Vickie Starling
Vickie Starling won her battle with cancer on Saturday (Aug. 13, 2016) and is now cancer free in the arms of Jesus.
Vickie passed away at home in Redington Shores, Fla., on the beach which she called her heaven on earth. Vickie had retired from The University of Nebraska Athletic Department and had also been employed as Warden’s secretary at Ware State Prison before moving to Florida.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Geneva Dilbon Bacon.
Left behind to cherish her wonderful memory are her dad, Donald Bacon, of Redington Shores, Fla.; her loving husband, Dale Starling, of Redington Shores, Fla.; two brothers, Donnie Bacon (Denise), of Palm Coast, Fla., and Keith Bacon (Bonnie), Elmwood, Neb.; her son, Mike Kontos (Stephenie), of Eagle, Neb.; her daughter, Kelli Hogzett (Dustin), of Round Rock, Texas; two step-sons, Justin Starling (Tiffney), of Sparks, and Matthew Starling (Ashlee), of Brunswick; nine beautiful grandchildren who adored her, Ryan, Alexis and Alyssa Kontos of Eagle, Neb., Avery Hogzett, of Round Rock, Texas; Drew and Paris Starling, of Sparks, Dylan Starling, Lili Henderson and Gabi Henderson, of Brunswick; and two very special friends who were like sisters, Diane Holland and Christine Hill, of Waycross.
As per Vickie’s request she is to be memorialized by cremation and her ashes spread in the Gulf of Mexico that she dearly loved. Local services are with Reese Funeral Home of Seminole, Fla.
Vickie requested that any memorials be sent to the Humane Society of your choice. She loved animals.
A memorial visitation will be held Thursday evening at Music Funeral Home in Waycross from 6 until 8 o’clock for anyone who would like to pay their respects to this wonderful lady.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Scott Lanier Dean
NAHUNTA — Scott Lanier Dean, 56, of Nahunta, passed away Thursday evening (Aug. 11, 2016).
Born in Blackshear, his mother is Camalee Wilson, of Nahunta.
He was a painter for Painting by Hand and attended Waynesville Church of God. He also enjoyed playing guitar, throwing darts with his sons-in-law and friends, and swimming with his grandbabies.
Survivors include his two daughters and sons-in-law, Amy Dean Campbell (Ron) and Whitley Dean Bowers (Brandon), all of Waynesville; six grandchildren, Hunter Wainright, Holdyn Wainright, Daisy Wainright, Cory Griffin, Branson Bowers and Jaylee “Baby Jay” Bowers; his mother, Camalee Wilson, of Nahunta; brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Bruce and Debbie Dean, of Raybon; niece, Jeannie Pittman (Rodney), of Hortense; nephew, Ellis Dean, of Raybon; two great-nieces; one great-nephew; two special cousins, Chris Wilson (Jennifer) and Jeffery Wilson, all of Nahunta; and several aunts, uncles and other relatives.
Visitation was held Sunday evening at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Hand and the Rev. Ion Johns officiating.
Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chris Wilson, Jeffery Wilson, Ron Campbell, Brandon Bowers, Glenn Hendrix, Travis Kicklighter, Ron Strickland and Robbie Cleland.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Gen. B.L. Patterson Jr.
General Ben Lane Patterson Jr. passed away peacefully at his home Monday (Aug. 8, 2016) in Rutledge.
He was born in Millen in 1929 and later moved to Waycross where he attended high school. He was a graduate of the Military Program of North Georgia College and there earned his commission in the United States Air Force.
Upon graduation, he attended USAF Pilot Training where he earned his pilot’s wings and qualified as a fighter pilot. He served in Korea in 1951-1952 with the 158th Fighter Squadron. He flew 101 combat missions in F-51s and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal.
Upon his return to the U.S., he entered UGA Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1955. Throughout his life, there was probably no other Georgian as dedicated and as much of a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs as General Ben Patterson.
He briefly practiced law but was sought after by the 158th Fighter Squadron in Savannah. He accepted this offer and moved his family to Isle of Hope. During that period, he flew the F-84D, F-86L, C-97 and C-124C aircraft and obtained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and led the 158th flying program.
In 1973, then Lieutenant Colonel Patterson was asked to lead the 116th Tactical Fighter Wing located at Dobbins AFB, as the full time Air Commander in its conversion from transport to fighter aircraft. A few years later, he became the full time and Overall Wing Commander of the 116th Fighter Wing. It was in this position that he was promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General.
He remained with the 116th for 10 years, flying the F-100D, F105G, F-4D and F-15A aircraft. In 1983, he became the Adjutant General of all of the Georgia Air National Guard which at that time numbered 11 units and approximately 3,400 airmen and officers. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1991.
After his retirement, he continued serving the State of Georgia using his law degree serving as a Magistrate Judge in Waycross from 1991-1993. He was a leader beloved by all who served under and with him. He set high standards and through his leadership the Georgia Air National Guard achieved many firsts and was recognized at the national level by the National Guard Headquarters located in the Pentagon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Ben L. Patterson, and his wife, Bette Young Patterson, of 40 years.
He is survived by his beloved sister, Jo Patterson Bettoja, son Ben Lane Patterson III, and his two daughters, Daphne Patterson Asbury (Blake) and Holly Patterson Belk (Jeff); three grandchildren, Devon Asbury, Riley Belk, Andrea Murillo Patterson; several loving nieces, nephews, cousins and longtime companion, Betsy Winn.
A memorial service will be held at the historic Dobbins Military Chapel located at 1000 Halsey Ave., Marietta, on Saturday (Aug. 20) at 1 p.m.
Guests will enter through the Clay National Guard Center gated entrance.

