Miscellaneous Wayne County, Georgia Obituaries

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Ouida Mathis Rogers
Ouida Mathis Rogers, 78, of Jesup died Sunday, Dec. 3 at her residence after an extended illness. The Clinch County native had lived in Wayne County for the past 40 years. She was a business woman, homemaker and Baptist. Survivors are five daughters, Dot Cameron, Ann Grantham and Pam Parks all of Jesup, Jonelle McGauley of Rolling Prairie, IN and Debbie Davis of Brunswick; two sons, Jackie B. Mathis of Crested Butte, CO and Bill Mathis of Jesup; 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Dec. 5 from the Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sherman Reed and Durwood Miller officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of South Georgia, Inc., 181 North Brunswick St., Jesup, GA 31546. The Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of the arrangements.

Imogene C. Martin
Imogene C. Martin, 69, of Jesup died Sunday, Dec. 3 of an apparent heart attack. The Echols County native lived in Wayne County most of her life and was a retired employee of ITT-Rayonier. She was a member of the Jesup First United Methodist Church, the U.M.W., Circle No. 3 and was on the worship committee. She was also a member of the Ben Gibbs Chapter No. 299, O.E.S., the Altamaha Womens Club, the Optimist Club, active in the Good Samaritan Center and was a former Girl Scout Leader. Survivors are her husband, Layton L. Martin of Jesup; three daughters, Mary Catherine Boggs of Jacksonville, FL, Belinda Zimmerman of Macon and Lamara Partain of Comer; a son, Layton L. Martin Jr. of Jesup; a sister, Juanita Turner of Darien; two brothers, W.D. Counts of Jesup and A.L. Counts of Waycross; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Julian Tucker and the Rev. Stephen Grantham officiating. Interment will be in the Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be James A. Knight, Willie Williams, Franklin Smith, Don Barnhart, Jimmy Davis and Winton L. Westberry Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Shelton Mobley, Jack Smith, the 1949 Graduating Class of Jesup High School, Circle No. 3, Volunteers of the Good Samaritan Center and the Church Family. Visitation was Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jesup First United Methodist Church, 205 E. Cherry St., Jesup, GA 31546 or the Good Samaritan Center, P.O. Box 1464, Jesup, GA 31598. The Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of the arrangements.

Palmer H. Adams
Palmer H. Adams, 74, of Jesup died Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness. The Thomas County native had lived in Wayne County most of her life. Survivors are two sisters, Jeanette Sapp of Jesup and Geneva Cason of Surrency; three brothers, Dennis Adams of Screven, Bennie Adams of Townsend and Tommy Adams of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday Dec. 4 at the Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Todd and Dr. Bill Rathbun officiating. Interment was in the Satilla Cemetery in Brantley County. Active pallbearers were Denny Adams, B.G. Adams, Jason Adams, Dale Cason, Burton Lee Sapp and James Sapp. The Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of the arrangements.

Cathy C. Jennings
Cathy C. Jennings, 30, of Jesup died Thursday Nov. 30 from injuries received in an automobile accident. A native and life-long resident of Wayne County, she was also a member of New Hope Freewill Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Christol Green of Jesup; two sons, Cornelius Jennings of Macon and Kendall Wilson of Jesup; her parents, Edward Jennings of Valdosta and Mary Jennings of Jesup; one brother, Edward Jennings Jr. of Jesup; one sister, Nicole Jennings of Jesup; paternal grandmother, Barnetta Roundtree of Live Oak, FL; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be Friday Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church of Jesup with the Rev. Dwayne Attical officiating. Burial will be in Jesup City Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday Dec. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Royal Funeral Home Chapel. Royal Funeral Home, Inc. of Jesup is in charge of all arrangements.

