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September 2011 - Music FH and Miles-Odum FH Obituaries

Posted: 7 Jan 2012 9:19AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Ware County, Georgia Obituaries

September 2011

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Jetty C. Taylor Hendren
Born in Waycross, GA on Jan. 17, 1941
Departed on Sep. 1, 2011 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Saturday, Sep. 3, 2011
Service: Sunday, Sep. 4, 2011
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

Jetty C. Hendren, 70, died Thursday afternoon (Sept. 1, 2011) at Satilla Regional Medical Center following injuries received in an accident.

She was a native and life-long resident of Ware County. She was the wife of the late Loran G. Hendren and daughter of the late Herbert Taylor and Mrs. Jetty Jones Buie. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jamie Hendren and a sister Jodi Taylor.

She was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Tracy L. and Heather Hendren of Kennesaw and a granddaughter, Ava E. Hendren of Kennesaw.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday (Sept. 4, 2011) at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Saturday at Music Funeral Home.

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

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S. Quincey (Buck) Hipps
Born in Hazlehurst, Jeff Davis Co, GA on Apr. 26, 1929
Departed on Sep. 4, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware Co, GA

Visitation: Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2011
Service: Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2011
Cemetery: Hazlehurst City Cemetery, Jeff Davis Co, GA

Mr. S. Quincey (Buck) Hipps, 82, died early Sunday morning (September 4, 2011) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness.

He was a native of Blackshear but had lived most of his life in Waycross. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar S. Hipps and Lula P. Johnson Hipps; a brother, Dempsey Hipps and two sisters, Fannie Alligood and Virginia Yawn.

He was a member of Deenwood Baptist Church and retired from Texas Gas after 37 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Iris Hipps of Waycross; a daughter, Barbara S. Johnson (husband Walter) of Waycross; a son, Fulton Hipps (wife Dana) of Waycross; six grandchildren; seven and a half great grandchildren; a brother, Victor Hipps of Baxley and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday (September 6, 2011) at Deenwood Baptist Church. Burial will be in Hazlehurst City Cemetery in Hazlehurst, GA. The family will be receiving friends at the Church Tuesday morning from 10 until 11. 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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Wilson B. Wright
Born in Aiken, SC on May 9, 1914
Departed on Sep. 5, 2011 and resided in Woodbine, GA

Visitation: Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011
Service: Friday, Sep. 9, 2011
Cemetery: Homeward Cemetery, Charlton County, GA

Mr. Wilson B. Wright, 97, died Monday night (September 5, 2011) at Heritage Healthcare at Lakehaven Nursing Home in Valdosta after a short illness.

He was born in Aiken, SC and was raised in Wellborn, Florida before making his home in Camden County. He was a self-employed timber contractor.

Mr. Wright is the son of the late Robert E. Wright and Gertrude Cushman. He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jewetta Wright; and one son, Wilson H. "Sonny" Wright.

Survivors include a son, Gerald Wright and his wife Lenora Tillman of Hahira; three grandchildren, John W. Wright of Atlanta, Charles W. Wright of Valdosta, and Sallie J. Wright of Decatur; one great grandchild, Adalyn Squires; and a daughter-in-law, Janice Phillips.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Friday (September 9, 2011) at Homeward Cemetery in Camden County. The family will receive friends 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home, Waycross.

Music Funeral Home, Waycross, is in charge of arrangements.

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

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Ronnie Lee Knowles
Born in Waycross, GA on Apr. 22, 1960
Departed on Sep. 6, 2011 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011
Service: Friday, Sep. 9, 2011
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

Mr. Ronnie Lee Knowles, 51, died Tuesday morning (September 6, 2011) at Satilla Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross where he was employed as a carpenter.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jessie Knowles; and one sister, Janice Wheeler.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Martha Welch Knowles of Waycross; three daughters, Lori Cade (husband Alton), Donna Sears (husband Carl) and Georgette O'Berry (husband Dennis) all of Waycross; eight grandchildren, Michael and Cathy Sears, Christina Sears, Samuel Sears, Zach O'Berry, Ashley Turner, Katie Turner, Wendy Cox, Brian Cade and Christy Corbitt; five great grandchildren; his mother, Opal Westberry; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday (September 9, 2011) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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

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Jeanette G. Smith
Born in Waycross, GA on Nov. 4, 1934
Departed on Sep. 6, 2011 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2011
Service: Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011
Cemetery: Jordan Cemetery

Mrs. Jeanette G. Smith, 76, died Tuesday morning (September 6, 2011) at Satilla Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. She was a loving and devoted homemaker. She was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for 35 years and directed Vacation Bible School for several years.

She is the daughter of the late Avery C. Griffin and Edna Lee Griffin.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Ernest Smith of Waycross; one daughter, Sue Carole Cribb (husband Mike) of Jacksonville, FL; two sons, Allen E. Smith III and Avery Smith both of Waycross; one brother, William Griffin of Nahunta; six grandchildren, one great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday (September 8, 2011) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Jordan Cemetery in Dixie Union. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Music Funeral Home.

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

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Robert William "Bobby" Perkins
Born in Pierce County, GA on May 5, 1957
Departed on Sep. 7, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware County, GA

Visitation: Friday, Sep. 9, 2011
Service: Saturday, Sep. 10, 2011
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

Robert William “Bobby” Perkins, 54, died suddenly Wednesday (September 7, 2011) at his residence. It was he and his wife’s 38th wedding anniversary.

He was a native of Pierce County and had lived in this area all his life. He was the son of the late Bennie Reginald Perkins and was also preceded in death by a son, Robert William Perkins, Jr. and a daughter, Bobbie Sue Perkins.

