Officer ‘Tim’ Smith
EASTMAN — Officer Timothy Kevin “Tim” Smith, 30, of Eastman, died Saturday (Aug. 13, 2016) in the line of duty in Eastman.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Eastman First Baptist Church with Pastor Dahl McDermitt officiating.
Interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Officer Smith was a native of Bacon County and was of the Christian Faith. He was a six-year veteran of the Eastman Police Department. His career was his life. He took his job seriously as a law enforcement officer and wore his badge proudly.
He was previously employed with the Abbeville, Uvalda, Glenwood and Jacksonville, Ga. Police Departments.
“Tim,” as he was known, enjoyed spending time with his children and his hobbies included hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tayla Laydon Smith, and paternal grandfather, Lewis G. Smith.
Survivors include his mother, Shelby Kinard Smith, of Alma; his father, Lewis “Ricky” Smith (LeeAnn), of Glenwood; fiancée, Chelsea Clark, of Eastman; two sons, Landon Smith and Lander Smith, both of Alma; daughter, Madison Smith, of Eastman; step-daughter, Kylie Clark Attaway, of Eastman; step-son, Jacob Joseph Goolsby, of Eastman; two brothers, Kelly Ray Smith (Jill), of Waycross, and Jeffery Smith (Amber), of Nicholls; a sister, Samantha Smith, of Glenwood; special brothers, Officer William Rose (Hannah), of Eastman, and Jason Park; paternal grandparents, Lamar and Rita Sanders, of Eastman; maternal grandparents, Richard and Ruth Kinard, of Chapin, S.C.; in-laws, Eddie and Gail Attaway, of Eastman; numerous cousins and friends.
The family may be contacted at the Smith residence, 876 Pete Sapp Road, Eastman, and will receive friends at Eastman First Baptist Church from 11 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Thursday.
“Eastman 205 is now 10-7; 10-42.”
Memorial contributions may be made to the community fund for Officer Tim Smith at any Citizens Bank and Trust Company Branch or through a Go Fund Me Account for Officer Tim “Turtle” Smith.
Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home of Eastman is in charge of arrangements.
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Betty Allen Harper
Betty Irene Allen Harper, 73, of Patterson, died Saturday evening (Aug. 13, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
She was born in Coffee County to the late Ira W. Allen Sr. and Vera Smith. She was a member of Rocky Creek Church and was a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, cooking and always enjoyed spending time at the beach with her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Edsel Harper.
Survivors include five children, Carol Dixon (husband, Steve), of Patterson, Darrell Smith (wife, Patricia), of Waycross, Greg Rowell (wife, Kristy), of Scuffletown, Kevin Rowell (wife, Anna), of Melbourne, Fla., and Keith Rowell, of Unadilla; nine grandchildren, Hinnon Smith, Nicole McElroy, Tiffany Rowell, Phillip Tinajero, Tyler Rowell, Victoria Tinajero, Cheyann Shelton, Bre Shelton, Vann Dixon (wife, Kellie); five great-grandchildren, Wyatt Smith, Payton Smith, Caleb Smith, Phillip Tinajero Jr. and Annie Dixon; four brothers, Ira W. Allen Jr., of Albuquerque, N.M., James A. Allen, of Charleston, S.C., Vernon Carl Allen (wife, Gail), of Macon, and Jimmy Smith, of Broxton; two sisters, Virginia Haynes (husband, Ronnie), of Hazelhurst, and Jean Carrol Rawlins (husband, Joe), of Broxton; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at Rocky Creek Church near Broxton.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Rocky Creek Church.
Sympathy may be expressed at
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Diane Brunson Hamm
A celebration of life service for Diane Brunson Hamm, 61, will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Community Holiness Church, 837 Marion St., with the church pastor, Elder Estella J. Williams, offering words of comfort. Bishop Larry Atkinson of Faith of God Holiness Church will preside.
Interment will be in Gethsemane Cemetery in Patterson (Pierce County).
The body will lie in repose at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Friends are being received at the Hamm residence, 409 Columbus St., and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
She was born Oct. 6, 1954 to the late Doris Seays Brunson and the late Columbus Porter Sr. She received her formal education from the Waycross Public School system.
Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and became a member of Community Holiness Church where she was a faithful member for many years. She was a very lovable and caring person who won a place in the hearts of those privileged to have known her.
On Friday morning (Aug. 12, 2016) in memorial Specialty Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla., God called her home to rest from her labor.
Those left to cherish her memory include a devoted and caring husband of 44 years, Ashley Public Hamm Sr. ; three children, Anthony M. Seays Sr. (Carolyn), of Waycross, Ashley P. Hamm Jr. (Leslie), of Bryon, and Litesha H. Taylor (Maurice), of Waycross; brothers, Moses Seays, Joe Seays, Marcell Williams, John Porter (Willie), Columbus Porter Jr., Johnnie L. Porter Sr. (Cora), all of Waycross, Frank Williams (Cynthia), of Homestead, Fla., Clifford Graham, of Alma, Ernest Porter, of Gainesville, Fla., and Kenneth Porter; sisters, Elizabeth White (Jessie), Geraldine Williams, of Atlanta, Shirley Porter, Bennie Mae Porter Brown, of Newberry, S.C., Shella P. Bailey, of Byron, Joann White and Sarah Graham Carter (J.T.), both of Waycross; six grandchildren, Meghan Cooke, Dakayla Hamm, Janella Hamm, Jalynn Hamm, Jade Walker and Anthony Seays Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Elijah and Anal; a special cousin and friend, Lillie Green, of Waycross; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Marion Myddleton
Marion McGinty Myddelton passed away Sunday (Aug. 14, 2016) at the age of 94.
The funeral will be conducted by Pastors Chuck Owens and Mac Weaver of First Baptist Church Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Carson McLane Funeral Home Chapel.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
The family will greet friends one hour before the funeral, which will be followed by a private burial service at Sunset Hill Cemetery.
She was born in Brent, Ga., in September 1921 to the late Milton Clayton and Marie Clements McGinty. She was married to the late James Payson (Jake) Myddelton Jr. from July 1940 until his death in December 2001. They lived for a number of years in Waycross and moved to Valdosta in 1967.
She was a dedicated Christian and a member of First Baptist Church and the Joy Fidelis Sunday School Class, both of which she attended faithfully until recent declining health forced otherwise. Her greatest joy was her family. She was also a member of the John Benning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Milton Stephen (Steve) Myddelton, of Valdosta, and two sisters.
She is survived by a daughter, Elaine Burrows (husband, Jim), of Moultrie; a son, Jim Myddelton (wife, Jeane), of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Sheila Myddelton, of Valdosta; grandchildren, Katy B. Martin (husband, Bud), Stephen Myddelton, Joy M. Moye (husband, Brent), Jason Myddelton (wife, Jodi), Molly M. Smith (husband, Craig), James Brown Burrows (wife, Tina), Jake M. Myddelton (wife, Sandra), Sydney M. Parker (husband, John); and 23 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to her compassionate caregivers at Langdale Place, South Georgia Medical Center, and Langdale Hospice House of Valdosta, and requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to First Baptist Church of Valdosta or Langdale Hospice House of Valdosta.
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Robert Tippins Sr.
Robert “Bob” Daniel Tippins, Sr., 80, of Blackshear, died Wednesday evening (Aug. 10, 2016) at the Pierce County Nursing Home following a brief illness.
Born March 3, 1936 in Blackshear, he was a son of the late Asberry and Retta Leggett Tippins. He lived most of his life in Pierce County where he was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Pierce County Fox Hunters Association and the Pierce County Hunting Club. He loved fox hunting, deer hunting, and fishing, but most important to him was his family. He attended Offerman Church of God.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Martha Mattair, Lillian Harrison and Ruth Wilson, and his brothers, W.C. “Dub” Tippins, Joe Tippins, Ernest Tippins and Morris “Bo” Tippins.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, JoAnn Tippins, of Blackshear; his daughter, Regina Tippins (fiancé, Billy Turbeville), of Blackshear; his son, Bobby Tippins Jr. (wife, Cassy), of Dearing; his grandchildren, Mason Tippins, of Dearing, and Tucker Tippins (fiancée, Brandy McGee), Mollie Tippins, Brayden Turbeville and Zowie Turbeville, all of Blackshear; three sisters, Lena Youmans and Clara Milton, both of Augusta, and Molly Strickland (husband, Jack), of Bristol; special friends, Bootsie Boatright, Joe Clark and Randy Williamson, all of Blackshear; special friend and attending physician, Dr. Donald Waters, of Blackshear; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
A funeral took place Saturday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Clinton Kearney and the Rev. Kevin Grissom officiating.
