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August 2011 - Music FH and Miles-Odum FH Obituaries

Posted: 7 Jan 2012 9:17AM GMT
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Ware County, Georgia Obituaries

August 2011

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Thelma Delores Yawn Cothren
Born in Douglas, Coffee County, GA on Feb. 6, 1923
Departed on Aug. 4, 2011 and resided in Prince George, VA

Visitation: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011
Service: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011
Cemetery: Rose Hill Cemetery, Alma, Bacon County, GA

Thelma Delores Yawn Cothren, 88, died Thursday night (August 4, 2011) at Riverview on the Appomattox of Hopewell, VA following an extended illness.

She was a native of Douglas, GA and a former long-time resident of the Ware County-Pierce County area. She had resided in Prince George, VA for the past six years. She was the daughter of the late Calvin Yawn and Sarah Elizabeth Merritt Yawn. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence Bedell Cato, and her second husband, Henry Cothren. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Bagley, Dorothy Rutherford, Mildred Corbett, and Hazel Lamb.

She was a retired nurse's assistant with the Wayne County Hospital of Jesup.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Kathryne Bowes (husband John) of Prince George, VA; several step-children; a granddaughter, Dawn Paterson (husband Josh) of Dacula, GA; a grandson, Johnny Bowes (wife April) of Kingman, AZ; four great grandchildren, Hayden Paterson, Bryan Bowes, Kira Bowes, and Naevia Bowes, a sister, Doris Taylor (husband James) and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday (August 9, 2011)at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery of Alma. The family will be receiving friends from 10:00 until 11:00 AM Tuesday at Music Funeral Home.

Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Lenas Rivers
Born in Jacksonville, Duval County, FL on Oct. 4, 1922
Departed on Aug. 4, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware County, GA

Visitation: Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011
Service: Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

Mrs. Mary Lenas Rivers passed away Thursday morning (August 4, 2011) at her residence following a long illness.

She was a native of Jacksonville, FL, and she was raised in St. Petersburg, FL. She graduated from St. Petersburg High School and attended the University of Florida. Mrs. Rivers lived most of her life in Waycross where she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Along with her late husband, they co-owned WACL Radio. She was a former member of Grace Episcopal Church, Green Thumb Garden Club, Waycross Service League, and she was involved in several bible study groups.

She is the daughter of the late Thomas Peter and Katherine Smitzes Lenas. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Spurgeon Rivers, Jr.; one brother, Stanley Lenas; and one sister, Frances Lenas.

Survivors include one son, James S. Rivers III (wife Lynn) of Waycross; one grandson, James S. Rivers IV of Gainesville, FL; one granddaughter, Christina M. Rivers of Gainesville, FL; one great grandson, Landon J. Walker of Gainesville, FL; two brothers, Pete Lenas of Seminole, FL and Mike Lenas of St. Petersburg, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday (August 7, 2011) at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends the hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 1005 Church St, Waycross, GA 31501.

The former WACL Radio staff and family are asked to meet 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church to serve as honorary pallbearers.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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James Fred Cason, Sr.
Born in Ware County, GA on Jul. 27, 1922
Departed on Aug. 5, 2011 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011
Service: Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

James Fred Cason, Sr., 89, died Friday night (August 5, 2011) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following a long illness.

He was a native of Ware County and had lived most of his life in Waycross. He was the son of the late Donald James Cason, Sr. and Eva Green Cason. He was also preceded in death by his wife Sallie Lewis Jones Cason, a brother, Don J. Cason, Jr., and a sister, Elise Cason Ellis.

He had retired from the Waycross Shops of CSX Railroad and was a faithful member of Hebardville United Methodist Church. He had served with the United States Navy during World War 2.

Survivors include a son, James Fred Cason, Jr of Valdosta; a niece, Linda E. Jones of Waycross; a nephew, Vernon Ellis, Jr of Silver Springs, FL; cousins, Ann Jackson of Folkston, Wallace Lewis of Valdosta, and Ethel Lewis Gould of Tallahassee, FL, and several great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday (August 7, 2011) at Hebardville United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 PM Sunday at Hebardville United Methodist Church.

Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Paula L. Masulis
Born in Pompton Plains, NJ on Oct. 5, 1953
Departed on Aug. 6, 2011 and resided in Hoboken, Brantley Co, GA

Visitation: No Visitation
Service: No Service

Paula L. Masulis, 58, died Saturday morning (August 6, 2011) at her residence near Hoboken following an extended illness.

She was a native of Pompton Plains, NJ and had lived most of her life in South Florida. She had made her home near Hoboken of the past 6 years. She was the daughter of the late Stanley V. Masulis.

She had retired as a computer systems analyst with a hospital in South Florida and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Waycross. Paula was an avid animal lover and was an obedience instructor for dogs.

Survivors include her mother, Bertha A. Masulis of Hoboken; three sisters, Valerie Moore of Tampa, FL, Karen Strickland (husband Robert) of Plant City, FL, and Susan Stokes (husband Sonny) of Hoboken; a brother, David Masulis of Lantana FL, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501 or to the Southeast Cancer Unit, 401 Pendleton St., Waycross, GA 31501.

Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Mathew (Mack) King
Born in Brantley County, GA on Oct. 28, 1925
Departed on Aug. 8, 2011 and resided in Waycross, GA.

Visitation: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011
Service: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011
Cemetery: Greenlawn Cemetery

Mr. Mathew "Mack" King, 85, died Monday morning (August 8, 2011) at Satilla Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

He was a native of Brantley County, but he has lived most of his life in Waycross. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He retired from CSX Railroad after 39 years of service and was a member of First Advent Christian Church.

