Monthly Archives: June 2019

James M. Kennedy – June 26, 2019

James Miller Kennedy, 83, of Kingsland, passed away June 26, 2019 at Harbor View Satilla Nursing Home in Waycross.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 10:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.  Inurnment will follow at 2:00 pm Jacksonville National Cemetery.

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



Yolanda Sue Freund – June 12, 2019

Yolanda Sue Freund, 58, of Woodbine passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Woodbine with Fr. John Pearce officiating.  Burial will follow at Homeward Cemetery in Waverly.

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



Billy Joe Haynes – June 10, 2019

Billy Joe Haynes, 81, of Woodbine, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Services will be held at a later date, in Oakland, California.

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


James Martin Sparks – June 9, 2019

James Martin Sparks, 71, of St. Marys, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, Georgia.

Born October 16, 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of the late Frank and Edith Gene Beacraft Sparks.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Mike Sparks.

Mr. Sparks had been a resident of Camden County for the past 30 years, and was a teacher at Camden County High School for 30 years, touching many lives during his tenure.  He was a Major in the U.S. Army, serving his country honorably during Vietnam.  He enjoyed golfing and traveling.

Survivors include his loving wife, Florence Sparks of St. Marys; daughter and son in law, Michelle and Kervin Smith of Milledgeville, Son and daughter in law, Brad and Renee Verneau of Alaska; sister, Patricia Friend of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Seth, Jaden, Brandt, Kathence, and Eli.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 12 noon at the Kingsland First Baptist Church with the Rev. Todd Herbert McCullough and Dr. Brian Parker officiating.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 am prior to services at noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Jim M. Sparks Scholarship Fund, at the Heritage Bank, St. Marys Branch.

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

Ralph Alan Pearson – June 8, 2019

Ralph Alan Pearson, 65, of St. Marys, died peacefully at his home on June 8, 2019, after losing his battle with bladder cancer.

He was born in Bainbridge, GA, and was the eldest son of the late Willie Florence Rich Pearson and Woodrow Pearson.

Mr. Pearson was a graduate of Bainbridge High School in 1972, attended Valdosta State College and received a Master’s Degree in Education.  His teaching career began in Camden County, where he taught school for 32 years with a focus on history and government.  Al wore many hats during his life in Camden County: Boy Scout troop leader, Masonic Past Master, musician, avid reader, devoted Episcopalian, author of the Clarion, a newsletter with a unique spin on politics, civic happenings in the community, and an all around testament to his sense of humor.  He was a member of the King of Peace Episcopalian Church in Kingsland.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Rich Pearson, daughter, Kelly McMullen Wagner and “favorite son-in-law,” Daniel Wagner; granddaughters, Madison and Caroline Wagner; brother David and wife Oksana.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son, John Patrick McMullen, and granddaughter, Meredith Lane Wagner.

Visitation was held at Allison Memorial Chapel on Monday, June 10, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Bainbridge, GA

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

James S. Ferguson – June 8, 2019

James Stephen Ferguson was born in San Antonio, TX, to  Mary Ellen Loveland, Montana and immigrant father, Noel Ferguson, Dundee, Scotland on November 14, 1946. He was called home by the Creator on June 8, 2019.  James attended Alameda High School, CA, played clarinet in band, oboe in orchestra, and sang tenor in chorus. With early voice training, age 14, James developed into a 4 octave range baritone. He transferred to Berkley High School, graduating January 7, 1965. During this time, he became the youngest member of the Oakland Symphony Chorus. James attended Merritt College in Oakland, CA., where he was the representative for the Student Mobilization Committee (SMC) against the war in Vietnam.

James was also a chorus member in several light operas in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1972, he transferred to the University of South Florida, where he met his wife, Pamela, and became a radio announcer for WUSF. James subsequently went on to work for the St. Petersburg Times, converting “hot” type to a computerized format, first in the country. He worked for Paradyne Corporation in Largo, FL and Salt Lake City, Utah as an Electronics Technician, Programmer and Customer Service Representative. James and his family relocated to Jacksonville, FL  in 1987, and to Camden County, GA in 1995. From 1987 to 2013, James worked for Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base as a telecommunications specialist, a systems analyst, and in the Metrology Lab for Lockheed Martin.

James’s greatest passions in life were God, radio and music. He sang in numerous churches, and performed  works such as Handel’s “Messiah” and Brahms’ “Requiem” with the Oratorio Society in Salt Lake City, Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, Coastal Symphony of Georgia and the Messiah Community Chorus, St. Simeon’s Island. An extra-amateur radio operator, call W6JF, James participated in Navy and  Army MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio Service, call Alpha Alpha Romeo 4 Alpha Victor). Committed to public service, he was a member of the Camden County Amateur Radio Society, and the Camden County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team. He managed to combine his passions together by helping convert WECC “The Lighthouse” from an  AM only station to FM, then continued to maintain the AM side.

