Harry Steve Neftal
Harry Steve Neftal, 97, died Wednesday afternoon (April 29, 2015) at Satilla Care Center following a short illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Savannah V. Curry
Savannah Victoria Curry, 15, died suddenly Saturday (April 25, 2015) from injuries received in an automobile accident in Pierce County.
She was born in Brunswick and she lived most of her life in the Waycross-Blackshear area. She was a ninth grade student at Pierce County High School.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Brantley and Ruby Thrift, and her uncle, Terry Rouse.
Survivors include her mother, Angel Sapp Curry, of Blackshear; her father, Charlie Curry; two brothers, Terry Henderson and Brandon Curry; two sisters, Heaven Quinn and Journey Curry; maternal grandparents, Joey Sapp and Sara R. Thrift, both of Waycross; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Friday at River of Life Church.
Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Willie Lee Woods
Willie Lee Woods, affectionately known as “Catfish,” 66, passed away Wednesday (April 22, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 8, 1948 in Sanford, Fla., but lived in Waycross for most of his life. He was the son of the late Alfred Woods and Sadie Morgan Graham.
He was retired from CSX railroad after more than 30 years of service as a carman. He was a veteran with the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of New Life Church, loved to fish but was best known for his world famous barbeque, winning many awards at area competitions.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Daisy M. Woods, of Waycross; two daughters, Jacqueline Breedlove (husband, Donnell), of Rochester, N.Y., and Latricia Mallory (husband, Michael), of Waycross; six grandchildren, Cherelle, Gianni, Chanel, Jesse, Mikayla and Michael Peyton; six sisters, Cindy Morgan, of Sanford, Fla., Tameechia Jackson, of Sanford, Fla., Sylvia Atkins, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Matria Jones (husband, Steve), of Clarksville, Tenn., Marjorie Watson, of Adel, and Doris Woods, of Clarksville, Tenn.; four brothers, Robert Woods, of Tifton, John “Frog” Robinson, of Sanford, Fla., J.C. Morgan, of Sanford, Fla. and Ronald “Boogie” Jackson, of Sanford, Fla.; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at New Life Church. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sarah Gorday Lanier
Sarah Gorday Lanier, 92, died Tuesday night (April 28, 2015) at her residence after an extended illness.
She was born Oct. 6, 1922 in Bacon County to the late James Abram Gorday and Mattie Jewel Wade Gorday.
An active member of Central Baptist Church prior to her illnesses, she was baptized many years ago at the same time together with her husband, Eugene, by Pastor Majors.
Following baptism, she went on to serve her church and her Lord for more than 60 years. She loved her church, and her favorite song, “Heavenly Sunshine,” was the theme song for Central’s Morning Devotional Radio Program that was on the air for many years.
While in high school, she was an outstanding basketball player with Waycross High School. After graduating from high school, she worked as a telephone operator.
An excellent seamstress; she worked for Jacobson’s uptown and in the mall for years.
She loved her flowers and was an active member of her garden club. She loved arranging flowers and competing in competitions.
But most importantly, she was a super mom who loved her family and her children. She took an active role in her children’s school life and rumor has it that she actually was the one who created Robert’s science and social studies projects.
Lastly, she loved children and for years operated a home daycare center. Later she served with Tish Parker in the first daycare center at Okefenokee Technical School. Children brought smiles to her face and most recently she loved her little great-grandson, Keller, coming to visit.
She was blessed in the last couple of years to have the most remarkable ladies to “sit” with her. These were Donna Dyson, Sybil Beecher and Judy Clark whom she loved dearly.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James Gorday and Jack Gorday.
Survivors include one daughter, Sarah Mathison (Matt); two sons, Billy Lanier (Patsy) and Robert Lanier (Jan); grandchildren, Robby Lanier (Dawn), Katie Goss (Daniel), Billy Austin Lanier, Jennifer Purdy (Vic), Kathy Oliver, Jason Lanier (Renee), Nathan Lanier (Suzanne), Wade Mathison (Samantha) and Alex Mathison; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Satilla Advocacy Services, 1900 Tebeau St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Marian Dugger Aycock
Marian Dugger Aycock, 89, passed away Friday (April 24, 2015) after an extended illness.
She was born in Waycross to Albert Brooks Dugger and Addie Jefferson Davis Dugger on June 21, 1925. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, George Wheaton Aycock.
She moved to St. Simons Island in 1952 and worked at St. Simons Island State Bank which became Coastal Bank, until her retirement. She was a loyal servant to First Baptist Church on St. Simons.
She was the treasurer of Annie J. Postell Garden Club, a member of American Business Women’s Association and a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists. She and her husband enjoyed traveling to attend reunions of the WWII 39th Fighter Squadron, 5th Army Air Force.
Surviving are her children, Linda Aycock Seltzer, Martha Aycock Martin and Buddy Aycock (Carol); five grandchildren, Brooke Maynard, Justin Hope, Tara Mills Simpson, Ben Aycock and Zane Aycock; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and one close cousin, Mary Owens.
A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church on St. Simons Island Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. A private burial will be held in Waycross.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles or First Baptist Church of St. Simons Island.
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.edomillerandsons.com

