Alene Thomas Blount
What rejoicing there must have been in Heaven when on Wednesday evening (Feb. 10, 2016) Alene Thomas Blount, 86, of Waycross, made her journey from earth to dwell eternally with her Heavenly Father above.
She had resided at Miss Jo’s Personal Care Home on McDonald Street after an extended illness. Born in Waycross, she was the daughter of the late Fred Miller and Nezzie Irene Johnson Thomas.
She graduated from Valdosta State College with a bachelor degree in English. She was retired from GMAC. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, and a volunteer with the Laubach Literacy Action Program through Concerted Services.
She also volunteered as a Pink Lady at Satilla Regional Medical Center and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Edwin Blount, and one brother, Fred M. Thomas.
She was blessed with two daughters, Donna Everett (husband, Earl), of Gurley, Ala., Rebecca Snow (husband, Rip), of Waycross; three grandchildren, Shannon Higginbotham (husband, Chase), of Athens, Ala., David Everett, of Huntsville, Ala., and Jackson Snow, of Waycross; one great-granddaughter, Madeline Higginbotham, of Athens, Ala.; two sisters, Joyce Thomas, of Waycross, and Virginia Beglin (husband, Mike), of Avon, Ind.; special caregiver, Joletha Williams, of Waycross; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
The family wishes to extend a special recognition and heartfelt thanks to Ms. Joletha Williams, personal caregiver.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Marjorie W. Leiter
Marjorie Kathleen Waters Leiter, 82, died peacefully Monday (Feb. 1, 2016) at Wildewood Downs in Columbia, S.C., following an extended illness.
Born Jan. 6, 1934, in Blackshear, she was the daughter of the late Stephen Monroe Waters Sr. and Mildred Walker Waters. She graduated from Blackshear High School and continued her education at the University of Georgia, graduating with a BBA (bachelor of business administration) in 1956. One year later she became the beloved wife of Howard Thomas Leiter who predeceased her in 2008.
She worked many years for the state of South Carolina, ending her career as a staff member of the Clerk’s Office for the South Carolina Legislature. She was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan and she truly enjoyed playing golf, gardening and participating in bridge club.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, of Columbia, S.C., a lifelong member of the Phi Mu sorority, as well as Spring Valley Country Club and the Spring Valley Ladies Golf Association.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Marian Waters and Mildred G. Waters, her brother and sister-in-law, J. Milton and Linda Waters, and a great-nephew, Sam Aker.
She is survived by her brother, Stephen M. Waters Jr. (wife, Marilyn), of Blackshear; her nieces and nephews, Kathy Waters Aker (Dean), of Colorado Springs, Colo., Leslie Waters Crawford (Dr. Kyler), of Americus, Stephen Waters III (Wade) and James Waters, both of Blackshear, Melanie Waters Turner (Steve), of Marietta, and Dr. Stephanie Waters Fatula (Mike), of St. Marys; great nieces and nephews, Harrison Aker, Lindsay Aker, Kylee Ann Crawford, Colton Crawford, Carter Crawford, Mari Claire Sikes and Joey, Ciara and Ramsey Lee; special friends, Wanda and Don McElveen and family; as well as numerous friends that loved and thought of her as family.
The family wishes to offer their heartfelt gratitude to Marjorie’s many friends for their visits, support, friendship and love. Also, many thanks to the staff of Wildewood Downs for their constant support and care.
Friends gathered to celebrate her life from 5:30 until 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, at 69 Northlake Road, Columbia, S.C.
A graveside memorial service will be held Monday (Feb. 15) at 3 p.m. in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, S.C. 29201; First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion St., Columbia, S.C. 29201; or the charity of one’s choice.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of local arrangements.
Kenneth L. Green
Kenneth Laranso’ Green, 59, died Saturday (Feb. 6, 2016) in Birmingham, Ala.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven.”
A time to be born:
God blessed the family the day he was born, Sept. 14, 1956, son of the late Ernest Green and Clara Bell Cobb. This birth sparked the beginning of encouragement and inspiration in the lives of many.
A time to serve:
Professing Christ at an early age, he attended Friendship Baptist Church in Waycross. He continued his service to Christ in each city to which he moved, by joining a local church in the community.
