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CHAPMAN, Sr. Barry Michael
     Barry Michael Chapman, Sr., 67, of Waynesville, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville.
     Funeral services will be held Monday, March 27, 2017, 11:00am, at Emanuel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Eddie Morrison officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Charles Dorrity, Jerry Dykstra, Tony Wilson, Chad Hendrix, Buzzy Dukes, and Luke Kennison serving as active pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearer will be Barry Michael Chapman, Jr.  The family will be receiving friends at Chapman Funeral Chapel from 5 until 7 Sunday evening.
     Barry was born July 15, 1949, in Brunswick, to L.E. and Marion Bell Chapman.  He was a 1967 graduate of Glynn Academy, and attended Brunswick Junior College.  Barry grew up water skiing, barrel racing, and working with his father L.E. Chapman, at Chapman Logging and served with the Army National Guard.  He had been employed for 15 years as a driver with United Road Services.  He never met a stranger, and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
     Survivors include his wife of 7 years, Laurel Chapman, children, Barry Michael 'Mikey' Chapman, Jr, Buzzy Dukes (Stephanie), Dawn Milici Kicklighter (Jeff), Selena Milici Sheppe (Mark), and a sister, Marci Kennison, grandchildren, Hayden, Harley, Kira, Kali, Abra, Madison, Morgan, Marissa, Darryl, Brandon, Ruby Grace, Ava, and Emma.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Debra Troupe Chapman, and his brother-in-law, Bob Kennison.

Annette Godwin Becker
    Annette Godwin, 74, of Brunswick, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Mar. 21, 2017, while at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
     Funeral services will be held Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, 11:30, at Glyndale Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Creekmore officiating.  Interment will follow at Palmetto Cemetery with  her grandson and nephews serving as active pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Friendship Sunday School Class.  A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 until 8pm tonight at Chapman Funeral Chapel.
     Annette was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Bristol, GA, to Hoke and Retter Byrd Smith.  She grew up in Blackshear and attended Blackshear High School, where she played basketball for the Blackshear Tigers, graduating in 1958, and moving to Brunswick in 1959.  She worked with Morton Salt in Brunswick from 1968 to 1990, then moved to Cape Canaveral, FL, with Morton Salt.  She retired from Morton Salt in 2006, and she and Bob moved back to Brunswick in 2007.  Annette was a Christian , and was a member of Glyndale Baptist Church, and the Friendship Sunday School Class.  Many years ago, she taught Vacation Bible School, Youth Sunday School, worked with the Girls Auxiliary, and served as a substitute teacher for her Sunday School class.  When her health permitted, she was a volunteer to attend the pre-school children during church services.
     Survivors include her husband, Robert Becker, her daughter, Debra Godwin Duncan (Patrick), grandchildren, Chris Howes (Jaimmie), Kristin Howes, and Alexandria Howes, Great Grandchildren, Colt Howes, Mia Howes, Jessica Rosa, and Jimmy Skraggs, sa brother, R.D. Smith (Willene), a sister, Daisy Manning, a brother-in-law, Wayne Godwin (Peggy), step-sons, Glenn Becker (Tina), Rob Becker (Cindy), and Rick Becker, step-grandchildren, Brian Becker, Michael Becker, nieces, Susan Jacobs, Leigh Hoppey (Mike), and nephews, Ronnie Smith and David Godwin (Kristen), a maternal aunt, and several cousins.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Billy Godwin, and a baby daughter, a brother, Jordan Smith, and her Maternal and Paternal grandparents.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Glyndale Baptist Church Building Fund, 132 Butler Drive, Brunswick, Ga. 31525.

Philbert Ray Smith​
     Philbert Ray Smith, 56, of Nahunta, passed away March 11, 2017, at Satilla Hospice in Waycross.
      A visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, March 15, 2017, from 4 until 6 pm at Chapman Funeral Chapel.
      Phil was born March 17, 1960, in Brunswick, to Raymond D. and Beverly Jean Smith.  He was a 1979 graduate of Brantley County High School, and was a Master Mechanic, having previously been employed by Auto Tech of Brunswick. 
      Survivors include his parents, Raymond D. and Beverly J. Smith of Nahunta, a son, Benjamin Ray Smith (Brittney), of Brunswick, a brother, Michael T. Smith (Peggy) of Waycross, 2 grandchildren, Konner Kadar, and Kyler Smith, 2 nieces, Teriann Arnold and Johni Diane Rhoden, and several cousins.​

Hopkins, Gene E.
     Gene E. Hopkins, (USN, Ret), 91, of Brunswick, passed away Mar. 8, 2017, at his residence.
      Mr. Hopkins was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Alma, NE, to Glenn and Stella Mansfield Hopkins.  He retired as Master Chief, from the United States Navy after 28 years of enlistment, having served during World War, II, Korea and Vietnam.  After his military retirement, he moved to Brunswick, and worked as parts manager for several auto dealerships.  He was admired and loved by all who knew him.  At his request, a private service will be held by his family.
      Survivors include a daughter, Terri Wood (Sterling), of Brunswick, a son, Randy L. Hopkins (Melanie) of Walnut Creek, CA, 6 Grandchildren, James Hopkins, Thomas Hopkins, Kimberly Smith (Barry), Stephanie Sutton (Neil), Michelle Whatley (Will), and Christopher Hanover, and 6 great grandsons.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Smith, and a son, Arthur Lynn Hanover.​

Palmer, Michael
     Mike Palmer (USMC), 61, of St. Simons Island, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
     Services with military honors will be held at a later date in Buffalo, NY.

