Grace A. Harvey
A celebration of life service for Grace Armstrong Harvey, 84, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at new mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 901 Ossie Davis Parkway, with the church pastor, the Rev. Jackie Hooper Sr. offering words of comfort.
She was born Dec. 22, 1931 to the late Dock Armstrong and Girsey Norwood Armstrong in Waycross.
She received her formal education from the public school systems of Ware County and Waycross where she attended Center High School. She worked many years as a devoted and caring housekeeper.
She was joined in holy matrimony to the late John “Sonny” Harvey.
She joined New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at an early age where she served faithfully.
On Saturday (Dec. 10, 2016) the Lord wrapped his loving arms around her and carried her to her heavenly home. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Willie L. Armstrong, Jesse Armstrong, Arrie Armstrong, Otis Armstrong, and her twin brother, Grady Armstrong, two sisters, Lillian Williams and Hattie Baker.
She leaves to cherish her memory a niece she raised as a daughter, Veronica Evans (Renall), of Rockville, Md.; a loving sister, Mattie Gipson (the Rev. Johnny), of Waycross; a brother, Jewel Armstrong, of Bartow, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Cleo Armstrong, of Waycross, and Dorene Hendrix, of Albany; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the home of her brother-in-law and sister, the Rev. Johnny and Mattie Gipson, 3171 Bentwood Drive.
Public visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Irene Gant Johnson
Irene Gant Johnson died Dec. 8, 2016.
She was born to Irene Gant and the late Arthur Lee Gant Jr. June 28, 1965 in Waycross.
She accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Dan Washington. She attended Pierce County Schools.
Those left to cherish her memories include five children, three boys, George Lee Williams (Courtney), of North Carolina, Joseph Williams, of Fort Hood Texas, and Richard Williams, of Waycross; two daughters, Felanta Gant and Ritizee Williams, of Milledgeville; her mother, Irene Williams, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sisters, Ruby Gant, of Jacksonville, Fla., Marguerite Gant, of Waycross, Jackie Williams, Bessie Boone (Donald), of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three brothers, Arthur Lee Gant III (Cece), Robert Gant (Julie), of Jacksonville, Fla., and Leo Williams, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one step-sister, Norma Moore (Cleveland), of North Carolina; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts.
Friends are being received at the home of Arthur Gant III, 703 Reed St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Welch & Brinkley Mortuary.

Mary Alice Best Bishop
Mary Alice Best Bishop, 98, died Wednesday (Dec. 14, 2016) at West Minister Woods in Jacksonville, Fla.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Trena H. Smith
Trena H. Smith, 72, of Waycross, died Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 14, 2016) at Serenity Place in Dublin after an illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Patsy Ann Ray
Patsy Ann Ray, 74, died Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2014) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Leola Knight
Leola Christine Criswell Knight, 95, of Waycross, died Wednesday night (Dec. 14, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear.

Virginia E. Childers
Virginia Elizabeth Robinson Childers, 89, of Waycross, died Tuesday morning (Dec. 13, 2016) at Baptist Village after an extended illness.
She was born in Hartford, Conn., to the late Herbert and Elizabeth Robinson.
Mr. and Mrs. Childers moved to Waycross in 1969 where he managed the Ware Hotel Restaurant and she helped him there for several years. She was known as “Ms. Ginny” at the YMCA where she was over the pre-school and kindergarten classes.
“Ms. Ginny” also taught swimming lessons to many children in Ware County at the YMCA and later taught private lessons at her home. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and the choir.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John James Childers, one brother, Herbert Childers.
Survivors include three children, Hope Waggoner (husband, Norman), of Valrico, Fla., Donald Childers (wife, Emma), of Orange Park, Fla., Robin Dye (husband, H.L.), of Starke, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Friday morning at 11 at Jacksonville National Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James Jerrideau Jr.
James Jerrideau Jr., 57, of 139 Chipmunk Trail, Alma, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2016) at his resident.
He was the husband of Hazel Jerrideau.
The family is currently receiving friends at the residence.
Funeral arrangements and a list of survivors will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

