Thelma L. Sweat
Thelma L. Hickox Sweat, 96, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 20, 2015) at her residence in Jacksonville after an extended illness.
She was born in Braganza in Ware County to the late John L. and Mamie I. Altman Hickox. She lived in Jacksonville since 1994 and was a member of Rome Primitive Baptist Church in Dixie Union.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. Ward Sweat, one son, A.J. Sweat, daughter-in-law, Nancy Sweat, three sisters, Rose Mary Dixon, Goldie Boatright and Mary Lovell, one brother, Billy Hickox.
Survivors include six children, Willene Logan (Bob), of Mountain View, Calif., J.W. Sweat (Barbara), of Orange Park, Fla., Larry Sweat (Sandra), of Lake City, Fla., Jeanelle Manual (Paul), of Orange Park, Fla, Travis Sweat (Karan), of Jacksonville, Fla., Cathy Williams (Steve), of Jacksonville, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Johnny Hickox (wife, Mary), of Waycross; one sister, Dollie Gray, of Waycross; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Rome Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hephzibah Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Martha B. Griffin
Martha Brantley Griffin, 82, of Waycross, died Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 20, 2015) at Folkston Park Nursing Home in Folkston after an extended illness.
She was born in Ware County to the late John Bryant Brantley and Farry Faye Brantley.
She graduated from Central High School in Central, S.C., and returned to Waycross with her family in 1971. She was a homemaker and also worked many years as secretary for G&H Logging Company.
She was a member of Faith Temple Church, a church her husband and father-in-law built together.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Griffin, a daughter, Elizabeth Robin Griffin, one sister, Rebecca Wester, three brothers, Ralph Brantley, Frances Brantley and Edward Brantley.
She is survived by three children, Mike Griffin (wife, Sabrina), of Waycross, Dawn Griffin (companion, Steve Dufrene), of Larose, La., Heather Griffin Hayman (husband, John), of Waycross; six grandchildren, Ginger Carter (husband, Shane), Chuck Griffin (wife, Jeana), Whitney Griffin, Sydney Griffin, Donavan Youmans, John Bryant Hayman; seven great-grandchildren, Griffany Carter, Gylan Carter, Kelsey Griffin, Will Griffin, Dalton Youmans, Hannah Boatright, Harley Drury; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will gather at the home of Mrs. Griffin, 204 Community Drive, Waycross.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, South Georgia Regional Office, 225 E. Second St., Tifton, Ga. 31794, or to Heartland Hospice, 664 Scranton Road No. 103, Brunswick, Ga. 31520.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are with Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Vera Frances Burson
Vera Frances Leggett Burson, 62, passed into eternal rest Thursday (Oct. 15, 2015) at her home in Waycross.
She was born July 25, 1953 to the late William Alfred and Kathryn Hill Leggett. She graduated from Waycross High School in 1971. She attended South Georgia College and graduated from Okefenokee Technical College. She was currently employed at the Magnolia House.
She was an active and devoted member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Waycross, where she served on the culinary ministry and as vice president of the Pastor’s Aid Ministry.
She is survived by her loving children, Algernon J. Leggett and Felecia M. Leggett; two grandchildren, Justin T. Leggett and Michelle Kathryn Cobb; two brothers, Anthony Leggett and Charles (Phyllis) Leggett; one sister, Helen (Samuel) Harris; five nieces, Alicia Jackson (Shawn), Crystal (Dedric) White Wright, Tionne White, Latasha Leggett and Sherri (Royce) Leggett Cleary; one nephew, Anthony Leggett Jr., two god-daughters, Crystal M. Bell and Jennifer Howard; and a host of other relatives and devoted friends.
The homegoing service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 417 Wilkerson St., Waycross. The Rev. Walter M. Scott Jr., pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate the service.
Burial and committal service will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The body will accompany the procession to the church prior to the beginning of the funeral. The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 905 Martin Luther King Drive, at 12:15 p.m. Saturday.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 6 until 7 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed online on the internet at the site www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Thelma H. Spencer
A celebration of life service for Deaconess Thelma Hargrove Spencer, 79, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 864 Oak St., with the church pastor, the Rev. Paul Bailey, offering words of comfort.
She was a native of Waycross where she received her formal education from the public school system as a member of the Center High School class of 1956. Her parents were the late James A. Ross Sr. and Retha Ray Ross.
She join St. John Missionary Baptist Church at an early age where she served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the senior choir and the deaconess board. She was also a member Order of The Eastern Star Chapter No. 183.
She retired as a certified nurse assistant (CNA) from Ware Manor Nursing Home.
She was joined in holy matrimony to Eugene Hargrove and later married the late Joseph Spencer.
