Dr. Edward B. Brown
Dr. Edward B. Brown, 87, of Waycross, died early Friday (May 6, 2016) after an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Miles-Odum Funeral Home.
Doris Crews McQuaig
Doris Crews McQuaig, 97, died Wednesday morning (May 4, 2016) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness.
She was born on Cow House Island in the Okefenokee Swamp and was a life-long resident of Ware County. She was the wife of the late John Beland “J.B.” McQuaig, and daughter of the late Jesse Crews and Cora Aldridge Crews. She was also preceded in death by a son, Norwood Beland “Woody” McQuaig Sr and his wife, Nellene Thomas McQuaig, a daughter, Christine Hurst, sisters, Maude and Nell, and brothers, Donald, Levis and Flois.
She was of the Christian faith. Her life was always centered on her children and she always made sure to tell family members that she loved them anytime they were parting company. She was talented in many areas ranging from cooking, gardening, crocheting, making crafts or even carpentry needs around the house.
Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Hamilton (husband, Lenwood), of Blackshear; two sons, Donnie McQuaig (wife, Emily), of Blackshear, and Kenny McQuaig (wife, Gail), of Waycross; a son-in-law, Marvin Hurst, of Waycross; 11 grandchildren, Jan Edmundson (husband, Barry), of Alma, Tammy Benchoff (husband, Robert), of Waycross, Buddy McQuaig (wife, Carrie), of Blackshear, Tim Hurst, of Waycross, Michael Hurst (wife, Khrista), of Waycross, Shannon McQuaig (wife, Lillie) of Evans, Kelly McQuaig, of Floyd, Va., Richard Blythe (wife, Beth), of Blackshear, Page Hurst, of Tampa, Fla., Amy Bennett, of Blackshear, and Brian McQuaig, of Canton; 19 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Dasher, of Lake Park; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church of Blackshear, 670 Main St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516, to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1005 Church St., Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to a favorite charity.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 10 until 11 Saturday morning at Music Funeral Home.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Victory Methodist Church Cemetery of Manor.
The family will receive friends at the home of Lenwood and Phyllis Hamilton, 1228 Lakeview Drive, Blackshear.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Artice Mae Johnson
The homegoing celebration for Artice Mae Wilson Johnson will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Peters Baptist Church, 300 Fireman St., Waycross.
Visitation will be at Perry Brothers Funeral Home this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Burial and committal service will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at the family residence, 321 Glass St., Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Artice Mae Wilson Johnson, 83, passed away at her residence on Friday (April 29, 2016) after an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of Waycross, she was born May 10, 1932 to the late Richard and Cornelia Wilson. She was a graduate of Center High School, class of 1952, and a retiree of Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. She was a faithful member of St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church where she served as president of the usher board, a deaconess, mission circle and a member of the Mother’s Board.
Her hobbies included plants and gardening, reading the word of God and striving to do His will. She was happiest when surrounded by her children, grandchildren and other family members. She had a passion for traveling and shopping.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Algier Lee Johnson Sr., her parents, her father and mother-in-law, Joe and Lucille Johnson Sr., two sisters, Verndell Brown and Myrtice Bellamy, one brother, Alton Wilson, and one son-in-law, Taylor Harris Jr.
She is survived by two daughters, Selena M. Harris, of Waycross, and Tanya E. O’Neal (husband, Michael), of Macon; one son, Algier Lee Johnson Jr. (wife, Rosetta), of Macon; three grandchildren, Michael O’Neal III, of Atlanta, Keisha McDowell (husband, Trey), of Macon, and LaTanya Johnson, of Knoxville, Tenn.; three sisters, Vivian Pierce, of Waycross, Thewana Parrish, of Portsmouth, Va., and Terrie McGauley (husband, Marion), of Blackshear; one brother, Clinton Wilson (wife, Mopsy), of Savannah; four brothers-in-law, Perry Bellamy and Elijah Brown, both of Waycross, Booker T. Daniels (wife, Faye), of Tallahassee, Fla., and Joe Johnson Jr., of Waycross; one sister-in-law, Josephine T. Dumas (husband, Lamar), of Griffin; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and loving friends.
