Delma C. Waters
Delma Carswell Waters, affectionately known to his friends and family as “D.C.”, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2019) following an extended illness at Kindred Hospital in Green Cove Springs, Fla.
He was born in Waycross to the late Ocen and Queen Waters. He was also preceded in death by siblings Varie Gaskins, Debenion Waters, Dewain Waters and Darrell Waters, and his loving daughter, Terri Meyer.
In his early years, he grew up on the west end of Waring Street, better known as “Happy Holler.” After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy for three years and attended the University of Georgia.
He married in 1949 and had two daughters. He became an entrepreneur at a young age. In 1958, following a year in the used car business, he moved his family to Orlando, Fla., where he joined the staff of a local Ford dealership for two years. He moved from there to manage a dealership in Cocoa, Fla., and later, with a partner, purchased dealerships in Winter Haven, Fla., and Kissimmee, Fla.
In 1966 he moved his family to Eustis, Fla., and purchased his own “Ford Dealership” which he owned for 15 years. He took pride in his dealership and relished the relationships he made during his time in business. Over the years, has car expertise and reputation led him to run one of the top dealerships in the nation and to win the Ford Motor Company Distinguished Achievement Award.
After his retirement in 1980, he stayed active and kept busy by building log cabins, designing/remodeling homes and traveling the nation in his motorhome. A couple of his favorite spots to stop were Las Vegas, Nev., and Biloxi, Miss., as he was an avid poker player.
Anyone who knew D.C. Waters, knew he was larger than life. He loved spending time with family and friends and truly lived life to the fullest.
He enjoyed living at Camp Lotta-Bull in Waycross.
Survivors left to cherish, honor and protect his loving memory are his loving companion of 28 years, Sheila Rue; a daughter, Kim Hand (husband, Tom); grandchildren, Jennifer Ronn (Matthew), Elizabeth Combes (Bradford), Meghan Lawler (Daniel) and Troy Hand (Gretchen); great-grandchildren, Hayden, Sawyer and Brooklyn Ronn; a sister, Wim Hendrix; and a brother, Denver (Joyce); along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at Harden/Pauli Funeral Home in Eustis, Fla., on Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m.
A military graveside service will be held at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla., on Monday at 12:30 p.m.
An online guestbook is available at www.hardenpauli.com
Arrangements are by Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis, Fla.
Robert Leonard Gordon
Robert Leonard Gordon was born on May 9, 1955 in Waycross as the youngest child to the union of Alvin Gordon Jr. and the late Adrienne Riley Gordon.
There he spent his formative years growing and maturing into a young man. He attended Waycross High School where he graduated as part of the class of 1973. He played the position of defensive tackle on the Waycross High Bulldogs football team.
At a young age, he was baptized and joined Friendship Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of the Reverend Frank Martin. As a child, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.
In 1978, he married his loving wife, Brenda Brown. They shared over 40 years together and raised their sons, Ardre and Robert Michael. In 1987, he relocated his family to Stone Mountain, to continue his career with CSX Railroad. He held various positions over the years in the car, track and signal departments. He retired from the railroad in 2012 after 39 years of service. The family continues their worship with Fairfield Baptist Church, Lithonia, under the leadership of Pastor Michael Benton.
He loved fishing with his dad, riding motorcycles and driving sports cars. He was a man of few words but certainly a man of integrity and a loving heart. Some knew him as Robert, Robby, Rob, Flash or RL. We knew him as Brenda’s husband, Dre and Mike’s dad, Chris’ granddad, Mr. Alvin and Ms. Betty’s son, and Kathy and Ricky’s brother and an uncle, cousin and in-laws to many. Rob was truly loved by his family.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Adrienne Riley Gordon, and grandparents, Alvin Gordon Sr. and Julia Gordon.
