James Monroe Jacobs
James Monroe Jacobs was born March 20, 1934 in Blackshear, the oldest of six children born to the union of the late Eddie Willie and Eldora Barnes Jacobs.
He attended and joined Zion Missionary Baptist Church as a child and years later made the decision to recommit to Zion Baptist in 1995.
He graduated from Lee Street High in June 1949 and immediately thereafter enrolled and attended Tuskegee Institute (renamed Tuskegee University) in 1949 and was a dedicated member of the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC ).
In June 1951 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as an aircraft mechanic at Sampson Air Force Base in Geneva, N.Y. He received the National Defense Service Medal prior to his honorable discharge in March 1954.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marie Hyler Jacobs, and two brothers, Curtis Jacobs and Oscar Benjamin Jacobs.
He entered into eternal sleep on Sunday (Jan. 11, 2015).
His surviving loved ones include one daughter, Viola Cyfern Jacobs; one son, Terrell Fulmore, of Miami, Fla.; four grandchildren, Lancelot (Katherine) Bryant Jr., of Melbourne, Fla., Tiffany Amanda Bryant, of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Patrick Leonard Bryant, of Savannah, and Yolanda Denisa Bryant, of Waldorf, Md.; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Deloris Welch and Katherine Jacobs; one brother, William C. (Faye) Jacobs; one sister in-law, Diane Jacobs; one aunt, Francis Jacobs, all of Blackshear; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held Saturday evening at St James Missionary Baptist Church in Blackshear, from 6 until 8 o’clock.
The funeral will be held Sunday at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Blackshear. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service beginning at 2 p.m.
Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery with military honors.
Jacobs Funeral Home of Blackshear is serving the family.

Gerald Washington
A celebration of life service for Gerald “Pete” Lee Washington will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Victory Temple, 319 W. Blackshear Ave., Waycross, where Bishop Albert Bussey is pastor.
Burial and committal service will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 1 p.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at 1317 Myers Ave. at 2:15 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6 until 8.
He was born Jan. 3, 1966 in Waycross, to Betty Washington Blackshear and the late Horace Graham. He attended public schools in Waycross, where he received his education. He lived his life to the fullest. Through troubling times and life’s hard knocks, he never forgot nor lost respect for family, though some may remember the not so good times.
He was always there if you asked. If he could he would and if not he tried. No matter the situation he always had that million dollar smile.
He leaves to mourn three daughters, Marquita Bell, Zaquoia Bell and Kendra Worthy, all of Waycross; his mother, Betty Blackshear, and stepfather, James Blackshear, of Waycross; five sisters, Bernice Williams (Thomas Bolds), of Waycross, Eva Mae Washington, of Macon, Shirley Townsend, of Palm Beach, Fla., Willie Mae Johnson (Melvin), of Jacksonville, Fla., Charmaine Graham, of Washington, D.C., and Sherryl Mitchell, of Waycross; three brothers, Preston Corbin (Ilya Corbin), of Waycross, Johnny Washington (Twilla Washington), of Jacksonville, Fla., and Horace Graham Jr., of Waycross; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and sorrowing friends.
Sympathy may be expressed online by visiting the website www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway.

Jerry L. Fender
Jerry L. Fender, 79, of Brunswick, died Wednesday (Jan. 14, 2015) at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Altama Avenue with Willie Walker Jr. officiating.
Interment will follow in Brunswick Memorial Park Cemetery with Terry Griffis, Kevin Griffis, Cory Guest, Scott Stradtman, Raymon Moody and Tim Hudson serving as pallbearers.
Born Feb. 4, 1935 in Ware County, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Kelby Fender. He was a retired millwright from Georgia Pacific.
He was a resident of Glynn County for the past 48 years and was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed gardening. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lewis.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Dot Fender, of Brunswick; a son, Stacy Fender, of Brunswick; a brother, Jimmy Fender (wife, Evelyn), of Nahunta; a sister, Jean Griffey, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; honorary daughter, Winnie Turoski; and special friends, Scott Stradtman and Ray Moody.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.
Condolences may be offered at www.edomillerandsons.com

