Ned W. Baumbach
Ned W. Baumbach Sr., 75, died Sunday morning (June 14, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
He was born in Royalton, Pa., but lived in numerous areas before moving to Blackshear in 1994. He retired in 1992 as plant manager for Merita Bakery in Rocky Mount, N.C.
He was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Blackshear, Masonic Lodge No. 270 in Blackshear, and the Sudan Shriners of Wilmington, N.C.
He was a son of the late Carl Valentine Baumbach Sr. and Audrey Helen Mathias Baumbach. He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Baumbach (wife, Lucille).
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Danna Oliver Baumbach, of Blackshear; a daughter, Julie Anne Sergent (Gregg), of Bethlehem, Pa.; two sons, Ned Baumbach Jr. (Becky), of Elizabethtown, Pa., and Stephen Paul Baumbach (Karen), of Allentown, Pa.; five grandchildren, Jessica Sergent, Natalie Sergent, Jared Sergent, Ned Baumbach III and Sydney Baumbach; one great-granddaughter, Lydia Sergent; one brother, Allen Baumbach (Barbara), of Middletown, Pa.; two brothers-in-law, Dan Oliver Jr., of Waycross, and David Oliver (Kimmie), of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Dale Gale, of Palatka, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends Wednesday morning at the funeral home from 10 until 10:45.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33607 or the Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Velma Deese Jordan
HOMERVILLE — Velma Deese Jordan, 83, passed away Monday (June 15, 2015) at her residence, surrounded by her loving family, following a short illness.
She was born Nov. 19, 1931 in Bonifay, Fla., to the late Willie B. Deese and Sallie Lee Hallford Deese. She was a member of the DuPont Full Gospel Mission, a homemaker and was retired from Brockway Standard.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, the Rev, Johnny Deese and Junior Deese, and a twin sister, Thelma Morgan.
Survivors are her husband, Alfred Jordan, of Homerville; one daughter, Jan Touchton, of Homerville; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Troy Allen and Regina Jordan, of Jasper, Fla., and Lamar Jordan, of Homerville; 10 grandchildren, Tammy and Wayne Roundtree, Nicole and Stanley Raffield, Al and Elizabeth Jordan, Tony and Anisa Jordan, Candy and Josh Heath, Brandi and Jimmy Howell, Dalton Jordan, Kevin and Melanie Touchton, Scott and April Touchton and Misty Griffis; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a number nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Southern Congregational Methodist Church.
Interment will be in the Shiloh Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will be carried to the church one hour prior to the service.
Sympathy may be expressed at the online registry at
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lena Merle Bates
Lena Merle Golden Swanson Bates, 86, formerly of LaGrange, died Saturday (June 6, 2015) after a short illness.
She was a resident of Oxton Place Assisted Living of Douglas. She was born Oct. 30, 1928 in LaGrange.
She had many different jobs through the years including banking, secretarial and as a case worker for the Department of Family and Children Services. She was mother, housewife and homemaker. She loved cooking, canning and recipe collecting.
She contributed articles to the “Taste of Home” magazine, helped publish cookbooks and was even in the movie “I’ll Fly Away.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, George E Golden Sr. and Eva Estelle Arrington Golden, by three brothers, Riley Golden, of Tallahassee, Fla., George E. Golden Jr., of LaGrange, and Dr. Richard Golden, of Winder, and by two husbands, Wallace R. Swanson Sr. and Claude Bates, of Waycross.
She is survived by five children, Bennie Perry Swanson II (Lisa), of Douglas, Robert Hilton Swanson, of Smyrna, Teresa Johnson (Emory), of Rising Star, Texas, Georgia Jackson (Noel), of Tifton, and Wallace R. Swanson Jr., of Meansville; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (June 9) at Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home, LaGrange.
The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment was at Shadowlawn Cemetery, LaGrange.
The family invites friends and relatives to honor her life with tributes by visiting

Ora Lee Collins
BLACKSHEAR — Ora Lee Collins, 90, of Blackshear, passed away peacefully early Monday morning (June 15, 2015) at her residence.
Funeral arrangements and a list of survivors will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

Mary Liza Carter
The funeral for Mary Liza Carter was held Saturday at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness. Brother Wallace Chandler officiated.
Burial was in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Words of encouragement were offered by Brother Bertrum Burse.
Honorary pallbearers were Jared Brown, Authur Carter Jr., Jeremy Carter, Norris Carter, Michael Murchinson and Willie James Murchinson Jr.
Active pallbearers were Jaylen Carter, Damon Gibson, Eugene Harris Jr., Trinity Harris Sr., Michal Linton and Chucular McGauley Jr.
The flower bearers were the granddaughters.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of the services.

Juanita R. Brown
A great visitation for Deacon Juanita Renaye Brown took place Friday evening at Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Lee Street from 6 until 8 o’clock with wonderful accolades from friends and family.
The committal service took place Saturday in the Shiloh Cemetery with committal performed by Pastor Claude Ray James and benediction by Pastor Jimmie L.R. Green.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Caroline E. Campbell
A memorial service for Caroline E. Campbell took place Wednesday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.
Pastor Johnny Gipson delivered words of comfort.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of the service.