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Claude Coleman Strickland

Mr. Claude Coleman Strickland, age 95, passedaway on the morning of Friday, December 14th, 2018 at his home inKingsland, Ga. with his beloved wife, daughter, and two granddaughters by hisside.

Mr. Strickland was born December 2nd, 1923 in Blackshear, Ga. to the late Clarence and Oner Crews.

His family said of him, “Claude Coleman Strickland was a gentle, loving, and kind spirit. He always had a smile on his face and lived to make those around him happy. He had a protector’s heart and a giving hand. Mr. Strickland was an entrepreneur and succeeded in building a loving and safe home for his family with hard work and the companionship of his pride and joy, Ruth L. Strickland. Mr. Strickland was proud of many things, but he’d agree that his bride was his greatest accomplishment. He was always bragging on her and wanted the whole world to know that he was the luckiest man alive. He cherished her and he built his kingdom around their love. Together, they established a loving foundation for those in their life to walk upon. Ruth was a widow from WWII with two young boys, Carl and Jerry. Claude’s first thought when he heard that Carl and Jerry’s father had been killed in the war was who would help to raise the children. He made up his mind that when he got back from the war he would look Ruth up and ask her to marry him. They were married on Oct. 30th 1947. He carried a photo in his wallet to this day of a picture that she had sent to him while he was stationed with the Navy. Their love was pure, honest, and true. They worked together as a team and never had a fight. They truly were the wind beneath each other’s wings and they raised their family with the same love and kindness. They were blessed with two more children, Dennis and Cathy. Music and nature were two important themes running through the veins of his life. He grew up a farmer that learned to live off the land, making a living out of what he had. He would entertain himself with music and have gatherings of his closest friends to come over and pick and play. A homemade meal from the garden, a night full of pickin’ and grinnin’, and hugs from those he loved would always leave him bursting with joy. He was no stranger to hardship, yet always had a hopeful and faith filled heart. He never let life drag him down and together, he and his wife, always looked to the sunny side. He lived a life of gratitude, grace, and celebration. Claude left some steady footprints for the rest of us to follow. He will always be remembered with a warm heart and a smile.”

Mr. Strickland is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth Strickland of Kingsland, Ga.; his son, Jim (Sara) O’Neal of McDonough, Ga.; his daughter, Cathy S. Passarella of Kingsland, Ga.; his sister, Kathleen Holloway of Fernandina Beach, Fl.; his brothers, Alvin (Peggy) Strickland of Patterson, Ga. and Jimmy Strickland of Fernandina Beach, Fl.; his grandchildren, Shannon, Deanna, Claudia, Carla, Todd, Brian, and Jody; his 15 great grandchildren, his 3 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours for the family will be from 2 pm – 3 pm Sunday, December 16th, 2018 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home. Funeral Services will follow at 3 pm in the Woods-Wainwright Chapel of the funeral home with Pastor Vernon Dillingham presiding. Interment will follow at Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland, Ga. Pallbearers will be Trevor Readdick, Ryan Kenton, Frank Kenton, Gary Byrd, Jerry Foster, and Danny Mobbs. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Sunday School Class of the Kingsland First Baptist Church.

December 2, 1923 – December 14, 2018

Willie Lorraine Bruce

Mrs. Willie Lorraine Bruce, age 94 of Kingsland, Ga. passed away on the earlymorning of Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at her son’s home inHarriett’s Bluff.

Mrs.Bruce was born in Trenton, Fl. on May 28th, 1924. She is thedaughter of the late James Albion & Eliza Jane Sheffield Grau. 

Her family said of her, “Willie Lorraine Bruce, better known to everyone as Billie, Mom, Granny and Gigi loved her family and was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She always participated in numerous family outings and activities.  She loved her church and the Lord. She raised all her children to love the Lord and to serve others. She was very active in many capacities such as being a member of Sunday School, the women’s groups, the choir, and volunteering her time in the church offices. Billie was an excellent cook and often made great foods for family and friends. Some of the favorites included her corn bread dressing, pork and rice, her soups, cobblers and fruit cakes. She would always cook and have many of us over to eat and enjoy one another.She also liked to sew and made clothes for the grandchildren. She did cross stitch and crochet pieces for many people.Many family members and others have blankets and other crocheted pieces from her. Billie always owned little dogs and they were often ones that were rescued. She spent much time taking care of her dogs and Cookie, her last dog, was a great companion for her and loved so dearly by her and all family members.

