Louise C. Lee
Louise C. Lee, 92, died early Monday morning (Dec. 14, 2015) at Pierce County Nursing Home after an extended illness.
She was a native of Pierce County who lived most of her life in Waycross. She was retired from Ware County School System lunchroom department.
She was a member of Second Baptist Church.
She was the daughter of the late Hobson Carter and Mamie Lee Carter. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Chester Lankford Lee Sr., her son, David Gerald Lee, three brothers, D.J. Carter, Loren Carter and Benny Carter, and one sister, Athylene Taylor.
Survivors include one daughter, Janet Elaine Watkins (Bill), of Valdosta; two sons, Chester Lankford Lee Jr. (Marilyn), of Loganville, and James Michael Lee, of Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter-in-law, Sheree Lee, of Blackshear; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Harrell (Lance), Paul Watkins (Misty), David Lee (Robin), Jenny Lee, Brett Lee (Hollee), Ashley Campbell (Tyler) and Mandy Lee; seven great-grandchildren, Maddox Harrell, Trace Harrell, Aldyn Harrell, Kade Watkins, Bennett Watkins, Hallie Watkins and Bethany Lee; one sister, Geniveve Jordan, of Dixie Union; three brothers, Donny Carter, of Waycross, Bobby Carter, of Brunswick, and Carl Carter, of Clearwater, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their grateful appreciation for the love and care they received from the staff at Pierce County Nursing Home.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Second Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Sharron Mays Lawn
Sharron Mays Lawn, 66, life-long resident of Ware County, died peacefully Saturday (Dec. 12, 2015) at Waycross Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born May 31, 1949, the daughter of the late Bill and Jean (Bagley) Mays, she was a long-time professor of English at South Georgia State College (at the time known as Waycross College).
A 1967 graduate of Ware County High School, she served as editor of the literary magazine and coordinator of the school radio program, “Voice of the Gators.”
During high school she won many leadership, essay and scholarship awards. She also played clarinet in the marching band.
In 1968, she won the 4-H Club National Public Speaking Award and received the Atlanta Journal Leadership Award for her 4-H work throughout Georgia. She also served as a counselor at Georgia’s largest 4-H camp, Rock Eagle in Eatonton.
She graduated first in class from Wesleyan College in Macon in 1971 where she was editor-in-chief of the college newspaper, editor of the literary magazine, executive stunt chairman and a member of every honor society on campus.
She received her master of arts degree and ABD in American literature from the University of Georgia. She was a Ford Foundation Fellow and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board Scholastic Honor Societies.
She is survived by her beloved son, William Lawn, and her sister, Janice Mays, both of Arlington, Va.
Her former husband, Tony Lawn, preceded her in death earlier this year.
She also leaves many friends and former students (among them a number of nurses who lovingly cared for her these last years) who will miss her humor and intelligence, as well as her loving disposition and beautiful smile.
She will be buried at Oakland Cemetery in a private graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be given in Sharron’s name to Waycross Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1010 Dorothy St., to Wesleyan College, Forsythe Road, Macon, Ga., or to Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton, Ga.
Arrangements are with Low Country Cremations.
James R. Morgan
BLACKSHEAR — James Rayford Morgan, 91, of Blackshear, passed away early Monday morning (Dec. 14, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home following a short illness.
Born in Blackshear July 31, 1924, he lived in Pierce County most of his life. He was a self-employed welder and was of the Baptist faith. He loved to fish and enjoyed working in his garden.
He was a son of the late John Allen and Allie Mae Taylor Morgan. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Lavenia Dixon Morgan, an infant daughter, Joan Morgan, both of his sons, Jimmy Morgan and David Morgan, two grandchildren, Katie Sweat and Jamie Morgan, and three brothers, A.J. Morgan, Ancil Morgan and J. Hugh Morgan.
Survivors include his daughter, Wanelle Dixon Morgan (husband, Joe), of Patterson; three grandchildren, Cory Morgan, Christie Morgan Aspinwall and Cody Morgan (wife, Lyndsi); five great-grandchildren, Alex Johnson, Helena Sweat, Emily Chappelear, Amelia “Millie” Morgan and Kyleigh Morgan; a great-great-grandchild, Layla Jane McKenzie; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 11 o’clock Thursday morning at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Ramah Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc. of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.
A funeral for Billy Kirkland was held Monday morning at Kettle Creek Southern Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Danny Callahan officiating.
Burial followed in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Shawn Brown, Glynn McAllister, Chris O’Berry, Eric Smith,, Ronnie Thornton and Ryan Williamson.
Honorary pallbearers were Maurice England, Jimmy McLanie, Cecil Taylor and area Masons.
Masonic Rites were conducted by Waycross Masonic Lodge No. 305 F&AM.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mildred O. Gerry
A graveside service for Mildred O. Gerry was held Monday afternoon at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.