Mary Jane Cardwell
Mary Jane Cardwell, 58, of Waycross, died late Wednesday evening (Jan. 13, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.

Dean Mitchell White
Dean Mitchell White, 71, of Blackshear, passed away early Thursday morning (Jan. 14, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc. of Blackshear.

Jerry Jerome Cooper
Jerry Jerome Cooper, 56, the husband of Alvatina Rivers Cooper, died suddenly Wednesday (Jan. 13, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
Friends are being received at the Cooper residence, 2209 Tebeau St.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Fluker Funeral Home.

William Williams Sr.
MILLEDGEVILLE — William Kenneth “Ken” Williams Sr,, 78, died Tuesday (Jan. 12, 2016) after a brief illness.
The funeral was scheduled to be held today at 11 a.m. at Alma United Methodist Church.
Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Alma.
Additionally, a celebration of life will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Milledgeville. Visitation will be held one hour prior to both services.
He was born in Alma Feb. 7, 1937, to William Lafayette and Mildred Turner Williams. He graduated from Bacon County High School and North Georgia College in Dahlonega.
He received his masters of education and education specialist degree from Valdosta State College and his doctorate of education administration from Sarasota University. He served numerous positions in the public school system spending most of his career as a school administrator.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Milledgeville and the Emmaus Sunday School Class. He served in many positions in the United Methodist Church through the years as well as being active in leadership positions in the Lions Club, Exchange Club and Kiwanis Club.
He served in the United States Army in Germany in the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment attaining the rank of captain.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors, but his greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.
He was active for many years in the Boy Scouts of America, first as Boy Scout then he served as Scout Leader and for many years as a Council member. One of his finest accomplishments was being awarded the distinguished service award, Silver Beaver Award, for his hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication and his years of service for the Boy Scouts of America.
He was predeceased by his first wife of 44 years, Sandra Hulsey Williams.
Survivors include his wife, Kikky Goddard Newton Williams, of Milledgeville; four children, Kendra Williams, of Brunswick, Bill Williams (Paula), of Statesboro, Karen Hix (Bobby), of Macon, and Blaine Williams (Erin), of Savannah; one sister, Flo W. Douglas (Curt), of Milledgeville; close family friend, Margaret Bone, of Alma; five grandchildren, Angela Hix, of Atlanta, Will Williams, of Charleston, S.C., Grant Williams, of Statesboro, Jill Williams, of Athens, and Gigi Williams, of Savannah; one nephew, Art (Katie) Douglas, of Atlanta; three step-children, Lucy Newton (Eric Albert), of Washington, D.C., Ben Newton (Elizabeth), of Atlanta, Lindy Gallagher (Jack), of Bethesda, Md.; and eight step-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Crosby Funeral Home in Alma and Williams Funeral Home in Milledgeville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Milledgeville Christian Counseling Center at First United Methodist Church of Milledgeville or The Boy Scouts of America.

Thelma C. Strickland
Thelma Crews Strickland, 88, died Tuesday night (Jan. 12, 2016) at Life Care Center of Jacksonville, Fla., after an extended illness.
She was born in Hoboken to the late Ira J. Crews and Neva Dixon Crews. She was the wife of the late Herbert E. Strickland.
Survivors include two daughters, Neva Karon Strickland Ross (Scott), of Jacksonville, Fla., and Connie Marie Strickland Smith, of Bryceville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Angie Wells (Jim), Shauna Davis (Calvin), Amanda Maloney (Shaun), Derek Smith and Del Smith; six great-grandchildren, Austin Wells, Jay Wells, Ansley Wells, Alden Davis, Brody Davis and Wyatt Smith; one great-great-grandchild, Raylan Wells; two brothers, Fleming Crews and Whitmer Crews, both of Hoboken; one sister, Mary Thomas, of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in High Bluff Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 12 until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

