Harold G. Guinn Sr.
Harold Gary Guinn Sr., 71, of Waycross, died Tuesday morning (April 7, 2015) at his residence after a short illness.
He was born in Sylvester, a son of the late Rev. Harold Lee Guinn and Lois E. Walker Guinn. He was raised in Charlton County where he graduated from high school in 1961, and he lived most of his adult life in Ware County.
He served 40 years in law enforcement in Brunswick, Waycross and Ware County. In 1980 he served as chief deputy for Sheriff Herbert Bond in Ware County and retired in 2004 as the director of 911 in Ware County.
He was a devoted son to his parents and a devoted father to his children and grandchildren. He loved watching the Ware County High School girls softball team play.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Glenda Faye Guinn, and one step-son, Justin Griffin.
Survivors include one daughter, Julie Prestenbach (husband, Joey), of Blackshear; one son, Harold G. Guinn Jr. (wife, Kristy), of Waycross; two grandchildren, Jenna Prestenbach and Kasen Guinn; one sister, Bonnie Yvonne Guinn, of Folkston; two brothers, Ronald Lee Guinn Sr. (wife, Iris), of Florida, and Larry Alton Guinn (wife, Cleone), of Cornelia; his former wife, Peggy Guinn, of Manor; three step-children, Kim Griffin (Andy Wade “Plug”), of Waycross, Tammis Oliver (Edward), of Manor, Billy Griffin, of Manor; six step-grandchildren that were like his own, Mindy Lawson (Anthony), Alton Oliver, Emily Oliver, Chelsea Griffin, Noah Griffin and Brett Courson; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held Friday evening at 6:30 at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends Friday evening beginning at 5 o’clock until the time of the service.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at Homeland Cemetery in Folkston.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
James Early Shaw
James Early Shaw, 87, died Monday evening (April 6, 2015) at St. Vincent Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., following a brief illness.
He was born in Waycross and lived most of his life in Ware County before making his home in Hoboken for the past two years. He was the son of the late Juble Early Shaw and Rhoda Gillis Shaw.
He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine Crawford Shaw, his second wife, Betty O’Brien Shaw, two sisters, Aline Davis and Doris Cochran, and three brothers, Ira Shaw, Lester Shaw and William “Billy” Shaw.
He graduated from Waresboro School in 1945 and served in the Merchant Marines, the United States Army and the Georgia National Guard.
He started with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad May 22, 1945 and retired as an electrician with CSX Railroad in 1986.
He was a member of Winona Park United Methodist Church and attended Hoboken Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday School Class. He was also a member and past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge and the retired railroad’s Tuesday “tea party crew.” He enjoyed traveling abroad and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Wiley Shaw; two daughters, Dot S. Collier and Beverly S. Strickland (Charlie); a son, James Early “Jim” Shaw Jr.; six grandchildren, Kim Taylor, Jenny Meeks (Matt), Jamie Harper, Olivia Shaw (T.J.), Zach Shaw and Amber Shaw; four great-grandchildren, Emily Taylor, Hayden Harper, Camden Meeks and Anniston Cook; three step-children, Kitty Cheatham (David), Nick Wiley (Evelyn) and Zena Tyler (Matt); seven step-grandchildren, Nicki Korman, Emma Collins, Erin DiPrima, Grayson Tyler, Duncan Wiley, Brooks Wiley and Zane Tyler; a brother-in-law, Grady Crawford (Pat); three sisters-in-law, Jean Griffin (Terry), Wanda Carter (Henry) and Merinda Crawford; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives; and special O’Brien family members.
Memorial donations may be sent to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, Ill. 60601 (www.lung.org/donate)
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Memorialization will be by cremation.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 this evening at Music Funeral Home. Family and friends may also visit the Shaw home in Hoboken.
Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Lisa Leverett, 46, of Hortense, died Tuesday morning (April 7, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Waycross after an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Carl Ray Arnold
Carl Ray Arnold, 65, of Waycross, died early Monday morning (April 6, 2015) at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born in New Albany, Ind. to the late Bill Dooley and Rose June Arnold. He made Waycross his home for the past 13 years.
He worked as a surveyor and was a member of the Salvation Army Church. He was an accomplished bicycle mechanic and an avid listener of music with a vast collection of cassette tapes. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Arnold, of Waycross; two sons, Zachary McCutcheon, of Waycross, and Carl Dooley Arnold, of Waycross; two sisters, Denise and Lisa; two brothers, Steve and Tom; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Salvation Army Church.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Graden Thompson Jr.
Graden Murray Thompson Jr., 70, died Tuesday (April 7, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a brief illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.
Samantha H. Fowler
A funeral for Samantha Herst Fowler was held Tuesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Boatright and the Rev. Rip Snow officiating.
Burial followed in Victory Cemetery in Manor.
Pallbearers were Mac Dixon, Derrick Griffin, Jack Lee, Johnny Lee, Angier Steedley and Mark Tillman.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Johnnie H. Dickson Sr.
A funeral for Johnnie H. Dickson Sr. was held Tuesday afternoon at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ken Brown officiating.
Entombment followed in Greenlawn Mausoleum.
Pallbearers were David Dickson, Larry Dickson Jr., Jim Dickson, Jeff Dickson, Kenny Dickson, Kevin Lankford, Bryan Lankford and Don Dickson.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.