Andrew Robert Hanks
Andrew Robert Hanks, 48, died suddenly Wednesday morning (April 15, 2015) at his residence in Brantley County.
He was a native of Fort Hood, Texas, but he lived most of his life in Savannah before moving to the Ware-Brantley County area five years ago.
He was formerly employed as a maintenance worker for Harris Properties. He was affiliated with the Catholic faith.
He was the son of the late Edeltraut Brumhilda Hanks.
Survivors include his fiancee, Millie Wilke, of Waycross; his father, Howard Joseph Hanks Jr., of Bloomingdale, Ga.; two brothers, David Howard Hanks (Sherry), of Douglas, and Christopher John Hanks, of Georgetown, S.C.; and one nephew, Horace Samuel Hanks.
A funeral will be held 4 p.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 3 until 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Thelma L. Hunter
A celebration of life service for Thelma L. Hunter will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 901 Ossie Davis Parkway, with the church pastor, the Rev. Jackie L. Hooper Sr., offering words of comfort.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
She was born July 25, 1955 in Charlotte, N.C., to the late Raymond Adams and Dorothy Ann Steele Adams Lewis.
She moved to Jacksonville, Fla., at an early age where she grew up and received her formal education from the public school system. She worked in the health care field before her retirement. In 2014, she and her husband moved to Waycross.
She departed this life Friday (April 10, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an illness.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Bruno L. Hunter Sr.; four children, Paul Adams, of Jacksonville, Fla., Bruno L. Hunter Jr., Ebony Hunter and Migail Hunter, all of Salisbury, Md.; a sister, Dorothy M. Ethridge (Michael), of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Reuben Maurice Adams and Barry B. Adams, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; aunts, Jeanette D. Hunter, of Waycross, Nadine Walker, of Chester Town, Md., Elizabeth Moore (Albert), of Jacksonville, Fla., Katura Stewart, of Washington, D.C., and Lora Timmons (Alphonzo), of Baltimore, Md.; uncles, Leonard Fettersonn, of Charlotte, N.C., and Robert Fetterson, of Charlotte, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Brenda R. Patterson, of Chester Town, Md., Lisa L. Pender (Brad), Sandra D. Gibson, both of Kingsbridge, Md., Edith D. Gibson, Nadeane E. Jones, all of Salisbury, Md.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Friends are being received at the Hunter residence, 1120 McDonald St.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Frances Ann Jenkins
Frances Ann Jenkins was born Dec. 14, 1956 in Pierce County as the 10th child of 15 born to the union of Frank and Lorene Jenkins. From early childhood, her strength of character and determination was very evident.
She was strong-willed yet very laid back and funny. She always managed to keep the family in laughter with her jokes and wit.
She attended the public schools of Pierce County and Waycross, graduating from Waycross High School with the class of 1974.
At an early age she joined the membership of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Patterson under the leadership of the Rev. J.M. Butler. Later in life she connected with Tabernacle of Praise in Waycross where she faithfully served on the usher board and in other capacities as well.
She was employed at Memorial Hospital in Waycross where she gained the love and respect of many of her co-workers and friends. She later worked as a care giver at Ms. Jo’s Personal Care Home where her clients loved her dearly.
The loved ones left to cherish her memory are three children, Franklin Curtis (Flo) Jenkins, Christopher Rashon Jenkins and Shanandria Jenkins; her mother, Lorene Jenkins; eight siblings, Cora Bailey, Anne Jenkins, Janice Jenkins, Constance (Brother Wilbert) Muhammad, Floyd (Linda) Jenkins, Garrison Jenkins, Leonard Jenkins, Carlton Jenkins; a special sister in-law, Michelle Jenkins Brown; foster brothers, Joseph Jones and Herman Dozier; six grandchildren; a special friend, James Howard; beloved nieces: Bette, Chell, Patsy and Kiaa; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home located at 2640 Highway 84 in Blackshear.
The funeral will be held Saturday at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Patterson with Pastor Thomas Smith delivering words of Comfort and Co-Pastor Darciel Smiley of St. James Missionary Baptist Church, of Alma, officiating.
Members of the Waycross High School class of 1974 are asked to be honorary pallbearers and should be at the church 30 minutes prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior.
Professional services are entrusted to Jacobs Funeral Home of Blackshear.

