Mary Hagen Alexander
Mary J. “Jackie” Alexander, 84, of Waycross, went to be with her Lord Thursday evening (June 25, 2015) at Southside Regency Hospital due to unforeseen complications.
She was born in Brantley County to the late Robert Fulton Hagen and Emma Lou Hall Hagen. She was the wife of the late Theodore Alexander and was pleased to settle down in south Georgia.
Upon his retirement from the military they moved to Brunswick where they would live for 35 years, before moving back to Waycross where they made their home for the past 18 years.
She attended business school in Brunswick where she met the love of her life. She worked when needed, but spent most of her time as a devoted daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and niece.
She was very active in her church, Second Baptist Church, and had a deep and abiding faith. She was a teacher at Second Baptist, church librarian at First Baptist in Brunswick and taught the Love and Action Class at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
She was also very involved in other charitable organizations in Brunswick and Waycross. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, and by a son, Gerald Ray Alexander.
She is survived by her children, Dennis Wade Alexander (wife, Martha), of Bogota, Columbia, Deborah Kaye Alexander Eames (husband, Dale), of Spotsylvania, Va.; three grandchildren, Paula Alexander Headland (husband, Ben), Christopher Lee Ford (wife, Lori), Jennifer Leigh Ford; a step-granddaughter, Janene Smith; six great-grandchildren, Tyler Headland, Jacob Headland, Riley Headland, Cora Ford, Jack Ford, Ian Ford; four brothers, Robert Fulton Hagen Jr. (wife, Toni), Vernon Donohue Hagen (wife, Edith), Author Ronnie Hagen (wife, Charlotte); a sister, Nadine Annette Hagen Colvin (husband, Roy); seven brothers and sisters-in-law, Ezell Massengale (husband, Earl), Evelyn Sweat (husband, Buford), Lula Mae Utter, Jackie Alexander (wife, Adel), Robert Alexander, Dewayne Alexander, Ann Hyfield; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Second Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Second Baptist Church, 301 Tomberlin Road, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

TaJuana Dale Taylor
The funeral for TaJuana Dale Taylor, 54, will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church,
Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Welch & Brinkley Mortuary.
She died Wednesday morning (June 24, 2015) at home following a brief illness.
She was a Waycross native and attended Waycross public schools.
She was the daughter of the late Edward and Betty Sue Copeland.
She is survived by daughters, Sharika Taylor, of Atlanta, and Tamika Taylor, of Houston, Texas; one sister, Valerie Copeland, of Waycross; two brothers, Calvin Tony (wife, Cathy) Copeland Jr., Edward Lamar (wife, Cheryl), of Atlanta; four grandchildren, Jamez Taylor, of Houston, Texas, Sharise Taylor, of Atlanta, Jhana Taylor, of Houston, Texas, Nylah Taylor, of Waycross; uncles, Albert (wife, Felicia) Hunt, of Waycross, William James Copeland, the Rev. Eddie Copeland, James Edward Copeland, Anthony Copeland, all of Manchester, Ga.; aunts, Shirley Copeland, Joanne Copeland Watts, Martha Ann Prather and Bernice Parks, all of Manchester, and Viola Davis, of Atlanta; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Friends are being received at 609 Quarterman St.
Arrangements are with Welch & Brinkley Mortuary.

Rev. J.D. Herndon Sr.
The Rev. John David “J.D.” Herndon Sr., 80, died suddenly Friday morning (June 26, 2015) at his residence.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County. He attended Waresboro School and served in the United States Army.
He was ordained into ministry In October 1976 and he served the Lord faithfully until the day he passed. He served Millwood and Newbern Baptist Church for many years, and he was a member of Pineview Baptist Church.
He was formerly employed with Clyde E. Smith and Son and Dixie Roadbuilders.
He was the son of the late J.F. Herndon and Velary Summerlin Herndon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Addie Higgs Herndon.
Survivors include one daughter, Sonia Bacon (husband, Tony), of Waycross; one son, David Herndon (wife, Tammy), of Waycross; four grandchildren, Ashley Buck (Randy), Katie White (Mitch), Kelli Bacon and Nathan Herndon; two great-grandchildren, Addie Grace Buck and Aubree Buck; four siblings, Norma Jean Sikes, Cathy Sweat, Jerry Herndon and John Robert Herndon; great-nephew and a great-niece, Gavin and Carrie Musgrove.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Pineview Baptist Church.
Burial will follow in Telmore Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Arrangements are with Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Annie Crews Rivas
HOBOKEN — Annie “Ann” Gertrude Crews Rivas, 51, of Hoboken died Thursday afternoon (June 25, 2015) at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick after an extended illness.
Born in Blackshear, she was the daughter of James Crews and Katherine Smith Crews Johns. She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Jesse Johns.
She was a homemaker, attended The Potters Field Church and loved spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed spending time and playing with babies.
Survivors include her husband, Juan Rivas, of Blackshear; a son, Eric Walter Parker, of Waynesville,; two grandchildren, Joshua Parker and Natalie Parker; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James Walter Crews (Patricia), of Euless, Texas, and Leon Johns (Marie), of Waycross; special family and caregivers, Charles and Libby Hagen, and Nora Westberry; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Mathis Sr. officiating.
Family and pallbearers are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Burial will follow in High Bluff Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com

Walter Bell
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Walter Bell, 77, was held Friday afternoon at 12 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. Sam Quick.
Interment was in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Military honors were conducted by the U.S. Navy. Masonic rites were conducted by the Blackshear Masonic Lodge No. 270.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.