Dr. W.M. Strickland
Dr. William “Brother Billy” Misner Strickland, 76, went to be with the Lord Sunday (March 22, 2015).
He was born Jan. 17, 1939 in Blackshear, to the late Wilbur and Janie Strickland. He served in the ministry as a pastor for more than 43 years with the last 24 being at First Baptist Church of Oceanway. Only eternity will reveal the lives that have been changed or touched because of what God did through Brother Billy’s life.
He was predeceased by his brother, Alan Strickland, and sister-in-law, Jeannette Strickland.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Anne; son, the Rev. Micah Strickland (Misti); daughter, Kelli Peck (Robert); brother, Jack Strickland; grandchildren, Morgan and Madison Strickland, and R.J. Peck; and a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The funeral was scheduled to be held this morning at 10 o’clock at Oceanway Assembly of God, 12240 Sago Ave. W.
Interment will follow in Arlington Memorial Park.
Visitation was Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Oceanway.
Cedar Bay Funeral Home is serving the family.

Terry Lamar Crosby
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Terry Lamar Crosby, 60, of Fernandina, Fla., passed away Wednesday evening (March 25, 2015) at Baptist Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Blackshear Nov. 19, 1954, he lived in Fernandina for the past 41 years. He was a crew leader for Rock Tenn Corp. and was of the Baptist faith.
He enjoyed fishing and will be remembered as being a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was a son of the late Catherine Geneva Lee Crosby.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hargrave “Sandy” Crosby, of Fernandina; two daughters, Brandy Crosby and Jennifer Crosby, both of Fernandina; two sons, Corey Crosby and Ryan Crosby, both of Fernandina; his father, Joseph Thomas “J.T.” Crosby, of Blackshear; a sister, Edna Odum, of Blackshear; a brother and sister-in-law, Barney and Brenda Crosby, of Blackshear; four grandchildren, Bailee Crosby, Blake Hall, Hayden Crosby, Auden Crosby; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the New Home Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 to 3 Saturday afternoon.
Memorials may be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 2764, Waycross, Ga. 31502.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Johnnie H. Youmans
PATTERSON — Johnnie Velma Howard Youmans, 86, of Patterson, passed away Thursday (March 26, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Born in Patterson April 29, 1928, she lived in Pierce County most of her life. A homemaker, she was a very active member of Patterson Baptist Church having taught the Young Adult Sunday School Class for many years as well as other Sunday School classes. She was also one of the early supporters and volunteers of Hospice Satilla.
She was a former member of the Okefenokee Regional Library board and in her spare time enjoyed gardening.
She was a daughter of the late John and Iona Crawford Howard. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Dr. Bronze Clifford Youmans Sr., a sister, Alene Dixon, and all five of her brothers, Reppard Howard, Elmo Howard, Jasper Howard, Robert “Bobby” Howard and Zane Howard.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Abigail and Garry Wakefield, of Sharpsburg, Lizann and Joe Roberts, of Savannah, and Julie and Ron Titus, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Bronze “Rusty” Clifford Jr. and Jane Youmans, of Patterson; five sisters, Eula Jackson, of Hawthorne, Fla., Vonice Corthell, of St. Simons, Rebecca Harrison, of Swainsboro, Nora Kelly, of Thomasville, and Sue Page, of Hoboken; six grandchildren, Rebecca (Johnny) Thigpen, Sarah (Dathan) McIntosh, Zach (Jennifer) Wakefield, Katie Wakefield, Camille Titus and Bronze Spencer Titus; four great-grandchildren, Daisy Thigpen, Ranson Thigpen, Mason McIntosh and Russ McIntosh; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Patterson Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at Patterson Baptist Church from 1:30 to 2:30 Sunday afternoon.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to Patterson Baptist Church, 5770 E. Main St., Patterson, Ga. 31557.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Harold Riggins Jr.
Harold “Hal” Riggins Jr., 47, of Atlanta, passed away Saturday (March 21, 2015) at Kennestone Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Miami, Fla., Nov. 27, 1967, he lived in Pierce County for several years before moving to Atlanta 10 years ago. He was a 1986 graduate of Pierce County High School and was a proud member of the PCHS Bears baseball team.
Following high school, he still enjoyed playing softball with several of his buddies. He was the former owner of A-1 Economic Exterminating and was currently working in the funeral industry in administration and grounds maintenance for Lincoln Family Group.
He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman, loved the Georgia Bulldogs and was of the Baptist faith. He will be remembered for his big heart, willingness to help anyone in need and being a friend to everyone.
He was the son of the late Harold Riggins Sr.
Survivors include his mother, Margaret “Peggy” Cardone Riggins, of Blue Ridge; his sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Mac Dixon, of Waycross; his brother, Ray Riggins, of Blackshear; nieces and nephew, Leah Dixon, Megan Dixon and Brad Dixon; great-nephews, Maddox McAlpin and Jaxson Douberly; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.
The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the Pearson-Dial Chapel with Arch Bishop Dorian Baxter officiating.
Active pallbearers were Joey Todd, Eric Sapp, John Dupont, Jeffrey Riggins, Keith Tyre and Richard Harris.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Pierce County High School class of 1986 as well as his fellow employees at Lincoln Family Group.
Interment was in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Clarence E. Knowlton
A memorial service for Clarence E. Knowlton was held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gordon Dukes and the Rev. M. Lee Ramsey officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Myrtle Crews Rowell
HORTENSE — The funeral services for Myrtle Mae Crews Rowell, 101, was held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at Twin Rivers Baptist Church.
Officiating were the Rev. Ashley Corbitt and Pastor Jack Sinclair.
Interment was in the Twin Rivers Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Jack Dowling, Scott Rowell, Alex Croy, Allan Clements, Sheldon Rowell and Chad Durden.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. W.M. Strickland
Terry Lamar Crosby
Johnnie H. Youmans
Harold Riggins Jr.
Clarence E. Knowlton
Myrtle Crews Rowell