Wayne Rayford Osburn
Wayne Rayford Osburn, 79, died Tuesday night (March 22, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House following an extended illness.
He was a native and life-long resident of Ware County, the son of the late Cecil James Osburn and Mary Elizabeth Bennett Osburn. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Osburn, and a great-granddaughter, Lorrine Lyndale Thrift.
He was a 1954 graduate of Wacona High School and received his electronics training from Atlanta Technical School. He was the owner and operator of Ace TV for 60 years before retiring and the Triple O Farm.
He was a member of Second Baptist Church where he was teacher of the Adult Men II Sunday School Class, a deacon and served on numerous church committees. He loved camping and was a member of the Happy Campers Club.
He is remembered as a man whose life was centered in his love for the Lord, his family and farming. He was an inspiration to many people and mentored many young men in the church.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jeanette Hurst Osburn, of Waycross; his children, Mark Osburn Sr. and Cathy Osburn, Cynthia and David Hickox, Linda and Tracy Pittman, Timothy and Ronda Osburn, and Marilyn and Sean Hewett; 14 grandchildren, Mark Osburn Jr. (Sandy), Elizabeth Thrift (Brantley), Carolyn Griffin (Josh), Casey Spivey (Jason), Caleb Pittman, Bennett Pittman, Heather Strickland (Jake), Wayne A. Osburn (Lynda), Haley Hewett, Tanley Hewett, Vicki Sweat (Jamie), Jennifer Morris, Pamela Tanner (Ben), April Oliver (Rick); 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Jean Shea, of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Cecil Lawrence Osburn, of Waycross, and William Daniel Osburn (Mabel), of Hoschton; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial donations may be made to Second Baptist Church, 301 Tomberlin Road, Waycross, Ga. 31503 or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Members of the Adult Men II Sunday School Class are asked to gather at the church at 10:40 a.m. Friday to serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock this evening at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Marian G. Gardner
Marian Brannen Gardner, 84, of Waycross, died Wednesday (March 23, 2016).
She was born Feb. 28, 1932, in Appling County to the late Leonard Alonzo Brannen and the late Myrtle Dominy Brannen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Murray Gardner, and five brothers.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol Gardner Bissell, of Winder; son, Glenn (Teresa) Gardner, of Manassas, Va.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Bobby Davis, of Brunswick, and Alice and Royce Leggett, of St. Simons Island; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Bernice Brannen, of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Bek Gardner, Carlie (David) Watt, Lauren (Joel) Tonge, Stephanie Mason, Jennifer Gardner, Christopher Bissell; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Miles-Odum Funeral Home in Waycross with the Rev. Alan Davis officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers are Christopher Bissell, Bek Gardner, Joel Tonge, Glenn Gardner, Wiley Norris and Alan Davis.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Waycross.
Remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, Va. 22311
Arrangements are under the direction of Swain Funeral Home in Baxley.
A celebration of life service for Luverne “Dear” Hawkins, 80, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Church of Christ Written in Haven, 617 Blackwell St., where Bishop John Moss is pastor, Apostle Janice Thomas will preside and her grandson, Prophet Willie E. Oliver, will offer words of comfort.
She was born March 16, 1936 in Cogdell (Clinch County) to the late Albert Mills Sr. and Nettie Troupe Mills.
“Dear,” as she was affectionately known, received her formal education from the Clinch County and Atkinson County school systems.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and rededicated her life under the leadership of Pastor Linda Swift. She later became a member of Pentecostal Deliverance Holiness Church where her son-in-law, Pastor Luscious Hicks, is pastor.
After serving under him and receiving some teaching she joined Faith Outreach Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Frances Fields where she served faithfully until her health failed.
She, along with her late husband, Freddie Lee Hawkins Sr., were owners and operators of Modern Tool and Die Company of Florida in Pinellas, Fla. After moving to Waycross she worked for many years at King Edwards Cigar Factory and later became a private sitter for numerous people in Waycross.
She departed this life Saturday morning (March 19, 2016) at her residence after an illness. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two children, Loria Ann Hawkins and Freddie Hawkins Jr., siblings, Zelmar Mills, Joe Lewis Mills, Albert Mills Jr., Virgil Mills Huggins, a twin sister, Lucille (L.C.) Bowden, and a grandchild, Willie C. Oliver Jr.
Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Barbara Hawkins and Jacquelyn Hicks ( Pastor Luscious), both of Waycross; a grandson she raised, Michael Hawkins; siblings, James Mills (Diana), of Waycross, and Jessie M. Bryant, of New Haven, Mich.; sisters-in-law, Minnie Lee Smith Lewis, Mary Hawkins, both of Waycross, Lureen Wilson, of Douglas, Virginia Mills, of Buffalo, N.Y.; foster children, Shirley Gordon, Tiwana Clark and Deborah Lewis; a special niece, Shelia Baldwin; 25 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Hawkins residence, 808 Arnold McKinney Drive, and Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose at the church Saturday one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
Calvin Hill Sr.
Calvin Hill Sr., 99, departed this life Friday (March 18, 2016) in Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
He was born Jan. 5, 1917 to the late Noah and Maudie Hill in Fairfax (Ware County). He was the second of 10 children born to this union.
He was joined in holy matrimony Nov. 3, 1957 to Charlie Mae Smith. He was the father of four children, Calvin Jr., Jeffery, Kenneth and Melissa.
