Theodore Alexander
Theodore Alexander, 88, of Waycross, died Saturday evening (Feb. 21, 2015) at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born in Etowah County, Ala., to the late Willie Clayton Alexander and Mae Ida Wood Alexander. He retired from the United States Navy Dec. 17, 1962. During his time in the Navy, he served in World War II and the Korean War. Upon his retirement, he moved to Brunswick where he would live for 35 years, before moving to Waycross where he has made his home for the past 18 years.
He was a past Master Mason 32nd Degree with the Masonic Lodge No. 717 in Brunswick. Within the Masonic Lodge, he was also a member of the Scottish Rite and the York Rite. He was active in the Demolay Boys and the Masonic Youth Organization.
In Waycross, he was a member of Second Baptist Church and the Adult Men II Sunday School Class. He was an avid fisherman.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Ray Alexander, two brothers, W.A. “Buddy” Alexander and Leonard Alexander, and two sisters, Amy Dell Dunaway and Violet Kline.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie Alexander, of Waycross; two children, Dennis Alexander (wife, Martha), of Bogotá, Columbia, Deborah Eames (husband, Dale), of Spotsylvania, Va.; three grandchildren, Paula Headland (husband, Ben), Chris Ford (wife, Lori), Jennifer Ford; a step-granddaughter, Janene Smith; six great-grandchildren, Tyler Headland, Jacob Headland, Riley Headland, Cora Ford, Jack Ford, Ian Ford; seven brothers and sisters, Ezell Massengale (husband, Earl), Evelyn Sweat (husband, Buford), Lula Mae Utter, Jackie Alexander (husband, Adel), Robert Alexander, Dewayne Alexander, Ann Hyfield; a sister-in-law, Nadine Colvin (husband, Roy); three brothers-in-law, Robert Hagin (wife, Toni), Donohue Hagin (wife, Edith), Ronnie Hagin (wife, Charlotte); and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Second Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Members of the Second Baptist Adult Men II Sunday School Class have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the church by 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501, or to Second Baptist Church, “Property Fund,” 301 Tomberlin Road, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. A. Wade Strickland, Dr. Ted Feely and Dr. Jack M. Amie for the outstanding care that was given by them to Mr. Alexander.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

William ‘Bill’ Hendrix
William “Bill” Hendrix, 70, died Sunday afternoon (Feb. 22, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Music Funeral Home.

Bobbie H. White
Bobbie H. White, 82, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2015) afternoon at his residence following a short illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Music Funeral Home.

Clayton R. Bruce
Clayton Ramsey Bruce, 79, of Blackshear, passed away early Sunday morning (Feb. 22, 2015) at Mayo Health System in Waycross, following a lengthy illness.
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at First Baptist Church in Blackshear.
A complete obituary will be in Tuesday’s paper.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jack Arthur Harris
Jack Arthur Harris, 58, died Friday afternoon (Feb. 20, 2015) at his residence after an extended illness.
He was a native of Homerville, but lived all his life in Waycross. He graduated from Ware County High School and was formerly employed as a cook for Okefenokee Golf and Country Club. He was a member of Manor Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Rev. Joe Harris.
Survivors include one daughter, Renee Harris, of Waycross; four grandchildren, Meikhi Clemmons, Christina Hicks, Jada Hicks and Jordan Hicks; his mother, Lillie Mae Barner Harris, of Waycross; three sisters, Grace Harris, Cynthia Hawkins and Catherine Baldwin (Sam); two brothers, Tommy Joe “T.J.” Harris (Andrea) and Jeffrey Harris (Tracy); his former wife, Barbara Taylor; special friend, Frances Cobb; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Victory Cemetery in Manor.
The family will receive friends 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Margaret M. Holcomb
BLACKSHEAR — Margaret Geraldine Manning Holcomb, 71, of Blackshear, passed away early Saturday morning (Feb. 21, 2015) at her residence following a lengthy illness.
Born in Blackshear, Dec. 21, 1943, she lived in the Atlanta area for many years before moving back to Pierce County in 2006. She retired from the Cobb County Board of Education where she was a school bus driver for more than 20 years.
She enjoyed crocheting and was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She was an excellent caregiver to her late husband and anyone who needed her and will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was a daughter of the late James Lonnie and Ella Mae Kicklighter Manning. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Rueben “J.R.” Holcomb, an infant son, a sister, Faye Johnson, her brother, E.J. Manning, and by a sister-in-law, Patty Kicklighter.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and James Duckett, of Blackshear; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bryant and Jennifer Holcomb, of Tallapoosa, and Keith and Debbie Holcomb, of Blackshear; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Elliott Harn, of Blackshear; five step-brothers, A.C. (Mary) Kicklighter and Donald Kicklighter, all of Blackshear, Kenneth (Iris) Kicklighter, of Sycamore, Dewey (Mary) Kicklighter, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Edison (Glenda) Kicklighter, of Patterson; a sister-in-law, Edna Manning, of Brunswick; nine grandchildren, Michael Holcomb, Daniel Holcomb, Heather Holcomb, Zachary Duckett, J.R. Holcomb, Brittney Duckett, Erin Holcomb, Claire Holcomb and Joel Holcomb; three great-grandchildren; a life-long friend, Marlene (Otis) Chandler, of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Ben James Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church, 4997 Trudie Road, Blackshear, Ga. 31516 or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, 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.

