David O. Weis III
David O’Neil Weis III, 16, of Waycross, died early Wednesday morning (Dec. 9, 2015) at Memorial University Hospital in Savannah.
He was born in Pensacola, Fla. to David O. Weis Jr. and Tina Weis. He made his home in Waycross for the past two years and was a student at Ware County High School.
He was of the Christian faith and was a proud member of the Ware County High School ROTC Raiders. He loved spending time working on cars with his dad.
He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents, Alfred and Norma Ahamada and Owens Sammons, his maternal great-grandparents, Charles Hair and Mary Annette Teppe, an aunt, Amber Sue Roth, and a cousin, Colton Jacob Brewer.
He is survived by his parents, David and Tina Weis, of Waycross; three brothers and a sister, John Weis (wife, Lexus), of Waycross, Eli Gordon Moran, of Waycross, Kyle Weis, of Waycross, Rain Weis, of Waycross; his paternal grandmother, Julia Weis, of Waycross; his paternal grandfather, David O’Neil Weis Sr. (wife, Jackie), of Kingsland; his maternal grandmother, Penny Hair, of Brookeville, Ind.; his maternal grandfather, John Fred Teppe (wife, Joan), of Brookeville, Ind.; his maternal great-grandmother, Mildred Hair, of Milford, Ohio; and numerous other relatives.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the graveside in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday beginning at 12 p.m. at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in David’s memory to Miles-Odum Funeral Home, P.O. Box 78, Waycross, Ga. 31502.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Rayford R. Pittman
Rayford Russell Pittman, 76, of Waycross, died Tuesday morning (Dec. 8, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
He was born in Waycross to the late Gaines Pittman and Leona Rigdon Pittman. He made Waycross his home for his entire life.
He worked 42 years as an engineer for CSX Railroad before his retirement in 2002. He was a member of Gilchrist Park United Methodist Church.
He was a founding member of the Hoboken Masonic Lodge No. 740. He loved taking his wife fishing, gospel and bluegrass music, as well as playing the banjo. More than anything he loved his family and any time he was able to spend with them.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, Joe Randall “Randy” Pittman and Rayford Russell Pittman Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, June Pittman, of Waycross; his children, Lamar Harris, of Waycross, Sheila Butler, of Waycross, John Wesley Harris (wife, Kathy) of Patterson, Bunnie McCrea (husband, William), of Waycross, Judy Miller (husband, Jerry) of Cecilia, Ky., Donna Beverly (husband, Shannon) of Lake City, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Joe, Casey, Heather, Shelby, Ashlee, Frank, Lina, Virginia, Dalton and Drew; seven great-grandchildren, Ashton, Caden, Joby, Jency, Jaylee and Tyson; and his great-grandchild that was his namesake, Maylee Ray; one great-grandchild on the way; a sister, Lawanna King (husband, Ronald), of Waycross; four brothers, Virgil Pittman, of Waycross, Larry Pittman (wife, Pat), of Waycross, Warren Pittman (wife, Janice), of Waycross, Ronald Pittman Sr. (wife, Bonnie), of Hamilton, Ohio; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
John E. Penland Jr.
IRMO, S.C. — John E. Penland Jr. was born Aug. 31, 1926 in Waycross, and passed away Thursday (Dec. 3, 2015) in Columbia, S.C.
He was the only child of Dr. John E. Penland and Mrs. Nell Bates Penland. He loved growing up in Waycross where he had many friends. He graduated from Waycross High School in 1944. While in school, he lettered in football, was the president of the senior class and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.”
At the age of 11, he set three goals. They were to play tennis, learn to dance and learn to sail. He began playing tennis at age 12 and was the Georgia Singles State Champion at age 18. He enjoyed the sport for more than 65 years. He took dance lessons at age 14 and did not quit dancing until he was in his 80s. He learned to sail and enjoyed sailing his own boat while he lived in Charleston.
He served in the U.S. Navy as a Medical Corps officer during World War II, from October 1944 until July 1946.
He graduated from Emory University in 1950 with a degree in biology. During his time at Emory, he was captain of the “Push Ball” team, lettered in baseball and was pledged to Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
He worked most of his life in the pest control business, first with Orkin Pest Control and then for more than 10 years as a manager and trainer with Terminix Pest Control in Columbia.
He moved to Charleston, S.C., in 1975. He eventually bought a house on the marsh on James Island, resumed sailing as a hobby and became a life-time member of the James Island Yacht Club. While in Charleston, he joined Toastmasters International, eventually becoming the district governor in 1986.
After moving to Charleston, he started the Pied Piper Pest Control Company. One of his favorite experiences was the time he was paid to do some training in Germany for a pest control company. He loved Germany and took advantage of his time there to do a great deal of sight-seeing. He brought back many souvenirs. He ran Pied Piper Pest, a very successful business, until September 1989, when tragedy struck in the form of Hurricane Hugo. The business never recovered from the devastation, and he was forced to close in 2010.
