Monthly Archives: January 2018

Leo “Pete” Gay – January 18, 2018

Leo “Pete” Gay, 93, of Woodbine, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at
Folkston Health Care in Folkston.

Born June 22, 1924 in Hollywood, Florida, he was the son of the late Zora
and Margaret Gay.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Roger Leo Gay.

A lifelong resident of Camden County, he was retired from the City of
Kingsland, with over 40 years of service.  Throughout his life he was always
helping others and being there for them when in need.  He was a loving
husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm at
Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Benny Simpson and Terry Brown
presiding.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to service.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys T. Gay of Woodbine; son and daughter in
law, Ronnie and Terri Gay of Woodbine; three sisters, Cleo Chesser, Mary
Keaton, Pearl Crosby; brother, Richard “Sonny) Gay; four grandchildren, John
Gay (Melanie), Christina Ingles (Mike), Ronnie Gay (Theresa), and Kala
Martin (Seth); seven great grandchildren, Bobby, Briana, Josh, Corey, Cody,
Bailey, and Kadence.

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

James O. Turner – January 16, 2018

James O. Turner, 83, of St. Marys, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in St. Marys with Pastor Steve Kegley officiating.

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

James R. Davis – January 13, 2018

James Ralph Davis, 47, of St. Marys passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden.

Born March 11, 1970 in Decatur, IL, he was the son of the late Ralph and Sandra Davis.

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.

James M. Harris – January 10, 2018

James Morton Harris, 80, of St. Marys passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at his residence.
Born October 9, 1937 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Paul and Ruth Newman Harris, and has resided in St. Marys since 2004.
Jim received his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, and Master of Science at Nova Southeastern University.  He was a territory manager with V. Mueller, a large national manufacturer of surgical instrumentation and equipment for operating rooms from 1963 to 1976.  He founded and was president of Instrument Associates, Inc., a Florida distributor of specialty products for surgery from 1976 to 1996   In 1997 he founded and was president of Florida Surgical Specialties, Inc., where he remained until 2003.
Jim was a member of Independent Surgical Distributors of America, serving as President 1994 and 1995, and the Fellow American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery; member of the Advisory Board of Florida Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses and Carl Zeiss Inc., Meadox Medicals, Inc., Luxtec Corp., and Endolase Inc.  He was an avid Cubs fan, a member of King of Peace Episcopal Church and a veteran of the United States Army.
Memorial services will be held Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11:00 am at King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland with Fr. Al Crumpton and Fr. John Rogers presiding.  The family will receive friends following the services.  An inurnment at Jacksonville National Cemetery with Military Honors will be held at a later date.
Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Betty J. Harris of St. Marys; three sons, Jim A. Harris of Deltona, FL, Randy L. Harris (Dawn) of Winter Springs, FL, and Brian E. Harris (Stephanie) of Raleigh, NC; six grandchildren: Justin, Jenn, Jordan, Hannah, Emma, and Jesse.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of James M. Harris be made to King of Peace Episcopal Church, 6230 Laurel Island Pkwy, Kingsland, GA 31548, or Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Pkwy., Brunswick, GA  31525.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Donald W. Archer, Sr. – January 7, 2018

Donald W. Archer Sr., 92, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Kingsland Georgia.
He was born on April 9, 1925 in Groton, CT.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Anna Archer, his wife Mary, brothers John and Charles Archer, sister Maude Kittridge, son-in-law Chester Brister.
Donald lived in Groton until 2010, when he moved to Kingsland, GA.  At the age of 17 he joined the US Army and fought in World War II earning a Bronze Star.  After the war he met and married the love of his life, Mary A. Miller on June 4, 1949.  After their marriage Donald was re-activated and sent to Korea in the Air Force, where he earned the rank of Master Sargent and earned a 2nd Bronze Star.
At the age of 16 Donald worked on the 1st Gold Star Bridge, until they found out his real age.  He played semi-pro football, helped design, and build the 1st Doone Buggy, worked on the rail-road, was a mechanic and automobile body repair.  He retired from Pfizer in 1986 as a Millwright after 33 years of service.  He won several trophies for golf and horse shoes.  He was an avid fisherman.
He belonged to several clubs, which he was very proud of: Pioneer Hose Co #1, Groton, CT; Masonic Order, Blue Lodge, Mystic, CT; Shriners; Sphinx; One Dime, Norwich, CT; Old Bastards; Turtles; Tuckerbung; Past Commander of Groton VFW; also belonged to the VFW, Kingsland, GA.  He was one of the founding fathers of the Knucklehead Bait and Tackle shop in St. Mary’s, GA.
He is survived by his 6 children: Deborah McDonald (Richard) Greene, NY; Donald Archer Jr. (Janice) The Villages, FL; Cindy Brister, Kingsland GA; Joan Chambers, Groton, CT; Sherry Archer, Fountain, CO; Mary Haeseler (Michael), Mystic, CT.  His adopted son Warren Seabury, Groton, CT. Grandchildren: Scott McDonald; Michael McDonald; David McDonald; Lori Archer; Craig Archer; Samantha James; April Palmon; Kelly DiFraia; Amanda Holland; Anthony Haeseler; Scot Haeseler; Alexander Haeseler.  15 Great Grand Children and his sisters-in-laws Gloria Archer; Gloria Lutzi; Joan Heid.  Several nieces; nephews; great nieces and great nephews.  His best friend Jim Dickey.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, with Pastor Greg Gardell officiating and with military honors.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.  (844) 739-0849.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of st. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Cross Murray – January 6, 2018

