Joseph C. Walker
Joseph Columbus “Joe” Walker, 83, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday afternoon (June 10, 2015) at Mayo Health System in Waycross.
Born in Patterson July 8, 1931, he lived in Nahunta for many years before moving back to Pierce County several years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean Conflict for which he was wounded and received a Purple Heart.
He was a retired office manager for OREMC and gave credit to the late Sam Dubose for being very influential in his life with his bookkeeping career. To Mr. Walker, family was everything and always came first, but he also found time to enjoy playing golf and coaching little league sports. He was a member of Central Baptist Church.
He was a son of the late Willis and Emma Davis Walker. He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Inez Ivey, IvaLee Gill, Claris Sweat and Laverne Shipes, and by all four of his brothers, Preston Walker, Leston Walker, Horace Walker and Owen “Bo” Walker.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Sidney Hilton Walker, of Blackshear; his daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and Rob Taylor, of Blackshear; two sons, Michael Walker, of Dade City, Fla., and Jeff Walker, of Nahunta; a sister, Dorothy Jeffers, of Dover, Fla.; five grandchildren, Andrew Walker, Lindsay Walker, Stetson Stegall, Ragen Taylor and Carsen Taylor; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at 11 o’clock this morning at the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 201 Ava St., Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to a charity of one’s choosing.
The Walker family would like to thank Dr. Amaram, Dr. Srinivasan, Dr. Nayak, Dr. Choudhri and the late Dr. W.B. Dial for all they did over the years for Mr. Walker.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Edward Copeland Jr.
A celebration of life service for Edward “Ed” Copeland Jr., 79, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1110 Pittman St., with the pastor, the Rev. Johnny Arnold, offering words of comfort.
Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Welch & Brinkley Mortuary, 970 McDonald St., Waycross.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until the start of the service.
He was born in Harris County, Ga., the son of the late Edward Copeland and Jessie Mae Copeland. He passed away in peace Sunday (June 7, 2015) at his home.
Early in life, he moved from Manchester to Waycross and met the love of his life, Betty Sue Copeland. The two of them were inseparable after marrying Nov. 23, 1957. Wherever Betty Sue went, he was right there with her.
He was a disciplined, hard-working man who loved his family, his Cadillacs and his houses. There was not a week that went by when he did not have some type of project going on. He was very consistent with ensuring that he was a work on time and completing his weekly tasks at home. He spent 35 years of his life dedicated to Champion, formerly known as International Paper Co. Many who knew him would always chuckle when he made his funny quotes, “You got that right!” “Jodie, got his gal and gone!” “Big money grip, let me hold something.” “Tell you like the farmer told the potato, I’ll plant you now and dig you later!”
Those left to cherish his most precious moments include four children, Calvin Tony Copeland Jr. (Cathy), Tajuana Dale Taylor, Valerie Sharie Copeland, all of Waycross, and Edward Lamar Copeland (Cheryl), of Atlanta; seven grandchildren, Sharika Taylor, Tamika Taylor, Allison Copeland Buckley (Winston), Kenneth Machion Porter (Katrina), Calvin Copeland Jr., Jaleesa Copeland and Alexis Porter; eight great-grandchildren, Jamez Taylor, Sharise Taylor, Jhanai Taylor, Randionntre Bolds, Sydney Porter, Nylah Taylor, Chandler Porter and Zoey Buckley; four brothers, Willie James Copeland, the Rev. Eddie Copeland, James Edward Copeland and Anthony Copeland; four sisters, Shirley Copeland, Joanne Copeland Watts, Martha Ann Prather and Bernice Parks, of Manchester; one brother-in-law, Albert Hunt Jr. (Felicia); one sister-in-law, Viola Davis (Charles); extended family and loyal friends.
Arrangements are with Welch & Brinkley Mortuary.

Betty S. Youngblood
Betty S. Youngblood, 80, died Wednesday evening (June 10, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.
She was a native of Decatur County, but lived most of her life in Waycross. She retired from the Social Security Administration as the assistant administrator for this district after 55 years of service. She was repeatedly honored during her lengthy career for her achievements. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Waycross.
She was the daughter of the late Elmer Swicord and Maude Powell Swicord. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Earl Youngblood, and one brother, Elmer Swicord Jr.
Survivors include one daughter, Gina Alday Wooten (Lyn), of Waycross; one son, Joe Michael Alday (Vickie), of St. Simons Island; four grandchildren, Derek Wooten, Laura Elizabeth Wooten, Joseph Michael Alday, Victoria Powell Alday, Jeffrey Brockington and Olivia Brockington; four great-grandchildren, Nancy Piper Fletcher, Lyndon Wyatt Alday, Olivia Brockington and Shawn Bentley Alday.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 9:30 until 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Okefenokee Humane Society, 1501 Blackwell St., Waycross, Ga. 31501, or St. Francis of Assisi Pet Food Bank of Georgia, Lilly Simeoni (founder), or call (912) 276-1715.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Doris Louise Stuckey
Doris Louise Stuckey, 90, formerly of Brunswick, died peacefully Wednesday (June 3, 2015) at her home in Woodbine.
Born Oct. 17, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Christopher C. and Addie J. Tuten, of Blackshear. After graduating from Blackshear High School, she married the late Wallace E. Stuckey (also of Blackshear) in 1945, and was preceded by his death after 52 years, in 1998.
She was predeceased also by three sisters, Eva Dixon, of Blackshear, Waunell Jordan and Latrell Moore, of Waycross, and by three brothers, Alvin Randal Tuten, of Baxley, Dr. Chris Tuten, of Savannah, and Dr. Gene Tuten, of Bainbridge.
Affectionately known as “Dot,” she was a member of St Marks Episcopal Church in Brunswick and an active dedicated member of the St. Agnes Guild. For 20 years, she was involved in volunteering to work for the church’s Thrift Store, and assisted with many special functions for St Mark’s Towers.
She was a homemaker, enjoyed playing bridge, reading and working in the garden with her husband.
She is survived by a daughter, Margaret (Joel C.) Williams; a granddaughter, Leila (Danny L.) Wright, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; four great-grandchildren, Collin, Caroline, Gabriel and Avery; and two sisters, Fran Wood, of Blackshear, and Gerry Moody, of Tifton.
In keeping with her request, a private family graveside service will be held at the Blackshear Cemetery.
The family also wishes to extend their gratitude to the Hospice of the Golden Isles for their help and support during the final months of her life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, Ga, 31525 or to the St. Agnes Guild at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 900 Gloucester St., Brunswick, Ga, 31520.
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