FOLKSTON — Della Chaney Davis, 90, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Folkston. Ms. Davis was born February 24, 1931, in Broxton to the late Harmon and Margaret Chaney and was t h e youngest of 11 children. Besides her parents, Ms. Davis also joins four sisters and six brothers and her husband, […]
PALM CITY, Fla. — Betty Ruth Katkaveck, formerly of Waycross and daughter of Edwin Howard and Pansy Peele Rogers, also of Waycross, passed away at 3:11 p.m., Saturday, July 31, 2021. Ms. Katkaveck was born December 22, 1922, and grew up in Waycross and attended Waycross High School. She loved classical dance and was a […]
MILLWOOD — Sara Jean DeVane Booth, 92, died Saturday afternoon, July 31, 2021, at Hospice House Satilla. Ms. Booth was a native of Ray City but had lived in Millwood since 1956. A 1945 graduate of Nashville High School, she attended Georgia Teachers College at ABAC and Massey Business College in Atlanta. Ms. Booth was […]
WAYCROSS — Brandon Lamar Henderson, 30, of Waycross passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Thursday morning, July 29, 2021, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. Henderson was born January 15, 1991, to Stevie and Melissa Stapleton Henderson and made Waycross his home all of his life. He graduated from Ware County […]
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Rachael “Binky” Stubbs Farris, 93, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Gainesville, Georgia. Farris was the last surviving member of her generation. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, J. Duncan Farris, MD. Farris is survived by her three children, Bill (Shirley), Carol Barber (Dean), and Gigi Holland (Keith); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Farris graduated from Agnes Scott College and was a woman of strong faith in the First United Methodist Church in Waycross and St. Simons Island.
SALUDA, N.C. — Henry “Warren” Callahan, 87, of Saluda, North Carolina, passed June 30, 2021, at Autumn Care in Saluda after a brief illness. Born in Waycross, March 27, 1934, Callahan lived most of his life in Atlanta. He was a 1952 graduate of Waycross High School. Callahan was the son of the late Cleo […]
WAYCROSS — Willie Mae Crosby Thornton, 92, of Waycross, passed away Monday morning, July 19, 2021, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness. Born March 6, 1929, in Bristol, Mrs. Thornton was a daughter of the late Thomas Gardner Crosby Sr. and Lizzie Smith Crosby. She lived many years in Patterson and was a 1946 graduate of Patterson High School. In high school, she was a star basketball player. Mrs. Thornton worked for 44 years for Swisher International in Waycross and had also been the secretary and treasurer of the union.
WAVERLY, Ga. — Ida Lois Hurst Martin, 87, of Waverly, Ga., entered peacefully into Heaven’s Gates Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Southeast Georgia Health systems with her family by her side. Mrs. Martin was born in Waycross, the daughter of the late Archie Sterling Hurst and the late Ida Ruth Popham Hurst. She also was […]
WAYCROSS — Carolyn Beasley Peavy, 93, passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross following a short illness. She was born in TyTy, Ga., to the late William B. Beasley Sr. and Bernice Helen Ford Beasley. She graduated from Waycross High School and later from the University of Georgia with a […]
WAYCROSS — Mr. Douglas Clifton Flener, 38, of Waycross died Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born and raised in Waycross just across the Brantley County line, Flener grew up in Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and was a 2002 graduate of Brantley County High School. He served in law enforcement for 17 years as a Jail Administrator and sergeant for the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office, and as a Corporal for the Ware County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division.
WAYCROSS — Mr. Addison Harris Hines, Jr., 71, of Waycross died early Tuesday morning, July 13, 2021, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born in Macon, to the late Addison Harris Hines, Sr., and Dorothy Bridges Hines. Hines was a 1968 graduate of Lanier High School in Macon and a 1972 graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a member of the University of Georgia Men’s Golf Team. Hines married Becki Willingham of Waycross in June of 1973. They moved back to Waycross in 1976 where he worked as the General Manager of the Holiday Inn from 1976 until 2000.
BLACKSHEAR — Mrs. Dorothy Faye Varnadore Thornton, age 86, of Blackshear, passed away late Thursday night, July 15, 2021, at Baptist Village Retirement Communities in Waycross following an extended illness. Born August 18, 1934, in Blackshear, she was a daughter of the late James Alonzo and Ruth Thomas Varnadore. Thornton lived all of her life in Pierce County and was a 1952 graduate of Blackshear High School. She was a longtime seamstress, working at Belk, JCPenney, Dad & Lads, Gattis Fabrics, and several other places over the years.
BLACKSHEAR — Mrs. Dorothy Faye Varnadore Thornton, age 86, of Blackshear, passed away late Thursday night, July 15, 2021, at Baptist Village Retirement Communities in Waycross following an extended illness. Born August 18, 1934, in Blackshear, she was a daughter of the late James Alonzo and Ruth Thomas Varnadore. Thornton lived all of her life […]
BAXLEY — Linda Faye King Carter, 77, of Baxley died Saturday, July 17, 2021, at the Bacon County Hospital. Mrs. Carter was born July 13, 1944, in Douglas to the late Olin Foy King and the late Evelyn Jowers King. Before retirement, she worked in the admissions office of Satilla Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Carter was a member of Spring Branch Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a choir member. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Dwain Carter of Baxley;
HOBOKEN – Judith “Judy” Ann Judge Crosby, 73, of Hoboken passed away Saturday evening, July 17, 2021, at her residence after a brief illness. Born in Queens, NY her parents were Thomas Judge and Hortense Smith Judge. Crosby is also preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Judge; and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Judge. She was […]
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Heloyse T. Sapp, 89, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, peacefully at her home in Amelia Island, Florida. Mrs. Sapp was born July 19, 1931, in Alma, to Willie Cephus (Budson) and Thelma (Dyal) Turner. She was a 1949 graduate of Bacon County High School. Mrs. Sapp attended South Georgia College in Douglas and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Georgia Teacher’s College in Statesboro. She also received a Masters’s Degree in the School of Social Work from the University of Georgia.
WAYCROSS — Thomas Joseph “Tom” Jones, 61, died Saturday morning, July 17, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health. Jones was born September 21, 1959, in Louisville, Ky., but he lived most of his life in the Atlanta and Waycross areas. He also served in the Navy and was formerly employed as a draftsman in civil engineering. Jones loved music, played guitar, and enjoyed the annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull. He was an avid Falcons fan and season ticket holder for many years. Jones was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Jane Fullard Jones, and his mother, Frances Annette Perry Jones.
UNDATED — Jake Clayton Giddens, 35, was always the life of the party, and as of July 18, 2021, he’s moved on to a more glorious party circuit. Giddens never met a stranger, and that is evident by the eclectic group of wonderful people who have shown up for him. It was hard to get the last word in a conversation with him because he was always ready with a quick-witted and colorful comeback. Giddens was amenable to most experiences and rarely left a chance untaken. He was passionate about a lot of things: his family, playing his fiddle, forestry, and his friendships.
WAYCROSS — Vien Cam Luu, 83, died Wednesday evening, July 7, 2021, following an extended illness. Luu was born in Vietnam to Xao Luu and Shape Hua Luu. He was a metallurgist and an importer-exporter in international trade, speaking five languages, including Cantonese, Vietnamese, and French. Luu and his wife, To Tran Luu (Annie), with baby in the womb, fled South Vietnam on the night their home city of Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City was falling to the Viet Cong army in 1975.
WAYCROSS — Jeffery Eugene Alexander, 38, of Waycross, died Sunday, July 4, at Memorial Satilla Health Waycross. He was born in Jacksonville, Fla., but made Waycross his home for the majority of his life. Alexander worked for Harden’s Concrete and was a member of Gospel Tabernacle. An avid musician, he loved playing his guitar. Alexander was preceded in death by his stepfather, Levon Shatteen. He is survived by three children, Caleb Alexander, Holton Alexander, and Dayton Alexander all of Blackshear;
BRUNSWICK — June C. Musgrove, 75, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick following an extended illness. Mrs. Musgrove was born in Coffee County to the late Edd Cole and Thelma Katherine “Kay” Smith Cole. She was a former account controller with International Auto Processing. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Musgrove also was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Musgrove; and three siblings, Kelly Craig Cole, Stanley Ike Cole, and Barry Ladon Cole.
