Lillie Mae Courson
JESUP — Lillie Mae Moody Knight Elliott Courson, 97, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2016) at Jesup Healthcare Center under the care of Hospice of South Georgia following an extended illness.
One of her greatest loves was farming the Knight family land, using the mule and later, the walking plow, to ready the land. As crops were harvested, she canned and preserved the fruits of the family’s labors. Along with the hogs, chickens, cows and goats they raised, the land’s deer and wild turkeys, and the fish caught from Penholloway Creek, they and their three children enjoyed an almost perfect self-sustainable lifestyle.
She was also an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed tending to her flower beds and yard. Having lived her entire life in Wayne County, she was the daughter of the late Harry Walter Moody and the late Addie Bradham Moody. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Emerson Colquitt “Quett” Knight, Walker Elliott and Billy Courson, a son-in-law, Edward Hobbs, brothers, Walter Harry Moody and Frank Moody, sisters-in-law, Ruby Moody and Leola Moody, sister, Mary Lane Thomas, several nieces and nephews.
Survivors are her children, Dorothy Hobbs, of Jesup, Roy Knight (Milva), of Waycross, and Frances Rowe (Larry), of Greenville, Maine; grandchildren, Charles Hobbs (Mary), of Grandview, Mo., Doc Hobbs, of Jesup, Brenda Jones (Steve), of Lakeland, Tenn., Jo Ann Chastain (Jeffrey), of Orlando, Fla., Jeremy Knight (Deborah), of Dunwoody, Lisa Cantara (Peter), of Greenville, Maine, and Michelle Rowe-Cook (Matthew), of Clinton, Miss.; great-grandchildren, Ryan Hobbs (Sarah), of Baltimore, Md., Lia Thomas (Gavin), of Kansas City, Mo., Amanda Newman (Frankie), of Bartlett, Tenn., Jonathan Hobbs (Summer), of Cordova, Tenn., Kristy Holland, of Bartlett, Tenn., Jacob Mote, of Cordova, Tenn., Nathan Mote, of Dunlap, Tenn., Jessica Abell (Jason), of Waycross, Jaci Nicholson (Adam), of Orlando, Fla., Jenna Chastain, of Orlando, Fla., Samuel Knight, of Dunwoody, Ariel Murray (Davis), of Phoenixville, Pa., and Cameron Cook, of Clinton, Miss.; great-great-grandchildren, Austin Hobbs, Carter and Emry Thomas, Ella and Isaac Newman, Alexis Holland, Eli, Brody, and Grant Abell, Chandler Nicholson; nieces, Katherine Houg (Jim) and Ethel West (Learon), of Jasper, Ala.; several other relatives; her beloved cat, Poochie.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Manning officiating.
Interment will be in Knight Cemetery on E.C. Knight Road, Jesup.
Active pallbearers will be Doc Hobbs, Kevin Leonard, Jeremy Knight, David Oliver, Jonathan Hobbs and Charles Hobbs.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff members of Jesup Healthcare and Hospice of South Georgia.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to service at the funeral home.
The online guestbook is available at
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Allen Young
Robert Allen Young, 58, died suddenly Monday morning (Feb. 15, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was born in Homerville, but he lived most of his life in Waycross. He graduated from Ware County High School in 1975. Many years ago, he was affiliated with Emerson Park Baptist Church.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was employed at Ware State Prison as a heating and air conditioning instructor.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Leon “J.L.” Young, one brother, Albert Young, and one sister, Jean Carolyn Young Hancock.
Survivors include his wife, Anita Hadley Young, of Waycross; one son, Robert Allen Young Jr., of Athens; one daughter, Elizabeth Renee Young, of Waycross; his mother, Alice Jean Corbitt Young, of Manor; three sisters, Barbara Darsey, of Manor, Mary Ann Hampton, of Waycross, and Sandra Morgan, of Manor; one brother, Jimmy Young, of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Zenith Baptist Church in Manor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Juanell Tatum Bennett
Juanell Tatum Bennett, 90, passed away Monday night (Feb. 15, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.
She was born April 27, 1925 in Ware County where she was a lifelong resident.
She was a graduate of Waycross High School where she loved playing on the varsity basketball team all three years. She later put her skills to work coaching girls midget basketball at Williams Heights Elementary School for many years. They won the Inter-League City Championship in the late 1950s. She also coached girls track and softball teams.
Serving on various community clubs, she was president of the Exchangettes Club and Waycross Girls Cotillion Club.
She was a member of Central Baptist Church for more than 69 years, and the Mitchell Chapel at Baptist Village, where she loved singing in the choir, became her church home for the past 12 years.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Nevada Wildes Davis, father, William Toomer Tatum, loving step-father, Elzie Daniel Davis, her husband, William F. Bennett, sister, Audrey Tatum Warren, step-brother, James Davis, and grandson, David Chadwick “Chad” Tanner.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Tanner Keith (husband, Mateland), of Fleming Island, Fla.; one son, David C. Tanner III, of Savannah; grandchildren, Heather Keith Pressler (husband, Leigh), of Orange Park, Fla., Mateland (Les) Keith III (fiancee, Sarah Gastel), of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kim Tanner, of Savannah; seven great-grandchildren, Mateland IV, Hanna and Aubrie Keith, from Fishers, Ind., Rhianna and Bethany Pressler, of Orange Park, Fla., Harrison Fals and Madison Floyd, of Savannah; two special nieces, Melanie McGowan Howard and Kelly McGowan Johnson; and several other nieces, nephews and a sister-in-law, Nell Clark.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Friday at The Mitchell Chapel at Baptist Village. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends the hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Baptist Village Retirement Communities, 2650 Carswell Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
The family wishes to thank all the devoted workers at Baptist Village Retirement Communities who cared for their mother the past four years. Their loving care and attention is greatly appreciated.

Ammie Lou Gilliard
Ammie Lou Gilliard, 83, of Waycross, died Monday morning (Feb. 15, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
She was born in Valdosta to the late Jessie Trueluck and Annie William Trueluck. She made her home in Ware County since 1973. She was a retired seamstress from Waycross Sportswear Company. She was a member of Gospel Lighthouse Church since Feb. 4, 1979.
She loved her church and her church family and she was always so thankful how loving they were to her. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ezra Gilliard, a grandson, Joey Chancey, two brothers, Job Trueluck and Moses Tolle, and three sisters, Jessie Lee Rewis, Betty Cumbus and Lucille Johns.
She is survived by three children, Betty Steedley (husband, Jimmy), of Fargo, Jacky Chauncey, of Fargo, Marlene Shirley (husband, Kenny), of Homerville; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Robbie Sowell, of Nashville; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Gospel Lighthouse Church. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 8 at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed at

Faye Taylor
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Faye Taylor, 68, of Graystone Road, moved to her Heavenly home Wednesday (Feb. 10, 2016).
She was a retired sales associate for AAFES.
The funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Wiseman Mortuary Chapel in Fayetteville.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bennie W. Parker, and her brother, Orren L. Parker.
She is survived by her mother, Delois Parker; daughters, Brandi King (Ronald), Piper Taylor and Portia Taylor; brothers, Walter Parker and Benneth Parker; sister, Wanda Parker-Neal, Jacqueline P. Walker, Cassandra P. Bess and Daphne V. Parker; five grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
The viewing will be Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Wiseman Mortuary Inc. of Fayetteville is serving the family.

Woody F. Maxwell
A funeral for Woody F. Maxwell was held Tuesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bill Young officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mark Dill, Hunter Griffis, Kelly Griffis, Joey Herrin, Brent Tatum and Stephen Thigpen.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.