Along with 16 brothers, sisters and 3 half-brothers, he is a son of the late Zibe William King and Mary Alice Roberson King.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Myra A. Lucas King of Waycross; one daughter, Pamela K. Bell (husband Jimmy) of Waycross; two grandchildren, Kim K. Frazier (wife Stacy) of Waycross, Richard Matthew "Rick" Hall (wife Casey) of Blackshear; three great grandchildren, Samantha K. Thomas, Jonathon Matthew Hall, and Kaylee Hall; six sisters, Lois Corbitt, Loretta Waldron, and Marie Petty all of Manor, Mary Clubb of Waycross, Willene Proctor of Atlanta, and Winifred Johnson of Yulee, FL; one brother, Edward King of Brantley County; three half-brothers, Zibe King, Jr., Barney King and Melvin King all of Brantley County; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday (August 11, 2011) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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Charles Gary Worley
Born in Washington, DC on Apr. 17, 1947
Departed on Aug. 6, 2011 and resided in Brunswick, Glynn County, GA

Visitation: Friday, Aug. 12, 2011
Service: Friday, Aug. 12, 2011

Mr. Charles Gary Worley, 64, died Saturday (August 6, 2011) at Satilla Regional Medical Center following a car accident and a brief illness.

Gary was born in Washington, DC but had been living in the Brunswick area for a number of years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Nell Worley and his father, Daymon Charles Worley.

He graduated from Baylor University in 1970 with a BS in Sociology and was a retired counselor with the Texas Department of Corrections. He more recently worked as a Drug and Alcohol Abuse counselor with the Glynn/Camden Drug Court and with the Glynn County Health Department.

Gary loved to sing and was an active participant in many singing events throughout the year and on a weekly basis. One of his most notable singing performances was with the Baylor University Choir when they debuted the Ralph Carmichael/Kurt Kaiser musical "Tell It Like It Is" in 1968-69. Gary also sang in the Billy Graham Crusade Choir in Jacksonville, FL in November, 2000. He also sang with the Brunswick Community Choir in many of their performances.

Gary's desire to serve others seemed almost endless. He volunteered his time with many local churches, food pantries and other organizations including the St. Athanasius Food Bank where he helped feed hundreds of people over the past few years. He also loved to play his keyboard at different group meetings in Brunswick and the surrounding areas, especially at birthday parties so he could wear his "fashionable birthday hat".

His love for family and friends was readily apparent and his caring spirit exemplified that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His infectious smile and positive attitude were a powerful magnet as evidenced by the hundreds if not thousands of people that were blessed to know Gary as their friend. Most notable is the devotion that he had for his mother. He was her primary support and care-giver in association with the nurses, aides and other support staff at Baptist Village in Waycross, GA.

Survivors include his mother, Melba C. Worley of Waycross; two brothers, Ken Worley (wife, Wynn) of Wichita Falls, TX and Randy Worley (wife, Libby) of Asheville, NC; five nephews, two great nieces and many, many friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday (August 12, 2011) at the Mitchell Chapel at Baptist Village. The family will receive friends from 10 am to 11 am at Mitchell Chapel. A second service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday (August 13, 2011) at St. Simons First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10 am to 11 am at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you make donations to the Brunswick Community Choir or the church music ministry of your choice.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com. You may also share your thoughts, memories and photos in a more detailed fashion at Gary's FaceBook page (Search CHARLES GARY WORLEY).

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Chester E. Boyd, Jr.
Born in Homerville, Clinch County, GA on Sep. 5, 1980
Departed on Aug. 12, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware County, GA

Visitation: Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011
Service: Monday, Aug. 15, 2011
Cemetery: Musgrove Cemetery, Millwood, Ware County, GA

Mr. Chester E. "Bubba" Boyd, Jr., 30, died suddenly Friday morning (August 12, 2011).

He was born in Homerville, but he has lived most of his life in Waycross. He was a 2000 graduate of Ware County High School and a member of Swamp Road Baptist Church several years ago. He was formerly employed by Musgrove Logging as a skidder operator.

Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca Hendrix of Blackshear; his parents, Chester E. Boyd, Sr. and Andrea Lynn Petty Boyd of Waycross; one brother, Kelly Andrew Boyd of Waycross; two nieces and one nephew, Lainy, Emma and Owen Boyd; maternal grandparents, Glenda and Drew Petty of Naylor; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Monday (August 15, 2011) at Musgrove Cemetery in Millwood. The family will receive friends 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at Music Funeral Home.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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Patricia Corbitt Tanner
Born in Saint Cloud, Osceola County, FL on Sep. 6, 1959
Departed on Aug. 17, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware County, GA

Visitation: Friday, Aug. 19, 2011
Service: Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011
Cemetery: Alabaha Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, Pierce County, GA

Mrs. Patricia Tanner, 51, died Wednesday (August 17, 2011) at Satilla Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.

She was a native of St. Cloud, FL but had lived in Waycross most of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Corbett and Nadine Lee Corbett.

