Rosie (James) Southard
1948 - 2020
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Rosie James Southard, 72, born on January 4, 1948 in Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on October 6, 2020 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Savannah, GA.

Rosie was married to her best friend, Lee for 52 years. They met and married within two months and were able to travel during his military career living in Okinawa and Germany. She and Lee had two children, daughter, D'Ve Wilkins (Barrie) and son, Donald Southard. She loved spending time with family playing games and sharing meals together. She would visit her daughter weekly to have lunch and just be together.

Rosie was raised by the beach and loved to spend time in the sun and being outdoors. Spending time in her greenhouse gave her great pleasure, she loved her many orchids and sharing what she knew about them. She belonged to the Orchid Society in Savannah and supported Veterans through the VFW center giving food and items as they needed. Her family and friends were especially important to her. All year she would collect gifts and give them to the people she loved, doing so was truly a blessing for her and made her happy. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, sister, aunt, grannie, and friend. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her husband, Lee Southard of Richmond Hill, GA; daughter, D'Ve Wilkins (Barrie) of Guyton, GA; son, Donald Southard of Eatonton, GA; two sisters, Frances and Mary Ray both of Oklahoma; one brother, Freddy; as well as several nieces, nephews, honorary grandchildren, and grand pups.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Published in BryanCountyNews from Oct. 12 to Oct. 19, 2020.
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October 21, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Rosie playing Bunco. She was always so kind and helpful. Whenever we had someone who hadn't played before she was patient and helpful to them. Her smile and humor were so contagious. I so enjoyed those evenings playing Bunco with her and having a fantastic time. She was a wonderful friend to me and my daughter, we will treasure those memories. I know she will be greatly missed by so many. Praying for comfort for all of her family and friends.
Kamala Neurath
October 16, 2020
Rosie was my cousin. My dad and her mom were sibling. We didn't have the opportunity to see each other all that often, but I'm glad I got to see her a few years ago in South Texas and visit a little. It was good to reconnect. I was struck by how much she looked like her mom! I know she loved her family and was quite the decorator. May the family be comforted!
Alice Abbott
October 15, 2020
I grew up with the James family. Always a fun time at their home. I loved all the family so much and was heartbroken to hear of Rosie’s passing. I am so glad she came with Frances to our high school reunion so I could see her once again. Much love and prayers to all her family and friends.
Pam Owens Nassar
October 12, 2020
Love you Mommy! I will miss you more than words can say.
D'Ve Wilkins
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