Stephanie Grace Grimes-Fletcher
Stephanie Grace Grimes-Fletcher, the infant daughter of April Marie Grimes and Jamie Aaron Fletcher died Wednesday (April 13, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Along with her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Greg and Rachel Grimes, of Waycross; paternal grandparents, Kevin and Terri Fletcher, of Waycross; maternal great-grandparents, Roger and Debbie Williams, of Waycross, and Juline Eldred, of Waycross; paternal great-grandparents, Butch Shugart, of Waycross, and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Grimes, of Roswell; two aunts, Bettie Abigail Grimes, of Waycross, and Heather Fletcher, of Waycross; an uncle, Alex Fletcher, of Waycross; maternal birth relatives, Susan Lamont, John Lamont, Mr. and Mrs. DeForrest Lamont, Briana and Christopher Proper, A.J. and C.J. Laraway, all of New York state; and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Earl Cooler Sr.
Earl Smith Cooler Sr., 84, of Hardeeville, S.C., passed away Wednesday (April 13, 2016) after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He died peacefully with his beloved wife Jean and other family by his side.
An eight generation native of the South Carolina LowCountry, he was born July 22, 1931 in Red Dam near Hardeeville, S.C., the eldest child of the late Jasper Smith Cooler and Bertie Estelle Cooler. He graduated from Hardeeville High School in 1950 and went to work for the Atlantic Coastline Railroad in Savannah, along with serving in the South Carolina National Guard, Ridgeland.
He was drafted in 1952 by the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War. He was a member of Headquarters Company, 27th Regiment “Wolfhounds,” 25th Infantry Division “Tropic Lightning” and was “Soldier of the Year” in 1953. He was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of sergeant.
Following his military service, he returned to his position with Atlantic Coastline Railroad continuing what would become a long career in communications and signals. Promotions and mergers carried Earl and his wife Jean, and later his two sons, across the Southeast from Ocala, Fla., to Richmond, Va. He and his family returned home to Hardeeville in 1979.
He spent the final years of his career as managing engineer of communications and signals, Savannah. He retired from CSX Corporation (formerly Atlantic and Seaboard Airline Railroads) in 1987 after nearly 40 years of service. After retiring, he became involved in local politics and business serving twice as a Hardeeville Town Councilman over the next two decades as well as four years on the LowCountry Tourism Commission.
Beginning in Hardeeville as a young man, he served over the years in various communities and Baptist churches as deacon, Sunday School teacher and Scoutmaster. He was a member of Community Bible Church of Beaufort, S.C.
A dedicated husband and father, he loved God, his family, railroad career and his two passion pursuits, beekeeping and storytelling. He will be well remembered by family and friends as an avid storyteller first entertaining his younger sisters and brother, and later his wife Jean and two sons, with tales centering around real and fictitious characters from his childhood and family stories passed down to him.
He continued the tradition with his grandsons and nieces. In 2011, he published his first book, entitled “Tales of the Great Swamp,” a novel which incorporated many aspects of these stories and oral family history in the old Beaufort District.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Frances Eugenia Shuman Cooler; sons, Smittie (Lisa) Cooler, of Tickton Hall, Ridgeland, and Michael Cooler, of Ridgeland; grandsons, Wesley and Alex Cooler; sisters, Susie Riley, of Verbena, Ala., Thelma (Roy) Tillotson, of Ridgeland, and Kaye Lovell, of Augusta, Kan.; sister-in-law, Lynn (Richard) Dickey, of Jacksonville, Fla.,; and several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother Jack (Jasper Jr.) and sister, Faye.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday 3 p.m. at Vaigneur Funeral Home, 6802 Tillman Road, Ridgeland, S.C., followed by a graveside service at Ebenezer Cemetery, Yemassee, S.C.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the hour of the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hospice Care of the LowCountry, P..O Box 3827, Bluffton, S.C. 29910.
Vaigneur Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Kenneth R. Drayton
Kenneth R. Drayton, 78, of Waycross, passed away Wednesday (April 13, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities.
