William ‘Ken’ McAlpin
William Kenneth “Ken” McAlpin, 78, of Blackshear, passed away early Saturday (Aug. 22, 2015) morning at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
He was born in Waycross on Sept. 28, 1936 to the late Anna Bernhardine Asendorf McAlpin and Malcolm Canmore McAlpin III.
He graduated from Blackshear High School in 1954 and attended Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. He entered the United States Army in April 1957 serving with the 4th Armored Division. His basic training was in Ft. Hood, Texas, and he was stationed in Nurnberg, Germany until 1959. He continued his education in 1960 at the University of Georgia, graduating in 1962 with a BS in business administration. He was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity.
After his graduation from college, he was employed by National Biscuit Company in Jacksonville, Fla., Ford Motor Company in Atlanta, International Harvester in Indianapolis, Ind., and Frigidaire Corporation in Atlanta.
Returning to Blackshear in 1973, he served as president of The Blackshear Bank, now PrimeSouth Bank, until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the Blackshear Presbyterian Church where he had served as an elder but was attending Emmanuel Baptist Church at the time of his death.
For some years, he was active in the Meals on Wheels program and the Blackshear Exchange Club. He liked to read in his spare time and was an avid sports fan, especially rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs.
His maternal grandparents, Cord Asendorf and Bernhardine Hagen Asendorf, arrived in Savannah in the late 1800s. They were from Osterholz and Lehe, Germany. His paternal grandparents came to Blackshear in 1892 from Mayo, LaFayette County, Fla. Malcolm Canmore McAlpin, Jr. and his bride of a few months, Elsie Mae Thompson McAlpin, arrived in Blackshear where he would serve as the first cashier of The Blackshear Bank until his death in 1923. Upon his death, his son, Malcolm Canmore McAlpin III, (who was working with the Citizens and Southern National Bank in Savannah) returned to Blackshear to serve as cashier. He held this position until his death in 1941.
In addition to his parents, also preceding him death was his brother, Malcolm Canmore McAlpin,IV.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Constance “Connie” Gaskill McAlpin, of Blackshear; his children, William Kenneth McAlpin II and Christine Phyllis McAlpin, both of Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Charles McAlpin, of Blackshear, Greta McAlpin Fancho, of Cartago, Costa Rica, and Martha McAlpin Johnson, of Grimesland, N.C.; four grandsons, Maddox Connor McAlpin, Bryant Scott Jones, Sebastian Fancho, and Nicolas Fancho; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Gaskill, of Blackshear; his sister, Anna McAlpin Fesperman (husband, John), of Waycross; his brother-in-law, Roger Gaskill (wife, Carmen), of Kokomo, Ind.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home chapel one hour prior to the service.
The family kindly requests that members of The McDonald’s Coffee Club serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to meet at the funeral home by 6:30 Tuesday evening.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.
Ellen Martin Davis
Ellen Martin Davis, “It’s not the age, it’s the mileage,” of Blackshear, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday (Aug. 21, 2015) morning at her residence.
She was born in Augusta to the late Clarence Cummings Martin and Dora Rocker Martin. Growing up in Augusta, she attended Joseph R. Lamar Elementary School, Tubman High School and the Junior College of Augusta. She received her bachelors degree in education from Furman University. She attended graduate school at the University of Florida and University of Georgia and received her master’s in education from Valdosta State University.
A strong believer in her Christian faith, her avid prayer life and constant words of encouragement were a testament to her family, students and community. She went on to a distinguished career in education, teaching at Fishware Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla., Diamond Hill Elementary School in Hong Kong, China, Toccoa Elementary School in Toccoa, Blackshear Junior High School, Center Junior High School, Pierce County High School and Ware County High School. She received “Teacher of the Year” honors at least once in every school she taught.
She and her husband served as Southern Baptist Foreign Missionaries in Hong Kong, China for 10 years. She was an active member of the Georgia Sheep/Wool Growers, United Professional Peacock Association, Humane Society of the United States, Llama Association and the Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Teachers Sorority. She was a past member of Curtis Baptist Church in Augusta, Crawford Avenue Baptist Church in Augusta, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear and Central Baptist Church in Waycross, and was currently a member of First Baptist Church of Blackshear and the Followers Sunday School class.
She loved her animals, and was very active at home with what many people know as the Davis Zoo and Swamp Fox Stables. For many years, her animals were used in the live nativity scene at Central Baptist Church. She was most proud of the numerous school groups, Daffodil, Lollipop, Rochelle’s Day Care and Southside Christian, who would take field trips to her home. She thoroughly enjoyed being able to educate the children on the various animals she raised in her stables.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Edwin Martin and George Marvin “Buddy” Martin, and a son-in-law, James Michael Howard.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dr. Alfred L. Davis Jr., of Blackshear, three children, Beverly Rocker Davis Peters, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Alfred Lee Davis III of Blackshear, Bonnie Davis Howard, of Blackshear, three grandchildren, Caitlin A. Howard, Courtney A. Howard, James C. Howard; and numerous other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Blackshear. Members of the Followers Sunday School Class and the Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Sorority have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the church by 10:45 a.m., Friday.