WHIGHAM, James David
     James David Whigham, 74, of Brunswick, GA, passed away on February 23, 2017, after a brief illness.
     James is predeceased by his parents, Audrey David Whigham and Agnes Lee Fiskus Whigham, a sister, Linda Whigham Lee all of Cairo, Georgia.  James is lovingly remembered by his sisters, Juanta Gaines of Arlington, GA, and Gail White of Bainbridge, GA, children, Shawn Whigham of Quincy, FL, Jarin Whigham of Atlanta, GA, Monica Lambert of Valrico, FL, and Tiffany Towne of Brunswick, GA. Grandchildren include Joseph and Kaleb Whigham, Tripp Fowler, Carter, Avalyn, and Cash Lambert ,and one great grandchild Elizabeth Whigham.  James was born in Cairo, GA on April 25, 1942. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was the owner of Whigham Electric. He was employed by Lowe’s in Brunswick for a brief time where he enjoyed working before his passing.
     Services will be held at a later date.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142

MORRIS, Huey M.
     Huey M. Morris, 55, of Brunswick, passed away Sunday at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
     Survivors include his parents, Huey and Molly Morris, a son, James Marlon Morris, 2 daughters, Morgan Morris and Summer Lamb, a brother, Marty L. Morris, 2 grandchildren, Finn and Isaiah Morris.  He was preceded in death by a brother, James C. Losley.
      Memorial services will be held Thursday, 2:00, at Christian Renewal Church, inurnment will follow at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Huey Morris Memorial Fund, c/o SunTrust Bank, 86 Golden Isles Plaza, Brunswick, GA 31520.

TURNER, Mary Louise Nix
     Mary Louise Nix Turner, 86, of Brunswick, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
      Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 11:00 am at Pine Haven Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Powell and Rev. Charles Smith officiating.  Interment will follow at Palmetto Cemetery, with Bear Worth, Goose Turner, Luke Turner, Jim Purvis, Bubba Turner, Joshua Morgan, Justin Morgan, and Wayne Mosley serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Son Shine Sunday School Class of Pine Haven Baptist Church. A visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, at Chapman Funeral Chapel.
      Survivors include her children, Linda Bragg (Kyle), Pat Lynn, Debbie 'Bo' Worth, Gary Turner (Cheryl), Randy Turner (Donna), Karen 'Tut' Aldrich (Donnie), Alvin Davis 'David' Turner, III, a brother, Johnny Nix, 3 sisters, Marion Michaels, Delores Burns (Bobby), and Jean Morgan, 14 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, A.D. Turner, Jr., a grandsons, Jamie Worth, and 2 sons-in-laws, Bobby Worth and Milton Lynn.
     Mrs. Turner was born July 3, 1930, in Brunswick, to Lester and Louise Allen Nix.  She attended Glynn County Schools, and had lived in Brunswick all of her life.  She was a home maker, and had worked in housekeeping at several local hotels for many years.  She was a charter member of Pine Haven Baptist Church and a member of the Son Shine Sunday School Class, Okefenokee Plow Club, Country Boy Plow Club, and Two-Way Fish Camp.  Mrs. Turner was very active with the Brunswick Community Center, and was a prayer warrior who witnessed to others.  She enjoyed gardening and helping others in need.

RAINEY, Sr., Bennett Levee
     Bennett Levee Rainey, Sr., 84, of Brunswick, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
     A service to celebrate his life, will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 11:00 am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. T.F. Yawn, and Rev. Jimmy Carter officiating.  The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home, one hour prior to service time.
     Mr. Rainey was born Jan.26, 1933, in Dallas, GA to Leonard and Ethel Abney Rainey.  He served with the United States Army during the Korean War, and was retired from the United States Postal Service  in 1988.  He was the Pastor of Brookman New Hope Southern Congregational Methodist Church from 1973 until his retirement in 2014, and was Past President of the Southern Congregational Methodist Denomination.
     Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Georgia Ethel Waters Rainey, 2 sons, Bennett Levee Rainey, Jr., Preston Lance Rainey, a grandson, Colt Bennett Rainey, a brother, Mike Rainey, and a sister, Wanda McGukin (husband, Grant)2 sisters-in-law, Peggy Rainey and Judy Edgy, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Jim Rainey and Ed Rainey.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Brookman Community Church 4804 Highway 82, Brunswick, GA 31523, or Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.

