Charlotte Capps Milton
Charlotte E. Capps Rowland Milton, 100, died Tuesday night (June 21, 2016) at Satilla Care Center following a brief illness.
She was a native of Ware County and lived most of her life in Ware and Brantley counties. She was born to the late Violace Dexter Capps and Sarah Jane Gaster Capps. At the age of 16 she married her first husband, Edwin Rowland and together they had two children, Mae Rowland Moody and Edwin Rowland Jr.
She then married William Mathis Milton, known as “Bud,” and together they had four children, Von Milton Dakin, Ann Milton Hurst Miller, Edna Milton Mercer and W.M. “Pete” Milton.
She was the oldest of 11 children, so her life has always been one of service to others and full of responsibility. She was recently honored April 20, 2016 during the City of Waycross’ “Centenarian Day” for citizens 100 years old or older.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, a son, Edwin Rowland Jr., a daughter, Ann Hurst Miller, and a grandson, Perry Gassett.
After Mr. Milton’s death in 1991, she went to live with her daughter, Von, for 25 years until going to Satilla Care Center where she resided until her death.
At Satilla Care Center she was affectionately known as “Granny” to all of the staff.
Other than a brief employment with the shoe factory, she was a homemaker and mother to her children. She was the oldest living member of New Hope Advent Christian Church in Brantley County.
In a ceremony honoring her 91st birthday at her church “Ms. Charlotte” was recognized as a “quiet disciple serving her church and her Lord in many different and meaningful ways.” She was a choir member, active with the Women’s Missionary Society and a former Sunday School teacher for many years until declining health prevented her from participating.
Survivors include three daughters, Mae Moody, Von Dakin (husband, the late Kenny), and Edna Mercer (husband, Ralph), of Waycross; a son, W.M. “Pete” Milton (wife, Winnell), all of Waycross; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Bradley Davis Capps, of Selma, Ala.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at the funeral home.
Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth Smith, 63, of Blackshear, died early Wednesday (June 22, 2016) morning at her residence after an extended illness.
She was born in Ware County to the late Alvin N. Mercer Sr. and Edna Bowen Dyal. She made Waycross and Blackshear her home for her entire life.
She worked 10 years for Trism Transport Company and 18 years for General Box Company in Waycross. Most recently, she worked for Pierce County Nursing Home where she retired in 2013 after 10 years of service.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Waycross. With family and friends, Mrs. Smith loved to shop and talk on the phone. Her bright, friendly and outgoing personality will be remembered through her genuine care for others and the great source of encouragement it was to all those who knew her.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Austin Smith, and two sisters, Teresa Hiers and E.J. Mercer.
She is survived by her daughter, Edie Carter (husband, Alvin), of Blackshear; two granddaughters, Lena Carter and Lily Carter; her brother, Alvin Mercer, of Blackshear; nieces and nephews, Amber Carrin (husband, Evan), Mandy Lee, Sabrina Stewart (husband, Will), Joey Mercer, Ray Sapp (wife, Mandy), Ann Alexander (husband, Jeff), Dwayne Hiers (wife, Lisa); a special friend, Mary Spiers, of Waycross; and numerous other relatives.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Enon Cemetery in Blackshear.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
George E. Hutto
A celebration of life service for George Edward Hutto, 81, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Victory Temple, 319 W. Blackshear Ave., with the church pastor, Bishop Albert L. Bussey Jr., offering words of comfort.
He was born May 15, 1935 in Barnwell County, S.C. to the late Eli Hutto and Sarah Porter Hutto. After his mother’s passing he was raised by his father and stepmother, Jessie Mae Odson Hutto, along with 13 other siblings.
He was raised in a Christian home, learning of God’s love for him at an early age. He was baptized at Shrub Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Blackville, S.C., and remained faithful to the Lord. He was a member of Victory Temple in Waycross until his demise.
He received his formal education from public school system of Blackville, S.C., and graduated from Macedonia High School. Upon leaving home, he enlisted in United States Army where he received an honorable discharge in 1957. After leaving the military, he settled in West Palm Beach, Fla. where he met and married Lula Anderson.
He retired from Continental Concrete in West Palm Beach, Fla. in 2005. Desiring to be close to family he, and his wife relocated to Waycross where he found employment as a bus driver with the Pierce County Board of Education. He enjoyed his route and drove for eight years before his retirement in May 2014 due to illness.
