Jearldean Summerlin
PEARSON — Jearldean Bryant Summerlin, 72, of Pearson, passed away Saturday (July 25, 2015) at her home following an extended illness.
A native of Fayette, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Bertie Lea Winters Bryant. She made her home in this area for most of her life. She retired as secretary for the Atkinson County Board of Education after 32 years of service. After retirement, she worked for the City of Pearson as the city clerk for two years. She was currently serving as a member and was past chairman of the Atkinson County Board of Education. Her church membership was at Pearson United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, S.A. Summerlin, of Pearson; three sons, Denny Summerlin (wife, Lisa), of Pearson, Sol Summerlin (wife, Karen), of Barney, Mike Summerlin (wife, Kim), of Pearson; two brothers, Gaythor Bryant (wife, Jeanette), of Waycross, Harold Bryant (wife, Sara), of Guin, Ala.; a sister, Katherine Stone, of Waycross; eight grandchildren, Davis Summerlin, Amari Summerlin, Autumn Summerlin, Luke Kelly, Jacob Kelly, John Mark Kelly, Isabella Summerlin and Solomon Summerlin; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at Pearson United Methodist Church with the Rev. Evelyn Duvall officiating. Interment will follow in Sweetwater Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers are David McDonald, Lloyd McDonald, Herman Tucker, D.Q. Pittman, Dewayne Stone and Davis Summerlin.
Honorary pallbearers are Jerry White, Larry Bryant, Kyle Lott, Steve Turk, Grady Bennett, Johnny Giddens and Ken Folsom.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Pearson United Methodist Church and/or Methodist Home for Children in Macon, The Methodist Home, P.O. Box 2525, Macon, Ga. 31203.
Arrangements are with Relihan Funeral Home in Pearson.

Ruth Eliza Wainright
BACHLOTT — Ruth Eliza Lee Wainright, 84, of Bachlott community, died Saturday evening (July 25, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System after an extended illness.
Born in Hoboken, she was the daughter of Frank Thomas and Martha Dixon Lee. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Martha “Gail” Wainright, sister, Mildred Hickox, a brother, Herman Lee, and a brother-in-law, Billy Hickox.
She was a homemaker and worked many years with her loving husband in their family business, W.J. Wainright & Son Meat Curing Plant, before her health caused her retirement.
She was a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church. She also loved spending time with her family tending to her flower beds. Her smile will be missed by many.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Wilson Wainright, of Bachlott; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Paula Wainright, of Hickox, Larry and Vera Wainright, of Hoboken, and Troy and Rhonda Wainright, of Hickox; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Derek Mallard, of Waycross; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four brothers and sisters-in-law, John Thomas and Adelyn Lee, of Waycross, David Jonathan “Johnny” and Delores Lee, of Hoboken, Eddie G. and Juanita Lee, of Waycross, Billy J. and Barbara Lee, of Waycross; a sister, Anna Sue Douberly, of Thomasville; a sister-in-law, Connie T. Lee, of Hoboken; and also several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held this evening starting at 6 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Eddie Lee officiating.
Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Roger Crews, Robert Drawdy, Greg Lee, Sidney Lee, Cary Lee and Richard Lee.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Jesse F. Bailey Jr.
Jesse Franklin Bailey Jr., 75, of Blackshear, died Saturday afternoon (July 25, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross following an extended illness.
Born July 19, 1940, he was a son of the late Jesse Franklin Bailey Sr. and Juanita Collins Harvey Bailey. He was born and raised in Waycross, graduated from Ware County High School, but moved to Blackshear in 1968. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force, but retired as a welder from GATX in Waycross. Following retirement, one of his greatest joys was traveling and spending time in the Florida Keys.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Murray and Linda Ann Herrin.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Ima Jean Bailey, of Blackshear; three sons, Blue Bailey, of Blackshear, Scott Swain (wife, Susan), of Blackshear, and Jesse Bailey, of Waycross; a daughter, Kim Lee (husband, Kyle), of Waycross; three grandchildren, Lauran Summerson, of St. George, Jay Lee (wife, Mary) and Kyla Lee (husband, Colby Egleston), all of Waycross; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Joan Herrin, of Waycross, Annette Griffin, of Blackshear, and Leona Sloan, of Blackshear; a brother, Richard Bailey (wife, Sharon), of Screven; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will take place today at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Enon Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, 401 Pendleton St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Richard ‘Red’ Tuten
Richard “Red” Tuten, 69, died Saturday (July 25, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Ware County. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War. He was formerly employed as a carpenter.
He was preceded in death by his father, L.C. Tuten, one brother, James Tuten, and one sister, Patricia Tuten.
Survivors include his wife, Guynella Seabolt Tuten, of Waycross; three children, Patricia Ann Tuten, of Waycross, Keith Richard Tuten (wife, Cindy), of Waycross, and Mildred Elouise Wilson (Alex), of Waycross; seven grandchildren, Michael Grant, Miles Grant (fiancee Shelby Daniels), Luke Grant, Blaise Tuten, Elysia Wilson, Alexis Wilson and Wyatt Wilson; three great-grandchildren, Ryder Grant and Leanna Grant, and Hunter White; his mother, Mildred King Tuten, of Waycross; four sisters, Jerrell Allagood, Detrell Young (husband, Donny), Naomi Cox and Joanne Stallworth; three brothers, Franklin Tuten, Larry Tuten and Jonathan Tuten (wife, Lisa); and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Pine Valley Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

William E. Bland Jr.
William E. “Billy” Bland Jr., 90, died Friday night (July 24, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following a short illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. Bland Sr. and Clena Mae Summerlin Bland.
He was a member of First Baptist Church for more than 60 years and a former member of the Elks club and Okefenokee Country Club. He retired from CSX Railroad as a machinist after 45 years. In 1974, he started his second career as a builder and land developer and developed Frontier Estates.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II in the 3rd Army Engineering Division in the Battle of the Bulge.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Mary B. Bland, of Waycross; a daughter, Dr. Cheryl Bland Jones (husband, Christopher P.), of Durham, N.C.; two sons, William E. “Sonny” Bland III (wife, Angie), of Waycross; Timothy “Bo” Bland (wife, Leigh Anne), of Auburn; a nephew, John L. Wise, of Waycross; a grandson, Will Bland (wife, Nurit), of Winter Garden, Fla.; a granddaughter, C.J. Bland, of Blackshear; a great-granddaughter, Aviana Bland; two step-grandsons, Ritchie Neil Lewis Jr., of Blackshear, and Cole Lewis, of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Herrin Chapel of First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Music Funeral Home today from 5 until 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Hospice Satilla Hospice House in memory of Billy Bland, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Leonard ‘Pip’ Wooden
Leonard “Pip’ Wooden, 78, of Folkston, died Saturday night (July 25, 2015) at Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla., after an illness,
Survivors include his wife, Lucille Hannan Wooden, of Folkston; and other relatives.
Friends are being received at the Wooden residence, 75 Vellie St., Folkston.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announce later by Fluker Funeral Home of Waycross.

Brenda Sue Murray
A memorial service for Brenda Sue Murray took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
Carroll Conner officiated.

Thomas H. Roberts Jr.
A funeral for Thomas Haven “Tommy” Roberts Jr., 66, of Blackshear, took place Saturday morning in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Gwinnette Aldridge and Elder Jason Deal officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were Dewayne Bennett, Mike Aldridge, Lacy Aldridge, Victor Aldridge, Joe Aldridge and Dennis Aldridge.
Burial followed in High Bluff Cemetery in Brantley County.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.