Hubert Cox
Hubert F. Cox, 85, of Waresboro, died early Monday (April 27, 2015) at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla. after an extended illness.
He was born in Manor to the late Newton Alfred Cox and Ruby Ratliff Cox. He made Ware County his home for his entire life.
He was an accomplished musician who was well known for his abilities to play the guitar, fiddle and mandolin. He also worked as a painter, but his love for music was his passion in life.
At one time, he was an avid fisherman, but even gave that up to pursue his musical career. In Waycross, he and his wife were members of Gospel Lighthouse Church.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by three children, Gene Cox, Chris Cox and Vicky Jenkins, and his brothers and sisters, Edith Cox, Frances Cox, Julian W. Cox, Annie Cox, Rufus H. Cox, Edgar P. Cox, Bennie C. Cox, James H. Cox and Marylou Nichols.
He is survived by his wife, Lydia Cox, of Waycross; two sons, Marty Cox (Jennifer), of Blackshear, Terry W. Cox, of Waresboro; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Camp Branch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Manor.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cox, 4835 Oakview Road, Waresboro.
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Iris Prescott Thrift
Iris Prescott Thrift, 82, went home to be with the Lord Sunday (April 26, 2015).
She was born Jan. 19, 1933 to the late Geneva Wainwright Prescott and William Henry Prescott. She grew up in the Prescott Settlement in Charlton County and attended Corinth Primitive Baptist Church as a child.
She met and married the love of her life, Robert Louis Thrift Sr., and they were married 56 years prior to his passing.
She is survived by her four children, Brenda Thrift Oakie, Robert Louis Thrift Jr., Ronald Ira Thrift (Sheri) and Stephen Wayne Thrift; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Lee (Joey), Amy Thrift, Bobby Oakie (Stephanie), Robert Thrift III, Timothy Thrift, Tony Thrift, Nick Thrift (Tanya), Eric Johnson (Liz), Brandon Johnson (Melanie) and Adam Ritch; 16 great-grandchildren.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Irene Brasington, six brothers, J.W. Prescott, Troy Prescott, Eston Prescott, Theodore Prescott, W.R. Prescott and an infant brother.
She retired from the Nassau County School System as a special needs assistant on the school bus routes. She has always had a special place in her heart for those with a disability, as her son, Stephen, has Down syndrome.
She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior at the age of 19. She was a member of Buford Grove Baptist Church for the last 44 years. Her favorite Bible verse was, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
She was a gentle, sweet lady and a wonderful Godly example.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at Buford Grove Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Curtis Harrington officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at Buford Grove Baptist Church from 6 until 8.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home in Folkston.

Gladys C. Bates
AIKEN, S.C. — Born in Edgefield, S.C. on Sept. 15, 1923, Gladys Chapman Bates passed away at her home Sunday (April 26, 2015) after an extended illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William B. Bates Jr., and her parents, Joe and Margaret Chapman, three brothers, Joe, James and John Chapman, and two sisters, Margaret Collins and Zettie Culbreath.
After graduating from the Barrett School of Nursing, Augusta, she married Dr. William Bates Jr. on June 12, 1945. Dr. and Mrs. Bates made their home in Waycross for more than 50 years where she was a homemaker and helped her husband in his family medicine practice.
After her husband’s death in 2003, she moved to Aiken to be near her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her son, William B. Bates III, M.D., daughter-in-law, Rhonda Bates, and their three children Avery, Elaina and William Bates IV; her daughter, Catherine Harte, her son-in-law, Robert Harte, and their two sons, Wilder and Madison.
A graveside service was scheduled to be held at Sunset Gardens M. Park in Johnston, S.C. at 11 a.m. today.
The family was to receive friends following the service at 2 Tupelo Court, Aiken, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing.
Shellhouse Funeral Home, 926 Hayne Ave., Aiken, S.C. is serving the family.
Sympathy may be expressed at

