Laverne A. Crosby
Laverne A. “Bootsie” Crosby, 80, died Thursday evening (July 7, 2016) at her residence following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Elmer Lavelle Bennett
Elmer Lavelle Bennett, 63, died Thursday morning (July 7, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. Before enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving in the Vietnam War, he attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
Following his military service, he was employed by Musgrove Logging. He furthered his career as a diesel mechanic shop foreman with Reid Inc., D&M International and Yancey Bros. Co.
He was the son of the late Elmer Bennett and Barbara Clara Yarbrough Musgrove. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Kathy Bonita Bennett, and one brother, Freddie Musgrove Sr.
Survivors include one daughter, Tonia Hendricks (Keith), of Waycross; one son, Preston Bennett (Jennifer), of Waycross; seven grandchildren, Dawson Bennett, Brandon Bennett, Brylee Bennett, Brycen Hendricks, Abeni Hendricks, Amber Caperton and Johnny Roberson; special friend, Barbara Darsey, of Manor; one brother, Lorian Earlie Bennett (Shannon), of Cocoa, Fla.; two sisters, Tammy Dixon (Robert), of Waycross, and Glenda Cofield (Bill), of Naylor; one sister-in-law, Martha Musgrove, of Millwood; numerous nieces, nephews; and many other special members who called him “Papa.”
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Former Reid, D&M and Yancey Shop employees are asked to meet at 1:40 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Sarah Pauline Wildes
BLACKSHEAR — Sarah Pauline Shuman Godwin Wildes, 96, of Blackshear, passed away Thursday morning (July 7, 2016) at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Blackshear, Jan. 4, 1920, she lived in Pierce County most of her life. She worked at the Spatola Shoe Factory for 20 years before getting her licensed practical nurse (LPN) degree and going to work for Baptist Village where she worked until retiring in 1990.
She was known for being an excellent seamstress and was a member of the Dixie Union Homemakers Club where she was a recipient of the “Woman of the Year for Homemakers” award. She was a member of Southgate Baptist Church where she had been in the Joy Sunday School class. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking and watching the Atlanta Braves.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd Shuman and Pearl Tuten Shuman. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Lester Godwin, her second husband, Ed Wildes, two sons, Roy Godwin and Jim Godwin, a grandchild, Darlene Melton, two daughters-in-law, Sandy Godwin Heintz and Carolyn Godwin, and her brother, William “Bud” Shuman.
Survivors include two daughters, Juan Anderson (Calvin Boyett), of Patterson, and Yvonne (Bob) Wishall, of Blackshear; two sons, R.L. Godwin, of Blackshear, and Jerry Godwin, of Merced, Calif.; 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Carlos O. Raulerson Jr.
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Carlos Osborne Raulerson Jr., 74, was held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock at First Baptist Church.
Officiating were Dr. Bill Young and the Rev. Sammy Dixon.
Interment was in the Blackshear Cemetery with Masonic rites conducted by the Blackshear Masonic Lodge No. 270.
Active pallbearers were fellow lodge members, Thomas Howell, Harlan Thornton, Merrill Tindall, Jerry Sweat, Parnell Smiley and Chad Roberson.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Blackshear Masonic Lodge.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Paula Kay R. Carter
BLACKSHEAR — A memorial service for Paula Kay Raulerson Carter, 58, was held Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating was Dr. Bill Young.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.