Gerald M. Dees Jr.
Gerald Mixon “Mickey” Dees Jr., 59, died suddenly Tuesday (April 21, 2015) at his residence in Waycross.
He was a native of Hahira who lived most of his life in Houston County. He received a degree in criminal justice from Georgia Southern University, and was a 25-year veteran with the Houston County Sheriff’s Department.
He was the son of the late Gerald Mixon “Buck” Dees Sr. and Betty Gene Smith Dees.
Survivors include two daughters, Ashley Dees Spradlin (husband, Josh) and Laura Grace Dees, both of Warner Robins; his former wife, Janet Bates Dees, of Warner Robins; two brothers, Kenneth Wayne Dees (wife, Emily), of Midway, and the Rev. Steve J. Dees (wife, Billie), of Orangeburg, S.C.; one sister, Brenda Rolison (husband, Chris), of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Shirley Hills Baptist Church, 615 Corder Road, Warner Robins.
The family will receive friends from 3 until 4 p.m. Sunday at Shirley Hills Baptist Church.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Ernest Wesley Jr.
Bishop Ernest Wesley Jr. passed into eternal rest Wednesday afternoon (April 22, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an illness.
He was a native of Pierce County who lived in Ware County most of his life. His parents were the late Ernest Wesley Sr. and Dora Mote Wesley.
He was the former pastor of Church of Christ Written In Heaven, Telmore.
Survivors include his wife, Claretha Taylor Wesley, his children, Ernest Wesley lll (Gloria), of Folkston, Larry D. Wesley, Alice Wesley Staten, both of Waycross, Cynthia D. Wesley (Morris), of Riverdale, Vanessa Wesley Welch (Leonard) and Sharon Wesley Fluker (Andrew Sr.), both of Waycross, and other relatives.
Friends are being received at the Wesley residence, 901 “L” St.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.

Catherine J. Lee
Catherine J. Lee was born Oct. 9, 1925 in Brunswick and departed to be with the Lord on Thursday (April 16, 2015) at Destin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Destin, Fla.
She was the daughter of the late Glover and Phyllis Hughes.
At an early age the family relocated to Jacksonville, Fla., where she attended public school and received her high school diploma. She then furthered her education by receiving certification in business management. She followed her heart’s passion with music and became a business owner of several businesses in her lifetime.
While in Jacksonville, she joined the Lee Gospel Singers where she met and married the late Willard Joseph “Joe” Lee. She traveled extensively throughout the nation, mostly in the southeastern region, with the singing group sharing the stage with gospel greats such as, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, The Gospel Caravans, Rosetta Thorpe, James Cleveland and the Mighty Swanee Quintets, just to name a few. Her singing career gave her the privilege to live from California to Detroit, Mich., where she, along with her husband promoted gospel singers and operated local businesses.
She lived in Detroit until returning to Jacksonville, Fla., to help care for her father. She moved to Waycross in 1964 where she and her husband continued to promote gospel singing and operated local restaurants, with the last being the “Do Drop Inn” which she closed and retired in 1985.
After relocating to Waycross, the joined St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church under the Rev. A.J. Shaw where she served on the missions society and served as a soloist for a number of years. She later joined New Grant Chapel under the pastoral care of Bishop Michael-Angelo James where she was best known for her inspiring solos.
She leaves to cherish her memory a granddaughter, Marcinia Simms, whom she loved and raised as her own; great-grandsons, Jamar Christian, of Atlanta, Ramond Simms, of Auburn, Ala., and Nygel Simms, of Indianapolis, Ind.; great-great-granddaughters, Jayda Simms and Addelyn Simms; a devoted cousin, Porsha Chandler; and many other cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel’s International Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 600 Genoa St., Waycross, where Bishop Michael-Angelo James is the pastor.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 10 a.m. until the service hour. Burial and committal service will follow in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at 213 Frontier Drive, Waycross, at 10:15 Saturday morning.
The family will receive friends Friday at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. and at the family residence, 213 Frontier Drive.
Sympathy maybe expressed by signing the online guestbook at
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Rev. Leonard Wildes
The Rev. Leonard M. Wildes (retired) died Tuesday (April 21, 2015) at home after an extended illness.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Fellowship, 522 Miles Still Road, Waycross.
In lieu of flowers or food the family is requesting donations be made in his name to the Okefenokee Humane Society or New Hope Fellowship.

Dr. Wendell Beal Jr.
Dr. Wendell Kenneth Beal Jr., 80, died Tuesday morning (April 21, 2015) in St. Vincent’s Healthcare-Riverside following a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Willie Lee Woods
Willie Lee “Catfish” Woods, 66, passed away Wednesday (April 22, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a brief illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Music Funeral Home.

Maude Sweat Davis
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Maude Sweat Davis, 75, was held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating were the Rev. Loran Bryant and the Rev. Sam Quick.
Interment was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Connor Luke, Justin Jordan, Skylar Sweat, Tony Luke, Jason Jordan and Corey Sweat.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rosemary Murray
Rosemary Murray, of Savannah, came to transition to life with the Lord Wednesday (April 22, 2015) at St. Joseph Candler’s Hospital, surrounded by much love of her family.
She was born March 29, 1937 to Ellen Brown and Thomas Southwood Sr., of Savannah. She was educated in the Savannah School system.
She was a member of St. John Baptist Church in Savannah up until her illness took effect. She was a devoted member of the usher board and door keeper, and was affectionately called “Shorty.”
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
Left to treasure her memory are one daughter, Beatrice C. Lockey, and a son-in-law, Deacon Johnny Lockey Jr., of Waycross; two granddaughters, Robbiemae R. (Rod) Cooper, of Birmingham, Ala., and Samantha D. Cooper, of Waycross; two grandchildren, Kierra D. McFadden and Minez D. Humphrey, of Birmingham, Ala.; one sister, Betty Jones, of Randallston, Md.; one brother-in-law, Abraham Miller, of Savannah; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; special friend, Mildred Smith, of Savannah.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Jacobs Funeral Home in Blackshear.