Averill E. Williams
Averill Edward Williams, 66, died Friday morning (July 17, 2015) at Satilla Care Center following an extended illness.
He was born in Georgetown, S.C., but moved to Waycross in 1994. He retired from CSX Railroad as a conductor after 21 years and received an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps where he served during the Vietnam War as a sniper.
While in service he earned the Purple Heart Medal for injuries received, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Certificate of Commendation, Rifle Expert Badge and Meritorious Mast.
He was a member of Central Baptist Church but accepted the Lord and was baptized in Haywood Baptist Church. He has been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1994 and a General Service Representative (GSR) for AA. He was also a member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
He was a son of the late Cecil Ray Williams Sr. and Winifred Wilson Williams. He was preceded in death by his son, Averill Edward Williams II.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Nancy McDonald Williams, of Waycross; a son, Casey Reid Williams (Dawnee), of Seattle, Wash.; two grandchildren, Asa Williams and Abigail Williams, both of Seattle, Wash.; three siblings, John Ray Williams (Ann), of Columbia, S.C., Irene Mobley, of Georgetown, S.C., and Cecil Ray Williams (Martha), of Darlington, S.C.; two sisters-in-law, Kay Currie, of Waycross, and Freda Smith (Bill), of Savannah; a brother-in-law, Steve Sweat (Molly), of Alpharetta; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon at the funeral home from 1 until 2 o’clock.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations made in his honor to Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Members of Alcoholics Anonymous are asked to meet at the funeral home Sunday afternoon by 1:40 to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Iva L. King
Iva L. King, 84, died Friday morning (July 17, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following a short illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Oveida Daoust
A funeral for Oveida “Granny” Daoust was held Friday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Morgan officiating.
Burial followed in High Bluff Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Roger Cowan, Randy Herrin, Ank Jordan, Austin Jordan, Heath Lee and David May.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Eldys Marie Dixon
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Eldys Marie Denison Dixon, 80, was held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at Hacklebarney Baptist Church.
Officiating were the Rev. Thomas Williams and Pastor Marshall Dixon.
Interment was in the Foster Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Jason Patrick, Christy Crawford, Josh Mosley, Brian Clark, Sally Clark and Edgar Dixon.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Senior Adult Sunday School class.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Pender-Thomas
Mary Lee Pender-Thomas, 82, of 1506 Walter St., Waycross, passed early Monday morning (July 13, 2015) at Hospice Satilla, Waycross.
She was born on Jan. 12, 1933 in Mershon, to the late Millie and Charlie Howard and the late Albert Wakely. She had been a long-term resident of the Satilla Care Center since 2001.
She attended school and graduated from Lee Street High School in Pierce County. After high school she married L.V. Pender and from this union came two sons, Donald Pender and Leo Pender. Later in life she married Benjamin Thomas. Both were members of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Blackshear until failure of health.
She was preceded in death by husbands, L.V. Pender and Benjamin Thomas, sons, Donald Pender and Leo Pender, brothers, Albert Howard, Laydell Howard, Scott Howard and Johnnie Howard.
Those left to cherish her memories include two granddaughters, Tiffany Gibbs, Jacksonville, Fla., and Leslie Pender, Waycross; two grandsons, Leo L. Pender, Alma, and Cornelius Pender, Waycross; a stepdaughter, Marion (Donald) Murphy, Waycross; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces nephews cousins, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law and other extended family members.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Satilla Care Center, Dr. William Alan Morton and staff, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross doctors, emergency Room, CCU, Three Main Staff, and the Satilla Hospice staff.
Visitation will take place today from 4 until 6 p.m. in the chapel of Rainge Funeral Home.
The funeral will be Monday, 11 a.m. at Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Blackshear.
The cortege will assemble at 10:15 a.m. Monday at 1506 Walter St. in Waycross. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery on Moore Street in Blackshear.
Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc. Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.