Mother Mary Wingate
A celebration of life service for Mother Mary Wingate, 88, will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 864 Oak St., where the Rev. Paul Bailey Jr. is pastor and the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr. will offer words of comfort.
The body will lie in repose Monday from 9 a.m. to the hour of service. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Public visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
She was born on July 15, 1927 in Waycross to the late Grant Barker and Lillian Humphrey Barker.
Most of her life was centered in the church. She gave her life to Christ at the age of 12. Her love for Christ was exemplified through the services she rendered as a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church and every mission God set forth in her path. She was vice president of the Mother’s Board Ministry, president of the Deaconess Ministry, advisor of the Pastor Aide Ministry, president of the Senior Choir Ministry, a member of the Lillian B. Walker Mission Society and a devoted member of St. John Missionary Baptist Association, who was a faithful contributor to the scholarship fund.
She was a woman of faith who was a natural humanitarian. She lived to fulfill God’s purpose in life through her devotion to make a difference and support efforts to inspire change. She was a lioness and exuberant in her efforts of cultivating sacred, inspiration events and musical programming for the youth in the Old Nine Community. She served as president of the Old Nine Community Club and choir.
She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Coleman Wingate Sr. on July 29, 1946. This union was blessed with two children, Coleman Jr. and Mary Lee.
She departed this life Sunday (March 20, 2016) after an illness. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a step-father, Alonzo G. Edwards Sr., three siblings, Pearl Barker Hicks, Lula Barker Hall and Lawrence Barker.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Coleman Wingate Jr. and Mary Lee Wingate, both of Waycross; a granddaughter whom she raised as her own, Tammy Joyner, of Waycross; a special nephew, Richard Gordon, of Waycross; a step-sister, Vivian Edwards, of Waycross; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Wingate residence, 830 Satilla Lane.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted Fluker Funeral Home.

James R. Westberry Sr.
James Riley Westberry Sr., 92, of Tallahassee, Fla., died early Thursday morning (March 24, 2016) at the River Chase Health and Rehabilitation in Quincy, Fla., following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear.

Silas Walter Jordan
Silas Walter Jordan, 73, died Thursday afternoon (March 24, 2016) at Wayne County Hospital in Jesup after an extended illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Carol Ann Massey
A graveside memorial service for Carol Ann Adams Massey was held Wednesday morning at Waters Cemetery with Father Bob Cushing officiating.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Davis Dixon
BLACKSHEAR — A memorial service for Patricia Ann “Patsy” Davis Dixon, 74, was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating was her nephew, the Rev. Teke Dixon.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Doris M. Davis
A funeral for Doris M. Davis was held Wednesday afternoon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Danny Stillwell and the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Johnny Rowe, Michael Rowe, Scotty Steverson, Cody Ayala, Derek Dixon and Willis Blacknall.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.