Monthly Archives: December 2015

Charles Ray Bailey – December 31, 2015

Charles Ray Bailey, 93, of St. Marys, Georgia, commonly known to family and friends as Chuck or Ray, was called home by his Heavenly Father Thursday morning, December 31, 2015. Chuck was currently a resident of the Senior Care Center in Brunswick, Georgia, where he would keep up a constant chatter with health care nurses and share with them his secret stash of milk chocolate candies.

Chuck was one of six children born to Willie M. and Clyde E. Bailey Sr of Lithonia, Georgia. Chuck was the last of all the siblings to join his Father beyond the River of Jordan. He is survived by two daughters, Ruth Ann Dyals (Roger) of St. Marys, Georgia and Donna Davis (Ronnie) of Loganville, Georgia; and two sons, Kenneth (Faye) of St. Marys and Brett of Forsyth, Georgia. Chuck also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Christa Edwards of Fayetteville, Georgia; Dale Dyals of Brunswick, Georgia; April Freeman of Loganville, Georgia; Beth Davis of Decatur, Georgia; Jessica Baily of Juliette, Georgia; Mackenzie Bailey of Maryland; Matthew Bailey of Fort Meade, Maryland; and Kim Pope of Canton, Georgia. Chuck also says goodbye to twelve great grandchildren Ashley, Ashton, Austin, Cade, Cameron, Davis, Hunter, Jackson, Kaitlyn, Lindsey, Ryan, Zack and one great, great grandchild, Kieryn.

Chuck was a veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Missouri throughout the war. He stood proudly on the deck of the Missouri and witnessed the signing of the peace treaty that resulted from the Japanese surrender, signaling the end of World War II. Following the signing he was one of a group of seamen that went ashore and cleared weapons and hidden soldiers from the various bunkers and tunnels they occupied. During his retirement it was very seldom you saw Chuck without his USS Missouri cap sitting proudly on his head.

Chuck retired from Western Electric and he and his wife, Mickey, who passed in June of 2015, spent numerous days traveling, camping and sightseeing his beloved America. Chuck and Mickey later moved to a home on the Withlacoochee River in Istachatta, Florida and enjoyed a leisure life of fishing and socializing with their many friends and visiting the Monday flea market in Webster, Florida. They moved to St. Mary’s in 2001. They were both members of the First Presbyterian Church of St Marys, Georgia.

Visitation will be held Saturday morning, January 2, from 10:30 to 11:30 at Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home followed by graveside services at noon in Oak Grove Cemetery with Pastor Rick Douylliez officiating.

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


Thomas Lee Reddick – December 28, 2015

Thomas Lee Reddick, 69, of White Oak, passed away Monday, December 28, 2015 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Born February 5, 1946 in Jacksonville, FL, he was the son of the late Howell E. and Marguerite G. Reddick.

Tommy had been a resident of Camden County for the past 50 years, and had been employed with the State of Georgia  Forestry Department and retired from the Department of Defense Natural Resources.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a collector of knives.  He was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Reddick of White Oak; son, Howell Lee Reddick (Jewels) of Washington State; sister, Ellen Colleen Smith of White Oak; cousins, Andy Godley, Medina Atkins, Bill Jackson, Gloria and Larry Turner; grandchild, Alene Marguerite Johnson.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Burnt Fort Cemetery,  at 2:30 pm, with military honors.

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

This entry was posted in Obituaries on December 31, 2015 by Mary.

Jesse Duane “Sam” Palmer – December 26, 2015

Jesse Duane “Sam” Palmer, 57 of Kingsland, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015.
Sam was born August 27, 1958 in Fernandina Beach, FL, and was a lifelong resident of Camden County.  He was employed with Gilman Paper Company until their closing and then with Rayonier.  Sam loved his family, fishing and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Kingsland United Methodist Church, at 2:00 pm, with Pastors Devin Schultz and Chip Strickland officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church from 12 noon to 2 pm, two hours prior to service time.   Pallbearers: Nick Palmer, Buck Johnsen, Wayne Hightower, Gabe Hightower, Aaron Hutto and Daniel Foley.  Honorary are Sam’s friends and co-workers of Gilman Paper Company and Rayonier.
Survivors include his wife Lisa Palmer of Kingsland; mother, Dorothy Palmer Edgy and step-father, Marlin Edgy of Waynesville; children, Jessica Hutto (Aaron) of Kingsland, Rachel Foley (Daniel) of Ft. Campbell, KY, Katie Elkins (Jordan) of Oakley, CA; and Nick Palmer of Kingsland; sister, Teresa Hightower (Wayne) of Vidalia; his adored grandchildren, Talon, Reagan, Jace, Liam, Jackson, and Evan, along with several nieces and nephews.  Sam is preceded in death by his father, Dennie C. Palmer, grandparents, Jesse and Pauline Strain, Don and Blanche Palmer, aunt, Doris Bigler, and cousin, Greg Lanier.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Sam be made to Justin’s Miracle League, or charitable organization of choice.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Walter Harrelson – December 25, 2015

