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Athena Elise Semidei-Pruitt

Mrs. Athena Elise Semidei-Pruitt, age 33 passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019 in St. Marys, Georgia.

Mrs. Semidei- Pruitt was born on February 13th, 1986 in New London, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Carlos John Semidei & Providencia Rodriguez Semidei.

   Athena’s life began as a New England baby. Her parents along with their son Adam, had recently settled in the Navy town of New London, Connecticut.  There as they reported for dad’s duty on the Alexander Hamilton, Athena Elise was reporting for duty to this family from New York City.

    But it wasn’t long afterwards that her parents instilled in her a fondness for travel and a spirit of adventure. The family would soon relocate out west to live in California and Washington. They visited every town out west along with Mexico and Canada.  Athena traveled across the US and Puerto Rico.

    Everywhere she visited, making people smile became a wonderful trait for Athena. Making people fit became her vocation as an adult. She trained her body for running marathons. And as a fitness instructor, she trained and certified the sailors of the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

    With her husband Michael Pruitt, she began her own family. And with daughter Mila Elise, the new family continued to travel and make memories in Illinois, South Carolina and Georgia.

    Today Athena travels again, making new friends in Heaven.

  Along with her beloved parents, she is survived by her daughter, Mila Elise Pruitt of St. Marys, Ga., her brother, Adam Julian Semidei of St. Marys, Ga.; her uncles and aunts, Heriberto & Lesbia Rodriguez of South Carolina and Ivan & Maritza Rodriguez of New York.  John & Christine Semidei, Dora & Roland Garcia, Julio & Rosa Semidei, Cynthia & Ismael Cosme, Jr. and Jane Semidei all of New York.  She is survived by nieces, Gabriella Elisia Semidei and Gianna Valentina Semidei.  She is also survived by many loving cousins.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 3 pm on Saturday, July 6th, 2019 in the Woods-Wainwright Chapel in Coastal Camden Funeral Home. A celebration of Mrs. Semidei-Pruitt’s life will follow at 3 pm.

​The family requests any donations be made to GoFundMe.com, search-term Athena Semidei to aid with funeral expenses.

February 13, 1986 – July 1, 2019

Robert James Bruce

Mr. Robert James Bruce, age 67 of Woodbine, Ga. passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, Ga.

Mr. Bruce was born on October 2nd, 1951 in Brunswick, Ga. to Ruby Lee Whitley and the late James Bruce.

To family and friends Mr. Bruce was always known as “Bobby”. He was a retired Master Carpenter and spent a lot of his spare time fishing. He never had kids of his own, but he spread his love and compassion amongst his family and friends. He spent the last years of his life taking care of his dear mother. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Bruce is survived by his sister, Sharon (Gary) Eubanks of Ray City, Ga.; his brothers, Larry (Hilda) Bruce of Hazelhurst, Ga. and Danny (Rita) Whitley of Austin, Tx.; and his mother, Ruby Lee Whitley of Woodbine, Ga.

Calling hours for Mr. Bruce’s family will be from 1 – 2 pm Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home. Funeral Services will follow immediately at 2 pm in the Woods-Wainwright Chapel of the funeral home with Brother Therman Hayes presiding. Interment will be at Homeward Cemetery following the funeral services. Larry Bruce, Brian Bruce, Chadwick Bruce and Danny Whitley will serve as pallbearers.

October 2, 1951 – June 16, 2019

Shirley Kathleen Lang

Ms. Shirley Kathleen Lang, age 64, of Kingsland, Ga. passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, Ga.

Ms. Lang was born on December 28th, 1954 in Jacksonville, Fl.  She was the daughter of the late Agnes Rodgers Gainey and Eldon Woolard, Sr.

She was a part of a huge blended family of seven children which included six girls and one boy.  Kathy was an avid lover of animals, especially her beloved dog, Lillie and was beyond proud of her lovely flower garden. But her pride and joy were her three beautiful granddaughters, which she never missed an opportunity to brag on. They were her angels! She enjoyed a good meal at Sonny’s or St. Marys Steak and Seafood, but mainly liked good homemade cooking from “mom’s”. She also liked taking lots of pictures and listening to music and tv. Ms. Lang will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ms. Lang is survived by her son, Jameson Duane Shirley of Silverhill, Al.; her father, Eldon, Sr. and “mom”, Jane G. Woolard; her siblings, Agnes Elaine Woolard and Lynn (Kevin) Lentz all of St. Marys, Ga., Amy Brown of Nc., Melissa (Vaughn) Rowland and Eldon (Deborah) Woolard, Jr., all of Brunswick, Ga., and Nancy (Brian) Harrell of Merritt Island, Fl.; her grandchildren, Veronica Lenee (John) Webster of Jacksonville, Nc., Alexandria Faith Shirley, and Cerra Monette Shirley of Al.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in passing by her mother, Agnes Rodgers Gainey and her daughter-in-law, Lisa Shirley.

