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June 2012 - Music FH and Miles-Odum FH Obituaries

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 4:53PM GMT
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Ware County, Georgia Obituaries

June 2012

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Rayford R. Daniels
Born in Waynesville, Brantley Co, GA on Nov. 23, 1930
Departed on Jun. 3, 2012 and resided in Waynesville, Brantley Co, GA

Service: No Service

Mr. Rayford R. Daniels, 81, died Sunday afternoon (June 3, 2012) at the Mayo Clinic Health System of Waycross.

He was a son to the late Matthew Daniels and Gertie Rozier Daniels. He was also preceded in death by his former wife, Estelle Spradley Daniels and a son, Russell Daniels.

The survivors include his wife, Shirley Ott Reeves of Lady Lake, FL; three daughters, Linda Ward (husband James) of Lake Wales, FL, Pat Molnar (husband Bruce) of Waynesville, and Sharon Wilson of Davenport, FL; three sons, Terry Daniels (wife Kim) of Waynesville, Roger Daniels (wife Gina) of Waynesville, and Charlie Daniels (wife Theda) of Waynesville; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; four step-children, Greg Roberts, Mark Roberts, Mike Roberts, and Elaine Roberts all of Lady Lake, FL. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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

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Melba Moore Perritt
Born in Bickley Community on Jul. 18, 1947
Departed on Jun. 3, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2012
Service: Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2012
Cemetery: Moore - Lee Cemetery

Mrs. Melba Moore Perritt, 64, died Sunday afternoon (June 3, 2012) at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup following a long illness.

She was a native of the Bickley Community and lifelong resident of Waycross. She was a homemaker most of her life and member of Salem Methodist Church.

She was a daughter to the late Emory Glenn Moore and Winnie Myrtle Surrency Moore.

The survivors include her husband of 37 years, William L. Perritt of Waycross; two daughters, Elizabeth Rene' Westberry (husband Shannon) of Waycross and Rebekah Anne Hamelin (husband Roger) of Blackshear; six grandchildren, Roger Hamelin II, Joseph Hamelin, Justin Hamelin, William Brandon Silver, Breanna Megan Ryan, and Brittany Michelle Noel (husband Chris); three sisters, Sara Delane Tinsley (husband George) of Macon, Nellie Faye Tuten of Denmark, SC, and Patsy Martin (fiancé Sherrill Strickland) of Waycross; two brothers, E.D. Moore (wife Luz) of Knoxville, TN and Aubry Glenn Moore (wife Brenda) of Bickley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday (June 6, 2012) at Moore's Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the cemetery Wednesday from 1 until 2 o'clock.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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

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James Edwin Sanders, Sr.
Born in Ware County, GA on Sep. 28, 1927
Departed on Jun. 4, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Thursday, Jun. 7, 2012
Service: Thursday, Jun. 7, 2012
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

Mr. James Edwin Sanders, Sr., 84, died Monday afternoon (June 4, 2012) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.

He was a native and life-long resident of Ware County and was the son of the late Benjamin Thomas Sanders and Rosalee Sweat Sanders. He was a 1944 graduate of Wacona High School, and had served with the United States Army. He retired as an electrician with the CSX Railroad in 1989 after 40 years of service.

Mr. Sanders was a member of Central Baptist Church and the Co-Ed 4 Sunday School Class. He had been ordained as a deacon at Hebardville Baptist Church. His two great loves of life was his family and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dean Lewis Sanders of Waycross; a daughter, Bonnie Sanders of Waycross; two sons, Benjamin Carey Sanders (wife Sheila) of Waycross, and James Edwin Sanders, Jr., (wife Ann) of Waycross; three grandchildren, four great grandchildren; a sister, Oteria Sanders Watkins of Lawrenceville, GA, nieces nephews, other relatives, and a special pet "Dusty".

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday (June 7, 2012) at Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 10:30 AM Thursday 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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Don Merrill Jordan
Born in New Orleans, LA on Jul. 15, 1943
Departed on Jun. 7, 2012 and resided in Blackshear, GA

Service: No Service

Mr. Don Merrill Jordan, 68, died Thursday evening (June 7, 2012) at his residence following a long illness.

He was a native of New Orleans, LA but resided in Virginia and New York before moving to Blackshear 7 years ago. He worked in the air conditioning, refrigeration, and plumbing industry.

He was a son to the late Earl Ryan and Viola Vanderdoos Ryan. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Earl Ryan, Jr.

The survivors include his wife of 34 years, Elsie Jean Baker Jordan of Blackshear; a son, Paul Jordan of Blackshear; and a sister, Diane Frielot of Irving, TX.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

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

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Elizabeth (Sparks) Johnson Walker Crews
Born in Wrightsville, GA on Jul. 7, 1942
Departed on Jun. 7, 2012 and resided in Blackshear, GA

Visitation: Sunday, Jun. 10, 2012
Service: Sunday, Jun. 10, 2012

Mrs. Elizabeth "Sparks" Walker Crews, 69, died Thurday afternoon (June 7, 2012) at her residence in Blackshear following an extended illness.

