Trena Harper Smith
Trena Harper Smith, 72, of Waycross, died Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 14, 2016) at the Serenity Place in Dublin after a short illness.
She was born in Atlanta to the late Onyx Darien Harper and Emma Susan Bridwell Harper. She lived in Waycross for most of her life where she worked at Commercial Bank, CSX Railroad and at the Department of Family and Children Services.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Chancel Choir, WMU, Reading Circle and taught Sunday School classes. She was active in her children’s lives and as they grew older she was a Den Mother for the Boy Scouts, PTA president, taught Sunday School and was a youth leader at Gilchrist Park United Methodist Church. She was a former president of the Waycross High School Marching Band Booster Club.
She was a member of the Rose Garden Club, the Red Hat Ladies, and the Busy Bee’s at Brooks United Methodist Church where they knitted blankets and made clothes for children in Haiti.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Mullis Smith, three sisters, Frances Osterhoudt, Betty Hudson and Juanita Harvey, one brother, John Robert Harper.
Survivors include three children, Andrew Christian Smith (wife, Christea), of Bridgewater, Va., Darien Cortell Smith (wife, Kristin), of Buford, Amy Leigh Jones (husband, Clay), of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; eight grandchildren, Bryan Smith, Drew Smith, Hannah Jones, Hunter Smith, Sydney Smith, Claire Jones, Wyatt Smith and Eva Jordan; two sisters, Emily Gail Croker, of Palmetto, Ga., and Susan Lynn Stanley (husband, Casey), of Newnan; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Jordan Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 5 until 7 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Irene Gant Johnson
A celebration of life for Irene Gant Johnson, who died Dec. 8, 2016, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Welch & Brinkley Mortuary with the Rev. Darrell McElroy officiating.
Visitation will be this evening from 6 to 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
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 may call at the home of Arthur Gant III, 703 Reed St.
Arrangements are with Welch & Brinkley Mortuary.

Mary Alice Bishop
Mary “Alice” Bishop, 98, died Wednesday (Dec. 14, 2016) at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek in Jacksonville, Fla.
She was born in Petersburg, Va., and graduated from Petersburg High School. She also attended Smithdeal-Massey Business College in Richmond, Va.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Waycross where she was also secretary for many years. She also worked in her late husband’s Tobacco Warehouse in Alma.
She was a daughter of the late Riddick Harwood Best and Dora Blanche Mondell Best. She was married to her late husband for 60 years, Kermit O. Bishop Sr.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Bishop Fancher (husband, Darrell); a son, Kermit “Buz” O. Bishop Jr.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Cemetery.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Eugene Taylor
Eugene Taylor, 86, died Thursday morning (Dec. 15, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
He was a native of Coffee County, but lived in Waycross since 1950. He retired from CSX Railroad as a labor foreman, and he was a member of First Church of the Nazarene.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy B. Taylor and Myrtice Davis Taylor, and one grandson, Gary Taylor Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Laverne Courson Taylor, of Waycross; one daughter, Shelia Gail Vaughn (Mark Deverger), of Darien; one son, Gary Taylor (wife, Patti), of Waycross; three grandchildren, Lana Taylor Folsom (husband, Russ), of Cumming, Sean Vaughn (Deanna), of Waycross, and Mandy Vaughn (J.D. Vickers), of Darien; six great-grandchildren, Aaliyah Baker and Justin Vickers, of Darien, Nicholas and Taylor Vaughn, of Waycross, Kelci Folsom and Rett Folsom, of Cumming; two step-grandchildren, Beth Deverger and Wesley Deverger (Brooke); one step-great-grandchild, Cora Deverger; four sisters, Betty Johnson, of Palatka, Fla., Morrell Huey, of Opalaka, Ala., Kathleen King, of Mershon, and Juanita Thomas, of Waycross; one brother, Herbert Taylor, of Brunswick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at First Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Raymond J. Dozier
Raymond J. “Herman” Dozier, of 2329 Ware Street Ext., Blackshear, died early Wednesday morning (Dec. 14, 2016) at Specialty Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.
Jacobs Funeral Home of Blackshear is serving the family and will announce the arrangements upon availability.