Never being a quitter, he moved back to his hometown of Waycross. There, he began a career selling life insurance, winning a trip to London, England.
Having learned to dance The Shag while living in Charleston, S.C., he decided that he would expose the citizens of Waycross to some South Carolina culture, and so he began teaching shag lessons. He was a member of the Golden Isles Shag Club. He also started the Waycross Chapter of Toastmasters International and was involved in the library board.
In 2012, he moved back to South Carolina to live with his daughter, Sandra, where he remained until his death. He was an avid reader and found a second home at the Irmo Library, becoming a member of the Friends of the Library.
He was a sports fanatic and although he could no longer play, spent many hours watching his favorite teams play, including University of Georgia and USC football, and Duke basketball.
He was Christian, and most recently a member of McGregor Presbyterian Church. When he was no longer able to attend, he enjoyed watching the message on television from First Baptist Church in Columbia.
He found it easy to talk to everyone and made friends wherever he went. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his ability to motivate those around him.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Sandra N. Penland; his granddaughters, Alicia Blease and Amanda Stegenga (Chad), of Columbia; his grandson, Col. Byron Penland, of Huntsville, Ala.; his great-grandchildren, Summer Davidson, Bailey Carey, Nicholas Stegenga, Jackson Stegenga and Jason Stegenga; and his dear friend, Jim Bass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Vets, the Wounded Warrior Project or the charity of one’s choice.
Family and friends celebrated John’s life at the home on 60 Palmetto Wood Parkway, Irmo, S.C. 29063, Sunday (Dec. 6) from 3 until 6 p.m.
A private ceremony, with the scattering of John’s ashes, will be held at a later date.
Friends may sign the online guest book at www.woodridge-lexington.com
Ronald Duane Lewis
Ronald Duane “Ron” Lewis, 46, of Bryson City, N.C., passed away Saturday (Dec. 5, 2015) at the Missions Hospital in Asheville, N.C., following a lengthy illness.
He is survived by a son, Dillan Duane Lewis; his parents, Bob and Glenda H. Lewis, all of Bryson City, N.C.; a brother, Randall (Vicky) Lewis Sr., of Marietta; a sister, Deena L. (Jeff) Luttrull, of Norfolk, Va.; a niece, Kimberly (Dan) Rotta; three nephews, Wesley Luttrull, Randall (Logan) Lewis Jr., Robby (Cecily) Lewis; three great-nieces; two great-nephews; and numerous other relatives including his aunt, Jan Thrift, of Waycross.
He was born in Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 17, 1969, and was of the Baptist faith. He graduated from the Edward White High School of Jacksonville in 1987 and received his bachelor of education degree from The University of North Florida.
He had been residing in Bryson City, N.C., for approximately eight years.
Long House Funeral Home of Cherokee, N.C., is in charge of professional services.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Joann Moses Gunn
The life celebration service for Joann Moses Gunn will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 417 Wilkerson St. Waycross.
The Rev. Walter M Scott Jr, pastor, will officiate.
The body will be repose in the church for the only viewing period from noon until the service hour of 1 p.m. Saturday. No viewing will be allowed once the service begins per request of the family. Burial and committal service will follow in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Visitors are also being received at the family residence, 1609 Reynolds St., Waycross.
She transitioned life on Thursday (Dec. 3, 2015) at home.
A native and resident of Waycross since Jan. 16, 1934, she attended Center High School. She later continued her education at Ware County Technical College in early childhood care and graduated. Part of her professional life was spent as a self-contracting domestic engineer. She provided clothes laundering services as an entrepreneurial endeavor.
As the mother of four children, she would say, “See here, taking care of my children and my husband was most important.” She married Calvin Gunn Sr. in love that lasted 57 celebrated years. She was a devoted and beloved member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and served as a deaconess faithfully for many years. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Ann Lowd.