She was a native of Wrightsville, GA and had made her home in Blackshear since 1990. She was the daughter of the late W.W. Johnson and Mary Clyde Meeks Johnson. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Ray Johnson.

She was a former manager with Pic N Pay Shoes and a former substitute teacher with the Pierce County School System. She was a member of Brown Memorial Baptist Church of Wrightsville.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Tyrone M. Crews of Blackshear; a son, Raymond E. Walker of Wrightsville; two step-daughters, Cathy Pittman of Reidsville, GA and Amy Griffin (husband William) of Blackshear; two step-sons, Rev. Michael Crews (wife Jennifer) of Florence, AL, and Randy Crews of Tulsa, OK; ten grandchildren, Christy Cathcart, Brook Price, Lisa Barr, Elizabeth Pittman, Jessica Rose Griffin, Travis Crews, Joshua Crews, Christopher Crews, Bobby John Crews, and Danny Crews; two great grandchildren; a sister, Kathryn Walker (husband Edward) of Wrightsville, GA, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, Inc., 401 Pendleton St., Waycross, GA 31501.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday (June 10, 2012) at Music Funeral Home Chapel.The family will be receiving friends from 1:00 until 2:00 PM Sunday at Music Funeral Home. Memorialization will be by cremation.

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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Herbert Carter
Born in Coffee County, Georgia on Jan. 3, 1939
Departed on Jun. 8, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Monday, Jun. 11, 2012
Service: Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2012
Cemetery: Telmore Cemetery

Mr. Herbert Carter, 73, died Friday afternoon (June 8, 2012) at his residence following a long illness.

He was a native of Coffee County but resided most of his life in Waycross. He was the night manager at Wilbur James Tire & Battery and a member of Crossview Church of God of Prophecy.

He was a son to the late Nathaniel "Nat" Carter and Ada Wilson Carter. He was also preceded in death by his wife Earnestine Waters Carter; a sister, Martha Spivey; and three brothers, Josh Carter, Robert Carter, and Nathaniel Carter.

The survivors include two daughters, Annette Sowell (husband Gary) of Waycross, Jessica Hudson (husband David) of Waycross; three sons, Jessie Herbert Carter (wife Rhonda) of Waycross, Christopher A. Carter (wife Dee Dee) of St. Simons Island, and Ethan Carter of Waycross; four grandchildren, Quinn Sowell, Korre Sowell, Spencer Hudson, and Little Jessica Hudson all of Waycross; and a brother, Carl Carter (wife Ranell) of Waycross; numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning (June 12, 2012) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Telmore Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6 until 8 o'clock.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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

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Jackie Louise Smith
Born in Pearson, Atkinson County, GA on Jul. 8, 1916
Departed on Jun. 10, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Service: Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2012
Cemetery: Arabia Cemetery, Clinch County, GA

Ms. Jackie Louise Smith, 95, died Sunday morning (June 10, 2012) at the Mayo Clinic Health System of Waycross following a short illness.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Pearson, GA but resided most of her life in Jacksonville, FL. She was a sales manager for Carriage House and served the Homeland as a Sergeant during World War II in the United States Army.

She was a daughter to the late Dr. Henry P. Smith and Jodi Henson Smith of Pearson. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry W. Smith, Sr. and Otto D. Smith both of Pearson.

The survivors include two nieces, Terry Brannen of Waycross and Sylvia Washburn (husband Al) of Jacksonville, FL; three nephews, Welbourne Smith of Atlanta, Jimmy Smith of Waycross, and Henry W. Smith, Jr. of Waycross; a special friend, Theresa "Terry" C. Vecoli of Waycross; and several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday (June 12, 2012) at Arabia Cemetery. Memorialization will be by cremation.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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

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Willeen Fullard Thomas
Born in Waycross, GA on Sep. 13, 1934
Departed on Jun. 9, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Service: No Service

Mrs. Willeen Fullard Thomas, 77, died Saturday afternoon (June 9, 2012) at Satilla Care Center after an extended illness.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross where she was employed as a seamtress for several sewing factories.

She is the daughter of the late Bill Fullard and Edith Hiott Fullard. She is also preceded in death by her former husband, William C. Thomas; and one son, Marcus Wayne "Bo" Thomas.

Survivors include one daughter, Teresa Dickerson of Waycross; three grandchildren, Jason Amo (wife Jennifer), Sara Berneche and Eric Thomas; one great grandchild, Marcus Amo; and numerous cousins.

Memorialization is by cremation.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Joseph Richard Hall
Born in Waycross, Ware Co, GA on May 8, 1952
Departed on Jun. 12, 2012 and resided in Waycross, Ware Co, GA

Visitation: Thursday, Jun. 14, 2012
Service: Friday, Jun. 15, 2012
Cemetery: High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Brantley Co, GA

Mr. Joseph Richard Hall, 60, died suddenly Tuesday night (June 12, 2012) at his residence.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. He was formerly employed as a manager for Flash Foods.