He was born Dec. 6, 1937 in Fort Myers, Fla. He was raised and graduated high school in Jonesville, Mich. in 1955. He went on to serve his country in the United States Navy.
He met and married Mary Lou Thrift, of Nahunta, in Waycross in 1959. He graduated from Michigan State University and worked for years as an Instrumentation Engineer for the Kodak Company in Rochester, N.Y. He was active in the Instrument Society of America.
He is survived by one son, Kenneth B. Drayton, of Nahunta; six grandchildren, Robert Shane Drayton, of Atlanta, Courtney Drayton, of Nahunta, Kailee Drayton Rowell (husband, Caleb), of Nahunta, Justin Drayton, of Nahunta, Amanda Drayton, of Rochester, N.Y., Mary Jayne Drayton, of Rochester, N.Y.; one great-grandson, Lennox Drayton, of Karlsruhe, Germany; one brother, Karl Drayton (wife, Nancy), of Clarkston, Mich.; two sisters, Karen Drayton Trueman (husband, Robert), of Inman, S.C., Suzanne Drayton Wade Mercer (husband, Robert), of Columbus; a daughter-in-law, Lori Drayton, of Rochester, N.Y.; and numerous other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Wanda Jean Drayton, of Rochester, N.Y., his son, Gregory Drayton, of Rochester, N.Y., his parents, Robert P. and Julia Belle Griffin Drayton, of Waycross, his brother, Keith Drayton, of Antioch, Tenn., and by his wife, Mary Lou, in 2012.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery in Hickox.
The family will receive friends Saturday at the funeral home beginning at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Waycross Primitive Baptist Church, 107 Linden Drive, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Mary Carter Grainger
A celebration of life service for Mary Carter Grainger, 52, will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Upper Room, 702 Ossie Davis Parkway, where Minster Samuel Seller is pastor. Pastor Bertha Banks will bring words of comfort.
Born April 13, 1963 in Homerville, she was oldest child born to the union of Justine Kates Kirksey and the late Joseph Kirksey. She lived most of her life in Ware County.
Mary was joined in holy matrimony to Freddy (Joe) Granger whom she loved very much. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.
She was a determined and strong willed individual who loved everyone showing no one is beyond the reach of forgiveness. She was a very caring person always willing to help and give a listening ear to those in need who came across her path in life. She had an unconditional love for her children and grandchildren that could not be erased by life’s burdens and issues.
Some of the favorite things she enjoyed doing was cooking delicious food for her family and friends, listing to music and watching the Bold and the Beautiful ,the Young and the Restless television shows.
Mary departed this life Monday morning (April 11, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an illness.
She was also preceded in death by her grandmother, Bertha Mae dawson.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Freddy Grainger,; her children, Cassandra, Keturah, Travis, Victoria, Nikki and Andres; her mother, Justine; her grandchildren, Rayshawn, Mikosha, Mikira, Tyrell. Lutravis, Teetee, Kaykay, Travon, Promise, Devary, Raphealla, Baby Victoria, Bryan, Jalen, Amiya, Brittney, Tray’von, Joshula Ty’kayla, Avareah; her brothers, Jerry and Joe; and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Grainger residence, 1129 Folks Place.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Fluker Funeral Home.
Bertie M. Walker
Bertie Mae Chancy Walker, 87, of Blackshear, died Wednesday evening (April 13, 2016) at her residence after a short illness.
She was born in Offerman to the late Robert Allen and Zeffie Johnson Chancy.
She lived many years in Hollywood, Fla., and in Blackshear since 2001. She was a member of West Hollywood Baptist Church in Hollywood, Fla. and attended Laura Chapel Baptist Church in Blackshear.
She wa a member of the Red Hat Society, Rambling Rose Chapter, and the Pierce County Senior Center. She always enjoyed making clothes and reupholstering furniture.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude T. Walker Sr., three sisters, Laverne Herrin, El Freda Dixon and Ruth Cannon, one brother, Robert Chancy, and long-time companion, Charles Rosenblum.
