Ocie Lee Moore
BLACKSHEAR — Ocie Lee Moore, 102, of Blackshear, passed away early Wednesday morning (July 8, 2015) at Gardenview Retirement And Assisted Living.
Born in Alma, March 1, 1913, she lived most of her life in Pierce County. She was a nurse’s aide with the Pierce County Hospital where she worked in the nursery. She loved to cook and was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed the outdoor life. She was also a special mother-in-law. She was a charter and lifelong member of Hacklebarney Baptist Church.
The family would like to thank the staff of Gardenview Assisted Living for their special care of their mother for the last three years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tommy Monroe and Georgia Hiers Lee, her first husband, Johnnie Lee McCrea, her second husband, Everette Monroe Moore, a daughter, Mary Jeanine McCrea Hicks Castro, and all 20 of her brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Equendial (Robert) Buie, of Blackshear; two sons and daughter-in-law, John L. McCrea, of Blackshear, Tommy (Faye) McCrea, of Waycross; six sisters-in-law, Lorene Lee, Lennis Lee, both of Alma, Pat Moore, Jean Moore Opal Tuten, all of Blackshear, Jeanette Waldron, of Waycross; a brother-in-law, Glynn Moore, of Blackshear; 11 grandchildren, Gail Buie (Sam) Walker, Elizabeth Buie Dowling, Bobby (Kay) Buie, Theresa Hicks (Wayne) Waldron, Robert Hicks Jr., Amanda K Hicks, Joanie McCrea Blount (Shawn Clearwater), Denise McCrea Wilcox, Melissa McCrea (Mike) Dodds, Orrie (Marsha) McCrea Jr., William (Bunny) McCrea; 26 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning at Hacklebarney Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Ben James Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock Friday evening at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions 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.

Gwendolyn M. Paige
A celebration of life service for Gwendolyn Merritt Paige will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Church of Christ Written In Heaven, 617 Blackwell St., Waycross, where Bishop John A. Moss is the pastor. Elder Stephen McGauley will offer words of comfort.
Burial and committal service will be held in Hazzard Hill Cemetery. The body will lie in repose in the church from 11 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at the family home, 1510 Carolina Ave., Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and at the family home outside of visitation hours.
She was born Sept. 25, 1948 in Waycross, to the late J.B. Merritt, Sr. and Lula P. Merritt. She received her education in the public school system of Waycross, graduating with the Center High School class of 1968. While attending school she participated in numerous activities, but she was a professional when it came to basketball, which was her favorite sport.
She was a dedicated member of St. Paul New Life Outreach Ministries, under the leadership of Bishop Reginald McPherson Sr. She was a very strong, loving, caring and concerned individual who gave her all. She was employed with Concerted Services, Inc. for many years.
She departed this life on Saturday (July 4, 2015) at Clinch Health Care Center in Homerville.
Those left to cherish her memories includes her children, Racquel Johnson (Will) and Ahmad Paige; grandkids, Briana Merritt, Dedrick Carter, Alexandria Hayden, Jamiyah Johnson; great-grandchild, Aubryah Vickers; her siblings, Antionette Moore, Evelyn Foster (Joe), of Atlanta, J.B. Merritt Jr. and Eddie Merritt; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and god-children.
She was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Bryaria Merritt, and siblings, Charles Faison, Frances Davis (husband, Bill), Edna Davis (Otis).
Sympathy may be expressed at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Stephanie R. Butler
Stephanie Rochelle Butler, 30, of Folkston, passed away on Wednesday (July 1, 2015) at the home of her mother, Ernestine Fulmore, where she was being cared for by her family and friends, following a brief illness.
She was born Dec. 9, 1984 in Waycross to Ernestine Jackson and Stevie Butler. She received her formal education from the Charlton County Public School System where she was a 2003 graduate. She continued her education at Coastal Pines Technical College of Jesup where she received an honorary degree in cosmetology on Jan. 31, 2015.
She was known for her loving smile and sweet spirit. She was a homemaker and a beautician. She was a faithful member of Sons of God Embassy Church in Kingsland where she served as an armor bearer to her co-pastor April Roberson, an aide in the children’s church and a member of the finance committee.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Mary Jean Jackson.
Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Earnestine Fulmore (Timothy Sr.) and Stevie Butler (Kristy), of Folkston; two daughters, Tashyra Jackson and Jayla Jackson, both of Folkston; a son, Josiah Butler, of Folkston; a brother, Marcus Jackson (Robbie), of Dayton, Ohio; three sisters, Shaundra Jackson, Sharena Butler (Bryce) and Ashley Braxton, all of Folkston; two step-brothers, Justin Lee, of Darien, and Timothy Fulmore Jr. (Artisha), of Lake City, Fla.; two step-sisters, Monica Seward (Patrick), of El Paso, Texas, and Deatra Fulmore, of Waycross; grandparents, Louis Butler (Ann) and Lucille Wooden (Leonard), all of Folkston; god-parents, Jackie Reed, of St. Marys, Pastor Christopher Roberson and Pastor April Roberson, of Jacksonville, Fla.; god-brother, Rahmel Roberson, of Folkston; nine aunts, three uncles; three great-aunts; the Taylor family; a special friend, Jamie Jackson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Jerusalem Holiness Church, 6 Mt. Carmel St., Folkston, where Elder Terrance Pender is pastor and Pastor Christopher Roberson, of Sons of God Embassy Church, Kingsland, will offer words of comfort.
Public visitation will be held Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
Friends are being received at the home of her mother, 134 Harry German St., Folkston.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the hour of service.
Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Memorial Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Waycross.

