Donna Marie Benjamin Theriault

Donna Marie Benjamin Theriault of Kingsland, Georgia passed away on April 25th, 2019. She was born on January 4th, 1952 in Rumford, Maine to Edward and Helen (Vienneau) Benjamin. She attended St. John’s Catholic School and graduated from Rumford High School. Donna married Gary Paul Theriault on May 26, 1973 in Portland, Maine. She served as a Navy wife for over 22 years. She spent time living in Maine, Connecticut, Washington, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Florida. She recently moved back to Kingsland with her husband when he retired in 2015.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 46 years and her two children, Danielle Theriault Tuttle of Kingsland and Andrew Theriault of Winter Park, Florida; two grandsons, Ethan and Luke Tuttle; brothers, David Benjamin (Ann) of Spofford, New Hampshire, Tim Benjamin (Pat) of Inman, South Carolina, Paul Benjamin (Jean) of Rockland, Main, Richard Benjamin (Ann) of Oak Grove, Missouri, and Raymond Benjamin of Lisbon, Maine; and a sister, Debra Avena (Bruce Rajewski) of Griswold, Connecticut.

Donna enjoyed gardening and took great pride in her lilies. She loved traveling with her husband, spending time with her grandchildren, reading, and working on jigsaw puzzles. She was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan and she could be found every Saturday during the fall cheering on the Dawgs.

Her greatest pleasure in life was being a wife, mother, and a grandmother. She had a beautiful heart and has left behind a legacy of love. She will be missed by many and will live on in our hearts and memories.

January 4, 1952 – April 25, 2019

Charlene Smith

Ms. Clifford Charlene Gay Smith, age 80 of St. Marys, Ga. passed away on Saturday, April 20th, 2019 at the Life Care Center in Jacksonville, Fl.

Ms. Smith was born on May 12th, 1938 in Jacksonville, Fl. to the late Charles and Myra Gay.

Ms. Smith was employed at the Kraft Bag Plant from 1960-1971. She served the community in social services from 1974-1992 with Coastal Georgia Area CAA, Inc. where she served as a case worker and Head Start teacher. Ms. Smith received an Associates Degree in Child Development during that time.

Ms. Smith enjoyed singing, sewing, drawing, writing poetry and cooking. She was dedicated to her family and loved spending time with them. She was a member of St. Marys Church and a resident of Coastal Senior Care.

Ms. Smith is survived by her children, Jan (Billy) Gillette, Theresa Nelson, and Tony (Jackie) Crews, all of Kingsland, Ga.; her grandchildren, Philip (Carisa) Nelson, Jr. of Fayetteville, Ga., Mark (Jennifer) Crews of Kingsland, Ga., Kristen (Josh Thomas) Gillette of Ruskin, Fl., Devin (Olivia Valente) Gillette of Rincon, Ga.; her great-grandchildren, Elsie Lamb and Baer Thomas; her great great-grandson, Elijah Lamb; her nieces and nephew, Jimmy Wells, Jeanette Ballew and Juliet Kicklighter.

Besides her parents, Ms. Smith was preceded in passing by her daughter, Scheree Crews Johnson; her son, Bobby Smith; and her sister, Judy Gay.

Calling hours for Ms. Smith’s family will be from 2 pm to 3 pm Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at St. Marys Church, 101 Pine Street in St. Marys, Ga. Funeral Services will follow immediately at 3 pm at the church with Reverend Randall Dockery, Bishop Adam Jones and Reverend Rick Douylliez presiding. Interment will be at Pineview Cemetery in Folkston, Ga. Tony Crews, Billy Gillette, Philip Nelson, Jr., Mark Crews, Devin Gillette, and David Young will serve as Pallbearers.

May 12, 1938 – April 20, 2019

Robert Ralph Creo

Mr. Robert R. Creo, age 80, of Kingsland, GA passed away peacefully April 3rd, 2019 at UF Shands hospital in Jacksonville, Fl. surrounded by family.

Mr. Creo was born March 22, 1939 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Amelia Ann Pampena-Creo and Edward Matthew Creo.  He lived in Pittsburgh until he joined the US Navy in 1956.  After separating from the Navy, Mr. Creo relocated to Southern California for the warmer winters where he began his career at Pacific Bell, where he retired as a senior manager after 33 years of service.  Mr. Creo moved to Kingsland, GA in February 2005 with the new love of his life, Ms. Tammy Gabrinetti.  

Mr. Creo’s passion for technology continued even after retirement and he loved riding around on his golf cart, shopping at Costco and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Creo joins his twin brother Eddie and stepdaughter Tammy Mushaney in Heaven.

He is survived by his brother, Richard Creo (Candace), his sister, Jackie Bucci (Phil), his five children, Joyce Creo, Michael Creo (Resa), Carrie Smith, Stacy Chadwick (Robert), Robert R Creo (Lisa), 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date for his friends and family.

March 22, 1939 – April 3, 2019

Andrew A. Cestaro

Mr. Andrew A. Cestaro, age 45, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 1st, 2019 in Kingsland, Ga.

Mr. Cestaro was born June 1st, 1973 in Saratoga Springs, NY to Andrea Coffey and the late Vincent S. Cestaro of Gansevoort, NY. He graduated from South Glen Falls High School in 1993. Mr. Cestaro was employed by the Bennett Dodge dealership in Kingsland, Ga. as a professional mechanic stating, “It’s the best job I ever had.”

Andrew, aka Andy, Drew, little big brother, McGillicutty, and Oompa Loompa to some kids, always tried to make others smile and laugh. He would do anything he could to help out friends and family. He had a big heart. Andrew also loved to attend Nascar races (#48) with his favorite uncle, and also enjoyed attending the Turkey Run Race in Jacksonville, Fl. with a close friend. He loved to play with the kids out in the yard, hang around a campfire, laugh and tell stories. Hunting in the fall in the Adirondacks, and fishing, on both water and ice, with his closest friends in upstate New York were his hobbies. Andy’s dogs, Missy and Titan, a Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier and Blue Nose Pit Bull Terrier were his kids. The “kids” loved to go for car rides and to go play Pokémon Go with him. Andrew was known for talking backwards and that damn “meow”.  

Mr. Cestaro is survived by his mother, Andrea (John) Coffey of Kingsland, Ga. and his sister, Shawna (Robert) Shad, III and small nephew, Robert Shad, IV of Merritt Island, Fl.; his favorite uncle, Charles (April) Hamilton of Tewksbury, Ma., his uncles, William Hamilton of Clifton Park, NY., James (Thea) Hamilton of Canton, SD., and Thomas (Susan) Hamilton of Aurora, Co.; many cousins from upstate New York, Massachusetts, South Dakota, and Colorado; and many friends from upstate New York, Jacksonville, Fl., and Kingsland, Ga.

A visitation of Mr. Cestaro’s family and friends will be held from 6 pm to 7pm on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 in the Woods-Wainwright Chapel of Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland, Ga. A celebration of his life will follow immediately from 7 pm to 8 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mr. Cestaro’s name to Pit Bull Rescue or your local Humane Society.

June 1, 1973 – April 1, 2019