Annie Lee Mercer
The funeral for Annie Lee Mercer will be Saturday, 1 p.m. at St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Fireman St., where the Rev. Norris Woods is the pastor and Minister Ricky Thomas will offer words of comfort.
The body will lie in state from 12 p.m. until the hour of the service.
Visitation will be today from 6 until 8 p.m. at Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. The cortege will assemble at 323 Walters St. at 12:15 and burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery immediately after the service.
Beloved mother and grandmother, she transitioned to her heavenly home Wednesday (April 15, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House with family at her bedside. She was born in Omaha, Ga., but lived most of her life in Waycross.
She was the church mother of the Bethel-St. Luke AME Church where she served faithfully until her health failed.
“Mother,” as she was affectionately known, was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Mary Slaughter, her husband, William Mercer, one daughter, Christine Wilson, two sons, William Jr. and Elory, and a grandson, Elijah Preston.
She leaves to cherish her memory four daughters, Helen (Howard) Dunaway, Nancy Wilson, Reta Mercer, Renita (Bruce) Allen; daughter-in-law, Linda Mercer; nephew, Ellis Colbert; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members and loving friends.
Rainge Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Wallace E. Thornton
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wallace Enoch Thornton, 62, of Blackshear, passed away Thursday (April 16, 2015) at Shands Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Okeechobee, Fla., Jan. 29, 1953, he was reared in Blackshear but lived in Evans, Ga., for several years before returning to Pierce County 13 years ago.
He was a 1971 graduate of Blackshear High School and a 1978 graduate of the University of Georgia where he received a bachelor of arts degree in art.
He served in the U.S. Army in the air defense artillery division and was a caretaker for his mother at the time of his death.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt, as well as work with wood. He also loved to draw and read..
He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and was dearly loved by his children and grandchildren.
He was a son of the late Enoch David “E.D.” Thornton. He was also preceded in death by his identical twin brother, Warren Thornton.
Survivors include his two daughters and son-in-law, Kristan and Vince Gilmer, of Martinez, and Emily and Willie Milnor, of Catonsville, Md.; his son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Sarah Thornton, of Augusta; his mother, Clara Strickland Thornton, of Blackshear; his sister and brother-in-law, Genevieve and Ray Thomas, of Panama City, Fla.; his sister-in-law, Nancy G. Thornton, of Macon; the mother of his children, Mary Carter (Darl) Edwards, of Martinez; his aunt and uncle, Myrtie and Lesley Highsmith, of Waycross; eight grandchildren, Kayla Gilmer, Kaitlyn Gilmer, Jackson Gilmer, Haines Milnor, Rowan Milnor, Bryce Milnor, Carter Thornton and Boone Thornton; his niece and nephews, Marla and Anson Farris, of Macon, David and Lea Thornton, of Waycross, and Matthew and Melissa Thornton, of Macon; and several other relatives.
A memorial service will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
The family kindly requests that members of the Blackshear High School class of 1971 serve as honorary pallbearers and to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 Saturday morning.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to your favorite charity and spend a little extra time with your loved ones.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Edward Barber
Bobby Edward Barber, 83, died Thursday morning (April 16, 2015) at his residence in Manor after an extended illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County where he labored as a farmer. He served in the United States Army and was a member of Victory Methodist Church.
He was the son of the late Lonnie Edward Barber and Macey Strickland Barber. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Jeanette Bailey Barber, and one son, Thomas Edward Barber.
Survivors include his daughter-in-law, April Barber Maxwell (husband, David), of Manor; two granddaughters, Macey Barber Martin (Kyle) and Mary Ann Barber Smith (Seth); one great-granddaughter, McKinley Martin; one sister, Erma Vickers, of Waycross; four sisters-in-law, Dona Shiver (husband, Coil), of Tifton, Barbara Moore (husband, Tim), Mary Mixon (husband, J.D.), and Carolyn Bailey; four brothers-in-law, Johnny Bailey (wife, Elaine), Buster Bailey (wife, Marsha), Bruce Bailey, and Ronald Bailey; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Victory Methodist Church in Manor. Burial will follow in Victory Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends the hour prior to the service at the church.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Evelyn Norman
Evelyn Norman, 67, of Blackshear, passed away early Friday morning (April 17, 2015) at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear.

Carolyn T. Devereaux
A graveside service for Carolyn Turner Devereaux was held at the Devereaux family plot in Surrency Thursday morning with the Rev. Daryl Smith officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.