Monthly Archives: July 2019

Francis Richbourg – July 30, 2019

LTC Francis “Bo” W. S. Richbourg, Sr., U.S. Army, Ret. passed away on July 30, 2019 in St. Marys. He was 67.

Bo’s Celebration of Life was held at Allison Memorial Chapel on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm. 

LT. William Daniel officiated and U.S. Army representatives, courtesy of the Ft. Stewart Honor Guard, performed the funeral honors.

Bo was a family man and a friend to anyone he ever met — a stranger was just a new potential friend, waiting for an opportunity to chat. He was quick to lend a hand, a dollar, words of encouragement, or even the shirt off his back (which was usually a loud tropical print) to anyone in need. 

Bo was married for over 38 years to the Songbird Of His Heart: Barbara A. Richbourg. He has 3 children: Francis W. S. Richbourg, Jr., Bobbi J. Richbourg, and Alicia H. Winfield. His 4 grandchildren are: Kaylin S. Richbourg, Elijah, Zoe, and Madison Winfield. He is also survived by his father,  G. Olin Richbourg, Sr., and his brother, George O. Richbourg, Jr.. Bo was preceded by his mother, Sara H. Smith Richbourg; his sister, Janet Tennant; and, his nephew, Charles “Charlie” Tennant.

Born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, Bo and Barbara recently moved to St Marys, Georgia in March of 2019. And, if asked, Bo would tell you his infatuation for travel spanned his military service without pausing as he transitioned into retirement. Is it any wonder then, with his gypsy heart  and (chronically;) “itchy feet,” that Bo’s retirement goals, over the next 3-5yrs, consisted of returning to Germany, seeing the French vineyards, and finally taking Barbara on a long-awaited Alaskan cruise?

Those that knew him, can attest to the strong interconnection between his many passions: faith, family, military career, traveling, playing stocks, reading, dreaming, etc. as demonstrated by his consistent willingness to put his family / others before his own wants or needs (i.e. vacations; job promotions). Thus, it remains challenging to select a few of his greatest qualities, as there are so many to choose from. But, let’s say that his smile, laugh, wisdom, quirky “dad-ness,” unflagging love for his family, morning smooches to his wife, forgiveness, sensitivity, and unlimited catchphrases are among the first that shall be deeply treasured by all those blessed with his joyful light. Thank you and I’m proud of you! Remember: Best. [....]. Ever. LHAP / LYB2.

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

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Esther V. Peters – July 27, 2019

Esther V. Peters, 94, of Kingsland, passed from this mortal realm, on July 27, 2019.

She lived her early years in Boston, Mass, the daughter of second generation Irish/English Catholic immigrants.  During the war years, she went to Roxbury High School.  Her summers were spent at the Lake or Shore with family or friends.  In winter she would ice skate in Boston Gardens.  After the war she married Joseph E. Peters.  The were married for 73 years.  Esther was the consummate mother.  Her life and love was her family, and she was hard working and wise.  She gave unstintingly of her time and energy to her family.  Her greatest concern were that her children, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews have a happy and fulfilled life.

Upon the untimely passing of her sister Betty, she became a surrogate “Mom” for her five daughters, and even though separated from them by distance, gave them her love and guidance.  She was a Military wife whose life was disrupted, by required military moves.  Despite this she kept her family together and the household organized.  Her children could always stand strong, shielded by her love.  Do to military moves, she ended up sending much of her life in Gulfport, MS, only moving to Georgia the last year and half, to be near to her daughter and granddaughter.  Her love, wit, humor, and wisdom will be sorely missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael W. and Elizabeth Farrell, brothers, John and Michael, and her beloved sister, Betty.  She had the misfortune of being preceded in death by her oldest son, Michael.

She was survived by her loving husband of 73 years, Joseph E. Peters; five children, Richard Peters (Barbara), Allen Peters (Rose), Jeff Peters (Kathy), Steve Peters (Jennifer), and Karen McCullars (Michael); 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 11:00 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys. With Chaplain Rob Kestler officiating.  Burial followed at Jacksonville National Cemetery  at 2:00 pm.

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

Michael Dembeck – July 22, 2019

Michael John Dembeck, 72, of Kingsland, GA passed into eternal life on July 22, 2019 following an extended illness.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; two sisters, Dr. Nancy Richert of Chevy Chase, Md. and Mary Christine Arnold of Orlando, Fl; a daughter from a previous marriage, Emily Jett of Waxahachie, TX and two grandsons, Andrew and Aaron Jett of Waxahachie, TX. He was born on May 26, 1947 in Pittsburgh, PA, the only son of Joseph and Mary Dembeck, both deceased. He was preceded in death by his youngest sister, Susan L. Procaccini.

Mr. Dembeck was a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and an avid Fighting Irish sports fan, as well as a loyal supporter of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He later earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

In 1971, he joined the Charlotte News in Charlotte NC as a staff writer and later was named Capitol Correspondent based in Raleigh, NC. Changing career paths, Mr. Dembeck joined the Corporate Communications Department at Duke Power (now Duke Energy) in Charlotte, NC. He later was assigned to organize and manage a new division, Creative Services & Advertising, which won numerous industry and creative awards.

In 1993, Mr. Dembeck and his wife founded Mustique Communications in Pawleys Island, SC. Over the next decade, they provided public relations counsel and services to the City of Georgetown, the Georgetown County Economic Development Authority, Georgetown County Water and Sewer District and Georgetown Steel Corp., among others. After selling their business to a large advertising agency, they moved to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they founded MJD Communications. Their clients included various government agencies and private entities, including Diageo USVI, the manufacturer of Captain Morgan Rum. Mr. Dembeck was later named Executive Director of the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce.

He and his spouse returned to the mainland in 2012 and settled in the St. Mary’s-Kingsland area of Southeast Georgia. At his request, Mr. Dembeck’s remains were cremated. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in Pawleys Island, SC at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may been sent to the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation for the Camden Cancer Care Center, 2415 Parkwood Drive, Brunswick, GA 31520.

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

 

 

Mary Kay Weise – July 13, 2019

Mary Kay Weise, 81, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick.

Born October 26, 1937 in Camden, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Alice Mackie Blount.  She was also preceded in death by her husband Donald Weise and sister, Patricia Talley.

Mrs. Weise had been a resident of Camden County since 1966 and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Marys, where she was a very active member and church pianist for many years.

Survivors include her children, Donna Weise Strickland (Richard) of Brunswick, Robyn L. Weise  and Chris Weise, both of St. Marys;  five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Marys, with the Rev. Rick Douylliez officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.

The family requests Memorial Contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church of St. Marys or Hospice of the Golden Isles.

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

Michael J. Trezza – July 18, 2019

Michael Joseph Trezza, 64, of St. Marys, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Michael was born March 20, 1955 in Brooklyn, NY, and was the son of the late Conrad and Anna Houghton Trezza.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Donna Trezza.

Michael had been a resident of Camden County since 2002, and attended Rutgers University in NJ, where he received his Associates Degree.  He had been employed with Black Course Beth Page in NY, and also at Osprey Cove as a Superintendent.   He was also a teacher to children learning to play the drums in Jacksonville, FL.  He loved gardening and music.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Trezza; daughter, Meaghan Nicole Trezza; three brothers, Conrad “Smokey” Trezza, Anthony Trezza, and Gary Trezza; two sisters, Karen Murphy and Debbie Trezza.

A Celebration of Michael’s Life will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Allison Memorial Chapel, at 4:00 pm.

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