Category Archives: Obituaries

Edward T. Leavy, Sr. – February 13, 2018

Edward T. Leavy, Sr., 82, of St. Marys passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden.
Born August 13, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Edward and Margaret Leavy.  He was also preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Kathleen C. Leavy, and son, Edward T. Leavy, Jr.
Mr. Leavy had been a resident of Camden County for the past 5 years.  He was a 3rd degree Knight with the Knight’s of Columbus and member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.  Mr. Leavy retired from Burroughs Corporation; was past president  of Palm Lakes Cooperative in West Palm Beach, FL; Lecturer at St. Marys Catholic Church for many years and past member of the Booster Club at Mater Dei High School in New Monmouth, NJ and member of the Elks in Middletown, NJ.
A Mass will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St. Marys with Father Mariusz presiding.  Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel with the rosary being recited at 4:30 pm for anyone wishing to attend.
Pallbearers: Sean Leavy, Curtis Nile, Daniel Shusko, Sr., Daniel Shusko, Jr., Joseph Shusko, and Matthew Shusko.
Survivors include his daughters, Pat Leavy, Eileen Rufo (Michael), Kathleen Nile (Curtis), Norah Shusko (Daniel, Sr.), and his son Sean Leavy; daughter in law, Patti Leavy; sister, Pat Bianco; brother John Leavy; 16 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The family requests Memorial Contributions in memory of Edward T. Leavy, Sr., be made to the Knights of Columbus Ed Leavy Sr., scholarship fund.  Checks can be made payable to: K of C Council 11058 and mailed to Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of the Sea, 106 E. Dillingham St., St. Marys, GA 31558.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Donald L. Cleveland – February 12, 2018

Donald Lee Cleveland, 65, of Kingsland, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018 at UF Health Shands in Jacksonville, FL.
Memorial Services will be held Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Restoration Church in Kingsland at 6:00 pm with Pastor Donald Belcher officiating.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

John R. Culp, Sr. – January 31, 2018

John R. Culp, Sr., 63, of Kingsland passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Glynn.

John was born April 9, 1954 in Elmira, NY.  He had been a resident of Camden County since 1992, and was retired from the United States Navy with 20 years of service, and served his country honorably during the Vietnam Era.  He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.

A gathering of friends and family will be held Saturday February 3, 2018 at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  A Celebration of  John’s Life will be held Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 4:00 pm at the VFW Post 8385 in Kingsland with full military honors.  The family will receive friends following the ceremony.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Culp of Kingsland; daughter, Jeweleen Mitchell (Jerry) of Islandton, SC; sons, John Culp, Jr. of Nome, Alaska and Jerome Culp (Heather) of North Pole, Alaska; Step-brother, Rex Culp of Seattle, WA; step children, Amber Boris (Travis) of Davenport, NY and Raymond Boris of Kingsland; 7 grandchildren and 3 great granddaughters.

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

Allan A. Ryysylainen – January 29, 2018

Allan Alexander Ryysylainen, 93, of St. Marys, GA,  passed away Monday, January 29, 2018 at Magnolia Manor in St. Marys, GA.
Born August 2, 1924 in New York City, NY, he was the son of the late Alex and Hilya Ryysylainen.  He had resided in Camden County, GA for the past 12 years, and was a Class of 1950 graduate of Princeton University, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving his country honorably during WWII.
Survivors include his wife, Sande Ryysylainen of St. Marys, GA; daughter, Allison Smith of Savannah, GA; daughter in law, Deborah Ryysylainen of Middletown, NY; three grandchildren, Leslie Grant, Devon Thurmond, and Alex Ryysylainen.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by  his son, Lloyd Alexander Ryysylainen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, GA, with Pastor Dan Krupp officiating, and Masonic Rites.  A private family burial will be held at the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL, on Monday, February 5, 2018, with military honors.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Cynthia Ann Petersen – January 26, 2018