Willie Ruth Black
Deaconess Willie Ruth Black passed away Saturday (Dec. 10, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
The family is receiving friends at 1401 Doris St., Waycross.
Public visitation will be Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 1700 MLK Drive in Waycross.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ware County Middle School, 1700 Cherokee St. in Waycross.
Burial will follow at the Golden Family Cemetery in Dixie Union.
Bishop Clarence Adamson of Zachary Holiness will offer words of comfort. The cortege will assemble at 1:15 p.m. at the residence.
She was born in Waresboro to the late Wilbert Golden and Queen Esther Charles. She was lovable and loved by many. Preceding her in death other than her father, was her husband, Deacon B.C. Black, and a daughter, Danielle Yolanda Barnes Gaskin.
She was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for many years. She also worked in the Ware County School System along with Waycross Health and Rehabilitation for years. She was known for her smile and humbleness to many who crossed her path along the way.
Affectionately known as “Curly,” she leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Queen Esther Charles; sons, Terrell Perry, Howard Combs, Patrick Combs (Deborah); a daughter, the late Pastor Norma (Coley) Collins; adopted daughter, Toy’lashia Combs; brothers, Billy Charles, Eugene Charles and Clifford Charles Sr.; sisters, Willie Mae Sallet and Mary Charles; aunt, Etta Smith; uncles, Sammy Sallet (Sandy), Frank Sallet (Mary Ann) and Edward Sallet (Janice); and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pastor Norma Collins
Pastor Norma Collins, 51, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Waycross, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2016) at St. Vincent Medical Center with loved ones at her bedside.
The family is receiving friends at 1401 Doris St., Waycross.
Public visitation will be held Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 1700 MLK Drive, Waycross.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ware County Middle School, 2301 Cherokee St. Waycross.
Burial will follow in the Golden Family Cemetery, Dixie Union.
The cortege will assemble at 1401 Doris St. at 1:15 p.m.
Bishop Clarence Adamson of Zachary Holiness Church will offer words of comfort.
Affectionately known as “Peanut,” she was born in Jesup, to the late John Henry Patterson and the late Willie Ruth Black.
She was a devout and faithful believer who loved God and her family. She was ordained as one of the pastors of The Church 3:20 in Jacksonville, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Danielle Yolanda Barnes Gaskin.
She leaves memories to be cherished by her husband, Coley Collins; her children, Keyshona Charles, Dewight (Crystal) Charles, Camellia Charles, all of Jacksonville, Fla., Franklin Charles, Joshua (Twalliah) Collins, Iona (Derrick) Faison, all of Waycross, and Marie Collins, of Savannah; brothers, Terrell Perry, Howard Combs, Patrick (Deborah) Combs, Jarred (Dwayna) Patterson and Jeremy Patterson; her grandmother, Queen Esther Charles; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Samuel Thompson Sr.
A funeral for Samuel “Sammy” Wayne Thompson Sr. was held Wednesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Jeffers officiating.
Burial followed in Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Austin Delk, Colton Haire, David Haire, Jimmy Hill, Hayden Mardany and Josh Mardany.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jean Tucker
A funeral for Irma Jean Tucker was held Wednesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Joe Chancey and Brother Joey Chancey officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mark King, Steve Wayne King, Lee Martin, John Shonfelt, Daniel John Tucker, David John Tucker and Michael London Tucker.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Ann Pack
A funeral service for Joyce Ann Pack was held Wednesday afternoon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lester Weldon and the Rev. Ralph Lairsey officiating.
Burial followed in Kettle Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Ray officiating.
Pallbearers were Nathan Dryden, Billy Johnson, Michael Pack Jr., Jonathan Pack, Christopher Lashley and Josh Morgan.
Honorary pallbearers were Tim Duncan and John C. Pack.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Adrian K. Bennett
A funeral for Adrian Kenneth Bennett was held Wednesday afternoon at Jamestown Baptist Church with the Rev. Ben Glosson officiating.
Burial followed in Ben James Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Alan Bennett, Billy Bennett, Sammy Ganas, Trey Lee, Zach McCarthy and Billy O’Bright.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.