Bulloch Local News

Obituaries – Mar. 20-27, 2021 [Bulloch]

Mr. John E. Carlson

John Eric Carlson of Statesboro, Georgia, passed away Saturday, March 20, he was 90. Born, April 28, 1930 in Montclair, New Jersey, John was the son of hard-working parents who emigrated from Sweden. Growing up in the Great Depression taught John many life lessons that shaped his character for life.  Although, sickly as a child, John persevered, winning the Engineering Prize in High School and going on to graduate with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Newark College of Engineering, now known as the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

John started a family with his wife, Rosemary, living in Verona and then Basking Ridge, New Jersey, working for many years at Union Carbide and Colloid Chemical as a research chemist. John took a position with Borden Chemical in Louisville, Kentucky moving with his wife and daughter, Julia, in 1977, with the hope the warmer climate would improve Julia’s chronic asthma and lung infections.  Shortly after, he was transferred to Maryland as Borden was acquired by Teledyne.  John commuted back home on weekends for along time but then the family made the decision to move even further south to Georgia, home of John’s wife’s birth mother and family.  In the Fall of 1979, they settled in Statesboro with John still commuting for a time until he landed the position of Head of Research and Development at Chem Nuclear Systems in Barnwell, South Carolina.

In 1984, while at Chem Nuclear, John was awarded a U.S. Patent for his development of a unique and safe means of encasing and disposing of low level radioactive nuclear waste and he called it “Chemsonite”. In the early 90’s Chem Nuclear was acquired by Waste Management, Inc. and his position was moved to Washington state. He declined the transfer as he and his family were settled and happy in Statesboro. Instead, he opted to take early retirement and keep his family in the city they all called home. To support his family, John continued to do sporadic consulting work and also hired himself out as a wall paperer, something else he was an expert in.

John and Julia were caregivers to Rosemary until her passing in 2005 and they enjoyed six years together making needed improvements to their home themselves, growing vegetables and spending time with their three dogs.  Even after a disabling accident in late 2011, John continued with his passion for research making breakthrough discoveries in cement hydration. He compiled a report after years of discoveries through testing, analysis and research.  Naming the report “Fundamental Hydration Chemistry of Cement”, he sent it without obligation to colleges and universities across the U.S. and some to Europe.

John was also a self-taught gemologist, gem cutter and jewelry maker—hand cutting and setting gemstones in hundreds of unique jewelry pieces over the years. He first made for family but later sold to coworkers, acquaintances and others he would meet in his travels.  In his later years, he enjoyed making special items for relatives, friends, Julia and her friends.

John loved classical music, especially the operas of Richard Wagner, and the last year of his life took enormous pleasure watching and listening to the Metropolitan Opera Channel on TV.  In his “younger days” he played the organ and guitar, while also singing in several church choirs in New Jersey.  John had a lifelong faith and in his later years watched D. Charles Stanley every Sunday morning; he knew Christ and that Heaven was his home.

He is preceded in death by his wife of nearly fifty years, Rosemary Joyce Carlson and also two brothers and a sister.

He is survived by his three children and one grandson as well as several nieces, nephew and cousins. His eldest son Keith E. Carlson of Mesa, Colorado; son, John G Carlson and his wife, Becky, of Boise, Idaho; his daughter, Julia E. Carlson of Statesboro; Kristopher Carlson, his only grandson resides in Grand Junction Colorado; Kristopher’s mother and former daughter-in-law, Sandy De Felipis, lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

Also, he leaves behind two special friends he considered family the last few years, Mark and Raquel Siar of Pooler, Georgia. Mark and Raquel were always there for he and Julia when Needed and Raquel spent 2015-2016 living in his home helping he and Julia so much.  He developed a “pen pal” friendship with Julia’s friend Elizabeth Lee-Hill of Sylvania, Georgia and her visits, cards and notes brought him much joy these last two years.

At his request, there will be no funeral or service and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County www.statesborohumane.org.  Dad’s best friend, Goldie, arrived 27 months ago from their foster program, improving his last years on earth in an incredibly special way.  Dad loved Goldie and Goldie loved Dad.

Mr. Louis Talmadge Anderson

Mr. Louis Talmadge Anderson, age 91, died Saturday March 20, 2021, at Browns Health and Rehab under the care of Regency SouthernCare Hospice. The Bulloch County native had an excellent talent for selling cars, which led him to own and operate several used car lots over his career. Additionally, he owned and operated several service stations in Statesboro. Later in his career, he worked with Franklin Chevrolet, Curtis Youngblood Ford and Everett Motor Company and was also a school bus driver with the Bulloch County Board of Education.
For several years, Louis was a resident of Camden Place and since June of 2020 he had been a resident of Browns Health and Rehab. The family would like to thank the staff of these facilities, for the excellent care that he received during his stay.

