Vanice H. Sikes Sr.
Vanice Horace Sikes Sr., 81, of Waycross, passed away Thursday (April 2, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was born March 7, 1934 to Daniel Eustace Sikes and Evie Loraine Fowler Sikes in St. George.
He served his country for 22 years in the United States Navy and retired a chief petty officer. He was a veteran of the Korean War, French-Indo China conflict and the Vietnam War. He served aboard the USS George Clymer, USS Howard W. Gilmore, USS Proteus, USS Falgout and the USS Piedmont, among other shore duties from Scotland to Hawaii.
He was a member of Folkston First Baptist Church and Camp Pinckney Baptist Church where he started the first senior citizens class. He was a member of Hacklebarney Baptist Church, Blackshear.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Louisville, Ky., for 43 years. He was a life-time member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia Sikes, of Waycross; two sons, Vanice H. Sikes Jr. (Tracy), of Marietta; Gregory P. Sikes (Sharlyon), of Statesboro; one daughter, Lisa Sikes Sands (Matt), of Folkston; one brother, Donald G. Sikes (Shirley), of Pleasantington, Texas; a sister, Madalene White, of Folkston; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas H. Sikes; three sisters, Geneva Crews, Virginia S. Wade and Avis Wallace.
The family will receive friends Wednesday at the funeral home from 5 until 7 p.m.
The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Shepard Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Williams and the Rev. Gene McCullough officiating.
Burial will follow in the Jacksonville National Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home, Folkston.

Samantha H. Fowler
Samantha Herst Fowler, 42, died Friday evening (April 3, 2015) at her residence in Blackshear after a brief illness.
She was a native of Homerville who lived most of her life in the Waycross area. She was formerly employed as a bartender for the VFW, De Ja’s and Jimbo’s.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Pat Herst and T.M. and Bernice Lee.
Survivors include one son, Dakota Fowler, of Blackshear; her mother, Janell Karst, of Blackshear; her father, Bobby Herst (wife, Sonjie), of Murphy, N.C.; one sister, Gina Middleton (husband, Rodney), of Hoboken; two nieces, Peyton Middleton and Tristan Middleton; one nephew, Alex Middleton; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Victory Methodist Church Cemetery in Manor.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Michael K. Crosby
Michael Kenneth Crosby, 57, died Saturday morning (April 4, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness.
He was a native of Lowell, Mass., who lived most of his life in Waycross. He was a 1976 graduate of Waycross High School and member of Central Baptist Church. As a self-employed building contractor, he owned and operated Crosby Brothers Construction.
An avid sportsman, he loved hunting with dogs, king mackerel fishing with his sons and listening to music. He used his carpentry skills to make beautiful bird feeders and furniture. He was a Christian man who loved his family and would do anything to help a friend or neighbor.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Kenneth Crosby, paternal grandparents, Charles G. and Florence Crosby, and maternal grandparents, Butch and Imogene Godwin.
Survivors include two sons, Ashley Michael Crosby and Casey Daniel Crosby; former wife, Carol Ann Crosby; his mother, Jo Ann Godwin Crosby Lamb; one brother, Thomas David Crosby (wife, Robin); two sisters, Kim Westberry (husband, Edward) and Kristina Beall (husband, Roy); his long-time companion, Pam Wilkerson; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held noon Wednesday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home for one hour.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Robert D. Hooper Jr.
Robert D. Hooper Jr., 71, died Friday afternoon (April 3, 2015) at his residence in Dixie Union after an extended illness.
He was a native of and lived most of his life in Ware County, but was raised in Hammond, Ind. After graduation, he served in the Air National Guard. He retired from CSX Railroad as a crane operator after 20 years. Most recently, he was employed at Georgia Biomass as a security guard. During his life, he was actively involved with Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 314 and Haywood Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Robert D. Hooper Sr. and Lola Grace Sills Hooper. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rusty Hooper.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Marilyn Delane Bennett Hooper, of Dixie Union; one daughter, Robbi Goble (Ray), of Blackshear; two sons, Renn Jarrett Hooper (Gina), of Waycross, and Ron Hooper (Trish), of Gainesville; seven grandchildren, Megan Page Johnson, Zack Goble, Jessica Hooper, Zane Goble, Ryan Hooper, Evan Hooper and Kaleb Hooper; one great-grandchild, Emily Marie Ward; one sister, Debbie Hooper, of Hammond, Ind.; three aunts, Colleen Barnard, Catherine Smith and Josephine Turner; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Jordan Cemetery in Dixie Union.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Johnnie H. Dickson Sr.
Johnnie H. Dickson Sr., 95, of Waycross, died Saturday afternoon (April 4, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.
He was born in Westminster, S.C. to the late Mark Phillip Dickson and Amanda Ridley Dickson. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He worked for Lewis Builders as a brick mason until he retired in 1984.
Upon his retirement he moved to Lake Sinclair where he loved spending time on the lake in his boat. After the death of his wife, Edyth Minchew Dickson, he left Lake Sinclair and moved back to Waycross where he would make his home. He loved spending time in his garden and was an active member of the Brick Layers Union No. 6.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Edyth Minchew Dickson, a son-in-law, Al Lankford, two brothers, Marvin Charles Dickson, Morris Lelan Dickson, and a sister, Janie Emilee Dickson.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Poole Dickson, of Waycross; two sons, Johnnie H. Dickson Jr. (wife, Nancy), of Blackshear, Lawrence W. “Larry” Dickson (wife, Barbara), of Waycross; a daughter, Janet D. Lankford, of Byron; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Thomas Herbert Dickson (wife, Jerri), of Tampa, Fla., Joseph Elmore Dickson (wife, Kay), of Homer; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday given by the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will follow in the Greenlawn Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Oscar Taylor
The homegoing service for Oscar Taylor will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Senior Bishop Leonard Goode will officiate and Elder Greg Tisby will offer words of comfort. Visitation will begin at noon until the service hour. Burial and committal services will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 813 Sargeant St., Wednesday at 1:15 p.m.
Public visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 1 until 5 p.m.
He was born Feb. 13, 1928 in Douglas, to the late Charlie Taylor Sr. and the late Lillie Shaw.
In 1954 he married Hattie Mae Wilson and to them six children were born. During his years of employment, he worked for the City of Waycross and Champion International Corporation for more than 30 years when he retired. He gave his life to the Lord many years ago at First Born Church under the leadership of the late Senior Bishop Albert Hill Sr. He also was a former member at Cathedral of Faith under the leadership of Senior Bishop Leonard Goode.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter, Darlene Jones, his brother, Charles Taylor Sr., two step-sons, Johnny Wilson and Larry Wilson.
He died Wednesday (April 1, 2015) peacefully with family and loved ones at his bedside
He leaves to cherish his memories his children, three daughters, Maebelle Clark (Jimmy), Shirley Hill (Ronald) and Janice Taylor; two sons, Bobby Taylor (Deborah) and Glen Taylor (Litesha); two brothers, his twin, Arthur Taylor (Sarah), and Charlie Taylor Jr. (Edith); a sister-in-law, Betty Curry; and a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the guestbook at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Donald J. Chancey Sr.
Donald Jackson Chancey Sr., 70, of Folkston, passed away Friday (April 3, 2015).
He was born Sept. 15, 1944 in Atlanta to the late Melvin Roger Chancey Sr. and Ailene Elizabeth Harris. He retired as an electrician from CSX Transportation. He was of the Baptist faith.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Moody and Jonelle Spaulding.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Chancey; a daughter, Amy Daniels; two sons, Donnie and Lanny Chancey; a brother, Melvin Roger Chancey Jr.; 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Joey, Brittany, Donovan, Donna, Logan, Katey, Tyler Alex and Ryan; three great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Marla Allen of Heartland Hospice and his caregiver, Mary Smith.
The family will receive friends this evening at Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston from 6 until 89 o’clock.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday at Oakland Cemetery in Waycross at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Joe Chancey officiating.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston.

