Alice Jean Youmans
Alice Jean Youmans, 90, of Waycross, died Monday evening (June 29, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness.
Born April 1, 1925 in Birmingham, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Leon Ward and Rachel Bennett Youmans. She lived most of her life in Waycross and was a retired Avon salesperson. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Waycross where she attended the Gleaners Sunday School Class and WMU.
She is survived by many cousins and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Thursday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Ben James Cemetery in Pierce County.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baptist Village Retirement Communities, 2650 Carswell Ave., Waycross, Ga. 31501 or First Baptist Church in Waycross, 702 Elizabeth St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

John Bradley Waters
John Bradley Waters, 89, of Blackshear, died Tuesday night (June 30, 2015) 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.

Mary J. Alexander
A funeral for Mary J. “Jackie” Alexander was held Monday morning at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chris Ford, Kim Hagen, Wendall Branch, Dylan Veil, Rhett Veil and Murphy Hagen.
Honorary pallbearers were the Faithful Sunday School Class.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Marva Collins
Marva Collins, the Chicago education pioneer who won praise for her innovative teaching approach at the West Side school she launched in 1975, died recently of natural causes. She was 78.
Her son Patrick Collins announced the death. He said she had been a patient in hospice care in Beaufort County in South Carolina.
Marva Collins started up the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago’s impoverished Garfield Park neighborhood. She used the Socratic method of instruction, asking questions and encouraging the students to discuss them at length in a lively but disciplined manner. The school succeeded educationally and commercially. She received the National Humanities Medial in 2004.
Collins also wrote manuals and books detailing her teaching methods.
Cicely Tyson portrayed Collins’ life in a 1981 television biopic which also starred Morgan Freeman.
The former Chicago Public Schools teacher was born in Monroeville, Ala., and graduated from Clark College in Atlanta. The college has since been named Clark Atlanta University.
Collins is also survived by another son, Eric, a sister, Cynthia Sutton, and her mother, Bessie Mae Johnson.
Her husband of 26 years, Clarence, preceded her in death in 1995. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Collins.