Harold T. Hodge

HodgeMr. Harold T. Hodge, age 77 of Clarks Bluff Road in Kingsland, Ga. passed away in the late morning hours of Monday, March 26th, 2018 at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, Ga.

Mr. Hodge was born on October 24th, 1940 in Eastman, Ga. to the late Jack and Maude Hodge.

His family said of him, “Harold was a hard worker, anything he decided he wanted to do, he would learn how to do it and he would do it well. He had a great sense of humor and a natural wit. He could find common ground to talk to anyone. He was large in stature, sometimes coming across gruff, but he had a big heart. He silently helped a lot of people as he went through life, always giving, helping his fellowman. He liked nothing better than to take family members across country, Canada, Europe, and Alaska to name a few, showing them the sights.” Along with his family and friends, he will especially be missed by Shirley Young, Ida Thrift, and Debbie Peeples.

Mr. Hodge is survived by Ida Thrift of Kingsland, Ga.; his daughters, Kelly Hodge and Cindy Hodge, both of Lancaster, Ca,. Bonnie Hodge of Albuquerque, Nm., and Christine Hodge-Delgato of Kernville, Ca.; his sons, John (Sandy) Hodge of Dothan, Al. and Joe (Linda) Hodge of Lancaster, Ca.; his sisters, Bernadette Moon of Blairsville, Ga. and Betty (Paul) Probes of Snellville, Ga.; and his grandchildren, Robert Hanna, Amanda Chickman, Ashley Chickman, Dalton Jensen, Jackie Hodge, Theresa Anaya, Olivia Delgado, Victor Fragoza, Desiree Fragoza, Dana Fragoza, Anna James, Abby Sparkman, and John David Hodge;  and his great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Mr. Hodge was also predeceased by his brothers, Cecil Hodge and Harold M. Hodge, and his brother in law, Kenneth Moon.

Funeral services for Mr. Hodge will be held at 2 pm Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at Ruhamah Baptist Church with Pastor Alan Brown presiding. Interment will follow at Oakwell Cemetery in Kingsland, Ga. Pallbearers will be Bryan Sapp, Brian Strickland, Jamie Hodge, Pete Mercer, Coleman Groover, and Daniel Sparkman.

October 24, 1940 – March 26, 2018

Sharon R. Fields

Mrs. Sharon R. Fields, age 62 passed away at her residence, surrounded by her family, in the early morning hours of Friday, March 16th, 2018.
Mrs. Fields was born on May 26th, 1955 in El Paso, Texas. She is the daughter of the late John Patrick Raleigh and Durcie Iowne Wendt Raleigh. Sharon and Tom have been bound together in marriage for the last 40 years. They enjoying spending time together camping, gardening, hanging out with family and finding a good junk store. She was a beloved wife, phenomenal Gigi and a loving mother, who always had time to talk to her girls, no matter the time of day. You could always find her working in the yard, in order to make sure her flowers were just so. She was a kind hearted, gentle spirit to all of her family and friends.
​Mrs. Fields is survived by her beloved husband, Thomas E. Fields; her daughters, Michelle and her husband, Tristan Howard of Charleston, SC and Christina and her husband, Josh Sopha of Kingsland, GA., her grandchildren, Braxton Allen & Kaleigh-Ann Jean Sopha; and her sister, Kathy and her husband, Bill Haynes of Conley, GA.
​Along with her parents, Mrs. Fields joins her sister, Patty Raleigh and her brother, Jimmy Raleigh in Heaven.
A visitation for the Fields family will be from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm on Monday, March 19th, 2018 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, GA. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 2:00 pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St. Marys, GA. with Reverend Mr. Joe Bezy presiding over the service. She will be laid to rest at Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, GA.
​ The family requests that any memorial donations in her honor be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Center by going to: https://www.baptistjax.com/services/baptist-md-anderson-cancer-center and clicking in the blue ‘Make A Gift’ tab.

May 26, 1955 – March 16, 2018

Gwendolya L. Fink

Mrs. Gwendolya L. Fink, age 88 of Kingsland, Ga. passed away in the late evening hours of Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at UF Health/Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fl.
​Mrs. Fink was born on November 3rd, 1929 in Hopedale, Ohio. She is the daughter of the late Carl John Norris & Myrtle Marie McCormick Norris. Her family said of her, “Gwen was an avid crafter. She loved her work in basket making- all mediums, felting, beading, sewing, stained glass work, wood carving, gourd work, quilting, oil & acrylics painting, ceramics and a whole host of other craft venues. She also loved to travel. From places such as Florida, the North East to Alaska and the Artic in Barrow, also Hawaii and Australia. She loved to just get in her car and drive.”
Mrs. Fink is survived by her sons, Carl William Akers of Kingsland, Ga., and Charles Wayne Fink & his wife, Vickie of Imperial Beach, Ca.; her brother, Delbert Norris & his wife, Helen of Murfreesboro, Tn.; her sister, Elizabeth Halstead & her husband, Robert of St. Albans, WV. She has 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, Mrs. Fink, joins her husband, Charles L. Fink and her sons, Stephen R. Fink and Robert R. Fink in Heaven.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday April 12th, 2018 at Hidden Treasures Assembly of God located at 433 West King Avenue in Kingsland, Ga. Mrs. Fink will be interred with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.