He was the son of the late Talmadge Edgar Hall and Annie Elizabeth Strickland Hall. He is preceded in death by his wife, Harriet Elaine Murphy Hall; and four brothers, Lamar, T. J., Billy and Carl Hall.

Survivors include two daughters, Marsha Sellers (husband Donnie) of Alma, and Summer Hall (husband Jimmy Arreaga) of Waycross; six grandchildren, Cheryl Daniels, Aarik Hall, Lucian Arreaga, Juliana Arreaga, Marcus Sellers and Shae Sellers; six siblings, Tommy Hall, Geronda Nall, James Hall, Dorothy Jones, Glenda Smoak and
Laverne Taylor; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday (June 15, 2012) at High Bluff Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday 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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Lilly Myrtle Carter Outlaw
Born in Ware County, GA on Jun. 9, 1930
Departed on Jun. 13, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Friday, Jun. 15, 2012
Service: Friday, Jun. 15, 2012
Cemetery: High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Brantley Co, GA

Mrs. Lilly Myrtle Outlaw, 82, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon (June 13, 2012) at her residence.

She was a native and life-long resident of Ware County. She was the daughter of the late Willie Ambrose Carter and Marie Elizabeth Thrift Carter. She was also preceded in death by her husband Ethridge V. Outlaw, two daughters, Janice Outlaw Bolden, and Janet Outlaw; a brother, Carswell Carter and two sisters, Myretta Elrod and Rosa Parrish.

She retired as a Ward Clerk with Baptist Village in 1992 after 30 years of service and was a member of the Church of Christ on Tebeau St.

Survivors include her son, Ronnie E. Outlaw of Waycross; a grandson, James Michael Bolden of Brantley County; two great grandsons, Jade Bolden and Carter Bolden; four sisters, Edna Haselden of Douglas, Shirley Davis of Waycross, Vivian Foster (husband Les) of Dublin, and Mary Harris of Dublin; a brother, William V. Carter of Blackshear, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday (June 15, 2012) at High Bluff Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 at High Bluff Cemetery.

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

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Susie McGee Mayo
Born in Waycross, GA on Sep. 24, 1914
Departed on Jun. 14, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA.

Service: Saturday, Jun. 16, 2012
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

Mrs. Susie McGee Mayo, 97, died Thursday afternoon (June 14, 2012) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross where she was employed by the Waycross Journal-Herald as a proof-reader for 50 years. She graduated from Waycross High School and attended Valdosta State College. She was a lifetime member of Grace Episcopal Church, member of SRMC Auxilliary, and Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is the daughter of the late George W. Mayo and Annibelle McGee Mayo. She is preceded in death by her brother, George Mayo; and her sister, Anna Belle Elkins.

Survivors include her sister, Madge Herrin of Waycross; one nephew, George Mayo, Jr. of Chevy Chase, MD; one niece, Marsha Mayo of Atlanta; and several other nieces and nephews.

A private graveside will be held at Oakland Cemetery.

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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Connie Lenon Woodard Bates
Born in Waycross, GA on Dec. 23, 1944
Departed on Jun. 15, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Saturday, Jun. 16, 2012
Service: Sunday, Jun. 17, 2012
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

Mrs. Connie Lenon Woodard Bates, 67, died Friday morning (June 15, 2012) at her residence surrounded by family following an extended illness.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross where she was employed as a teacher for many years. She graduated from Waycross High School in June 1963 and Auburn University with her elementary education degree in June 1967. She received her master's in education degree from Valdosta State University in August 1986 and her education specialist's degree in August 1989 from Valdosta State University. During her career as a teacher, she was employed by Southwood School, Ware County Junior High School, Waycross RYDC, Ware Correctional Institute, and Okefenokee Technical College. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is the daughter of the late James Lenon "J. L." Woodard and Edith Eunice Woodard.

Survivors include three sons, J. Newton Bates, Jr. (wife Shea) of Augusta, Russell Lenon Bates (wife Stacy) of Waycross, and Hunter Bates (wife Ellison) of Bishop; nine grandchildren, Jay Bates, Garrison Bates, Ben Bates, Mary Lenon Bates, Henry Bates, William Bates, Jackson Bates, Eli Bates and Kyle Bates; one brother, James Ira Woodard (wife Angela) of Waycross; one nephew, Josh Woodard; aunts and uncles, Marguerite Thomas (husband Floyd), Donna Turner, Becky Woodard, Howard Woodard (wife Sylvia) and Lamar Bowen; dear friend, Jane Grizzle of Waycross; and numerous cousins and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday (June 17, 2012) at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday 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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Joan Kathryn Christmas
Born in Waycross, GA on Jul. 1, 1926
Departed on Jun. 15, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Sunday, Jun. 17, 2012
Service: Monday, Jun. 18, 2012
Cemetery: Greenlawn Cemetery

Mrs. Joan Kathryn Christmas, 85, died Friday (June 15, 2012) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Waycross after a short illness.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. As a devoted homemaker, she loved and supported her late husband, James Thelbert Christmas, Sr., and her family. She was affiliated with the Advent Christian faith, and she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the John Wesley Sunday School Class.

