Kayla D. McLeod
Kayla Danielle McLeod, 20, of Waycross, died early Saturday (June 4, 2016) in Statesboro from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born Feb. 16, 1996 in Waycross to Howard and Christy McKinnon McLeod.
She was a 2014 honor graduate of Brantley County High School, where she was very successful academically and athletically. She was a member of the Brantley County Heron softball team for four years. The team’s accomplishments included a region championship and an Elite 8 appearance in the state tournament. She was also a member of the Southern Fusion traveling softball team. She was a member of the Brantley County Girls golf team that earned a spot and competed in the state golf tournament.
After her graduation from Brantley County, she pursed higher education at Georgia Southern University. Just finishing her sophomore year in May, she was involved in intramural softball and flag football.
Her greatest devotion and love while attending Georgia Southern was her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. She loved her sorority sisters and enjoyed every minute she was able to spend with them.
She was a very artistic and creative person, who became a very accomplished painter.
She was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Lewis Spears, Carolyn Spears and Linton McLeod; her paternal great-grandparents, John Fletcher McLeod, Adrienne McLeod, John Sheffield, Vena Sheffield and Erwin Spears; and her maternal great-grandparents Cecil Lynn, Aline Lynn, Evelyn Lynn, Winfred James McKinnon and Eula McKinnon.
She is survived by her parents, Howard and Christy McLeod, of Waycross; her brother, Kyce McLeod, of Waycross; her maternal grandmother, Mary Lynn (Ira Taylor), of Waycross; maternal grandfather, Gary McKinnon (Debbie), of Hoboken; paternal step-grandmother, Kristina Spears, of Kingsland; paternal great-grandmother, Juanita Spears, of Hickox; aunts and uncles, Amber Recob (Stan), of Winter Garden, Fla., Brian McLeod (Holly), of Waycross, Nicole Causey (Duck), of Hortense, Kristin Carver (James), of Hortense, Dana Morgan (Jon), of Hoboken, Brandon Rosencranse, of Lakeland, Fla.; and numerous other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Hickox.
Sisters of the Georgia Southern Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and should gather at the church by 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Kayla to the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation, c/o Alpha Omicron Pi, 102 Olympic Blvd., Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Peggy Joyce Bryars
Peggy Joyce Bryars, 71, went to sleep in death Saturday (June 4, 2016) surrounded by her family.
She was born on May 11, 1945 in her family home in Dale County Ala. She was the only daughter of Myron and Vanera Hagler.
At the age of 13, she dedicated herself to her God, her Father and friend, Jehovah, and continued to serve Him faithfully throughout her life.
She married the love of her life, Mark, in 1963. They had 52 ½ amazing years together. They raised four children together after moving to Waycross from Pensacola, Fla.
She cared for her husband, her home and her children with diligence and love all her days. She loved to make fresh baked bread, entertain guests and make others feel welcome. She was known as the “hostess with the mostest.”
There was nothing she loved more than working in her beautiful flower garden. Many would say she had two green thumbs and would drive by her home to admire her yard. She enjoyed taking others on tours of her “babies” and gifting plants to loved ones and strangers alike.
Her memory will be cherished by her loving husband, Mark, and her four children, Kelle, Jud, Rachel (husband Daniel) and Yancy (wife Yahaira), all of Waycross. She will also be loved and missed by her four grandchildren, Brianna, Jaden, Caleb and Riley; her great-aunt Hazel, of Ozark, Ala.; and more friends and family than can be counted.
Mark and Peggy prayed and read the Bible together every day of their married life. As a result, they both shared a strong faith in God’s promises. A favorite scripture is Romans 14: 7-9 which assures us that “if we die, we die to Jehovah. So both if we live and if we die, we belong to Jehovah. For to this end Christ died and came to life again, so that he might be Lord over both the dead and the living.” (NWT)
Peggy had strong faith in Jesus’ promise at John 5:25-29, “the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his (Jesus) voice. And shall come forth.” (KJV) Her hope was to be resurrected to a paradise earth where she would enjoy everlasting life, in perfect health with Mark, her family and faithful friends.
Many times, with her children and in her public ministry, she shared Jesus’ words found in Matthew, Chapter 5, Verse 5: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1500 South Georgia Parkway West.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses or online at JW.ORG.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Jean Dalrymple Johnson
Jean Dalrymple Johnson, 85, died Friday night (June 3, 2016) at her residence following an extended illness.
She was a native and life-long resident of Waycross except for a brief time she resided in Leesburg, Fla.
She was the wife of the late Lester J. Johnson and daughter of the late William Oliver Dalrymple and Mary Lou O’Quinn Dalrymple, but was raised by her adoptive parents, the late Fitzhugh and Rosdie Lee.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Margie F. Taylor.
She was a member of Central Baptist Church. She was a registered nurse and had formerly worked at the Atlantic Coast Line Hospital. In her later years she devoted her efforts to being a homemaker.
Survivors include her step-children, Steve Johnson (wife Lisa), of Blackshear, Lamar Johnson (wife Diane), of Waycross, Gary Johnson (wife Terri), of Brantley County, and Delisa Renew, of Waycross; grandchildren Brandy Murray, of Brantley County, Leah Parks (husband Michael), Linsey Hayman (husband Patrick), of Waycross, Britanni Hickox, of Tifton, Buck Johnson (wife Abby), of Statesboro, Haley King (husband Ryan), Dylan Renew, and Jared Renew, of Waycross; eight great-grandchildren; a nephew, Jerry L. Donohue, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and other relatives.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Wednesday 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.

Jerome W. Hanchey
A funeral for Jerome William Hanchey took place Sunday afternoon at Hoboken Baptist Church with the Rev. Ben Glosson and the Rev. Tim Rowell officiating.
Burial was in Springhill Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Jody Dreggors, Tony Wilson, Eric Hartley, Brian Fulford, Brad Fulford, Tim Steedley, LaDale Hanchey, Jeffrey Dreggors, Jim Harris and James Carter.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the River Swamp Hunting Club.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.