James ‘Ed’ Dowling Sr.
James E. (Ed) Dowling Sr. passed away Wednesday (March 13, 2019) at Memorial Satilla Health Waycross after a short illness.
He was born April 27, 1925 in Waycross. He was raised in Waycross and Ware County. He graduated from Wacona High School in 1942 at 17 years of age.
He went to work for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in July 1942 as a machinist apprentice. He held several supervisory positions at several locations at the ACL and SCL Railroad in the machinist department. He retired in 1983 as master mechanic or as the chief mechanical officer of the SCL Railroad, Tampa Division. He loved to work for the railroad and it was an important part of his life.
He was a Mason for 65 years having memberships in Frank C. Folks Lodge No. 192, Waycross Lodge No. 305 and Blackshear Masonic Lodge No. 270. He was a past master of Frank C. Folks Lodge No. 192, a York rite and a 32 degree Scottish rite Mason. He was a member of Hasan Temple of Albany Shrine.
He served in the U.S. Army from November 1943 until April 1946. He was a sergeant in the Shop Company of the 732nd Railway Operating Battalion. After D Day 1944, he operated the railroads in France and Germany along with several other Battalions. The 732nd was contracted to supply gas and ammo to the 3rd Army and was the first railroad outfit to cross the Rhine River into Germany.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Lee Dowling, his parents, Tom and Minnie Lee (Rouse) Dowling, and his brother Charles Dowling.
Survivors include his sons, James E. “Ed” Dowling Jr. (wife, Leea), of Waycross, Jimmy W. Dowling (Brenda Sharp), of Rincon; six grandchildren, Dr. Carrie Lee Dowling, Cross, S.C., Laurelee Dowling, St. Simons Island, Dr. James L. Dowling, Athens, (wife, Jennifer), J.W. Dowling (wife, Ashley), Cross, S.C., Shelby Dowling, Rincon, and Georgia Dowling, Rincon; four great-grandchildren, Landyn Dowling, Cross, S.C., Kasey Dowling, Cross, S.C., Miles Dowling, Athens, Colton (Roo) Dowling, Athens; and two foster great-grandchildren.
A Masonic and military graveside service will be held at Oakland Cemetery Friday at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Frank C. Folks Masonic Lodge No. 192 and Blackshear Masonic Lodge No. 270.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lavon S. Lincoln
Lavon S. Lincoln, of Patterson, passed away on Tuesday (March 12, 2019) at Memorial Hospital of Savannah after an extended illness.
She was born on May 11, 1924 to the late Walter and Minor Smith. She attended school in the Pierce County School System. She met and married Wesley Lincoln Sr., and to their union six children were born. She later met Cleveland Hollis Sr., and to their union six children were born.
She was known by everyone in the community as a very loving person with a welcoming spirit. She was an excellent cook and was willing to share her home and table with all those who entered her house.
She was preceded in death by six siblings, Clyde Smith, Joe Smith, Roland Smith, Lois Smith Hayes, Tom Smith and Lewis Smith, and she also mourned the death of three children, Wesley Lincoln Sr., Bertha Lee Lincoln and Maxine Wright.
Those left to cherish her beautiful memories include nine children, Hazel L. Ferguson, Waycross, Blondell Mobley, Patterson, Herman Lincoln (Connie), Patterson, Benedine Jefferson, Waycross, Cleveland Hollis Jr. (Catherine), Waycross, Mabalene Baker (Gordon), Waycross, Roosevelt Hollis (Linda), Waycross, Melvin Hollis (Ramona), Patterson, and Helen Washington (Guylee), Offerman.
Grandchildren include Jerome Lincoln (Jeanette), Blackshear, Jadon Lincoln, Lexington Park, Md., John Harper Jr. (Leitia), Waycross, Latoya Lincoln, Patterson, Tyrone Lincoln (Carrie), Patterson, Renata Jenkins (Tony), Savannah, Natoya Hollis, Panama City, Fla., Karita Robinson (Quincy), Lithia Springs, Jonathan Hollis, Panama City, Fla., Rosa Hollis, Panama City, Fla., Sharee Lincoln, Patterson, Cornelius Bennett, Jasper, Fla., Crystal Hollis (Marcus), St. Marys, Marla Hollis, Newnan, Jasmine Washington, Valdosta, Carol Hollis, Waycross, and Mariah Hollis, Newnan; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Rainge Funeral Home in Blackshear.