She was a former employee of PaPa's Deli and was a member of Calvary United Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis Tanner of Waycross; two sons, Dennis Tanner, Jr. of Oregon and Will Sweat Waters of Waycross; a daughter, Mary Tanner of Michigan; three sisters, Karen O'Bright , Betty Sue Lee and Alice Driggers all of Waycross; four brothers, Eugene Corbitt of Blackshear, Charles Corbitt, Robert Corbitt and Billy Corbitt all of Waycross; and four grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday (August 20, 2011) at Calvary United Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will be in Alabaha Cemetery in Pierce County. The family will be receiving friends at the church Friday night from 6 until 8.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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William Michael (Mike) Davis
Born in Augusta, Richmond County, GA on Mar. 14, 1945
Departed on Aug. 17, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware County, GA

Visitation: Friday, Aug. 19, 2011
Service: Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery, Waycross, Ware County, GA

Mr. William Michael "Mike" Davis, 66, died Wednesday (August 17, 2011) at his residence following an extended illness.

He was a native of Augusta, GA but had resided most of his life in Waycross and North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Floyd Davis and Florence Evelyn Short Davis.

He was retired from the United States Navy Nurse Corps as Lieutenant Commander. From 1966 to 1988, he served at the Recruit Training Center in San Diego, CA, Hospital Corps School in San Diego, CA, USS Repose (AH-16), NAMI in Pensacola, FL, Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, NJ, Duins-Brunswick Jr. College, Medical College of Georgia, O.I.S. in Newport, RI, Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, FL, Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC, Naval Hospital in Cherry Point, NC, Naval Hospital in Okinawa, and the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, NC. As a member of Central Baptist Church, he attended the Co-Ed III Sunday School Class and served on the Television Ministry Team.

Survivors include his wife, Sheryl Ricketson Davis of Waycross; three sons, Christopher Michael Davis (wife Pamela) of Tarboro, NC, Patrick William Davis (wife Anastasia) of Athens, GA and Guana Cay Bahamas and Jonathan Garner Davis of New Bern, NC; one grandson, Sean Michael Davis; two step grandchildren, Heather Leigh Clark and Jacob Aaron Clark; a sister, Lynn Davis Waits of Blairsville; three "fur-children", Gretchen, George and Fortner; and other extended family.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday (August 20, 2011) at Central Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Music Funeral Home Friday night from 6 until 8. The Co-ed III Sunday School Class and Television Ministry are requested to meet at the church at 10:40 a.m. Saturday to serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family request memorials to be sent to the Television Ministry or Operation Christmas Child, Central Baptist Church 201 Ava St. Waycross, GA 31501. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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Mildred Inez Worley Long
Born in Chamblee, GA on Jul. 28, 1942
Departed on Aug. 21, 2011 and resided in Mershon, Pierce County, GA

Visitation: No Visitation
Service: No Service

Mildred Inez Long, 69, died Sunday afternoon (August 21, 2011) at Bacon County Hospital following an extended illness.

She was a native of Chamblee, GA and a former resident of Canton. She was a Ware County resident for twenty years before making her home in Mershon for the past seven years. She was the daughter of the late Crawford M. Worley and Louise Brown Worley.

She retired from A T & T in 1995 as a fiber optics operator with the Norcross office after twelve years of service. She was a special wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She was an avid gardener, artist, and growing and enjoying flowers.

Survivors include her husband of fifty one years, James W. Long of Mershon; a son, Mark Long (wife Rowena) of the Philippines; two daughters, Carol Mobley (husband Tim) of Hinesville, and Brie Long of Mershon; six grandchildren, Cody Williams (wife Shayron) of Brunswick, Brandon Williams of Hinesville, Jason long of Waycross, Derrick Long of Canton, and Jamaica Long of the Phillipines; three great grandchildren Jordan Tucker and Caleb Long, and a special great grandson to her heart, Dillon Yarberry; a sister, Edna Goldsborough (husband Roger) of Mableton, GA; two brothers, James Worley (wife Myrtice) of Dallas, GA and Fred Worley (wife Maxine) of Waycross, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to Karen's House of Hope, 2315 Starling St., Brunswick, GA 31520.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

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Bryan William Stewart
Born in Waycross, Ware Co, GA on Apr. 27, 1976
Departed on Aug. 23, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware Co, GA

Visitation: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011
Service: Friday, Aug. 26, 2011
Cemetery: Little Utah Cemetery, Atkinson County, GA

Mr. Bryan William Stewart, 35, died suddenly Tuesday (August 23, 2011) at his residence.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. He attended Ware County High School, and he owned and operated Stewart's Construction. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Mr. Stewart is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ruben Lawton Morgan and Maude Lee Morgan; paternal grandparents, William Cecil Stewart, Sr. and Violet Davis Stewart; two aunts, Ola Mae Morgan Cribb and Helen Morgan Stewart; and one uncle, James Morgan.

Survivors include his parents, William Cecil Stewart, Jr. and Patricia Morgan Stewart of Waycross; two sisters, Marie Stewart Wilkerson (husband Michael) of Waycross, and Mary Ann Stewart of Waycross; one nephew, Brandon Wilkerson of Waycross; two uncles, Dr. Lamar Morgan (wife Martha) of Perry, FL, and Lawton Morgan (wife Yvette) of Waycross; one aunt, Betty Stewart Whittemore (husband Eric) of Moreno Valley, CA; and numerous cousins and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday (August 26, 2011) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Burial will follow in Little Utah Cemetery in Axson. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Music Funeral Home.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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Leila Irwin Smith
Born in Ware County, GA on Dec. 1, 1918
Departed in Columbus, Muscogee Co, GA on Aug. 22, 2011
Resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011
Service: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

Irwin Smith, 92, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Smith of Waycross died Monday (August 22, 2011) at Spring Harbor Health Care Center in Columbus, GA. Irwin was born December 1, 1918 in Waycross and grew up in Waycross. She graduated from Georgia State Women's College (now Valdosta State University) where she served as president of the Young Women's Christian Association, was a member of the May Court, graduated with honors and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Irwin taught school in Gordon, GA, was employed by the Army Recruiting Service in Waycross, Savannah, and Gainesville, FL. Then she transferred to the Waycross Air Base. She retired from the Social Security Administration in Waycross as a claims representative. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Waycross.

