Category Archives: Obituaries

Kelsey Marie Martin – March 15, 2019

Kelsey Marie Martin, 36, of Kingsland passed away Friday, March 15, 2019.

Kelsey was born November 10, 1982 in Nampa, Idaho.  She had been a resident of Camden County since 2007.  Kelsey was a graduate of North Hall High School in Gainesville, GA, and attended North GA College in Oakwood, GA. She was a personal fitness trainer, certification through A.F.A.A.  Kelsey was an animal lover, a fitness nut, enjoyed music, the beach, and always loved dancing with her children.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Stuart Sullivan officiating.

Survivors include her children, Noah Christopher Martin and Charlie Marie Martin of Kingsland; father of her children, Chris Martin of Kingsland; parents, Christine and Kevin Foster of Woodbine; brothers, Joshua Kane Harker (Jennifer) of Gainesville, GA, Steven Grant Foster (Jessica) of St. Marys, and Aaron Michael Foster (Lauren) of Clarksville, TN, several nieces and nephews.

The family requests Memorial Contributions be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

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




Jodi Diane Blair – March 9, 2019

Jodi Diane Blair, 54, of Kingsland, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Jodi was born June 24, 1964 in Groton, CT.  She had been a resident of Camden County since 1979, and was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St. Marys.

Jodi enjoyed art work and jewelry making, and especially taking care of her children whom she adored.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.  The rosary will be recited at 5:00 pm with visitation to follow from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Survivors include her father, Richard Blair of Kingsland; three children, Cory Edward Brown and Bryant Brown both of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Bailey Johnsen of St. Augustine, FL; sister, Shelley Ann Blair of Kingsland.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Georgia Ann Zwirlein Blair.

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





Delbert E. Holmes – March 6, 2019

Delbert E. Holmes, 87, of Kingsland, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Holmes was born January 25, 1932 in Centrailia, Ohio, and was the son of the late William and Julia Allensworth Holmes.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Dale Holmes and sister, Maxine Millikan.

Mr. Holmes had resided in Bartlesville, OK, from 1952 to 2007, before coming to Camden County.   He had been employed with Phillips Petroleum Company, retiring with 40 years of service.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years, Marjorie King Holmes; daughter and son in law, Brenda and Ken Barbery; grandson, Shane Barbery and great grandson, Dalton Barbery.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm, at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys with Pastor James Roberson officiating.

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


William Haze Buchanan – February 5, 2019

William Haze Buchanan of St. Marys, Georgia died peacefully Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at his residence.

He was born July 5, 1930, on the family farm in Day, Florida, the oldest of three children born to Rutherford Hayes and Vera Winderweedle Buchanan. He spent his elementary and high school years in Day and Mayo, Florida. He learned teamwork skills at an early age through playing on his high school basketball team, graduating in 1948. 

The son of a farming family, Haze used the opportunity to work the farm land during summers to earn the funds needed toward higher education, earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 1952. After college he entered military service and served in the United States Air Force.

Following military service, Haze moved to St. Marys to work with Gilman Paper Company, embarking on a career lasting 41 years where his calm and stable demeanor earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and all with whom he worked. He retired in 1996.

In 1957 he married Judy Trapnell in the Historic Catholic Chapel in St. Marys, and they and their sons, Eric and John, spent their growing-up summers traveling on long road trips. Their many trips to historic sites and mountains aroused his interest in the craft of wood working, and he became adept in the art of furniture making. He built furniture for their young sons and beautiful pieces for their home and helped build the house that they shared for fifty-eight years until his death. For more than sixty-two years, he was an active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ralph Buchanan of Marietta, Georgia. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Judy Trapnell Buchanan; sons Eric Buchanan (Martha) and John Buchanan (Anne) of Atlanta; sister, Ola Belle Buchanan Mebane of Ellicott City, Maryland, five grandchildren: Hayes, Meg, Ellen, Laurel, and Ian Buchanan, and eight nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held at 12:00 noon Saturday, February 9, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church with Father Mariusz Fuks and Father William Leahy officiating. Visitation and lunch in the church social hall followed the service. Remembrances may be made to Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St. Marys.

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





William Jeffrey Kelley – February 27, 2019


William Jeffrey (Jeff) Kelley passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Jeff made the decision to return home for his final days after a sudden diagnosis of leukemia (AML).

Jeff was the son of the late William Matthews and Elnora Kelley and was born in Griffin, Georgia, on May 26, 1946. He was preceded in death by both parents and his son Matthew. He is survived by his wife, Cissy, his son Patrick, daughter in laws Corey and Julie, step son Josh, step daughter Amanda and his Aunt Betty. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Ambrose, Maddie, Everett, Lucy, and Emerson. Jeff graduated from Griffin High School and attended Georgia State University.

Shortly after joining the U.S. Navy Jeff was deployed to serve overseas in the Vietnam War. He was later commissioned as an officer and, among many other positions and duty stations, he served his country as a radioman, communications officer, ship’s navigator and operations officer. Jeff came to St. Marys in 1979 with the USS Simon Lake and served his last years in the military at Kings Bay Naval Base. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Jeff began his second career in the information technology field in private industry. Ten years later he accepted the position of Information Technology Director for the Camden County School System and retired from there in 2011. Jeff expected no more and no less from his staff and coworkers than their personal best. These expectations and his reputation for excellence were well known in the community.