She is the daughter of the late David A. "Dave" Lucas and Overa Inez Jones Lucas. She is preceded in death by her sister, Wynelle Lucas Griffin.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy Christmas (wife Betty Ann) of Blackshear; two grandchildren, Joy Campbell of Hortense, and Danny Christmas of Nashville, TN; ten great grandchildren, Tim Varnadore, Leah Varnadore, Amber Christmas, Jamie Christmas, Shilon Christmas, Jet Christmas, Morgan Matthews, Macie Matthews, Eden Anderson and Jake Anderson; one great great grandchild, Audrey Varnadore; one sister, Myra Lucas King of Waycross; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday (June 18, 2012) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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

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Lucille Elizabeth Musgrove Sturges
Born in Ware County, GA on Feb. 16, 1925
Departed on Jun. 16, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Monday, Jun. 18, 2012
Service: Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2012
Cemetery: Mount Green Church Of God Of Prophecy Cemetery

Mrs. Lucille Elizabeth Musgrove Sturges, 87, died Saturday morning (June 16, 2012) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Waycross after an extended illness.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. She was a homemaker and member of Wahoma Church of God.

She is the daughter of the late Eddie Columbus Musgrove and Macey Carol Strickland Musgrove. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Walter Sturges; and two children, James Denny Sturges and Bertha Lou Sturges Perritt.

Survivors include five sons, Larry Edd Sturges (wife Faye), Walter Columbus Sturges, Jimmy James Sturges (Sandra), Jerome Musgrove Sturges, and Tony Bradford Sturges (wife Tammy) all of Waycross; four daughters, Patricia Diane Sturges Cribb and Debra Gale Sturges Andrews both of Waycross, Janice Delene Sturges Pittman (husband Raymond) of Jesup, and Barbara Yvette Sturges Johnson (husband Craig) of Blackshear; one sister, Louis Tillman of Waresboro; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday (June 19, 2012) at Wahoma Church of God. Burial will follow in Mt. Green Cemetery in Millwood. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Monday 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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Maurece Bennett Cason
Born in Ware County, GA on Jan. 31, 1928
Departed on Jun. 18, 2012 and resided in Hilliard, Nassau County, FL

Visitation: Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2012
Service: Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2012
Cemetery: Jordan New Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Haywood, Ware County, Georgia

Mrs. Maurece Bennett Cason, 84, died Monday morning (June 18, 2012) at Life Care Center in Hilliard, FL following a long illness.

She was born in Ware County on January 31, 1928 to the late Thelver Watson Bennett and Effie Mae Knowlton. She spent most of her youth in Pierce County graduating from Blackshear High School in 1945. She was employed with Southern Bell as a clerk for 36 years and was also a member of Westside Family Worship Center in Jacksonville, FL.

She was married to the late Robert Earl Cason and preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Herrington (husband Charles Herrington) of Guyton, GA.

The survivors include her son, Gary H. Cason of Hilliard, FL; a sister, Vivian Jordan (husband Walstein) of Blackshear; a brother, Adron L. Bennett (wife Mary) of Leesburg; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held 12:00 p.m. Wednesday (June 20, 2012) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Jordan Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 11 until 12 o'clock.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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

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Mary Sabrina Guy Griffin
Born in Ware County, Georgia on Nov. 12, 1974
Departed on Jun. 17, 2012 and resided in Patterson, GA.

Visitation: Thursday, Jun. 21, 2012
Service: Thursday, Jun. 21, 2012
Cemetery: Kettle Creek Cemetery

Mrs. Mary Sarbina Guy Griffin, 37, died suddenly Sunday morning (June 17, 2012) at her residence.

She was a native of Ware County and had also resided most of her life there. She was a daughter to the late Jerry Wayne Guy and Mary Janene Taylor Guy Thrift. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Wayne Guy, Jr.

The survivors include her husband, Shon Albert Griffin of Patterson; two daughters, Mary Alexis Guy and Sarah Rebekah Griffin both of Patterson; her brother, Trevis Loren Guy of Miami, FL; numerous aunts, uncles, and other relatives.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday (June 21, 2012) at Kettle Creek Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at Music Funeral Home Thursday from 11 until 1 o'clock.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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

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Clarrie Herbert (Carl) Arnold, Jr
Born in Fort Meyers, FL on Nov. 11, 1940
Departed on Jun. 21, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Sunday, Jun. 24, 2012
Service: Sunday, Jun. 24, 2012
Cemetery: Anticoh Missionary Bapt. Church Cemetery, Atkinson Co, GA

Mr. Clarrie H. "Carl" Arnold, Jr., 71, died suddenly Thursday morning (June 21, 2012) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.

