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Bettie Lee Cottle, 91, of Woodbine passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
Born Oct. 31, 1925, in Wacahoota, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Lou Beville. She was also preceded in death by her husband, David Edgar Cottle Sr.; sons, David Edgar Cottle Jr. and Benjamin Thomas Cottle Sr.; and brother, Van Beville.
Mrs. Cottle had been a resident of Camden County for more than 70 years and was one of the original founding members of the Woodbine Old School Committee. She attended Florida State College of Women in Tallahassee, Fla. She was presently the oldest member of the Old School Renovation Committee and was a teacher at Woodbine High School during the ’40s. She also taught at the Florida School for the Blind and Deaf, Hastings Elementary, Reynolds Street Elementary, in Brunswick, and Woodbine Elementary School. Along with being a charter member of the Old School Renovation Committee, she was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Eastern Star, United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Retired Teachers Association of Georgia, the Woodbine Woman’s Club and longtime active worker with the Woodbine Opry.
Survivors include three children, Jimmy Cottle (Diann) of St. Marys, Cheryl Anne Russell (Burwell, Jr.) of Waverly and Wilton Ray Cottle of Naknek, Alaska; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; niece, Peggy Lee Collins; nephew, Joey Beville; and her dearest friend, Libby Bass.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Woodbine with Father John Pearce officiating. Burial will follow at Colesburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.
The family requests contributions in memory of Mrs. Bettie Lee Cottle be made to the Old School Renovation Committee, P.O. Box 372, Woodbine, GA 31569.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Larry Wayne Johnson, age 70 of Kingsland, Ga. passed away on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, Ga.
Wayne was born in Lake City, Florida on September 7th, 1946. He is the son of Mary Rosa Lee Bryant Nelson and the late Clifford C. Johnson. Wayne was a member of the 1962 CCHS championship football team. He was a hardcore fan of both the Camden County Wildcats and the Georgia Bulldog teams. He served honorably in the US Navy for 23 years as a Chief Petty Officer on the nuclear cruiser USS Texas. He was a loving son, father and brother to his family and to his many friends. Wayne was a very giving man and will be greatly missed.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his daughter, Angela Dycus of Sacramento, Ca.; his mother, Rosa Lee Nelson of Kingsland, Ga.; his sister, Janice Campbell of Kingsland, Ga.; his brothers, Cliff & his wife, Kathy Johnson of Galveston Island, Tx., Dan & his wife, Michelle Johnson of Mooresville, NC, and Donald & his wife, Lynn Johnson of Kennebunkport, Me.; his grandchildren Jessica & Jaron; and his 2 great-grandchildren.
On Saturday October 22nd, 2016, a visitation will be held from 1 until 2 PM with memorial services following at 2 PM, all in the chapel of Coastal Camden Funeral Home. Military honors are to be rendered.
The family requests any memorial donations in Mr. Johnson’s honor go to the Humane Society of Camden County/ 950 S Grove Blvd, Kingsland, GA 31548 or the Shriners Hospitals for Children at http://www.shrinershospitals.org/Donate.
September 7, 1946 – October 19, 2016
Mrs. Janis “Tarpy” Davis, age 79 of Woodbine, Ga. passed away to Heaven on Saturday, October 15th, 2015 at Hospice Savannah in Savannah, Ga. after a long illness.
Mrs. Davis was born in Brunswick, Ga. on March 19th, 1937. She was the daughter of the late Gertrude Liles & Riley Harrell, Sr. “Tarpy” was a dedicated volunteer and member of the Old Woodbine School Renovation Committee where she served as secretary. She had a passion for the Old School and her alumni friends. She was a Camden County High School graduate in 1955, and was Camden County High School’s first Homecoming Queen. Later, she was a dedicated secretarial employee of the National Park Service for Cumberland Island with 20 + years of service and enjoyed the rich history of the island. She was associated with the Kingsland First Baptist Church’s outreach program. Tarpy was fun loving, hardworking and a caring lady. She will be greatly missed by both family and friends alike.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her sons, Kelly Davis of Gainesville, Ga., Chris and his wife, Tracy Davis of Rincon, Ga., and Jim Davis of Newton Falls, Ohio; her sister, Joann Flanagan of Woodbine, Ga.; and her four grandchildren, Joshua, Hannah, Rebekah & Jacob Davis.
