Valencia Gail Goddard
A celebration of life service for Valencia Gail Goddard, 64, will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, 300 Fireman St., with the church pastor, the Rev. Norris Wood, presiding, and her pastor, Bishop Frances Fields, offering words of comfort.
“Gail,” as she was affectionately known, was born Oct. 16, 1951 in Waycross to the late Minnie Lee Parrish Holmes and Sammie Lee Goddard. She received her formal education from the Waycross Public School System.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at early age and became a member of King Solomon United Methodist Church. She later became a member of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church. At her demise she was a member of Faith Outreach Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Frances Fields where she served faithfully until her health began to fail.
She had a special love for children and she won a place in the hearts of those privilege to have known her.
On Monday (Aug. 8, 2016) she departed this life peacefully at Baptist Village Retirement Center where she had been a resident for the three years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Willie Holmes.
Those left to cherish her memory include a devoted and caring sister, Roberta Goddard, of Waycross; a brother, Nathaniel Holmes Sr. (Viveca), of Collingdale, Pa.; a very special nephew, Courtney James, of Waycross; a great-niece, Za’Kiyah James, of Durham, N.C.; a god-son, Eddie O’Hara Jr. (Lakeshia), of Waycross; god-mother, Lucille Freeman, of Waycross; god-sisters, Donna Freeman (Chris), of Waycross, and Temeka White, of Atlanta; aunts, Thewana Parrish, of Portsmouth, Va., and Martha Hemmans, of Atlanta; extended family, the O’Hara family; numerous cousins and friends.
Friends are being received at the Goddard residence, 308 Archer St.
Public visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. to the hour of service. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Robert Daniel Tippins
BLACKSHEAR — Robert “Bob” Daniel Tippins, 80, of Blackshear, died Wednesday evening (Aug. 10, 2016) at the Pierce County Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear.

Katherine Porter Hall
Katherine Marie Porter Hall, 88 of Blackshear, passed away Sunday afternoon (Aug. 7, 2016) at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Shady Grove, Fla., Nov. 26, 1926, she lived in Lake County, Fla., for many years before moving to Pierce County 31 years ago. She was a housewife and dedicated mother and grandmother to all of her children. She dearly loved animals, was an excellent cook and enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family.
She was a daughter of the late Willie and Liddie Sessions Porter. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Arthur Hall, a son, Charles Edward Hall, a step-son, William Hall, both of her sisters, Sarah Porter and Mammie Porter, and a brother, Robert Porter.
Survivors include four daughters, Joyce (T.) Weldon, of Alma, Jewel (Bill) Tripp, of Folkston, Mary Nasworthy, of Jackson, Ga., Connie (Alvin) Woodard, of Blackshear; five sons, James Jr. (Cheryl) Hall, of Winter Haven, Fla., James Oscar Hall, of Blackshear, Ralph (Dawn) Hall, of Manor, Willie Hall, of Blackshear, and Johnny (Glenda) Hall, of Blackshear; a brother, Junior Porter, of Jacksonville, Fla.; 23 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral was held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating was Mrs. Addie Pittman.
Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Raybon.
Active pallbearers were her children and grandchildren, Willie Jr., Alvin, Jason, T.J. and Dion.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Hubert D. Yarbrough
Hubert Dorcey Yarbrough, 66, died Tuesday (Aug. 9, 2016) at UF Health in Jacksonville, Fla., following an extended illness
He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross and was formerly employed with Willis Tile Company.
He was a son of the late Ira Emerson Yarbrough and Estelle Long Yarbrough. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Edna Fay Brinkley, and four brothers, Tommy Yarbrough, Robert Yarbrough, Lawton Yarbrough and Richard Yarbrough.
He is survived by his wife, Janeith Yarbrough, of Waycross; two children, Pamela Yarbrough, of Waycross, and Christopher Yarbrough (wife, Natalie), of Waycross; a step-son, Joey Justice, of Waycross; three grandchildren; and a brother, Bill Yarbrough, of Waycross.
A funeral will be held 10 a.m. Friday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Telmore Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Joseph L. Bellamy III
Apostle Joseph Lewis Bellamy III, 30, of Valdosta, formerly of Waycross, passed away Saturday (Aug. 6, 2016) at South Georgia Medical System in Valdosta in the comfort of his loved ones.
The family is receiving friends at 618 Owens St., Waycross.
A visitation is scheduled for Friday from 6 until 7 p.m. at Rainge Memorial Funeral Home in Blackshear.
The funeral will be Saturday, 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Born Church, 1120 H.J. Echols Drive, Waycross. Bishop Michael Flynn, pastor, and Chief Apostle David L. Dupree will offer words of comfort.
Burial will follow in the Hoboken City Cemetery in Hoboken. The cortege will assemble at 618 Owens St. at 10:15 a.m.
He was born in Blackshear to Latonya Miles (Franz) and Joseph (Marie) Bellamy Jr. Nov. 3, 1985. He grew up in Waycross and attended the school system of Ware County. He also attended Paine College and Clayton State College.
He had a friendly and outward personality. He later became an assistant manager of a restaurant in New York. He also met and married Connie Lewis.
Preceding him in death was a sister, Shanique Bellamy.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Connie Bellamy; three children, Tyrezz Bellamy, Treylon Bellamy and Zaymar Jackson; grandparents, Latonya (Franz) Miles and Joseph (Marie) Bellamy Jr.; loving grandmother, Sherry Butler; siblings, Crystal Bellamy, Sherriona Evans and Leshia Williams, Charles Bellamy, Dominique Bellamy, Antwan Bellamy, Javontae Munford, Shaniquil Daniels, Kylill Miles and Keonu Miles; aunts and uncles, Yolanda Jones, Felecia (Timothy) Suggs, Brigette Bellamy, Marsha Bellamy, Carea Patterson, David Tinyhill, Anthony (Nikki) Garrer, Carl Bellamy and Andrew (Rhonda) Bellamy; several great-aunts and uncles; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family of the Brown and Tyson family, other relatives and good friends.
Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc., Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Roosevelt Shamble
Roosevelt Shamble, 86, of 940 Ware St., Blackshear, passed away Wednesday (Aug. 10, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
The funeral will be held Saturday, 9 a.m. at St. James AME Church, Cherry Street, Blackshear. Burial will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery, Moore Street, Blackshear.
The Rev. Gerald Copeland, pastor, will offer words of comfort. The body will lie in state from 8 a.m. until the hour of service.
A complete list of survivors will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

Elizabeth G. McElrath
Elizabeth Graham McElrath, 67, of Nahunta, born in Ludowici, passed away Sunday (Aug. 7, 2016) at the home of her caregiver, Tina Thomas, 108 Hall St., Nahunta.
The family is currently receiving friends at the residence.
Visitation for “Liz” will be Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 139 Florida Ave., Nahunta, where the Rev. Leonard Jackson is the pastor.
Minister Jimmy Bryant will offer words of comfort.
Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery in Waynesville.
The cortege will assemble at the residence at 2:30 p.m.
A complete list of survivors will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear.