Iva Lee King
Iva Lee King, 84, died Friday morning (July 17, 2015) at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a short illness.
She was born in Jeff Davis County but had lived most of her life in Waycross. She was a retired bus driver for the Ware County Board of Education and a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She also visited the Nelson Greene Senior Center.
She was a daughter of the late Claude Stone, Sr. and Addie S. Stone. She was married to the late James Howard King Sr. and also preceded in death by a son, Thomas L. Meeler, and four siblings, Doris Fletcher, Jimmy Stone Sr., Harvey Stone and Emory Stone.
Survivors include two sons, James Howard King Jr. (Kelly), of Waycross, and Tony Murrell King, of Waycross; three grandchildren, Gail Dorminy, of Fitzgerald, Tyler King, of Waycross, and Blake King, of Waycross; two great-grandchildren, Josh Meeler and Allison Fletcher; five siblings, Vyrlin Stone, of Douglas, Shirley Caves (Johnny), of West Green, Claude Stone Jr. (Connie), of Denton, Linda Smith (Larry), of Hazlehurst, and Sandra Moody (Lonnie), of Hazlehurst; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. today at Liberty Baptist Church in the Bickley Community. Burial will follow in Hephzibah Cemetery.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Karen Lee Hawk
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Karen Lee Strickland Hawk, 63, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away late Thursday afternoon (July 16, 2015) at the McGraw Center — Community Hospice in Jacksonville following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 2, 1951, she had lived in Duval and Pierce Counties most of her life. She worked in administration in the concrete business and was a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. Her life was dedicated to loving and caring for her parents, family, husband and son. She found pleasure in books and was a voracious reader, enjoyed music and had other interests ranging from quilting and needlepoint to cake baking and decorating. Her adventures revolved around visiting restaurants she wanted to try both locally and when travelling.
She was a daughter of the late James Kenneth and Lounell Smith Strickland. She was also preceded in death by her brother, James Kenneth Strickland II.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas C. “Tom” Hawk, of Jacksonville, Fla.; her son, Thomas James “T.J.” Hawk, of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Diane and John Turner, of Rabun Gap, and Carla and Terry Kennedy, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning at Blackshear First Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at www.info-komen.org.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Bert Minchew
William Bert Minchew, 88, of Blackshear, died Sunday afternoon (July 19, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear.

Curtis Dewitt Wood Sr.
Curtis Dewitt Wood Sr., 79, died Monday (July 20, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

D. Cameron O’Neal
BLACKSHEAR — David Cameron O’Neal Sr., 75, of Blackshear, passed away late Tuesday night (July 14, 2015) at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Blackshear, Oct. 28, 1939, he lived in Pierce County most of his life. He worked for C.C. O’Neal and Co. and also worked for CSX Transportation but most of his work career was in law enforcement with Ware, Bacon, Brantley and Pierce counties. He worked as a sheriff’s deputy for a number of years as well as working with the Southeast Georgia Drug Task Force, the Patterson Police Department and the Blackshear Police Department.
He was a former volunteer fireman and former city councilman with the City of Blackshear. He was a member of Alabaha Freewill Baptist Church and was a former deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Blackshear. He was a member of the Blackshear Masonic Lodge No. 270 and served as past master and secretary.
He was a son of the late Mac G. and Louise Smith O’Neal Sr. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy O’Neal Dewitt, and both brothers, Mac G. O’Neal Jr. and Carl Smith O’Neal Sr.
Survivors include a daughter, Tammy Marie O’Neal, of Blackshear; a son, David C. O’Neal Jr., of Blackshear; three grandchildren, Chris (Nealie) O’Neal, Dustin (Meg) O’Neal and David C. O’Neal III; four great-grandchildren, twins, Jase and Cade O’Neal, Raife O’Neal, and Raylon O’Neal; two very special friends, James Mock, of Blackshear, and Vicky Chesser, of the Raybon Community; a special church friend, Patsy Aldridge, of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral was held at 11 o’clock Saturday morning at the Alabaha Freewill Baptist Church. Officiating was the Rev. Edward Cady.
Interment was in the Blackshear Cemetery with Masonic Rites conducted by the Blackshear Masonic Lodge No. 270.
Active pallbearers were Chris O’Neal, Dustin O’Neal, David O’Neal III, Charley Medders, James Mock and Sheriff Ramsey Bennett.
Honorary pallbearers were Bootsie Boatright, Sheriff Richard Foskey, Bacon County, Sheriff Randy Royal, Ware County, along with the employees of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the men and women of Alabaha Freewill Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Alabaha Freewill Baptist Church, 4400 Highway 203, Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Averill E. Williams
A memorial service for Averill Edward Williams took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Porky Haynes and Jerry Griffin officiating.
Military rites were performed by the U.S. Marine Corps stationed out of Jacksonville, Fla.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were the AA Group.

Oveida Daoust
A funeral for Oveida “Granny” Daoust was held Friday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Morgan officiating.
Burial followed in High Bluff Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Roger Cowan, Randy Herrin, Ank Jordan, Austin Jordan, Heath Lee and David May.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.