He made his profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized by the late Rev. E.J. Junior at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Following his baptism, he became a member of Macedonia Senior Choir as well as the City Wide Male Choir.
In his youth he was an avid baseball player and later in life enjoyed coaching and watching others play the game he loved. he also had a passion for auto racing and boxing.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by eight sibling, Jonathan, Audubon, Jimmy, Simmie, Annie Lee, Clara, Emma and Myrtice, and a brother-in-law, Charles.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Hazzard Hill Cemetery with his son, Pastor Jeffrey Hill, giving the eulogy.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Charlie Mae; four children, Calvin Jr. (Denise), Jeffrey Sr. (Mignon), Kenneth and Melissa (Maurice); 12 grandchildren, Nicholas, Jahmay, Gavin, Ja’Ron, Jeffrey II, Angel, De’Nasia, Destiny, Deontae, De’Asia, Daniel and Danielle; six great-grandchildren; five siblings, Alma, Mable, Leila, Willie Mae and Ernest (Gloria); three sisters-in-law, Lillie Mae, Fay and Mary (Fred); nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Hill residence, 1108 Martin Luther King Drive.
Public visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted Fluker Funeral Home.
Alford L. Tiller
A celebration of life service for Alford L. “Al” Tiller, 50, of Homerville, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Brown’s Chapel A.M.E. Church, 111 Wilson St., Homerville, with the church pastor, the Rev. Gregory Lordnum, offering words of comfort.
“Al,” as he was affectionately known, was born in Homerville on Nov. 30, 1965 to the late Ardelphus Lacy Jr. and Lurlene Glaze Tiller. He was raised by the late Josephine Ware and Alice Lacy. He received his formal education from the Clinch County School System and graduated from Clinch County High School in 1983.
He was a former employee of Dollar General Inc of Homerville and later worked at B-Way Inc. of Homerville until his health failed. He was joined in holy matrimony to his soul mate, Ora “Tan” Conyers, on July 20, 2002.
He enjoyed life through simple pleasures, talking and spending time with friends and family. He was known for his love of fashion and would always sport the latest footwear and garments. His love and laughter will surely be missed.
He departed this life Saturday morning (March 19, 2016) at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., after a brief illness.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Ora “Tan” Conyers Tiller, of Homerville; three sons, Samuel Clark, Dexter Foster and Jarvis Tiller, all of Homerville; a daughter, Cassie Morris (Clayton), of Homerville; four sisters, Ora Williams (George), Denna Knight, Dela Hayes, all of Homerville, and Linda Brooks, of Langdale, Ala.; two brothers, Anthony Knight and Frederick Tiller (Faye), both of Homerville; one raised like a brother, Dondre Lacey Sr. (Catina), of Homerville; mother-in-law, Roberta Bolden Conyers; five aunts; two uncles; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the Tiller residence, 345 West Plant Ave., Homerville, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fluker Funeral Home, 18 Robinson St., Homerville.
The body will lie in state at the church Saturday until the hour of service.
Interment will be in Pine Forest Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home of Homerville.
Carlos ‘Red’ Smart
Carlos Wildon “Red” Smart, 85, of Pierce County, died Wednesday afternoon (March 23, 2016) at Satilla Hospice in Waycross after a short illness.
He was a native of Pierce County, son of the late Wright Smart and Mattie Crews Smart and was also preceded in death by his first wife, Shelby Jean Barber Smart, three sons, Timothy Smart and two infants, a brother, Tracy (Sam) Smart, a sister, Joyce Smart Garret, two brothers-in-law, Rudolph Garret and Burton Oliver.
He was an avid fox hunter, was a member of the Pierce County Fox Hunters Club and was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Shirley Mercer Long Smart, of Pierce County; a step-son, Roy L. Long Sr. (Debbie), of Douglas; a brother, Larry Smart (Anneyse), of Alma; a sister, Joyce Smart Oliver, of Gainesville, Fla.; five step-grand children and 20 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held Friday at 11 o’clock in the chapel of Crosby Funeral Home with the Rev. Loren Bryant and the Rev. Sam Quick officiating.
Interment will follow in Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday morning between 10 and 11 o’clock.
Active pallbearers will be Nicky Jarrard, Brent Godshalk, Jimmy Hill, Bill McCrea, Jason Long and Roy Long Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Pierce County Fox Hunters Club, Charles Peacock, J. Walter Mattox, Don and Helen Rowell, Eddie Smart, Nadine Taylor, Earnest Barber, Carol Thrift and Shellie Tanner.
Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of all the arrangements.
Patricia Davis Dixon
BLACKSHEAR — A memorial service for Patricia Ann “Patsy” Davis Dixon, 74, was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating was her nephew, the Rev. Teke Dixon.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Doris M. Davis
A funeral for Doris M. Davis was held Wednesday afternoon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Danny Stillwell and the Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Johnny Rowe, Michael Rowe, Scotty Steverson, Cody Ayala, Derek Dixon and Willis Blacknall.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Diane V. Chancey
A funeral for Diane Varnadore Chancey, 60, of Blackshear, took place Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Lee and Brother Irvin Rozier officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Dylan Thrift, Chance Moody, Dawson Moody, Gavan Moody, Masyn Hersey and Kelson Moody.
Burial followed in Waters Cemetery in Blackshear.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.