Charlotte R. Dawkins
Charlotte R. Dawkins, 66, died Friday (Aug. 5, 2016) at Folkston Park Nursing Home in Folkston.
She was born in Portland, Jamaica, but was currently a resident of Waycross. She was formerly employed as a home health aide for Atlantic Home Aid, and was a member of University Boulevard Church of God and Second Baptist Church in Waycross.
She was the daughter of the late Theophilus Bishop and Winnifred Dawkins.
Survivors include six children, Joan Edwards, Devon Myrie, Marcia Anderson, Evan Anderson, Jenese Maragh and Caffield Samuels; 23 grandchildren, Kareth Anthony-Fuller, Kerry Nembhard, Trudy Ann Farrier, Tracey Ann Farrier, Rashelle Burgess, Robert Burgess, Kemar Taylor, Oshane Pitter, Shadea James, Saskia Grant, Lesha Myrie, Desiree Myrie, Leonardo Myrie, Shelly-Ann, Roshane, Monique, Shaneke, CJ, Simonique Anderson, Gavin Anderson, Kayla Samuels, Kyla Samuels, Kyra Samuels; six great-grandchildren, Ayden Fuller, Andre Hunter, Malique Brown, Orlando Sayles, Nahiem Cruickshank and Stacy Pitter; one brother, Granville Lakeman; one sister, Verona Lakeman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home Chapel.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Thomas L. Wiggins Jr.
Thomas Lee Wiggins Jr. passed away in Franklin, N.C., Tuesday (Aug. 16, 2016).
A veteran of World War II, he was proud to serve in the 11th Airborne Division. A true patriot, his service to his country and heritage were a legacy often shared through verse and stories, developing pride and respect for the “Greatest Generation” among his family and friends.
“Pa” was born Oct. 31, 1926 in Fitzgerald, to Thomas “Tom” and Evelyn Wiggins. Precious memories were made while growing up in Waycross, where friendships were formed and cherished throughout his life. He attended Waycross High School and The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla., where he won the state singles tennis tournament in the summer of 1944.
After graduating, he followed his buddies into the military, joining the army and serving in the Pacific and Occupation Forces in Japan.
After the war, he returned to his beloved hometown and attended Georgia Southwestern. He married “the prettiest girl in Waycross,” Mary Ruth Hinnant, and moved across the Mason-Dixon Line to Philadelphia, Pa., graduating from the Franklin School of Science and Arts.
A man of words and a vibrant spirit, the couple returned to the South and made their way back to where their story began, living in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
“Tom” established the laboratory in the medical office of Dr McKee Hargrett, serving the community of Screven. He retired to his beloved Waycross where he divided his time between Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Fitzgerald.
An avid sportsman, his hobbies and passions included golfing, tennis, long-distance walking, hiking, boating and metal detecting. A lifelong student, he devoured the works of the “great masters,” and he enjoyed volunteering as a Civil War historian and genealogist.
In the spirit of his love for heritage, he was proud to become a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. During his later years, he enjoyed the “good-ole-days” and was grateful for the opportunity for returning to “the best of times” courtesy of Turner Classic Movies.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Hinnant Wiggins, his sister, Francis Head (Ewald), parents Tom and Evelyn Wiggins, and nephew, Ronnie Head.
He is survived by a daughter, Mary W. Jones (Mack); a son, Thomas Lee Wiggins III (Bonnie); four grandchildren, Marnie Wingard (Chris), Kelli Audet (Matt), April Wiggins, Jason Wiggins (Bittany); six great-grandchildren, Hannah Ruth and Camden Wingard, Braden and Addisyn Aiken, Madelyn and Mason Wiggins; a nephew, G. Thomas Head (Karen); a cousin and dear friend, Clyde Bailey; great-nephews, Tom, Jeffrey and Bernard Head; and a brother-in-law, J.L. Hinnant.
A celebration of life was held in his home on Cowee Mountain in Franklin, N.C.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m. at Bosque Bella Cemetery, Fernandina Beach, Fla. The Rev. Chris Wingard will officiate with military honors also to be conducted.
Funeral arrangements are provided by Macon Funeral Home and Oxley Heard Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed at maconfuneralhome.com
Lillian Helen Daniels
PATTERSON — Lillian Helen Daniels was born on April 9, 1921, the daughter of the late Frances Jenkins and Sandy Willis in Patterson, Georgia.
She was the oldest of three children and attended the public schools of Pierce County.
Her spiritual journey began at the age of 12 when she joined St. James Missionary Baptist Church. She remained a faithful and dedicated member through out her life. She was the kitchen supervisor for many, many years.
She was employed by J.P. and Martha “Tiny” Barnard for 48 wonderful years. She considered them to be family.
She was well known as a mother, grandmother, friend and confidant to the Patterson community. Her culinary skills were extraordinary and were enjoyed by everyone that knew her. Her passion was to make sure that everyone was taken care of and fed. She also used these talents to spread the message of God’s love for all. She was a good listener and would gladly share her wisdom.
She served as the grand marshal of the Martin Luther King parade of Pierce County in 2011.
She met and married Sylvester Daniels Sr. and to this union six children were born. She also raised her nephew, Robert Hicks. She had a loving relationship with her stepson, Charles (Sam) Daniels.
She peacefully transitioned from this earthly life Friday (Aug. 19, 2016) in the very early hours with her loving and devoted daughters at her bedside.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and four of her children, Helen Sharpe, Sylvester Daniels Jr., Franklin “Leroy” Daniels and Robert Hicks, two sisters, Susie Davis and Juanita Hicks, and a brother: Adam W. Hicks Jr.
Those left to cherish her life’s legacy are her three daughters, Bernice Murdock and Earlene Jacobs, of Waycross, and Marian Daniels, of Patterson; step-son: Charles Daniels (Mattie), of Blackshear; a sister, Missionary Louise Flynn (Albert Sr.), of Waycross; an adopted son, Dr. Joshua Murphy (Samantha); grandchildren, Connell Denson, of Atlanta, Kenneth Daniels (Katrina) and Jeffrey Daniels (Vanessa), of Waycross, William A. “Billy” and Candice Jacobs, Gale Baker (George), Felix Jacobs (Gloria), Thomas Sharpe Jr., Cameron Sharpe, Mia Sharpe, Jatoya Smith (Michael) and Jansen Sharpe, all of Blackshear, Amber Irvin, of Sanford, Fla., Timothy Daniels (Yvette), of Duluth, Anthony Moses (Elaine), of Chicago, Ill., Janet Scott (Chester), of Ft. Washington, Md., Charles Daniels (Vee), of Seattle, Wash., Lisa Keith, of Albany, Anthony Jenkins, of Patterson, Sharon Hicks, of Charlotte, Fla. and Stephanie Williams, of DelRay Beach, Fla.; 42 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grandchildren; devoted cousins, McLean Avery, of Washington, D.C., and Annie R. Wright, of Augusta,; a special niece, Audrey Hicks, of Miami, Fla; a devoted friend, Isabel Hunter, of Patterson; and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends.
A funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at St. James Missionary Baptist Church on Aaron Way, Patterson, with Pastor Thomas Smith Jr. presiding.
Visitation will be Friday evening at Jacobs Funeral Home, 2640 Highway 84 West, Blackshear, from 6 to 8 o’clock.
Interment will be in The Ridge Cemetery, Patterson.