Alma Batten Chaney
Alma L. Taylor Batten Chaney, 94, died Thursday morning (Aug. 6, 2015) at Satilla Care Center after an extended illness.
She was a native of Coffee County and a graduate of Blackshear High School. She retired from John H. Swisher Cigar Factory as a packer, and was a member of University Boulevard Church of God.
She will be affectionately remembered for making pound cakes, pecan pies and crocheting for the people she loved. She was a wonderful Christian lady who loved her family and her church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, E.D. Taylor and Nancy Nettles Taylor, her first husband, W. Hartridge Batten, her second husband, Walter Chaney, two sons, Jerry Russell Batten and Donald Lee Batten, one grandson, Robert Hartridge Batten, one sister, Pearly Swindell, and two brothers, Richard Taylor and J. C. Taylor.
Survivors include two grandsons, Johnny Lee Batten (Patty), of Waycross, and Russell L. Batten, of Hollywood, Fla.; two granddaughters, Sabrina Pippin (Kevin), of Patterson, and Katherine Tasha Batten (Kevin Mikell), of Alma; five great-grandchildren, Brinalee Pippin, Blake Mikell, Zachary Mikell, Nathan Batten and DeAnna Batten Peacock; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Addie Crews, of Blackshear, and Valree Miller (Charles), of Jasper; one brother, Trenton Taylor (Shirley), of Orange Park, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 2 until 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Herman Thomas
Herman Thomas, 66, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Blackshear, entered into eternal rest Sunday (July 26, 2015) in California.
He was born in Blackshear and resided in Compton, Calif., for more than 30 years. He was a graduate of Lee Street High School in Blackshear. He served in the United States Air Force from 1968 until July 4, 1972 and was honorably discharged as an E-4. He was an avid lover of jazz music.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ola Mae Thomas, and a brother, Bernard Thomas.
Survivors include his brothers, Madison T. Thomas and Marion M. Thomas; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at Rainge Funeral Home, 505 Ware St., Blackshear.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Rainge Memorial Funeral Home. Pastor Morris Pate will deliver words of comfort.
Interment will follow in Shiloh Cemetery, Moore Street, Blackshear.
Rainge Memorial Chapel of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. James J. Peterson
Dr. James Joseph “Jim” Peterson, PhD, 59, of Valdosta, passed away at Langdale Hospice house Thursday (Aug. 6, 2015) after an extended illness.
He was born Feb. 4, 1956, in Wilmington, N.C., to John Thomas Peterson Sr. and the late Mildred Kermon Peterson. He lived many years in Pierce County where he graduated from Blackshear High School in 1974. Along with his mother, he was preceded in death by an older brother, John T. Peterson Jr.
He received his Ph.D. in education from Georgia State University in philosophy. He was an adjunct professor for Valdosta State University and Embry Riddle at Moody Air Force Base. He served many years in the medical technology field working for the state of Georgia, multiple local hospitals, and taught medical technology at Waycross-Ware Technical College (now Coastal Pines).
He also served as a contractor in federal law enforcement with FEMA and as a police officer for the Waycross Police Department.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and an avid firearms collector. He enjoyed teaching, giving individual firearm lessons, as well as hunting and fishing.
He was a fan of the University of Georgia athletics, Valdosta State athletics and the Atlanta Braves. He attended Morningside Baptist Church and was a member of the Morningside Rusty Harrell Sunday School Class.
Survivors include his father and step-mother, John Thomas Peterson Sr. (Lorraine), of Waycross; son, Andrew Peterson, of Naples, Fla., son, Matthew Peterson (Whitney), of Mooresville, N.C., sons Daniel, and Stephen Peterson, of Valdosta; sister, Deborah Peterson, of Valdosta; brother, Gary L. Peterson, of Columbus; fiancee, Tammy Steverson, of Valdosta; and special friends, Dave and Lisa Eaton, and Don and Tammie Potter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Morningside Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 2263 Pineview Drive, Valdosta, Ga. 31602, American Cancer Society at, and/or Morningside Baptist Church in memory of Dr Peterson, Ph.D., 2604 Bemiss Road, Valdosta, Ga. 31602.
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Music Funeral Services/Azalea Crematory, of Valdosta, is serving the family.

Thomas D. Banks Sr.
