Ruby Lou Oglesby
Ruby Lou Oglesby, 83, passed away Saturday (July 9, 2016) at Pierce County Nursing Home after an extended illness under the care of Satilla Hospice.
She was born Feb. 5, 1933 in Fargo, to the late William Benjamin and Rosa Bennett Bryan. She was a homemaker and mother for most of her life who also worked several different places throughout the years.
In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling, creating ceramic pieces of art and tending to animals, which she dearly loved. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Billy E. Oglesby, her brothers, Dempsey Bryan and Gene Tuney Bryan, and her grandson, Aaron Moses Oglesby.
Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, Billy Dale and Ocie Oglesby, of Washington, and Bobby Gene and Patricia Lee Oglesby, of Hortense; daughter, Catherine Lou Oglesby, of Waycross; and seven grandchildren and their spouses, Stacey Peacock (husband, Paul), Amber Oglesby, Megan Oglesby, Bradley Oglesby (wife, Carla), Brenton Oglesby (wife, Brittney), Kelsey Banks (wife, Haili) and Darrin Waters Jr. (wife, Kayla); 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Visitation will begin at 6 o’clock this evening at Hortense Church of God of Prophecy.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Hortense Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Richard Jeffers officiating.
Interment will follow in Hortense Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Bradley Oglesby, Brenton Oglesby, Levi Oglesby, Kelsey Banks, Darrin Waters Jr. and B.J. Flowers.
Honorary pallbearers will be staff members of Pierce County Nursing Home.

Joan Deese Boyles
HOMERVILLE — Joan Jewelane Deese Boyles, 69, passed away Friday (July 8, 2016) at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Dec. 28, 1946 in Homerville to the late Rev. Johnny B. Deese and Thelma Starling Deese. She was a master cosmetologist and was owner-operator of Joan’s Beauty and Barber Shop.
She was a founding and charter member of DuPont Full Gospel Mission and was currently attending Lovejoy Community Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Boyles, a sister, Martha Gail D. Hainley, and one nephew, the Rev. Johnny Westmoreland.
Survivors are one daughter and son-in-law, KJo and Henry Welch, of Homerville; one son and friend, Allen Peeples and Robbin James, of Homerville; one special son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Rachael Peeples, of Valdosta; one sister and brother-in-law, Shelia and Stanley Pittman, of Waycross; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Ruby Dell Deese, of Homerville; her step-mother, Sara C. Deese, of Homerville; two step-sisters, Marcell Tucker and Evette Vinson, both of Homerville; one step-son, Walter Vinson, of Jasper, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Dorel Hainley, of Naylor; eight grandchildren: Brooklyn and Dustin Burch, Wyatt Welch, Kendall Welch, Heather Peeples (fiancé, John Edenfield), Hannah Peeples, Danielle and Willie Lolly, Cody Peeples, Michelle Peeples and Haley Peeples; two great-grandchildren, Drake Vince and Jordan Lolly; special niece, C.J. Zipperer (fiancé, Tommy Jackson); special nephew, Brenton “Peanut” and Helene Westmoreland; three caring and loving friends, Barbara Christopher, Margaret Higbee and Margaret Vinson; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral was held Sunday at two p.m. at Lovejoy Community Church in Lakeland.
Interment was in the North Cemetery in DuPont.
Condolences may be conveyed at the online registry at
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Laverne A. Crosby
Laverne A. “Bootsie” Crosby, 80, died Thursday evening (July 7, 2016) at her residence after an extended illness.
She was a native of Pierce County, but she lived most of her life in Waycross as a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walkie Anderson and Eva McCarthy Anderson, her daughter, Sheila Diane Crosby, and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include one son, Terry L. Crosby (Geneva), of Waycross; two daughters, Debbie Crosby, of Waycross, and Denise Setser (Bob), of Waycross; five grandchildren, Tara Crosby Morrison, Robby Setser (Laura), Thomas G. Crosby III (Tiffany), Brian Tyre (Kim) and Stacy Tyre (Mitzi); 10 great-grandchildren, Megan Tyre, Maggie Tyre, Blake Tyre, Jay Morrison, Stetson Tyre, Aiden Setser, Trace Crosby, Brody Tyre, Will Morrison and Ethan Setser; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held 11 a.m. Saturday at New Life Church with the Rev. Hubbard Williams and the Rev. Tim Brookshire officiating.
Entombment followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Brian Tyre, Stacy Tyre, Thomas G. Crosby III and Robby Setser.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

