Isaac W. Highsmith
Isaac Wesley Highsmith went to be with the Lord Friday (May 6, 2016) at the age of 82 following a prolonged illness.
He was born in Ware County and attended Woodard-Godwin School and Wacona High School before entering the U.S. Air Force as a flight chief of a team who won many commendations as Top Team.
After leaving the Air Force as staff sergeant, he began work at Lockheed Aircraft and then became the manager of Gordy Aircraft Tire Company in Atlanta and attended Georgia Tech.
After moving back to Waycross he bought a cabinet wood-working business and later brought the developers of the mall to Waycross which he managed for 10 years. He also made numerous mission trips to Mexico, China and Israel ministering for God. Wesley will also be remembered for his unwavering faith in God and his love for his family. His family was his heart!
He was a son of the late John Reyma Highsmith and Zillie Thrift Highsmith. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Edmund “Buddy” Highsmith, Harvey Highsmith, Florenz Highsmith and wife Betty Carol Taylor Highsmith, Winston Highsmith and wife Patricia Vaughn Highsmith and Eli Highsmith, and his brother-in-law, Perry Butler.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol Thomas Highsmith; three children, John Wesley Highsmith (wife, Tami), Pamela Dee Kirkland (fiance, Don Grahn), and Eric Lee Highsmith (wife, Dawn); eight grandchildren, Josh James (wife, Valerie), Hali Shropshire (husband, Christopher), Ion Highsmith (wife, Sarah), Jacob Highsmith, Victoria Highsmith, Rainey Sanders, Tangie Stone and Koah Vincent; seven great-grandchildren, Kyomi James, Kykio James, Kaia James, Harrison Shropshire, Maxwell Shropshire, Isaac Highsmith and Evan Highsmith; his twin brother, Lesley Highsmith (wife, Myrtie); four sisters, Josephine Jolley (husband, Bill), Myrna Sullivan (husband, Haukland), Lyndall Howard and Lavern Butler; two brothers, Ronnie Thrift (wife, Janice) and Michael Highsmith (wife, Cindy); sisters-in-law, Vertie Lee Highsmith, Geneva Highsmith and Elizabeth Highsmith; an uncle, Bill Highsmith; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends all of which are well loved, close blessings to Wesley and Carol.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10 until 11 a.m. at Christian Renewal Church, 4265 Norwich St., Brunswick. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in his honor to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501 or Care Net, 3548 Community Road, Brunswick, Ga. 31520.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Joyce Britt
Joyce Britt, 91, of Nahunta, left this Earth for her Heavenly Home Friday (May 6, 2016) surrounded by her family at Bayview Nursing Home in Nahunta.
She was born July 24, 1924 in Brantley County to Moses and Linnie Strickland Griffin, both of whom preceded her in death.
During World War II, she worked at the J.A. Jones Shipyard in Brunswick as a welder building Liberty Ships.
After moving to St. Marys and having her children, she worked at Gilman Paper Company’s Kraft Bag Division for several years.
During the late 1960s to the mid 1970s, she assisted with the management of the B&H Gulf Station, owned by her and her husband, Joe, together with Herschell and Nelvaline Howell.
She was a proud Emeritus Member in the Eastern Star.
She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She always opened her door to her family members, close and extended, and anyone in need of comfort and care. She was of gentle spirit and kind heart. She loved and followed her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and followed his teachings all the days of her life. She was a living testament to God’s graces and blessings and allowed his life and goodness to shine through her for all to see.
She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Davis, who gave his life in World War II fighting for ally freedom in Europe.
She was also preceded in death by her husband and faithful partner in life for 59 years, Joseph A. Britt Sr.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Theodore Griffin, P.Q. Griffin, Dempsey Griffin and Miller Griffin, and three sisters, Dorothy Davis O’Steen, Doris Fewox Beck and Karen Griffin.
She is survived by three daughters, Jeanne (Johnny) Walker, of Lake Village, Ark., Jan (Kenny) Miller, of White Oak, Judy Britt, of St. Marys; one son, Joseph (Melanie) Britt Jr., of St. Marys; eight grandchildren, Britt (Erica) Miller, of White Oak, Jana (Tim) Underwood, of Southaven, Miss., Lagenia (Darrell) Highsmith, of Jacksonville, Fla., Trey (Donna) Britt, of Kingsland, Allen (Alexis) Britt, of St. Marys, Evan (Tiffany) Britt, of St. Marys, Christina (Heath) Haynes, Jimmy Armantrout; 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Catherine (Donald) Strickland, of Townsend, Wanda Hagin, of Waycross, Cora Bell Dowling, of Hoboken; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Honorary pallbearers will be the caretakers of Bayview Nursing Home in Nahunta and they are asked to gather at the funeral home by 10:45 a.m. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy ‘Bimbo’ Jacobs
BLACKSHEAR — Billy Henry “Bimbo” Jacobs, 62, of Blackshear, passed away Friday morning (May 6, 2016) at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Waycross July 3, 1953, he lived in Pierce County all of his life. He was a mechanic and was a born again Christian having accepted the Lord as his personal savior. He dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren.
He was a son of the late Homer Eldon and Viola Reather Drawdy Jacobs. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Janis Pressley, and by three brothers, Freddie Jacobs, Dave Jacobs and Johnny Jacobs.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Debra Hutto Jacobs, of Blackshear; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kerry and John Corbitt and Kristy Hughes (fiancé, Andy Knowlton), all of Blackshear; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Billy and Stephanie Jacobs, of North Augusta, S.C., and Jarad Jacobs, of Blackshear; a sister, Karen (Steve) Dixon, of Blackshear; a brother, Kenny (Deb) Jacobs, of Conover, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Abigayle Jacobs, Emily Jacobs, Dylan (Taylor) Corbitt, Matthew Corbitt, Haley Anna Mercer, Jake Hughes, Caden Jacobs and Bryce Jacobs; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 1 o’clock this afternoon at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Shiloh Cemetery.
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.

