Madras H. Ammons
Madras Herrin Ammons, 86, of Schlatterville, died Friday afternoon (Oct. 30, 2015) at Satilla Care Center after a brief illness.
She was born in Pierce County to the late William Herrin and Rachel Griffin Herrin. She made Pierce, Ware and Brantley counties her home for all of her life. She worked many years for Schreiber’s Bootery and also along with her husband, Fred, owned and operated Ammons Sausage Plant. She was a loving and devoted housewife who at one time not only cared for her family but for her mother as well. She attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She loved children, singing and riding with her husband on their motorcycle.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, William Owen Herrin II, Arthur Herrin, Julian Herrin, and four sisters, Josie Altman, Mary Jane Roberson, Mattie Jacobs, Julia Godfrey, a step-brother, Barney Dixon, and three step-sisters, Eula Dixon Willis, Bula Dixon Howard and Inez Dixon Thornton.
She is survived by her husband, John Fred Ammons, of Schlatterville; a brother, Edwin Dempsey Herrin (wife, Kathleen), of Macon; a sister, Ella H. Carter, of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service was held 3 p.m. Sunday in High Bluff Cemetery with the Rev. Bruce Morgan officiating.
Pallbearers were Josh Ammons, James Ammons, Carlyle Clever, Lannie Clever, Larry Thrift and Allen Carter.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jack Lamar Crews
Jack Lamar Crews Jr., 57, of Carrollton, passed away Friday (Oct. 30, 2015).
He was born Aug. 6, 1958 in Macon, the son of Dr. Jack Lamar Crews Sr. and Carolyn Jackson Crews. He was a graduate of Woodward Academy where he played football and was on the championship soccer team and received his bachelor degree from Appalachian State.
He worked as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, loved sports of all types, loved to read and collect books. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Survivors include his parents, Dr. Jack L. and Carolyn Jackson Crews Sr., of Carrollton; a son, Sam Crews, and a daughter, Kathryn Crews, both of Yellow Springs, Ohio; sisters and brothers-in-law, Beth Crews (James) Berzsenyi, of Carrollton, Amy Crews (Joey) Thompson, of Salem, Alaska; uncles and aunts, Harold and Janice Ivester, of Carrollton, Johnny and Phylus Jackson, of Bowdon, Dr. Thomas L. and JoAnne Crews, of Covington; several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his best friend, Craig Davidson.
The family will receive friends at Almon Funeral Home in Carrollton this evening from 5 to 7 o’clock.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Almon Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Greer officiating.
Pallbearers will be Jim Wofford, Web Fuller, Marlin Miller, John Jackson, Dr. Jeff Reid, Philip Ivester and Michael Ivester.
Interment will be Sandy Flat Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bridges of Hope, 1326 Antioch Road, Homerville, Ga. 31634 or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 13067, Alexandria, Va. 22312.
Messages of condolence may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com
Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.
Mattie Lee Devers
Mattie Lee Stokes Devers, 87, died suddenly Friday night (Oct. 30, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Waycross.
Arrangements will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Herbert S. Gates
Herbert S. Gates, 86, of Waycross died early Sunday morning (Nov. 1, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Travis L. Crawford
BLACKSHEAR — Travis Lamar Crawford, 59, of Blackshear passed away Sunday, morning (Nov. 1, 2015) at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
DOUGLAS — Deloris Boatwright, 48, of Douglas, passed away early Saturday morning (Oct. 31, 2015) at her residence after an extended illness.
Born in Jesup, she was the daughter of Richard James and Verlie Allen Boatwright. She was also preceded in death by two nieces, Jessica Davis and Kayla Taft.
She was a member of Hortense Church of God of Prophecy and loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed going to the beach, watching wrestling, doing cross word puzzles and eating oysters.
Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Ricky and Susan Boatwright, of Claxton; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Evelyn and Darrell Davis, of Kingsland, Judy and Clayton Taft, of Douglas, and Janice and Victor Mercer, of Hortense; seven nieces and nephews, Richard James Boatwright III, Darrell Davis, James Davis, Katrina Stevens, Clayton “Bubba” Taft, Cameron Mercer, and Seth Mercer; seven great-nieces and nephews, Owen Boatwright, Averi Davis, Trenton Davis, Hunter Stevens, Grayson Taft, Ryder Mercer and Ryleigh Mercer; and also several cousins and other relatives.
Visitation was held Sunday evening starting at 6 at Hortense Church of God of Prophecy.
A funeral will be held this afternoon at 2 at Hortense Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Rob Hutto, the Rev. Charlie Brown, the Rev. Ricky Knox and Brother Whelan Taft officiating. Burial will follow in Satilla Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Davis, James Davis, Clayton Taft, Seth Mercer, Cameron Mercer, Richard Boatwright III, Jason Sweat, Ferrell Taft and Gene Oglesby.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com
I.S. Smiley, 67, of 5320 McGauley Road, Blackshear, departed this life to his eternal resting place peacefully Thursday (Oct. 29, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities in Waycross after a lengthy illness.
He was born in 1948 in Pierce County to the late Pulmer and Gertie Smiley. He grew up in Pierce County and graduated from Lee Street High School in 1967. He joined the United States Army serving 20 years before retiring. He served in the Vietnam War. Awards received during his military career include the Army Commendation Medal, NCP Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Medal, National Defense Services Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Oversees Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Marksmanship Badge and the Outstanding Soldier Medal.
He met and married the late Evelyn Jacobs Smiley in 1973 and to this union came three children. He moved to Eastover, S.C. where he resided until his health began to fail.
Along with his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Flossie Mae and Essie Mae;, brothers, Leroy, Herbert, Willie Joe, Albert, Jessie, Charlie and Winfield; and brothers-in-law, Raymond Patterson, Ira White, Nathaniel Anderson; sisters-in-law, Ruth Smiley, Carrie Smiley, Sadie Smiley and Lavonia Smiley.
He is survived by children, Vicky Jones, of Columbia, S.C, Donald Hutchinson, of Eastover, S.C., and Tressie Singleton, of Columbia, S.C.; sisters, Edith Jackson, of Miami, Fla., Lula Timmons (Ted), of Blackshear, Betty White (Willie), of Deltona, Fla., Hattie White , of Sodus, N.Y., Bobby Whitley (William), of Geneva, N.Y., Carolyn Hill, of Atlanta, and Benita Brown (Ira), of Hopkins, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Annie Bell Owens (Charles), Margaret Robinson, Kathleen Campbell (Michael), Mozel Shell, Dessie Ree Ellison, brothers-in-law, John Patterson, Moses Ellison (Joann), all of Columbia, S.C.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.
A celebration of life will take place Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Fourth Mount Olive Baptist Church, 900 Yeomans St., Blackshear, with Pastor Morris Pate officiating.
Visitation will be held this evening from 5 until 7 at Rainge Memorial Chapel, 505 Ware St. Blackshear.
Repast will be held after the service at the church social hall.
The cortege will assemble at 5320 McGauley Road, Blackshear, at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
Mary Elizabeth Sweat
A funeral for Mary Elizabeth Kight Sweat took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phil Jordan officiating.
Burial was in Blackshear City Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Dave Sweat, Dave Mock, Andy Johnson, Brent Shear, Jerry Davis and David Kight.
Everette J. Herrin
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Everette Julian Herrin Jr., 72, was held Saturday afternoon (Oct. 31, 2015) at 3 o’clock from the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating was Rev. Richard Golden.
Interment was in the Hickox Cemetery in Hoboken.
Active pallbearers were Tom Parkers, John Bunch, Shaun Warner, James Warner, C.J. Herrin, Tyler Thompson, Austin Herrin, Alan Herrin, Juan Novia and Jasmine Barton.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.