Pastor Jackie E. Harris
The homegoing celebration for Pastor Jackie E. Harris will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Arnold McKinney Drive, where the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr. Is the pastor.
The eulogy will be offered by Jackie L. Harris. Burial and committal service will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at Just Right Fellowship Church on Albany Avenue at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday during visitation from 5 until 7 p.m.
On Sunday (Feb. 10, 2019), Jackie Ephesus Harris, loving husband and father of seven children, passed into eternal rest at age 64 after a courageous battle with diabetes.
He was born Jan. 23, 1955 in Homerville, to the late Ephesus and Willie May (Singleton) Harris and step mom, Aretha Harris. He married Lenore Denise (Spencer) Harris on Sept. 22, 1974 and literally spent the rest of his life with her.
He grew up in Waycross and shortly after graduating high school, he was employed by CSX railroad company in Waycross. He also worked with the Ware County School department as a custodian and paraprofessional.
At heart, he had a passion to see the love of God revealed in the lives of people, so his various occupations were all short lived. He spent a large part of his adult life as a musician playing for various churches in and around the region of Waycross until he was called to the ministry, as a pastor.
God graced him with the privilege and opportunity to pastor three wonderful churches.
His first assignment as a pastor was in 1989 at Taylor Chapel in Millwood (aka the Forks). Pastor Harris, affectionately known as “Rev.” fell in love with that church and that community. He led the Taylor Chapel family for approximately five years.
He trusted God completely as he listened for God’s instructions daily. He was then called to pastor Antioch Baptist Church in Homerville.
He pastored Antioch Baptist Church for 25 years. Pastor Harris was a great example of a man that loved God and loved people, and there is no doubt that he made a difference in the many lives he touched.
While still pastoring Antioch Baptist Church, the Lord led Pastor Harris to plant Just Right Fellowship Church in Waycross in 2006. He served God and Just Right Fellowship faithfully as Senior Pastor until his health began to decline. Despite his severe illness, he still preached and sang in the pulpit until he could no longer do so.
Pastor Harris is survived by his wife and seven children, Lenore Denise Harris (wife of 44 years) and their children, Devin L. Spencer (oldest son married to Hecdelyn Spencer), Jackie L. Harris (married to Senetra Harris), Jeron A. Harris (married to Catherine Harris), Tavorris D. White (married to Jamel White), Ashanti L. Harris, April S. Ogudugu (married to Richard Ogudugu) and Kaliah L. Collins (married to Elijah Collins) and his God-son (Antwione Peterson); 23 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and in-laws. He also had six siblings whom he dearly loved, Coley Thomas (deceased), Larry Thomas (deceased), Leon Thomas (deceased), Tonie Harris, Connie (Harris) Robinson (married to Bradley Robinson) and Reginald Harris (married to Doreatha, deceased).
Condolences and sympathy may be expressed by signing the online guestbook at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Edwena Jones Dinkins
HICKOX — Edwena Jones Dinkins, 72, of Hickox, passed away Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 12, 2019) at her residence after an extended illness.
Born in Douglas, she was the daughter of Arthur Benjamin Jones Sr. and Stella Mae Davis Jones. She was also preceded in death by three grandchildren, James W. Dinkins Jr., Dylan Kyle Dinkins and Anthony Joseph Dinkins; a half brother, S.R. Davis; two sisters, Patsy Strausser and Laverlia Smith.
She was a mechanical pipe insulator and welder for B&W Pipefitters and a member of Southside Baptist Church. She loved fishing, hunting, camping, woodworking, sewing and collecting ceramic baby dolls and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Jimmy Dinkins, of Hickox; two sons and a daughter-in-law, James W. Dinkins (Daphne), Joseph Arthur Dinkins; and a daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Dinkins, all of Hickox; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Arthur Jones (Aundria), of Waycross; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Edna Jo Bryson (Clyde), of Waycross, and Melody Westberry, of Blackshear; and a brother-in-law, Roy Strausser, of Yulee, Fla.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Friday morning from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church in Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Friday at noon at Southside Baptist Church in Nahunta with the Rev. Jerry Johns officiating.
Burial will follow in Waters Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tyrone Thomas, Jimmy Miller, Jimmy Dinkins, Kevin Dinkins, Thomas Dinkins, James Cox, Darrell Harrison and Allen Gibson.
Family and pallbearers are asked to meet at the church Friday by 11:30 a.m.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com
Deacon Albert McElroy
A celebration of life for Deacon Albert McElroy, 57, who died Sunday (Feb. 10, 2019) at his residence following an extended illness, will be held Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
Public visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was a Ware County native and a 1993 graduate of Waycross High School.
He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was a veteran nurse at several locations in and around Ware County.
His mother, Delores McElroy, preceded him in death.
He is survived by three children, Alisia McElroy Robinson, of Raeford, N.C., Tamara McElroy, of Sacramento, Calif., Shonkeria Davis, of Goldsboro, N.C.; three sisters, Joyce Carter, Louella McElroy, both of Waycross, and Othelia McClendon, of Charleston, S.C.; one brother, James McElroy, of Waycross; two aunts, Doretha Mack and Louise Aikens; Rufus Mack and James McClendon, of South Carolina; a host of grandchildren, cousins, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Friends may call at 3835 Jamestown Road, Apt. B, and at the home of Doretha Mack, 908 Blackwell St.
Welch & Brinkley Mortuary is serving the family.
R.L. ‘Lindy’ Ganas Sr.
A funeral for Russell Lindbergh “Lindy” Ganas Sr. was held Wednesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edward Mathews and the Rev. Trent Long officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Bechiom, Curtis Campbell, Brandon Cochran, Garrett Ganas, Jordan Ganas, Sammy Ganas, Stephen Harvell and Bradley Hood.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jearline L. Crawford
The funeral for Jearline Luke Crawford, 85, was held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at First Church of the Nazarene.
Officiating were the Rev. Chris Padgett and the Rev. Ken Carden.
The Rev. Arthur Sharpe provided music.
Interment was in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Zach Crawford, Steve Kimbrell, Mark Padgett, Bob Kimbrell, Don Henderson and Chris Padgett.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Senior Adult Sunday School class.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mary L. Wingate
Mary Lee Wingate was born on Nov. 18, 1948 in Waycross to the late Coleman Wingate Sr. and Mary Barker Wingate.
She received her formal education from the Waycross Public School System and graduated from Center High School in 1968. She later received an associate degree in business from Massey Junior College in Atlanta in 1971.
She was a member of Austin Chapel C.M.E. Church for more than 40 years where she enjoyed contributing to events and fellowshipping with family and friends,
She spent most of her life being a giver, where she found the greatest joy in lightening the burden of others. She was a loyal friend and a devoted mother whose love was undeniably, unwavering. Her resilient spirit and wisdom, served as a safe haven for many who found strength and assurance during life’s unforeseen storm.
On Monday (Feb. 11, 2019) she departed this life after an illness.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two aunts, Pearl Barker Hicks and Lula Barker Hall, and an uncle, Lawrence Barker.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery with Bishop Clarence Adamson presiding and her pastor, Pastor Twanna Harris, offering words of comfort.
Friends are being received at the Wingate home, 830 Satilla Lane.
Public visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The funeral cortege will leave from the Wingate home Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Fluker Funeral Home is charge of final arrangements.