Sympathy maybe expressed by signing the online guest book at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Professional services are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
W.A. ‘Billy’ Reynolds
William A. “Billy” Reynolds, 59, of Waycross, died Tuesday (May 3, 2016) at his home in Waycross after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Columbus, Ohio to the late William Neeld and Francesca Anna Reynolds. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He lived in Waycross for most of his life and worked at Kroger for many years.
He was of the Catholic faith.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Reynolds, of Aurora, Colo.; one daughter, Jasmine Reynolds, of Frankfort, Ind.; four step-daughters, Suzette Ford, of Round Rock, Texas, Stephanie Bass, of Pompano Beach, Fla., Cynthia Hall, of Brunswick, Pecolia Kimble, of Lawton, Okla.; two sons, Antonio Butler, of South Boston, Va., Tyrone Butler, of Waycross; 17 grandchildren; one sister, Twilia Neeld; one brother, Bruce Neeld; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorialization is by cremation.
The family will receive friends from 12 until 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Henry R.L. Henderson
Henry R.L. “Shug” Henderson, 54, of 3195 Session Hill Lane, Blackshear, died early Tuesday morning (May 3, 2016) at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta from a sudden illness.
He was born Sept. 21, 1961 to the union of Henry Frank and Arethia Mae Henderson. He was educated in the public school system of Pierce County.
He worked with the Okefenokee Golf Course for many years and was currently employed with Gillis Brothers in Blackshear. He was an avid outdoors man. He loved fishing, cleaning yards and being with family and friends.
He leaves to cherish his memories a devoted and loving mother, Arethia Henderson, of Blackshear; his loving fiancee’ Jennifer Broady, also of Blackshear; seven children, Todrick Colley, Brianna, Alexia, Miya, Cortney, Dominique and Darrell; five grandchildren, Gracie, Jerimaine, Nyveria, Na’Zarria and A’neveah; three brothers and five sisters, Eddie Charles Tillman (Patricia), of Jesup, Janice Harris (Eugene), of Blackshear, Frank Henderson, Lillie Barnes, both of Blackshear, Saundra Batten (John), of Waycross, Shenether Henderson, of Blackshear; and one aunt, Lillie B. Lloyd, also of Blackshear; one uncle, Jessie Williams (Sarah), of Waycross; a step-sister, Loretta Powell (Lester), of Miami, Fla.; a step-brother, Anthony Murchinson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and caring friends, and one special friend, Kenneth Miller, of Blackshear.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 this evening at the funeral home in Blackshear.
The funeral is scheduled for Saturday at Bethel Temple Holiness Church, Burroughs Street, Blackshear, beginning at 1 p.m.
Pastor David R. Broady Sr. will officiate. Interment will follow in Shiloh Cemetery in Blackshear.
Jacobs Funeral Home of Blackshear is serving the family.
Jordan Reid Brown
Jordan Reid Brown, infant son of John and Jessica Brown, of Hahira, died Sunday afternoon (May 1, 2016) at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Michael O’Berry, maternal great-grandparents, Jack and Louise O’Berry, and paternal great-grandparents, Alvin Brown and Jeanette Peacock.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by three brothers, his twin, Jacob Ryder Brown, John R. “Trey” Brown III and Kyler Davis, all of Hahira; maternal grandparents, Charles and Glenda Beverley, of Blackshear; paternal grandparents, Mike and Melissa Walsh, of Blackshear, and John R. Brown Sr., of Culpeper, Va.; maternal great-grandparents, Curtis and Linda Sinclair, of Patterson; paternal great-grandparents, Vernell Brown, of Rochelle, and Willie and Marybeth Miller, of Donalsonville; aunts and uncles, Mark and Christy Joyner, David and Tia Aultman, and Michael and Christina Walsh, all of Blackshear, and Gabby O’Berry, of Valdosta; and numerous great aunts, great uncles and cousins.