           Mrs. Bruce is survived by her children, Charles & Pat Bruce of Kingsland, Ga., Jimmy & Mary Bruce of Yulee, Fl., Janis & Melvin Whitley of Butler, Ga., Richard F. Bruce of St. Marys, Ga., Norman & Darlene Bruce of Kingsland, Ga. and Mark & Angie Bruce of Harriett’s Bluff in Woodbine, Ga.; her grandchildren, Vanda (Jimmy), Paul (Amy), Tammy (Keith), Regina (Stephen) Sheryl, Michael, Susan (Joe), Ryan (Christina), Katherine (Tyler), Valerie (Nick) and Ian; her 17 great-grandchildren, plus several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation for Mrs. Bruce will be heldfrom 10 to 10:50 am on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 in the mainsanctuary of the Kingsland First United Methodist Church. Funeral services willthen follow beginning at 11 am with Pastor Jimmy Asbell & Pastor BruceVaughn presiding.  Graveside committal prayer and interment will followat 1:30 pm in Bruce lot in Homeward Cemetery along Georgia Highway 110 East inWaverly, Ga. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jimmy Asbell, Joshua Asbell, JacksonBruce, Stephen Twombly, Duncan Twombly, and London Twombly.

Nell M. Waldron

Mrs. Nell M. Waldron, age 90 of Woodbine, Ga. passed away in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, November 23rd, 2018.

Mrs. Waldron was born on March 19th, 1928 in Savannah, Ga. She is the daughter of Alexander L. and Pauline Higginbotham Chaney.

Her family said there were no words more perfect to describe her than Colossians 3:12-14, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive
one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the LORD
forgave you. 14And
over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect
unity.” Mrs. Waldron will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Waldron is survived by her beloved sons, Wayne & Renate Waldron of Sellersburg, In., Dan & Lori Waldron of Woodbine, Ga. and Mike Waldron of Hampton, Va.; and her numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Along with her parents, Mrs. Waldron rejoins her husband of 44 years, Archie, her brother, James Mason and her daughter-in-law, Cookie in Heaven

Calling hours for the Waldron family will be from 10 am to noon on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, Ga. A graveside service will follow at 1 pm in Colesburg Cemetery in Woodbine, Ga. with Pastor Doug Harris of the First Baptist Church of Harriett’s Bluff presiding.

March 19, 1928 – November 23, 2018

Samuel L. White

A3459397-0BC7-4385-8292-50EFC3267955.jpegSamuel Lee White, of Akron, Ohio, born on October 23, 1963 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to Betty Underwood and proceeded in death by his father the late Homer Underwood, passed away at age 55 on November 12, 2018 in Woodbine, Georgia. From 1981 to 1983, Samuel served in the Navy. Samuel was the beloved husband of Susan White. He is survived by his daughters, Deseree Metrik (Jason), Samantha White, Baleigh Bognar and Sierarose White; brothers, Timothy White (Rose) and Kenneth Underwood (Kristina); and grandchildren, Cameron Metrik and Callen Metrik. Friends and family are welcome to attend the celebration of life service on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Restoration Church, 2475 Village Dr, Kingsland, Ohio, 31548.

October 23, 1963 – November 12, 2018

Andrew J. Bargmann

Mr. Andrew Bargmann, age 57, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018 at his home in Kingsland, Ga.

Andy, as everyone knew him, was born on June 26, 1961 in Connecticut. His pride and joy were his 2 granddaughters, Rini and Aisey along with his daughter, Michelle (Charlie) Colberg who live in Rhode Island. Andy was a roofer who enjoyed his almost daily breakfast with coworkers at Steffens. He was a huge Georgia Bulldog fan who rarely missed a game. Andy enjoyed tinkering with his truck and gardening. He was an avid animal lover, especially his dogs. Andy would of helped anyone who needed it. The type of guy that would of given you the shirt off his back. Andy will be missed by many, especially his girlfriend, Joy Calabrese and her family.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

June 26, 1961 – November 8, 2018

Melissa Marie Nelson

Ms. Melissa Marie Nelson, age 41, passed away Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at her home in St. Mary’s, Ga.

Ms. Nelson was born on January 23rd, 1977 in Carlisle, PA. to James and Carol Martin Nelson. She attended public schools in both Carlisle and Kingsland, GA. She later furthered her education and became a Medical Assistant. She also worked at Steffens Restaurant for over 20 years. Her family shares, “She was a very hardworking and caring person that would do anything to help others. She enjoyed surrounding herself with her family and friends. Her children are what drove her to grow and be the loving, happy, and caring person people saw her for. She loved hard and was always able to put a smile on everyone’s face. She dedicated her life to her family to ensure they lived a better life than she felt she lived. If we all lived and cared for people the way she did, the world would be a brighter place.”

Ms. Nelson is survived by her husband of 16 years, Ruben Hutchinson, and their four children, Hakeim Hutchinson, Shaun Hutchinson, Mariah Hutchinson, and Devin Hutchinson of Woodbine, GA.; her sister, Melinda Jackson (Wilson) of Pennsylvania; her brothers, Jim Nelson (Jennifer) & Jeff Nelson (Shelby), all of Pennsylvania; and her aunt, Karen Gillespie. She also is survived by her parents, Carol and James Nelson (Amelia); and her Special friends, Vikki Wilson and Stacie Hershaw.