Irwin was preceded in death by her sister Kitsie S. Smith. She is survived by her brother Dr. Luther J. Smith II of Columbus, her sister Susan B. Smith of Atlanta, two nephews, Dr. Luther J. Smith III and Dr. Stevens S. Smith (Mary), a great nephew Sager Smith, a great niece Carissa Smith and several cousins.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Spring Harbor staff and her sitters for their kind and loving care of Irwin during her illness.

A funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday (August 27, 2011) at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial at Oakland Cemetery will follow the service. The family will greet friends from 10:00 until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Waycross, 410 Williams Street Waycross, GA 31501 or a charity of your choice in memory of Irwin Smith.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.
(NOTE: Parents were Luther Jerome SMITH, Sr. & Susie Devant SHEPPARD. Also bur. in Oakland Cem)

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Lavada E. Carver Sapp
Born in Ware County, GA on Jan. 28, 1925
Departed on Aug. 24, 2011 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Friday, Aug. 26, 2011
Service: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011
Cemetery: High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Brantley Co, GA

Mrs. Lavada E. Sapp, 86, died Wednesday morning (August 24, 2011) at Satilla Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Lee Sapp, her parents, Lewis J. Carver and Lillian Viola Sowell Carver and a great granddaughter, Kerigan Musgrove.

She retired from John H. Swisher & Son after 21 ½ years of service and was a member of Liberty Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Johnny E. Morgan (wife Jessolene) of Waycross; a half sister, Jeanette Wilcox of Pensacola, FL; a half brother, Melvie J. Carver of Waycross; four grandchildren, Wendell and M'Linda Morgan, Robert and Diane Morgan, Sherry Musgrove, Amy and David Swain; nine great grandchildren, M'Lissa and Drew Brauda, Byron and Dena Morgan, Richard Morgan, Coty Morgan, Kori Musgrove, Kristen Musgrove, Brawton Edgg, Kaleb Swain; and one great great grandson, Brayden Morgan.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday (August 27, 2011) at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in High Bluff Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Friday night from 6 until 8.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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Oveda Griffin Arnold
Born in Fairfax, GA on Dec. 4, 1920
Departed on Aug. 27, 2011 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Monday, Aug. 29, 2011
Service: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

Mrs. Oveda Griffin Arnold, 90, died Saturday night (August 27, 2011) at Satilla Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.

She was a native of Fairfax in the Millwood area, and lifelong resident of Ware County. She was a devoted and loving homemaker who loved the Lord. She has been a member of Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church since 1936 where she served as secretary and treasurer, Sunday School teacher and on the Building Committee in 1960 and 2003-2004. She was a member of Woodmen of the World, Ware County Farm Bureau, and served as a volunteer for "Meals on Wheels", The Carter Center, Salvation Army and the Winona Park Sojourners. She was also one of the first contributors to help develop the Hospice Satilla House which she believed is a vital service to our community.

Affectionately known as "Granny Arnold" and the "Flower Lady", Mrs. Arnold learned to grow up and live on the farm working tirelessly with her hands. She was also a shrewd business woman who worked alongside her late husband, J. C., as secretary and treasurer of the family businesses. Her generosity and kindness will be remembered by the many lives that she touched throughout her life.

Two of Mrs. Oveda's greatest passions were her church and her love for planting and growing flowers. She was actively involved with her church and had the greatest love and devotion to her Lord and Savior. She also loved to plant and arrange flowers to give to the elderly or the sick. Often she would leave the flowers unmarked on another's doorstep, but everyone instantly knew they were "Granny Arnold's" flowers by her signature bachelors buttons. Overall she was a considerate wife, a devoted parent, a true friend, and an earnest Christian who spent every ounce of her energy to love and take care of her family, friends, and neighbors.

She is the daughter of the late Lonnie Franklin Griffin and Sabarah Davis Griffin. She is preceded in death by her late husband, John Calvin "J. C." Arnold; one sister, Estelle G. Thomas; a special nephew, Billy Hue Thomas; one half-sister, Margie G. Nation; and one half-brother, Bill L. Griffin.

Survivors include two daughters, Jean McCarty (husband Benny) and Clarice A. Miles both of Waycross; three sons, Huey Arnold (wife Marietta), Lorin Arnold (wife Darlene) and Norman Arnold (wife Rita) all of Waycross; 11 grandchildren, Deborah K. Brooks, Dale Arnold, Daune Arnold, Ashley Arnold, Alesia A. Brantley, Dana A. Robbins, Jason Crews, Tommy Peagler, John Peagler, Eric Peagler, Doyle Arnold and Joey Arnold; 22 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; special sister-in-law, Lois A. Walker; special cousin, Levo Steedley; and numerous other friends and relatives.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday (August 30, 2011) at Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday at Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at Music Funeral Home.

Everyone in attendance will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions can be made to Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, 3064 Zion Hill Rd., Millwood, GA 31552 or Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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L J Herrin
Born in Blackshear, Pierce Co, GA on Oct. 8, 1922
Departed on Aug. 28, 2011 and resided in Jacksonville, Duval Co, FL

Visitation: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011
Service: Thursday, Sep. 1, 2011
Cemetery: Greenlawn Cemetery

Mr. L J Herrin, 88, died Sunday morning (August 28, 2011) at Acosta-Rua Center for Caring in Jacksonville, FL after an extended illness.

