Oliver Davis Arnold
DOUGLAS — Oliver Davis Arnold, 76, of Douglas, passed away Monday (Feb. 18, 2019) at Coffee Regional Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 4, 1942 in Ft. Myers, Fla., the son of the late Clarrie Herbert Arnold and Bertie Mae Rainer Arnold.
He was a retired manager with Kmart, a police officer with Atkinson County Police Department and was a veteran of the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Wayne Corbitt, and several sisters and brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Hightower Arnold, of Douglas, daughter, Pamela Michelle Arnold Corbitt, of Douglas, two sisters, Shirley Mullinax (James), of Dillard, and Della Arnold, of Waycross, several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Sims Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Michael Harper officiating.
Interment will follow in Douglas City Cemetery with military honors by a United States Navy honor guard.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 9 o’clock at Sims Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.simsfuneralhome.com
Sims Funeral Home, Douglas, is assisting the family.
Ellis Cluren Morris
Ellis Cluren Morris, age 87, of Folkston, formerly of Blackshear, went to be with his Heavenly Father early Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2019) morning following an extended illness.
Born Sept. 9, 1931 in Pierce County, he was a son of the late Ralph Howard and Nora Lee Morris.
He grew up in Pierce County and lived in Camden County for 48 years and retired as a welder from Gilman Paper Company. Following retirement, he moved in 1987 back to Blackshear where he lived until November 2018 and then moved to Folkston.
He was also a retired cattle farmer, which was his passion, taking much pride in raising some of the finest cows in southeast Georgia. He was also an avid fisherman.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Folkston and attended the Steve Nance Sunday School Class.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Viva McGhin Morris, two sisters, Lee Esther McMullen and Alta Fern Riddle, and three brothers, Wilfred Morris, Jehu Morris and Ralph Morris.
He leaves behind his loving wife of seven years, Mary Lewis Morris of Folkston; two sons, the Rev. Dr. Wallace Morris (wife Susan), of Huntington, Ind., and Michael Morris (wife Debbie), of Graniteville, S.C.; three step-children, James Lewis (wife Sarah), of Richmond Hill, Melody Coble (husband Scott), of St. Augustine, and Suraya Walker (husband Mike), of Folkston; 16 grandchildren, Katie Larson (husband Phillip), of Northglenn, Col., Jared Morris (wife Stephanie), of Mooresville, N.C., Daylen Morris, of Tifton, Steven Standridge (wife Samantha), Brian Standridge (wife Anna), and Mark Standridge (wife Heather), all of Graniteville, S.C., Anna Love (husband Craig), of Yulee, Fla., Jay Lewis (wife Kimberly), of Hahira, Evan Lewis and Janet Lewis, both of Richmond Hill, Bill Pullin, of Killeen, Texas, Mary Pullin, David Pullin and John Pullin, all of St. Augustine, Kyle Walker (wife Hong), of Atlanta, and Elise Walker, of Key West, Fla.; 13 great-grandchildren (and one more expected soon); a sister, Norene Dukes, of Augusta; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will take place Friday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Folkston with the Rev. R.C. James and Dr. Randy Jacoby officiating.
Burial will follow in the Patterson Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church on Friday one hour prior to the service.
The family requests that the member of the Steve Nance Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church in Folkston serve as honorary pallbearers, arriving at the church by 1:40 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
William ‘W.L.’ Corbitt
William Levy “W.L.” Corbitt, 71, died Monday (Feb. 18, 2019) at the Hospice House Satilla following an extended illness.
He was born in Blackshear and resided there most of his life. He was a former carpenter and a member of Friendship Freewill Baptist Church.
He was a son of the late Richard Corbitt and Mary Beverley Corbitt.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Dyson Corbitt, of Blackshear; a daughter, Shannon Hurst (Ronnie), of Waycross; a son, Harold Corbitt, of Waycross; three grandchildren, Avery Corbitt, Caitlyn Hurst and Courtney Hurst; a brother, Leon Corbitt (Patricia), of Blackshear; two sisters, Louise Seghers, of Louisiana, and Eloise Gilbert (Lee), of Blackshear; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will held 3 p.m. Thursday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow at Friendship Freewill Baptist Church in Millwood.
The family will be receiving friends this evening at the funeral home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Deberah Jean Ivey
Deberah Jean “debijean” Sellers Ivey, 58, of Blackshear, passed away Thursday (Feb. 14, 2019) at her residence.
Born in Alma March 12, 1960, she had lived in Pierce County most of her life. She was a former prison guard for D. Ray James Prison and a former security guard for Gilman before retiring and becoming a homemaker.
She loved to read, especially her Bible and enjoyed sewing, painting, dancing and roller skating.
She was a member of Living River Church of God and was a woman who dearly loved her grandbabies.
She was a daughter of the late Jerry Judon and Betty Elizabeth Sharpe Sellers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Vernon W. Ivey, and two sisters, Jerry Geraldine Sellers and Vickie Anderson.
Survivors include her three daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Damon Winters, of Darien, Tori and Howard Harris, of Erlanger, Ky., and Candi and David Everett, of Patterson; seven grandchildren, Chelsey Crawford, KatieBeth Crawford, Garrett Harris, Dixie Everett, Dazie Jayne Everett, Tank Everett and Luke Harris; three great-grandchildren, Addilynn Holcomb, Ashlynn Holcomb and Reese Murray; a special niece, Reba (Travis) Atkins, of Patterson; a special nephew, Rusty (Barbara) Anderson, of Blackshear; a special friend, Darlene Sharpe, of Patterson; and several other nieces, nephews and relatives.
A graveside service will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at the Shiloh Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 6 until 8.
Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help the family offset the funeral cost.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.