Savannah V. Curry
Savannah Victoria Curry, 15, died suddenly Saturday (April 25, 2015) from injuries received in an automobile accident in Pierce County.
She was born in Brunswick, but lived most of her life in the Waycross-Blackshear area. She was a ninth grade student at Pierce County High School.
Survivors include her mother, Angel Sapp Curry, of Blackshear; her father, Charlie Curry; two brothers, Terry Henderson and Brandon Curry; two sisters, Heaven Quinn and Journey Curry; maternal grandparents, Joey Sapp and Sara R. Thrift, both of Waycross; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Cecil H. Kerby
Cecil H. Kerby, 96, died Monday night (April 27, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Dr. Wendell K. Beal Jr.
Dr. Wendell Kenneth Beal Jr., 80, died Tuesday morning (April 21, 2015) in St. Vincent Healthcare-Riverside following a brief illness.
He was a native of Pensacola, Fla., and made his home in Waycross since 1985. He was the son of the late Wendell Kenneth Beal Sr. and Mildred Bowman Beal. He served with the United States Army.
Dr. Beal was an associate pastor at Community Baptist Church of Blackshear and served in ministry for the past 60 years. He received an honorary doctorate of divinity from Florida Bible College. During his ministry he served churches in Virginia, Texas, Georgia, Florida and Illinois.
He served as senior pastor of five churches and assistant pastor of five churches. He was also involved in ministry at the Ware County jail for the past 10 years and formerly at Ware State Prison. He retired as a bus driver with the Ware County School System in 2014 after 20 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Bette Ann Cochran Beal, of Waycross; three sons, Pastor Wendell Burton Beal (wife, Donna), of Jacksonville Fla., Pastor David Kenneth Beal (wife, Susan), of Kissimmee, Fla., and Pastor Stephen Cochran Beal (wife, Melanie), of Waycross; 10 grandchildren, Luke Beal, Austin Beal, Kenny James (wife, Judy), Adam James, Brooke Rigdon (husband, Coleman), Brittney Beal, Bethany Beal, Blair Beal, Becca Beal and Haley Underwood; one great-granddaughter, Emma James; one great-grandson whose birth is expected in July, Reece Rigdon; a sister, Pat King (husband, Jim), of Davenport, Fla.; a brother, Richard Beal (wife, Martha), of Columbia, Miss.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Community Baptist Church, 1646 U.S. Highway 84, Blackshear.
The family may be contacted by calling Pastor Steve Beal at (912) 550-8362.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Vesta Combs Anderson
Vesta Iona Combs Anderson, 96, of Blackshear, passed away Monday morning (April 27, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a sudden illness.
She was born March 5, 1919 in Waycross to the late Archie and Iona Copeland Combs. She worked many years for the Julie Hat Factory and loved to work in her flower garden. She was a member of Blackshear Church of God and loved to play with her great-great-granddaughter, Brooklynn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo Winston Anderson, a sister, Hazel Anderson Thorne, three brothers, Norman Combs, Kenneth Combs and Spencer Combs, a son-in-law, Victor Vernon Winn, and a grandson, Vic Winn.
Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Anderson Winn, of Blackshear; two grandchildren, Cathy Winn and Casey Winn; a great-grandson, Jarvis Winn (wife, Crystal); a great-great-granddaughter, Brooklynn Winn; a sister, Earnestine Boatright, of Blackshear; two sisters-in-law, Estelle Combs and Naomi Combs Cheeks, both of Augusta; a special “grandchild,” Karen Herndon; several nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives.
The funeral will be held 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at Blackshear Church of God.
Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at the funeral home.
The family kindly requests that the Friend’s and Follower’s Sunday School Class serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to meet at the church by 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 2764, Waycross, Ga. 31502 or to Blackshear Church of God, 411 West Carter Ave., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Cox Benfield
Mary Cox Benfield, 71, of Waycross died Monday afternoon (April 27, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a short illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

James L. Nails Sr.
James L. Nails Sr., 77, died Friday (April 24, 2015) in Gainesville, Fla. Veterans Administration Medical Center after an illness.
His parents were the late Thomas Nails Sr. and Addie Nails. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.

Frances Carol Edgy
Frances Carol Harrison Edgy, 71, of Hortense, passed away Sunday morning (April 26, 2015) at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Brunswick, she was the daughter of Lester R. Harrison and Emma Bell Mitchell Harrison. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Edward Edgy, a son, Lester Calvin Edgy, a great-granddaughter, Peyton Carter, and a son-in-law, Les Miller.
She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed playing cards and hosting barn parties.
Survivors include her daughter, Tina Maria Miller, of Waynesville; two granddaughters, Leslie M. Batten and Seleta Miller; two great-grandsons, Zack Carter and Laydon Batten; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary E. Linton (Burnie); several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held this evening starting at 6 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Cemetery with the Rev. Clayton Edgy and the Rev. Emory Wilson officiating.
Pallbearers will be Joey Edgy, Roy Edgy, Guy Edgy, Tony Edgy, Kevin Edgy, Mitchell Chorba and Zane Edgy.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Brantley County High School class of 1961, Sandra Blount, Fran Deckard and Pete Buglino.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at