Joe Van Bailey
A celebration of life service for Joe Van Bailey, 65, of Folkston, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 17 Mt. Carmel St., Folkston, with the church pastor, the Rev. Antwan Nixon, offering words of comfort and encouragement.
He was born April 3, 1953 in Folkston to the late Sylvester Bailey Sr. and Johanna Berry Bailey. He received his formal education in the public schools of Charlton County. He graduated from Charlton County High School, class of 1971.
While in high school, he enjoyed playing football with his younger brother and first cousins, who were the original “Bailey Boys.” After high school, he matriculated to Albany State College on a football scholarship and majored in physical education.
He joined Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church at an early age where he served on the usher board. He joined Masonic Euclid Lodge No. 169, PHA in Folkston and became a gold card member in 2017 for 35 continuous years of loyal membership.
During his membership, he served as Worshipful Master and was subsequently designated Secretary-Emeritus. He will be remembered as a dedicated and peaceful brother in the lodge endeavors.
He departed his life on Friday (Jan. 18, 2019) after an illness. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Eula Bell Stafford, and a brother, Ronald.
Those left to cherish his memory are brother, William Bailey, sister, Lou Ann Bailey, brother, Sylvester Bailey Jr., all of Folkston, brother, Roland Bailey (Lawanda) of Orange Park, Fla., sister, Alma Watson, of Jacksonville, Fla., brother, Elbert Jackson (Glenda), of Atlanta; 30 nieces and nephews, 39 grandnieces and nephews; nine great-grandnieces and nephews; long-time friends, Tracy Stephens, Dwight Parker and William McPherson; a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the hour of service.
Interment will be in Johanna Bailey Memorial Garden, Folkston.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home, Waycross.
Jeanita S. Robertson
Jeanita S. Robertson, 38, the daughter of Freddie and Jeanette Robertson and the mother of Kira Sallett, died Thursday morning (Jan. 24, 2019) at Memorial Satilla Health, Waycross, after an illness.
Friends are being received at the Robertson home, 913 Cedar St.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.
Ronald Leon Wentz Jr.
Ronald Leon Wentz Jr., 67, died Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2019) at his residence in Brantley County following an extended illness.
He was born in Charleston, W.Va., but resided in Ft. Pierce, Fla., most of his life before moving to Brantley County a few years ago. He was a former sales representative for Michelin Tire and Bridgestone Tire.
He was a son of the late Ronald Leon Wentz Sr.
He is survived by his daughter, Kaylene Wentz, of Lexington, Ky.; his mother, Lois Ann Newman Barker, of Holly Springs, Ga.; four siblings, Angie Evans, of Holly Springs, Jackie Rogers, of Woodstock, Ga., Clint Barker (Kathy), of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Robert Barker, of Hoboken.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Freddie L. Thompson Jr.
A funeral for Freddie Lealon Thompson Jr. was held Thursday afternoon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lee Ramsey officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jase Redick, Bruce Mobley, Cricket Mobley, Keith Mobley, Gary Griffin and Ronnie Tatum.
Military honors were provided by the honor guard of Moody Air Force Base.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Olesby Earl Giddens
A memorial service for Olesby Earl Giddens was held Thursday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Jeff Giddens officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.