Michael Steven Bean
Michael Steven “Steve” Bean died Sunday night (Feb. 22, 2015) at Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., following a brief illness.
He was born in Rutherford College, N.C. to the late Wiley Bean and Earline Crotts Conway. He made Waycross his home for the past 10 years and was the curator of the Okefenokee Heritage Center.
He was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church and was a member of the church choir. He was a very active member of the Okefenokee Humane Society where he helped out however he could.
He is survived by his partner in life, Robert “Rob” Stewart, of Waycross; one sister, Janey Hathcock, of Lenoir, N.C.; two brothers, Robert and Donald Bean, of Lenoir, N.C.; three nephews, Cody Goode, of Waycross, and Corey and Casey Bean, of Lenoir, N.C.; a niece, Emma Hathcock, of Lenoir, N.C.; three step-siblings, Denise Stillwell, Ronald Conway and David Conway; and many other loving family members.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church. Visitation will be Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Okefenokee Heritage Center, 1460 North Augusta Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31503.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William L. Hendrix
William “Bill” Lamar Hendrix, 70, died Sunday afternoon (Feb. 22, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross where he was a 1962 graduate of Ware County High School. He retired from Laughinghouse Wholesale as a salesman and was a member of Kettle Creek Church.
He was the son of the late Dean H. Hendrix and Willene Harris Hendrix.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Lloyd Hendrix, of Waresboro; three children, Tammy Hendrix Baker (Glen), of Jacksonville, Fla., William “Billy” Hendrix Jr. (Heather), of Waresboro, and Nora Hendrix Hiers (Scotty), of Waycross; five grandchildren, Caleb Baker (Bly), Cody Baker, Eddie Beverly Jr. (Mandy), Ashley Williams (Justin) and Jordan Hendrix; four great-grandchildren, Brodie, Addie, Harlie and Macade; four siblings, Betty Smith (late husband, Paul), Dorothy Trull (Donald), Hershel Hendrix (Janice) and the Rev. Frank Hendrix (Pam); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kettle Creek Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

W. Virgil Peacock
W. Virgil Peacock, 83, died early Monday morning (Feb. 23, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness.
He was a native of Pierce, but lived most of his life in Ware County. He was born Sept. 19, 1931, son of the late Lewis J. Peacock and Marie Raulerson Peacock. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Johnnie R. Peacock, a brother, Loomis Peacock, and a grandson, Clint Funderburk.
He retired in 1996 from the car department of CSX Railroad and previously worked many years with Douglas Asphalt and Gibbs Construction Company. He was formerly vice-president of Delta Construction Company.
He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Mary C. Peacock, of Waycross; a daughter, Vickie Barwick (husband, Kim), of St. Marys; two sons, Tommy Peacock (wife, Montine), of Midway, and Lewis Peacock (wife, Cora), of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two step-sons, Alton “Spud” Corbett (wife, Pamela), of Folkston, and C.J. Corbett, of Waynesville; a step-daughter, Connie R. Taylor (husband, Ricky), of Folkston; five step-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald Peacock (wife, Virginia), of Patterson; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3011 Hampton Ave., Suite 361, Brunswick, Ga. 31520 (www.donate.cancer.org) or to the charity of one’s choice.
The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. today at Music Funeral Home.
Entombment will be in Greenlawn Mausoleum.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clayton R. Bruce
Clayton Ramsey Bruce was called home to meet his Lord Sunday (Feb. 22, 2015) after an extended illness.
He was born in Homerville, the son of James Barton Bruce Sr. and Ranna Ramsey Bruce.
He is survived by his wife, Alta P. Bruce; and daughters, Amelia Teston (Les), of Waycross, and Alicia Appling (Mike), of Watkinsville; his sisters, Francis Flexer, St. Simons Isle, and Thelma Bruce, Panama City, Fla.; a brother-in law, Charles Phillips, Seffner, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Elouise Bruce, Waycross; grandchildren, Kristopher Appling, Emily Appling, Emma Teston and Jack Teston; many loving and supportive cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Henrietta Segal and Martha White, brother, James B. Bruce Jr., and his brothers-in-law, Robert Segal, Kenny White and Julian Flexer.
He received his early education in Clinch County and earned an associate degree from ABAC in Tifton and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, where he became a lifelong, enthusiastic supporter of the Georgia Bulldogs.
After completing his education, he began his military service to his country, and it was completed after a two-year tour of duty with the United States Army in Metz, France. Leave days were used to visit other European capitals and nearby historical sites.
He began his career with USDA/Farm Service Agency in 1961 in Donalsonville where he met his future wife, Alta, who was working as USDA/cooperative extension service home economist. They were married at First Baptist Church of Donalsonville in 1963.
