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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.

April 18, 1938 - June 25, 2014
 Fred Benson Griffin, 76, of Waverly, passed away June 25, 2014 at his residence.
      A Celebration of Fred's life will be held Sunday, June 29, 2014, 2:00 pm, at the Dover Bluff Club Clubhouse in Waverly.
     Fred is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy Griffin, a son, Fred J. Griffin (Brenda) of Brunswick, 2 grandchildren, Daniel Griffin and Erin Griffin, both of Brunswick, and a sister, Virginia Martin (Tom) of Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Sybil Williamson Griffin.

November 18, 1942 - June 26, 2014
     George Glennon Margriter, 71, of Brunswick, passed away June 26, 2014 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, June 27, 2014,  from the grave site, with military honors, at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville, GA, with Rev. Charles Barnard officiating.
     Survivors incude his wife, Elizabeth L. Margriter, of Brunswick, 6 children, Ben Margriter of Brunswick, George Glennon Margriter, Jr., of North Carolina, Naomi Margriter of Brunswick, Tammy Margriter King of North Carolina, Sandy Margriter of Hawaii, Jericha Margriter of California, and a sister, Frances Carolyn Swisegood of Illinois.
     Mr. Margriter was born November 18, 1942, in Benton City, Missouri.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  He was retired from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 687 of Charleston, South Carolina.

January 6, 1940 - June 11, 2014
     James Willis 'Jimmy' Williamson, 74, of Brunswick, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at his residence.
​     A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014, 11:00 am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Darrell Joiner officiating. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to service time.
​     Jimmy was born January 6, 1940 in Brunswick. He was a 1958 graduate of Glynn Academy and served with the 224th Mobile Command Squad of the Air National Guard. He was a Quality Control Supervisor with Brunswick Pulp & Paper until his retirement in 1983, after 20 years of employment.
​     Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Linda E. Williamson, 2 sons, Jimmy W. Williamson, Jr. of Athens, and Robbie Williamson of Thalmann, a daughter, Paula Harris (Donny) of Brunswick, a brother, Thomas E. Williamson of Winder, 3 grandsons, Zack Williamson, Spencer Harris and Isaiah Harris, and several nieces and nephews.
​     In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to Heartland Hospice, 664 Scranton Rd, Unit 103, Brunswick, GA 31520-1946, or a charity of the donors choice.