Sylvia Jane H. Hart
Sylvia Jane Hamrick Hart (1935-2016) passed away Monday (Nov. 14, 2016) at Baptist Village after an extended illness.
She was born in Charlotte, N.C. to the late Winslow Barney Hamrick and Ivy Moore Hamrick of Davidson, N.C. She grew up in Davidson with her parents and four siblings and enjoyed horseback riding and writing.
She had a horse named Rex that she held dear to her heart, especially after her father died when she was just 13 years old. She attended the University of South Carolina for two years as a journalism major and then accepted a position with Waycross Journal-Herald to write the society column.
Once in Waycross, she thrived at her job, met new friends easily, and in her spare time, taught English riding lessons to several young avid horse lovers in the area. She was known to bring the lessons right into the students’ back yards.
In 1956, she married James E. Hart Jr. (Hart Jewelers), of Waycross. Eventually, she quit working full time to raise a family but continued to write part time for the Journal-Herald. She also worked with the Hart family at the jewelry store.
For many years, she was an active member of First United Methodist Church where she frequently volunteered. She also created and wrote the column, “In a Word … ,” for the church’s Outreach newsletter and helped edit the newsletter in its entirety.
She held other volunteer/leadership positions with Waycross Service League, Okefenokee Heritage Center and her children’s schools.
She was a member of Woodland Racquet Club and Okefenokee Country Club and regularly participated in tennis tournaments during her membership at these clubs. She also enjoyed playing bridge with friends in several different groups.
She was a co-founder of the Harrison Street Irregulars, a group of fun-loving friends who enjoyed lunching together at Strickland’s Pharmacy and having a good time. Anyone who knew her well knows she loved to cook and entertain. She made sure everyone felt welcome at the Hart house. She was never without a smile and enjoyed making people laugh. She was truly a kind soul — a loving and dedicated daughter, wife, mother, mother-in-law and friend.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, James E. Hart III, and her siblings, Elizabeth Hamrick Drum, Sidney Hamrick, Eloise Hamrick Job and Dorothy Hamrick Rawley.
Survivors are her husband, James E. Hart Jr.; daughters, Sylvia Rhondalea Hart and Jane Ivy Hart Reid (Kirkland E. Reid); sister-in-law, Carroll Hart Whitley; two granddaughters, Hannah Hart Reid and Caroline Kirkland Reid; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family will receive friends at Miles-Odum Funeral Home on Saturday from 1 until 2 p.m. A private graveside service will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or First United Methodist Church, 410 Williams St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
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Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Annie McCray
Annie Catherine McCray, 84, of Waycross, died Wednesday night (Nov. 16, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Anna Mae McDonald
Anna Mae McDonald, 87, who lived in Waycross since 1972, died Oct. 19, 2016, in Tampa Fla.
She lived with her family in Tampa for the past several years, and was well cared for by her granddaughter, Rachel, until she died after a very brief illness.
She was born Oct. 24, 1928 in Jacksonville, Fla. and was a 1946 graduate of Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville. She was pre-deceased in death by her husband of some 60 years, James B. McDonald, the long time Chevrolet dealer in Waycross. She was also preceded in death by her son, Barry James McDonald.
She was a devoted wife and loving mother. She was never too busy to lend a helping hand to others. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Waycross where she attended and taught Sunday School for more than 30 years.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Joseph and Paula Rousselle; granddaughters, Megan Vanorden, Heather Borreca, Alexis Rousselle and Rachel Rousselle; grandsons, Barry James McDonald Jr. and Joseph Bradley McDonald; and seven great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Oakland Cemetery.
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Music funeral home is in charge of local arrangements.

Deacon Joseph Rogers
A celebration of life service for Deacon Joseph Rogers, 93, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church 702 Arnold McKinney Drive, with the church pastor, the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr., bringing words of comfort.
He was born May 8, 1923 in Hazlehurst (Jeff Davis County) to the late Ben and Annie Rogers. He attended school in the Jeff Davis County school system up to the ninth grade. He then moved to Waycross where he attended school in the Waycross Public School System.
He entered the U.S. Army on July 9, 1943 at the age of 19 and was honorably discharged on Feb. 16, 1946. He served in World War II in Normandy (Northern France) and earned the EAMET Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
After serving, he earned a vocational trade in plastering and masonry. He worked for many years in the masonry industry as a master plasterer, a tile layer and a mason helper. In 1981 after his retirement he was employed at Dandford’s Cleaners until 2013.
He was a long time and faithful member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where he served in several distinguished positions including ward leader, trustee, member of the Chancel Choir, member of the Abrahams and Sarahs, member of the Voices of Macedonia, president of the usher ministry and chairman of the benevolence committee.
In 1965, he was ordained a deacon and became chairman of the deacon’s ministry in 1992 where he served faithfully until 2010. He was bestowed the honor of chairman deacon emeritus. He was special advisor to the pastor under the Rev. McKinney and the Rev. Malone administrations. He also served as president of the City Wide Ushers.
He was past Worshipful Master of Bright Star Mason Lodge No. 108, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Greater Eastern Chapter No. 313 Order of the Eastern Star.
On Monday (Nov. 14, 2016) God called him to his heavenly home after an illness.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Leona Mae Spann Rogers, a son, James E. McDuffie, and a sister, Leona Rogers Holmes.
He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, JoAnn Rogers Skull, of Waycross, and Jolene Johnson (Diago), of Stone Mountain; eight grandchildren, Anthony W. Skull Jr. (Alycia), of Moblie, Ala., Patrick B. Skull (Yolanda), of El Paso, Texas, Johann D. Skull (Paula), of Chesapeake, Va., Anthony E. Garner Jr. (Candace), of Tucker, Freddrick R. Garner (Jenny), of Lawrenceville, Fashonda McDowell, of Conyers, Kia Beech and Carlton McDuffie, both of Atlanta; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; extended family in Douglas; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives; special friends, Ruby Pearl Howard, Inez Studivent, Fred and Mary Jones, Lonnie and Martha Hicks, Rosetta Smith, Teresa Johnson, Margaret Smart, and Silas Homes and others.
Friends are being received at the Rogers residence 1455 Clough St. and on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the hour of service.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery with Masonic rites and military honors.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker funeral home.

Erma Bresciani Cselle
BLACKSHEAR — Erma Bresciani Cselle, 96, of Blackshear, died early Friday morning (Nov. 11, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities in Waycross, following an extended illness.
Born Dec. 7, 1919 in Springfield, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Caroline Porupski Bresciani. She had lived many years in Akron, Ohio before moving to Pierce County in 1978. She had 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 her husband, William Cselle, 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 the Mitchell Chapel at Baptist Village.
Memorialization was by cremation.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Baptist Village Retirement Communities, Attn: Social Services, 2650 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, Ga. 31503.
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Hart Funeral Home, of Blackshear, was in charge of arrangements.