Jeanette M. Griffin
BLACKSHEAR — Jeanette Aldine Martin Griffin, 83, of Patterson, passed away late Friday evening (Feb. 20, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Screven Aug. 18, 1931, she lived in Pierce County most of her life. She was retired from Julie Hat Company where she worked as a trimmer. Prior to working for Julie Hat, she worked for the Spatola Shoe Factory for many years.
She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she was in the Senior Adult Sunday school class. She liked to cook and loved to garden and work in her yard. She was a woman who truly enjoyed caring for others and will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was a daughter of the late Hershel Hughes Marting and Laura Knight Martin. She was also preceded in death by her step-mother, Cassie Hyers Martin, a sister, Joyce O’Berry, a step-sister, Nora Crawford, and both of her step-brothers, Sylvester Hyers and J.O. Hyers.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Steve Cohoon, of Hoschton, and Cindy and Robert Chancey, of Adairsville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dwayne and Dorothy Griffin, of Patterson, and Derwin and Debbie Griffin, of Waycross; a sister, Doris Davis, of Waycross; a step-sister, Juanita Gentile, of Macclenny, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral was scheduled for this morning at 11 o’clock at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the New Home Cemetery.
Visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home.
The family kindly requests members of the Senior Adult Sunday school class to serve as honorary pallbearers. They were asked to meet at the church by 10:30 this morning.
Memorials may be made to the Pierce County Nursing Home Family Council, 221 Carter Ave., Blackshear, Ga. 31516 or to the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 1871 Tyre Bridge Road, Patterson, Ga. 31557.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Richard C. Summerall
Richard C. Summerall, 76, died Saturday afternoon (Feb. 21, 2015) at St. Vincent’s Riverside Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., after an extended illness.
He was a lifelong resident of Ware County, son of the late Rev. Homer and Myrtle Mae Wise Summerall. He retired as a pipe fitter with SCL Railroad and was a member of New Life Assembly of God.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Summerall, of Waycross; one daughter, Cheryl Marie Summerall Medley (George), of Orlando, Fla.; two sons, Ricky Summerall, of Waycross, and Roger Summerall (Tammy), of Waycross; three granddaughters, Rachel Lynn Summerall, Hannah Elizabeth Summerall and Gabriella Promise Medley; one great-granddaughter, Kiaria Saura Sholes; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Life Assembly of God. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing on the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Mollie Shuman
Mollie Shuman, 95, died Sunday evening (Feb. 22, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Shirel Carmichael
A memorial service for Shirel Jean Colley Carmichael was held Sunday afternoon at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edward Colley and the Rev. Dewayne Tanner officiating.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Cassie Cason Cochran
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Cassie Colleen Cason Cochran, 89, was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Rehobeth Baptist Church.
Officiating were Dr. Bill Young and the Rev. Phil Jordan.
Interment was in the Rehobeth Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Joey Farmer, Sam Fipps, Moye Howard and Matt Cochran.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Normie Corbitt Sunday School Class.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Lee W. Smith
A funeral for Carolyn Lee Williams Smith took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Freddie Smith officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Wayne Music, Cole Anderson, Josh Anderson, Lathan Platt, Caleb Aldridge, Jay Aldridge, Corey Hooks, Brent Smith, Scott Smith, Brandon Smith, Will Smith and Lawton Boyd.

Joshua ‘Keith’ Carter
A funeral for Joshua “Keith” Carter took place Sunday afternoon at Jamestown Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Foster and the Rev. Ashley Corbett officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Bobbie Buie, Bruce Callahan, Timmy Cravey, Mark Griffin, Craigh Hutcheson, Jeff Wade and Ronnie Thrift.
Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Jamestown Baptist Church.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

A.W. Myrick
A celebration of life for Arthur W. “A.W.” Myrick took place Saturday afternoon at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Johnny Arnold officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery with military rites performed by the United States Air Force.
Serving as active pallbearers were the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members Joseph Laham, Jimmy Burke, Franklin Pinckney Sr., Reginald Taylor, Huey Spearman, Luther Jones and Terrell Jacobs.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.
Rebecca D. Thomas
A funeral for Rebecca Diane Thomas was held Sunday afternoon at Kettle Creek Southern Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Danny Callahan officiating. Burial followed in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Brantley, Stanley Reese, Chris King, Bill Kirkland, Ernie Falis and John Proctor.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Julie Reynolds Davis
A memorial service for Julie Reynolds Davis, 56, of Mershon, took place Sunday afternoon at 2 at Blackshear Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Joe Thigpen and the Rev. Bryan Crews officiating.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

James A. Taylor
A funeral for James A. Taylor, 65, was held Sunday afternoon at Music Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Crawford and the Rev. Donnie Durrance officiating.
Burial was in the Hortense Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Jesse Guy, Danny Freeman, Robert Craven, David Guy, Ronnie Woodard and Drew Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers were David Greene, Bret Cox, John Cady, Theresa C. Howell, Mitchell Waters, Jennifer Bradley, Nick Bradley, Eddie Rigsby, T.W. Smith, Cecil Highsmith, Foye Davis, Terry Hansford and members of the Hog ’N Bones Breakfast Club.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.