Lindee M. Dixon
Lindee Michelle Dixon, 42, of Waycross, passed away Monday (Aug. 22, 2016) at her residence.
Born in Columbus, Ga. Jan. 17, 1974, she lived in Pierce and Ware counties all of her life. She was a 1992 graduate of Pierce County High School and was an apartment manager for Sandy Creek Apartments at the time of her death.
Very talented and creative, she loved to draw and paint. She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother and also as a loving and devoted “Ninee” to her grandson, Luke.
She was preceded in death by her father, Levy Nathaniel “Bud” Dixon, by her mother-in-law, Beryl Youmans Dixon, her paternal grandfather, Leroy Dixon, and her maternal grandparents, Pete and Helen Crosby Henderson.
Survivors include her husband, Andy Dixon, of Blackshear; her daughter, Anslee Dixon, of Blackshear; her son, Daulton Dixon (fiancee, Haley Liles), of Blackshear; her mother and step-father, Teresa and Wayne Hall, of Alma; a brother and sister-in-law, Teke and Michelle Dixon, of Waycross; two sisters and brothers-in-law, DeDe and Michael Byrd, of Blackshear, and Nikki and Doug Martin, of Alma; her paternal grandmother, Ruby Dixon, of Blackshear; her father-in-law, A.J. Dixon; her grandson, Luke Andrew Dixon; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and numerous friends.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Saturday evening from 6 until 9 at the funeral home.
The family kindly requests that members of the PCHS class of 1992 serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to meet at the funeral home by 1:30 Sunday afternoon.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.
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 (Brittany); 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
Melissa S. Stewart
Melissa S. Stewart, 39, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Wednesday (Aug. 24, 2016) at St. Vincents Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
She was born at St. Vincents Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Oct. 10, 1976, the daughter of Danny and Sue Stewart, of Folkston. She grew up on the farm near Folkston, and she attended Brantley County High School graduating in the class of 1994. She furthered her education at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro and Florida Junior College in Jacksonville, Fla.
During those years, she worked in many restaurants and became associated with Pompeos Italian Restaurant in Fernandina Beach, Fla. She worked there until they closed several years ago. She then worked as an executive chef and steward in the private railroad car charter field and traveled throughout the country. She was also associated with Pablos Restaurant in downtown Fernandina Beach until her health failed.
She leaves behind her beloved son, Jeb Stewart; her parents, Danny and Sue Stewart; her brother, Domingo and Kandice Stewart, of Oakland, Tenn.; her sister, Traci and Brent Whitaker, of Waycross; her aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday at Shepard Funeral Home, Folkston.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace Chapel Baptist Church near Folkston with the pastor, the Rev. John Boatwright, assisted by the Rev. Wayne Clark, officiating.
Melissa will be laid to rest with her grandparents in Pineview Cemetery, Folkston.
“We are thankful and blessed for Melissa. Her courage, her sweet soul and her example of steadfast faith. Let us love all those around us, friends or strangers as unconditionally as Melissa did. Let us strive daily to have even a smidgen of absolute joy for life as Melissa had,” said Katy Huling.
Flowers are accept and appreciated and memorials may be made to The H.O.P.E. Program, c/o The St. Vincents Foundation, 1 Shircliff Way, Jacksonville, Fla. 32204.
Oxley-Heard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lindsey Lamar Lee
Lindsey Lamar Lee, 87, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on Sunday (Aug. 21, 2016).
He was born in Waycross, son of Virgil Vilas and Corine Altman Lee on April 26, 1929. He married Thelma Ruth Taylor on July 31, 1951, in Waycross. In 1948, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for nine years.
He spent most of his life working as a diesel mechanic repairing 18 wheelers at Cummins Sales and Service in Odessa, Texas, and was bestowed the nickname “Peaches” for his Georgia roots.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Georgetown, where he enjoyed playing Mexican Train with friends at Senior Game night.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Ruth Lee, of Georgetown, Texas; daughters, Cheryl Wilkinson (husband, Mitchell Wilkinson), of Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Katie DeVall, of Georgetown, Texas; granddaughters, Stephanie Zinsmeyer (husband, Nate), Allison Wilkinson and Olivia Tatum (husband, Tom), all of Georgetown, Texas; his sister, Virginia Braddock, of Waycross; and 23 nieces and nephews (fondly called “Uncle Coonie” by many of them), whom he loved dearly and was so proud of all of them.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Elwanda Lee Schell and Dorothy Lee Castile, and his brother, Willard Lee.
A time of visitation was held Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home.
The funeral was to be held at 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church, Georgetown, Texas.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
A message or memory may be shared in the online guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com
Bobby ‘Hock’ Herst
Bobby “Hock” Herst died July 24, 2016. He would have been 73 years old on Aug. 27.
He was born in Orlando, Fla., but lived most of life in Waycross. He graduated from Ware County High School in 1963. He served eight years in the National Guard. He worked most of his adult life as a corrections officer for the state of Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Pat Herst, his father, Marcus Kellam, and his daughter, Samantha “Sam” Fowler.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sonjie Herst; his grandsons, Dakota Fowler and Brandon Hornsby; his step-son, Brad Hornsby (wife, Stephanie); three sisters, Donna Jones (husband, Wes), Rhonda Kellam and Judi Kellam; several nieces and nephews.
He lost his five-year battle with cancer on July 24. His body was cremated and a celebration of life ceremony will be held Saturday (Aug. 27) at Lake Ware from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Food will be served after the ceremony but, anyone who would like may bring a covered dish, especially desserts.
He was an avid Nascar fan and a die-hard Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan. He also liked fishing and visiting the mountains, which is why as soon as it was possible he moved there permanently and for the last four years had been living in Murphy, N.C.
He would want us to give a very special thank you to Pastor Farris Reid, Steve Adams and David Taylor and everyone at New Zion Baptist Church in Farner, Tenn., for leading him to the Lord in January 2012.
Also, a special thank you to some of his long-time friends, Glen Taylor, Frank Sports, Pat and Peggy Wiggins, Jimmy and Suzanne Raulerson for coming to visit Bobby during his last few months. Those visits really meant a lot to him and he did thoroughly enjoy reminiscing about old times. Everyone is invited to attend and help celebrate his life.