Shirley Diane Dixon
BLACKSHEAR — Shirley Diane Dixon, 67, of Blackshear, passed away Monday morning (July 6, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an illness.
Born in Folkston on Aug. 9, 1947, she lived in Pierce and Ware counties all of her life. She loved to fish and grow flowers; as well as going to church at Indian Mound Missionary Baptist Church where she was a member. She worked at the Spatola and Bamboo Shoe factories as a seamstress for many years, and worked for King Edward Cigar Company.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Jefferson “T.J.” Dixon and Edith Moody Hunter; and a brother, Franklin Hershal Dixon.
Survivors include her children, Angela D. Taylor, of Waycross, Justin Clifton Clark, of Waycross, and Kevin L. Clark, of Waycross; her step-father, James P. “Jim” Hunter, of Blackshear; a sister, Betty Jane “B.J.” Thomas (husband, Mike), of Roebuck, S.C.; a brother, Billy Gene Dixon, of Blackshear; her former husband and father of her children, J.C. Clark; six grandchildren, Jessica Taylor, Kimberly Clark, Dakota Clark, Jimmy Clark, Emily Clark and Kelci Clark; and several nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives.
The funeral was held at 10 o’clock Thursday morning at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. Clayton Davis.
Pallbearers were Clif Clark, Noah Eunice, Randy Fones, Travis Batten, Franklin Dixon and Hershel Dixon.
Interment was in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family received friends from 6 until 8 o’clock Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, 841 Prudential Drive, Suite No. 1300, Jacksonville, Fla. 32207 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Kay Jones Brock
Judy Kay Jones Brock, 72, died Tuesday morning (July 7, 2015) at Bayview Nursing Home in Nahunta following a long illness.
She was born in Jacksonville, Fla., but lived most of her life in Waycross. She was employed as an LPN for Dr. McGahee in Jesup, Waycross Family Practice with Dr. Richard Lynch, The Tebeau House and Ware Manor Nursing Home. She was also a member of Deenwood Baptist Church.
She was a daughter of the late Beatrice Bennett Frazier. She was married to the late Edward Eugene Brock and preceded in death by a sister, Betty McCullers.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Beatrice Brock Joyner (Terris), of Hoboken; a son, Raphael Edward Brock (Brenda), of Ft. Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, Brock L. Joyner (Vanessa), of Waycross, Katie L. Joyner, of Hoboken, Jase A. Brock, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Aidan E. Brock, of Ft. Worth, Texas; a sister, Patricia Ann Klein, of Arizona; two nieces, Denise Medina and family and Lavelle Wade and family; one nephew, Mark McCullers and family; two cousins, Patsy Blair, of Bainbridge, and Charles Bennett (Irene), of Quincy, Fla.; and four family friends, Dot Perritt, of Waycross, Faye Williams, of Bainbridge, Katherine Bohannon, of Blackshear, and Linda Edgerton, of Blackshear.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 3 Brock Cemetery in Bainbridge.
The family will receive friends Monday (July 13, 2015) from 6 until 8 at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Matthew Methvin
BLACKSHEAR — Matthew Erin Methvin, 36, of Chapmanville, W.Va. (formerly of Blackshear), died Monday morning (July 6, 2015) at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born March 12, 1979 in Atlanta, he was the son of Dr. James A. Methvin and Rebecca Youmans Methvin. Growing up, he lived in both Blackshear and Atlanta. He attended Holy Innocents High School in Atlanta but returned to Blackshear and graduated from Pierce County High School in 1998. He played baseball and golf in high school, and was the youngest person to try out for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team.
He worked as a finance manager, dealing in mortgages and vehicles, and was an avid fan of the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves. He lived life to the fullest, loved to bring laughter to those around him and was a proud and loving father.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas L. Youmans, and his paternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Methvin.
Survivors include his wife, Kourtney Yeager Methvin, of Chapmanville, W.Va.; son, James Kannon Methvin, of Chapmanville, W.Va.; his mother, Rebecca Youmans Methvin, of Blackshear; his father and step-mother, Dr. and Mrs. James A. (Susan) Methvin, of Atlanta; his sister and brother-in-law, Lauren and Rhett Carter, of Blackshear; his maternal grandmother, Renate Youmans, of Blackshear; his mother-in-law, Kathy Yeager, of Chapmanville, W.Va.; his father-in-law, Greg Yeager, of Chapmanville, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Whitney Yeager, of Madison, W.Va.; nephew, Trace Carter, of Blackshear; nieces, Coast Carter, of Baxley, and Sofie Carter, of Blackshear; his uncle and aunt, the Rev. Tommy and Jana Youmans, of Moultrie; a cousin, Joy Youmans, of Moultrie; and several other relatives and many friends.
A memorial service will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Roberts officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Gloria Ann Wade
Gloria Ann Wade, 56, passed away Wednesday (July 8, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross.
She was the daughter of the late Deacon Robert J, Brown Sr. and Mother Ella M. Brown. She was a faithful member of New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church where she served in several capacities.
She was employed with Ware County Board of Education for many years until her health failed. She had a passion for children. She was the ultimate event planner for every family event.
Friends are being received at the family residence, 509 Lister St., Waycross.
