J.W. Dixon
Jackson Wesley “J.W.” Dixon, 84, of Blackshear, died Sunday morning (Oct. 2, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
Born Jan. 7, 1932 in Mershon, he was a son of the late William Franklin and Emma Walker Dixon. He was raised in Pierce County where he graduated from Patterson High School. He then joined the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He lived in St. Marys for many years where he worked for Gilman Paper Company before moving to Blackshear in 1982.
He was a lifelong farmer, enjoyed raising cattle, and was a longtime funeral assistant with Dixon-Bowen-Taylor Funeral Home, Smith Funeral Home and Hart Funeral Home.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Blackshear where he attended the Fellowship Sunday School Class, served as an usher and was active in the Men’s Ministry. He was also a longtime member of the Southern Baptist Association Disaster Relief. He was a former deacon of Alabaha Freewill Baptist Church in Blackshear and a former member of St. Marys First Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Ann Thornton Dixon, and his sisters and a brother-in-law, Betty Keith and Illa Mae and Dr. Karl Yaple.
Survivors include his daughter, Teresa Bagaria, of Blackshear; his son, Wes Dixon (wife, Diane), of St. Marys; his grandchildren, Chris Clark, of St. Marys, Steven Bagaria, of Decatur, and Seth Bagaria, of Blackshear; three great-grandchildren, Dalton, Matthew and Victoria Clark, all of St. Marys; a brother-in-law, James Keith, of Modoc, S.C.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Blackshear. Burial will take place at a later date.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
The family requests all members of the First Baptist Church Fellowship Sunday School Class, the Southern Baptist Association Disaster Relief Members, the Blackshear McDonald’s Breakfast Club and Kenneth and Faye Bennett to serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to be at the church by 10:40 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Disaster Relief Fund, 670 Main St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516 or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Darrell Day
Luther Darrell Day, 60, of Blackshear, died Saturday morning (Oct. 1, 2016) at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born in Waycross and lived in Blackshear the last 24 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. He owned and operated Day Heating and Cooling for many years.
He was a member of Rehobeth Baptist Church, the choir and the Good News Sunday School Class. He loved his barnyard animals such as horses, mules, chickens and rabbits.
He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Billy Day, two brothers, Jimmy Day Sr. and Eric Day.
Survivors include his wife, Evie Tanner Day, of Blackshear; his mother, Carolyn Purvis Day, of Waycross; five children, Carrie Pokines (husband, Shannon), of Nassau, Fla., Cindy Ricketson (husband, Brian), of Woodbine, Daniel Selph, of Waycross, Larisa Day, of New Hampshire, Kayla Harris, of Waycross; special granddaughter, Cami Taft; 10 grandchildren; five step-children, David Taft (wife, Shelly), of Blackshear, Angie Holton (husband, Pong), of Douglas, Michael Taft (wife, Kim), of Broxton, Jon Taft (wife, Glenda), of Waycross, Pam Boatright (husband, Bryan), of Mershon; 11 step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Gail Wiley, of Waycross; one brother, John David Day Sr., of Waycross; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 11 at Rehobeth Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Rehobeth Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday 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.

James Albert Mathis
MSgt James Albert Mathis, USAF, Ret., 83, died Saturday afternoon (Oct. 1, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross except for his military career. In 1972, he retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service. His service included the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. After his military retirement, he was employed by Champion International for 15 years. He was a member of Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Waycross.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rayford Chester and Ruby Beatrice Mathis, two sisters, Mavis Stone and Joanell Strickland, and one brother, Donnie H. Mathis.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Patricia Josephine Wynn Mathis, of Waycross; four daughters, Pamela Byers (David), of Temple, Texas, Janet Leggett (David), of Waycross, Susan Smith (Tony), of Milton, Ga., and Diana Edwards (Eric), of Lake Hamilton, Fla.; one son, MSgt James “Jim” A. Mathis II, USAF, Ret., of Minot, N.D.; nine grandchildren, Piper Landrum (Jon), Mindy Morgan (Beau), Chris Leggett (Christy), Jimmy Mathis, Colt Myers (Brittney), Maggie Smith, Maddie Smith, Angela Jones (Randy) and Jennifer Byers; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Rayford “Mac” Chester Mathis Jr., of Statesboro; three sisters-in-law, Norma Jean Mathis, Mary Margaret Smoot and Emily Stewart; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Gail Denise Cooper
Gail Denise Cooper, 60, died Friday morning (Sept. 30, 2016) at her residence in Hoboken.
She was a native of Ware County, but she was mostly raised in Brantley County where she graduated high school. She was employed as an IT Tech for more than 30 years with McGregor Golf being her last employer.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Danny Corbitt.
Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Ken Cooper, of Hoboken; two sons, Lemuel Tuten (Pamela), of Blackshear, and Bradley Tuten (Kimberly), of Waresboro; two step-sons, Brad Cooper (Linda), of Brunswick, and Troy Cooper (Megan), of Lexington, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Suzanne Doggette, Samantha Doggette, Tristin Cooper, Daley Tuten, Savannah Tuten, Raleigh Tuten, Sydnee Tuten, Lucas Tuten and Alexis Cooper; her parents, Felder and Pat Stone Corbitt; four siblings, Charles Corbitt, of Brantley County, Trish Sutherin, of Jacksonville, Fla., Ricky Corbitt, of Brantley County, and Wanda Crosby, of Ludowici; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Hurst Officiating.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

Connie Queen Howell
Connie Queen Howell, 67, died Sunday morning (Oct. 2, 2016) at her residence in Brantley County after an extended illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Faye Hill Bell
Faye Hill Bell, 72, died Sunday morning (Oct. 2, 2016) at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside in Jacksonville, Fla. after an extended illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.