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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.

Phyllis Sullivan Norras

WAYCROSS — Mrs. Phyllis Sullivan Norras (Cole), 83, of Waycross, departed this world on Saturday, March 27, 2021, after a long illness. She was born in 1937 in Chesterfield County South Carolina, outside the city of Rock Hill, to the late Roy Columbus Sullivan and Faye Cato Sullivan. She graduated from Indian Land High School in 1955. She was an intellectually gifted student who loved reading. She graduated from Winthrop College for Women, now Winthrop University, in 1959.

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Harry Monroe Thrift

WAYCROSS — Harry Monroe Thrift, 70, of Waycross died Monday evening, March 28, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Ware County to the late Mose Leon Thrift and Louisa Cox Thrift and made Ware County his home for his entire life. He worked for Rayonier Paper Company for 27 years before retiring. After retirement, he worked for Ed Haddock Timber as a forester and wood buyer, before going into business for himself, owning and operating Thrift Timber. He was an avid race car driver, who loved racing.

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Rev. Ed Lee Robbins Jr.

WAYCROSS — The Rev. Ed Lee Robbins Jr. went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. He was a 1944 graduate of Waycross High School and a lifelong resident of Waycross. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He retired as superintendent of the mail from the United States Postal Service to go into full-time ministry. He was the pastor of Life Christian Center for 20 and one-half years and continued to minister around the country even after retirement. He was a co-founder of The Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International (FCMI). He was a member of Christian Renewal Church in Brunswick but presently attended Kettle Creek Church. He was born April 4,...

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Teresa Wright Mullis

WAYCROSS — Teresa Wright Mullis, 73, passed away Sunday morning, April 4, 2021, at the Hospice House Satilla following an extended illness. She was born in Atlanta, to the late Horace Wright and Myrtice Wright but lived in Waycross for the last 40 years as a homemaker. She was a member of The Waycross Primitive Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her son, Michael Mullis. Norras Thrift, She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Pastor Bill Mullis, of Waycross; three children, Marty Mullis (Brandi) of Tifton, Melissa Wheeler (Tony) of Waycross, and Marie Counts (Jeff) of St. Simons Island; 11 grandchildren, Kylee Wheeler, Brandon Mullis, Bryson...

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Shirley Annette Swords

WAYCROSS — Shirley Annette Swords, 79, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021, at the Baptist Village Retirement Communities following an extended illness. She was born in Pierce County to the late Jasper Pearson and Dorothy Imogene Chastain Pearson but resided in Ware County most of her life. She was formerly employed at Baptist Village as a cook for many years. She also worked at Satilla Park and Walmart. She was a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, George Swords of Waycross; three children, Diane Swords Dowling of Kingsland, Chris Swords (Nancy) of Douglas, and Christeen Swords Turner (Mat) of Fishers, Indiana; nine grandchildren, Nicole Clary (Bill),...

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Talmadge Booth

MANOR — Talmadge Booth, 63, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021, at his residence in Manor following an extended illness. Talmadge was born in Waycross to the late Hubert Talmadge Booth Sr. and Yvonne Christine Steedley Booth. He lived all of his life in Ware County except for the few years he attended Wesley College in Florence, Mississippi, where he met his wife, Annette. He served on the Ware County Board of Education from 1984 to 1996 where he was instrumental in starting Ware Magnet School in Manor.

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Wanda Griffin Steedley

MANOR — Wanda Griffin Steedley, 70, of Manor, died Friday afternoon, March 26, 2021, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born in Ware County to the late Noah Robert Griffin and Georgia Carter Griffin. Mrs. Steedley was a proud resident of Manor for her entire life. She was a devoted housewife to her husband and a loving mother to her children. Outgoing and friendly, she never met a stranger. Her likable personality brought smiles to the faces of all she came in contact with.

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Alphia Sweat Thomas

WAYCROSS — Alphia Sweat Thomas, 82, died Friday night, March 26, 2021, at Hospice House Satilla after an extended illness. She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross. Alphia retired from Swisher International, and she was a member of Brooks United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Arthur Sweat and Mattie Alma Royals Sweat; her husband, Calvett Matthew Thomas; grandson, Levi Bowen; brothers, Dennis, Henry, Isaiah, William, Frankie, and Marvin; and sisters, Ann and Alma Lee. Survivors include her children, Marty Thomas (Connie), Esther Thomas Merritt (Sayre), Suzette Thomas Davis, and Wesley Thomas; loved by Carol Thomas; eight grandchildren, Andy...

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Paul Raymond Phillips

TWIN RIVERS — Paul Raymond Phillips, 62, of Twin Rivers, passed away, Saturday, March 27, 2021. The Ware County Georgia, native had lived in Brantley County, most of his adult life, and was Baptist by faith. He was a retired CSX railroad engineer, loved to fish, hunt, was a “history buff,” and enjoyed the Allman Brothers music. He was predeceased by his parents, Cleveland and Joan Phillips, and a brother, Cleveland Phillips Jr. Survivors are his wife of 31 years, Nita Jacobs Phillips, of Twin Rivers community,

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Jesse W. Stapleton

WAYCROSS — Jesse W. Stapleton, 78, of Waycross died late Saturday night, March 27, 2021, at Memorial Satilla Health after an extended illness. He was born in Homerville, Georgia, on March 9, 1943. He moved to Waycross at the age of 15. He was retired from Champion International where he worked as the Green Line Supervisor. He was of the Baptist faith. An avid outdoorsman, Stapleton loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed watching professional wrestling on TV. He had a wonderful sense of humor, always laughing, smiling, joking, and having a positive impact on everyone he came in contact with.

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Donna Elaine Griffin Cox

WAYCROSS — Donna Elaine Griffin Cox, 72, of Waycross, died Sunday, March 28, 2021, at her residence. Born in Homerville on June 5, 1948, she lived in Ware County most of her life. She was a former Lab Technician for Blackshear Family Practice. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also loved to read her Bible, go fishing, travel, help others and drink coffee. She was a member of Wahoma Church of God of Prophecy. She was a daughter of the late Oscar Clinton “Snap” and Mavis Madgelene Steedley Griffin Sr.

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