Presnell Partners

Your Family in Real Estate
Jim and Cindy relocated to Effingham County in 1998. Jim’s family lived and worked on a cattle farm so the draw to Effingham County is clear and has become home.
Jim’s mother owned her own real estate business, teaching Jim the values of commitment and entrepreneurship at an early age. Jim knew early on that he was not geared towards a desk job and added, “I am a people person and real estate is a
people business.”
Cindy left the corporate world in 2007 and together they started Presnell Partners. They are now a team of independent licensed REALTORS boasting over 50 years of experience at Coldwell Banker Intercoastal Realty. Our team confers multiple certifications and designations which provide a wide-range of specialties acknowledging experience and expertise in Real Estate. “Cindy and I take extreme pleasure in helping clients transition into the next chapter of their lives,” says Jim.
Jim and Cindy work with integrity and honesty, never shying away from talking about the good and bad sides of real estate with their clients. “This ‘job’ is not just a career, but a passion,” explains Jim. As a husband-wife team, they work hand-in-hand, supporting one another.
Jim and Cindy are spirited about giving back to their community. Building and repairing homes for many families through Habitat for Humanity, Effingham, is one of Jim’s passions and has been for many years. “The biggest reward is that children in Habitat homes have higher graduation rates than the national rate, giving them a better chance to succeed,” explains Jim.
Searching for a home or interested in selling your home? Give Presnell Partners a call or visit them online. They would love the opportunity to guide you through the buying process or selling process, helping you find a home you’ll love!

Gnann’s Fix-It

Serving Effingham County For Over 50 Years
Although this small, family-oriented business has grown considerably from its humble roots, the core values of sales and service has not shifted in the least.   Gnann’s Fix-It Shop was originally founded by Bowers Gnann, Jr in 1964. In those days, it was a small-town repair shop intended to fix small appliances such as lamps, toasters, electric irons, etc. Today, over 50 years later, Gnann’s is still running strong; now specializing in sales and service of power machinery and lawn equipment such as lawn mowers, chain saws, tillers, and much more.
Gnann’s Fix-It is now owned and operated by Clarence and Charlie Gnann, two of the sons of founder. Both Clarence and Charlie grew up working in the store with their father, and both know the business from the ground up.
Gnann’s Fix-It Shop is more than simply a repair shop. They are certified dealers of well-known and reliable brand names such as Snapper, Stihl, Exmark, Billy Goat, Briggs and Stratton, Kohler, Tecumseh and more.
They stand behind all of their equipment 100% and are always available to answer any power equipment questions you may have, even if you did not purchase it from them. Gnann’s offers full service on most equipment and they have a well-trained staff of friendly and knowledgeable mechanics and sales personnel.
If you prefer to repair your equipment yourself, Gnann’s can also help with that. Their parts department is stocked with a wide variety of various parts for all types of lawn equipment, and if they don’t have it in stock, chances are they can get it within a short amount of time.
If friendly, reliable, and honest service is what you are looking for, Gnann’s Fix-It Shop is the way to go. Whether you need new equipment, need old equipment repaired, or are just seeking the expertise of qualified and responsible mechanics.
Gnann’s Fix-It can help satisfy all of your lawn and garden needs. Gnann’s Fix-It Shop is located at 1015 South Laurel Street and is open Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm. Their telephone number is (912) 754-3745.

Hospice Savannah

HOSPICE SAVANNAH – MUCH MORE THAN END OF LIFE CARE!
When you think about Hospice Savannah you probably think about dying. That’s natural. But it’s also kind of sad. Because Hospice Savannah’s programs provide care to Effingham families long before they ever need to think about the end of life.
The Edel Caregiver Institute is a free community resource if you are caring for a family member with a serious illness or disability, whether it’s a slow progression of dementia, a sudden cancer diagnosis, or a gradual decline in health because of something like cardiac or pulmonary disease. Institute Coordinator and Effingham resident Tonya Hillis offers family caregiving classes to address and individualize everything from long-term care/financial planning, to hands-on practical patient skills and wellness services. Perhaps the most difficult and frightening diagnosis to deal with is dementia. Tonya helps caregivers explore its probable progression, treatment and prognosis and offers practical coaching and volunteer help. Reach her at 912.629.1331.
The Steward Center for Palliative Care helps patients dealing with serious illnesses – again, long before end-of-life hospice care needs to be considered. Dr. Laura Farless and her nurse practitioners work with your personal doctor to help both you and your family cope with making treatment decisions, and to provide pain and symptom management. Palliative Care is paid for by Meidcare and private insurance.      You can see Dr. Farless in her outpatient clinic at Candler by calling 912.354.8014.
Full Circle Grief and Loss bereavement counselors help any child, teen or adult in our community at no charge. If you’d like some help on your grief journey, you can meet privately with Barbara Moss in her office in Rincon’s United Way building by calling 912.303.9442.
For more information on these programs or on our community’s original and only Joint Commission accredited hospice, please visit www.HospiceSavannah.org
L to R: Hospice Savannah Medical Directors Dr. Cynthia Carter & Dr. Julia Johnson; Steward Center for Palliative Care Medical Director, Dr. Laura Farless.

