Kimberlie Stephenson
A celebration of life service for Kimberlie “Kim” McKnight Stephenson, 59, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at First Born Church of the Living God, 1120 H.J. Echols Drive where Bishop Michael Flynn is pastor and the Rev. Jackie Hooper (pastor of New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church) will offer words of comfort.
She was born Aug. 15, 1957 in Tucson, Ariz., to the late Prince McKnight Jr. and Emma Mae Lloyd McKnight. She grew up in Waycross where she received her formal education and graduated from Waycross High School in 1975.
“Kim,” as she was affectionately known, was a very loving and caring person. Her outgoing personality won a place in the hearts of those privileged to have known her.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and was a member of New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
She departed this life on Saturday morning (Dec. 3, 2016) after an illness. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Emily.
Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, D’Shaundra Stephenson (Danny), of Waycross; two sons, Herbert Stephenson Jr. (Ketha) and Lewis Butler (Patriaunia), both of Waycross; two she raised as daughters, (a niece) LaShona Cooper (Charlie) and (granddaughter) Ainozira Butler, both of Waycross; five brothers, Lorenzo McKnight, Jeffrey McKnight (Peggy), Eugene McKnight (Caroline), Kevin McKnight, all of Waycross, and Larry Holmes, of Albany; a sister, Azuloy Burse, of Waycross; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 22 nieces and nephews; a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Stephenson residence, 801 Daniel St.
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 at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. to the hour of service. Interment will be in Hazzard Hill cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker funeral home.

Rev. Andrew Velie
SAVANNAH — The Rev. Andrew “Andy” Velie, 80, of Blackshear, passed away early Tuesday morning (Dec. 6, 2016) at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah following a sudden illness.
Born in Eau Claire, Wis., Dec. 8, 1935, he lived in Ware County for several years before moving to Pierce County in the late ‘70’s. He worked as a parts, body shop, and service manager in the car business for a numbers of years for Ed Coleman Buick Oldsmobile, R.L. Walker Chevrolet and George Dempsey Ford.
He also worked for Pearson-Dial Funeral Home for a number of years greeting people (he never met a stranger) and comforting them as they grieved but was probably best known for his love of God and wanting to lead everyone to Jesus Christ. He served as senior pastor at Abundant Life Christian Center for many years and also served on several boards such as Concerted Services, FCMI, Aging Agency, as well as the Ministerial Association.
Some of his favorite things to do were reading his Bible, playing his guitar and singing, praying for people and leading them to Christ, working in his yard, and fishing, on occasion.
The most important thing to him besides following Christ was loving his precious wife of 62 years, Shelvie May Velie. He was a doting grandfather and knew he had been greatly blessed and divinely favored to have his family.
He was a son of the late Louie and Rose Lee Velie. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth and Jean, and by four brothers, John, Herbert, Joel and Gene.
Survivors include his wife, Shelvie May Velie, of Blackshear; his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Chris Braden, of Haymarket, Va.; his son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Cindy Velie, of Waycross; two sisters, Sarah (Arthur) Powell, of Florida, and Nancy (Tom) Rustikus, of Palm Bay, Fla.; two brothers, Ben (Janice) Velie and James Velie, all of Melbourne, Fla.; six grandchildren, Sabrina (Dave) Peete, Marie (Brad) Jacobs, Becky (Will) Santiago, Jennifer (Bryan) Beasley, Jet Thornton and Samantha (Courey) York; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held Saturday morning at 11 in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Concerted Services, 711 Hendry St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
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.

Sallie ‘Josie’ Gill
Sallie Josephine “Josie” Hensley Gill, 68, passed away late Tuesday evening (Dec. 6, 2016) at her residence following a lengthy illness.
Born in Blackshear March 7, 1948, she resided and lived most of her life in Pierce County. She was a homemaker but was also very active in local and state politics for many years. She tirelessly devoted her time during many elections and also served as campaign manager for several seeking office. She was an avid reader and a life-long learner. She was a special mother who will be greatly missed and was of the Pentecostal faith.
She was a daughter of the late Joseph Michael and Annie Bell Smith Hensley Sr. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, James Milton “Midge” Gill, a great-grandchild, Kylie-Anne Marie Gebhart, a special mother and father, Cora Mae Crosby Gill and Riley Allen Gill, two sisters, Mary Ann Walker and Dale Counts, a brother, Phillip Aaron Hensley, a special aunt, Sally Grace Thomas Gill, and a special uncle, Everette “Buddy” Lee Gill Sr.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Steve Davis, of Patterson, and Lisa and Paul Strayer, of Jesup; four sons and daughters-in-law, James Milton “Jimmy” and Chon Gill Jr., of Green Cove Springs, Fla., and Gene and Rita Gill, John and Keela Gill, and Louie and Dongsoon Gill, all of Waycross; two special daughters, Diann (Mitchell) Walker, of Patterson, and Teresa (Joey) Godwin, of Blackshear; a special son, Floyd (Mary) Gill, of Patterson; two sisters, Nellie Faye Hanson and Nancy Burney, both of Brunswick; a brother, Joe Mike Hensley Jr., of Valdosta; 13 grandchildren, Anthony (Mallory) Gill, Craig Davis, Renee (Charles) Corbitt, Dewayne Strayer, Astin (Joselyn) Gill, Holly (Charlie) Mitchell, Heather (Chap) Gebhart, Luke (Hali) Strayer, Casie Davis, Amber Gill, Tiger Gill, Gracie Gill and Clayton James Gill; 14 great-grandchildren with three on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the New Home Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
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.

