Ralph E. Gillis Sr.
Ralph Edward Gillis Sr., 68, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday evening (Dec. 13, 2015) at Baptist Medical Center – Nassau in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Born in Waycross, he was the son of the late Clarence Edward Gillis and Juanita Carter Gillis. At the age of 9, his family moved to Jacksonville for this father’s career with CSX and his mother’s career as a flower shop owner on the westside of town.
After graduating from Andrew Jackson High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Upon being honorably discharged in 1969, he returned home and married on Oct. 10.
He worked for a short time at the Winn Dixie Bag Company in Jacksonville before beginning a 25-year career in the paper industry at Container Corporation of America in Fernandina Beach, Fla. He retired from Smurfit Stone as foreman in 1997. Upon retiring, he and his wife moved to Nahunta to be near family. They returned to Fernandina Beach in 2013.
He was an avid fisherman and won three trout fishing tournaments in Fernandina Beach.
He was a former member of the Waynesville Church of God in Waynesville in Brantley County.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Alice Gillis, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; two sons, Ralph E. Gillis Jr., of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Ray Gillis (wife, Cindy), of Lubbock, Texas; a brother, Andrew Milton Gillis, of Waynesville; a sister, Hazel Walker, of Little Rock, Ark.; a dear friend, Fran Christianson; three grandchildren, Tayler Rhea Gillis, Lindsey LaQuinta Gillis and Hannah Marie Davis; a great-grandson, Jasper Matthews; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at noon Friday at the River of Praise Worship Center in Yulee, Fla., with the Rev. Larry Osborne and Pastor Ion Johns officiating.
He will be laid to rest in Lawnwood Cemetery in Kingsland, with military honors.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Oxley Heard.
Friends may share his life legacy and leave condolences and memories at www.oxleyheard.com
Oxley-Heard Funeral Home in Fernandina Beach is serving the family.

Thomas J. Westberry
Thomas Junior Westberry, 79, died late Monday night (Dec. 14, 2015) at Waycross Health and Rehab after an extended illness.
He was born in Wayne County to the late Tom and Esther Dunlap Westberry, but made Waycross his home for most of his life. He was married to the late Georgia Ann Justice Westberry and was a brake specialist at Finn Brothers for many years.
He was a former member of University Boulevard Church of God and enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors with his family.
He was preceded in death by three children, Patricia Ann Beckham, Jimmy Junior Westberry and Eddie Joe Westberry, a sister, Helen Knowles.
He is survived by a son Tommy Junior Westberry (wife, Kelly Westberry), of Waycross; a daughter, Kelli Steedley (husband, James), of Waycross; 14 grandchildren, Tonya Westberry, Melissa Westberry, Tommy Junior Westberry III (wife Dixie), of Blackshear, Thomas Patrick Westberry, of Blackshear, Sherry Marie Westberry, of Alma, Donald Beckham, Kenny Beckham, Tina Beckham, J.R. Westberry, Melanie Westberry, Kristien Westberry, Rosie Westberry, Tabatha Westberry, Skylet Westberry; numerous great-grandchildren; four sisters, Faye Duncan, of Jesup, Opal Brown, Kathleen Revere, Carolyn Gregory; three brothers, James Walton Westberry, of Alma, Buddy Mclaughton, of Tifton, Dalton Westberry, of Jesup; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Enon Cemetery in Blackshear.
The family will receive friends at Miles-Odum Funeral Home from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Rastus Riggins
BLACKSHEAR — Rastus Riggins, 97, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday morning (Dec. 15, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Blackshear, Oct. 22, 1918, he lived in Pierce County all of his life. He was a farmer but in his younger days, he worked at Schreiber’s Department Store in Blackshear as well as co-owned a community grocery store with his late brother, Edwin.
He was the oldest member of the Pierce County Hunting Club, enjoyed sitting on the bench in front of Wall’s IGA and visiting with people, and picked up many golf balls over the years at the Lakeview Golf Club next to his home.
He was a son of the late Nicholas Lawton and Ocie Dixon Riggins. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Waunella Tuten, and by all nine of his brothers, B. Fay, Alvin, Virgil, R.C., twins, Edgar and Edwin, Harold, Riley and Ray Riggins.
Survivors include two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dottie and Milton Harper and Ferrell and Charles Bryant, all of Blackshear; six sisters-in-law, Mary Griner, Betty Riggins, Roxie Riggins, Jean Riggins and Eloise Johnson, all of Blackshear, and Peggy Riggins, of Blue Ridge; numerous nieces, nephews and several other relatives and friends.
The funeral will be held at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to a charity of one’s choosing.
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.

James Rayford Morgan
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, three brothers, A.J. Morgan, Ancil Morgan and J. Hugh Morgan; and a sister, Christine Tillman.
Survivors include his daughter, Wanelle Morgan Davis (husband, Joe), of Patterson; three grandchildren, Cory Morgan, Christie Morgan Aspinwall and Cody Morgan (wife, Lyndsi); five great-grandchildren, Alex Johnson and Austin McKinzie, Helena Sweat, Emily Chappelear, Amelia “Millie” Morgan and Kyleigh Morgan; a great-great-grandchild, Layla Jane McKinzie; 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 this 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.