Lottie Bell Thorn
Lottie Bell Crawford Thorn, 89, passed away Friday night (July 8, 2016) at Satilla Care Center in Waycross.
She was born June 22, 1927 in Patterson to the late Gary Crawford and Susan Bertha Walker Crawford. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Her life was a life of giving and sharing. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She relished the times she shared with her family which included times of laughter, good food and memories. She was a great cook, an accomplished gardner and loyal friend. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, singing and living life to the fullest. Her winning ways and engaging smile made her many lifelong friendships. She will be missed by all.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Fred and Scott Moody, her parents, a sister, Eva Mae Walker, and brothers, Lloyd Crawford, Nolen Crawford, Donald Crawford, Joe Crawford, Delmas Crawford and Nesbert Crawford.
Survivors include her daughters, Lynn Moody Tyrer, of Brunswick, Sue Moody Moran, of Brunswick, Ann Moody Smith, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; her sons, Ralph Moody, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and David Thorn, of Tyler, Texas; a brother, Barney Crawford, of Blackshear; a sister, Miriam Carter, of Cartersville; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held 11 a.m. Sunday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Randy Walker officiating.
Burial followed in Shiloh Cemetery in Pierce County. The family received friends 10 until 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Pam Lynette Moore
NAHUNTA — Pam Lynette Moore, 48, of Nahunta, died suddenly Thursday afternoon (July 7, 2016).
Born in Waycross, she was the daughter of Charles Daniel Moore and the late Maxine Helen Peacock Moore.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Haley Lynette Griffin, a sister, Patricia Ann Moore, her paternal grandparents, Jesse and Lillie Moore, and her maternal grandparents, Sam and Bessie Blount.
She was a homemaker and loved the river and her flowers. She had a green thumb when it came to flowers.
Survivors include her husband, Charles “Cotton” Johns; two sons, Chase Griffin (Britna), of Hoboken, and Anthony Charles Moore, of Hoboken; a daughter, Kelley Madras Griffin, of Hoboken; four grandchildren, Bentley Dean, Haley Rose Ogden, Raylee Manning and Keegan Griffin, of Hoboken; her father, Charles Daniel Moore, of Hoboken; one brother, Danny Moore (Lisa), of Hoboken; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Beth Holland (Scott), Tina Thrift both of Waycross, and Rene Dreggors (Jody), of Hoboken; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation was scheduled for this morning at 11 o’clock, 30 minutes prior to service at Frye Funeral Home Chapel with Beth Holland and David Roundtree officiating.
Burial will follow in the Hoboken Cemetery in Hoboken.
Pallbearers are Jody Dreggors, Jeffrey Dreggors, Rodney Harris, Scott Holland, Jesse Donald Trull, Hawk Moore, Buck Herrin and Boss Miller.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing our online registry at

Lucy Laverne Harris
Lucy Laverne Harris, 88, of Lakeland, Fla., died early Saturday morning (July 9, 2016) at her residence after an extended illness.
She was born in Hoboken to the late Barry H. Aldridge and Florence Daniels Aldridge. She lived the majority of her life in Waycross before settling in Lakeland for the past 20 years. She was a devoted housewife who was dedicated to her family and friends and loved every moment she was able to spend with them. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, painting and sewing.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Julian William Harris, and 13 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her children, Mary Jo Phillips, of Lakeland, Fla., Jeffery William Harris, of Ocilla, Donna Sue Huggins (husband, Moody), of Tifton, Jane Elaine Andrews (husband, Mark), of Lakeland, Fla., David Harris (wife, Faye), of Lakeland, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Edwin L. Aldridge, of Waycross; a sister, Gloria Evelyn Cox, of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed at

Patricia Ann Leitch
Patricia Ann Leitch, 61, died Sunday morning (July 10, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Freddie Gelon Brown
Freddie Gelon Brown, 77, was found dead Sunday morning (July 10, 2016) at his residence.
He was born in Jesup, but he was raised in Waycross and graduated from Waycross High School in 1956. He served with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in Verdun, France in the early 1960s. He was employed by CSX Railroad in the Jacksonville Headquarters Offices as well as working in Washington, D.C. for six years. He was a sign language interpreter for the deaf and also taught sign language for many years.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 42 years, Annette Altman Brown, and his parents, George Frank Brown and Melba Shipes Brown.
Survivors include his son, Randall Gelon Brown (Colleen); one grandson, Philip Brown; and one great-granddaughter, Zoe; all of Orange Park, Fla.; one brother, Kenneth Brown (Marcia), of Surrency; two sisters, Teresa Joiner (L.A.) of St. Augustine, Fla., and Anita Craft (the late Mike), of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private family graveside service will be held Wednesday at Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Thomas W. Bennett
HOMERVILLE — Thomas Wyndell Bennett, 57, passed away Sunday (July 10, 2016) at his residence, surrounded by his loving family, following a short illness.
He was born April 1, 1959, in Waycross. He worked for B-Way Corporation as a lithographic supervisor and was a member of Homerville Free Will Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Neil Bennett and Terry Bennett.
Survivors are his wife, Felicia Blankenship Bennett, of Homerville; one son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Ashley Bennett, of Tucson, Ariz.; his mother and step-father, Clarine and Jimmy Warren, of Nashville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon and Jerome Roe, of Lakeland, and Donna and Robert Clemons, of Nashville; one brother and sister-in-law, Freddy and Stella Bennett, of Baxley; two grandchildren, Sawyer Bennett and Finn Bennett; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Homerville Free Will Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Pine Forest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at Roundtree Funeral Home. The body will be carried to the church one hour prior to the service.
Condolences may be conveyed at the online registry at
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Elmer Lavelle Bennett
A funeral for Elmer Lavelle Bennett took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Davis and the Rev. Danny Callahan officiating.
Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Preston Bennett, Keith Hendricks, Donna Whitley, Robert Thompson, Benji Floyd and Scott Wooddall.
Military rites were performed by the United States Army Honor Guard.