Scott Steedley
Marlyon Scott Steedley, 44, of Manor, died Friday (Jan. 23, 2015) night from injuries sustained in a car accident.
He was born in Ware County and lived here all of his life. He worked in drywall all of his life and enjoyed car racing, Georgia football and the Dallas Cowboys.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Cecil and Lindy Steedley, maternal grandparents, Noah and Georgia Griffin, aunts, Lavon Carter and Doris Aldrich, uncles, Dave Griffin, Justin Griffin, Winton Griffin and Frank Griffin.
Survivors include his parents, Marlyon and Wanda Griffin Steedley, of Manor; two sisters, Jessica Steedley, of Manor, Charlotte Cardona (husband, Francisco), of Miami, Fla.; one brother, Chris Boyd (wife, Laretta), of Axson; three nieces, Kimberly Grissom, Tiffany Boyd and Hillary Boyd; three nephews, Kenneth Cardona, Edgar Cardona and A.J. Solis; a great-niece, Alyssa Bastian; a great-nephew, Alex Bastian; special aunts and cousin, Mary Griffin, of Manor, Vicki and Johnny Rowell, of Manor, Cathy Bateman, of Waycross; aunts, Becky Bolden, of Blackshear, Sharon Bateson, of Homerville, Edna Griffin, of Waycross, Sue Griffin, of Waycross, and Janet Griffin, of Waycross; uncles, Talmadge Griffin (wife, Carol), of Waycross, Ben Griffin (wife, Robin), of Waycross; one great-aunt, Evelyn Griffin, of Waycross; numerous cousins and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Victory Methodist Church Cemetery in Manor.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Winifred Myrick
Winifred Myrick, affectionately called “Winnie” by everyone other than family, (her family called her “Fred”) was born in Waycross Sept. 12, 1947. She was the fifth child of the late John and Amy Myrick.
She departed this life on Saturday (Jan. 17, 2015) in Washington, D.C.
She was predeceased by her siblings, Barbara, John, James and Albert. At age nine, her family moved to Jersey City, N.J. She graduated from Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City in 1965. She matriculated at Howard University in Washington, D.C. the same year and completed her studies in 1969 majoring in sociology with a minor in psychology. She was a proud graduate of Howard University. She participated in a number of student activities and was well known by many students on campus during her tenure.
Upon graduation from Howard University, she worked as a substitute teacher in the D.C. public schools for several years before working at One America, Inc., a D.C. management consulting firm. She retired as comptroller of the D.C. Department of Corrections in 2000 after 22 years of service.
Following retirement from D.C. government, she was a substitute teacher working primarily at McKinley Tech High School. She took a keen interest in her students and their respect for her was evident when she encountered them outside the classroom.
In 1988, she became the devoted mother of her adopted son, Jordan Adam Myrick. She embraced her role as a single parent wholeheartedly, from teaching him to ride a bike to attending Sunday School with him.
She joined Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church on March 7, 1976 under the pastoral leadership of Bishop Robert Pruitt. She was a long time member of the Sarah Allen Missionary Society and the last president of the Florigia Club, whose members are Florida and Georgia natives.
She fought a courageous battle with cancer for the past two years. She drew her strength from her deep and unwavering faith in God.
She was outgoing and gregarious, always with a broad smile and a hearty laugh. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
Those left to to cherish her memory include her son, Jordan Myrick; her sister, Mercy Myrick; beloved nieces, Sherri and Rhonda; nephews, Elbert (Whoopi) Corbin Jr., Terry, John and Shawn; favorite cousins, Ruby (Wendy) Sherman and Patricia Stokes-Sherreit; sisters-in-law, Patty Ann and Marie; a special friend, Carolyn Paxton; many other friends and her church family.
A celebration of life service was held today at her church Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Washington, D.C.
A graveside committal service will be held Wednesday at noon in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
Fluker Funeral Home is serving the Myrick family locally.

