William Hester III
William Hester III, 55, of Blackshear, died Monday morning (July 4, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a short illness.
He was born in Jacksonville, Fla., to the late William Hester, Jr. and Wilma Groth Hester. He lived in Jacksonville for many years where he worked for the Painter Local Union No. 164 and moved to Blackshear in 2002. He was a good mechanic and enjoyed refurbishing old cars.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sutton Persinger.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Peggy McDade Hester, of Blackshear; three sons, William Hester IV (wife, Sherry), of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Jeramiah Hester (wife, Jessica), of Blackshear, Philip Persinger, of Alapaha; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Brenda Prickett, of Hilliard, Fla., and Rita Hester, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Miles-Odum Funeral Home to help offset funeral expenses.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carlos O. Raulerson Jr.
Carlos Osborne Raulerson Jr., 74, of Blackshear, passed away early Saturday morning (July 2, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Born in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 15, 1942, he lived in Camden and Charlton counties for a while but lived in Pierce County most of his adult life. He owned and operated the Brantley & Pomeroy Insurance Agency for a number of years before going into the auto business when he opened Auto Specialty — a used car dealership.
He later became a hay farmer but couldn’t stay away from the car industry so he went to work as a salesman for Mike Burch Ford in Blackshear where he was known as Carlos “Car Fox” Raulerson. To many people, he was known as the “Silver Fox” for his beautiful silver colored hair and also for his passion for fox hunting. He was a member of several fox hunting clubs including the Thunder Ridge Fox Hunting Club and Okefenokee Training Encampment. He was also a member of the Fox Hunters Association.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blackshear and was also a member and past master of the Blackshear Masonic Lodge No. 270.
Over the years he conducted more than 300 Masonic funeral services. He never met a stranger and had a way of making each person he met feel special. He will be dearly missed by his family and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlos Osborne Sr. and Allie Turner Raulerson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann “Bobbie” King Raulerson, and by four sisters, Frances Pickren, Betty Stover, Elvera “Bookie” Robinson and Sandra Leiterman.
Survivors include his two sons, Carlos Osborne “Carl” Raulerson III, of Patterson, and Charles Anthony “Chuck” Raulerson, of Blackshear; a sister, Sherry Frank, of Mobile, Ala.; three grandchildren, Carla and B.J. Barber, Michael and Heather Raulerson, and Luke Raulerson; four great-grandchildren, Hannah Barber, Macie Barber, Ethan Barber and Greyson Raulerson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock at First Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery with Masonic Rites conducted by Lodge No. 270.
Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Blackshear Masonic Lodge No. 270, PO Box 1017, Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Zoie Mae D. Smith
BAXLEY — Zoie Mae Dixon Smith, 95, of Baxley, formerly of Blackshear, passed away early Sunday morning (July 3, 2016) at Appling Nursing and Rehabilitation Pavilion.
Born in Blackshear, Sept. 19, 1920, she lived in Pierce County all of her life. She worked at the Spatola Shoe Factory in Blackshear and also at Ruben Brothers Shoe Factory in Waycross for many years. She was a member of Walkerville Baptist Church, loved to garden and enjoyed being a homemaker.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was also a hardworking lady who was always looking for ways to help people.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan A. and Zoie Bell Riggins Dixon. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Smith, two daughters, Shirley Byrne and Cathy Smith, two sons, Charles Smith and Bruce “Bill” Smith, two grandsons, Charles Boyett Jr. and Daniel Smith, a great-grandson, Bo Bradham, her four brothers and both of her sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara (Charles) Boyett, of Eastman, Dorothy Ann Smith, of Baxley, and Geri (Jack) Anderson, of Waycross; two sons, Mickey Smith and Porkey (Tina) Smith, all of Baxley; a daughter-in-law, Patty (Tim) Griner, of Patterson; a son-in-law, Bill (Rosy) Byrne, of Douglas; 11 grandchildren, Brenda (Mike) Horn, Sherrie (Joe) Stinson, Karen (Brad) Barlow, Shea (Keith) Hendry, Barry (Jenny) Byrne, Jennifer (Ted) Foster, Ashley Anderson, Corbin Griner, Eric (Harley) Griner, Tyler Smith and Caleb Smith; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral was to be held this morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in the Enon Cemetery.
Visitation was to be held at the funeral home chapel one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 2764, Waycross, Ga. 31502 or Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Oscar E. McDonald Jr.
Oscar Edward McDonald Jr., 84, died Saturday afternoon (July 2, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following a long illness.
He was a native and life-long resident of Ware County, the son of the late Oscar Edward McDonald Sr. and Ethel Ratliff McDonald. He was a 1950 graduate of Waresboro High School. He served with the United Sates Navy during the Korean War and was stationed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba and Memphis, Tenn.
He retired in 1994 as office manager of Waycross Public Works and was a former employee of South Georgia Broilers for 20 years, the Waycross and Ware County fire departments and Waycross Junior College. He was a member of Second Baptist Church and a former member of Kettle Creek Church.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Parham McDonald, of Waycross; a daughter, Rhonda McDonald Thornton (husband, Kenny Joe), of Guyton; a son, Kenny “Mac” McDonald (wife, Sheryi Johns McDonald), of Panama City, Fla.; five grandchildren, Kimberly Thornton Kea (husband, Zac), Brad Thornton (wife, Kelly), Cory McDonald (wife, Leslie), Chris McDonald and Jamey Kent (wife, Jan); five great-grandchildren, Logan Kea, Keslie Kea, Chance Kea, Marley Thornton and Brooklyn McDonald; a sister, Madge Dean, of Waycross; a brother, Stanley McDonald, of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Second Baptist Church. Burial will be in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 this evening at Music Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be given to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hudson Samuel Maxon
Hudson Samuel Maxon, 16 months, died Thursday afternoon (June 30, 3016) in Wolfson Children’s Hospital, of Jacksonville, Fla., following a sudden illness.
He was born in Waycross Feb. 14, 2015 and was in the Nursery Department of Jamestown Baptist Church. He loved being outside and was always a happy baby. He was a sweet and loving blessing to his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Marion Womble, and his maternal great-grandparents, Calvin and Constance Cobb.
Survivors include his parents, Shane Chambers and Sammie Maxon, of Waycross; three sisters, Ryleigh Roland, Sophia Roland and Madison Chambers; a brother, Grady Roland; his maternal grandmother, Lorrie Cobb, of Waycross; maternal grandfather, Gregory Maxon, of Waycross; his paternal grandfather, Howard Womble, of Pearson; maternal great-grandparents, Delton and Ruth Maxon, of Edmore, Mich.; and numerous other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jamestown Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ida B. Robertson
Ida B. Robertson, 84, died Friday morning (July 1, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.