Mr. Louis Talmadge Anderson


Louis was known for telling jokes and his goal was always to make people smile. He loved Bluegrass Music and Nascar.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Statesboro.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Glenn Rogers of Statesboro; a son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Nancy Anderson of Richmond, Virginia; five grandchildren, Kelly Nelms (Lamar) of Athens, Brent Rogers of Statesboro, Megan Livingston (David) of Richmond, VA, Blaine Anderson (Rebecca) of Charlottesville, VA and Kyle Rogers of Statesboro; two sisters-in-law, Hilda Cannady of Statesboro and Mickey Davis of Rincon; six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Brent Rogers, Kyle rogers, Barry Anderson, Lamar Nelms, Andy Hendrix and Darrell Anderson.

Mrs. Myrtice Lee

Mrs. Myrtice Lee, age 45, passed into rest, Saturday, March 20, 2021 at her residence under the care of Regency Hospice. She was educated in the public school system of Bulloch County and a 1994 honor graduate of the Portal High School. She was a member of the Pine Grove Holiness Church of Portal, Georgia.

Mrs. Myrtice Lee

She is preceded in death by, her children, Ja-Tarie, Ja-Marie, and Chardoney Washington; her mother, Blondie Hagins Green; a sister, Angela Marie Green and a brother, Cyrus M. Turnquest.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, Fredrick Washington, Portal, GA, a son, James Edward (Brittney) Williams, III, Statesboro, GA, a daughter, Mi’Kayla O’Neal, Statesboro, GA, sisters, Jonell M. Green, Sharika L. Turnquest and Sabrina A. Turnquest, both of Madison, FL and Monique Riley, Bronx, New York, brothers, James A. Turnquest, Jahlion L. Turnquest and Israel I. Turnquest all of Madison, FL, grandchildren, Mikel I. O’neal, Ja’Mesia and Ja’Kayla M. Williams, a host of god children, other relatives and friends.

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

Mrs. Wilma Brown

Mrs. Wilma Brown, age 95, passed into rest, Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Sheltering Arms. The Bulloch County native was the daughter of the late Dan and Lottie Ellis Johnson. She received her early childhood education in the Bulloch County School system.

Mrs. Brown was a formal employee of Pulaski Nursing Home and a dedicated member of the New Hope Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wilma Brown

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sons, Roy Hodges, Daniel Hodges, Donnie Hodges and Anthony Hodges, a daughter, Shirley Carter, two brothers and four sisters.

She leaves her memories to be cherished by: four daughters, Yvonnie Williams, Dorothy (Eugene) Kemp, Lottie Smith and Catheleen Brown, four sons, Willie Hodges, Harold Hodges, Darnell Hodges, all of Register, GA and Nathaniel Hodges, New Orleans, LA, two step daughters, Laura Bryant and Johnnie Mae Atkinson; an aunt, Almeta Phillips, Metter, GA, two sisters, Zodie Babcock and Lizzie McCall; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

Mr. Ronnie L. Williams

Mr. Ronnie L. Williams, age 70, departed this earthly life, on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Ronnie L. Williams

Ronnie was the son of the late Deacon John Davis “J.D.” and Ella Cone Williams. He received his formal education in the Bulloch County School system and was a graduate of the William James High School class of 1968.

Ronnie Williams was a former correctional officer and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He is survived by his caretaker, Tina Hicks, Statesboro, GA; a step daughter, Cassandra Williams; four sisters, Ruby Mae Taylor and Willie Mae Simmons both of Statesboro, Rachel Cummins, Woodbridge, VA and Shirley Porter, Ludowici, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Final rites have been entrusted to Hill’s Mortuary, Inc.

Mr. Henry Brooks “Hank” Morris Jr.

Henry Brooks “Hank” Morris, Jr., 37, passed away on March 23, 2021.
Hank was born in Augusta, GA in January of 1984. He was raised in Screven County and attended Screven County High School. He was of the Christian faith and had been baptized as a youth. He was a painter by trade and enjoyed tinkering on automobiles. He also enjoyed watching and playing sports, especially golf, baseball, and adult league softball.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Rhunell Berry, and paternal grandparents, Joyce and John Morris, and his aunts; Bonnie Gail Neal and Debbie

Mr. Henry Brooks "Hank" Morris Jr.

Humphreys.

He is survived by his daughters; Madylin Morris and Hannah Morris, of Newington, GA, his mother, Penny Lee Morris of Hiltonia, GA, his father, Henry Brooks, Sr. (Dot Montgomery) Morris of Richmond Hill, GA, his sister, Angela Morris (Jeffrey) Jaynes of Vidalia, his brother, David Lee (Ashlyn) Morris of Hiltonia, his maternal grandfather, David Lee of Sylvania, GA, aunts and uncles; Betty Ann Scott, James “Jimmy” Scott, both of Sylvania, GA, John, Jr., and Paula Morris of Ellabell, GA, and Tammy and Timmy Cannon of Savannah, GA, nieces and nephews; Taylor Dean, Harley Dean, Laney Morris, Johnathan Simmons, and Grey Morris.

