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HOBBY, Virginia Clark Speight
     Virginia Clark Speight Hobby, 80, of Darien, passed away Saturday, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick. 
     A service to celebrate her life, will be held Saturday, 3:00 PM, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 1270 Cate Road.

GABELMAN, Barbara Pritchard
     Barbara Pritchard Gabelman, 72, of Brunswick, passed away Feb. 3, 2019, at her residence.
     A service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11:00 am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel.
     Survivors include her children, Daniel Gabelman (DeeDee) of Brunswick, Diane Bidgood (Dean) of Hillsboro, NC, Janet Lake (James) of Gainesville, FL, Michael Gabelman (Charlene) of Nashville, TN, 11 Grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and her beloved dogs, Oreo and Jake. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Fred Bruce Gabelman.
     Mrs. Gabelman was born January 2, 1947, in Miami, FL, to James Wesley Pritchard and Mary Margaret Woodside Pritchard. Coming from Miami FL, she had lived in Brunswick for the past 10 years. She was retired from the Social Security Administration, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Brunswick.

BYRD, Francis 'Carolyn' Sapp
       Francis 'Carolyn' Sapp Byrd, 78, of Brunswick, passed away February 2, 2019, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
      Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, 2:00 pm, at Bible Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Landrum officiating. Burial will follow in Emanuel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to service time, at the church.
      Mrs. Byrd was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Baxley, GA to Frances Etroy Sapp and Susie Reynolds Sapp. She was a 1958 graduate of Appling County High School, was retired manager from King Bay Lodge of St. Marys, was a member of Bible Baptist Church and the Roses Sunday School Class.
     Survivors include her sons, James Greg Byrd (Debbie), of Brunswick, Russell Andy Byrd (Kelli) of Murfreesboro, TN, a sister, Jackie Surrency of Eastman, a sister-in-law, Laverne Sapp of Waverly, 9 grandchildren, Sunny Jarrard, Shelby Byrd, Seth Byrd, Savannah Byrd, David Byrd, and Brandi Rowland, 2 great grandchildren Caidyn Rowland, and Killian Eli Ward. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Russell Byrd, and a son, Gary L. Byrd.


FOX, Wendy Melanie Bailey
     Wendy Melanie Bailey Fox, 62, of Waynesville, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019, at her residence. 
     Wendy was born February 24, 1956, in Griffin, GA, to Russell and Betty Bailey. She was a 1974 graduate of Jonesboro Senior High School and was retired from Brunswick Floors, Inc. Wendy enjoyed riding motorcycles and was an active member of Hog Chapter Motorcycle Club. She enjoyed crafting, and judging the annual pumpkin decorating contest at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School.
     Wendy is survived by her husband of 16 years, Jim Fox of Waynesville, a son, Heath Brian Kelly (Samantha Vaughn), of Acworth, GA, sisters and brothers, Regina Cardell (Wayne Eason) Robbie Bailey (Penny Polowski), Benita Bennett (Don), all of Griffin, GA, Mark Bailey (Lee) of Brooks, GA, Donna Burden (Jimmie) and Holly Selph (Alvin) of Meansville, GA, Todd Jones (Hanna) of Dexter, Clint Jones (Brenda) of Molina, GA, her beloved dogs, Crysta and Chaz, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell Wesley Bailey, and Betty Stewart Jones, sisters, Angela Bailey, Vikki Bailey, and a brother Darrell Bailey.

SNOW, Sara Ann Holland
      Sara Ann Holland Snow, 77, of Brunswick, passed away, peacefully at her residence with her children and her little dog, Vicky, by her side.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 11:00 am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel, interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery with Mike Gentry, Gunnar Gentry, Barron Gentry, Jerry Middleton, and Jimmy Holland, Ray Lloyd, George Warren, and Jim Mock serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Vanderbeck, Rodney Oberly, Kaleb Snow, Dillon Gentry. A visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, from 6:00 until 8:00, at the funeral home.
     Mrs. Snow was born May 4, 1941, in Brunswick, to James and Sarah Middleton Holland. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, a 1959 graduate of Glynn Academy, and a member of Pirates of the Spanish Main. She was a realtor with Seckinger Realty and Driggers Realty, and retired as Admissions Clerk at Southeast Georgia Health System.
     Survivors include her children, Robert G. Snow, Jr, Brian K. Snow (Rene), Jamie Snow (Alicia), all of Brunswick, Holly Gentry (Mike) of Jacksonville, Wally Snow (Allison) of St. Simons, a brother Jimmy Holland of Brunswick, a sister, Sherry Oberly (Rod) of Virginia, a sister-in-law, Mary Jo Holland of Brunswick, 9 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert G. 'Bob' Snow, Sr. 


FOSTER, Tyrone Y.
     Tyrone Y. Foster, 78, of Brunswick, passed away Tuesday at Southeast Georgia Health System.
     A service, to celebrate his life, will be held Thursday, 3:00 PM, at Chapman Funeral Chapel.
     Tyrone was born November 29, 1940, in Moultrie, GA, to Clarence Marvin and Clo Day Foster. He had lived in Brunswick all of his life, graduating from Glynn Academy in 1958. He was a Barber & Beautician, who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren.
     Survivors include his sons, Shenan Foster, (Fawn), of Hortense, Scotty Foster (Cindy) of Cope, SC, a sister, Connie Taylor (Jughead), of Brunswick, grandchildren, Slade Foster, Blake Foster, Skye Foster, and T.J. Foster, a great granddaughter, Brielle Foster. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Foster, and a sister, Juan Hendley.

WARNER, Henry 'Hank'
     Henry 'Hank' Warner, 64, of Waverly, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Hospice of the Golden Isles. 
     A service, to celebrate Hank's life, will be held at Chapman Funeral Chapel, Thursday, January 31, 2019, 11:00 am. A visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home, from 10:00 am to service time.
     Hank was born June 12, 1954, in Philadelphia, PA, to Harry and Agnes Warner. He was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, and a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church in National Park, NJ. Hank was employed as a welder with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 25, Marine Division, retiring in 2015. Hank was a gentle giant, and was loved by many.
     Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Debbie Warner, children, Betty Furlow of St. Marys, Richard Harper Furlow, III, (Slade Dukes), of Jacksonville, Sarah Behrman (Chris Barlow) of Woodbine, Amanda Bridges (Dustin) of St. Augustine, FL, grandchildren, Alyssa Gregory, Jonathan Furlow, Madyson Behrman, Savannah Behrman, Dylan Bridges, Logan Bridges, Ethan Bridges, sisters and brothers, Eileen Lewis (Bill), Kevin Warner (Jean), Tommy Warner, all of New Jersey, Sister Cecilia Warner of Louisiana, nephews and nieces, Dustin Warner, Kirk Warner, Susan Warner, Kathleen Lemon, Frank Lewis, Erin Lewis, and Harry Warner. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, John Warner.

JOHNSON, Evelyn "Peachy"
     Evelyn "Peachy" Harris Johnson, 69, of Brunswick, passed away Friday morning, at home, surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 1:00PM, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Pastor Drew Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in Palmetto Cemetery with Jeffrey Wallace, Aaron Pender, Sean Furmage, Wesley Parker, Kenny Crum, Joey Harris, Jr. serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Linda & Greg Horne, Pat Lynn, Macy & Creighton Harrell, Peggy Moore, Barbara Moody, Frances Martin, Dena Boyd, Jason Harris, Dr. Moran & Staff, Dr. Lim & Staff
     A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12:00 until service time, at the funeral home. 
Peachy was born Sept. 10, 1949, in Baxley, GA, to Donald Parell Harris and Madelyn Durden Harris, she had lived in Brunswick most of her life, attending Glynn Academy, Georgia Southern University, and was a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church. Peachy was a cafeteria manager at Brunswick High and later taught Commercial Foods there and retired in 1987. After retirement from Brunswick High School, she worked in several other capacities that included food and beverage management along with retail. 
      Peachy is survived by her children, son, Charlie Johnson (Lynn), daughters, Jenny Bell (Chris), and Margie Flowers (Craig), 8 grandchildren, C.J. Johnson, Lindsay Johnson (Jeffrey), Taylor Johnson (Aaron), Austin Bell (Lindsay), Avery Bell, Chandler Strean, Kelsee Johnson (Skyler Partin, Sr.), and Callen Flowers, 4 great-grandchildren, Colin Willis, Ryleigh Wallace, Tymberly Wallace, and Skyler Partin, Jr., 3 sisters, Betty Cook, Shelia Parker (Johnny), and Marie "Tootsie" Harris, 2 brothers, Parell Harris (Helen), Joey Harris, Sr.(Linda), many special cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews with special mention to Lydia Reynolds and Jennifer Ogden.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Walton 'Pug' Johnson, brother, Danny Harris, his wife Jean, brother Shelby Harris.

HAMMER, Timothy Paul
 Timothy 'Tim' Paul Hammer, 34, of Brunswick, passed away January 21, 2019, at his residence. 
  A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday, January 25, 2019, 6:00 PM, at Chapman Funeral Chapel.
     Tim was born November 21, 1984, in Wichita Falls, TX, to Charles Leonard Hammer and Sharon Kaye Brewer Hammer. Tim attended Brunswick High School, was a member of The Chapel, and was employed by Ammons Fence. He was a musician who enjoyed singing, playing the guitar, and playing the piano, and was an avid reader, always interested in learning something new. Tim was a wonderful son and was a loving uncle to his niece Alana.
     Survivors include his mother, Sharon Hammer, his grandmother, Vera Sellers Liles, and a brother, Kenneth Hammer (Leslie), all of Brunswick, a brother, Raymond Hammer (Suzanne) of Williamsburg, VA, a sister, Katherine Hammer of Peyton, CO, nieces, Alana, Maddie, and Christina, Nephews, Shawn and Joey, several aunts and uncles, and many cousins. Tim was preceded in death by his father, Charles Hammer, maternal grandfather, Kenneth C. Brewer, paternal grandparents, Gordon and Virginia Hammer.


