Monthly Archives: September 2015

Roy Michael Rainey, Jr. – September 28, 2015

Roy Michael Rainey, Jr., 52, of St. Marys, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015 at UF Health Shands in Jacksonville, FL.
Mike was born August 7, 1963 in Rockledge, FL.  He had resided in Camden County for the past 26 years, and was a 1981 graduate of Ware County High School.  He was a graduate of Valdosta State University where he received his Educational Specialist degree in Guidance and Counseling.  Mike was also the Band Director for Camden County High and St. Marys Middle School.  He was a member of Point Peter Baptist Church, and served as minister of music.
Mike was a loving son, husband, brother, father and uncle.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 11:00 am at Point Peter Baptist Church with Pastor Douglas Gibson officiating.  A private inurnment will be held at a later date.
Survivors include his wife, Mitzie L. Rainey of St. Marys; mother, Ival Rainey of Waycross; two children, Shelby Nicole Rainey and Roy Michael ”Trey” Rainey, III, both of St. Marys; sister, Shelia Rainey Murphy of Hodgenville, KY; sisters in law: Ann Flowers of Homerville, GA, and Nancy Miller of Jackson, GA; several nieces and nephews.  Mike was preceded in death by his father, Roy M. Rainey, Sr.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Leroy Stratton – September 27, 2015

Leroy Stratton, 92, of St. Marys, passed away Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Senior Care Center in St. Marys.
Services and inurnment will be held at a later date in Nebraska.
Mr. Stratton was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during WWII.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

John Ed Bruce – September 24, 2015

John Ed Bruce, 93, of Kingsland, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Marshview Nursing Home in Savannah.
Born July 8, 1922 in Kingsland, GA, he was the son of the late Charles and Hattie Liles Bruce.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Annie Elizabeth Mills Bruce, and nine brothers, Jack, Aldine, Robert, Liles, Monroe, Woodrow, Lester, Joe, and Houston.
A lifelong resident of Camden County, Mr. Bruce was retired from Gilman Paper Company with 30 years of service.  He was a member of Kingsland First Baptist Church, serving as Church Secretary for over 30 years, and was also the church planner of Crooked River Baptist Church.  He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp serving his country honorably during WWII.
Funeral services will be held Monday, September 28, 2015 at 10:00 am, at the Kingsland First Baptist Church Chapel, with burial to follow at Homeward Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday, September 27th, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.
Survivors include two sons and daughters in law, Wayne and Ellen Bruce of Savannah, GA, and Ronald and Pamela Bruce of Dothan, AL; daughter, Sandra Bruce of Sandersville, GA; six grandchildren, Kristi, Stephen, Rachel, Edward, Ashley, and Lindsay; eight great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Bruce be made to Hospice of Savannah, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416 or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Charles L. Cooper, Jr. – September 18, 2015

Charles “Chuck” “Pat” Cooper Jr., 71, passed away Friday, September 18, 2015, at the Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, Georgia.

He leaves two sons, Trey Cooper and Shawn Cooper; former spouse Lois Cooper; sister and brother in law Mary Lou and Fritz Wagner; sister Barabara Headdon; extended family and many close friends.
Mr. Cooper spent many years in the Kingsland/St. Marys area serving as a police officer and an EMT paramedic. He attended both the Kingsland First United Methodist Church and King’s Pasture Cowboy Church in Kingsland.


A service will be held at the Kingland First United Methodist Church, 120 E. William Ave. Kingsland at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to KFUMC Harvest House Food Pantry (120 E. Williams Ave. Kingsland, GA 31548) and King’s Pasture Cowboy Church (P.O. Box 304, Kingsland, GA 31548-0304).
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Juanita Walton Williams – September 17, 2015

Juanita Walton Williams, 52, of St. Marys passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.
Born June 30, 1963, in St. Marys, she was the daughter of the late Rev. George Lee Walton and late nurse Christine Walton of St. Marys. She was the third of eight children. She was married to Edward Williams and mother to her beloved son, Little Eddie Williams. She loved Little Eddie’s beautiful smile, eyes and lashes and those cute dimples and those cheeks.
      Juanita confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and was baptized in Jesus’ name at an early age and re-dedicated her life in 1993 when she was 30 years old. She was a faithful member of the church. She devoted her time doing the work of the Lord. Juanita’s life was truly a reflection of her personal relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Even during her illness, you could find her ministering the word of God to family and friends.
Juanita, who was always a caring, giving and passionate person, worked as a nurse at the senior care service in Brunswick. She later followed her dreams and received a Bachelor of Science in sociology where she graduated magna cum laude, once again showing her passion to help people. Juanita was not only an excellent nurse and stellar student but also an accomplished artist. Her work has been hung in several prominent places.
Juanita is survived by her elder and most beloved brother, George Lee Walton, Robert Meredith “Cat Head” Walton; her sister, Elaine Walton; her brothers, David Christopher Walton, Michael Terrence “Timmy” Walton, Darrell Nathaniel “Blimp” Walton and Phillip “Chauchie” Walton.
Juanita is also survived by her nieces, Sydney Elizabeth Walton, Jessica Lassiter-Walton, Katie Wannamaker, Ashley Spivey, Meghan Walton, Michael Walton and Christine Walton. She also leaves behind her sisters-in-laws, Kelly Walton, Danielle Walton and Nicole Walton and her cousin Leslie Richardson Morice and her daughter, Sierra Richardson and son, Omar Richardson.
She leaves behind extended family and friends who loved her and enjoyed her funny way of telling stories and seeing the word.
Juanita was predeceased in death by her sisters, Mamie Walton, Amy Walton and Christine “Booboo” Walton.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with the Rev. Michael H.L. Roberson Sr. and Pastor Doffie Silvia officiating.
 Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Sondra Strasser Few – September 15, 2015

Sondra Sue Strasser-Few, 72, of St Marys, GA died on September 15th at 8:50am following an extended two year period with health issues and illness.

