Gloria Jean Shelton
A celebration of life service for Gloria Jean Shelton, 69, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mason Temple Church of God in Christ 800 Daniel Street with the church pastor, Elder James Pharmes, presiding and Evangelist Linda George bringing words of comfort.
She was born Feb. 20, 1950 in Waycross to Lucy Alexander Shelton and the late Council Shelton Jr.
She received her formal education from the Waycross Public School System and graduated from Center High School in 1969. She continued her adult learning at Unison.
Gloria accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and was born and baptized in the Holy Spirit at Mason Temple Church of God in Christ. She enjoyed ushering and singing in the church. She was also the secretary of the Young People Willing Workes at the church.
Her favorite Bible scripture was the 23rd Psalm.
Gloria was endowed with a warm friendly smile, a sweet spirit and a loving personality. She also enjoyed doing puzzle games and talking on the phone.
On Tuesday night, Feb. 26, 2019, God called his child, Gloria Jean Shelton, to her heavenly home. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Fransic Johnson, and two brothers, Supt. Samuel Shelton and Willie James Shelton.
She leave to cherish her memory a loving mother, Lucy L. Shelton, of Waycross; four sisters Bell Elmore (Cleveland), Margaret A. Johnson (James), Betty Farmer, all of Waycross, and Sandra Stewart, of Atlanta; a brother, Vance W, Shelton, of Lawrenceville; two special nieces, Rosita Merritt of Waycross and linda George of Columbus; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends,
Friends are being received at the Shelton residence 1603 Thomas St. Public visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home, Waycross.

James Austin Parker III
RICHMOND HILL — James “Jamie” Austin Parker III died Monday (Feb. 25, 2019) in Savannah at the age of 65 after a short illness.
He was born Jan. 22, 1954 in Brunswick to James Austin and Lela Payne Parker. Shortly after, his family moved to Waycross where he attended the public schools, graduating from Waycross High in 1972.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Waycross and was an active member of the Youth Council there. He was an exceptional long-distance runner at Waycross High and in college. His fondest memories involved his transistor radio and Braves baseball, hearing trains pass through town, and many life-long friends.
He married Ellen Bickerstaff in 1978 (also from Waycross) and began a wonderful marriage resulting in three children, James (Jay), Austin and Sarah. Their young family lived in Conroe, Texas, and Waverly, Tenn., before returning to Georgia to live in Statesboro.
Jamie and his family eventually made their home in Richmond Hill in 1992. 
Early on he worked in the restaurant business. He later found a career in journalism with the Savannah Morning News. For 20 years he has worked in various capacities, most notably as the editor of Bryan County Now. As a journalist he was honest, fair and hard-working. He could be found at almost any RHHS or BCHS event with camera and notepad in hand. He spent time coaching baseball, soccer, academics or any other pursuit his children set towards. He was always available and always supportive.
Jamie was a remarkable friend to many with a usually quiet, uniquely strong personality. His quick wit was often on display in his work and in conversation. His dry sense of humor demanded a laugh and lifted any spirit.
He found joy in gardening, cooking, writing, reading, music and riding his bicycle. For many, it became a familiar sight to see Jamie riding his bike. Throughout his life, he treasured spending time in Nova Scotia, Canada, with many generations of his extended family.
Jamie’s greatest joy was being with his family and friends sharing stories and memories. He will be forever cherished by all those who were able to know him.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen, children James Parker (Katie) of Virginia, Austin Parker (Montana) of Georgia, and Sarah Parker Jones (Cameron) of Florida, grandchildren Aubrey and Jack Parker, siblings Melissa Parker (Tim Ramsey) of Portroe, Ireland, and David Parker (Kim Stephenson) of Nova Scotia, Canada, his uncle Doug (Jenifer) of Florida, his in-laws Jim Bickerstaff (Luyba) of North Carolina, Cheryl Dukes (Roger) of Florida, Beth Gibbs (Paul) of Florida, Bonnie Bickerstaff of Georgia, many loved nieces, nephews and cousins, and his dog, Knox.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lela Payne Parker and James Austin Parker Jr., and by his stepmother Cathy Ward Parker.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Carter Funeral Home Bryan Chapel. A memorial service will follow at 5 p.m. with Father Joseph Smith officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in honor of Jamie to the YMCA of Richmond Hill to support local youth programs, 154 Thunderbird Drive, Richmond Hill, Ga. 31324
Carter Funeral Home Bryan chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences can be made at

Hazel Elizabeth Wildes
Hazel Elizabeth Stills Wildes, 91, died Tuesday (February 26, 2019) at the Baptist Village Retirement Communities following a brief illness.
She was born in Metter, but had resided in Kissimmee, Fla. most of her life before moving to Waycross 18 years ago.
She was the former owner and operator of a crafts and gift shop and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Waycross.
She was a daughter of the late Earl C. Cardell and Addie Lee Seigler Cardell. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Dunihue, and a son, Earl Stills.
She is survived by husband, William Osborne “Bill” Wildes Sr. of Waycross; three children, Myrice Lukas (Paul) of Osteen, Fla., Gary Stills (Barbara) of Edgewater, Fla., and Terry Stills (Betty) of Kissimmee, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Roberta Youmans of Metter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Waycross. Burial will be at Osceola Memory Gardens in Kissimmee, Fla.
The family will be receiving friends Friday evening at Music Funeral Home from 5 until 7 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Larmar Aaron Bell
Larmar Aaron Bell, 82, of Waycross, passed away early Wednesday morning, Feb. 27, 2019, at Memorial Satilla Health Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Ocala, Fla. on May 29, 1926, he had lived in Blackshear prior to moving to Carrollton, where he lived for many years before moving to Waycross four years ago.
He was the owner/operator of Southwood Corporation and was the former co-owner/operator of SeaMar Realty where he had offices in Blackshear, Waycross and Douglas.
Mr. Bell’s hobby was his work — walking tracts of land to determine future development. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren including going on family trips with them. He dearly loved them and was so very proud of them.
He was a member of the Blackshear Presbyterian Church and was currently attending Destination Church.
He was a son of the late Lester Aaron and Ella Edweina Johnson Bell. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sibyl Carroll, and by a sister-in-law, Carol Markett.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Esther DeVore Bell, of Waycross; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Neil Foster and Laura and Lewis McKinley, all of Brunswick, and Cindy and Jeff Stacey, of Carrollton; his son, Lester “Bert” and Tina Bell of Carrollton; 14 grandchildren, Stacie (Steve) Waters, Anna Foster, Madeline Jackson, Sara Foster, Lauren Bell, Samuel Stacey, Jonathan Foster, Elizabeth Bell, Grace (Justin) Furness, Rachel Stacey, Jessica Bell, Richard Foster, Jessie Foster, and Jacob Bell; 3 great-grandchildren, Katie Waters, Bennett Waters, and Mary Claire Waters; two brothers, Seaborn (Frances) Bell of Waverly and Lester Bell Jr. of Albany; a sister-in-law, Margaret Hull of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Billy (Kay) DeVore of Newberry, Fla. and Henry (Oafke) DeVore of the Netherlands; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Funeral services for Mr. Bell are incomplete at this time but will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Sharing the Hope program at Destination Church,
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda Faye Anderson
A funeral for Wanda Faye Anderson was held Wednesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Smith officiating.
Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Ira Luke Fales served as pallbearer.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.