Honorary pallbearers will be Johnathan Simmons, James “Buck” Scott, Davie Bragg, Cullie Neal, and Nicky Bragg.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to his daughters, c/o Joiner Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 551, Sylvania, GA 30467.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home Screven Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Franklin Drake Crenshaw

Franklin Drake Crenshaw, 78, of Register, Georgia, passed away at his home March 23, 2021. He was born March 16, 1943 in Laurens, South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his father, Luther (Luke) Orr Crenshaw (Savannah, GA), his mother, Alta Young (Crenshaw) Owens (Savannah, GA) and his nephew, William R. Jones (Aurora, CO). He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha Godfrey Crenshaw, his son Jeff Crenshaw (Register, GA), his daughter Julie Crenshaw (& Charlie Reilly – Newburg, MD), his grandchildren, Ryan and Emma Bicknell and Cameron, Noelle, Lucy & Gabriel Reilly, his sister Kay Crenshaw Jones (Greenville, SC), his nephew John D. Jones (wife Susanne & daughter Jessica) Huntersville, NC) and his niece Kathy Jones Raines (son Ryan Drake Raines, Greenville, SC).

Mr. Franklin Drake Crenshaw

Frank grew up in the Piedmont area of South Carolina and moved with his family to Savannah, GA, in 1969. The Crenshaw family later moved to Bulloch County, where they have resided for the last 35 years.

During his lifetime, Frank became a successful entrepreneur. He has partnered as well as owned and operated multiple waste management companies, mentoring various individuals throughout the years; many of which eventually came to own successful businesses themselves. Late in his career, Frank returned to his love of trucking as an owner/operator and is recognized as a member of the original and elite team responsible for hauling specialized, oversized windmill towers throughout the United States. Frank will forever be remembered for his willingness to share his wealth of knowledge and life advice to anyone and everyone.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made “in memoriam of Franklin D. Crenshaw” to Bethany Hospice, 109 Duval St. Claxton, GA 30417 or Union Baptist Church, c/o Cathy Neville, 1668 Neville Dairy Rd, Register, GA 30452

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

Ms. Frankie Joyce Waters

Ms. Frankie Joyce MCClendon Waters, age 65, died Wednesday March 24, 2021 at Candler County Hospital under the care of Regency SoutherCare Hospice. The native of Bulloch County was a 1973 graduate of Portal High School. Frankie later attended Swainsboro Technical College where she received a degree in welding. She began her welding career traveling the Southeastern United States as a welding contractor. Most recently she was employed with Fluor-Daniels Inc.

Ms. Frankie Joyce Waters


Frankie was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank McClendon and Caroline Campbell Miller; her husband Al Waters, a son Eric Waters and a half sister, Gina Miller.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Shane and Heather Deal Stewart of Statesboro; a daughter and son-in-law, Lacie and Clay West of Portal; a sister, Missy Miller of Portal; four grandchildren, Ivy and Colby Stewart of Statesboro and Chayton and Charleigh West of Portal and her special friends, Mary Anne Miller of Statesboro, Fran Moser of Pigeon Forge, TN and Sherry Hodges of Twin City.

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

Mrs. Myrtis Lemons

Mrs. Myrtis Lemons

It is with great sorrow, that we the family of Hill’s Mortuary, Inc., announce the passing of Mrs. Myrtis Lemon, age 87, who transitioned from this earthly home, Friday, March 26, 2021 at the Heritage Inn Health and Rehabilitation Center. We express our deepest sympathy and extend prayers of comfort to her family and friends.

Funeral arrangements are forthcoming.

Mrs. Hazel Smith Mock

July 4, 1937 – March 27, 2021
Mrs. Hazel Smith Mock, 83, of Sylvania, GA, passed away at the Thrive at Augusta assisted living facility in Augusta, GA.
Hazel was born in Sylvania, GA to the late Solomon D. and Myrtie Jeffers Smith in 1937, considering herself a true firecracker.
She was a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, earning a BSN, and after graduation she worked as a Registered Nurse. The final years of her nursing career she focused on high blood pressure and stroke prevention with the Community Cardiovascular Council in Savannah, GA.
She was a very active member of Memorial Baptist Church in Savannah, GA, where she taught Sunday School, Mission Friends, GAs, and Acteens. She chaperoned countless youth trips with the church and she was a firm believer in Vacation Bible School.
She is preceded in death by her husband, G. David Mock, and her parents, Solomon D. and Myrtie Jeffers Smith, and sister, Jewel Davis Smith.
She is survived by her children; Jan M. and Rollin Isbell of Jacksonville, FL, Steven T. and Terry Mock of Sylvania, GA, and Debra M. and Tony Edenfield of Pulaski, GA, grandchildren; Kristen Isbell, Madelyn Ihnen, and Deanna Houston, and her siblings; Glenda S. & Johnny Armstrong of Sylvania; Danny Smith of Sylvania and Bill Smith of Louisville, GA, and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on March, 29 2021, at 2:00pm at the Goloid Baptist Church Cemetery with Pam Reddick Collins officiating.
The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the staffs of Pop’s Kitchen, Moats Supermarket, Medicap Pharmacy, BB&T, our family at Thrive at Augusta, and Katrine Moore and the ladies of Loving Care Services.
Due to the ongoing Covid concerns, the family respectfully requests no visits to the house, we will visit at the cemetery after the graveside service. The family requests you wear facemasks and observe social distancing.
In lieu of flowers the family requests remembrances to Goloid Baptist Church, c/o Joy Hagan, 1469 South Fork Rd., Sylvania, GA 30467.

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

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