He was a native of Blackshear, but he lived most of his life in Waycross before moving to Jacksonville, FL six years ago due to his illness. He retired as Master Sargeant from the United States Army and served in World War II and the Korean War.

He is the son of the late John Wesley Herrin and Lona Henderson Herrin. He is preceded in death by his former wife, Betty Jo Lightsey Herrin; four sisters, Mary Workman, Vernice Durden, Beulah Cabrera and Estelle Tuten; and one brother, Arthur Herrin.

Survivors include two daughters, Lona C. Harrell (husband Vernon) of Callahan, FL, and Nonnie Porter of Jacksonville, FL; two grandchildren, Wendy D. McClanathan and Krystle R. Rocca; three great grandchildren, Nicholas W. Rocca, Jonathon K. Rocca, Jr., and Landen Jacob "Little L J" McClanathan; special nephew and niece, Earl and Tammy Murray of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday (September 1, 2011) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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Helen Moody Stone
Born in Dillon, Dillon Co, SC on Oct. 29, 1923
Departed on Aug. 31, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware Co, GA

Visitation: Friday, Sep. 2, 2011
Service: Friday, Sep. 2, 2011
Cemetery: Greenlawn Cemetery

Mrs. Helen Stone, 87, died Wednesday morning (August 31, 2011) at her residence after an extended illness.

She was a native of Dillon, SC, but she has lived most of her life in Waycross. Mrs. Stone was devoted and loving homemaker. She was a member of Second Baptist Church and the Faithful Sunday School Class, and she served as a Sunday school teacher years ago.

She is the daughter of the late John T. "Kimp" Moody and Addie Tyndal Moody. She is preceded in death by her husband, James L. Stone, Jr.; one daughter, Shirley Raulerson; and one son, David Stone.

Survivors include two daughters, Suzy S. Thornton (husband Russell) of Blackshear, and Patty S. Batten (husband Johnny) of Ware County; one son, James Stone III (wife Lennie) of Alma; ten grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday (September 2, 2011) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10 until 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The Faithful Sunday School Class is asked to meet 10:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home to serve as honorary pallbearers.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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Lorene Elizabeth Crawley Thompson
Born in Waycross, Ware Co, GA on Oct. 19, 1945
Departed on Aug. 31, 2011 and resided in Jacksonville, Duval Co, FL

Visitation: Saturday, Sep. 3, 2011
Service: Saturday, Sep. 3, 2011
Cemetery: Jordan Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Ware Co, GA

Mrs. Lorene Elizabeth Crawley Thompson, 65, died Wednesday night (August 31, 2011) at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, FL after an extended illness.

She was a native of Waycross, but she has lived most of her life in Jacksonville, FL. She was a member of Jordan Congregational Methodist Church.

She is the daughter of the late Clyde Crawley and Emma McKinnon Crawley.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherri Jackson (husband Ronald) of Jacksonville, FL, and Victoria Telesky of Highland, NY; two sons, Gerald Riggins, Jr. of Callahan, FL, and Collon Telesky of Jacksonville, FL; three sisters, Myrtle Ann Hollis of Middleburg, FL, Saundra Ripple of Hopkinsville, KY, and Brenda Martin of Jacksonville, FL; one brother, Clyde Buddy Crawley of Jacksonville, FL; 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday (September 3, 2011) at Jordan Congregational Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Jordan Cemetery. The family will receive friends the hour prior to the service at the church.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

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Miles-Odum Funeral Home
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Charles Edward Griffin
(August 6, 1950 - August 5, 2011)

Charles Edward Griffin, 60, of Waycross passed away August 5, 2011 at Satilla Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born August 6, 1950 in Brantley County to the late Darling Little and Kate Mae Jacobs Griffin and was a lifelong resident of Waycross. Mr. Griffin worked in Road Construction with Littlefield Construction for many years before he retired in 1998.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim Bryant “Buddy” Griffin and Darling B. Griffin; two sisters, Renia Mae Hickox and Mary L. Slavie.

Survivors include his wife Carla Jean Sloan Griffin, Waycross; two sons, Brian Hickox and his wife Rapsodie, Callahan, FL, Eric Hickox, Waycross, GA; three grandchildren, Dylan, Bre and Devin Hickox, all of Callahan, FL; three sisters, Georgia Griffin, Jacksonville, FL, Effie Taylor and her husband Earl, Waycross, Lily Bell Crews and her husband Robert, Waycross; sister-in-law, Yvonne Griffin, Waycross; many nieces, nephews and a lifetime of friends.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1 pm at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 – 8 pm at the funeral home.

Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.

Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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David Clements
(December 12, 1921 - August 15, 2011)

David Clements, 89, of Charlotte, NC, died Monday, August 15, 2011, with his family by his side. Mr. Clements was born December 12, 1921, in Nashville, TN. He was the son of Ronald Bruce and Stella Bertha Smith Clements. He was a World War II veteran serving in the South Pacific in General Douglas MacArthur’s Battalion Headquarters, United States Armed Forces Far East.

Professor Clements received his A.B. degree from Valdosta State University and his M.A. degree from Vanderbilt University. He taught at the college level within the University of Georgia system for thirty years and spent his last twenty years as an associate professor of English at Dalton State College. He retired in 1989 as Associate Professor Emeritus of English. Following retirement, he was co-proprietor of Clements and Christie Bookstore. He was an avid collector of antique and first edition books and served as moderator of various book clubs. Professor Clements was a member of the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club and a life-long golfer. He was a devoted follower of University of Georgia football and Duke University basketball and was active in many civic and church activities.

