Shirley Popham Roberts
Shirley Popham Arline Roberts, a precious little resident of Inverness, Fla., went to live with Jesus Monday (March 9, 2015) under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus and of the Nature Coast.
She is survived by her children, Vicki and Beau Keene, Shane Arline, Kelley Wilson; long-time companion, Jim Moon; grandchildren, Kali, Elizabeth, Cori, Kaitlyn, Casey (husband, Oystein), Colton, Cooper, Olivia, Brenna; three great-grandchildren; brother, Dale Popham; sister, Rose Westberry; sisters-in-law Nancy Popham, Sandra Popham, Larue Popham; and brother-in-law Jack Westberry.
She was predeceased by her daughter Kim Arline Kurtzman, grandson, Isaac Rubin, and brothers, George and Maitland Popham.
She was born to Lovie and Lester Popham on July 7, 1935, grew up in Waycross and graduated from Ware County High School. In 1955, she attended Gordon Keller School of Nursing in Tampa, Fla.
She was married in 1958, then moved to Inverness and raised her family while working at the office of Dr. Osterhout, Dr. Brown and Dr. Randall Jenkins. She worked with Dr. Jenkins for the next 37 years, caring for the community with deep compassion. Her great ability to sense when others were hurting and her loving response to suffering has helped heal many people.
She loved to laugh loudly and was quick to forgive. Her favorite verse was, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” She was humble and incredibly thoughtful, blessing many people with her sweet cards full of words of encouragement all penned in exceptionally lovely handwriting.
She was a voracious reader, lover of words, intelligent and funny and a peacemaker. As a southern cook specializing in “comfort foods,” her meals nourished bodies and hearts. She enjoyed sewing until her eyesight failed, had a green thumb and celebrated every holiday by decorating her home inside and out.
She most enjoyed being with her grandchildren and applauding their every step in life. More than one person called her their best friend and she loved each one deeply. The power of her love and prayers will still be felt here on earth but she is now a citizen of heaven.
She dedicated her body to the Anatomical Board of the State of Florida for use in medical research and education. It was her last act of selfless love in hopes of improving the quality of life of others.
She asked that any donations go toward the City of Inverness Parks and Recreation, The Fourth of July Celebration, family, friends, freedom, fun and fireworks.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Calvary Church, 2728 E Harley St., Inverness, Fla.
Everyone is invited to join the family for a dinner on the grounds afterward in her honor.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Berniece S. Waters
Berniece Smith Waters, 85, of Waycross died Tuesday evening (March 10, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a sudden illness.
She was born in Waycross to the late David James Smith and Thelma Lucinda Thrift Smith. She was a graduate of Wacona High School. She raised her family in Florida and then moved to Jonesboro, where she retired from Lee Street Elementary School. After retirement she moved back to Waycross.
She had an advanced degree in motherhood and a doctorate in grandmotherhood. She was an avid cook, shopper and accomplished decorator.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Terri Berniece Meyer, a sister, Bobbie Lee Farrior, and two brothers, Leonard J. Smith and William David Smith
Survivors include one daughter, Kim Hand (husband, Tom), of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Jennifer Hand Ronn (husband, Matt), of Cumming, Elizabeth Hand Combes (husband, Brad), of Orlando, Fla., Meghan Hand Lawler (husband, Dan), of Memphis, Tenn., Troy Hand (fiancee, Gretchen Otaño), of Houston, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Hayden, Sawyer and Brooklyn Ronn; four sisters, Margaret Clark, Ruby “Kitty” Smith, Eloise Bryant, Linda Carroll (husband, Doug), all of Waycross; three brothers, Tommy Smith, of Waycross, Doyle Smith (wife, Kay), of Waycross, Roger Smith (wife, Ann), of Jonesboro; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Kettle Creek Congregational Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the church.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph R. Dixon
Joseph Roswell Dixon, 80, passed away Monday afternoon (March 9, 2015) at his residence in Screven.
Born in Blackshear Feb. 4, 1935, he lived most of his life in Pierce County before moving to Screven 25 years ago.
He was retired from Ware Tech where he was an auto body teacher. He was a loving father and grandfather and was a member and deacon of Salem Primitive Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Dixon and Sally Foster Dixon. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Amanda Jane Wilson Dixon.
Survivors include his two daughters and sons-in-law, Winona and Kenny Taylor, of Waycross, Stephanie and Danny Taylor, of Lagrange; one son, Joseph and Janice Dixon, of Blackshear; three step-daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Pat Brown, of Kingsland, Pam Lusher, of Jesup, Pat and Jim Dieveney, of Screven; one step-son, Rex Williamson, of Valdosta; a brother, J.W. Dixon, of Jacksonville; six grandchildren, Kenyatta and Jamie Smart, Kathy and Tommy Dyson, Jenna Dixon, Randall and Jenie Martin, Rodney and Rebecca Martin and Tifanie Martin; 11 great-grandchildren; his former wife and mother of his children, Ona May Smith, of Blackshear; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service was held at 6 o’clock Wednesday evening at Salem Primitive Baptist Church in Screven.
The family received friends one hour prior to the service.
Officiating was Elder Jason Deal.
Memorialization is by cremation.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

