Herbert E. Bond
Herbert E. Bond, 89, retired Ware County Sheriff died Friday morning (May 8, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a lengthy illness.
He was a native of Pierce County but made his home in Ware County since 1941. He and his wife, the late Allie E. Steedley Bond, were married in 1943 and together they celebrated 70 years of marriage until her death in 2013. He was the son of the late Francis H. Bond and Lula Gill Bond. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Rosalee Barnard Lyons, and brothers, James Roy Bond, Willie Edward Bond and Robert Walter Barnard.
He attended public schools in Pierce and Wayne counties and served with the United States Navy from 1943 until 1945 during World War II.
He began his career in law enforcement in September 1951 with the Waycross Police Department and worked his way up through the ranks to Chief of Police, a position he held for nine years. He served with the Waycross Police Department for a total of 29 ½ years. He was elected sheriff of Ware County in 1980 and served four consecutive terms until retiring in 1997. He was the only person in Waycross and Ware County history to serve as both chief of the Waycross Police Department and sheriff of Ware County. He served as sheriff longer than anyone else in Ware County history.
He graduated from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. He also attended South Georgia College at Douglas, and the University of Georgia Off Campus Center in Waycross. He graduated from LaSalle Extension University of Chicago, Ill., earning a degree in American Law and Procedure, graduated from The Institute of Applied Science in Chicago and from over a hundred other schools and training seminars in law enforcement.
Sheriff Bond was an active member of Second Baptist Church, having served and worshipped there for more than 60 years. He served as deacon and as deacon chairman on several occasions. He also served as Sunday School director, Training Union director and served in the adult choir for many years. He was a member of the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School Class.
He was a member of the Georgia Peace Officer Association, was member Emeritus of Frank C. Folks Lodge No. 192 F&AM, Waycross Chapter No. 9 Royal Arch Masons, Waycross Commandery No. 36, Knights Templar, Albany Consistory of the Scottish Rite Masons, a Shriner and member of the Hasan Temple of Albany, the Waycross Shrine Club, and was a 43-year member of the Waycross Exchange Club.
Sheriff Bond had been honored and recognized numerous times over the years for his accomplishments including the 1963 Exchange Club Officer of the Year, the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal for Outstanding Achievement and Dedication to the maintenance of Law and Order by the National Society of the American Revolution, the Woodmen of The World Outstanding Citizen Award in 1982, the Waycross and Ware County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award for Good Law Enforcement, the Merit Award in Education for Excellence in Leadership and Public Service to all Ware Countians by the Ware County Educators Scholarship Fund, Inc., the Waycross Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds in 2011, and had been recognized on many occasions by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association for Outstanding and Unselfish service to the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes.
Survivors include a daughter, Cecilia McDermott (husband, John J.), of Waycross; a son, Randy Bond (wife, Bonita), of Dixie Union; four grandchildren, Randa Bond and Dustin Bond (wife, Lori), of Dixie Union, April Daoust (husband, Micheal) and Emily McDermott, of Waycross; six great-grandchildren, Joey Williams, Hunter Forsyth, Alexis Bond and Ericka Bond, all of Dixie Union, Hope Lynn and Khloe Daoust, both of Waycross; a brother, Carl Rudolph Bond (wife, Pat), of Pierce County, a sister-in-law, Aline Sikes, of Waycross; numerous nieces, nephews,and other relatives; and his pet Boston Terrier, Deputy Dog.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Second Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Area public safety personnel, the Senior Adult Sunday School Class, the Waycross Exchange Club and Frank C. Folks Lodge No. 192 F&AM are asked to gather at the church at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. James L. Sistar Jr.
Dr. James L. Sistar Jr., 62, of Waycross died Friday afternoon (May 8, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Waycross after a short illness.
He was born in Wilmington, N.C., and moved to Waycross when he was five years old with his parents, the late James Leon Sistar Sr. and Vernell Wells Sistar.
Dr. Sistar received his bachelor of science in biology from Valdosta State University in 1974 and his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., in 1980.
He owned and operated Sistar Eyecare Associates since 1980.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, past president and member of the Waycross Exchange Club, past president and member of the Georgia Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, and was past president and served on the board of the American Heart Association, Waycross Chapter.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Leah Wildes Sistar, of Waycross; one son, James Leon “Jay” Sistar III (wife, Erin Heard Sistar), of Dallas; two grandsons, James Leon “Jamie” Sistar IV and Jacob Lee “Jake” Sistar; one aunt, Louise Ledford, of Charlotte, N.C.; one cousin, Joel Ledford, of Charlotte, N.C.; many friends and close relatives through marriage.
A memorial service was scheduled this morning at 11 at First Presbyterian Church. The family was to receive friends this morning from 9:30 until 10:45 in the sanctuary at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Okefenokee Humane Society, 1501 Blackwell St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John Henry Rainge
John Henry Rainge, 56, of Ellenwood, passed away Wednesday afternoon (May 6, 2015) after an extended illness with his siblings around his bedside.
He was the 10th child born to the late Daniel L. Rainge Sr. and the late Martha Fisher Rainge of Nahunta.
He was educated in the Brantley County School System and was a 1977 graduate of Brantley County High School. After high school, he left Nahunta and relocated to Atlanta.
He was last employed as a forklift driver for Yellow Freight in Atlanta. He had a reputation of being a hard worker, sometimes working two fulltime jobs.
He enjoyed working on cars, fishing and yard work.
He joined Sylvester Baptist Church in Ellenwood. He had a heart for serving his fellowman and was active with the ushers ministry, and served as a youth mentor and Sunday School teacher.
A few years ago, he accompanied his pastor, Dr. C. L. May, on a mission trip to Kenya. He was so moved by the experience that he became even more involved with his church’s activities.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Beverly Jenese Rainge, and one brother, Nathaniel Rainge.
He leaves to mourn one daughter, Catriel Rainge; three grandchildren, Kentrell, Noah and Jacob; five loving and devoted sisters, Shirley Rainge, of Albany, Mary Ruth Thomas, of Killeen, Texas, Barbara Maefield, of Nahunta, Carletha Rainge Bryant, of Waycross, and Dr. Annette Rainge, of Augusta; five brothers, Daniel (Annie Mae) Rainge Jr., of Nahunta, Lester (Sarah) Rainge, of Covington, Carlton (Marie) Rainge, of Blackshear, Marshall (Adrienne) Rainge, of Shellman Bluff, and Curtis (Karen) Rainge, of Papillion, Neb.; two uncles, Jimmy Rainge, of Orlando, Fla., and Samuel Fisher, of Miami, Fla.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A memorial celebration will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Waycross.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501

