Monthly Archives: August 2015

Barbara Hadley Mathis – August 29, 2015

Lifelong educator and golf enthusiast, 73 year-old, Barbara was born and raised in Pine Mountain GA. She is the daughter of the late Gladys and Hubert Hadley.

Barbara passed away at home on Saturday, August 29, 2015 surrounded by her loving family and friends after a brief struggle with cancer. Barbara, a “die hard” Bulldog fan received her B.A. from the University of Georgia and an M. Ed. from Georgia State University. She taught English in grades 7-12 in Florida and in Harris, Troup, Cobb, and Camden counties, Georgia. She served as the State English Coordinator for the Governor’s Honors Program. Barbara worked with the development of Georgia’s Criterion- Referenced Test for pupils in Grades 5 and 8, the Regents’ Writing Examination, and Georgia’s Teacher Competency Testing Program for Certification. She has served on the adjunct faculties of Georgia Military College, Valdosta State University, and Coastal College of Georgia-Camden Campus. She was a member of the National Council of Teachers of English Conference on College Composition. Her hobbies included bridge, golf, reading, and fishing or just relaxing and watching the Crooked River as tides came and went throughout the day. Barbara, widely known for her wit and dedication, was one of the founding members of The Honey Creek Episcopal Church under the leadership of Reverend Linda Mc Cloud. During the past five years, she was an active member of King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland GA. Barbara served on the vestry at each church.

A memorial service will be held Friday, September 4, 2015 at 11:00 at King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland GA. A reception will follow the service. Your thoughts and prayers are requested for her beloved family and many friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her son, Mark James Mathis of Jacksonville, FL; beloved friend and caregiver, Bonnie London of Woodbine; cousins, B.J. and Marsha Clark of Savannah, and many other cousins and relatives.

The family is grateful for the support of Hospice of the Golden Isles, Allison Memorial Chapel, and the King of Peace Church family. In lieu of flowers, Barbara has requested donations to the King of Peace Building Fund.

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

John Yekem Zukoff – August 29, 2015

John Y. Zukoff, 65, of St. Marys, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus.

Born November 26, 1949, in New Haven, CT, he was the son of the late William and Helen Tracy Zukoff.

Mr. Zukoff had been a resident of Camden County since 1991, and was retired from the United States Navy with 27 years of service.  He was presently employed with Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay.  Mr Zukoff was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Survivors include his wife, Barb Zukoff of St. Marys; children, Heley Morris (James) of Japan, Anthony Zukoff (Sarah) of Holcomb, KS, and Andrea Gibbons (Jared) of Waldorf, MD; siblings, Patricia Muir, Linda Konopka (favorite sister), Sharon Gomes, Lauren Nailor, William Zukoff, Jr., and Frank Zukoff all of CT; three grandchildren, Tyler Morris, Helayna Morris, and Hazel Gibbons; several nieces and nephews.

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

Joseph Alfred Viani – August 25, 2015

Joseph Alfred Viani, 65, of Woodbine passed away August 25, 2015 at his residence.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm at the Woodbine United Methodist Church, with Pastor Tom Dent officiating.

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

Michael E. Schmidt, Sr. – August 27, 2015

Michael Edward Schmidt, Sr., 73, of Woodbine, GA., died Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Mr. Schmidt was born in Tacoma, WA., and moved to Woodbine in 1988.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1980, retiring at the rank of ETCS (E8). He worked for the U.S. Government at the Trident Training Facility at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, retiring in 2001.

Mr. Schmidt was a member of King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Eileen (Klein) Schmidt; a sister, Janice Kitson; and a brother, Henry Schmidt, Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sandra I. (Roberts) Schmidt of Woodbine; two daughters, Marla E. Lombardo (Michael) of Bethlehem, PA., and Gayle M. Horton (Michael) of Gainesville, Fl.; two sons, Steven C. Brown of Hortense, GA., and Michael Edward Schmidt Jr. (Stacey) of Flowery Branch, GA.; four sisters, Nadine Wright (Gene), Linda Ross (Mike) and Judith Neilson (George Tyler), all of Washington State, and Jerrie Raymond (Larry) of Arizona; a brother, Don Gaul (Donna) of Washington State; and six grandchildren, Timothy D. Stough, Ryan C. Lombardo, Bradley M. Schmidt, Lillian K. Brown, Zachary C. Brown and Lauren E. Schmidt.

Services will be held Monday, August 31, 2015, at 2 p.m. at King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland, with the Reverend Al Crumpton officiating, and full Military Honors.  An inurnment will be in the outside Columbarium at King of Peace Episcopal Church at a later date.

