Dennis Jerome Croom
A celebration of life service for Dennis Jerome Croom will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Austin Chapel C.M.E. with the pastor, the Rev. Tawann Boyd, offering words of comfort.
Burial and committal service will follow in Hazzard Hill Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose from 11 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at 1400 Bunche St., at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 7 until 8 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online guestbook,
He transitioned from this life on Wednesday (June 24, 2015) at Clinch Health Care Center in Homerville, after an extended illness.
He was born to William and Bessie Mae Croom July, 19, 1958 in Providence, R.I. He lived in Waycross most of his life, but was privileged to also live in Alaska and Kentucky. He was educated in the Waycross School System.
He attended Bailey Street, Alice Street and Center High schools. As a young man, he worked at the local hospital as an orderly and was later employed at Ace Rubber.
He would later enlist and serve as a soldier in the U.S. Army following which he returned home to Waycross, and worked as a construction worker for some years.
Those who knew him, knew him as a friendly person. Although he had a small frame, he had a large personality and an even larger heart. He loved being able to help others and could often be found extending acts of generosity. He was a pleasure to be around and to talk to. He enjoyed being able to lift the spirits of others even when he was facing challenges himself.
He loved and enjoyed life and those who were close to him enjoyed watching him express that love of life with his skillful dance moves.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Croom Broussard.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his parents; his children, Lela Smith, LeRoy Smith and Demond Croom; two brothers, William Croom Jr. and Archie Louis Croom; his aunts, Lucille Pearson, Gwendolyn Frierson, Norma Kate Faison, Ruby Faison, Rhona Faison; two uncles, Roosevelt Faison and Bennie James Faison; a first cousin, Mary Alice Saunders; a dear friend, Ronald Hunter; and many other relatives, friends and acquaintances.
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Gary D. Smith
Gary D. Smith, 65, passed away Friday (June 26, 2015) at his home.
He was born April 12, 1950 to the late McGeary Smith and Inez Parker Smith in Atlanta.
He graduated Ware County High school in 1968 and continued his education at Southeastern Baptist College where he obtained his bachelor degree in Biblical studies. He was the current president of the Baptist Missionary Association of Mississippi, as well as serving on numerous committees within the BMA.
He pastored churches in Georgia, Florida and Mississippi where he served as the current pastor of East Fulton Baptist Church for the past six years. His will for spreading the gospel continued during the times of not pastoring a church by being a traveling evangelist who preached revivals and crusades all over the country. He served 12 years in the United States Air Force and he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
The funeral was scheduled for 2 p.m. today at East Fulton Baptist Church with Brother Bill Adams, Brother Matt Hudson and Brother Grover Laird officiating.
Visitation was Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton and today day from 1 to 2 p.m. at East Fulton Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Elaine Smith, of Fulton; his mother, Inez Smith, of Waycross; a daughter, Stacy Smith, of Fulton, Miss.; a son, Danny (Talissa) Smith, of Greenbrier, Ark.; grandsons, Lucas Smith and Jackson Smith; granddaughter, Emma Smith; brothers, Kenny (Betty) Smith, of Waycross, and Steve (Lynn) Smith, of Waycross; sisters, Clemmie (Roderick) Mitchell, of Waycross, and Sheree Lee, of Blackshear; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, McGeary Smith, and brother, Stan Smith.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Missionary Association of Mississippi, Department of Missions, 4226 Highway 15 North, Laurel, Miss. 39440
Online condolences can be expressed at
Senter Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Bennie Ruth Welch
Bennie Ruth Welch, 73, of Lake Park, died Saturday (June 27, 2015) at her home.
She was born March 19, 1942 in Waycross to the late James Hardy and Magdalena Brett Welch. She lived in Valdosta, Atlanta and Waycross before returning to this area several years ago.
She was a graduate of Valdosta High School where she was a runner-up state championship tennis player and graduated from Valdosta State College with a bachelor of science degree.
She and her parents were charter members of Northside Baptist Church in Valdosta. She retired as a laboratory scientist from the State of Georgia Public Health Department. She enjoyed reading, traveling and studying history.
She loved Braves baseball, genealogy, was a member of the Camellia Garden Club and was involved in the Girl Scouts.
Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Linda Welch, of Savannah; nephew and his wife, David Ashley and Natalia Welch, of Savannah; niece and her husband, Allison and Lt. Col. Lloyd Richardson, of Honolulu, Hawaii; her great-niece, Simone Christiana Welch, of Savannah; two aunts, Evelyn Welch Norman, of Valdosta and Betty H. Welch, of Hahira; numerous cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marshall Martin and Suzanne Patterson Brett, of Waycross, John Melton and Annie Beatrice Kemp Welch, of Valdosta, aunts and uncles, William Amos and Charlene Welch, John Julian and Idell Welch, Jack and Burma Welch, Raymond Welch, Ouida W. and Dorwin Lee, Elizabeth W and Jimmy Russell, Velma W. and Oliver Rogers and Vivian W. and George Dallas, Julian Norman, Johnson and Evelyn Brett, Juanita B. and Joe Rogers, Aline and George Conner.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with a private burial to be held at Sunset Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1 until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Condolences may be conveyed online at
Carson McLane Funeral Home is serving the family.

Hubert C. Dubberly
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Hubert Carlos Dubberly, 90, of Jacksonville, passed away late Saturday night (June 27, 2015) at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.

Addie Lorene Taylor
Addie Lorene Taylor, 72, died Sunday morning (June 28, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after extended illness.
She was born in Adel to the late Lori Austin Tyson and Virdia Willene Sweat, but made Blackshear her home for the past 35 years. She was married to the late Lewis Edward Taylor for 40 years and worked for Bowen’s Dairy for 25 years. She attended University Boulevard Church of God and enjoyed spending time with her grandbabies.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lori Austin Tyson Jr., and three sisters, Elva Cherry, Victoria Smart and Eva Kay Booth.
She is survived by two sons, James Dale Taylor (Mary), of Plant City, Fla., Jeffery Wayne Taylor (Tina), of Blackshear; six grandchildren, Christina Branson (Reggie), Jeffery Taylor Jr. (Jennifer), Chris Taylor (Amber), Kayla Bloomfield (Erick), Chance Taylor (Stephanie), and James Taylor (Becky); 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Alderman and Gladys Hall; three brothers, James Edward Tyson, Thomas Wayne Tyson and Terry Allen Tyson; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family will receive friends at her residence, 7017 Highway 121 South, Blackshear, on Thursday afternoon.
A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Hephzibah Cemetery in Dixie Union.
Sympathy may be expressed at
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. J.D. Herndon Sr.
A funeral for the Rev. John David “J.D.” Herndon Sr. took place Sunday afternoon at Pineview Baptist Church with the Rev. Donnie Durrance, the Rev. Randy Ray, the Rev. Lamar Music and the Rev. Keith Lloyd officiating.
Burial was in Telmore Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Ricky Deems, Robbie Lanier, Darrell Youngblood, Paul Kinnon, B.T. Lee and Horace Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Focus Prayer Group.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.

Angela Sowell Elliott
A memorial service for Angela Wynette Sowell Elliott took place Saturday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Lonnie Skinner officiated.

Peggy Lee Herrin
A memorial service for Peggy Lee Herrin was held Saturday afternoon at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rodney Thrift officiating.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.