Dr. Shirley Ruth Miller
Dr. Shirley Ruth Dowling Miller, 76, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family and caregivers Saturday evening (March 14, 2015) following an extended illness.
She was a native of Brantley County but resided in Waycross most of her life. She received her Ph.D. degree in higher education cognate psychology from Georgia State University. She taught several hundred students at Okefenokee Technical Institute to become licensed practical nurses for 25 years.
Following her retirement, OTI established the Dr. Shirley D. Miller Nursing Scholarship in recognition of her belief in the educational process and her contributions to and support of OTI. It is awarded to a nursing student entering his or her final term who has excelled in the program.  Prior to working at OTI, she was employed for Dr. Bickerstaff, Dr. O’Connell, Dr. Farris and Dr. Brown.
She was also chairman of the Southeast Practical Nursing Consortia and committee chair for the Satilla Health Foundation.  Other professional affiliations include past president of the Georgia Nurses Association, officer of Health Occupation Educators Association, executive board of Health System Agency of Southeast Georgia and a member of American Vocational Association.
She was actively involved in many community organizations including education chair and board member of the Ware County units of the American Heart Association and American Cancer Association, Pilot Club and United Way of Ware County, and was a charter member of Deenwood Baptist Church.
She was the daughter of the late Ellis Dowling and Nell Henkle Dowling. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Dowling.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Joseph Ray Miller Sr., of Waycross (former president of Okefenokee Technical Institute); seven children, Cyndie Cowart Dixon (Larry), of Waycross, Cammy Cowart Smith (Mike), of Waycross, Connie Cowart Adams (Stan), of Douglas, Christy Cowart Miller (Joe), of Waycross, Wanda Miller Verne (Rich), of Jacksonville, Fla., Joseph Ray Miller Jr., (Christy), of Waycross, and Mike Miller (Maggie), of Charleston, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, Carlie Dixon, Courtney Dixon Mero (Mike), Caleb Dixon, Bradley Smith, Betsy Smith Sealy (Ryan), Clayton Adams, Lawton Adams, Jake Leverett (Cilla), Austin Leverett, Joseph Ray Miller III; two great-grandchildren, Blake Leverett and Charlotte Mero; a sister, Bunny Howell, of Waycross; two brothers, Danny Dowling, of Blackshear, and Billy Dowling, of Waycross; three devoted caregivers, Sandy Moody, April Herrin and Lori Dixon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday at Deenwood Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hoboken City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon at the church from 2:30 until 4 o’clock.
Any of Dr. Miller’s former students are asked to meet at the church on Wednesday afternoon by 3:40 p.m. to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

‘Quita’ Laughinghouse
Jacquita C. “Quita” Laughinghouse, 84, died Sunday morning (March 15, 2015) at her residence following an extended illness.
She was a native of Brantley County but lived most of her life in Waycross. She was the wife of the late L.T. Laughinghouse Sr. and daughter of the late Everett Cecil Carter and Leila Strickland Carter.
She was former owner of Little Star Food Store on Albany Avenue, and Laughinghouse Properties.
She was a member of Christ Church, the Red Hat Society and was a former member of the Women’s Auxiliary of University Blvd. Church of God.
During her life she supported many local organizations that helped people in need. She was a modern day Good Samaritan who helped many people through the years.
Survivors include a son, L.T. “Landy” Laughinghouse Jr., of Waycross; a granddaughter, Serenity Rose Laughinghouse, of Waycross; two brothers, Royce Carter (wife, Carolyn), of Blackshear, and Vance Carter (wife, Joe Ann), of Waycross; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her older sisters, Darceil Cheshire and Syveta Griffin.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Music Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in the Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Tuesday 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.

Joseph Carl Sapp
BLACKSHEAR — Joseph Carl Sapp, 78, of Blackshear, passed away Saturday (March 14, 2015) at his residence following a lengthy illness.
Born in Hoboken, Jan. 11, 1937, he lived in Jacksonville, Fla., for many years before returning to Pierce County in 1984. He was the retired owner and operator or Carl Sapp Electric & A/C Service and was also a retired member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
He was a member of St. Johns Methodist Church.  He was an avid hunter and was an honorary member of the Pierce County Hunting Club. He also enjoyed fishing and will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was a son of the late Arthur Allen and Azalie Shuman Sapp.  He was also preceded in death by his infant sister, Clara Jo Sapp, and by two brothers, John Earl Sapp, his twin, and by Robert Sapp.
Survivors include his wife, Ruthie Aldridge Sapp, of Blackshear; four sons and daughters-in-law, Kenny and Judy Sapp, of Jacksonville, and Mark and Mary Sapp, Eric and Mysti Sapp and Greg and Carmen Sapp, all of Blackshear; three brothers, Eddie Sapp, Allen (Linda) Sapp and Ray (Lorrie) Sapp, all of Blackshear; a sister-in-law, Eloise Sapp, of Blackshear; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the St. Johns Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Moore Thrift
A funeral for Barbara Moore Thrift took place Sunday afternoon at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Russell officiating.
Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Jeremy Joiner, Kevin Ketchem, Jason Ketchem, Alex Fletcher, Jamey Fletcher, Brittini Price, Lexi Price, Dylan Dykes and Devin Dykes.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Class of Love Sunday School Class and the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

William ‘Billy’ Booth
A funeral for William “Billy” Jesse Booth was held Saturday afternoon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doug Walker and the Rev. David White officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery with a military tribute by the U.S. Navy.
Pallbearers were Jim Booth Jr., Kenny Booth, Steve Jackson, Chris Jackson, David Bell and B.J. Helmuth.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Berniece Smith Waters
A funeral for Berniece Smith Waters was held Friday afternoon at Kettle Creek Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Clark officiating.
Burial followed in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Smith, Clayton Smith, Drew Smith, Kevin Smith, Chris Smith and Zach Martin.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Edna Solomon
A funeral service for Edna Faye Deloach Solomon was held Sunday afternoon at Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Clarke Lee and Elder Johnny Lee officiating.
Burial followed in Piney Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Andrew Moses, Daniel Boone, Hardy Solomon, Clifton Bennett, Raymond O’Neill, Matthew Boone, Jason O’Neal, and Todd Bennett.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Alphilee D. Dowling
A funeral service for Alphilee Dubberly Dowling took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. R.C. James officiating.  Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Trey Dowling, Matthew Evans, Ernie Mitchell, Cheston Hyers, J.D. Hyers, Cole Smith, Donald Griffin, Robert Griffin and Allie Smith.

Barbara Latrell Lewis
A funeral for Barbara Latrell Lewis took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Freddie Smith officiating.
Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Tommy Banks, Donnie Kimbrell, Brown Kimbrell, Bronze Kimbrell, Timmy Wright and Kennsel Bennett.
Honorary pallbearer was Lowell Shuman.

Savannah R. Miller
A funeral service for Miss Savannah Renee Miller took place Saturday morning in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ryan Tremmel officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Jonathon Jones, Brandon Bennett, Evan Wilson, Brooks Smith and Jeffrey Lankford.