Theron S. Kirkland
Theron S. Kirkland, 58, of Vidalia died Saturday Dec. 2 at his residence after a brief illness. Kirkland was a native of Wayne County, residing in Vidalia for the past 11 years. Before his illness he was a millrite employed by Rayonier of Jesup, a Vietnam Veteran and was Protestant by faith. Kirkland is survived by his wife, Mollie Kirkland of Vidalia; two sons, Phillip Newsome of St. Louis, MO and Jimmy Newsome of Vidalia; two daughters, Mary Ann Newsome of Hokes Bluff, AL and Teresa Majors of Vidalia; four brothers, James, Tommy, Clarence and William Kirkland all of Jesup; three sisters, Lula Mae Tharp and Christine Brewer both of Jesup and Mayme Sanderlin of Windsor, NC; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Tuesday Dec. 5 at the Ronnie L. Stewart Family Funeral Service Chapel of Vidalia with the Rev. Harris Nix and the Rev. Leon Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the South Thompson Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jade Kirkland, William Perry, Phillip Newsome, Robert Pritchett, Brian Kirkland and Larry Sanderlin. Ronnie L. Stewart Family Funeral Service of Vidalia was in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Delores Nixon
Delores Nixon, 37, of Jesup died Sunday, Jan. 27 in Wayne Memorial Hospital after a long illness. The Clinch County native had lived in Wayne County for most of her life. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors are two daughters, Kayla N. Mixon and Latrivia S. Nixon, both of Jesup; her mother, Leona Nixon of Jesup; her father, David L. Nixon, II of Alma; her godfather, Curtis Melton of Jesup; two sisters, Victoria D. Meredith of Jacksonville, FL, and Lillian Nixon of MacClenny, FL; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, David L. and Sabrina Nixon, Jr., Landis Nixon and Dwight and Regina Nixon, all of Atlanta and Marshall and Demetrius Nixon of Pelham and a host of other relatives. Funeral services were scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at Unity Church of God with the Rev. George Moxley and Pastor Sarah Jenkins officiating. Burial has been scheduled for Jesup City Cemetery. Royal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pat B. Boyton
Pat B. Boyton, 41, of Jesup died Monday, June 3, 2002. She had lived in Jesup for seven years and was a certified nurse’s assistant. Survivors are three daughters, Michelle Barton of Jesup, Joy Boyton of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Dawn M. Barton of Screven; two sons, Victor Garcia and Michael Niven, both of Jesup; a friend, Kimberly Niven of Jesup; two sisters, Wanda Sanchez of Dewberry, Fla. and Millie Leigon, of Deland, Fla.; five brothers, Bill Barton Jr., Jerry Barton, Michael Barton and Danny Barton, all of Deland, Fla., and Brian Barton of Long County, N.Y. Memorial services will be held in Daytona Beach, Fla., at a later date. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

Rufus P. Miles
Rufus P. Miles, 78, of Jesup died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, in Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas after an extended illness. The Appling County native had lived in Wayne County 45 years and in Douglas the past year. He was retired from ITT Rayonier Southern Wood Piedmont of Camilla. He was predeceased by a son, John Max Miles. Survivors are his wife, Nelda L. Miles of Douglas; two daughters and sons-in-law, LeJean and Russell Trammell of Douglas and Susan Elaine and Roger Whatley of Dothan, Ala.; a sister, Geneva Sellers of Savannah; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services were held Thursday, June 6, from the Jesup City Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Lee officiating. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Grace Holcomb Waters
Grace Holcomb Waters, 82, of Screven died Wednesday, June 5, 2002 after an extended illness. The Jeff Davis County native had lived in Wayne County most of her life and was a member of O’Quinn Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was the widow of Felton C. Waters. Survivors are two sons, Odis Windell Griffin and James F. Waters, both of Screven; a daughter, Gwennette Parker of Richmond Hill; a sister, Lucy Yawn of Vidalia; two brothers, Roy Joe Holcomb of Bristol and Reuben Holcomb of Baxley; three grandchildren, Thomas “T” Miller of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Dale Griffin of Jesup and Jeanie Beard of Screven; five great-grandchildren, Misty Drury, Matthew Griffin, Jessica Osborne, Mandy Griffin and Hannah McBee; and two great-great grandchildren, Hamp Osborne and Isabella Drury. Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday at O’Quinn Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Litton and the Rev. Robert Davis officiating. Interment was in O’Quinn Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Ronnie Mullis, Mike Beard, Bennie McReady, Robert Sheffield, Pete Horton and Donnie Wheelis. Honorary pallbearers were Rodney Madray, Bill McKay, Davis Thorton, Glenn Mullis, Donnie Mullis, CLC Nursing Home Staff, Hospice Staff and O’Quinn Baptist Church Ladies & Men Sunday School Class. Memorials may be made to O’Quinn Baptist Church Sr. Ladies Sunday School Class, 85 O’Quinn Baptist Church Rd., Screven, GA 31560. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements. 

