Annie McCray
Annie Catherine Strickland McCray, 84, of Waycross, died Wednesday night (Nov. 16, 2016) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross after an extended illness.
She was born in Waycross to the late Nolan Jackson Strickland and Annie Neressa Wildes Strickland. She lived in Waycross most of her life. She was a waitress at the Blue Bird Café and the Green Frog Restaurant and was a homemaker most of her life.
She attended Victory Drive Church of God and loved music, playing the guitar, piano and singing. She also crocheted for many years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Bobbie Dryden, two sisters, Joyce Williams and Norma Jean Broome.
Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Willis John McCray, of Waycross; two daughters, Barbara Ann Byrd (husband, William), of Waycross, Lisa Mathis (husband, Rodney), of Waycross; son-in-law, Lonnie Dryden, of Waycross; eight grandchildren, William John Byrd, Brian Allan Byrd, William Gage Byrd, Lonnie Benjamin Dryden (wife, Jackie), Shelly Murray (husband, Billy), Jessica LeAnne Cox (husband, Travis), Daniel Mathis, Candy Murray, all of Waycross; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Miles-Odum Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed at
Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bertie Lou Dickerson
Bertie Lou Thornton Dickerson, 95, of Blackshear, passed away Wednesday evening (Nov. 16, 2016) at Hospice Satilla Hospice House.
Born in Jesup Sept. 30, 1921, she lived most of her life in Pierce County. She worked as a seamstress at the Julie Hat Company. During World War II, she worked in the Brunswick Shipyard.
She was a member of Offerman Baptist Church and was a faithful member of the Faith Sunday School Class there. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.
She was a daughter of the late Elbert Stanford and Ethel Bullard Thornton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Cyler Dickerson, her brother, Tommy Thornton, her daughter-in-law, Kay Dickerson, and a grandchild, Josh Glass.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce (Carl) Glass, of Hartwell; her son, Charles Dickerson, of Blackshear; two sisters, Alveda Piece, of Gardner, Mass., and Nina Griffin, of Tavares, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Ruby Dixon, of Blackshear; five grandchildren, Richie and Millie Dickerson, Jenna Sanders and Wayne Davis, Denise and D.J. Burch, Melissa and Dale Griffin, and Emily and Randy Cape; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 11 at Offerman Baptist Church. The family requests that the members of the Faith Sunday School Class serve as honorary pallbearers. They are asked to be at the church by 10:30 a.m.
Interment will be in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held this evening from 6 to 8 at the Pearson-Dial Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon St., Waycross, Ga. 31501 or to Offerman Baptist Church, 7225 Highway 84, Offerman, Ga. 31556.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home, Inc., of Blackshear is in charge of the arrangements.

Ida Madison White
The funeral for Ida Madison White will be held Saturday at 12 p.m. at God House Church, Highway 32, Patterson.
Elder Jackie Welch, pastor, will preside. Elder Jimmy Copeland will offer words of comfort.
Burial will take place in Rose Hill Cemetery in Alma.
The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. until the hour of service. The cortege will assemble at 211 E. 9th St., Alma, at 11 a.m.
She was born April 22, 1937 in Pearson to the late Charlie Madison Sr. and the late Louise Smith Madison. She received her formal education in Atkinson County. She relocated to Blackshear and then to Alma.
Later in life she met and married Joel White Sr. and to this union eight children were born. Her passion was being a caregiver for her family and for the children of others and being a good housewife.
She was a faithful member of First Born Church in Patterson where she served as an usher for many years under the leadership of Elder Eugene Boyd, later under Elder Jimmy Copeland and Bishop Greg Tisby.
Preceding her in death other than her parents were her husband, Joel White Sr., a sister, Bessie Madison, and a brother, Johnny Madison Sr.
She departed her earthly travel on Monday (Nov. 14, 2016) in Alma.
Left to cherish her memories are three loving sons, Jerome White, of Alma, Vince White (Penny), of Waycross, Joel White Jr., of Midway; five daughters, Shirley Lee, Carolyn Allen and Rosa Pender O’Neal, all of Alma; Joann Peterson (Larry) and Cheryl Lisa Roberts (Allen), of Blackshear; three step-sons, Timothy King, Paul Dixon (Shea) and Larry Dixon; godchild, Ida Freeman (Tracy); 22 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; six sisters, Alice Taylor, of Marietta, Willie B. Broady-Kelley, of Blackshear, Betty Battle, Rosie Hargroves (Arthur), Linda Johnson, all of Newark, N.J., Velma Floyd (Robert), of Allentown, Pa,; two brothers, Charlie Madison, of Pompano Beach, Fla., Monroe Madison, of Fairfax, S.C.; one brother-in-law, the Rev. Willie J. White (Elizabeth), of Deltona, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Hattie Smiley White and Geraldine White Grant (Ulysses), of Marion, N.Y.; several special nieces; along with host of many more nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.
Rainge Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

David ‘Smitty’ Smith
A funeral for David “Smitty” Allen Smith was held Thursday morning at Millwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Golden, the Rev. Keith Lloyd and the Rev. Hershell Spears officiating.
Burial followed in the Millwood Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dale Croft, Gary Davis, Brent Howling, Tim Rowell, David Shipes and Chris Wisham. Serving as honorary pallbearers were co-workers and fellow linemen.
Music Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.