Dr. Gregory Newport
RICHMOND, Ky. — Dr. Gregory Allan Newport, 37, of Richmond, Ky., passed away March 6, 2015, at Baptist Health Hospital in Richmond.
He was born Aug. 4, 1977, the son of James Christopher and Kathy Ann Burns Newport. He was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Charleston School of Pharmacology.
Survivors include his parents, James Christopher and Kathy Ann Burns Newport; a sister, Heather Hinkle; his grandparents, J.C. and Pearl Newport, and Delora Wagner; his fiancee, Terri Chasteen; and her children, Lauren, David and Elijah; three nephews, Blake Stephenson, Trevor Stephenson and Chandler Hinkle; a niece, Kylie Hinkle; an uncle, Jim and Wanda Lee, of Waycross; numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A graveside service will be held 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of the local arrangements.

Gordon U. Johnson
A celebration of life service for Gordon Ungene Johnson, 75, of Homerville, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Reddick Street, Homerville, with his nephew, the Rev. Warnell Williams, offering words of comfort and the church pastor, the Rev. Amos Lee, presiding.
He was born Sept. 19, 1939 in Cogdell, the 10th child born to the late Deacon James Johnson Sr. and Sarah Jane McKinnon Johnson.
He joined St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. He received his formal education from the public school system of Clinch County and Homerville. During his life he resided in Cog dell, Deland, Fla., Homerville and Lakeland.
He departed this life Monday (March 16, 2015) in Lake Villa Convalescent Center, Lakeland, after an illness. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two daughters, four brothers and a sister.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Brenda Davis Johnson, of Lakeland; five sons, Robert Davis, of Waycross, Dennis U. Ray, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Jimmy Dell Harris, of Savannah, Robert Johnson, of New Jersey, and Gordon Johnson, of Deland, Fla.; an adopted daughter, Ada Ross, of Gainesville, Fla.; a brother, George Johnson, of Titusville, Fla.; two sisters, Burneva J. Carter, of Deland, Fla., and Frances J. McCall, of Miami, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Bertha Hazekiah, of Valdosta, and Rose Johnson, of Titusville; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Cooper and Daniel McCall, both of Miami, Fla.; an aunt, Alice Jones, of Callahan, Fla.; a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Public visitation will be this evening from 6 to 8 at Fluker Funeral Home, 15 Robinson St., Homerville.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Pine Forest Cemetery, Homerville.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Homerville.

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 together 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 517, Order of Eastern Star 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; 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., Shanae Cobb, of Hawaii, Maya Rowell, of Atlanta, Anneika Pierce, Latravis Rowell (Roshondra), of Waycross, James Cobb Jr. (Kesha), of Waycross, Ambroise Troupe, of Waycross, Andre Gordon, of Atlanta, Roderick Rowell (Robin), of Brunswick, Joshu Rowell IV, of Atlanta, and Seth Waldon, of Brunswick; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one god- child, Teiresias Jones and spouse, of Atlanta; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and sorrowing friends.
A celebration of life service will be held 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 today from 5 until 7 p.m.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online guest book www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Henry Thomas Creech
Henry Thomas Creech, 83, of Waycross died late Monday (Feb. 16, 2015) night at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after a brief illness.
He was born in Selma, N.C., to the late Norwood William Creech and Rachel White Creech. He made his home in Jacksonville, Fla., for the past 20 years before moving to Waycross in October.
In Jacksonville, he was a member of Arlington Baptist Church. He served for 20 years in the United States Navy, which included service during the Korean War. He retired from the United States Navy in 1970 as a chief petty officer.
After his retirement from service, he used his accomplished skills for welding, plumbing and fixing most anything put in front of him. He loved his family and any time he was able to spend with them. He appreciated listening to all kinds of music and passed the love of music on to his daughters.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sister, Ralph Creech, Vernon Creech, Margie Kowalski and Marshall Creech.
He is survived by his wife, Vara Creech, of Waycross; two daughters, Cindy Frazier (husband, Earl), of Magnolia, Ky., Linda Sirmans (husband, Hank), of Waycross; four grandchildren, Aaron Frazier (wife, Brittany), Rachel Bundy (husband, Mike), Thomas Sirmans, Tanner Sirmans; a brother, Frank Creech (wife, Kathy); a sister, Bonnie Powell (husband, Emmett); two sisters-in-law, Lou Creech and Lorraine Creech; numerous nieces and nephews; a step-son, Miles Latham (wife, Cathy), of Douglas; a step-daughter, Elizabeth Latham; five step-grandchildren, Kathy Selman, Macey Latham, Hunter Latham, Kaysie Bronson (husband, Denver), Stephanie Day (husband, Michael); two step-great-grandchildren, Kaley Bronson and Cole Bronson; and other relatives.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Trinity United Methodist Church Chapel. The family will receive friends in the chapel beginning at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to everyone at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross and Hospice Satilla for the compassionate, loving care that was shown to him and his family.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Edna Musgrove
Edna Musgrove, 67, died Friday morning (March 20, 2015) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House following a long term illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Music Funeral Home.

