William S. Bazemore
William S. “Bill” Bazemore, 93, passed away early Sunday morning (Nov. 15, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a brief illness.
He was a native of Cordele, but lived most of his life in Waycross. He was a graduate of Georgia Tech with an electrical engineer degree. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He retired as president from SunTrust Bank (formerly First National Bank).
He was a member of First Baptist Church Waycross where he taught Sunday School, served on numerous committees, was in the Victory Keystone Sunday School Class and was deacon emeritus.
He was the son of the late George Monroe Bazemore Sr. and Ollie Sanders Bazemore.
Survivors include one niece, Ann Brandon (Robert), of Deland, Fla.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church Tuesday from 1 until 2 p.m.
The Victory-Keystone Sunday School Class and retired employees of SunTrust Bank (formerly First National Bank) are requested to meet at the church at 1:40 p.m. to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Roberta M. Sires
Roberta Manning Sires, the wife of Crandall “CK” Sires departed this life Friday (Nov. 13, 2015) after a sudden illness.
She was a native of Montgomery, Ala., but lived in Waycross at 902 Dorothy St., for the past 43 years.
After 31 years as an educator, she retired from the Ware County Public School System.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Mary Ann Thames
Mary Ann Thames, 87, of Waycross, died Saturday afternoon (Nov. 14, 2015) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a brief illness.
She was born in Gainesville, Fla., to the late Burton John Otte and Bernice Loraine Bishop Otte. A native of Gainesville, she moved to Waycross in 1958 where she would make her home for the rest of her life. She was a homemaker as well as keeping a nursery of kids daily at her home for more than 20 years.
She always got great joy in the kids who she kept coming back to visit her later in life. After the death of her husband, she volunteered for Baptist Village Retirement Communities for 10 years.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Waycross, the chancel choir, Lena Q. Whitman Sunday School Class and served as moderator for the Women of the Church.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 474 where she served as a Worthy Matron. She was also active with the Lady Shriners Auxiliary.
She was an avid Florida Gators fan who enjoyed watching any type of sporting event. She loved playing dominos with her group the “Domino Divas” and her church group. She loved playing Mah Jong. She founded the exercise class, the “Gutsy Grannies,” at First Presbyterian Church and just recently celebrated its 10th year of existence.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Thames, a daughter, Margaret Eunice (and her husband, Newton Eunice), as well as her brother, Richard Otte.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Dryden (husband, Henry), of Woodstock; two sons, James Howard “Butch” Thames Jr., of Pelham, John Bruce Thames, of Madison, Fla.; four grandchildren, Frank Eunice (wife, Amy), William “Scooter” Dryden (wife, Serena), Beth Dryden, Julie Dryden; four great-grandchildren, Dayton Eunice, Brendan Eunice, Gilliam Schultz, Grayson Schultz and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church. Entombment will follow in the Greenlawn Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5 until 7 at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 601 Hill St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Rubin H. Griffin, 77, of Hoboken, died early Saturday morning (Nov. 14, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness.
He was born in Brantley County to the late Leon Griffin and Az Walker Griffin. He was a graduate of Southern Technical College of Marietta. He worked as a civil engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation where he later retired. He was a member of Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church in Schlatterville.
He was an avid golfer and a member of The Lakes at Laura Walker Golf Club. He was also an active race horse owner and breeder for many years.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Missy Griffin, a sister, Betty Jane Griffin, and a brother, James Monroe Griffin.
He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Hassenpflug (husband, Chad), of Hoboken; a son, Wade Leon Griffin (husband, Steve Waters III), of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Tiffany Boudreaux (husband, Jeremy), and Taylor Hassenpflug; a great-granddaughter, Stella Boudreaux; three brothers, Carswell “Carsie” Griffin, of Hoboken, Ronnie Griffin (wife, Judy), of Hoboken, John Griffin, of St. Simons Island; the mother of his children and best friend, Patsy Dean Griffin Gammage, of Hoboken; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church “Cemetery Fund,” 1229 High Bluff Road, Hoboken, Ga. 31542.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
James Roy Jacobs
James Roy Jacobs, 76, of Waycross, died early Saturday morning (Nov. 14, 2015) at Satilla Care Center after an extended illness.
He was born in Waycross to the late James F. Jacobs and Ruby Proudfoot Jacobs. He graduated from Wacona High School in 1957 and then served during the Vietnam War in the United States Army. He worked for the City of Waycross Park and Tree Department, now known as the Public Works Department, for 46 years before his retirement in 2003.
