Leta Mae R. Folsom
On Saturday (March 9, 2019), Leta Mae Register Folsom joined her husband S.G. and her heavenly Father who she had loved and served her entire life.
Waiting for her were her mother and father, her sisters and her brother, along with a host of friends and other family members. Her last residence was Sunrise Assisted Living in Lawrenceville, where she and her cat, Booger, lived for nearly 2 ½ years.
She was born April 5, 1929 in Dupont, to the late William Sherman Register and Cassie Register. She went to Clinch County Schools and graduated from Clinch County High School. Still in her teens, she and her sister, Juanita, boarded a bus and went to Atlanta where they worked as switchboard operators for Bell Telephone for a short time.
Not enjoying the life of a big city, she and Juanita came back home to Clinch County. In 1947, at the age of 19, she met and married S.G. Folsom Sr. who later became the Reverend S.G. Folsom but that didn’t happen for another 10 years. During that span of time, she would take her children to church at Lee Street Baptist and later Northside Baptist Church, either by herself or with her father-in-law and her mother-in-law Shearer and Elizabeth Folsom.
This eventually prompted S.G. Sr. to start attending church which was something he had hardly ever done, and he had a major transformation. Her persistence about taking her children to church and pushing S.G. came to fruition when S.G. finally found his Lord and Savior and was licensed as a Baptist preacher on Feb. 25, 1959.
She was with S.G. at every church he pastored and was an integral part of his ministry. Prior to S.G. becoming a Baptist preacher, he and Leta and their children attended a mission church of Northside Baptist named Emanuel (now Westside), which met in the most unlikely place, a used Circus tent with sawdust on the ground for flooring and a citrus grove smudge pot for heat. This is the place where Leta and S.G. really got their start in church ministry, which they were involved in for the rest of their lives.
She was a homemaker and wonderful mother to her children and a faithful wife to S.G., but when her children were small, she had to work outside the home at Metal Products which manufactured automotive parts for cars and trucks. This was done out of necessity, not choice, but she never complained, she later worked at Telcom Communications. At that time, she still attended to her stubborn, stroke disabled dad who lived in the house with her family.
Seven people in a really small house but she did not mind the cramped quarters at all. She never was one to complain, she would just do what was necessary. On April 5, 2019, she would have been 90 years old. She lived a very full life and traveled all over the world with S.G.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Lee Pennington, of Lawrenceville; three sons and daughters-in-law, William R. Folsom (Carol, deceased), of Valdosta, Griffin and Jeanie Folsom, of Greensboro, and Kenneth and Linda Folsom, of Conyers; her grandchildren, Ian Folsom, Alan Folsom (Julie), of Valdosta, Alison and Megan Folsom, of Birmingham, Ala., Seth Pennington and Erin Zapata, of Lawrenceville, Joshua Harris (Kamie); her great-grandchildren, River William Dean Folsom, of Hammond, La., Evan Griffin Folsom and Emily Morgan Folsom, of Valdosta and Athens, Kaleb Pennington, Kallie Zapata, Karsen Zapata, and Kolton Zapata, all of Lawrenceville, Summer Harris, Dakota Harris and Vivian Harris.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband S.G., her sister, Juanita Turner Clark, her sister, Lillian Brown, and her brother, W.T. Register.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Willis officiating.
Burial will follow at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.
Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com

Rebecca Ann Ward
Rebecca Ann “Becky” Eunice Ward, 44, of Patterson, passed away Thursday (March 7, 2019) at Fairview Hospital in Ohio, following a brief illness.
Born in Cheraw, S.C., her parents are Danny Lamar Drury Sr. and Barbara Eunice Drury.
She was of the Baptist Faith and enjoyed fishing and traveling.
Along with her parents, she is also survived by her brother, Mack “Dearin” Drury, of Waycross, several other relatives and a host of friends.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 7 until 9 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Weathersby and the Rev. Joey Chancey officiating.
Burial will follow in Satilla Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dearin Drury, Daniel Ratliff, Daryl Ratliff, Donald Wilson, Chad Brauda and Joey Chancey.
Family and pallbearers are asked to meet at the funeral home Thursday by 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com

Earl Edward Boatright
Earl Edward Boatright, 79, of Blackshear, died Sunday afternoon (March 10, 2019) at Harborview Health Systems Pierce County following an extended illness.
