George Ratliff Jr.
Prominent and well-known citizen and World War II veteran George Ratliff Jr., 91, of Jesup, and Blackshear, died Wednesday (Feb. 25, 2015).
He is survived by his wife, Nickie Carswell Carter, of Hacklebarney, and many other family members.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home.
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.
An obituary with a full list of survivors will be published in a future edition of the Journal-Herald.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.rinehartandsons.com
Lee Grant Pirkle
Lee Grant Pirkle, 82, of Waycross, passed away Sunday (Feb. 22, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
He was born in Dawson County, May 4, 1932, to the late Carl W. and Jennie Bell Pirkle. He made his home in Waycross for the past 44 years. He was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Although he served on past deacon boards and committees, his passion was always missions. He served in the United States Army from 1952 until 1960, during which time he served in the Korean War. After his retirement from the United States Department of Agriculture in 1984, he became the pastor of Haywood Baptist Church. He also served as pastor at Ten Mile Baptist Church, and as a pulpit supply pastor for various churches in the Waycross area.
He enjoyed gardening and building small projects. His love for his family was evident and his greatest desire was to know that they, as well as anyone he came into contact with, had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by an infant son, Marcus Allen Pirkle, two brothers, George Pirkle and Reid Pirkle, a sister, Eva Mae Talley, parents-in-law, Lee and Eldie Hammond, brothers-in-law, Y.J. Thomason, Ralph Talley, Cleburn Hammond, Robert Hammond, Hugh Hammond, Steve Hammond and Michael Francis, sisters-in-law, Corene Pirkle, Vileeaze Butterworth, Barbara Milford, Patricia Francis and Cora Bell Hammond, and a niece, Pamela Roland.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruby Hammond Pirkle, of Waycross; three sons, Philip Pirkle (Sharon), of Thomson, Thomas Pirkle (Jodi), of Hahira, and John Pirkle (Tammy), of Waycross; three daughters, Darlene Pirkle, Denise Pirkle Bennett and Dolores Pirkle Stipe (Steve), all of Waycross; 10 grandchildren, Brad Pirkle (Natalie), Amy Pirkle (Jamey), Sara Pirkle Hughes (Scott), Jenny Pirkle, Andrew Bennett (Stephanie), Timothy Bennett, Amanda Stipe, Steven Stipe, Grant Pirkle and Callie Pirkle; two sisters, Lela Bennett (Lane), of Gainesville, and Lona Thomason, of Cumming; brothers-in-law, Jim Hammond (Jean), of Gainesville, Kenneth Hammond (Wanoga), of Cumming, Norman Butterworth (Doris), of Canton, and Cloys Milford (Nancy), of Cumming; sisters-in-law, Mary Pirkle (Donald), of Cumming, Diane Buice, of Dahlonega, and Martha Hammond, of Cumming; numerous nieces and nephews; three step-grandchildren, Joey Morgan (Geneva), Jessica Crews (Brantley) and Amaris Cox (Hunter); six step-great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to the Broadcasting for the Future fund at Central Baptist Church, 201 Ava St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to everyone at Hospice Satilla for the compassionate and loving care that was given to him and his family. They would like to especially thank his primary hospice nurse, Amy Mock, and Dr. Donald Waters for their extraordinary care.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel of Buford is serving the family.
Lois Griffin Warren
Lois Griffin Warren, 78, of Milan, died peacefully Tuesday (Feb. 24, 2015) after a life lived hard and beautiful and full.
She leaves behind a family who’ll miss her much, a legacy of more than 50 years of marriage and a weighty heritage of loving well and serving faithful.
She was born in Hoboken, and was a 1954 graduate of Hoboken High School. She was a dedicated member of Siloam Baptist Church.
She was the beloved daughter of the late Maggie Shuman Page and Bryant Griffin and the widow of J.T. Warren. She was preceded in death by her step-father, Robert F. Page, brother, Robert “Sonny” Page, and brother-in-law, Keith Thomas.
She is survived by her children, Susan Warren, of Cherokee, N.C., Bonnie Walker (Billy), of Rhine, Charles Warren (Mary), of Rhine, and Rhonda Jones (Clint), of Milan; her sister, Joyce Thomas, of Waycross; her brother, David Page (Patricia), of Hoboken; 36 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews, dear friends and her sweet caregiver, Bertha “Debra” Perry.
