Ruby H. Gowen
FOLKSTON — Ruby Harrison Gowen, 96, passed away Thursday morning (Dec. 10, 2015) at Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.
She was born in Kingsland March 9, 1919 to the late Ward W. and Eva Bunkley Harrison. After graduating from Kingsland High School, she moved to Folkston with her family and worked with her father at his newspaper, the Charlton County Herald, and at the local post office.
She married J.V. Gowen Jr. on Oct. 8, 1937. Along with other relatives, J.V. and Ruby operated the Folkston Grain and Grocery. She was also a bookkeeper for the family’s timber business.
After starting her own family, she devoted herself to her husband and children.
She was a member of  Folkston United Methodist Church and attended both Folkston United Methodist Church and Prospect Methodist Church as long as she was able.
She taught Sunday School and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She loved to garden both flowers and vegetables, was a member of the Garden Club and insisted on canning vegetables as long as she was able. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing and designing clothes.
She loved to share her memories of friends, brothers and sisters. She was a great cook and took pleasure in cooking for many at family gatherings.
Above all, “Gagi,”  as she was known by family and friends, loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She watched over three generations — loving her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They also loved her.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Eve Blair (Leslie); son, John (Debbie); brother, Kenneth Harrison (Jean); grandchildren, Danon Middleton (Cord), Rhonda Murray (Russ), Beth Coleman (Matthew), Tara Blair, Jenny Gowen (John Kinder), Jim Gowen (Mandy) and Andy Gowen (Ashley); great-grandchildren, Spencer, Carson and Reese Middleton, Hank and Ellie Murray, Ruby, Sam and Harry Coleman, Julianna and Charlie Gowen, and Finley and Chase Gowen; Uncle Harold and Aunt Ann Gowen, many loving nieces and nephews; “The Girls”; companions, Lucinda, Denise, Faith, Elvira and Vertie; and many wonderful friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, J.V. Gowen Jr., their daughter, Sandra, their son, Kenny, and her siblings, Jessie Mae Pickren, Robert Harrison and Ethel Gowen.
Visitation with the family will be today at Mrs. Ruby’s home from 5 until 8 p.m.
The funeral will be at  Folkston United Methodist Church Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Jack Varnell officiating.
Burial will follow at Pineview Cemetery in Folkston.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com
Folkston United Methodist Church and Prospect Church were organizations near and dear to Mrs. Ruby’s heart.
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home, Folkston,