Burial followed in the Shiloh Cemetery in Pierce County.
The family received friends on Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Serving as pallbearers were Gary Tippins, Tucker Tippins, Keith Tippins, Mason Tippins, Tim Tippins and Tucker Tippins.
The family wishes to express a sincere appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Pierce County Nursing Home for their love, care and hospitality.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Offerman Church of God, 6578 Offerman Loop, Offerman, Ga. 31556.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Lt. Col. Frank Sisk
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Francis “Frank” Gordon Sisk, 80, died peacefully in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Sunday (Aug. 14, 2016) after a life of service and sacrifice to and for his family, his community and his country.
Born on Oct. 28, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the hardworking and resourceful son of Angela Ethelda Bender Sisk and William Joseph Sisk.
After graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1953, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard and attended the University of Pittsburgh. Having a strong interest in the military and especially West Point, he competed and was selected as the second alternate for the United States Military Academy. When the two candidates before him were unable to attend, he was offered the appointment which would begin a lifetime of service to the Nation.
He entered the United States Military Academy in 1957 and graduated in 1961, at which time he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the United States Army.
Colonel Sisk graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School and Airborne School, before commencing his career in Alaska, where he was selected to conduct long range survey patrols of the Brooks Mountain Range with The Army Research Commission (TARC), an assignment he enjoyed immensely.
He was subsequently assigned as the Company Commander for Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry in South Korea. Following his command, he attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Benning where he met the love of his life, Joyce Baxter. They were married on June 17, 1967 prior to his first tour in Vietnam where he served as Special Forces advisor to the South Vietnamese Army during the TET Offensive.
After completing his tour in Vietnam, he served as an instructor for the ROTC program at Central Michigan University, but soon found himself again in Vietnam for a second tour of duty as an Inspector General with MACV. He went on to serve with the 82nd Airborne Division; as the Deputy Commanding Officer for Fort Hamilton, N.Y., and as an Officer in support of Foreign Military Sales in Seoul, Korea.
He received a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1983. He culminated his military career serving at the U.S. Army Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala.
After a decorated and distinguished military career of 28 years, he retired in 1989 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit and two Bronze Stars. Of his other awards and decorations, he was most proud of his Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB).
He retired to his wife’s hometown of Blackshear, and raised his two children, Gordon and Kathleen, after the unfortunate passing of his beloved wife Joyce in 1989 to cancer. They were happily married for 22 years.
He enjoyed life in South Georgia as a gentlemen farmer, raising cotton, soybeans and pecans. He also taught classes at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, and for the Federal Prison System in South Georgia. He served on both the Pierce County Library Board and Tax Equalization Board. He was close to his family and was very active in the local community.
He attended Ward Memorial Methodist Church, as well as Walkerville Baptist Church, and he held a great affection for both churches.
He enjoyed his many trips with family to Aghada, County Cork, Ireland to visit the home of his grandfather and reconnect with cousins. He held dual citizenship with Ireland and the United States.
In 2012, he moved to Franke At Seaside in Mount Pleasant, S.C., to be close to his grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed for his loyalty, kindness, positive attitude and sharp wit.
Survivors include his brother, David Sisk, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; his sister-in-law, Joan Baxter Graham, of Blackshear; his son, Francis Gordon “Gordy” Sisk II, of Atlanta; his daughter, Kathleen Sisk Askins (husband, Colonel Harold William Askins III) and their two children, Mary Isabelle Askins and Harold William Askins IV, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; his six nieces and nephew, Debbie McCullars, Terri Hobbs, Pam Popham, Karen Thrift, Erin Drury, Robin Sisk and David Sisk; many grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins and close friends.
