Earl ‘Pete’ Taylor
Earl “Pete” Taylor, 81, of Waycross, passed away on Monday (Nov. 21, 2016) at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born Jan. 21, 1935, in Dixie Union to the late Early Taylor and Aline King Taylor. He married his wife, Effie Griffin Taylor, on Feb. 16, 1981. He retired from Holiday Chevron and also worked many years with the Pepsi Cola Company.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. A veteran of the United States Armed Forces, he served in the United States Army.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Effie Taylor, a grandson, James Gregory Beriault, a brother, Bobby Taylor, and a sister, Lucille Turner.
He is survived by his son, Terry Taylor, of Blackshear; two step-sons, Charles Wallace Godwin (wife, Emily), of Waycross, George David Young (wife, Rachel), of Waycross; a special niece, Kelly Murray, of Waycross; his grandchildren, John Andrew Beriault, Malone Powell, Nolan Murray, Calli Eason, Chad Taylor, Crystal Thomas, Colt Taylor; seven great-grandchildren, Alexis Bree Beriault, Madison Shea Beriault, Claire Elizabeth Beriault, Sarah Emily Beriault, Ashley Rebecca Beriault Queen, Kyle Thomas, Brayden Thomas; two great-great-grandchildren, Waylon Andrew Craven, Gracelyn Queen; seven brothers, Jim Taylor (wife, Judy), George Taylor (wife, Janet), Fred Taylor (wife, Hilda), Kenny Taylor (wife, Winona), Linton Taylor, Calvin Taylor (wife, Shirley), David Taylor (wife, Gail); two sisters, Sally Seldon (husband, Don), Kay Dixon (husband, Jimmy); and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at the funeral home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Timmy Brown
Timmy “Big Tim” Brown, 58, died suddenly Thursday (Nov. 17, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System at Waycross.
He was a native of Monticello who made his home in Waycross since the age of 21. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Brown.
He was employed as a transporter with Comfort Inn Suites and also as a bagger with Harvey’s Grocery Store on Tebeau Street. He had also been employed with Steedley Produce, Waycross Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Tapley Construction Company in the past. He attended Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and helped in the kitchen at different church functions.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 29 years, Wanda Faye Brown, of Waycross; three daughters, Matilda Cratic (Jerome), Catherine Walker (Adarryl), and LaQasheous Lee (friend, Clifford), all of Waycross; five sons, Zack Brown (Meikle), of Monticello, Tim Brown, Jeremy Brown, Jarvis Brown and Frederick Lee (friend, Subrina), all of Waycross; two god-children, Shonterricia Atkins (friend, Corey), of Waycross, and Antonnio Davis, of Atlanta; 12 grandchildren; close friends, Jennifer Lockett, Dominique Jackson, Francine Atkins, and Antionette Lewis, all of Waycross; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Talmadge Metts
Talmadge Timothy “Timmy” “Rowdy” Metts, 57, of Bristol, passed away Sunday (Nov. 20, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Born in Blackshear June 18, 1959, he lived in Appling County most of his life. On Jan. 24, 1998, Timmy was in an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Knowing that his life was permanently changed he went through the normal range of emotions.
While in Atlanta at Shephard Hospital, he realized that there were people a lot worse off than he was and learned to make the most of the life he had. Between the unconditional love of his wife, family, friends and neighbors he was not only able to live a full life but a life with no regrets.
He found a different way to do things and do them he did. He farmed all of his life and was a past president of the Appling County Young Farmers. His passion was truck pulling and he was a member of Southern Pullers where he had also been a board member for many years. He attended Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his pet cat, Percy Cat Metts.
Survivors include devoted wife and best friend, Claudia Dixon Metts, of Bristol; his pet dog, Odie Metts; his parents, Talmadge and Wannie Boatright Metts, of Bristol; his brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Dianne Metts, of Bristol; a niece, Joni Metts; a nephew, Cody Metts; two great-nephews, Jaylen and Jayden; and several other relatives and friends.
The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Martha Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorials be made to the funeral home.
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.

Carol Arney Wildes
Carol Arney Wildes, 65, of Waycross died Monday afternoon (Nov. 21, 2016) at her residence after an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Della Willene Tuten
BRISTOL — Della Willene Davis Tuten, 72, of Bristol, passed away Sunday (Nov. 20, 2016) at her residence.
Born in Blackshear July 27, 1944, she lived in Pierce County all of her life. She retired from the Pierce County Board of Education where she had been a para-professional. She also was a homemaker and a devoted Nana to her precious grandchildren. She would be at every game or function that they were involved in and they were her favorite “hobby.” She was a member of Bristol Baptist Church and the Adult Ladies Sunday School Class.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd Oliver and Della Juanita Buckins Davis. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Loran F. Tuten Sr., and her sister, Winnie Sweat.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Pennie and Ben Stovall, of Blackshear; her son and daughter-in-law, Loran Jr. and Melanie Tuten, of Bristol; her six grandchildren, Ansley Stovall, Benjamin Tuten, Brett Tuten, Clark, Stovall, Emily Stovall and Thomas Stovall; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Bristol Cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation at www.arthritis.org or to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org
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.

