James S. ‘Jay’ Shaw
James Slaton “Jay” Shaw, 67, surrounded by family, died peacefully at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Monday (April 20, 2015).
A longtime public servant, Shaw served as the mayor of Lakeland for 10 years, a champion for the state of Georgia where he served in the General Assembly representing State House District 176 for 18 years. Presently he was serving on the Georgia Department of Transportation Board and had recently completed a term as the chairman.
He was known by a reputation that he led by his word and followed through on his promises. He was known and loved for his boundless energy, friendly and cheerful spirit, quick wit, keen intellect and common sense. Those in need of support or a helping hand could always count on Shaw’s compassion. He took his responsibilities as a citizen very seriously. Many referred to his “heart of gold.”
He was born in Lakeland, Nov. 6, 1947, to the late Doris Pafford and Charles Slaton Shaw. He grew up in Lakeland and attended the public schools before attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. He was a standout on the tennis team at ABAC.
An active man of wide-ranging interests, he was an avid outdoorsman. He combined a successful insurance business with a remarkable record of public service. As he moved easily among people and groups in all walks of life, his life reflected a man who generously shared his time, talents and resources with others.
He served as a trustee and board member of Unity United Methodist Church in Lakeland. He served on countless committees and in service organizations throughout the state in the areas of transportation, health care, business, education, agriculture and forestry. He was known for his common sense and his support for south Georgia. His leadership abilities enabled him to facilitate positive changes in all these areas.
When applying for a position with Dewar Properties, Jimmy Dewar asked him what his goal in life was. Shaw replied, “ I just want to live in Lakeland, Ga. and have everybody love me.” He achieved that goal.
Survivors include his loving wife, Libby, of 45 years; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Katy Shaw and Sam and Christa Shaw; four grandchildren, Jenna Shaw, Brady Shaw, Anne Harvey Shaw and Slaton Shaw, of Lakeland; brother and sister-in-law, Loyd and Margaret Ann Shaw, of Lakeland; sister and brother-in-law, Emily and Fred Anderson, of Valdosta; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Zellna Shaw and Sue and Jimmy Benefield, of Lakeland; many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Ramer Shaw, of Lakeland, and brother and sister-in-law, Dixie and Ann Murray, of Brunswick.
Visitation will be today from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Threatte Center in Lakeland.
A celebration of his life will be held at Southside Baptist Church in Lakeland Thursday at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in the Unity United Methodist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the memorial of one’s choice or the Fannie Smith Pafford Memorial Fund at Unity United Methodist Church, 11 E. Chestnut Ave., Lakeland, Ga. 31635.
Sympathy may be expressed online at www.musicfuneralservices.com
Music Funeral Services of Lakeland is serving the Shaw family.

Theodore Myzck
Theodore Myzck, of 1416 Carswell Ave., Waycross, passed suddenly Wednesday (April 15, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
A visitation will be held today from 6 until 8 p.m. at Rainge Funeral Home.
The service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Rainge Funeral Home. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery, Blackshear. Elder Christopher Parnell will offer words of comfort.
He was born March 10, 1950 in Milledgeville to the late Ethel Myzck. He enjoyed riding his three-wheel bicycle through town, boiling peanuts and selling them. He also loved dancing and could quote Genesis Chapter 1 Verse 1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Left to cherish his memories are Bertha Richardson, caregiver, Ginger Bagley, case manager, and siblings, Joann Myzck, Louise Myzck, Carswell Myzck, Mary Wesley, Dennis Goodman, Aaron Jr. and Fred.
The family is asked to assemble at the funeral home at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
Arrangements are provided by Rainge Memorial Funeral Home, Blackshear.

Robert Ray Myers
Robert “Bobby” Ray Myers, 73, of Waycross, passed away Monday (April 20, 2015) at his residence after an extended illness.
He was a native of Mercersburg, Pa., who lived most of his life in Texas, then moved to Waycross about 12 months ago.
He was preceded in death by his former wife, Esther Myers, parents, Bertha and David Ray Myers, and one brother, Alan Lynn (Suzanne) Myers.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Brown Myers, of Waycross; one daughter, Susan (Carse) Crews, of Fort Worth, Texas; one son, Brian (Dori) Myers, of Fort Worth, Texas; one grandson, Josh (Melissa) Myers, of Azle, Texas; sisters, Carol (Richard) Cobler, of Pipe Creek, Texas, Jenny Myers, of Azle, Texas; brother, David L. (Becky) Myers, of Pipe Creek, Texas; six step-children, Jesse (Marie) Crews, of Alma, Maurice Crews, of Waycross, Leif (Ashlee) Crews, of Waycross, Vanessa (Lawrence) Moseley, of Jesup, Carse (Susan) Crews, of Fort Worth, Texas, Anne (Chad) Reed, of Houston, Texas; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. at Christ’s Church on Augusta Avenue in Waycross with the Rev. Franklin Peacock officiating.
Interment will follow in the Military Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas, at a later date.
Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Mincey
Michael Mincey, 39, of 5301 Blue Spruce Road, Blackshear, passed away suddenly Saturday (April 18, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was born in Blackshear to Ruth Edith Mincey and the late Otha Lee Mincey Sr.
He attended the public schools of Pierce County and was a 1996 graduate of Pierce County High School. He played football and ran track while in school and played semi-pro ball in 1999-2000 and in 2011. He was employed at Clayton Homes in Waycross for 13 years.
He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving son, Michael Lee Mincey Jr.; loving mother, Ruth Edith Mincey; two sisters, Lillie Kelly and Barbara (Jay) Bryant; six brothers, Otha Lee (Rece) Kelly, Otha Lee Mincey Jr., Tony Mincey, Jerry Mincey, Sandy Mincey and Gregory (Erin) Mincey; an uncle, Willie Lee Mincey; aunts, Juanita Bellamy, Patricia (Leonard) Walters and Susie Mae Mincey; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, good friends and co-workers.
The family is receiving friends at 940 Ware St., Apt. 50, Blackshear.
Visitation will take place from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Bridge Community Church, 419 Main St., Blackshear.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bridge Community Church. The Rev. Chris Roberts will offer words of comfort.
Interment will follow in the Ridge Cemetery, Patterson.
Casketbearers are asked to meet at the funeral home, 505 Ware St., at 4 p.m. Friday and at noon Saturday.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Janie Kate Broom
BLACKSHEAR — A funeral for Janie Kate Hice Broome, 92, was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at First Baptist Church of Blackshear.
Officiating were Dr. Bill Young and Robert Williams.
Interment was in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Keith Jeffers, Ed Bruce, Thomas Hice, Josh McGee, Carolyn Hice-Bruce and Chris Hice-Waldman.
Honorary pallbearers were the Followers Sunday School Class of First Baptist.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.