James E. Foster
James Edward Foster, 85, died Thursday afternoon (March 3, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities after an extended illness.
He was born Nov. 5, 1930, in Toombs County. In 1934, he and his family moved to Ware County where he was educated in Ware County schools and graduated from Wacona High School in 1948. In 1951, he entered the U.S. Army and served his country as a communications technician during the Korean Conflict.
In 1952, he began his railroad career as a carman apprentice for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company. After serving for four years, he was sent up to mechanic. He covered all phases of the carman’s craft during his career. However, he spent most of his time in the Big Mill doing cabinet work.
He worked through three mergers – Seaboard Coast Line, Seaboard Systems and CSX Transportation. In his last years, he worked in shop maintenance until his retirement in October 1992 after 40 years of service.
He was a member of Brotherhood Railway Carman of America and was honored as “Employee of the Month” in July 1987. In 1988, he was presented a certificate of accomplishment in recognition of the 25 years of injury-free service. He was also a leader of the Shop Superintendent’s Special Safety Committee. In 1991, he was presented a Gold Seal Cup and certificate for outstanding employee of Mechanical Transportation Operations.
As a devoted family man, he loved his wife, precious children and great-grandchildren who always wanted his family close by. He was a Christian man who loved his God, his church, all his family and friends. He was a member and deacon of Central Baptist Church where he served as outreach leader in his Co-Ed 4 Sunday School Class, member of the Deacon Board Ministry, Merrymakers, Deacon Prayer Ministry and Church Security.
A former member and past president of Waycross Shrine Club, he served his club in many projects as secretary, treasurer, chaplin and ambassador to the Potentate of Hasan Temple. He was chairperson for many fundraisers such as the hospital paper sale, the All Night Gospel Sing and others. He believed in helping with all projects to help with the Shrine Children’s Hospital.
He was a lifetime member of PTA where he served in every office and was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by Emerson Park Elementary School. A past member of Ware County Exchange Club for 15 years, he was awarded a Distinguished Secretary certificate, served as president, secretary and treasurer, and he was chairman of installing fire alarms in homes for the elderly.
In 1979-80, he was awarded “Exchangite of the Year.” He was also awarded the “Book of Golden Deeds,” worked with crime prevention and fundraisers for abused children, and chaired many other committees.
As an auxillary member of Satilla Regional Medical Center (now Mayo Clinic) with 4,000 hours of service, he was chairperson in the Critical Care waiting room. In 2003, he worked 500 hours and received his 500 hour pin in one year. From 2010-2016, he served as chaplain for the auxillary.
As a former member of the National Family Motor Coach and Georgia Southerners Camping Club, he loved to go camping with family and friends.
He was the son of the late Henry Richerson Foster and Corrie Williams Foster. He was preceded in death by one brother, Wilbert Foster, and two sisters, Nellie Mae Hedgepath King and Louise Dixon.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lois Manning Foster, of Waycross; two sons, Mickey Edward Foster (wife, Debbie), of Lake Butler, Fla., and Garry Lamar Foster (wife, Mary), of Waycross; one granddaughter, Kelly Michelle Foster, of Waycross; one grandson, Triston Foster, of Lake Butler, Fla.; three step-grandsons, Shane Walker (wife, Lynn), of Cartersville, Matt Thrift (Sarah) and Josh Thrift, both of Waycross; two step-great-granddaughters, Mattilyn and Joshlynn Thrift, of Waycross; two step-great-grandsons, Camden and Livi Walker; extended family, sisters and brothers, Joyce Chancey, Doris and Gene Roberson, of Waycross, Wanda and Buck Gill, of Blackshear, Betty and Walker Driggers, of St. Augustine, FL, Evelyn and Joe Taylor of Patterson, Betty Manning of Cocoa, FL, Cecil and Linda Walker of Palm Bay, Fla.; other devoted nieces, nephews, close family and friends.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Central Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home.
The deacons of Central Baptist Church, Co-Ed 4 Sunday School Class and the Mayo Clinic Auxillary are asked to meet at 1:40 p.m. Sunday at Central Baptist Church to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Brenda H. Callahan
A funeral for Brenda Henderson Callahan was held Friday morning at Kettle Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Robbins and the Rev. Orren Simpson officiating.
Burial followed in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott Callahan, Christopher Chancey, Toby Justice, Ricky O’Berry, David Smith and Johnny Todd.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

David ‘Eddie’ Carter
A funeral for David (Eddie) Carter was held Friday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Simon and the Rev. Matt Tuttle officiating.
Burial followed in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Richard Anderson, Ernesto Hinojosa, Jimmy Hayes, Steven Johnson, Buddy Smith and Stephen Spradley.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were members of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Viola ‘Polly’ Roberson
A funeral for Viola “Polly” Roberson was held Friday afternoon at Music Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Curtis Thomas officiating.
Entombment followed in Greenlawn Mausoleum.
Pallbearers were Jason Hicks, Randy Johns, Joe Melton, Jimmy Roberson, David Roundtree, Dawson Roundtree and Terry Sellers.
Honorary pallbearers were Tyler Hicks, Ricky Johns, Kyle Kizer, Travis Kizer, James B. Peacock, Chris Roberson, Jamie Roberson, Dalton Strickland and Dylan Strickland.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.