Mother Alma Walker
Mother Alma Geneva Walker, 102, departed this life on Saturday (May 2, 2015) at St. Vincent Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla., after an illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Charlton County, the daughter of the late Walter Garard and Reaner Hymon Garard. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Walker. She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church of St. Mathews in Folkston where she served as church mother.
Survivors include two daughters, Maxine Walker Lynch and Viola Mae Walker Dean (Charlie Sr.)m both of Folkston; 10 grandchildren; and other relatives.
Friends are being received at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Charlie Dean Sr. and Viola M. Dean, 209 Alma Walker Road, Folkston.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Robert Lee Smith Jr.
Robert Lee “Rusty” Smith Jr., 68, of Waycross, died Saturday afternoon (May 2, 2015) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
He was born in Waycross to the late Robert Lee Smith Sr. and Verne Murray Smith. He made Waycross his home for most of his life.
He graduated from Waycross High School in the class of 1964. From there, he attended South Georgia College where he graduated in 1966 and then earned his bachelor degree in business administration from Georgia Southern University in 1968.
He was a “Breadman” with Derst Baking Company for more than 30 years before he retired in the spring of 2013.
He loved spending time with his family, friends and his beloved dog “Pork Chop.” He loved food and would often gather them together for cookouts. When his son Buck was younger, he served as the leader of his Cub Scout Troup. He was an avid reader of Civil War history and enjoyed watching Georgia football.
He loved living life simple. Even in 2015 he still liked to look at life and live it as if it were the 1950s. He was a member of Carswell Avenue Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy Smith, of Waycross; four children, Christi Smith Morneault (husband, Brian), of El Paso, Texas, Robert Lee “Buck” Smith III (wife, Julie), of Waycross, David King (wife, Mary), of Waycross, Jennifer Farmer, of Blackshear; seven grandchildren, Cuyler Morneault, Colby Morneault, Emma Smith, Shelby Smith, Charles King, Emily King and Morgan Farmer; three sisters, Gloria Bowen, of Waycross, Kathy Baker (husband, Tommy), of Statesboro, Susie Ault (husband, Jay), of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Nancy Johnson (husband, Danny), of Brunswick; his beloved dog, “Pork Chop”; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Members of Carswell Avenue Christian Church have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the funeral home by 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Betty Wood Sowell
Betty Wood Blair Sowell, 80, died Sunday morning (May 3, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
She was born and raised in Atlanta, but she made her home in Waycross since 1973. She graduated from Oglethorpe Business College and she was employed as a medical office manager for Georgia Baptist Hospital and Crawford-Long Hospital in Atlanta, and for Dr. Nayak in Waycross. She was a member of Second Baptist Church.
She was daughter of the late Orin Lee Wood and Nettie Florence Mayo Wood. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Billy Fred Blair, her second husband, James U. “Mutt” Sowell, and all her brothers and sisters.
Survivors include six children, Holly Francis (Jerry), of Atlanta, Steven Patrick Blair (Debbie), of Middleburg, Fla., and Wendy Peacock (Timmie), of Waycross, Bonnie Bickerstaff, of Waycross, James Michael Sowell, of Waycross, and Robin “Rabbit” Sowell (Nikki), of Waresboro; nine grandchildren, Jerry Francis (Ashley), of Atlanta, Billy Blair (Jenny), of Middleburg, Fla., Steven Blair (Maggie), of Middleburg, Fla., Blair Peacock (Gary), of Blackshear, Sidney Peacock, of Waycross, Savannah Pearce, of Waycross, Warren Bickerstaff, of North Carolina, Chrissie Taylor (Jeremy), of Blackshear, and Taylor Sowell, of Waycross; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, “Woodrow.”
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at the funeral home
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Robert F. Morgan
Robert F. Morgan, 74, of Waycross, died Saturday afternoon (May 2, 2015) at Satilla Care Center in Waycross after an extended illness.
Arrangements will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Diane Reese Perry
BLACKSHEAR — Diane Adle Reese Perry, 74, of Blackshear, passed away late Saturday night (May 2, 2015) at her residence.
Born in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 2, 1941, she lived in Italy for three years because of her husband’s career, followed by a move to Texas and then back to Jacksonville before making Pierce County her home for the last 16.5 years. She worked in the Textile business while in Jacksonville but settled into being a housewife and devoted grandmother the last several years. She was a member of Bristol Baptist Church and enjoyed playing bingo and eating her dill pickles and olives. She dearly loved her grandchildren who gave her the greatest joy.
She was a daughter of the late David William and Pearl Love Reese. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold Duane Perry, a granddaughter, Paula Busher, and a brother, David Henry Reese.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Gary Bagley, of Blackshear; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Diana Allen, of Jacksonville, and Robert and Jina Perry, of Blackshear; two brothers, Michael and Jean Reese and Robert Reese, all of Jacksonville; nine grandchildren, Brandi and Chase Godwin, Mike Bagley, Christian Perry, Jesse Perry, Nancy McDaniel, Alexis Baker, Rita and Carlos Mosquera, Carrie and Robert Franklin, and Dina and Fred Balow; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock at Bristol Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Bristol Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
The family kindly requests that all Pierce County Board of Education lunchroom staff serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to meet at the church by 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard Paul Dukes
Richard Paul Dukes, 68, of Waycross, died Sunday morning (May 3, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Waycross after a brief illness.
He was born in Ware County to the late Lester Dukes and Annie Mae Thomas Dukes. He made Waycross his home for his entire life. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Georgia Chips in Offerman and will always be remembered as a man who worked hard all of his life.
He loved to hunt, fish and grow tomatoes. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Cribb, and a brother, Lester Dukes.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Dukes, of Waycross; two children, Andrew Dukes (wife, Rhonda), of Waycross, Paula Cardwell (husband, Chris), of Indianapolis, Ind.; five grandchildren, Shelby Canevit, Harley Canevit, Andrea Dukes, Justin Dukes, Megan Dukes; a great-grandchild, Hunter Canevit; two sisters, Patsy York (husband, Bobby), of Waycross, Annette Hulett, of Waycross; a brother, Jimmy Dukes (wife, Susan), of Waresboro; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Nancy M. Strickland
MERSHON — A celebration of life for Nancy Shirleen Metts Strickland, 64, was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Mershon Baptist Church.
Officiating were the Rev. R.C. James and the Rev. Michael Barnes.
Interment was in the Mershon Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Kevin Metts, Jake Giddens, Landon Miles, Will Metts, Greg Giddens and Bryan Clark.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Carolyn S. Wilson
A funeral service for the Rev. Carolyn Sloan Wilson took place Sunday morning at Grace Chapel Church with Pastor Joshua Abernathy and Pastor Micky Gloss officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

Harry Steve Neftal
A graveside service for Harry Steve Neftal took place Saturday afternoon in Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Doug Walker officiating.
Military rites were performed by the United States Army.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

Willie Lee Woods
A celebration of life for Willie Lee “Catfish” Woods took place Saturday morning at New Life Church with the Rev. Andy Peacock officiating and Pastor Kenneth Kirksey presiding.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Steve Woods, Terry Szeker, Joseph Twiggs, Darryl Jones, Dwight Miller and Malcolm Gainer.
Honorary pallbearers were CSX co-workers.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.