Herbert S. Gates
Herbert S. Gates, 86, of Waycross, passed away Sunday (Nov. 1, 2015) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
He was born Nov. 27, 1928 in Ellijay, son of the late Andy and Tamer Sumner Gates. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Gates, two sisters, Frances Hill and Irene Lummus, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Aaron and Essie Parks.
He worked in the auto parts industry for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elaine Parks Gates; two sons, Mike Gates (wife, Linda), of Ellijay, Phillip Gates (wife, Mitzi), of Waycross; his grandchildren, Lance Gates, of Sandersville, Cynthia Jones, of Ellijay, Sandra Lambert, of Ellijay, Catherine Kiefer, of Atlanta, Andrew Gates, of Athens; his sisters, Dorothy Abee, of Valdese, N.C., Alice Davis, of Ellijay; a brother, Paul Gates, of Ellijay; a sister-in-law, Lynn Bruner, of Dalton; a special niece, Melanie Cooper, of Dalton; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held 4 p.m., Thursday at Central Baptist Church where he was a member, served as deacon and was a member of the choir.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to the Herbert S. Gates Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 78, Waycross, Ga. 31502 in memory of Mr. Gates.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Travis L. Crawford
BLACKSHEAR — Travis Lamar “T-Bone” Crawford, 59, of Blackshear, passed away early Sunday morning (Nov. 1, 2015) at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Waycross, Nov. 9, 1955, he was reared in Pierce County and was a 1973 graduate of Blackshear High School. Following his high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and retired after 20 years of service. He was currently working with Cruz Pine Straw as the CEO and was also working with Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
He was a past commander and was currently the present commander of the American Legion Post 181 and was a member of Hacklebarney Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and will be remembered as being a friend to everyone he met.
He was a son of the late James Elbert Crawford and Joyce Elaine Bennett Crawford Peacock. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Virlyn Peacock, and by a brother, James Elbert Crawford Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Dollie Joyner Crawford, of Blackshear; four daughters, Christy Crawford, of Fayetteville, N.C., and Priscilla (Jake) Leverett, Lindsay (T.J.) Leverett and Anna (Jimmy) Wilkins, all of Blackshear; three brothers, Larry (Connie) Crawford and Francis Peacock, all of Blackshear, and Keith (Cindy) Crawford, of Mt. Vernon; eight grandchildren, Nathan Flesch, Blake Flesch, Caylee Franks, Garrett Davis, Blake Leverett, Raelynn Leverett, Braylee Leverett and Aubree Wilkins; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday afternoon from 1:30 until 3.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mattie Stokes Devers
Mattie Lee Stokes Devers, 87, died suddenly Friday night (Oct. 30, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was born in Blackshear to the late John Wesley and Martha Smith Stokes. She married the late Jim Sterling Devers and made Waycross her home for most of her life.
She was a faithful member of Cornerstone Church of God and was a licensed CNA and sitter at Baptist Village Retirement Communities for many years.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Lyvon Cooke Paul, Jeffery Steven Devers, eight sisters, two brothers and a special niece, Kathleen Stokes.
She is survived by a daughter, Sheena Marie Devers, of Oregon, Ohio; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a niece, Maxine Pickren, of Hazlehurst; a nephew, Billy Boatright (wife, Myrtice), of Hazlehurst; a special great-nephew, Wendell Pickren (wife, Linda), of Hazlehurst; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God. The family will receive friends beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The Senior Adult Sunday School Class and Thursday Bible Study Group are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the church by 1:30 p.m.
Burial will follow in Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Blackshear.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Posy B. Harmon
Posy B. Harmon, of Waycross, passed away late Monday evening (Nov. 2, 2015) at Baptist Village following an illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear.

Margaret E. Whipple
A funeral for Miss Margaret Elizabeth Whipple was held Monday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Ray officiating.
Burial followed in High Bluff Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Braxton Brock, Mark Herrin, Rick Joyner, Clay Lee, Donald Moore and Bradley Page.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary C. Westberry
A funeral for Mary Carter Westberry, 92, of Tallahassee, Fla., took place Monday at 12 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church of Thomaston, officiating.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, Shane Hopkins, Keith Hopkins, Bob Westberry, Aaron Westberry, Ryan Westberry, Jenny Westberry, Sherrie Anderson, Tanya Rickel, Michele Braswell and Dawn Westberry.
Burial followed in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

Tom Doyle Spence
A funeral for Tom Doyle Spence was held Monday morning at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Williams, the Rev. Clayton Davis officiating and Joe Spence, speaker.
Entombment followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Military honors were provided by Fort Stewart Army Base honor guard.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.