Category Archives: Obituaries

Dr. Florian S. Dino – July 25, 2017

Dr. Florian S. Dino, 86, of St. Marys passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Senior Care Center.

Visitation with family and friends will be held Friday, July 28, 2017 at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 29th at 10:00 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church with Fr. Mariusz Fuks officiating.

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

 

 

 

Jane E. Batten – July 25, 2017

Jane E. Batten, 71, of St. Marys passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at her residence.
Mrs. Batten was born June 6, 1946 in Jacksonville, Florida, and lived in Camden County all her life.  She was employed with B.A.E. Systems for the past 25 years of service, and was of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm  at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, with Pastor Phillip Smith officiating.  Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services.
Pallbearers: Colt Perryman, Daniel Smith, John Thomas, Michael Deen, Tracy Thomas and Stacey Thomas
Honorary: Employees of B.A.E. Systems
Survivors include husband, Ralph Wesley Batten of St. Marys; father, Martin L. Thomas, Sr., of Kingsland; children, Ralph W. Batten, Jr. (Sherry) of Kingsland, David R. Batten of Tampa, FL, and Lonnie J. Batten (Susan) of St. Marys; sisters, Susan Thomas Perryman (George) of Yulee, FL, and Ruth Ann Thomas Barry (Chet) of Melborne, FL; brothers, Harry James Thomas of Folkston, and Martin Thomas, Jr. of Woodbine; grandson, Caleb Dalton Batten; several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Batten was preceded in death by her mother, Nona G Thomas, sister, Aleatha Thomas Reddick and brother, George Allen Thomas.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Chapel of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Kathi L. Merkel – July 21, 2017

Kathi L. Merkel, 58, of Folkston passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus.

The family will be receiving friends, Wednesday,  July 26, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.

A Mass will be held at 10:00 am, on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Callahan, FL with Fr. Boi officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service at 9 am.

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

Rev. James Bennett Higbee – July 19, 2017

Rev. James Bennett Higbee, 61, of Kingsland passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, July 19, 2017 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
Born August 24, 1955 in Joliette, ILL, he was the son of the late Richard L. and Martha E. Higbee.  He was also preceded in death by his twin sister, Laura Higbee Allen, brother, Charles F. Higbee, and step son, Ryan Scott Harris.
Rev. Higbee had been a resident of Camden County for the past 30 years and a member of the River of Praise Worship Center of Yulee, FL.  He was Past President of the Full Gospel Business Men, influential in training ministers in Honduras, and an Alumini of Rhema Ministerial Association International .
Rev. Higbee was the former Pastor of Living Word Family Church in Kingsland, and loved abundant life and had a strong calling to help others.  He enjoyed riding his Harley, golfing, traveling, and a huge Chicago Cubs fan.  He also played baseball in the minor leagues.  Servant Higbee was and always will be the definition of Love.
Survivors include his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Stover Higbee of Kingsland; sons, David Terrell Harris (Janet) of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Jordan Paul Harris (Alesha) of Beaumont, TX; sister, Elizabeth Higbee Gordan (Ron) of Ill; grandchildren, Jada Harris ad Landon Harris; niece, Violet Allen Havlik and nephew, Paul Allen; sisters in law; Carol S. Meeks and Bettina S. Bobchak; brother in law, Terry Stover.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the River of Praise Worship Center in Yulee, FL with Pastor Larry Osburn officiating.  Burial to follow at Sheffield Cemetery in Kingsland.
The family will receive friends at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday evening.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

George Cobb Turner, Jr., – July 16, 2017

George Cobb Turner, Jr., 67, of St. Marys passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Born May 1, 1950 in Atlanta, Georgia, he was the son of the late George Cobb Turner, Sr., and the late Gladys Swint Turner.

George, known as Sonny by his family and childhood friends, will be remembered for his determination, tenacity, and devotion to public service. He was an Eagle Scout, captain of his high school tennis team, and State Champion debater. George graduated with a B.A. degree in philosophy and religion from the University of Georgia in 1972. He continued his studies at DePaul University, where he earned an M.A. degree in philosophy. George received his J.D. with honors from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1981. He was in private practice as an attorney in Bremen, Georgia, for several years before becoming Assistant District Attorney for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. He was appointed District Attorney for that circuit by Governor Zell Miller in 1990, where he served through 1994. George came to Camden County as Assistant District Attorney in January, 1995. As Camden County’s chief prosecutor for 12 years, he tried serious crimes, and was a courageous defender of the law and a dauntless advocate for justice for the victims of crime and their loved ones. He finished his career as Judge of the Camden County Juvenile Court from 2007 to 2013, where he played a critical role in the lives of the community’s most vulnerable children.

George fought leukemia and the complications related to a stem-cell transplant for six years with courage, dignity, and faith. He strived to be a good and faithful servant to his Lord all his life, serving as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and chair of the finance committee for the First Baptist Church of Bremen, Georgia, and as a Gideon.  He was a member of St. Marys United Methodist Church.

