Monthly Archives: December 2014

John A. Poston – December 30, 2014

John Alexander Poston of White Oak died unexpectantly yet peacefully in his sleep early Tuesday morning, December 30, 2014.

Born October 16, 1937, he is survived by two sisters, Eva Mae Plyler and Rosa Lee Catoe, both of Lancaster SC; his wife of over 30 years Julie Poston, who despite their conscience uncoupling in 2000, remained friends; their two daughters Jennifer Poston Bonney of Tallahassee FL and Jessica Poston Abarca of Richmond VA; and his “babies”, his three grandchildren Emma, Lauren, and Braden.
After honorably serving his country and fighting in the Korean War, Mr. Poston lived in various Southern towns until finally landing in Woodbine. He met a local girl, fell in love, and decided to stay a while. After marrying the Camden County native and adopting her daughter as his own, Mr. Poston was the quintessential blue collar, ultra-Conservative, hard working American. He loved his country and his family. In his spare time, Mr. Poston studied the US Constitution and the many laws governing our great country. He would debate with just about anyone the validity of our current executive administration and even whether or not it was legal to charge for a copy of the local newspaper, after all, it is the official legal notice.
Mr. Poston adamantly believed that education and hard work were the only means to improve one’s situation. He taught this to his children by being a constant student, always learning and growing. Even though he did not graduate high school, to his credit, Mr. Poston became a skilled manager, earning certifications as an electrician, brick mason, plumber, mechanic, the list goes on and on… He could seriously fix any problem with a roll of duct tape and a pocket knife!

Though rough around the edges, our Papa John was passionate about his beliefs, dedicated to his children, and gave great hugs. He is greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys at 2 pm., with Dr. Earl L. Boyette officiating.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service time.  Burial to be held at the Jacksonville National Cemetery on Monday, January 5, 2015.

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

Dr. Edward Yarney, Jr. – December 18, 2014


Dr. Edward A. Yarney, Jr. was born in Winneba, Ghana, West Africa on 9 June 1931 to the late Mr. Edward A. Yarney, Sr. and Mrs. Florence Danquah Yarney. Due to the early passing of his mother, his father remarried Mrs. Marian Turkson Yarney and Edward became the eldest of 13 brothers and sisters. Taking to heart early lessons to strive for educational excellence, Edward received a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology in 1963 and a dual degree Masters of Science in Sociology and Anthropology in 1966 from Fordham University in New York.  Always striving to feed his academic thirst, he went on to complete an MBA in Human Resources Management Training at Pace University and a doctorate in Anthropology at Fordham.

As a result of his background and expertise in program planning, research, development and training, Edward was blessed with an illustrious professional career. During his career he held positions with the Ghana Mission to the United Nations, Grumman Aerospace Corporation, Youth House Inc. (aka Youth Detention Center, NYC Department of Justice), Opportunities Industrialization Center, New York & Washington; the East New York Development Corporation and the New York Urban League, where he held positions as the Director of the Bronx and Queens Central Offices until his retirement in 1998.

Edward was an active member of his church and various community organizations. Before relocating to Kingsland from New York City, he was an active member of Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Church and later Memorial Presbyterian Church. During that time, he was also a member of the Kiwanis Club, American Management Association, American Society for Training and Development and the American Anthropological Society.  Once residing in Kingsland, he quickly became an active member of the Kingsland United Methodist Church where he participated in the Kairos Prison Ministry, Church Choir and was a teacher for the Adult Sunday School. He was also a member of the Kingsland Lions Club, where he served as club president in 2003.

Edward is survived by his wife Susannah, son Kwamena (spouse: Jarita), daughters Zenobia, Esi, Aba (spouse: Kyle); granddaughters Natalie Gyeedua and Ajaya; adopted children Marjorie Wilson, Kammar Andries and Felicia Kouakou; his siblings, brothers and sisters in Christ and countless friends.

Rest!! Faithful Servant. Till we meet again!

Visitation Friday, January 2, 2015, 5pm-7pm Allison’s Funeral Home 10141 Colerain Rd

St. Mary’s, GA 31558

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Memorial Service Saturday, January 3, 2015 @11am Kingsland United Methodist Church  120 E. Williams Ave Kingsland, GA 31548

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In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in memory of Edward A. Yarney, Jr. to the Kingsland Lions Club.