Sundi Williamson

Second-Generation State Farm Insurance Agent
Sundi Williamson is a second-generation State Farm Insurance Agent. Her father was also a State Farm Agent and was her first introduction to the world of insurance, State Farm, and customer service. “It is the life I have known,” says Sundi. After earning her BBA degree with a major in Accounting, she began her own career with State Farm in 1993 as an auto claims representative. She went on to be an Agency Field Specialist and Trainer before opening her own agency in 2001.
The success of Sundi’s business evolves from building meaningful relationships with her clients.  “State Farm agents really care. We are you. We live in your town, and our kids go to the same schools,” says Sundi.
She explained that, in many cases, people don’t fully understand what is included in their coverage. People often shop for the cheapest plans that offer “full coverage,” but do not understand what “25/50/25” means. “If you are in an accident and are liable, the most your policy will pay is: $25,000 per person for their injury, $50,000 for all injured people, and $25,000 for property damage,” she explained. “The normal family has a home, a 401k account, cars, etc.  If the other person’s injury is $100,000 or vehicle was worth $70,000, your own personal assets may now be in jeopardy.”
Another reason Sundi and her team believe in having real conversations to truly understand each client’s needs. It can be the difference between keeping and losing everything you have worked so hard for in life.
Sundi and her team are here to be not only your insurance agent, but to also be a caring and concerned friend in those important moments in life. “I look at my customers like my personal family members and I hurt when they hurt and celebrate for them when they have great life moments,” explains Sundi. She carries this belief when recruiting new team members, looking for a particular quality in each. “When I look to hire, I look for caring individuals because you can train anyone on various systems, but you cannot teach anyone how to truly care,” she says.
Sundi is very proud of her team, saying, “they truly care about the people of Effingham County and our clients. They work so hard to make sure they are doing their best to take care of our friends.”
Taking care of friends and neighbors is something Sundi carries even beyond insurance. Even being a single-mom who owns her own business, she is always giving back to her community. She is a member of the Exchange Club of Effingham, participating in many programs like the empty stocking fund, and is a member of the Chamber.
Sundi is an avid supporter of organizations working to find a cure for and helping to support children with cancer. Having lost her husband to cancer, it is a cause that is dear to her and her children.
One hat Sundi wears that is one of her favorites is being a coach for her daughter’s local recreation teams. She loves hearing “Coach Sundi” called out in public from her current and previous players. It is something that truly warms her heart and gives her great pride.
You can learn more about Sundi Williamson and her team by visiting them online at www.SundiWilliamson.com. You can also reach them by calling 912-826-1900, or stopping by their office located at 6014 Hwy 21 S, Suite C, Rincon, GA. Let Sundi and her team of experts guide you through your insurance needs and questions today!

