Pate C. Lowery
Pate Colquitt Lowery, 76, died Wednesday evening (Aug. 17, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House Satilla an extended illness.
He was a native of Lumber City, where he graduated from Lumber City High School as an honor graduate in 1957.
He received an associate of art degree from Brewton-Parker College in 1959, bachelor degree in business administration (BBA) from the University of Georgia in 1961, a master’s in business education (MBE) from Georgia Southern College in 1969, and a master’s of science in sociology (MSS) from Valdosta State College in 1976.
During the 1964-65 school year, he taught business education at Jeff Davis High School. He was also employed by the Bibb County Board of Education and the Atkinson County Board of Education, in addition to teaching numerous adult education classes, vocational education and college level courses.
In May 1972, he was employed by the Heart of Georgia Community Action Council, Inc. as the planning director and economic developer. Later, in September 1973, he was transferred to Head Start director. After almost a year of employment in this position, he moved to Waycross to fill the position of chief planning and uation officer of the Slash Pine Community Action Agency, Inc. (which later became Concerted Services, Inc.).
He served as executive director of Concerted Services from 1977 until 1996. He once again became executive director on Nov. 28, 1996. He was later hired as Head Start director from Dec. 16, 1997 until his retirement July 15, 2000. During his tenure, CSI started with eight counties and expanded to serve 28 counties in the heart of Georgia.
Prior to working with community action, he had experience in the field of education having taught at the high school, vocational tech and college levels.
As a member of Victory Methodist Church in Manor, he formerly served as treasurer, deacon, youth and music leader. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Magnolia House. He was member of Gideon’s International, and he loved spending time with his family, vacationing and making wonderful memories.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vasco Alexander Lowery and Annie Minton Rawlins Lowery, and two brothers, Thomas Lowery and Vasco Alexander Lowery Jr.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Nona Carlene Lloyd Lowery; two daughters, Greta Thomas (Matt), of Waycross, and Laura Beggs (Jason), of Thomasville; four grandchildren, Payton and Madeline Thomas, Asher and Nora Beggs; four sisters, Hilda Lindsey, of Carrollton, Texas, Ann Harris, of Lumber City, Shirley Smith, of Hazlehurst, and Betty Lacey, of Hazlehurst; one brother, Charles Lowery, of Macon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Victory Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Victory Cemetery in Manor.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Music Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tenn. 37214-0800 or Victory Methodist Church, 5062 Booth Church Road, Manor, Ga. 31550.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Valiene S. Johnson
BLACKSHEAR — Valiene Sirmans Johnson, 80, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday evening (Aug. 17, 2016) at her residence.
Born in Pearson June 10, 1936, she lived all over the world with her late husband throughout his military career. She lived in Pierce County since 1975.
In addition to being a devoted military wife, Mrs. Johnson had also been a homemaker. She loved to work in her yards, shop and bake all sorts of cakes, brownies and cookies. She was of the Baptist faith and dearly loved her children and grandchildren.
She was a daughter of the late Roy Oscar Sirmans and Beatrice Davis Sirmans Cowart. She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Lester Cowart, her husband, Lynwood Lewis Johnson, and by a grandson-in-law, Jonathan Bennett.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Scott Wainwright, of Blackshear; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Pam Johnson, of Waycross, Greg and Liz Johnson, of Waco, Texas, and Bob and Susan Johnson, of Blackshear; 17 grandchildren, Mandy Stokes, Jake Holton, Lyn (Ashley) Day, Ashley (Angie) Stokes, Bryan Stokes, Tenesa (Charlie) Lightsey, Kate Wainwright, Austin Stokes, Rachel Wainwright, Chris Johnson, Steven (Holly) Johnson, David (Sy) Johnson, Gregory Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Rob Johnson, Connor Johnson and Caitlyn Johnson; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Gladine G. Elkins
A funeral for Gladine Gilliard Elkins was held Thursday morning at Indian Mound Baptist Church with the Rev. Clayton Davis officiating, along with Bishop Edward Worthington.
Burial followed in Hargraves Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Buddy Thrift, Caleb Thrift, Gage Thrift, Jason Hardee and Shane Hardee.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rodney Wayne Sauls
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Rodney Wayne Sauls, 47, was held Thursday evening at 6 o’clock at Bridge Community Church.
Officiating was the Rev. Chris Roberts.
Interment was in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Tom Gill, Charlie Peacock Jr., Keith Hill, Bryan Hill, Joey Aldridge, Ben Aldridge, Ken Waters and Neil Jones.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.