Leon James Tuten
Leon James Tuten, of Blackshear, lost a courageous battle to cancer Wednesday (July 22, 2015) at the age of 92. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Dec. 6, 1922 and was a native and lifelong resident of Pierce County. His parents were the late Azielee Henderson Tuten and Earnest Lawton Tuten.
He was a member of the 1939 graduating class of Blackshear High School. After his father died unexpectedly in 1944, he stepped in and farmed the family property. In 1948, he opened Tuten’s Trim Shop in Waycross, later changing the name to Tuten and Son Trim Shop when his son, Buddy Tuten, became a partner.
He retired from the upholstering business in 1982 but would often help his son on a part time basis. He also stayed busy remodeling homes and managing timber property.
He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge No. 270, and the Shriners Temple, Savannah. He was an avid hunter and belonged to Cabbage Bluff Hunting Club, Turkey Corner Hunting Club, Briar Island Hunting Club and Half Moon Hunting Club.
He enjoyed fishing with a cane pole and bread in his backyard pond and landing large saltwater fish in Florida with his famous Zebco reel. He became a NASCAR fan and cheered on Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jr. and Denny Hamlin. His love of gospel music began early in life through the influence of his mother and continued until the day he died.
He loved and enjoyed family and his life reflected that. Summers and holidays were filled with family gatherings at his pond house. During the last 29 years, he hosted large family reunions at Thanksgiving thus ensuring the continuation of close family ties.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife for 40 years and mother of his children, Mary Kate Fulford Tuten, daughter-in-law, Linda Pearson Tuten, a sister, Marguerite Tuten, brother, Albert Lawton Tuten, brother, Lorin L. Tuten (wife, Faye Byrd Tuten Thomas), brother, Lonnie Tuten (wife, Mary), brother-in-law, Loran Dowling, brother-in-law, Wilburn Parham, brother-in-law, Jack Kilpatrick.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Wayne Sloan, of Jacksonville, Fla.; his son, Leon James (Buddy) Tuten Jr., of Blackshear; his son and daughter-in-law, Earnest Terrell (Terry) and Christi Carter Tuten, Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Dena and Steven Paul, Anna Tuten, of Blackshear, Mary Kate Tuten, Leigh Ann Tuten, Sheridan Tuten, of Jacksonville, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Blaine Paul, of Blackshear, and Addison Aycock, of Jacksonville, Fla.; former wife of 29 years, Josephine Walker O’Steen; step-daughter, Nancy Hasty (John), of Jacksonville, Fla.; step-daughter, Susan Yeoman (Mike), of Jacksonville, Fla.; step-grandchildren, Josh Smith, Spencer Yeoman, Sydney Yeoman, of Jacksonville, Fla.; step-great-granddaughter, Karma Smith, of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Lucille Dowling Parham, of Blackshear, sister, Louise Kilpatrick, of Asheville, N.C.; brother, Paul L. Tuten (wife, Mary), of Blackshear; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home chapel one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501
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.