Ricky Eilerman Ricky Sells Georgia

Ricky Eilerman is a true man of service, first serving his country and the people of Effingham County as a soldier in the United States Army for 5 years as an MP and Sergeant. He is extremely proud of his military career and is a huge supporter of his brothers and sisters still serving in the military today, as well as those who have served in years past. Ricky continues to serve his community today as both a full-time firefighter in Savannah and as a licensed REALTOR® in Effingham County.
Ricky found real estate through the guiding hand of his lovely wife, Ivy Eilerman, who is the Area Manager for On Q Financial in Savannah, GA. Through encouragement from Ivy and a fellow firefighting real estate agent in Florida, Ricky decided to take the leap of faith and begin his career in real estate. He attended Real Estate School through the Georgia Real Estate Commission and passed on his first attempt. Shortly thereafter, Ricky earned the Rookie of the Year Coldwell Banker Award in 2017. “I love helping people pick out their homes,” says Ricky. “Real estate has been the perfect fit for me.”
When Ricky and Ivy started their family, they relocated from Florida back to Ivy’s hometown in Effingham County. “There’s no place I would rather raise a family than right here in Effingham County. I absolutely love the connection and the small-town family feel of Effingham,” explains Ricky.
Ricky is a man of service to his community and country as a firefighter and Army Veteran, but it is obvious his family is what he finds the most pride in each and every day. “I love my wife,” said Ricky passionately. “I love singing and playing guitar with her, and it is something we love to do together quite often.”
The value Ricky places on family is also evident in his approach to real estate. Being a family guy, Ricky knows what is most important to young families looking to buy and sell in Effingham County. “I know what it’s like to have to make those big decisions as a parent while worrying about how they will affect your family. I know because I have been there! I want people to rest at ease, knowing I understand, being a Dad myself,” explains Ricky.
Working with Ricky is stress-free, as he is not focused on rushing the deals to make a commission. He is able to support his family through his full-time job in service allowing the process of buying a home take direction from his client’s timeline and not his own. “I don’t care if we close in 30 days or 100 days. I want what is best for YOU,” explains Ricky.
Ricky is honored to have the opportunity to work with the people of Effingham County. “I love serving Effingham County and bringing people into Effingham County. If I get to help pick out our future neighbors, what a true blessing that is,” explains Ricky. “I am proud of what I do, and I am proud to continue to serve.”
Ricky Eilerman is a licensed REALTOR® through Coldwell Banker Intercoastal Realty, located at 5805 Hwy 21, South, RINCON, GA. Learn more about Ricky and his team by visiting them online at www.RickySellsGeorgia.com or follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RickySellsGA. Contact Ricky today at 912-657-2957 or at RickySellsGA@gmail.com.

Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes

Trust Family Owned and Operated
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes
Funerals are for the living. It is through funeral arrangements and services that the emotional needs of the living are met by acknowledging the life and accomplishments of the deceased and allowing grief to be shared by family and
friends.
Ceremonies mark important events in our lives-baptisms, graduations and weddings. The funeral ceremony is no less important and deserves personal. attention to details and arrangements. It is important to choose a funeral director who will respect your personal and religious preferences as well as providing advice and counseling. Family owned and operated Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home in Springfield has been serving Effingham, Chatham and surrounding counties since 1971. Owners Thomas C. Strickland, Jr., (Tommy), his wife Terri and their sons, Trey and Ryan are trusted for their history of helping families through difficult times. Tommy is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and Terri is a Licensed Funeral Director.
Sons Thomas C., III (Trey) and Ryan are both Licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers and have worked at the funeral home since their early teens. Trey, his wife Amy and their three children Joshua, Emma, and Jonah reside in Rincon. Ryan and his wife Kelly and their five children Samuel, Simon, Silas, Abigail, and Abraham also reside in Rincon. All are members of the Springfield United Methodist Church. Daughter Kim McDonald lives in Guyton with her husband Wade, daughter Logan and son Noah. They are members of New Providence Baptist Church.
Dwayne A. Duff, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer has worked with Tommy at the funeral home since 1980. He and his wife Sherry have two children, Jonathan and Mary Lauren. They live in Springfield and are members of Rincon Baptist Temple. “Having been a family owned and operated funeral home for almost five decades, we have learned that families are best served when they are able to make informed decisions,” said Tommy. The Strickland family offers information on all services including pre-arranging funeral services, funeral services for every budget, arrangements for funeral services in other cities, assistance with insurance and V.A. benefits, cremation, custom designed headstones and monuments. The Stricklands also operate a perpetual care cemetery, Effingham Memorial Gardens located on Highway 119 between Springfield and Guyton. They also own and operate their own crematory, located at the Effingham chapel location. Strickland’s Funeral Home can provide information, counseling and service. You will be assisted by the same trusted associates from the first call through funeral services and even in aftercare. Pre-planning of a funeral may be a thoughtful expression of caring for your family. By preparing for the part of life we most like to avoid-death-you could spare your family unnecessary decision-making and complications at the time of your death. Strickland Funeral Home can help you plan the service you want and can afford. Call and set up an appointment at a convenient time for you to discuss all the options with the Strickland family. The spacious, beautifully appointed Effingham Chapel is located at 2460 Highway 21 South, halfway between Springfield and Rincon. The facility, completed in April of 1995, replaced the original 100-year old home in Springfield. Leslie A. and Virginia Thompson originally owned the funeral home since 1944, beginning a tradition of caring funeral service for Effingham County.
The West Chatham Chapel, completed in August of 1999, was a culmination of Tommy’s dream to serve friends and family on the westside. The son of the late Clyde and Birdie Heidt Strickland, Tommy grew up in Pooler and worked in his family’s business, Strickland Oil Company as a teenager. His commitment to funeral service had long included the wish for a facility on the westside. The funeral home at 901 West Highway 80 in Pooler gives West Chatham residents a more convenient location.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes, Effingham Chapel and West Chatham Chapel, are both members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes (SIFH). This is a self-regulating organization of locally-owned funeral service firms in the United States. Unlike other professional organizations, membership in SIFH is by invitation onlyoffered exclusively to those firms that are dedicated to the highest ethical standards. It displays a commitment to providing the best in personal service-a symbol of outstanding, reliable and ethical funeral service. For more information about any of Thomas C. Strickland & Sons services, please call the Effingham Chapel at 7546421 or the West Chatham Chapel at 748-2444.

