Ronnie J. Beverly
Ronnie J. Beverly, 77, died Wednesday morning (July 20, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was a native of Pierce County, but he lived most of his life in Waycross and graduated from Wacona High School. After 27 years, he retired from Aetna Steel Company and went to work in the family business, Roy Beverly & Son Landscaping.
He attended High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Roy Beverly and Willie Mae Strickland Beverly, two brothers, Willie Roy Beverly Sr. and Larry Beverly, and one sister, Connie Louise Beverly.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Alice Rigdon Beverly, of Waycross; four children, Allen Beverly (Pamela), of Waycross, Ronnie J. Beverly Jr. (Denise), of Waycross, Cheryl Pickett (Matthew), of Atlanta, and Pam Beverly Douglas, of Waycross; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray Beverly (Patsy), of Waresboro; two sisters, Bonnie Horton (Melvin), of Brantley County, and Carolyn Hilton (John), of Waycross; one sister-in-law, Mary Beverly, of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

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, they relocated to Waycross where they lived happily together up until the death of her beloved in 2004.
She married Elmer Thompson in 2012. They were faithful members of Whitehall Community Church of Waycross and they enjoyed life together as true companions. She was well known in the community as she was 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 husband, Elmer Thompson; six children, Sheri Erickson, of Waycross, Dori Trombley, of Ironwood, Mich., Jon Sweeney (wife, Sue), of Newport News, Va., Jane Wright (husband, Keith), of Waycross, Janet Pitts (husband, Rickey), of Blackshear, and Tommy Sweeney (wife, Pam), of Waycross; 17 grandchildren and 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 (husband, 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 2 p.m. today at Whitehall Community Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family would like to thank all her friends for the love they have shown their mother over the years. To honor her memory, bright clothing is requested to be worn at her homegoing celebration.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Millard M. Hayes
Millard M. “Sputnik” Hayes, 72, of Waycross, died Wednesday afternoon (July 20, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following a short illness.
He was born May 2, 1944 in Vincent, Ala., to the late Robert Marion Hayes and Lola May Mellon Hayes. He lived most of his life in Ware County. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, W.M. Hayes and James “Jimmy” Hayes, and a sister, Doris Smith. He graduated as valedictorian of Vincent High School class of 1962. He attended Alabama College in Montlo, Ala.
He started his career with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Sept. 16, 1963 in Atlanta, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, William Campbell Mellon, who also worked for the railroad system in Alabama. In 1976, he was assistant roadmaster with L.A. Long Engineers who were involved in the project of building Rice Yard. He was promoted to roadmaster in 1980 and continued to work in Rice Yard until his retirement from the Engineering Department of CSX Railroad in 2004 after 40 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Curry Hayes, of Waycross; a son, Richard Todd Hayes, of Waycross; two grandchildren, Patrick Todd Hayes, of Austin, Texas, and Wendi Paige Clifton (husband, Jarrod), of the Hickox community of Brantley County; three great-grandchildren, Zoie Clifton, Eden Clifton and Liam Clifton; two sisters, Marie Wood, of Harpersville, Ala., and Helen Beane, of Leeds, Ala.; four brothers, Norman Hayes (wife, Sue), of Austin, Texas, Tommy Hayes, Joe Hayes (wife, Priscilla), and Ross Hayes, all of Vincent, Ala.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial donations are requested to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Ga. 30346 or
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at Music Funeral Home and also from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at the Curtis & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Childersburg, Ala.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Gamble Sr.
A celebration of life service for Charles Gamble Sr. will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Greater Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church, 201 Reddick St., Homerville, with the church pastor, the Rev. Randall McCrae, offering words of comfort.
Interment will be in Holmes Chapel Cemetery in Clinch County.
He was born Nov. 27, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late Charlie Gamble and Katie Gamble. He grew up in Kingstree, S.C. He received his formal education from the public school system of Williamsburg County, S.C. As a young adult he moved to Homerville where he lived until his demise. He was employed at Bway Inc. for many years before his retirement in 1992.
He was a loving and caring person who won a place in the hearts of those privileged to have known him.
He departed this life Monday morning (July 18, 2016) at his residence after an illness. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Charles Gamble Jr. and Cora Gamble.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 63 years, Lannie Mingo Gamble; sons, Bobby Gamble and David Gamble, both of Homerville; daughters, Janice Magby (Mark) and Elizabeth Tolbert (John), both of Homerville; 18 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; a brother, France Gamble, of Rochester, N.Y.; sisters, Jessie Mae McCorty, of Fayetteville, N.C., and Annie Ruth Chatman, of Rochester, N.Y.; sisters-in-law, Viola Miller (Pete), of Homerville, and Carolyn Cooper (George), of Stone Mountain; brothers-in-law, Tim Mingo (Katherine), of Miami, Fla., Louis Mingo (Barbara), of Valdosta, Donald Mingo (Carolyn), of Albany, Earnest Mingo (Doris), of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Willie Mingo (Jessie), of Miami, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Gamble residence, 32 Smith Lane, Homerville.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 2 p.m. until the hour of service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Homerville.

Carolyn May
Carolyn May, 82, died Wednesday (July 20, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
She was born and raised in Augusta, daughter of the late Arthur Mark Eubanks and Kathleen Jackson Eubanks. In the summer of 1969, she and her husband moved to Brunswick. They moved to Waycross in January 1996.
She was formerly employed as a registered nurse for Southeast Georgia Health System and Home Healthcare. A longtime member of First Baptist Church, Brunswick, she was currently a member of Jamestown Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 1/2 years, Walter A. May, of Luverne, Ala.; her parents, Arthur Mark Eubanks and Kathleen Jackson Eubanks, of Augusta, maternal grandparents, Alma and William H. Jackson (Dutch), of Johnston, S.C., paternal grandparents, Annie Laura and Joseph Lautie Eubanks, of Augusta.
Survivors include two sons, William Arthur “Bill” May (wife, Mary), of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Reginald Dean “Reggie” May (wife, Kim), of Deland, Fla.; one daughter, Leslie Karen Johnson (husband, James), of Brunswick; four grandsons, James Thomas “J.T.” Johnson Jr. (wife, Rebekah), of Brunswick, Kellen James Vaughan (wife, Ellen), of Keller, Texas, Kyle Alexander May and Brett Daniel May, both of Ft. Worth, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Baylee Thomas Johnson, Hudson Gregory Vaughan, Harrison James Vaughan and Preston Roper Vaughan; numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Irma Barber Vickers
A funeral for Irma Barber Vickers was held Wednesday morning in the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David White and Dr. Carol McLagan officiating.
Entombment followed in Greenlawn Mausoleum.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.