John W. Poythress
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Swainsboro - John W. Poythress, 51, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at The Medical College of Georgia from injuries received in a motorcycle accident. Mr. Poythress was born on January 21, 1954, he was the owner of Swainsboro Auto Machine Shop, was a Master Knife Craftsman and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Swainsboro. He was also a member of the North Carolina Custom Knife makers Guild, founding President of the Georgia Custom Knife makers Guild, and Probationary Member of the National Knife Makers Guild. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert W. Poythress, Sr. Survivors include his mother Ruby Brinson Poythress of Swainsboro, GA; his wife, Joan Horne Poythress of Swainsboro, GA; one daughter, Melanie Bowen of Midville, GA; one brother, Robert "Bobby" Poythress, Jr. of Swainsboro, GA; two grandchildren, Peter Avery Parker and Emmie E. Bowen also survive. Visitation with family and friends will be on Friday, July 29, 2005 from 6-8 p.m., at Southern Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral service will be on Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home, with The Rev. Tom Beck and Rev. Emory Fennell officiating. Burial will follow at The Eastbrooke Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Micha Flemming Fund at the Citizens Bank of Swainsboro (121 North Main Street). The following Gentlemen have been asked to serve as pallbearers: Alfred Johnson, Ken Simmons, Jessie Bright, Jeff Horne, Vance Adams, David Caudill, Brint Fisher. Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Swainsboro Savannah Morning News, July 30, 2005 Please sign our Obituary Guestbook at

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Published in Savannah Morning News on Jul. 30, 2005.
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