Geraldine C. Luckie
Geraldine C. Luckie, 98, died Sunday morning (Jan. 17, 2016) at the Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness.
She graduated from Waycross High School in 1934 and attained a bachelor of science degree from the former Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville prior to embarking on a teaching career including positions in Hahira, Eatonton, Fitzgerald and Waycross.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Waycross since 1931. A beloved Sunday School teacher of the fifth and sixth grade children from 1954 through 2003, she was also very active in the Women’s Missionary Society and credited with proposing, developing and organizing the Youth Contact Program in 1969.
Through this program, she contacted out-of-town college and graduate students, along with service men and women numerous times during the year including birthdays, special occasions, graduations and marriage providing support and contact from home for young church members.
She also served on various committees including the flower committee, nominating committee and personnel committee. Because of her outstanding dedication and commitment to the church, she and her husband, “Luckie,” were selected as Man and Woman of the Year in 1987.
Supporting the Waycross community was very important to her. She participated in the Waycross Junior Woman’s Club, attended two interdenominational Bible study classes and was a charter member of the Magnolia Garden Club, serving as president twice and as secretary numerous times. She enjoyed the camaraderie of a Monday bridge club and was a member of the Baptist Village Auxiliary volunteering her time and talents assisting with sewing for the residents and providing support and companionship during her numerous visits.
She was a daughter of the late Henry G. Chambless and Sallie Sizemore Chambless, was born and reared in Waycross. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Luckie, and brother, Henry Inman Chambless.
She is survived by her two sons, Dr. James E. Luckie Jr. (wife, Lisa), of Fitzgerald, and Robert M. Luckie (wife, Lynda), of Lilburn; five grandchildren, Kelli Luckie and Amy Guyotte (husband, Kevin), of Atlanta, Beau Luckie (wife, Laurie Ann), of Carrollton, Leigh Luckie (wife, Sabrina) and Zach Luckie (wife, Hayley), of Fitzgerald; four great-grandchildren, Anna Claire, Charlie, Tate and Max; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Waycross. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday in the church parlor from 1 until 2 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Arrangements are with Music Funeral Home.

Donald Leroy Bennett
Donald Leroy “Cucklebur” Bennett, 56, of Millwood died Sunday (Jan. 17, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a sudden illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Lewis Erwin Spears
Lewis Erwin Spears, 60, of Kingsland, died late Saturday evening (Jan. 16, 2016) at Hospice of The Golden Isles in Brunswick after an extended illness.
Born in Lakeland, Fla., he was the son of the late Erwin Spears and Bessie Juanita Higginbotham Spears, of Nahunta. He was preceded in death by his father and his second wife, Carolyn Sheffield Spears.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, he was a member of Christ Church of Camden County. He loved people, enjoyed golfing and boating. He held a bachelors degree and retired from the State of Georgia where he worked as a field coordinator officer.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kristina Edgy Spears, of Kingsland; two sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Christy McLeod, Brian and Holly McLeod, all of Waycross; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nicole and Dustin “Duck” Causey, Kristin and James Carver, all of Hortense; two step-daughters, Amanda Johanson, of Raleigh, N.C., Tamara Greohosky (Ray), of Blacksburg, Va.; his twin brother, Lance Spears (Patti), of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Mark Spears (Jodie), of Groveland, Fla.; two sisters, Jo Ann Peace (Lamar), of Lakeland, Fla., and Karen S. Forfar (Ken), of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be this evening starting at 6 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta.
The funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock in the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Clevenger and the Rev. Jerry Johns officiating.
Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Hickox.
Pallbearers will be Brian McLeod, Howard McLeod, James Carver, Dustin Causey, Mark and Lance Spears.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Robert F. Bussell
Robert F. Bussell, 75, died Saturday night (Jan. 16, 2016) at UF Health (Shands) in Jacksonville, Fla. following an extended illness.
He was born in Fitzgerald, but resided in Jacksonville, Fla., most of his life before moving to Waycross in 1993. He was a truck driver for many years and formerly employed with Gillis Brothers of Waycross. He was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church.
He was a son of the late Frank Bussell and Leola Brown Bussell.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda Bussell, of Waycross; six children, Robert A. Bussell, of Jacksonville, Fla., Jeffrey Wayne Rogers (Maureen), of Chesapeake, Va., Brenda Braswell (Billy), of Tifton, Doyle Rogers, of Tifton, Roy Allen Rogers, of Tifton, and Teresa Morrison, of Tifton; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Bussell, of Waycross, and David Bussell, of St. George; an uncle, Albert Brown, of Cave City, Ark.; and an aunt, Mildred Snow, of Ashburn.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will be receiving friends Tuesday evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

James ‘Jim’ Woodard
James I. “Jim” Woodard, 67, died Thursday (Jan. 14, 2016) at Satilla Care Center following an extended illness.
He was a native of Waycross, and lived most of his life in Waycross. He was the son of the late James Lenon Woodard and the late Edith Eunice Woodard. He was a former employee of Paint and Tile.
He is survived by his wife, Angela Lee Woodard, of Waycross; a son, Josh Woodard, of Gainesville; a step-daughter, Dana Cox Hinnant (husband, Richard), of Waycross; a step-son, Danny Cox (wife, Wendy), of Eatonton; and four step-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. today at Music Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thelma C. Strickland
A funeral for Thelma Lucille Crews Strickland took place Saturday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gilbert Witcher officiating.
Burial was in High Bluff Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Jim Wells, Austin Wells, Jay Wells, Del Smith, Derek Smith and Alden Davis.

Mary Jane Cardwell
A funeral for Mary Jane Cardwell was held Saturday morning at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David White and the Rev. Doug Walker officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jeff Garmon, Dale McGhin, Danny Yarbrough, Reuben Flanders, Morris Capps, and Ken Bennett.
Honorary pallbearers were the Waycross Bar Association.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.