Jane H. Hart
Jane H. Hart, 81, of Waycross, died Monday evening (Nov. 14, 2016) at Baptist Village after an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Rev. Ronald Burbank
The Rev. Ronald Joseph Burbank, 73, of Blackshear, passed away Saturday morning (Nov. 12, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
Born in Albany, N.Y. Nov. 30, 1942, he lived in Waycross for several years before moving to Pierce County 16 years ago. Brother Ronald was retired from the U.S. Army and had been a Methodist pastor for many years.
Some of the area churches he had the privilege to pastor were Jamestown United Methodist Church in Jamestown, Hopewell United Methodist Church and Crosby Chapel both in Baxley, and Blythe Island United Methodist Church in Brunswick. His last church was Gilchrist Park United Methodist Church in Waycross.
Brother Ronald enjoyed many activities — reading, fishing, riding motorcycles, drinking coffee, going on cruises, going on trips in his RV — but his call to serve the Lord was first and foremost. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was a son of the late Wilfred C. Burbank and Ida Mae Bolus.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nelly Visitacion Burbank, of Blackshear; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rose and Eddie Atkinson, of Fleming Island, Fla., and Ruth and Rob Lucky, of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; two sisters, Cindy Brownell and Pam Bolus, both of Pownal, Vt.; two brothers, Joe Bolus, of North Adams, Vt., and Jerry Bolus, of Aurora, Colo.; four grandchildren, Charles Cliatt, Amanda Brisson, Grant Lucky and Brent Lucky; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon St., Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to the Gilchrist Park United Methodist Church, 603 Washington Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31503.
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.
Deacon Joseph Rogers
Deacon Joseph Rogers, 93, died Monday evening (Nov. 14, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon St.
Friends are being received at the Rogers residence, 1455 Clough St.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.
Fluressa Greene Bell
Fluressa Greene Bell, affectionately known to her children and grandchildren as, “Nanny,” passed away Thursday (Nov. 10, 2016) after a brief illness. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life.
Born Feb. 23, 1920 in Coffee County to the late Viola Greene and Turner Greene, she grew up with her siblings in the home of her mother and step-father, the late Charlie Campbell, after the death of her biological father.
She attended Coffee County public schools through the ninth grade. She met and married Willie Edward Bell in 1935 and moved to Waycross.
She spent many years as a homemaker and worked inside the homes of others. After the death of her husband in 1973, she went to work as a cook for Riverside Nursing Home in Waycross. After 15 years of service, she retired from the company. She worked for the Waycross MR Center part-time for five years.
She was a member of the First Born Church of the Living God for more than 80 years. She served on the mother board, usher board and provided assistance to the deaconess. She also provided support for various church auxiliaries throughout the years.
She received a plaque for 60 years of dedicated service to the church. She attended the Nelson Green Senior Citizen Center where she developed a fondness for bingo and loved to sing for her peers.
She unselfishly helped rear two grandchildren, Chenille (Fair) White and Michael Scott Jr.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Edward Bell, and son, Alonzo Jeffery Bell.
Survivors include three daughters, Beverly (Ottis) Gainer, of Waycross, Brenda Joyce Slack, of Waycross, and Carolyn (Donnie) Thomas, of Jesup; 10 grandchildren, Kenneth (Kyra) Slack, of Lilburn, Patrice Moody, of Waycross, Stacy Slack Tyus, of Hampton, Chenille (Carlos) White, of Waycross, Michael James Scott Jr., of Rapid City, S.D., Michelle (Richard) Love, of Waycross, Ashanti Green, of Jacksonville, Fla., Alonzo (Tamika) Green, of Clearwater, Fla., Jessica Bell, of Waycross, and Alexis Bell, of Waycross; a host of nephews, nieces, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday in the Music Funeral Home Chapel, 1503 Tebeau St., Waycross.
The body will be available for viewing at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Burial will follow in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors at the home of the late Fluressa Bell, 969 Vernon Willis Drive (formerly “H” Street), Friday from 5 until 7 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Darleen R. White
A celebration of life for Darleen Randolph White, 48, was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Waycross Middles School.
Elder Lawrence Hill Sr., senior pastor of Solid Rock Christian Ministries, Hoboken, gave words of comfort. Burial was in the Hoboken City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jonah Best, David Nixon, Jamie White, George Burse Jr., Henry White Jr. and George Townsend.
Music was provided by Brother Anthony James and two solos. Other selections were by Aubrey Nixon, Kenny Mobley, Katy Brown and Keya Carter. Principal David Hitt and Sister Edith Slack offered reflections. A speech was given by her brother, Jimmy Randolph, and a selection by her daughter, Valerie Richardson.
She had a passion for education and spreading the gospel. She graduated from Brantley County High School, class of 1987 and attended Valdosta State University where she earned a bachelors, masters and specialist degree in education.
She was a passionate and loving teacher for more than 15 years at Waycross Middle School, where she taught math and social studies for grades six through eight. She was a member of Solid Rock Christian Ministries and served as praise team leader, Sunday School youth teacher and was a part of the Women’s Outreach Ministry.
She was instrumental in forming the young men’s ministry. She frequently volunteered at Satilla and Bayview Nursing Homes and actively participated in street ministry proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. She had strong faith and trusted in the Lord.
She was also preceded in death by a sister Geneva Randolph, and a brother, Jerome Randolph.
She leaves to cherish her memories a darling son, Johnny White Jr., of Waycross; and a loving daughter, Valeria Richardson (Malcolm), of Southaven, Miss.; two precious grandchildren, Javon and Madison; three step-daughters, Candice White and Sherri White, of Killeen, Texas, Christen Shaw, of Broxton; four sisters, Zeola Grimes, of Kingsland, Patricia White and Annie Randolph, of Hoboken, and Lorene Randolph, of Valdosta; two brothers, Herbert Randolph Jr. (Gloria), of Palmetto, Fla., and Jimmy Randolph (Sabrina), of Valdosta; nephews, E. Andre Hill, of Waycross, Heyward Nixon and David Nixon, of Hoboken, John Randolph (Joy), of Leesville, La., and Tony Randolph, Malik Randolph and Marquis Grant, of Valdosta; nieces, Kimberley Williams and Andrea Williams, of Hoboken; and a host other relatives and friends; and her two adorable pets, Bell and Sugar Mama.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.
Erma B. Cselle
Erma Bresciani Cselle, 96, of Blackshear, died early Friday morning (Nov. 11, 2016) at the Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness.
Born Dec. 7, 1919 in Springfield, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Caroline Porupski Bresciani. She lived many years in Akron, Ohio before moving to Pierce County in 1978. She worked at Goodyear Aerospace and retired from McNeil Engineering in Akron. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Blackshear and was a former member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Waycross.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Ed Cselle, and all of her brothers and sisters.
Survivors include a son, Bill Cselle (wife, Margaret), of Blackshear; two grandchildren, Shawn Cselle (wife, Stephanie), of Ellijay, and Tracy Thornton (husband, Kerry), of Blackshear; three great-grandchildren, Garrett Thornton (wife, Tori), of Blackshear, Ty Cselle (wife, Brittany), and Chandler Cselle, both of Ellijay; three great-great-grandchildren, Gage Thornton, of Blackshear, Bennett Cselle and Grayson Cselle, both of Ellijay; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, in Mitchell Chapel at Baptist Village in Waycross.
Memorialization is by cremation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Baptist Village Retirement Communities, Attn: Social Services, 2650 Carswell Ave., Waycross, Ga 31503.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.