Virginia M. Bunting
Virginia McDonald Bunting recently died after an extended illness. She was a 1944 graduate of Waycross High School.
Born in Waycross April 14, 1926, she was a lifelong resident except for a few brief periods early in her marriage to the late J. Luther Bunting when he was the editor of newspapers in Abbeville and Hawkinsville, Ga. They returned to Waycross and started the Ware County Times, a monthly magazine with photos and articles of local interest. She and Luther moved to the Atlanta area a few years ago to live with family when their health started failing.
She was the daughter of the late Walter M. McDonald and the late Susie Evans. After her father’s death, her mother eventually married the late Dr. W.M Evans, who owned Evans Drug Store on Tebeau Street. Her step-sister, Mrs. Bob (Lureen) Evans, is also deceased.
Virginia and Luther met when Luther worked at Evans Drug Store. Luther was working behind the soda fountain when she asked for something that he didn’t know how to make. The next thing he knew, she went behind the soda fountain to make her own. He expected to be without a job until she explained that she was the daughter of the boss and he wouldn’t be fired.
Virginia was active in the Waycross community for most of her life. She was a member of the Green Thumb Garden Club and the Waycross Junior Woman’s Club. She was involved in the Junior Woman’s Club Crippled Children’s Clinic and other charitable organizations.
As district representative for the American Cancer Society for many years, she worked in Southeast Georgia. Because her heart was so big and loving, she helped kids as a counselor at the Waycross Regional Youth Development Center.
She helped many Waycross families find their new homes as a real estate agent for McGhee Realty. As owner of the Hatching Jacket, she brought quality maternity and baby clothes to the Waycross community.
Because of her personality, Virginia never seemed to meet a stranger. She loved going places, learning new things and helping people. Her heart was so big and she was so giving that people were drawn to her.
She is survived by her grandson, Marcus Hillick, and her daughter, Barbara (Babs) Hillick, her husband and son-in-law preceded her in death; her nieces, Lori Buchanan, Ellen Smith, Apple Harrelson, and nephew, Bob Evans, survive her in addition to various cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 17) at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home beginning at 10 a.m.
Memorialization is by cremation with interment at Greenlawn Cemetery in Waycross. There will be no graveside service.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Lois Geneva Barber
A graveside service for Lois Geneva Barber was held Friday morning at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mavis Nell Fussell
A funeral for Mavis Nell Fussell was held Friday afternoon at Hargraves Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Davis officiating.
Burial followed in Hargraves Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Kelsey Banks, Damian Chauncey, Brenton Cox, Nathan Deaton, Michael Logan and William Logan.
Serving as honorary pallbearer was Adam Bowen.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.