Doris Fewox Beck
Doris Fewox Beck, 84, of St. Marys, passed away peacefully at her residence surrounded by her family on Monday (April 4, 2016).
Born Sept. 9, 1931, in Hoboken, she was the daughter of the late Moses and Linnie Strickland Griffin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray Beck Jr., four brothers, Theodore Griffin, P.Q. Griffin, Dempsey Griffin and Miller Griffin, and two sisters, Dorothy Davis O’Steen and Karen Griffin.
She could accomplish anything she set her mind to do. She became an accomplished seamstress (all self-taught) and used her talents to make beautiful draperies, men’s suits and children’s and women’s clothing.
She became a licensed practical nurse in the 1970s. She said she became interested in nursing because she loved learning about new medical procedures and information. Above all, she enjoyed helping others.
She worked many years in various positions including in the emergency and operation rooms at Gilman Hospital in St. Marys. She later transferred to Southeast Georgia Medical Center in Brunswick, where she worked in cardiac rehabilitation. While working for more than 20 years in the medical profession, she also was involved in various clubs in her residence of Camden County.
She loved her family and friends with a fierce devotion. She will be remembered as a true Southern lady, a steel magnolia, a woman with style and grace, who always had a smile on her face and a follower of Jesus Christ.
While she has left this earth, her homecoming in Heaven is truly a comfort to those she has left behind. While we will miss our mother, sister, aunt and friend, her legacy of love will live on through the many family members and friends who loved her dearly.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of St. Marys, with Pastor Steve Kegley officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to service.
Survivors include four children, Pamela Kimes (Chuck), Brad Fewox (Sheila), Bryan Fewox (Susan), all of St. Marys, and Paula Valliere (John), of Ashburn, Va.; four sisters, Joyce Britt and Cora Bell Dowling, both of Nahunta, Cathryn Strickland (Donald), of Townsend, and Wanda Hagin, of Waycross; eight grandchildren, Hoss Hogan, Greg Hogan, Mindy Renee Williams, Nicholas Fewox, Jennifer Blount, Erica Rafferty, Connor Valliere and Ryan Valliere; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorial contributions in memory of Doris Fewox Beck be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, Ga. 31525.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.
James Robert Walker
James Robert Walker, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away Friday (April 1, 2016) in Ponte Vedra, Fla. He recently celebrated his 85th birthday. He was born March 26, 1931 to the late William Benard Walker and Ola Maude Dixon Walker, and he was the second oldest of four of their children, who also included Elizabeth Carol Blount, Mary Jewnell Eichelberger and William Benard Walker Jr.
He had a long career serving his country in the United States Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 1962 by the Secretary of Defense, and he retired as a sergeant major in 1970. After serving in the military, he had a successful second career rising to the position of Executive Administrative Officer to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and was honored with retirement in 1994.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Velma Sue Walker; son, James Robert Walker Jr. (wife, Eva Elizabeth Walker), daughter, Belinda Sue Jones (husband, John A. Jones), son, Christopher Ephraim Walker (wife, Noriko Walker); three wonderful grandchildren, Jason A. Walker (wife, Wendy Walker), Hannah Akiko Walker and Audrey Maruta Walker; and three great-grandchildren, Caroline Taylor Walker, Matthew Joseph Walker and Blake Alexander Walker; as well as many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He loved the beauty of the Appalachian Valley, particularly the Blue Ridge Mountains where his ashes will be laid to rest in peace.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of James Robert Walker is requested to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which can be found at www.michaeljfox.org
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park (www.craigfuneralhome.com) is assisting the family.
Rev. John I. Farmer Sr.
The Rev. John Irvin Farmer Sr., 91, died Wednesday morning (April 6, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
He was a native and life-long resident of Ware County, the son of the late Thomas Anderson Farmer and Dollie Mae Branch Farmer. He was also preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Alene Smith Farmer, and his second wife, Bernice Smith Buchanan, a son, Roger Farmer, a sister, Jimmie Lee Dowling, and brothers, the Rev. J.C. Farmer, Thomas Farmer, Leonard Farmer and Ted Farmer.
He served with the United States Army in Army Air Corps and as an infantryman during World War II and fought in battles in The Rhineland, the Rome –ARNO, the Apennines and PO Valley Battle Campaigns and earned the rank of corporal. He was also involved in a highly covert operation which involved a high ranking United States military officer.
The Rev. Farmer served the Lord all of his life and was ordained into the ministry through the Methodist Church in 1965. He served as interim pastor and pastor of numerous churches in the South Georgia area of Baptist and Methodist denominations. He attended Liberty Baptist Church in the Bickley Community.
He was the owner and operator of Farmer’s Sales and Service for many years as well as a salesman with Ohio Medical Services, vice-president of The Welding Supply Company, and All-Safe Fire Protection, Inc.
Survivors include two daughters, Debra Farmer Tuttle (husband, Alton), of Waycross, and Sandra Farmer Norman (husband, Richard), of Winder; three sons, John Farmer Jr. (wife, Betty), of Sioux City, Iowa, Dennis Farmer, of Waycross, and Keith Farmer (wife, Susanna), of Blackshear; 14 grandchildren, Amy Kleinberg (husband, Hugh), Emily Ehlers (husband, Kevin), Scott Farmer, Molly Cook (husband, Jaime), Stephanie Farmer, Ashley Farmer, Amanda Callender (husband, Skyler), Al Tuttle (wife, Linda), Trent Tuttle, Rev. Matt Tuttle (wife, Jennifer), Jennifer Keene-Carrington (husband, Brady), Hannah Farmer, Bailey Farmer and Alex Farmer; 21 great-grandchildren, Josh, Hudson and Emmeline Callender, Elizabeth, Adeline and Caroline Tuttle, Clara Jett Tuttle, Hailee Weaver, Andrew Jones, Isaac Roberson, Ireland Kovarna, Sean Patrick, Scottlynd and Nixon Ehlers, Alexandra Rooney, Casey and Jadyn Cook, Kieran, Mackenzie, Emmy and Cameron Tuttle; a brother. Jack Farmer. of Macon; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home.
Burial with military honors will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sara Frances West
Sara Francis Lacey West, 81, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday evening (April 5, 2016) at Baptist Village following an extended illness.
Born in Canton, Ga., Sept. 2, 1934, she lived there all of her life until moving to Pierce County 49 years ago. She loved being a homemaker who loved to read, cook and spend time with her family — especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blackshear.
She was a daughter of the late George Gober and Voncile Hodges Lacey, and a sister, Martha Nichols.
Survivors include her husband, Lemuel “Lem” West, of Blackshear; two children, Clay West (wife, Rhonda), of Tifton, and Brian West, of Blackshear; four grandchildren, Austin West, Callie West, Trent West (wife, Amber), Cole West (wife, Hannah); a great-granddaughter, Scottlyn West; a sister, Betty Edwards (husband, George), of Peachtree City; several nieces, nephews and many other relatives.
The funeral will be at 11 o’clock Friday morning at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are asked to be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, Post Office Box 127, Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.
A homegoing celebration for Kathy Morrison, 55, of 894 Coachman St., Waycross, was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Family Worship Center, 632 Izlar St., Waycross.
The Rev. Rod Swinson is the pastor and Bishop James Swinson delivered a powerful message to the attending congregation.
Musical selections were performed by the church choir and Loyce Dobson, of Jacksonville, Fla.
The Waycross High School class of 1979 served as flower attendants.
Interment followed in Hazzard Hill Cemetery, Central Avenue, Waycross.
Active casketbearers were Lonnie Darden, Joey Nelson, Darius Darden, Jamie Walker, Delvin Denton and Wesley Woods.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.