Audrey Steven Henries
Audrey Steven “Hank” Henries, 84, died Wednesday (Dec. 16, 2015) at Hospice Savannah.
His beloved wife, Eleanor, of 55 years, preceded him in death Jan. 5, 2007.
He was born at Lowland (Goose Creek Island), N.C. He graduated from Aurora High School and at 17 enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Air Force as a chief master sergeant and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
He also graduated from Saint Leo University, Summa Cum Laude, majoring in criminology.
In the Air Force, he received several achievement awards which included Runner-Up Honor Graduate at the Air Force NCO Academy, chosen as “Airman of the Year” at two Air Force installations, Hunter AFB and Charleston AFB.
During his military service, he received the following decorations and awards: Air Force Good Conduct Medal (w/1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (w/1 BSS), Air Force Longevity Service Award (w/4 OLC), Small Arms Expert Markmanship Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (w/4 Br Lps), Korean Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (w/2 OCL), Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, USAF NCO Academy Graduate Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.
Throughout his military service, he gave faithful and conscientious service to his country. His standard of conduct and leadership provided an excellent example for those who were associated with him.
After Air Force retirement, he was employed at Gulfstream Aerospace for 10 years, and then he owned and operated Lazaretta Seafood Company at Tybee Island for 14 years. He was a communicant of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church at Wilmington Island.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Boutwell (Mickey), of Savannah, Jo Anne Brooks (Jackie), of Blackshear; one brother, Max Henries (Barbara), of Angier, N.C.; five grandchildren, Jennifer Boutwell, Shaun Boutwell and Amanda Maner (Ryan), of Savannah, Jeremy Sanders (Aubrey), of Orangeburg, S.C., Jessica Sanders, of Waycross; and seven great-grandchildren, Payton and Madison Sanders, DeWayne Wilson, Kayla Sanders, Brianna Brooks, Adriana Boutwell and Dylan Maner.
Visitation was held at 11 a.m. Monday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial will at 12 p.m. with the Rev. Patrick O’Brien, Celebrant.
Burial was at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with full military honors.
Arrangements were with Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors of Savannah.

Dennis Basile
Dennis Basile, 70, died Monday afternoon (Dec. 21, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
He was a native of Paterson, N.J., but he resided in the Waycross area since 1958. He was formerly employed by the Waycross Police Department as a sergeant, was the former co-owner of South Georgia Investigative Agency and former salesman of Taylor Feed.
Many years ago, he worked for a cattle company where he bought and sold cattle, and he raised and raced quarterhorses. A proud sponsor member of Okefenokee Ducks Unlimited, he was a member of Jamestown Baptist Church but recently attended Waycross Primitive Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Basile and Pauline O’Neal Griffin, his step-father, Owen Griffin, and a brother, Tony Basile.
Survivors include one son, Kennon Wade Basile (Kelly), of Blackshear; his former wife, Jerrell Bednar, of Waycross; three grandchildren, Dalton, Kolby and Katie Basile; one brother, Travis Griffin (Naomi), of Brantley County; two sisters, Leisa Mitchell (Gordon) and Sheila Shuman (Joey), both of Brantley County; special nephews, Cord Basile (Tina), of St. Marks, Fla.; and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. today at Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
A private burial at High Bluff Cemetery will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Arrangements are with Music Funeral Home.

Sherry Rena Bennett
Sherry Rena Bennett, 50, of Blackshear, died early Monday morning (Dec. 21, 2015) following an extended illness.
Born Dec. 1, 1965 in Alma, she was a daughter of the late Randall Edsel Bennett Sr. and Carol Jean Winn Bennett. She was a lifelong resident of Pierce County and was a 1983 graduate of Pierce County High School.
She worked her whole life as a farmer on her family’s farm and was a lover of flowers and her many animals. She was also a meticulous cook.
She was a faithful Christian who enjoyed reading and studying God’s Word.
Survivors include her two sisters, Mary Ella Bennett and Susan Bennett, both of Blackshear; her brother, Randy Bennett, of Blackshear; several aunts and uncles; and many cousins, friends and other relatives.
A graveside service took place Monday afternoon at 4:30 at Ramah Cemetery with the Rev. Milton Bethune, the Rev. Jimmy Thrift and Chad Nimmer officiating.
Two tributes written by special friend, Lee Ann Smith, were read by Ivy Smith Mock and Debra Sue Smith, followed by “Amazing Grace” being sung by Sheriff Ramsey Bennett.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ramah Cemetery Fund, c/o Charlotte Smith, 2396 W. Horseshoe Road, Alma, Ga. 31510 or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

Ronald D. Westberry
Ronald Darrell Westberry, 67, died Tuesday night (Dec. 22, 2015) at his residence after an extended illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Johnny Higginbotham
Johnny Jasper Higginbotham, 72, died Tuesday night (Dec. 22, 2015) at his residence after an extended illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Leon M. Manning
A funeral for Leon Mitchell Manning was held Tuesday afternoon at New Prospect United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dwayne Tanner and the Rev. Herman Moore officiating.
Burial followed in New Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ryan Manning, Nick Manning, Ken Jones, Clay Crave, Mason Herrin and Garrett Davis.
Honorary pallbearers were Ferrell McCloud, Joe Fleming, Curtis Strickland, Avery Igo and Larry Evans.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.