Monthly Archives: January 2016

Barbara Lord Kirshfield – January 22, 2016

Barbara Lord Kirshfield left this world suddenly, on January 22, 2016. She was born in Delhi, New York to Harold and Eloisae Lord and was the youngest of 6 children. She met Alfred F. Kirshfield when they both were in the Air Force.   After a whirl wind courtship, they married in Biloxi Mississippi on June 7, 1952 and enjoyed 63 years together. She leaves behind her husband as well as her two daughters, Janice Kirshfield of Woodbine, GA and Sherra (Tim) Nuttall of Woodbine, GA; her grandchildren who she loved tremendously Eloisae (Michael) Patterson of Martinez, GA, Brianna (Brandon) May of St. Mary’s, GA, Vivian (Clester) Hornsby of Augusta, GA, Kevin (Denise) West of Ft. Stewart, GA, Alex (Ashleigh) Nuttall of Woodbine, GA, Keith West of Far Rockaway, NY, and Garth L Nuttall III of Woodbine GA; and her great grandchildren, Drue and Ian Patterson, Cameron and Addison May, Lillian and Tyler Hornsby, and Kaia and Thea Nuttall; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She will be remembered for her love of nature and her giving spirit. She was an avid Wildcat Football fan and barely missed a game in the past 25 years. She retired from The Public Affairs office on Kings Bay Submarine Base, Georgia, and had been a civil servant for over 50 years. She traveled the world with her husband Alfred and they settled in Camden County in 1987 where they have resided since. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you place a bird feeder in your yard in her memory or donate to a charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

Ralph T. Morgan – January 21, 2016

Ralph T. Morgan, 81, of St. Mary’s, and formerly of Lake Burton, Georgia passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016, at UF Health Shands Jacksonville.

Born January 28, 1934 in Erie, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Frank and Eva Morgan.

Mr. Morgan served in the US Navy as a sonar operator and diver on the Destroyer Rooks during the Korean Conflict.  He held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in Advertising and Public Relations.  He worked for 12 years as an account executive in Atlanta, Georgia for Liller, Neal Battle & Lindsey, where he managed award winning advertising campaigns for Smokey the Bear and US Steel.  In 1972, he moved to Columbia, SC where he retired in 1999 as a full professor emeritus from the College of Journalism at the University of South Carolina.

Mr. Morgan was an avid outdoorsman and active supporter of Trout Unlimited, the Nassau Sport Fishing Association, the Boy Scouts of America, and the National Park Service.  He was a dedicated volunteer at the Cumberland Island National Park where he donated over 2500 hours of service.  During his time on Cumberland Island, he worked as a Lands and Legacy Tour guide, museum docent, and at Sea Camp, where he was known for his afternoon lectures about Cumberland Island.  He was a Cub Master and then Troop Master for Troop 9 in Columbia, South Carolina for 12 years with the Boy Scouts of America.  He enjoyed surf fishing at many of the local beaches, trout fishing in the north Georgia mountains, and fishing anywhere with his grandchildren.

Mr. Morgan loved being on the water and began sailing as a child at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Washington, DC, eventually culminating with the Charleston Offshore Racing Association, where he crewed the boat “Deadline” for 12 years, winning two championship titles.

Mr. Morgan spent 46 years building a cabin on Lake Burton in the northeast Georgia mountains, where he and his wife Sandy sponsored many sunset suppers on the boathouse and founded Camp Morgan for the grandchildren.

Mr. Morgan always had a smile, even for people he did not know.  He was the patriarch of not only his immediate family, but also families of those who he was not a blood relative.  Kindness and generosity was a way of life for him.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sandy Morgan of St Mary’s; 3 sons, Adam Morgan (Lynette), Captain Reece Morgan (Heather), Troy “Chopper” Morgan (Karen); 9 grandchildren, Ben Morgan and fiancé Hannah, Sean Morgan, Mallory Morgan and fiancé Justin, Abigail Morgan, Elise Morgan, Hannah Morgan, Henry Morgan, David Morgan and Sam Morgan.

He has an extended family that includes his god-daughter, Amy Bolton Wallace, and a list of others too long to print here.  He loved them all.

There will be a memorial service at 4 pm, Saturday, January 30th at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Mary’s.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to “The Ralph Morgan Fund for Georgia Trout Camp”.  This camp is sponsored by Trout Unlimited and introduces youth to trout fishing.  Please send donations to:  Georgia Trout Camp, 194 Kitchins Lane, Clayton, GA, 30525.

