Jerry Wayne Hiett
Jerry Wayne Hiett, 84, of Blackshear, died Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 23, 2016) at Folkston Park in Folkston, following an extended illness.
Born Jan. 29, 1932 in Palmer, Neb., he was a son of the late George Clinton and Mary Agnes Wadsworth Hiett. He grew up and lived many years in Nebraska before moving to Stuart, Fla., where he lived for nearly 20 years. He and his wife then moved to Blackshear in the early 2000’s. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He and his family had also been the owners of Hiett Cattle Company, a big cow/calf operation.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 120 in Palmer, Neb., and was a Life Member of the VFW. He was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Carol Hiett, of Blackshear; his son, Gerald Hiett (wife, Suzanne) of Jacksonville, Fla.; his daughter, Mary Hiett Green, of Waycross; his sister, Jocelyn Gilmon,t of Palmer, Neb.; four grandchildren, Kenneth Hiett (wife, Krystal), of Japan and Derek, Austin and Melanie Green, all of Waycross; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Nebraska.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Rebecca Ann Mercer
Rebecca Ann Mercer, of Millwood, died late Saturday night (Nov. 26, 2016) at her residence after an extended illness.
She was born in Homeland to the late Cleve Simmons and Pauline Capps Simmons. She made Ware County her home for the past 43 years. She worked for the State of Georgia as a clerk with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. She was a member of Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church.
She loved traveling, cooking and attending church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her three boys, and anytime she was able to spend with them and their families.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Jerrell Raymond Mercer, of Millwood; three sons, Rock Mercer (wife, Cindy), of Millwood, Jerrell Mercer (wife, Jeana), of Waycross, Roger Mercer (wife, Kristen), of Glennville; eight grandchildren, Chesley Larisey (husband, Adam), Bethany Mercer, Kara Mercer, Jonah Mercer, Haley Anna Mercer, Caden Osteen, Ellison Mercer, Bentlee Mercer; two great-grandchildren, Tanner Larisey, Lake Larisey; a brother, Dallas Simmons (wife, Patricia), of Watkinsville; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church in Millwood.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501, or to Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church “Building Fund”, 3064 Zion Hill Road, Millwood, Ga. 31552.
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Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sue Ann Franklin
Sue Ann Franklin, 72, of Waycross, died Sunday afternoon (Nov. 27, 2016) at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Byron S. Taylor
Byron S. Taylor, 62, died Sunday morning (Nov. 27, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Timmy Brown
The funeral for Timmy “Big Tim” Brown was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 417 Wilkerson St., Waycross.
The Rev. Walter M. Scott delivered a song of comfort, “I Won’t Complain,” and the eulogy, “Living In Light of Eternity.”
Scripture readings from the Old Testament “Psalm 23” and New Testament “John 14:1-3” were given by Brother James Atkins.
Songs were rendered by the Friendship MBC Adult Choir, Katchae’ Harrison, Apostle Janice Thomas, Francine Atkins, and Clifford Charles. Also, a Praise dance “For Your Glory” was conducted by Dominique Jackson.
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.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.