William C. ‘Bud’ McCleskey
William Clinton “Bud” McCleskey, 66, of Jacksonville, died Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2019) at his residence after a sudden illness.
He was born in Waycross to the late C.L. and Frances Smith McCleskey. He graduated from Waycross High School in 1970 and the University of Georgia in 1975 where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He began his career with CSX in 1980 in Ocala, Fla. and in 1984 moved to Jacksonville with CSX and retired in 2012 as a claims manager.
He was a football referee that started for him in Waycross on the Midget level and went on to the Arena Football League, World Football League and the Jacksonville Jaguars practice team.
He was a diehard Georgia Bulldog fan. He was a member of the Jacksonville Bulldog Club for more than 30 years, served as president in 1997, as co-chair of the Georgia-Florida gameday events forever, and was one of only nine people to receive the Lifetime Achievement award since the club was founded in 1946.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Tommy F. McCleskey, and a sister, Scottie Franklin.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Williams McCleskey, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; one daughter, Kelley Arant and her husband Jason, of Hurricane, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Aeden Rizer, Riley Arant, Corbyn Arant, and Georgia Rose Arant; Aunt Margaret Smith; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Thursday at 12 noon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday morning beginning at 10:30 at the funeral home.
A tribute to Bud will be held Wednesday evening beginning at 6 p.m. at Culhane’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville.
Friends are being received at 921 Carrie Drive, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Jacksonville Bulldog Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 16363.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rosaline Marguerite ‘Margaret’ Anderson Courson
Rosaline Marguerite “Margaret” Anderson Courson, 83, of Waycross, formerly of Blackshear, passed away Saturday (Feb. 23, 2019) at her residence following a lengthy illness.
Born in Blackshear, May 11, 1935, she lived in Pierce and Ware counties all of her life. She was a homemaker but also managed Pasquales Pizza in Waycross many, many years ago as well as having worked as a sales associate for JC Penney’s. She loved to read, sew (in her younger days), and travel with her late husband, Elmon. She was a former member of Laura Chapel Baptist Church but was currently a member of Bible Baptist Church in Waycross.
She was a daughter of the late James Lewis and Gertrude Eliza (Anderson) Anderson. Also preceding her in death besides her parents and her late husband, Elmon Lester Courson, were two daughters, Reba Diane Courson and Sybil Courson, her son, Earl Courson, her son-in-law, John Swain, her daughter-in-law, Joyce Courson, and all of her brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Swain, of Waycross; four grandchildren, Christy Swain, Jeremy (Jennifer) Swain, Brandon (Liz) Strickland and Tara Courson; five great-grandchildren, Brittany Wimberly, Katy Wimberly, Karlynn Swain, Grady Swain and Levi Strickland; a great-great-grandchild, Harper Able; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Emerick McDaniel II
Emerick Sherman “Rick” McDaniel, II, 58, died unexpectedly Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2019) at his residence in Augusta.
He was born in Waycross but resided in Waynesboro most of his life. He was retired from Southern Nuclear at Plant Vogtle and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Waynesboro.
He was a son of the late Emerick Sherman McDaniel I and Karen Lanell Lee McDaniel.
He is survived by two children, Kalea Sherrill (Matthew), of Augusta, and Matthew “Matt” McDaniel (Cristina DiCostanzo), of Charleston, S.C.; a grandson, Bradley McDaniel; one sibling, Mark McDaniel, of Arizona; and the mother of his children, Mary Catherine McDaniel, of Waynesboro.
A funeral will be held 1 p.m. today at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today at the funeral home starting at 12 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wanda F. Anderson
Wanda F. Anderson, 71, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2019) at Landmark Hospital in Savannah, following a long illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Sylvia Taylor Brown
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Sylvia Taylor Brown, 75, was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating were Brother Randy Crosby, the Rev. Stanley Sanford, the Rev. Brian Crews, the Rev. Dwain Harper and the Rev. Joe Thigpen.
Interment was in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Matthew Boy, Mark Boy, John Westberry, Eddie Taylor, Robbie Taylor and Randy Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Little River Chapter No. 548 – Order of the Eastern Star. The ladies and gentlemen also conducted rites at the funeral home for their fellow member.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.