He was a native of Ft. Meyers, FL and lived in Pearson, Ga. for most of his young life. He had lived most of his life in Florida having lived in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Vero Beach, and Jacksonville. He had made his home in Waycross since 2003. He was the son of the late Clarrie Herbert Arnold, Sr., and Bertie Mae Rainer Arnold. He was also preceded in death by a brother, William Arrie Arnold, Sr., and sisters, Mary Powell, Betty Jean Bennett, and Thelma Louise Arnold. He was a 1959 graduate of Atkinson County High School and earned a Master's of Business Administration in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in 1984. He had also earned a degree in engineering. He was of the Baptist belief.

He served 11 years with the United Sates Navy during the VietNam War. He retired as Switch Tech and Microwave Tech department manager with BellSouth (now AT&T) in 1992 after 20 years of service. He later was the owner-operator of C&P Piping in Fayetteville, GA.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Lynn Arnold Schultz of Alaska and Jennifer Arnold Rawls of Acworth, GA; a son, Jonathan Michael Arnold of Fayetteville, GA; a granddaughter; three sisters, Della L. Arnold of Waycross, Shirley Mae Mullinax (husband James) of Dillard, GA, and Joann Hesters of Gray, GA; three brothers, Oliver Davis Arnold (wife Faye) of Douglas, Clarence Edward Arnold of Ocilla, GA, and Rev. John Wayne Arnold (wife Mary) of Brevard, NC, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday (June 24, 2012) at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Atkinson County. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 3:00 Sunday 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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Betty Gene Smith Dees
Born in Toombs County, Georgia on Nov. 29, 1933
Departed on Jun. 23, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012
Service: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012
Cemetery: Greenlawn Cemetery

Mrs. Betty Gene Dees, 78, died Saturday morning (June 23, 2012) at the Mayo Clinic Health System of Waycross following an extended illness.

Mrs. Dees was a native of Toombs County but had resided most of her life in Waycross. She was a member of First Baptist Church and served as secretary for the Waycross Woman's Club for many years. She and her husband also founded the Satilla Care Volunteer's in the early 90's.

She was a daughter to the late Robert Eugene Smith and Lota L. Kearse Smith. She was married to the late Gerald Mixon "Buck" Dees, Sr.

The survivors include her daughter, Brenda Rolison (husband Chris) of Waycross; three sons, Gerald M. "Mickey" Dees of Waycross, Wayne Dees (wife Emily) of Midway, and Rev. Stephen J. Dees (wife Billie) of Pooler; seven grandchildren, Ashley Dees, Laura Dees, Will Dees, Garrett Dees, Hunter Rolison, Cassidy Rolison, and T.J. Miller; a sister, Rebecca Milner (husband Jack) of Phoenix City, AL; and a brother, Robert E. Smith, Jr. (wife Marie) of Joshua, TX.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday (June 26, 2012) at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the church Tuesday from 10 until 11 o'clock. Members of the Waycross Woman's Club and Satilla Care Volunteers are asked to meet at the church by 10:45 a.m. to serve as honorary pallbearers.

In leau of flowers the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church, 702 Elizabeth St., Waycross, GA 31501 or Satilla Care Volunteers, 1600 Riverside Ave., Waycross, Ga 31501.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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

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Delmar Oscar (Dale) Todd
Born in Waycross, GA on Oct. 22, 1963
Departed on Jun. 26, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA.

Visitation: Thursday, Jun. 28, 2012
Service: Friday, Jun. 29, 2012

Mr. Delmar Oscar "Dale" Todd, 48, died Tuesday (June 26, 2012) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Waycross after an extended illness.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross where he was a 1981 graduate of Waycross High School and played football. He was self-employed in mobile home setup and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Courtney Renee Todd of Waycross; his former wife, Ramona Todd of Waycross; his parents, Oscar and Carolyn Griffin Todd of Waycross; one brother, Michael Todd (wife Delores) of Folkston; three nephews, Nicholas Todd of Folkston, Justin Todd (wife Crystal) of Fayetteville; and Alex Todd of Folkston; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday (June 29, 2012) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Southeast Cancer Unit, 401 Pendleton St., Waycross, GA 31501.

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

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Ruben Lawton Morgan, Jr.
Born in Waycross, GA on May 13, 1944
Departed on Jun. 28, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA.

Visitation: Friday, Jun. 29, 2012
Service: Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012
Cemetery: Kettle Creek Cemetery

Mr. Ruben "Lawton" Morgan, Jr., 68, died Thursday afternoon (June 28, 2012) at his residence after a short illness.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross where he operated Morgan's Trim Shop. He was also a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.

