Rev. Claud P. Goble Sr.
The Rev. Claud P. Goble Sr., 89, died Wednesday (March 6, 2019) at the Baptist Village Retirement Communities following a short illness.
He was born in Mershon, but resided in Waycross most of his life. He considered his primary vocation to be a pastor for 43 years but also sold cars for several dealerships in Waycross for many years. He was a member of Second Baptist Church and a founding member of Dusty Goble and The Star Light Ramblers.
He was a son of the late John M. Goble and Ina Blalock Goble. He was married to the late Betty Hayman Goble.
Survivors include his four children, Dianne Lee (late Ira Buddy), of Donaldsonville, Claud P. Goble Jr. (Sharon), of Waycross, Joey Goble (Elizabeth), of Woodbine, and Jeanne Strickland (Stan), of Waycross; grandchildren, Glenn Ira Lee (Deanna), Bryan Joseph Lee (Tessa), Claud “Bucky” Goble III (Tabatha), Rachael Goble Carter (Brandon), Ryan Goble, Rebecca Goble Dockery (Kris) and Mollie Brown Wilson (Zach); great-grandchildren, Hillary Harrell, Hannah Lee, Maddox Lee, Talan Lee, Hamp Goble, Jacob Goble, Isaac Dockery, Kaleb Dockery, Alaina Carter, Luke Wilson, Caroline Wilson and Eliza Julie Wilson; one great-great-grandchild, Ollie Harrell-Posey; special friends, Mariette Ebarle and Caleb Michael; two sisters-in-law, Beatrice Hayman, of Waycross, and Katie Manders Goble, of Blackshear; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends Friday evening at the funeral home from 5 until 7 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Coach Dale Williams
Coach Dale Williams, 79, of Waycross, died Wednesday (March 6, 2019) afternoon at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
He was born in Valdosta, to the late Andrew Clinton Williams and Allie Wilson Williams. Raised in Valdosta, he played quarterback at Valdosta High School under legendary coach Wright Bazemore. He quarterbacked Valdosta to 26 consecutive wins and back to back state championships his junior year in 1956 and senior year in 1957.
He was named all-state and all-American quarterback his senior year. In all he earned 13 letters at Valdosta High School in football, basketball, baseball and tennis.
He attended the University of Georgia on a football scholarship and played three years for the late Wallace Butts and one year for the late Johnny Griffith.
He was the back-up quarterback to his roommate Fran Tarkenton, and also played linebacker and safety. He was awarded the outstanding defensive player in the 1961 Georgia-Florida game.
Coach Williams began his head coaching career in Dodge County. After two seasons, he moved to Baker High School in Columbus where he coached for six years. Coach Williams always wanted his children to grow up in a town like Valdosta, just as he had done. With that in mind in 1972, he began his long tenure with the Waycross Bulldogs.
Over his 22 seasons with the Bulldogs, he won six region championships, nine sub-region championships and two state championships in 1977 and 1981. In 1994 he became head coach of Ware County High School. He coached for two seasons before retiring after the 1995 season.
He was the first person to win GHSA football state championships as a player and head coach. He is the only person to ever hold the head coaching position for both Waycross High School and Ware County High School.
He is a 1989 inductee of the Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame and a 2011 inductee of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
After his retirement from coaching, he taught physical education at Waresboro Elementary School and for a brief stint, put his coaching hat back on and served as offensive coordinator for the Waycross Middle School Bulldogs.
When he wasn’t on the football field, Coach Williams loved to play golf and fish.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by four siblings, Tom Williams, Mary Williams, Martha Williams and Glen Williams.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Williams, of Waycross, two children, Todd Williams (Jane), of Waycross, Traci Williams, of Waycross, two grandchildren, Justin Williams (Ashley), of Virginia Beach, Va., Jake Williams, of Atlanta, one great-grandchild, Macade Williams, one brother, Roger Williams, of Thomasville, one sister, Eleanor Wilkerson, of Thomasville, a special son, Steve Thornton (Chrissy), of Blackshear; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon at Miles-Odum Funeral Home from 1 until 3 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Waycross Middle School Athletic Booster Club, P.O. Box 325, Waycross, Ga. 31502 or to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, Ga. 31501.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Walter L. Easton Jr.
Walter Lee Easton Jr. was born June 9, 1944 in Waycross to the late Water Easton Sr. and Zina Wright Easton.
He received his formal education from the Waycross Public School System and attended Center High School. After high school he joined the U.S. Army in 1964 where he served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in December 1967.
He joined St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church at an early age under the leadership of the Rev. A.J. Shaw.
He was a very outgoing person and always had a conversation for you with something humorous to say. He will be truly missed by all who had the privilege to have known him.
He departed this life on Friday (March 1, 2019) after an illness. In addition to his parents, Walter Easton Sr. and Zina Wright Easton Josey, he was preceded in death by his wife, May Easton, a sister, Tommie O’Hara, two brothers, Alton Josey and Willie Easton.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Hazzard Hill Cemetery with Bishop John Moss, pastor of Church of Christ Written in Heaven, offering words of encouragement.
Those left to cherish his memory include a son, Gabriel Wood, of Savannah; siblings, Bernice E. Williams, of Waycross, Alvin Easton (Mary), of Atlanta, Lucius Josey (Daisy), of Waycross, and Deborah Easton, of Jacksonville, Fla; four aunts, Betty Easton, of New York, Geraldine Matthews, Helen Nelson, both of Brunswick, and Constance Hollis, of Waycross; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Public visitation will be this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
The funeral cortege will leave from the Golden residence, 635 Seaman St.
Fluker Funeral Home is serving the Easton Family.
James Carl Jones Jr.
A funeral for James Carl Jones Jr. was held Thursday afternoon at First Baptist Church in Blackshear with Dr. Bill Young and the Rev. Bonnie Conner officiating.
Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joe Conner, Preston Conner, Brandon Jones, Clyde Woolard, Layton Thomas, Shane Barber, Robert Landrum, Omer McLean, Jimmy Walker and Nick Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers were Junior Thomas, Larry Barber, Bill Harrell, Damon Daniels, Allen Benbow, Dr. Rick Lynch, Dr. Warren Theis, Fred Barber and Charlie Walker.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ricky H. Mattox
A funeral for Ricky H. Mattox, 64, of Blackshear, took place Thursday morning at 11 o’clock in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Thigpen, the Rev. Randy Crosby, and Dr. Bill Young officiating.
Burial followed at the Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Edward Colley officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were Stan Mattox, Sands Mattox, Clark Mattox, Gentry Mattox, Casey Mattox, Scott Mattox, Jay Brigman, Jim Anderson, Carlos Britton Altman, Jacob Walker, John Robins and Chase Stewart.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.