Elizabeth Ann Mertz
Elizabeth Ann Thompson Mertz, 78, of Nahunta, passed away Wednesday (March 16, 2016) at Bayview Nursing Home, following an extended illness.
Born in Jacksonville, Fla., she was the daughter of Eldon Milton Thompson and Ruth Autry Langston Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Monroe Mertz, and her son, Gregory Scott Mertz.
She was currently a member of Hickox Baptist Church, and a former member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Nahunta Senior Citizen Center. She enjoyed ball games and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Terri and David Rounsaville, of Destin, Fla.; her son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Sherry Mertz, of Nahunta; her grandchildren, Taylor, Loren and Ryan Mertz, all of Nahunta, and Ashleigh and Kyle Mertz, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; her sister and brother-in-law, Julie and John Ripley, and niece, Erica and Jeff Jahns; several other relatives and friends.
Her celebration of life will start with visitation being held at Frye Funeral Home, this evening beginning at 6 o’clock.
The funeral will be held at Hickox Baptist Church Friday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Mike Yawn officiating. A graveside service will follow in Jacksonville, Fla., at 1 p.m. in Oaklawn Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Gene Mertz.
Pallbearers will be Tim Mertz, Ryan Mertz, Trevor Hendrix, Jack Cathcart, Chad Hester and Dustin Morrison.
Honorary pallbearers will be Weston Lake and Tristan Yeomans.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at fryefh.com
Ernestine P. Nelson
The homegoing celebration for Pastor Ernestine P. Nelson will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lion of Judah, 2913 Albany Ave., where the Rev. Danny Buskey is pastor.
The body will lie in repose in the church from 11 a.m. until the service hour. Burial and committal services will be held in Black Baxley Cemetery on Friendship Church Road, Baxley.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. Friends are also being received at the home of her niece, Ruthie Cooper, 1525 Moody St., Waycross.
The cortege will assemble at 1525 Moody St. Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
The daughter of the late Bossie and Agnes Singleton, she departed this life at her residence in Kingsland Sunday (March 13, 2016).
She started her walk with God many years ago. She attended school in Bacon County. She furthered her education at Waycross-Ware Technical School where she received her degree as an LPN. She was employed with the Ware County School System.
After receiving her degree as an LPN, she became employed with Memorial Hospital in Waycross and with ABC Home Health Care Services. She sang and was the manager of the Eveready Gospel Singers of Waycross. She also was a former member and Mother of True Foundation Church of God In Christ. She was the founder and active member of of House of Prayer Outreach Ministry Church of God until she became ill. She was joined in holy matrimony to her husband, Jackie Nelson, in 1984.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Bossie and Agnes Singleton, five sisters and one brother, five sons, Tim Wade, Jerry Parnell, Perry Parnell, Alex Godfrey Parnell and Patrease Parnell.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Deacon Jackie Nelson, of Kingsland; daughter, Evangelist Angela Wade, of Kingsland; two sons, John Wade (Carolyn), Bishop Christopher Parnell (Cynthia), of Baxley; a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many sorrowing friends.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the guest book at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
Kenzie L. Maddox
A celebration of life service for Kenzie L. Maddox, 80, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. James Baptist Church (on the ridge), Patterson, with the church pastor, the Rev. Thomas Smith Jr., offering words of comfort.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in St. James Church Cemetery, Patterson.
Public visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
He was born may 12, 1935 to the late Nehemiah Maddox and Ethel Reddish Thorpe Maddox in Odom (Wayne County).
“Johnny” and “Pop,” as he was affectionately known, joined St. James Baptist Church late in life and remained a member until his demise. He made a career of driving trucks and taxicabs which he enjoyed every moment of it.
He was a man of courage and strength who loved children, animals, his family and ice cream. He was an avid pool player and an awesome teacher to many. He was loved and respected by all who had the privilege to have known him.
He departed this life Thursday (March 10, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an illness. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several siblings including Rosetta Thorpe (a renowned gospel artist).
Those left to cherish his memory include a brother, David Lee Maddox, of Sarasota, Fla.; a devoted cousin, Apostle Isabelle B. Myles, of Keystone Heights, Fla.: 10 step-children, Gloria Gloster (Anthony), Clifford Davis (Carletha), Lucinda Evans (Russell), William Ramsey, Della Moses (Delos), Sandra Grayson (Richard), Joseph Ramsey (Angela), Bruce Ramsey (Robyn), Lisa Hill and Nikki Gardner; a devoted god-daughter, Paulette Armstrong (Adrian), of Stone Mountain; 32 step-grandchildren; 42 step-great-grandchildren; three special friends, James Williams, Evangelist Lorena Armstrong, both of Waycross, and “Mr. Cigar Man,” of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a caring nurse, Denise Lee; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at his residence, 904 Central Ave., Apt. A2.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Savilla Bell Crawford
BLACKSHEAR — Savilla Bell Smith Pittman Crawford, 85, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday evening (March 15, 2016) at her residence following a lengthy illness.
