James R. Dukes
James Randall “Jimmy” Dukes, 76, died Wednesday morning (Aug. 12, 2015) in Blairsville, after an extended illness.
A longtime resident of Hoboken, he was a native of Falmouth, Fla., but he resided in Lander, Wyo., from 2004 until 2010. In 2010, he moved to Yulee, Fla., before moving to Epworth in June of this year.
He graduated from Georgia Military Academy and attended Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton. He served in the United States Army and was a member of First Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
He was the son of the late Frank Dukes and Floree Bell Dukes. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Dukes.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Harriet McCormick Dukes, of Epworth; two sons, James R. Dukes Jr., of Gillette, Wyo., and Jayson Dukes, of New York City, N.Y.; four special friends, Gordon and Joanna Her, Jessica and Vincent Yang; and his mother-in-law, Virginia Taylor, of Blairsville.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Hoboken. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 2 until 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Set Free by the Sea Ministries, 850482 U.S. Highway 17 S., Yulee, Fla. 32097 (helping people with life crisis such as alcoholism, drug addiction and homelessness).
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Ben R. Taylor
Ben. R. Taylor, 73, died Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 12, 2015) at his residence after a short illness.
He resided most of his life in Waycross and was better known for the 57 years he was employed at Eldridge Hardware. He served on the Ware County Planning Commission and was a former member of the Waycross Lions Club. He was also the chairman of Satilla Regional Water and Sewer Authority for 12 years. In his spare time, he was an avid fisherman and airplane pilot.
He was the son of the late Claude Dale Taylor and Melba Chairs Taylor. He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Taylor.
Survivors include his significant other, Winifred Godbolt, of Waycross; five step-children, Elaine Bailey (Johnny), Paula Mixon (Yancy), Bill Godbolt, Jimmy Godbolt and Mike Godbolt (April), all of Waycross; special grandson, Todd Godbolt, of Waycross; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Sonya Dale Harrison, of Gulf Shores, Ala.; special brother-in-law, Johnny Taylor, of Blackshear; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Friday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery in Clinch County.
The family will receive friends 2 until 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Co-workers at Eldridge Hardware, fellow contractors, members of the Satilla Regional Water and Sewer Authority, Ware County class of 1960 and his “Breakfast Table Friends” are asked to meet at the funeral home by 2:40 p.m. to serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31503.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Deacon Jimmy Grady
A celebration of life service for Deacon Jimmy Melvin “Sweeney” Grady will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 3105 Valdosta Highway, Homerville, where the Rev. Taylor Thomas is pastor, with the Rev. Jaylen Thomas presiding and the Rev. Randall McCrae of Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, Homerville, will offer words of comfort.
Interment will be in Pine Forest Cemetery, Homerville.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church on Reddick Street in Homerville.
He was born June 22, 1945, to the late Deacon Melvin Grady and Mother Jimmie L. Freeney Grady. He received his formal education from the public school system of Clinch County and attended Homerville High and Elementary School.
He began his working career with Hercules Timber Inc. and later started his own business in pulpwood. He also owned and operated Sweeney’s Pool Room for many years and was employed at Ohio Mulch Company, Homerville, for more than 15 years before retiring because of health reasons.
He joined Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and was ordained as a deacon Dec. 17, 2006. He was honored as the male member of the church for the year of 1998. He was also a member of Hopewell Masonic Lodge No. 133, Homerville, where he served as Worshipful Master from 1990 to 2003.
He departed this life Monday (Aug. 10, 2015) at his residence following an illness.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Rushia Bell Grady, a son, Van Holland, two brothers, Deacon Willie R. Gainey, Deacon James Grady, and a sister, Inez Grady Lee.
Those left to cherish his memory include four sons, Dondia LeNoir (TaWanda), of Spanaway, Wash., Reginald Stewart (Elise), of Gainesville, Fla., Darius Grady (Patricia), of Concord. N.C., and Wiley Morehead (JoAnn), of Wilcox; seven daughters, Audrey Richardson (John), of Culpepper, Va., Jackie Lyons, of Panama City, Fla., Helen Robinson Grady (Jeffery), Twilla Jones, Sasha Gear, Lashantae Collins, all of Homerville, and Viessa Alexander (Terry), of Jacksonville, N.C.: 39 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Colleen Grady and Wanda Richardson, both of Homerville; three brothers, Joe Louis Grady, of Cincinnati, Ohio, John Grady (Chris), of Atlanta, and Donnell Grady (Carolyn), of Fayetteville, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Ann Gainey, of Southfield, Mich., and Allene Grady, of Homerville; a brother-in-law, Frank Lee, of Homerville; a special niece, Mary Harris, of Homerville; numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Homerville.

Mary Baldwin Wright
Mary Baldwin Wright, 85, went home to be with her Savior Sunday evening (Aug. 9, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
She was born July 19, 1930 by way of Telmore in Ware County. She received her formal schooling at Telmore and the Northside Elementary. She was also a member of New You Ministries of Life.
She was a daughter of the late Samuel Willie Baldwin and Mary Francis Studavant Baldwin. She was married for 33 years to the late, Henry Chester Wright and preceded in death by six siblings, Samuel “Sam” Baldwin, Courtney Dowdell Williams, Martha Ashley (twin sister), Joseph “Kit” Baldwin, George Baldwin and Christine Davis.
