John W. Darden Jr.
John Wesley Darden Jr., born Aug. 21, 1950, passed away Thursday (April 21, 2016).
A son of the late John Wesley Darden and Elizabeth Conoly Darden, he was a lifelong resident of Waycross.
After graduating from Waycross High School, he earned a marketing degree from Florida State University. While there he was a member of the golf team and Kappa Alpha Order. The friendships he made during that time remain strong even today. In recent years he enjoyed planning and hosting annual Kappa Alpha reunions that brought many old friends together for good times in Southeast Georgia.
He spent his life surrounded by women, beginning with his mother. His three doting sisters, his loving wife of 40 years, Gay King Darden, and his two daughters and three granddaughters adored him.
He began working at the age of 10 at his father’s store, John Darden’s Supermarket, where he continued to work through college. Upon graduation from college, he was employed by E.R. Squibb, working for six years as a pharmaceutical representative. He began his career in the insurance business in 1978 with H.H. Burnett and Company.
He and his business partner and great friend, the late Bryant Clarke, started Clarke-Darden Insurance Company in 1984, and he owned the business until 2014. He has worked with J. Smith Lanier since that time.
He was well known by young people in the Waycross and Blackshear area as deejay for the St. Illa Jr. Cotillion, where he assisted his wife in teaching etiquette and ballroom dance to students for more than 18 years.
He was a lifelong and devoted member of First Presbyterian Church. He was an elder and chairman of the board of trustees for more than 20 years.
An avid golfer, fisherman and hunter, he had a great passion for the outdoors. He was a member and past board member of the Okefenokee Country Club and a member and past president of the Waycross Fishing Club, where he was able to enjoy his love of sports and nature. He was always happiest on the golf course or in a fishing boat, where he insisted to his wife that it never rained.
He enjoyed Florida State Football, working crossword puzzles and preparing smothered quail and fried fish for his family and friends.
Affectionately known as “Johnny,” he will be remembered as hard-working and generous, occasionally boisterous and often stubborn and fiercely loyal to those he loved.
He is survived by his wife, Gay King Darden; daughters, Kathryn Darden Tupper (husband, James Moore Tupper), of Charleston, S.C., and Conoly Darden Flynt (husband, James Edwin Flynt), of Atlanta; granddaughters, Margaret Singleton Tupper, Sarah Darden Tupper and Julia Darden Flynt; sisters, Elizabeth Darden Hatcher (husband, William Stanley Hatcher), of Statesboro, Jane Darden Lanier (husband, John Hicks Lanier), of Atlanta, and Ruth Darden Foss, of Key Biscayne, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. in the church social hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Harold Frank Sheys Jr.
Harold Frank Sheys Jr., 62, of Waycross, died Thursday morning (April 21, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a short illness.
He was born in Key West, Fla., to the late Harold Frank Sheys Sr. and Betty Blasingale Sheys. He lived most of his life in Waycross. He was in retail sales for many years and loved gambling, fishing and playing with the dogs. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Kevin Sheys.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Janice Andreoli, of Waycross; a daughter, Amanda Buchanan (fiancé, James), of Morristown, Tenn.; a son, Harold Frank Sheys III (wife, Gwen), of Morristown, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Madalyn Buchanan, Drake Sheys, Hailey Himes, Justin Sheys and Dillen Sheys; a sister, Shelia Sheys, of Waycross; a brother, Rickey Sheys, of Waycross; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorialization is by cremation.
Visitation will be held Monday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Leisa M. Douberly
NAHUNTA — Leisa Moore Douberly, 52, of Nahunta, passed away Thursday morning (April 21, 2016) at her residence after an extended illness.
Born in Nahunta, she was the daughter of LeRoy and Mary “Peggy” Louise Douberly Moore. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Benny Moore and George Moore.
She was a homemaker and was of the Christian faith. She loved spending time with her family, having cookouts, going on boat rides and fishing.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Robert Edward Douberly Jr., of Nahunta; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Emory Moore, of Nahunta, and Kevin and Mary Douberly, of Macon; two daughters, Lynette Moore, of Nahunta, and Michelle Douberly, of Patterson; five grandchildren, Bailey Parkinson, Cameron Douberly, Faith Douberly, Kyler Douberly and Valissa Moore; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Lynette Moore and Stanley and Roxanne Moore, all of Nahunta; a sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Daniel Highsmith, of Yulee, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Sunday starting at 2 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Chuck Allen officiating.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com

‘Buddy’ Pittman Jr.
Edgar Jefferson “Buddy” Pittman Jr., 71, died Friday (April 22, 2016) at his residence in Waycross following an extended illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County. He was a member of Living River Church of God in Blackshear and former salesman with Perritt Dairy. He also served in the United States Army.
He was a son of the late Edgar Jefferson Pittman Sr. and Louise Proctor Pittman. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janie Mae Stokes Pittman, and second wife, Vivian Kaye Walker Pittman. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Violet Richardson, Carolyn Pittman and Mary Pittman Raulerson, and two brothers, James Edgar Pittman and Don Pittman.
He is survived by two sons, Robert Jefferson Pittman (Jennifer), of Waycross, and Rocky Jefferson Pittman (Alisha), of Blackshear; four grandchildren, Kiesha Strickland (Evan), of Waycross, Harlee Griffis, of Blackshear, Hayden Griffis, of Blackshear, and Hart Griffis, of Blackshear; two great-grandchildren, Ally Strickland and Easton Strickland; three sisters, Wanis Crews (Gene), of Waycross, Dorothy “Dot” Waldron (Odis), of Jesup, and Ruthy Taylor (Clint), of Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday (April 24, 2016) at Living River Church of God.
Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at the funeral home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Richard Albert Bacon
Richard Albert Bacon, 76, passed away quietly at Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross Thursday (April 21, 2016).
He grew up in Crescent City, Fla., where he married Josephine Steadman and had two children, Regina F. Brantley (husband, Paul), of Yulee, Fla., and Richard T. Bacon (wife, Alice), of Waycross.
He was ordained into the ministry in 1968 and moved to Lakeland, Fla. with his family to attend seminary. After graduation, the Rev. Bacon served as pastor of a church in Avon Park, Fla., for three years. In 1976, he moved to Waycross where he served as pastor of a small church, Emmanuel Baptist Church.
The Rev. Bacon was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church since 1993 where he spent his remaining years. While living in Waycross, he had several different jobs through the years. He managed the car wash on Memorial Drive, worked at Industrial Welding and Pic ’N Save. In his later years, he managed Roadrunner Escort Service in the mobile home industry.
The Rev. Bacon loved his Lord, church, his family and life itself. He often found things comical and amusing that made him laugh.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Inez Varnadoe, a brother, Wesley N. Bacon, and a sister, Amma Lou Bacon, all of Crescent City, Fla.
He has six grandchildren, Lindsey, Ricky and Philip Bacon, of Waycross, Joseph Christopher (wife, Kelssie), of Yulee, Fla., Brandon Christopher (wife, Leah), of Conroe, Texas, and BreAnna Rozier (husband, Waylon), of Yulee, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Lisa, Jackie and A.J. Christopher, of Conroe, Texas, and Taryn Williams, of Yulee, Fla.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Baptist Village for their care and support of the Rev. Bacon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baptist Village Retirement Communities, 2650 Carswell Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31503.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Oakland Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.