She departed this life Tuesday (Oct. 13, 2015) in Jacksonville, Fla., after an illness. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by six siblings, Ernest Ross, Eula Ross Vasser, James Ross Jr., Eva Ross Brown, Otis Ross and Mary Ross.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Juanita Hargrove, Charles Hargrove, Steve Spencer, Lenore Harris (the Rev. Jackie), goddaughter, Debra Gadson; 18 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence Ross (Margaret); nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Friends are being received at the home of her granddaughter, Petres Calhoun, 607 Folks St.
Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Derrell T. Johnson
Derrell Timothy Johnson, 54, passed away Tuesday (Oct. 13, 2015).
He was born Aug. 23, 1961 in Ware County to the late Derrell C. Johnson and Sandra Strickland Johnson.
He resided all of his life at Honson’s Place in Pebble Hill.
He is survived by his son, Jacob C. Johnson (wife, Windy); a grandson, Trenton C. Johnson, the joy of his life; a brother, Jason Johnson (wife, Missy); two nieces, Katelyn and Kaylee Johnson, of Blackshear; a very special uncle, Bill Strickland, who helped care for him during his life and sickness; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.
He loved his family and friends.
The family wishes to express thanks to all who lovingly cared for him during his time of need. Thanks to the staff of Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, especially Ashley Tanner, Ms. D. Swilley, Lesleigh Jones, Charles Rewis and Cassey Turner.
A special thanks is given to the Hospice Satilla staff for their loving care.
A memorial service may be scheduled at a later date.
Low Country Funeral Home was in charge of the cremation arrangements.

David Charles Wilson
BLACKSHEAR — David Charles Wilson, 37, of 310 Pomeroy St., passed away suddenly Saturday (Oct. 17, 2015) from a fatal gunshot wound.
During his life-time he enjoyed fishing, riding bicycles, playing games and keeping the kids.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Charles Wilson Sr.
Left to cherish his loving memories are his children, Kandis M. O’Hara, Mikea David Wilson and Summer Dorns, all of Blackshear; children he helped raise as his own, Shakiwa Hightower, Juquan O’Hara and Cobbee Heard; a devoted mother, Rose Lee Carter (stepfather, Judd, “Pop”); siblings, Bernice Carter (Norris), Tampa, Fla., Shanell Coffie, Shalamar Wilson and Dexter Jernigan, all of Blackshear; aunts, Katie Dixon, Bernice McClaine, Anne Grant (Thomas), Rachael Vail, Eva Rhem (General), Elise Mosley, Jonette McBride (Richard) and Elaine Vail (Lindsey); uncles, John Jernigan, Everette Jernigan and Richard Jernigan; five nieces; two nephews; special cousins, Pete Jernigan and Gregory McClaine; special friends, Kenric Lott, Brian Burroughs and the guys under the tree; two devoted friends of his three children, Angela Heard and Ikea Dorns; and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 505 Ware St.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at God’s House Church on Main St., Patterson. Pastor Jackie Welch will bring words of comfort.
Interment will follow in the Gethsemane Cemetery in Patterson.
He will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday.
The cortege will assemble at the residence at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The family is receiving friends at the home of his mother, Rose Lee Carter, 823 Mimosa St., Blackshear.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Aaron Levi Harper Jr.
Aaron Levi Harper Jr., 50, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Waycross, passed away Monday (Oct. 12, 2015) in Austin.
He loved music and drawing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron Levi Harper Sr. and Edna Harper, and one sister, Jimmie Virginia Harper.
Left to cherish his memories are a daughter, Shanequa; a sister, Edna Harper McGriff; one niece, NaKecia Smith; two nephews, Jessie E. McGriff III and Justin L. McGriff; and sorrowing friends.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the chapel of Rainge Memorial Funeral Home. Pastor Rod Swinson, of the Family Worship Center, will bring words of comfort.
Memorialization is by cremation.
Family and friends are asked to assemble at the chapel at 10:45 a.m. Friday.
The family is receiving friends at the home of his sister, Edna McGriff, 1002 Long Bewick St., Waycross.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Alan Keen
Alan Keen, 57, of Waycross, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 21, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a sudden illness.
Born in Alma, Feb. 5, 1958, he lived in Wayne County for several years before moving back to Waycross. A 1976 graduate of Ware County High School, he worked as a truck driver for 20 years before going to work with CSX where he was a locomotive engineer.
He enjoyed working with horses having been very active with the Ware County Saddle Club and loved spending time with his great-granddaughter and apple of his eye, MacKenzie Clark.
He was a son of the late Oliver Earl King. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Travis Keen.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Janice Moseley Keen, of Waycross; his son, Stephen Clark, of Waycross; his mother, Lavestle Taylor Keen, of Waycross; his grandson, Brandon Clark (wife, Haley); his great-granddaughter, MacKenzie Clark; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Jordan Cemetery in Ware County.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harry F. Watts
A funeral for Harry Franklyn Watts was held Wednesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Randy Pelka officiating.
Burial followed in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Michael Jacobs, Samuel Lessman, Tony Martinenza, Christopher Watts, Dan Watts and George Watts Jr.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.