She leaves to mourn three sons, Jonathan Wade (Nicole), Jerromie Wade and Javante Wade; and her siblings, Arnita Mooring (Otis), of Brunswick, Gabrielle Johns (Larry), of Jacksonville, N.C., and Robert J. Brown Jr. (Rosonda), of Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home.

Gwendolyn M. Paige
A celebration of life service for Gwendolyn Merritt Paige will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Church of Christ Written In Heaven, 617 Blackwell St., Waycross, where Bishop John A. Moss is the pastor.
Bishop Michael-Angelo James will offer words of comfort.
Burial and committal service will be held in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 11 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at thee family home, 1510 Carolina Ave., Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home today during visitation from 6 until 8 p.m. and at the family home outside of visitation hours.
She was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Waycross, to the late J.B. Merritt Sr. and Lula P. Merritt. She received her education in the public school system of Waycross, graduating with the Center High School class of 1968. While attending school she participated in numerous activities, but she was a professional when it came to basketball, which was her favorite sport.
She was a dedicated member of St. Paul New Life Outreach Ministries, under the leadership of Bishop Reginald McPherson Sr. She was a very strong, loving, caring and concerned individual who gave her all. She was employed as director of Family Services with Concerted Services, Inc. for many years.
She departed this life on Saturday (July 4, 2015) at Clinch Health Care Center, in Homerville.
Those left to cherish her memories includes her children, Racquel Johnson (Will) and Ahmad Paige; grandkids, Briana Merritt, Dedrick Carter, Alexandra Hayden, Jamiyah Johnson; great-grandkids, Bryaria Merritt (deceased) and Aubryah Vickers; her siblings, the late Charles Hodges, the late Frances Davis (husband, Bill), the late Edna Davis (Otis), both deceased; Antionette Moore, Evelyn Foster (Joe), of Atlanta, J.B. Merritt Jr. and Eddie Merritt; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and god-children.
Sympathy may be expressed at
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Jessica Elaine Parker
The celebration of life service for Jessica Elaine Parker, 41, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the House of God Church, 500 Blackshear Ave.
Visitation will be held this evening from 5 to 7 o’clock at Welch & Brinkley Mortuary.
Memorialization is by cremation.
Family and friends will assemble at 1115 Tebeau St at 12:35 p.m. Saturday.
She died Sunday morning (July 5, 2015).
A native of Waycross, she was born Jan. 5, 1974 to Elaine Baker and Stanley Bacon. She received her GED in 1996 through the Ware County School System. She lived most of her life in Waycross.
She was a fun-loving person who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She leaves to cherish her memories three sisters, Shemica Baker, Ideall Bacon and Ebony Baker; four brothers, Lerrick Baker (Troy), Dedrick Bacon (Twig), Stanley Bacon and Jason Bacon (wife, Latoya); a special nephew, Marvin Baker; a special friend, Edward G. Lewis; a dedicated god-father, Joseph Johnson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Aldine E. Crews
Aldine E. Crews, 70, died Friday morning (July 10, 2015) at St. Vincent’s Riverside in Jacksonville, Fla., following a short illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Naomi W. Nessmith
Naomi Willis Nessmith, 103, died Thursday afternoon (July 9, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Corrine Lynn Gill
PATTERSON — Corrine Lynn Gill, 74, of Patterson, passed away Thursday morning (July 9, 2015) at Baptist Village following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear.

Charles ‘Gene’ Swain
Charles Eugene “Gene” Swain, 72, passed away Monday (July 6, 2015) at his daughter’s residence in Springfield, Ga.
He was born Aug. 24, 1942 in Homeland, to Charles David Swain and Allie Clara Mercer Swain Buchanan. He lived in Waycross most of his life before moving to Savannah in 1964.
He graduated from Manor High School in 1964 and moved to Savannah to work there. In 1965 he met and married his loving wife. On Sept. 18, they would have been married for 50 years. Their union was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Gena, followed by the birth of their son, David, 23 months later.
He accepted Christ into his life in 1972 and was loyal to Him through the years. He was a member and deacon at the Church of God of Prophecy in Savannah for 35 years before moving back to Waycross in 2007 where he became a member of the Waresboro Church of God.
He was an honest, loving man with a giving heart. Nothing did he love better than giving and sharing with others. He had a special gift for fundraising for the church and got more donations than anyone else, especially for the church’s annual fall festival. He was loved and respected by all he met.
He worked as a professional truck driver the bulk of his life, retiring from Colonial Oil Industries after 29.5 years. He worked for U.S. Food Service, retiring after eight years, then moved back to Waycross where he hauled pine straw to Atlanta until he was no longer able after April of this year.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Mercer Swain Buchanan, his father, Charles David Swain, step-father, Marvin Buchanan, three brothers, J.D., Jessie and Alton Swain, and sister, Evelyn Winn.
Survivors include his loving wife, Diane Swain; daughter, Gena Howard (Scott); son, David Swain (Amy); brother, David Edgar Swain (Nellie); six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Riggs Funeral Home.
The funeral was held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment following in the Rincon Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Brawton Edgy, Cody James, Jeffrey Howard, Hugo Soto, Randy Bullard and Phillip Minter.
Condolences may be made at
Riggs Funeral Home of Guyton is serving the family.