Eddie James Smith
A celebration of life service will be held for Eddie James Smith Saturday at 1 p.m. at Greater Morning Star Baptist Church, 201 Reddick St., Homerville.
Visitation will begin from 11:30 a.m. until the service hour. Burial and committal services will be held in Pine Forest Cemetery, Homerville.
The funeral cortege will assemble at 17 Craig Circle, Homerville, at 12:30 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online guest book at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
On March 3, 1949, Eddie James Smith, uniquely referred to as “Jessie” or “Pump It Up,” was born in Homerville, to his proud parents, the late Early James and Merdell Smith. After a very long and courageous battle with an illness, Jessie took his rest on Wednesday (June 17, 2015) at Langdale Hospice House in Valdosta.
He received his education in the public school system of Homerville, where he was raised. He later met and married, until death divided them, the late Billy Jean Dorsey. Their union birthed two beautiful children, Sheila and Shawn Dorsey Smith.
He enjoyed working in agriculture with longtime friends, Allen and Bebe at Kennedy Timber Company. He worked other odd jobs until his health began to fail, with his last known job as a painter at Design Space in Homerville.
He enjoyed making people laugh and his life reflected just that. His life reflected that of courage, strength and protection of his family and his friends. He will always be remembered as a legacy to his family.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Early James and Merdell Smith, wife, Billy Jean Dorsey Smith, sister, Shirley Ruth Taylor, and other close relatives.
He leaves his love to his daughters, Meshannon (Travis) Gore, Sheila Dorsey and Lola (Tony) Moten; sons, Shawn Dorsey Smith, Robert Williamson, Edward Mincey and Eddie Smith; six step-children; a brother, Demetrus Grady; a sister, Nia Grady; 20 grandchildren; a host of close aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
James Grady Inman
James Grady “Jimmy” Inman, 84, was born Nov. 15, 1931 in Manor to the late Grady and Mary Inman.
He died Tuesday (June 23, 2015) in Kennesaw.
Other than his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Frances Inman Gillis, Gertrude Inman Griffis and Mary Dorothy Inman Rudd.
He joined the U.S. Air Force and served from 1951 until 1955. After leaving the military he earned a living in several different capacities.
He leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Donna Inman, of Cumming; three sons, Eddie Inman, of Dublin, Joe Inman, of Rincon, and Danny Inman (wife, Amanda), of Kennesaw; six grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.
The service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Prospect Methodist Church, 2060 Manor Millwood Road, Manor.
Dennis Jerome Croom
Dennis Jerome Croom, born July 19, 1958, in Providence, R.I., passed away into eternal rest on Wednesday (June 24, 2015).
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Peggy Lee Herrin
Peggy Lee Herrin, 54, of Blackshear, died early Thursday morning (June 25, 2015) at her residence after an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Thomas L. West
The funeral for Thomas L. West, 61, was held Monday at Sellars Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Youngman and the Rev. Bob Jared officiating.
Serving as active pallbearers were Danny Yarbrough, Dickie Winge, Jimmy Anderson, Dr. Jim Wade, Bob Rice, Chuck Snow, Richard Cardwell and Bill Tyler.
He was born July 6, 1953. He lost a valiant battle to cancer Friday (June 19, 2015).
He was a native of Waycross, but lived in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., since 1988.
He was the son of the late Charles T. and Irene Y. West.
He was a graduate of Waycross High School class of 1971. He served as an air traffic controller for 28 years and at the Nashville (BNA) Airport for 25 of those years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, and was a member of Gladeville United Methodist Church in Gladeville, Tenn.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kathyrn Schmitt West; daughters, Lea Huffaker (husband, Matt), Kristina Cunningham (husband, Andy) and Casey Arnold (husband, Josh); his grandchildren Victoria Huffaker, Stephanie Huffaker, Zachary Cunningham, Kailyn Cunningham and Reagan Arnold; his brother, Raymond West (wife, Audrey), and sister, Debra Johnson (husband, Jerry); his father-in-law, Richard Henry Schmitt; and mother-in-law, Iris Schmitt; and several loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, Tenn. 37203, or Gladeville United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 407, Gladeville, Tenn. 37071.
Sympathy may be expressed through an online registry at www.sellarsfuneralservices.com
Sarah R. Swilley
Sarah Rhoades “Bridges” Swilley, 76, of Waycross, died Monday afternoon (June 22, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.
She was born in Sarasota, Fla., to the late George Allen Rhoades Sr. and Willie Louise James Cowan. She moved to Brantley County in 1967, where she lived until 1984. She most recently moved back to Waycross three years ago where she lived at Baptist Village.
During her years in South Georgia, she worked for Varn Timber Company, Austin and Jimmy Lamb Tax and Bookkeeping Service, Ace Pole Company and Ed Sapp’s Florist.
She was a horse enthusiast. She raised quarter horses and loved to horseback ride with friends in Brantley County. Also, she loved showing her horses in Western Pleasure and Halter Classes.
Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to the North Georgia area. But more than anything, she will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Jeff Rhoades.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Johnny F. Swilley Sr., of Waycross; her children, Lisa Bridges Gilbert, of Jasper, Gene Bridges (wife, Kathy), of Patterson, John F. Swilley Jr., of Offerman, Julianne Whisnant (husband, Dave), of Atlanta, Jeff Swilley (wife, Fely), of Waycross; her grandchildren, Mandy Gilbert-Naas, James C. Gilbert III, Katie Bridges, Kassie Bridges, Katherine Whisnant, Audrey Whisnant; three great-grandchildren, Seth Gilbert, Bailey and Brody Naas; a brother, George A. Rhoades Jr., of Sarasota, Fla.; a sister, Elaine Rhoades, of Pawnee, Okla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
By honoring Mrs. Swilley’s last wishes, there will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
The funeral for Sabrina R. Padgett, 57, of 1104 Colley St., Waycross, will be held Saturday 11 a.m. in the chapel of Rainge Funeral Home, 505 Ware St., Blackshear.
Visitation will be Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery. The cortege will assemble 10:15 a.m. at 618 Allen Ave., Blackshear.
Bishop A.J. Myles, pastor of Bethel Temple Holiness Church, Burroughs Street, will offer words of comfort. The family is currently receiving friends at 6l8 Allen Ave. in Blackshear.
She was born in Blackshear and received her GED at OTC. She was married to the late James Joseph Padgett. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and fishing. She worked at the Blackshear Shoe Factory, Walmart and domestic jobs.
Preceding her in death were her two children, Avias V. Padgett and Joshua S. McCallister, her parents, Thomas Lee McGauley and Mary Jean McGauley.
Left to cherish her memories are, three children, Denetria D. Keyhea, Alexia Y. Padgett and Anwar N. Padgett; sisters, Phynola Wright, Thomasine Ricks, Vanice Harris, Zelma Latson; brothers, Ronald McGauley and Thomas Lee Jr.; grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and sorrowing friends.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
In Lieu of flowers, send donations to Rainge Memorial Funeral Home.
Walter Bell, 77 of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday (June 24, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Born in De Funiak Springs, Fla., Feb. 11, 1938, he moved to Pierce County in the early ’90s. He was retired from the U.S. Navy where he served during the Vietnam Conflict. Following his retirement from the military, he started his own heating and air conditioning business in Blackshear. He was a member of the Blackshear Masonic Lodge No. 270, the Shriners Temple, Savannah, and was the president of Lake Ware.
He was a son of the late Oscar Lee and Christan Williams Bell. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Sue “Pinkie” Tuten Bell, by a brother, Alvin Bell, and by his step-mother, Ida Bell.
He attended Beulah Baptist Church.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Kevin Kelly, of Albrightsville, Pa.; a step-daughter, Tera and Mike Austin, of Blackshear; a step-son, Mike (Terry) Thomas, of Blackshear; two sisters, Gloria Jean (Gene) Smith and Margaret (Ronnie) Adams, all of De Funiak Springs, Fla.; six brothers, Walton (Mavis) Bell, Bobby (Joyce) Bell, Danny (Sue) Bell, and Tommy Bell, all of De Funiak Springs, Fla., Randolph (Angela) Bell, of Berkley, W.Va., and Ronnie (Christine) Bell, of Lauderhill, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Damien Kelly, Kristin Kelly, Mallory (Joe) Irwin, Shannon Kelly, Kevin Kelly, Paul Austin, Ashley (Ashley) Horne, Michael (Pamela) Thomas, Chad (Melissa) Thomas and Jordan (Holly) Thomas; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 12 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home chapel one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org
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.
Angela S. Elliott
Angela Wynette Sowell Elliott, 56, died Thursday morning (June 18, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
She was a native of Atlanta, lived her early life in Douglasville, and made her home in Hoboken for the past 15 years. She was the daughter of the late Elmer Franklin Sowell and Dorothy Wynelle Thrift Sowell.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Lewis Sowell, and an uncle, Henry “Bunky” Sowell.
She was a graduate of Douglas County High School in Douglasville and a 2006 graduate of Okefenokee Technical College. She was employed as a licensed practical nurse with Satilla Care Center for six years.
Her sons were her life and her nursing career was very rewarding to her. She loved her co-workers and the residents under her care. She attended Hoboken Baptist Church and Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, William Cody Elliott (wife, Macy), of Rincon, and Jessy Colt Elliott, of Hoboken; a granddaughter, Kyra Elliott, of Rincon; the father of her sons, Jackie Deen Elliott, of Ironton Mo.; a brother, Jerry Lynn Sowell (wife, Kalena), of Waycross; best friends, Pam Alexander, Nickie Ballew and Alvin Mercer; aunts, Lucille Filippone, of Newnan Kathleen Stokes, of Waycross, Bobbie Mealing, of Brunswick, Kelly Sowell, of Moultrie, and Deloris Sowell, of Waycross; cousins, Deanne Joy, Debbie Skipper, Nikki Skipper, Zona, Lisa, Wesley and Troy; and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Eleanor Cox Bennett
A funeral for Eleanor Cox Bennett was held Wednesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Davis, the Rev. Ricky Knox and Shirley Henderson officiating.
Burial followed in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mason Bodenhamer, Brad Inman, Chris Inman, Logan Inman, Carl Lupo and Bruce Morgan.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.