Tom Doyle Spence
Tom D. Spence, 95, of Waycross died Thursday afternoon (Oct. 29, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness.
He was born in Waresboro on Sept. 8, 1920.
His parents were the late Luke and Nettie Spence. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 70 years, Georgia Stowe Spence. He was also preceded in death by his three older brothers, Steve A. Spence, John A. Spence, L.L. Spence, and two older sisters, Susie and Lucy.
He is survived by his sister, Jewel Spence Davis; his nephew and niece, Joe and Linda Spence; his god-daughter, Joanna Minor; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
He was a World War II veteran who was injured in a jeep accident during the Invasion of Italy and medically retired from the Army. Upon his return home, he worked at the Atlantic Coast Railroad, served as a Ware County game warden and spent 30 years at International Paper before he retired in 1982.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Waycross, the Waycross Shrine Club and the Waycross Masonic Lodge.
A funeral will be held 10 a.m. Monday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Entombment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday morning beginning at 8:30 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, South Georgia Regional Office, 225 East Second St., Tifton, Ga. 31794.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Belle Altman Bryant
Belle Altman Bryant, 93, of Folkston, passed away Tuesday (Oct. 27, 2015).
She was born March 4, 1922 in Charlton County to the late Charlie Jefferson Altman and Cora Mizell Altman. She was married to the late George Neal Bryant for 64 years before his passing in 2005.
She and Mr. Bryant lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and Waycross, before moving back to Folkston. She always put her children first, even being a cheerleading volunteer just so she could be at all of her sons’ football games. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Folkston.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Morris, Raymond, Hubert, Eunice, Leila and Pearl.
She is survived by her three sons, Bobby O. Bryant (Kay), Billy C. Bryant (Sandra) and Jeff Bryant; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Gertrude Bryant; and a brother, Charles Altman.
The funeral was held Friday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Folkston with Dr. Randy Jacoby and the Rev. Gene McCullough officiating.
Burial was in Sardis Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at www.shepardfh.com
Arrangements were under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston.

Margaret Whipple
Miss Margaret Elizabeth Whipple, 66, died Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 28, 2012) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Waycross.
She was a native of Providence, R.I., but she lived most of her life in Waycross. She grew up Episcopalian, but she attended Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. She was formerly employed by the Okefenokee Swamp Park as the gift shop manager for 35 years.
She was the daughter of the late Arthur Alwin Whipple Jr. and Gladys Anne Wheatley Whipple.
Survivors include two sons, Jon David Whipple (wife, Connie), of Waycross, and Daniel Joseph Whipple, of Statesboro; one granddaughter, Kailynne Whipple; two step-grandchildren, Braxton Brock and Martin Brock; one sister, Carol Spikes, of the Atlanta area; one nephew, Jimmy Spikes; one niece, Cheryl Caldwell; two great-nephews, Bryan Spikes and Bradley Spikes.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in High Bluff Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Mary C. Westberry
Mary Holland Carter Westberry, 92, of Tallahassee, Fla., died Tuesday morning (Oct. 27, 2015) at Capitol Regional Hospital in Tallahassee following an extended illness.
She was born May 27, 1923 in West Green, daughter of the late Elbert and Angeline Wood Carter. She lived in Hialeah, Fla., for many years before moving to Blairsville in 1979. She then moved to Tallahassee to be near family in 2009. She was retired from the Dade County Public Schools as the food service manager and was a member of First Baptist Church in Thomaston.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Clyde Westberry, three brothers, Bill Carter, Walter Carter and Ed Carter; two sisters, Ethel Mae McWhorter and Ruby Harper; and one great-granddaughter, Micheala Westberry.
Survivors include her husband, James Westberry, of Tallahassee, Fla.; her daughter, Emma Hopkins (husband, Phillip), of Tallahassee, Fla.; three sons, Riley Westberry (wife, Nancy), of Flowery Branch, Carl Westberry (wife, Sarah), of Sunrise, Fla., and Bill Westberry (wife, Jeann), of Thomaston; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Robert Westberry, of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Monday at 12 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday at the funeral home from 11 until 11:45 a.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Sweat Johnson
Mary Kight Sweat Johnson, 87, died Friday morning (Oct. 30, 2015) at BayView Nursing Home in Nahunta after an extended illness.
She was a native of Atkinson County, but she lived most of her life in Waycross. She graduated with the class of 1946 in Pearson. She was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church, and she was formerly employed by J.C. Penny’s.
She was the daughter of the late John F. Kight and Lily Thomas Kight.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, William Edward “Buddy” Johnson, of Waycross; two sons, George L. Sweat (wife, June) and David Sweat (wife, Laverne), both of Blackshear; one step-son, Danny Johnson (wife, Nancy), of Brunswick; one step-daughter, Cathy Kendricks (husband, Billy) of Statesboro; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

I.S. Smith
I.S. Smith, 67, of 2650 Carswell Ave., Baptist Village, passed Thursday evening (Oct. 29, 2015).
Funeral arrangements and a list of survivors will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Funeral Home

Jeffery Paige Johns
A funeral for Jeffery Paige Johns was held Friday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Rowell and the Rev. J.D. Bowen officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wesley Albritton, Jamie Stewart, Chris Smith, Jordan Smith, Paul Smith and Ricky Thrift.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were Fred Albritton and Gene Davis.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Tommy H. Musgrove
A funeral for Tommy Henry Musgrove was held Friday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Davis, the Rev. Marvin Jackson, Bill Cofield and Tommy Peagler officiating.
Burial followed in Musgrove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Preston Bennett, Joshua Shane Mathis, Jerry Musgrove, Ricky Musgrove, Steve Musgrove, Jody Pearson and Eric Smith.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were Brandon Bennett, Dawson Bennett, Bryson Hendricks, Austin Morris, Braden Morris and Jett Smith.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.