William Augustine Adamcak, of Savannah Georgia passed away Thanksgiving morning November 23rd, 2017 at the age of 98, surrounded by the women of his life. He is survived by his beloved wife Elvi, and daughters Christine Adamcak Dunkel (David), Michele Adamcak (Greg Allers), Patricia Adamcak and Sandy Adamcak Forrestel (Richard), his cherished grandchildren Marika and Nicki Allers, Sean Adamcak Dunkel, and Jack, Olivia and Emmett Forrestel and his brother Raymond age 93 of Ocala, Florida and many nieces and nephews. A retired Command Sergeant Major in the Army, he served his country for 33 years. Born November 19, 1919, in Swoyersville Pennsylvania, he was one of eight children raised in a Catholic Slovak family in the heart of coal mining country. He enlisted in the army in 1941, and as part of the Greatest Generation took part in the D-Day Invasion of France, landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy. He was injured during this battle, for which he was decorated with the Purple Heart. Following WWII, while stationed in Trieste Italy, he met his wife, Elvi, to whom he was married for 65 years. During his military career he was assigned to multiple stations, including the Pentagon, AFCENT in Naples Italy, and NATO in Fontainebleau France. He also served in the Korean Conﬂict and the Viet Nam War. He was a devout Catholic and long-time parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church, where he was an usher for many years. A life-long sports fan his loves were football, Atlanta Braves baseball, and golf, which he played for 58 years, until the age of 90. He was also a long-term member of the Habersham YMCA, where he enjoyed exercising and socializing, which he continued until the week before his death. As an animal lover he always had a dog lying by his chair. God, family honor and country were his guiding principles. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of Hospice Savannah for their loving caring during his ﬁnal days, Elizabeth Rick, his personal trainer, Vicky Scott, his personal aide, and Doctors Karen Turner, Stephen Carpenter, Thomas Shook and Robert Rollings and staff. Visitation will be at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Wednesday, November 29,2017, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm immediately followed by a vigil service. The funeral services will be held on November 30,2017 at 11: 00 am at Blessed Sacrament Church. In lieu of ﬂowers donations can be made to Hospice Savannah (Hospice savannah.org) or Disabled American Veterans (dav.org)Print This Obituary & Condolences
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Sandra K. Gearheart, 21, of Guyton, Georgia passed away suddenly November 15.
Sandra was born the daughter of Tracy Kimball (Hunt) on August 23, 1996 in Everett, Washington; she married Kyle Gearheart on December 21, 2015 in Georgia.
Sandra was a dedicated wife, mother, daughter, and a fierce friend. She will always be remembered for her enormous heart, loyalty to family and friends, her forgiving nature, and her ability to find the blessings in even the most broken soul. Sandra was a true light in this world, forever dimmed by her loss. Sandra was most passionate about her two children, Aiden and Aubrey. In her free time, she enjoyed listening to music, photography, and being with her family.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Kyle Gearheart; two children Aiden (Dillion Stevens) and Aubrey; her parents Scott and Tracy Kimball; older sister Sarah (Kelvin) Schlagel; nephews and niece Alec, Archer, and Adaline; Grandparents John and Lonnie Jager; uncles Daren (Jacque), Michael, and David; Cousins Andrea (Sam) Gales, Dustin (Mary), Will, Jonathan, Kirsten and Anna; Best friend and sister at heart Jiovanna Liriano; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Sandra’s life will be held Tuesday, November 21 at 5:00pm at Oak Hill Baptist Church, 3233 Oak Hill Church Rd, Millen, GA, 31322.Print This Obituary & Condolences
Angela Francine Mobley was born in Hudson, New York on April 15, 1950 to the late Solomon Gadson and Jannie Norris. She peacefully returned home to the Lord on Wednesday morning, November 15, 2017.
Angela was raised in Pittsfield, MA for the early part of her life.
