James ‘J.D.’ Griffin
James Darling “J.D.” Griffin, 78, of Hoboken, died Tuesday evening (June 7, 2016) at Memorial Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla. after a brief illness.
He was born in Brantley County to the late Darling Griffin and Josie Lee Courson Griffin. He made Brantley County his home for his entire life.
In the late 1950s, he worked in heavy equipment for Duval Construction Company and Robert Gibbs Construction Company. In 1978, he began his career as foreman and public works director for the Brantley County Road Department. For 29 years, he served Brantley County until he retired on Jan. 3, 2007.
He was a member of Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church and also attended the Church of God in Nahunta with his wife Patricia.
He loved hunting, turkey shoots, car racing and playing cards. More than anything he loved his family and any time he was able to spend with them.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Patricia Griffin, of Hoboken; two daughters, Cheryl Carver (husband Robert), of Waycross, Carol Sue Reddish (Randy), of Blackshear; five grandchildren, Olivia Corbett, Candice Mintier (Gary), Amy Willis (Andy), Sara Myrick (Jackie), Lillie McGill; seven great-grandchildren, Kameron Blake Bishop, Brantley Ryan Willis, Bryce Griffin Willis, Sondra Ruth Myrick, Mattie Victoria Myrick, Emma Roxanne Myrick, Gary Tripp Mintier; four step-children, Melissa Smith, of Atkinson, Teresa Dryden, of Waycross, Donna Adams (Timothy), of Nahunta, Eric Smith, of Nahunta; nine step-grandchildren, Taylor Wallace, Clay Wallace, Leann Marcado, Larmery Knight, Jessica Johns (Mikel Ray), Lee Adams (April), Branton Smith, James Lee Carver (Kristin), Christina Thrift (Chris); nine step-great-grandchildren, Gunter Thrift, Riley Thrift, Nora Carver, Grace Carver, Jessica Marcado, Juliana Marcado, Carli Grace Johns, Emma Adams, Christopher Adams; two sisters, Louise Beale, of Waycross, Carolyn Todd (Oscar), of Waycross; a great aunt, Alana Basso, of Jacksonville, Fla.; special friends, Grady Dyal and his wife Gretta, of Waycross, Fleming Crews, of Hoboken, David Page and his wife Patricia, of Hoboken; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Staff of the Brantley County Road Department have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather in the funeral home chapel by 2:45 p.m. on Friday.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Terence K. Freeman
Terence K. Freeman, 48, died Saturday (June 4, 2016) from an accident.
The family is receiving friends at 622 Sweat St., the home of his mother, Patricia Dobson.
A visitation will be held Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the chapel of Rainge Memorial Funeral Home.
The funeral will be Saturday, at 11 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, Arnold McKinney Drive. The Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr., pastor, will bring the words of comfort.
The remains will lie in state from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The cortege will assemble at 10:15 a.m. at the residence.
He was born June 13, 1967 in Patricia Dobson and the late Jimmy Hall. He was a graduate of the class of 1986 of Pierce County High School. He was enlisted in the U.S. Army for four years and enjoyed his music.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories: one son, Tony Freeman; two daughters, Tykesha Freeman, Angelina Freeman; a living mother, Patricia Dobson; brother, Robert Freeman; two aunts, Irene Briggs, Catherine Veil (Lindsey); three uncles: Eric Freeman (Monica), James Howard, Robert Lee Freeman; fiance’, Taraicia Vann; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc., is in charge of all arrangements.
Kenneth Rodney Epps
A celebration of life service for Kenneth Rodney Epps, 64, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church 701 Arnold McKinney Drive, with the church pastor, the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr., bringing words of comfort.
He was born July 31, 1951 in Waycross to the late Tommie Leaphart Kennedy and James Epps. He was raised since the age of two by his father, Jim Perry Kennedy.
“Kent,” as he was affectionately called by family and friends, was educated in the Waycross public school system and graduated from Waycross High School in 1970. He was a member of the Waycross High School Marching Band. He was lead singer with the Keys, a local musical group. He enjoyed cooking a variety of different dishes and was employed at several local restaurants. He retired from Waycross Molded Products after several years of service.
At an early age he joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. After moving to Ft. Myers, Fla. in recent years, he was affiliated with Jesus Christ Outreach Center where Bishop Halsy D. Watkins is pastor.
On Monday (June 6, 2016), Kent transitioned from earth to heaven at memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.
