Johnny B. Members Jr.
Johnny B. Members Jr., also affectionally known as J.B. and June, was born to the late Johnny B. Members Sr. and Elizabeth Troutman Members on May 2, 1931 in Waycross.
He departed this life Monday (Jan. 19, 2015).
He attended Ware County schools. He joined the United States Army and was honorably discharged. He joined First Born Church of the Living God under the leadership of Bishop H.J. Echols where he received the Lord and he and his family attended for many years.
He loved people and was loved by everyone with whom he came in contact.
He was preceded in death by a son, Johnny L. Members.
He is survived by a companion of 51 years, Lucy Members, of Douglas; five children, Cheryl (Diane) Members Thomas, of Hollywood, Fla., Kenneth Members, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Cathy Members Chapple (Chines), Janice Members and Brenda Members, all of Waycross; one sister, Shirley Clark, and one brother, Terry Members, both of Rochester, N.Y.; ex-wife and mother of children, Louise Members, of Waycross; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.
The family is being received at his daughter’s home, Cathy Members Chapple, 612 Owens St., Waycross.
The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Church of Christ Written In Heaven, 617 Blackwell St., Waycross.
Arrangements are entrusted to Harrell Funeral Home in Douglas.
William ‘Bill’ Long
William “Bill” Long, 71, died Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2015) while in the care of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
He was a resident of Cypress Village, Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Blackshear.
He was born Jan. 5, 1944 in Waycross to Verlie Long and the late N.A. Long.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, of Jacksonville; his daughter, Kathryn Bolles, of Washington, D.C.; his mother, Verlie Long, of Jacksonville; as well as Christina and Charlie Waters, of Jacksonville Beach, and Jennifer Rowe (fiancé, Paul Carter), of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; beloved grandchildren, Blake Rowe and Maezie Waters; special friends, Jim and Janice Pickett, of Black Mountain, N.C.
He is loved and remembered by numerous friends and relatives.
He loved children, rain, solitude, company of friends, good music, history, the ocean, fried chicken, shrimp, a good book, football and baseball and lemon pie. He enjoyed sports, especially watching the Georgia Dawgs.
He graduated from Waycross High school and played football on the state championship teams. He received his bachelor and graduate degrees at the University of Georgia, and also attended Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State University. He loved working with children, and spent many happy years as a teacher and guidance counselor.
He was an elder and trustee of Blackshear Presbyterian Church, where he married his wife, Mary, more than 30 years ago.
A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Blackshear Presbyterian Church in Blackshear with Dr. Riley Covin presiding. The family will accept friends prior to the service in the church social hall between the hours of 2 and 3 p.m.
Donations may be made to Save the Children, where his daughter works, or to a charity of one’s choice.
The family grants special thanks to Drs. Maramreddy and Cu for managing his healthcare for many years.
A celebration of life service for Wydell Riley, 57, of Homerville, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, Forest Avenue, Homerville, with the church pastor, the Rev. Jackie E. Harris, offering words of comfort.
Friends are being received at the Riley residence, 32 Hardee St., Homerville.
Public visitation will be this evening from 5 to 7 at Fluker Funeral Home, 15 Robinson St., Homerville.
The body will lie in repose Saturday from 2 p.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Pine Forest Cemetery.
He was born April 29, 1957 in Homerville to Artester Davis Riley and the late Raymond Riley Sr. He received his formal education from the public school system of Clinch County.
He was a former employee of Dupont Wood Yard.
He departed this life Wednesday morning (Jan. 21, 2015) at his residence after an illness. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, Marcus T. Riley, seven siblings, Eddie Shaneal Joyner, Angeline Abney Porter, Sallie Kinlaw, Ruthie Washington, Robert Riley, Wendell Riley and Raymond Riley Jr.
Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Artester D. Riley, of Homerville; his children, Chasity Greene Riley, of Orlando, Fla., Demita Riley, of Nicholls, and Lydell Riley, of Valdosta; nine grandchildren; step-children, Anjelica Johnson, Quaid Simmons, Grace Burns, Amazing Porter, all of Homerville; two sisters, Erthaline Davis, of Homerville, and Maddie Boddie, of LaGrange; a sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law; three aunts, Gracie Riley, Rosena Tippins, both of Jesup, and Lou Ella Riley, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one uncle, Willie Charles Davis (Marie), of LaGrange; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Homerville.
Rev. Gordon Hunter Jr.
The Rev. Gordon A. Hunter Jr., 94, died Thursday night (Jan. 29, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.
BLACKSHEAR — Annabelle T. Thornton, 93, of Patterson, passed away early Friday morning (Jan. 30, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear.
Glenda Jean King
Glenda Jean Glosson King passed away peacefully in Lilburn Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2015) at the age of 74.
She is survived by her daughters, Melanie Davidson Hixon (husband, Allan), of Athens, and Dana King Maxwell (husband, Robby), of Lilburn; two brothers, Ben Glosson (wife, Vian), and Billy Glosson (wife, Betty); two sisters, Kaye Glosson and Anne Cohron; a special aunt, Doris Rewis; two grandchildren, Paige Hixon Sailors (husband, Richard), and Josh Maxwell (wife, Brittany); two great-grandchildren, Ashton Sailors and Aubriegh Maxwell; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Merritt King, and their daughter, Helen Kathryn King, her parents, Walter Benion Glosson Sr. and Mary Butts Glosson, and a son-in-law, Doug Davidson.
She was born Aug. 5, 1940, in Waycross. She graduated from Wacona High School in 1958 and attended Shorter College where she majored in piano and voice.
She later received her LPN (licensed practical nurse) and RN (registered nurse) degrees. She retired from nursing in 2012. She was passionate about spending time with her family and friends and adored her little Brussels Griffon “Gabbi.” She always exuded a sweet spirit had a giving heart. She will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be today from 6 until 8 p.m. at Music Funeral Home in Waycross.
The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Members of the 1958 graduating class of Wacona High School are asked to gather at Music Funeral Home at 1:40 p.m. Saturday to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Diane P. Leeman
Diane Paulette Leeman, 73, died Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 28, 2013) at Florida Hospital Hospice in Daytona Beach, Fla., after an extended illness.
She was a native of Jersey City, N.J., but she lived in Waycross since 1998. She retired from Town of Brookhaven Interface.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Waycross and Moultonborough United Methodist Church in New Hampshire.
She was the daughter of the late Elwin Currier and Lillian Aldrich Currier.
Survivors include her husband, John Leeman, of Waycross; two daughters, Shirley Cortese (husband, John), of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Beth Grimaldi (husband, Joseph), of Farmingville, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Jennifer, James, John and Joseph; two brothers, Edwin Currier, of Brunswick, and James Currier, of Hazlehurst; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Vera Woodard Sikes
A funeral for Vera Woodard Sikes was held Thursday afternoon at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Derwin Griffin and the Rev. Lester Williams officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chad Bennett, Wendell Bennett, Paul Callahan, Rob Craven, Blake Harris, Jess Mattox, Derrick Trkula, Chris Williams, Colby Woodard, Dave Woodard, Ron Woodard and Woody Woodard.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were members of the Ida Ruth Sunday School Class at Second Baptist Church and her co-workers from the Ware County Health Department.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Saidee Carol Fussell
A funeral for Saidee Carol Fussell was held Thursday afternoon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Andy Hickox and the Rev. Vickie Rommel officiating.
Burial followed in Blackshear City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott Joiner, Bradley Barker, Austin Davis, Tony Yarbrough, Bill Yarbrough, Bo Petty, Josh Barker and Keith Barker.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.