Joseph Bagley Cribb
Joseph Bagley Cribb, 94, affectionately known as “Brother Joe,” passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday morning (Jan. 20, 2019) in Waycross.
He was born Nov. 2, 1924 in Waresboro, and he lived most of his life in Waycross. He graduated from Waresboro School in 1941. He served in the United States Army during World War II.
He retired from Atlantic Coastline Railroad as an engineer after 42 years of service. In his early years, he was a coach for Waresboro girls in softball and basketball.
“Brother Joe” was a faithful man of God and attended Bible Heritage Church of more than 70 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daley Norwood Cribb and Gussie Gillis Cribb, one son, Joseph Bagley Cribb Jr., affectionately known as “Jody Boy,” great-grandson, Brayden Dekker Patterson, and two sisters, Sara Cribb Merritt and Jurrell Cribb Strickland.
Survivors include his lovely wife of 72 years, Ruby Marion Britt Cribb; five children, Bonnie Cribb Patterson (husband, Phil), Dale Cribb Scott (husband, Edward), Joel Cribb (wife, Sherry), Don Cribb (wife, Lisa) and Thomas Andrew Cribb; 10 grandchildren, Keith Patterson (wife, Mindy), Kerry Patterson Norris (husband, Jimbo), of Valdosta, Kelly Patterson (wife, Julie), of Watkinsville, the Rev. Christian Walker (wife, Tina), April Ernest (husband, James), of Folkston, Callie Scott Cox (husband, Stevie), Rebecca Scott Musgrove (husband, Jason), Brittany Cribb, Joseph Brenton Cribb, of Athens, and Holly Cribb, of Valdosta; one sister, Evelyn Cribb McDaniel, of Waycross; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and other beloved relatives and friends.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bible Heritage Church. A private burial will be held at Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Music Funeral Home.
The Joymakers of Bible Heritage are requested to meet at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday at the church to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Nell Mills Lawhorn
Nell Mills Lawhorn, 90, died Sunday morning (Jan. 20, 2019) at Memorial Satilla Health.
She was a native of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and she lived most of her life in Waycross. She was a sales clerk at J.C. Penney and a homemaker. She was a member of Faith Temple.
She was the daughter of the late Henry L. Mills and Velma Barrett Mills. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward Robert Lawhorn, a son, Eddie Lawhorn, and two brothers, Wayne and Kerry Mills.
Survivors include two sons, Mike Lawhorn (wife, Kathy), of Waycross, and Steve Lawhorn, of Grey Court, S.C.; three grandchildren, Stephanie Stephenson (husband, Matt), of Lakeland, Fla., Elizabeth Lawhorn Walthour (husband, Johnny), of Waycross, Michael Lawhorn (Conny), of Waycross; seven great-grandchildren, Michael Harvey, Jordan Duncan, Halie Stephenson, Kaylanna Stephenson, Nathan Stephenson, Bailey Hurst and Cole Hurst; a step-granddaughter, Heather Hull (husband, Charles); four siblings, Henry L. Mills Jr., Bobby Mills, Peggy Mittle and Terry Mills; and numerous extended family.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday at Music Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will start receiving friends at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hershal Morgan
On Saturday (Jan. 19, 2019), Hershal Morgan fell asleep in the Lord after fighting an inspiring battle and today he is cancer free.
He leaves behind a spouse of 20 years, two sisters, a brother, two brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Hershal was kind and compassionate, he was humble, but gregarious man who loved people. He will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him.
The family would like to thank all family and friends who helped through this journey and Hospice of South Georgia-Jesup whose nursing and chaplain services were of great comfort.
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Donald G. James
Donald G. “Donnie” James Sr., 74, of Waycross, died Friday afternoon (Jan. 18, 2019) at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born in Waycross to the late John H. and Hazel Wilson James. He was a 1964 graduate of Ware County High School. He started his career in the grocery store business at Big Star in Waycross, then worked as manager at Cations in Homerville for many years and retired from Mickey’s Food Store in Blackshear as manager. His passion was hunting deer, specifically with dogs, and fishing.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, the Rev. Fred James.
Survivors include one son, Don James Jr. (wife, Toy), of Elizabethton, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Brooke Herrin, Waycross, Kylie Knox (husband, Cody), of Waycross, Jonathon James, of Elizabethton, Tenn.; one brother, William A. “Bill” James (wife, Patsy), of Waycross; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside memorial service will be held this afternoon at 3 o’clock at Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today from 1:30 until 2:45 at the funeral home.
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Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lou Essick S.
Irving Louis “Lou” Essick Sr., 98, of Brunswick, passed away Dec. 16, 2018 at his home.
He was predeceased by his parents, Julius and Jeanette Schechter Essick, brothers, Maurice and David Essick, sisters, Charlotte Essick Yaffe and Ruth Essick Rahal, a daughter, Sandra Essick Harper, and a son, Jeff Essick.
He was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio where he attended Woodward High School.
He joined the Army and served in the 776th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion in Europe during World War II. After the war, Lou was a popular radio and television personality in Wilmington, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Rome, Ga., Marietta and Waycross.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Essick, of Brunswick; brother, Sylvan Essick and wife Rita of Lima, Ohio; sons, Lou Essick, Jr and wife Gail of Canton, Georgia and Ron Essick and wife Judy of Brandon, Florida; sisters-in-law, Fay Easterling and Kathy Ogden of Brunswick; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorialization was by cremation. His wishes were to not have any services.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral was in charge of the arrangements.

Jane Johnson Foreman
A funeral for Jane Johnson Foreman, 77, of Blackshear, took place Saturday afternoon at First Baptist Church in Blackshear with Dr. Bill Young and Brother Steve Boatright officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were the members of her Sunday School Class, the Bible Book Club.
Burial followed in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.