Lylburn Warren Booker
Lylburn Warren Booker, 98, passed away Monday (June 27, 2016) at Life Care Center of Red Bank, Chattanooga, Tenn.
She was born in Waynesboro April 17, 1918 to the late German Luther Warren and the late Mattie Kate Armentrout Warren. She moved to Waycross as a child where she graduated from Waycross High School and Valdosta State College.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, the late John Ralph Booker Jr.
She was devoted to God, her family and her community. She began her career as a social worker with the Ware County Department of Public Welfare where she served as director from 1946 until 1954. She took a leave of absence to be a stay-at-home mom until her youngest child entered school. She then returned to the Department of Family and Children Services where she worked as a caseworker supervisor, working with foster care and adoptions.
The Booker Crippled Children’s Clinic was named in her honor because of her dedication to the cause. She retired in 1981 but went on to serve as the executive director of South Georgia United Way, as a social work consultant with several nursing homes in the area, and as the Ware County registrar.
She was an active member of First United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday School superintendent, Altar Guild chairperson, member of the administrative board, member of the Council on Ministries, Every Day with Love chairperson, member of United Methodist Women and youth Sunday School teacher.
Service to her community was one of her life missions. She was a founding member of the Magnolia House (Waycross Area Shelter for the Abused) serving as chairperson from 1984 until 2007. The Domestic Violence Center was named in her honor as well as the annual Lylburn Booker Volunteer Award.
In 2010, the board designated her chairperson emeritus. She also served on the board of Habitat for Humanity for numerous years.
She served on the Waycross College Foundation board of trustees for 28 years, serving as the foundation’s president from 1992 to 1994. In 2010, the board granted her the designation of trustee emeritus.
She received numerous awards throughout her lifetime including the Kiwanis Club Miller Award for outstanding community service, the Liberty Bell Award from the Waycross Bar Association, Community Champion Award for Human Rights presented by the Georgia Community Action Association, and the J.J. Jones Humanitarian Award by Concerted Services, Inc.
She loved playing bridge with her best friends every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon for more than 50 years. She took carpentry classes with her husband at Okefenokee Tech for 12 years making beautiful furniture that her family cherishes. Flower arranging, sewing, drawing, painting, crocheting and cooking were her other hobbies that she dearly loved.
Most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, a sister, Ruth Warren Reese, and two brothers, Edwin “Bird” Warren and Luther “Tweet” Warren.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Glynn) Hodges, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Linda (Curt) Steedley, of Blackshear; five grandchildren, Alice Hodges, of Brookhaven, Ga., Matt (Jenny) Hodges, of Chattanooga, Tenn., Victor Steedley, Sergey Steedley and Yuri Steedley, all of Blackshear; one great-granddaughter, Hadleigh Grace Hodges, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and several special nieces and nephews, including Patti Reese White, of Waycross.
Her family wants to thank the staff of Manor House and Life Care Center of Red Bank, Chattanooga, Tenn., for the exceptional loving care provided to their mother. The CNAs, nurses and other staff members soon recognized the big loving heart of a true Southern lady that continued to compliment everyone as they assisted her. They, along with residents, loved her Southern drawl and referred to her as “Meme.” She loved all her caregivers, but Marti Lawrence Hyder, with Manor House was exceptionally special. She would say, “I love you oodles and oodles.”
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at First United Methodist Church in Waycross with the Magnolia House board of directors serving as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Every Day with Love fund at First United Methodist Church, 410 Williams St., Waycross, Ga. 31501 or the Magnolia House Shelter for the Abused, P. O. Box 1824, Waycross, Ga. 31502.
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Arrangements are with Miles-Odum Funeral Home of Waycross.

Talmadge Lee Greer
Talmadge Lee Greer, 83, of Waycross, died Monday afternoon (July 11, 2016) at his residence after an extended illness.
Born in Irwin County in 1932 to the late Albert W. Greer and Melissa Pate Greer, he moved to Waycross in 1955 where he spent the remainder of his life. He served in the United States Army from 1953 until 1955 during the Korean War.
He was a member of Gospel Lighthouse and was a retired truck driver with Fletcher Oil Company.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Michael Greer, a step-son, Verland E. McQuaig, two grandsons, Jason Greer and Christopher Greer, four brothers, William Greer, A.J. Greer, Earl Greer and Bobby Greer, and five sisters, Gladys Hersey, Zelma G. Windsor, Edna Cox, Jewell G. Dyal and Mary Alice Greer.
He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Greer Hall (husband, Leighton Godwin), of Waycross; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Hall Randall, of Statesboro, Katie Jacobs, of Atlanta, Kathy Grantham, of Texas; three great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Randall, Holly Windham and Jace Windham; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lee Greer, of Nichols, and Janice Greer, of Nichols; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Moore Cemetery in Bickley.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
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Adam Douglas Noel
Adam Douglas Noel, 28, of Waycross, passed away Saturday (July 9, 2016) at his residence.
Born in Waycross, Oct. 1, 1987, he lived in Offerman for many years before moving to Waycross in 2011. He was a 2006 graduate of Pierce County High School and was a member of the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home family where he worked for the last eight years.
He was also the pianist and choir director at Blackshear First United Methodist Church. An extremely talented young man, he played the piano at the Offerman Church of God for several years and would play the piano and sing for weddings and funerals when asked.
He was always kind, very funny (with a little bit of sarcasm) and was loved by everyone. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Allan Douglas Noel, and his maternal grandfather, Claude Roberson.
Survivors include his mother, Sheila Ann Morgan Hulett (Francis Larney), of Douglas; two brothers, Danny Turner (Shawna Lynn), of Waycross, and Jason Turner (Jennifer), of Blackshear; his maternal grandmother, Ludell (Jerome) Griner, of Offerman, and Ray Eugene Morgan, of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.
The funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at First United Methodist Church in Blackshear.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5 until 8 at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Little Utah Cemetery in Axson at 3 p.m. Friday.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

James Johnson
James “Coach Jimmy” Johnson, 71, died Tuesday evening (July 12, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Sheila A. Reaker
BLACKSHEAR — Sheila Yvonne Ammons Reaker, 64, of Blackshear, passed away Monday (July 11, 2016) at her residence.
Born in Blackshear, May 19, 1952, she lived in Pierce County most of her life. She worked for Pic-N-Save for a number of years but retired from Hudson Management where she had been the vice president. She was also the former owner of Dixie Vinyl Siding and Satilla Bookkeeping.
She was a member of Smyrna Fellowship and was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister who dearly loved her family. She loved to fish, cook and listen to Christian music. She also enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ashley Jackson and Helen Mae Bennett Ammons. She was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Abigail Cason, a sister, Sybil Carter, and by three brothers, Sonny Phillips, Ray Phillips and Morris Ammons.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Tina and John Cason, of Patterson; her son and daughter-in-law, Kiley and Holly Ammons, of Patterson; four sisters, Evelyn (Charles) Campbell, of Blackshear, Joyce (Bud) Bryson and Theresa Williams, all of Waycross, and Sue Ann Gilliard, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers, Jackie (Peggy) Ammons, of Fitzgerald, and Bill Ammons, of Homa, La.; five grandchildren, Kolby Ammons, Cody Ammons, Amber Cason, Megan Cason and Rachel Cason; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.