Carolyn Edrington
Carolyn Ingram Edrington, 92, of Waycross, died Saturday morning (July 2, 2016) at Satilla Care Center after a short illness.
She was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., to the late Grady Henry Ingram and Maude Jordan Ingram. She lived in Tujunga, Calif., where she worked at Oakview Convalescent Hospital for 19 years, and later moved to Waycross where she lived for many years. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church (Sweetwater Baptist Church) and always enjoyed playing bingo with her friends.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Edrington, two sons, Robin Jordan Edrington and Richard Michael Edrington, one sister, Maple McGee.
Survivors include one son, Reeve Ingram Edrington, of Cortez, Fla.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service was to be held this morning at 11 at Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family was to receive friends this morning from 9:30 until 10:30 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lana Ruth Loback
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Lana Ruth Cochran Loback, 55, was held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at First United Methodist Church in Blackshear.
Officiating were Mrs. Mary Yates, Dr. Faye Mathis and the Rev. Robert Wood.
Interment was in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Doug Cochran, Devin Loback, Allen Cochran, Foy Peacock, Bryan Lapier and Scott Cochran.
Honorary pallbearers were Cha Dixon, Donna Carter, Lyn Harjula, Pam Monroe and Misty Reese.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James T. Thornton
James Tommie Thornton, 87, of Bristol, passed away Friday afternoon (July 1, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
Born in Baxley, Sept. 22, 1928, he lived in Waycross for many years before moving to Pierce County in 1984. He was a retired clerk for CSX Transportation, retiring in 1990 and was a member of Bristol Baptist Church where he was in the Adult 3 Gospel Project Sunday School class. He enjoyed going to the mountains and loved to ride his motorcycle. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed being with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommie and Alma Millikin Thornton, two sons, Randy Thornton and Doyle Thornton, a grandchild, Angela Thornton, and two brothers, Bill Thornton and Derick Hanson.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Martha Crump Thornton, of Bristol; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and Cathy Thornton, of Cochran, Dennis and Teresa Thornton, of Douglas, and Darren and Debra Thornton, of Mershon; three sisters, Helen Lee, of Bristol, Hazel (Sonny) Bowen, of Dublin, and Theresa Miles, of Denver, Colo.; two brothers, Bernard (Willie Mae) Thornton, of Patterson, and Tommie “T.J.” (Rocio) Thornton, of Jacksonville, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Bristol Baptist Church.
Officiating were the Rev. Steve Beal and the Rev. R.C. James.
Interment was in the Bristol Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Jeremy Thornton, Cody Thornton, Jody Thornton, Brandon Thornton, Blake Thornton and Jesse Thornton.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Adult 3 Gospel Project Sunday School class.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Paula Kay R. Carter
Paula Kay Raulerson Carter, 58, of Blackshear, passed away Friday evening (July 1, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System.
Born in Blackshear, April 5, 1958, she lived in Pierce County most of her life. She worked in her family’s former business, Raulerson’s Ace Hardware, for several years, and was a member of First Baptist Church. She loved animals, fishing, gardening and going to the beach.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Duke Arnold Sr. and Mary Inez Bryant Raulerson. She was also preceded in death by a niece, Beth Ann Raulerson.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Shea Phillips Davis and husband, Trey, of Alma; her sister, Kim Raulerson, of Blackshear; her brother, Duke A. Raulerson Jr., of Alma; three grandchildren, Haili, Caroline & Katelyn; her nephews, Guy Reddick, Ben (Chrissy) Reddick, Hank Silman and Jeb Raulerson; a special friend, Lynn Davis Roberts, of Blackshear; and several other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a Humane Society of the giver’s choosing.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

James W. Oglesby Sr.
A graveside service for James Wade Oglesby Sr. took place Sunday afternoon at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Danny Callahan and Eddie Walker officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were Corey Turner, Kelvin Smith, Avery Doran, Eddie Walker, Preston Bennett and Timmy Peacock.

Mary Estell Gibson
A funeral for Mary Estell Gibson took place Saturday morning in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phil Jordan officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Johnny Thrift, Tommy Spikes, Paul Donahue, Howard Warnock, Brandon Morgan and Keith Wilson.