TAYLOR, Thomas Albert
     Thomas Albert Taylor, 67, of Twin City, GA, passed away Feb. 13, 2017, at Augusta University in Augusta, GA.
A private memorial service will be held from the gravesite at Palmetto Cemetery on March 18, 2017.
      Albert was born Jan. 5, 1950, in Brunswick, to Harper and Claudia Strickland Taylor.  He attended Glynn County Schools, and was a Viet Nam veteran serving with the United States Army.  He had worked worked with Happy Stores, Inc. for many years, and was retired from Cardinal Medical Supplies.
      Survivors include, a sister, Mildred Smith (Carroll), brothers, David C. Taylor, and Gene Taylor (Linda), a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Taylor, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Larry E. Taylor.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to American Heart Association.​

SMITH, Virginia Ripley
     Virginia Ripley Smith, of Brunswick, died Feb. 13, 2017 after a sudden illness. A service, to celebrate her life, will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. at College Place United Methodist Church.  Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 until 11:15 a.m. in the church sanctuary preceding the service.
      Virginia was born Sept. 6, 1937 in Detroit, MI, to Clarence and Aimee Ripley. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, the Rev. C. E. Smith, Jr. of the United Methodist Church. She is survived by her brother Art Ripley, sisters Nancy Murdock and Phyllis Fried, children Kenny Fathauer, Judy Haynes, Adam Fathauer, Aimee Combs, Heather Pitts, Glenn Smith, Clarence Smith, Sharon Mays, and Emory Smith, 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
      She was a resident of Brunswick for over 35 years. She served for 25 years as the soloist for services at the Lovely Lane Chapel of Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. She also served as Personal Assistant to the late Helen Katz of St. Simons and was the founding Executive Director of the Katz - Helen and Ray Whittle, Jr. Foundation. She was a member of College Place United Methodist Church where she was active in the choir for many years. 
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Virginia’s name to College Place United Methodist Church choir fund or Epworth By The Sea Lovely Lane Chapel fund.

PEEPLES, L.J. "Pete"
     L.J. "Pete" Peeples, 88, of Brunswick, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
      Pete was born January 26, 1929, in Hampton, SC, to Laud E. and Bessie Peeples.   He attended Glynn Academy and was a veteran of the US Army Air Force serving during World War II.  In 1950, he married Mary Jane Bland of Savannah, who preceded him in death after 65 years of marriage.  Pete retired in 1988 as Assistant Chief from the Glynn County Police Department, after 32 years of service.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting, having killed a deer this past hunting season.
      Funeral services, with military honors, will be held from the grave site at Palmetto Cemetery, Monday, February 20, 2017, 11:00.  The Glynn County Police Department honor guard will serve as Honorary pallbearers.
     Pete is survived by his three children, Cherry, Eddy, and Rosie, his 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and several much loved nieces and nephews.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA, 31525.

SEFAKIS, Samuel Jonathon
     Samuel 'Sammy' Jonathon Sefakis, 41, of Brunswick, passed away Monday morning at his residence.
      Funeral services will be held Thursday, 5:00pm at Chapman Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Grant Wheeler officiating.  A visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to service time.
      Sammy was born March 29, 1975, in Brunswick, to Alan and Debra Jo Sefakis.  He lived in Brunswick for seven years, prior to moving to Ludlow, Ky, where he had lived until 3 years ago, moving back to Brunswick, and living here for the past 3 years.  He was a graduate of Ludlow High School in Ludlow, Ky, and had attended Northern Kentucky University.  He was a member of Golden Isles Christian Church of Brunswick.
      Survivors include his mother, Debra Jo Sefakis of Brunswick, aunts and uncles, Sandra Gail Hutchinson, Barbara Sue Miller, Marty Sefakis, Jenny Sefakis, cousins, Steven and Keith Richardson, Pam Sapp, Adam, Aaron, and Daniel Miller, William White, Jr., Lee and Alicia Ricketson, Tommy and Kenny Sefakis, and a good friend, Kenny Gannon.  He was preceded in death by his father, Alan Sefakis.

McMILLAN, George 'Doug' Douglas
     A service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.
     Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Missi McMillan of Waynesville, 2 sons, Shawn McMillan of Brunswick, and Caleb McMillan of Waynesville, a sister, Peggy Dugan of St. Simons Island
a brother, Robby McMillan (Cassie) of Brunswick, and 2 grandchildren, Alyssa Foskey and Adryan Davison.