Joseph Thomas Crosby
BLACKSHEAR — Joseph Thomas “J.T.” Crosby, 86, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday (Nov. 20, 2016) at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Offerman, Aug. 4, 1930, he lived in Pierce and Chatham counties most of his life. He worked for the railroad, followed by the shoe factory many years ago before going into construction and brick masonry. He retired in 1995 from the City of Savannah where he had been a senior carpenter.
He enjoyed building birdhouses in his spare time but his main “job” was taking excellent care of his wife, Catherine Geneva Lee Crosby, until her passing on Nov. 22, 2013. A kind and loving husband, father and grandfather he certainly was. His family was surely blessed. He was a member and deacon of New Home Primitive Baptist Church.
In addition to his late wife, he was also preceded in death by a son, Terry Crosby, his parents, Barney and Martha Jane Gill Crosby, all four of his sisters, Alma King, Agnes Griffin, Thelma Johnson and Vera Watkins, and three brothers, Arnold Crosby, Vernon Crosby and Melvin Crosby.
Survivors include his daughter, Edna Odum, of Blackshear; his son and daughter-in-law, Barney and Brenda Crosby, of Blackshear; his daughter-in-law, Sandy Crosby, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; a brother, Donald Crosby, of Blackshear; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Crosby, of Mershon; eight grandchildren, Shawn (Lollie) Crosby, Deena (Matt) Bennett, Brandy Crosby, Jennifer Crosby, Jessica Davis, Corey Crosby, Ryan Crosby and Jordan Odum; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at New Home Primitive Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the New Home Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
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.

Coach Gordon Gray
Gordon Gray, who was loved by football players that he coached and students he taught at Waycross High School, died in Sarasota, Fla. on Nov. 9.
Coach Gray was very instrumental in the success of the 1960-61-62 Waycross High School football teams as the Bulldogs won state championships in 1960 and 1961.
He was remembered for being the “intense motivator” of those players.  He and head Coach Earl O’Neal and assistants Ernie Driscoll and Richard Young mentored the varsity team. Coach Gray also was originally the coach of the Bulldog B-teams for about four years. Those teams graduated to the varsity level and continued the high degree of success.
Coach Gray had a leadership ability about him that would create a great spirit for being competitive, no matter the cost.
“I experienced this first hand as I was on his B-team,” said one of his many players, Donnie Bowen. “When we would scrimmage the defense and offense  of the varsity it was a traumatic scene to say the least. Those teams had tremendous athletes and they could hurt you. In turn, that is what made his B-teams a success. His leadership ability for getting you up to play ball was like no other.
“His expression of ‘GAUL DANG  IT  AND  I  HOPE TO DIE!’ was echoed throughout the practice field every day, and  everybody recognized right off who it was. Nobody could motivate like Coach Gray. Nobody.”
Bowen said that he would tell his players “if you couldn’t play any better than that, we should go home,” and that his motto was “you play like you practice.”
Coach Gray later went back to college at the University of Tennessee, obtaining his masters, and  doctorates degree in reading education. He then accepted a job at Clemson University and taught there for about 15 years.
Bowen, who resided in the same region and continued to be close friends with the Grays (the coach and his wife, Velma, and then his second wife, Sandra), saw a different side of Coach Gray in that era.
“He was always helping the underprivileged and poor and served as an administrator of the Head Start program at Clemson,” he said. “He finally retired after a long tenure at Clemson and he and Velma moved back to Jonesboro, Tenn. where they resided until her death in November 1997.”
Coach Gray then met Sandra, his wife of the past 18 years. They also lived in Jonesboro before moving to Sarasota Fla. He was plagued by dementia during the latter stages of his life.
“Gordon and I were very close friends and he helped me immensely several times in  my life, and he would always ask me about his former players in Waycross as he cherished those days as a coach,” said Bowen. “He once told me some of his happiest moments were in Waycross.  We spent a lot of time together, and he will be sorely missed. He was a great friend.”

Anna Mae McDonald
A graveside service for Anna Mae McDonald was held Monday morning at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Barry Giddens officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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