He is the son of the late Ruben Lawton Morgan, Sr. and Maude Lee Morgan. He is preceded in death by his son, Ronnie Morgan; one brother, James Lee Morgan; and two sisters, Olae Mae Cribb and Helen Stewart.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Yvette Reynolds Morgan of Waycross; four children, Lisa Morgan Corbitt (husband Lester) of Blackshear, Wayne Morgan, Leiann Morgan and Jeffrey Morgan all of Waycross; ten grandchildren, Brooke Martin (husband Cuyler), Daniele Lively, Brandi Hargiss, Devan Morgan, Dylan Morgan, Ryan Morgan, Kyle Morgan, Les Corbitt, Chriss Corbitt and Cole Corbitt; 13 great grandchildren; one brother, Dr. Lamar Morgan of Perry, FL; one sister, Patricia Stewart of Waycross; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday (July 1, 2012) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at his residence, 1457 Rube's Lane, Waycross, GA 31503.

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

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John Kennon Hilton
Born in Waycross, GA on Feb. 19, 1929
Departed on Jun. 29, 2012 and resided in Waycross, GA

Visitation: Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012
Service: Monday, Jul. 2, 2012
Cemetery: Oakland Cemetery

John Kennon Hilton, 83, went to his eternal home Friday (June 29, 2012) at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah after a long illness.

He was a native and life-long resident of Waycross. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian Kennon Hilton, Sr. and Sarah Lois Youmans Hilton, a son, Julian Kennon Hilton and a sister, Marian Hilton Gill.

He was a Retired Highway Engineer with the GA Dept. of Transportation. He was an active member of Central Baptist Church where he served faithfully and was a member of the Men's Co-ed Class.

His family was the light of his life. He never missed a chance to participate in their lives and activities even when his health had failed. He was a faithful husband, loving father, proud grandfather and extra proud great-grandfather. He was also a father figure to many of his nieces and nephews, a wonderful father-in-law and brother-in-law, and a loyal friend to all.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 63 years, Ruth Smith Hilton; daughter, Sheila Braddock (Jimmy) of Waycross and Denise Mixon (Joey) of Thomasville; one son John Foster Hilton (Carolyn) of Waycross; 7 grandchildren: Monica Braddock May, Mitzi Tyre (Stacy), Katherine Lattay (Jay), John Austin Hilton (Lindsey), Charlotte Mixon, and Ashlynn Hilton (Phillip Jordan) and 7 great-grandchildren, Megan Foster, Jake Foster, Kiff Parrish, Caroline Lattay, Stetson Tyre, Brody Tyre, and Kinley Grace Parrish.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2012 at Central Baptist Church. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Music Funeral Home on Sunday, July 1, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

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



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H.D. "Pap" Steedley
(October 15, 1927 - June 7, 2012)

Hise Daniel “Pap” Steedley, 84, of Waycross died Thursday evening at Mayo Health Systems of Waycross after a short illness. He was born in Ware County to the late Theo Steedley and Carrie Williams and lived here all of his life. He retired from the Ware County Road Department in 1990 after 33 years of service. Mr. Steedley was a member of Open Door Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandmother, who raised him, Molly Steedley; his wife, Beulah Boyd Steedley; a step-daughter, Jenny Kent; one brother, Dub Steedley.

Survivors include one son, Danny Beecher of Waycross; six step-children, Patricia Thomas of Waycross, Ronnie Beecher and his wife Syble of Waycross, Reginald Beecher and his wife Eloise of Manor, Clyde Beecher of Waycross, Louise Suggs and her husband Carey of Homerville, Nellie Beecher of Baxley; one brother, Grady Steedley of Blackshear; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 pm at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in New Prospect Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 – 8 pm at the funeral home and will also be meeting at Mr. Steedley’s residence, 3220 Minnesota Avenue.

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

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

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Dorothy Kirk West O'Briant
(January 17, 1917 - June 14, 2012)

Mrs. Dorothy Kirk West O’Briant, 95, formely of Waycross, died Thursday morning at Spring Arbor of Rocky Mount, N.C. following an extended illness. She was born in Montgomery, Alabama to the late William Fred West and the late Lizzie Kirkpatrick West. Mrs. O’Briant made Waycross her home since June 1, 1974 and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Waycross. After the death of her husband John Melvin O’Briant in 2005 she returned to Rocky Mount, NC. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a sister, Marguerite West.

She is survived by her son, Michael K. O’Briant and his wife Windy, a granddaughter Ashleigh Elizabeth O’Briant and one great grandson, Johnny O’Briant all of Rocky Mount, NC.

A graveside service will be held Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Mausoleum.

Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Bonnie Herrin
(January 9, 1949 - June 20, 2012)

Bonnie Marie Davis Herrin, 63, of Waycross died Wednesday morning (June 20, 2012) at her residence after an extended illness. She was born in Florida and lived in Waycross for most of her life. Mrs. Herrin was a member of the Salvation Army Church where she was the Sergeant of Arms, she always would ring the bell at Christmas time, volunteered throughout the year and also enjoyed going to camp.

She was preceded in death by her longtime caretaker, Lovie Mae Herrin.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, John Dennis Herrin of Waycross; good friends and caretakers, Arnie and Linda Herrin of Waycross.