Born in Scuffletown, April 1, 1930, she lived in Olar, S.C., for a few years before moving to Blackshear and Pierce County in 1988. She worked as a waitress before going to cosmetology school and becoming a hairdresser. She worked for Sarah’s Chateau of Beauty prior to her retirement.
She was also a volunteer at the Pierce County Nursing Home and was a former bailiff for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. She was a very active member of Youmans Chapel Baptist Church where she was in the Senior Adult Sunday School Class. Her hobbies were crafts and decorating.
She was a daughter of the late Dan Haron Smith and Eula Bell Smith Nichols. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, W.M. Pittman, an infant daughter, Terri Lynn Pittman, three sisters, Lonnie Bratcher, Gladys Crews and Eunice Albritton, and six brothers, Syrum Smith, E.C. Smith, Clarence Smith, Joe Smith, Delmas Smith and Leb Smith.
Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Robert Claude Crawford, of Blackshear; three daughters, Phyllis L. (Herb) Gassett, of Lake Wells, Fla., Wanis M. (Rudy) Nichols, of Waycross, and Sylvia A. (Clint) Scales, of Blackshear; two step-daughters, Patsy M. McCosker, of St. Maries, Idaho, and Janet L. (Phil) Lairsey, of Waycross; a step-son, R. Keith Crawford, of Deltona, Fla.; a sister, Bonnie (Ted) Edwards, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Dr. Al Jones, of Biloxi, Miss.; 14 grandchildren, Michael Morris, Kitty Morris, Rosemarie Morris, Sharon Morris, Neil Aliff, Jake Nasworthy, Casey Turner, Jamie Nasworthy, Keri Shaw, Drew Shaw, Dahkota Crawford, Stion Lairsey, Madison Lairsey and MacKenzie Lairsey; 24 great-grandchildren; two very special friends, Joyce Sapp, of Blackshear, and Catherine McCray, of Waycross; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at Youmans Chapel Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.
Cynthia E. Boyd
Cynthia Evette Boyd, 53, of 175 Leeswood Circle, Brunswick, formerly of Waycross, passed away Friday (March 11, 2016).
She was born in Blackshear June 12, 1962, to John and Jerry Dennis,
The funeral will be Saturday 11 a.m., at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Drive, Waycross, where the Rev. Alfred Stevens is the pastor and will offer words of comfort.
Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.
The cortege will assemble at 911 Wilfred St., Waycross, at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The family is receiving friends at the home of her mother, Jerry Dennis, 911 Wilfred St., Waycross.
Public visitation will take place from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Rainge Funeral Home, 505 Ware St., Blackshear.
She was preceded her in death by her father, John Dennis, and two brothers, Harold Dennis and Johnny “John-John” Dennis.
She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband, Harris Boyd Jr.; seven daughters, Shalonda Dennis, Savannah, Petrina Dennis, Brunswick, Erica (Derick) Jenkins, Latasha McElroy, Kimberly McElroy, Jana McElroy and Roderica George, all of Waycross; an adopted daughter, Tyneshia Williams; step-daughters, Sherryl (Elson) Scott and Kena Boyd; step-son, Leon (Rosalin) Boyd, Atlanta; her loving mother, Jerry Dennis, Waycross; 23 grandchildren, Jamaria, Jamesia, Ja’Keema, A’Mari, D’Ederick, Romelo, Troinity, Derick Jr., Jazmine, Jamon, Deshon, A’moracle, Kimbron, Colexia, Cyntiana, Sammyah, Semaj, Rosiah, Madison, Ashley, Allison, Eboni and Keshona; two god-daughters, Marian (Greg) Kinlaw and Tassha Faison; four sisters, Taryl Lynn Dennis, Savannah, Deborah (Patrick) Combs, Shameka (Curt) Moore and Latonya Dennis; four brothers, Elvin Dennis, Donnie Dennis, Michael Dennis, Melvin Dennis; two brothers-in-law, Jay (Ina) Boyd, Albert (Faye) Boyd; sister-in-law, Rose Thomas; two sister-friends, Rhonda Hadden Corbin and Karen Faison; special cousins, Kenny “KW” White and Lamar Hadden; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and sorrowing friends.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is charge of arrangements.
George W. Cameron
George William Cameron died peacefully in his sleep Sunday (March 13, 2016) at the age of 90.
He was in residence at Sun Towers in Sun City Center, Fla., where he’d been living for 3 1/2 years. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 22, 1925, the son of Royal and Margaret (Madge) Cameron. He married Mary Elizabeth Herron, also of Toronto, Canada, in 1947, at the end of World War II. Weston has been folded into Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
He served in the Royal Canadian Navy on a destroyer for the duration of the war making the North Atlantic run for several years then finishing his service in the Caribbean. He never learned how to swim, although he knew enough to teach all four of his children. Following the war, he attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in forestry. He then took a job in forestry and surveying for a new highway north of Lake Superior. That highway was unofficially known for many years as Cameron Highway. He and Mary welcomed their first two children while living in the bush; however, soon after that, feeling that they needed a little more “civilization” they began the first of many moves, this time to Arnprior, Ontario. Later homes were made in St. Claire, Quebec, Rosemere, Quebec, Waycross, and Jacksonville, Fla., with stops in England and Austria.