HARPER, Stevie Webster
    Stevie Webster Harper, 75, of Brunswick, passed away Thursday at Senior Care Center in Brunswick.
     Stevie was born Sept. 5, 1941, in Jesup to L.S. and Ola Drawdy Harper.  He had lived in Brunswick most of his life, and was a resident of Senior Care Center for the past 30 years.  He was of the Methodist faith, and a member of the former New Hope Congressional Methodist Church.  He enjoyed hunting Easter eggs and eating watermelon, and was an avid coffee drinker.
     Survivors include his brothers and sisters, Hubert Harper (Carolyn), David Harper (Luan), Nina Landon, Doris Johnson (Gary), all of Brunswick, Wade Harper (Sherry) of Kingsland, Donna Parks (Woodson) of Waynesville, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Harper.
     A service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday, 3:00 pm, at Emanuel United Methodist Church with Rev. Eddie Morrison officiating.  A visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to service time at the church. Interment will follow the funeral service in Odessa Cemetery in Gardi.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Emanuel United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 245 Ratcliffe Road, Brunswick, GA 31523.

HAYES, Jessie Paulette Turner
     Paulette T. Hayes, 71, of Brunswick, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at her residence.
     A service to celebrate her life will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 6:00 pm, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Tommy Whaley officiating. Employees of the Department of Natural Resources will serve as honorary pallbearers.
     Paulette was born in Brunswick, Aug. 30, 1945, to Paul and Stella Turner.  She was a 1963 graduate of Glynn Academy, was a member of Darien Church of God, and was retired from the Department of Natural Resources in 2009, after 26 years of service.  She  was a member of the NRA, and was an avid member of the ASPCA.  She loved Harley Davidsons, and the most important part of her life was spending time with her family.
     Paulette is survived by her husband of 10 years, Norman D. Hayes, a daughter, Sue Lynn Taylor, 2 granddaughters, Marandon Wray (Ben) and Tabitha Loper (John), 2 great grandchildren, Lakyn Loper and Tate Wray, 2 step great grandchildren, Lexie and Seph Wray, a God child, Paris Norfleet, a sister, June Guest, a brother, George 'Junior' Turner (Shay), and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Turner, and a sister Betty McCranie.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Glynn County Animal Control.

BLANKENSHIP, Jessie Allen
     Jessie Allen Blankenship, 79, of Crescent, went home to be with the Lord, on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.
     Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 2:00pm, at Darien Church of God of Prophecy, with Rev. Tommy Whaley officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery with Bobby McKinzie, III, James McKinzie, Joshua LaRoche, Jesse McKinzie, Michael Medlock, and Bobby McKinzie, Jr., serving as active pallbearers.  The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00, at Chapman Funeral Chapel.
     Mr. Blankenship was born Sept. 26, 1937 in LaGrange, GA to John and Ollie Presley Blankenship.  He enjoyed working on old cars and trucks, and spending time with his family. He was an active member of Darien Church of God of Prophecy.
     Survivors include his children, Wendy McKinzie (Bobby), Debra Brown (William), all of Crescent, and John Blankenship (Cindy) of Brunswick, 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

TAYLOR, Larry E.
     Larry E. Taylor, 69, of Darien and Waynesville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at Southeast Georgia Health System.
     Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, 11:00, at Darien Church of God with Rev. Tommy Whaley officiating.  Interment, with military honors, will follow at Blounts Crossing Cemetery, in Thalmann, with Craig Brown, John Burkhart, Mark McMullin, Mike Taylor, Joey Taylor, and Josh Taylor serving as active pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Staff of the Glynn County Sheriffs Office.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 Thursday evening at Darien Church of God.
     Larry was born May 15, 1947, in Brunswick, to Harper and Claudia Strickland Taylor.  He was a 1965 graduate of Glynn Academy, and served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  He was a retired Lieutenant from the Glynn County Sheriffs Office, where he was a fire arms instructor and taught the first responders class.  He was a member of the National Rifle Association, 10 Mile Hunting Club, and Darien Church of God.
     Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Elizabeth Taylor, of Darien and Waynesville, children, Jennifer Gornto of St. Simons Island, Janette Senior (Mitch), Chris Taylor, Keith Geiger, all of Brunswick, Gabriel Geiger (Jessica) of Townsend, Britney Geiger of Waynesville, a sister, Mildred Smith (Carroll) of Adrian, GA, and brothers, David C. Taylor, Gene Taylor (Linda), all of Brunswick, and Albert Taylor of Twin City, GA, grandchildren, Daniel, Courtney, Lauren, Claire, Matthew, Chloe, Zachary, Mason (aka Stumpy), Mia, and Bryson, and several nieces and nephews.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Williamson, Jr., Robert White
      Robert Williamson, Jr., 74, of St. Simons Island, passed away Friday, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
     A service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday, 4:00pm, at College Place United Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Grotheer officiating.  The family will be receiving friends from 3:00 until service time.
     Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Susan M. Williamson, 4 children, Christine Williamson, Rob Williamson (Renee), Michael Williamson (Jisu), Amy Williams (Lee), 8 grandchildren, Jordan and Matthew Dodson, Reagan and Ryan Williamson, David and Alex Williamson, Sadie and Lee, Jr., Williams.
Mr. Williams had been a resident of Glynn County since 1972, and was a member of College Place United Methodist Church.
      In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.

