Monthly Archives: January 2015

Betty Jo Crews – January 30, 2015

Betty Jo Crews, 78, of St. Marys, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
Born February 29, 1936 in Liveoak, FL, she was the daughter of the late Glen and Audrey McLeod Witt.  She was also preceded in death by her husband Owen Walter Crews.
Mrs. Crews had resided in Camden County most all of her life, and was retired from Kingsland State Bank.  She enjoyed crocheting and loved her family.  She was of the Baptist faith.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Homeward Cemetery at 2 pm with Pastor Chip Strickland officiating.  There will be no visitation.
Survivors include two sons, Jeff Crews (Debbie) of Franklin, VA and Mark Henry Crews (Sheryl) of St. Marys; two sisters, Glenda Drew (Edward) of LA, and Gail Harless of FL; two grandchildren, Casey Bailey and Megan Crews, two great grandchildren Adrian and T.C., and several nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Tammy Lynn Barnes – January 27, 2015

Tammy Lynn Barnes, 54, of Harrietts Bluff, passed away Monday, January 27, 2015 at her residence.
Born June 24, 1960 in Columbus, GA, she was the daughter of the late William O. and Rena Charlene Powell.  Her sister, Valerie Denise Powell also preceded her in death.
Tammy had resided in Camden County for the past 4 years.  She was a Certified Nursing Assistant with Home Health Care for 13 years and was an animal lover.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.
She is survived by her husband, Walter Barnes of Harrietts Bluff, and a niece, Brittany Nicole Powell.
Memorial contributions in memory of Tammy may be made to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support, 1199 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA  30606.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home in St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

H.E. “Gene” Holcomb – January 18, 2015

H.E. “Gene” Holcomb, 74, of St. Marys, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus.
Born June 3, 1940 in Marietta, GA, he was the son of the late Julius Newton Holcomb and the late Cleona Elizabeth Rainey Holcomb.   He was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert Holcomb.
Mr. Holcomb had resided in Camden County for the past 5 years, was retired from the Macon Water Authority, and also a 50 year member of the Atlanta Water Works Association.  He was a member of the Kingsland First Baptist Church.  He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed camping, boating on the St. Marys river, and reading.
Mr. Holcomb took great pride in his charity works and spreading the word of Jesus.  He did this through many organizations: the Louise Moon Mission, Campus Crusade for Christ, the Kairos Prison Ministry, the Walk to Emmaus and Water for People, traveling to Honduras to help build water systems.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Kingsland First Baptist Church at 11 am, with Pastor John Jenkins officiating.
Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Ann Holcomb of St. Marys; children, Libba Griffin (Phil) of Lakeland, FL, Dr. Bill Holcomb of Hattiesburg, MS, and Julie Hayley (Ian) of Macon; grandchildren, Dylan Griffin (Brittany), Gaines Griffin, and Emma Hayley.  As well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Holcomb be made to the Lottie Moon Mission Offering, c/o Kingsland First Baptist Church, 295 E. Chester Ave.  31548
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sherri Lynn Giroux – January 14, 2015

Sherri L. Giroux, 53, of Kingsland, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Southeast Georgia Health system, Camden Campus.

Sherri was born July 28, 1961 in Roseland, Illinois.  She was an avid Nascar fan, loved all sports, including fishing and camping.  She enjoyed doing jig saw puzzles, and has many of them framed in her home.  Sherri was an organ donor, “she gave where others could live’.

A Celebration of Sherri’s Life will be held Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, with Martin Turner officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Ray Giroux of Kingsland; mother and father, Jan and Dennis Wyckoff of Interlochen, MI; son, Dennis James Bankey of PA; sister, Sharon Marie Manner of Panama City Beach, FL; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in memory of Sherri may be made to Camden County Humane Society, 905 S. Grove Blvd., Kingsland, GA  31548