David Deyon Rivers
David Deyon Rivers was born to Annette Rivers Dec. 30, 1980 in Waycross.
God granted rest to his loving, faithful and loyal son, David, Sunday (March 8, 2015) when he died suddenly in a single-car accident.
He was educated in the Ware County School System and was a class of 2000 graduate of Ware County High School. He was employed at Waycross Family Pharmacy and was an apprenticeship barber. He united himself at an early age with Greater Mount Zion AME Church.
His legacy of authenticity, love, kindness, generosity, coolness and loyalty will be forever cherished by his devoted mother, Annette Rivers; loving fiancee, Shekia M. Kirby; two daughters, Markeah and Jamia Green; one son, David Kingston Rivers; father, Kenneth Members; grandmother, Louise Members; five sisters, Yolanda Rivers, Ashanti Gibson (Demarco), of Waycross, Kendra Members, Brittany Members, Latoya Doctor, of Dania, Fla.; one brother, Salaam Virgil, of Atlanta; one god-son X-Zavius Butler, of Waycross.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church, 1085 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
The wake will be Friday, 6 until 8 p.m. at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church.
Burial and committal service will the held at the Ridge Cemetery in Patterson.
The body will lie in repose in the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the hour of service. The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 913 Oak St., Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
Family and friends are being received at the family residence, 913 Oak St.
Instead of flowers, food and drinks the family is requesting donations to the David Kingston Rivers (his son) Fund at The Heritage Bank. Donations may be made in person or mailed to David Kingston Rivers Fund, c/o The Heritage Bank, 810 Plant Ave., Waycross, Ga, 31501.
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, Waycross.

Edna D. Solomon
Edna Faye Deloach Solomon, 65, of Midway, died Tuesday (March 10, 2015) at Hospice House in Savannah, after an extended illness.
She was born in Waycross to the late Hardy James Solomon and Minnie Lee Thrift Dixon. She grew up in Waycross and graduated from South Georgia College in Douglas with a nursing degree and also was a cardio graphic technologist. She lived in Albany for many years where she worked at Phoebe Putney Hospital. She lived a number of years in Lake City, Fla., and then moved to the Savannah area. She loved to read and work crossword puzzles.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, David Solomon.
Survivors include two children, Rex Ellis Deloach, of Warner Robins, and Angela Gail Deloach, of Midway; six grandchildren, Christopher Adams, Andrew Moses, Alexis Raymer, Justin Deloach, Cody Deloach, and Summer Kate Deloach; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Clyde Carol O’Neil (husband, Raymond), of Midway, Sharon Marie Martin (husband, Buddy), of Screven, Maxine Thompson (husband, Eugene), of Richmond Hill; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 at Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Piney Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 until 7:30 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Timothy Williams
Timothy Williams, 35, of 1209 Elizabeth St., died suddenly Monday night (March 9, 2015) from a fatal gunshot wound.
The family is receiving friends at the home of his mother, Pearlie “Kitty” Williams, 1209 Elizabeth St.
Funeral arrangements and a list of relatives will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Funeral Home, Blackshear.

Lisa Miller
Lisa Miller, 49, of Waycross passed away Sunday (March 8, 2015) in Kingsland.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home

Savannah Renee Miller
Savannah Renee Miller, 3, died suddenly Monday morning (March 9, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was born in Waycross and attended Waycross First Assembly of God.
Survivors include her mother, Dana Merrier Rebman (husband, Jeremi Patrick), of Waycross; her father, Chad Anthony Miller, of Waycross; two brothers, Brenden Miller and Wyatt Rebman; maternal grandparents, Tammy Merrier, of Toccoa, and Stephen Merrier, of Waycross; paternal grandparents, John Miller, of Waycross, and Novadine Andrews, of Reynolds; great-grandparents, Patricia Williams, of Waycross, Shirley Gibson, of Lavonia, Carroll “W.C.” Merrier, of Woodbine, and Loretta Jones, of Waycross; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Bruce Andrew Szabo
Bruce Andrew Szabo, 59, died Tuesday morning (March 10, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
He was the first child of Frank and Ethel Szabo, born April 26, 1955 in Bridgeport, Conn.
He and his younger brother, Fritz Allen, enjoyed camping, hiking and tearing up the mountains of the northeast on their motorcycles. He was an avid gun and knife collector. He had a love of good seafood and could make a mean Oysters Rockefeller.
He married Peggy Ann Linley and together they brought a strapping young son, Christopher Bruce, into the world. They moved to Waycross in 1984 and shortly after Peggy passed away.
He met and married the love of his life, Jean Elizabeth Lawson. Together they raised Christopher, Melissa and Jonathan.
He was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and had fought tooth and nail until the battle was lost Tuesday morning. He died peacefully at home with Jean by his side.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Szabo, of Waycross; three children, Chris Szabo (wife, Mary Lee), of Jacksonville, Fla., Melissa Adams (husband, Justin), of Blackshear, and Jonathan Cotton (wife, Bre), of Blackshear; six grandchildren, Malia Ethel Szabo, Jesse Heatherly, Andrew Heatherly, Andrew Adams, Austin Adams, Lizzie Cotton; a great-grandson, Damien James Heatherly; and a brother, Fritz Allen Szabo (wife, Janice), of Newtown, Conn.
The family will receive friends this evening at Music Funeral Home from 5 until 7 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Lyman Morris Guy Sr.
A funeral for Lyman Morris Guy Sr. was held Tuesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott O’Neal and the Rev. Den Weniger officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Willene Jordan Turner
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Willene Elizabeth Jordan Turner, 91, was held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. Randall Gunter.
Active pallbearers were Brian Turner, Davis Johnson, Devin Turner, Chuck Ward and Chris Leggett.
Interment was in the Shady Grove Cemetery.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William J. Booth
William J. “Billy” Booth, 88, of Waycross, died Wednesday evening (March 11, 2015) at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Joseph McGreehan Jr.
Joseph McGreehan Jr., 92, of Milledgeville, died early Thursday (March 12, 2015) at Georgia War Veterans Home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.