WAYCROSS — Raymond Ronnie Griffis, 67, of Waycross died Friday morning, July 9, 2021, at his residence after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Griffis was born in Alma to the late Lloyd Daniel Griffis and DeLois Taylor Griffis Carter and made Waycross and Blackshear his home for most of his life. He worked with Rayonier until his retirement and was also a professional sign painter. Griffis enjoyed being a father to girls and would often say he was “rattling the coat hangers” by taking his girls shopping to spend valuable time with them.
DOUGLAS, Ga. — Andrea Lorene Carver, 34, of Douglas, Georgia,. passed away Monday, June 14, 2021, at her home following a short illness. A native of Waycross, Ms. Carver was born, November 8, 1986, to Charles […]
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Paula Jackson Bland, 72, died Friday, June 4, 2021, at her sister’s residence in Summerville, South Carolina, following a short illness. A native of Waycross, Mrs. Bland was the daughter of John Richard Jackson and Grace Wilkinson Jackson. She was a 1966 graduate of Ware County High School. Mrs. Bland also resided in Clyo, Georgia, and retired from Bell South Telephone Company as a Switchboard Operator in 1996 after 30 years of service.
WAYCROSS — Jimmy Larry Hiott, 72, of Waycross died Saturday, June 26, 2021, at his residence after a sudden illness. Hiott was born in Waycross to the late Newt Hiott and Mary Louise Ivey Hiott and made Waycross his home for most of his life. After graduating from Waycross High School, Hiott enlisted in the United States Army where he served his country faithfully in Vietnam. Hiott worked many years before retiring from the City of Waycross as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator.
MILLWOOD — Folks Junior Bennett, 90 of Millwood, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Baptist Village in Waycross. Born to Lennie Maud Stephens and Folks Elsie Bennett on February 22, 1931, in Axson, Bennett was the oldest of 10 children, five brothers, and four sisters. He was raised in Millwood and loved living in the country. Bennett is survived by two daughters, Gloria Jean (Eric) Boswell and Delores Verona (Angelo) Petite; eight grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren; two brothers, Dane Jason (Marlene) Bennett and Virgil Eric (Linda) Bennett;
JESUP — The Rev. David Carlton Ring, 80, of Jesup, devoted husband, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 29, 2021. He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph K. Ring and Mezzo Trull Ring Davis; stepfather, George Davis; son, David Ring; brother, Harrold Ring (1945) and a sister, Willene Ring Sparks. Ring was a 1958 graduate of Odum High School and attended Georgia Tech. He was a graduate of Lee College, and past president of the South Georgia Lee College Alumni Association.
WAYCROSS — Dalphine Guy Spatola, 64, died Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Hospice House Satilla after an extended illness. Mrs. Spatola was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. She was formerly employed as a caregiver […]
LYONS — Gunner Lane Ussery was born June 28, 2021, and passed away July 1, 2021. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Dr. Lou Munsayac. Survivors include his mother, Lauren Johns, and father, Mason Ussery, both of Lyons; maternal grand-mother, Marie Carter; maternal grandfather, Lorne Johns and wife Dasha, all of Brantley County; paternal grandmother, Lisa Munsayac of Vidalia; maternal great-grandmother, Myra Thrift of Brantley County; paternal great-grandparents, Randy and Johnnie Faye Page of the Center Community,
BLACKSHEAR — Sabrina Iris Strickland Griffin, 58, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday evening, July 4, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health Waycross following an extended illness. Born October 20, 1962, in Waycross, Mrs. Griffin lived all of […]
WAYCROSS — Faye D. Mosely, 91, died suddenly Sunday afternoon, July 4, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health. Mrs. Mosley was a native of Gwinnett County, but she lived most of her life in Waycross. She retired from Ware Manor Nursing Home as the activities director, and she was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Mrs. Mosley was also formerly employed part-time by the Social Security Administration and the McKinney Center. She was a very independent, but compassionate woman who loved her family, friends, and neighbors deeply.
WAYCROSS — Lannis Moody — husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, friend — died peacefully in his home Saturday, July 3, 2021, surrounded by family. He was 66. Moody, also known as LM, was born in 1954 to Dorothy and Calvin Moody. He learned to a dairy farm and grow crops at an early age. Sadly, tragedy struck the M o o d y family, with the death of his father, Calvin, when Lannis was just 13. He and his family would wake up before dawn to milk the cows, staying up late to cut the corn.