Thomas D. Banks Sr., 84, died Thursday morning (Aug. 6, 2015) at his son’s residence following an extended illness.
He was born in Pierce County but lived most of his life in Ware County. He retired from CSX Railroad as a machinist and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
He was a member of the Ware County Exchange Club where he served many positions including president, treasurer and the Georgia district director. He was awarded “Exchangite of the Year” for his service.
He was founder of the Recreation Department Men’s Softball League and had a passion for coaching little league sports. He was also a member of the Okefenokee Men’s Bowling Association and a volunteer fireman.
He was a son of the late Marvin C. Banks and Gertrude Batten Banks. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Christine Britt and Latrell Lewis.
He is survived by his wife, Fosteen Banks, of Waycross; a daughter, Debra Pearson (Joe), of Waycross; a son, Thomas D. Banks Jr. (Kecia), of Waycross; grandchildren, Breanne Morris (Richard), of Vidalia, Clinton Banks (Haley Thigpen), of Waycross, Aaron Wiley Banks, of Waycross, Kuff Thrift, of Waycross, and Pierce Thrift, of Waycross; a great-grandson, Collin Morris, of Vidalia; a sister, Pauline Kimbrell, of Waycross; a brother, Wilton Banks (Evelyn), of Blackshear; special friends, Jack and Rose Westberry, of Tampa, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church and members of the Ware County Exchange Club are asked to meet at the church on Saturday by 10:40 a.m. to serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31503.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

‘Summer’ Hamilton
Infant Evelyn “Summer” Hamilton, 5 days old, passed away Tuesday morning (Aug. 4, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness.
Born in Waycross, she was the daughter of Gary Allen Hamilton and Chelsea Dale Aldridge, both of Waycross.
Survivors include her parents; a sister, Lillian Merritt, of Waycross; her maternal grandparents, Rodney Aldridge (Micaela), of Blackshear, and Lyza Starling, of Waycross; her paternal grandparents, Paula Mixon (Yancey), of Waycross, and Donald Hamilton (Ann), of Monticello; maternal great-grandmother, Linda Starling, of Waycross; paternal great-grandmothers, Winifred Godbolt and Delores Gill, both of Waycross; several aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Kettle Creek Cemetery with Brother Donald Hamilton officiating.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the cemetery.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Christopher Cohen Sr.
The homegoing service for Christopher Emanuel Cohen Sr. will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at House of God Church Keith Dominion, 500 E. Blackshear Ave., Waycross.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 10 a.m. until the service hour.
To everything there is a time and a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Christopher Emanuel Cohen was born on Dec. 25, 1946 in Waycross. He was the son of the late Elder Rhubel and Fostenia Cohen. He was educated in the public school system of Ware County. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
He entered into eternal rest surrounded by his family on Saturday (July 25, 2015) at Malcolm Randal VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted wife, Tracey Cohen. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rayonna Cohen.
Survivors include four children, Crystal Beckwith, Felicia Cohen, Christopher Cohen Jr., and Astaim Cohen, of Philadelphia, Pa.; one step-son, Damien Small, of New York; two god-children, Josiah Parks and Braylin Sanders, both of Waycross; one brother, Daniel Cohen (Bessie), of Waynesville; nine sisters, Frances Lewis, Vern Cohen, Mazie Williams (Frankie), Linda Thompson and Fostenia Cohen, all of Waycross, Lillian Simpson, of Nahunta, Lula Goodwill (Leon), of Brunswick, Viola Hamilton and Isabell Hill (Jake), all of Douglas; four sisters-in-law, Pauline Seabury, of Palm Beach, Fla., Henrietta Puden (Toney), of Long Island, N.Y., Valerie Seabury and Linda Seabury, both of Philadelphia, Pa.; six brothers-in-law, Alex Seabury, Christopher Seabury, of Philadelphia, Johnathan Seabury, of Long Island, N.Y., David Seabury, of Columbus, and Paul Seabury, of South Carolina; three aunts, Ruby Ashley, of Patterson, Ophelia Green, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mary Gore, of Long Island, N.Y.; one uncle, Ransom Faszon, of New York; 11 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and sorrowing friends.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 5 until 7 o’clock and at the family residence outside of visitation hours.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 201 Bank St., at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.