Gerald S. LaBarbera
Gerald Stephen LaBarbera, 65, passed away Saturday (Feb. 7, 2015) in Jacksonville, Fla.
He was an avid golfer and well known in the Jacksonville golf community. He loved boating and spent a large amount of time in his favorite vacation spot, Key West, Fla.
He is survived by his daughter, Kristen, and sons, Kurt and Kip; his wife, Tonya, and her two daughters, Tamara and Jacqueline; his brother, Marty, and his family, wife, Lela, and children, Adam, Jason, Reece, and Lindsay.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 6801 Merrill Road, Jacksonville, Fla., with Pastor Roy Stack Pole presiding.
The family will receive friends for the viewing and visitation from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Entombment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Rodney Paul Taylor
NAHUNTA — Rodney Paul Taylor, 73, of Nahunta, died Friday morning (Feb. 6, 2015) at Bayview Nursing Home after an extended illness.
Born in Arlington, Texas, he was the son of Vern Forrest and Eleanor Genevieve Taylor.
He loved being with his family and doing woodwork.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Forrest and Lauren Taylor, of Dallas, Texas; four daughters and sons-in-law, Kibrie and Joey Saunds, of Nahunta, Brittany Taylor, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Nickie and Douglas Steele, of Nahunta, and Crystal Stephens, of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Jeff Taylor, of Colorado, and Dean Taylor, of South Carolina; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Johns officiating.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy my be expressed by signing the online registry at

Louie S. Pittman
Louie S. Pittman, 72, passed away in his sleep Monday (Feb. 9, 2015) at his residence.
He was born Oct. 18, 1942, in Homerville, son of the late Clifton F. Pittman and Hattie Capps Pittman.
He was a beekeeper by trade and carrier for the Valdosta Daily Times in his later years. He enjoyed fishing, his garden and most of all spending time around the table with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Clifton Pittman Jr., Marcus Pittman, Oswald Pittman, Paul Pittman and Arthur Pittman, and three sisters, Mary Emma Pittman, Reba Pittman Wactor and Margie Pittman.
Survivors are his wife of 49 years, Brenda Suggs Pittman, of Homerville; one son and a daughter-in-law, Matt and Lisa Pittman, of Homerville; two daughters and son-in-law, Denise and Scott Chesser, of Hortense, and Anita Stalvey, of Nashville; four grandchildren, Slade Pittman, Gage Stalvey, Torie Chesser and Emily Chesser; one sister, Dorothy Kelly, of Bradenton, Fla.; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. in the Antioch Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Violet Elizabeth Smith
Violet Elizabeth Smith, 83, died Tuesday (Feb. 10, 2015), at the Woodstock Nursing and Rehab Center following an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Lilly Bell Crews
Lilly Bell Crews, 68, of Waycross died Friday (Feb. 6, 2015) at her residence after a brief illness.
She was born in Brantley County, daughter of the late Little Darling Griffin and Kate Jacobs Griffin. Raised in Brantley County, she moved to Waycross in 1957, where she made her home for the rest of her life. She worked as a cashier for Waycross Drug Company and retired from King Edward Cigar Factory.
She was a member of Emerson Park Baptist Church. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Crews, two brothers, Charles Griffin and Big Jim Griffin, and three sisters, Effie Taylor, Rena Mae Hickox and Mary Slavic.
She is survived by six step-children, Elaine Hodges (husband, Wayne), of Waresboro, Robert Crews, of Waycross, Mary Lorraine Dowling, of Blackshear, Peggy Adams (husband, Everett), of Hortense, Bobby Edward Crews Sr. (wife, Loree), of Waycross, Aaron Crews (wife, Debbie), of Waycross; 23 step-grandchildren; 57 step-great-grandchildren; two nephews, Charles W. Godwin (wife, Emily), of Waycross, George David Young (wife, Rachel), of Waycross; a niece, Kelly Murray, of Waycross; a sister, Georgia Griffin, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Earl Taylor, of Waycross; a sister-in-law, Yvone Griffin, of Waycross; and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Hephzibah Cemetery in Dixie Union.
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William ‘Bill’ Music
A funeral for William “Bill” H. Music was held Tuesday morning at Liberty Christian Church with the Rev. Richard Jeffers and the Rev. Leonard Pittman officiating.
Burial followed in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were John Brazel, Hunter Corbitt, Will Corbitt, Ashley Music, Shane Music and Jimmy Sanders.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.