A graveside service for Ms. Lang will be at 10 am Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 in Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Ms. Lang’s name to the Hospice of the Golden Isles, https://hospice.me/giving/remembering-a-loved-one/gifts-in-memory/ ,or the Humane Society, https://humanecamden.org/donate/ or to PO Box 1270 Kingsland, Ga. 31548.

From her family, “We love you Kathy, forever and always and to the moon and back! Until we all meet again, rest in peace!”

Jaunelle S. Mann

Mrs. Jaunelle S. Mann, age 89, of Kingsland, Ga. passed away on the evening of Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at Southeast Georgia Health System in St. Marys, Ga.

Mrs. Mann was born on October 24th, 1929 in Hahira, Ga. to the late Hubert and Clennace Stalvey.

Mrs. Mann loved to work in the yard, tending & planting flowers. She owned and operated Camden Florist for many years before retiring. After a few months, she decided to work in real estate. After passing the exam to get her license, she worked for many years with Century 21 Real Estate. She won numerous awards throughout her real estate career. She loved meeting new people. After retiring from real estate, she decided she wasn’t finished working so she went to work at McDonalds for several more years.

She was a charter member of Friendship Baptist Church and was always proud of her church.

Mrs. Mann always shared Jesus wherever she went and would invite you to church. Her one mission in life was to reach people for the Lord.

Mrs. Mann is survived by her children, Terrie (Jim) Greer, Wendell (Pam) Mann, Jr., and Timmy (Julie) Mann, all of Kingsland, Ga.; her brother, Tommy (Vickie) Stalvey of Hoboken: Ga; her sister in law, Sylvia Stalvey of Princeton, WVA.; her grandchildren, Joshua Lloyd, Caleb Lloyd, Jody Mann, Lindsey Grant, Jordan Mann, Rachel Harris, Adam Greer, Daniel Greer and her great-grandchildren, Camden Lloyd, Eli Lloyd, Charlotte Rose Lloyd, Mabel Grace Lloyd, Maggie Mann, Benji Grant, Julie Greer & Leah Greer.

Mrs. Mann joins her husband, Wendell Eugene “Pete” Mann and her brother Hubert “Buddy” Stalvey in Heaven.

A visitation for Mrs. Mann will be held from 10 am to 11 am Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at Friendship Baptist Church, 480 W King St, Kingsland, Ga. Funeral Services will begin after at 11 am at the church with Reverend Bob Hughes presiding. Interment will be at Lawnwood, Cemetery in Kingsland, Ga. Pallbearers will be Joshua, Caleb, Jody, Jordan, Timmy Murray, and Dale Scroggins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Mrs. Mann’s name be made to the SGHS-Senior Care Center of St. Marys, Ga.

Hugh Graham Reeves

Mr. Hugh G. Reeves, age 85, passed away on the morning of Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at his home in Woodbine, Ga.

Mr. Reeves was born on January 7th, 1934 in Clarks, Louisiana Caldwell Parish. He was the son of the late Troy J. and Beulah G. Reeves. Mr. Reeves had one sister, Kathryn Gordy and six brothers, Hershal, Bob, Bill, Howell, Troy, Frank, and Ralph Reeves, who all preceded him in passing.

When he was 9 years old, Mr. Reeves moved, in 1943, to St. Marys, Ga. so his father could begin work at Gilman Paper Company. At the age of 13, he lost his father to a heart attack. He started moving 100 lb blocks of ice on the shrimp boat as the boats would leave to go shrimping. By age 15 he went to work at Gilman Paper Company and remained there for 46 ½ years. After retiring, he went back to the mill for a couple more years as a fire watch for a contractor. He would use that money to go camping throughout Georgia and Tennessee.

He said when he was a boy, his dad called his mother and said, “Beulah get out here, your kids and my kids are beating the crap out of our kid.” In 1956 he was drafted into the US Army for 2 years. He told the army he didn’t want to go and they said he didn’t have to; they had 2 other places he could go, Alcatraz or Leavenworth, so into the Army he went. He spent 18 months in Germany and after he returned home he said he never wanted to see another snowflake as long as he lived. He said boot camp wasn’t much better; they had 2 hills to run, misery and agony. After getting out of the Army he went back to Gilman until he retired.

On November 7th, 1958, he married his beloved wife of 60 ½ years, Rhudeane “Dean” Crews Reeves. Their first date was at Steffen’s Restaurant on his motorcycle. Of course it began to rain and he had to borrow a friend’s car to carry her home in Woodbine. He later said after that date he told his mother he found the woman he was going to marry.

Together they had 2 sons, Terry and Troy. Mr. Reeves was a family man and loved fishing at Harrietts Bluff. He and his father-in-law, Mr. Henry, would stay there for 1-2 weeks at a time fishing. Hunting was also something he loved.

One time he hunted for a week and hadn’t seen a deer, then one stepped out and bang, meat on the ground. Well it was a doe, and it was “buck only” at that time. Off to the truck, putting the deer in the floorboard, there was only one problem, the truck would go for a mile or so and then shut off. So each time it shut off to the woods he went with the deer, fixed the truck, and then put the deer back in the truck. He did that about 2-3 times and felt like the DNR was behind every tree. Once at home, he pulled into the backyard to clean the deer and Dean said what did you do, shoot one of your dogs? Well he took offense and a few choice words were said, but it made for a few good meals. Later in life, Mr. Reeves kept bees for a few years and sold the honey and pollinating crops around the Valdosta area. It was hot working with bees in the summer heat.

When he retired from Gilman at 62 years old, he took up his sons’ hobby of racing dirt track cars. For 6 years he raced at Waycross and Golden Isles Speedways, and earned the nickname, Grumpy Old Man. That name stayed with him until his last race when in the heat of the race another car hit him, sent him up the track on turn four, and he hit the 5 foot guard rail. As the car went over it took off the back bumper, landed on the side and roof and finally landed on its wheels. He said that was it, no more racing, and his nephew, Jamie, ran the feature race that night.

Some may know him as Hugh, Uncle Hugh, Uncle Sonny, Sonny boy, or Grumpy, but all in all he was a good man, a provider, and a friend that was always there to help and teach you the way to do something. He was never afraid to get dirty if it meant getting the job done.

He always said, “You come into this world with your name only and what you do here is what people remember.” He will be remembered for the good man, father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather he was.

Mr. Reeves is survived by his beloved wife, Dean Reeves; his sons, Terry Reeves and Troy Reeves; his grandchildren, Amanda, James, and Brian; his great-grandchildren, Joey, Corey, and Connor; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A visitation for Mr. Reeves will be held from 6 pm to 7 pm Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, Ga. Funeral services will follow immediately in the Woods-Wainwright Chapel of the funeral home with Pastor Eddie Rawl presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mr. Reeves’ name to Heartland Hospice or Hospice of the Golden Isles.

January 7, 1934 – June 15, 2019

Richard Carl Buerkle

Richard Carl Buerkle, age 84, of Kingsland, Georgia was called home on May 27, 2019.  He was the son of the late Luering H. and Alberta Mae Buerkle.  He was born in Dayton Ohio and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He graduated from Howe High School and completed his collegiate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Parks and Recreation.  He joined the military after graduation from college where he served as Captain in the US Air Force. He became a navigator for the 91st Refueling Squadron.  After serving in the military he started his career as a Park and Recreation Director.  He was employed in the following communities: Pekin, Illinois, St. Charles, Illinois, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Then at the age of 52 he changed professions and became an “Innkeeper”.  He retired in 2008 and moved to Georgia to be closer to his family.

Mr. Buerkle is survived by his wife: H. “Dolly” Buerkle, Kingsland, GA,; son: William (Karen) Buerkle, Charleston, SC, son: Robert (Sherri) Buerkle, Albuquerque, NM, daughter: Kay Lynn (John) Sims, Callahan, FL and son: Brad (Lesley) Buerkle, Kingsland, GA.

He has seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Jacksonville National Cemetery 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida

Coastal Camden Funeral Home from Kingsland, Georgia will oversee arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to: https://ghcholdings.com/ghc-foundation or you can mail a donation to the following address:  Georgia Hospice Care 777 Gloucester Street, Suite 303, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.

March 24, 1935 – May 27, 2019

Brandy Nicole Schwab

Ms. Brandy Nicole Schwab, age 33 of St. Marys, Ga. passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 26th, 2019 in Brunswick, Ga.

            Ms. Schwab was born in Warner Robins, Ga. on January 15th, 1986. She is the daughter of Nicole & Michael Lynn Spencer and Jeffery Allan Schwab. Her mother shares that Brandy was able to light up a room with her beautiful face. She always had a jovial and positive spirit. Those baby blue eyes and beautiful smile will always stay in our hearts. Her two amazing brothers (of course, she helped making them so) will miss her laughter, jokes, playful mischief  and bits of sisterly advice. She had an amazing intuition when taking care of her family and friends. She always knew how to take something so ordinary and make it a masterpiece.

            Besides her parents, Ms. Schwab is survived by her brothers, Jacob Avery-Michael Spencer & Alexander Lee Spencer; her aunts & uncles, Rene’& Mark Williamson, Patrick O’Brien, Diane & Ron Kirkwood and Wendy & Joe Rojas; her cousins, Craig, Kaitlyn, Morgan, Jayden, Drake & Roni, along with other family and her numerous dear friends, and her adopted Aunt Nena, and her cousins, Sharelle & Collin.

            Ms. Schwab was preceded in passing by her grandparents, Gary & Paulette Viney, her great grandparents, Harvey & Betty Gettings, her aunt, Kimberly O’Brien and her cousin, Zachary Williamson.

            A celebration of Brandy’s life will be held at 9am on Saturday, June 8th at the Coastal Guard Station Pavilion area on East Beach, St. Simons Island, Ga.

            The family requests memorial donations in Brandy’s honor be made to the Autism Society of Georgia’s website: https://www.autismsocietyga.org/get-involved/donate or to the Nunnally House- Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation / 2415 Parkwood Drive / Brunswick, GA 31520

January 15, 1986 – May 26, 2019