Saidee Carol Fussell
Saidee Carol Fussell, 81, of Blackshear, died Sunday evening (Jan. 25, 2015) at Pierce County Nursing Home after an extended illness.
She was born in Hampton Springs, Fla., to the late Matthew Eugene Hickox and Nancy Jane Futch Hickox. She was raised in Lakeland, Ga., and eventually she moved to Waycross. She moved and settled in Blackshear in 1974 where she lived for the rest of her life.
She retired from Swisher International in 1995 after 38 years of service.
She was a member of the Way of Holiness Church. She was very active in her church, and her faith was very instrumental in her daily life.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed every moment she was able to spend with her family. She will always be remembered for the great love she showed to her grandchildren and the enjoyment she got by being able to rock them in her rocking chair.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, G.W. “Bill” Fussell, two brothers, Eugene Hickox and Jimpsey Hickox, and a sister, Opal Godwin.
She is survived by her daughter, Gail Barker (husband, Terry), of Waycross; three grandchildren, Bradley W. Barker (wife, Tammy), of Waycross, Dr. Lezley B. Anderson (husband, Wiley), of Americus, Chandra B. Bacon (husband, Ryan), of Blackshear; seven great-grandchildren, Keith Barker, Josh Barker, Sydney Gail Barker Bacon, Cheyenne Irby, Joey Irby, Christopher Irby and Destiny Irby; two sisters, Mollie Johnson (husband, Gene), of Blackshear, Naoma Lee Whiteman, of Huntington, Ind.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Thursday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Blackshear City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home. The family will be receiving family and friends at the home of Ruth Tyre, 341 W. Carter Ave., Blackshear.
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Eric James Mercer
Eric James Mercer, 34, of Pooler, died Saturday (Jan. 24, 2015) in Pooler.
Born Oct. 1, 1980 in Lake Wales, Fla., he served his country in the Air National Guard for 14 years achieveing the rank of tech sergeant, including a tour in Afghanistan. He was a career firefighter for the City of Savannah for the past 12 years.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ann Mercer, his parents, James and Leslie Mercer, his sister, Meagan Elizabeth (Will) Gibson, his brother, Daniel Scott (Ashley) Mercer, and seven nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday at Garden City United Methodist Church, 62 Varnedoe Ave., Garden City.
The funeral will be held at noon Wednesday in Garden City United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Ashley Randall.
Interment will be private.
Remembrances may be made to the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, CNGC 1000 Halsey Ave., Building 447, Marietta, Ga. 30060 — — or to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, Md. 21727 —

Rebecca Klingensmith
Rebecca “Becky” Sue Klingensmith, 56, died Sunday morning (Jan. 25, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County. A devoted and loving homemaker, she was loved dearly by her family and pets.
She was the daughter of the late Lonnie Clark Sr. and Florence Clark. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy and Robert Clark, and one sister, Lunell Anderson.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Klingensmith, of Waycross; one daughter, Donna Sue Lloyd (husband, Matt), of Waycross; one son, Clayton McCrea, of Douglas; one step-daughter, Dorcy Lee (husband, Grover), of Waresboro; one step-son, Richard J. Klingensmith, of Waresboro; seven grandchildren, Ashlee Lloyd, Madison Lloyd, Brooke Lloyd, Jared McCrea, Pam Wheeler (Keandum), Dustin Lee and Kristen Klingensmith; one great-granddaughter, Lily Anne Wheeler; three sisters, Louise Matthews (husband, Tony), of Blackshear, Franki Gill Suter, of Arkansas, and Ruby Stanton, of Fitzgerald; five brothers, J.C. Clark (wife, Shirley), of Waresboro, Lonnie Clark Jr. (wife, Tippie), of Waycross, David Clark, of Waycross, Ray Clark (wife, Donna), of Waresboro, and Danny Clark, of Millwood; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Wednesday at Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 314 Lee Ave.
Memorialization is by cremation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Winifred Myrick
Winifred Myrick, 67, formerly of Waycross, departed this life Saturday (Jan. 17, 2015) in Washington, D.C. after an illness.
“Winnie” or “Fred,” as she was affectionately known, was born in Waycross Sept. 12, 1947. She was the fifth child of the late John Myrick Sr. and Amy Myrick. She was predeceased by her siblings, Barbara, John Jr., James “Jimmy” and Albert.
At age nine, her family moved to Jersey City, N.J., where she graduated from Henry Snyder High School 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 participated in a number of student activities and was well known by many students on campus during her tenure.
She was a former substitute teacher in the D.C. public schools for several years and retired as comptroller of the D.C. Department of Corrections in 2000 after 22 years of service.
She joined Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church “The National Cathedral of African Methodism,” Washington, D.C., where 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 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 Monday at her church Metropolitan A.M.E. Church and a graveside committal service will be held Friday at noon in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
Fluker Funeral Home is serving the Myrick family locally.

