David West Jr.
A celebration of life service for David West Jr., 61, of Homerville, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Prayer Garden Church of God in Christ, 711 Forest Ave., Homerville, with the church pastor, Elder Alonzo Miller, offering words of comfort.
Interment will be in Pine Forest Cemetery, Homerville.
Visitation will be held Friday 5 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 15 Robinson St., Homerville.
He was born in Palatka (Putman County), Fla., to the late David West Sr. and Zeline Edmonds West Prester. At an early age he moved to Homerville where he grew up and received his formal education from the Clinch County public school system.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Brenda Swinson West; daughters, Marsha Holmes (Avery), of Pearson, and Jacqueline West, of Homerville; step-children, Natalie Murphy and Michael Swinson, both of Homerville; grandchildren, Tyler and Trinity; sisters, Hattie West (Johnny), Sarah Stevens (Larry), Lillie Prester, Chanita Prester, all of Homerville; brothers, Elvis Prester (Patricia), of Lakeland, Mason Prester, Albert Prester, both of Homerville, and Earnest Whitaker, of Savannah; aunts, Alice Taylor, Alice McKnight (Steve), Sarah Robinson, Katherine B. Edwards, both of Valdosta, Irene Hiers, of Douglas and Dorothy Sims, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; uncles, Jessie Edmonds (Jessie L.), Frank Edmonds (Catherine) and Cecil McMillian, all of Homerville; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the West residence, 701 Brown St., Homerville.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Homerville.
Roosevelt Carter Jr.
A celebration of life service for Roosevelt Carter Jr., 60, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, 2104 Pearson Highway, Homerville, where the Rev. Donald Stalvey is pastor and Apostle Glynn King will deliver words of comfort.
He was born Feb. 10, 1955 in Jacksonville, Fla., to the late Roosevelt Carter Sr. and Marie Lacey Carter. He grew up in Homerville where he received his formal education from the Clinch County Public School System. He attended Lighthouse Assembly of God Church until his demise.
“Carter,” as he was affectionately known, was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. He was an all around handyman who held a big heart for his community of Homerville.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Shaller Porter Carter; two daughters, Desiree Jones and Kimberly Moore (Troy), both of Homerville; five sons, Timothy Hodges, Johnny Cook (Ashley), both of Valdosta, Travino Porter (Sheila), of Davenport, Iowa, Alvin Cooper and Joshue Marshall, both of Homerville; grandchildren, Taylor, Ra’Mya, Tamaujia, Tasjah and Tristan; sisters, Annethiete Carter (Curtis), Darlene King, Rose Bighams, Janice Tolbert (Billy), all of Homerville; brothers, James McBride (Pat), of Homerville, and Andre’ Carter (Blinda), of Jacksonville, Fla.; extended family, Linda Gant (Boyd), of Kentucky, and Desmond Williams, of South Carolina; grandchildren, Lionel, Jireh, Nehemiah, Desmond, Jamaal and Rashaad; aunts, Lillian Johnson (Larry), of Homerville, Betty Dixon, of California, Rose Mary Lee, of Jacksonville, Fla., Annie Mae Dinges, both of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sara Lacey, of Tampa, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the Carter residence, 197 Brown St., Homerville.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Homerville.
Margaret E. Whipple
Margaret Elizabeth Whipple, 66, died Wednesday night (Oct. 28, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.
Jeffrey Paige Johns
Jeffrey Paige Johns, 51, died Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2015) at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick from a sudden illness.
He was born July 19, 1964 in Waycross, to Barbara Wilson Johns and Seba G. Johns Sr. He attended Waycross High School and obtained his GED later. He moved to St. Simons Island where he had a landscaping business, and formerly worked in the maintenance department of Charter By The Sea. He worked at Emmeline and Hessie’s, the Crab Trap, and was later the manager of Richard’s Disco and Lounge. He also attended the Georgia Power sponsored technical school in Milledgeville, studying HVAC, and moved to Brantley County in 2000.
He loved a good fishing trip, could fix anything and had an eye for all things mechanical.
He was preceded in death by his father, Seba G. Johns Sr., and his brother, Seba G. “Jimmy” Johns.
He is survived by his daughter, Allye Leggett, of Brunswick; his mother, Barbara W. Johns, of Brantley County; two sisters, Ileen Johns Skarpalezos and Marie Johns Sawyer (husband, Al), of St. Simons Island; his granddaughter, Brianna Herrington, of Brunswick; a niece, Winnie M. Skarpalezos, of St. Simons Island; a nephew, George Skarpalezos II, of St. Simons Island; an aunt, June Wilson, of Virginia; and several cousins.