Carole Tuten Rozier
Carole Tuten Rozier, 73, of Waycross, died Tuesday afternoon (July 28, 2015) at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., after an extended illness.
She was born in Waycross to the late Clyde Lawton Tuten and Mary Thornton Tuten. She received a bachelor degree in education from the University of Georgia. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband, Ray Rozier Jr., of Waycross; her daughter, Merry Martin (husband, Darrell), of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; her son, Chip Rozier (wife, Karla), of Smyrna; two granddaughters, Rayleigh Rozier, of Smyrna, Abbey Peach, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a grandson, Zach Rozier, of Smyrna; and numerous other relatives.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday in Oakland Cemetery.
The Waycross High School class of 1960 has been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to gather at the cemetery by 10:50 a.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105, or to the Okefenokee Humane Society, 1501 Blackwell St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Thomas Holland Jr.
Thomas P. “Tom” Holland Jr., 70, of Saint Simons Island, completed his journey by entering the arms of Jesus on Saturday (July 25, 2015).
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at Saint Simons Community Church on Saint Simons Island. The Rev. David Yarborough will officiate.
Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service time from 1 until 2 p.m.
Interment will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Greenlawn Cemetery in Waycross.
He was a native of Bibb County, but had been a resident of Glynn County for the past 12 years.
Born Aug. 17, 1944, he was the son of the late Thomas P. Holland Sr. and the late Sara Corbin Holland. He graduated from Dublin High School and furthered his education at Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and graduated from Valdosta State with a BS in accounting.
He practiced public accounting in Perry where he was active as past treasurer of the Perry Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Perry Kiwanis Club, a past member of the American Institute of CPA’s and a past member of the Georgia Society of CPA’s.
In his later career he entered the mobile home industry and retired as CFO for Scotbilt Homes in Waycross.
On Feb. 13, 2012, he continued to consult for Scotbilt after retirement until Dec. 31, 2014.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Benjamin W. Holland and Mettie Giddens Holland, Clarence C. Corbin and Annie Louise Brock Corbin Richards.
Surviving to remember his love and guidance are his wife, Evelyn Grantham-Holland, of St. Simons Island; his two daughters, Tamara (John) Davidson and Cassandra (Carl) Dixon, both of Perry; his grandchildren, Megan Mattingly, Sarah Bridges and Hunter Belflower, of Perry; his great-grandchild, Harli Kate Mattingly, of Perry; his three sisters, Pamela (Russell) Waters, of Gray, Susan (Don) Collins, of Dublin, and Wanda (Earl) Queen, of Fort Valley; his brother, Christopher (Beth) Holland, of Savannah; his brother-in-law, Bruce (Judy) Lingenfelter, of Bickley; and his father-in-law, Arthur Lingenfelter, of Waycross; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Saint Simons Community Church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.edomillerandsons.com

Aletha Mae White
HICKOX — Aletha Mae Herrin White, 96, of Hickox community, died Wednesday evening (July 29, 2015) peacefully at home with her loving family surrounding her.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Frye Funeral Home of Nahunta.

Mary Alice Rinck
Mary Alice Rinck, of Waycross, died Wednesday (July 29, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Tammy Rene’ Pafford
Tammy Rene’ Pafford, 55, of 6554 Youmans Chapel Road, Blackshear, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning (July 28, 2015) at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
Her loved ones were at her bedside.
She was born in Blackshear to the late Ollie E. Carter and Sybil Phillips Carter. She was educated in the Pierce County School System. She later married Timothy Pafford Sr.
Professionally, she worked as a photo lab technician for Walmart.
Left to cherish her memories are her children, Tim Pafford Jr., April (Brandon) LaFountain, Christian Pafford and Danny Emond; grandchildren, Timmy Pafford III, Taylor Pafford, Hanna Emond, Cammie Pafford, Taylor LaFountain and Reese LaFountain; sisters, Kelly Davis and Karen Haynes; brother, Wyndell Carter Sr.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorialization is by cremation.
Donations may be sent to the Epilepsy Foundation.
Rainge Memorial Chapel is serving the family.

Herman Thomas
Herman Thomas, 65, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Blackshear, passed away Sunday (July 26, 2015) in California.
Funeral arrangements and a list of survivors will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Chapel of Blackshear.

Ann Rule
True-crime writer Ann Rule, who wrote a profile of her former co-worker, serial killer Ted Bundy, has died at age 83, according to the Associated Press.
Rule died at Highline Medical Center on Sunday evening, said Scott Thompson, a spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. Rule’s daughter, Leslie Rule, said on Facebook that her mother had numerous health issues, including congestive heart failure.
“My mom died peacefully last night,” Leslie Rule wrote. “She got to see all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.”
Ann Rule’s first book, “The Stranger Beside Me,” told the story of Ted Bundy. Rule knew Bundy from sharing the night shift at a Seattle suicide hotline.
Rule began writing for magazines such as “True Detective” in 1969. She has published numerous articles, most of them on criminal cases.
After attending many workshops on criminal topics from DNA to arson, local law enforcement, the FBI and the Justice Department started working with Rule for her expertise on serial murders.
She aided the Green River Task Force as they searched for another Seattle-area serial killer, passing along tips that her readers shared. She wrote a book about the case, “Green River, Running Red.”
Rule was born in 1931 in Lowell, Michigan. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in creative writing, with minors in psychology, criminology and penology.
She is survived by five children and five grandchildren.