Lorena Armstrong
A celebration of life service for Evangelist Lorena Pearson Armstrong, 88, will held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 901 Ossie Davis Parkway, where the Rev. Jackie Hooper is pastor and her pastor, the Rev. Thomas Smith Jr., of St. James Baptist Church (on the Ridge), Patterson, will offer words of comfort.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 4, 1928 in Blackshear to the late Agier and Virginia Hall Pearson. She was raised in Pierce County and Ware County. She received her formal education from the Waycross Public School System.
She attended the Modern Beauty School in New York, N.Y., and the Sunlight Beauty School in Waycross where she received a cosmetology degree. In 1968 she opened Lorena’s Beauty Shop on Johnson Avenue where she operated for many years.
At an early age she became a member of First Born Church of the Living God. Later in years she moved her membership to the Church of God Written in Heaven and after many years of service she was ordained a missionary evangelist by the late Bishop Calvin Poller and conducted revivals in Georgia and Florida.
She later became a member of New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church where she organized the Ladies Bible Class, was a member of the Deaconess Board, the Missionary Society and the Senior Choir. At her demise, she was a faithful member of St. James Baptist Church (on the Ridge), Patterson.
She also organized a ministry at Waycross Health and Rehabilitation Center serving there for many years.
She was a very loving and caring person that was always willing to help anyone in need. She was a very good cook and enjoyed preparing food for others. She was especially known for her delicious collard greens and sweet potatoes pies. She served as the president of the Pearson, Hall, Lee, Davis and Owens family reunion for more than 35 years.
On Monday night (July 18, 2016) after a brief illness she was called to her Heavenly Home. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Arrie Armstrong, six brothers and seven sisters.
Those left to cherish her memories include a son, Willie A. Armstrong Sr. (Paulette), of Hinesville; a daughter, Loretta Boone (Gregory), of McDonough; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Bertha Dukes, of Waycross; two brothers, Willie Gaskins, of Douglas, and George Pearson, of Brunswick; sisters-in-law, Doreen Armstrong, of Albany, Gracie Harvey, Cleo Armstrong and Mattie Gipson, all of Waycross; brothers-in-law, Walter Dukes, the Rev. Johnny Gipson, both of Waycross, and David Armstrong, of Bartow, Fla.; god-children, Ruby Pat White, Debra Simmons, Dorothy Sumner, Quenelle Hargrove, Christine Smith and Etta Smith; numerous nieces and nephews including one she helped raised, Ira “Bill” Knight (Henrietta), of Seattle, Wash.; cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Armstrong residence 1801 Riverside Drive, and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
The funeral cortege will leave from the family residence at 10:30 a.m.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker funeral Home.

Newlene C. Johnson
Newlene Carter Johnson, 85, died Tuesday night (July 19, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
She was born in Bacon County but following her husband Leo’s retirement from the military, moved to Hoboken in 1968. She also attended Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
She was a daughter of the late Oden S. Carter and Susie Morgan Carter. She was married to the late Leo Hartford Johnson and was also preceded in death by three sisters, Maudene C. Shuman, Vesta C. Rainwater and Gwendolyn C. McQuaig.
She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Gunter (Donnie), of Hoboken; four sons, Larry Leo Johnson, of Fairbanks, Alaska, Kenneth Allen Johnson (Julie), of Blackshear, Craig Wesley Johnson (Barbara), of Blackshear, and Christopher Robin Johnson (Lynn), of Hoboken; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Gerald Carter (Veronica), of Jacksonville, Fla., Olen Carter (Iris), of Hoboken, and Johnny Carter (Louise), of Belleview, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Friday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Hoboken. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry www.musicfuneralhome.com.

Millard M. Hayes
Millard Mellon “Sputnik” Hayes, 72, died Wednesday afternoon (July 20, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following a short illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Carolyn May
Carolyn May, 82, died Wednesday morning (July 20, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Ronnie J. Beverly Sr.
Ronnie J. “Bubba” Beverly Sr., 77, died Wednesday (July 20, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a long term illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

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