Patricia Anne Hayes
Patricia Anne Cain Hayes, 72, of Waycross, died Friday evening (April 17, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
She was born in Baxley to the late Barney Cain and Louise Arnold Haynes. She moved to Waycross in 1969. She worked for 37 years as a purchaser in the pharmacy at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross before her retirement in 2013. She was a member of Gospel Lighthouse Church on Tebeau Street and the Atlantic Coast Prime Time Members Club.
She loved to travel. She had an infectious personality, making friends wherever she went and no matter where she traveled always seemed to run into someone she knew. She was an avid pea and vegetable sheller and claimed that she could shell faster than anyone she knew. She loved her church, attending gospel sings and spending any time she could with her family.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Emma Cain.
She is survived by her husband, Jesse Welch, of Waycross; two sons, Terry Michael Hayes, of Blackshear, Keith Hayes (wife, Karen), of Blackshear; a daughter, Rhonda Beverly, of Waycross; eight grandchildren, Brandon Hayes, Leah McCrae (husband, Chris), Daniel Presley Hayes, Kasi Hayes, Kinsey Hayes, Aaron Overstreet, Logan Beverly, Jagan Hayes; six great-grandchildren, Jania Taylor, Macy Jett Hayes, Michael Miller, Malechi Miller, Timothy Miller, Kassidy Miller; seven sisters, Bonnette Smith, of Eastman, Sandra Miles (husband, Billy), of Waycross, Jackie Herrington (husband, Bobby), of Baxley, Kay Smith (husband, Larry), of Athens, Shirley Phillips (husband, Tommy), of Baxley, Debbie Stewart (husband, Tony), of Alpharetta, Cathy Atkins (husband, Dale), of Baxley; a brother, William Cain (wife, Toni), of Baxley; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral was to be held 11 a.m. today at Kettle Creek Southern Congregational Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
The family is gathering at her home, 4210 Gloria Ave., Waycross.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Janie Hice Broome
Janie Kate Hice Broome, 92, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday morning (April 19, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following lengthy illness.
Born in Cherry Log, Ga., July 2, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Charles Brownlow Hice and Alice Emma Searcy Hice. A graduate of Gilmer County High School, she was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame there for her basketball prowess. She lived in Blackshear since 1947.
She served as an aircraft riveter during World War II at Bell Aircraft Corp. in Marietta, 1944-45, and was recently a participant in the Rosie the Riveter Association.
She completed her bachelor degree at the University of Georgia in 1946 and taught school in Blackshear for more than 30 years, until her retirement.
She was the author of Volumes II and III of the History of Pierce County, completing the work of her late husband (married 1947), Dean Carl Broome Sr., who authored Volume I and who pre-deceased her in 1995.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Ewiel Edmond Hice, Margie Jay Dee Hice, Charles Nathaniel Hice and Freeland Eugene Hice, and sisters, Aubania Cecilo Hice and Willie George Hice McCorkle.
She is survived by her brothers, Lt. Col. Joseph Spurgeon “Joe” Hice, of Miami, and Thomas Searcy “Tom” and Betty Hice, of Bethlehem, Ga.; her son, Dean Carl Broome Jr., of Blackshear; and her daughters, Amelia Janet Broome Silberman (husband, John), of Wilmington, Mass., and Alice Lurline Broome Jeffers (husband, Keith), of Waycross.
She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear. She was a lover of poetry and was well-known among her students and friends for her by-heart memory of many favorite poems. She was a founding member of the Lakeview Golf Club, where she enjoyed golfing for many years.
A memorial service will be held at Blackshear First Baptist Church Tuesday at 2 p.m. Following the service, memorialization will be by cremation with her ashes scattered in the family lot at the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choosing or to First Baptist Church, 670 Main St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn M. Norman
Evelyn Marie Melton Norman, 67, of Blackshear, passed away Friday morning (April 17, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Waycross, April 19, 1947, she lived in Pierce County most of her life. She was a retired seamstress having worked for the Spatola Shoe Factory, Reuben Brothers Shoe Factory, Pierce Shoe Manufacturing and finally retiring from Julie Hat.
She also worked on the family farm while growing up and was a homemaker at the time of her death. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, working in her flower garden and reading. She was of the Baptist faith and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She was a daughter of the late James Limon and Mary Magdalene O’Bright Melton. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, an infant, Carolyn Gill and Margaret Ivey.
Survivors include her husband of almost 49 years, Jimmy Norman, of Blackshear; a daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Ronnie Evener, of Blackshear; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Paula Norman, of Blackshear; a brother, Lamar Melton of Blackshear; six grandchildren, Shelly Strickland (fiancee, Kenny Dixon), Amber Strickland, Kayla Strickland, Hank Norman (fiance’, Brittney Sauls), Hunter Norman and Cheyenne Norman; eight great-grandchildren, Emilie Strickland, Edward “E.J.” Strickland, Isaiah Scott, Bailie Scott, Kingsley Norman, Zeb Norman, Levi Norman and Remington Norman; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral was held on her birthday, Sunday afternoon (April 19, 2015) at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel. Officiating was Pastor R.B. Gaskins.
Interment was in the Jordan Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Hank Norman, Hunter Norman, Ronnie Evener, Roy Melton, Rickey Melton and Kenny Dixon.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com