She met and later married “Bill” Mobley in 1967 and established home for their family of three children until 1976. Angela made Savannah, Georgia her permanent home in 1978. She spent her professional career as a dedicated employee of Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care (formerly known as Westside Urban Health Center) for nearly 35 years, where she eventually retired as the Medical Records Director in 2016. Angela was a dedicated mother and grandmother, who devoted much of time to supporting her children and grandchildren. She could frequently found proudly cheering in the stands at basketball and softball games, or traveling to the Atlanta area to attend school functions and activities. Angela enjoyed life and nature, and spent countless hours working on home improvement projects and gardening. She was a source of comfort and support to anyone she encountered and showed endless grace and mercy toward others. Her smile was infectious and her willingness to help others without regard to herself was admirable. She is fondly remembered as a woman who loved God and manifested her Christian virtue through her endless love for her children and grandchildren, her compassion toward and forgiveness of others, and her ability to truly enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life. Angela was loved and respected by many, and will be sadly missed by all who came to know her.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother.
She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, Richard “Rick” Mobley of Savannah, GA, two daughters, Tonia Davis of Lithonia, GA and Shanda Taylor (Ronald) of Rincon, GA, four granddaughters, Angela Davis, Kamryn Taylor, Naija Taylor and Nikia Mobley, one great-granddaughter, Tiana Davis, two brothers, one sister, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and close friends.
Dr. William Keith Douglass died on November 17, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer.
Keith was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pa., but he spent the greater part of his life in Savannah. Starting his long academic career in a four-room (six grades) red brick Riverside Elementary School, he proceeded to graduate from William Penn High School, accompanied by a wonderful group of alumni with whom he was fortunate to maintain life-long friendships. Keith grew up in the Presbyterian church, where he was encouraged to critically evaluate, rather than blindly accept, the tenants of the faith. This led naturally to the empirical approach to psychology which he began studying at Franklin and Marshall College. After receiving a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Syracuse University, Keith accepted a faculty position in the Psychology Department at Armstrong State College in 1970, where he established the “Rat Lab” that is still in existence today.
He taught psychology at Armstrong for thirty-seven years full-time, followed by a few years part-time. During that time, he received many departmental and collegiate awards and accolades for his contributions to the academic program. He particularly enjoyed teaching research methods and statistics, and spent much of his time working one-on-one with students involved in their own research projects. He was in touch with many of his former colleagues and students up to the time he took his last breath, which is a testament to the mutual respect, admiration, and love they shared for many years.
When he wasn’t teaching, Keith enjoyed participating in triathlons (134 of them to be exact) , a sport which, in his words, required little in the way of coordination, of which he had little, and a lot of persistence, of which he had a fair amount. He also had a life-long interest in model railroading, a hobby inspired by his growing up in the busy railroad town of Harrisburg.
Keith is survived by his loving wife, Becky. Keith’s and Becky’s individual experiences with cancer helped them appreciate how wonderful the rest of life could be, and how lucky they were to have each other while fighting the disease. Among many things they enjoyed together was travelling. They rode trains throughout Alaska, Colorado, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Scotland, England, and Wales; travelled to China and climbed to the top of the Great Wall; to Peru, and hiked Machu Picchu; and to Russia and Italy.
Keith is also survived by his sons from his first marriage to Virginia Cupp Douglass: Jeffrey Keith Douglass (Mary) and Timothy William Douglass (Elizabeth) and his three extra wonderful grandchildren, William Kelley Douglass, Sara Ault Douglass, and Ella Virginia Elizabeth Douglass; Becky’s children by her previous marriage, Rachel and Joseph Wilson; his brother Kent and his wife Becky and their children and grandchildren, all in Texas; and innumerable dear friends.