James K. Griffin III
James Knight “Jimmy” Griffin III, 71, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 12, 2016) at his residence, surrounded by his loved ones, in Key Largo, Fla.
A funeral will be held 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, with the Rev. Whit Chapman officiating.
Interment will follow in Oglethorpe Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Serving as active pallbearers will be members of the Gideons, Phil Fletcher, Leland Ring, John Lee, Bob Jones, Josh Parker and Eldridge Cannon.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Frederica Baptist Church,
He was born June 18, 1944, in Waycross, son of the late James Knight Griffin Jr. and the late Mildred Altman Griffin. His life began growing up and working in his family business at Griffin’s Service Station in Patterson.
Later in life, he earned a bachelor degree from Valdosta State University in criminal justice.  He was retired from the State of Georgia where he served in many capacities beginning as a parole supervisor, probation officer, senior counselor and many different capacities in the Georgia Correctional System. He also owned and operated several DUI/Defensive Driving Schools within the state.
He received many honors during his career including the Liberty Bell Award and “Citizen of the Year Award” in Berrien County.  His primary focus in life was service to the Lord, to his family and to mankind proclaiming Christ’s name.
He served as a Gideon for over 30 years. He had an ongoing jail ministry all over the states of Georgia and South Carolina for more than 30 years. He served as a deacon in churches all around the Southeast for more than 30 years including Frederica Baptist Church on Saint Simons Island, before moving to Key Largo, Fla.
His family and those who knew him best considered him a “domestic” missionary who touched the lives of people in the name of Christ everywhere he traveled and in his everyday life.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Betty Ruth Griffin; his son, Jamie Knight Griffin (wife, Iris Griffin); and his daughters, Lisha Michelle Cain (husband, Ted Cain), and Amy Ruth Hopkins (husband, Donald “Jeff” Hopkins; six grandchildren, Dustin Griffin, Georgia Dietz, Logan Hopkins, Mattox Hopkins, Beau Griffin and Griffin Hopkins; his brother, Jerry Griffin (wife, Patsy Griffin); as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his nephew, Chipper Griffin, of Pierce County.
Arrangements are with Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed at

Rosie Lee Johnson
JESUP — Rosie Elouise Lee Johnson, 86, of Patterson, passed away Tuesday morning (Jan.12, 2016) at her daughter’s residence.
Born in Hoboken, March 5, 1929, she lived in Pierce County most of her life. She was a homemaker and spent her lifetime joyfully taking care of her family.
Following the untimely death of her mother when she was a teenager, she helped rear her siblings which prepared her to be a mother to her own children. Sewing, cooking and baking – chores to some — were things she didn’t always like to do but necessity helped to make her great at. Her favorite things were having her family around her and seeing them happy.
She was a member of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church.
She was a daughter of the late Joel and Edna Lucille Hickox Lee. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Joseph Earl Johnson Sr., two sisters, Mary Ruth Hoover and Catherine Crosby, and a brother, A.J. Lee.
Survivors include her three daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Luis Alberto Pernas, of Jacksonville, Fla., Opal and David Taylor and Tina and Greg White, all of Patterson; her son, Joseph Earl “Buddy” Johnson Jr., of Jesup; four sisters, Jeniece (Edward) Hagin, of Waycross, and Lula Anderson, Carol McQuaig and Linda and Wayne Henderson, all of Hoboken; her brother, Larry and Glenda Lee, of Hoboken; a sister-in-law, Hazel Lee, of Hoboken; a brother-in-law, J.T. Crosby, of Blackshear; seven grandchildren, Mat and Carrie Boatright, Joby and Jammie Boatright, Josh and Samantha Johnson, Jeremy and Chrissie Taylor, Emily and Jaren Graham, Ambre’ and Billy Swain and Gracie White; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in the New Home Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc. of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Mother Lue T. Jackson
Mother Lue T. (affectionately known as “Too Sweet”) Jackson, 95, of Nahunta, who was temporarily residing at 2255 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, passed away Saturday (Jan. 9, 2016) at Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick, with loved ones at her bedside, following a lengthy illness.
The family is receiving friends at the home of her granddaughter, Karen Jackson, 114 Fairman St., Brunswick.
She was born July 23, 1920 in Brantley County (Nahunta) to the late York and Laura Jackson. She attended school in the Brantley County School System. Early in life she joined Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church where she later served as church mother, a position she held until God called her home.
Mother Jackson was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, her twin, Lula S. Jackson and Mamie Anderson, and one brother, Buddie Jackson.
She leaves to cherish her memories, one son, Stanley (Arlene) Jackson, St. Simons Island; eight grandchildren, Karen (Seymour) Blake, Stanley Jackson Jr., Michael (Raychelle) Jackson, Destiny (Joseph) Jackson, Mercedes (Calvin Jr.) Jackson, Jamison Wilson, Keisha Jackson, Kayla Collins; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one nephew, Freddie Jackson, of Augusta; one niece, Birdie Mae Glover, of Tampa, Fla.; sister-in-law, Maebell Lemons, of Waycross.
Sharing in loving memories are devoted friends Earl Daniel “Dan” and Betty Jean Smith, of Nahunta, Tracy and Jeannie Smith Altman, formerly of Nahunta but now residing in Atlanta, and their three children, Stephen Daniel Altman, Sara Margaret Altman and Elizabeth Audrey Altman; and Dr. Ashley Earl Daniel Smith, formerly of Nahunta, but now residing in Kennesaw (Atlanta); and a host of nieces, nephews and sorrowing friends.
Visitation will be Friday at Rainge Memorial Funeral Home, 505 Ware St., Blackshear.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church, 550 School St., Nahunta, with Pastor Leonard Jackson, of Little Rock Baptist Church, offering words of comfort.
Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, Brunswick.
The cortege will assemble at 114 Fairman St. at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Arrangements are with Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc.