BLACKSHEAR — Tommie Williamson, 92, of White Oak, passed away early Wednesday morning (Nov. 18, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home following an extended illness.
He was born May 9, 1923, in Savannah, to the late Addie Mae Williamson. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on Jan. 13, 1942 and served three years, traveling to Parris Island, S.C. for basic training, then to Guadalcanal, Australia, New Guinea, Pilo Island and then back to San Diego, Calif.
In September 1957, he moved his family to Jacksonville, Fla., to begin work at St. Regis, where he retired after 30 years. Following his retirement, he and his wife moved back to Georgia in 1994.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mae Tyson Williamson, his uncle and aunt, Nolan and Mary Williamson, who raised him, a daughter-in-law, Diane Harris Williamson, a step-sister, Valerie Morgan Houston, and a step-brother, Johnnie Goffery Morgan.
Survivors include two children, Donna Baity (husband, Ronald), of Jacksonville, and Tommie E. Williamson, of Blackshear; two step-sisters, Charlotte Batten, of Jacksonville, and Nona Persall, of Albany; five grandchildren, Nikki Williamson, Philip Williamson (wife, Kim), Morgan Taylor (husband, Stephen), Heather Baity, Michelle Baity (fiancé, Travis Watkins); five great-grandchildren, Brice, Brayden, Ryan, Rolston and Ryleigh; several nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Roberta M. Sires
A celebration of life for Roberta Manning Sires will be held Saturday at noon at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Arnold McKinney Drive, where the pastor is the Rev. Fer-Rell Malone Sr., who will officiate.
Burial and committal service will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The body will lie in state in the church for viewing from 10 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 902 Dorothy St., at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
The family has requested no viewing nor visitation hours prior to the date of funeral.
She was born to loving parents, Adam and Ruby Manning, in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 25, 1949. After a sudden illness, God called her from her earthly labors to heavenly reward on Friday (Nov. 13, 2015).
Although a native of Montgomery, she lived in Waycross for the past 43 years after meeting and marrying the love of her life, Crandall “CK” Sires. To this loving union, three sons were born, Crandall Damond and Adam Timothy. Kendrick Morel preceded her in death.
She was educated in the Montgomery public schools and attended Alabama State University where she received a degree in elementary education. She later received a master’s degree at Valdosta State University. Education was her passion, and she spent 31 years in formal education, teaching in the Atkinson County and Ware County school systems.
Her legacy as a caring, innovative teacher will live on in her students, especially those from Williams Heights Elementary School where she had a long tenure. But her teaching extended far beyond the classroom as she worked with the Macedonia Baptist Church Summer Institute and after school programs and wherever she could lend assistance tutoring and mentoring young minds.
After retirement, she launched MCR Events. Her entrepreneurial launch was met with so much success that she and her partners were barely able to keep up with the demand as MCR became the premier event planning team in Waycross and beyond. Her decorations were legendary as she transformed spaces small and large into visual wonderlands tailored to the occasion. Family and friends will miss her culinary delights as well, for she turned even impromptu gatherings into joyous celebrations.
She accepted Christ at an early age, and upon moving to Waycross, she united with the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. She held various positions throughout the years, but title was unimportant to her. She was a true servant, helping wherever she saw a need.
Loved ones who preceded her in death include her son, her father, and her sister-in-law, Jackie Hill.
Her humble spirit and sweet disposition will always be cherished by husband, Crandall “CK” Sires; sons, Crandall “Damond,” of Waycross, and Adam “Tim” (Tawana) Sires, of Madison, Ala.; granddaughters, Akila Roberta Sires, of Waycross, and Kayla Arianna Sires, of Madison, Ala.; grandsons, Adam Timothy Sires Jr., Tyreke Dremone Minick and Chrishawn Bentavius Hartley, all of Madison, Ala.; mother, Ruby Manning, of Montgomery, Ala.; sisters, Louise Manning and Emma Jean Liggett, of Montgomery, Ala.; brother, Leo Adam (Vanessa) Manning, of Madison, Ala.; nieces, Tiffany (Michael) Williams, of Dallas, Texas, and Tanara (Faheem) Koonce, of Atlanta; nephews, Terrance (Jamalice) Manning, of Duluth, James K. (Nyeshia) Liggett, of Montgomery, Ala., and Leo Adams Manning Jr., of Madison, Ala.; sister-in-law, Bernice Young, of Atlanta; three aunts, Elizabeth Lewis and Martha (Lonnie) Hicks, of Waycross, and Alvonis Cross, of Albany; and a host of other relatives and sorrowing friends.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Ruthel C. Hickox
Ruthel Cox Hickox, 84, of Waycross, died Wednesday morning (Nov. 18, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a short illness.