Born Oct. 31, 1939 in Bacon County, he was a son of the late Robert Fulton and Alma Sims Boatright. He lived most of his life in Pierce County where he had been a farmer and worked in the chicken houses for the Brantley Company. He was also the CEO/President of Boatright Investments and was a member of the Blackshear Church of God.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Janice Marie Boatright, Mary Lee Boatright Lovell Floyd and Eula Boatright Murray; and three brothers, Purdom Boatright, Hollis Boatright and Robert Fulton Boatright.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Pearl Redding Boatright, of Blackshear; his daughter, Renee Bonnette (husband, Ben), of Metter; three grandchildren, Heather Jacobs (husband, Jarad), of Blackshear, Rusty Crawford (wife, Vivian), of Blackshear, and Kasey Lamb (husband, Remington), of Metter; eight great-grandchildren and one more expected soon, Caden Jacobs, Bryce Jacobs, Ella Grace Jacobs, Anthony Crawford, Matthew Crawford, Maebree Crawford and Jaycee Crawford, all of Blackshear, and Chestlee Lamb, of Metter; four sisters, Dale O’Steen, of Blackshear, Shirley Walker, of Waycross, Barbara Gilliard (husband, Jerry), of Blackshear, and Patricia Phillips, (husband, Rick), of Waycross; three brothers, Paul Boatright (wife, Barbara), of Waycross, Rab Boatright (wife, Anne), of Patterson, and Daniel Boatright, of Blackshear; two sisters-in-law, Sybil Boatright, of Blackshear, and Laquita Boatright, of Patterson; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in the Waters Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel H. Cox
Hazel Annette Howell Cox, 92, of Waycross, went home to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her loving family Sunday evening (March 10, 2019) at Baptist Village in Waycross after a brief illness.
She was born in Waycross to the late Estelle Howell and Lovie Strickland Cox. During World War II she worked in the shipyards in Brunswick on Liberty Ships as a welder. These ships would carry supplies to soldiers in Germany. After she met her husband, she was a homemaker.
She preached for more than 20 years on Sunday afternoons on WACL radio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Anderson Cox, her father, Estelle Howell, and her mother and step-father, Lovie Strickland and Henry Cox, one daughter, Frieda Sue Cox Smith; one sister, Doris Carter, three brothers, N.E. Howell, Arnold Howell and Edward Cox.
Survivors include one son, Ricky Cox and his wife Katie, of Waycross; one son-in-law, Richard Smith and his wife Janice, of Waycross; one brother, Ferrell Cox (wife, Beatrice), of Waycross; seven grandchildren, Beth Gardner, of Waycross, Michael Smith (wife, Dennille), of Columbus, Mark Smith (wife, Stephanie), of Blackshear, Les Smith, Chris Douglas (wife, Tammy), of Waycross, Kasey Strickland (husband, Stanley), of Blackshear, Kirk Douglas (wife, Andrea), of Oro Valley, Ariz.; 14 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Carolyn Parker, of Waycross, and Kathy Inman, of Blackshear; a special friend, the Rev. Richard Jeffers, of Waycross; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Swamp Road Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday beginning at 12 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family may be contacted at the home of Ricky and Katie Cox, 5047 Pineview Road, Waycross.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rachael Whiddon
Born Dec. 1, 1918 in Atkinson County, to the Rev. David Matthew Douglas and Mary Elizabeth Douglas, Rachael Whiddon was the youngest girl of their nine children. She had recently celebrated her 100th birthday party with many friends and family.
She went home to be with Jesus on Saturday (March 9, 2019).
She devoted her life to her family and to others, training as a nurse, receiving her RN from Georgia Baptist School of Nursing and her certification in public health from Peabody College in Nashville. She began her career as a public health nurse in 1940 in Clinch County.
She later served in Woodbine. When her boys were older, she moved the family to Rome, Ga., where she served as the school nurse at Darlington School for many years. She returned to public health when she relocated to Fernandina Beach where she served until she retired from the Florida Department of Public Health.
She moved to Waycross in the late 1970s where she shared her skills in caregiving and excellent baking with “the girls,” sisters Ruth and Loyce. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and very active in the Merrymakers until physical limitations made it difficult to travel much.
