Mary L. Oliver-McCray
A celebration of life service for Mother Mary Louise Oliver-McCray, 79, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 701 Ossie Davis Parkway, where the Rev. Jackie Hooper Sr. is pastor and Pastor Juliette Howard, of True House of Deliverance Church, will offer words of comfort.
She was born March 24, 1939 in Douglas to the kate Ed Maultsby and Mary Armstrong Maultsby. She received her formal education from the Coffee County Public School System.
She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Willie B. Oliver and to this union seven children was born. She later moved to Waycross where she met and married the late Samuel McCray and to this union three children was born.
Mother Oliver-McCray accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and was a faithful member of True House Of Deliverance Church where she served as a mother of the church, a deaconess, an armor-bearer and a choir member. She was a dedicated servant of the Lord, but most of all she loved the Lord.
She was kind and loving, her congenial character won a place in the hearts of those privileged to have known her. She was a former employee of Ivey’s Laundry and King Edward Cigar Co.
On Tuesday (Feb. 5, 2019), God called her from her earthy home to her heavenly home after an illness. She was also preceded in death by a son, John Thomas.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, James Thomas (Melissa), of Valdosta, Apostle Willie Oliver (Tracy), Carolyn Stewart, Lewis Oliver (Balinda), Mary Bennett (Leroy) Sharon Oliver, Jacqueline McCray, Patricia Smith, all of Waycross, Robert Oliver (Debra), of Cleveland, Ohio, Jackie McCray, Eddie McCray, Roberta McCray, Ruth McCray, Keith McCray, Kenny McCray (Sharon), all of Jesup, Sammy McCray (Rhonda), of Atlanta; a brother, Eddie Maultsby (Helen), of Atlanta; a sister-in-law, Patricia Tillman, of Baxley; an adopted daughter, Pastor Juliette Howard (Aaron), of Waycross; an adopted son, Bishop Lucious Hicks (Jackie), of Waycross; 73 grandchildren including two special, Charity Chatman (Allen), of Waycross, and Camillia Doomes (Pastor Christopher), of Warner Robins; 127 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the family residence, 2209 Eastover Drive.
Public visitation will be Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose at the church an hour prior to the funeral.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Johnny E. Brown Sr.
Johnny E. Brown Sr. 76, was born May 9, 1942 as the third child to the union of Johnny Brown and Georgia Ann Brown in Blackshear.
He was raised and educated in Blackshear, graduating from Lee Street High School. He retired from the City of Blackshear after 30 years of service.
He was a member of Zion Missionary Church during his school years and later attended various churches in Blackshear.
He was a very friendly person and never met a stranger. Anyone who lived in Blackshear knew Johnny and his contagious smile. He loved visiting various convenience stores, buying his lottery scratch-off tickets and greeting other customers with a “Hello” and his smile. He will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched.
Preceded in death by his parents and his brother Eddie and sister Sallie, those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Evelyn Brown, and son, Johnny E. Brown Jr., both of Melbourne, Fla.; three step-children, Rev. Pamela L. (Silas) Scott, Amy Brown and Ernestine Brown, all of Palm Bay, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Alicia (Joshua) Provitt, Tanisha Clark, Shawntae Williams, Anthony Brown, Casandra Brown, Ryan Brown and Latisha Brown; great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and two very special friends, Melvin Johnson and Craig Smiley, both of Blackshear.
The funeral will be held Saturday at Greater St. James AME Church, 626 Cherry St., in Blackshear, with Pastor Gerald Copeland presiding.
The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. with Pastor Gerald Copeland presiding.
A visitation service will be Friday evening from 5 until 7 o’clock at the funeral home in Blackshear.
Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Blackshear.
The funeral cortege will leave the residence on Ware Street at 12:40 p.m. with arrangements under the direction of Jacobs Funeral Home of Blackshear.
Kathleen S. Littlefield
Kathleen Stapleton Littlefield, 97, of Waycross, died Thursday afternoon (Feb. 7, 2019) at her residence after an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Todd Derick Allen Sr.
Todd Derick Allen Sr., 37, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2019) at his residence in Patterson following an extended illness.
He was born in Alma and resided in Waycross most of his life. He was an electrician with the I.B.W. 508 and a member of Laura Chapel Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Rommie Allen. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Merley Shuemake, and his mother-in-law, Sharon White.
He is survived by his wife, Amy Allen of Patterson; three children, Denise Allen, Todd Allen Jr. and Rommie Allen; his mother, Brenda Reynolds Hayes, of Patterson; a sister, Tonya Bennett (Andy), of Alma; two nephews, Chad Bennett (Kristy Thomas) and Hunter Bennett (Megan Bezonia); two great-nephews, Reed Bennett and Maverick Bennett; his father-in-law, Anthony Dwayne White Sr.; a brother-in-law, Anthony White (Samantha); two sisters-in-law, Tonya Lopez and Beth White; and his pastor, Daniel Harris.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at Laura Chapel Baptist Church.
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Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.