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Brown, Deacon Donald Charles  
Deacon Donald Charles Brown, 71, departed this life on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at his residence in Hinesville. He was born in West Point, New York, on Sept. 10, 1943. Deacon Brown was the only son among six children born to Donald Brown and Virgie Lee Boston Brown, who preceded him in death. Donald graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. He received his B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice from Milwaukee Technical College, and studied advanced courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Donald joined the U.S. Army in 1962, where he proudly served as an air traffic controller during tours in Vietnam. After leaving active duty, he joined and later retired from the U.S Army Reserve as a sergeant major. Donald was a devoted husband and father. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren. He was married to Carolyn Riles Brown for 44 years. He leaves behind three children, Andra Riles, Anthony Brown and Emerald (Michael) Davis; and three grandchildren: D'Andra, Sion and Micah. Donald leaves behind his sisters, Rosland (Kenneth) Tyler, Mary Dawson of New York, Delores Curtis, and Daphne (Dwight) Leachmon, Milwaukee, Wis. To cherish his memory, Donald also leaves his in-laws, Warren (Matilda) Riles, Doris (Richard) Nero, Carrol (Sylvia) Riles, Larry (Michelle) Riles, Donald Riles; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. His visitation will be at 10 a.m. until the hour of his funeral service on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1370 Shaw Road, Hinesville. His funeral service will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Immediately following the funeral service, the repast will be held in the Mt. Zion Church Hall. On Monday, Nov. 24, the committal service will be in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 8819 U.S. Hwy. 301 in Glennville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Zion Bapitst Church Youth Department, 1370 Shaw Rd., Hinesville. Dorchester Funeral Home of Midway has charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, 2014
Burley Sr., Booker T. - Hinesville  
Booker T. Burley Sr., 93, of Hinesville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gussie Wilson Burley; his father, Henry Porter Burley; his mother, Annie Elliott Burley; 13 brothers and sisters; and a niece raised like a daughter, Zanealia McIntosh Hadley. Mr. Burley was born in Lyons and became a member of St. Luke AME Church at an early age. He attended Toombs County public schools and then studied at Dorchester Academy in Liberty County where he received training in the trade areas of carpentry, plumbing, electricity and masonry. In the 1940s, Mr. Burley moved to Hinesville with his wife. He became a member of Bethel AME Church where he served as a steward and trustee for more than 60 years. As a resident of Liberty County, he was actively involved in civic and social causes throughout the county and Southeast Georgia. He was PTA president for both Hineshaw Elementary and Liberty County High School for more than 10 years and he assisted families in renovating and securing homes under state and federal home ownership programs. He was a founding member of the Liberty County NAACP serving as its' seventh president. During the 1960s, while promoting and planning civil rights and equality actions for the advancement of African Americans, he served as a key organizer for freedom marches in Hinesville and surrounding counties, hosting several national civil rights leaders at his home, including Dr. Martin Luther King. In 2012, in recognition of his civil rights activities and community service he was selected Liberty County's grand marshall for the Martin Luther King Day Celebration. By appointment, Mr. Burley was the first African-American City Councilman for the city of Hinesville. In 1972, he was also appointed to serve on the Coastal Area Planning Commission, representing Liberty County. For 17 years, Mr. Burley assisted with the planning and development of growth initiatives for coastal Georgia counties including Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh. In 1982, he and two other partners started WBLU (BLU-92) a Hinesville FM radio station. In 1992, he was selected as an honorary doorkeeper at the State Senate. For 42 years, Mr. Burley was a civil service employee at Fort Stewart, where he worked most of his employment years as a heavy equipment operator and supervisor in the Sanitation Department, retiring in 1983. After retiring, he then served for 14 years as a bailiff for the Liberty County Superior Court, retiring as chief bailiff in 1997. Left to treasure his memory are four children, Booker T. Burley Jr., William T. Burley, Patricia A. Jackson and Charlie C. Burley; a nephew raised like a son, Lawrence B. McIntosh (Louella); four grandchildren, Janeen Hill, Nicole Burley, Jacquita Burley, Jonathan Jackson; and a host of sorrowing family members and friends. Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Dorchester Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Bethel AME Church in Hinesville. Burial will follow at Oglethorpe Memorial Park. Dorchester Funeral Home of Midway has charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2, 2014
Collins, Bennie Mae (Huiett)  
