Cecil Franklin Jacobs
Cecil Franklin Jacobs, 92, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 26, 2016) at Ogeechee Area Hospice after a brief illness.
He was born in the summer of 1924 in Hebardville to Charles Wesley Jacobs and Anna Dean Jacobs and grew up in Ware County.
He graduated from Wacona High School and served in both the European and Pacific theaters during World War II, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
He returned to attend The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., then earned his M.D. at The Medical College of Georgia and a masters degree in public health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Following his military service, he married Edith Collins of Waycross in the summer of 1948. They raised three children, Nancy, Charles and Joanna.
He dedicated his life to public health, serving as the director of health departments in Georgia, Oklahoma and South Carolina.  Along the way, he was instrumental in upgrading food inspection and health clinics in Tulsa, Okla., and air pollution control in Charleston, S.C. His efforts in Charleston led to his being honored as the “Conservationist of the Year” in 1972 by the National Wildlife Federation.
He returned to private practice in the 1970s, briefly operating an office in Portal. He later served as an emergency room physician at Bulloch County Hospital and several emergency rooms in Georgia. He retired at age 75 in 1999.
He and Edith enjoyed entertaining, often opening their homes and hearts to guests. He loved fishing, aviation, music and life.
Survivors are his wife of 68 years, Edith; his children; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and the memories of a life of love and service to God.
Final arrangements are pending.
In lieu of flowers, he requested that friends send any donations to Trinity Episcopal Church, 4401 Country Club Drive, in Statesboro, or to their favorite community-minded charity.
Friends may sign an on-line registry at www.joineranderson.com

R.E. ‘Gene’ Barker Jr.
R.E. “Gene” Barker Jr., 68, of Black Mountain, N.C., passed away Thursday (Oct. 27, 2016).
He was born Aug. 21, 1948 to the late Richard and Betty Colvin Barker. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of God’s Way Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Karie Jackson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Delilah LeMasters Barker; children, Keith Barker, Deborah Jackson (Jeff), Lee Anne Jackson (Lael), Christine Lynn Sappenfield, Richard Lee Sappenfield (Warean), and Dolly Dee Peters (David); sisters, Debra Winder (Harry) and Linda Thomas; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel of Harwood Home for Funerals.
Burial will be in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery following the service.
The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.harwoodhomeforfunerals.com

George R. Blount
A funeral for George R. “Randy” Blount was held Friday morning at Deenwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Jarrod Everson officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tommy Blount, George Freeman, Kenny McCarthy, Wade Steptoe, Charlie Strickland and Henry Wilson.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.