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Arden Jr., Milton "Joe" - Springfield  
Milton "Joe" Arden Jr., 94, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at the Effingham County Care Center after a long illness, with his family at his side. He was a native of Effingham County, born on March 28, 1920 in Guyton to Milton Arden Sr. and Carlyn Bazemore Arden. He was a member of the Springfield United Methodist Church where he served on the administrative board. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia. He was also a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and a charter member of the American Legion Post No. 209. He was a past president of the Springfield Lions Club, a member of the Springfield City Council, and a Hall of Fame member of the Effingham County Recreation Department. He was a retired Chevrolet dealer, and was an avid aviation enthusiast. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Nina Lou Varnell Arden; two sisters, Lynn Arden Bailey and Arleta Arden Reiser. He is survived by a daughter, Melinda Arden Neidlinger (Max); three sons, Thomas Milton Arden (Melissa), George Alan Arden (Terrie) and John Varnell Arden (Jackie); 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a sister, Maudeane Clifton; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 25 in the Springfield United Methodist Church sanctuary followed by the funeral service. The burial service was held at the Springfield Cemetery. Remembrances may be given to Springfield United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 237, Springfield, GA 31329. The family would like to thank the staff at Lakeview Manor and the Effingham County Care Center for the care shown to Mr. Joe.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Dec. 4, 2014 to Jan. 3, 2015
Boyles, Janet (Cavanah) - Springfield  
Janet Cavanah Boyles, 53, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at her home under hospice care. The Effingham County native was retired from UPS and was a member of Guyton Christian Church. She was a graduate of Effingham County High School and Savannah Tech. Survivors include her husband, Henry Boyles; niece, that was like a daughter, Deb Hatfield; mother, Sally Cavanah; brother, Cary Cavanah (Glenda); father-in-law, Lewis Boyles; sister-in-law, Shirley Morgan (Charles); nieces and nephews, Cheryl Smiley, Perry Edwards, Lonnie Edwards Jr., and Billy Morgan; good friend, Kevin Martin; and her dogs, Daisy and Skeeter, "her other daughters." Visitation was Friday, Nov. 28 at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Nov. 28 in the funeral home chapel. Interment was in the Boyles Family Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Effingham County Humane Society.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Dec. 4, 2014 to Jan. 3, 2015
Butler, Mary Cooler - Guyton  
Mary Cooler Butler, 84, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at her residence. The South Carolina native was a member of Pineora Baptist Church and a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Thad O. Butler; children, Gritell (Joe) Bradley, Olan (Dona) Butler, Randy (Kim) Butler and Debra (Chuck) Scarborough; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Annette Cooler; and a number of nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 20 at Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services were on Sunday, Dec. 21 in the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in Elkins Cemetery in Guyton. Remembrances may be given to Spanish Oaks Hospice, 8510 Whitfield Ave., Savannah, GA 31406.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Dec. 23, 2014 to Jan. 22, 2015
Crank, Randall Earl "Crank" - Springfield  
"Crank" Randall Earl Crank, 65, died Dec. 7, 2014. Crank was a native of Charleston, W.Va. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army and a proud Vietnam veteran who served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the In Country Vietnam Motorcycle Club. Crank was loved by his community and was well-known in the motorcycle community. Survivors include his wife, Pam Crank; children, Matthew D. Crank (Angela), Justin Young (Shellie), Savannah Rummell (Brian) and Amber Crank; two brothers, Douglas Burkett (Jenny) and Dana Lee Burkett (Barbara), along with brothers, Marcel Lazare and Andy Lazare; a sister, Marie Lazare Kearns; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The graveside service will be Thursday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville. Remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Dec. 10, 2014 to Jan. 9, 2015
Hall, Dorothy Mae - Port Wentworth  
Mrs. Dorothy Mae Hall, 84, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at her home. Mrs. Dorothy was born in Charlotte, N.C., to the late Bill and Myrtle Allen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Francis A. Hall, and two sisters, Lucille Brown and Barbara Simmons. She was a member of Living Faith Church of God, and a homemaker. She loved flowers, working in her yard and cooking. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Jay Purvis; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Myrtle Hall; grandchildren, Craig Coleman, Tracy Andrews, Keith Hall, Brad Coleman and Misti Andrews; great-grandchildren, Shelby, T.J., Jordan, Zachary, Jaylin, Hannah, Morgan, Megan, Mason, Michael James and Gabrielle. The visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the Living Faith Church of God in Guyton, followed by the funeral. Entombment was at Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register book at  www.stricklandandsonsfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Dec. 23, 2014 to Jan. 22, 2015
