Tempie Walker Warren
Tempie Estelle Walker Warren, 95, passed away peacefully on Fleming Island, Fla., Saturday (Nov. 14, 2015). She was born May 25, 1920 in Pierce County, daughter of James and Kizzie Johns Walker. She was the youngest of six children.
She married Lloyd William Warren, of Charleston, S.C., July 24, 1938 at the family home in Otter Creek Community of Pierce County. After their marriage, they made their home in Coconut Grove, Fla., and then to Coral Gables, Fla., where Estelle was a homemaker, enjoyed handcrafts, especially gifted in the art of tatting and was active in the Baptist church while raising their daughter, Eileen.
The Warrens spent one month each summer visiting family and friends in Blackshear and traveling extensively throughout the United States. The visits to Pierce County also included the Andrew Jackson Walker Jr. and Winifred Hyers Walker family reunion at Otter Creek Community Center where Walkers gathered to honor the memory of their great-grandparents. The great-grandchildren did not know these family icons, but were taught the importance of Walker-Hyers family history in Pierce County.
When Lloyd retired from the United States Postal Service, he and Estelle moved to Savannah, and later to Orange Park, Fla., to live near their daughter, Eileen, and her family. While living in Orange Park, Lloyd died Oct. 30, 2000, and was interred in Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, S.C., for his service in the United States Navy.
Estelle’s rich Walker family history included the times when her parents housed school teachers at Otter Creek School where children from the area attended before going on to Blackshear High School. Estelle, along with her five siblings, grew to respect education from this act of housing teachers which was an important part of life. This value is evident in the professional careers that each child instilled in their children which produced farmers, teachers, ministers and doctors.
Lloyd and Estelle were charter members of the Pierce County Historical and Genealogical Society which continues to represent these values that Blackshear passed on to the following generations. As we say goodbye to Estelle, it would be good to remember how her generation came to be and thereby support the historical society that keeps this wonderful heritage alive for everyone. We have a rich past and will miss this passing generation.
Estelle was predeceased by her parents, James and Kizzie Johns Walker, her husband of 62 years, Lloyd William Warren, siblings, Lyman Jackson Walker, Oliver Walker, Alvin Walker Sr., Moselle Walker Hurst and Juell Winifred Walker Wood.
She is survived by her daughter, Eileen Marie Warren Kelsey (husband the Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Kelsey), of Fleming Island, Fla.; grandchildren, Dr. Linda Marie Kelsey Hendricks, of Macon, Amy Ruth Kelsey Dowell, of Fleming Island, Fla., and Thomas R. Kelsey Jr., of Daytona Beach, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Matthew Vining Hendricks and Ruth Marie Hendricks, Taylor Renee Kelley and Gavin Scott Kelley; several first cousins, including Lillian Walker Lee, of Patterson; and several nieces and nephews, including Mary Lott Walker and Alvin Walker Jr., of Blackshear.
Estelle’s body was cremated and the family held a private memorial service. Her ashes were interred in the Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, S.C.
J. Devoy Martin Sr.
Johnny Devoy Martin Sr., 85, passed away Thursday (Jan. 21, 2016,) at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Manor, to the late Joseph Daniel “Joe” Martin and Ruth Steedley Martin. He was a self-employed painter and logger and was a member of Suwanee Chapel Church of God of Prophecy in Manor.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William Samuel and Liza Jane Martin, his maternal grandparents, William “Billy” and Annie Steedley, three sisters, Edith Martin, Shirley F. Martin and Juanita “Nita” Martin, two brothers, William Henry Martin and Ralph Martin, his first wife, Ann McCar Martin, his second wife, Mildred Mixon Martin, his lifelong companion and love of his life, Vera Juanita “Kute” Kight Ewry.
Survivors are three daughters, Kimberly Fanning, of Douglas, Donna K. Martin, of Waycross, and Bonna F. Martin Gillard, of Adel; two sons, Joseph D. “Jody” Martin and Devoy Johnny “Rusty” Martin Jr., both of Waycross; one step-daughter, Glenda Tyre, of Oklahoma; niece, Bobby Jean Musgrove, of Axson; two sisters, Vernell Dowling, of Olustee, Fla., and Thelma Ruth Holt, of Milan, Ind.; one brother, Horace Martin, of Manor; four grandchildren, Victoria Harris, Martin Todd, Nicole Lide and Rachel Tanner; two great-grandchildren, Chloe Alexis Todd and Kalen Wood; and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Monday at 5 p.m. in the Shiloh Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.roundtreefuneralhome.net
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Geraldine C. Luckie
A funeral for Geraldine Chambless Luckie was held Thursday afternoon at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Williams officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Larry Batten, Jamie Bruner, Bill Darden, Owen Herrin, Paul Massey and Butch Miller.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.