Pauline L. Kirksey
A celebration of life service for Mother Pauline L. Kirksey will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at H.J. Echols Memorial Tabernacle First Born Church, 1120 H.J. Echols Drive, with the church pastor, Bishop Michael H. Flynn Sr., offering words of comfort.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose Saturday from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Public visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
Born Oct. 16, 1928, in Alma (Bacon County), she was the sixth of 12 children born to the late John Brown Sr. and Lillie Bell Murphy Brown. The family later moved to Waycross where she received her formal education from the public school system and graduated from Center High School in 1946.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at a young age and became a member of St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church where she served as an usher, choir member and for many years as a Sunday School teacher. She later joined Power House of Faith Ministries to assist her son in the ministry and served as a church mother.
She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Thomas Kirksey. This union was blessed with two sons, Pastor Kenneth A. Kirksey Sr. and Pastor Keith Kirksey.
She was a former employee of King Edward Cigar Inc., Gold Kist Pecan Co. and Southland Pecan Co.. After her employments she became the caregiver for her sister, Mattie Borden, for many years and others.
Mother Kirksey departed this life Monday (Aug. 24, 2015) after an illness. Other than her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings, John Brown Jr., Udella Bell, Mattie Borden, Willie Brown, Catherine Brown, Barbara Brown, and a granddaughter, Kentlyn Kirksey.
Those left to cherish her memory include two sons, Pastor Kenneth A Kirksey Sr. (Lady Latoshia), of Waycross, and Pastor Keith Kirksey (Lady Sherie), of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Darius Kirksey, of Macon, Kenneth A. Kirskey Jr., Kenna Kirksey and Kenna Kirksey, all of Waycross; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Emma Harmon, of Waycross, and Bonnie Grimes, of Jacksonville, Fla.: three brothers, Elijah Brown, of Waycross, Maret Brown (Loretta), of Valdosta, and Leroy Brown (Carol), of Pueblo, Colo.; numerous adopted grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at her sister’s residence, Emma Harmon, 519 Bay St.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Dwight C. Bess
A celebration of life service for Dwight C. “DC” Bess, 57, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Church Of Christ Written In Heaven, 617 Blackwell St., Waycross, where Bishop John A. Moss is the pastor and will officiate.
Elder Johnny Wilkins will preside.
Burial and committal service will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 3 p.m. until the service hour.
A repast will be held at The Life Building adjacent to the church.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 907 “J” St., at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. and at his mother’s residence, 907 “J” St., Waycross.
He was born the fifth son and sixth child of seven children to Gladys Cooper Bess and Willie Roy Bess Sr. on Jan. 15, 1958, in Douglas. He graduated from high school in Waycross and began his career with the Ware County Board of Education, where he was employed for many years until faithfully becoming the caretaker of his dear mother.
He departed this life Tuesday (Aug. 18, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness with his devoted family at his side.
He was preceded in death by his oldest brother, Willie Roy Bess Jr.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving mother; Gladys C. Bess, of Waycross; and his father, Willie Roy Bess Sr., of Winter Haven, Fla.; a daughter, Corene Gardner (Geno), of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two sons, Dwight C. Bess Jr., of Atlanta, and Byran Bess, of Waycross; three beautiful grandchildren, Skye, Zion and Jayla; two sisters, Cheryl Kitchen (John) and Winder J. Strickland (John); three brothers, Ricky D. Bess (Avon), Ralph C. Bess (Faye) and Tommie L. Bess; a host of caring nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Dorothy Lillian Walker
A celebration of life for Dorothy Lillian Walker will be held Saturday at noon at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1110 Pittman St., Waycross, where Pastor Johnny Arnold will offer words of comfort.
Burial and committal services will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 11 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at 3237 State St., at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 7 until 9 p.m. and at 3237 State St. outside visitation hours.
Dorothy L. Muchison Walker was born March 2, 1930, in Waynesville. She was one of seven children.
She was educated in the Ware County public school system. She graduated with Center High School class of 1947-1948. After graduation, she was employed at Gold Kist Pecan Factory and Waycross Sportswear.
