Maxie Lee Bennett
Maxie Lee Minchew Bennett, 84, of Millwood, passed away Sunday (Oct. 16, 2016) at Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas after an extended illness.
She was born in the Bickley community of Ware County on July 11, l932, daughter of Clarence and Ruth White Minchew. She and her husband lived in Clyattville near Valdosta for some 50 years before moving back to Millwood 11 years ago.
She was retired from the Lowndes County Board of Education Food Service Department. She was also a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Pearson Ward. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Boyette.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Hubert L. Bennett, of Millwood; Kent Bennett (wife, Lori Lee), of LaGrange, and Jerry Bennett, of Castle Rock, Colo.; a sister, Reecie Tomlinson, of Valdosta; three grandchildren, Max Bennett, Morgan Bennett and Lillian Bennett; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pearson, with Bishop Tim Cecil, Bishop Steve Sirmans and Elder Thurston Spivey officiating.
Internment will follow in the Utah Cemetery in Axson.
Visitation will be this evening from 6 to 9 o’clock at Relihan Funeral Home in Pearson.
Relihan Funeral Home in Pearson is in charge of the arrangements.

Annie Virginia Howell
Annie Virginia Howell, 84, went to be with the Lord Sunday (Oct. 16, 2016) at Pierce County Nursing Home in Blackshear after an extended illness.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross and Blackshear. A wonderful loving mother and granny, she was formerly employed by Swisher Cigar Factory, Sportswear and a bookkeeper for Howell Roofing. She was a devoted member of Grace Chapel and faithful woman of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Lee and Bessie McCarthy Lee, her husband, Dewey Howell, three sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include six daughters, Gail McDuffie, of Blackshear, Anne Dixon (Ronnie), of Blackshear, Mary Frances Dixon (Woodson), of Blackshear, Joan Mixon (Glenn), of Blackshear, Barbara Smart (Shelton), of Hortense, Tammy Howell, of Blackshear; two sons, Randy Howell (Marsha), of Waycross, and Chris Perritt (Amanda), of Waresboro; 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Margaret W. Reeves
Margaret Warren Reeves, 90, of Waycross died Tuesday morning (Oct. 18, 2016) at Redmond Hospital in Rome, Ga., after a short illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Tara Marie Tant
Tara Marie Tant, 29, died Monday evening (Oct. 17, 2016).
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Tina Ann Brophy
Tina Ann Brophy, 75, of Waycross, entered into rest on Monday (Oct. 10, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
A memorial service to honor her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 22) at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 217 West Carter Ave., Blackshear.
The family will receive friends after the service.
Arrangements are entrusted into the care of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home

Sharon D. Byars
Sharon D. Byars, 66, of Alma, passed away suddenly at her daughter’s home in Midway, Sunday (Oct. 16, 2016).
She was a native of Bacon County, daughter of the late Fred M. Douglas and Eula Johnston Douglas. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Danny Douglas. She worked in administrative support at Waycross Public Health Laboratory for 15 years as well as working with the Bacon County Board of Education as a bus driver for 15 years. She was a beautician for many years and was a member of Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, W. Gary Byars, of Alma; two daughters, Heather Byars, of Midway, and Liza Byars (partner, Tracy Maxwell), of Savannah; one brother, Don Douglas (Karen), of Alma; two sisters, Sandra Deen (Jimmy), of Alma, and Shirley Lipsey (Ron), of Adele, Ga.; a special niece, Kayla Andrews; and uncle, Henry Kight (Johnnie), of Alma.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Greg Delk, the Rev. Mike Lee and the Rev. Jerald Douglas officiating.
The body will be carried to the church at 1 p.m. Wednesday to lie in state.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock
Active pallbearers will be Robbie Johnson, Kevin Hall, Clay Deen, Scott Byars, Jon Lipsey and Carl Leggett.
The class of 1968 will serve as honorary escorts.
Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gregory L. Stanford
Gregory Leroy Stanford, 58, of Waycross, died Sunday (Oct. 16, 2016) at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Stanford, of Waycross; two children, a daughter, Asia Stanford, and a son, Avery Smithson; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Smithson; three sisters-in-law, Angie Stanford, Minnie Stanford and Erica Wesley; a brother-in-law, Charles Smithson; cousins, Joe Simon and Linda Simon, of Jacksonville, Fla.
Friends are being received at 503 Columbus St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Welch & Brinkley Funeral Home of Waycross.

Patsy Callahan Walker
The funeral for Patsy Callahan Walker, 80, was held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at Bible Heritage Church.
Officiating was Pastor David Senters and the Rev. Orren Simpson.
Interment was in the Strickland Cemetery in Pierce County.
Active pallbearers were Stephen Carter, Travis Carter, Jonathan Carter, Randall Oglesby, Jim Callahan and Frank Farmer.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ervin Joseph Bokor
A funeral for Ervin Joseph Bokor was held Monday afternoon at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Johnny Brazel, John Brazel, Charlie Courson, Korey McCorvey, Austin Brown and Logan Brown.
Military rites were given by a contingent from the United States Army at Fort Stewart.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.