Clarence ‘Pete’ West
Clarence Thomas “Pete” West, 71, died Monday morning (Dec. 28, 2015) at his residence in Brantley County after an extended illness.
A native of Colquitt County, he resided on Jekyll Island for 20 years before moving to Brantley County in 2009.
A United States Army Vietnam veteran, he graduated from South Georgia College in Douglas with a degree in criminal justice. He served as a police officer in Thomasville before joining the Georgia State Patrol. With the Georgia State Patrol, he served as corporal in Douglas, sergeant in Atlanta, and sergeant first class in Waycross and Jekyll Island.
He was the son of the late Curtis West and Louise McMillan West.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Betty Wedeking West, of Hortense; two sisters, Katrina Joyner (late husband, Noel), of Tifton, and Sherry Williams (husband, Eugene), of Hartsfield; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends 4 until 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice Care of Jesup, 117 Drennon Drive, Jesup, Ga. 31545.
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Ronald D. Westberry
A memorial service for Ronald Darrell Westberry was held Monday morning at First Christian Church with the Rev. Donald Newell, the Rev. Archie Jenkins and the Rev. Heath Coker officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Military rites were conducted by a contingent from the United States Navy.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mattie Eady Garner
Mattie Carolyn Eady Garner, 74, of Waycross, formerly of Blackshear (Eadyville) passed away Thursday (Dec. 24, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross. She was born Jan. 24, 1941 in Eadyville to the late Sylvester and Naomi Eady.
She grew up in Pierce County where she attended and graduated from Lee Street School in 1959. She graduated from Savannah State College in 1964 with a bachelor of science degree. In 1977, she received her masters degree from Valdosta State College.
She was a teacher in the Pierce County School System for 34 years. She was a member of the Oak Park Club and Northside Community Club. She grew up as a child in St. James A.M.E. church in Blackshear and transferred her membership to Greater Mount Zion A.M.E. church in Waycross.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Garner, parents, Sylvester and Naomi Eady, one sister, Helen Lorraine Snowden, two brothers, Paul and Travis Eady.
She will be missed by her sons, Kevin (Merrell), New Salisbury, Ind., and LeVar (Keisha), Waycross; one granddaughter, KaDen; two supportive cousins, Johnnie Mae Leggett and Daphne Parker; and a host of relatives.
“Kitty” as she was affectionately known to many, was a valued friend, cousin, aunt, sister, niece and a wonderful mother. She shared her wisdom and knowledge with everyone and remained true to herself and her beliefs. She will be missed greatly, missed by all those who knew her heart, shared special moments and loved her.
The funeral was held Monday, 1 p.m. in the chapel of Rainge Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Rochelle McRay, of Greater Mt. Zion AME Church, offering words of comfort.
The service was well attended by her friends and her church members.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.

Herbert Kay
Herbert Kay, 80, of Waycross, passed away Thursday (Dec. 24, 2015) at Waycross Health and Rehabilitation Center with loved ones by his bedside.
The family is currently receiving friends at 909 Cedar St., Waycross, the home of his daughter, Brenda Kay Smith.
Funeral arrangements and a list of survivors will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc.

Brenda V.R. Perrin
Brenda V.R. Perrin, 34, of 862 Watson St., Blackshear, passed away Friday (Dec. 18, 2015) at her residence.
The family received friends at the residence.
She was born in Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of Alberta Trueluck, of Blackshear, and the late John E. Perrin, of Bronx, N.Y.
She attended 1199 High School in the Bronx and enjoyed her hobbies of singing and decorating.
She is survived by two lovely daughters, Myracle Wade and Skila Wade, that will cherish the memories of their mother; one sister, Sara Baptiste, of Blackshear; two brothers, John T. (Teameeka) Trueluck, Lucas D. E. Perrin, both of Gainesville, Fla.; five aunts, Lydia (Ohio) Harris, Karen (Odion) Trueluck-OSawe, Brenda Broadnax, Ocala, Fla., Angelus Perrin, Kim Perrin, Bronx, N.Y.; two great-aunts, Hattie Williams and Frances Jacobs, both of Blackshear; four nieces, Mar-Keya Trueluck, Kameryn Baker, Kyndall and Jarden Trueluck; one great-nephew, Jabari Sutton, one great-niece, Londyn (LahLah) Trueluck; special cousins, Ethin Eady, Ocala, Fla., Crystle Harris, New York, Charity McCloud; and a host other relative, friends and loved ones that will forever cherish her memories.
She was preceded in death by uncles Gerald Harris (Sharon), Albert Trueluck Jr.
The funeral was held Monday 11 a.m. in the chapel of Rainge Memorial Funeral Home.
Her aunt Karen Trueluck-OSawe of ABBA Temple Ministries, New York, gave the closing remarks.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Rainge Memorial Chapel was in charge of the arrangements

Percy Welch
Percy S. “Pookie” Welch passed Tuesday (Dec. 22, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
He was born in Blackshear, April 16, 1956, to the late Dolphus and Mildred Welch. He attended Lee Street High School in Pierce County. He enjoyed horses, motorcycles, farming, mechanic work and being with friends.
He was married to Lanora Smiley. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny Lee and Levinston “Venison” Welch.
He will be greatly missed by his two sons, Percy Welch Jr. and Adrian (Kendred) Welch; four brothers, Dolphus (Jackie) Welch Jr., Wallace (Joann) Welch, Michael (Cynthia) Welch and James (Bernice) Trody; two sisters, Myra Miller and Jannie Trody; three grandchildren, Kalana, Arianna and Sakari; special friend and caretaker, Mary Dell Davis; stepmother, Deloris Welch; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A visitation was held Saturday in the chapel of Rainge Funeral Home.
The funeral took place Sunday at 11 a.m. at Faith Temple Holiness Church, 218 Hall St., Blackshear.
Pastor Cynthia Welch and Minister Debra Taylor offered words of comfort.
Pallbearers were Bobby Peterson, Ronnie Peterson, Larry Peterson, DeWayne Lott, Jackie Godwin, Fobi Washington.
Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery, Moore Street, Blackshear.
Arrangements were with Rainge Memorial Chapel.