Barbara H. Venerable
A celebration of life service for Barbara Halman Venerable, 74, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Arnold McKinney Drive, with the church pastor, the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr., offering words of comfort.
She was born in Savannah to the late Bill and Mary Halman on Oct. 16, 1940. The family moved to Waycross shortly after her birth and she attended the public schools of Waycross and graduated from Center High School in 1958.
She moved to New York City after graduating to attend nursing school where she earned a degree as a registered nurse. She worked as a charge nurse at Kings County Hospital, the largest hospital in New York City at that time, for many years. After her mother became ill, she moved back to Waycross to care for her until her demise.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where she remained a member until her demise.
Those left to cherish her memory include three sons, Marvin Halman, Williams Tucker, both of Waycross, and Nicholas Venerable (Jenise), of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandsons, Nicholas Venerable Jr. and Rayquan Venerable, both of Charlotte, N.C.: a sister, Diane Liner Pope (Douglas); four brothers, Edward Halman (Peggy), William Halman (Sallie), Vernon Halman (Willene) and Dean Halman (Ann); and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
The celebration arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Billy Hamilton
A celebration of life service for Billy Hamilton, 84, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Arnold McKinney Drive, with the church pastor, the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr., bringing words of comfort and Austin Chapel C.M.E. Church pastor, the Rev. Tawanna Boyd, presiding.
Hamp, as he was affectionately known, was born March 7, 1931 in Waycross. His mother was the late Lola Virgil. He received his formal education from the public school system of Waycross where he was in the Center High School class of 1952.
After high school he joined the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge. He was religiously affiliated with Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and Austin Chapel C.M.E. church.
He was a lover of motorcycles and was an avid rider until recent years.
Hamp departed this life on Saturday morning (May 30, 2015) after an illness, He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Estelle Hamilton, a grandson, Damien Pinkins, and a brother, Willie Hall.
Those left to cherish his memory include four sons, Billy L. Hamilton (Michelle), of Marietta, Ronnie Hamilton (Regine), Dan Hamilton, both of Waycross, and Gerald Hamilton, of North Carolina; two daughters, Deborah Hamilton, of North Carolina, and Shawn Willis, of Waycross; 10 grandchildren; numerous of cousins; and other relatives and friends.
Public visitation will be held 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 noon until the hour of service.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery with military honors.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Dorothy McGowan
Dorothy Moody McGowan, 87, went to be with the Lord Tuesday (June 2, 2015) at her home in Waycross.
She was born May 19, 1928, the second of three daughters to the late Francis and Rueben Martin. She was raised in Waycross.
She met the late Calvin C. Moody and they wed on May 31, 1946. They were blessed with three devoted children, Larry, Lannis and Jayne.
They purchased four cows, which were kept in her family’s barn from which Moody’s Dairy was born. As Moody’s Dairy grew, Dorothy and Calvin purchased their first farm in 1951 and moved the dairy operation to the Jamestown community. Along with the move to Jamestown, they became members of Jamestown Baptist Church, her church home for more than 50 years.
After Calvin suffered a heart attack in 1967, she and her children kept the dairy operating.
In 1970, she met and wed Oscar W. McGowan. They were permanent fixtures at Jamestown Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and attending prayer meetings every time the doors were open.
She entered another chapter of her life when Oscar passed away in 1996. A sister, Marie Prickett, preceded Dorothy in death.
She is survived by a daughter Jayne Moody Murray, of Colleyville, Texas; two sons, Larry Moody (Joyce S.), of Waycross, and Lannis Moody (Angie M.), of Waycross; eight grandchildren, Candice Moody Rice, of Waycross, Calvin Moody (Heidi), of Valdosta, Sydne Smith (Macolm), of Atlanta, Cassidy Carter (Lee), of Rome, Kager Moody, of Waycross, Taylor Murray, of Miami, Fla., Richard Paul Murray, of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Rachel Murray, of New Orleans, La.; four great-grandchildren, Cash Rice, Rebecca Moody, Catherine Moody and Ellie Smith; and her sister Betty Sue Stephens, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Jamestown Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. Friday at Jamestown Baptist Church.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Bell Thomas
BLACKSHEAR — Barbara “Bobbie” Bell Thomas, 87, of Blackshear, passed away early Tuesday morning (June 2, 2015), at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Newburgh, N.Y. on Nov. 17, 1927, she had lived in Pierce County most of her life. She was a licensed practical nurse having worked at the former Pierce County Hospital and retiring from the Pierce County Nursing Home. She was a member of the Retired Nurses Association of Pierce County.
She had been a faithful member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church and the Lady’s Sunday School class until ill health kept her from attending. She enjoyed gardening and loved to be outdoors.
She was a daughter of the late Robert Bell and Alene Dykes Clough. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Howard Thomas, an infant daughter, Sandra Thomas, and a son, Dale Thomas.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Grady and June Thomas, of Odum, and Scott Thomas, of Blackshear; four grandchildren, Karen Gray (Charlie), Brenda Carter (Charlie), Bryson Thomas, and Grayson Thomas; six great-grandchildren, Taylor Gray, Mikayla Gray, Abbey Gray, Addison Perry, Damon Hendricks and Kandace Johnson; a devoted sister-in-law, Irene Thomas Dixon, of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
The family kindly requests members of the Retired Nurses Association of Pierce County as well as members of the Lady’s Sunday School class to serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to meet at the funeral home by 1:30 Friday afternoon.
Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 217 W. Carter Ave., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Soundra Lee Teston
Soundra Lee Teston, 58, died Sunday morning (May 31, 2015) at her residence in the Calvary Community of Brantley County following an extended illness.
She was a native of Los Angeles, Calif., but had lived most of her life in Waycross. She was the wife of the late Warren David Teston and daughter of the late James Aubrey Bibby and Betty Jean Johnson Decosta. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Christopher Bibby and a sister, Janice Shirley.
She was a homemaker and a member of Ware Terrace Church.
Survivors include a daughter Elizabeth Voss (husband Benji), of Waycross, a son, David Teston (wife Sonya), of Waycross; five grandchildren, John Tanner, Destiny Tanner, Dawson Voss, Caleb Voss and Destani Wildes; three sisters, Darlene Byrd (husband James), of Waycross, Amanda Musgrove (husband Scott) and Joni Music (husband Sammy), both of Douglas; two brothers, Jonathan Bibby, of Waycross, Timothy Bibby, of Douglas, and Donald Guess (wife Donna), of Blackshear; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Shiloh Cemetery of Pierce County.
The family will receive friends from 3 until 4 p.m. today at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tina Sue O’Quinn
Tina Sue O’Quinn, wife of Dr. Edward Brooking Brown, died Wednesday afternoon (June 3, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a sudden illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Lawson Ussery
Lawson Ussery, 87, died Wednesday (June 3, 2015) afternoon at his residence in Millwood.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Alta Bedell Johns
Alta Bedell Johns, 60, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Friday (May 29, 2015) at The Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati following a brief illness.
Born in Bakersfield, Calif., her parents were Cy Thomas Johns and Irma Floy Lee Johns.
She worked as an accountant for Medical Suppliers and also was assistant administrator of Savannah Memorial Hospital in her earlier career.
She graduated as valedictorian of the Brantley County High School class of 1972. She then went on to attend college at Georgia Southern University where she graduated in 1976.
She enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling, and was of the non-denominational faith.
Survivors include her two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Teresa Johns, of Nahunta, Kenny and Cheryl Johns, of Waycross; nieces and nephews, Dustin Johns, Thomas Johns (Jadison), Roxy Sheffield (Derrick), of Waycross, Jesy Latham (Jason), of Brunswick; and great-nephew, Dax Sheffield.
A graveside service will be held Friday morning at 11 at Corinth Cemetery with the Rev. Sheldon Rowell officiating.
Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service at the graveside.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Brantley County High School class of 1972. Members are asked to meet by 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Corinth Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com

