Monthly Archives: October 2018

Sandee Ortega – October 23, 2018

Sandra Karen Ortega, 64, of St. Marys passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at her residence with her family by her side.
Sandy was born October 24, 1953 in New Rochelle, NY, and was the daughter of the late Harry and Colene Thomas.  She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Dawn Del Rio.
Sandee had been a resident of Camden County for the past 16 years, and was a Victim’s Advocate with Camden County for 15 years.  She not only loved what she did with helping victims, but also helping others in need of help.  Sandee loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed playing Bunko, gardening and collecting rocks.  She was a member of Southeast Community Church.  Sandee will be loved and missed by everyone she new and came in contact with.
Services will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Southeast Community Church in Kingsland with Pastor Steve Curtis officiating.  A private inurnment will be held by the family at a later date.
Survivors include her son, Ryan Kilgo and wife Dominique; two brothers, Wesley Thomas and Roddy Thomas; two grandchildren, Lindsey Dawn Kilgo and Emerson Grace Kilgo.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Kevin Barber – October 13, 2018

Joseph Kevin Barber, 44, of Kingsland, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.
Kevin was a life long resident of Camden County.  He was born March 21, 1974 in St. Marys.  Kevin influenced many children and was like a father figure to them.  He worked with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office from 1994 to 1997, and the Glynn County Sheriff’s office from 1997 to 2000, then returning to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 and became a deputy in March 2001.  He was named Officer of the Year in Camden County in 2003 from the V.F.W.
Kevin loved boating, shrimping, law enforcement, K-9 work, but most of all he loved his family and being a father.  He had an amazing heart and a thirst for life, always giving hugs to warm your heart.  Kevin was a loving father, son, brother, best friend and was always good for an awesome story with a lot of laughs to follow.  He was full of love and laughs with tons of jokes and pranks up his sleeve.  He will so sadly be missed and loved.  He was of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Evergreen Baptist Church in Woodbine with Dale Williams officiating.  Visitation was held Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.  Private inurnment services will be held by the family at a later date.
Pallbearers: Chris Sears, Brian Barber, Kevin Chaney, Matt Turner, Rob Avedisian, and Sean Billington.
Survivors include his mother, Linda Nash-Strickland; children, Jacob Allan Barber, Joshua Aaron Barber, Ashley Elizabeth Barber, Austin Perry Barber, Katlyn Cheyanne Barber, Ethan Fuller and Austin Googe; brother, Nicky Barber (Krystal; Fiance’, Julie Browning, numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Perry Barber.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Kevin, be made to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office K-9 fund, c/o Camden County Sheriff’s Office, 409 East 4th Street, Woodbine, GA 31569.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon Ratliff – October 5, 2018

Sharon Darlene Ratliff, 61, of Woodbine, passed away Friday, October 5, 2018 at UF Health, Gainesville, Florida.
Sharon was born February 10, 1957 in Jacksonville, Florida.  She had been a resident of Camden County for the past 30 years and was of the Baptist faith.  Sharon was a liver transplant survivor, and enjoyed her gardening, animals and was an excellent cook.  She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was preceded in death by her father, William Ratliff, and two sisters, Pamela O’Shields and Antoinette Herrin.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Pastor Eddie Rawls and Dawn Drury officiating.  Burial to follow at Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Allison Memorial Chapel from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Pallbearers: Beau Copher, Tyler Cobb, Bill Ratliff, Jimmie Williams, Mark Ratliff, Terry Pierce, and Chris Ratliff.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Pierce of Woodbine, mother, Ann Herrin of Jacksonville, FL; three children, Nicole Fletcher, Bobbie Jo Williams (Jimmy), and Beau Copher; three brothers, Bill Ratliff (Tammy), Mark Ratliff, and Chris Ratliff; 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Gail Planas – September 27, 2018

passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, September
27, 2018 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by her husband John
Planas; son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Katherine Planas; brother John
Welling; and cousins Linda Farney and Sandra Farney. Gail will be laid to rest
in Lowville, NY, alongside her parents, Albert C. and Gladys Farney Welling, and
her maternal grandparents.

Born in Lowville on February 6, 1950,
Gail was raised in Buffalo, NY and Cheshire, CT. She attended Marietta College
in Ohio, receiving her B.A. in 1972. Gail worked as a TV news anchor in
Parkersburg, WV; in retail advertising in Cincinnati and Toledo, OH; and in
radio advertising in Findlay, OH and Rockland, ME. For several years, she also
managed the gift shops of the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, ME
and the Cumberland Island National Seashore in St. Marys, GA, until her

Gail enjoyed tending her garden, taking
walks through the neighborhood looking for planting ideas, and cooking
traditional family recipes. Reading mystery novels and solving crossword puzzles
were her favorite leisure activities.

Gail had a lifelong fascination with
and love of sea turtles. In lieu of flowers, she and her family wish for
contributions in her memory to be made to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on
Jekyll Island. To make a donation, visit and click
“Give Today;” call (912) 635-4100 (ask for Bonnie); or mail a check to
Island Foundation, P.O. Box 13002, Jekyll Island, GA 31527.
Reference “GSTC/Planas” when making your gift.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral
Home of St. Marys was in charge of local arrangements.  Inurnment services will
be held by Iseneke Funeral Home in Louisville.