DOUGLAS — Andrea Lorene Carver, 34, of Douglas, passed away Monday, June 14, 2021, at her home following a short illness. A native of Waycross, Miss Carver was born, November 8, 1986, to Charles Carver and Nelda Gurley Douglas. She enjoyed living in small towns like Millwood, Axson, and Pearson where she shared her talent and love of sewing as a seamstress. Miss Carver also loved shopping and spending time with her friends and family. Her spirit of strength, determination, and faith will continue as a reminder to all who knew her.
WAYCROSS — Raymond McArthur Beall died in the late evening, Tuesday, June 1. Beall was born March 12, 1949, in Stewart County, a son of the late Wisie Grimes and Horace Beall. He was the third child of four siblings. Juanit Lowe, Barbara James, and Marian Beall are his dear sisters left to mourn his transition from earth to God’s presence. He lived most of his adult life in Waycross. Beall was a faithful member at St. Peter Baptist Church in the Branch and later relocated to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to be with his sister under the pastoral care of the Rev. Eric Horne.
MERSHON — Robin Anthony Crawford, age 54, of Mershon, passed away Saturday afternoon, June 19, 2021, at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta following an extended illness. Born October 14, 1966, in Savannah, Crawford was a son of Russell Wayne and Elizabeth Cowart Crawford. Living most of his life in Blackshear, he was a 1984 graduate of Pierce County High School. Crawford was the owner of Sound Business Solutions, overseeing debit and credit card processing for small businesses.
WAYCROSS — Mrs. Carol Fales Gunter, 82, died Monday morning, June 21, 2021, at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. Gunter was a native and lived most of her life in Waycross having graduated from Wacona High School. She retired from the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier, and was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Gunter enjoyed reading, cooking, painting shirts, and collecting recipe books. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Clinton Fales and Martha Smith Fales; first husband, Bill Baker; second husband, Lester Martin “L.M.” Gunter, Jr.; one son, Bryan A. Baker; and her siblings.
WAYCROSS — Mr. Arnold Lee Wheeler, 75, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Memorial Health Satilla in Waycross following a short illness. He was born in Ashland, Kentucky, to the late Herman Wheeler and Ruby […]
WAYCROSS — Minnie L. Cooper, a resident of Waycross, passed away June 25, 2021. A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 10 a.m., at Church of Christ Written In Heaven, 617 Blackwell Street, Waycross. Ms. Cooper’s remains will rest for visitation of family and friends Friday, July 2, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. at the church. Interment will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Waycross. Arrangements entrusted to Mixon Town Chapel of Q.L. Douglas Funeral Home, 2403 Edison Ave.
FOLKSTON — Robert “Bob” Franklin Phillips, 85, of Folkston, passed away at his residence Monday, June 14, 2021. Phillips was born October 22, 1935, in White Oak to the late Willie Augustus Phillips and Mary Jane Prescott Phillips. He was Charlton County’s first Chief Tax Appraiser after being appointed by the Charlton County Commissioners. Phillips became Charlton County Probate Judge in 1996 and served the county faithfully until his retirement in 2015. He attended Camp Pinckney Baptist Church. Phillips was affectionately called “Daddy Bob” by all who adored him.
WAYCROSS — Mary Kathryn Barnes Graham, 79, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021, at her residence in Waycross following an extended illness. Mrs. Graham was born in Telmore, to the late Thomas Haskell Barnes and Mary Belle Arnold Barnes. She was a 1959 graduate of Ware County High School although she had spent the previous 11 years attending Waresboro High School where she developed many long-lasting friendships. Her first job was at Kress’ Department Store.
MIAMI SPRINGS, Fla. — Gladys A. Sirmans, 85, was born on February 4, 1936, and passed away on May 20, 2021, in Miami Springs, Florida after a short illness. Ms. Sirmans was married to the […]
WAYCROSS — Mr. Larry Elton Gillis, 68, died Monday evening, June 14, 2021, at his residence in Waycross. Gillis was a native of Coffee County but lived most of his life in Waycross. He served in the United States Army and the 7th Special Forces Group during the Vietnam Era (1973-79) as a military police officer. In 2010, Gillis retired from the Southeast Georgia Drug Task Force after 25 years as a police officer. He was formerly employed by the Ware County Sheriff’s Department, Waycross Police Department, Glynn County Police Department and Satilla Community Services.
