Category Archives: Obituaries

Jon C. Fogarty Oct 15, 2019

Jon Charles Fogarty, 83, of Kingsland, passed away October 15, 2019, at his residence.

Services, to celebrate his life, will be held Friday, October 25, 2019, 11:00 am, at King of Peace Episcopal Church, with Rev. Aaron Brewer, Rev. Al Crumpton, Rev. John Rodgers, Rev. John Nichol, officiating.

Mr. Fogarty was born May 17, 1936, in St. Petersburg, Fl, to George and Thelma Hickman Fogarty.  He was retired from Eastern Airlines, and served with the Unites States Coast Guard Reserves.

Survivors include his wife, Lynn Nichol Fogarty of Kingsland, a daughter, Caroline Lynn Echols of Carrollton, GA, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jon Charles ‘Chuck’ Fogarty, Jr., and Kathleen Ann Poole, sisters, Patricia Richardson and Mary Sapp. Jon was universally loved by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA, 31525, or,  Nassau Humane Society, 641 Airport Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Allison Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Virginia “Ginny” Miller October 13, 2019

Virginia “Ginny” Ruth Miller, 64, of Kingsland, formerly of Woodbine, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019, peacefully in her home.


Ginny was born July 4, 1955, in Folkston, Georgia, to Claude and Bobbie Sikes Miller.  She lived all of her life in Camden County, and was a graduate of Camden County High School, and Brewton Parker College.  Ginny was a member of First Baptist Church of Woodbine, where she began playing the piano for the church at the age of 12, and continued to serve as church pianist for over 50 years.  Fondly known as “Miss Ginny,” she taught piano lessons to many children and adults in Camden County for over 40 years.  She volunteered her piano playing skills at Camden County High School for 20 years.  She also more recently played piano for the Friese Studio of Music in St. Marys, and for other community theater productions. Ginny loved piano, her family, her church, watching movies, going to theater productions, sweet tea, and Cracker Barrell.


Ginny is survived by her brothers, Claude L. Miller, III (Macy), and Jim Miller (Penny), all of Woodbine, and her sister, Charmane Toliver (David), of St. Marys.  She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Ginny was also dearly loved and cared for by her friend and caregiver, Patricia Lemon, and Ametria Everette, of Coastal Home Care.  She will be deeply missed by her family, her church family, her many friends, all of her piano students, and by the performing arts community in Camden County.


Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 17, 2019, 11:00 am, at the First Baptist Church of Woodbine, with Rev. Bill Alderman officiating.  Pall bearers will be Jody Miller, Erik Miller, Dave Toliver, and Joshua Conner.  Interment will follow at Homeward Cemetery in Waverly.  The family will be receiving friends from 6 – 8:00 pm Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the First Baptist Church of Woodbine Building Fund.


Allison Memorial Chapel of St. Marys is in charge of the arrangements.

John Beifuss- September 27, 2019

John Anthony Beifuss, age 80, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019 at his home in St.Marys, GA, following a long illness.

John was born in St.Louis, Missouri on February 17, 1939 to John Andrew Beifuss and Genevieve S. Beifuss. He attended grade school in New Orleans, Lousiana, high school in Piqua, Ohio and college at the University of Kentucky majoring in economics and business.  He joined the Kappa Alpha Order and was active in student government.  After graduation he served on active duty with the US Navy and Naval Reserves during the Vietnam era. After his Honorable Discharge he began his employment with IBM in the Marketing Division. He received many Outstanding Achievement awards during his 25 years with the company.

John’s career took him to Upstate New York where he met and married (Mary) Marsha Woodarek on November 29, 1980.  A transfer to Virginia also opened up many avenues to explore.  After his retirement, they settled in Pinehurst, North Carolina for several years where he resumed playing golf, helped with PGA tour events and the United Way Campaign. He also pursued his love of lake fishing often in Canada and later moved to a Tennessee lake and golf community. He enjoyed creating menus and cooking for friends and would research the best restaurants and dives before traveling. He maintained life long friendships with his KA brothers and followed college athletics especially his Kentucky Wildcats.

