Mary Jane Cardwell
Mary Jane Cardwell, 58, of Waycross, died Wednesday evening (Jan. 13, 2016) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a short illness.
She was born in Albany to the late Dr. Albert L. and Maxine Richardson Cardwell. She moved to Macon where her father was pastor of First Baptist Church of Macon.
She graduated in 1977 from Mercer University with a bachelor of arts degree and in 1980 with a master of education degree. In 1987, she received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the Walter F. George School of Laws.
She was the editor of the Mercer Law Review from 1985-1987 and was a former trustee of Mercer University. She was in the Presidents Club and a member of the Baptist Today Association.
In 1988, she moved to Waycross and worked for Kopp, Peavey and Conner for several years, then opened her own firm in 1994. She served the Waycross area as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee, in Juvenile Court as a Guardian Ad Litem and was a member of the Waycross Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association and the Waycross Exchange Club.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Waycross and attended Trinity United Methodist Church where she was in the Chancel Choir and His Royal Ringers Hand-bells.
She always enjoyed quilting, was a member of the Honeybees Quilting Guild in Jacksonville, Fla., and enjoyed attending quilting retreats. Throughout the years she loved to make puff quilts for new babies, baking cakes and bread for friends.
Woodworking was a favorite hobby that she enjoyed. She also loved riding motorcycles, NASCAR racing and even helped put on late model racing in South Georgia and North Florida. But most of all in her home she loved her animals, Buster, Romer, Sandy and Rowdy.
Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Eddie J. Wheeler Sr., of Waycross; two step-sons, Eddie J. Wheeler Jr. (Amy), of Tampa, Fla., and Todd Wheeler (Dawn), of Waycross; two brothers, John Cardwell (Priscilla), of Asheville, N.C., and Paul Cardwell (Linda), of Macon; one nephew, Alan Cardwell (Ashley) and their daughter, Ada Ruby Cardwell, of Macon; one uncle, Jack Richardson, of Jamestown, N.C.; and several other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cardwell Scholarship Fund, Mercer University, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Ga. 31207 or Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
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Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeanetta Stevens
Jeanetta Stevens, 72, died Wednesday (Jan. 13, 2016) at her residence following a brief illness.
She was a Cook County native who lived in New Jersey for 30 years. She later moved to Waycross. She was a retired telephone operator and was a member of Greater St. James A.M.E. Church in Blackshear.
Her parents were the late Jessie Dawson and Eddie Mae Dawson. Several sisters and brother preceded her in death.
She is survived by six children, Leon Dawson, of Columbus, Craig Stevens, of Los Angeles, Calif., Sean Stevens, of Rockaway, N.J., Melody Jones, Teneck, N.J., Chris Bing, of Columbus, and Angie Bing, of Atlanta; four sisters, Shirley Benson, of Waycross, Mary Dawson, of Fayetteville, N.C., Shelia Daniels and Patricia Dawson Fields, of Waycross; two brothers, Jessie Dawson (wife, Nora), of Waycross, and Larry Dawson (Debra), of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends may call at the home of her sister, Shirley Benson, 1009 Reed St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Welch & Brinkley Mortuary.

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, but lived in Jacksonville, Fla., most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Ira J. Crews and Neva Dixon Crews and was married to the late Herbert E. Strickland. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Raye Strickland.
She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved life and never met a stranger. Her empathy for others was only one of her truly admirable qualities. As a child she grew up on a farm surrounded by love and lots of family.
Even as an adult she would gather with her brothers and sisters on Granny’s porch and sing while others played music. Some of the things in life that she enjoyed were fishing at the lake house, blue grass music, traveling in the motorhome, crafts and sewing, jewelry, jewelry and more jewelry.
She loved to watch her wrestling and soap operas on TV, spoiling her children and grandchildren, and riding around looking at Christmas lights during the holidays. Those of us that were blessed to have known her have lost a shining star, but have comfort in knowing that Heaven has gained another angel.
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 Saturday at the funeral home from 12 until 2 p.m.
Following the burial, a reception for the family will be held at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Hoboken.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Diane Dixon Purvis
A funeral for Diane Dixon Purvis was held Thursday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Donald Dowling and the Rev. Rodney Thrift officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Danny Bennett, Greg Bennett, Ronald Dowling, Drew Hale, Mike Hale and Tyler Hale.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Everett Lee Gill Jr.
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Everett Lee Gill Jr., 60, was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Officiating were Dr. Selvon Seebran and the Rev. Ion Johns.
Interment was in the Offerman Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Rudolph Daniels, Benny Guest, Ryan Thornton, Mike Daniels, Mack Boatright, Andy Thornton, Wade Gill, Ellis Denison.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Flash Foods Coffee Club in Patterson as well as employees of Flash Foods in Patterson.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.