Erwin Varnadore Sr.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Erwin Varnadore Sr., 54, passed away Sunday (Dec. 28, 2014) in Jacksonville , Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Amanda Varnadore; mother, Pearl Varnadore; two sons, Erwin Varnadore Jr. (Ashley) and Shawn Jones (Mary); seven grandchildren, Jordan, Sydney, Lynsey, William, Connelly, Ethan and Erwin III; his brothers and sisters, Sylvia (Wayne), Margrett (Paul), Robert (Lucinda), Lucile, Teresa (Jimmy), Donald (Patricia), Ray, Cindy (Bryan); and numerous nieces and nephews.
The viewing will be held Friday at C.L. Page Mortuary, Inc., 3031 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, Fla., 5 until 7 p.m.
The funeral will be held Saturday at Cornerstone Church of God, 2606 ABC Ave., Waycross, at 2 p.m.
He will be laid to rest at Waresboro Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to C.L. Page Mortuary Inc.
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Anne B. Crowley
Anne Bowling Crowley, 50, passed away Sunday (Dec. 28, 2014) after a long illness, her loving family by her side.
Born in Waycross, she graduated from Ware County High School and the University of Georgia.
She and her family lived in Fort Myers, Fla., for the last nine years.
She spent her early career with Rich’s Department Stores and Macy’s Systems Group in Atlanta, and most recently as employed by the City of Fort Myers as the assistant to the mayor.
She is survived by Brian Francis Crowley, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and was the devoted mother of Patrick James Crowley and Kathryn Gorham Crowley, of Fort Myers, Fla.; a sister, Martha Bowling Vanzant (husband, Chris), of Buford, Ga.; she was the loving aunt of Leigh Anne Vanzant.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil James Bowling and Nancy Gorham Bowling, of Waycross.
A memorial service will be held at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers Saturday at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, Fla., or Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, Fla., 33908.

Catherine Thigpen
Catherine L. Rogers Thigpen died Thursday morning (Jan. 1, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities in Waycross.
A native of Eastman, she was the daughter of the late Bruno M. and Nannie Lee Mullis Rogers. She graduated from Rhine High School in Rhine, and was an honor graduate from Martha Berry College in Rome, earning a bachelor of science in home economics and science. She began graduate work at the University of Georgia in 1947 earning her masters from Valdosta State College in 1972.
She retired from teaching with service in Brunnell and Haines City, Fla., Waycross and Ware County school systems as well as in Glynn County, Brunswick.
She was an active member and president of the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization of women educators. She volunteered in Cub and Girl Scouts and was involved in PTA and the Garden Club. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Brunswick, and First Baptist Church of Waycross.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Verrille Grey “Ace” Thigpen.
Survivors include two sons, Roger Thigpen (wife, Loraine), of Petal, Miss., James Thigpen (wife, Rosemary), of Gainesville; one daughter, Ann King (husband, John), of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Christy Thigpen LeRoy (husband, Toby), James Grey Thigpen, Morgan Marion Thigpen (wife, Megan), Kelley Thigpen, Jimmy Lee Thigpen, Scott King (fiancee, Kathryn Guzzardo), Raleigh King and (fiancee, Jordan Harris), and Hannah King; and great-grandchildren, Judah and Andrew LeRoy and Macy and Mia Thigpen.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Waycross with Dr. J. Eric Mathison officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are James Grey Thigpen, Morgan Thigpen, Jimmy Thigpen, Scott King, Toby LeRoy, Donnie Rogers and Dean Rogers.
Memorials may be sent to Baptist Village, 2650 Carswell Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31503, or First Baptist Church, 702 Elizabeth St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Arrangements are with Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Michelle Smith Cox
Michelle Smith Cox, 43, died Tuesday (Dec. 30, 2014) at her residence following a brief illness.
She was a native of Folkston but lived all of her life in Ware County. She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Smith, her mother, Juanita Jowers Gallimore, her step-father, Jim Gallimore, a sister, Karen Minderler, and a brother, Donald Myrick.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband, Elmer W. Cox Jr., of Manor; two sisters, Renee Allmond (husband, Rufus), of Alma ,and Robin Johnson, of Douglas; two brothers, Bobby Myrick, of Blackshear, and Jackie Myrick, of Brantley County; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to Hospice Satilla Hospice House, c/o Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
A memorial service will be conducted by Michelle’s family at a later date.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lois Turner Walker
Lois Turner Arnold Walker, 87, of Waycross and Millwood, died early Thursday morning (Jan. 1, 2015) at her residence after an extended illness.