COBB, Donald Eugene
     Donald Eugene Cobb, 86, of Brunswick, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Southeast Georgia Health System's Senior Care Center.
      Funeral services will be held Friday, January 20, 2017, 2:00 PM, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Michael Gibbs officiating.  Entombment will follow at Brunswick Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening.
      Mr. Cobb Was born Sept. 2, 1930, in Huntington, W.VA, to Ray and Flora Plybon Cobb. He was a 1950 graduate of Huntington East High School, he was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, and also a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Korean Conflict.  Mr. Cobb had been a resident of Brunswick since 1956, was a charter member of Lakeside United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of IBEW Local 84, and a member of American Legion Post 9.  While in the Navy, he played fast pitch softball, which later led him to coach girls little league softball and boys pee-wee thru midget football.  He was a youth leader with Woodmen of the World, and a Sergeant with the Glynn County Police Auxiliary.  He retired from Georgia Power Company in 1989 after more than 32 years of service.  Mr. Cobb enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking, and spending time at the multi purpose center where he enjoyed doing ceramics and jigsaw puzzles.
      Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Joan Ricks Cobb, and children, Stephanie Cobb Acosta (Joe), Jeffrey Cobb (LeaAnn), Felicia Cobb Salter (Jeff), all of Brunswick, 6 grandchildren, Jacob Acosta (Jori), Rebekah Hedgepeth (Zack), Haley Collett (Justin), Kyle Cobb (Tori), Sarah Salter Sasser (Nick), and Anna Salter, 2 great grandchildren, Caiden Collett, and Anderson Hedgepeth.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Ida Campbell and Juanita Bradburn, and a brother, Raymond Cobb.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Lakeside United Methodist Church Building Fund, 5572 New Jesup Highway, Brunswick, GA 31523, or American Legion Post 9, 4470 US Highway 17N, Brunswick, GA 31525.

JUCKS, Cecelia Annette Jaudon
     Cecelia Annette Jaudon Jucks, 68, of Atlanta, passed away January 17, 2017, at Harbor Grace Hospice in Atlanta.
      Cecelia was born November 21, 1948, in Brunswick, to Benjamin H. and Evelyn Glass Jaudon. She attended school in Glynn County, graduating from Risley High School in 1966.  She attended Morris Brown College, earning a degree in Elementary Education.  She was employed with the Glynn County School System for 10 years, prior to moving to Atlanta, were she was employed with the Atlanta School System for 30 years, retiring after 40 years Education.
      Cecelia is survived by her husband, Richard Jucks, a son, Richard J. Jucks (Patrice), a daughter, Evelyn Foster (Cedric), 4 grandchildren, Bailey Grace Jucks, Emma Cathleen Jucks, Caiden Frederick Foster, and Jacob Jaudon Jucks, all of Atlanta, 2 brothers, Joeseph Jaudon (Margie) of Bradenton, FL, and Robert Jaudon (Rhonda) of Brunswick, 3 sisters, Patricia J Bacote (Jim) of Riceboro, Kathleen J. Williams (Clyde) of Brunswick, and Fredessa E. Jaudon of Sarasota, FL, an aunt, an uncle, and a host of nieces, nephews, brothers-in law, sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Dr. Benjamin Jaudon, and Frederick Jaudon.
      Funeral services will be held Friday, January 20, 2017, 11:00 am at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Father Iane Sastre officiating.  Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution are requested to Saint Athanasius Episcopal Church Food Bank, P.O. Box 977, Brunswick, GA 31521.

CORBETT, Jill Morgan
     Jill Morgan Corbett, 82, of Brunswick, passed away Thursday evening at Senior Care Center in Brunswick.
     Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 11:00am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Danny Callahan officiating.  Interment will follow in Palmetto Cemetery with Bart Altman, Sam Turner, Jesse Haynes, Luke Wood, Stephen Denley, and Joe Garner serving as active pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be the nursing staff of Senior Care Center, and Dr. James Greene.  A visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, January 16, 2017, from 6:00 until 8:00 at the funeral home.
     Jill was born October 4, 1934, in Brunswick, to Riley and Gertrude McDaniel Dial.  She attended Glynn Academy and Brunswick Beauty College.  Jill began her cosmetology career at the King & Prince Hotel, and later opened Jill's Beauty Shop on Ocean Blvd.  In 1984, she married Ernest Corbett and they moved to Waycross, returning to Brunswick in 1996.  Over the years, she attended First Baptist Church of Brunswick, Glyndale Baptist Church of Brunswick, Kettle Creek Methodist Church of Waycross, where she was an ordained Deacon, and most recently a member of Grace Harbor Church of Christ.  She was a Sunday school teacher for over 40 years, and began a Bible study class while at Senior Care.  She enjoyed fishing, and loved the beach, taking family trips to St. Simons, Jekyll, and Fernandina.
     Survivors include her children and grandchildren, Carl and LouAnn Morgan, (Shea Able), Penny & Kenny Garner, (Jodi Denley, Jesse Haynes, Missy Munton, Jason Garner, Amy DeMarco, Joseph Garner), Rhonda and Gary Altman ( Joette Turner, Luke Wood, Bart Altman, Tiffany Chernault),
Jeff and Tammy Morgan (Leslie Finn), 2 brothers, Tommy Dial (Janice), Riley Dial (Alice), 3 sisters, Catherine Bigger, Ethel Sellers (Gilbert), Nan Hanburry (Milton), a special friend, Zandra Miles, 22 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Nathan Carlton Morgan, Sr., her husband, Carl Ernest Corbett, and her twin brother, Jack Dial.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.