She is loved beyond earthly boundaries by her devoted husband, Deacon Calvin Gunn Sr.; sons, Ret. Air Force MSgt. Donald (Sharon) Lowd, Houston, Texas, the Reverends Calvin Jr. (Glenda) Gunn, Augusta; and daughter, Joann Gunn (Deacon Floyd) Walker, Savannah; seven grandchildren, Robin Renee’ Lowd Dunlap and John K. Lowd, both of Houston, Texas, J’nai L. Walker, Jacksonville, Fla., Denise M. Walker, Atlanta, Christopher D. Walker and Kristine A. Walker, both of Savannah; five great-grandchildren, Chloe Sheridan, San Antonio, Texas, Marissa Nobles, Houston, Texas, Anthony D. Owens, Ashley D. Walker and Charlene A. Walker, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Sympathy may be expressed at the online guest book at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
W.A. ‘Bill’ Pearson
SAVANNAH — William Austin “Bill” Pearson, 86, of Savannah, passed away Tuesday evening (Dec. 8, 2015) at Hospice of Savannah.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
Jack Allen Aspinwall
OFFERMAN — Jack Allen Aspinwall, 89, of Offerman, passed away Wednesday evening (Dec. 9, 2015) at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
Laveta Crews Manor
HICKOX — Laveta Rozier Crews Manor, 96, of Hickox, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 8, 2015) at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Hickox, she was the daughter of Volley Ellison Rozier and Loutisha Hickox Rozier. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Cager Crews, her second husband, Stevenson Manor, a son and daughter-in-law, Benny Crews and Brenda Morgan Crews, two grandsons, James E. Johns and Brian Ramer, a son-in-law, Dan Ramer, two brothers, Volleny Rozier and Payton Rozier, three sisters, Elsie Ussery, Julia Smith and Ellav Crews.
She was a member of Riverside Chapel Baptist Church for 45 years. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and was loved by everyone who knew her.
She loved cooking, word searches, reading, gardening and was a member of the Senior Citizens Center and enjoyed going out to eat with other members.
She was a retired nutritionist from Brantley County School System.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses, Judy and the Rev. Ion Johns, of Hickox, Bonnie and Darrell Simmons, of Orlando, Fla., Emmie Lou and Ray Griffin, of Hickox, the Rev. E.C. and Carolyn Crews, of Hickox; 13 grandchildren, Kevin and Denise Johns, of Waynesville, Martha and Kerry Mathie, of Raybon, Angela and Jason Rewis, of Hortense, Victoria and Lawrence Blaine, of Orlando, Fla., Crystal Ramer, of Orlando, Fla., Jessica Simmons, of Orlando, Fla., Darren and Clarissa Crews, of Hickox, Emory Crews, of Hortense, Camille Harris, of Raybon, Loucindy and Ray Gurley, of Salisbury, N.C., Michelle and Jamie Rainey, of Hickox, Charity and Shannon Flowers, of Hortense, Chad and Mandy Crews, of Hickox; 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Riverside Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Wainright and the Rev. Edward Colley officiating.
Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Kevin Johns, Darren Crews, Emory Crews, Chad Crews, Blake Johns and Jamie Rainey.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Riverside Chapel Baptist Church, the staff of Heartland Hospice of Jesup, and her grandsons.
Arrangements are with Frye funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com
Alton McGauley, 73, of Waycross, departed this life peacefully Sunday (Dec. 6, 2015) at the Waycross Health and Rehabilitation, 1910 Dorothy St., Waycross.
Relatives and friends are being received at the home of his sister, Essie Hand, 1238 Folks St., Waycross.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. at New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 901 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
The funeral will be Saturday, 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
The body will lie in state from noon Saturday until the time of service.
The cortege will assemble at the home of Essie Hand, 1238 Folks St., Waycross, at 12:15 p.m. Saturday. The church pastor, the Rev. Jackie Hooper, will offer the words of comfort. Burial will take place in the Oakland Cemetery.
He was born in Hortense (Brantley County) Aug. 2, 1942, to the late Fred and Effie White McGauley. “Duck,” as he was called, was the youngest of 14 children. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Louise Edwards, Ruby Neal, Beatrice Nails and Sadie Bell, four brothers, Thomas McGauley, Eugene McGauley, Willie B. McGauley and Fred McGauley Jr.
He grew up in Waycross and was a graduate of Center High School in the class of 1960. At an early age, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Jack E. Edwards.
After graduating from high school, he relocated to Washington, D.C., where he was a hard and decided worker in many capacities such as a tourist driver, delivery driver for the Washington Post and mobile tours service from which he retired.
He also worked in Detroit, Mich., and Jacksonville, Fla., before returning to Waycross. He continued to work after retirement at the Ware County Board of Education and Waycross Molded Company as a security officer.
He continued his faithful membership at New Mt. Pleasant serving as a member of the No. 2 choir, male chorus and the Sunday School class. He shared his beautiful voice with his cousins, the McGauley Singers, as well as the Alma Male Chorus and the Holy Lights.
Left to cherish his memories are a loving daughter, Wanda McGauley (Joseph) Aiken, Brunswick; five siblings, Mother Essie Hand, Waycross, Alberta McGauley, Youngstown, Ohio, Vernelle Brown and Marie (Quincey) Daniels, both of Blackshear, Ola (Henry) Ray, Detroit, Mich.; granddaughter, Nakia McGauley Perry; great-grandchildren, Nyisha Monea Perry, Isaiah Perry, Nevaeh Norton; adopted sister and brother, Wilhelmenia Seays and David Kirby; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends who will cherish his memories forever.
Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc. is in charge of all of the arrangements.