She was the daughter of Bill Turner and Ruby King Turner, and the granddaughter of Boyd Turner and Minnie Hardin Turner, and Simon King and Lottie Corbett King. She was preceded in death by all of the above, as well as her sisters, Loretta Buchanan and Lucille Davis, her brother, Leroy Turner, a precious daughter, Nella Arnold, and her second husband and friend, James E. Walker. Her first husband and the father of her children, Lorain Arnold Sr., preceded her in death on this same date 34 years ago.
She lived most of her life in Ware County. She married Lorain J. Arnold on Dec. 29, 1945. During their marriage, the couple raised tobacco, cotton, livestock and five children. They also ran a turpentine business.
She was a homemaker, gardener and Sunday school teacher. She was president of the PTA of Millwood School and a proud member of the Cattleman’s Association and Woodmen of the World. After her first husband’s death, she studied a year in business school and went on to acquire her degree in nursing.
Years passed and she married James E. Walker on Sept. 9, 1989. The couple retired to Waycross in 1994 and spent many happy days caring for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Zion Hill Free Will Baptist Church from 1945, and remained an active member throughout her life. She taught Sunday school at Zion Hill, and later at Parkway Baptist in Plantation, Fla. She also sang in the choir. She loved singing, and liked nothing better than hosting a front porch sing.
With the loss of her husband J.E., she returned to her Millwood farm in order to be near her family. Gardening and grandchildren remained her joys. She spent many happy moments with her family watching the fig trees grow. Painting was one of her great loves, and she completed many pieces of art based on her memories of country living that will be treasured by her loved ones.
Her faith in the Lord Jesus carried her through many trials. She always had a generous heart, and never allowed anyone to leave her home hungry. She was the heart and soul of the family home. She was quick to say, “… the Lord left me so long for a purpose and I hope I can be worthy of it.” She was worthy as she bathed her family in prayer over all the days of her life. No words can communicate how sorely she will be missed by those who loved her.
She is survived by two sons, Lorain Arnold Jr. (wife, Mary), of Lawrenceville, Harold Arnold (wife, Evelia), of Richmond Hill; two daughters, Sara Joyner (husband, Buddy), of Charleston, S.C., Charlene Naylor (husband, Darrin), of Millwood; 11 grandchildren, Matthew Arnold, Samantha Bennett (husband, James), Tracy Reid (husband, Brent), Haroldito Arnold, Lizette Arnold, Jason Arnold (wife, Tanya), Michael Patterson (wife, Ashley), Jesse Ivey (wife, Lena), Becky Naylor, Jay Cleary (wife, Pillaure), Aaron Joyner (husband, Michael); 15 great-grandchildren, Jonathon Cleary, Gabriella Cleary, Joseph Cleary, Joshua Cleary, Reagan Bennett, Charlton Bennett, Cana Bennett, Jane Ansley Jones, Barrett Reid, Payton Ivey, Ethan Arnold, Lillie Patterson, Atleigh Patterson, Ty Patterson, Sawyer Patterson; special extended family members, Becky Bolden, Tom Cleary, Gene Ivey; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Miles-Odum Funeral Home. The family will also receive friends at the family farm in Millwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church, 3064 Zion Hill Road, Millwood, Ga. 31552, or Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
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Gussie C. Wynn
A celebration of life service for Gussie C. Wynn will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 417 Wilkerson St., Waycross where the Rev. Walter M. Scott Jr. is the pastor. Elder Kenneth Price, pastor of Taylor Chapel Baptist Church, will offer words of comfort and will officiate.
A burial and committal service will follow in Taylor Chapel Cemetery, Millwood.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 9 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 2400 Tebeau St., on Saturday at 10:15 a.m.
A Time To Be Born
Gussie C. Wynn was born April 24, 1933, in Millwood, the daughter of the late Nardy and Lou Mattie Rawls.
She transitioned on Saturday (Dec. 27, 2014).
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Arnie Lee Cox and Harvey Cox, her sisters, Mildred Cox, Amelia Cox and Helen Johnson.
