Ruthlema Hicks
A celebration of life service for Ruthlema Cooper Hicks, 91, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Faith of God Holiness Church, 1509 Louisiana Ave., where Bishop Larry Atkinson is the pastor and will preside. Her nephew, the Rev. Andrew Cooper, will offer words of comfort.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Friends are being received at the Hicks residence, 512 Reed St., and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
She was born Feb. 17, 1926 in Ocilla to the late Ben and Wealthy Cooper.
She matriculated through the public school system of Ocilla. Soon after high school she married Abraham Fish and to this union a daughter was born, Shirley. Her and her family relocated to Miami, Fla., where she would reside for the next four decades. She later remarried to the late Charlie Hicks and to this union two sons was born, Eric Charles and Bernard Calvin.
While residing in Miami, she was a member at Greater New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church where she served as treasurer and vice president of the usher board.
After residing in Miami, Fla., for nearly four decades, she and her husband, the late Charlie Hicks, relocated to Waycross. While in Waycross she was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Argyle for many years under the leadership of the late Rev. David Mincey. As her health began to decline, she moved her membership to Faith of God Holiness Church under the tutelage of Bishop Larry Atkinson.
She was known for her sweet and calm demeanor, stability, humility and dependability, always willing to help anyone that was in need.
She departed this life Thursday (April 7, 2016) at her residence after an illness. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.
Those left to cherish her memory include three children, Shirley B. Moss, of Waycross, Eric C. Hicks (Anita), of Charlotte, N.C., and Bernard C. Hicks, of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren, Shirelle Blot, of Orange Park, Fla., Cheryl Lindsey, of Fayetteville, N.C., Anthony Moss, of Washington, D.C., Joy Patterson, of Waycross, Valencia Hicks Paul, Eric Hicks Jr., both of Charlotte, N.C.; several great-grandchildren; two siblings, Julia Mae Holmes, of Waycross, and Eddie Lee Cooper, of Walterboro, S.C.; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted with Fluker Funeral Home.

LaVene Dvorak
LaVene Harrell Dvorak, 75, of Jordan, Minn., died Thursday (April 7, 2016) peacefully at her home after complications following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was proud of the fact that she had beaten the cancer but succumbed to complications following an infectious process. She loved life and refused to believe that death was imminent, almost to the end.
She was born Oct. 11, 1940 in Manor, to J.B. and Alice L. (Waters) Harrell. She was raised and educated in the Millwood area. She raised four children in various parts of the U.S., including Waycross, Anchorage, Alaska, Jacksonville, Fla., and Seattle, Wash.
On Dec. 23, 1974 she moved to Minnesota after she married Joseph R. Dvorak in Waycross. She worked for 30 years as a records coordinator at the Minnesota Women’s Correctional Facility in Shakopee.
She was an active member of the United Methodist Women’s group. She loved crocheting and crossword puzzles but her highest priority was time with family and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Joe, of Jordan, Minn.; children, Jeff (Patty) Spicer, of New Prague, Glen (Diane) Spicer, of Oakdale, Minn., Vanessa Spicer (Rick Schaeppi), of St. Paul, Hope (Dale) Tiedeken, of Jordan, Don (Eileen) Dvorak, of Esko, Minn.; a sister, Jakey (Wilford) White, of Axson; a brother, Brian Harrell, of Waycross; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings, Elizabeth, John William, Marie, Gary and Larry.
A memorial service was to be held today at Zion United Methodist Church in Lydia, Minn., at 11 a.m. with Pastor Larry Kasten officiating.
Visitation was 1 hour prior to service also at church.
Lunch will follow immediately after the service at church.
Burial will occur at a later date in Georgia.

Alice Buckley Owens
Residents of Sandy Bottom are mourning the passing of long-time resident Alice Jannie Buckley Owens, 71, who joined her loved ones in Heaven Wednesday (April 6, 2016).
She was preceded in death by her late husband, Johnny Owens Sr., mother, Lillie Sweat, father, Lester Buckley, and sisters, Mary Souza and Betty Mathis.
She resided in the Sandy Bottom community for more than 30 years.
She leaves to remember her a brother, Jimmy Buckley (Rachel); three daughters and a son, Debra, Donna, Brenda and Brian Pruitt; grandchildren, Sarah and Hannah Counts, Timothy and Jessie Shueing, Christopher and Daniel Zogrocki, and other grandchildren; great-grandchildren, Kaetlyn Counts, Brandy, Kadien, Raul and Rodriguez Schueing, Jaylynn McCumbers; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, friends and other loved ones.
A celebration of her life will be held at Laura S. Walker State Park, Building No. 1, Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.
A parking fee is required for each car entering the park.

Kenneth R. Drayton
Kenneth R. Drayton, 78, of Waycross, died Wednesday morning (April 13, 2016) at Baptist Village Nursing Home after an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Bertie Walker
Bertie Walker, 87, of Blackshear, died Wednesday afternoon (April 13, 2016) at her residence in Blackshear after an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Monica McElhaney
The home going celebration for Monica McElhaney will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Family Worship Center, 631 Izlar St.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 9 a.m. until the service hour.  Burial and committal services will be held in Oakland Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 2008 Ocean Breeze Circle, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
The family will receive friends Friday at the funeral home during visitation from 6 until 7 p.m.
She was born Dec. 3, 1965 to the late Rebecca Jane McElhaney. She attended Waycross High School and OTC and was devoted to her faith and kids. Mom is loved tremendously and will be missed.
She passed away on Friday (April 8, 2016) after an extended illness with her family at her side.
She is survived by six children, one grandchild, one sister, one brother, two nieces, one nephew, a host of cousins, classmates, coworkers and churchmates.
Sympathy may be expressed at the online guestbook at
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Frank L. Kincey
A memorial service for Frank Lee Kincey, 55, will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Fluker Funeral Home Chapel, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway, with Pastor Dan Prewitt offering words of comfort.
He was born Nov. 15, 1960 in Homerville to the late L.C. Kincey and Dorothy McKnight Cobb. He received his formal education from the Clinch County, Brantley County and Ware County public school systems. He furthered his education in the Job Corps, Morganfield, Ky., where he received a certified masonry certificate.
He was a former employee of Dixie Concrete Inc. and Lillefield Construction Co.
He departed this life Friday (April 1, 2016) after an illness. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-father, Clifford Cobb Sr., three brothers, Clifford Cobb Jr., Richard Cobb and Anthony Cobb.
Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters, Doretha Kincey, of Waycross, and Shanita Kincey, of Brunswick; two sisters, Pearlie Kincey Stewart, of North Carolina,  and Lisa Cobb Wilson, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, Joseph Kincey, of Waycross; eight grandchildren; three uncles; four aunts; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, two special friends, Shilla Shaw, of Waycross, and Frank Studemire, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and other friends.
Friends are being received at the residence of his daughter, Doretha Kincey, 607 Lee Ave.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.