Rev. Carolyn Wilson
The Rev. Carolyn Sloan Wilson, 82, died Wednesday afternoon (April 29, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
She was a native of Miami, Fla. but lived in Waycross since her childhood. She was the daughter of the late Ward B. Sloan and Ludell McNeal Sloan.
She was a graduate of Waycross High School, and completed her Registered Nurse (RN) training and was capped at the Orangeburg Regional Hospital in Orangeburg, S.C. She later served as a surgical nurse at the Atlantic Coast Line Hospital in Waycross from 1953 until 1961.
She will be most remembered for her love of the Lord and people. She was a longtime member of Grace Chapel, where she served as youth leader from 1960 until 1970. She was ordained into the ministry at Grace Chapel in 1962 and served as associate pastor for many years.
She was appointed as pastor of Grace Chapel in May 1981 and served as the pastor until her retirement in December 1993. The “Crowning” part of her ministry was she founded a ladies prayer group that included women from numerous denominations and churches from the Waycross area. She served as leader of the ladies prayer group from the mid 1980’s until 2012. She will also be remembered for her personal visitation ministry in which she faithfully visited people in their homes, nursing homes and hospitals.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, J. Everett Wilson, of Waycross; a daughter, Cynthia Wilson Eddings (husband, Walt), of Waycross; three grandchildren, Kristin Eddings McCarthy (husband, Dr. Josh), of Waycross, Whitney Eddings Eddins (husband, Clay), of London, England, and J. Kalen Eddings, of Valdosta; three great-grandchildren, David McCarthy, Hannah McCarthy and Samuel McCarthy; two sisters, Christine Sloan Russell (husband, the late James) and Shirley Sloan Grantham (husband, Earl); a brother, James Sloan, all of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A committal service will be held at 9:45 Sunday morning at Oakland Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating her life will follow at 11 a.m. Sunday at Grace Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Saturday evening at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Amy C. Tapley
Amy Cason Tapley, 42, of Waycross, died Tuesday afternoon (April 28, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Jacksonville, Fla., after a brief illness.
She was born in Waycross to Calvin Thomas Cason and Jackie Rowell Cason and lived here most of her life. She was a master cosmetologist and worked at Hair Plus, Ambience and currently worked at Phil’s Creative Touch. She was a member of Deenwood Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Calvin Thomas Cason, and one brother, David Allen Cason.
Survivors include her husband, Otis Eugene “Gene” Tapley Jr., of Waycross; three sons, Cameron Tapley, David Tapley and Jared “Jet” Tapley, all of Waycross; her mother, Jackie Rowell Cason, of Waycross; one brother, Terry Cason (wife, Pam), of Waycross; one nephew, Andy Cason; a great-nephew, Quenton Cason; and a great-niece, Cherokee Cason.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
There will be no service, memorialization will be by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed at
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Harry Steve Neftal
Harry Steve Neftal, 97, died Wednesday morning (April 29, 2015) at Satilla Care Center following a short illness.
He was born in Baltimore, Md. and after serving in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II he moved to Waycross.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Big Brothers Sunday School Class.
He was a son of the late Lewis and Ida Neftal. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian Gattis Neftal.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Juliette Outlaw Capshaw Neftal, of Waycross; two step-sons, Andy Capshaw (wife, Sue), of Blackshear, and Joe Capshaw, of Jacksonville, Fla.; three step-grandchildren, Lynn Rowland (wife, Leann), of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Victor Capshaw (wife, Samantha), of Waycross, and Robbie Capshaw, of Blackshear; three step-great-grandchildren, Will Jones, Sarah Rowland and Natalie Rowland; and a half-brother, Herbert Neftal (wife, Mary), of Upper Marlboro, Md.
A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon at Music Funeral Home from 1:30 until 2:30.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Yvonne B. Griffin
Yvonne B. Griffin, 87, of Waycross, died Thursday night (April 30, 2015) at her residence after a short illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Jerry T. Corbett
Jerry T. Corbett, 76, of Waycross, died Friday morning (May 1, 2015) at Baptist Village.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Ressie Mae Morgan
Ressie Mae Morgan, 70, died Friday morning (April 24, 2015) at her residence following an extended illness.
