Laura Bell Carter
Laura Bell Bennett Carter, 96, died Saturday (April 11, 2014) at Waycross Health and Rehabilitation.
She was born Nov. 25, 1918 in Millwood, but resided in Waycross for the past 60 years. She was employed with Rubin Brothers Footwear, Spatola Shoe Manufacturers and Strigder’s Footwear. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
She was a daughter of the late Thomas Mills Bennett and Minnie Simmons Bennett. She was married to the late Elvin “Sonny” Carter and was preceded in death by two sisters, Argie Mercer and Annie Spikes, and four brothers, Marvin Bennett, Elmer Bennett, Early Bennett and Thomas Bennett.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda Ruth McNease (husband, Curtis), of Waycross; a son, Curtis Carter (wife, Lisa), of Athens; three grandchildren, Travis McNease, Pamela McNease Yarbrough and Raven Laura Carter; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A funeral will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends Saturday at the funeral home from 12 until 1 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Harold Jerome Carter
Harold Jerome Carter, 74, departed this life for glory early Tuesday morning (April 14, 2015) after an extended battle with cancer.
He was born and reared in Waycross, and graduated from Wacona High School. He continued formal education at various post graduate schools.
In 1958, he joined the U.S. Army where he retired after 21 years of service. During his enlistment he served in the Vietnam War and earned several honorable awards including National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60 Device, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Driver Badge W/2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross W/Palm.
After completing enlistment duties, he returned home to Waycross and embraced other professions to include a baker and master electrician.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Bonnie Carter; two sons, Rob (wife, Kim) and Drew (wife, Tammy); a brother, Charles Carter; five grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or to the American Cancer Society at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memories may be shared at

Joseph E. King Sr.
Joseph “Edward” King Sr., 77, of Nahunta, passed away Tuesday (April 14, 2015) at his daughter’s residence following an extended illness.
Born in Nahunta, he was the son of Zibe King and Alice Roberson King. He was also preceded in death by his son, Joseph “Sambo” King Jr., four sisters, Winnie Johnson, Erma Crews, Lorretta Waldron and Lorena Griffin, and seven brothers, Mack King, Floyd King, Parnell King, Ervin King, Junior King, David King and Leroy King.
He was a member of Hickox Baptist Church, and enjoyed fishing, gardening, picking up pecans and yard sales. He worked many years as a heavy equipment operator for Southeast Logging.
Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Amanda Rousey (Richard), of Nahunta, Sheila Rousey (William), of Waynesville, Marianna Seitz, of Waynesville, and Brenda King, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer Rentz (Richard), of Nahunta, David Rousey (Taylor), of Nahunta, Cassie Rousey (fiancé Tyler Mason), of Nahunta, Brian King (Kelly), of Ormond Beach, Fla., Allan Seitz, of Waynesville, and Tiffany Seitz, of Waynesville; six great-grandchildren, Trenton Rentz and Ashton Rentz, both of Nahunta, Wyatt Rousey, of Nahunta, Kylie and Kinsie King, of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Maryanne Seitz, of Waynesville; three half-brothers and sisters-in-law, Melvin King (Laura), of Hoboken, Zibe King, of White Oak, and Barney King (Debbie), of Nahunta; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Lois Corbitt, of Manor, Marie Petty (Eddie), of Waycross, Mary Clubb (Carnell), of Hortense, and Willene Proctor, of Atlanta; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held this evening starting at 6 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
The funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at Hickox Baptist Church with the Rev. Jamie Giddens officiating.
Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jessie King, Tony King, Richard Rentz, Tyler Mason, Jeff Johns and Gary Johns.
Family and pallbearers are asked to meet at the church Friday by 10:30 a.m.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Cynthia J. Oliver
A celebration of life service for Cynthia Jean Keller Oliver, 74, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Arnold McKinney Drive, with the church pastor, the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr. offering words of comfort.
Public visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 1 p.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
She was born March 20, 1941 in Hazlehurst to the late John Keller and Edna Lee Moore Keller Reed. At an early age she and her family moved Waycross.
She received her formal education from the Waycross Public School System and was a member of the class of 2959 at Center High School. She lived in Miami, Fla., for many years where she worked and retired from Jackson Memorial Hospital as a dietitian. In 1994 she moved back to Waycross.
She was a faithful and longtime member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. She was also a member of Eastern Star Lodge No. 313.
She departed this life on Monday (April 13, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an illness. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Oliver.
Those left to cherish her memory are a sister, Edith Stewart (Benjamin G.), of Los Angeles, Calif.; a step-sister, Evelyn Killings, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Gwendolyn D. Chestnut, of Jesup; five step-children, Jeanette Oliver White, of Stone Mountain, Janice Oliver Myers (Wayne), of Tallahassee, Fla., Glenn Oliver, Paul Oliver, both of New York, N.Y., and Elaine Oliver, of Miami, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Regina Oliver, of Newark, N.J.; two god-daughters, Gwendolyn Diane Mills (James) and Tiona Thompson, both of Waycross; a special cousin, Geneva Moore, of Waycross; nieces, Lisa Capers (Erine), of Miami, Fla., Sharon Lewis, of Miami, Fla., Patricia King (Gene), of Jacksonville, Fla., nephews, Kevin K. Stewart, of Indianapolis, Ind., Alfred Jackson, James Lewis Jr., Gregory Lewis (Paula), Steven Lewis (Ruth), all of Miami, Fla.: a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Oliver residence, 1132 Pittman St.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Bobby Edward Barber
Bobby Edward Barber, 83, died Thursday (April 16, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Annie Lee Mercer
Beloved mother and grandmother Annie Mercer transitioned to her heavenly home on Wednesday (April 15, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House with family at her bed side.
She was Born in Omaha, Ga., and lived most of her life in Waycross. She was the mother of the church at Bethel/St. Luke AME Church in Waycross, where she served faithfully until her health failed.
“Mother,” as she was affectionately known, was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Mary Slaughter, her husband, William Mercer, two sons, William Jr. and Elroy, and a grandson, Elijah Preston.
She leaves to cherish her memory four daughters, Helen (Howard) Dunaway, Nancy Wilson, Reta Mercer, Renita (Bruce) Allen; daughter-in-law, Linda Mercer; nephew, Ellis Colbert; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and loving friends.
The family is receiving friends at her residence, 323 Walters St., Waycross.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Bertram B. Burnett
A funeral for Bertram “Bert” Bernard Burnett was held Wednesday afternoon at Winona Park United Methodist Church with the Rev. Eddie Morrison and the Rev. Gary Page officiating.
Burial will be Friday afternoon at Winston Memorial Gardens in Haleyville, Ala.
Music Funeral Home is serving the family.