Annie Mae Welch Mercer, 95, of Waycross, died Tuesday morning (Nov. 8, 2016) at Baptist Village after an extended illness.
She was born in Telfair County to the late Willie Hansford and Dora Towns Welch and lived in Waycross for most of her life. She graduated from Waresboro High School and played on the basketball team.
She worked at Swisher Cigar Factory as a supervisor and retired after 35 years of service to take care of her husband. She enjoyed travelling. She was a member of Kettle Creek Congregational Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and served on the board of stewards.
Affectionately known as “Mrs. Ann,” she joined the Pink Ladies at Memorial Hospital (later known as Satilla Regional Medical Center Auxiliary) in 1987. You could find “Mrs. Ann” in the hospital visiting patients while working the juice cart or delivering mail or flowers; helping people find their way in the hospital while manning the information desk or answering the phones; or working in the gift shop unpacking merchandise and waiting on customers.
She always lent a hand in accomplishing any task the auxiliary had going on whether stuffing goody bags for the Children’s Christmas Party, working on the scrapbooks, sewing Christmas stocking for the nursery, helping out the fundraiser sales team raise money to purchase equipment for the hospital, or just calling fellow volunteers to see how they were doing.
She served as president of the organization from 1992-1994 and then in 1996 until 1998. She also held several offices and served on various committees.
She lovingly donated 26,635 hours to the community hospital (which is equivalent to working 40 hours a week for 13 years). During that time she received “The Mary O’Neal Award” for the most dedicated volunteer, “The Kathy Carbaugh Award” for the volunteer who has the most hours in one year (she normally worked more than 1,000 hours in a year) and “The Volunteer of the Year.” She retired from volunteering in October 2011.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbon Mercer, her step-mother, Mattie Mae Welch, two sisters, Lucille Gatlin and Linda Payne, and one brother, Sonny Man Welch.
Survivors include three children, Lawanna Mercer-Cobb (Bill), of Augusta, Jimmy Mercer (Kathy), of Woodstock, Terry Michael Mercer, of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Sandra K. Mercer, of Waycross; six grandchildren, Kristy Rowland (Tony), of Wilson, N.C., Holly Singletary (Daryle), of Lebanon, Tenn., Terry Michael Mercer Jr., of Waycross, Kelly Chumley (Travis), of Waleska, Brandi Glasgow (Nic), of Waleska, Brittany Arslanagic`(Vedad), of Atlanta; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jesse Welch, of Waycross; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Kettle Creek Congregational Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.milesodumfuneralhome.com
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Darleen R. White
Darleen Randolph White, 48, of 148 Hebard St., Waycross, passed away Friday (Nov. 4, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross.
The family is currently receiving friends at the residence.
Public visitation will be held Friday beginning at 5 p.m. at Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 505 Ware St., Blackshear.
The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Waycross Middle School, 700 Central Ave., Waycross.
The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.
Elder Lawrence Hill Sr., senior pastor of Solid Rock Christian Ministries, Hoboken, will deliver words of comfort.
Burial will take place in the Hoboken City Cemetery.
The cortege will assemble at the residence at 10 a.m.
Darleen Randolph White was born Sept. 22, 1968 in Folkston, to the late Herbert and Louise Randolph. She had a passion for education and spreading the gospel. She graduated from Brantley County High School, class of 1987 and attended Valdosta State University where she earned a bachelors, masters and specialist degree in education.
She was a passionate and loving teacher for more than 15 years at Waycross Middle School, where she taught math and social studies for grades sixth through eighth.
She was a member of Solid Rock Christian Ministries and served as praise team leader, Sunday School youth teacher and was a part of the Women’s Outreach Ministry.
She was instrumental in forming the Young Men’s Ministry.
She frequently volunteered at Satilla and Bayview Nursing Homes and actively participated in street ministry proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. She had strong faith and trusted in the Lord.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Randolph, and a brother, Jerome Randolph.
She leaves to cherish her memories, a darling son, Johnny White Jr., of Waycross; and a loving daughter, Valeria Richardson (Malcolm), of Southaven, Miss.; two precious grandchildren, Javon and Madison; two step-daughters, Candice White and Sherri White, of Killeen, Texas; four sisters, Zeola Grimes, of Kingsland, Patricia White and Annie Randolph, of Hoboken, and Lorene Randolph, of Valdosta; two brothers, Herbert Randolph Jr. (Gloria), of Palmetto, Fla., and Jimmy Randolph (Sabrina), of Valdosta; nephews, E. Andre Hill, of Waycross, Heyward Nixon and David Nixon, of Hoboken, John Randolph (Joy), of Leesville, La., and Tony Randolph, Malik Randolph and Marquis Grant, of Valdosta; nieces, Kimberley Williams and Andrea Williams, of Hoboken; and a host other relatives and friends, as well as her two adorable pets, Bell and Sugar Mama.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.
Brad Cornelius Bryant
The celebration of life service for Brad Cornelius Bryant will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Bethel Life Changing Ministries, 521 Brown St., Screven.
Burial and committal services will be held immediately following at Screven Cemetery.
The body will be in repose in the church from 9:30 a.m. until the service hour.
The cortege will assemble at 75 Bryant Lane, Bristol, at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 5 until 7 p.m.
