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STARLING, Jr., Ellis Ray
February 23, 1983 - August 8, 2014

     Ellis Ray 'J.R.' Starling, Jr., 31, of Screven, passed away Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, from injuries received in an auto accident.
     Survivors include his father, Ellis Ray Starling, Sr., his mother and step-father, Birgid and Danny Williams, a sister, Jennifer Tyre (Matthew), 2 brothers, David 'Gator' Starling, and Daniel Williams, 
2 nephews, Eli and Corey, and a niece Cassidy all of Brunswick, his fiance' Natasha Scott and daughters, Brianna Hardee and Kiley Bennett, all of Screven.
     J.R. was born Feb. 23, 1983 in Hinesville, GA. He was raised in Nashville, GA, and had attended Berrien County High School. He had lived in Screven for the past 4 years, and was employed as a diesel mechanic with Walls Timber Company. J.R. was good hearted and loved being with family and friends, especially Natasha, Brianna and Kiley. He enjoyed fishing and and being outdoors.
     Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at 6:00 pm at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Michael Batten officiating. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to service time.
     Memorial donations are requested to any Breast Cancer Awareness foundation.

DUNCAN, Tommy Franklin
April 2, 1943 - July 20, 2014
     Tommy F. Duncan, 71, of Brunswick, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his residence.
     A celebration of Tommy's life will be held Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:00 AM, at the Darien Church of God (Blount Road, Darien, GA) with Rev. Tommy Whaley officiating.
     Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Duncan of Brunswick, 2 sons, Tom Duncan of Brunswick, Jimmy Duncan of Washington, a daughter, Kim Smith of Darien, 2 brothers, Claude Mancil Duncan (Barbara) and Pastor Bill Duncan (Carolyn) all of Johnson City, TN, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
     Tommy had lived in South Georgia for the past 4 years, 3 years in Darien and the past year in Brunswick.  He was retired from Shape Formation Company where he was a shop foreman in the Styrofoam department.  He enjoyed playing guitar and drums, and loved to sing.  He attended the Darien Church of God.

JOHNSON, Charles McArthur
September 28, 1945 - July 19, 2014
     Charles McArthur (Butch) Johnson, 68, of Brunswick, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
     Born September 28, 1945, to Clarence Arthur (Mac) Johnson and Dorotha Lusher Johnson in Huntington, WV. He also lived in Raleigh, NC, and eventually moved to Brunswick in 2001 to be close to family.
     He is survived by his wife (and long time best friend), Lee Willis Johnson, two daughters, Kathleen Hope Johnson of Charleston, WV, and Denise Lawson (Tommy), of Eaton, OH, three grandsons, Thomas J. Lawson, Jr., Max Lawson, and Sam Lawson, a sister he adored, Elizabeth Ann Hoskins (Randy), a niece Wendy Brooke Hoskins, a nephew, Jason Mac Hoskins (Anita), a grand-nephew, Daniel Hoskins, a grand niece, Emily Hoskins, and numerous family and friends from WV, NC, and Brunswick, GA.
     Charlie served in the US Navy in the sixties, and turned his electronics training into a career with IBM, starting as a Customer Engineer in Huntington and moving into programming in the Research Triangle Park, NC, in 1986. He worked in Retail Store Systems for over 30 years, currently employed by OmniCo, of Duluth, GA, and had a reputation for customer service and for his advanced knowledge of the IBM Supermarket Retail Store Systems.
     Charlie had a keen sense of humor and a quick wit, enjoyed watching Georgia Bulldawg football, hunting, and following the activities of his grandsons, and nephew, and niece.
     A celebration of Charlie's life will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:00 PM, at Glyndale Baptist Church, (138 Butler Drive, Brunswick, 31523) with Pastor Ken Creekmore officiating. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to service time.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to North Brunswick Christian Church (3131 Cypress Mill Road, Brunswick, 31520), Glyndale Baptist Church (138 Butler Dr., Brunswick, 31523) or International Seaman's House,( Brunswick, GA.