Dirk Joshua Wood
Mr. Dirk Joshua Wood, 34, of Blackshear, died early Sunday morning (Jan. 25, 2015)at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born May 18, 1980 in Jacksonville, Fla., he lived in Hilliard, Fla., and Jesup before moving to Blackshear in 1990. He was a 1998 graduate of Pierce County High School and attended Georgia Southern University.
He was employed as a truck driver for Coca-Cola and The Garden Produce in Jacksonville.
He loved the Georgia Bulldogs and had a great imagination, always wanting to build things. He loved philosophy, reading and writing and was a lover of all kinds of music. He possessed a keen sense of humor and had a tender heart and great love of his family.
He was a member of Walkerville Baptist Church.
Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Dan and Betty Wood, and his maternal grandfather, Bill Graham.
Survivors include his son, Brycen Wood, of Alma; his mother, Debbie McCullars, of Blackshear; his father, Dirk Henry Wood (wife, Tammy), of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; his stepfather who helped to raise him, Bruce McCullars, of Offerman; his sister, Tanji Cribbs (husband, Jamie), of Blackshear; his maternal grandmother, Joan Graham, of Blackshear; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Ivey Madison Crump
Ivey Madison Crump Sr., 78, died after a prolonged illness on Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2015) at Osprey Village surrounded by family and friends.
The son of James Madison Crump and Estelle (Crosby) Crump, he was born in Bristol July 17, 1937.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary (Walker) Crump; three sons, Ivey Crump (Erin), Edwin Crump and Kevin Crump (Danna); grandchildren, Josh Crump, Erica Newlin (Jimmy), Matt Crump, Colby Crump, Catherine Crump; and two great-grandchildren, James Crump and Matthew Crump; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Yulee Baptist Church, the Lions Club and was a founding father of the Yulee Little League where over the years he served as coach, secretary, treasurer, vice president and president.
He worked at Terminal Paper Bag in Yulee for 42 years, holding positions such as floor supervisor, shipping manager, assistant plant manager and plant manager.
He founded five companies, Pallet Services, First Coast Pallet, South East Unloading, Diversified Pallets Incorporated (DPI) and C&S Land.
The Crump family would like to extend their deepest and heartfelt thanks to the Osprey Village staff, Dr. Smith, Dr. Rodeffer, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Yulee Baptist Church and to all the friends who have so willingly pitched in to help during this trying time.
The funeral was held at Yulee Baptist Church in Yulee, Fla., Friday at 11 a.m.
The family received friends Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oxley Heard Funeral Home, 1305 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, Fla.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
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Lori Williams Davis
Lori Williams Davis, 51, of Waycross, died Friday (Jan. 23, 2015) evening at her residence after an extended illness.
She was born in Waycross to the late Calvin C. Williams and Glenda Rogers Williams.
She made Waycross her home for the majority of her life except for the six years she and her husband spent living on St. Simons Island. She was a graduate of Valdosta State University with a bachelors degree in accounting and became a CPA (Certified Public Accountant).
She then went to work for Spivey and Company before fulfilling a lifelong dream and opening her own accounting firm. She was raised and baptized in First Baptist Church, and later in life attended Freedom Community Church. She was an avid gardener who loved spending time and working with her flowers in her garden at home.
She is survived by her husband, John Davis, of Waycross; two sisters, Dawn Elizabeth Williams, of Tampa, Fla., Kara Belinda Williams, of McDonough; a special niece, Skyela Elizabeth Williams, of Brantley County; her aunt, Jane Rogers Crawley, of Waycross; her uncle, James H. Rogers Jr. (wife, Kathy), of San Antonio, Texas; four brothers-in-law, David Davis (wife, Janice), of Florida, Danny Davis (wife, Elaine), of Waycross, Buddy Davis (wife, Glenda), of Waycross, Mark Davis, of Waycross’ and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at

Rebecca Klingensmith
Rebecca “Becky” Sue Klingensmith, 56, died Sunday morning (Jan. 25, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

William G. Brown Jr.
BLACKSHEAR — William G. “Bill” Brown Jr., 72, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday morning (Jan. 25, 2015) at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.

Joe ‘Lewis’ Walker
Joe “Lewis” Walker, 80, of Blackshear, died early Sunday morning (Jan. 25, 2015) at his daughter’s residence after an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Saidee Carol Fussell
Saidee Carol Fussell, 81, of Blackshear, died Sunday evening (Jan. 25, 2015) at Pierce County Nursing Home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

James ‘Mutt’ Sowell
James U. “Mutt” Sowell, 84, died Sunday afternoon (Jan. 25, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Waycross after an extended illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Everette E. Hickox
A funeral service for Everette Eugene “Gene” Hickox took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Alvin Johnson, the Rev. Randall Gunter and Elder Willis Lee officiating.
Burial was in Mars Hill Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Chuck Bell, Ricky Lee, Scott Hickox, Barry Stokes, Kenny Hickox and Tony Petty.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

Betty Jean Driggers
A graveside service for Betty Jean Driggers was held Saturday afternoon in Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Milton officiating.
Family remembrances were given by Zachary and Emily Zilleox.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.