Along with her parents, Mrs. Davis joins her sister, Jeanne Harrell Clark and her brother, Riley Harrell, Jr. in Heaven.
Funeral services for Mrs. Davis will be held graveside on Thursday, October 20th, 2016, at 2:00pm, at Homeward Cemetery in Waverly, Ga. with Bros. Terry Brown and Carlos Jones presiding. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark, Robert and Jeff Flanagan, Lee Harrell, Mike Scott, Martin Gillette, Randal Parr and George ‘Docky’ Blake.
The family requests that any memorial contributions in Mrs. Davis’s honor be made to The Old Woodbine School/ PO Box 372/ Woodbine, Ga. 31569.
James “Jim” Duncan Buie Jr., 67, of Burnt Fort passed away at his residence on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.
Born Oct. 21, 1948, in Woodbine, he was the son of the late James Duncan Buie Sr. and the late Anna Belle Kelly Buie. His brother John Kelly Buie also preceded him in death.
Jim was a graduate of Camden High in Woodbine and played for the Camden County Hurricanes as well as playing college football. He was also a graduate of Mercer University where he received his Ph.D. in pharmacy and did his internship in Atlanta. Following his graduation, he worked for Barnes Pharmacy in Baxley, then went on to pursue his dream of opening his own pharmacy in his hometown of Woodbine. After his retirement of more than 10 years, he continued to work for several local pharmacies in the area until his ultimate retirement to follow in his father’s footsteps in land management and tree farming.
Jim enjoyed fishing and hunting and most of all the love of spoiling all of his grandchildren. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Woodbine.
Survivors include his three children, Christopher Thompson Buie (Janet) and James “Trey” Buie III (Beth) all of Burnt Fort and Glenn Butler Buie (Kim) of Spokane Valley, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Kelly Buie Henderson, Kaitlyn Andrews, Kali Andrews, Lily Buie, Ella Buie, Easton Buie and Hudsyn Buie.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Burnt Fort Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Tommy Sikes officiating. The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.
Pallbearers will be Kelly Henderson, Kaitlyn Andrews, Kali Andrews, Roby Williams, Brandon Fuller, Josh Moore and Jeff Laich.
The family requests contributions in memory of Jim be made to the Georgia Sheriff’s Association.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.
From the Class of 1949
Carl Wayne Smith entered Heaven to be with the Lord on Father’s Day, June 19, 2016. Carl was born to the late Joseph F. and Ruth Ferrell Smith on May 17, 1932 in Waverly, Georgia. He attended local schools, graduating from Camden High School May 30, 1949. Carl came to Jacksonville and was employed by the Atlantic National Bank where he worked in the Accounting Department. In 1950 he met his future wife, Betsy Stockwell, who was also employed at the Atlantic National Bank. They were married April 7, 1951. This year Carl and Betsy celebrated 65 years of marriage. In 1951 Carl was employed by Huckins Yacht Corporation as an assistant to the Comptroller. When the Korean Conflict began, as an army reservist, he was called to active duty. He served two years in Hanau, Germany in the 20th Field Artillery Battalion, 47th Infantry Division. Betsy joined him in Hanau for his two-year tour of duty. Returning to Jacksonville, Carl rejoined the staff at Huckins Yacht Corporation. He also attended evening classes at Jacksonville University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1967. He enjoyed 25 years with Huckins. Carl and his family enjoyed boating. They cruised along the east coast of Florida going all the way to the Florida Keys. During their life together, they took many vacation travels in the United States as well as returning to Europe to visit many interesting places. In 1985 Carl purchased Pier I Marina renaming the marina Sadler Point Marina. In 1990 he decided to return to accounting as a Tax Consultant and Small Business Accountant. Carl is survived by his wife Betsy, daughter, Laura Smith (St. Augustine), son, Michael Smith (Jacksonville), sisters Edith Landis (Newman) St. Augustine and Josephine Chavez (Carlos) Philadelphia, PA, and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration Service and reception at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (7500 Southside Blvd. on the service road near Butler Blvd.) on July 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to be made to Northeast Florida Community Hospice or to the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223.