Mrs. Bennie Mae Huiett Collins, 71, of Hinesville, departed this life on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup. She was born in Twin City to the late Willie and Anna Bell Hailstock Huiett. Mrs. Bennie Mae was raised in Lakeland, Fla., and later moved to Hinesville. She was educated in both Lakeland and the Tattnall County School Systems. She met the love of her life and was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Louie Collins, who preceded her in death. To this union three beautiful daughters were born. Mrs. Bennie Mae was employed by the Liberty County School System for 39 years where she worked as a lunchroom manager until retirement. She was known for her homemade cinnamon rolls and her dressing. Mrs. Bennie Mae became a dedicated member of First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. She was truly a faithful Christian, devoted to the service of the Lord. She served as a member of the Pastor's Aid Ministry, director of Youth Choir and Youth Department, a member of the Morning Grace Choir, the Nursing Home Ministry, the Senior Citizens Appreciation Ministry, Food Source Ministry and the Bereavement Ministry, where she render the song of worship to begin the meetings and ensured that all the bereaving families would receive flowers. Sis. Collins also ensured the beautification of the sanctuary with floral arrangements on special holidays. She leaves to cherish her memories and her legacy of service and love, three daughters, Donna Jones (James) of Walthourville, Gloria Garvin of Leesville, LA, and Angie Bullard (Anthony) of Hinesville; one brother, Charles Huiett (Easthel) of Columbia, SC, one brother-in-law, George Darrisaw of Tennille, GA; four granddaughters, Nikki, Katrelle, Louvett and Tymya Bullard; a special niece, Mary King of Glennville; a dedicated caregiver, Elvena Howard of Ludowici; a dear and lifetime friend, Gladys Pointer of Hinesville; two devoted sisters-in-Christ, Evangelist Annie Reese and the Rev. Sarah Hagood; and a host of great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Her wake will be from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the chapel of Dorchester Funeral Home in Midway. Her funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 124 Rebecca Street, Hinesville. The Rev. Dr. Sinclair Thorne will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Dorchester Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 17 to Nov. 24, 2014
Gillard-Kerr, Ms. Ke'Shia La'Roshemont  
Ms. Ke'Shia La'Roshemont Gillard-Kerr, 39, was born to the Rev. Pauline Green-Jones and the late Minister Charles E. Gillard of Midway. She was married to Mr. Michael Kerr. She slept away peacefully Saturday morning, Nov. 15, 2014, at home under the care of her mother and Heartland Hospice Care of Jesup. She was the granddaughter of the late Rev. Sammie Lee and Reddie Green of Allenhurst, and the late John Henry and Lillie W. Gillard of Midway. Her stepfather was the late Min. William Jones of Midway. She attended Florida Metropolitan University, Jacksonville Campus. She was awarded a certificate of merit president's list with a 4.0 grade point average. She was also a great singer, and very talented. We were so proud of all her accomplishments. Now she leaves to morn, her mother, the Rev. Pauline Green-Jones of Midway; two brothers, Kurtis (Ellieen) Green of Augusta and Charles Jr. of Coatesville, PA; three sisters, Ashley Gillard of Durham, NC, Ancrea Gillard of Baltimore, MD, and Chrelle Gillard of Charlotte, NC; a favorite aunt, Mrs. Sallie W. Richardson; devoted grandmother-in-Christ, Ms. Lula G. Turman of Midway; and a host of other family and friends. She had inner peace, was energetic in mind and body, and trusted God to reveal her good, for she was a unique expression of love as she lived in her family with love. Be at peace, for her healing is complete. There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in New Home Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send all donations to Miller Funeral Home, 407 Main St. Hinesville, GA 31313, in-care-of Ke'Shia Gillard-Kerr. Thank you in advance for your kindness. Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, 2014
Groover, Julia "Judy" (Theus) - Hinesville  
Julia Theus Groover of Gum Branch died peacefully Friday, Nov. 14, at Liberty Regional Medical Center. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Judy was born Oct. 16, 1936, in Ludowici to the late Ardis and Eula Theus. She graduated from Ludowici High School in 1954 and continued her education at Georgia Southern University, graduating in 1957. She received her bachelor's, master's and education-specialist degrees. She was a retired teacher, having successfully taught school for 30 years. Judy married the only love of her life, her high-school sweetheart, Talmadge Groover, and they had two sons, Tal and Art. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ludowici. For many years, she taught Sunday school and served as coach of the Bible drill team at Gum Branch Baptist Church. She also served as a volunteer at Coastal Manor Nursing Home. She was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Fay Theus Smith; her husband; and a son, Tal. She leaves to cherish her precious memory a son, Art and his wife, Mia, of Gum Branch; four grandchildren, Jennifer Groover Cardella (Matt), Jason Groover (Amber), Tyler Groover and Andrew Groover; four great-grandchildren; two loving sisters, Pam Theus Jordan (John) and Cheryl Theus Seaton; one brother, Al Theus (Sybil); nieces, Dawn Smith (Tim), Yvonne T. Griffin (Mike) and Tere J. Miller (Creg); nephews, Fred Theus, Charlie Theus and Brian Seaton (Lesley); and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and four very special lifelong friends. Visitation was Sunday evening, Nov. 16, at Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at First Baptist Church of Ludowici. Burial will follow in Faith Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The Revs. Mike Howard and Eric Rentz will officiate. Pallbearers will be Danny Groover, Gary Groover, Creg Miller, Garell Gordon, Spencer Masse and Brian Seaton. Honorary pallbearers will be Shirley Warren, Lou Nell Wolf, Elaine N. Driggers, Shirley Smiley Mathis and employees of Coastal Manor Nursing Home. Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.carteroglethorpe.com.