Brad Bryant Sr. was born July 4, 1978 to Ronald Bryant and Carolyn Elizabeth Moore Bryant, He attended Appling Comprehensive High School.
He passed away Monday (Nov. 7, 2016).
He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Carolyn Bryant; one brother, Ronald Lamarr Bryant (Katt); one sister, Sharon Elizabeth Bryant; four children, Laileigh Herrera, Brad Bryant Jr., Israel Horne and Ba’zja McGauley; several aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and sorrowing friends.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the guest book at www.perrybrothersfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Perry Brothers Funeral Home, 1100 Ossie Davis Parkway, Waycross.
L.V. Hill Sr.
A celebration of life service for L.V. Hill Sr., 82, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at True Foundation Church of God, 1212 Albany Ave., with Apostle Janice Thomas presiding and the church pastor, Pastor Louvenia Hill Brown, offering words of comfort.
He was born Dec. 28, 1933 in Waycross to the late Roosevelt Hill Sr. and Hazel Barr Hill. He was the third eldest of seven children. He received his formal education from the Waycross Public School System. He was joined in holy matrimony to the late Mary Lou Roach Hill. He lived in New York State for 15 years where he was employed as a seasonal worker.
He accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was a member of True Foundation Church of God where he served as a deacon.
On Thursday (Nov. 3, 2016), God called him from his earthly home to his heavenly home. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Johnnie Lee Cowart, three brothers, Roosevelt Hill Jr., Willie B. Hill and James Hill.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Tony Davis, Prophetess Jeanette Finney (Bobby), L.V. Hill Jr. (Yalonda), Wanda Daniels (Raymond), Janie Daniels, Eddie Hill and Sharron Daniels (Mayron): 19 grandchildren including six he raised, Shenika Tobby (Calvin), Malika Hill, Latisha Newman (Timothy), Shonda Perry (Darrell), Tony Davis Jr. and Keith Davis (Erica); 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pastor Louvenia Hill Brown, Louise Hill and Rosa lee Patterson; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Hill; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Friends are being received at the home of his daughter, Prophetess Jeannette Finney, 1004 Carswell Ave.
Public viewing will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fluker Funeral Home, 985 Ossie davis Parkway.
The body will lie in repose Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. to the hour of service.
Interment will be in Oakland cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Fluker Funeral Home.
HOMERVILLE — Ellis Alford Buckhalter, 75, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 9, 2016) at the Hospice House, Waycross, following an extended illness.
He was born June 7, 1941 in Argyle to the late Carl Buckhalter and Cleo Chauncey Thomas. He worked for Walmart as a truck driver and was a member of the Shiloh Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Burkett Buckhalter, two sisters, Barbara Ann Pearson and Penny Thomas, and one brother, Frankie Thomas.
Survivors are three daughters, Donna Buckhalter (friend, Rebecca Lassabe), of Homerville, Michelle Pipes (Chris), of Wewahitchka, Fla., and Brittney Morgan Groves (Tim), of Homerville; one sister, Scharlet Arnold, of Waycross; three brothers, Roger Thomas (Chachi), of Manor, Danny Thomas (Judy), of Waycross, and Johnny Thomas (Becky), of Millen; four grandchildren, Amanda and Billy Reliford, of Douglas, Tristan Buckhalter, of Atlanta, C.J. Pipes, of Wewahitchka, Fla., and Resse Buckhalter, of Homerville; 11 great-grandchildren, Chance Sweat, Taylor Jewell, Dakota Griffin, Keegan Jewell, Andrew Jewell, Madison Reliford, Macy Morgan, Mika Reliford, Jasper Hopkins, Tristan Reliford, Courtney Reliford; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Church.
Interment will be in the Shiloh Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will be carried to the church one hour prior to the services.
Condolences to the family may be conveyed at the online registry at www.roundtreefuneralhome.net.
Roundtree Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Margaret W. Godwin
Margaret Louisa Williams Godwin, 83, of Blackshear, passed away early Wednesday morning (Nov. 9, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
Born in Blackshear Sept. 30, 1933, she lived in Pierce County all of her life. She was a former clerk with Woolco and later Walmart and also worked as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional with the Pierce County Board of Education.
She was a member of the Blackshear First Baptist Church and the Alert Sunday school class. She loved to crochet, cook, fish and spend time with her family.
She was a daughter of the late Nathan Ezra and Minnie Louisa Watson Williams. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, JoAnn Godwin, an infant granddaughter, and a sister, Rosella Anderson.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, William Clinton “W.C.” Godwin Sr., of Blackshear; a daughter, Sandra Donna Godwin, of Blackshear; a son, William Clinton “Bill” Godwin Jr., of Blackshear; four sisters, Velma Williams, Llene Deal and Katherine Bohannon, all of Blackshear, and Joyce Hiers, of Brunswick; a brother and sister-in-law, Ezra and Frances Williams, of Blackshear; a granddaughter, Brittany (Zachry) Currie; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock in the Pearson-Dial Chapel.
Interment will be in the Blackshear Cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family kindly requests members of the Alert Sunday school class to serve as honorary pallbearers and are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 Saturday morning.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon St., Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to First Baptist Church, 670 Main St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.