She was born in Waycross to the late Roscoe and Emma Cox and lived here all of her life. She attended Gilchrist Park United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. She loved country music and helping with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Webster Hickox, one sister, Katie Cox Lee.
Survivors include two daughters, Priscilla Griffin (husband, Dennis), of Waycross, Judy Nino (husband, Santo “Alex”), of Waycross; one son, Danny Hickox, of Waycross; five grandchildren, Wayne Hardy (wife, Katie), Josh Griffin (wife, Carolyn), Jared Griffin, Marisa Nino and Andy Nino, all of Waycross; four great-grandchildren, Braeden Hardy, Alaina Hardy, Natalie Griffin and Julianna Ruth Griffin; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
R.H. ‘Ronnie’ Palmer
R.H. “Ronnie” Palmer, 69, died peacefully Saturday (Nov. 14, 2015) at his residence in Jamestown.
He was a native of Miami, Fla., but he moved to Waycross in 1974 with CSX. In 2005, he retired from CSX Railroad as a conductor and yardmaster after 42 years of service. He was also a member of the United Transportation Union (UTU). He worked the yard and road service in Hialeah, Fla., and Waycross. He spent the last year of his life enjoying his retirement, gardening, and watching NASCAR and the Ware County Football Team.
He was the son of the late G.H. Palmer and Virginia Martin Palmer. He was preceded in death by one brother, Roger Palmer.
Survivors include his wife, Sandi L. Wright Palmer, of Waycross; three sons, Wade R. Faucher, of Winchester, Va., Chris L. Faucher (Heather), of Londonderry, N.H., and Carl R. Palmer (Roxanne), of Denton, Texas; one daughter, Jennifer Palmer, of Jacksonville, Fla.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild, Roman; one brother, Carl A. Palmer (Sue); one sister, Pamela J. Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Ronnie Palmer will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service until 4 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, www.heart.org
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Jeffery H. Walker
NAHUNTA — Jeffery “Jeff” Hilton Walker, 58, of Nahunta, died Tuesday morning (Nov. 17, 2015) at his residence after a brief illness.
Born in Waycross, he was the son of Sidney Hilton Walker, of Blackshear, and the late Joseph “Joe” Columbus Walker. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Beatrice Hilton, and his paternal grandparents, Willis and Emma Walker.
He served in the United States Air Force and was a machinist for Precision Metals. He was of the Baptist faith and loved fast cars, watching sports and playing video games.
He was a loving and friendly person who was well thought of by many people.
Survivors include his son, Stetson Stegall, of Nahunta; his mother, Sidney Hilton Walker, of Blackshear; a brother, Michael Walker, of Dade City, Fla.; a sister and brother-in-law, JoAnn and Rob Taylor, of Blackshear; four nieces and nephews, Andrew Walker and Lindsay Walker, both of Powder Springs, Ragen Taylor and Carsen Taylor, both of Blackshear; several aunt, uncles, other relatives and numerous friends.
A memorial service will be held this afternoon at 2 in the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with Brother Donnie Harris officiating.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com
Mary Ann Thames
A funeral for Mary Ann Thames was held Wednesday morning at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Richard Johnson, William Dryden and Patricia Dryden officiating.
Entombment followed in the Greenlawn Mausoleum.
Pallbearers were James Conoly, Kevin Hill, William Dryden, Robbie Williams, Wendell Grover and Omer Sowell.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 474.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.