James Robert Willis Jr.
James Robert Willis Jr., 98, of Waycross, was born into eternity Sunday (Jan. 27, 2019) afternoon at Memorial Satilla Health due to natural causes.
He was born in Blackshear to the late James Robert Willis Sr. and Martha Jane Dixon.
He made Waycross his home for the majority of his life.
At the age of 20, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served during World War II as a staff sergeant with Company F, 121st Infantry. He served in Ireland, France, Luxembourg and Germany. He received two Purple Heart Medals, the American Defense Service Medal, the EAMET Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in July of 1945.
He worked for Bailey Monument Company for several years before opening Waycross Monument Company in the 1960s. He owned and operated Waycross Monument for over 20 years before retiring and selling the business to his good friend Vernon Fort.
After his retirement, he took a job as a bailiff for the Ware County Sheriff’s Department which he enjoyed very much and was extremely proud of.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Men’s Sunday School Class, and served the church through the years in several different capacities.
He loved to go dancing with his wife, Pearl, at the Elks Lodge, and take scenic drives with his daughter enjoying all the views nature had to offer. He loved visiting with people and would often go out to eat or to the grocery store just so he could run into people and visit.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl, Taylor Willis, his daughter, Sharon Leigh Willis Bennett, his sister, Kathleen Duff and a half-sister, Susan.
He is survived by his daughter, Sheila Willis of Waycross, his grandson, Richard Bennett and his wife Elisa of Waycross, one great-granddaughter, Sharon Diana Bennett, five nieces and nephews, Dorothy Crump and her husband Roger of Alabama, Ann Quant of Mississippi, Troy Duff of California, Lee Cason of Florida, Susie Torres of Florida, three cousins, Sandra Fort and her husband Vernon of Waycross, Benny Hodges of Blackshear, Cindy Barber and her husband Alan of Waycross and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service celebrating the life of James Robert Willis Jr. will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends Friday in the church social hall, beginning at noon. The family of Mr. Willis is gathering at the home of his grandson, Richard Bennett, 711 Holly Street, Waycross.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Emory ‘Big O’ Marcus
Civic and community leader Emory “Big O” Marcus, 68, died Monday (Jan. 28, 2019) in Memorial Satilla Health, Waycross after an illness.
Funeral arrangements will be announce later by Fluker Funeral Home.
Christian Bloch, 54, of Winfield, Ala. passed away early Sunday (Jan. 27, 2019) morning at his residence after a sudden illness.
Arrangements will be made for a memorial service at a later date with Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Robert ‘Larry’ Morgan
Robert “Larry” Morgan Sr., 72, died Sunday night (Jan. 27, 2019) at Memorial Health in Jacksonville, Fla. after an extended illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Millwood.
He was a self-employed machinist who owned and operated Morgan Logging, Morgan Welding and Morgan Mechanics.
He attended Indian Mound Baptist Church and Hargraves Chapel.
He is preceded in death by his parents, David Miller Morgan and Nora Vae Sills Morgan, one sister, Linda Nelson, and three brothers, Talmadge, Bobby and Junior Morgan.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Linda LaFe Morgan, of Millwood; three children, Robert Larry Morgan, Jr. (Melissa) of Millwood, Buffi Smith (J.V.) of Millwood and Teri Walker (Ray Scott) of Axson; a special cat, Fluffy; six grandchildren, John and Trent Morgan, Buddy and Jacob Smith, Rocky and Christa Walker; two sisters, Agnes “Cassie” Copeland (Jerry Sikes) and Dorothy Dukes Morgan both of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Hargraves Chapel Cemetery in Millwood. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com