Obituaries May 12, 2011

Published on: May 12, 2011

Mervyn Magruder Jenkins
Mr. Mervyn Magruder Jenkins, age 90, died on Thursday May 5, 2011 at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility. The El Paso Texas native was the son of Albert Patrick and Ella Maude Magruder Jenkins. He was a graduate of Texas A & M University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Jenkins was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served in World War II stateside and the Pacific theater. Mr. Jenkins retired from Owens-Illinois Company after 35 years of service where he managed plants in Atlanta, Clarion, PA, and Winston Salem, NC. He and his wife retired to Sun City Center FL in 1980 and he served as a volunteer fireman and was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church and served as a deacon for many years. In 2002 they moved to Statesboro to be near their family and he became a member of the First Baptist Church of Statesboro and the Harmony-Fellowship Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years Mary Ida “Mickey” Jenkins, and a daughter Jan Lennon Jenkins.

Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law; Cheryl and David Taylor of Greensboro, GA, Judy and Clyde Redding of Statesboro, and Terri and Wayne DeLoach of Statesboro; a brother and sister-in-law Samuel and Nancy Jenkins of El Paso TX; 10 grandchildren Thad (Debbie) Pruett, Ken Pruett, Shaun Pruett, Jamie (Alan) Hargett, Chris Zofko, Angie (Mike) Kelly, Kasey (Brent) Davis, Janna (Buck) Pennington, Lindsey (Brian) Jones and Michael DeLoach; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Dr. H. William Perry officiating. Interment will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
 Pallbearers will be grandsons and Ernie Kahn.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Harmony-Fellowship Sunday School Class.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church 108 North Main Street, Statesboro, GA 30458 or to the Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531 Statesboro, GA 30459.

Friends may sign the online register book at

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

Acie E. Ray
After 80 years well lived, Acie Ray was called home to be with his Lord on May 7, 2011.  Acie was born August 10, 1930 in Pikeville, KY to Archie and Cora Lee (Newsome) Ray.  Survivors include his beloved wife Barbara (Stone) of 57 years, his adoring children and their spouses Brian and Diane Ray, Cheryl & Dennis Gorski, Brenda & John Selby, Annette & Daniel Thibodeau, and his cherished grandchildren Kaitlyn and Kevin Ray, Cayla and Hunter Gorski, Linsey Higgins and husband Paul Mack, Arthur Higgins, and Brandon and Chad Selby.  Acie is preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law Leah Belle Stone, his sister Draxie Blair, his brother Adron Fields, and his granddaughter Kelsey Allison Ray.  Acie is a veteran of the Korean War, United States Army, 101st Airborne Division.  He retired from Ford Motor Company, Wixom Plant in 1983 after 30 years, and has since split his time between his homes in Howell, MI and Apollo Beach, FL.  Acie was a member of the Milford Masonic Lodge and he enjoyed visiting with family and friends, gardening, bee keeping, hunting and fishing, and playing pool and cards, especially cribbage.  The family invites friends to gather on Tuesday from 1-6:30 PM at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Lamb Chapel, Howell, MI. A Masonic service will begin at 6:30 PM followed by A Healing Farewell at 7:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Chromosome 18 Registry.  Envelopes will be available at Borek Jennings. Please leave a Message of Comfort to Acie’s family by calling 877-231-7900, or sign his guestbook at

Margaret A. Ellis
Margaret A. Ellis, 55 of Sun City Center, Fl., passed away Monday, May 9, 2011 at Palm Garden of Sun City Center. Born in Deland, Florida on April 9, 1956, the daughter of Robert Williams and Mary Vagi, Peggy was a Cashier, a member of First Baptist Church of Ruskin. Survivors include her mother Mary Aycock of Sun City Center, daughter Heather Rose Ellis of New Port Richey, son Doyle Ellis of Ruskin and Sister Cheryl Srmikian of Brandon.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the Sun City Center Funeral Home, with burial at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33570.