Jessica Elaine Parker
Jessica Elaine Parker, 41, died Sunday morning (July 5, 2015).
A native of Waycross, she was born Jan. 5, 1974 to Elaine Baker and Stanley Bacon. She received her GED in 1996 through the Ware County School System. She lived most of her life in Waycross.
She was a fun, loving person who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She leaves to cherish her memories, three sister, Shemica Baker, Ideall Bacon and Ebony Baker; four brothers, Lerrick Baker (Troy), Dedrick Bacon (Twig), Stanley Bacon and Jason Bacon (wife, Latoya); a special nephew, Marvin Baker; a special friend, Edward G. Lewis; a dedicated god-father, Joseph Johnson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family is receiving friends at 1115 Tebeau St.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Welch & Brinkley Mortuary.

Caroline D. Sanford
Caroline Elizabeth Dorough Sanford, 42, died suddenly Monday morning (July 6, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was a native of Jacksonville, Fla., but lived most of her life in Waycross. She was a 1991 graduate of Ware County High School and attended Montreat-Anderson College near Asheville, N.C.
In high school, she was very active in cheerleading and drill team with the Golden Gator Marching Band. She was employed by a catering company in the movie industry at one time in her life.
A member of First United Methodist Church Waycross, she was also an active member of Waycross Area Community Theatre and Satilla Miracle League. She also enjoyed coaching at the Ware County Recreation Department.
She was the daughter of the late John Dorough and Katheryn Monroe Dorough. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Moi Madison Monroe Jr., Vonyce P. Monroe, John Wesley Dorough Jr. and Caroline Elizabeth Dorough.
Survivors include her husband, Matt Sanford, of Waycross; three daughters, Madison Sutton Bennett, Connor Elizabeth Bennett and Darrian Evelyn Bennett; two sisters, Katherine Leigh Vinke (Glen) and Emily Brooke Dorough, both of Melbourne, Fla.; nephew, Isaac Vinke; niece, Hannah Vinke; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Talmadge Gary Sanford and Patsy Sanford; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Music Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Satilla Miracle League.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

MSgt. Darrell Hitt
MSgt Darrell Hitt, U.S. Army retired, 76, passed away Monday evening (July 6, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was born in Pickens County, Ala., on Dec. 17, 1938. At age 12, he moved to Columbus, Miss., and graduated from New Hope High School, class of 1957.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1957 and remained in the Army until he retired on March 1, 1982. His assignments included Fort Chaffee, Ark., Fort Lewis, Wash., 8th Infantry Division in Mainz, Germany, and later in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Fort Lee, Va., Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Republic of Vietnam, Jacksonville, Fla. (recruiting duty), Dade City, Fla. (recruiting duty), Fort Sheridan, Ill., and Waycross (assistant area commander of Waycross Army Recruiting Area).
Medals awarded include Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal (three awards), Good Conduct Medal (seven awards), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with four battle stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Gold Recruiter Badge with three sapphire stars.
After his Army service, he was employed as a field representative with Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society until he retired for a second (and final) time in 1994. He was associated with Woodmen Lodge No. 477 in Waycross-Blackshear, serving as president and as treasurer of the lodge.
He loved golfing, fishing and Alabama football (Roll Tide!), and was an avid NASCAR fan.
He was the son of the late Sam and Willie Mae Hitt, of Columbus, Miss. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Devon Ira Hitt, a sister, Shelby Hitt Oaks, and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Doyle.
Survivors include his wife, Iris Hitt, of Waycross, whom he married Jan. 29, 1959; three sons, David Hitt (Cindy), of Waycross, Jim Hitt (Amy), of Blackshear, and Gary Hitt (Kimberly), of Oak Harbor, Wash.; grandsons, Dustin Hitt (Skye), of New Orleans, La., Damian Hitt, of Bradenton, Fla., Patrick Hitt, of Waycross, and Jacob Hitt, of Oak Harbor, Wash.; granddaughters, Abby and Hana Hitt, of Blackshear, Sara Jane Hitt, of Waycross, Madelyn and Gracie Hitt, of Oak Harbor, Wash.; great-grandson, Jackson Hitt, of New Orleans, La.; and one sister, Shirley Doyle, of Columbus, Miss.
A funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist, Blackshear.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or First United Methodist Church, 225 Church St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Shirley Diane Dixon
BLACKSHEAR — Shirley Diane Dixon, 67, of Blackshear, passed away Monday morning (July 6, 2015) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an illness.
Born in Folkston on Aug. 9, 1947, she lived in Pierce and Ware counties all of her life. She loved to fish and grow flowers, as well as going to church at Indian Mound Missionary Baptist Church where she was a member.
She worked at the Spatola and Bamboo Shoe factories as a seamstress for many years, and also worked for King Edward Cigar Company.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Jefferson “T.J.” Dixon and Edith Moody Hunter, and a brother, Franklin Hershal Dixon.
Survivors include her children, Angela D. Taylor, of Waycross, Justin Clifton Clark, of Waycross and Kevin L. Clark, of Waycross; her step-father, James P. “Jim” Hunter, of Blackshear; a sister, Betty Jane “B.J.” Thomas (husband, Mike), of Roebuck, S.C.; a brother, Billy Gene Dixon, of Blackshear; her former husband and father of her children, J.C. Clark; six grandchildren, Kimberly Clark, Dakota Clark, Jimmy Clark, Emily Clark, Kelci Clark and Jessica Taylor; and several nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 10 o’clock Thursday morning at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, 841 Prudential Drive, Suite No. 1300, Jacksonville, Fla. 32207 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

James T. Newton
James T. Newton, 74, died Tuesday (July 7, 2015) at his residence e following a brief illness.
He was a native of Waldo, Fla., but lived in Waycross for a year. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie Newton, his parents, James Thomas Newton and Pearl Louise Fralick Newton, and his siblings, Stanley Newton, Ronnie Newton and Barbara Newton.
He was retired from J. Newton Enterprise and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Altamaha Baptist Church in Jesup.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Newton, of Waycross; his children, Kim Newton, of Tampa, Fla., Tracy Newton-Carlisle, of Lakeland, Fla., Randy and Holly Newton, of Plant City, Fla., Keith and Missy Newton, of Chipley, Fla.; his step-children, Derek and Linda Franklin, of Jesup, Larry and Denise Gillis, of Waycross, Eric and Tiffany Lane, of Wesley Chaple, Fla.; his siblings, Richard Newton, of Inverness, Fla., Sharon Newton and Terry Newton, both of Ft. Lauderdale; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel in Lakeland, Fla.
Burial will be in Lakeland Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at Lakeland Funeral Home Friday night from 6 until 8.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Ocie Lee Moore
BLACKSHEAR — Ocie Lee Moore, 102, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday morning (July 8, 2015) at Gardenview assisted living home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.

Matthew Methvin
Matthew Methvin, 35, of Chapmanville, W.Va. (formerly of Blackshear), died Monday morning (July 6, 2015) at his residence following a short illness.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Hart Funeral Home in Blackshear.

Mary J. Bennett
A funeral for Mary J. Bennett was held Tuesday afternoon at Mt. Green Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Clayton Davis, the Rev. Lanier Weaver and Bishop Steve Sirmans officiating.
Burial followed in Mt. Green Cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Bennett, Jason Bennett, David Coffee, Aaron Nettles, Jackie Nettles and Michael Nettles.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.