; two brothers, Dorshai Jackson and Antoine Jones, both of Brooklyn; maternal grandparents, Trumon and Catherine Jackson of Screven; paternal grandmother, Zenobia Brown of Brooklyn; and a host of other relatives. Funeral services were held April 12 at Bennett Union Baptist Church with the Rev. O. Black officiating. Burial was in Jesup City Cemetery.

Nancy Copeland Padgett
Nancy Copeland Padgett, 54, of Jesup, died April 11, 2003, after an extended illness. The Wayne County native was a member of the House of Prayer Church and was a homemaker. Survivors are a daughter, Angela Padgett of Jesup; a son, Jamie Padgett of Jesup; two sisters, Nell Bailey of Charleston, SC, and Evelyn Ognilla of Jesup; a brother, David Copeland of Jesup; six grandchildren, Jason Padgett of Jesup, Chris Peterson, Tiffany Peterson and Jasmine Herzing, all of Germany, and Melissa Hall and Ricky Hall; friend and companion, Pat Benton of Savannah; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held April 14 from the House of Prayer with the Rev. Chris Ognilla and the Rev. Jimmy Lord officiating. Interment was in the House of Prayer Cemetery. Active pallbearers were David Blanton, Richie Westmoreland, Tommy Nettles, Ricky Mobley, Tony Blanton, John D. Blanton, Sr. and Jerome Wilson. Rinehart Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Alberta B. Royal
Alberta B. Royal, 91, of Screven, died April 12, 2003, after an extended illness. The Pearl River County, Miss., native had lived in Screven for 62 years and was a member of the Screven United Methodist Church. She was a charter member of the Lily Garden Club, member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Screven, former City of Screven councilwoman and was the widow of Ernest L. Royal, Sr. She was predeceased in death by a son, William E. “Bill” Royal. Survivors are a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Phillip Stanfield, Sr. of Screven; a son and daughter-in-law, Ernest and Wanda Royal, Jr. of Duluth; four grandchildren, Phillip Stanfield, Jr. of St. Simons Island, Jennifer S. Morris of Jesup, Faith Riolo of Coconut Creek, Fla. and Chez Echeverri of Dacula; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held April 14 from the Screven United Methodist Church with the Rev. Darrell Carter and the Rev. Norma Jean Thomas officiating. Interment was in the Screven City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Dwight Stanfield, John Royal, Chuck Bennett, Phillip Stanfield, Jr., Rey Morris, J.L. Boyette and Wesley Simmons. Memorials may be made to the Screven United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 157, Screven, Ga., 31560. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.
 
Lula Geneva Price Theus
Lula Geneve Price Theus, 73, of Ludowici, died April 14, 2003, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Highway 84 in Ludowici. She attended Jones Creek Baptist Church and was a homemaker. She was the widow of Wendel Holmes Theus. Survivors are a daughter, Debbie Hall of Ludowici; two sons, Wendel A. Theus of Ludowici and Ronnie Theus of Jesup; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday from Jones Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Stokes and the Rev. John Gladdin officiating. Interment will be in Jones Creek Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jeffery Dasher, Owen Barker Jr., Randy Wilson, Mike McClelland Sr., Harold Manning, Eddie Dasher and James Crews. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday from the funeral home. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Levin Twilley Jr.
Ronald Levin Twilley Jr., died April 11, 2003, at his residence in Screven. The Wicomico County, Md. native was a member of Jesup First United Methodist Church and a cabinet maker. Survivors include two sons, Wyatt L. and Peyton A. Twilley, both of Screven; his parents, Ronald L. and Ellen Twilley, Sr. of Screven; a sister, Hannah Twilley of Screven; maternal grandparents, Lynne Hastings of Salisbury, Md. and Harvey Hastings of Mt. Vernon, Md.; paternal grandparents, Laura Twilley of Salisbury, Md.; maternal great-grandmother, R. Pauline Hastings of Mt. Vernon, Md., and paternal great-grandmothers, Mildred Twilley and Harriett Morris, both of Salisbury, Md. Memorial services were held April 15 at the Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Web officiating.  