Mildred O. Gerry
Mildred O. Gerry, 96, died Friday morning (Dec. 11, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a brief illness.
She was a native of Auburn, N.Y., but moved to Waycross in 1965 after her husband retired from the U.S. Navy with 30 years of service.
She was a retired medical technician and owner and operator of Service Physicians and Bennett Breathing Machines. A member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, she was a lifetime member of VFW 4382 and Ladies Auxiliary Waycross.  Many years ago, she modeled hats and her hands for Macy’s in New York City, N.Y.
She was the daughter of the late Christian Meier and Ottilie Fitz Meier. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sigmund C. Gerry, one daughter, Marcella Thornton, and one sister, Alma Davis.
Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Marilyn E. Goodwin (husband, Tom), Marileen Barrett, Philip Davis (wife, Donna), all of Memphis, N.Y., and Jerry Davis (wife, Flora), of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; numerous cousins and other relatives from several generations; longtime friends, Jack and Linda Hickox, Burrell and Cynthia McKinnon; and all her special friends at Waring Street Apartments.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. Monday at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Billy Kirkland
Billy Kirkland, 68, died Friday (Dec. 11, 2015) at his residence following a short illness.
He was a native of Waycross and lived most of his life in Waycross. He was retired from Rayonier and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of Kettle Creek Southern Congregational Methodist Church and served on the board of stewards and the cemetery board. He was a past Master of the Waycross Masonic Lodge No. 305, a past president of the Waycross Shrine Club and a past President of St. Illa Rose Society.
He was the son of the late Harold M. Kirkland and the late Natalie Mullis Kirkland. He was also preceded in death by his children’s mother, Terry Mixon Kirkland.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie U. Kirkland, of Waycross; two sons, Wayne Kirkland, of Roswell, and Bill Kirkland (wife, Rebecca), of Waycross; a daughter, Pamela Pridgen, of Cumming; a step-daughter, Sandy Harrell (husband, Mike), of Waycross; a step-son, Will Hinson, of Dublin; six grandchildren, Brooklyn Daniel (husband, Chase), Rachel Kirkland, Sommer Pridgen, Samantha Kirkland, Reid Kirkland and Teriayn Kirkland; four step-grandchildren, Shayna Mosley (husband, Dustin), Rhae Soper (husband, Forest), Michael Harrell and Mason Harrell; two great-grandchildren, Braelyn Daniel and Nora Daniel; two step-great-grandchildren, Jase Mosley and Rylan Mosley; a brother, John Shaw (wife, Sherry), of Waycross; sisters-in-law, Sandra Casper (husband, Mike), of Flowery Branch, Patty Carter (husband, Ronnie), of Blackshear; a brother-in-law, Glenn Ursrey (wife, Sandy), of Waycross; and this paper is not big enough to list all his special friends.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Kettle Creek  Southern Congregational Methodist Church.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Music Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rusty Allen Beard
LUDOWICI — Rusty Allen Beard, 2, passed away Wednesday (Dec. 9, 2015) at his residence.
He was born in Savannah, lived in Waycross most of his life and in Ludowici the past three months. He was a special little boy and loved the Ninja Turtles, especially Rafael.
Survivors are his parents, Jennifer Beard, of Ludowici, and Christopher Beard, of Waycross; sisters, Emery Thomas, of Waycross, Allison Thomas, of Alma, Aubrey Beard, of Ludowici, and Carly Beard and Kara Beard, both of Douglas; maternal grandmother, Lisa Harrell, of Waycross; paternal grandmother, Velvet Beard, of Douglas; maternal great-grandparents, the Rev. William and Mavis Jacobs, of Waycross; paternal great-grandparents, Leigh Courtney, of Waycross, and Robert and Rose Beard, of Baton Rouge, La.
Visitation will be this evening from 6 until 8 at Howard Funeral Home.
A graveside service will be Sunday at 4 p.m. at the High Bluff Cemetery east of Waycross with the Rev. William Jacobs officiating.
The family will receive friends at the cemetery prior to the service.
Family and friends may sign the online registry at www.howardfuneralga.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici.

Margaret Fox Morris
Margaret Elizabeth Fox Morris, 90, died Thursday (Dec. 10, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a brief illness.
She was a native of Tampa, Fla., but lived most of her life in Waycross. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class.
She was the daughter of the late George A. Fox and the late Lennie Stanley Rawls. She was the wife of the late Cyril Maynard Morris. She was also preceded in death by her infant daughter, Marilyn Morris, and her great-grandson, Josh Morrison.
Survivors include her three daughters, Janet Jacobs (husband, Alin), of Daytona Beach, Fla., Brenda Sapp (husband, Gene), of Blackshear, and Bea Johnston (husband, John), of Burlington, N.C.; four grandchildren, Melissa Morrison (husband, Don), Stephen Sapp (wife, Stacey), Jennifer Wallace (husband, David) and Matthew Johnston; five great-grandchildren, Ashley, Abbey, Maggie, Georgia and Ashton; a step-grandson, Marc Jacobs (wife, Sheri); a step-great-granddaughter, Mila; a brother-in-law, Herbert Morris, of Atlanta; her lifelong best friend, Evelyn Walker, of Waycross; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Central Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Members of the Dorcas Sunday School Class are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to meet at the church at 1:40 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church, 201 Ava St., Waycross, Ga.  31501, or the charity of one’s choice.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nadine Peacock
HOBOKEN — Nadine Baker Harris Peacock, 88, of Hoboken, passed away Friday morning (Dec. 12, 2015) at her residence after a brief illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com

David O. Weis III
A graveside service for David O’Neil Weis III was held Friday afternoon at Kettle Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Alonzo Scott officiating.
Pallbearers were Jon Weis, Eli Moran, Kyle Weis, Kennedy Fennell, Jakob Winters and Christian Jared.
Honorary pallbearers were Ware County High School ROTC students.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rayford R. Pittman
A funeral for Rayford Russell Pittman was held Friday morning at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ryan Lamb and the Rev. Ron Burbank officiating.
Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery in Brantley County.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Edna Metts Tucker
A funeral for Edna Ethelene Metts Tucker was held Friday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Morrison and the Rev. Gary Page officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Rusty Hough, Colby Nagel Lee Nagel, Mark Mullis, Mike Mullis and Greg Wilson.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.