The funeral will be held on Saturday at Offerman Baptist Church at 2 p.m.
The family will receive family and friends at the home of their mother, 3652 Hyers Road in Patterson.
Final arrangements are entrusted to the professional care of Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc. of Blackshear.

‘Little Donnie’ Price
Donnie L. “Little Donnie” Price, 39, of Waycross died Sunday morning (March 10, 2019) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a brief illness.
He was born in Waycross to Donald H. Price and the late Margaret Ruth Music Price and lived in Waycross all his life.
He graduated with the class of 1993 from Brantley County High School and was a driver for Hope Transport for several years. He loved racing and fishing and spending time with his family.
In addition to his mother he is preceded in death by an uncle, David Russell.
He is survived by his father, Donnie “Big Donnie” Price, of Waycross; a sister, Macey Price, of Waycross; a grandmother, Alphine Waters, of Waycross; a niece, Ida Daniels; two nephews, Timothy Daniels and Tyler Daniels; aunts and uncles, Debbie, Linda, Hazel, Geneva, Charles, David, Lynette, Belinda; numerous cousins and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at High Bluff Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Winnie Evelyn D. Guy
BLACKSHEAR — Winnie Evelyn Thornton Dixon Guy, 83, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday evening (March 12, 2019) at her residence.
Born in Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 9, 1935, she lived in Waycross for several years before moving to Pierce County in 1982. She was a homemaker and was a member of First Baptist Church, Blackshear, where she was in the Followers Sunday School Class.
Known as the “Queen B” of the family, she was a true matriarch. Her family was very important to her and she loved having them close by. She loved sports (having played basketball back in high school) and enjoyed going to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s different sports activities over the years.
She loved to read (especially the Bible), cook, travel and shop — Belk’s was her home away from home. A charitable woman, she was always giving to others when she could.
She was a daughter of the late Seward Lott and Mary Winfred Kelsoe Thornton. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Alvis Cleon Dixon, her second husband, Roy Edward Guy Sr.; two grandchildren, Ansley Melissa Day and Ryan Mitchell Dixon; her sister, Marlene Gardner; and by six brothers, Doyle Thornton, Vernon Thornton, Tom Creel, John K. Thornton, Cooper Thornton and Eugene Thornton.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Billy Davis and Mary Ellen and Robert Morgan, all of Blackshear, and AnnMarie and Dr. Thomas Parfenchuck, of Martinez; a son and daughter-in-law, Mickey and Kelly Dixon, of Blackshear; two step-daughters, Janice and Gary Kildow, of Waycross, and Vickie and Ron Stevenson, of Blackshear; two step-sons, Eddie Guy Jr., of Blackshear, and Teddy and Paula Guy, of Waycross; a brother, Hilliard and Julie Thornton, of Three Forks, Mont.; 10 grandchildren, Amy and Andy Day, Amanda and Chris Sinclair, David and Angel Dixon, Jordan and Samantha Dixon, Amber and Cole Merritt, April and Adam Ferrell, Dr. Andrew Morgan, Thomas Parfenchuck, Jacob Parfenchuck, and Emily Parfenchuck; 15 great-grandchildren, Ellington Day, Emma Kathryn Day, Bayleigh Sinclair, Belle Sinclair, Karigan Merritt, Kensington Merritt, Cohen Merritt, Dylan Dixon, Kendra Dixon, Gage Merryman, Colton Merryman, Finleigh Parfenchuck, Alisa Carter, Caroline Ferrell and Jackson Ferrell; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 12 p.m. in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 670 Main St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Charles W. Spivey
A graveside service for Charles W. Spivey was held Wednesday afternoon at Thomas Cemetery with the Rev. Don Patterson officiating.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. José Ramón ‘Joe’ Martinez
A funeral for Dr. José Ramón “Joe” Martinez was held Wednesday afternoon at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Bob Cushing officiating.
Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers were James Akers, Andrew Jones, Kevin Jones, Phillip Jones, Anthony Martinez and Joe Martinez III.
Military rites were conducted by a contingent of the United States Navy.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.