Monthly Archives: February 2020

Carolyn Sue Crawford- February 16, 2020

Carolyn Crawford

Carolyn Sue Kiggins Crawford, 74, of St. Marys died Sunday morning (February 16, 2020) at her residence after a brief illness. Mrs. Crawford was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to the late Henry Kiggins and Lena Nelson Kiggins and had made St. Marys her home for the past several years. She worked Security for Kings Bay Naval Base. She always enjoyed a good thrift shop and traveling, she loved to travel to California and spend time on the west coast. Above all she was passionate about her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a daughter, Tamara Crawford; two siblings, Henry Lee Kiggins and Sandra Kiggins.

Mrs. Crawford is survived by he husband, Abron Crawford of St. Marys; four children, James Zapata wife Laura of San Diego, CA, Eddie Zapata of Los Angeles, CA, Michael Hall, Brian Hall; nine grandchildren, Emma Quinn Belloise, Brittany Zapata, Isabelle Zapata, Alex Zapata, Christopher Zapata, Naomi Zapata, E.J. Zapata, Kane Zapata, Luk Zapata; two siblings, Tony Kiggins of Rochester, IN, Brenda Pamaran husband Nino of San Diego, CA; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday (February 22, 2020) at 2:00pm in the Hospitality Room at the Best Western Plus, 1375 Hospitality Ave., Kingsland, GA, 31548

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Fayette “Frank” Thornal, Jr.- February 11, 2020


Fayette Millard “Frank” Thornal, Jr., 72, of Kingsland, Ga died Tuesday evening (February 11, 2020) at St. Vincent’s Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville, Fl after a brief illness. Mr. Thornal was born in Port Arthur, Texas to the late Fayette Millard Thornal, Sr. and Mary Grace White Thornal and had made St. Marys his home since 1981. He was proud 21 year veteran of the United States Navy where he served as a Chief. After his military service he joined the St. Marys Police Department where he retired after 25 years as a Lieutenant. He was an active member for many years in the VFW Post 8385 where he was recently serving as Quartermaster.

Mr. Thornal loved riding motorcycles, he was the first motorcycle officer for the St. Marys Police Department. He loved it so much that when he started he chose to ride his own motorcycle while on duty. Between his military service and working for the police department he became an exceptional marksman, he even loved to target shoot outside of work. He was a great craftsman and woodworker and above all he loved and cherished his grandchildren and the time he was able to spend with them.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Anna Lea Becker Thornal and a brother, Thomas Lawrence Thornal.

Mr Thornal is survived by four children, Patricia Ann Hair husband Buster of Summerville, South Carolina, Teda Barrows husband Lee of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Janet Gohl of Kingsland, Fayette Thornal, III wife Pam of Lyman, South Carolina; 9 grandchildren, Donnie Hair wife Emily, Joseph Hair wife Tiffany, Anna Huggins, Jacob Barrows, Michael Barrows, Emily Hartley, Sharon Ingram, Zac Thornal, Ben Hill; 10 great grandchildren, Jaxson L. Hair, Gabrielle Hair, Marisa Barrows, Kayleigh Barrows, Adelyn Barrows, Eleanor Barrows, Tyler Huggins, Brandon Huggins, Liam Huggins, JoyAnna Huggins; expected great grandchild, Baby Frank; numerous other relatives.

A funeral service will be held Sunday (February 16, 2020) at 3:00pm at the VFW Post 8385, 150 Camden Woods Parkway, Kingsland, GA, 31548. The family will be receiving friends Sunday from 1-3pm at the VFW. The family requests the St. Marys Police Department serve as honorary pallbearers and should be at the VFW by 2:45pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the VFW Post 8385, 150 Camden Woods Parkway, Kingsland, GA, 31548.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard Riggle, Jr.- February 11, 2020


Richard Gene Riggle, Jr., 55, of St. Marys died Tuesday morning (February 11, 2020) at his residence after a sudden illness. Mr. Riggle was born in West Palm Beach, Florida to the late Richard Gene Riggle, Sr. and Patricia Gendreau Riggle and had made St. Marys his home for the past 30 years. He served his country faithfully for 21 years in the United States Navy, after retirement he started a life in law enforcement, working for the Camden County Sheriff Office, St. Marys Police Department, and D.O.D. Police on Kingsbay Naval Submarine Base. He loved hunting, fishing, woodworking, and was a true craftsman, he enjoyed the Native American traditions and lore along with amateur photography and was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Riggle is survived by two children, Kristin Strickland husband Justin of St. Marys, Ryan Riggle wife Amanda of Kingsland; three grandchildren, Faith Strickland, Emma Strickland, and Grant Riggle; his mother, Patricia Gendreau Riggle of St. Marys; a brother, Robert Riggle of Vero Beach, Florida; niece, Ileana Wolfort husband Josh of Jacksonville, Florida; former spouse, Jan Riggle of St. Marys; numerous other family members.

A memorial service will be held Friday (February 14, 2020) at 11:00am at Allison Memorial Chapel. The family will be receiving friends beginning at 10:00am at the funeral home. A private entombment will take place at Jacksonville National Cemetery on Friday (February 21, 2020) at 2:30pm.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ernest Mancill, Jr.- February 11, 2020


Ernest L. Mancill, Jr. 65, of St. Marys, Georgia, passed away Tuesday evening (February 11, 2020) at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, Georgia after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born August 25, 1954 at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida and was the son of Bessie Mancill and the late Ernest L. Mancill, Sr.

His employment included Southern Company, Home Depot, CSX Railroad, JM Family Enterprises and IBM Corporation. He retired from IBM Corporation after 15 years of service as an Executive IT Specialist. Ernie and his wife, Louise, are the proprietors of Once Upon A Bookseller in St. Marys, Georgia.

