Monthly Archives: November 2017

Elaine Jackson Vannatta – November 18, 2017

Elaine Jackson Vannatta, 89, of St. Marys, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

Born March 11, 1928 in Blackshear GA, she was the daughter of the late Quitman and Maggie James.

Elaine was a graduate of Blackshear High School and Massey School of Business.  When God made Elaine, he gifted her with many talents.  She was a true care giver and was energized by catering to her family.   Elaine was an artist in all aspects of life. She was a beautiful seamstress, painter, writer and decorator.  Her whole life was a picture of beauty.  She is loved, admired and respected and will be greatly missed… A True Southern Lady.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of St. Marys with Pastor Steve Kegley and Doug Hurley officiating.  Private family burial will be held Wednesday at Oakland Cemetery in Waycross.  Pallbearers: Jamie Jackson, Josh Godbehere, John Godbehere, Ben Renault, Keith Jones, and Douglas Walker.

Survivors include her children, Debbie Godbehere of Thomasville, Vickie Keene of St. Marys, Dick Jackson of Pawleys Island, SC, Todd Vannatta (Krista) of Zionsville, IN, and Mike Vannatta of Valparaiso, IN; grandchildren, Maggie and Ben Renault, Janie and Doug Hurley, Annie and Keith Jones, John and Julie Godbehere, Josh and Nicole Godbehere, Jamie and Lesley Jackson, Chris and Linley Jackson, Julianne and Douglas Walker, Carlie Vannatta, Courtney Vannatta, Gunnar Vannatta, and Cooper Vannatta.

In addition to Elaine’s parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, Richard Jackson and Bill Vannatta; siblings, Estes James, Eustace James, Dorothy Cason, Joyce Coleman, Elfred James and Billy James; children, step-son, Brock Vannatta, and great granddaughter, Mary Elliott Jackson.

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


Lillian “Lilly” Davis – November 12, 2017

Lillian “Lilly” Davis, 14, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2017 at
Southeast Georgia Health System Camden.

Lilly was born March 8, 2003 in New London, CT.  She had been a resident of
Camden County for the past 7 years, and was a 9th grade student at Camden
County High School.  Lilly was very active at Friese Studio of Music, and a
member of Fanfare Show Choir.  She was also active with the St. Marys
Children’s Theatre.  She loved singing, performing and playing the piano.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm at
Christ’s Church Camden with the Rev. Rick Douylliez officiating.  The family
will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services.

Survivors include her parents, Jason and Elizabeth Davis of Kingsland;
sister, Shelby Davis of Augusta; grandparents, Faith and John Edwards of
Chattanooga, TN, and Ira N.B. Davis of Memphis, TN; great grandmother,
Margaret Radford of Chattanooga, TN; cousin, Kaylx Davis.  Lillly was
preceded in death by her grandparents, Walter and Berniece Whipple.

The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Lilly, be made to
the St. Marys Children’s Theatre, 204 Arnow Drive, St. Marys, GA 31558.

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

Kaden Campbell – November 10, 2017

Kaden M. Campbell, 19, of St. Marys passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kaden was born October 22, 1998 in Modesto, CA.  He attended Camden County High School for 2 years and was a graduate of Brookwood High School.  Kaden was a Freshman at Georgia Tech since June of 2017.
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Brandon and Katrina Campbell of Lawrenceville, and mother and step-father, Patty and David Mills of St. Marys; brother, Kai Campbell and sister, Kalaya Campbell both of St. Marys; grandparents, Steve and Susan Campbell and Ronnie and Carolyn Barber.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Harbor Worship Center at 6:00 pm with Pastor Mike Sanes officiating.  Burial will be private.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph B. Chaney, Jr. – November 9, 2017

Joseph B. Chaney, Jr., 83, of Woodbine, passed away on Thursday, November 9,
2017 at Magnolia Manor on St. Simons Island, following an extended illness.

Joe was a life long resident of both Camden and Glynn County and a graduate
of Camden County high School.  He was an apprentice at the Plumbers and
Steam fitters local 177, and achieved the status of Master Plumber.  He
retired after 50 years of service.  After retiring Joe enjoyed being
outdoors and tending to his 50 acre farm, along with his children and
grandchildren.  He will be missed for his witty sense of humor and love for
his family.

He  is survived by his wife of 44 years Lois Margaret Chaney of Woodbine;
children, John Chaney of Glenburnie, MD, Carol Chaney Bailey (Dennis) of
Manasas, VA, Cindy Chaney Driemeyer (Doug) of Marietta, Robert White of
Woodbine, and Terry White Waller of St. Simons Island; sisters, Gladys
Chaney Browning of Yulee, FL, Sara Chaney Crownover of Clermont, FL, and
Delores Chaney Langley of Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren, Michelle Chaney,
Amy Chaney, Joey Chaney, Aaron Bailey, Haley Waller, Reese Waller, Ryan Driemeyer, and Maggie Driemeyer.

A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held Sunday, November 12, 2017 at
Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

The family requests Memorial Contributions be made to the Parkinson’s
Disease Foundation or Hospice of the Golden Isles.