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





Charlie Nell Mullis – December 27, 2014

Charlie Nell Mullis, 76, of St. Marys, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at her residence following a short illness.
Born September 23, 1938 in Alma, Georgia, and was the daughter of the late Warren and Paulene Lee.  She was also preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Billy Mullis, son, James Leslie “Catfish” Mullis, father and mother in law, Tressell and Mildred Mullis, and sister in law, Jane Daugherty.
Mrs. Mullis had resided in Camden County for the past 48 years, and was a member of Westside Baptist Church.  She was always helped others in anyway she could and loved gardening.
Visitation will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys from 5pm to 7pm.  Burial to follow Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the Lee’s Chapel Baptist Churchyard Cemetery in Nicholls, GA.
Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Mullis of St. Marys; grandsons, Brandon Mullis (Michelle) of St. Marys, and Josh Carter of TN; great-grandson, Bentley Mullis; sister, Johnnie Dell DeLettre (Gerald) of Nicholls, brother, Sammy Lee (Debbie) of Nicholls; sister in law, Dianne King (Johnny) of Nicholls and several nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Jenny Prosen – December 19, 2014

Jenny Prosen, 84, of St. Marys, GA, and Warren, PA, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus.
Mrs. Prosen was born September 5, 1930 in Distant, PA, and was the daughter of the late Elwood C. and Bessie Henry Ross.  For the past four years, she and her husband Joe were “Snowbirds”, living in Warren, PA six months and St. Marys, GA six months.
Mrs. Prozen was a Registered Nurse, retiring with over 40 years of services.  She was a member of the First Church of God in Warren, PA, and attended New Hope Baptist Church in St. Marys.  Always a joy to be around, she loved her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph Prosen, daughter, Pamela Dawn Kitelingor of Claredon, PA; son, Ross John Prosen (Melanie) of St. Marys; two sisters, Rachael Mohney and Ivy Prosen, both of Warren, PA; brother, Tony Ross of Warren, PA; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014 at New Hope Baptist Church, at 7 pm, with Pastor George Anderson officiating.  Inurnment services will be held at a later date in Pennsylvania.
Allison Memorial Chapel & Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Gertrude R. Stevens – December 15, 2014

Gertrude R. Stevens, age 77, of Kingsland, Georgia died on Monday December 15, 2014 at South East Georgia Health Systems in St. Mary’s, Georgia. The daughter of Walter and Josephine (Gordier) McClary, Gertrude was born at home in Millersburg on July 15, 1937. On June 4, 1960 she married George William Stevens, Jr. in Flint.   They made their home in Lake Orion until 1984 when they retired and returned to the Onaway area.Gertrude worked for many years at Bortz Healthcare as a certified nursing assistant and as a housekeeper. She managed the Jamestown Apartments in Onaway and worked for the Presque Isle Council on Aging. Her most important work was being a wonderful mother, wife, and homemaker. There were two things that Gertrude was absolutely passionate about. First, she was passionate about her family. She thought the world of her boys and her grandchildren.   She cherished every minute she spent with them. She was extremely close to her sisters. They married brothers. They traveled together. They lived together. And they shared their happy and sad times together. Secondly, she was passionate about her faith in God, prayer, and devotion to her church. Gertrude was a long time member of the Onaway Baptist Chapel and a member of the Brownstown Baptist Church in Kingsland, Georgia. Gertrude was crazy about playing Bingo. She played Bingo several nights a week and would drive to the next town if there was a Bingo game. She loved fishing and was able to go frequently with her son. Gertrude was a terrific baker and a great cook. She was known for making the best homemade noodles and serving them with her fried chicken, not to be outdone by one of her delicious homemade pies. And then there was crocheting. Gertrude always crocheted for her family, making hats, mittens, scarves, slippers, and afghans. At Christmas, family could always expect a crocheted gift made by Gertrude’s loving hands.

Surviving Gertrude are her two sons, Bob Stevens (Cindy DeRosia) of Onaway and Frank “Skinny” (Susan) Stevens of Kingsland, Georgia; step-son, Mike (Jeannie) McCreery of Ortonville; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; as well as her sisters, Charlotte Streeter of Onaway and Mary Wirgau of Rogers City; brother, Bill McClary of Onaway; and many nieces and nephews. Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, George Stevens in 1988; sisters, Florence Stevens and Hazel Stevens; and brother, Wilfred McClary.