Memorials may be sent to Crawford Street Baptist Church, 204 S. Crawford St., Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to Hickox Baptist Church, 7224 Caney Bay Road, Nahunta, Ga. 31553.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday morning at the funeral home from 10 until 11 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Mary C. Westberry
Mary Carter Westberry, 92, of Tallahassee, Fla., died Tuesday (Oct. 27, 2015) at the Capitol Regional Hospital in Tallahassee, Fla., following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear.
Alicia Rainge Wells
Alicia Louise Rainge Wells, 32, of Brunswick, formerly of Nahunta, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2015) at her residence in Brunswick.
A visitation will be held Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Rainge Funeral Home.
The funeral will be Saturday, 3 p.m. at Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 139 Florida Ave., Nahunta. The Rev. Leonard Jackson, pastor, and Elder Ruby Baker, eulogist, will officiate the service.
Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Waynesville.
She was born Sept. 28, 1983, in Waycross, to Ella Lee Rainge McDonald and the late Deacon Nathaniel Rainge. She was raised in Nahunta and attended Bacon County High School, graduating with the class of 2002. She later received an associate degree in medical billing and coding from Fortis College in 2015.
She was employed at eBay Enterprise in Brunswick.
At an early age she accepted the Lord as her personal savior and became a member of Little Rock Baptist Church. She enjoyed writing poems and plays, talking on the phone, facebook and cooking.
Preceding her in death other than her father were her maternal grandparents and paternal grandparents.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories, her mother, Ella Rainge McDonald; her step-father, Charles McDonald; siblings, Cory Rainge (Kisha), Beverly Arguello (Hector), Latraille Williams (Lovell), Derrick Rainge (Lori Ann), Phillip Rainge, Kimberly McDonald, Gloria Frazier, Aaron Butler, Leon Frazier (Doris), Roger Frazier (Angelita), Terry White, Jeanette White, Deborah Young (Bruce), Glenda Jackson and a host of uncles, aunts, great-uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, class of 2002, other relatives and friends; and a special friend, Israel Thomas.
The cortege will assemble at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Hector Arguello, at 99 Henry St. in Nahunta, at 2:15 p.m.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Henry C. Williams Jr.
Henry Cleveland Williams Jr., 62, passed away Monday (Oct. 26, 2015) at Clinch County Hospital in Homerville.
The funeral will be Saturday 11 a.m. at St. James AME Church, Lee Street, Blackshear, where Pastor Gerald Copeland is the pastor and will offer words of comfort.
Memorialization will be by cremation after the service.
There will not be a visitation but the public viewing will begin at 4 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in state at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 o’clock.
The family is receiving friends at his mother’s residence, 3361 Piney Grove Circle, Blackshear.
The cortege will assemble at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 3361 Piney Grove Circle.
Born May 5, 1953, he was the son of the late Henry Cleveland Williams Sr. and Hattie V. Williams. He attended Lee Street High School in Blackshear and moved to New York to complete his education at Dewitt Clinton High School. He worked at Tire Kingdom in New York for more than 20 years before he moved back to Blackshear and worked at Tire Kingdom in Waycross until his health failed.
He spent six years in the Clinch County Health Care Nursing Home in Homerville until God called him to rest on Monday.
After Henry moved back to Blackshear, he became a member of St. James A.M.E. Church.
Also known as “Big Hank” and “Ham Bone,” he had and outgoing and joking personality. His favorite words to Robin when she talked to him were, “I’m a good looking Brother Robin.”
He leaves to mourn his mother, Hattie V. Williams, of Blackshear; four sisters, Constance Cromedy, Thessalon Williams, Robin Taylor, all of Blackshear, and Felicia Williams, of Augusta; many, many friends, associates, nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.
Arrangements are with Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral.
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Edward Mikell, 71, was held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating were the Rev. R.B. Gaskins and the Rev. Kevin Grissom.
Interment was in the Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Scott Mikell, Christopher Mikell, Austin Miller, Kevin Mikell, Brent Mikell and Ben Aldridge.
Honorary pallbearers were Marion Melton and Kevin Allday.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Debra Eason Sharpe
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Debra Gail Eason Sharpe, 56, was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. Mark Griffis.
Interment was in the Bristol Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Kenny Jordan, Bill Sharpe, Lamar Eason, Jerome Sharpe, Austin Jordan, Shone Eason, Keon Cooper and Earl Sharpe.
Matthew Lucas served as an honorary pallbearer.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.