Judy Head Williamson
Judy Head Williamson, 71, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday (Dec. 7, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.

Freddie Mae Jones
Freddie Mae Jones, 59, of 603 Owens St., Waycross, passed away Saturday (Dec. 3, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross with family members at her bedside.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Faith Works Church of God in Christ, 1118 Effie St., in Waycross.
The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Faith Works C.O.G.I.C. where Evangelist Kathy Pierce is pastor.
Superintendent William Williams will offer words of comfort. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.
The cortege will assemble at 603 Owens St. at 10:15 a.m.
Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery. The family is currently receiving friends at the residence.
She was born June 20, 1957 to the late Eugene Rawls Sr. and Ruby Mae Rawls, in Pearson. She grew up in Waycross where she received her formal education from the public school system.
On April 14, 2000 she was joined in holy matrimony to Jerome Evans Jones. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was a devoted member of Faith Works C.O.G.I.C. under the leadership of Pastor Kathy Pierce. She was called from her earthly home to her Heavenly home after a short illness.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirleen Latisha Rawls, and four siblings, Linda Mae Rawls, Robert Rawls, Joe Rawls, Clarence Rawls, and a lifelong friend, Betty J. Reese.
She leaves to cherish her memories a loving husband, Jerome Evans Jones; a devoted son, Jimmy Moore Jr.; three sisters, Frances Milton and Rosa Mae Sanders, all of Waycross; Wanda Sims, of Pearson; three brothers, Charles Rawls, of Willacoochee, Eugene Rawls Jr. and Bobby Rawls, both of Waycross; mother-in-law, Vinnie Evans Jones; a sister-in-law, Vanessa Jones, and brother-in-law, Issac Jones, all of Waycross; a host of aunts, uncles, special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements

David S. Strickland
David Sherroll Strickland, 76, died Wednesday (Dec. 7, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a short illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Lois Geneva Barber
Lois Geneva Barber, 90, of Waycross, died early Wednesday morning (Dec. 7, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
She was born in Tupelo, Miss., to the late Ballard and Eunice Funderburk. The railroad brought Mrs. Barber and her husband, Jake, to Waycross in 1950, where they made their home ever since. She worked for more than 30 years with the Waycross School System in their food services department before her retirement in the late 1970’s.
She was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church. Although never a member of Second Baptist Church, she was always proud, humbled and blessed by the outreach and ministry the church gave to her. She was a very accomplished and avid crocheter. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Jake B. Barber, a brother, Lester Barber, and a sister, Mildred Merchant.
She is survived by two sons, Robert Carl Barber (wife, Teresa), of Jonesboro, and Mike Barber, of Waycross; a grandson, Matthew Barber (wife, Kelly), of Jonesboro; two great-grandchildren; a half-brother, Wendell Funderburk, of Montgomery, Ala.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Oakland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Baptist Church, 301 Tomberlin Road, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James ‘J.R.’ Gilliard
James Robert “J.R.” Gilliard, 82, died Wednesday (Dec. 7, 2016) at Twin Oaks Convalescent Center in Alma, following a long illness.
He was a native of Manor but lived most of his life in Waycross. He was a retired salesman from Flavorich Ice Cream Company and attended Mt. Green Church of God of Prophecy.
He was the son of the late Wesley Linton Gilliard and Cleo Mae Lee Gilliard. He was preceded in death by three children, Donnie Gilliard, Michelle Gilliard and Robby Gilliard.
Survivors include his wife, Earnie Mae Gilliard, of Waycross; two daughters, Linda Pennington, of Alma, and Jan Gilliard, of Savannah; three grandchildren, Gina Lee (husband, James), Courtney Holmes (husband, Josh) and Maci Allen; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lorene Fournier, of Callahan, Fla., and Jan Dial (husband, Delvis), of Manor; a brother, Jerry Gilliard (wife, Barbara); and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in the Mt. Green Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley G. Boatright
Shirley Gail Boatright, 64, of Mershon, passed away at her residence Wednesday (Dec.7, 2016) after a short illness.
She was a native of Bacon County, daughter of the late Jacob A. Carter and Leecelle Medders Mercer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Troy Truitt Boatright, and a step-daughter, Amy Boatright.
She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Dawson Klein Murray, of Mershon; three daughters, Kymberly (Roger) Anderson, of Alma, Amanda Marie Boatright, of Mershon, and Winter Michelle Thrift (Johnny), of Jesup; a brother, Eddie Carter (Donna), of Waresboro; and eight grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Donnie Mullis and the Rev. R.B. Gaskins officiating.
Interment will follow in Wesley Chapel Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6 to 9 o’clock.
Active pallbearers will be Dawson Murray, Allan Thrift, John Hopkins, Bobby Wayne Hart, James Carter and Nathan Boatright.
All others in attendance will be considered honorary escorts.
Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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