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OBITUARIES

Below are the recent obituaries as listed in our paper.

These entries started to be listed in this way as of Jan 1, 2015, so you are able to go back to then. If you know the name of the loved one, and their entry was after Jan 1, 2015, you can use our site search facility to look for their entry.

Capt. Theodore O. Atwood Jr.

UNDATED — Captain Theodore O. Atwood Jr., CHC, USN (retired), died Sunday, May 23, 2021, following a long illness after a fall in his driveway. A native of Augusta, Ga., Capt. Atwood commenced his naval service on October 8, 1953, as a member of Surface Division 6-8, USNR. He was subsequently ordered to active duty on the USS Randolph (CVA 15) and was released to inactive duty as a Third Class Machinist Mate after completing two years of service.

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Robert ‘Bobby’ Michael Carroll

GALESBURG, Ill. — On Friday, June 4, 2021, the bravest man I have ever known, Robert “Bobby” Michael Carroll, lost his courageous, 17-year battle with Crest Syndrome. When diagnosed in 2004, Carroll was given just two more years of life. In his last wishes and prayers, Carroll wanted to extend his heartfelt love and appreciation to the many wonderful doctors, medical specialists, nurses, and each of the many dedicated support staff who have cared for him for so many years and to the personal dedication of everyone at Compassus Hospice of Galesburg, Illinois.

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Pastor Johnny Arnold

UNDATED — The Life and Legacy of Pastor Johnny Arnold: On August 28, 1937, the breath of God blew upon the earth, and man became a living soul. As God exhaled, He gave life to Johnny Arnold, the youngest child of Richard Arnold and Salina Lighty On Friday, June 4, 2021, God in His infinite wisdom called him back to Himself. He accepted Christ at an early age, and joined the Antioch Baptist Church in McBee, S.C. After moving to Albany, Ga., he joined the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Pastor Arnold’s education came from a variety of places. He received his early education in Hartsville, S.C., and received his high school diploma from Butler High School. He later joined the United States Army in...

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Barbara ‘Gammy’ Barton

WAYCROSS — Ms. Barbara “Gammy” Barton, 73, of Waycross, died early Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at her residence after an extended illness, surrounded by her daughters and grandson. Mrs. Barton was born in Douglas, to the late Mark L. “M.L.” Hickson and Lillie Mae Hersey. She made Waycross her home for the majority of her life. Mrs. Barton worked for 55 years as a cosmetologist, owning and operating Barton’s Hair Care for more than 30 of those years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Waycross where she worked faithfully in the nursery since 1988.

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Sarah McLeod

BLACKSHEAR — Mrs. Sarah McLeod, 66, of Blackshear died early Wednesday morning, June 9, 2021, at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. McLeod was born in Waycross to the late Charlie Mack Merritt and Effie Mae Driggers Merritt. She had m a d e Blackshear her home for the majority of her life. Mrs. McLeod was a loving and caring homemaker, always putting others before herself and enjoyed every minute she was able to spend with her family. She loved the outdoors, especially her flowers at home and watching hummingbirds.

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Susie Lee Sims

AUSTELL, Ga. — Susie Lee Sims, age 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Wellstar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Georgia. Mrs. Sims was born April 12, 1929, to the late Raymond Lee and the late Mary Emma Hickox Lee in Hoboken. She was raised in a farming community, one of 21 children. After graduation from high school in Hoboken, Mrs. Sims moved to Jacksonville, Fla., and was employed by Winn-Dixie in their corporate offices.

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Silvia Ford Berry

WAYCROSS — Mrs. Sylvia Ford Berry, 86, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Harborview Satilla in Waycross following an extended illness. She was born in Huntsville, Alabama, to the late Earnest Ford and Jerome McBride Pogue. Mrs. Berry graduated from Butler High School in 1953 and was formerly employed at Rubin Brothers Footwear in Waycross for many years. She attended Oak Grove Baptist Church in Bickley. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Berry also was preceded in death by her husband, Eldean Horace Berry, and a son, Danny Berry. She is survived by two sons, Ronnie Berry (wife Renee) of Waycross and Robbie Berry (wife Christi) of Blackshear; two grandchildren, Brittany Smith (husband...

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Mary Kathryn Barnes Graham

WAYCROSS — Mrs. Mary Kathryn Barnes Graham, 79, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021, at her residence in Waycross following an extended illness. Mrs. Graham was born in Temore, Ga., to the late Thomas Haskell Barnes and Mary Belle Arnold Barnes. She was a 1959 graduate of Ware County High School although she had spent the previous 11 years attending Waresboro High School where she developed many long-lasting friendships. Mrs. Graham’s first job was at Kress’ Department Store. She also worked at McCrory’s as a sales clerk for many years while her husband served in the United States Army. One of her greatest memories was walking with her father from the old homeplace to church on Sunday at...

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Kathy George

WAYCROSS — Ms. Kathy George, 67, of Waycross, died Friday morning, June 11, 202, at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. George was born in Dade City, Fla., to the late Joseph Paul Womack Sr., and Jessie Eleanor Ray Womack and made Waycross her home for the majority of her life. She worked for 38 years at Satilla Regional Medical Center where she served as the Pediatric Floor Nurse Manager until her retirement in 2018.

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Joseph Stanley ‘Stan’ Mattox

BLACKSHEAR — Joseph Stanley “Stan” Mattox, 58, passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick following a courageous battle with cancer. Mattox was born in Pierce County and graduated from Blackshear High School in 1981. He was a truck driver for Beasley Timber Company of Hazlehurst and a member of New Life Church in Blackshear. Mattox was preceded in death by his father, Tracy “Oats” Mattox. He is survived by his wife, Kim Martin Mattox of Blackshear; his fur baby, Bella; seven children, Whitney Bennett (Kennith) of Guyton, Josie-Tatum Mattox of Blackshear, Ellie Mattox of Blackshear, Caleb Mattox of Jacksonville, Fla., Brandon Mancil of Patterson,...

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Ollie Faye Hendrix

BLACKSHEAR — Ollie Faye Hendrix, 93, of Blackshear, died Saturday afternoon, June 12, 2021, at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. Hendrix was born in Lafayette County, Ala., to the late Hester McDonald Haney and Birdie Mae Eads Haney. She grew up in Batesville, Miss., and eventually moved with her sister to Waycross. While working at the Blue Bird Café Restaurant in Waycross, she met who would become her husband of 76 years, Charles Hendrix. They moved to Pierce County in 1978.

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