Jeff had a passion for everything outdoors. This passion lead to his dedication, devotion and service to the Boy Scouts of America which spanned several decades and was renowned throughout Camden County. Gardening, watching and identifying birds and nurturing anything living were some of his many interests and joys. Reading, however, was his greatest joy, and he was well versed in many disciplines of the written word, poetry being his favorite. Jeff was actively involved in numerous other community organizations including Rotary and Kiwanis. As a volunteer with St. Marys Fire Department he spent many hours cooking meals, making ice cream and baking delicious cakes for firefighters then sitting around their large kitchen table enjoying camaraderie with his friends, the firefighters. He was a mentor, a teacher and a leader. He was a great friend, grandfather, father, nephew and loving husband. Jeff loved and cared deeply for his wife, sons, daughters, daughter in laws and his five grandchildren and he enjoyed every opportunity and moment he spent with them. Jeff was loyal, faithful, stalwart, hard-working and dependable.

Jeff admired the lines from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar in which Mark Anthony said of Brutus, “His life was gentle, and the elements mixed so well in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, “This was a man.”

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the St. Marys United Methodist Church and a celebration of life ceremony is being planned for a later date. Donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Wounded Warrior Project are being taken in lieu of flowers.

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


Ralph Neal Miller – February 26, 2019

Ralph Neal Miller, 65, of Kingsland, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ralph was born May 29, 1953 in Woodbine, Georgia and was the son of the late Everett and Agalene Miller.  He was also preceded in death by his brother Johnny Miller.

Ralph was a lifelong resident of Camden County.  He enjoyed music, hunting and coloring and was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services were held from the graveside at Colesburg Cemetery on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 am with Pastor Eddie Rawl officiating.  The family received friends at Allison Memorial Chapel Friday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Survivors include his sisters, Caroline Taylor (JB) of Brunswick, and Jannie Miller of St. Marys; brothers, Calvin Miller, Glenn Miller (Tammy) of Woodbine, Roy Miller, Clyde Miller (Ann) of Woodbine, Noel Miller, and Nick Miller (Patricia) of Kingsland; uncle, Roy E. Miller of Browntown, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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

















Helen Smith – February 24, 2019


Helen C. Smith, 84, passed away February 24, 2019 at Southeast Georgia Health System Camden.

Helene was the beloved wife of Wayne E. Smith, Jr. She raised five children with enough energy to also be a wife, mother, award winning poet, writer, artist, historian, and musician. 

As an artist, she gained recognition with a few blue ribbons for her works. We remember her best of show conquistador painting from the Monroeville, PA Art Festival and her blue parrot at the Kennerdell Music and Arts Festival. She enjoyed a good contest and entered a doll contest as a youngster and was thrilled Ed Sullivan selected her doll, a Raggedy Andy style on live TV out of the winners during a segment showing off the toy dolls distributed to children in Europe post-WWII.

As a local Western Pennsylvania historian, she was a lifetime member of Westmoreland County Historical Society, Greenburg, PA and served on the board.

She led a research project for Pittsburgh’s urban planning of its Light Rail System. Her lifelong interest in history found her co-authoring the book titled “A Guide Book to Historic Western Pennsylvania published by the University of Pittsburgh.

She had the distinction of locating Fort Hannastown during her years volunteering as an amateur archaeologist. Hannastown was the first seat of justice west of the Allegheny Mountains.

She wrote and published over 50 books (, movie scripts, and plays including a one-woman monologue of Nellie Bly traveling around the world in 72 days which she played Nellie Bly for several years. She co-authored a colorful one woman play, “Carry’s Hatchetation” about Carry A. Nation. She documented and published an investigation about the pesticide use on the Shoshone-Bannock reservation. Her book titled “Export, A Patch of Tapestry out of Coal Country America” is in the works of its third printing. Export, PA was the first to export coal from USA.

Helene helped form the Center Seven all girls band that played on Friday nights in the Grove City, PA Youth Center. Helene played clarinet in her Grove City high school and Westminster College bands. She played in the Murrysville Symphony, the Kennerdell Music and Arts Festival orchestra and then developed an interest in the fife and was a long-time member of the Caboom Fife and Drum Corps. She led opening and closing ceremonies for the Women’s Curtis Cup matches held at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, PA. Her Caboom fife and drum corps played in events through the USA and Lugano, Switzerland participating in musters, marches, and celebrations.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John B. Snyder and Francis A. Snyder; sons Michael W. Smith and Gregory M. Smith; sister Dorothy Sloan. She is survived by her husband, Wayne E. Smith, Jr. Kingsland, GA, daughter Cheryl H. (SP Singh), Jennifer L. (Michael Benzer), Laurel A. (Howard G. Bowen, Jr.); grandchildren, Luke A. Smith (Justine), Caleb A. Smith (Sean), and Hannah J. Smith.

No arrangements are scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to an animal rescue charity or her favorite local theatre, St. Marys Little Theatre, 803 West Alexander St., St Marys GA 31558.

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


Ernest Robert Barnes, III – February 17, 2019

Ernest Robert Barnes, III, 51, of St. Marys, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 at his residence.

A visitation and Celebration of his Life will be held  Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.

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