Gloria J. Riley
A celebration of life service for Gloria J. Riley will be held Saturday at 4 pm at Prayer Garden Church of God in Christ, 711 West Forrest Ave., Homerville, where the pastor is Alfred A. Oliver. The Rev. Lecedrick Oliver will offer words of comfort .
A burial and committal service will follow immediately in Pine Forrest Cemetery.
She was born on Feb. 2, 1956 in Pearson to Ira Riley and Ida Mae Malone.
She passed away Monday (May 25, 2015) at Holly Hill Nursing Home in Valdosta after an illness.
She is survived by Addis Bell Jr., Mary Ann Grady, Tony Bell, Jerome Riley and Edna Riley and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and sorrowing friends.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online guest book at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway.

Sidney L. Williamson
A memorial service for Sidney L Williamson took place Wednesday afternoon at 4 in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Thigpen officiating and remembrances by Teresa Griffin Bowen and Victor Williamson.
Burial followed in Enon Cemetery.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were Joey Carter, Olis Davis, Corbett Woods, Jay Lawhorne, Buddy Williamson, Blackshear High School class of 1969 and employees of Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

Michael Lee
A funeral for Michael Bernard Lee was held Wednesday morning at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Altman officiating.
Burial followed in Hephzibah Cemetery in Dixie Union.
Pallbearers were Trenton Lee, Bruce Stone, Danny McCarthy, Alan Smith, David Oldham and Stephen McCarthy.
Honorary pallbearers were Norman McCarthy, James Aberson, Len McCarthy, Jeffrey McCarthy, Amy Aberson, Hope McCarthy, Martha McCarthy, Courtney Connor-Price and Leah McCarthy.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.