Dr. John Carden Jr.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Dr. John Huckaby Carden Jr., 86, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday morning (Jan. 14, 2015) at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.
Born in Dawson March 29, 1928, he lived in Pierce County for the past 54 years. At the young age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and was involved in the last year of World War II. After his time in the military he attended college at South Georgia College in Douglas and from there he went to dental school at Emory University in Atlanta.
After finishing dental school in 1960, he moved to Blackshear to begin his dentistry career which he practiced for 53 years. Dr. Carden was a long-time member of Blackshear First Baptist Church and was a past-president of the Blackshear Rotary Club. He enjoyed restoring old cars and was excellent at woodworking.
He was the son of the late John Huckaby Carden Sr. and Hazel Youmans Carden. He was also preceded in death by both of his sisters, Margie Sneeden and Vicky Gove.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Rhys Jones, of Kennesaw; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Monnie and Wilda Carden, of Barnwell, S.C., John H. “Tripp” Carden III, of Eustis, Fla., and Ty and Denise Carden, of Blackshear; six grandchildren, Matthew Carden, Sam Carden, T.J. and Tessa Carden, Lauren Harrelson, Abby Jones and Emily Jones; three great-grandchildren, Rylee Carden, Mary Kenlee Carden and Korlee Harrelson; a niece, Sharon and Richard Durham, of Columbia, S.C.; and several other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Blackshear First Baptist Church.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Billy Earl Hickson
ALMA — Billy Earl Hickson, 64, of Mershon, passed away Wednesday evening (Jan. 14, 2015) at Bacon County Hospital following lengthy illness.
Born in Hazlehurst Nov. 15, 1950, he lived in Pierce County all of his adult life. He was retired from CSX Transportation where he had been a clerk. He was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, loved to tinker with anything he could get his hands on and dearly loved his animals.
He was a son of the late Irvin Bryant Hickson and Letha Oleen Hersey Hickson. He was also preceded in death by a baby sister, Irvine Hickson.
Survivors include his two sons, Aaron Hiers, of Blackshear, and Jason Hiers, of Mershon; his father-in-law, Ronald Hickson, of Bangkok, Thialand; his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Elaine Hickson, of Waycross; three grandchildren, Andy Cox, Emily Hiers and Jaycee Sweat Hiers; a dear friend, Jenny Bryant, of Mershon; dear friend, Amanda Bennett, of Argyle; dear friend, Hope Peeples; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Ephesus Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Saturday 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.

Dorothy Lee W. Sapp
PATTERSON — The funeral for Dorothy Lee Walker Sapp, 83, was held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Officiating was the Rev. I.B. Boyette and Pastor Marshall Dixon.
Interment was in the Patterson Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Weyman Chapman, Pee Wee Fowler, Stevie Sweat, Eddie Sapp, Blaine Hill and Scott Sapp.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rosa Mae Pearson
A celebration of life service for Rosa Mae Pearson, 57, of Folkston, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. High Holiness Church on Rosa Park Road in Folkston with the church pastor, Bishop Willie Frank Gibbs, offering words of comfort.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
She was born Oct. 29, 1957, in Ashburn (Turner County) to the late Rufus Oliver and Cora Hill Oliver. She grew up in Folkston where she received her formal education from the Charlton County Public School System.
She accepted Christ as her person Savior and was a member of Mt. High Holiness Church. She worked and retired from the Federal Aviation Administration (Air Traffic Control Center) in Hilliard, Fla.
She departed this life Saturday (Jan. 10, 2015) at Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick, after an illness.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Tommie Oliver and Roslyn Oliver, both of Folkston; her fiance, Manuel Munoz, of Folkston; four grandchildren including one she raised, Teavaris Maxwell, of Folkston; sisters, Louise Harvey (John Jr.), of Folkston, and Loucella Stone, of Atlanta; brothers, Johnny Oliver, of Atlanta, John F. Oliver, of Brunswick, Clarence Oliver, Ben Oliver and Larry Oliver, all of Orlando, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Waycross.

Laura Johns Jones
BLACKSHEAR — Laura Johns Jones, 83, of Blackshear, passed away Monday evening (Jan. 12, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Hoboken, Sept. 15, 1931, she lived in Pierce County all of her adult life. She was a homemaker and volunteered as a Pink Lady at the Pierce County Nursing Home and as a personal sitter. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, loved to read and help others and dearly loved spoiling her grandchildren.
She was a daughter of the late Benton H. and Mary Rosella Jacobs Johns. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Randall Edward Jones Sr., a daughter, Margaret Hill, two sons, Randall Edward Jones Jr. and Henry Jackson Jones, and her sister, Lenell Hand.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Louise and Robert Sauls, of Blackshear, and Linda and Bill Music, of Hazlehurst; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Linda Jones and Jesse and Stacey Jones, all of Blackshear; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Johns, of Tennessee; 21 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Pearson-Dial Chapel with the Rev. Jack Sinclair and the Rev. Richard Golden officiating.
Interment was in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were her grandsons, Robbie Sauls, Andy Jones, Melvin Music, Keith Hill, Jason Jones, Bryan Hill, Jeremy Jones and Nathan Quinn.
Memorials may be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 2764, Waycross, Ga. 31502.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.