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

Stacy Coates Woodcock – January 19, 2016

Stacy Coates Woodcock, 55, of Woodbine, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at her residence.
Stacy was born on March 24, 1960 in San Antonio, Texas.  She had been a resident of Camden County for the past 30 years, and had been employed with Gilman Building Products  for 18 years.  She was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Kingsland.  Stacy was a loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister.  She will be missed by so many of her friends and so many people that she touched in a very special way.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, at 3:00 pm with Rev. Vernon Dillingham officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time.  Burial to follow at Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland.
Pallbearers: David Coates, Mike Ingram, Shawn Ingram, Lawton Woodcock, Cleve Bennett, Charlie Strickland.
Survivors include her husband, Doug Woodcock; daughter, Shelby Woodcock; father, Willard Coates; sister, Mindy Coates Ingram (Mike); brother, David Coates; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Stacy was preceded in death by her mother, Sylvia Maria Wall Coates.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Stacy be made to Habitat for Humanity.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Randall C. Prescott – January 17, 2016

Randall C. Prescott, 47, of St. Marys passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.
Born March 23, 1968, in Folkston, GA, he was the son of the late Freddie and Mary Sheppard Conner Prescott.
Randy was a life long resident of Camden County and a 1986 graduate of Camden County High.  He had been employed with Gilman Paper Company for 12 years, until their closing, and was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church.
Randy was an avid Camden County Athletic enthusiast, loving all sports.  He enjoyed being on the water shrimping and also hunting.  Its been said that Randy was the entertainer and life of the party.  He will be loved and missed by his family and many, many friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Lighthouse Church of God, with Pastor Bobby Woods and Pastor George Anderson officiating.  Burial will follow at Pineview Cemetery in Folkston. The family will receive friends on Friday evening at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Pallbearers:  Chuck Clark, Cecil Gay, Jeffery Harrelson, Johnny Love, Danny Mayer, Blake Manning, Mike Brown, and Kelly Allen.
Survivors include his daughter, Savannah Grace Prescott of Kingsland, and son, Joel Scully of Tampa, FL; brother and sister in law, Rusty and Kim Prescott of St. Marys; nieces, Brittany Prescott and Nicole Prescott; nephew, Hunter Prescott; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Victor LaChapelle – January 13, 2016

Donald V. LaChapelle, 85, of St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Sears Manor Nursing Home.
Born October 5, 1930 in Manchester, CT, he was the son of the late Victor and Anna Tack LaChapelle.
Mr. LaChapelle was a boxer during his military career, loved to hunt and was a gun enthusiast.  He was retired from the U.S. Marine Corp with 22 years of service, and served his country honorably during the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 12 noon at Allison Memorial Chapel with Pastor Rick Douylliez officiating.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services.  Burial will be held on Wednesday at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, with Military Honors.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth LaChapelle of St. Marys; six children, Michele deHeus (Don) of Marietta, Michael LaChapelle of Woodbine; March Lachapelle (Ginger) of Crawfordville, FL, Mitchell LaChapelle (Linda) of Swanzey, NH, Mariana George (James) of Kingsland, Ga, and Charlotte LaChapelle of St. Marys 16 grandchildren, Tina McCall (Hollis), John deHeus, Alice Turner (Rob), Sarah Fitzsimons (Patrick), Joseph LaChapelle (Angela), Nicole Furness (Eric), Jennifer Yaden (Jason), Jeffrey LaChapelle (Cheryl), Amanda Smith (Adam), Tiffany Joslyn (Rob), Elizabeth Pierce (Anthony), Victor LaChapelle, Alex George, James Michael George,
Rebekah George, and Gracelyn George; 19 great grandchildren.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Mr. LaChapelle be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas  66675.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Angela Maria Barranco – January 11, 2016

Angela Maria Barranco, 75, of St Mary’s GA, passed away on January 11, 2016, surrounded by her family at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Born November 22, 1940 in Panama, she was the daughter of the late Luis and Angela Gibbs Barranco.

She is survived by daughters Alicia Sanchez of Alexandria, VA, and Lourdes Merrow of St. Mary’s, GA; grandson Dillon Merrow of St. Marys GA and sisters, nieces, nephews and loved ones across Florida and Ohio.  Known by many as Mimi, her spirit and strength will live on in all those she touched. 

A small memorial gathering will be held at the Merrow home on Saturday evening.

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

Carrie Nell Hobson – January 8, 2016

Carrie Nell Hobson, 89, of St. Marys passed away Friday, January 8, 2016 at her residence.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 11 am at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens in Snellville, GA.

She is survived by her daughter, Juane Albright Redden (Randy) of St. Marys.

