Henry ‘Pete’ Tripp Jr.
The celebration of life service for Henry “Pete” Tripp Jr. will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 1700 Martin Luther King Drive, with Bishop Eddie Cooper offering words of comfort.
Burial and committal services will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The body will be in repose in the church from 11 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 628 Seaman St., at 12:15 p.m. Saturday.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday during visitation from 6 until 8 p.m.
Henry Lee Tripp Jr., 59, passed from his earthly home to his heavenly home on Monday (Aug. 1, 2016) at Waycross Health & Rehab Center after an extended illness.
He was born Aug. 9, 1956 in Waycross to Alvester Tripp and the late Mr. Henry Lee “Tom” Tripp Sr.
He received his formal education in the Ware County School System. He worked previously for the City of Waycross and the Waycross Housing Authority, but his love of people led to his employment as a long-time cab driver in Waycross and Jacksonville, Fla. until his heath began to fail.
His greatest joy was spreading the gospel through song. He began forming musical groups and singing at the age of 12. He sang solos with many groups throughout the Georgia and Florida areas.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Caroline Maxwell.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by three sons, Henry L. Tripp III (Tiffany), Eric Mack, both of Waycross, Jordan Carr, of Tennessee; three daughters, Latoyia Tripp, of Atlanta, Yate’ Tripp and Shumekia Brown (Zeberick), both of Waycross; seven grandchildren, Jashun, Shaniya, Xavier, Daniel, Danielle, Destinee and Willie; three brothers, Tony Maxwell (Mary), of Waycross, Frank Tripp (Meliza), of Atlanta, and Greg Givings, of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Princlor Tripp, of Waycross, and Trenisha Tripp, of Miami, Fla.; six aunts, Missionary Mary Williams, Earnestine Williams, of Waycross, Lee Artis Maddox, of Green Cove Springs, Fla.. Essie Tripp, Daisy Tripp and Maxine Tripp, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online guest book at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway.
John C. Gillis
John C. “Johnny” Gillis, 80, died Wednesday (Aug. 3, 2016) evening at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following a short illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.
Mother Claudia Wilcox
A beautiful life came to a close as Mother Claudia Lee McGauley Wilcox, 74, of Blackshear, died Saturday (July 30, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was born the fourth child of 10 children to the late Jacob Wesley and Nellie Mae Ladler McGauley in Blackshear on Jan. 16, 1942.
Preceded her in death other than her parents are two siblings: one brother, Thomas Lee McGauley Sr., and a sister, Pastor Dorothy Nelle Smith.
She received her education from New Hope Elementary School and Lee Street High School of Blackshear. In 1956, she met and married the late Lloyd Williams and moved to Buffalo, N.Y. where she resided for 10 years. Later she moved back to Blackshear, and in 1987 she met and married J.W. Wilcox, and this became her permanent resident until her passing.
At an early age, she joined Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church where she served as a dedicated choir member. In 1984 Claudia received the Lord as her personal Savior at Mt. Moriah House Of God Saints in Christ in Jacksonville, Fla. She later became a dedicated member of New Heaven House Of God Saints in Christ which was founded by her sister the late Pastor Dorothy McGauley Smith. She remained a faithful and active member performing numerous duties to assist the current leader of Greater New Heaven Elder James and Co-Pastor Elder Shirley Hodge. Under Elder James leadership she was appointed the church Mother.
She loved children and loved assisting others. She worked for more than 30 years employed as a bus driver for the Pierce County Board of Education. It was always her desire to provide for her three children without public assistance. She worked multiple jobs including transporting patients for Logisticare, delivering for the Meals on Wheels Program and the Slash Pine Community Center.
“Mama Claudia” leaves precious memories to her family, her children, Rhonda Michelle (Lee) Howard, Jacksonville, Fla., Ansolette Tranelle (Paul D. Sr.) Kellam, Jacksonville, Fla., Timothy Dewan (Natalie) Wallace, Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Lee Antonio (Marquita) Howard, Johnny Elisha (Dorothy) Howard, Shawntrina Oreal Howard, Paul D. Kellam Jr., Kayla P. Kellam, Kiley M. Kellam, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; Krystal Marie Moya, Ashley Alissa Wallace, Norah Sky Wallace, Malachai Wallace, all of Tampa, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Tiarra, Jaliyah, Josiah, Joshua, Evangeline, Leia, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; siblings: James Donell (Annette) McGauley Sr., Marion (Terrie) McGauley Sr., Jimmy Dell (Lisa) McGauley Sr., Belinda McGauley (Cecil) Jones, Edmund Terrell McGauley Sr., all of Blackshear; Bobbie McGauley Pope, Homestead, Fla., Debra McGauley Gallashaw, Waycross; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, cousins; the Walker and Jackson Family; and many sorrowing friends.
Visitation will be held Friday at the funeral home, 505 Ware St..
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ Written in Heaven, 617 Blackwell St., Waycross, where Bishop John Moss is the pastor and Elder James Hodge of Greater New Heaven HOGSIC, Waycross, will bring the words of Comfort, and Pastor Ruby Baker of New Jerusalem HOGSIC, Fernandina Beach, Fla., will be the presider.
Interment will follow in the Oakland Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral of Blackshear is in Charge of all arrangements.
Cheryl Morgan Davis
NAHUNTA — Cheryl Anita Morgan Davis, 67, of Nahunta, passed away Tuesday morning (Aug. 2, 2016) at Bayview Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Born in Viroqua, Wisc., her parents were Wayne LeRoy Davis and Julie Herrin Davis. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Casey Morgan, and three brothers, Kenneth Davis, Charlie Davis,and Jerry Davis.
She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed sewing, yard work, house work, coloring and fishing. She worked many years as a waitress at the Gold House.
Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Clinton E. Davis, of Nahunta; a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne Morgan (Bonnie), of Nahunta; a daughter, Anita Johns of Nahunta; a stepson, Chris Davis, of Nahunta; a stepdaughter, Becca Whisenant (Dwayne), of Hoboken; four grandchildren, Kristen Morgan Crews (Brandon), Kyle Morgan, James “Jay” Johns, Jeremy Johns; two great-grandchildren, Kase Crews and Kannon Crews; four step-grandchildren, Trevor Davis, Taylor Davis, Ali Whisenant and Jackson Whisenant; a sister, Marian Allen, of Hickox; and a special nephew, Phillip Wayne Davis, of Spartanburg, S.C.; and also several other nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Ion Johns officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Roy Herrin, J.R. Herrin Sr., Don Herrin, Chris Davis, Trevor Davis, Carl Wilson and Bicknell Manor.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com
James Bobby Morgan
A funeral for James Bobby Morgan was held Wednesday morning at Woodard Chapel Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Robby Yawn and the Rev. Clayton Davis officiating.
Burial followed in Hargraves Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Fred Copeland, Lamar Dukes, David Morgan, Robert Morgan, Dustin Shiver, Scott Shiver and Daniel Sweat.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.