John was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marsha; a sister-in-law, Barbara Woodarek of Canastota, NY; a brother-in-law, Thomas Woodarek and his wife, Jean, of Penfield,NY; one nephew, John Woodarek of Penfield and one niece, Jenna Woodarek of Webster, NY and Godchild, Marla Woodarek of Washington, DC. as well as several cousins.

A private family memorial service will be held in Upstate, New York at a later date.

John will always be missed by his loving wife, Marsha, and his faithful Bichon.

A special thanks to the staff of GHC Hospice Care who enabled him to stay in the family home. Memorial Gifts may be made to the GHC Foundation, PO Box 15665, Savannah, GA 31416 or

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Louise Moore-October 3, 2019

Louise Ellabarger Moore, 93, of St. Marys died Thursday morning (October 3, 2019) at Magnolia Manor in St. Marys after an extended illness. Mrs. Moore was born in Kokomo, Indiana to the late Eldon C. Ellabarger and Ruth Echelbarger Ellabarger but had made St. Marys her home for the past 65 years. She worked for Gillman Paper Company in the payroll office for 28 years up until her retirement. She was a member of First Baptist St. Marys where she was active in the Heaven Bound Sunday School Class. Mrs. Moore was an active member of the St. Marys Garden Club and the very special gals group who played weekly games of cards and mahjong.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Bennett Ray Moore and a sister,  Jeannie E. Snitchler

Mrs. Moore is survived by her children, Patsy Lee Asson husband David of DeBary, Florida, Larry T. Lee wife Thelma of St. Marys, Phyllis Lee Courson husband Johnny of Jacksonville, Florida, Lorraine Lee Harrison husband Mike of Woodbine; a sister, Mary Lindley; the Stinson Family; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held Monday (October 7, 2019) at 1:00pm at Allison Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends beginning at 12:00pm at the funeral home. Bro. Steve Kegely will be officiating.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

JoFrances Connolly -October 2, 2019

JoFrances Sheffield Connolly, 80, of Woodbine died Wednesday evening (October 2, 2019) at Senior Care Center Camden after an extended illness. Mrs. Connolly was born in Colesburg, Georgia to the late Herbert Stafford Sheffield and Josephine Hamilton Sheffield and had made Camden County her home for all of her life. She worked many years in the 911 dispatch office and also in the Camden County Courthouse. She attended Harrietts Bluff Baptist Church, volunteered at the Woodbine Opry and had a passion and love for all sorts of animals.

Mrs. Connolly is survived by her husband, Hal Connolly of Woodbine; two children, Robert Earl Moses wife Jutta of Woodbine, Elizabeth Ann VanBuren of Brunswick; five grandchildren, Sacha Moses of Aldershot, England, Robert Eli Moses of Brooklyn, New York, Faith Poppell of Brunswick, Joseph Poppell of Brunswick, McKenzie Karwacki of Brunswick; one great-grandchild, Asher Allen of Brunswick; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorialization is by Cremation.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to the Humane Society of Camden County, 950 S. Grove Blvd., Kingsland, GA, 31548

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Chapman- Sept 18, 2019



Mary Sloan Chapman, 73, of St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at Hospice of the Golden Isles.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 23, 2019, 11:00 AM, at Chapman Funeral Chapel with Father Gabe Cummings officiating.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery with James Galloway, Greg Gardell, Jim Sattler, Gary Enos, Tom Ellis, and Timmy Tindall serving as active pallbearers.  A visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Chapman Funeral Chapel from 3:00 til 6:00 PM.

Mary was born August 8, 1946, in Brunswick, to James Henry and Pearl Portulas Sloan.  She attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, and was a 1964 graduate of Glynn Academy.  She was the co-owner of Allison Memorial Chapel of St. Marys, and Chapman Funeral Chapel of Brunswick.  In her young adult years, she was an avid soft ball player for her favorite team,  Chapman’s Garage, and enjoyed bowling well into to her 50′s, with the Bowlarena’s Monday Nite Mixed League, (where she bowled a perfect 300 game), and Tuesday Morning Coffee League, where she bowled in numerous tournaments throughout the Southeast.  She was very active with B.P.O. Elks 691, Ladies Auxiliary, holding every office on a local and state level.  Mary had lived in St. Marys, for the past 15 years, operating the family business, Allison Memorial Chapel, with her husband and daughters, she also owned Salt River Antiques, and the St. Marys Antique Mall.  She enjoyed a good road trip, and spending time with her friends, however, spending time with her grandchildren was her most favorite.

