Lucy Mae Goodman
The funeral for Lucy Mae “Sue” Goodman, 82, will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Fourth Mt. Olive Church, Yeomans Street, Blackshear, with Pastor Morris Pate delivering words of comfort.
The cortege will assemble at 10:15 a.m. at 813 Cherry St.
Visitation will take place Wednesday at Rainge Memorial Chapel funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon St., Waycross, in memory of Lucy Goodman or the Scholastic Fund for Eboni Jackson (Lucy’s granddaughter), 5394 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lilburn, Ga. 30047.
The family is currently receiving friends at 813 Cherry St., Blackshear.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death neither sorrow, nor crying. Neither shall there be any more pain … Revelations 2:4
In his infinite wisdom, God our Father, who is never late and always on time, has called one of his angels, a woman of magnificent faith, Lucy Mae “Sue” Goodman, to her eternal reward on Wednesday (April 20, 2016). She was the third child of four and the second daughter of the late Gussie Mae (Pate) Turner and Wesley Turner. She was born Nov. 23, 1933.
She received her early education in the Ware County school system where she also attended Center High School in Waycross. She later moved to Lee Street High School in Blackshear.
At an early age, she gave her life to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Fourth Mount Olive Church serving in the choir for more than 50 years.
She was the oldest member of the church and was also one of God’s faithful prayer warriors. Besides her daughter and granddaughter, her greatest joys were praying and singing. She always said the Bible says, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” and “that everything that hath breath should praise the Lord.” Up until her last breath, she was praising the Lord.
On Oct. 16, 1964, she married the late Alvin “Blake” Goodman. Two years later, from that union, on Oct. 16, their blessed gift, one daughter, Sandra Valencia was born.
She retired from Swisher International Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla., with more than 40 years of service where she also became known as a company celebrity singing “giant.” In fact, many said she should have been paid royalties for her entertaining performances. After retiring, she became a caretaker and retired from that position in September 2015. One of her life’s passions was visiting the sick and shut-in, and sharing her love for the Lord.
She regularly attended Bible study at Fourth Mount Olive, Greater St. James AME and Scott Chapel United Methodist churches and greatly enjoyed fellowshipping with the bible study members, family and friends.
She became a pillar of her community and was a very mild, meek, humble and God-fearing woman. Many family members, friends and acquaintances were joyfully blessed over the years by enjoying her signature dishes of sweet potato pies, macaroni and cheese and potato salad, and her rendition of the “Happy Birthday” song which was an endearing treat that brought many precious laughs, smiles and lasting memories.
She was preceded in death by her parents Wesley and Gussie Mae Turner, eldest brother, Jeremiah Keaton, and ex-husband, Alvin “Blake” Goodman.
She leaves to cherish her memories the absolute greatest joys of her life — one precious daughter, Sandra Jackson, of Lawrenceville, and granddaughter, apple of her eye, Eboni Jackson, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.; devoted sister, Katie Hall, Elizabeth, N.J.; loving brother, Tommy (Mamie — more like a sister) Turner, Blackshear; special nephew, Stacey (Patricia) Hall, Plainfield, N.J.; god-daughter, Jacqueline (Isaac) Moses, Blackshear; former son-in-law, David Jackson, Savannah; caregiver, Sandra Lawton, Blackshear; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and extended family and loving friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc.

Elva Tapley
Elva Tapley, 95, died Monday morning (April 25, 2016) at Clinch Healthcare in Homerville after an extended illness.
She was a native of Philadelphia, Pa., but lived most of her life in Clearwater, Fla., and Waycross where she was formerly employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William T. Hutchinson and Anna Nixon Hutchinson, one son, Edwin Tapley, and two brothers, Robert and Don Hutchinson.
Survivors include one daughter, Winnie Hayes (husband, Frankie), of Blackshear; two grandchildren, Rebecca Hayes and Sarah Dowling; four great-grandchildren, Tristen Smart, Noah Dowling, Gentry Gibbs and Elijah Dowling.
Memorialization is by cremation.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Richard Albert Bacon
A graveside funeral service for Richard Albert Bacon was held Monday afternoon at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Loren Snyder officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

John W. Darden Jr.
A funeral for John Wesley Darden Jr. was held Monday morning at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. R. Proctor Chambless, Dr. Norman H. McCrummen III and William S. Hatcher officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland cemetery.
Pallbearers were John D. Hatcher, William S. Hatcher III, Rick E. LaFountain, John H. Lanier Jr., Stephen S. Lanier, James H. Lawrence, David W. Littlefield Jr. and Michael P. Porter.
Honorary pallbearers were members of Kappa Alpha Order from Florida State University.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.