His wife of fifty-eight years, Jo Ussery Clements, preceded him in death. He is survived by two daughters, Jo Clements Saye, and her husband, Jake Lee Saye, Jr., of Charlotte, NC, and Olivia Clements Brasington and her husband, James Ernest Brasington, of Waycross, GA; one son, Ronald Bartlett Clements, of Brunswick, GA; six grandchildren, Shannon Lee Saye, of Charlotte, NC, David Benjamin Herren Saye and his wife, Robyn Moo-Young Saye, of Charlotte, NC, Virginia Buff Brasington of Waycross, GA, Anna Olivia Brasington of Atlanta, GA, Ronald Bartlett Clements, Jr. of Waycross, GA, and Lee Clements Lewis and husband, Russell Ray Lewis, of Westminster, CA; and three great-grandchildren, David Joseph Spenser Saye and Sofia Ann Saye of Charlotte, NC, and Colleen Mae Lewis of Westminster, CA. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald Bruce Clements, Jr. of Nashville, TN, and Harry Bartlett Clements of Greensboro, NC; and one sister, Harriet Anna Clements Villines of Springfield, TN.

A private memorial service will be held Saturday, August 27, 2011, in the chapel of Trinity United Methodist Church, Waycross, GA., with Reverend David L. White officiating. Interment services will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ronald Bartlett Clements, Jake Lee Saye, Jr., James Ernest Brasington, David Benjamin Herren Saye, Ronald Bartlett Clements, Jr., David Cleveland King of Atlanta, GA, and Henry Grady Lance of Dalton, GA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC, 28211. The family wishes to extend special appreciation to the doctors and nursing staff at Sardis Oaks Rehab Center and Presbyterian Hospital pulmonary unit, Charlotte, NC, and Hospice House, Rock Hill, SC.

Arrangements by Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home, Rock Hill, SC, and Miles-Odum Funeral Home, Waycross, GA.

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Annie Sweat Corbitt
(February 1, 1915 - August 15, 2011)

Mrs. Annie Sweat Hutchinson Corbitt, 96, of Waycross died Monday night at her daughter’s residence. She was born in Pierce County to the late Nathan Sweat and Jennie Down Sweat. Mrs. Corbitt had made Waycross her home for all of her life. She began work for Memorial Hospital in 1957 as a Certified Nurses Assistant. She worked for twenty seven years at the hospital before her retirement in 1984. Mrs. Corbitt was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Rachael Sunday School Class. Mrs. Corbitt loved to sew and work with arts and crafts. However, her greatest enjoyment came from making ceramics.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Corbitt, her first husband, Otis Hutchinson, two brothers, Omer Sweat, Clifton Sweat, and four sisters, Marion Friend, Carrie Triggs, Sue Southerland, and Eula Mae Card.

Mrs. Corbitt is survived by a daughter, Willene Gill and her husband Royce of Waycross, a son, Quinton Hutchinson and his wife Gail of Brunswick, six grandchildren, Tim Hutchinson, Chris Hutchinson, Bruce Hutchinson, Debbie Roe, Lisa Weeks, Stevie Gill, nineteen great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, a sister, Kathleen Johns of Callahan, Florida and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The staff of Hospice Satilla and members of the Rachael and Leah Sunday School Class have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the church by 1:45 p.m., Thursday. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m., at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Georgia 31501.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.

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James Allen Henson, Sr.
(April 30, 1924 - August 18, 2011)

James Allen Henson, Sr., 87, of Jacksonville, (Duval Co) FL at the Carriage Club formerly of Waycross died Thursday morning (August 18, 2011) at Regents Park of Jacksonville after an extended illness. He was born in Copperhill, TN to the late George Frank and Neppie Mae Pruitt Henson, Sr. Mr. Henson was a 1950 graduate of the University of Georgia where he received his Masters Degree in Forestry. He lived in Waycross for 49 years where he retired from the Georgia Forestry Commission and also served as Civil Defense Director and as a Deputy Sheriff and moved to Jacksonville 3 years ago. Mr. Henson was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Henson served his country in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. During WWII he was Lt. Commander in the Navy and served in the Pacific off two aircraft carriers, the USS Savo Island and the USS Mandinikau and flew the TBM Avenger. During his time in the military, he received the Gold Wings of a Naval Aviator, the WWII Victory Medal, Silver Wings of an Army Aviator, Army Commendation Medal, Master Army Aviator, Army Helicopter Pilot Wings, and the Florida Cross.

Mr. Henson was a Charter Member of the Waycross Lions Club, Society of American Foresters, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Charter Member of Captain John Collins Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, and and a member of the Okefenokee Retired Officers Association.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Colleen Bailey Henson, Jacksonville, FL at the Carriage Club; two sons, J. Allen Henson, Jr. DDS and his wife Kathy B. Henson, Marietta, GA, Joel T. Henson and his wife Debbie Henson, Jacksonville, FL; three grandchildren Anna, Jimmy and Jessica Henson.

A funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at 4 pm at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 2 – 4 pm at the funeral home.

Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.

Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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Frances Virginia Holtzendorff
(May 17, 1910 - August 22, 2011)

Mrs. Frances Virginia Beall Holtzendorff, 101, passed away on Monday, (August 22, 2011) in Paso Robles, California following a brief illness. She was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia to the late Mr. John Worth Beall and Mrs. Gertrude Fannie Morris Beall.

