Judith Williams Nation
Judith Rebecca Williams Nation, 76, of Waycross, died Easter Sunday morning (March 27, 2016) at the home of her cousin, Gary Williams, in Martinez, Ga.
She was born in Rock Hill, S.C., March 13, 1940. Her parents were the late Paul Truesdale Williams and the late Alice Rebecca Rush. In 1961, she graduated from the Crawford W. Long Memorial School of Nursing, to begin her lifelong love of nursing.
In 1962, she joined the United States Air Force Nurse Corps with the rank of second lieutenant and served until her discharge in 1965. Following her service to our country, she cared for infants in the Neonatal ICU at Crawford W. Long Hospital. She taught health occupations as a high school teacher, worked as a home healthcare nurse, as well as operated health and safety clinics for Guerdon Industries manufacturing.
In later years, she returned to caring for infants as a private duty nurse, often assisting with foster babies who were in need of specialized care. When not caring for babies, she could be found pursuing her passion for genealogical research with her cousin, Gary. In researching the past, she created new connections with many distant relations, and freely shared information with any of the more than 76,000 kin they discovered.
She also took great joy in serving as the secretary and keeper of the Waycross High School class of 1958. She worked diligently in connecting with and bringing together her classmates for bi-annual class reunions.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Denise Bailey-Summers (wife Elizabeth) of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; her son, Paul Andrew Nation, of North Carolina; her grandson, Elijah Paul Bailey-Summers, of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
She is also survived by her younger siblings, James Williams, of Atlanta, Sandra Turner, of Jacksonville, Fla., Jeannie Johnson, of Titusville, Fla., and Herb Williams, of Thomasville, Fla. She had many cousins, nieces and nephews who also will miss her.
She is also survived by her cousin, Gary Williams, of Martinez. He cared for her during the last three months of her life while she was receiving medical advice at the Augusta Veterans Administration Hospital. He was more than a friend in genealogical research, he was a true and dedicated friend in life.
A private service is planned.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Katherine “Kathy” Elaine Faulkner Echols, 59, of Patterson, passed away Thursday afternoon (March 31, 2016) at University of Florida Health North following an illness.
Born in Waycross May 8, 1956, she was a 1974 graduate of Ware County High School and later was a 1978 graduate of Valdosta State University with an education degree. She was a current math teacher at Pierce County High School and had been teaching there since its beginnings in 1981.
A huge fan of Elvis Presley and the Georgia Bulldogs, she had a passion for Fernandina Beach and dearly loved spending time with her family — especially her two grandsons. Her bubbly personality influenced all who knew her and she will lovingly be remembered as a “take charge” person who loved to give direction.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Lawrence Faulkner Jr.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Jim Echols, of Patterson; two children, Jenni DeLoach (husband, Jamie), of Clyo, and Joe Echols, of Patterson; two grandchildren, Gavin DeLoach and Max DeLoach; her mother, Jeanette Sceals Faulkner, of Waycross; a sister, Nancy DeLoach (husband, Wayne), of Sarasota, Fla.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jereal and June Bennett, of Patterson; a niece, Victoria Bennett; three nephews, Matt DeLoach (wife, Jessica), Jake DeLoach and Brett Bennett; a great-niece, Lily DeLoach; numerous other relatives and friends.
The funeral will be held at 11 o’clock Thursday morning at Patterson Baptist Church.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.
The family will have a private burial in the Patterson Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 o’clock Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.
Dennis L. Minix
Dennis L. Minix, 74, of Demorest, passed away Thursday (March 31, 2016).
Born in Fitzgerald June 30, 1941, he was a son of the late George and Pauline Ball Minix.
He was the former owner and operator of Burger Chef in Holly Hill, Fla., and was an active member of Cornelia United Methodist Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed working with tools, traveling, especially camping and spending time with family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Minix, and a sister, Sylvia Vining.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Minix, of Demorest; a daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Scott Urbanek, of Flowery Branch; a grandchild, Lia Urbanek; a brother, Donald Minix, of Waycross; sisters, Janice Bell, of Waycross, Sarah Shuman, of Hoboken, and Melanie Crews, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at Cornelia United Methodist Church with Dr. Jay Hughes officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.
An online guest registry is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com
Arrangements are with McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home and Habersham Crematory, of Cornelia.