Maxine M. Higginson
Maxine McNeal Higginson, 68, of Blackshear, died Sunday morning (March 27, 2016) at her residence after a brief illness.
She was born in Waycross to Ellis Brown “Brownie” McNeal and Wilda Bennett McNeal. A dedicated homemaker, she cherished every moment she was able to spend with her family. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister.
Mrs. Higginson was a member of First Baptist Church of Blackshear, the Faith Walkers Sunday School Class and the church Wellness Committee. She was also a past member of the Waycross Service League, the Camellia Garden Club and served as a counselor for Birthright of Waycross.
She was an avid reader who also enjoyed traveling and working in her yard. She will most importantly be remembered for her love and relationship she had with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The strong and unwavering faith she carried with her all the days of her life were instilled in her family and a testimony to countless others. She was preceded in death by her father, Ellis Brown “Brownie” McNeal.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bill Higginson, of Blackshear; two sons, Will Higginson (wife, Delisa), of Blackshear, Greg Higginson (wife, Susan), of Blackshear; nine grandchildren, Mary Katherine Higginson, Hannah Higginson, Sarah Higginson, Caroline Higginson, Bennett Higginson, Elizabeth Higginson, Abigail Higginson, Emma Kate Higginson and John William Higginson; her mother, Wilda McNeal, of Blackshear; three brothers, Ellis B. McNeal Jr., of Blackshear, James Bennett McNeal (wife, Amy), of Beaufort, S.C., and John David McNeal (wife, Rita), of Blackshear; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral celebrating the life of Mrs. Maxine McNeal Higginson will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Blackshear.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, of Blackshear, “Building Fund,” 670 Main St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
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Arrangements are with Miles-Odum Funeral Home of Waycross.

Harold S. Durrance
Harold Sylvester Durrance, 63, of Blackshear, died late Sunday night (March 27, 2016) at Bacon County Hospital following a short illness.
Born July 17, 1952, in Bacon County, he was a son of the late Harley Durrance and Iris Taylor Durrance Courson. He lived most of his life in Blackshear and was known far and wide for being a jack of all trades. If it was broke or didn’t work, he could fix it. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde Durrance and Lamar Durrance, and a step-brother, Harry Courson.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Marie Durrance, of Blackshear; his daughter, Kimberly Sumner (husband, Michael), of Douglas; two sons, Michael Durrance (wife, Kathy), of Waycross, and Jim Durrance, of Blackshear; seven grandchildren, Nathan Gonzalez (fianceé, Lindsey Francis) and Alana Durrance, both of Waycross, Kayla Ricketson and Wade Sumner, both of Douglas, and Kateline Durrance, Heather Durrance and Brent Durrance, all of Blackshear; two great-grandchildren, Kendall Gonzalez, of England, and Lilianna Byrd, of Blackshear; three brothers, David Durrance (wife, Juanita), of Roberta, Aaron “Cotton” Durrance (wife, Glenda), of Blackshear, and Glynn Durrance (wife, Carolyn), of Wetumpka, Ala.; two sisters, Iris Lee Durrance Courson Carroll (husband, Mel), of Summerville, S.C., and Mattie Roselyn Lovell (husband, Earl), of Blackshear; three step-brothers, Howard Courson (wife, Mickey) and Larry Courson (wife, Pat), both of Monticello, Fla., and Homer Courson (wife, Kathy), of Alma; three step-sisters, Linda Palmer (husband, Al), of Blackshear, Ora Lee Hagen, of Atlanta, and Lera Hyers (husband, Bruce), of Jesup; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
A funeral will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Donnie Durrance and the Rev. Calvin Courson officiating.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Clara Dubose
Clara Dubose, 90, of Elberton, formerly of Waycross, died Tuesday (March 28, 2016).
She was the daughter of the late Robert Aldridge and Eva Westbury Adridge. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Joe H. Dubose, sons, Durwood Dubose and Bobby Dubose, and a daughter, Cynthia Bentley.
She was a longtime nursing assistant at the former Memorial Hospital (now Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross).
Survivors include her three daughters, Shirley Marie Branan (Kyle), of Elberton, Joanne Dubose, of Savannah, and Sherry Lynn Stalvey (Steve), of Woodbridge, Va.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be graveside at Greenlawn Cemetery Wednesday at 11 a.m. Family members will greet family and friends at the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Ramp Ministry of Elberton First Baptist Church, 132 Heard St., Elberton, Ga. 30635.
Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Henry S. Bishop II
Henry Samuel Bishop II, son of Bernard Alton and Mary Elizabeth Madden Bishop, passed away at the age of 73 Monday (March 28, 2016) peacefully at his home on St. Simons Island.
He was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Betty Ann Bishop Stroud and Tom Stroud.
He is survived by his twin brother, James Alexander Bishop (Mary), of Sea Island; his children, Henry Samuel Bishop III (Benham), of Atlantic Beach, Fla., Peggy Bishop Cohen (Michael), of Albany, and Mary Madden Bishop, of St. Simons Island; his grandchildren, Henry Samuel Bishop IV, Benjamin Alton Bishop, Jack Everett Bishop, John Rufus Cole IV, Virginia Madden Cole, Michael Parks Cohen and Frances Carlisle Cohen; six nieces and nephews; his lifelong caregivers, Angela Cohen and Billy Akers.
He was born and raised in Alma. He graduated from Bacon County High School in 1960 and the University of Georgia in 1964 where he was a member of the Gridiron Secret Society, the University of Georgia football team and served as president of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Following his graduation, he returned to Alma where he briefly worked with his father in the family’s funeral business prior to beginning his 30-year banking career including starting First Federal, of Alma, and founding First Georgia Savings Bank, the first stock chartered savings bank in the United States. He was a member of Saint Simons Community Church.
He was dedicated to his home state of Georgia including being the mayor of Alma from 1968 until 1972, making him at the time the youngest mayor in the state of Georgia. He was a member of the inaugural class of leadership Georgia, the chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority, a member of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board, president of the Georgia Municipal Association and a founding member of Ocean Forest Club on Sea Island.
Among his many accomplishments, he was most proud of attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and was the recipient of the coveted Silver Beaver Award and a recipient of the Golden Eagle Honor for his contributions to scouting. He was a true gentleman and man of great faith who loved his family, his church, playing golf at Ocean Forest and spending time hunting, fishing and laughing with his grandchildren. He will be remembered as a devoted and loyal father, grandfather, friend and twin brother.
A private family graveside service will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at Christ Church Cemetery on St. Simons Island.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Simons Community Church with Dr. Ben Haggood and the Rev. David Yarbrough officiating.
A celebration of his life will follow the service where the family will receive friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, Ga. 31525 or the Boy Scouts of America, Okefenokee Area Council, 4734 U.S. Highway 17 N., Brunswick, Ga. 31525.
Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.