He was a Journeyman Boilermaker with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 199 out of Jacksonville, FL. He was also a long time assistant instructor at Southeast Martial Arts Center in Waycross. He had been a member of Central Baptist Church and First Assembly of God both in Waycross. He also served in the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife, Janice S. Perkins of Waycross; one son, Jamey Perkins (wife, Misty) of Waycross; three grandchildren, Dalton, Dillon and Alli; mother, Gloria W. Gay of Waycross; four brothers, Carlos Perkins (wife, Kathy) of Virginia, Emory Perkins of Blackshear, Bennie Perkins of Waycross and Richard Perkins (wife, Teresa) of Hoboken; two sisters, Beverly Stroup (husband, Jimmy) of Hoboken and Jane Hite (husband, Dwayne) of South Carolina; Several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday (September 10, 2011) at First Assembly of God. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 pm to 8pm at Music Funeral Home.

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

Music Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Carolyn Jeanette Noble Carlyle
Born in Dillon, SC on Jul. 28, 1937
Departed on Sep. 9, 2011 and resided in Hortense, Brantley County, GA

Visitation: No Visitation
Service: No Service

Carolyn Jeanette Carlyle, 74, died Friday (September 9, 2011) at the Hospice House following a brief illness.

Born In Dillon, SC she had been living in Hortense for the past 7 years moving from the Palm Beach, FL area. She was the daughter of the late Marvin D. Noble and Lula Harrelson Noble. She retired after 20 years of service as the Cafeteria Manager with the Palm Beach County School System in West Palm Beach, FL.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie DeWall (husband, Richard Lee, Sr.) of Waycross; a son, Charles Carlyle, Jr. (wife, Gail) of Hortense; four grandchildren, Nicole Smith (husband, Mike) of Blackshear, Richard Lee DeWall, Jr. of Waycross, Diana Reeder (husband, John) of Virginia Beach, VA and Trisha Carlyle (husband, Deshler McDonald) of West Palm Beach, FL; eight great grandchildren; one brother, David Noble (wife, Rose) of Pembroke Pines, FL.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

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Shannon Winchester Edwards
Born in Tarboro, NC on Nov. 16, 1947
Departed on Sep. 10, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware County, GA

Visitation: Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2011
Service: Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011
Cemetery: Greenwood Cemetery, Tarboro, NC

Ms. Shannon Winchester Edwards, 63, died suddenly (September 10, 2011) at her residence in Waycross, GA.

She was a native of Tarboro, NC where she lived most of her life before moving to Waycross in 2002. She retired from Merita Bakery after 30 years of service.

She is the daughter of the late Henry Sherman Winchester, Jr.

Survivors include one daughter, Kelly Irene Edwards of Waycross; her mother, Irene Mears Winchester of Waycross; one sister, Sybil Winchester Hyde (husband Hubert Hyde, Jr.) of Waycross; one niece, Melissa Yvonne Batten of Waycross; two great nephews, Alex Music and Blade Batten; one great niece, Chanci-Ann Batten; one uncle, Donald Winchester (wife Elizabeth) of Tarboro, NC; and numerous cousins and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday (September 15, 2011) at Carlisle Funeral Home Chapel in Tarboro, NC. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Tarboro. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Carlisle Funeral Home.

Music Funeral Home, Waycross, and Carlisle Funeral Home, Tarboro, are in charge of arrangements.

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

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Dorothy Minchew Howell
Born in Waycross, Ware County, GA on May 20, 1944
Departed on Sep. 14, 2011 and resided in Blackshear, Pierce County, GA

Visitation: Saturday, Sep. 17, 2011
Service: Saturday, Sep. 17, 2011

Dorothy Minchew Howell, 67, died Wednesday evening (September 14, 2011) at Hospice House Satilla following an extended illness.

She was a native of Ware County and had lived most of her life in Ware and Pierce counties. She was the daughter of the late Archie Minchew and Mary Lou Cox Minchew Nichols and wife of the late Robert Lee Howell, Sr. She was also preceded in death by a son, Robbie Lee Howell and two brothers, Howard Delesly Minchew and Gary Minchew.

She was the owner / operator of Dusty's Lawn Service for many years. She was a member of Ruskin Church but had attended Living Waters Church of God in Pierce County. She loved singing and listening to gospel music. She had formerly been a member of a local gospel quartet.

Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Griffin of Blackshear and Tammy Strickland (Husband Scott) of Perry; three grandchildren, Blake Minchew, Miranda Griffin, and John Zachry Beale all of Blackshear;, Joshua and Samuel of Perry; four great grandchildren; four sisters, Janelle Kirkland (husband Albert) of Blackshear, JoAnn Mills (husband Glenn) of Hamilton, OH, Debbie Lopez (wife John) of Winters, CA, and Mamie Lynch (husband Mike) of Hamilton, OH; three brothers, Jerry Wayne Minchew (wife Wanda) of Blackshear, Charlie Nichols (wife Joyce) of Hamilton, OH, and Jeff Nichols of Hamilton, OH; a caregiver and special friend, Jerry Aspinwall, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday (September 17, 2011) at Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will be receiving friends at the home of Cynthia Griffin Friday evening and from 2:00 until 4:00 PM Saturday 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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Hazel Laverne Wells White
Born in Alma, Bacon County, GA on Mar. 4, 1940
Departed on Sep. 15, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware County, GA

Visitation: Friday, Sep. 16, 2011
Service: Saturday, Sep. 17, 2011
Cemetery: Kettle Creek Southern Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery

Mrs. Hazel Laverne White, 71, died Thursday morning (September 15, 2011) at the Hospice House Satilla after an extended illness.

