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Mr. James Randall Waters

Mr. James Randal Waters age 53 passed away today August 11th 2022 after a long battle with cancer. He was born and raised in Brooklet, GA. He is Preceded in death by maternal grandparents Melvin and Willie Lee Cato and Paternal grandparents Troy and Nora Lee Waters. He is survived...
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Mr. David Wayne Carter

Mr. David Wayne Carter, age 62, died on Thursday August 11th at Thunderbolt Transitional Care & Rehab in Savannah, GA. David was born in Charleston, SC on April 2nd 1960 to the late Robert and Barbara Carter. He was raised in Charleston and worked in IT and office equipment as a service technician for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Sherry Glisan.

Mr. William Robert “Billy” Hamilton

Arcola – William “Billy” Robert Hamilton, age 80, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on August 10, 2022. Billy (as his momma always called him) was born February 12, 1942 in Savannah to Robert D. and Mildred (DeLoach) Hamilton. He graduated from Robert W. Groves High School in Garden City and was a Georgia Air National Guard veteran. He lived most of his life in Port Wentworth and was a former organizing volunteer of the Port Wentworth Fire Department with 32 years’ service. Bill (the name by which his wife and everyone else called him) retired as a heavy equipment and hydraulic mechanic after 22 years with Savannah Electric & Power Company. Prior to Savannah Electric, he worked for 21 years as an equipment mechanic for Kaiser Agricultural and on the waterfront for the Strachan Shipping and Harrington Shipping Companies. Bill was a self-taught jack-of-all-trades in many construction and carpentry skills and delighted in his abilities to accomplish just about any building projects to which he put his mind and his hands. He self-contracted and framed and finished two site-built homes in which he and his family thrived the last thirty years of his rich and long life. Billy loved the water, particularly tidal saltwater, and enjoyed fishing, especially trolling for speckled trout on the coldest frosty days of the year, as well as flounder gigging, crabbing and trawling for shrimp. His lifelong love for all things saltwater was spawned at Bailey’s Landing on the Okatee River, weaved through Calibogue Sound and Broad Creek and nurtured in the Savannah River tributaries. Bill was also an avid flatwoods hunter and skilled in taking his share of rabbit, squirrel, quail and dove. He was a strong advocate of the Second Amendment and a firm believer that gun-control was the ability to hit the intended target. He was adamant about teaching children early and thoroughly how to handle and use firearms and the effectiveness of skilled marksmanship. Bill was taught early and well to love the Lord and to trust His Word. Over the years, he grew mightily in both his love and trust of the Lord. Brother Bill was a vital and faithful member of Upper Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Surviving are his adoring wife of 58 years, Barbara Ann “Bobbie Ann” (Herndon) Hamilton of Brooklet; one daughter, Tracy Alison Hamilton of Marietta; one son, Elder R. Keith Hamilton (Derisa) of Brooklet; two grandchildren, Katlyn L. Hamilton-McDonald (Jarrod) of Vidalia and R. Carson Hamilton (Regan) of Brooklet; and one sister, Kathy D. Lancaster (Lemuel) of Hilton Head Island. Visitation will be Saturday, August 13 from 10am-12pm at Upper Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church with the funeral service at 12 pm conducted by Elder W. Lee Chambers and Elder J. Lindy Webb Jr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Carson Hamilton, Jarrod McDonald, Eliot Usher, Lemuel Lancaster, Andrew Boyles and Wayne Akins. Family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Upper Black Creek Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Ken McElveen, 348 McElveen K. Rd, Brooklet, Ga 30415 or Red Hill Church 1902 LLC, c/o Lynn B. Lee, 20915 Ga Hwy 46, Pembroke, Ga 31321.

University System of Georgia to seek new executive director for Georgia Film Academy

The University System of Georgia (USG) will be conducting a search for a new executive director for the Georgia Film Academy (GFA) in collaboration with its partners. Former GFA Executive Director Jeffrey Stepakoff stepped down from his position, effective July 23. Stepakoff stepped down to form a new talent management and production company. He will assist in the process of finding a successor to ensure a smooth transition.

Mrs. Jacqueline Johnson Varnell

Mrs. Jacqueline Johnson Varnell passed away on August 9th, 2022 at Ogeechee Area Hospice surrounded by loved ones after a 13-year battle with kidney cancer. Jackie graduated from Statesboro High School with Honors in 1966 and pursued a lifelong, innovative, and award-winning career in Math education. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia Southern College in 1970. She earned a Master’s Degree with Honors from West Georgia College in 1977, and a Specialist Degree with Honors from Valdosta State College in 1988, where she published research on Peer-Tutoring and Cooperative Learning.

WebstaurantStore expands operations creates 213 new jobs in Ellabell

WebstaurantStore, a supplier to food service professionals around the world, expands operations with a new distribution facility in Ellabell, Georgia. The new facility will create 213 new positions in Bryan County, representing more than $87 million in investment and the company’s largest expansion in Georgia. “Companies like WebstaurantStore continue...

Joseph Eason acquires Burns World Travel

𝐀𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝟒𝟔 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐚, 𝐁𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐬 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬. 𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐩𝐡 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭, 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐲 𝐁𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐬. Joseph and Patty were previously partners in the business from 2003 until 2010.

Ernest Hancock

Mr. Ernest Hancock passed away on August 9, 2022 at the The Gardens at Southern Manor in Statesboro, GA. He was born to the late Berle E. Sr. and Evelyn Brinson Hancock in Mulkey Hospital Millen, GA. Ernest was raised in Rocky Ford and attended grammar school in Rocky Ford and graduated from Screven County High School where he lettered in football.

Cheryl Small Digiovanni

Cheryl Small DiGiovanni, age 73, died Monday, August 8, 2022 at St Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. The Savannah native was the daughter of the late Luther and Delores Small. She graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy in 1967 and also studied at Armstrong State University. Cheryl began her career at St Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah while she was in high school and retired as a Healthcare Administrative Manager after 40 years of dedicated service.