Bonnie Lott Storey
Bonnie Lott Storey, 69, of Waycross, died Monday afternoon (Feb. 2, 2015) at her residence.
She was born in Waycross to the late John Hopkins Lott and Margaret Edenfield Lott. She made Waycross her home for her entire life.
She graduated from the University of Georgia with a major in fine arts and a minor in Spanish. She then received her master’s degree in education administration from Valdosta State University.
She worked as a speech pathologist for RESA, Ware County Board of Education and the Pierce County Board of Education.
She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Waycross, serving the church in numerous capacities, and was a member of the Sid Ruff Sunday School Class.
She was a member of the Camellia Garden Club, the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Georgia, the Waycross Service League, the Tuesday Morning Bridge Club, the Tuesday Night Bridge Club and the Book Club.
She was an avid cook, an accomplished gardener and a wonderful mother, grandmother and sister who loved her family and any time she was able to spend with them.
She is survived by three children, James Herman “Jamie” Storey Jr., of Waycross, John Lott Storey, of Waycross, and Elizabeth Storey Neale (husband, Jay), of Watkinsville; five grandchildren, Jami-Marie Storey, Carley Neale, Hayden Neale, Coleman Neale, Margaret Anne Neale; her brother, Jack Lott (wife, Mary Jane), of Waycross; her sister, Kathie Tyre (husband, Al), of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; four nieces, Marty Jones, Stacey David (husband, Jean-Noel), Laura Lott Harris (husband, John), Keri Root (husband, Steven); a nephew, John Lott; and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church. Members of the Sid Ruff Sunday School Class, the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Georgia, the Tuesday Morning Bridge Club, the Tuesday Night Bridge Club and Dan Bennett have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the church by 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
The family will receive friends today at her residence, 808 Cherokee Circle, from 5 until 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, “Preschool Foundation,” 410 Williams St., Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Ralph E. Melton Sr.
Ralph Eugene “Gene” Melton Sr., 77, of Kingsland, passed away in the early morning hours Monday (Feb. 2, 2015) at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick, after a lengthy illness.
Born Feb. 17, 1937, he was the son of the late Aaron M. and Minnie Pittman Melton, of Waycross. As one of 10 children, at age 16, he began to help support his family after the loss of his father in 1952. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served his country in Homestead, Fla., and in Africa.
He married the love of his life, the former Mary Frances Turner Melton, of Waycross, March 7, 1959. He worked at Rubin Brothers in Waycross prior to relocating to St. Marys in 1961. He worked with Gilman Paper Company for 25 years, the last of which was as a maintenance supervisor for the company.
It was evident by friends, family and co-workers that he was extremely proud to be a part of the Gilman organization, and his wife often said she believed he loved the men, his Gilman family, as much as he loved her.
He was a member of the Camden Water Patrol, a volunteer group that helped stranded boaters, as well as search and rescue missions in the inland waterways and rivers of Camden. He was also a Mason, a member of Masonic Lodge 109, and the Masonic Camping Club No. 214. He was a member and served as deacon of First Baptist Church of Harriett’s Bluff in Woodbine for many years, and was a member of Kingsland First Baptist Church in Kingsland at the time of his passing.
While he loved to hunt and fish, friends and family would say that his greatest enjoyment was his family. Some of his fondest memories were boating on the St. Marys River, the company of good friends, pulling his daughter on water skis on the river, attending car races with his son, his church and traveling the country with his wife, Mary. He cherished his beloved wife and adored his children. He had a closeness to his brothers and sisters that was to be admired. Known by many as “Gene,” he was highly respected and worked throughout his life to provide for his family.
In 1985, he suffered a major stroke, and was told he would never walk again. His doctor was amazed to see him walking again, for he worked tirelessly to regain his strength. Although he was never able to return to work at Gilman, his perseverance and determination exemplified the good, honest man to be found in Ralph Melton.
He spent the next years enjoying life with his wife, his children, grandchildren and the rest of his family members, working in his yard, volunteering and walking hand in hand with God.
Besides his beloved wife Mary of 55 years, he is survived by his loving children, Catherine Elizabeth Kaltenbach and Ralph E. Melton Jr., (Amy), both of Kingsland; his four grandchildren, Rodney Waldrip, of Kingsland, Brooke Melton O’Shaughnessy (Colin), of Peoria, Ariz., Mackenzie Melton and Madison Melton, both of Kingsland; his two great-grandchildren, Addison O’Shaughnessy and Grayson O’Shaughnessy, both of Peoria, Ariz.; his three sisters, Pearl Tatum. of Waycross, Nella Faye “Nell” Morgan, of Kingsland, and Jeanette Hersey (Curtis), of Waycross; numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was also preceded in passing by his four brothers, Cecil, Fleming, Mitchell and Linzy Melton, and his two sisters, Ruby Thrift and Lucille Haynes, all of Waycross.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 this evening at Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kingsland First Baptist Church in Kingsland.
Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Serving as active pallbearers will be his nephews, Mackie Woods, Mickey Fore, Garland Turner, Lawrence Melton, Bud Tatum, Mike Melton, Johnny Morgan and Benjie Hersey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gilman Paper Company powerhouse maintenance employees who worked with him.
Arrangements are entrusted to Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland.

Jean Young Hancock
Jean Young Hancock, 64, died Tuesday (Feb. 3, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Jerry R. Johnson
BLACKSHEAR — Jerry Russell Johnson, 65, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 3, 2015) at his residence following an illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear.

Thomas Calvin Smith
HOMERVILLE — Thomas Calvin Smith, 77, passed away Monday (Feb. 2, 2015) at South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta, following an extended illness.
He was born Jan. 7, 1938 in Homerville, son of the late Nayon Smith and Odessa Hendrix Smith. He was a heavy equipment operator for Langdale Forest Products and attended the Church of God. He was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Lloyd J. Strickland and Mary Jane Strickland.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Strickland Smith, of Lake Park; four sons and daughters-in-law, Wendell and Shelia Smith, of Waycross, James and Penny Smith, of Blackshear, Randy Lynn and Hope Smith, of Weatherford, Texas, and Clay and Karol Smith, of Fort Worth, Texas; two sisters and brother-in-law, Zelma Ree Chauncey, of Homerville, and Marcia and Jimmy Brantley, of Waresboro; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Vivian Smith, of Homerville, and N.B. and Billie Jo Smith, of St. George; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held, Thursday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Roundtree Funeral Home.
Interment will be in the Wayfare Church Cemetery in Echols County.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.roundtreefuneralhome.net
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lorain J. Arnold Jr.
Lorain J. Arnold Jr., 68, of Lawrenceville, passed away at Emory University Hospital Monday (Feb. 2, 2015) after a gallant battle with Muscular Dystrophy (Pompe Disease).
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 46 years, Mary Copelan Arnold; son, Matthew Lorain Arnold, both of Lawrenceville; brother, Harold Arnold (wife, Evelia), of Richmond Hill; two sisters, Sara Joyner (husband, Buddy), of Charleston, S.C., and Charlene Naylor (husband, Darrin), of Millwood; sisters-in-law, Lillian C. Smith and Janet C. Byrd, both of Lawrenceville, Dorothy C. Collins (husband, Lenard), of Gainesville; nieces and nephews, Samantha Bennett (James), Tracy Reid(Brent), Harolito Arnold, Lizette Arnold, Jay Cleary (Pillaure), Aaron Joyner (Michael Nettles), Jason Arnold (Tanya), Michael Patterson (Ashley), Jesse Ivey (Lena), Becky Naylor; great-nieces and great-nephews, Reagan Bennett, Charlton Bennett, Cana Bennett, Jane Ansley Jones, Barrett Reid, Jonathon Cleary, Gabriella Cleary, Joseph Cleary, Joshua Cleary, Ethan Arnold, Lillie Patterson, Atliegh Patterson, Ty Patterson, Sawyer Patterson and Payton Ivey; other nieces and nephews, Bonnie Duvall (Billy), Ross Copelan, Al Rosencrance, Russell Ivie, Brian Ivie (Grace), Clara Copelan (Danny), Brent Smith, Vanessa Burt and son Logan Burt, Jason Byrd (Jennifer), David Collins (Ashlie) and children Malachi and Tori, Douglas Collins (Lisa) and children Jordan, Copelan and Cameron; other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lorain Joseph Arnold Sr. and Lois Turner Arnold Walker, a sister, Nella Arnold, and his step-father, James E. Walker.
He was born Jan. 8, 1947 in Waycross. He graduated from Manor High School and was a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science degree in accounting.
He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War as a scout dog handler. He started his career as a CPA in 1968 with Birdsong & Associates. In 1972, he started Arnold & Hills, P.C. In the late 1990’s his career took him to Tarpely & Underwood, P.C., and was presently associated with Arnold, Gallivan, Levesque, P.C. where he completed a 47-year career in accounting.
He was a member of Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church, Millwood, Georgia Association of CPAs and AICPA. Some of his greatest joys in life were bird watching, listening to bluegrass music and being with his family. This caring, loving gentleman will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
The service honoring his life will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Congressman Doug Collins officiating.
Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Those desiring may make donations to The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Attention: Pompe Disease, 120 Interstate North, No. 448, Atlanta, Ga. 30339 in memory of Lorain J. Arnold Jr.
Condolences may be made at www.wagesfuneralhome.com
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company,” Lawrenceville Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Mary Banks Britt
BLACKSHEAR — A memorial service for Mary Christine Banks Britt, 87, was held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating was Tony Batten.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.