Herod H. Elliott
Herod H. Elliott, 69, of Jesup died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at his residence after an extended illness. The Wayne County native was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a U.S. Air Force decorated veteran of 26 years. Survivors are his wife, Nang Elliott of Jesup; two daughters, Janet Helen Elliott Evans of Charleston, S.C., and Air Elliott of Jesup; two sons, Richard H. Elliott of Incirlik, Turkey, and Thomas H. Elliott II of Jesup; a brother, Dr. Paul M. Elliott Sr., of Jesup; three grandchildren, Christopher Brunner, Nichole Alexandria Brunner and Cynthia Lynn Evans, all of Charleston; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 15, from the Flint Branch Cemetery with full military honors with the Rev. Vann Dempsey and the Rev. Larry Harris officiating. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 9, Jesup, GA 31598. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Ann Griffis
Joyce Ann Griffis, 45, of Baxley, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 after an extended illness. She was predeceased by her father, Millard Odum Griffis. Survivors are her mother, Mary Frances Griffis of Yulee, Fla.; three sisters, Juanita Knight of Yulee, Fla., Arbie Foreman of Atlantic Beach, Fla. and Wanda Partin of Brunswick; and 10 nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 15, from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services followed at Red Oak Church Cemetery in Appling County. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Royal Williams
Royal Williams, 71, of Jesup died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Charleston, S.C. after a short illness. The Wayne County native had a degree in industrial engineering and business education. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and a former Wayne County Commissioner serving as chairman. He was instrumental in securing the Veterans’ Monument at the Wayne County courthouse and was an avid gardener and fisherman. He was predeceased by his sister, Evelyn Williams Leggett. Survivors are two daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Steve Graham of Savannah and Cindy and Ronnie Sutton of Jesup; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robby and Cindy Williams of Screven and Royce and Linda Williams of Richmond Hill; two sisters, Doris Patterson of Jesup and Geneva Snow of Dixie; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 13, from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Max Newham officiating. Interment was in the Piney Grove Cemetery with military honors. Active pallbearers were Ricky Patterson, Mike Leggett, Vince Snow, Gene Vickers, Josh Drawdy and David Graham. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

HOMER E. BEASLEY
Homer E. Beasley, 95, of Jesup died Thursday April 3, 2003, at his residence. The Wayne County native was a retired truck driver and bridge construction foreman. He was a member of the Parkway Church of God and was the widower of Lula Mae Durden Beasley. He was predeceased by a daughter, Eula Mae Herndon. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Geraldine Smith of Jesup, and Mary Ann Edge of Vidalia; two sons, Charlie Beasley of Stoystown, Penn., and Roy Beasley of Jesup; a sister, Pearl Gutwin of Naples, Fla., a brother, Willard Beasley of Eatonton, 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, from the Parkway Church of God with Rev. Randy Rowell, Rev. Eugene Evors and Rev. Claude Evors officiating. Interment will be in Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jody Edge, Kenny Edge, Robert Smith, John Smith, David Summerall and Randolph Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be Members of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class of Parkway Church of God. The Rinehart & Sons Funeral Homes of Jesup is in charge of the arrangements.

Roger G. Graham Sr.
Roger G. Graham Sr., 50, of Jesup died June 10, 2003, of an apparent heart attack. The Wayne County native was a clerical worker. He was predeceased by his parents, Lester and Kathleen Graham and a sister, Joan Friel. Survivors are his son, Derek Graham of Jesup; one sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Gale Heckwine of Jesup; a brother-in-law, Olen Friel of Jesup; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Linda Graham of Jesup, Covin Graham of Kings Mountain, N.C., and Corky and Becky Graham of Jesup; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Lee and the Rev. Mark Ledbetter officiating. Interment was in the Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Kelly Hyers, Joshua May, John Evors, Allen Friel, Marlin Friel, James Friel, Carl Heckwine and Scott Hyers. Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Marr, Kevin Graham, Brian Graham, Billy Smith, Chad Evors and Harvey (Grandpa) Davis. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Florence C. Laxton
Florence C. Laxton, 67, of Jesup died June 12, 2003, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after a short illness. The West Virginia native had lived in Wayne County the past 33 years. She was a member of Piney Grove Church of God and was a former employee of Winn Dixie of Jesup. Survivors are her husband, Amos Laxton of Jesup; a daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Richard Eaton of Hortense; five sons, Larry Amos Laxton, Kenneth Wayne Laxton, both of Jesup, Eddie Laxton of Richmond, Va., Lonnie Laxton of Richmond Hill and James “Terry” Laxton of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Pauline Frazier of Pikesville, Ky., Nancy White of Spartanburg, S.C.; six brothers, Ellis Christian of Sevierville, Tenn., Larry Christian, Everett Christian, Tom Christian, Dave Christian, all of Kendallville, Ind., and Bob Christian of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, from Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Lord officiating. Interment was in Spring Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Sam Waddell, David Hubbs, Ricky Green, Robert Green, Jamie Green and Greg Carter. Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.

Katherine H. Morgan
Katherine Harris Morgan, 64, of Jesup died June 6, 2003, in Wayne Memorial Hospital after a long illness. The Baldwin County native lived in Wayne County for many years. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Jesup, and was a former employee of McDaniel Vending and Food Service. Survivors included a husband, William James Morgan Jr.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, William J. and Sharon Morgan and Eric J. Morgan; four sisters, Mary Frances Daniel of Philadelphia, Pa., Dorothy V. Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio, Mamie McFadden of Chicago, Ill., and Carlene Johnson of Milledgeville; three brothers, Algie Harris Jr. and Carl Harris, both of Milledgeville and Julius A. Harris of Cleveland, Ohio; and a host of other relatives, friends and spiritual brothers and sisters. Memorial services were held Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at the former Wayne County High School auditorium. Brother Van Pinkard of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses officiated. Royal Funeral Home of Jesup was in charge of arrangements.


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