CM Insurance & Investment Group, Inc

Ask Melissa Waller what she’d like to offer area seniors, and she would say SOLUTIONS.  “I’ve been in the health insurance industry for over thirty years and in healthcare for the past seven.  In that time I’ve met a lot of people who assumed that their long term care needs would be taken care of by somebody else.”
The major point of confusion for seniors is the cost of long term care.  It’s a common misconception that Medicare pays for nursing home care.  “Medicare, or the commercial equivalent, will pay up to 100 days of rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility, but only after a 3 day qualifying stay in a hospital.  Even so, only 20 of those days will be paid in full by Medicare, and many families have no way to pay the daily amount that kicks in at day 21.  You will also have to satisfy progress or therapy goals to get the full 100 day benefit, and chances are, the payer, meaning Medicare or the insurance company, won’t agree with the family’s perception of what’s needed to restore their loved one to good health and independence.  Also, many short term nursing home stays turn into a long term need.  What then?  Once that temporary Medicare benefit is exhausted, the family is on their own.”
Long Term Care insurance is the best solution, but that takes foresight, planning and an ability to pay the premiums in advance of the need.  This is a best case scenario that allows maximum choice and minimum stress.  “For seniors who have waited too long to purchase LTC insurance, I would offer the following suggestion.  Life insurance policies can be sold to provide lump sum settlement payments.  If you have a policy with a face amount of $100,000 or more, and you’re in declining health, there may b an opportunity to fund your long term healthcare needs without borrowing or burdening your family.  The sale of a life policy is called a Life Settlement, and it offers a real solution!”
Melissa Waller owns and operates CM Insurance & Investment Group, Inc, in Springfield, Georgia, and has been a life and health insurance professional since 1983.   “While my focus is Long Term Care insurance and helping clients explore and identify appropriate life settlement opportunities, I partner with Thomas Allen Financial Group to assist clients with other insurance or financial products.  We bring 60 years of experience to the table with our alliance, and we’re eager to find solutions for you.”

Mobile Stick

We Bring The Lab To YOU!
In today’s society, we all tend to live a little faster than we did 10 years ago, or 20 years ago.  Times have changed, and the majority of people just don’t seem to have as much free time as before. So, we are always looking for ways to save time…even when it comes to our health.
Well, thankfully there are resources available now that can help us with that, without losing any quality in service.
LeTarsha Mack-Brown has done her homework, and this new business owner has an excellent service to offer our community. Mobile Stick, a mobile phlebotomy concierge, is under full swing. “I researched it and built Mobile Stick from scratch. I wanted to offer Savannah and surrounding communities something useful, while at the same time doing something I love,” stated LeTarsha.
LeTarsha has over 20 years of experience as a Phlebotomist, collecting blood samples from all age groups. She also has over 20 years of experience as a Certified Patient Care Technician.
Patrick Whitledge is a partner in the business. He brings over 10 years of medical experience to the team. He has a past history as a Registered Nurse and currently holds a Masters In Physician Assistant Studies. “Patrick and I have worked together for a little over five years. We have a close bond and work well together…it’s been a good fit,” shares LeTarsha.
Mobile Stick offers the convenience of bringing the lab to you. “We have customers who have to be to work before lab opens. We have customers who need blood work, but when they get off work, the lab is closed. We have customers who have transportation issues. We have customers who have elderly parents and it’s hard to get them dressed and to the lab. We have customers who, just plain and simple, don’t want to go sit in a lab and wait. That’s where we come in. We bring the lab to them, wherever they want me to come.”
It’s a pretty simple process. If you have lab orders from your doctor, you call Mobile Stick. They will come and draw your blood, process it, and send the results to your physician.
Mobile Stick also offers blood work to those who have no insurance. No doctors order needed!  They also offer wellness kits to be drawn for a in-depth health screen of your blood. Medicaid pays 100% for these kits!  Medicare pays a big portion and so does all other insurances. You can call them at (912)417-9568 for more information.
Call them and save some time. “One Stick…That’s It”

