Lou N. Wolfe, 84, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Wayne Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Lou was born February 16, 1936 to the late Carol Hartridge Smith and Daisy Bland Smith. She grew up in the Rye Patch Community and was a 1954 graduate of Long County High School where she was actively involved with her classmates, playing basketball for the Blue Tide and being voted “Wittiest Girl” by her classmates in the Senior Superlatives. Lou was married shortly after high school to the late Fred G. Browning; as the military lifestyle often requires, she and her family moved quite frequently as the call of duty was answered by her husband. Later, she lived for short periods in Vidalia, Jacksonville and Starke, Florida before making her way to Jesup over fifty years ago. Lou was a homemaker who was blessed with an artistic eye for home interior and floral design. In fact, she had even participated in career day on several occasions for students interested in the art of making a house a home. This art was her passion. She devoted herself to her family and was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who cherished the time spent with the ones she loved the most. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing and playing Canasta and she always loved adventure, travel and adding to her beautiful collection of décor, clothes and jewelry. Lou’s love didn’t stop with her family. Her love of community was evident in the way she lived her life. She was a longtime member of Jesup First Baptist Church and for the past twenty-five years, the First United Methodist Church of Jesup where she was very active in the Joy Sunday School Class. Lou was a member of the Lady Bugs, the Garden Club and had also served on the Board of Directors for Fair Haven for many years. In addition to her parents, her husband, Dr. John Wesley Wolfe, Sr., first husband, Fred G. Browning and two sisters, Carolyn Lewis and Becky Thompson, all preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Cathy Browning of Jesup and Kurt and Paige Browning of Brunswick and daughter and son-in-law Heidi and Adam Davis of Statesboro; two sisters, Charlotte Cornell and husband, Larry of Enterprise, Alabama and Cilinda De Le Garza Bogk of Corpus Christie, Texas; grandchildren, Roni Moore and husband, Ray, Jered Browning and wife, Jennifer, James Kurt Browning and wife, Tarna, Barret Browning and wife, Meah, Alexander Gavin Davis, Beau Browning and Daisy Abigale Davis and great grandchildren, Andrew Browning, Cole Moore, Beckham Browning, River Moore, Boone Browning, Connor Browning, Palmer Browning and Tate Browning. Also surviving are her beloved step-daughters, Gena Daniel and husband, Herschel of Jesup, Kathy Dent and husband, Larry of Gainesville and Nora Wolfe of Kennesaw; step-sons, Dr. John Wesley Wolfe, Jr. and wife, Rhonda of Jesup and Downie Wolfe of Tallahassee, Florida and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren on the Wolfe side of the family with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Due to the health concerns associated with COVID-19, a private family gathering will be held with a public celebration of life to follow later in the summer.
Interment will follow the memorial services in Rye Patch Cemetery in Long County.
In lieu of flowers remembrances can be made to Fair Haven Battered Women’s Shelter, P.O. Box 1153, Jesup, GA 31598 or First United Methodist Church, Jesup, GA, 205 E. Cherry St. Jesup, GA 31546.
More than anything, Lou will be fondly remembered for her ability to make things beautiful and for the way she loved and showed kindness to everyone she knew. She truly was the sunshine of our lives; her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all loved and adored her and will cherish the memory of her in our hearts forever.
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