‘Pete’ Waters McQuaig
Grovia Pete Waters McQuaig, 94, of Waycross, died Saturday morning (Oct. 8, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a short illness.
She was born in Reidsville to the late Robert Raymond Waters and Lanie Elmyra Kicklighter Waters. She lived in Waycross for most of her life where she worked as a Network Clerk for the Southern Bell Telephone Company and was a member of First Christian Church.
She was passionate about gardening, cooking and the monthly birthday parties she orchestrated at Satilla Care Center for the past 51 years. Her memberships included the Garden Club, Walking Club, Telephone Pioneers and she was the Exchange Club Volunteer of the Year.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Latimer McQuaig, four sisters, Myrtle Smith, Inez Collins, Nadynee Burris and Monteen Waters, two brothers, Foster Waters and Robert S. Waters.
Survivors include one daughter, Janice Nisbet (husband, Sam), of Flowery Branch, one son, Wayne McQuaig, of Shelbyville, Ky.; one brother, Winton E. Waters, of Glennville; the loves her of life, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Natalie Parker (husband, Andy), Mandy Butterly (husband, Ryan), Staci Hunt (husband, Brian), Justin McQuaig (wife, Megan), Laura McQuaig-Davis (husband, Aaron); great-grandchildren, Riley Parker, Abby Parker, Owen Parker, Morgan Parker, Connor Butterly, Hollis Hunt, Henry McQuaig, Cassidy Butterly and June McQuaig; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m at the church. The Telephone Pioneers will serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to be at the church by 10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 412 McDonald St., Waycross, Ga. 31501; St. Jude’s, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0142; Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501; Trinity United Methodist Church Carpenter Fund, 1005 Church St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gerald ‘Red’ Lewis
Gerald “Red” Lewis passed away Thursday (Oct. 6, 2016).
He was born in July 1947 in Augusta to the late Allard and Leola Lewis.
“Red” made friends easily and was best known for his humor, generosity, enthusiasm for sports and enterprising spirit.
He was a proud and active member of the Waycross community. He graduated from Ware County High in 1965 maintaining relationships with classmates and organizing many class reunions. He coached boys’ basketball teams for Wacona and girls’ teams for Memorial Drive Elementary. He served for several years on the Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame committee as a board member.
He was an active member of the Okefenokee Country Club and enjoyed planning social events for the guys. He attended Bethel Baptist Church in Blackshear.
He was employed by the Department of Transportation for more than 20 years. He was a real estate appraiser and started Lewis Appraisal and Land Company in 1977. A diehard University of Georgia fan, he regularly attended home and away football games. Over the years, he made many “bulldawg” friends from all over the state.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Betty Lewis, of Blackshear; his children, Leslie (Jerry) Holland, of Waycross, Gerald (Lyn) Lewis Jr., of Sandy Springs; his stepson, Jimmy Wood, of Alma; his grandchildren, Blake Meeks, Eli Lewis and Rory Lewis; his sister, Merlene (Mack) Petty, of Waycross; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lamar.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. today at Second Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends this afternoon from 1 until 2 o’clock.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Waycross Ware County Sports Hall of Fame, 315 Plant Ave., Suite F., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

James ‘Cookie’ Pratt
James “Cookie” D. Pratt Jr. passed away Saturday (Oct. 8, 2016) after an extended illness.
The family will receive friends at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Willie Cooper, 1600 Gibbs St., Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Sue Collins
Sue Collins, 81, of Blackshear, died Sunday afternoon (Oct. 9, 2016) at her residence, following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear.

Rudolph Smith
Rudolph Smith, 78, of 1135 Martin Luther King Drive, died Saturday morning (Oct. 8, 2016) at his residence.
Friends are being received at the Smith residence.
Funeral arrangements will be announce later by Fluker Funeral Home.

Ernestine Reynolds
Ernestine “Teeny” Reynolds, 94, died Thursday night (Oct. 6, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
She was a native of Cleveland, Ga., but lived most of her life in Waycross. She was the daughter of the late Stiles Reynolds and Mary Bulgin Reynolds and was also preceded in death by a brother, James Reynolds.
She retired as secretary from Ware County Farm Bureau and had also been employed with International Paper and Farr’s Furniture. She was a member of Winona Park United Methodist Church and had been active with local Order of the Eastern Star Organizations.
Survivors include a god-son, Robert K. Lynn, of Tifton; several cousins and close family friends, Donna Turner and Debbie Logan, both of Waycross, and Ruby Pittman, of Blackshear.
A funeral was scheduled for 11 o’clock this morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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