Eldon J. Lewis Sr.
Eldon Jefferson Lewis Sr., 88, of Waycross, went to sleep in Thomasville but awoke in the arms of Jesus Friday morning (April 1, 2016).
Born in Brantley County Dec. 12, 1927, he was the son of Joseph H. “Pete” Lewis and Mary Magdalene Ham Lewis. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 70 years, Annie Yvonne White Lewis (May 17, 2014), his son, Ralphel Eldon Lewis (July 5, 1948), and his siblings, Elliot Herschel Lewis (Nov. 2, 1925), Joseph Dalton “J.D.” Lewis (Sept. 8, 1920), Hugh Donald Lewis (Dec. 21, 1983), Sarah Elizabeth Lewis Dowling (Dec. 27, 1948) and Laura Faye Lewis Depratter (Feb. 14, 1977).
He worked with Palm Furniture Company for 25years, was 20 years a pastor with the Church of God of Prophecy, and 20 years with Lewis Insurance Agency. He grew up in Brantley County, attending school with his older brothers and younger sisters.
Due to the premature death of his father, Pete Lewis, he went to work at an early age to help support the family and his mother, Maggie Lewis. He attended Brantley County High School and on Dec. 26, 1927 he married Annie Yvonne White.
In the 1940s, he served as a Merchant Seaman. Throughout his life, he has resided in Nahunta, Jacksonville, Fla., Palatka, Fla., Ft. Myers, Fla., Tampa, Fla., Sanford, Fla., and Waycross, and has held may positions with the Waycross Kiwanis Club and the Exchange Club in Waycross.
He was also active in the church business and ministerial associations and has numerous accolades for his service and devotion to his church and civic groups that he was affiliated with.
He was a great husband, father and pastor, touching hundreds of lives and always having a positive influence on the lives he touched. The only disappointment he ever mentioned was that he did not accept Christ earlier in his life and that he did not win more souls to salvation. His hobby and greatest enjoyment was being around people. He never met a stranger and had a quick wit, always had a story to tell and brought joy to every room and conversation that he was in.
Survivors include his children, of whom he was very proud, Wanda Vernice Lewis Gailey (Bill), of Rydale, Ga., Charlie Elvin Lewis (Fran), of Thomasville, Sophia Bonita Lewis Smith (Derrell), of Palatka, Fla., and Eldon Jefferson “Jeff” Lewis Jr. (Amy), of Asheville, N.C.; his nine grandchildren, Will, Rich, Zack, Nick, Robert, Lynsey, Phillip, Jessica and Jeffrey; 16 great-grandchildren and one on the way; two sisters, Wilma Oleta Lewis Strickland, of Hortense, and Edith Marvine Lewis Altman, of Nahunta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 5 until 7 at Frye Funeral Home, 136 Satilla Ave. Nahunta.
A celebration of life will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at Southside Baptist Church in Nahunta with the Rev. Johnny McDaniel and the Rev. Timothy Reynolds officiating.
Burial will follow in Rob Lewis Cemetery in Raybon.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, William Gailey, Richard Gailey, Robert Smith, Phillip Smith, Zachary Lewis, Nicholas Lewis and Jeffrey Lewis.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com

Frank Lee Kincey
Frank Lee Kincey, 55, died Friday (April 1, 2016) at Jesup Health & Rehabilitation Center after an illness.
Friends are being received at his daughter’s residence, Dorthea Kincey, 607 Lee St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.

Gussie Mae Lee Crews
A memorial service for Gussie Mae Lee Crews took place Saturday morning in the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Mike Yawn officiated.

Tina Marie Gano
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Tina Marie Gano, 51, was held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating was Curt Peacock.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.