Jenkins Sr., Robert E. - Rincon  
Robert E. Jenkins Sr., 84, passed away Dec. 10, 2014 at Westview Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 14, 1930 in Savannah to Inez Price Jenkins and Henry W. Jenkins Sr. He graduated from Savannah High School and served in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rincon and the Sojourners Sunday school class. In the past, he served as a trustee and an usher for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Henry, Joe and Charles; two sisters, Alice Ripkin and Margaret Winter; niece, Carolyn Winter; nephew, Joshua Winter; and grandson, Christopher Rowe. He  is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Fulton Jenkins; a daughter, Kay Jenkins; two sons, Bobby (Robin) and Russ (Heather); one granddaughter, Emma Jenkins; grandsons, Wade, Brandon, Justin,  Eli, and Luke Jenkins, and Mitchell Rowe; and five great-grandchildren. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Westview Nursing Home. Visitation and funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 13 at First Baptist Church of Rincon. Graveside services followed at St. Andrews Episcopal Church Cemetery in Darien.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Dec. 17, 2014 to Jan. 16, 2015
Johnson, Florrie (Sineath) - Guyton  
Florrie Sineath Johnson, 80, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at Effingham Care Center. The South Carolina native was a member of Sand Hill Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.E. Johnson. Survivors include her children, Bonnie J. Smith (Rickey) of Cairo, Diann Bailey (Alan) of Savannah, Calvin Johnson Jr. (Linda) of Faulkville and Robert Alan Johnson of Beaumont, Texas; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Patty Johnson; brothers, Stanley Sineath and Willard Sineath; and a number of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 2-3 p.m. at Sand Hill Baptist Church followed by funeral services at 3 p.m. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Remembrances may be given to Effingham Care Center Auxiliary, 459 Hwy. 119 S., Springfield, GA 31329 or Sand Hill Baptist Church, 1936 Sand Hill Rd., Guyton, GA 31312.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Dec. 10, 2014 to Jan. 9, 2015
Kessler, Gladys (Dixon) - Rincon  
Gladys Dixon Kessler, 95, passed away peacefully Dec. 18, 2014 at Effingham Care Center. Gladys was born in Colbert on Oct. 3, 1919. She was the daughter of Eva Picola and Lemon Guy Dixon. She lived in Florida and South Carolina prior to coming to Rincon in 1941 to teach school after having graduated with a BS degree in education from Columbia College in Columbia, S.C. She also attended Armstrong Atlantic University and became certified in the field of library science. She was employed by the Effingham County Board of Education for 36 years. After retiring from the public school system in 1981, she worked at the Effingham Academy private school in Springfield for two years as the librarian. She was a member of the Effingham County Chapter of Retired Educators and the State of Georgia Retired Educators. Gladys loved music and for 10 years she was the organist at St. John's Lutheran Church. She also taught an intermediate Sunday school class. For a number of years, she attended Jerusalem Lutheran Church and was a member of the Joy Club and the Pairs and Spares Group. She was a founding member of Bible Lutheran Church. After her husband's death in 1984, she joined the Excursions Unlimited Travel Club in Savannah and for many years traveled with interesting groups of people throughout the United States and abroad. She enjoyed seeing all the places she had read about. Gladys loved flowers and spent many hours working in her yard, wearing her wide-brimmed straw hat. For many years she was a member of the Rincon Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, H.W. (Dick) Kessler; brother, Hansell H. Dixon of Gaston, S.C.; sisters, Emarie Gransee of Boone, N.C., Ione Croad of Cayce, S.C., and Opal Broughman of West Columbia, S.C. Survivors include one daughter, Charlene Kessler Morgan (Ronnie) of Rincon; two grandsons, Ronald Exley Morgan Jr. of Rincon and Mac Kessler Morgan (Brandi) of Statham; two great-grandchildren, Kate Morgan and Kessler Morgan of Statham; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of the Effingham Care Center. Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 21 at Bible Lutheran Church. The funeral was on Sunday, Dec. 21 at Bible Lutheran Church. Interment followed at Jerusalem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Bible Lutheran Church Building Fund, 812 Blue Jay Rd., Rincon, GA 31326.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Dec. 23, 2014 to Jan. 22, 2015
Maulden, Barquell Thomas - Springfield  
