Hazel Marie C. Tatum
Hazel Marie Crawford Tatum, 87, died Sunday (Feb. 15, 2015) at the Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County. She was a graduate of Manor High School and a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Ware County Homemakers Club for 61 years and a lifetime member of Emerson Park PTA.
She was the daughter of the late Leonard Toomer Crawford and Alma Thrift Crawford. She was married to the late James Hamilton “Hamp” Tatum and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Misener (late husband, Al), and a brother, Hilton Crawford.
She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Dickson (husband, Larry), Janice Brown (husband, Jerry), and Marva Tatum, all of Waycross; two sons, Lawrence Tatum Sr. (wife, Annette) and Chris Tatum (wife, Jennifer), both of Waycross; 11 grandchildren, Shawn Smoak, Craig Smoak, Hamp Tatum, John Dyal, Butch Misener, Bob Dyal, Dalton Tatum, Simone Croft, Kelly Murray, Chrissa Johns and Jenna Tatum; 18 great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren, David Dickson, Larry Dickson, Jimmy Dickson, Kenny Dickson, Jeffrey Dickson, Jonathan Brown and Joshua Brown; five sisters, Laverne Herrin, of Waycross, Faye Butler, of Waycross, Brenda Henderson, of Jesup, Betty Carol Robbins, of Waycross, and Lynne Burns, of Jesup; three brothers, Boyce Crawford, Benny Crawford and Keith Crawford, all of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sweat Memorial Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at the church from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Members of the R.T. Lee Sunday School Class are asked to meet at the church Wednesday by 10:40 a.m. to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Otis Earl Waters
BLACKSHEAR — Otis Earl Waters, 93, of Tifton, died Friday (Feb. 13, 2015) at Pierce County Nursing Home in Blackshear.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Albritton Funeral Directors, Tifton, with the Rev. Earl Steffens officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Born June 20, 1921, in Gordon County, he was the son of Willie Bernaze Waters and Willie Mae Mills Waters. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lucile Webb Waters.
He was retired from Southern Bell as a toll board technician. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II.
He is survived by his son, Robert Waters, of Cumming, and his daughter, Donna Waters, of Blackshear.
Arrangements are with Albritton Funeral Directors.
Julie Ann R. Davis
Julie Ann Reynolds Davis, 56, of Mershon, died Friday morning (Feb. 13, 2015) following a short illness.
Born June 24, 1958 in Tampa, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Robert James and Nancy Burnet Reynolds. She lived most of her life in Pierce County where she was a housewife and attended Blackshear Presbyterian Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Allen “Kip” Davis Jr., and her maternal grandparents, Hamp and Willie Mae “Bill” Bowen Burnet.
Survivors include her three children, John Sikes, Drew Davis and Courtney Davis, all of Mershon; seven grandchildren, Dylan Walker Sikes, Sierra Jade Sikes, Zoie Rain Sikes, all of Waycross, Aliya Renae Presley, Sarah Elizabeth Presley and Makenzie Rayne Presley, all of Mershon, and Kaliegh Grace Davis, of Blackshear; two brothers, Bobby Reynolds (wife, Terri), of Albany, and Jessie Reynolds, of Mershon; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at Blackshear Presbyterian Church.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blackshear Presbyterian Church, 432 Main St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
Kathleen J. Perry
Kathleen Johnston Proctor Perry, 62, of Waycross, was promoted to glory early Thursday morning (Feb. 12, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a short illness.
She was born in Boston, Mass., to the late Lewis Johnston and Eleanor Towlan Johnston. She grew up in Fisher, Ill., and has lived in Waycross since 1971. She was a Christian, a homemaker and loving wife, a patriot and a 40-year soldier of The Salvation Army Corps who loved working with the community.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, John Perry, and one sister, Trina Johnston.
Survivors include her sons, Mark Proctor, Victor and Myrtis Proctor; five grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at The Salvation Army Church, 401 Ethel St., Saturday at 3 p.m. Memorialization is by cremation.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o The Salvation Army, 977 Tebeau St., Waycross Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum is in charge of the arrangements.
James A. ‘Jim’ King
SYLVESTER — James A. “Jim” King, 87, of Sylvester, died Monday (Feb. 16, 2015) at his residence.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Baptist Church.
Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
The Rev. Todd Brooks, the Rev. Ronald Barrett and Arthur Smith will officiate.
He was born in Ware County Sept. 21, 1927, son of the late James Harvey and Annie May Beverly King. He lived in Worth County since 1956. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII serving four years on the USS Mt. McKinley and participated in three atomic bomb tests.
He retired from Southern Bell/AT&T after 31 years and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He spent his years in retirement being a devoted Christian, father, grandfather, fisherman, hunter, farmer and most of all a devoted husband.
He had a generous heart that his family, friends and neighbors knew. He entered the kingdom of God surrounded by family and faith. He was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church and the Men’s Sunday School Class.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Betty Pritchard King, of Sylvester; sons, Tommy Hickox (Judy), of Abernant, Ala., Donnie King (Kathy), of Sylvester, Jeff King (Nicky), of Jackson, Ala.; grandchildren, Candi Fleming, Kristi Baranko (Bert), Jason King (Robyn), Amanda Atkinson (Tony), Melissa Conley, Melissa Barton, Jackie Crumpton, Anna Jennings and Janna Sanders; great-grandchildren, Darrien, Holly, Eve and Cody Conley, Faith and Alex King, Bob Baranko, Tony Atkinson, Devon Barton, Mathew and Sissy Jennings, Dalton and Conner Crumpton, Thomas and Emily Sanders; and a brother, Otis King, of Manor.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, four sisters and his daughter, Amelia Joyce Fleming, who died March 2, 2011.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 at Banks Funeral Home in Sylvester.
Condolences may be offered online at www.banksfh.com
Banks Funeral Home in Sylvester is in charge of arrangements.
A home-going service for Louis Barrett was held Saturday, 1 p.m., at Greater St. James AME Church on Lee Street in Blackshear.
The Rev. Gerald Copeland, pastor, delivered eloquent and comforting words.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery, Waycross.
Active pallbearers were Simon Pierre, Zachery Holder, Eric Moore, Famor Moore, Arthur Williams Jr. and Keith Moore.
Honorary pallbearers were Sonny Moore, Shon Cooper, Jimmy McBride, Calvin Ohara, Craig Smiley and Jasper McBride.
Arrangements were entrusted to Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc., 505 Ware St., Blackshear.