Shirley Jean Rowell
Shirley Jean Rowell, daughter of the late Clarence Thomas Clayton and Julie Wright Clayton, was born Nov. 2, 1936 in Alma. She was educated in the public schools in Waycross.
She met and later joined in holy matrimony with Ruben Rowell Jr. and to them four children were born. During her years of work she was employed with Gold Kist Pecans and Swisher International Cigars, where she retired after 36 years of service.
She was a member of Oak Park Community Club, American Legion Post No. 517, the Order of Eastern Star No. 183, and president of the New Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church Usher Board.
On Monday (March 16, 2015), she was carried home to rest by her guardian angels, and to rest with her heavenly Father. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, four children, two sons, Ruben L. “Pee Wee” Rowell III and Clarence T. “Bubba” Rowell, and two daughters, Anetia “Renay” Cooper (Bernard) and Twanee P. Maddox (Leon); one brother, Clarence Clayton Jr.; three sisters-in-law, Inez Johnson and family of Willacoochee, Mattie Vickers and family of Atlanta, and Edith Mainor and family of Jacksonville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, Latonya Rowell (Dee), of Jacksonville, Fla., Shanea Cobb, of Hawaii, Maya Rowell, of Atlanta, Anneika Pierce, Latravis Rowell (Roshondra), of Waycross, Ambroise Troup, of Waycross, Andre Gordon, of Atlanta, Roderick Rowell (Robin), of Brunswick, Ruben Joshua Rowell, of Atlanta, and Seth Waldon, of Brunswick; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one god-child, Triresias Jones and spouse, of Atlanta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and sorrowing friends.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 901 Ossie Davis Parkway, where the pastor is the Rev. Jackie Hooper. Burial and committal service will be held in Oakland Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose in the church from noon until the service.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 1510 Bunche St., at 1:15 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 5 until 7 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed online at
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Franz M. Shelton Sr.
A celebration of life service for Franz Maurice Shelton Sr., 44, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1700 M.L. King Drive, with Bishop James Lee presiding and Bishop Eddie Cooper offering words of comfort.
He was born Jan. 22, 1971 in Waycross to parents Dorothy Lee Shelton Sumner and the late Willie James Shelton.
He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church.
He received his formal education from the public school system of Waycross and graduated from Waycross High School in 1991. While attending Waycross High School, he served as the videographer for the Waycross Bulldogs football team. He continued his education by enrolling in the former Waycross-Ware Technical School.
He served as a member of the Waycross Police Auxiliary for many years and was an employee of Simmons Bedding Company.
He was endowed with a warm and friendly smile, a sweet spirit, a loving and humorous personality that won a place in the hearts of those privileged to have known him.
He departed this life Friday (March 13, 2015) in an automobile accident.
In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mia Shelton, his maternal grandparents, Isaac and Jannie Lee, and his paternal grandfather, Council Shelton.
Those left to cherish his memory include a son, Franz Maurice Shelton Jr., of Waycross; two daughters, Kierra Cox, of Statesboro, and Paris Butler, of Dallas, Ga.; his mother, Dorothy Lee Shelton Sumner, of Waycross; three brothers, James W. Shelton (Cynthia), of Lake Mary, Fla., Kenneth L. Shelton (Tabitha), of Hopeville, N.C., and Shaun Jones, of Waycross; two sisters, Cuntina Jackson, of Albany, and Shlonda Daniels, of Waycross; his grandmother, Lucy Shelton, of Waycross; fiancée, Latasha Jackson, of Jacksonville, Fla.; stepmother, Angelia Shelton, of Homerville; god-mother, Lorena Armstrong, of Waycross; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Public visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 to 6 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
Friends are also being received at his mother’s residence, 812 East Waring St., Apt. 52.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Michael A. Houston
LOS ANGELES, Calif. —Michael Anthony “Mike” Houston, 55, of Los Angeles, passed away Feb. 25, 2015, at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
Born in Atlanta Aug. 22, 1959, he lived in Blackshear for many years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Following his military service, he worked as a sign fabricator for several years before ill health forced him to retire.
He was of the Methodist faith and will be remembered as being a free spirit who enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
He was a son of the late Frances Arlen and Jacqueline Lee Norman Houston.
Survivors include two sons, Harley Michael (and Sara Houston and Cody Houston) and Kailey Miller, all of Madison, Ala.; his wife, Melanie Yates Houston, of Joplin, Mo.; four sisters, Leisa Houston, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Toni (and Paul Azinger), of Bradenton, Fla., Jami Houston, of Panama City Beach, Fla., and Beck and Larry Cason, of Waycross; the mother of his children, Linda Houston, of Madison, Ala.; his companion, Carleen Robins, of Los Angeles; his life-long friend, Mark (Teresa) Bowen, of Blackshear; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

William H. Davis III
HORTENSE — William “Bill” Henry Davis III, 59, of Hortense, passed away Wednesday morning (March 18, 2015) at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he was the son of William Henry Davis Jr. and Sarah Juanita McCullars Davis. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Anne Morgan and Susan Morgan, and two brothers, Jerry Davis and David “Buddy” Davis.
He worked many years as a mechanic. He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors, and attended White Oak Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Lynn Davis; seven children, William Henry Davis IV, David Davis, Sherry Strickland, John Floyd, George Floyd, William Underwood and Derrick Eakins; a host of grandchildren; two sisters, Linda Duffy and Marie Tucker; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 at Frye Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Drury officiating.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Dr. Shirley Ruth Miller
A funeral for Dr. Shirley Ruth Dowling Miller was held Wednesday afternoon at Deenwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Jarrod Everson and Theresa Henry officiating.
Burial followed in Hoboken City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were George Freeman, Donnie Griffis, Neal Griffis, Kenny McCarthy, Ernie Sauls and Wade Steptoe.
Honorary pallbearers were former students of Dr. Miller.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.