Elrie D. Williams Jr.
A celebration of life service for Elrie Donnie Williams Jr., 98, will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Arnold McKinney Drive, with the church pastor, the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr., offering words of comfort.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
Public visitation will be this evening from 5 to 7 o’clock at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
He departed this life on Saturday (March 5, 2016) at his residence after an extended illness.
Born March 31, 1918, in Telmore, he was the third child of the late Elrie Donnie Williams Sr. and Leola Baldwin Williams. He was joined in holy matrimony to Ethel Thomas Aug. 22, 1939. This union was blessed with four children, Edna Reaunette, Donnelle, Edward and Ann.
He received his formal education from the public school system of Ware County. He was retired from CSX Transportation Company with 32 years of service. He had many hobbies which consisted of carpentry, auto mechanics and farming. He is best described as a caring and gentle man always willing to lend a helping hand.
He joined Oak Grove Baptist Church in Telmore at an early age. Later he became a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where he served on the building committee, trustee board, the Brotherhood of Men of the church and various other organizations.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five siblings, I.G. Williams, Princetta W. Sumner, Rosa W. Murphy, Carrie W. Evers and Lula Lorene Williams.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving and devoted wife of 76 years, Ethel T. Williams; four children, Edna Reaunette Hill Melvin, Donnelle Williams (Earline), Edward Williams (Eva) and Ann Laverne Williams (Lee), all of Atlanta; a grandson that he raised as a son, Jamal Williams, of Atlanta; six siblings, Marie W. Marable, Bill Williams, Mary E. White, Alexander Williams, all of Waycross, Ocie W. Slaughter, of Atlanta, and Martha W. Slias, of Decatur; a sister-in-law, Alice Jordan Williams, of Blackshear; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a special cousin, Leola Inman (Mitchell); special friends, Deacon Joseph W. Rogers and JoAnn Skull; caregivers, Rosetta Johnson Whitfield, Juliette McGauley, Ocilla Young, Jasquella McCray and Shaeketia Black; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Williams residence, 521 Martin Luther King Drive.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Willie Lee Lumpkin Jr.
Willie Lee Lumpkin Jr., 81, of Ambrose, passed away Tuesday (March 1, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., following an extended illness.
He was born on March 3, 1934, in Schley County, to the late Willie Lee Lumpkin Sr. and Minnie Jewel Smith Lumpkin.
He was a past member of the Exchange Club in Waycross and was a past president. He worked and volunteered with the House of Hope food bank at Trinity United Methodist Church and was a member of both the senior choir and chancel choir.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lumpkin, of Ambrose; a son, Timothy Lumpkin, of Homerville; two daughters, Kim (Earl) Mayo, of Ambrose, and Libby (John) Johnson, of Waycross; two sisters, Dolly McDaniel, of Albany, and Martha (A.J) Nobles, of Albany; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sam Vernon and the Rev. David White officiating.
Music was furnished for the service by the Rev. David White “Old Rugged Cross” and the congregation, “How Great Thou Art,” “In The Garden” and “When We All Get To Heaven” with the Rev. White playing the piano.
Active pallbearers were Adam Lumpkin, Michael Mayo, Ryan Mayo, Abe Morris, Hayden Morris, Tim McMillian, Earl Mayo and John Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers were members of his Sunday School class.
Interment followed at Leesburg City Cemetery.
Sims Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Billy Ray Davis Jr.
Billy Ray Davis Jr. passed away Saturday (March 5, 2016) after a brief illness.
He was a loved son, brother, nephew, uncle and cousin.
Family and friends are being received at the family home, 1017 Reed St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Roy M. McGregor
Roy Madison McGregor, 99, of Waycross, died early Saturday morning (March 5, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after a brief illness.
He was born in Macon, son of the late James Madison McGregor and Edith Hoge McGregor. Raised in Lumber City, he moved to Waycross in 1937 after taking a job with Atlantic Coastline Railroad. He made his home in Waycross ever since. He worked as an engineer for more than 40 years before his retirement in 1981.
He served in United States Air Force during World War II. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Waycross. At the age of 96, he wrote and had published a book entitled, “Head O’Steam,” about his time with the railroad and his early childhood in Lumber City. Two of his great passions in life were big band music and ballroom dancing.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Hoge McGregor, James Wilson “Square” McGregor, and three sisters, Helen Elizabeth Fogle, Mary Edith Parker and Anna Laura McGregor.
He is survived by six nieces and nephews, Stephen McGregor Fogle (wife, Cheryl), of Dallas, Texas, Richard Mark Fogle (wife, Linda), of Colleyville, Texas, Pamela Parker Grote (husband, Fred), of Pittsfield, Ill., Peggy Parker Goodner (husband, Greg), of Jonesboro, Ark., Anna McGregor Brice, of Albany, Howard “Hal” McGregor (wife, Lilly), of Valdosta; his special friend, Elsye Henderson, of Waycross; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Lumber City.
The family will receive friends Tuesday morning beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are with Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Ronald E. Peplinski Sr.
Ronald Earle Peplinski Sr., 65, died suddenly Sunday morning (March 6, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.
Cheryl Ann Miller
Cheryl Ann Miller, 68, of Waycross, died early Saturday morning (March 5, 2016) at her residence after a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
James Edward Foster
A funeral for James Edward Foster took place Sunday afternoon at Central Baptist Church with the Rev. Ben Smith, the Rev. Ed Hurst and Dalton Sirmans officiating.
Music was provided by Kevin Moore singing “Lily of the Valley” and “Go Rest High on That Mountain” and Robert Brannon singing “Sweet Beulah Land” and “Some Call it Heaven, I Call it Home.”
Burial took place in Kettle Creek Cemetery with military rites performed by the United States Army.
Serving as active pallbearers were B.J. O’Neal, Joey Taylor, David Taylor, Terry Chancey, Wayne Chancey, Danny Gill, Robbie Gill, Jay Cannington and Jimmy Carter.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Central Baptist Church, Co-Ed 4 Sunday School Class and the Mayo Clinic Auxiliary.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.
Dr. Robert C. Lightfoot
A memorial service for Dr. Robert Charles Lightfoot took place Saturday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Ed Flowers, Dean Thornton, Bruce Laughlin, Mike Moulton and Sheryl Anne Bright delivered words of comfort.
David Eugene Russell
A memorial service for David Eugene Russell took place Saturday morning in the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Donnie Durrence and Daryl Landry officiated.
Elsie W. McAllester
A memorial service for Eslie Elizabeth Williams McAllester was held Saturday afternoon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel in Waycross.
Bennie Williams officiated.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.