Monthly Archives: August 2017

Bonesse R. Gray – August 21, 2017

Bonesse R. Gray, 87, of St. Marys, passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Folkston Park Nursing Home in Folkston.
Born March 28, 1930 in Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late John and Laudie Robinson.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Gray, Jr.
Mrs. Gray had resided in Camden County most all of her life and was a Homemaker.  She devoted her life caring for her daughter, and and enjoyed reading, crocheting, and loved gardening, as said by her family and friends, she had a huge green thumb.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, with Pastor Verdell Griffin, Sr. officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time.
Pallbearers: Jason Branch, Henry Mathis, Alvin Camacho, Greg Crews, Deacon Howard Dawson, and Brother Nelson Rhone, Jr.
Survivors include her daughter, Yvonne Suzanne Gray of St. Marys; three nieces, Sharon Mathis, Karen Branch, and Brenda Branch; several other nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby G. Horne – August 21, 2017

Bobby G. Horne, 78, of Kingsland, passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus.
Born April 6, 1939 in Soperton, Georgia, he was the son of the late Herbert and Bessie Horne.
Bobby had resided in Camden County since 1979.  He was retired from Georgia Power Company with 31 years of service, and was a veteran of the United States Navy.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church of Kibbee.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, August 24th at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Pastor Brian Parker officiating.  Visitation will follow the service.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Horne of Kingsland; daughter, Lynn Cook (Joe) of Brooks and son, Travis Horne of Kingsland; sister, Betty Perkins of Douglas; four grandchildren, Melissa Duncan, Kristy Cook, Logan Cook, and Savannah Horne; two great grandchildren, Jacob Duncan and Shelby Duncan; several nieces ad nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Georgia Fauls Stilson – August 17, 2017

Georgia Barrett Stilson, née Fauls passed away on August 17th in St. Mary’s, Georgia, surrounded by her family and many friends.  She is survived by her husband Colby; her 3 children, Jennifer, Colby and Hilary and their spouses; her twin brother John and his wife, and her 4 grandchildren, Heather, Stephen, Shane and Daniel.  She leaves behind a legacy of friends and family who will miss her dearly.

She was born on November 27, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois and married Colby Stilson Jr. on March 31, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland. They recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.  She and Colby raised their 3 children in Long Island, NY before making their home in St. Mary’s – always a devoted Chicago sports fan.

As an active volunteer in her community, Georgia touched the lives and hearts of everyone who knew her. Her generosity and love for life was unmeasured.  At the King of Peace Episcopal Church she was on the Vestry and Altar Guild.  Also, volunteering at the Humane Society, the Navy League, Camden House and the Southeast Georgia Hospital.  Not to mention her love for golf, this brought many other opportunities for volunteering.  2017 was the 14th year that she and Colby volunteered at The Players Golf Tournament at Sawgrass.

The service to honor and celebrate the life of Georgia Stilson will be at King of Peace Episcopal Church on Saturday, August 26th at 11:00am.  Reverend Al Crumpton will preside.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to King of Peace Episcopal Church located at 6230 Laurel Island Parkway, Kingsland, Georgia.

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

Dennis R. Derks – August 15, 2017

Dennis R. Derks, 67, of Kingsland, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at UF Health Shands in Jacksonville, Florida.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  A private family burial will be held at Jacksonville National Cemetery with full Military Honors.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Neal R. Morris, Jr. – August 5, 2017

Neal R. Morris, Jr., 70, of St. Marys passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus.
A Celebration of Neal’s Life will be held Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Restoration Church in Kingsland.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra Hurtley – August 2, 2017

Sandra Lee Hurtley, 72, of St. Marys passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at UF Health Shands in Jacksonville, Florida.
Private services will be held by the family at a later date.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

John W. Gantz – July 31, 2017

John W. Gantz, 52, of St. Marys passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at his residence.
John was born December 10, 1964 in Miami Beach, Florida.  He had been a resident of Camden County for the past 20 years, and attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St. Marys.
John retired from the United States Navy with 20 years active service.  He was a Submariner and served on the USS Benjamin Franklin, the USS John C. Calhoun, the USS Nebraska, and OTSU.  He was a very active volunteer with the St. Marys Express and the St. Marys Little Theatre.  John enjoyed his music as well as collecting trains.
A Celebration of John’s Life will be held Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 11:00 am at The Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys, and with full Military Honors
Survivors include his father and stepmother, William and Rita Gantz of Melborne, FL; children, Michael Gantz (Danielle), James Gantz, Elizabeth Gantz all of St. Marys and Christopher Morgan of Coral Springs, FL; grandson, Michael Joseph Gantz; former wife and best friend of 25 years, Suzanne Gantz of St. Marys;  many friends and colleagues and especially Donnie and Theresa Chamberlin and Sue and Mark Jackson.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Lita G. Gantz.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Ira Donihue Crews, Sr. – July 31, 2017

Ira D. Crews, Sr., 78, of Woodbine passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
Born September 28, 1938 in Blackshear, GA, he was the son of the late Ira B. and Nola D. Crews.  He was also preceded in death by four siblings, Elnita, Tom, Willie, and Bennie.
Mr. Crews had been a resident of Camden County since 1958, and was retired from Gilman Paper Company with 38 years of service.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and telling stories, and loved to laugh and have fun.  He attended the First Baptist Church of Kingsland and was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving his country Honorably.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Kingsland with Pastor Brian Parker, Pastor James Roberson and Rev. Sheldon Rowell officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services.  Burial will be private.
Pallbearers:  Andrew Williams, J.W. Moody, Bill Joe Hinnman, Theron Strickland, Clifton Roberson and Donnie Crews.
Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Claryce Rowell Crews of Woodbine; daughters, Lori Ann Crews (Bryan) of Alabama, Susan Walker (Chris) of Kingsland; sons, Ira Donihue Crews, Jr., (Barbara) of Woodbine, and Scott Crews of Pierson; five grandchildren, Adam, Noel, Shelby, David, and Jason; six great grandchildren, Elloise, Landon, Levi, Hayden, Bristol, and Addison; sister, Mary Strickland of Hortense, aunt, Alta Dowling of Blackshear and many nieces and nephews that he loved so much.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Crews be made to the First Baptist Church of Kingsland or the American Lung Association.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.