In Rosemere, he began working with the British firm Scapa Ltd. The family attended the United Church of Canada where he taught Sunday School and was named as a deacon. In Waycross, he continued working with Scapa Ltd. and the family attended First Presbyterian Church. It was in Waycross that he realized his dream of becoming a licensed airplane pilot.
He will be remembered by all for his great love of music and singing as well as his positive outlook on life.
He is survived by his children, Pat Hill (Les), of Sun City Center, Fla., Cathy Nestler (John), of Edwards, Miss., Bruce Cameron (Ellen), of Columbus, Ohio, and Laura Cameron (Harold Hartmann), of Toronto, Canada; grandchildren, Ashley Zientara, of The Villages, Fla., Cameron Hill, of Newnan, Michael Nestler, of Macon, Sara Nestler, of Ocean Springs, Miss., Chelsea Cameron, of Orlando, Fla., and Skylar Cameron, of Columbus, Ohio; several great-grandchildren; his niece, Shirley Hess, of Peterborough, Ontario.
He pre-deceased by his wife, Mary, and sister, Margaret Hess of Medina, Ohio.
The memorial service date and time is to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in his name to the American Alzheimer’s Association, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 709, Clearwater, Fla. 33762 (727) 578-2558
Fannie Marshall Morris
Fannie Marshall Morris, 93, of Blackshear, passed away Monday morning (March 14, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
She was born Sept. 25, 1922, to the parentage of Leo and Amy Collins Marshall at the family home on Ware Street.
She attended elementary school at the four room Rosewald School on Pine Street near the Old Lee Street High School, graduating from the seventh grade. Her eighth and ninth grades were taught by the late Rev. C.B. Holloway, pastor of Scott’s Chapel Methodist Church. She attended Claflain High School in Orangeburg, S.C. for the 10th grade. Her 11th and 12th grades were attended at the boarding school at Dorchester Academy in McIntosh County. She graduated from high school at Dorchester Academy in 1939.
She graduated from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1941 with a junior college diploma. She received a bachelor of science degree from Savannah State College June 5, 1952. She was certified in library science at the University of Georgia in Athens.
She started teaching at Patterson Elementary School in 1941-1942 at 19 years old. From 1942 to 1946 she taught at Lee Street Elementary School, from 1946 to 1950 she was the only teacher at the Milligan School. Her teaching career at Lee Street started again in 1950 (to 1960), where she served as librarian. She continued to work at other schools such as Homerville High, Alma High and Patterson High where she retired in 1986 as librarian.
She joined Scott’s Chapel Church at the early age of 12 years old. She served in many capacities while at Scott’s Chapel which included communion steward, usher, church secretary, church treasurer and public relations coordinator.
Her professional organizations include Pierce County Library Board and Pierce County Retired Teachers Association.
She leaves to cherish her memory a loving daughter, Edweena Agyemang, Savannah; her son-in-law, Ken Agyemang, Savannah; three grandchildren, Kwasi, Akua and Ashanti, all of Savannah; a sister, Amy (Grady) McNeal, Goodlettsville, Tenn.; cousins, Sallie McClendon, Blackshear, and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Johnson, Brunswick; a special acquaintance, Felice Gwyn, Macon; special associates, Gwendolyn Smith, Isabella Eaddy and Dr. Dorothy Stringfellow; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held from 3 until 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 505 Ware St.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Scott’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 420 Highway Ave., Blackshear. The Rev. Vicki Scott, pastor, will offer words of comfort.
Interment will follow in the family plot in Shiloh Cemetery.
The body will lie in state at the church from 2 p.m. until the hour of service. The cortege will assemble at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at the residence, 1115 Ware St., Blackshear.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
George W. White III
A funeral for George W. White III was held Wednesday morning at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Lesley Evans and the Rev. Rodney Thrift officiating.
Burial followed in Zenith Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bill Arney, Steve Bennett, Tom Boyd, Les Evans, Steve Hickox, Robbie McNeese and Larry Thrift.
Military rites were performed by the United States Army.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Rufus West Carter
A funeral for Rufus W. Carter was held Wednesday afternoon at Deenwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Jarrod Everson officiating and speaker Jeana Griffin.
Entombment followed in Greenlawn Mausoleum.
Pallbearers were Adam Howell, Ashley Howell, Chuck Griffin, Terry Griffis, Neal Griffis and Scottie Cyr.
Honorary pallbearers were the Men’s Adult Sunday School Class.
Military honors were provided by the honor guard of Ft. Stewart Army Base.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.