Paul F. Mess
Father Paul F. Mess, 85, died Oct. 11 at Candler Hospital.
He was a native of Harrison, N.J. and a graduate of Catholic University School of Theology in Washington, D.C. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood by Archbishop Spellman at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and was a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement at Grayomoor in Garrison, N.Y. He had been assistant pastor at St. Teresa's Parish in Albany and chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital in Augusta. He also had taught exceptional children in the Savannah-Chatham School System.
SURVIVORS: many friends including, Fay Ann Brown of Richmond Hill, James and Joan Gilliamsen of Savannah, Father Herbert Wellmeier of Richmond Hill, and Beverly Gulick of Rose of Sharon.
VIGIL SERVICE: 4 p.m. today at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Drayton Chapel.
FUNERAL MASS: 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, burial in Catholic Cemetery.
Joann M. Moore
STATESBORO - Joann Mills Moore, 42, died Oct. 14 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
The native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County was employed by Kentucky Fried Chicken in Statesboro for 25 years. She was of the Baptist faith.
SURVIVORS: her husband, Donnie Moore of Statesboro; her mother, Ruby Mills of Statesboro; two sisters, Melrose Stills of Rocky Ford and Juanita Fulmore of Garfield; three brothers, John Mills, Carl Mills and Charles Mills, all of Statesboro; several nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 5-8 p.m. today at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home.
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Monday at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, burial in Finch Cemetery.
Henry Reed died Tuesday, October 8, at Hollywood Memorial Hospital, Hollywood, FL. The Jenkins County native was affiliated with the Gordon Grove Baptist Church of Millen. For the past 31 years, he provided a loving home for his family in Broward County, FL. During his residence there, he established a 25-year tenure as a construction worker with State Paving. Survivors: a loving wife, Vernell Reed; two devoted daughters, Brenda Nell Grate (Nick) and Patricia Reed of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; two sons, Henry Lee and Rickey Lee Reed of Ft. Lauderdale; one stepson, James Lee Henry (Lorie) of El Paso, TX; eight grandchildren; a sister, Annie Mae Long of Rocky Ford; a brother, Charlie Frank Reed of Statesboro; five uncles; four aunts; three sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral: 2:00 p. m. Saturday, October 12, at Gordon Grove Baptist Church in Millen. Dwight s Funeral Home Millen Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Mattie Pearl Jones Williams
Millen - Mattie Pearl Jones Williams died Monday, October 7, at Burke Medical Center in Waynesboro. Survivors: her husband, Myrea Williams of Millen; five daughters, Sally J. Jones of Savannah, Ella Mae Glover of Florida, Valarie Patterson (Tom) of Waynesboro, Mary Williams Mitchell, and Beola Cosby (Willie Fred) of Millen; five sons, Alvin Jones (Helen) of Claxton, Myrea Rodney Williams (Shei- la), Aderson Williams, and Ricky Williams (Wanda) of Millen, and Wilfred Williams of Waynesboro; nine sisters; five brothers; 29 grandchildren; 18 great- grandchildren; a great-great- grandchild; an aunt, Irene Gay of Waynesboro; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Funeral: 11:00 a. m. Saturday, October 12, at Zion Baptist Church (1068 Old Sylvania Rd.). Burial: Skull Creek Missionary Baptist Church #1 Cemetery. Dwights Funeral Home 326 Old Waynesboro Rd. Millen, GA, 478-982-1667 Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Mrs. Jolene Denmark, 59, of Savannah, entered into quiet rest to meet her Lord on October 9 at St. Josephs Hospital. She was born August 25, 1943, in Chatham County to John Preston Graham and Beatrice Kennedy Graham. She lived all her life in the Savannah area. Survivors: husband Joe Denmark; son, Terry Sauerland, and daughter-in-law, Jessica; two daughters, Tammy Gloria and husband, Joe Gloria, and Cindy Sosebee and Randy Lewis; two sisters, Willa Steinhauser and Janet McKay; and three brothers, Patrick Graham, Gene Graham, and Glen Graham. Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p. m. Sunday at Massey-Framke Funeral Care. Funeral: 11:30 a. m. Monday, October 14, at the First Assembly of God Church in Savannah. Burial: Greenwich Cemetery. Massey-Framke Funeral Care Garden City, Georgia 912-964-2862 Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Margie Holland Cowart Swiatko
