Thomas Riggs Cox III
Thomas Riggs Cox III, 71, of Farmington, Conn., died Saturday (May 9, 2015).
Born on Dec. 1, 1943 in Bridgeport, Conn., he was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the renowned Mask & Wig troupe and of the St. Elmo Club.
After graduation, he was sent to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. in 1967 where he became proficient in Chinese Mandarin. He served in intelligence in the U.S. Army Security Agency seconded to the Special Forces (“Green Berets”) in Laos and Thailand, where helicopters in which he was riding were shot down twice by North Vietnamese troops. He also learned Laotian and Thai, and started his extensive collection of Asian art and artifacts.
After a career at White Weld, then Morgan Stanley in New York City, he moved to Greenwich, Conn. and co-founded R.V.I. Guaranty Co., Ltd., a Bermuda insurance company, and R.V.I. America Insurance Company in Connecticut, which earned coveted “A” ratings from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. He retired in 2007.
He has been nominated as a Knight of Grace in the U.S. Priory of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem under its Sovereign Head, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He served on the Order’s US Priory governing board and was national membership chair.
He was a member of the Jamestowne Society, Society of Colonial Wars, the Military Order of Foreign Wars and the St. Nicholas Society. He had previously belonged to the New York Yacht Club and logged more than 35,000 ocean racing miles as an owner of Scaramouche of Warwick. He was the long-time treasurer and a life director of the Big Apple Circus in New York City and a director of the East Haddam Fishing & Game Club.
In recent years, he took great pleasure in his role as a licensed lay reader in the Episcopal Church.
An avid fly fisherman, hunter, sailor and scuba diver, he enjoyed traveling with his wife all over the world.
He leaves his wife, Kathryn Spotswood Lines Cox, who is the daughter of the late Julian and Ruth Lines, of New York, N.Y. Ruth Williams Lines was a Waycross native and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Williams Sr. Jack Williams Sr. served as owner and publisher of the Waycross Journal-Herald from 1914 until his death in December 1957.
He is also survived by two children, Amanda Cox Frantzen and Samuel Riggs Cox; two step-children, John Delaplaine Britton and Samuel Spotswood Britton; two grandsons, Arlo and Owen Frantzen; and four step-grandchildren, Elliot and Henry Britton and Amelia and Charles Britton.
A funeral was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, Conn., on May 13 at 11 o’clock.
Burial was at Christ Church Frederica, St. Simons Island.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Order of St. John, 1850 M Street, N.W., Suite 1070, Washington, D.C., 20036-5856.

Sidney L. Williamson
BLACKSHEAR — Sidney Lawrence Williamson, 63, of Blackshear, died Sunday afternoon (May 31, 2015) at his residence following a short illness.
Born Oct. 19, 1951 in Waycross, he was a son of the late Nolan L. Williamson Sr. and Mary Davis Williamson. He lived most of his life in Blackshear and was a 1969 graduate of Blackshear High School.
He was a skilled respiratory therapist loved by his patients and co-workers at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup and had also served with the Army National Guard. He was of the Methodist faith.
He was well loved in the community and enjoyed body building, motorcycling, tennis and football. He was always humble, kind, and loved being a “sharp dressed man.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Nolan L. Williamson Jr., a nephew, Chipper Griffin, a niece, Beth Wilkes, and a special friend, Ed Foster.
Survivors include his son, Victor Williamson, of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Suzanne Highers, of Gallatin, Tenn.; four sisters, Mary Frances Knowlton (husband Jerry), of Blackshear, Bobbie W. Tanner, of Blackshear, Betty Clayon, of Seneca, S.C., and Patsy W. Griffin (husband Jerry), of Blackshear; his special and faithful companion, Rusty; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will take place Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Enon Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family requests all members of the Blackshear High School Class of 1969 and employees of Wayne Memorial Hospital serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to be at the funeral home by 3:40 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Bernard Lee
Michael Bernard Lee, 45, of Waycross, died Saturday (May 30, 2015) at Southeast Georgia Health Systems in Brunswick after a sudden illness.
He was born in Waycross to Bonnie McCarthy Lee and the late William Bernard Lee.
He moved to Hinesville at an early age and was raised there, moving back to Waycross in 1985.
He was previously employed at M&M Grocery, Coca-Cola and Pepsi and was currently working in the construction industry.
He was a member of Waresboro United Methodist Church. He loved to fish, and enjoyed spending his time doing anything he could outdoors. He will forever be remembered for his ability to make people laugh. His sense of humor always brought smiles to the faces of those around him and he got great enjoyment in the ability to brighten someone’s day.
He is survived by three children, Deanne Woods (husband Dustin), of Hoboken, Cheyenne Lee, of Waycross, Josie Lee, of Waycross; a granddaughter, Palmer Lee Woods, of Hoboken; his mother, Bonnie Lee, of Waycross; two sisters, Nina Alverson (husband Bubba), of Waycross, Heather Rothfeldt, of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Hephzibah Cemetery in Dixie Union.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Joe Richard Kinnon
Joe Richard Kinnon, 58, of Waycross, died early Monday morning (May 25, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
Born Jan. 26, 1957 in Douglas, he was a son of Dewey Roscoe and Ruby Lee Stone Kinnon and lived most of his life in Waycross. He served in the U.S. Army and was a truck driver.
He was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Rodney Kinnon.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Patsy Kinnon, of Waycross; two sons, Billy Joe Kinnon and Michael Kinnon, both of Waycross; step-son, Luke Arnold (wife, Teri Ann), of Waycross; step-daughter, Sherri Sweat, of Waycross; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Dewey Lee and Gary Parker, both of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral took place Sunday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Juanita R. Brown
BLACKSHEAR — Juanita R. Brown, 71, formerly of Blackshear, passed away Sunday (May 31, 2015) in New York, N.Y.
Local survivors include Dorothy Brown, Cheryl Lott and Colleen Noble.
A complete list of survivors and time of the service will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.