From the Class of 1964
From the Class of 1968
Woodbine – Patricia “Irene” Lindsay, 66, of Woodbine passed away Tuesday evening (May 24, 2016) at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick after an extended illness.
Born in Woodbine, GA her parents were Howard and Helen Drury Wilson. She is also preceded in death by her husband, William A. “Punk” Lindsay; a brother, Howard Wilson, Jr.; and 2 nephews, Howard Buddy Drawdy and Allan Crews.
Irene was a Scale Clerk in Camden County for many years and a member of Horsestamp United Methodist Church. She loved being with her family, taking care of her grandchildren, canning, telling stories, watching and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, and fishing with her husband Punk.
Survivors include her son, Billy Lindsay of Woodbine; 3 grandchildren, Julia Lindsay, Billy Lindsay, and Zachary Lindsay; a sister, Diane Wilson of Woodbine; a sister-in-love, Donna Wilson of Waynesville; 6 nieces, Christi Buckner of Woodbine, Tricia McDowell of Brunswick, Lindsay Stallard (Russell) of Dairen, Jan Griffin of Yulee, Maria Lloyd of Folkston, and little Frances Crews; and also several other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on hour prior to the service Saturday morning (May 28, 2016)starting at 9am.
A graveside service will be held Saturday morning (May 28, 2016) at 10am at Quarterman Cemetery in Waverly with Rev. Emory Wilson officiating.
Serving as Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde Allen Crews, Donnie Crews, Edwin Griffin, Russell Stallard, Mason Wagner, Paul O’Neal, and Thomas Cottle.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com.
From the Class of 1959
Fred H. Higginbotham III, 74, of St. Marys passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at his residence.
Born June 27, 1941, in Jacksonville, Fla., he was the son of the late Fred H. Higginbotham Jr. and the late Edith Hernandez Higginbotham. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Dennis McMillan.
A lifelong resident of Camden County, he was a 1959 graduate of Camden County High School, played all varsity sports and a member of the Wildcat Quarterback Club. He was a 1963 graduate of Georgia Southern University where he received his bachelor’s degree. Mr. Higginbotham retired from Gilman Paper Company with 39 years of service. He was an avid fisherman, gardener, trapper and loved football.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Pastor Devin Schultz officiating.
Survivors include his son, John Higginbotham (Tina), and daughter, Lisa Higginbotham Torres (Pete) both of Kingsland; brother, Johnny Higginbotham; sisters, Dianne Chapple and Nell Warren; two grandchildren, Joshua Degen and Josey Higginbotham; several nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements
Hubert Wesley Sasser
Hubert Wesley Sasser, age 85, of Alma passed away Tuesday, January 12th at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida after a short illness. He was a native of Covington, Alabama but had lived in Bacon County for many years. Hubert was son of the late Kimmie Richard Sasser and Zelma Taylor Sasser and preceded in death by a brother, Donnie Sasser. He was a retired Educator after 32 years, a member of the Alma Exchange Club, Young Farmers and the Alma First Baptist Church; he also served in the US Army.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Inez McDuffie Sasser of Alma, three sons, Wendell Sasser (Buckie) of Nicholls, Kimmie Sasser (Sandra) of Alma and Glenn Sasser (Esperanza) of Brunswick, one daughter, Renee Chancey (Wade) of Alma, brother, Willie Houston Sasser (Elizabeth) of Opp, AL., sister, Shirley Taylor (Billy) of Opp, AL; also 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren survive.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, January 16th at 2:00 PM at New Vision Church with Rev. Glenn Rainey officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 9 PM.