Collins- Margie Holland Cowart Swiatko, 69, died Thursday October 10, at St. Josephs Hospital in Savannah. The Tattnall County native lived most of her life there. She was a member of Rogers Baptist Church over 25 years and was a member of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class. She was a former teacher of adults and children at the Tattnall-Evans Training Center in Manassas. She was a homemaker. Survivors: husband, Paul T. Swiatko of Collins; sons, Danny C. and Glenn A. Cowart, both of Collins, and Charles E. Cowart of Dayton, OH; daughters, Peggy A. Chappell of Warner Robbins and Eve Avery of Collins; stepchildren, Paul T. Swiatko, Jr., of San Francisco, CA, Frederick M. Swiatko of Zion, IL, Linda G. Harnacke of Elk Horn, WI, and Robert A. Swiatko of Reidsville; sister, Nell H. Paradice of Collins; 21 grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren. Funeral: 11:00 a. m. Saturday, October 12, at Kennedy-Morgan Funeral Homes, Cobbtown Chapel. Burial: Sunlight Cemetery. Kennedy-Morgan Funeral Homes Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Springfield - Ramona Schaub, 55, died at home on Wednesday, October 9. Survivors: her husband, Robert Schaub; children, Steven and Michelle Fletcher and Norman and Eugenia Fletcher, all of Ohio, Matthew, Thomas, and Carmen Schaub and Amber Schaub, all of Georgia, and Deirdra Schaub of Michigan; four sisters; two brothers; eight grandchi ldren; five nephews; and three nieces. She was loved very much by each of her kids. Visitation: 12:30-1:30 p. m. Saturday, prior to the funeral. Funeral: 2:00 p. m. Saturday from The Ben Wages Chapel of Riggs Funeral Home, Guyton. Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Geraldine H. Kennedy
Grovetown - Geraldine H. Kennedy, 63, entered into rest Tuesday, October 8. She was a Homemaker. Survivors: Charles Mason of Grovetown; daughters, Juanita McCullough of Augusta, Angela Sapp of Savannah, and Debra Carr of Oregan; and others. Memorial Service: 11:00 a. m. Saturday, October 12, at Powell Baptist Church. Starling Funeral Home Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Rosa Lee Taylor Knight
Hortense - Mrs. Rosa Lee Taylor Knight, 74, died Thursday, October 10. Survivors: daughter: Betty Holt (Floyd); sons: Larry Knight (Joy) and Tommy Knight (Rose Mary); and others. Funeral: 11:00 a. m. Saturday, October 12, from the Satilla Baptist Church. The body will lie in state one hour prior. Burial: Hortense Cemetery. Pearson-Treadwell Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
John Donald Hall
Patterson - Mr. John Donald Hall, 46, died Wednesday. Survivors: daughters: Christie Durr (Dewayne), Mistie Lynn (Ron), and Melissa Taylor (Nick); son, John D. Hall, Jr. Funeral: 11:00 a. m. Saturday, Offerman Baptist Church. Burial: Laura Chapel Cem. Remembrances: Southeast Cancer Unit, Inc., P O Box 2764, Waycross, GA 31502. Pearson-Treadwell Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Hugh Cates, 74, of Savannah, died Thursday, October 10, at his residence, following a long illness. He was born in Waynesboro and lived in Savannah for more than 60 years. After 45 years of service, he retired from Union Camp in the Mill Technical Department as an Area Manager. He was retired from the U. S. National Guard, after 20 years of active-duty service. He was a member of Windsor Forest Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Lions Club of Savannah. Survivors: his wife, Mrs. Ramona Brinson Cates of Savannah; a son and daughter-in-law, Mikell F. and Dianne Cates of Savannah; a daughter and son-in-law, Julie Cates Griffin and Keith Griffin of Savannah; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul K. and Priscilla Cates of Port Wentworth; two sisters, Elizabeth Solomon of Jacksonville, FL, and Evelyn Harrell of Pine Mountain; two grandchildren, Garrett and Alexis Cates, both of Savannah; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p. m. Friday and Saturday at the Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home, Hodgson Memorial Chapel. Funeral: 2:00 p. m. Sunday at the Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home, Hodgson Memorial Chapel. Burial: Hillcrest Abbey Cemetery. Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home 7415 Hodgson Memorial Dr. Savannah Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Harry S. Johnson
