Annie Montgomery
A celebration of life service for Annie Montgomery will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, 1085 Ossie Davis Parkway, with the church pastor, the Rev. Rochelle McCrae, offering words of comfort.
She was born March 21, 1921 in Albany, Dougherty County. At an early age she moved to New York City and made her home in the Queens where she was owner and operator of a catering business. She was also very active in her church and a faithful member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Johnny Montgomery. This union was blessed with one child, Shirley who preceded her in death.
In 2001, she moved to Waycross and became a member of Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church.
She departed this life Monday (Jan. 5, 2015) after a brief illness.
Other than her parents, husband and daughter she was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Ben and B.J., and three sisters, Lois, Candy and Mary.
Those left to cherish her memory include two sisters, lzola Cobb and Laura Kelley, both of Waycross; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the home of her nephew and niece, David and Patricia Cobb O’Neal, 609 Perham St.
Public visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 1 p.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Lily Walker Gibson
Lily Walker Gibson, 89, of Canton, died Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 6, 2015) at Tranquility Hospice of Kennesaw Mountain.
She was born in Nassau County, Fla., the only daughter of Frank Elliott Walker and Bertie Murrhee Walker. Her grandparents, Henry Madison Murrhee and Carrie Blake Murrhee and Hampton James Walker and Lilly Littles Walker, were pioneer citizens of Nassau County in Florida.
After attending Georgia State College in Milledgeville, she married Lt. Colonel Ben S. Gibson, of Waycross, and became an Air Force wife. Throughout her husband’s time in the Air Force, she was very active in the Officers Wives Club.
Lt. Col. Ben S. Gibson and Mrs. Lily Gibson retired to Jacksonville, Fla. in 1974. In Jacksonville, she was a member of Southside Methodist Church, where she was active in the UMW and Joy Group. She was also a member of the Cummer Arts and Garden Museum, Women’s Christian Club, Jacksonville Public Library Foundation and the Baymeadows Golf Association. She was also a member of PEO in both Jacksonville and Canton.
Along with her parents and grandparents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Hampton James Walker and Frank Elliott Walker Jr.
She is survived by two daughters, Lynn Reynolds (husband, Bill), of Canton, Susan Darden (husband, Matt), of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Katie Reynolds, Hampton Reynolds, Benjamin Darden, Hannah Darden; a sister-in-law, Joan Walker, of Augusta; a nephew, Pat Reid, of Waycross; a niece, Andrea Howell, of Culloden; and numerous other relatives.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Cemetery in Waycross.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:30 until 6:30 at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tranquility Hospice at Kennesaw Mountain, 475 Dickson Ave., Northwest, Marietta, Ga. 30064.
Sympathy may be expressed at

Wayne Stevens
MILLEDGEVILLE — The funeral for Wayne Stevens, 77, will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Hamilton officiating.
The family will receive friends at Friendship Baptist Church from 1 p.m. until the service hour.
He passed away Wednesday (Jan. 7, 2015).
A native of Ware County, he lived in Hoboken for a number of years and Hancock County for several years. He was the son of the late Nelson Alexander Stevens Sr. and the late Clara Strickland Stevens.
He was a carpenter and a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Washington County.
He is survived by his wife of almost 44 years, Faye Burgamy Stevens; daughters, Dawn Dean and Dana (Richard) Chancey; step-daughter, Cathy (Kenny) Ivey, all of Waycross; step-sons, Dodge (Pam) Johnson and Randy (Judy) Johnson, both of Warrenton; sisters, Annelle Waters, Jacquelyn Thomas, Louise (Earl) Spivey, Gail (Dusty) Rhodes, all of Waycross; a brother, J.L. (Margaret) Stevens, of Hoboken; grandchildren, Erick Stevens, Christina (Van) McQuaig, Keith Ivey and Eric Johnson; great-grandchildren, Adrian McQuaig and Mackenzie McQuaig.
Condolences may be offered at
Williams Funeral Home of Milledgeville is serving the family.

Alexander G. Joyner
SAVANNAH — Alexander Grayson Joyner, infant son of Brock and Vanessa Stephens Joyner, passed away Monday (Jan. 5, 2015) at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Donna and Barry Stephens, of Waycross; his paternal grandparents, Mary and Terris Joyner, of Hoboken; his maternal great-grandparents, Catherine and Jack Wilson, of Blackshear; his paternal grandmothers, Nancy Joyner, of Waycross, and Judy Brock, of Nahunta; and several aunts, uncles and other relatives.
The funeral for baby Alexander will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Waters Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is serving the family.

Wendell T. Strickland
BLACKSHEAR — Wendell Tarver Strickland, 74, of Blackshear, passed away early Wednesday morning (Jan. 7, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home following a short illness.
Born in Patterson, Jan. 25, 1940, he lived in Pierce County all of his life. He was a 1957 graduate of Blackshear High School where he was a member of the state championship basketball team of 1957 and was a U.S. Army veteran.
He worked as a salesman for mobile homes and recreational vehicles and was a member of Blackshear First Baptist Church.
He was a huge sports enthusiast who loved Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Falcons. He also loved to fish and was a great friend to a lot of people.
He was a son of the late Preston Lemuel and Nell Dixon Strickland.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Bill Raulerson, of Blackshear; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tarver and Janet Strickland Jr., of Patterson, and Serge and Kim Strickland, of Blackshear; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby and Judy Strickland, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Loren and Marianna Strickland, of Gainesville, Ga.; six grandchildren, Emily Erin Strickland, Kelly Nichole Strickland, Sierra Dayne Strickland, Preston Hardt Strickland, Cameron Raulerson and Natalie Raulerson; a special friend, Denny Taylor; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Blackshear Cemetery.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter, Anna Raulerson, 912 Jane St., Blackshear, Friday evening from 6 until 8.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501, or to the Southeast Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 2764, Waycross, Ga. 31502.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nalin Phillip Hensley
A funeral for Nalin Phillip Hensley, 21 months old, was held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mitchell Deems officiating.
Burial was held in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Active pallbearers included Dan Strickland, Jonathan Bennett, Dennis Mock and Brian Smith.
The Iron Order Motorcycle Club served as honorary pallbearers.