Betty Cross Murray, 85, of White Oak, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Born January 9, 1932 in Laurel Hill, NC, she was the daughter of the late Harvey E. and Mattie Lee Cross.  She was also preceded in death by her son, Timothy Cross Murray, and twin great granddaughters, Paisley and Macey Crews.

Mrs. Murray had been a resident of Camden County since 1960.  She was the owner and operator of Little Bee Hive florist in Kingsland for 10 years, and later taught pre school and kindergarten for many years.  She touched so many of her students lives and loved everyone of them.  She was a professional grandmother, and will be missed and loved by her family.  She
was a member of the Kingsland First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Bewick Murray, Jr. of White Oak; daughter, Tami M. Crews (Mark) of White Oak; grandchildren, Brandon Crews, Ethan Crews (Dakota), and Miranda Crews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Pastor Steve Curtis officiating. Burial to follow at Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland.

The family will receive friends at Allison Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, January 10th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Pallbearers: Mark Crews, Mark Schweitzer, Ethan Crews, Brandon Crews, Edward Bruce, and Ben Cleghorn.

The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Betty Murray be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Pkwy., Brunswick, GA. 31525.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin C. Moore – January 3, 2018

Kevin Charles Moore, 59, of St. Marys, Georgia, passed peacefully into eternal rest on January 3, 2018 in his home. Kevin was the son of the late John Pease Moore and Mary Loretta Dodds Moore.

Kevin was a recently retired GS15 for the Department of Defense and was always “dedicated to the Fleet”. His work in Civil Service took him around the world. Kevin loved to live life to the fullest. He always made sure he was surrounded by his family and friends. Kevin was an avid boater, spending most of his time out on the water. He loved college football. His two favorite teams were the Clemson Tigers and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Kevin always loved to make people laugh and smile by telling jokes and stories in his very distinctive drawl. In fact, his stories, jokes, and drawl are how most people will remember him. Kevin always was looking out for others and would help in anyway he could. He was a great husband, father, brother, and friend. Kevin made a lasting impression on everyone he met. He was truly a beautiful soul.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Emily, and their daughters, Amy Moore and Taylor and her husband, Zeke Wade, his eight brothers, sisters, and their spouses: Nancy and Steve Hesler, Patty and Danny Smith, John Moore, David and Pam Moore, Janet Moore, Marcia and David Saari, Jimmy and Mary Moore, Molly and Mark Lanning, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.  A Celebration of Kevin’s Life will follow the services at Stable Alley Bar-B-Q, Co., behind the French Quarter in downtown St. Marys.

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

Leonard Whisler Buck, Jr. – December 31, 2017

Leonard Whisler Buck, Jr., age 68, long time resident of Duluth, Georgia, and recent resident of St. Marys, Georgia, passed away peacefully, surrounded by many family members and friends, at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville on 31 December 2017, after a long and arduous battle with cancer.

He was born on 17 November 1949 in Aberdeen, Maryland to Sonia Demitrowa and Leonard W. Buck, Sr. He graduated from Oxon Hill High School in 1967 and shortly thereafter joined the U.S. Army, where he served our country with distinction for 21 years.  He often joked that his two “overseas” tours were Alaska and Hawaii and he told many stories about his years serving our country as a recruiter.

He had two children, Robert Owen and Kristine Lynn and was happily married to his wife of 27 years JoAnn (Bateman) Buck. While serving in the Army he earned his degree in Vocational Education from the University of Illinois, and after retiring from the Army his last job was driving a school bus for Gwinnett County, Georgia, a job he loved (except for getting up so early!). Known by many names including Lenny, Leo, Dad, Bubber, he was always fiercely loyal to his family and friends, loved discussing politics, loved his motorcycle, playing golf, playing poker and his dog Max.

He is survived by his beloved wife JoAnn (Bateman), his daughter Kristine, his son Robert, his granddaughter Hailey Raven Jumper, his sisters Helen Buck and Millie (Brian) Sullivan, many nieces and nephews both by blood and by marriage, cousins, inlaws, and many great friends.

A celebration of his life will take place as soon as the crabs start running in the summer in North Beach, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. Nothing says “Lenny” like a crab feast!

Donations in his name can be made to any charity of your choosing or Mayo Clinic-Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905; or Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Office of Donor Development, International HQ, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; or Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, Attn: Donor Services, 712 L G Griffin Road, Locust Grove, GA 30248.

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