Richard Cobb
A graveside service for Richard Cobb, 64, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. in Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Ralph Bess, pastor of Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church, offering words of comfort.
He was born Oct. 13, 1950, in Hoboken, to the late Clifford Cobb Sr. and Laureen Anderson Cobb. He grew up in Waycross where he received his formal education from the public school system and graduated from Center High School in 1968. He furthered his education by attending South Georgia College in Douglas.
“Speck,” as he was affectionately known, served his country in the U.S. Army where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal and a Purple Heart. He was a former employee of Wilbert Vault Company.
He departed this life Thursday (July 2, 2015) at Satilla Care Center after an illness. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Dorothy Cobb, brothers, Clifford Cobb Jr., Anthony Cobb Sr., and David Anderson, his grandmother who raised him, Louise Murphy, and an uncle, Richard Cobb.
Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters, Stacie Lee (Mark) and LaStre Lee (Greg), both of Waycross; his caregiver, Joann White, of Waycross; god-children, Keytonia Hillman, Treasure Sanders, Sherrie White, Jolonda White, Man Man, Nikki White, Terica Vann, Amanda Sanders; brothers, Joseph Kirseky and Frank Kirseky, both of Waycross; two sisters, Pearlie K. Stewart, of North Carolina, and Lisa Cobb, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a special friend, Karlene Sanders, of Waycross; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Public visitation will be Friday at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Friends are being received at 1402 Walter St. and 1004 Waller St.
The funeral cortege will leave from 1004 Waller St. at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Jesse Ralph Carter
Jesse Ralph Carter, 98, died Thursday morning (July 9, 2015) at his daughter’s residence in Tennille, Ga.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Judy Kay Jones Brock
Judy Kay Jones Brock, 72, died Tuesday morning (July 7, 2015) at Bayview Nursing Home in Nahunta following a long illness.
She was born in Jacksonville, Fla., but lived most of her life in Waycross. She was employed as an LPN for Dr. McGahee in Jesup, Waycross Family Practice with Dr. Richard Lynch, The Tebeau House and Ware Manor Nursing Home. She was also a member of Deenwood Baptist Church.
She was a daughter of the late Beatrice Bennett Frazier. She was married to the late Edward Eugene Brock and also preceded in death by a sister, Betty McCullers.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Beatrice Brock Joyner (Terris), of Hoboken; a son, Raphael Edward Brock (Brenda), of Ft. Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, Brock L. Joyner (Vanessa), of Waycross, Katie L. Joyner, of Hoboken, Jase A. Brock, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Aidan E. Brock, of Ft. Worth, Texas; a sister, Patricia Ann Klein, of Arizona; two nieces, Denise Medina and family and Lavelle Wade and family; one nephew, Mark McCullers and family; two cousins, Patsy Blair, of Bainbridge, and Charles Bennett (Irene), of Quincy, Fla.; and four family friends, Dot Perritt, of Waycross, Faye Williams, of Bainbridge, Katherine Bohannon, of Blackshear, and Linda Edgerton, of Blackshear.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Brock Cemetery in Bainbridge.
The family will receive friends Monday (July 13, 2015) from 6 until 8 at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Shirley Diane Dixon
BLACKSHEAR — Shirley Diane Dixon, 67, of Blackshear, passed away Monday morning (July 6, 2015) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an illness.
Born in Folkston on Aug. 9, 1947, she lived in Pierce and Ware counties all of her life. She loved to fish and grow flowers, as well as going to church at Indian Mound Missionary Baptist Church where she was a member.
She worked at the Spatola and Bamboo Shoe factories as a seamstress for many years, and also worked for King Edward Cigar Company.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Jefferson “T.J.” Dixon and Edith Moody Hunter, and a brother, Franklin Hershal Dixon.
Survivors include her children, Angela D. Taylor, of Waycross, Justin Clifton Clark, of Waycross and Kevin L. Clark, of Waycross; her step-father, James P. “Jim” Hunter, of Blackshear; a sister, Betty Jane “B.J.” Thomas (husband, Mike), of Roebuck, S.C.; a brother, Billy Gene Dixon, of Blackshear; her former husband and father of her children, J.C. Clark; six grandchildren, Jessica Taylor, Kimberly Clark, Dakota Clark, Jimmy Clark, Emily Clark, Kelci Clark; and several nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives.
The funeral was to be held at 10 o’clock this morning at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, 841 Prudential Drive, Suite No. 1300, Jacksonville, Fla. 32207 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
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.