On Friday morning (June 17, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, he departed this life after an illness. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Lula Anderson Hutto; a son, Jeffery Holman, of Stalbans, N.Y.; three brothers, Emmit Odum (Edith), David Hutto (Kathy), both of Blackville, S.C., and Harold Hutto (Pearline), of Pageland, S.C.; four sisters, Earth Mae Coker, of New York, N.Y., Ida Bell Felder, of Blackville, S.C., Ella Brabham (Jonathan), of Demark, S.C., and Vernell Thomas, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; six sisters-n-law; two brothers-in-law; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Hutto residence, 507 Summit St.
Visitation will be 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 1 p.m. until the hour of service.
Interment with be in Oakland Cemetery with military honors.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Royce Larry Cobb Sr.
A celebration of life service for Royce Larry Cobb Sr., 65, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Fireman St., where the Rev. Norris Woods is pastor and Apostle Larry O’Hara will offer words of comfort.
He was born Oct. 24, 1950 in Waycross to the late Deacon Royce Cobb and Deaconess Helen Powell Cobb.
He received his formal education from the Waycross Public School System and graduated from Center High School in 1968. As a youth, he attended St Peters Missionary Baptist Church.
He was joined in marriage to Stella Hayes in Brunswick. This union was blessed with a son, Larry Royce Cobb Jr.
He relocated to New Jersey where he worked many years in commerce. He also worked several years at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, N.Y. Later he returned to Waycross where he resided until his death on Saturday (June 11, 2016) after an illness.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Stella Hayes Cobb, of Brunswick; his children, Larry R. Cobb Jr. (Katherine), of Brunswick, Ameer Staten Sr., Michael Davis Sr., Antonio Taylor (Angela), all of Waycross, Sherese Cobb, of Orange, N.J., Sgt. Ronald McCrae (Vickie), of the U.S. Army, Korea, Regina Simmon, of Albany, and Jhazmine Cobb, of Brunswick; uncles, Alton Powell (Lillian), of West Columbia, S.C., Lorenzo Powell, of Washington, D.C., and James Powell, of Waycross; aunts, Lena Powell and Mamie Powell Koone, both of Irvington, N.J.; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be this evening from 5 to 7 at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose Friday at the church from noon to the hour of service.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Bruce A. Moss Jr.
The celebration of life service for Bruce A. Moss Jr., 53, will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Church of Christ Written In Heaven, 617 Blackwell St., where Bishop John A. Moss Jr. is the pastor.
Pastor Rueben Speight, of Greater Destiny International Ministry of Douglas, will offer words of comfort.
Burial and committal service will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 9 a.m. until the service hour.
The funeral cortege will assemble at the family residence 317 Glass St., Saturday at 10:15 a.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 5 until 7 p.m.
He passed away Friday morning (June 17, 2016). He was born Jan. 24, 1963 in Coffee County to Helen Moss and the late John Alvin Moss Sr.
He attended the Waycross public schools and was employed with Walmart. He previously worked with Flanders Meat Provision for several years. He was a faithful member of Church Christ Written In Heaven, 617 Blackwell St.
Survivors include two daughters, Angela Moss, of Bridgeport, Conn., and Valiyah Moss, of Tampa, Fla.; two sons, Bruce Moss Jr. and Brian Moss, of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren, Ja’Niya Williams and Joshua Williams Jr., of Bridgeport, Conn.; his mother, Helen Moss, of Waycross; his brother, Bishop John A. Moss Jr. (Carol), of Waycross; two sisters, Renee’ Taylor (the Rev. Dexter), of Douglas, and Gail Porter, of Waycross; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and loving friends.
Sympathy may be expressed at the online guest book at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Elaine Shinholser Forester, 71, passed away Thursday (May 5, 2016) in Tucson, Ariz., from a rare neurological disease, corticobasal degeneration.
She was born in Waycross on Dec. 17, 1944 to the late Alonzo and Aileen Shinholser. She lived in Manor and graduated from Manor High School in 1962. After graduation, she attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
She moved to Jacksonville, Fla. in the summer of 1963 and began a career with Southern Bell. She was transferred to Denver, Colo., where she resided until retirement in 1995. She loved the Rockies and she and her family enjoyed many wonderful times there. She returned to Georgia in 1995 and was involved in many activities and reconnected with a lot of her friends and family.
She was married in 1964 to Doyle Laney, who was killed in an accident in March 1967, leaving her a young widow with a 21-month-old daughter, Susan.
Afterwards, she married Bill Morris and had two children, Dan and Dana. They divorced and she then married Darryl Forester in 1974, adding two step-daughters, Kim and Valerie to the family when their mother passed away in 1981. She was a wonderful mother to five children, while also maintaining a career.
