Iris Massey
Iris Massey, 72, of Blackshear, died Monday (Oct. 3, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross.
She was born Aug. 23, 1944 in Ware County to the late William A. Bullard and the late Hester Ann Morgan Bullard. She was a homemaker and worked on the family farm. She was the widow of George Massey and was also preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by her son, Jay Massey, of Waycross; daughter, Betty Bassham (husband, Bobby), of Arlington, Tenn.; four grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. in Hargraves Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Davis officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hargraves Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation is at the church one hour prior to the service.
Lovein Funeral Home, of Nashville, Ga., is serving the family.

Earl Eugene Bennett
Earl Eugene Bennett, 78, died Monday afternoon (Oct. 3, 2016) at his residence in Millwood following an extended illness.
He was born and raised in Millwood but resided most of his life in Waycross. He was owner and operator of B&B Logging and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He also served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He was a son of the late Folks Elsie Bennett and Lennie Maude Stephens Bennett. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Jennie B. Hood and Theresa B. Hayes, and two brothers, Gwin Bennett and Guylan Bennett.
He is survived by two children, Stanley Bennett (Melanie), of Millwood, and Sharon Ponsell, of Waycross; three grandchildren, Ashley Ponsell, Rhett Browning and Chynna Bennett; three great-grandchildren, Tegan Hartt, Zayden Pope and Ryker Goodin; two sisters, Marietta B. Arnold (Huey), of Waycross, and Laverne B. Wade, of Waycross; three brothers, Folks Junior Bennett (Mary), of Millwood, Dane Bennett (Marlene), of American Fort, Utah, and Virgil Bennett (Linda), of Pearson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Waycross.
Burial will follow in Little Utah Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Joy Faye Rowland
BLACKSHEAR — Joy Faye Braddock Rowland, 69, of Blackshear, passed away Monday (Oct. 3, 2016) at her residence following a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by all of her family, including her caregivers for the last couple of years, her husband, Donald Clinton Rowland, and her daughters, Sheri Correll and Terena Dakin.
Born in Baldwin, Fla. on March 22, 1947, she had lived in Pierce County for most of her life. She had been a graphic artist for many years as well as a cook at multiple restaurants in the area. She had also been a caregiver to her mother for five years before her mother passed away.
She was a member of Southgate Baptist Church where she had been in the Joy Sunday School class and in charge of the crafts during Vacation Bible School for many, many years. She loved to paint (portraits were her favorite), write poetry and was an avid reader.
She was a daughter of the late Elnetta Williams Anderson. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jenkins, two brothers, Cecil Sikes and Willie Sikes, and by two special friends, Adele Pharr and Maude Flowers.
Survivors include husband of 52 years, Donald Rowland, of Blackshear; two daughters, Sheri Correll (Cary), of Blackshear, and Terena (Fred) Dakin, of Brunswick; a sister, Dorothy Bradford (Brad), of Patterson; two brothers, Haskel Sikes, of Amarillo, Texas, and Johnnie Williams (Judy), of Offerman; seven grandchildren, Tiffany (Juan) Guerrero, Brandon Correll (Kelly Holcombe), Kandice (Daniel) Hartman, Donna Dakin (Briana Tresvant), Clinton Correll, Sherena Correll, Emma Dakin; five great-grandchildren, Elie Dowling, Ariana Dowling, Kannon Hartman, Evan Guerrero, Addison Correll; two special friends, Alta Aldridge and Sarah McLeod, both of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Southgate Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Waters Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
The family kindly requests members of the Joy Sunday school class and also employees of Hospice Satilla to serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to meet at the church by 10:30 Saturday morning.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org in memory of her sister, Mary Jenkins; or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear, is in charge of the arrangements.

Willard ‘Bucky’ Thrift
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Willard “Bucky” Thrift, 70, of Hoboken, passed away Monday (Oct. 3, 2016) at the Malcolm Randall V. A. Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla., following a lengthy illness.
Born in Blackshear on Aug. 8, 1946, he had lived in Waycross for several years before moving to Hoboken in 1996. He was a disabled U.S. Army veteran — having been wounded in Vietnam for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.
He liked to work with wood, building cabinets, hope chests, and swings along with many other things. He loved the river and enjoyed fishing, NASCAR —he was a Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan — and enjoyed watching the NFL.
He was a son of the late Millard and Myrtice Sweat Thrift. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Frances Hagen.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Bobbie Sue O’Quinn Thrift, of Hoboken; two daughters and a son-in-law, Tina and Mike Rozier, of Blackshear, and Dustie Thrift, of Hoboken; a son, Bucky Thrift, of Hoboken; five sisters, Shirley McCutcheon (Donald) and Faye McCutcheon (Tom), both of Sayre, Pa., Lavenia Jacobs, of Interlachen, Fla., Cathy Shirah (Junior), of Waresboro, Angie Barnwell (Jarvis), of Columbia, S.C.; a brother, Roger Thrift (Ann), of Hoboken; four grandchildren, Ranie Thrift (Glenn), Isaac Davis, Allysa Steedley, Sierra Steedley; a great-grandchild, Alayna Thrift; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Hoboken.
Interment will be in the Hoboken Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Gainesville Fisher House at www.gainesvillefisherhouse.org
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear, is in charge of the arrangements.