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Margaret Ann Ward – March 15, 2018

Margaret Ann Ward, 72, of Kingsland passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018 at her residence.
Born March 9, 1946 in New York, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Emma Ward.  She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Karabec.
Mrs. Ward had been a resident of Camden County for the past 22 years.  She had been employed with Leslie and Elliott Construction as a Project Manager, retiring with 10 years of service. She loved reading, fishing, and art painting.
A Celebration of Mrs. Wards Life will be held in June on Cumberland Island.  The date to be announced later.
Survivors include her children, Lynda Rice of Jacksonville, FL, Serena A. Rice-Karpel (Kyle) of Kingsland, and Jenifer Bates (Anthony) of Bradenton, FL; brothers, Thomas Ward and Shaun Dunn; grandchildren, Leclee Bright, Shane Karabec, Emily Karpel, Mary Jane Karpel, Elizabeth Karpel, Rebecca Bates, Christopher Bates, and Ashley Bates; great granddaughter, Olivia Laurendine.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

 

Richard Pinto – March 15, 2018

The man, the Godfather, the legend. Men and women wanted to follow him. Richard Pinto was born February 26,1963 his sunset was March 15,2018. Richard was the husband to Maria (Betty) Pinto, father to Richard Jr, Cely, Robert(Bobby), Michael (Mikey), Eddy and Carlos Jesus(CJ) Pinto. A Lovable son of Luis Pinto, Maria Fernandez and Mama Tonñita. Pinto was a brother to Jonny, Eddy,Luis and Rossie Pinto. He was also grandfather to many and a wonderful godfather to Lesly Cabrera. Pinto, a proud Military Vet (Army Strong) with great skills, compassionate  heart and stern attitude leaves to cherish many memories to all his McDonald’s family and others along the way. He was a man with the highest integrity full of love for his family, respected by all his employees while being a mentor to many in need of guidance among those Ailin Estevez and Melissa King, not only friends to him but his disciples as many others that gave him all their time and efforts. He was a man that always lived by his core values and self-fulfillment to the absolute fullest. May God have him by his side and give him joy and let him know his legacy, teachings, love and memories will live and flourish in all the people touched.

Services with a gathering of friends and family will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, between the hours of 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

WELL DONE!

BY: MELISSA KING

PLEASE DO NOT BE SORROWFUL

AS THOSE WHO HAVE NO HOPE;

JESUS PROMISED A PLACE FOR ME

AND THAT’S WHERE I MUST GO!

LET NOT YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED,

I BELIEVED IN JESUS CHRIST;

I LIVED IN NEW JERUSALEM,

NO SUN-NO MOON-NO NIGHT!

THE VERY PRESENCE OF GOD,

ALONG WITH THE GLORY OF EARTHLY KINGS;

STREETS OF GOLD-GATES OF PEARL-

OH PLEASE DO NOT WEEP FOR ME!

I CAN NO LONGER CRY OR SUFFER,

MY MORTAL HAS PUT ON IMMORTALITY

I AM FOREVER BEFORE MY LOLRD AND SAVIOR

DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY!

I HAVE TRANSITIONED INTO ETERNITY

I FOUGHT THE FAITH FIGHT AND WON;

I AM NOW FREE TO HEAR MY SAVIOR SAY

WELL DONE-WELL DONE-WELL DONE

DON’T EVER THINK WERE FAR APART

FOR EVERYTIME YOU THINK OF ME

IM RIGHT HERE IN YOUR HEART

I FOUGHT THIS FAITH FIGHT LONG AND HARD

NOW ITS TIME, I MUST BE CROWNED!

AS I ENTER THESE PEARLY GATES MY LORD AND SAVIOR WILL FOREVER SAY WELL DONE -WELL DONE!

Ralph Anthony Alfano – March 15, 2018

Ralph Anthony Alfano, 85, of St. Marys passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Quality Health Care Nassau in Fernandina Beach, FL

Born December 18, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Ralphael and Grace Alfano.  He was also preceded in death by his wife Rose Laino Alfano.