A native Georgian, Virginia represented the loving, loyal, strong but gentle spirit of a Southern woman. She was dedicated to God, her family, her chosen profession of teaching, her country and the love of gardening. She loved to travel and did travel the world but never wanted to leave Georgia as her home. Virginia acheived her Masters degree in education from the University of Georgia and taught in the schools in Ware County for years. She was active in the UDC, The DAR, Past president of her Garden club, and the Arthur Moore Sunday School Class at the First Methodist Church in Waycross.

Along with her parents, Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Earle M. Holtzendorff, of Waycross and her son, Col. Earle B. Holtzendorff, a career Air Force Pilot now buried in Arlington Cemetary in Washington, D.C., twin sisters Catherine Godwin of Lenox, Ga and Carolyn Allison of Midland, Texas.

She is survived by her daughter with whom she shared her last few years with,Virginia Greer, a Clinical Psychologist, in Paso Robles, California, two sisters, Gussie Pace of Orange Park, Fla and Hokukano, Hi. and Elizabeth Shaughnessy of Danville, California, a daughter in law, Evelyn Holtzendorff, her grandsons, Stephen Greer,Justin Greer, Seth Greer and Hagen Greer, Scott Holtzendorff, and Shay Holtzendorff; her grandaughters, Missy Holtzendorff Hudson and Nichole Holtzendorff Cobb; four great grandsons, and five great granddaughters. Bill Bennett of Waycross and Sidney Bennett are close cousins. She leaves a loving extended family.

The family will be gathering to celebrate the blessing of her 101 years on Sunday, August 28,2011 at the First United Methodist Church. The family will be receiving friends beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the church Parlor and the funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Arthur Moore chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Other Obituaries Pertaining To Ware Co, GA
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Casey Lynn Cowart
October 11, 1989 - August 5, 2011

Casey Lynn Cowart, 21, of Yulee, Florida passed away Friday, August 5, 2011 at her home. Born in Waycross, Georgia she had been a lifelong resident of Yulee, Florida having attended the Yulee Academy graduating in 2008.

Ms. Cowart was a dedicated participant in the "Live well, live long" program working as a senior care giver for Osprey Village Assisted Living in Fernandina. She was raised in the Baptist faith all of her life. Throughout her life she loved swimming, going tubing down the river at Ichetucknee Springs in Ocala and also enjoyed fishing and especially cherished spending time with her Jack Russell dog Finn.

She was precided in death by her maternal grandfather Henry Lawson Wright, Jr..

She is survived by her parents Dave E. and Joy Sullivan, brother Dave W. Sullivan, sister Ceaira M. (Aaron) Hutcherson all of Yulee, Florida, paternal grandmother Shirley Cowart of Folkston, Ga., and maternal grandmother Martha Willene Wright of Nicholls, Ga., her boyfriend Todd Tarbrorough of Yulee, Fla., and her best friend, Kayle Highsmith of Yulee, Fla., as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 5 pm until 7 pm at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home in Fernandina, Fla. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home at a time yet to be determined. She will be laid to rest following the committal service in Homeland Cemetery in Folkston, Ga.

Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors.

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THRIFT > Guy Hilliard "Junior" Thrift, 84, left his family peacefully to be with the Lord on August 4, 2011, after an extended illness. He was born June 6, 1927, in Waycross, GA.

He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served during WWII. He retired from Seaboard Coastline Railroad. Guy enjoyed spending his days tending his garden and tinkering around with invention ideas. He was a strong and faithful believer in Christ. His children and grandchildren have often enjoyed his entertaining stories and fairy tales, for he was a master storyteller. We will all miss his twinkling Scottish grey eyes, mischievous smile and sweet laughter.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Thelma Waldron Thrift.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Lourdes M. Thrift; son, Glenn Thrift, Sr., daughter, Lavenia Boswell (Dan); 5 grandchildren, Angie Drury (Ted), Michelle Shaw (Andy), Glenn Thrift, Jr., Christina Kasten (Kyle) and Brandon Thrift; 8 great-grandchildren, Heather Johnson, Justin Drury, Ashley Drury, David White, Jr., Matthew Piercy, Logan Drury, Lula Kasten and Vivi Kasten; 1 great-great-grandchild, Laila Johnson.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at 1:00 PM, at Town and Country Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM, with Dr. Tom Drury officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Memorial Park.

Arrangements entrusted to: Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd., 904-781-9262, www.townandcountryfuneralhome.com.

Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

Published in the Florida Times-Union on August 8, 2011
(NOTE: Son of Guy Hilliard THRIFT, Sr. & Rosa Etta CREWS; Guy marr. Lourdes Misenas MORALES on 27 Jun 1996 in Baker Co, Fla.)

