Pearl Melton Tatum
Pearl Melton Tatum, 90, died Sunday (May 24, 2015) at her daughter’s residence in Pierce County following an extended illness.
She was a native of Schlatterville who lived most of her life in Ware County. She was married to the late James E. “Jim” Tatum and was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron Madison Melton and Minnie Muriel Pittman Melton, and a daughter, Dian Thrift, five brothers, Fleming Melton, Mitchell Melton, Linzie Melton, Eugene Melton, Cecil Melton, two sisters, Ruby Thrift and Lucille Haynes, and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Melton.
She was retired from United Family Life Insurance Company. She was a member of Bible Heritage Church, the Pythian Sisters, Areme Chapter No. 101 Order of the Eastern Star and the Gideon Auxiliary.
Survivors include a son, James “Bud” Tatum (wife, Linda), of Callahan, Fla.; three daughters, Lynda Bennett (husband, Robert), of Blackshear, Nancy Wright (husband, the late Jack M.), of Waycross, Gloria Hurst (husband, the late Ronnie, and friend Ted Heintz), of Brantley County; her grandchildren, Charlie Thrift (Paula), of Waycross, Julie Peacock (Terry, deceased), of Waycross, Tom Thrift (Keri), of Jamestown, N.D., Jesse Thrift (Alicia), of Waycross, Tate Tatum (Cissy), of Yulee, Fla., Sherry Beverly (Roy), of Waycross, Gene Tatum (Carolyn), of Jacksonville, Fla., Tim Curry, of Jacksonville, Fla., Paul Curry (Heather), of Palm Coast, Fla., Elicia Curry, of Callahan, Fla., Robbie Beahan (Scott), of Blackshear, Bobbie Walker (Shannon), of Blackshear, Jackie Thomas (Chris), of Kingsland, J.M. Wright (Michelle), of Blackshear, Mary Beth Johns (Timmy), of Schlatterville, Ronnie Hurst Jr. (Shannon), of Schlatterville, T.J. Heintz (Rachel), of Louisville, Ky.; 55 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nell Morgan, of Kingsland, Jeanette Hersey (husband, Curtis), of Waycross; a brother-in-law, Laverne Haynes, of Waycross; and five sisters-in-law, Frances Melton, of Waycross, Geneva Melton, of Brantley County, Juanita Tatum, of Waycross, Mary Melton, of Kingsland, and Lynette Melton, of Waycross.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Youmans Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church tonight from 6 until 9.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Foster T. Davis Jr.
PEARSON — Foster T. “Den” Davis Jr., 66, of Hiawassee, formerly of Pearson, passed away Thursday (May 21, 2015) in Vidalia, following a sudden illness.
A native of Bacon County, he was born July l, l948, the son of Foster T. and Rose Martin Davis Sr. He made his home in Pearson for most of his younger years attending grade school and high school. He was a l966 graduate of Atkinson County High School and a 1971 graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a diehard Bulldog fan and enjoyed tailgating and attending the University of Georgia football games. He worked for 20 years as a salesman for Ruthberry Pump Company and later worked for a company selling irrigation systems for golf courses. He recently started his own company “Davis Entertainment Network, LLC” specializing in management, promotions, public relations and concert events. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Pearson.
Survivors include his parents, Foster and Rose Martin Davis, of Pearson; special uncle and aunt, Denny Davis and wife Lynda, of Waycross; special friend, Rosiland Carter, of Hiawassee; several cousins and other relatives.
The funeral was held Sunday at 11 a.m. at Pearson First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Worzella officiating.
Special music included “Blessed Assurance” rendered by the congregation with Margie Mansour, pianist, and Candace Brown, organist accompanying. Soft prelude and postlude hymns were played by Candace Brown, organist. Interment followed in Satilla Memorial Gardens.
Serving as active pallbearers were Richard Johnson, Lamar Woodall, George Relihan, William White, Wade Brown, L.H. James, Jimmy Dale Cribb, Travis Ursery and Fred Wilson.
All attending were honorary pallbearers.
Relihan Funeral Home in Pearson was in charge of the arrangements.

Agnes M. Miller
Agnes Mote Miller, 93, departed this life Saturday morning (May 23, 2015) at Satilla Care Center after an illness.
She was a native of Telmore, the daughter of the late William Mote and Liler Vereen Mote. She was also preceded in death by her husband, David Leon Miller Sr., and a son, David Leon Miller Jr.
Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Miller, of Waycross, three grandchildren, Willette Miller, William R. Miller and Donnie Miller, all of Waycross, and other relatives.
Friends are being received at her daughter’s residence, 1002 Sweat St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.

Geraldine Corneal
Geraldine Corneal, 52, died Monday morning (May 25, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County where she resided as a homemaker.
She was the daughter of the late Buddy Enoch Bennett and Doris Jean Sweat Bennett. She was preceded in death by one brother, Ferrell Alan Bennett.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Corneal Sr., of Millwood; one step-son, Raymond Corneal Jr., of Tifton; one daughter, Kimberly M. Corneal, of Atkinson County; three sisters, Mary Sue Futch, of Douglas, Annette Davis (Danny), of Ware County, and Tracy Joyner, of Millwood; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Bennett Cemetery in Millwood.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at her sister’s home, 1069 Duncan Bridge Road, Millwood.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

L.H. Courson
L.H. Courson, 92, died Monday afternoon (May 25, 2015) at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Joyce H. Chastain
Joyce Laverne Henderson Chastain, 84, died Sunday afternoon (May 24, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
She was a native of Manor where she graduated from Manor High School, but she lived most of her life in Waycross. She was a homemaker and member of Crawford Street Baptist Church.
She was the daughter of the late John Henderson and Pearl Howard Henderson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Linton Chastain Sr., one daughter, Sandra Chastain, one son, Johnny Chastain, and one brother, James Henderson.
Survivors include her daughter, Elaine Hickson (Richard), of Waycross; five sons, Charlie Chastain Jr. (Janet), of Fayatteville, Tenn., Jimmy Chastain (Teresa), of Waycross, Jerome Chastain of Waycross, Jeffrey Chastain (JoAnn), of Orlando, Fla., and Larry Cason (Becky), of Waycross; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Monk (Don) and Jerry Adams (Wayne), both of Waycross; special friend, Sterling Ruth; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Barbara H. Venenable
Barbara Hallman Venenable died Saturday (May 23, 2015) in Charlotte, N.C. after an illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.

Infant Handin Dixon
A graveside service for Infant Handin Asher Dixon was held Monday afternoon at Offerman Cemetery in Offerman with the Rev. Andrew F. Peacock Jr. officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.