Dr. W.L. Pomeroy Jr.
Dr. William L. Pomeroy Jr., 80, of Waycross, died Saturday (Aug. 13, 2016) at Gentiva Hospice in Athens, after an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Early Griffin
Early Griffin, 91, of Waycross, died Monday morning (Aug. 15, 2016) at his residence in Waycross after an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Annie Griffin Turner
Annie Griffin Turner, 83, died Friday evening (Aug. 12, 2016) at the Hospice House Satilla following an extended illness.
She was born in Alma, but resided in Waycross most of her life. She was homemaker.
She was a daughter of the late McCager “Doc” Griffin and Mittie Weathers Griffin. She was married to the late Wiley J. Turner.
She is survived by two children, Cheryl King (husband, Ricky), of Blackshear, and Steve Turner (wife, Kathy), of Waycross; four grandchildren, Jason King, Melissa Jenkins (fiancé, Matt Church), Hanki Chancey and Missi Hunt (husband, Mark); nine great-grandchildren, Taylor King, Trinity King, Alexis Jenkins, Brittany Jenkins, Dylan Jenkins, Tyler Jenkins, Paige Hunt, Chase Hunt and Maddie Church; one great-grandchild, Adrienne King; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Moore Cemetery.
The family was to receive friends this morning at the funeral home from 10 until 11 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Diane B. Hamm
Diane Brunson Hamm, 61, died Friday morning (Aug. 12, 2016) in memorial Specialty Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla., after a brief illness.
Friends are being received at the Hamm residence, 409 Columbus St.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.

James Fleming Crews
James Fleming Crews, 84, of Hoboken, died Sunday morning (Aug. 14, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
He was a native and life-long resident of Brantley County, the son of the late Ira J. Crews and Neva Dixon Crews. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Mattie Lou Cohen, Thelma Strickland, Frances Hyers and Martha Lee Crews, and brothers, Farley Crews, Archie B. Crews, Reppard Crews and Robert “Elzra” Crews. He was a graduate of Hoboken High School.
He was a long-time farmer and looked forward to his annual Birthday Fish Fry in January where he enjoyed making new memories and reliving a lot of old memories. He also loved watching his cows, feeding his fish and grafting and raising pecan trees. He was also well-known for his love for talking to people. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and the Grace Group Sunday School Class.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Jean Fullard Crews, of Hoboken; three daughters, Darlene Wainright, Debbie Jones and Vickie Stalvey (Tommy); two sons, David Crews (Cheryl) and Paul Crews (Anita Bell), all of Hoboken; nine grandchildren, Jeffrey Wainright, Ashlee Jones, Matt Jones (Sara), Jamie Tucker (Hank), Colby Strickland (Kristen), Jennifer Crews, Brandon Crews, Dylan Crews, and Brent Crews; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Thomas, of Brantley County; a brother, Whitmer Crews (Ermaline), of Hoboken; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 2378 Mt. Calvary Road, Hoboken, Ga. 31542.
A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Members of the Grace Group Sunday School Class are asked to gather at the church at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday to serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 Tuesday evening at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda K. Dickerson
Wanda Kay Dickerson, 63, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday (Aug. 14, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.

Gladine Hardee Elkins
Gladine Gilliard Hardee Elkins, 87, died Monday (Aug. 15, 2016) morning at Hospice Satilla following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Doretha Mitchell
Doretha Mitchell died Saturday (Aug. 13, 2016) at DeKalb Medical Center in Lithonia after an illness.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home

Larry Humphries
A funeral for Larry “Hump” Humphries was held Sunday afternoon at Jordan Cemetery with the Rev. Jim White officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.