BUNKLEY, Alma Leola
     Alma “Leola” Bunkley, 75 of Brunswick, GA passed away January 13, 2017 at Southeast GA Health System after an extended illness.
         She was preceded in death by her parents Milton & LaVerne McDuffie, 2 brothers, Floyd & Roger McDuffie,  2 sisters, Patricia McDuffie and Eloise High, 3 sons, James “Jimmy” Nix, Wiley Nix, and Vernon Sweat.
     She was survived by 3 daughters, Faye Sweat (Ben McDowell) of Hortense, Lena Wiggins (Kevin) of Darien and Lana Hoag Folts (Jeff) of Hortense, 2 sons Brian Sweat of Guyton and Greg Sweat (Kristi) of Brunswick, 19 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 1 sister Gloria Jean Hayes (Dennis) of Darien,  several nieces, nephews and cousins.
     A service, to celebrate her life, will be held at a later date.

DOZIER, James K.D.
     James K.D. Dozier, 84, of Odum, passed away Dec. 31, 2016 at his residence.
     Jim was born July 5, 1932 in Brunswick, to T.C. and Inez Harrison Dozier. He attended Glynn County Schools, and served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.   He lived most of his life in Brunswick, working at Hercules until his retirement after 32 years of employment.  After retirement, he moved to Odum.
     Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary E. Dozier, of Odum, 3 children, Judith A. Tooke (Jerry), Ronald D. Dozier, all of Brunswick, and Barbara E. Dozier of Nahunta, 4 grandchildren, Christopher Wooten (Amy), Stephen Wooten, Melissa Beckham (David), Alicia Wooten (Zac Dean), 8 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by  3 brothers, and 2 sisters.
      A private service was held at his residence.

DARBY, Jim
     Jim Darby of Brunswick died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at Hospice of the Golden Isles after a prolonged illness.
      A child of his era, Jim was a Baby Boomer born to Lee and Elaine Darby in Rome, Ga., on July 10, 1946. He grew up amid numerous grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in Bartow and Gordon counties. After graduating from Model High School in Shannon, Ga., in 1964, Jim earned a B.A. in history from Shorter College and found his bride in fellow Shorter elementary education student Rose Marie McDonald of Silver Creek. Rose and Jim married at High Shoals Baptist Church in Dallas, Ga., on June 8, 1968. Their daughter Jennifer was born in 1970, and daughter Margaret was born in 1975.
       Following completion of his master’s degree in social studies education from the University of Georgia, Jim taught for two years at Calhoun High School and for two years at Pepperell High School in Lindale. Jim wore his hair long and sweeping across his face like many of his students did, and his patterned corduroy bell-bottom pants were every bit as stylish as his students’ clothes were.
       Jim’s career goals shifted in 1973 when he took a summer job driving a bookmobile for the Tri-County Regional Library (now Sara Hightower Regional Library) in Rome. The next year Jim accepted a “floating” job, dividing his work hours between Tri-County Regional Library and the Department of Public Library Services. Since he commuted to Atlanta for the DPLS, Jim used his time there also to earn a master’s degree in library science from Atlanta University. Another life-change grew from Jim’s career as a librarian: after a working visit to the public library in Brunswick, Jim said, “if that job ever opens up, I’m going to apply for it.” In 1978 it did, and he did: by 1979 he was the director of the Brunswick-Glynn County Regional Library System (later the Three Rivers Regional Library System), and he served in that capacity until his retirement in 2005.
      Looking back on his career, Jim wrote, “I never intended to build a library, but situations converged to change that because the availability of state funding allowed small libraries to put up new facilities.” During Jim’s tenure as director he oversaw the renovation of the regional library headquarters in Brunswick and was the library board’s fiscal agent on construction projects that resulted in new branch libraries being built in Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne counties — a geographical area the size of the state of Delaware! Jim was also instrumental in the establishment of a branch library in the Hog Hammock community of his beloved Sapelo Island. Jim was indefatigable in his determination to win and wisely employ the resources necessary to provide the people of his region with the highest quality library services possible. He saw his libraries adopt new technology that took them from paper card catalogs into the age of the Internet and virtual catalogs, among other innovations.
     Jim was a gifted strategic-thinker and a superlative and motivational executive who thrived in his professional milieu. After retiring as library director in 2005, Jim was employed for five years by the Camden County Board of Commissioners as a consultant to organize and train staff, streamline policies and procedures, and manage the Camden County Public Library. He said, “It was probably the best five years of my career. I had the responsibility for one library rather than eight.” Following those best years of his career, Jim relished retirement as time to pursue other passions, including being an elder at St. Simons Christian Renewal Church and loving Papa to Elizabeth Speight (born 2002) and Wyatt Wilson (born 2004). “Elder Jim” and “Papa,” as he was then called, embraced his avocations with characteristic zeal and dedication to provide superlative service to his church and Emmaus communities and his family.
     Jim remained a teacher all of his days. It was a calling for him even more than it had been a job. In teaching his spiritual communities, Jim touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of people even as he had endeavored to enrich the minds and hearts of his libraries’ patrons. Jim was gifted with words spoken and words written, and dozens of people have notes and letters written to them in his bold, elegant script encouraging them to continue operating in their areas of talent, counseling them in moments of crisis, and thanking them for being part of his life. Jim loved fast cars, beautiful landscapes, cats, books, setting disarray to right order, his work, his church, his family and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He will be missed.
   A memorial service for Jim will be held at St. Simons Christian Renewal, 6530 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA, 31522, on Saturday, Jan. 7 with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. and the service beginning at 2 p.m.
   In lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone so moved to do so make donations in Jim’s memory to the St. Simons Christian Renewal Church or Hospice of the Golden Isles.