George married his high school sweetheart, Eileen Simmons, in 1973. His beloved daughter, Lauren, was born in 1976. He was a lifelong reader whose tastes extended from Aristotle to Phillip K. Dick. George loved adventures and the outdoors. He was an avid sailor, scuba and cave diver, motorcycle rider, and after retirement, hiker and camper. Two highlights of his life were hiking Grand Canyon, and winning the Endurance Cup of the St. Simon’s – Charleston Sailing Race after a harrowing 16 hours at sea.  He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen Simmons Turner of St. Marys, daughter, Lauren Simmons Turner of New York, NY, and brother Dan Turner (Cheryle) of Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm at St. Marys United Methodist Church with Pastor Dale Thornton, The Honorable Stephen Kelley, and The Honorable Amanda Williams officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services.  An inurnment will be held at a later date in Bremen, Georgia.

The family requests memorial contributions in memory of George C. Turner, Jr., be made to CASA Camden/Glynn Counties, P.O. Box 145, Brunswick, GA  31521.

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

 

Cindy Lee Galbraith – July 15, 2017

Cindy Lee Galbraith, 59, of Kingsland, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Southeast Georgia Medical Center, Camden Campus.

Born September 23, 1957 in Oconomowoc, WI, she was the daughter of the late Leroy Mendell and Nancy Lichty.  She was also preceded in death by her step mother, Betty Mendell.

Cindy had been a resident of Camden County since 1989, and had been employed with Trident Lakes Golf Club for many years. Cindy touched many lives with her big heart, going out of the way to help anyone that needed it.  She always put her needs second to others helping anyone that needed it throughout the community, including animals.  A loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother, she will be missed dearly by her family, friends and everyone she had ever come in contact with.

Survivors include her husband, Burdus H. Galbraith II, children, Jeremy Rentmeester, Chad Rentmeester, Crystal Ebanks, Dayquan Holzendorf, and Christopher Griffin all of Kingsland; three sisters, Sandy Stephens of Kingsland, Debora Goodman of Sullivan, WI, and Mary Lou Lichty of Jacksonville, FL; three brothers, Leroy Mendell of Jefferson, WI, Dale Crull of Murfreesboro, TN, and Jimmy Lichty of Lakeland, FL; five grandchildren, Christianah, Amelianah, Analianah, Amanianah, and Kelton; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Joel Myers officiating.

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

Simon Stewart, Jr. – July 12, 2017

Simon Stewart, Jr., 81, of Kingsland, GA,  passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
Born January 5, 1936 in Fayetteville, NC, he was the son of the late Simon Stewart, Sr., and the late Lula Norris Stewart.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Stewart, sons, Red Stewart and William Stewart, brother, Bill Stewart, and sisters, Maggie Knucles and Elizabeth Fournier.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from March 1959 until February 1965, serving his country honorably during the Korean Conflict.  He was retired from Kingsbay Naval Base St. Marys, where he worked as a Machinist until 2002.
Survivors include his son, Dennis Stewart of Columbia, SC; daughter, Regina Cole of Dallas, TX; sisters, Ruth Barbour of Fayetteville, NC and Louise Green of San Jose, CA; brother, James Stewart of Florence, KY; girlfriend, Tonya Joy Mealey of Kingsland, GA, 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Hodges Chapel Church Cemetery in Benson, NC, at 11:00 am with Pastor Ruth Barbour officiating.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys, GA, is in charge of arrangements.

Cecilia Agnes Spangler – July 2, 2017

Cecilia Agnes Spangler, 83, of Kingsland, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017 at UF Health Shands in Jacksonville, Florida.
Born August 8, 1933 in Peabody, Mass., she was the daughter of the late John and Cecelia LaFreniere.  She was also predeceased in death by her husband Martin Spangler.
Mrs. Spangler had been a resident of Camden County since 1957, and had been employed with Gilman Hospital as Purchasing agent for 14 years.  She was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, serving during the Korean Conflict.  Mrs. Spangler was a past president of the Gilman Hospital Auxiliary, and member of Christ Episcopal Church, also serving as past president of Women of Christ Episcopal.
Survivors include her three sons, John Spangler (Jan) of Kingsland, Luke Spangler (Debbie) of St. Marys, and Matthew Spangler of Moseley, VA; brother, Charles LaFreniere (Sylvia) of Zephyrhills, FL; five grandchildren, Sean, Bobby, Casey, Jeffrey, and LeeAnn, nine great grandchildren
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Allison Memorial Chapel from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 11:00 am at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys, with the Rev. Dedre Bell officiating.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Anita Marie Gregoire – July 1, 2017

Anita Marie Gregoire, 95, of St. Marys, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2017 at Southeast Georgia Senior Care Center in St. Marys.
Born November 9, 1921 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Virginia Demers.
She resided with her husband in New England until 2003 when they relocated to St. Marys, Georgia.  She was a devoted Catholic and a member of Holy Rosary Church in NH and Our Lady Star of the Sea in St. Marys.  She met the love of her life, Roger, at age 19 who she was married to for 67 years, before he preceded her in death in 2009 and she now joins.  She spent her life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
A wonderful artist who loved to paint, she always enjoyed her shopping trips, Friday night dinners out, Sunday family gatherings and her mushroom burgers.  Always there with a genuine smile, warn embrace and an open home to entertain, she never met a stranger.
She is survived by her daughters, Alice Sawyer (Bob), Judith Clark (Rod), Ginny Brandis, Carol Wagner (Joel); many grandchildren, many many great grandchildren, along with all the many friends and neighbors she made over her many years.  In addition to her parents and husband, she is also preceded in death by her only son, Richard Gregoire.
A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church with Fr. Mariusz Fuks officiating.  Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.  The visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.