Mark E. Stone Sr.
Mark Edward “Skeeter” Stone Sr., 83, died suddenly Thursday night (Feb. 12, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was a native of Coffee County but lived most of his life in Ware County. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Edith Ursrey Stone, a son, Daniel Eugene Stone, his parents, Joseph Griffin Stone and Ireland Rebecca Barnard Stone, a brother, Williard Stone, a sister, Nancy Padgett, and a brother-in-law, Ivey Walker.
He retired in 1991as a carmen with CSX Railroad and was a member of Ware Terrace Baptist Church. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of Lakeview Golf Club. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Survivors include a daughter, Elaine Bell (friend, Kevin Herrin), of Blackshear; two sons, Eddie Stone (wife, Cathy), of Blackshear, and Rodney Stone (friend, Sheila Thornton), of Waycross; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Ann Walker, of Blackshear; a brother-in-law, J.S. Padgett, of Waycross; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 1 until 2 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Martha M. Kicklighter
BLACKSHEAR — Martha Louise “Patty” Manning Kicklighter, 77, of Blackshear, passed away Thursday evening (Feb. 12, 2015) at her residence following a lengthy illness.
Born in Jesup, Oct. 12, 1937, she lived in Pierce County for most of her life. She received her bachelor degree in education from Montreat College in North Carolina and her master’s degree in education from Valdosta State College. She retired from the Pierce County Board of Education as a teacher.
She was a member of the Georgia Retired Educators Association. She was a very active member of Pine Grove Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and worked with the WMU and Vacation Bible School. She will be remembered as a woman who dearly loved her children and grandchildren.
She was a daughter of the late Lawrence Robert and Susie Bell Jackson Manning. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Juanita Williams, and by an infant brother.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Donald Kicklighter, of Blackshear; two daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda and Peter Lankhorst, of Guyton, and Donna and Thomas Sauls, of Blackshear; two sons and daughters-in-law, Alvin and Sandy Kicklighter and Hugh and Lisa Kicklighter, all of Blackshear; her step-mother, Lucille Spradley Manning, of Jesup; four sisters, JoAnn (Donzell) Lewis, Hazel Drury, Brenda (Tommy) Woodcock and Debbie Brown, all of Jesup; 10 grandchildren, Matt Thornton, Quinn Kicklighter, Sydney Kicklighter, Daniel Lankhorst, Kyle Lankhorst, T.W. Sauls, Natalie Sauls, Kella Kicklighter, Kolby Kicklighter and Trae Kicklighter; one great-grandchild, Travis Thornton; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Kicklighter Family Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church, 4997 Trudie Road, Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Jean Tiner
Betty Jean Tiner, 66, died suddenly Thursday morning (Feb. 12, 2015) at her residence in Blackshear.
She was born in Brantley County but lived the past 26 years in Pierce County. She retired in 2010 from Scapa Dryers, Inc. after 34 years of employment.
She was a daughter of the late Wade and Macie Walker. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Kyle Music, a sister, Reba Walker, and two brothers, Ivey Walker and David Walker.
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Music (husband, Keith), of Waycross; a son, Robbie Tiner (wife, Julianna), of Blackshear; four grandsons, Ashley Music, of Waycross, Tyler Tiner, of Blackshear, Alex Tiner, of Blackshear, Chance Tiner, of Blackshear; a granddaughter, Megan Musgrove, of Blackshear; three brothers, James “Buddy” Walker, of Hoboken, Charles Walker (wife, Louise), of Blackshear, and Noah Walker (wife, Pat), of Hoboken; sister-in-law, Barbara Walker, of Blackshear; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Violet Elizabeth Smith
A funeral for Violet Elizabeth Smith was held Friday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Campbell officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.