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Obituaries – July 11-24, 2021 [Bulloch]

Aaron Yerbafria Hernandez
January 19, 2018 – July 12, 2021
Aaron Yerbafria Hernandez, age 3, passed away on July 12th 2021 at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.
The family will receive visitors on Wednesday from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The funeral will be held on Thursday at 11:00am in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Teodulo Rodriguez officiating.
Interment will follow at Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Reverend Julius Abraham Jr
May 3, 1929 – July 15, 2021

The Reverend Julius Abraham Jr, peacefully passed away at his home in Statesboro, Georgia on July 15, 2021, at the age of 92.

Reverend Julius Abraham Jr.

The Reverend Abraham was a native of North Charleston, SC and born to the late Julius Abraham Sr. and Octavia (Hopkins) Abraham. Graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, he would later receive a B.S in Education from Allen University where he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He received a Master’s in Education from Columbia University in New York City. While pursuing his academic goals, he also took time to honorably serve his country in the United States Air Force.

In 1957, he began his teaching career in Bulloch County by accepting a position at what was then William James High School, one of several schools in the totally segregated Bulloch County School System. By 1960, he had been promoted to Assistant Principal at William James and in 1963 became Principal of Willow Hill Elementary School. In 1971, Statesboro High School and William James High School were combined as a fully integrated school. Because of his proven leadership within the African American community, Reverend Abraham was called upon to be an Assistant Principal at Statesboro High School, the first fully integrated high school in Statesboro.

In the ensuing years, Reverend Abraham would be an instrumental member of Statesboro High School’s leadership team and help direct the school and community through the many trials associated with school integration. In 1980, Reverend Abraham became the first African American Principal at Statesboro High School.

Before retiring in 1991 to pursue his calling to ministry in the A.M.E Church, Reverend Abraham received numerous awards and recognition for his years of service in the Statesboro community. He was active member of Greater Bethel A.M.E Church and served as pastor of Jerusalem and Mount Pisgah A.M.E Churches. He served on numerous community boards and organizations – most notably the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County. In 2013, he received one of his greatest honors with the construction and dedication of the Reverend Julius Abraham Trail – a walking and biking path that winds through the very community in which he lived and labored.

In his sun-setting years of life, he could most often be found doing what he enjoyed most – walking around various venues in Statesboro while communing with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his loving wife Arneese Woods Abraham, a sister, Ruth Murray, daughter Shery Abraham Littles (Vernon), son Julius Abraham III (Judy), grandchildren Vernard Littles, Erica Abraham, Alyssa Abraham, and Garrison Littles and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and other loved ones.

A public walk-through service will be held on Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Statesboro High School Auditorium from 4 – 8 pm.

Due to the COVID-19 health concerns, the family will have a private Celebration of Life Services, to be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the Ben Samuel Hill Memorial Chapel of Hill’s Mortuary with the Rev Deborah Lanier Scott, presiding and the Rev. Benny Wilkey as eulogist. Interment will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Carolina Funeral Home & Gardens in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Final rites have been entrusted to Hill’s Mortuary, Inc.

Baby Destini Essence Robinson
June 20, 2021 – July 16, 2021
Infant baby girl, Destini Essence Robinson, entered into rest, Friday, July 16, at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
She is survived by her caretaker and guardian, Verna Jean Wiggins, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services to be private.
Final rites have been entrusted to Hill’s Mortuary, Inc.

Floyd Jones
May 10, 1944 – July 19, 2021

Mr. Floyd Jones

Mr. Floyd Jones, passed peacefully into rest, Monday, July 19, 2021 at his residence under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice.
He is survived by his wife Gloria, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 12 noon Saturday, July 31, 2021 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Miami, Florida. Burial will be in Dade Memorial Gardens.
Final rites have been entrusted to Hill’s Mortuary, Inc.

James Drone “JD” Rountree Jr.
Mr. James Drone “JD” Rountree, Jr., age 97, died Tuesday afternoon at the Southern Manor in Statesboro. The native and lifelong resident of Bulloch County attended Jimps School, and later entered Statesboro High School, Class of 1946. He worked at Olliff Grocery, Parkwood, and Aldred Motel, before starting, owning, and operating Rountree Nursery on Highway 301 South, for more than fifty years, along with his sisters Minnie Lee Rountree and Earl R. Luckett. It has been said, “his life was his work” and “he loved to dance”, according to the family. He was a former member of Statesboro First Baptist Church.

JD was preceded in death by his parents, J. Drone Rountree and Sular “Sula” Akins Rountree; sisters, Loree R. Hendrix, Minnie Lee Rountree, Earl R. Luckett, Marie R. Hunnicutt, and Dorothy R. Thompson; nephews, Tommy Hendrix and Ricky Akins; and great-nephew, James Davis, III.

Surviving are his youngest sister, Faye R. Akins; his nieces, Ann H. Gillis, Janice H. Davis, Donna H. Tucker, Phyllis T. Rush, Wanda T. Currin, Nancy T. Watson, Gwen T. Butterfield, and Vickie Akins; and nephews, Lee Luckett, Daniel Luckett, Charles Hunnicutt, and Bill Akins.

The family will receive visitors on Sunday from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 2:00pm in the chapel of the funeral home with Elder Keith Hamilton officiating.
Interment will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be great-nephews, Brooks Luckett, Daniel Luckett, Jr., Brian Akins, Jeremy Akins, Chuck Gillis, Toby Tucker, Brandon Currin, Shawn Rush, Kevin Rush, and Chris Smith.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Georgia 30459.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

David James Nettles
Mr. David James Nettles, age 41, passed away on Wednesday morning, July 14th 2021 under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro. David was born on March 9th 1980 in Jacksonville, FL to the late Mr. Harry Nettles and Mrs. Phyllis Acers Nettles. David worked for many years as a carpenter until he was unable.
He is survived by his son, Adam Woods, his granddaughter, Paigelynn Woods his brothers, Dwayne Nettles and Robert Nettles, three aunts, as well as many cousins and extended family members.
The family will receive visitors on Friday from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
Graveside services and burial will be held on Saturday at 11:00am at Lake Cemetery in Metter with Pastor Jody Bryant officiating.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Carol Elaine Dodge Stanford
Carol Elaine (Dodge) Stanford, 71, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2021 at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro, GA with her loving family at her side after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Mrs. Carol Elaine Dodge Stanford

Carol was born on January 19, 1950 in Kirksville, MO to Ralph Dale and Edna Pauline (Bacus) Dodge. She grew up and attended school in Memphis, MO in which the town and her friends there had always been dear to her heart. She grew up half a block away from the municipal pool and spent a lot of happy times there.

As a young adult, she attended college at Truman University with plans on teaching history, but then changed direction and enrolled in airline school in Kansas City. In August of 1969, she was hired by American Airlines and began working at O’Hare Field, Chicago.

On January 1979, she married John Stanford who she met on a blind date at Glenview Air Naval Station in suburban Chicago. They were blessed to be parents to Dana Marie (Jacobs) and John’s two wonderful sons Michael Edmund and Paul Thomas.

She went on to receive a degree in finance, and upon retirement after 37 years in financial services, they moved from their long time home in LeGrand, IA to Thomson, IL to be close to the Mississippi River and the wonderful people who enriched their lives through years of camping. Her final years could not have been more rewarding through boating, camping, fishing, relaxing by campfires, cruising the neighborhood in her golf cart, visiting with neighbors, friends, and family, and taking in the beautiful scenery.

Her deep love of family and friends was abundantly apparent. She wanted to thank you all for touching her life. “Until we meet again…”

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Dana Marie (Jacobs), Stepsons Michael Edmund (Nicole) Stanford and Paul Edmund Stanford, a sister Connie (Harlan) Kraus, Nieces Jill Hines and Joy Kraus (fiancé Roy Johnson), and grandchildren Brynna Delaina, Megan Mae (fiancé Bruce Sims) and Christian Anthony.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Ralph Dale and Edna Pauline (Bacus), Dodge and husband, John Stanford.

A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at a later date to be announced with private family services to follow.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro, GA is in charge of arrangements.

Glennis Hodges Bland
Glennis Bland, age 87, let go of her family’s hands and took the hands of her Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 15 in Statesboro, Georgia under the care of Ogeechee Area Hospice. She was a life-long resident of Bulloch County, born on August 3, 1933 to the late Fannie Williams Hodges and William Hodges. Glennis worked for more than forty years caring for residents at two local nursing homes, Statesboro Nursing Home and Heritage Inn. She loved children, the elderly, gardening, and animals, but her greatest joy came with spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children Dan Bland (Miriam) of Valrico, Florida and Vickie Reid (David) of Statesboro; three beloved grandchildren Ashlin Baisch (Jeff) of Columbia, South Carolina, Graham Reid of Springfield, Georgia, and Tyler Reid of Statesboro; and one cherished great grandchild, Adaline Reid of Statesboro; four sisters, Vivian Colson of Savannah, Joyce Evans of Lyons, Wynell Hampton (Hubert) of Conyers and Ann Seals (Jim) of Tuttle, Oklahoma; two brothers, Alvin Hodges (Sharon) of Alamogordo, New Mexico, and Wendell Hodges (Phyllis) of Putney, Georgia. Glennis loved and prayed for many children (now adults) in Statesboro as if they were her own. Many nieces, nephews, and friends also survive. Glennis is preceded in death by her husband, Mike Bland, and two brothers, Eugene Hodges of Statesboro and Donald Hodges of Bartow, Georgia.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 17 at 10:00 in the morning at Eastside Cemetery.