A celebration of Keith’s life will be held on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 2:00 in the afternoon, at Skidaway Island State Park. Keith requested that any remembrances be made to the Friends of the East Broad Top Railroad or to Hospice Savannah.Print This Obituary & Condolences
Ann Lea Fries passed away on Nov. 1 2017 after a brave and lengthy fight with cancer. As a regular exerciser she had been strong through a fifteen-year struggle with several different forms of cancer. Her indominable soul has taken flight, leaving memories of her character that will continue to illuminate our lives and actions. We in her family are very grateful for the work of Doctor Aaron Pederson and his team of radiologists at Memorial Health’s Anderson Cancer Center, the treatments provided by Dr. Christopher Haberman of Summit Cancer Care, and the Oncology Staff at Duke University Medical Center for helping her to have many additional meaningful years of life. She benefitted especially from treatments by Dr. Deborah Toppmeyer specializing in breast cancer at the Rutgers Cancer Institute. Ann’s last days were eased with kind and caring treatment by Savannah Hospice and Savannah Hospice Homecare.
Ann was born in Princeton, NJ on Sept. 29, 1940, and spent much of her life there. Her father Gilbert Lea, a Princeton graduate, was an artillery officer in Patton’s Army during WWII, and later an advertising executive and publisher. Her mother, Nancy Nalle, came from Charlotte, NC. After graduation from Miss Fine’s School, Ann went to Italy to take a degree program at the University of Florence before starting at Smith College. After her first year at Smith she married Michael Erdman in Princeton. They had two daughters, Lea-Lea Erdman (Marshall) and Lynne Erdman (O’Donnell).
She proved her strength as a single parent after her first marriage ended. While working, she took courses at nearby Mercer County Community College, graduating with Highest Honors in Accounting. Her professional career began with jobs at several firms in the Princeton area: two international mining companies first, then Collins Development Corporation where she learned construction and project accounting. In 1981 she became the accounting manager for a technology company, ISR/Mnemos, Ltd. which was developing computer storage and retrieval systems for industry similar to the CD ROM. With her broad accounting background she then transitioned to the venture capital field, joining Johnston Associates in 1985, a firm which specialized in founding and developing biotech companies. She was the accounting manager for the parent company, and also managed the accounting for many of the new biotech companies Bob Johnson opened, such as Biogen.
During this period she also found time to lend her skills to non-profit or charitable enterprises. She worked with the local YWCA, and became a trustee and head of the finance committee. She also worked with the State Youth Advisory Council, appointed by Governor Brendan Byrne. She also took her organizational skills into politics, managing two Princeton mayoral campaigns successfully.
By 1989 she was well known as a woman with demonstrated finance experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sector. She had knowledge of both technology and scientific companies from Mnemos and Johnston Associates, and clear organizational skills from running political campaigns. So when New Jersey decided to start a science museum to stimulate students’ interest in careers in science, she was tapped for the position of director of finance for Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. She managed the accounting for all construction funds in this $68 million dollar project, and managed much of the construction process as well when it became clear that she could read and understand blueprints and project management. Success brought her increased responsibilities; she progressed to become Executive Vice President, then Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the $17 million annual operating budget, working with 60 management staff and 250 employees. Liberty Science Center became one of the country’s outstanding science centers during her tenure, using ideas which she helped to bring in– that museums should teach people by asking them questions that they could answer through the exhibits. Discover Magazine named LSC as one of the world’s 10 Best Science Museums in 1993. In 1994 she left the Science Center as an individual consultant, retiring in 2004.
In 1992 she met and married Russell I. Fries, then working at The Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, VA. Moving to Savannah, GA in 2007 with her husband, Ann continued her interests in charitable organizations. She worked with both the Savannah Tree Foundation and the Savannah Children’s Choir, using her financial background to help them develop and fund sustainable programs. She joined several local book clubs, and dove into national politics in 2008, helping to run the successful Obama campaign in Savannah. In short, she has used her life to demonstrate that women can accomplish great things in business, politics and charity.
She is pre-deceased by her mother and father, and by a brother, Biff Lea. She is survived by Russell, her husband for almost 25 years, and another brother, Tom Lea; two daughters, two step-children, Tom and Gwyn, six grand-children, and many nieces and nephews. Her energy, cheerful work and friendly conversations up to the end of her life will continue to be an inspiration to her family and friends. Family burial will be in New Jersey and Nova Scotia. A celebration of Ann’s life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in her memory to: The Savannah Children’s Choir, and/or to The Savannah Tree Foundation.