Johnie Mae Kitchen
Johnie Mae Humphrey Kitchen, 58, of Fayetteville (formerly of Waycross), passed into eternal rest Monday afternoon (June 1, 2015) at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born July 16, 1956 to the late Marvin “Slick” Robertson and the late Olee Williams Humphrey Woods.
She was educated in the Waycross School System and was a 1974 graduate of Waycross High School. She earned an associates’s degree in secretarial studies at Ware Technical College
She accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. She was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir.
She was employed for more than 25 years with the Kroger Company and last held the position of floor manager in Lake City, where she will be greatly missed by co-workers and customers. She had previously worked at the Kroger Stores in Union City, Fayetteville and Waycross.
She devoted her life to her children, grandchildren and to serving others.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Damon Tyrone Lee Jr., her brothers Leroy Humphrey and Henry Woods, her grandparents George and Estella Robertson, Charlie and Louise Williams, and a special cousin, Mary Williams.
She leaves to cherish her memory, Cassandra Lee-Gulley; her granddaughter Keandra Diamond; two grandsons, Quinterious Pennamon and Jalen Gulley, of Fayetteville; a son-in-law, Joshua R. Gulley, of Fairburn; a special friend, Frankie L. Williams, of Waycross; one sister Mazaree W. Richardson (husband Benjamin), of Waycross; four brothers, Staff Sergeant Harold S. Humphrey Jr, U.S. Army Retired, of Clarksville, Tenn., Tronnie Robertson (wife Ada), of Waycross, Michael Robertson (wife Barbara), of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Julius Smith Sr., of Brunswick; a sister-in-law, Lela Humphrey; special cousins, Linda Mercer, of Waycross, Agnes Conyers, of Miami, Fla., and Mary Pollock, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a nephew that was raised like a son, Michael Humphrey, of Waycross; a niece that was raised like a daughter, Henrietta Parrott, of Sumter S.C.; like a sister, Tokmyo Peters Neason, of Fairburn; two close friends, Janie Simpson, of Kennesaw, and Pastor Sandra Washington, of Fayetteville; five god-daughters, Shanquda Anderson and Valencia Barnes, of Jonesboro, Alethea Foster, of Riverdale, Nikeka Thomas and Keeshondra James, both of Waycross; a god-son, Reginald Arnold, of Riverdale; like a son, Curtis Foster, of Riverdale; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1700 Martin Luther King Drive. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Tina O’Quinn Brown
Tina Sue O’Quinn Brown, 83, died Wednesday (June 3, 2015) at Mayo Clinic in Waycross following a brief illness.
She was born in Statesville, N.C., and then moved to Woodbury where she was raised by her parents, Susan Irene and James Otis Gill.
She was called to the Baptist ministry as a young teenager having developed a close relationship with the Woodbury Baptist minister and spent many summers with the pastor’s family when they later moved to Rome, Ga.
She met her husband, Clyde, in college and graduated from the University of Florida. She and Clyde eventually moved to Waycross and became members of First Baptist Church in 1962. Over the years that followed, she instilled a love of God and dedication to the church in her five daughters, Susan, Julie, Marie, Lisa and Laurie. She ensured that her girls were engaged in First Baptist activities throughout their childhood and high school years and even taught their Sunday School classes and Sunday evening Training Union sessions. She passionately extended her mission work further through co-leading weekly spiritual meetings with the Satilla Community Garden Gate rehabilitation center.
She made innumerable contributions to First Baptist Church during her 53-year membership. She taught the Harvester Sunday School class for many years, as well as the Gleaners class most recently. She served on the kitchen committee and as chairperson where she applied her accomplished culinary skills, to much renown. She organized daily homemade lunch meals for Holy Week every year.
Her legacy to the community is considerable culminating with her 1994 retirement as a leading educator after 28 years of service to the local and state educational systems. She served as teacher, media specialist and curriculum director before becoming assistant superintendent for instruction in the Pierce County School System. In her role as instructional leader of the system, she developed many successful educational programs and worked with principals and teachers implementing them, as well as authored numerous educational grant requests.
Many remember her unique storytelling and writing abilities. As a result, an annual Tina Sue O’Quinn essay contest in Pierce County honors her work in teaching writing skills and creative writing.
She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Education Society. She served as an officer of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders and Georgia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She was a member of the state Staff Development Association, Georgia Compensatory Educational Leaders and the Georgia and International Reading Associations. She earned her master’s degree and received the education specialist diploma at Valdosta State University.
She served the community as a regular volunteer at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross and served on the board of directors for the Community United Federal Credit Union. In addition, she enjoyed her participation in the Garden Club, serving as president for several years. Her flower arranging and decorating skills were legendary and transformed many ordinary occasions into something more special.
Her beloved husband, Clyde O’Quinn, passed away on Aug. 10, 2007 after 56 years of marriage.
She created time to pursue her love of travel with her sister, Julia, and close friends. She regularly visited her five daughters and their families extending her invaluable Christian guidance to her 11 grandchildren. Her daughters cherished their mother’s daily mentoring as they navigated their family lives and careers and continually marveled at her extraordinary Christian faith and energetic community service. She developed close and unique relationships with all her grandchildren. She made sure they had many fun and warm memories, including times that she used her story telling skills to tell them scary stories.
On Mother’s Day, May 11, 2008, she was given special recognition by First Baptist Church for her dedication to the service of the Lord as the recipient of the Woman of the Year award.