DOZIER, James Kenneth
     James K.D. Dozier, 84, of Odum, passed away Dec. 31, 2016 at his residence.
      Jim was born July 5, 1932 in Brunswick, to T.C. and Inez Harrison Dozier. He attended Glynn County Schools, and served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  He lived most of his life in Brunswick, working at Hercules until his retirement after 32 years of employment.  After retirement, he moved to Odum.
      Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary E. Dozier, of Odum, 3 children, Judith A. Tooke (Jerry), Ronald D. Dozier, all of Brunswick, and Barbara E. Dozier of Nahunta, 4 grandchildren, Christopher Wooten (Amy), Stephen Wooten, Melissa Beckham (David), Alicia Wooten (Zac Dean), 8 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by  3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

STEFFEY, Thomas Edward
  Thomas Edward Steffey, 84, of Brunswick, passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, and was retired from Davis Supply.
     Private interment will be held at Palmetto Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Pine Ridge Baptist Church building fund, 15 Nimitz Dr., Brunswick, GA 31525.

WILSON, Robin
    Robin Wilson, 61, of Brunswick, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
A gathering to celebrate her life will be held Jan. 5, 2017, from 6-8pm at Marshside Grill​.

DANIELS, Charles
    Charles Daniels, 72, of Waverly, passed away at UF Health in Jacksonville.
A service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, 11:00am, at Bay Harbor Church of God, with Rev. John Harris officiating

Ammons, Cindy
    Cindy Ammons, 67, of Brunswick, passed away Dec. 28, 2016, at her residence.
     She was a graduate of Glynn Academy, and was retired from Altama Equipment Rental.
A service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, 10:00 am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Rev. Diane Hall officiating.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the American Heart Association.

HAND, Bertha Mae Dees
     Bertha Mae Hand, 94, of Brunswick, passed away Dec. 28, 2016, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
     Funeral services will be held, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, 10:30am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel in Brunswick, with Rev. Shane Phillips officiating. A private burial will be held at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery in Hazlehurst.
     Mrs. Hand had lived in Brunswick for the past 4 years, having lived in Colorado Springs, CO, and Myrtle Beach, SC.
     Survivors include 2 daughters, Bonnie S. Drager of Pueblo, CO, and Patricia Ann Sheppard of Brunswick, a son-in-law, Frank Landoskey of Myrtle Beach, SC, 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. Mrs. Hand was preceded in death by her husband Truitt E. Hand, and a daughter, Betty Jean Landoskey.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.