Arthur P. Knowles
FOLKSTON — Arthur Preston Knowles, 67, of Folkston, passed away at his residence Thursday (May 7, 2015), surrounded by his family.
He was born March 3, 1948 in Folkston. He was employed with the City of Folkston for 20 years and FAA in Hilliard for 25 years.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Laura Geraldine Knowles; a son, Andrew “Andy” Preston Knowles; daughter-in-law, Saralyn (Cissy) Knowles; granddaughter, Kelsie Lynn Knowles; brothers, Emanuel (Martha Ann) Knowles, Gene Knowles, Howard (Bernice) Knowles; one sister, Geraldine Butts; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Jeffery and Lula Knowles, two brothers, Thomas Knowles and Lonnie Knowles, two sisters, Beulah Spradley and Inez Riggins.
A graveside service was to be held at 11 a.m. today at Camp Pinckney Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Hall and Jimmy Parker officiating.
The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made in honor of Arthur Knowles to Camp Pinckney Baptist Church.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home, Folkston.

Sallie Ann Bennett
Sallie Ann Parrish Bennett, 75, of Blackshear, passed away Friday (May 8, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a short illness.
Born in Lake Butler, Fla., Jan. 26, 1940, she lived in Jacksonville for many years before moving to Blackshear in 1979. She a legal secretary having worked in Florida for a number of years and retiring from Robert Little’s office several years ago. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed reading and taking care of her family.
She was a daughter of the late Russell and Josephine Bloom Parrish. She was also preceded in death by a son, Edward Daniel “Danny” Bennett Jr., and by all of her brothers and sisters, Seth Parrish, Eldrid Parrish, Dan Parrish, Juanita Phillips, Dorothy Addison, Iva Thomas and Evelyn Brandon.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Edward Daniel “Ed” Bennett Sr., of Blackshear; a daughter, Gladys Baker, of Jacksonville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Russell and Suzy Bennett, of Blackshear, and Harley and Darlene Bennett, of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Jimmy Baker, Samantha Bennett, Jason Bennett and Richard Smith; three great-grandchildren, Jordyn Brazzale, Gavin Bennett and “Little” Ricky Smith; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Mershon Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization at www.info-komen.org
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia V. Coleman
A memorial service for Virginia M. Voet Coleman was held Saturday morning at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Porky Haynes officiating.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert F. Cowart
A funeral for Robert F. Cowart took place Sunday afternoon at Deenwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Stolte, the Rev. Jarrod Everson and the Rev. Larry Nicholls officiating.
Burial was in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Larry Dixon, Stan Adams, Bruce Boatright, Roy Swain, Dale Godwin and Jerry Godwin.
Honorary pallbearers were Lee Daniels, John Wright, Allen Rigdon, Raymond Smith and Burton Carter.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

Ora Elvera Thornton
A funeral for Ora Elvera Thomas Thornton took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Butch Hickox, the Rev. Van McQuaig, the Rev. Parnell Aldridge and the Rev. Sammy Spradley officiating.
Burial was in Hoboken Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Ricky Hale, Jesse Stevens, Greg Thornton, Ronald Thornton, Jamie Thornton and Rusty Thornton.

Mollie Faye Strickland
A funeral for Mollie Faye Strickland took place Saturday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with her son, Walter Taylor, and other family members officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Jake Strickland, Wesley Taylor, Terry Strickland and W.L. “Dub” Collins.

Della Mae Britton
The funeral for Della Mae Britton, 95, of Goodlette, Tenn., formerly of Blackshear, was held Thursday morning in the chapel of Rainge Memorial Funeral Home; with Brother Robert Atkinson of Northside Church of Christ, Waycross, delivering words of comfort to the waiting congregation.
Burial followed in Shiloh Cemetery, Moore Street, Blackshear.
Final arrangements provided with care by Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc., 505 Ware St., Blackshear.