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Geneva D. Nichols
Jesup—Geneva Dyal Nichols, 79, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 12, 1938, in Wayne County to the late Dewey and Ethel Davis Dyal. During her lifetime, she spent only 15 years away from Southeast Georgia as she lived the life of a devoted military wife to her husband, James “Jerry” D. Nichols, during his career with the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1972, she was named the Military Wife of the Year for the Marine Corps Supply Center in Albany. They returned home to Jesup in 1982, where they spent the remainder of their years in service to their community.  
In her early years, she served as a Cub Scout den mother, taught Sunday school and was very active in the Parent Teacher Association. Upon returning to Jesup, her volunteer work reached new heights as a member (and past president) of the Dogwood Garden Club. She was instrumental in organizing the garden clubs throughout Wayne County and the state of Georgia. She served as past president on the Wayne County Garden Club Council as well as holding the positions of vice president, secretary, treasurer and parliamentarian (several times). She was also a former membership chairperson, district director and chairperson for the Oleander District as well as the scrapbook chairperson for the Garden Club of Georgia, from which she received a presidential citation.
She was also an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where she was past president of the Episcopal Church Women and co-chair of the flower committee. She also taught Sunday school and was a member of the Altar Guild. She was a past chairperson of the Wayne County Tourism Board and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce in 2000. She served for eight years on the Jesup City Council, where she was known for striving to better her community and help those in need. During her tenure, she was instrumental in finding new locations for the Jesup Police Department and the Jesup Elementary School.
Above all, she was dedicated to her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Her positive approach to life was key to her success, and she was quoted as saying, “There’s something to look forward to each day, and if you get out of bed and get going, it’ll come to you.”
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in her death by her husband; her brothers, James C. and Wilton Dyal; and her sister, Juanita Cameron.
Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, James “Nick” and Emma Nichols of Alpharetta and Daniel Lanier and Pamela Nichols of Jacksonville, Florida; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Gloria Dyal of Jesup; four grandchildren, James Daniel Nichols, Sarah Margaret Nichols, Katherine Anne Nichols and Madeleine Rose Nichols; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family. 
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017, at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today (Saturday) at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Lee, the Rev. Dee Shaffer and the Rev. Steve Larson officiating. Interment will follow in Jesup City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Daniel Royal, Jimmy Nichols, Rob Speers, James Beveridge, Dave Dyal and Chris Altman.  Honorary pallbearers will be Heather Altman, Mr. and Mrs. John Royal , Mr. and Mrs. Tom Martelle, David Michael Conner, Valerie Grimes, Ricky Reddish, Ray House, Mayor David Earl Keith, Mike Deal, Richard Burns, John Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. George Dart, and Mr. and Mrs. Ron Brooks.   
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
Dennis L. Howard Jr.
Ludowici—Dennis L. Howard Jr., 88, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A native and lifelong resident of Ludowici, he was born on July 27, 1928, to the late Dennis L. Howard Sr. and Katie Simmons Howard. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was employed at ITT Rayonier ITT and later Interstate Paper, where he retired with more than 20 years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ludowici, where he served as a deacon for more than 50 years. He was also a member of Altamaha Lodge No. 227 F&AM for more than 60 years. He loved hunting and fishing and spent much of his spare time at his cabin on Dunn’s Lake. He traveled extensively after retirement and had taken trips all over the country, including two trips to Alaska.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Sherry H. Cleveland, his granddaughter Katie Cleveland, and his grandson Eric Howard.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Alta C. Howard of Ludowici;  one daughter, Lydia Howard Golden of Columbia, South Carolina; a son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Debbie Howard of Ludowici; a son-in-law, David Cleveland of Alma; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Harris Howard of Jesup and Wayne and Gwen Howard of Hazlehurst; six grandchildren and their spouses, Jessica and Dan Rasmussen, Meg and Bubba Thompson, Lauren Golden and her partner, Savannah Jordan, Lori Golden, Mack Golden, and Leah Golden; three great-grandchildren, Asher, Avery and Dennis; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at the First Baptist Church of Ludowici with the Rev. Eric Rentz and the Rev. Andy Pusser officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will follow in Baggs Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Michael Cowart, Travis Cowart Jr., Mark Golden, Mike Fuller, Vince Poole and Kevin Poole. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of the First Baptist Church of Ludowici and Andrew Sunday School Class.
Remembrances may be made to the First Baptist Church of Ludowici, PO Box 489, Ludowici, GA 31316 or Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd.. Jesup, GA 31545.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard & Jones Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
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Dr. Christie Glisson Dunham
Ludowici—Dr. Christie Glisson Dunham, 59, of Ludowici died Wednesday, April 5, 2017. A native of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, she grew up in Gum Branch, lived in Long County most of her adult life, and was a member of Jones Creek Baptist Church.
She began her education career as an early-childhood teacher and then used her doctorate as a vice principal and principal, but her heart was helping children daily in Long County classrooms. She was an avid reader, loved to take beach trips and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Parker Dunham Jr.; father, Emmitt Glisson; and son-in-law Steve Zettler.
Survivors are her daughters and son-in-law, Shely Ratliff of Dublin, Shea Zettler of Effingham County, and Brandi and Benjamin Nichols of Ludowici; her son and daughter-in-law, Jody and Brandi Dunham of Ludowici; 10 grandchildren and a granddaughter-in-law, Bert Lee III and Colleen Ratliff, Benny Ratliff, Brent Ratliff, Tanner, Brandon, Kaleigh and Addisyn Dunham, Rebekah Zettler, and Christian and Courtney Nichols; a great-grandson, Bert Lee Ratliff IV; her mother, Ollis Glisson of Gum Branch; sisters and brothers-in-law, Casi and Lenny Hall of Statesboro, Cami and Billy Young of Gum Branch, and Cobi and Tony Brazzell of Richmond Hill; brothers and a sister-in-law, Chad and Teri Glisson of Houston, Texas, and Steve Adams of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today (Saturday) at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jones Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Eric Rentz officiating. Interment will be in Jones Creek Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Benny William Ratliff II, Bert Lee Ratliff III, Brandon Abbott, Lenny Hall, Billy Young, Danny Creasy, Kevin Hodges and Christian Nichols.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
 
Delores Tyre Dale
Jesup—Delores Tyre Dale, 79, of Jesup died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, after an extended illness.
A Wayne County native and former resident of Miami, Florida, she was a 1956 graduate of Jesup High School and lived in Wayne County most of her adult life. She was a former member of the Red Hat Society and a 32-year retired BellSouth telephone operator who enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was the widow of James Dale and waspredeceased by her parents, Luther and Donahue Cameron Tyre, and brothers Reid Tyre, Hugh Tyre and Allison Tyre.
Survivors are her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Tara Dale of Clyde, North Carolina; sister, Sandra Browning of Port Orange, Florida; brother, Bruce Tyre of Dothan, Alabama; grandchildren, Aubry and Aralynn Dale of Clyde, North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Saturday) at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Thomas Waters officiating. Interment will be in Odum City Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Merle Tyre, Richard Veldhuizen, Wade Browning, Danny Harris, Dan “Ziggy” Cameron Jr. and Bull Cameron.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
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