Eleanor Cox Bennett
Eleanor Cox Bennett, 76, died Saturday morning (June 20, 2015) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following a brief illness.
She was a native and life-long resident of Ware County. She was a member of the 1957 graduating class of Manor High School and worked 40 years at several factories including Rubin Brothers Footwear, Salvatrice Shoe Factory and Spatola Brothers Footwear in Waycross.
She enjoyed cooking family meals and was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed keeping up with political news and enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. She was recently a caregiver at home to her husband of 57 years, Keith Bennett, who passed away April 1, 2015 after a long battle with colon cancer.
She was a very special mother, grandmother, sister, wife and aunt to her family. She will be dearly missed.
She was the daughter of the late Edgar Pierce Cox and Louise Fitchett Cox, of Manor, and wife of the late Keith Lamar Bennett, of Waycross. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Elbert F. Cox and Elmer Wilson “Rooney” Cox Sr., both of Manor.
Survivors include one son, Kevin Bennett (wife, Paula), of Waycross; one daughter, Angie Inman (husband, Rusty Bodenhamer, of Blackshear; six grandchildren, Chris Inman, Logan Inman and Brad Inman, all of Blackshear, Mason Bodenhamer, Holly Bennett and Taylor Bennett, all of Waycross; five sisters, Eveline Bennett Murray, of Millwood, Earnestine Morgan (husband, the Rev. Fred), of Manor, Eyvonne Hannah (husband, Maurice), of Waycross, Elaine Lupo (husband, Jody), of Manor, and Eula Mae Adams (husband, Dennis), of Quitman; one brother, Johnny Cox (wife, Nokie), of Columbus; sisters-in-law, Chloe Cox, of Homerville, Phyllis Howell (husband, Alvin), of Waycross, and Eloise Cox, of Manor; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.muusicfuneralhome.com

Patsy B. Mercer
Patsy Sue Booth Mercer, 56, of Manor, died Saturday morning (June 20, 2015) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
She was born in Homerville to the late Paul B. Booth and Rebecca Morris Booth, and lived in Manor for most of her life. She was a graduate of Ware County High School and worked at Kroger for 13 years, and then Baptist Village as a receptionist for many years. She was a member of Camp Branch Church of God of Prophecy.
She always looked after her family and kept them in line, she enjoyed cooking and reading.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Terry Booth.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Joseph A. Mercer, of Manor; two children, Jennifer Mercer Inman (husband, Brad), of Manor, Justin Mercer, of Manor; two grandchildren, Jonathan Inman and Bella Inman; two sisters, Connie McMillan (husband, Roger), of Manor, Barbara James (husband, Huey), of Manor; four brothers, Kenneth Booth (wife, Patricia), of Manor, Allen Booth (wife, Lynette), of Manor, Everett Booth (wife, Lawanna), of Waycross, Joseph Booth, of Valdosta; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 11 at Camp Branch Church of God of Prophecy in Manor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends beginning at 6 o’clock this evening at Camp Branch Church of God of Prophecy in Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Branch Church of God of Prophecy, 4245 Camp Branch Road, Manor, Ga. 31550 or Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rebecca Barnard
Rebecca “Becky” Barnard, 54, died Saturday morning (June 20, 2015) at her residence following a lengthy illness.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross and attended Hebardville United Methodist Church. She was also an LPN in the healthcare industry for several years.
She was a daughter of the late Rudolph Alvin McDaniel Sr. She was preceded in death by a brother, Rudolph Alvin McDaniel Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Rodney Barnard Sr., of Waycross; two sons, Rodney “Rocky” Barnard Jr. (Tabitha), of Waycross, and Caleb Barnard (Kayla), of Waycross; a granddaughter, Emeri Barnard, of Waycross; and her mother, Darcile Barnard McDaniel, of Waycross.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Cathy A. Chesser
NAHUNTA — Cathy Annette Chesser, 56, of Nahunta, died Saturday evening (June 20, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Brunswick, she was the daughter of the late William “Charlie” Chesser and Shirley Ann Rozier Chesser.
She attended Atkinson Church of God of Prophecy as her health permitted. An avid fisher, she enjoyed spending time with her family and cooking for them. Her enjoyment also included working in her flowers. She was at one time co-owner and operator with her husband Grady, of The R&B Trucking Company.
In the past, she also worked with Baker’s Heating and Air. She recently worked as manager of the Dairy Queen. She had a love for work, but her biggest love outside her family was her “Red Volkswagen” — she loved it.
Survived by her loving husband, Grady P. Godwin, of Nahunta; a son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Laura Hayes, of Nahunta; two daughters and a son-in-law, Amy and Kevin Middleton, of Hickox, and Brooke Godwin, of Waycross; eight grandchildren, Kirsten Harris, Kyle Ternest, Noelani Hayes, Weston Middleton, Arie Creighton, Lathan Creighton, Hayden Norman and Brenna Gilder; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Revis and Tina Chesser, of Atkinson, David Chesser, Wade and Frances Chesser, all of Nahunta; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be this evening starting at 6 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home.
The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the chapel of Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta with the Rev. Mike Hendrix, the Rev. Leon Wilson and Bishop Raymond Willis officiating.
Interment will be in the family plot at Oak Grove Cemetery in Raybon.
Pallbearers will be Steve Roberson, Jerome Williams, Michael Chesser, Rowdy Eunice, Jerry Godwin and Kyle Ternest.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.

