Charles O. Conley Sr.
Charles Owen “Papa” Conley Sr., 92, of St. Marys, went to his new Home leaving behind his lucky fishing tackle and hats, his favorite tool box, his beloved golf cart and clubs, and tranquil river home on Tuesday (Nov. 29, 2016). He was surrounded by the comfort of his loved ones.
One would usually find Charles cutting grass, fishing (held the Georgia state record for the Bowfin — 16.0 pounds from 1976-2014), quail, dove or marsh hen hunting, playing golf (collecting two holes-in-one, the last at the age of 91 and shooting his age at 83, 84 and 85), sharing a sausage biscuit with the Hardees gang, or sitting in his favorite chair reading the newspaper, as he was an avid reader.
In addition to his love of fishing, hunting, golf and story-telling, he had an inexhaustible work ethic, a great sense of humor and a very keen wit about him. He shared a never ending love for children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren with whom he shared wisdom, stories and life lessons. Both Charles and his wife of 73 years, Sarah Louise Bennett Conley, shared a devout sense of loyalty and commitment to family and close friends.
“Papa” enjoyed the spirit of comradery and fellowship belonging to the Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. No. 369 in Waycross since 1958. He was an active member at the Okefenokee and Osprey Cove Country Clubs where he helped to organize the Okefenokee Senior Handicap Invitational Tournament (O.S.H.I.T.). He also served on the Southern Georgia/North Florida Senior Golf Association Committee.
In keeping with sense of community service, he believed in performing one’s civic duties and sharing political values and opinions. He fulfilled his civic duties by never missing a chance to vote (even this year sending in an absentee vote during the decline of his health), as well as serving as the chairman of the grand jury of Ware County. He served the community and returning veterans by teaching sheet metal layout classes at the Waycross Vocational School after WWII. At that time, he was the youngest instructor ever to teach at the vocational school in Waycross.
He reveled in sharing and listening to stories about growing up and living during humble, post-depression beginnings in south Georgia. He grew up in Pierce County where he was known as the “Ice Man” near the Raulerson Community. He was recognized as “that 120 pound man” literally delivery 1,000 pound blocks of ice throughout rural Pierce County.
He graduated from Patterson High School in 1942, where he played basketball and baseball. His fondest memory of school he enjoyed sharing with friends and family was his long walk (with shoes when he had them) in the snow, uphill, both ways from school during the brutal south Georgia winters.
Charles Owen Conley Sr. was born on March 6, 1924 in Pierce County, the fifth child to John Washington and Nora Griffin Conley. He was born into a hard-working, patriotic family of farmers and artisans: The family lived in and around south Georgia and north Florida throughout their lives.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Betty Lorraine Conley, Sydney Olin Conley, Rosa Mae Conley, Maggie Lee Mathew, Mary Edna Johnson, Nolan Edward Conley and by Bobby Frank Hyers, son-in-law.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Louise Bennett Conley; six children, Glenda Sue Hyers, of Mershon, Sylvia Annett Combs (husband, Jim), of Blackshear, Charles Owen “Buddy” Conley Jr., of Chesterfield, Va., William Arthur Conley (Bill) (wife, Sherri), of Southlake, Texas, John Randall Conley “Randy” (wife, Cindy), of Waycross, and Donald Morris Conley “Don” (wife, Susan), of Carrollton, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Barbara Ann Holley, Sarah Frances Harrell (husband, David), Jeffrey Shannon Brown (wife, Julie), Stephen Bradley Brown (wife, Karen), Sherry Michelle Gillis, Charles O. Conley III (wife, Camilla), Patrick Cole Conley (wife, Jessica), Robert Glenn Williamson, Kelly Ryan Conley (wife, Andi), Donna Gail Cox, John Washington Conley (wife, Jenni), and Brandon Bennett Conley; and 20 great-grandchildren.
“In celebration, Charles Owen Conley made the world a better place. Our father lived his life with great grace and comfort with who he was and where he was. His love, contagious laugh and family leadership touched all of those around him, and will be deeply missed but never ever forgotten,” said his family.
“Charles embraced his life and responsibility with uncommon grace and with the wry, knowing smile of a proud southern gentleman. He truly ‘lived’ life fully and never settled to just drift through it. Words can never express the gift that he was to all of us.”
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
The family requests that any memorial donations be made/sent to Hospice Satilla and the First Baptist Church of St. Marys, Ga. in lieu of flowers.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sylvia J. Wilson
A celebration of life service for Sylvia J. Wilson, 53, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 411 Wilkerson St., with her uncle, the Rev. Lee Johnson, pastor of Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Fla., offering words of comfort.
She was born Jan. 22, 1963 in Waycross to Carol Pope Wilson and the late Sylvester “Skip” Wilson. She received her formal education from the Waycross Public School System and graduated from Waycross High School in 1981. She later attended Savannah State University in Savannah. After moving to Atlanta, she graduated with honors from Advance Career training on Aug. 1, 1998 as a medical assistant.
She joined Friendship Missionary Baptist church at an early age where she was a member of the junior choir. She was also one of the first members of the Johnsonette singing group at the church, founded by Ruby Johnson.
She worked as a saleswoman at Gibson-McDonald Furniture Company for a number of years and later at Heileg-Myers Furniture Co. and Farmer’s Furniture Co.
She departed this life on Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2016) at Chandler Hospital in Savannah after an illness.
Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Daniel J. Simon III, of Waycross; her mother, Carol Pope Wilson, of Waycross; sister, Karen R. Wilson, of Waycross; two nephews, Chakeed Neloms, of Valdosta, and Jarqueis Wilson, of Waycross; a niece, Charkia Neloms, of Waycross; four great-nephews; four great-nieces; fiancé, Michael Dennis, of Waycross; two aunts, Mary C. Howard and Rosetta Whitfield, both of Waycross; two uncles, Elijah Howard Jr., of Waycross, and the Rev. Lee Johnson, of Tallahassee, Fla.; a great-aunt, Suzanne McDaniel, of Waycross; a special friend, Sharon W. Fluker, of Waycross; a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at her mother’s residence, Carol Wilson, 1121 Thomas St.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Fluker funeral Home.
Pinkie E. Mackey
Pinkie Elizabeth Mackey, 55, of Blackshear, passed Sunday (Nov. 27, 2016) at Waycross Health and Rehabilitation in Waycross, with loved ones at her bedside.
She was born Oct. 2, 1961 in Blackshear to the late Ivery Lee Mackey and Bill Davis. She was educated in the Pierce County School System. As an adult, she was a member of Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Folkston. She was the first lady, secretary and head cook.
She was the companion of Pastor J.R. Dotson Sr. She and Pastor Dotson helped raise seven children and a brother-in-law.
Left to cherish her memories are children, Ivory Laverne “Sissy” Mackey, Anthony “Chief” Mackey and Angel Mackey, all of Jacksonville, Fla., Chiquita Dotson, of Blackshear, Lisa Benjamin (William), of Valdosta, J.R. Dotson Jr. and Claude Thomas “CT” Dotson, of Waycross, and Jeffery Cornelius Dotson, of Jesup; siblings, Sara Joe Mackey McGauley, of Jacksonville, Fla., Ron Davis and Yvonne Davis, both of Blackshear, Beverly Betterson, of Waycross, and Felton “Jabbo” West, of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Henry Mackey, Derrick Mackey and Walter Lane (Christine), all of Blackshear; aunts, Pearl Taylor and Jackie Blakely, both of Blackshear; uncle, Deacon Theo Mackey (Pearline); three brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; 11 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends; and loving companion, Pastor J.R. Dotson Sr.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 505 Ware St.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church, 2808 Piney Grove Road, Blackshear.
Interment will follow in the Nunn Cemetery, Blackshear.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday.
The cortege will assemble at the residence at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.
Friends are being received at the residence of Pastor J.R. Dotson Sr., 5124 Aurelia St., Blackshear.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
Daryl Keith Jacobs
Daryl Keith Jacobs, 40, of Guyton, passed away Thursday (Nov. 24, 2016) in Ellaville, from injuries sustained in an accident.
Born in Waycross, he was the son of Rony Lee Jacobs, of Alma, and Sonya Bass Collins, of Hickox. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe and Virginia Bass and Lois C. and Olen Jacobs.
He was of the Baptist faith and worked as a fork lift mechanic for IPW. He was a handyman and loved racing and working.
Survivors include his wife, Amanda Odum Jacobs, of Guyton; his son, Dylan Jacobs, of Guyton; his daughter, Sonya Hill, of Springhill; two step-sons, Nick Hogg and Brandon Hogg, both of Guyton; father and step-mother, Rony and Lisa Jacobs, of Alma; his mother and step-father, Sonya and Buck Collins, of Hickox; his brother and sister-in-law, Derek and Misty Jacobs, of Hazlehurst; two step-brothers, Lane Dailey, of Alma, and Doug and Rachel Dailey, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Delilah Bryant (Rick Bryant); his father-in-law and spouse, Jeff Odum (Lynette); several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday at Riverside Chapel Baptist Church, 1998 Riverside Road, Nahunta, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Randy Wainright officiating.
Visitation will be held at the church, one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Riverside Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tony Fanning, Sonny Odum, Rick Bryant, Billy Merritt, Jason Howell and Brian Grantham.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com
Ernestine T. White
Ernestine T. White, 61, of Waycross died Monday (Nov. 28, 2016) in Altamaha Healthcare Center in Jesup after an illness.
Funeral arrangements will be announce later by Fluker Funeral Home.
Mavis Nell Fussell
Mavis Nell Fussell, 56, died suddenly Saturday morning (Nov. 26, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. She was formerly employed as a CNA for Baptist Village Retirement Communities.
She was the daughter of the late William Augustus Bullard and Leona Lee Bullard. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Mark Fussell, and two brothers, J.R. and Lavon Bullard.
Survivors include three children, Heather Bennett, of Homerville, Danielle Bennett, of Waycross, and Frankie Sweat, of Waycross; six grandchildren, Chloe, Josey, Nelley, Christopher, Payton and Tristen; six siblings, Margaret Bowen Smith, Lynett Bullard, David Bullard, Andrea Justice, Deborah Sweat and Wayne Bullard; numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Friday (Dec. 9, 2016) at Hargraves Chapel in Millwood.
Burial will follow in Hargraves Chapel Cemetery.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Byron Stacy Taylor
A funeral for Byron Stacy Taylor was held Wednesday evening at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Randy Crosby officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Blackshear High School class of 1972 and BellSouth/AT&T Employees and Pioneers.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Sue Ann Franklin
A funeral for Sue Ann Butts Franklin was held Wednesday afternoon at Cornerstone Church of God with Pastor Brian Powell officiating.
Burial followed in High Bluff Cemetery.
Pallbearers were W.I. Franklin, Steven Franklin, Alvin Franklin, Matt Franklin, Brandon Franklin, Jarret Franklin, Cameron Franklin, Michael Walker, Lee Walker, Jonathan Bratcher and Justin McLaughlin.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Rebecca Ann Mercer
A funeral for Rebecca Ann Mercer was held Wednesday afternoon at Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Lanier Weaver, the Rev. Keith Lloyd and Roger Mercer officiating.
Burial followed in Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Alan Taylor, Chris Taylor, Jonah Mercer, Caden O’Steen, Adam Larisey and David Bullard.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.