Caroline D. Sanford
Caroline Elizabeth Dorough Sanford, 42, died suddenly Monday morning (July 6, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was a native of Jacksonville, Fla., but lived most of her life in Waycross. She was a 1991 graduate of Ware County High School and attended Montreat-Anderson College near Asheville, N.C.
In high school, she was very active in cheerleading and drill team with the Golden Gator Marching Band. She was employed by a catering company in the movie industry at one time in her life. A member of First United Methodist Church Waycross, she was also an active member of Waycross Area Community Theatre and Satilla Miracle League. She also enjoyed coaching at the Ware County Recreation Department.
She was the daughter of the late John Dorough and Katheryn Monroe Dorough. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Moi Madison Monroe Jr., Vonyce P. Monroe, John Wesley Dorough Jr. and Caroline Elizabeth Dorough.
Survivors include her husband, Matt Sanford, of Waycross; three daughters, Madison Sutton Bennett, Connor Elizabeth Bennett and Darrian Evelyn Bennett; two sisters, Leigh Dorough Vinke (Glen) and Emily Brooke Dorough, both of Melbourne, Fla.; nephew, Isaac Vinke; niece, Hannah Vinke; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Talmadge Gary Sanford and Patsy Sanford; sister-in-law, Jennifer Holmes; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Satilla Miracle League.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Susie Kennedy Merritt
MOULTRIE — Susie Mae Kennedy Merritt, 96, of Moultrie, died Wednesday (July 8, 2015) at Pruitt Health-Sunrise.
Graveside rites will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Westview Cemetery with the Rev. Lonnie Gibson officiating.
Born April 17, 1919 in Bainbridge, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin James Kennedy and Nancy Player Kennedy. She was a homemaker and was a member of Kingwood Baptist Church.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Grady Merritt.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty S. McCorvey (the late Earldene), of Waycross, and Marilyn M. Story (husband, Fred), of Ashburn; two sons, Charles G. Merritt (wife, Gail) and Donnie E. Merritt, all of Moultrie; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com or www.moultrieobserver.com

Charles ‘Gene’ Swain
Charles Eugene “Gene” Swain passed away Monday (July 6, 2015) at his daughter’s residence in Springfield, Ga.
He was born Aug. 24, 1942 in Homeland, to Charles David Swain and Allie Clara Mercer Swain Buchanan. He lived in Waycross most of his life before moving to Savannah in 1964.
He graduated from Manor High School in 1964 and moved to Savannah to work there. In 1965 he met and married his loving wife. On Sept. 18, they would have been married for 50 years. Their union was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Gena, followed by the birth of their son, David, 23 months later.
He accepted Christ into his life in 1972 and was loyal to Him through the years. He was a member and deacon at the Church of God of Prophecy in Savannah for 35 years before moving back to Waycross in 2007 where he became a member of the Waresboro Church of God.
He was an honest, loving man with a giving heart. Nothing did he love better than giving and sharing with others. He had a special gift for fundraising for the church and got more donations than anyone else, especially for the church’s annual fall festival. He was loved and respected by all he met.
He worked as a professional truck driver the bulk of his life, retiring from Colonial Oil Industries after 29.5 years. He worked for U.S. Food Service, retiring after eight years, then moved back to Waycross where he hauled pine straw to Atlanta until he was no longer able after April of this year.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Mercer Swain Buchanan, his father, Charles David Swain, step-father, Marvin Buchanan, three brothers, J.D., Jessie and Alton Swain, and sister, Evelyn Winn.
Survivors include his loving wife, Diane Swain; daughter, Gena Howard (Scott); son, David Swain (Amy); brother, David Edgar Swain (Nellie); six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers include Brawton Edgy, Cody James, Jeffrey Howard, Hugo Soto, Randy Bullard and Phillip Minter.
Condolences may be made at Riggsfh.com
Riggs Funeral Home of Guyton is serving the family.

J.W. O’Neal Jr.
NAHUNTA — J.W. O’Neal Jr., 65, of Nahunta, passed away Tuesday (July 7, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Nahunta, he was the son of the late Jesse W. “Red” O’Neal Sr. and Rosa Mae Stewart O’Neal. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Katie Ann O’Neal, three brothers, Terry, Jerry and James Edward O’Neal.
He was retired from Al Baker Heating and Air as an installer. He was of the Christian faith and enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include four brothers and sisters-in-law, Buster O’Neal (Janice), of Hickox, Nathan O’Neal (Jerri), of Blackshear, Douglas O’Neal (Inez), of Hickox, and Donald O’Neal (Pam Moore), of Hickox; one sister, Lizzie Mejia, of Hickox; special niece and nephew, Rosie Kinsey (James), of Hickox; special sister-in-law, Mary O’Neal; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at McClellan Cemetery in Hickox with the Rev. Mike Hendrix officiating.
Visitation will be held at the cemetery, an hour prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Ernest O’Neal Jr., Clinton Allen Durham, Timmy Gene O’Neal, James Manuel Kinsey, Trey Rhoden and Dawson Dixon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dakota Dixon, Mitchell Martin and Brad Davis.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com