Melvina R. Pittman
Melvina Roberson Pittman, 89, passed away Saturday morning (Jan. 3, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
She was born in Pierce County but lived most of her life in Waycross. She was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church. She was also an office clerk for J.M. Pittman Roofing Company and a homemaker.
She was a daughter of the late Andrew J. Roberson and Dorinda Dowling Roberson and was married to the late J.M. Pittman. She was also preceded in death by her son, Thomas Jerry Pittman.
She is survived by her three sons, James Melvin Pittman, of Blackshear, Stanley Pittman Sr. (wife, Sheila), of Waycross, and Dennis Pittman Sr. (wife, Diane), of Waycross; a daughter-in-law, Diane Pittman, of Brantley County; 10 grandchildren, Danette Davison (husband, Terry), of Hortense, Dana Cowan (husband, Jimmy), of Brantley County, Dennis Pittman Jr. (wife, Teresa), of Jesup, Vickie Hill, of Blackshear, Glynn S. Pittman Jr. (wife, Julie), of Chester, Jamie Pittman (wife, Felicia), of Waycross, Brad Pittman (wife, Heather), of Waycross, Jimmy Pittman Jr. (wife, Susan), of Blackshear, Abby Sweat (husband, Dave), of Waycross, and Ralph Pittman (wife, Amber), of Waycross; 28 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, William Dale Roberson, of Canton; a sister, Geraldine Cox, of Blackshear; and numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sweat Memorial Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Members of the R.T. Lee Sunday School Class of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church are asked to meet at the church Tuesday by 1:40 p.m. to serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends this evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

‘Stevie’ Gill
LYONS — “Stevie” Gill, 46, of Lyons, died Saturday (Jan. 3, 2015) at his home after an extended illness.
He was a native of Waycross, which is where he lived until moving to Lyons 15 years ago. He was a 1986 graduate of Southside Christian School and a graduate of Waycross-Ware Technical School for heating and air. He was the manager of Baker Brothers Distributing in Vidalia, and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Lyons.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Shirah Gill. He was an avid outdoorsman.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Nancy Gill; two daughters, Amanda Gill and Melanie Gill, all of Lyons; his parents, Royce and Willene Gill, of Waycross; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Delton and Virginia Drawdy, of Waycross.
The funeral was scheduled for 11 o’clock this morning at Liberty Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Plowman officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends at the funeral home Sunday.
Those desiring may make memorial donations to the Liberty Baptist Church Mission Fund, P.O. Box 410, Lyons, Ga. 30436.
Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia is in charge of arrangements.

Judy Diana Cantrell
Judy Diana Moody Cantrell, 57, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Friday evening (Jan. 2, 2015) at the Community Hospice House in Jacksonville following an extended illness.
Born Aug. 2, 1957 in Waycross, she was the daughter of the late William Eugene and Eula Connor Moody.
She grew up in Pierce County and was a 1975 graduate of Patterson High School. She lived in Jacksonville for 30 years where she was a waitress with Waffle House and Madrid Restaurant. She was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary McHale, and a brother-in-law, Marvin Daye.
Survivors include her husband, Lee Cantrell, of Jacksonville; two sons, William Brinkley and Michael Davis (wife, Trina), both of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Wayne and Richard Davis, all of Jacksonville; sisters, Linda Daye, of Brunswick, and Dell Rowell (the Rev. Sheldon), of Hortense; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service was scheduled for this morning at 11 o’clock in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Byrd Cemetery in Bristol.
Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Nalin Phillip Hensley
Nalin Phillip Hensley, 21 months, died Sunday (Jan. 4, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Mary Corbitt Hampton
Mary Elizabeth Corbitt Hampton, 94, died Friday evening (Jan. 2, 2015) at her son’s residence following a brief illness.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She was a native of Tift County who lived most of her life in Ware County.
She was the wife of the late Jacob Hampton and daughter of the late Jim Corbitt and Mary Elizabeth Neugent Corbitt. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Slate, her brothers, James Corbitt, Billy Corbitt, Gerald Corbitt, Barney Corbitt and Roy Corbitt, and a son-in-law, Billy Johnson.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a former member of the Ware County Homemaker’s Club. She and her husband were founding members of the Ware County Saddle Club.
Survivors include two daughters, Martha Sue Johnson, of Thomasville, and Carole Ann Anderson, of Douglas; two sons, Jerry Hampton, of Blackshear, and Danny Hampton Sr. (wife, Mary Ann), of Waycross; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Louesta Wilcox, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; a son-in-law, Dr. Robert W. Slate, of Toccoa; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 117 Drennan Drive, Jesup, Ga. 31545.
A Requiem Mass was scheduled for 11 o’clock this morning at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lois T. Walker
A funeral for Lois Turner Arnold Walker was held Saturday afternoon at Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Jeffers, the Rev. Clayton Davis and the Rev. David White officiating.
Burial followed in the Zion Hill Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Keith Lloyd officiating.
Active pallbearers were Jason Arnold, Jay Cleary, Jesse Ivey, Aaron Joyner, Michael Patterson, Matthew Arnold, Haroldito Arnold, Charlton Bennett and Jonathon Cleary.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

William H. Herrin
A funeral for William Harvey Herrin, 78, of Blackshear, took place Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Calvary United Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Richard Gifford, the Rev. Eugene Corbitt, the Rev. Greg Bridges and the Rev. Charles Jury officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were Paul Herrin, Justin Jury, Carlos Leggett, Jonathan Jordan, James Jordan, Doug Herrin and Johnny Mercer.
Burial followed in the New Hope Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Odum.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

Catherine L. Thigpen
A funeral for Catherine L. Thigpen took place Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church with Dr. J. Eric Mathison officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were James Grey Thigpen, Morgan Thigpen, Jimmy Thigpen, Scott King, Toby LeRoy, Donnie Rogers and Dean Rogers.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.