KNIGHT, Althea Ward
August 22, 1945 - July 15, 2014
     Althea Ward Knight, 68, of Brunswick, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick. 
     Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:00 am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Rentz officiating. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to service time. A private burial will be held at a later date at Palmetto Cemetery.
     Survivors include 4 daughters, Lori Rentz (Richard) of Brunswick, Angie Reynolds (Scott) of St. Simons Island, Melanie Knight of Tucker, Lisa Dancisin (Mike) of Vero Beach, FL, a sister, Lucille Barron (Yank) of Brunswick, and 12 beloved grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Knight, 2 brothers, Jackie Ward and Raymond Ward, and a sister, Bobbie Jean Rhymes.
     Althea was born Aug. 22, 1945, in Brunswick to Bryant Samuel and Allie Lee Godley Ward. She was a graduated of Glynn Academy and was retired from the business office of Glynn Place Mall.

January 24, 1918 - July 5, 2014
     Hilda Johnson Rowe Rutherford, age 96, died July 5 at Hospice of the Golden Isles.  
Born in Middendorf, SC, to David McClure Rowe and Pearl Rebecca Johnson Rowe, she graduated summa cum laude from Coker College and taught high school English and French. During World War II she was a supervisor for the Defense Department in Miami.
     In 1945 Hilda married James Alfred Rutherford, a naval aviator. She was wife, mother and homemaker in the places where Jim was stationed. An Episcopalian, Hilda was active in her church, serving on many altar guilds. She participated in her children’s school activities and Navy and community charities such as Navy Relief and as a “pink lady” at hospitals. Hilda and Jim retired in Brunswick where she enjoyed gardening, bridge and cooking shrimp and crab caught off their dock.
     Hilda was preceded in death by husband, parents, brother Howard and sisters Sara and Mary Catherine. Survivors include daughter Rebecca Rowe Steinmann and husband Fred of St. Simons Island, daughter Virginia Ann Rutherford and husband David Amundson of Missoula, MT, son James Alfred Rutherford Jr. and wife Julie of Alpharetta, GA, granddaughter Alice Rowe Amundson of Missoula, sister Vaune Mackie of Cumming, GA, and beloved nieces and nephews.
     A graveside burial service will be held Friday, July 11 at 11 AM at Palmetto Cemetery with the Rev. Mr. Gary Jackson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 900 Gloucester St., Brunswick, GA 31520, or Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525. 

July 18, 1933 - July 4, 2014
Morris E. Drury, 80, of Brunswick, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014, at his residence.
     Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Faye Drawdy Drury, their children, George E. Drury (Patty) of Charlotte, NC, Diane Hayes (Malcolm) of Bennettsville, SC, Vickie DeVille (Les) of Callahan, FL, 3 brothers, Elmer Drury of Clarksville, TN, Hoydt Drury of White Oak, GA, Dennis Drury of Lakeland, FL, 3 sisters, Evelyn Kyser of Brunswick, Mamie Langrick of Deland, FL, Marilyn Langford of High Falls, GA, 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard Drury, and a sister, Delree Staats.
​     Morris was born July 18, 1933 in Camden County to William Henry Drury and Pearl Parrott Drury. He worked for Seabord Coast Line Railroad, which later became CSX Railroad, until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Hardee's Breakfast Club and the McDonald's Breakfast Club.
​     Funeral services will be held Monday, July 7, 2014, 11:00 am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bobby Tatum officiating. Interment will follow in the Arnett Chapman Cemetery in Thalmann, with a visitation for family and friends to be held at Chapman Funeral Chapel, from 6 until 8, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Eddie Huggins, Chris DeVille, Ben DeVille, Eric Drury, Michael Huggins, and Donnie Council will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Volz, Dan Brockman, Bubba Smith, Robert Thomas, Buster Strickland, Bill Price, Bill Walls, Roland Stafford, and Bobby Brock.
​     In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to Heartland Hospice.