Daniel R. Pope Jr.
Daniel R. Pope Jr., 68, died Wednesday (May 4, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was a native of Lumpkin, but he lived most of his life in Waycross. Following graduation from Center High School in 1966, he served in the United States Army. After his military service, he became a self-employed contracted welder by the military. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel R. Pope Sr. and Addie Mae Morton Pope, two brothers, Willie Fred Pope and Samuel C. Pope, and two sisters, Sheila Pope and Annie Louis Pope-Walker.
Survivors include one daughter, LaTisha Smith-Pope, of Waycross; two grandsons, Zhyloyn Smith and Quandarius Kennedy; one great-grandchild, Amauri Fullwood; two brothers, Larry Pope (Elizabeth), of Waycross, and Curtis L. Pope Sr., of Cheltenham, Pa.; one sister, Julie Ann Carter, of Miami, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh Baptist Church No. 2 in Waresboro. Burial will follow in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home.
Friends may also call at 1006 H.J. Echols Drive.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Cary McGarity
Carolyn Cary McGarity, 53, died Saturday evening (May 7, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
She was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., but lived in Waycross most of her life. She was also a former manager of Z-Way Truck Stop in Waresboro.
She was a daughter of the late Richard “Dick” and Billie Miller.
She is survived by a daughter, Tara McGarity (Teresa Turner), of Brunswick; a son, Quentin Bennett (Jessica), of Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren, Damien Bennett, Rhea Bennett, Alannah Bennett and Lylah Bennett; a brother, Mikey Baldwin, of Atlanta; and a sister, Tomi Sue Baldwin, of Tampa, Fla.
The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home from 2 until 3 o’clock. Memorialization will be by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Winnie Lou Sweat
METTER — Winnie Lou Davis Sweat, 72, of Pulaski, formerly of Waycross, passed away Saturday (May 7, 2016) at Candler County Hospital in Metter following a long illness.
Born in Blackshear, July 14, 1943, she lived in Pierce and Ware counties all of her life. She was a retired car transporter. She loved to fish before her health began to fail.
She was a daughter of the late Lloyd Oliver and Della Juanita Buckins Davis. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Sweat.
Survivors include a sister, Willene Davis Tuten, of Bristol; a nephew, Loran (Melanie) Tuten; a niece, Pennie (Ben) Stovall; six great-nieces and great-nephews, Ben Tuten, Brett Tuten, Ansley Stovall, Clark Stovall, Emily Stovall and Thomas Stovall; and several other relatives and friends.
The funeral will be held at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Ramah Cemetery.
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.

