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Morris, Jonnie Fay (Akins) - Statesboro  
Jonnie Fay (Akins) Morris, 80, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away after an extended illness Monday, April 27, 2015. Ms. Morris was born in Statesboro, Georgia, to John Doy Akins and Georgia Mae Dixon Akins. She graduated from Statesboro High and perused a business degree at the University of Georgia. She worked for IBM after graduation until she married the late A.B. Morris Jr. During her life, she was awarded a life membership at Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was a longtime member of the Garden Club of Jacksonville as well as the Grove Park Garden Club. She was a member of Southside Methodist Church in Jacksonville during her residency. She served Southside with regular attendance of the Asbury Sunday School Group, the Ruth circle, UMW Martha Group and held many positions while serving her Lord. Ms. Morris is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Fay (Morris) Devine, and son-in-law, Jamey A. Devine of Anderson, South Carolina; one grandson, John Browning West of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and a great-granddaughter, Moira Danielle West of Evergreen Park, Illinois; one niece, Kimberly Elaine Smith Sligh of Martinez, Georgia; and two nephews, Dr. Don T. Smith Jr. of Tifton, Georgia, and Norman R. Morris Jr. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; several great-nieces and nephews, Anna Camille Sligh, Don Terrell Smith III, Hutton Alexander Smith and Greyson Elizabeth Smith. Special friends are Olivia McGruder of Hephzibah, Georgia, Deborah Briggs, Michael Tutt, Carmen Few and Tara Grossman of Augusta, Georgia; and James West of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Visitation for friends and family will be held Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro. The funeral service will be Friday, May 1, 2015, at 1 p.m. in the Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Statesboro with the Reverend Stephanie Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Bulloch Memorial Gardens next to her beloved sister, Shirley Mae Akins Smith. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be her first cousins, Bill Akins, David Akins, Donald Wayne Akins, Ed Akins, Paul S. Akins, Paul D. Akins Jr., Wendell Akins, Richard Cannon, Earl Edenfield, Carl Mallard and Hugh Mallard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association of your choosing, Southside Methodist Church or Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville. Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com. Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements. Statesboro Herald, April 30, 2015 Sign the Legacy online guestbook at www.statesboroherald.com.
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Apr. 28 to May 7, 2015

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Meeks, James Matthew - Statesboro  
James Matthew Meeks, 81, died peacefully Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Eagle Health and Rehab Center, under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice after a long battle with cancer and kidney disease. He was born to the late James Wilson and Myrtice Brown Meeks October 19, 1933, in Statesboro, Ga., and graduated from Statesboro High School. He was raised with his late sister, Mary Ouida Meeks Spurlin, on his parents' farm in the Emit Community. James and his late wife, Willow Mae Littleton Meeks, returned to the farm after the death of his father to care for his mother. For many years, James willingly cared not only for his mother, but also enjoyed assisting his late wife in the care of her mother, Mrs. Lula Littleton, in her battle with Alzheimer's disease. James and Willow loved having family and friends over for a meal and especially enjoyed a good fish fry. He was a quiet but sometimes "ornery" man who was able to laugh at himself and enjoyed working in his garden and around the farm. He retired from King Finishing Company after many years of service. James was preceded in death by his parents, sister and wife, as well as his granddaughter, Brandy Meeks; and his stepson, David Barker. He is survived by two sons, Randy and Dwayne Meeks; and a daughter, Marie Meeks Williams of Sylvania, Ga.; his stepsons, Billy (Christine) Barker of Claxton and Donald Barker of Statesboro, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Laura (Chuck) Yeater of Statesboro, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Marie Fail Barker of Brooklet, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Bobby Littleton of Eldora and Jimmy (Peggy) Littleton of Ellabell; and sisters-in-law, Louise (Clark) Blitch and Betty (Neil) Terrell of Stilson, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Will Jackson, Dr. Tim Thaller, Dr. Sarujo Dalsnia and Dr. Aaron Clark as well as to the staff of Eagle Health and Rehab of the excellent care given to James during his long illness. The family is also grateful for the wonderful care given by the nursing staff at East Georgia Regional Medical Center during his hospitalizations there as well as Ogeechee Area Hospice staff members for their support and care. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Hodges-Moore Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, in the chapel of Hodges-Moore Funeral Home with the Rev. John O'Neal officiating. Burial will be in Emit Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Huffingham conducting the graveside service. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ben Barker, Ritchie Harris and Alex Harris, also Dennis Brannen, Bobby Brannen, Wayne Colson and Grady Aycock. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Eagle Health and Rehab Center. Please visit our online memorial at www.hodgesmoore.com to sign the guestbook and share fond memories with the Meeks' family. Memorial contributions may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459; American Cancer Society, 515 Denmark Street, Suite 500, Statesboro, GA 30458; or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. Statesboro Herald, April 23, 2015 Sign the Legacy online guestbook at www.statesboroherald.com.