Burial will follow at a later date in Westover Cemetery in Augusta.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Mrs. Davis was an avid teacher and supporter of education, therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by supplying a local classroom teacher or daycare provider with classroom needs or supplies to support students and education in local schools, or to an area animal shelter or humane society.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Ralph Wainwright Sr.
FOLKSTON — Ralph Lamar Wainwright Sr., 91, of Folkston, went peacefully to be with the Lord Saturday (Aug. 22, 2015) under the loving care of Amy Waldron, Kayleen Sumner and his daughters, Terri Chauncey and Vickie Woodward.
He was born May 28, 1924 to the late Timothy and Katie Howell Wainwright. He came from a large family of nine children and two infant siblings who passed.
He was a life-long resident of Charlton County. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After discharge from service, he completed a lengthy career with Gilman Paper Company.
He, with Mrs. Wainwright, family and friends built Wainwright Produce where he, his wife and Joseph Wainwright worked until they closed the market in 2005. They were well known for Ralph’s Boiled Peanuts.
He played the harmonica and looked forward to family gatherings where he could play for his children. He was an avid supporter of the Charlton County Indians, Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs.
He was a Christian and a member of Grace Chapel Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret L. Wainwright; a daughter, Sharon W. McGauley; a son, Keith Wainwright; two granddaughters, April Altman and Caitlyn Wainwright; four brothers, Kenneth, Phillip, Shelly and J.S. Wainwright; and thre sisters, Martha Lee Morgan, Francis Wainwright and Dorris W. Brooks.
Left to cherish his memory are a sister, Betty Sue Jackson; four daughters, Vickie W. Woodward (Curtis), Terri W. Chauncey (Lynn), Susan W. Altman (Morris), Sonja W. Hinkle (Mike); five sons, Ralph L. Wainwright Jr., Richard Wainwright (Vivian), Gregory Wainwright (Deborah), Bruce T. Wainwright (Rachael), Brian Wainwright (Mary); 22 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Grace Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. John Boatright officiating. Burial will follow in Sardis Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday at Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston from 6 until 8 p.m.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston
Barbara Ann Todd
FOLKSTON — Barbara Ann Turner Todd, 73, of Folkston, passed away Friday (Aug. 21, 2015) in Jacksonville, Fla.
She was born Oct. 2, 1941 in Charlton County to the late Jesse Edward Turner Sr. and Odell Johnson Turner. She was a member of Sand Hill Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday School teacher and a founding member of the Racepond Station No. 3 Volunteer Fire Department. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and loved family gatherings, cooking, her beloved pets and traveling.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John Willie Todd; children, Debra (Buddy) Mizell, Don (Elaine) Todd; four grandchildren, Melissa Cook, Clifton (Kalee) Todd, Kristen (Jay) Steedley and Haley Todd; three great-grandchildren, Jared Cook, Grayson Todd and Landry Steedley; a brother, Charlie (Elizabeth) Turner; two sisters, Lynne (Charlie) Crews, Brenda Espinueva; a brother-in-law, Virgil Crews; a sister-in-law, Anita Turner; and a number of other relatives
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Ruth Crews and two brothers, Jesse Turner and Lott Turner.
The funeral is to be held today at 2 p.m. at Sand Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Jody Griffin, the Rev. E.C. Crews and the Rev. Trent Long officiating. Burial will follow in Racepond Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston.
Ronald Lee Anderson
Ronald Lee Anderson, 75, died Saturday night (Aug. 22, 2015) at Clinch Memorial Hospital in Homerville following a long illness.
He was a native of Salisbury, Conn., but had lived in Waycross for the past 25 years. He was the son of the late Waltermeyer Anderson and Lillian Anderson. He was retired from General Housing and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife; Wanda Faye Fales Anderson, of Waycross; two sons, Leonard Anderson and Mark Anderson, both of Ocala, Fla.; a daughter, Joyce Anderson, of Alexandria, Va.; two step-children, Greg Eunice, of Waycross, Craig Eunice, of Jacksonville, Fla.; three step-grandchildren; a brother, Bob Anderson, of Candler, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Tuesday night from 6 until 8.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Dorothy L. Walker
Dorothy L. Walker, formerly of Waycross and the wife of the late John Oris Walker, passed away Friday (Aug. 21, 2015) after an illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
BLACKSHEAR — Franklin Dewaine Colley, 68, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday afternoon (Aug. 23, 2015) at Mayo Health Systems in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
Marion Tyson Pittman
BLACKSHEAR — A funeral for Florance Marion Tyson Pittman, 88, was held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. R. C. James.
Interment was in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Virgil Dorsey Manning
A funeral for Virgil Dorsey Manning took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Cardwell officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Jamie Dixon, Drew Manning, Jesus Romero, Johnny Runyon, Albert Thomas and Justin Williams.
Donald Jimmy Pittman
A funeral for Donald Jimmy Pittman was held Sunday afternoon at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lavaughn Hall and the Rev. Ronnie Sharpe officiating.
Burial followed in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mark Bacon, Shane Harnage, Rocky Pittman, Chris Raulerson, James Rowland, Tony Crews, Jeff Richardson, Junior Westberry, Keith Waldron and Devin Davis.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.