Adolphus Bryant
Admiral Adolphus “Jr.” Bryant, 71, of Jesup died June 2, 2003. The former resident of Wayne County had lived in Ware County for 20 years and was a member of Anderson Drive Baptist Church. Survivors are his wife Shirley Bryant of Waycross; a son and daughter-in-law, Vincent and Lauren Bryant of Lake Placid, Fla.; two sisters, Betty B. Roberts of Lakeland, Fla., and Katy Minchew of Waycross; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held privately at a later date. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Livonia Anderson
Herrin Ethel Livonia Anderson Herrin, 91, died Friday, Sept. 10 at her home after an extended illness. She was a member of New Hope Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, N.O. (Bud) Herrin and four sons, Billy Herrin, Vernon Herrin, Fleming Herrin and Lamar Herrin. Ms. Anderson is survived by four daughters, Josephine Tire, Faye and her husband Chubby Griffis, Dale and her husband Roger Anderson of Jesup, Etheleen and her husband Kenneth Gilder of Fernandina Beach, FL; seven sons, Ernie and his wife Frances Herrin of Brunswick, Herbert and his wife Joyce Herrin of Valdosta, Bobby and his wife Linda Herrin, Jimmy Herrin, Benny and his wife Erika Herrin, Ray and his wife Sharon Herrin of Odum and Charles and his wife Sharon Herrin of Screven; three daughters-in-law, Christine Reichert of Jesup, Ann Weitman of Montgomery and JoNell Herrin of Glennville; two sisters, Vestie Murray of Jesup and Adele Thompson of Dublin; 40 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 at New Hope Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Livesay, the Rev. Michael Crews and the Rev. Archie Griffis officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Pallbearers are grandsons. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Orville L. Ferris
Rev. Orville L. Ferris, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 8 at St. Vincents Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL, following an extended illness. A native of Lansing, MI, he was a son of the late J.C. Ferris and Alice Crum Ferris. He was also preceded in death by his sons, Dennis Ferris and Timothy Ferris and a sister, Juanita Keene and a brother, Joe Ferris. He was a current pastor of Akin Memorial United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. He had previously pastored at Nahunta United Methodist Church/Pierce Chapel; Winona Park UMC; Waycross, Emanuel UMC; Brunswick; Ludowici UMC as well as Middleton Memorial UMC. For 26 years he pastored in the Church of Nazarene in Michigan. He was educated at Olivet Nazarene College in Kankakee, IL and Emory University in Atlanta. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. In 1990, he received the Harry Denman Award for Evangelism. Rev. Ferris is survived by his wife of 29 years, Naomi Reed Ferris of Waynesville; four daughters, Terri Lynn Rolfe of Kankakee, IL, Jeri Cooper of Mt. Rose, MI, Kim Sanders and Kay Brown, both of Waynesville; two sons, Kenneth Sanders of Jesup, and Keith Sanders of Brunswick; a sister, Donna Swenson of Flushing, MI; 21 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the Nahunta United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Rush, Rev. Randy Mosley and Rev. Gordon Dukes officiating. Burial will follow in the Akin Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Shelton Mercer, Tracy Altman, Wendell Harrell, Tim Bennett, Thomas Proudfoot, Ricky Proudfoot, Richard Wells and Ed Long. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. Chambless Funeral Home of Nahunta is in charge of arrangements.

Virgil Perry Robinson
Virgil Perry Robinson, 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Washington County Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Mr. Robinson was a native of Coffee County, the son of the late William Jesse Robinson and the late Bennie Clyde Roberson Robinson. He was a retired parts salesman with Riner Auto Parts and a Army veteran of World War II. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Mr. Robinson is survived by a niece, Jackie Dekle of Jesup; a nephew, Ralph L. Parks Jr. of Jasper, FL and six great nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 9, at Lang’s Chapel. Burial was at Josey’s Chapel Cemetery in Davisboro. Pallbearers were Tom Brett, Bobby Hendricks, Cliff Sheppard, Les Parks, David Parks and Russell Riner. Lang’s Chapel of Sandersville was in charge of these arrangements.  