She loved Jesus and red roses, as well as riding around with J.T. in the car. You could most often find her in the kitchen, cooking and frying up goodness and baking sweet things, or in her yard, tending her birds and her goats and flowers. She loved, doted on and took care of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as the neighbors’ kids and every child who ever passed through Siloam’s nursery. She loved and took care of and talked about everyone she held dear and J.T. most of all.
Her family and friends will remember her Bible by her chair every day and her yard lit up with Christmas lights each December. We will remember the sugary taste of her homemade cake icing and all the amazing birthday cakes she baked for us through the years.
Everyone will remember her in the kitchen fixing for everyone making everyone feel like the special one – the way she would always remember and make just what it was that each person liked, just the way they liked it.
We’ll remember how she’d welcomingly holler, “Come in!” every time we knocked on her door and the way she would smile like we shared a secret when J.T. was being ornery. We’ll remember the way she’d sit and tell us stories, past and present — of growing up and growing old and of all the things and people that were most important to her. We will remember the way she squeezed her eyes shut behind her glasses and laughed almost silent when she got really tickled about something. We will remember all the things she taught us and how she pointed us to Christ, always. We will remember her well.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Southerland Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Cobb and the Rev. James Dupree officiating. Interment will be in Milan City Cemetery.
The family may be contacted at the residence of Charles and Mary Warren, 580 Cass Burnham Road, Rhine.
The family will receive friends in Southerland Funeral Chapel from 6 until 8 this evening.
Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman is serving the family.
Condolences may be offered at www.stokes-southerland.com
Michael Steven Bean
Michael Steven “Steve” Bean died Sunday night (Feb. 22, 2015) at Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., following a brief illness.
He was born in Rutherford College, N.C., to the late Wiley Bean and Earline Crotts Conway. He made Waycross his home for the past 10 years and was the curator of the Okefenokee Heritage Center.
He was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church and was a member of the church choir, the church vestry and also served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a very active member of the Okefenokee Humane Society where he helped out however he could.
He is survived by his partner in life, Robert “Rob” Stewart, of Waycross; one sister, Janey Hathcock, of Lenoir, N.C.; two brothers, Robert and Donald Bean, of Lenoir, N.C.; three nephews, Cody Goode, of Waycross, Corey and Casey Bean, of Lenoir, N.C.; a niece, Emma Hathcock, of Lenoir, N.C.; three step-siblings, Denise Stillwell, Ronald Conway and David Conway; and many other loving family members.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church. Visitation will be held Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Okefenokee Heritage Center, 1460 North Augusta Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31503.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mollie B. Shuman
Mollie Bennett Shuman, 95, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
A native of Wayne County, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elton Y. Shuman, her parents, Wes B. Bennett Sr. and Mary Lucille Scott Bennett, four sisters, Theo Mayers, Hazel Wray, Laurie Wiggins and Nell Poppell, and two brothers, Elmo Bennett and Jerry Bennett.
She was a member of Central Baptist Church for many years until she helped organize and establish a mission church, Morton Avenue Baptist Church.
Later, Morton Avenue Baptist Church moved and changed its name to Parkway Baptist Church. She served as Sunday School teacher, nursery worker, children’s church director, led mission programs, visitation and was church secretary. Because of falling health, she could no longer attend church, but she continued as a prayer warrior and was a supporter of her church.
She grew up in Screven and was very active in sports at Screven High School. After marriage, she lived in Waycross for more than 70 years. She participated in PTA’s and sports of her four children. Later her grandchildren enjoyed her involvement in their lives. Her last few years, she was able to be cared for at her home by family members with the help of loving caregivers.
Survivors include two daughters, Lavon Shuman Boatright (late husband, James), of Lilburn, Linda F. Shuman Edwards (husband, Talmadge), of Waycross; two sons, Lowell E. Shuman (wife, Sandra), of Waycross, Larry W. Shuman (wife, Sue), of Jesup; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; a brother, Wes B.“Junior” Bennett, of Screven; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Thursday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6 until 8.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials to be given to Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Carla Scott Frazier
Carla Debraron Scott Frazier, 62, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2015) at her home in Port Orange, Fla.
She was born Aug. 11, 1952 in Waycross. She grew up in Waycross and after having children, lived in Sanford, Fla., and Winter Springs, Fla. She later moved to Ponce Inlet, Fla., and then to Port Orange, Fla., where she and her husband, Ted, have lived since 2001.
