James ‘Cookie’ Pratt
James “Cookie” D. Pratt Jr. transitioned from this life Saturday (Oct. 8, 2016) after an extended illness.
He was born in Bacon County, March 16, 1967. He lived his childhood years in Ware County before moving to Nicholls. He was a graduate of Waycross High School, class of 1986. After high school he served his country faithfully in the United States Army.
His mother is the late Elder Annie Ruth King. He was also proceeded in death by one sister, Gloria Jean Bailey, and a dear friend, Dannette Johnson.
He is survived by his father, “J.D.” James Pratt, of Nicholls; a special friend, Sherri Harris, of Nicholls; one son, James Pratt III, of Atlanta; three sisters, Andrea Pratt Wiley (Michael), of Jacksonville, Fla., Yolanda King, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Elder Annie Fay Cooper (Willie), of Waycross; one god-sister, Mary “Peaches” McCray, of Hinesville; two step-brothers, Charlie Lee Pratt and Jody McMillian, of Nicholls; nephews, Christopher Bailey, Lashadrick Bailey, Patrick Bailey, Demetrius Bailey, Anthony Bailey (Teela), Adrian Reed (Micheline), Eric King (Anna) and James Miller; one niece, Ke’Are Howard, Orlando, Fla.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, great-nieces, nephews, other family members and a host of dear friends
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Christ of Christ Written In Heaven, 1137 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross with Bishop John A. Moss offering words of comfort.
Burial and committal service will follow in Nicholls City Cemetery, Brunswick Avenue, in Nicholls. The body will lie in repose in the church from 10 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 1600 Gibbs St., Waycross, at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the guest book at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Rudolph Smith Sr.
A celebration of life service for Rudolph Smith Sr., 78, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1122 Pittman St., with the church pastor, the Rev. Johnny Arnold, offering words of comfort.
He was born March 18, 1938 to the late Willie ”Pat” Patterson and Eddie Mae Davis Patterson in Waycross.
He received his formal education from the Waycross Public School System.
He started his working career in the medical field and later worked in the construction industry.
He was married to the late Verna Mae Dennis Smith and this union was blessed with five children, Rudolph Jr., Jeffery, Kenneth, Paula and Keith. He later remarried to the late Betsy Collins Smith of Jacksonville, Fla. and this union was blessed with a daughter, Crystal.
He was a faithful member of Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and loved the Lord.
He had a passion for cooking, socializing and spending time with family. He was a master philosopher. many of his quotes and sayings will be enjoyed by many generations.
He departed this life Saturday (Oct. 8, 2016) at his residence. In addition to his parents and wives he was preceded in death by three children, Rudolph Smith Jr., Jeffery Smith and Paula Smith, a brother, Willie Smith (Joyce), brothers-in-law, William Seymour and Ernest Green.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Kenneth Smith, Keith Smith and Crystal Smith Taylor (Billy), all of Jacksonville, Fla.; siblings, Yvonne Seymour, Eddie Kate Green, Alphonzo Patterson (Ronzie), Samuel Patterson (Francina) and Lamar Patterson (Leila); grandchildren, Andre Lizzmore, Shadora Shaw (Trammel), Marcus Thompkins, Keanna Robinson (Lewis) and Prince Smith; great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Public visitation will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway. Friends are being received at the Smith residence 1135 Martin Luther King Drive. The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Willie James Cooper
Willie James Cooper, 73, of Pearson, died Wednesday (Oct. 12, 2016) afternoon in Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta after a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home of Waycross.
Clovis Elaine Clark
Clovis Elaine Thomas Strickland Clark, 80, of Blackshear, died suddenly Monday (Oct. 10, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was born Feb. 16, 1936 in Blackshear, the daughter of J.E. and Maude Conner Thomas. She attended Blackshear Schools and was a cheerleader when she graduated from Blackshear High School in 1954. After traveling and living in several different places she returned to live in Blackshear where she became a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
She was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She dearly loved her grandchildren and enjoyed attending their many sporting and social events.
She was a devoted member of the American Legion for 25 years. She loved people and enjoyed life immensely. She loved to create beautiful things which she gave to the people she loved. She loved to travel and had many adventures in Germany, Japan, England, Egypt and other countries.
These words cannot fully describe the rich and full life Clovis lived. She loved her family first and foremost. She is remembered by many, appreciated by all, and will be thought about and missed by not just her family but also by the many others whose lives she touched. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was an “organ donor” and recipients have already been found for her liver and one of her lungs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Colonel Daniel R. Clark, her son, Eustace Theron Strickland Jr., and her four brothers Lanis, Larry, Jack and Ronald Thomas., and a step-son, Daniel R. Clark Jr.
Survivors include her brothers, J.E. Thomas Jr., of Patterson, and Donald Thomas, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a son, Alan Thomas Strickland (Rhonda), of West Palm, Fla.; a daughter, Susan Johnson (Bob), of Blackshear; her grandchildren, Danielle Clark, Forrest Clark and Dylan Clark, Jennifer Strickland Howell (Tray), Jason Strickland (Elaine), Robert Johnson, Connor Johnson, Caitlyn Johnson, Kala Lynch (Mike), Beau Strickland (Bryanna), John Barbee (Tabitha), and Holly Barbee; her sixteen great-grandchildren; a step-daughter, Suzanne Clark, of Annadale, Va., and a step-son, Dennis Clark (Mary), of Lake Mary, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Saturday afternoon at the funeral home chapel from 1 until 3.
The family requests members of the Blackshear American Legion Post 181 to serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to meet at the funeral home by 2:30 Saturday afternoon.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A funeral for Grovia Pete Waters McQuaig was held Wednesday morning at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with the Rev. Heath Coker, the Rev. David White and Charles Eames officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ricky Waters, Vick Waters, Alan Strickland, Steve Burris, Justin McQuaig and Mike Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Telephone Pioneers.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
A graveside service for Jerry Murray, 85, of Blackshear, took place Wednesday afternoon at the Blackshear City Cemetery with Pastor Tom Davis officiating.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.