Groce Lowther
RIVERSIDE — Edward “Groce” Lowther, 60, of the Riverside community in Brantley County, died Saturday morning (April 18, 2015) at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick after an extended illness.
Born in Folkston, he was the son of Owen King “O.K.” and Eliza Elizabeth Flowers Lowther. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Johns, and a sister, Audrey Mae Lowther Newton.
He was a truck driver for Hopkins-Gowen Oil Company of Folkston and was a member of Winokur Baptist Church. He was a past president of the FFA during his high school years, an FFA Alumni president and also held the office of sentinel in the FFA.
He loved the outdoors, farming, gardening and hunting (fire hunting was his favorite). He was a very loving person who enjoyed being around people and seeing folks happy.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Lee Lowther, of the Riverside Community; a son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Mary Lowther, of Hickox; a son he raised and his spouse, James and Virginia Swain, of Waycross; two daughters and a son-in-law, Melissa and Jimmy McCullaugh, of Collins, and Bethany Lowther, of the Riverside Community; eight grandchildren, Caroline Lowther, Lindy Lowther, Edie Lowther, Tuff Lowther, Cassie McCullaugh, Rachel McCullaugh, Audrey Swain and Jayden Swain; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Naomi Lowther, of Hot Springs Village, Ark., and Charles and Terri Lowther, of Winokur; a sister-in-law, Nell Johns, of Folkston; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held this evening starting at 6 o’clock at Riverside Chapel Baptist Church.
A funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Riverside Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Manning, the Rev. Cliff Adams, the Rev. Jerry Johns and the Rev. Randy Wainright officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ron Eunice, Darl Keen, George Griffis, Mike Harris, Anthony Lee, Jeffery Johns, Troy Wainright, Art Cribb, C.L. Lewis, John Willie Johns and Ricky Mobley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry and Debbie Parker, the Rev. E.C. and Carolyn Crews, Harvin Carter, Buddy Carter and Billy Clark.
Pallbearers and honorary are asked to be at the church by 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com

Laverne T. Harrell
HORTENSE — Laverne Thornton Harrell, 72, of Hortense, died Friday evening (April 17, 2015) at her residence after an extended illness.
Born in Screven, she was the daughter of Clyde and Bernice Horne Thornton. She was also preceded in death by a son, Stuart Hancock, two daughters, Pam Hancock and Dawn Nail, a great-grandchild, Addison Frisk, and a sister, Janice Joyner.
She was a CNA for Home Health Care before retiring in 2004. She attended Philadelphia Wesleyan Church and loved reading, traveling and camping.
Survivors include her husband, Keith Harrell, of Hortense; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kenny and Trecia Harrell, of Mustang, Okla., Mike and Marna Hancock, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and David and Tasha Harrell, of Hortense; four daughters and sons-in-law, Shirlene Harrell, of Kingfisher, Okla., Kandy Cochran, of Kingfisher, Okla., Pat and Marvin Norman, of Sylvania, and Michelle and Jim Leary, of Hortense; 30 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Cheryl Cranell, of Blackshear, Dale and Steve Begunich, of Jesup, Lynn and Jerry Reddish, of Blackshear, and Robin Thornton, of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held this evening starting at 6 at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 11 in the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Stayman officiating.
Burial will follow in Hortense Cemetery in Hortense.
Pallbearers will be Lawayne Harrell, Jimmy Leary, Lewis Wilder, James Frisk, Geoffrey Jackson, Tristan Harrell and Sean Macgraw.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Philadelphia Wesleyan Church Ladies Sunday School Class.
Pallbearers are asked to be at the chapel Tuesday by 10:30 a.m.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com

