Dr. Joseph Martinez
Dr. Joseph R. Martinez, 95, passed away on Ash Wednesday (March 6, 2019) at Haven Hospice in Orange Park, Fla.
He was born in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, and graduated from Havana Medical School in 1952. He was a former resident anesthesiologist at Mercer Hospital in Trenton, N.J., from 1952-1953 and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1953-1955.
Dr. Martinez served in the United States Navy at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., as head of the Anesthesia Department from 1956-1958. He was also assistant professor of anesthesiology for the Medical College of Georgia from 1958-1959.
From 1960 until his retirement, he was founder and Chief of the Anesthesiology Department at Memorial Hospital (now Memorial Satilla Health) in Waycross where he started the Respiratory Therapy Department.
He was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1967 and served as president of the Ware County Medical Society from 1969-1970. He was Chief of Medical Staff at Memorial Hospital from 1972-1974 and president of the Georgia State Society of Anesthesiologists from 1974-1975.
He delivered the first continuous epidural in the State of Georgia to his wife for labor and delivery of their child. He was licensed to practice in four states, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.
Dr. Martinez was a son of the late Jose Maria Martinez and Ana Nina Martinez Neyar. He was married for 45 years to the late Marguerite “Peggy” Doherty Martinez.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waycross.
He is survived by four children, Joseph Raymond Martinez (Suzan), of Tallahassee, Fla., Jonathan David Martinez (Carla), of South Carolina, Peggy Anne Jones (Danny), of Kennesaw, and Jennifer Ellen Martinez, of Waycross; 11 grandchildren, Pamela Griggs (Chris), Joseph R. Martinez III (Michele), Laura Akers (James), Anthony Martinez (BreAnna), Amanda Martinez (Joe), Ashley Martinez (Joe), Andrew Jones (Mary), Phillip Jones (Paige), Kevin Jones, Rebecca Martinez (Kevin) and Allie Martinez; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 12 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waycross.
Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening at Music Funeral Home from 4 until 6 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Julian Lawrence Stone
Julian Lawrence Stone, 78, of Waycross, died Friday morning (March 8, 2019) at Memorial Satilla Health after an extended illness.
He was born in Pearson to the late Lucius and Mary Taft Stone and made Waycross his home for most of his life. He retired from the Ware County School System as a custodian for many years and worked for Allied Timber before it’s closing.
He was a talented man known for his guitar and singing skills and used them frequently in a group with his wife, Julian, Sue and the Gospeliers.
He was a man of faith and was a member New Beginnings Holy Ghost Tabernacle.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Stone, three brothers, Ellis Stone, Horace Stone and Randall Stone.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sue Sikes Stone, of Waycross; two brothers-in-law, Joe Sikes (wife, Julie), of Blackshear, Roy Sikes (wife, Sandra), of Surrency; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at New Beginnings Holy Ghost Tabernacle. The family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. at the church.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bryant D. Cooper
Bryant D. “Coop” Cooper, 44, passed away peacefully Thursday (March 7, 2019) in Waycross.
He is survived by one son Nehemiah Xy’ Rente Cooper, his mother, Dorothy Butler Dennard; his father, Kenneth Cooper (Virginia).
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.

Doley Colleen Bennett
A funeral for Doley Colleen Bennett was held Friday morning at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Bishop Ronnie Musgrove officiating.
Burial followed in Little Utah Cemetery in Axson.
Pallbearers were Barry Bennett, Brandon Bennett, Duncan Bennett, Greg Bennett, Shawn Spikes and Steve Witt.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

King Kong Bundy
GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — King Kong Bundy, the 6-foot-4 professional wrestler best known for facing Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania 2, has died. He was 61.
Bundy died Monday, said promoter and longtime friend David Herro. He posted on Facebook : “Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family.” The cause of death and other details were not disclosed.
Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 458-pound (208-kilogram) wrestler made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1981.
He faced Hogan in 1986 in a steel cage match at WrestleMania 2, which Hogan won. WWE said he was one of the “greatest … big men to lace up a set of boots.”
Hogan tweeted he was “overwhelmed” by Bundy’s death. “R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH.”
Bundy had guest appearances on the sitcom “Married … with Children,” in which the family on the show shared the Bundy name.
He left the WWF, which later became World Wrestling Entertainment, in the late 1980s but returned in 1994 as part of The Million Dollar Corporation, a group managed by “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.
Bundy had been planning to appear next month at WrestleCon in New York City.