Javante Jerome Wade
A celebration of life service for Javante Jerome Wade will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First African Baptist Church, 154 Comas St., Baxley, where the pastor is the Rev. J.M. Blair.
The Rev. James Hayes will offer words of comfort. The body will lie in repose from 10 a.m. until the service hour.
Per request of the family, viewing will only be from 10 until 11. Burial and committal service will follow in Black Baxley Cemetery in Baxley.
The cortege will assemble at the home of his father and mother, John and Carolyn Wade, 33 Harley St., Baxley.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 5 until 7 p.m.
A candlelight vigil will be held today beginning at 6 p.m.
Javante Jerome Wade, 20, son of the late Gloria Brown Wade, of Waycross, and John and Carolyn Wade, of Baxley, departed this life at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross Sunday (Feb. 14, 2016).
He was baptized at First African Baptist Church in Baxley on May 3, 2009. He was a Sunday School student, on the usher board No. 3 and in the youth choir. He was an active child and loved to be around people. He could make one laugh as well as make one cry. He loved mostly everyone he met.
He could get close to your heart even if you didn’t want him to. He loved his brothers and thought there was no one else in the world like them. He was also proud to have a big sister who loved him dearly. He also loved his grandmomma, Ella Brown. He thought she was the best cook in the world. Often times, he would try to cook something that his mother or grandmother would cook. He loved his cousins and wanted to live with them in Waycross until he was finally able to do so.
To Flora Brown, Paul Williams, Sakura Brown, Phyliss Carter, Myrtice Johnson, Seanetha Solomon, Betty Lofton and the late Viola Coker, thanks for being there for Javante.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his parents, John and Carolyn Wade, of Baxley; two brothers, Jonathan and Nicole Wade, of Cartersville, Jerramie Wade, of Richmond, Va.; one sister, Angela Isom, of Baxley; maternal grandparents, Ella Mae Brown, of Waycross, and the late Deacon Robert J. Brown Sr.; paternal grandparents, Evangelist Ernestine Nelson and Jack Nelson, of Kingsland; three nephews and three nieces; aunts and uncles, Larry and Gabrielle Johns, of Jacksonville, N.C., Ulysses and Arnita Mooring, of Brunswick, Robert Jr. and Rosonda Brown, of Waycross, Angela Wade, of Kingsland, Bishop Christopher and Cynthia Parnell, of Baxley, James and Agnes Isom, of Thomson, Hosea Isom, Alfred and Eleanor Abramson and Virginia Isom, all of Baxley; Dr. King Nd Ida Isom, of Rosedale, N.Y., Evelyn Isom, of Valdosta, and Betty Isom, of Atlanta; and a host of cousins, other relatives and sorrowing friends.
Arrangements are with Perry Brothers Funeral Home.

Lillie Mae Courson
JESUP — Lillie Mae Moody Knight Elliott Courson, 97, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2016) at Jesup Healthcare Center and under the care of Hospice of South Georgia following an extended illness.
Having lived her entire life in Wayne County, she was the daughter of the late Harry Walter Moody and the late Addie Bradham Moody.
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, she, her late husban Emerson Colquitt “Quett” Knight 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.
She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Walker Elliott, and Billy Courson; son-in-law, Edward Hobbs; brothers, Walter Harry Moody and Frank Moody; sisters-in-law, Ruby Moody and Leola Moody; sister, Mary Lane Thomas; and 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, Mich.; 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, Mich.; 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; and 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.
Friends may sign the online guestbook at
Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup is in charge of arrangements.

Mary H. Hood
A celebration of life for Mary H. Hood, 97, will take place at First United Methodist Church, in Waycross Saturday at 11 a.m.
Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery immediately following the service.
The family is receiving friends Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
She passed away Friday (Feb. 12, 2016) at the home of her daughter, Katy, in Gainesville, Ga., after an extended illness.
She was born in Wrens, the youngest of nine children. Her parents were James Robert and Elizabeth Allen Harris. After graduating from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, she moved to Waycross and later taught second grade at Williams Heights Elementary School for 20 years. She was a pink lady, a member of FUMC Waycross Circle, and enjoyed playing golf until she was 92 years old.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Marvin R. Hood.
She is survived by two daughters, Helen Hood Wilkins (husband, David), of Helen, and Katy Hood Herrington, of Gainesville; two grandsons, David Smith Wilkins Jr. (wife, Joanna), of St. Simons, John Daniel Wilkins (wife, Jenny), of Atlanta; a granddaughter, Mary Susan McNeal (husband, Chris), of Gainesville; four great-grandsons, David III, Jack and Luke Wilkins, Harris McNeal; a great-granddaughter, Elle Wilkins; a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives; and her beloved poodle, Toby.
It is with deepest gratitude, we remember the many kindnesses shown by Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, and A Helping Hand, of Gainesville, said her family.
The family sends a special heartfelt thanks to her loving caregivers, Damaris Toledo and Iris Martin.
Memorials may be given in lieu of flowers to the First United Methodist Church of Waycross, 410 Williams St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Arrangements are with Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed at

Johnnie ‘Jake’ Thomas
Johnnie B. “Jake” Thomas, 89, died Tuesday evening (Feb. 16, 2016) at Hospice House Satilla after an extended illness.
He was born in Appling County, but lived most of his life in Waycross as a self-employed building contractor.
He was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church for 62 years.
He was the son of the late T.F. “Bud” Thomas and Ruth Hughes Thomas. He was also preceded in death by a son, Johnnie Mitchell Thomas, and his siblings, Arbie Thomas, Cecil Thomas, Robert Thomas, T.F. Thomas, Gladys Collins, Sal Beasley and Minnie Quinn.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Alice Lucille Mercer Thomas, of Waycross; one daughter, Buffy Joy Sanders (Scotty), of Waycross; four sons, Barry Johnnie Thomas (Shirley), of Nicholls, Bucky Bryant Thomas (Joni), of Waresboro, Brian Grady Thomas (Robyn), of Waycross, and Brad Field Thomas, of Waycross; nine grandchildren, Shane Thomas (Paloma), Stacey Anderson (James), Ashley Thomas (Brenna), Jeremy Thomas, Jason Thomas (Lindsey), Erica King (Timmy), Dylan Thomas (fiancee, Heather O’Berry), Cody Sanders and Kayla Sanders; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sweat Memorial Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hoboken City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home.
The R.T. Lee Sunday School Class is asked to meet at 10:40 a.m. Saturday at the church to serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Wilma Carter Meeks
A funeral for Wilma Carter Meeks was held Wednesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Chad Stanley and Dee Bryant officiating.
Burial followed in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Charles Adams, Charlie Adams, Kevin Adams, Dee Bryant, Jerry Johnson and Jason Kicklighter.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Steve Dunsmore
A funeral for Steve Dunsmore was held Wednesday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with George Robbins officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Stanley Bowman, Steve Bowman, Steve Hiers, Herman Hill, Jimmy Hill and Warren Lowe.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.