John W. Taylor II
BLACKSHEAR — John Wesley Taylor II, 78, of Blackshear, died Thursday evening (Oct. 1, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born Feb. 25, 1937 in Waycross, son of the late L.L. “Fats” and Evelyn Hilton Taylor.
He graduated from Wacona High School in 1955. He worked as a police officer with the City of Waycross and at CSX Railroad, before moving to Blackshear in 1973. He owned Chick ‘N’ Fries for almost 10 years but retired from Airco Welding Supply Company.
He loved to laugh and tell jokes, always having a “wise” word for every situation. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, and enjoyed his time on the golf course. He was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 51 years, Barbara Ann Taylor, two sisters, Linda Lee Taylor and Judith Ann “Judy” Bowen, a great-granddaughter, Camree Ann Bennett, and a special nephew, James L. “L.T.” Taylor.
Survivors include his four children, Cathy Simmons (husband, Joey), of Waycross, Terri Hall (husband, Ron), of Blackshear, John “Wes” Taylor III (wife, Rebecca), of Blackshear, and Kay Tatum (husband, Rick), of Waycross; his grandchildren, Crissy Hardy (fiancé, Brian Owens) and Amber Hart (husband, Adam), all of Blackshear, Mandy Thomas-Sumerall (husband, Victor) of Madison, Miss., Andy Thomas (wife, Hayley), of Kingsland, Taylor Altman, of Marietta, Kaleb Tatum, of Waycross, and McKayla, Johnathan, and Jeffery Taylor, all of Cecilia, La.; 4 great grandchildren, Klyne Hardy, Katelynn Owens and Hinson Hart, all of Blackshear, and Handin Sumerall, of Madison, Miss.; his brother, James L. “Jimbo” Taylor (wife, Marcia) of Waycross; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Saturday evening at 7 o’clock in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
A private burial will take place Sunday morning in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Florice S. McQuaig
Florice S. McQuaig, 91, of Waycross, died Friday afternoon (Oct. 2, 2015) at Baptist Village.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Charles McArthur Sr.
Charles William McArthur Sr., 85, of Waycross, died Thursday morning (Oct. 1, 2015) at his residence following a short illness.
Born June 2, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio, he was a son of the late Charles H. and Dorothy Jane Corris McArthur. He lived for many years in Chesterland, Ohio, before moving to Waycross in 1972. He worked for General Electric in Cleveland, served as a sheriff’s deputy in Geauga County, Ohio, and worked in the paint department at Walmart in Waycross. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church. He was a veteran, having served in the US Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John McArthur.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Margaret Justice McArthur; five children, Sam McArthur, of Alma, Charlie McArthur, of Waycross, Kevin McArthur (wife, Angie), of Brantley County, Dorothy Jane Woodard, of Waycross, and Richard McArthur, of Waycross; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Douglas McArthur; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will take place Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.
Memorialization is by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Edward E. Stephens
Edward Eugene “Gene” Stephens, 68, of Offerman, passed away early Friday morning (Oct. 2, 2015) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
Born in Blackshear, Oct. 12, 1946, he lived in Florida for many years before moving to Pierce County in 1993. He worked in the food industry and was of the Church of God faith.
He was a son of the late Henry Leroy “Bud” and Precilla Daniels Stephens. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Jeanette Stephens and Christine Stephens, and three brothers, A.O. “Buddy” Stephens, Walter Stephens and Williams Stephens.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Blaker Stephens, of Offerman; two daughters and a son-in-law, Sarah Jane Stephens and Brenda Ann and Spence Boatright, all of Offerman; a son, Edward Eugene “Eddie” Stephens Jr., of Offerman; three sisters, JoAnne (Carroll) Brooker, of Blackshear, Mae Smith, of Vidalia, and Jackie (Nelson) Crews, of Patterson; three brothers, John (Faye) Stephens, of Daytona Beach, Fla., Jessie Stephens, of Blackshear, and Bryant Stephens, of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Kayla Marie Naylor, James Eugene Stephens, Jaden Earl Boatright and Breanna Victoria Boatright; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Offerman Cemetery.
There will be no public visitation.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Kyle Richard Knight
A memorial service for Kyle Richard Knight was held Friday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Felton Harden officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dewey A. Davis Sr.
ALMA — The funeral for Dewey Aldeen Davis Sr., 91, was held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at Beulah Baptist Church.
Officiating were the Rev. Loran Bryant, the Rev. Clay Thomas and the Rev. Sam Quick.
Interment was in the Beulah Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Jay Davis, Pete Parsons, Chip Raynor, Bill Cason, Jerry Davis, Tommy Miller and Richter Rudisail.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Senior Adult Men’s Sunday School class as well as Lucy Goodman, Dorothy Brown, Diane Harris, Wanda Felton, Patricia Atkinson and Angie Ward.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Randy A. Jones
A memorial service for Dr. Randy A. Jones was held at First Baptist Church Friday afternoon with Dr. R. J. Blankenship, the Rev. John Wheeler and the Rev. Mark Williams officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.