Ernie was an avid white water rafting enthusiast for many years as well as having a great passion and talent for flying fishing. He pursued this passion by serving as an Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide at Callaway Gardens and at Little St. Simons Island.

Ernie also enjoyed fly fishing in many geographic locations, including Everglades National Park, Mexico’s Ascension Bay, Teton and Snake Rivers in Wyoming and Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. Ernie remained a devoted Florida Gator Fan all his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Louise Mancill of St. Marys, Georgia; his mother, Bessie Mancill of Jacksonville, Florida; his sister, Angela Tekin of Jacksonville, Florida; his beloved nieces, Meredith Tekin Holmes husband Cory and Allison Tekin all of Jacksonville, Florida; numerous other family members.

Visitation will be held Saturday (February 15, 2020) from 11:00am-1:00pm at Allison Memorial Chapel, 10141 Colerain Rd., St. Marys, GA, 31558.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Everglades Foundation, 18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 625, Palmetto Bay, FL, 33157 or

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Jane Schafer- February 6, 2020


Betty Jane Smith Lehman Schafer, 97, of St. Marys died Thursday (February 6, 2020) at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. Schafer was born in Hymeria, Indiana to the late Leroy Smith and Therese May Evans and had made St. Marys her home since 1988. Betty was married to Fred Ernest Lehman and had three children. Her second marriage to Thomas Richard Schafer took place on November 20, 1979. He was the love of her life and shared 41 years together. Together, she and Tom and many adventures. They had a mobile home and traveled the country, often visiting family in Oklahoma, Arizona, Indiana, New York and California.

Betty loved her family dearly. She loved her children, her stepchildren, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. One of her greatest joys was to be with them. She was a dog lover and ALWAYS had dogs in her life. All of her children inherited that love and became dog hoarders. She loved to be out in her garden. When she could no longer work in her gardens, she would enjoy sitting on her patio, looking out at her yard. She loved shopping, makeup, jewelry, shoes and clothes. When her daughters came to visit, they always headed off to the stores.

Betty and Tom loved to host dinners and family would gather at her house for fabulous feasts in California. She and Tom could put on quite a spread. They also loved treating family to dinner when in San Diego: El Juan’s, The BBQ Pit, Cafe La Maze, Pinnacle Pete’s, Barrett Junction. Lots of food, laughter and love. When in Georgia, she was the belle of the ball at family gatherings. The Schafer Clan knew how to party. Betty lived a long, happy life, full of adventures. She had an amazing personality and could be full of piss and vinegar but mostly, a true Georgia peach. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by seven siblings, Rosemary Wheeler (Smith), Hughie Leeroy Smith, Jack Darrell Smith, Richard Lee Smith, Irma Ann Brown (Smith), Michael Gerald Smith and Rebecca Lucinda Hiatt (Smith).

Mrs. Scahfer is survived by her husband, Thomas Richard Schafer of St. Marys; three daughters, Jane Kathryn Wilson husband Bill, Susan Maureen Elizabeth Swall husband Malcolm, Jacqueline Anita Ferguson; three stepchildren, Tommy Schafer wife Phyllis, Karen Saam husband Mike, Brenda Thomas-Horton husband Keith; grandchildren, Debra Jean Gibbs, Angela Sue See, Vincent Nicholas Bova aka Sage, fiance Sophia Alabright, Michael Philip Bova, Jessica Swall husband Sean McCormac, Chelsea Marie Swall, Kaiden Lehman wife Michelle, Jason Holloway wife Sierra, Bill Holloway, Samantha Walters husband Korey, Gina Molyneaux husband Jordon, Kristin Normandeau husband Lawrenecem Burton Thomas, Caitlin Thomas, Kyle Horton; great grandchildren, Sarah Jane See, Seamus Malcolm McCormac, Jonathan Ocampo, Sekura Holloway, Caiden Lehman, Alexander Normandeau, Van Horton, Damian Werner; two siblings, Carolyn Sue Mellinger, Joe Max Smith wife Janice; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorialization is by Cremation.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ray Carpenter- February 1, 2020


Raymond (Ray) Edward Carpenter, 64, of Kingsland passed away Saturday afternoon (February 1, 2020) at Southeast Georgia Health Systems of Camden after his long time battle with lung disease. Ray was born March 1st, 1955 in San Diego, California to the late Arthur Almon Carpenter and Norma Jean Johnson Carpenter. Ray was a devoted, hard-working, loving father and mentor that inspired many. Ray was a subject matter expert on operating powered industrial trucks and spent many years instructing others on how to operate them at Trident Refit Facility before retiring at the age of 60.

He enjoyed scuba diving in deep waters, trips to the Kennedy Space Center where he enjoyed viewing his father’s contributions to NASA, and rocking out to The Doors and Led Zeppelin in his free time.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Jean Clardy Carpenter and sister, Kathleen Thorn.

Ray is survived by his daughters; Brandi Eggebrecht and Sara Terrio(husband Scott Terrio) Son; Scott Carpenter. Grandchildren; Brandin Carpenter, Norman Terrio, Ramsey Terrio, Raymond Carpenter, William Carpenter, Aubree Hudson; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

James Michael Kiss, Sr.- February 1, 2020

James Michael Kiss, Sr., 91, of St. Marys died Saturday afternoon (February 1, 2020) at his residence after an extended illness.

Mr. Kiss is survived by his wife, Jeanne Marie Kiss; four children, Katherine Kiss Ballerini husband Daniele, Barbara Glaser husband Richard, James Kiss, Jr. wife Bonnie, Paul Kiss wife Linda; 9 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; numerous other relatives.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held Monday (February 10, 2020) at 11:00am at Our Lady Star of the Sea in St. Marys.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA, 31525.

Allison Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.