Mary Laudis Peterson
Mary Laudis Peterson, 80, of Blackshear, formerly of Douglas, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 19, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross, following an extended illness.
The daughter of the late John Kermit Monk and Miriam Tanner Monk, she was born June 9, 1935, in Coffee County.
She and her sister, Glenda, worked hard on the family farm in the Wilsonville community. She graduated from Nicholls High School in 1953 where she was valedictorian of her class.
When she was 12 years old and the Rev. Cecil F. Thomas was pastor at Nicholls Baptist Church, she gave her life to the Lord and became a member there. She later joined Lone Hill United Methodist Church after marrying Neal Peterson in 1967.
She continued her education at South Georgia College in Douglas and worked at L.C. Thompson Construction Co. Her first full time job was at Douglas Motor Co. Chevrolet Dealership.
On Dec. 31, 1980, her mother, Miriam Tanner Monk, was killed in an automobile accident close to her home off Highway 158.
While her family was making funeral plans at Sims Funeral Home, their bookkeeper, Valerie H. Hulsey, recalled the time Kermit Monk moved to Douglas from Lowndes County, and boarded at the Hutchison Home. Mrs. Hulsey called Mary Laudis some weeks later and told her that she was retiring soon and would like for her to come to the funeral home to talk to her and Neil Sims about coming to work there.
She felt led to this call and became their bookkeeper in April 1981 where she remained until June 28, 2011, after which Parkinson’s disease took its toll on her.
She was an active member of Lone Hill United Methodist Church where she worked in many areas of the church including Sunday School teacher, P.P.R Committee, the administrative board and United Methodist Women.
Survivors include her son, Kevin (Christy) Peterson, of Blackshear; two grandsons, Blake Peterson and Chance Shuman; two granddaughters, Peris (John) May and Caitlyn Shuman; great-grandson, Easton May; great-granddaughter, Carley May; sister, Glenda (Franklin) Mathews, of Goose Creek, S.C.; special friend, Wendell Hutcheson; nieces, Monica Mathews (Mike) Keen, Julie (Donny) Peterson, Connie (Terri) Newby and Lisa (Jay) Morgan; nephews, Van (Brenda) Mathews, Charlie Salazar, Dennis Peterson and John (Kathy) Salazar; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Neal Peterson.
The funeral was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lone Hill Methodist Church with the Rev. Mary Ann Braswell, the Rev. Jerry Chancey and Chuck Sims officiating.
Music was furnished by the congregation, “Amazing Grace,” “When We All Get To Heaven” and “I Love To Tell The Story” with Maggie Crosby playing the piano and Lois Mills playing the organ.
Active pallbearers were Jamie Merritt, Charlie Sims, Vick Sims, Andy Merritt, Mike Keen, Wayne Tanner, Tom Meeks and Glynn Davis.
Honorary pallbearers were Wendell Hutcheson, United Methodist Women at Lone Hill Church, Sunday School Class, Sims employees, Wayne Peterson, Richard Peterson, Bill Preston, Joe Polk Jr., Michael Polk, Charlie Salazar, Chris Kirkland, Jason Miller, Paul Gagliardi, Al Harless, Donny Peterson, Jamie Polk, Van Mathews and Benny Crosby.
Interment followed at Lone Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.
Sims Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Doris M. Albritton
Doris Matchett Albritton, 89, died Sunday evening (Jan. 24, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
She was born in Bradenton, Fla., and grew up in Terra Ceia, Palm View and Palmetto, Fla. She resided in Palmetto, Fla., until 1980 when she moved to Waycross with her daughters. She was a member of Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
She loved to cook and worked as a school lunchroom manager (elementary, high school and Head Start) from 1958 until 2002. She served her church for many years as chairperson over fellowship lunches and any meals served at the church, making sure the food was hot when ready to serve and cleaning up afterwards. Another passion was making sure children went to church summer camp.
She was the daughter of the late Horace Matchett and Mabel Matchett Houghtaling. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Wayne Albritton, and foster sister, Sue Whitney.
Survivors include three children, Joyce Melton (Joe), Janan Albritton and Jacki Roundtree (David), all of Waycross; one brother, Ronny Tallman (Gloria), of Sarasota, Fla.; three grandsons, Dawson, Nolan and Steve Roundtree; several nieces and nephews; and her God-given family to whom she devoted her life and love.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Seventh-Day Adventist Church with visitation the hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Hoboken City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Waycross Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Summer Camp Fund, P.O. Box 2087, Waycross, Ga. 31502.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Nell Lewis
Nell Lewis, 82, died suddenly Sunday morning (Jan. 24, 2016) at her residence.
She was a native of Surrency, but resided in Waycross since 1965. She was formerly employed by King Edward Cigar Factory, Waycross Sportswear, A&F Sportswear and Waycross Molding. Her last employment was escorting mobile homes which she truly enjoyed.
She was the daughter of the late Gurney Murray and Nancy Elizabeth Dykes Overstreet. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence Eugene Moore, her second husband, Robert Earl “Bob” Lewis, one daughter, Barbara Kay Moore, and one brother, John E. Murray.
Survivors include six children, Gene Moore (late wife, Deloris), of Waycross, Jimmie Moore (wife, Martha Jo), of Latta, S.C., Janet King (husband, Tim), of Dixie Union, Doodle Watkins (husband, David), of Blackshear, Carl Moore (wife, Suzy), of Waycross, and Donna Watkins (husband, Randy), of Bristol; 15 grandchildren, Johnny E. Moore, Gregory L. Moore, Shelly Thornton, Steve Moore, Carrie Ann Brigman, Beth Sweat, Dan King, Robby Watkins, Brandie Morris, Jay Moore, Caity Barber, Cassie Moore, Peyton Moore, A.J. Moore and Todd Taylor; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Nadine Prescott, of Henderson, Texas; one brother, Jan Overstreet, of Tyler, Texas; lifelong friend Jim Burns (late wife, Joan); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Hephzibah Cemetery in Dixie Union.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Mary Elizabeth Howell
Mary Elizabeth Carr Howell, 90, died Saturday night (Jan. 23, 2016) at her daughter’s residence.
She was born in Crestview, Fla., but she lived most of her life in Waycross. She was formerly employed by D&N Food Store, Pic-N-Save and J.C. Penny’s.
She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
She was the daughter of the late Lenrue Carr and Josephine Ingram Carr. She was the wife of the late William Hodge Howell.
Survivors include three children, Martha Jo Hayes (W.R.), Roger Howell and Dennis Howell, all of Waycross; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 1500 South Georgia Parkway, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Kathy Ellis Beverly
Kathy Ellis Beverly, 54, of Waycross, died Monday evening (Jan. 25, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear.

Ancil Bryant
REIDSVILLE — Ancil Bryant, 90, of Blackshear, passed away Monday evening (Jan. 25, 2016) at the Tattnall Healthcare Center in Reidsville following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc. of Blackshear.

Edith Eulalia B. King
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Edith Eulalia Broadwater King, 95, was held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating were the Rev. Mark Cardwell and the Rev. Joe Chancey.
Interment was in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

J. Devoy Martin Sr.
A funeral for Johnny Devoy Martin Sr. was held Monday at the graveside in the Shiloh Church Cemetery, Homerville, with Pastor W.G. Smith, officiating.
Active pallbearers were Martin Todd, Lance Fountain, Brock Fanning, Ricky Musgrove, Bobby Braddock Sr. and Todd Dowling.
Honorary pallbearers were Eldon Mixon, Horace Martin and Rufe Thrift.
Roundtree Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.