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Mikell, Katie Laurine (Creech) - Statesboro  
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Katie Laurine Creech Mikell, age 89, died peacefully Monday, August 24, 2015, at Ogeechee Area Hospice surrounded by her family. Katie Laurine Mikell was a 60-year member of First Baptist Church in Statesboro, Ga., and a member of the Camilla Boyd Sunday School Class. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She retired after a 32-year career in the registrar's office at Georgia Southern University. She was a devoted Christian. Family, church and helping others were her life's work. She was a kind and gentle mother and faithful wife. She lived and practiced her life and faith with caring love. Katie Laurine Mikell was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Edwin Mikell; her son, Larry Edwin Mikell; her sisters, Sybil B. Brown, Mary Edna Anderson and Rita Underwood; and her parents, Mikie Colllie Creech and Ruth Edna Olliff; brothers-in-law, Olen Brown, Lamar Underwood, Julian Cannady, Bennie Mikell, Robert Hall; and sisters-in-law, Rubie M. Forrester, Elizabeth Hall; and nephew, Denver Hall. Katie Laurine Mikell is survived by her son, Bobby L. Mikell, and his wife, Kris; her daughter, Pamela Mikell Finderup; grandchildren, Robert William Mikell, Brooks Laurine Mikell, Erik Mikael Finderup; sisters, Hilda Creech Cannady and Mickey Creech Davis; and brothers-in-law, Bob Davis (Mickey) and Louis Anderson (Mary); nieces and nephews, Brenda Neal, Wanda Bixler (Ray), Anthony Anderson (Nancy), Glenda Rogers (Glenn), Marla Donison (Mark), Donna Wilkins, Teresa McCollough, David Canady (Pam), Michael Canady, Cherry Saylors (Jim), Robby Hall (Vicki), Joyce Van Dyke (David), Rob Davis (Jennifer), Beth Haun (Don); and many great-nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 27, from 5-7 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home. The funeral will be held in Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, August 28, at 11 a.m. with Dr. John Waters officiating. Interment will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family requests any memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30458. Friends may sign the online register book at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Statesboro Herald, August 26, 2015 Sign the Legacy online guestbook at
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Aug. 26 to Sept. 3, 2015
Mills III, John Atys  
John Atys Mills III, longtime superintendent of Screven County Schools, died Monday, August 24, at the age of 82. The son of the late John A. Mills Jr. and Evelyn Hobby Mills of Sylvania, Ga., John graduated from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., and earned an AB degree in English literature from Emory University in Atlanta before serving in the U.S. Navy. He was employed at the University of Georgia and Emory University before returning to his beloved Screven County and there to his life's work as superintendent of schools. During that time, he continued his education at Georgia Southern University with an MA degree, followed by an Ed.S. from the University of Georgia. As a young superintendent during the turbulent 70s, he peacefully integrated the schools of Screven County. There he instituted a school-wide writing program, a model kindergarten program and greatly expanded the art and music curricula. Before becoming superintendent, he was a local farmer and businessman who served as chairman of the board of education. He also served on the first Screven County Development Authority and was a third-generation member and second-generation president of the Sylvania Rotary Club. He loved classical music, opera, the ballet, literature, poetry and history, especially of World War II and medieval Europe. He was preceded in death by his son, Samuel Worley Mills; grandson, William Atys Mills-Cotten; and sister, Mary Hobby Mills. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Worley Mills; his children, John A. Mills IV and Elizabeth C. Mills; son-in-law, William D. Cotten; grandchildren, Kayla K. Mills and Samuel Mills-Cotten; three brothers, Alex S. Mills, William H. Mills and Robert L. Mills; nieces, nephews and two generations of teachers whom he appreciated and respected. Visitation will be at the home of John and Libba on Wednesday, August 26, from 5-7. The funeral service will be at First United Methodist Church, Sylvania, at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 27. Longtime friend, the Rev. Samuel M. Clark, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Richard Varnell of First United Methodist Church of Sylvania. Burial will be in the Mills plot, Sylvania City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Screven County Animals, P.O. Box 98, Sylvania, GA 30467; First United Methodist Church of Sylvania, P.O. Box 256, Sylvania, GA 30467; or to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459. Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, Screven Chapel, is in charge of all arrangements. Friends may sign the online register book at Statesboro Herald, August 25, 2015 Sign the Legacy online guestbook at
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Aug. 25 to Sept. 2, 2015
Moore Rombach, Ramona - North Hills  
Ramona Moore Rombach was born in Boulder, Montana, on September 22, 1925, to E. Clyde Smith and Janie Mathews Smith. She died at home after a brief illness in North Hills, Calif., on July 24, 2015. Ramona grew up in Arizona and California, spending summers on her grandfather's plantation in Georgia, with her brother and sister. She married Boude C. Moore in 1944. Together they raised six children. When Ramona was remarried to James Rombach, she welcomed four more children into her life. Ramona graduated in 1963 with a degree in social work from San Fernando Valley State College, now known as California State University, Northridge. She spent 33 years working with L.A. County Children's Protective Services, a vocation that drew on her deep well of compassion and care for others. Ramona was a woman of deep faith, being raised as a Methodist, exploring and living that faith in later years as a Lutheran and an Episcopalian. She considered herself one of the "company of the committed", always actively serving. She was named "Volunteer of the Year" in 2001 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America for her more than 20 years of service as a Sacristan. Memorial tributes may be made at Statesboro Herald, August 27, 2015 Sign the Legacy online guestbook at
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3, 2015

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McElveen, Mrs. Virginia "Ginny" (Howells) - Stilson  
STILSON, Ga. -- Mrs. Virginia "Ginny" Howells McElveen, age 90, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility. The Minnesota native had lived in Bulloch County since 1946 and was a homemaker. She was a member of Lanes Primitive Baptist Church. Mrs. "Ginny", as she was called, was blessed with a talent for her drawing and painting, which she loved sharing with her family and friends. In celebration of her life, the family invites those who have one of her many paintings to bring them to the service on Thursday to display before and during the service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elder Harold McElveen; her parents, Llewellyn and Zephyr Howells; and two sisters, Norma Tyrer and Jeanne Ochman; and a brother, Chuck Howells. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Janis and Stephen O'Donnell of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Sharon and Thomas Hendrix of Stilson, Ga.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wade and Debbie McElveen of Stilson, Ga., and John and Kimberly McElveen of Columbus, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Terri Whitehurst of Acworth, Ga.; 11 grandchildren, Kelli Kenan, Jeremy Hendrix, LeeAnna Deal, Matthew McElveen, Meredith LeNoir, Molly O'Donnell, Andrew McElveen, William O'Donnell, Kaitlyn Mullen, Lauren Mullen and Natalie Mullen; six great-grandchildren. The visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5-8p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lanes Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Emerson Proctor, Elder Vernon Eckleberry, Elder Lee Chambers and Elder David Summerford officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Hendrix, Matthew McElveen, Andrew McElveen, William O'Donnell, John Kenan, Eric Deal, Mark Lenior and Saben Emmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Primitive Baptist ministers and wives. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Lanes Primitive Baptist Church, P.O. Box 86, Brooklet, GA 30415; or to a charity of the donor's choice. Friends may sign the online register book at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Statesboro Herald, August 18, 2015 Sign the Legacy online guestbook at
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Aug. 18 to Aug. 26, 2015
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