Dennis D. Fulford Jr.
Dennis Dalton Fulford Jr., 88, of Waycross, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2015) at Satilla Care Center following an extended illness.
Born in Pierce County, Aug. 14, 1926, he lived in Ware County most of his life. He graduated from Waycross High School in 1946 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his discharge from the Army, he worked in the funeral industry and later decided to further his career by enrolling in the Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tenn., from which he graduated in 1946.
In January 1963, he and his wife, Betty, purchased Mincy Funeral Home and renamed it Mincy-Fulford Funeral Home which they owned and operated for many years. The Georgia Funeral Directors Association honored him on May 16, 2000 for 50 years of funeral service.
He had been very active in several civic endeavors over the years. Some of those include being a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 305 where he was a Master Mason, a past post commander of the VFW Post No. 4282, a past commander of the American Legion Post No. 119, a past president of the Okefenokee Lions Club for which he was a member for more than 50 years; a former secretary-treasurer of the Civitan Club, Scout Master for Troop 304 for several years, a member of Scottish Rite of F&AM, member of the Waycross Shrine Club, member of the Hasan Temple Shrine in Albany, a member of the Okefenokee Eastern Star, member of the Waycross Chapter No. 49 RAM, the Waycross Council No. 30 R, Knights Temple No. 36 — Commander, York’s Rite, and was on the Ware County Board of Registrars for several years.
He was a man who never met a stranger and always enjoyed getting to know people. He loved all kinds of music, was a movie buff, loved to travel and was a computer whiz.
He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church.
He was the only son of Dennis D. Fulford and Sarah Jane Hall Fulford Thornton. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Domar Thornton, his first wife, Betty Crutchfield Fulford, and two sons, Sammy Fulford and Tommy Fulford.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Dennis D. Fulford III and Jeff and Anne Fulford, all of Waycross; four grandchildren, Josh Fulford, Jack Fulford (fiancee, Kaleigh Williamson), Anna Fulford and Alesha and Zack Daniel; his former spouse and beloved friend, Una Wilson, of Waycross, and her children, Kevin Allen and Kim and Hugh Roberson and their children, Hannah, Evan and Hayden; several great-grandchildren; and other relatives and numerous friends.
The funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at Grace Episcopal Church.
A private entombment will be in the Greenlawn Mausoleum.
Visitation will be held this evening from 5 until 7 at Grace Episcopal Church.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501, Grace Episcopal Church, 401 Pendleton St., Waycross, Ga. 31501, or to the Satilla Care Auxiliary, 1600 Riverside Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Chief ‘Mark’ Register
HOMERVILLE — Homerville Police Chief Marcus “Mark” Allen Register, 58, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 17, 2015) at Clinch Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born July 5, 1956, in Folkston, son of the late Felton Chester Register and Anna Wood Register. He was chief of the Homerville Police Department since January 2002, a member of the Georgia Police Chief’s Association and Cornerstone Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Buford E. Taylor.
Survivors are his wife, Carol Taylor Register, of Homerville; one son, Ryan Allen Register, of Homerville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Perry and Kay Register, of Woodbine, and Billy and Linda Register, of Duluth; one grandchild, Aubrey Smith, of Homerville; his mother-in-law, Ann Taylor, of Cottondale, Fla.; sister-in-law, Debra Hayes, of Albany; brother-in-law, Bill Taylor, of Utah; seven nieces and nephews, Lara McNeir, Angela Register, Jason Register, Karrie Register, Garret Reed, Dylan Reed and Taylor Hayes; and several other relatives.
The funeral will be held, Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church. Interment will be in the North Cemetery in DuPont.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will be carried to the church one hour prior to the service.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.roundtreefuneralhome.net
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Ouida J. Whitfield
A memorial service for Ouida Patricia Jordan Whitfield will be held Friday, Feb. 27, at noon at Gaines Chapel AME Church, 801 South Georgia Parkway East.
She put on her shoes and began her walk all over God’s Heaven on Jan. 12, 2015 and joined her family’s section of the Gaines Chapel AME Church choir members Sally Jackson Harris, Inez Jordan and her father’s ancestors, Amy Mcleod, Eldora Shider, to sing the glory and wonders of the Lord.
Messages for the family and anecdotes about the joys of this life that was shared with Ouida Patricia Jordan Whitfield may be post4ed at http://ojw.vital-inet.com
For more information or to send remembrances and donations to the Ouida Jordan Whitfield Memorial Fund, call Alphonso Whitfield III at (229) 588-0075 or send donations to Ouida Whitfield, P.O. Box 974, Waycross, Ga. 31502 or send an email to email@example.com
Mother Queen Faison
A celebration of life service for Mother Queen Ester Faison, 92, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Faith of God Holiness Church, 1509 Louisiana Ave., with the church pastor, Bishop Larry Atkinson, offering words of comfort.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 6 :30 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
Born March 6, 1922 in Irwin County, she was the oldest daughter of the late Ben Cooper and Wealthy Session Cooper. She and her late husband, John Faison Sr., moved to Waycross with their six children at an early age where they lived until their demise
She was a former member of First Born Church of the Living God where she was on the usher board. She later became a member of Faith of God Holiness Church under the leadership of Bishop Atkinson where she served as a member of the Pastor’s Aide Board and was the oldest member of the Mother’s Board.
God called her to her heavenly home Thursday morning (Feb. 12, 2015) after an illness. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by six sons, John Faison Jr., Abraham Faison, Donald Lee Faison Sr., Ben Faison and Kenneth T. Faison.
She was kind, loving, caring and her congenial character won a place in the hearts of those privileged to have known her. She was known for making beautiful quilts.
Those left to cherish her memory include four children, Elijah Faison, Jeannette Robertson (Freddie Sr.), Wealthy Wesley and Dwain Cassaway (Mary); three siblings, Ruth Hicks and Julia Mae Holmes, both of Waycross; a brother, Eddie Lee Cooper Sr. (Cora), of Walterboro, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Elvonne Faison, of Waycross; special daughters, Minister Jackie Minor, Minister Mabalene Jordon, Minister Carol Bell, Sister Barbara Blue, Sister Tocoya Heard and Minister Thomstine McGill, all of Waycross; 26 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at her daughter Wealthy Wesley’s residence, 511 Ware St.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Pearlie J. Howard
A celebration of life service for Pearlie Jean Howard, 62, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Congregational First Born Church, 822 Morton Ave., with the church pastor, Elder Otis Moody Sr., offering words of comfort.
Visitation will be Friday at Fluker Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday from 2 p.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 3, 1953 in Homerville to the late George Ellis Jr. and Bertha Wiggins Ellis.
She was raised in Waycross by her parental grandparents, Georgia Ellis Sr. and Bessie Ellis.
She received her formal education from the Ware County Public School system and graduated from Ware County High School.
She departed this life on Wednesday (Feb. 11, 2015) after a brief illness.
In addition to her parents and grandparents she was preceded in death by a son, Maurice, and a sister, Ava Lou Ellis.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Henry Lee Howard Sr., of Waycross; three children, Le Terrell Howard, Cassandra Howard and Henry Lee Howard Jr. (Kendra), all of Waycross; five sisters, Georgia Mae Britt, of Panama City, Fla., Barbara Jean Ellis, of Waycross, Shirley Ruth Ellis, of Tampa, Fla., Annie Ruth Ellis, of Largo, Fla., and Virginia Baker, of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, John Ellis and Greg Braddock, both of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Tiberias, Nyshaila, Onacia, Marcus, Monterius, Sumaya, Jaylen, Jabari and Jaquaivous; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at her son Henry’s residence, 2014 Ocean Breeze Park.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Shirel Carmichael 60, of Manor, died Thursday morning (Feb. 19, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Joshua Keith Carter
Joshua Keith Carter, 55, died Thursday (Feb. 19, 2015) morning at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.
Henry Thomas Creech
Henry Thomas Creech, 83, of Waycross, died late Monday night (Feb. 16, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a brief illness.
He was born in Selma, N.C., to the late Norwood William Creech and Rachel White Creech. He made his home in Jacksonville, Fla., for the past 20 years before moving to Waycross in October.
In Jacksonville he was a member of Arlington Baptist Church. He served for 20 years in the United States Navy, which included service during the Korean War. He retired from the United States Navy in 1970 as a chief petty officer.
After his retirement from service, he used his accomplished skills for welding, plumbing and fixing most anything put in front of him. He loved his family and any time he was able to spend with them. He appreciated listening to all kinds of music and passed the love of music on to his daughters.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sister, Ralph Creech, Vernon Creech, Margie Kowalski and Marshall Creech.
He is survived by his wife, Vara Creech, of Waycross; two daughters, Cindy Frazier (husband, Earl), of Magnolia, Ky., Linda Sirmans (husband, Hank), of Waycross; four grandchildren, Aaron Frazier (wife, Brittany), Rachel Bundy (husband, Mike), Thomas Sirmans, Tanner Sirmans; a brother, Frank Creech (wife, Kathy); a sister, Bonnie Powell (husband, Emmett); two sisters-in-law, Lou Creech and Lorraine Creech; numerous nieces and nephews; a step-son, Miles Latham (wife, Cathy), of Douglas; a step-daughter, Elizabeth Latham; five step-grandchildren, Kathy Selman, Macey Latham, Hunter Latham, Kaysie Bronson (husband, Denver), Stephanie Day (husband, Michael); two step-great-grandchildren, Kaley Bronson and Cole Bronson; and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to everyone at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross and Hospice Satilla for the compassionate, loving care that was shown to him and his family.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Hazel Marie C. Tatum
A funeral for Hazel Marie Crawford Tatum was held Wednesday morning at Sweat Memorial Baptist Church with Dr. Freddie Smith and the Rev. Jerry Brown officiating.
Burial followed in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Bob Dyal, John Dyal, Butch Misener, Craig Smoak, Shawn Smoak, Dalton Tatum and Hamp Tatum.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were members of the R.T. Lee Sunday School Class at Sweat Memorial Baptist Church.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.