She was raised in Millwood but resided most of her life in Waycross. She was a homemaker.
She was a daughter of the late Burl Morgan and Allie Mae Herrin Morgan and was also preceded in death by a brother, Dewitt Morgan.
She is survived by her son, Harry Spikes, of Waycross; two grandchildren, Selena Sturges (husband, Boogie), of Waycross, and Teala Spikes (fiancé, Brad Sweat), of Waycross; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Sturges, Jacob Sturges, Ethan Sturges, Pheobe Sturges and Tesa Mae Sweat; and a brother, Robert Morgan, of Brantley County.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Nancy M. Strickland
BLACKSHEAR — Nancy Shirleen Metts Strickland, 64, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday evening (April 29, 2015) surrounded by her loving family at her residence, following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born April 12, 1951 in Alma and lived most of her life in Pierce County.
She was part owner of the Mershon Tractor Company with her husband. She was a working mom who always had time for her children and she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She was a member of Mershon Baptist Church. She lived life to the fullest and considered herself “rich” with good friends and family, whom she especially loved.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Vivian Hipps Metts.
Survivors include her husband, John Earl Strickland II, of Walkerville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy (Duward) Boatright, of Bristol, Betsy (Lance) Davis, of Blackshear; a son, John Earl Strickland III, of Blackshear; her father, Thomas Henry Metts, of Blackshear; a brother and sister-in-law, Tommy (Rhonda) Metts, of Mershon; four grandchildren, Molly Strickland, Duward Boatright III, Ruthie Boatright and Jed Davis; two sisters-in-law, Diann Strickland, of Mershon, and Debra Giddens, of Millwood; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at Mershon Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Mershon Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 2764, Waycross, Ga. 31502 or to Hospice Satilla, 811 Beacon St., Waycross, Ga. 31503.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge of the arrangements.

James L. Nails Sr.
A graveside service for James L. Nails Sr., 77, will be held Saturday in Hazzard Hill Cemetery at 4 p.m. with his daughter, Minster Tammy Nails-Fipps, delivering words of comfort.
He was born May 12, 1937 in Pierce County, to the late Thomas Nails Sr. and Addie Sims Nails. He grew up in Waycross and in 1956 he entered the U.S. Army and separated in 1961 with an honorable discharge. He lived in Lake City, Fla., for many years until his demise. He was in the home remodeling industry.
He departed this life Friday (April 24, 2015) at Malcolm Randall V.A. Medical Center, Gainesville, Fla., after an illness.
Other than his parents he was preceded in death by three siblings, Thomas Nails, Henry Nails and Betty Armstrong.
Survivors include his children, James White, of Waycross, Minster Tammy Nails-Fipps (Albert), of Tampa, Fla., Dorothy Roberson (John), of Miami, Fla.; Jasmine Nails, of West Palm Beach, Fla., James Nails Jr., of the U.S. Air Force, Jamie Nails, of Miami, Fla.; Gary Nails, of Waycross, Angela White, of Jacksonville, Fla., Mark White, of Victorville, Calif., and Brett Nails, of Lake City, Fla.; sisters, Leona Sanders, of Punta Gorda, Fla., Maxine Clark, of Winter Haven, Fla., Mary Nails and Magalena Elam, both of Waycross; brothers, Robert Nails, of Montgomery, Ala., Walter Nails, of Clayton, N.C., and Calvin Nails, of Los Angles, Calif.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Visitation will be today at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Cecil H. Kerby
A funeral for Cecil Hyman Kerby was held Thursday morning at Central Baptist Church Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Brooks and the Rev. Porky Haynes officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Hugh Brooks, Kenny Brooks, Billy Brooks, Bill Hardman and Charles Matthews.
Military honors were provided by the Honor Guard from Fort Stewart Military Base.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.