Scott Jack Boyd
Scott Jack Boyd, age 58, passed away unexpectedly on July 15th, 2021. Mr. Boyd was a native of Bulloch County and was a painter by profession.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Marcile Boyd, and his grandfather, Luther Olliff.

Mr. Boyd is survived by a son, Evan Boyd; a brother, Don Boyd; a sister, Lisa Boyd; his father, Roland Boyd; his grandmother, Pauline Olliff; an aunt, Arlene Anderson; an uncle, Vinson Olliff; his grandchildren; and several cousins.

Memorial Service plans are incomplete at this time. Deal Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Carol Elaine (Belin) Daughtry
Carol Elaine Daughtry passed away Monday, July 19, 2021 at Candler Hospital in Savannah after an extended illness. However, cancer did not win the war. Carol is now at peace and with her Lord and Savior.

Born in Vidalia, Georgia to Cleland and Dorothea Belin on July 10, 1952, Carol was raised in Metter, Georgia, graduating from Metter High School. She moved to Statesboro, Georgia in 1970, graduated from Statesboro Beauty School, became a homemaker and along with her husband, Mitchell “Mickey”, opened a mobile home business, Daughtry and Company.

Carol loved her family and people in general. She belonged to various support groups always hoping to help others. She also loved her Community Bible Study. Carol was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Mickey M. Daughtry, Sr.

She is survived by and will be greatly missed by her children, Scott Lamar Daughtry (Traci) of Augusta, Jodi May (Willis) of Waynesboro, Jennifer E Daughtry, Julie Ann Daughtry and Mitchell M. Daughtry, Jr. all of Statesboro; a brother, Cleland B. Belin, Jr. (Lou Christino); sisters, Cynthia L. Stokes and Debbie Sue Kersey; and six grandchildren, Warren Daughtry, Katie Daughtry, Joey Taylor, Breeanna Daughtry, Addie May, and Riley May.

The funeral service is planned for Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Macedonia Baptist Church at 11:00 AM with the Reverend Travis Cowart officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.donate3.cancer.org

Jean S. Millhorn
September 4, 1936 – July 22, 2021
Jean S. Millhorn, Age 84, passed away Thursday July 22nd, 2021 at Ogeechee Area Hospice following a brief illness. Jean was born in Jesup, GA on September 4th, 1936 to the late Cecil Clyde and Walfrieda Mankin Street. Jean was a lover of the outdoors and sunshine and made some of her best memories fishing on Lake Weiss with her late husband. She was also an avid reader and completed a countless number of books in her lifetime.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Hank Millhorn, her two sons Jerry and Jimmy Mitchell, and five of her siblings, Walter “PeeWee” Vernon Street, Ronald “Ronny” Clyde Street, Thomas “Tommy” Douglas Street, Juanita Street Stubbs, and Faye Street Grooms

She is survived by her daughter Cindy Mitchell Howard and husband Vern, her sister Connie S. Hook and husband Bob, her grandson Mitchell Bohler and wife Jamie along with their sons Beckett and Bane, and her step-daughter, Tonie Case. She is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Jean did not wish to have public services to mark her passing but desired her family to have a private memorial in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorial contributions be made to the Cornerstone Campaign at Bulloch Academy in honor or her great-grandsons mailed to 2175 Akins Pond Road Statesboro, GA 30461 designated for Cornerstone Campaign.

William Alan Morris
William Alan Morris, 64 – a loving grandfather, father, brother and son, and lifelong resident of Georgia, passed away in his home on July 22nd of natural causes.

Alan was born to Eugene and Mable Morris on February 15th 1957 in Dublin, GA. He was a graduate of Warner Robins High School before going into a career in sales that showcased his relatable charm, warm smile, and playful sense of humor. Many will remember Alan as an amazing chef and entertainer with a hearty laugh and a corny joke up his sleeve. Others will recall his passion for the sports teams he loved- the Demons, Dawgs and Braves. But mostly, all will remember his love and enthusiasm for his boys and grandchildren.

Alan is survived by his sons and their spouses (Brett and Kyanne, Drew and Kelly), grandchildren (Tyler and Maggie), mother (Mable), siblings (Daphne, Deborah, Melanie, Randy, Mark and Phillip) and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

A graveside memorial service will be held at Waters Cemetery in Normantown, GA on Friday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m. The service will be followed by lunch and a celebration of life at his mother’s house (240 Louella St. Lyons, GA 30436).

If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association in lieu of flowers.

