Robert F. McTier
Robert Franklin McTier, 79, a resident of Dataw Island, S.C., passed away peacefully Saturday (July 11, 2015) after a short illness at his home surrounded by his wife and family.
He was born Sept. 10, 1935, in Woodland, Ga. to the Rev. William E. McTier Sr. and Sue Alsobrook McTier. He grew up in south Georgia where he graduated from Waycross High School in 1953.
He received his BS in mechanical engineering and MS degree from Georgia Tech. Upon completion of his education, he began a long and rewarding career with Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tenn.
During his 36-year career with Eastman, he had 15 different positions at the company with increasing responsibilities, retiring in 1996 as a vice president and general manager of the Fibers Business Organization.
While in Kingsport, he was a member of Society of Plastics Engineers, Association for Textile Technology, Chemical Manufacturer’s Association, International Trade Committee, Industry Sector Advisory Committee to U.S. Chamber of Commerce on International Trade, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, United Way, Boy Scouts of America and First Broad Street United Methodist Church where he was an active participant in many areas of church life.
He had a 30-year involvement with Boy Scouts of America serving as Cubmaster, district chairman, council vice president and Sequoyah Council president, 1993-1995.
As council president, he guided a $2.2 million capital campaign targeting improvements of camp facilities, creation of an endowment fund and building a new, multi-purpose Scout Service Center.
After retirement to Dataw Island, S.C., in 1996, as an avid mariner, he and his wife, Dianne, spent six months each year of the first 10 years of retirement on their boat, “Rambler,” with extensive travel along the U.S. coast and the Central Exumas, Bahamas. He was a tireless fisherman and enjoyed being on the water and outdoors as much as possible.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne Roller McTier; four children, Robert F. “Bert” McTier Jr. (wife Jane (Hanks)), Bill McTier (wife, Sara (Clendenon)), Betsy Holland (husband, John) and Lynda Hammes (husband, Paul); grandchildren, Caroline and Andrei’ McTier, Megan Methvin (husband, Chris), Morgan McTier, Kirsten and Katelyn Holland, Brandon and Emily Hammes; and one great-grandchild, Charlotte Methvin; one brother, William E. McTier Jr. (wife, Marian); one sister, Susie A. McTier (husband, Jack); along with several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of his life Friday at 11 a.m. at Baptist Church of Beaufort, Beaufort, S.C.
Visitation with the family will be held at Anderson Funeral Home, Beaufort, S.C., Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Waycross, Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his honor to Baptist Church of Beaufort, 601 Charles St., Beaufort, S,C. 29902; Friends of Caroline Hospice, 1110 13th St., Port Royal, S.C. 29935 or Boy Scouts of America.
Anderson Funeral Home, of Beaufort, S.C., is assisting the family.

Robert F. Boatright III
BLACKSHEAR — Robert Fulton Boatright III, 49, of Blackshear, passed away Saturday (July 11, 2015) at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Blackshear, Oct. 17, 1965, he lived in Pierce County all of his life. He was a former construction worker and loved spending time with his family. Also, in his free time he loved to go fishing.
He was a son of the late Robert Fulton Boatright Jr. and Imogene Mable Fish Boatright.
Survivors include two daughters, Candy Boatright, of Hazlehurst, and Sandy Boatright, of Tennessee; a son, Robert F. “Robbie” Boatright IV, of Hazlehurst; three sisters, Misty (Chris) Carter, of Blackshear, Lori Taylor, of Alabama, and Cheri (Dennis) Strickland, of Buford; four brothers, Ricky (Jeanette) Boatright, Gene (Kelly) Boatright, Tommy (Jody) Boatright, and Stacy Boatright, all of Blackshear; seven grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Rufus P. Thrift Jr.
Rufus P. Thrift, Jr., 76, died Monday morning (July 13, 2015) at his son’s residence after an extended illness.
He was a native of Callahan, Fla., but lived most of his life in Waycross. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Ware County Board of Education Bus Shop and was a member of Destination Church.
He was the son of the late Rufus P. Thrift Sr. and Mary E. Higginbotham Thrift. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Ann Booth Thrift.
Survivors include two sons, the Rev. Rodney Thrift (wife, Renee), of Waycross, and Russ Thrift (wife, Mitzi), of Waycross; four grandchildren, Hannah Evors (husband, Jacob), Aaron Thrift, Allison Thrift and Emily Thrift; one sister, Nancy Thrift, of Lawrenceville; one brother, Ronnie Thrift (wife, Jan), of Waycross; “adopted sisters,” Carolyn Tatum and Barbara Cox; best friend and brother, Bud Tatum (wife, Linda); and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Destination Church, 2081 Ware St. Ext., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Oveida Sowell Daoust
Oveida Sowell Daoust, 70, died Monday afternoon (July 13, 2015) at her residence in Brantley County following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Naomi W. Nessmith
A funeral for Naomi Willis Nessmith was held Monday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. J. Eric Mathison officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Neal Connor, Bill Day, Owen Herrin, Glen Jones, Rodney Music and Wade Orr.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were members of the Gleaners Sunday School Class and deacons at First Baptist Church.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jesse Ralph Carter
A funeral for Jesse Ralph Carter was held Monday afternoon at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were John Lyons, Andrew Smith, Christopher Carter, Jay Lyons, Derek Carter and Riley Arbatowicz.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Local No. 177, Brunswick.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.