Stanley Allen Mingo
Stanley Allan Mingo, 52, died suddenly early Tuesday morning (May 19, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was born in Havre, Mont., and graduated from Wills High School in Smryna. He was formerly employed by Southern Company, Coca-Cola and Equifax.
Survivors include one son, Aaron Mingo (wife, Brittany), of Douglasville; two grandsons, Mason Mingo and Micah Mingo; his parents, Ed Mingo and Martha White Mingo, of Waycross; one brother, Patrick Craig Mingo (wife, Jan), of Waycross; and two nephews, Caleb Mingo and Cason Mingo.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Col. Lawrence Bailey
Col. Lawrence R. Bailey Jr. passed away Tuesday (May 19, 2015) at his home.
There will be an inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date.
Known to his friends as “Bob,” he was born in Waycross May 24, 1923. He graduated from Wacona High School in Waycross, class of 1940. In 1942 while employed as an aircraft engine mechanic at the U.S. Army’s air material command repair facility in Mobile, Ala., he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps aviation cadet program and received his commission as a second lieutenant with pilot wings in 1944.
After completing four-engine aircraft training, he joined the 504th Bomb Group in Fairmont, Neb., and deployed with the group to Tinian Island in the Pacific flying B-29 Superfortresses against Japan. During the Korean War, he flew reconnaissance and observation missions while assigned as the aviation officer of the 25th Division Artillery.
While stationed in Laos, he was an assistant Army attaché and pilot at the U.S. Embassy. He was shot down over Central Laos while a passenger on an Air Force transport plane and the only survivor of eight on board.
Captured by Communist forces, he was held in solitary confinement for 17 months. President John Kennedy personally presented him with the bronze star medal at Walter Reed Army Hospital shortly after his release in August 1962. He also received a Purple Heart for wounds inflicted during this incident. He became the first military POW of record in the War in Southeast Asia also known as the Vietnam War. In addition to these awards, he also was awarded an oak leaf cluster to the bronze star and various other medals and commendations.
In addition to his combat tours of duty, he had numerous permanent and temporary assignments in his 28 years of service. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army Strategic Intelligence School, U.S. Army Aviation Safety Course at the University of Southern California, and several courses of instruction involving specific aviation and air defense matters.
He also found time to attend the University of Maryland on a part time basis. One of his most interesting assignments was in Albuquerque, N.M., as a member of the Operations Division of Joint Task Force Two, an organization which reported directly to the Joint Chiefs of Staff involving the conduct and study of low altitude flight.
He was a lifetime Baptist, life member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, life member of the Military Officers Association of America, long-time Rotarian, past member of the Exchange Club, member of Laurel Senior Friendship Club, and member of the Disabled American Veterans.
He retired from active military service in 1970 at Ft. McPherson, Ga., where he was serving as assistant aviation officer of Third U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife of many years, Mary Jean Fenker, sister of Mrs. James E. Stewart, of Waycross.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Rose Bailey, of Greensboro, N.C.; son, Lawrence R. Bailey III, of Sahuarita, Ariz.; daughters, Barbara R. Dahlgren, of Olney, Md., and the Rev. Elaine M. Kebba, of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Glenda L. Summerlin (husband, Charles), of Waycross; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be made at
Woody Grice, funeral director with Forbis & Dick Funeral Service, Greensboro, N.C. is in charge of arrangements.

Frances D. Lee
Frances Dickerson Lee, 96, died Monday evening (May 18, 2015) at Hospice House Satilla following an extended illness.
She was a native of Alma but resided in Ware County for several years. She was the wife of the late Barney Lee. She was the last surviving child of Robert Conner Dickerson and Ellen Ginn Dickerson as she was preceded in death by siblings Dallas Herrin, Mayo Gill, Luther Dickerson, Coyle Dickerson, Mildred Jones, Thomas Dickerson and Conner Dickerson, and a son-in-law, Larry Shepard.
She was a member of Hebardville Baptist Church and was a former kitchen aide with Baptist Village.
Survivors include a daughter, Florrie Shepard, of Waycross; a son, Darrel Lee (wife, Dot), of Savannah; five grandchildren, Kenny Shepard (wife, Beth), of Albany, Lynn Highsmith (husband, Wayne), of White Oak, David Shepard, of Albany, Amy Taylor (husband, Zack), of St. Simons Island, and Brent Lee (wife, Julie), of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; 12 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Beacon St., Waycross, Ga. 31501.
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in High Bluff Cemetery near Hoboken.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 p.m. Thursday at Music Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Turner
Edward Turner, 72, died Monday morning (May 18, 2015) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross following an extended illness.
He was a native of Ware County and lived most of his life in Ware and Pierce counties. He was the son of the late Rev. Isaac Edward Turner and Eda Mae Raulerson Turner. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patty Turner, and sisters, Ina Ruth Hudson, Elvera Courson and Judy Stevenson.
He was a truck driver and had served in the United States Army.
Survivors include two sons, William E. Turner Jr., of Hilliard, Fla., and Lewis Turner, of Waycross; three grandchildren, Gage Leeman Turner, Amanda and Brian; three sisters, Susie Turner Chevarria, of Waycross, Shirley Rasby, of Blackshear, and Dorine Seymour, of Hazlehurst; his caretaker and niece, Diana Herndon-Douglas, of Blackshear; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
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Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.