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

Albert Ray Coker, Jr. – January 7, 2016

Albert Ray Coker, Jr., 55, of Woodbine, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016 at UF Health Shands in Jacksonville, FL.
Born January 26, 1960 in Kingstree, SC, he was the son of the late Albert Ray Coker and the late Roberta Reid Cox.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Jason Ray Coker.
Al was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, retiring  with 20 years of service and served his country honorably.  He was employed with the Naval Submarine Support Center from 2004 to present.  Al was a member of the V.F.W. Post 8385 and the V.F.W. Riders.  He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved riding his motorcycle.  He adored and loved his family, especially his two grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Survivors include his wife, Kelly Coker of Woodbine; daughter, Dana Carper (Lon) of St. Marys; sister, Pam Lloyd (Barry) of Harleyville, SC; brothers, Charlie Coker of Kingstree, SC, and Mark Cox (Nicole) of Charleston, SC; grandchildren, Ayden Carper and Hadley Carper; several nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Robert H. Deen – January 6, 2016

“Bob” Robert Henry Deen, 88, passed peacefully with his immediate family at his side on Wednesday January 6th, 2016 at Camden Hospital departing for his life’s work.

Life’s path led him to many places but he always found comfort/home in South Georgia –

Born Oct 9, 1927 in his childhood home in Pearson, attended Glynn Academy High School, graduating Pearson High School in 1945, sought knowledge at South Georgia College and ABAC, served in the U.S. Army Air Corp in the Philippines 1946-47, returned to the US to work as a Switchman with the Georgia/Florida Railroad, and managed construction team as Foreman at Dupont Corporation in Augusta for 2 years before joining Gilman Paper Company in 1953 with 42 years of service retiring in 1996.

His Christian life was a lifelong belief in betterment of himself and positive support of everyone.

He joined the St. Mary’s United Methodist Church in 1954, served dutifully on the Board of Trustees, Administrative Board, Pastor Parrish Committee, Finance and Nominating Committee, and Evangelism Committee. He was responsible for the Greeters that are at the doors of each service and member of the Pilgrim Sunday School Class.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge from 1953 to present, achievements include Master Degree in 1954, member of the Royal Arch and Council, President of Shriners Camden County, Worship Master of Blue Lodge, Worship Master of Council and Royal Arch, Worship Master of Shriners – Savannah, Eastern Star, Scottish Rite – Jacksonville, FL, and Worship Master of Commandery – Brunswick.

He was always active in football and baseball, belonged to the Camden County Recreational Authority, and loved to go work out at the gym. Many recall his excitement from the 70’s and 80’s CCHS football games.

His Loving Family

Preceded in Death by – father James Elias Deen, mother Doris Dickerson Deen, and sister – Wynelle McCorkle

Survived by – wife of 58 yrs Mildred Deen, children Randy (Cindee) of Jacksonville & Michael (Melissa) Deen, grandchildren Randall, Austin, Brandon, and Chandler Deen, sister Beth Paulk of Willacoochee.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the St. Marys United Methodist Church at 1:00 pm, with the Rev. Tom Jones and Rev. Wayne Moseley officiating.  Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery with Military Honors and Masonic Rites.  The family will receive friends on Friday, January 15th, from 5 pm to 7 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.

Flowers can be provided or you can donate memorial contributions in memory of Robert H. Deen, to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

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

-          God saw you getting tired. When a cure was not to be, He wrapped his arms around you and whispered, “COME TO ME”. You didn’t deserve what you went through, so HE gave needed rest. GOD’s Garden must be beautiful as HE only takes the best.



James Lee Tallent – January 3, 2016

James Lee Tallent, 71, of Kingsland, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016 at his residence.

Born February 25, 1944 in Laurel, MS, he was the son of the late Virgil Lee Tallent, Sr, and the late Minnie Faye Strickland Tallent.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Leon Tallent, and sisters, Meada Nicholson and Debra Pullin.
Mr. Tallent had been a resident of Camden County for the past 20 years.  He was retired from Zell’s Corporation with 32 years of service, and was the owner and operator of The Closet Factory in Jacksonville, FL.  Following his retirement, his time was spent with his wife, daughter, and granddaughter whom he adored.  Mr. Tallent was a member, financial officer, and deacon of the First Baptist Church of St. Marys.  His hobbies included driving his Hot Rods, and Harley Davidson.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of St. Marys at 2:00 pm, with Pastor Steve Kegley officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.  The family received friends Wednesday, evening from 6 pm to 8 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.
Pallbearers:  Larry Jenkins, Randy Jenkins, Roger Whitehouse, Douglas Manning, Sonny Stewart, Bobby Mitchell, Nicholas Ayres, and Randy Kennison.  Honorary:  Lester Godwin, Latrelle Brewer, and Conrad Carlson.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Gail Tallent, and daughter, Leslie Tallent Ritter(Jeffrey) of Kingsland; siblings, Joyce Hammond (Leon) of Hurley, MS, David Tallent (Jamesetta) of Ocean Springs, MS, Mary Jeanne Godwin (Lester) of Lilburn, Ga, Johnny Faye Brewer (Latrelle) of Dothan, AL, Ann Brown (Darryl) o f Biloxi, MS, Lee Tallent (Donna) of Lawrenceville, Ga, and Leo Tallent of Pascagoula, MS; Granddaughter, Hannah Gail Ritter of Demorest, Ga, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Tallent be made to the American Cancer Association.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.