Annie Lee Mercer
A celebration of life service for Mother Annie Lee Mercer was held Saturday at St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church, Waycross.
Elder Terry Hill presided and the Rev. Ricky Thomas delivered words of comfort.
She was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery beside her husband, William Mercer. The deacons of St. Peters served as active pallbearers and her grandsons were honorary pallbearers.
She was born in Omaha, Ga., but lived most of her life in Waycross. She was the church mother of Bethel St. Luke AME Church where she served faithfully until her health declined.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete and Mary Slaughter, one daughter Christine Wilson, two sons, William Jr. and Elroy, and a grandson, Elijah Preston.
Left to cherish her memories are four daughters, Helen (Howard) Dunaway, Nancy Wilson, Reta Mercer and Renita (Bruce) Allen; one daughter-in-law, Linda Mercer; nephew, Ellis Colbert; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, great-great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and loving friends.
Musical selections were performed by the church choir accompanied by Elder Terence Lattimore and the TCF Praise Team of Jacksonville, Fla., accompanied by her son-in-law, Bishop Bruce Allen.
A delicious meal was prepared and served by St. Peters MBC kitchen committee.
Professional services were provided by Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Blackshear.

Michael Mincey
Michael Mincey, 39, of 5301 Bruce Spruce St., Blackshear, passed away suddenly Saturday (April 18, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
The family is receiving friends at 940 Ware St., Apt 50, Blackshear.
A visitation will be held Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Bridge Community Church, 419 Main St., Blackshear.
The funeral will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Bridge Community Church with words of comfort from the Rev. Chris Roberts. Burial will follow in the Ridge Cemetery, Patterson.
A list of relatives will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Blackshear.

Sharon Ward
Sharon Ward, 47, of 1106 Roosevelt St., Waycross, passed away Sunday (April 19, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross.
A visitation will be held Saturday from 6 until 7 p.m. at Rainge Funeral Home in Blackshear.
The funeral will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Rainge Funeral Home, 505 Ware St. Blackshear.
A list of family members will be provided later by Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, Blackshear.

Wallace E. Thornton
BLACKSHEAR — A memorial service for Wallace Enoch Thornton, 62, was held Saturday morning in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. Mike Stone.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Members of the Blackshear High School class of 1971 served as honorary pallbearers.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Harold Jerome Carter
A memorial service for Harold Jerome Carter took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Randy Pelka officiating.
Military rites were performed by the United States Army.

Andrew Robert Hanks
A funeral for Andrew Robert Hanks took place Saturday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Raymond Burch officiating.
Burial was in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Jim Peagler, David Smith, Robert Smith, Eldon Smith, David Hanks and Steve Henderson.

Laura Bell Carter
A funeral for Laura Bell Carter took place Saturday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Davis officiating.
Entombment was in the Greenlawn Mausoleum.
Serving as active pallbearers were Ronnie Spikes, Ron Spikes, Lee Spikes, John Mark Spikes, Jay Bennett and Preston Bennett.
Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Spikes, Lavelle Bennett, Lionel Bennett and Edward Bennett.

Bobby Edward Barber
A funeral for Bobby Edward Barber took place Saturday morning at Victory Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Gifford and the Rev. James Dirst officiating.
Burial was in Victory Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Shane Barber, Kyle Martin, J.D. Mixon, Seth Smith, David Maxwell Jr. and Johnny Bailey.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.