Dr. Edward B. Brown
Dr. Edward Brooking Brown, 87, died Thursday (May 5, 2016) at home.
He was born in Scranton, Pa. Oct. 7, 1928 to Dr. Paul and Norma Brown. He graduated in 1950 from Duke University and in 1956 from Duke University School of Medicine, where he met his wife, Ann, a nurse. After completing his internship at Buffalo General Hospital in New York, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the 3rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital at Ft. Meade, Md., and was a veteran of the Lebanon Conflict.
After completing his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Grady Memorial Hospital Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, he moved with his family to Waycross in 1962 to join Dr. Duncan Farris in practice. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was a past president of the Ware County Medical Society.
Soon after they moved to Waycross, Ed and Ann and their growing family joined First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and an active member for more than 50 years. He lived out his faith in various ways, including as a student in the School of the Laity, a teacher in Lay Renewal Ministries, a volunteer for Christmas in April and a host for Christmas International House.
Ed and Ann loved to travel and camp while raising their seven children and afterwards. Though they made several trips to other countries, their favorite times were spent at the National Parks, from the Everglades in Florida to Denali in Alaska. They especially loved Yosemite, Glacier and The Great Smoky Mountains. They hiked many sections of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain to the Nolichucky River. The walls of his home are covered in photographs he took with Ann on their trips.
His love of learning never waned. He learned to sail after he finished medical school and went to photography school after he retired from medicine. He had wide interests: community theater productions, birding, history, opera, jazz, wine and food.
His beloved wife, Ann, passed away on March 23, 2009 after 54 years of marriage.
On Feb. 11, 2011, he married Tina Sue O’Quinn and added her five daughters and their families to his large list of homes to visit. In their happy marriage, Ed and Tina Sue went on many wonderful trips together with friends and family. They were active in both First Presbyterian and First Baptist, where he joined a Sunday School class and helped her with the food preparation for Holy Week.
Tina Sue passed away June 3, 2015.
He was a generous physician who delighted to be greeted all over town with the words, “You delivered my children” or, better yet, “You delivered me.” He cherished a good laugh, joke or story as much as he liked serious endeavors. His example of living a life of curiosity, humor and deepening love will be a light to us all.
He is survived by his seven children, Lynda Herrig (Lou), of Decatur, Becca Brown, of Atlanta, Sandra Brown, of Waycross, Paul Brown (Amy), of Valdosta, Karen Brown (Dena), of Decatur, Robert Brown, of Savannah, and Chris Brown (Leslie), of Macon; his grandchildren, Robert and Charlie Herrig, Hannah Shaffer (Chase), Emerson (Shannon) and Ethan Brown, Will George, Troy, Abby and Sydney Brown, Reilly and Wilson Brown; his great-grandchildren, Samuel and Kathryn Brown, Adalynn (and a boy due this month) Shaffer; his sister, Marie Carpenter (Dewey), of Baton Rouge, La.; as well as nieces and nephews; Tina Sue’s daughters, Susan Paris, of Columbus, Julie Kean (Christopher), of Sarasota, Fla., Marie Williams (Frank), of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Lisa Barden (Don), of Alpharetta, and Laurie O’Quinn, of Clemmons, N.C.; her grandchildren, Lindsay and Ashlan Tillman, Devon and Matthew (Emma) Paris, Wesley and Anna Kean, Jake, Luke and Nick Barden, and Andrew and Madelyn Kahn.
Visitation will be held at Miles-Odum Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, followed by a gravesite prayer service.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com

Teresa Marie Taylor
Teresa Marie Taylor departed this life to reside in her Heavenly home Sunday (May 1, 2016) surrounded by her loved ones and friends.
She was born in Waycross to Beatrice and Elijah Allen. She attended Ware County School System. She earned her GED from Okefenokee Technical College.
She was employed as a telephone technician at AT&T in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and a homemaker. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She became a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She loved life. She was truly a “fighter” and her final days proved just that to all who knew her.
Her parents, Beatrice and Elijah, three brothers, Richard, Charlie and Donnie, one sister, Terri, and two kids, Shawn and Chuck, preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted husband, Willie Taylor; sons, Scott (Charitie) and Jason (Dee); daughters, Tremie (Troy) and Leisa; brothers, Ronnie (Kathy), Lonnie (Trasa) and Tony; sisters, Cara (Danny), Teresa (Allen); her “pride and joy,” her grandchildren, Chuckie (Jamesha), James (Keechele), Laterria (Deandre), Franky (Sapphire), Jason, Jalisa, Shawn, Dade, Deshawndra, Malik and Kerrington; great-grandchildren, Tynesia, Jamion, Jamiah, Dalacia, Kamoni, Peyton, Qwayden and DeAnna; and a host of sorrowing cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the home of Laterria White, 1900 Gibbs St., Waycross.
The homegoing celebration will take place at 3 p.m. today at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr. offering words of comfort.
A repast will follow the service.
Rainge Memorial Chapel of Blackshear is serving the family.

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 by cremation.
Rainge Memorial Chapel, Inc. Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Leon H. Thrift
Leon Henry Thrift, 73, of Satsuma, Fla., died Thursday (May 5, 2016) at Haven Hospice in Palatka, Fla. following a long illness.
He was born in Ware County and lived all of his life here until he moved to Satsuma in 1998. He also served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and enjoyed cooking, eating, fishing and reading.
He was a son of the late Floyd and Naomi Thrift. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Wade “Blue” Thrift, Frank P. Thrift and C.E. “Shorty” Thrift.
He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Patsy Lairsey, of Waycross, Wayne A. “Bud” Thrift (Rose), of Waycross, Rheba Holton, of Townsend, Tommy D. Thrift (Linda), of Hahira, George M. Thrift (Connie), of Waycross, Linda Sellers (Randy), of Waycross, and James L. “Jimbo” Thrift (Debbie), of Crescent City, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at High Bluff Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening at Music Funeral Home from 6 until 8 o’clock.
Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com

Billy Henry Jacobs
BLACKSHEAR — Billy Henry “Bimbo” Jacobs, 63, of Blackshear, passed away suddenly Friday morning (May 6, 2016) at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.

Janice W. Karlbom
A graveside service for Janice Wells Karlbom was held Friday afternoon at Homeland Cemetery in Folkston with Graham Tyre officiating.
Miles-Odum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.