James ‘Mutt’ Sowell
James U. “Mutt” Sowell, 84, died Sunday afternoon (Jan. 25, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
He was a native and life-long resident of Ware County. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanette Blount Sowell, his parents, Robert James “Pete” Sowell and Alma Steedley Sowell, three sisters, Doris L. Fiveash, Eva Dell Pittman and Eloise Duncan, and a brother, Bobby Sowell.
He was retired as a mechanic with Union Camp Corporation after 20 years of service.
He was a member of Second Baptist Church where he was a member of the Adult Men’s II Sunday School Class, was a deacon and served on numerous church committees.
He was also a member of the Clement A. Evans Camp 64 Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed gunsmithing and researching genealogy of the Sowell and Steedley families.
He was also actively involved in local stock car racing for many years as a car owner, crew chief and mechanic. He served with the Georgia National Guard.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Woods Blair Sowell, of Waycross; his children, Bonnie Sowell Bickerstaff, of Waycross, two sons, James Michael Sowell, of Waycross, and Robin “Rabbitt” Sowell (wife, Nikki), of Waresboro, Holly Francis (husband, Jerry), of Atlanta, Steven Patrick Blair (wife, Debbie), of Middleburg, Fla., and Wendy B. Peacock (husband, Timmie), of Waycross; grandchildren, Savannah Bickerstaff, Warren Bickerstaff, Chrissie Sowell Taylor (husband, Jeremy), Taylor Sowell, Jerry Francis Jr. (wife, Amelia), Billy Blair, Patrick Blair, Sydney Peacock and Blair Peacock; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Gene D. Sowell (wife, Pat), of Waycross, Marcus Sowell (wife, Jean), of Stone Mountain, and Omer Lee Sowell (wife, Martha Jean), of Waycross; his pet cat, Woodrow; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Members of the Adult Men’s II Sunday School Class are asked to gather at the chapel at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday to serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Addie Marilyn Davis
Addie Marilyn Davis, 76, died Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2015) morning at her residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Vera Woodard Sikes
Vera Woodard Sikes, 68, died Monday (Jan. 26, 2015) night at her residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Joe ‘Lewis’ Walker
Joe “Lewis” Walker, 80, of Blackshear, died early Sunday (Jan. 25, 2015) at his daughter’s residence after an extended illness.
He was born in Pierce County to the late Robert Walker and Kate Davis Walker. He made Pierce County his home for the majority of his life. He was self-employed for many years as an accomplished sheet rock finisher and painter.
He loved sports and fishing. He was an avid Atlanta Braves baseball fan.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Gary Walker and Jeff Walker, six brothers and sisters, Lamar Walker, Claude Walker, Juanita Cox, Franklin Walker, Bertie Jo Walker and T. Chris Walker, and three step-sisters, Mary Ella Johnson, Geraldine Burns and Bernis Manning.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn Youmans Walker, of Blackshear; three daughters, Donna Felicia Walker, of Blackshear, Maria Walker Sumner, of Blackshear, Amy Walker Charette, of Blackshear; a son, Terry Walker (wife, Donna), of Indiana; his grandchildren, Leslie Sumner (wife, Tiffany), Kera Sumner, Taylor Driggers, Cole Driggers, Peyton Driggers, Christy Walker, Jessica Walker, Tammy Walker, Karly Walker; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clyde Walker, Cecil Walker (wife, Linda); four sisters, Wanda Gill (husband, Buck), Betty Driggers (husband, Walker), Mary Trook, Sarah Shaffer (husband, Don); four step-sisters, Joyce Chancey, Lois Foster (husband, Ed), Doris Roberson (husband, Gene), Evelyn Taylor (husband, Joe); a sister-in-law, Betty Manning; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Family and friends are being received at his daughter’s residence, 1013 Jackson St., Blackshear.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123.
Sympathy may be expressed at

William G. Brown Jr.
BLACKSHEAR — William Girvin “Bill” Brown Jr., 72, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday morning (Jan. 25, 2015) at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Waycross July 2, 1942, he lived in Pierce County all of his life.
He was a 1961 graduate of Blackshear High School and was retired from Rayonier where he worked in maintenance.
He had been very active in the Blackshear Masonic Lodge No. 270, having entered in 1972. He was dedicated to his service with the Masons which included: past master of Lodge No. 270 (1994), Waycross Chapter No. 9, Royal Arch Masons, past high priest Waycross Council No. 30 Royal and select masters, past illustrious master Waycross Commandery No. 36, past emminent commander Georgia priory No. 39, (KYCH) Knight York Cross of Honour, Herman E. Freeman York Rite College No. 186, Oglethorpe Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Little River Chapter No. 548, Order of the Eastern Star — past patron, Order of the Silver Trowel, Order of High Priesthood and Knight Crusader of the Cross.
He was also a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Clement A. Evans No. 64 and Men of the Way.
A history lover, he enjoyed being a member of the Huxford Genealogical Society as well as the Pierce County Historical Society. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a member of the Still Lake Fishing Club as well as Satilla River Keepers.
He was an active member of Ward Memorial United Methodist Church.
He was the son of the late Dr. William Girvin Sr. and Lawana Walker Brown. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Claude Brown.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years (Feb. 27 would have been their 50th wedding anniversary), Sylvia Taylor Brown, of Blackshear, his daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Robert Boy, of Hartwell, his son and daughter-in-law, Phillip Randall Brown, MD, and Tracy Parris Brown, of Gainesville, his sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Danny Sweat, of Cario, four grandchildren, Savannah Brown, Caroline Brown, Matthew Boy and Mark Boy, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
The family kindly requests members of the Blackshear High School class of 1961 as well as the Blackshear Masonic Lodge, the River Rats, and Carter, Jillian and Julianna Taylor to serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 Wednesday morning.
Memorials may be made to Ward Memorial United Methodist Church, 939 Hendry St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516, to Southeast Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 2764, Waycross, Ga. 31502, or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.