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

Jimmy Ray McCarthy – November 8, 2017

Jimmy R. McCarthy, 76, of Woodbine passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.
Born November 19, 1940 in Blackshear, GA, he was the son of the late John and Mamie Lee McCarthy.  He was also preceded in death by the mother of his children, Catherine Mae McCarthy; and two sisters, Margie Ratcliff and Patricia Rucker.
Mr. McCarthy was a life long resident of Camden County, and attended Browntown Baptist Church.  He was retired from White Oak Plantation with 31 year of service.  He enjoyed fishing, and gardening, and spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Pastor Joe McSwain officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.  Pallbearers: Tom Bazley, Brandon Farmer, Bobby Farmer, Billy Farmer, Allen Farmer, and Donnie Moulson.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah McCarthy of Woodbine; daughters, Cathy Bazley (Tom) of Lakeland, FL, and Kelly McCarthy of Kingsland; brothers, David McCarthy of Blackshear, Travis McCarthy, and Atley McCarthy (Jeanette) all of Waycross; sisters, Lovonne Holmes of Blackshear and Marie Manning (Mike) of Albany; grandchildren, Catherine Ellen Bazley and Carolyn Elizabeth Bazley; several nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Oliver Lee Miller, Sr – November 2, 2017

Oliver Lee Miller, Sr. was born June 5, 1942 in the Kinlaw area of Kingsland, Georgia to the late Hurey Lee Miller and the late Florence Miller. Oliver L. Miller went home to the Lord on November 2, 2017.

Oliver began his education in Camden County Public school at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Kinlaw Road. “Slip”, as he was nicknamed, was a graduate of Ralph J. Bunche High School, class of 1961.   He was a member of the Ralph Bunche, Camden County State Championship team of 1961. He played the center position.

He attended Albany State and Tennessee State before joining the Air Force in 1962, where he was a Flight Surgeon’s Assistant during the Vietnam War. He left the Air Force in 1966 and returned to Georgia to continue his education.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Augusta College in 1972. He received his Master’s in Social Work from Atlanta University in 1975 with concentration in clinical setting. He was actively recruited by the Federal Bureau of Prisons under the U. S. Department of Justice, while at Augusta College.

During his 30 plus years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he overcame racism and prejudice to rise in rank. He started as a corrections officer and retired as the person in charge of all of the Federal Half Way Houses in the Northeastern United States. Oliver retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1994. He returned to his childhood home and worked for the State of Georgia as a Probation Officer. He was the first black probation officer in Camden County. He retired from the State of Georgia in 2005.

He was a member of the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia Area Agency on Aging and the Masonic Lodge in Woodbine, Georgia. He was a member of First African Missionary Baptist Church of Kingsland for twenty years.

Oliver leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 23 years, Laverne Miller; children Oliver L. Miller, Jr.(Karen); Jacqueline (Miller) Wade; Hurey L. Miller (Gabrielle); Stepson, James Carter(Stacey); grandchildren: Tynisa Wade, C. Sherece Wade; Tiana Kleer, Marqui Childs, Denice Foster Wade, Roman Jones, Jonathan Wade, Simone Miller, Christian Miller; three great-grandchildren; special brother, William “Bill” (Johnnie Mae) Heck; nephew, Demetrius Wilson; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the First African Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. K.C. Davis officiating. Burial to follow the service at Kinlaw Cemetery with Military Honors. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services.

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


Edward C. Sosebee – October 31, 2017

Edward C. Sosebee, 70, of St. Marys, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at UF Health Shands in Jacksonville, Florida.

He was born December 10, 1946 in Austin, Texas, and was the son of the late Edward and Lois Sosebee.

Mr. Sosebee had been a resident of Camden County for the past two years. He had been employed with the City of Austin, Texas, Survey Crew Chief, retiring with 25 years of service.  He was a member of Hidden Treasures Assembly of God.

Services will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel with Pastor Raymond Cowan and Pastor Rick Arreola officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Sosebee of St. Marys; sons, Philip Sosebee (Tiffani) of St. Marys and Dwight Sosebee of Kyle, TX; two grandchildren, Tyler Sosebee and Kaelyn Sosebee.

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



John W. Hodges, Sr. – October 31, 2017

John William Hodges Sr, left for his final deployment in the early hours of October 31st, 2017. John was born on July 17th, 1944 to William Nial and Laverne Hodges in Parsons Kansas.

John graduated from high school in 1962. After graduation he worked in the oil fields of Kansas and Oklahoma. He then joined the United States Navy in February of 1967. In April of 1967, John met Judy Wagner of Shakopee Minnesota through a friend during the Vietnam War. They wrote back and forth for a year and got married in April of 1968 and have been together for 5 months shy of 50 years. Together, they went on a great adventure, wherever the Navy needed him; San Diego Ca.; Memphis, TN; Corpus Christi, TX; Quonset PT, RI; Brunswick, Me; Pensacola, FL; Yokosuka, Japan; Atsugi, Japan; Korea. It was an adventurous journey of 21 years of Military Life.

During his 9 years in Japan, he became quite an accomplished skeet shooter, competing in several International Competitions. After he retired from the Navy, he received his Associates of Science Degree. John and Judy stayed in Pensacola for several years before moving to Kansas, where he joined the Masons. He was also a fond member of the Edna Bears till they moved to Minnesota.   After John and Judy retired, they moved to Kingsland, Georgia to be close to their family, where Mr. Hodges resided until his passing.

He was preceded in death by his father Nial and mother Laverne, brother Donald, brother-in-law Marvin, and sister Kathryn. John is survived by his wife Judy Hodges, his son John Hodges Jr (Cindy) Kingsland, Ga; and daughters Julie Hodges Best, Michelle Hodges and Cherrie Poncin. He is also survived by his older his sister, Irene Winter from Kansas. He has 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and another on the way and several nieces and nephews. John lived a full and exciting life and will be missed. The family would like to give a Big Thank You to Heartland Hospice for their help in making his last days comfortable and helping the family get through this hard part of living.

A memorial service will be held on November 10th at 11 AM at Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home, 10141 Colerain Rd, St Mary’s Georgia.