Arlo Gene Herting
BLACKSHEAR — Arlo Gene Herting, 82, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 7, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Salem, S.D., Feb. 26, 1932, he lived in Midway, Ga., for several years before moving to Pierce County three and a half years ago. He was a retired painter and was of the Baptist faith.
He was an avid fisherman and loved to plant a garden. He was also a very humble and loving man who had a jovial nature and was considered a jokester by all who knew him.
He was a son of the late Elnor and Alice Gunstead Herting. He was also preceded in death by two step-daughters, Denise Barteau and Diane Bannister, by his step-son, Lester Ainsworth “Sonny” Davis Jr., and by several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include two step-daughters, Denise “Dee” and Ben Hackett, of Patterson, and Claudia Canestra, of Fayetteville, N.C.; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jim Gamble, of Spartanburg, S.C.; a brother, Chuck Herting, of Denver, Colo.; two special grandsons, Chris (Bonnie) Hackett and Ethan Paulson; and several other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
The family will have a memorial service at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to the Pierce County Nursing Home Auxiliary “End of Life Program,” 221 Carter Ave., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Kathleen White Wildes
Kathleen White Wildes, 87, of Lake Seminole, Donalsonville, Ga., died early Christmas morning (Dec. 25, 2014) in Lilburn.
A native of Seminole County, she graduated from Seminole High in 1944, and began a 34-year career with Southern Bell Telephone Company working in Atlanta, Valdosta, Waycross and Savannah. She retired in 1981 as manager of Operator Services in Savannah. During this time, she was president of the Valdosta Council of the Telephone Pioneers of America for one term, the Waycross Council for one term and the Savannah Council for two terms.
She was also president of the Waycross Pilot Club for two terms and represented them at international meetings held in Boston, Mass., and San Francisco, Calif.
She was an active member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and assisted underprivileged children while living in Waycross.
She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1948.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Idus C. White and Maude Brunson White, and a son, William Gregory Wildes.
She was previously married to William O. Wildes Sr.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Donnie Musgrove, of Lilburn, and Leah and Jimmy Sistar, of Waycross; sons and daughters-in-law, Chip and Louise Wildes, of Valdosta, Maxie and Dee Wildes, of Savannah, and J.J. and Michelle Wildes, of Donalsonville; 17 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Saturday (Dec. 27, 2014) at 2 p.m. in Sunset Hill Cemetery, of Valdosta, with William O. Wildes Sr. officiating.
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Bobby Lamar Deen
CAMDEN COUNTY — Bobby Lamar Deen, 60, of Waycross, passed away Thursday (Jan. 8, 2015) at Southeast Georgia Health System – Camden Campus.
Born in Alma, April 5, 1954, he lived in Woodbine and Harriett’s Bluff for many years before moving to Waycross in June 2014. He was a diesel mechanic and also served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy on the USS Independence during Vietnam and the Lebanon Crisis.
He was an avid gun and knife collector, a member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the American Legion, and he loved to fish.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who will be greatly missed.
He was a son of the late Talmadge Lamar and Mary Colleen Durrance Deen. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Duenne Rozier, and two sisters, Cheryl Waters Brooks and Merry Jean Edwards.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Davis Deen, of Waycross; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carrie and Shannon Pokines, of Yulee, Fla., and Cindy and Brian Ricketson, of Woodbine; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Tammy Deen, of Waycross; three sisters, Lynn (Danny) Sheffield, of Blackshear, Peggy (Al) Jones, of Hendersonville, N.C., and Beth Murray, of Waycross; nine grandchildren, Lexus Deen, Calab Deen, Patrick Tullier, Scott Rozier, Robbie Rozier, Logan Pokines, Emily Pokines, Summer Ricketson and Lavaughn Ricketson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Waters Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 5 to 7 o’clock at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association at or to any veteran’s charity.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

‘Ruth’ R. Thomas
NAHUNTA — Margaret “Ruth” Rhoden Thomas, 75, of Nahunta, died late Thursday evening (Jan. 8, 2015) at Bayview Nursing Home after an extended illness.
Born in Jesup, she was the daughter of Larry Lamar and Abbie Moore Rhoden. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Wesley Thomas, a daughter, Debra McKenzie, a granddaughter, Tiffany Crews, two brothers, Junior Rhoden and J.L. Rhoden, and a sister, Colleen McClellan.
She was a retired LPN and a member of Nahunta Church of God. She loved fishing, working puzzles and reading the encyclopedia.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Marie and Ronald Cox, of Waycross; three grandchildren, Trevor James McKenzie, R.J. Cox and Angela Cox Barnes; five great-grandchildren, Stephen Martin, Kensley Crews, Charlene Cox, Hunter Barnes and Lyndsay Barnes; a sister, Carolyn Adamczyk, of Nahunta; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 at Nahunta Church of God with the Rev. Charles Florey officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Barnes, John Walker, R.J. Cox, Trevor McKenzie, Ronald Cox, Paul Morgan and Colin Causey.
Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Brantley County EMS.
Pallbearers are asked to meet at the church Sunday by 2:30 p.m.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at