Mary C. Benfield
Mary Juanita Cox Benfield, 71, of Waycross, died Monday afternoon (April 28, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
She was born in Waycross to the late George H. Cox and Mattie Mae Cox. She was a 1962 graduate of Ware County High School and was retired from Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Fla., as an administrative assistant in the maintenance department. She moved back to Waycross in 2005 where she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She had a green thumb and loved to garden and enjoyed writing.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William “Ben” Benfield, and two brothers, George M. Cox and James B. Cox.
Survivors include her sister, Frieda Cox Barnes, Waycross; two daughters, Paula Fales, Waycross, and Jennifer Fales, Corona, Calif.; a nephew, George Barnes, Waycross; and numerous cousins.
A Memorial Mass will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Chapel and a funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorialization is by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. Alice M. Chancey
The Rev. Alice Mizell Chancey, 90, of Folkston, passed away Saturday (April 25, 2015) at her daughter’s home in Athens, following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Waycross to the late James Jeffery Mizell and Laura Lillian Harris Mizell on May 16, 1924. She was a homemaker, owned a dry cleaners and was a pastor. She retired in 2000 after being the pastor of numerous Methodist churches in the area.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin J. Chancey, five sisters, Mary Aldridge, Leila Aldridge, Lottie Freeman, Edna Hagin and Daisy Whaley, three brothers, Tom Mizell, Ernest Mizell and Owen Mizell, and a grandson, Johnathon Chancey.
She is survived by her son and his wife, Marvin and Linda Chancey; her daughter and her husband, JoAnn and Jimmy Phillips; a sister, Dorothy Jones; sisters-in-law, Nell Mizell and Polly Chancey; five grandchildren, Tonia (Rick) Wansley, Dawn (Kyle) Scarborough, Caleb (Tasha) Chancey, Mary Alice (Marc) Gallant and Marci Clifford; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday at Folkston United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends an hour prior to service.
The Rev. Jack Varnell and the Rev. Eddie Raul will officiate. Burial will follow in Sardis Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Homeland United Methodist Church or Folkston United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home, Folkston.

Amy C. Tapley
Amy Cason Tapley, 42, of Waycross, died Tuesday afternoon (April 28, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Jacksonville, Fla., after a brief illness.
She was born in Waycross to Calvin Thomas Cason and Jackie Rowell Cason and lived here most of her life. She was a master cosmetologist and worked at Hair Plus, Ambience and currently worked at Phil’s Creative Touch. She was a member of Deenwood Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Calvin Thomas Cason, and one brother, David Allen Cason.
Survivors include her husband, Otis Eugene “Gene” Tapley Jr., of Waycross; three sons, Cameron Tapley, David Tapley and Jared “Jet” Tapley, all of Waycross; her mother, Jackie Rowell Cason, of Waycross; one brother, Terry Cason (wife, Pam), of Waycross; one nephew, Andy Cason; great-nephew, Quenton Cason; great-niece, Cherokee Cason.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
There will be no service, memorialization will be by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rosemary Murray
Rosemary “Rosie” Murray transitioned from this life to be with the Lord on Wednesday (April 22, 2015) at St. Joseph/Candler Hospital in Savannah, surrounded by the love of family members at her bedside.
She was born March 29, 1937 to Ellen Brown and Thomas Southwood Sr. in Savannah and was educated in the public school system of Savannah.
She was a devoted member of St. John’s Baptist Church of Savannah where she served on the usher board and as the door keeper. She was affectionately known as “Shortie.”
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Savannah. She will be remembered as one who loved “ Church’s Fried Chicken” and visited there often.
She was preceded in death by one infant son, her parents, a sister, Audry Miller, of Savannah, and a sister in-law, Aaronette Southwood, of Springfield Gardens, N.Y.
She leaves to cherish her memory, one daughter, Beatrice (Johnny) Lockey Jr., of Waycross; two granddaughters, Robbiemae R. ( Rod ) Cooper, of Birmingham, Ala., and Samantha D. Cooper, of Waycross; two great-grandchildren, Kierra D. McFadden and Minez D. Humphrey, of Birmingham, Ala.; one sister, Betty Jones, of Randallston, Md.; one brother in-law, Abraham Miller, of Savannah; two nieces, Michelle (Eric) Smalls, of San Diego, Calif., and Trina Jones Brown, of Randallston, Md.; nephews, Thomas, Eric and Michael Southwood, all of Springfield Gardens, N.Y.; and a host of other relatives and a very special friend, Mildred Smith, of Savannah.
Visitation will be held at Jacobs Funeral Home in Blackshear Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. with Pastor Rochelle McCrae attending.
The funeral will be held in Savannah at St. John’s Baptist Church, 522 Hartridge St., Saturday at 11 a.m. with Pastor George P Lee officiating.
Interment will be in Barnar Memorial Gardens in Waycross, Sunday, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Rochelle McCrae in charge of committal.
Professional services are entrusted to Jacobs Funeral Home of Blackshear.

