Donald David Phillips
Donald David Phillips, 76, of Folkston, passed away Thursday (Jan. 29, 2015) at Genesis Health Care Folkston Park.
He was born Feb. 18, 1938 in Charlton County, the son of William Augustus and Mary Jane Prescott Phillips.
A lifelong resident, he served the people of Charlton County as a Folkston city police officer, Charlton County deputy sheriff, Folkston City Council member and the Okefenokee Swamp.
He helped build Charlton Memorial Hospital and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Theo Phillips, of Folkston; four children, Derral Phillips (Jeannie), of Jacksonville, Ore., Julia Neumann (Eddie), of Folkston, Lanier (Donna) Phillips, of Folkston, David (Sylvia) Phillips, of Kennesaw, Calif.; grandchildren, Shawn Phillips, Andrew Phillips, Erika Neumann, Amber Neumann, Amie Neumann, Jordyn Neumann, Matt Varnes (Stephanie), Emily Phillips, Katie (Jessie) Pate, Julia Phillips, Miranda Phillips, Shelby Phillips, Jackson Phillips, Thomas Phillips; five great-grandchildren; four brothers, Henry (Jean) Phillips, Bob Phillips, Jimmy (Joann) Phillips and George Phillips; two sisters, Willie Maude Johns and Sue (Roni) Murray; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Stephanie Varnes.
The family will receive friends this evening at the funeral home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
The funeral will be Sunday at Folkston First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Dr. Randy Jacoby officiating.
Burial will follow in Traders Hill Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest registry at
Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home, Folkston.

Mary Banks Britt
Mary Christine Banks Britt, 87, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday evening (Jan. 28, 2015) at her son’s residence.
Born in Blackshear June 19, 1927, she lived in many cities over the years while her late husband served in the U.S. Navy.
She returned to Pierce County in the late ’60’s and worked for United Egg from which she later retired. She attended Emmanuel Baptist Church and will be remembered as a good-hearted woman with a love for children who helped rear not only her own children but other family members as well.
She was a daughter of the late Marvin Clinton and Sylvia Gertrude Batten Banks. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Allen Maurice Britt.
Survivors include four daughters, Wanda Davis, of Blackshear, Wilda (Monnie) Carden, of Barnwell, S.C., Linda (Pogie) Herrin, of Blackshear, and Donna (Andy) Driggers, of Brunswick; three sons, Wayne Britt, of Alpharetta, Warren (Robin) Britt, of Waycross, and Wade (Amy) Britt, of Lake Butler, Fla.; two sisters, Pauline Kimbrell and Latrell Lewis, both of Waycross; two brothers, Thomas (Fosteen) Banks, of Waycross, and Wilton (Evelyn) Banks, of Blackshear; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the Okefenokee Humane Society, 1501 Blackwell St., Waycross, Ga. 31501 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.

Rev. Gordon Hunter Jr.
The Rev. Gordon A. Hunter Jr., 94, died Thursday evening (Jan. 29, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a brief illness.
He was a native of Columbus, the son of the late Gordon A. Hunter Sr. and Lucile Ragland Hunter. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary Lou Myers Hunter.
He is survived by his children, James B. Hunter, of Blairsville, Ann Wallace (husband, Mike), of Anderson, S.C., Lucile Hunter, of St. Marys, Susan Cason (husband, Jimmy), of Statesboro, and Penny Hurst (husband, Bruce), of Tomball, Texas; six grandchildren, Jason Hunter (wife, Dora), Caroline Wallace Barfield (husband, David), Stephanie Wallace Thomas (husband, Alan), Jennifer Hurst Dunivan (husband, Tim), Rebecca Hurst Smithwick (husband, John), and Allen Cason (wife, Kristen); 11 great-grandchildren, Jacob Barfield, Anna Barfield, Benjamin Hunter, Diego Hunter, Dylan Thomas, Hunter Cason, Madison Dunivan, Ellee Cason, Tanner Cason, Lillian Dunivan and Ethan Smithwick; a sister, Elizabeth Russell (husband, Joe) of Columbus.
He attended the public schools of Columbus and graduated from Columbus High School in 1938. He is also a graduate of Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Mercer University in Macon, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
He served as a City Mission Worker in Louisville, Ky., and then served on the staff of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home.
He was pastor of the following churches: First Baptist Church in Butler, Cross Roads Baptist Church in Hartwell, Calvary Baptist Church in Brunswick, Anderson Drive Baptist Church in Jesup, Pembroke Baptist Church in Pembroke, and Meigs Baptist Church in Meigs.
He was manager of Baptist Inn in Stockbridge for more than six years. He served as an interim and supply pastor during his retirement years.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday in The Mitchell Chapel at Baptist Village Retirement Communities.
A graveside service will be held 3:30 p.m. Monday at Rehoboth Baptist Church Cemetery in Americus.
The family will receive friends Monday morning at The Mitchell Chapel from 10 until 11 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Arrangements are with Music Funeral Home.

Annabelle Thornton
BLACKSHEAR — Annabelle Taylor Thornton, 93, of Patterson, passed away early Friday morning (Jan. 30, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home after an extended illness.
Born in Alma March 17, 1921, she lived in Pierce County most of her life. She worked with her husband at their family business, Thornton Service Station, for many years and later worked at Carter’s Fried Chicken. She enjoyed traveling, especially to the Great Smokey Mountains and Cherokee, N.C. She had a great personality and loved to help others. She enjoyed cooking and canning, gardening and tending to her flowers.
She was a member of Offerman Baptist Church and so loved the fellowship of her church family and friends.
She was a daughter of the late Joseph Oliver and Ellie Cauley Taylor. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Felton Hamilton Thornton, her daughter, Elaine Barber, a son, Larry Thornton, a daughter-in-law, Annette Thornton, and a grandson, Bubba Sapp.
Survivors include her son, Robert Thornton, of Patterson; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Delois and Rufus Carter, of Blackshear, and Oletha and Lamar Bryant, of Patterson; a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Evelyn Taylor, of Patterson; a daughter-in-law, Janice Thornton, of Blackshear; a son-in-law, George and Libby Barber, of Blackshear; eight grandchildren, Dewayne and Jamie Crisp, Timmy Crisp, Robbie and Brenda Thornton, Scott Thornton (Wanda Holloway), Kerry and Tracy Thornton, Kim and Serge Strickland, Lisa and Hugh Kicklighter, and Kristi and David Bird; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Offerman Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Offerman Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday evening from 6 until 8.
Memorials may be made to Offerman Baptist Church, 7225 Highway 84, Offerman, Ga. 31556.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cilla Hipps Hewett
Cilla Merrell Hipps Hewett, 81, died Friday (Jan. 30, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Lizzie Mae Roberson
A funeral for Lizzie Mae Roberson was held Friday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Ware officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Danny Bennett, David Bennett, Charles Holton, Mervin Holton Jr., Tommy Holton and Van Todd.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.