Laura H. Mikell

Mrs. Laura H. Mikell, age 97, passed away on Wednesday evening, July 21st 2021 at Ogeechee Area Hospice inpatient facility in Statesboro. She was born on November 18th 1923 in Uvalda, GA to the late Mr. B.F. Hart and Mrs. Laura Barkley Hart. Mrs. Mikell graduated from Brewton Parker College as well as Georgia Teachers College before pursuing her career as an educator. She taught primarily in the Bulloch County School System for over 39 years, 31 of those years at Stilson Elementary. She loved animals, especially dogs, and loved children. She enjoyed her last years at Southern Manor and was one of their longest residents. Mrs. Mikell was a recipient of the Deen Day Smith Award and member of Statesboro Primitive Baptist Chruch. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Emitt Mikell, her sister, Jo Griggs, her brother, Horace Hart, her son-in-law, Terry McKanna, as well as her nine half brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Mikell is survived by her daughter, Jo McKanna, her son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Mary Mikell, her four grandchildren, Misty McKanna, Heath (Cassandra) Mikell, Brandy Mikell, and Jared (Sarah) Mikell, three great-grandchildren, Caroline, Reed, and Regan, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family gives special thanks to the nurses and staff at Southern Manor as well as Ogeechee Area Hospice for their wonderful care.
The family will receive visitors on Saturday from 10:00am until 11:00am at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro. The service will follow at 11:00am in the funeral home chapel with Elder Randy Waters officiating.
A private interment will be at Eastside Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be the residents and staff of Southern Manor as well as the Ladies Fellowship Class of Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be made to one of the following; Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church, 4 S. Zetterower, Statesboro, GA 30458, Ogeechee Area Hospice, PO Box 531 Statesboro, GA 30459, or to the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County at http://www.statesborohumane.org/
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Franklin Pratt
July 15, 1948 – July 19, 2021
Ronald Franklin Pratt, a public relations strategist and resident of Statesboro died from a long illness on July 19, 2021 at the age of 73 at the Ogeechee Hospice Facility in Statesboro, GA. Ron was born in Savannah, GA on July 15, 1948 to the late Rev. Frank Pratt and Elizabeth “Libby” Pratt. He spent most of his childhood in the St. Louis area with his parents. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA degree in English.
His career began in Savannah as a reporter/journalist for the Savannah Morning News in 1971. He was Director of the Radio Station WSOK. He became the editor for the Hilton Head News in 1973 and later moved to San Francisco in 1978 and focused on the field of organizational communication. He spearheaded the largest public relations firms in San Francisco providing expertise in crisis management and strategic development.
As a journalist, Ron received numerous honors for his investigative reporting including an Associated Press Enterprise award for a radio feature on the Watergate break-in. He was a winner of the IABC Gold Quill, one of the highest honors in business communication.
Ron was very active in the arts, sitting on various boards for theatre, ballet, and the symphony. He was President of the Hilton Head Institute for Arts, Director of the Hilton Head Jazz Festival and served as VP for the San Francisco Council on Entertainment. Most recently he volunteered as Advisory Board Member to initiate and support the Oscar Hammerstein II Museum and Theatre Education Center in Doylestown, PA.
He retired in 2013 and moved to Statesboro to live with his mother Libby Pratt Hutchinson. He is predeceased by his parents and is survived by many cousins across the United States.

Services will be held at a later date.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, PO Box 531. Statesboro, GA 30459.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby D. Barnes Adams
( July 14th 1933- July 23rd 2021)

Ruby D. Barnes Adams age 88, passed away in her home on early Friday, July 23rd surrounded by her family after a long illness. She was under the care of Affinis Hospice. Ruby received her education from Middle Ground school. She attended Nevils Creek Primitive Baptist Church.

She enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping, and spending time with her family and friends. She was one of five children born to Frank and Ida Mae Roberts Daughtry out Portal, GA. She was preceded in death by John Daughtry, Dorothy Zetterower, Grace Beasley, and Frank Daughtry.

Survivors include: a Daughter Betty Sue Barnes Douglas (Aubrey- deceased), Son George Barnes Jr. (Vickie), Daughter Linda Barnes Hendrix (Mitchell- deceased), Son John Lloyd Barnes (Dorothy), Son Alfred Barnes (Julie). Grand children Lisa, Shelley, Georgette, George III, Mitch, Jason, Jessica, Josie, A.J, and April. Great Grand Children Kayla, Ashley, Morgan, Alyssa, Joey, Camden, Mason, Megan, Halie, L.J, and a sister Betty Cowan, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday July 27th at 10am at Joiner Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro. Funeral services will follow beginning at 11am, in the chapel at Joiner Anderson Funeral Home with Pastor Thomas Hendrix, and Jason Mallard officiating.

She will be laid to rest at Bulloch Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Anyone wishing to honor her memory is asked to make donations to Affinis Hospice Care mailed to Community Health Foundation at 1005 Boulder Drive, Gray GA 30132–designated for Affinis Hospice.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

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