Sondra was her own person with her own unique and beautiful spirit. She is loved by many and will be deeply missed by those who had the privilege of knowing her.

She is survived by her sister Beverly (Larry) Miller of Winamac, IN; sister Kay Strasser of Winamac, IN; daughter Colleen Craig of Albion, IN; son Barney Brent Frain of St Marys, GA; daughter Dorri (Mike) O’Donnell of Winamac, IN; granddaughters: Nicole Hatfield, Sarah (Jeremy) Mason, Lorien (Terry) Hale, Brittney (Matt) Voltz, Jessika Skelton, Lyndsi Ringen, grandson Michael O’Donnell, and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father Barney Strasser and her mother Dorothy Strasser.

A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Church in Winamac, Indiana on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. Visitation starts at 10:00, the service is at 11:00, with a meal to follow.

Contributions in Sondra’s name may be made to Pulaski Animal Center, Winamac, IN.

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


Rachel D. Cumbo – September 11, 2015

Rachel Denise Cumbo, 48, was called to be with Our Father in Heaven on Friday morning September 11th, 2015 at her home in Kingsland Georgia. She was born in Jacksonville Florida on September 21, 1966 to Ernie and Jean McKenzie Silcox.  She later found a loving adoptive home with Ramelle and Edgar Blain. 
Denise attended Camden County High School and graduated from Bible Baptist Christian Academy in Kingsland, Georgia. She attended Brewerton Parker College in Mount Vernon , Georgia.   Her first job was during high school when she worked as a cashier in her parents Western Auto store in Kingsland. Denise was a hard working woman of many trades, but her true avocation was being a wife, mother, and grandmother to her family. 

She met her future husband Steve Cumbo at a construction company in Kingsland where they both worked.  It was love at first sight and they married three months later on May 28th, 1988.  They were married for 27 loving years.  They moved to Oregon where their two children, Christopher and Courtney were born.  They then moved to North Carolina, where they lived for 20 years.  After a move to Tennessee for a few years, they returned to Kingsland in June 2014 to be closer to their grandchildren. 

Denise is survived by her beloved husband Steve, son Christopher, daughter Courtney, and three grandchildren, Lyla , Romeo, and Reece.  She also leaves behind three brothers, Homer “Skip” Booe, Ricky Blain and Wesley Walker and three sisters, Sarah Blain Lackey,  Jody Kline Nickless, and Tina Kazmerick Robinson, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Denise is predeceased by her parents,  Ramelle and Edgar Blain, a brother, Steven Gene Kline, and sister, Kathleen Silcox Pawloski .

Denise attended Harriet Bluff Baptist Church as a child and her unwavering faith in God was the cornerstone of her daily life. She was kind and devoted to family and friends and brought joy to so many. Her loving smile, sweet compassionate nature and quirky sense of humor will be missed by all.  Private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

David Mark Simons – September 9, 2015

David M. Simons, 61, of St. Marys passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus.
David was a devoted and beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother. Growing up, he attended Princess Anne Baptist Church and once moving to Camden joined Kingsland First Baptist Church where he served as an adult Sunday School teacher at various times.
David attended 2 years of college at Old Dominion University continuing his education when he began his civil service career at Norfolk Naval Shipyard where he graduated from the apprenticeship program with honors in 1986. Positions he held included supervisor, technical support, building manager, and safety officer. He suggested many improvements and technical equipment suggestions which garnered recognition. During his long career of federal civil service, he was recognized with various awards including many on the spot awards by his
command. Specific awards included: Production Supervisor of the Quarter TRF, Production Employee of the Year TRF, Production Employee of the Quarter TRF.  In addition, he received many certificates including CISCO networking.
David enjoyed building and flying remote comtrol airplanes as a hobby. He was a member of the Kings Bay RC Modelers’ Club in which he held several leadership roles. His intelligence, sense of humor, love and compassion will make him sorely missed by family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 2pm at the Kingsland First Baptist Church with Rev. Vernon Dillingham officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church at 1 pm, one hour prior to service time.
Pallbearers: Christopher Martin, Travis Simons, Gregg Moore, Jeff Howard, Rob Fenstermaker, and Steve Royer.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen Taylor Simons of St. Marys; mother, Rosa Modlin Simons of Virginia Beach, VA; children, Heather Simons McMillan (Mark), Joshua Lee Simons (Darcy) of St. Marys, and Katie Elizabeth Simons of Macon; brothers, Robert Simons (Sharon) and James Simons, Jr (Amanda); sister, Laura Simons Martin; grandchildren, Kylie Simons, Sarah Simons, Hananiah Simons, Andrew McMillan, Tabitha McMillan, and Grace McMillan; several nieces and nephews.  David was preceded in death by his father, James H. Simons, Sr.
The family requests Memorial Contributions be made to the National Marfan Foundation.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.