Emory ‘Big O’ Marcus
Emory “Big O” Henry Marcus was born in Jesup on Aug. 29, 1950 to the late Joel Joseph “J.J.” and Mollie Queen Marcus.
He was called home to eternal rest on Monday (Jan. 28, 2019) at Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross.
“Big O,” as he was affectionately known, was raised in Jesup, where he graduated from Northside High School in 1970. During his high school years, he was involved in track, FFA, Hi-Y and Waynite. He prided himself in playing football so well and often told the story how he kicked the football out of the stadium all the way into downtown Jesup.
He went on to be employed by CSX Railroad for 17 years before retirement. After retirement, he and his wife of 38 years, Melzella White Marcus, started their endeavors of entrepreneurship. Their businesses included: Studio One Night Club, Golden Griddle Café, The Bargain Corner Carwash in Jacksonville, Fla., Express Courier Services and Free At Last Bail Bonds wherein he was the ﬁrst black licensed Bail Bondsman in Waycross.
“Big O” served his community as the president of Bailey Street Park Committee, and was very instrumental in helping to reopen the park’s public swimming pool. He was a member of the NAACP.
He was influential in bringing Albany State University, Fort Valley State University and South Carolina State University marching bands to Waycross and Jesup for the Martin Luther King Day Parades and other events. He did many things during his lifetime, and received numerous awards.
But the things he loved doing most were taking care of his family, helping people and serving his community.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1979, his mother in 2004, two brothers, Gary “Bimbo” Marcus in 2008 and Bennett Marcus in 2015.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife, Melzella White Marcus, of Waycross; one daughter, Tanjaka “Michele” (James) Marcus-Taylor of Waycross; one son, Bishop Marvin (Sheila) Cohen Jr., of Jacksonville, Fla.; four granddaughters, Keechele (James) White, of Waycross, Deechele Holmes, of Atlanta, Brianna Cohen and Kursten Cohen, of Gainesville, Fla.; three grandsons, DeAndre Holmes and Alize’ Holmes, of Waycross, Marvin Cohen III of Gainesville, Fla.; three great-granddaughters, Dalacia Holmes, DeAnna Holmes and Kamoni White, of Waycross; one great-grandson, Jahkari Cohen, of Gainesville, Fla.; three sisters, Queenesta (William) Baker, of Savannah, Mattie Gale (Paul) Adams, of Ellenwood, Rose Marcus Jackson, of Jesup; three brothers, Eddie (Linda) Marcus, and Ted (Donna) Marcus of Jesup, and Billy (Juanita) Marcus, of Jacksonville, Fla.; four sisters-in-law, Janice Marcus, of Jesup, Connie (Henry) Dubose, of Jacksonville, Fla., Charlotte White, of Waycross,and Elizabeth (Earl) Baldwin, of Atlanta; three brothers-in-law, Danny (Regina) White and Bernard (Janice) White, of Jacksonville, Fla., Theotis (Toni) King, of St. Marys; four god-sons, Justin Moss, of Jacksonville, Fla., Derrick Dawson, of Hampton, Va., Brett Williams and Elijah Gardner, of Waycross; one aunt, Lovie Matthews, of Detroit, Mich.; two uncles, Willie B Denson, of Detroit, Mich., and Sam Marcus, of Dry Branch; eight very special friends, Gerald (Juanita) Willis, Wayne (Avon) Bess, Freddie Landers, George (Margaret) Holmes, Bishop Dr. Larry (Wanda) Atkinson, all of Waycross, Bobby Bethea, of Jacksonville, Fla., Cornell (Fannie) Shaw, of Jesup, and Oscar Jackson, of Enigma; four aunts-in-|aw; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Emory “Big O” Henry Marcus was loved by many and will be clearly missed!
The funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Church of Christ Written In Heaven, 617 Blackwell St. in Waycross.
Public viewing will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery.
Final arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home, Waycross.
Mary Louise Oliver
Mary Louise Oliver, 79, died Tuesday morning (Feb. 5, 2019) at her residence after an illness.
Friends are being received at the Oliver residence, 2208 Eastover Drive.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Fluker Funeral home.
John T. Peterson Sr.
A funeral for John Thomas Peterson Sr. was held Tuesday morning at Jamestown Baptist Church with the Rev. Lamar Christie and the Rev. Jerry Campbell officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bill Byrne, David Byrne, Terry Byrne, Jordan Crawford, Ryan Crawford and Brad Peterson.
Honorary pallbearers were the Faithful Followers Sunday school class.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Margaret C. Riggins
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Margaret “Peggy” Cardone Riggins, 97, was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating was the Rev. Robert Wood.
Interment was in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Michael Thomas, Chad Thomas, Adam Deloach, Mark Griner, Joey Lee and Brad Dixon.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.