November 3, 1929 – March 8, 2018

JoAnn Lucille Vinson

JoAnn Lucille Vinson was born in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 8, 1940. She entered Heaven’s gates on Feb. 8, 2018.

JoAnn was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She was known for her macaroni and cheese, chicken and rice and potato salad. She also loved shopping, especially at thrift stores.

JoAnn had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of Lighthouse Church of God for many years. She owned several businesses, including an antique store in Kingsland.

JoAnn was predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years, George Dennis Vinson Sr. and their son, George “Dennis” Vinson Jr.

JoAnn is survived by her three daughters, Kathy Litteral (Bill), Georgann Hewitt (Frank), Julie Carter (Rex) and son-in-law, JP Litteral. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The family would also like to express their gratitude to Drucilla Lemons, who befriended and helped care for JoAnn during her illness.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at noon Sunday, Feb. 25, at Lighthouse Church of God, 3451 Charlie Smith Highway Sr. in St. Marys.

September 8, 1940 – February 8, 2018

Karl Frederick Braun, Jr.

Mr. Karl F. Braun, Jr., age 72 of Kingsland, Ga. passed away Monday night, the 5th of February, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends.

Karl was born December 13, 1945 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Karl F. Braun, Sr and Freida Kremmel Braun.  Karl grew up in Ripen, Wisconsin and after completing high school joined the U.S. Navy. Karl spent 21 years serving his country, assigned to several aircraft carriers and duty stations.  While in the Navy, Karl completed two master degrees.
On May 28, 1983 Karl married Joyce; sharing 34 years of marriage and joining her three children – Debbie (Tom) Stewart, John Choquette, and Chris (Shaun) Walling.  In 1984, Karl retired from the Navy and continued to work managing a department store, selling life insurance, and then joined the civil service world working as a travel agent.
Karl loved his music over the years; singing in church choirs and barbershop choruses.  Karl was an active member of the Kingsland United Methodist Church; serving on church committees and assisting with youth programs.  Karl was always willing to lend a helping hand and found much joy in serving others.
Karl leaves behind his wife, Joyce; daughters Deborah (Tom) Stewart and Christine (Shaun) Walling; a son John Choquette; grandchildren, Ashley (Chris) Lowdenslager, Taylor Stewart, Jacob Stewart and Alexis Guy; great granddaughter, Aubree Lowdenslager; two sisters, Judy (Bob) Curry and Bette (Jim) Schauer.  Karl was preceeded in death by his parents, Karl Sr and Freita, and a sister, Helen (Dick) Cerney.

Karl will be greatly missed; we were blessed to have him while we did.

A viewing/visitation will be held on Saturday, the 10th of February from 5 to 7 pm at Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, Ga. and the funeral service will be on Sunday, the 11th of February at Kingsland First United Methodist Church starting at 2 pm.

Karl will be laid to rest in the Kingsland First United Methodist Church cemetery with full military honors.

December 13, 1945 – February 5, 2018

Jean A. Markes

Mr. Jean A. Markes, age 79 of Kingsland, Ga. died after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia.  He passed away in the early morning hours of January 23rd, 2018 at Addington Place in Brunswick, Ga.

Mr. Markes was born September 29th, 1938 in Malone, NY to the late Madill Markes and Albertine La Haie.  He grew up as an only child in a cold water flat in upper state NY.  He was a Navy Veteran of 11 years serving in the Seabees as an electrician.  His service included a tour at Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica.  He was an employee of Southern California Edison and retired from there with many friends that knew him as “BADGER”. In retirement, he spent his days on walks around his previous home on Burnham Rd in Ojai CA or at the beach in Ventura.

He is preceded in death by his loving and kind-hearted wife Darlene Markes, and daughters Laurie Markes and Belinda Markes.  Mr. Markes is survived by sons John D Markes of Kingsland GA, Jamie Markes of Red Bluff California, daughter Carissa Markes of Weed California and 11 grandchildren.

Mr. Markes’ inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. at a later date.

September 29, 1938 – January 23, 2018

Glen Edward Mahan

On December 27, 2017, Glen Edward “Eddie” Mahan completed his cycle on Earth in the loving care of Hospice of the Golden Isles.  Eddie was born April 5, 1937, to Woodson Julian Mahan and Mildred Edwards Mahan in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He graduated from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis and attended Perdue University.  In 1966, he married Gloria Jean Gill and became the much-loved stepfather of Gail Annette Gill Swiggum and Carey Eugene Gill.  He was the ever-so-special father-in-law of Susan Mott Gill (Carey), the Grandaddy of Johanna Swiggum Rogers, Kirsten Swiggum, Jonathan Gill, and Sara Gill Young (Danny); Great Grandaddy of Aidan Barber, Reagan Rogers, Kallisti Muse, and Blake and Bailey Grace Young.  He is also survived by his sister, Mary Helen Mahan Jackson (Robert) of Anderson, Indiana, nephews Troy and Robert Scott Jackson, and Scott’s twin sister, Tamara Jackson Nicolosi (Michael), and numerous grandnieces and nephews.  For many years, Eddie was very well known and respected throughout the paper industry.  He and Jean saw a lot of the world in their travels and made many dear friends along the way.  Eddie always had a smile that won many a heart.  Go rest high upon that mountain, Eddie…

April 5, 1937 – December 27, 2017