James Elmer Pierce
James Elmer Pierce, 89, died Sunday night (Aug. 23, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.
He was a native of Pierce County, but lived most of his life in Waycross. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. After 40 years of service, he retired from CSX Railroad as a switchman. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. An avid fisherman, he loved gardening and is known for growing his sago palms.
He was the son of the late Elmer Haywood Pierce and Miranda Clark Hartshorn.
Survivors include his wife, Winifred Griffis Pierce, of Waycross; two daughters, Patty Pierce Steverson (Greg), of Waycross, and Peggy Denise Pierce, of Waycross; one son, Paul James Pierce (Sharon), of Waycross; five grandchildren, Kelli Ragle (Todd), Katie Steverson, Josie, Jackie and James Pierce; two great-grandchildren, Sydney and Garrett Ragle; three sisters, Margaret Anderson, of Hortense, Donna Meeks, of Waycross, and Margie Robertson, of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 1 until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Ashleigh Loren Poore
NAHUNTA — Ashleigh “Sister” Loren Poore, 2, of Nahunta, passed away Saturday morning (Aug. 22, 2015) at her residence.
Born in Brunswick, she was the daughter of Dustin Loren Poore, of Waynesville, and Verdalee Nunez Flanagan, of Nahunta.
Survivors include her parents, four brothers, Bailey Sapp, of Jesup, Gavin Underwood, of Waynesville, Brandon Krauss, of Nahunta, and Dustin Loren Poore Jr., of Waynesville; two sisters, Brooke Sapp, of Jesup, and Brittany Sowell, of Elizabethtown, Ky.; her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Nunez, of Waycross; her paternal grandparents, Earl Poore, of Brunswick, and Shirley Poore, of Waynesville; her aunts and uncles, Sheri Clark, of Nahunta, Julie Poore, of Waynesville, Jason Poore, of Waynesville, and Daniel Poore, of Brunswick; a special cousin, Elizabeth Mobley, of Waynesville; several other aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
A visitation will be held this evening starting at 6 at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 11 at Bay Harbor Brantley Church of God with the Rev. Tommy Gill officiating.
Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bailey Sapp, Phillip Anderson, Joseph Nunez and A.J. Smith.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com

Lois D. Crocker
AIKEN, S.C. — Lois D. Crocker, 93, widow of Charles S. Crocker, died Sunday (Aug. 23, 2015) at the home of her daughter in Aiken, S.C.
She was born Feb. 16, 1922 in Hall County, the daughter of Claude Edward Dills and Bertha Ann Dills. She was a resident of Macon for 60 years.
She retired from the Georgia Department of Health, Vital Statistics after 20 years of service. She was an active member with the Sweet Adelines International singing group. She was a world traveler visiting many foreign countries and was particularly fond of Greece and Australia. She was an adventuress and always open to new experiences, including taking a powderpuff auto mechanics course, hang-gliding and learning to fly.
She is survived by her daughter, Toni C. Lewis; her granddaughter, Lynn (Dr. Kevin J. Weis) Lewis-Weis; great-grandchildren, Ethan L. Weis and Madelyn G. Weis, all of Aiken, S.C.; a sister, Mildred Noles, of Lowell, N.C.; nephews, Steven (Rosalee) Noles, of Mt. Holley, N.C., and Mark (Cyndi) Noles, of Cramerton, N.C.; and great-nephews, Andrew, Daniel and Matthew Noles; long-time, devoted companion, Robert Polhamus, of Castleberry, Fla.
Memorialization will be by cremation with a private service held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601 (alz.org) or Pruitt Health Hospice, 211 York St. NE, Suite 3, Aiken, S.C. 29801.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Daybreak Adult Care Services, particularly Sheretta Kelly, Pruitt Health Hospice, particularly Robin Stark and Pam Sitler, and the supportive neighbors of Aiken Estates.
Arrangements are with Snellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, Aiken, S.,C.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.shellhouseriversfuneralhome.com

Elton ‘Donnie’ Burney
BLACKSHEAR — Elton “Donnie” Burney, 65, passed away Monday (Aug. 23, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, surrounded by his loving family, following an extended illness.
He was born Dec. 17, 1949, in Waycross, to the late Harris Green Burney and Mary Bell Shepherd Burney. He was a self-employed mechanic and was preceded in death by one brother, Wayne Burney.
Survivors are his wife, Nancy Hensley Burney, Blackshear; one son, Robert Burney, Blackshear; five sisters and a brother-in-law, Louise “Sissy” Hall, Blackshear, Janice and Isaiah Taylor, Mary Ann Dell, Aline Jones and Gloria Jean Oliver, all of Waycross; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Harris Green “Sonny” and Jean Burney, Webster, Fla., James “Buck” and Helen Burney, Blackshear, Robert and Jesse Simmons, Callahan, Fla., and Jimmy Simmons, Waycross; one grandson, Blake Edward Burney, Blackshear; a special cousin, Juanita Pittman, Fargo; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Miles-Odum Funeral Home, Waycross.
Interment will be in the New Home Cemetery, Offerman.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home, Waycross.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Roundtree Funeral Home, P.O. Box 301, Homerville, Ga., to help with funeral expenses.
Sympathy may be expressed at the online registry at www.roundtreefuneralhome.net
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Pauline L. Kirksey
Pauline L. Kirksey departed this life Monday morning (Aug. 24, 2015) at Baptist Village after an illness.
She is survived by two sons, Elder Kenneth Kirksey Sr. (Latoshia), of Waycross, and Keith L, Kirksey (Sherie), of Jacksonville, Fla.; and other relatives.
Friends are being received at her sister’s residence, Emma Harmon, 519 Bay St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.