Sarah Lillian Thrift
BLACKSHEAR — Sarah Lillian Crosby Thrift, 83, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday (March 17, 2015) at her residence.
Born in Offerman, Feb. 20, 1932, she lived in Pierce and Ware counties most of her life. She was a seamstress and worked for Julie Hat for many years. A woman who loved the Lord first, she also loved her church family, gospel music and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She crocheting things and giving them to friends and family. She was a member of Hosanna Church of Christ.
She was a daughter of the late Robert Lester and Hester Savilla Chancey Crosby. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl Stoke Thrift, two sisters, Juanita Weir and Annette Sikes, and two brothers, Joe Crosby and Ronnie Crosby.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Randolph Odum, of Kingsland; four sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford and Jean Gray, of Jacksonville, Danny Keith and Angie Gibbs, of Stockbridge, Michael and Jodi Gibbs, of Millwood, and James Robert “Bobby” and Beverly Mitchell, of St. Augustine, Fla.; three sisters, Helen Marie Anderson, of Blackshear, Billie (Don) Cornelius, of Nashville, and Carol (Donald) Payne, of Blackshear; a brother, Eddie (Edna) Crosby, of Jacksonville; 11 grandchildren, Stefanie Hall, Clifford Gibbs, Nicholas Gibbs, Jerry Lilly, Chuck Johnson, Rhoda Coy, Marlyn Lee Stone, Jason Richard Gibbs, Jeremiah Michael Gibbs, James Robert Mitchell Jr. and Garrett Stroup; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the New Home Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Sunday afternoon from 1:30 until 3 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Southeast Cancer Unit, P.O. Box 2764, Waycross, Ga. 31502.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Jessie P. Swearingen
BRUNSWICK — Jessie Palmer Swearingen, 83, passed away Tuesday (March 17, 2015) at the home of his niece in Brunswick, Glynn County, after a long hard fought battle with cancer.
He was born April 12, 1931, in Clinch County to the late Cuyler H. Swearingen and Josie Young Swearingen. A native of Clinch County, he was a life long resident of Duval County, Fla. He worked for the City of Jacksonville (Jacksonville University Landscape Department) where he retired after 30 years. He was also an avid gardener and studied horticulture. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Homer Swearingen, Robert Swearingen, Walter Swearingen and C.H. Swearingen.
Survivors are two sisters, Laverne Jacobs, of Nahunta, and Retha Petrausky, of Monticello, Fla.; two special nieces that were his caregivers, Phyllis and Miranda May, of Brunswick; and several other nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Boney Bluff Cemetery, Fargo.
Officiating will be the Rev. Bruce Dean.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Dr. Abdelmalik and the staff of Heartland Hospice.
Condolences to the family may be conveyed at the online registry, www.roundtreefuneralhome.net
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.