A memorial service will be held Friday afternoon at 3 pm at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 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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Georgia Hayes Stow Spence
(April 6, 1918 - June 20, 2012)

Georgia Stow Spence, one of the most beautiful and gracious ladies to grace the communities of Waycross and Waresboro, passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Mrs. Spence was born Georgia Hayes Stow, in Jesup, Georgia, on April 6, 1918. Her parents were the late Dr. Micollius Norman Stow and Georgia Kathleen Bright Stow. Her four brothers, Dr. M.N. Stow of New York City, Bright Stow, Esquire of Atlanta, Frank Stow, and Richard Stow of Cape Canaveral, FL; and her two sisters, Minnie McCants of Jesup and Kathleen Harper of Thomasville also preceded Georgia Spence in death.

Mrs. Spence was an educator in the Ware County school system for 35 years. In 1970, she was the Ware County Teacher of the Year. She was a lifetime member of the NEA (National Educators Association). She was active in the Elks and served as the Elks Aidmore Auxillary President from 1965 to 1966. Mrs. Spence graduated from Georgia State College for Women and received her Masters degree from Appalachian State.

Georgia Spence was a determining factor in the lives of many Ware County natives as evidenced by the steady stream of visitors she received after her retirement. Throughout her busy and eventful life, Georgia Spence earned the respect, admiration and affection of all who knew her.

As long as their health permitted, Mrs. Spence and her husband were active in the First Baptist Church in Waycross.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 70 years, Tom D. Spence of Waycross, her beloved nephew and niece, Joe and Linda Spence of St. Augustine, FL; her sister-in-law, Jewel Davis of Waresboro. She is also survived by her nephew, Jerome Spence of Jacksonville, FL; her nieces, Dee Spence Peeples of Fernandina Beach, FL, Nettie Spence Wood of Fernandina Beach, FL and numerous other nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Saturday morning at 10 am at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. A private family graveside will be held following the service in Oakland Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 – 8 pm at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501.

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

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

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Mack Lemuel Williams, Jr.
(November 16, 1927 - June 24, 2012)

Mack Lemuel Williams, Jr. passed away at home on June 24, 2012. He lived in Fairhope, Alabama since 1986. He was born November 16, 1927 in Waycross, Georgia to Gladys Smith Williams and Mack L. Williams, Sr. Mack graduated from Waycross High School, where he was a standout football player. He was a WWII Navy veteran, serving on the USS Mount Baker. Mack was a “Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a helluva engineer”, as he graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He spent the majority of his professional career in the paper industry. Mack and his wife were active members of the Fairhope United Methodist Church. He was an avid sailor and had many trophies to demonstrate his accomplished sailing skills.

Mack is survived by his wife Beverly Henderson Williams, his high school sweetheart, who became his lifelong partner for 63 years. Just weeks before his death he told her that she was still the most beautiful girl he had ever seen, and he loved her more that day than the day they married. He is also survived by daughters Patricia Williams and Eslie McAllester, Fairhope, AL, granddaughter, Jenifer Whitesell, Arlington, VA (Jason), great granddaughters, Lila Kate and Reagan Nicole Whitesell, Arlington, VA, sisters, Jane McQuaig, Waycross, GA (Charles), Ann Godwin, Gainesville, FL, brothers, Bob Williams, St. Augustine, FL (Pat), Bennie Williams, Savannah, GA (Sue), Frank Williams, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Debra), John Williams, Ocala, FL (Marty), sisters-in-law Audrey Houston, Waycross, GA (Francis), Patsy Sikes, Peachtree City, GA, brothers-in-law Roy Henderson, Thomasville, GA (Rosemary), Lloyd Henderson, Orange Park, FL (Judy), many loving nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

In addition to his parents Mack was preceded in death by his brother Richard Williams, in-laws W.J. and Myrtle Henderson, and brothers-in-law Harold Henderson and Paul Sikes.

Mack’s life will be celebrated during a service at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel in Waycross, GA on Saturday, June 30 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends Friday evening, June 29 from 6 – 7 PM at the funeral home.

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

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Eunice Paulk
(October 10, 1915 - July 2, 2012)

Sarah Eunice Sanders Beason Paulk, 96, of St. Simons Island, formerly of Waycross died Monday afternoon (July 2, 2012) at her residence after an extended illness. She was born in Headland, Alabama to the late Spurgeon Sanders and Ela Bryant Sanders. Ms. Paulk lived in Panama City, Florida from 1953 until 1970 when she moved to Waycross, Georgia then moved to Brunswick in 2004. She was a member of St. Simon’s United Methodist Church and was former member of First United Methodist Church of Waycross where she was in the Arthur Moore Sunday School Class, and was a member of the Rose Garden Club and a homemaker. Mrs. Paulk loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved spending time with them.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Frank Beason; second husband, Raymond Paulk; her son, Joseph Frank Beason, Jr.; three brothers, Bill Sanders, Lamar Sanders, James Hicks, two sisters, Louise Sanders Givens and Verlon Hicks Rowell.