Ernest Wesley Jr.
A celebration of life service for Bishop Ernest Wesley Jr. will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Church of Christ Written in Heaven, 617 Blackwell St., with the church pastor, Bishop John A. Moss, offering words of comfort.
Friends are being received at the Wesley residence, 901 “L” St., and Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Telemore Cemetery.
He was born May 14, 1933 in Pierce County to the late Ernest Wesley Sr. and Dora Mote Wesley. He grew up in Ware County and received his formal educational training from the public school of the Telmore community.
He was married to Mother Claretha Taylor Wesley for 61 years and this union was blessed with two sons and four daughters.
He was a devoted, loyal and humble servant of God who accepted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 14 and was a member of Church of Christ Written In Heaven, Telmore, where he later served as pastor for 46 years. As a member of Church of Christ Written in Heaven Inc. he served in many capacities including deacon, union director, superintendent, presiding elder, executive board member, bishop and also pastor in Doctortown.
On Nov. 2, 2000, he earned a bachelor degree of Christian ministry from Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies in Jacksonville, Fla., and on Nov. 10, 2002 he received a masters degree in theology from Thomas Brown Bible College in Jacksonville, Fla. He was ordained a bishop on Nov. 8, 2008. He was a member of Church of Christ Written in Heaven National Headquarter Church, Waycross.
He was employed at Georgia Block and Brick Inc., Waycross for more than 40 years. In 1998 he was honored for not missing a day of work due to illness. He retired at that time but only to return to work shortly thereafter. He finally left his place of employment in November 2007.
He always enjoyed blessing others singing songs of Zion with his angelic voice.
He was called to his Heavenly home of Wednesday (April 22, 2015) after an illness. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lonnie Wesley Sr., and two sisters, Rosetta Kitchen and Liler Taylor.
Those left to cherish his memory include his devoted wife, Mother Claretha Taylor Wesley; his children, Ernest Wesley III (Gloria), of Folkston, Larry D. Wesley, Alice Wesley Staten, both of Waycross, Cynthia D. Wesley (Morris), of Riverdale, Vanessa Wesley Welch (Leonard), and Sharon Wesley Fluker (Andrew Sr.), both of Waycross; 22 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; an aunt, Agnes Miller; a brother-in-law, John H. Kitchen Sr.; sisters-in-law, Fannie R. Taylor, Hazel T. Jones and Doris Taylor, all of Waycross; god-children, Velandrea Ratliff, Kim Ratliff, Annette Green, Robin Carter, George Munford and Elder Clarence Adamson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Nancy M. Strickland
WALKERVILLE — Nancy Shirleen Metts Strickland, 64, of the Walkerville community, passed away Wednesday evening (April 29, 2015) at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral home.

Dewayne Rogers
Dewayne Rogers, 38, of Brantley County, passed away Tuesday morning (April 28, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial funeral home

Rev. Carolyn Wilson
The Rev. Carolyn Wilson, 82, died Wednesday afternoon (April 29, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Barbara Ball Allen
Barbara Ball Allen, 80, of Waco, Texas, died Tuesday (April 7, 2015) at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Waco, Texas, after an extended illness.
She was born in Augusta to the late Ellis Wayne Kitchens and Laura Russ. She graduated from Waycross High School in the class of 1952. She worked as a librarian with the Okefenokee Regional Library and with the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick. She also drove the bookmobile in Waycross many years ago.
At the time of her death she served as a minister with her husband, the Rev. Eugene Allen, in Waco, Texas, and throughout the Texas panhandle.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Eugene Allen, of Waco; several step-children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
A committal service will be held at the graveside in Oakland Cemetery at 12 p.m. Saturday.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Hazel Harris Gregg
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Hazel Harris Gregg, 88, was held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at the graveside in Shiloh Cemetery.
Officiating were the Rev. Arlen Harris and the Rev. Chris Smith.
Interment was in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of the local arrangements.

Vesta Anderson
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Vesta Iona Combs Anderson, 96, was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Blackshear Church of God.
Officiating was the Rev. Kevin Grissom.
Interment was in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Drew Barber, Landon Barber, Buddy Bowen, Terry Bowen, Irving Smith and Hunter Barber.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.