Mary Louise Hodge
BLACKSHEAR — Mary Louise Ivey Hodge, 71, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday afternoon (June 17, 2015) at the Pierce County Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Born in Patterson, Aug. 10, 1943, she lived in Pierce County for most of her life. She loved spending time with her family, listening to gospel music and cooking for her family.
She was a member of Living River Church of God and was a homemaker who will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Alvin and Hester Inez Walker Ivey, a sister, Dorothy Jean Brooker, her twin brother, J.L. Ivey, and two other brothers, Robert Ivey and Cecil Ivey.
Survivors include her husband, William Hodge, of Blackshear; a daughter, Peggy Mixon (husband, Kerry), of Blackshear; a son, Dale Hodge (wife, Carol), of Blackshear; four sisters, Mildred Hatcher, of Jesup, Glenda Heideman, of Blackshear, Linda Frazier (Wayne Davis), of Blackshear, and Debra Norton (husband, James), of Patterson; two brothers, Vernon Ivey (wife, Debi Jean), of Blackshear, and Glenn Ivey, of Blackshear; five grandchildren, Christopher Nowell (wife, Brittney), Kenzi Cardwell, Lisa Nowell, Jessie Nowell and Robbie Norman; several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and several other relatives.
The funeral was scheduled for 11 o’clock this morning at the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Foster Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
The family kindly requests that the staff of the Pierce County Nursing Home and Hospice Satilla serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 this morning.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear, is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas L. West
Thomas L. West, born July 6, 1953, lost a valiant battle to cancer Friday (June 19, 2015) at the age of 61.
He was a native of Waycross, but lived in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., since 1988.
He was the son of the late Charles T. and Irene Y. West.
He was a graduate of Waycross High School class of 1971. He served as an air traffic controller for 28 years and at the Nashville (BNA) Airport for 25 of those years. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, and was a member of Gladeville United Methodist Church in Gladeville, Tenn.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kathyrn Schmitt West; daughters, Lea Huffaker (husband, Matt), Kristina Cunningham (husband, Andy) and Casey Arnold (husband, Josh); his grandchildren Victoria Huffaker, Stephanie Huffaker, Zachary Cunningham, Kailyn Cunningham and Reagan Arnold; his brother, Raymond West (wife, Audrey), and sister, Debra Johnson (husband, Jerry); his father-in-law, Richard Henry Schmitt; and mother-in-law, Iris Schmitt; and several loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral was scheduled for 11 o’clock this morning at Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, Tenn. 37203, or Gladeville United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 407, Gladeville, Tenn. 37071.
Sympathy may be expressed through an online registry at www.sellarsfuneralservices.com

Millie Tyre Boatright
Millie Laverne Tyre Boatright, 96, of Mershon, passed away Wednesday (June 17, 2015) at the Bacon County Hospital after a short illness.
She was a native of Bacon County, daughter of the late Marion Cleveland Tyre and Sarah Ann Retta Hyers Tyre. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Whiddon Boatright, a son, Dwight Whiddon Boatright, eight brothers, Bobby, Delmas (Minta) Tyre, Jennington “Skinny” (Loraine) Tyre, McCoy (Martha) Tyre, Feldon Tyre, Junius “Bark” Tyre, Kennon (Vera) Tyre, Earl Loran (Elizabeth) Tyre, one sister, Audice Tyre Starling (Aaron), and a daughter-in-law, Danneal Boatright.
She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and Antioch WMU.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald Wayne Boatright (Mary Sue), of Lawrenceville, and Gregory Neal Boatright (Martha), of Alma; two daughters, Karen Retta Boatright Stacy (Michael), of McLean, Va., and Sherry LaFane Boatright Moore (James), of Woodleaf, N.C.; one sister, Sarah Illa Jean Cliett, of Augusta; a sister-in-law, Eva Mae Bryant Tyre, of Blackshear; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Sunday at Antioch Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Donnie Mullis and the Rev. Calvin Courson officiating.
Interment was in Damascus Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Antioch Baptist Church in memory of Laverne Boatright.
Active pallbearers were Bryan Boatright, Jeff Grantham, Wesley Bryant, Glynnis Tyre, Bobby Wayne Hart and Archie Boatright. All others in attendance were honorary escorts.
Crosby Funeral is in charge of arrangements.

Wiley B. Reeves Sr.
BLACKSHEAR — The funeral for Wiley Benjamin Reeves Sr. was held Saturday morning at Laura chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger Naylor officiating.
Burial was in the Laura Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Military Honors were performed by an honor detail from Fort Stewart.
Honorary pallbearers were Kaylee Brooke Williamson, Abigail Hand, Kelly Strickland, Emily Strickland, Matthew Aldridge, Shane Roundtree, Nathan Aldridge, Blake Aldridge, Dillon Young and Walker Sinclair.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Cyril M. Morris
A funeral for Cyril Maynard Morris took place Saturday afternoon at Central Baptist Church with Dr. Porky Haynes and the Rev. Ben Smith officiating.
Military rites were performed by a contingent from the United States Navy.
A private burial took place in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were George Gruver, Allen Rigdon, Scott Hubacher, Bo Altman, Damon Daniels, Henry Strickland, Forest Sweat and Dennis Woods.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the CSX Officers Club.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

Faye P. Callahan
A funeral for Faye Parnell Callahan took place Saturday morning at Kettle Creek Church with the Rev. Danny Callahan officiating.
Burial was in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Dan Callahan, Chris King, David Newman, Ed Dowling, Lauren Dowling and Clinton Herrin.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Sunshine Sunday School Class and the Brantley County Retired Teachers.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.