Jessie Mae Welch
Jessie Mae Welch, 93, died Sunday (May 8, 2016) at her residence following a short illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

J. Curtis King
J. Curtis King, 87, died Sunday evening (May 8, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Betty Monk Johnson
Betty Monk Johnson, 78, passed away Saturday (May 7, 2016) at Northstar Place in Kennesaw, following an extended illness.
She was born in Ty Ty to the late Joe Louie and Elizabeth Gibbs Monk on Feb. 14, 1938. After graduating from Tift County High School, she received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Wesleyan College in 1959 and a master of arts degree in history from the University of Georgia in 1961.
Her love of history and her passion for teaching others about the world and its people continued throughout her life. She began her teaching career as a social studies teacher at Avondale High School in Decatur. She then became the assistant professor of history at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
She met and married her husband, Gene Norris Johnson, and moved to Folkston in 1963. She taught world history, geography, government and art at Charlton County High School for 32 years.
She was a S.T.A.R. teacher twice and was the Beta Club sponsor for numerous years. She was selected as Charlton County’s Teacher of the Year for 1986-87. After her retirement from the school system, she taught G.E.D. classes at Cornell Corrections for 11 years. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa.
In addition to teaching, she worked with her husband, mother-in-law and brother-in-law in the family business, Johnson Brothers Hardware, and became co-owner in 1972. She and her husband continued to operate the business until only a few years ago.
Many may remember “Miss Betty” helping them to set up their bridal table or to choose special gifts for loved ones.
She was an avid reader who also enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing bridge and shopping for antiques. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was a member of Folkston United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, G. Norris Johnson, and her brother, Joel Louie Monk, of Ty Ty.
She is survived by two daughters, Daryn Johnson Sasser (husband, Robb), of Florence, S.C., and Danice Johnson Foley (husband, Mason), of Kennesaw; a son, Clinton Norris Johnson (wife, Brandi), of Blairsville; four grandchildren, Elizabeth and Scott Sasser, of Florence, S.C., and Gracie Ann and Judd Johnson. of Blairsville; a first cousin who was more like a brother, Everette Allen Ivey (wife, Judy), of Ty Ty; a brother-in-law, Erich Harry Johnson Jr., of Folkston; two sisters-in-law, Doris Johnson, of Folkston, and Ann Monk, of Newnan; one niece, five nephews and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Folkston United Methodist Church under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends in the church social hall immediately following the service.
A family graveside service will follow at Hickory Springs Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Tifton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Folkston United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

Leon H. Thrift
A graveside service for Leon H. Thrift took place Sunday afternoon in High Bluff Cemetery with John Lairsey officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were Eddie Lairsey, Henry Holten, Michael Thrift, Marty Sellers, Rhett McCamey and Bill Lairsey.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

Doris Crews McQuaig
A funeral for Doris Crews McQuaig took place Saturday morning in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Douglas and the Rev. Adam Henderson officiating.
Burial was in Victory Methodist Church Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jordan Reid Brown
A graveside service for Jordan Reid Brown, infant son of John and Jessica O’Berry Brown, took place Saturday afternoon at 12 o’clock at New Home Cemetery with the Rev. I.B. Boyette officiating.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.