Karen Elaine Chesser
Karen Elaine Chesser, 73, of Mathews County, Va., passed away peacefully Saturday (April 30, 2016) at the family residence of Joe L. Chesser, of Folkston, following an extended illness.
She was born in San Diego, Calif., to William “Chris” and Jewell Weems Christiansen, both of Roswell, on March 20, 1943. She was preceded in death by both her parents.
She attended the University of Georgia where she met her loving husband, Aaron Chesser. They both relocated to the Washington, D.C. area in the early 1960s. She worked at the Arlington Bank and Trust and later for U.S. Airways in Crystal City, Arlington, Va., where she retired in 1996. They relocated to Susan, Va., where they delighted in catching crabs in Mobjack Bay and growing vegetables in their gardens as she and her husband raised “give-away” vegetables for the neighbors for a number of years.
She enjoyed being a member of the Newpoint Homemakers Club and was the secretary for several years. Meetings were rotated among members. She was secretary to the Northern Virginia Football Club in Falls Church, Va. She ran the concession for the youngsters in weight classes ranging from 75 to 150 and numbering 8-11 teams, including cheerleaders.
She is survived by her husband, Aaron Chesser of Susan, Va.; her children, Jeffrey K. Chesser, of Chantilly, Va., Kevin M. Chesser, of Charlottesville, Va., Holly D. Green, of Chantilly, Va.; grandchildren, Mark J., Adam L. and Kyle N. Chesser, all of Ballivor, Colo., Meath Ireland and Aaron J. Chesser, of Mansfield, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Catherine M. Chesser, of Ballivor, Colo., Meath Ireland; son-in-law, Carl Green, of Chantilly, Va.; two brothers, Stephen L. and Lisa Christiansen, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Gary C. and Debi Christiansen, of Baxter, Tenn.; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Hank Sirmans, Greg Sirmans, Tracy Chesser, Hal Chesser and Joseph Chesser. Honorary pallbearers will be Sheppard “Shep” Brock, Gary Gowen and Randy Gowen.
The family was to receive friends at 10 o’clock this morning at Philadelphia Free Will Baptist Church near Folkston.
The funeral was scheduled at 11 a.m. today with the Rev. Stephen Jackson and the Rev. Gene McCullough officiating.
Burial is to follow in Sardis Cemetery.
The family request in lieu of flowers a donation be made to Heartland Hospice Care, 1109 Fountain Lake Drive, Brunswick, Ga. 31525.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest register at www.shepardrobersonfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Roberson Funeral Home, Folkston.

Talma Lee Johnson
Talma Lee Dixon Johnson, 81, of Offerman, died early Sunday morning (May 1, 2016)) surrounded by her family at her residence following an extended illness.
Born April 1, 1935 to the late Elmer and Ivey Lee Ratliff Dixon, she was a lifelong resident of Pierce County. She was the owner of Tammy’s Café in Patterson, and was a longtime cook for the Patterson Café but was happiest being a housewife and mother. She was a member of Offerman Baptist Church and the Faith Sunday School Class. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Clay Johnson, a son, William O. “Billy” Johnson, a grandson, Timmy Lowman, a granddaughter, Brandy Johnson, three sisters, Joan Matthews, Lawanna Smith and Betty Swindell; and five brothers, Harry Dixon, Kenneth Dixon, Jerry Dixon, Durwood Dixon and Gene Dixon.
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Ann O’Berry (husband, James), of Blackshear, Tammy Janine Bowman (husband, Bill), and Lisa Dale Hardrick (husband, Jerry), both of Offerman; son, Randy Clay Johnson, of Offerman; a daughter-in-law, Linda Schenck, of Waycross; 11 grandchildren, Rodney Johnson, Jarod Johnson, Sabrina Stevens, Matthew O’Berry, Kerrie Dawson, Dana Downing, Elliot Johnson, Nick Chancey, Samuel Sweeney, Adam Chancey and Sarah Crawford; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara Mae Chancey, of Blackshear; a brother, Larry Dixon, of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. at Offerman Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Offerman Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 7 until 9 o’clock at the funeral home.
The family requests members of Offerman Baptist Church Faith Sunday School Class to serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to be at the church by 1:40 p.m. Thursday.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Grace Jordan
Grace Jordan, 86, died Saturday night (April 30, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County. She was a homemaker and member of Rome Primitive Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tim King and Letha Williams King, her husband, Ezekiel David “E.D.” Jordan, and one son, Gary Jordan.
Survivors include one son, Gene Jordan (wife, Ruth Anne), of Waycross; two grandchildren, Kristie Bennett (Kev) and Dave Jordan (Eleanor); four great-grandchildren, Kayla and Brady Bennett, Wes and Jacob Jordan; two sisters, Jewell Hersey, of Blackshear, and Ethel Edenfield, of Jesup; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Rome Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

James H. Lawrence Jr.
James Hamilton “Jimmy” Lawrence Jr., 73, of Waycross, died Saturday (April 30, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Mark L. Hickson
Mark L. “M.L.” Hickson, 86, of Waycross, died Sunday night (May 1, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Teresa Taylor
Teresa Taylor, 59, of Waycross, passed away Sunday (May 1, 2016) at Satilla Care Center, Waycross, with loved ones at her bed side.
She was the wife of Willie Taylor. The family is receiving friends at 1900 Gibbs St.
Arrangements and a complete list of survivors will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Chapel.

Artice Mae Johnson
Artice Mae Wilson Johnson, 83, passed away at home Friday (April 29, 2016) after an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of Waycross, she was born May 10, 1932. She was a retiree of Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. She was preceded in death by her husband, Algier Lee Johnson Sr., her parents, Richard and Cornelia Wilson, two sisters, Verndell Brown and Myrtice Bellamy, and one brother, Alton Wilson.
She is survived by two daughters, Selena M. Harris, of Waycross, and Tanya E. O’Neal (husband, Michael), of Macon; one son, Algier Lee Johns Jr. (wife, Rosetta), of Macon; three grandchildren, Michael O’Neal III, of Atlanta, Keisha McDowell (husband, Trey), of Macon, and LaTanya Johnson, of Knoxville, Tenn.; three sisters, Vivian Pierce, of Waycross, Thewana Parrish, of Portsmouth, Va., and Terrie McGauley (husband, Marion), of Blackshear; one brother, Clinton Wilson (wife, Mopsy), of Savannah; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, extended family and loving friends.
She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.
The family is receiving friends at her home, 321 Glass St., Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Mary Jane Thigpen
A funeral for Mary Jane Thigpen took place Saturday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Jackson Howell conducting, Bishop Kim Hood presiding and Brother Michael Mobley speaking.
Burial took place in Little Utah Cemetery with dedication of the grave by Stephen Hutcheson.
Serving as pallbearers were Drew Barber, Hunter Barber, Landon Barber, Erin Musgrove, Jason Musgrove and Calvin Thigpen.