Lois Vining Jardine
Lois Vining Jardine, 86, died Sunday (July 17, 2016) at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., after an extended period of declining health.
She was a native of Atkinson County and lived in Waycross since 1971.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dumar Jardine, her parents, Oliver Vining Sr. and Arlo Wall Vining, her sisters, Valerie Ogden, Louise Tuten and Colleen Roberts, and her brothers, John Vining, James Vining and Oliver Vining Jr.
Survivors include a son, Steve Spence Davis, of Tallahassee, Fla.; a daughter, Glenda Overstreet (Charles), of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandchildren, Amy Misko, of Raleigh, N.C., and David Overstreet, of Winston Salem, N.C.; two great-grandchildren, Aiden Walker Overstreet and Emory Catherine Overstreet, of Winston Salem, N.C.; two sisters, Irma Zimmerman, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Leland Eldridge, of Waycross; and a growing number of nieces and nephews.
She was the epitome of a compassionate person with a gracious spirit and willingness to serve others without regard to status, creed or color.
She was active in First Baptist Church of Waycross and a longtime member. She was instrumental in forming a group of volunteers called the Baptist Village Auxiliary after her sister, Louise Vining Tuten, was admitted and she realized that many of the patients there had few or no visitors. In her spirited way, she would visit with patients, helping make their lives a little richer, and this group still continues to serve today.
She was also instrumental in forming the HOPE program at First Baptist Church where young children who were at risk in school came twice-a-week for after-school tutoring and social activities. In addition, she was instrumental in the development of the Vacation Bible School in the park for children who would not have the opportunity to attend a Bible School in a church.
She was equally sensitive to the needs of friends and family. If one needed food and she knew it, they would be blessed with one of her wonderful cakes or dishes.
She loved to cook for others and work in her garden and was quite skilled at both. She shared her culinary skills, as well as the plants and fruits of her garden with many.
She loved to nurture and hatch butterflies, also helping many others get started with the special plants where butterflies feed and lay their eggs.
Her life is remembered as one of giving and touching the lives of others.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church Friday morning from 10 until 11.
The family requests memorials be given to First Baptist Church 702 Elizabeth St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Doreen Sweeney-Thompson
Doreen E. Sweeney-Thompson, 72, of Waycross, was called home to Heaven Saturday (July 16, 2016) after a brief illness.
She was born in Wakefield, Mich., Feb. 28, 1944, to Richard Kamppi and Mildred Kamppi-Eaton. After marrying Thomas E. Sweeney in 1968, she relocated to Ironwood, Mich., where she spent more than 20 years as a wife, mother and homemaker of six children.
In 1996, the couple relocated to Waycross, where they lived happily together up until the death of her beloved in 2004.
She married Elmer Thompson in 2012. They have been faithful members of Whitehall Freewill Baptist Church of Waycross and enjoyed life together as true companions.
She was well known in the community as a loving friend and a true enjoyment to those who knew her. Her sweet spirit will be missed.
Proceeding her in death were her parents, Richard Kamppi and Mildred Kamppi-Eaton, step-father, Bud Eaton, husband, Thomas E. Sweeney, two brothers, Ronald and Raymond Kamppi, father and mother-in-law, Thomas and Mary Jane Sweeney, and brother-in-law, Patrick Sweeney.
She is survived by her husband, Elmer Thompson; six children, Sheri Erickson, of Waycross, Dori Trombley, of Ironwood, Mich., Jon Sweeney (Sue), of Newport News, Va., Jane Wright (Keith), of Waycross, Janet Pitts (Rickey), of Blackshear, and Tommy Sweeney (Pam), of Waycross; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; half-brother and sister, Susie and Ricky Kamppi; a very special brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Agnes Sweeney, of Chicago, Ill.; sister in-law, Mary Meehan (Jack), of Chicago Ill.; sister-in-law, Virginia Kamppi, of Savannah; and many nieces, nephews and cousins that she truly loved.
She loved life and lived it to the fullest each and every day. Though she will be missed by her family and friends, the memories will last a lifetime.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Whitehall Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Music Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank all her friends for the love they have shown their mother over the years. To honor her memory, it is requested that bright clothing be worn at her homegoing celebration.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Michael W. Crawford
A funeral for Michael “Mike” Wayne Crawford was held Tuesday afternoon at Waycross Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Bill Mullis and Elder Phillip Nicholls officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Andy Crawford, Joshua Crawford, Nathan Flowers, Jamie Justice, Kyle Melton and Colby Sanz.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.