He will be lovely remembered by his wife, Brenda Brown Gordon; sons, Ardre Gordon and Robert Michael Gordon (Quiana); grandson, Christopher Gordon, all of Stone Mountain; father, Alvin Gordon Jr. (Betty); sister, Kathy Gordon Regulus (Ronald); brother, Alvin R. Gordon, of Waycross; and a host of nieces and nephews and other family and friends.
The homegoing service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Mt. Pleasant Church, 901 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross, where the Rev. Jackie L. Hooper is the pastor and will offer words of comfort. Burial and committal services will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 633 Ware St., Waycross, on Saturday at 10:15 a.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online guestbook at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis, Waycross.
Eugene Wesley III
Eugene Wesley III passed away Tuesday (Jan. 29, 2019).
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Eugene Wesley Sr.
He is survived by his mother, Ursula Roberson; father, Eugene Wesley Jr.; four daughters, Chaquira Wesley, Serenity Backman, Adazae Wesley, Ariahnna Wesley; one sister, four brothers, grandmothers, Juanita Wendy Taylor and Elouise Wesley; grandfather, James T. Carter; and other relatives.
Condolences and sympathy maybe expressed by signing the online guestbook at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Jeanita S. Robertson
A celebration of life service for Jeanita Sha’ron Robertson, 38, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Faith of God Holiness Church, 1509 R.L. McGhee Drive, with the church pastor , Bishop Larry Atkinson, offering words of comfort.
She was born Aug. 21, 1981 to Freddie Robertson Sr. and Jeannette Faison Robertson in Waycross.
She received her formal education from the Ware County Public School System and graduated from Ware County High School in 1999 where she was a member of the Ware County Marching Band.
She was an active member of Faith of God Holiness Church where she accepted the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior.
“Ronnie K,” as she was affectionately known, was a proud woman who had a passion for life. Her greatest treasures in life was to be in good health and continue to be a model for her beloved daughter De’Kira.
She had a big heart and deeply loved her parents, daughter and brothers. Her smile would melt a heart and her laugh was contagious. She was ﬁercely protective of those she loved. She was always helping others and made room in her heart for new friends. She had a special bond with everyone she came in contact with and it is a great testament to her nature that she formed so many long lasting friendship over the years. Our broken hearts will forever feel the loss and emptiness of her absence.
On Thursday (Jan. 24, 2019) God called her to her heavenly home after an illness.
Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved daughter De’Kira Sallet; her loving parents, Freddie and Jeannette Robertson Sr.; two brothers, Freddie Robertson Jr. and Frederick Miller; two aunts, Annie Lois Jones and Helen Wesley; three uncles, Nathaniel Robertson (Maxine), Dewayne Cassaway (Mary) and Elijah Faison; a great-aunt, Julia Mae Holmes; a great uncle, Eddie Lee Cooper (Carrie); god-mother, Margaret Hall; god-sister, Sherryl Scott (Elson); a god-daughter, Keshona Williams; the father of her daughter, Derrick Sallett; a host of cousins; other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Robertson home 913 Cedar St., and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Upper Room, 702 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Christine B. Smith
Evangelist Christine Burgess Smith was born March 8, 1951 to the late Cecil Douglas Burgess and Mozella Sallet Burges in Ashburn.
She received her formal education from the Pierce County Public School System and attended Lee Street High School in Blackshear.
She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Rev. Thomas Smith Jr. and they where the parents of nine children.
She was a member of St. James Baptist Church on the Ridge, Patterson. She was president of Women’s Department of Georgia Eastern Missionary Baptist Association Union. She was associated with the Boys-to-Men program of Patterson. She was also associated with the Nursing Home Ministry in Waycross, Blackshear and Midway.
She was a certified nurse assistant (CNA) having worked at Waycross Health & Rehabilitation, Ware Manor Nursing Home and was employed with Unison Behavioral Health for 16 years as a home health provider.