Active pallbearers will be; Nickolas, Gregory, Keaton and Steven Sasser, Will Chancey and Dewayne Mullis. All others in attendance will be considered honorary escorts.
Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Russell Swift Clark, 84, passed peacefully surrounded by his family Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in the Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
Russell is survived by his 2 brothers, Billy Clark (Pat) of Folkston, Ralph Clark (Margie) of Perry, Florida, children Lisa Clark Hitt (Bill) of Brunswick, Lauran Clark Moreno (Steve) of Palm Harbor, Florida, and Phillip Clark of Brunswick, four grandchildren, one great grandchild, nieces and nephews, and many cousins.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Charlotte Ann Clark parents Hudson Ferman Clark and Viola Boring Clark, brother Hudson Clark, and sister Merle Clark Gowen.
Russell was born on September 2, 1931 in Tarboro, Georgia. He served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1973 as a Master Sergeant.
Russell was a great family man and a loving father. He married Charlotte Ann Capps Clark in Waycross, Georgia on December 27, 1954. The couple moved from Waycross across the United States during his Air Force career with their 3 children and settled back in Brunswick when Russell retired in 1973.
Russell was an avid fisherman and spent as much time as he could fishing the waters of the Golden Isles. He was very active with his church family at College Place United Methodist Church where he served in many leadership positions.
A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, December 18th, 2015 at 11 am at College Place United Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Grotheer officiating. The internment will follow at Homeward Cemetery in Waverly, Georgia at 1:30 pm.
The family will receive friends at a visitation at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, December 17,, 2015. Honorary pallbearers will be the Fellowship Sunday School Class of College Place UMC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to College Place United Methodist Church, 3890 Altama Ave. Brunswick, GA 31520.
Obituary for Freda D. Horne
In times of sorrow, words ring so shallow that we drown in despair. Then there are words so deep they lift us above the storm. In times of sorrow, there are no words to dismiss the pain or incredible longing of one’s heart. Then, in glory, we rejoice in the fulfillment of Christ’s promise of eternal life. Today, we strongly feel both sting and joy.
On November 25, 2015, Mrs. Freda D. Horne, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, and Friend, began her glorious walk with God. Her husband, family, and God were with her when she gracefully stepped into eternity. She is preceded in death by her parents Freddie and Winnie Drury of Tarboro, GA.
She is survived by Elwood (Woody) Horne, her loving and devoted husband of 61 years. Together they shared many adventures, some for better and some for worse, in richer and in poorer times, and in sicknesses and in health. Their union is truly a blessing that God put together and no one can put asunder.
They have five children, the eldest son Don Horne and Lydia Greaney, eldest daughter Cathy Mundy and husband Van Mundy, a second daughter Angie Horne Hattaway, a second son Teddy Horne and wife Kim Horne, and the youngest child, Patrick. There are 11 grandchildren (one preceding her in death), and 10 great-grandchildren, a brother, Winston Drury and wife Marie Drury, in-laws, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. All will dearly miss her.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 27th from 6PM to 8PM at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin, GA. A second visitation will be held in Kingsland, GA at Coastal Camden Funeral
Chapel and Home on Sunday from 4PM to 6PM. Services will be held graveside at Homeward Cemetery in Camden County on Monday, November 30th at 11:00AM.
James Johnson, Class of 1948
Foy Waters, Class of 1956
October 19, 1943 – October 7, 2015
PARROTT, Dwanda Lillian Sasser, 71, of Ridgeville, a U.S. postmaster, died Wednesday. Arrangements by Stuhr’s Northwoods Chapel of North Charleston, SC.
Dwanda, a native of Camden County and graduate of the old school, moved and lived in South Carolina until the time of her passing.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm at Woodbine United Methodist Church.
