Monthly Archives: February 2019

Helen Smith – February 24, 2019


Helen C. Smith, 84, passed away February 24, 2019 at Southeast Georgia Health System Camden.

Helene was the beloved wife of Wayne E. Smith, Jr. She raised five children with enough energy to also be a wife, mother, award winning poet, writer, artist, historian, and musician. 

As an artist, she gained recognition with a few blue ribbons for her works. We remember her best of show conquistador painting from the Monroeville, PA Art Festival and her blue parrot at the Kennerdell Music and Arts Festival. She enjoyed a good contest and entered a doll contest as a youngster and was thrilled Ed Sullivan selected her doll, a Raggedy Andy style on live TV out of the winners during a segment showing off the toy dolls distributed to children in Europe post-WWII.

As a local Western Pennsylvania historian, she was a lifetime member of Westmoreland County Historical Society, Greenburg, PA and served on the board.

She led a research project for Pittsburgh’s urban planning of its Light Rail System. Her lifelong interest in history found her co-authoring the book titled “A Guide Book to Historic Western Pennsylvania published by the University of Pittsburgh.

She had the distinction of locating Fort Hannastown during her years volunteering as an amateur archaeologist. Hannastown was the first seat of justice west of the Allegheny Mountains.

She wrote and published over 50 books (, movie scripts, and plays including a one-woman monologue of Nellie Bly traveling around the world in 72 days which she played Nellie Bly for several years. She co-authored a colorful one woman play, “Carry’s Hatchetation” about Carry A. Nation. She documented and published an investigation about the pesticide use on the Shoshone-Bannock reservation. Her book titled “Export, A Patch of Tapestry out of Coal Country America” is in the works of its third printing. Export, PA was the first to export coal from USA.

Helene helped form the Center Seven all girls band that played on Friday nights in the Grove City, PA Youth Center. Helene played clarinet in her Grove City high school and Westminster College bands. She played in the Murrysville Symphony, the Kennerdell Music and Arts Festival orchestra and then developed an interest in the fife and was a long-time member of the Caboom Fife and Drum Corps. She led opening and closing ceremonies for the Women’s Curtis Cup matches held at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, PA. Her Caboom fife and drum corps played in events through the USA and Lugano, Switzerland participating in musters, marches, and celebrations.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John B. Snyder and Francis A. Snyder; sons Michael W. Smith and Gregory M. Smith; sister Dorothy Sloan. She is survived by her husband, Wayne E. Smith, Jr. Kingsland, GA, daughter Cheryl H. (SP Singh), Jennifer L. (Michael Benzer), Laurel A. (Howard G. Bowen, Jr.); grandchildren, Luke A. Smith (Justine), Caleb A. Smith (Sean), and Hannah J. Smith.

No arrangements are scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to an animal rescue charity or her favorite local theatre, St. Marys Little Theatre, 803 West Alexander St., St Marys GA 31558.

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


Ernest Robert Barnes, III – February 17, 2019

Ernest Robert Barnes, III, 51, of St. Marys, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 at his residence.

A visitation and Celebration of his Life will be held  Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.

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

Linda Dowling Hill – February 16, 2019

Linda Dowling Hill, 69, of St. Marys, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Linda was born October 26, 1949 in Folkston, GA.   She had been a resident of Camden County most all of her life, and had been employed as a bookkeeper with Superior Sheds in Orange City, Florida for 25 years.  She was a member of Kingsland United Methodist Church, and loved teaching Sunday School for the Disciples Sunday School Class, helping with the children’s ministries, and being involved with the church finances as Church treasurer.  Linda was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and Nana to her grandchildren whom she adored.

Survivors include her loving husband of 48 years, Tripp Hill of St. Marys; children, Chris Hill of Alexandria, LA, Jana Hill and Andrea Hill of Jacksonville, FL; parents, Walter and Jeanette Dowling of Kingsland; sisters, Gwen Harris (Rickey) of Brunswick and Von Crumley (Harvel) of Yulee; brothers, Keith Dowling (Linda) of Kingsland and Wayne Dowling (Renee) of Wisconsin; grandsons, Peyton Hill and Davis Hill, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Kingsland United Methodist Church with Rev. E. Bruce Vaughn and Dr. John R. Harris, Jr. officiating.  Interment to follow at Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland.

The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Linda Hill be made to the Kingsland United Methodist Church Youth and Children Ministries Fund.

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


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Martha Ann Walden – February 13, 2019

Martha Ann Walden, 85, of Kingsland passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Lakes Crossing in Kingsland.

Visitation was held Monday, February 18, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.  Burial will follow in Memphis, Tennessee.

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


Rosa Elba Nieves – February 9, 2019

Rosa Elba Nieves, 76, of Kingsland, passed away February 9, 2019 at the Senior Care Center in St. Marys.

Mrs. Nieves was a veteran of the United States Army.

Services were held by the family on February 16, 2019.

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







Ralph Wesley Batten, Sr. – January 31, 2019

Ralph Wesley Batten, Sr., 78, of St. Marys passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019, at UF Health in Jacksonville, FL.
Born May 17, 1940 in Pearson,  GA, he was the son of the late Elisha and Myrle Batten.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jane E. Batten, brothers, Walter Batten and Aubrey Batten, and sister, Alice Marie Batten White.
Mr. Batten was retired from Gilman Paper Company with over 30 years of service.
A Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11am at Three Rivers Church on Miller Street in St. Marys, with Pastor Mike Roody officiating.
Survivors include his children, Ralph W. Batten, Jr., (Sherry), David R. Batten (Chris), and Lonnie J. Batten (Susan); sister, Mildred Deen, brothers, Clinton Batten and Herman Batten; grandchild, Calib D. Batten.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Russell Keith Thomson – January 26, 2019

Russell Keith Thomson, 90, of Kingsland, passed away January 26, 2019 at his residence.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm at King of Peace Episcopal Church in Kingsland, with the Rev. Dr. Doris Buchanan Johnson officiating.
He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Allison Memorial Chapel and  Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

Sabrina Marie Dempsey – January 23, 2019

Sabrina Marie Dempsey, 28, of Liverpool, TX, passed away January 23, 2019, in Hitchcock, TX, due to a fatal car accidence, along with her fiance’ Bradley Holcomb.
Sabrina was born August 26, 1990, in Jacksonville, FL,  to Annmarie Murphy and Jerry Matt Dempsey, Sr.  Sabrina had a hugh heart, that she wore on her sleeve.  She had a way of lighting up a room with her smile.  She had a love for laughter, music, writing, coloring, and talking to her loved ones on the phone.  Sabrina was the mother of her three beautiful children, Brenton Dempsey, Chyanne Phipps, and Alexiah Phipps that she loved more than life itself.  The love she carried for her family and friends was undeniable.  She will be dearly missed and forever remain in our hearts.  In addition to her children, Sabrina is survived by her mother, Annmarie Waggoner (Milan), Father, Jerry Dempsey, Sr., brothers, Jerry Dempsey, Jr, (Katie), Brian Dempsey, and a sister, Shelly Dempsey (Robbie Bachman), nieces, Shayla Rebstock and Cali Dempsey, nephew, Chael Dempsey.
Sabrina was preceded in death by a brother, Derrick Murphy, and her fiance’ Bradley Holcom.
Memorial services were held Saturday, February 2, 2019, 4:00 PM, at Allison Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Wilford McCormick.
Allison Memorial Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.