Graden Thompson Jr.
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Graden Murray Thompson Jr., 70, of Waycross, passed away Tuesday night (April 7, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness.
Born in Mississippi, he lived most of his life in Waycross. A Vietnam veteran, he served with the United States Marine Corps at the rank of gunnery sergeant and survived a helicopter ocean crash landing.
He retired in 2010 as a supervisor with Crowley Maritime Corporation after 30 years of service. He recently was working with Crosby Cadillac GMC Nissan. He served his community as an officer of the local and state Vietnam Veterans of America and as a volunteer van driver taking veterans to VA clinic appointments. He volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and enjoyed teaching children about the great outdoors.
He loved God, his family and his country. Like many men of his generation, he just didn’t always know how to show the first two openly. He enjoyed Coca Cola, westerns, historical/military films, country music, fishing and hunting.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Marine Corps League.
He was the son of the late Graden Murray Thompson Sr and Velva Marie Lanter Thompson. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Dianne Vinson Thompson, in 2000, a son, Rodger Thompson, and a grandson, Cameron Gill.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Barbara Ann Claybaugh Thompson, of Waycross; his children, Graden Murray Thompson III, of Waycross; Timothy Thompson (wife, Lisa), of Waycross, and Dianne Usry (husband, Thomas), of Woodstock; three grandchildren, Dylan Thompson, Caroline Dianne Usry and Cloie Madison Thompson; his “special extra granddaughters,” Kaci Crase, Jaylen West, Alexis Jewell and Destiny Jewell; a niece, April Claybaugh Litton; a nephew, Richard Lloyd Claybaugh; and special friends, Phyllis Myers, George Barley and Tommy Blount.
A memorial service will be held at 4 Monday at Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 Sunday evening at Music Funeral Home.
Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Marine Corps League are asked to gather at Music Funeral Home Monday at 3:30 p.m. to serve as honorary pallbearers.
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Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John Morris Rowland
John Morris Rowland, 47, died unexpectedly Friday morning (April 3, 2015) at his residence.
He was born in Gainesville, Fla. but resided in Waycross most of his life. He was a former prep cook with Applesbee’s of Waycross and currently employed with Corner Stop Store. He was also a member of Liberty Christian Church and served as a pastor in the Waycross area for several years.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ashley Rowland.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Rowland, of Waycross; two sons, Jonathon Rowland (fiancee, Erica Waters) and Nicholas Rowland, both of Waycross; his father, John A. Rowland, of Waycross; his mother, Virginia Chancey Weeks, of Blackshear; a brother, Tommy Rowland, of Blackshear; two sisters, Alice Norman, of Blackshear, and Lisa Tilley (husband, Rick), of Lakeland, Fla.; mother-in-law, Cassie Copeland, of Waycross; step-father-in-law, Jerry Sikes, of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Hargraves Chapel Church in Millwood. Burial will follow in Hargraves Chapel Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon at their residence, 2021 El Jo Sa St., Waycross.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Lisa Ann Leverett
A graveside service for Lisa Ann Leverett was held Friday afternoon at Oakland Cemetery with the the Rev. Danny Callahan and Jimmy Brantley officiating.
Miles-Odum Funeral home was in charge of the arrangements.