Survivors include two daughters, Joy Beason Ferrell and her husband Dr. Tom Ferrell of Waycross, Wanda Griffith of St. Simons Island; ten grandchildren, Ronald Martin Kratzer II of Helen, Georiga, Thomas J. Ferrell III of Denver, CO, Scott Franklin Ferrell and his wife Glenn of St. Simons Island, Sarah Beason Jordan and her husband Chuck of Athens, GA, Joseph F. Beason, III and his wife Jennifer of Chicago, IL, Elinor Frost Hanson and her husband Kevin of Rancho Murieta, CA and Antonia Beason of Tampa, FL, a special granddaughter-in-law, Ivy Woodard Kratzer of Waycross; nine great-grandchildren, several nieces nephews and other relatives.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 9, 2012, at 2 pm at First United Methodist Church in Waycross. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 644 Scranton Road, Suite 103, Brunswick, Georgia, 31520.

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

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

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MCCANN > Sandra Faye Norris McCann passed peacefully on Saturday, June 2nd, surrounded by her loving family. Sandra fought a courageous battle with Ovarian cancer for five years. Sandra was born in Waycross, GA on May 26, 1942 to her parents, Harold and Elizabeth Norris.
Sandra, an amazing and loving mother is survived by her children, Rick McCann, David and Amber McCann, Deana McCann Taylor, Jason and Andria McCann, as well as nine beautiful grandchildren, Garrett McCann, Logan McCann, Hayley Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Ben McCann, Claire McCann, Liam McCann, Alden McCann and Adalyn McCann. She is also survived by her sisters, Shirley Mohr, Pat Wingate, Marian Rice, Linda Welch, and her brothers, Harold Sonny Norris, Don Norris and Gary Norris.
Sandra will be remembered by all who knew her as a loving mother, Maw Maw, sister, daughter and best friend. She worked in the medical field as an EEG Technician for approximately 30 years and focused the last 15 years working with and helping children at Nemours Hospital and Wolfson Children's Hospital. As the Supervisor of Neurology, she was instrumental in designing and operating their current EEG facility with financial contributions from the Mark Brunell Foundation. Sandra was an amazing person that lived life to the fullest, and despite her struggles with cancer, she always had a smile on her face, kindness in her heart and constantly put the welfare of others before hers.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in the chapel at Oaklawn. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service. HARDAGE-GIDDENS OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on June 5, 2012

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DUNCAN > May 12, 1925 - June 13, 2012 Elois Sowell Duncan, age 87, passed away June 13, 2012. She was born in Waycross, GA and had lived 20 years in Clay County.
Elois was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.
She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Eugene Duncan in 2010.
Survivors include her 2 sons, Jimmie C. (Rosemary) Duncan and Walter E. (Joyce) Duncan, Jr., daughter Carolyn McCormick, 4 brothers, J.U., Omer-lee, Marcus and Gene Sowell, sister, Eva Dell Pittman, 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral service will be held Monday, June 18, at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park, FL 32073. Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 6 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be in Jacksonville Memory Gardens, Orange Park.
Please post tributes at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com
Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on June 17, 2012 .
(NOTE: d/o Robert James SOWELL & Alma Rie STEEDLEY)

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John Henry King, IV
The Waycross Journal Herald
Thursday, June 21, 2012
John Henry King IV, 54, passed away Tuesday (June 19, 2012) after six weeks in Golden Isles Hospice in Brunswick. A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Kingsland.
He was a native of Waycross, and lived the past 25 years in St. Marys.
He was born June 24, 1957, in Waycross, the son of the late John Henry “Jack” King III and Barbara Pope Monroe. His late grandparents were John Henry King Jr. and Sara Singleton King, and second wife, Clyde Barrett King, of Waycross and Mr. and Mrs. R.S. (Myrtle Pope) Monroe, of Waycross.
He is survived by his son, John H. King V, of Kingsland; three sisters, Charlotte Singleton King, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Marta King Bordeaux, of New Orleans, La., and Mrs. Johnny (Gay) Darden, of Waycross; two nieces and two
nephews.
The memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Kingsland, at First Baptist Church, 295 Chester St. The Rev. John Jenkins will officiate.
Refreshments and fellowship will follow and all are welcome.
No internment is planned.
He earned an MBA in finance from Georgia State University in 1982, a BBA in management and BBA in finance in 1980 from Valdosta State University. He had careers in corporate and self-employment. He worked the past few years with Robert and Gina Paulk at Sam Pickren Air and Heating in St. Marys. His love for
fishing is where he enjoyed his other career as Captain of Salt Grass Charters.
He had many care givers during his fight against cancer and would like to say “Thank you” all his family, neighbors, friends, prayer partners, medical staffs, Karen’s House of Hope, in Brunswick, and donators to the Fifth Day Fund.

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