He later transferred to the same agency in Homerville, where he worked for 12 years and did most of the carpentry work involved in the construction of their first home.
While a member of First Baptist Church, Homerville, he was ordained as a deacon, taught Sunday School, completed the interior finish work on the organ chamber and did much of the work for an extensive tile drainage system on the church grounds.
In 1974, he became the executive director of the Pierce County Farm Service Agency where he worked until he retired. During those years, he was very active in the Georgia Association of County Office Employees, serving on many committees and later as president of the state association and eventually as national president of the Retired Association of County Office Employees.
He maintained an interest in agricultural legislation and other matters until his death. His love of gardening started at a young age and continued until several years ago. He was generous to share his bounty with others and always took great pleasure from doing so. The gardening was done with a 1952 John Deere tractor, which belonged to his father and which he had maintained and used for more than 47 years.
He was an accomplished carpenter and used his many skills to build and (or) repair most of the household “breakdowns.” When the children’s toys broke, they would say, “my Daddy can fix it.” When his daughters were grown and on their own, they always knew who to call to find out how to repair or fix anything. He also did a lot of work on his wife’s residential repairs and rehabs.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, Blackshear, since 1976 where he was part of the Misfits Sunday School Class. He was also a deacon and past chair of the deacons. During the late ’80s after the new sanctuary had been completed, he did much of the work involved with installing the landscape sprinkler system.
Various organizations that he supported and in which he enjoyed membership were Georgia Farm Bureau, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Blackshear Supper Club and Okefenokee Golf and Country Club. In support of his wife and daughters’ real estate brokerage work, he earned a Georgia Real Estate Salespersons license and was a past member of the Southeast Georgia Board of Realtors.
Clayton Bruce enjoyed life, his family and many friends. He was a Christian, who not only said it, but lived it each and every day. His laughter and contagious spirit will live on and will be remembered by everyone he met. His famous advice to everyone was: “You can always catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”
The services will be held at First Baptist Church, Blackshear, Wednesday with visitation at 10 a.m., a memorial service at 11 a.m., followed by lunch in the fellowship hall.
The family kindly requests that members of the Misfits Sunday School Class as well as members of the Blackshear Supper Club serve as honorary pallbearers. They should meet at the church by 10:30 Wednesday morning.
A private family entombment in the Greenlawn Mausoleum, Waycross will take place in the afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials to be made to First Baptist Church of Blackshear, Building Fund, 670 Main St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Aldine M. Griffin
BLACKSHEAR — Jeanette Aldine Martin Griffin, 83, of Patterson, passed away late Friday evening (Feb. 20, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Screven Aug. 18, 1931, she lived in Pierce County most of her life. She was retired from Julie Hat Company where she worked as a trimmer. Prior to working for Julie Hat, she worked for the Spatola Shoe Factory for many years.
She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she was in the Senior Adult Sunday school class. She liked to cook and loved to garden and work in her yard. She was a woman who truly enjoyed caring for others and will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was a daughter of the late Hershel Hughes Martin and Laura Knight Martin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Melvin Griffin, her step-mother, Cassie Hyers Martin; a sister, Joyce O’Berry; a step-sister, Nora Crawford; and both of her step-brothers, Sylvester Hyers and J.O. Hyers.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Steve Cohoon, of Hoschton, and Cindy and Robert Chancey, of Adairsville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dwayne and Dorothy Griffin, of Patterson, and Derwin and Debbie Griffin, of Waycross; a sister, Doris Davis, of Waycross; a step-sister, Juanita Gentile, of Macclenny, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral was held Monday morning at 11 o’clock at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Officiating were the Rev. Derwin Griffin, the Rev. I.B. Boyette and Pastor Marshall Dixon.
Interment was in the New Home Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Nathan Griffin, Rick Green, Brooks Chancey, Dusty Chancey, Daniel Harding, Eric Aldridge, Parker Watson and Byron Spence.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to the Pierce County Nursing Home Family Council, 221 Carter Ave., Blackshear, Ga. 31516 or to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 1871 Tyre Bridge Road, Patterson, Ga. 31557.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia R. Weber
Sylvia Robertson Weber, 78, of Boynton Beach, Fla., a native of Waycross, passed away Saturday (Feb. 21, 2015) surrounded by her loving family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Louis Thomas Weber.
She is survived by her three daughters, Debbie (Terry) O’Neil, Cindy Pagano and Kathryn Clark; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Scobee-Combs-Bowden Funeral Home, corner of U.S. Highway 1 and N.E. 15th Avenue, Boynton Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 3100/3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33409 in her memory.