CHAPMAN, Jo B.
    Jo Bradford Chapman, 73, of Brunswick, passed away Sunday at Southeast Georgia Health System.
     Funeral services with military honors, will be held Saturday, 11:00 am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Darrell Joyner officiating. A visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to service time, at the funeral home. A private inurnment will be held at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery. Jo was born June 30, 1945, in Brunswick, to Zailee Claire Smith and Clyde Allison Chapman. He was a 1965 graduate of Glynn Academy, and served with the United States Army during Vietnam, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a Funeral Director and Embalmer with Carter Funeral Home of Richmond Hill. Jo had lived in Brunswick most of his life and attended Glynn Baptist Church, he was a life member of V.F.W Post 2588, and Friends of Bill W. for 32 years.
     Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Sharon Prescott Chapman, children, Brad Chapman (Audrey), and Meredith Horne (Rodney), all of Brunswick, Step-Children, Sheldon Nichols (Jamie), Patrick Nichols (Karen), all of Brunswick, Christopher Nichols (Casie) of Mt. Pleasant, a sister, Jenny Swick of Hawaii, grandchildren, Victoria Horne, Thomas Horne, Emmalise Chapman, Raegan Chapman, McKenzie, Jonathon, Aaron, Hannah, Baily, and Kalyn Nichols, nieces, Allyson Chapman, Sloan Tindall, nephews, Al Chapman, III, and Quillan Nelson, great nieces, Hannah Tindall, Logan Tindall, and a great nephew, Timothy Tindall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Al Chapman.

STROM, Elisha
      Elisha Strom, 84, of Brunswick, formerly of Patterson, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, in Brunswick.
      Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 13, 2019, 1:00 PM, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Julian Strom and Rev. Stanley Steverson officiating. A private interment will follow at 3:00 PM, at the Blackshear Cemetery in Blackshear. A visitation, for family and friends, will be held at the funeral home, one hour prior to service time.
      Elisha was born November 17, 1934, in Telfair County, GA, to Mary Burgess and George Washington Strom. He was a 1954 graduate of Milan High School, and started his sales career as a door to door salesman with Fuller Brush Company. He then worked in Industrial Sales most of his career, running his own company, Nu Chem Industries, since 1976, officially retiring in 2018. Elisha was a devoted Christian, who loved old time Gospel music, attending Emanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, loved to play the piano and keyboard, and sing those Gospel songs. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, and fishing.
      Survivors include his daughters, Nell Murray (Tim), and Ronda Brinson (Mike), grandchildren, Blake Murray, Samantha Murray West, Mikey Brinson, Mikala Brinson, and Mikinley Brinson, Great grandchildren, Alexis West, Eli West, Carter Murray, Ryan Murray, Walker West, and Deacon Murray, a brother, Walter Julian Strom, and a sister, Yvonne Nunnold, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by eight siblings, his first wife, Willie Jo Bridges Strom, July 29, 2005, and his second wife, Joyce Gasque Strom, January 18, 2014.


GROVOLA, Frank
     Francis 'Frank' George Grovola, Jr., 80, of Brunswick, passed away Monday, January 8, 2019, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019, 10:00AM, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Don Combs officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Palmetto Cemetery, with Jeff Chapman, Bruce Wood, Wayne Doke, Joe Strickland, Chuck Booth, and Richard (Dickey)Culpepper serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Grubb and staff, Dr Heery and staff.
       A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 PM, at Chapman Funeral Chapel.
Mr. Grovola was born March 24, 1938, in Chester, PA. He had moved to Brunswick in 1958, stationed at NAS Glynco, while serving with the United States Navy. Mr. Grovola was a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church, was an active member of Woodmen of the World, was a volunteer with MAP International, and was an avid automobile enthusiast.
     Survivors include, his wife of 58 years, Rita G. Grovola, a son, Terry Grovola (Lynda), a daughter, Karen G. Thompson, all of Brunswick, a brother, Joe Grovola of San Diego, CA, sisters, Ruthann Walker of Delaware, and Maria Hassel of Columbus, GA, grandchildren, Jason Brandies (Brooke), Brandon Gregory (Jill), Amanda Grovola, T.J. Grovola, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.


SOLLENBERGER, Ellen Keckler
     Ellen Keckler Sollenberger, 95, of St. Simons Island, GA, passed away November 11, 2018, at her residence.
A service to celebrate her life, will be held at a later date at Christ Church Frederica.
Ellen Keckler Sollenberger, 95, of St. Simons Island, GA, passed away November 11, 2018, at her residence.
A service to celebrate her life, will be held at a later date at Christ Church Frederica.
Mrs. Sollenberger was born December 19, 1922, in Highfield, MD, to Omar Washington Keckler and Margaret Ellen Happel Keckler. She had been a resident of St. Simons Island for 40 years, coming from St. Croix, USVI, and was a member of Christ Church Frederica.
Survivors include her children, Mark Sollenberger of Lenoir City, TN, and Jane S. Smithers of New York, NY, and grandchildren Gregory Landis Smithers, Lauren Duke Smithers, Eric Landis Sollenberger.