William Montie Fussell
William Montie “Billy” Fussell, 86, of Waycross, died Tuesday evening (Jan. 19, 2016) at Satilla Care Center after an extended illness.
He was born in Axson to the late John Wesley and Minnie Lee Mizell Fussell. He lived most of his life in Waycross. He retired from Pet Dairy after 35 years of service as an environmentalist. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Jowers Fussell, one son, Montie Roy Fussell, one granddaughter, Emily Fussell, three sisters, Vera Hester, Virue Pharis and Ruth Still, six brothers, Tommie Fussell, Wilford Fussell, L.E. Fussell, Johnnie Fussell, Orson Fussell and Isham Fussell.
Survivors include one daughter, Aleta D. Larger (Russell), of Alapaha; two sons, Richard D. Fussell (Sonya), of Waycross, M. Keith Fussell (Bonita), of Waycross; six grandchildren, Jesse Fussell, Thomas Fussell, Jared Larger, Lehi Larger, Rebekah Larger and Hannah Larger; step-grandchildren, Penni Harris, Kristen Hester and Matthew Burney; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial will follow in Little Utah Cemetery in Axson.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Humanitarian Services, c/c LDS Philanthropies, 1450 North University Ave., Provo, Utah 84604.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Jerry Jerome Cooper
A celebration of life service for Jerry Jerome Cooper, 56, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 864 Oak St., where the Rev. Paul J. Bailey Jr. is pastor and Apostle Leon E. Carr will offer words of comfort.
Interment will be in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Friends are being received at the Cooper residence, 2209 Tebeau St., and Friday at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway, from 5 to 7 p.m.
He was born July 26, 1959 in Waycross to the late James Cooper and Martha Heard Cooper.
He departed this life Wednesday (Jan. 13, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He received his formal education from the Waycross public school system and graduated from Waycross High School in 1977.
He accepted Christ as his personal Savior and became a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorship of the late Rev. J.W. Dixon Sr.
He was a former employee of Waycross Molded Co. and worked at Ware Planing Mill Company until its closing.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four siblings, Cynthia Cooper, Eddie Carter, Kenneth James Carter and Jimmy Lee Heard.
Those left to cherish his memory include a devoted wife, Alvatina Rivers Cooper; two sons, Deone Cooper and Travis Poole, both of Waycross; a daughter, Faye Robinson, of Waycross; two step-sons, Monroe C. Rivers, of Macclenny, Fla., and George Williams Jr., of Bowling Green, Fla.; two step-daughters, Shonta R. Carson (Zeb) of Pompano Beach, Fla. and Sharron Williams (Rodney) of Deerfield, Fla.: three sisters, Kate Davis and Debra Carr, both of Detroit, and Joann D. Wiggins, of Waycross; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Doris Nelson, 88, departed this life Sunday (Jan. 17, 2016) at her home where she lived with her sister-in-law.
She was born March 19, 1927, to the late James and Ida Murdock in Blackshear. She received her education at New Hope and Lee Street High School.
She joined St. James AME Church of Blackshear at an early age. She later attended St. James Baptist Church in Patterson.
She worked for CSX Railroad and other domestic employee stints for the Ratliffs, Walls and Lariseys.
Preceding her in death were her parents, siblings, Samuel Brown, James Murdock and Francis Murdock, cousins, Aaron and Ella Murdock, whom she lived with for many years.
She leaves to cherish her memories a son, Henry (Diane) Murdock, of Dorchester, Mass.; grandchildren, Nicole Guyton, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Stephanie Murdock, of Mattapan, Mass., Henry Murdock Jr., of Baltimore, Md., Kimberly Kizzie, of Quincy, Mass., Danika Davis and Antoine Davis, both of Dorchester, Mass.; great-grandchildren, Nikkya (Renel) Augaste, of Mattapan, Mass., Tazeesha Guyton, Maria Mahovir, Jevaun Kizzie, Henry Clark and Amina Davis, all of Massachusetts; a devoted sister-in-law, Bernice Murdock; three devoted friends, Lillian Daniels, Earline Jacobs and Marrion Daniels; two loving cousins, Mattie (Roy) NeSmith and Gwendolyn (Donnie) Edmondson, of Valdosta; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
The funeral will be held Saturday at St. James Baptist Church in Patterson with Evangelist Christine Smith presiding and Pastor Thomas Smith delivering words of comfort.
Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Blackshear.
Visitation will be Friday evening from 5 until 7 o’clock at Jacobs Funeral Home, 2640 Highway 84 West, in Blackshear.
Jacobs Funeral Home of Blackshear is serving the family.
Dr. James W. Shaw Sr.
Dr. James Wallace Shaw Sr., of Nahunta, died Tuesday (Jan. 19, 2016) after an extended illness.
He was born in Jackson, Miss., Jan. 7, 1934, to Wallace Lafayette Shaw and O’Nell Cockrell.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Patricia L. Shaw; his son, James Wallace Shaw Jr. (wife, Julia Nell), of Perry; his daughter, Mara O’Nell Shaw, of Bishop; four grandchildren, Catheryn Shaw, of Greensboro, N.C., Claire Shaw Fermin (husband, Jeremy), of Hinesville, Peggy Peterson, of LaGrange, and Jim Shaw III, of Perry.
Dr. Shaw was a practicing pharmacist for more than 50 years. He was a graduate of Mercer School of Pharmacy and earned his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the College of the Americas.
Prior to his work in this field, he served his country on active duty with the United States Navy, and retired with an Honorable Discharge from the Army National Guard after more than 23 years of service.
During his active duty service, he had the privilege in 1955 of participating in Operation Deep Freeze aboard the U.S.S. Glacier. This deployment was the last expedition by Admiral Richard E. Byrd to the South Pole.
Prior to leaving active duty, he served as the Chief I.C. on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Independence. After leaving active duty, Dr. Shaw completed his education and began his distinguished career in pharmacy in south Georgia in 1965. He was first affiliated with his father-in-law, Dr. M.E. Long, at Long’s Drug Store in Baxley, and he became owner in 1968.
He briefly retired from this field from 1976 until 1980, at which time he worked in Iraq and El Salvador in overseeing industrial construction projects. His love for pharmacy and the connection to his customers brought him back into the field in 1980 when he opened Nahunta Drugs in Nahunta.
He was later affiliated with Satilla Institutional Pharmacy in Waycross, and several other independent pharmacies in the area. He remained active as a relief pharmacist until his death.
In his spare time, Dr. Shaw was an avid pilot, possessing a commercial pilot’s license, and he always loved to fish, especially with his grandson, Jim. He had no greater love than his Lord, his wife and his family. He always took great pride in the accomplishments of his two children and daughter-in-law, and all of his grandchildren.
Dr. Shaw impacted many lives in the south Georgia area, and he leaves a legacy of honorable service to his country and compassion for his fellow man.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church in Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock at Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Johns, the Rev. Charles Florey, the Rev. Marty Chase and Dr. Tim Catchings officiating.
Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Ebenezer Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Glennville.
Pallbearers will be Jim Shaw III, Jeremy Fermin, Keith Hayes, J.W. Edwards, Stetson Bennett and Kenny McCarthy.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark McGregor, Ronald Reagin, Dr. Lina Harper, David Herrin, Wain Brooker, Dan Smith, Chris Carbaugh, Randy Wheeler and Terri Waters.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Lung Association, 2452 Spring Road S.E., Smyrna, Ga. 30080, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com
Robert F. Bussell
A memorial service for Robert F. Bussell was held Wednesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Freddie Smith officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Donald Leroy Bennett
A funeral for Donald Leroy “Cuckabur” Bennett was held Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Green Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Clayton Davis and the Rev. Lanier Weaver officiating.
Burial followed in Mt. Green Cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Bennett, Boss Davis, Jackie Nettles, Howard Spivey, Alvin Thrift and Larry Thrift.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.