She was a native of Alma, but she has lived most of her life in Waycross. She was formerly employed by Wal-Mart and the Ware County High School Lunchroom.

She is the daughter of the late Ira Daniels Wells and Lucille Sweat Wells. She is preceded in death by three sisters.

Survivors include one daughter, Crystal White of Waycross; one son, Bill White (wife Julie) of Blackshear; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday (September 17, 2011) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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

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Fred Arthur McDonald
Born in Ware County, GA on Oct. 8, 1926
Departed on Sep. 17, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware County, GA

Visitation: Monday, Sep. 19, 2011
Service: Monday, Sep. 19, 2011
Cemetery: Kettle Creek Cemetery

Fred Arthur McDonald, 84, died Saturday morning (September 17, 2011) at the Tebeau House Personal Care Home following an extended illness.

He was a native and life-long resident of Ware County, son of the late Roy Jefferson McDonald and Nettie Mae Booth McDonald. He was the husband of the late Avis Thompson McDonald. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Vada Mae Giddens and Margaret Smith.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Waycross Exchange Club, the United Transportation Union, and Ware Post #10 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a 1943 graduate of Waresboro High School and retired as a conductor with CSX Railroad in 1989 after many years of service.
He served in the CB's of the United States Navy during World War 2 with the rating of Carpenters' Mate 2nd Class.

Survivors include three daughters, Kay M. Currie of Waycross, Freda M. Smith (husband Bill) of Savannah, and Nancy M. Williams (husband Averill) of Waycross; a step-son, Stephen Sweat of Alpharetta, GA; four grandchildren, Jamie Marie Smith of Savannah, Melanie Rigsby Cox (husband Tommy) of Waycross, Austin Smith of North Carolina, and Zachry Currie of Statesboro; two great grandchildren, Carrie and Cassie Cox; two brothers, Roy Charles McDonald (wife Carolyn) of Waycross and Carey Eugene McDonald of Ocala, FL; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be sent to Tebeau House, 2019 Tebeau St., Waycross, GA 31501 or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday (September 19, 2011) in the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Kettle Creek Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends from 10:00 until 11:00 AM Monday at Music Funeral Home. Employees of the Tebeau House are asked to gather at the funeral home at 10:40 AM Monday to serve as honorary pallbearers.

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

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Ruth Tippins Wilson
Born in Pierce County, GA on Mar. 14, 1934
Departed on Sep. 24, 2011 and resided in Waycross, GA.

Visitation: Monday, Sep. 26, 2011
Service: Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

Mrs. Ruth Tippins Wilson, 77, died Saturday morning (September 24, 2011) at her residence after an extended illness.

She was a native of Pierce County, but she lived most of her life in Waycross where she worked as a businesswoman and homemaker.

She is the daughter of the late Asberry Phillip Tippins and Anna Retta Leggette Tippins. She is preceded in death by her husband, Leon A. Wilson II; four brothers, W. C. Tippins, Joe Tippins, Earnest Tippins and Martha Tippins (wife Evon); one sister, Martha Mattair (husband Lewis); and one grandson, Austin Roberts.

Survivors include two daughters, Anna Ruth Wilson (husband Ernest Stuestzel) of of Aiken, SC, and Lynn Davis Mattox (husband Joey) of Blackshear; two sons, Robbie Roberts (wife Jimmie) of Blackshear, and Mickey Roberts of Waycross; six grandchildren, Justin Roberts (wife Jamie), Cameranne Roberts, Drew Thigpen, Raymond Roberts, Katie Dixon and Jacob Wilson; two great grandchildren, Madison and Mia Roberts; one brother, Robert Tippins (wife Joann) of Blackshear; four sisters, Lillian Harrison (husband Mack) of Blackshear, Lena Youmans (husband Herbert) of Blackshear, Molly Strickland (husband Jack) of Bristol, and Clara Milton (late husband Bill) of Augusta; one sister-in-law, Jean Tippins of Blackshear; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday (September 27, 2011) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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

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Joseph Calvin Carlisle, Sr
Born in Calhoun, Gordon Co, GA on Dec. 8, 1916
Departed on Sep. 29, 2011 and resided in Hiram, Paulding Co, GA

Visitation: No Visitation
Service: No Service

Joseph Calvin Carlisle, Sr, 94, died suddenly Thursday (September 29, 2011) at his daughter's residence.

He was a native of Calhoun, GA, son of the late Noah Benjamin Carsisle and Ada Payne Carlisle. He was preceded in death by his first wife Ora Lee Harrison Carlisle and his second wife, Alice Funderburk Carlisle, and nine siblings.

He was a retired Civil Service employee and where he worked as an auditor with the 3rd Army Division of the United States Army.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda C. Hatcher (husband Leon) of Waycross and Nancy Johnson of Hiram, GA; a son, Joseph Calvin Carlisle, Jr of Las Vegas, NE; seven grandchildren, Jan Keen (husband Jerry) , DeAnn Williamson (husband Tim), Shun Hatcher (wife Michelle), Amy Williamson (husband Dustin Hodge) all of Waycross, William Birdesong, Denee Dawson, and Tim Johnson all of Douglasville, GA; nine great grandchildren Tiffany and Logan Hatcher, Lisa Tyre, David and Sara Birdesong, Lora, Leah, Brook, and April Dawson.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

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V. Mary Scholz Cramer
Born in Clayton, Gloucester Co, NJ on Mar. 16, 1927
Departed on Sep. 27, 2011 and resided in Waycross, Ware Co, GA