The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donnie Ray Lane
Donnie Ray Lane, 69, of Alma, passed away suddenly Sunday (Aug. 14, 2016) at Bacon County Hospital.
He was born Dec. 11, 1946, to the late Clyde Jenningston Lane and Margarite Carter Strader and was preceded in death by his step-father, Jimmy Strader. He was retired from CSX Railroad, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of Alma Church of God.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Connie Allen Lane; three sons, Jason Lane, Jason Dyal and Alan (Hannah) Dyal, all of Alma; one daughter, Donna Lane Metts (Roger Jr.), of Hazlehurst; two brothers, Harry Lane (Kay) and Larry Lane (Betty), of Blackshear; one step-sister, Mary Frances Thornton; also seven grandchildren, Bailey, Britt and Bentlee Metts, of Hazlehurst, Lexie Lane, of Alma, Aly Grace, Carter and Adalyne Dyal, of Alma.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 at Alma Church of God with the Rev. Travis Peavy officiating.
Interment will follow in Beulah Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Active pallbearers will be Austin Williams, Jasper Allen, Dusty Allen, Scott Lane, Harry Lane Jr. and Derrick Lane.
All others in attendance will be considered honorary escorts.
Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladine G. Elkins
Gladine Gilliard Elkins, 87, died Monday morning (Aug. 15, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House Satilla an extended illness.
She was born in Atkinson County to the late James Elijah Gilliard and Jessie Bell Cook Gilliard. She was a homemaker and member of Indian Mound Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Solon Hardee, second husband, Harrie Franklin Elkins Jr., and two brothers, Ernie and Billy Gilliard.
Survivors include one son, Larry Hardee (Janet), of Dixie Union; one daughter, Judy Thrift (Bobby), of Millwood; five grandchildren, Shane Hardee, Jason Hardee (Brandi), Rebecca Starling (Eddie), Gina Barber (Timmy) and Buddy Thrift (Kandy); 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; three step-children, Paula Brown, Debra Roberson and Donna Demetree Charlton; three step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; six siblings, James Gilliard (Imogene), Carroll Gilliard, Betty Campbell (Charles), Joann Welton (Carl), Sue Tatum and Bobby Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Indian Mound Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hargraves Chapel Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Wanda Dickerson
Wanda Kaye Rowland Dickerson, 63, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday (Aug. 14, 2016) at Mayo Health System in Waycross.
Born in Waycross, June 28, 1953, she lived in Ware and Pierce counties all of her life. While in high school, she was on the track team and would later enjoy watching her children and grandchildren in sports.
She received a degree in cosmetology from the former Waycross-Ware Tech and was a homemaker at the time of her passing. She loved to sing and was a member of New Haven Baptist Church.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who always prayed for her family each night. She was a cancer survivor and never met a stranger.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Rowland, and by her mother and step-father, Jean Wells Hall and T.J. Hall. She was also preceded in death by her twin sister, Faye Chancey.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Dickerson, of Blackshear; two daughters, Jeanna Sanders Davis (Wayne), of Screven, and Denise (D.J.) Burch, of Quinton, Okla.; a son, Richie (Millie) Dickerson, of Waycross; two brothers, Johnny (Molly) Rowland and T.J. “Jr.” (Kathy) Hall, all of Waycross; 13 grandchildren, Colby Taylor, Alissa French, Bubba Davis, Brittany Henderson, Jenzleigh Dickerson, John (Donna) Sanders, Jennifer (John) Varnes, Christopher Adcock, Rebecca Adcock, Kaylie Burch, Courtney (Johnny) Miller, Taylor Davis and Ryan Davis; nine great-grandchildren, Kiana, Thomas, Caraline, Tanner, Isabella, Mason, Hannah, Addie, Grace and J.E.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Waters Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Annie Griffin Turner
A funeral service for Annie Griffin Turner was held Monday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edward Colley officiating.
Burial followed in Moore Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Matthew Church, Jason King, Jacob Smith, John Smith and Earl Turner.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.