She had many occupations in her life. Most recently, she was a waitress at Howard’s Restaurant in Ormond, Fla. She loved riding her three-wheeler and entertaining friends who came to the “world famous” Daytona Beach for Bike Week.
Survivors include her husband, Archie Theodore “Ted” Frazier; four sons, Kris R. Griffin, Scott B. Griffin, Mark A. Griffin and Franz Bern Jacob “B.J.” Harich; two grandsons, Corey Griffin and Jacob Harich; one niece, Kelly Scott Libertelli (spouse, Michele); one nephew, Phillip Scott (wife, Rachel); and one great-niece, Lilly Scott.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Myron L. Scott and Margurette Smith Sullivan, her brother, Craig M. Scott, her grandparents, Carl M. and Margaret Scott and Allen E. and Susie Smith, all of Waycross.
The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lohman Funeral Home, with public viewing from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
A memorial service will be held Friday at Sweat Memorial Baptist Church in Waycross, with burial at Jordan Church Cemetery in Dixie Union.
Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Port Orange.
Bobbie H. White
Bobbie H. White, 82, died Sunday (Feb. 22, 2015) at his residence in Manor following a short illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Manor and graduated from Manor High School. He retired as a welder from Atlantic Coastline Railroad after 40 years of employment and was a member of Camp Branch Church of God of Prophecy. He also served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He was the son of the late Joseph David White and Rosa Lee Boyd White. He was married to the late Dorothy Bell James White.
He is survived by his three daughters, Faye Lastinger (husband, Greg), of Millwood, Cynthia McCallister (husband, Rick), of Blackshear, and Joyce Davis, of Manor; two sons, Bobby White, of Homerville, and George White, of Manor; 10 grandchildren, Jim Lastinger (wife, Jennifer), Matt Lastinger, Brandon Bennett, Misty MacTier (husband, Norman), George White (wife, Tiffany), Brian Davis, Phillip White, Sean White (wife, Mariah), Devin McCallister and Nicholas McCallister (wife, Donna); four great-grandchildren, Lily Lastinger, Emma Lastinger, Kaydence White and Alex White; a brother, Curtis White, of Waycross; a sister, Margaret Mosley, of Waycross; two sisters-in-law, Geneva White and Annie Mae White, both of Manor; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Camp Branch Church of God of Prophecy.
Burial will follow in Camp Branch Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening at Music Funeral Home from 5 until 7 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Gladys Taylor Minix
Gladys Taylor Minix, 79, died Tuesday morning (Feb. 24, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.
She was a native of Screven, but lived most of her life in Waycross. She graduated from Nicholls High School and retired from King Edward Cigar Factory. She was a member of Waycross Primitive Baptist Church.
She was the daughter of the late Robert L. McCall and Lilly Mae Thornton Thomas. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Jimmy Trenton Taylor and Eugene Minix, one son, Randy Taylor, five brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include two sons, Greg Taylor and Kenny Taylor (Donna), both of Waycross; two step-children, Wendell Minix (Cindy) and Stephen Minix, both of Waycross; 13 grandchildren, Alesha Daniel (Zack), Jenny Taylor, James Taylor, Melissa Cox (Timmy), Joey Taylor (Rachael), Mat Taylor (Amanda), Greg Taylor Jr. (Samantha), Josh Taylor, Wendell Minix Jr. (Brittany), Lena Minix, Lindsey Rios (Devon), Stephen and Stephanie Minix Jr.; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, June Carney, of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Waycross Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Friday at the church, and 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the home of Alesha Daniel, 1603 Kecia Way, Waycross, Ga. 31503.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.
Margaret M. Holcomb
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Margaret Geraldine Manning Holcomb, 71, was held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Officiating were the Rev. Buddy Griner, the Rev. Kenneth Kicklighter, the Rev. Ken Wilbur and the Rev. Jason Long.
Interment was in the Ben James Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Hugh Kicklighter, Alvin Kicklighter, Lee Bazemore, James Bazemore, Jason Kicklighter and Rodney Griner.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
A funeral for Theodore Alexander was held Tuesday afternoon at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Derwin Griffin and the Rev. Jim Crandall officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Donohue Hagen, Dale Eames, Chris Ford, Todd Veale, Kim Hagen, Ronnie Hagen and Roy Colvin.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Second Baptist Adult Men II Sunday School Class.
Military honors were provided by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honor Guard of Jacksonville, Fla.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.