Visitation: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
Service: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
Cemetery: Cedar Green Cemetery, Clayton, Gloucester Co, New Jersey

V. Mary Cramer (nee Scholz), 84, died Tuesday (September 27, 2011) at her daughter's residence near Waycross.

She was the wife of 31 years to the late Richard A. Cramer, Sr. Mother of Carol (Vernon) Shetrompf of Millville; John W. (Nancy) Cramer of Pittsgrove Township; Nancy (Virgil Manning) Woody of Waycross, GA; Linda J. (Al) Deal of Waycross, GA; Keith L. (Sophie) Cramer, Sr. of Millville and the late Richard A. Cramer, Jr. and Kenneth L. Cramer. Grandmother of 21. Great-grandmother of many. Great-great-grandmother of 1. Sister of Henry (Carol) Scholz of Florida and Ruth (late Emerson) Thompson of Ashtabula, Ohio. Step-mother of the late Bassie Champion. Daughter of the late Henry and Mary Christine (nee Johnson) Scholz.

Mary was born and raised in Clayton where she lived before moving to Millville. Most recently she lived near her daughters in Waycross, GA. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Clayton. Mary enjoyed crocheting, listening to country music, and was a fan of the Phillies and Eagles.

Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the BARCLAY FUNERAL HOME, 208 Maple Street, Clayton, NJ. A funeral service will be at 11:00 AM at the Barclay Funeral Home Chapel. Interment Cedar Green Cemetery, Clayton, NJ.

Music Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

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Charles L. (Chuck) Smart
Born in Waycross, Ware Co, GA on Sep. 1, 1953
Departed on Sep. 30, 2011 and resided in Fleming Island, Clay Co, FL

Visitation: Monday, Oct. 3, 2011
Service: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
Cemetery: Greenlawn Cemetery

Charles L. "Chuck" Smart, 58, died Friday night (September 30, 2011) at his residence in Fleming Island, FL from an extended illness.

He was a native of Waycross and had made his home in Fleming Island for the past thirteen years. He had retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force in August 1998 after twenty seven years of service. During his career in the Air Force he was an Aircrew Life Support Specialist for five and a half years and as an Air Force Recruiter for twenty-one and a half years.

He was a member of Mandarin Church of God in Jacksonville, FL, and especially enjoyed watching NASCAR and local dirt track races.

Survivors include his wife of thirty-eight years, Debbie Lee Smart of Fleming Island, FL, a son, Keith Smart of Fleming Island, FL; his parents, Charles N. and Donna Jean Calhoun Smart of Waycross; a sister, Lynn Shelton of Waycross; four brothers, Clarence Smart (wife Jackie) of High Springs, FL, Gene Smart (wife Genese) of Blackshear, Randy Smart (wife Cindy) of Waycross, and Allen Smart (wife Sandy) of Waycross; his mother-in-law, Ann Courson of Waycross, his father-in-law, James C. Lee of Douglas, GA, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday (October 4, 2011) at Bible Heritage Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Monday 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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James Dennis Hiott, Sr.
Born in Waycross, GA on Apr. 24, 1948
Departed on Sep. 30, 2011 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
Service: Monday, Oct. 3, 2011
Cemetery: Kettle Creek Southern Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery

Mr. James Dennis Hiott, Sr., 63, died Friday night (September 30, 2011) at Satilla Regional Medical Center following a short illness.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Taylor Hiott and his parents, Vernon Hiott and Dorothy James Hiott.

He was an employee of the Waycross Journal-Herald for over 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a Baptist.

Survivors include a daughter, Dana Welch (husband Leslie) of Blackshear; a son, Denny Hiott (Fiancee Samantha Cox) of Waycross; five grandchildren, Lindsay Thornton (husband Ashley), Brittany Welch, Matthew Welch, Amelia Hiott and Regan Hiott; and a great grandson, Stetson Thornton.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday (October 3, 2011) at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Kettle Creek Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Sunday night from 6 until 8.

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

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Charles Brittian "Britt" Gaston, Jr.
(July 23, 1956 - September 3, 2011)

Charles Brittian “Britt” Gaston, Jr., 55, of Waycross died early Saturday morning at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Charles B. Gaston, Sr., and Coralyn Proctor Gaston. Britt grew up in Waycross where he graduated from the Southwood School. He then went on to the University of Georgia, graduating in 1981. At the University of Georgia he was President of the Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity. After school he returned to Waycross to become Vice-President of his family business, Gaston Enterprises. He then moved to South Carolina, where he lived for eighteen years. In South Carolina he owned and operated Regional Graphics.

Britt enjoyed playing golf and was very spirited and dedicated to politics and the Republican Party. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Waycross. In Waycross he will always be remembered as one of the young men who ran the bases in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium with Hank Aaron after he hit his 715th homerun to pass Babe Ruth as Major League Baseball’s all time home run leader. Britt was preceded in death by his father, Charles B. Gaston, Sr., his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Brittian Gaston and Mr. & Mrs. John Adams Proctor.

He is survived by two sons, Charles Brittian “Chase” Gaston, III, of Charleston, South Carolina, Parker Stephen Gaston, of Charleston, South Carolina, his mother, Coralyn Proctor Gaston of Waycross, two brothers, Greg Gaston and his wife Amy of Ashville, North Carolina, Van Gaston of Jacksonville, Florida, a sister, Lyn Jacobs and her husband John of Waycross and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Charles Brittian “Britt” Gaston will be held 11 a.m., Monday at the First United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 5-7 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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Jeremiah Benjamin Guy
(December 4, 1959 - September 4, 2011)

Jeremiah Benjamin Guy, 51, of Blackshear died Sunday morning (Sept. 4, 2011) at Satilla Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in Birmingham, AL to the late Donald Guy and Nora Mae Mizell Guy Lewis and lived here most of his life. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Guy enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, watching football, camping, wresting and working on automobiles.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Nor Mizell and his paternal grandparents, Avie and Benjamin Guy and a step-daughter, Jewelabee Overby.