Mr. Alfano had been a resident of Camden County since 1999 and was of the Catholic faith.  He  loved gardening and wood work.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country honorably during the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include his two daughters, Diane Wood (William) of St. Marys and Maureen Koo (Scott) of East Meadow, NY; two brothers, John Alfano of New Jersey and Dickie Alfano of New York; four grandchildren, Will Wood, Tricia Heinriech, Nicole Koo and Joey Koo; five great grandchildren, Luke, Zoe, Jake, Parker and Kara; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Seleta Shaw London Stacy – March 7, 2018

Seleta Shaw London Stacy, age 77, of St. Marys, GA (formerly of Fairburn) passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Mrs. London-Stacy was born and raised in Fulton County and spent her entire career educating young men and women in the communities of Palmetto and Fairburn.  Seleta was born August 21, 1940 in Atlanta and raised in Fairburn, GA.  She was educated in the Fairburn public schools and graduated in 1958 from Campbell High School.  Blessed with a talent for music, Seleta was a frequent soloist and piano/organ player throughout her youth.  She sang her first solo in 1949 at a WMU meeting.  The remainder of her life she used her musical talents to serve the Lord.  In addition to her singing and playing keyboard, she worked with children’s choirs and played handbells. She instilled a love of music to her children and grandchildren.

She graduated from Tift College in Forsyth, GA, in 1962 with her B.S. in Elementary Education. She did graduate work at the University of Georgia.  Seleta began her teaching career in Union City, GA.  In 1964, she met Jack R. London and they began a relationship that would last for over 37 years. They were the first couple married in the new sanctuary building at the First Baptist Church of Fairburn on June 20, 1965.  Following the birth of their first child, she became a homemaker until their youngest child entered first grade in 1974.  At that time, Seleta returned to the classroom at Charles E. Riley Elementary School where she would work for the next 15 years teaching fifth, sixth and seventh grade social studies.  She began her tenure at Bear Creek Middle School where she would conclude her professional career in 1999.  Over the span of her career, she taught nearly 2,000 students including her own children, LeAnn London Bunch and Allen Shaw London.

Following Jack’s death in October 2002, she remained in Fairburn as a retired educator, working part-time for the First Baptist Church. She became involved with the Tift College Alumnae Association serving as a member of its Board of Directors.  Another organization which she devoted numerous volunteer hours was Delta Kappa Gamma Society International where she served as president of the Alpha Nu Chapter for four years.

In 2007, she renewed a friendship with Mr. James Stacy who she had met nearly 45 years earlier at Union City Elementary School where they both taught. Seleta and James married in 2013 and settled in James’ adopted home of St. Marys.  Over the past five years, they have been very active in the Camden County community including active membership at the St. Marys Presbyterian Church.

Seleta was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Rodell London, and her parents, the late Ernest Victor Shaw and Floried Duncan Shaw.  She is survived by her second husband, James T. Stacy of St. Marys; daughter, LeAnn London Bunch (Leonard) of Newport News, VA; son, Allen Shaw London (Eve) of Macon, GA; step-son, Thomas P. Stacy (Danielle) of Jacksonville, FL; brother, William Duncan Shaw, of Newnan, GA; granddaughter, Carrie Ann Bunch Walters (Chris) of Holland, MI; grandsons:  William Leonard Bunch of Newport News, VA, Jackson Shaw London of Macon, Hendley Tison London of Macon; great-grandson, Tucker Schwind of Holland, MI; great-granddaughter, Ella Walters of Holland, MI; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins throughout Georgia and beyond.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks the medical staff of UF Health Jacksonville for the caregiving provided to Seleta over the past month.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11 o’clock at the First Baptist Church of Fairburn with Dr. Oscar Cope officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Hill Memorial Park with Rev. Rick Douylliez officiating. Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at www.parrottfuneralhome.com

The family will receive friends on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Parrott Funeral Home 8335 Senoia Road Fairburn, GA  30213  770-964-4800.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of St. Marys Presbyterian Church St. Marys, GA, with the Reverend Rick Douylliez officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church of Fairburn 23 Malone Street, SE Fairburn, GA 30213;  the Tift College of Education Mercer University 1501 Mercer University Drive  Macon, GA 31207; or, the St. Marys Presbyterian Church  100 E. Conyers Street, St. Marys, GA  31558.

Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

 

Richard Gary Kennison – March 5, 2018

Richard Gary Kennison, 56, of Kingsland passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 5, 2018 at his residence.
Born July 20, 1961 in Brunswick, GA, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Gloria J. Kennison.  He was also predeceased by his brother, Robert Kennison, Jr.
Gary had been a resident of Camden County since 2012.  He was a truck driver and an expert dry wall finisher.  He raced cars at the Jax Raceway, was a gun and knife collector and enjoyed fishing.  Gary Loved and adored his family.
Survivors include his wife, Zina Kennison of Callahan, FL; children, Kaleb Kennison of Oceanway, FL, Mackenzie Kennison and Taylor Kennison both of Callahan, FL, and John Michael Sutton of St. Marys;  brother, Randy Kennison of St. Marys.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Dee D. Gaskill – February 28, 2018

Dee Dewain Gaskill, 81, of St. Marys, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Community Hospice, Baptist Medical Center Nassau in Fernandina, FL.

Born March 16th 1936 in Spencerville Ohio, he was the son of the late Earl Gaskill, Sr and Francis Huber Gaskill.  He was also predeceased  in death by his five brothers and a sister.

He is Survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia Ann Steinbach Gaskill;  children, Rosemarie Ann Jones (Mark) Victoria Ann Brooks (Harry) Timothy Dewain Gaskill (Edith);  grandchildren, Rhonda Marie Peterson ( Kurt ), Teresa Lynn Smith (Fred,) Brandy Jean Faircloth, Stephanie Laurence Cato (Jamie), Joshua Michael LaRock, David Gaskill, Brian Gaskill, Brittney Nichoel Moore, Alexis Gaskill, Jessica Gaskill; great grandchildren, Jacob Peterson, Tyler Peterson, Tekoa Peterson, Justice Walker, Owen   Smith, Jaida Walker, Liberty Walker, Cali Walker, Jacob Ireland, Zachary Faircloth, Autumn Nichoel Moore, Johnathan Alexander Moore;  Brother, Ronald Gaskill (Becky).

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a loving husband and a good friend to many. He will be dearly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday March 10, 2018 at 1 pm at St. Marys United Methodist Church, 106 Conyers St, St. Marys, GA, with Pastor Tom Jones officiating and with military honors. A reception will follow services.

Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Lanny G. DeBoard – February 27, 2018

Lanny G. DeBoard, 71, of Kingsland passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at his residence.

Born May 12, 1946 in Martin, KY, he was the son of the late Martin and Betty Ruth DeBoard.

Mr. DeBoard had been a resident of Camden County for the past 20 years, and was retired from the United States Navy, retiring with 21 years of services.  He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in St. Marys at 1:00 pm, with Chaplain Richard Anderson and Ron Rein officiating, and with full Military Honors.

Survivors include his wife, Vicki DeBoard; children, Lisa Sherbarth, (Earl), Lanny DeBoard, Jr (Mary), David McLain (Chris), Robert DeBoard (Melissa), Richard DeBoard (Jackie), Kristia Chapman (Ricky) Stacey Ellis (Travis); Sisters, Shelioh & Joan Post; 17 grandchildren,11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Lanny DeBoard, be made to the Fraternal Order of Eagles for Parkinson’s, 01 C Industrial Drive, St. Marys, GA  31558.

Allison Memorial Chapel ad Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.