Mary ‘Jeanette’ Byrd Miller

WHITE OAK — Mary “Jeanette” Byrd Miller, 68 of White Oak, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021, at her daughter’s residence following an extended illness.

Born in Waycross, her parents were C.R. Byrd and Barbara Thrift Byrd. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Miller; her mother-in-law, Mary Eva Miller; and her nephew, Joseph Miller.

Jeanette graduated from Camden County High School in 1972. She worked many years as a paraprofessional with Camden County Board of Education before retiring. She enjoyed going to the beach, collecting sharks teeth, and loved her grandbabies and great grandbaby.

Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa Loper (Larry), of Brunswick, and Becky Miller (Edward Jones), of Hortense; four grandchildren, Lori Quates (Cody), Michael Miller, Garrett Dubose and Kaylie Miller; a great grandchild, McKinlee Quates; a brother, Robert Byrd, of Waynesville; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley Herrin (J.R.), of Hickox, and her twin, Janice Miller (Sam, Jr.), of White Oak; as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Visitation was held from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.

Graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, September 27, 2021, at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Highway 259, Waverly with Rev. Tommy Sikes officiating.

Pallbearers were Michael Miller, Johnny Herrin, Rick Brothers, Cody Quates, Larry Loper, and Kim Carter.

The family would like for friends to know they covet your prayers.

Arrangements were with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.

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Irving Strickland Jr.

WAYCROSS — Irving William Strickland Jr., 82, of Waycross passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

He was a resident of Ware County, and the son of the late Irving William Strickland Sr. and Lorita Bennett Strickland.

Irving is survived by his wife, Beth Taylor Strickland of Alma; children, Irving William Strickland III and his wife, Pilar of Los Angeles, California, and Amber Elizabeth Bloomston and her husband Adam of Atlanta; his four grandchildren, Luke and Claire Strickland, and Strickland and Camille Bloomston; and his brother, Gary Strickland and his wife Cathy of Waycross.

Irving served in the military, attended Officer Candidacy School and was a member of the Alabama National Guard. He was a graduate of Auburn University and spent more than two decades working in the steel industry in Birmingham, Alabama. He returned home to Ware County in the 1980s to farm and work in the forestry industry until his retirement.

The family will have a private graveside service at Elizabeth Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to: Allmons All about Animals: 2988 Midway Church Road Blackshear, 31516 or PayPal option or The Elizabeth Chapel Memorial Fund: Attn: Jeanne H. Taylor P.O Box 177 Alma, 31510.

Crosby Funeral Home is serving the family.

Wally Dixon

WAYCROSS — Wally Dixon, 62, passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross following a short illness.

He was born in Waycross to the late E.L. Dixon and Dorothy Smith Dixon Ganas. He was a 1976 graduate of Waycross High School and has been employed with CSX Railroad for more than 23 years.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jessie Dixon of Blackshear; three children, Renee Smart (Gene) of Blackshear, Bonnie Collins (Jim) of Killeen, Texas, and Darrell Dixon (Katie) of Blackshear; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and one brother, Leavy Dixon (Joan) of Waycross.

A private memorial service will be held at Music Funeral Home.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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