In addition to his mother and biological father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Allen and Louvenia Hunter; and paternal grandparents, James and Maggie Epps and Viola Kennedy.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Kenneth Milton, of Atlanta, Kenny Epps, Tracey Epps, both of Bellevue, Neb., Tiesha Tuff, of Blackshear, Kenya Standley, of Waycross, Kena Epps, Sheddick Frazier both of Ft. Myers, Fla., Kenyetta Epps Barrettt (Derrick), of Tallahassee, Fla.: nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his father, Deacon Jim Perry Kennedy, of Waycross: siblings, Rosalind Johnson Royal, of Cartersville, Gerald Leaphart (Latreasa), of Ft. Myers, Fla., Ricky Kennedy (Edith), of Orlando, Fla., Glenda Kennedy Faison (George), Jeffery Kennedy (Cheryl), Karen Kennedy Bawlson (Kelvin), Tommye Pamela Kennedy Simmons (Dwight), all of Waycross, Dawn Kennedy Taylor (Keith), of College Park, and Dale Epps Davis, of Folkston; uncles, Calvin Kennedy, of Savannah, and Johnny Leaphart, of Waycross; god-sisters, Tatia Cobb, Juanita Edgerton and Gloria Johnson, all of Waycross; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, including special friends, Russell Mayo, McKinley Hill Jr., both of Waycross, and Greg Gilmore, of Ft. Myers, Fla.
Friends are being received at the Kennedy residence, 905 Tommie Kennedy Circle. Public 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 1:30 p.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Grant Blake Barnes
Grant Blake Barnes, 50, of Blackshear, passed away early Wednesday morning (June 8, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
Ronald Bernice Griffin, 70, of Patterson, died Wednesday morning (June 8, 2016) at his residence following an extended illness.
Born July 3, 1945 in Screven, he was a son of the late Aaron William and Agnes Lucille Crosby Griffin. He lived all of his life in Pierce County where he was self-employed in construction. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Ann Mercer Griffin; a grandson, Eric Kagey Griffin; and two brothers, Lannis Griffin and his twin, Donald Giffin.
Survivors include his two daughters, Christy Griffin Byrd Nose (husband Arlie) and Alisha Burney, both of Patterson; a son, Kenneth Griffin, of Michigan; nine grandchildren, Michael Burney (wife Megan), Casey Burney, Jamie Burney, Gage Byrd, Storm Golden, Michael Golden, Jade Nose, all of Pierce County, and Brandon and Ashley Griffin, both of Waycross; great-grandchildren, Kamden Rockette, Aysia Smith, Lizzie Cotton, Triston Burney, Jamie Burney Jr., all of Blackshear, Allana Byrd, of Patterson, and Kyle and Alex Byrd, of Waycross; his brothers and sisters, Clinton Griffin, of Waycross, Beatrice Blalock, of Tennessee, Kenneth Griffin (wife Marie), of Jacksonville, Fla., Morris Griffin (wife Rose), of Patterson, Glynn Griffin (wife Linda), of Ellijay, Jerry Griffin (wife Susie), of Patterson, Janice Evans (husband Larry), of Argyle, Larry Griffin, of Patterson; a sister-in-law, Denise Griffin, of Patterson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Friday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the New Home Cemetery in Offerman.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
The family requests the men of Men Of The Way to serve as honorary pallbearers. Please be at the funeral home by 2:40 p.m. on Friday.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
Kayla D. McLeod
A funeral for Kayla Danielle McLeod was held Wednesday afternoon at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Kegley officiating.
Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery in Hickox.
Active pallbearers were Jamie Lynn, Caleb Lynn, Kordd Davison, Steven Britt, Trevor Hendrix, Ross Allen and Derrick Bradshaw.
Honorary pallbearers were her sisters of the Georgia Southern Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Jean D. Johnson
A funeral for Jean Dalrymple Johnson was held Wednesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Aldridge officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Steve Johnson, Lamar Johnson, Buck Johnson, Gary Johnson and Jerry Donohue.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James P. Saylor Jr.
A funeral for James P. Saylor Jr. was held Wednesday afternoon at Millwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Thrift and Dr. Hershell Spears officiating.
Burial followed in Millwood Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the U.S. Navy.
Active pallbearers were John Spears, Kyle Quinta, Marty Saylor, Will Saylor, Adam Dewberry, Issac Dewberry and Zach Saylor.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.