Lisa Ann Leverett
Lisa Ann Leverett, 46, of Hortense, died Tuesday morning (April 7, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
She was born in Waycross to the late Earl Leverett and Annette Davis. She made Waycross and Brantley County her home for most of her life. She was a medical assistant and a member of Satilla Missionary Baptist Church in Hortense.
She was a founder of “Save our Warriors” that helped raise supplies and provide necessities to our troops overseas. She helped to support the National Ovarian Cancer Research, and enjoyed spending time with horses and especially her dog Buckwheat.
Her survivors include her son, Blake Taylor and girlfriend, Mary Boykin Bridges, of Beaufort, S.C.; her mother, Annette Davis, of Waycross; two sisters, Jenni Shepherd (husband, Jim), of Waycross, and Amanda Priester (husband, Derreck), of Jesup; one brother, Tony Leverett, of Blackshear; a niece, Amber Leverett Johnson (husband, Joel), of Waycross; a nephew, Jasper Priester, of Jesup; a special friend, Grady Bazemore, of Hortense; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. Friday at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Miles-Odum Funeral Home on behalf of the family to cover funeral expenses.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. John H. Brand
A celebration of life service for the Rev. John H. Brand, 79, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, Wilson Street, Homerville, where the Rev. Gregory Lordnum is pastor, and Pastor Xavier Brand (the Rev. Brand’s nephew), will offer words of comfort.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 11 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Holmes Chapel Cemetery, Homerville with military honors.
He was born May 27, 1935 in Homerville to the late Clyde Brand and Geneva Holmes Brand. He was joined in holy matrimony to the late Juanita “Neat” Taylor and this union was blessed with a daughter, the late Annette Yvonne Taylor.
He received his formal education from the Homerville Public School system. In 1957 he joined the U.S. Army where retired after 20 years of service. During his enlistment he served in the Vietnam War. After his enlistment he moved to Philadelphia, Pa. where he worked and retired from the Ford Motor Company.
He served as pastor of Victory Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia for several years until he became ill in 2001, at which time he moved back to Homerville.
He departed this life Saturday morning (April 4, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an illness. In addition to his parents, wife and daughter, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Clinton Holmes, Calvin Brand and Nathaniel Brand.
He leaves to cherish his memory a sister, Leola Brand Edmond (Sonny), of Philadelphia, Pa.; four grandchildren, Tishri Taylor (Tony), of Waycross, Angela Jackson (Travis), of Savannah, Ariba M. Slater (Gregory), of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Joseph Moms, of Chipley, Fla.; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister-in-law, Lillian Brand, of Philadelphia, Pa.; special cousin, Billy C. Cunningham (Betty), of Homerville; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Homerville.

Gracie Lee Blackshear
Gracie Lee Blackshear, 92, passed away Monday (April 6, 2015) at Waycross Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Feb. 14, 1923 to the late Charlie and Willie Bell Johnson. At the age of nine days old, she was adopted by her uncle and aunt, Frank and Selina Shelley.
She was born in Wilcox County in Abbeville, and moved to Waycross in 1956. In 1958 she joined Macedonia Baptist Church under the Rev. E.J. Junior Sr. She later joined First Born Church of the Living God, and later moved on to Congregational First Born Church where she worshipped until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Louvenia Hunter, Fannie Lee Murphy and Pauline McDuffie, a daughter, Valencia Tucker, a son, Lorenzo Blackshear, and a grandson, Clarence Harris.
She leaves a beautiful family to cherish her legacy, two children, Susan Gibbs, of Lexington, S.C., and Pennie (Burnar) Taylor, of Waycross; a granddaughter she raised, Denise Moses; and a grandson she raised, Travis Blackshear; one adopted son, Johnny Lockey (Robin); 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and very special friends.
The homegoing celebration will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of Macedonia Baptist Church, 702 Arnold McKinney Driver where the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr. is the pastor.
Burial and committal services will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 10 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at 1206 House St. Saturday at 10:15 a.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. and at the family residence, 1206 House St.
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.

Elmore Ned Deal
BLACKSHEAR — Elmore Ned Deal, 81, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday night (April 8, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear.

Kathleen Chancey
Kathleen Chancey, 83, of Waycross, died Wednesday evening (April 8, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Glynda Hersey Carter
Glynda Hersey Carter, 71, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Waycross, passed away Monday (April 6, 2015) in Erlanger Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her son, Gary Morgan Carter, and her parents, Ike and Beatrice Hersey.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Carl Morgan Carter, a daughter, April (Adam) Royer, and a granddaughter, Morgan Royer.
The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northview Cemetery in Dublin.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.chattanoogavalleyviewchapel.com
Funeral arrangements are with Chattanooga Funeral Home Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, Tenn.

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, Will Green and Tony Grantham.

Michael K. Crosby
A memorial service for Michael Kenneth Crosby was held Wednesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Dees and the Rev. George Moxley officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Beverly Ann P. Byrd
A funeral service for Beverly Ann Phillips Byrd was held Wednesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mariusz Fuks, the Rev. Ion Johns and the Rev. E.C. Crews officiating.
Burial followed in Little Phoebe Cemetery in Folkston.
Pallbearers were Jamie Byrd, Jason Byrd, Tim Harris, Michael Neeley, Richie Rogers and Hans Ziegler.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.