Delma E. Drawdy
Delma E. Drawdy, 69, of Jesup, died Oct. 6 in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah after a short illness. The Wayne County native was a member of the Manningtown Church of God and was a retired assistant foreman with the City of Jesup Water Department. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors are his wife, Grace Spell Drawdy of Jesup; three daughters and sons-in-law, Anita Martin, Michelle and Mike Edwards and Barbara and Ray Carter, all of Jesup; three sons and daughters-in-law, Carrell and Julie Drawdy, Edwin and Elaine Drawdy, and Ronnie and Marla Drawdy, all of Jesup; a sister, Mary Drawdy Diaz of Jesup; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Oct. 9 from the Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Leroy Spivey and the Rev. Monroe Gill officiating. Interment was in the Odessa Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Ronnie Fountain, Bennie Eason, Wesley Knight, David Knight, Jimmy O’Neal and Tim Hopkins. Honorary pallbearers were David Norris, Junior Dubberly, Layton Martin, Vernon Spradley, Joe Manning, the Rev. Fred James, Dr. Ronnie Harris, Larry Manning, Stetson Bennett Jr., Dr. E.L. Harrell, Dr. McKee Hargrett, Eddie Mathis, David Thompson, Steve Clark, T. Jenkins and Alex Floyd Jr. The Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of the arrangements.

Donahue Cameron Tyre
Donahue Cameron Tyre, 92, of Jesup died Oct. 6 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. The Wayne County native was a homemaker. Survivors are two daughters, Delores Dale of Jesup and Sandra Browning of Ormond Beach, FL; three sons, Reid Tyre of Jesup, Allison Tyre of Screven and Bruce Tyre of Dothan, AL; a brother, David Cameron of Utica, MI; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Oct. 9 from the Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack Lee officiating. Interment was in the Odum City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Craig Tyre, Wade Browning, James Dale, C.J. Cameron, Bull Cameron, Bert Cameron and Merle Tyre. The Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby Dell Hutcheson Long
Ruby Dell Hutcheson Long, 71, died Oct. 8 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup. She was the wife of the late Franz Long. Mrs. Long was a native and lifelong resident of Long County and was a member of Rye Patch Baptist Church. Survivors are seven daughters, Mary L. Brannen of Woodbine, Kathleen L. Gunter of Conyers, Edith L. Caskin of Hinesville, and Phyllis Long, Joyce L. Dasher, Sara L. Smith and Lynne L. Simpson all of Ludowici; six sons, Bob Long of Woodbine, Franz Long Jr., Earl Long, John Long and Ted Long, all of Ludowici, and Daniel Long of Fayetteville; three brothers, Alton Hutcheson of Atlanta, Herbert Hutcheson of Jesup and J.L. Hutcheson of Brunswick; one sister, Olivia Way of Brunswick; 24 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 10 in the Rye Patch Baptist Church with the Elder Eugene McDuffie and the Rev. Larry Gunter officiating. Pallbearers were David Long, Kenny Long, Butch Hutcheson, Wendell Hutcheson, Edward Walker and Josh Hutcheson. Burial will be in the Rye Patch Cemetery under the direction of the Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home. The Gordon-Harrison Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

William Wesley "Bill" Hopkins
William Wesley "Bill" Hopkins, 74, of Black Mountain, NC, died Sept. 26 at Memorial Mission Hospital. He was a native of Screven and the son of the late William Otis and Addie Johnson Hopkins. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and a member of VFW Post No. 9157. He was a self-employed building contractor and a member of the Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lessie Yarbrough Hopkins; three sons, Wayne Hopkins and his wife, Linda, of Wellford, SC, Danny Hopkins and his wife, Mary, of Black Mountain, NC, and Bill Hopkins, and his wife, Judy, of Duncan, SC; one brother, Roscoe Hopkins of Odum; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sept. 29 at the Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Stone officiating. Grandsons served as pallbearers. Burial was at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Military honors were presented by the Asheville High School JROTC. Memorials may be made to the building fund of the Meadowbrook Free Will Baptist Church, 204 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Brigman’s Funeral Service of Black Mountain, NC, was in charge of the arrangements.


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