On Sunday morning (Jan. 27, 2019), God called her from her earthly home to her heavenly home. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death a daughter, Michelle L. Smith and siblings, Viella Burgess Jenkins, Linda Gail Burges Pharmes and Michael A. Burgess.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Evangelist Thomastine Smith McGi|l (Gregory), Thomas A. Smith III, James L. Smith (Brenda), Sheryltina L. Carter, Travis L. Smith (Arlinda), Criceta W. Smith (Martin), all of Waycross, Timothy T. Smith, of Orlando, Fla., and Minster Benjamin D. Smith (Jennifer), of Bartow, Fla.; siblings, Brenda J. Burgess, Wanda J. Burgess Woods, Randy Burgess, all of Bartow, Fla., Felicia E. Burgess McGi|l (Jamal), of Auburndale, Fla., and Calvin D. Burgess, of Waycross; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Smith residence 908 Cedar St. Public visitation with be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. James Missionary Baptist Church on the Ridge, 5610 Aaron Way, Patterson.
The body will lie in repose at the church an hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Ridge Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Julian Kani Thomas
Julian Kani Thomas was born Dec. 14, 1996 in Waycross.
He was affectionately known as “Ju Ju” and “Jiggy.” He was a likeable person who truly loved his family and was especially close to his grandmother, Pastor Bettye Lewis. He was a member of Wings of Deliverance and attended church from an early age.
He received his formal education through the Ware County School System. He was a quiet friendly person whom many loved. He enjoyed playing football and was a member of the Ware County Gators football and wrestling teams. He also joined the JROTC program.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Orlando Lewis, and his maternal grandmother, Patricia Porter.
He left this life on Saturday (Jan. 26, 2019) and leaves to mourn, his mother, Ineva Thomas, of Waycross; father, Jaylen Thomas (Debra), of Homerville; four sisters, Kadezia Thomas and Cierra Thomas, both of Waycross, Chasidy Thomas, of Homerville, and Giavonia Lopez (Will), of Honolulu, Hawaii; two brothers, Myron Thomas, of Waycross, and Joel Fields, of Homerville; grandmother, Bettye Lewis, of Waycross; grandfather, Allen Thomas, of Columbus; great-grandmother, Hattie L.Thomas, of Fort Washington, Md.; great-grandfather, Artis Thomas (Blanch), of DuPont; six uncles, Lavell Porter, of Lakeland, Zachery Lewis, of San Antonio, Texas, Timothy Lewis (Angela), of Phenix City, Ala., Michael Lewis (Lashune), of Waycross, Seth Lewis (Shirelle), of Jesup, and Nathan Lewis, of Waycross; one aunt, Orrick Porter, of Chipley, Fla.; 14 great-uncles, J.B. Porter (Mary-Ann), Alexander Lacey (Joann), Gregory Lacey (Pamaresa), all of Homerville, Billy Lacey (Sherry) of Ambrose, Arthur Lacey Jr. (Kim), of Lakeland, Henry Porter, John Porter (Stacey), Jesse Porter and Larry Porter (Teri), and Marty Porter, all of Fla., Anthony Thomas, of Las Palmas de Grand Canaria Island, Spain, Michael Thomas, of Charlotte, N.C., Adrian Thomas (Debra), of Vancouver, Wash., and Eric Thomas, Washington, D.C.; 11 great-aunties, Shirley Carter, of Homerville, Dorothy Hayes, of Dixions Mills, Ala., Luella Cook (Harry), of Fayetteville, N.C., Mirror Porter, Rosa Ray (Maurice), Glenda Porter (Ray), and Geraldine Bowers (Carlos), all of Florida, Juanita Thomas, of Washington, D.C., Geneva Thomas Brown, of Rockville, Md.; Debra Thomas Southerland (Cedric), of Rockville, Md.; Karen Thomas Lee (Jimmy), of Accokeek, Md.; six nephews, Carlos Ivey, Bently Paschall, Akil Killens, Jahvioun, and Jhahyiel Fields, all of Waycross, and Elijah Lopez, of Honolulu, Hawaii; three nieces; Brooklyn Morehead and Ajalah Fields, of Waycross, and Journee Johnson, of Homerville; a very special loved one, A’myraca Owens; and a host of sorrowing cousins, friends and loved ones.
The celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Church of Christ Written In Heaven, 617 Blackwell St., Waycross, where the pastor is Bishop John A. Boss.
Words of comfort will be offered by the Rev. Randall McCrae Burial and committal services will follow in Barnar Memorial Gardens.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 12 p.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 205 Garlington Circle, on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 5 until 7 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online guestbook at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Cynthia Ann Lisher
Cynthia Ann “Cindy” Lisher, 65, of Waycross, passed away Monday (Jan. 28, 2019) at Satilla Hospice House in Waycross.
She was born July 25, 1953 in Indianapolis, Ind., the daughter of Leonard Boyd and Mary Jane (Rafferty) Lisher.
She was the beloved sister of James Lisher and wife, Martha, of Shelbyville, and John Lisher and wife, Mary, of Indianapolis; and the devoted aunt of Dr. Jennifer Lisher and husband, Dan Springer, Lt. Colonel James R. Lisher II and Dr. John Patrick Lisher and wife, Marilyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She was a 1971 graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis. She received her bachelor degree from Ball State University and her masters degree from Valdosta State University.
She taught first grade for more than 30 years, 26 of those years at Blackshear Elementary, retiring in 2006.
She also leaves behind her precious cat, Annabelle, and many friends.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Miles-Odum Funeral Home and Crematory, 130 Screven Ave. in Waycross.
The family will receive friends from 12 until 2 p.m.
A private family graveside service will be held at Hanover Cemetery, Shelby County, Ind., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Waycross Animal Services, 1501 Blackwell St., Waycross, Ga. 35501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Dennis Charles Holland
Dennis Charles Holland, 77, died Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 30, 2019) at Memorial Satilla Health following a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.
Theraldine W. Yeomans
BRISTOL — Theraldine “Dolly” Walker Yeomans, 78, of Bristol, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 29, 2019) at her residence.
Born in Blackshear April 29, 1940, she lived in Pierce County all of her life. She was retired from Georgia Farm Bureau where she had been a secretary for 45 years.
She was a devoted member of Bristol Baptist Church where she was also a member and former teacher of the Adult Ladies Sunday School class.
Even though she was retired, she kept busy babysitting, dog sitting and taking care of her husband. She enjoyed cooking and gardening and dearly loved her family and church family.
She was a daughter of the late Ephriam Allen and Mattie Mazel Barnard Walker. She was also preceded in death by her son, Bryan Yeomans, three sisters, Agnes Westberry, Mattie Bell Deloach and Margaret Odum, and both of her brothers, Earl Walker Jr. and Junior Walker.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Edsol “Joe” Yeomans, of Bristol; two daughters and a son-in-law, Gay Yeomans and Cherrie and Darien Manders, all of Bristol; a sister, Josephine “Jo” Tuten, of Blackshear; two grandchildren, Elizabeth (Donnie) White and Jordan Manders (Bree Kicklighter); four great-grandchildren, Robert Earl White, Reed White, Tucker Manders, and Ryder Manders; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Bristol Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Bristol Cemetery.
The family has requested that members of the Adult Ladies Sunday School class serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to meet at the church by 10:30 Saturday morning.
The family kindly requests that memorials be made to Bristol Baptist Church, P.O. Box 506, Bristol, Ga. 31518.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
Robert L. Morgan Sr.
A funeral for Robert “Larry” Morgan Sr. was held Wednesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Melvin Burch and the Rev. Clayton Davis officiating.
Burial followed in Hargraves Chapel Cemetery in Millwood.
Pallbearers were Chris Callas, Adam Carter, Leslie Delk, Michael Fullard, Larry Garrett, Thomas Garrett and David Morgan.
His nieces and nephews served as honorary pallbearers.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.