Glenda Elaine Tuten
Glenda Elaine Tuten, 67, of Blackshear, died Tuesday evening (June 16, 2015) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
Born in Pierce County June 13, 1948, she lived most of her life in Blackshear before moving to Waycross about a year ago. She worked at a rehabilitation work shelter as a teenager but was a homemaker for most of her life.
She was a member of Hacklebarney Baptist Church.
She loved to collect stuffed animals and enjoyed listening to music. She loved animals, nature and all of things God created, but loved God the most.
She was preceded in death by her father, Johnny Leroy Tuten, and a sister, Barbara Ann Tuten.
Survivors include her mother, Opal Moore Tuten, of Blackshear; two sisters, Norma Jean Napier (husband, Lee), of Jacksonville, Fla., and Gail Hargreaves (husband, Jack), of Crystal River, Fla.; her brother, Danny Tuten, of Oceanside, Calif.; an uncle, Glenn Moore, of Blackshear; an aunt, Jeanette Waldron, of Waycross; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will take place Friday morning at 10 at Ben James Cemetery with Elder Bert Holden officiating.
The family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Ben James Church.
A special time of gathering will take place in the church social hall after the service and the family requests all friends and family to stay for fellowship.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Loretha Tisby
Loretha Tisby was born Dec. 21, 1931 in Pierce County to the late John Tisby Sr. and Orlando Harris Tisby. She was the fifth of seven children.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Eartha Lee Scretchen, Claudette Williams, Mother Elizabeth Williams, two brothers, John Tisby Jr., Elder Freddie Tisby, three nieces, Claudia Cooper, Lilliam Williams, Lawanda Stinson, and two nephews, Byron Johnson and Freddie Johnson Jr.
She entered into eternal rest on Thursday (June 11, 2015) at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Fla.
She attended the public schools in Waycross, and graduated from Center High School. At an early age she gave her life to Christ and became a member of the First Born Church of the Living God under the leadership of the late Bishop H.J. Echols.
She relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y. for several years and was very active in church work. She later moved back to Waycross to care for her mother. She resumed her duties as an active member of the First Born Church.
She later joined Congregational First Born Church under the leadership of thee late Junior Bishop George Burse and Elder Otis Moody Sr. She was known for raising large offerings for various church functions, she also loved to cook and be of service to others.
She is survived by one sister, Bernice Johnson, of Waycross; nieces and nephews, Dorothy Davis, John Green (Johnnie), Bishop Willie Fred Williams (Gwen), Rudolph Williams, Sheila Williams and Sebrina Williams (Ralph), all of Jacksonville, Fla., Gregory Williams and John “Kent” Williams, both of Orlando, Fla., James “Allen” Williams (Renee), Patricia McCutchen (Harold), of Atlanta, Barbara Hannans (Larry), Shari Chatman, Pastor Gregory Tisby (LaResa) and Wanda Tisby, all of Waycross, Stephanie Eleam, of Somerset, N.J., Michael Williams, Linda Williams, Linda Williams and Eddie Lee Scretchen (Kim), all of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Susie Williams, of Statesboro; and a host of other relatives and sorrowing friends.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Congregational First Born Church, 822 Morton Ave., Waycross, where the pastor is Elder Otis Moody Sr.
Presiding Elder Greg Tisby will offer words of comfort.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 10 a.m. until the service hour. Burial and committal service will be held in Oakland Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 1706 Thomas St., on Saturday at 11:15 a.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the family residence outside of visitation hours.
Sympathy maybe expressed by signing the online guestbook at

Mary Hodge
BLACKSHEAR — Mary Hodge, 71, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday afternoon (June 17, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear.

Wiley B. Reeves
BLACKSHEAR — Wiley Benjamin Reeves Sr., 78, of Blackshear, passed away Friday (June 12, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home.
Born in Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 23, 1936, he lived in Blackshear since 1976. He was a retired Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Theater.
Following his retirement from the military, Reeves worked as a regional manager for a convenience store chain from which he retired after 20 years. He then worked for his late wife at her daycare business. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing.
He was a member of Laura Chapel Baptist Church.
He was a son of the late John Leonard Sr. and Nettie Conner Reeves. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Darceil Murray Reeves, a son, David “Wilson” Reeves, two brothers, Leon Perpall and John Leonard Reeves Jr., and a daughter-in-law, Teresa “Kim” Reeves.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Wiley B. and Susan Reeves, of Round Rock, Texas, and Lang Reeves, of Snellville; two sisters, Berta Lou Sikes and Mary Jean Taylor, both of Hilliard, Fla.; a brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Annie Reeves, of Orange Park, Fla.; four grandchildren, Tarl (Adrienne) Reeves, Tara Reeves, Darceil Reeves and Esther Reeves; five great-grandchildren, Beckham Reeves, Lucy Reeves, Griffin Reeves, Ares Burke and Jalen Reeves; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 11 o’clock Saturday morning at Laura Chapel Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held Saturday morning from 9 until 11 at the church.
Interment will be in the Laura Chapel Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Ned W. Baumbach Sr.
A memorial service for Ned W. Baumbach Sr. was held Wednesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stan Ballew officiating.
Masonic rites were given by Masonic Lodge No. 270 of Blackshear.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.