Survivors include four children, Claude T. “Buddy” Walker Jr. (Gail), of Bunnell, Fla., Patricia Sanders, of Ormond Beach, Fla., Robert Allen Walker (Suzanne), of Waycross, Ronnie Walker (Virginia), of Miami, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Sherry Walker, Jody Walker, both of South Carolina, Brian Sheridan (Nicole), of Palm Coast, Fla., Robert Allen Walker Jr. (Dawn), of Cooper City, Fla., Andrea Coe (Russ), of Hollywood, Fla., Clint Walker (Cassandra), of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Amy Hook (John) of Plantation, Fla., Brian Moore, of Davie, Fla., Sarah Moore, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; 11 great-grandchildren, Dakota Walker, Trace Walker, Elizabeth Sheridan, Aydan Sheridan, Nicholas Walker, Brandon Walker, Marissa Coe, Kiersten Coe, Cole Walker, Jonathan Hook, Justin Hook; one brother, Joe Chancy (Lori), of Lake City, Fla.; lifelong friend, Geraldine Thornton, of Blackshear; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in New Home Cemetery near Offerman.
The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mattie G. Bowden
A celebration of life service for Mattie George Bowden, 90, will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church on Forest Avenue, Homerville with the church pastor, the Rev. Jackie Harris, bringing words of comfort.
She was born May 20, 1925 in Millwood (Ware County) to the late Richard George Sr. and Hattie Samuel George
She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Willie Bowden at an early age and they moved to Homerville (Clinch County) where they made their home. This union was blessed with three children, Willie James, Catherine and Lucille.
She accepted Christ as her personal Saviors and joined Antioch Baptist Church as a young woman. She served as secretary of the church for many years.
On Thursday (April 7, 2016) at Merit Health Medical Center, Biloxi, Miss., the Lord call her to her heavenly home.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three siblings, Jack Stacy, Richard George Jr. and Ada Ruth Isom.
Those left to cherish her memory include three children, Willie James Bowden Sr. (Annie Mae), of Live Oak, Fla., Catherine Bowden Edmond (Frank), of Homerville, and Lucille Bowden Moore (Tommy Lee Sr.), of Biloxi, Miss.; a sister, Barnetta Roundtree, of Live Oak, Fla.; grandchildren, Jeanette Perry, Willie James Bowden Jr, Mack Kerry Bowden, Peggie Bowden, Jacqueline Edmond. Alicia Edmond, Dermetria McEady, Jeffery Edmond, Kevin Edmond, Anthony Hood, Tommy Lee Moore Jr., Ronica Mashell Thomas and Pamela Denise Perms; 26 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Frank Edmond. Visitation will be Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home of Homerville, 15 Robinson St.
Interment will be in Pine Forest Cemetery Homerville.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Homerville.
Robert C. Boteler
Robert C. Boteler died Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016) in Jacksonville, Fla.
He was born in Waycross on Oct. 24, 1933 and grew up at 1046 Albany Ave. He spoke often of his childhood in Waycross. His grandfather was veterinarian Dr. Rudolph J. Heyde. He was close to his grandfather who died Christmas Day 1949.
In 1950, he joined the Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Lee Avenue. His parents and grandparents are buried in Oakland Cemetery.
In 1956 at Jacksonville, Fla., he met and married Lillie Sue Hattaway, of Lax, Ga. He lived in Jacksonville until his death.
He was preceded in death by Dr. Heyde and his wife, Blanche M. Heyde, his grandparents Boteler, of Washington, D.C., his parents, Robert Francis and Blanche Marie Boteler, his brother, Rudolph “Rudy” Boteler, his sister-in-law, Edith, his brother-in-law, Ronnie, his sister and brother-in-law, Glynis and Johnny, his father and mother-in-law, Glenn Ronnie and Ora Mae Hattaway, of Lax.
He is survived by his wife; their two sons, Guy and Ricky; his sisters, Linda and Francine and family; his brother, Leo and his family; his in-laws, Tom, Lem, Tilman, Freddie, Dudley, Donald and their families.
Carolyn V. Floyd
Carolyn V. Floyd, 78, died Thursday morning (April 14, 2016) at University of Florida Health Jacksonville following an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.