She and Darryl loved to travel and she was always ready at a moment’s notice to take long trips and tour our beautiful country. She always had time for her family and friends and never missed an opportunity to send cards for every holiday, birthday or special event. She spent her life helping others and was generous with both her time and her money. She was also an amazing cook and will always be remembered for her Milky Way cakes.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Berna Dean Thompson, and husbands, Doyle K. Laney and Darryl L. Forester.
Survivors include daughters, Susan Hayes (Troy), Dana Wilkinson (Mike), Kim Brothers, and Valerie Forester; son, Dan Morris (Beverly); grandchildren, David Mitchell (Samantha), Chandler Mitchell, Allie Mitchell, Cecilia, Marlaina and Caroline Wilkinson, Kaley and Jessica Brothers, Brittany Crossman, Tyler Morris; sister, Jo Duguid (Jim); sister-in-law Cynthia Casterline (Glenn); sister-in-law Lana Strawser; special family, Jackie, Rachel, Rebecca, Matthew and Elizabeth Wanderman; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She loved and adored them all.
A celebratory memorial service will be held at Victory (Booth) Methodist Church in Manor Saturday, June 25, at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Manor School Improvement Committee, c/o Patsy Bennett, P.O. Box 33, Manor, Ga. 31550.
Robert ‘Bob’ Walker
Robert “Bob” or “Bobby” Allen Walker Sr., 74, of Brunswick, passed away Friday, (June 3, 2016) at Sears Manor Nursing Home under hospice care.
He was born July 13, 1941, in Branford, Fla., to Allen Fred and Florence Lois (Johnson) Walker.
He is survived by his daughter, Laura Walker Morrison (husband, Jeffrey), of Brunswick; three grandchildren, Ansley, Walker and Laney Morrison; his son, Robert “Allen” Walker Jr., of Pasadena, Calif.; his nieces, Margaret Ann Cunningham, of Ponce Inlet, Fla., Phyllis Schmits (husband, Mike), of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Leah Powell McKay, of Atlanta; a nephew, Robert Powell; and great-nieces, Beth Rice Shure, of Orlando, Fla., Kristen Schmits Gavilanes, of Gainesville, Fla., and Sarah Beth and Caroline McKay; and great-nephew, Don Rice, of Gainesville, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Florence; two brothers, Warren and J.C. Walker; and two sisters, Margaret Walker Goff and Beth Walker Koon.
He graduated from Branford High School. At 16, he was in a tragic car accident that took the lives of two of his best friends and left another friend injured. The accident left him in a coma for two weeks and blind in his right eye. In spite of his injuries and concern for his future, he was able to graduate high school with the support of his family and friends such as Herbert Box.
He also earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in social welfare. During his time in Tallahassee, he developed a strong devotion to the Seminoles and cheered for every sport the Seminoles played, especially football. In his last days, hearing the FSU fight song would bring a smile to his face.
Also, while at FSU he met a fellow student, Thomas Farmer, a.k.a. Tommy. Tommy and Bob remained close friends through the years and Bob loved Tommy more like a brother.
After college, Bob moved to Atlanta, where he interned with Goodwill Industries and met Jane McLeod, who he would later marry and who would have his two children.
From Atlanta he took a job in Waycross, where he developed a vocational rehabilitation center that provided job skills training and employment support to those with developmental and physical disabilities. Waycross was his home for 30 years. He was well-suited for this job because of his own physical limitations and dearly loved all those he worked with.
The rehabilitation center (“the Workshop”) hosted gospel sings over the years, which was the type of music that always brought comfort to him.
He was a Shriner and was affiliated with the Lions Club Camp for the Blind. He had a great sense of humor and was known to his family for his unconditional love, and his gentle and kind spirit.
In 2000, he moved to the Golden Isles of Georgia and resided in St. Simons and Brunswick where he spent most of the last 16 years of his life.
For a short period of time, he lived in Dowling Park, Fla., where he was able to be near his sister, Beth.
He is now residing in his Heavenly home where his sight has been completely restored and he is reunited with those loved ones who have gone before him.
Until his family and friends here on earth see him again, we remember a great father, granddaddy, uncle, friend and devoted alumni of the FSU Seminoles.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in Branford, Fla., at the Ephesus Advent Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks kindly for donations to be made to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund or the Ephesus Advent Christian Church.
Betty Carter Dowling
A funeral for Betty Carter Dowling was held Wednesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lamar Music, the Rev. Bryant Bishop and the Rev. I.B. Boyette.
Burial followed in High Bluff Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Altman, Carroll Carter Jr., Blake Dowling, Randy Dowling, Romie Dowling and Kevin Ziegler.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.