Linda Grace Newton
A celebration of life service for Linda Faye Grace Newton will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Patterson (The Ridge) with the church pastor, the Rev Thomas Smith Jr., offering words of comfort.
Interment will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, Patterson.
Public visitation will be held today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie Davis Parkway.
She was born April 2, 1962 in Millwood. Her mother was the late Agnes Lee Kite. She received her formal education from the Waycross public school system and graduated from Waycross High School. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age under the leadership of Pastor Ronnie McGhee and recently rededicated her life to Christ and joined Faith of God Holiness Church under the leadership of Bishop Larry Atkinson.
She was a former employee of Wong’s Palace Restaurant, Flanders Inc. and The Market.
She departed this life Saturday (May 16, 2015) morning at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after a brief illness.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Carlton Newton, of Waycross; two sons, Carl Edward III and Deon Cooper, both of Waycross; two grandchildren; three sisters, Delphine Tillman, Sylvia Kite, both of Waycross, and Mary Ann Thomas (Charles), of Lake City, Fla.; two aunts, Annie M. Green, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Lila M. Kite, of Alabama; a great-aunt, Levon Lincoln, of Patterson; an uncle, Robert Kite Jr., of Titusville, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Reatha Mae Dobson, of Waycross; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the family residence, 1107 Tebeau Place.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.

Jessie Mae Pittman
Jessie Mae Pittman, 96, died Wednesday night (May 20, 2015) at her residence in Waycross following an extended illness.
She was born in Clinch County but resided most of her life in Ware County. She was the owner and operator of a honey bee business and a member of Suwannee Chapel Church of God of Prophecy.
She was a daughter of the late Jim Henderson and Eliza Beverly Henderson. She was married to the late Joseph Edgar Pittman.
She is survived by two sons, Dan Pittman and Gerald Pittman (Carolyn), both of Waycross; three grandchildren, Greg Pittman (Rose), of Manor, Debra Denmark (Al), of Waycross, and Wayne Pittman (Teresa), of Blackshear; 16 great-grandchildren, Dannon Pittman, Jessie Pittman, Zack Pittman, Shelby Pittman, Will Thrift, Clay James (Sarah “Mikel”), Kelly J. Griffis (Lanier), Brice Denmark (Jennifer), Brett Denmark (Paige), Taylor Denmark (Kyra), Wayne Pittman Jr. (Lacy), Rachel Daniel (Garrett), Chris Pittman, Brandon Pittman, Brad Fitzgerald and Samantha Fitzgerald; 16 great-great-grandchildren, Bryson Pittman, Brylie Anna Griffis, Jace James, Mason Bean, Maddox Bean, Tate Denmark, Brickson Denmark, Kayden Denmark, Dax Denmark, Aniston Denmark, Kaylah Pittman, Addison Pittman, Natalie Pittman, Hannah Pittman, Luke Daniel and Gage Daniel; four sisters, Doris Pittman, of Waycross, Nadine Godfrey, of Waycross, Ruth L. Strickland (Claude), of Kingsland, Lowana McCllean, of Kingsland; a brother, Frank Henderson (Pauline), of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23, 2015) at Suwannee Chapel Church of God of Prophecy. Burial will follow in Suwannee Chapel Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Julia ‘Dean’ Rowland
Julia Novidean “Dean” Rowland, 89, a resident of Jacksonville for most of her life, passed away Monday (May 18, 2015).
She was a member and past Matron of Woodstock Order of Eastern Star No. 270, and member of daughters of the Nile. She enjoyed gardening and loved flowers.
In 2009 she moved to Middleburg with her son and his wife, Joe and Betty Jo Todd, to spend the remainder of her life.
Her husband, Johnny Earl Rowland, preceded her in death in 1987.
Survivors include her son, Joseph A Todd, (Betty Jo); daughters, Judy Drawbond (Dub), Carol O’Steen (Kirby); brother, Gene Barrow (Dale); eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Fraser Funeral Home, 8168 Normandy Blvd., (904) 781-4314, with Pastor Ernie Crussel officiating.
Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Nora Lavon S. York
Nora Lavon Strickland York, 73, of Waycross, died early Wednesday morning (May 20, 2015) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness.
She was born in Ware County to the late Charlie Leroy Strickland and Maebell Beverly Strickland. Raised in Waycross, she eventually moved to Ft. Pierce, Fla., where she lived for close to 30 years before moving back to Waycross. She retired from housekeeping with Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce. After her retirement she worked for several years for Satilla Care Center in Waycross.
She was a member of Hosanna Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was an avid collector of dolls, dolphins and jewelry. She loved playing games on her computer and listening to gospel music.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph York, a son, Rodney Touchton, and a sister, Laverne Strickland.
She is survived by four sisters, Latrelle Clements (husband, Richard), of Wake Forest, N.C., Bonnie Chancey (husband, the Rev. Chester Chancey), of Waycross, Glenda Williams (husband, Tom), of Raleigh, N.C., Linda Williams (fiancé, Marvin Hunley), of Waycross; four brothers, Ray “Bo” Beverly (wife, Nell), of Waycross, Charles Strickland, of Waycross, Wayne Strickland (wife, Winder Jean), of Waycross, Dwayne Strickland (wife, Linda), of Waycross; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews; and other relatives.
A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at Hosanna Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 at Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Sympathy may be expressed at

Ruthy Lee Gardner
Deaconess Ruthy Lee Gardner, 59, went home to be with the Lord Sunday (May 17, 2015) following a brief illness.
She was born July 6, 1955 in Waycross (Ware County) to Irene G. McGahee. She grew up in Waycross and attended the city and county public school system. She was joined in holy matrimony to Arthur Lee Gardner.
She accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at a young age. She was actively a member of Walking by Faith Ministries, Pastor Billy Taylor, and a longtime member of New You Ministries of Life, Dr. Martha Hall. During her Christian walk, she was a dedicated counselor to teens and adults, a ministry prayer warrior, Hope and Cope Ministry coordinator.
In addition, she was on the music ministry where she played the keyboard. She not only served her church, but reached out to the community and mentored troubled teens and everyone she could help.
She was a very loving, kind and caring person. She truly loved the Lord.
Those left to cherish her memories include her husband, Arthur Gardner, of Waycross; her mother, Irene McGahee, of Waycross; eight children, Johnny McGahee, of Waycross, Tawanna Bailey (Waymon), of Charlotte, N.C., Demorell Swanson, of Waycross, Kaylo Woods (John), of Columbus, Demarcus Moss (Rachelle), of Waycross, Ro’Shondra Rowell, of Waycross, Latoya Gardner, of Waycross, and Sheridan Gardner, of Waycross; 26 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Lucille Lowe, of Jacksonville, Fla., Shellie Gaskins (Sam), of Ormond Beach, Fla., George McGahee, of Waycross, Horace McGahee (Ella-Mae), of Brunswick, and Billy McGahee, of Waycross; special great-aunt, Bethel Davis; special friends, Bernice Coley and Faye Cobb; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by siblings Luberta Hawkins and Charlotte Grayson, and great-aunt, Leola Tripp.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Church of Christ Written in Heaven. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at Music Funeral Home from 4 until 6 o’clock.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Frances D. Lee
A funeral for Frances Dickerson Lee took place Thursday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ashley Corbett officiating.
Burial was in High Bluff Cemetery.
Serving as active pallbearers were Kenny Shepard, David Shepard, Brent Lee, Brandon Herrin, Zack Taylor and Wayne Highsmith.
Honorary pallbearers were Brett Shepard, Blake Shepard and Kevin Shepard.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home.