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



Pastor Angel L. Galarza-Barbosa – January 5, 2015

Pastor Angel L. Galarza-Barbosa, 55, of St. Marys, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
Pastor Galarza was born July 25, 1959 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He has been a resident of Camden County since 2002, and was Pastor at the Assembly of God Church for the past 12 years.  He was an avid reader of Christian books and worshiper of God.  Pastor Galarza will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2 pm at Hew Hope Church with Pastor George Anderson and Pastor Don Schunck officiating.  Inurnment will be held at a later date in Puerto Rico.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Lozada of St. Marys; father, Angel Luis Galarza and mother, Awilda E. Barbosa of San Juan, Puerto Rico; children, Angel Luis Galarza of Kingston, TN, and Daniel Galarza of St. Marys; three brothers, Javier Galarza, Ivan Galarza, and Clery Galarza; three sisters, Enid Galarza, Zaorida Galarza, and Sandra Melendez; grandchild, Anastasia Galarza and several nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda Harrell Ammons – January 2, 2015

Wanda Harrell Ammons, 50, of Kingsland, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at her residence.
Wanda was born November 8, 1964 in Jacksonville, FL.  She had resided in Camden County since 1986 and was of the Baptist faith.  She played softball and was very athletic.  She enjoyed singing, fishing, camping, riding her scooters and golf carts, and loved animals.  She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland with Pastor Christopher Ogden officiating.  The family received friends at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys on Tuesday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Ammons of Kingsland; daughters, Ashley Nicole Bratcher of Kingsland and Misty Boggs of Waverly; father and step-mother, Walter and Mae Harrell of Jacksonville, FL; mother, Marie Kennison of Hilliard, FL; three sisters, Valerie Ann Oliver of Yulee, FL, Felicia Lynn Harris of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Sonya Michelle Simpson of Hilliard, FL; two grandchildren, Elijah Boggs and Lainey Boggs, several nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Jack Newman – December 31, 2014

 Jack Newman, 87, of St. Marys passed away December 31, 2014 at St. Vincent’s in Jacksonville, FLorida.

Jack was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 11, 1927.  He attended Catholic grammar school and high school and Loyola University.  He received a Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and a Master’s degree from George Washington University.  Jack joined the Navy in 1953 and was commissioned an Officer after completing Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.  His first duty stations included Pensacola, Florida, Athens, Georgia, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Supply Officer on the USS Barry.  He was stationed at DGSC in Richmond, Virginia where he met his wife, Judy, and they had their first child, Lisa.  They were then sent to HQ, DSA, in Alexandria Virginia, where their second child, Michael, was born.  Jack’s last station was CBC in Gulfport, Mississippi where their third child, Kathy, was born.  Jack’s medals include the Joint Services Commendation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.  He retired in 1974 and went to work for Raytheon and was moved back to the Northern Virginia area.  He commuted 39 miles to Crystal City for over 20 years.  Since 1995, Jack and Judy spent winters in Saint Marys, Georgia and then they moved to Osprey Cove in 1999 where they enjoyed golf trips and cruises with their wonderful friends.  Jack was always the “go to” man and he had the patience of a saint.  He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church at 10 am.  Interment will follow at the Jacksonville National Cemetery at 12:30 pm.

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

Joseph Barczyk – December 24, 2014

On the afternoon of December 24, 2014 at Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick Campus, Joseph “Joe” Barczyk, 81, left this world peacefully in his sleep with a smile on his face. Losing his beloved wife Jayne just two months prior was too much for his heart to bear. Family and friends have found some solace in knowing that Joe was finally reunited with Jayne for her favorite holiday, Christmas.

Joe was born February 18, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was the only child of first generation Polish Americans, Sophie and Joseph Barczyk. As a teenager the family moved to Erie, PA following work, where Joe started Junior High at Cathedral Prep. Joe’s father gave up a career as a magician to find more stable work as a dental lab technician while his mother worked as a cook and sublet rooms in their home to help pay for Joe’s education. Joe had fond memories of some of their boarders: everyone from minor league baseball players who gave the family game tickets to a crop duster who would tip the wings of his plane as he flew over Joe’s house.