He was a member of Jamestown Baptist Church and the Faithful Followers Sunday School Class. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog, Atlanta Braves, NASCAR, Tony Stewart and Bill Elliott fan. He was also an accomplished bowler who bowled in the Fireball Handicap Bowling League.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Jacobs, and a brother-in-law, R.L. “Peewee” DePratter.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lynne Jacobs, of Waycross; two children, Michael Jacobs (wife, Beth), of Waycross, Jennifer Sweat (husband, Eric), of Waycross; seven grandchildren, Jenna Sweat, Brynley Sweat, Shea Wilson (husband, Kevin), Lauren Tirchi (husband, Marin), Alyssa Deal (husband, Josh), Laura King, Austin King; a great-grandson, Walker Wilson; a sister, Virginia DePratter, of Waycross; a sister-in-law, Kay Holladay, of Woodstock; a brother-in-law, Phil Holladay, of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Members of the Faithful Followers Sunday School Class have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the chapel by 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The family will receive friends this evening from 5 until 7 at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Jacobs and his love for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, his family invites anyone to wear red and black to the funeral on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jamestown Baptist Church, 3800 ABC Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31503.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Edna Louise Bowers
BLACKSHEAR — Edna Louise Swarringim Bowers, 87, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday morning (Nov. 10, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Greenfield, Ill., Jan. 18, 1928, she lived in Illinois for many years before moving to Pierce County in 1971. She was a homemaker and foster parent. Over the years she was “mama” to 76 foster children.
In addition to her love for children, she also loved to cook and bake cakes and dearly loved her church family at Full Gospel Church of God Apostolic.
She was the daughter of the late David James Swarringim and Sarah Ellen Price Swarringim Malin. She was also preceded in death by her step-father, Harry Malin, her husband, Frealy Henry Bowers, a son, Harold E. Bowers, a daughter, Mary E. Hancock, and by a grandson, Roy Bowers Jr.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Frieda and David Douberly and Theida and David Davis, all of Blackshear; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Pam Bowers, of Yulee, Fla., Paul and Peggy Bowers, of Nahunta, and Roy Bowers, of Blackshear; nine granddaughters, Kari Jordan, Kristen Sloan, April Pickens, Hannah Douberly, Emily Davis, Melissa Verdin, Mitzi Hancock, Debra Youmans and April Altman; 12 grandsons, Kenneth Bowers II, Jason Ward, Justin Bowers, Joey Bowers, David Bowers, Jeremy Bowers, Nathan Douberly, Tony Strickland, Dalton Davis, Marshall Hancock, Mason Hancock and Jeff Bowers; numerous great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Lucy Lafferty, of St. Louis, Mo., and her brother, Raymond (Irvene) Swarringim, of Eugene, Ore.and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral was held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating were the Rev. Jerry Johns and the Rev. Dwain Harper.
Interment was in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Tony Strickland, Nathan D. Douberly, Joey Bowers, David Bowers, Kenneth Bowers II, Justin Bowers, Jeff Bowers and Mason Hancock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gerald Sylvester Kirby
Gerald Sylvester Kirby, 61, A native of Waycross, was born Dec. 22, 1953 to the late Sylvester Kirby and Ethel Williams Kirby.
He lived most of his life in Brunswick. He was called home on Saturday (Nov. 14, 2015) at Golden Isles Hospice.
He was a graduate of Waycross High School class of 1972. He later attended Waycross-Ware County Technical School where he studied heavy equipment operations. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Bernice Kirby Mitchell, Mae Ethel Hunter, Deloris Kirby McNair Fedon, and three brothers Bennie N. Hunter, Lynn D. Kirby and Allen W. Hunter Sr.
To forever cherish his memories is a devoted, loving wife of 40 years, Irish Kirby of Brunswick; a daughter, Mishiko Kirby, Brunswick; three sons Cedric Kirby, Carlos Kirby, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Geraldine Kirby, of Brunswick; one brother, Marion (M.E.) Thomas, of Waycross, and a special niece, Sheryl “Neicee Doll” Mitchell, of Waycross; 10 grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements will be later announced. Family and friends may call at 1 Magnolia St. in Brunswick.
C.R. ‘Chuck’ Lee
A funeral for C.R. “Chuck” Lee took place Sunday afternoon at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating.
Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Tommy Moore, Freddie Hickox, Jim Brown, Timmy Jernigan, Albert Carter, Whit Dixon and Ronnie Boatright.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.
Evelyn Louise Smith
A funeral for Evelyn Louise Smith took place Saturday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Golden and the Rev. Carley Hickox officiating.
Burial was in Jordan Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Michael Minchew, Dickie Minchew, Corey Henderson, Dante Smith, Justin Crane and John Middleton.
Mary Eleanor Miller
A funeral for Mary Eleanor Miller took place Saturday morning in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jake Baum officiating.
Burial was in Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Scott Byars, Chad Collins, Jonathan Hall, Rob Manders, Eric Dixon and Stephen Dixon.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.