Charles McQuaig
A funeral for Charles “Charlie” McQuaig was held Saturday afternoon at Central Baptist Church with the Rev. Ben Smith and the Rev. Ed Hurst officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Richard McQuaig, Beau Luckie, Leigh Luckie, Zach Luckie, Will McQuaig and Caleb McQuaig.
Honorary pallbearers were the Co-Workers Sunday School Class, Jimmy Joyce, Jim Harley, Dr. Tom Ferrell, Dr. James Taylor, Bob Timmerman, Joe “Red” Knight, Al Trogden and Jim McClelland.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Oscar ‘Marc’ Bell
A funeral service for Oscar Marcus “Marc” Bell took place Saturday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rowan Sirmans officiating.
Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Brad Gregory, Todd Hall, Bryan Hill, Keith Hill, Tyler Hill and Will Roberts.

Franklin J. Crews
A funeral for Franklin John “Frank” Crews took place Saturday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Alan Darsey and the Rev. Richard Gifford officiating.
Burial was in Raulerson Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Trey Lee, Dustin Crews, Dustin Williams, Steve Merrier, Ricky Thrift, Clayton Hill, Ricky Beverly and Tony Grantham.

Keith Lamar Bennett
A funeral for Keith Lamar Bennett took place Saturday morning in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Davis and the Rev. Fred Morgan officiating.
Burial was in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Chris Inman, Logan Inman, Brad Inman, Mason Bodenhamer, Paul Inman, Jerry Joiner, Holly Bennett and Taylor Bennett.

Carolyn Dill
A service for Carolyn Dill was held Friday afternoon at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ben Smith and the Rev. Larry Ray officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jim Cioffi, George Alexander, Paul Alexander, Bill Higginson, Matt Thomas and Billy Gillis.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.