Survivors include his fiancé, Judy Douberly, Blackshear, one brother, Wayne Guy, Blackshear, step-daughter, Jeannie Thompson, Hoboken, three step-grandchildren, Katelyn Morash, Sydney Overby and Taylor Overby.

A graveside service will be held Friday morning (September 9, 2011) at 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery.

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

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

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Joan Joyner Parker
(January 14, 1939 - September 11, 2011)

Joan Parker, 72, of Waycross died Sunday evening at her daughter’s residence after a short illness. She was born in Waycross to the late Joe Randall “JR” Joyner and Evelyn Rowland Strickland and lived here most of her life. Her maternal grandparents were the late Hester Adeline Murray Rowland and James Alvin Rowland and paternal were the late Renna Jane Murray Joyner and Benjamin Charley Joyner. She attended school in Waresboro and also lived in St. Mary’s and Kingsland. Ms. Parker worked most of her life as a sitter and caregiver and enjoyed watching church on TV on Sunday mornings and listening to gospel music. She also enjoyed being outside, growing tomatoes, fishing and being around nature.

She married Noah Thomas in 1958 and they had three daughters, Kathy Lanora, Carol Ann and Faith. She also had two daughters with Johnny Revels from Lake City, FL, Tina Marie Revels, Charlene Revels and a son, Johnny Dale Revels. She is known as Aunt Joan, Mom and Granny to a lot of people. She will be missed by all.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one daughter, Faith Thomas; one sister, Patsy Eunice.

Survivors include four daughters, Kathy Thomas Massey (husband Randall), Savannah, Carol Thomas Altman (husband Michael), Blackshear, Tina Revels, Waycross, Charlene Revels Miller (husband Brian), Waycross, one son, Johnny Dale Revels (wife Patricia), Jacksonville, FL; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Bonnie Pittman (husband Ronnie), Waycross; step-mother, Lore Stoffart, Savannah; half brother, John Joyner, Alabama; step sister, Maxine Kiermer, Guyton, GA; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2pm at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Hargraves Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday 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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Bessie "Bett" Horton Pigge
(November 26, 1928 - September 14, 2011)

Mrs. Bett Horton Pigge, 82, of Waycross died late Wednesday evening at Satilla Regional Medical Center. She was born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina to the late Thomas R. Horton and Susie Sullivan Horton. She was a graduate of Angelus High School in Angelus, South Carolina and Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. Mrs. Pigge had made Waycross her home since 1967. She worked as a General Merchandise Manager for the J.C. Penny Company. She was also a member of the J.C. Penny Retired Club. Mrs. Pigge was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Rose Garden Club. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry J. Pigge, who was a retired superintendent with the Waycross Division of CSX Transportation.

Mrs. Pigge is survived by a son, Randy Pigge of St. Simons Island, a daughter, Susan P. Zeigler and her husband Serrell of Waycross, four grandchildren, Kelly Bennett and her husband Jason of St. Simons Island, Luke Pigge of St. Simons, Island, Emmie Williams and her husband Tyler of Ringold, Georgia, Jennifer King and her husband Kevin of Waycross, three great grandchildren, Laney Williams, Colton Bennett, Kolby King, two brothers, James D. Horton and his wife Vivian of Kershaw, South Carolina, Marvin J. Horton and his wife Clara of Fort Mills, South Carolina, a sister, Willie Faye Middleton of Jefferson, South Carolina, a close family friend, Mary Claire Kettler of Gibson, Louisiana and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church. Entombment will follow in the Greenlawn Mausoleum. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5-7 p.m., at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

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

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Lucille Turner Howell
(December 11, 1915 - September 15, 2011)

Mrs. Lucille Turner Howell, 95, of Waycross died early Thursday at Satilla Care Center. She was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to the late Kenneth Turner and Mamie Levins Turner. Mrs. Howell had made Waycross her home for over seventy years. She worked twenty years for King Edward Cigar Factory. After her work for the Cigar Factory she became a housewife and accomplished seamstress. Mrs. Howell was the oldest living member of the original Westside Assembly of God Church which is now New Life Assembly of God. She is also a member of First Assembly of God. Mrs. Howell was active in Women's Ministries and also served as Secretary of the Sunday School Department. She loved to cook and always enjoyed watching her family and friends eat and enjoy the food she had prepared. She also loved working with her roses.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by two sons, Razzie Lee Howell, Jr., William Jessie Howell, and seventeen brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Howell is survived by two daughters, Charlotte Lairsey and her husband L.C. of Waycross, Lisa Tucker and her husband Jeff of Leesburg, Florida, her grandchildren, Kim Smith and her husband Roddy of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, David Howell of Texas, Danny Howell and his wife Danni of Kansas City, Missouri, Lewis Lairsey, III of Waycross, Joe R. Pittman and his wife Kala of Colorado Springs, Colorado, three sisters, Virginia Hocutt, Nettie Kizziere, Louise Snyder, all of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a brother, Kenny Turner of Chicago, Illinois and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home. Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.

