Robert M. McGarity Jr.
Robert Maynard McGarity Jr. passed away Sunday (Feb. 21, 2016) at The Carpenter House in Baton Rouge, La.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs.
Following visitation, a gathering will be held at the home of Bill Rigsby.
He is survived by his loving wife, Terry Rene McGarity, of Baton Rouge; Michael Davis Armstrong, of Walker, La., sisters, Paula Dean (Frank Dean), Judy Corbitt (Charlie Corbitt), Jeanine Jordan (Danny Jordan), and Rhonda Sandiford (Stanley Sandiford); brothers, Lester Calvin “Poncho” McGarity, of Waycross, and Gary McGarity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Maynard McGarity Sr. and Betty Jean McGarity, his grandparents Joseph and Virginia McGarity, and Viola and Red Simpkins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Hospice (The Carpenter House), www.StJosephHospiceFoundation.org
Col. Kenneth Wade
STATESBORO — Col. Kenneth R. Wade, of Statesboro, passed away on Saturday (Feb. 20, 2016) at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility after a valiant battle with cancer.
Col. Wade served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 33 years. During his service to his country, he earned numerous honors. He was also selected to attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Bragg, N.C., Ranger School at Fort Benning and the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
Upon retiring in 1998, Col. Wade pursued a second career as JROTC instructor for nine years at Ware County High School followed by five years at Jenkins County High School where he implemented a new JROTC program.
In those roles he led multiple State and National Championship Teams. He was an active member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church since 2000. He served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
Col. Wade is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Linda Shuping Wade, of Statesboro.
Two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Denise Wade, of Statesboro, and the Rev. Dr. Jason Wade and April Wade, of Gray; two brothers, Herbert E. Wade Jr. (Jeanne) and Terry Wade, of Connelly Springs, N.C.; two sisters, Joan Woodie (Harley), of Bristol, Tenn., and Susie Chapman (Bill), of Connelly Springs, N.C.; four granddaughters, Amber, Ashley, Amelia and Avery Wade; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert E. Wade Sr. and Golda Icard Wade.
Visitation will be held Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Joiner Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 5820 Westside Road, in Statesboro, with the Rev. Kenneth Green officiating.
A second service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Warlick’s Baptist Church, 2684 Warlick’s Church Road, Connelly Springs, N.C. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Col. Kenneth R. Wade Jenkins County JROTC Fund, c/o Sea Island Bank, P.O. Box 568, Statesboro, Ga. 30459 or to Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, Ga. 30459.
Friends may sign the online registry book at www.joineranderson.com
Arrangements are with Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro.
Edward L. Wildes
Edward L. Wildes, 92, of Clermont, Fla., passed away Thursday (Feb. 18, 2016).
He is survived by his wife, Gloria; son, Gerald; step-daughters, Hope Lamb, Cathy Mayberry and Sue Hausladen; his brother, Grady; along with other family and friends.
He loved his God, loved his family and loved his country. He lived a colorful and interesting life.
Born in Waycross, he was raised on a farm here, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served in three wars. He retired from the Navy and settled in Jacksonville, Fla.
He never met a stranger and would tell stories to anyone who’d listen. Being predeceased by his first wife, Sue Nell, in 1995, he would later be reunited in marriage with his childhood sweetheart, Gloria (“Dodie”), in a storybook romance and relocate to Clermont in 2010.
Due to restrictions on floral arrangements at Florida National Cemetery, the family requests donations made in lieu of flowers to First United Methodist Church in Clermont, Fla.
Brewer and Sons Clermont Chapel is serving the family.
Mary Ann Tanner
Mary Ann Tanner, 49, of Alma, passed away Saturday (Feb. 20, 2016) at her residence after a short illness.
She was preceded in death by her step-father, William Ruben Greer. She was a member of Campground United Methodist and worked with Simmons Mattress Company for many years.
Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Greg Tanner, of Alma; her mother, Mary Lee Dyal Greer, of Nicholls; father, Walter Woodard, of Cedar Town, step-mother, Bobbie, of Cedar Town; one son, Gregory Brian Tanner (Regina), of Alma; a brother, James Woodard (Janet), of Madison; several step-brothers and step-sisters; and three grandchildren, Peyton, Mason and Alayna Tanner, of Alma.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Crosby Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Andy Capshaw and the Rev. Jerry Campbell officiating.
Interment will follow in Campground Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 9 o’clock.
Active pallbearers will be Jeff Bayard, Bubba Simmons, Ricky Pinson, Logan Curl, Sammy Woodard and James Whitaker.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Simmons Mattress Company, Thomas Grayson, Mitchell and Jamie Curl, and cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Betty Jean Guy
Betty Jean Thornton Guy, 80, of Offerman, passed away Monday (Feb. 22, 2016) at Satilla Care Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
David Lewis Sr.
David Lewis Sr., 92, died early Monday morning (Feb. 22, 2016) after an illness.
Friends are being received at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Tony Taylor, 809 Congress St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.