St. Simons - Harry S. Johnson, 62, died October 9. Survivors: wife, Carol Guarnieri Johnson; sons, Paul C. Johnson, River Boat Pilot, and John C. Johnson, Border Patrol Agent; and others. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a. m. Saturday, St. Williams Catholic Church. Full Military Burial to be honored at a later date. Edo Miller and Sons Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Graveside services for Mr. Hollis Wesley will be held at 10:00 a. m. Monday, October 14, at Magnolia Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p. m. Sunday, October 13, at Sidney A. Jones Funeral Home Chapel. Sidney A. Jones Funeral Home Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Alma - Erma Tyre, 102, died Thursday night at her residence. Survivors: daughters, Doris S. Boatright and Evelyn Tyre; son, James Tyre (Demaris); brother, Charlie Lightsey; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: 4:00 p. m. Saturday at Crosby Funeral Home. Burial: Piney Grove Cemetery in Appling County. Crosby Funeral Home Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Hardeeville, SC - Mybell Chisolm, 90, died Thursday at Candler General Hospital in Savannah. A native of Levy Community, Hardeeville, SC, she was a member of St. Matthew Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board. Survivors: sons, Leroy Chi- solm, Clarence Chisolm, and Alfred Chisolm of Savannah; sister, Wilhelmenia F. Barnes of Savannah; nephews, Herman Taylor of Savannah and Roose- velt Taylor of Hardeeville, SC; nieces, Myrtle Williams and Theresa Scott of Hardeeville, SC, and Johnnie M. Pugh and Rosa Lee Scott of Savannah; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, other relatives, and friends. Stineys Mortuary Hardeeville, SC Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
William R. Walling
Jesup - William R. "Bill" Walling, 48, died October 10. Survivors: wife, Mary Beth; children, Sheri Lynn, William Scott, and Timothy Raymond; parents, Melles and Audrey; and brother, Denny. Visitation: 6:00-9:00 p. m. Saturday at the funeral home. Funeral: 2 p. m. Sunday, Rinehart Chapel. Burial: Pinecrest. Rinehart & Sons Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Funeral Services for Miss Alma Watts will be held at 1:00 p. m. Monday, October 14, 2002, in the Chapel of Bynes-Royall Funeral Home. Visitation: 6:00-7:00 p. m. Sunday, October 13, at the Chapel. Bynes-Royall Funeral Home Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Memorial Services for Mr. Willie Grant will be held at 10:00 a. m. Saturday, October 12, 2002, in the Chapel of Bynes-Royall Funeral Home. Bynes-Royall Funeral Home Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
William Roscoe Sapp
Claxton - William Roscoe Sapp, 82, died October 11, 2002, at his residence in Evans County. The lifelong Evans County resident was a member of the Anderson Primitive Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer and retired from the Soil Conservation Service. He was a member of the Evans County Farm Bureau. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Sapp. Survivors: three sons and daughters-in-law, Carson and Madeline Sapp of Dublin, Therrell and Marie Sapp of Claxton, and Connie Sapp of Claxton; one daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and David Strickland of Claxton; three sisters, Ora Nell Lewis and Dorothea McCorkle of Claxton and Lucille Palmer of Augusta; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A special friend, Martha Wilkerson. Visitation:, 6:00 p. m. until, Saturday, October 12, at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home. Funeral: 4:00 p. m. Sunday, October 13, at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Anderson Cemetery. J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Claxton: Jimmy Dees, 49, died October 11, 2002, at St. Josephs Hospital, after a long illness. He was of Baptist faith and a lifelong resident of Evans County. Survivors: his wife, Sandra R. Dees of Claxton; one son, Jimmy D. Dees, Jr., of Hinesville; his mother, Linnie M. Dees of Daisy; three brothers, Ray and Randall Dees of Daisy and Jerry Dees of Salem, Missouri; two sisters, Betty Wilds and Debbie Jenkins of Glennville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation: 6:00 p. m. until, Saturday, October 12, at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home. Funeral: 1:00 p. m. Sunday, October 13, at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Brewton Cemetery. J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
James A. Bridgforth
Garden City - Mr. James A. Bridgforth, 82, died on Friday, October 11, at his home. Mr. Bridgforth was born in Chatham County and had lived here for most of his life. He was a member of the Garden City United Methodist Church and retired from Union Camp after 42 years of service. He served his country in the U. S. Army during World War II and had served as a Councilman for Garden City for 7 years. Survivors: his wife of 64 years, Verlie Bridgforth of Garden City; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Linda Bridgforth of Garden City; and grandson and his wife, Allen and Misty Bridgforth of Port Wentworth. Visitation: 6:00-8:00 p. m. Saturday, October 12, at the Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, West Chatham Chapel. Funeral: 3:00 p. m. Sunday, October 13, at the Garden City United Methodist Church. Burial: Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery. Remembrances: Hospice Savannah, P. O Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home West Chatham Chapel 912-748-2444 Family Owned and Operated Savannah Morning News, October 12, 2002
Gina W. Nowell
ATLANTA - Gina White Nowell, 38, died Oct. 11 at Kaizer Health Center.
She was a native of Fairfield, Calif. She resided on Hilton Head Island for several years during her youth and was a 1979 graduate of H.E. McCracken High School. She was a 1983 graduate of Furman University in Greenville, S.C., with a degree in music education. At the time of her death, she was a 17-year resident of Atlanta where she was employed by Atlanta Public School System as an Instructional Technology Supervisor. She was an active member of Redemption Fellowship where she was a Sunday school teacher.
SURVIVORS: her husband, Darrie Nowell of Atlanta; a daughter, Dara Nowell of Atlanta; a son, Jonathan Nowell of Atlanta; her parents, Perry and Barbara White of Hilton Head Island; three sisters, Vedrene White of Stone Mountain, Valerie Grier of Forsyth and Venita Barnette of Eatontown, N.J.; a nephew Andre White of Charlotte, N.C.; her maternal grandmother, Fannie Griffin of Albany; and other relatives.
FUNERAL: Noon Monday at St. James Baptist Church, Hilton Head Island, burial in Union Cemetery.
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Ollis L. Ricks
Ollis Lynnton Ricks, 78, died Oct. 14 at Hospice Savannah.
He was a native of Rockledge and had lived in Savannah for many years. He was the widower of Bonnie Williams Ricks. He was an Army veteran of World War II and retired from the Army Corp of Engineers, having served as Chief of the Surveying Section for more than 38 years. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: a son, O. Greg Ricks of Savannah; three daughters, Bonnie R. Davis of Mount Airy, Md., Kelley R. McDonald of Dallas and Janet R. Picott of Savannah; three sisters, Ann Lee and Joyce McGee both of Savannah, and Etta Johnson of Dublin; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 6-8 p.m. today at Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home, Hodgson Memorial Chapel.
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Monday at Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home, Hodgson Memorial Chapel, burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
REMEMBRANCES: Hospice Savannah, 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA 31406.