William B. Minchew Jr.
William Bert Minchew Jr., 88, of Blackshear, died Sunday afternoon (July 19, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
Born Sept. 12, 1926 in Brantley County, he was a son of the late William Bert Minchew Sr. and Pollie Mizell Johns Minchew. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army and Air Force during World War II and then returned to Waycross where he lived for many years.
He moved to Blackshear in 1974 and was the owner of Minchew Salvage. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the DAV.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lois Minchew, Iretha Prather and Vera Carter, and his brothers, Calvin Minchew, Cary Minchew and Frank Minchew.
Survivors include his children, Michael Eugene Crews (wife Geraldine), of Broussard, La., Lisa Kay Dickerson (husband Mike), of Blackshear, William Paul Minchew (wife Lisa), of Blackshear, and Rhonda Minchew, of Blackshear; his grandchildren, Shawnie Sahadeo (husband Ron) and Mark Crews, both of Kingsland, Renee Mercer (husband Dusty), of Alma, Wes Mills, of Palatka, Fla., Katie Minchew and Paul Minchew II, both of Blackshear, Shannon Wilson and Lauren Dean (husband Jackson), both of Valdosta; two great-grandchildren, Isaac Sahadeo, of Kingsland, and Dallin Mercer, of Alma; a special niece, Dorothy Cothern, of Ocean Way, Fla.; a special nephew, Wilbur Minchew (wife Joyce), of Ocean Way, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with Mitch Hall officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
The family wishes to invite their family and friends to join them for a covered dish lunch at Mershon Baptist Church Social Hall on Wednesday at noon.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Shafer Altman
Mary Shafer Altman, 71, of Hoboken, passed away early Monday morning (July 20, 2015) at Pierce County Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Born in Waycross, her parents were William Hugh Shafer and Sarah Louise McQuaig Shafer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Terry Wayne Altman Sr., a baby girl and her brother, Charles Hugh Shafer.
Mary was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, enjoyed her grandchildren, church activities and Card Ministries.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses, Wayne Altman (Cindy), of Hoboken, Rose Cleveland (Travis), of Hoboken, Angie Altman (Adam Sapp), of Nahunta, Frannie Thomas (Kevin), of Baxley; five grandchildren, Justin Dixon (Allie Dance), of Hoboken, Hali West (Jeremy), of Waycross, Austin Altman, Kira Altman, of Hoboken, and Noah Thomas, of Baxley; two great-grandchildren, Allison West and Jonah Dixon; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Delores Dixon, of Waycross, Joyce Hendrix (Leroy), of Blackshear, Janice Pittman (Jerry), of Hoboken; a brother and sister-in-law, Dorian Shafer (Sue), of Cabot, Ark.; a very special pet, Smokey; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Yawn and the Rev. Charles Florey officiating.
Burial will follow in High Bluff Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Robert Moore, Charles Harris, Joe Dixon, Rusty Lee, Marty Lee and Larry Griffin.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com

Curtis Dewitt Wood Sr.
Curtis Dewitt Wood Sr., 79, died early Monday morning (July 20, 2015) at his residence after an extended illness.
He was a native of Turner County, but had lived in Waycross since 1973. On Aug. 1, 1983, he retired from the United States Navy as Chief Hospital Corpsman.
His distinguished career began in June 1954. After recruit training, his first assignment was Hospital Corps School at San Diego, Calif. Subsequent assignments include, among other ships, the USS Albany (CG10), USS Cromwell (DE1014), USS Ranger (CVA61) and the USS Repose (AH16) and various duties ashore, both within the continental United States and overseas. His assignments and advancements ranged the spectrum of leadership from Hospital Recruit to Chief Hospital Corpsman.
For his outstanding service, he received the National Defense Service Medal (second award), Good Conduct Medal (fifth award), Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
Because of his military career, he was a member of the Fleet Reserves Association, National Association Uniform Services, Non-Commission Officers Association, and American Military Retirees Association.
Following his military service, he was employed at Barfield’s and Diversified Resources as care coordinator. He was a member of High Hill Baptist Church in Turner County.
He is the son of the late Lonnie Roscoe Wood and Luna Cloe Metcalf Wood.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Annette Hickox Wood, of Waycross; one son, Curtis D. Wood Jr., of Waycross; one daughter, Kathy Hendrix (Neal), of Waycross; six grandchildren, Kenneth Wood (Jennifer Martinez), Devin Wood (Sabrina Merrier), Lonnie Wood (Sierra), Morris Grant (Hannah), Gunter Hendrix and Griffin Hendrix; six great-grandchildren, Allie Martinez, Garrett Hall, Isabellah Nails, Kayden Grant, Gabby McFadden; special cousin, C. C. Farmer (Gladys); and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Beatrice Todd
Beatrice Todd, 81, of Waycross died late Monday night (July 20, 2015) at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Iva Lee King
A funeral for Iva Lee King was held Monday afternoon at Liberty Baptist Church with the Rev. Matt Tuttle officiating.
Burial followed in Hephzibah Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lee Brookshire, Stephen Harrell, Josh King, Lester King, Shad Steverson and Dwayne Stone.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lee Thomas
A celebration of life in honor of Mary Lee Thomas took place Monday at Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Blackshear, where Dr. Alonzo K. Scott is the pastor.
Pastor Fer-Rell Malone Sr., pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, Waycross, brought uplifting words of comfort to the congregation.
Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery, Moore Street.
Casket bearers were Brandon James, Jerome James, Jo’Siah Harris, Michael Jones, James Jones and Eugene Harris Jr.
Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc., was in charge of the services.