A graveside service will take place Saturday at 12 p.m. at New Home Cemetery, New Home Church Road, in Offerman.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.hartfh.com
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
Samuel R. Harlan
Samuel Richard Harlan, 60, of 1924 Atwood St., Waycross, passed away Sunday (May 1, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
He was the husband of Carolyn Sheppard-Harlan. He was born and raised in Chicago, Ill., son of Charles and Shirley Myart. He served in the U.S. Army for four years traveling to Africa and other countries.
He received his master’s degree and enjoyed working with mental health, counseling of inmates, drug and rehabilitation facilities, the Salvation Army and loved working with children. He spent many hours working out at the gym.
Left to cherish his memories other than his wife are, siblings, Chuck Myart, Rose Myart and Sherry Myart, all of Chicago; children, Travis Harlan, Kyle Harlan, Dexter Harlan and Rachel Goulston; two grandchildren, Warner Harlan and Mason Harlan; and several close friends.
Memorialization is with cremation.
Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc. Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Charles W. Staggers
Deacon Charles Wesley Staggers, 81, of 1128 Scuffletown Highway, Mershon, passed Wednesday (May 4, 2016) in Vidalia.
He was the husband of Minister Helen Staggers, of Union Chapel Baptist Church in Mershon. He was the chairman of the deacon board.
The family is currently receiving friends at the residence.
Funeral arrangements and a list of survivors will be announced later by Rainge Memorial Chapel.
Talma Lee Johnson
A funeral for Talma Lee Dixon Johnson, 81, of Offerman, took place Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Offerman Baptist Church with the Rev. James Lightsey officiating.
Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Rodney Johnson, Jarod Johnson, Matthew O’Berry, Elliot Johnson, Nick Chancey, Samuel Sweeney and Adam Chancey.
Burial followed in the Offerman Cemetery.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.
H. George Steedley
TIFTON — Hansel George Steedley, 85, died Wednesday (May 4, 2016) at Cook Medical Center in Adel.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Albritton Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Steve Tucker and the Rev. Ashley Corbett officiating and his nephew, Charles Corbett, giving the eulogy.
Interment will follow at Oakridge Cemetery.
The family will receive friends before the service from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. in the chapel.
Pallbearers will be Bill Farrior, Lynn Barber, Craig Steedley, David Farrior, Jason Clemons, and Greg Morgan.
He was born July 15, 1930 to the late Mose Zeal and Elizabeth Henderson Steedley in Ware County.
He was retired from the Citizens Bank of Tifton. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He loved going fishing with his wife of 63 years, Margie Steedley, who died Sept. 29, 2013. Spending time with his family and friends was one of his favorite pastimes.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Mark Steedley, and a grandson, Eric Steedley.
He is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Hansel Steedley, of Sylvester, Tim and Teresa Steedley, of Tifton, and Doug and Kathy Steedley, of Cairo; his grandchildren, Missy and Craig Harpe, Alan Steedley, Randy and Jennifer Steedley, Rebecca Steedley and Kerry Steedley; his great-grandchildren, Niki Hilton, Joseph Hilton, Natalie Black, Zoey Black, Sage Steedley, Reese Steedley, Jack Steedley, and Theo Kulat; one great-great-grandchild, Tinzley Hilton; one brother, Bill Steedley, of Swainsboro; and two sisters, Evelyn Lynn, of Manor, and Gwen Hewett, of Starke, Fla.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Liberty Baptist Church, 1290 Jacob Hall Road, Tifton, Ga. 31794
The guest registry is available at www.albrittonfuneral.com
Albritton Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
A graveside service for Mark L. “M.L.” Hickson was held Thursday morning at Blackshear City Cemetery with the Rev. Hilton Morgan officiating.
Pallbearers were Jim Arnold, Brad Minor, Cary Lee, Brent Westmoreland, Ricky Hickson, Forhest Soper and Cameron Lynn.
Last call fireman rites were provided by the Southeastern Fire Honor Guard.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.