On Feb. 11, 2011, she married Edward Brown and added his seven children and their families to her generous heart and visited them regularly. She and Ed enjoyed traveling together with friends and family, and went to many different countries in their time together.
She was an extraordinary woman of many talents and strengths. She loved widely and had a large circle of friends who adored her. The wisdom about people she gained over the years was inspiring to all who knew her. Her zest for life was as infectious as her laugh. She will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her husband, Ed Brown; her daughters, Susan Paris, of Columbus, Julie Kean (Christopher Kean), of Sarasota, Fla., Marie Williams (Frank Williams), of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Lisa Barden (Don Barden), of Alpharetta, and Laurie O’Quinn, of Clemmons, N.C.; her grandchildren, Lindsay and Ashlan Tillman, Devon and Matthew Paris, Wesley and Anna Kean, Jake, Luke and Nick Barden and Andrew and Madelyn Kahn; her sister, Julia English (Bob English), of Warrenton; Ed’s children, Lynda Herrig (Lou Herrig), of Decatur, Becca Brown, of Atlanta, Sandra Brown, of Waycross, Paul Brown (Amy Brown), of Valdosta, Karen Brown (Dena George), of Decatur, Robert Brown, of Savannah, and Chris Brown (Leslie), of Macon; Ed’s grandchildren, Robert and Charlie Herrig, Hannah Shaffer (Chase), Emerson Brown (Shannon), Ethan Brown, Will George, Troy, Abby and Sydney Brown and Reilly and Wilson Brown; Ed’s great-grandchildren, Samuel and Kathryn Brown and Adalynn Shaffer; and nieces and nephews.
Contributions in her memory can be made to the First Baptist Church Kitchen Committee Fund.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends this evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
A celebration of life service for Olden Cooper, 70, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Arnold McKinney Drive, with the church pastor, the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr., bringing words of comfort.
He was born April 6, 1945 in Waycross to the late Johnny Golden and Estella Cooper. He was educated in the Waycross Public School System and graduated from Center High School in 1963.
Bubba, as he was affectionately known, was introduced to the Heavenly Father at an early age. He began his Christian journey at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and later became a member of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church where he was a former member of the adult choir.
He was employed by the Ware Board of Education for 27 years as a custodian. He was working at Waycross Middle School before his recent illness.
He departed this life Wednesday (May 27, 2015) in Mayo Clinic Health System, Jacksonville, Fla., after a brief illness.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Johnnie Mae Cooper and Frances Bellamy.
Those left to cherish his memory include a wife, Patricia Cooper; a devoted sister, Annie L. (Dinky) Cooper, of Waycross; a brother-in-law, Deacon Joseph Bellamy Sr., of Atlanta; several step-children; a special friend, Wilhelmina Williams, of Waycross; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 3:30 p.m. to the hour of service. Public visitation will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral cortege will leave from his sister’s residence, 1505 M.L. King Drive, Saturday at 4 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
Lawson Ussery, 87, of Waycross, died Wednesday afternoon (June 3, 2015) at his nephew’s residence in Millwood after an extended illness.
He was born in Evans County to the late Oscar James and Sudie Mae Colson Ussery.
He lived in Brunswick for most of his life and worked in the maintenance department for the City of Brunswick. He always enjoyed fishing, hunting and just sitting.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Fred Ussery, Jim Ussery and Harry Ussery, and two sisters, Willie Mae Deloach and Molly Moore.
Survivors include one sister, Nellie Jack Sowell, of Statesboro; one brother, James Felton Ussery (wife Peggy), of Valdosta; nephew and caretaker, Charles Ussery, of Millwood; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Brunswick Memorial Park Cemetery in Brunswick.
Sympathy may be expressed online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Albert ‘AB’ Hall Sr.
Funeral services for Deacon Albert “AB” Hall Sr., who departed this life Friday (May 29, 2015), will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Little Rock Baptist Church, 139 Florida Ave., Nahunta.
Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery in Eulonia. Pastor Leonard Jackson will bring words of comfort.
The cortege will assemble at the residence at 54 Hendry Street, Nahunta, at 12:30 p.m.
He was born in 1921 in Owens to the late Harvey (Doc) and Alice Cobb Hall. He attended school in Wayne County.
Later in life, he was inducted in the military and served actively in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was trained as an auto equipment operator, receiving a Victory Metal and a Good Conduct Metal. His rank was Pfc.
Early in life, he met and married Annie Bell Moore. To this union five children were born. One of his favorite sayings was “You Like It, I Love It.” His hobbies included: tinkering on vehicles and chain saws and listening to gospel music, and his favorite R&B artist was “Mr. B.B. King.” He also loved helping everyone he met.
He was a member of Little Rock Baptist Church where he was a deacon and a mason. He began working in the timber industry at an early age with Varn Timber in Hoboken and worked in trephine.
Preceding him in death other than his parents were three sons, Lewis C. Hall, Albert (Pop) Hall, Jr., Jimmy Lee Hall; and a sister, Florence Hall-Davis Medlock.
He leaves to cherish his memories a loving and adoring wife, Annie Bell Hall; two daughters: Annie Mae (Daniel Jr.) Rainge; and Mary Lee Hall, all of Nahunta; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six nephews; eight nieces; a host of great-nieces and nephews; one brother-in-law, Deacon James Medlock; and other relatives and friends.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is sacredly in charge of all arrangements.