Margaret W. Reeves
Margaret Warren Reeves, 90, of Waycross, passed away peacefully Tuesday (Oct. 18, 2016).
She was a teacher, librarian and educator in Ware and Pierce counties for 40 plus years.
She was an elder and longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Waycross, was active in various church committees and in many leadership roles. She was a Sunday School teacher for the Women’s Bible Class.
She and her husband, the late Herbert Lee Reeves, served as co-chairman of the First Presbyterian VISPs (Very Important Senior Presbyterians).
She was born at home in Winter Haven, Fla., on March 4, 1926, to the late Charles Leo Warren and Susie McCormick Warren. The family later moved to Pulaski, Ga., in Candler County, where she graduated from Pulaski High School.
She received a bachelor of arts degree in business education from Georgia Teachers College (GTC), now Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Her children loved hearing her story of being chosen May Queen while at Georgia Southern.
She met her future husband, Herbert Lee “Coach” Reeves, while both were students at GTC. They were married Aug. 25, 1951.
She began teaching business education at Pulaski High School and later taught at both Waresboro and Hoboken High School before teaching at Waycross Vocational, now Coastal Pines Technical College.
She and her husband attended George Peabody College for Teachers, now Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1952-53, were full-time graduate students and earned masters degrees.
She received masters degrees in both business education and library science.
She served as the assistant director for the Okefenokee Regional Library for 21 years. Afterwards she became media specialist of Ware Street School in Blackshear where she retired in 1991.
She was a member of the Waycross-Ware County Retired Teachers Association and a life member of the Georgia Retired Teachers Association. In addition, she was a life member of Delta Pi Epsilon, now known as the Association for Research in Business Education (ARBE-DPE).
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and also a life member of both Bulloch and Candler County’s Historical Associations.
She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and managing timber.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Survivors include her brother, Harry Warren (and his wife, Sue), of Pulaski; a son, William “Billy” Reeves (and his wife, Sandra), of Waycross; a daughter, Renee Reeves Webb (and her husband, Mark), of Rome; one granddaughter, Ailsa Renee Webb, of Rome; and several nephews and other relatives.
The family will receive friends in the social hall at Waycross First Presbyterian Church, Sunday immediately following the Sunday morning worship service with a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. A graveside service will then follow in Pulaski at Lake Cemetery at 5 p.m.
The family requests the elders of the church to meet at 1:15 to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 601 Hill St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Kayden M. Boyd
Kayden M. Boyd, 7, of 1918 Elaine Ave., Waycross, passed away Wednesday night (Oct. 12, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, with loved ones at his bedside.
He was born in Savannah to Sharnae Ratliff and Philemon Boyd.
He attended kindergarten and first grade at Williams Heights Elementary School. He spent his years with his mother by his side. He was known for his fighting spirit. He fought every day for his life and he always did so with a smile on his face. He was the light of his mother’s life. He was loved by everyone who came into contact with him. He was an angel from the very beginning.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted mother, Sharnae Ratliff; his father, Philemon Boyd; step-father, Devin Beach; grandparents, Rodney and Felecia Davis, Andre and Barbara Ratliff and Ishman and Priscilla Boyd; great-grandparents, Grace and Freddy Smallwood, Joann Ratliff Wilcox, Carolyn Davis and Wilbert and Denise Williams; a brother, Keighan Beach; great-aunts and great-uncles, Victoria Tobler, Tennille and Leroy Moss, Cynthia and Alphonso McElroy, Wilbert and Erika Williams, Joyce Tobler and Vaneisha White; aunts and uncles, Lee J. Tobler (Quanisha), Zoy Tobler, Andre Ratliff Jr., Uriah Ratliff, Israel Ratliff, Rodney Davis Jr., Rodriqua Davis, Brittany Conoway, Naomi Boyd and Marcus Boyd; and a host of cousins and devoted friends including Dominique White and Jordan Merday.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 o’clock this evening at the funeral home, 505 Ware St., Blackshear.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Wilkerson Street, Waycross.
The Rev. Carlos White will deliver words of comfort and the Rev. Fer-Rell Malone will preside.
Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Waycross.
The cortege will assemble at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at both 2509 Winchester Ave. and 905 Waller St.