She graduated from Atkinson County High School. Her employment included Western Electric, Golden Poultry and Gold Kist. When her father became ill before his death, she became a caregiver to him and grandson. She later began employment with The Pig and later retired from Rouse Groceries because of illness.
A Time To Love
She met and married the love of her life, George H. Wynn, and they were married for 49 years.
A Time To Serve
She joined Taylor Chapel Baptist Church in Millwood at an early age under the leadership of the Rev. Cherry. She served faithfully under the leadership of the Rev. Jackie Harris, the Rev. Roche and the current pastor, the Rev. Kenneth Price.
A Time Of Peace
She leaves to cherish her precious memories, her husband, George H. Wynn; daughter, Latrece Owens (Robert), all of Waycross; one step-son, Jerome Gibson, of Cocoa, Fla.; three sisters, Minnie McClendon, of Waycross, Evelyn Huggins (George) and Shirley Woodson (Jimmy), all of Atlanta; one brother, Thomas Rawls (Dottie) of Colonial, N.J.; one brother-in-law, Thomas Johnson, of Atlanta; one sister-in-law, Rose Cox, of Nichols; one grandson, Robert Owens III (Jordan Hendrix), of Valdosta; three granddaughters, Shakelia Fears, U.S. Army in Columbia, S.C., Amber McPherson (Ervin) and Alicia Jackson. all of Tampa, Fla.; six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends; and special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy (Jessie Jones) (as a sister and brother), Charles Johns (Connie), of Millwood, Waldean, of Waycross, Mickey Rouse (Linda), of Waresboro, Essie Owens, of Waycross, and Kathy Clark, of Sebring, Fla.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online guestbook at
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

William Harvey Herrin
William Harvey Herrin, 78, of Blackshear, died Thursday evening (Jan. 1, 2015) at Jesup Health and Rehab in Jesup, following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear.

Nora Anderson Carver
HORTENSE — Nora Etta Anderson Carver, 82, of Hortense, died Wednesday evening (Dec. 31, 2014) at her residence with her loving family surrounding her.
Born in Hortense, she was the daughter of Charles and Gatsy Sloan Anderson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, M.L. “Mack” Carver, a son, Steve Carver, two brothers, J.T. Anderson and Estues Anderson, one sister, Allie Mae Brauda.
She was a homemaker and a very faithful member of Satilla Missionary Baptist Church in Hortense. She loved working with flowers, gardening, her ministry, baking bread so all could hear a scripture along with very much prayer, and most of all she loved her family.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Marjorie Carver, of Hortense, and Bobby and Cheryl Carver, of Hoboken; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Chad and Danielle Carver, Matthew and Casey Carver, James and Kristin Carver, Christina and Chris Thrift, Miranda Carver, Allison Corbett and Candice and Gary Mintier; 11 great-grandchildren, Landon Carver, Lydia Carver, Layla Carver, Fisher Carver, Elle Carver, Abbe Carver, Grace Carver, Nora Carver, Gunter Thrift, Rylee Thrift and Tripp Mintier; a brother and sister-in-law, Homer and Margaret Anderson, of Hortense; a daughter-in-law, Deneise Carver; two sisters-in-law, Betty M. Anderson and Betty R. Anderson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A visitation was held Thursday afternoon at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
The funeral was scheduled for this morning at 11 at Satilla Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Loren Bryant and the Rev. Daniel Harris officiating.
Burial will follow in Satilla Cemetery in Hortense.
Pallbearers will be Chris Thrift, Landon Carver, Fisher Carver, Gunter Thrift, Chad Carver, Matthew Carver and James Carver.
Honorary pallbearers will be Satilla Missionary Baptist Church Adult Sunday School Class. Pallbearers are asked to be at the church Friday by 10:30 this morning.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

William C. Woodard
A graveside service for William Charles Woodard was held Wednesday morning at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with speakers Mike Walker and Ira Walker.
Honorary pallbearers were Joe Lee, Lewis Bennett and Darowyn Lee.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gary Wayne Riggins
A funeral for Gary Wayne Riggins, 49, of Blackshear, took place Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Bryan Crews officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were Ray Riggins, Tommy Bowen, Neal Griffin, Clyde Smith, Neal Griffin, Charlie Peacock, Mike Purvis and Jim Hewett.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Pierce County High School class of 1983.
Burial followed in Waters Cemetery in Blackshear.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.