On Dec. 7, 1951, she was united in marriage to the late John O. Walker. To that union, one son was born.
She accepted Christ into her life and united with the family of Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church under the pastoralship of the late Rev. E.J. Menefee and later Pastor Johnny Arnold. With a passion for singing, she joined the church choir and sang boldly making a joyful noise unto Him. Her life and dedication to God were both encouraging and inspiring to both those who knew her and those who didn’t.
She was a very kind and compassionate woman, loved and adored by many, and always willing to help her fellow man/woman. Her favorite phrase “God show nuff been good to me” gave her the courage and strength to run the race. The love in her heart was the very essence of who she was.
She didn’t really have hobbies, but sitting on the porch eating peanuts, chatting with family, neighbors and/or friends, playing with her great-grandchildren and working in her yard were the things she enjoyed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Roxie Porcher Muchison, husband, John Oris Walker, sisters, Elease and Vera Muchison, brothers, Johnnie, Alphonso and Maxie Muchison.
Those left to celebrate her life and cherish her fond memories include one son, John F. Walker Sr. (wife, Charlene); one sister, Mary Emma Nunn; two grandsons, John F. Walker Jr. (fiancée Karla), Michale Stringfield (wife, Kiera); four great-grandchildren, Deon I. Walker, Andrew R. Walker, Destiny C. Stringfield, Eliana I. Walker; special family friends, Daphne Parker, Ben Parker, Stuart Poller and Marcus Byrd; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online guest book at
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Homes, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Rev. Fred J. Morgan
Rev. Fred J. Morgan, 77, died Wednesday (Aug. 26, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a short illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Cheryl Ann Hickox
HICKOX — Cheryl Ann Hickox, 59, of Hickox, passed away suddenly Wednesday (Aug. 26, 2015) at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup.
Born in Jacksonville, Fla., she was the daughter of Gerald “Scamp” Thrift, of Hickox, and the late Dorothy Jeanette Rogers Thrift.
She was a member of Riverside Chapel Baptist Church, and loved fishing, gardening and taking care of her grandchildren. She was retired from Brantley County Health Department where she worked many years as a CNA.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Glenn W. Hickox, of Hickox; her son and daughter-in-law, Billy Hickox (Brenda), of Hickox; her daughter and son-in-law, Kim Hickox Dent (Anthony), of Jesup; three grandchildren, Kayla Hickox, Mallory Dent and Morgan Dent; her father, Gerald “Scamp” Thrift, of Hickox; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara Bass (Chuck), of Hickox, and Terri Waters (Richard), also of Hickox; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held this evening starting at 6 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Riverside Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Wainright and the Rev. Edward Colley officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Bass, Kory Clark, Randall Hickox, Landon Hickox, Ken Clark, Kole Clark and Michael Haney.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Lawton Tommy Harris
Lawton “Tommy” Harris Sr., 78, died Wednesday (Aug. 26, 2015) in Fernandina Beach, Fla., following a brief illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Music Funeral Home.

Theron D. Mullis Sr.
Theron D. Mullis Sr., 75, died Wednesday evening (Aug. 26, 2015) at his residence in Atkinson after an extended illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Jack Tatum
Jack Tatum, 56, died Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 26, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a sudden illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Ronald Lee Anderson
A funeral for Ronald Lee Anderson was held Tuesday morning in Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Smith officiating.
Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were William Fales, David Gerbing, Gerald Stone, Terry Kevin Strickland, Lynwood Westberry and Frankie Whitley.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William McAlpin
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for William Kenneth “Ken” McAlpin, 78, was held Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. Mike Stone.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the McDonald’s Coffee Club along with Robert Strickland.
A private burial was held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock with the Rev. Mike Stone officiating.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James Elmer Pierce
A funeral for James Elmer Pierce was held Wednesday afternoon at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Barry Giddens officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Anderson, Layton Anderson, Jimmy Connor, Donald Deal, Vann Deal and Stan Meeks.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.