Kenny W. Harrelson, 59, of St. Marys, passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 at his residence.
Born February 19, 1956 in Mullins, SC, he was the son of the late Troy L. and Bernice Capps Harrelson.  Kenny was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Donald Harrelson and Ronald Harrelson.
Kenny had been a resident of Camden County since 1973, attended Kingspointe Fellowship Baptist Church, and was a veteran of the U.S.Army serving his country honorably during the Cold War.
Kenny was a motorcycle enthusiast, re-storing Harley Davidsons every chance he had to do so.  His passion was going to Daytona and working at the Iron Horse Saloon.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 2 pm at Oak Grove Cemetery with Pastor Gregory Bevan officiating.  The family will receive friends at Allison Memorial Chapel on Tuesday from 12 noon to 1:30 pm, prior to the graveside services.
Pallbearers: Brent Green, Jeffery Harrelson, Buddy Hill, Jack Hancock, Rick Perkins.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Harrelson of St. Marys; son, Kenneth Troy Harrelson (Angel) of Cape Canaveral, FL; sisters, Cheryl Hancock (Jack) of Sandia, TX, and Cendy Perkins (Rick) of Waverly; his grandchildren who were his life, Nathan Allen Harrelson and Aimee Nicole Harrelson; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Kenny be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Jonathan Peter Nelson – December 14, 2015

Jonathan Peter Nelson, 58, of St. Marys, passed away on the morning of December 14, 2015 at his home.
Jon was born in the town of Ansonia, Connecticut on October 7, 1957.  He was the fourth child of the late Edward C. and Julia A. Nelson.
Jon was an avid fisherman placing in many fishing tournaments in his youth while accompanied by his fishing mentor Charlie Kirk of Oxford, Connecticut.  His second favorite past time was diving and snorkeling particularly at night in the Narragansett Bay off of the coast of Rhode Island; and also canoeing, camping and of course more fishing with his wife up and down  the eastern Canada coast.
Professionally Jon attained the rank of Captain, Medical Services Corps, in the United States Navy and served for 27 years before retiring in 2013 in St. Marys, Georgia.  While attending the Navy War College, he earned his third Master’s Degree.  His professional achievements  not only included Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals but distinguished certifications as a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and recent graduate of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Jonathan is survived by his wife, Deborah Elizabeth Nelson, daughter, Devon Elizabeth Nelson, son, Ean Matthew Nelson, granddaughter, Sofia Elizabeth Nelson, and three elder siblings, Edward C. Nelson, Jr., Julie Newman, and Pamlea Nelson.
Memorial services will be held Friday, December 18, 2015, at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Pastor Greg Gardell officiating.   Services with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, and will be announced at a later date.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Jon be made to the Coral Restoration Foundation, 5 Seagate Boulevard, Key Largo, Florida 33037.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Henry O. Phillips – December 9, 2015

Henry O. Phillips, 82, of St. Marys, passed  away on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at UF Health Shands in Jacksonville, FL.
Born December 18, 1932 in Folkston, GA, he lived in the strength of God each day.  He was the son of the late William A. and Mary Jane Prescott Phillips.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Donald Phillips.
Mr. Phillips had resided in Camden County for the past 58 years, and began his career at Gilman Paper Company in July 1956.  Following 39 years of service, he retired December 31, 1994.  He was a member and one of the founding members of Agape Christian Fellowship Church.  He enjoyed fishing and the rivers, and loved his Lord, Jesus Christ and his church.
Mr. Phillips was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country honorably during the Korean Conflict.  He was a loving husband, father, brother, son, grandfather and friend.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 12 noon at Agape Christian Fellowship Church with Pastor Jonny Rodgers officiating and with Military Honors.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services at 11:00 am.  Burial will be private.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jean Phillips of St. Marys; daughter, Sandra Call (Dennis) of St. Marys; step-daughters, Debbie Anderson of St. Marys and Michelle Stanland (Erik) of Yulee, FL; brothers, Bob Phillips of Folkston, Jimmy Phillips (Joann) of Athens, and George Phillips of Americas; sisters, Willie Maude Johns and Mary Sue Murray (Ronnie) of Folkston; sister in law, Theo Phillips; 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Kenton Bell – December 8, 2015

Kenton Ray Bell, 50, of Jacksonville, FL, departed this life and entered into Heaven on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, having waged a heroic lifelong defiance of seemingly insurmountable odds. He passed away at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.

Kent was born February 14, 1965 at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Bobbie Jean Chestnut (Yates), and step father Rev. John Paul Chestnut of Kingsland; brothers Victor G. Bell and wife (Mary) of Oaklandon, Indiana, Major Daniel A. Bell and wife (Sabrina) of Spring, Texas and sister Kimberly Rose Bell of Kingsland, GA; 15 nieces and nephews, 14 great nieces and nephews, many aunts, uncles and dozens of cousins. Kent was preceded in death by his father, the late Army Aviator MSG Everett M. Bell.

Kent graduated from Howe High School, Indianapolis, IN. Attended The University of Kentucky, IUPUI and Ball State, and attended The University of North Florida as a Statistician (Scoreboard Extraordinaire).

Kent was an author, Look Ma, No Hands, No Legs Either. He was also a sports superfan. advocate and activist for independent living for those with disabilities. Profiled in national television and print media, including the Oprah Winfrey show, Kent was an active advocate for independent living for those with disabilities. His life story won an Emmy Award. He was awarded the Florida Governor’s award, and was Host of an internet radio program on Advocate 4 Success.

Funeral services will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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