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Elvera Turner Courson
(March 10, 1936 - September 16, 2011)

Mrs. Elvera Turner Courson, 75, of Fitzgerald died Friday afternoon at Phobe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia. She was born in Pierce County to the late Issac Turner and Eda Mae Raulerson Turner. Mrs. Courson had made Waycross and Blackshear her home for most of her life before moving to Fitzgerald two years ago. She was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family and friends during every holiday. She especially loved the Christmas holidays. Mrs. Courson loved to leave her Christmas decorations up all year long. She also enjoyed spending time in her garden at home working with her flowers. She attended Midway Primitive Baptist Church, where her father was the minister. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ina Ruth Hudson and Judy Stephens.

Mrs. Courson is survived by her husband, Julian A. Courson of Fitzgerald, her children, Billy Fullard and his wife Mary Ann of Ashburn, Kathy Knight of Blackshear, Timmy Herndon of Waycross, Renee Perry and her husband Richard of Brunswick, Diane Douglas and her husband Tommy of Blackshear, Debbie Courson and her husband Bucky of Waycross, Danny Thornton of Atlanta, her step-children, Billy Rodgers of Fitzgerald, Linda Rodgers of Fitzgerald, Melinda Hancock of Starke, Florida, Alan Courson and his wife Laura of Lawtey, Florida, Stanley Courson of Hilliard, Florida, thirty four grandchildren, twenty six great grandchildren, a brother, Edward Turner of Blackshear, and three sisters, Susie Turner of Waycross, Dorene Seymour and her husband Bruce of Lyons, Georgia, Shirley Rasby of Blackshear and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Camp Branch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home.

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

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Dorothy Ritch Johns
(May 27, 1922 - September 20, 2011)

Dorothy Ritch Johns, 89, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. She retired as the school secretary of Timucuan Elementary School, Jacksonville, Florida after 25 years of service. Six years ago Dorothy and Lester moved to Blackshear, Ga., to be closer to their daughter after living in Jacksonville most of their lives

She is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Lester Johns, her mother and father, Jim Ritch and Mattie Ritch McCormick, and three sisters.

She is survived by her daughters Diane Graham (O.J.) and Linda Webber (Gary), Welaka, Fl., her sister Betty Weldon (H.C.), Ocala, Fl., and brother Rev. Jim Ritch (Terry), Jacksonville. She is also survived by four grandsons, John Graham, Paul Graham (Michelle), Chris Webber (Leslie), all of Blackshear and the Rev. Glynn Webber (Amy), Chiefland, Fl. She is survived by her precious great-grandchildren Lauren, Meagan, John Austin Graham and Meredith, Riley, Reagan, and Reid Webber. Dorothy and Lester had 66 wonderful years together. The last two years without each other were difficult for Dorothy. How wonderful that they are together again with no more sorrows, no more pain and no more tears.

She served the Lord faithfully as the 2nd grade Sunday school secretary for 25 years before moving to Blackshear. She gave of her wonderful artistic talents to the Lord by creating beautiful banners and bulletin boards for the Sunday school class. Her paintings are displayed in the homes of her family and friends.

We will always cherish the memory of our mother on her knees praying for her family and loved ones. She was a prayer warrior. She gave sacrifically of her time, talents, and resources to her Lord and to her family.

At the time of her death she was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Prior to that she was a member of Pineview Baptist Church where her son-in-law was pastor. Her Jacksonville church home was First Baptist Jacksonville.

A funeral service will be held Thursday morning at 11 am at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday morning from 10 am until 11 am 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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Emery A. Melton
(June 21, 1937 - September 21, 2011)

Mr. Emery A. Melton, 74, of Waycross died early Wednesday at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, (Chatham Co) Georgia after a brief illness. He was born in Brantley County to the late Dorsey Melton and Beulah Dryden Melton. Mr. Melton had made Waycross and Brantley County his home for all of his life. After school he joined the United States Navy, where he served from 1955-1959. Mr. Melton was extremely proud of his service to his country during the Korean War. He worked for Champion International where he retired after twenty three years of service. Mr. Melton also worked for Allied Timber and on his farm at home.

He was a member of Hoboken Baptist Church, Pleasant Valley Hunting Club and Masonic Lodge #305. Mr. Melton was a man who loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was always lending a helping hand to others whenever they asked. He loved to fish and work on his farm, especially in his garden. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed Melton, Mack Melton, and a sister, Eloise Rouse.

He is survived by his wife Irma Jean Melton of Waycross, his daughters, Molly Rowland and her husband Johnny of Waycross, Suzanne Schery and her husband Chad of Waycross, Judy Mixon of Waycross, Cindy Goebel of Waycross, Melinda Burkhart and her husband John of Waverly, seven grandchildren, Ashley White, Raleigh Rowland, Adam Strickland and his wife Ashley, Evan Strickland and his wife Kiesha, Chad Hanchey and his wife Brittany, Erin Mixon, Eric Mixon, seven great grandchildren, Kassie, Shawn, Carter, Madison, Ally Grace, Noah, Asher, a sister, Evelyn Schubert and her husband Jim of Waycross and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Brantley County. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home.

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

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Kathryn Melinda Browning Bryant
(July 13, 1962 - September 22, 2011)

Kathryn Melinda Browning Bryant, age 49, of Gainesville, GA died Thursday (September 22, 2011) at her residence after an extended illness. She was born in Waycross and graduated from Ware County High School in 1980. Kathryn also graduated from Waycross-Ware Tech’s LPN Program and later graduated from Archer Business School in Gainesville with a Business Degree. She lived in Buford, GA for 23 years and moved to Gainesville a few months ago.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Byrd, Sr. and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Emory Browning, Sr.