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

 

 

Captain Richard Andrews “Dick” Currier, USN, Retired

Captain RICHARD ANDREWS “Dick” CURRIER, USN, Retired, 83, of Saint Marys, Georgia died Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at Southeast Georgia Health System / Camden Campus of Congestive Heart Failure complicated by Pulmonary Edema and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
He was preceded in death by his parents Reginald Harris Currier and the former Frances Alburn Andrews, a brother Norman Harris Currier and his Navy Wife the former Betty Arlen McIntyre.  He is survived by a brother Robert Sherman Currier and his children Christopher Andrews Currier and Catherine Leigh Currier.
Captain Currier was born March 19th, 1932 in Beverly, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the American Navy!  He was active in scouting as a young boy.  He graduated from Beverly High School in 1950 and then the United States Naval Academy in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree!
Upon his commissioning he served aboard the Destroyer USS Brown ( DD 546 ) home ported in San Diego, CA before graduating from Submarine School in New London, CT in 1956.  His first submarine duty was aboard the USS Grampus ( SS 523 ) in Norfolk, VA where he met Betty and married her in 1958.  After graduating from the Navy’s Nuclear Power Propulsion School in 1959, Currier was then assigned to the USS Scorpion ( SSN 589 ) also in New London.  Later he served aboard the USS Tinosa ( SSN 606 ) again in Norfolk, the USS John Adams ( SSBN 620 ) in Portsmouth, NH and the USS Andrew Jackson ( SSBN 624 ) in Rota, Spain.
His first submarine command was aboard the USS Sea Devil ( SSN 664 ) home ported in Norfolk, VA during which he earned the Navy Commendation Medal and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.  His next command was aboard the USS Daniel Webster ( SSBN 626 ) home ported in Guam during which he earned the Meritorious Service Medal and a second Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Altogether, Captain Currier served aboard one surface ship and seven submarines while completing seventeen successful deterrent patrols and / or deployments at sea.
From 1973 till 1977 Captain Currier served as Deputy Commander for Readiness of Submarine Squadron Ten in New London, CT where he earned a second Meritorious Service Medal.
From 1977 till 1979 Currier served as  Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Material for Acquisition Logistics in Washington D. C. where he earned a third Meritorious Service Medal.
In 1979 Captain Currier received orders to command the Submarine Support Base, Kings Bay.  During his tour of command Kings Bay became a fully operational Naval Submarine Base and home port to Submarine Squadron Sixteen.
His final tour of duty at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard took him close to home where family and friends could join the Captain and his Navy Wife at a surprise 25th Wedding Anniversary Party hosted by their children in 1983.
After retirement in 1984 Dick and Betty returned to Southeast Georgia where they enjoyed a Real Estate career together with Century 21, Tri-City Realty.
Throughout his life, Captain Currier was proud to serve our Nation and the Civic Organizations in the communities he called home.  He loved his Family and Friends.  He enjoyed traveling, attending sporting events, gardening and caring for the numerous stray cats that he took in.  He truly left a Legacy of a Life Well Lived!
To learn more about this Cold War Warrior who was proud to be able to say “I never fired an angry shot!” please join his Family and Friends at A Celebration of Life / Memorial Service with Full Military Honors, 11:30 am, Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at Allison Memorial Chapel, 10141 Colerain Road, Saint Marys, Georgia 31558 / 912-729-5000.  At a later date, the ashes of both Captain Currier and his Navy Wife will be placed at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial Donations in his name can be donated to the Saint Marys Submarine Museum, 102 Saint Marys Street West, Saint Marys, Georgia 31558 / 912-882-2782.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Gail Ware – August 24, 2015

Linda G. Ware, 42, of St. Marys, passed away Monday, August 24, 2015 at U.F.
Health Jacksonville, Florida.

Linda was born December 7, 1972 in Lake City, Florida.  She was a 1990
graduate of Columbia County High School in Lake City, FL., and had resided
in Camden County, GA since 2012.  She enjoyed sewing, quilting, kayaking,
gardening and camping.

Linda was a Cancer Survivor and very active with Relay for Life.  She was of
the Baptist faith.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm at
Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, with Pastor Edward Dixon officiating.

Survivors include her husband, John Ware, IV, of St. Marys; parents, Donald
and Betty Dicks of Lake City, FL; step-children, Austin Ware and Riley Ware
of St. Marys; three sisters, Cathy Dicks and Jennifer Lynch both of Lake
City, FL, and Kimberly Dicks of Williston, FL; several nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Linda be made to the
American Cancer Society.

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

Gene C. Wood – August 22, 2015

Gene C. Wood, 76, of St. Marys passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015 at his residence.
Mr. Wood was born June 5, 1939 in Lynchburg, VA, to the late Ira and Virginia Brooks Wood.  He had been a resident of Camden County for the past 15 years and was a self-employed painter.
Mr. Wood enjoyed playing all types of musical instruments including his base guitar which was so special to him, and always making people laugh.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and was a member of the Hedges Baptist Church in Yulee, FL
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.  Inurnment services will be held at a later date.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Wood of St. Marys; his eleven children, Geannie Folder (Matthew), Anne Gaines (Rusty), Angie Caldwell (Randy), Janet Ogle, Clay Wood (Donna), Parker Wood, Jason Wood, Lance Wood (Anna), Tara Wood, Jordan Wood, and Theresa Kelly (Jim); 20 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Estelle Griffin – August 21, 2015

Estelle Griffin, 89, of St. Marys, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015 at Magnolia Manor on St. Simons Island, GA.

Private inurnment services will be held by the family in Ohio at a later date.

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

Dr. Michael Downing Callihan – August 18, 2015

Dr. Michael Downing Callihan, 79, of Woodbine, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Dr. Callihan was a retired Captain in the United States Navy with 30 years of service.  His inurnment services will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

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