Monthly Archives: May 2016

Fred H. Higginbotham, III – May 31, 2016

Fred H. Higginbotham, III, 74, of St. Marys passed away Tuesday, May 31,
2016 at his residence.

Born June 27, 1941 in Jacksonville, FL, he was the son of the late Fred H.
Higginbotham, Jr., and the late Edith Hernandez Higginbotham.  He was also
preceded in death by  brother, Dennis McMillan.

A life long resident of Camden County, he was a 1959 graduate of Camden
County High School, played all varsity sports, and a member of the Wildcat
Quarterback club.  He was a 1963 graduate of Georgia Southern University
where he received his Bachelor’s degree.  Mr. Higginbotham retired from
Gilman Paper Company with 39 years of service.  He was an avid fisherman,
gardener, trapper, and loved football.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11:00 am at Allison
Memorial Chapel in St. Marys  with Pastor Devin Schultz officiating.

Survivors include his son, John Higginbotham (Tina), and daughter, Lisa
Higginbotham Torres (Pete) both of Kingsland; brother, Johnny Higginbotham;
sisters, Dianne Chapple and Nell Warren; two grandchildren, Joshua Degen and
Josey Higginbotham; several nieces and nephews.

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

Robert Kennison – May 28, 2016

Robert E. Kennison, 86, of Kingsland, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Community Hospice Nassau in Fernandina Beach, FL.
Born October 16, 1929 in Folkston, GA, he was the son of the late Clifford E. and Essie Marr Kennison.
Mr. Kennison had been a resident of Camden County for the past 40 years.  He enjoyed fishing, Hunting, and gardening.  Mr. Kennison was a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, serving his country honorably during the Korean Conflict
Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 11:00 am at Palmetto Cemetery in Brunswick, with Pastor Greg Gardell officiating.
Survivors include his sons, Randy E. Kennison (Jona) of St. Marys, and Richard G. Kennison of Kingsland; four sisters, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Oscar Wells – May 28, 2016

Oscar Wells, 80, of Saint Marys, Georgia, went to be with the Lord on May 28, 2016.

Oscar left home at the young age of 17 to serve for four years in the U.S. Navy. He then moved on to become an entrepreneur. He started a variety of successful businesses, including Baytown Homes, which led him to become an established homebuilder in the           community.   He was always known for his sharp mind and never forgetting a name. His gentle and kind heart is what drew others to him, and he will be remembered for being a strong mentor and friend.   Oscar was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife Sylvia Wells of St. Marys, GA; daughter’s Lisa Wells Bettinger (Dennis) of Kingsland, GA, Robin O’Brien Burton (Brian) of Larenceville, GA, and Kelly Witt Goering (Blair) of Parker County, CO; son Jeff O’Brien of DC; brother, Bobby Wells (Brenda) of Coosawhatchie, SC; grandchildren Ashley Gazlay (Scott), Jordan Keene, Kristin Burton, Victoria Bettinger, Ashton Goering and Emilia O’Brien.  Sylvia would also like to give special thanks to friend and caregiver, Brenda Lee.

Funeral services will be held at Kingsland First United Methodist Church at 11 am, Friday, June 3, 2016 followed by a burial at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys, Ga.  Visitation will be held at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, GA, from 6-8 pm on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Pallbearers: Darrell Wells, Hal Weathers, Tom Turner, Jimmy Whiddon, Jim Jordan, and Burt Lewis.  Honorary:  Danny Dinkins and Floyd Morgan.

The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Oscar Wells be made to Kingsland First United Methodist Church.

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

Charles R. Wienke – May 27, 2016

Charles R. Wienke, 70, of St. Marys, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at Community Hospice N.E. in Jacksonville, Florida.
Born November 28, 1945 in Kouts, IN, he was the son of the late Edward C. and Mildred Krug Wienke.
Mr. Wienke was a 1969 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and a veteran of the United States Navy.  Following his discharge from the Navy, he was employed with Bechtel Corporation as an electrical engineer in 1974. He worked for Bechtel for 33 years, spending time in Frederick, MD; Aiken, SC; Dresden, IL and Huntsville, AL before retiring in 2007 in Oakridge, TN.  After retirement he and his wife Marge moved to St. Marys.  He was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St. Marys.
A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 11:00 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church with Fr. Mariusz Fuks presiding.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services at 10:00 am.  Graveside services for the family will follow at 2:30 pm at the Jacksonville National Cemetery with Military Honors.
Pallbearers:  Chris Wienke, Kevin Wienke, Shawn Wienke, Davis Wienke, Ted Wienke, and Charlie Nelson.
Survivors include his wife, Marge Wienke of St. Marys; three sons, Christopher Wienke (Jen) of Fairfax, VA, Kevin Wienke (Ali) of Easley, SC, and Shawn Wienke (Jennifer) of Mount Pleasant, SC; brother, Ted Wienke of Aiken, SC; sister, Loretta Huber of Kouts, IN; five grandchildren, Davis Wienke, Nolan Wienke, Connor Wienke, Lauren Wienke, and Emma Wienke; four nieces, Lori Kuehl, Michele Huber, Jennifer Morlan and Jeanine Stovall and one nephew, Wally Huber.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Charles Wienke be made to Humane Society of Camden County, 950 S. Grove St., Kingsland, GA 31548 or Fisher Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Ste 420, Rockville, MD 20850.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.