A visitation will be held from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, GA. Funeral services will follow at 3pm at the Refreshing Oasis Church in Kingsland, Ga. with Pastor Mack De’Von Knight presiding.

January 23, 1977 – November 8, 2018

David “Dave” Andrew Beasley

Mr. David “Dave” Andrew Beasley, age 59, passed away on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at his home in Kingsland, Ga.

Mr. Beasley was born on March 18th, 1959 in Providence, RI to the late Richard “Dick” Beasley and Zita “Rita” Rusine Beasley.

Mr. Beasley is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Lynn Beasley of Great Falls, Mt.; his brother, Bruce E. Beasley of Kingsland, Ga.; and his grandchild, Kyndel Anderson of Great Falls, Mt. and his former wife, Cindy Lanier.

A gathering of Mr. Beasley’s family and friends will be from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, Ga.

March 18, 1959 – November 5, 2018

Helen Elizabeth Ray Smith

Mrs. Helen Elizabeth Ray Smith, 71, of Kingsland, Ga passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, October 29, 2018 after a long illness surrounded by family.

She was born in Berrien County, Ga on June 28, 1947 to the late Henry J. Ray and Edna Mae Herring Ray.  She served many roles in our community and was a member of Kingsland First Baptist Church. Mrs. Smith loved hunting, fishing, cooking, watching baseball, playing cards and gatherings with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Harrell Smith; her son Kevin Smith (Katie); her daughters Carol English (Wade) and Carla Mimbs (Dale); her grandchildren Brian English, Lindsey LePierre (John), Kyle LePierre, Christina Mimbs, John Mimbs (Parrish) and Ian Smith; her great-grandchildren, Kari Chandler, CJ Chandler, Marian Chandler, John Flexon, and Ivy Mimbs. In addition she is survived by her sister Ouida Bennett and brothers Vernon Ray and Monty Ray, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Kingsland First Baptist Church. A visitation will be from 10 am – 12 pm with the memorial services immediately following.

Donations can be made on behalf of Helen Smith to Georgia Hospice Care, American Cancer Society, or the American Kidney Foundation.

June 28, 1947 – October 29, 2018

Gladys Bryant Collie

Gladys Bryant Collie, 95, died peacefully on October 28, 2018 at Community Hospice in Fernandina Beach, Florida, following a short hospitalization for a brain aneurysm.

The oldest of four children, Gladys was born on February 13, 1923 in Nash County to Redmond and Betty Bryant. Gladys graduated from Spring Hope High School and made her career in the Medical Records Department at Parkview Hospital and later Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount, NC.

In 1954, Gladys married Aubrey Wilson Collie, whom she was married to for 41 years.  She was devoted to Aubrey and cared for him at home after he lost his leg, until his death in 1995.

Gladys served the Lord and was a Sunday school teacher at White Oak United Methodist Church and later at Kingsland First Baptist Church, when she moved to Kingsland, Georgia in 1994 to live with her daughter, Sandra, and son in-law, Bill Strickland.  Gladys was also a volunteer at the Camden County campus of Southeast Georgia Health System in Saint Marys, Georgia.

Her surviving siblings are Herbert Bryant who resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina and Willa Mae Joyner of Rocky Mount.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Imogene Tyson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  Gladys is also survived by her only daughter, Sandra, son in-law, Bill Strickland and numerous nieces & nephews, and grandnieces & nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 pm Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at Spring Hope Funeral Home with Nicole Hamilton, the pastor at White Oak United Methodist Church officiating.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow the service at Spring Hope Memorial Gardens in Spring Hope, North Carolina.

Memorial services will be held from 4 to 5 PM on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at the Kingsland First Baptist Church in Kingsland, Ga.

Donations may be made to Gladys’ favorite charity, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

February 13, 1923 – October 28, 2018

Ann Ruth Henry Hutchinson

Mrs. Ann Ruth Hutchinson, age 83 of Saint Marys, Ga. passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Thursday, October 18th, 2018.

Mrs. Hutchinson was born in Perry, Fl. on September 28th, 1935. She is the daughter of the late John B. & Helen Reddick Henry.

Mrs. Hutchinson is survived by her husband of over 62 years, Jack Hutchinson of St. Marys, Ga.; their children, John Henry Hutchinson of Jacksonville, Fl. & Amy (Ed) Elmore of Kearneysville, W.Virginia; and their grandchildren, Scott, Anna & Heidi.

Funeral services will be held privately by the family locally and then in Massachusetts.

September 28th, 1935 – October 18th, 2018