RINCON CHEVROLET: Thinkin’ Rincon

Thinkin’ Rincon” is more than a motto, it means Rincon Chevrolet is thinking about
the well-being of the community. So, when customers buy a vehicle it benefits many community initiatives supported by Rincon.
According to Jesse Greathouse, executive manager, giving back to the community is a priority. “We consider Rincon Chevrolet first and foremost a business that is here to serve the residents of Effingham County,” he said. “If there is a project or organization that needs support in our area, we are all in,” added Mr. Greathouse.
This philosophy is why Rincon Chevrolet created their “Partners Program.” This is an initiative dedicated to supporting various community charities and organizations.
“Simply put, we support what is important to our customers. When you buy a new vehicle from us, we take the approach that you have invested in our business, so to reinvest with you, we will contribute $150.00 back to any civic, religious, academic or youth organization of your choice,” said Mr. Greathouse.
This includes supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their “Join the Fight” campaign. Throughout October, Rincon Chevrolet donates a portion of every sale to Susan G. Komen Foundation to help support patients and survivors.
Rincon Chevrolet has also taken a fun approach to supporting local school athletics. They will donate $3 to the Athletic Department for every point scored by the high school football teams of South Effingham, Effingham County and New Hampstead. In addition, every time a fan buys a new Chevrolet, Rincon will donate $150 to the department.
Since the inception of their “Partners Program,” Rincon Chevrolet has contributed thousands of dollars to benefit high schools, a variety of civic organizations and youth organizations. These include the Cub Scouts and their Pinewood Derby, gymnastic clubs, FFA and Treutlen House, just to name a few.

 

Thompson Hardware, RooterMan Plumbers, and Thompson & Thompson Service Group

SCOTT THOMPSON
A Man Wearing Many Hats
Thompson Hardware, RooterMan Plumbers, and Thompson & Thompson Service Group all have one thing in common – Scott Thompson. Scott Thompson was born and raised in Pembroke, GA, and moved to Effingham County in 1998 to live with his great-uncle Corey Rahn, of Rahn’s Services. While working with his great-uncle, Scott quickly learned the value of hard work.
In 2004, at the age of 21, Scott started his first business called Scotty’ Pottys, a portable restroom rental company. From there, he went on to start RooterMan Plumbers in 2008. After serving the local communities through his businesses, he realized the continuous need for plumbing and other supplies through his own companies. Scott had purchased an old bank building to house his plumbing company and decided to open a hardware store in the same building to make ordering parts easier and more convenient. Thompson Hardware in downtown Guyton, GA then opened its doors to the community.
What Scott found on the other side of those doors was a need similar to his own from his community – a convenient place that not only offered the products they needed but would also offer a friendly helping hand. A beautiful component of Effingham County is how the people all work together and operate on personal connections. “It is a joy to serve in a community that always comes together in a time of need. No matter what the need is, there are always people willing to help. We band together and get the job done, and we have fun doing it,” says Scott.
At Thompson Hardware, you will find smiling faces, a warm welcome, friends and neighbors. “I love being able to interact with members of our community on a daily basis. The hardware store has allowed me to meet so many great people and build lasting relationships,” explains Scott. In addition to seeing Scott, you may also see his wife, Laura, and their three children as they all love to help out in the hardware store and various businesses.
Scott shared a fun fact about Thompson Hardware that makes them truly unique.
“We are probably the only hardware store that has a bank vault and a chandelier,” jokes Scott. The vault and chandelier aren’t the only things that make Thompson Hardware unique. Their goal was to not only build a local business that provided what people need, but to also contribute to their local community.
They truly believe in getting to know their customers, their families, and getting involved in the local events that impact those families. According to Scott, customers at Thompson Hardware are “friends walking through the door, not just another sale.” They work closely with the Effingham Emergency Management Agency to assist in relief efforts after local disasters. “We try to give back whenever we can,” Scott explains. “We have a true passion for helping others.”
In addition to Thompson Hardware, Scott also owns and operates Thompson & Thompson Service Group and RooterMan Plumbers to provide Effingham County community with plumbing, septic, drain cleaning, and air conditioning services.
“We have numerous customers that come into the hardware store looking for supplies to fix their problem and end up calling one of our service companies to complete the repairs once they realize it’s more than they can handle,” explains Scott. Whatever your need, Scott and his team are here to help!
Visit your friends and neighbors at Thompson Hardware today at 109 West Central Blvd, Guyton, GA. Follow them on Facebook for the latest deals and information at www.Facebook.com/ThompsonHardwareSupply or give Scott and his amazing team a call at 912-772-3028.