Survivors include her mother and father, Emory and Josephine Byrd Browning, Waycross; her husband, William Bryant, Gainesville, GA; two daughters, Heidi Bethany Purvis, Marietta, GA, Lacey Davis, Buford, GA; one sister, Laura Beth Browning Jordan and her husband, Jason, Waycross; one niece, Annabeth Phoebe Fortner, Waycross; several aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 am at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.

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.
(NOTE: Grandparents are Emory Maynard Browning, Sr. & Bernice Gaskins; William Ira Byrd & Alfreda Boyett)

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Carl Anthony Dixon
(20 September 1952 - 25 September 2011)

Mr. Carl Anthony Dixon, 59, of Waycross died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. He was born in Waycross to the late Joseph Cecil Dixon and Cordell Harris Dixon. Mr. Dixon had made Waycross his home for all of his life. He worked early in life laying any type of floor covering and had recently worked for Pike Electric. He was of the Baptist Faith. Mr. Dixon was full of life, always smiling and laughing. He loved to ride his motorcycle and fish. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Dixon is survived by his children, Jamie Dixon (Sissy) of Blackshear, Misty Ruger (Ashley) of Eastman, Kellie Williamson (Buddy) of Blackshear, Carla Dixon (David Dowling) of Blackshear, Derek Dixon (Jennifer) of Waycross, Jay Hipps of Waycross, Jenny Hipps Bryant (Andy) of Blackshear, nine grandchildren, Megan Hunter Musgrove, Kelcy Allbritton, Callie Pittman, Tristin Dixon, Dustin Bryant, Seth Bryant, Dillon Bryant, Leslie Sellers, Miranda Mercer (Bryan), two great grandchildren, Brian Mercer, Destiny Mercer, four brothers, Gary Dixon (Kathy) of Waycross, Dewayne Dixon of Waycross, Tracy Dixon (Kay) of Brantley County, Joey Dixon (Debbyee) of Waycross, the mothers of his children, Belinda McCutchen, Barbara J. Moore and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday at Bible Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Blackshear.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m., at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.
(NOTE: Parents buried in Oakland Cemetery, Waycross, Ware Co, GA)

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James Hamilton "Jim" Lawrence, III
(July 1, 1972 - September 25, 2011)

James Hamilton Lawrence III of Woodstock, Georgia, formerly of Waycross, died Saturday, September 24, 2011, in Cherokee County after a short illness. He was born July 1, 1972, in Macon, (Bibb Co) Georgia. He was the son of James Hamilton Lawrence, Jr., and Linda Marie Watson Lawrence of Waycross. Jim attended the Southwood School where he played football and tennis. He graduated from Ware County High School where he played tennis and was a member of the rifle team. Jim attended Young Harris College, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Criminal Justice. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Waycross, and was presently a member of First Baptist Church of Woodstock. Jim worked for State Farm Insurance Company as a claims adjuster.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing and the annual family beach trip. Jim was a kind and giving man who loved his family and friends. He always thought of the needs of others. Jim devoted his weekends to working with troubled boys at the Boy’s Ranch, volunteering in church activities, and spending time with his family and friends.

Jim’s first and foremost passion was his relationship with Christ. Jim would go on Wednesday visitations with his First Baptist Woodstock brothers. He also enjoyed serving in the hospitality ministry, specifically helping the elderly and handicapped people get in the church sanctuary.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. James Hamilton Lawrence, Sr., of Waycross and Mr. and Mrs. James Lafayette Watson of Chiefland, Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Stacie Price Lawrence of Woodstock, two children, Virginia Marie Lawrence, Cason James Lawrence of Woodstock, his parents, James Hamilton Lawrence, Jr., and Linda Watson Lawrence of Waycross, a sister, Katie Marie Lawrence of Marietta, his great aunt, Mrs. William Sanford of Louisville, Kentucky, a great aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eric Watson of Williston, Florida, aunts and uncles, Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Vance Beauchamp, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Werner, both of Chiefland, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Don Mathis of Trenton, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Sheppard Lawrence of Roswell, Ms. Laura Lawrence, Ms. Maggie Watkins both of Monroe; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Brenda and David Price, sister-in-law, Mandy Price, one nephew, Brendan Price, one niece, Genevieve Price; and numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 29, 2011, at 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock. Graveside services will be held Friday, September 30, 2011 at 4 p.m., at Oakland Cemetery in Waycross.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any Suntrust Bank for the Jim Lawrence Children’s Fund; donations may be made at branch locations only.

Condolences may be offered at www.woodstockfuneralhome.com or www.milesodumfuneralhome.com.

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Other Obituaries Pertaining To Ware Co, GA
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Rhonda Rowell Gray
(December 15, 1931 - September 4, 2011)

Rhonda Rowell Gray, age 79, of Bickley, died Sunday September 4th, 2011 at Coffee Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. She was a native of Ware County, daughter of the late Desso Rowell and Abbie Wilson Rowell and was also preceded in death by a sister, Inez McCullar and a brother-in-law, Jimmy McCullar. Rhonda attended the Covenant Christian Church of Douglas.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, L. J. Gray, of Bickley,a son, Richard Gray, of Bickley, two daughters, Janet Gray of Bickley, Patty Gray Ray and husband Larry of North Augusta, S. C., a sister, Jo Cason and husband Jimmy of Brunswick, two grandchildren, Hannah and Sarah Ray both of North Augusta, S. C., two nephews, Marty and Ted Parker, two nieces, Myra McCullar Forehand and Faith Cason Bradt.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 o'clock from the chapel of Crosby Funeral Home with Rev. Sam Varris and Rev. Gregory Pope officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Wednesday morning at 10:00 A M until funeral time. Following the funeral the family will be having a private graveside service at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Ware County.

All in attendance will be considered as honorary.

Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of all the arrangements.

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COPPOCK > Jeanette Wilder Coppock, 85, beloved wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, passed away on September 6, 2011. Jeanette was born on March 31, 1926, in Waycross, Georgia, the daughter of Rachel and Howard Wilder. Her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1944 and where she met her husband to be John Coppock. Following high school, Jeanette attended college briefly in Georgia and then worked as a stewardess for National Airlines. Jeanette and John were married in the Riverside Baptist Church in 1947, and they were active, life long members thereafter, with both of their children also being married there. Jeanette was active in the Riverside Garden Club and the Women's Club of Jacksonville. After John retired, they were both active RV campers as members of the Jumping Jax Camping Club. They travelled extensively throughout the United States as well as Mexico and Canada in their RV, making many new friends as they went. Jeanette resided at the Riverside Presbyterian Residences until 2008, when she moved to south Florida to be nearer her children and grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years John Thomas Coppock, Sr. and a sister Juanita St. John.
She leaves to celebrate her spirit and her life two children and their spouses, John Thomas Coppock, Jr. (Vickie) of Savannah and Lucretia Coppock Romig (Steve) of Coral Springs; four grandchildren Kim, Jason, John T., and Michele and Michele's spouse Steve; her great grandson Noah; her sister Susan Reynolds; her Aunt Tump; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She leaves behind a legacy of love to be remembered by her many friends and relatives, all of whom she loved dearly. Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 PM Friday, September 9, 2011 located at Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Riverside Baptist Church 2650 Park Street Jacksonville, Fl. 32204. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Vitas Hospice Care, 5420 NW 33rd Avenue, Suite 100, Fort Lauderdale, Fl., 33309. Arrangements were entrusted to Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home 7242 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, Fl. 32205. www.townandcountryfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Florida Times-Union on September 8, 2011

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JOHN FRANKLIN CORBITT
November 11, 1941 – September 13, 2011

MANOR—John Franklin Corbitt, 69, passed away Tuesday (Sept. 13, 2011) at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup.
He was born Nov. 11, 1941 in Ware County to the late Rufus Lee Corbitt and Nell Harrell Corbitt.
He was retired from Scapa Industries as a weaver.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Ava Nell Royals.
Survivors are one daughter, Angie Corbitt, of Decatur, Ala.; one son and daughter-in-law, Pherrn and Beth Corbitt, of Trinity, Ala.; one brother and sister-in-law, Donnie and Mary Corbitt, of Alabama; one brother-in-law, Lawton Royals, of Waycross; special friends, J.D. and Mary Mixon, of Manor; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several other relatives.
The funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Zenith Baptist Church, Manor.
Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery.
Visitation will be this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.roundtreefuneralhome.net
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Waycross Journal-Herald, Thursday, September 15, 2011
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THORNTON > Clayton Aaron Thornton, 74, (b. Jan. 21, 1937) of Jacksonville, Florida passed away Thursday, September 22, 2011. He was born in Waycross, Georgia to Aaron Gaston Thornton and Sayde Gertrude Poppell.

Clayton served in the United States Navy for 20 years and obtained the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He earned multiple awards and medals including the Bronze Star with combat valor. He also retired from Baptist Medical Center after 21 years of service. He was of the Baptist faith and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.

He is predeceased by his wives Sandra Ann Miller; Mamie Lou Johns; son Bruce Green; daughter Marinthia McCoy; brother Richard Clinton Thornton; sisters Lee Whittaker and Judy Hargiss.

He is survived by daughters Terresa L. Simmons, Nila Tanicello; sons Ronnie Green (Jacqueline), Joseph McCoy, Jamie Spencer, Larry Rusty Russell, Jr.; brother Joe G. Thornton; sisters Lucy Butch Griffin; Harriet Brown (Richard); many Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, September 30, 2011 with a military service at 6:30 PM. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, October 1, 2011 all located at Town and Country Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Riverside Memorial Park.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Earl B. Hadlow Center for the Caring Hospice 4266 Sunbeam Road Jacksonville, Fl. 32257 in memory of Mr. Clayton Aaron Thornton.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home 7242 Normandy Blvd Jacksonville, Fl. 32205. www.townandcountryfuneralhome.com

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Published in the Florida Times-Union on September 29, 2011

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SMART > Charles L. "Chuck" Smart, 58, (born Sep. 1, 1953) died Friday (Sept. 30, 2011) at his residence in Fleming Island, (Clay Co) FL from an extended illness. He was a native of Waycross and had made his home in Fleming Island for the past thirteen years. He retired with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force in August 1998 after twenty seven years of service. During his career in the Air Force he was an Aircrew Life Support Specialist for five and a half years and as an Air Force Recruiter for twenty-one and a half years. He was a member of Mandarin Church of God in Jacksonville, FL, and especially enjoyed watching NASCAR and local dirt track races.

Survivors include his wife of thirty-eight years, Debbie Lee Smart , a son, Keith Smart both of Fleming Island, FL; his parents, Charles N. and Donna Jean Calhoun Smart of Waycross; a sister, Lynn Shelton of Waycross; four brothers, Clarence Smart (wife Jackie) of High Springs, FL, Gene Smart (wife Genese) of Blackshear, Randy Smart (wife Cindy) of Waycross, and Allen Smart (wife Sandy) of Waycross; his mother-in-law, Ann Courson of Waycross, his father-in-law, James C. Lee of Douglas, GA, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday (October 4, 2011) at Bible Heritage Church, Waycross with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. Online sympathy at www.musicfuneralhome.com. Music Funeral Home of Waycross, GA. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

Published in the Florida Times-Union on October 3, 2011

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