The family is receiving friends at the home of his grandparents, Felecia and Rodney Davis, 2509 Winchester Ave., and the home of his great-grandparents Tony and Joan Ratliff Wilcox, 905 Waller St., Waycross.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
Gilbert A. Barker Sr.
Gilbert Ashley Barker Sr., 82, of Carrollton, passed away Monday (Oct. 17, 2016).
He was born in Valdosta, May 19, 1934, the son of the late Gilbert Harrison Barker and Lucy Jay Baker Barker. He was a veteran, having served in the 82nd Airborne of the U.S. Army. He retired from the technical field of Southern Bell/AT&T after 35 plus years and was a member of Carrollton First Christian Church.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Joni Barker, of Sasebo, Japan, Jill (Don) Colwell, of Carrollton, Jenny (Brad) Kern, of Gainesville, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Bubba (Cynthia) Barker, of Carrollton; grandchildren, Brandy Barker, Bo Barker, Blake Barker, Addie (Sean) Solomon, Ash Colwell; great-granddaughter, Mia Barker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Warren (Karene) Barker, of Union Grove, N.C., and Dr. Charles (Conoly) Barker, of Dallas, Texas; besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Hallman Barker; brother, Fred J. Barker, and sister, Anne Lacy.
Visitation will be Friday from 2 until 4 p.m. with the funeral service following at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Almon Funeral Home.
Minister Dwayne Hicks will officiate and Brandy Barker, Addie Solomon, Terry Jay Phillips will give eulogies. The U.S. Army Honor Guard will provide military honors.
A private family inurnment will be in Carroll Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park, P.O. Box 1062, Carrollton, Ga. 30112.
Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.almonfuneralhome.com
Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.
Ann Jones Justice
Ann Jones Justice, 78, of Bishop, Ga., passed away Sunday (Oct. 16, 2016) at her residence following a lengthy illness.
She was born Nov. 28, 1937 in Folkston, to the late Troy Edward Jones and Bernice Mattox Jones. She graduated from Folkston High School and attended Lewis Hotel and Motel School in Washington, D.C. Her passion was working in the hospitality field. Gifted with an infectious personality, she was once invited to christen an international merchant ship. She was a member of Folkston United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a son, George Cricket Justice (Jennifer), a daughter, a grandson, Troy Jameson Justice, two grandchildren, a brother, Troy Edward Jones Jr. (Cheryl); a nephew, Bud Jones; a niece, Carrie Jones; six great-nieces and nephews and two great-great-nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends this evening at Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home from 6-8 o’clock.
The funeral will be held Friday at Folkston United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gene McCullough and the Rev. Bruce Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard-Roberson Funeral Home in Folkston.
Willie James Cooper
Willie James Cooper, 73, of Pearson, entered into eternal rest Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 12, 2016) at Emory University Hospital Midtown Atlanta after a brief illness.
He was born July 5, 1943 in Atkinson County and was a retired educator with the Atkinson County Board of Education. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was beloved and revered by the Cooper family serving as their patriarch and guiding light.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Lena Johnson Cooper, of Pearson; two sons, Roderick Cooper (Jamika) and Ryan Cooper, both of Atlanta; two sisters, Shirley Cooper and Barbara Douglas, both of Pearson; other relatives and friends.
His life and legacy will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pearson Elementary School’s gymnasium.
Visitation will take place Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Pearson Civic Center, 507 Cogdell Highway.
Interment will be in Holmes Chapel Cemetery, Homerville will military honors.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Waycross.
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.; and other cousins, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will take place at Austin Chapel C.M.E. Church, 508 Hamilton St., where the Rev. Tawanna Boyd is the pastor, Friday at 1 p.m.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Visitation will be held this evening from 5 to 7 at Welch & Brinkley Mortuary. Friends are also being received at 503 Columbus St.
Sue Powell Wooten
A graveside service for Sue P. Wooten was held Wednesday afternoon at Greenlawn Cemetery with Bud Montero officiating.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Annie V. Howell
A funeral for Annie Virginia Howell was held Tuesday afternoon at Grace Chapel with the Rev. Mickey Gloss and the Rev. Everett Wilson officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Evan Dixon, Skylar Dixon, Derek Howell, Brandon Peacock, Brock Peacock and Link Smart.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.