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Dorothy Carlson Riggins
Born in Waycross, GA on Jul. 20, 1927 and Departed on Aug. 11, 2011

Dorothy Carlson Riggins - SAVANNAH - Dorothy Carlson Riggins, 84, died at home surrounded by her family Thursday, August 11, 2011 under Hospice care.
She was born in Waycross, Georgia, raised in Savannah and lived in Thunderbolt most of her life.
Dorothy worked for the Atlantic Coastline Railroad until 1954 before becoming a fulltime mother and homemaker. She was a member of Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church, a former member of Hull Memorial Presbyterian Church and a member of the White Star Chapter of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Charles Porter Riggins; her parents, Victor Robert and Caroline Morse Carlson; brothers, Victor R. Carlson, Clarence O. Carlson, Robert F. Carlson and Earl D. Carlson; sister, Hulda C. Pinckney, and her twin sister, Doris C. Galane.
Surviving are her daughters, Nancy Riggins Taylor (Rufus) and Rebecca Riggins Ross (Rick); grandchildren, Charles R. Taylor (Ashley), Stephanie R. Taylor, Ann R. McLaughlin (Michael), Carol R. White (Andrew); great-grandchildren, Joey and Ethan Guckenberger, Ian Evans, Emmeline and Brock Taylor, Ella and Scarlet McLaughlin, and many special nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 14, 2011 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 15, 2011 at Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Andrew Meeker and the Reverend Leon Jeffords officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park, 1600 Wheaton Street Savannah, GA (912-234-3458).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to Hospice Savannah, Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA, 31416 or Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church, 450 North Cromwell Rd., Savannah, GA 31410.
Please sign our guest book on line at www.foxandweeks.com
Savannah Morning News August 14, 2011
Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries .

Published in Savannah Morning News from August 13 to August 14, 2011

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Mary Ruth Rouse
Oct. 23, 1924 - Aug. 17, 2011

Mary Ruth Rouse, 86, passed away Aug. 17, 2011 after a long illness in Toccoa, GA the home of her nephew.
A daughter of the late Roscoe and Mae Marchant Rouse, of Waycross, she was born Oct. 23, 1924. She was preceded in death by her parents, by a sister, Louise Rouse Wade, and by a brother, Roscoe Patrick Rouse.
She led an exciting life as one of Delta Airline’s first flight attendants. She served many years as a flight attendant and worked her way up the corporate ladder to become Delta's Chief Stewardess Instructor. During her 36 year tenure
(1950-1986), Delta grew from a small regional airline to one of the largest and was regularly rated near the top in passenger service. [... Delta history ...]
On April 30, 1978, Mary Ruth was honored to be a flight attendant when Delta inaugurated its first transatlantic flight from Atlanta to London. That flight was one of many that enriched Mary Ruth's Delta experience.
According to recent Facebook posts by her Delta students, Mary Ruth was an icon, a Delta legend and someone who left a legacy. She was a tough instructor who never compromised her high standards. She had a unique gift of being able to see the students' beauty both inside and out. According to one student, she was especially kind and is remembered for her loving influence. She instilled
both fear and deep respect as she brought her students into the "Delta Family" and taught them to welcome their passengers as if they were welcoming them into
their home.
In her teaching, Mary Ruth stressed behavior rather than pure looks saying: "... every stewardess has the potential to be beautiful. Your looks are directly linked to your attitude and your life styles. If you take care of your body and carefully cultivate a positive, healthy attitude to your life and work, you'll soon find out that you are not only a happier person, but truly beautiful as well." She reminded her students that they never get a second chance to make a first impression and encouraged them to make the first impression count.
Mary Ruth graduated from Waycross High School and graduated from Georgia State Women's College (Valdosta State) with a chemistry degree in 1946. She taught school and attended Emory for a short time before going to flight school and joining the Delta family.
After 36 successful years with Delta, she retired to her beloved Destin, Fla. where she continued vigorous exercise with long, daily walks on the beach to visit other Delta retirees. Mary Ruth loved to fish from the beach and to entertain friends in her beachside home.
Survivors include a sister, Roslyn Rouse of Lilburn; two nephews, Dr. Jim RouseWade and his wife Kathy, of Toccoa, and Tol ShannonWade and his wife Dana,
of Strongsville, Ohio; and four grand-nieces and nephews.
A family graveside service will be held today, Destin City Cemetery in Destin, Fla. The family asks that donations be made to a charity of choice in memory of Mary Ruth Rouse.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be made by visiting the website at www.acree-davisfh.com

Waycross Journal-Herald, Saturday, August 20, 2011, Page Three

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Roy Early Taylor
Funeral information
Home: LaBelle, FL Place of Birth: Ware County, GA
Date of Death: August 28, 2011 Birthdate: May 14, 1921
Age: 90
Funeral Service: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 10:00 AM Church Of God-LaBelle, LaBelle, FL
Visitation: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 6-8 p.m. at Church of God LaBelle
Interment: Ortona Cemetery, Ortona, FL

Biography
Roy Early Taylor, age 90, of LaBelle died Sunday, August 28, 2011 in LaBelle. He was born May 14, 1921 in Ware County, GA, son of the late Joseph Early Taylor and Frankie Mae (Sweat) Taylor. He served in the Army during World War II. He worked for USSC for thirty-nine years and retired in 1986 as superintendent of the Eastern Division. He was a member of the Church of God-LaBelle.

Survivors include his wife: Shirley Sue (Bishop) Taylor; sons: Joseph Myers (Doris) Taylor of Quincy, Rev. William Roy (Beth) Taylor, PhD of Charlotte, NC, daughters: Marlene (Robert) Peace of Montgomery, AL, Diane (Larry) Hingson of Bonita Springs, stepchildren, Paula (Danny) Selph of Orlando, Patty Louise (Jim) Eaton of Conroe, TX, Cheryl MacTammany of Lakeland, ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren five step-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.

The funeral service will be held Wed., August 31, 2011, 10:00 a.m. at Church Of God-LaBelle with Rev. William Roy Taylor Ph.D. and Rev. F.T. Mason officiating. Interment followed in Ortona Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Church of God-LaBelle.

Arrangements by: Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle. http://www.akin-davis.com/

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