Jose Z. Torres
Jose Z. Torres, 77, of Waycross, died Saturday (Jan. 16, 2016) at Community Hospice of Vidalia after an extended illness.
He was a native of Puerto Rico, living most of his life in Florida and Waycross. He was a retired landscaper and a member of the Ware County Exchange Club, the Okefenokee Lions Club, AA Redemption Group and First Presbyterian Church of Waycross.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Olivia Camacho, his parents, Tomas and Flora Torres, and several brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his daughter, Flora A. Torres, of Higgston; brothers, Ramon Torres, of Massachusetts, and Pablo Torres, of Puerto Rico; a sister, Marcola Torres, of Puerto Rico; and grandchildren, Olivia Johnson (husband, Dustin), of Lyons, and Cody Martinez, of Vidalia; along with several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held Monday at 2 p.m. at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service, Vidalia Chapel, with the Rev. Harry Sims officiating.
Interment followed at Pinecrest Cemetery.
Visitation was Monday at the funeral home from 11 a.m.until 2 p.m.
Arrangements were with Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service, Vidalia Chapel.

Lenona M. Booth
Lenona M. “Hoppy” Booth, 96, died Sunday morning (Jan. 17, 2016) at Asera Care in Lincoln, Neb., following an extended illness.
“Hoppy” was born Aug. 15, 1919 in Detroit, Mich., but she lived most of her life in Evansville, Ind., and lived two years in Henderson, Ky., before moving to Waycross.
She graduated in September 1940 from Protestant Deaconess School of Nursing in Evansville, Ind., and served in the United States Army during World War II as 2nd Lt. from 1943 to 1946. She was a general duty nurse and following active duty she returned to Evansville, Ind., and worked at the Deaconess Hospital as a surgical nurse for many years.
She was later in charge of surgical supply until her retirement in 1984. She was also a member of the American Nurse Association.
She loved to travel. She went to the Holy Land twice and was baptized in the Jordan River. She and her husband, Russell, were married in 1995. She impacted many lives here with her sense of humor, happy attitude and love of life.
She was a member of Haywood Baptist Church.
She was a daughter of the late Tobias Haupt and Emma Reudlinger Haupt. She was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, Russell Y. Booth.
She is survived by two friends who loved her very much and were thankful they had the opportunity to know and love her, Bill and Dee Bryson, of Waycross.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Haywood Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Piney Grove Cemetery in Appling County.
The family will receive friends Friday afternoon at the church from 1 until 2 o’clock.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Donald Leroy Bennett
Donald Leroy “Cucklebur” Bennett, 56, died suddenly Sunday evening (Jan. 17, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was born in Clinch County, but lived most of his life in Ware County. He was employed by B&M Wood Products as a debarker. He was a member of Mt. Green Church of God of Prophecy.
He was the son of the late Leroy Bennett and Mary Jane White Bennett. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Lou Nettles and Helen Gainey, and one brother, Bill Bennett.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Ann Spivey Bennett, of Millwood; three children, Samantha Smith (Jason), of Millwood, Valerie Smith (Donovan), of Alma, and Jason Bennett (Samantha), of Millwood; six grandchildren, Jacob, Tyler and Blake Thomas, Garrett, Andrew and Kolby Bennett; three sisters, Lucille Crosby (Buddy), of Axson, Betty Barnard, of Waycross, and Susan Bennett, of Axson; one uncle, Melvin Bennett (wife, Hazel), of Axson; special friend, Junior Stapleton (Wanda), of Millwood; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Green Church of God of Prophecy in Millwood.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 o’clock this evening at the church.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Doris M. Nelson
Doris M. Nelson, 88, a Blackshear native residing at 1301 Riverside Drive, Waycross, died early Sunday morning (Jan. 17, 2016), at her residence.
Friends may call on the family at the residence.
Arrangements, entrusted to Jacobs Funeral Home of Blackshear, will be announced on availability.

James ‘Jim’ Woodard
A funeral for James I. “Jim” Woodard, 67, was held Monday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Merck officiating.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were James F. “Jim” Thomas Jr., Herman Storey and the Rev. David Merck.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.