Mary Ellen Hollosy – May 25, 2016

Mary Ellen Hollosy, age 90, died peacefully on May 25, 2016 at her home in St. Marys, GA with her beloved husband of 67 years, Charles (Chuck), at her side. Mary Ellen was born May 5, 1926 in St. Louis, MO.  Mary Ellen and Chuck fell in love at Michigan Normal College in Ypsilanti, MI after Chuck returned from World War II.  She graduated in June of 1948 and married the love of her life 4 days later on June 16.

Mary Ellen and Chuck raised their three children in Detroit, MI prior to relocating to Georgia in retirement. She enjoyed gardening, reading, volunteering, decorating, the company of her many friends, and telling fascinating stories to her children and grandchildren. Mary Ellen was a devout Catholic and long-time parishioner of St. Clare of Montefalco in Grosse Pointe Park, MI and Our Lady Star of the Sea in St. Marys, GA.

Mary Ellen was predeceased by her grandson, Joseph Hollosy.

She was the devoted wife of Chuck, loving mother of John (Diane), Kelly Moore (Vern), and Mary Kathleen Murphy (Jeff); proud grandmother of Tim, Mark, and Luke Hollosy, Matthew and Caitlin Moore, and Katie and Kevin Murphy, great grandmother of Faye and Megan Hollosy. She is also survived by her brothers John (Jack) and Joe Kelly.

A funeral mass was celebrated on May 28, 2016 at Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, Brunswick, GA. You may also honor Mary Ellen’s memory by doing as she did throughout her life by helping those less fortunate.

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

Hubert Barber – May 24, 2016

Hubert (Pop) Barber of Harriettes Bluff died peacefully at Senior Care Center, St. Mary’s on May 24th 2016.  He was 87 years old.

Hubert was preceded in death by his wife, Iris C. Barber; and his son, Hubert Perry Barber.

He was survived by his daughter, Hariette Sirmon of White Oak; his grandsons, Lee Barber of Harriettes Bluff, Kevin Barber of Waynesville, Brian Barber of St. Mary’s, Nicky Barber of St. Mary’s, and Jonathan Sirmon of White Oak; his granddaughter, Jamie Townsend of Jesup; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Hubert was born August 1st  1928 in the Okefenokee Swamp at the home of his grandfather, Obediah Barber.  Hubert moved to Harriettes Bluff as a child with his parents Perry Barber and Lizzy Barber.  He was married to Iris on August 15th 1950 until her death in February 1992.  Hubert worked for Cabin Bluff and Brunswick Pulp and Paper as a hunting guide for over 36 years.  He was also a sworn deputy sheriff for the Camden County Sheriff’s department under Sheriff Willie Smith in the late 1960′s and worked closely with the DNR throughout his life.  Hubert was an avid hunter, fisherman, and shrimper.

A Celebration of Hubert’s Life will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.  Private graveside services will be held at Colesburg Cemetery in Woodbine.

The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Hubert Barber be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.

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


George Leonard Hannaford – May 15, 2016

George Leonard Hannaford, 84, of Woodbine died Sunday, May 15, 2016.

The Folkston, GA native graduated from Charlton County High School and attended Berry College before joining the US Air Force in 1951.  After service in Japan during the Korean Conflict, Hannaford moved to Woodbine, GA in 1955 where he was active in civic and political affairs for many years.  He was married to Ellen Parrish Hannaford of Brooklet, GA for 59 years until her death in 2014.  He was also predeceased by his daughter Dawn Hannaford and his brother Maurice Hannaford.

Hannaford’s leadership and service to Camden County and southeast Georgia included, among many others, eight years as Camden County Commissioner, including six years as chairman; eight years as Woodbine City Councilman; founding chairman of the Camden/Kings Bay Impact Coordinating Committee; founding chairman of the Bryan Lang Historical Library Board; board member and chairman of the Coastal Area Planning and Development Commission; Coastal Area District Development Authority board member; Coastal Highway District of Georgia board member; president of the Camden/Kings Bay Area Chamber of Commerce; member of the Camden County Joint Development Authority; member of the Woodbine Citizens Steering Committee which organized and sponsored the  Woodbine Crawfish Festival;  and board member of Coastal GA Community College—Camden Center.

Hannaford was a partner in Gowen’s, Inc., which owned hardware, furniture and appliance stores in Woodbine and St. Marys. He served as City Administrator for the City of Woodbine from 1983 until his retirement in 1999.  He served as a director of or advisor to Peoples State Bank, First South Bank of Camden County, Bank South—Waycross, First National Bank of Camden County and Ameris Bank.  He was active in the Woodbine Lions Club; the American Legion Post No. 170, where he served for over 40 years, including 15 years as commander; and Woodbine Lodge #326, F&AM.  He was also an active fundraiser for the March of Dimes, chaired the United Way campaign, served on the Salvation Army Board and was a life member of the Navy League of the US.  In recognition of his service, he was named Camden County Citizen of the Year in 1979 and honored by a joint proclamation of the Camden County Commission and the Woodbine City Council in 2015.  He was an active member of Woodbine United Methodist Church for many years and later joined Kingsland United Methodist Church.

Hannaford is survived by his daughter Mary and Mike Odom of Richmond Hill, his son Dana and Kathy Hannaford of Yulee, FL, grandchildren Hunter Odom, Caroline Odom, Haydon Hannaford and Zachary Hannaford, brother James Oscar and Jackie Hannaford of Folkston, sister Meryl and Glynn Lloyd of Folkston, sister-in-law Linda Hannaford of Folkston, sister-in-law Betty and Franklin Lee of Brooklet and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be at 10:00 on Friday, May 20 at Kingsland United Methodist Church. A service celebrating his life will begin at 11:00 at the church led by Rev. Dr. Felton Harden and Mike Odom, Jr.   Burial will follow in Homeward Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to Kingsland United Methodist Church or The Methodist Home for Children, P.O. Box 2525, Macon, GA  31203.

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

Frank Thomas Rudulph – May 12, 2016

Frank Thomas Rudulph, 73, of Woodbine passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at
Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Born December 4, 1942 in Galveston, TX, he was the son of the late Harry
Chevaler Rudulph, Sr., and Eva Jeanette Smith Rudulph.

Frank (Tommy) was raised in St.Marys by loving parents and loved the freedom
as we all did, the fishing camping out in this area, as well as just being a
kid in those days. Loved music mostly old, and praise and worship. Frank
loved the Lord. He left in the early 60′s to persue other opportunities in
Orlando Fl., and to raise a family. He returned to St Marys in the 80′s to
work in securty at the Navy Sub Base. We will miss the fun kidding around
times we shared in and around family, but putting a line in the water and
intisipating the big catch, as I have watched him do many times, brought a
smile to his face. He loved his family and beloved dogs (Ryli) (Oakley) and
they will miss him.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 12 noon at Oak
Grove Cemetery in St. Marys, with Chaplain Pat McCord officiating.  There
will be no visitation.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores Dickey Rudulph of Woodbine; daughters,
Millette McCrystal of Orlando, FL, and Amy Denise Rothert (Dave) of Osteen,
FL; brother, Harry C. Rudulph of Orlando, FL; 5 grandchildren, 5 great
grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Rudulph be made
to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.

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

Jimmy Dorsey Rushing – May 12, 2016

Jimmy Dorsey Rushing, 73, of St. Marys passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at his residence.
Jimmy was born May 2, 1943 in Savannah, GA and raised in Toombs County, GA.  He started work with CSX Railroad in 1962 and retired a Master Welder.  He and his daughters moved to Camden County in 1972, where he met Carol and her children.  They were married in 1976 and raised their family there.  Jimmy loved spending time with family and enjoyed hunting.  He operated a small engine repair business, serving Camden County after her retired from the railroad.   He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.  Jimmy was a beloved son, husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and friend.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel with Pastor George Anderson officiating.  Burial to follow at Brazell-Peeples Cemetery in Kingsland.  The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 15th, at the funeral home from 6 to 8 pm.
Pallbearers: Louis Cobb, Tommy Scholl, Bruce Crooke, Herb Cobb, Ernest Rogers, and Tommy Scholl, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Carol C. Rushing of St. Marys; daughters, Tonya Rushing of Jacksonville, FL, Norma Crooke (Bruce) of Fleming Island, FL, Michele Arnold of St. Marys, and Sherry Cobb (Herb) of Jacksonville, FL; brothers, Larry Rushing (Glenda) of Lyons and Harrison Rushing (Judy) of Vidalia; sister, Miriam Darden (Jackie) of Lyons; ten grandchildren, Lori, Reva, Emily, Tera, Amber, Alex, Tommy, Maggie, Louis, and Payton, fourteen great grandchildren, Dameon, Jaiden, Jordynn, Eric, Raven, Aaron, Zayne, Milo, Evie, Tommy, Wayne, Maci, James, and Abigail; step-mother, Ruby Rushing of Lyons.  Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Dorsey Rushing and Virginia Blakewood Rushing Chafin, son, William “Billy” Scholl and grandson, David Michael Back.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.