Survivors include her children, Allyson Chapman, of Brunswick, Sloan Chapman Tindall (Timmy), of Brunswick, Al Chapman, III, (Chrissy) of Statesboro, her grandchildren, Hannah, Logan, and Timothy Tindall, of Brunswick, Landon and Reid Chapman of Statesboro, her twin sister, Catherine Sloan Bailey, and baby sister, Pearl ‘Dusty’ Sloan of Brunswick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Allison Chapman, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to CURE Childhood Cancer, 200 Ashford Center North, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30338

Chapman Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard Heidel – September 27, 2019

Lt. Commander Richard Scott Heidel, 37, of St. Marys died Friday morning (September 27, 2019) at his residence. Mr. Heidel was born in Rockford, IL, to the late Robert Scott Heidel and Peggy Ann Odling Tulley and had been living in St. Marys the past several years. He was a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy serving as a navigator on the USS Alaska Blue. After an exceptional athletic career in high school Mr. Heidel went to the University of Illinois were he became a part of the Fighting Illini football and track teams. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics then decided to join the United States Navy were he proudly served his country.

Mr. Heidel was a man of many talents, he loved playing his guitar, golfing, running and was a huge movie buff. He enjoyed boating with family and friends and above all he adored his children and his time with them.

Lt. Commander Heidel is survived by his wife Nicole Maurice Heidel of St. Marys; two children, Sebastian Thomas Heidel, Rylan Scott Heidel of St. Marys; his mother, Peggy Ann Tulley of Chattanooga, TN; two brothers, Dave Heidel of Lakeland, FL, Jeff Heidel wife Casandra of Virginia Beach, VA; numerous other relatives.

A private memorial service will be held for Lt. Commander Heidel in St. Marys, GA.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

Debbie Pearson- September 29, 2019

Debbie Harrelson Pearson, of St. Marys, Georgia, departed this life on September 29, 2019 at Southeast Georgia Health Systems in Brunswick after a brief illness.

Debbie had resided in St. Marys for nearly 40 years and was a long-time hairdresser at Hair Designs. She was born on August 13, 1956 in Marion, South Carolina to the late Jeff Harrelson and Lelia Mae Harrelson Shelly. She was also preceded in death by brothers; Allen (Mary) Harrelson, Troy (Bernice) Harrelson, Jimmy (Bobbie) Harrelson and by a sister, Geneva (Buddy) Cook; niece Brenda Cooke and nephews, Donald and Ronald Harrelson and Kenny Harrelson.

Debbie is survived by sister, Shirley (James) Kaiser of Kingsland and brother, Larry (Nancy) Harrelson of Florence, South Carolina. Nieces and nephews, Dottie Gay of Kingsland, Glenda Cook, and Doug Cook, of South Carolina; Cheryl (Jack) Hancock, of Texas, Pam (Jeff) Tanchon, of Ohio, Cendy (Rick) Perkins of Waverly, Dean (Paula) Ballard of Kingsland, Melanie (Joseph) Britt of St. Marys, Jeffery (Voniceleigh) Harrelson of St. Marys, Jodie Harrelson of South Carolina and Amy Lucking of Colorado; 28 great nieces and nephews and 34 great-great nieces and nephews.

Debbie touched the life of countless people and her absence will resonate through out by all those she loved and cared for. She was her family’s free spirit and fierce protector.

A memorial celebration of Debbie’s life and love will be held at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, Saturday (October 5, 2019) from 1-3pm for all friends and family.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Camden County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1270, Kingsland, Georgia, 31548, in honor of Debbie’s deep love and devotion to animals. In heaven she rides horses and is surrounded by puppies.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.