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Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 17 to Nov. 24, 2014
Holmes, Mattie Elizabeth (Shaw)  
Mattie Elizabeth Shaw Holmes, daughter of the late Lonnie and Mae Shaw, had her transition from this earthly life to her eternal home on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. She leaves to cherish her memory and celebrate her transition, her son, Reginald Holmes Sr. (Ruby) of Savannah; two daughters, Nan Culbertson (James) of Seattle, WA, and Brenda Watson (William) of Philadelphia, PA; and a host of other relatives. Funeral services for Mrs. Holmes will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Bethel AME Church, 233 Gause St., Hinesville. Her body will rest at the church for visitation from 9 a.m. until the hour of the service on Saturday. Interment will be in Taylor's Creek Cemetery on West Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville. Dorchester Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, 2014
Mikel, Feldon Wayne - Monore  
Feldon Wayne Mikel, 53, of Monroe was born October 7, 1961, to the late Feldon Mikel and the Rev. Earlene B. Mikel of Hinesville. He departed this life on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. He is survived by a son, Xavier Darnell Mikel; life partner, Kimberlyn Alexander; two stepsons, Jason and Leonard Alexander of Atlanta; his mother, the Rev. Earlene Mikel; sister, Cassandra M. Peavy (James) of Rochester, NY; four brothers, Chester S. Baker of Rochester, Willie R. Mikel of Rochester, Ozell V. Mikel (Loretta) of Rochester, and Gary W. Mikel (Corine) of Alma, GA; half-brother, James Henry of Hinesville; three grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, church family and friends. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Dorchester Funeral Home, 7842 East Oglethorpe Hwy., Midway. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Pleasant Grove AME Church, 1450 W. Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville. The Rev. John Morse will officiate. Interment will be in Taylors Creek Cemetery. Dorchester Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
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Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 12 to Nov. 19, 2014
Tretiak, Ellen (Todd) - Rincon  
Ellen Todd Tretiak, 89, of Rincon passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at Select Specialty in Augusta. Born May 10, 1925, in Liberty County to Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Todd, she graduated from Bradwell Institute in Hinesville and received a Business Degree from Draughn's Business College. She worked for Dr. Herman Delaney before making the decision to be a stay-at-home mom until her children completed their education. She worked in PTA for 17 years and later in life worked for Budget Rent-A-Car for 18 years before retiring in 2002. She was a member of Garden City First Baptist Church where she attended and served faithfully. She served as church clerk, a Sunday school teacher, worked with the Sun Beams, sang in the choir for 35 years, and was a member of the Libby Turner Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Tretiak; daughter, Patricia Tretiak NeSmith; and two brothers, Charles and James Todd. Survivors include her daughter, Lanell (Richard) Terry; son, John Stanley (Ann) Tretiak; son-in-law, Willie Morgan NeSmith; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Hillcrest Abbey West. Thomas C. Strickland and Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel has charge of arrangements.
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Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 17 to Nov. 24, 2014
Wilkinson, Lee B.  
Lee B. Wilkinson, 70, of Frostproof, FL, passed away Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at Lake Wales Medical Center. He was born June 9, 1944, in Nahunta to the late James B. and Virginia Wilkinson and was considered from Ludowici. He had been a resident of the Frostproof area for 25 years, coming from Haines City, FL. He was a truck driver for Crumbly Brothers and was a veteran in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam and Korea. He was of the Baptist Faith. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Lonnie Dixon and James Griffin. Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Laury Wilkinson of Frostproof; daughters, LilahLee Wilkinson of Frostproof, Virginia DeLoach of Ludowici and Tammy Gordon of Ludowici; son, Tommy Wilkinson of Winter Haven, FL; sister, Lilah Bell and her husband Robbie of Ludowici; and five grandchildren. There will be a small family memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Elim Baptist Church Cemetery in Long County. Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Coastal Courier from Nov. 20 to Nov. 27, 2014
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