BLACKSHEAR — Carol Davis Griffin, 74, of Blackshear passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Monday, June 14, 2021, at her daughter’s residence in Lakeland, Ga.. Mrs. Griffin was born in Waycross to the late Jesse Willard and Blanche McKenneth Davis. She was a 1965 graduate of Manor High School. Mrs. Griffin worked in retail management and retired from Walmart after many years of service. For the last 14 years, she has been a caregiver for her husband of 55 years.
HORTENSE — Kim Allan Henderson, 66, passed away Friday, June 18, 2021, at home under the care of Heartland Hospice. A lifelong resident of Hortense, Henderson was born December 15, 1954, in Jesup. He was a carpenter by trade who owned and operated his own business, K&H Construction, for many years. Henderson was a longtime member of the Philadelphia Wesleyan Church in Hortense and enjoyed deep sea fishing in his spare time.
WAYCROSS — Shirley Lee, 79, passed away Thursday morning, June 17, 2021, at the Hospice House Satilla following an extended illness. Mrs. Lee was born in Ware County to the late Preston “Buck” King and Ina […]
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Mrs. Margaret Ann Taylor, 83, departed this life Friday, June 18, 2021, in MeSun Health Georgia, after an illness. Mrs. Taylor was born March 14, 1938, in Waycross to the late Harrison Williams, Sr. and Janie Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Harrison Jr., Billy, and Homer Williams; one sister Doris Gray; and two sons, Michael and Mitchell Taylor. Mrs. Taylor attended the public schools of Waycross and graduated with honors from Center High School Class of 1957.
GALESBURG, Ill. — On Friday, June 4, 2021, the bravest man I have ever known, Robert “Bobby” Michael Carroll, lost his courageous, 17-year battle with Crest Syndrome. When diagnosed in 2004, Carroll was given just two more years of life. In his last wishes and prayers, Carroll wanted to extend his heartfelt love and appreciation to the many wonderful doctors, medical specialists, nurses, and each of the many dedicated support staff who have cared for him for so many years and to the personal dedication of everyone at Compassus Hospice of Galesburg, Illinois.
UNDATED — Captain Theodore O. Atwood Jr., CHC, USN (retired), died Sunday, May 23, 2021, following a long illness after a fall in his driveway. A native of Augusta, Ga., Capt. Atwood commenced his naval service on October 8, 1953, as a member of Surface Division 6-8, USNR. He was subsequently ordered to active duty on the USS Randolph (CVA 15) and was released to inactive duty as a Third Class Machinist Mate after completing two years of service.
BLACKSHEAR — Mrs. Sarah McLeod, 66, of Blackshear died early Wednesday morning, June 9, 2021, at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. McLeod was born in Waycross to the late Charlie Mack Merritt and Effie Mae Driggers Merritt. She had m a d e Blackshear her home for the majority of her life. Mrs. McLeod was a loving and caring homemaker, always putting others before herself and enjoyed every minute she was able to spend with her family. She loved the outdoors, especially her flowers at home and watching hummingbirds.
WAYCROSS — Ms. Barbara “Gammy” Barton, 73, of Waycross, died early Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at her residence after an extended illness, surrounded by her daughters and grandson. Mrs. Barton was born in Douglas, to the late Mark L. “M.L.” Hickson and Lillie Mae Hersey. She made Waycross her home for the majority of her life. Mrs. Barton worked for 55 years as a cosmetologist, owning and operating Barton’s Hair Care for more than 30 of those years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Waycross where she worked faithfully in the nursery since 1988.
WAYCROSS — Mrs. Phyllis H. Jewell, 82, died Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Baptist Village Retirement Communities. Ms. Jewell was a native and resident of Waycross. She was a homemaker and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Ms. Jewell was the daughter of the late William Moultrie Brown and late […]
WARE COUNTY — Fosteen Roundtree Banks, 90, died Tuesday afternoon, July 27, 2021, at her residence. Ms. Banks was a native of Pierce County but lived most of her life in Ware County. She retired from Ware County High School and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Ware County Exchange Club. In […]
ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Marshall Lenard Walker, 92, of Orange Park, Fla., went to be with our Lord on July 26, 2021. Walker was born June 6, 1929, in Rhine, Ga., to the late William Lee and Mattie Mae (Cook) Walker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; sisters, Dora Lee Walker, Emma […]