Visitation will be held at the Chagnon Funeral Home on Thursday December 18, 2014 from 4 pm – 8 pm.   The funeral service will be held on Friday December 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Onaway Baptist Chapel, 19420 E. M-68 Hwy., Onaway. Pastor Jim Warner officiated. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Tower. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Allison Memorial Chapel & Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.


Allison Memorial Chapel & Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.


Laura Mains Kiesel – December 9, 2014

Laura Mains Kiesel, 56, of White Oak, passed into her next life on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at her residence, with her husband, William by her side, after an extended illness.
She has left behind a few good friends and family, but the light of her life were her sons, James and Justin of New York, and her husband William Kiesel of White Oak.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Prithafer and her best friend and sister, Kay Gipe.
Laura was quite proud of having served her country honorably in the United States Army.  She enjoyed traveling and riding her motorcycle.  Her last request was no services but to just raise a glass to her.
The family will be holding a private inurnment at a later date.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.


Edna D. Martinez – December 14, 2014

Edna D. Martinez, 54, of St. Marys, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014 at St. Vincent’s Community Hospice in Jacksonville, FL.
Edna was born December 27, 1959 in Fernandina Beach, FL, and was the daughter of the late Samuel L. Strickland and Geraldine Lane.  She had resided in Camden County for over 45 years, and had been employed with V.T Griffin.  She loved doing craft work and going to the beach.  Edna was a member of Agape Christian Fellowship Church, serving as Secretary for many years and very active in church activities.
Survivors include her husband, Teodoro “Ted” Martinez of St. Marys; children, Carlos Martinez of Bainbridge, GA, and Anna Haggin of Alpharetta, GA; three brothers, Calvin Lee of Waycross, Jim Lee of Woodbine, and Kevin Lee of St. Marys; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11 am at Agape Christian Fellowship Church with Pastor Jonny Rogers officiating.  Burial will follow at Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland.
The family will receive friends and family on Friday, December 19th at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys from 5 pm until 7 pm.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Edna Martinez be made to Agape Christian Fellowship Church.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home in St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Edwin John Hayes, Jr. – December 5, 2014

Edwin John Hayes, Jr. 82, of St. Mary’s GA returned to his heavenly home on Dec 5. due to a long fight with cancer. His devotion to his family, and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. He is survived by his devoted wife Diane of 26 years, son John Hayes, Pam and husband Rick Emmons, Tammy Long, Wendy and husband James Cichy. Ed had five grand children Genevieve Lizotte, Lewis Long, Cassidy Darrow, Nicholas Cichy and Justin Cichy. Ed was also blessed with two great grandchildren. He will be missed by his brother Bob and wife Janet; sisters Gladys Allen, Peggy Hayes, Linda Warden. He was predeceased by his brother Bill Hayes, mother Alberta and father Edwin John Hayes.Ed was a longtime resident of Mattydale, NY and was an active member of the Pastime Athletic Club, St. Margaret’s parish and St. Mathew’s before retiring to Georgia. Ed also belonged to Our Lady Star of the Sea in St. Mary’s, GA. He will always be remembered for his upbeat spirit, easy-going manner and trademark laugh. He was an avid sportsman, loved to golf, which he did so until his last few years. A life-long Syracuse Orange and NY Yankees fan, Ed collected sports memorabilia and had a tremendous knowledge of sports history.Ed spent most of his childhood in Sherrill, NY, attended Sherill High School and joined the Navy after graduation serving his country for four years. His career was in sales, starting with Coyne Laundry in the 60’s, followed by 20 years at Weber Marking where he was recognized multiple times for his outstanding sales achievements. In 1986, Ed became the owner and proprietor of NH Sports in East Syracuse, NY.Privately Ed was a man of deep faith, and shared that faith with those in need; many men is Syracuse owe much to Ed’s understanding of how to live close to God. Ed was a good son, a devoted husband, and a loving brother and father- Ed set himself aside for those he cared about. He always welcomed friends and family gladly into his home, and loved to tell stories of his time as a traveling salesman, his bowling career and the 1-22 record with the Sherill Basketball Team, among others. Ed was many characters in his day- Big Sarge, Santa Claus, Grampa Texas, and Grandpa Santa- among others. He will be greatly missed- but those that knew him know he is sharing a laugh wherever he is.

Funeral services were held December 10, 2014 at 11 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL.

Allison Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy O’Neill – December 7, 2014

Dorothy O’Neill, 82, of St. Marys, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.
Inurnment will be held at a later date at Highland Hills Memorial Gardens in Follansbee, West Virginia.
Allison Memorial Chapel & Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.