She was predeceased by her parents, sisters, Ruth Douglas, Era (Dan) Middleton, Loyce Douglas, Lillian (Thomas) Burke, brothers, David Rowan (Zada) Douglas, Marshall Rewis Douglas, James Marvin Douglas, Jennings Broughton (Betsy) Douglas, and son, Marshal Lewis Whiddon.
She is survived by her son, Douglas Whiddon, a granddaughter, Cally Whiddon, and a number of special nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Miles-Odum Funeral Home from 12 until 1 p.m. Saturday followed by a graveside service at Royal Cemetery in Atkinson County at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to 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.

Edna Grace Strickland
Edna Grace Godwin Strickland, 92, died Monday morning (March 11, 2019) at Memorial Satilla Health after an extended illness.
She was a native of Clinch County and she lived most of her life in Waycross as a loving homemaker and friend to all.
A Christian woman who loved her God and church, she was the last charter member of Pine Grove Congregational Methodist Church and an honorary member of Jamestown United Methodist Church. She was formerly employed and managed several cap factories, and she became certified for Green Thumb Home Care.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Samuel “Sam” Godwin and Maude Fiveash Godwin, her husband, John Grady Strickland Sr., one daughter, Mona Maurice Whitaker, and three brothers, Nathan Harold Godwin Sr., Clifford Vernon Godwin and Bobby Gene Godwin.
Survivors include one daughter, Suzane Wiggins (Mike), of Waycross; two sons, John Grady Strickland Jr. (Agnes), of Patterson, and William Stancil Strickland (Denise), of Waycross; 14 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Catherine Arnold, of Albany; one brother, Jackie Lamar Godwin, of Hephzibah; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Clinch County.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Mary ‘Sue’ Lewis Tyre
Mary “Sue” Lewis Tyre, 71, of Waycross, died Sunday (March 10, 2019) at Waycross Health & Rehab from an extended illness.
She was born in Hazlehurst to Ben Lewis Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Taylor Lewis. She was married to the late Lamar Allen Tyre. She grew up in Alma but resided in Waycross for the past several years. She was a homemaker and had a love for nature and animals.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ben Lewis Jr., her husband, Lamar Allen Tyre, one brother, Ben Lewis III.
Survivors include her children, Jeffrey Allen Tyre (Jamie), of Alma, Dee Dee Chancey (Ervin), of Fleming, Donna Tyre, of Waycross; grandchildren, William Kyle Tyre, of Waycross, Jeffrey Allen Tyre II, of Douglas, Kevin Matthew Tyre, of Douglas, Caden Ervin Chancey, of Fleming, Tyler Weaver (Chasity), of Baxley, Megan Bezonia, of Alma; great-grandchild, Maverick Aaron Bennett, of Alma; mother, Mary Elizabeth Lewis, of Alma; sisters, Janice Helton, of Alma, Kathy Lee (Jimmy), of Alma; sisters-in-law, Susan Eason O’Quinn, of Baxley, and Pamela Lewis, of Atlanta; brothers-in-law, William Payne Eason (Sandra), of Baxley, Graham Bryan Eason (Teresa), of Washington; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorialization is by cremation.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 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.

Charles W. Spivey
Charles W. Spivey, 74, of Cooperville, Ga., died Sunday evening (March 10, 2019) at Miller County Hospital in Colquitt following an extended illness.
He was a native of Thomas County who lived most of his life in Screven and Bulloch counties.
He was the son of the late Louis Spivey and Lula Lee Williams Spivey. He was also preceded in death by sisters Mary Lee Tucker, Marie Yates and Edna Edge, and brothers, Benjamin H. Spivey, Joseph Spivey and Aubrey F. Spivey.
He retired from the maintenance department of the Georgia Department of Transportation and held various maintenance jobs in Screven County.
He was a member of Barnett’s Creek Baptist Church in Thomas County.
Survivors include a brother, Earl Spivey (wife, Louise), of Waycross, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Thomas Cemetery in Brantley County.
Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Julian L. Stone
A funeral for Julian Lawrence Stone was held Sunday afternoon at New Beginnings Holy Ghost Tabernacle the Rev. Darrell Smith and the Rev. Hinnon Smith officiating.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.