Jack T. Cannon Jr.
A memorial service for Jack Tinsley Cannon Jr., who died Dec. 19, 2014 in Wheat Ridge, Colo., will be held at First United Methodist Church Chapel, 410 Williams St., Waycross, Saturday at 2 p.m.
He was born in Elberton May 27, 1944, but lived most of his early life in Waycross where he graduated from Waycross High School in 1962. He was the eldest son of the late Dr. Jack Tinsley Cannon Sr. and Carolyn Stapleton Cannon, of Waycross, and the grandson of the late Honorable Judge Raymonde and Vera Bond Stapleton, of Elberton, and the late Charles Henry Cannon Sr., and Allie Tinsley Cannon, of Moultrie.
During his high school days, he was honored to have played on the 1960 and 1961 Waycross High School football championship teams and was selected by teammates as captain of the 1961 team.
He graduated from Florida State University in 1966 with a degree in criminal justice. While at FSU, he was elected and served as student body vice-president, was a member and officer in Kappa Alpha (KA) Fraternity, a member of “Who’s Who in American Universities,” and was selected as a member and president of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Society, one of the highest honors bestowed on college students for leadership qualities.
After graduating from FSU, he joined the Georgia Air National Guard Reserve and entered active duty for 55 weeks to complete the fighter pilot training course at Laredo Air Force Base in Laredo, Texas. Upon completion of pilot training, he enrolled in the freshman class of the Mercer Law School in Macon where he was elected class president.
After only one year at Mercer, and after flying several cargo missions in and out of Vietnam in the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter aircraft on weekends during the year, his love of flying led him to choose “piloting” over the legal profession. In 1971, he joined the training class for incoming pilots with Continental Airlines based in Riverside, Calif. While living in California and piloting the 727 aircraft for Continental, he also volunteered his services to the Los Angeles Police Department as a helicopter pilot.
After a short time, he was assigned to the Denver Airport, which remained his home base with Continental for many years. He relocated his home residence to Vail, Colo., and for many years split time between Vail and his beloved Victorian houses in Silver Plume, Colo., where he enjoyed cutting and splitting firewood for his whole house heating systems.
He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hiking and motor cycling on specially geared mountain bikes. He was an expert snow skier and enjoyed carving Christmas ornaments which he gave to friends and family members.
In addition to his career as a pilot, he served as flight security advisor and instructor for Continental Airlines as well as other airlines worldwide and trained various employees for addressing situations involving hijackings and hostage negotiations.
He also worked with multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Colorado as deputy, consultant and senior polygraph examiner. He earned the respect and admiration of all whose lives he touched, both personally and professionally.
He is survived by his wife, Denise Cannon; three step-sons (and wives); five step-grandchildren, all of Denver, Colo.; sisters Patti Craig, of Columbia, S.C., Carolyn Yarbrough (husband, Danny), of Waycross; brothers, Ray Cannon (wife, Danita), of Waycross, Joe Cannon (wife, Kelly), of College Park, and Tommy Cannon (wife, Carla), of Waycross; nieces, Lindsay Yarbrough Lee, Jessica Yarbrough, Regan Cannon LeGare, Haley Cannon and Alexis Cannon; and nephews Daniel Craig, Christopher Cannon and Blake Cannon.
Donations may be made to The Golden Retriever Rescue League of Colorado, the Alzheimer’s Association-Colorado Chapter, or to the First United Methodist Church Youth Program, Waycross.

Earl Rainey
Earl Rainey, 63, died Wednesday morning (Feb. 4, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla., but moved to Waycross in the late 1980s. He was a former construction worker and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He also enjoyed serving as a volunteer fireman with the Waresboro Volunteer Fire Department.
He was a son of the late Seabern Rainey and Lucille Rainey.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Rainey, of Waycross; three children, Dennis O’Berry (wife, Georgette), of Waycross, Mary Turner (late husband, Lamar), of Waycross, and Jessica Baker (husband, Stephen), of Ft. Riley, Kan.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters, Martha O’Neal, Betty Lee (husband, Richard), Debbie Hightower and Barbara Bennett (husband, Tom), all of Jacksonville, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville, Fla.
The family will receive friends Friday evening at the funeral home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Jerry R. Johnson Sr.
BLACKSHEAR — Jerry Russell Johnson Sr., 65, of Blackshear, passed away suddenly Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 3, 2015) while doing what he loved, farming.
Born in Blackshear, Nov. 6, 1949, he lived in Pierce County all of his life. He worked for three generations of the Dixon family at Dixon Farms for most of his life. He was a hardworking man who loved what he did.
He liked to fish, had a nickname for all of his children and grandchildren (they think he probably didn’t remember their actual names) and attended Alabaha Freewill Baptist Church.
He was a son of the late John William Johnson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Johnson.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie Grantham Johnson, of Blackshear; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Tammy and the Rev. Edward Cady, of Blackshear, Terrie Kibler, of Dublin, Karrie and Jerry Cox, of Blackshear, and Angela Johnson, of Blackshear; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Russell “Junior” and Tiffany Johnson Jr., of Blackshear; his mother, Evyone Dubberly Holmes, of Browntown; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Louise Barr, of Browntown, Faye and Alton Clay, of Hoboken, and Gay and Wayne Jacobs, of Browntown; a brother and sister-in-law, Billy Ray and Eloise Johnson, of Blackshear; 14 grandchildren, Chris Fowler, Blake Cady, Cierra Johnson, Miriah (Dalton) Clary, Andrew Cox, Kristi Cox, Whitney Kibler, LeAnn Kibler, Courtney Johnson, Cammie Johnson, Will Johnson, Candace Cox, Bailey Cox and Chance Morgan; three great-grandchildren and a fourth due in a week; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Smith Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Sue R. Tice
A memorial service for Linda Sue Robertson Tice was held Wednesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Andrew F. Peacock Jr. officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mae Dell Padgett
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Mae Dell Padgett, 94, was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating were the Rev. David Unkles and the Rev. Chip Grantham.
Interment was in the Oakland Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Wesley Fellowship I Sunday School class and nurses and staff of Baptist Village Nursing Home.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.