Mattie Lee Hopkins
Mattie Lee Beverley King Hopkins, 87, of Waycross, died Saturday afternoon (Jan. 30, 2016) at Satilla Care Center in Waycross after an extended illness.
She was born June 20, 1928 in Blackshear to the late William Levy and Eula Blanche Green Beverley. She lived all of her life in Waycross. She was retired from the King Edward Cigar Factory and was a former member of Deenwood Baptist Church.
She loved spending time with her family every chance she got and enjoyed studying and researching her family history. She had a passion for all sorts of crafts especially crocheting and playing cards.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Everett Jackson King, Sr. and Darrell Hopkins, a son, Everett Jackson King Jr., three sisters, Mary Corbitt, Hazel Gill, Jeanette Mathis, four brothers, Edward Beverley, Buddy Beverley, Lavell Beverley and Eugene Beverley.
She is survived by two daughters, Joann K. Rowell, of Waycross, and Linda Cox (husband, Shelton), of Waycross; a step-son, Eddie James McCarthy (wife, Lan); eight grandchildren, Everett Jackson King III (fiancee, Julie), Bradford King, Gail Johnson (husband, Rick), Everett Cox (wife, Pam), Billy Cox (wife, Deborah), Samuel Cox (girlfriend, Lori), John Cox (wife, Charlene), Roger Rowell Jr. (wife, Kathy); three step-grandchildren, Larry McCarthy (wife, Rhonda), Richard McCarthy (wife, Nicola), Tina Liberatore (husband, John); 17 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Beverley (wife, Shirley); a sister, Lanell Sapp; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed at

Ruby S. Gattis
Ruby Satterwhite Gattis, 90, of Waycross, died early Sunday morning (Jan. 31, 2016) at Baptist Village.
A native of Greenville, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Clifton Raleigh Satterwhite and Ellen Viola Stewart. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Thomas Clayton Gattis, her sister, Mary Salter Griesbauer, her brother, Jordan Devon Satterwhite, and a grandson, Robert Lessley Tyre Jr.
She attended schools in Butler County, Ala., and married her husband, Tom Gattis, Feb. 1, 1942, in Columbus.
After her husband’s military service, Tom and Ruby moved to Waycross where he worked for Kress, and then moved to Albany, where he worked for Churchwell’s Department Store.
In 1954, the Gattis family returned to Waycross where he accepted the position of manager of Calhoun’s Department Store. She enjoyed her role as a dedicated wife and mother and was an accomplished seamstress and excellent cook.
When her husband served on the Waycross City Commission and was mayor of Waycross in 1964, she was by his side.
Until her health prevented attendance, she was an active member of Central Baptist church for more than 60 years. All four of their children were baptized there. The couple were the leaders of the Junior Youth Department for more than 20 years.
From 1978 until 1996, she owned and operated R&R Fabrics on Plant Avenue in Waycross.
Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Gattis Thomas and Linda Gattis Davis (Bill); two sons, Thomas Larry Gattis and Robert Clifton Gattis (Frances), all of Waycross; three grandsons, Ronald Banks Thomas Jr. (Regina), of Lawrenceville, Clayton Matthew Thomas (Brooke), of Waycross, and Thomas Clayton Gattis II (Lauren), of Houston, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Zach Thomas and Jake Thomas, of Lawrenceville, Banner Thomas and Neeley Thomas, of Waycross, Harper Lane Gattis, of Houston, Texas, and Cannon Dyer and Baylyn Dyer, of Lawrenceville.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon at the funeral home from 1 until 2 o’clock.
Memorials may be made to the Capital Improvements Fund at Central Baptist Church, 201 Ava St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Dial Jones
Linda Lou Dial Jones, 69, died Friday night (Jan. 29, 2016) in Jacksonville, Fla., following a short illness.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross and retired long distant telephone operator with AT&T (formerly Southern Bell/Bell South) following 30 years of employment. She was a member of Pineview Baptist Church in Waresboro and the Telephone Pioneers of America.
She was a daughter of the late Violus Vester “Hawk” Dial and Ada Strickland Dial.
She is survived by her three children, Dianna Lynn White (Donald Keith White), of Thompson Station, Tenn., Lucinda Ann Jones (Gilbert “T.J.” Teel), of Calhoun, and Leslie Christina “Christy” Taylor (Ronnie Taylor), of Waycross; a step-daughter, Patricia Steadtmueller (Mike Steadtmueller), of Baxley; three grandchildren, Nolan Anderson Proctor, Logan Christopher Taylor and Reagan Elaina Taylor; three brothers, Virgil Quitman Dial (Jo Ann), of Homerville, William Henry Dial, of Waycross, and Jack Dennis Dial (Juanita), of Panama City, Fla.; her former husband, Roger N. Jones, of Waycross; many treasured nieces, nephews and other relatives and her loving church family. She was “The Rock” for many.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pineview Baptist Church. Burial will follow in High Bluff 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

Hazel Cason Nichols
Hazel Cason Nichols, 92, died early Saturday morning (Jan. 30, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness.
She was a native of Ware County, having been raised in the Waresboro-Pebble Hill Communities and made her home in Ware and Pierce counties for the past 43 years. She was the wife of the late George W. Nichols Jr. and daughter of the late Owen John Cason and Theresa Lightsey Cason. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Lee and Jeanette Mobley, and a brother, O.J. Cason. She was a graduate of Wacona High School.
She formerly worked with her sister at Aunt Net’s Playhouse Daycare. She is remembered by her family as a devoted mother and grandmother. She attended Waycross Primitive Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Copeland (husband, Wilber), of Dixie Union; three sons, George Nichols III (wife, Marylou), of Blackshear, Elder Phillip Nichols (wife, Agnes), of Blackshear, and Johnny Carter, of Waycross; two grandchildren, Stephanie Chaney (husband, Jimmy), of Nichols, Robin Hale (husband, Ricky), of Dixie Union; three great-grandchildren, Austin Hale and Sierra Hale, of Dixie Union, and Lauren Bennett, of Argyle; two sisters, Marie Reyna, of Brunswick, and Vera Bowers, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; a brother, David Cason (wife, Jean), of Waycross; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral was to be held at 11 o’clock this morning at Waycross Primitive Baptist Church with the family receiving friends from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church.
A graveside service will be held at noon Tuesday at Nichol’s Cemetery in Oxford, Fla.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Floyd Edward Rozier
PATTERSON — The funeral for Floyd Edward Rozier, 64, was held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Patterson Baptist Church.
Officiating were the Rev. R.C. James and Pastor Marshall Dixon.
Interment was in the Laura Chapel Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Grace Sunday School class at Patterson Baptist Church.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Brenda T. Anderson
A memorial service for Brenda Ann Thrift Anderson took place Sunday afternoon at New Life Assembly of God with the Rev. Andy Peacock officiating.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.