Cynthia Ann Petersen, 63, of St. Marys passed away Friday, January 26, 2018 at Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.
A Celebration of Cynthia’s Life will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church Chapel in Kingsland with Pastor Brian Parker officiating.
Cynthia had been a resident of Camden County for the past 14 years.  Prior coming to St. Marys, she was a Dental Assistant for 18 years in Hackettstown, NJ.  Cynthia loved the beach, traveling, and having dinner with her friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Lori Ann Petersen (Ryan) of Orange, CA, son, Russell Otto Petersen of West Decatur, PA; mother, Loretta M. Rahn of St. Marys; brother, Glen S. Rahn of Douglasville.  She was preceded in death by her father, Harry P. Rahn.
The family requests memorial contributions in Cynthia’s memory be made to the Humane Society of Camden County.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Wallace Anthony Turney, Sr. – January 25, 2018

Wallace A. Turney, Sr., 80, of St. Marys, GA, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 at his residence.
Born December 8, 1937 in Tampa, FL, he was the son of the late Joseph and Abbie Inez Turney.  He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Vivian Turney Levy, Eleanor F. Brown, Gloria E. Pelham, and Phyllis E. Turney.
Mr. Turney had resided in Tampa, FL for 50 years.  He was a veteran of the US Navy, serving his country honorably during the Korean Conflict.  Following the military he worked with Continental Can Co. at the age of 22, retiring with 28 years of service.  He then entered the ministry, pastoring and spreading the word of the Lord, to places where he was needed in many communities.  He was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Jean L. Turney of St. Marys, GA; three sons, Wallace A. Turney, Jr. and Carl L. Turney (Teresa) both of St. Marys, GA, and Aaron M. Turney of Kingsland, GA; two step-sons, Freddy H. Schneider, Jr. (Roxanna) of St. Marys, GA, and Robbie M. Schneider (Betsy) of Zephyrhills, FL; two brothers, Joseph M. Turney of Tampa, FL and Alan E. Turney (Faye) of Lakeland, FL; sister, Sylvia C. Pellum (Roy) of Tampa, FL; 15 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Westside Baptist Church in St. Marys, GA with Pastor James Roberson officiating.  Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys with military honors.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, January 24th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Verna E. Fluck – January 21, 2018

Verna E Fluck, 75, passed away unexpectedly Sunday January 21st 2018 at the Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus in St. Marys, Ga.

Born January 26, 1943 to Joe and Elizabeth Kevlin in Pitmam, NJ.  Verna married the love of her life and constant companion, James (Jim) Fluck on June 26, 1962 in Pitman, NJ.  They went everywhere together, doing everything together including opening and owning several electronic entrepreneurship companies.

Verna is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Jim, her adopted daughter, Dawn McGinley (married to Dennis W McGinley), grandchildren by Dawn and Dennis – DeAwna McGinley, Dennis J McGinley and Jennifer McGinley, 2 great grandchildren – Jose Hernandez III and Lincoln McGinley, her sisters – Alice Sharp and Baronda Thorp, her brother Joe Kevlin, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

     A Mass will be held Monday January 29, 2018, at the Church of Incarnation, 240 Main  St, Mantua, NJ 08051. Friends and family will be received between 9:30am and 10:45am. Services will begin at 11am. Interment to follow at Edington Cemetery & Memorial Gardens, 320 Kings Hwy, Clarksboro, NJ 08020.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St Judes Childrens Hospital at www.stjude.org

Smith Funeral Home of Mantua, NJ is in charge of arrangements with the assistance of Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St Marys, Ga.

Leo “Pete” Gay – January 18, 2018

Leo “Pete” Gay, 93, of Woodbine, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at
Folkston Health Care in Folkston.

Born June 22, 1924 in Hollywood, Florida, he was the son of the late Zora
and Margaret Gay.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Roger Leo Gay.

A lifelong resident of Camden County, he was retired from the City of
Kingsland, with over 40 years of service.  Throughout his life he was always
helping others and being there for them when in need.  He was a loving
husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm at
Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Benny Simpson and Terry Brown
presiding.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to service.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys T. Gay of Woodbine; son and daughter in
law, Ronnie and Terri Gay of Woodbine; three sisters, Cleo Chesser, Mary
Keaton, Pearl Crosby; brother, Richard “Sonny) Gay; four grandchildren, John
Gay (Melanie), Christina Ingles (Mike), Ronnie Gay (Theresa), and Kala
Martin (Seth); seven great grandchildren, Bobby, Briana, Josh, Corey, Cody,
Bailey, and Kadence.

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