Gena Porter Becerra
Gena Ann Porter Becerra, 49, died Wednesday morning (Dec. 14, 2016) at her residence in Douglas.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Coffee County where she lived as a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gene Porter and Minnie Sue Brewster Porter, one son, Dakota Shane Porter, one sister, Debra Jean Hursey, and two brothers, Darrell Eugene Porter and Danny Wayne Porter.
Survivors include her husband, Filberto Becerra, of Mexico; three children, Cody Boyd Porter, Derreck Shawn Porter and Santana Nicole Porter, all of Douglas; one grandson, Russell Shavonie Killiebrew Jr.; one sister, Mary Helen Fogle (Rick), of Waycross; two brothers, Nickey Allen Porter and Jeremy Boyd Porter (Heather), both of Douglas; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at Roxie Mae Cemetery in Douglas.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday 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

Patsy Ann Ray
Patsy Ann Ray, 74, died Tuesday night (Dec. 13, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was a native of Jacksonville, Fla., but lived most of her life in Waycross. She was formerly employed in the lunchroom of Ware County School Systems. She was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church.
She was the daughter of the late Randall Green and Lois Palmer Green.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, James Edward Ray Sr., of Waycross; three children, Ricky Vaughn (Vonda), of Waynesville, Pam Powell, of Valdosta, and Jamie Ray (Lisa), of Waycross; seven grandchildren, Mandy Vaughn, Sean Vaughn, Gracie Gore, Payton Powell, Cade Powell, Tyler Ray and Ann Marie Ray; four great-grandchildren, Aaliyah, Justin, Nicholas and Taylor; one brother, Robert Randall “Buddy” Green, of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Tina Debile, of Kingsland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Sweat Memorial Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Music Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sweat Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 510 W. Blackshear Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31503.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Michael Carter
Michael Carter, 58, of Blackshear, passed away Thursday morning (Dec. 15, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Waycross, March 16, 1958, he lived in Pierce County all of his life. He was a 1976 graduate of Blackshear High School and went on to receive his bachelor and masters degrees from Brewton Parker College.
He spent 15 years as an educator in the Pierce County School System as well as Coastal Pines Technical College and coached high school and recreation league sports.
He also owned the Rockin’ Bear Café. He was a former deacon at Bristol Baptist Church and was a member of Walkerville Baptist Church. He will be remembered for his love of all people especially children and being a man of God.
He was a son of the late Jackie Nelma “J.N.” and Mary Lois Youngblood Carter. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Kristi Lois Carter.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Sue Crosby Carter, of Blackshear; two sons, Josh Carter (Baily Skinner and Hunter and Kellie), of Mershon, and Jake (Ashley) Carter, of Blackshear; two brothers, Joey (Elaine) Carter, of Blackshear, and Jimmy Carter, of Augusta; three grandchildren, Gracie Carter, Kinsley Carter and Keeley Rhae Johnson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Bristol Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org, Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501, or to the Southeast Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 2764, Waycross, Ga. 31502.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Augusta Arnold Blount
A funeral for Augusta Arnold Blount was held Thursday morning at Grace Episcopal Church with Rev. Kit Brinson officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jim McGhee, Brian Blount Jr., John Michael Blount, Sean Goggin, Jonathan Zawadzki and Ilan Zawadzki.
Honorary pallbearers were Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross Auxiliary.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Jean Smith
SCREVEN — The funeral for Linda Jean Macomber Smith, 67, was held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at Ritch Missionary Baptist Church.
Officiating were the Rev. Benjamin McReady and the Rev. Shon Cunningham.
Interment was in the Ritch Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Joel Smith, Wayne Grimsley, Junior Smith, Eddie Dixon, Robbie Henderson and Sandy Macomber.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Adult Sunday School class.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.