Pat Sylvester
Patricia Gayle Tison “Nana” Sylvester, 81, of Waycross, went home to be with the Lord early Friday morning (Aug. 26, 2016) at her home.
“Nana” was surrounded by loved ones and made a very peaceful departure from this earth.
She was born in Millwood March 7, 1935. She was the oldest daughter of William Perry Tison and Olive Inez Tison.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Perry and Inez, her mother-in-law, Mabel Aldridge Sylvester Hinson, a brother, “Herbert” Walton Tison, and a grandson, Kenneth Martin Rios.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, Walter Kenneth Sylvester; three children, Jeffrey Brian Thomason, Sherri Sylvester Rios and Pam Sylvester Barbee and son-in-law, Jeffrey Lee “Jeff” Barbee; a younger brother and sister, Ida “Annice” Tison Whitfield and James “Perry” Tison.
Ken and Pat have seven grandchildren who have survive her, David Lee Barbee, Jeffrey Maxwell “Max” Barbee, Hampden “Hamp” Earl Thomason, Devon Jacob Rios, Alex James “AJ” Barbee, Sierra Elizabeth Rios and Angela Patricia Rios.
She was a long time member of Waycross Primitive Baptist Church where she has faithfully attended for more than 20 years. She was also a member of Waycross Garden Club, Waycross Women’s Club and Emerson Park Homemakers Club.
She worked for the Ware County Probate Court but retired at a young age to focus on her family.
She was an outstanding wife, mother, nana and friend. She was incredibly family-orientated and loved every second spent with her children and grandchildren, though she did not limit herself to only family, for everywhere she went, she went with a brilliantly bright smile and lipstick.
She met no stranger, was always polite to anyone she met and loved conversing with anyone about anything. Her warm personality flooded everyone’s hearts and left her with numerous friends who loved her like family. She will be remembered for her ability to illuminate a room with her loving, infectious disposition and smile.
She will be incredibly missed by friends and family but we are all consoled in knowing that she has joined her heavenly father and her passed loved ones in Heaven and rejoice at the fact that we will soon, one day, be with her again in a place not made with hands.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love, prayers and support.
Music Funeral Home will hold a viewing this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock.
The funeral will be held at Music Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
She will be laid to rest at Bennett’s Cemetery in Millwood.
Friends and Family who are unable to attend the viewing may attend a viewing before the funeral beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Tanya Hayes Kildow
A graveside funeral for Tanya Hayes Kildow was held Friday morning at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Quick officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

‘Bootsie’ Boatright
DOUGLAS — Major Thomas “Bootsie” Boatright, 75, of Blackshear, passed away Friday (Aug. 26, 2016) at Coffee Regional Medical Center.
Born in Alma Jan. 13, 1941, he lived in Bacon County for many years before moving to Pierce County 35 years ago. He was retired from Ironworkers Local 596 and also worked in construction with Bob Tippins and Benny Crews for a few years.
An avid hunter, he was a member of the Pierce County Fox Hunters Club where he also served as a judge at numerous field trials over the years. He was a former member of the Pierce County Hunting Club and the Sandy Bottom Hunting Club. He played the drums for The Soul Winners for a number of years and was a member of Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church.
He never met a stranger and will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was a son of the late William “Bill” and Idell Crosby Boatright. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Minnie Boatright, Dorothy Foskey and Doretha Taylor, and a brother, James “Super” Boatright.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Juanita Dixon Boatright, of Blackshear; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dana and Tony Carter, of Alma, and Kristi and Robby Barnes, of Baxley; a son and daughter-in-law, Dane and Connie Boatright, of Alma; a step-daughter, Tammy O’Neal, of Blackshear; a step-son, David O’Neal, of Blackshear; two sisters, Patricia (Ray) White and JoAnn Sweat, all of Alma; two brothers, Ray (Glenda) Boatright and Billy (Wanda) Boatright, all of Alma; 10 grandchildren, Allen (Kristy) Thompson, Trent Boatright, Laci Jo Carter, Tucker Barnes, Jailee Barnes, Chris (Nealie) O’Neal, Dustin (Meg) O’Neal, David O’Neal III, Anna (Robert) Douglas and Hayle Carter; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Alma Monday afternoon at 12:45.
Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.