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Apr. 23 to Apr. 30, 2015
Merck, Harry "Lamar"  
Harry "Lamar" Merck, 86, died peacefully Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, at Ogeechee Area Hospice with his loving wife and son at his side. Lamar was born December 18, 1928, in Eustis, Fla., and was the only son of Harry Walter Merck and Mildred Elizabeth Hethcox Merck. As a youth, he made a profession of faith and was baptized in Dawson Springs, Ky., in 1943 and remained a faithful and dutiful Christian for the remainder of his life. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1947 in Huntington, W.Va., where he met his future wife, Betty Jean Barr. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1951 with a BS in forestry. As a student at WVU, he was an active member of and served as president of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry. He went on to receive a master of forestry from Duke University in 1954 and became licensed by the state of Georgia in the practice of professional forestry in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Jean Barr, December 26th, 1950, and celebrated 64 years of marriage in 2014. Following his undergraduate degree at WVU, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and served in Korea in 1952. For actions in October 1952 in the Chorwon region as a platoon leader of Company K of the 3rd Battalion of the 23rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, in cooperation with units of the French Battalion, he received "The Croix de Guerre of Foreign Theaters of Operations with Bronze Star" from the government of France. During his military service, he also received the United Nations Service Medal Combat Infantry Badge, a Korean Service Ribbon and a Bronze Star Medal. After Korea and graduate school, Lamar moved with his young family to Georgia in 1954, living first in Baxley, then Tifton, and finally moving to Statesboro in December 1960. He was employed with the Union Camp paper company from 1954 until 1975. In 1975, he joined the University System of Georgia Extension Service as a forester and retired in 1991. Upon arriving as a new resident in Statesboro in December of 1960, he and his wife became members of Pittman Park United Methodist Church. As a lifelong member, he served the church in numerous capacities from the choir, building and finance committees, and was instrumental in originating the Tuesday XYZ men's work program. During his professional career and civic life, he received numerous awards and citations, including a Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award in 1997. He is survived by his wife, Betty J. Merck; his eldest daughter, TJ Merck Parker of Boca Raton, Fla.; and his youngest son, Harold L. Merck of Atlanta. Also surviving are grandchildren, Stewart J. Parker (Michelle), David W. Parker and Laura Jean Parker Beckett; and great-grandchildren, Grayon V. Parker and Rixey Jean Parker. Lamar was preceded to his Heavenly home by his parents and a son, Howard Lamar Merck. As a result of an infection in February 2005, Lamar became partially paralyzed. Despite his physical disabilities, he always maintained a positive outlook and was an uplifting inspiration and influence to those around him throughout the remainder of his life. In his last years, he was greatly assisted in his daily life by wonderful care givers, Martha Skanes and Cynthia Busby. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, in the parlor at Pittman Park United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at Pittman Park United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Bagwell and the Rev. Jonathan Smith officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459 or www.oahospice.org ; or Pittman Park United Methodist Church, 1102 Fair Road, Statesboro, GA 30458 or www.pittmanpark.org. Hodges-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. Statesboro Herald, April 23, 2015 Sign the Legacy online guestbook at www.statesboroherald.com.
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Apr. 22 to May 1, 2015
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