Mr. Wayne W. Benner, better known as Coach Benner, age 88 of Fernandina Beach, passed away at his home on Tuesday morning, September 8, 2015. Born in Laporte, IN, he was the eldest and last living of two sons born to the late Darrell Augustus and Helen Ruth Benner. He grew up in Laporte and graduated from Laporte High School, Class of 1945. After high school he enlisted and served in the U.S. Army. Upon being honorably discharged he returned home and enrolled at and attended the University of Indiana. After two years he transferred to Florida State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. While attending FSU he played baseball and football where he was part of the first undefeated football team in the state of Florida in 1950. Shortly after he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns and New York Yankees. At the time of his graduation, he began a long career coaching and mentoring young people through local school sports programs. He initially accepted a job at Live Oak High School in Suwanee County before going to Woodbine in Camden County, GA. From 1954 until 1969 Coach Benner coached at Fernandina Beach High School. In 1969, he moved to the Middle School where he remained until retiring in 1983. After retiring he continued to substitute teach as needed. Coach Benner had attended the Lutheran Church when they were meeting at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center. He is preceded in death by his wife, Eloise who passed away in 1997, his brother, Jake, three sons, Stanley, Jerry, and Frank, and two grandchildren. Coach Benner leaves behind, two sons, Darrell Benner and his wife, Patty Mills Benner, Fernandina Beach, FL, Joey Joe Benner and his wife, Josephine, Fernandina Beach, FL, a daughter, Sherry Graddy and her husband, Frank, Gainesville, FL, a daughter in law Shannon Keith, Fernandina Beach, FL, seven grandchildren, Cassie McCook (Matt), Laurel Sapp (Barry), Emily Graddy, Jared Graddy, Miki Hartman (Chad), Melissa Benner, Zachary Edenfield and five great grandchildren, Jackson, Bentley, Haylie, Presley and Andrew. Funeral services will be at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2015 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley Heard Funeral Home with Reverend Jimmy Flanagan, officiating. His family will receive friends on Thursday, at the funeral home from 4:00 pm until the hour of service. Coach Benner will be laid to rest beside his wife in Bosque Bello Cemetery. Floral tributes will be gratefully accepted and memorial contributions may be made to The Wayne Benner Scholarship Foundation, c/o George Sheffield, 28 S. 7th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Please share his Life Legacy and leave your memories and tributes at http://www.oxleyheard.com OXLEY – HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Wendell Aveston Brinson Sr.
Wendell Aveston Brinson Sr.Wendell Aveston Brinson Sr. passed away Friday, June 12, 2015, at Hospice of The Golden Isles. Mr. Brinson was a native of Soperton, Georgia residing in Glynn County since 1951. He was a veteran, serving in the United States Army and the United States National Guard. He was also employed with Glynn Academy, the Camden County School system. In the mid- 1960’s he was employed with the Georgia State Civil Defense which became GEMA and retired in 1993. Mr. Brinson was a Baptist by faith. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and swimming.
Mr. Brinson is preceded in death by his wife Mrs. Janet W. Brinson, his son Mr. Bill Brinson, and two brothers.
He is survived by one son; Wendell A. Brinson Jr, one daughter; Wynette B. Addison (Gary) (both of Brunswick,GA), one daughter -in-law; Sherry Brinson (Memphis,TN), three grandchildren; Aveston Addison, Brandon Brinson (Misty), and Corey Brinson (Christina), three great grandchildren; Ashton Brinson, Khloe Brinson, and Aaliyah Powell, two step-grandchildren; Joni Cleghorne (Todd), and Marci Walker (all of Brunswick, GA), one sister; Montell Truitt (Paul)(Stuart,FL), one brother; Kimball Brinson (St. Mary’s, GA), six step-great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Brinson will be held Monday, June 15, 2015 from 6-8:00 PM at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held the following day, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 11:00 AM in the Norwich Baptist Church with Dr. Arthur Cyphers officiating. Interment will follow the service at Palemetto Cemetery. Mr. Todd Cleghorne, Mr. Ronnie McCormick, Mr. Brandon Brinson, Mr. Corey Brinson, Mr. James Way Jr, and Mr. Gill Mock will serve as active pallbearers.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Mr. Wendell Brinson Sr.’s honor to Hospice of The Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525
Edna Mae Manning – May 20, 2015