He received his education in Florida, Georgia and Alabama public school systems. He spent a portion of his elementary period in Waycross with his grandparents, the late Samuel Thomas and Flora Streeter. His middle and high school years were spent with grandparents George and Mittie Cobb, of Hurtsboro, Ala.
In 1974, after graduating from Russell County High in Hurtsboro, he immediately began serving his country in the United States Army as a personnel specialist, which took him to Germany for duty. Upon completing eight years of service, he returned to Waycross where he was employed by King Edward Cigar Factory and attended Waycross-Ware Technical College, earning certification as an air conditioning and refrigeration technician.
He moved to Columbus and was employed by Swift Cleaning Mill. Subsequently, other endeavors led him to Birmingham, Ala.
A time to depart:
He was preceded in death by both parents, two brothers, Reggie Green and Larry Cobb, his grandparents including Alene Green, uncles Jessie and Robert Cobb, Ben and Fred Streeter. After enduring a painful illness, he entered into eternal rest at the call of his Heavenly Father on Feb. 6 in Birmingham, Ala.
Those left to cherish his memories are a loving and devoted daughter, Chaka West (Ronald Jr.), of Potsdam, N.Y.; two brothers, Jeffrey Green (Diane), of Columbus, and Ronald Green (Gloria), of Waycross; two granddaughters, Sade and Summer West, of Potsdam, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Georgia Cobb, of Augusta; three uncles, Samuel Streeter Jr., James Streeter (Kamia), of Waycross, and Vernon Streeter (Gail), of Los Angeles, Calif.; two aunts, Betty Streeter, of Waycross, Dr. Irene Streeter Easley (Otha), of Austell; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.
A homegoing celebration will be held Saturday at 12 p.m. at Progressive Funeral Home, 4235 St. Marys Road, Columbus.
A committal service will be held Tuesday at Ft. Mitchell in Russell County, Ala.
Marjorie Dill Hendrix
STATESBORO — Marjorie Dill Hendrix, 86, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 2016) at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility in Statesboro.
The Waycross native was the daughter of the late Mattie Hatfield Dill and James “Jamie” Dill. She attended Waycross High School where she played piano for Pernell Roberts (Adam on Bonanza and in the title role on Trapper John, MD), while he sang. They remained friends and socialized together until his death. She attended Stetson University on a music scholarship in Deland, Fla.
She made her home in Statesboro in 1959 and later worked as the manager of Wash World in College Plaza for 22 years. As well, she was a dedicated homemaker, wife and mother. She was thought of as a neighborhood mom by many boys on Nottingham Trail.
She was a member of the Statesboro First Baptist Church and was active until Alzheimer’s rendered her unable.
She will be sorely missed by all those who had the pleasure to cross her path. She has now gone to meet her Lord and Savior.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Milton Dill.
She leaves behind a loving husband of 60 years, Oscar “Shug” Hendrix Jr.; two sons, Dean Hendrix, of Midville, and Michael Hendrix, of Savannah; a granddaughter and her husband, Brittany and Matt Jackson, of Flowery Branch; a sister-in-law, Reba Dill; second cousin, Stanton Meeks (wife, Donna) and their two children; two cousins, Sharon Hilton and Donna Orvin, of Jacksonville, Fla.
The family received visitors on Sunday from 3 until 5 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The funeral was held Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Statesboro First Baptist Church with Dr. John Waters officiating.
Interment was in Eastside Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chris Saxon, Randy Childs, Trey Blackburn, Gary Blackburn, Billy Hendrix and Tommy Brannen.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459.
Friends may sign the online registry book at www.joineranderson.com
Arrangements were with Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory, of Statesboro.
Harold Guinn Jr.
Harold Guinn Jr., 50, of Waycross died Thursday morning (Feb. 11, 2016) at his residence after an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Jack ‘Buster’ Music Jr.
A funeral for Jack Charles “Buster” Music Jr. was held Thursday afternoon at Pineview Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Ray and Jimmy Scurry officiating.
Burial followed in Telmore Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bryan Lee, Kit Lee, Terry Lee, Phillip Mixon, George Music, Kenny Taylor and Ron Woodard.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.