J.S. Goddard Sr.
J.W. Goddard Sr., 92, died Tuesday morning (March 3, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
He was a native of Conyers, but lived most of his life in Waycross. He graduated high school in Conyers, and completed radar training at North Carolina State and Georgia Tech for the U.S. Army/Air Force. As a military serviceman (Tec 5), he served in the Pacific Theater where he obtained four bronze stars.
He retired from National Cash Register (NCR) for whom he claimed the nation’s leading salesman for several years. He served on the Okefenokee Area Council Boy Scouts of America executive board, the Kiwanis Club and the Gideon’s as a lay speaker. He will also be remembered for his passion of fishing. He was a member of Central Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Julius Gordon Goddard and Mildred White Goddard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elion Smith Goddard, one son, Michael Ray Goddard Sr., and two sisters, Floree Pattillo and Irene Morgan.
Survivors include one son, J.W. “Jake” Goddard Jr. (Kathy), of Perry; two grandsons, Michael R. Goddard Jr. (Shannon), of Waycross, and Rodger Goddard Sr. (Athena), of Douglas; four great-grandchildren, Nicole Johnson (Corey), Jade Gage (Kyle), Rodger Goddard Jr. and Aaron Goddard; four great-great-grandchildren, Randy Goddard, Coen Johnson, Eli Gage and Hunter Johnson; one daughter-in-law, Patsy Rowell (Charles), of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Elmon Lester Courson
Elmon Lester Courson, 84, of Waycross, passed away early Wednesday morning (March 4, 2015) at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Blackshear, Oct. 2, 1930, he lived in Pierce and Ware counties all of his life. He was a graduate of Patterson High School and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a retired carman with CSX Transportation, was an avid quail hunter and loved fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brunie Edward and Isabell “Bell” Altman Courson. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Sybil Courson and Reba Diane Courson, his son and daughter-in-law, Earl and Joyce Courson; a sister, Jewell Courson, and both of his brothers, Ellie Courson and Roswell Courson.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Rosaline Margaret Anderson Courson, of Waycross; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and John Swain, of Waycross; a sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Jessie Crawford, of Blackshear; four grandchildren, Christy Swain (fiance’, Jason Reed), Jeremy (Jennifer) Swain, Brandon (Elizabeth) Strickland and Tara Courson; four great-grandchildren, Katy Wimberly, Brittany Wimberly, Karlynn Swain and Levi Strickland; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Laura Chapel Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jason Scott Sundy
Jason Scott Sundy, 51, recently of Pine Mountain, died on Friday (Feb. 20, 2015) at Columbus Hospice in Columbus.
He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends and all who knew him.
He leaves behind his parents, Roger and Neomia Sundy; his sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Tom Brown; his aunts and uncles, Ardeth and DeVoy Brooks, and Cynthia and Kerry Epting; his aunt, Joan Alice Jordan; his nieces, Shannon McGinty and Annalee McGinty; his nephews, P.C. Brown and Benjamin Brown; and a host of wonderful cousins from coast to coast.
In addition, he had some very special relationships with his “Significant Other,” Ann Marie Rogers, his “sister,” Judy Scott Weingarten, and his Danish “brothers,” Karsten Pedersen and Claus Madsen.
He was born at DeKalb General Hospital, Decatur, DeKalb County, Oct. 18, 1963. He began life with the challenge of living with Down Syndrome. He met this and other challenges with joy and love. He loved many activities, vacations at Jekyll Island, travel across the country to destinations from California to The White House in Washington, D.C., to Maine, as well as Nova Scotia, Canada. He also enjoyed putt-putt golf, nine-hole golf and bowling.
He attended Fairhaven School on Springdale Road in Atlanta 1968-1969; DeKalb Training Center in Scottdale, 1969-70; Robert Shaw Center in Scottdale, 1970-1979, and Margaret Harris High School in Atlanta, 1979-1986, where he received his special education diploma on June 11, 1986.
He was baptized into the Christian faith on Nov. 8, 1987, at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, by the Rev. T. Melvin Williams Jr. He remained a member of this church for the rest of his life and was a founding member of the All Right Sunday School Class.
With the strong support of his church and the Developmental Disabilities Ministries, Inc. — at the time an agency of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home of the Georgia Baptist Convention, he was enabled to move to the Hess Home in Avondale Estates and live in that community independent of his family. He was one of the original residents of that home and lived there for 25 years of his life. It was there that he made many life-long friends, among both his fellow residents and the home staff.
He was employed from 1987 until 2014 by DeKalb Enterprises, Inc., a sheltered workshop serving DeKalb County citizens, where he had many friends and fellow workers.
One year ago Jason said, “I need my family.” Since Feb. 23, 2014, he has lived with declining health in the care of his parents and other wonderful helpers at the family home in Pine Mountain.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, a memorial service will be held in the sanctuary followed by a reception in the fellowship hall at Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur.
A graveside service and interment will follow at 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Cemetery in Waycross.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jason Sundy may be given to DDM, Inc., 6320 Amherst Court, Norcross, Ga. 30092 or Oakhurst Baptist Church, Building Fund, 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur, Ga. 30030.
Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com
Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, Ga. 30240 (706) 884-8636.

Wilma S. Summerall
Wilma Sweat Summerall, 93, died Tuesday afternoon (March 3, 2015) at Satilla Care Center following an extended illness.
She was a native and life-long resident of Ware County. She was the wife of the late Charles W. “C.W.” Summerall, and one of 13 children born to Joseph Atwell Sweat and Mary Jane Jordan Sweat. She was also preceded in death by siblings, Otis Sweat Sr., Alvin Sweat, Brantley Sweat, Norman Sweat, Horace Sweat, Joseph Sweat, Rosalee Sanders, Betty Youmans, Annie Thornton and Wannie Taylor.
She was a graduate of Wacona High School and a member of Ware Terrace Baptist Church. She loved working in her rose gardens and watching birds. She will be remembered as one that was always there to lend a helping hand to family and friends and also was very involved in helping raise her nieces and nephews.
Survivors include two sisters, Jeanette Brown, of Waycross, and Mary Agnes Rose, of Tifton; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside memorial service was held Thursday afternoon in Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. David Merck and Brother Doug Todd officiating.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

David ‘Ryan’ Bokor
A memorial service for David “Ryan” Bokor, 27, was held 6 p.m. Thursday at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating.
Memorialization is by cremation.
Active pallbearers included Kyle Pittman, Robbie Hullett, Joey Hullett, Drew DeLoach, Dustin Hodges and Adam Myers.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Bennett
A funeral for Mary Bennett, 76, of Blackshear, took place Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward Cady and the Rev. Joe Thigpen officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were James Bennett, Rodney Bennett, Neal Bennett, Greg Bennett, Brandon Bennett, Andrew Bennett, Cary Bennett, Justin Bridges and Jim Waters.
Honorary pallbearers were Glenda Dowling, Sue Thornton, Norma Waters, Ester Deen, Eleanor Yeomans, Shirley Thigpen, Sharon Roberson and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputies and staff.
Burial followed in the Alabaha Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce M. St. Germaine
A memorial service for Joyce M. St. Germaine was held Thursday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rodney Thrift officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.