James is survived by: his wife, Pamela, Woodbine; daughter, Dr. Dawn Ferguson Nguyen, PhD, Salt Lake City, grand-daughter Lillie Isabella Nguyen, three sons, Skye, Aziel and Jehiel Ferguson of Atlanta; and by two older siblings, Norma Walden of San Antonio, and Frederick Day of Port Arthur, TX. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2:00 pm on August 10, 2019, at Southeast Community Church, 790 May Creek Drive, Kingsland and King of Peace Episcopal Church will host a reception there immediately following the service.

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

James Miller – June 8, 2019

James “Jim” Miller, passed away at his home on Saturday, June 8th 2019 in Kingsland, Georgia, at the age of 58.

He is survived by so many who loved him, including his wife of 35 years, Constance “Connie” Miller; his sons, Dr. Matthew J. Miller (Dr. Anna Huguenard), Andrew W. Miller and Graham C. Miller. His brothers Peter Miller (Annie), Paul Miller (Lesley), Michael Miller (Angela), and sisters Margaret A. Miller (Mark Kelly) and Julie Barr (Jake) and several nieces and many nephews.

Jim was born in Irvine, Scotland on December 24, 1960. He was the eldest son of the late William and Elizabeth Miller.

Jim was a Master Carpenter for 36 years and his building career spanned across the United Kingdom and the United States (Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida). Jim provided mentorship and career advice to countless tradesmen throughout his career, always willing to share his experience or lend a helping hand to those who needed it.

Jim grew up with an avid love for the beautiful game, football (soccer). He was a lifelong player and a dedicated coach to his three sons’ youth football teams. In doing so, Jim also mentored many kids and teammates throughout the years.

Jim was a devoted and loving husband and father, and he will be greatly missed. He took pride in his work and volunteered his time, whether it was an organized mission trip or a simple door repair. He cultivated friendships and family bonds with enthusiasm, was always a good listener, and enjoyed life to the fullest. Many people have been touched by Jim’s generosity and kindness, and in those relationships, his memory will remain.

A memorial service will be held on Friday June 14th at 6pm at Allison Memorial, in St. Marys, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be sent in Jim’s memory to the place where his treatment and care was provided: check/cash donations made payable and sent to: Melanoma Research Fund Washington University, Division of Oncology,  Box 8007 Attention:  Robert Barczewski 660 South Euclid Avenue St. Louis, MO  63110

Credit card donations made payable by online website link:

Step 1: enter donation amount

Step 2: in the “Select” Box under School of Medicine and Oncology, select Melanoma Research

Step 3: enter credit card details and provide additional information as desired

Donation acknowledgements will be sent to all donors immediately.

All donations qualify for tax breaks as provided by law.

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

Nancy Schurter May 31, 2019

Nancy Kay Schurter, 70 of Saint Mary’s, formerly of Tremont, IL passed away unexpectedly the morning of Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Nancy was born August 20, 1948 in Springfield, IL to Cyril and Abigail (Prater) Leuelling. She is preceded in death by her mother. She is survived by her father, Cyril Leuelling and devoted husband, James Schurter. Jim and Nancy would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 22, 2019. She is also survived by their three sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff (Lisa) Schurter of Saint Mary’s, GA; Matt (Jasmine) Schurter of Liberty Hill, TX; and Tim (Angie) Schurter of Lexington, NC.

Nancy treasured her seven grandchildren, Paige; Kolin; Rachel; Nathan; Kaiden; Ramona; and Tessa. She is also survived by two sisters, Janet (Bill) Mansell of Prescott, AZ and Diane (Larry) Massey of Morton, IL and one brother, Ron (Julie) Leuelling of Denver, NC.

Together, Jim and Nancy owned Schurter’s Curio Cabinet dealing antiques and collectibles. This business took them across the country where they met many friends.

Nancy retired from State Farm in 2003 after 10 years of service. She also worked at Tremont High School, Carmichael Law Firm, and Bergner’s.

She loved to crochet, sew, and quilt. Her family was blessed to receive many quilts and crocheted gifts. She was actively involved in local quilting clubs where she developed many dear friends. She also enjoyed making clothes for various mission trips to support the children in various countries.

Nancy also enjoyed fishing with her boys and collecting Polish Pottery pieces with her daughters-in-law. Since moving to Saint Mary’s, Jim and Nancy have attended Kingsland First Baptist Church. She will be deeply missed, especially her warm, welcoming and contagious smile.

Services were held Monday, June 3, 2019 at 11:00 at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Pastor Brian Parker officiating. Burial followed at Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland.

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