Joe’s senior year in high school was a time of mixed blessings. His father died unexpectedly, but Joe had also just met his one true love, Jayne.  Joe met Jayne while he worked weekends as an usher for semi-pro wrestling matches at his future Alma Matter, Gannon College. Jayne and a few of her friends from Villa Maria Academy, the private girl’s high school across town, loved watching the wrestling matches. Joe loved Jayne’s sparkling blue eyes and quick wit. Before long the girls had permanent free ring side seats and Joe and Jayne became a couple.

Even though Joe received an ROTC scholarship for Gannon College, his hard working widowed mother needed help paying bills so Joe took a series of odd jobs and did whatever he could to make a few dollars. Joe would shark at pool and pinball using sobriety to his advantage. Amazingly he still found time to spend with Jayne, riding his bike almost 12 miles to see her or occasionally borrowing his priest’s car to take her to college dances.

Joe graduated from Gannon with a degree in Accounting, but ended up choosing a career in the US Army for the job stability and most importantly to Joe and Jayne, an opportunity to see the world. Joe was commissioned on June 5, 1955 and married Jayne October 15th.  Shortly after their marriage, Joe took a position with the 503rd Military Police Company deploying to Frankfort, Germany. He assisted the British and German Military Police with tactical and security operations. Joe was genuine people person with an innate sense of human psychology (possibly honed by sharking). Joe found that he loved working with the military police from other countries; embracing cultural similarities and culinary diversity with gusto.

That first assignment shaped his Army and subsequent careers. Joe was among the first 500 Americans deployed to Viet Nam in 1962 and served another year in Viet Nam in 1969. During the course of their marriage, Joe, Jayne, and their daughter Sue lived in Germany, Thailand, and several posts in the throughout United States.

Joe retired after 20 years in the Army and he began his next career in Civil Service. He spent the next 20 years employed by the Department of Transportation and then the Department of Energy. Utilizing his Military Police background Joe eventually became an Investigative Officer protecting our strategic oil reserves and guarding our nuclear infrastructure. Among the many hats he wore in that capacity his most beloved experiences involved investigating independent gas stations in the Bayou Country of Louisiana and training SWAT Team members on security practices.

After retiring from Civil Service, Joe and Jayne settled in Sebastian, FL. A beautiful waterfront town they discovered when Jayne suggested they follow a rainbow to its end. One look at the Indian River Lagoon and they realized they found their next home. Joe couldn’t sit still for long though, within six months he decided to run for and won a position on the Sebastian City Council. He served three terms, the last as Vice Mayor. During his terms Joe was a part of a very active Council in a fast growing community. Joe worked actively and tirelessly with his fellow Council members to redevelop the waterfront, expand business development, and build a new senior center, a new main city government building, new police station, and a Boys & Girls Club facility.

The couple moved to Kingsland in 2007 after Jayne was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer to be near state of the art medical facilities and to be closer to their daughter Susan. In 2012, both Joe and Jayne’s health took a turn for the worse.  As a result, they chose to become residents of the Senior Care Center of St Marys. Being the active person he was Joe could not relax for long. He became involved as an advocate for his fellow residents and a friend to the nurses and staff. He would always take care of people by offering a broad shoulder or a piece of chocolate to anyone passing by his room. Many times Joe’s room became the scene of an impromptu get together as people stopped in to admire all the beautiful birds that would flock to his many feeders or to enjoy a good story.

Over the years Joe became member of the American Legion, VFW, and was active a member of Rotary International, in which he served as past president of the Rotary Club of Sebastian, FL and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. At the time of his death, he was an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Camden County where he had been an active member since his move to Kingsland in 2007.

Joe is survived by his daughter, Susan (Sean) Malphurs, many “adopted kids” that he grew to love at the Senior Care Center of St Marys, and of course his dog, Daisy.

A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, January 9, 2015 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 106 E. Dillingham St., St. Marys, GA,  at 11 am. Interment to follow at 2 pm, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218.

In lieu of flowers, it was Joe’s desire that the Senior Care Center of St Marys (the former Convalescent Home) be remembered. Those wishing to make donations please mail a check to: SEGHS Foundation, PO Box 1518, Brunswick, GA 31521. In the note/memo section of the check, please write “Sr Care Ctr-St Marys / Joe Barczyk.”

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