Wanda Dixon Lee Hill
STATESBORO — Wanda Dixon Lee Hill, 97, of Statesboro, passed away Friday evening (Feb. 15, 2019) at her residence in Statesboro.
Born in Alma, on April 25, 1921, she was reared in the Hacklebarney area in Blackshear prior to settling in Statesboro in 2014. She worked from home as a beautician and was a homemaker.
She had been a member of Hacklebarney Baptist Church for many years and later became a member of Winona Park United Methodist Church in Waycross. She enjoyed cooking, reading, knitting and painting and dearly loved spending time with her family and friends.
She was a daughter of the late Nathan and Maggie Peacock Dixon. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, James Henry Lee, her second husband, Maurice Hill, her son, James Benjamin “Benny” Lee, her sister, Pearl Flanders, and by her brother, Claude Dixon.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Susan G. Lee, of Statesboro; three grandchildren, Kelly and Missy Lee, Matt and Candi Lee, and Adam and Kim Lee; four great-grandchildren, Jackie Lee, Thomas Lee, Mattie Lee and Benjamin Lee; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A graveside service will be held this afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Oakland Cemetery in Waycross.
There will be no visitation but the family will visit with guests at the graveside.
The family kindly requests that memorials be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
Harry Earl Raulerson
NAHUNTA — Harry Earl Raulerson, 93, of Nahunta. passed away late Saturday night (Feb. 16, 2019) at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick after an extended illness.
Born in Hortense, he was the son of Thomas Earl Raulerson and Florrie Bennett Raulerson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Nichols Raulerson, a son, Dennis Raulerson, a brother, Hubert Raulerson, and a sister, Freida Fox.
He was the owner of the famous Red Pig Barbeque Restaurant and served in the United States Navy. He was also considered one of the best baseball players in the history of Waycross Bears where a writer once said if anybody thinks a curve is an optical illusion, they’ve never seen Harry Raulerson pitch.
A fastball and changeup to go with the splendid curveball made Raulerson one of the best pitchers in Waycross Bears’ history. Raulerson pitched a record 31 complete games in a single season and won almost 66 percent of his games in the Class D Georgia-Florida league, compiling a 58-30 mark from 1948-1951. He pitched the opening game of the 1951 season against Brunswick in Memorial Stadium. He went 22-10 in the record-breaking season.
At the plate, he hit .329. He finished the season, pitching 290 innings, 11 shutouts and a 1.99 earned run average. He won all seven of his starts against Albany, Waycross’ arch rival that year. As a player, he did it all — pitch, hit and also drove the team bus. In truth, this quiet man, born and bred in Brantley County, was one of the greatest athletes ever to grace Memorial Stadium.
In 1952, he retired to come back to Nahunta to raise his family and run his restaurant, the famous Red Pig BBQ. He was inducted into the Georgia-Florida League Hall of Fame in Moultrie and the Waycross Hall of Fame. He also loved watching baseball, especially the Braves, singing in the choir and fox hunting.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia “Cindy” Ham (Tony), of Nahunta; five grandchildren and their spouses, Teri Hendrix (Stevie), of Nahunta, Browning Raulerson (Jonie), of Nahunta, Caleb Raulerson, of Nahunta, Victor Ham, of Atlanta, and Nicholas Ham (Deana), of Marietta; 10 great-grandchildren, Emma Raulerson, Ella Raulerson, Dennis Raulerson, Tripp Hendrix, Colton Raulerson, Calen Raulerson, Merrick Ham, Julia Ham, Duncan Ham and Bennett Ham; brother and sister-in-law, Ty Raulerson (Ann), of Nahunta; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Reba and Gerhard, of Nahunta, and Dolores Jourell Barry, of Florida; and also several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be held Tuesday evening starting at 6 o’clock at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
A funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Southside Baptist Church in Nahunta with the Rev. Ryan Albright, the Rev. Jake Baum and Brother Bill Steed officiating.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Waycross with military honors.
Pallbearers will be Victor Ham, Nicholas Ham, Caleb Raulerson, Browning Raulerson, Tim Raulerson, Blake Raulerson, Stevie Hendrix, Tripp Hendrix and Dennis Raulerson.
Pallbearers are asked to be at the church Wednesday by 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com
Robin Sapp, 49, of Patterson, passed away Sunday morning (Feb. 17, 2019) at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be announced later by Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
Janette Cason Phelan
Janette Cason Phelan, 82, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday evening (Feb. 16, 2019) at her residence after an extended illness.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross where she graduated from Waycross High School. She was a loving homemaker and a devoted member of First Assembly of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alred Joel Cason and Zella Mae Sedgwick Cason, and her husband, Walter C. “Walt” Phelan.
Survivors include five daughters, Susan Rumfelt (Sam), of Lake Wylie, S.C., Linda Pearson (Kenny), of Waycross, Pat Rios (David), of Panama City, Fla., Nita Reed (John), of Hahira, and Mindee Tindall (Jon), of Waycross; grandchildren, Kristin Hawkins, David Carr, Trey Pearson, Ashlee Land, Taylor Smith, Skylar Reed, Lauren Reed, Nathan Tindall, Cason Tindall, Fletcher Tindall and Tessa Tindall; great-grandchildren, Garrett Hawkins, Isabella Carr, Abigail Carr, Rian Pearson, Alisha Pearson, Josiah Pearson and Lillie Land; two special caregivers, Debra Daniels and Elga Holt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made To The Nations, P.O. Box 426, Waycross, Ga. 31502.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com
Ann Williams Inman
A memorial mass for Ann Williams Inman took place Saturday afternoon at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Bob Cushing officiating.
Arrangements were with Music Funeral Home
Jeanette H. Groover
A funeral for Jeanette Hubbad Groover took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Loren Bryant officiating.
Burial was in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Phil Thorsen, Eli Elliott, Luke Groover, David Groover, Zachary Groover and Thomas Groover.
Monette Davis Evans
A funeral for Monette Davis Evans took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Davis officiating.
Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Eddie Lenders, Mike Evans, Les Evans, Chris Daigle, Eugene Godwin and Leslie Delk.
Ronald E. Benek Sr.
A memorial service for Ronald Eugene Benek Sr. took place Sunday afternoon in the Music Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Ashley Corbett officiated.