O'Neal, Carl Eugene
     Carl Eugene O'Neal, 88, of Brunswick, passed away at his residence Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.
     Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, 11:00 am, at Northside Baptist Church with Pastor Craig Hartzog officiating. Entombment will follow at Brunswick Memorial Park Cemetery, with Jeremy Thomas, Joey Thomas, Leon Tucker, James Wooten, Mike Evans, and Randy Thompson serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Glynn County Sheriff's Department, Coastal Georgia Unit 037, Airstream Club, Staff of Hospice of the Golden Isles, and fellow band members of the Sears Manor Opry and the Darien Drugstore Cowboys. A visitation for family and friends will be held at Chapman Funeral Chapel on Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 6:00 until 8:00pm.
     Mr. O'Neal was born Nov. 16, 1928, in Uvalda, GA, to George Henry and Flora Mae Mincey O'Neal. He had been a resident of Brunswick for the past 70 years, and was retired from the Glynn County Sheriff's Department. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church, Coastal Georgia Unit 037 Airstream Club, Georgia Sheriff's Association, Peace Officers Association of Georgia, Wednesday Night Supper Club, TCPC Camping Club of Tennessee, and a band member with the Sears Manor Opry and the Darien Drugstore Cowboys.
     Mr. O'Neal is survived by his children, Penny Hendrix (Mitchel) of Fargo, GA, Vanessa Bell (Tom), Donna Cutler, and Ricky Walker (Evie), all of Brunswick, Sandra Thomas (Paul) of Crossville, TN, and Terry O'Neal (Valerie) of Woodbine, 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 16 great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and his loving companion, Faye Booth of Alston, GA.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Anderson O'Neal, a son, Gary O'Neal, a sister, Edie Mae Galbreath, and a brother, George Henry O'Neal, Jr.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.


JUSTICE, Kathy Grace Stapleton
July 13, 1949 - December 9, 2016
     Kathy Grace Justice, 67, of Brunswick, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.  
Mrs. Justice was born July 13, 1949 in Euning, VA to Elmer Stapleton and Thelma Fay Janeway Stapleton.  She was a Licensed Pratical Nurse, retiring from Peachbelt Nursing Home in Warner Robbins, GA, in 1993.  She had been a resident of Brunswick for the past 8 years.
     Survivors include 3 daughters, Kerry Sparks (Kevin) and Diane Renfroe (Christopher), all of Brunswick, 2 brothers, Dwayne Stapleton, Anderson, IN, Walter Stapleton (Wanda), of Albany, GA, 6 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James Albert Justice, a sister, Jean Stapleton Hag, and a sister-in-law, Sandra Stapleton.
     A service to celebrate Mrs. Justice's life will be held at a later date in Warner Robbins.
     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Kathy Justice Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of America. 

OWENS, Benjamin Hollis
     Benjamin Hollis Owens, 74, of Brunswick, passed away Dec. 5, 2016, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.
     Ben was born Aug. 23, 1942, in Jacksonville, FL, to John Hopson and Catherine Estelle Knight Owens. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and had lived in Albany, GA, most of his life. While in Albany, he was the owner and operator of Palmyra Personal Care Home. He loved fishing, working on cars, and was a jack-of-all trades. He had been a resident of Brunswick since 2005.
     Survivors include his children, Ben Owens, Jr., (Joy), of Valdosta, Lisa Medley, (Roby), of Leesburg, GA, James Owens of Albany, Kathryn Cobb, (Larry), of Brunswick, Wesley Owens, (Karen), of Blackshear, 7 grandchildren, Zac Owens, Alden Owens, Chandler Medley, Christopher Cobb, Camryn Cobb, Quinn Owens, and Brayden Owens, 2 great grandchildren and a very special friend, Ann Beasley Young, of Palm Harbor, FL.
     Private services were held.

GAINOUS, SR,  Ray Neil
     Ray Neil Gainous, Sr., 76 passed away at his residence December 7, 2016.  
     Survivors include his wife, Patricia Ann Bowman Gainous, 2 sons, Ray Neil Gainous, Jr., William Scott Gainous, a sister, Peggy Gainous Williams, 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren.  
     Mr. Gainous was retired from Sheffield Distributing, and was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Private services were held.

BAIRD, John Caldwell
     John Caldwell Baird, 81, of Brunswick, passed away, Friday at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
      Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, 11:00 am, at Chapman Funeral Chapel, with interment with military honors, to follow in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Glennville.  A visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, from 4:00 - 6:00, at Chapman Funeral Chapel.
      Mr. Baird was born July 5, 1935, in Chase City, VA, to William Henry Baird and Dicy Anne Smith Baird.  He was a 1951 Graduate of Chase City High School, and was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict, Stationed in Alaska.  He was a member of Black Branch Baptist Church in Chase City, and worked at Borden Chemical in Springfield, OR.  Mr. Baird had been a resident of Brunswick for the past 32 years, and retired from the Jekyll Island Authority as superintendant for the water and sewer plant after 20 years of service.  He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 241 of Kingsland, and enjoyed camping, fishing, and playing golf.
      Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marilyn Crews Baird of Brunswick,
son, John Baird (Brenda) of Spotsylvania, VA,
Tina Baird (Ermol Koch) of Brunswick,
11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 
      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the American Heart Association.

ANDERSON, Kenneth Sheldon
     Sheldon Anderson, 61, of Brunswick, passed away Friday at his residence.
      The family will hold memorial services from the gravesite at Palmetto Cemetery, Monday, 11:00.


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