Barquell Thomas Maulden, 91, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Tennille Retirement Home in Tennille. Mr. Maulden was born in Ludowici, but lived in Effingham County for a number of years. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was a conductor for the Norfork Southern Railroad. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Springfield and he enjoyed woodworking. Barquell was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Margaret Maulden, and three sisters, Aris Bragg, Berma Usher and Norma Exley. Survivors include his three children, Janice Garner (Bill) of Warthen, Gail Gnann (Howard) of Aiken, S.C., and Deryl (Michelle) Maulden of Springfield; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 10-11 a.m. at Riggs Funeral Home with funeral services following at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. Burial will be held in Union Cemetery. Condolences may be made at riggsfh.com.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Dec. 10, 2014 to Jan. 9, 2015
Nelson Sr., Dr. Donald - Springfield  
Dr. Donald Nelson Sr., 70, passed away on Dec. 21, 2014. Don was born in Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 29, 1943. Don earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Auburn University in 1966 and MS in mechanical engineering from Auburn in 1968. He worked as an engineer at the Savannah River plant in Aiken, S.C., for three years before deciding to go to dental school. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in 1974 and then went to work in public health for a year. He moved to Springfield with his wife Louise in 1976 and began his dental practice, where he worked for 30 years. Don was dedicated to his patients and employees and put their needs above his own. He enjoyed truly getting to know his patients as individuals and would often sing to them while working, for better or for worse. After retiring from his dental practice in Springfield, Don's love of dentistry and compassion for others sent him to Guatemala on three separate medical mission trips. He developed a special relationship with a group of orphans who knew him lovingly as "El Grande." He was a member of many dental organizations including the Savannah Dental Society, Southeastern District Dental Society, where he served as president in 1988, the Georgia Dental Association and the American Dental Association. In 1993, he was named an Honorable Fellow of the Georgia Dental Association. He served on the dental hygiene advisory board at Armstrong University from 1985-87. He was a member of the medical/dental staff of Effingham County hospital from 1975-94. He was an assistant clinical professor in the department of oral rehab at MCG. Don also served in the Savannah Volunteer Dental Clinic for several years. Don was a faithful and dedicated member of Bethel Lutheran Church where he served on the church council for several terms as secretary and chairman. He also taught Sunday school for many years. He loved the members of Bethel. They were near and dear to his heart. He considered them extended family. He was a member and former president of the Springfield Lions Club. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Effingham County and then was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Effingham Sunrise, where he served as president in 2000 and became a Paul Harris Fellow. Don was a member of the board of directors of the Treutlen House, serving as chairman for several years. The Treutlen House and the well-being of the boys was important to him. He took an active role in the boys' lives by sharing his time with them and loved helping to make their Christmas special. Don enjoyed many activities with family and friends. He loved to play golf and had three hole-in-ones which he often relived. He enjoyed cooking for people and, according to him, everything he made was "world famous." He often said if you leave hungry it was your own fault. He loved fishing and hunting and the camaraderie these activities allowed him to have with those he was close to. He was proud of once catching a large blue marlin. Don loved traveling. A voracious reader, Don usually had a history book nearby. Don also enjoyed talking politics and hearing other people's views as long as they weren't too different from his. His biggest love outside his family and friends was Auburn football. His mood on autumn Saturdays was often determined by his beloved Tigers' outcome. He was able to go the national championship game and cheer his tigers to victory in 2011. War Eagle! Don was courageous, had a big heart and loved his family and friends dearly. He was predeceased by his wife, Louise Seckinger Nelson; his parents, Bryce and Robbie Nelson; and his grandson, Bryce Thomas Nelson. He is survived by sons, Donald Bryce Nelson Jr. (Carrie) and Robert Dean Nelson (April); his grandchildren, Parker, Natalie, Braydon, Blake and Claire; his brother, David Nelson; his sister, Robbie Kimbrough; his loving, faithful friend Jane Wall; and numerous nieces, nephews and special friends. Visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Riggs Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Wednesday, Dec. 24 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Springfield. His body will lie in state at 9:30 a.m. and the service will begin at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1022, Springfield, GA 31329.
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Published in Effingham Herald from Dec. 23, 2014 to Jan. 22, 2015
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