She leaves to cherish her memories a daughter, Mollie L. Roach, of Waycross; an adopted daughter, Cynthia Lockett, of Pearson; three very special nieces and nephews and host of great-nieces and nephews; an ever loving and devoted sister-in-laws, Evangelist Lelia Mae Baldwin, Myrtice Baldwin and Evangelist Catherine Smith; a host of friends including very special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Ganas, of Waycross; her church family at New You Ministries of Life; her Pastor, Dr. Martha Hall; and caregiver, Maxine Robinson.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Telmore Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends Friday evening at Music Funeral Home from 5 until 7 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Mary Lois Raulerson
Mary Lois Raulerson, 78, of Waycross died late Wednesday night (Aug. 12, 2015) at her residence after an extended illness.
She was born in Brooks County to the late Henry J. Thompson and Mary Peavy Thompson. She made Waycross her home for most of her life.
An accomplished seamstress, she worked for many years with Matt’s Jackets. She was an avid gardener, who loved all types of flowers, especially lilies. Most of all she was a loving grandmother who loved spending any time she could with her grandchildren.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Dale Raulerson, and three brothers, Jack Thompson, Billy Thompson and Jerome Thompson.
She is survived by her children, Patricia Whorton, of Tennessee, Beverly Harper, of Blackshear, Wanda Hutchinson, of Arkansas, Dana Hipps (husband, Oscar), of Waycross, Randall Raulerson, of Waycross, Wendy Page (husband, Brian), of Waycross, Amber Raulerson, of Waycross; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Hilda Carter (husband, Jake), of Waycross; and numerous other relatives.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends Saturday morning beginning at 10 o’clock at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Joel A. Laufersweiler
Joel Allen Laufersweiler, 46, of Waycross, died Thursday morning (Aug. 13, 2015) at his residence after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Macon and lived all of his life in Waycross. He was a 1988 graduate of Ware County High School, formerly owned and operated Affordable Lawn Care and always enjoyed fishing.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Luther Laufersweiler, one sister, Julie Shuman, one brother, Charles Stephens Jr.
Survivors include his mother, Claire Louise Stein Stephens, of Hoboken; wife, Pamela Lankford, of Hoboken; two sisters, Christy Lack (husband, Steven), of Hoboken, Pamla Tindall (husband, Delbert), of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; step-father, Chris Stephens (wife, Lana), of Waycross; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends beginning at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John Nerud
OLD BROOKVILLE, N.Y. — John Nerud, a thoroughbred racing pioneer who trained the great Dr. Fager and helped create the Breeders’ Cup, died Thursday from heart failure. He was 102.
The National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame issued a statement that said his daughter-in-law, Debra Nerud, confirmed Nerud died at his home in Old Brookville, New York.
During his 44-year training career mostly for Tartan Farms in Ocala, Florida, Nerud won more than 1,000 races. His top horse was Dr. Fager, the first to win four championships in one year. In 1968, Dr. Fager was champion top sprinter, turf horse and handicap horse and chosen Horse of the Year. He won 18 of 22 career races.
Among other champions he trained were Delegate (1949), Intentionally (1950), Ta Wee (1969-70), and Dr. Patches (1978).
In 1957, Nerud was on the short end of one of the strangest finishes in Kentucky Derby history. Gallant Man, with Bill Shoemaker aboard, lost by a nose to Iron Liege after the Hall of Fame rider misjudged the finish line. A few weeks later, Gallant Man came back and won the Belmont Stakes.
Nerud was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 1972.
Always thinking of ways to improve the game, Nerud helped John R. Gaines sell the concept of the Breeders’ Cup, a day of championship races that has grown into a two-day event. The first Breeders’ Cup was in 1984.
Breeders’ Cup President Craig Favel said in a statement that “Mr. Nerud leaves a remarkable legacy, and all of us who love racing mourn his passing.”
After he retired as a trainer, Nerud stayed on as racing manager at Tartan and turned the farm it into one of the nation’s top breeding operations. Among those who stood at Tartan were Dr. Fager, Intentionally, In Reality, Hold Your Peace, Codex and Smile. The last champion bred by Nerud for Tartan was 1990 Horse of the Year and Derby winner Unbridled.
Born on a ranch in Minatare, Nebraska, on Feb. 9, 1913, Nerud worked as a rodeo cowboy and a groom before serving in the Navy during World War II. He returned to the track and trained his first champion in 1949, Delegate.
Nerud also won the 1985 Breeders’ Cup Mile with Cozzene, a horse he bred that was trained by his son, Jan.
Nerud’s last homebred was named Final Chapter. The son of Thunder Gulch broke his maiden earlier this year at Aqueduct, won an allowance race in February, and closed out his season with an eighth-place finish in the Bay Shore.
“In addition to the many great horses that he trained, owned and bred, and the advice and counsel he provided to grow the sport, Mr. Nerud made an enormous contribution to the formation of the Breeders’ Cup,” Favel said. “Mr. Nerud combined acute judgment, incredible boldness and powers of persuasion to help create a unique international championship event for horse racing.”
Nerud, who was married to his wife Charlotte for 69 years before her death in 2009, is survived by his son Jan, daughter-in-law Debra, and grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.